Mind, Body, Spirit - December 2015
Surviving the Holidays in Good Spirits!
Four tips to help make it through the holidays in good spirits — despite hanging out with your family!
- by Dr. Christina Richardson
Coast Cuisine - December 2015
Louie & the Redhead Lady in the Bay
On opening day at Louie & the Redhead Lady last Wednesday (Nov. 25), they were serving up equal amounts of warm hospitality and traditional New Orleans dishes with just-right spice.
From our vantage point, it was clear that this wasn’t the first opening for owners Chef Louie and Ginger Finnan.
The Finnans' restaurant of the same name in Mandeville, La., had a loyal following, and when the sign went up on Blaize Avenue that Louie & the Redhead Lady was opening in the Depot District, word spread around town and beyond.
Louie’s roots are in the French Quarter; Ginger’s are in the Irish Channel. She works the front of the house, and he’s in the kitchen. The chef, a former electrician, learned to cook from his grandmother and has cooked for 40 or so years to raves.
When he was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in 2011, host Guy Fieri called Louie’s grits & grillades “a breakfast that eats like dinner.” [Watch the Food Network video about the Mandeville location at the end of this story!]
As Ginger said: “Food makes a chef. God makes a cook.”
Our opening day lunch was a good introduction to the long menu: rich, dark chicken and Andouille gumbo, loads of fried fish with sweet potato fries, and two hefty crab cakes coated in crunchy bread crumbs drizzled with a rich remoulade.
The generous fried green tomatoes were topped with poached eggs and the crispy Leidenheimer bread couldn’t contain all the fried shrimp that came in the po’boy.
Lunchtime offerings (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) include the storied Eggplant Algiers appetizer: a hearty stack of fried eggplant medallions layered with boiled shrimp, crab meat and crab cake, topped with a light cream sherry sauce, and otherwise known as Louie’s “Stairway to Heaven.” Here, also, are gumbo, salads, pasta, steaks, classic fried seafood, po’boys, and the list goes on.
The chef’s special holiday menu will run through New Year’s.
Watch for the rollout of daily lunch specials for $8 (red beans, baked chicken, spaghetti & meatballs, liver & onions and fried fish), Saturday brunch and extended hours in the near future.
Louie & the Redhead Lady is open Monday through Saturday. For now, bring your own wine.
Across the Bridge - December 2015
The Way We Were
The Shoofly - December 2015
Why I Fish
- by Rebecca Orfila, photos by Ellis Anderson
This past weekend, my husband and I were out fishing the railroad trestle at the mouth of Bay St. Louis. Saturday was a beautiful day . . . clear, blue skies, a pleasant breeze, and high hopes.
Fishing was one of the big guy’s hopes for retirement. He goes out just about each morning, from early May until mid-October, and fishes. We have a freezer full of trout and redfish. I can make fish a few dozen ways. Let me know if you need a recipe.
I will go fishing and feel great at the conclusion of the day. I may not have caught a single delicious speck or meaty red, but it is the complete experience — wade or boat fishing — that will make it a good day. Though the 5 a.m. get-up is not fun, I find that a two-hour nap after we get home plus eating anything that cannot outrun me will erase the tiredness.
We began our most recent adventure at 6 a.m. on Saturday by launching the boat and heading for the Walmart reef in Pass Christian. My job at the launch is to hold the boat rope and keep our boat from crashing into the boat in the next launch lane. Launching a boat is tricky when you are a tad clumsy and more than a tad heavy, like me. Southern gentlemen at the harbor have offered to help me, and a courageous few have voiced their concerns that I would topple headfirst into the water.
The first time I “helped” launch the boat, my middle finger on my left hand managed to get between the dock and the boat. I carried on for a day of fishing at Cat Island. Sure, I screamed bloody murder when it happened, but I plastered a happy smile on my face and caught several lovely specks for a reward.
Back to Saturday’s fishing. After a period of short strikes to the lures but no bites, we started to move west, testing the reefs until we finally turned north at Henderson Point to the mouth of Bay St. Louis. Still no bites, which remains the mystery of fishing. The fishing forecasts on the Internet need to have their programming checked. I think I’ve lost 75 hours of sleep this year due to those forecasts.
My catches this year have been legal specks (keepers), juvenile specks (toss back), and monster reds. I can hook these great grey beasts with the single spot on each side of their tails, but I leave it to my taller and more-experienced husband to land the critter. Let’s face it: there is a better chance of my losing the prize. Would you take a chance on possibly landing a big fish or be certain that courtbouillion was on the menu that night? Hand off that pole to the wrangler.
The husband tells me that I have my reel on the wrong side of the rod. Trust me; if it were on the left, I would spend most of the day reeling in my first cast. I am a dyed-in-the-wool righty, and my left hand serves little purpose other than to display jewels and type the keys on the left side.
So, what is the best thing about going fishing? It is listening to my best buddy relate special fishing stories from his youth. The best one from 1974 is the one when he and his older sister were out fishing under the train trestle. Imagine two teenagers, listening to WRNO music radio, and just enjoying the day. The trestle rumbled, announcing the approach of the regularly scheduled train. The kids waved up to the train and its familiar engineer. A surprise that warm day, the engineer tossed something down to their Boston Whaler. The goods missed the boat, so my future husband jumped in the water and retrieved two Baby Ruth candy bars. I suppose that these days he keeps looking for more prizes to capture out of the water. Who would trade a day on land for the chance to hear a story like that?
Puppy Dog Tales - December 2015
Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi
In my last job in Alexandria, Virginia I worked with my person for the American Red Cross. Here I am with the co-chairs of the Alexandria Waterfront Festival planning my exhibit on service animals.
Puppy Dog Tales
As I have related we service dogs are pretty special and I also have the honor of being a therapy animal too. Therapy animals work with a handler/partner to provide support to people who need comfort and help with their therapy, and mental stimulation.
Unlike service animals who can only be dogs or horses, therapy animals can be dogs, horses, cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, llamas/alpacas, pigs and rats. Whoda thunk it! Please watch this short video on Pet Partners and then I will tell you about our team here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Visiting Pet Teams was organized in 2009 and now has 32 active members. Only one, Patsy Thomas, the coordinator is in Hancock County. They are recruiting new members so the program can expand. Ms. Thomas would love to tell you about the program and the requirements for handler and animal. She can be reached at 228.265.0336 or by email.
Their website gives you information on what is required – they need a friendly animal with basic obedience training, a clear health record, and training specific to the program. There will be a new member orientation on Saturday, January 9th at 9:30 a.m. at Gulfport Memorial Hospital. Contact Patsy Thomas for details.
There is some real magic in this three-way relationship of animal therapist, the handler, and the person visited. Ms. Thomas said that helping motivate people to move past a trauma or to just feel safe and loved is a big part of what the program is all about.
Ms. Thomas said that when a volunteer visits a nursing home, they “bring a bag of pennies and leave with a bag of gold.” Here is the Google website for Visiting Pet Partners – look through it and the photos and think about being a partner with your pet for people who need you.
15 Minutes - December 2015
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Tarts and Tramps Ball - November 21, 2015
Barksgiving - November 21 2015
November 19 2015
90th Anniversary Celebration
Founding of the Rotary Club and the Hancock Chamber
Business After Hours
Station House BSL - December 2015
Keeping the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Wonderful!
The holidays are here, and so is the colder weather. Parties, family gatherings, holiday cooking — many people really look forward to the holiday season, but for firefighters, it’s our worst time of year.
Our largest fire losses, injuries and deaths always seem to happen during the holidays. It’s usually because of improper use of heating equipment (like space heaters and fireplaces), cooking, or Christmas trees and decorations (such as candles).
If an accident happens, will you know in time to get yourself, your family, and your pets out of the house?
Station House BSL
The most important thing you can do in preparing for the holidays is to have working smoke detectors in your home. If you have them, do you know for sure that they work? Do they have fresh batteries? If you have wired detectors attached to an alarm system, have you tested it recently? NOW is the time to do so! If you need help checking your detectors, give us (or your local fire department) a call. We’ll be happy to come check them. Also, if you do not have a monitored fire alarm system, please consider getting one! Too often we see devastating fires that could have been caught when it was small, well before it got out of control, if only there had been a monitored alarm system in use.
PLEASE be careful when using space heaters. NEVER leave them unattended, and be especially careful with them around pets and children. You should already have a plan for keeping your outdoor pets warm this winter. We’ve seen too many people who have lost everything they own, and their pets, from fires caused by a space heater. If you can’t bring a pet indoors, give them a good shelter out of the wind and lots of hay or blankets, and fresh (unfrozen!) water. Never put a space heater in an area where there are blankets, hay or flammable liquids. NEVER place heaters close to anything that can burn or melt. Always leave at least three feet of empty space around and above a space heater. Never put it on carpet or rugs, or near curtains, furniture or bed covers.
If you haven’t already had your fireplace checked and cleaned, don’t wait; do it now. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it should be cleaned each year before use. Gas fireplaces should be checked, and gas lines inspected by a certified plumber.
If you aren’t 100 percent sure if what you are doing is safe call us and ask for a supervisor or a chief officer. We’ll be happy to come take a look, give advice, and answer questions. That’s why we’re here, and that’s how we’d rather get to know you.
For more information on winter and holiday safety, visit this link.
Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season from the Bay St. Louis Fire Department!
Growing Up Downtown - November 2015
The Hotels, Grocery Stores and Bars
Station House BSL - November 2015
Introducing Our "New" Firefighters
This month I would like to introduce Bay St. Louis’s “new” firefighters!
Please join me in congratulating our six recruits who, after completing 11 weeks of intense physical and academic training, have just graduated from the Mississippi State Fire Academy.
In addition, they have also tested and met the requirements of the Mississippi Minimum Standards and Certification Board — the body that sets the standards and requirements for career firefighters in the state of Mississippi. With these achievements these recruits have now earned the rank and title of Firefighter.
Station House BSL
They have chosen a career that is as dangerous as it is gratifying. They will see terrible things happen to good people; they’ll feel frustration and anger, and they’ll second guess themselves and wonder if they could’ve done more. But they will also do good and great things — things that no one else could or would do — and they’ll have many successes.
And even when they can’t “fix” the problem, just their presence will provide comfort to someone who is hurting or afraid. The boots they have to fill are bigger than they know, but I have no doubt that each of them is up for the challenge.
Firefighter River Hayden
Firefighter Michael Guitreau
Firefighter Gary Maurice, Jr.
Engineer/EMT Gary Catalano (center, not in uniform)
Firefighter Derrion Elzy
Firefighter John Glidden
Firefighter De’Sean Reece (kneeling)
Coast Lines - November 2015
A Very Special Anniversary
-story and photos by Ellis Anderson
Arts Alive - November 2015
Bay Artists Co-op - Twenty Years of Creating
- story and photos by Karen Fineran
The large white concrete building at the corner of Bookter and Necaise, with its brightly painted label of “Bay Artists Co-Op,” tends to catch the eye as one passes by. You may have found yourself wondering what lies inside . . . and, what exactly is an artist’s co-op anyway?
This month, you’ll have your chance to browse the treasures within, to speak with the artists who created them, and to watch live demonstrations of art techniques, all while enjoying live music, free refreshments, and celebrating the notable twentieth year anniversary of the oldest artists’ co-op in Mississippi.
A cooperative simply is a business or organization that is owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services. Started in 1994, the Bay Artists Co-Op is the oldest artists’ cooperative in the state of Mississippi. Manager and founder Regan Carney began this one, shortly after she moved to Bay St. Louis from Los Angeles in 1992. (A native New Orleanian, Carney was then working from an artist’s cooperative in L.A.’s Artist District.) Like many others before her, she was enraptured by the natural beauty, serenity, and safety of the Gulf Coast.
The artists share the monthly rent and utilities of the building (based upon the square footage of their studios inside) and may also share use of the large electric kilns inside. Over the years, the size of the co-op has ranged from as few as three artists to as many as twelve at a time, and has included clay artists, sculptors, painters, jewelry artists, and metal artists.
In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina’s formidable storm surge partially destroyed the building and completely destroyed the equipment, supplies and art works inside, Carney stepped up to the task of rebuilding the co-op. Along with some of the volunteer groups staying in town at the time, and with the assistance of grant money from the Mississippi Arts Commission, Carney and her friends and family scoured and repainted the building, and repaired the extensive structural damage to the walls and roof. (Her husband, fellow co-op artist Mark Buszkiewicz, was nearly killed when he fell from the roof rafters to the cement floor twenty feet below). About eight months later electricity was restored to the building, some of the artists whose lives had been so disrupted returned to work in their studios there, and the co-op went on.
Currently, the artists at the co-op number eight, including Carney. The other studio artists are clay artists Barney Adams, Gayle Andersson, Mark Buskiewicz, Lynne Harris and Jeanne Pertuit, and painters Janet Densmore and Kathleen Higgins.
Carney’s work has been shown at numerous galleries in Bay St. Louis, Long Beach, Biloxi and Ocean Springs, and can currently be seen and purchased here in town at Gallery 220 and Lawson’s Studio. Carney offers pottery classes (both throwing and hand building) four days per week. She recently offered a clay wind chime workshop, and is looking forward to offering her Christmas clay ornament workshop in December. Other co-op artists also offer workshops and classes; the best way to learn about these opportunities is to speak to the artists during the open house about their work and their instructional techniques.
The open house is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at 415 S. Necaise Avenue, across the street from the St. Stanislaus football field. Refreshments will be on hand, as will live blues and folk music by Ivory Bill, featuring Billy Ray Hammons and David Sallis. For more information, contact Regan Carney at (228) 216-0210 or Regancar@bellsouth.net.
Vintage Vignette - November 2015
Serving It Up!
‘Tis the season for your holiday fêtes to commence! Bring out the fine china and sterling and dress up that naked table with some practical pieces from your local shops. There are so many items you can introduce to your table that can become a holiday staple. Add some interesting conversation pieces to pique interest by drumming up an appetite for collecting vintage and antique tableware!
In The Kitchen:
One of the most sought-after kitchen items has to be Pyrex cookware. From refrigerator jars to durable mixing bowls, Pyrex has you covered in the kitchen. We’re so used to the almost unbreakable clear glass variety, but deviate from the norm and seek out the hard-to-find colors. Their mixing bowls often come in sets of different sizes. If you're lucky enough to find a set, snatch it up!
I once had a dinner party where I sat out my “good” butter pats by the bread plates. As I was cleaning up afterwards, I noticed several of my guests had used them as individual ashtrays. Close, but no cigar! I don't know why I thought they would make the connection that the pats matched the master butter dish but it just did not connect at all. #Fail! Another potential fail: leaving your sterling silver salt spoon in the salt cellar! The salt corrodes the silver almost overnight, so unless you're trying to instantly antique it, remember to remove it.
And for heaven’s sake, don't fumble the pecan pie with inappropriate utensils. Instead, invest in a nice pie server with some character. If you really want to get serious, pair the corresponding silver pieces with the right dishes. For example, asparagus tongs with asparagus and a tomato server with tomato slices. These odd pieces are both fun to collect and very useful.
Use this time of the year to add some intriguing pieces to your collection. I guarantee that you will bring them out for every special occasion and celebration. Put a sterling silver fork in it and be done!
The Town Green - November 2015
Protecting the Oaks
- story by Ana Balka, photos by Ellis Anderson
Since its founding in 1971 in Ocean Springs by Ethelyn Connor for the Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Mississippi’s Société des Arbres has endeavored to preserve and protect trees native to the area “which by their existence enhance the aesthetic and environmental values of the area; establish a permanent registry . . . [and] declare all trees properly registered to be indigenous natural assets possessing intrinsic value worthy of area protection."
In Hancock County, owners of live oaks may contact Shawn Prychitko of the Hancock County Historical Society for registration. In order to be truly protected, a tree must be registered with the Société des Arbres, and that process of registering with the state begins with county registration.
The Town Green
First, there is now recognition for undersized live oaks. If you have a tree that is under the 113-inch circumference qualification for registration with the state, but you still want to recognize and name it, you may register it with Hancock County. The tree’s information will be kept in Historical Society records.
Second, the Historical Society is updating information on trees that were on the records from before Hurricane Katrina. The society wants to know if these trees still stand, and at the owner’s request will remeasure trees, update records, provide owners with new documentation, and provide paperwork for registration with the Société des Arbres. Contact the society as well if your tree had a plaque that has fallen off, or if your tree is registered only with the Historical Society and not with the state.
Tree roots are also vulnerable, says Shawn. “Heavy equipment travels over the root system in the construction process, and extra fill dirt gets shoved on top of exposed roots that have been happily existing there,” she says. Some trees, she says, survived Katrina only to die from suffocation or root damage due to fill dirt and excessive machinery traffic during reconstruction.
Bay St. Louis’s tree ordinance requires a permit to cut or prune any limbs from live oaks and magnolias whether they are registered or not. To get a permit for the cutting or pruning of these trees, residents may go to the Building Department at City Hall, pay a $50 fee, and get an appointment for the city arborist to come to the site for tree inspection.
The Historical Society and Shawn Prychitko recommend contacting email@example.com with questions or concerns about construction in the vicinity of live oaks, and to find out how to assist in promoting greater live oak protection in Hancock County.
Puppy Dog Tales - November 2015
Cats and Kids
We are big fans of Jackson Galaxy. Mr. Galaxy is the host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell and he tells it like it is about the relationships with our cats and those that amaze or drive us crazy.
Mr. Jackson became a cat behaviorist while working at an animal shelter. He said that it was a “necessity thing." He had to figure out how to address cat issues so they could be adopted. He is a frequent speaker for events sponsored by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanub, Utah and other animal welfare organizations around the country and the globe.
Puppy Dog Tales
He also works to make sure that placements “stick” by teaching pet parents how to work with their pet kids. Add human children to the equation and you have an opportunity to teach two different species how to live together in harmony and how to avoid having tails pulled or getting scratched.
With young people in the household, learning the basics of cats and their natural behavior will make for happy everybody. In this video, entitled Cats and Kids Go Great Together, Mr. Galaxy share his thoughts on good relationships. The critical elements are to supervise kids and cats at all times, to teach your children empathy towards all living things at an early age, and to learn the basics of cat body language. One of the keys to good placement is matching personalities of the cat kid with the human kid (children size or grown up kid).
Do cats think of their owners as parents? Siblings? Friends? Rubbing around our legs when they greet us, cats are signaling that they regard us as friendly but at the same time slightly superior to them. When living in a family group, kittens rub on their mothers, females rub on bigger cats. The reverse rarely occurs.
Why do cats sometimes suddenly bite or scratch the person who is petting them? You have most likely missed a warning sign. Most cats love to be petted but only for a short while. Flattened ears and a slight switch of the tail lets you know that it is time to stop.
Why do cats knock objects off tables and shelves? Some are really just clumsy and others bat things off tables just to get your attention or because they do it for their own entertainment. In our household Ginger will hop on a table and you will hear scoot, scoot, crash. He seems to find this very amusing.
Why do cats climb into boxes, especially those that are too small? Cats love to feel protected and hidden, especially when they are taking a nap. Cardboard boxes are just dandy for felling secure. Why they pick boxes that are too small is a mystery.
Kitty Body Language
- Licking cats of the same size and status grooming each other. This behavior helps the cats bond and reduces the potential for aggression. It is a genuine demonstration of affection.
- Kneading. This is what kittens do to stimulate their mother’s milk. In adult cats this is affectionate behavior and the person being kneaded is seen as being in a superior, mothering role.
- Lying on its back with belly exposed. This is one relaxed cat that trusts you and its environment.
If you have a cat in your life you will find as Yogi Berra said “ You can observe a lot just by watching”. If you don’t have a cat in your life, consider adding one to your family. You will have a built in stress reducer. Just watch this video and you will be convinced.
Love, Daisy Mae
Shared History - November 2015
A Walk in a Cemetery
- by Rebecca Orfila, photos by Ellis Anderson and Rebecca Orfila
Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by cemeteries. It all began when my dad took me to Church Street cemetery in Mobile to see the Boyington Oak. According to the story, Charles Boyington was convicted of the murder of a friend in 1835. Boyington denied he was the perpetrator and declared that an oak would spring from his chest to demonstrate his innocence. And, a tree did grow from the small grave in the northwest corner of the cemetery (Potter’s Field).
Did you know that there are 65 cemeteries in Hancock County and 140 in Harrison County? If you want to reach out and touch history, try a little Practical History (PH) in our local cemeteries.
Cemeteries are either public or private. The large military and sometimes older city cemeteries are maintained by local, state, or national governments. Private cemeteries are maintained by private cemetery associations, owner families, or churches. There can be restrictions regarding access times and animals like dogs on cemetery grounds. Before visiting a private, family, or public cemetery educate yourself on the days and hours of access.
The first activity is to identify research questions. What interests you? Which are the oldest cemeteries in a specific area? Which have the oldest burials? Where are the former leaders of the community buried? Is there a trend of deaths during certain years that could connect to years of disease or weather events? Are any monuments written in a language other than English?
Practical historians can find the same information on their own by connecting with resources available from the Hancock County Historical Society (HCHS) and their onsite records and references, local history libraries, plus Internet resources like Ancestry.com (public and private genealogical resources and family trees), Genealogybank.com (old newspapers), FindaGrave.com, and other genealogical resources such as USGenWeb and Rootsweb. Based on the invaluable work performed by members of the Hancock County Historical Society plus USGenWeb and FindaGrave, we know three of the 65 Hancock County cemeteries are recorded in the Fourth Ward: Waveland, Fayard, and Gulfside Assembly. With these resources, it is possible to become well versed on the inhabitants of a cemetery prior to a field visit.
With names and dates in hand, a visit to local cemeteries is in order. So what are we looking for during our field trip? As in our initial research, we will be on the lookout for persons of interest such as family members, local families or persons (such as the burials identified above), or people important to the history and development of the local community.
An additional activity in your review of a cemetery could be the identification of symbols seen on memorials and monuments. Symbols and figures on or around gravestones present more about the individual than simple names and dates seen commonly in modern monuments. Common symbols seen in cemeteries include the Christian cross, the Star of David, broken columns (a life cut short), a crown (soul’s achievement and glory of life after death), a dog (symbolic of a good master), dove (innocence and peace), and the weeping willow tree (perpetual mourning and grief).
Whether engraved or not, the architectural styles and materials of monuments such as head- and footstones also inform our understanding of history with the aesthetics of art and design. In other words, we can tell the approximate age of a headstone by becoming familiar with architectural styles of an era. During the late 1700s and early 1800s, flat, horizontal ledge stones were popular and easy to engrave. As technology improved, monuments became vertical and symbols and information about the interred was added.
The placement of graves within a plot may relate to religious beliefs or cultural traditions. Most Christians are buried facing east, though it is popular on our coast to be buried facing the beach. One funeral director told me that there is a tradition of a wife being laid to the right of the husband.
There are many cemetery tours along the Mississippi Coast this season, even after Halloween. Take an educational and fun tour of a nearby graveyard and celebrate local history for yourself!
Please note: The use of ground-penetrating radar or metal detectors should be approved by the cemetery owner or management prior to use. Remember that any excavation or the removal of materials in a cemetery without the permission of the cemetery owner and the gravesite owner is considered vandalism or theft.
Second Saturday - November 2015
Saturday, November 14th
Talk of the Town - November 2015
Hancock Education Makes the Honor Roll
Like the proud parents of an honor student on graduation day, supporters of quality education in Hancock County have a lot to feel good about. Our public and private school students, teachers and administrators are high achievers in not only academics but the arts and athletics as well.
Despite being underfunded by the state in recent years, local educators have worked wonders with what they had (and just imagine what they could have done with their fair shake of funding from the state!). Take a look at these well rounded accomplishments:
Talk of the Town
Bay -Waveland School District
- Bay High School, which ranked 13th out of 249 high schools in Mississippi for statewide testing scores, has the highest graduation rate on the Mississippi Coast and the third highest rate in the state. And for the last three years, it's also had the lowest drop-out rates in the three coastal counties.
- The school won the Bronze Award among Best High Schools in America for four years, according to US News & World Report. The 2014 graduation class of 135 were awarded $5.5 million in scholarships. In 2015, 114 graduates pulled in an astonishing $8,374,566 in scholarship offers, setting a new record at the school and topping last year's record by nearly $3 million.
- Forty-five percent of students go on the attend two-year community college and 35 percent attend four-year universities.
- Scholarship carries over into athletics at Bay High, where all varsity team members have a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Recent honors include award winning efforts by the dance team, basketball and soccer teams, cheerleading squad and tennis team which keep crowding the school’s trophy cases.
Hancock School District
- The Hancock County School District’s testing scores ranked second out of 249 high schools and the high school was a top performer for three years in a row.
- Hancock’s graduation rate was in the top 5 for the Coast and the top 15 percent of all districts in the state. The 2015 graduates earned $6.1 million in scholarships. Among 2015 graduates, 48 received highest honors for 4.0 and greater grades; 36 students earned honors for 3.5-3.99 averages.
- More than half of the county’s high school grades enrolled in two-year community college and 36 percent opted for four-year universities.
- Outside the classroom, Hancock High students earned honors for band, dance, art, basketball, Junior ROTC, football, volleyball, fast pitch softball, bowling, golf, track, tennis, cross country and swimming.
St. Stanislaus and Our Lady Academy
- Accolades go to the county’s private schools as well. At the all-boys St. Stanislaus, approximately 90 percent of 2015 senior class earned college scholarships totaling more than $10.5 million. SSC seniors were accepted into 84 colleges and universities.
- Our Lady Academy is a parochial school, the only all-girls Catholic high school in the state. The class of 2015 had an average 25.7 ACT scores - higher than state and national averages. OLA’s 34 graduates in the class of 2015 earned more than $2,685,000 in scholarships, averaging $79,000 per graduate.
The Shoofly - November 2015
Finding a Hill in the Bay
- by John Dumoulin
You can walk until you no longer know the road; you can run but you can't hide; you can hurry up and wait on a stationary bike. I prefer to sweat up the hills and coast down them on a bike.
Well, the Bay doesn't have any hills that I have found, anyway, but my advice is to head out and see if you can find one. If you do, let me know. I've found a Hillcrest and a Chapel Hill Street and there's a Demon Thusin, don't you know? I wonder who he was. He must have done at least one thing nice to have a street named after him, right?
Trek around the Bay during the day and you'll see one-level skyscrapers with elevators, beautifully manicured slab foundations, white-hulled Boston Whalers punctuating dark driveways to nowhere, and tens of construction crews resurrecting homes out of brambles. It's like watching the Travel and History channels at the same time. You'll pass the Bay's world-famous cerebral Zen Garden beaches and learn about pirate houses and world literary figures like Pearl Rivers.
The South Beach's boardwalk, especially, will take you as far as you have the energy to go. At dusk down the boulevard, invisible community piers are circled above and below by lights and reflections like a string of bright pearls around the neck of a beautiful ghost. If the night promises a new moon, the water will likely be speckled with flounder boat lanterns, so many that it's hard to see where the water stops and the dusk's horizon begins to show off the starred night sky.
I've found, too, that if you put a roll of quarters in each sock, they serve as leg weights. The coins make my calves look like Popeye's, but when I get to the end of the road — usually the western-most end of South Beach Boulevard — and drop the coins in the slots at the Silver Slipper, the ride back seems a breeze! Also, I like to drag a garden rake behind me on Highway 90 just after the Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Parade. The longer I ride and the more beads I collect, the harder the workout. By the time I reach Waffle House, I'm thirsty and dragging a sea anchor the size of a Honda Fit, which forces me to stop — usually in front of Pops Corner Pub. Nothing lazy about this Magnolia, if you know what I mean!
No, you'll be hard pressed to find an exercise hill in Bay Saint Louis for a real work out. My advice is to try the entrance up St. Charles Street from South Beach first then "jump the hump" at the track at Central. Once you can do this without shifting from first to second gear you're ready to tackle the Matterhorn of biking in St. Louis: the Bay St. Louis Bridge.
Tourism Tidbits - November 2015
Cruisin' With A Twist!
- by Latonja Ervin, photos by Ellis Anderson
These events were advertised on radio and TV by the Hancock County Tourism Bureau with a grant from Visit Mississippi.
We kicked off October with a live broadcast of WGNO’s “News with a Twist.” This broadcast covered the greater New Orleans area and south Louisiana. The show aired live at the Bay St. Louis Train Depot on October 7 after the production crew spent several weeks filming highlights of Bay St. Louis attractions. Some of the highlights were dining on the bay overlooking our award-winning municipal harbor, inspiring art in St. Rose Church, and charter fishing in the bay.
This event was sponsored by the Hancock County Tourism Bureau through a grant from BP.
This annual event brings over seven thousand cars to the area and generates revenue for gas stations, restaurants, retail business and car repair shops. This year’s event broke the record with over 7,600 cars. We can’t wait to top the record next year!
Bay St. Louis events were sponsored by the Hancock County Tourism Bureau and Cruisin’ the Coast.
Next we look forward to the holiday season with the Christmas parade on December 5. The parade will take you on a magical holiday ride though all the snowflakes in Old Town Bay St. Louis, ending in the Depot District with the “Snowflakes and Sugarplums” festival. The fest will be from noon–5 p.m. and will feature holiday music, Santa Claus and live music by Roman Street. For more details go to www.mswestcoast.org, on the Cleaver Community Calendar page - and on the Cleaver's Upcoming Events page!
Across The Bridge - November 2015
Yvette Landry Passes Through
- by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
Across The Bridge
At Home In The Bay
Beach To Bayou
BSL Council Updates
Casting My Net
Coast Lines Column
Friends Of The Animal Shelter
Growing Up Downtown
House And Garden
Legends And Legacies
Mother Of Pearl
Murphy's Musical Notes
Old Town Merchants
On The Shoofly
Shore Thing Fishing Report
Talk Of The Town
The Eyes Have It