Plaquemine residents can soon expect savings of about $60 a year on their electrical bills thanks to a rate reduction city officials adopted in April.

The rates were reduced as the result of the June closure of the Plaquemine steam plant and three other power plants operated by the Louisiana Energy and Power Authority.

LEPA for years made strategic moves that enabled the company to purchase electrical power at a cheaper rate than it cost to keep the plants operational, city officials said in a news release.

Because Plaquemine gets its power from LEPA, the city’s share of the LEPA savings, after expenses, is expected to be between $300,000 to $350,000 annually.

Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta said residents should start benefiting from the savings in June. “This move by LEPA, along with the city’s decision to have 20 percent ownership of a new high-efficiency plant being built by LEPA in Morgan City, will ensure our customers very competitive and stable electrical rates for many years ahead,” Gulotta said in the news release.

Theater presents ‘Annie’

Tickets are on sale for the Iberville Community Theatre’s May 29-31 production of “Annie.”

The musical will be performed at the City of Plaquemine Community Center with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

The musical’s cast is made up of local talent.

Tickets are available online at www.wearethedifference.org. They can also be purchased at Plaquemine Chiropractic Clinic, 24160 Railroad Ave., or Plush Beauty Salon across from the Post Office on Canal Street in Plaquemine.

Veterans monument slated

Pointe Coupee General Hospital and the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury have given approval to the American Legion to use a portion of the hospital grounds to construct a veterans monument.

The monument will be paid for through donations received by the sale of bricks honoring all the parish’s veterans, living or deceased.

The monument, to be located in the front corner of the hospital’s parking lot, will have granite stones supporting the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

Flags from each branch of service and the POW/MIA flag will be displayed along with the American flag.

About 1,000 bricks must be sold before construction can begin.

Bricks cost $100 each and the written message must be limited to three lines per brick and no more than 16 characters per line — including spaces and dates.

The brick order form can be obtained online at the American Legion Department of Louisiana’s website at www.lalegion.org or by calling Anthony Daisy at (225) 638-9009.

Museum honors Neal family

Through July 12, the West Baton Rouge Museum will pay tribute to Raful Neal, “Godfather of Baton Rouge Blues,” and his talented family with the exhibition “Neal Family Blues.”

The exhibit will feature a vintage jukebox playing Neal family albums, as well as instruments, photographs and video on loan from the family.

The Kenny Neal and Friends Heritage Blues Festival will take place June 6 at the WBR Multi-Purpose Arena in coordination with the exhibit.

Submit news to Terry Jones at (225) 326-6627 or tjones@theadvocate.com.