PLAQUEMINE - City of Plaquemine Mayor Tony Gulotta and the Board of Selectmen recently honored a pair of Plaquemine brothers for achieving Eagle Scout status at its Nov. 19 meeting.

Austin Blair Guerin and Ryan M. Guerin both received Eagle Scout status, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scout program.

It requires earning at least 21 merit badges, an extensive service project and demonstrating Scouting spirit.

Austin Guerin earned the status Aig 1, along with Gold and Bronze Eagle Palms. His service project was the restoration of Plaquemine's Fireman's Monument located next to the Iberville Museum and Iberville Welcome Center.

He had to clean, restore, and repair the monument according to National Register of Historic Places guidelines. He then painted the monument and planted shrubs around it.

Guerin has achieved 38 Merit Badges, served as Past Senior Patrol Leader of the troop, attended the 2010 National Scout Jamboree and served as a staff member at Boy Scout and Cup Scout camps.

Ryan Guerin earned his Eagle Scout status Oct. 16. His service project was building bat houses to reduce the mosquito population, help reduce the spread of the West Nile virus and reduce pesticide usage throughout the parish.

Guerin personally researched the brown bat's habitat that lives in Iberville Parish. He built 20 houses using materials that would attract bats and was awarded a grant from Lowe's to complete his project.

Guering has achieved 42 Merit Badges, served as Past Senior Patrol Leader of the troop, attended the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, served as a staff member at Cup Scout camps and is a two time Plaquemine Soapbox Derby Car Race Champion.

Both are members of Boy Scout Pack 23 and they are the sons of Blair and Julie Guerin of Plaquemine.