The city of Plaquemine is offering online payment options for city utility bills.

The new service is expected to make it easier for customers to pay their electricity, water, natural gas and sewer bills, city officials said.

A maroon-colored icon titled “Pay My Utility Bill” is located on the right side of the city’s website.

“We recognize that more people are paying their bills online, so offering online payment is another way we provide quality services to our customers,” Mayor Tony Gulotta said in a news release.

Since the city launched the service Dec. 1, Gulotta said more than 170 customers signed up.

Museum sets children’s fund

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce the newly established “Frank Carruth III Children’s Fund.”

The fund was made possible by a donation of $28,800 from The Frank Carruth III Foundation on Dec. 2.

The fund will be used for programs that benefit the children in West Baton Rouge Parish, including the annual “Blast from the Past” summer history camp, field trips, performances and workshops.

Also, the exhibition “Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Painting” will be on display at the museum until Jan. 7.

The exhibit takes visitors “into the woods” and through Cole’s studio revealing the ways in which he and other artists of his time pioneered cultural conversations that shaped our nation’s landscape.

Computer classes offered

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library is offering evening classes in the popular Computers Operation, Internet Navigation and Software program of basic computer skills on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

The new classes are being offered in addition to the daytime COINS classes the library has held since 2010 on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

The evening class was started by popular demand from library patrons to allow those who work during the day to attend basic computer skills classes at night.

The classes are conducted in an open-workshop format.

Classes cover basic computer skills and are aimed at patrons with little or no computer skills.

All patrons with valid library cards may attend classes free of charge.

To register, call Adult Services Librarian Luis Interiano at (225) 342-7920 ext. 230 or email him at

BonFest returns

Port Allen city officials are bringing back BonFest this year as they seek to use the Christmas holiday festival and levee bonfires to build a sense of community.

The city will host this year’s BonFest on Dec. 23 in front of City Hall on Court Street.

Santa Claus is set to make an appearance, and children’s activities are scheduled from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The band Phunky Monkeys will perform from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The city’s bonfires will be lit shortly after 6 p.m. on the Mississippi River levee, and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters will perform at 7 p.m.

The One Port Allen community development committee is coordinating the event.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email