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Thumbs Up! March 31, 2014

ALBANY HERALD EDITORIAL BOARD: Good news to start the week.

There was no mandated attire for the recent Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, except for the shoes. Red high-heeled pumps were the order of the day as about five dozen men took to the track at Deerfield-Windsor School for four laps. There was no practice lap or time to break in an unfamiliar style, but plenty of duct tape was used to help hold the shoes in place. The men, mostly smiling all the way, raised around $15,000 for Albany’s Lily Pad, the non-profit working to raise community awareness and fight sexual abuse of women. Participants were great sports about the whole thing and spectators had an even better time. Special awards included Best Legs, Charles Goodson; Fastest Time, Capt. Justin Jacobs; Wildest Walker, Tim Parks; Most Spirited Walker, Rodney Brown, and Most Money Raised, Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards and his staff. Thank you to all the men for swallowing their pride, and comfort, for such a cause.

It was all her idea. Milla McEwen asked her parents if she could have a “Puppy Party” to celebrate her eighth birthday. The McEwen household has a dog that once was confined to the Albany Humane Society, a place Milla’s mother began taking her during the summer to help out when she was about six. Milla and her brother love their dog and the visits have obviously made a lasting impression on the youngster. After a visit to the shelter, where she asked officials what items were needed, Milla set her birthday party plans into action. Instead of toys, games or any number of presents appropriate for a just-turning-8-year-old girl, Milla asked guests to bring gifts for the shelter’s canine residents. There was dog food, puppy food, toys and blankets for her designated benefactors, which the birthday girl helped deliver after the party. While a few other children have made such donations, there aren’t many children, of adults, that think as unselfishly as Milla. To you, young lady, happy belated birthday.

Major Bill Berry of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit took charge of an incredible operation last week. Operation FACT (Facing Albany Crime Together) and officers from a wide range of local, state and federal agencies hit the streets at 5 a.m. Wednesday. The crew, backed by agents in the “war room” tracking suspects, roused more than a few criminals from their sleep. Warrants served, nearly 100 of them, ranged from misdemeanor to felony counts to probation and parole violations. In addition to at least 31 arrests, illegal drugs were also seized. Considered the largest warrant sweep in Dougherty County history, the operation can also be considered a great success.

The Elks National Foundation will hold their Hoop Shoot National Finals on April 12 in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball. Albany Lodge No. 713 will be represented. Jordon Brown, already the state champion, won the Southeast Regional Competition, which included participants from Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and South Carolina. In the 12-13 year-old boys’ division, Jordan dropped 22 of 25 shots in the net on March 15. Congratulations, Jordan, and good luck at the nationals.

Albany Technical College and the Dougherty County School System have teamed up to accelerate the needed credits to graduate from high school while at the same time allowing eligible students to earn college credits. While this is certainly not a new concept, it is one that the community needs to be aware of and support in any way possible. A student involved in such dual enrollment has a far greater likelihood of completing a course study which leads to a career which leads to responsible citizenship and on and on the pluses go. ATC President Anthony Parker is not the team’s only cheerleader but is definitely a captain. Parker believes in the DCSS and the future of its students and will tell anyone willing to listen.

The Albany Herald Editorial Board