The Brusly Landmark & Heritage Commission presented landmark plaques to 11 renovated historic properties at its Sept. 20 ceremony at Brusly Town Hall. The plaques and accompanying certificates were presented by commission President Jimmy Rills and Brusly Council member Joanne Bourgeois.

Brusly landmarks

Recipients included L.J. Boniol, for the former home of Myrtis and Landen Alexander; Tracie and Gaylen Martin, for the home of Delores Martin Bergeron and Manuel Martin; Ryan Fabre, for the Birdie and Octave “Lole” LaBauve home; Ryan Fabre, Kyle Thibodeaux and Brad Fabre, for the former home of Hazel and Sam LaBauve; Mary and Dane Hebert, for the Ann Mary and Ory Hebert home; Christina and Tim Robichaux, for the former home of Bertha and Fernand Thibodaux; Cindy M. Jones, for the Marie and Edwin Hebert home; Mary and Omer “Peanut” LeRay, for the Original Brusly Seafood House (presently the Back Brusly Grocery), the Geraldine and J.C. “Kiyi” Caillouet home and the former home of Ann and Paul Gauthreaux Sr.; and Kerri and Pierce Brown for the former Melancon family home.

New Brusly residents Sally and Bert Callais will have a Former Landmark sign erected on their property to recognize the site of the Brusly Semi-Pro Baseball Field. Former property owner Peggy Bernard was also recognized.

Assisting with the celebration were Debbie Berthelot and Jamie Loupe.

Conservation heroes

Cox Communications and the Trust for Public Land tapped Patrick Armstrong as this year’s Cox Conserves Hero at an Oct. 2 celebration. Friends of the Lafitte Corridor, his nonprofit of choice, received $10,000 on his behalf.

Armstrong is the co-leader of NOLA Trash Mob, a group of more than 1,100 volunteers and partners who clean up public lands. One of those partnerships is with Friends of the Lafitte Corridor.

Armstrong was one of three finalists chosen by a panel of judges for the award. The finalists then competed in an online public vote to claim the title of Conserves Hero.

The two runners-up each received $5,000 for their chosen nonprofit. Gretchen Vanicor selected ReCover Acadiana and Chip Vosburg, represented by Tammy and Morgan Vosburg, chose the Louisiana State Chapter — Quality Deer Management Association.

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