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What’s Growin’ on at The Pass Market: Okra, a little Past and Present

Posted: September 20th, 2014, by editor

By Joe Buckley

One of my favorite dishes is okra. This vegetable is abundant at The Pass Market. It is a little late this year due to some cool weather early in the spring. Okra is a semi tropical plant that is popular around the world. The origins of the plant are disputed. Some say that it came from west Africa while others maintain that India and even south Asia are the birthplaces of this plant. No matter what the origin, okra quickly spread around the world and is enjoyed in almost every culture from the Philippines to Egypt.

The Dutch and French name for okra is “gumbo”. Now that has a familiar ring to it doesn’t it. Most of us prefer our seafood gumbo to have an okra base.

I have heard that okra came to America as seeds braided in the hair of slaves in the early 1800’s. It was a grown as far north as Philadelphia, though the greatest concentration of it was in the southeast.

Okra is best known for its “mucilaginous” or slime. This is an important part of okra. It provides the thickening for the dishes that we enjoy from it.

The seeds can be roasted and ground as a decaffeinated coffee substitute. In fact, okra seeds were the main coffee substitute used during the American Civil War in the south.

Recipes from around the world use okra as a base. Sliced and fried, sautéed, stewed, or boiled, the lists are extensive. This relative of cotton, cocoa, and hibiscus is truly a culinary super vegetable.

Not only are there different kinds of okra plants and pods, but there are different uses for each. Keep the gumbo warm!

Other Market news:

The Pass Market Wednesday, our all food market in the new pavilion on Davis Avenue, will have its last market for this season on Wednesday, September 24. Opening for the next season will be announced at a later date.

On Saturday, October 11, The Pass Market in War Memorial Park, will be closed due to Cruisin’ the Coast. This decision was made due to concerns of traffic congestion, numerous road closures around the park, and safety for the vendors and market patrons. Thank you for your patience and we will see you all the following Saturday morning in the park.




Two Pass teens arrested for drive-by shooting

Posted: September 20th, 2014, by editor

Pass Christian Police arrested two men Thursday in connection with a drive-by shooting on the 400-block of Davis Avenue.

Jajuan Swanier and Marcus Porter, both 19 of Pass Christian, were charged with drive-by shooting for allegedly firing a rifle from a black Dodge Charger Thursday afternoon.

Police believe the incident was a retaliation for an assault on Swanier that allegedly occurred earlier in the day, said Chief Investigator Barry Smith.

According to police, Swanier was driving the Charger and allegedly shot at the house on Davis, hitting it at least three times.

Police responded to the shots fired call and obtained a description of the Charger, which they broadcast to local agencies, Smith said in a press release.

Investigator Tim Siddens saw a vehicle that matched the description traveling west on Highway 90. Wen he attempted a traffic stop,  a short chase ensued before the vehicle crashed in a ditch on West Jones Road, off of Menge Avenue, Smith said.

Pass Christian Fire Chief Dwight Gordon, right, assists two Harrison County deputies arrest Jajuan Swanier on Thursday behind Holy Family Parish Church. Swanier allegedly shot at a house earlier in the day.

Porter and another individual were apprehended at the scene, and Swanier fled on foot.

Police stationed a look-out on West Jones and Menge while Pass Police and Harrison County Deputies searched the neighborhood and woods for the suspect.

A short time later, around 5 p.m., Swanier was apprehended near Holy Family Parish Church by sheriff’s deputies with help of a K-9 unit.

Porter and Swanier were arrested charged with drive-by shooting. Swanier was also charged with felony fleeing.

They were taken to Harrison County Adult Detention Center and held on bonds set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.

Porter was held on $100,000 bond and Swanier was held on a $250,000 bond.

The third person was detained and released Thursday. Police did not identify the individual and no charges have been filed against him, but the investigation ongoing, Smith said.

Police recovered the rifle allegedly used in the incident in a ditch off West Jones Road, he said. They believe it was thrown from the Charger window during the chase.

Police are still searching for the person Swainier and Porter allegedly shot at, Smith said.

Any one with information is asked to call the Pass Police at 228.452.3301.

Singing his praises: Our Mother of Mercy church celebrates 93-year-old Father Endslow

Posted: September 15th, 2014, by editor


Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church held a musical tribute Sunday in honor of longtime priest Father Bartholomew Endslow.

Father Enslow, 93, will step down from the pulpit later this year after serving Our Mother of Mercy for 17 years.

The church pews were overflowing Sunday as the congregation celebrated the beloved priest with song and dance.

Pastor Ken Braxton, mass choir pianist at Our Mother of Mercy and pastor of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport, spearheaded the celebration. Braxton led the choir in a tribute to Father Endslow.

Our Mother of Mercy’s youth choir, traditional choir and mass choir all performed several of Father Endslow’s favorite hymns to honor him and his impact on the grateful community.

One of Father Endslow’s favorite hymns sung at the celebration describes the humble priest.

“May the work I’ve done speak for me,” the hymn proclaimed.

Toward the end of the celebration Father Endslow finally spoke saying, “I am very grateful and I don’t deserve all of this. I get more from people than I give them.”

Father Endslow has served the Catholic Church for over 65 years as a member of the St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart. Known as Josephites, priests of the brotherhood have been committed to serving the African American community since 1871.

The first Josephite priest arrived in Pass Christian in 1909 and began a congregation in a small school taught by two Catholic sisters.

The present church building was completed in 1911 and was first known first as St. Philomena’s Mission. In 1961, it became Our Mother of Mercy.

Father Endslow joined the church in 1997. He was born April 17, 1921, in Peabody, Massachusetts and ordained on June 7, 1949.

Many of Father Endslow’s loyal friends and church leaders describe him as a humble, kind and giving man.

“I can remember as far back as Father Sweeney, who was one of the first priest’s at this church, and I was close with them all,” said George Watson, a lifelong Pass Christian resident and a lifelong church member. “We love you”.

Several other organizations within the Church spoke kindly of Father and presented him with gifts of appreciation.

“You have served the Lord with gladness – tirelessly, faithfully, and with great compassion for His flock. You have given hope and encouragement to so many,” a plaque presented by the Bereavement Committee read.

Bishop Roger Morin of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi and Deacon Gerald Norris were both in attendance and  paid homage to the modest priest.

For Father Endslow the celebration was not a goodbye, but more like a see-you-around.

“I’m not retiring, I’m just stepping down. I will be here to help until the new priest comes,” he said. “I will live out my life in the church rectory and I will be buried in the little cemetery over the tracks.”

September First Saturday events in Pass Christian

Posted: September 5th, 2014, by editor

With football season kicking off, Pass Christian’s monthly First Saturday Artwalk is going tailgating.
From 5 to 8 p.m., the monthly event provides the perfect venue for families to visit the restaurants and shops along Davis Avenue.
Live music will be provided by Curtis Staples and Billy Marter. The duo will play from the front lawn of Cigars in the Pass beginning at 5 p.m.
Merchants and restaurants around town are giving a nod to college game day with specials and deals.
• Purple Pelican will feature its new line of BBQ supplies and spice rubs which will be buy-one-get-one 50 percent off.  Purple Pelican also carried a variety of Collegiate merchandise.
• Art Alley in the Pass will feature gourmet samples and refreshments that make tailgating easy.
• Sara Kate Boutique has a wide selection of women’s game day apparel and a new line of fall merchandise. Each purchase enters you in a drawing for a $50 gift card.
• Fatsumo will serve up its Ole Miss Roll, a soft-shell crab roll with mango, cream cheese, cucumber and asparagus topped with baked crawfish and Asian remoulade and eel sauce.
• You can tailgate on the deck of Hook and try the new food and drink menu while listening to the band.
• Cigars in the Pass will have football on TV and offers its signature hand-rolled torpedo cigars at buy-two-get-one free.
• Pass Christian Soap will feature its new shampoos and conditioners in scents like sun-ripened strawberry, sugared fig and Gulf waters.
• Thou Art Gallery and Gifts will have a drawing for a $50 gift card. Entries are earned for every $50 you spend in store on First Saturday. Refreshments will also be served.
• Asian Paradise will serve $2 beers all day.
• Flyin’ Jalapeno will serve chicken or pork burritos for $5 all day.
• Port in the Storm will keep the fun going with football on TV and karaoke at night. From 4-7pm, all well drinks are $2 and burgers are $5.

Second Amendment tax holiday starts today

Posted: September 5th, 2014, by editor

The first annual Second Amendment Weekend sales tax holiday begins today and runs through midnight Sunday.
The sales tax holiday passed in 2014 Legislative Session. It was authored by Sen. Philip Moran.
According to the law, sales tax is not due during the holiday on the sale of firearms, ammunition and certain hunting supplies.
Hunting supplies are the following items when used for hunting: archery equipment, firearm and archery cases, firearm and archery accessories, hearing protection, holsters, belts and slings.
Eligible items include arrows, ammunition, tripods and sights.
Non-eligible items include general hunting supplies such as camouflage, backpacks, knives and tree stands.
Hunting supplies does not include animals used for hunting.
For more information and a complete list of eligible and non-eligible items, visit the Mississippi Department of Revenue at

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