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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 7, 2013

On Oct. 17, an opportunity to see and hear the Vienna Boys Choir is coming to Albany. The group of approximately 25 boys between the ages of 10 and 14 will perform one show only at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. What will be on stage is the modern descendent of a choir that was first established in the Middle Ages to provide musical accompaniment for the imperial court church mass in, of course, Vienna, the capital of Austria. In 1920, the group was officially disbanded but the tradition remained as the choir as we know it today was officially founded in 1948. The uniforms lost the military style, including the daggers, and became the familiar blue and white sailor suit. A chance to enjoy a show so embedded in history does not come along every day. Gather up the family and get ready for a delightful night without leaving town.

Whether you partake of their products or not, the impact MillerCoors has on this community is never in question. Aside from providing good-paying jobs and generating revenue, the employees are widely known for their volunteer work. Throughout September, volunteers nationwide dedicated themselves to water stewardship. Mid-month, local employees joined with Flint Riverkeeper to remove trash from the Flint River. That trash, left by others, was about all the company sent to the landfill. Albany’s plant, the second largest brewery in the country, has become the sixth MillerCoors brewery to become waste-free. More than 99 percent of the plant’s waste is now recycled, eliminating the need to dump 40 tons of aluminum cans, glass, cardboard and more. Care with the use of water resulted in a 6.1 percent reduction across all locations from last year to this year. Thank you, MillerCoors and employees, for caring about the environment, today and in the future.

Dougherty County schools chose to celebrate grandparents during the entire month of September, not just on the official Grandparents Day. More than 200 grandparents visited with their grandchildren at Sherwood Acres Elementary. After breakfast was enjoyed, another 200 or so grandparents enjoyed a talk by Dr. C.W Grant at Live Oak Elementary. Lake Park Elementary hosted more than 500 grandparents. Fifty grandparents at Morningside Elementary joined their grandchildren for lunch. Grandparents and great-grandparents at Northside Elementary had lunch, visited classrooms, took pictures and read to the students. Lots of additional events were held across the Dougherty County School System to honor grandparents, those folks that seem to never run out of love and time for the children in the family.

Sports fan or not, the story of the Darton State College soccer program is one worth reading. It was in the year 2000 that Ken Veilands assumed control of the new program. He had no players, no field, no goals nor a single soccer ball. Fast forward 13 years and, as of Sspt. 28, Veilands holds the record in Region XVII for career wins. His record reached 225-38-11 on that day. Congratulations, Coach!

The addition of a bronze bust of Nelson Tift, Albany’s founder, has been added to the downtown landscape. About 18 months ago, Downtown Manager Aaron Blair, a fervent supporter of the arts, ask sculptor Gayla Catrett to create the bust. Catrett was eager to accept the commission and, as one can see on Front Street, did a wonderful job. And, just in case someone missed this bit of information, Catrett donated this piece and her time, free of charge. It is for this gift we say “Thumbs Up!”

The Albany Herald Editorial Board