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Village Living Volume 5 | Issue 3 | June 2014


neighborly news & entertainment for Mountain Brook

For the children

The MBHS girls tennis team claimed the state title this year. Find out how inside.

Sports page B8

Thanks, Dad Alabama Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill discusses how to grow children in classrooms By MADOLINE MARKHAM Ann Marie Corgill sees value in learning that can’t be measured. As the school year came to a close last month, her fourth-grade students at Cherokee Bend Elementary wrote reflection letters about Mountain Brook residents share lessons they have learned from their fathers. Read them in this issue.

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Cherokee Bend Elementary teacher Ann Marie Corgill leads her students in EdCamp, a technology training session. Corgill was named Alabama Teacher of the Year in May. Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha.

what they had learned in her classroom. “It’s eye opening to read them,” she said. “I can see their growth, and I can see evidence of their skills being enhanced.” Corgill, who was named the 2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year in May, hopes to see standardized testing become deemphasized and

multiple means of student growth incorporated in classrooms, among other ideas she hopes to spread as the spokesperson for the state in the next year.

See TEACHER | page A18

Contagious love Mountain Brook residents carry on next steps for Ugandan schools By MADOLINE MARKHAM

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Nancy Peeples describes Kitgum, Uganda, as the most physically uncomfortable place she has ever been. But as she and her daughters discuss the war-torn area from the comfort of their living room on Euclid Avenue, they are overcome with a desire to go back. Nancy’s attraction to the area started in 2012 when she and friend Francie Deaton — who will tell you she never wanted to go to Uganda — had lunch with an Australian woman, “Mama Irene” Gleeson, at Brio at Brookwood Village.

See UGANDA | page A19

While in Kitgum, Uganda, Mark Peeples spends time with a boy named Stephen who had been treated at the Irene Gleeson Foundation for years and started walking without his crutches or leg braces shortly after this picture was taken. Photo courtesy of IGF.

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Photo of the month The Mountain Brook Elementary Girls on the Run team poses with coach Cassie Jacobs before their 5K in May. Photo courtesy of Mary Virginia Mandell.

Editor’s Note By Jennifer Gray What better way is there to end the year than to have one of our own school teachers recognized for excellence? Ann Marie Corgill was awarded the prestigious Teacher of the Year for the state of Alabama last month. The Cherokee Bend Elementary teacher was chosen the winner from a pool of qualified candidates from around the state. Read all about the award and Corgill’s accomplishments in the classroom in this issue. As you know, so many in our community value the importance of giving back. This month we tell the story of an unlikely connection between our community, a woman from Australia, and Africa. I had the pleasure of hearing Irene Gleeson speak several years ago when she was visiting Mountain Brook. Her story and the enormous impact she has had on the lives of African children in Uganda is remarkable. Also remarkable


are the Mountain Brook families who have gotten involved with this ministry. Many have traveled and worked in Irene’s schools or serve on the board here in the United States. I am always so moved by stories of our residents who reach out beyond Mountain Brook to the greater Birmingham area and beyond to change the world for the better. Don’t forget that Father’s Day is this month as well. What was the greatest lesson your dad taught you? We asked residents to tell us. My dad taught me so many lessons that it is hard to pick just one, but one of the most memorable ones he taught not only with his words but also with his actions was to treat everyone with dignity and respect no matter their position in life. I sure will miss that great man on this Father’s Day without him. Lastly, summer is such a fun time to

catch up on some great reads. Whether you are participating in the library’s summer reading program or looking for a grown-up read, summer affords most of us a chance to slow down and enjoy a book. I am looking forward to reading my friend and neighbor Patti Callahan Henry’s newest novel, The Stories We Tell, which comes out this month. Make sure you put it on your list. Lastly, make sure you send us all your summer photos. We are holding our Summer Fun Photo Contest again this year, and we also invite you to send your engagement and wedding announcements, as well as youth sports wrap ups, to Happy summer!

Pamela Blackmore-Jenkins is running for Alabama House of Representatives District 46. She did not appear in the candidate profiles in our May issue. To read all candidate profiles for District 46, see page A15.

1. What is your background? I recently graduated from law school. I have been blessed with six children. My family and I have resided in Hoover for 13 years. We are members of Hunter Street Baptist Church, where I enjoy singing in the choir. I have participated in resolving issues throughout Hoover and I am a dedicated, hard-working Republican. Please

see my website, 2. What is the biggest issue facing the state? Under-utilization of resources. Ex.1 People Resource. We are in the bottom tier academically in our grade school and high schools. However, we have two of the best colleges in America. We have to

give all children the proper skill sets to be successful at an Auburn and Alabama. Ex. 2 Land Resource. We are not utilizing the resources of the poorest area in the nation, which is the Black Belt. The Black Belt must be economically revived. Tax incentives, agriculture and manufacturing would develop the economic base in the Black Belt area.

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City New condos coming to Cahaba Road

The Manning will be home to 14 residences in this two-story building.

By MADOLINE MARKHAM A new 14-unit condominium development, The Manning, will be built on Cahaba Road just north of the Birmingham Zoo. The developers presented their plans before the Mountain Brook City Council in a public hearing to rezone the property on May 12. The

Council unanimously approved the change from Residence C to Residence D. “I think it’s a great improvement on what’s there,” Council member Jesse Vogtle said. The two-story, 33-foot-tall wood frame building will house 1,800 to 3,000-squarefoot residences. There will be outdoor parking for 11 cars with additional parking underneath

the building for 21 cars. The building will sit as far back as possible to preserve vegetation in the front, and six existing driveways would be eliminated. Landscaping will be added as a buffer between it and Lane Parke Road. During the Council meeting, Vogtle brought up the Cahaba Road repaving and zoo loop trail projects and how they might interact with the

Rezoning for Little Hardware site approved By MADOLINE MARKHAM Little Hardware is proceeding with plans to move to the current Park Lane building in English Village by Oct. 15. The Mountain Brook City Council approved rezoning that will allow for a dry storage shed to be built outside the existing building at public hearing during its May 12 meeting. Mike Mouron, chairman of Capstone Real Estate Investments, purchased the property on May 16, and

Little Hardware has a contract to lease the property from him. The new space will be similar in size to the business’ current space in Mountain Book Village. “We were contacted by a lot of businesses [about this space], and this was the one I found most attractive,” Mouron said. “I have never had to undertake a rezoning that had such positive feedback.” The lease of the current tenant of the space at 2117 Cahaba Road, Park Lane by Kathy G., lasts through the end of June, so the earliest that preparations could begin for Little Hardware’s proposed move is early July.

development. The property is currently home to eight small single-family dwellings that would be demolished to make room for the new building. These properties are 2400, 2404, 2408, 2418, 2420, 2422 and 2424 Cahaba Road and 2333 Lane Circle.

Municipal election qualifying period coming up The qualifying period for the Aug. 26 Mountain Brook municipal election is set for July 1-15. The offices up for election in 2014 are Council places 1, 3 and 5, which are currently held by Amy Carter, Billy Pritchard and Jesse Vogtle. Council members Jack Carl and Virginia Smith and Mayor Terry Oden’s

terms all end in 2016. Each is held for four years. Candidates must file a statement of candidacy and a $50 qualification fee with the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on July 15. Forms are available from the City Clerk. For more information, call 802-3825.

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City survey shows high resident satisfaction By MADOLINE MARKHAM

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A new survey conducted by the City of Mountain Brook has found that residents are highly satisfied with city services. Conducted by market research organization ETC Institute, the City received 787 completed seven-page surveys, which far surpassed its goal of receiving 400 surveys. The results revealed that the overall satisfaction with city services rated 41 percent above the national average. Mountain Brook rated at or above the national average in 37 of the 38 areas that were compared. ETC’s analysis concluded that the City’s priorities are closely aligned with the expectations of residents. The services that received the lowest satisfaction ratings were visibility of police in retail areas (78 percent satisfied) number of city parks (77 percent satisfied), ease of registering for programs (76 percent satisfied), availability of information on city services, (75 percent satisfied), animal control services (73 percent satisfied), quality of the city’s website (69 percent satisfied), level of public involvement in local decisions (63 percent satisfied) and adequacy of city street lighting (61 percent satisfied). The survey also concluded that management of traffic flow and congestion and the maintenance of city streets and facilities should be high priorities over the next two years. Fifty-one percent of respondents ranked traffic flow as the most important city service, with maintenance of city streets and facilities the second-strongest priority according to residents. Among other findings in the survey, 70 percent of respondents said they use city sidewalks

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weekly, 27 percent use the new city Wi-Fi networks, and 77 percent recycle weekly. “I was very pleased with the very positive results of the survey and at the same time very humbled by the confidence our residents have in our city government,” City Manager Sam Gaston said. “We are blessed in Mountain Brook to have strong leadership by our mayor and city council as well as professional, dedicated employees who go the extra mile to serve.”

CRIME REPORT May 1-7 Theft of Property A theft occurred in the 100 block of Spring Streeton May 6. Unknown suspect(s) stole a purse, credit cards, phone and currency. A theft occurred in the 10 block of Montcrest Road on May 5. Unknown suspect(s) stole mail from a mailbox. A theft occurred in the 3000 block of Brookwood Road between May 4-5. Mail was stolen from a mailbox by unknown suspect(s). A theft occurred in the 20 block of Glenview Circle between the dates April 29-May 4. Unknown suspect(s) stole golf clubs. A theft occurred in the 2800 block of Southwood Road between April 1-May 3. Silver was stolen by unknown suspect(s). On May 5 unknown suspect(s) damaged a mailbox in the 3700 block of North Woodridge Road. Case Update from May 1 There have been two arrests in connection to the theft of leaf blowers on Cambridge Road. Kayla Alise Hawkins and Robert Shane Thomas have been arrested and charged with theft in this case. Charges are also pending in other jurisdictions for Hawkins and Thomas. April 24-30 Unlawful Breaking Entering Vehicle A UBEV occurred on April 29 in the 3000 block of Cambridge Road. Unknown suspect(s) stole two leaf blowers from a truck. April 18-24 Unlawful Breaking Entering Vehicle A UBEV occurred between April 18-19 on the 3600 block of Montevallo Road. Unknown suspect(s) entered unlocked vehicle and stole credit cards. Theft of Property A theft occurred on April 17 in the 600 block of Brookwood Village. Mountain Brook Police officers responded to the scene and arrested the suspect Tammie Yvette Smith.

Burglary Update April 11-17 Unlawful Breaking / Entering Vehicle A UBEV occurred on April 12 in the 3600 block of Bethune Drive. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry to the vehicle and stole credit cards, phone and an iPad. Theft of Property A theft occurred on April 5 in the 10 block of Beechwood Road. The victim reported the theft of earrings. Burglary / Residential A residential burglary occurred in the 3900 block of Old Leeds Road on April 16. An unknown person entered the residence. A television and jewelry were stolen. This incident was later declared to be unfounded after the property was located by the resident. A residential burglary occurred on April 16 in the 3400 block of Pine Ridge Road. Unknown suspects(s) forced open a basement door and entered the residence. A firearm, television and check book were stolen. A residential burglary occurred on April 16 in the 3900 block of Old Leeds Road. Unknown suspect(s) forced open the rear door of the residence and entered. A television, laptop computer and jewelry were stolen. A residential burglary occurred in the 2900 block of Cherokee Road on April 16. A witness observed a suspect enter a residence and contacted the Police Department. A suspect was apprehended by responding patrol officers. Tools were stolen from the residence. Mountain Brook officers responded to the scene one of these burglaries in progress. Officers detained a suspect in connection to the incident. After further investigation, Jerry Arwood was formally charged with burglary and theft. -Submitted by Mountain Brook Police Department

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New Ownership SouthStar Properties, LLC has merged into Lawrence-ArendallHumphries Real Estate, Inc. (LAH). SouthStar was founded by Kim Mangham-Barelare in 2009 and has grown to 26 agents and sales volume in 2013 that exceeded $40,000,000. SouthStar has offices on U.S. 31 in Vestavia and on Oxmoor Road in Homewood. LAH’s office is located at 2850 Cahaba Road, Suite 200 in Mountain Brook. 870-8580.


News and Accomplishments Cadence Bank, 2717 Culver Road, Suite A, was ranked as the 15th best performing regional bank in the United States according to SNL Financial. 870-3177.


Hirings and Promotions LAH Real Estate, 2850 Cahaba Road, Suite 200, has hired Jennifer Namie and Peter Jameson as commercial sales associates. 870-8580.


Leslie Rogers Weller has been promoted to branch manager of Renasant Banks’s Crestline office located at 44 Church Street. Mariela Whyte has advanced to credit analyst. Weller joined the bank in 2006 and most recently served as a senior commercial lending assistant in the Shelby County market. Whyte joined the bank in 2013 as branch manager of the Crestline office. 868-2800.


RealtySouth, 105 Euclid Avenue, has hired Tomeka Baylor and Jennifer Grostick as Realtors. They will be based out of the Crestline office. 879-6330.


Anniversaries The Dande’ Lion, 2701 Culver Road, is celebrating its 45th anniversary with special sales June 2-7 and an open house June 5 until 8 p.m. 879-0691.


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By MADOLINE MARKHAM Whether you know Joan, Joann or Joanne Long, you know The Dande’ Lion. The store was founded in 1969 by Joan Conzelman Long (pronounced “jo-ann”) in English Village and a few years later moved to its current location in Mountain Brook Village. Her daughter, Joann, would take over the store 19 years later when Joan passed away, and now Joann’s niece Joanne, 26, is learning the trade. With each generation, a letter has been added to the name, but the store’s stock of classic furnishings and personable service has remained constant. “[The Dande’ Lion] spans the generations in Mountain Brook now,” Joanne said. “People who knew my grandmother shop here, people who know [Joann] shop here, and now my friends are getting married and coming in. It has helped it still be here for 45 years.” The store is celebrating its 45th anniversary this month with special festivities planned for June 2-7. “We really want to say thank you to all our customers,” Joann said. On Thursday, June 5, there will be an open house open to the public with

(above) The Dande’ Lion was originally located in English Village. Photo courtesy of Joann Long. (left) Joann Long, owner of The Dande’ Lion, and her niece Joanne Long pose in front of a portrait of Joann’s mother, Joan, who opened the store 45 years ago. Photo by Madoline Markham.

food and drinks to celebrate during extended hours until 8 p.m. Each day that week a different item will be 20 percent off: Monday is wrapped wedding gifts, Tuesday silk flowers and fruit, Wednesday lamps, Thursday urns and vases, Friday place mats and table runners, and Saturday collegiate items.

The store’s selection of home décor, antiques, furniture, tableware, china and serving pieces make it a destination for gifts for weddings, graduations, baby showers and any other occasion. Joann said many people come in for their selection of lamps or bookends or for specific items such as Buyer’s Choice Carolers collectibles.

The store offers registries, free gift wrap and delivery of wedding presents in the surrounding area. Joanne and her sisters, Martha and Elizabeth, all Mountain Brook High School graduates, grew up helping at The Dande’ Lion after school and holidays, always working with their aunt on Christmas Eve. She has recently introduced the store to Facebook and Instagram and hopes to have a website in the next year. Often they have customers come in thinking they won’t find the

specialty item they are hunting, only to be pleasantly proven wrong. Joann recalled one woman who came in looking for artichoke plates and special dishes for eggs like her father had had, and lo and behold, The Dande’ Lion had both. “She went out very happy,” Joann said. “If we don’t have it, 99 percent of the time we know where to find it.” Twenty-six years after her mother’s death, Joann said Joan would be shocked if she walked in the store today because of how the market has changed, but not by the selection in the store. “Mother loved classic things that are timeless,” Joann said. “Our tastes are compatible. Even as a four-yearold, I could pick out clothing that matched Mother’s style.” Today Joann — and Joanne — work by many of Joan’s mantras. She always said to buy things you personally like because you can sell them, and she always said love what you do or leave it, that there is no in-between. And anyone who comes into the shop looking for a gift can see it. “You are not expected to help yourself,” Joann said. “We are happy to give you ideas and help you make a selection.”

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Community Sophomores presented at Moonlight Ball The 2014 Moonlight Ball was held in April at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Presentees were 156 sophomore girls from Mountain Brook. A seated dinner preceded the presentation of the girls and their escorts. The décor included tall glass vases filled with branches and glistening stars on tables with midnight blue linens. Lighted stars and shimmering blue letters spelling “Moonlight” formed an archway over the stage. Following the presentation, honorees and their dates danced to the music of Creativity. Pam Meisler served as chairman of this year’s event; Dana Compton and Evelyn Graham served as co-chairmen. -Submitted by Sarah Duggan Anne Cadman Graham, Julia Bell Pope, Catherine Fruin, Anne Compton, Julia Jane Duggan, Laine Meisler, Maggie Hightower and Sara Chandler Mitchell.

New members join Linly Heflin Linly Heflin welcomed new members Julie Goyer, Thomasene Collins, Ginny Hutchinson, Cindy Marbury, Jean Oliver and Tricia Dodson. Not pictured: Ellen Walker and Katherine Billmeier. Photo courtesy of Virginia Boyd.

Warblers to host men’s choral show Local men’s chorus the Warblers will present their 85th anniversary show this month at the Mountain Brook High School Fine Arts Center. The music and comedy show, titled “Our 3rd Final Show,” is scheduled for June 21 at 7 p.m. In addition to the chorus, musical group Three On A String will give a guest performance. The Warblers originated as a club at Woodlawn High School from 1929-1977. Most of the approximately 60 members of the current club, which doubles as a fraternal organization, participated while in high school. Revenues from their concerts benefit local nonprofit organizations. To learn more, call 591-6080 or visit

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Callahan Henry releases new book set in Savannah By MADOLINE MARKHAM

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Patti Callahan Henry’s newest novel is a mix of her past and present. Her first inspiration, she said, is her obsession with letterpress, stationery and handmade things. Secondly, she draws from her first career working as a nurse for patients with closed head injuries at Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta. And third, she explores the gray area of betrayal. These three themes are interwoven in The Stories We Tell, set to be released June 24. It tells the story of husband Cooper, artistic wife Eve and daughter Gwen, a picturesque family beloved by their community in Savannah. In the first chapter, their lives are shaken when secrets and tensions are created with a car crash. “It’s about the stories we tell each other and how we find the truth inside those stories,” Henry said. “I told it all from main character’s perspective because I wanted her to unravel the truth for herself and I wanted you, the reader, to be right there with her.” Henry has written 10 previous novels, but this is the first one to both be set in Savannah and not to leave the city where its setting begins. “It starts with the car crash and moves really fast straight forward from that moment,” she said. Before the book’s June 24 release, there will be an art show and book signing on June 23 at 7 p.m. at Gallery 1930 in English Village. Photos inspired by the card ideas in the book will be on display. There will also be an event that day at 11:30 a.m. at The Summit Club. Henry is a New York Times bestselling storyteller of 11 books. She has resided in Mountain Brook with her husband, Pat, and children Meagan, Thomas and Rusk, since 2011. Her 2013 release, And Then I Found You, which was partially set in Birmingham, came out in paperback last month.

June 2-5, 9 a.m.-noon Ages 4 (by Sept. 1) through completed fifth grade Theme: Agency D3: Discover. Decide. Defend. What kid doesn’t want to be a special agent and use high-tech gadgets and tools to discover the truth? While at Agency D3, children can put their investigative skills to work as they collect and log evidence about the life of Jesus. As special agents, they will examine eyewitness reports. Contact: Emily Boles, 871-3583

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June 9-12, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 4 through sixth grade Note: T-shirts are $10. Contact:,

Canterbury United Methodist Church June 9-13, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 3K through completed fifth grade Theme: Workshop of Wonders. Imagine & Build with God Contact: Janice Dawson, 874-1554 or Janice.Dawson@

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Newman receives faculty award Dr. Jane Newman, a Mountain Brook resident of 32 years, was recently honored at The University of Alabama with a Nellie Rose McCrory Faculty Excellence Award.  The associate professor of gifted and talented education was involved in the Mountain Brook school system for 17

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years before becoming a professor at The University of Alabama College of Education.   Newman received her doctorate from The University of Alabama in 1991 and started working for the College in 2001. She is now also the director of Summer Enrichment Workshop, a summer

program for K-12 gifted and talented students. The McCrory Awards, named after the late Nellie Rose McCrory, recognize the good work of faculty in three areas: teaching, research and service.

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June 9-12 Ages rising kindergarten through fourth grade Note: Church members will host VBS in their homes in several neighborhoods. Theme: Go Big! Contact: 802-7070

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July 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon Ages 4 (by Sept. 1) through completed fifth grade Theme: SonTreasure Island Contact: Sharon Howard, 871-0331 or sharon@mbbc. org. Forms also available under “Ministries/Preschool and Children” on

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Into the woods

California ranch provides unique opportunity for fathers and teenagers

By MADOLINE MARKHAM Before leaving for California, Skip Donnell started a list. On it were topics he wanted to talk to his daughter Margaret about before she left for college in 2012, things he found hard to discuss when they were both “going 100 directions” at home. But the first night of the week he would spend at JH Ranch with Margaret that summer, he put the list away. As he sang “How Great Thou Art,” he said he realized that it was time to let go of his agenda. A few days into it, he said he wasn’t even thinking about his job, which he was originally worried to leave behind for a week. Looking back, he sees the fruit of the time spent with her away from everyday life. “Every one of the things on my list was covered in that week’s time period, either in talks or even because the river guide brought it up,” he said. “They made it so easy to talk and communicate with my daughter on a level you can’t get to anywhere else. It made it much easier for me to let my daughter go to college.” The Donnells took part in a weeklong parent and son/daughter program that provides solo time of reflection along with the adventure and worship. Since 1979, JH Ranch, led by Bruce Johnson and his wife, Heather, a Birmingham native, has offered Christian-based programs through practical experiences in the outdoors. The ranch is located in northern California, but its offices are based in Office Park in Mountain Brook.

Skip Donnell and his daughter Margaret spent a week together at JH Ranch in northern California. Photo courtesy of the Donnell family.

As the ranch continued to grow, many parents saw their kids come back changed and full of life and wanted to start coming, JH Advancement Director David Curran said. In 1994 the parent and son/daughter weeks were born. Curran said the program is immensely popular and booked by April each year.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to come take a week with your son or daughter, especially for men with busy schedules,” Curran said. In addition to the parent and son/ daughter program, JH offers programs for teenagers and couples and staffing opportunities for college students. Jeff Grantham, another Mountain

Brook resident, said he found his time at JH with son Jack, when he was 14, so transformative that he plans to bring back his youngest, Betsy, this summer now that she’s the same age. “What they hear through the weeklong program helps instill in them values and wisdom for how to navigate the challenges ahead,” he said. “It

made me more thoughtful and deliberate about the passage of time and the responsibility you have to spend it with your children and transmit to them both wisdom and love and parenting during that time.” For him, the week was not just an opportunity for fun ropes courses, climbing, white-water rafting, hiking, mountain biking and other activities, but about spending time with his child. Donnell said having an hour set aside every morning to discuss topics raised in sessions with his daughter was a highlight of their experience. He said the first morning was a bit rough, but the second was fantastic and each day got better and better. “I was a pretty strict hands-on parent and may have been too involved at times, but [being at JH] gave me lot more confidence in her,” Donnell said. “She told me she really appreciated a lot of the parenting her mother and I did and the foundation we had built for her raising her in the church. It really helped me let her go to college and gave me a peace of mind. We came out of there a lot closer and with a lot more understanding of each other.” Since returning home, Donnell has encouraged friends and coworkers to go to the ranch with their children, even offering to pay for those who might need help affording it. “Two weeks after I got back, my wife told me I was glowing,” he said. “My heart was just filled not just because of my daughter but because of my relationship with God.”

June 3 Republican Primary Candidate Guide

District 46 Representative

David Faulkner the Chamber of Commerce.

Justin Barkley didn’t go to college, but I earned scholarships to Harvard and Alabama Law School. I am a practicing attorney representing employers and small businesses.

1. What is your background? My wife, Melissa, and I both grew up in Hoover, where we met in high school. We now live in Homewood, raising our four children, who attend elementary school at Shades Cahaba and preschool at Canterbury United Methodist. We’ve been married 11 years and attend Riverchase United Methodist. My parents

2. What is the biggest issue facing the state in the upcoming year? Recently, corrupt politicians of both parties have made headlines. Public service should be a noble calling, not a career path. I have never run for office before. I will support term limits and a lifetime ban on lobbying by former legislators. I will be guided by my values and principles, rooted in my faith, and always do what’s

best for our community, not for special interests. 3. What is the biggest issue facing Mountain Brook in the upcoming year? We lived as newlyweds in Park Lane apartments and, like you, value our communities’ safe neighborhoods, strong schools, first-rate retailers and restaurants, vibrant churches, and great parks and community activities. As your representative, I will provide strong, energetic leadership to ensure that we remain a great place to live, work, play, worship and raise a family.

1. What is your background? I am an attorney, and I have represented and defended individuals, small businesses and corporations in various civil matters for the past 20 years. I have been married to my wife, Nancy, for 16 years, and we have been blessed with three children. I am actively involved in my church and community, teaching Sunday school, coaching kids, and being active and a leader in

1. What is your background? I recently graduated from law school. I have been blessed with six children. My family and I have resided in Hoover for 13 years. We are members of Hunter Street Baptist

2. What is the biggest issue facing the state? Under-utilization of resources. Example 1: People Resource. We are in the bottom tier academically in our grade school and high schools. However, we have two

of the best colleges in America. We have to give all children the proper skill sets to be successful at an Auburn and Alabama. Example 2: Land Resource. We are not utilizing the resources of the poorest area in the nation, which is the Black Belt. The Black Belt must be economically revived. Tax incentives, agriculture and manufacturing would develop the economic base in the Black Belt area.

2. What is the biggest issue facing the state? While I believe Gov. [Robert] Bentley has done a good job in turning Alabama’s economy in the right direction, we must get it running on all cylinders again. Because Jefferson County is the economic center of Alabama, when the state’s economy performs well, we do well, and when the state’s economy performs poorly, it affects us directly. I believe that targeted tax incentives, an emphasis on education and workforce development, and creating an overall pro-business atmosphere are the cure to the economic ills we face.

3. What is the biggest issue facing Mountain Brook in the upcoming year? We have great schools within this district, and we must ensure their continued success. Everyone who lives in Birmingham is affected at some point by massive traffic congestion, so we must address the transportation problems that exist throughout House District 46 and Jefferson County. We must demand that the people who are elected or appointed to represent us in government are ethical and are serving for the right reasons. We can start with Water Works Board reform legislation being passed.

Steve French business pursuits and to serving the people of Alabama. I have been an active Republican all of my adult life and served part of Shelby and Jefferson County as state senator from 1998-2010.

Pamela Blackmore-Jenkins Church, where I enjoy singing in the choir. I have participated in resolving issues throughout Hoover and I am a dedicated, hard-working Republican. Please see my website,

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1. What is your background? My wife, Betsy, and I have been married for 25 years and have raised all four of our daughters, Alex, 23, Sally, 20, Lizzie, 17, and Virginia, 12, in District 46, where they all attended public school. We are also very active members of Canterbury United Methodist Church. In addition to my family and church, I have dedicated myself to my

2. What is the biggest issue facing the state in the upcoming year? I think the greatest issue facing our state will be ongoing and stronger intrusion by the federal government into our lives, our businesses and our state. I have always believed that our problems can be solved here at home, and I will stand strong in my opposition to “one size fits all” solutions, like Obamacare, that Washington tries

to force on us. 3. What is the biggest issue facing Mountain Brook in the upcoming year? The biggest issue facing Mountain Brook is maintaining its first-class education system, as well as saving money for future improvements. With my professional financial experience helping municipalities find and save needed money, I can effectively help educational leaders do the same; therefore, preserving Mountain Brook’s first-class education system, and keeping the area desirable to current and future residents, as well as the business owners that provide jobs and influence the area.

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Chad Mathis

U.S. House of Representatives Alabama District 6 Scott Beason businesses over the years.

1. What is your background? I have been blessed to have served two terms in the Alabama House, and I am currently serving my second term in the Alabama Senate. I have a degree from The University of Alabama with a major in geology and a minor in English. I worked for a large corporation out of college and have owned multiple small

2. What is the biggest issue facing the state in the upcoming year and how would you address it? The biggest issue facing Alabama and the rest of the nation is how to get the economy on track and create jobs and opportunities for Americans. Elected officials on the federal level have done tremendous damage to the economy through over-regulation, faulty tax policy, overspending/burgeoning debt and Obamacare. The uncertainty caused by each of these factors must be alleviated. We must reduce regulation so that businesses can focus on operations. We

should eliminate the federal tax code and put in the Fair Tax. Last, but certainly not least, Obamacare has to be repealed and replaced. 3. What is the biggest issue facing Mountain Brook in the upcoming year and how would you address it? The biggest issue facing Mountain Brook is the same as the one facing the State of Alabama and the rest of the nation. That is how to improve the economy and create jobs and opportunities for Americans. That is the surface answer, but the underlying problem is that the country is steering away from its founding principles.

Will Brooke

1. What is your background? I grew up here and attended the University of Alabama where I received degrees in business and law. I have spent my entire career in Birmingham and am a businessman. I have worked at Harbert Management Corporation for nearly 25 years and am chairman of our real

estate services group and managing partner of our venture capital funds. I like solving problems and have created hundreds of jobs in the Sixth District. My wife, Maggie, and I have been married for 34 years and have three adult children. We love our state and have been active in our church and other charitable and civic activities, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, United Way and McWane Center. 2. What is the biggest issue facing the state in the upcoming year? Why aren’t there any construction cranes on Birmingham’s skyline? Economic

development is essential to creating jobs and building a strong future for our city and state. That’s where I would focus. 3. What is the biggest issue facing Mountain Brook in the upcoming year? This community is part of a special area, and has much in common with the other communities around us. We should work together to reduce costs, improve services and connectivity, and solve shared problems. I would work with our mayors and councils to find solutions and resources and move the ball forward.

Paul DeMarco

1. What is your background? My wife, Jacqueline, and I live in Homewood. I am a two-term state representative of House District 46, which includes portions of Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills. I was born and raised in Alabama’s Sixth Congressional District. Jacqueline and I work here. We will raise our family here.

2. What is the biggest issue facing the state in the upcoming year? Washington is broken. Washington’s problems threaten the future of each person in Alabama and the Sixth District. Out-of-control deficit spending, the damage done to families and employers by Obamacare and federal regulations that threaten small and big business alike must all be addressed. As your state representative, I have always worked to support our schools. I have worked with city leaders to improve infrastructure needs. That will continue when I go to Washington.

3. What is the biggest issue facing Mountain Brook in the upcoming year? I have been proud to represent the people of Mountain Brook in the state legislature. I grew up here. The people of Mountain Brook, like every other community, want to continue to prosper. As your congressman, I will fight to protect small businesses from overreaching regulations that threaten jobs. I will support a balanced budget amendment. I will work to repeal Obamacare. We must focus on a limited government that helps rather than hinders the people.

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1. What is your background? I’m a doctor and small business owner here in Birmingham. I’m typically asked on the campaign trail, “Why would a surgeon want to run for Congress?”, and I tell them it’s because I’m worried we are losing the American

dream. I was the first in my family to graduate college and worked in the same factory as my father to pay for that education. Hard work and sacrifice enabled me to earn my version of the American dream, but that dream is no longer attainable for many Alabamians. 2/3. What is the biggest issue facing our state/ Mountain Brook in the upcoming year? For the first time in a long time, the biggest issue facing our nation is the biggest issue we face here in both Alabama

and in Mountain Brook. The ill effects of Obamacare are no longer reserved to an evening newscast or the headlines of a newspaper, but in fact are something affecting our families, friends and neighbors on a daily basis. That’s why I have developed a 12-point plan to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered, market-driven reforms. I hope you will join me in this fight to give healthcare back to the patient, opportunity back to small business, and help keep that American dream alive for hardworking Alabamians.

Gary Palmer

1. What is your background? I’ve worked for small business, two major engineering companies and, for the last 24 years, led the Alabama Policy Institute, a public policy think tank ranked as Alabama’s most influential conservative group. 2. What is the biggest issue facing the state in the upcoming year?

There are two huge issues: the impact of Obamacare on businesses and continued high unemployment. Congress must repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered, market-based plan that puts people in charge of their health care decisions, establishes a national insurance pool for people who can’t get insurance or can’t afford it, and that eliminates the economic uncertainties faced by businesses. With 1 of 6 men age 25-54 unemployed, Congress should utilize our vast God-given energy resources to create jobs and stimulate the economy. In one shale formation out West alone there are 3

trillion barrels of recoverable oil — three times what the entire world has used in 100 years — and the federal government owns almost 80 percent of it. The abundance of natural gas has resulted in cheaper energy that is driving a manufacturing boom that is benefiting Alabama. 3. What is the biggest issue facing Mountain Brook in the upcoming year? In the context of federal issues, the impact of Obamacare on Mountain Brook-based medical practices and businesses and the stagnant economy. Repeal and replace Obamacare and open up federal energy resources.

Robert Shattuck

1. What is your background? I am a retired lawyer. 2. What is the biggest issue facing the state in the upcoming year and how would you address it? My biggest issue, which affects Alabama and all the

states, is that Congress is kaput and unable to do its job for the American people, and government has failed us. I link that failure to the influence of money in politics. Congress will not, on its own, fix this, and only the people can force the necessary changes to be made. My idea is for Alabama, on June 3, to become a spearhead for an uprising of voters around the country. This will make the 2014 elections a linchpin whereby the incumbent Congress is forced by the voters to agree on a grand

reform plan prior to election day in November. If the voters think that Congress, and their representatives and senators, have done a credible job in the grand reform plan that Congress proposes, that can be a significant reason for voters to vote for their incumbents. If Congress is not able to agree on a grand reform plan before election day, or if the voters think the plan proposed does not do enough for change, that would be a reason to vote against incumbents.

Tom Vigneulle

1. What is your background? I come from a background of service. My father was Dr. Richard (Dick) Vigneulle. He was the executive vice president of City Federal Savings & Loan and president of Service Corporation. He later answered the

call to the ministry, becoming the founding pastor of Shades Mountain Independent Church in Hoover. I also learned from him the value of hard work and commitment. Two years after marrying my wife Ginger, we started our own business in Pelham, Royal Bedding Manufacturing, Inc., in August of 1987. Since that time, I have mastered the bedding industry and learned the challenges of owning a small business. For 26 years, I have had to balance a budget and

make hard decisions on spending priorities. I also know what it’s like to face federal regulations on a daily basis. As a small business owner, it hasn’t always been easy, but the values my father instilled me has allowed us to persevere and live out the American dream. And it’s that dream that I feel is under attack and is the reason I am running. My wife and I also own a family cattle farm in Wilsonville and are members of the Cattlemen’s Association of Alabama.

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Celebrations Fall-Funderburg

Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Franklin Fall of Mountain Brook announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth, to Corey David Funderburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Bernard Funderburg of Pell City. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Ray Osborne Welborn of Laurel, Miss., and the late Mr. Ray Osborne Welborn and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ira Veltus Fall Jr. of Ellisville, Miss. Miss Fall is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and Auburn University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in foreign language education. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and was presented at the 2006 Poinsettia Ball. Miss Fall is employed with Pell City Schools as a high school Spanish teacher.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. William Turner Funderburg and the late Mr. William Turner Funderdurg of Pell City and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Francis Brady Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M. Mr. Funderburg is a graduate of Pell City High School and The University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in music education. While at The University of Alabama, he played in the Million Dollar Band. Currently, Mr. Funderburg is the director of bands for Williams Intermediate School, Duran South Junior High School, and O. D. Duran Junior High School. He is also the assistant band director at Pell City High School. The wedding will be June 21 at Canterbury United Methodist Church.

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CONTINUED from page 1 “If we are listening and talking with [students], we can learn a whole lot about children,” she said. “I’d like to see more than just tests be a way to track students. I want the public to see there are multiple ways to celebrate success, not always in a test score.” In her new role, the 20-year veteran teacher will serve as the official representative for teachers in Alabama for the next year. Additionally, as Alabama’s representative, she will be a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Award. Inspired by her work with students, she is passionate about helping teachers integrate academic curriculum with what she calls “social emotional learning.” “It’s important that students learn how to be effective communicators and collaborators, how to convey an idea and to problem solve,” she said. “Often we are so focused on academic curriculum that we leave that out.” To this end, her students practice working in small groups, answering open-ended questions and solving problems together. She has realized how important it is to teach children about conversation, how to make eye contact and what body language looks like. In her new role, Corgill also said she hopes to clearly communicate information on college and career readiness standards. “I think there is a lot of misinterpretation and misinformation,” she said. “My hope is to communicate effectively what these standards mean and how they have lifted the level of the work that will happen across Alabama. I want to dispel some of the myths and let people see what’s going on inside classrooms.” Corgill, who received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Alabama, has been teaching at Cherokee Bend Elementary since 2012. Prior to that, she taught English for three years at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School

and also worked in the New York Public School System. Outside of the classroom, Corgill uses her talents to serve the community through organizations such as Alabama Girls State and by mentoring education majors at Birmingham-Southern College. She is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and currently holds a position on the Council’s Elementary Section Steering Committee. Cherokee Bend Elementary Principal Betsy Bell said Corgill’s efforts to develop and cultivate a nourishing environment for young learners “is far beyond anything that I have ever seen in my 34 years of being an educator.” “Ann Marie is a passionate, dynamic and one-of-a-kind educator,” Bell said. “She always keeps her focus on the child and what their absolute needs are — not only as learners, but as unique individuals.” State Superintendent of Education Dr. Thomas Bice also spoke Corgill’s praise when he announced her new role as state Teacher of the Year. “Ann Marie Corgill is a shining example of professionalism and dedication to Alabama’s most valued asset — its children,” he said. “She is a role model for current and future teachers to emulate, and we are honored to have her represent our state as the 2014-2015 Alabama Teacher of the Year.” Even as she travels around the state speaking in the coming year, Corgill has emphasized that it’s important for her to stay with children in the classroom, where she says she is at her best. “I want people to know that my heart is for children,” she said. “This award isn’t about me, it’s more about a way to be an ambassador for children. I want to recognize these kids, be their voice and help make positive change in our state.”

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CONTINUED from page 1 “We walked out in awe,” Nancy said. “Irene had that much draw. She said, ‘You will come to Africa,’ and six months later we were there. If you met her, you were under her spell like no one you had ever met.” In 1991, Gleeson had sold all of her possessions and left her beachside home in Australia to move to Kitgum, the area most affected by decades of war waged by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). For years, LRA leader Joseph Kony had led rebels to abduct thousands of children to become fighters or sex slaves. Setting up a homestead in a camper, Gleeson began by gathering children in the area and teaching them songs. Rebels would come up to her with guns, and she would tell them, “I am a child of God, you can’t hurt me.” They never laid a hand on her. “Everything about her was so contrary to how we live,” Nancy said. “She was crazy, but a purposeful crazy.” Since then Gleeson’s ministry has grown to employ hundreds of Ugandans to run six schools for children in the equivalent of kindergarten through eighth grade. Together they serve about 6,000 children, not just with education but also health care and two meals a day. Today it’s those children who draw the Peeples and others back to Uganda. “[The people there] genuinely love like crazy because Irene loved like crazy on them,” Anna Cate Peeples, 18, said. “Her legacy is a love like you have never experienced. Their hope isn’t in their situation, and that leaves a mark on anyone. It’s very contagious.” Forging relationships Gleeson’s connection to the U.S.

Drayton Nabers celebrates with the first graduating class for a men’s discipleship program he initiated starting in Kitgum, Uganda through the Irene Gleeson Foundation. Photo courtesy of IGF.

began through another Mountain Brook resident, Drayton Nabers. In the summer of 2010, he was looking for opportunities for his area of greatest passion, discipling men, in Uganda. He knew that in the culture that remained, women, not men, did most of the work to support families. When he found Gleeson’s schools, he became the first American to build a relationship with them. Working with the Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF), Nabers initiated a discipleship program for men in Kitgum. Today around 100 young men engage in a yearlong Biblical training program that also involves serving their community. Nabers has also brought Gleeson and Ugandan staff members to the U.S. to raise funds and meet people like Nancy Peeples and Deaton, who helped launch a team of seven to visit Uganda in 2012. With newly forged friendships, the team that came back to the U.S. wanted to do something stateside. Today around 150 children are

sponsored in the U.S., and a board of directors has formed to support IGF in addition to its Australian base. Nabers as well as Mountain Brook residents Mark and Nancy Peeples and Edmond Perry serve on the board. The U.S. efforts have focused on an IGF school building they have helped fund in Palabek — an area that had never seen white people before the Birmingham group’s arrival. Its nickname is now “Little Alabama.” Self-sustaining initiatives Now, several years after the end of the war in Kitgum, IGF’s focus is shifting to education and excellence rather than simply protection and daily sustenance. Birmingham supporters have been key in envisioning and implementing that process. Nabers and Mark Peeples have become instrumental in the operations of the organization, specifically beginning initiatives to help them become at least 50 percent self sustaining. A new farm of 25,000 chickens employs local workers, sells eggs to

the community and provides eggs to the children at the school. The hope is to have an egg for every child in all the schools every day, as the leaders know of the importance of protein for children’s brain development. Seeing how most construction work for the schools was performed internally, Mark also came up with the idea to contract construction to the community. Mark and Nabers are also looking into how they can farm their own maize and are traveling to Zambia in August to look at honeybee operations that they could emulate in Kitgum. Nabers also helped connect friend Gary Ard and his wife Katherine’s passion for clean water with IGF. Now IGF wells serve about 100,000 people, including both the students and general population. What’s next In their everyday lives in Mountain Brook, the Peeples and the IGF Board will Skype with the staff in Uganda to encourage them, keep up with them

through social media and meet to pray for them. The Ugandan staff plan to travel to Birmingham in November, and their American partners hope to host a fundraising event at WorkPlay. This will be their first trip to the U.S. without Gleeson, who passed away from esophageal cancer last July not long after being treated for it in Birmingham. Nancy said it will be hard to have an event without Gleeson to be the face of the work in Uganda. Still, those involved with IGF in Birmingham have in mind the faces of the children Gleeson loved. Nancy and Anna Cate recalled one of the first they met in 2012. Dennis, 13, lived with his six younger siblings in a grass hut next to his parents’ grave. Upon meeting them, he held two root vegetables in his hand that he would cook for his family’s dinner that night — after he had been at an IGF school all day. At that point, they realized that Dennis was just one house of many in the region. And that realization changed everyone on their trip. It moved Mary Brennan Reich’s father, Peter, to fund a new home for Dennis. And it moved Mark, whom Nancy and Anna Cate said never cries. “That first night he cried,” Nancy said. “It just breaks your heart and brings us back every time.” Around 4,000 children in IGF schools are still not sponsored. At $35 a month, a child sponsorship covers education, medical care, two meals a day, clean water and counseling for one child. Sponsors receive four updates a year about how their child is doing in school. To learn more, visit For more information about taking a trip to IGF schools, contact Jamie Ankenbrandt at jamie@alliance-ministries. com or 807-0714.

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Remembering the railroad Resident organizing historic marker project

A steam engine runs through the vicinity of English Village. Photo courtesy of Matt Lawson and the Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.

By MADOLINE MARKHAM & JEFF THOMPSON The Birmingham Mineral Railroad Route was the lifeline of the Iron City. For a century, the route carried minerals like limestone from coalmines to furnaces, and then transported pig iron from the furnaces to blast furnaces in Bessemer. James Lowery had heard that his daily paths from his home near The Altamont School traced the railroad’s remnants through English Village and started to looking for its route. You can see it cut

out of the tree line on Google maps, he said. “I got to thinking that a lot of people are not aware of its existence,” he said. Now he hopes to change that with a new educational project to mark the history of the railroad in the area, and he’s starting it in Mountain Brook. In 1884, the local division of the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) rail line extended past Oneonta and Helena, but its heart was in Mountain Brook. Rails were still present in the 1950s, and one of the Mountain Brook lines was later used for a streetcar instead of commercial rail.

James Lowery stands in front of Hen House Antiques in English Village in the path of the Mineral Railroad Route. The railroad bed ran along what is now Red Mountain Lane behind him. Photo by Madoline Markham.

Some lines in the state were still running material until 1984. “Really, it was the crux of what made Birmingham able to be such a historic area for the iron industry,” Lowery said. “If it wasn’t for the Birmingham Mineral Railroad, Birmingham wouldn’t be what it is today.” The line transported minerals from mines in Red Mountain along what is now the Vulcan Trail. From there it would run under what is now Red Mountain Expressway to English Village to pick up more from the Hedona Mine, whose location is now marked by brick walls on either

side of Carlisle Road. On Oxford Road between Carlisle Road and Sterling Road outside English Village, the road flattens mid-way up the hill, and you can get an idea of where the railroad ran perpendicular to the road through what are now backyards. From there it traversed behind the Crestline post office down in front of Ramsay Park off Montclair Road behind the Levite Jewish Community Center, where you can see the rail bed in the present-day trails behind the center. The belt

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Community rallies around

Chappell Anderson By MADOLINE MARKHAM Chappell Anderson’s daily routine changed dramatically in April. Over the course of several weeks, she had started to notice symptoms of extreme fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes, severe bruises and bleeding. On April 5, she was admitted to UAB after visiting a hematologist. Following several days of testing, she was diagnosed with blood and bone marrow diseases chronic lymphocytic leukemia and large B-cell lymphoma. Anderson has not been home since then due to treatment, but her community has closely surrounded her day in and day out. Dinners for her family on a meal coordination website quickly filled up through the end of July. Fellow teachers at PreSchool Partners sold yard signs that say, “Partnering in prayer for Chappell” for a minimum donation of $5 to help cover Anderson’s medical expenses. They raised more than $500 in one day alone. “A couple of us collaborated on a way to support Chappell because she means so much to the school and to all of us,” Loretta Keller said. “She always goes the extra mile to make whatever we are doing or teaching be extra special for the children.” Friend Ashley Tamucci provides daily updates on a CaringBridge web page not only to chronicle her medical progress but also to voice Anderson’s encouragement for others to enjoy the PreSchool Partners Food Truck Round Up in late April and a benefit held in her honor at The Pants Store, where she works part time.

“Chappell is touched, and frankly overwhelmed, by the support of our friends and family,” Tamucci wrote before the Pants Store event. “I know it seems weird to go out and shop, eat and drink while she is in the hospital. She says ‘party on!’”   Many people sent pictures and videos or even communicated with Anderson via FaceTime during the event to show her their smiling faces. Tamucci also noted on the site how much Anderson loves and misses her three-yearold students at PreSchool Partners. A fellow teacher sends videos from her classroom, and her students’ families collected money to give “Miss Chappell.” But Anderson’s biggest frustration while hospitalized has been missing her own children, who visit often but have commitments with school and extracurricular activities. Anderson began chemo treatments on April 15. After an initial 21 days of inpatient hospitalization, she now undergoes four days of chemo every three weeks barring any complications in between rounds. The treatments should take four to six months to complete.  To keep up with Anderson’s condition, visit Donations for her medical treatment can be made at the Crestline branch of Regions Bank: Chappell Anderson Medical Fund, c/o Regions Bank, 2721 Culver Road, Birmingham, AL 35223. PreSchool Partners’ office also has a cash jar for parking fees for when her family visits UAB. To purchase a yard sign, contact PreSchool Partners at info@


Preschool Partners teachers sell yard signs honoring Chappell Anderson at the Food Truck Roundup. Photo courtesy of Sally Goings.

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Scouts awarded Eagle

John Bailey

In March, friends and family of John Bailey joined together as Troop 97, sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church, celebrated his rank achievement of Eagle Scout. John earned 27 merit badges. He held various leadership positions throughout his time in Scouts. He earned three religious awards, the Parvuli Dei, the Ad Altare and the Duty to God. He attended both Double H and Philmont High Adventure camps. John’s Eagle project was adding on to a brick paver path that is being created at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. The path makes the walk to the memorial much easier to reach, especially for those with disabilities. As it states in the Eagle Scout Challenge, young men who reach the rank of Eagle Scout are expected to exemplify in their daily life the high principles and values expressed in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. John has already begun doing this in his life.

George, John and Preston Eagan

George Eagon

John Eagon

Brothers George Weston, John Gill and Preston Oliver Eagan have been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by Canterbury United Methodist Church’s Troop 63 under the leadership of Harold Wells Jr. Each has been a member of Troop 63 for six years. During their time in Troop 63, the brothers served in various leadership positions and attended a high-adventure at Sea Base in the Florida Keys. John was elected to the national honor society for Scouts, the Order of the Arrow. All three completed their Eagle Scout Leadership projects at Changed Lives Christian Center’s “The Nest,” thanks to encouragement from a family friend who volunteers at the center on a regular basis. The Nest serves as a place where both the residents of the center and the area’s homeless eat dinner and gather for fellowship. George built 12 wooden park benches to be used at the center’s worship area. John raised

Preston Eagon

funds for materials, built wooden picnic tables and constructed a horseshoe pit in the area. Preston raised funds for plants, materials and to rent equipment to construct picnic tables. The Eagans are juniors at Mountain Brook High School. George is a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society and plays on the varsity football team. John is a member of the Interact Club and plays on the varsity baseball and football teams. Preston is a member of the Interact Club, plays on the football team and has served as a retreat leader for Big Time Ministries. In addition to school activities, all three are on the junior board of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). George, John and Preston are the sons of Kendall and Tom Eagan. They are the grandsons of June and John Eagan and the grandsons of Mary Hughes and the late George M. Hughes.

Louis Wade

Louis F. Wade III, a member of Boy Scout Troop 63, recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremony at Canterbury United Methodist Church. He earned 24 merit badges and was elected by his fellow scouts to the Order of the Arrow. He served as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and troop historian. For his Eagle Scout project, he built and designed a trust fall, kiosk and benches for the Cherokee Bend Elementary FOAC program, a ropes course developed to promote team-building skills at an early age. Louis attended Florida Sea Base and the Northern Tier high adventure program. He plans to complete the Triple Crown of scouting this summer by hiking more than 100 miles at Philmont in New Mexico. Louis is a junior at Mountain Brook High School, where he participates in the Leadership Mountain Brook program. He is the son of Jane and Rick Wade and grandson of Eleanor and Gene Cushman.

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School House A literary week at Cherokee Bend By CATHERINE BODNAR Cherokee Bend students and staff participated in a week filled with reading and sharing the love of reading with others during Cherokee Bend READS Week in April. Students had fun with activities such as keeping up with daily reading logs and joining faculty and media specialists in dressing up as their favorite book characters. Students who donated a book got a star with their names on the bulletin board in the cafeteria. The students entered two drawings to win Scholastic gift cards. Many guest readers with a

connection to the community of Mountain Brook visited classrooms, shared a book and talked about the role that reading has played in their own lives. Karin Ballstadt of The Gateway Chronicles series was a guest speaker for fifth- and sixth-graders. Other guests who came to read aloud were Nathan Pitner, Rich Webster, Alison Scott, Stephen Russell, Courtney Shea, Caroline Shea and Mountain Brook Superintendent Dicky Barlow. During the week, Cherokee Bend students donated 2,104 books to the Birmingham Reads Book Drive held by Better Basics. These

Ashley Courington as a Hare, Will Nichols as Jigsaw Jones, Destin Hirsberg as Super D from Super Twins, Rachel White as Alice and The Tennis Fairy, Paige Parant as Marissa the Science Fairy, Watts Alexander as Bad Kitty, Camp Forbus as Harry Potter, Blayne Hannon as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Henry Lawrenz as I Spy and Lula Byars as Lulu the Ladybug. Photo courtesy of Aimee Forbus.

books will be distributed to students in Birmingham through the organization’s programs. The Sixth Grade

Ambassadors helped with the book collection each morning, and the PTO Mighty Men loaded all the books and

delivered them to Brookwood Village at the end of the week.

Crestline sixth-graders show off hobbies By LISA STONE As part of their language arts curriculum, Crestline Elementary sixth-graders took part in a writing project that asked them to focus on one of their hobbies. Each student wrote a variety of papers relating to the hobby, created a display board and gave a short

presentation to his or her class. The project culminated with a hobby fair, with a setup similar to a science fair, including display boards and equipment or items that helped share the hobby. The entire school, as well as parents, were invited to the fair.  The students also answered questions at their stations. This year,

displays included cooking, drawing, music, baseball, football, fishing, basketball, volleyball, golf, white-water rafting, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, gaming and theater. Some students included interactive activities in their presentations, such as baseball trivia games, tennis lessons, a golf putting green, cupcakes to taste and video demonstrations.

Tripp Law shows his interest in golf and invites visitors to take a shot at putting on his mini putting green.

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From Cherokee Bend to Panama

Cherokee Bend holds spring carnival

Front row: James Gregory, Annie Kerr, Lucy Kerr. Back row: Libby Kerr, Kathleen Webb. Middle row: Annie Gregory, John Webb, Drew Bodnar.

By CATHERINE BODNAR Children in Panama partake in a meal of rice paid for by CBS second grade teacher Melinda Curtis’s class.

By CATHERINE BODNAR Just before spring break, Melinda Curtis’ second-grade students at Cherokee Bend Elementary delivered a special surprise. Knowing their teacher was getting ready to leave on a trip to Panama with her husband, Randall, their three children and 27 other Canterbury United Methodist Church members, the students donated money to purchase rice and beans to feed lunch to children in Panama during her visit. The donation allowed the Canterbury group to serve more than 200 meals that

Melinda Curtis prepares a meal for villagers while on a spring break mission trip to Panama.

day at the Methodist Mission site, with many having second and third helpings. The students also made a card with the help of Rachel Estes, director of outreach at Canterbury. Curtis said each year her family looks forward to traveling to Cienaguita, Panama, because they always return with their hearts full and their spirits moved from spending time spreading God’s word and His love within this Panamanian community. After a seven-hour journey into the rural mountains of the Chiriqui region, the group worked with

Reverend Rhett Thompson on homes, with children in school, and connecting with the Ngobe, who live on a “reservation” set aside by the Panamanian government. When Curtis returned, she shared stories and photos with the class so they could see the impact their gift of rice and beans had on the children of Panama. Fina, one of the Panamanian ladies in the community, hand-made bracelets for each one of Curtis’ students so they could understand how much their gift meant to her.

Cherokee Bend Elementary held its annual spring carnival in April. With this year’s theme, “CBSta!”, the carnival was decorated with a fiesta twist. The festivities took place on the school’s fields while students enjoyed a variety of booths such as punk hair, teacup rides, photo booth, FOAC zip line, cake walk and inflatables. Concession food was offered, with snow cones and nachos being a huge hit. Piggly Wiggly at River Run donated items for a cookie decorating booth and other concession needs. Other booth sponsors were Dr. Michael Keller, DDS, Hufham Orthodontics, Browning Trail Cameras, Ed and Emily Christian and Chick-fil-A. The Boosterthon Team played music, and incoming kindergarten students for 2014-2015 were invited to attend with their parents. Ginny Webb served as chair with Meg Kerr and Theresa Gregory serving as co-chairs. Catherine Bodnar designed the carnival T-shirts worn by the students and faculty. All proceeds from the event went directly to the Chief PTO. 

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MBJH Lead develops student leaders By ELIZABETH FARRAR Each year the Mountain Brook Junior High School Spartan Council sponsors an intensive three-day retreat designed to foster the development of eighth- and ninth-grade students. This year’s conference was held during the last week of April in Orange Beach. John Hewitt, a facilitator from Nashville, led the event, which focused on fostering a positive self-image,

thoughtful decision-making and leadership development. Seventy-two students were chosen through a lottery in February and divided into teams. Spartan Council members served as team leaders, helping each team create a dance, a parade concept and a military-style cheer to support each team’s theme. Faculty sponsors were Assistant Principal Derek Dearman, Larry McCain, John Phillips and Helen Pruet.

MBJH Lead 2014 Winning Team members Natalie Womack, Julie Lowe, Will Kimberlin, Hayden Sledge, Anna Hufham, Catherine Walthall, Delia Vadevelde, Tyler Imig, Ford Williams, Michael Smith and Will Koopman.

Forest Fling fun

Woodworking with Dad By HILARY ROSS

Joseph Armstrong, Andrew Thomason and Will Graham.

By KATHLEEN WOODRY Students, teachers and staff at Brookwood Forest Elementary attended the annual Forest Fling carnival in April. More than half of the incoming kindergarten students joined in the fun, as well. Nathan Pitner, BWF principal,

started the day off in the dunking booth. The sixth-graders performed a surprise flash mob. More than 140 BWF parents volunteered their time by providing baked goods and working different booths such as Free the Beast, Happenin’ Hair, Angry Birds, numerous inflatables, Fancy Fingers and drinks.

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Mountain Brook Elementary School kindergarten students recently explored the properties of wood during the wood science unit. They conducted experiments that showed how wood floats, how to change the shape of wood, and how to make plywood and particle board. They learned how to stain wood and how to use a hammer. The end of the unit culminated in a woodworking event where the children and their dads (or grandfathers or brothers) built a birdhouse. Kindergarten student Perry Stringfellow and his dad, Allen.

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MBE Lancers fight cancer

Parenting and Family with Dr. Dale Wisely

Anxious student driver

MBE Lancers Fight Cancer team participated in Relay for Life 2014.

By HILARY ROSS Out of 92 teams at Mountain Brook Relay for Life, MBE Lancers Fight Cancer finished fourth, raising $4,838.50 toward the cause with bake sales, lemonade stands and donations. The team also had a water/popsicle booth at the Relay for Life event. Team members ranged from kindergarten

Grandpal time at BWF By KATHLEEN WOODRY Kindergarten classes at Brookwood Forest Elementary hosted grandparents and grandpals recently. The students were the stars of the morning as they sang on stage before eating breakfast and visiting their classrooms with their guests. Kindergartener Thomas Watson with his grandpal.

through sixth-grade students and included many teachers. Nobles of the Lancer League, whose purpose is to identify and partner with community projects, created the idea for the team. The Nobles’ latest project was a book drive where more 1,000 books were collected to benefit Better Basics’ literacy intervention programs for children in high-needs schools through Birmingham Reads.

driving. My daughter is about to turn My inclination is not to push 16. Even though she is generally hard on this. Give some time, but self-confident, she seems very nercontinue to strongly encourage her vous about getting her license and to practice driving, with an adult driving. She seems to be doing fine supervising. Remind her that pracwhen we are in the car with her, tice will make her safer. She will but she is clearly reluctant to start likely become more confident as driving on her own. How should we she gets more instruction and prachandle this? Dr. Dale Wisely tice. I believe strongly that one of Based only on conversations I have had with parents, this is not a rare the best things a parent can do for their child is to provide good driver training. There is just concern. I became particularly interested in teen driv- no question that it is potentially life-saving. At ing safety issues during the years I worked at minimum, parents need to spend as much time Children’s of Alabama. I began my work with as they reasonably can teaching driving skills parents on parenting teen drivers more than during the learner’s permit year. In my opinion, no one should be allowed 15 years ago. At the time, there was not much to go for the driving test until they have had a attention being devoted to teen driver safety. Over the last few years, on a national and learner’s permit for a full 12 months, and with state level, there has been much more aware- 50 hours of practice during that year. Alabama ness of this issue. Teenagers are increasingly law now requires parents to certify those 50 being exposed to information about the dan- hours before the student driver is allowed to gers involved in driving, especially when one take the driving test. However, the law only is a new driver. Considering that the num- requires the young person to have the learnber-one killer of teenagers is motor vehicle er’s permit six months. This time of learnaccidents and that no age group is more ing to drive is essential and should never be likely to be injured or die in motor vehicle shortened. Supervise driving during the day, accidents, let us agree we would worry more at night, and under a variety of weather conabout a new driver with no anxiety than one ditions. In addition, parents should consider private driving lessons and brief driving clinwith some anxiety. For whatever reason, this question comes ics designed to give young drivers experience up a lot. Parents want to know to what extent driving under extreme conditions. The Univerthey should push their reluctant driver to move sity of Montevallo has a long-established and forward in the process of becoming an inde- excellent clinic of this kind. Don’t assume there is something psychopendently licensed driver. They want to know if it is better to back off and give the teenager logically wrong with your daughter, especially more time. Honestly, depending on the par- if she has no pattern of anxiety about other ticular teenager, there will be advantages and things. Just provide support, guidance and lots disadvantages to either approach. Here are a of opportunities for her to gain more confidence as a driver. few items to consider. Dr. Dale Wisely is Director of Student SerFirst, I would talk with her gently and respectfully about the source of the anxiety. vices at Mountain Brook Schools and has To be clear, it might simply be that your child been a child and adolescent psychologist for is more tuned-in to the realistic dangers of 30 years.


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Girls tennis claims state title

MBHS girls tennis team members Kathryn Sours, Lil Kilgore, Olivia Howe, Mary Martha Grizzle, Carlee Petro, Elinor Anthony, Margaret Ann Clark and Sarah Cooper celebrate their state championship.

By MADOLINE MARKHAM The Lady Spartans tennis team claimed the state title after an undefeated season, but not without fighting for it. “Huntsville had the lead heading into the last day of the [state] tournament, but on that day, we defeated them in every match except one,” coach Susan Farlow said. “That hardly ever happens.” Mountain Brook High School girls finished with 64 points, just ahead of Huntsville (57) and Vestavia (56). This is their third title in the past four years and 10th since 2000. The team was led by graduating seniors Carlee Petro, Mary Martha Grizzle and

Olivia Howe. Petro, who will play for Birmingham-Southern College next year, finished as state champion in the first seed of singles play; she also won the No. 2 singles state championship as a freshman and sophomore. Howe won the state title at No. 3, and Lil Kilgore at No. 5. “We had a lot of senior leadership [this season],” Farlow said, “but some young ones will come up. It’s good for them to see what is involved to be able to win like that.” At the state tournament, the boys tennis team placed second with 62 points behind Vestavia Hills’ 85. David Faulkner was the state champion in the No. 6 singles, and Ben Shearer was the state champion in the No. 3 singles — his second state championship

MBHS boys tennis team members assistant coach Wally Nall, Sam Lidikay, Edward O’Neal, Ben Shearer (in back), Yates Jackson, Will Hargrove, Paul Jones, head coach Susan Farlow, David Faulkner and Jacob Weinacker.

for the year, as he was also a member of the MBHS varsity basketball team. Farlow noted how impressive it is for Shearer to play tennis so well without picking up his racquet between high school seasons. “He walks on the tennis court, I put him in the middle of the lineup and it’s like he never left off,” she said. In addition to Farlow, Wally Nall serves as the teams’ assistant coach.

MBHS seniors Carlee Petro and Ben Shearer both claimed state titles in singles for three out of four years of their high school careers. This year Petro was in No. 1 and Shearer in No. 3.

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Mountain Brook golf teams runners up in state tournament

MBHS golf team members hold their state runner-up trophies. Back row: Michael Brown, Jonathan Eyster, Taylor Eyster, Ben Fuller and Wilson Simmons. Front row: Grace Wann, Tatum Jackson, Rhea Nathan and Meg McCalley.

The Mountain Brook High School girls and boys golf teams were both runners up at the AHSAA 6A State High School Golf Championship. The championship was held May 12-13 at Robert Trent Jones Capital Hill in Prattville. In the 6A girls division, Hoover placed first, Mountain Brook place second and Spain Park

placed third. Mountain Brook’s Tatum Jackson placed third in individual scoring. In the 6A boys division, Spain Park placed first, Mountain Brook placed second and McGill-Toolen placed third. Mountain Brook’s Tyler Eyster tied for third place in individual scoring.

Fourth-grade Blazers take runner-up at regionals

Front row: Evan Smith, Tom Fischer, Matthew Thackerson and Clayton Marek. Second row: Brady Dunn, Ryan Giegel, Wilder Evers, George Scofield and Caiden Howle. Back row: coach Troy Marek, coach Kris Dunn and coach Trent Scofield. Not pictured: James Barron, Reese Gurner, Patch Lyman and Jack Poole.

This season, the fourth-grade Blazers basketball team competed against teams from across the Southeast. The team recently finished as runner-up at the Super Regional, which automatically qualifies

them to participate in the YBOA National Championships in Orlando in July. Team members are from Oak Mountain, Mountain Brook and Vestavia.

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Lessons from Dad

My dad has taught me so much that I can’t say what his most important lesson is, so I will give two examples. First, character and integrity matter. Second, pay attention to details because if you do that, the potential for problems and difficulties can be reduced and in many cases avoided altogether. - Jim Hancock Jim Hancock with his son Hughes Hancock and father, Judge Jimmy Hancock

Maggie O’Connor, left, with her father, John Carter Mary Louise Choate with her father, Murray Garbrick

My dad taught me to live every day to its fullest and to not worry about tomorrow. Matthew 6:34. He said that today is a gift and to enjoy all the blessings and even the trials that the Lord allows each day. The journey He gives us is part of His blessing, as this is what He uses to mold us to His image. When we spend time worrying about tomorrow, we steal time away from the joy that is intended for today! - Mary Louise Choate

My dad’s first words to me throughout adolescence, “Feet on the floor,” resulted in the slow 90-degree slide of my feet from the cozy bed to the cold floor. Although he is no drill sergeant, this cadence is ingrained in my memory. My head still echoes the phrase many mornings. With these words he taught me the importance of getting up and moving, not only at the beginning of the day but also throughout all of life’s different beginnings. My dad has taught me in all things to have appreciation for what has passed, joy for today and hope for the future. What a gift! Thank you, Daddy! - Maggie O’Connor

Marye Beasley Kohn with her dad, John Seymour

Over the years, my dad has taught me to finish what I start. Whether it was a board game as a child where I was clearly losing or now simple odd jobs around the house when I’m frustrated and want to move on, I can hear him over my shoulder telling me to follow through. It is very rewarding checking things off the list as finished! - Marye Beasley Kohn

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This map shows the route of the Mineral Railroad through parts of Birmingham.

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line would then head past what is now Century Plaza toward Ruffner Mountain and then back around to furnaces in the city. “Every time I mention this to people, they say, ‘I used to play on that railroad,’” Lowery said, recalling stories of people laying pennies on the track and hearing the locomotive in their backyards. Working with historians, Lowery has identified 50 high visibility locations along the rail lines that would catch the attention of motorists as well as many who are cycling, hiking or enjoying parks. Collectively they will form an “urban trail” and connect to existing trails, parks and nature preserves. A website will also provide additional educational information for teachers and the general public. It will include a map and GPS coordinates for the locations, information about each site, general information about the area’s iron

history and additional information and resources. Lowery is considering adding a corresponding geocatching website with the project as well. Before approaching other cities about the project, Lowery came first to Mountain Brook, where he wanted the signs to go up first. In January the City Council approved his proposal for five signs marking the railway pending Village Design Review’s approval. He plans to raise the funds for simple signs, which will cost about $100 a piece. The signs will list the name of the branch that ran through the location and the dates it was active in hauling minerals and ores in the area. He also hopes to post the url for the educational website. The Jefferson County Historical Association and L&N recently endorsed the project, which Lowery hopes will complement other historical efforts in the area. Before long, when you stop by Continental Bakery, Henhouse Antiques, the Crestline Post Office or LJCC, there will be a physical reminder of a key to the history of our area.

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Home again Grace Carroll Colby College

College students tell us their must-stops around Mountain Brook when they come home to visit

Emily Wells

Fletcher Cox

Mississippi College

Wake Forest University

Saw’s Juke Joint

This is my first stop when I pull into Mountain Brook without fail. The pizza bagels are to die for, and it is great for a college budget! It is also a great place to talk and catch up with friends.

Steel City Pops

I currently attend college in a not-so-walkable small city in Maine. I miss window-shopping and exploring new stores and restaurants that have opened while I was away. When I come home, I enjoy walking to and around Mountain Brook Village while also enjoying the nice weather!


Crestline Bagel

This is always one of my first stops! Now that I attend a college so far away from the South, I crave Southern food more than ever. Saw’s Juke Joint has some of my favorites, including fried okra, mac and cheese, and pork taters.

Mountain Brook Village

Laura Rice

I love the new Steel City Pops in Crestline because it’s a must-do in Birmingham, and the Crestline one is so backyard-y and fun with a little different flair.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens is beautiful and unique, and free (we’re college students).

Golf Courses

It seems that my main activity during my leisure time in the summer consists of playing a few rounds of golf at BCC, MBC or Highlands, depending on which friends I play with. I’ve brought my clubs up to Wake Forest two years in a row now and have played maybe less than five rounds of golf, so I find a lot of enjoyment in finally being able to take a break from school and just simply play a round of golf with my friends.


If I’m home, I always have to stop for a cherry limeade. I’ve been drinking them forever, and I think I am addicted. I also love running into everyone I know there.

Surin of Thailand

I crave Thai food like crazy at school, and we don’t have a place that even compares. Super Crunch rolls and their Chicken Masaman are amazing!

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Life Actually By Kari Kampakis

How can I make them want me? Recently, I met a girl who shared with me a time that she’d been left out by friends. It happened at school and started with a club her friends created. The club had its own rules, and when she overheard some girls in her class talking about it, she asked if she could join. “Sure,” they replied, and with that she was a member. Later that day, however, she overhead the mastermind behind the club — one of her best friends — telling the girls who invited her in to pretend the club didn’t exist anymore. For whatever reason, the club creator didn’t want her friend to be part of this group, so she hatched a plan to continue it in secret. As you can imagine, this girl was hurt. While she didn’t reveal what she’d overheard, she spent the rest of the day dwelling on the events and feeling confused. Why would her friend intentionally lock her out? What was the point? The more she thought about it, the more she questioned herself. She initially wondered, “Have I done something to make my friend mad at me? Am I not being a good friend? How can I be a better friend?” After giving it serious thought, she was still short on solutions. She couldn’t come up with a reason why her friend might react that way or what she could have done differently. At this point, her thoughts changed.

She now wondered how she could gain acceptance from the club. Her overriding question was, “How can I make them want me?” As she admitted to me the ideas that crossed her mind, she laughed at herself. Her wish to be more popular and desirable prompted her to consider scenarios like: Should I buy cooler clothes? Should I change my look? Should I be more social? Should I talk more and not be as shy? She exhausted herself in search of answers. At last, she reached a pivotal conclusion, ultimately deciding this: “If I haven’t done anything wrong or mean to make them act that way, then I don’t need to change. What happened wasn’t my fault, so I don’t need to do anything differently.” I share this story because it’s relevant to everyone. Young and old, we all know what it’s like to be excluded. We’ve all questioned ourselves as a result. We’ve all experienced the heart-sinking disappointment of having a friend go behind our back. Sometimes it’s due to jealousy. Sometimes it’s ignorance. Sometimes it’s immaturity and the fact that people get hurt as everyone learns what, exactly, a true friendship entails. In any case, it’s important to keep a clear head. It’s important to understand, as this girl did, whether change is necessary on our end. Rejection makes

it very tempting to transform ourselves to gain approval. And while that may secure our spot in a club, it can distance us from who God designed us to be. It can conform us to the ways of the world and make us lose touch with our unique identity in Christ. The term for this is “peoplepleasing.” And according to Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book The Purpose-Driven Life, people-pleasing is one of the greatest barriers that keeps us from living out our life purpose. It’s such an issue today, in fact, that he added a chapter on people-pleasing in the newest edition of The Purpose-Driven Life.  “There is nothing wrong with our desire to be accepted, appreciated, and approved by other people,” Warren writes. “In fact, without the affirmation of others we never fully blossom into our full potential. But as with all of the healthy and good desires God puts in our hearts, the desire for approval can be misused, abused and confused. It can become an obsession that dominates our life and a fear that destroys our soul.” I admire how this girl figured out that blaming herself for her friend’s rejection was the wrong assumption. I like how she overcame the question we’ve all asked ourselves — “How can I make them want me?” — with truth and logic. She has since moved on and forgiven her friend, so all is good. And what the experience taught her is to trust her instincts and know that she is enough just the way she

is. Trying to be more desirable or popular is a misuse of time.  We all face rejection. And while some rejection opens our eyes to what we should improve upon, there is also rejection that has nothing to do with us.  It reflects the other person’s flaws, not ours. To evaluate a situation, we need wisdom and courage — wisdom to help us discern our role (if any) and courage to preserve who we are and not change for the wrong reasons. It’s a personal choice how far we walk down the “How can I make them want me?” road. When traveling this path, we live in self-doubt. We rack our brain for answers and ask questions that fuel our anxiety. But as this girl shows, there is a solution, and that is to turn our thoughts around and find peace with who we are. If a young mind can draw this conclusion, surely an adult mind can, too. Surely we can all keep our need for approval in perspective and make sure that any changes we make add value to our lives, enrich our relationships, and draw us closer to the person we’re meant to be.  Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Mountain Brook mom of four girls, columnist, and blogger for The Huffington Post. Join her Facebook community at “Kari Kampakis, Writer” or find her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Find her personal blog at or contact her at kari@

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Calendar Mountain Brook Events Wednesdays: Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market. Vine Street, Crestline Village. 4-8 p.m. Visit

Spartan Baseball Camp. 8:30noon. Ages 5-8. $130. Visit mbathletics. org.

June 2-6: Play All Day Camp. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Grades 1-6. Nonmembers $235, members $185. Contact Jessica Klein or 879-0411.

June 9-11: Major League Spartan Baseball Camp. 8:30noon. Ages 9-12. $130. Visit mbathletics. org.

June 2-5: MBJH Girls Basketball Camp. 2-4 p.m. MBJH. Instructors John Phillips and Kelli Moore. $80. Visit

June 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. Contact Mindy Cohen at 879-0411 ext.233 or

June 3, 4, 5: 2014 MBHS Summer Volleyball Clinics. 12:30-3:30 p.m. MBHS. Fourth - sixth-graders. Come join the Mountain Brook High School elite 8, final 4 volleyball program for fun and instruction this summer. $130. Visit June 3, 4, 5: MBHS Summer Volleyball Clinics. 4:30-6:30 p.m. MBHS. Seventh – eighth-graders. Come join the Mountain Brook High School elite 8, final 4 volleyball program for fun and instruction this summer. $75. Visit June 9-13: Chess Camp. 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Grades 2-6. Nonmembers $255, members $205. Visit June 9-13: Yoga Camp. 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. Grades 2-6. Nonmembers $255, members $205. Visit June 9-11: Minor League

June 12, 19, 26: Thursday Family Fun Nights. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Different themes each Thursday. Visit June 16-20: Theater Camp. 9 a.m.-3:30p.m. Grades 2-6. Nonmembers $255, members $205. Visit June 23-25: Mountain Brook Youth Football Camp. 8:30-11:30 a.m. K-6. Camp staffed by MBHS football coaches. $115. For more, spartanfblive. com or 602-7947. Visit June 23-27: Circus Camp. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Grades 2-6. Nonmembers $310, members $250. Visit Save the Date July 19: Market Day. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mountain Brook Village. Visit

Emmet O’Neal Library Call 445-1121 or visit for more.

Adults Wednesdays: Brown Bag Lunch Series. Noon doors open, 12:30 p.m. program. Sundays: The Library is closed on Sundays during summer hours. June 5: Church & Oak Book Group. 6:30 p.m. Church Street Coffee & Books. Discussing The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. June 9: Great Books. 6:30 p.m. Book group discussing “Famine” by Xu Xi. June 10: The Bookies. 10 a.m. Book group discussing Dear Life by Alice Munro. June 17: Documentaries After Dark. 6:30 p.m. Film about Alabama food. June 24: An Evening with Dolores Hydock. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. $10. Tickets available at the library. June 25: Genre Reading Group. 6:30 p.m. LGBTQ books. June 25: Beginning of Tech Classes. Small, one-hour, free classes. Call Marylyn 445-1115. Internet and Email Basics for Extreme Beginner 6-week course. $30 fee. Call Holley 445-1117.

Teens June 4: TAB. 5-6 p.m. The monthly meeting of the library’s Teen Advisory Board. June 6: Game On Video Game Tournament. 4:30-6:30 p.m. June 10: Parent-Teen Olympics. 6:308:30 p.m. June 13: Chopped Crestline cooking competition. 4-6 p.m.

June 20: Animation Movie Marathon. 9 a.m. -5 p.m. June 27: Lillis Taylor: Make it Sew craft program. 1-3 p.m.

Children Mondays *Toddler Tales Story Time. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays All ages show. 10:30 a.m. All ages movie. 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. Movie for grades 3-6. 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-6 programming. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays Family Story Time with Mr. Mac. 10:30 a.m. Special Events *June 10: Third-Grade Bookmania: Spaceheadz. 6 p.m. *June 24: Fourth-Sixth-gGade Bookmania: Pi in the Sky. 6 p.m. *Space is limited; please call 879-0497 or visit to register.

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Calendar Greater Birmingham Area Events

June 1: Vulcan’s 110th Birthday Bash. Noon-4 p.m. Vulcan Park and Museum, 1701 Valley View Drive. An outdoor celebration with activities for the whole family. $5 for ages 5+, free for Vulcan members and ages 4 and under. Call 933-1409.

June 7: Juneteenth. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 520 16th Street N. An annual family event with music, vendors, contests, activities and free entrance to the institute. Free. Call 328-9696 ext. 229.

June 3: Writers Share and WorkPlay present: The Wrights. 7:30-10:30 p.m. WorkPlay, 500 23rd Street S. The Wrights are a husband-and-wife country music duo. Ages 18 and over. $10. Call 879-4773.

June 7: Birmingham’s Big Ice Cream Festival. Noon-3 p.m. Avondale Brewing Company, 201 41st Street S. This Animal League of Birmingham fundraiser will feature ice cream sculpting and eating contests and build-your-own sundaes. $15 general admission, free for children under 4. Visit

June 4-7: Miss Alabama Pageant. 7:30 p.m. each night. Leslie Wright Fine Arts Center, Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Drive. The pageant will include talent, evening wear and swimwear competitions, and winners will receive college scholarships. Call 726-4069 for ticket information. June 5-7: Steel City Jazz Festival. Linn Park, 710 20th Street N. The festival will include more than 25 smooth jazz artists from across the country. $35 Jazz Soiree Kickoff Party, $50 2-Day Pass Early Bird (limited supply), $80 2-Day Pass, $120 2-Day VIP Pass, $50 Daily Pass, $2,500 2-Day VIP Reserved Table for 10. Call 533-9745. June 6: Zac Brown Band. 7 p.m. Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, 1000 Amphitheatre Drive, Pelham. Zac Brown Band is a three-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum band. $46-$94.90. Call 985-0703. June 6: ‘Jaws.’ 7-10 p.m. The Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue N. Watch this classic film and enjoy a sing-along and Mighty Wurlitzer performance before the movie. $8. Call 252-2262. June 6-7: Magic City Brewfest. Friday 7-11 p.m., Saturday 4-8 p.m. Sloss Furnaces, 20 32nd Street N. Learn about brewing and taste more than 200 craft beers. $34.50 in advance, $40 at the door, $10 for designated drivers. Call 531-5085.

June 7: Bluegrass and Burgers. 2-5 p.m. The Red Barn, 2700 Bailey Road, Leeds. Enjoy free food, live music and art and education activities. Free. Call 699-8204. June 7: Know More Orphans 5K. 8-10 a.m. Veterans Park, 4800 Valleydale Road, Hoover. The run benefits Altar84, which serves orphans and vulnerable children. Registration $30. Visit June 8: ‘My Fair Lady.’ 2-5 p.m. The Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue N. Watch this classic film and enjoy a sing-along and Mighty Wurlitzer performance before the movie. $8. Call 252-2262. June 10: Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular. 8 p.m. BJCC Arena, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. Tickets $51.65-$103.90. Call 1-800-745-3000. June 11: Bruno Mars. 8 p.m. BJCC Arena, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. Tickets $59.85$112.10. Call 1-800-745-3000. June 12-14: 35th Annual National Sacred Harp Singing Convention. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. First Christian Church, 4954 Valleydale Road. A potluck lunch will be served each day at this event for people to enjoy singing hymns, odes and anthems from the Sacred Harp Hymnal in four parts, a cappella. Call 879-1909.

June 13: ‘Grease.’ 7-10 p.m. The Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue N. Watch this classic film and enjoy a sing-along and Mighty Wurlitzer performance before the movie. $8. Call 252-2262.

Smith Dr. Taste gourmet cuisine and bid on silent auction items to raise funds for breast cancer research. $100 per person, $175 for two people. Call 263-1700.

June 13: Mike Epps. 8 p.m. BJCC Concert Hall, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. Tickets: $37.75$47.75. Call 1-800-745-3000.

June 21: YMCA Race to the Courthouse. 9 a.m. YMCA of Birmingham, 2400 7th Avenue N. Take a scenic downtown run and enjoy a health fair, music and food. Proceeds benefit the YMCA financial aid program. $25 through May 31, $30 through June 20, $35 day of the race, law firm team of 3: $75. Call 324-4563.

June 13: Ethan Bortnick. 7 p.m. BJCC Mainstage Theatre, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. Tickets: $45. Call 1-800-745-3000. June 13-15: Rick & Bubba Outdoor Expo. Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. BJCC. Outdoor retailers, exhibitionists and organizers from across the country will include The Fish Ranger, Woods & Water, Motorsports Superstore and more. $10 for ages 13 and older. Visit June 14: Caribbean Festival. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Linn Park, 710 20th Street N. Enjoy music, food, vendors and dancing in the street. Free. Call 383-1726. June 15: UAB Gospel Choir in Concert. 7 p.m. Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave S. The choir will present a Father’s Day concert. General admission: $7, UAB students, faculty and staff: $6, Groups of 20+: $6 each. Call 975-2787. June 15: ‘The Philadelphia Story.’ 2-5 p.m. The Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue N. Watch this classic film and enjoy a sing-along and Mighty Wurlitzer performance before the movie. $8. Call 252-2262. June 18: Birmingham Fern Society’s Show and Sale. 1-6 p.m. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Road. Buy a variety of ferns and receive expert advice on fern care. Free. Call 988-0299. June 19: 3rd Annual Chefs for the Cure. 5:30-8 p.m. The Club of Birmingham, 1 Robert S.

June 21: Brad Paisley. 7 p.m. Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, 1000 Amphitheatre Drive, Pelham. Tickets: $58-$74.75. Call 985-0703. June 21-22: Triumph Superbike Classic. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Barber Motorsports Park, 6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway. Call 1-877-332-7804. June 22: ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ 2-5 p.m. The Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue N. Watch this classic film and enjoy a sing-along and Mighty Wurlitzer performance before the movie. $8. Call 252-2262. June 27: Relax by the Tracks. 5-7 p.m. Railroad Park, 1600 1st Ave S. Enjoy music in the park, buy food from George’s Boxcar Cafe, then catch a Barons Game before you leave. Free. Call 5219933. June 28: Birmingham Heart Walk. 8 a.m.7 p.m. Uptown Entertainment District, 2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N. Learn how to improve your heart health and prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. Free, but donations encouraged. Call 510-1500. June 29: ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’ 2-5 p.m. The Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue N. Watch this classic film and enjoy a sing-along and Mighty Wurlitzer performance before the movie. $8. Call 252-2262.

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Village Living

Village Living June 2014  

Community news, entertainment and sports for Mountain Brook

Village Living June 2014  

Community news, entertainment and sports for Mountain Brook