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The oil spill affecting our Gulf Coast seems to be issue number one in the news media, and Birmingham residents with interests in that area know firsthand what a serious event this is. 280 Living spoke in June with three families in the North Shelby area who have either a business and/or home on the Gulf Coast. Jack and Timberly Harris of Inverness opened The Rib Shak in Perdido Key, Florida, in May of 2009. Their restaurant sits just across the Alabama line, diagonal to the world-famous Flora-Bama bar. The Harris’ previously worked full-time in the real estate business but made the decision to open the restaurant last year when the economy took it’s toil on the real estate market. “We both love that area and have a condo in Orange Beach. We didn’t know how well a BBQ restaurant would do in a

tense and angry. “I hear a lot of anger from the charter boat industry,” explains Harris. “Lists are compiled of area boats available for use in the oil spill search and clean-up because their business has basically collapsed.” BP, the owner of the Deep Water Horizon oil rig responsible for the oil spill, is present in the Gulf Coast area to take claims of lost revenue from area businesses and vacation rental owners. At the time of this article, Kelly Watkins is taking donations to help with the clean up the Harris’ had not gulf community, but we opened to a great pursued a claim, but know that may be reception last year. I live in Orange Beach in ahead of them. Richard and Gloria Schmohl of the summer to help run the business,” says Timberly Harris. “As of now we continue Meadow Brook are home-owners on to have some business from locals and we Dauphin Island. Their home, Grace Like are so grateful for that, but no one knows Rain, was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. what to expect. Our customer levels are The property on Dauphin Island has been nothing near what they would have been in Richard’s family for many years. The in a typical summer.” Harris says the mood from locals is both SEE OIL SPILL | pg 11

“The Girl With A Future” Faye Ireland Remembers the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II

By Jim Noles Sixty-five years ago, on July 4, 1945, President Harry S. Truman delivered a brief speech as his war-weary nation paused to celebrate the anniversary of its independence. “In this year of 1945,” the President declared, “we have pride in the combined might of this nation which has contributed signally to the defeat of the enemy in Europe. We have confidence that, under Providence, we may soon crush the enemy in the Pacific. We have humility for the guidance that has been given us of God in serving His will as a leader of freedom for the world.” But bearing the mantle of freedom’s leadership through the Second World War exacted a heavy toll. Birmingham’s Faye Belt Ireland, a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during the Second World War, still attests to that. On December 7, 1941, Ireland was a freshman Chi Omega at the University of Alabama, attending a Sunday lunch at the Pi Kappa Alpha House. One of the Pikes turned on the radio for some music; instead, they heard the announcemnt of

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Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. “We didn’t know what to think,” Ireland recalled, “but the world changed right there. We knew that, with Roosevelt supplying Great Britain, there might be a war with Germany, but Japan?” “It seems like everyone ran off to enlist,” she said. “But so many of those boys had what we called ‘white-coat syndrome’

– as soon as they saw the doctor walk in his white coat, their blood pressure rose and they failed their induction physical.” “But they had a solution for that,” she laughed. “They’d go home and go on a four-day diet of grapefruit and epsom salts. By the time they went back in for their physicals, they’d be so washed out and

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ART THAT COOKS! Local Shop Mixes Love of Food & Art

Birmingham Bake & Cook Company announces its first art exhibit featuring local artist Dian McCray. Owner-operator of Birmingham Bake & Cook Co. Susan Green takes pride in the unique kitchen and cooking-related items offered in her store and the art show is another way to introduce her customers to something different. “Food is art,” Green says, “When Dian and I first talked, she shared that many of her pieces feature food and cooking imagery. We knew that joining forces for this kind of event would be really exciting,” Green adds, “not only for the art world, but also in a retail setting. It’s a natural tie-in to have our shop be a venue for this exhibit” Artist Dian McCray is just as passionate about food, and has managed to blend it with her love of painting, “My mother was a tremendous cook, and I grew up in the kitchen with my mom,” McCray explains, “But I don’t want my cooking and baking

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to get in the way of my art. So if I paint what I cook, then it’s like the gift that keeps on giving!” One of McCray’s signature pieces is a series of twelve rolling pins entitled, A Baker’s Dozen, which will be featured at the ten-day event. Opening night is July 22nd from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, and Birmingham Bake & Cook Co. will offer plenty of hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings for guests to try as they browse the shop and artwork. McCray’s collection will remain on display through Saturday, July 31st. “Art That Cooks!” is open to the public and everyone is welcome to meet the artist, Dian McCray, on Thursday July 22nd during opening night, Saturday July 24th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Saturday July 31st from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Birmingham Bake and Cook is located at 5291 Valleydale Road. They can be reached at 980-3661 or found on the web at www.

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You’ve heard the old saying, “You are what you eat.” Ever stop to consider that the same holds true for the animals that provide us the meat, eggs and dairy products you eat? Or the veggies and produce you delicately pick each day for you and your family to consume? In this local community there is a demand that is growing each day for more local living. “We need a personal connection to our foods. Making face to face connections with where your food comes from gives a great sense of security.” That according to Matt Churnock who with Jed Park took one look at another empty parking lot and said “what can we do here that will benefit our community.” Thus became the brainchild for Valleydale Farmers Market which first opened in 2009 to bring fresh, regional produce to Jefferson and North Shelby County. With overwhelming support from the community, they are full steam ahead into their second season with a wide selection of local arts & crafts, entertainment and

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tasty samples plus their main draw is all the fresh produce from local growers in Chilton, Blount and Jefferson County. Churnock says his local growers are in high demand and they sell out quickly by 10:30 most Saturdays because customers know it’s all “picked that day or the night before and they know the farmer personally so they can trust the product they are eating.” That sense of personal connection within the local community is the fuel that leads Robyn Mitchell’s co-op business called Manna Market as well. Located in Cahaba Heights, Mitchell practically spear headed the “local, organic” movement back 20 years ago when most people didn’t even understand its importance. She started off small on her back porch just selling what she had on her farm and over time the demand grew to over 75 regulars who purchase local and organic produce, eggs, meats and dairy from her business run out of the local community center on Dolly Ridge Road. Every 2 weeks her customers can order local, organic and natural, fresh products from her website and pick them up from her already bagged and ready to take home. So why all the fuss over local, clean and organic living? Research shows little changes do make a big difference. A new study published just this month in the Journal Pediatrics links pesticide exposure in children to a diagnosis of ADHD among several other issues as well. Diet is a major source of pesticide exposure in children, according to the National Academy of Sciences, and much of that exposure comes from favorite fruits and vegetables. Many wonder, how can we keep ourselves and our children safe from high levels of exposure? Nationally renowned doctors are encouraging families to choose local and organic when it comes to what you are


637-7997 The 280 corridor’s newest pizza and pasta restaurant looks like it may be a national chain moving into a booming area. However, looks can be deceiving. Pizza Express is the brainchild of 280 residents, , Wes and Betsy Emmons, a husband and wife team. Wes has a background in politics as well as pizza. “Working your way up in the business of politics, you basically work for peanuts,” Wes said. “I worked for a few of the major chains during that time to pay the bills. I was a manager and learned the ins and outs of opening restaurants.” Betsy, is also a part time professor at Samford in Communication Arts. Her passion for helping others is apparent in the way she treats her customers. On a recent visit, she waited on us even though it was a seat yourself type of restaurant. She also seemed to be multi-tasking and doing about five other jobs at the same time. Such are the duties of opening a new restaurant in a mom and pop arrangement. Wes said he has been baking pizzas in a brick oven at home for years. He has been perfecting his recipes, tweaking them to get them just right for his new enterprise. He invested in a special oven at the restaurant that allows him to get the crust just right, light and crisp. Wes pointed out that they hand toss their dough and make it fresh in the store every day. Pizza Express’ New York Style pizzas fall in three different categories. They have the classic pizzas which include such standards as double pepperoni, double cheese. The modern classics include the barbecue chicken pizza and the Hawaiian. We chose the Hawaiian on a recent visit. The ham and cool pineapple combination was just perfect on a scorching summer day. The gourmet pizzas include selections such

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as an arugula pizza and a white margherita. All of the pizzas are made with Wes’s tried and tested recipes. Of course they also offer a “build your own” selection with a diverse array of toppings to choose from. This will insure that the customers can always find their favorite option. Pizza Express offers several appetizers. They include bruschetta, fried mushrooms, and wings among others. There are five pasta selections available in either a half or a full order. These include Lasagna and Fettuccine Alfredo. There are several salad offerings which can be served as a meal or as a side. Pizza Express has a kid’s menu with small portions and prices for the little ones. For the adults they also serve wine by the glass and beer. Pizza Express delivers to Inverness, Greystone, Highland Lakes, some Hwy. 119 & Valleydale areas, and west points of Chelsea. Of course they also take pick up orders. Pizza Express is open every day for lunch and dinner service. Their hours are: M-Th 11-10 p.m., Fri & Sat 11-11 p.m., Sun 12-8 p.m. We welcome the 280 corridor’s newest family owned pizza and Italian restaurant. Here’s wishing them a long and successful stay on the 280 corridor. Pizza Express is in the Arbor Place Shopping Center in the Greystone/Highland Lakes area on Highway 280. They are near Hanna’s Garden Shop and across the street from Lee Branch Shopping Center.

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*next to the Rave Theatre* The Rusty Dime- Exclusive antiques with a Mississippi charm Hidden behind the Rave Theatre in Hoover lies one hidden treasure. An antique store that has most anything imaginable. Owner Mel Rich opened The Rusty Dime this past May 1. He had just retired from Augusta Fiberglass in December and was wanting to do something with his lifelong passion for antiques. “For the past 20/25 years I have been going to state auctions and buying antiques, I decided why not open a store and sell them,” said Rich. As for the name “The Rusty Dime” this was an old blues saying from the Mississippi Delta where Rich grew up. Inside the store, you will find artwork, books, antiques, furniture, and even rugs. It’s the perfect store for anyone who is starting from scratch to decorate their home. It is guaranteed that you will find an item that has not been seen anywhere else. Rich loves different antiques and one-of-a kind items, he makes sure that nothing is a reproduction but an original. He also pays careful attention to the layout of the store. He never wants it to appear “junky” so a customer feels like they have to search to

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find everything. Instead everything is laid out, so everything can be seen. One thing he also makes sure of is to offer a good price range, this way anyone can buy something. His price range begins at $5 and goes up to $800 for the rugs and furniture. He says majority of the stuff in his store is $300 or below. Rich lives in South Carolina and only makes a few trips per month so he leaves the care of the store to his sister Leanna Morgan who lives in Chelsea. Rich just loved this area in Birmingham and really wanted to open the store here because he felt that the 280 corridor is booming and this would be a great place for antiques. And as for the most part their business has been really good since their opening on May 1. It is a great “family venue” as they call it, because they both love antiques. They are extremely nice with great southern hospitality who just want to make sure you enjoy your shopping experience. They go above and beyond to make it a comfortable, relaxing environment and they guarantee to find you a special piece for your home. So if your in the need for items for your home The Rusty Dime is the place to go! As Leanna Morgan says, “ We have unique antiques that are offered at every price, there will be something for everyone.”

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Big Lots makes a Big Donation Christine Hoffman, Principal of Inverness Elementary School, shared thank you notes written by first grade students. IES received a $2500 donation from Big Lots, Brook Highland, during their Grand Opening on June 4.

“Blue Thunder,” Wins third place

The Oak Mountain 9-year-old American All-Stars, “Blue Thunder,” won third place in the Mountain Jam at Shades Mountain Park on June 6, 2010. Members of the Thunder are (front row) Ben Splawn, Cole Garner, Cade Dickinson, Eli Fizer, Rich Smith, Jameson Jonseof,

(back row) Connor Forbes, Gabriel Russell, Blake Sandidge, Shadrick Byrd, Clay Collins, Jack Thompson. Blue Thunder is coached by Ken Thompson, head coach Ernie Jonseof, Chris Dickinson and Chuck Collins.

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Primrose School opens in Liberty Park Aspiring to make a difference in the lives of area children and their families, area residents William and Gayla Clark opened the Primrose School at Liberty Park on June 21, satisfying the demand for high quality educational child care in the community. To  mark  Primrose  Schools’  official  entrance into Liberty Park, franchise owners William and Gayla Clark are inviting families to a grand opening event on July 10. The event will feature bouncy castles, face painting and a host of other fun activities for the whole family. The local fire  department  will  be  on  hand  showing  off one of their trucks and tours of the school will be offered to interested parents. The new Primrose School at Liberty Park, located at 1800 Urban Center Parkway, will be the third Primrose School in the Birmingham market. William and Gayla said the new school will provide an unmatched educational child care experience to area families, and noted that it has already positively impacted the local economy by adding 25 to 30 new jobs, and $2.9 to $4.1 million in project costs.

After living the retired life for several years in Atlanta, William and Gayla Clark realized they needed something more in their lives.  They wanted to find something  that would enrich their lives. Knowing the success their grandchildren experienced at a Primrose School in Georgia, the Clarks became determined to open a school of their own. Looking at their options, the Clark’s thought Liberty Park made the most sense for a new school. With a daughter already living in Birmingham, it was an easy decision to make the move. “Given the stellar reputation of Primrose Schools around the country, we’re proud to bring the Primrose name and their highly regarded accredited curriculum to the Liberty Park community,” said William Clark. “Our new school will give local parents the peace of mind they need and deserve, knowing that their children are learning and being nurtured while they’re away at work.” For more information about the Primrose School at Liberty Park, please call (205) 969-8202 or visit www.

BUSA 98 Girls South Blue win second State Cup Championship

The BUSA 98 Girls South Blue won their second consecutive State Cup Championship this May. The team consist of: kneeling, Caitlin Street; standing, Brooke Aderholt, Sydney Harrington, Josie Harwood, Olivia Smeltzer, Sarah Kathryn

Hix, Julia Buckner, Libi Jacobs, Nealy Martin, Carmyn Greenwood, and Alexandra Dunn. They were coached by Adam Johnson and Jon Russell and also won the Mississippi Fire Spring Classic in Jackson, MS in April.

OLV science olympiad competes nationally

The Our Lady of the Valley Science Olympiad Team competed in the National Science Olympiad Competition at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign on May 20-22 and earned an overall #35th ranking in the nation. It’s the overall best performance OLV has had at national competition. OLV was one of two

OLV Science Olympiad Team Members.

teams representing the State of Alabama in Division B of Science Olympiad. An impressive twelve OLV events finished in  the  top  30  and  two  of  those  events (Science Crime Busters and Pentathalon)  finished  in  the  top  10  in  the  nation.

Spain Park’s Tamar Mickens Receives Greystone Ladies Club Scholarship

Greystone Ladies Club members Tina Douglass and Mechelle Wilder with scholarship winner Tamar Mickens

Congratulations to Tamar Mickens of Spain Park High School as the recipient of this year’s Greystone Ladies Club Scholarship. The $1,000.00 scholarship was awarded to Mickens in May on Spain Park’s Senior Awards Night. Mickens will be attending UAB this fall where he hopes to walk-on to the football team. Greystone Ladies Club Scholarship Committee members include Tina Douglass, Carolyn Haynes, Anne Layne and Mechelle Wilder.


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A “free concert” that helped people escape reality for a few hours. This is exactly what happened on June 19, at 6 p.m. as The Alabama Symphony Orchestra gave a free two-hour concert on the grounds behind the Founders Clubhouse at Greystone Golf & Country Club. The theme of the event was “A Celebration of Stage and Screen” and it was intended to help relieve stress from hard economic times and everyday problems. Those who attended Symphony on the Green were residents of Founders & Legacy communities of Greystone, members of the Greystone Golf & Country Club, sponsors and their invited guests. It’s a first for Greystone and perhaps for any community in Alabama to bring the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to their neighborhood to play a free concert. Since November 2009, the Greystone Symphony Committee has been working diligently to make Symphony on the Green a reality. It was made possible through numerous fundraising efforts and sponsorships to raise $60,000 for the event. And also the many hours & efforts of hardworking volunteers who all shared the dream of bringing the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to Greystone. As Committee Co-chair Mindy Boggs proclaimed, “This grand effort, in these economic times, was achieved because of the shared vision and commitment of the sponsors and many volunteers, the support of the Greystone Golf and Country Club Board, and the Cooperation of the two homeowners boards. It was a relaxing, enjoyable event with family, friends and neighbors for Father’s Day weekend!” And indeed this was a spectacular event as one audience member called it “Greystone’s version of Woodstock.” With over 1700 attendees, even though there

was severe storm warnings for 18 counties till that evening, it is an event that surpassed the odds. As one observer said, “ Ever since the Bruno’s golf tournament left here, there has been a void. This event, on a smaller, more manageable scale, restores our community pride, resulting in residents happier for living here, The Greystone Symphony Committee 2009-2010 ,LtoR: Brooke and wanting to do betBeckham, Sue Nuby, Co-chair Mindy Boggs, Co-chair Roy Sewell, ter.” Brad Rankin, Lisa Yamshak, Eric Knouse. Not pictured: Donna Even the Alabama Francavilla, Cal Langford, Steve Vanderburg Symphony Orchestra loved playing at Greystone. As Maestro Chris Confessore proclaimed, “It was a thrill to perform for such an enthusiastic and responsive audience - it really was the perfect way for us to conclude what has been an extremely successful and rewarding concert season.” Hopefully, the success of this event will allow Greystone to make this a tradition for every year! The event is underwritten by six $5,000 Title Sponsors which include: American Ron Ward, Larry Boggs, Steve Vanderburg Plant Services, Deborah and Butch Flatt, owners; Ann and Don Capps; Greystone Carolyn Haynes and Elaine Kennedy of Real Estate Specialists Janice Folmar and Realty South; and The Painting Company. Richard Hayes of Re/Max Southern Homes; Southeastern Jewelers and La Rue and Paul NettWorth Financial Group partners Larry Carter are $500 Silver Sponsors. Other major cash and in-kind Boggs and Sarah Benton; Brenda and Mark Sheehan; and Wells Fargo Private Bank contributors include Greystone Residential Association, Legacy Home Owners advisors Wes Steed and Hugh Parish. International Security There are five $1,000 Gold Sponsors: Association, Corporation, Frankly BancorpSouth, Inverness Branch; Management Greystone Office Park - Dr. Thomas Speaking Communications, ABC 33/40, Staner, Neurosurgeon, and Jackson, Renfro Highlands Digital Media, Hank Johnson and Associates; Cathy and Roy Sewell; School of Golf, and Greystone Club.

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and have begun the process of making claims to BP for lost revenue due to rental cancellations. “BP has set up a location behind city hall here on Dauphin Island,” says Schmohl. “So far, their office has been quick to answer my questions and is on the ball with paying claims. This island has been a part of my life since I was six years old. There is so much unknown out there, but it seems like they are doing their part in accepting claims.” Schmohl says crews are very visible on the island in efforts to stop the oil heading their way. A berm has been installed and he says a separation fence was put up by the National Guard. “Crews are out on the beach in all-terrain-vehicles looking at what washes up,” explains Schmohl. “If something is spotted, additional crews come in from Theodore, Alabama, to clean it up.” Kelly Watkins of North Shelby County owns Barstools, Etc. and Wee Peat Boutique in the Arbor Place shopping center off Highway 280 in the Greystone area. Her family has a condo in Orange Beach and she felt compelled to do something to help with the oil clean-up efforts. “I have a crate out in front of my businesses that accepts donations for the clean-up Baldwin County is doing,” says Watkins. “My family plans to load up these items in our truck and make trips to the Orange Beach/Gulf

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Shores area ourselves. I’m giving the items directly to the Baldwin County Services groups in the area.” Watkins is accepting many items listed on the website www.baldwincountynow. com. Items include pantyhose, bleach, hand sanitizer, Dawn detergent, heavy latex gloves, chemical-proof rubber gloves, towels, paper towels, bags of rags, cans of WD-40, heavy-duty flashlights, and zipties. “That area means a lot to my family. It is so heartbreaking to know it may never be the same,” explains Watkins. “These items may be a small help in a large effort, but it means so much to know I’m doing something.”

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Tales from the Drive-In...Shrek, Buzz, and a Wooden Leg By Kathryn Acree

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So summer is in full swing and you’re looking for an affordable way to entertain the family. Take a trip back in time to the age of the drive-in movie at the Harpersville Drive-in located off Highway 280 just one mile east of The Meadows golf course. In the summer, movies are shown seven nights a week starting at dusk or approximately 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. The Harpersville Drive-in is one of three drive-ins owned by Brian Skinner of Springville. Skinner first opened a drivein in Argo off Highway 11 after reading a 1997 article in the former Birmingham PostHerald about drive-ins becoming popular again on the West coast. “I’ve always loved movies and knew something like that would be great in Birmingham,” says Skinner. Following the success of the Argo Drive-in, Skinner opened the Harpersville Drive-in in the summer of 2006 and most recently opened the Anniston Starlight drive-in off Highway 202 in Munford. He grew up in the Harpersville area and decided the property that was once the old Evan’s Flea-market would be a great location off Highway 280. It took a few months to get zoning approval, but the drive-in finally opened as a safe, clean and affordable movie destination. Skinner shares a favorite story regarding the drive-in’s location: “Currently they are working to repave 280. I stopped and chatted with a crew of the guys doing the

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paving in front of the drive-in and met Barry Evans who told me his grandfather owned the old flea-market. He said his grandfather rode around the property on a tractor because he had only one leg. I told him I remembered that story of his grandfather from when I was growing up and asked him to hold on for a second. I left for bit and came back with a wooden leg I found in one of the old buildings on the property. Low and behold if that wasn’t his grandfather’s wooden leg! How about that for story,” explains Skinner. Besides being a great storyteller, Skinner sees the drive-in as a family destination. “We keep the movies affordable for everyone. We show current movies and strive to carry mostly G, PG, or PG-13 movies. I want this to be a place people can bring their kids and not be embarrassed by what’s on the screen,” says Skinner. “In early July our biggest summer movie will open, Toy Story 3, and we started the summer out with Shrek Forever After.” The concession stand offers a big variety of snacks at reasonable prices too. “Again, we wanted that to be affordable,” says Skinner. “Candy starts at $1 and drinks and popcorn are $2 or $3.”

Skinner shares an interesting appeal of a drive-in , easy accessibility. “We’ve noticed that folks in handicapped vans enjoy coming here, or maybe someone getting out that has had surgery and is not up to getting in and out of a car a lot yet. We fulfill a need that often goes overlooked,” explains Skinner. Going to a drive-in can be similar to a tail-gating experience. Patrons pull their vehicles in and park, set their radios to the station for the screen’s audio and then set-up chairs or blankets near their car to watch the movie. Often times kids will toss a frisbee or football around before the movie starts at dusk. The drive-in is a popular party destination too. Sports teams, birthday party groups or companies can arrange coming to the drive-in early to grill out or enjoy time together and then see that night’s movie at a group rate. Movies are shown year-round; seven nights a week during the summer and weekends during the school-year. Special double-feature nights are also held in the summer. To receive email updates on the latest movies being shown at the Harpersville Drive-In, go to their website, and join their email list. The phone number is (205) 672-8484.

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Making Angels without faces painting is now even more meaningful to her. In the painting classes she volunteers to teach, she shares her story with participants and asks if they have ever experienced something similar. “Many people have had a time when they felt an unexplained sense of peace. It’s something old and young can relate to,” explains Sandy Johnson shows Rose Pickens how to complete an angel painting Johnson. Johnson is an acBy Kathryn Acree tive member of the Westover’s Sandy Johnson loves to Alabama Guild of Decorative Artists and share her gift of painting. Known locally this association has given her the opporfor her “tole” style paintings, Johnson tunity to meet with many other artists of works as a media specialist at Chelsea Park similar interest. “I learn something from Elementary School. In the summer months every painter I meet. I’ve been able to paint she volunteers as a painting teacher at the with artists from around the world such as Westover Senior Center/ Public Library Russia and Japan. The art of painting is an and the Chelsea Public Library. The classes instant connection,” says Johnson. The painting connections she’s formed are geared for painting novices, but open to have brought her a small amount of fame anyone in the community. Johnson’s love of painting has been a too, although she quickly points out that life-long interest, but grew to have special fame wasn’t her purpose in this craft. Johnmeaning to her while undergoing cancer son was selected to provide ornaments in treatments during 2002. After a sore on her recent years to the White House Christmas tongue was diagnosed as tongue cancer, tree, the Smithsonian and the Library of Johnson began chemotherapy and radia- Congress. Her paintings have been displayed at Brookwood Hospital, Chelsea tion at Brookwood Hospital. During a medical treatment, Johnson Park’s art show and the Shelby County says she felt a comforting sense of peace Fair. In her work in the community, Johncome over her. “There was an angel in the room with me. She just stood near my bed son prefers calling her painting class “paint but she had no face,” says Johnson. As part and pray” instead of the popular term of her special testament to this event in “sips and strokes.” She feels it is a more apher life, Johnson’s angel paintings have no propriate way of expressing what painting faces. Johnson’s cancer is in remission and has meant to her. “Painting is a talent I was blessed with. I ask my classes what talents they have and point out that we all have something special and meaningful we can share with others, “ explains Johnson. For information on Johnson’s classes offered in July, contact the Westover Senior Center/Public Library at 678-3385 or the Chelsea Public Library at 678-8455.

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How Can I Tell If My Spine Is Healthy? “10 Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Spine” By Dr. Irma Palmer Years of education, training, experience, and sophisticated diagnostic computer tests allow Chiropractors to detect your subluxations, “spinal cavities”. Indeed, similar Dr. Irma Palmer to feeling sensitivity to hot or cold with your teeth, there are some simple things at home you can look for to determine if your spine and nerve system are healthy. Take a look at the following questions and consider how you would answer them. Do the heels of your shoes wear out unevenly? If yes, this can potentially be due to uneven pelvis balance and or other spinal imbalances. When having pants hemmed, has the seamstress ever mentioned one leg appears to be shorter than the other? If yes, this could be due to uneven pelvis balance and/or other spinal imbalances. Do you have poor posture? Do your shoulders slump forward? Does one hip or shoulder appear to be higher than the other? If yes, these findings typically indicate a spinal structure which has adapted to a posture or structure away from its natural design. Do you suffer from head, neck, lower back pain or ANY type of body pain or just don’t feel as healthy as you would like? If yes, understand that any pain is NOT considered normal and indicates a problem.

Do you suffer from headaches, digestive problems, menstrual problems, allergies or any other chronic health problem? If yes, keep in mind every symptom is an effect from an underlying cause. The human body has the ability to heal, restore, mend and regulate itself via the inner body intelligence 24/7. Proof of this truth is present daily as you breathe, pump blood, grow nails, etc. So, if for some reason the body cannot heal or digest or resolve a chronic problem (effect), it’s not that it does not know how, rather it is because there is a reason (cause) obstructing the proper function of the involved area from being whole and complete. Does your jaw “click?” If yes, just as a door that does not close correctly, the jaw is out of correct alignment. Do you have a constant stressful feeling and tension especially in muscles and joints? If yes, one must recognize muscles are reactive to an underlying joint problem. Are you fatigued often? Do you have trouble sleeping through the night? If yes, it is possible the brain and the body connection are not intact. Rest at night is natural and should happen with ease. Do you have poor concentration levels? If yes, remember the brain controls all aspects of our being and awareness. A poor connection will produce a wide variety of issues – ADD and ADHD are part of it as well. Do you seem to get common illnesses like colds and the flu often? If yes, this represents an immune system compromise. Our brain and nervous system even controls our immune system.

the flow of Life to all the cells of your body, and allows you to continually move in the direction of health and of fully expressing your purpose and potential in life. Your care and healing is a teamwork venture! My job is to provide the adjustment that helps restore the flow of Life, and your job is to create a lifestyle that continually raises your ability to adapt to and integrate stresses. But the only way anyone will consistently take the steps necessary to live this health-creating lifestyle is to first realize that our natural state is NOT one of sickness; it is to be outrageously healthy and happy! This happens automatically and progressively when we consistently have a clear and balanced nerve system – a nerve system that allows for the full expression of our Innate Intelligence. This is a constant! For example, you don’t have to think will the sun come up tomorrow, you simply know it will. Should you cut your finger, your nails or your hair, you don’t have to think, will it to grow; you know it will grow back each time. Chiropractic philosophy is founded on this and other constant truths regarding the human body and life. So, this summer, as you take your children, or yourself, to get eyes, ears, heart or physical exams, why not get their spine and nervous system checked out. We must all remember, it is the brain and nervous system that make it all work If there are spinal areas which need attention we will explain that to you. If all areas are well, fantastic, a follow up check up is scheduled 6 months out, just like dental hygiene care. To learn more about Chiropractic Today please visit our website at www. or call my office at 205-991-3511.

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putting into your mouth…thus keeping the levels of exposure at a minimum. Mitchell knows all too well about this new research as she credits that to her illness back in 1994. After a bout with Toxic Strep A she says “I did tons of research and started off slowly eating cleaner and felt so good that I’m a living example today of what good eating can do for you. Plus it tastes so good!” She says her produce is picked and delivered quickly with little sitting time, which allows the flavors and nutrients to pop when it hits your mouth. Churnock also agrees the success of his business is due to the trend nationally moving towards living locally in hopes of bringing down our carbon footprint and increasing the nutrients you are eating. Plus, “there is this great feeling from helping Alabama’s economy.” Historically many cultures embrace a local lifestyle of living for all of its advantages it brings to the table. Most Europeans revel in daily shopping and eating as they believe in buying it all fresh that day versus purchasing pre-packaged items that tend to sit for longer periods of time in stores and are more regularly filled with preservatives and additives. For larger grocery stores like Fresh

If you answered YES to ANY of these questions…YOU WILL BENEFIT FROM CHIROPRACTIC CARE. How can you achieve the level of success you desire in any of the areas of your life without your health? Reflect upon what you think your mission and purpose in life are. How can you ensure success in those areas? I believe that each of us has a purpose to serve throughout our lifetime. And, I believe that our bodies are the “vehicles” we have been given through which to express our purpose and potential. If we are not physically, mentally, socially and spiritually as whole as possible, we cannot achieve the results we desire or deserve. Part of a lifestyle of progressively building wholeness must include making sure that the Perfection that resides within you has the opportunity to be expressed outwardly as fully as possible. We chiropractors call this Inner Wisdom your Innate Intelligence. This is the “Life” Force that runs, regulates, heals and grows you from conception until death and it uses your nerve system for communication between your brain and your body. In order to have a clear neurological connection between your brain and body, you also require a spine that is aligned and functioning normally because of the intimate connections between your spine and your nerve system. If you LOSE your normal alignment or function in your spine, it also causes a partial loss of CONNECTION between your brain and body, and your Innate Intelligence is no longer able to do its job of moving you consistently toward wholeness. The chiropractic adjustment process helps restore your brain-body connection and

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fresh organic tomatoes from the farmers market

Market off of 280, Assistant Store manager Lloyd Caya says “our customers like organic groceries” and it helps that we carry specialty items allowing a wide variety when it comes to choosing fresh daily. As summer approaches the colors are breath taking when it comes to fresh produce and that means a plethora of ideas for the menu on your table. So, whether you shop at a grocery store or choose the local farmers markets and coop’s, the demand is great and the supply is bustling with desire to be picked and put onto your table. So as nature beckons us outside warmly and sweetly to frolic in the backyard or play in the park, with all these delicious and easy to reach places at our fingertips, you can make mealtime another wonderful excuse to get outside and enjoy eating local.

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Goodbye to spider and ugly veins. A new treatment has arrived in Birmingham that immediately “zaps” veins that is virtually pain-less and can be done on your lunch break. Veinwave is an electrical desktop device which uses a needle holder and a foot-pedal. The doctor identifies the area for treatment and inserts an ultra-fine insulated needle into the needle holder to treat the vein. Safe heat energy is emitted by a uni-polar current at the tip of the needle so the doctor is able to specifically target each individual vein for treatment while protecting the surrounding areas. When this energy is applied to the veins they immediately disappear due to the process of thermo- coagulation (which causes the vein walls to stick together and collapse.) Created by UK surgeon Brian Newman, Veinwave uses the principle of thermo- coagulation instead of sclerotherapy which is most commonly used in vein treatments. Sclerotherapy is able to remove the darker veins and thicker red veins, but it is unable to remove the fine cosmetic veins, whereas; thermo-coagulation can. Beyond Wellness in Inverness Village is currently the only Aesthetics clinic

to offer this treatment in the entire nation. Nurse Practioner Ashley Curtis is extremely pleased with this new type of laser treatment. As she states, “Veinwave is the best, most effective treatment for spider veins that I have seen in my professional career. It is life changing for anyone who experiences spider veins.” Veinwave causes very little, if any, pain and can be done every six weeks. Once the procedure is over, a patient is able to leave immediately because there is no recovery process. A patient also has the luxury of not having to apply creams to the area that was treated and wear bandages to cover the area. Patients are able to go out into the sun and resume their normal activities. Veinwave is able to produce immediate results and it is cheaper than other laser treatments available today. It can be used on legs, feet, face, etc on any skin type and both men and women. It is FDA-cleared and has been used by over 1000 physicians for over eight years in Europe. Beyond Wellness is located at 5291 Valleydale Road, Inverness Village Ste 127. Store hours are Monday - Friday 9:30 am to 5 pm. Telephone number is 205-408-2889 and email address is

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Independence Happy Birthday, America! Happy Birthday, family! July is a month of birthdays around my house. We celebrate the lives of several people in my family around this time of year, as well as participating in the national celebration of being a country, of being on our own— which is true for any of us. A birthday is an acknowledgement of being on our own; a celebration of life, but also a celebration of being personally independent, with the capacity to grow, to become, to learn, to change, to create, to breathe, to breathe life into, to impact, to shape, to share (and the list goes on). Birthdays are wonderful! Independence is wonderful! Birthdays are hard. Just ask the person (and you know who you are) who just celebrated the 15th anniversary of his/her thirty-ninth birthday. Just ask the person who turned thirty-eight and looks back on his/her life and realized they have “skated” to this point and now feels they must be responsible with their life before it is too late (and are wondering if they even know how). Just ask the thirty-seven year old who is questioning the legacy he/she is establishing for their child and wants “to do something significant” (or crazy) to make a difference and “be somebody worthy” (though they already are) of the respect and love of their child. Independence is hard. Just ask the high school graduate who is on his/ her own for the first time and is totally responsible for the grades he/she makes. Just ask the college graduate who is on his/ her own and must pay for an apartment without any outside financial assistance. Just ask the young couple who are holding a newborn child and have to remember what the birthing class teacher said about the correct way to swaddle, not to mention the really important stuff, like feeding, sleeping, bathing, changing, and overall raising of another human being (puppies were not this difficult). Just ask the Baby

Boomer whose friends are dying and his/ her “nest egg” is on the rocks due to the economy and are wondering just how long they can make it. Just ask the town who has to make the choice to widen its roads to create more business and more jobs and thus more income for its community or to pay its teachers who just happen to shape the minds and hearts of little ones who will eventually lead that community. Upside to birthdays: cake; downside: unnecessary calories. Upside to independence: can eat the cake in one sitting if you want; downside: extra weight, a sugar high (which can be an upside), and then a sugar crash (totally not fun). Yet the upside and downside of birthdays and independence are the substance of life, particularly here in the good ole USA (in spite of the results of the World Cup); and should be celebrated. In the celebration we embrace it all, the upsides and downsides, especially if we allow ourselves to be embraced by others during the celebrations. It is tremendously impactful to our souls to be celebrated, and to be embraced. Celebrating, being celebrated, embracing, being embraced is a sure sign of our independence, of the solidness of our personal sense of self, and of our choice to depend on, to trust another to be in and of our world with acceptance, grace, truth, and love. These are the foundations for personal community. And only in community do birthdays and independence really matter. To talk further about personal community, independence and a solid sense of self, please consider Samaritan Counseling Center for your counseling or consultant needs. You may reach us at 205-967-3660, or visit the website at Paul Johnson is the executive director as well as an associate licensed marriage and family therapist and associate licensed counselor at Samaritan. And yes, he too was annoyed by the crazy horns of the World Cup matches.

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Many people question me why does someone need a license to become a landscaper in Alabama? The implication, I guess, is that all you are doing is digging a hole and popping the plant in the ground and anyone can do that. After all, even as children, we planted shrubs and trees for our parents and many of them did very well. Today, landscaping is so much more involved than it was when I was a teenager landscaping my neighbor’s houses and spraying their lawns for weeds. Many landscapes include paver patios, retaining walls, irrigation and lots of large or finicky plants that demand proper installation. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is the agency charged with testing and licensing landscapers in the state. As a former county extension agent and college horticulture instructor I have seen millions of dollars of mistakes in residential landscapes ranging from a few dead azaleas to entire landscapes that had to be gutted and reinstalled. My on-going work with the Alabama Green Industry Training Center puts me in continual contact with homeowners who have little to show for large investments in their home landscape. For example, years ago I consulted with someone who paid more than $25,000 to a “landscaper” to install plants around his new home. The plants were installed, mulched and looked great, for a few months. Then, things started to fall apart. Azaleas and dogwoods were planted in full sun in poorly drained soil and started

to die in droves. Junipers, considered ironclad by the untrained, died by the wheelbarrow load due to lack of drainage. To make a long story short, the landscape today looks great and the homeowner is pleased after recovering from spending additional tens of thousands to lift, drain and re-do the landscape. In weekly classes at the AGITC, we help train new landscapers in the basics of soils, fertilizers, planting, pruning and much more. New research on planting depth, size and shape of planting pits and even depth of mulch is critical and unknown to the novice. There are still unlicensed installers who plant or mulch plants too deeply leading to stem girdling roots and root disease and eventual death months or years later. Despite our efforts over the years, there still are many unlicensed and untrained individuals and companies installing landscapes throughout the area. If you wish to find out if the company you are working with has a license, feel free to contact the Department of Agriculture @ 334-240-7243 or e-mail them @ www.agi. The Green Industry in Alabama is a very important part of the state’s economy and is responsible for installing and caring for much of what makes this area one of the most beautiful places in the region. Our goals include improving the health and appearance of the landscapes and urban forests and to be good stewards of the environment and the resources of the consuming public. If you need more information about this article, please contact AGITC Educational Director Fred Kapp @ fkapp@

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My water bill was through the roof last month. I called the Water Works and told them my bill had almost doubled. I was not happy and I wanted to share that with someone. I told the lady that answered the phone that I needed someone to yell at. I guess she could tell by the tone of my voice that even though I was concerned about my bill, I wasn’t really the yelling kind, so she volunteered to take the tongue-lashing. She listened intently and after a few minutes, she told me they have new fangled meters these days and that she could get to the bottom of the situation. The lady said the meter showed I WAS using a lot of water, almost twice as much as I normally use. I had a sinking feeling that I might have a water leak, which was unfortunate for me because it took the monkey off there backs, and put it squarely on mine. The investigation began. My pipes have been spliced a few times during the 30 years we’ve lived here, so I knew pretty much where to look. The last issue we had was under the deck, so that’s where I started. After 20 minutes of digging, I unearthed the pipe and it was not leaking. The second place was out by the apple tree where the old standpipe once stood. The moment I stepped on the sharpshooter shovel, it sank to the hilt. I was so glad that I hadn’t really been ugly to the lady at the water works, cause I would have been eating some crow. I turned the water off and started to repair the leak when I realized I needed a new fitting. I keep all kinds of stuff in my tool shed, but after turning it upside down, I realized I didn’t have the right one. I went to plan B, which was to look in the barn and in Sharky’s old truck. Sharky was Jilda’s dad and he was a plumber from

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way back. In addition to doing plumbing work, he was a pack rat who never threw anything away. Through the years, that’s been a blessing for me, because whenever I need a tool or some other obscure part, I can usually find it in the barn. Sharky had bins, buckets, and shelves where he stored nuts, bolts, screws, and fittings. More often than not, I can find what I’m looking for somewhere in there. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it in the barn this time so, I decided to look in his old blue Ford pickup, which is parked behind the barn. I opened the door, scooted in the passenger side, and started going through the boxes and sacks in the floorboard of the old workhorse. I moved a plastic garbage bag from the driver’s side of the seat and uncovered a snake coiled up that looked as big as Rhode Island. You could say I exited the truck quickly, but that would not have captured the level of haste I used to get out of that pickup! I bumped my head, my knee, and both elbows. I didn’t mess up my britches, but I swear I came close. I let out a stream of cuss words that would have gotten me “whupped with a rosebush” if my mama had heard it. I’m not sure if it was a rattlesnake or just an old chicken snake because I didn’t hang around long enough to make the proper identification. I realized in billionths of a second that I’d seen as much of the cab of that truck as I needed to see. I left a pair of pliers in the cab of old blue, but I think I’ll leave them there until maybe December when snakes hibernate. I went to the hardware store and bought a fitting to fix my water leak so hopefully I won’t have to pawn out my truck to pay next months water bill. If anyone wants a great deal on an old Ford pickup, just let me know.

Lord, by Edd Give Me Patience | Spencer A grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt about a crisis in his life. He said, “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the angry and impatient one. The other wolf is the loving and patient one.” The grandson asked him, “Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?” The grandfather answered, “The one I feed.” I feel that this story applies to our lives of driving on highway 280. Everyday many of us are stressed out as we drive along this extended parking lot. Cars and trucks are everywhere. And in the midst of our slow journey on 280, we have to wrestle with the question, “Which wolf do I feed?” Is it the wolf of restlessness and a lack of patience? Or is it the wolf of compassion and patience? I fear that too often we feed the wolf of impatience. Waiting is a cruel word in our society. We are so impatient. We expect instant results and instant action. We are like the little seven year old girl who planted a little garden. She was thrilled with the idea that she could put little gray seeds into the ground and they would grow into beautiful flowers. So she planted her seeds and then each morning she went out into the garden and dug them up to see if they had grown. And they never did. When we choose this wolf of impatience, we will not grow. Our lives will just be stagnant and filled with trouble and despair. We will not be cheerful and easy to live with. So the answer is very simple. When we become so wrapped up in the doings of not being able to wait, it is time to turn to the word of God and hear the Lord say in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am

God.” This pause with the Word will bring us into the glorious presence of Our Father. And we will look back and wonder why we were so anxious, frantic and impatient. The next time you are driving south on 280 and are crossing 459 at the Summit, don’t look at all the traffic and complain. Don’t look down at all the cars and lose your patience. Instead, lift up your eyes and gaze at Oak Mountain in the distance. Look for the beauty and presence of God in the distance. Then the problems of the traffic jam on 280 can be handled better when we see it against the long look of our eyes toward God. Long ago a wise man named David found this a source of help when he lost his patience. He found that if he lifted his eyes beyond the immediate concerns of his life, he could see the hills. Seeing the hills, he was reminded of God, reminded there is more to life than becoming impatient and worried. He shared these precious words in Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The secret of patience is doing something else in the meantime. So next time you are stuck on highway 280, you can visit this wonderful scripture in your mind. You can lift your eyes to the hills and feel the peace of God. You can reach Pastor Edd Spencer at: First Christian Church 4954 Valleydale Road Birmingham, Al 35242 991-5000

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weak that high blood pressure wasn’t a cover story problem!” As Ireland watched her friends depart for the war, she decided that she wanted to join the effort herself. Before, she had harbored ambitions of studying to become a lab technician. Now, however, Ireland decided to follow her own mother into the nursing field. “All the boys were leaving to go to war, so I figured I had to go to war,” Ireland explained. “Everybody was doing something for the war effort and I decided that I would go into nursing because that was where they seemed to need me.” On September 24, 1943, Ireland enrolled at Cornell University Medical School’s School of Nursing, from where her own mother had graduated in 1920. Simultaneously, she joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. “You can be a cadet nurse and it won’t cost you anything, they said,” Ireland remembered. “Well, I wasn’t going to turn that down because it was not cheap to go to Cornell!” The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps was a program of the U.S. Public Health Service, created by legislation which passed unanimously through Congress in the summer of 1943. The Cadet Nurse Corps was intended to not only replenish the civilian ranks of the thousands of nurses who had left civilian hospitals to join the armed forces but also to create a supply of nurses capable of further staffing those forces. “Cadet Nurse: The Girl With A Future,” recruiting posters proclaimed. “Enlist!: A Lifetime Education Free for High School Graduates Who Qualify,” declared others. Answering the call to duty, Ireland counted herself among the 170,000 other women who ultimately joined the Corps. Upon her induction, she raised her right hand and solemnly pledged “to my country my service in essential nursing for the duration of the war.” For the next three years, Ireland

worked 48-hour weeks, laboring to keep a hospital running that had seen all of its own nurses deploy to the Pacific with the Army’s Ninth General Hospital. “We didn’t have a whole lot of time to see New York,” Ireland remembered, “but I did have my first pizza there. And I remember seeing Frank Sinatra singing in a theater. He was so skinny, I wasn’t sure if he was holding up the microphone stand or if it was holding him up.” As a cadet nurse, Ireland received a free tuition, books, and even a small stipend for living expenses. She also received a smartlooking gray uniform, emblazoned with a red-and-white “U.S. Cadet Nurse” patch on its left shoulder. Despite the uniform, the military aspect of the nursing program was fairly limited. Still, the nurses did occasionally drill, much to the amusement of Ireland’s fellow cadets. “We would have to count off – one, two, three, four – and whenever I said ‘four,’” – Ireland’s genteel Southern drawl made the word the two-syllable “foh-ahh” – “all the other girls would just fall out laughing,” Ireland said. “You see, I was the only girl there from south of the MasonDixon.” “In fact,” she continued, “I remember when I received a phone call one night from a friend from Tuscaloosa who was in the pre-flight program at Columbia University. ‘Faye,’ he said, ‘you need to come up here this weekend. We’ve been fighting the Civil War here every night and we haven’t lost yet!”” The real war, however, was never far from Ireland’s mind. “All the boys I knew from Alabama would come up and visit me from Fort Meade before they shipped overseas,” Ireland remembered. “I could track the progress of the whole war from the V-Mail letters they would send me.” Ireland’s younger brother Philip Belt was one such soldier. Although originally exempted from the draft due to bad eyesight, he had been drafted in 1943 nevertheless. Assigned to the Army’s 36th

Infantry Division, the teenaged soldier landed at Salerno, fought north across Italy to help liberate Rome, and ultimately stormed ashore in southern France as part of Operation Dragoon. In France, a German sniper cut Belt’s service short, shooting the bespectacled soldier in the side of the head as he carried his BAR automatic rifle forward. Only the fortuitous presence of a former brain surgeon in a forward battalion aid station saved Belt’s life. The V-Mail letters of another one of Ireland’s acquaintances, an Army Air Forces bombardier, stopped arriving when his plane was shot down on a bombing mission over Germany. Still other letters ceased when another friend lost his life crashing his P-40 Warhawk. There were dangers on the home front as well. Working a Saturday shift at the hospital on July 28, 1945, Ireland looked out the window as a thick morning fog cleared from the New York skyline. To her surprise, she spied the wreckage of a B-25 bomber protruding from the building’s 79th floor. Lost in the fog, the plane’s pilot had crashed into what was then the world’s tallest building. “Ten to one there was somebody from Alabama on that plane,” Ireland said dolefully to a nearby doctor. She did not know it at the time, but Ireland was absolutely right. The plane’s pilot, a decorated lieutenant colonel named William F. Smith, Jr., hailed from Birmingham, where he had graduated from Woodlawn High School. The war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945; Japan capitulated on August 15, 1945. Both events sparked joyous celebrations in Times Square. “But I didn’t get to go to Times Square either time,” Ireland remembered. “I was on duty. And when we landed on Normandy on June 6, 1944, I was stuck in the hospital making baby formula! It’s funny the things you remember.” Ireland completed her initial nurse training and became a Senior Cadet Nurse on March 25, 1946, and graduated six

An example of a poster for the Cadet Nurse Corps from the 1940’s. Photo courtesy of the National Archives.

months later. She returned to Alabama and became a Senior Public Health Nurse. By then, however, a young Navy veteran had also returned to Alabama from his own wartime tour of duty with the U.S. Navy. Wasting little time, William R. Ireland courted and married Ireland, bringing an end to her nursing career as the two newlyweds set about to raise a family that eventually numbered five sons. Although none of Ireland’s sons followed their mother into nursing, two of their daughters did, ensuring that the Belt nursing legacy would continue for another generation. Looking back on that legacy and on her time as a nurse on the home front during the Second World War, Ireland’s observations remain simple ones, even as another Fourth of July approaches. “You have to take life as it is presented to you,” she said. “Back then, we were confronted first by the Great Depression and then the war. But we stayed patriotic and we stayed unified. We should remember that, and stay that way now.”

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Lights, Camera, Action!! Having just seen the latest Sex in the City movie, it started me thinking about how influential the movies and television has been on fashion over the years. From Audrey Hepburn to Sarah Jessica Parker, we have relied on the cinema and small screen to lead us in certain fashion directions. I can remember wanting a safari outfit after seeing “Out of Africa” or the menswear look from “Annie Hall”. And who has not wanted to have Jennifer Anniston’s hair or Meg Ryan’s look? Not only do the fashions themselves play a role in the movies but so many movies would not have been the same without the aspect of shopping. “Legally Blonde” would have not had the same appeal if Reese WItherspoon’s character had not been as obsessed about clothing as she was about going to Law School. Or imagine “Pretty Woman” without the shopping spree. Or better yet, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”… without Tiffany’s?? The fashions of a film or show can even be a boost to its popularity and eventually its profitability. I will openly admit that I often watch a show or film because of the costuming or wardrobe. Not due to the content. There are many films that make millions due to the clothes and styling. A perfect example is “Devil Wears Prada”.

The squeals and giggles heard throughout the theatre when certain purses were worn or displayed were evidence that we were there to see the clothes and accessories! As I see the fashions available currently and what is coming out for the Fall, I see the influence of “Mad Men” and “Gossip Girls” on women of all ages. I find young women today dressing up more and following fashion from the perspective of shows and movies not magazines. It makes me wonder as I am channel surfing, what trend is right around the corner. With the 60’s look back in style, where are we heading with fashion? Pleated pants are making their way back in style, as are high waist pants. I only hope that no one tries to revive the 80’s. I look back at photos and cringe! Shoulder pads were not an attractive look then or now! So it just proves that the saying, “Everything old is new again” is true. To a certain point, with hopefully a little modification!! No one wants to see polyester suits come back in style or the “Dynasty” look! I know I for one will skip that trend. Been there, done that! Even in “Sex in the City 2” they revisited the looks of the 80’s and I found myself cringing. Hoping that those looks will stay buried in the past.

City Vineyard under new ownership By Kathryn Acree

City Vineyard, located off Highway 280 in Arbor Place is Under new ownership. Gavin Ennis, City Vineyard’s new owner says the store’s purpose is to take the guesswork out of buying wine. “We want our customers to know this is a place where the “intimidation” of buying the correct wine is gone,” says manager Karen Roberts. “We’ll help answer any questions and open up the whole wine -buying experience into something enjoyable.” Offering wines from around the world, City Vineyard always has six different wines available for tasting and these

Manager Karen Roberts of City Vineyard

selections change every two weeks. Besides buying wine by the bottle, preparations are underway for an outside seating area so customers can stop by, relax and enjoy wine by the glass. City Vineyard is hosting a grand opening on July 10. Wine tastings will be held from 3- 5 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. with an incredible selection of 50 wines available. Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with live music. “It’s going to be a great afternoon with different vendors on hand to showcase all we have to offer,” says Roberts. As part of efforts to “go green,” City Vineyard offers a special reusable carton for purchasing multiple bottles of wine. The carton allows customers the special discount of 10% off their total purchase each time they buy six bottles of wine. Roberts also points out because the store is located in unincorporated Shelby County, their sales tax is only 5%. “That’s certainly a great benefit when making a large purchase!” explains Roberts. Future plans include “Wine 101” classes to make wine even less of a mystery and a gift room for making specialty gift baskets. Store hours are 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For additional information contact City Vineyard at 437-3360 or stop by 5479 Highway 280 Suite 102.

Check Your Phone Bill to Confirm 9-1-1 Service Charges Hoover residents were affected by an increase in 9-1-1 telephone service charges in February 2010. However some Shelby County residents who do not reside in Hoover may have been affected by the increase incorrectly. Some phone companies, either directly or through the company that administers this function, may have applied the new tax rate to all residents of 35242 and remitted it to the City of Hoover 9-1-1 District. It is important that these service charges be remitted to the 9-1-1 District providing their protection so they have the funding to provide adequate

services. Check your telephone bill to insure you are paying the correct rate. The proper rates for Shelby County are: Business $2.72/line and residential - $1.15/line. The Hoover rates are: Business - $5.08/ line and residential - $2.68/line. The number to call to report a problem should be located on your telephone bill. Further information is available at www.al911db. org/Public911RatesSearch.asp or through the Shelby County 9-1-1 District office at 205-439-6911.


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July Calendar of Events


7/4 - 7:30 p.m., UAB Music presents the Annual 4th of July Concert. UAB’s Bartow Arena, 617 13th St. South. Free admission, 205-934-7376

7/9- 8:00 p.m., ACME Zydeco Dance, Concordia Club, ticket information, 205-951-3463

7/10- 8:00 p.m., She and Him in Concert, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, tickets, 205-324-1911

7/11- 3:00 p.m., Jazz in the Park concert series, Ensley Park, 205-616-1735 7/16- 5:00 p.m., Art on the Rocks, Birmingham Museum of Art, 205-254-2565

7/23- 8:00 p.m., Mary Chapin Carpenter in Concert, Alys Stephens Center, tickets, 205-975-2787.

Gardening/Nature 7/3- 10:00 a.m., Nature Walk, Oak Mountain State Park, contact 205-620-2520

7/3- 4th of July fun at DSP, DeSoto State Park, call 256-997-5025 or email

7/4- 10:00 a.m., Flag Making & Parade, Oak Mountain State Park, Park

admission is $3 adults, $1 children, $1 seniors, children 5 & under are free. Call 205-620-2520 or email oakmountain.naturalist@dcnr.alabama. gov for more information

7/10- 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Gardening 101: Composting with Sallie Lee & “Capt. Compost”, 1112 Montgomery Highway, 205-978-3684

7/10- 7:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Frogs for Families, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, 205-833-8264

7/17- 7:30 a.m., Breakfast With the Animals, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, 205-833-8264

7/17- 7:00 p.m., Stargazing, Oak Mountain State Park, Park admission is

$3 adults, $1 children, $1 seniors, children 5 & under are free. Call 205620-2520 or email for more information

7/31- 10:00 a.m., Scavenger Hunt, Oak Mountain State Park, Park

admission is $3 adults, $1 children, $1 seniors, children 5 & under are free. Call 205-620-2520 or email

Food & Wine 7/5, 12, 26- 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Magic City Mondays Wine & Cheese Pairings, Whole Foods, contact 205-912-8400

7/3- Cooking Demonstration by George Sarris, The Fish Market Restaurant, Pepper Place Market,

information, 205-332-6709

7/4- 9:00 p.m., Thunder on the Mountain 2010 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Vulcan Park, Prime viewing locations include Southside, Five Points South, downtown Homewood, UAB campus, Mountain Brook, and many others, call 205-933-1409 or email info@ for more info.

7/16, 17, 18- Birmingham Deer Expo, BJCC Exhibition Hall, admission and info, visit

7/17- 2:00 p.m., Southside City Fest, On the grounds of Southside High School, contact Pam Brasher 256-442-9775 ext. 130

7/24- 10:00 a.m., Butterflies of Alabama, Oak Mountain State Park, contact 205-620-2520

Summer Movie Series 7/2- Fantastic Mr. Fox- Homewood Park- 7/9- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs- Homewood

7/10- Sleeping Beauty 2:00 p.m. Alabama

7/11- Tammy and the Bachelor 2:00 p.m. Alabama

7/16- The Goonies-Homewood Park- 7/17- The Lion King 2:00 p.m. Alabama Theatre- 7/17- The Odd Couple 7:00 p.m. Alabama

7/18- Some Like it Hot 2:00 p.m. Alabama

7/23- Monsters vs. Aliens-Homewood Park- 7/25- The Glenn Miller Story 2:00 p.m. Alabama

7/30- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs- Homewood Parkwww.homewood

7/31- Bedknobs and Broomsticks 2:00 p.m. Alabama

7/31- The African Queen 7:00 p.m. Alabama



Montevallo. Come and Knit! Andrea Acker from Crossroads Cottage (formerly Sheep to Shawl) in Montevallo will be on hand to lend a helping hand. Susan Green will cook something to nosh on! Free (RSVP)- Birmingham Bake and Cook Co. 980-3661 www.


7/4- 5:30 p.m., Annual July 4th Celebration, Downtown Homewood, ticket

7/5- 8:00 a.m., Fresh Market on the Green, Ross Bridge Welcome Center, 7/8 6:30-8:30 Knit Knight with Andrea Acker from Crossroads Cottage In


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7/1,2,3,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,28,29,30,31- Birmingham Barons home

games, Regions Park, game times vary, for tickets call 205-988-3200


7/10- Cooking Demonstrations by Evans Estinfort, Cafe de Paris, Pepper

7/15-7/18, 7/22-7/25, 7/29-7/31- “The Sound of Music” presented by the

7/13 & 7/27- Wine Classes, 7:00 p.m., The Vintage Wine Shoppe, $30 fee,

7/22-8/07- “Tobacco Road” presented by the Birmingham Festival Theatre,

Place Market,

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Virginia Samford Theatre, tickets and show times, call 205-324-2424 call 205-933-2383 for more details

7/13 6:30--8:30 Chef’s Demo with Rosemarie Kramer and Chef Kurrin of

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7/20 6:30-8:30 Cool and creamy cheesecake class with Rebecca Touliatos,

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7/27 6:30-8:30 Sharpen your Knife Skills, Beginner Level Instructor: Susan

Green Covers knives and their various uses, what knives should be used for what purpose, stamped vs. forged knives, Asian vs. Western knives, knife cuts, knife safety, honing vs. sharpening, and more. $25- Birmingham Bake & Cook Co. 980-3661

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