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7th Annual Run Celebrates Cancer Survivors, Offers Hope by Kathryn Acree Registration is underway for the 7th Annual Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run. The 8K and one-mile event will be held Jan. 29 at 8 a.m. beginning at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Health and Wellness Center and continue through the Greystone community. Close to 900 runners braved the cold weather at last year’s event, raising approximately $50,000 to help fund cancer research and raise money for the American Cancer Society. The Run has nearly tripled in size in the last four years and is presented by ABC 33/40, St. Vincent’s One Nineteen and M&B Hangers. ABC 33/40’s Brenda Ladun hosts the event each year. Ladun is a two-time breast cancer survivor who makes it her goal to encourage others who are battling the disease. “We’re hoping for an even better turn-out this year,“ said Ladun. “There is so much research going on and advances being made in fighting this dreaded disease, so much hope now. Plus, we really want to minister to those who are cancer survivors.” Even with the event being held in January, the weather hasn’t been a deterrent in the past to runners who can appreciate cool weather. “If it turns out to be a really cold day, we’re fortunate that the event is held at a wonderful facility,” said

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Ladun. “We would love for folks to come out regardless if they are running or not to give a great show of support.” Kate Kelley, development representative of the American Cancer Society, said their 60 junior executive board members are actively engaged with the run and serve as promoters and volunteers for the event. “We are very excited the event will be held at St Vincent’s One Nineteen again this year, as runners will have the opportunity to run through the beautiful Greystone community,” said Kelley. “This event celebrates cancer survivors and offers hope to those who have been touched or affected by cancer. The City of Hoover is very gracious to offer their support of this

event as well.” The event is open to all ages and all runners. Short-sleeved technical shirts (meaning a great wicking material) are guaranteed to the first 500 registrants. Regular cotton T-shirts are guaranteed to the next 500 registrants. Runners can pre-register by picking up a form from the American Cancer Society or they can register online at and searching under the phrase “Brenda Ladun.” Day-of registration will begin at 7 a.m. at St. Vincent’s 119 Health and Wellness Facility. Race results will be available online at and birminghamtrackclub. com.

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Welcome to 2011. It’s a new calendar year and so many of us want to get in shape. Well, we have a few suggestions. The Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run is back at St. Vincent’s One-Nineteen and through the Greystone community again. I often get calls and emails from people who want to thank us for this community publication. Well the one thing I can say to that is, please support our sponsors. They are the ones who make this paper happen. Please see the Advertiser Index on the bottom left of this page for a complete list for this issue. For those of you looking to get in shape this year, we have several sponsors in this issue who will be willing to help. Look through this issue closely for some ideas. If you are looking for a trainer for home, the gym, a new regimen, new equipment for home, or a new facility, we have you covered. And by now many of our readers are losing sleep at night in anticipation of the National Championship Game. Back in September when Jay Barker and Al DelGreco were nice enough to give us their season preview, Al said that maybe Auburn could get a few breaks and have the kind of season where they just couldn’t lose. Here’s what Al had to say then:

Q: Can Cameron Newton live up to expectations? DelGreco: From everything I’ve heard, yes. He is unlike anyone else out there physically. With his running ability, he brings an entirely new dimension to our offense that we haven’t had before. I really think he will be who the fans hope he will be. Q: What do you predict the final record will be? DelGreco: Nine or ten wins is what I’ve been saying. My best prediction would be 9-3. Could they do better? Sure. Now that we have some more talent and depth, with a few lucky breaks, everything could go our way and we could have one of those magical seasons where we just can’t lose. Well, Auburn has had one of those magical seasons alright. And we’d love to see any photos of our readers who make the trip to Arizona. Feel free to email them to us at no later than Jan. 15 and we may publish them in the February issue or on our Facebook page. Happy New Year!

Correction Last month we featured Chelsea’s Cafe in our Restaurant Showcase. We failed to identify Reginald Seay as one of the partners in the business. Regular patrons of Chelsea’s Cafe know Reginald as owner and for his delicious cooking. We apologize for the omission.

Reggie Seay and Sean Dixon, owners of Chelsea’s Cafe.

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980-1611 Bogue’s brings family recipes and a friendly environment to Highway 280. The original Bogue’s, located on Clairmont Road, has been in business since 1938 and under Daryl Whitfield’s ownership since 2006. Originally a competitor of Whitfield’s when he and his father were running Southside Café, they purchased Bogue’s in 2006 after a land developer bought the two blocks where their restaurant was located. In February of 2009, Whitfield bought the newest location on Highway 280 and brought his standards of fresh food and friendly service with him. “It’s one of those places that has a lot of regulars,” Whitfield said. “My staff always makes it a point to learn everyone’s names and all that. It almost feels like you’re going home for lunch.” The restaurant is known for their delicious breakfast and “meat and two veggies” style lunch. One thing that Whitfield changed when he acquired Bogue’s was the addition of the steam table for lunch service. “I’ve just always believed in putting it out there and saying this is what we’ve got,” he said.

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Bogue’s offers everything but waffles on their breakfast menu and specializes in omelets. The complimentary sweet rolls served with each meal have been a long-standing tradition for the restaurant, and Whitfield says customers come in specifically to buy them. “We used to just do them for breakfast, but it got to where so many people wanted them we got to where we did it all day.” The lunch menu at Bogue’s is written on the chalkboard each day and always consists of your choice of meats, such as country fried steak, and vegetables, such as mashed potatoes and turnip greens. The restaurant has a daily special, which includes a special meat and two vegetables for $6.95. Whitfield says the food they serve is always fresh and made that day. Most of the recipes are family recipes that assure customers that they are getting fresh home cooking. “I try everything we have everyday, and if it’s not right, it doesn’t go out,” Whitfield said. Besides the fresh food, Bogue’s also offers a friendly service in an environment where customers feel at home. “My people are always friendly and if they’re not friendly they’re not here,” Whitfield said.

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Like many new parents, Josh and Wendy Torres have fun and silly rituals they enjoy with their now toddler-age daughter, Madison. Josh counts out the familiar “this little piggy went to market” on Madison’s toes, much to her delight. Unlike the traditional rhyme we all know, Josh changed the characters in the story to be SEC mascots and the “little piggy” became his alma mater, Auburn’s “little tiger.” Friends of the Chelsea Park couple loved Josh’s delightful tale that starts with “This little tiger wants to make shoes out of gator” and goes on to include many of Auburn’s rivals. They encouraged him to contact a publisher and look into having a book created. “I never really thought about doing it,”

said Torres, an attorney. “I finally decided to send out a few emails last summer to publishing companies with the idea and Mascot Books emailed me back the next day. Everything fell into place after that.” Mascot Books, based in Atlanta, recommended Josh and Wendy write an additional version starring the Alabama mascot, Big Al. “Mascot understands the appeal these characters have here in the south. They’ve encouraged other books such as a version with the Georgia Bulldog and then moving on to all the SEC mascots. The books received licensing by the universities to use an illustrated version of the mascot,” explained Torres.


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Inverness Plaza Corner of Valleydale & 280 408-0020 • This February, the Inverness Plaza shopping center will get some new life. Scott Lyons brings his first Planet Fitness to Birmingham. The fitness club will occupy over 20,000 square feet in the former Food World site at the corner of Hwy 280 and Valleydale Road. The New Hampshire based company is the fastest growing franchisor of full-size

fitness clubs in the US. Their slogan is “the judgment free zone.” Greystone resident and franchisee Scott Lyons says that the facility will be for people who just want to shape up and feel better. “We don’t cater to bodybuilders or power lifters,” Lyons said. “We don’t allow weight dropping or grunting. We provide a non-intimidating atmosphere where


“I have stayed in this business because it is a positive atmosphere. People come in and they feel better.” anyone can feel comfortable. Most of our members are first time gym users.” Lyons said Planet Fitness provides the things that most people really want in a health club. They will have new, brand-name cardio and strength-training equipment provided in a clean, friendly, casual, non-intimidating environment. The facility will have over 100 pieces of


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Business Spotlight cardio equipment (treadmills, elliptical machines, and bikes), two complete lines of strength machines, 30-minute express circuit, ab and stretching area, tanning beds, and men’s and women’s locker rooms. Scott Lyons has been in the fitness business for all of his adult life. “I got in it because I was working out a lot and wanted a certain type of place to work out,” Lyons said. Tuscaloosa, where Lyons lived at the time, didn’t have that type of place. That’s when he opened his first facility. “I have stayed in this business because it is a positive atmosphere. People come in and they feel better.” Planet Fitness offers a couple of different types of membership packages which come with extras. Unlimited Fitness Training , is included with membership and as the name suggests, is unlimited. The one hour sessions are by appointment with up to four people in the group. The sessions offered are Designing Your Own Program, Lower Body and Abs, Upper Body, 30 Minute Express and Cardio. Memberships are $10 per month with no commitment. During presale the start-up fee is only $1.00. The Black Card membership is $19.99 per month and includes unlimited guest privileges, reciprocal use at other Planet Fitness locations, unlimited tanning, use of the massage chairs and half price on cooler drinks. Scott plans to open in early February. Information is available at the presale center located in Inverness Plaza or online at The phone number is 408-0020.

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Counselors Association Annual Having recently Conference in Mobile. been named the Alabama Bluebird Buddies is a Elementary Counselor of the faculty/student mentoring Year by the Alabama School program started by Belisle. The Counselor’s Association, program pairs faculty members Hayden Belisle turns the with students who need extra spotlight back on the school support and encouragement. she loves, Oak Mountain Originally from Dothan, Elementary. Alabama, Belisle graduated “I love working at from Auburn University with OMES because I have the a B.A. in Psychology, then Hayden Belisle privilege of working with moved to Birmingham to incredible administrators, faculty members, students and parents,” earn her masters degree in Marriage and said Belisle. “I feel incredibly blessed to Family Therapy from the University of work for administrators who allow me to Montevallo. She began working at Oak incorporate innovative programs to serve Mountain Elementary right out of graduate students, and colleagues who motivate school and has worked at OMES for the and encourage me by witnessing their past five years. Belisle says that in addition to her dedication and passion for their students.” Belisle was nominated by her wonderful husband, Clay, she is “extremely colleagues for the state-level award. blessed to have the most amazing and Belisle and the other nominees were asked supportive family I could imagine.” “Winning this award is a true to submit a Professional Recognition Packet that consisted of a resume, letter testament to the wonderful people that of commitment, descriptive narrative I have around me,” explained Belisle. of contributions to their school and the “Without the support of outstanding profession, and three letters of support. teachers, administrators and family A panel of five judges from across the members, I would not be where I am today. state judged the submissions. Belisle was They make me look good!” recognized for the award at the Alabama

Quilt Created for Purposeful Art Program Completed In September, 280 Living reported on an art program created by 15-year-old Girl Scout, Imani Anderson. Imani’s program, Purposeful Art, consisted of the creation of a quilt with artwork designed by people with chronic illnesses. Art classes were held for the contributors at the North Shelby Library and Children’s Harbor as part of the event. The quilt has been completed and will be donated to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America for use in their fundraising efforts. Imani was awarded the Gold Award for Girl Scouts for the creation and completion of the Purposeful Art program.

The quilt created through the Purposeful Art program

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The 6th grade students and teachers at Liberty Park Middle School recently participated in their annual Greek Day festivities. To prepare for this day, language arts classes read the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. They also created “I-movies” based on their favorite Greek god or goddess. In the math classes, students learned about surface area then recreated Greek temples such as Athena, Athena Nike and the Parthenon using cardboard, paper towel rolls and paint.

On the day of the event, all teachers and students dressed as Greek gods and goddesses and the students presented their “I-movies” and temple creations to their parents. In the afternoon, the students learned more about Greek culture by participating in different activities led by volunteer parents. The activities included sampling food, learning vocabulary, discussing architecture, viewing a slideshow, making an “evil-eye” pendant and participating in Olympic style games.

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LPMS Honors Vets in Assembly In honor of Veteran’s Day, Liberty Park Middle School held its first Veteran’s assembly. Teachers Kirk Spence and Amy Woodard organized this event. Vestavia Hills City Council representative George Pierce attended as well as veterans from Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. The Keynote speaker was retired marine Lt. Col. Bruce Bright. Bright, a former fighter pilot, spent 28 years in the military. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal; the Air Medal with 1 strike/flight award, the Joint Commendation Medal, five Navy Commendation Medals (one with the Combat Distinguishing Device) and the Aerial Achievement Medal. Bright spoke about the “One Person Concept” meaning that wherever you are and no matter what you are doing, you are always the same person and who you are

Cole Posey and Browdy Kimble, LPMS seventh grade Civil Air Patrol members, presented the colors then participated in a flag folding ceremony on Veterans Day. Joey Kimble, a 9th grade student at Vestavia Hills High School and a Civil Air Patrol member, spoke about the symbolism of each fold of the flag.

is in your heart. His presentation included preparing for the future and reminding students to be a gladiator when they are faced with the Lion Pit of Life.

Tuteja Earns Eagle Scout Designation Shawn Tuteja, a member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church Troop 254 and a senior at The Altamont School, recently became an Eagle Scout. Shawn’s scout project involved teaching tennis to students at Ramsay High School. A tennis racket fundraising drive was held, leading to the purchase of 80 tennis rackets Shawn donated to the school. Shawn is a member of The Altamont School’s varsity basketball and varsity tennis teams. He is the captain of the debate team and valedictorian of his class.


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We’re Serious About Fitness! Members of the OMHS PTO planning the Eagle Vision Dinner are: from front left, Sherry Bourque- Eagle Vision Evening chairman, Kellie English, Mary Harrison, Sandy Jackson, Elena Sain, Tori Andrich, Carol Dotson, Karen Register- PTO president, Suzanne Lawson, and Beth Jones- Auction chairman

The PTO of Oak Mountain High School is making final preparations for its upcoming Eagle Vision Dinner and Auction. The event will be held January 29 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the high school. All proceeds benefit the high school and this is the main academic fundraiser for the school year. An exciting auction is planned and will include 2011 SEC Championship tickets, Superbowl meal packages, Barber Motor Sports tickets, lake house and beach home retreat weekends, a prom basket, unique art, golf outings, and photography packages. In addition, each OMHS student organization has been asked to donate an item or basket for the auction. Many choose a clever theme related to their activity. A delicious chicken tetrazinni dinner from Char House Grill will be served which includes salad, green beans, garlic rolls, dessert and tea. Dinner tickets are $15 for an adult, and $10 for a child age 10 and under. The dinner will be served from 5:007:00 p.m. and the auction will be open from 4:30pm –7:45 pm. OMHS student entertainment including singing, dance and music will be spotlighted in the Performing Arts Center and gym and a live DJ will perform throughout the evening. “Gold Sponsors” this year are Legacy Federal Credit Union and Walmart on Highway 280. Walmart is sponsoring the chance to win a special “technology giveaway” to those who buy

dinner at the event. Last year’s winner received a laptop so it’s worth it to be present at the drawing taking place at 7:30p.m.! Other sponsors include TCBY at Lee Branch, Chic-Fil-A on Highway 119, and the Zaxby’s locations at Lee Branch and Valleydale Road. The PTO is still actively seeking auction donations from area merchants, businesses, artists, and the community. Anyone interested in sponsorship contact Sherry Bourque at davesherry35094@ or submitting auction items can contact PTO auction chair Beth Jones at 682-5200. “Our PTO Eagle Vision Dinner and Auction is a casual evening for the entire family and community,” said PTO president Karen Register. “Monies raised will support teacher grants, academic programs, technology purchases, creative learning opportunities, library enhancements, classroom projects, instructional supplies and student recognition at Oak Mountain High School.” “This event allows our families and friends to share a meal together. I am so grateful to live in a community of students, parents, teachers, merchants, churches, businesses, and neighbors who take the time to pull together in support of OMHS,” said Register. To purchase tickets, contact Sandy Jackson at or Cynthia Jones at 995-8483.

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Spain Park Hockey: “Check” this team out! Sports are a major part Sbrissa, a senior at Spain Park, of the high school experience. has been playing on the team In the South, most schools for four years and has played have an assortment of hockey for a total of 15 years. teams, ranging from football, “I love hockey because basketball, and baseball, to it is in my blood,” said ultimate Frisbee, swimming, Sbrissa. “I’m from Canada, and field hockey. Spain so it’s a way of life.” Sbrissa Park High School, however, believes the team will have is blessed with a team only much success this year. three other area schools have: With returning veterans a hockey team. Dalton Kneiss, Michael Spain Park’s hockey Kerr, Braden Pichel, Jackson team has had much success Reagan, Connor Timbrook, since its start in 2005. Head Patrick Crowley, Chandler Andrew Sbrissa coach Brian Crowley, who has Diercks, and Tyler Givens, been with them from the beginning, leads the team looks to bring home another state the team, winning state championships in championship. 2006, 2008, and 2009. Spain Park student Janie O’Rear has Hockey was first played on March been following the team for the past two 3, 1875 in Montreal, Canada, gaining years and she has enjoyed every minute popularity throughout the United States of it. “Hockey is such a fast paced sport,” ever since. However, most people associate O’Rear said. “It is such a rush when our hockey with the northern United States team scores!” and Canada, not an Alabama high school. You can see the team in action at the That’s what makes this team special to the Pelham Civic Complex during its regular Spain Park faithful. season. You can also find the team on In the Birmingham area, there are Facebook by searching “Spain Park Hockey only three schools with hockey teams: 2010-2011.” Spain Park, Vestavia Hills, and Pelham. However, Coach Crowley notes the team also has the option of playing schools from the north Alabama- Huntsville area. A lot of success comes in part from the veteran leadership on the team. Andrew Spain Park’s Coach Brian Crowley talks with his team

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Oak Mountain Gets in the Game with “High School Musical” Oak Mountain High School has a long running history of performing classic musicals. The first musical “Li’l Abner” was performed in 2000, and there have been ten productions since then including “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Sound of Music”, “The Music Man”, “Oklahoma”, “South Pacific”, and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, just to name a few. This year’s production will be a more contemporary and modern style musical. Ed Cleveland, musical director and Sharon Morgan, drama director have chosen to perform “High School Musical”. “High School Musical” follows the life of two teens Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez as they discover that they have a mutual love for music. Troy, the school’s all star basketball player auditions for the high school’s musical to make Gabriella happy, not thinking there would be a chance for them to get a part; they get a callback. The school’s usual musical stars are furious because they are not the natural choice for the top roles, and when the championship

basketball game falls on the same day as the musical callbacks there is drama. This upbeat musical has stirred much excitement among the students of Oak Mountain High School; over 140 students auditioned for the production. Rehearsals for the musical begin January 6. The production will include an orchestra band and will be held in Oak Mountain’s Performing Arts Center. The show dates will be February 25 at 7:00 p.m., February 26 at 7:00 p.m., and February 27 at 2 p.m. all seats will be reserved. Tickets will go on sale at the end of January and are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Contact the Oak Mountain High School office (205) 6825200 to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door on the days of the shows. The musical is sure to be a hit and will be just another great addition to an already impressive list of musicals. Make your plans to attend one of the performances; you don’t want to miss it!

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Peer helpers at Chelsea High School “camped out” before school as part of their coat drive for Project Hope. Photo courtesy of Keley Barnhill.

Chelsea High School decided to dig deep and really find out just what homeless people have to go through on a day-today basis. People hear about the harsh conditions and brutal cold that homeless people endure, but few experience it. Chelsea High School wanted to do that. On December 10, Chelsea High School held “Freeze-Out Friday”. Teachers were allowed to turn off the heat in their classrooms in order to show students what it would be like without the luxury of heat. And no, students were not freezing to death all day; the heat remained on in all of the hallways at Chelsea High. Teachers decided whether or not they wanted to participate in this eye-opening experience. The event didn’t go as well as planned, but it was the thought that counts. Many students saw what it would be like to not have the luxury of just turning the heat on whenever they felt a little chilly. But what inspired this event is truly a

remarkable and honoring event. Chelsea High School peer helpers, along with their sponsor Mrs. Bailey, conducted a coat drive. The purpose was to create awareness of the fact that over 5,000 youth die every year from homelessness. To promote the meaning behind the drive, peer helpers “camped out” in front of the school. The peer helpers arrived at school at 6:30 a.m. and started their campout, staying outside until the first bell rang. Over 575 coats and blankets from student donations were collected and delivered December 17 to Project Hope, a mission for homeless youth in Birmingham. Peer helpers gave out the coats and worked in the mission’s clothes closet. The peer helpers of Chelsea High School hope their efforts will make a difference in even one homeless youth’s life.


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A Promising Year in Briarwood Basketball Basketball is a sport that has been played at Briarwood for many years. Head Coach Chris Laatsch leads the Lions every year, along with Assistant Coach Jeff Robertson. In mid-December, the Lions were 9-2 with victories over Altamont, McAdory, John Carroll, Vincent, Chilton County, Hueytown and Pelham. The starters this year are Luke Collin, Jason Laatsch, Nathan Fincher, Justin Bice and James Palmer. “I think we have a chance to get to the final four with such a deep team that we have”, said varsity player Josh Laatsch. A l t h o u g h Briarwood is a 5A division school, every student counts for about one and a fourth, meaning that the team should really be a 4A division team. In considering this, many of the teams the Lions play are larger and have more

advantages. Despite this fact, the Lions basketball teams have managed to beat some of the best teams in the 5A division. The Lions have come down to the wire on numerous occasions throughout the season, such as Josh Laatsch’s buzzer-beater shot to win the game over McAdory. During each game, the players are required to constantly run up and down the court. Team practices are focused around training the players to become more mobile and conditioned. The dedicated players continue to workout and practice throughout the off-season, limiting time for extra activities. As a team worth watching, the Lions pull off a great season every year and compete to the best of their abilities. Briarwood basketball has a special place in the school’s athletic department, and look forward to a promising year.

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about his cross country career with the Jags. How long have you been involved in cross country? I have been involved in cross country since 7th grade. I started running to keep in shape between basketball and baseball season. What is the best thing about being part of the Spain Park team? The best part about running for Spain Park is my teammates and coaches are great. It is pretty hard to train alone so it is nice to have guys like Steven pushing me through work outs. Coach Zelwak is a true players coach who wants you to get better and run your possible best. He really knows what he is talking about. His race plan for the State meet was GENIUS!

Brandon Hazouri

Junior, Spain Park High School Cross Country Our January athlete of the month is Spain Park’s Brandon Hazouri. The Junior cross country runner won the AHSAA Class 6A individual championship in November with his time of 15:45.12. We asked this very “fleet-footed” student to tell us more

SPHS junior Brandon Hazouri won the AHSAA Class 6A state cross country individual championship

Besides your recent win at the state championship, do you hold any other awards or special recognition in this sport? My 10th grade year I broke the schools 5K record. This year I won the Sectional, Hoover Invitational and the St. Vincent’s Husky Challenge.

Give us your overall thoughts on this year’s cross country season. This year’s season was a great year. I accomplished all my goals, which was to run the 5K in under 16 minutes and I beat it running it in 15:45. Also qualifying for State as a whole team for the first time, and to win the Individual State title. What are your future college/career aspirations? I would like to run for a college out West, but I am keeping my options open. Tell us about your family…any other cross country siblings? My mom and dad have been my biggest fans and have supported me all the way. Even when I came home at the end of my 9th grade year, and told them that I was not going to play baseball anymore (I had been playing since I was 4) so I could concentrate on cross country and track. So far I have been the only runner in my family, however, my little sister,Renee, is in the 7th grade and she is going to start track in the spring.

Eagles Cheerleaders Take Top Chelsea High School Boys Varsity Basketball Wins Big Over Montevallo Spot at UCA State Championship

Chelsea’s Jake Ganus scored 10 points and 4 assists in their win over Montevallo. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.

From left to right: Back row-Catherine Fortner, Lacee Scheaffer, Ally Engleman, Lauryn Wedgworth, Sarah Katona. Front row-Claire Wilson, Raney Collins, Reese Kolaczek, Avery Daniels.

The Oak Mountain 1st/2nd grade competition cheerleading squad recently won 1st place at the UCA State Championship held at Vestavia High School.

The girls practiced relentlessly for about six weeks and performed two cheers, a chant, and a pom-pom routine. The cheerleaders were coached by Lauren Wilson and Kellie Daniels.

Spring Sports Sign-ups January is the month to register for many of the youth sports leagues in our area:

The Hornet’s D.D. Washington scored 14 points and led with 11 rebounds in the team’s 58-40 win against Montevallo. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.

Chelsea’s Jackson Hyde in their win against the Montevallo Bulldogs. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.

Birmingham United Soccer Association Spring Soccer- Program for ages 3-15, recreational soccer for the North Shelby Area. Registration is Jan 5 - Feb 16. For more information go to www. Briarwood Soccer Club- registration begins Jan 7, for more information go to Chelsea Soccer Club- ages 4-18, go to for more information Oak Mountain Youth Baseball and Softball- go to for online registration and details on evaluations in

late January Chelsea Youth Clubgo to for information and registration, baseball for ages 4-14 and softball for ages 5-12 Vestavia Hills Youth Baseball- registration begins Jan 2, go to for more information Vestavia Soccer Club- registration already underway and continues through Jan 30, register online at Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse League- regular player registration continues through January 9, late player registration (will incur a $40.00 late fee), Jan 10 - 16, register online at


Tigers vs Ducks Auburn will take their undefeated season to Glendale, Arizona to take on the Oregon Ducks in what should be a very entertaining battle. I think we’re all in for a high scoring affair. One which could come down to has the ball last. My money is riding on the backs of Cameron Newton and the Tigers to bring another national championship back to the state of Alabama. Oregon is averaging 49 points per game and Auburn averaged 42 points per outing. Both have given about 20 points per contest. Both have been very resilient in winning. So what will give? What will be that deciding factor that will send one team home as the team that played in the BCS championship and the one that took home the hardware. Answer is simple, in my opinion— SEC-SEC-SEC. Now, those of you who have read my editorials the past few years know I’m biased. But, stats don’t lie. The SEC has missed out on the national championship once in the past six years. Only Florida are repeat winners. The BCS finale will feature two of the best players in college football in Oregon running back LaMichael James and Auburn’s Heisman award winning

by Brent Watson quarterback. In my opinion, and I’m not an Auburn fan before you judge me, he is the best college football player— ever. Yeah, I know, big words. But, I can’t think of anyone better. I thought Tim Tebow was the best I’d seen and would see for years to come. Newton is a better passer, he’s faster, and just as strong. I’m sure there are many that will argue this and I’d love to hear who you think is better. So, let me know. Either way, we all should be In for a treat come January 10th. The Pac-10 champs will be out to show they’re better than the SEC’s top team this year. You can bet that both teams will be ready to bow their necks and see who the best in the land is. The Tigers are a slim 3-point favorite and that’s a nice call, but I’m going with a 52-41 Auburn win. Good luck to all of your teams as bowl season is here, and I’ll get back at you later this year. Besides being an avid sports enthusiast, Brent Watson dedicates much of his time to running his business in The Narrows: Comfort Keepers-- a non-medical in-home care company. You can reach him at 981-1800 or email at

Greystone YMCA Tennis Team Captures State Title

Pictured front row from the left, Sissy Barrett, Ginger Carpenter, Christa Lewis & April Patzke. Back row from the left, Lisa Clark- captain, Vickie Beard, Channa McKenna-co-captain. Not pictured, Kathy Seale.

Greystone YMCA 5.5 Combo tennis team won the Alabama championship in Gulf Shores in November. The Greystone team finished undefeated to win the title. This is the 2nd state championship for several of these teammates, who won

the 5.0 title last year. That team went on the win the Southern championship in Jan 2010. The 5.5 Combo team will represent Alabama and defend the Southern Sectional Title in March 2011 in Mobile.

Spain Park Freshman now Double State Swimming Champion Congratulations to Will Freeman of Spain Park High School on winning the state championship in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle. Will and his teammates participated in the state event held at the University of Alabama in December. The Jaguars men’s and women’s teams both came in 7th place overall at the event.

Will Freeman


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Berry Middle Brothers Spin and Flip Into Top Wakeboarding Competitions The Fike brothers take their wakeboarding seriously. Having competed in the sport since 2005, Hayden, an eighth grader at Berry Middle School and Hunter, a seventh grader, also at Berry, the boys and their family have earned the nickname of the “Flying Fikes”. In 2006, the brothers made the move to compete in the National INT League. The INT is known as the “Little League of Watersports” and was started in 1993 for wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding and wakeskating. The top two riders in each division at the state level are invited to the US Championships each year. Hunter has finished in both first and second place at the state level and been able to compete in three different US Championships. He recently won second place in the 2010 US tournament in the Junior Entro division, securing his first top three spot at the national level. Hunter’s father, Greg Fike, said his son enjoys being on the water and the thrill of competition. “He loves to bring friends and really enjoys teaching kids how to wakeboard. Hunter has been selected to judge the beginner level divisions at INT tournaments due to his sharp eye and his in-depth knowledge of rules and tricks,” said Fike. Hunter was also recognized for demonstrating integrity last summer at a Smith Lake tournament, where a judging error incorrectly awarded him first place. He told the crowd he did not win and swapped trophies while the tournament director was sorting out the details. “Hunter has the heart of a true champion,” explains Fike. Hayden has competed in four US Championships. He won first place in 2007 in the Junior Entro division and now competes in the junior intermediate division. “The ability level increases for Hayden at this level to include inverts (flips) and 360 spins,” explains Fike. Hayden finished third in the country this year at the US Championship, and landed in the top five in his division for the past four national events, while also moving up a skill level/division every year. Hayden also recently won the Ambush/Red Bull wakeboarding tournament in Atlanta in his division. CWB Wakeboards and Skiers Marine, the local Malibu boat dealership, sponsor him. Hayden aspires to be a professional wakeboarder and is currently training year round to increase his trick portfolio and abilities. He also spends many hours on the trampoline practicing new inverts and spins. He hopes to start a wakeboarding club at Spain Park High School next year and then extend it to other area schools. Wakeboarding is a family affair for the Fike clan. Little sister Savannah, a sixth-

Hunter and Hayden Fike

Hayden Fike doing a heel side 360

grader at Berry Middle, took up the sport and won first place in the mini-outlaw division in 2008. In fact, the boys got mom and dad in on the action as well. In 2008, Greg, their mom Kim, Hayden, Hunter and Savannah, each finished first place in their respective divisions at the state level and won invitations to Bakersfield, California, where they became jokingly known as the “Flying Fikes” by fellow wakeboarding families. Kim took home first place in the Women’s Entro division that year, beating out a field of 20-something-year- old competitors for the top spot (and bragging rights). Recently the boys have gotten the youngest and most daring Fike involved in the wakeboarding sport. Lilli-Ann Fike, a third grade Greystone Elementary student, is rapidly progressing and could soon become the most aggressive competitor in the family. She and sister Savannah are training for next year, with a common goal to “beat all the boys” in their divisions. Hayden and Hunter lead the family with their passion for this fun and exciting sport. The Fike family will tell you, “the wakeboarding community is currently open for new members!! It’s an absolute blast…try it!”


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This section is dedicated to local businesswomen who are bringing their creative, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial spirit to our community. We applaud them for their hard work and dedication to their businesses and appreciate their efforts to make the place we call home the best it can be. They make our community highly visible and we are proud that these Women of 280 represent our area.

Dr. Irma Leon Palmer


r. Irma Leon Palmer has been in practice in Birmingham for more than 17 years, and during that time her passion about for health in Alabama has only continued to grow. She recently hosted a regular weekend health and wellness radio show, and often serves the community as a speaker for organizations throughout Birmingham. Patients at Dr. Palmer’s office, Chiropractic Today, are treated drug-free in a friendly and inclusive environment. Her goal is to open a Chiropractic Community Wellness center that will serve as a safe haven for adults and children to learn how to build healthy habits into their daily lives. If you are tired of living in pain, or are looking to maximize your health and wellness with less use of medication, call for a complimentary consultation and check out her website,, or Facebook at for a “New Year, New Opportunities” promotion.

420 Inverness Corners • 991-3511 •

Monica Barnett Smith


onica Barnett Smith, former Principal dancer with the Alabama Ballet holds a BA in Dance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She opened Exclusively Ballet and Dance in Fall of 1991. Monica continues to serve the community by offering a quality dance education with a faculty that all hold a degree in Dance. Exclusively Ballet & Dance offers unique performing opportunities to all students. Monica has choreographed for and prepared many Miss Alabama Contestants including Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone, Alexa Jones Miss Alabama 2005 now Birmingham’s CBS Morning News Anchor, and Liz Cochran, Shelby County’s Jr Miss and Miss Alabama 2009. Our large three studio facility is equipped with sprung floors , floor to ceiling mirrors and parent viewing windows. We invite you to take a tour of our facility or check out our website at “We appreciate the opportunity to serve this community by offering a quality DANCE EDUCATION and celebrating the art of Music & Dance.”

7154 Cahaba Valley Rd • 995.9220 •

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B eyond Wellness

5291 Valleydale Rd, Suite 127 (near Hwy 280) 408-2889 •

Nancy Norris, Dayna Gilmer, and Abby Leib


ancy Norris, Dayna Gilmer, and Abby Leib provide interior design solutions for not only different home designs but also the varied personalities of their customers. Nancy, Dayna, and Abby are the faces of Rosegate Design, and the three women use their expertise and experience to help customers create a living or working space that best represents the individual. The on-site design center allows them to easily create custom-window treatments, bedding, pillows, and upholstery to fit any style of home or office. The store is filled with approximately 1,000 fabrics and samples, which allow these women to match practically any style or color for the right price. The store also showcases home accessories, custom floral arrangements, fine furnishings, and seasonal items. Nancy, Dayna, and Abby work to ensure that each customer is personified in the final product and are always ready to undertake a new challenge.

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Rebekah Mills & Darlene Self


ust down the road might just be a world away. Darlene Self and Rebekah Mills of The TownHouse Tea Shoppe in Mt Laurel have created a refuge from the daily grind- a place that affords the opportunity for long lunches, leisurely afternoon tea or just a bite to eat, a pot of tea with cookies, or even a good cup of coffee and a fine dessert. The more formal three-tier tea service is second to none. Do yourself a favor, drop by The TownHouse Tea Shoppe and enjoy tea the way God intended. Full service lunches including wonderful salads and sandwiches, a daily hot entree and great desserts and treats are available Tuesday through Saturday 11 - 2. After hours, The TownHouse offers Reservation Only Dinners, and Special Occasion Reservations. Call Rebekah or Darlene for more details.

The TownHouse Tea Shoppe

23 Olmsted Street, Birmingham AL 35242 529-0081•

Robin Inzinna


obin Inzinna has dreamed of owning a business for most of her life. In 2008, she got the opportunity to purchase Bryant Art Traders and jumped at the chance. Earlier in 2010, she moved to the current gallery-like location near Brook Highland Walmart on Hwy 280. Bryant Art Gallery offered oil paintings and frames but Robin has since added the work of local artists, and Rick Rush sports memorabilia to her offerings. This year, Robin plans to offer custom framing, and she has tentative plans to offer art classes and art openings. Individuals and businesses alike have come to trust Robin’s instincts to come up with just the right piece at an affordable price.

5361 Hwy 280 S (near the Brook Highland Walmart) 408-4402



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lmost every list of New Year’s resolutions contains an entry for losing weight. Ashley Curtis, nurse practitioner and owner of Beyond Wellness in Inverness Village wants to help you reach your goal. Beyond Wellness will host a New Years Resolution Party on January 4, 2011 and will offer deep discounts on weight loss and other services. Not only does Beyond Wellness offer weight loss services, but they offer an array of medical aesthetics including Hydrofacial Jet Peel, RC Power (lifting without surgery), Botox, Latisse, Permanent Make Up, Vein Wave, and Chemical Peels. Beyond Wellness has a wide variety of services in addition to medical weigh loss making a well-rounded regimen. Not only Nancy Norris and but Abby Leib does Beyond Wellness have staff nurse practitioners, they also have physicians to help with Botox and other procedures. “We’ve had an incredible first year,” says Ashley. Self esteem and well being are the goals of Beyond Wellness.

6801 Cahaba Valley Road, Suite 102 (Cadence Place Shopping Center) 980-5014

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Jessica Palmer

ired and blurry eyes? Well, Dr. Jessica Palmer can tell the difference between exhaustion from staring at the computer screen and a serious eye problem. The owner of Narrows Family Eye Care prides herself in her attentiveness to individual patients. She believes that every patient should receive high-quality, individualized care and be much more than a number on a doctor’s clipboard. Dr. Palmer offers a broad range of eye care needs. She diagnoses and treats eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration and has the necessary medical equipment to diagnose diabetic and hypertensive retinal disease. In addition, Dr. Palmer offers dry eye and ocular allergy treatment, as well as basic vision and eye health exams. In many cases, she can offer same day single vision glasses and accepts most insurance companies. And for those who are too busy to make an appointment during regular business hours, she is happy to schedule after-work hour appointments for her clients.

13521 Old Hwy 280, Suite 233, The Narrows 205-980-4530 •

Diana’s Salon

Diana Holladay


iana Holladay shows her creativity in not only her cosmetic creations and landscape designs but also in her business plans for both her businesses, Diana’s Salon and Diana’s Organic Greenscapes. Diana understands that busy lifestyles often impede men and women from being able to squeeze a haircut into normal salon hours. For this reason, she has created business hours that meet the needs of the typical person who is always on the go. She’s not only open until 7p.m. Monday thru Thursday but also has hours on both Saturday and Sunday. Yes, a salon open on Sunday! This hot salon continues to grow, and Diana works to recruit new talents to work by her side. Diana is extremely concerned with customer satisfaction. Knowing that many customers sometimes go too conservative on an initial haircut, she has created a deal where a customer can come back within one week to have a bit more cut off.

5291 Valleydale Rd, Suite 137 • 995.7147

Kathy McMahon


athy McMahon, owner of Renaissance Consignment Boutique, says, “I love businesses, always have!” She started her first business at age seven, a neighborhood carnival with a favorite game for kids to pitch their nickel to land on a plate in a small swimming pool of water to get a prize. She earned lots of nickels that summer! Kathy’s businesses start with a dream then she faces the challenge to make her dream into reality. Renaissance Consignment is her newest business “baby”. With this fun shop’s wide selection of jeans, tops, designer bags, formals, even hundreds of wedding dresses, Renaissance has clearly established itself as the “Queen of Consignment” not only here in Birmingham but by clients coming from surrounding states because their friends told them about the great deals. Renaissance is located in the Cadence Place Shopping Center. Store hours are Monday – Saturday, 10-6 and Thursday, 10 -7.

6801 Cahaba Valley Road • 980-4471 •

Beverly Russell


ringing a classic, upscale touch to what patrons love in a “meat and three” restaurant, Beverly Russell opened Olivia’s Restaurant and Lounge in 2010. The Montevallo native prepares recipes like her mother did, such as turnip greens served with a slice of tomato and onion. Olivia’s, named for Beverly’s daughter, showcases its owner’s 22 years of restaurant experience with delicious favorites like countryfried steak, pot roast and pork chops. Menu specials rotate each day, but always include a choice from four meats and six vegetables. Beverly is proud to offer catering for special events and Olivia’s can host private get-togethers such as birthdays and rehearsal dinners. Olivia’s Restaurant and Lounge is open Monday through Thursday from 11 to 8:30 and Friday and Saturday from 11 to 10. Beginning this month, they will be open for Sunday lunch.

5299 Valleydale Road • 995-0500

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ianne, Katie, and Sandra have been quite busy this year working to maintain the excellent service provided at Baker Lamps & Linens and opening their new store, dwellings. With an eye for creating the perfect room for each individual customer, these women help their customers maximize their decorating budgets while minimizing their headaches. In addition to having the best selection of lamps and shades in Birmingham, Baker Lamps & Linens specializes in designing unique lamps, repairing the lamps their customers love, and creating new living spaces by designing draperies and slip covers to re-invent a room. dwellings offers an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary furniture, unusual accessories and original art. With these women’s combined expertise, redecorating a room should be painless and affordable.

& Baker Lamps & Linens 981-3330 • 5299 Valleydale Road

Ashley Dawson


shley Dawson understands the importance of providing unique gift ideas for her customers. As a working mother of three, she understands that the typical working person has neither the time nor the patience to travel around looking for the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative. So, she prides herself in her own research of the marketplace and her ability to provide items to her customers that are unique to her store, Paper Dolls. Her store provides customers with metal artwork, sterling jewelry, Italian pottery, sorority accessories, Majestees long-sleeve shirts, ornaments, collegiate accessories, newborn baby gifts and much more. In 2003, Ashley saw a need for a local, “in her own backyard” store that carried one-of-a-kind gifts and hip stationery; thus, the creation of Paper Dolls. Over seven years later, Ashley’s store is still on the cutting edge of hip and creative providing customers with perfect solutions to gift-giving dilemmas.

5426 Hwy 280 (Terrace at Greystone shopping center) 408-4000 •

Nena Maniscalco


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ena Maniscalco works to strengthen the minds and bodies of her students as she helps them to gain an appreciation and love for the art of dance. With over twenty years in the business, Nena takes pride in the curriculum at Dance South Studio. Nena first opened the business in 1990 in the gym at Inverness Elementary, and built her current location in Chelsea in 2005. She values the fact that students improve carriage, poise, and coordination through a direct teaching of technique and terminology. Nena strives to give her students a positive experience by providing a venue to express creativity and by nurturing their natural abilities. Luckily, this experience is available to all – in addition to the studio, classes are available at six other locations. Nena along with her other instructors offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, clogging, and ballroom.

316 Foot Hills Drive, Chelsea 678-4414 •

Karen Clanton & Carla Hamilton


ne could say that Carla Hamilton, Karen Clanton and a staff of skilled professionals at Four Corners Gallery on 280 operate an art gallery – they do sell original art, and limited edition prints, but that description would not paint the entire picture. You could say they do custom framing. After all, Karen is a specialist in the field with 25 years experience, but that description too would fall short. Both women hold art related degrees, and what sets them apart, is the museum-quality work they’ve been doing there since the Hamilton’s bought the business in 2004. Additionally, they do restoration of photographs, documents and frames, as well as installation services for individuals and business clients. Whether you’re an individual with a piece of your grandmother’s art, or a corporate client who needs hundreds of pieces of art for a new facility, you can place your trust in Four Corners Gallery.

Four Corners Gallery • 4700 Hwy 280 E, near Fresh Market 980-2600 •



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Rosemary Chesser


osemary Chesser spent most of her career in the corporate world, but had long dreamed of owning her own business. In 2008, that dream became a reality when she found a little children’s store for sale on Hwy 280. Plain Jane’s Children & Monogram became Plain Jane Children & Gift Shop. “We still monogram, but we are now much more,” says Rosemary. “Shopping at Plain Jane’s is a fun experience.” She carries a full line of gifts for babies, children, teens, and women of all ages. The store also features a great selection of gifts for birthdays, weddings, or that happy gift for a special friend. Rosemary says her success comes from listening to her customers. “They tell me what is hot and what they want and I go out and find it,” Rosemary said. “After almost three years I just love going to work each day and helping my customers.”

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eorgia Lay, owner of Birmingham Medical Alliance, is known for going the extra mile to meet the needs of her clients. She works closely with patients and physicians to assess patients’ unique situations and analyzes how her business can provide them with equipment and supplies that will add comfort and convenience to their lives. Georgia has over 20 years of experience in the business and customers come from all around to have the pleasure of doing business with a locally-owned, full-service medical supply company. Her company not only provides services to patients in need of medical equipment, such as walkers, lifts, hospital beds, and wheelchairs but also to patients with diabetes, who are searching for testing supplies or sleep-apnea patients in need of a CPAP or BiPAP machines. Georgia’s major focus has always been to provide a personal service. As a local-business owner, she takes pride in her business and the services that she offers to her customers.

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tudio Red at Edenton is an organic hair haven waiting for you, where beautiful hair happens naturally. Ann Abear, owner of Studio Red, is a third-generation hair stylist. She has studied with herbalists and doctors for over 13 years, traveling extensively to research the natural sources to health and longevity. Ann’s approach to healthy living is based on staying “green.” Studio Red offers products that do not contain harmful ingredients and the integrity of the hair is left beautiful and healthy with no more harmful side effects or hazardous odors. Ann chose the Village of Edenton behind Home Depot for her organic hair salon because it offers the stress-free environment that her guests look for. Ann says, “today, more than ever clients are looking for a place of serenity where they feel better going out than they felt coming in.”

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ennifer Trammell, President of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, encourages all area business leaders to join the Chamber for incredible networking and business development opportunities. The Greater Shelby County Chamber offers a variety of no cost events throughout the county, including Network 280 and Social 280. Network 280 is a morning meeting held at a local business and offers opportunities to learn about other businesses, events along the corridor, and transportation and road construction news. Social 280 is a business after hours event, also held at a local business, and offers opportunities to network and get to know area business leaders. Visit the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce online at or call (205) 663-4542 to find out how you can get involved. Together, we are building a greater Shelby County!

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OMIS 4th grade teacher named Shelby County Elementary Teacher of the Year by Patti Henderson

“the essence of teaching is to It’s easy to see why Mrs. make learning contagious,” Carla Dudley was named a philosophy Mrs. Dudley the 2010 Oak Mountain holds dear. It seems the Intermediate School Teacher moment her students step of the Year and the 2010 foot in her classroom on Shelby County Elementary the first day, they become Teacher of the Year! It seems “her kids” for the next that when you are entrusted nine months. “Each year, with a gift, realize it, then each classroom presents run with it, good things an exceptional community happen. “Honestly, teaching of learners that vary in is not a choice for me; it is a abilities and learning styles. gift that I’ve been entrusted I proudly greet them at with, and I realize it is Shelby County Elementary the door and embrace the my life’s purpose. I know Teacher of the Year, Oak challenge of moving them Intermediate’s beyond a shadow of doubt Mountain forward.” Carla Dudley that I was ‘called to teach,’” Everyday then said Mrs. Dudley. becomes a learning journey for her Mrs. Dudley can’t recall any one students “until ultimately, they begin person in particular who influenced her to believe in themselves.” Mrs. Dudley decision to become a teacher. She’s just states, “through positive interactions, always been teaching ~ born to teach. At the they learn trust, fairness, and how to ripe age of seven, she “held class” on the be responsible community members. wrought iron stairs for the neighborhood Through collaboration and teamwork, they kids on Birmingham’s west side. She learn respect and gain character. Through graduated from Birmingham’s West End encouragement, they learn how to take High School, earned her undergraduate risk and how to accept challenges. When degree at the University of Montevallo, students leave my classroom for the last and followed up with a graduate’s degree time as a fourth grader, I want them to at UAB. leave with solid preparation for the next Mrs. Dudley, however, will credit two year as well as a zest for learning.” individuals with shaping and molding her Mrs. Dudley was chosen from a into the teacher she is today. “Dr. Linda pool of 20 other teachers at the county Maxwell, principal of Oak Mountain level vying for the honor. She will go on Intermediate, has mentored me knowingly to represent Shelby County at the district and unknowingly. She is a true instructional level, and ultimately, hopes to be in the leader and a phenomenal woman. And running for state teacher of the year. Mrs. Adrian Stringer, my fourth grade Outside of teaching, Mrs. Dudley and teacher, is forever etched in my brain and in her husband of eight years, Iverson Dudley, my heart. She is the reason I chose to teach stay busy with their 3-year-old son, Iverson fourth graders,” said Mrs. Dudley. “Austin.” She also enjoys shopping, In the classroom, Mrs. Dudley reading, traveling and an occasional (well embodies the words of Marva Collins, deserved) pampering at the spa!




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From Chelsea to BSC: Jones and Miller Proud of Their Role in Young Football Program

By Rick Watson Birmingham-Southern College is an old school with a young football program, and two players from Chelsea High School helped this young Panthers team pull off its first-ever winning season. Jonathan (JJ) Jones and Alex Miller paid their dues, both on the field and off, and will go down in school history as members of the first winning squad. JJ was a freshman on the very first Birmingham-Southern team back in 2007. There were 120 players at the start, but JJ was one of only 17 seniors who stuck it out. “He’s a three-year starter at Southern, and his attitude has been instrumental in helping form the culture of the program at BSC,” says Coach Eddie Garfinkle. Alex Miller won a spot on the Panther squad in 2009, and battled his way to a starting position in 2010. “Alex has been really tremendous,” says Garfinkle. “He’s a great student, and one of the hardestworking members of the team. He has a great attitude and we’re looking for him to continue to improve.” Coach Wade Waldrop of Chelsea High School agrees with Garfinkle’s assessment: “These are two awesome young men... what I would call ‘program guys,’” says Waldrop. Both JJ and Alex played four years at Chelsea High School and worked their way up through junior varsity to the varsity team. “Both were very reliable, hard working young men,” says Waldrop. Both of them were good students as well, he adds, and points to the fact that they succeeded in playing for BirminghamSouthern, which has been ranked as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. “Neither of these guys is afraid of putting in the time necessary to play on the college level,” says Waldrop. “We’re very proud of both of them.” Likewise, JJ and Alex speak highly of their years at Chelsea. “My four years at Chelsea High School were amazing, and gave me many great memories,” says JJ. “We made the playoffs in football every year I was there, and won the region championship twice.” Like JJ, Alex feels that Chelsea is a great place to live, as well: “Most of the best experiences in my life come from Chelsea,”

Birmingham Southern’s J.J. Jones and Alex Miller. Photo courtesy of Rick Watson. he says. “I love everything about that place, and I go back to visit teachers and coaches a lot.” Alex also has high praise for the coaches at Chelsea. “Coach [Wade] Waldrop, Coach [Jason] Hill, and Coach [Kerry] Gleaton specifically, knew how to push me, and taught me great foundations for football and life,” he says. Neither of the young men set out to play for BirminghamSouthern, but both feel fortunate they chose it. JJ says he wasn’t heavily recruited in high school, but did get letters from the Naval Academy, North Alabama, and West Alabama. He visited a couple of them, but didn’t feel they were really pushing hard for him to attend. But that changed: “In the middle of my senior season at Chelsea, I got the first of many personal visits from Joey Jones and Eddie Garfinkle,” JJ explains.

#53-Alex Miller. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.

“Both of them were very passionate and persistent. It didn’t take long for them to sell me on the opportunity to help build a new football program.” The fact that BSC is such a highly respected academic institution and is close to home made the decision easier, he says. Alex never considered BSC until his friend (and roommate) Blake Yance “gave one of his infamous ‘responsibility and maturity’ speeches, and that’s when I decided to commit to BSC,” Alex recalls. Coach Deke Herrin was also instrumental in recruiting Alex to BSC. “Coach Herrin is something else,” Alex says, smiling. “He made things fun, which was a big factor.” JJ arrived at BSC in August of 2007 underweight, at only 215 lbs. He expected to play defensive line, but the coaching staff thought he would fit better on offense. “I struggled my first season

and spent most of the year working my tail off on the scout team,” says JJ. It eventually paid off, and his hard work was noticed. “With two games left in the season, I was moved up to the travel squad, and worked with the second string offense for the rest of the year.” The summer between his freshman and sophomore year he took a class on campus and virtually lived in the weight room with his roommate, Ryan Creel of Dora, Alabama. They pushed each other to the limit all summer, and when he reported to camp in August he tilted the scales at 240 lbs. He and his friend Ryan both started their sophomore season. Alex joined the team in 2009, and according to Coach Garfinkle “fought his way” to a starting position on the squad in 2010. But playing at the college level took some adjustments for both JJ and Alex. “ In high school we watched film once a week and never really had team meetings,” Alex says. “Here, we watch film and meet every day. The film helps us understand our opponents better.” JJ says there are two main differences between playing in high school and college: the amount of time required, and the level of talent that surrounds you. In high school, the pre-season is short and players only put in a few hours a day in preparation. But in college during the pre-seasons, each day is jammed full of meetings, practice, and watching film. And when the semester begins, players must find time between classes to work out, watch film, and attend team meetings. “After practice, you spend the rest of your night on school work and studying, and then you get up and do it all again the next day!” JJ says. As for the competition level, a typical high school team will have six or seven players on the squad who make the allcounty team. “But in college,” says JJ, “it’s closer to nine out of ten of them.” Balancing football and classes is no easy task, according to Alex and JJ. “It’s

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A Different Approach = A Different Result So, what have you resolved for not exercising, and not just to accomplish in the coming pain from muscle soreness. year? It is that time, after all. It Chronic back pain may make seems you almost have to make you unwilling to try certain up your mind to accomplish types of strength training or something significant over the prevent you from running or next 12 months. In fact, research participating in other high shows just under half of all impact sports. Pain in the legs Americans make New Year’s may keep you from moving Resolutions. The kicker is that around much at all, and a Dr. Irma Palmer almost all of them will fail in sedentary lifestyle is a stepping their efforts. In fact, a solid one-third fail stone to obesity. Any twinge or soreness within the first week! only encourages the voice in your head But that isn’t to say that making telling you to quit. Narcotic pain pills resolutions isn’t important. Even though hardly encourage a person to workout, most people who make resolutions do not and surgery will only lay you up longer. succeed, almost half of them make it to the Chiropractic care is a reliable answer to six month mark successfully. This can be a your pain that does not involve drugs or huge jump from the status quo for people invasive procedures. who have decided to lose weight, get fit, or Your nervous system transmits all of quit smoking- all among the most common the signals running between your brain resolutions. It surprises me, though, how and your body. If the skeletal frame that many people setting these health goals protects this system is not maintained neglect to make chiropractic part of their it can serve as an additional obstacle to plan for success. Fitness, diet and all other reaching your goals. Misalignments in the aspects of a healthy, vibrant life are vital spine and extremities can obstruct and parts of the chiropractic philosophy, and pinch nerves, causing pain and reducing consistent chiropractic care can be the the effectiveness of transmissions from lynch pin that keeps your resolution from your brain to your body. This can greatly falling apart. affect your ability to maintain the active For example, pain is a common reason lifestyle you desire. Taking the time to

remove these structural misalignments can be the single most effective and drug free way of improving your quality of life. No matter what your approach to wellness is, including chiropractic for nervous system care is essential. Chiropractic is not only good for commonly associated pain in the back, neck and sciatic pain down the legs. It can also help with common sports injuries. For example, think of an individual who resolves to lose weight and get in shape. They buy expensive running shoes and all of the appropriate running gear. They map out their routes and their running schedule and hit the pavement hard. And they get hurt, twisting an ankle or developing knee pain- any of the multitudes of pains that can beset a runner. Not to be discouraged, this person rests, heals and hits the road again. And gets hurt again, with the same injury. If the body is out of alignment, either in the spine or elsewhere, this imbalance can lead to a repetitive injury cycle. No matter how much a person trains or commits themselves to their program, the same injury will continue to occur until the imbalance is corrected. Focused, sports oriented chiropractic can alleviate this imbalance and get you back on the path to success.


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from pg 20 really all about self discipline,” says Alex. “BSC is a very demanding school and if you don’t have the grades you won’t be here long.” They say time management is a factor as well: “You have to remember that you’re first and foremost a STUDENTathlete,” as JJ puts it. “The coaching staff here at BSC does a really good job stressing this fact, and the importance that academics plays in your life.” Both say their families have been very supportive of their decisions to attend BSC and instrumental in their success there. Alex’s father, Dan, is an editor for Progressive Farmer Magazine. His mom, Kim, is a substitute teacher; his older brother Aaron is in nursing school at UAB, and his little sister Sidney competes in rodeos with her horse Sandy. “And she’s

#66-J.J. Jones. Photo courtesy of Cari Dean.

pretty darn good at it!” he says proudly. JJ’s parents are Bryson and Virginia Jones. His dad works at the Honda plant in Lincoln, and his mom works at Century Document Imaging in Riverchase. His older brother, Daniel, is in the Navy and stationed in Hawaii. Daniel and his wife Heather have a daughter, Madi, who’s 12. JJ graduates from BSC in May with a degree in Business Administration. He plans to open a business in the future, but he’s also looking into joining the Navy. Alex is leaning toward becoming a coach after he graduates. In any event, the decision to play at Birmingham-Southern was the right one, according to both JJ and Alex. “Not only have I gotten a quality education, but I’ve learned many life lessons and gained a unique ‘brotherhood’ along the way,” says JJ. Alex adds, “Yeah, coming here was probably the best decision of my life.”

For example, in our office we have patients who are long distance runners, top-notch golfers, mixed martial arts fighters, personal trainers, and fitness competitors. All of them use chiropractic to help them achieve their personal goals, regardless of their sport or activity. We have older patients who come to us to maintain their mobility and quality of life and high school athletes who want to progress to the next level on school sports teams. If these high performing individuals can find their edge through chiropractic, what is to stop you from finding the same advantage to improving your lifestyle? Why make reaching your goals any more difficult than it has to be? Remove the obstructions to your success. Make 2011 the year you make the changes in life that you have been meaning to make. Reach the goals you have been setting each year for as long as you can remember. Taking a different approach is the first step to achieving different results. Once your spine is healthy you will feel better and more willing to stretch your limitations, and our office is a supportive environment full of people that are interested in maintaining the healthiest life possible. Let us help you reach your goals.

then days, then months, and all you did was quit each cigarette for 15 minutes. 2011 is going to be What if you evolved your different. This year I am going thinking with all the things to succeed where in years’ that you have been trying to past I did not. change for years? Ever say those words? So What if you passed up what is going to be different the cheeseburger for a grilled about 2011? Ever think about chicken sandwich this time. changing your approach to What if you did that, this changing? time, and did not worry Need to lose 30 pounds? about doing it the next time. Well, that’s a lot of weight Melanie Lyons What if you focused on doing if you put it that way. But the right thing, right now! what if you resolve to lose The fact is that the next time doesn’t 5 pounds instead? And what if your 5-pound approach is successful? What if have anything to do with what you are your 5-pound approach turned into a 30 experiencing now. It’s irrelevant! The next time is in the future. Thinking about the pound loss? Doesn’t that seem easier, and more next time only adds pressure and stress in attainable than saying I am going to lose 30 the moment. It’s about the decision you pounds this year? Even if you did succeed, make about the situation right in front of when were you going to feel really good you. Resolve to evolve your thinking in the about that, in June? Why not evolve your thinking. Why moment. When you succeed in mastering not lose 5 pounds, and celebrate with each the thing in the moment then you can do it the next time. Each success builds on the success all the way to June? So you want to quit smoking? Wait, last, and empowers you. It’s really about you mean I can’t have another cigarette for succeeding in the moment. I believe that you believe that, right the rest of my life? Or do you to choose to think, I will not smoke this cigarette for the now, in this moment. That’s what success next 15 minutes. Then before you know it, feels like, and I know you know what to thirty minutes has passed before you think do. Try it, right now! What have you got of having another one. And then you say to lose, a few nasty and annoying habits? Melanie Lyons is the Executive Director to yourself, I’ll just quit this cigarette for 15 minutes. And then an hour passes, of the Greater Irondale Chamber of Commerce. By Melanie Lyons

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Countryside Hospice: Meeting Needs, Providing Support By Kathryn Acree No family ever wishes to hear the diagnosis that a loved one’s disease is terminal. It is devastating when a doctor determines death is likely to occur in six months or less if the disease runs a normal course. Patients and families often struggle for direction in how to approach and make the most of the days that are left. Hospice care is one of the choices families turn to in this time. Countryside Hospice opened their office at the Narrows in August 2009 and serves a 50-mile radius of the Birmingham area. Under the leadership of Executive Director Debbie Cowfer, the office prides itself on the company’s strict model of the highest-quality, team-oriented, compassionate care to patients and their families. “We are here to provide a better understanding of what hospice is,” explained Cowfer. “We want families to know what services are available to them in the patient’s home and we take direction based not only on what a patient needs, but what the family’s needs are as well. Hospice care providers go to the location a patient calls home, whether that is a house, apartment, nursing home, assisted-living, or other facility.” The concept of hospice care began in Great Britain in the 1960’s originally as an all-volunteer service. When it reached the United States in the 1970’s, the end-of-life program expanded to be the multi-faceted approach it is today. Expert medical care, pain management, and emotional/spiritual support are tailored to offer comfort and guidance. Countryside Hospice’s staff at the Narrows consists of RN case managers, social workers, hospice aids, chaplains, a patient care coordinator, account managers, administrative personnel, a volunteer coordinator and a medical director. Susan Owens oversees the center’s volunteer program and stresses how important this role is in the hospice system. “Because our services are paid by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, we are mandated by their guidelines to have an active volunteer program,” said Owens. “We have three types of volunteer services,” explained Owens. “Special service volunteers are strictly outside

Countryside Hospice’s volunteer coordinator Susan Owens

of our patients’ home and they provide baked goods, crafts, and “comfort” items. Administrative volunteers work in the Countryside office to provide clerical support. Inservice volunteers go to a patient’s home based on the needs expressed by the families. They are not there for medical care, only to provide additional support such as visiting with the patient or giving the family an opportunity to run errands, etc. Inservice volunteers are subject to extensive background checks and undergo thorough training because they interact in the home,” said Owens. The need for volunteers continues. “If people in our community really understood the concept of hospice, they would see what a gift it really is,” explains Owens. “Being a part of Countryside’s program as a volunteer offers a personal reward that is unmistakable. Knowing you are part of a team that helps a patient live the best possible life until the very end means so much.” For information on the volunteer programs of Countryside Hospice, contact Susan Owens at 991-9091. For additional information on the services Countryside Hospice offers, stop in at their office which is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. They are located at 13521 Shelby County 280, suite 249 off Highway 280 at the Narrows.

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North Shelby and Mt. Laurel Library January Happenings 2011 North Shelby Library Please note: The library will be closed on January 1st and 2nd

Special Programming Mondays, January 24th and 31st – 3:30, 3:50, and 4:10 p.m.: “Sit, Stay, Read!” A non-profit organization through Handin-Paw dedicated to providing volunteer services to children. Sit, Stay, Read! brings children together with specially trained dogs to help them gain more confidence in their reading abilities in an individual setting at the North Shelby library that is supportive, relaxed, and furry! All Ages. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information. Friday, January 14 Family Movie Day: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue 4-5:30 p.m. - Join us for Disney’s new exciting and imaginative movie about friendship and faith. All Ages Welcome. Refreshments served. th

Tuesday, January 18th – 4 p.m.: Winter Picture Frame - Remember your favorite winter memory while making this snowy picture frame. All Ages. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information.

Wednesday, January 19th- 1:00 p.m.: Homeschool Hangout: Winter Fun Participate in cool experiments, icy activities and enjoy some special winter treats. Ages 8-12. Registration Required. Call or email the Children’s Department at 439-5504 or for more information.

Story-Time Programming Toddler Tales Mondays, January 3rd, 10th, 24th, and 31st 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.: Stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts make up a lively 30 minute program designed especially for short attention spans. Registration will begin one week prior to each storytime. Ages 19-36 months. Registration Required. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up. Baby Tales Story Time Tuesdays, January 11th and 25th – 10:3011:00 a.m. A story time designed especially for babies and their caregivers. Stories and music provide interaction for the babies and time for caregivers to talk and share with each other. No siblings please. Ages: Birth to 18 months. Registration Required. Registration begins two weeks prior to program date. Call the Children’s Department at 439-5504 to sign-up. Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire!) Wednesdays, January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th at 10:45 a.m. Stories, puppets, and lots of music for


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every member of the family. All Ages. No Registration Required.

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P. J. Story Time Thursdays, January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th at 7 p.m. Come in your PJs, have milk and cookies, and hear some wonderful bedtime tales. All Ages. No Registration Required.

Toddler Tales Wednesdays, January 5 and 19 – 10 a.m.: Stories, songs, fingerplays and more make up a lively 30-minute program designed especially for short attention spans and their caregiver. Registration begins two weeks prior to each storytime. Ages 36 months and younger. Registration required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or mtlaurellibrary@ for more information or to register.

Teen Scene January 10th: Teen Group Meeting, 6-7pm This group is open to 6th through 12th graders. Join us to discuss what you’ve read lately, work on fun writing exercises and give us your input for upcoming programs and materials for the teen department. Please call (205) 439-5512 or email, for more information. January 22nd: Teen Anime Festival Day, 11am-3pm Join us in the meeting room for a day full of popular anime, exotic treats and making candy sushi! Please call (205)439-5512 or email, for more information. Teen Book Pick of the Month: Empty by Suzanne Weyn It’s the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be. Nobody expected the end to come this fast. And in the small town of Spring Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope - there has to be hope - just there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a whole society that needs to be rethought. Teens like Nicki, Tom, and Leila may find what they need to survive. But their lives are never going to be the same again. (From Product Description)

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Wednesdays, January 5 and 19 – 11 a.m.: Stories, music and more for every member of the family. All ages. No registration required.

Crafty Saturday

Saturday, January 15: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Snowflake Placemats: Kids will use diamonds of white felt to create snowflake patterns. All ages with parent help. Registration Required. Call or email the Mt Laurel Library at 991-1660 or for more information or to register.

Name that Squirrel

Begins Wednesday, January 19: We are asking for help to name the library’s squirrel mascot. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to submit one suggestion each either in person at the library or by emailing the suggestion to with “squirrel name” as the subject from Wednesday, January 19 until Wednesday, February 9. A committee will select a list of finalists. An online vote for the official name will begin Wednesday, February 16, and run through Wednesday, March 2. The official name will be announced at Ms Kristy’s Storytime on Wednesday, March 16 at 11 a.m. Details will be available at www. beginning January 5.

Six wonderful OBs. One wonderful place to have your baby. Just like you, we want the best for you and your baby. And the OBs at Trinity OB/GYN have devoted their lives to providing attentive, individualized care. They’re supported by leading-edge technology and dedicated professionals who care for new moms and babies in our beautiful Women’s Center. We even have a Level III NICU for babies who need a little extra help. For an appointment with an experienced OB, call 205-592-5499. We have satellite offices in Liberty Park, Pell City, Pinson, The Narrows and Trussville.

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• Take I-20/59 east to I-20 east (exit 130 to Atlanta)

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• Turn right onto Montclair Road

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• Continue on I-20 west to Montevello Road (exit 132), exit left

• Turn right onto Montclair Road

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It is the New Year, with new and renewed resolutions toward health, wellness, success, and wholeness; the time for the best of intentions and revitalized commitments, where frequent is the utterance, “This year will be different!” The answer to that statement is, “You know, you’re right. This next year will be different; but will you see the difference as positive or negative?” Okay, time for one of my immediate yet random right turns in a seemingly different topical direction, just sooner than usual, but, after all, it is a new year. I may have mentioned a time or two that we added a child to our family this past August. A year ago, my wife was still in her first trimester, in the throes of morning sickness and nightly cravings. It’s funny, she has had different cravings with each of our children. During her first pregnancy, the craving was for breakfast foods (syrup and bacon). During the second, the craving was for anything sweet, but mostly chocolate chip cookies. For the third, the craving was for salsa and ice cream (generally separate—I would not have been able to watch that go down together). Now, the question begs, “Can you see the cravings in the kids personalities?” but that’s not the question I want to answer right now. The question I want to ask is, “Why those cravings? Why cravings at all?” Well, I have heard before that within a craving, any craving, and not just for pregnant woman, there is something the body needs; not just wants, which is often how we define a craving, but legitimately needs, in order to function in a healthy manner. For example, perhaps my wife’s body was lacking in protein and fat, so the body made a request of the mind, which, in turn, put forth a sensory memory/image, which happened to take the form of… bacon. Now we all know that bacon is not the healthiest type of food, but being the smart husband that I am, I did not stand in the way of a pregnant woman and her bacon (nor the cookies with #2, nor the ice cream and salsa with #3—in fact, I tended to participate in the opportunity the craving afforded). And upon eating these things, her body was satisfied and the craving subsided. But she did not always eat what she craved; sometimes she ate something else, something similar, and satisfaction was achieved. There was something legitimate beneath the craving that she listened to and for, addressed it, and met the internal need. Okay, right turn again (I know, I’m worse than a rickety rollercoaster), but back to our original direction—New Year’s intentions (but I’ll dovetail this one). At the end of our third pregnancy, I realized my satisfaction of my wife’s cravings had put on a few extra pounds ON ME, with no readily built-in mechanism to take it off (some of you ladies know what I mean). So I joined a fitness center. With my membership came a complimentary consultation with a personal trainer. I don’t like personal

trainers—they make me hurt, because they make me work harder at something than I want to work at something. They push, and pester, hurt my feelings, and worst of all, make me sweat, which I don’t like (curse the Fall of Man). Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, they’re good for me and help me become a better me (which, come to think of it, is kind of what I do for a living). BUT IT’S NOT FUN! But listening to my personal trainer, and better yet, trusting that my personal trainer has my best interests at heart helps me to receive the challenge and participate beyond what is comfortable to help me achieve MY goals for a healthier, more whole me (which is good for my family, my circle of community, my work, and not to mention, oh yeah, me). One more right turn (hang in there; before long, we’ll come full circle); the holidays, as I’ve written before, makes us aware of our longings in life—of the holes that exist. People often call the holidays the loneliest time of the year. The loneliness is often expressed in feelings of melancholy, anger, fear, and sometimes depression. Often, a course of action is taken that momentarily relieves the loneliness, temporarily. Many people simply try to survive the holidays, and once they do, use the New Year resolution phenomena to be the turning point so that “this year will be different.” Well, let’s help that to happen, but let’s make the target the real target (and now we come full circle). First, sit down. Be still for a few moments. Second, listen to what’s motivating you as if you were listening to a craving—there is something in the craving, though movement on the actual craving may not be the healthiest move to make. What is your system really asking for? Connection? Simplicity? Quiet? Balance? Now, third, ask yourself, is the craving I have simply to relieve the negative feeling I am experiencing in life, or can I use the negative feeling. Can I see the negative experience something akin to a personal trainer, who wants to motivate me, move me, push me, pester me, make me work in a fashion that is permanent and not a temporary relief, but movement to real and lasting change. Can I listen to my loneliness or disconnection or anger or fear be like I would consult to a personal trainer, and maybe, just maybe, perhaps trust is working for me and not against me, if I will listen to it, rather than trying to escape it? So I ask, what’s really beneath your resolution? Look for it; listen to it. It may be what helps you truly make this next year the different year that your system is craving. To talk further about understanding your cravings and emotional experience, please consider Samaritan Counseling Center for your counseling or consultant needs. You may reach us at 205-9673660, or visit the website at Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as an associate licensed marriage and family therapist and associate licensed counselor at Samaritan. And yes, the exercise is helping.


from page 6 With the Alabama and Auburn versions ready to come to life, the Torres’ met with an illustrator, Charr Floyd, contracted through Mascot Books. “He really put in time with us to get the right look for the stories,” said Wendy Torres. “These mascots are very animated at games and full of personality. We wanted to make sure that came through in the book.” “This Little Tiger” and “This Little Elephant” were first available for pre-order on websites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million. They shipped in December and are now available locally at those store’s retail locations. Copies are

also available at Annabelle’s in Vestavia Hills, Fireflies and Fairytales in Lee Branch, Favorite Laundry in Mt. Laurel, and Village Press in Mountain Brook. “We’re so excited all of this has happened in such a short time,” said Torres. “The books can be enjoyed by any age- the colorful illustrations are great for a younger child and even older kids get the humor of the little tiger and little elephant as he meets the other mascots.” For more information on “This Little Tiger” and “This Little Elephant” or if interested in carrying copies of the book in a retail location, contact the Torres’ at

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by Rick Watson


We have an old shaggy dog named Charlie. On most days he looks like he just got out of the spin cycle of our old Maytag washing machine, and at other times like Albert Einstein on a bad hair day. Like most of our mutts, Charlie is a “throw-away” dog. We live on a dead-end road where some people think it’s acceptable to dump their garbage, deer carcasses, and unwanted animals for us to enjoy. But Charlie’s story is a little different. Charlie lived with a family across the road from our house. They had three or four young children along with Charlie and another dog of questionable pedigree. The family lived there about a year but they kept to themselves. On warm days you could hear the kids out in the yard playing. I’ve often heard one of the little girls calling Charlie up for supper. “CHOLEEE, come here boy, CHO-LEE,” she’d call. You could see her and the unkempt mutt rolling around in the grass having a large time. I think the father must have lost his job and gotten behind on the rent, because one day they were gone with no forwarding address. The only things they left behind were their two dogs. The mobile home is a rental and there has been a number of families who lived there through the years, so it was not an unusual situation. Except, they’d left Charlie and his friend. We assumed they’d be back, and apparently Charlie and his friend did too because they camped out at the end of the driveway and spent their time looking down the road, waiting for their family to return - but they never did. It was hard for Jilda and I to imagine the family abandoning the dogs, knowing how much their children loved the critters. While it is true that dogs are a man’s best friend, the opposite is not always true. After a few days, Jilda started leaving bowls of food and water for the dogs up in their driveway. I didn’t realize this at first, though I would not have objected. We already had four dogs of our own, so I thought about taking them to the humane society where they could hopefully find a home.

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But Jilda pointed out that the two dogs seemed to be soul-mates and that the chances of someone taking two adult, scruffy looking mutts were slim. After several weeks, Charlie and his friend Dawg began to venture into our yard and eventually they decided to live with us. A few years ago, Dawg went to that happy fire hydrant in the sky and Charlie mourned the loss for months – he can be quite moody at times. Charlie who is older than Dick Clark is the smartest dog at our house. We learned the hard way that he figured out how to open the gates of our backyard chain-link fence. We came home from an overnight trip and all our dogs (except Charlie) greeted us from the front yard which is outside the fence. I assumed a prowler had been in our back yard and left the gates opened, but nothing had been disturbed. A few days later, Jilda watched out the back door as Charlie leaned up on the back gate and knocked the latch open with his nose. Our other dogs darted out the gate to freedom while Charlie ambled back to the deck. As Jilda stepped outside, Charlie looked up as if to say, “those dogs are not smart and you should put them down as soon as possible.” I’m convinced that if the dog had thumbs, he’d be able to crack safes. Charlie is part of our family and we love this wacky mutt. He loves it here too, but sometimes on warm, sunny days, he seems to get a little melancholy, and he will amble up to the end of our driveway and look off down the road.

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Even during these winter days of cold winds and gray skies, there is extraordinary beauty in God’s creation. I have noticed in my daily drive along highway 280 the delicate beauty of flowers at the entrances of the subdivisions of Meadowbrook and Inverness. Elegant flower gardens that visually refresh my senses. I call these charming flower gardens, roadside altars. Places of beauty where one can slow down and be in touch with God. Places where one can find strength to face the everyday issues of life. The scriptures are filled with these roadside altars. In the Old Testament there was a man named Moses who was traveling through the hills of the desert seeking God’s guidance. In his moment of pondering life, he came across a roadside altar – a burning bush. Moses sensed the power and wonder of God in the bush and the faith that God had a purpose for his life. He said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight” (Exodus 3:3). Then he realized that God had a message for him and the he was standing on holy ground. In the New Testament the Lord Jesus was walking down a dusty road with His disciples who were troubled about life. They passed by a roadside altar of lilies growing in the field. Using the common lily as an example, He shared with His disciples a way of defeating worry.


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He said to His disciples, “Do not be troubled. Consider these beautiful lilies of the field. Take a good look at them. Remember that God cares for them. Surely you can trust Him to do as much for you.” These roadside altars along highway 280, the desert of the Sinai and the fields of Galilee help us to remember that in our Father’s world there is beauty all around. There is beauty all around because God is with us and meets us at every turn. We are not alone as we journey down the road of life that is filled with joy, interesting things, and sometimes difficult challenges. At the roadside altars He will be there to meet us. This week as we pass by a roadside altar may we say with the songwriter Clara Scott. Open my eyes, that I may see, Glimpses of the truth thou hast for me; Place in my hands the wonderful key That shall unclasp and set me free. Silently now I wait for thee, Ready, my God thy will to see. Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine! About the author: You can reach Pastor Edd Spencer at: First Christian Church, 4954 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, Al 35242, 205-991-5000 Visit our website:

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1/7- 11:00 am, Alabama Symphony Orchestra Coffee Concerts, Sandlering Conducts Brahms, Alys Stephens Center, go to www.alabamasymphony. org for more information

1/8-9, Great Southern Gun and Knife Show, BJCC convention hall, tickets $8 adult and $2 child, call 865-458-0051 or go to www. for more information

1/7 & 1/8- 8:00 pm, Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Region’s Masterworks, Alys Stephens Center, go to for more information

1/20-23, Birmingham Boat Show, BJCC exhibition hall, tickets $9 adults, children 12 and under free with an adult, call 458-8400 or go to www. for tickets and information

1/13- 7:30 pm, Bryan Regan in concert, BJCC concert hall, call 458-8400 or go to for more information

1/26-1/30- showtimes vary, Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus, BJCC arena, all new 141st electrifying edition of the Greatest Show on Earth, call 458-8401 or go to www.ringlingcom for tickets and information

1/13- 7:00 pm, Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents The Classical Edge, Alys Stephens Center, call 251-7727 or go to www.alabamasymphony. org for tickets and information 1/14- 8:00 pm, Mike Epps Live, BJCC arena, tickets $52/$62, go to 458-8401 or go to for tickets and information 1/19- noon, Dr. Michael W. Fazio discusses his new book, Landscape of Transformations: Architecture and Birmingham, Alabama, Richard Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place. Free to the public, sponsored by Birmingham Public Library Archives as their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. lecture. 1/21-8:00 pm, Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Red Diamond SuperPops!, “Cirque de la Symphony”, BJCC concert hall, tickets $24$72, call 251-7727 or go to for tickets and information 1/28-7:30 pm, 1/30- 2:30 pm, Opera Birmingham presents Faust, Samford University’s Wright Center, go to for more information 1/27-30, 2011 Alabama Dance Festival, largest dance event in Alabama, exists to showcase the diverse talent throughout Alabama, BJCC , call 919-1688 or go to for more information

SPORTS 1/8- BBVA Compass Bowl, Great football bowl action with the Kentucky Wildcats against the Pittsburgh Panthers at historic Legion Field, ticket prices for sideline seating are $50 each with other seating available at $30 each. Call 800-590-3981 or go to for more information

Save the date 2/22- Pinot Camp at The Vintage Wine Shoppe, a great line up of wineries, tickets are on sale, $30 in advance, $40 at the door, contact 980-9995 for more information

Business Events 1/19- 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Network 280 event hosted by Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Goodson Health & Wellness, 140 Village Street, Ste. 201 (just off Hugh Daniel), no cost to attend, no RSVP required, go to for more information or call 663-4542

Gardening/Nature 11/16-4:00 p.m., Vince Dooley book signing, Aldridge Botanical Gardens, call 682-8019 for more information

The Service Guild of Birmingham 2011 Guild Gala Planned for March The 23rd Annual Guild Gala and live auction conducted by Jack Granger of Granger Thagard Auctions will be held on Saturday, March 5 at The Birmingham Country Club. The Gala will provide an opportunity for guests to enjoy a lovely event while also lending support to the worthy mission of the Service Guild. This year’s gala will honor the current children enrolled in The Bell Center, as well as the past graduates with the theme, “Living our Legacy”. The purpose of The Service Guild is two-fold: to provide both volunteer services to the programs of The Bell Center and financial support through fundraising endeavors. For more than 25 years, The Bell Center has been providing critical early intervention services to children with special needs; this includes physical, occupational and speech therapies, special education services, and nutritional counseling. The Bell Center will serve more than 100 infants and toddlers during the

Food & Wine 1/6- 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Biscuits: A Southern Staple! With Rebecca Touliatos, $35.00, Birmingham Bake & Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, call 980-3661 to register 1/7, 14, 21, 28- 6:30 pm, Wine tastings at City Vineyard Gift Baskets and Wine, located in Arbor Place shopping center, call 437- 3360 for more information 1/11-6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Cooking with Honey, Linda Franzo, Owner – Operator, Passionate Platter, Slidell, LA, $35.00, Birmingham Bake & Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, call 980-3661 to register 1/11- 7:00 pm, 2010 Wine Spectator Top 100 class, $35, The Vintage Wine Shoppe, 432 Cahaba Park Circle, all classes require registration and prepayment, call 980-9995 for more information 1/18- 6:30 pm- 9:00 pm, Pizza! Melanie Thorn and Susan Green $35.00, Birmingham Bake & Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, call 980-3661 to register 1/18- 7:00 pm, Wine 102 class, Want to know just enough about wines to be dangerous at a cocktail party or take charge of the wine list? This class is for you! $25, The Vintage Wine Shoppe, 432 Cahaba Park Circle, all classes require registration and prepayment, call 980-9995 for more information 1/25- 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Sharpen your Knife Skills, Beginner Level, Susan Green, Bring 2 of your knives for an enhanced learning experience – the one you feel the most comfortable with, and the one you feel the least comfortable with, too! Limited to 10, $30.00, Birmingham Bake & Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, call 980-3661 to register 1/25- 7:00 pm, 2009 Cru Beaujolais: Beyond Bubble Gum and Banana Peel: The 2009 Vintage is one to go down in the books, so come and find out what grown-up Beaujolais tastes like, $40, The Vintage Wine Shoppe, 432 Cahaba Park Circle, all classes require registration and prepayment, call 980-9995 for more information 1/27- 6:30 pm- 9:00 pm, Sharpen your Knife Skills, Part II, Susan Green, Please bring with you an 8” chef knife and a paring knife. Cut glove is required if you have not taken Sharpen your Knife Skills, Beginner Level, Limited to 8, $30.00, Birmingham Bake & Cook Company, 5291 Valleydale Road, call 980-3661 to register 1/28- “Great Customer Cook-off”, we challenge you to bring us your favorite “Winter Comfort Dishes”, The Vintage Wine Shoppe, 432 Cahaba Park Circle, call 980-9995 for more information

Theatre 1/20-22 and 1/27-29, showtimes vary, Terrific New Theatre presents “Lend Me a Tenor”, tickets $20, 2821 Second Ave South, call 328-0868 or go to for more information 1/20-23 and 1/27-30, showtimes vary, “Always…Patsy Cline”, Virginia Samford Theatre, tickets $15- $32, call 251-1206 or go to www. for more information 1/26- Broadway in Birmingham presents Drumline Live, BJCC Concert Hall, call 888-611-0964 or go to for more information

Special Events / Ministry 1/8- 7:00 am, Red Nose Run, 5K and one-mile fun run benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, free health screenings from AARP/ Walgreens, 2839 18th Street South in Homewood, go to www. for more information 01/15- 9:00 am, MLK Scholastic Chess Tournament at Sun Valley Elementary School, entry fee: $20.00 for Rated and $10 for Not Rated sections. Contact Caesar Lawrence at email: or call: 334-868-0271 for more information. 1/16- noon to 5 pm, Southern Bridal Show, Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Tickets $9, call 800-532-8917 for more information

2011 Guild Gala committee, front row left to right, Kim Lepley, Donna Parrish, Tommie Ford – Gala Co-Chair. Back row left to right, Ashley Turner - Gala Co-Chair Auction, Julie Cundiff – President of Service Guild, Katie Bolton – Gala Chair

2010-2011 program year. For more information about the Guild Gala and the live auction contact Katie Baker Bolden, Gala Chair, at guildgala@

1/16- 1:30 & 3:00 pm, The Alabama Wildlife Center’s Audubon Teaches Nature seminar, “An Introduction to Birds of Prey,” guest speakers John and Dale Stokes, come early and enjoy some refreshments and conversation in the Observation Room, free with Oak Mountain State Park admission, for more information go to 1/29- 8:00 a.m.- 7th Annual Brenda LaDun Conquer Cancer Run, 8K and 1 mile run beginning at St. Vincent’s 119, go to to register and for more details 1/29- 4:30 – 8:00 pm, Eagle Vision Dinner and Auction, Oak Mountain High School, dinner tickets $15 adult, $10 child 10 and under, proceeds benefit Oak Mtn academics, for ticket information, Please contact Cynthia Jones, at or 985-8483 or Sandy at or 991-6658.


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

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

5426 Highway 280 (205) 874-6361 12/ 31- NYE DJ!!!! 1/ 5- Acoustic 1/ 6- Wine Lover’s Night with Chase 1/ 12- Acoustic Music 1/ 13- Music by Chase 1/ 19- Acoustic 1/ 20- Wine Lover’s Night with Chase 1/ 26- Acoustic Music 1/ 27- Music by Chase

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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