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ork on the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) proposal to alleviate congestion on highway U.S. 280 has been temporarily suspended. That plan includes a four-lane elevated toll road from I-459 to Eagle Point Parkway, with future options to expand to six lanes. Rethink280, a local citizens’ organization started by the group Citizens to Save 280, has presented an alternative plan that the group believes would be more cost effective and preserve commercial areas and communities. Rethink280 has been presenting their plan in areas that would be affected by an overhaul of 280. We would like to hear your thoughts and ideas on the future of this busy, vital thoroughfare. There are three ways to have your voice heard: Visit 280living. com to leave a comment and vote in our online poll; post a comment on our 280 Living Facebook page; or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected responses received before April 15 will be published in the May issue.
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Oak Mountain Teen Finds Peace in a Storm
Spring Home Showcase
By Kathryn Acree Mark Newton is a young man who has faced one of our greatest fears head-on in his battle with cancer. In December 2008 the Oak Mountain 10th grader was dealing with continual shoulder pain. He was an active member of his school tennis team, so he and his family made a trip to their pediatrician after lumps appeared on Mark’s neck. He was prescribed antibiotics but the irritation continued. By March 2009, a biopsy showed he had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stage 2A. “It was a whirlwind of emotion for the ﬁrst day or so,” Mark said. “I stayed in Children’s Hospital for a week of testing. At the beginning it was dealing with what I’d been told and grasping that.” Mark and his parents, Mike and Teresa and brother Matt, are members of Meadow Brook Baptist Church and over the next few days fellow members and church staff gathered with the family for prayer, support and encouragement. “My youth group was going on a mission trip to Jamaica over spring break, just a week away, and I wouldn’t be joining them,” Mark said. “That was an immediate disappointment.”
Mark Newton Mark’s course of care would involve four, 21-day cycles of chemotherapy. As challenging as the chemo treatments were as he completed his 10th grade year that spring, he kept up with his school-work, even after hospital stays. “Friends, family and church members gave us so much support,” he said. “I could feel their prayers and God working through them and See TEEN | pg 20
Spring brings a new season, which is often marked by a feeling of rejuvenation. As the fresh spring air whisks through the branches, people begin their “spring cleanings.” We look to freshen ourselves to welcome the beginning of the sunshine. As the dark gray skies of winter leave us behind, we look to change our surroundings. We often pull out the spring wardrobe and get increasingly excited about the beautiful, Alabama spring day. Springtime is here, so for some reason we feel the need to greet the new season with a clean house. In addition, some of us believe that with each new beginning, we should give our house a fresh look. We go one step further than calling the cleaning service; we actually look for changes that we can make, which will give the appearance of a new space. The change may entail a $10,000 remodeling project or may be as simple as rearranging the furniture and art that we already own. Amazingly, a fresh coat of paint, a new rug, or even a new couch can change the entire look of a room. See page 13 for ideas in our Spring Home Showcase.
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Riley is an all black Daschund mix. Riley had a skin infection from getting caught in the thorn bushes. It removed some hair on his back, but it is growing back properly and fast! He is housetrained. We use the mats on the ﬂoor and he knows exactly what to do with them. Loves being with other dogs, children, and new people. Riley is neutered. All vaccinations are up to date and we can provide vet records. Riley is an indoor dog, but loves being outside (with a leash!) Contact (205) 705-6892 or 980-7113 for more information. Vet Reference and fenced yard required
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If you’ve yet to dine at Bella Cucina, you’ve yet to savor the ﬂavor of one of Birmingham’s ﬁnest kitchens. For out of it come some of the tastiest dishes in town. After 30 years in the banking business and a family tree full of restaurant owners and chefs, Pat knew exactly what she wanted to do before she retired, and she’s having fun doing it! One day you’ll see her at the register working the numbers. Another day she’s on the phone placing the week’s food order. Sometimes you’ll see her in the kitchen, and quite often she’s out among the tables serving and visiting her guests. She’s watched as clients walk in pregnant, and later walk in hand-in-hand with their toddlers. She knows a ton of her diners by name, and her business thrives on repeats and referrals. “We have clients who drive from Sylacauga, Trussville and Pelham just to eat here,” says Pat. All of everything is made right in the kitchen from scratch! Soups? From scratch. Cakes? Scratch. Pat says the only thing they don’t do is bake their own bread. Perhaps another steady draw is the nutritional value of the food. “We just think twice about anything we add to our recipes and our menu,” says Pat. “We don’t serve a lot of beef. Nothing’s deep-fried. And not a lot is grilled.” It’s healthy, but not froufrou, so a lot of businessmen frequent the place when they’ve made the decision to eat better. They even ﬁgured out a way to make a hot Monte Cristo sandwich tasty, plentiful and healthy! Did you know Bella Cucina is open for breakfast! Yes! Every Friday and Saturday morning between 7:00am and 11:00am. During lunchtime you can order from their standard menu which is chock full of soups, sandwiches, salad and fruit plate options, and desserts, or you can choose from their special “Warm Specials” menu
Fruit Plate which is tweaked and updated every two weeks. For example, Chicken Cordon Blue – chicken breast stuffed with Procuitto Ham, Swiss Cheese and Spinach with a White Wine Cream Sauce with Wild Rice and Broccoli. At dinnertime, again, you can order from the standard menu (which can help accommodate a large family’s budget), or you can order off their special “Evening Entrees” menu. For example, Sauteed Red Snapper Filet w/ a Crawﬁsh and Julie Sauce, Potatoes Grain and Vegetable of the Day? Wine and Beer are served throughout the day. Pat says a large part of their business is private and corporate catering – both in-house and delivered. So consider BellaCucina for you next bridal shower, bridal tea, baby shower, ofﬁce luncheon, etc. “We’ve been catering for a lot of drug reps! The doctors they serve have eaten here, know we serve hearty, health-conscious meals, and they request us!” adds Pat. Pat rewards her frequent diners by paying $8.95 towards their 11th meal! Be sure to ask for a “Frequent Diner Card” and become one of Bella’s regulars! She offers both indoor and outdoor seating. “The outdoor seating is a favorite in the warmer months,” says Pat. They can seat 54 outside and everyone gets to enjoy the nearby waterfall while they dine. Inside is open, airy, clean and refreshing. It’s easy to see why this restaurant has become an established, local favorite!
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Plain Jane | Children & Gift Shop 270 Doug Baker Blvd, Suite 6 Birmingham, AL 35242
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(205) 991-1995 Since 2008 Rosemary Chesser has been the owner of Plain Jane Children and Gift Shop in the Village at Lee Branch Shopping Center. She bought the business at a time when the economy seemed to be taking a nose dive, so her ﬁrst inclination was to lower her price points. Since then, she promises, anyone can walk in her store at any time and ﬁnd the perfect, cutest little baby gift, shower gift, birthday gift, hostess gift, etc., for under $30.00. Of special interest to Rosemary is working closely with the community. In addition to working with local artists, she works closely with the women living at Hannah Home. In particular, she sells First Fruits Enterprises burp cloths and baby bibs. These items are hand sewn by the women at Hannah Home while receiving shelter and counseling. 100% of the money paid for the items by Rosemary goes directly to the woman doing the sewing! Rosemary will then add a monogrammed letter on the bibs or cloths. For that matter, she can personalize just about any item, whether or not you bought it at her store. She knows her customers. She knows her market. And she has lassoed in quite a following. Rosemary states, “My customers know when they walk in, if they see it and like it, buy it now. Chances are good it won’t be here next time.” That’s, in part, due to an effort to keep the items she offers in her store fresh, new and exciting – every time, all the time. She adds, “Every day’s
“My customers know when they walk in, if they see it and like it, buy it now. Chances are good it won’t be here next time.”
special. Every time UPS knocks on the back door, it’s special and new.” Just one walk through the boutique will amaze you! Right now, the store is gearing up for springtime, beach time and Easter. You’ll ﬁnd colorful beach towels, beach bags, carry coolers, totes of every size and color, sandals by Yellow Box and Leslie Phillips, lounge chair covers, handmade jewelry by local artists like Obsesssions, stuffed animals – in particular – bunnies!, adorable sun dresses for mom and/or daughter, locally made Majesty t-shirts, candles, frames, key chains, cards, stationery, pens. It occurred to me, you really can’t see everything in the store in just one trip! Hours are Mon-Fri 10-6, and Sat 105. You can be a part of Rosemary’s email blasts where she makes it a point to send you “quick-glance” notices. She realizes you don’t have all-day to read a lengthy email, so she keeps them brief and to the point. That way, you can stay informed of the latest, newest items in her store. Remember, they move fast!
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by Patti Henderson Under the direction of Jamie Scruggs, the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) sponsor for the past three years, a new Praise Band has recently formed at Oak Mountain Middle School. The praise band is made up of any student who wants to use his or her musical talents to lead worship through music during the weekly FCA meetings on Thursday mornings in the Sports Building. But what lead Mr. Scruggs to suggest the idea? He had been feeling that there was something missing in the club. “There was an element of worship missing that didn’t have to be, especially with all of the talent we have in our school,” he said. The answer came to him while sitting in church a few weeks ago. “I had been praying for a while about how to get more students to attend FCA and increase their ownership
of it. That Sunday morning as our worship time began, I was looking at the members of our praise band at church and there it was, the answer to my prayer. I announced the idea of a praise band for FCA in our school’s daily memo and God provided eight talented musicians with willing hearts and the praise band took form. It had been there the whole time, I had just failed to see it.” The entire school is invited to join in praise, and anyone is welcome to join the band. The only requirements according Mr. Scruggs: “If you are willing to practice and capable of playing well in a group, you can take part.” His hope in starting the band is for “those on the praise team to use this experience as a stepping stone to becoming Godly leaders among their peers and communities.“
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The Oak Mountain Intermediate School Student Council has been hard at work lately, in an effort to assist the earthquake victims in Haiti. As soon as disaster struck, the student council representatives met and brainstormed for ways to help. Along with collecting bottled water, they decided to sell kool-aid. Allison Bonds, a fourth grade representative suggested the idea of “Kool-aid for Haiti,” a cool way to provide aid to the people in need. The kool-aid stand was open for business every morning for one week. Over $500.00 was raised by students Pictured left to right are: Rachel Hazelwood, Student purchasing a kool-aid to drink with Council Vice President; Allison Bonds, fourth grade representative; Davis Manning, President; and Luke either their snack or lunch. Rakers, Secretary
OMMS Expo Excitement! Dates: April 9th – 11th Hours: Friday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Sunday: Noon - 5:00pm Place: Oak Mountain Middle School Cahaba Valley Road Cost: Admission: $2.00 Unlimited Ride Bracelets: $15.00
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Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun and entertainment and support the local middle school at the same time! This year’s rides and games are provided by Kissel Entertainment. Plus, inside the gym you’ll ﬁnd a place to shop with several vendors including Southern Living @ Home, God is Good, Scentsy Wickless Candles, Cahaba Cabinets, BB’s Bread, Kita’s Needlework, American Family Orthodontics, Ra Ra Ree Designs, Clay and Scuplture Jewelry, Mary Kay, Juice Plus and Classic Home Mortgage and more! Concessions available as well.
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The Symphonic Band at Liberty Park Middle School, Vestavia Hills, performed at the 2010 Alabama Music Performance Assessment. The Band scored Superior over-all with three Superiors on stage and
a Superior in sight-reading in its ﬁrst year participating in this band competition. The LPMS Band is directed by Mr. Travis Bender.
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The showchoirs of Oak Mountain Middle School have been busy completing their competitive appearances. They participated in regional competition’s in Montgomery’s Capital City Classic, the Albertville Diamond Invitational and the South Central Classic held at Homewood High School. Oak Mountain was proud to present it’s newest showchoir, Showcase, an all-female group. Showcase’s performance included “Celebration”, “What A Wonderful World”, a medley of Carrie Underwood hits, and
Showcase “Why Haven’t I Heard From You.” Class Act is OMMS’ mixed showchoir. Their show includes “The House is A’Rockin’”, a medley of tunes from “Grease” and “Great Balls of Fire.” The showchoirs will be a part of the 2nd annual “Choirs for A Cause,” a fundraising event for charity held at Hoover’s Bumpus Middle School. In May the groups will travel to Orlando for music festivals held at Universal Studios and the Islands of Adventure.
Asbury’s Summer Day Camps Offer Variety and Fun Asbury United Methodist Church is currently registering children for it’s 9th summer of day camps. The day camp program is headed by Ellen Dean, director of Asbury’s Christian Life Center. Dean has led this program since the Christian Life Center opened. Dean estimates nearly 500 kids each summer participate in the church’s day camps. Ages for the camp’s vary, but most accept students in grades K5- 4th grade. Camps included this summer are soccer, basketball, cheerleading, drawing/ cartooning, painting, tennis, babysitting and a ﬁne arts camp which features puppets, drama, dance, handbells, sign language and music. “One great aspect of these camps are their affordability,” Dean says. “Fees begin as lows as $20 for the ﬁne arts camp and up to $45 for the sports camps.” Camps are scheduled for June and July and are limited in space available. Sports campers will receive a ball cap, snack and activity book on the Bible. “We see these camps as a wonderful way to share God’s love with children while keeping them active,” Dean explains. “Each year we have an overall theme. This year it is “God is Good” while in previous years it’s been life lessons such as sharing and forgiveness.” All of the camps are held at Asbury United Methodist Church except
for the tennis camp which Greystone Country Club has been gracious enough to offer as a location. A special night being planned this summer for the ﬁrst time is a parent/child basketball clinic on July 14 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. The cost is $20 for one parent and child and $5 for each additional parent or child. “We wanted to do something than encourages family activity together so that night parent and child participants will learn basketball skills and get matching T-shirts,” Dean says. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” “The summer day camps are a great way to let a child “try out” a sport or activity that is new to them without a lot of commitment,” Dean explains. “Most camps are three days, three hours per day. Mom’s have told me this works out really well with busy summer schedules and for younger kids going to a day camp for the ﬁrst time. We have a great team of instructors and youth helpers from Asbury that make this all possible.” Registration information and forms can be found in the Asbury United Methodist Church ofﬁce or by going online at www.asburyonline.org. Scholarships are available to families who would like to send their children to day camp but are limited by ﬁnancial need. Contact Ellen Dean at 271-9919 for more information.
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The Secret’s Out! Time to Cowboy Up! The Dusty Bottoms Rodeo April 17th & 18th, 2010
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Yeee-haw! The Dusty Bottoms Rodeo held at Hidden Creek Ranch in Sterrett, Alabama is an opportunity for kids ages 2 through 16 to test their rodeo skills. The Dusty Bottoms Rodeo is a twoday event. Gates open at 7:00 am Saturday morning followed by Registration until 9:00 am. The events start at 10:00 am. There are a total of 29 events scheduled throughout the weekend. The rodeo begins with an Opening Ceremony including the traditional grand entry with all the participants entering the arena. Events 1 through 18 are held on Saturday and include events like Dummy Roping, Boot Race, Water Gun Shootout, and Bull/Steer Riding. Sunday morning begins with Cowboy Church held right outside the arena at 10:00 am. Then at 1:00 pm, events 19 through 29 We desire to honor God in all that we do. This is a time for families to gather and support the efforts of their kids as they attempt new challenges. Finally, we want everyone to have Fun. We believe the success of The Dusty Bottoms Rodeo is due to these basic ideas.
are held ~ events like Calf Scramble, Goat Hold Down, Calf Roping and Obstacle Course. Winners in each of the three divisions (girls and boys) receive awards. Points and ribbons are awarded in each event to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place ﬁnishers. Participation ribbons are given to every contestant. The Dusty Bottoms Rodeo takes place three times a year. Points accumulate over the year and an all-around Cowboy Up and Cowgirl Up award is given in each of three divisions in the Grand Championship rodeo that takes place in July. For more information, visit www. dustybottomsrodeo.com or call (205) 6722701. For summer camp information, see www.hiddencreekranch.info.
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Birmingham Botanical Gardens April Opportunities 2010 Spring Plant Sale Coming Soon! April 16-18 Former Bruno’s Supermarket at Colonial Brookwood Village Brio Preview Party Thursday, April 15 5 – 6:30 p.m. $45 in advance / $50 at the door *Members-Only Sale 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Public Sale Hours: Friday, April 16 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers Needed! Don’t mind a little dirt on your hands? Enjoy being outside, getting exercise, helping people? Then sign-up to load customer’ plants at the Spring Plant Sale! We need Plant Loaders Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 16-18)! Contact MaryBestor Tickle at email@example.com or 205.414.3962 to sign up! Earth Day at The Gardens Join us on Sunday, April 25 from noon-5 p.m. to honor 40 years of Earth Day. The event will be an exciting celebration, full of energy, movement, color and sound. Earth Day at The Gardens emphasizes Alabama’s biodiversity as well as the many cultures represented by those from across
the globe who now call Alabama home. Kids deﬁnitely won’t want to miss the Roaming Dome, a traveling planetarium from Huntsville’s Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center! Volunteer Opportunities Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day giving back to your community! Volunteers are needed on Sunday, April 25 for this year’s festival of global performances and local environmental organizations! Visit www.bbgardens.org/ earthday or contact Mary-Bestor Tickle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205.414.3962 to sign up! Children’s Summer Camps A Family Tradition! Keeping your needs and requests ﬁrst in mind, we have extended the hours of our traditional summer programs for your convenience. Beginning this summer, camps will be offered for children entering 5K-6th grades, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Children choose from a variety of favorite topics including nature and the outdoors, plants and our environment, cooking, art and more! For more information, contact Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or email ehardy@bbgardens. org.
“My Dolly and Me” Tea Party & Fashion Show Saturday, May 1 10:00am Asbury United Methodist Church Grab all your girls (big and little) for some fabulous fun and celebrate Mother’s Day one week early! Bring your own teacup, hat, gloves & dolly! Come enjoy a children’s Fashion Show and meet a few Princesses, too. Tickets are $20 each or $140 for a table of 8. All proceeds go to mission projects. Tickets available in the Asbury United Methodist Church ofﬁce or contact Suzy Vines 902-9248 for tickets.
(L-R) Grayson Schuck, Leah Handermann dressed as “Belle”, and Garner Schuck. Grayson and Garner are Lynn Schuck’s daughters – ages 6 and 4. Leah is a Sophomore at Samford University.
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A Tri-fecta You Don’t Want To Cash In
High serum glucose ~ High cholesterol ~ High blood pressure. This is a tri-fecta you deﬁnitely don’t want to have. This combination of laboratory ﬁndings is known as metabolic Dr. Irma Palmer syndrome, a new medical term that has been in existence for less than ten years. It’s well-known that there is an epidemic of obesity in America. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Thirty percent of American children are overweight or obese. The numbers continue to increase. The United States is also in the midst of an epidemic in diabetes. Eight percent of Americans over age 20 have diabetes - one in twelve people. Again, the numbers are increasing. Recently, public health researchers discovered that people who were overweight and had diabetes also had high blood pressure - the combination of ﬁndings was termed metabolic syndrome. The implication is that if a person has one or more of these abnormal ﬁndings, he is at risk for the others. If a person has high blood glucose he is at risk for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. Being overweight increases the risk of developing diabetes and developing cardiovascular disease - heart attack and stroke. The statistics and medical conclusions are sobering, and yet there is good news. Each of these serious disorders - diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure - is a lifestyle disease.
Lifestyle contributes signiﬁcantly to developing any and all of these conditions. Making long-lasting changes in the way we live has longlasting effects on our health and wellbeing. Lifestyle recommendations are not breaking news. Everyone knows about the beneﬁts of healthy nutrition and regular vigorous exercise. Research has consistently shown that diet, exercise, and proper rest signiﬁcantly improve one’s health. The great challenge is to motivate people to engage in these activities which are in their own interest. You might be thinking, “What’s right for me? I want to have a healthy diet. I want to exercise regularly. I want to get enough sleep and feel rested in the morning. How do I know what’s right?” First, what works for someone else may not necessarily achieve the same results for you! One person may love the elliptical machine for aerobics. Another may say that running is the only way to go. Biking, fast walking, and swimming timed laps - they all work. Do the exercise you want to do - the one you like and makes you feel good - that’s the one for you. Likewise with rest, you may read that everyone needs 8 hours of sleep every night. Next month you may read about some hot-shot that thrives on 6 hours per night. What’s right? The amount that helps you feel active, alert, and well-rested. Some nights you need a little more. Sometimes you can get by on 5 or 6 hours. Bottom line - what works for you is … what
works for you! The key is to be clear on what the objective is. Be consistent and continually strive to be a healthier version of you daily, inside and out. An additional important lifestyle habit is to engage in regular chiropractic care. As with regular yearly check ups, dental cleanings, when and how often do you think is it appropriate to get a spinal check up? Why wouldn’t it be of interest and essential to evaluate the spinal structure of the human frame that protects and or harms your mass wiring system to all other body parts? How come this isn’t as widely advised? The truth is, the population at large has false perceptions about chiropractic and, our profession is widely misunderstood. Chiropractic care ensures optimal functioning of the nerve system which ensures optimal functioning of all other body systems. If the nerve system is over- or under stimulated, physiology will break down in various ways and disease will result. Chiropractic care balances nerve system activity via gentle spinal adjustments. Throughout a series of visits, proper motion and function of the spine occurs, this allows normalization of nerve activity. Thus, the proper connection and communication between the brain and the body occurs. As a result, the human body gradually returns to its natural state of well being. This is the real truth. Additionally, chiropractic care enhances all other lifestyle activities as well. Incorporating, supportive habits such as healthy nutrition and regular exercise can have maximum beneﬁt
when your spine and nerve system are functioning properly too! In practice for nearly 18 years now, my primary objective is to encourage, guide and lead and as many as possible toward living a healthy and well balanced lifestyle. Striving to change individual’s awareness and belief system regarding health from the inside out is very rewarding and at times frustrating. So much miss information and false perception about chiropractic exist. The reality is chiropractic has a lot to offer. In fact, I dare to say, without regular chiropractic check ups (once every 6 months) hidden health problems occur without signs or symptoms, just like a cavity silently developing without a sign or symptom. Having also recently returned from a mission trip in the Dominican Republic where 47 chiropractors in our group, did was spinal examinations and chiropractic adjustments to thousands of people in three days. It was through this experience that I realized the needs of the people in our community are sometimes just as great and I can do just as much if not more here to help humanity. So, in the spirit of increasing the awareness of spinal health, every Tuesday throughout the month of April we are offering free spinal and nervous system check ups with the mention of this article. You will need to call 991-3511 to schedule your 15 to 20 minute appointment. Now is the time to take control of your own health and enjoy life to its fullest.
Training, for Jacobs, is a passion. Triathlons consist of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26 mile run. “Triathlons are so fulﬁlling for me. If you are just running, running, running all time, and doing nothing else, one of two things are bound to happen,” Jacobs says. “You’ll either get bored or injured.” She and her husband, Michael, have been Birmingham-area residents since
2007 when Michael’s job with Regions Bank moved them here. Jacobs attended the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse on a scholarship through the ROTC. She entered the Army following graduation as a commissioned ofﬁcer and served for 6.5 years. She was stationed in Korea, Germany, Virginia and Texas and it was the military that introduced her to the world of training as a triathlete. When asked about living in Alabama after being raised in Wisconsin, Jacobs is quick to point out the advantage the weather has for her training. “There is so much more you can do when there isn’t snow on the ground!” Jacob says. However, one thing she wishes she could improve is acceptance of cyclists on the roads. “I’ve nearly been hit by cars so many times. More bicycle lanes would be great down here.” Jacobs other passion is getting the message out about physical ﬁtness as a way of life. “When you embrace being ﬁt,” Jacobs explains, “our society becomes healthier and more cost efﬁcient.” Birmingham has hosted the Mercedes Marathon for 9 years and each year the 26.2 mile run which has raised more than $1.5 million for local charities has grown in excitement and popularity.
A champion among us Jessica Jacobs keeps a Birmingham title in Birmingham
By Kathryn Acree
The Greystone branch of the YMCA’s own Jessica Jacobs is now the two time defending champion of the Mercedes Marathon’s women’s division. Jacobs works at the Greystone YMCA as both a ﬁtness instructor and a triathlon coach. Jacobs, originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, trains as a triathlete. “I am the youngest of eight kids,” Jacobs says. “We lived out in the country and I did a lot of bike riding, but my ﬁrst love was running. I ran track in high school and college. I never dreamed I would combine these sports later in life as a competitor. Swimming was
the last event I mastered.” The premiere events in the world of triathlons are the Ironman events. Hawaii’s event is the most well known. “You don’t just get to show up there and compete,” Jacobs explains. “There are regional events that lead up to that one that you must qualify for.” Jacobs has competed in 14 Ironman competitions around the world, including Hawaii’s event three times.
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S & S Development Company, Inc., brings the industry experience you need for your project. We deliver unsurpassed professionalism & expertise. Customer service is our number one priority. At S & S Development Company we have almost twenty years of experience in the Birmingham Area. We are a full service General Contractor Licensed in Alabama. We are a Licensed Alabama Residential Homebuilder as well as a Licensed Alabama Remodeler. From a custom built home to giving you the kitchen of your dreams. Add on that extra room or garage you’ve always wanted. We can do it the right way. We can build a deck or do the landscaping. We offer landscape design, installation, and irrigation. Do you need a new roof? We can do it. Need your current one repaired? We can do it. Call S & S Development today to become another satisfied homeowner.
ast Perfect is like no other consignment shop, in fact, the new and gently used pieces blend so well that you may have to read the tags to tell the difference. Our store is packed with everything you will need to “make your house a home”. The prices at Past Perfect are the most exciting part. Our goal is to offer our clients the most beautiful pieces for their homes at a very affordable price. Find yourself wondering how to make Our decorators that room look complete? So busy with no time to run around town trying to put those love helping finishing touches on your home? On a budyou complete get and need a way to decorate while watchyour space and ing your cost. Past Perfect can help with our” transform your Accessories on Wheels” program. An in home room assessment, in store consultahome. tion and a room make- over are available. Drop by the store and ask about how “Accessories on Wheels” can help you.
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uy from a company whose family has been a respected part Birmingham for over 40 years. Issis & Sons Furniture Gallery carries quality furniture, accessories, lighting, and window treatments for every room in your home. Shop the top manufacturers you have come to trust for quality and long lasting style. If you are looking for expert decorating help, let Issis show you what they can do. Pick the perfect piece of furniture and choose the perfect fabric.
Cahaba Valley Road (Hwy 119) just off I-65 / Pelham, AL
Issis & Sons Carpets and Oriental Rugs
or over 25 years, Issis & Sons has been the leading purveyor of fine oriental rugs and quality carpet to appreciative Alabamians. Now, they also offer floor coverings of every type including hardwood, tile, vinyl and polished concrete. For selection, installation and follow through, you can depend on Alabama’s largest flooring dealer, Issis & Sons. On the commercial flooring side, Alabama’s Issis supplies builders, installers.
largest ﬂooring showroom. Over 4000 rugs in stock.
2858 Highway 31 So. Pelham, AL
205.663.2310 & Highway 280 in Greystone
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labama Brick’s Brick Studio is located in Rainbow Plaza on Highway 280, offering a variety of brick, stone, pavers, and more. The Brick Studio is a warm and conducive space to make selections regarding the important elements of your home. Check out our FireRock fireplace units or give your existing fireplace a facelift with our top quality Eldorado Stone (be sure to ask about our “Rock Bottom” prices). Add a distinct element to your back splash, ceiling, floor, or feature wall with our thin brick. The posThe possibilities sibilities are stunning and not to mention; are stunning and green. Please ask about our new product, SouthCoate, a textured masonry coating. not to mention; Come and see Katherine at the Brick Studio and get inspired! .
2800 Greystone Commercial Boulevard
ncore Resales has 16,000 square feet of something you have never experienced! We have everything from furniture, clothing, home decor, gifts and collectibles. Encore offers consignment, wholesale and antique furniture. Everything from lamps, paintings, rugs and home accents are throughout the store. A new shipment of Sofas from $279-$385 has just arrived.
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We offer a selection like no other of womens, mens & childrens consignment, wholesale clothing and jewelry.
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Four Corners Gallery
hantom Screens is the industry leader in providing retractable screening products for today’s discerning homeowner. Phantom screens are designed to take the place of conventional screens on doors, windows, or oversized applications. Phantom’s major advantage is its ability to be out of sight and protected when not in use. While in use, you will have the benefit of full ventilation with insect and solar protection. Our eight standard color options permit you to match or complement your window or door frame.
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our Corners Gallery is more than just picture framing. Our art selection includes originals, limited edition works and fine art prints on canvas and paper. And though we offer the largest frame selection in the Southeast and specialize in museum-quality custom framing (yes, not all framing is considered equal) Four Corners also provides restoration services of art, photos, documents and antique frames. Our in-home & office consultations are complimentary and our picture hanging services remove the hassle and assure accuracy and safety.
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Birmingham, Al 35242
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edesign is an upscale furniture consignment store carrying everything from trendy to traditional. Whether it’s a complete overhaul you need in your home, or just one unique piece that will help pull it all together, consider Redesign. In addition to selling high-quality, pre-loved furniture and home décor, they now offer an affordable interior design service. For $150 per two-hour consultation, Redesign’s professional interior designer will come to your home to help you with a simple room rejuvenation or a total room transformation. ReDesign offers the community a great way to sell pre-loved furniture and accessories in an attractive designer setting.
Inventory moves quickly, so visit often and make sure to buy it when you see it…or it will be gone!
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Longworth Collection 5426 Highway 280 Suite 6 The Terrace @ Greystone
We’re stocked with comfortable sofas and chairs, an array of tables & great accessories all with an eclectic mix.
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ine Furniture. Unique Chandeliers. Decorator Rugs. Upscale Candles. Unique Gifts. In-home Design Service. What more do you need to whip your house into shape? Longworth Collection opened its doors in July 2007, and since then, has evolved into the premier upper-end designer businesses on Highway 280. Aside from the instore selection, owner Constance Longworth is able to order items from many companies including Drexel Heritage, Lexington, American Drew, Lea Childrens, Bradburn, and Pulaski Furniture Companies. A one stop shop for everything for the home, with a guarantee that you Chandeliers, love all you either buy from the Accessories & Gifts, will store or order. If not, Constance will take it back and go back to the drawFine Furniture, ing board and ﬁnd the perfect item. Carpet & Rugs, “I want you to love everything you Custom Bedding & purchase,” says Constance.
Looking for unique affordable furniture? Whether you prefer classic, traditional or contemporary clean lines, we’ve got it all!
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osegate Design, Inc. has been in business on the 280 Corridor for over 13 years now. Rosegate Design, Inc. is the only interior design shop in the area with an on-site design center that enables them to quickly and easily produce custom window treatments, bedding, pillows and upholstery to ﬁt any style of home. In fact, there are approximately 1,000 samples and bolts of fabric to choose from in order to get exactly the color, style and price you are looking for! Stop by during business hours and peruse the extensive array of home accessories, ﬁne furnishings, custom ﬂorals and seasonal items. Or arrange for a comprehensive outside design service from one of the friendly, creative, and enthusiastic designers. No job is too big or too small for Rosegate Design, Inc.!
Rosegate Design, Inc. fabrics, ﬂorals &
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Rainbow Decorator Service
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Rainbow paint offers only the best in paint products
ainbow carries outstanding brands like Benjamin Moore, Modern Masters metallic decorative paint, as well as other decorative stain products and wood stain, and Kemiko concrete acid stain. Have a different project? Don’t worry, whether you’re looking to stain a huge deck for your next party, or a kitchen table we have you covered. Come in and experience the difference shopping at an independently owned store makes. Our service professionals are trained in our extensive line of products, and are skilled home project experts who can help you every step of the way with any job you have.
2800 Greystone Commercial Blvd. Hoover, AL 35242
More than just a paint store
ainbow Paint also carries wallcoverings, room size murals, home accessories, flooring, tile, granite anything you need to make your entire decorating project a complete success. We offer complimentary in–store decorator service and low cost personalized in-home consultations. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has the experience to make any project a breeze. We can service all of your painting and decorative needs, whether you are a homeowner with a weekend do-it-yourself project, an interior designer, decorator, or a homebuilder.
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If being the winner of the Super Service award 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (“fewer than 5% of companies on the List qualify for this award”) isn’t enough, here are 10 reasons to choose us: 1. Service Minded Professionals: Each location is operated by professionals who have extensive experience in the painting industry. 2. A Clean & Courteous Staff 3. A Written Warranty: 4. A Three Year Limited Warranty: We back up our work with a warranty so that you can feel secure knowing the job was done right. 5. Quality Brand Name Products: We use quality brands such as Benjamin Moore, Duron Paints, Dunn Edwards and Sherwin Williams. 6. Liability Insurance:
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We are a full service painting company specializing in home improvements forresidential homeowners and commercial businesses. We offer specialty services such as Faux Finishes, Venetian Plastering, Popcorn Ceiling Removal, Deck Revitalization, and Epoxy Floor Coatings.
Happy Birthday! Earth Day by Karen Green On Sunday, April 25, 2010, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens will host a celebration of Earth Day. Worldwide, over 1 billion people from more than 190 countries will participate in events the week of April 18-25 to mark the 40th anniversary of this special day. For the past 13 years, the premier venue locally for the celebration has been the Botanical Gardens, which traditionally has had the largest Earth Day event in the state of Alabama. With family-friendly events, hands-on activities for all age groups and interactive presentations from local organizations, Earth Day at the Gardens 2010 will show case a new way of celebrating Earth Day. Founded in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day can be described simply as a day to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. But ultimately, it is about the people of this planet, and the very human desire which unites us all--to have a place to live that is healthy and sustainable. When Senator Nelson brought together a small group of dedicated individuals to coordinate what would become Earth Day, America had cities that were virtually hidden under thick layers of smoke, and rivers so polluted that some of them caught ﬁre. It didn’t take long for small, disparate groups that had been ﬁghting against oil spills, raw sewage, toxic dumpsites, pesticides, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife to realize they shared common values and a common goal. On April 22, 1970, approximately 20 million Americans participated in the ﬁrst annual Earth Day. By April of 1990, the number had swelled to 200 million. And with over 1 billion expected participants for this year’s events, it is clear that protecting our environment is an issue people do care about. One area of concern to many is the shrinking level of diversity of biological life (biodiversity). The natural ecosystems depend on a complex interplay of many different species--plants, animals, bacteria, fungi. And humans depend on the natural ecosystems more than most of us realize. “The loss of species is one of the greatest threats we face.” said Dr. Randall Haddock, Field Director for the Cahaba River Society in Birmingham. “It’s like we’re burning the library of information of life itself.” According to the Ecological Society of America, the functioning of
many ecosystems could be restored if appropriate actions are taken in time. But if current trends continue, humanity will dramatically alter virtually all of Earth’s remaining natural ecosystems within a few decades. It’s up to us. So, supporters of Earth Day continue to spread the word, and try to ﬁnd new ways to educate the public, without the harsh, abrasive tactics that in the past some have used. And that is why the Botanical Gardens is such a leader in this event, as well as in the work they do every day of the year. No dull, boring, depressing lectures here! While there are many issues and problems that urgently need to be recognized and addressed, the focus here is on celebrating the amazing natural resources all around us. Alabama ranks ﬁfth in the nation in diversity of biological life. Our land and water, plants and animals, and just as importantly, our people, are a wonderful, diverse blend, worthy of recognizing and celebrating. This year several new activities have been added to the festivities. The Roaming Dome, a traveling planetarium from Huntsville’s Sci-Quest Science Center, will be open all afternoon. Inside the 12.5 foot high inﬂatable dome, visitors can experience digital presentations and movies. From the extreme weather of hurricanes and tornadoes, to a musical thrill-ride into the world of molecules and atoms, to a grand tour of the night sky, there should be something for everyone. Also featured are presentations from Zulu Dancers of the Umdabu Dance Company, from Birmingham, and a Children’s Drum Circle from Rhythm Synergy of Atlanta. Neal Ross, a Native Australian who now lives in Birmingham, will play the didgeridoo and will also give instructions and examples of how to make your own Aborigine wind instrument using PVC pipe. Additional hands-on activities will be provided by nearly 60 local nonproﬁt organizations to highlight what is being done to protect, conserve, and treasure our natural heritage. This 40th anniversary celebration of Earth Day will be held Sunday, April 25th from 1-5pm at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. All events are free.Technical Knock Out (TKO) will have a truck in the parking lot at the Gardens to collect used and unwanted electronics (EXCEPT TVs).
Going Green with Organic Fertilizing
by Kathryn Acree Local businesswoman Diana Holladay has turned one of her passions into a new business. A master gardener since 2006, Diana says her product provides the best available fertilizer while protecting the environment. Her company offers what she says is a new product to Alabama- compost tea fertilizer that is 100 percent organic and safe for lawns and shrubs. “Curb appeal is so important to homeowners now, especially if they are trying to sell their home,” says Holladay. “This fertilizer produces wonderful results at a great value. Compost tea is an old fashioned method of fertilizing and helps ﬁght bacteria and fungi to keep plants healthy. It helps to build a healthier root system versus chemical fertilizers.” Holladay lives on the Cahaba River and strongly believes that inorganic products have negative effects on the environment. As a member of the Cahaba River Society, the Aldridge Gardens and the Shelby County Master Gardeners, she was compelled to offer a fertilizing product in her landscape design business that was effective for lawns and shrubs, safe for children and pets and environmentally friendly. While also being the owner of Diana’s Salon in Inverness and an accomplished painter, this renaissance woman loves showing fellow gardeners the retreat she’s
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Diana Holladay created outdoors at her own home. “There are two acres of blooming ﬂowers and areas with themed lawn sculptures and plants,” Holladay explains. She welcomes guests on June 13 with her fourth annual potluck at her home where guests will have a chance to tour her garden and learn more about the great advantages of organic fertilizers. Holladay offers free consultation on the services and beneﬁts of her Organic Greenscapes company. She offers landscape design and assistance with landscape curb appeal in addition to the compost tea fertilizing service. Holladay recommends four treatments per growing season of the fertilizer, which is applied ﬁrst to an aerated lawn where the beneﬁcial microorganisms are developed. Contact Diana’s Organic Greenscapes at 205-601-9414 or for more information about her garden tour or landscaping services, go to their website, www. dianasorganicgreenscapes.com.
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Geoffrey Bostany Spain Park High School Wrestling
Geoffrey was born in Birmingham and raised in the community of Greystone. Geoffrey has always been involved in sports. He started playing soccer and t-ball at the local YMCA at an early age. Until 8th grade, he played baseball at Hoover East and he played on the Hoover Blue football team from 4th
grade through 6th grade. It wasn’t until 7th grade that Geoffrey entered the wrestling world. The story goes, when Geoffrey was in 8th grade, his parents enrolled his younger brother Tommy in a private wrestling club called the AWC (Alabama Wrestling Club). Geoffrey chose not to enroll because he didn’t want kids from other schools “learning his moves.” According to Geoffrey’s mother Connie, “It was less that a month before Tommy began showing Geoffrey moves he didn’t know. Geoffrey joined the club and that is when he found a true love for wrestling. He met elite wrestlers from all over the city and they soon became his best friends.” Geoffrey is now a senior at Spain Park. Having lettered in the sport all four years, Geoffrey has racked up numerous wrestling awards. Some of those awards include being named an NHSCA All-American in 2006, winning the Southeastern Regional
Freestyle & Greco Wrestling Championship in 2008, winning the AHSAA Section 2 Championship three-times, being a fourtime state tournament qualiﬁer, a Runnerup at the 2009 State tournament (6A, 125 lb.), and this year winning the AHSAA Wrestling State Championship 6A, 136 lb. division. Although Geoffrey always envisioned following his older brother Christopher to the University of Alabama, come this fall, he will be heading north to the University of Pennsylvania to be their 125 lb. starter! It’s easy to see why Geoffrey was recruited by several schools. In addition to all of his wrestling achievements, he holds a cumulative GPA of 4.11, he’s on the National Math Honor Society, he’s received 4 Suma Cum Laude Awards, 2 Magna Cum Laude Awards and 3 Academic Letters from Spain Park. When Geoffrey is not on the mat wrestling, he enjoys playing ping-pong
with the SPHS ping-pong club, and he participates in an indoor soccer league. He is also involved at the St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church was he serves as an Altar Server and performs traditional dance shows at their Middle Eastern Food Festival. He has also helped deliver Christmas gifts to underprivileged children, visited senior centers, and spent time working for Habitat for Humanity. In fact, Geoffrey has also lettered in Community Service at Spain Park High School for accumulating 80+ hours of service in a 12- month period. Geoffrey’s parents are Connie and Cecil Bostany of Greystone. His older brother Christopher is a senior at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and his younger brother Tommy is a sophomore at SPHS and may be the wrestler to contend with in the very near future!
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The Oak Mtn Varsity Boys team celebrates their Area 10 Championship win over Spain Park.
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“Welcome to the Love Shack!” The Oak Mtn student section, aka Love’s Lunatics, ﬁlled the bleachers from wall to wall to cheer on the Eagle’s basketball team in SubRegional play.
Oak Mtn athletes that signed their committments on Nat’l Signing Day were Morgan Motes (soccer - South Alabama), Davis Dudchock (football - Stanford), and Shanna Brooks (soccer - Alabama).
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Oak Mountain Lacrosse Conveniently Located at Benson Plaza in Chelsea
It’s spreading, and it’s spreading fast! Lacrosse Fever that is…and it’s made its way to Oak Mountain. Since 1992, when the BYLL (Birmingham Youth Lacrosse League) formed, lacrosse has been quickly winning over the hearts of Alabama athletes. It’s fast and it’s fun, and it sells itself. It combines the skills, techniques and strategies of so many sports ~ basketball, soccer, hockey… and here in the South, you can’t help but borrow a few football skills as well! Once a player enters the game, he’s involved at all moments. There’s no digging in the dirt on a lacrosse ﬁeld, no sir! It’s that constant action that seems to draw many players in. The BYLL changed over to the GBYLA (Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association) in 2007 to better serve and encompass the growing numbers. The GBYLA hired Hunter Faulconer, a former college lacrosse player, to be its full-time commissioner. Since the league turned over the reins to Hunter, the participation numbers have more than doubled. To date there are 1,157 boys and girls from 1st grade to seniors in high school playing the game
in greater Birmingham. And for the ﬁrst time this year, Oak Mountain is sporting 4 teams: a 5th/6th grade boys team coached by Jim Jasinski, a 7th/8th grade boys team coached by Hunter Faulconer himself, and a JV and Varsity girls team both coached by David Klementz, for a total of 90 Oak Mountain players. “I predict 6 boys teams and 4 girls teams within the next two years,” says Hunter. He adds, “I would say the Oak Mountain community and the Oak Mountain school support is very good. In fact, one of the best in the entire league!” As far as the team he is coaching, Hunter says, “There are several skilled players with experience this season. I feel the new players have caught on very fast and I would expect great things from the Oak Mountain teams in the very near future.” Although teams from Mountain Brook, Hoover, Spain Park, Homewood and Vestavia have a few years experience on Oak Mountain, rumor has it…the gap is closing rapidly! For more information about lacrosse or the league, visit www.GBYLA.org.
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TEEN | cover story the Caring Bridge online website we set up.” As word spread of Mark’s illness, the family was led to hold a special prayer service for him at Meadow Brook Baptist on a Sunday night in April. It was a night of very stormy weather for our area but despite that, a large group attended the service. “Ironically we’d themed the prayer service, ‘Praise You In this Storm,’” said Mark’s dad, Mike, who organized and planned the service. Birmingham sports anchor/reporter Jim Dunaway had met Mark at Children’s Hospital and hosted the service. The Newton family wanted to give those praying for Mark a token of remembrance, so they distributed yellow wristbands imprinted with the words “Mighty Warrior of Prayer.” Mark and his family are big fans of baseball, speciﬁcally the New York Yankees. In June when his fourth chemo treatment was completed, they traveled to Atlanta to see them play a series with the Braves. Through a family friend, the family obtained ﬁeld passes which allowed them to be with some of the players before the game. Mark and his brother, Matt, were standing behind the batting cages when they were approached by Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter. “I was so excited to meet him,” said Mark, who went home that day with two signed baseballs and a bat given to him by Jeter. “I talked with him for a bit and he was real down to earth and understanding.” The family received news in June that scans completed on Mark showed he was cancer free. The team of oncologists working with Mark still felt a series of
radiation was needed to ensure they were doing all they could to ﬁght Mark’s illness. He went to UAB at the end of the summer of 2009 for a total of fourteen days of radiation and began 11th grade as planned. The family wanted to celebrate Mark being cancer free the same way they’d approached his illness—in a service of prayer with family and friends. In September, Meadow Brook Baptist again held a prayer service hosted by Jim Dunaway to thank the community for their support. Mark and the family grew close to many of the staff at Children’s Hospital and two of his nurses, Jennifer and Allison, attended the service that night. Mark is glad to be a part of the tennis team again, now in his 11th grade year. He’ll continue to go to doctors for testing and scans in the years ahead but was able to have the port removed from his upper chest in January. Mark recently got to fulﬁll a dream of his by seeing his favorite tv show up close and personal. This Spring Break Mark and his parents traveled to Los Angeles to meet the cast and set of, “The Ofﬁce,” of which Mark is a fan. The family has a bookshelf in their ﬁnished basement which holds the autographs and collectibles Mark has received over the last year and the cast of “The Ofﬁce” is well represented with personal notes and a framed autographed cast picture. In addition to sports stars and celebrities, his mother says a higher power has been there for Mark and the family. “We know God has been with us through this, every day of it, and will continue to do so,” Teresa Newton said. “We’ve all witnessed the power of prayer ﬁrst hand.”
Jacqueline Marcell, author of the best-seller “Elder Rage” recently spoke to the Assisted Living Association’s annual spring conference in Montgomery. Her very personal story of caring for her aging parents – including her father who developed Alzheimer’s disease – was informative and moving. One of the key points in the California native’s presentation was the difﬁculty family care givers have in accessing resources to help manage their loved one’s care. While there are many resources available in Alabama for seniors and their families, it can sometimes be a daunting task to navigate through the maze of information. In the Birmingham area the UAB Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center has spawned a number of resources including an outpatient Alzheimer’s assessment clinic, palliative care options, and an inpatient program at UAB South Highlands called the Geriatric ACE program. Alzhiemer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) is a non-proﬁt resource for families and caregivers who share resources and helpful contacts with one another. The Assisted Living Association of Alabama is available state wide to assist families ﬁnd physicians, clinics, and other resources for senior care. The ALAA can be reached at www.alaaweb.org. The Alzhiemer’s Association recently released it 2010 Alzhiemer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report. It reports on mortality rates, diagnosis rates, and has many resources for families. The report cites an increase in diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s disease; up to 5.3 million patients in the US. From the year 2000 through the end of 2010 the association projects that Alabama will increase its diagnosed cases by 8%; up from 84,000 patients in 2000 to over 91,000 in 2010.By 2025 the association predicts Alabama will have 110,000 diagnosed cases of Alzhiemer’s disease; an increase of 31% from 2000.
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Challenges in planning or problem solving such as forgetting to pay bills or balancing a checkbook when these behaviors have not been typical.
Difﬁculty completing familiar tasks. Managing a budget or forgetting directions or getting lost while driving to a familiar destination are typical cues.
Confusion with time or place. Seniors with cognition challenges frequently lose track of time and place. They may not remember where they are or how they got there.
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. This can increase with unrelated vision problems. Passing a mirror can trigger confusion as to who the “other person” is. Calling familiar things by odd new names can occur.
New problems with speaking or writing. They may stop in the middle of a sentence. They exhibit difﬁculty calling things by their right names.
Misplacing things or losing the ability to retrace steps. They may believe someone is stealing these items.
Decreased or poor with Alzheimer’s normal defenses for example, and unneeded items.
Withdrawal. People suffering the effects of this disease will often withdraw from family and friends. Social activities may become challenging and threatening to them.
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Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Resell The four R’s that are on everyone’s lips this month. It’s April and it’s time to think about the environment. As much as my world has always revolved around disposable items, i.e. clothing; I ﬁnd that even I can help the world today with how I approach my wardrobe for the next season. It does not always revolve around trees and aluminum, but even the simplest of changes can affect the world today. Flash back to years gone by, new season, new clothes. The old wardrobe gets tossed out to make way for , “the newest look”, even if it is strikingly similar to last year’s fashion with a few minor changes. We are trained to throw out the old and in with the new , without a second thought to where the old goes, and where did the new come from? The world of fashion is often looked at as a frivolous industry, but it also plays a great part in the green movement. With the popularity of consignment shopping and in general conserving our resources, fashion has a powerful hand in the green movement. Hand in hand with the green movement, the downturn of the economy has made it even more important to rethink our closets as we put away our winter clothes and get ready for spring. Instead of looking only to refresh our wardrobe with “new” items, maybe we should rethink our strategy before we hit the mall. As warm breezes ﬁnally head our way, we are ready to shed the heavy clothes of winter for something lighter and brighter. Our ﬁrst inclination is to get rid of the old and buy something new. Maybe we need to retrain ourselves to think about reassessing our wardrobe for the new season before we bring in something new. We are so
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I think Mother Nature has an unwritten rule that you must have one sinus episode every spring - no exceptions! What’s interesting is I don’t recall having sinus problems growing up. That’s probably because the house we grew up in didn’t have air conditioning. We’d never heard of insulation, and there were cracks in the walls of the old house big enough to toss a puppy through. There was plenty of pollen but we weren’t cooped up in a controlled environment day and night so the pollen didn’t seem to affect us. These days, it’s a different story. I made it through early spring when the thick yellow layer of pollen on the hood of my truck was deep enough to grow potatoes. I also made it through the wet period when mushrooms and mold spores sprang up like kudzu. In fact, I began to feel a little cocky until last Sunday. Jilda and I were sitting in the corner of Jean’s on the River Restaurant signing books on my homegrown book tour, when I sneezed so loudly that it rattled the tea glass on our table. Jilda spoke up in her Wal-Mart PA voice – “CODE YELLOW - CLEAN UP ON ISLE THREE! YES MARGARET, YOU’RE GONNA NEED A MOP!” “It’s not nice to make fun of afﬂicted people,” I sniffed. I made it through the event and promptly went home and took a nap. As I started drifting off I kept repeating a positive afﬁrmation – “I am NOT getting sick, I am NOT getting sick.” I woke up a while later sneezing with my nose running like a broken water
quickly inﬂuenced by the visuals we see in ads everywhere, without realizing that we might already own the “must have” items of the season. There is a saying that everything old is new again. This is so true in the world of fashion. As I see tie dye dresses, the preppy look and skirts go up and down in length, I ﬂash back to fashion in the past. I realize that fashion year to year is not always new but just revamped. That is where the phrase, “reuse, recycle, resell”, becomes a starting point for our spring cleaning. Take out your warm weather clothes and see if they can be reworked changing up how and with what we wear them and get one more season out of them. You may not wear that khaki suit but could the pants be paired with a casual blouse to create a casual work look? You can take the khaki jacket and add it to a denim skirt or jeans to dress them up. If there are items in your closet that do not meet the test of reuse, recycle. Take them to a consignment shop if they are still in good shape and current. Or donate them to a local charity to help out those less fortunate. If you need a few items to replace something old, think consignment shops or plan a swap party with a group of friends where everyone can bring the items that they are ready to part with and share them with each other. What is old to you may be new to someone else! So as I pack away the sweaters and boots, and bring out last year’s ﬂorals, I plan on thinking twice before I toss things aside, can I reuse this in a different way? Even though my part may be small I want to help in preserving the Earth and its’ resources.
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There was a grand simplicity about the life of Jesus. He lived close to nature and loved it. He found His parables in the growing of the Edd Spencer vine, the lake where the boats were rocking and the glow of sunset and sunrise. He found His message in the birds that ﬂew overhead, the sheep in the pastures, and the mustard seed. And He found them in the lily of the ﬁeld. In the gospel of Matthew 6: 28-29 Jesus said consider the lily “It does not worry. Consider the lilies of the ﬁeld, how they grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Now in this thought about lilies what is Jesus saying? He is not saying that the way to grow beautiful and strong is to be free from all work and tension in life. He is not saying that God will step in to correct all our problems and concerns. He is not promising a life free of trouble. He is not saying to those who trust God that they will never be injured or persecuted? No, for the lilies of the ﬁeld grow in the valley. They grow where the winds blow, and the clouds begin to gather, and the rain begins to fall and the storms begin to grow. They do not complain about the storm, but they do grow. They have learned to grow in the midst of tension in life. We can learn from the life of the lilies in the ﬁeld. We need the reassurance that life continues on in the midst of the storm. We need hope. We need strength and courage to carry on. We need to know that life is worth the struggles. In the scripture, Jesus says “Consider the lilies of the ﬁeld” they are not concerned about the storms and rain and drought and high winds and whatever. They simply trust in the Creator. And we should not worry about life’s storms – we should simply trust in God. Another lesson we learn from the lily is that it is a beautiful ﬂower. But the glory of the lily is not in its beauty alone. The glory of the lily is in its immortality. Solomon, king of Israel, in all his glory has passed away, but the lily blooms each spring. The lily has survived in spite of wars, droughts, ﬂoods and insect invasions.
Its glory is in its immortality. That is why it is a symbol of Easter. From a dry and lifeless looking lily bulb, the lily plant grows and blossoms with new life. Such is the glory of the Christian life, for God’s people will live forever. We are reminded of the new life that is ours through Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus also, in the scripture said that Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like a lily. For Solomon’s glory was detachable. He put it on every morning and took it off every night, and underneath he was just a person. But the beauty of the lily is its whole being. It is a lily. There is nothing to take off and nothing to put on. It is complete in its beauty. It has the inner glory of God. We need to focus our lives on the inner glory of God. When we have this inner glory we become more truly what we are supposed to be. When we recognize this inner glory inside of us, we are able to live up to our full potential in God. And ﬁnally it is our calling to share this inner glory of God with others. This inner glory can be found in the story told of a missionary to China who was in a language school. The ﬁrst day of class the teacher entered the room and, without saying a word, walked down every row of students. Then she came back up front and addressed the class. “Did you notice anything special about me?” Nobody could think of anything that was different about her. One student ﬁnally raised his hand, “I noticed that you had on a very lovely perfume,” he said. Everyone in the class laughed. But the teacher said, “That was exactly the point. It will be a long time before any of you will be able to speak Chinese well enough to share the Gospel with anyone in China. But even before you are able to do that, you can minister the sweet fragrance of Christ to these people by the quality of your lives. It is your lifestyle, lived out among the Chinese people that will minister Christ to them long before you are able to say one word to them about personal faith in Jesus” In other words lift up the inner glory of God that is inside you. “Consider the lilies of the ﬁeld.” Consider that they grow in the tension of life. Consider that they symbolize immortality and new life. Consider that they share the inner glory of God. They are a good example to follow. About the author: You can reach Pastor Edd Spencer at First Christian Church, 4954 Valleydale Road, Birmingham, AL 35242. www.fcc-bhm.org, 205-9915000.
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Friday, April 23rd – Annual Picnic in the Park – Chamber luncheon – sponsored by Allstate: The Joseph Puckett Agency – 11am to 1pm – Pelham City Park– contact info@ shelbychamber.org for information ($17 for Greater Shelby County Chamber members / $20 for non-members). Register online at www.shelbychamber.org or call 663-4542.
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Falcon returns to the skies A Peregrine Falcon that was found in Fairﬁeld, Alabama will be transferred to a facility in Florida for ﬂight reconditioning this week. The falcon was found on the ground in early October and brought to the Alabama Wildlife Center where it has been recovering from a fractured wing. The Alabama Wildlife Center is located at Oak Mountain State Park. It is Alabama’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center. For more information visit www.awrc.org.
The Art of Forgiveness I am not really sure why I titled this article “The Art of Forgiveness.” It sounds really nice and fluid, and a little catchy, maybe intended to pique your interest. But forgiveness is not really an art. It is more of a process, a choice, a result, and a continued state of being. It is neither easy nor fluid, and often hard to get to and difficult to maintain. Of course, that is exactly like art, especially good art. Good art takes work, and forgiveness, especially if it is real forgiveness, takes work, both internally and externally. Forgiveness, ultimately, is an act of change—a change in heart as to a posture or approach toward someone who has harmed, wronged, or hurt you. It is the giving up of one’s rights to retribution or vengeance, the laying down of one’s negative thoughts toward the offending person in order to gain freedom from anger and resentment. Forgiveness enables restoration of inner peace, and allows reconciliation of a relationship. We are never more like God that when we forgive. But how does one do that? Let us go back to forgiveness being an act of change. Alan Wolfelt, in his book, Living in the Shadow of the Ghosts of Grief, wrote: “Change means loss; loss means grief; grief requires mourning.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, in her classic book on grief, On Death and Dying, wrote about the grief process, the territories that a person traverses during the season of grief, which we tend to call “dealing with it/getting over it” (the “it” being whatever or whomever was lost to us). Kubler-Ross observes that the griever goes through phases of denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, and depression (profound sadness) before getting to acceptance (the state of having “gotten over it”). This is not easy to do, the
phases often are not in sequential order and are often repeated, and the process is often rushed by the griever and encouraged to be rushed by the griever’s support group (this is not a good thing). Good grieving takes time, patience, intentionality, and fortitude (oh, and did I say time?). Forgiveness can be a similar process. Everyone experiences times of hurt and conflict in a relationship, of letting each other down. Sometimes the offense is minor, such as forgetting to put the clothes in the dryer or being late for an appointment. Sometimes the offense is a major betrayal, such as an affair or an addiction. Either way, these are moments of loss: loss of expectations, dreams, connection. Either way, restoration of the relationship and healing needs to happen, but that happening is not instant. Forgiveness takes time and intentionality, because forgiveness is not forgetting. Forgiveness does not betray boundaries or personal safety—sometimes it is unsafe or impossible to restore a relationship. Forgiveness is not necessarily quick; it must be allowed to unfold, for time to be taken to work through the process of granting forgiveness. In granting forgiveness, one must experience: denial (“oh no you didn’t”); anger (“how could you; what were you thinking; you’re an idiot!”); bargaining (“take it back, please don’t, say it isn’t so, just do this for me and then I’ll…”); and depression or profound sadness (“go away, I’m alone”, tears). These states of emotion must occur, and sometimes occur for prolonged and repeated periods of time, long before acceptance (“I forgive you”) can ever be uttered. And when one is unable to forget what happened (because random moments of remembering do occur, beyond our
control), the choice to forgive must occur again and again, and again and again. Take (or give) the time to allow the process of forgiveness to happen. Richard Marks with Marriage for Life, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL, wrote the following about granting and seeking forgiveness:
Six Steps for Granting Forgiveness:
1. Acknowledge your pain and anger. Allow yourself to feel disrespected. 2. Be specific about your future expectations and limits. 3. Give up your right to “get even,” but insist on being treated better in the future. 4. Let go of blame, resentment, and negativity toward [the one who wronged you]. 5. Communicate your act of forgiveness to your partner. 6. Work toward reconciliation (when safe).
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The ﬁrst IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama will be held April 11. The IndyCar Series conducted an Open Test at the 2.38-mile, 17-turn facility in March 2009. Barber Motorsports Park, which opened in 2003 and includes the 144,000 square-foot Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, was the realization of a goal of George Barber. It is the largest philanthropic project in the history of
the state of Alabama with more than $70 million private funds contributed. “This will be the only IndyCar Series race in the Deep South, meaning it is a great tourist draw for the region. Plus, having the automotive world focus on our state enables us to highlight our growing automotive industry,” said Gene Hallman, President of Zoom Motorsports, the track’s promoter.
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forward to sampling 12 different varieties. After you ﬁnish tasting the ﬁne wines and high gravity beers from 7:00-9:00, treat yourself to a fresh glass of wine or beer and enjoy the hors d’oeuvres. Thanks to our generous sponsors, 100% of the ticket price will be divided between the Liberty Park Middle School Library and the Vestavia Hills Public Library Outreach that serves the children of Cahaba Heights and Liberty Park. Tickets are $45.00 per person in advance and $55.00 per person at the door. No denim please..
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