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Lott: Let’s have a

Saturday Halloween

Albany City Manager Alfred Lott has changed the day locals observe Halloween – well, sort of.

After fielding calls from residents about trick-or-treating, Lott says through an assistant, Wes Smith, that he “would like to formally recommend that this community carry out this tradition on Saturday, Oct. 30.”

“Many factors come into play, but most importantly public safety combined with school the next day,” Smith said. “Please help spread the word so that we can have a safe and enjoyable time for our kids.”

Wanted: Notable Albanians

Betty Rehberg and her 1,623-and-counting Vintage Albany group page members on Facebook have compiled a list of notable Albanians.

There’s no order to it, necessarily, but check this list out and give Betty or the Journal feedback on who should be added.

* Ray Charles, Pianist, songwriter and soul singer was born in Albany on September 23, 1930 as “Ray Charles Robinson”
* Harry James, Big Band leader and jazz trumpeter was born in Albany on March 15, 1916
* Paula Deen, chef and host of Paula’s Home Cooking on the Television Food Network
* Jim Fowler, animal expert and host of the television show, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom
* Ray Stevens, country music singer
* Alice Coachman, Olympic gold medal jumper was born in Albany November 9, 1923
* William L. Dawson, U.S. Representative from Illinois was from Albany
* Hamilton Jordan, former White House Chief of Staff, was raised in Albany
* Ray Knight, World Series MVP , also managed the Cincinnati Reds
* Nancy Lopez, Golfer lives in Albany
* Merritt Ranew, Milwaukee Braves baseball player
* Wallingford Riegger, Conductor and composer was born in Albany on April 29, 1885
* Bobby Rush, U.S. Representative from Illinois was born in Albany
* Angelo Taylor, Olympic gold medal hurdler
* Reginald D. Hunter, stand-up comedian based in the United Kingdom
* Mark Taylor, Former Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
* Montavious Stanley, NFL player, Atlanta Falcons
* Daryl Smith, NFL player, Jacksonville Jaguars
* Alexander Johnson, NBA player, Miami Heat
* Deion Branch, Super Bowl MVP football player
* Nellie Brimberry, became the first Postmistress of a major U.S. Post Office in 1910
* Alex Kendrick and * Stephen Kendrick, brothers, filmmakers and Authors, reside in Albany
* Deathcore band With Blood Comes Cleansing
* Travis Richter, guitarist and screamer for From First To Last
* Jo Marie Payton, actress that played in Family Matters and The Proud Family
* Kregg Lumpkin, NFL player for the Green Bay Packers
* Buster Posey, professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants
* Stephen Tanner, bassist for the band Harvey Milk
* Eddie Middleton, singer
* Bill Stanfill Miami Dolphins from 1969-’76. Two super bowls. 1972 undefeated 17-0 and 1973. All American while playing at UGA.
* Ohm Cedarberg, Artist.
* Don Fischer, photographer and member of the Georgia Artists Guild of Albany.
* Charlotte Boyett-Compo, Author
* George D. Busbee, 77th Governor of Georgia 1975-1983.
* Bill Lightle, Author
* Sandra Stokes, Author
* Robert Creel, Albany Sport’s Hall of Fame
* Lionel ‘Little Train’ James, NFL football player Chargers from 1984-1988
* Chris Norman, Denver Broncos Football player
* Bobby Dews, 3rd base coach of Atlanta Braves & Author.
* Michael Meyer von Bremen, Former State Senator
* Luke Bryan, singer from Lee County
* Edward Vason Jones, Architect
* Eddie Johnson, NFL 1981-1990Cleveland Browns
* Alexander Wright, NFL Cowboys, Raiders & St. Louis teams.
* Lee James (born October 31, 1953) was an Olympic weightlifter for the United States and silver medalist.

An election that

truly matters

We all have our calendars set for Nov. 2, that’s for sure. And some of us already have voted in THAT election.

But there’s another crucial campaign under way. Leesburg’s Tracy Henry and other advocates for disabled people are soliciting votes for funding for a special needs play park from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

At stake in the “election” is $50,000, which would be built for children with disabilities.

“As a parent of a child with multiple disabilities, I created Butterfly Kisses Special Needs Playgroup. Parents and children with disabilities meet monthly in a safe environment to play and socialize,” Henry said. “Because special needs children have physical disabilities that prevents them from playing on general playgroup equipment, my goal is to create a facility where the equipment is specifically designed for disabled children.

There are three ways to vote daily: On Facebook; on the Pepsi Refresh website (www.refresheverything.com/butterflykisses); and by texting 103013 to 73774.

As of Monday, the local play park was No. 30 of hundreds of applicants for the $50,000 award. The park needs to be in the top 10 to get funding. The deadline to vote is Oct. 31.

Astronomy, anyone?

Thronateeska Heritage Center’s Astronomy Series will continue on the third Tuesday of November and December in the Wetherbee Planetarium. The doors to the Science Museum open at 7 p.m., a pre-film discussion begin at 7:15 followed by a planetarium film, and then the evening closes with an in-depth presentation on recent astronomy research, to end at 8:30. The discussions and presentations are made by Thronateeska Heritage Center museum guide and staff astronomer Jim Friese.

On Nov. 16, watch “Oasis in Space” to travel through the solar system as you search for the main supporter of life: water. The film’s pre-film topic will be “Globs of Stars,” featuring various open and globular clusters. The main discussion for the evening is entitled “Not of this World,” and is a look at new research on exoplanets.

On Dec. 21, the evening kicks off with the pre-film topic: “BANG! Another Star Bites the Dust,” a look at supernovas. The feature film for the evening will be “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” an internationally best-selling film about the creation and study of the behavior of one of astronomy’s greatest enigmas—black holes. The evening will conclude with the main discussion, “Island Universes,” a look at galaxies.

Admission to the series is $3.50 plus tax per person. Thronateeska members are admitted at no charge.  While reservations are not required, seating is limited. Program content is suitable for all ages. For more information, call 432-6955.

A day in the life

of the Welcome Center

The Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau reports that the most interesting visitors “are those who come back to see a place they once lived.”

As such, an elderly New Mexico couple who are driving through the Southern states stopped in the Good Life City last week because they once called Albany home. That was 50 years ago, when the couple were stationed at what was then Turner Air Force Base. They stopped by the Welcome Center after visiting their former Allen Road home sight. They spoke of downtown stores that once had been the “shopping district” and about how much as changed.

“Their biggest highlight was our gallery of old Albany photos and ‘From the Heart of Southwest Georgia’ movie. Both exhibits brought back memories and how the couple remembered Albany!” the CVB said in is weekly newsletter.

As a sampling, last week’s visitors were from the Bahamas, Alabama, California, Florida, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

‘Stopping’ crime

a call at a time

Albany Crime Stoppers, which is picking up steam is a viable crime-prevention resources thanks to local volunteers and businesses, opens its board meetings to the public.

The next monthly meeting is at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Albany Police Department conference room. For information, call (431-0800) or e-mail (amatthews@central911.com) at Central Monitoring, one of the program’s corporate sponsors.

Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit program that operates on information given by anonymous citizens. The board meets regularly to divvy out rewards to the tipsters.

Christmas Carol

auditions set

Artistic Director Mark Costello has announced that Theatre Albany will conduct auditions for its Holiday production of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” on Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24 at 1 p.m. at the theatre at 514 Pine Avenue.

The perennial classic for the holiday season returns to Theatre Albany. Penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of his former partner which sets into motion a journey that will change him forever.

“This is not a musical version,” said Costello, “It’s a straight-forward telling of Dickens classic.  Although, the framework is that of a group of Christmas Carolers ‘performing a different sort of carol,’ so there will be some singing. Still, it is not necessary for those auditioning to prepare a song.”

Roles are available for men and women (ranging in age 10 and up).  Auditions are open to the community and will consist of cold readings from the script.  Production dates are set for December 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19.  For more information, contact the theater at 439-7193.

Fight breast cancer,

join Curves for free

According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, about 207,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. That’s over 17,000 cases in October alone. And sadly, more than 3,300 women will lose their lives to this disease in October as well. But these aren’t just numbers. These are our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends.”

In response, Curves has taken a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer.

As part of Curves of Albany mission to strengthen women and in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the women’s fitness center is waiving the joining fee for new members who show proof of a recent mammogram or make a $25 donation to the American Cancer Society. Since only about 5-10 percent of breast cancers are hereditary, it’s all about prevention.

“Early detection saves lives,” said Marie Kreiser, Curves of Albany owner.  “There’s so much you can do to significantly reduce your risk of getting breast cancer. These include eating a nutritious diet, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight. And then there are annual doctor visits and monthly breast self exam.”

To help make monthly breast self examination easier and less intimidating, Curves of Albany offers a nifty FDA-approved tool called the Liv Aid. It’s a heart-shaped, fluid-filled pad designed to enhance a woman’s ability to notice changes in her breast tissue and feel lumps or irregularities. Interested people may stop by Curves of Albany at 2734 Ledo Road No. 16 for a “sugar” demonstration, which uses grains of sugar to simulate the often microscopic lumps in breast tissue that may be missed by mammography or unassisted breast self examination.

Christian festival helps

provide Anchor of hope

This Saturday, Oct. 23, the Anchorage will host Anchorfest 2010, a fun-filled evening of Christian  music and fellowship. It will be held at First Baptist Church on Oakland Parkway in Lee County from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the Anchorage office (435-5692), Lifeway Christian Bookstore, Family Christian Bookstore, or from any Anchorage board member. Several local churches have joined together and worked hard to provide entertainment, and without a doubt will be an amazing evening full of music and fun.

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