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Anti-War with Syria Support groups keep silent

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About the cover Ukulele class, club Calendar of Events Anti-war with Syria Where’s the anti-war Left? A matter of balance National Fall Prevention Awareness Day Making the most of each day Children of September The Haven Resale Shop Fall Yard Sale Flashback 50 The Childress Family Get help signing up for health insurance The History Channel Birmingham Children’s March Two Americans in China How alimony in America helps women Food for Thought Tailgating tips The pink event Zumba-thon Supports breast cancer awareness Junior high reunion Group reunites in Fairhope Immediate Care opens in Foley Precision Imaging 3D mammography is here

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uRolling Stones, flipping pages Boomers magazine conveys information, activities and features for and about the baby boomers generation. While revisiting memories from the 1960s era and delving into critical examinations and comparisons thereof, Boomers also strives to pinpoint leisure activities; medical, political and environmental information; and technological options of specific interest to this group. The magazine offers possibilities of the past, present and future for a generation that never stops booming.

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Ukulele Class, Club keeps summer alive all year By Ruth Geraci Eastern Shore Institute for Lifelong Learning

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his could almost be a beachside club on The Big Island. Eighteen men and women sit strumming their ukuleles playing “Honolulu Baby” during a recent ukulele class meeting. You can almost feel the cool breezes. Instructor Mike Turner meanders through the group, setting the pace and encouraging the beginning players in their efforts to master this traditional instrument.

Shades of Don Ho ...

Many baby boomers will remember Don Ho, who popularized the song “Tiny Bubbles.” Honolulu-born Don Ho shared his cultural music for the entertainment of all, but particularly with veterans of World War II and survivors of Pearl Harbor, for whom he had a special fondness. His recordings and variety in the 1970s resulted in a brief upsurge of interest in that most Hawaiian of sounds, the ukulele. The instrument is alive and well and being played by a growing cadre of folks here on the Gulf Coast; most are seniors, retired and enjoying life, looking for a new hobby or a way to expand their enjoyment of music. Snowbirds as well as residents have discovered the beginner ukulele classes taught by Turner, and before him by his friend and mentor Larry Norris, under the auspices of the Eastern Shore Institute for Lifelong Learning (ESILL) each fall and winter.

Because ESILL classes are inexpensive and represent “school for the fun of it,” they appeal to many. Check out the website ESILL.org. Information on upcoming classes in Beginner Ukulele as well as other courses will be posted in September. The Beginner Ukulele course begins Oct. 1, running for six sessions on Tuesday nights.

A popular new hobby

One Fairhope resident, Joseph Self, explains his newfound hobby. “For my birthday in January, my wife bought me a beginner uke and signed me up for the ESILL lessons,” he recalls. “It was kind of a gag gift, but if it ‘takes’ then I get a better uke.” He and his wife saw some of the beautiful ukuleles available during a recent visit to Hawaii. “This could cost me a lot of money,” Self adds. Other students love the variety of music that the ukulele can produce, from American standards of the 20s and 30s and Tin Pan Alley to blues, rock and roll, country and western, folk and spiritual tunes.

The Eastern Shore Ukulele Club

Beyond taking the classes, locals have formed the Eastern Shore Ukulele Club, founded by Larry and Debbie Norris in the spring of 2012. Turner was a charter member. Membership has been growing ever since; this past winter, a club jam brought out 34 participants, including not only folks from the Eastern Shore but also from Pensacola, as well as some visiting snowbirds

from Michigan. “We meet every other Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship,” Turner says. “Membership is open to interested players of all skill levels and we invite participants to come a little early if they want refresher instruction on playing, individualized attention for problems or new techniques they are trying to learn, or need work done on their instruments. Then we play, often starting with a new tune to learn, followed by members’ choice of tunes to practice, ending up with open mic for those who’d like to share what they’ve learned. Most of all, we have fun.” The club has begun performing locally and is available to play at retirement homes, senior centers and public events. Anyone interested in the club or the classes can call Turner at 251-458-4775. Turner is also part of a local uke combo, the Ukulele Conspiracy, with fellow club members Larry Norris, Carl Couret and Stuart Coleman. “We play open mic ses-

sions at local music stores like Picker’s Paradise,” Turner says, “and we played at our first ukulele festival in Palm Harbor, Fla. this past fall. You’d be surprised at how many uke players there are around the country.”

More about the uke

The name “ukulele” comes from the Hawaiian word for “jumping flea,” which is said to describe the way players’ fingers “jumped” across the strings as they played the instrument. The uke became popular in the US in the ’20s. In fact, sheet music for Tin Pan Alley and other songs in the 20s and 30s was routinely scored for piano and ukulele. The current resurgence of the ukulele began in the late ‘90s and is sweeping the world. Respected musicians like Beatles George Harrison and Paul McCartney were very active players and many established performers have taken up the instrument. Anyone interested in the Eastern Shore Ukulele Club or the upcoming ESILL ukulele classes is encouraged to call Turner at 251-458-4775.


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Mary Adams and Maureen Lee of the Baldwin County Genealogical Society look through family records of a Bible during the club’s recent project to glean family information from family Bibles and archive them for use.

Join the Club By Cathy Higgins Onlooker Editor onlooker@gulfcoastnewspapers.com

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or those wishing to tap deeper roots into the Baldwin community or find an outlet for their spare time, clubs are a great option. There’s something for everyone, from civic organizations to special-interest groups

for anything from writing and photography to hiking and doll collecting. One special-interest group is geared toward both preserving the history of Baldwin County residents and helping them trace their family trees. Formed in 1987, the Baldwin County Genealogical Society not only meets each month to help members gain research tips

Baldwin County Genealogical Society MEMBERSHIP: Annual membership is $10 per person or $15 per family. MEETINGS: 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month; The Board meets at 9:15 a.m. on regular meeting days. WHERE: Meeting room of Foley Public Library, 319 E. Laurel Ave., Foley. FIND OUT MORE: Call 251-943-7665.


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or learn more about a specific area, it also conducts a variety of projects. The most recent undertaking was a family Bible project conducted this spring. It consisted of seeking out and recording information from family Bibles. According to member Dorothy Brown, records from 10 Bibles were recorded and stored at the Alabama Local History and Genealogy Department at Foley Public Library. To learn more, call Foley Genealogy Librarian Jeanette Bornholt at 251-943-7665. Below are additional clubs throughout the county, broken down into regions:

North Baldwin • BAY MINETTE LIONS CLUB, P.O. Box 1858, Bay Minette, AL 36507. For more information, call John Sutton at 251-5836412. • BAY MINETTE ROTARY CLUB, P.O. Box 764, Bay Minette, AL 36507. For more information, call Karmen Still at 251-6263318. • BAY MINETTE KIWANIS CLUB, meets at North Baldwin Wellness Center, P.O. Box 195, Bay Minette, AL 36507. For more information, call Anne Price at 251-937-5252. • STOCKTON CIVIC CLUB, P.O. Box 637, Stockton, AL 36579. For more information, call George Riley at 251-937-2316. • BAY MINETTE CIVIC CLUB, P.O. Box 1044, Bay Minette, AL 36507. For more information, call Greg Mais at 251-4631909. • HERITAGE JUNIOR WOMEN’S CLUB, P.O. Box 45, Bay Mi-

nette, AL 36507. For more information, call Melanie Sikes at 251-622-0263.

Eastern Shore • GULF COAST CHAPTER OF THE ALABAMA HIKING TRAIL SOCIETY meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort. Each month we talk about hiking, backpacking, and trail building in the area. You do not have to be a member to attend. For more information, contact Chapter President Joe Cuhaj at 251-533-1812 orgcahts@gmail.com or visit HikeAlabama.org. • EASTERN SHORE DOLL STUDY CLUB meets monthly. 251-980-5958. • EASTERN SHORE CAMERA CLUB monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall Fairhope Faulkner Campus. For more information, visit escamera. org. • ROTARY CLUB OF POINT CLEAR meets at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort. • NEWCOMERS OF THE EASTERN SHORE at Grand Hotel in Point Clear with certified professional organizer to speak. For more information, call Teri Dumeyer at 251-990-0832. • EASTERN SHORE REPUBLICAN WOMEN meet monthly. For more information, email sbrush2002@aol.com or call 251-929-0963. • BALDWIN COUNTY SCORE Chapter 630 meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at USABC campus in

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Fairhope for free and confidential counseling for wouldbe entrepreneurs and those in business. Call 251-928-1387 or www.baldwinSCOREchapter.org for an appointment. • DAPHNE/SPANISH FORT KIWANIS CLUB meets each Wednesday at noon at Lake Forest Yacht Club. For more information, call Stuart LaGrue at 251-5096137. • ROTARY CLUB OF FAIRHOPE meets each Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., at Homestead Village. • SENIOR MEN’S COFFEE DISCUSSION GROUP is held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the James P. Nix Center, 1 Bayou Drove, Fairhope. • EASTERN SHORE BUSINESS ALLIANCE meets at 7:45 a.m. every Thursday at the Daphne Civic Center, located at 2603 U.S. 98. • EASTERN SHORE TOASTMASTERS CLUB meets each Thursday, 6 p.m., at the Daphne United Methodist Community Life Center, 2nd Floor, Room 215621-5042 or jackson2001@ bellsouth.net. • ROTARY CLUB OF FAIRHOPE-SUNSET meets at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday at the Fairhope Yacht Club. • CHRISTIAN WRITERS GROUP meets the third Saturday of each month at Fairhope Christian Church, 349 Fairwood Blvd. in Fairhope. The Christian Writers Group is open to anyone at any level of writing who wishes to develop and improve their writing skills. Members writings are brought to the meetings and shared


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with other members and visiting experts for friendly, constructive feedback. From time to time guest speakers talk on various aspects of writing.

Central Baldwin • CENTRAL BALDWIN KIWANIS CLUB meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at PNC Bank in Robertsdale For more information, call 251-9477361 or 251-947-8740. • HUB CITY LIONS CLUB OF ROBERTSDALE meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at Magnolia Blossom Restaurant, Robertsdale. For more information call 251-947-7518. • ROTARY CLUB OF ROBERTSDALE meets at noon every Tuesday at Mama Lou’s Restaurant, 22288 Pine St. in Robertsdale. For more information, call 251-607-5768 or 251-9757363. • BALDWIN COUNTY CHAPTER OF LEGAL PROFESSIONALS meets for dinner at 6 p.m., the third Tuesday each month at the Magnolia Blossom Café in Robertsdale. RSVP to: kaykidd@scully-law.com. • QUILTING QUEENS meet at 6 p.m. every Thursday at the George P. Thames Senior Center, 22651 E. Chicago St., Robertsdale. For more information, call 251-947-8973.

ber through May. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 251-986-6520. • DIGITAL CAMERA CLUB meets at 9 a.m. every Tuesday at the Loxley Civic Center. For more information call the Loxley Civic Center at 251-964-7733 or email loxcivic@gulftel.com. • STITCH-N-FRIENDS sewing group meets at noon the second Tuesday of every month at the George P. Thames Senior Center, 22651 E. Chicago St., Robertsdale. For more information, call 251-947-8973. • SILVERHILL SENIORS meet for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the Silverhill Community Center. Lunch is potluck so bring a covered dish. For more information, call 251-945-5198. • ROCKINETTES meet for practice at 1 p.m. the last Monday of every month at the George P. Thames Senior Center, 22651 E. Chicago St., Robertsdale. For more information, call 251-947-8973. • CENTRAL BALDWIN CHRISTIAN WRITERS meet on the first and third Mondays of each month at 1:30 p.m. the Silverhill Covenant Church, located at Alabama Highway 104 and Fourth Street, Silverhill. Anyone interested in Creative writing, whether publish or not is welcome to attend. For more information contact Joy Sterling at 251-945-5957.

• LOXLEY GARDEN CLUB meets at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of month. For more information call 251-550-8739.

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• ROBERTSDALE GARDEN CLUB meets at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of month, Septem-

• SOUTH BALDWIN REPUBLICAN WOMEN meet monthly at 11 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of

each month at the Gift Horse Restaurant in Foley, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, call Linda Noffsinger at 251-9786178. • AMERICAN LEGION POST 99 IN FOLEY holds its generalmembership meeting 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. • DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHAPTER NO. 6 OF FOLEY meets at 9 a.m. the first Saturday at Ryan’s Restaurant in Foley. The chapter also has two service officers available for service work at First Presbyterian Church in Foley from 9-11 a.m., each Monday. • FOLEY LIONS CLUB meets at noon the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Wolf Bay Lodge. For more information, call 251-987-5471. • FOLEY OPTIMIST CLUB meets at noon each Wednesday at Ryan’s restaurant. • FOLEY ROTARY CLUB meets at the Gift Horse Restaurant in downtown Foley each Friday at 12:15 p.m. • FOLEY KIWANIS CLUB meets at noon Tuesdays at Ryan’s in Foley. • TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (T.O.P.S) Chapter AL 0282, meets each Monday at First Presbyterian Church, 195 E. Berry Ave., Foley. The goal is to achieve weightloss through healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information and mutual member support. Weigh-in begins at 5 p.m. with the business meeting and program at 6 p.m. All inter-


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ested persons are encouraged to visit a meeting. For local information, call Jerry Rowley at 251-979-8886 or Dale Sommerfeld 251-943-7340. Visit T.O.P.S. on line at www.tops. org or call 1-800-932-8677.

Coastal Baldwin • ORANGE BEACH LIONS CLUB meets every first and third Wednesday at Cobalt at noon. • GULF SHORES LIONS CLUB meets every second and fourth Wednesday at the Gulf Shores

Community Center at noon. • GULF SHORES/ORANGE BEACH ROTARY CLUB meets every Thursday at Cobalt at noon. • Gulf Shores Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Cotton Creek Club in Gulf Shores.

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• SOUTH BALDWIN NEWCOMERS CLUB is a social club for women in and around Gulf Shores that offers a variety of opportunities, including day trips, lunches, crafts and volunteering. For more information, visit SouthBaldwinNewComers.org or email Charlene Doody at charleneob@aol.com. You can also write the club at P.O. Box 1653, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. Photo by Cathy Higgins

Mike Glass of Summerdale displays his 19th century Bible, which contains records dating back to 1817.


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Daphne Senior Travelers meeting

10 a.m., 1st Wednesdays of each month The Blake in Malbis Christmas to Nashville will be Nov. 30-Dec. 3. In April 2014, a trip is being planned to go to Williamsburg, Va. Dr. James Morris, a professor and historian, will be with us on this tour. Dr. Morris lived in the area and is sure to entertain us with great stories of the history in the area. There are a couple cruises to be introduced at the next meeting. For more information, contact Judy Jerkins at 251-945-5616

Author Darrell McMann Book Signing Event

1-3 p.m., Sept. 21 Heritage Antique Mall, 802 S. McKenzie St., Foley “Welcome to the Brier Patch” is his true story, a gripping, no-holds-barred journey into the everyday life of a police officer in one of the most racially polarized regions of the country. McMann guides us into a world that is at once recognizable and completely foreign. michelle@keymgc.com, 877-727-0697

Mobile County Commission Conference and Meeting

10 a.m., Sept. 23 Auditorium of Mobile Government Plaza The meeting is open to the public.

Eli Gold to Speak at Gulf Coast Athletic Club

6 p.m., Sept. 23 Craft Farms Clubhouse, Gulf Shores Eli Gold, the play-by-play voice of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football and basketball teams. Mccormick436@centurytel.net or 251-967-4237

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum 7:30 p.m., Sept. 25 Cobb Pinnacle 14, 3780 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores

and Entertainment

Accompanied by music, poetry and eyewitness accounts, the exhibition focuses on the homes and lives of the inhabitants of the thriving industrial hub of Pompeii and the small seaside town of Herculaneum nearly 2,000 years ago. In addition, this fascinating show will take viewers around the exhibition with insights from renowned experts who will bring these extraordinary objects to life. FathomEvents.com

Mercy Medical’s 27 Annual Charity Golf Tournament

8:30 a.m., Sept. 27 Rock Creek, Fairhope Proceeds benefit Mercy’s Guardian Angel, which cares for critically and terminally ill children of Mobile and Baldwin counties. The tournament format will be a four-person scramble with 8:30 a.m. shotgun followed by lunch and brief awards programs. For more information, call 251-621-4884 or visit mercymedical.com.

Cole Bros. Circus

Sept. 27-29 Santa Rosa Mall, Mary Esther, Fla. The all new, 2013 edition of the “Worlds Largest Circus Under the Big Top” continues the tradition of entertaining American families for more than a century.

47th Annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Oct. 4 and 5 Campus of Athens State University, Athens As many as 15,000 people attend the annual convention and some 200 contestants compete for prize money in 18 categories. For more, visit athens.edu/fiddlers.

2013 Blakeley Bluegrass Festival

Park opens at 9 a.m.; music starts at 10 a.m., Oct. 5 $10 Adults, $5 Children 6-12, free for children


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under 6 Blakeley State Park, State Highway 225, 4.5 miles North of its intersection with U.S. 31 near I-10 at Spanish Fort Old time, classical bluegrass music played outdoors at Blakeley State Park will entertain listeners who have made the first Saturday of October a Blakeley tradition for more than 25 years. Featured bands will be the Unknown Bluegrass Band, Kracker Dan Group, and Alabama Gentlemen. Blakeleypark.com

“The Phantom Curses the Opera”

6:30 doors open, 7 p.m., Oct. 6 $10 in advance $12 at the door, children under 5 free Loxley Civic Center, Loxley A portion of the proceeds benefits the National Federation of the Blind. commediaTroupe@gmail.com or 251-510-0654

“When Life Doesn’t Turn Out The Way You Expect” a one-woman play

Oct. 10 $100 Laidlaw Theatre, University of South Alabama Mobile campus A one-woman show starring Katie Anderson in a story about a woman diagnosed with breast

Modern Plastic Cartoon by Fred Marchman

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cancer. Oncology experts panel available for questions after the play. Reception to follow. Proceeds to benefit “The Joy to Life Foundation.” Joytolife.com

Seventh Annual Wine Festival Fundraiser

5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 17 $50 (plus $2 handling) 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort Attendees will have an opportunity to sample a wide variety of wine and food selections, all donated by local restaurants, caterers and wine distributors, throughout the evening. To purchase tickets online WineAt5Rivers.com, or at Red or White in Mobile, Fairhope or Gourmet Galley in Mobile. 251-434-1550, info@winefestivalat5rivers.com

Pulitzer Prize Finalist headlines Central South Native Plant Conference

Nov. 1-2 Birmingham Botanical Gardens David G. Haskell, Ph.D. will be featured as keynote speaker at two-day native plant symposium. The conference will feature speakers from across the nation, early morning birding, field trips to some of Alabama’s unique outdoor educational spaces and an event at Birmingham Zoo. Contact Blake Ells, public relations coordinator, at 205-414-3960 or bells@bbgardens.org.


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Where's the Anti-War Left? Youth activists oppose unconstitutional war in Syria — but protesters of Bush's wars are nowhere to be found By Alyssa Farah Young Americans for Liberty Now that President Obama and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are calling for military action in Syria, the anti-war Left is nowhere to be found. Many of the most vocal opponents of the U.S.'s intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan under President Bush have changed their tune under Obama's leadership. Despite as few as 19 percent of Americans actually supporting a U.S. military strike in Syria, influential left-wing youth organizations including the College Democrats, Young Democrats,

“It's astonishing to see some on the Left stumble to defend Obama's indefensible position on intervention in Syria,” Kristian added. “The usual talking heads on MSNBC are scrambling to explain how Syria is different than Bush's wars.” While there are no protests in DC like those seen in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, opposition to war hasn't died down among Millennials. In spring 2013, nearly 100 YAL chapters nationwide participated in YAL's Generation of War activism project, protesting the unconstitutional and unaffordable wars of the last decade. The demonstrations reached tens of thousands of college students, many of whom joined Young Americans for Liberty to express their support for peace.

and Generation Progress (formerly Campus Progress) have yet to publicly decry President Obama's call for military action in Syria. Occupy Democrats, who've voiced criticism over Iraq, released a statement praising Obama on Syria. “What's really disappointing is the lack of principled resistance to this new intervention from the 'anti-war' Left,” Bonnie Kristian, YAL communications consultant, said. “When President Bush was in office, we saw constant anti-war protests from the Left. Where are they now that President Obama is continuing — and expanding — all the same policies?”

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A Matter of Balance:

National Fall Prevention Awareness Day in Alabama

By Marie Cafferty SARPC, AAA The first day of fall, Sept. 22, marks National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. Spearheaded by the National Council on Aging, it is an opportunity to draw attention to the growing crisis of older adult falls and to bring education, awareness and evidence-based solutions to local communities. This year’s theme is Standing Together to Prevent Falls. Alabama will once again proudly stand among 43 states participating in Falls Prevention Awareness Day. SARPC Area Agency on Aging and community partners will highlight Fall Prevention Awareness Day with free balance screens and educational activities at the following locations: The J.P. Nix Center, Thursday, Sept. 25 9-11:30 a.m.; Robertsdale Senior Center, Thursday, Sept. 25 10 a.m.-noon. In Escambia County the Brewton Public Library Community House, 920 Bellevelle Ave., Brewton and the East Brewton S.A.I.L Center, 702 Williamson St., Brewton. Every year about 30 percent of people aged 65 and up who live in communities experience a fall; this figure translates into about 10 million falls a year. This percentage increases to 50 percent for adults aged 80 and up. From 55-70 percent of these falls result in physical injury and 30 percent of those who fall sustain serious injury such as hip fractures or head traumas, that reduce mobility and independence, and increase the likelihood of premature death. More than 90 percent of hip fractures result from a fall. The estimated cost of falls in the United States in 2011 was 28.2 billion dollars. All of these age-related fall/fracture issues will be exacerbated among the baby boomers, the 73 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964. By 2040, the numbers of people over age 65 are expected to double to 77 million. This statistic means that up to 25 million people are likely to fall and incur 8 million injuries and 25,000 fallrelated deaths will occur each year in this group. This information has been taken from a new publica-

tion entitled “The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi” by Dr. Peter Wayne, the director of research, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Most falls are preventable. Physical activity is key to reducing fall risk. Lack of exercise weakens legs, which increases the chance of falling. It is important that the exercise increase leg strength and balance. Tai Chi increases strength and improves balance, making falls less likely for older adults. According to Tai Chi instructor Ron Driesbach of the Eastern Shore Institute for Lifelong Learning (ESILL), the Tai Chi described in this book, and offered in Driesbach’s new course in Fairhope, is not like any other Tai Chi offered in the past. He has designed this new course specifically for seniors who desire to become more balanced and confident in their physical abilities, especially regarding falls and their consequences. The five Tai Chi moves are done more or less stationary and are designed to promote greater stability and strength, both factors in maintaining balance. Driesbach says, “This course is definitely not the normal tai chi course that can take upwards of six months to learn. The five movements are easily learned and remembered so that they can be used almost immediately by the participants.” He recommends that “deconditioned” baby boomers seriously consider trying this course. The gradual gentle and precise movements of tai chi present a suitable alternative to the “No pain, No gain” mentality of our youth, according to Ron Driesbach, a local tai chi practitioner and instructor. Driesbach has seen the benefits first hand in students he has taught through the Eastern Shore Institute for Lifelong Learning (ESILL). And studies have shown that the long term effects on balance control, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness reduce the risk of falls in the elderly. Driesbach will be offering Tai Chi through ESILL in Fairhope this fall at the Methodist Church Activity Center Thursdays at 9 a.m. To sign up, call him at 251-591-8372. SARPC Area Agency on Aging sponsors two evidencebased community health and wellness programs for adults. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling, develop strength and balance and help older adults learn to reduce their fall risk at home and in the community. Living Well Alabama, Better Choices Better Health provides coping strategies for people with chronic health condition to learn how to manage their symptoms day to day. For information about A Matter of Balance and Living Well Alabama, call 251-706-4685.


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Children of September By Deirdre Davison For most of my early school years, September was a “non-month” and 1963 was to be no exception. Our family had enjoyed our last real vacation until Christmas. The excitement of returning to school had been replaced by the realization that it was drudgery and not nearly as much fun as the anticipation leading up to it. Even the newness of our back-to-school clothes had worn off. Yes, for me September was a “non-month.” The Sears Wish Book hadn’t arrived yet, so I couldn’t peruse it. Bolton pool was closed until Memorial Day. There was no Halloween candy on which to munch and the July sparklers were all gone. I am part of the generation that was home by sunset so even my social time was impacted by dreaded September. Of course, hindsight can be a wonderful and wicked thing. Being from middle-class suburbia, I was sheltered. I attended a well-funded neighborhood school. I knew that I’d get presents off of the dog-eared pages of the Sears Wish Book and I never worried that anything bad could or would ever happen to me. I was incredibly fortunate to live in that environment. I was also incredibly fortunate to have parents who brought me into their conversations even though I had yet to develop genuine insights and opinions on any serious topic. In 1963, as I complained about school (as I was known to do on many occasions), my parents asked me how I’d feel if I weren’t able to go to school, to which I naturally responded that it would be great! (Parental Take Two) After rephrasing the question and prefacing it with the explanation of how the Governor of Alabama, George Wallace, was attempting to keep schools segregated and gave a rudimentary definition of segregation, my answer changed somewhat. I still thought it would be great to not have to attend school, but I didn’t think that it was fair that some kids couldn’t go to school when they wanted to. I didn’t think that it was fair that some people were treated differently just because of the color of their skin. The chorus, “...Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the World,” was my sing-song response. I guess that’s an example of “out of the mouth of babes ...” Later that same month, my mother kept me and my brother home from school for a few days. Today, I

don’t know if it was as a protest or out of fear, but we stayed home. We stayed home because four young African American girls lost their lives to a heinous hate crime. Though I can’t quote our family conversation in response to the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, after 50 years, I can still remember quite a bit of it. My mother and father shielded us from many things, but for some reason included us in this. We all sat together while my father told us that six children were dead. I remember the tears in his eyes as he spoke. I remember the timbre of his voice. I remember the pall that covered the evening. He shared that what had happened was very wrong and that it was “never okay” to treat anyone that way. He pulled out his beloved newspaper, the New York Times, and read to us from the front page. He read to us the names of the six dead children, four from the bomb blast and two from the ensuing violence, “Cynthia Wesley, Denise McNair, Carol Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, Johnny Robinson and Virgil Wade.”u Then my father prayed for justice, prudence and peace. He prayed that America would find the right path, the path where all could walk hand in hand without fear. He prayed that he would have the strength to walk that path even though it wouldn’t be a popular one. My father prayed and I remember it

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Continued from previous page because it wasn’t something he did often. Even though I was young and hadn’t formulated my view of the world, I understood how important this moment in time was. This moment when my father prayed to a God he often doubted and claimed to understand even less. We stayed home for just a few days. Then we both went back to our all white, well-funded neighborhood school. Again, I think of how incredibly fortunate we were to be from middle-class suburbia where I was sheltered. I think of how incredibly fortunate I was to know that I’d get presents off of the dog-eared pages of the Sears Wish Book and I think of how incredibly fortunate I was to never have to worry that anything bad could or would ever happen to me. Only, now I worried. Yes, I was sheltered, but I didn’t feel completely insulated anymore. I realized that if something bad like that could happen to six

children in Alabama, it could happen to me. My view of the world had changed. I didn’t go back to school the same child. I returned with a burning desire to see children who didn’t look like me. I longed to better understand what made people act as they did. I returned with more questions than answers. No September would ever be a “non-month” for me again, because at some point during that eventful month of September 1963, I became a little less of a child and became a little more aware of the world outside of my window. I grasped the concept of equality through the children’s chorus, “...Red and yellow, black and white; they are precious in His sight ...,” and I knew at that instant of clarity that I was supposed to love and live the same way. Sometime during September 1963, I became a better formed vessel as I approached the world that would shape me into the adult I would eventually become. u

source: nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/ big/0915.html#article

Haven Resale Shop fall yard sale set for Oct. 5 Submitted by The Haven The public is invited to shop for a good cause at The Haven Resale Shop’s upcoming fall yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at 357 Morphy Ave. in downtown Fairhope, the shop is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is now accepting donations for this upcoming yard sale. The best-kept secret on the Eastern Shore, the shop is housed in a historic building on a quiet street in Fairhope. The shop carries many gently-used donated items such as glassware, decorative items and furniture amid a unique charm that can only be found in Fairhope. Since 2003, and because of the kindness of others, the shop has been generating funds to help Baldwin County’s no-kill animal shelter. In order to make room for more items, the volunteers host a yard sale twice a year. “We are grateful to the

community for their generosity of donations and for the time the volunteers donate to keep the shop open,” says Mike Graham, the Haven’s executive director. “Funds generated from this event provide support for our life-saving adoption and foster programs.” The shop’s manager, Heather Delker, adds, “Shopping at the Haven Resale Shop’s yard sales is fun because we have a great bunch of volunteers who

are happy to be here working for a cause we believe in. We receive terrific donations from the local community of individuals and businesses that support The Haven’s mission.” Because The Haven Resale Shop is small, it doesn’t accept clothing, large items such as refrigerators, nor electronics, such as TVs, computers and printers. However, Heather strongly suggests that if one is not sure, to call the shop at 251-

929-1911 or go to the Haven’s website at havenforanimals.org. “For this fall’s yard sale, we will have tons of holiday items such as Halloween costumes and Christmas décor, in addition to the usual housewares, art, furniture, jewelry, books and more,” said Heather. “I am happy to accept donations of items in good condition during store hours and you will get a receipt for your taxes.”

Crowds jammed the Resale Shop’s front yard during the last yard sale during the spring.


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In the US, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women issues its final reports to President John F. Kennedy. n US television’s ABC News drops its dependence on outside sources of news film and begins to rely on its own camera crews. Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Sandy Koufax sets a World Series record by striking out 15 New York Yankees in a 5-2 victory in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium. The Dodgers sweep the series in four straight, with Koufax defeating the Yankees 2-1 in Game 4 at Dodger Stadium. “Here’s Love” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 338 performances. Hyde St Pier re-opens as State Historical Park. n Little Richard joins Everly Brothers Tour. Barbra Streisand appears on the “Judy Garland Show.” The Learjet 23 prototype, the very first Learjet built, makes its first flight. n Bobby Baker resigns as Senate Democratic secretary. Sam Cooke and his band are arrested after trying to register at a “whites only” motel in Louisiana. In the months following, he records the song “A Change Is Gonna Come.” The nuclear test ban treaty, signed on Aug. 5, takes effect. n The second James Bond film, “From Russia with Love,” opens in the UK. The United Nations General Assembly adopts resolution (XVIII), requesting the South African government to call off the Rivonia Trial and release all political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Archaeological digs begin at Masada, Israel. The 15th Ryder Cup: US beats 23-9 at East Lake Country Club Atlanta, Ga. n The ninth LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright The Daily Mirror uses the term “Beatlemania” in a news story about the group’s concert the previous day in Cheltenham. In the USA, the Nickel Plate Road, the Wabash Railroad and several smaller carriers are merged with the profitable Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W). n Two secret US military satellites launched from Cape Canaveral.

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In Stockholm, two Britons (Alan Lloyd Hodgkin and Andrew Fielding Huxley) and an Australian (John Carew Eccles) are announced as winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning the ionic mechanisms involved in excitation and inhibition in the peripheral and central portions of the nerve cell membrane.” n “Jennie” opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 82 performances. Harold Macmillan leaves office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, to be replaced by Sir Alec Douglas-Home. n Beatles record “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” There are 225,000 students who boycott Chicago schools in a Freedom Day protest. n Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” premieres in NYC. The conclusions of the Robbins Report on higher education are accepted by the UK government. The report recommends immediate expansion of universities, and that all Colleges of Advanced Technology should be given university status. n KRO shows the first “Bonanza.” Beatles begin their first full foreign tour in Sweden. n Anti-Kennedy “Wanted for Treason” pamphlets were scattered in Dallas. n Died: Björn Þórðarson, 84, Icelandic politician (prime minister 1942-44); Roger Désormière, 65, French conductor; Karl von Terzaghi, 80, Austrian civil engineer and geologist, “the father of soil mechanics” Demolition of the 1910 Pennsylvania Station begins in New York City. Demolition continues until 1966. US President John F. Kennedy makes a statement following the approval of the Civil Rights Bill by the House Committee on the Judiciary. n Died: Adolphe Menjou, 73, American actor Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles and their fans at London Airport. n J. Edgar Hoover has his last meeting with President John F Kennedy.

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Baldwin County's family traditions

The Childress Family

In 1922, Hermie Thompson (HT) Childress came to Baldwin County to check things out. He had heard about the great farm land, and he wanted to see things for himself. Since Ma, Dovie Lee Hayes, was pregnant in 1923, they were unable to start their journey until 1924. HT and wife Dovie came to Loxley, Alabama in October of 1924 from Thorsby in Chilton County, Alabama. They traveled two covered wagons built by HT. The wagons were pulled by the family's two mules. HT rented a railroad box car and put their furniture in one end and their cattle in the other end of the car. Friends HT met on his earlier trip in '22 met the train in Summerdale, and took their belongings to their home, east of Loxley. During the day, the children and the dogs would run alongside the wagons. They left Thorsby and traveled for seven days and six nights to their new home. They passed through Maplesville, Selma (camped the first night), Camden, Tunnel Springs, Monroeville, Frisco City, Uriah (camped by the bridge on Little River), Stockton, and camped the last night south of Bay Minette in a churchyard south of the Faulkner State Jr. College. They arrived in Loxley as school was closing. School children ran out yelling, “the circus is coming to town,” and someone said “no, it's the Childress family.” They passed the school and went east 1.5 miles to their new home. Children making the trip were Ruth, Paul, Calvin, Ted, Rube, Mary, Ace, Bob and Sue. Nine were born in Chilton County. Carl (Shorty), Carolyn and Pearl were born in Baldwin County. HT bought 80 acres of land and an old house for their home. The first year they planted cucumbers and sweet potatoes on their cleared land. They made enough money the first year to buy a model T automobile, a second-hand truck and a tractor. Year two, another 40 acres of land was purchased. HT built a house just like the one they had left in Chilton County. He was not only a good farmer, but also a good carpenter. In 1942, the house east of Loxley burned. HT and Dovie moved the family to town. HT rented a house until he could build another. HT was active in many businesses. He operated a skating rink and movie theater on Highway 59, where Citizen's Bank sets today. After he was appointed by Baldwin County officials to be Justice of the Peace for the town of Loxley; he operated his office out of the theater building. According to daughter Carolyn (White), HT wanted all his children to be successful, and even though he did not have much money, he helped them all in any way he could. Ted graduated Auburn in '37. After graduation, HT knew a man from Conecuh County who helped Ted get a job as Assistant County Agent. Ted bought his farm in Summerdale in 1939, and his brothers helped him farm it until he quit the Extension Service in 1945. He and wife Dorothy moved to Orange Beach in ‘49. Dorothy's first cousin, Dr. Amos Garrett, a well known dentist in Robertsdale, sold them the property. All the sons

of HT and Dovie were farmers, except Carl. After being in the service in WWII, and serving on an air craft carrier in the Pacific, Carl returned home to work at Brookley Field in Mobile. Bob was at D-Day in the Atlantic off the coast of France during the war. He returned home to Loxley to farm. After graduating Auburn and Emory Dental College in Atlanta, Ace joined the Navy and served in WWII. Ace was a dentist in Foley for many years and also had farm land. Several of the girls, Ruth (Gray), Mary (Brock), Carolyn (Hobbs/ White) married farmers. Pearl, the youngest, married a successful shrimper, and she and her husband, Lindsey Burroughs, live in Loxley in the old home place. Two other brothers to HT, Ben and Cliff, came to Baldwin County from Chilton County. One brother, Phil, and sister, Alma, stayed in Chilton County, but many of their children and grandchildren moved here. Cliff lived with HT and Dovie until he married Ella Barganier. Cliff and Ella built a house just like Hersel Gray, Calvin and Elizabeth, Ben and Callie, and Ted built the same house at his farm in Summerdale for his beloved farm hand Albert Grimmling and family. Alec Linnecx, a well-known Baldwin County builder, built all the houses. The houses are still the same, with some additions. Children of Cliff and Ella are Julius and Doris (Stapleton). Ben married Callie Hayes, sister to Dovie, Children were Hobson, Minnie (Ray), Duel, Ola (Wallace), Inez (Davison), Bill, Same and Joe. Many were farmers also. Mertis Childress (widow of Duel) is 95 years old, and still contributes to the great life of Baldwin County citizens by attending and contributing to every Baldwin County Fair. At one time, the Childress families owned and farmed more than 5,000 acres of land in Baldwin County. They rowcropped, raised cattle, hogs, and Rube and Mary's husband Brock had dairies. They also liked to hunt and fish. Brothers and brothers-in-law were charter members of the Baldwin County Hunting Club in north Baldwin. It is still in operation. The many ancestors of these three brothers have been very active contributing to the great life in Baldwin County. They have become teachers, nurses, lawyers, real estate brokers, a professional football player (Joe, an all-American at Auburn, played with the St. Louis Cardinals for 10 years), commercial shrimpers and many business owners. The families continue to get together for family reunions. For years, they would meet at Ted and Dorothy's on Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach. For the past three years, Ted's grandson, Wes Moore, has held the reunion at Alligator Alley in Summerdale where Ted's old farm is located. This year, 102 relatives enjoyed good food and fellowship, and all look forward to next year.


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South Baldwin Regional Medical Center to help consumers sign up for new health insurance options Submitted by Kim Neal SBRMC Beginning Oct. 1, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center will help Baldwin County residents enroll in new affordable health insurance options. As part of the Affordable Care Act, beginning Jan. 1, 2014, most US citizens are required to have health insurance. As a primary health provider in Baldwin County, we want to help educate in an easy-to-understand way, as well as help those who need it sign up for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and/or assistance with their premiums for medical coverage.

Health Insurance Marketplaces

Health Insurance Marketplaces will provide US citizens access to affordable health insurance coverage. Depending on household income, some individuals may qualify for financial assistance — or subsidies — towards the cost of the premium. All Marketplace plans offer the same set of comprehensive benefits. The best news is, individuals can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing health condition. Some essential health benefits include: n n n n n n n

Preventive care and wellness services Doctor visits Prescription drugs Hospital and Emergency Department care Lab services Chronic disease management Pediatric services

Medicaid Expansion

While Alabama has chosen not to expand Medicaid, government subsidies to help citizens obtain coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace are available, depending on income and other qualifications. Many residents already qualify for Medicaid even though our state is not expanding Medicaid coverage, but they must enroll. In Alabama they can enroll at any time and coverage can start immediately. Some of South Baldwin Regional Medical Center efforts will include:

n Beginning Oct. 1, consumers can make an appointment with our trained staff who can help navigate and sign up for affordable health insurance. We’ll also have translators available for those who don’t speak English. n We will have informational panel cards throughout our facility, in our clinics and around the community explaining our hospital’s role with enrollment, as well as the phone

number to call to set up an appointment. n We will host a Senior Circle/Healthy woman member’sonly speaking engagement, as well as a speaking engagement open to the community to explain the new insurance options. n Key staff will be available to speak to community groups to explain the new health insurance options. While many changes are occurring in healthcare, our commitment to providing quality care remains constant. We are committed not only to supporting our community’s health needs, but also to educating and informing the people we serve.


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The History Channel Magazine features the Birmingham Children’s March and Mobile Trip Giveaway Submitted by Alabama Tourism Department The issue of The History Channel Magazine that will soon be in newsstands and delivered to subscribers includes an in depth story titled “Children for the CAUSE.” The article by Nick Patterson opens with the statement in large type under a double page historic photograph of children marching in Birmingham with the words, “Despite the misgivings of major Civil Rights leaders, thousands of children took to the front lines to protest segregation in Birmingham, Ala. Their actions, and the harrowing images they produced, were a catalyst for change in America.” Patterson, a veteran writer and editor whose work includes articles and

books on the Civil Rights Movement opening paragraph reads, “In the year 1212, thousands of European children were said to have marched to the Mediterranean Sea on an ill-fated mission known as the Children’s Crusade to peacefully convert Muslims to Christianity (though historians now believe the event has been embellished over time). Centuries later, in 1963, the term was applied to a very different, very real and very successful crusade — thousands of mostly African-American children peacefully protesting segregation in Birmingham, Ala., helping to change the course of a movement that altered America forever.” The story includes information on Martin Luther King Jr.’s arrest in Birmingham, “… on Good Friday, April 12, King, (Rev. Fred L) Shuttlesworth

and Rev. Ralph Abernathy, an Alabama-born minister and close King associate, were arrested. King wrote his famous defense of civil protest, 'Letter from Birmingham Jail,' during his incarceration.” Patterson’s story is one of only three in depth six-page stories in the September/October 2013 issue of the magazine. The magazine is also promoting a trip to Mobile in the same issue. The promotion giveaway includes a stay at The Renaissance Battle House Hotel & Spa, a member of the historic hotels of America, tours of Bellingrath Gardens, the Mobile Carnival Museum, the Hank Aaron Childhood Home, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alligator Alley and a Five Rivers Delta Safari adventure.


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Two Americans in China How alimony in America helps women in China By Amanda Roberts An interesting thing about living overseas is the way your worldview changes. You no longer look at things and how they affect your native country, but look at the larger, even worldwide, implications. A recent Time magazine article caught my attention, not because of how the topic affected Americans (the article’s focus), but how it could affect women in China, something not even mentioned in the article. In the May 27th issue of Time, there was an article entitled “The End of Alimony.” Warning signs immediately went off in my head that this movement to end alimony was a bad thing. On the surface, it might seem progressive, and even feminist, to bring an end to alimony. After all, equality for men and women would mean that onehalf of a partnership (usually the female half) would no longer have to depend on the other for financial support. The problem is that we aren’t there yet and neither is the rest of the world.

Chinese women look to Western cultures to figure out how to achieve equality in their own country. If America ends alimony it could lead China’s legal system to deny ever allowing alimony to women in China.

Alimony is designed to protect women. In relationships where men control the money, women are unable to leave loveless or even abusive relationships because they would not be able to support themselves if Amanda Roberts they left. Alimony gives women power. A relationship where one partner is unable to leave is little more than slavery. Marriage should always be a choice, but in many parts of the world women still lack the autonomy to decide when to marry and when to divorce. A healthy divorce rate is a sign of a progressive country. In America, the rates are too high. Fewer people are putting value in marriage. But in places like China, the rates are far too low. Low divorce rates demonstrate not a high commitment to marriage, but a high rate of dependability of one spouse on another. China’s divorce rates are low because the women are unable to leave, not because they lack the desire. In China, there is no alimony for non-working or lesserearning spouses. There is no way for a woman to gain custody of her child(ren); custody automatically defers to a father. Women are also not entitled to marital assets. Any family assets, cars, homes, bank accounts, are given to whoever’s name is on the account, which is usually only the husband’s name. In China, unless a woman happens to come from a wealthy family or has a very profitable career of her own, she is simply unable to get a divorce, even if she is among the half of China’s women who are physically abused by their husbands. So what does the Time article about ending alimony in America have to do with China’s divorce problems? More than you might think. America has made great strides in equality for women over the last hundred years, but China is just beginning. China’s women look to Western, modern, more equal countries as a guide for how to achieve equality in their own countries. If America was to end alimony, the legal system in China could use it to deny ever allowing alimony to women in China. America is not ready to end alimony. America isn’t equal enough to justify its end. But in the broader view, America needs to set the precedent for women in other countries to take control of their own lives. Equality for women should not be an American goal, but a worldwide one.

About the Author:

Amanda Roberts has been living and writing in China for nearly three years. You can learn more about her and living abroad at her website TwoAmericansinChina.com.


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Food for Thought: Tailgating Fun n 1 onion sliced n 1 tablespoon garlic powder n 1 1/2 cups of your favorite salsa or dip Choose your protein, either ground sirloin or sausage. Combine the first 4 ingredients. Divide and shape into four patties. They should be about an inch thick and pressed together tightly except for shrimp which will be cooked in foil. Cook burgers 6-8 minutes on each side or until they are firm and cooked through. Wrap shrimp in foil and cook on hot grill 4-5 minutes. By Dr. Linda Mitchell Contributing writer We sat on metal seats under a burning sun Saturday along with hundreds of other parents, grandparents, and fans as we watched the first play of the season for Junior Varsity football. All the ingredients were there, aluminum foil (metal seats), direct heat source (full on sun), sufficient time (we watched three scrimmages for each grade) for grilling out … reminded me that the season is here for tailgating. It’s an exciting time to go all out for your favorite team or players and could be considered the best great American neighborhood where no one locks their doors, friends are welcome and everyone shares. Good food, good conversation, and friendly competition … the perfect combination for fun.

Tailgating tips:

n Always start with the best possible ingredients for cooking; even a winning game can’t disguise bad food. n Preheat your grill for about 10 minutes prior to grilling. Preheat with the burners on high and the lid down. n Do not partially cook vegetables before grilling them. Parboiling, steaming, or microwaving produce prior to grilling will result in mushy, inferior texture. n When in doubt, use a meat thermometer. It’s the easiest and most reliable way of determining the done-ness of any meat or poultry. Be safe, don’t take chances on getting sick and spoiling all your fun.

Fajita Burgers n 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin, sausage or frozen shrimp n 5-8 drops of hot sauce n Optional-fresh herb such as thyme leaves, chopped cilantro, or rosemary n 1 tablespoon of your choice of grill seasoning such as Montreal Steak seasoning or Cajon Shake n Olive or Canola oil for drizzling n Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms, and Peppers n 2 bell peppers sliced (use green, yellow or red for color)

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For caramelized onions, mushrooms and peppers: Stir together onions, mushrooms, and peppers, in foil. Add garlic and salsa or dip. Wrap mixture tightly in foil packet and place on hot grill or 5-6 minutes. Construct your burger: Place the burgers on their bun bottom, top with spoon of the caramelized onion, mushroom, and salsa mixture, top with grilled shrimp and add bun top. Enjoy! 12 servings, 1 burger each.

Grilled Banana Foster n n n n n

4 ripe medium sized bananas, unpeeled 4 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons of butter 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat grill. Cut a deep lengthwise slit in each unpeeled banana. Do not slice all the way through. Place each banana on a square of foil. Blend together sugar, butter, nuts and cinnamon. Spoon mixture into split bananas. Wrap foil around the bananas and fold down until secured. Grill 5-6 minutes. Drizzle with chocolate syrup, top with a cherry and serve with homemade ice cream. Mmmmm…delicious. Pretty good all by itself too.

No Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bites n n n n n

4 cups crushed graham crackers 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup melted margarine or butter 1 cup melted chocolate chips

In a bowl, mix grahams, sugar and peanut butter. Add the melted margarine and press the mixture into an ungreased

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n 1 cup salsa n 1 cup parmesan cheese

Continued from previous page 9-by-13 baking pan. Top with the melted chocolate. Cool and cut into 12 bars. These taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, only better. Great addition to tailgating in cool weather, they can get a little messy in the heat but hey, what are napkins for anyway?

Hearty Line-backer Chili n n n n n n n n n n

1 pound sausage, bulk or andouille 1 onion, chopped 1/2 cup celery, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 4 cloves garlic 2 cups chicken stock 1-15 ounce can diced tomatoes with or without chiles 1-15 ounce can black-eyed peas, undrained 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (optional)

Brown sausage in oil. Drain. Add onion, celery, pepper and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Lower temperature, cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Great with cornbread muffins or crackers.

Fastest Dip Ever n 1 cup mayo n 1 cup sour cream

Mix together and serve with veggies or crackers

Sweet and Nutty Dip n n n n

1/2 cup coconut milk 1 cup coconut 1/2 cup nuts, your favorite, chopped 4 cups marshmallow cream

Mix together milk, coconut and nuts. Fold mixture into marshmallow cream. Serve with pound cake or doughnut holes.

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4 pork chops-at least 1 inch thick 8-12 toothpicks 3 tablespoons oil Favorite spices or salt and pepper Stuffing ingredients (fresh mushrooms, cream cheese, sliced ham or other favorites)

Cut a pocket horizontally almost to the bone of each pork chop and season inside with favorite spices or salt and pepper. Insert ham, mushrooms, 2 tablespoons cream cheese, 2 tablespoons apple pie filling or other favorites. Do not over stuff. Secure closed with toothpick. Place on hot grill. Heat on each side for 6-8 minutes or until done.

Looking for a fight? Battle breast cancer during zumba-thon Submitted The Guardians of the Ribbon Lower Alabama Chapter will kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in style with the help of local zumba instructors. The festivities will begin at The Wharf with the Parade of fire trucks arriving at the Orange Beach Recreation center where there will be something for everyone. Zumba enthusiasts can dance to their hearts content with DJ Lori and a variety of instructors. The Orange Beach Fire Department will be on hand with Cindy, the Pink fire truck, handing out prizes and selling their famous gear and T-shirts. Local Healthcare Organizations will provide health care exhibits and screenings and informative guest speakers. There will also be a silent auction and raffle, a rocking kid’s zone, pink balloon release, vendors, massages and pampering, surprise guests and much more. The Primary sponsor for the second

year will be Precision Imaging who again will provide wonderful prizes and refreshments to all zumba-thon participants. The proceeds from the zumbathon will be donated to the Joy to Life Foundation at the request of Jane Tyler with Precision's marketing department. “All of the monies donated to Joy to Life remain in Alabama for research and to provide mammograms to uninsured women. We are so pleased to be teaming up with the Lower Alabama Guardians of the ribbon and supporting the women and men of our home state.” Pink Heals Event Coordinator Suzanne Moeller, a fire medic with the Orange Beach Fire Department, says this event is a labor of love. “Our entire fire department has been involved one way or another. The whole community, Baldwin County, Mobile County and Escambia County

The 4th Annual Lower Alabama Pink Heals and the 2nd Annual Party in Pink Zumbathon Team up to fight Breast Cancer at The Pink Event. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 Orange Beach Recreation Center Complex

have all been involved over the years. Throughout the event, breast cancer survivors will be invited to sign Cindy and purchase balloons in memory or in honor of loved ones. For more information, to volunteer or to purchase zumba-thon tickets, contact Mel Thomas at 251-609-1197 or Sherie Coyne at 251-377-1050. If you or your organization would like to participate in the parade, contact Suzanne Moeller at 251-550-6080.


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Reunion to join friends after 50 years By Ren Hinote shinote@aol.com “Why in the world would you want to get together with people you knew in junior high school? I don’t even remember my friends from junior high.” My brother-in-law voiced his opinion over Thanksgiving dinner. Why indeed? I am a child of the 50s and an Air Force brat. A curiosity among other children whose lives are lived in one town, one school, with one group of friends. My dad was an Air Force pilot, a fact that gave the US military liberty to orchestrate my growing-up years. By the age of 5, I knew how to pack my Sweet Sue doll and the clothes my grandmother had patiently sewn for her, say goodbye to my best friend, Jane Alice, who lived on the next corner, move halfway around the world and make new friends as fast as possible. Preferably before my father was re-assigned. I knew what it was like to have my dad missing from the Christmas dinner table and to see my mother’s face wet with tears over another anniversary evening spent alone. The giant redwoods of northern California and the tumbleweeds of west Texas were as familiar to me as my grandmother’s backyard in Bay Minette. In 1959, the slightly rolling fields, winding lanes and cobbled villages that lay 60 miles north of London in Huntingdonshire, England were added to the list of places where I felt at home. For three years, I attended an American junior high school carved out of WWII Quonset huts half-a-world away from Alabama. Royal Air Force Station Molesworth was a British turned American air base located near Huntingdon, a tiny market village chartered in 1205, the seat of the county of Huntingdonshire and the much-acclaimed birthplace of Oliver Cromwell. By the time I arrived in England in January 1959, the runways at Molesworth, once abuzz with WWII B-17 Flying Fortresses, the famous “Hell’s Angels,” were long abandoned and unrecognizable beneath a tenacious weed called fiddleneck that forced its way through wide cracks in the tarmac. Aside from the school and a small hospital, little remained of the bustling base from which Captain Clark Gable flew five bomber missions during the war. Only a handful of students who attended the junior high school lived at Molesworth. Daily we rode British buses from four or five nearby bases including Alconbury (where I lived), Bruntingthorpe and Chelveston — all former British establishments converted to American Air Force bases. We rode the buses to and fro on foggy mornings and on rainy afternoons. A rowdy bunch of adolescent Americans

“My dad was an Air Force pilot, a fact that gave the US military liberty to orchestrate my growing-up years.”

rudely shoutsinging from open bus windows, to passersby forced by proximity to listen, the verses of “The Battle of New Orleans.” Our days were spent in dilapidated military buildings masquerading as a school. Our teachers were young, American and, for the most part, fresh from college. Enticed by the added benefits of travel and adventure, they had signed up to teach abroad. As classmates in a foreign country we became fast friends. It was inevitable. We were all we had. Our fathers’ careers had set us down far from the familiar, in a land still recovering from the ravages of WWII and, as such, backwards by mid-century American standards. We were surrounded by accents odd to our ears and foods strange to our palates. We listened amazed to the proper-ness of the authentic English language and cringed from backseats while our parents navigated narrow cobblestone streets from the wrong side of the road. On weekends we gathered, usually at Alconbury. Those of us on base hosted spend-the-night company most weekends. Our parents were entertained at the Officers and NCO Clubs. We had our own hot spots. We piled into rows of folding seats at the base theater, whispering over popcorn and giggling during features that had long since opened


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and closed back home. We huddled in bleachers at the baseball field and cheered when the Alconbury Spartans won the European Championship. Hunkered around tables at the base snack bar while we devoured piles of catsup-drenched French fries. And just for fun, we sneaked out our bedroom windows late at night and met in the farmer’s field that separated the two base housing areas. That hush-hush bit of knowledge was concealed from our parents until most of us were in our 40s. Some never told. Just outside Alconbury’s main gate we climbed aboard bright red double decker buses and rode to the take-away shop in Huntingdon to eat steaming fish 'n' chips sprinkled with vinegar and wrapped in real newspaper. On summer afternoons we caught another bus and headed in the opposite direction to Peterborough, where we explored a market filled with furniture and dishes, which I now realize, were true antiques. Peterborough even boasted a lido, an outdoor pool where we could swim. We stayed overnight with friends who lived on the economy, shivering in their chilly apartments. We hiked to movie theaters in nearby villages and flirted with teddy boys on motorcycles. At school, the guys played sports and the girls applauded every basket and base hit. Music ruled our lives. We were suspended between Elvis and the new group sounds crowding the charts. Our favorite by far was Cliff Richard and The Shadows. Cliff ruled as England’s rock and roll king until the Beatles displaced him a few years later. And we danced! We danced at the school, at the bus stop, in each other’s living rooms, at the AYA … wherever we were. The American

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Youth Association was the base teen club, a tiny wooden building set aside for our enjoyment. There the guys played pool, the girls played the juke box, and we all fell in and out of love with each other and with life. For most of our dads, England was a three-year Air Force assignment. One by one our families rotated back to the States. For awhile, some of us wrote letters. A few were lucky enough to be stationed at the same bases and briefly maintained friendships forged at Molesworth. Through the years most of us simply lost touch, but for some reason we are still trying to determine, we never lost the memories. Many went on to attend two, three, or four high schools only to claim years later they never got to know those classmates the way they had that group of seventh, eighth and ninth graders in England. When the 20th century drew to a close, we were in our 50s and the world was tightly knit by electronics. Most of us realized we were not quite old enough to live the rest of our lives computerilliterate. So we purchased computers, learned to use them and in time had our own email addresses. Always hopeful of reconnecting with lost friends, some signed on to classmates.com or militarybrats online. In 2000, with a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of New Mexico in his back pocket, one of our former Molesworth classmates was working for Albuquerque’s Sandia Labs. In England, Vince had lived at Lilford Hall, a Tudor manor house not unlike TV’s Downton Abbey, located near the stone-chimneyed village of Oundle in Northamptonshire. Vince’s engineering career taught him the boundless possibilities inherent in the Internet. He recognized too that deep inside he had a desire to reconnect with those who had made a permanent mark on his life at an impressionable age. He began a search that would take him, by way of Internet connections, telephone lines and the U.S. Postal Service, coast-toAmerican-coast and beyond. The more people Vince “found,” the more information they lent to the cause. Before long many of the new foundlings became involved in the search. One memory triggered the next … a name here, a place there.

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Continued from previous page Today, more than 50 after the last of our group left England, Vince’s list has grown to include almost 100 former classmates. In August 2012, seven Molesworth Junior High School alums met in Colorado Springs to discuss the possibility of a reunion. Where could we meet? The obvious answer: a large U.S. city with easy air access, ample hotel accommodations, adequate transportation and taxis. Also ideal would be a location close to the home of one of us on the planning team. That narrowed our search to Albuquerque, Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Augustine, Birmingham, Washington D.C. and Fairhope. One of the women in the group who had visited the Eastern Shore years earlier looked at me and declared, “You live in the perfect location.” The others began to ask questions. My response: “No one is going to take the time and spend the money to fly from all over the country to an airport that’s difficult at best, then rent a car and drive for an hour to a small town in South Alabama to spend a weekend with people they haven’t seen in over half a century.” Oh, me of little faith. In mid-October, 60 individuals will travel back 50 years. Bags packed, dogs boarded, doors locked

and neighbors committed to watering the plants, they will board planes, pack cars, stock RVs and begin a journey that will take them to … well, to the beginning. Destination: Fairhope, Alabama. Look for us Oct. 17-20. Fairhope has generously rolled out its red carpet to welcome our junior high reunion, now officially named Come on Down to Sweet Home Alabama. We will be the folks gathered in the hospitality room and lobby at our host hotel, the Hampton Inn … the ones riding an authentic English double decker bus on Friday afternoon as we tour Fairhope from downtown, to the pier, to The Grand … the ones walking Fairhope Avenue on crisp fall mornings and the pier at sunset. You’ll see us in restaurants at lunch time and in shops just about any time … at the Fairhope Museum and on the bluff … in the Single Tax office and at the Grand Hotel for tea and the cannon-firing … on street corners as we learn about the flower beds … and at The Venue on Section Street for our Saturday night reunion supper and dance. And when you run into us, you might want to say, “Glad to have you,” or, “I appreciate your father’s service to this country,” or simply, “I think I now understand why you wanted to get together with your junior high friends.” Photo by Mike Odom

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Immediate Care now open for business in Foley

Submitted Providing non-life threatening, no appointment based medical attention to patients since 2008, Immediate Care began when a small group of emergency room physicians recognized a need that the Mobile area had an alternative to highcost, time consuming emergency room visits. There is no reason why anyone should wait in the ER waiting room unnecessarily for 3 more hours and then be required to pay between $150 to $300 in the ER deductibles to receive care for a small cut, or perhaps sprained ankle. With primary care doctor offices, it’s tough to get an appointment in short notice and many times they offer a 1 or 2 hour window during the late afternoon for ‘walk-in’ patients. If you need an IV or require labs or an x-ray, in many cases your primary care office won’t be able to help you. You’ll be sent to the hospital and be required to pay a deductible. This is why Immediate Care opened a site in Foley. After looking at various communities, town, and small cities, Immediate Care business leaders realized a need for affordable, high quality comprehensive treatment of acute medical issues. We opened our doors for business on Wednesday, September 4th and the welcome we’ve received by the citizens of Baldwin County has been extraordinary. We are very pleased to be a part of such a

friendly area. We are located at the intersection of Hwy 59 (McKenzie Street) and Michigan Avenue is easy with ease of access. The facility is approximately 6,600 square feet with 10 patient rooms. Our main goal in Foley is to offer customers a reliable option for meeting their medical needs in a highquality, yet affordable way when time is an issue. We hope our community will remain healthy but if you ever need us, we are open Monday through Saturday 8 to 8 and on Sunday from Noon until 6. No appointment necessary, most major insurances accepted, regular office co-pay, x-ray onsite, laboratory onsite, and experienced friendly staff await you in the event you sustain an injury or illness. As Immediate Care is owned by area doctors, we take pride in supporting the communities, towns and cities in which we do business. It is important to us that families know that our care extends beyond those of medical services. We offer tailored medical services to companies and local businesses to promote healthy work environments, we support athletics and fitness, and we believe in supporting schools. Immediate Care is proud to be open for business. We hope you stay healthy but we’re here for you if you happen to need us.


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by JANE TYLER Tomosynthesis or 3D mammography is the most advanced technology developed for the detection of breast cancer. It allows your doctor to examine breast tissue layer by layer. Details are more clearly visible; no longer hidden by tissue above or below. When used in conjunction with standard digital mammography, studies have indicated a 40-50 percent increase in cancer detection. And radiologists are able to reduce their recall rates meaning a quicker diagnosis for the patient and less additional testing required.

said Dr. Jason Williams, founder and Board Certified Radiologist at Precision Imaging. “It is particularly effective in the evaluation of women with dense breast tissue.” “However, 2D is still an important element of the screening process. There are certain cancers that are more easily identified with the conventional 2D image … and I can utilize it to compare patients’ prior examinations,” said Dr. Williams. “Therefore, we choose to provide both 2D and 3D mammograms. They can be performed at the same time and it only takes seconds longer. The X-ray exposure for a 3D mammogram is about the same as a traditional mammogram done on film.”

Availability/Cost

Spa-like Atmosphere

Newest Technology

3D mammography is available now here in South Alabama. Precision Imaging in Gulf Shores is the only facility in South Alabama offering 3D mammograms. At The Women’s Center at Precision Imaging, 3D mammograms are performed at the same time as your standard digital mammogram at no additional charge. Precision Imaging has been providing this service to the community for the past year … 3D mammograms for every mammography patient at no extra charge.

Early Detection

“Mammography remains our primary screening tool for breast cancer … and early detection increases survival rates significantly. 3D mammography can detect smaller tumors than are found with digital mammography; everything is sharper, clearer in 3D,”

With all the emphasis on state-of-the-art technology, Precision has not lost sight of the “softer” side of life. Their Women’s center offers a spa-like atmosphere with soothing sea glass colors, bubbly light fixtures and plush robes to wrap around their guests. A primary focus of the staff at Precision is quality patient care.

Statistics/Scheduling Exams

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Scheduling a mammogram is the responsibility of each individual woman. Do it for you … do it for your family. Call now to schedule your mammogram at The Women’s Center at Precision Imaging in downtown Gulf Shores, 1680 W. 2nd St., 251-948-3420, PrecisionImag.com.


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