Brusly wins Tree City USA honor

The town of Brusly was recently named a 2015 Tree City USA in honor of its effective urban forest management, according to a news release from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Brusly achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department; adopting a tree-care ordinance; having an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

Elks Lodge basketball contest

The Plaquemine Elks Lodge’s annual Youth Hoop Shoot Contest will be held Saturday at Plaquemine High.

Through the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program, the Elks National Foundation offers local kids the opportunity to engage in healthy competition, connect with their families and community, and succeed both on and off the court.

Registration and warm-ups start at 9 a.m. Saturday with the competition to follow at 10 a.m.

The Hoops Shoot is open to all boys and girls ages 8-13. Contestants will be assigned based on the age they will be on April 1. Each contestant must bring proof of birth (birth certificate or certified copy).

Winners will advance to the State Hoop Shoot in Opelousas in February.

Plaquemine Mardi Gras krewe announces parade

The only nighttime Mardi Gras parade on the west side will roll in Plaquemine on Jan. 31, the Krewe of Comogo announced this week.

The parade will begin at 7 p.m. on La. 1 between Citizens Bank and Iberville Bank in Plaquemine.

This is the fourth year for the parade and the second year it will feature floats built by the brothers of the late Brenda Comeaux, the Plaquemine native for whom the parade was established to honor.

For a complete parade route visit

Movie on MLK holiday

On a day when many federal agencies and other government entities will be closed, the West Baton Rouge Museum will remain open with free admission to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Visitors will be welcomed to a screening of the documentary “The Abolitionists” at 10:30 a.m. on the holiday, this year on Jan. 18.

The documentary focuses on the 19th century abolitionist struggle that has been noted as the country’s first Civil Rights struggle.

MLK Day parade, program

Mary Immaculate Council #119 and St. Aubry Ladies Auxiliary Court #119 on Jan. 16 will host their annual Martin Luther King Celebration march and program.

The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with the ML King March on Landry Street at Bayou Maringouin. A program will follow at 10:40 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Hall.

The featured speaker for the program is Pointe Coupee Parish native Agnes Andrew and Baton Rouge entrepreneur Agnes Andrews.

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