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Helena’s Fletcher Johnson sets the tone after scoring the winning run in Game 1. Then Chase Brashier scores the ONLY run in Game 2, meaning… HMS WINS COUNTY ALL SPORTS TROPHY, MULTIPLE CHAMPIONSHIPS School has assembled a winning program in only a few short years.

HMS WINS STATE AND NATIONAL AWARDS IN FBLA COMPETITION Future Business Leaders of America chapter tops in state and nation!


Valedictorians, Salutatorians and Honor and other Graduates Spread inside.

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FROM THE MAYOR “… we continue to work with the Shelby County School Board to see that the Helena High School project progresses as scheduled.”

Greetings to all, looks like another great summer has begun as Helena is busy with great activities and family fun. The annual Buck Creek Festival enjoyed great attendance this year and turned out to be another memorable event. I am grateful to the festival committee and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure the event went off without a hitch. The Helena Business Association’s Movies in the Park on Friday nights has kicked off another successful opening and the Farmers Market is now open for business on Saturday mornings as well. The annual fireworks display will be on the evening of July the 3rd this year, so be sure to bring your lawn chairs to the amphitheatre to enjoy the showing of a family movie, finishing with the fireworks at its conclusion. Congratulations to all our graduating High School Seniors

from Helena this year. Good luck to you all as you embark on new careers in college or in the work place, and remember that Helena will always be your home. A big congratulations to the PHS baseball team for winning the 6A State Championship for the second time in school history. Congratulations is also in order for the PHS girls softball team for finishing runner up in the State 6A Championship. There was an abundance of Helena talent on both those teams that contributed to each team’s success. As we conclude another fun and exciting Helena youth softball and baseball season. Congratulations to all the HMS athletes who took their share of championships this year, too. Looks like the shelves will be stocked with a bevy of talent when our new Helena High School starts to compete. I would like to congratulate all the boys and girls that participated and the champions of each age category and best of

luck to all our All Star teams. Thanks to our parents and staff that help make the season a success. As the season concludes, the park staff will now begin working on needed repairs and upgrades to facilities as funds become available. Councilor Leigh Hulsey chairs the park committee, and they are working on recommendations for improvements in this ongoing process. On another note, we continue to work with the Shelby County School Board to see that the Helena High School project progresses as scheduled. I am pleased that a new principal has been named. Jay Peoples takes over immediately. He has been the principal at Chelsea High School the past few years. I can tell you that both parents and students there were sorry to see him leave. The City Council has approved moving forward with the funding needed to begin construction on the athletic facilities for the school and the Board has awarded the contract

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The high school is continuing as scheduled, and recently named its principal, Jay Peoples. Jay has been a very capable administrator for Helena High School and we look forward to all he will bring to Helena.

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to Clements Dean Builders. This is an exciting time for Helena. We also have had exciting news on the retail front as I eluded to in the last letter, and we expect more to follow in the coming months. In closing, please have a safe and enjoyable summer and remember, Helena is where you want to be! Best wishes

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Meet New PHS Senior Counselor Laura Cochran PHS recently re-hired Laura Cochran, formerly its biology teacher, as the new senior counselor. A good counselor must be able to relate to their students, and if there’s anyone who knows about being a student, it’s Laura. Laura started her undergraduate courses at Mercer and earned her bachelors degree at the Medical College of Georgia. She met husband, Phil, while a student at Mercer, and they were married in Atlanta. They moved to Huntsville until Phil was transferred to Birmingham with General Foods. Here, she started working on her masters in Allied Health Science at UAB. With that degree, she practiced as a dental hygienist and taught at UAB for 15 years. “I’ve always been interested in the sciences,” Laura says. “I really wanted to be in a helping field.” It was that love for science and a latent desire she’d had since high school to teach that sent her back to school 6 Summer 2013 /

yet again. She took classes at the University of Montevallo and earned a second masters, this time in education. With her teaching degree, she was hired at PHS as its biology teacher, where she taught for 16 years. Originally moving to the area because her husband was transferred, they grew to love Helena and Pelham. “The community is friendly; it’s beautiful; it’s a great place to have a family. It’s just a great place.” Her love for working with students and desire to help them achieve even more drove her back to school. While still teaching biology at PHS, she completed her third masters degree program, this time in counseling, from the University of West Alabama. In October 2012, Thompson High School had an opening for a counselor. “I didn’t have any real reason to leave PHS,” Laura said, but counseling is the work she wanted to do, so she changed

schools. She only stayed at Thompson a month, though, before hearing that the senior counselor slot at PHS was open. “When that happened, it’s like, I wanted to be the senior counselor here, so I came back! I missed the kids at Pelham.” Previously, Laura sponsored the Visual Ensemble and Pantherettes Dance Team for 14 years. “My dream job would have been a ballerina,” she laughs. With limited extra time now, she retired from helping with these groups. Laura and Phil, who now works at Integrity Storage Solutions, have been married 33 years. They have two grown children, Clint and Elizabeth, who are 25 and 24 respectively. Clint is currently in surgical physician school, taking classes at

UAB. Elizabeth, a former Miss Alabama, is working in Memphis at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital as a research assistant and hoping to get into med school. Laura is, understandably, very proud of her family. “We’re a bunch of science nerds!” She is proud of her school family as well. “First of all, the schools here are excellent and provide great teaching for the kids. I’m really excited to be part of the counseling team at PHS. I work with three other fantastic counselors and some terrific kids.” Welcome home, Laura!

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CHAMPS! Clockwise from top left: Baseball Basketball Golf Athletic director Ryan Brewer Football Track Outstanding job by a terrific group of players and coaches!

HMS sports teams bring home the ALL SPORTS TROPHY

Teams win multiple Southern Conference Championships! Ask HMS Athletic Director and football/golf coach Ryan Brewer how he coaches, and he’ll tell you, “It’s good to have kids playing multiple sports. We tell them, ‘Let’s don’t specialize, let’s be a special athlete.’ We want to compete in everything we do. We want to out-work and dominate our competition in everything we do.” It seems to be working; the Helena Huskies definitely dominated in sports this year! The football team performed phenomenally, going undefeated during the season and winning

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the Southern Conference Championship for the second year in a row! The baseball team also won their conference for the second year in a row. The boys’ basketball, crosscountry and golf teams also all came in first in their conferences for the first time. The HMS girls played hard this year as well; the softball team came in second place in the conference tourney, and the volleyball team finished third in the conference. Ryan said the wrestling team also did very well this year, and the girls’ basketball team did

better than they ever have before. “I don’t think we had a losing record in anything,” he said excitedly. “Our 8th graders are a remarkable group of kids. They work hard and have the discipline to do well in these sports.” Each year, schools within the Southern Conference are given points based on how well the baseball, softball, football, volleyball, and boys and girls basketball teams do in their regular seasons as well as in the conference tournaments. At the end of the year, each school’s points are added up and the school with the most

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2013 Alabama 6A State Champs! “ Give me one run; that’s all I’ll need,” said pitcher Jack Pierce before the game. Chase Brashier and Aaron Anderson combined to oblige him and with a phenomenal defensive effort by the Panthers, Pierce’s words turned prophetic as the Pelham Panthers claimed the Alabama 6A Crown in baseball. The Panthers swept the Huskies as this followed a 3-2 win the night before, with Fletcher Johnson scoring the winning run as shown on the cover in a picture from

Panthers’ Championship game in pictures—one was the magic number!

The panthers took game 1 in a 3-2 battle. Thomas lowery dominated on the mound and Fletcher Johnson scored the winning run. Game 2 featured Jack pierce pitching and a determined defensive effort by the panthers, highlighted by the 4-6-3 double play shown above. Chase Brashier’s double and aaron anderson’s rBi to follow was the only offense needed in the championship game between Jeff mauldin’s Huskies and Sean anderson’s panthers held last month at riverwalk Stadium in montgomery. The result? a sweep by the panthers— Congratulations to all the coaches and players!

PHS Panthers honor baseball state champs, softball runnersup and All American track star in an end of year school assembly

The PHS gym was abuzz with excitement as Principal Bob Lavett prepared to present plaques and awards to outstanding Panther sports teams, athletes and coaches. Many parents and fans also came out to show their support, including both Helena Mayor Mark Hall and Pelham Mayor Gary Waters. Mr. Lavett said, “We want to acknowledge the sports teams that have made a great impact on Panther pride! It’s always a great day to be a Pelham Panther!” The Panthers baseball team beat the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies at the AHSAA State Baseball playoffs May 17-18 in Montgomery for the prestigious title, talking the best of 3 series in a sweep (3-2 and 1-0). The championship series pitted PHS first year head coach Sean Anderson against former Panthers head coach Jeff Mauldin, who left for Hewitt-Trussville after last season. Anderson had been a Mauldin assistant for many years and the two still remain close friends. The Lady Panthers softball team also had a fantastic season. With a strong showing in the AHSAA State Softball playoffs May 16-17, the team finished the season No. 2 in the state with a record of 45-6. When you consider that all but two of these players return next season, the future looks bright for the Lady Panthers! Individual athletes were recognized as well. Runner Caitland Smith won two individual championships in outdoor track for the 60m and the 400m, as well as three individual championships in indoor track, in the 100m, 200m and 300m races. She was named All-American at a meet in New York in January, and has the opportunity to attend track meets overseas in Puerto Rico and the Ukraine.

Thomas Lowery, the winning pitcher of the Panthers’ first game against the Huskies, was named State Championship Series MVP. Lady Panthers Becky Fox and Emily Spain were selected for the AHSAA All Tournament team. The Kiwanis Club of Birmingham recently honored two senior Panthers: Connor Slane as the Birmingham Metro Golfer of the Year, and Fletcher Johnson as Birmingham Metro Baseball Player of the Year. And finally, PHS Athletic Director Kim Kiel announced that the Shelby County Coaches Association named baseball coach Sean Anderson, softball coach Amy Sullivan and track coach Marty Springfield its Coaches of the Year for their respective sports. “The players are the reason we get coach of the year status,” Amy said. “I’ve been truly blessed this year; these are great girls.” Sean thanked the parents and the communities of both Helena and Pelham. “Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do this,” he said. After the announcements were made, all the players and coaches put arms around each other’s shoulders and sang the PHS Alma Mater accompanied by the band. Teachers reminded seniors that this was their last time singing it as students—a bittersweet thought that drove many to sing even louder. “It’s a great day to be a Pelham Panther!” Mr. Lavett shouted again at the end of the song. “Now go to class!” Shelby County Coaches of the Year, l-r: baseball coach Sean anderson; softball coach amy Sullivan and track coach marty Springfield. Congratulations!

Helena Middle School introduces a few of its top 2013 8th Grade Graduates Morgan Watkins (daughter of Jarvis and Angela Watkins): Morgan says, “My favorite HMS memory is the 8th grade banquet, being with all of my friends and having a great time,” she said. “I also enjoyed playing all of my favorite sports (basketball and volleyball).” Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Hughley. “She’s really smart and funny. She has helped me keep my grade up in English this year, and she has a great personality.” The most influential person in her life is her dad. “He makes sure I don’t give up on anything I do, and that no matter how hard things get, I just have to keep going.” She says in high school, “I see myself striving towards my goals to get academic and basketball scholarships.” In 20 years, Morgan said, “I can see myself happily married and living a successful life. I can also see myself working as a pediatrician.” Brooks Brophy (son of E.J. and Cindy Brophy): Brooks says, “My favorite memories at HMS are winning the football, basketball, and baseball championships during my 8th grade year.” He said, “All of my teachers at HMS were amazing, however, my favorite was Mrs. Festino. She is really handson and a great science teacher.” His dad is the most influential person in his life. “He is a great leader and has really helped me grow as a person,” said Brooks. “I will go to Pelham High School for a year, and then come back to Helena High and become a Husky,” he said excitedly. “In 20 years, I see myself as a college graduate working in a very fun and exciting field.” Sara Grace El-Feraly (daughter of Lisa and Samy El-Feraly): Some of Sara’s favorite HMS memories include getting voted most likely to succeed in her class and the 8th grade banquet. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Hughley, who she says teaches her favorite subject and helps her with writing her own novel and looking for publishers. Sara says the most influential person in her life is Lauren Conrad. “I love her clothing line, and her books on fashion and beauty are amazing. She’s an author, actress and a fashion designer. I would love to meet her some day.” As for high school, Sara says she just plans to make the best of it. She says she definitely plans to have good grades. “I can’t wait to attend Helena High School! I hope to get a scholarship to the University of Mississippi.” As for the future, she said, “In 20 years, I dream of living in NYC, but I doubt that’ll happen. I hope to be a school teacher. I’ve wanted to be one since I was six. I hope to be married and have kids.” Brandon Beers (son of Randy and Carol Beers): “My favorite memory at PHS is playing football and our team going undefeated,” Brandon said. His favorite HMS teacher is Ms. Minton, because he said, “she helped my friends and I start the Ultimate Frisbee Club.” His parents are the most influential people in his life, “because they have taught me how to succeed in school.” In high school, Brandon said, “I plan to be on the drum line, and take a couple of honors classes. I would also like to start an ultimate frisbee team.” After high school, he wants to go to Auburn University. “I want to end up having a job I love. Hopefully, having a job I love involves some trips to Hawaii.” (We’re with you, Brandon!)

Bailey Dewberry (daughter of Mark and Jeanie Dewberry): “My favorite HMS memories have been the band trips to Orlando,” Bailey said. “We got to ride roller coasters and hang out with friends all day. I will miss being a part of the band. One of my favorite teachers is Ms. Festino. She is a fun teacher and has taught me many things.” Bailey said her sister Kelsey influences her life a lot. She is a great role model, and I know that I can count on her when I need her.” Her plans for high school are “To have good grades and be involved. I can’t wait to be a part of the marching band and make lots of new friends!” In 20 years, Bailey said, “I see myself having a music degree and being a music composer. I would love to write my own music and also have a family.” Devan Walker (son of Terrence & Cherri Walker): Devan’s favorite HMS memory was, “The 8th grade banquet. I had a great time seeing my friends dressed up and dancing.” Mr. Howland is Devan’s favorite HMS teacher. Devan said, “Because we [Mr. Howland and I] have gone through some of the same things. He is a really good [teacher], so is Mrs. Jenkins.” Devan said, “My mom and dad have in influenced me because they take care of me, buy me things, and help me through tough times.” Where does Devan see himself in 2033? He said, “I can see myself playing football, baseball and basketball—those are my favorite sports. I see myself in the MLB, NBA or NFL because I’m really good at sports,” Devan said. Casey Hall (daughter of Chris Hall and Lee-Anne Hall): Casey said, “My favorite memory was playing trombone at every pep rally.” Casey’s favorite HMS teacher: “I’ve always liked Mr. Pruitt, our band director, because I love music, and he’s always been a fun teacher.” Casey’s said the most influential person in his life was Taylor Hinch. She has been my best and smartest friend since 7th grade. Honestly, I have no idea what I’d do without her.” Casey said, “When I get to high school I plan to march with the band and tryout for honor bands.” Twenty years from now, Casey would like to possibly be a middle school band director. “Mr. Pruitt seems to enjoy it, and again, I love music.” Cana Brown (daughter of Stephanie and Bo Brown): Cana said, “My favorite memory from HMS is the 8th Grade Banquet. It was awesome just being able to dance with my friends. Also, we had a great time before the dance.” Her favorite teacher is her choir teacher, Mr. Andrews. “He is fun, crazy, and super nice. I had Mr. Andrews for 3 years in choir and 2 years for show choir.” The most influential person in Cana’s life is her older sister, Claudia. “She is smart, a Christian, and she is a great role model. I want to be just like her.” She’s got high expectations for high school: “I plan on taking all possible AP or honors classes. I also hope to graduate as a valedictorian. I want to take theatre all 4 years in high school.” In 2033, she says, “I hope to see myself in the performing arts. Whether it’s playing piano, singing or acting, I want to perform. My back-up plan is to be a music or theatre teacher.







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Dan and Amber Howard began working out together at Snap Fitness 24/7 in Helena soon after it opened three years ago.The Howards made a commitment to achieve and live a healthy lifestyle — a benefit that has to be gained through hard work and discipline. Now they’re reaping the rewards! Dan and Amber Howard joined SNAP Fitness soon after it opened, initially drawn to its 24-hour availability. They chose to work with Personal Trainer Anna Reimers and have continued their two-day weekly workout with her for the past three years. “We wanted to learn just which exercises would really be successful for us and which workouts yield what results. Anna is very good at providing change in the workouts and introducing new challenges, such as working with TRX bands,” Their two hour commitment with Anna is also family time together, “We cut up, we have fun, and we work hard.” Dan works in Human Resource Management at BBVA Compass Bank, and Amber teaches fourth grade at Helena Intermediate School. “In the beginning,” Dan recalls, “I could only do a few pushups. I could run maybe a mile, but afterwards I felt exhausted.” “Starting with Anna taught us baby steps but mentally and physically, the first three months were the hardest, as

fitness had never been part of my lifestyle, just an off and on thing,” Dan said. “As we made the commitment to our health, we began to eat right, drink more water, and make better choices.” Dan has lost 35 pounds and greatly improved his cardiovascular fitness. “I am the type of person who likes having a goal, and here, just as at work, I find it very important to have a vision, then analyze backwards the steps needed to achieve it.” “We have set small benchmarks along the way, and since Amber and I work out as a couple, we are accountable to each other.” Amber also enjoys Zumba classes with Merri Gwin, as she loves dancing and was a majorette in college. Dan took up running seriously last October. He runs the Hillsboro Trail and on open roads around Helena. Just two months ago, he ran his first half marathon and is now training for a full one—The Seven Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga October 20, 2013. He presently runs 10 to 13 miles on Saturday mornings and will increase

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to 20 to 24 miles as the marathon approaches. He and Amber take Friday off to rest their bodies. They feel they have achieved a healthy balance overall in work, workout and play. The Howards say, too, “Anna sets a great example in her own lifestyle. She eats, lives, and breathes health, as she comes from a family of track athletes.” “It is important to learn what works for your own body and your metabolism. There are some dedicated lifetime fitness folks that workout here at SNAP; we see them and know we want to be that healthy when we are their age.” Dan and Amber Howard are living, breathing examples of an old saying, “Couples that work out together, stay together!” Not to mention all the other physical and mental health benefits that come from living a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise!

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Beka’s Boutique opens in Old Town Rebecca Harris Sippola, owner of Beka’s Boutique, has always had a decidedly creative mind and hand. Her mother and in-store assistant, Kay Harris, says Beka was drawing designs for clothing as early as 5th grade when growing up in Bluff Park. “When I was younger, I wanted to design wedding dresses and formal wear, but when I went to a summer program in 2006 at Savannah College of Art & Design, a teacher there was a designer of children’s clothing, and I began to see the possibilities in that market,” Sippola said. Beka’s custom designs incorporate a selective mix of patterned fabrics, ruffles, lace adornment and detailing that tell a story in the outfit. “At this time I use contemporary fabrics, but I

also like the idea of eventually creating my own fabrics from hand-dyed and stamped linen,” she said. Her own designs, such as Vintage Rose, include a dress with ruffled pantaloons with a bellbottom flair or lace leggings. Sippola is fond of buttons, the bigger the better, that can be tossed into the mix as sculptural adornment. Her birthday-appropriate Cupcake outfit features a cupcake on the front with ruffled netted icing and the celebrated birthday age appliquéd onto the front. Crowns in ‘hey, look at me’ shapes and the birthday age glitter with frills, sparkly fringe, or perhaps a little animal print. “I might doodle, or draw an idea for an outfit I have in mind, but by the time it comes into being, it’s likely to be different,”

she admits. “I love browsing thrift stores and yard sales for something different to incorporate into my birthday cakes and decorative props. I see new style elements in retro clothing and accessories that I might ‘flavor’ a look with.” A ceramic goose she found at a yard sale became a stork when she added pipe cleaner legs. The large, baby-carrying stork (perfect as a baby shower decoration) has a genuine soft and downy head and evolved from her flower-ona-pole decorations that can be customized to your party motif. Re-purposed frames in perky patterns become bow holders; others are chalk-painted pastel colors, with faux itty-bitty rhinestones mixed with fabric. A frame presentation may feature a mix of multiple frames combined in complementary ways.

Her decorative shower cakes contain a diaper, blankets, photo prop costumes, toys, or a newborn hat and booties. She uses fabric ribbons and feather boas that become wreaths. Sippola has also designed a roll-up and go placemat that is a chalkboard on one side. Working as a pre-school teacher over the years, she has observed first-hand what is important to consider in the execution of children’s clothing. For example, it’s important to make toddler pants roomy enough to accommodate a diaper. Beka’s Boutique will soon have an in-store order book to peruse; currently new items are posted on a facebook page at Beka’s Boutique, LLC. It’s evident big things are ahead for this inventive young lady!

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Local Schools Hold 2013-2014 Summer Registration The following information applies to ALL Shelby County Schools. Please go to each individual school’s registration web page listed below to complete on-line registration and serious medical condition/food allergy forms, print and bring them with you to registration. A parent/legal guardian is REQUIRED to attend registration for all Shelby County School students—no matter their age. All students—current and new—must bring two current proofs of residence (mortgage contract, rental receipt, utility bill(s)) to registration. Parents/guardians registering new students must also present a certified birth certificate, Alabama blue immunization form (originals only,), and if applicable, Final Divorce Decree verifying guardianship. All New students to Shelby County Schools must schedule an appointment with the applicable school to ENROLL before being allowed to register.

Helena Elementary School (5K-Grade 2) • 682-5540 187 Third Street, Helena • Principal Mary Cooper New Students: Call the HES registrar at 682-5540 to schedule an appointment. Summer Registration: All Grades Tues., July 16 7:00-9:00am & 5:00- 7:00pm OR All Grades Thur., July 18 7:00-9:00am & 5:00- 7:00pm New Kindergarten Parents* Meeting Thurs., Aug. 15 6:30- 8:00pm Learn about the nuts and bolts of kindergarten. *Parents ONLY please! Meet the Teacher Day Fri., Aug. 16 2nd Grade 8:00am - 8:45am 1st Grade 8:45am - 9:45am Kindergarten 9:30am - 10:15am

Helena Intermediate School (Grades 3-5) • 682-5520 3500 Highway 52, Helena • Principal Dr. Wayne Williams New Students: Call the HIS registrar at 682-5522 to schedule an appointment. Summer Registration: Last Name A-L Mon., July 22 Last Name M-Z Tues., July 23 Make-up-All Mon., July 29

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Helena Middle School (Grades 6-8) • 682-5300 1299 Hillsboro Parkway, Helena • Principal Scott Knight

New Students: Call HMS at 682-5300 to schedule an appointment. Summer Registration: 6th Grade Tues., July 23 7:00am - 11:00am 7th Grade Wed., July 24 7:00am - 11:00am 8th Grade Thurs., July 25 7:00am - 11:00am Make-up-All Tues., July 30 8:00am - 10:00am All registration after July 30 will be by appointment ONLY – call 682-5300.

Pelham High School (Grades 9-12) • 682-5500 2500 Panther Circle, Pelham • Principal Bob Lavett New Students: Call 682-5500 to schedule an appointment to enroll. Seniors/Juniors may visit to register online for lockers and parking. Summer Registration: Seniors Tues., July 23 Times by Last Name TBA Juniors Tues., July 23 Times by Last Name TBA Sophomores Thurs.., July 25 Times by Last Name TBA Freshmen Thurs.., July 25 Times by Last Name TBA

Linda Nolen Learning Center (Special Needs Students) • 682-5800 2280 Highway 35, Pelham • Principal Michele Shepherd Summer Registration: Please contact the school at 682-5800 for information.

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Helena kids donate hair to Locks of Love Kindergarteners Ledare Dodson and Jocee Ehlman at Helena Elementary School have been growing their hair out for months, until it grew all the way down their backs. Same with Hannah Grace Smith at Helena Middle School. That would be a burden to anyone during the hot Alabama summer. However, a few weeks ago, the girls came into their classrooms sporting new haircuts: cute, short bobs! When asked why they cut their hair so short, Ledare said, “We donated it to Locks of Love!” The girls know what the group is for, too: when another student asked them what Locks of Love is, and why the friends gave them hair, they discussed children who don’t have hair. Jocee said, “It’s for kids with cancer!” They explained to the class during show-and-tell that they found out about Locks of Love with their parents and decided to donate their hair to help those kids in need. The haircuts weren’t as sudden as they seemed, though, as they decided to grow their hair out beforehand. It gave the pair a lot of time to think about the good they were doing. Hannah Grace donated her hair in honor of her friend, Reilly Montgomery, her friend and a childhood cancer survivor. Reilly’s mom, Amy, did the honors. These students are already setting a great example for kids of all ages. Good deeds from great kids! Thanks, Ledare, Jocee and Hannah Grace for being so generous!

Shelby Starlets Win Big! Congratulations to all of the Shelby Starlets Baton Competition Teams for their big wins in Disney’s Twirl Mania International Competition! The teams, comprised of twirlers from Helena schools, brought home the Junior AND Senior Division Dancetwirl Championship Titles, beating out 34 other teams from the US and abroad. They also won 2nd place out of 15 in the parade category as part of the Disney Electrical Light Parade. Congratulations to the girls and to Jamie Wilson, Shelby Starlets Director.


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Good day to everyone! As you read this, the Summer Reading Program for the Jane B. Holmes Public Library is in full swing. The themes this year are Dig Into Reading for children and Beneath the Surface for teens. Stop by the library soon to get your FREE book bag and reading log. Start reading for PRIZES, and enter our drawing for an even bigger PRIZE! Check out the calendar portion of our web-site for information on the COOL programs we have all summer at the library. Every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. the library will have a fun program, including one from the McWane Science Center, a magician, and more! Reading over the summer is important to keep your skills up, and because it is FUN. Would you join a group to have fun? Looking for a great way to meet new people in your community? Want to support a very important cause? The Friends of the Jane B. Holmes Public Library is a resounding YES to all three of those questions and the PERFECT organization for you! Those interested in joining should call the library and ask for Library Director Daniel Dearing for more details. Or you can attend a fun special meeting on Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. to learn about the Friends and discuss upcoming projects. The library has some great new items, and we strive to have current books by popular authors. The non-fiction department recently received some great new material as well! There are new books about finance, couponing, and many other topics. Please stop by to check these out. If you cannot find what you are looking for, ASK! That is what the staff at the library works to do, assist patrons with access to information. If we do not have the book you are looking for, it can often be held or brought in from another library. The library is a great value if you are trying to live on a budget. And who isn’t?

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Call the library at 664-8308 or stop by soon to check out the latest titles which include: A Step in Faith by Richard Paul Evans; Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris; Silken Prey by John Sanford; Inferno by Dan Brown; Smarty Bones by Carolyn Haines; Zero Hour by Clive Cussler; Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz; A Home at Trail’s End by Melody Carlson; Classified by Fern Michaels; and many more!

2:00 p.m. Helena Police Department 2:00 p.m. Magician Russel Davis 2:00 p.m. Alabama Museum of Natural History 2:00 p.m. McWane Center’s Diggin’ Dinos 2:00 p.m. Summer Reading Close Out Party!

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PHS graduate Connor Slane had a fantastic year of golf!

this year coming in first place in six of them. He also won the 6A North sub-state tournament, hitting under par at 65 which means he will be able to advance to the state finals. Last year, the All-American Junior Golf Tour named Connor the 15th best golfer in the South, but he has moved up since then, ranked 9th at press time. He also played in a score of tournaments with AAJGT this year, consistently coming in the top six places in each tournament.

PHS graduate Connor Slane has had a remarkable last few years in his burgeoning golf career, during which time he has played on the boy’s golf team for the school in Shelby County tournaments, as well as American

Junior Golf Association tournaments and other events. He finished in a three-way tie for third place in the AHSAA Class 6A Boys Golf State Championship on May 14, and played in 11 regular season tournaments

Grayson Gladden a rising star in golf at PHS Grayson Gladden, a rising sophomore at Pelham High School, just turned 15. She likes hanging out with friends and family, shopping and watching sports, like many other teens. However, she isn’t able to take part in these activities as much as she likes. Why? Because, she says, “I don’t have much free time between school…and golf.” Grayson has played golf on and off since she was very small. “My dad started taking me to the driving range and putting green when I was only 3,” she explains. She joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association Girl’s Golf program at age 7, took part in the United States Kids Golf Tour starting at age 9, joined the Alabama Junior Golf Association at 11, then joined the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour and competed in the US Kid’s World Championships in 2010 at Pinehurst Golf

Resort at age 12. Grayson began playing for PHS during her 8th grade year, where she played through sectional and sub-state qualifying all the way to the AHSAA 6A Golf Championship tournament, where she finished in the top 20 at age 14. Last summer, she competed in the inaugural Veritas World Junior Golf Championship in Los Angeles. She recently qualified to play in the 35th North & South Junior Amateur, July 8-11 at Pinehurst Golf Resort. On March 23-24, she won the 15-19 Girls Division of the SJGT-Lakewood Junior Classic in Mobile. This win allows her to compete in all Southeastern Junior Golf Tour Invitationals as well as the Tournament of Champions. The day after the Mobile tourney, she traveled to the Bob Jones Patriot Invitational tournament at The Ledges golf course in

Because of all he has achieved, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham named Connor the Birmingham Metro Golfer of the Year. “I had a great year, and then I got this award out of the blue. It really tops off my senior year,” he said. Connor decided to attend the University of North Alabama starting in the fall, where he will continue his golf career. “I’m so excited,” he said enthusiastically. Huntsville, and won there, too. The weather in Mobile was in the high 70s, while Huntsville rained down snow flurries and 20-degree winds on the golfers. That Grayson could triumph in both of these conditions speaks to her skills not only as a golfer, but as a serious competitor as well. “I am pretty self-motivated, but my parents (Lee and Shara) and coach Blair encourage and support me,” she says. “LPGA pro Stacy Lewis’ story is very inspirational to me. The staff and golf pros that were involved in the USGA-LPGA girls golf staff were also supportive, especially Brooke Valente, who was my personal coach for two years, and more recently Jeff Copeland helped with my short game.” Jeff is a PGA teacher at Grayson’s home course, Altadena Valley Country Club. Grayson will stick with the wonderful PHS golf program throughout her high school career. Then, “I’ll try to get a

“I can’t wait for it! I’m so glad to be out of high school.” “I’m undecided on my major right now, but I would like to do something with my hands,” Connor explained. “I love being outdoors. Sitting behind a desk just isn’t for me.” He says he might teach golf, but he wants to specialize. “I’ve thought about being a swing coach,” he said. “To share my knowledge with others; teach them and tell them my philosophy about golf, and how I approach the sport.” Another option he’s given some thought is a little more behind-the-scenes. “I’d like to design golf courses,” he said. “I’ll sit down in my spare time and draw stuff out. I like to imagine stuff.” He also says he would love to go pro if he can. If his career in the game so far is any indication, he definitely has the skills to do just that. Good luck, Connor! scholarship. I am interested in Auburn, South Carolina, and Mississippi State, but I have an open mind. I will play golf in college and see what happens after,” she muses. “Maybe try to go pro.” PHS is lucky to have a competitor like Grayson aboard. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

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With Pelham High School ’ s Graduates of 2013

ach year, the senior counselor selects six Pelham High School seniors who embody traits making them ideal representatives of their graduating class as well as their community. (This year, Laura Cochran is at the helm as the new senior counselor.) The following students share their favorite PHS memories and future plans. The day has finally arrived, and we want to commend each and every graduate on this milestone in their lives. Most importantly, we wish the Class of 2013 a future filled with happiness, good health and much success! Our caps are off to you, the Pelham High School Class of 2013! Brandon D. Powell (son of Lynn and Robert Powell): Brandon says, “My favorite memory from high school has been my senior year marching band playing the sousaphone. My friends and I have had an outstanding time on the PHS tube line. My favorite PHS teacher is Mrs. Creel. I have Mrs. Creel this year for AP Calculus and have been on the advanced math team with her the past two years. I really like and appreciate how Mrs. Creel takes the time to not only teach us the math, but helped us understand the math. My older brother, Shane Powell, has been the most influential person in my high school life. Shane has always encouraged me to do my best with everything. My plans after graduation are to study chemistry at UAB focusing on Pre-Pharmacy. I will be studying to get into Samford’s McWhorter School of School of Pharmacy where I would complete a Pharm. D. degree. Twenty years from now I can hopefully see myself as a Publix Pharmacist. Working at Publix throughout high school has been a great experience and hopefully I will be able to make a career out of it as a pharmacist.

Katie Belue (daughter of Joey and Anne Belue): Katie said, “My favorite high school memories have been being on the Pantherette dance team. I’ve had the time of my life and have been blessed with the greatest sisters I get to call my teammates and a fantastic sponsor. My favorite PHS teacher is a tie between Mrs. Burnett and Mrs. Acree. They were both amazing teachers and made school as fun as you can make school. I learned so much from them. They are both the sweetest ladies ever. The most influential person in my life is definitely Mrs. Cochran. She’s always been there for me and is the best advice giver out there. She’s just a wonderful person and have the biggest heart of anyone I know. After graduating, I plan to attend either the University of Alabama or Auburn University to pursue a degree in public relations. 20 years from now, I see myself working for a major organization or company in their PR department. Ultimately, I just want to fulfill God’s plan for my life.”

Fletcher Johnson (son of Bill and Donna Johnson): Fletcher says, “My favorite high school memories were all of the football and baseball games with my teammates. I will never forget hearing the marching band after football games and celebrating after big baseball wins. My favorite PHS teacher is Mrs. Creel, because she puts in as much effort as we do and genuinely cares about how we do. The most influential person in my life is my church’s old worship leader Ben Nelson because he really guided me in the right direction when I was going into high school. After graduation I am playing baseball at the University of Tennessee at Martin and pursuing a degree in engineering. In 20 years I will have already won the lottery and I will hopefully have a well paying career.”

Bradleigh Alexander Smith (daughter of Brent Smith): Bradleigh says, “My favorite high and Molly Smith) school memories have been those made throughout my years here on the basketball and volleyball team. Not only was I able to do something I love, but got to make unbreakable bonds with my teammates in the process. My favorite PHS teacher is Jeremy Simpson, who was my tenth grade history teacher as well as my basketball coach. He pushed me to strive to be studious in the classroom and taught me life lessons on the court that are important for my future. My father, Brent Smith, will always be a huge influence in my life. He is a great role model in his Christian faith, a great coach, a great teachers, and has always been there to guide me in any situation. I plan to attend the University of Alabama in the fall of 2013; however, I have yet to decide what my major will be. In the future, I suspect I’ll be settled down with a family, but it’s hard to say where I see myself careerwise due to my undecided major. I know I’ll be doing something I love and God has planned for me.” Stephen Mixson (son of Glenda Evans and Mike Mixson): Stephen says, “Being on the PHS drumline Mixson) was a true blessing. I made so many friends and had so many great experiences. I wouldn’t trade my time on the drumline for anything. Mr. Cotter is my favorite PHS teacher. Not only does he have the most exciting class to sit in, I firmly believe he is one of the best teachers at PHS. My mom is the most influential person in my life. She is the most patient, hard working person I know, and I strive to mimic her work ethic. I plan to attend Auburn University this fall and major in political science, then I plan to pursue a law degree at the University of Alabama. My career goal is to work for the FBI. If I am working there in 20 years, I would be more than happy.” Kathryn Gustafson (daughter of Paul and Cindy Gustafson): Kathryn says, “My favorite memories Gustafson) of PHS would have to be the pep rallies before a football game. Each grade would compete for the prized spirit stick, but in the end we would all unite together to sing our alma mater. My favorite teacher is Mrs. Hatch, because she is a great role model to all young women of strength and courage. I recently traveled to Europe with her, and she has taught me that traveling can shape not only your experiences but also your mind. My sister, Emily, is the most influential person in my life and my number one fan. She has always cheered me on in life. She inspires me everyday to be a better person. Emily has challenged me to strive for greatness and to never settle for anything. I will be attending Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University, where I will study chemical engineering with a specialization in biomedical sciences. With this degree, I want to develop drug treatments for diseases like vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. In 20 years, I see myself living around the Indianapolis area, settled down with a husband and a family. I also see myself as a biomedical engineer who develops drug treatments or even designs prosthetics for amputee victims.”

Class of 2013

Andrew Thomas Abbott Andrew Tanner Adams Lindsey Carrington Adams Megan Nicole Aenchbacher Andrew Edward Ageeb Yajhara Cheyenne Aguiar Barreda Taylor Chance Alexander Raven Ann Allen Lauren Alexandra Allison Sarah Beth Allison Adam Joel Alred Daniel Amador Gomez Carl Aaron Henson Anderson Grant Elliott Andrews Estefany Angel-Rosas Alvaro Edgar Arceo Christian Arceo Mallory Nicole Austin Ryne Tyler Ayala Joshua Allen Barclay Brittney Erin Barker Zachary Mark Barr Chasen Scott Bartlett Elijah Harold Ezra Bauer Ramiro Bautista Guzman Abby Joanne Beal Lexus Sue Beal Eli Davis Beall Katherine Jean Belue Hadden Anne Bennett Alexander Edward Bergman Mark Elliot Beverly Patricia Kathryn Bianco Kelsie Renea Billings Hannah Elizabeth Blackwood Molly Katherine Bogan Kolby Lee Booth Andrew Alleyne Bosworth Courtney Paige Boutwell Coley O’Neal Bower Jacob Alexander Bowers Michael James Boyd Robby Joseph Brannum Robert Langston Brantley Wilson Chase Brashier Wesley Sean Bredehoft Ashley Raegan Bright Victor Alfaso Brito Barajas Hayley Alexandra Brock Justin Gadson Brooks Amanda Annise Brown Ashley Nicole Overton Brown Caitlin Grace Brown Kristin Nicole Brown

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HMS FBLA shines at competition Students from the HMS Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) participated in the Alabama State FBLA conference held April 14 and 15 in Birmingham. Students had the opportunity to learn about the FBLA and leadership in various workshops and network with other students from around the state. They also earned recognition for their hard work in the FBLA Competitive Program. Our chapter earned a National Excellence Award and

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also the Alabama State Local Chapter Activities Award. Students won individual awards in the National Middle Level Achievement Program in which students are rewarded for their participation in chapter activities highlighting areas of service, education, leadership and career exploration. It includes three levels: Entrepreneur, Business, and Enterprise, with more rigor and required participation added as students move up levels. For the first level, the

Entrepreneur Level, there were only 13 winners from the state of Alabama. Of those 13, eleven were HMS students: Heather Boyle, Grant Clayton, Kendal Featherstone, Danielle Haynes, Kiera Hiatt, Savannah Lambert, Kevin Pittman, Joshua Sanders, Micayla Saunders, Marianne Theodore and Victoria Zajic. There were only three national winners from Alabama for the second (Business) level, and all three were from HMS: Kiera Hiatt, Micayla Saunders, and Marianne Theodore. The final (Enterprise) level being the most rigorous, only had 38 winners in the entire nation. Seven of them were from HMS, more than any other school in the nation! These winners are: Heather Boyle, Gillam Fields, Kiera Hiatt, Micayla Saunders, Emily Taylor, Marianne Theodore and Tyler White. In addition to the Middle Level Achievement Plan, students also competed in several

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Alice Lobell is in her 23rd year teaching art at HES. The annual art show is a highlight for parents and students as they traverse the halls with walls covered by each student’s chosen “best work.” “My wonderful parent volunteers help label and mount one piece for every child student,” Lobell said. The show raises funds for the art department; donations are used to purchase supplies and pay for the prize ribbons and end-of-year take-home portfolios, in which every project completed by each child travels home. “In the beginning we had homemade ribbons and we hung the pictures on a clothesline, so we have evolved in our presentation.” The teachers whose classrooms are near the art that is hanging support me, and the children are generally very respectful of each other’s artwork.” Of course the signs that say ‘Look with your eyes and not your hands’ every few feet also serve as reminders. Winners are chosen by a point system. Miss Alice also assesses the complexity of the picture and reminds the children that, “this is subjective. What the judges pick today might not be what they pick next week. I give this example to my girls, ‘that outfit you loved wearing today may


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Hollywood Comes to Helena Old Town Helena has gone Hollywood! Last month saw a movie set as actors, directors and set crews filmed a scene in the historic section of town. One of these was Chris Smith, a Leeds resident and a full time traveling nurse who also acts on the side. “I was in the movie 42 playing one of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the only one from Birmingham!” he said. Smith said that every film has to have a medical person on staff in case of an injury. “You make an assessment and decide if there is a need to call 911.” “I love this business; it’s all about fun,” Smith said. “Everyone from Alabama is hoping the tax incentives [being offered] will bring more film productions here.” The scene filmed May 7 for the movie Freshwater in Old Town was all action with two young boys pitching a ball back and forth on the sidewalk while a black pickup truck ominously hurtled down the street, screeching to a stop near them. The character inside the truck, Chris, was described as being “on the wilder side of things, maybe…” “I heard about the plot, but I can’t tell you,” Chris smiled. The film Freshwater has page created on, an Internet movie database, and a 32 Summer 2013 /

Facebook page. Steve Moon, from Hoover, said he was instrumental in bringing Freshwater to Alabama. “I’m trying to bring more film projects to Alabama. Investors can take advantage of a film package that rebates 25 percent of their expenses. Alabama has all the topography that Louisiana and North Carolina have.” Moon continued, “Lionsgate Films, now with an office in Atlanta, means that Alabama will get a lot more film projects.” There is an upcoming Nicholas Cage picture shooting in Mobile that Moon hopes to work on. “Sometimes,” he pointed out, “when you have a small crew, everyone wears a lot of hats. We try to make the director and producers happy,” Moon said. “I want to thank everybody in Helena—Mayor Hall, the police, everybody. It truly takes a village to make a movie set work. It’s hard to realize what all goes into making something like this happen. Simple things like someone going to get ice or telling us where we can find something we need are so helpful.” “Everywhere you go in Alabama, people go out of their way to be helpful. We had a helicopter pilot volunteer to come out and do an aerial shot.” Erica Freeman, production

of a modern-day horror flair.” assistant, was the set director for “It will go video-on-demand Freshwater. She was responsible and online so we will go through for setting the scene in the old a lot of the aggregators such jail. “We removed all the items as iTunes,” Redford said. “We George Pickle had stored inside and set up the office interior with should be out by August because we’re going to try to make the big office furniture props acquired horror film festivals in L.A.” from Sam Lilly Auctions.” The film has a modest budget Freeman, whose children of around $120,000, but the attend Helena schools and PHS, had a short film in the past at the movie makers are already considering offers from a couple Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. “I also work with On the Set Film of distribution companies who Camp in Birmingham,” Freeman are ready to show the movie. Steve Moon said, “On bigger said. “This camp teaches the films, I do a lot of work behind full realm of filmmaking to kids the scenes, but here in Alabama between the ages of 8-18. It’s an it is just so easy to film using my opportunity that I think Helena contacts. My sound guy is from parents should know about.” Decatur and July Productions is Also on hand during the two in Huntsville; we’re a tight knit filming days in Old Town were Brandy Berry, writer and director, community.” “The only thing we were and Derrick Redford, executive producer, originally from Hoover missing here was a lake; it would have been perfect if there was a but who now lives in L.A. giant lake in Helena’s back yard.” With a story idea from It was an experience and a Redford, Berry wrote the pleasure to have the cast and screenplay. It was Berry who saw crew in Helena for a couple of and loved the old jail and chose days. Be sure to look out for to use it as the sheriff’s office. Inside were actors Joe Lando and Freshwater when it’s released Christopher Biewer, preparing to later this summer. film a scene. Talking about the film to The Birmingham News, Redford said, “Freshwater is a modern take on a classic horror film,” describing it as ‘Hitchcockian.’ “It’s got a lot of Hitchcock’s Former actor in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Joe Lando on style with kind scene in Old Town Helena.

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Residential Beautification Award 3271 Helena Road When the large azalea bush in Mickey Jones yard at 3271 Main Street burst forth in its pink exuberance in late April, heads began to turn in amazement to the yard they might have previously hurried past. Jones purchased the house twenty-six years ago and raised his two sons there. “Mrs. Frances 34 Summer 2013 /

McClendon, the lady I bought the house from, was a dedicated gardener and garden club member herself until in her later years, she was no longer able to care for it,” Jones relates. As he began raking through the neglected flower beds in what was then mostly a shaded yard, a friend of the previous owner

588-5860 came by to say, “I want to tell you my friend Frances would be so proud of what you’ve done.” Removal of storm damaged and weakened trees enabled the garden to evolve over the years to a more sunny locale for the multitude of iris, oak leaf hydrangeas, hostas, ferns and daylilies now blooming brightly. The scent of Confederate jasmine is now wafting on the breeze. Jones is converting some of the beds to a more natural look with river birches anchoring the outlying beds. He has also recently seeded a multitude of zinnias to welcome the upcoming heat of summer and to make bouquets which he takes to his salon, Hair For All Reasons, in Hoover. They brighten the shop and he passes them along to clients. Jones has very high standards for his yard, although he also cares for his mother and maintains her yard in Alabaster. Meanwhile his cat, Mr. (who

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New Bethel A.M.E. Church Highway 261 • 201-5531 Pastor Rev. Wilma Merriweather Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.

Lamb of God Charismatic Episcopal 5140 County Road 17, 378-8022 Pastor Rev. Glenn E. Davis • Sun. Worship/Children’s Church 10:00 a.m.


Helena United Methodist Church 2035 County Road 58 • 663-0111 Pastor Rev. Michael Edmondson • Worship 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Modern Worship Sunday 7:19 p.m. The Church at Cahaba Bend 3721 Highway 52 West • 621-8060 Pastor Rev. Lyle Holland • Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship 10:30 a.m.


CrossBridge Community Church Starkey Street (off Hwy 261) • 621-2695 Pastors Harris Cook & Bruce Squires • Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Service 6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church Helena 815 Highway 52 E • 663-7879 Senior Pastor Greg Walker • Sunday Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. NAZARENE Gospel Light Baptist Church Trinity Church of the Nazarene 5781 Roy Drive • 685-0772 Laurel Woods Dr. & Hwy 58 • 664-4659 Pastor Steve Kilpatrick • Pastor Rev. David Shirer • Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Morning Worship 10:00 a.m. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church NON-DENOMINATIONAL Highway 261 • 663-5257 Celebration Church Pastor Rev. Edwin D. Dinkins • Meets at Helena Intermediate • 602-0805 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Pastor David Bradford • Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Small Groups/Bible Study 9:15 a.m. New Elam Baptist Church Contemporary Worship 10:30 a.m. Cunningham Drive Cornerstone Church Pastor Rev. Lester 2694 Highway 58 • 663-9332 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Pastor Rev. Tim Trimble Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Riverside Baptist Church Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. 1919 Highway 52 West • 426-1910 New Vision Christian Church Pastor J.J. Stanbridge • e-mail: 2383 Highway 95 • 664-4333 Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. Pastor Van C. Houser, Sr. • Sunday Bible Study 10:30 a.m. Sun. Corporate Prayer 9:00 a.m. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Sunday Worship 10:15 a.m. 6700 Highway 13 • 424-4539 Voice of Faith International Ministries Pastor Rev. Randy Keef 1560 Cunningham Drive • 663-7396 Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Pastor Rev. Franklin L. Kirksey Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 7:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. CHRISTIAN-DISCIPLES OF CHRIST Thursday Bible Teaching 10:00 a.m. Grace Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 869 Highway 52 • 426-1233 PRESBYTERIAN Pastor Tommy Morgan • Christ Community Church Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Meets at Helena Intermediate • 621-6248 Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Pastor Phil Chambers • Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. CHURCH OF CHRIST Church of Christ at Helena 2499 Highway 58 • 620-4575 Evgs Curtis Flatt & Bryan Moody • Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

Helena Cumberland Presbyterian 3396 Helena Road • 663-2174 Pastor Rev. Tommy Johnson • Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Morning Worship 10:00 a.m.

Our area churches offer many services and programs year-round. Many will be hosting Vacation Bible Schools in June, please visit the church’s websites for more information on upcoming events. Attend the Church of Your Choice This Sunday!




Helena Belles 2013 Scholarships

Several graduating Helena Belles were recently awarded recognitions and scholarships at a luncheon. Mayor Hall presented the awards and underclassmen Belles were there to serve the Seniors and their families. Honorees included: • Raegan Bright (participation award) • Jessica Ford (participation award and $2,000 Helena Belles Ambassador Scholarship) • Ally Pitts (participation award) • Kaitlyn Peterson (participation award) • MerryMichael Ramsey (participation award) • Savanna Windham (participation award and $2,000 Helena Belles Ambassador Scholarship) • Lillie Gaston (participation award and $2,000 Helena Belles Ambassador Scholarship) • Tricia Bianco (participation award) Congratulations ladies, and thank you for your service. Our best wishes to all on successful college careers!

Shelby Mixson Selected auburn University Flag line Captain Helena native Shelby Mixson has been selected as the Captain for the Auburn University Marching Band Flag Line for 2013-14. This fall, she will begin her senior year at Auburn, where she is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in Gerontology.  The upcoming fall will be her fourth and final season with the Auburn Band.  She graduated from Pelham High School in 2010, where she was a member of the Tower of Power Marching Band’s Color Guard for four years. Congratulations to Shelby Mixson!

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PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL… We’re the Home of the Free Because of the Brave!

SGT Jon M. Aaron

AEAN Benjamin Lee Doaks

4/14 K CO (DET B), UNIT 43671, FPO AP 96426-3671; Al Anbar, Iraq; Karen Dickinson’s son

USN; NAS Jacksonville, FL; Joe & Tammy Williams’ son, Rev. Clifton & Mattie Taylor’s grandson

PFC Jonathan R. Barnett

Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin D. Gilbert

USA; Calvary Scout-3rd Brigade-1st Armor Div.; Fort Riley, KN; Susan Barnett’s son

USN; NAS Pensacola, FL; Termaine Jr, Trevorn, Chelicia & Tristin’s father, Janice & Austin Pruitt’s son

USCG, Machinery Technician; Key West, FL; Leslie’s husband, Annette & Dan Duffy’s son-in-law

PFC Matt Barnett

SGT Peter J. “Pete” Reese

ARNG; 152nd MP Co.; Lauren’s husband; Kai, Sam, Dalton, Brook & Kaiti’s father

SSG Jay Gortney

USA; Delta Co.-232nd Medical Battalion; Fort Sam Houston, TX; Susan Barnett’s son

Major David Russell Rigg

ARNG; 20th Special Forces; Iraq; April’s husband

SGT Steven M Bennett

USA; Paratrooper/Rigger; Fort Benning, GA; Clara & Ken Lorino’s son

SFC Eric Bond

USA; 82nd ABD, 1-504 PIR; Baghdad, Iraq; Paul Zimmerman’s cousin

SGT Brooks Gray

ALARNG;135th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Chief of Material Readiness; Kuwait; Shirley & Rusty Rigg’s son & Kim Rigg’s brother

SPC Michael Hubbard

USA; 1-32 Cav 1st Bct, Fort Campbell, KY; Dwight & Michelle Rosse’s son, Britney & Carlton’s brother

USA; Ranger; Scofield BKS, HI; John Gray’s son, Lauren & Ryan Gray’s brother

SPC Dwight A Rosse Jr.

SRA Mitch Braswell

USA; Camp Liberty, Iraq; Ruth Meadows grandson, Kimberly’s husband, Bonnie Hubbard’s brother

PVT Vincent Brown

ARNG; 1/167 Inf. Bn Co. B, Operation Enduring Freedom; Afghanistan; Mike & Barbara Hunley’s son; late Chris Hunley’s brother

USAF; 16th EMS, 16th Special Op. Wing; Afghanistan; Mike & Judi Braswell’s son

SPC Eric Hunley

USMC; Chesapeake, VA; Leonetta Prevo’s son

SPC Patrick D. Sharp

USA; 82nd ABD; Al Asad, Iraq; Shawn Sharp’s son

SPC Ashley Bruce Squires

USA; 3rd Inf. Div., 1-30 Inf.; Ft. Stewart, GA; Jesi Mason Squires’s father, Bruce & Tammy son, Aubrey & Austin’s brother

CPL Michael Jeffries

Christopher Dylan Burrell

ARNG; 1/167 Inf. Bn Co. B, Operation Enduring Freedom; Afghanistan; Amy’s husband, Colin & Gavin’s father

ARNG; 1/167th Inf. Bn Co. B, Operation Enduring Freedom; Afghanistan

Lt. Commander David Kang

SGT Paul Bushnell

USMC; Expeditionary Unit deployed from 29 Palms, CA; Bill & Julie English’s son, Sarah’s husband

USN; Japan; Stanley & Sue Kang’s son, Sunny Kang’s brother

SGT Dallas C Caviness

USA; Fort Rucker, AL.; Tom Lefebvre’s son

2nd Lt. William B. Cofer

USA; Sniper Unit of 1-64 Inf; Kandahar, Afghanistan; Beth Eades’ son, Caitlyn’s husband

USA; Fort Benning, GA; Dorothy & Jim Cofer’s son, Deborah’s brother & Kristen Beam’s boyfriend

SGT John Christian Vansant

SPC Jacob S. Lenoir

USMC; VMMT 204 Flightline, MCAS; New River, NC; Keith & Sherill Vansant’s son

Major Maxwell B. Ward

USN; USS Curtis Wilber, Yokosuka, Japan; Bond & Lisa McKenzie’s son, Brooke’s brother, Megan’s husband

LCPL Roberto M Conde

2nd Lt. Jacob Allen Meins

USAF, Special Operations Command; Kathy Meins Martin’s son

Petty Officer 1st Class Austin C. Daniel

MSG Jacqueline M. Moore

USN; Norfolk, VA; Mike & Claudia Daniel’s son, Justin, Tatum & Autumn’s brother

USA, 387th; Wichita, KS; Leroy E. Lucas’ wife, Cameshia, Shaun, Chibukia & Chris’ mom

2nd Lt Eric C Darrenkamp

SSGT Christopher S. Murphy

USA; Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI; Carol Darrenkamp’s son, Jon & Stephen’s brother

USMC; MWHS 3, San Diego, CA; Jack & Karen Murphy’s son, Alyssa’s husband

USN; The Alexander at Ghent, 1600 Granby St Apt 455, Norfolk, VA 23510; Charlie & Janie Brooks & Janet & Dennis Dickey’s son

2LT John M Traylor, Jr

USAF; 552nd TRS; Tinker AFB, OK; Mark & Karole Traylor’s son USMC; 3-23 Inf; Baton Rouge, LA; Mark & Karole Traylor’s son

Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik B. McKenzie

USMC; Expeditionary Unit deployed from Camp Lejeune, NC; Robert & Aurette Conde’s son

CPL Rodney Stephens

ARNG; 152nd Military Police Task Force 382nd, Iraq; Andrea & AnnaBelle’s father

PFC Zachary S Traylor

CW3 Corey Lefebvre

USA; 172 Inf. Brigade; Germany; Rebecca’s husband, Norah’s father, Rhonda’s son & Devin’s brother

LT James Brooks Dickey

Ted & the late Sara Oelschlager’s daughter

Chief Petty Officer Termaine J. Pruitt

USAR; Afghanistan; Kathie’s husband, Maggie’s dad, Bette Ward’s son, Michelle (Lin) Saville’s brother

Adam Walton

USN; USS Nimitz; Randy & Peggy Walton’s son, Annalee’s brother

PFC Zachary Walton

USA; 3-1 Cav. Regt. Delta Troop; Ft Benning, GA; Becky Click’s son, Alex Walton & Sydney Mollica’s brother, Amber’s husband

FC3 William J. Welch

USN; USS Lake Erie, Pearl Harbor, HI; Devinne Brooks’ husband

LT Commander Kimberly A. Oelschlager

USN; US Navy Hospital (Balboa)-Physician’s Asst., San Diego, CA;

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Deborah McCune named educator of the Year

Deborah McCune, director of disability support services and 504/ADA compliance officer at the University of Montevallo, was recently named Educator of the Year by the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The committee’s primary goals are educating the public about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and promoting greater

independence for them. McCune came to UM as coordinator of services for students with disabilities in 1994 and has served as director of disability support services since 2008. A colleague said, “Deborah coordinates access for her students with disabilities that includes testing modifications, classroom accommodations, interpreters and much more. She also organizes communication with other departments to address students’ concerns. Not only is Deborah active on the Montevallo campus, she visits other educational industries to train others in the field of disability services and is a member of Alabama Association of Higher Education and Disability.” Congratualations to Deborah McCune, and thank you for the valuable work you do.

Helena Um Student Wins Music Award A number of University of Montevallo music students participated in student auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing held recently at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Victoria Gould of Helena placed first in the First Year College Women category. Congratulations Victoria—we’ll be following you!

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MONDAYS Exercise Classes, Helena Senior Citizens Center, 10 A.M. Police Explorers at Explorer Training Facility, 4-7 P.M. Fire Explorers at Station 2, 5 P.M. TUESDAYS Kiwanis Club at Helena Senior Citizens Center, 7 A.M. Storytime at Jane B. Holmes Public Library, 11 A.M. WEDNESDAYS Special Summer Programs* at Jane B. Holmes Library, 2 P.M. *Thru July 17th - Summer Reading Close Out Party THURSDAYS Exercise Classes, Helena Senior Citizens Center, 10 A.M. Storytime at Jane B. Holmes Public Library, 11 A.M. FRIDAYS HBA’S Sundown Cinemas*, Old Town Amphitheater, 8 P.M. *Thru Aug. 2nd - The Avengers, Final Movie of 2013 SATURDAYS Helena Market Days*, Old Town Amphitheater, 8 A.M.-12 P.M. Chef Demonstrations 9 A.M. *Thru Aug. 24th - Final 2013 Market Day


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Father’s Day Helena City Council, Helena Municipal Building, 6 p.m. Special Equestrians Volunteer Training, 4-6 p.m. Special Equestrians Volunteer Training, 5-7 p.m. Friends of the Library meeting, Jane B. Holmes Library, 6 p.m. Summer Solstice Registration deadline for July 8-10 Chess Camp at HIS Special Equestrians Volunteer Training, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Helena Planning & Zoning, Helena Municipal Building, 6 p.m.

July 1st - Helena City Council, Helena Municipal Building, 6 p.m. 3rd - Thurs., July 4th garbage will be picked up one day early Wed., July 3 - Emergency Siren Test, 10 a.m. 4th - July 4th - Municipal Offices & Library Closed, NO Garbage Collection: Wednesday & Thursday’s routes picked up Wed., July 3 8th - Chess Camp July 8-10, HIS, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 20th - Aaron’s Staff (FREE) Respite Care-special needs 0-21, must reserve 15th - Helena City Council, Helena Municipal Building, 6 p.m. 25th - Planning & Zoning Commission, Helena Municipal Building, 6 p.m.

August 2nd - Sundown Cinema’s-Final ‘13 Movie, Old Town Ampthitheater, 8 p.m. 5th - Helena City Council, Helena Municipal Building, 6 p.m. 6th - Helena Business Association (, 8 a.m., visit web site or Facebook page for meeting site 7th - Emergency Siren Test, 10 a.m. 17th - Aaron’s Staff (FREE) Respite Care-special needs 0-21, must reserve 19th - Back to School, Shelby County Schools 2013-14 School Year Begins - Helena City Council, Helena Municipal Building, 6 p.m. 22nd - Planning & Zoning Commission, Helena Municipal Building, 6 p.m. 24th - Final ‘13 Helena Market Day, Old Town Ampthitheater, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 42 Summer 2013 /

Helena Cartoonist Welcome to a world where dinosaurs, robots, worms and bugs (and sometimes monkeys, dogs, cats and people) cavort daily and pontificate on the happenings of the Kent household in Helena. Samuel Kent first began drawing his lunchbox cartoon series as a way to stay connected with his sons Andrew, 8, Toph, 5 and Xander, 3. On his website, at, you too, can share his humor and “weird tech/extroverted geek” creative expressions. He also is on twitter: @ LunchboxDoodler. His website documents “How A Doodle Comes to Life.” “You can put a lot of expression into a noodley, appendeged robot,” Kent says. “And we are big on vocabulary at our house. The cartoons have evolved into ways to expand our boys’ vocabulary, too.” Kent says he first began writing poetry at 15 then segued into the world of technology and the Internet in 1994. He presently works as a software designer at MedSeek in Hoover. His earlier interest in poetry and literature has now come full circle and is evident in his cartoons. “Poetry requires and teaches strong vocabulary, rhythm and math skills, and it helps students grasp other subjects, too.” Kent has read his work to his children’s fellow classmates and especially enjoys participating when the class studies a poetry unit. One of Kent’s poems hangs in a classroom in Ireland. He is currently in discussion with literary agents who have expressed interest in his doodles for children’s books. Kent is looking forward to reading his work at an upcoming Birmingham Public Library Open Mic Night as well as locally at Helen’s Jane Holmes Public Library. Kent offers his doodles for sale at

Travelin’ Bones entertains Boneheads in Helena If you think the glory days of classic rock are over, think again. Rock is making a comeback right here in Helena, in a band called Travelin’ Bones. Their Facebook page describes them as “a southern rock band that will melt your face off,” and they’ve got that just about right. Blake Vines, Nick Bili (not pictured), Brock Peacock and Richard Scott (better known as Cricket) make up the group. Blake is the front man, lead vocalist, and he plays guitar; Nick tears it up on lead guitar and vocals, Brock rocks the drums and Cricket gives the band its smooth undertones with his bass and vocals. There are plenty of chances to catch one of their shows: they have regular gigs at Tyler Navarres, Café Firenze, Courtyard 25, Octane, Hawg Corral,

and Pub 261. Blake’s girlfriend Tiffany Lauren says the band also enjoys doing local benefit concerts and fund raisers, so they stay pretty busy. In 2012, the Bones played a benefit called Jammin’ for Jackson, which raised funds to help Blake’s cousin Jackson, who has Moyamoya disease. More recently, the group opened for the premiere of Roots of Rescue, a documentary film about dog rescue groups in Alabama, at the Helena Ampitheatre May 24. Blake’s sister, Kerri Golden, does a lot of volunteer work with Two By Two Rescue in Helena, which was featured in the film. The Travelin’ Bones covers all the old greats, with a large por-

tion of their songs coming from bands like Queen, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, and of course, The Grateful Dead. In fact, The Dead is such a staple in their set that fans of the band call themselves Boneheads, as a throwback to the older moniker Deadheads. At least one loyal fan named Nealy, who comes to nearly all of their shows, is known to assert, “Best band since The Dead!”

The band, which has been practicing together for about a year and a half and performing for about a year, doesn’t have a CD available yet, but they say Nick is working on one. Keep an eye out for details about that CD as well as upcoming events on their FB page: www.facebook. com/TheTravelinBones. They can also be found on YouTube by searching for “Travelin’ Bones.”

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pelham High School Senior and YmCa swim instructor, John perko, gives swim lessons to some happy children at the pelham branch of the YmCa.

YMCA Swim Lessons Proven to Save lives

“Learning to swim is important, and it’s never too early or too late to take swimming lessons,” reminds Jenny Dick, YMCA Associate Aquatics Director. Group, semi-private and private lessons are all available to you at the Pelham branch of the YMCA. Visiting the indoor and outdoor pools recently, we found Graham Ailswort, Audrey Scheiring, and Benjamin Sibrian enjoying lessons with swim coach John Perko. Perko, who graduated from Pelham High School this month, took lessons from Jenny when he was six-years-old. Now he returns as a teacher himself. “It’s very enjoyable and rewarding,” Perko said. For more information, see the “PH Swimming” section online at:

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Buck Creek Festival 2013 Sets Record for fund raising This year, the Buck Creek Festival raised a total of $18,803, which brings the 12 year total to $192,186.00! Festival chairperson Cris Nelson wants to thank everyone who came out to the festival and supported it. “Our sponsors are greatly appreciated, too, for without them, the event could not remain free and continue to contribute back to the community in the way that it does.” “The biggest thank you needs to go our committee volunteers who work on this event for nine months of the year and give up their family time and take time off from their jobs to make this happen for a couple of days in May. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the Buck Creek Festival team. This spirit is what sets Helena apart from the other cities in Shelby County,” she said. And perhaps the biggest thanks of all goes to Cris, who heads the effort up each year. This year, the charity distribution is to: Safehouse of Shelby County, Helena Kiwanis Club, Helena High Band Boosters, Helena Police Explorers, Helena Fire Explorers, Helena Belles, Helena Elementary, Helena Middle School, Helena Intermediate School, Pelham High School, Helena Public Library, Christ Community Church, Church of Cahaba Bend, and the First Baptist Church of Helena. Thanks again to everyone who came out and joined in the festivities!

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Ms. Guy Nelle Davis—Senior Pilot

Ask Guy Nelle Davis how she is doing and she will tell you, “I’m like Minnie Pearl. I’m just so glad to be here!” Ms. Davis has known some high-flying moments in her life, all—she is quick to point out—under the protection of the Lord’s mighty wings. At 96, Davis, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of 14, enjoys people, her daily walks around Maplewood Lane Assisted Living and her daily Bible studies—always a part of her life. She is also known, on occasion, to kick up her heels doing the Charleston,

her daughter-in-law Liz Davis said. Her unusual name was given because, “I was supposed to be a boy. They named me Guy, after my Daddy, and added the name of a female cousin.” Davis met her husband, Noah Davis, at a high school basketball game where she was a cheerleader. “When he asked me to marry him, I told him I was too young. He begged me to please marry him before someone else got me.” They married when she was 18 and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1985, three years before Noah passed on. On the

farm they built “in the middle of a cornfield” in Winterville, Ga., the Davis’s raised three boys. Living at the end of the runway of the Athens airport, Noah learned to fly and often took his sons with him. “That’s when I decided I better learn to fly, too,” said Ms. Davis, “Because if something happened to Noah, I wanted to be able to take over and bring my sons home safely.” She belonged to the Athens Flying Club—which had four or five women members—flying a Cessna Skylane. Every evening after supper she and Noah took ‘a little ride’ over Winterville. “I was never afraid. We would say a prayer before going up and I put my trust in the Lord.” The Davis’s were big Georgia football and basketball fans–season ticket holders. And Ms. Davis was Den Mother for her sons’ Cub Scout years. She took them on field trips to the local fire station and fire tower and flew them up to see the aerial view of their homes. She recalls one

quavering scout asking, “Are you sure you know how to land this plane, Mrs. Guy Nelle?” Sons Jerry and Lamar Davis live in the area. Their eldest son, Doug, an A3D Naval navigator, was killed in Italy when he was 25. “Doug was a dynamic Christian as a young man and during college at Auburn. His friends all said that he would be holding open the gates of heaven when they arrived,” Davis says. The Davis’s never harbored bitterness, daughter-in-law Liz Davis said. “Through Doug’s death, the Lord used them to give inspiration to others who were grieving,” Recently, Davis was treated to an airplane ride by Southern Care Hospice partnering with Maplewood Lane, arranged by volunteer coordinator Andy Rice with pilot John Barnes. Ms. Guy Nelle has been at Maplewood for four years, and there she helps everyone remember, “Everyday is a good day if you put it in the hands of the Lord.”

HMS singer Jordan Narkates making his voice heard

Jordan Narkates is twelveyears-old and a sixth grader at Helena Middle School. He is the younger brother to former Pelham Panther, Cory King, and son to David and Missy Narkates of Helena. Jordan had the honor to sing in the HMS Choir and HMS Music Machine Show Choir this year under the direction of Frank Andrews. Jordan, along with several other HMS Choir students, were 46 Summer 2013 /

privileged to take part in The Alabama ACDA Young Voices Festival held at Auburn University. This festival consists of children from grades 4-9 who are selected from throughout the state of Alabama by auditions.  It is a unique opportunity offering students a chance to perform under the direction of nationally recognized music educators. Our HMS Young Voices of Helena represented us well. This year, Jordan was honored to perform a solo under the direction of Ken and Susan Berg. Ken Berg is celebrating his 35th year as director of the Birmingham Boys Choir. His wife, Susan, is the Associate Music Director and Theory Coordinator for the Birmingham Boys Choir,

Director of the Junior Choristers and also the pianist for the Senior Choristers. Jordan sang a solo in a piece titled “Quiet Sea” by Jill Friedersdorf and Melissa Malvar-Keylock.  In the near future, Jordan will be giving various performances in and around the city. One event he was especially proud to be part of was the North Shelby and Birmingham-East Jefferson Relay for Life Events.  Jordan sang in honor and memory of his Nana, Barbara Jean Melville, along with other family and friends who have received their wings.  He hopes to put a smile on the faces of those that continue

to fight the fight by singing a variety of oldies and new tunes.   Great job Jordan, and may God continue to bless you on your path with music!

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