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Volume 2 | Issue 11 | February 2012

Park planned on Cahaba River By MADOLINE MARKHAM The City of Mountain Brook is planning a Cahaba River Park on Overton Road at Oakdale Drive near I-459. The 4.7acre park will back up to the Cahaba River. The city acquired the land for the park last fall from Brookwood Baptist Church and reviewed plans for development by Nimrod Long and Associates in January. “The park will serve as a gateway coming into our city from the southeast,” City Council President Virginia Smith said. “I feel like it’s going to add something to the southern part of Mountain Brook. Most of the current parks are closer to the Villages.” Nimrod Long’s rendering includes walking trails, a fishing ledge, a gazebo, picnic tables and benches. There would also be a parking area. “When you get down into the park land, it’s really quite private and remote,” firm President Nimrod Long said. “It’s a very beautiful piece of property with large hardwoods, 75 to 100 years old. The views onto the river feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.”

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February Features Editor’s Note City Council Stop Hunger Now Krewe Ball Kari Kampakis T-Lish Dressing Village Sports MBHS Theatre School House Restaurant Showcase Around the Villages Calendar of Events

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Nimrod Long presented this draft of a rendering of the Cahaba River Park to the Mountain Brook City Council in January. The city is asking for input on the plan before it is finalized. Image courtesy of Nimrod Long and Associates.

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Crestline resident Nathan Glick was an artist during World War II. Photo by Christiana Roussel.

By CHRISTIANA ROUSSEL The walls of the Glick home are like a fine art gallery. One wall contains watercolors of places Nathan Glick was stationed: England, Egypt, North Africa,

Romania, India and Italy. Another wall contains vivid paintings he completed after each family vacation with his wife, Esther, and their two daughters, Stephanie and

Roseanne. His style is evident in each; one has to look at the dates to know they vary in age by decades. Only a few months shy of turning 100 years old, Glick still paints. Born in Leeds, Ala. in 1912, Glick had a natural affinity for art and illustration that he developed and refined through traditional schooling and real life experiences. As a boy, he used these gifts to create drawings from the stories his mother read to him, illustrations that would find their way to the Children’s Page of The Birmingham News when he was only six years old. After completing high school in Montgomery at age 16, Glick traveled to New York and studied art for four years. Occasionally he would accompany his instructor, Eric Pape, to the Players Club where he met such performers as Charlie Chaplin and Basil Rathbone. His imagination let loose as he began to design costumes and stage sets. He spent an entire summer learning animal anatomy while working at the Museum of Natural History. His appetite for real-life learning has always been voracious, and he never turned down any opportunity to add skills to his repertoire.

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Editor’s Note pictures that we weren’t able I think there is one thing to fit them all in. Please make that most of us associate with sure you visit our website, February. Love. Valentine’s, Day makes us think of hearts, to more pictures of your friends flowers and chocolates. enjoying their trip to the Big Nathan and Esther Glick are Easy and the game. an example of a true love Speaking of sports, the story. There relationship that Lady Spartans are having spans over many decades is a great season. See Will a great example of enduring Hightower’s story on the team commitment to one another. and the talent that they have Mr. Glick also has an amazing this year. story of his experience as an Jennifer Gray We have so many talented artist documenting events of kids at the High School. Make sure you World War II. But there are so many ways to celebrate read Mary Nobles Hancock’s story on love. Many area churches are participating the Troubadour competition. The theatre in the Stop Hunger Now initiative. With an department really took home the awards ambitious goal of putting together 500,000 this year. It seems that we have some very meals for those without enough to eat, they talented actors at the High School. Who are seeking volunteers of all ages to help knows, you might be able to say you knew get the job done. This opportunity is open them when… Lastly, the votes are in for the first-ever to anyone in our community and you can find out how you can help inside. What Best of Mountain Brook. We hope you will better way to show love to others, complete look forward to the results, which will be strangers even, than lending a hand to help published in our March issue. Thanks to all of you for your nominations and votes make reaching this goal possible? For those Bama fans in Mountain Brook, congratulations. Hilary Ross and her family traveled to New Orleans and she has great photos and the details of how the Tide faithful from Mountain Brook enjoyed the game. We had so many great

Call for spring break photos Spring break might seem a long way off, but it’s already on our minds. Be sure to snap lots of photos on your trip, and send your favorites to Village Living. We’ll run a collection of the photos in April and even more online. Email them to content@villagelivingonline. com.

Editor’s top 5 1. Attend the Friends of the Emmet O’Neal library book sale. It’s a great way to find deals on books and support our wonderful library. 2. For those of you looking for a way to continue that healthy eating resolution you made in January, pick up a bottle of Tiffany Denson’s TLish salad dressing to put on those healthy salads. This is by far my favorite dressing. We always have at least two bottles in the house, so we are never caught without some. Read all about it this month on page 10. 3. Celebrate Valentine’s Day locally. There are many great restaurants to take your Valentine to for a special dinner, local florists for flowers and great gifts can be found in any of the villages. 4. Pick up some Ousler’s sandwiches for lunch or your next event. If you haven’t ever tried them, you are really missing out on a Birmingham tradition. Read all about this business located in Mountain Brook Village. 5. Don’t forget kindergarten registration. If you have a child that will be starting kindergarten in the fall, February is when you register. See page 5 for the dates and more details for each of the elementary schools.

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City council updates What to know for Municipal building update The City Council is currently finalizing contracting bids for the new municipal building in Crestline. They approved a bid for video projectors for the council rooms and other audio/visual equipment from ESB Group

and are looking to award a security bid. The council is also still negotiating with Taylor Miree on the construction schedule. As of now, the building is scheduled to be completed in August 2012.

Pedestrian crossings on Mtn. Brook Pkwy. Two new pedestrian crossing signals will be installed on Mountain Brook Parkway by Stone & Sons Electrical Contracts. The signals will be just over the bridge on the city limits line on Mountain

Brook Parkway where there is currently a crosswalk connecting the Jemison Trail. There will be one signal on each side of the street. City Manager Sam Gaston said the signals should be up sometime in February.

Sidewalk construction to start Phases 6 of the sidewalk project Mountain Brook Village Walkway System is scheduled to start in February. City Manager Sam Gaston.said construction should last through the late summer or early fall. The project will build new sidewalks

on Overbrook Road, Overcrest Road, Cherokee Road, Shiloh Drive, Knollwood Drive, and Green Valley Road through city limit line. The city will send out a letter to property owners affected by the construction with more detailed information.

Pine Ridge traffic study presented A traffic study on Pine Ridge Road was presented at the Jan. 10 council meeting after a Jan. 5 meeting with neighbors. Out of concern about traffic issues, residents recommended vegetation control down both sides of Pine Ridge Road, enforcing

the speed limit, and possibly larger signage. City Manager Sam Gaston said some residents may be coming back before the council to ask them to consider speed bumps or three way stop signs.

New polling location upcoming city elections The Mountain Brook City Council agreed to use the Emmet O’Neal Library as an alternate municipal polling place for this year’s election. The old City Hall on Church Street previously served as a polling place, but it was demolished last year as the city

began building a new municipal complex. City Manager Sam Gaston said the new complex could be completed by the Aug. 21 municipal vote, but the city needs to give the U.S. Justice Department 60 days notice to move a polling place.

kindergarten registration Mountain Brook Board of Education Central Office personnel will be at each elementary school on the following dates and times for kindergarten student registration: ff Brookwood Forest- Feb. 16 ff Cherokee Bend- Feb. 22 ff Crestline Elementary- Feb. 28 ff Mountain Brook Elementary- Feb. 15 Children with last names A-L should come 9-11 a.m. and names M-Z, 12-2 p.m. All students should be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2012. To register your child for kindergarten: 1. On or after Feb. 1, download and complete the Kindergarten Registration Packet at under Student Registration. Paper copies of the packet are also available in the front office of each elementary school. 2. Bring all of the following documents: ff Child’s Social Security Card (Card Required) ff Certified Birth Certificate ff Certificate of Immunization (Original Blue Form)*

3. Bring one of the following documents to prove your Mountain Brook residency**: ff Property Deed ff Title Insurance, or ff Lease Agreement *The schools ask that you be present on the date above at your school whether or not you have a current Blue Form. If your student is not yet five years old at the time of your school’s designated registration date, you may bring the Blue Form to the school after they receive their 5 year old booster immunization. **If siblings are currently enrolled in Mountain Brook Schools, and the family residence has not changed, a Letter of Residency must still be obtained but the above documentation is not required.

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Witnesses to the Tide reauxll in Big Easy By HILARY ROSS

Many Mountain Brook residents rolled into the Big Easy to witness the rematch of the top-ranked LSU Tigers versus number two Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2012 AllState Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship football game, and our family was no exception. Of course, Alabama has several Mountain Brook players, such as starting center William Vlachos (senior), offensive lineman Tyler Love (junior), defensive lineman Wilson Love (freshman) and Morgan Ogilvie (redshirt freshman), son of legendary running back Major Ogilvie. So not only were Mountain Brook residents excited to see their team in the championship, but were thrilled our hometown boys were on the roster. One Mountain Brook group staying in Biloxi, Mississippi chartered a bus to NOLA to take part in the pre-game festivities and be in the electric environment. Despite not having tickets, the group decided to make arrangements to view the game together on a big screen and not miss any of the action or fun. “We are here to support Alabama in its attempt at a 14th National Championship and be part of the game day atmosphere,” said Mary Margaret Gullage, whose group was taking part in the ESPN College Game Day show being filmed from Jackson Square.

Front row Marilyn Dixon, Millie Hulsey, Billy Hulsey. Back row: Jim Dixon, Kelly Hulsey, Duncan Hulsey.

The Ross family enjoyed their time together in NOLA.

Alabama Alum Ginger Abele and her husband, Fletcher, who is a huge Alabama fan despite graduating from Hampden-Sydney College, wanted to share the experience with their children, Helen, Alex and Julia, brother Chris, his wife Leah, and their older kids John and Grant Abele. “Their grandfather bought all the kids ‘time to settle’ T-shirts because he was so excited they were all going to the game,” Ginger said. “We are Number 1 and are going to win the game!” the Abeles all told me, as they waited outside the Superdome. Alumni from Mountain Brook also made plans to meet fellow alumni from other parts of the country and attend the game together. “This is the third National Championship game that Charles and I have celebrated with our fellow alum, Lana Shackelford, who now lives in Los Angeles,” said Patti Wilkinson. “In Pasadena, our fans were so spread out so you didn’t see all the crimson like here. Playing in the Superdome feels like home to Alabama fans because we beat Miami for the national title there in the Sugar Bowl in January 1993 and have played in many other Sugar Bowls there. We love traveling with the Tide and hope to attend many more National Championship games.” My family was thrilled with our seats on the first row of the end zone painted “Alabama.” Even though we were a red dot in a purple state, we quickly made friends with


Alex, Julia, Helen, and Johnd Julia Abele remind us who they think is number one.

MBHS graduates and UA freshmen. Front Row: Courtney Bishop, Alston Knipp. Back Row: Mary Pat Damrich, Lyons Durkee, Margaret Anne Price, Olivia Bailey.

our neighbors, as most were good natured and happy to be a part of the moment they felt sure would belong to them. It was amazing to celebrate the victory of a team that worked so hard, overcame adversity, and persevered to claim their title. With the excellent coaching and recruiting by Nick Saban and his staff, many Bama fans mulled the possibility of going ahead and making arrangements for Miami next year. All I can say are two words: Roll Tide! To see more photos of Mountain Brook residents at the big game, visit



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By SANDY PORTER While many of us are making resolutions to take off a few pounds after over-indulging on desserts and holiday fare, many in our world do not have enough to eat. To help combat the problem of hunger, five Over the Mountain churches are working together to send 500,000 meals to children in lesser developed countries. Working through the hunger relief organization Stop Hunger Now, church members and volunteers from the community will meet at Canterbury United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 16 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. to package the meals. The churches participating in this event are Saint Luke’s Episcopal, Vestavia Hills United Methodist, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal, Brookwood Baptist and Canterbury United Methodist. “Our combined resources, both in volunteers and financially, will result in a tremendous accomplishment for the fight against hunger,” said Rachel Estes, outreach director at Canterbury United Methodist Church. To accomplish the goal of 500,000 meals, the churches need volunteers from the community in addition to their own members. About 4000 volunteers are needed during the two-day period. Everyone can help make a difference. Offering an opportunity for every age and skill level, this is a great project for Boy Scouts, garden clubs, classrooms, sports teams, Bible clubs, book clubs,

supper clubs, families – anyone wanting to participate in a meaningful outreach project. Jobs involve everything from scooping dried food to lifting heavy boxes to sorting containers. Shifts are from one to two hours, and some shifts even offer childcare. Volunteers are asked to sign up in advance. Go to www.canterburyumc. org/stophunger or email Ellen Thomas at Stop Hunger Now launched its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf life of five years and transports quickly. This will be the second year Canterbury has hosted a Stop Hunger Now event. Last year, 142,560 meals were packed in 12 hours, enough to fill an entire shipping container. These meals provided school children in Honduras with food for an entire month. “We are very excited about increasing the number of meals we are packaging this year,” Estes said, “and are confident that, with the help of our generous community, we can accomplish this goal.” If you cannot volunteer in February but would like to make a donation, email Rachel Estes at Rachel.Estes@ or call 871-4695.

Sacred Music Chorus festival Mountain Brook Baptist Church is hosting the 2012 Over the Mountain Festival of Sacred Music Chorus on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. The presentation is entitled “Awake the Harp,” from Haydn’s Creation. The fourth annual festival features singers from various choirs and choral groups from Birmingham and cities throughout

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When Feb. 17 arrives, so will the Beaux Arts Krewe. As hosts of the 45th annual Beaux Arts Krewe Ball, these gentlemen will don the red velvet regalia as they welcome guests of this year’s royal court. Since its inception in 1967, the ball has featured a King and Queen as well as their courtiers: Guards, Dukes, Ladies-inWaiting, Princesses and Pages. In the spirit of Mardi Gras, the festivities center around the King and the presentation of the Queen and her Court. The Krewe Ball’s origins date back to the eleventh Beaux Arts Jewel Ball for the Birmingham Museum of Art. That year’s ball chair, Mrs. James Mallory Kidd, Jr., observed the discarding of the ball’s elaborate decorations year after year. She decided to organize a support group for the museum that would have permanent costumes and decorations. Thus, the Beaux Arts Krewe began, and with 125 charter members they were off to a grand start. As a testament to Mrs. Kidd’s original idea, the Krewe Ball continues to use the same capes, banners, crest and candelabra as always. For the past 28 years, Ms. Deborah Fleischman has directed the program and created the Page costumes. She works with as many as 40 children of the Krewe to present an entertaining and detailed spectacle at the ball. The Pages welcome the court with tumbling and joyful

antics. Following the pages are the Dukes, the King, the Ladies-in-Waiting, the Queen, and the Princesses. The young ladies all wear ball gowns of white accessorized with long white gloves. Each is presented by her sponsor from the Krewe and wears a Mardi Gras mask hand-made by the ladies of the Krewe. The 45th annual Krewe Ball will present the following 37 Princesses:

Miss Elizabeth Ann Bean, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Straub Bean; Miss Anne Hayden Bromberg, daughter of Mr. Frank Hardy Bromberg, III and Ms. Anne McMillan Bromberg; Miss Elizabeth Bentley Bruhn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hansel Peacock Bruhn and Ms. Elizabeth Bentley Bruhn; Miss Koula Michelle Callahan, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Michael Alston Callahan; Miss Anna Kathryn Clark, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lange Clark; Miss Kathryn Quinn Corey, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Allen Rushton Corey; Miss Sarah Bunnell Crosier, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ray Crosier; Miss Elizabeth Grier Darnall, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Palmar Darnall IV and Mr. & Mrs. Dan Hughes Bundy; Miss Margaret Fairfax Davis, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Robert Davis; Miss Catherine Kelsall Dodson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Selden Dodson, Jr; Miss Evelyn Adams Drennen, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hagood Drennen; Miss Elisabeth Gaillard Foster, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. John Caffey Foster; Miss Virginia Lyle Hazelrig, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Keith Hazelrig; Miss Madelyn Fletcher Hereford, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Schley Hereford; Miss

Quinn Corey, Elizabeth Bean, Franny Jones, Sarah Crosier, Kelsie Dodson

Anne Hayden Bromberg, Emily Suggs, Lizzy Wade, Evelyn Drennen, Theresa Sprain

Ginna Miller, Elissa Handley Tyson, Madelyn Hereford, Koula Callahan, Sally Morris

Grier Darnall, Roxanne Walker, Lillian Jones, Gage Smith. Photos by Madoline Markham.

Margaret Priester, Elizabeth Smith, Molly Stone, Mary Jordan Moore, Elisabeth Foster, Fairfax Davis

Bentley Bruhn, Elisabeth Welden, Virginia Hazelrig, Callie McCraney

Lucy Walker Gunn, Rushton Wood-Thuston, Carolyn Smith, Lynn Priester

Frances Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Mrs. James Stivender Holbrook, Jr. and Mr. Michael Craig Jones; Miss Lillian Halcott Jones, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Alexander Williamson Jones, Jr; Miss Rose Caldwell McCraney, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Robert McCraney; Miss Virginia deVilliers Miller, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boyd Miller; Miss Mary Jordan Moore, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John David Moore; Miss Sarah Walden Morris, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Claiborne Morris; Miss Mary Ryan Nielsen, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Axel Nielsen; Miss Lynn Otey Priester, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Louis Priester; Miss Margaret Tutwiler Priester, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Louis Priester; Miss Margaret Carson Scott, daughter of Mrs. Melissa Fick Scott and Mr. Drayton Trucks Scott Jr.; Miss Barbara Gage Smith, daughter of Mr. Hatton Coulbourne Valentine Smith and Mrs. Virginia Ellen Jackson; Miss Carolyn Adele Smith, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Don Cecil Smith, Jr.; Miss Elizabeth Marie Smith, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Don Cecil Smith, Jr.; Miss Katherine Theresa Sprain, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Henry Sprain, Jr.; Miss Margaret Loyd Stone, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Ira Stone; Miss Emily Elizabeth Suggs, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Patrick Suggs; Miss Collier

Dickinson Tynes, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ingram Dickinson Tynes; Miss Elissa Handley Tyson, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Marc Bryant Tyson; Miss Elizabeth Parker Wade, daughter of Mrs. Walter Bellingrath Sandlin Wade and the late Mr. Wade; Miss Roxanne O’Neal Walker, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Orr Walker, Jr. and Ms Joni Brown Walker; Miss Elisabeth Smith Welden, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Bowen Welden; Miss Rushton Elizabeth Wood-Thuston, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dixon Thuston.

One of these ladies will be revealed as the Queen at the Ball, while four others will be presented as the Queen’s Ladies-inWaiting. To usher in the week of Mardi Gras preceding the ball, the Beaux Arts Krewe members fly flags at their homes. Although these flags were at one time given solely to those Krewe members who had been King, they now grace the homes of each member of the Beaux Arts Krewe. Each flag boasts the Beaux Arts Krewe Coat of Arms emblazoned with symbols that represent the organization’s commitment to Birmingham and the arts.

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LifeActually By Kari Kampakis

Love & marriage When my friend Greta got engaged many years ago, a man she knew from work shared a story that I’ll always remember. In essence, he told her that the key to marriage is to love your spouse even when you don’t feel like it. Using his own life to explain, he described a period in which he and his wife hit a wall. They were fighting constantly and very disconnected. Their marriage hung by a thread. Her birthday was coming up, and though he wasn’t in the mood to act kindly, he planned a surprise party. He forced himself to show love that he didn’t feel, and it took every bone in his body to follow through. As you can imagine, a surprise party was the last gift his wife expected. When she walked in the room and saw what he’d done, she looked at him dumbfounded. She’d been thrown for a major loop. This man went on to tell Greta that the party turned his marriage around. By treating his wife differently, she treated him differently in return, and with every inch one of them gave, the other gave an inch back. Before long they set in motion a new dynamic that helped rebuild their marriage. No matter how happily married you are, or whether you’ve experienced your own rough patch, you probably can relate to this story. Every relationship has ups and downs, and when you consider all the things married couples share—money, bills, kids, duties, decisions, a bed and bedroom—it’s clear how much room there is for conflict. Even the best marriages have healthy debates, and while that’s normal, trouble can arise when unresolved issues dig under our skin and fester. Over time, they can do real damage. Marriage takes effort, but just as important as effort is a long-term commitment to each other. When we meet our soul mate, it’s all passion and fireworks. Our emotions take over, creating an intoxicating high. We start riding on cloud nine, a fanciful place we never want to leave.

But sooner or later reality kicks in, and as we gravitate down to earth, we realize that passion and fireworks can ignite love but they can’t sustain it. What starts as an emotion becomes a decision because we can’t always rely on our feelings. Some days we don’t feel like loving our spouse. We feel like wringing their neck, or shaking sense into them, and they feel like doing the same thing back. And this is where love becomes a choice. This is where we put our head over our heart and choose to love our spouse, hoping our emotions might follow. As C.S. Lewis said, “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” In regards to marriage, this means putting our spouse’s needs before our own. When both parties do this, a beautiful love manifests. Marriage is a sacrament that often gets taken lightly in today’s culture. While some marriages aren’t meant to endure— or be saved by a surprise party—we all can learn a lesson from the olive branch Greta’s friend extended. Doing the right thing can lead to miraculous surprises sometimes, even with the people closest and most familiar to us. But in order to find out, we must take the first step. In closing, I’d like to wish my husband—Harry Kampakis—a happy Valentine’s Day. Harry is my best friend, and when I think of his love, the word “agape” comes to mind. Agape is a Greek word that describes the selfless, unconditional love described in the Bible, the highest level of love known to humanity. To experience this kind of love is a blessing I wish for everyone, and I thank God for bringing Harry into my life. Thanks to him, I’ve learned that love and marriage can indeed go hand in hand. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Mountain Brook mom of four with a background in PR, writing and photography. Read her blog at or find her on Facebook and Twitter. Email her at kari@karikampakis. com.

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2/1- Brown Bag Lunch series. Local historian Jim Phillips will present a program about life in Alabama before the Civil War, 12:30 p.m. 2/2- Smart Investing @ EOL with Dr. Andreas Rauterkus, “What are Mutual Funds?” 6:30 p.m. 2/7- Thyme to Read-EOL Book Group discussing Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, 6 p.m. at The Library at the Botanical Gardens 2/8- Brown Bag Lunch series, a film on the final settlements of the ancient Celts in Scotland, England, and Ireland, 12:30 p.m. 2/11- Knit & Knibble, all crafts and skill levels welcome, 2-3:30 p.m. 2/13 Great Books Book Group discussing Mary Gordon’s The Baby, 6:30 p.m. 2/14- The Bookies Book Group discussing The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, 10 a.m. 2/16- Third Thursdays at Dyron’s Lowcountry, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Library, 4:30-10 p.m. 2/21- Tech Tuesdays, librarians will be on hand to demo ereaders and other new technologies in the Library lobby, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2/24-2/26- The Annual Friends of EOL Booksale, Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. 2/28- Genre Reading Group, read any nonfiction title on any type of music and/or musician(s), 6:30 p.m.


2/3- Game On! Rock Band: Battle of the Bands, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 2/6 TAB, monthly meeting of the members of the Teen Advisory Board, 5-6 p.m. 2/10 We’ll use clay and Sculpey to craft beads,

creatures, and whatever else you can dream up! 4-6 p.m.


Mondays Toddler Tales Story Time. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Chess Club. 6 p.m. Tuesdays Together Time Story Time. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Library Out Loud Story Time. 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays Mother Goose Story Time. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Thursdays Patty Cake Story Time. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. SNaP. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays Family Story Time with Mr. Mac. 10:30 a.m.

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2/6-2/10 - Make a Valentine for Children’s Hospital, All day 2/7- Family Night: Drum Circle, 5:30 p.m. 2/8- After-School Special: Sing-along with Jim Aycock, 3:30 p.m. 2/14- Bookmania: Chocolate Touch, 6 p.m. 2/16- Bookmania: Chocolate Touch, 6 p.m. 2/20- Presidents Day stories, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2/21- Savvy Surfing: Accessing E-books, 6p.m. 2/25- Life-size Sesame Street characters at Friends Book Sale, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.

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T-Lish Dressing: A perfectly balanced blend By CHRISTIANA ROUSSEL It has been said that when you do something you really love, it will never feel like work. Not many of us get that lucky, but when you meet someone who has, it is almost immediately evident. Tiffany Denson is one of those people. If you’re like other readers, you’ve probably picked up a jar of Denson’s T-Lish Dressing & Marinade on a visit to the Pants Store in Crestline. And as Denson can tell you, you weren’t the only one who bought a bottle and then came back for more. What started as a little something she could whip up in the kitchen for friends turned into something so much bigger. Denson and her husband, Rush, moved to Crestline in January 2006. By Christmas that year, the family had hit their groove, and Denson was looking to share the holiday spirit with a plethora of family and friends. Bottling up her beloved dressing was a natural choice for this busy mom of two who is so fond of entertaining and cooking. “Listen, I was the nerd in high school who had subscriptions to House Beautiful and Veranda,” Denson said. “In college, I threw wine and cheese parties when everyone else wanted cheap beer and chips. I just love to cook for friends, entertain and share good food. I can’t help it!” John Gee, co-owner of The Pants Store and Denson’s neighbor, admits he eats at her house at least four nights a week. “She is always making huge meals, and I can fix a plate and watch a football game with Rush or even take it home to my house,” he said. “We always have extra people around at dinner time,” Denson said. “The boys (her sons, Rush and Quinn) will have friends over, and it’s just easier to feed

Tiffany Denson with her newly bottled T-Lish dressing in her Crestline home. Photo by Madoline Markham.

everyone.” It wasn’t long after New Years that Denson was getting requests for a “few more bottles here or a few more bottles there.” Denson’s Christmas gift list continued to grow and in 2009, she sent out an email to friends, taking requests for the nowfamous T-Lish dressing. She had tons of orders and at least one neighbor with a brilliant idea. Gee suggested she put some

bottles at The Pants Store. Soon she had people from Hoover, Dallas, and Atlanta emailing her for bottles of the dressing. Gee said his store sells at least two cases of dressing a week. “It’s crazy, but I swear I don’t go 24 hours without someone sending me a request for the dressing,” Denson said. So what makes this stuff so great? For one thing, it is just the right balance of vinegar and canola oil, garlic and herbs.

There are no preservatives or artificial flavors or colors in those bottles; as the tag says, it’s “all natural, all good.” This recipe dovetails with Denson’s personal philosophy on food, keeping things natural and avoiding processed foods. The dressing is obviously great on salads (“the one dressing that will make men eat salad,” she claims), but it is terrific used as a marinade or blended into other dishes. Denson is constantly getting feedback from folks on how they enjoy T-Lish, either on her blog ( tlish) or her Facebook page. As her business has boomed, Denson found a co-packer to help her make the products on a larger scale and started developing new products. Denson no longer has to bottle all the dressing herself. You can find the newly packaged bottles all three Western Supermarkets, V. Richard’s and Piggly Wiggly Birmingham locations, Modica Market in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and stores around the state. “I had several requests for us to carry Denson’s dressing,” said Brett Hubbard, Director of Deli, Bakery and Floral for Western. “When I tasted it, I was like, ‘This is great! We gotta get this.’ She’s done an incredible job on her blog of introducing her product to people and showing them how to use it for more than just salad.” So, until a house comes up for sale on the Denson’s street and we can become their neighbors, we’ll have to be satisfied with buying T-Lish and bringing it home to our house. Christiana Roussel lives in Crestline and is a lover all things food-related. You can follow her culinary musings on line at www. or on Facebook or Twitter (christiana40).

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Spartans prove age is just a number By WILL HIGHTOWER On paper, the Lady Spartans are young. Kaki Simpson is the only senior, and sophomores form the majority. But many of the sophomores have played on the varsity team for two to three years, so really the team has just as much experience as anyone else, even if they are younger according to the calendar. The team’s record is 18-6. Sophomores Mary Katherine Pinson and Collier Ogilvie and junior Ellie Mouyal usually trade places as leading scorers, with at least one hitting 15 or 20 points

Collier Ogilvie dribbles past a Spain Park defender as Kaki Simpson looks on. Photos courtesy of Image Arts.

every game. Mary Katherine scored 39 points against Vestavia in January to break the record for the most points scored in a game. Head coach Mark Cornelius also said that Simpson, who was named the captain of the team, is a leader: “Kaki does a great job of keeping our team a group and is someone that the team can rally around. She understands her role and gets out there and plays hard. She has a good time but she doesn’t lose the focus of what we’re trying to do.” When asked about being the only senior on the team, Kaki said, “It’s basically been the same people on the team for the past three years so age does not create a barrier. I am very comfortable with everyone and we have all grown to be extremely close.” Cornelius is a familiar face to Mountain Brook basketball fans. Cornelius’ ten years as the boys coach were some of Mountain Brook’s most successful, even including a run to the Final Four in 2001. After leaving in 2008 to coach at Hoover, Cornelius is back as the girls coach. “I don’t think I would change anything,” he said. “I wouldn’t go back to coaching boys. It’s been a really big blessing for me to be back here, and I’ve enjoyed this year as much as any year I’ve coached.” His coaching is paying dividends, as the girls finished December at 14-5 and are currently playing tough area teams like Vestavia, Homewood and Spain Park. The schedule was intentionally made tougher early on to help the Spartans prepare for these teams. “We’ve been in some close games, been behind, and had to figure out a way to get ahead,” Cornelius said. “Because of that I think we’re improving a lot as a team. Hopefully we’ll understand how to handle close games now. These teams in our area have the best coaches we will face, so they will be prepared for us.”

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Front row: Alex Gauld, Crawford Poynor, Will Bellande, Whatley Thompson. Back row: Curry Elgin, Heath Holcomb, David Anderson, Vann Stewart, William Watts, Reid Freeman. Coaches: Steve Holcomb, Bud Bellande. Photo courtesy of Scott Anderson.

Fourth grade Mountain Brook Jets were Jingle Jam champions. Front row: Beau Hubbard, Porter Phelan, Clark Griffin, Edward Reed, Patrick Neil, Dugan Prater. Back row: Coach Doug Neil, Richman Priestley, Carter Sobera, Andrew Fleming, Coach Jack Kubiszyn, John David Kubiszyn. Photo courtesy of Wendy Griffin.

Ellie Mouyal is usually a lead scorer for the Spartans.

As the playoffs roll around, the girls and the coaches are confident. “We should win our area,” Cornelius said. “And I would be disappointed if we didn’t make it to Jacksonville this year. We should be there.” “We are definitely keeping our eyes set on Jacksonville, but we have to get past the area tournament first,” Simpson said. Keep up with the team as they head toward the playoffs and prove that age is just a number.



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MBHS Theatre wins state competition By MARY NOBLES HANCOCK It was a risk. A new theatre teacher, a challenging style of theatre, and performing a Shakespearean show at the same time. It could have been a recipe for disaster. But the Mountain Brook High School theatre troupe managed to not only pull it off, they also became the first Mountain Brook show to be chosen to represent the state at the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference. The show is Androcles and the Lion by Aurand Harris. The storyline revolved around a slave named Androcles (played by senior Mark Hammontree) living in 16th century Rome. His master, Pantalone (senior Joey Weed) is a stingy miser who works Androcles night and day. When Pantalone’s niece, Isabella (junior Bailey Edmunds) falls in love with a neighboring boy named Lelio (sophomore Austin Russell), Pantalone is willing to do anything to keep them from marrying and losing Isabella’s dowry. Bringing in the “bravest solider in Rome,” Pantalone and his newfound ally, Capitano (senior Spiro Gerontakis), search for the lovers as they escape to elope. An unlikely friendship is made when Androcles helps a lion in the woods (junior Meryem Tunagur, with the Lion’s voices by senior Sara Anne Stringfellow, junior DeeDee Joehl, junior Allie Cannon, and the Lion’s roar by senior Charles Butterworth). This children’s show was performed in the Commedia dell’Arte style, a form of theatre common in 16th century Italy. This comedic style is characterized by a group of stock characters and ensemble members entitled the Zanni. Masks were typical in Commedia, and it is the basis for modern “slapstick comedy.” “I wanted to incorporate as much of the original style of Commedia as possible into the show,” said Director Jesse Tilton.

Seniors Mark Hammontree (playing Androcles), Spiro Gerontakis (playing Capitano) and Joey Weed (playing Pantelones) perform Androcles and the Lion. Photo courtesy of Laura- Louise Perkinson.

“It’s a very historical style of theatre, and it was neat getting to learn about it and then bring it to the stage.” On Saturday, Nov. 5 the troupe competed at Thompson High School in the district level of the annual Walter Trumbauer Theatre Competition. The one act won the awards for Best Ensemble, Best Sets and Best in Show. Winning Best in Show meant that they advanced to the State level. The show was also lucky enough to take six out of the 13 spots in the All-Star Cast. These actors were Charles Butterworth, Allie Cannon, Spiro Gerontakis, DeeDee Joehl, Sara Anne Stringfellow and Meryem Tunagur. Mark Hammontree won overall Best Male Actor in a One Act.

In addition to the one act, 36 out of the 42 individual events entered advanced to the state level. These individual events consisted of monologues, duets, singing, tech design and pantomime. At the State level on Dec. 2 and 3 the show was again a huge success, taking home the award for Best Costumes and Best in Show. Androcles and the Lion was also selected to be one of two shows out of the 18 that competed to represent the state of Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Chattanooga in March. This is the first time Mountain Brook has ever been selected to represent the state. “Going to State was such an amazing experience,” said Weed. “We got to see a lot of truly amazing show, and we all met a

bunch of new friends while we were there.” Meryem Tunagur was again chosen for All-Star Cast, with Spiro Gerontakis taking Best Supporting Actor in a One Act. Mark Hammontree received the award for Best Lead Actor in a One Act Show. “Winning at State was so great,” said Mark Hammontree. “None of us were ready to be done with this show, and we went out there and did the best we possibly could.” Meryem Tunagur was also selected to read in a special performance of the winner of the playwright competition. She was one of five actors chosen out of 50 who auditioned. Mountain Brook was also successful with many of their individual events. Junior Carolyn McCalley won third place in Novice Sound Design for her design for the show Alice in Wonderland. Junior Tamara Hites received second place in Solo Musical Female Dramatic Novice singing “Gotta Get Out” from Ordinary Days. Senior Bryce Martinez won first place in Novice Set Design for his design for the show Equus. Senior Emily Seigel received second place in Solo Acting Female Contemporary Comedic Varsity for her monologue from the show Moon Over Buffalo. Seniors Elizabeth Perkinson and Sara Anne Stringfellow won 2nd place in Duet Classical Dramatic Varsity. Tunagur also received 2nd place in Female Contemporary Dramatic for her monologue called “Crazy” by Mindy Jones. “I’m so proud of everyone,” said Jesse Tilton. “We’ve accomplished so much in just one semester. We performed an amazing run of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and now we’re going to SETC, I could not have had a better first season at Mountain Brook.”

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One hundred years of Girl Scouts

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By HILARY ROSS March 12, 2012 marks the 100th year of Girl Scouts. Mountain Brook girls have enjoyed participation in this organization through the years. Catherine Fowler is a parent leader for the troops in the Mountain Brook Service Unit, which consists of 23 troops in the Mountain Brook school system, Highlands Day School, and St. Francis. This service unit reports to the Girl Scouts of NorthCentral Alabama council (GSNCA). Troop 524, made of eight Cadettes from Mountain Brook Elementary and Crestline Elementary School, was recently awarded the Bronze Award for their efforts to renovate the scout house in Crestline. They are currently working on a project concerning fresh air as well as planning a program that will take the scout experience to less fortunate kids. Troop 151, made of sixteen Brownies from MBE and Crestline, enjoy attending a local Girl Scout camp and helping out at a local food bank. They are currently working on a water conservation project and making plans to go hiking in several of our state parks. Troop 327 has eighteen Daisies from MBE and Crestline. This enthusiastic group just finished earning all of their petals (each one represents one part of the Girl Scout law). The girls are anxious to get to work on their first cookie sale. This year, the Girl Scouts are offering eight varieties: the five “classics” (Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, and

Trefoils) and three newer ones (Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Munch, and the 2012 100th Anniversary cookie, Savannah Smiles). At a recent cookie tasting, our local girls deemed the anniversary cookie, Savannah Smiles, lemony and crisp! Each box of cookies is priced at $3.50. If you missed pre-ordering Girl Scout Cookies this year, support our local scout troops at their annual booth sales at Western Supermarket and Piggly Wiggly from Feb. 10-12. Proceeds from cookie sales fund field-trip-style activities and community service projects. Details on those specifics will be posted at booth sales locations. Catherine Fowler said that they are also excited about the Cookie Locator application that’s available for smartphones. If eager customers have trouble finding cookies near them, they can download for free the Girl Scout Cookie Locator App for iPhone or Android. The app tells customers when and where sales will take place in their area, and map them to the location. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program girls manage inventory, set goals, learn money management and develop their own personal leadership style. Essentially, the girls run their own business. The entire troop sets a goal and creates an action plan leading toward that goal. The Girl Scouts also send Gift of Caring boxes to the troops overseas and donate all overages to shelters and/or food stations.

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By THERESA GREGORY The second graders of Cherokee Bend visited the American Village in Montavallo, where they learned about the Pilgrims. The students toured the grounds of the American Village with curators and actors dressed in era appropriate attire. The children discovered the conditions the Pilgrims faced on board the Mayflower including the need to eat citrus fruit to avoid scurvy. The second graders also became familiar with the hardships Pilgrims endured in the New World and

the importance of the Pilgrims’ willingness to barter with the Native American Narragansett tribe, who inhabited the area where the Pilgrims first settled. The children met the Narragansett’s Chief, bestowed gifts upon him and received his blessing. Afterwards, the students engaged in games similar to those played by the Pilgrim children. Then, the second graders learned of the types of foods at the first Thanksgiving. Lastly, the children had a picnic lunch before returning to school.

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BWF second graders visited Peinhardt Living Farm in Cullman this fall, and classes learned about working farms in early 20th century Alabama. Peinhardt Farm is a working farm with cotton, sweet potato, pumpkin and sugar cane crops. The farm has livestock, and students had the opportunity to milk a cow, see hatchling chicks and guide a mule while plowing. Students also visited a farmhouse

from 1930 and learned about canning food, washing clothes before washing machines, wood stove cooking and gardening. They also learned how early 20th century tools like cross-cut saws and wedge and froe work. These tools are still used for making fences on farms. Second grade teachers at BWF are Cindy Holt, Dana Mason, Ashley Scott and Katie Wigton.

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By BONNIE LORINO The Crestline Jump Rope and Hula Hoop team is comprised of 79 girls who twirl and jump to the hip hop beat. They are led under the direction of Coach LuAnne Wall and Coach Randy Stephens. The girls have performed at Birmingham-

Southern, The Exceptional Foundation, and Samford University so far this year. If you haven’t had a chance to see them in action, you are missing out. Check out the Crestline Elementary School website to see the schedule for 2012.

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Art Forms is a MBJH tradition open to all students to express themselves and compete for awards. Sponsored by the MBJH PTO, it gives MBJH students a venue in which to share and polish their artistic talents in three major categories: Literary, Visual and Performing Arts. The three major categories are judged by local professionals in those areas. There is also a student choice award in each category that is voted on by the students. The Visual and Literary entries are judged without the students’ names on them and only judges who are unfamiliar with MBJH students are used in the Performing Arts category. A logo competition was held in December to kick off the contest, with the winning design determined by popular vote by MBJH students. Caroline Moore in ninth grade designed the winning logo that will appear on the Art Forms T-shirt and on the Showcase program. Several local businesses have sponsored the event including Seale Harris Clinic, orthodontist group Phillips and Todd, A’Mano, Books-a-Million, Sally Bergquist and Stephen Greene, attorneyat-law. Winners will be announced and awards given during an in-school assembly

Ninth grader Caroline Moore won the Art Forms Logo Contest.

on Friday, Feb. 17. The Art Forms committee, led by Chairman Lee Perry, is very excited that the winners in the Performing Arts category will take the stage in the Art Forms Showcase, which will be held at Mountain Brook High School this year on Friday, Feb. 24. The Showcase will include displays and recognition of winning entries from the Visual and Literary categories, as well as performances by the Performing Arts winners.

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Take one bite of an Ousler Sandwich, and you know you are eating something truly special. Many of us have enjoyed the finger-sized sandwiches at garden club luncheons, baby showers, board meetings or just on the run. Each bite of pimiento cheese on white bread or chicken salad on wheat tastes fresher than the last. The funny thing is, these sandwiches are just shy of being 100 years old. In 1915, Mr. Dana Ousler opened his sandwich shop in Five Points South at the corner of 9th Avenue and 22nd Street South. Sixteen-year-old Christine Campbell helped run the shop, taking orders and making sandwiches from scratch. She worked for Ousler until she got married and became Mrs. Elmore. Elmore and her husband had two children, Bill and Jayne, and enjoyed the life they were building together. Sadly, those plans were cut short when a mining accident killed her husband. Ousler welcomed her back at the sandwich shop to fashion a new life for her to support herself and her children. Elmore enjoyed everything about Ousler Sandwiches, so much so that when Mr. Ousler wanted to retire in 1953, she bought the business from him. After all, who knew the business better than she? Bill and Jayne continued to help run the shop with their mother and make it truly her own. In 1971, they moved Ousler Sandwiches to Avondale where they had better space. They continued to grow the business, eventually adding wholesale clients to the list of customers clamoring for those fantastic sandwiches. In fact, you can still find Ousler sandwiches in vending machines and construction sites all over Birmingham. Eventually, Jayne wanted to retire from the business and that meant that Bill and his wife, Becky, would be running the business with Elmore. A smaller space was needed, and in 2005 the business relocated to Mountain Brook Village, just down from Bromberg’s Jewelry. As Becky tells it, “This spot is perfect for us. It is centrally located and many of our customers live right here!” Sadly, Christine Elmore passed away in early 2006 but

Ousler owners Becky and Bill Elmore stand in front of a portrait Bill’s mother, Christine, who created the foundation of their sandwich business. Photo by Madoline Markham.

not before creating a real legacy. “We still use Christine’s recipes for everything we make,” Becky said. “Chicken salad is the most popular, but we sell a lot of pimiento cheese, egg salad, ham salad, and ham and cheese sandwiches too.” The Ousler Sandwich shop has a truly timeless feel. One look around and you notice that there is no computer in sight. Just like every sandwich made at Ousler, all of the work is still done by hand. All of the orders, all of the inventory, all of the books -- done the old-fashioned way, on paper. Bill and Becky’s children now help run the family business. Jenny, LeAnn and Brian thought they might get their parents to start using a computer to run the business, but Bill just laughs and says the only concession he and Becky made is to put in an electronic cash register. They still only take checks and cash. “Nothing here is complicated,” Becky said. “We’re very simple people. That’s why the chicken salad is so

popular; it is just simple and people like that.” The Elmores are enjoying the Mountain Brook Village home for their business. “Aside from just being easy to get to, there is a kindness that runs through Mountain Brook that we really appreciate,” Becky said. “We hear stories from folks every day about our sandwiches and what they mean to them. There was a father who ordered some to take to his daughter at the hospital when she was having her first child. Another customer told me they had Ousler sandwiches at their wedding 50 years ago, and they ordered some for their anniversary. It warms our hearts to know that we are included in their family traditions.” That sounds like a simple recipe for success. Christiana Roussel lives in Crestline and is a lover of all things food-related. You can follow her culinary musings on line at or on Facebook or Twitter (Christiana40).

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Don Logan will speak at the Second Annual Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 9. Logan, a Mountain Brook resident, co-owns Seek Publishing, the Birmingham Barons, and B.A.S.S.

All Library donors giving $25 or more to the Emmet O’Neal Library receive an invitation to the Annual Book Sale Preview Party on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. At the Preview Party you’ll get first crack at the best books, including beautiful art and coffee table books, collectible items, and rare titles. The Book Sale will be open to the public Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On Saturday, kids can visit with life-sized Sesame Street characters at the sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The sale will be open on Sunday, February 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. This yearly event offers a myriad of books to choose from in a wide variety of subjects but our stock is particularly strong in cooking, history and religion. Also, we’ve got you covered on popular fiction and a variety of audio books and DVDs. Drop in, find books for yourself and friends, and support the Library. The

proceeds from the annual Book Sale are instrumental in funding programs for all ages at the Library throughout the year. If you’ve ever attended the Brown Bag Lunch series, sent your teens off to our Game On programs, worked on a crafting project at Knit & Knibble, dropped your kids off at the Chess Club, participated in the Library’s Summer Reading programs for children, teens, or adults, or attended any of the Library’s other regularly scheduled programs, you’ve taken advantage of the vital resources provided by the proceeds from the annual Book Sale. We couldn’t put on this sale without your help. Throughout the year, we are glad to accept your gently used books, audio-books, music and movies. For more information about the Library’s regularly scheduled programs, see the Library’s calendar in this issue of Village Living, visit us online at, or give us a call at 445-1121.

Expanded Verizon store coming to Mountain Brook Plaza Cellular Sales, a National retailer for Verizon Wireless, is expanding their location in Mountain Brook Plaza after ten years of successful service to the community. The new location will be the old Chappy’s Deli and Open MRI spaces combined off Highway 280. This expansion will provide one of the largest stores of its kind in the area and will

offer a unique customer experience. There will be live demonstrations of Verizon phones and tablets. Classroom instruction will be available for customers on all new devices. The store is scheduled to open in March. The Mountain Brook Plaza owners welcome this exciting new concept to its mix of restaurants and services.

Mike Royer of NBC 13 will be the emcee for the event. The luncheon will be held at The Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 871-3779.

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Long said the park could one day connect to a riverfront greenway trail similar to the Jemison Trail; a trail could run 1.5 to 2 miles to the Carraway-Davie House and Conference Center in Vestavia. Cahaba River Park could also be part of a blueway if river access points were added downstream, according to Long. For now, there is one canoe launch closer to the Carraway-Davie House. “The river is pretty dramatic in that area (where the park will be),” Long said. “It’s wide at one part and has rapids on another part. It’s not bad for fishing and will have better access with the boulders we could add.” Nimrod Long and Associates worked with the Cahaba River Society to design features of the park that will cause the least amount of environmental impact to the river. They also have research plans to reforest some of the area to get rid of invasive species and add native trees. Smith, who lives near the property on the river, said she had been envisioning a park there for about a decade.

“I am thrilled that we have the parcel for the park and appreciate the church working with us,” Smith said. The city has not yet budgeted money for the park, so the earliest that construction would start is late 2012 or early 2013. “We are very excited about this park for our residents,” said City Manager Sam Gaston. “I think it will be a wonderful addition to our community.” For now, Smith and Gaston are encouraging area residents to provide feedback and ideas for the park plans. The city will hold a meeting for neighbors to hear about plans for Cahaba River Park and share their input Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Brookwood Baptist Church. “We hope the neighbors will have some ideas, perhaps even those who are using the property without us knowing about it,” Smith said. Smith and Gaston (gastons@mtnbrook. org, 802-3800) ask that you contact them if you are unable to be at the meeting but have suggestions for the park.

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A love that lasts Nathan & Esther Glick

Esther and Nathan Glick. Photo courtesy of the Glick family

her sister. The match took and they married in Montgomery in 1946, embarking on a lifetime of travel and culture. They had two daughters, Stephanie and Roseanne, and continued to see the world. The walls of their home are filled with Nathan’s artistic depictions of those trips to France, Italy, Egypt and more. When asked the secret of their enduring relationship, Esther easily defers to Nathan. He says theirs has been “a very contented marriage.” Her smile makes you wonder what this particular comment means in their union’s shorthand. Is it the fact that even in their nineties they still both exercise every day, taking classes at the Levite JCC or walking around the block together? Is it that she eats a vegan diet but does not make him give up meat? Is it that he still opens the door for her everywhere they go? It is probably all of those things and a million more. I think we could use a few more love stories like theirs.

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In the late 1930s, Glick returned to Montgomery, where his love for Alabama history began in earnest. He illustrated many books on the subject, including several textbooks. For one book he collaborated with Marie Bankhead Owen. Owen would later became the director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History and commission Glick to design the monumental bronze doors for the Archives Building in Montgomery. These doors, still on display, contain scenes depicting eight events from Alabama history. (See http:// doors.html) Glick’s work was not destined to to be stretched beyond Alabama state lines. As World War II broke out, he was drawn into service as a topographical engineer assigned to the Ninth Air Force. His commanding officer, General Louis Brereton, had seen all the good press other branches of the military were receiving and thought that his Ninth Air Force should get some glory too. He called upon Glick to use his skills as a combat artist to help depict some of the battle scenes. Headquartered in Cairo, Egypt, Glick began to interview fighter pilots and draw the images of war they described, just as he had done as a small child in Leeds listening to his mother’s voice. His artwork was able to tell the stories of war in a language anyone could understand—visually. As a member of the military newspaper Stars & Stripes, he created a weekly cartoon series that depicted life on the front lines. He accompanied bomber pilots to see firsthand what havoc this war was wreaking on Europe. Astonishingly, on D-Day, he rode in a B-26 Bomber over Normandy.

“As a combat artist, I was expected to know what all the planes looked like– not only the American and British but the German ones too. I used a mix of charcoal, pencils and wash to create the scenes I saw and was briefed about.” You can see the pride on Glick’s face as he talks about his brothers in war and shows me a book on his coffee table, Pioneer Mustangs: The 354th Fighter Group. The book is filled with photographs of pilots, tales of their exploits, and many renderings created by Glick. His memory is as sharp as ever as I flip through the pages; each time I pause, he can tell me in riveting detail about the subject pictured. Glick never fumbles for a name or place. Like the artwork itself, each is permanently etched in his mind. “I followed these men from Omaha Beach, through France and all the way to the Battle of the Bulge. It was there the military thought I was missing in action. But, once I was located, they told me I was the last remaining man of my cadre and was to be sent home. I rode in an Army Jeep all the way from the Battle of the Bulge to Paris. I will never forget that first night’s sleep in Paris, warm and finally comfortable. From there I was transported to Glasgow where I rode the Queen Elizabeth (ship) home, along with more than 350 amputees whose extremities had been frozen in battle.” When asked what he attributes his longevity to, Glick stopped, thought for a while then said with a smile: “Well, I’d say the number one thing would be I have a very content marriage. I also always enjoyed my schooling and learning new things. And finally, I’d guess I’d have to say that I just really enjoy people.”

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By CHRISTIANA ROUSSEL Together for more than 65 years, it is almost hard to imagine the enduring commitment of Nathan and Esther Glick. And then you meet them and realize that it is even harder to fathom where Nathan leaves off and Esther begins. They have a type of shorthand language that only develops through decades of peaks and valleys, monumental victories and small defeats, spontaneous excitement and daily routines. They are fiercely independent but still go everywhere together, seeming to support one another by their presence alone—not so much leaning on one another but rather moving forward by leaning toward each other. Esther grew up in the town of Demopolis, Ala. Her sister, Sophie, was working at nearby Maxwell Air Force Base, and she visited her there often. Sophie had met this handsome young airman/ artist, famous for his renderings of wartime events, and was eager to introduce him to


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Mountain Brook Events 2/9 - 2nd Annual Chamber Luncheon. The Club. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The event will feature Don Logan, American media executive. Admission: Member, $50; Non-Member, $60; Table of 8, $600; Sponsor, $900. More information: www. 2/10-12- Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Western Supermarket and Piggly Wiggly. Proceeds from cookie sales fund field-trip-style activities and community service projects. 2/15 - Mountain Brook Elementary Kindergarten Registration. More information: under Student Registration, 871-4608. 2/15-2/16 - Stop Hunger Now. Canterbury United Methodist Church. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. . More information: www.canterburyumc. org/stophunger or email Ellen Thomas at 2/16- Third Thursdays at Dyron’s Lowcountry. 4:30-10 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Emmet O’Neal Library. 2/16 - Brookwood Forest Elementary Kindergarten Registration. More information: under Student Registration, 871-4608. 2/17-2/18 - Sweet Repeats Children Consignment Sale. Mountain Brook Community Church. Proceeds from the sale will support Mission Trips this summer to Haiti, Dominican Republic, Peru, Hungary and San Diego. More information:

2/24-2/26 - The Annual Friends of EOL

Booksale. Emmet O’Neal Library. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. 2/24 - The 24 Annual Knights of Columbus Run. Crestline Elementary School, 3785 Jackson Boulevard. 5 K, 8 a.m.; 1 mile fun run/walk, 8:45 a.m. The event benefits children and adults with intellectual disabilities “Remembering ‘911.’” Admission: $15, pre-registration; $20, late. More information: Mike and Ann Pender 854-4005 2/22- Cherokee Bend Elementary Kindergarten Registration. More information: under Student Registration, 871-4608. 2/28- Crestline Elementary Kindergarten Registration. More information: www. under Student Registration, 871-4608.

Family Fun 2/4 - Beaker Bash 2012: Expeditions Through Science. McWane Science Center. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: $30 for Kids; $50, Adults; $150, Family Four Package; $500, Explorer Package (6 tickets and V.I.P. lounge). More information: www.mcwane. org/events. 2/11 - Baseball and Sports Memorabilia Exhibition and Sale. Historic Rickwood Field. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. More information:

2/19 - “Awake the Harp”: Over the Mountain Festival of Sacred Music Chorus. Mountain Brook Baptist Church. 4 p.m. More information: http://www. 2/20- Cahaba River Park Meeting. The city will share park plans and solicit neighbors’ input. 6 p.m. Brookwood Baptist Church. More information:, 802-3800

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2/11 - ROAR James Bond Gala to Fund Cancer Research. The Club, 5p.m.; VIP reception and seated dinner, 6p.m.The ladies of Regional Oncology Active Tickets: $150 per person. More information: 967-9488. 2/18 - Big Machines Day. McWane Science Center. Admission: included in cost; free, members. More information: www. 2/20 - American Red Cross Babysitting Training Course. Levite Jewish

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Community Center. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The course will give youth ages 10 to 15 knowledge and confidence to get started in the babysitting business. Admission: $120, members; $140, non-members. Register by Feb 17. More information: 8790411 or 2/25 - 2/26 - Ovarian Cycle 2012. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at The Gardendale Civic Center and St. Vincent’s 119; Feb. 26 at the Levite Jewish Community Center. Admission: $40 registration fee. Each participant must raise a minimum of $100 for every hour they ride. More information: Susan Greene at susan@

Music & Arts 2/1 - 2/17 - BCT Presents: Sacagawea. BJCC. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission: $10, Adult; $8, Kids. More information: 2/1 - 3/17 - BCT Presents: The Little Engine That Could. BJCC. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; children, $8. More information: 2/10 - Rascal Flats - Thaw Out 2012. BJCC. 7:30 p.m. Admission: ranges from $34.75 to $72.90. More information: 2/15 - 3/4 - Broadway in Birmingham: Wicked. BJCC. Admission: $37.50 $132.50. More information: 2/15, 2/16, 2/19 - Miss Representation. The Edge Theater, Crestwood Blvd. Feb. 15 and 16, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 2 p.m. Join Leading Edge Institute and Girl Spring, Inc. for this screening of a documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. The film aims to end sexism in the media and empower women. To purchase tickets visit To watch the trailer visit http://vimeo. com/28066212. 2/24 - 2/26 - Alabama Ballet Presents: Swan Lake. Samford University’s

Wright Center Concert Hall. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Feb 26, 2:30 p.m. Admission: $20 - $55. More Information: 975-2787 or www.

Save the Date 3/3 - Arbor Day 2012 Tree Giveaway. Piggly Wiggly at Crestline and River Run, Western, and Whole Foods. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The Mountain Brook Tree Commission will be distributing approximately 1500 tree seedlings. Selections include southern red oak, sassafras, vitex, white dogwood and sweetbay magnolias. Boy Scout Troop 320 will prepare and bag the seedlings before the event. 3/3 - Chili Cook-off Presented by Regions Bank. 10:30 a.m.-3p.m. Northwestern Mutual of Alabama presents its annual Chili Cook-Off featuring Sweetwater Road. Admission: $10, in advance; $15, at gate; Free, children 12 and under. 1616 Oxmoor Road. www. 3/3 - Cajun Cabaret. Rooftop penthouse of Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis Law Office. 4 p.m. Support Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Young Executive Council in this low-country cookout fundraising event. Proceeds benefit the James Hatcher Fund, which provides scholarships to Red Mountain Theatre Company’s educational programs. Admission: $15 with raffle ticket; $5 for additional raffle tickets. More information: 324-2424. 3/3 - Casino Night Gala. This event will raise money for the nonprofit programs of Assistance League of Birmingham. More information: 870-5555. 3/3 - Conquer Cancer Run. St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Health and Wellness. This is the 8th Annual Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run in Hoover. The event is open to all ages and will have food and fun after the run. More information: 930-8893 or

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February 2nd - Mutual Funds 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Explore the world of mutual funds in-depth. Topics covered will include a definition of mutual funds, costs associated, and tips on how to pick the right mutual funds for you.

March 1st - Stocks & Bonds 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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March 8th - Paying for College 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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