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Valedictorians earn top honors Work ethic is their common trait

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What a privilege it has been to meet and interview the following top students from our community’s high schools: Chen Li from Spain Park, Jessica Annonio from Chelsea, Karen Gray from Oak Mountain, and Elizabeth Winn Reiser from Briarwood. Just like every top athlete who puts in hours of practice to stay ahead of the competition, so too are these students “hitting the books” nightly. Just like an athlete naturally gifted with coordination and agility still must train, fight and push to reach the top of his/her game, so must these top students. Like a top athlete who scouts the competition in order to stay “one up,” so too must these top students keep an eye on other top grade-makers – the classes

Jessica Annonio

they’re taking and the grades they’re making. Because like Chen Li of Spain Park will tell you, “Make one B, and you’re out of the running.” Who knew there was such an intense underlying competition among the top 5-10 students vying for this honor? Yes, gifted with intellectual ability, these students still have the option to “opt out.” They can either study hard, apply their gift and make top grades, or goof off. Fortunately, these students chose to use their gift wisely. So a BIG congratulations goes out to these four students! Because unlike the top athlete who can rest after the close of a season and look forward to a fresh start next year, these valedictorians began their

Chen Li

Elizabeth Winn Reiser

race first semester of their freshman year! They’ve been at it for four years! THIS “trophy” is based on their cumulative grade point average – for their entire high school career! These aren’t just A students – these are above A students – students who have gone beyond perfect. In fact, the only way a student can earn above a 4.0 GPA (all A’s – every class) is to make all A’s in every AP (advanced placement) class. Awesome job! Now the student bodies will look to these four valedictorians to deliver a speech at graduation that will encapsulate their four years together and inspire them


Life, love and fly fishing (part 2) By Michael Seale (Note: This is a continuation of a story from the may issue of 280 Living, wherein writer Michael Seale and publisher Dan Starnes took a fly-fishing lesson from Dr. David Diaz of Deep South Outfitters).

I soaked in all that David Diaz taught me about the art of fly-fishing, after my tutorial at the Colonnade pond. And make no mistake, fly fishing most certainly is an art. If not, it is at the very least a way of life and a culture. And I fully understand why. My publisher Dan Starnes arranged for us to take a short trip up to Sipsey Fork, a branch of the Warrior River, near Smith Lake in Cullman County. It was a beautiful day. Sunny, not too hot, a cloudless sky. All of it culminated into one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had in some time. And I owe so much of that experience to Diaz, who introduced me to the joys of fly fishing. After buying some midge’s (the preferred fly for catching trout in Sipsey Fork), some leader line and a couple of Slim Jim’s, then renting some waders and boots from the Riverside Fly Shop, Dan and I drove on down to the river. We had both assumed we could just stand in the water in our shorts and sandaled feet, but Brandon at the fly shop all but laughed at us when we said such a thing, reminding

Michael Seale’s first fish on a fly

us that the water was no warmer than 42 degrees, which is why trout is the preferred fish for the spot, being a cold water fish. After walking down a small slope and a few trails, we reached the water’s edge and picked out a spot to start casting. I thought back to my lesson with Diaz. I remembered what he said about the “feel” of a good cast. I recalled how he told me to keep my rod low to the water before pulling back to cast, and to wait until the line is back behind me fully before I cast it

forward. That is not saying, however, that I executed his tutorial the first few times. In fact, on my fourth or fifth cast, I ended up throwing my leader loose and having to spend a good 30 minutes staring at the line to figure out what needed to be done to prevent my entire fishing trip from going the way of the dodo. While contemplating the knot I


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I am so excited about this issue. I know you will enjoy reading about the class valedictorians who will venture off into this world this fall. What a fine group of young men and women! We wish them the best of luck as they pursue their dreams. We know they will represent our 280 community well! There are many more students from Briarwood, Chelsea, Oak Mountain and Spain Park who will enter college this fall on band, academic, and other scholarships. We would like to feature them in an upcoming issue! Please email photo and contact information by July 1st to be included in our August issue. (email: The July issue will include a feature on those students receiving athletic scholarships to play at

the college level. As you head to the lake this summer, don’t forget to capture your “da da da” moments for our 2nd Annual Lake Lovers Photo Contest. We’re looking for your best action photos! Deadline to submit: August 9. See the contest announcement below. On that note, have a safe and happy summer. Take a look at our calendar of events for the many fun things to do including all the wonderful local farmers markets now open. Be sure to send us any church, school or community event you would like included on the calendar. Deadline to submit: 15th of the month prior. And to all our faithful fatherly readers – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! You’re the best!

Announcing the second annual 280 Living Lake Lovers Photo Contest We are Calling all lake lovers. It’s time for you to capture the action! Last year’s photo contest was a big success and we had many great entries. This year there will be winners from each of four categories. They will be;

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(show us your lunkers) To enter, e-mail your photos in a jpeg file to You can also mail them to: 280 Living P.O. Box 530341 Birmingham, AL, 35253

Last Year’s Winner

Ò Christopher wakeboarding at Lake MartinÓ Sent in by George Carlis

Deadline for entries is August 9th. We will publish the winners in the September issue as well as post them on our Facebook page and on our website.

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So you’re in the mood for a burger but you’ve vowed to make healthier choices. How about a short drive to the Colonnade for Baha Burger’s version of the hamburger which is both healthy and delicious. Your meat choices are pretty extensive; the standard beef version or lighter versions in chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, salmon or even veggie. Located between Pablo’s Restaurante Cantina and Taziki’s Greek Fare, Baha Burger enjoys a great lunch crowd from the nearby office buildings along with the enjoyment of dinner and weekend dining outside which is shared with the surrounding restaurants. “We think our menu has something to satisfy everyone,” says assistant manager Michael Byers. “Our burgers give most anyone plenty to eat or we have our “baby burger” on our kids menu for someone looking for a smaller portion.” They even offer the option of “B.Y.O.B” (aka Build your own Burger.) This allows customers to pick between seven meats, 10 cheeses, 10 spreads, nine toppings, and three different types of buns! No matter what you are craving, Baha Burger will have it. The possibilities are endless when it comes to burgers this summer! How about a delicious alternative to the french fry? Try Baha Burger’s sweet potato fries, maybe mixed in with some fried okra. Their sweet potato fries outsell regular fries 2 to 1. Looking for a lighter side item? They have salads and fresh cut cantaloupe every day. Hottest seller on the menu? “Most definitely our turkey burger,” says Byers. “We make it as a special topped with peach chutney, blue cheese and a spring greens mix on an onion kaiser roll. It’s hard to resist.” Other tantalizing burgers to try are the Salmon Burger and the Baha Lamb Burger. The salmon

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OLV Math Team “does the math!”

The OLV Math Team won 4th place in a field of thirteen schools in the 8th grade Division 3 of the Berry Simmons Math Tournament on Saturday, April 10th. Seventh grader Chris Arora, who was competing as an 8th grader, also won a trophy for 9th place in the individual competition in Division 3. The team score consists of individual scores plus ciphering points earned. OLV was one of thirteen schools in the small schools division, Division 3. Although other schools competed with four students, the OLV eighth grade team of three students brought home the fourth place trophy out of the thirteen schools in Division 3. The award winning 8th grade team included 8th grade students Michael Outlaw and Matthew Zielinski, and 7th grader, Chris Arora. It is noteworthy that the two eighth grade students made quite a commitment, as this competition was the same weekend as their Confirmation. Five students from 6th grade, one 7th grader, and two 8th grade OLV Math Club members competed in the Berry Simmons Math Tournament held at Berry Middle School. In addition to the three members of the 8th grade team, several 6th grade students competed, including Juan Jose Campos, Stephen Lanzi, Maggie Mahoney,

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Nikki Panzica, and Nicky Sebastian. All eight students participated in the individual written competition section. The three students representing the 8th grade ciphered, and four of the 6th grade students ciphered, as each grade was allowed to have a team of up to four students cipher. Ciphering is when each of the four team members for a grade work out five math problems for points based on speed and accuracy.

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Staff Sergeant Demir Lico was the guest of honor at a special ceremony held at Our Lady of the Valley School in the OLV Family Life Center (gym). This past Veterans Day, OLV Social Studies teacher Denise Sanders coordinated an effort from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in writing letters of encouragement, prayer and thanks to our military serving in Afghanistan. Staff Sergeant Lico and his team received the letters, and displayed them at their base, on Facebook pages, and more. “It meant the world to us,” Lico told Fox 6 News. “We sat around our table. We opened up the package and we got it Christmas Eve. All of us reading. It put smiles on my

troops faces.” Sergeant Lico returned home safely to the United States two weeks ago, and requested an opportunity to thank the schoolchildren on behalf of his team and himself, and to present to the school the American Flag that flew over his base in Afghanistan. “This is the greatest country in the world and that flag represents this country and freedom,” Lico said. “These people gave up everything,” said Marty McGuire, a seventh grade student. “Giving up their lives for their country. It’s the duty of every man and woman to support men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Oak Mountain Middle Students Write Books to Share with Elementary Students Seventh-grade students in Ashley Townsend’s English class at Oak Mountain Middle School recently shared books they had written with five classes at Oak Mountain Elementary School. The stories came from a narrative writing project completed by all of Mrs. Townsend’s seventh graders. The students drew topics from each of three cups and were challenged to include all topics in their stories. “I drew Winnie the Pooh,” said Nikki Abel, one author, “and he had to have a party on the moon!” Students read their papers aloud in each class period and voted to select four winners. Students divided into groups to create the final products in class. The winning essays were made into movies, comic strips, and scripts for PhotoStory presentations. A final paper from each

class became a children’s book, which was laminated and bound at the Shelby County’s Teacher Resource Center. Authors Nikki Abel, Elyse Castleman, Garrison Banks, A.J. Terry, and Maddie Prater were winners in the book category. On Thursday, April 22, three of the groups visited the kindergarten classrooms of Jennifer Slovensky, Bobbie Holman, and Janice Lazarre to share their books. The two remaining authors shared their books with Janice Lacey’s second-grade class and Sally Flynn’s third-grade class on Friday, April 30. The elementary students were excellent listeners and asked the seventh graders questions about the books and about life at the middle school. The middle school students enjoyed having a “real” audience with whom they could share their work.

Oak Mountain Students Sweep Math Competition Oak Mountain Middle School swept the first place honors at the recent Shelby County Middle School Math Tournament. The school placed first in Sixth Grade Math, Seventh Grade Math, Middle School Pre-Algebra, and Middle School Algebra I. Oak Mountain High School also took top honors in three out of four categories at the high school level tournament. They placed first in Algebra II, Geometry and Advanced Math. Calera High School and Thompson High School tied for first place in High School Algebra I. Chelsea Middle placed third in Sixth Grade Math. In the High School competition, Chelsea High placed second. Individual top scoring students were: Sixth Grade Math: Christian Fauer, Chelsea Middle, first place; Gregory Starling, Thompson Sixth Grade Center, second place; and Santhosh Thundena, Oak Mountain Middle, third place. Seventh Grade Math: Nathan Holt, Oak Mountain Middle, first place; Ethan Sorrell, Thompson Middle, second place; and Andrew Davis and Garrett Bailey, both from Oak Mountain Middle, tied for third place. MS Pre-Algebra: Connell Bonner, Vincent Middle, first place; Andrew Adams and

Jeanju Lee, both from Oak Mountain Middle, tied for second place; and Bethany Stith, Helena Middle, and Kyle Wattenbarger, Columbiana Middle, tied for third place. MS Algebra I: Jessica Pinkston, Oak Mountain Middle, first place; Kendall Lawrence, Oak Mountain Middle, second place; and Ryan Leaman, Oak Mountain Middle, third place. HS Algebra I: Justice Gray, Thompson High, first place; Elizabeth Rhinehart, Calera High, second place; and Kelsey Robertson, Chelsea High, third place. Algebra II: Helen Caldwell, Oak Mountain High, first place; Mason McGuyer, Oak Mountain High, second place; and William Dykes, Oak Mountain High, third place. Geometry: Mitchell Parker, Oak Mountain High, first place; Bruce Harrington, Oak Mountain High, second place; and Jake Van Geffen, Oak Mountain High, third place. Advanced Math: Joseph Nation, Oak Mountain High, and Ameen Barghi, Oak Mountain High, tied for first place; Erin Schopke, Oak Mountain High, second place; and Neil Tiwari, Oak Mountain High, third place.


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would need to tie, I saw Dan snag the first of a handful of trout he would catch that day. It was a beautiful fish, and the fight I witnessed as he hooked the trout, then summoned it to him made my heart pound, and I simply had to get out there. That is when I met Mike Key. Mike has been fishing this river since 1973, and I had noticed him about 20 yards from Dan when we first started fishing at this spot. He pulled in three or four fish before we were able to get one, collectively. A soft-spoken man, Mike asked me why I was sitting on the bank with my tangled line in my hands and not out in the river fishing. I explained that my leader had come loose and I had no idea how to get it back on. “Is that all?” he asked with a smile. I handed him my rod and in about 30 seconds he had tied a quick knot, attached one of his homemade flies to my line and had me all ready to fish again. Walking out to him in my waders, I could understand why Brandon at the fly shop thought Dan and I were fools for thinking we could fish in the river without the waders. Even though the waterproof material, I could feel how cold the water was. There was no way we could have done this in shorts and flip flops.

Mike talked me through a few casts, and before too long, I was pulling in my first fish. A small trout with a lot of fight, this first fish meant a heck of a lot more to me than the 20 or so fish Mike caught that day, I can assure you. It was the first time I had ever caught a fish on the fly, and I have to admit, it felt good. I remembered Diaz telling me why he preferred fly-fishing. “It is the most exciting way to catch a fish,” Diaz told me during my lesson. And he is right. There is something so satisfying about the methods involved in fly-fishing. The excitement, I think, comes from the constant motion, and the tact with which one catches a fish on the fly. Mike’s fly that he let me use, unfortunately, ended up in the river with the fish I caught, and I felt awful about it, although he insisted I use another one of his flies. “My son, Tim, and I have a policy,” Mike said. “The only time we leave the river without one of these flies is if it gets lost or it is with a fish.” Luckily, my situation fell in the latter category. Dan saw a good deal of success on the Sipsey as well. Shortly after my catch, he pulled in his second fish of the day. Dan’s second fish was bigger than his first, and put up a bigger fight. You see, it is the fight that adds so much to the excitement. Seeing Mike pull in his sixth of the afternoon (although he only kept five) made me forget that I likely needed to get back to my house by 3 p.m. For the record, we did not get back until after 6. The day was simply perfect. Using Diaz’ instruction and the philosophy he linked to the perfect fly cast, coupled with Mike’s humble instruction and wisdom gave me the confidence to stay out there, and to want to return. Watching people like Mike Key and David Diaz, and listening to them talk about fly-fishing makes me understand why this is not just a “game” or an “activity.” It is a culture. It is a way of life. It is - as foolish as this may sound – a romantic partnership of sorts. And if you will pardon the pun, I’m hooked.

A Banner Year for the OMMS Band Program by Laura L. English, Ph.D.

Never in a million years would I have imagined that tears would come to my eyes at a middle school band concert! And they weren’t tears of agony and pain! Instead, I actually closed my eyes and got lost in the beauty of the music. Music played by 7th and 8th graders, of all things! And at the end of their fortyminute performance, I wished they had an encore piece to play. The Oak Mountain Middle and High School band programs are reportedly some of the very best in the state of Alabama, if not in the country. And the 2009-2010 school year has been filled with awards and honors for Jeff Atkins, director, and Heather Holmes, assistant director, and the OMMS bands. Consider this: At the state’s Musical Performance Assessment (MPA), the Symphonic Band scored an Overall Superior rating. The Advanced Symphonic Band not only received all superior ratings, but also received the new “With Distinction” title, indicating that the band received straight A’s in all categories. At the end of April, the OMMS bands traveled to Orlando and competed in the “Music in the Parks” festival. Both bands won first place in their respective divisions and the Advanced Symphonic Band walked away with the “Best Overall Performance” award. The OMMS Advanced Symphonic Band began its hard work this past fall

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after receiving an invitation to perform at the University of Alabama for the Alabama Music Educators (AMEA) Conference. The AMEA invitation letter recognized that “this is indeed an honor and a testament to your teaching and we anticipate your performance as a highlight.” Twenty-five music groups had submitted applications and only two middle school bands and two high school bands were selected to perform at this 3-day conference last January. And while the other groups performed in break-out sessions, the OMMS band was the only group selected to perform before all conference attendees in the coveted spot following the keynote address. During the concert, Mr. Atkins was awarded a “Citation of Excellence” by the National Band Association “for outstanding contribution to bands and band music.” The award goes on to say, “Through professional leadership, you have inspired and motivated excellence in musical performance. Your record of service to our profession is one of which


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with her comments and stories about what it took to be the broadcast journalist for the Falcons, and her interaction with professional football players. Noto’s schedule will be busy as the NFL draft is around the corner, preseason training camps will begin to start, and Falcon fans will be looking for the latest from their favorite players, courtesy of Noto’s interviews. But her visit to OLV was greatly appreciated by all. “She was terrific,” assistant principal Michael Bridges said. “She truly brought an inspirational message to the students and everyone.”

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OMHS Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team inaugural season sets records

Caitlin Bice Softball Chelsea High School Caitlin Bice wasn’t born with a softball glove on her hand. It took about four years. Her mother, Sandi Bice, of Chelsea says that growing up she always had a glove on and wanted to play catch with anyone who would play with her. “Her sister Candice played softball for Pleasant Grove High School and also played travel softball, so Caitlin grew up on the field,” Sandi Bice said. She was the starting third baseman for the Gummi Bears in Pleasant Grove, Ala. when she was four. It wouldn’t be long before she was starting for Chelsea High. This year she helped lead Chelsea High to the state playoffs, where they made it to the final eight teams. She led the team in wins as a pitcher. She was also feared as a hitter. Her eighth grade year she was pulled up to the varsity team. She was the leadoff hitter and pitched as well. That Chelsea team made it to the state playoffs for the first time ever. On the

way they won the area and the region. they eventually finished fourth in the state. In the state tournament, Caitlin hit a home run, pitched a no-hitter and pitched in every game Chelsea played. Caitlin also plays travel softball on the Vipers-93 team. they have played in several college exposure tournaments and won most including the Rising Stars Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. This summer they travel to Texas for the Class A nationals and also to Colorado for the Independence Tournament. Caitlin has already sparked the interest of some colleges as a sophomore. She actually gave up her spot as a Varsity Cheerleader to focus on the goal of earning a college scholarship.Caitlin is an excellent student. She is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. Caitlin teaches young girls pitching and fundamentals of softball on weekends and afternoons that she doesn’t have a game or practice. She reads to elementary students once a month. One day Caitlin hopes to earn a degree in sports medicine and become a coach.


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By Patti Henderson Not much is expected of a new team new to a sport, new to a league - other than - learn the basics, get to know each other, learn to work as a team, try your hardest, maybe post a win toward the end of the season, and look forward to becoming a real contender next year. Notso!forthisgroupofyoungladies. It seems ever since Jacqueline Naro scored the first team goal against Spain Park, the team kept right on scoring! The first team victory came against Hoover, at Hoover, winning in overtime 14-12! Now, consider these outstanding statistics: • They were the first high school team in the state of Alabama to have a winning season in its inaugural year finishing with a an overall record of 11 wins, 6 losses. • They were the first high school team in the state of Alabama to qualify for a state championship in its inaugural year. On top of that, this team made it all the way to the finals where they valiantly lost 13-9 to Vestavia, a team in its 4th season with three state championship games under its belt. • They outscored opponents 151-107, and by 44 goals. Individual recognition goes to

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Christine Haley with most goals scored: 74. Most assists were posted by Kayce Swift with 13. And Kayce also holds the most ground balls recovered at 74. “It was truly amazing to see what these players could accomplish in their first year, and I am excited about the future of Oak Mountain Women’s lacrosse for years to come,” said Coach David Klementz. You’ve heard the saying “it comes down from the top.” Coach Klementz gave of his time to this team. He was not paid to coach. He doesn’t even have a daughter on the team. He simply loves the game and loves to coach and pulls the best out of his players. And good at it he is! Coach Klementz was recently awarded the 2010 US Lacrosse - Alabama Coach of the Year award! Congratulations Coach! Congratulations Team! Can’t wait to see what next year brings!

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a house, but the home needed some major remodeling work before they can move in. Sean Edwards, DJ Washington and Trevor Hughes worked on a flower bed in the front of the house for several hours. They transformed a weedy, grassy, root-filled area into a bed ready for planting.

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Allie Mosher for Oak Mtn gains control of the ball against a Briarwood defender.

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Caroline Seitz sprints to first and on to second for a double for the Oak Mtn Lady Eagles.

Oak Mtn Jr, John Imwalle, makes a sliding attempt to prevent the ball from going out of bounds.

Oak Mountain Wrestler Wins National Award

On June 12th, America’s Sports Artist Rick Rush will be at Bryant Art Gallery. He will be signing his newest painting, The Crimson Rose depicting the University of Alabama’s 13th National Championship. Rick Rush is a master of the Sports Art genre and suitably called, “America’s Sports Artist.” He seizes the energy and passion of various sports, from football, baseball, NASCAR and even to equestrian water sports. Through his skilled interpretation and rich, vivid use of color he has been able to preserve some of sports most significance moments. Well known novelist James Dickey

said of Rush, “Rick is able to render the explosive essence of an action with more feeling of its reality than any numbers of moving images, such as those made possible by film, could do.” Rush began painting professionally in 1975 and has obtained increasing international recognition throughout the years. Two United States presidents, and many of America’s best known sports stars own his works of art. His art can be found in the collections of The All England Club (Wimbledon), and many public museums. Bryant Art Gallery is located at 5631 Highway 280. Phone number is 408-4402.

Liberty Park Middle School Tennis Team has strong showing at tournament

Tanner Moon works for the pin against a R.E. LEE wrestler. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame School and the University of Oklahoma, and Museum has selected its 2010 state Dave Schultz was one of the most respected and regional winners of the Dave Schultz high school, collegiate, and international High School Excellence Award as part of wrestlers the United States has ever had,” its Educational Outreach Program. Forty- said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director nine seniors from those states that sponsor of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. high school state wrestling championships Regarded as a tireless competitor and have been chosen for the honor. The supreme technician on the mat, Schultz was winner from Alabama is Oak Mountain beloved throughout the world of amateur High School wrestler Tanner Moon. wrestling for his friendliness and eagerness Moon, a four-time All-American, will to lend help or advice to teammates and wrestle for the University of Virginia this opponents alike. Schultz passed away in fall. The High School Excellence Award is 1996. He was inducted into the sport’s Hall named in honor of the late Olympic and of Fame as a Distinguished Member in World Champion Dave Schultz. Each 1997. Since the Dave Schultz High School award recipient is evaluated on excellence Excellence Award’s inception in 1996, the in wrestling, scholastic achievement, Wrestling Hall of Fame has recognized 628 character, citizenship, and community student-wrestlers. service. “A graduate of Palo Alto High

Front row: Bailey Hymer, Mary Smyth, Elizabeth Caputo, Top row: Coach Alicia Stephenson, Katherine Stahl, Paris Malensek, Cailyn Levant, Isabella Aldana, Coach Chris Davis

Liberty Park Middle School Girls Tennis Team placed 2nd in the Metro South Conference Tournament in its first qualifying year.

Bailey Hymer was the #3 Singles Champion. Elizabeth Caputo was the #4 Singles Champion.

OLV Track Team Wins First Place

The OLV track team, coached by longtime Our Lady of the Valley Coach Wayne Woodman, with the assistance of Coach Patty LaRock, captured first place in the AAA Division of the Diocesan Track and Field Meet. In addition to being crowned overall champion for their division, the 5th, 6th and 7th grades won the 1st place grade level trophies. OLV won 1st place individual awards in the following events: •50 yard Dash-girls: 7th grade Morgan Lee •100 yard Dash-girls: 7th grade Taylor Yeatman •Standing Long Jump-girls: 5th grade Ally Hall, 6th grade Grace Galvin, 7th grade Lauren Jennings, 8th grade Maddie LeBeau •Running Long Jump-girls: 5th grade Ally Hall, 6th grade Grace Galvin, 8th grade Gina Sherman •Softball Throw-girls: 6th grade Kaylen Holtzapfel, 7th grade Mary Cowan, 8th grade Ify Ifediba •Shot Put-girls: 7th grade Mary Cowan, 8th

grade Ify Ifediba •440 Yard Relay-girls: 5th graders - Nicole Bernal, Amy Lawhon, Ashleigh Keelin, Marzeah Khorramabadi 6th graders - Nicole Galvin, Kaylee Gilchrist, Kelsi Hobbs, Grace Galvin 7th graders - Mary Cowan, Lauren Jennings, Morgan Lee, Taylor Yeatman •440 Yard Mixed Grade Relay-girls: Marzeah Khorrambadi, Kaylee Gilchrist, Taylor Yeatman, Torie Park •50 Yard Dash-boys: 6th grade Juan Jose Campos 1st grade •100 Yard Dash-boys: 6th grade Cam McLean, 7th grade Matt Byers •Standing Long Jump-boys: 5th grade Noah Smith, 6th grade Stephen Lanzi, 7th grade Marty McGuire •Running Long Jump-boys: 5th grade Joseph Lanzi •Softball Throw-boys: 5th grade Jacob Ford, 6th grade Warren Shader •440 Yard Relay-boys: 5th graders - Christian

Our Lady of the Valley Track Team Just(gr.4), Joseph Lanzi, Austin Saab, Thomas Hart 6th graders - Que Herring, Juan Jose Campos, Joe Meineke, Cam McLean 7th graders - Marty McGuire, Harold Shader, Thomas Gibson, Matt Byers •440 Yard Mixed Grade Relay-boys: Austin Saab, Cam McLean, Matt Byers, Steven Martin •880 Yard Long Run-boys: 7th grade Harold Shader

•100 yard dash boys: 4th grade Nathan Fisher

In addition to the overall and grade level trophies, OLV won the top female and male athlete awards in several grades: 5th grade boy – Austin Saab, 6th grade girl – Grace Galvin, 6th grade boy – Cam McLean, 7th grade girls - Taylor Yeatman & Mary Cowan tied, 7th grade boy Matthew Byers.



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Volunteers Team Up to Feed Neighbors in Need

By Kathryn Acree “I call them my angels,” says Homewood resident Stephanie Dawson. “They didn’t know me from anyone and they’ve helped me in so many ways. “ Dawson’s praise is for the work of Angel Food Ministries and Hoover’s Grace Klein Construction. As a struggling single mother of five, this ministry entered her life when she needed it most. “My mother passed away and then I lost my job due to health problems,” explains Dawson. “I didn’t know how I would feed my family or who to turn to.” Friends of Grace Klein Construction reached out to Dawson through Angel Food Ministries with exactly what she

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needed; groceries. Angel Food Ministries was founded by two Georgia pastors in 1994 to feed those who are struggling financially. It has grown to serve 44 states through distribution sites in area churches. There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions or applications to be a recipient of the food. A Grace Klein Construction staff member and several customers saw this ministry as an opportunity to not only help feed Birmingham area families in need, but to form relationships with them. Volunteers at church distribution sites sort and box the food at a cost of $30 a box that feeds a family of four for a week. The food is healthy and balanced and includes meats, vegetables and fruits, grains and breakfast items. Grace Klein Construction works through Angel Food sites at Asbury United Methodist Church, Chelsea Community Church and the First Baptist Church of Alabaster. Most of the people who deliver food deliver to the same families each month so that they can get to know them and form lasting friendships. Dawson’s food delivery through friends of Grace Klein Construction brought her not only physical items she needed for her family but also a new group of caring friends offering support, encouragement and prayer. “Volunteers through Angel Food came to my home, walked in and just opened their arms to me and my kids. I’d never experienced anything like that before,” Dawson says. “It was just before Christmas and we had an old Christmas tree that would not stand upright. . Low and behold they came back with a Christmas tree for us that someone had donated on their next visit! I know God put these loving people in my life.” Dawson has been inspired to help with the ministry herself. She is now a part of

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delivering food to other families and even donated a washer and dryer that had been her mother’s to a family in need. “When He blesses you, you bless someone else. It’s as simple as that,” says Dawson. Grace Klein Construction was founded in 2006 and provides residential work from new construction to home renovations, insurance repairs and some commercial work. The company’s motto is Colossians 3:23 “And whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord and not for men.” A cornerstone of their company is to give back to the Birmingham community whenever it hears of a need. Tim Bower of Grace Klein Construction is aware they are just scratching the surface of needs in Jefferson and Shelby Counties. “We’ve gotten so much response from this I now send out an email to hundreds of people each month who help with needs we hear of,” explains Bower. “People have said they feel led to help with an undertaking like this but often don’t know where to start. This is an easy way for people to get involved and touch lives in a tangible and

long-term way.” Distributor Jenny Waltman says Grace Klein Construction began working with Angel Food Ministries in September of 2009. They started by feeding 58 families and the number is now over 300. Currently seven staff members of Grace Klein are involved with the food ministry along with hundreds of volunteers from senior adults to children. “Angel Food has just been incredible to be involved with,” says Waltman. “Our families have delivered food to senior citizens who are living off of crackers and water. It is so amazing for our children to go with us and see the blessings a box of groceries provides. None of this is for our glory; we have so much and we forget that too easily.” For information on how you can be a part of feeding area families, go to Send a message through the “contact us” page of their website or call 205-390-2211 if you would like to donate time and/or resources.

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Schools Participate in Fences on Parade Project The Fences on Parade project is a public art exhibit conceptualized and directed by the Shelby County Arts Council as part of the i*MAGINE celebration. Fences on Parade is an exciting opportunity for businesses, schools, churches, organizations, and individuals to create unique works of art using fences as the canvas. In 2008 and 2009 the Shelby County Arts Council hosted Bicycles on Parade. In

keeping with the 2010 Big Read project of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama Public Libraries, SCAC chose Fences on Parade to complement Tom Sawyer, the book selected for this year’s Big Read. The winning entries for the 2010 Fences on Parade were: Elementary School Category: 1st Place: Creek View Elementary 2nd Place: Montevallo Elementary 3rd Place: Oak Mountain Elementary Middle School Category: 1st Place: Columbiana Middle 2nd Place: Helena Middle 3rd Place: Thompson Intermediate High School Category: Best of Show: Shelby County High School 1st Place: Calera High School 2nd Place: Chelsea High School 3rd Place: Vincent High School

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Much like the fast-growing city of Chelsea, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church off County Road 39 has experienced so much growth in it’s 2.5 year history that it needs more room. A new Annex, a separate manufactured building donated to the parish, is under renovation in preparation for an early summer opening. “The parish started in 2008 when we held services at Chelsea Middle School,” says the Reverend John Mark Ford, the parish’ priest in charge. “Some of those services were quite memorable- once the fire alarm rang continually and another time the air conditioning was out. We were ready for our own location!” The new location was the former K Springs Church of God across from Chelsea Community Church and the parish took on the challenge of occupying a building from the 1930’s. “When we leased this property, it was a consignment shop and had definitely seen better days! We’ve been renovating,

painting, etc. since we first moved in. Our people have put in untold hours of work on this property. The growth and excitement here is unbelievable,” explains Rev. Ford. Rev. Ford came to the parish from St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Bluff Park. The diocese that St. Catherine’s is in also owns 20 acres of land across from Chelsea Recreational Park on County Road 39. “We hope at our current rate of growth that it won’t be too long before we’re on the new property,” says Rev. Ford. The parish has received donations from other parishes in Alabama, such as pews, altar vestments and pillar candles. With around 150 attendees and members, the new Annex will provide a church office, a more complete dining/fellowship area and separate nursery area. A new restroom is included and an access ramp for members needing an entrance without stairs. The current nursery is behind the main service area and plans are for it to be renovated into a choir room. The parish holds Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and a worship service with Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday night services are at 7:00 p.m. For more information on St. Catherine’s Episcopal, contact 618-8367 or www.

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Typing Considerations You may or may not have noticed the continuing theme of the articles I contribute to 280 Living. My first contribution was for the November 2009 issue, and was the beginning of a Holiday Triad that encompassed November, December, and January. After that, the theme was pretty much centered around the major holiday or major occurrence in the month, except for May, which was more about a song that was stuck in my head. So as we move into June, I want to incorporate what I missed in May with what is in June—Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, for an overall parenting emphasis. After all, it is summer, kids are out of school, and for a period of two and a half months, more demand is placed upon mom and dad to be the entertainment committee. For most kids, summer without a place to go every day where they can hang out with friends or just be socially or intellectually engaged in some form or fashion is, well, boring. And when kids are bored, they get restless and sometimes more insistent in their needs: “Mom, I need .... Dad, can we ...?” With schools taking a hiatus, we realize we have to do something because leaving them at home alone is not an option. Well, before we turn the television into more of a baby-sitter than it already is, or before we become too indebted in summer “options” to keep the kids busy and get them tired, let us take a moment to see the parenting opportunity in front of us. Summer means time, and time means potential to get to know each other. Recently I conducted a seminar for counselors who work with married couples on the use of temperament assessments (aka. personality tests). I reviewed a wealth of information, especially on styles that affect communication and connection. One particular assessment I use frequently tells me how the individual prefers to renew their energy through rest and restore; how the individual takes in new information; how they processes that information to make it their own; and finally, how the individual makes a decision. These four items ultimately affect how the individual relates to other people, especially in the achievement of simple communication goals and fulfillment of needs. For example, you may have heard a person described as a sensing-type or an intuitive-type. A sensing-type uses and depends on his or her five senses to listen, to learn, to take in information about his or her environment. An intuitive-type uses his five senses, but it is not until the new information hits the sixth sense (the intuition) that gives the person a vibe, an essence of the information that helps it make sense; then the information was “heard.” Sensors are into details and the present experience; intuitives are about the big picture and the underlying and recurring themes.

Okay, time out, what does this have to do with parenting? Let me digress for one more minute: in March, I wrote about two other types: introverts and extroverts. In that article, I wrote: “Being an introvert or an extrovert has to do with how a person re-energizes, how he or she rests or recovers in a social context. Extroverts need the energy of people, and sometimes the more the merrier. Introverts need solitude, or the presence of one or two people with whom they feel comfortable. These interactions are as necessary on a regular basis as eating, sleeping, and breathing.” Let me ask you, what are you? What is your spouse? What are your kids? Perhaps some of the craziness and chaos you feel in your home life, and with the onset of summer, an increase in the pressure, is that you and your family seem to operate on different wavelengths. Truth is, you probably do. We tend to speak how we want to hear, and we tend to hear what we speak. It’s called language, and the issues of extroversion, introversion, sensing, and intuition, when it comes to relationship, affects our communication and momentto-moment goals; we use the language that is innate to us; and so do those around us. So when misunderstanding and frustration occur, it’s not necessarily intended to be malicious. It is a different language that needs to be learned by those closest to the individual for the individual to feel heard, valued, esteemed. Taking time to learn these types of preferences within your family can be very empowering. So, here’s an opportunity this summer during downtime and a reduction of responsibility to actually learn something far, far more practical: the languages in your home based on the types of people that are in your home. Instead of the museum or the pool all the time, set time aside to learn what type of individuals you are and the things you need to interact with one another, then maybe, just maybe, the chaos could be turned into connection, and value and honor could be felt by the members of your household. In fact, those kinds of observations could be made while at the museum or the pool, if you choose to pay attention to your family rather than trying to find a distraction for them. And the lessons will stay with everyone far longer and will be used more broadly than the summer swim lessons or the getting a jump on next year’s geometry. They are relational lessons that will last a lifetime. Just consider it. See you at the zoo. Hopefully, you’ll catch me type-watching as much as I’m animal watching.

Samaritan Counseling may be reached at 205-9673660, or visit the website at Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as an associate licensed marriage and family therapist and associate licensed counselor at Samaritan.

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Summer!!!! A Perfect Time for Scoliosis Check up’s Did you know Alabama state law requires a variety of screenings throughout our children’s formative school years? One of the required screenings is a brief scoliosis screening during the 5th through 9thg rades. These screenings are performed by school nurses or other educators. Remember back when you had yours done, consider the level of accuracy? With the increasing number of children and limited resources available, I believe chiropractors are better suited for the screening process. Advanced screening technology and evaluations performed by Chiropractors can detect scoliosis and other spinal related issues before they develop into more serious health problems. Additionally, Chiropractors are trained to treat scoliosis without bracing or surgery. This is a more conservative approach to traditional treatment. Being part of the community, Chiropractic Today understands the importance of these screenings as well as the devastating effects scoliosis has on our children’s health and well-being. The X-rays illustrated are of two children within our community. One child went through the standard screening process and since the scoliosis deviation was below the visible threshold, a clear finding was given. The

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for sure about the human body. more significant x-ray is of a child which is several years away from Our body is intended to function 100% well through our nervous the mandated screening window. system, all the time! We have this Despite logic, scoliosis conditions develop silently without pain. unlimited God given potential and ability to be healthy and well However, other health issues and symptoms are often present. balanced. The daily lifestyle choices you make will either move you So, what’s the big deal about scoliosis? Scoliosis is a Dr. Irma Palmer closer or further away from your progressive spinal structural disorder full potential. The Chiropractic wellness where, instead of the spine growing tall approach is centered around restoring and straight, it begins to curve laterally. and maintaining a constant unobstructed Additionally, the areas above and below neurological connection between the brain the primary deviation will compensate in and body. This can be optimized when the opposite direction. This is important combined with a healthy lifestyle. This because scoliosis negatively impacts the principle is sound and solid. Therefore, neurological connection between the no matter where you and your family are brain and the body. It involves the spinal with your current health by adapting these cord, which lies within the curving spinal principles, the possibility of restoring your column. As you know, our nervous system full potential is attainable. Chiropractic Today continues to be in controls every function of our human body. In order for everyone to reach their Mission Mode from the recent Dominican fullest potential, a fully functioning and Republic ChiroMission trip. The Dominican clear neurological connection is necessary trip was a powerfully rewarding and required. Simply put, scoliosis creates experience that I want to continue to foster more than just a curved spinal structure. It here at home. I realize helping here is just can create a wide variety of health problems as important as helping abroad. Therefore, too because the neurological connection is as part of my Community Outreach compromised. Program, to increase spinal awareness, With that, let’s review what we know we will be conducting Spinal Assessments

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Going Up In Smoke by Marlene Buckler, MD FACEP It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~Seneca Many people continue to smoke despite the widespread education of the masses regarding the dangers of smoking; and many smokers say they want to quit. Some experts believe that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known. Are you a smoker or does someone you care about smoke? Other than the immediate pleasure smoking brings to the smoker there is little if anything else good to say about it. A large number of people begin smoking as teenagers, either as a show of rebellion against their parents or in an effort to be accepted by their peers. There have been numerous methods

of smoking cessation offered to the public. Do they all work? Does one method work better than another? If you are a smoker determined to kick the habit you might be wondering what method will work best for you. Perhaps you have tried a number of them in the past but are still not tobacco free. One of the great debates centers around the whole question of whether or not to use medications to stop smoking. Of the types of medications available one is nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), generally available over the counter in the form of patches, gum, etc. There are also a few prescription drugs now available which are reported to be of help to some people trying to quit. The thing to remember is that all medications are potential poisons of one kind or another. All medications work by interfering in some way with normal

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and Scoliosis Screenings for all school aged children on Tuesdays throughout June and July by appointment. A brief and thorough spinal screening will be performed at our office. If interested, children should come dressed in gym attire. If you have any questions, please contact our office. Also, in an effort to give back to our community, we will perform all screenings for a $10 fee and all proceeds will be donated to your child’s school at the beginning of August. We ask that you make your check payable to your child’s school. This is a win for your family, your school and our mission which is to change the attitudes, awareness, behavior and direction of health in the state of Alabama. So this summer, without the pressures and demands of busy school schedules, this is a perfect time to evaluate your children’s spine. It’s a way we can give and help our community while in turn proactive parents receive peace of mind regarding their children’s spinal well being. This summer take the time to strive for health, wellness and wholeness. Let’s start with our children. Call, email or visit our website at to schedule your appointment or ask us any questions.

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processes in the body. Anytime we decide to take a medication we should ask ourselves if the benefits of taking the medication outweigh the risks of taking it. That can often be a difficult thing to determine and most of us depend on our doctor to point us in the right direction. Anytime a desired result can be achieved by natural methods, rather than by taking a medication, one should seriously consider the natural way. If you absolutely cannot stop smoking without using a drug, and the drug can in fact help you quit so you can begin to return to a normal state of health, then perhaps the benefits do outweigh the risks. • NRT allows the body to absorb an amount of nicotine, theoretically reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms while quitting smoking. • Each cigarette delivers nicotine as well as more than two hundred other toxins. The nicotine patch delivers only nicotine. • Prescription drugs to aid in smoking cessation are probably potentially more hazardous than the nicotine patch and it is

still not clear whether they work any better. The decision of what, if anything, to use to assist in quitting smoking is really an individual one and should be made in consultation with your doctor. Remember also that many people have quit without using any type of medication. Often determination to breath free and be healthy, coupled with support from family and friends, is enough to kick the habit. Find someone you know and admire who was able to stop smoking without using any drugs and ask him or her to tell you how to do it. There are probably as many different approaches as there are people. The best approach is the one that works for you. About the author: Marlene Buckler, MD, FACEP is an emergency room doctor, and a Fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ECEP). She has been practicing emergency medicine for fifteen years. (Reprinted with permission from Steve Van Gilder’s Lifestyles Newsletter. For questions regarding long term care insurance, contact Steve at 205-243-4417.)

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beyond “these four walls” to do great things in life! “Strive” might be the key word in all of their speeches. The key message might be (as lived by these four young adults): “Anything worth having is worth fighting for!” Best of luck to ALL 2010 graduates. And to our valedictorians: Job well done!

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Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina Age: 17 GPA: 4.7 Favorite subject: English Least Favorite subject: Physics School Clubs/Sports: Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Soccer, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Book Club, Math Team, Spanish Club Hobbies: Running, Cooking, Reading College Plan: Auburn University Area of study/Major: Undecided Quote: “It has been challenging to keep a high GPA, but with all the support of my family, teachers, and other students, the honors track was not too overwhelming. The recognition means a lot because of the hard work that has gone into the last four years. It is a privilege to have this honor in my graduating class. “I will tell my classmates to test and use what they have learned in high school when they go to college next year. If they continue to show the enthusiasm and hard work they have maintained in the past, I know they will do well in college. Most importantly, I will tell them to rely on God for strength and understanding. “I’m not sure what career path I will follow yet, but I know that I want to glorify God no matter what I do in my life!”

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Birthplace: Sunrise, Florida Age: 17 GPA: 4.34 Favorite subject: Chemistry, but enjoys all math and science classes Least Favorite subject: English School Clubs: President National Honor Society, Co-captain Varsity Scholars Bowl, Editor-in-Chief Chelsea Yearbook Staff, Vice President Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, French Club, French Honor Society, and Chelsea Ambassadors. Hobbies: Piano (since 7th grade), active in her church, Lesters Chapel United Methodist Church, active in the North Alabama United Methodist Conference, kayaking, hiking, or reading on the back porch College Plan: Davidson College

educator. Mr. Atkins and his staff run a first class organization, and I am overwhelmed with the consistency of their musical presentation and professionalism.” The OMMS band was the only ensemble from the state of Alabama invited to perform at this event. For next year’s Honor Band Festival, Mr. Atkins has been selected to serve as a guest conductor, yet another honor under his belt. Mr. Atkins has attributed the successes of this year to the hard work of the students, the support of parents, and the generous assistance of other band instructors from the community. In response to the standing ovation at the AMEA conference and feedback from music educators across the state of Alabama, Atkins sent this encouraging word to the OMMS band parents. “Our students and community have grown accustomed to the musical excellence in our small community. While this may be the norm for Oak Mountain schools, across our big state it is not. I am extremely blessed to be a small part in their musical success.” I must say, however, that anyone who has the privilege of hearing the fruit of his labor is the one who will be blessed. For more information about the OMMS band program, go to Area of study/Major: “I would like to become a Chemical Researcher where I can develop a new compound, material, or process that will help someone in their life.” Quote: “To be named Valedictorian does not mean that I am the smartest person in my class. It means that I have worked hard, put forth the most effort I could, and succeeded in my classes at school. The two biggest struggles in obtaining and maintaining my GPA have been starting off right freshmen year as well as making time to study since then. It is a tremendous honor. “I encourage my fellow classmates to work hard in everything they do whether it is in the classroom or after school, but most of all to follow their passions. Their passions and hard work will allow everything else to fall into place.”

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Birthplace: Birmingham, AL Age: 17 GPA: 4.4796 Favorite subject: Math Least Favorite subject: English School Clubs: Scholars Bowl, Math Team Hobbies: Watching NASCAR, reading Harry Potter, listening to 30H!3 College Plan: UNC-Charlotte Area of study/Major: Mechanical Engineering Life Plan: “Plan A: Marry a rich man. Plan B: Work as a mechanical engineer for a NASCAR race team.”

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Birthplace: Dalian, China Age: 17 GPA: 4.52 Favorite subject: Math Least Favorite subject: “Don’t really have one.” School Clubs: Debate Team, Scholars Bowl, Math Team Hobbies: Computers and Electronics, Rock Climbing, Ice Skating, Hanging out with friends College Plan: 95% sure he plans to attend Dartmouth Area of study/Major: Undecided Quote: “I’ve worked hard for my grades. I have never NOT studied for a test. This (honor) represents how much time I put into school. We have been given such a great opportunity here at Spain Park to gain an education. In my speech I want to tell the students to take this opportunity, use it to succeed, then give back by helping others. In life I hope to someday be able to provide the same sort of opportunity to those in underdeveloped countries. I want to have a positive impact on the world.”

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I, am a biscuit connoisseur. The fact that I was born and raised in Sloss Holler, I think qualifies me as an authority on biscuits. I don’t consider myself a biscuit snob because I like all kinds of biscuits. I automatically disqualify the ones that come in cans and the ones they eat with tea in England because they’re really just cookies. It’s here in the good old south where we make real biscuits. My mama used to make biscuits that were as crunchy as a scone, especially the bottoms. There was an old green bowl she kept on the fridge that she used for biscuit making. She’d sift the flour with a handcranked sifter, toss in a little baking soda, a dash or two of salt, “a chunk of lard,” and a few cups of fresh buttermilk. Then she’d slowly mix the concoction together, and when the dough was like clay, she’d fold it over and over until it was just right. Next she’d roll it out on a sideboard with a rolling pin, and use a tea glass to punch out perfectly round biscuits. She’d arrange them in an iron skillet “greezed” with lard (of course), and pop them babies in the oven. They came out of the oven golden brown all over. There was enough lard in those biscuits to make your heart flutter when the cholesterol hit your blood stream. In fact, most of my mama’s recipes started off with, “take a chunk of lard and add……” Some folks bought lard in gallon buckets back then, but mama had her lard delivered in a truck once a month. Hogs feared her. When I was drafted into the Army, my basic training was in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. That’s far enough south that at least they knew what a biscuit was. Unfortunately, the cooks hadn’t perfected the art of biscuit making. When I pointed

this out to the mess sergeant, he was not amused, so I found myself on KP (kitchen patrol) for three days. My job was to peel mountains of potatoes and after lunch, I had to clean the cracks in the kitchen floor, with a toothbrush. I learned to keep my culinary comments to myself. When I got to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, I had a feeling they were too far north of the Mason-Dixon Line to know about biscuits. This was confirmed when I asked for one that first day. He looked at me as if I were speaking Swahili. I’d learned my lesson in Kentucky and didn’t dare bad-mouth the mess sergeant, so I moped off to my table and sulked as I munched on wilted toast. When I got back home to mama’s house from the Army, I was so anxious to have me some homemade biscuits that I felt like eating lard with a spoon straight from the bucket. But mama got in the kitchen, fried up some eggs, made a pan of grits, fried some ham with red-eye gravy, and a huge pan of biscuits. I was back in heaven. My wife Jilda learned to make biscuits from her mom. Ruby’s biscuits were not like my mom’s, but were delightful nonetheless. They were like toasted clouds. Those biscuits were light, fluffy in the middle, and brown on the top and bottom. Her family introduced me to many new ways of eating biscuits. Not only did they eat them with eggs, grits and bacon, but they sometimes ate cheese inside theirs. They’d munch them with sausage and a slice of tomato inside. Sometimes they’d break them in two, pour fresh honey or sorghum syrup all over and eat them with a fork. I discovered that these were all good ways to enjoy biscuits. Jilda made biscuits this morning and hers are a cross between the ones both our mothers made. She doesn’t use lard, so my blood doesn’t slow down to a trickle when I eat them, but they are scrumptious just the same. I would know, because as I mentioned before, I am a connoisseur.

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Recently I have leased a new car. This car is different from any other car I have driven in the last thirty years. It has a manual transmission which means, of course, that I am constantly shifting gears. This becomes a very exciting experience on Highway 280. I must remain alert while driving in heavy traffic and especially stopping at a light on the side of a hill. There is never a dull moment in driving this little car. I have learned that shifting the gears demands all of my attention. No longer am I able to use my cell phone or eat fast food while driving. My eyes and hands and mind must focus fully on driving on the roads in Shelby and Jefferson County. In a way this new car has been a blessing to me. The manual transmission has forced me to give up the things that are a hindrance to driving. Not being able to talk on the phone or eat a hamburger is a good thing. Now I can really put the first things first – giving all of my attention to the open road. This experience had led me to some spiritual thoughts about God. Jesus said, “Don’t be anxious about food and drink and clothing.” (Or in my case “Don’t be anxious about cell phones or fast food”). He was trying to straighten out priorities. First attention must go to being a faithful child of God, to finding a meaning and a purpose in life, to nurturing a living relationship with God. These things for Him, were more important than being anxious about food and clothing. He was not saying that one should ignore those needs. He was saying that when we allow those needs to dominate our lives, when we allow them to control our energies and our time and our concern, then things have

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Home Vegetable Gardening by Fred Kapp Educational Liaison The Alabama Green Industry Training Center

Few hobbies have as much to offer as a vegetable garden. Perhaps that is why 110 million plus Americans list it as their primary interest. Gardening is great exercise for anyone. It helps instill a good work ethic, responsibility, and a love for science and nature. It’s also a great way to unwind. Best of all - the fruits of your labor are undeniably better than any grocery store fare. Start with three basic guidelines to assure your garden produces a decent yield with delicious, edible produce: • Sun: your garden will need as much sun as possible • Soil: needs to be well drained and at least a foot of depth • Water: infrequently but deeply Once you have those items in place,

begin improving the soil by turning with a shovel, tiller or tractor. Consider sending a soil sample to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Auburn Soils Lab. The results will tell you how much lime and fertilizer is needed for optimum growth. Soil test sample boxes are available at better retail garden centers or your County Extension Office. After that, add 3-4 inches of well decomposed leaves or bark and turn it in thoroughly. Alabama soils are usually less than 1% organic matter and vegetables produce their greatest yields in soils over 5% up to muck soils of 20% or more. Next decide what you’ll grow. Of course, your choice depends on personal taste and need, but a few easy crops to grow include: • Tomatoes - heirlooms, cherry types or just plain eight-ounce sandwich types like Better Boy, Atkinson or Bonnies will do fine. They need deep soil, lots of sun, several inches of mulch, dolomitic lime and

a little fertilizer. • Squash - as long as the squash vine borer or a mildew doesn’t get you, you’ll soon have more yellow crookneck or zucchini than you can use from 8-10 plants. Plant in rows or hills, thin plants to 8-10” apart and get ready. Don’t panic when the first blooms don’t “set” as they are male. • Bush beans - although it is a sin to ask a southerner to plant bush instead of pole beans, the ease and productivity of Contender bush bean is hard to ignore. In the future, if your timing is right, fresh bush beans and new potatoes cooked together are a great combination. Beans, and any other legume are great soil improvers and a must for any garden. Bush beans must be harvested when pods are still small or they will be too tough to chew. • Peppers - bell, sweet banana, Thai Hot... whatever you plant will probably yield more than you will eat, but they are fun and easy to grow. When the summer heat arrives, peppers may not set fruit, but that

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Editor’s Note: Fred Kapp will be at Oak Mountain Middle School Saturday, June 12th, weather permitting from 8:00 -11:00am, and he will be glad to have your help and teach you how to plant and maintain a garden. You may watch or help as they put in several additional plantings to replace the spring garden. The garden is located to the left rear of the school. If you e-mail him at he will be able to monitor interest and have adequate materials on-hand.

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problem is usually short-lived. So many other crops will do well in this area, if you have the room, and they include: watermelons, okra, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, southern peas, limas and so forth. Once you have eaten really fresh sweet corn, asparagus or English peas, frozen, canned or recently picked will pale in comparison. With a little effort and a little expense, you can have a good garden this summer, and an even better fall garden as your soils begin to improve. You’ll find once you’ve been through a few planting cycles the work becomes easier and more rewarding, and the produce better and more plentiful. Remember, solving issues such as pruning, insects and diseases can be found at


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June Calendar of Events email your events to

Music & Arts

6/3-6:00 p.m., Serenata Latin Groove Band and DJ Carlos, Alys Stephens Center, ticket information, 205-975-2787

6/3 -8:00 p.m., Act of Congress and Three On A String, Alabama Theatre,


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Family Fun

6/2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., Learn to Fly One Day Camp, ages 9 & up, flight simulation, Southern Museum of Flight, 205-833-8226

6/5-6/6, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, Tannehill

ticket information, 205-251-7727

Ironworks Historic State Park, exhibitors display and sell fossils, crystals, tumbled stones, etc., park admission, 205-477-5711

6/4 -8:00 p.m., Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Country’s Hit

6/5 -10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Galleria Woods Arts and Crafts Show, all

Makers-Behind the Hits, Alabama Theatre, ticket information, 205-251-7727

6/12 - 7:30 p.m., Carrie Underwood, BJCC Arena, tickets, 205-458-8400


exhibitors are residents of Galleria Woods retirement community, contact Bernard Goldstein, 205-701-3706

6/6 - 12:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m., Vulcan’s 106th Birthday Bash, outdoor celebration

6/17 -7:00 p.m., Lynyrd Skynyrd with 38 Special and Bret Michaels, Verizon Music Center, tickets, 205-985-4900

and family activities, admission $3.00, call 205-933-1409

6/7-8/6, Summer Chess Camp, located at several Shelby County Schools,

6/17 -6:00 p.m., The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Alys Stephens Center, ticket information, 205-975-2787

cost $70 per student, contact Caesar Lawrence of Caesar Chess, 205-6633441

6/18 -8:00 p.m., Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of

6/8, 15, 22, 29 -9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., I Wanna Be A Pilot One Day Camp,

Michael Jackson, Alabama Theatre, tickets, 205-251-7727

ages 6-8, Southern Museum of Flight, $20.00, 205-833-8226

6/25 - 8:00 p.m., Sam Bush in Concert, Alys Stephens Center, tickets, 205-

6/8-9, showtimes vary, Nickelodeon presents Storytime Live! With Dora and Friends, BJCC Concert Hall, tickets, 205-458-8400


Sports 6/2 - 12:35 p.m.- 15th Annual Rickwood Classic, Birmingham Barons vs.

Tennessee Smokies, Rickwood Field, tickets, 205-988-3200

6/1, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30 - Birmingham Barons home games, Regions Park, game times vary, for tickets call 205-988-3200

6/12 & 13 - 7:00 a.m., Xterra at Oak Mountain State Park, 5 major races for

triathletes, contact 205-620-2520

6/12 - 7:30 a.m., J-Rags Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon, Oak Mtn. State Park, admission charged for park and for race participants,

6/30-7/3 - 1st Annual Vulcan Bike Week, competitions for sport bikes,

choppers, cruisers, and bike builders, Birmingham Race Course and Lassiter Mtn. Dragway,

6/11-12, White Mountain Bluegrass Festival, St. Clair Springs, food, bands, train rides, information, 205-467-6927 6/12 -14th Annual Down Home Psaltery Festival, performances by psaltery players, Tannehill Ironworks Historic State Park, park admission, 205-4775711 6/12 - 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tannehill Woodcarvers Club, demonstrations in carving techniques, Tannehill Ironworks Historic State Park, park admission, 205-477-5711

6/13 - 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m., Big Reptile Day at the Birmingham Zoo, admission charged, 205-879-0409

6/18-20, Ultimate Man Stuff Expo, BJCC Exhibition Hall, admission and info, 205-458-8400 6/19, - Father’s Day Iron Pour at Sloss Furnace, information, 205-324-1911 6/19 -11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Father’s Day Train Ride at the Heart of Dixie

Fundraisers/ Benefit Events 6/25 - Save the Boilers Silent Auction at Sloss Furnace, 1st annual fundraiser to preserve this treasured landmark, for information, 205-324-1911

Theatre 6/10-6/12, 6/17-6/19, 6/24-6/26, “Almost Maine” presented by the

Birmingham Festival Theatre, tickets $20, call 205-933-2383

6/18-6/20, 6/24-6/27, “Little Shop of Horrors” presented by the Virginia Samford Theatre, tickets and show times, call 205-251-1286

Food & Wine 6/4-5, 4th Annual Magic City Brewfest, food, music, beer sampling,

admission & parking fee, Sloss Furnace,

6/5 - Mt. Laurel Farmer’s Market opens 6/5, 12, 19, 26, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Valleydale Farmer’s Market, fresh

regional produce, cooking demos, music, located at 4601 Valleydale Road, contact Matt Churnock for info, 205-531-1421

6/5, 12, 19, 26, 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Pepper Place Market, locally grown produce,

6/10 - 6:30 p.m., No-Knead Bread Class, hosted by Becky Satterfield,

Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, class fee $25.00, contact Susan Green, 205-980-3661

Gardening/Nature 6/5-6, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., 8th Annual Art in the Gardens, Aldridge Botanical

Gardens, fine art and craft show, free admission, 205-682-8019

6/19, 10:00 a.m., Bug Races-Bugs of Alabama, Oak Mtn State Park Treetop Nature Trail, free with park admission, 205-620-2520

Railroad Museum, Dad rides ½ price when accompanied by one or more of his children, information, 205-668-3435

6/19 -20, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Tannehill Trade Days, large outdoor market, Tannehill Historic State Park, information 205-477-5711

Birmingham Fashion Exchange The first Birmingham Fashion Exchange (BFE) located at 1012 Edenton Street off Hwy. 280 & Cahaba Beach Road one mile behind Home Depot will be held June 4-6 and will be open from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm on Sunday. All details, as well as online registration, are available at Planned as the first of what will be four seasonal events each year, BFE spokesperson, Anne Coleman, says, “What’s best about the Birmingham Fashion Exchange is that everyone benefits: those who want to sell their “like new,” brand name and designer clothing including suits, separates, sportswear and casual separates, as well as luxury handbags, accessories, select jewelry, and new shoes, those who want to purchase high end fashion merchandise at a fraction of the original price, those who do the work to make the event possible, and the Hannah Homes, which is BFE’s designated charity. Coleman says there are many reasons

Climb for the Kids

Climb for the Kids organization, on behalf of the Josiah Foundation, will host their “First Annual Climb for the Kids Event” on Saturday, June 19th from 10 am - 4 pm at The Summit in the Saks Plaza. Join us for a day of family fun, including a climbing wall, outdoor games, fabulous raffle prizes, a radio remote with MAGIC 96.5, and live music from local artists “Better in the Dark”. The event

that women buy clothing and fashion accessories that include being required to “dress up” for work, because they’ve gained or lost weight, because fashion trends change every season, because they want something new, or for no particular reason at all. She also says that there are consignors planning to bring clothes to BFE that have never been worn and still have the price tags attached. BFE’s consignors are paid quickly and receive 60% of the sale price. Consignors and volunteers are given the opportunity to shop prior to the public sale – consignors who are also volunteers during the sale receive an additional 10% off the price of their own purchases. “Everyone involved in this first BFE sale is excited at the enthusiasm being generated. We hope it is the beginning of what will become an anticipated seasonal event in the years to come,” Coleman said. For additional information contact Anne Coleman or info@

is free and 100% of all donations will be directly channeled into the Climb for the Kids chosen children’s charities: Cancer Climber Association and Show Hope. In July 2010, Dan Atchison and Adam Bickford will begin the 14,410’ climb up Mount Rainier in Seattle, Washington to raise money for their charities. For video blogs and more information on the Climb and the Josiah Foundation please visit and www.



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First Annual Corrine Emma Brown Onesie Drive

Corrine Emma Brown was born May 27, 2009. She passed away due to complications on July 3,2009. Her family lives in the Greystone area. Her family and Paper Dolls are sponsoring a onesie drive benefitting the Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. Melissa Brown started this project to assist other parents who are experiencing the same thing her family went through. “It’s been a difficult time, but there are other parents who may have experienced the same thing hours, days, weeks and months ago,” Brown said. “I just want to pay it forward for them in my daughters memory.” Brand new onesies (0-12 months) may be dropped off at Paper Dolls. Infant socks, blankets, boppy pillows (used to prop babies up), light up toys, musical toys, and disposable cameras are also welcome. All items must be brand new. Cash donations are also accepted. Checks may be made payable to Melissa Brown and can be mailed to P.O. Box 381836 Birmingham, AL 35238. Melissa may be reached by e-mail at kjbmnm@aol. com. Drop offs can be made at Paper Dolls, 5426 hwy 280, suite 9. They are located in the Terrace at Greystone. The phone number is 408-4000. Paper Dolls will match the donation of items dropped off.

Navy Week Comes to the Greystone YMCA The Greystone YMCA proudly welcomed members of the U.S. Navy and Navy Seals on the evening of May 4th as part of Navy Week in Birmingham. The evening began with naval recruiters onsite followed by the U.S. Navy Seal Fitness Challenge for participants 13 and older. Visitors were entertained by the Navy Rock Band SE “Pride” and enjoyed a F/A-18 flight simulator. “We are so excited to host this event for the first time,” said Greystone YMCA Fitness Director Scott Hults. Hults is known as “Old Navy” Hults as he is a retired Navy Captain. “This is a great fitness challenge for our members to take part in and a way for our community to be a “Navy Town” for a week.” The Fitness Challenge is by no means for “lightweights.” It consists of a 500-

yard swim completed as side stroke or breast stroke only. After a ten minute rest, challengers moved on to push ups, the max they could do in two minutes. Next, two minutes of sit-ups followed by an un-timed event for pull-ups. After four minutes rest, challengers then did a 1.5 mile run. Awards were given for best scores by gender and age group. For visitors interested in the Naval experience without the fitness challenge, the F/A-18 flight simulator gave 12 passengers at a time a six-minute thrilling “ride.” The simulator tours around the country with recruiters offering a safe but exciting look at life in the Navy. Navy Week in Birmingham included a visit by sailors to the Alabama School for the Blind, an appearance at a Birmingham Barons game, and appearances at area high schools. Naval members visited The Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, the Mercedes-Benz Plant at Vance and the Lakeshore Foundation. Seabees from Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 24 and sailors from the USS Alabama worked on a Habitat for Humanity project in Wylam Oaks. The week concluded with the Blue Angels Show held in Tuscaloosa.

Greystone YMCA visitors enjoy Navy Week events

Visitors enjoy the F/A-18 flight simulator

Chief Navy Career Counselor John Frierson directs swimmers in the Navy Seals Fitness Challenge

New artists come to Stray Art The Stray Art Salon Fine Art Gallery has welcomed some new guest artists into the fold. They are Laura Stacy, with her very bright, creative handbags. Don Stewart has a large selection of prints of his very popular visual humor. Steve Smith with his wind chimes, puzzles, and pendants made from recycled glass. Tamara Shadinger is showing her wonderful clay animal creations. Robert Taylor is showing his renowned copper creations in the Arts and Crafts style. Allison Bohorfoush specializes in small copper creations. Susan Gainer has

a variety of small hand painted magnets. Hank Siegel is showing his photography. Of course, the regular cast of characters Laura Brookhart, Nancy Burleson, Don Estes, Warren Mullins, Beverly Owens, Deb Paradise, John Shadrick, Arthur Umlauf are still bringing in new and great work. Stray Art Salon Fine Art Gallery is in Lee Branch Village between The Melting Pot and Rave theaters, next to Imagine Art. Hours are 11-6 Tues-Thurs, 11-8 Friday, and 11-7 Saturday.

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280 Live Music Listings 5426 Highway 280 (205) 874-6361 6/1- Live Music with Cordy 6/2- J-Ko 6/3- Wine Lovers’ w/ Kevin Harrison & Jace 6/4- Boomtown 6/5- Phase 2 6/7- $2 Margarita Mondays 6/8- Live Music with Cordy 6/9- Danny and Randy 6/10- Wine Lover’s w/ J-Ko& Kolby Mele 6/11- Excalibur Band 6/12- Red Halo 6/14- $2 Margarita Mondays 6/15- Live Music with Cordy 6/16- Rick Carter 6/17- Wine Lovers’ w/ Kevin Harrison & Jace 6/18- Maggie Blue and The Groove 6/19- Bonus Round 6/21- $2 Margarita Mondays 6/22- Live Music with Cordy 6/23- Danny and Randy 6/24- Wine Lover’s w/ J-Ko & Kolby Mele 6/25- Four on the Floor 6/26- Altamont 6/28- $2 Margarita Mondays 6/29- Live Music with Cordy 6/30- J-Ko 7/1- Wine Lovers’ w/ Kevin Harrison & Jace


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CAFE FIRENZE 110 Inverness Plaza (205) 980-1315 6/1-Live acoustic 6/2-The Black River band 6/3-Wasted Glory 6/4-17th Floor 6/5-The Buddy Love band 6/8-Live acoustic 6/9-Deputy 5 6/10-Live music 6/11-The Ugli Stick 6/12-Hog Mountain Lug Nuts 6/15-Live acoustic 6/16-Farmer’s Daughter 6/17-Mother Mercy 6/18-Deputy 5 6/19-Sin 69 6/22-Live acoustic 6/23-Deputy 5 6/24-The Black River band 6/25-Lynam 6/26-will hoge 6/29-Live acoustic 6/30-Beer Bands and Bingo


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Classifieds Oak Mountain Eagle Volleyball Camp @ OMHS

HOGANS Irish Pub & Grill 507 Cahaba Park Circle (205) 995-0533

Every Wednesday / Thursday 8pm Live Music by Razz Ma Tazz Every Friday / Saturday 9pm - Until Live Music by Razz Ma Tazz

SUPERIOR GRILL 4701 Highway 280 (205) 991-5112

6/3 Matt Richie Band 6/4 Caldwell Social Club Band 6/5 Swag 6/10 Peeping Toms 6/11 M-80s 6/12 Crooked Road 6/17 Bonus Round 6/18 The Negotiators 6/19 Erica & The Soulshine Band 6/24 The Paybacks 6/25 Crenshaw Park 6/26 Volant

June 21-24, 9am-12pm Grades 2-6, Coach Tammy Richardson instructor $75.00 per person Contact: Katie Johnson - 682-5280 or If you need any other information please let me know. Thanks Sherry Bourque Parent Volunteer

MOMs Club of BirminghamInverness Want to meet other stay-at-home moms and their kids for playdates? Come join MOMS Club of Birmingham-Inverness. Email for info.

Comfort Keepers is looking

to hire people who enjoy working with the elderly. Qualifications: HS Diploma, must be bondable.

Call (205) 981-1800.

Birmingham Medical Alliance

is looking for an experienced DME Customer Service Rep. Must have at least 3 years experience working with all aspects of DME billing/collections for BCBS, Commercial Ins, Medicare & Medicaid. Must be proficient with Online Billing,Word, Excel and QuickBooks. Please submit resume to : or mail to 194 Narrows Drive, Suite 2. Birmingham, AL 35242

991-0413 Winne 2010 Alaba r of Seven ma Excellence Remodeling Awards!

FREE SEMINAR: Secrets To A Successful Kitchen or Bath Remodel

Saturday, June 19th- 9 to 10 A.M.

5511 HWY 280 East Reservations and Directions at or 968-6000



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