Council honors former American Legion commander
PONCHATOULA---The Ponchatoula City Council on Monday night paid tribute to the late Clenoa Lee Anthony, a former commander of the local American Legion and beloved local veteran.
American Legion Post 47 Commander Jack Catalinotto presented the Anthony family with a proclamation recognizing the many accomplishments of the late "Buddy" Anthony, as he was known locally. Anthony's daughter Debbie received the proclamation while members of the extended family were on hand for the reading of the document.
Anthony was 83-year-sold when he died in May 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was a native of Amite, LA and a resident of Ponchatoula, LA. Buddy proudly served his country for 21 years in the United States Army, serving tours in Korea and Vietnam, and retiring with the rank Sgt. First Class. He was an extremely active member of the American Legion Post 47, Ponchatoula, LA. Some of Buddy’s greatest accomplishments were achieving the President’s Hundred Badge, earning 3 Bronze Stars, one of Valor, and winning many marksmanship competitions.
Also on the council agenda Monday, the five-member board approved temporary alcohol permits for the Ponchatoula Rotary Club, the Strawberry Festival Board, the Ponchatoula Jaycees, and Paul's Cafe, to serve alcoholic content drinks at the Strawberry Festival, Chamber After Hours and the Jambalaya Cook-off, which will all happen in Memorial Park in coming weeks. The council also approved alcohol permits for two new businesses, J. Rucker's House of Soul on N. Barrone Street and Paolo's Restaurant on E. Pine. J. Ruckers is located in the former Rockin' Willy's, while Paolo's is the new name for the former Restaurante Foodies.