There will be face painting at this event in Slidell.

Family Fun Day & Back To School Expo

When: July 9, 2022
10am – 2pm

Where:Northshore Harbor Center
100 Harbor Center Blvd.,
Slidell, LA 70460

What: Free Event.
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Boat drinks will be offered at this event in Covington.

Kokomo Stroll

When: July 9, 2022
5PM – 8PM

Where: Downtown Covington
Covington, LA 70433

What:$45 Kokomo Stroll Cup – must be 21+ to purchase cup

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Liars and Lunkers present this fishing tournament in Pearl River.

Lock One Kids’ Fishing Tournament

When: July 8, 2022
safe light – 11am

Where: Lock One Canal, Pearl River (either side)
Pearl River, LA 70452

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There will be expert speakers at this event in Madisonville.

St. Tammany Gardener’s Summer Seminar

When: July 6, 2022
8am – 12pm

Where: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum
133 Mabel Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447

What: $20

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This event in Madisonville will be fun for the whole family.

Wooden Boat Festival

When: October 16, 2022
10 AM-6 PM

Where: 133 Mabel Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447

What:$10 Adults, $5 seniors 65+, FREE for kids 12 and under and Active Duty Military with ID

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The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum presents the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival.

Wooden Boat Festival

When: October 15, 2022
10 AM-7 PM

Where: 133 Mabel Drive
Madisonville, LA 70447

What:$10 Adults, $5 seniors 65+, FREE for kids 12 and under and Active Duty Military with ID

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There will be 200 artists at this event in Covington.

Three Rivers Art Festival

When: November 12 & 13, 2022
10am – 5pm

Where: (Downtown)
Covington, LA 70433

What: Enjoy live music, art, kids activities, food and more!

Free Event.

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A beautiful spot featured here is this custom courtyard with brick pavers and nice landscaping.

A farmhouse feel in this open floor plan home with a nice custom wood beam and fresh hardwood floors.The hot housing market has changed many things and one thing lenders want to see is appraisal modernization. According to a survey published in May by Fannie Mae, found that mortgage lenders see value in appraisal modernization, specifically in the implementation of non-traditional appraisals and inspection-based appraisal waivers. This was based on a survey conducted on senior mortgage executives. The survey concluded that 188 out of 200 (94%) feel that appraisal modernization will help reduce the loan origination cycle time.

The appraisal process time is one of the biggest obstacles the mortgage industry is facing. Right now, it is causing huge delays and higher costs. There are also fewer appraisers who are experienced in understanding more complex collateral assignments. Currently, the appraisers cannot get to all the houses that need to be appraised. Appraisal costs are going up due to the impact this has on the industry. The modernization will also amplify appraisal capacity and lower borrowing costs.

The survey also shed light on some other issues that are even more important for the lending industry. A digital portal for consumer loan applications was number one or two on many lenders’ lists. There were also concerns mentioned about roadblocks that challenged adapting new modernization tools. These were speed or lack of speed, of integrating these tools with loan originating systems.

The pandemic also has played a hand in the issues the industry is facing when it comes to appraisals. Hybrid appraisals are now allowed under the FHFA (Federal Housing Financing Agency). Appraisers can now conduct them remotely using public records (tax appraisals and listings) for purchase loans. HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) extended its timeline on using hybrid appraisals because of the impact from the pandemic.

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When residents of any community hear that there will be a manufacturing and logistics project close to home, they often fear what it will do to the environment around them. St. Tammany Parish residents are questioning the rezoning of a part of the Wadsworth property at the intersection of La. 1088 and Interstate 12 close to Mandeville.

John Crosby, a developer, wants to build an 800-plus acre industrial corridor on the site. He assures the St. Tammany Parish that the project will bring good jobs to the area and will not harm the environment. Residents spoke their concerns at the Parish Council at a town hall meeting about the impact on traffic and drainage.

Currently, the land is zoned for a mixture of different residential zones and a planned business campus zoning. Crosby is no stranger to these kinds of projects. His company developed The Sanctuary in Mandeville and has a good reputation for being environmentally friendly.

The plan for the site is to have 15 to 20 sites with the smallest being 25 acres. The buildings will be large and look like office buildings.
He also promised to use surfaces that allow rainwater to reach the underlying soil, such as crushed limestone or pavers with plantings in them, sometimes known as living concrete. Other features will include large swales covered in vegetation. With these steps in place, there will be less runoff and better water quality that does run downstream.

“It will not be a wasteland. It is something you are going to be proud of,” he said.

Target or Office Depot, Amazon, FedEx, or UPS are some of the businesses looking to locate distribution centers at the proposed project. He explains that what they will be using the land for will not be noxious or offensive and will not pollute the air or water.

This is not enough for Nancy Wagner, who fought a high-profile and successful battle against the proposed Medline medical equipment distribution center that was planned to be built near Covington. She does not see how they will keep from destroying the environment such as plastics and paint manufacturing. Deed restrictions can only go so far, and she believes they cannot be relied on to enforce zoning matters.

Residents still questioned the project even with the jobs that could potentially be generated there. Crosby does point out that more people who grew up in the area, will stay in the area if they have jobs to go to. The kind of companies that are in discussion to be part of the project will be companies that will attract and hire college graduates.

“Where are we going to put all those people,” David Jones, a member of Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany asked. “Apartments,” someone in the audience replied.

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Enjoy food and drinks at this event in Abita Springs.

Abita Springs 4th of July Celebration

When: July 4, 2022

Where: Abita Springs Park
22044 Main St
Abita Springs, LA 70420

What: Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks!

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