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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 22, 2012

Musicians and athletes are not all that Lee County has to be proud of. Nicole Fye, 13, once again proved her ability, discipline and skill as she swam her way to victory in five events and had three best times at the recent Auburn War Eagle Invitational. Fye's efforts in the 400 IM, an event just recently added to her list of competitions, set a YMCA Rapids/Quad-A team record. Currently, this young master of the pool is the fastest swimmer in her age group in the state of Georgia in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events along with the 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 and 400 IM events. Keep an eye on this young lady; she has a lot to show the world.

Businesses come and businesses go, often leaving put a slight ripple behind. Such will not be the case when Phyllis Curry locks the doors for the last time at The Carriage Trade. For 48 years the shop has sold unique, high-quality items, including art, antiques, decorative accessories, holiday items and much more. After the next six weeks, that will be no more. Curry has made the decision to close the doors and enjoy her retirement and her grandchildren. While the economy does factor into her decision, there is much change in the way people shop with large discount merchants and the Internet. From a consumer's viewpoint, it is a sad time. For Curry, here's wishing you much happiness in the years to come. Thank you for The Carriage Trade. You and your business will be missed.

Attention, all grandparents (and grandchildren): Mark Nov. 2 on your calendars. Dance the Night Away, presented by the Albany Recreation & Parks Department and the Albany Police Department, promises to be a "grand" time. Lockette Station Community Center will come alive with music for grandparents and their grandchildren to dance from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. that Friday night. Don't miss this memory-making event. Call (229) 430-5222 for more information.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, as is the case with many area churches, is active in the community meeting the needs of others. Currently, one project the church handles is providing clothing assistance to school children. Northside Elementary School is one of three schools St. Paul's works with and the recipient of a recent donation. Sixteen bags, each containing two pair of pants and two shirts (school uniforms) were delivered as well as a large bag of socks and underwear. Staff members at the school are well aware of individual needs and, because of the generosity of St. Paul's, can now meet those needs.

It is not necessary to be a sports fan to recognize the magnitude of a team having a perfect season. And, a perfect season is just what the Darton men's soccer team has completed. The record-setting season (15-0) will go down in the college's history books. The No.1 team in the nation will now host the region tournament on October 27-28. Win or lose, Darton will also host the NJCAA National Tournament, which runs November 12-17. Keep the streak going!

'I am going fishing." That is what Capt. Mack Green told the folks that joined in the celebration of his retirement from the Albany Police Department. Green worked more than 30 years in law enforcement, all right here at the APD. His dedication to the department and the citizens of Albany will be difficult to match and perhaps never exceeded. Thumbs up to you, Capt. Green, and happy fishing!