Last Tuesday evening, as many people were just getting home from work or sitting down to the supper table, something big was happening at the Law Enforcement Center in Albany. Six Albany Police Department officers were recognized for their many fine traits and skills, including courage, fairness and the ability to lead. In a ceremony gone unnoticed by most citizens, the officers were promoted for the hard work and unending service to the city. The six and their new ranks are as follows: Deputy Chief Donald Frost, Major Russell Barnes, Capt. Eddie Jones, Capt. Wendy Luster, Lt. Kinshishi Adams and Sergeant Denise Dawson-Barnes. Congratulations!
Students in elementary school have a lot on their minds these days. There’s playing outside, friends, sports, music, television and the list goes on and on. At Lincoln Elementary Magnet School, students in recent weeks have had something else to think about ... Alzheimer’s Disease. Students and staff learned about what is now the sixth leading cause of death in America and decided to raise money leading up to the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” event Oct. 15. Purple forget-me- not flowers were available for purchase and the sale raised more than $125. On two occasions, the school held “Wear What You Please Day” and participants donated $1 to do just that. Giving those school uniforms a break raised another $1,706. With efforts like this, perhaps the life-stealing disease will not be an issue by the time these children reach their golden years.
One of the largest community outreach programs of Sherwood Baptist Church is just one week away. On October 31 at Legacy Park, the all-volunteer-run CandyFest will once again provide a safe and fun location for spooks and goblins of all ages. Games, hay rides, inflatable contraptions and candy, candy, candy will be just a few reasons to plan to attend. There is no charge and everyone is invited.
In a recent statewide competition in Statesboro, Theatre Albany walked away as the Best Play winner. At the Georgia Theatre Conference it was “The All Night Strut,” the same show presented locally in August, that did the trick. Sandy Hardy Meadows was named best actress and Phil Arnold took the title for best supporting actor. The group will move on in competition to the Southeastern Theatre Conference to represent Georgia next March in Chattanooga, Tenn. Well done!
Speaking of well done ... The top scorer in soccer for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is playing for Darton College. As of the end of last week, Shashanna Campbell had 29 goals and 13 assists to her credit. Coach Ken Veilands has predicted Campbell will be named Region XVII Player of the Year and he certainly knows about such things.
Just when every fundraiser a person can imagine has already taken place, along comes the Pink Parade. Last Thursday night at Verge in downtown Albany, dollars were raised to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the foundation’s fight against breast cancer. There was food and music and local models previewed the latest holiday fashions. But, it was the male models that stole the show. Men, young and not-so-young, strutted their stuff while showing off a variety of ‘bedazzled’ bras, which were later auctioned off. Check out the images on The Albany Herald’s website and be sure to look at the faces in the audience. Thank you to the event planners, Verge and to all those who attended and donated to such a great cause. The biggest “thumbs up,” however, goes to the brave men who took the runway.