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neighborly news & entertainment

August Features

Character-first coaching By RICK WATSON

Football previews- Page 15 Editor’s note


Local runs and events


Trinity 280 appeal


People You Should Know


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School House


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Oak Mountain High School football finished 2-8 the last two years. They haven’t had a winning season since 2007. This year, new Coach Cris Bell intends to change things for the program, but his philosophy doesn’t start with strategies and plays. It starts with character. “Athletics, and especially football, is a vehicle to teach young men how to become better husbands, fathers, workers, employers and citizens,” said Bell. “The scoreboard is the least important thing we have to worry about, but unfortunately, it’s the way we are judged more so than anything else.” Bell expects his players to put out a phenomenal effort. He expects them to act with class. He expects them to make decisions and be responsible. “If we can get them doing that in the football program, they can take it to math and biology class,” he said. “We expect them to sit in front of the classroom, and say ‘Yes sir’ and ‘No sir.’ We expect them to be leaders in the school. We want our kids to be the type of student that has the school administration saying, ‘That’s how an Oak Mountain student is,’ and be proud of it.” One of the biggest challenges coming into a struggling program is changing the mindset. When a team loses consistently,

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Coach Cris Bell is implementing a new vision for the football program at Oak Mountain High School. Photo by Rick Watson.

Walk like a woman By MADISON MILLER Steven Janorschke’s first experience wearing heels was painful. Two days later, his feet were so blistered that he had to wear flip-flops to an important business meeting. Still, Janoschke plans to sport his heels again at the second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. “Last year, this year and next year, I’ll be there,” Janorschke said. “Every day in the U.S., four women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. I’ll walk until that number is zero.” SafeHouse of Shelby County will host the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence on August 18 at Veterans Park on Valleydale Road. The event encourages its male participants to take a stand against violent crimes towards women by wearing a pair of high heels as they walk one mile together.

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Road widenings and improvements planned for Valleydale Road, Highway 119 By KATHRYN ACREE The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is pursuing several road construction projects affecting areas along the Highway 280 corridor, as they discussed at a June town hall meeting at Simmons Middle School.

Men walk in red high heels to raise awareness about violent crimes against women in last year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, held by SafeHouse of Shelby County. Photo courtesy of SafeHouse.

Improvements to turn lane at Highway 119 and Highway 280 ALDOT is working to improve traffic flow in the southbound lane on Highway 119 that turns to go east onto Highway 280. “It backs up traffic forever,” said Brian Davis, Third Division Engineer representing Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties.

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Editor’s Note

The morning traffic returns with the yellow buses, the routine starts back, and gone are the long days of play in the sun. Welcome to August. But, not to fear, I made a list of all you do have to look forward to as we shift gears this time of year: 1. Football season. In the South, isn’t this a bigger deal than even the glories of summer? Check out our high school football previews to get yourself in the spirit for Friday nights (page 15). 2. Local fun. Now that you aren’t travelling to the beach, lake, camp and every which way, take advantage of being at home. Run a 5K (yes, in the heat; page 6), check out local art at the Valleydale Art Festival (7), try a new local food product like Rob’s Southern Gourmet Sauce (10) or go out for dinner somewhere like the newly re-opened Kobe (11).

3. Friend reunions. In keeping with number 3, aren’t you glad that your friends are at last back in town at the same time? Plan a dinner or play date, host a block party or simply drop by the neighbors’ house. 4. Memory keeping. Go back through images of your summer memories, and email us your favorites for our Summer Fun Photo Contest (page 13). You might even win a prize. 5. Go shopping. Can I get an amen from the women out there? Take advantage of Tax Free Weekend August 3-5, and be sure to add local shops like Favorite Laundry (page 25) to your list. Enjoy the last of your lazy days!

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Matthew Allen has lived in the Birmingham area since moving here in 2004 to marry his fiancée. He worked for Shelby County Newspapers, Inc., for the past eight years in various capacities, working on multiple weekly and monthly publications. Prior to moving to Birmingham, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and grew up in Thomaston, Ga., where his family still resides. His wife, Abby, is a pediatrician, and they have a two-year-old son, Brady. Matthew is active in several area Chambers of Commerce, the Hoover Rotary Club, the Hoover Beautification Board and St. Mark United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills. He and his family reside in Hoover. He can be reached at Warren Caldwell grew up in Birmingham, attended W.A. Berry High School and Jacksonville State University. After earning his BA in Mass Communications, he started a career in television as Director of Creative Services and later worked on the advertising agency side. Over the years, Warren has enjoyed relationships with clients of all types, ranging from multi-office agencies to one person retail shops. Although Warren loves to shop, eat, spend time on the 280 corridor and would love to live here, his dog George would never allow him to leave Highland Park. He can be reached at

Rhonda Smith grew up in Birmingham and is a graduate of Shades Valley High School. She worked as an account executive for Birmingham Magazine for 12 years after receiving a BA in public relations with a double minor in journalism and marketing from Auburn University. Rhonda was awarded the Peak Award for Account Executive of the Year-Magazine by the Birmingham Advertising Federation in 2004 and 2005. She also worked with RealtySouth’s Home Gallery magazine. Rhonda has been married to Tim Smith for 10 years, and they have three boys: Wheeler (7), Hollis (5) and Wrenn (4). Rhonda resides in Vestavia Hills and is active in The Junior League and Briarwood Presbyterian Church. She can be reached at

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The Town of Mt Laurel will once again host the Shake and Bake 5K on Saturday, August 4. This is the ninth year of the race hosted by the Alabama Women’s Soccer Foundation to benefit NorthStar Soccer Ministries. The race is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the corner of Croft Street and Olmstead Street. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Single runner entry fee is $20 with groups of four or more able to run at $15 each. Age group awards will be given for males and females as well as group awards. NorthStar Soccer Ministries is a faith-

based urban ministry located in west Birmingham. Kids participating in their soccer club experience a fun, challenging and rewarding athletic experience that emphasizes teamwork, sportsmanship, encouragement and positive cross-cultural exposure. The club is a branch of NorthStar Youth Ministries that also hosts a biblebased summer camp and after-school programs. To register for the Shake and Bake 5K, go to or For more information, visit their website at

Birmingham Babypalooza Birmingham’s Babypalooza Baby and Maternity Expo will take place on August 11 at St. Vincent’s One-Nineteen from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include information and vendors aimed to help in the development of new and growing families. The event will also include a Marketplace, which will host the area’s best baby and maternity boutiques. The Marketplace will also provide ideas for nurseries, complete with the latest baby bedding and cribs, courtesy of Storkland

Furniture and T. D.’s Kids and Baby Furniture. Babypalooza will also provide fun and entertainment, including a citywide baby shower, a diaper derby and baby boogie, and birthday party planning. Visitors can partake in Childcare and Preschool seminars, Birmingham Bargain Mom tips, Gymboree play and classes on location, and Father Goose Story Time. The event is free for all attendees. For more information, visit babypaloozatour. com.

SPHS Spirit Day SPHS Spirit Day will be hosted by Spain Park High School on August 11 at Veterans Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is aimed to bring together the current and future Spain Park student body for a day of fun, food and information. All of the school’s booster clubs and school clubs will be in attendance to inform visitors about what they stand for, as well as their plans for the upcoming school year.

Coca-Cola and other food vendors will be available and those in attendance can purchase Spain Park merchandise. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the coaches of the school’s athletic teams while having a fun, spirit-filled day in the sun. For more information, contact Carmen Starr at 439-1433.

Kenya Relief 5K at Veterans Park Hoover’s Veterans Park will host the inaugural Kenya Relief 5K Run on August 25. Race time is 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m. This is a family friendly event with food and entertainment. Kids are encouraged to make cards at the event to send to the Kenya Relief orphans. The race benefits Kenya Relief, a nonprofit organization of people dedicated to making a difference and towards building

the Kenya Relief Hospital in Migori, Kenya, a community in desperate need of adequate health services. After August 1, the race entry fee is $25. Awards will be given by age groups and to the top three male and female finishers. For more information, contact race director Pennie Nichols at sixcents24@ or go to Register for the race through

Annual Lori Johnson Fun Run The eighth annual Lori Johnson Fun Run and 5K is set for Saturday, August 18 at Greystone Golf and Country Club (GGCC). The event is held in memory of Lori Johnson, a once healthy woman who was unaware of the signs and symptoms associated with ovarian cancer. This led to her stage four diagnosis. All proceeds from the event benefit the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s cancer research. Pre-registered participants can pick up packets in the foyer of Founder’s Clubhouse on August 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. or at GGCC Aquatic Complex on August 18 from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Late registration can be

completed on Race Day on August 18 from 7-7:30 a.m. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and is $30. The one-mile Family Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m. and is $17. Overall winners receive cash and prizes, and winners of each age group will also receive prizes. Children participating in the Fun Run will receive a medallion. Following the race, there will be a DJ, food, pool games, a silent auction, entertainment and fun for the entire family. Everyone is encouraged to bring family, friends and pets to enjoy the day. You can register for the race online at

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Eagles host OM Sports Festival August 18 The 13th annual Oak Mountain Sports Festival will be held on August 18 at Heardmont Park starting at 4 p.m. The community-wide event will feature local vendors and activities for all ages. Come out and meet new head football coach Cris Bell and new Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band Director Kevin Ownby. The following groups from Oak Mountain will be participating in the event: youth football and cheerleading; seventh grade football and cheerleading; eighth grade football and cheerleading; the Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band; volleyball; boys and girls track teams; lacrosse; boys and girls basketball; dance team; freshman, JV, and varsity football and cheerleading. Proceeds benefit Oak Mountain athletics. An event ticket including admission and dinner is $14 for adults and $10 for age 10 and under. The dinner includes catfish, fries, slaw, hushpuppies, tea and dessert. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. General admission tickets (without dinner) are available at the gate. Contact the OMHS office at 6825200 or email OMHSEagleClub@yahoo. com for ticket purchases and additional information.

The girl’s cross country team of Oak Mountain High take to the track at Heardmont during the 2011 Eagle Sports Festival. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

Trinity appeals judge’s ruling on 280 hospital Trinity Medical Center filed an expedited review by the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on July 16 in hopes that they will overturn a ruling against their request to relocate to the vacant HealthSouth hospital building on Highway 280. On July 13, Circuit Court Judge Jimmy Pool had reversed the state’s approval for the relocation. “Birmingham is a community rich with healthcare resources,” said Trinity Medical Center CEO Keith Granger in a released statement. “It is unacceptable that thousands of Jefferson and Shelby County families in the fastest growing area of the state remain without convenient access to full-service hospital care. It is unacceptable, and it is entirely unnecessary.”

Granger said that the hospital will remain unfinished while they await the court’s next decision. Trinity Medical Center first announced plans to complete the unfinished hospital on Highway 280 and relocate operations there in October 2008. In the 45 months since that announcement, the hospital has received five rulings from state and local courts and regulatory agencies affirming the validity of their plans. “As always, we greatly appreciate the community’s unwavering support for our relocation,” said Granger. “We recognize the overwhelming necessity for hospital services along the 280 corridor, and we remain fully committed to completing the unfinished hospital on Highway 280.”

Chelsea municipal elections Aug. 28 The city of Chelsea will hold its municipal elections on August 28. Chelsea residents will elect a mayor and five council members, including: • Mayor- S. Earl Niven, Sr. (incumbent), Kirk Pownall • Council Place 1- Brian Horton, Dale Neuendorf (incumbent) • Council Place 2- Tony Picklesimer (incumbent), Scott Weygand • Council Place 3- Robert Barnes (incumbent), David Ingram • Council Place 4- David Birdsong, Mike

Denton (incumbent), Alison Moore Council Place 5- Juanita Champion (incumbent), Kurt Long, Scott Weldon Residents will vote at the Chelsea City Hall. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You must reside within the city limits of Chelsea 30 days prior to an election in order to vote. If a runoff is necessary, it will be held on October 9, 2012. Complete instructions concerning voter registration can be found on the Shelby County Board of Registrars website or by calling 669-3913.

Valleydale Art Festival Aug. 18 Valleydale Farmer’s Market is hosting an art festival on Saturday, August 18. An area of arts and crafts vendors will be marked off adjacent to the farmers’ market growers and vendors The show will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a silent auction benefitting Faith Presbyterian Church’s Adoption Fund, which helps provide financial aid for local families seeking to adopt children, will run until 3 p.m. Organizers are also looking for people to donate articles for bidding for the auction. The featured artist for the event is She-She Vaughn with Folk Art by SHESHE. She makes folk art paintings and jewelry and works with elementary school students integrating art and education. Her art has been in magazines, galleries and

Alabama museums and has been used on the Rachel Ray Show. Birmingham artist Margaret Bowman will serve as the judge for the festival. Bowman’s work features oils, watercolor and original prose penned in calligraphy. Artists and crafters can register for a booth for $35 through August 10. Prizes, including a Farmers’ Market Gift Basket for a People’s Choice Award, will be given in both arts and crafts categories. Valleydale Farmer’s Market is located at Faith Presbyterian Church, 4601 Valleydale Road. For more information on the art festival, visit valleydalefarmersmarket. com/valleydale-art-festival or contact Laura Buder at or 306-1385.


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People you should know Mike Jeffreys Superintendent Oak Mountain State Park

By KATHRYN ACREE Oak Mountain State Park offers its visitors nearly 10,000 acres of pristine beauty. The park estimates it welcomes 500,000 people a year on average through its gates. Managing all that pristine beauty is no easy task. Just ask Park Superintendent Mike Jeffreys who describes his role at the park as almost being like “a mayor of a small town.” Where is home and how did you get into this line of work? I’m from Russellville, Ala., which is in Franklin County. I spent four years active duty in the Air Force in their military police. I traveled all over the world and when I came back to Russellville, I knew a job that would let me be in the woods was my calling. I spent five years at Lake Guntersville State Park as a park ranger then transferred to Monte Sano State Park as the assistant manager for three years. Then I was promoted to assistant manager at Joe Wheeler State Park and was there three years. I came to Oak Mountain State Park in March 2011. My wife, Shelly, and son, Cash, live here in the park in staff housing. What were your thoughts about joining the staff here at the park? I’ll admit I was a little hesitant because I’m a country boy. I thought of this area as moving to the big city. But, I’m highly impressed. This whole area is the best of both worlds. I’ve met a lot of wonderful

people and I’m so impressed how so many people who live around this park consider the park part of them. What is a typical day for you? I’m very “hands on.” My typical day could be anything from working with a law enforcement case to someone getting injured to figuring out why a toilet’s stopped up! That’s the truth. I think this job is a very rewarding job. I enjoy seeing the smiles on people’s faces who are here having a good, relaxing time. I’m trying to do everything I can with the budget we have to make the park the best that it can be. It helps that I work with a great staff that are committed to the same thing. How has your limited funding affected the park? We do have a great relationship with city of Pelham and Shelby County who treat us like an entity of themselves and help where they can. A lot of people think we (the park) get tax money. We get zero tax money from the state’s general fund and never have. We’ve always been selfsufficient. In the last couple of years we’ve had some revenue taken away from us— $5 million through bonds for maintenance and also a half percent cigarette tax—so now what we bring in is what we have to spend. What concerns me most about that is the upkeep of the facilities of the park.

Oak Mountain State Park Superintendent Mike Jeffreys at Camp Tranquility, an area originally built by the WPA that is being restored by a non-profit group. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

What are some of your favorite areas of the park? I love to go out to the Camp Tranquility area off the main state park road. A nonprofit group is restoring that area that was built years ago by the WPA and I encourage people to check them out at www. It’s about a mile or so off the main park road and worth the walk. I love our interpretive center and wildlife rehabilitation center. They’ve done such a wonderful job and if I’m taking people on a tour that’s one of our first stops. As far as new areas, we’re looking at constructing a new playground in a big field off the one-way road near the lake. We’ve got a playground committee formed and I would welcome anyone with some fundraising experience that might like to help us out.

What events are coming up at the park? We’ll have our fall festival October 13 at the Dogwood Pavilion. We have another trail race scheduled for November 11. Our deer hunt will be going on the in fall with approximately 60 hunters, running November 1 – January 31. The Alabama Bow Hunters Association organizes that and it really helps keep the deer population under control. They are very professional and you never even know they are there. Jeffreys encourages people to share their ideas on what they would do to make the park better. Contact him at the park office, 620-2520, or by email at Michael.Jeffreys@dcnr.alabama. gov.

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Serve fruits, vegetables and cheese as after school snacks. Photos by Lisa Johnsey.

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sandwiches. We also have fresh fruit or veggies and some sort of dip to go along with it. Cheese is another favorite snack at our house. I introduce different ones from all over the world and serve them with crackers. Cooking with your children is a fun way to discover different types of food as well as to get the kids to try new things. While you spend time in the kitchen, you can learn the latest happenings at school. Have a great school year from our table to yours! Pizza Dough 1 teaspoon yeast ½ cup warm water (approximately 105 degrees) 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon olive oil Dissolve the yeast in the water and set aside for about 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients and add the


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When Robert Browning first got married, he asked his wife what they were having for dinner one night. “I’m having a Snickers and a Diet Coke,” she said. “I don’t know what you’re having.” At that moment, Browning knew he wanted to learn how to cook. Originally from New Orleans, he moved here in 1968 and now lives in Chelsea. It was his love for cooking and especially barbecue that inspired him to create a recipe for Rob’s Famous Gourmet Sauce, a tomato and vinegar-based barbecue sauce with a chipotle flavor. “I started with a sauce and just kept tweaking ‘til I got it like I like it,” Browning said. Browning decided to market his sauce after suggestions from friends and family. “Everyone who tried it told me they wanted to see it in a bottle,” Browning said. One day at his church, New Life Assembly of God in Westover, a friend came up to him and handed him a check to help get things started. Not long afterward,

a person whom he didn’t know in the church came up to him and did the same thing. That’s when Browning started taking his friends seriously. “I took it as a sign, and I really started going after it,” he said. Browning started bottling and selling the sauce earlier this year. So far, he’s only been selling at Tannehill Trade Days at Tannehill State Park and Valleydale Farmers Market. However, he soon hopes to have the sauce available in retail markets. The sauce tastes good on chicken and pork as well as for dipping your French fries, according to Browning. It’s not just for barbecue. “It’s great for when you want something other than ketchup,” he said. In the future, Browning would like to create more flavors of sauces including hot, sweet, island and original as well as spices and rubs for meat and vegetables. For now, the original Rob’s Southern Gourmet Sauce is getting a great response. “Everyone comes up to me and tells me that they love it,” Browning said.

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Birmingham Restaurant Week will once again celebrate the city’s acclaimed culinary culture by offering incentives for Birmingham-area residents to revisit their favorite restaurants and bars or to experience recently opened venues for the first time. More than 30 restaurants participated in 2011, and around 40 are expected to participate in its third edition this year. “We are pleased to offer this opportunity to residents of Birmingham and to the restaurants that serve our community,” said James Little, creator and director of BRW. “It is our hope that this 10-day event will draw attention to the topnotch dining opportunities right here in our hometown.” Restaurants will offer special two and/or three-course prix-fixe lunch and/ or dinner menus in the $5, $10, $20 and $30 per person range throughout the 10-day

event. The menu also includes a healthy kid’s menu component, brunch offerings and drink specials. Several new events have been added to the schedule for the week that will further enhance BRW 2012 and its reach including two Beer Saturday events, which will feature beer tastings from Good People and Avondale breweries. To celebrate the kickoff of BRW 2012, a Preview Party will be held on Wednesday, August 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vulcan Park and Museum. All proceeds from this event will benefit Vulcan Park and Museum. The Wineology event, which made its debut last year, will again be held at The Wine Loft on Tuesday, August 21. For a list of participating restaurants and more information on the event, visit our website at www.bhamrestaurantweek. com.

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Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 4:30 p.m. -10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3p.m. Saturday, 4:30p.m.- 11 p.m. Sunday, 4:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. Kobe Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar has risen like a phoenix from the ashes to shake up the hibachi grill scene. After the restaurant burnt down in January 2011, owner Bryant Simms rebuilt and remodeled the building. It reopened for business in May this year. The new restaurant was designed to be an open concept with private and more intimate rooms, according to manager Dan Baker. A fish pond and waiting area now welcome diners as they enter. “Kids really enjoy the fish pond when they come in,” said Baker. “The waiting process is much more pleasant for both parents and children because the kids have something to do.” Kobe’s hibachi grill in action.

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The new face extends to a new menu and a new executive chef. “I want to revitalize and update the traditional Kobe menu and what people associate with the Japanese Steakhouse,” said Executive Chef Steven Kim. “We are looking to incorporate fresh and local ingredients while looking for a healthier route to cooking Japanese cuisine.” New menu items include lemongrass salmon, macadamia nut-encrusted chicken, and beef tenderloin with roasted garlic in a whole grain mustard demigloss. The bar area beckons you to new and innovative drinks that are special to the house. To the right of the bar, the sushi bar allows customers to sit and watch as chefs prepare their sushi. A small, traditional dining area next to the sushi bar allows customers to eat traditional Japanese hibachi-style food, such as chicken teriyaki and steak teriyaki, without

the show. The area also entices customers to step out of the norm and try some of the new menu items introduced by Executive Chef Kim, a family friend of the owner who was chef at Seasons 52 in Jacksonville, Fla., before coming to Birmingham. Of course, one can still experience the entertaining hibachi show. Options include chicken, steak, shrimp, scallops and salmon. At the end of the meal, customers can indulge in selection of homemade desserts, including a lemon walnut cheesecake. Kobe and Kim are making their mark on the idea of the traditional hibachi steakhouse. “By adding more flavors, introducing new and in- season ingredients and by creating new and exciting menu items, Kobe can take a step in a new and creative direction,” said Kim.


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CONTINUED from page 1 ALDOT worked with the City of Hoover, at their request, to fund half of the projected $1 million project to improve the traffic flow. The partnership allows plans to be developed by Hoover as a permit. The one left turn lane on 119 will be improved to dual turn lanes, and both will be lengthened to allow for a better flow of traffic onto 280. The project currently has a letting date of early 2013. Valleydale Road widening This Hoover-sponsored project to widen Valleydale Road from Caldwell Mill Road to Inverness Center Drive has a letting date of early 2014. The 3.5-mile project has a price tag of $12.8 million to increase the number of lanes along the busy stretch of road near Jeff State’s Shelby Campus, Spain Park High School and Veterans Park. An additional aspect of the plan is a 6-foot sidewalk along Valleydale Road connecting Inverness to Veterans Park. Inverness Community Greenway, Phase I First developed nearly 10 years ago, the Inverness Community Greenway seeks to connect the subdivisions along Inverness Parkway to the 77-acre Inverness Nature Park. A 10-foot wide asphalt paved stretch totaling 1.8 miles will run from Hoover Fire Station #7 to the nature park. Inverness resident Bill Sweet worked on the original plans for the Greenway and is excited to see a letting date of late 2012 assigned to the $770,000 project by ALDOT. “Keeping the greenway ten feet wide is essential,” said Sweet. “The idea is for it to be multi-purpose. It allows enough room for strollers, walkers and bikers to all travel the same path.” Sweet noted the exceptional dedication of Shelby County Manager Alex Dudchock and David Hunke, Supervisor of Planning Services with the Shelby County Department of Development Services, to the project. “They’ve been committed to this project from the beginning. We knew it would take a long time to come together but I think it will be a wonderful addition to the Inverness community.” The City of Hoover and Shelby County

Phase I of the Inverness Community Greenway would run from Valleydale Road along Inverness Parkway to the 77-acre Inverness Nature Park. Photo by Kathryn Acree.

will equally divide the costs to fund the local 20 percent match to construct Phase I of the project. Phase I develops the Greenway to the Inverness Nature Park; Phase 2 continues the Greenway along Inverness Parkway to Inverness Center Drive, reconnecting with Valleydale Road. 280 Adaptive Control light system update The Adaptive Control System to monitor the traffic flow onto Highway 280 through surveillance cameras has been delayed to early next year instead of this fall. “It is funded, the contract has been let,” said ALDOT Director John Cooper. Cooper added that ALDOT is prepared for the “switchboard to light up” with the new traffic light system. “We’re going to do lots of pre-education, trying to explain to people how it’s going to work.” “I’ll tell you in advance, if you’re on a side road, you’re probably not going to be happy with the system due to the extra time you wait,” Cooper said. “Our hope is the time you save once you get up on 280 will be worth that.” Cooper stated that Governor Bentley has not formally decided what to do about Highway 280, but said they are continuing to work on ways to make it better.


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Frank Baird, a counselor in California, started the walk in 2001 in his community. Since then, the walk has spread to cities and countries all over the world. Last year, 125 men from Shelby County and the metro Birmingham community walked around Veterans Park in high heels with signs saying, “I’m man enough to walk in her shoes” and “No means no.” “It highlights a huge problem in our community and also honors heroes who have survived the experience,” said state Senator Cam Ward, who participated in last year’s walk. Although the walk has a serious purpose, the men have fun taking a walk in women’s shoes, and women have fun watching them try. Along with the walk, participants and spectators will hear testimonies from victims of violence or abuse. “We have a survivor who will tell her story of how she got out of an abusive relationship and how her life has changed,” said Jennifer Chappell, director of development at SafeHouse. The domestic violence and sexual assault center provides emergency shelter and comprehensive support services to victims. Before the walk begins, women will give the men tips on how to walk in heels. Four-inch red pumps will be fitted to participants at the beginning of the day while supplies last. Walkers are also welcome to bring their own heels at any height that they wish. The event will also feature music by the Thomas Henry Band, several food and merchandise vendors, and other activities. Scott Fitzgerald from 105.5 WERC will emcee. Special prizes will be awarded for the person who crosses the finish line

People who attended last year’s Walk a Mile event held signs in protest of violence against women. Photo courtesy of SafeHouse.

first, the most spirited, and the “Red Shoe” award, which is awarded to the person who raises the most donations. Verizon Wireless will hold a HopeLine Drive at the event for people to donate unwanted cell phones. These will be refurbished and given to victims and survivors of domestic violence. To register, participants may print out a registration form from www. and mail to SafeHouse of Shelby County, Attn: Jennifer Chappell, PO Box 275, Pelham, Ala. 35124. Day-of registration and shoe-fitting will be from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. For more information on the walk or to register or donate, visit www.

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Building a new mind set at OMHS The Oak Mountain Eagles are returning 12 members from last year’s squad: six on offense and six on defense. Coach Cris Bell has some players he’s excited about: quarterback Jake Adams and defensive end Lloyd Time, who may see some action at outside linebacker. “He’s a good kid, with a good motor,” said Bell. Other players to keep an eye on are Scott Hester, Billy Dasher, Brandon Gaines and John Michael Miller. Center Harman Guraya is not big but has a heart as big as a whale. Conditioning is a huge factor according to Bell. “They’ve embraced what we’re trying to do and they want to win, but we’ve got to be in better condition.” Goals for the summer remain getting the team stronger and in better condition, and changing their mindset so they play with a sense of urgency. “We’ve got to learn to be good when we’re tired. We want to start fast, but we have to finish strong.”

Oak Mountain’s Scott Hester, # 42 will be one to watch this year.

Oak Mountain’s Harman Guraya, #73, will add strength to the Eagles at center. Photos by Barry Clemmons.

The biggest gaps for the Eagles are the receiving corps and the defensive secondary. They have some young, untested players that will have to step up. They have played well on defense in the past, and the team needs for them to continue playing well on that side of the ball, according to Bell. With a change in regional schedule, Oak Mountain won’t be playing arch rival Hoover this year, but they pick up Prattville, a powerhouse in recent years. They also play Spain Park, Chelsea, Thompson, Pelham, Wetumpka and Stanhope Elmore. Despite the challenges, Bell is looking forward to what lies ahead. “I’m excited about the upcoming season; it will be fun.” Bell is a veteran in coaching football

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One of the biggest challenges according to Bell is changing the mindset. The kids have to believe they can compete and win. The team made some progress in the spring, but they didn’t get to where they need to be. “Spring training was two steps forward and one step back, but we threw a lot at these kids,” said Bell. Still, they are making progress. “You have to convince the kids that they can compete and that there’s value in competing.” Bell’s coaching staff is focusing on the idea that the team should maximize their potential every time they go out on the field, regardless of whether it’s a summer workout, a practice or a Friday night ball game. Bell believes he has to teach the kids how to play hard for four quarters. “We’re going to play one play at a time in 10 second blowouts.” The idea is to give phenomenal effort, 10 seconds at a time.

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Hornets condition for the 6A pool Coach Wade Waldrop is not singing the blues like some other local coaches who lost most of their experienced players to graduation last year. The Chelsea Hornets did lose some of their sting when star quarterback Jake Ganus graduated, but Trent Hagin stepped into that position during spring training. With a little help from veterans like four-year starting running back Julius McCall, tight end Austin Washington and junior running back Aki Cale, Waldrop is confident they’ll be able to move the ball offensively. McCall was injured in week four last year and didn’t play during the heart of Chelsea’s schedule. The Hornets lost two key games to Pinson and Erwin. Those losses had a negative impact on the outcome of their season because it affected the playoffs. “We drew Muscle Shoals, the number one seed for the first game of the playoffs, and we lost,” said Waldrop. On the flip side, while McCall was on the sideline, Austin Washington stepped in and got a chance to grow up and gain a lot of experience under the lights, according to the coach. The offensive line has experience anchoring the key positions with Jonathan Rush at center and Darian Golden at guard. They have Keelan Gregg, who played tight end, but he’ll also see time at linebacker this season. Waldrop said the strength on the defensive line is junior Troy Marshall at tackle. “He had a great spring. He’s 6-foot, 4-inches, at 265 pounds,” Waldrop said. “He’s a big kid, but he’s a good kid. He’ll play college ball somewhere next year.”

Chelsea’s Aki Cale. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.

Justin Lewis, a junior at defensive end, and Marshall will anchor the defensive line. Going into spring training, the team wasn’t at 100 percent, but everybody is working out this summer and is healthy right now. One good thing is that coaches got a chance to see some underclassmen that they hadn’t really seen play before, and they liked what they saw. The biggest concern going into the fall season, according to Waldrop, is their depth, especially at linebacker and in the secondary.

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“We have kids in those positions, but they just haven’t been in the fire, so depth is a big concern,” he said. The Hornets have 78 players on the roster from grades 10-12, and when you add in the ninth graders, the number swells to well over 100. “We have the numbers,” he said, “but we’re not blessed with experience.” Another concern heading into the fall season is special teams. “Last year our kicking game hurt us down the stretch, so we have to make improvement there.” Conner McVay will handle the punting duties in the fall. The buzz around the locker room this summer is that the Hornets are moving up from 5A to 6A. “We’ll be playing Oak Mountain, Spain Park and Prattville,” said Waldrop. “The team is excited about the move because they know that better competition makes them better, too.” This summer the kids are working hard on conditioning. They understand that to compete in 6A, they’ll have to be in shape physically and mentally. What’s it going to take to win in 6A? Waldrop said the defense has to keep everything in front of them and make the other team snap the ball one more time. As far as offense, “We have to stay healthy and we’ve got to hold on to the ball.” With the change in schedule and bumping up to a higher level of competition, Waldrop said this should make for a fun year.

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Jags boast strong field of returning players Coach Chip Lindsey is happy about what he is seeing from this year’s Jags as he enters his second year as coach. “We had a great spring. We made a lot of progress from year one to year two, so this spring was a lot easier,” said Lindsey. Players responded well and are excited about their season. The roster this year has about 100 athletes, but most importantly, the Jags have Nick Mullens, a two-year returning starter, which is rare for teams in the region. “Nick is more in control of the offense, knowing where everybody goes and where to go with the ball,” Lindsey said. Senior running back Kevron McMillan was injured last year and didn’t see much action, but he’s back and healthy. “He’s a difference maker. He’ll be one of the best backs in the area if he stays healthy.” The team worked hard in the spring and made it through without any significant injuries. Some of the key football players could not participate in the training because they were in baseball season, but Lindsey said it gave some underclassmen a chance to get work, which is always a good thing. Most of the receiving corps is returning this year, which has the Spain Park coaches smiling. Seniors Cade Hoffman, Josh Close, M.J. Brown, Drake Grisham and Ben Olinger all received a lot of playing time last year. “We’re a four-wide team, and we’ve got a lot of guys back with experience and have caught some balls.” The team wasn’t as lucky when it came to the defensive secondary. All of the guys signed Division One FBS scholarships, so the secondary will be inexperienced. The team has two good linebackers returning: Jeniah Jackson and Jacob

The Jags are looking for a great year from senior Nick Mullens, #9 (photo center). Photo courtesy of Spain Park Football.

The Jags will look to improve up front on the offensive line and in the secondary this year. Photo courtesy of Spain Park Football.

Wolkow. One of their best players on the field, according to Lindsey, is Jacob Chaffin, a defensive tackle. The front seven will be their strength on defense. “We’re not extremely big, but we have a lot of experience, and these guys run well. They play extremely hard.” Offensively, Spain Park’s line is staffed with good athletes, but they don’t have much playing time. The Jags lost their kicker to graduation, but Thomas Taylor stepped in and should handle place kicking and kickoff duties. However, he will have to compete with Hudson Carr before he can get comfortable in that slot. Punter Michael Pizzitola rounds out the kicking game.


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Lindsey said. “They care a lot about each other and the goal of what it takes to be a good football team.” The Jags lost to Oxford in round one of the state playoffs last year, ending the season at 5-6. To be successful this year, the seniors have to step up as leaders, the team must be committed and accountable to each other, and on the field they must improve up front on the offensive line and in the secondary. Like most schools in their region, the schedule shuffled this year. “We don’t play Hoover anymore, but we picked up Prattville, and that’s no walk in the park,” Lindsey said. But they’ll play Oak Mountain, Thompson, Chelsea, Wetumpka and others. He feels the region will be as tough as it ever was. “I really like our team. They are close, fun to be around. They make it fun to go to work coaching every day.”

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BRIARWOOD A young team for the Lions Last year the Briarwood Christian Lions were loaded with 39 seniors on the team. Eighteen of the 22 starters were seniors. The season reflected this strength when they ended with a 7-0 record in the region, and a 12-2 record overall. They were state 5A runners-up. “At spring training last year, we knew we’d have a really strong team based on the number of kids coming back, but this year we won’t have that luxury,” said Coach Fred Yancey, who is starting his 43rd year as a coach. Practically every position is staffed with new starters. Ben Craft, who was the quarterback and punter last season, moved to the next level and is at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Daniel Robert, a two-year starter who played wide receiver last year, took some snaps at quarterback in the spring, but that position is still up in the air. A bright spot for the team is that 6-foot, 1-inch, 255-pound lineman Jonathan Paramore had a lot of playing time last year and will be back to anchor this year’s offensive line. The backfield and receiving corps are essentially new. The defensive line, linebackers and three of the four in the defensive backfield are also new. Special teams are also a question. The coaches didn’t work on special teams in the spring. Yancey is putting those teams together in late summer when the team gets ready for the 2012 season. Depth is another concern for the Lions. “Last year we had some difficult injuries, but we had a strong class,” Yancey said. Again, they won’t have that luxury this


Jonathan Paramore, #56, will anchor Briarwood’s offensive line. Photo by Pam Hard.

Briarwood Coach Fred Yancey is expecting big things from two-year starter Daniel Robert, # 11. Photo by Pam Hard.

year. Yancey is still optimistic about his young roster of 89 kids. “They work hard and they care,” he said. He feels it will just be a matter of getting them good enough in a hurry. The team managed to get through spring training without getting banged up, so they’ll be healthy in the fall. Also a change for the Lions is their 2012 region schedule. They will not play Chelsea but will play Homewood, who will probably be the favorite in the region this year. Some other teams on the schedule include Shelby County, Talladega and

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Sylacauga. The key to success this year according to Yancey is patience. If the players understand that it takes time and effort to get to where they need to be, and they are willing to invest in both, he feels they’ll be okay. “We have a bunch of new guys, and they’ll have to prove they can play.”

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By KATHRYN ACREE For Oak Mountain sophomore Madelyn Lovette, focusing on the volleyball during games looks different from her teammates. She was diagnosed at age four with Optic Nerve Atrophy (ONA). ONA is a permanent visual impairment caused by damage to the optic nerve. It causes functional vision loss, meaning it affects her vision in reading and other tasks, but with special bioptic lenses she’s recently received, she will be able to drive and do all the other things a teen girl wishes to do. “She currently wears contacts, which helps focus objects that typically would look blurry to her,” said her father, Conley Lovette. Lovette said he and his wife became aware of Madelyn’s limited visual abilities when she was four and she first started to look at books. “She would hold the book very close to her face,” he said. Her diagnosis of ONA meant there was no cure, but her vision would be somewhat improved with glasses. Madelyn started out in glasses but transitioned to contacts at age eight. The school system has always worked to assist her with any additional help she might need in the classroom and supplies her with a special set of large print textbooks she uses at home. When introduced to volleyball at age 12, Madelyn excelled at the sport despite her vision concerns. She played on the OMMS seventh and eighth grade teams and the OMHS ninth grade team. She now plays exclusively with the Alabama


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Juniors, a club volleyball team based in the Hoover area. ONA affects her depth perception, so the issue was how well she would see the volleyball coming at her. She originally played a spot close to the net, but this past year she moved to play outside hitter on the back row. Her coach worked with her on her reaction time, which improved with her new position. “There is no magic bullet; she’ll always live with this,” said Lovette. “But she counts on her faith and has done well and taken on whatever challenge has come her way.”

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The Hoover Dodgers. Photo courtesy of Brent Kizzire.

The Dodgers claimed the top spot in the 2012 Hoover East Championship for 5- and 6-year-old tee-ball teams. The team won over 14 teams with a 17-2-1 record. The team roster includes Cage Kizzire,

Riley Harrelson, Gabe Margene, JT Gibson, Sean Corey, Ben Butka, Daniel Scott, Myles Minyard, Rich Moon and Prince Maye. Coaches are George Corey, Brent Kizzire, Greg Harrelson and Richard Moon.

Gatorade players of the year Our community recently had three student athletes named as Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year. Bailee Harnett of Oak Mountain High School was selected as state Girls Soccer Player of the Year, the first athlete from Oak Mountain to win this award. The midfielder led the Eagles to a 28-2 record and the Class 6A state title this past season. Bailey will attend the Air Force Academy this fall, where she will play soccer. Joe Williams of Spain Park High School was selected as state Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, the first athlete from Spain Park to win this award in track and field. The 6-foot, 1-inch senior won the discus with a throw of 189 feet, 6.25 inches and the shot put with a mark of 58 feet, 6

inches at the Class 6A state championship meet this spring, leading the Jaguars to a third place finish as a team. Joe has signed to compete in track on scholarship at the University of Alabama this coming year. Mikey White of Spain Park High School was selected state Baseball Player of the Year, the first athlete from Spain Park to win this award in baseball. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 190-pound senior infielder batted .389 with nine home runs and 37 RBI this past season, leading the Jaguars (35-17) to the Class 6A state semifinals. White has signed to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Alabama this fall, his preference despite being chosen by the New York Mets in the 34th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.

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Will Findley, front right, will be attending the Alabama School of Fine Arts this fall. Photo courtesy of Igor N. Rykov.

Twelve-year-old Will Findley of Inverness will be entering the seventh grade at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) this fall. Previously a student at Oak Mountain Middle, Will became interested in dance last summer after participating in a theatre camp held at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. The music director noticed his talent and and suggested Will consider dance lessons. Will danced the part of Fritz, Clara’s

brother, in the Nutracker, both with the Alabama Youth Ballet as well as with the Montgomery Ballet last December. The application process for ASFA involved recommendations from teachers, personal essays, a video audition and a live audition. In addition, Will spent  a school day at ASFA attending classes, meeting students and teachers and getting a feel for the school by shadowing another male dancer who is currently in the program.

Bruno Montessori’s Project AERO takes first in the Disney Planet Challenge


The Project AERO team included Ronnie Festok, Emeline Hankins, Sam Jones, Sami Refai, Adam Aldaher, Thomas Rooney, Ali Briggs, Guy Griffies, Evan Robinson, Kair Hakim, Davis TylerDudley and Abigail Neumann. Not pictured are teachers Chris Gallas and Melinda Bray.

By DAVIS TYLER-DUDLEY In the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, students at the Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy’s middle school were studying water chemistry, water testing and aquatic ecosystems in our environmental science class. We tested water from our own pond and discovered how abnormal the chemical conditions in it were. This would help us to successfully carry out the AERO (Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Operation) Project to restore our school pond to a better state. When Chris Gallas, our science teacher, learned about the Disney Planet Challenge, we decided that since we already had started an effort to restore our pond, we would enter that as our project. However, we also wanted to remove the area’s tick and mosquito problem. We began by cleaning up trash and other pollutants around the pond area. We then took more water samples from the pond and noticed that our pH was high, our alkalinity level was low, our phosphate level was high, our nitrate level was high, our dissolved oxygen levels were low and our temperature was also a tad bit high. All of these factors contributed to the main cause of our pond’s problems: the algae bloom. Because of the increase in nutrients, there was an increase in algae growth.

By eliminating some of the algae, we were able to free up oxygen and reduce the intensity of the algae bloom. Already we have observed turtles, fish and birds (including a great blue heron) moving into the pond. Next, we decided to tackle the problem of our resident arthropod pests: the ticks and mosquitoes. We did research on how to best deal with our problems without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. With some research from Thomas Rooney and Adam Aldaher, our unofficial class bat researchers, we decided to use bats to eliminate the mosquitoes. We submitted our virtual portfolio to the Disney Planet Challenge and won first place for the state of Alabama. This truly showed that all our hard work had paid off. However, we also learned many new things during the course of our project, and we all had lots of fun. Davis Tyler-Dudley is in eighth grade at the Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy. He plays baseball and also competed in the 2011 First Lego League Robotics Competition. 280 Living is always looking to share student’s stories from their schools. Please email if you have school news or an article you’d like to see us publish.

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The eighth grade math team at Briarwood Christian School recently competed in the Association of Christian Schools International Math League, coming in first among ACSI schools nationwide. Front row: Carolyn Grace Phillips, Gabby Hartman, Jeannie Marks and Mallory Kent. Second row: Drew Bonner, Reid Hodges, Jeffery Travis, Phillip Jauregui, Sarah Massey, Robbin Reese, William Earnest, Luther Ward and Hannah Hynds. Third row: Colin Mallory, Griffin Oaks, Carter Bankston, Samuel Leonard and Connor Pelham. Back row: Johnny Schaffers, Thomas Collier, Daniel Johnston and R. J. Jennings. Not pictured are junior high math team coaches Eric Bartz and Mary Runnels.

2012 grant winners named by Greater Shelby County Education Foundation The Greater Shelby County Education Foundation recently announced its 2012 grant winners, funded from the profits of the Coupons for Classrooms campaign. Area winners include: from Chelsea Middle- Donna Glausier for Going “Green” in the Classroom, Michelle Harris for Ellis Island to Elvis, and Sharon Colley for Wired for Reading!; from Chelsea Park Elementary- Catherine Walton for From Apples to Apps, Lana Morris for I Read, You Read, We E-Read, Maghan Craig for Just Click It, Tori Rebman for Kids on Fire

for Learning! with Kindle Fire Tablets, and Vickey Bailey for Buzzing About Books; from Inverness Elementary- Bette Nix and Christine Hoffman for I Would if I Could; from Mt Laurel Elementary- Beth Ansley for a grant for an iPad for instructional aid, Luanne Henke and Karen Vann for Books Alive, and Ramona Martin for Using Digital Tools in the Classroom; from Oak Mountain High- Trista Nabors for a grant for a projector mounting; and from Oak Mountain Middle- Gayle Williams for Engaged: Real, Relevant Science.

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Hoover school officials recently announced the “Engaged Learning Initiative,” a technology pilot program scheduled to launch this school year to provide students and teachers with digital learning devices. Beginning in September, Nooks will be distributed to students in select elementary and middle school classrooms; iPads will go to seniors at both Hoover and Spain Park high schools. The project is an expansion of a small pilot project that took place during the 20112012 school year at Gwin and Green Valley elementary schools. The devices will be

property of Hoover City Schools and will be assigned to students. If all goes well, plans call for the initiative to eventually provide each student in grades 3-12 a Nook or iPad by the 2013-2014 school year. Designed to enrich the learning experience for students, the Enhanced Learning Initiative will allow students to use web-based research and applications to problem solve, do homework and carry out general study in and out of the classroom. The devices will further individualize and differentiate instruction, allowing students to learn at their own paces and in different ways.

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Growing up with chiropractic

Your Health Today By Dr. Irma Palmer

You may recall that last month I wrote about a simple way for kids to be sick less often, sleep better, and have improved behavior and attitude…chiropractic care! This month, I’d like to take you on a journey from birth through the teen years to show you how effective chiropractic care can be in helping children grow up healthier at every stage of development! Remember these basic facts before we delve into specifics. Humans are born with innate intelligence; that is, when we are born our body knows what to do to keep it healthy. It knows how fast your heart should beat, how often your lungs should breathe, and much more. Instructions from our innate intelligence are sent to every cell and organ in our bodies, and with uninterrupted flow, the messages are conveyed effectively. When interference is present, the messages are not clearly conveyed and our bodies no longer function normally. We call this being in a state of “dis-ease.” The role of chiropractic care is to eliminate interference (what we call subluxations) so that our bodies can be naturally healthy. Interference occurs in many ways, and understanding what causes interference will help explain why kids are often sick and how chiropractic care can help.

Did you know it’s not just accidents and injuries that cause subluxations? Many babies receive their first subluxations during pregnancy and delivery. During the pushing stage of labor, the spine and neck may be injured as the baby is pushed down the birth canal. Bringing a baby into my office for spinal adjustments is an easy way to ensure that any subluxations are corrected and your baby can have the best opportunity to grow and develop normally. I wrote last month about infantile colic. This is probably one of the most frustrating conditions parents deal with in infants. According to, chiropractic care has shown some of the best results in helping colicky babies, with 94% of them demonstrating improvement with chiropractic adjustments. As babies grow and become toddlers, one of the most frequent health issues associated with these years is ear infections. According to the American Chiropractic Association, almost half of all children will have at least one ear infection before they’re a year old, and two thirds of them will have had at least one by age three. Standard medical practice is to prescribe antibiotics, but many parents can attest to their ineffectiveness, and the frustration of moving to stronger and stronger

antibiotics to treat infections. Chiropractic care provides a drug-free alternative. Dr. Joan Fallon, a chiropractor with a practice in Yonkers, New York, has published research showing that, after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments, nearly 80 percent of the children treated were free of ear infections for at least the six-month period following their initial visits (a period which included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks). And, these children were not building up a resistance to stronger and stronger antibiotics. Once kids move into the school years, they are often diagnosed with asthma, allergies, and ADHD among other chronic conditions. Not only is treating asthma with traditional medicines expensive, children may also experience common side effects from the medicines such as sleep disruption and hyperactivity. A chiropractic exam can determine if there is interference to the lungs and diaphragm and if so, chiropractic adjustments can alleviate that interference leaving the lungs fully capable of doing their job and reducing incidents of asthma. Similarly, a chiropractic exam can also determine if a child can be helped with allergy symptoms and ADHD. I’ve had patients who’ve definitely seen improvement with

these problems as a result of being under chiropractic care. As children move into the teen years, one of the biggest complaints they (and their parents!) have is poor skin – acne. The health of a teenager’s skin is really a reflection of their inner health. This includes nerve function, hormones, toxicity and diet. Dr. Philip Greenwood, D.C. in Temecula, California, compares caring for your skin to caring for your lawn…a healthy lawn doesn’t have many weeds, but an unhealthy lawn is quickly overrun by them. Likewise, a body out of balance nutritionally, hormonally, or neurologically will provide a breeding ground for acne. Chiropractic care can help nerve function and improve overall health, and the bacteria that causes acne will have a harder time setting in. Colic, asthma, and acne represent just the tip of the iceberg…many other childhood health issues can also be improved with chiropractic care. If your child isn’t as healthy as they could be, please give my office a call at 991-3511 and come in for a no-obligation consultation. Also, RSVP to attend one of our free monthly Wellness Workshops (this month on Tuesday, August 28th from 6:15-7 p.m.). How to have healthy kids doesn’t have to be a mystery. Let me show you how!

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A new beginning back home By RICK WATSON Birmingham native and Shades Valley High School graduate Tom Zobel’s young life was the stuff country songs are made of. Local boy has too much fun in high school, majors in partying in college, starts a family too early, makes a bundle in business, becomes an alcoholic, then watches his life fall apart through the bottom of a glass. It would be a sad song if it had ended there. But it didn’t. This year Zobel, a resident of The Narrows, became the director of the Brother Bryan Mission in Birmingham after serving in a similar role at the Union Gospel Rescue Mission in Salem, Oregon. Through his work, he’s touched the lives of thousands of people. “I left Nashville after I went bankrupt,” he said. “I’d lost my family, my business, my friends and my home.” Zobel drifted to Florida, New Orleans, then Colorado. He picked up menial jobs because most good jobs required a background check, which he wanted to avoid. History kept repeating itself for Zobel. “My life had been built on the wrong foundation,” he said. “I got to the point to where I didn’t want to continue.” He wound up out west in Salem, Oregon, sleeping in boxcars and railway shacks. He cleaned gutters and picked tomatoes to earn enough money for food. Then someone suggested that Zobel go to the local rescue mission where he could find shelter and a warm meal. For the first time in his life, he found a place were he felt he belonged. He started rebuilding the foundation of his life. He studied the gospels at the rescue mission and got involved with a local church. He quit drinking, cleaned his life up and met his future wife, Debbie, at the church he attended.

The Narrows resident Tom Zobel stands in front of the Brother Bryan Mission, where he serves as the director. Photo by Rick Watson.

After a while, Zobel received a job offer in Beaverton as manager of a shopping mall. At that point in his recovery, he was afraid to leave the safety of the mission and the church in Salem. But his pastor told him

he was ready, and as it turned out, he was. Zobel performed well at the new job but kept going back to the Union Gospel Rescue Mission as a volunteer. One day, while talking to the director of the mission,

Zobel realized his heart was set on mission work. The director told Zobel he couldn’t afford to pay what he was earning as a mall manager, but he took the job anyhow. Once back in Salem, he married Debbie, and the two have worked together in the mission field ever since. Eight years later, Zobel became the director and before long, a board member and later a vice-president of an association with some 300 other rescue missions across the country. It was through the organization that Zobel met fellow board member Tony Cooper of Jimmie Hale Mission in Birmingham. Fast forward to 2008: Zobel was getting ready to retire, but wanted to move back to Homewood. He’d mended relationships with his children and wanted to live closer to them. He called Tony Cooper to ask about the possibility of working parttime at Jimmie Hale as a chaplain. Cooper agreed and Zobel moved home. He began doing unpaid consulting work with smaller rescue missions. When he looked into the Brother Bryan Mission, there was a meeting of the minds, and on July 1, 2011, Zobel was hired as director. Zobel and his staff of five are transitioning Brother Bryan’s creation into a full-fledged rescue mission. He plans to expand the facility on 1616 2nd Avenue North to add classroom space, a parking lot and a laundry facility. In six months to a year, he hopes to help build a new foundation of discipline and accountability for men who are adrift. In all these plans, Zobel’s passion for people remains. “Helping to change lives is what I was put here to do,” he said. To find out more information about Brother Bryan Mission’s work, visit www.

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Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt comes to Lee Branch

Somerby receives award for Tail Waggers

A new Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt in the Village at Lee Branch was scheduled to have opened by late July. Sweet Frog serves its customers non-fat and low-fat yogurt made with all natural and local produce. Customers can indulge in the self-serve concept and make their dessert their way. Sweet Frog is located at 250 Doug Baker Boulevard, Suite 400. Hours are Monday-Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit sweetfrogyogurt. com.

The International Council on Active Aging has recognized the Tail Waggers program at Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen with its 2011 Innovators Award. The award recognizes creativity and excellence in active aging. Members of Troop 119 from the Church at Brook Hills established the intergenerational Tail Waggers program in 2011. The Scouts include residents at all levels of care from Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen in cooking up dog treats to assist animal shelters in the area. To date, more than 20,000 dog treats have been shared with canines in animal shelters in Jefferson and Shelby Counties through this on-going program. “The treat making helps the residents with memory, physical hand to eye coordination and it gives them a sense of helping others,” said Andrew Tucker, the lead Scout on the project. Scouts working in the canine cooking project are from Hoover, Oak Mountain and Spain Park high schools as well as private schools in the area.

Hollywood Feed location Natural and holistic pet food store Hollywood Feed in Greystone is moving to the Lee Branch Shopping Center at 230 Doug Baker Boulevard, Suite 200. The new location is set to open in mid to late August and will sell the same merchandise. In addition to the Lee Branch location, the Cahaba Village location at 2800 Cahaba Village Plaza in Mountain Brook will still be open. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 9950223.

New Ala. Credit Union

Alabama Credit Union opened a new branch on June 19 at 2675 Valleydale Road in Indian Springs Village. The location is the Birmingham area’s first ACU branch and is the 21st branch in the state. The new location’s Branch Manager is Shellie Marshall. It operates Monday- Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information, call 777-0939.

Hoover Beautification Awards announced

The Hoover Beautification Board has announced its 2012-13 Commercial Beautification Awards. Winners in the Highway 280 area include Fish Market and Oyster Bar, 5407 Highway 280; National Bank of Commerce, 5 Inverness Center Parkway; and Danberry at Inverness, 235 Inverness Center Drive. The Board conducts the citywide contest every other year, encouraging local businesses and government entities to maintain their properties in an attractive way. Winners are given black wrought iron signs that identify them as recipients of the award to display at their place of business. Judging was done on June 21 by a panel of garden shop owners and horticulturists from outside the city.

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By MALLIE CRUMPTON Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There isn’t much that Ashley Eiler doesn’t do. She is a mother, clothing designer, blogger and owner of children’s clothing store Favorite Laundry. “I first started the business from home, but with all of the equipment and packages being delivered to the house, it just became too much,” Eiler said. “I knew if I wanted my business to continue to grow, I would need a bigger space.” With her children starting school, she said that the timing for finding the space in Mt Laurel so close to her home, along with friends and family, was a Godsend. “My priorities are to be a wife and mother first. I’m so blessed that I am able to do the work that I love as well,” Eiler said. The shop opened in February of 2010 and has been a Favorite Laundry sells Ashley Eiler’s children’s clothing lines along with baby and children’s gift items. Photo by Mallie Crumpton.

Favorite Laundry owner and clothing designer Ashley Eiler with her children, Mia and Logan. Photo courtesy of Alisha Baker Photography.

success in the children’s clothing market. They have also recently started selling a selection of unique birthday and baby gifts such as stuffed animals, books and picture frames that can be gift wrapped for free. With their new baby registry, customers will receive a discount with their first purchase from the registry. Although Eiler is busy with all of the new additions to her business, she does not forget the reason why she started it all. “I want my customers to know that they can be comfortable coming here,” Eiler said. “There are so many high-end children’s clothing stores that are not friendly places. Above all, I want customers to feel like Favorite Laundry is a comfortable and loyal place to shop.” Eiler also believes that being involved in the community is very important. She makes sure to support the local schools and teams, as well as provide for auctions and giving donations to different organizations.

“I think support from local businesses is important as well,” Eiler said. “I would love to network more with other businesses in the area.” Eiler is the designer for Favorite Laundry clothing, as well as her Blessed Be The Name line and the new Be{tween} Collection for the “tween” age group. “I try to make clothing that is casual and comfortable for the kids, but cute and memorable for mom,” Eiler said. She uses a lot of color and simple details such as ruffles and patterns to make for a well-coordinated outfit. These lines, made of pima cotton, can also be found at the Atlanta Apparel Market. Her blog,, has frequent updates about sales and events happening in the store. From fabrics with fun patterns and frills to friendly conversation, there’s no doubt you will find it at Favorite Laundry. One step through the door and it’s sure to become your favorite.

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Library Happenings North Shelby and Chelsea Public Libraries August Happenings North Shelby Library Story-Time Programming Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire!) Wednesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 2910:45 am. All ages. No registration required.

Teen Scene Gaming Fridays, August 3, 10, and 17 – 2 - 5:45pm Fridays, August 24 and 31 – 3:30 - 5:45pm Come to the teen department each Friday afternoon for open gaming on the Wii and with board and card games. Call or email Kate or Daniel at 439-5512 or nsyouth@ for more information. 2012 Teens’ Top Ten Cast your vote for the 2012 Teens’ Top Ten! Teens are encouraged to read the 25 nominated books to take part in voting for their ten favorite books of the year. The winning titles will be announced during Teen Read Week in October. This year’s nominees include Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Stop by the library or visit the teen page at to find the complete list of nominated books and how to cast your vote. Voting will take place Aug 13 to Sept 14.

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Tot Spot A special reading time for 2s, 3s and 4s but all ages are welcome- Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Kristy Hearn reads to a group of visitors during Toddler Tales this summer at the North Shelby Library. Photo courtesy of the North Shelby Library.

Book Review This month’s book review is by Dee Green, circulation manager at the North Shelby Library

Night Road

By Kristin Hannah First let me say I loved this book. It was a book that I was told I had to read. It is about a girl named Lexi whose mother was a drug addict and was sent to prison. While her mother was in prison, Lexi found out she had a relative she could live with. Her relative was very poor and lived in a trailer and was barely making ends meet but she did not hesitate to take her in. She even found a way for her to go to a school that was, shall we say, on the “other side of the tracks”. She ends up making friends with a girl named Mia who had her own struggles as she was very shy. She had a brother, who was very popular, but she was also really close to him. Her family was really close

and did everything together. Their home was the kids hang out. When Lexi met them they bought her in and treated her like she was family. They did everything together. Then Lexi fell in love with Zack, Mia’s brother. At first Mia was not sure about their relationship. Was she going to lose her friend to her brother? Then one night tragedy struck. What would you do if someone you trusted did the unforgivable, could you forgive them? If you did the unthinkable could you step up and do the right thing and admit it and take the punishment? This is a book that will make you ask all of those questions. In some parts of this book I was screaming why would you do that. Then you realize that is the one thing that you would hope you would do. Would you have the courage to take responsibility for your actions, and risk loosing everyone that you love? I like the way Kristin Hannah builds her characters. You will feel like you know each of them. I really hope you like this book as much as I did.

Summer Fun Photo Contest

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Old friend I lost an old friend today. It was hard to say goodbye. Okay, before you start sending cards and flowers, I probably should tell you that my old friend was an apple tree. More specifically, it was the first apple tree we planted when we moved onto our property in 1980. At that time, we lived in a 12-by-65foot house trailer. It was gray and ivory on the outside and had an unfortunate shade of burnt orange shag carpet in the living room. I still shudder a little when I think of that rug. In our defense, orange carpet was all the rage in the early 70s. I’m not sure what the trailer people were thinking during those years, but we were newlyweds and were happy to have a place of our own. When we married in 1974, the trailer was nestled under an old mulberry tree in a small mobile home park in Sumiton, but in 1980, we moved it to our property in the suburbs of Empire where we now live. I’d just started with the phone company and was earning $3.17 an hour. We didn’t have a lot of extras in those days, but we managed. The first spring after we moved here, we ordered a golden delicious apple tree from the Stark Brothers catalog. In terms of today’s dollars, it wasn’t expensive, but we had to scrimp and save to afford it. When the tree arrived, I dug a hole deep into the red clay and filled it with dark compost. The tiny tree was as thin as a fashion model. We fed and coddled the little tree as if it were a baby with colic. As the years passed, it grew to a height of about 15 feet, and at harvest time, it bore softball-sized golden

delicious apples that tasted like they’d been sprinkled with pure-cane sugar. Each year in late summer, I picked freckled apples the color of sunshine from the lower limbs, I’d shine them on my pant leg and eat the fruit standing under the tree with my eyes closed. Jilda made apple pies, we gave apples to our friends, and there were apples left for the deer to enjoy. Then last year, our little tree began to decline in health. I cared for it like a sick child, but it looked tired. This year, it gave up the ghost. A few days ago when a thunderstorm moved through, the wind broke half the tree from the trunk. When I went out today, it was obvious that the remaining limbs were terminal, so I took the chainsaw and cut down what was left. I know there are some folks who would chide me for becoming sentimental over an apple tree. I understand that, and it’s okay with me. But that little tree meant a lot to us. We used our hard-earned money to buy it when we didn’t have much to spare. It was almost as if that little tree understood that it had to earn its keep. And for over 30 years, it did. So today as I was taking down the tree, it was not without reflection and a tinge of sadness. I thanked my old friend for all the gifts it gave us through the years. You can learn more about Rick Watson at He is available for speaking engagements and other events. Contact him at

Scouts learn about city

David Kozler, Brent Hansen, Garrett Jebeles, Grady Bailey, Garrett Whitson, Max Michel, Will Sexton, Chris Mahan, Britton Rembert, Murphy McCallum, Dr. Scott McCallum, Alex Richenderfer, Ronnie Knapp, Sam Walter, Sam Wiggins. Photo courtesy of Mary Romano Rembert.

Fourteen scouts from Liberty Park Boy Scout Troop 76 recently worked towards completing their Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. As a part of this project, Troop 76 interviewed Dr. Scotty McCallum about current events and issues within the Vestavia Hills community. Dr. McCallum spoke to the troop on the

importance of how young people can demonstrate good citizenship in their community and thow hey can make a difference. Troop 76 also completed eight hours of community service and attended a Vestavia Hills City Council meeting, where they discussed issues that are important to Vestavia Hills and its citizens.

Merchants wanted for bazaar The Alabaster-Pelham Rotary Club is looking for vendors to participate in their inaugural Southern Christmas Bazaar. The event will be held at the Pelham Civic Complex on Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The club is expecting merchants who sell clothing, collectables, decorations, crafts and more to benefit their projects,

including gift bags for elderly shut-ins and scholarships for students. If you’re interested in being a vendor at A Southern Christmas Bazaar, complete the form online at www. Sponsorship options are available online as well. District Rotary information can be found at www.


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I ring in the big 4-0 this month, and for some time I have wondered how to best celebrate this milestone. I thought about making my novel, Candy Apple, an e-book, and releasing it on my birthday. I considered compiling past columns into a book, also for release on my birthday. And I thought about writing an anthem to 40, something fun and witty to sum up the perspective this stage of life brings. But in the end, I listened to the small voice inside me prompting me to share a truth that’s changed my heart this year. It’s something I’ve always known deep down but kept suppressed because admitting it made me feel weak. However, since my last birthday, my family’s experienced three close calls that have forced me to acknowledge this truth. My entire existence depends on it. And that truth is: I need God. I need God when a huge oak tree falls on our new home, as one did last September, and forces us in a rental while we renovate for eight months. I need God when a glass armoire falls on my nine-year-old, as one did in January, and she miraculously comes out with only a scratch on her wrist. I need God when my baby has a terrible allergic reaction, as she did in February, and I must jab an EpiPen in her thigh before running her down the drive to the flashing lights of paramedics. During each of these incidents, I realized how powerless and helpless I truly am. I realized the limits of my humanity, and everyone else’s too. Humbled before God’s throne and begging for a favor, I regretted not living my life more for Him. I regretted my unworthiness and the inequity of our relationship. He’d spared my family not once, not twice, but three times…yet what have I done in return? After each incident, my overwhelming emotion was gratitude. My next emotion was shame. I was ashamed of all the times I put God off or used Him as a magic genie. I was ashamed that the passionate love and indebtedness I felt after a big scare always waned once life returned to normal. I was ashamed by how often I ignored the small voice inside me, pursuing my own plans

instead. In my crazy but enlightening year, I’ve seen how quickly a loss can occur. I’ve seen accidents happen without warning, and I understand how these moments illuminate what matters most. Life – that’s what matters. We get one each, so let’s not waste it. So I celebrate my birthday by toasting my creator. I thank Him for breathing life into me and allowing me the gift of hindsight and reflection. I was created for a purpose, as were you. I suspect I’ll spend every waking day trying to pinpoint what, exactly, my purpose is. And while I wish my faith statement had come sooner, I suppose I needed 40 years of experience to prove how weak I am alone and how strong I am in God. I need Him in hard times to help me survive, in good times to keep me humble and aware that every blessing and convenience I enjoy stems from His grace. When I wake up in the morning and see, it’s a miracle. When I throw my legs off the bed and walk, it’s a miracle. When my kids run up to me and tell me what they want for breakfast, it’s a miracle. Constantly God works miracles in my life and the more I recognize them, the more passion and indebtedness I feel. It doesn’t take a big scare to love God, just a daily awareness of what He does. One day I’ll stand before His throne again, wishing I felt more worthy but grateful His love and grace surpass all understanding. My life’s not about me, it’s about Him. And honestly I’m okay with that, because there’s freedom in playing the supporting role I was cast for. It feels natural, and when the limelight does shift my way, I know it’s for His purpose. It’s all for His purpose, after all. My life, your life, this prelude to the Kingdom. I thank God for my 40 years on earth and thank you, my beloved readers, for being part of my journey. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Mountain Brook mom of four with a background in PR, writing and photography. Visit her website at, find her on Facebook and Twitter, or contact her at kari@


CONTINUED from page 1 over time, they sometimes forget that they can win. “You have to convince the kids that they can compete and there’s value in competing,” said Bell. “Often times, our biggest opponent is ourselves.” The coaches will not accept anything less than the best the team can give. “I expect these kids to be leaders in the school, and the last few years, for whatever reason, that OMHS football coach Cris Bell with his family. hasn’t been happening,” he said. so the family was excited about being Entering into his 23rd year as a football closer to her. “Much to my wife’s dismay, coach, Bell has a wealth of experience. all the kids bleed crimson and white.” He attended Hampden-Sydney College Daughter Pearson is entering the tenth in Virginia and later served as defensive grade at Oak Mountain, where she will coordinator there for five years. He went on play volleyball and either play lacrosse to coach high school ball in Virginia for 15 or run track in the spring. Daughter Evie years before moving to a private Christian is entering the fifth grade, and son Reese high school in Georgia. Last year before celebrated his eighth birthday in June. landing at Oak Mountain, he coached at Coach Bell said his family loves the Marietta High School in the Atlanta area. Oak Mountain area, and they are excited Bell and his wife of 22 years, Kim, have about their future here, especially with his four children. Their daughter, Haden, is a vision for Oak Mountain football. sophomore at the University of Alabama,

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That’s Life By Paul Johnson

The hardest work

I get to sit weekly with a group of counselors to talk briefly about our work, particularly areas where we feel we need another perspective. One of our counselors found herself doing some unanticipated couples work, and she was struck by the relational dynamic of three people being in the counseling room at one time (she was used to individual work and its one-on-one dynamic). Our senior counselor responded that he has noticed that couples work is some of the hardest, if not the hardest, work he does. As a marriage therapist, I agree. It is hard. It’s not simply because dealing with the agendas of two people in my counseling office is particularly difficult (though it is, at times), but mainly because being a couple is hard. It is extremely hard work to do the work of being, becoming and becoming more of a couple. I throw that last qualifier in there because many couples with whom I have talked who have been coupled for more than 15 years say that the work of becoming a couple never ends; many feel, in fact, that after 15 years, they are just beginning to cut through the junk and are finally becoming united. It is crazy; after all, we are designed to be united with another. Yet, to become united involves a lot of crazy-hard work. Many would say that getting married is a lot of work, but that it pales in comparison to staying married and becoming one. Becoming one often means becoming disentangled in order to join with one another. Let me try to explain in brief. In the beginning of a relationship, we find ourselves attracted to someone for reasons not fully understood but felt very genuinely. And so we pursue the relationship based on the belief that this is the right thing to do because this is the right person for us. What we don’t realize is that part of what we are pursuing is the idea that this other person feels normal to us—that the relational style with which we engage them is familiar because it is close to the style in which we grew up (yes, even though we often want the opposite type of relationship from what we grew up with, we choose a form of what is familiar, because we know how do deal with the familiar—the “normal” is a very powerful force). Often, my work with couples involves discerning the

relational style of their parents without blaming those parents for what is wrong with the marriage. A couple has to become disentangled from those familiar styles to create a new style. Ultimately, our current relational style is our choice; we just have to learn some other options beyond the “normal.” A second factor is often hard at work to make marriage hard, and it can be quite a heinous factor. It is the “you do it” factor. Part of our attraction to the other is the sense of “You complete me” (I love the movie Jerry McGuire). But that sense more often means “You take care of me well,” and, hey, that’s reasonable. But more often, it turns into “You do it for me.” I hate to say this, but many couples come into a marriage with a very sly and subtle desire to be taken over by another person, all in the name of “being taken care of,” and then get extremely upset when some actual work has to be done. You see it when you find yourself saying, “That’s not my role in this marriage.” Or worse, “That’s supposed to be your job.” Other oft-repeated phrases are: “I handle the outside, you handle the inside; I don’t do diapers; You handle the checkbook; I don’t do the emotional”—to name just a few. The you-do-it factor gets in the way of partnering, where we are in this together and join forces and act as one to handle the task and life. Life and homes require partners rather than kings and queens. And thus, my work often becomes about disentangling the parts that have been taken or given over in order for partnering to happen. These are just a couple of things that make being a couple hard and reduce us to tears. But, unlike baseball, there is crying in marriage, and it is allowed, because the tears indicate a deep care and a deep belief that one is capable of more. To roughly quote another of my favorite movies, A League of their Own, “Baseball is hard, but that’s what makes it great.” Marriage is the hardest work because it is the greatest thing. It is becoming one, a new one, a new identity. It is nothing short of love. Paul Johnson is a professionally licensed marriage and family therapist at the Samaritan Counseling Center, whose main office is located at 100 Missionary Ridge. You may reach him at 807-6645 or


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A flag display for the Fourth


As veterans of World War II, Greystone residents Bill Legg, a former Navy captain, and Tom Wood, a former Army Staff Sergeant, wanted to make sure that their community displayed patriotism on the Fourth of July. They had recently read a letter about how few homes displayed an American flag. “This country has become very unpatriotic. It’s a shame,” Legg said. Legg and Wood wrote letters explaining their goal for everyone to display American flags on their mailboxes and sent them to every resident in their 34home community, Linkside. “Everyone thought it was a great idea,” Wood said. One neighbor offered to pay for flags for every home so that they would all match. Legg and Wood also decided to buy a sign for the front of the neighborhood that read, “Happy Birthday America.” From July 1 through 4, the community had 100 percent participation. “Even the people who went out of town were kind enough to put up their flags before they left,” Legg said. Legg and Wood hope to have the same response for the upcoming Labor Day

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Tom Wood and Bill Legg organized their neighbors to display American flags for the Fourth of July. Photo courtesy of Joyce Wood.

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280 area events 8/18- Valleydale Art Festival. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Local arts and craft vendors and a silent auction to benefit a fund for local adoptions. Faith Presbyterian Church, 4601 Valleydale Road. More information: or Laura Buder, 306-1385.

Carroll. More information: www.shelbyed.

Family Fun

8/18 – Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. SafeHouse will host 2nd annual international men’s walk to stop violence against women. 7 a.m. Veterans Park. More information/Registration: www.

8/11 – Wake Up with the Animals. Experience what it’s like when the animals wake up in the morning at the zoo. Breakfast included. 7:45 – 9 a.m. Birmingham Zoo. Members: Adults $9, Children $6.50, Non-Members: Adults $17, Children $14. Reserve spot by August 3. More information/Reservations: 879-0409.

8/18 – Oak Mountain Sports Festival. 4 p.m. Heardmont Park. Admission and dinner: Adults $14.00, kids 10 and under $10. General admission tickets available at gate. More information/ticket purchases: 683-5200. Or OMHSEagleClub@yahoo. com.

8/25 – The Bell Center Tailgate Challenge. An afternoon of music, kid friendly events and team rivalry. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sloss Furnaces. $15. Free for children 10 and younger. More information: call Kelly Peoples at (205) 879-3417.

8/20 – First day of school for Hoover City Schools and Shelby County Schools.

Music and Arts

8/23 - Chelsea v. Calera. 7 p.m. Chelsea High School. More information: www. 8/24 - Briarwood Jamboree. Time TBA. Vestavia Hills High School. More information: briarwoodchristianschool. org. 8/24 – Spain Park v. Homewood. 7 p.m. Homewood High School. More information: 8/26 – Women’s Self Defense 101 Seminar. Master Justin Scarsella from World Class Taekwondo will demonstrate various techniques of protecting yourself when in a compromising position. Presented by St. Vincent’s One Nineteen. 2 – 3 p.m. Free if you sign up by 8/22. More information: 408-6550. 8/31 - Briarwood v. Eagle’s Landing. 7 p.m. Briarwood. more information: 8/31 - Oak Mtn. v. Shades Valley. 7 p.m. Oak Mtn. High School. More information:

8/2 – 8/18 - Harold and Maude. 8 p.m. on nights. 2 p.m. on Sundays. Theatre Downtown. 2410 5th Avenue South. $17 for adults. $12 for students. More information/Tickets: 306-1470 or www. 8/5 – The Sound of Music. Part of Alabama Theatre’s Summer Film Series. 2 p.m. Alabama Theatre. $8. More information: 251-0418. 8/9 – Hoover Shelby Arts Association meeting. Area artists and art lovers are invited to attend. 6:30 p.m. North Shelby Library. More information: or 8/10 – Wynonna and the Big Noise. Wynonna Judd and company will perform. 8 p.m. Alys Stephens Center. More information/Tickets: alysstephens. 8/17 – An Evening with Gaither Vocal Band. 7 p.m. Wright Center Concert Hall on Samford campus. More information/ Tickets:

8/19 – ArtPartners Live Auction and Showcase. 10th annual live and silent auction of works of art by community artists and individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities. 5:30 p.m. B &A Warehouse. $100 for individuals $150 for pairs. Tickets: 307-6300 or ArtPartners2012. More information: or www. 8/23 – Shelby County Arts Council Open House. Offers students the chance to meet the instructor and discuss the class and priority registration for various art classes. 4 – 6 p.m. Shelby County Arts Council Gallery. 104 Mildred Street, Columbiana. More information: www. or 669 – 0044. 8/24 – 8/26 – Sidewalk Film Festival. 14th annual festival for independent filmmakers will be held at several theaters downtown. Friday: 8 p.m. Will continue across seven venues until 10 p.m. Sunday. Venues include Alabama Theatre, Carver Theatre, Hills Art Center, RMTC Cabaret Theatre and McWane Science Center Ruston Theatre. Prices vary. More information:

Special Events 8/3 – 8/5 – Alabama Sales Tax Holiday. Tax-free school items. Begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ends at midnight on Sunday. More information: www.ador. 8/5- SoHo Bridal Show. 1-4 p.m. Rosewood Hall in SoHo. More information: Stephanie Whitaker, 6370735 or, or www. 8/9 – Cocktails in the Gardens. Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosts their sixth season of Birmingham’s most beautiful happy hour. 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. $5 for non-members, free for members. Drinks

and food are not included with admission. More information: cocktails. 8/17 – 8/26 – Birmingham Restaurant Week. More information and participating locations: 8/26 – Southern Bridal Show. 12 – 5 p.m. BJCC North Exhibition Hall. $15. More information:

Food All classes below take place at Birmingham Bake and Cook Co and cost $40. More information: or 9803661. 8/7, 8/14 – Cooking Fundamentals. Taught by Susan Green. 8/7 part 1: steaming, blanching, boiling, poaching, sautéing, pan frying and deep frying. 6:30 – 9 p.m. 8/14 part 2: grilling, roasting, braising and stewing. 6 – 9 p.m. 8/9, 8/21 – Simple, Perfect Game Day Chilies. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 8/16 – Southern-Style Creamy-Cream Pies. 6:30 – 9 p.m. 8/23 – Rolling in Dough! 6:30 – 9 p.m. 8/30 – Cast Iron Cooking. 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Sports 8/1- 8/2 – Birmingham Barons v. Jackson Generals. 7:05 p.m. Regions Park. Admission varies. More information: 8/3 – 8/7 – Birmingham Barons v. Mobile Bay Bears. 8/3, 8/6, 8/7: 7:05 p.m. 8/4: 6:30 p.m. 8/5: 4 p.m. Admission varies. More information: schedule/. 8/14 – 8/18 – Birmingham Barons v. Tennessee Smokies. 8/14 – 8/17: 7:05 p.m. 8/18: 6:30 p.m. Admission varies. More information: schedule/. 8/30 – 8/31 – Birmingham Barons v. Chattanooga Lookouts. 7:05 p.m. Admission varies. More information:

8/31 - Chelsea v. John Carroll. 7 p.m. John

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507 Cahaba Park Circle • 995-0533 Every Wednesday / Thursday 8 p.m. Live Music by Razz Ma Tazz Every Friday / Saturday 9 p.m. - Until Live Music by Razz Ma Tazz


110 Inverness Plaza • 980-1315 Call for this month’s music listings.


Restaurant and Cantina

3439 Colonnade Parkway • 969-1411

Live music Wednesday and Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 – 10:30 p.m.

Village Tavern

The Summit, Lower Level • 970-1640

Every Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Artist Jeff Tyler performs. Fridays, 9 -11:30 p.m., Various live music.

City Vineyard Arbor Place, 5479 Highway 280, Suite 102 437-3360 • Every Friday Night live music, 7-10 p.m. on the patio. Inside, they have a wine tasting, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

BILLY’S BAR & GRILL 4520 Overton Road, Suite 104

Liberty Park • 956-2323 Call for this month’s music listings.

Courtyard Oyster Bar & Grill 280 Band and dj schedule

Mondays & Tuesdays- Dj Kop 8/1-Matt Hill & Sean Bunn / Matt Barnes & David Koonce 8/2-Huck & Boss / Heath Shoemaker 8/3-About Time / Matt Hill band 8/4-Atticus Avenue 8/5-Jager Muffin / Heath Shoemaker 8/8-Matt Hill & Sean Bunn / Matt Barnes & David Koonce 8/9-Erica & Eric / Heath Shoemaker 8/10-Voodoo Jones / SK5 8/11-Todd Simpson and the Mojo Child 8/12-Huck & Boss / Heath Shoemaker 8/15-Matt Hill & Sean Bunn / Matt Barnes & David Koonce 8/16-Huck & Boss / Heath Shoemaker 8/17-Who Shot Lizzy / Matt Hill band 8/18-Gentleman Zero 8/19-Jager Muffin / Heath Shoemaker 8/22-Matt Hill & Sean Bunn / Matt Barnes & David Koonce 8/23-Erica & Eric / Heath Shoemaker 8/24-2nd Hand Jones / SK5 8/25-Erica’s Playhouse 8/26-Heath Shoemaker 8/29-Matt Hill & Sean Bunn / Matt Barnes & David Koonce 8/30-Huck & Boss / Heath Shoemaker 8/31-Buckwild / Matt Hill band

The Fish Market Restaurant GREYSTONE, 5407 Highway 280 980-8600 Every Thursday night live music with Jeff Taylor. All Parrotheads are invited.

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280 Medical Supply is looking for part time help:

Candidate will be responsible for making deliveries and repairing DME. Please send resume to, fax to 888-611-8229 or call 205-678-8755.

Comfort Keepers

is currently hiring quality caregivers.

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