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Representatives from area businesses partnering in a food drive to benefit Oak Mountain Missions Ministries are Marianne Langan of Gotcha Covered, Christine Bentley of SportClips, Kathy Mahon of Renaissance Consignment Boutique, Kristin Tidwell of Gotcha Covered, Terri Burnett of Cartridge World, Carol Walther of PakMail, Kelly Watkins of BarStools, Etc., Ann Odom of Gotcha Covered, and Regina Eisner of English Ivy.

envelope of valuable coupons to several businesses will be given as a “thank-you” to people that donate to the food drive. Oak Mountain Mission Ministries assistant director, Diane Cesario, confirms the need for a food drive to help the mission.

“We accept referrals from several agencies and local faith-support churches,” explains Cesario. “After a client is qualified for our program, they receive one bag of groceries


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Marianne Langan, owner of Lee Branch’s Gotcha Covered, and designer Ann Odom recently made a visit to Oak Mountain Mission Ministries on Highway 31 in Pelham. They were dropping off toiletry items at the non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, furniture and financial assistance to residents in need in Jefferson and Shelby counties. “We were given a quick tour of the facility,” says Langan. “The Assistant Director Diane Cesario shared with us how low their food pantry supply is now. They’ve been very affected by the current economy. Ann and I felt led to ask fellow business owners around us in the Lee Branch area to be part of a food drive to help this ministry.” Langan and Odom contacted other businesses and organized a food drive to be held through the end of the year. Several businesses agreed to be drop-off sites for the items in need. Langan will transport the donations to the Oak Mountain Mission each week or as often as needed. An

The former New Hope School. Photo courtesy of the Shelby County Historical Society.

By Kathryn Acree Editor’s Note: Because of the rapid growth of the Highway 280 corridor in the last couple of decades, 280 Living wanted to take a look back at the roots of our community. This is part of a series of articles featuring what life was like in our area not too many years ago. Many thanks to Neil Bailey, Bobby Joe Seales, and the Shelby County Historical Society.

The community of New Hope once included the area from Highway 280 at Cahaba Valley Road/Highway 119 and ran along “the valley” as it termed. According to articles from the Indian Springs Village newsletter, The Village Voice, New Hope became Indian Springs because so many communities in Alabama shared the name “New Hope.”

Today one church of the original community of New Hope retains its name, New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church now located off Double Oak Lane. In this same area was New Hope School, the only first through fifth grade school in the valley. It was located on Cahaba Valley Road near Caldwell Mill Road. Shoal Creek’s Neil Bailey attended New Hope School in the mid 1950’s. He was born in the valley in a house off Cahaba Valley Road at County Road 14. At that time, after students completed fifth grade at New Hope, they attended school at a junior high, sixth through ninth grade, in Helena and on to high school at Thompson in Alabaster. To get to these schools each day, a bus transported students from a stop in the Pelham area. Bailey remembers a lot of walks up and down the Cahaba Valley Road. “There were times, even in the 1960’s, when I walked from Highway 31 down Cahaba Valley Road to my home and a car wouldn’t pass me,” says Bailey. Growing up in New Hope, Bailey had a variety of jobs to earn a little extra income as a boy. “One of the first jobs I had was when I was nine years old and I picked blackberries with my brother,” explains Bailey, with a


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October is a busy month for the 280 corridor. See our calendar of events on page 30 to get some ideas for fun things to do with the family. We have two fantastic cover stories this month courtesy of Kathryn Acree. The lead story of businesses teaming up for Oak Mountain Mission is certainly a worthy cause. The “280 Then and Now” article is the second of the kind that we have run. Look for other articles in the series in the near future. Check out our fall home feature on

page 15. We hope these experts can help with some of your projects this fall. The major development affecting our area of late is the approval of Trinity Hospital moving to the former HealthSouth facility on Highway 280. According to Trinity CEO Keith Granger in last month’s interview with 280 Living, the project should take 1824 months to complete. Hopefully, it will be a rising tide for our local economy. Thanks for reading and thanks for all of the support we receive. Don’t forget to thank our sponsors for bringing you 280 Living.

Enjoying All that Fall Has to Offer 280 Living’s Facebook “fans” agree that October is a welcomed arrival in our area. We recently asked what events you look forward to most in the fall and our readers were quick to share their thoughts. Leslie Hopkins Hunter was the first to mention football, specifically Auburn football with multiple exclamation marks! Georgia Lay referred to cooler weather and pumpkin pie while Heidi Martin mentioned going to the pumpkin patch. Melany Roland Gaines said her family

loves Old Baker Farm because it has been a family tradition to visit one of the pumpkin patches in the area since their oldest child, now 8, was a baby. She added they have gone to the Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch as well and that both are great and offer activities for the whole family. No matter what you and your family enjoy most about fall, we hope it brings inspiration as the days grow shorter and the leaves change colors.

Area High School Students Selected to Write for 280 Living By Kathryn Acree

280 Living is dedicated to providing our readers with excellent coverage of community news. As part of this commitment, we’re proud to announce our new high school correspondent program. We’ve selected one student from each of the four high schools we cover to submit articles on events and news of their school. Our hope is this will be an opportunity both for these students to write in a “real world” forum and for our readers to learn a little more about our great schools. Our high school correspondents for the 2010-2011 school year are: Collier Kauffman-Briarwood Christian High School, Joie Glass-Chelsea High School, Cullen Cagle-Oak Mountain High School, and Josh Brunner, Spain Park High School. Collier Kauffman is a freshman at Briarwood Christian High School and has attended Briarwood since K-4. His favorite school subjects are history and journalism. He has been on two mission trips, one to Ecuador and the other to Mexico, and he plans on going on many more. His favorite sport is football, but he claims tennis as his favorite extra-curricular activity. He would like to attend college at the United States Naval Academy. After college, he hopes to join the Navy for four years and later become a sports writer for Alabama football and/or the Atlanta Braves. Kauffman and his family attend Church of the Highlands where he is active in the youth group. Joie Glass is a senior at Chelsea High

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School. She is a member of Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and the French Honor Society. She serves as editor of the school newspaper and loves music and sports. She claims football and baseball as her favorite sports to watch, but she’s played basketball and softball for a majority of her life. She loves almost every kind of music, and singing is her passion. She plans to pursue a medical degree, possibly at the University if Alabama, with her goal being to become a forensic pathologist. Cullen Cagle is a senior at Oak Mountain High School. He is an active part of his school’s broadcast communications program and plans on attending Auburn University. He enjoys Auburn football, hanging out with friends, and playing guitar with his church band at Meadow Brook Baptist Church. Josh Brunner is a senior at Spain Park High School. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Honor Society. He is also part of the Spain Park Band and Concert Choir. His interests include marching band, singing, and anything outdoors, particularly backpacking. He hopes to attend Auburn University and plans to major in Broadcast Journalism. His career goal is to work as an anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter. We’re looking forward to the articles these busy students will share with us beginning in our November issue. We wish them much success in this new school year.

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5511 Hwy 280 995-4007 Chop Suey Inn has opened their second location on Highway 280. The Chinese restaurant first began in Homewood in the 1970’s, and owner Wei Cong Lao decided to open another location in Greystone Park. Located in the midst of many professional businesses, Lao says the majority of his customers have been employees on lunch break, and he hopes to attract new customers who may not realize the restaurant is there. “A lot of people come because they are loyal customers. That’s the main business we have right now,” Lao said. “We’re hoping to get new customers in.” Chop Suey Inn on Highway 280 has been open over a month now and the restaurant offers dine in, take- out and delivery options. Lao says the Homewood location is very popular, which was a major factor in his decision to open the second location. “The Homewood one is real busy,” said Lao. The owner says he believes the success of Chop Suey Inn has come because of the quality of food they serve. The restaurant’s most popular dishes are fried rice, egg rolls and chow mein, says

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Chop Suey Inn serves their reduced price lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, including weekends. The restaurant also offers dinners for multiple parties which include a choice of egg drop or wonton soup, steamed rice, egg rolls and entrees. The dinner for two is $13.95 and includes soup, steamed rice, egg rolls, beef vegetables, chicken chow mein and egg foo young. The dinner for three is $21.95 and includes soup, steamed rice, egg rolls, shrimp with lobster sauce, sweet and sour pork and moo goo gai pan. The dinner for four is $28.95 and includes soup, steamed rice, egg rolls, pepper steak, sweet and sour shrimp, moo goo gai pan and chicken fried rice. Chop Suey Inn also offers a variety of chicken, beef, pork and seafood entrees as well as a large selection of appetizers including 20 fried or steamed dumplings for only $6.95. Lao says he hopes people become more aware of the restaurant, even though it may not be visible from the road. “People drive down this hill so fast, and it’s kind of hard to get in because there’s no light,” Lao said. To order take out or have your meal delivered, call the restaurant at 995-4007. They are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

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WE BUY AND SELL PRE-OWNED ROLEX WATCHES Looking for a custom framing gallery where you can find endless options for preserving artwork and other treasures? Four Corners is the place for you. Located at 4700 Highway 280, Four Corners offers customers thousands of framing options, as well as artwork which is switched out regularly. “We’re an art provider, whether it’s residential or commercial work, because we do both. And we do anywhere from one piece for somebody to hundreds of pieces,” said Carla Hamilton, owner of Four Corners. The gallery offers over 3,500 frame styles including hand-carved pieces, leather frames, hand-painted frames and acrylic frames. With the amount of frame choices, as well as the large variety of mats, liners and fillets, Four Corners hopes to capture the essence of anything brought to them. Four Corners prefers to use conservation grade glass on pieces they frame. “They have 99 percent UV protection to protect artwork from the color shifting, either from sunlight or florescent lighting,” said Hamilton. “This conservation glass is essentially the same cost as regular glass.” The staff at Four Corners is comprised of experienced designers who have an eye for architecture and color which is why the store is recommended by so many, including the Birmingham Museum of Art. “Karen, our gallery director, is a certified picture framer. She has to renew her license every 3 or 4 years to stay certified, which means she’s up to date on the latest techniques and materials as far as preserving things,” Hamilton said. “She’s one of the only certified picture framers in the state and the Birmingham Museum of Art recommends us because of her experience,” she added. Four Corners is also mindful of sustainability when framing items. “Our first approach to anything is that if it’s worth framing, it’s worth framing right the first time,” Hamilton said. The gallery also offers preservation



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and restoration work on antique frames and pictures. “If there are chunks that are missing, we can rebuild those chunks and make it look as good as new. Or we can do other things that maintain the character of the antique nature because a lot of people like that,” said Hamilton. Real gold and silver leafing can also be added to frames if the customer so desires. Four Corners restores old photographs digitally by rebuilding them in Photoshop. Four Corners is very careful about the materials they use. Customers can be certain that no pieces framed by the gallery will be damaged by acid-based materials. “The backing boards need to be acid-free as well as the way the artwork is mounted to the back,” Hamilton said. “Anything we do to mount the artwork in place is something that can be removed at some point down the road so that it never does anything to the artwork.” Hamilton says they frame anything, including television sets and items already mounted to the wall. Four Corners also provides installation services, both to homeowners and corporate businesses. “It’s about taking somebody’s treasure, whether it’s new or old, and putting it in a framed environment for generations to enjoy,” Hamilton said.

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Trinity on 280 Receives CON Board Approval On September 15, Trinity Medical Center received the approval of the State Certificate of Need Review Board for its plans to relocate operations to the hospital on Highway 280. “This is a truly historic day for healthcare in our state and we are grateful for the Review Board’s vision in making it possible,” said Trinity Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Keith Granger. “We move forward NOW with the support of the State of Alabama, the City of Birmingham, the regional medical community, the regional business community, and most importantly, the individuals and families across the area who know and trust Trinity Medical Center and expect us to deliver the very best.” Trinity’s approved CON application now enters a 30-day appeal period. Barring appeal or other delay, the Review Board’s approval will be final in approximately 45 days; construction will begin later this year and the new hospital will be completed in approximately 24 months. If the approval of the CON Review Board is appealed, however, progress on the facility could be delayed for several months or longer. “The need for full service hospital care along the 280 corridor is urgent


and undeniable, and the support for our relocation is equally clear,” continued Granger. “We sincerely hope our competitors will respect the community’s desire and approval for this project and allow us to move forward without further delay or appeal.” The top floor of the hospital on 280 has glowed with red lights for first two weeks o September as a symbol of the community’s need for a full service hospital in the area. On September 15th the lights turned green based on the approval. If the CON Review Board’s approval is appealed, the lights will again turn red until final approval is secured.

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Oak Mountain High Choral Program One of Largest in State By Kathryn Acree With over 260 students involved in the choral program, Oak Mountain High School is looking ahead to an outstanding year. Choral Director Ed Cleveland, head of the program since Oak Mountain opened in 1999, leads six different choral groups. With four show choirs and an Honor and Concert choir, the total enrollment makes the program one of the largest in Alabama’s public high schools. Due to increased interest in the show choir groups, this year Cleveland added an additional all-female group. The group has been named Corazon and is preparing their first show with “red” as the theme. Chanter, the original women’s show choir group, will have a performance with a “Woodstock” theme. Con Brio, Oak Mountain’s mixed show choir, consists of 25 couples singing and dancing together in a 20-minute performance choreographed by Susan Schwartz. The competitive show choir season begins in January, but all of the groups are practicing for performances scheduled the week of Homecoming and in December. Con Brio’s show theme this year is “Eyes” with all songs selected involving “eyes” in the title or lyrics. An emotionally charged version of Limp Bizkit’s “Behind Blue Eyes” is a group favorite. The mixed show choir feels they are a great reflection of the student body itself. “We are made of up every clique in school,” says senior Matt Moore. “We’re everything from athletes to math-letes.” Undoubtedly the most “unique” choir

Ed Cleveland directing members of Oak Mountain’s Con Brio show choir

Oak Mountain boasts is the Craftsmen. This all-male group meets before school two days a week to put together an over-thetop show that’s both fun and entertaining. The group of 40 guys is working on their newest theme, “cavemen.” There are few all-male show choirs in Alabama’s public high schools, and the Craftsmen promise not to disappoint with their selected songs and dance moves. Completing the program are an Honor and Concert Choir. “I think what makes our choirs so special is their ability to be a haven,” explains junior Honor Choir member Jessica Heckman. “We come together as a family, and it’s great to see how close all the choirs get by the end of the year. What really draws people in is the lack of pressure to perform- Mr. Cleveland expects excellence, but it’s up to us to bring it.”

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By Patti Henderson According to Inverness Elementary Principal Christine Hoffman, this is going to be an interesting year at Inverness! “Inverness Elementary is enjoying an unusual year of many multiples. In Kindergarten alone we have twin sisters, triplet sisters, and quadruplets (one boy and three sisters). We also have twin boys, twin girls, and boy/girl twins, ten sets in all, throughout the other grades. Several sets are in the same classroom together, as is the case with all our Kindergarten students, while others have different homerooms,” explains Hoffman. “We know this will be another exciting year getting to know all our IES students, the only difference being our multiples may have to wear their name tags for little longer than usual!” says Hoffman. Olivia Matuszak, mother of triplets

says, “Having triplets is such a blessing and having my two boys, one younger and one older, is a blessing that completes our family. Seeing them go to school - each becoming their own person while sharing a special connection with each other - is a very unique experience. Also, watching four get off the bus all at once is quite an experience too! We love Inverness so that it makes it a lot easier to let them go. We know it is a great environment with such wonderful teachers and bus drivers.” With a total enrollment of 656 students, the percentage of multiples is unusually high. “I have never had quadruplets in any school I’ve worked in, much less quadruplets and triplets and twins all at the same time,” says Hoffman who’s been an educator for 26 years.

OMMS Students Honor Vet Through V-Mail In September, Oak Mountain Middle School’s eighth grade white team World History classes sent Albert Knisley of Greenfield, Ohio, a birthday greeting in the form of a WWII V-Mail letter. The history classes, taught by John Croom, each signed the V-Mail letter and mailed it to Knisley with over 130 signatures and well wishes. Knisley, a World War II veteran, celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday, September 11. He served in the United States Army and fought in the island campaigns of the Pacific Ocean. Recently Knisley’s daughter, Becky Newsome, began a nationwide campaign to have her father receive 1000 birthday cards.

Newsome was thrilled to report the 1000card goal was met and then exceeded in time for his birthday. Oak Mountain Middle School assistant principal, Linda Peveler, heard about this through members of her Sunday School class and asked the white team history classes take this on as a project. “It is a privilege to teach students who would care enough to participate in a project that honors a man they have never met,” says Croom. “Mr. Knisley is one of “the greatest generation” who fought for America during the second World War. These students remind me of why I became a teacher and for that I am grateful.”

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Oak Mountain Elementary Plans Fall Fun Fest Oak Mountain Elementary School will be hosting its Fall Fun Fest on October 30. The fun is planned for 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. There will be Jim N Nicks BBQ along with other fun food, hay rides, face painting, nail art, games, crafts, a petting zoo, inflatables, karaoke, a cake walk, and much more. Tickets for each activity are 50 cents with additional cost for food items. For the first time this year, all activities will be held outside, but rain arrangements have been planned. A huge silent auction will be held in the gym with each class preparing a basket of items. Additionally hundreds of donated items from area businesses will be available to be bid on. Sponsorships are still available. The Fun Fest is open to the entire community and children are encouraged to come in costume. For activity information, contact Oak Mountain Elementary at 682-5230. If you are a

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OLV Alumnus Earns Eagle Scout Designation

Waites Graduates from UNA

Andrew Cartwright, a member of Our Lady of the Valley Troop 71 and an OLV alumnus, recently became an Eagle Scout. Andrew’s Eagle Scout project involved the construction of an outdoor chapel at Camp Tekawitha, a Scout camp owned by the Diocese of Birmingham. With the help of many, the chapel was constructed and a bilingual Mass celebrated June 13. Andrew is currently a freshman at Auburn University.

Congratulations to Brook Highland’s Mallory Waites. Mallory graduated in May from the University of North Alabama (UNA). Mallory competed in tennis there where she was All-Conference for four years, was Freshman of the Year, and recently named to the Gulf South Conference (GSC) All-Decade Team (First Team). Prior to UNA, Mallory graduated from Oak Mountain High School in 2006.

Andrew Cartwright receives congratulations from OLV Troop 71 scoutmaster Don Peterson on becoming an Eagle Scout.

Spain Park Cheerleaders Make Their Mark at UCA Cheer Camp The Spain Park varsity, junior varsity and freshman cheerleaders won top honors at the UCA cheerleading camp at Auburn University in June. The teams together won the prestigious Leadership award, voted on by all the other cheerleading squads at camp. The award is given to the squad that embodies ideal leadership qualities and other squads view them as a team that has it all together, on and off the field. The teams also won a spirit stick every night of competition as well as the coveted and fun “spirit banana.” The varsity squad took home first place in ”home pom“, second place in the “extreme routine” and second place in the cheer competition. Along with the team awards, several cheerleaders received individual honors. Selected as UCA All American cheerleaders for varsity were Alexandra Renfroe, Alexandria Drakos, Mallory Murphy, Meagan Murphy, Holly Atkinson and Katherine Schmidt. UCA staff bids were also offered to Katherine Schmidt, Alexandria Drakos and Holly

Atkinson. The JV and freshman teams also did well. The JV squad won first place in “home pom”, first place in extreme routine competition and second place in cheer competition. The Cheerleaders selected as UCA All Americans for the JV squad were Katherine Burleson, Amanda Ivy, Cami Silver, Leah Guarisco, Payton Richey and Julianna Neal. The freshman squad for Spain Park also did well. They received first place in “home pom” competition, first place in extreme routine and second place in the cheer competition. Individual cheerleaders that were selected as UCA All Americans were Lauren Burks and Grace Boggan. Captains for each squad were also announced. Alexandra Renfroe and Jordie Lorino share the varsity captain position and the program captain is Mallory Murphy. For the JV squad, Katherine Burleson and Amanda Ivy share the captain position and freshman captains are Lauren Burks and Catherine Milling. Mallory Waites

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When the city of Chelsea incorporated in 1996, Mayor Earl Niven wanted to mark the occasion with something unique to celebrate the event. He turned to his friend Wayne Morris who’d had experience in the music industry. Morris, a former program director at WDJC, developed commercial jingles and at the time had his own recording studio in his home. The result of Niven’s request was Morris’ song, “Heart of Chelsea”. Morris performed the song at a city council meeting and the tune was an instant favorite. “I think what hit home with Chelsea residents was it’s reference to our history and heritage,” says Morris. “The song mentions passing down a legacy and how that ties our hearts and lives together. I think people seek and understand that feeling.” Niven was so thrilled with the song copies were first made available on cassette. He handed them out to colleagues and newcomers to the rapidly growing area. Over time, CD copies were added and the song “took on a life of it’s own,” explains Morris. “It always seems to come back to into the picture at local events. It’s been performed at The Big Kaboom on July 3 each year. People hear it for the first time and want a copy.” Morris, now owner of Visual Media Inc., a multi-media development company, developed the city of Chelsea’s website and added the song to the site. His “jingle” days may be behind him, but the “Heart

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Liberty Park Middle Creates Racecars for Measurement Day

All 7th grade students at Liberty Park Middle School recently had an opportunity to design a racecar. This was part of a unit on measurement led by teachers, Brett Richards and Jonathan Jeff. The students worked in groups to create cars using specific supplies. Supplies included: 4 index cards, 2 wooden sticks, sticky notes, 2 plastic straws, clear tape, stickers, 1 plastic red cup, glue sticks, 4 Styrofoam white cups, markers, rulers, 2 paper plates and 1 toilet paper roll. Each car had to meet strict measurement requirements and the students were asked

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Mrs. Carissa Blackerby and Mrs. Michelle Dobrinski’s 4th grade classes at Oak Mountain Intermediate School conducted a book drive for a school in Mexico during September. The name of the school is Instituto Bilingüe La Silla. The school is unique because they teach ½- day in Spanish and the other ½-day in English. The school did not have many English books and doesn’t even have a library. Mrs. Dobrinski had the idea as she

was the initial contact. The student body had an overwhelming response to the request and brought in 1,177 books within two weeks! They are currently looking for donations from local businesses to ship the books. If anyone is interested in contributing/helping they can contact Mrs. Blackerby at cblackerby@shelbyed.k12. or Mrs. Dobrinski at mdobrinski@

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playing soccer. It’s hard to say what I enjoy the most, but it would probably be meeting people who are big influences in my life and just winning. How did it feel to be named Gatorade’s Player of the Year? Were you expecting that at all? It felt great and very accomplishing. Honestly, I didn’t even know what Gatorade Player of the Year even was until my coach brought it up one day before practice. I wasn’t expecting it at all because I never really focused on any reward aspects.

Annalika Steyn Soccer Spain Park High School Annalika Steyn is a member of Spain Park’s State Championship-winning women’s soccer team. She has received multiple awards for her achievements in soccer, including being named Gatorade’s Player of the Year in 2010, a reward that Gatorade gives to outstanding athletes in every state. Annalika received the reward for girls’ soccer in Alabama. She also received the Most Valuable Player award her junior year in the 6A state tournament. 280 Living recently spoke with the soccer star to learn more about her future plans and why she loves playing so much. How long have you been playing soccer? I have been playing since I was seven. What do you enjoy most about soccer? There’s nothing I don’t enjoy about

What do you do in your off time to prepare for the season? I play club soccer for BUSA 93’ during the off season of high school so whatever we do in practice is how I prepare for high school season. Occasionally I will do a little something on my own, but I don’t want to wear myself out. What activities do you enjoy outside of soccer? I love going to the beach. I’m not sure why I love it so much, but I think it’s because I rarely have time to go so when I do go I have a lot of fun. What are your future goals? Someday I would like to play for any team in the women’s professional league while having a job in nursing (maybe not both at the same time). I’m actually planning to attend West Virginia University in the fall of next year to play soccer.

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Spain Park Football Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity Unity building is a key component of the Spain Park Varsity and Junior Varsity football teams. In June over 30 players and coaches participated in Habitat for Humanity by providing landscape work for a home under construction on Michigan Street in Birmingham’s Wylam community. The biggest goal of the team project is giving back to the community, but the players also experience the importance of working together off the field. This is the third year Spain Park football has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and the players have also contributed service hours to the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Birmingham.

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The South no Slouch on Lacrosse Field

Chelsea’s Jake Campbell, #10, with a touchdown catch.

Briarwood’s Wilson Wharton.

Front Row (kneeling L-R): Noah Henderson, Oak Mountain Middle School; Andrew Klementz, Liberty Park Middle School; Zachary Carroll, Brookwood Forest Elementary; Noah Bishop, Bumpus Middle School; Sammy Khalil, Berry Middle School; John Annesley DeGaris, Brookwood Forest Elemenary, Second Row: Colton Nall Berry Middle School; Hank Link, Pizitz Middle School; Jacob Gordon, Berry Middle School; Ben Lapinski, Berry Middle School; Bobby Hanley, Berry Middle School; Oliver Herndon, Pizitz Middle; Braden McCombs, Simmons Middle; Wilson Hand, Briarwood; Parke Aiken Altamont School; Kemper Sanders Crestline Elementary Third Row: Asst. Coach Mark Hand, Asst. Coach Sam Khalil, Head Coach Matt Aiken, Asst. Coach David Klementz, Asst. Coach Tony Herndon Not Pictured: Pete Turner, Pizitz Middle School; Joe DeLozier, Pizitz Middle School; Tristan Klewsaat, Berry Middle School; Gene Thagard, Mountain Brook Junior High; Matthew Creighton, Mountain Brook Junior High.

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OMMS girls win volleyball tournament The Oak Mountain Middle School 8th Grade girls volleyball team recently won the Riverchase Volleyball Tournament. The tournament was held at Pelham High

School on August 20-21 and featured teams from 12 area schools. The Oak Mountain Eagles were undefeated in tournament play and finished with a record of 7-0.

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By Patti Henderson It’s really a melting pot of top lacrosse players from Alabama. And it’s called BAMALAX, founded by Chris Cos, owner of Faceoff Alabama in Vestavia. “Chris Cos created Bamalax to bring kids from different communities together to learn how to become a team and play the game of lacrosse at a high level,” said Matt Aiken, coach of the Boys U-13 team. Try outs are held in Birmingham before each season and open to athletes from across the state. The players are put through a series of different skills tests. Based on individual performances at tryouts, along with regular season stats, coach recommendations, coachability, and needs of the team, the cream of the crop is selected to form a team and represent Alabama in tournaments across the Southeast. Alabama, as we all know, is well known for football, but not so much for lacrosse. Until now! Apparently the Bamalax concept is working. This year’s U-13 boys team finished their summer season with a record of 21-1, 3 tournament titles, and an invite to the national tournament to be held in Tampa at the end of the year! “I think this season has exemplified the Bamalax fundamental principles, and I’m particularly proud of the level of commitment, sportsmanship and camaraderie shown by our team, not to mention the great results we have had,” adds Coach Aiken.

The summer season began early in May at the Spring Fever tournament in Atlanta. The U-13 team went undefeated in the tournament, and won the championship game with a score of 9-4. After that, they traveled to Rock Hill, South Carolina for the Catawba Classic in June where they narrowly lost in the championship game to a team from Georgia called The Snipers. The final game score: 2-1. This, in fact, would be their only loss of the summer season. Next was the Southeast Lax Cup back in Atlanta in July. Again, the team prevailed in the heat undefeated and won the championship game with a score of 6 goals to 5. They finished their summer season at the Georgia Southern Shoot Out in Gainesville, Georgia in July with another impressive 5-0 tournament sweep and a championship game victory. Final game score: 14-3! “I’m looking forward to taking Bamalax on the road next year to some lacrosse hotbeds like Baltimore and Long Island. It’ll be tough competition, but Bamalax is ready for the challenge!” summarizes Coach Matt Aiken. If your son or daughter is interested in learning to play the game of lacrosse, visit for more information.



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Wednesdays, October 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th at 10:45 a.m.

Mondays, October 4th, 11th, 18th, and th 25 – 3:15-4:15pm: “Sit, Stay, Read!” A non-profit organization through Hand-in-Paw dedicated to providing volunteer services to children. Sit, Stay, Read! brings children together with specially trained dogs to help them gain more confidence in their reading abilities in an individual setting at the North Shelby library that is supportive, relaxed, and furry! All Ages. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or NorthShelbyYouth@gmail. com for more information. Saturday, October 16th Family Movie Day: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Fantastic Mr. Fox Follow Mr. Fox as he cheerfully and recklessly takes his thieving ways a little too far and brings down the wrath of some poultry farmers on his family and friends. All Ages. Snacks served. No Registration Required. Tuesday, October 19th – 4 p.m.: Craft: Ghost Windsock -. All the “ghouls” and boys will love making this frightfully fun craft just in time for Halloween! Registration begins October 5th. All

Ages. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or NorthShelbyYouth@gmail. com for more information.

Sunday, October 31st Happy Halloween: Stop by the Children’s Department today to receive a special “Trick or Treat.”

Wednesday, October 20th at 1:00 p.m.: Homeschool Hangout: Owl Pellet Dissection and Discussion: By dissecting owl pellets (coughed up bundles of undigested fur and bones), we will find enough clues to reveal what barn owls eat and their role in the food chain. Ages 8-12. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information.

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Thursday, October 26th at 4 p.m. – Intermediate Book Club Join our book club for kids ages 9-12. We will be discussing Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Please join us even if you have not read the book and are just interested in knowing more about it. Registration required. Snacks served. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or NorthShelbyYouth@ for more information.

Toddler Tales Mondays, October 4th, 11th, and 18th - 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.: Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans. Registration will begin one week prior to each storytime. Ages 1936 months. Registration Required. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up.

Baby Tales Story Time Tuesdays, October 12th and 26th – 10:30-11:00 a.m. A story time designed especially for babies and their caregivers. Stories and music provide interaction for the babies and time for caregivers to talk and share with each other. No siblings please. Ages: Birth to 18 months. Registration Required. Registration begins two weeks prior to program date. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up.

October 27th will be Mr. Mac’s annual Halloween Party. Come for a sweet trick or a treat surprise! Stories, puppets, and lots of music for every member of the family. All Ages. No Registration Required. P. J. Story Time Thursdays, October 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 7 p.m. Come in your PJs, have milk and cookies, and hear some wonderful bedtime tales. All Ages. No Registration Required.

Teen Scene October 4, 6pm Writer’s Club/Book Club Meeting This group is for teens in grades 6th12th that enjoy talking about books or enjoy creative writing. Join us each month for pizza as we talk about what we have read since the last meeting and discuss things we are working on (and maybe get some fresh ideas). For more information, please call 205.439.5512 or email October Campfire Tales



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In the south, football season signals the approach of the changing of the leaves, the entrance of the cooler air and a brand new season around the corner. Seasons come and go and as the years go by, the hottest home trend of five or ten years ago can date a room. Details, both big and small, define your home. This issue of 280 Living examines different projects that can help update your home. We have gone to the experts for articles addressing how small changes such as updating the upholstery on a chair can transform an entire room, how new technology can give a room sleek style, and even how to prepare for a major remodel.

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Making the most of ultra-flat televisions with Apple iPad and iPhone Technology built into homes tends to change slowly when compared to portable electronics. For over 20 years, “typical” home technologies—intercoms, door stations, distributed audio—remained the same. Only the brand names and appearances changed. The intercom and music panel used in the seventies was a bit bigger and bulkier, but really not much different from the touchscreen panels we use today. However, in the last few years, homes are changing--thanks in part to ultra-flat-screen televisions, smart phones, and, particularly, the Apple iPad®. The revolution began slowly several years ago with the death of the big, boxy CRT televisions that many grew up with. Freed from their wood-grain past, televisions are now expected to be sleek monoliths hanging on the wall as art. They can display photo-realistic art from builtin galleries, rise upon command from custom furniture or be concealed from view by motorized art which lowers in front of them. Wires, cable boxes, stacks of equipment and piles of CDs and DVDs are increasingly only seen in dorm rooms. Equipment now tends to live hidden in cabinetry and closets, or centralized in large racks. The new design focus for televisions in homes is elegance, sleekness, no wires and no “stuff”. However, with all the equipment hidden from view clients had to use “infrared repeater systems” to ensure that their remote controls could reach the equipment. These were often un-reliable, and had tiny parts that would fall off or get damaged during equipment replacement. Wireless radio-frequency handheld remote controls and touchscreens could eliminate the need for the infrared repeater systems, but often came with a hefty price tag ($1,500

or more for a custom remote was not unheard of, and in-wall touchpanels can be several thousand dollars). Furthermore, the custom remote control tended to be more complicated to use than the ones they replaced. In 2010, however, we have great computing power in our hands and in our laps. There is really no need for more touchscreens and remotes. Many top providers of custom home electronics are rapidly deploying applications for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that allow these relatively inexpensive devices to control virtually everything. Because they offer a family interface, and it’s a device people are comfortable using, they tend to be much simpler for the whole family to use. Beyond being the ultimate compliment to the flat screen, the iPad and iPhone are can be now used to control the pool, fireplaces, camera systems, garage doors, lighting or anything else. Best of all, at around $500 the iPad is much less expensive than custom touchscreens or handhelds. Even with custom programming charges, an iPad-based interface in your home can be cheaper than proprietary screens. Also, there’s an undeniable coolness factor about a sleek black screen floating on your wall and a glossy iPad on the table—and nothing else. If you have an up-coming project and you are interested in hiding and simplifying, the tips below will help you avoid the most common pitfalls, and perhaps allow you to capitalize on the newest iPad-based interfaces: Tips for planning for ultra-flat screen installation 1. In most cases, the “cable jack” goes where your cable box goes, not where

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Tips for iPhone/iPad integration 1. When considering electronics brands, take a moment to search the app store to see if there is already an interface for them. 2. Ask the contractor for any new electronics project to run a pair of CAT5e cables from the equipment location to an easily accessible place in your basement, attic, or other unfinished space. This will make it much easier if those products need internet access later. 3. Directly ask the contractor about the possibility of using the iPad as the interface. Not all products support it but it will definitely have a lower materials cost than a custom touchpanel, and they may not mention it as a first option. Victor Ditoro is a senior designer with Twist Technology, LLC, a Birmingham-based audio, video, and control contractor specializing in custom homes, houses of worship, and other high-amenity commercial spaces.

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A Roadmap to Preparing for a Successful Kitchen or Bath Remodel Let’s face it: kitchen and bath remodeling is not an easy task. When you ask others about their experiences, you’ll typically find dissatisfaction with the result, the process or both. But there are many who are enjoying a great result and had a positive experience getting there. The good news is that you can be one of them by following a plan that sets you up for success. Here’s how. Start with your goals in mind. Know where you ultimately want to be with the final process. Before you fall in love with that claw foot tub or 6 burner commercial range, spend some time thinking about your goals. Starting with an ultimate fantasy is okay, but don’t stop there. Break the fantasy down into categories: wants/ needs/top priorities. Jot some key words and ideas. It will make the next step easier. Once you have developed an initial vision, create a realistic budget. A good starting point for what things cost is Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report 2009 – 2010. It’s available online at www. national.aspx. After reviewing this, add to your knowledge by talking with remodeling professionals and, perhaps friends, who’ve had success with a similar project. Now remember, you are not alone if your wants exceed your budget. Virtually every project begins with more desires than budget. Don’t despair. Instead, revisit your goals and your budget. Recognize the gaps between the two and adjust your scope based on your priorities. This will help you make smart decisions and optimize the value of the dollars you choose to invest. Those that skip this step reliably end up with a lot of unnecessary stress, wasted time and decisions later regretted. Begin to gather ideas on design preferences. Bookmark magazine and web pages. Snap cell phone pictures of features you like at restaurants, stores and others’ homes. Don’t spend too much time analyzing why you like it, just capture it. Later, spread out what you’ve accumulated and look for common design elements, materials and colors. It will help you narrow the large world of design possibilities down to something more manageable. Select the professionals you’re going to use. Start by deciding whether you’re going to go the “do- it-yourself” way or hire others. If you choose to do it yourself, be realistic. Good results are possible but you will usually hear that it was a much

bigger job than initially thought. If you hire others, you can build a team using independent designers and contractors or use a full service design/build firm. Regardless of whether you are using a contractor or independent designers, make sure you cover certain points. Point One: The basics. Make sure that your hired team has the appropriate licenses, insurance, and relevant experiences. Point Two: Reputation. Ensure that your team has a reputation for excellence based on solid referrals and references. Point Three: Open Communication. If your team doesn’t have time to discuss the details, then move on. Early bids are often based on assumptions. Take time to understand how the team works and what they include in their bids. Point Four: Chemistry. Your bathroom and kitchen are very personal, and your wants and desires need to be heard and understood. Make sure that you feel as if this is realized before settling with your final pick. Finally, know the project schedule and prepare your life accordingly. Being without a kitchen or bath for weeks is going to be inconvenient but with some planning you can keep it from being a disaster. Make sure your contractor gives you the project schedule and know where you’ll make coffee, do dishes and put on makeup before the day the project starts. A kitchen or bath remodel is an investment in your home as well as an opportunity to add comfort and enjoyment to your life every single day. By spending a little time planning on the front end, you can insure a great result that pays dividends for years to come. Tom Coan owns Case Design/Remodeling in Birmingham. Helpful materials from his public seminars on Secrets to Successful Remodeling are available at Birmingham. If you have questions for Tom, email them to Tom@

When buying carpet for your home, let common sense be your guide. Select a carpet that is made for the traffic and lifestyle in your home, set it on padding that works and keep it clean and soil-free for a product that will enhance your home for years to come. The look, feel and tone of new carpeting can change the whole personality of your home. Before you buy a product that will likely be with you for seven years or more, you should consider some of the features that distinguish one carpet from another, affect its service life and determine its overall cost.

Carpet Composition and Durability Carpet is made up of fibers, mesh backing, an attached cushion and the latex adhesive to hold the pile of twisted fibers in place. Better carpets have better latex adhesive. As for fibers, they may be nylon, olefin, polyester, acrylic or wool. By far, the majority of carpets sold in the United States are nylon because of its durability, colorfastness, stain and soil resistance and resilience to matting and affordability. Wool carpeting is extremely handsome and very durable. In fact, nylon carpet will never wear out, it will just wear. When the twisted fibers known as pile begin to relax, the carpet begins to look tired. The brightness and color of cut pile also tend to fade over time. Mid-range and high-end carpets can be expected to last and look good for 12 to 15 years. This level of durability comes at a price, however: Mid-range carpets vary in price from $2.75 to $3.80 per square foot, while high-end carpet typically costs upwards of $5.50 per square foot. Carpet quality is judged by density and pile. Density is the thickness and

closeness of the pile yarn, and high density is considered an advantage. The very densest carpets are so packed with fiber per square inch that it is difficult to wiggle a finger all the way down to the mesh. As you shop multiple carpet stores, be careful to be exact in what you are comparing. Similar appearance doesn’t necessarily mean similar quality because manufacturers make different grades that look almost identical at first inspection. Stick with a store with a long and good reputation that will be there if any problems arise. Cut Pile All carpet starts out as loop that machine-cutting turns into cut pile. While pile may not be a factor in carpet performance, it is the key factor in carpet preference. The industry recognizes three textures of cut pile: plush, Saxony, and frieze. Plush, also called velvet because of its smooth face, is both dense and uniform. Carpet buyers choose plush for a formal look. Saxony is less formal, with individual strands of yard twisted together and heat set. Saxony’s texture is varied and irregular, in contrast to plush’s uniform appearance. Frieze is the most durable and least formal of the three pile styles. Frieze has a nubby texture and a characteristic curl that come from tightly twisting the yarn before looping and cutting.




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Fall Home Feature How to upholster a dining room chair


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As styles change, a room can become dated by the fabrics on your furniture. When taking inventory of changes that need to be made in your home, don’t feel rushed to run out and buy an entire new dining room or living room suit. Simple changes in the upholstery and pillows may bring an entire new life to a room. 280 Living recently had the chance to talk to Rosegate Design owner Nancy Norris about a simple upholstery task that is so easy to do at home. “Upholstering a dining room chair is not hard at all. Anyone can do it,” Norris said. Listed below are the steps for upholstering a dining room chair with non-repeating fabric you can do at home. First, take the dining room chair and turn it upside down on a counter or flat surface. Unscrew the seat from the bottom of the chair, and place the actual seat upside down on the counter. Always remember to mark the cushion that goes with each chair. Next, get the fabric that you want to use and lay it out on the counter. If you are doing four chairs, for example, you will want to have a yard and a half of fabric. Cut the fabric in half vertically, and then do the same horizontally. Now you will have four pieces of fabric. To begin working with the fabric, place it wrong-side up on the counter. Take the chair seat and lay it in the middle of one piece. Next, take one side of the fabric from back to the front of the seat. Make sure the

fabric is smooth and tight and then staple every two to three inches. It is best to use a staple gun, which can be purchased at your favorite hardware store. Trim off excess fabric, but leave half an inch after the staple. Do the front to the back of the seat and repeat the entire process. After this, repeat the same process to the other two sides. You will have extra fabric at the corners. Next pleat all four corners. Point the corner towards the center of the seat (along the diagonal). Fold one side down so that the folded edge runs along the diagonal. Fold the other side down the same way so that you now have a pleat along the diagonal. Now staple and repeat to the other three corners. To finish the project, cut any excess fabric. Then return the seat to the chair and screw it back in. If this sounds like a project that you are ready to tackle, the first step is to choose your fabric. Rosegate Designs has over 1000 different styles of fabric to choose from and offers numerous samples of fabric that can be ordered. Though the project seems simple, please remember that larger furniture can be a bit more difficult and often requires different equipment. For bigger projects, it is good to hire an expert.


an accurate cost before you buy. Brand name, pile weight and stain and waterresistance features add even more to the final price. According to manufacturers, all carpet is manufactured to resist staining, crushing, fading and wear. Additional treatments are available at a price, however.

From pg 17 All carpet begins as loop pile, and those that remain uncut are called loop carpets. Within the loop carpet family, there are several combinations: level loop, cut and loop, and multi-level loop. Level loop is all one height, and is usually made of olefin. Cut and loop is a combination of the two tuft styles, which adds a chiseled look to the carpeting. Multi-level loop carpet is similar in that it has high and low patterns flowing throughout the carpet. Berber is loop-pile carpet constructed of bulky wool, nylon or olefin. Berbers come in level loop or multi-level loop styles. Berbers, because of their pile, do not hide seams like dense cut pile does. If a Berber is burned, torn or badly stained the entire section of damaged carpet must be replaced. Unlike cut pile, Berber cannot be repaired. The Bottom Line Carpet prices begin at about $8 per square yard and rise from there. Look for sales. Both stores and manufacturers will have sales that can save you big bucks. The length of the roll will also figure in when considering an economical cut for the room you are carpeting. Padding and installation will cost another $5 to $10 per square yard, with stairs, number of seams, old carpet removal and furniture moving all factoring in the price. A good suggestion is to ask the store to come out and measure to estimate

Rosegate Design is located at 6801 Cahaba Valley Road. For more information on prices or design service contact 980-5014.

Foam Padding When purchasing carpeting, you should buy the best-quality carpet you can afford, coupled with the highest quality padding. In fact, the padding that goes between the carpeting and the subflooring is as important as the choice of carpeting itself. Padding provides softness and support, cuts down on noise and insulates the floor. Often referred to as “underlay” or “cushion,” padding thickness depends on the pile of the carpet above it. Too much cushion can actually void a manufacturer’s warranty; so, take the time to find the padding that is right for your new carpet. Many components must be considered when choosing the right carpet. Researching the carpet and the distributer may prove to be beneficial before making your final purchase. An experienced, knowledgeable sales staff may help you make sense of all of the different choices that you may have when purchasing a carpet. This article was contributed by Issis & Sons Carpets and Oriental Rugs. For more information contact them at 981-2311 or visit one of their two locations in Pelham and Greystone.

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Lorie Johnson 5K Pumpkin Run in Mt. Laurel Helps Women with Cancer The 3rd Annual Lorie Johnson 5K Pumpkin Run will be held in the town of Mt. Laurel on October 30 at 8:00 a.m. Established as a great run for the entire family, organizers also plan a 1 Mile Fun Walk. There is a $25.00 pre-registration fee and a $30.00 registration fee the day of the race. All participants receive a foundation t-shirt and gift bag. The Lorie Johnson Foundation was founded in February 2008 with the purpose

of assisting women who have been diagnosed with cancer through education, awareness, active fundraising, and financial support for medical bills, living expenses, and travel for medical purposes. For additional information, email the foundation at info@ Register for the Pumpkin Run through com.

Church Spotlight: Chelsea Village Baptist Church

Pastor Scott Slayton of Chelsea Village Baptist Church

Pastor Scott Slayton and his wife, Beth, knew they wanted to call the Chelsea community home. Two years ago Slayton was serving as pastor at Parrish First Baptist Church, but felt he was being led to work in Shelby County. The local Baptist Association linked Slayton with Meadow Brook Baptist Church, which also wanted to start a mission church. All the details came together and in the summer of 2009, Chelsea Village Baptist Church began holding a bible study in homes in Chelsea. “We first started bible studies on Sunday nights,” says Slayton. “We knew God would find us an official meeting place in His own time and sure enough, it


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happened. Dance South Studio allowed us use of their building on Foothills Parkway and we chartered as a church in January 2010.” Interest in the fledgling church grew and Sunday morning attendance is now at 60- 70. A praise band leads the worship time with a mix of contemporary and traditional music. A nursery is provided for the youngest attendees. To keep the closeknit feel of the growing Southern Baptist congregation, small-group bible studies are still hosted in homes in the Chelsea area. “We focus very heavily on scripture. My current sermon series is on the book of Hebrews and will continue until the end of the year,” explains Slayton. “We’ve selected the theme “Jesus is Better” as a reminder that no matter what else you use to form your opinion of yourself- career, family, friends, money- nothing compares to forming your identity in God.” Chelsea Village Baptist Church meets for Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. at Dance South Studio located at 316 Foothills Drive in Chelsea. For more information, visit www. or go to their Facebook page, Chelsea Village Baptist Church. To have your church featured in our church spotlight, contact Kathryn Acree at

Shop, Save, and Share cards now on sale

By Lauren Nix

The Junior League is kicking off this year’s Shop, Save and Share fundraiser, which allows people to give back to the community while enjoying discounts from over 500 retailers and restaurants in the Birmingham area. By purchasing a card for $40, recipients receive a 20 percent discount on items in the selected businesses from Oct. 27 through Nov. 7. Thanks to the sponsorship of the shops at Grand River, all $40 will be given directly back to the community and used to support the Junior League’s 30 community projects. “It puts the ‘fun’ back in fundraising because who knew that shopping could be considered volunteering,” Elisabeth Lyman, co-chair of the Junior League, said. Some of the stores have exclusions on the 20 percent discount, but many of the businesses have their entire store on sale. A directory broken down into shopping areas will be given with the card and lists all of the stores participating and the exclusions they have, if any. “I laugh and say that they entire city is on sale for that time period because with over 500 shops we hit every part of the city,” Lyman said. Programs sponsored by the Junior League that proceeds from card sales will benefit include: Meals on Wheels, Can You Dig It, Preschool Partners, Learning to Be a

Kid and Rock a Bye Babies. This is the League’s fifth year to hold the Shop, Save and Share fundraiser, which has grown from 88 participating businesses in the first year to over 500 currently. The Junior League is the largest volunteer organization of women in the state with approximately 2700 members. It is an organization that develops the potential of women, promotes volunteerism and improves the community. “When you give money to the Junior League, you not only give to that project, but we give volunteer hours as well,” Lyman said. “Last year we gave 40,000 volunteer hours to projects in the community.” All projects are ones that directly impact the Birmingham area. “This fundraiser is a win-win situation,” Lyman said. “It’s a win for the shop because hopefully this will drive traffic, it’s a win for the customer because they get to purchase items that aren’t normally on sale at that time of year and it’s a win for the Junior League because we get the money from the sale of the card.” You can buy the cards online right now and view the businesses participating at or you can go to the gift shop in the Junior League building to purchase them. Starting Oct. 15, the cards will be available in about 150 of the shops.


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Oak Mountain Pageant Announces Winners

On September 18, Oak Mountain High School hosted the First Annual Little Miss Oak Mountain Pageant. Congratulations to all the winners: Kindergarten Winners:



Miss Photogenic: Ellie Brooklyn Pate Prettiest Eyes: Olivia Harris Prettiest Hair: Ellie Brooklyn Pate Prettiest Dress: Gillian Dyar Prettiest Smile: Claire McLean Abrams Second Alternate: Claire McLean Abrams First Alternate: Gillian Dyar Princess: Olivia Harris

First Grade Winners:

Miss Photogenic: Ryan Elizabeth Ross Prettiest Eyes: Lacey Alligood Prettiest Hair: Ryan Elizabeth Ross Prettiest Dress: Laurel Coleman Prettiest Smile: Madeline Mays Second Alternate: Sarah Katone First Alternate: Ryan Elizabeth Ross Princess: Madeline Mays

Second Grade Winners:

Miss Photogenic: Katie Gagnon Prettiest Eyes: Lauren Price Prettiest Hair: Noonie Syed Prettiest Dress: Marie Jones Prettiest Smile: Katie Gagnon Second Alternate: Katie Gagnon First Alternate: Noonie Syed Princess: Marie Jones

Third Grade Winners:

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Sixth Grade Winners:

Miss Photogenic: Kyra Callens Prettiest Eyes: Kyra Callens Prettiest Hair: Kara Wingard Prettiest Dress: Kayla Adams Prettiest Smile: Alexa Fisher Second Alternate: Alexa Fisher First Alternate: Kyra Callens Princess: Sydney Rae Gossett

Seventh Grade Winners:

Miss Photogenic: Kathleen Ansley Prettiest Eyes: Kathleen Ansley Prettiest Hair: Sarah Moultrie Prettiest Dress: Jordan Nichole Golden Prettiest Smile: Kathleen Ansley Second Alternate: Jordan Nichole Golden First Alternate: Sarah Moultrie Princess: Kathleen Elise Ansley

Eighth Grade Winners:

Miss Photogenic: Hannah Gagnon Prettiest Eyes: Emma Stephens Prettiest Hair: Caitlyn Smith Prettiest Dress: Brooklyn Madison Holt Prettiest Smile: Hannah Gagnon Second Alternate: Hannah Gagnon First Alternate: Caitlyn Smith Little Miss Oak Mountain: Brooklyn Madison Holt

Miss Photogenic: Lydia McElderry Prettiest Eyes: Isabel Grace Fizer Prettiest Hair: Lydia McElderry Prettiest Dress: Keeley Percer Prettiest Smile: MaryAnna Mays Second Alternate: Caitlyn Hilley First Alternate: MaryAnna Mays Princess: Lydia McElderry

Fourth Grade Winners:

Miss Photogenic: Amber Wooten Prettiest Eyes: Mina Kimberly Becker Prettiest Hair: Amber Wooten Prettiest Dress: Sara Adamson Prettiest Smile: Emily Paz Second Alternate: Emily Paz First Alternate: Sara Adamson Princess: Amber Wooten

Fifth Grade Winners:

Miss Photogenic: Hope Morton Prettiest Eyes: Marigrace King Prettiest Hair: Bianca Caton Prettiest Dress: Hope Morton Prettiest Smile: Whitney Alligood Second Alternate: Cara Pflaum First Alternate: Brittany Mary Catherine Harrison Princess: Bianca Caton

Oak Mountain Middle School 8th grader Brooklyn Madison Holt crowned Little Miss Oak Mountain. Photo courtesy of Frank Carnaggio.

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every 30 days up to one year’s time. We previously were able to give two bags of groceries, but our supply is so low, we’re no longer able to do that.” The bag of groceries contains a variety of nutritiously balanced food selected by the ministry. Items include canned meats, canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, chips donated by Golden Flake, and other pantry essentials. The ministry has seen a dramatic increase in those coming to the mission for assistance. In the months of January through August 2010, Oak Mountain Mission Ministries has helped 764 more clients versus that same time a year earlier. Families that receive food have increased by 554. “Clients come to us that have lost jobs, depleted their savings, that are living in their cars. Many are living in hotels that rent by the week or month,” says Cesario.

“The needs, the overwhelming loss people face, that is here in Jefferson and Shelby Counties.” Donations may be dropped off at these businesses- at Lee Branch: Gotcha Covered Blinds, English Ivy, Sport Clips, Cartridge World, and Pak Mail. They can also be dropped off on Cahaba Valley Road in Cadence Place at Renaissance Consignment Boutique and at Barstools, Etc./Wee-Peat Boutique at 5479 Highway 280. Items requested: peanut butter, cereals (boxed “cold” such as corn flakes or “hot” such as oatmeal), dried beans, canned meats, canned vegetables, canned or packaged soup, paper products (toilet tissue, paper towels), rice, pasta, prepackaged meals (hamburger helper, mac and cheese), cornmeal or corn muffin mixes, coffee, snack foods (crackers and granola bars), diapers, zip-lock bags.

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Chiropractic Today

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The Painful Truth Dr. Irma Leon Palmer

The most common left coming home from work to an ailment in American society empty house. I decided to go back today is not cancer, diabetes or to school at night and complete my hypertension, but simple pain. business degree. That’s when it all It is so commonly accepted that started to go downhill. this epidemic is mainly ignored First, I was very distraught and accepted by the majority of over my daughter’s move, and the Americans. strain of that was eating away at Dr. Irma Palmer According to a report my immune system. Then, because conducted by the Gallup Organization in I was around college kids all the time, 2000, four out of five Americans believe I contracted mono. Then I was in a car that pain is simply part of getting older. accident, hit from behind (by my husband!). Sixty-four percent of those polled said they I didn’t have any immediate injuries, so would seek medical attention only if pain the police wrote up the accident report, was unbearable, and sixty percent believe laughing about the husband hitting his that pain is something you just have to live wife, and we both continued on to work. with. One day my back started hurting so bad A report by the National Center for at work I had to go home. It was a sudden, Health Statistics released in 2006 reported sharp pain, and I thought I might have a that almost one of every four adults in the kidney stone. I went to the doctor, took country suffered from low back pain in the lots of steroids, and the back was suddenly past three months. Fifteen percent reported fine. I was still tired all the time from the a severe headache or migraine in the past bout of mono, to the point that I would just three months, and surprisingly, adults start crying in the middle of the day from aged 18 to 44 were more likely to suffer the fatigue. Then, I started having a pain in headaches than older adults. my left side that felt like it may be kidney Rather than try and treat the related. My doctor put me on an antisymptom of pain with medications and inflammatory, which did nothing except narcotic painkillers, chiropractic seeks hurt my ulcer, and the pain kept getting to resolve the cause of the pain itself- the worse. I tried an acupuncturist, herbal misalignments and imbalances that affect remedies, and did go visit a chiropractor. the nervous system. Your nervous system is He only treated the symptoms, not the the conduit through which every message problem. I had injections of Novocain and signal in your body is transmitted. and a steroid into the intercostal tissue of The following account is from my ribcage – up to 20 injections per visit. a current patient at my office. She serves I felt like I’d been hit by a truck for about as an excellent example of what can be 4 days, then would have about five days accomplished through proper chiropractic of no pain, then back to square one. I did care. this for several weeks, because he told me “In 2002, I was a very healthy, happy, eventually the pain wouldn’t come back, and energetic 38-year-old. My daughter but four days of excruciating pain was not had decided to move in with her dad in worth five days of no pain, only to begin order to attend a different school, and I was the cycle again. He never did an adjustment

HUGE NEWS!! Dr. Palmer’s new radio show, Every Body For Life started Saturday, August 7th at 4:00 pm on WERC 105.5 FM. Tune in every Saturday for this one hour of discussion on a variety of topics on how to support life and restore health through a natural, inside out approach. The Birmingham News reported on June 30th that Alabama’s obesity rating is near the worst in the nation, and as Dr. Palmer says, “There is no time like the present to provide strategies to reposition health in the state of Alabama.” Jump on board, join us and tune in. Become an active player who positively impacts future generations and the direction of health in Alabama. Listen, learn and support the mission of Chiropractic Today. – he said there was too much inflammation, and he felt an adjustment wouldn’t be safe. After going to almost every orthopedist and neurosurgeon in town, I was finally diagnosed with having degenerative disk disease and three or four herniated disks. Because of the location of these herniations, one of them was causing the pain radiating around my ribcage. The next thing I tried was epidural blocks – steroids injected into the spinal column. The first one I had was like a miracle. I was completely out of pain. That lasted about two weeks. But the next couple I had didn’t work, and with each one I gained about 10 pounds. Along with the pain from the herniated disks, I had horrible pain in my side that I learned was not connected to the disk problem. I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. The endometriosis had been feeding on my stress, and my low immune system. My pain increased my stress, which increased the growth of the endometriosis. After a hysterectomy, I was able to return to a full time job again, and live a somewhat normal life- although by normal I mean that I could function normally if I took Darvocet and Ambien every four hours for my pain. I had also started having epidural pain blocks again, about once every three months. Again, I had about a 10 pound weight gain with every block. This year, 2010, I remembered a client of mine telling me they had been to see Dr.

Palmer, and that she had gotten her out of pain and off pain medication. So I called Chiropractic Today, and they worked me in that day so I wouldn’t have to miss another day of work. Dr. Palmer said she thought she could help me get out of pain and off pain meds, but it would be a long road. Within three weeks, the pain in my side was gone. I’ve been seeing Dr. Palmer regularly for several months, and my pain continues to get better. I’ve cut back my medications, and I haven’t had an epidural block in five months, with no plans for another. I’ve lost 25 pounds from not having the blocks, and from being able to move normally and exercise. I truly believe that one day I will be able to stop taking pain meds regularly. I knew I was living on borrowed time talking all those drugs, but it was a choice I had to make to actually LIVE now. Now I don’t have to decide to live today or live tomorrow – I can do both.” A. B. Your body has and always has had the ability to heal and restore. It just needs proper brain body connection all the time supported by positive lifestyle choices. This journey is such an excellent example. Many in our community forget this, and my driving force and purpose is to awaken this truth.

Greystone YMCA a Great Source for Health and Wellness Programs By Scott Hults, Fitness Director of the Greystone Family Branch of the YMCA

The Greystone Family Branch of the Birmingham YMCA is all about Health and Wellness. The Branch offers several programs each month for men, women and children designed to provide a fitness regimen good for all levels of experience and for any age. Fitness Groups: Women on Weights – a trainer-led, full body strength workout where the ladies learn how to build long lean muscle and burn calories. Intense Interval Training – uses timed interval training to shed stubborn fat and uncover long, lean muscle. Workouts are fast-paced in both the weight room and on the indoor track. This class is designed for intermediate and advanced lifters. Walk and Lift – walking is one of the best ways to reduce belly fat. Add some targeted strength training and you have

a great workout. The class covers free weights, machines, body weight exercises and nutrition. Kids Fit Club – ages 11-13, provides instruction by a certified personal trainer in proper pace, form and etiquette to ensure a safe and age appropriate workout. Kids are trained on strength and cardio machines, body weight exercises, abdominal exercises, basic nutrition and stretching. Home School PE – a brand-new take on home school fitness. Classes include physical education, academic add-on option and home school swim team option. Free Hot Topic Seminars: October – Build a Weekly Menu and Workout Plan for the Whole Family November – Sports Nutrition and Athletic Performance December – Eat Out Without Gaining

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Weight and Quick Fitness Solutions TOPS Group, Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) – is now offered during the daytime. Educational and supportive, TOPS is a non-profit weight loss support group designed to help you make healthy weight loss a reality. Diabetes Prevention Project, Free Screenings, One in three adults is at high risk of developing diabetes. Our Diabetes Prevention Group meets every Monday at 6:00 PM. Features diet and exercise plans designed to achieve long-term diabetes prevention. Nutrition Counseling – the Y’s staff Nutritionist, Suzanne Pirkle, is available by appointment to discuss your personal nutrition needs. The Greystone Family Branch of the YMCA has an indoor-outdoor salt-water

swimming pool, a large sports gym, a wellequipped fitness center, a cycle room and studios for yoga, Pilates and group exercise classes. You are welcome to bring your kids to the Child Watch Center while you take part in the Y’s many health and wellness activities. The Greystone Family Branch of the YMCA is located at 5414 Highway 280. For more information on programs offered, contact 981-0144.

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You’d do anything for your family. Schedule your mammogram today. A screening mammogram is important for early detection of breast cancer. It can, in some cases, detect a lump in the breast before you or your physician can feel it. That’s why the American Cancer Society recommends a screening mammogram each year for all women age 40 and older or those considered to be at risk. So do it for yourself. Do it for your family. But please, do it now.

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I believe it was once said by Charles Shulz, the author of Peanuts (Charlie Brown), “Halloween is the most Christian of holidays. When else can a person dress up as the absolute worst of creation, and get something good for free. That is a picture of grace at its best.” When we are at our worst is when we need grace the most. And it seems we are in need of a lot of grace these days. In my house, grace looks a lot like patience, at least in a practical sense. It becomes the ability to slow down and tolerate a situation for longer than is normally expected. We have a new baby in our household (third son), and there is a lot not getting done around the house due to the demands of the new baby, and the ramped-up demands of the older siblings (ah, transitional times—so much fun), plus the general fatigue from lack of sleep. There is just not a lot of left over time and energy for normal house maintenance chores: mowing, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, washing—of clothes, not bodies; we make sure of washed bodies (a big time “thank you” is extended to our small group that has brought meals—thank you for the disposable containers—perfect!). When small things go a long time getting done, my tolerance level gets a little thin as my comfort zone gets intruded upon. I get a bit anxious, and when I get anxious, I tend to get a bit cranky (my wife would say, “just a bit?”). Grace and patience is needed in my home; especially in me, especially toward my wife, especially toward my children, or anyone who happens to enter the premises (“welcome to our home; are you handy with a broom?”). I know I am a lot thin in the grace/patience department when my son’s soccer shoe gets the best of me and is the initiator of an adult temper tantrum (yes, I said a soccer shoe—ridiculous, I know). In those moments, I need to breathe. Breathing is a great purveyor of patience (purvey—to supply; thus, purveyor: one who supplies…); breathing and a slow walk around the back yard. Deep, slow breathing is a major weapon against anxiety; so are walks. Honestly, anxiety is the real culprit here. Anxiety is a state of agitation (usually undesired) or apprehension that results in increased heart rate, sweating, trembling,

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weakness, and internal discomfort. Anxiety arises for any number of reasons, but especially in the presence of something we fear or something that causes us pain or discomfort. We humans tend to chase peace and tranquility at all costs in the presence of anxiety (a major contributor to our addictive behaviors). And when we do that, we literally turn into little monsters, or big monsters, worthy of being advertised as its own costume for Halloween (“trick or treat”; “oh, and who are you, sir?”; “myself, in a highly anxious state”; “oh, my, that is scary; no trick for you, only treat; have a nice night”—and if we could package some comfort food, like mashed potatoes, into a treat bag, the merrier the anxious adult might be). Problem is, when one of us encounters someone who is anxious, we tend to attempt to power them down, finesse them into a calmer state through such helpful responses as, “Calm Down, dang it”, “Ease up, will ya?”, or my personal favorite, “You just need to chill!”. These jewels of advice actually have the opposite effect of making the anxious person more of a monster; because now they feel they are disappointing someone, which heightens the anxiety. Best route/course of action: patience. Help the anxious person to back away from the cliff by lending a sympathetic ear, hear them out, and simply echo the worry or concern back to them. Do not try to fix the problem, rather address the “problemee” by seeing what they see, agreeing that the problem exists, then affirming their ability to handle it (not fixing it for them). Patience plus affirmation equals grace; it can turn any Monster into a human again, and any trick into a treat. To talk further about grace and extending grace and patience in relationships, please consider Samaritan Counseling Center for your counseling or consultant needs. You may reach us at 205-967-3660, 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. And no, he is not looking forward to the sugar-high his kids will experience amidst the extravaganza of candy, but hopefully grace will ab

Hannah Home Shelby’s Run Away 8K Race is October 23 Hannah Home Shelby will host the 3rd annual Run Away 8K Race and Family Fun Walk on Saturday, October 23rd at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9:00 a.m. Awards will be given at 10:00 a.m. Hannah Home Shelby is a 13,000 square foot Christ-centered home that serves the needs of abused women and their children. It is a ministry of the King’s Ranch and Hannah Homes. This home serves the Greater Birmingham area by providing long-term care, spiritual healing, and a loving environment. Each year Hannah Home Shelby Auxiliary raises $100,000 for the operating expenses of Hannah Home Shelby, a home for abused and homeless women and children fleeing domestic violence. This

fundraising event began in 2007 with a one-mile walk/run that raised over $20,000 in sponsorships and pledges. This year the 8K Race will again be designated as the RRCA Southern Region 8K Championship and will be a USATF certified course. Registration for the race is $25.00 for an individual runner/walker from October 1 till race date. Student registration fee is $15.00. Register online at or at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen. Pre-registered packet pick-up is October 21 and 22 at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen. For more information on the Hannah Home Shelby Auxiliary, go to or for additional race information, go to www.

Craft Fair and Farmer’s Market Part of Mt. Laurel’s Harvest Festival Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. All mammogram reports will be sent to the physician and follow-ups are the responsibility of the patient.

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Saturday October 9th from 10am to 3pm, the town of Mt. Laurel welcomes everyone to its 9th Annual Harvest Festival. This is a free event that’s suitable for the whole family, including pets! The festival will feature a farmer’s market and craft fair with a huge variety

of vendors. Kids can enjoy an inflatable play area, face painting, plus hay rides throughout the community. Live music will be provided by Fiddlin’ in the Parlor. Contact 408-8696 for more information or go to

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The Service Guild kicks off Partners in Greystone Legacy Training with Eat, Meet and Greet The Service Guild of Birmingham will kick off another year of its Partners in Training program on Sunday, October 10, with an “Eat, Meet, and Greet” gathering. The family event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Bell Center in Homewood. Volunteer coaches and Service Guild members will be on hand to meet potential runners and walkers and to answer any questions. In addition, runners and walkers will have the opportunity to meet the children, families, and staff members of The Bell Center. And there will be plenty of free food, courtesy of Chuy’s, and free beverages, courtesy of Buffalo Rock Company, for all guests to enjoy. The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs is dedicated to maximizing the potential of children from birth to three years of age who are at risk for developmental delay. The Service Guild is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing funding and volunteer services to these children through a partnership with The Bell Center. The Partners In Training (PIT) program is one such way that The Service Guild supports the Center. The Guild recruits, supports, and motivates the PIT runners and walkers who agree to raise funds for The Bell Center. PIT participants will train to run or walk the 10th Annual Mercedes Marathon or Half-Marathon on February 13, 2011. Each participant will be paired with a past or present Bell Center child, and the runner or walker will train and raise funds in the name of that child. Along the way, they will receive experienced coaching through organized runs, as well as training advice, nutritional information, injury prevention tips, and fundraising tips. At the “Eat, Meet, and Greet” event, each runner or walker who has registered

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Preparing for the Service Guild’s kickoff of its Partners in Training (PIT) program are committee members, from left, Middle School Challenge Co-Chair Tracy Thornton, PIT Chairman Julie Gillis, Service Guild President Julie Cundiff, and Middle School Challenge Co-Chair Shauna Burrows.

prior to that day will have the chance to meet the Bell Center child that he or she will be sponsoring. This will be the first of many opportunities for participants to get to know the children and their families. “The Partners in Training program is unique in that it allows a participant to form a partnership with a Bell Center child and their family,” says Service Guild President Julie Cundiff. “The strength from these partnerships has sustained this program as we celebrate the 10th year of the Mercedes Marathon.” Registration will be available at the event for any runners and walkers

interested in joining the program. Those who sign up will be matched with a Bell Center child that day and will have a chance to meet the child as well. And all of the PIT members and Bell Center children will have their photos taken together to commemorate the kickoff of this year’s program. For more information about the PIT program or about the “Eat, Meet, and Greet” event, or to register as a member of this year’s PIT program, contact Julie Gillis at 901-3656 or visit www.theserviceguild. org.

Friends of the late Mark Caperton will be hosting a Fallen Heroes golf and tennis tournament on October 22 at the Greystone Golf and Country Club. A portion of the day’s proceeds, via the Greystone Legacy Outreach Foundation, will go to help military personnel or their families financially with unexpected emergencies. On July 23, 2010 Mark Caperton died in a drowning accident. Caperton was a larger than life personality who touched everyone he met. In order to help with the grief, Caperton’s circle of friends have decided to make the Fallen Heroes golf and tennis tournament an outlet to bring something positive from this terrible tragedy. In addition to a golf and tennis tournament, the event includes a gumbo cook-off, a live and silent auction, and live music. The 3-person scramble golf tournament has a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The tennis tournament begins at 9 a.m. with court assignments starting at 8:15 a.m. The gumbo cook-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. while the auctions and live music start at 5 p.m. For tournament sponsorship or registration information, contact Steve Smith at Greystone Golf and Country Club at 205-980-5200 or visit www.facebook. com/welovecape.

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Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church located at 4887 Valleydale Road will hold its annual “Blessing of the Animals” service on Sunday, October 3 at 5:00 p.m. The service commemorates the October 4 feast day set aside in the church year to honor St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology. All are welcome to bring their animals to receive blessing. Please make sure that your

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October is National Rett Syndrome Awareness month and as part of their family’s fight against this disease, K.C. Byers of North Shelby County will be bicycling across America for his 16-yearold stepdaughter, Katelyn Hale who suffers from this debilitating genetic disorder. Rett Syndrome primarily affects children who progress normally until 6 to 12 months of age. They then begin to lose acquired motor skills and the ability to communicate. By the age of three years, children with Rett Syndrome face many lifelong disabilities. Due to their severe apraxia, patients have the will and desire to move but face great difficulty doing so. Additionally, many must deal with seizures and scoliosis, along with breathing, swallowing and chewing issues, which require around-the-clock care. As Rett Syndrome literally traps those with the disease within their own bodies, the frustration is overwhelming. It is out of this frustration that Byers decided he needed to do something about it and he calls Katelyn his “silent angel.”

Byers, 54, is a cancer survivor. After having seven stents placed in his heart in June 2009 due to coronary artery disease, Byers decided to get into shape thru bicycling. In November of 2009, he began to plan and train for riding his bicycle 2,800 miles across the United States to raise awareness and funds for the thousands of Rett girls and boys. Byers ride began from Jacksonville, Florida, in September with the goal of riding 100 miles per day across the southern portion of the country for approximately 30 days. He hopes to arrive in Santa Monica, California, no later than October 31. Dr Alan Percy, head of the UAB Rett Center of Excellence, rode with Byers for two days at the start of his endeavor. For more information on sponsoring Byers’ ride, go to www. To follow progress of the ride each day, go to their blog at RettRideAcrossAmerica. They also have a “fan” page on Facebook, Rett Ride Across America.

Brookwood Medical Center Plans Freestanding ER

An artist’s rendering of the planned Brookwood Medical Center freestanding emergency room In response to the need for additional healthcare facilities on the Highway 280 corridor, Brookwood Medical Center plans a freestanding emergency room at the intersection of Highway 119 and Highway 280 East. Alabama’s Certificate of Need (CON) Review Board has approved Brookwood’s request for the facility and groundbreaking is expected to take place in the spring of 2011. With an 18-month construction timeline, the center will open in late 2012 or early 2013. “We are very pleased that the CON Board saw the merits of our case and the benefits a freestanding emergency room will bring to residents of North Shelby County,” Brookwood CEO Garry Gause said. “We believe in bringing the mostneeded services to our patient base at the place where our patients need them most. The congestion on roadways such as Highway 280 makes timely access to emergency care a growing challenge that will only worsen with future population growth. This facility will provide earlier

treatment for emergency medical services, when seconds count, which will greatly benefit residents.” The first of its kind in Alabama, Brookwood’s $19 million freestanding emergency room will provide hospitallevel emergency services for children and adults. The 19,598-square-foot facility will provide around-the-clock-care by boardcertified emergency medicine physicians with specialty physicians available 24 hours a day. It will also participate in the Birmingham Regional EMS System (BREMSS) Trauma Net for EMS protocols. The facility will have 24-hour fully staffed laboratory services, along with pharmacy and diagnostic services, including CT, MRI, X-ray and ultrasound. Triage protocols will be in place for stabilization and immediate transfer of patients requiring care from existing acute care hospitals in the Birmingham area. A helipad will be available for emergency air transfer. To learn more about Brookwood’s plans, visit

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smile on his face. “My mother caught a bus to work in Birmingham and her reminder to us before we picked berries was not to forget our hoe for killing rattlesnakes. I made $37.00 that summer to put in my first savings account.” Bailey and his friends had other options for making money. “We often walked up to the old rock store on Highway 280 (now known as Perrin’s Grocery) and a man stopping by there one day offered us jobs selling magazine subscriptions,” says Bailey. “We would turn in our subscriptions to him once a week and get paid around .50 cents or so. That man turned out to be Elton B. Stephens.” Stephens would go on to be the founder and chairman emeritus of EBSCO Industries, Inc. and he and his wife, Alys, would be renowned philanthropists for the arts in Alabama. “I met Mr. Stephens again years later and told him how I’d sold magazine subscriptions for him as a boy,” says Bailey. “He didn’t remember me personally but said that was how he got his start in the subscription business.” The New Hope community was home to many families who worked in

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Last Friday, I was on the Sipsey River, just below Smith Lake Dam at 6 a.m. I sat on a mossy rock taking in the morning’s sights and sounds, while I waited for my fishing buddies to arrive. A mist lay on the cool jade water like a gauze blanket making it look dreamlike. The fresh scent of pine mixed with the smells of the river made me smile and I’m not sure why. I could hear trout hitting bugs on the surface of the water just upstream, and off in the distance I could hear a woodpecker tapping a tree looking for some bugs for breakfast. After years of the corporate rat race, the solitude felt good. When my friends arrived, we suited up and headed down to the water with rods and nets. I once waded this river in shorts, but the water these days feels colder than 52 degrees. If I tried to fish in shorts now, it would make my knees feel as if they were pumped full of crazy glue, and squeak like the hinges of a haunted-house door. When I became “un-jobbed”, I knew I’d be doing some fishing, so I bought waders which are supposed to keep you warm and dry. I discovered they will keep you warmer, but they fell short when it came to keeping me dry. I’ll explain a little later in this story. We fished for a few hours and both my buddies, Dan Starnes and Mike Key caught several nice trout. I tried every fly in my box and I didn’t get so much as a sniff from a trout. I think Mike must have taken pity on me because he gave me one of his special

The Sign Recently I have noticed that some of the directional and mileage signs along the interstate and roads are covered with summer vegetation. We also journey in a world where the signs that point to God and give us a direction of wholeness are covered with darkness. This covering of darkness that blocks out the hope of God causes us all kinds of problems. There is, for example, the present problem of the economic recession and down deep inside, we wonder if it is going to get any better. There is the problem of crime that frightens us each day. There is the problem of hunger in our community of Birmingham and around the world. There is war in the Middle East and terror threats, and although there are peace talks, we question if there is any hope for them. There is also our own personal darkness of conflict in marriages, problems with children or parents, loneliness that hurts our spirit, and sickness that troubles us. Therefore, just as a maintenance crew is needed to cut away the plants that cover the signs along the roads, someone is needed to cut away all this darkness that covers our lives. And that is what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. For it is written in Luke 2: 11-12. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” A sign born in Bethlehem to take away the darkness that covers our lives. A light to gives us power to fight the darkness. The light of Jesus that gives us power to overcome sins through His forgiveness, power to overcome hate through His love, power to fight against injustice through His strength, and power even to face suffering and death with the assurance of His presence. Christ has come to help us in the midst of our struggles to be the sign that is not covered with darkness. He can do this because He has walked the streets where

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hand-tied flies and a few minutes later I caught a nice little rainbow trout. I wet my hands and gently released my fish and watched as it darted away. A while later, I looked down stream and saw a great blue heron standing in the shallow water like a statue. In the mist, it looked like an apparition. I shot a photo with my phone to capture the moment. I wasn’t sure, but I think he was critiquing my casting technique. Just before noon, we heard the siren, which meant a wave of water was not far behind. I turned a little too quickly to get out of the water, stepped on a slick rock as big as a VW, and I busted my rear end. Of course my new waders filled up with ice cold water which made me move like a mummy from a low-budget horror film. My buddies saw what happened and were concerned for a moment, but once they realized I was OK, they had a lot of fun at my expense. But it was good natured, and I even laughed myself. When my buddy Mike started out of the water, he did a little ballerina routine and he hit the water too which redirected the mirth towards him. The sun had risen above the trees and it was getting really hot by then, so I didn’t mind taking a cool dip. I only caught one trout for the day. Some fishermen would call the outing a bust, but I beg to differ. Any day spent on the water in the company of friends is a good day. Rick Watson is a native of Walker County. You can learn more about him at He is available for speaking engagements and other events. Contact him at



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Add 6 cups corn, rosemary and cayenne and sauté 2 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until vegetables are tender and liquid is slightly reduced, about 30 minutes. Let the mixture cool slightly before proceeding to the next step. Working in batches, purée the soup in a blender. Return the soup to the pot and add the half-and-half and remaining 2 cups of corn. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a large heavy skillet over mediumhigh heat. Add bell pepper and sauté until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Stir bell pepper into soup or add to the top of each serving as a pretty garnish. Note: This soup is terrific as a first



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Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 2-pound butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeded 2 cups chicken stock, warmed freshly grated nutmeg, to taste 1 cup milk (preferably 1%) garnish: sour cream, toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 400°F.

Line a rimmed baking pan with foil and lightly coat with vegetable spray. Place squash cut side down in the pan and roast until tender, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Use a large spoon to scrape the squash into the bowl of a food processor; discard peel. Add 1 cup chicken stock and puree until smooth. Transfer puree to a large heavy stockpot. Add remaining stock, nutmeg and milk. Stir soup over medium heat until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish each serving with a tablespoon of sour cream and a few pepitas.

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Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 Italian sausages, casings removed 1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic ½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper 1 large bunch of kale, de-ribbed and chopped (may substitute escarole) ½ cup dry white wine 2 15-ounce cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained 4 cups chicken stock 1 2” piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese rind (see note) Directions: 1) Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sauté sausage until cooked through, breaking up with the back of a spoon, about 6 minutes per batch. (Alternatively, you may slice the sausages to keep the pieces larger for real sausage lovers.) Using a

slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a papertowel lined plate; leave drippings in the pot. 2) Reduce heat to medium; add onion to pot and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine. 3) Add kale and sauté until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add wine, stir to combine and cook 2 minutes more. 4) Add beans, stock, sausage and cheese rind. Simmer for 20 minutes to develop flavors. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Note: Generations of Italians have known about the fabulous taste found in the rinds of Parmigiano-Reggiano wheels of cheese. Adding a large piece during the simmering process imparts a depth of flavor that is incomparable. Just remember to remove the rind when serving the soup. These rinds are readily available in the Specialty department of Whole Foods Market and are very reasonably priced. Want to skip this step? No problem. Just add a generous tablespoon of freshly grated cheese to everyone’s bowl when serving. Dark leafy greens are so good for you. However, they can be a little bitter and tough if not cooked adequately. Before chopping the kale (or escarole), remove the center part of each leaf (the rib). This step will ensure that your greens are nice and tender and cook uniformly. This soup makes for great leftovers. Extend the life of your meal by adding a handful of cooked pasta and a can of diced tomatoes to the soup. Christiana Roussel is a Birmingham mother of two and a lover of all things food-related. She has worked in a Fort Worth cooking school and completed a brief stint in the Southern Living Test Kitchen, testing Cook-Off recipes. She is a member of Southern Foodways Alliance and Slow Food. Follow her blog at or on Facebook or Twitter.

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October Calendar of Events email your events to

10/1- 8 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Pat Metheny, www. or call 205-975-2787 for ticket info 10/1-11/21- A Masterpiece in Our Midst: Robert S. Duncanson’s A Dream of Italy. Exhibition that provides an in-depth examination of this painting, as well as a discussion of Duncanson’s life, work and discourse with other artists of his day. Birmingham Museum of Art, 10/3-Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs an afternoon concert, Mt. Laurel, admission is free, bring a blanket, contact Mary Peters at for more information 10/3- 2 - 4 p.m., An Afternoon of Music and Dance from India, Features performances by local artists including Natyanada Dance School and Company, Notinee, and others, Birmingham Museum of Art, Free, 10/8- 8 p.m., Broadway Rocks!, Four top-notch Broadway vocalists join the ASO performing selections of rock and pop songs from the Broadway stage, BJCC Concert Hall, or call 205-2517727 for ticket info 10/12- 12 p.m., Art Break: Portraits and Personalities, Jeannine O’Grody, Chief Curator and Curator of European Art, shares insight on four eighteenth-century Italian portrait reliefs: Michelangelo, Galileo, Ficino, and Machiavelli, Birmingham Museum of Art, Free, 10/16- 1 - 3 p.m., Dance: Kinetic Canvas, A dance instillation performed by Sanspointe Dance Company, Birmingham Museum of Art, Free, www. 10/19- 12 p.m., Art Break: The Art of Entertaining, Birmingham Museum of Art Special Events Manager Brynne MacCann and A Social Affair Senior Events Planner Kay Till give tips and samples that are sure to make your next party a success. Birmingham Museum of Art, Free, 10/22- 8 p.m., Rosanne Cash, Alys Stephens Center, Tickets are $60, $50, $40, $20 student tickets, call 205-975-2787 or go to www.AlysStephens. org 10/26- 12 p.m., Art Break: The artist and Mr. Muir: American Art and the birth of the modern conservation moment. Curator of American Art, Graham Boettcher, PhD and Kelly Smith, Associate Director of Communications, explore and early “green” theme in the Museum’s American gallery. Birmingham Museum of Art, Free, 10/29- 8 p.m., Rickey Smiley, A Night of down-home Southern humor, Alys Stephens Center, Tickets are $62, $52, $39, $20 for students, call 205-975-2787 or go to

Special Events/Benefit Events/Ministry

Family Fun

10/2- 9 a.m., Bark in the Park 2010, Enjoy a fun day filled with kid’s activities, contests, frisbee dog demonstrations, low-cost vaccines, and a pet photo contest, Veteran’s Park in Alabaster, Free, www. 10/9- 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Mt. Laurel Harvest Festival, craft fair, inflatables, music, hayrides, face-painting, kids wear costumes, free admission, special appearance by Cinderella, to go for more information 10/9- Art and Music Festival at Ross Bridge, Juried art and music festival featuring some of the most unique and talented artists and fine craftsmen and Birmingham’s hottest bands, Ross Bridge Welcome Center, Free, 10/9- 8:30 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., South Shelby Chamber of Commerce Creative Arts, Antiques and Business Show, Shelby County Exhibition Center, Columbiana, Harvest theme, door prizes, face-painting, admission is free, contact Stacy Walkup at 669-9075 for more information 10/9 & 10/10- 9:00 a.m., Cowboy Day, Old Baker Farm, Harpersville, kids wear your western-themed clothes, call 672-7209 for more information 10/13- 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., Music in the Park, Westover City Park, free admission, music from local musicians and school groups, go to www. for more information 10/23 & 10/24- 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Cotton Pickin Celebration, Old Baker Farm, Harpersville, Living History and Arts and Crafts Festival, Civil War re-enactment, live bluegrass, country and gospel music, call 6727209 for more information 10/23- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family Day - Bart’s Spooktacular Party, Come dressed as your favorite objet d’art to scare away the goblins, go on a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt and rack up on goodies, listen to some spooky stories that’ll make your teeth chatter, or craft a pumpkin, Birmingham Museum of Art, 10/24- 3 p.m., Mad Science presents Star Trek Live! Thrilling, interactive adventure based on the most popular science fiction franchise of all time with special effects, unmatched audience interaction and spaceage science, Alys Stephens Center, Tickets are $37 for adults and $17 for kids, call 205-975-2787 or go to 10/30- 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Oak Mountain Elementary Fall Fun Fest, tickets for games/activities .50 cents a piece, food, inflatables, kids come in costume, silent auction, proceeds benefit OMES PTO 10/31, 4-5:30 p.m., Trunk or Treat, Asbury United Methodist Church, hosts give out goodies from the trunks of cars, come in costume and enjoy the fun 10/31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Fall Festival, Meadow Brook Baptist Church, candy, games, face-painting, community is welcome

Food & Wine

10/2- 10/31, Pumpkin Patch at Asbury United Methodist Church, full collection of mums, gourds, stalks and pumpkins for sale, proceeds go to support missions

10/1,8,15,22,29- 7:00 p.m., Wine Tastings at City Vineyard, Arbor Place in Greystone area off Hwy 280

10/3- 5:00 p.m., Blessing of the Animals Service, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4887 Valleydale Road, animals on leash welcome at service

10/5- 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m., Bobby Flay Hamburger of the Month Club, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, class fee $30, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

10/5- 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., Fall Flu Vaccine Clinic, Heardmont Park Senior Center, contact Theresa Green at 991-5743 for more information

10/7- 6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., Authentic Springerle Cookies with Connie Meisinger, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, class fee $45, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

10-10/17- Alabama Woodworkers Guild Juried Show at the Hoover Library 10/12 & 10/26- 11:00 a.m., Alzheimers of Central Alabama support group for caregivers and families of patients with Alzheimers, meets at Alzheimers of Central Alabama office, 300 Office Park Drive, St. 225, contact Miller Piggott or Vance Holder for more information, 871-7970 10/19- 7:00 p.m., Sav-A-Life Shelby’s 25th Anniversary Banquet featuring Governor Mike Huckabee, Cahaba Grand Conference Center, for tickets and information, go to 10/22- 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., Fallen Heroes Event honoring Mark Caperton Golf and Tennis Tournament, hosted by Greystone Legacy Outreach Foundation, Greystone Golf and Country Club, visit www.facebook. com/welovecape for more information and tickets 10/23- 8:00 a.m., Run Away 8K and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk benefitting Hannah Home Shelby, St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, register online at 10/28- 7-11 p.m., 3rd Annual Bone Bash, presented by the Arthritis Foundation, Park Lane in English Village, live music by the Undergrounders, catering by Kathy G, proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation, contact Blair Newman at 979-5700 for tickets and information 10/30- 8:00 a.m., Lorie Johnson Pumpkin 5K Run, Mt. Laurel, benefitting Lorie Johnson Foundation which assists women with diagnosis of cancer, register at

Gardening/Nature 10/16- 10 a.m., Miners Hike, come learn the important role that iron played in Birmingham’s history, including the forging of Birmingham’s very own Iron Man - Vulcan, 1214 81st Street South, Tickets $7 ($5 members), go to 10/28- 6 p.m., Adult Lecture Series: Bats, come learn about the world of bats, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, Reservations required $7 ($5 members), go to

10/11- 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m., Chef Thomas Robey Cooking Demo, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, class fee $25, contact Susan Green, 980-3661 10/14- 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m., Cool N’ Creamy Holiday Cheesecakes, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, class fee $35, contact Susan Green, 980-3661 10/19- 6:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., Rustic Autumn-Inspired Fruit Desserts, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, class fee $35, contact Susan Green, 980-3661 10/21- 6:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., A Brittle and Toffee Workshop, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, class fee $35, contact Susan Green, 980-3661 10/26- 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m., Sharpen Your Knife Skills Beginner Level, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, class fee $25, contact Susan Green, 980-3661 10/28- 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m., Sharpen Your Knife Skills Level II, Birmingham Bake and Cook Company, class fee $30, contact Susan Green, 980-3661

Theatre 10/6-10/10- Theatre UAB Presents Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, The Sirote Theatre in the Alys Stephens Center, For times and ticket info visit 10/14-10/31- Theatre Downtown Presents “Night of the Living Dead”, A terrifying new stage adaptation of the George Romero horror classic, Theatre Downtown @ Fifth Avenue Antiques, for times and tickets go to 10/23- 10 a.m, The Frog Prince presented by Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center Complex, Tickets are $10 adults and $8 for kids, go to 10/29-10/31- Red Mountain Theatre Company presents 13 Alabama Ghost and Jeffrey, RMTC Cabaret Theatre, Tickets $20, For times and tickets go to tickets call 1-888-611-0964 or visit

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