The Iberville Chamber of Commerce recently honored the legacy of former Plaquemine Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta by presenting his family with its prestigious Spirit of Iberville Award.

The award, which was presented to Gulotta’s wife and two sons at the chamber’s annual membership banquet Jan. 28, is reserved for people who have dedicated their time to significantly improving the community, have exhibited integrity and leadership and have been a service to others.

Gulotta died unexpectedly in September at 57. Gulotta was credited by chamber Executive Director Hank Grace for spending his 23 years in office updating the city’s infrastructure, establishing a better quality of life for residents through community projects like the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park and supporting the town’s historic downtown district.

“Mayor Tony Gulotta had far exceeded the guidelines for this award and has done more to improve Plaquemine and help its people than anyone we know,” Grace said . “Perhaps his greatest gift to this community was his vision. He could see what was needed in Plaquemine and could envision ways to improve the city.”

3-D mammography

The Ochsner Medical Complex in Plaquemine announced it’s offering 3-D mammography at its new location. The technology is credited with identifying up to 41 percent more invasive cancers than conventional 2-D mammography.

“This technology not only allows us to diagnose breast cancer earlier; it also decreases the number of callback mammograms and unnecessary biopsies,” Dr. Jay Brooks, of the Ochsner Health System, said in a news release. “This means women can get this lifesaving screening without the anxiety associated with false positives.”

The announcement comes as the Iberville medical complex prepares to celebrate its first anniversary Feb. 20 with a health fair.

The public is invited to meet Ochsner doctors, participate in free health screenings and learn how to make appointments online using MyOchsner. The health fair will take place from 8 a.m. until noon. No appointments are required.

Annual black history parade

S.O.S. Save Our Sons Inc., a local community outreach group in Port Allen, is asking churches, community groups, social clubs and high school bands to participate in its 14th annual Black History Parade on Feb. 13.

The parade will start at 1 p.m. at William and Lee Park and travel down Louisiana Avenue to Alexander Street. The route then proceeds down California Avenue to 14th Street before returning back to William & Lee Park, where the organization will hold a cookout featuring live music and other family fun.

There is no entry fee. Call (225) 938-7984 for details.

Lecture on desegregation

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a free talk on the history of school desegregation at noon Thursday.

Alfreda Tillman Bester, principal attorney with Tillman Bester & Associates in Baton Rouge, will speak on the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. The Board of Education, the historic case that opened the door to school desegregation.

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