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Thumbs Up! Aug. 4, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL: A positive way to start the week

Eight-year-old students all over Dougherty County began a new school year this morning. Eleven of those youngsters have just returned from the trip of their brief lifetimes. As members of the state championship Dizzy Dean All-stars, the boys spent the end days of their summer vacation in Southaven, Miss., playing in the Dizzy Dean World Series. While the team did not take the World Series title, at least not this year, they came in fourth. As first year participants in the Dizzy Dean organization, these boys left 34 other teams in the dust before they could be eliminated. Congratulations players, coaches, parents and supporters.

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July 18 was an important day for Spec. Adron Matthew “Matt” Brown of Leesburg. It was on that day that Brown was awarded the Knowlton Award at Ford Hood, Texas. The Knowlton Award, established in 1995, recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army intelligence, as seen by superiors, subordinates and peers. Among the attributes of award recipients is the demonstration of the highest standards of integrity and moral character, the display of an outstanding degree of professional competence and service to the Military Intelligence Corps with distinction. The day was not done, however, as Spec. Brown’s grandmother also received an award. Mary Bennett was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade by Col. Brian Gibson and Sergeant Major William Maddox as a way to say thank you for all the homemade goodies she sent during her grandson’s deployment from January to October of 2013. This proud grandmother was informed that “when the packages arrived and were opened, they could smell the love and honor from her to her grandson and all those who serve our country.” It was a fine day, indeed.

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The following is taken directly from the YMCA web page: “We know that lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.” The Albany Area YMCA recently put legs to that statement by taking the summer camp experience to a population of our city that would unlikely be able to participate otherwise. With the cooperation of management at the Superior Creek Lodge on North Slappey Boulevard, approximately 60 children ages 5-14 who call the motel home enjoyed swimming lessons, arts and crafts, character development activities, soccer and more. That is certainly a great way to strengthen the community.

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At about 7:30 a.m. on July 22, an elderly man had a flat tire in the parking lot at Tony’s Gym. When someone, it matters not who it was, stopped to see if the man needed help, there was a person already there changing the tire. Who was this good Samaritan? It was Parks Pace that had chosen to help. Knowing the Pace family, this doesn’t have much of a wow factor until considering the fact that his family home, that of his parents, Kay and Jimbo Pace, was completely lost in a fire some 12 hours earlier. Regardless of the tragic loss of the family’s home and belongings, Parks Pace still saw an opportunity to help someone else…and he did.