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I was born in this parish. Even though I moved away for over 20 years, I still managed to make my way back in 2008. Tangipahoa Parish isn't just my home again. It's the place where my parents (George and Darlene Delaune) met at Ponchatoula High School, attended SLU together, and got married. It's also the place where my grandparents (Ervin and Christine Picou) owned a business, Picou Lumber Company in Ponchatoula. I used to help customers during the summers when I would come back and visit with family after we moved away. I can still remember like it was yesterday, my great aunt, Elsie Morgan, taking me to D&R to get a hamburger and a chocolate milk shake, or Hi-Ho to get a regular pork. 

Both sides of my family have lived in this parish for years and have raised children, grandchildren and great grandchildren here. To me, Tangipahoa Parish means family, memories, and my home. 

My grandfather, Ervin Picou, (pictured) will turn 92 years young on March 20th.

I love my hometown!I was born at Lallie Kemp Hospital in 1976. I would go all over the USA, but I always come back. Home is where your 💓 Is!

I love Tangipahoa because I have many fond memories. My grandpa was the warden in Loranger. I enjoyed being a counselor at the Girl Scout Camp in Independence.I was raised in Ponchatoula, and also went to school and church there. When I attended SLU, I went to football and basketball games. I also worked the first Strawberry Festival held here. I love Tangipahoa Parish!

I was not born here. I met a friend that invited me for a visit and have met the most welcoming people in Tangi. I have been made to feel included and part of school and local communities. I moved here many years ago and married the love of my life whom I met here. I have enjoyed raising my children here. The lifestyle is relaxed and comfortable. Loving being here and looking forward to many more years. Thanks Tangi for welcoming me.

As a lifelong resident of Tangipahoa Parish and graduate of SELU, deciding where to raise my family was a simple one! My family and I planted our roots in Ponchatoula and soon after opened the Original Berry Town Produce in 1992. Now nearly 30 years later, I am proud to still be serving this incredible community through The Salad Stations & Berry Town.

People often ask me, "Why did you stay in Tangipahoa?" My answer is always the same "Why would I go anywhere else?" This is my home and will always be my home. This is where I went to school, and to college, and met my husband, and where I have chosen to raise my kids, this is where I work, THIS is where I live!! I was raised in Ponchatoula on the very southern end of the parish, but now live in the hilly country side in the rural area of north of Amite. I love that everywhere I go I get asked, "Who are your people?" and before the conversation is over you are connected to them through friends, family, co-workers, or organizations and you hug goodbye (even if this is your first time meeting). It makes me so very happy when my kids tell me that they love this community and want to raise their families here also! I Am Tangi!

I was born in Hammond LA. My first home was my Aunt Vera Bardwell's house in Ponchatoula, so some wouldn’t be alone in our Amite home (dad was in Vietnam). Dad's military career took us to Germany for my infancy. Then back to Grandpa's home in Hammond, until the Army sent us to GA, and then on to Fulda, Germany for my Kindergarten year. Then back to our family home in Amite, for my first grade experience (dad was in Vietnam again). My 2nd through 4th grade years were spent in Wildflicken, Germany. Then back to our family home in Amite. Seems everywhere we went we always came home to Tangipahoa Parish.

I joined the Marine Corps shortly before graduating Amite High, then went to Southeastern shortly after my transfer to the Louisiana Air National Guard. The Active duty Air Force took me to many of our far away states including Alaska and Hawaii. I lived in far-far away places like Korea, Panama, Saudi Arabia, among many others - always returning home to Tangipahoa Parish between each great adventure. Having the fortune to live in so many places around this world as I served my country, it is a well informed choice that I choose to call Tangipahoa Parish my real home.

So blessed to call Tangi my family's home. I packed up our home and moved to Hammond from St. Tammany Parish in 2011 and must say that it has been the best decision of our lives. There truly is no place like Hammond and the surrounding areas. There is so much security knowing that our young ones have the opportunity to grow in a community that we not only feel safe in but we feel warmth by our neighbors.

I was born and raised in Tangipahoa. One of my favorite things about living in Loranger is the a rural environment and community. There’s nothing quite like it.

I grew up in Louisiana but moved to North Carolina in 1999. In 2009 I felt that God was calling my family back to Louisiana. It was bittersweet because we loved living in NC. Following His call, we came back home and have never regretted it.

What do I love about Tangipahoa Parish? The people, Southeastern, Hot August Night, Starry November Night, Christmas in the Park at Cate Square, the DDD Farmer's Market, The Mission Church, and so much more. My family and I have a bit of a gypsy spirit, so we know this won't be home forever, but it is for now and we love living here.

I love that we have such a great university right in our backyard; it really seems like Southeastern is consistently getting better. All four of my sisters and my mother graduated from Southeastern.

I first moved to Tangipahoa Parish to attend college at SLU over 20 years ago.  I made a lot of wonderful memories here with friends and made friends that stay with me to this day.  I've moved, but I started working in Hammond in 2014.  I love coming here daily, and seeing how much Hammond and Ponchatoula have grown.  There's so much possibility and growth happening in this parish, and it's great to feel like I'm a part of that!

I work in downtown Hammond and I think it is so cool that the train comes right through the middle of downtown.  I look forward to the day that my son is old enough to ride with me on the train for a day trip to New Orleans. He's going to love it!

I love Tangi in the way that you love a childhood home. I've been here for 6 years. I went to college here. I met some of my best friends here. I've had most of my adult life experiences here. This place has inspired me creatively and intellectually. Tangi has been good to me and I believe you get out what you put in.

Tangi is important to me because it represents opportunity in my life. It's where I went to college. It's where I got my first "real" job doing what I love. It's where I got my first apartment, and it's where I'm raising my son. I didn't grow up in Tangi, but in the short years I've been here I've evolved so much as a person.

I grew up in a Tangi that I couldn't wait to leave but after living in North Carolina and moving back "home" I fell in love with my native home. Tangi is home to me because of the incredible people who make it home. After moving back home after being gone for 10 years, I am so happy to be here! #IAmTangi 

Tangi is important to me because it’s where I grew up, where I work, and where my family is. My dad grew up in Tangi and has lived here his entire life, and it’s where he met my mom. His childhood home is my most favorite place to visit. It’s a beautiful two story white house on Cory Road in Loranger. Unfortunately, it’s over 100 years old and wasn’t properly kept up so it’s falling apart, but I love going there and imagining how beautiful it must have been back in it’s prime. My dad always tells me the story of how his parents were walking past it one day and my grandpa told my grandma, who was his girlfriend at the time, that one day they’d buy that house. Eventually they bought the house and raised their kids there, including my dad.

When I think about Tangi, I think of that beautiful story my dad tells me about my grandparents. I think of my amazing parents and family that I couldn’t live without, and I think about what the future holds for me here in Tangipahoa.