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SUNDAY RECORD YOUR GUIDE TO PUBLIC RECORDS AND VITAL STATISTICS IN CALHOUN COUNTY
Iva Fletcher Anderson, Anniston Shelby Jean Barnett, Roanoke Rev. Glenn Bentley, Eastaboga Norma Jean “Buddy” Brown, Weaver Dorothy Mae Bryan, Anniston Bernice Wilson Burson, Roanoke Shirley Lottie Burt, Ranburne Lawrence Byers, Ragland Austin Neal Calloway, Anniston William Paul Chastain, Anniston Dorothy “Dot” Cole, Ohatchee Maggie Mae Conkle, Heflin Joan Elizabeth Crowe, Cedar Bluff James H. Cunningham Jr., Anniston D.C. Dearman, Jr., Woodland Joyce Donnell, Calera Sandra Paulette Whitman Downey, Portsmouth, Va. Alyce Wesley Ellison, Kennesaw, Ga. Elizabeth English, Oxford Frances Ford, Ashland Mildred Marie Cole Freeman, Eastaboga Marie Gardner, Heflin Harvey George, Oxford George Edward Griffith, North Carolina Stephen Carey Henderson, Cedar Bluff Jeffery Wayne Hilley, Georgia
Melissa Leann Hudgins, Cedar Bluff James Robert Hubbard, Georgia Karen Ingram, Ohatchee Thomas L. Johnson Jr., Anniston Betty A. Jones, Jacksonville Hy Jones, Anniston Sherry Kidd, Munford Nicholas Lee “Nick” Ledbetter, Centre Windell Lindsey, Alexandria Lotha Ray Mann, Centre Roger H. McClurg, Roanoke Jackie “Jack” W. Miller, Centre Buster Mitchell, Munford Edlene Mitchell, Lineville Frank Mitchell, Anniston Anna Faye Mizzell, Oxford Clyde E. Moore, Anniston Jennie Reaves Nava, Piedmont Jan Orrison, Anniston Ben Overstreet Jr., Anniston Y.C. Parmer, Roanoke Hulan Parrish, Roanoke Susie Brooks Riggins, Anniston Tommy “Mark” Strickland, Oxford Henry Franklin “Tuck” Tucker, Oxford Calvin “Cap” Turner, Anniston Ima Jean Turner, Anniston Jimmy Turner, Anniston Kenneth Walker, Munford James L. Weaber Sr., Weaver William H. “Bill” Veazy, Anniston
RATE OF BANKRUPTCIES
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows the debtor to retain certain exempt property, but the debtor’s remaining property is gathered and sold by a trustee from which creditors will receive payment. It may also be used by businesses which wish to terminate their business. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy enables debtors, through court supervision and protection, to propose and carry out a repayment plan under which creditors are paid, in full or in part, in installments over a threeyear period. During that time, debtors are prohibited from starting or continuing collection efforts. The following bankruptcies declared by Calhoun County residents were recorded by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Alabama last week:
• Jason McCormick and Amanda McCormick, Lillian Lane, Anniston • Tammy Eversole, Craig Drive, Anniston • Conya T. Morris, Dagun Street, Anniston • Kerry T. Owens and Sandra J. Owens, Sabina Drive, Jacksonville • Ashley D. Heath, Sellers Drive, Eastaboga
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52 weeks ago Last week
• Freddie Lee Clark of Jacksonville to Shavone Gerlnae Garrett of Jacksonville • Eric James Shaw of Huntsville to Kristina Lynne Gardner of Anniston • Brandon Kyle Frost of Jacksonville to Kayla Jean Thrasher-Frost of Jacksonville • Carlos Arturo Santamaria-Lopez of
Oxford to Edie Linn Smith of Oxford • Timothy Joe Hudson of Anniston to Jennifer Michelle Hayes of Anniston • James Michael Green Jr. of Jacksonville to Jamie Lynn Kendrick of Jacksonville • Benjamin Nicholas Hughes of Piedmont to Tamara Denyse Johansen of Piedmont
Here is the livestock market report for the Tuesday sale. Receipts for this week 1373 compared to no sale last week. Receipts a year ago no sale.
Bulls and steers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 165.00 to 245.00; 300-400 lbs. 160.00 to 205.00; 400-500 lbs. 145.00 to 175.00; 500-600 lbs. 126.00 to 168.00; 600700 lbs. 110.00 to 138.00. Heifers (Medium and DIVORCES Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200• Amber Casalini and • Christa Snyder and 300 lbs. 140.00 to 195.00; Michael Casalini Gerald Dean Snyder II 300-400 lbs. 130.00 to Chapter 7 • Martha E. Vanpelt and • Benny Burgess and 170.00; 400-500 lbs. 124.00 Michael D. Vanpelt Nelda Burgess to 144.00; 500-600 lbs. • William Everett Pink, Meadowbrook • Erin Michelle Bosier • Kent D. Tibbitts and 110.00 to 133.00; 600-700 Lane, Oxford and Justin Bosier Pamela Kay Tibbitts lbs. 106.00 to 116.00.
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FORECLOSURES • Debbie J. Leftwich, a parcel of land in section 34, township 13, range 6. • Jan C. Ward, Forestbrook East subdivision, block A, lot 6. • Michael J. Bowers and Katrina Bowers, a parcel of land in section 30, township 14, range 8. • Ted Finley Cromwell and Nancy K. Cromwell, Diana Hills 3rd addition to Sunset Heights, block 5, lot 6. • Jeffery L. Bussey and Tracie A. Bussey, Lenlock Lane, block B, lot 17.
Cows: Breakers 75.00 to 79.00; Boners 80.00 to 84.00; Lean 69.50 to 74.00. Bulls: Normal Dressing 5458% 87.00 to 91.00; High Dressing >58% 92.00 to 96.50; Low Dressing
• CAH Animal Trust • Harmon Investment Group Inc.
• Anniston Urologic Associates PC
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ARRESTS The people listed in this arrest report, whose names and charges are obtained from public records, are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Anniston Police Department (addresses not provided) during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • John Russell Smith Jr., 32: two counts of possession of controlled substance. • Jason Derek Paul Krist, 26: second-degree possession of a forged instrument. • Chad Timothy Glass, 27: seconddegree criminal mischief. • Andre Arnez Hamilton, 54: first-
and second-degree unlawful manufacture. • William Chazz Harden, 22, of Anniston: two counts of probation violation. • Reco McCallum, 44, of Hobson City: distribution of a controlled substance. • Derick Neal Snider, 27, of Jacksonville: probation violation. • William L. Horn Jr., 41, of Anniston: distribution of a controlled substance. • David Lee Wahl, 59, of Anniston: criminal conspiracy-murder.
the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Brandon Dwayne Goss, 22: possession of marijuana. • Massico Martice Morris, 34: obstruction of justice by using a false I.D.
Street: cash. Alexandria: televisions, game • Restaurant, Pelham Heights: cell console, microwave oven. phone. • Residence, Jamback Road, Anniston: jewelry, mp3 player. Auto-related thefts • Residence, Bernard Couch Drive, • Residence, 400 block of Foxley Anniston: televisions, cash, game Road: headlights. console. • Residence, 3200 block of Gaines Street: 1998 Pontiac Grand Am. Thefts (Recovered 11-28-2012) • Service station, U.S. 78 East, • Parking lot, 3400 block of U.S. 78 Anniston: vacuum cleaner cash East: 1996 Jeep Cherokee. box, cash. • Residence, Reneau Street, Calhoun County Thefts Anniston: motorcycle. • Department store: 1400 block of The following property crimes • Residence, Field Road, Anniston: Golden Springs Road: television. were reported to the Calhoun firearm. • Unknown location, 1900 block of County Sheriff’s Office during the • Residence, Miller Street, Oxford: Noble Street: firearm. seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. television. • Unknown location, 400 block of Thursday. Jacksonville Quintard Avenue: firearm. Burglaries • Residence, 1800 block of Walnut The following property crimes • Residence, West Glen Drive, were reported to the JacksonAvenue: cash. • Department store, 5500 block of Alexandria: jewelry, laptop com- ville Police Department during the McClellan Boulevard: clothing. puter. seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. • Residence, Martin Luther King Thursday. (Recovered 11-24-2012) • Residence, 300 block of West Drive, Hobson City: tablet comBurglaries puter. 24th Street: tablet computer. • Residence, 400 block of East B • Residence, State Farm Road, • Residence, 300 block of Mountain
Street Northwest: eye glasses, eye wear frames, cash, medical papers. • Residence, 3000 block of Finley Street Southwest: laptop computer, television, coins. • Residence, 3400 block of Whites Gap Road: candelabras. • Residence, unspecified block of C Street Southwest: game console, controllers.
degree theft. • Ryan Lance Jones, 24: two counts of second-degree assault. • Davonta Shaquinta Miller, 24: first-degree possession of marijuana. • Michael Scott Bearden, 43: possession of burglar’s tools, firstdegree criminal mischief. • Anthony Dewayne Lawler, 49: first-degree possession of marijuana. • Marvin Vincent Kirby, 49: obstructing justice by using false I.D. • Roxanna Theresa Turley, 42: two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the sevenday period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday • Lorren Deon Harris, 29, of Anniston: two counts of bond revocation. • Scotty Ray Miller, 29, of Weaver: obstructing justice by using false I.D., second-degree unlawful manufacture. • Kris Lambright Fisher, 47, of Oxford: first-degree theft of property. • Jernard Davis, 22, of Anniston: order of arrest. • Patrick H. Conner, 46, of Piedmont: third-degree burglary, failure to appear in court for possession of a controlled substance
The following felony arrests were reported by the Oxford Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Michael Alan Ross, 56, of Anniston: second-degree theft of property. • Geoffrey Michael Fuller, 24, of Jacksonville Munford: possession of a conThe following felony arrests trolled substance. were reported by the Jackson- • Alyce Bernice Baldwin, 36, of ville Police Department during Oxford: receiving stolen vehicle.
BLOTTER Crimes are listed by location. Anonymous tips may be called in to Crime Stoppers at 256-238-1414. A reward of up to $1,000 may be given.
The following property crimes were reported to the Anniston Police Department during 10 the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Burglaries • Residence, 1000 block of Claxton Street: game console. • Residence, 5100 block of Arrow Avenue: television, jewelry, jewelry box. • Residence, 100 block of East 29th Street: doors. • Residence, 2100 block of Thomas Avenue: jewelry. • Residence, 300 block of Elm Street: lawn mower, trailer ramps. • Residence, 2800 block of Gurnee Avenue: rims with tires. • Residence, 200 block of Cave
Road: firearms, ammunition. • Residence, 300 block of Elm Street: television. • Residence, 1000 block of Noble Street: television, security camera, cash. • Residence, 100 block of Cave Road: laptop computer. • Residence, 3300 block of Oakridge Avenue: television. • Residence, 1500 block of Pomotaw Trail: keyboard.
Thefts • Department store, 100 block of Ladiga Street Southeast: (theft of services) tuxedo with shoes. • Residence, 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest: laptop computer.
Auto-related thefts • Residence, 800 block of Francis Street West: 2009 Honda Civic. • Residence, 400 block of Rocky Ridge Road Northeast: 2012 Dodge Caliber. • Residence, 1000 block of Carrie Street Southwest: hunting equipment.
RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS Here are food service establishments recently inspected by the Calhoun County Health Department, along with scores. A score of 100 indicates the inspector found no deficiencies. Potentially hazardous deficiencies (four- or five-point demerit items) are noted. These must be corrected immediately and inspectors say they are often corrected while the
inspection is underway. Restaurants earning properly stored. below 70 must raise their scores within seven NO MAJOR DEMERITS days or face closure. • Burger King, 410 Pelham Road, N., Jackson4-OR 5-POINT DEMERITS ville — 98. • Nonna’s Kitchen, 8314 Alabama 144, Alex- • Christian Corner Meats, 1002 U.S. 431, N., andria — 85, personnel should eat/drink in Anniston — 99. designated areas only; first aid materials not • Food Outlet Jr., 6346 U.S. 431, Alexandria
— 96. • Heroes, 8896 McClellan Blvd., Anniston — 96. • House of Chen, 4 E. 43rd St., Anniston — 98. • Little Caesar’s Pizza, 420 Pelham Road, N., Jacksonville — 99. • Pelham’s Bar, 116 Ladiga St., SW, Jacksonville — 97.
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CALENDAR: AnnistonStar.com/calendar PROPERTY TRANSFERRED • Warren L. Askew and Amy Askew to Joshua D. Parker, Jacksonville Mining & Manufacturing Co., block 400, lots 5 and 6, $10. • Veterans Affairs to Bobby Woodrow, Constantine Park subdivision, block 32, lots 6 and 7, $7,000. • Freddie Mac to James Lamar Poland, a parcel of land in section 14, township 14, range 7, $15,000. • Jefferson David Cochran Jr. to Jefferson David Cochran Jr. and Cindy Cochran, a parcel of land in section 5/6, township 15, range 6, $10. • Oakbowery Group LLC to Mary Merrill, re-subdivision of The Village at Cobblestone, lot 6A, $176,000. • Diane G. Studdard to David W. Long and Karen L. Long, Piedmont Land & Improvement Co., block 62, lots 12 and 13, $10. • Martha Rita Medders to Larcus E. Medders Jr., a parcel of land in section 17, township 15, range 8. • George B. Hagood III to Terry Bonds and Tawana Bonds, Golden Springs subdivision, 5th addition, lot 56, $10. • John H. Allred and Patricia Ann Allred to Patricia Ann Allred and Jonathan Bradley Allred, a parcel of land in section 10/11, township 14, range 6, $10. • Roger B. Owenby and Rhonda K. Owenby to Brandon L. Lawler and Jennifer D. Lawler, Mrs. W. T. Williamon subdivision, 2nd addition, block 4, lots 5-8, $10. • David R. Long to Wilton C. Page and Cindy R. Page, Five-W Lakesite subdivision, block 10, lot 7, $195,000. • Donna G. Toler and Dickie E. Toler to Donna G. Toler, Glade View subdivision, section A, lots 16 and 17, $10. • Regina Ann Hanvey Lipham and Frank Edward Hanvey Jr. to Frank Edward Han-
vey Jr. and Sandra T. Hanvey, a parcel of land in section 29, township 15, range 8, $10. • Bank of America to Housing & Urban Development, Lakewood Estates, 1st addition, block 1, lot 5, $1. • Bank of America to Housing & Urban Development, Cheaha Acres, block 5, lot 22, $147,929. • Emmett Hall and Nannie Lee Hall to Woodrow K. Cheatwood and Mary Helen Cheatwood, a parcel of land in section 2, township 15, range 9, $10. • Jonathan E. Martin and Iveta Martin to Jonathan E. Martin and Iveta Martin, Mountain Trace Estates, lot 8, $10. • Ronald W. Sparks to Sharon M. Sparks, a parcel of land in section 7, township 16, range 9. • Louis W. McCurry to Lana Green, a parcel of land in section 26, township 14, range 7, $10. • Wal-Mart Stores East LP to Shawn R. Snider, re-subdivision of Central Park, lots 1 and 2. • Kelly L. Clopton to Corey Barbee, a parcel of land in section 24, township 14, range 6, $10. • Kelly L. Clopton to Corey Barbee, a parcel of land in section 24, township 14, range 6, $10. • Anthony Young to Willie Lewis Young, a parcel of land in section 30, township 16, range 8, $1. • Douglas Ray Johnson to Joseph Cain George and Elizabeth Ann George, a parcel of land in section 12, township 13, range 7, $10. • Dana R. Uesry to Myra S. Parris, a parcel of land in section 24, township 13, range 8, $10. • Donna G. Toler and Dickie E. Toler to
Dickie E. Toler, a parcel of land in section 21, township 16, range 7, $10. • Kevin Todd Fowler and Lorean Shea Fowler to Carlos Ray Fowler and June Fowler, Monte Vista subdivision, lot 3, $110,000. • United States of America to State of Alabama, McMillian addition to Anniston, block 19, lots 14 and 15, $1. • United States of America to State of Alabama, a parcel of land in section 1, township 16, range 7, $1. • United States of America to State of Alabama, Anniston City Land Co., block 260, lot 41, $1. • Janice H. Screws and Sue H. Thrash to Larry D. Amerson and Annalisa Amerson, a parcel of land in section 10, township 16, range 7, $10. • Candi T. Key to Larry D. Amerson and Annalisa Amerson, a parcel of land in section 10, township 16, range 7, $10. • Janice H. Screws and Sue H. Thrash to Larry D. Amerson and Annalisa Amerson, a parcel of land in section 10 near 237 Pinson Road, $10. • Charlie W. Brady and Nicholas Andrew Brady to Peter Bologna and Paige Burnett, E. L. Curlee’s subdivision, lot 6, $10. • Broadway Group LLC to Cole DG Piedmont AL LLC, W. L. Love subdivision, block E, lots 8-12 and 14-24, $ 3,234,687. • Jason C. Thompson and Melinda M. Thompson to Melinda M. Thompson, Willow Creek subdivision, 4th addition, lot 1, $10. • Victor Rudolph Hay to Ceretha Ray Bain, a parcel of land in section 24, township 14, range 8, $10. • Richard K. McLeod and Pamela Beth McLeod to Erik W. McLeod, a parcel of land in section 29, township 15, range 6, $1. • Lennie Jeannette Rhodes Fulmer to Jef-
frey S. Glenning and Hilaire S. Glenning, a parcel of land in section 13, township 16, range 8, $10. • Arunaben Chandravadan Patel to Bhakti Chandravadan Patel, J. J. Burns subdivision, block C, lots 28-35 and 43-51, $10. • Wells Fargo Bank to Housing & Urban Development, Greenleaf Heritage subdivision, 2nd addition, block C, lot 35, $1. • Alabama Hermitage Trust to Jackie Lockridge, a parcel of land in section 3, township 13, range 9, $10. • John Ifeanyi Nwogu and Unini Odama Nwogu to Anne Norred, Laurel Ridge subdivision, 1st addition, lot 5, $10. • Thomas J. Griffin Jr. and Linda F. Griffin to Karl A. Sims and Jennifer S. Sims, Eagles Landing subdivision, lot 31, $10. • Fannie Mae to Joseph D. Andriani, Lyncoya subdivision, 6th addition, block 13, lot 3, $27,800. • Janice H. Screws and Sue H. Thrash to Robert McQueen and Amy McQueen, a parcel of land in section 10, township 16, range 7, $0. • Larry D. Amerson and Annalisa Amerson to Larry D. Amerson and Annalisa Amerson, a parcel of land in section 10, township 16, range 7, $10. • John E. Stephenson-Estate to Center of Hope Inc., a parcel of land in section 34, township 15, range 7. • Paul Alan Harper and Lelia Jane Harper to Nathan Alan Harper and Katherine Carroll Harper, a parcel of land in section 22, township 14, range 9, $10. • Calhoun Development Co. Inc. to Adam B. Hunter and Kelli D. Hunter, Buckhorn subdivision, phase 7, 2nd addition, lot 256, $10. • Compass Bank to Jeremie W. Harrison, C. S. Fite subdivision, block 4, lot 1, $36,100.
Kids see no wealth in baby boomers’ hand-me-downs BY DAHLEEN GLANTON
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More than half of all couches tested in a Duke University study contained potentially toxic or untested chemical flame retardants.
Your sofa may be bad for your health BY ANDREA K. WALKER The Baltimore Sun
Afternoon naps on the sofa may be exposing people to toxic chemicals, a Duke University study has found. More than half of all couches tested in the study contained potentially toxic or untested chemical flame retardants that may be a health risk. Among the chemicals detected was “Tris,” a chlorinated flame retardant that was removed from baby pajamas in the ’70s because of the health risks. The chemical was found in 41 percent of couch foam tested. More furniture makers are treating their sofas with flame retardants to prevent fires, said researcher Heather Stapleton, associate professor of environmental chemistry at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Manufacturers may not know what chemicals have been used in many cases because of the complicated buying process, the researchers said. Manufacturers buy their foam padding from a vendor who buys the chemicals used to treat it from another vendor. The study found other harmful chemicals on couches. About 17 percent of the foam samples contained the flame-retardant pentaBDE, which is banned in 172 countries and 12 U.S. states and was voluntarily phased out by U.S manufacturers in 2005. PentaBDEs migrate into the environment over time and accumulate in living organisms. The chemicals can disrupt endocrine activity and interfere with thyroid regulation and brain development. Early exposure has been linked to low birth weight, lowered IQ and impaired motor and behavioral development in children. Stapleton said that so many chemical flame retardants have been introduced in recent years that it has become difficult for scientists to identify them all and figure out how many are found in consumer products.
Cindi Copeland can’t bear the thought of parting with the cedar hope chest her grandmother received as an engagement gift in the 1930s. She even held on to the $100 mothinsurance certificate, which expired more than 75 years ago. She cherishes the Blue Garland china her mother acquired with grocery stamps, though it has never made its way from the china cabinet to the dining room table. And she’s just as fond of the nearly 1,000 slides from her grandfather’s vacation in Europe a half-century ago. Too bad her sons don’t feel the same way. As the oldest of her four siblings, Copeland, 54, is the family’s memory keeper. Heirlooms that once belonged to her parents and grandparents are displayed throughout her Warrenville, Ill., home, alongside mementos of her own and several from her husband’s side of the family. Copeland’s sons, ages 19 and 25, have expressed little or no interest in her collection. “I feel a connection to it because I know the stories behind it,” she said. “I’ve tried to tell my boys so they will care. But when I was their age, I didn’t care either.” Passing down heirlooms from one generation to the next has long been tradition. But Copeland and many other baby boomers fear that their children and grandchildren will end up tossing the family treasures like a worn-out pair of gym shoes. “A lot of young people are so transient; they don’t stay anywhere very long. They rent apartments and don’t own anything,” said Copeland, whose sons live at home. “They don’t want to be tied down to family heirlooms that don’t mean anything to them.” Julie Hall, a North Carolina liquidation appraiser known as The Estate Lady, said this has become a dilemma for a growing number of middle-age people who are trying to come to terms with a harsh reality: Often what they consider to be jewels, their children and grandchildren see as junk. “Though they have the best intentions, boomers have a tendency to keep too much stuff for subsequent generations, though the kids have already told them they don’t want anything,” said Hall, author of the book “The Boomer Burden: Dealing With Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff.” “They end up setting those kids up for a burden as they age and pass away. So in the children’s haste to get rid of it, it goes into a family yard sale for $10,” she said. As their parents die, baby boomers from 48 to 66 are expected to be on the receiving end of the largest transfer of wealth in U.S. history: $8.4 trillion, according to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Among the two-thirds of boomer households expected to receive an inheritance, the median amount is $64,000. But boomers have a different idea about what’s important than their elders, who lived
Like many baby boomers, Stephen Thompson, of Wilmette, Illinois, inherited heirlooms, including vintage figurines, after his parents died, and he accommodated the items in his home. His children have shown no interest in taking on his hand-me-downs. through the Great Depression and spent their lives accumulating money and material things that they could leave to their children. A study by the investment firm U.S. Trust found that fewer than half of wealthy boomers say leaving their children a monetary inheritance is a priority. One in 4 said they were concerned that money would make their children lazy, and 1 in 5 said their children would probably just waste it. According to another study by Allianz Life Insurance Co., 86 percent of boomers said inheriting family stories and traditions is more important than inheriting money. They are more likely to place value on things that have passed down through the family, Hall said. “Baby boomers have to deal with so much stuff because the previous generation — the Depression generation — did not deal with their parents’ stuff. Those from the Depression era felt like they were leaving their children a legacy,” said Hall, who owns an estate sale and liquidating business in Charlotte, N.C. “And the boomers absorbed it all.” Their homes are bursting at the seams with their own collections, from Beatles albums to Christmas tree ornaments commemorating the birth of their children and grandchildren. When their parents die, boomers dutifully step up to provide a new home for the remnants of another era. Each piece has a story, and the memory keepers know it well. But boomers’ children, who largely range in age from their 20s to early 40s, often aren’t as independent as their parents were at a young age. Those younger than 30, known as millennials, are much slower to start a career and buy a house, said Paul Taylor, executive vice president at Pew Research Center. About 40 percent either never left home or have
moved back in with their parents. “Millennials are much more likely to be living with mom and dad in their early 20s and 30s, more so than previous generations,” said Taylor, who has done extensive research on generational traits. “Every generation is a little different from the one before. It’s hard to figure out where heirlooms fit in when so much of where millennials find their identity is in gadgets.” It’s unlikely they would have any use for great-grandmother’s 12-piece silver flatware because it requires too much work to keep it polished. They don’t want the delicate china because they can’t throw it in the dishwasher, and they’d never consider decorating their living room around a Queen Anne settee. They prefer the minimal look, the kind you get from shopping at Ikea. Some seem to evaluate potential heirlooms for what they are, rather than where they came from. “I’ve never really felt like my parents were at an age where I have to worry about who’s getting what,” said Copeland’s 19-year-old son Scott. “There’s not anything I’ve been craving. I think the chest is really nice. It smells, but I might take that. I don’t know how I’d feel about the Christmas ornaments, though.” Over the next 15 years, Hall said, the estate sale market will be flooded with silver flatware, china and heavy, dark furniture that will quickly depreciate in value. She believes things that used to sell for $1,000 will go for $350 or less, she said. “The kids don’t want 3,000 square feet of dark, heavy furniture because they can’t fit it into their 1,000-square-foot home,” she said. “They don’t have any place to put that chest their great-grandmother brought over on the boat from Spain or Italy.”
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