Archive for January, 2010


Join the Omega Mardi Gras Parade in Hammond

January 20, 2010

With Mardi Gras only a month away, now is the time for entrants to join the Omega Mardi Gras Parade in Hammond.  Set to begin at 6:30pm on Friday, February 12th, the 24th Annual Omega Mardi Gras is now accepting applications for people interested in participating in this little piece of Mardi Gras fun in Hammond.  “Mardi Gras Krewes” is the theme for this year’s parade.  Commercial entries are welcome as well as community groups.  Entries must be received no later than February 1st to be accepted.  You can pick up an application at:

  • Kentwood Chamber of Commerce
  • Amite Chamber of Commerce
  • Hammond Chamber of Commerce
  • Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce
  • Ponchatoula City Hall
  • Independence Chamber of Commerce
  • Independence City Hall
  • Captain Joyce Smith (985-345-3442)
  • Co-Captain John Guzzardo (985-345-7467
  • Online at Krewe of Omega website

The annual Mardi Gras Ball hosted by the Krewe of Omega will be held at the St. Joseph Catholic School in Ponchatoula on Saturday, February 6, 2010 beginning at 8pm.  Celebrating “A Salute to Broadway”, you can pick up your tickets for the Mardi Gras Ball at Rexall Central Drugs, North Cypress Fitness Center or Rossie’s Furniture in Hammond.  If you are interested, please join the Omega Mardi Gras parade in Hammond this February.  It will be tons of fun for the whole family.

Yvonne Martin, Let My Family Bring Your Family Home to Hammond Real Estate


Get Ready for the Cold in Hammond

January 6, 2010

With the temperatures dropping, it is time to get ready for the cold in Hammond.  This means protecting your pipes, pets and and plants.  Wrap your pipes up so that the cold temperatures don’t freeze them, possibly making them burst.  Make sure your pets have adequate shelter against the cold temps and plenty of fresh water.  You will need to cover any cold-sensitive plants and give them plenty of water.

In addition to your pipes, pets and plants, check in on your elderly friends or relatives to make sure they have an adequate heat source.  Many of our senior citizens tend to be colder normally than their younger counterparts.  So, dips in the temperature can affect them immensely.  If you find that a senior citizen is in need of help, you can always contact the local government to see what programs they offer for such situations.

Keep any combustible materials at least three feet away from a heat source, especially portable heaters that are so popular this time of year.  Another heat source that people don’t think about is the stove/oven.  Don’t use this to heat up the house because they are not meant to run constantly.  Combustible materials need to be kept at least three feet away from these as well.  Also, keep an eye on children with blankets so that they don’t get too close to a heat source.  Paper is a major combustible that must be kept safely tucked away from any heating source as well.

Getting ready for the cold in Hammond by following the above tips will help you get through the cold weather this year.  Let’s all stay safe and warm!

Yvonne Martin, the Martin Team, Let My Family Bring Your Family Home to Hammond Real Estate