Month: November 2010


This is such a busy season, and at the top of the list is Election Day. Give careful consideration and thought before you mark your ballot, but please vote because every vote is so very important.
The state of Mississippi has produced the finest in entertainers, writers, scientists, and musicians. Biloxi was home to Fred Haise, who grew up to become an Astronaut on the Apollo 13 Space Team! I had the extreme pleasure of talking with Fred recently, and he told me all about his remarkable life.
Veteran’s Day is here again, and what better way to honor our heroes than to attend the Gulf Coast Veterans Parade!  Please join us as we pay homage to the brave men and women who fought so valiantly to keep America free.  Fred Haise will proudly serve as Grand Marshall for the event.
Linda Hornsby of the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association gets us up to speed on the new Charter Boat and Fishing promotions. You could win a bundle, by simply enjoying a wonderful day of R & R on the Gulf! Find out how –
Meet the lovely Romy Simpson, our Mover and Shaker for November, who is the proprietor of Negrotto’s Gallery in Biloxi.
All This…and so much more
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor


By: Nancy Marchbanks

On Saturday, November 13th, we will once again have the opportunity to come together to honor our Veterans through the Gulf Coast Veterans Parade. The pageantry begins at 11:00 a.m in downtown Biloxi, with distinguished Grand Marshall presiding over the festivities, Mr. Fred Haise. Haise was born and raised in the beautiful city on the beach, and proceeded to become a NASA Astronaut. He served as the Lunar Module Pilot on the aborted Apollo 13 Space Mission, which celebrates the 40th Anniversary of this historical event this year. In addition, this is the 10th Anniversary of the GC Veterans Parade, which is wholeheartedly dedicated to all the men and women who served in every branch of the American Armed Forces. (more…)

Drying Hair in Winter Time

There is no way out in winter time. So you start using a hair dryer. And hair suffers. What should be done to help?
Hair does not like high temperatures. Do not try out any super hair driers then. Under the influence of hot air the shells of a hair go up and the natural mist goes out of it. As a result, hair becomes dry, loses its gloss and it is unpleasant to touch. If you need to dry your hair quickly, firstly massage a moistening conditioner into it. Very good are so-called thermo-conditioning balms: if you put some onto the wet hair, it should protect hair from the hot air influence. Modern hair driers have “friendly” functions which allow their users to dry hair with warm and even cool stream of air. (more…)

2010 Women of Achievement Awards

By: Melody Worsham
In October 12th, Lighthouse Business & Professional Women (BPW) held its annual Women of Achievement Awards at the IP Casino Resort Spa Ballroom. The formal luncheon and ceremony was attended by nearly 300 movers and shakers from every industry represented on the Coast.
Each year, Lighthouse BPW recognizes an outstanding woman in each of the following categories: Education, Medical, Nonprofit, and Corporate (Government & Military included). An overall winner is selected from these top 4 winners to receive Lighthouse Business & Professional Women’s 2010 Woman of the Year Award. (more…)

November in History

November 1
Sistine Chapel Opens
In 1512, after four years of work, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican, was opened.  Painted by Michelangelo, the ceiling depicts biblical scenes and is one of the greatest examples of renaissance art. In 1535 Michelangelo began work on the altar area, which he completed in six years. (more…)


It’s not every band that’s still staking out new musical territory and embracing fresh challenges more than 23 years into their career, but that’s the case with Blues Traveler.  Having long ago graduated from the jam-band underground to mainstream stardom, the iconoclastic combo has consistently stuck to its guns and played by its own rules. (more…)

The Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Shootout

By: Nancy Marchbanks

The Sport Fishing and Charter Boat industry took a very heavy hit due to the oil spill. Happily, the situation is improving because of the swift action of the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association. A brand new promotion kicked off in October and continues through November 6th, offering big prize money for fishermen (and women) who book charters and bring in the heaviest catch in four catagories – Reds, King Mackerel, Red Snappers and Cobia. The Charter Boat Challenge certainly lit a spark because bookings for fishing trips are up again! (more…)

J.Réaux Salon

By Melody Worsham

The small community of Woolmarket is growing, and the need for local businesses is keeping up with the pace. Since Hurricane Katrina, Woolmarket has been the choice of many Coast residents who decided to move a little farther north. Astute Gulf Coast business owners are seeing the potential to serve these new residents. This is where Jeannine Réaux has opened her new salon. J.Réaux (pronounced RAY-oh) opened its doors at the beginning of October. Jeannine said that a lot happened to her after the 2005 hurricane. Before Katrina, she owned a salon in downtown D’Iberville, the Innovation Station located off of Gorenflo Road and Rodriguez. She had taken over the building where her father, Gilbert Réaux, had a barber shop for years. “I guess I’m following the family tradition,” Jeannine said. She is the third generation of hair-care specialists in the family after her father and great uncles. “My father was a barber for 43 years,” she said.
After Katrina, Jeannine went on to perfect her talents at Barnette’s Avada Day Spa, an upscale and popular salon in Ridgeland, just outside of Jackson. Upon her return to the coast in 2007, she began working at Cox’s Barbershop in north Ocean Springs. She recalls the first time a man requested a traditional flat top hair cut. She was carefully taking off the length a little at a time so as not to make a mistake, when one of the seasoned barbers, Robert Murphy, “took off about an inch straight out the middle of the man’s head.” Jeannine said he then told her to even out the rest of the hair on the man’s head to match the cut he just made. “ And that’s how I learned to do a flat top”, she said smiling. (more…)

McElroy’s on the Bayou

By: Nancy Baker Faul

In the 1970’s, the McElroy family owned and operated two “A&W Root beer stands”.  The family ran one stand in Biloxi & one in d’Iberville. Started by James R. and Emerick McElroy and Mickey and Jane McElroy, the stands flourished. Soon, Mickey and Jane found a snack bar to buy and over the next 25+ years would turn that small stand into a world renowned seafood restaurant known as McElroy’s. (more…)

Tips For Running Your First Marathon – What every newbie needs to know before taking on a big race

Week 1-3: Find Your Stride
As a novice runner, the first obstacle to overcome is yourself. While training, everyone says that running a marathon is 80 percent mental so the biggest challenge is letting yourself fail. Just as you can’t start with a 250 lb. deadlift, you can’t jump into training at an 8-minute mile. Sure, your competitive nature would love to train at a 1:45 hour race finish time, but if you want to make it past a week of training you have to mentally and physically slow down. There are a bunch of running schedules you can find online but accept the fact that it’s OK to modify based on your ability and schedule, and set realistic, achievable goals in terms of mileage and pace. (more…)

Stress Relief Through Charity

One of the best ways to relieve yourself from the stresses in life is by giving to others. When you help others it takes the focus off of you and your problems and shifts the focus to the needs of others. Helping others brings about change in the community and a peace to you and someone in need. Below are 10 ways to volunteer and give the gift of yourself to others:

1. Walkathons
Walkathons are charity walks. The only thing required is desire, determination and some good walking shoes. To participate contact the charity of your choice who is hosting the walk to register. Once you register you will be asked to get sponsors to donate money on behalf of you walking. Sponsors can be anyone- your family members, co-workers, church members, local businesses etc. Donations can be anywhere from $1.00 to as much as your sponsor is willing to donate. (more…)

Meet Romy Simpson of Negrotto’s Gallery

By: Nancy Baker Faul
Romy Simpson, a native of Colombia, South America is the current co-owner of Negrotto’s Gallery. She was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Business Women in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal. Simpson’s volunteer efforts earned her the 2009 Volunteer of the Year award for the American Advertising Federation and her professional accomplishments will be highlighted during Spotlight on Success put on by The March of Dimes on November 16th.  The gallery has won the prestigious award of Top 100 Art & Framing Galleries in the United States by Décor Magazine and the 2007 Chamber of Commerce Tapestry Award. (more…)