The Village Road bridge in St. Amant that crosses New River Canal at the intersection with La. 429 (Weber City Road) is closed and will be replaced by construction crews.

Construction should be complete by late December.

Temporary access will be available through the Holy Rosary Catholic Church parking lot from either Beco Road from the north or La. 429 from the south.

For more information, call project engineer Jake Lambert, with Glenn Shaheen and Associates, at (225) 644-5523.

Political forum

The Ascension Parish Republican Executive Committee will hold a political forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Gonzales Civic Center. The public is welcome to attend.

No political signs will be allowed in the building or on the premises.

The forum will be videotaped for airing on Eatel’s Community Channel 4.

The first hour will be given to Parish Council candidates, with each candidate receiving three minutes to speak.

The second hour will be given to the four parish president candidates who announced before qualifying. Each candidate will be given two minutes for an opening statement, one minute for a closing statement and one minute to answer each question.

Community meeting

The Ascension Parish Assessor’s Office will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Geismar Community Center.

Assessor M.J. “Mert” Smiley and his staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer assistance with homestead exemptions and special assessments for seniors 65 and older.

The special assessment freezes a homeowner’s taxes, excluding millages, at the current assessed value if the homeowner is 65 or older with a household income of less than $71,563.

For more information, call Nell Ervin at (225) 257-1063.

Support group meeting

The Loss and Grief education and support group meets every Thursday in the Sister Linda Conference Room at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1125 La. 30, Gonzales. There is no charge to attend and no registration is required.

Membership drive

The Ascension Council on Aging is holding its annual membership drive through Oct. 5. Membership is open without restrictions to parish residents who have reached the age of majority. There is no fee for membership.

Anyone interested in the problems and concerns of the elderly and wishing to serve in some capacity may apply at 101 Bocage Drive, Donaldsonville, or 526 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales.

The council’s annual meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Gonzales Senior Center.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, or Deadline: noon Monday.