The North Shore Beach Comber
June 2001
President John Lopez, 1St Vice President Tommy Raymond
2nd Vice President Dick Pearsall, Secretary Dennis Strecker
North Shore Beach Association, P.O. Box 1187 Slidell, LA 70459

July 13 Celebration in the Oaks

Our Next General meeting will be Friday, July 13. This is our "4th of July" and we have a few appropriate things to celebrate.

Why Celebrate?


First, we have reached our goal of 150 members, which represents over 50% of North Shore Beach.

Second, we have won our court case, which re-affirms our right to use the Faciane canal.

Third, it is a celebration of our national (and neighborhood) independence.

Fourth, Highway 11 has re-opened with a great new roadbed.

So get out the "Old Glory" and prepare to pass a good time! Lets see some flags!

As always, all residents and property owners of North Shore Beach, the RR spur and Point Carr are invited. Food and drink will be in abundance for the phenomenally low cost of zip. We will have BBQ and boiled crabs and lots of other stuff that we have not figured out yet. If anyone would like to bring a dish (most of you are better cooks than the board!), please give us a call. 847-1889

We will have a few special items included in the 50/50 raffle aside from some T-shirts and the cash prize.

As a special treat for the heat, we will have a snowball machine with free snowballs (supplied by Cal and Kristine Durel). This will come in handy after Mo Schwandt lights the bonfire. We may even splurge on a few fireworks.

Friday, July 13 An All American Feast

FREE -- Burgers, Hot Dogs, Snowballs, Crabs -- FREE

Start 5:30 pm

Meeting 6:30- 7:00

Bonfire & Fireworks 8:30

Close it down 9:00 ( We may need help dragging Kerry out)

April Blow Out

Our April meeting was a tremendous success. Personally, I enjoyed it more than anything we did last year - and last year we had some pretty good get-togethers. We had well over 120 people. Tommy Raymond and Dick Pearsall did an excellent job frying the fish and oysters (300 filets and 1 ½ sacks of oysters). Harry Hildebrand provided most of the filets. Harry Hildebrand the "Tiger Woods" of world-class Pontchartrain Trout still knows how to catch’em. Maybe one day we can get a few of his secrets in our newsletter. Earl Frey provided freshly shucked oysters to fry. Paul Seeber brought his well-used oyster opener and kept even more oysters flowing to the fryers. Ray Lipps helped set up the tables and clean up the next day. We did not run out of beer, but we did end up drinking all the auxiliary beer we bought for reserves. There was a wonderful breeze blowing off the lake, but unfortunately it meant we could not light our fire (next time). Sarah Petty and Sharon White brought potato salad. Sandy Heigle brought desserts. The 50/50 prize was $95! We had several people volunteer for projects, plus had a bunch of new memberships.




North Shore Beach Royalty

Iris Calogero and Gene Audibert recently described to me the Barnacle Buddies Boat Parades in North Shore Beach, which were held during Mardi Gras initially, but then moved to balmy July. The seed of a boat parade started in 1984, but it started in 1986. In 1987, they started having a coronation and dance. The first coronation was for King Bobby and Queen Iris Calogero of the Barnacle. The second year King Leon and Queen Gene Audibert were crowned. Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Olson were next and finally our last line royalty was in 1990 when Renard and Fran Falcon were crowned. The parade organization was started by Captain Narcille Stone and Secretary Gene Audibert. The theme for the Barnacle Buddies Boat parade was rigorously enforced as "anything goes". Awards for boat decorations were given in several categories. Typically there were about a dozen boats. Gene has a photo album and the boats were decorated very well. There was a paddle wheeler, Elvis sang on the cabin of a Lafitte skiff, one boat had a Ferris wheel on the fantail, another had a living room including sofa and TV, there was a Casino Boat, a Cruise Line ship, a Pirate Ship, New York Garbage Barge and so forth. Clearly this group of royal revelers captured the Mardi Gras spirit and tailored it to our unique community. Unfortunately, it was not long after that the Barnacle Buddies faded away. Gene wistfully commented to me "It was a lot of fun. I’m sorry it broke up".

Gillnetter in the Faciane canal

I was out of town on April 10, but I was quickly informed about a gill-netter in the Faciane canal. Jimmy Lauga, Dennis Strecker, Sharon, and probably everyone noticed a gill-netter had placed gill nets all up and down the Faciane canal. In addition, the nets were unattended. You may re-call my report last year about the gill-netters in Lake Pontchartrain within the sanctuary. Those gillnetters were outlaws and were busted. It turns out in the canal and marsh here is a different story. The Wildlife and Fisheries has divided the whole coast into either "saltwater" or freshwater" and there are two sets of regulations for either fresh or salt water. All open water of Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas are defined as "saltwater", but all of the surrounding marsh is defined as freshwater. Our marsh here is actually intermediate in salinity. But that is too complicated so the freshwater reg’s apply in our marsh. Fresh water gillnetting is still legal.

The fish being sought is garfish and the mesh of the gill net is 6 inches. So hopefully most trout, bass or redfish would not get caught. However, someone reported an otter caught in one of the gill nets, but was able to free it. Over eight North Shore Beach residents called Wildlife and Fisheries Monday. We have several calls over here. Three WLF agents came out and checked the net. It was all legal. The fisherman had a Chalmette address. The next day I spoke to a Fisheries agent who verified what the WLF agents concluded. After several discussions with various officials this type of gillnetting generally does not pose a great threat to our wildlife here. We should be sure that these fisherman keep navigation clear in the canal, and we can hope they will not be coming back.





Why did the rabbit cross the canal?

Well you never know about animals. In June, Sharon, a nephew and I went shrimp trawling at night over by Seabrook. We caught about 40 pounds and decided to return about 1 am. So we headed across the lake and entered into the Faciane canal. I pulled out my spotlight to look for alligators. I was hoping to show one to my nephew. We got most way down along the concrete bulkhead along Point Carr when I spotted something in the canal. It was crossing the canal, but by the time we caught up, it was swimming along the small barge in the canal. We got right along side and to our disbelief it was a rabbit swimming along the barge, but obviously attempting to get to the Point Carr side. As we passed, he was nearly to the beach at the entrance. Well I would never expect to see a rabbit swimming in a canal at all, much less in the middle of the night. We were mystified. The next day it occurred to me maybe what the rabbit was doing. I suspect it has a rabbit hole on the island where it lives, but went out to eat in the early morning as rabbits often do. However, this rabbit may have figured that Point Carr has about eight acres of nice fresh grass. So I think the rabbit was swimming for his breakfast, but who knows.

Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae is back at it. In March, Sharon got a message from April Meyer that they had found two tiny baby opossums outside of the Prudential Gardner office in Slidell. A couple years ago, Sharon had raised a stranded opossum we found in our back yard from a 4 oz gerbil size to a full size mature (5 pound) opossum. It was fun to see it grow. Well, until recently, we had two baby opossums in the basement, which seem to be extraordinarily healthy and active. The possums are now probably 5 to 6 months old and their weight since March had gone from 3 oz to 3 pounds. We released them June 16 on a friend’s property in Mississippi.

A+ Making the grade A+

You have probably noticed that our Community Building parking lot has been draining well. Earl Frey - my bachelor neighbor- came through for us on a tough little problem. The drainage in our Community Building parking lot was terrible and needed to be re-graded. Earl had rented a bobcat for some yard work and volunteered to work on the parking lot. Not so easy! The limestone gravel was extremely packed and was harder to move than concrete. But with some persistence he did get it done. Lee Core had already given an ok for us to allow the water to drain into the ditch by her, where it crosses underneath the road into the canal. With the heavy rain we had in early June, we can see that the re-grading has greatly improved drainage in the parking lot. Thanks to Earl and Lee.