“Neighbors Notes” column for Jan. 1, 2013

Military

LEE COMPLETES BASIC: Army Reserve Pvt. Markell A. Lee has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.

Lee is the son of Martha Lee and Rodney Lee, both of Baton Rouge. He is a 2010 graduate of Capitol High School in Baton Rouge.

Community

EZKOVICH TO GET GREYHOUND AWARD: Lesley Tierney Ezkovich, co-founder of It’s a Grey Area Greyhound Adoption in Pearl River, has been named as the 2012 Greyhound Adoption Person of the Year. Ezkovich was selected from 16 nominees for the award, which will be presented at the February meeting of the American Greyhound Council and the American Greyhound Track Operators Association in Las Vegas.

Ezkovich founded It’s a Grey Area in 2010, but her involvement with greyhounds and racing goes back more than 20 years. An owner of active racers herself, Ezkovich is known as a dedicated advocate who has built strong relationships with other greyhound owners, trainers, adoption groups and prospective adopters.

“This award isn’t about me,” said Ezkovich when notified of her selection. “It’s really for my entire organization. We have an amazing group of volunteers, and they are the ones who make it possible for us to do what we do for greyhounds.”

Those who nominated Ezkovich for the honor described her as a “hero,” a “wonderful motivator and organizer,” and a tireless advocate for greyhounds at every stage of their lives.

Ezkovich and her husband will be the guests of AGC at the February award presentation, where she also will receive a $500 check for her organization.

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