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Thumbs Up! - March 26, 2012

When LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez tees off in the annual Nancy Lopez Hospice Golf Classic, it is not just another golf tournament. Friday began the 26th annual classic bearing one of Albany's most famous folks. While Lopez now lives in Auburn to be closer to her youngest daughter, she made the trip back for the Albany Community Hospice benefit to tee off as she has for more than two and a half decades. Lopez is a staunch supporter of the local hospice program and funds from pervious classics were instrumental in the successful construction of the Willson Hospice House. When asked what the monetary goal was for this year's event, Lopez replied, "Oh, that's easy ... to raise more than we did the year before." In the previous 25 years, the Nancy Lopez Classic has raised more than $1.5 million, which goes to Albany Community Hospice. Thank you, Nancy Lopez, for continuing to support the hospice needs of Albany.

John Ken Nesbitt may not be a household name ... yet. This Albany State University senior student-athlete is quietly going about excelling academically and athletically. The Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has chosen 12 student athletes from across the state to be named Georgia's 2012 Peach of an Athlete Role Models and Nesbitt is one of them. The selections are made based on character, scholastic achievement, athletic excellence, and commitment to community service. Congratulations are definitely in order for the ASU baseball pitcher.

Albany Advocacy Resource Center's Center for the Blind has been the beneficiary of a project carried out by local Eagle Scouts. On Tuesday, the Scouts pressure-washed the parking lot at the Gillionville Road location in preparation for Saturday's work. On that day, handicap parking spaces were to be painted and signage for the spaces were installed. Handrails at the center entrance doorway were to be replaced, making them safer and bringing them up to code, and landscaping was to be completed in the flower beds outside the center.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has painted arrows opening both of Ledo Road's lanes for eastbound traffic to make left turns. Signs will soon be installed to help guide traffic, but until then, pay attention to your own driving as well as others. Stay in the correct lane and show the DOT some appreciation for this move to make maneuvering the intersection of Ledo Road and Slappey Boulevard easier for everyone.

An opportunity to get something all parents should possess with hopes of never needing it will be available for free on April 14 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. A DNA LifePrint Child Safety Event will be held at Toyota of Albany on Ledo Road. A Biometric 10-digit fingerprint profile (FBI certified), a high resolution color digital photograph of your child, a child safety journal and a home DNA identification kit will be available to all attendees ... absolutely free of charge. The tools provided at the event will not be stored on any database, but will go home with the parent. The ability to give such vital information to law enforcement if ever needed will give them an immeasurable head start on locating a missing child. In case you missed this part, it is 100 percent free!