Plaquemine takes 3rd in State Cleanest City Contest

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

The City of Plaquemine placed third in the Louisiana Garden Club Federation's Cleanest City Contest. State judging in Plaquemine was on April 24.

"The City of Plaquemine and its residents were first place winners in this contest, as far as I am concerned," Mayor Edwin "Ed" Reeves, Jr. said. "By participating in this contest, we made people aware of the importance of keeping their property clean and maintained; many local organizations stepped up to help their city, and we again shined a spotlight on littering, which is a big problem for Plaquemine and for many communities.

"I want to thank the city crews, who worked very hard to beautify our city for the judging; and all of the organizations that participated in clean-up activities. They were a huge help! I also want to thank the Plaquemine Garden Club, President Sheryl Ramirez and Donna Carville, who served as Cleanest City Coordinator for the Garden Club. Both ladies put in a lot of volunteer hours to help Plaquemine win."

The City of Plaquemine wants to thank all the organizations that volunteered: Dow Chemical Co. volunteers, the Master Gardeners, Garden Club, St. John School, Knights of Columbus Council 970, Girl Scouts, Lions Club and the Plaquemine Main Street Program.

"Of course, I had hoped the city would take first place, but I was told we did well considering the city has not participated in this contest in many years," Mayor Reeves said. "Still the benefits from the city's participation went well beyond the judging. Many people commented that they were happy the city was stepping up its clean-up efforts, and many said the city's participation in the Cleanest City Contest had inspired them to clean up and beautify their property. That's a big win for all of us!"

Contributed by the City of Plaquemine