Around Ascension Parish: Gonzales recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

Michael Tortorich
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The City of Gonzales proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The City of Gonzales' mayor and the city council proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The mayor is holding the proclamation and joined by Child Advocacy Services supervisor Rachel Hester and CAC forensic interviewer Amy Onxley.

Mayor Barney Arceneaux and the city council were joined by Child Advocacy Services supervisor Rachel Hester and CAC forensic interviewer Amy Onxley during the April 10 meeting.

Dispatchers honored

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office recognized the critical role of its Public Safety Telecommunicators, commonly known as dispatchers, during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

APSO dispatchers answer calls and direct first responders when citizens are in need of emergency services.

"Through their dedication, compassion, understanding and skill, our telecommunicators ensure citizens get the help they need, when they need it," an APSO Facebook post stated.

Supplies sent to Mississippi

Ascension Parish Government highlighted the donations sent to Mississippi after communities were devastated by a tornado.

APSO and Volunteer Ascension partnered for the relief effort, collecting items at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales in recent days.

Drainage funding approved

Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan announced approval of $3.1 million in funding toward the West Ascension drainage improvement project.

The mayor attended the legislative session in Baton Rouge along with several Ascension Parish representatives.

Earlier, Sullivan highlighted the total of $14 million in funding received for the city's natural gas infrastructure improvements.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and U.S. Rep. Troy Carter were among the officials to visit Donaldsonville to announce the grant.

Organ donation proclamation

Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan and Justice of the Peace Tamiko Francis Garrison presented a proclamation in recognition of organ procurement.

She shared the recognition as she received a lifesaving transplant from her brother, Bernard Jr.

In recognition of organ donation, the City of Donaldsonville encouraged citizens to wear blue and green and to light up front yards or porch lights in blue or green to show your support.

For more information on organ donation or to become a donor, contact the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency at LOPA.ORG.

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