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Pelham City News Serving Pelham and Surrounding Communities

Fall 2013

ghostwritten stories in stone INSIDE... CNN MONEY NAMES PELHAM TO TOP 50 BEST SMALL TOWNS Prestigious list recognizes what we’ve known all alongPelham tops in ’Bama.

VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NAMES NEW PRINCIPAL Linda Campanotta assumes the reigns at our elementary school this year.

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Way to go, Pelham, The awards, accolades and recognition just keep on coming… • In early August, CNN/Money Magazine named the City of Pelham No. 47 among the Top 50 Best Small Towns in America. • In late August, USA Today named Oak Mountain State Park and Pelham among the Top 10 Best Places to Ride a Mountain Bike. These two prestigious distinctions follow the announcement earlier this year that named the City of Pelham as The Best Place to Raise Children in Alabama for 2013. Congratulations, Pelham; those around us are learning what we’ve known all along. On a more serious note, one of our own, Pelham Police Officer Dustin Chandler is literally fighting for the life of his two year-old daughter. Carly Chandler was born with an ultrarare genetic disorder that causes

her to have multiple seizures daily along with other debilitating neurological difficulties. Dustin, his wife, Amy and their four year-old son, Colton, need our help. They are attempting to raise public awareness for a disease known as CDKL5 (Cyclin-Dependent Kinase-Like [gene] 5). At the same time they are raising money in an attempt to promote research and ultimately a cure for this tragic disease. Who wants to jump out of an airplane? Only a cop would come up with something as insane as this: Dustin has devised a fund raiser that will have us Skydiving for a Cure. On October 12, 2013, you can join us by jumping with us or by sponsoring us to jump for Carly. I’ve never jumped from a plane before so you can help get me out the door by sending as donation. If you wish to donate, make your check payable to IFCR (International Foundation for CDKL5 Research), bring it or mail it to Pelham City Hall at

P.O. Box 1419, Pelham, Alabama 35124. For more information you can visit them at KNOW5 on Facebook. Come on, Pelham, Officer Dustin Chandler puts himself at risk for us daily. In fact, he patrols our city while we

are sleeping. Let’s get behind him, his family and this effort. Geronimo!!! See you around town,

Pelham Police Officer’s daughter Suffers from rare disorder www.know5.org Mayor Waters will be skydiving with Know5.org next month to raise money for CDKL5 research. CDKL5 is a rare and devastating neurological disorder, with only 600 documented cases worldwide. All money raised by Mayor Waters and the others skydiving will be donated to the International Foundation for CDKL5 Research (IFCR). All donations are 100% tax deductible. Know5.org is

Bottom left: Mayor Waters took a splash for the cause at the city’s first annual Pelhambration celebration in July. A perfect way to cool off from the heat. Center: Is that Art Clarkson and Bob Lochamy talking with the mayor in his office? Yes, it is. Seems there are talks underway to bring a semi-pro hockey team to Pelham. Think Birmingham Bulls gone south. Stay tuned. Right: Mayor Waters helped new VES Principal Linda Campanotta welcome students back along with council members during the first week of school.

partnering with Skydive Alabama to make this happen. If you would like to donate online, please visit know5.org or you can make checks payable to the IFCR and turn them into the mayor’s office. Of course, we would love to have as many jumpers as possible make this a very successful event. For more information, please visit our Website: www.know5.org. Thank You! Dustin Chandler


FROM COUNCILWOMAN MCMILLAN It is hard to believe that summer has come to an end and another school year is beginning. It has been a busy summer. Here is what the city council has been working on‌ We recently approved a major bond refinancing. By refinancing existing bonds, we were able to save approximately $2 million dollars. The personnel board presented a new pay plan based on competitive salaries from the surrounding areas. By approving the new pay plan, we are able to maintain the level of services that we have all come to expect in Pelham. I would like to commend the personnel board on the extensive work that was done on the pay plan. An initiative to revitalize our main commercial and retail district along Highway 31 was started with the Summer Classics development on the former Moore Handley site. The city is working on more retail development opportunities with the help of Retail Strategies, a respected firm with national reach. We are completing a comprehensive review of an opportunity to improve our local public schools and by so doing, our city as a whole. Most people probably realize that our schools need significant upgrades

and our educators deserve the tools they need to provide the best education possible for our children. We have been analyzing the various options for addressing these needs. Why would we want to create a new school system for the city of Pelham? How could a local school system benefit our students? A Pelham City School Board could make decisions based specifically on what is best for our students and our city. It would have the ability to determine the best ratio of teachers to students, provide more funding for technology and offer more diversity in the choices of classes, such as robotics, engineering and healthcare, as well as ACT Prep classes and even college courses that could be offered right here in Pelham. Our own city school system could allocate funds to be spent where they are most needed within the city instead of trying to address the wide variety of needs across an entire county. These decisions could be made by a local school board and superintendent focused solely on Pelham students and working very closely with each of our schools. How did we get here? On March 25, the city council

approved a feasibility study to determine if Pelham could support an independent school system. The study was an analysis of the financial resources that would be available if a city school system were to be approved. This study found that the city of Pelham would not only be able to support an independent school system, but that we would have an opportunity to significantly improve the education of our children. The City Council encouraged community input and involvement in this decision. The town hall meeting and three public hearings offered an opportunity for us to hear what you had to say and we heard from many residents. Attendance at the town hall meeting and public hearings was fantastic. There was often standing room only. Understandably, many residents were overwhelmed with the information and wrestled with the then unanswered questions. There were many concerns about the zoning issues, the School of Technology and the Linda Nolen Learning Center, as well as special needs, gifted and ESL

programs. Based on all of the facts available, feedback from the public and a very significant amount of analysis, the City Council approved an additional 1% sales tax to be dedicated to the improvement of public education in Pelham. Needless to say, improving our schools is important to all residents even if you do not have children in our schools. Our sales tax will now be the same as our neighbors, most of which have previously made the decision to improve their schools. This sales tax is expected to generate approximately $4.8 million dollars a year, with a very significant part of this being provided by non-residents of Pelham. This is only appropriate since we have been paying sales taxes in our neighboring communities to help them provide a better education for their children. On July 25, the City Council approved an agreement with a CPA firm for the development continued on page 6

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of a pro-forma budget for the purposed Pelham City School System. This pro-forma budget illustrates how the revenue in the feasibility study would be used to support a city school system and the many opportunities for potential improvement. If the city council votes in favor of creating a Pelham City School, we will need to appoint a school board that will be in charge of forming the new system and hiring a superintendent. The

board and the superintendent will work with the State Board of Education on a plan/schedule for separation and as soon as appropriate start meeting with the Shelby County Board of Education. We all want the best education possible for the children of Pelham and our neighboring communities so these discussions will be focused on what is best for the students.

can volunteer and make a difference in our schools. I encourage you to reach out to our PTO presidents at our schools and see where your talents can be best utilized. This year, they are:

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• A $500 scholarship for a senior whose family is a PTO member For the faculty: • Teacher support for classrooms (last year 98 teachers got $100 each to use in their classrooms) • Teacher Appreciation (several hospitality events to recognize faculty) • A Sunshine Fund to acknowledge retirement, illness, and deaths

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personal favorite foods. “My favorite food on this program is a particular brand of turkey. No more pizza every week, and I don’t even think about donuts any more. Since the day I began this program, I have not had one morsel of chocolate!” “Everyone who has done it properly has had good results,” Jackie Droxler proudly says. “What people tell me,” Stuart said,“is that they find their energy levels really improve.” Kathy Williams continued, “My primary goal beyond just losing weight was to reduce the amount of blood pressure medication that my doctor prescribed for me. I have eliminated two pills so far, and hope that my next visit will show that I no longer require any.” If you are looking to increase your fitness level or decrease your weight, remember that Snap Fitness in Helena is right around the corner!


Norman and Nina Wilson kick up their heels Chely Wright’s lyrics echo throughout the Pelham Senior Citizens Center as the Tuesday line-dancing class taught by Debi Stubbs gets in full swing. “I’m dancin’ in a sea of cowboy hats Shoulder to shoulder and back to back Two steppin’ fools as far as the eye can see.” Norman and Nina Wilson are there for their three to four-time weekly outing. “We’ve enjoyed the center since 2008 and appreciate the exercise the line dancing class provides,” they say. The Wilsons have lived in Pelham most of their lives. Norman says, “We remember when Pelham was an unincorporated town of about 200 folks.” The couple met at local church functions and both attended Thompson High, where Norman graduated in 1958. “We knew everyone in Pelham, Alabaster and Helena—we all went to high school together then.” Nina grew up just behind her father’s “County Store” business, near the railroad tracks on CR 52. Nina recalls she liked to

operate the gas pumps and be outdoors, while her sister was happy to be behind the counter. Eventually her brother, who took over the business from her father, tore down the family home and developed the present small strip center. Nina’s father, J.T. Shelton, was on the first Pelham City Council and Norman’s brother, Alan Wilson, was on the council during the incorporation of Pelham. Some will remember Louie Wilson, Norman’s father, who owned the Shell Station in the mid 1950s. Norman worked for his father while attending (what is now) the University of Montevallo, but he knew his interests were in electronics. Norman and Nina moved to Chicago for the first five years of their marriage, while Norman attended a 50-week per year technical college prior to his job at Argon National Laboratory in nuclear research. There, they were at work on a particle accelerator under the regulation of the Atomic Energy Commission. Returning to the Pelham area in 1969 with their small children,

Norman joined his brothers at Wilson Contracting (excavations) and later worked as an electrical technician for Plantation Pipeline before retiring in 2003. He and Nina traveled after his official retirement in 2003, however, he continued to consult with the company, documenting pipelines from Texas to New Jersey. In 2007, the Wilson’s drove their RV to Canada and Alaska, returning through Washington, Oregon and California. They have visited every state in the U.S. except Hawaii. Norman especially enjoys our National State Parks. Norman has become interested in ancestry.com, researching his own family history. He has even had his DNA analyzed, resulting in his discovery of many new cousins, plus the knowledge that

Ronald Howard Receives Humanitarian Award The Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, a body organized through the Department of Senior Services (DSS), held its annual awards ceremony at First Baptist Church in Montgomery August 6th. The ceremony honors and recognizes Alabama residents

who worked with or for the rights of senior citizens and inducts the recipients into its Hall of Fame. Among the award categories is the Humanitarian Award, which is “awarded annually to a person who has significantly improved the quality of life and welfare of older citizens through personal attention to such basic needs as food, housing, transportation and recreation,” according to the DSS. This year, Pelham resident Ronald Howard received the Humanitarian Award. After working for BellSouth for many years, Ronald was forced to retire when stricken with stage 3 colon cancer. Now, he is

not only a cancer survivor, but also one who devotes his time volunteering to help others. His accomplishments include establishing a scholarship endowment for five UA adult students, two scholarships at the University of Southern Mississippi, one at Brown University and one at Samford University. “Ron” also works with the UA hockey team. David Noble, Assistant Coach and General Manager for the Frozen Tide, said, “He is our biggest fan and a tireless supporter. No one works harder than Mr. Howard to see the University’s hockey team succeed. He and his wife are both amazing people who have no reason to do what they do; they just do it, and the world is

his great-great-great grandfather on his mother’s side came to Shelby County in 1830. Two generations further back, in 1771, Norman’s North Carolina ancestor, Captain Benjamin Merrell, was executed by the British for being a “regulator” and part of the insurrection at the Battle at Alamance, considered to be the first Revolutionary War battle. We thank you for your memories of Pelham throughout the years, Nina and Norman!

a better place because of their work. We couldn’t be happier or prouder that he won this award.” Ron is the webmaster of the Shelby County RSVP senior citizen volunteer program website, along with helping establish an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama as well as in Shelby and Jefferson counties. Ron may have received this distinction, but his wife Elizabeth helps with all the projects he does and works as well. “You know the old quote about Fred Astaire, ‘don’t forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards…and in high heels!’ I think my wife feels like that with me,” Ron laughed. Congratulations Ron!

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A new trash collection company is coming soon to your Pelham neighborhood. Trash Taxi’s bright yellow garbage trucks will soon be all over town. The owner, Roberto Rodriguez, and his company, Trash Taxi, are putting a new spin on garbage collection with an emphasis on home-owned service, cleanliness, honesty and professionalism. It’s a refreshing philosophy in trash collection that everyone is sure to enjoy. Roberto is the son of Jorge and the late Ruby Rodriguez, immigrants who arrived in the U.S. in the 1950s from Cuba and Honduras, respectively. Growing up, Roberto and his three brothers worked in both the family restaurants and barbershop in New Orleans, Louisiana. “My dad started as a teenager washing dishes in a restaurant,” said Roberto, “and learned early that you can’t get anywhere in life without hard work and taking advantage of

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opportunities.” “He taught us boys the value of working hard to attain a goal and also what special opportunities we have living in this country. We weren’t just given everything growing up; we worked for it.” The boys were taught that if you wanted something bad enough, you would earn it. For example, when sharing his desire to attend college, Roberto’s father replied, “that’s fantastic, but you should earn your way.” Roberto worked his way through college by putting in hours at El Patio, the family restaurant and working odd jobs around campus. (Of the four brothers, two became doctors and Roberto and another brother both have successful careers in the business world.) After attending Louisiana

Tech University, Roberto married his wife, Charlotte, and began his career in Ecolab Inc., and continued working in the family business. During his 19 years at Ecolab, he was asked to transfer to Alabama to further develop Ecolab’s Pest Elimination Division. In 1997, he and Charlotte began to build their family here in Alabama. Fast forward a few years and Roberto was working in the trash business for a major player in the industry when the idea and opportunity came to him to use his past experiences to open his own trash company. With one of his brothers, Dr. Miguel Rodriguez, now a director of emergency medicine at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, as a partner, Roberto opened Trash Taxi right here in his hometown of Pelham. The company is purchasing its trademark service trucks here in Pelham, as well, from Ingram Equipment, and all of their portable dumpsterstyle containers are American made. The new Pelham company just won the rights to provide garbage collection services for their home municipality, the City of Pelham, in a competitive bid process. Trash Taxi caters to all when it comes to trash

collection. They offer all different sizes of commercial dumpsters for business and construction needs, and they offer multiple sizes of smaller containers for residential customers’ special needs in addition to providing regular curb service for both household garbage and recycling. For a small fee, Trash Taxi will deliver a dumpster to a customer’s driveway and pick it up when it is full, offering an easy solution for those who have a need to clean out a basement or garage, or have a remodeling project. Roberto and Charlotte have been happily married for 25 years and have two children, Anthony and Christina. The family are longtime Pelham residents. Both children are graduates of Pelham High School and are currently attending the University of Alabama. Anthony is a senior studying business operations management, and Christina is a sophomore studying education. Roberto hopes that with Trash Taxi, he will be able to make a difference in the city and one day leave a legacy for his children. Congratulations to Roberto and Trash Taxi; fine testaments to the fact that opportunity is alive and well in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Best of luck as you move forward with your new company!


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Discussions underway to bring High Quality Pre-K to Pelham On Thursday, July 25, Mayor Gary Waters and City Councilman Maurice Mercer welcomed Alabama School Readiness Alliance Executive Director Alison De La Torre and Representative Mary Sue McClurkin to a roundtable discussion about the possibility of bringing high-quality Pre-K programs to the city. Alison then came back to give the presentation once again for the full city council at the work session on Monday, July 19. “We’re bringing in the folks who know more about education than the politicians do. We can learn from what they have to say. Before we form a school district, we should look at the alternatives, and pre-k seems to be a great alternative,” the mayor said. “The mayor and I wanted to see if we had exhausted all the ways to enhance education in the city, and this search brought us to the possibility of high quality Pre-K programs,” councilman Mercer continued. According to Alison, there is a 60% achievement gap between children from families in the highest and lowest socioeconomic levels. This gap affects children’s ability to be ready to learn in kindergarten, and a lack of school readiness can sorely hurt a child’s ability to stay caught up and do well in class.

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“High-quality Pre-K can cut the school readiness gap in half,” she said. “Children who go through it have improved reading, vocabulary, and math skills when they enter kindergarten.” Getting rid of that gap isn’t just to the benefit of kindergarteners starting school. Young children who are more ready to learn will do well as they continue on in their education. This will help not only the children but their community as well, Alison explained. “The cost for highquality Pre-K is around $7,000 per child, but you will save $2$17 for each $1 spent on highquality Pre-K,” she said. This comes from less children wrongly placed in special education classes because they were behind in class, less tutors needed to help children catch up, less money spent on teens who are involved with criminal services and less adults on government programs later in life. According to the National Institute for Early Education Research, Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program is the #1 highquality pre-kindergarten program in the US, and has been for the past six years. “Ninety percent of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are 5-years-old,” Alison said. She explained that in Pre-K classes, it might look like the

children are merely playing, but they are learning as well. The success of Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program comes from teachers who know how to teach children at different levels through playing. “This is where we put our best teachers, who have bachelors’ degrees making in developmentally appropriate curriculum,” said Alison. For Pelham, the Readiness Alliance recommends incremental expansion of these programs, beginning with upgrading Pre-K programs where Pelham children already attend. Alison says Pelham should aim to eventually have 10 High-Quality Pre-K classrooms to benefit around 60 percent of the 315 four-year-olds in the city. The programs are voluntary, and there will always be parents who teach their children at home or pay to send them to private Pre-K programs. “Alabama’s Pre-K program has a proven track record. If the best pre-k program is available right here in Alabama, then we should have that program available right here in Pelham for Pelham students,” Maurice said. “The governor has made this a priority. The legislature has made this a priority. We should make Pre-K a priority here in Pelham.” Alison explained it will cost around $130,000 for each

18-child classroom with a teacher and a teacher’s aide (who has an associate’s degree). State grants and other funding to bring the first-class Pre-K program require a 25 percent match from city government, but this can be in kind, including bricks and mortar. State funding for Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program increased by $9.4 million during the most recent legislative session, bringing the total funding to $28.4 million. This 49 percent increase is expected to allow the program to reach 10 percent of Alabama four-year-olds by 2014. “Bringing Alabama’s First Class Pre-K to Pelham is a smart decision,” Maurice said. “According to the research, this voluntary program can ensure students are ready on day one for kindergarten and are more likely to graduate from high school. If you speak with educators, they will tell you that this program is a great investment in our youth. This program will bridge readiness gaps in kids regardless of their family’s economics status. Kids just want to learn, and this will enable all kids to have a fair opportunity to do just that without holding themselves or their peers back.” Stay tuned as discussions continue on the matter.


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The Woman in White In 1980, current mayor Gary Waters, then employed as a fire medic, responded to a call that, unbeknownst to him at the time, would lead to him forever changing the way he thought about the supernatural. He arrived at the house on the hill to perform an EKG on a woman to confirm her death before the coroner took her body away. The crime scene was a terrible sight to take in. Apparently, she had been involved in an affair and when she decided to end it to reconcile with her husband, her jealous boyfriend became enraged. He committed a horrific crime of passion leaving blood splattered throughout the home. The community was shocked and saddened that this has happened in their town. Five years passed, and the home sat mostly empty. A few renters came and went, but none would stay very long, so the house was put up for sale. Gary knew that the home was a good one and just needed a few

repairs. He saw that the asking price was way under market value due to what had happened. The community wasn’t likely to forget the tragedy anytime soon. Needing a nice home for his growing family, he couldn’t pass up a bargain and jumped on the opportunity to buy the home. When Gary closed the sale and got the keys to the home, he was surprised to find that the previous renter had left clothes in the closets, food on the table and in the refrigerator. It was as if he had left in a big hurry. He called the gentleman up to ask if he wanted his belongings and the man replied that he did but he would not set foot back inside the house. Gary didn’t ask why but returned the man’s clothes and busied himself with making some repairs, including a kitchen cabinet door that was still stained with the murder victim’s bloody fingerprints. He had the door planed and repainted but very curiously the fingerprints returned over time. He repeated the process again but still the fingerprints came back. That was not the only strange

thing he and his family experienced. One morning not long after moving in, Gary’s son, just six years old at the time, came up from his basement bedroom for breakfast in an unusually happy mood. When his mother asked why he was so chipper, the boy replied that a woman dressed in all white had visited him during the night and that they had a long talk. He went on to explain that the woman sat at the foot of his bed and asked him to call her “Nanny” and told him not to be afraid. Gary and his wife didn’t know what to think. Perhaps their son had a very active imagination; perhaps there was something more going on. Over the years, their younger two children also described seeing the same woman and having nice chats with her. “Nanny” would visit them when they were sick and always watched over them. Gary’s wife also seemed to encounter the ghost of the murdered woman as well. She is allergic to perfume so she has never kept any in the house. However, on certain occasions she has smelled perfume in the home. Gary has wondered

at times too if “Nanny” had anything to do with some of his items that mysteriously disappeared only to reappear later on and his being inexplicably locked out of the house on more than one occasion. While Gary and his wife have never seen the apparition of the woman in white, they have heard her and he has no doubt now that she does exist. He feels fortunate that she has been good to his family. Perhaps bringing the young children into the home gave “Nanny” a change of heart and stopped her from trying to scare people away. However, those that live near the home have seemingly never forgotten about the murder and as a result, the Waters residence has never had a single trick-or-treater in the 30 years that they have lived in the home. Maybe this year will be the first.

A Story in Stone: John Payne, M.D. [1860-1901] Cemeteries are places crowded with fascinating stories, and Pelham Cemetery just off U.S. 31 at the corner of Industrial Park Road and Bearden Rd. is no exception. There, among many others with the same surname, is the marker of John Payne, M.D. Born in August 1860, Payne graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1886. That school would have offered him one of the best medical educations available in the U.S. at the time. Members of the Shelby County medical board which tested him that same year for certification were apparently not impressed, however. The state medical association’s publication, Transactions, in 1887 noted, “This examination is not credible to the board. The papers are badly arranged, written on both sides, and some of the sheets evidently missing.” Nevertheless, the board granted his certificate, since “The answers are usually correct.” After his examination, Payne moved to the Birmingham area and practiced there until his death. Sadly, he was shot by telegraph operator James P. Cook on May 30, 1901, and died the next day. A newspaper account of the

Dr. Payne’s tombstone in Pelham Cemetery today.

murder declared that “The physician was a very popular young man.” According to that press article, Cook shot Payne twice in the head from behind the doctor. Cook had recently separated from his wife, “said to be a very handsome woman,” and jealously was presumed to have fueled both the separation and the murder. Payne apparently never practiced in Pelham, although during his lifetime, several other physicians did. Based on the state medical society’s annual Transactions, at least four doctors were in Pelham at some point during those years: Dr. Eli F. Denson (who is said to have donated land for the cemetery and lived in a house that sat where Marvin’s Hardware was and the haunted house, Warehouse 31, opens later this month), Dr. Andrew W. Horton, and two Johnsons, Drs. Joseph M. and William R.K. Payne is not the only physician buried in Pelham Cemetery who practiced elsewhere. William Betta Cross is known to have spent time practicing in Helena and Columbiana before his death on Christmas Day 1884. That’s another story hidden in stone.

Thanks to Kim Johnston for her assistance Thanks to Kim Johnston, author of the recently released book, Haunted Shelby County Alabama, for the ghost stories she shared from Pelham with us. From the mayor’s house to Pelham Cemetery to Warehouse 31, the REAL Haunted House opening September 27 in the old Marvin’s Hardware building on Lee Street, it’s this time of year when everybody enjoys a good ghost story. Look for Kim’s book in book stores and online at amazon.com.

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Are you ready for the upcoming Halloween season? Jason Sills certainly is. He is bringing the area its newest haunted house, Warehouse31. Located in the old Marvin’s building on Lee Street just a block off Highway 31, the attraction boasts an impressive 30,000 square feet of pure terror, and he welcomes one and all to come face their fears! Out back, in the Monster’s Midway, visitors can enjoy a “last meal” with their favorite beverage, buy Warehouse 31 merchandise, or watch horror films as they wait their turn to enter the attraction. Once inside, there are two chilling trails to experience, with more than 60 monstrous ghouls roaming throughout the warehouse. More than 30 scenes of graveyards, autopsy rooms and other terrifying scenarios will cause guests to scream in horror inside the walls of Rigamortis. You might

find yourself wandering through a long-abandoned house, and come face-to-face with the old crone who still rests there! Brightly-colored, glow in the dark, paint-splattered walls say “Welcome to the show!” before you enter into the 3D Clown Nightmare. The 3D neon painted artwork is designed to jump out and grab you—but so are the creepy clowns! As the walls say, “Let the games begin!” Unlike other area haunted houses which push through long lines of would-be scaredy-cats at a time, Warehouse 31 will focus on bigger scares for smaller groups of people. “Sometimes you’ll have a large group that wants to go through together, but we generally try to stick with around 6-8 people at a time,” owner Jason said. “Our aim is to entertain people from the moment they enter the parking lot to whenever they leave,” said Jason. “We’re not just trying to scare folks, but entertain them, too. We want to give them a heck of a value.” Warehouse 31 spent the past four years operating in Saint Augustine, FL. Last year, when the opportunity

came for Jason to own the business outright, he jumped at the chance. He had no desire to get out of the scary business. “5 years ago when I started, I fell in love with it,” he said. “People would come out and say it was a more entertaining scary experience than going to the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. I love it.” With a wife and two young sons in nearby Hoover, the decision to move the project closer to home was easy for Jason. “Knowing Birmingham is a terrific haunted house market, we decided to come up here,” he said. Jason and his investors looked at many possible sites in the greater Birmingham area, but it was the empty Marvin’s space and business-friendly attitude of Pelham that brought him here. “We’d thought about changing the name, but when we looked into Pelham, we realized how well it fit here. It was like this perfect storm—it all came together when we came to Pelham.” “The mayor, city council, fire marshal, building inspectors and everyone within the city government have been so supportive, so pro-business, that it was easy to get

everything started,” Jason continued. “We’re all very excited.” With other local haunted houses having reported attendance as high as 30,000 per season, Warehouse31 is gearing up to handle large crowds. “Surrounding area businesses should also feel some economic impact,” said Jason, citing many attendees’ trips to gas stations, restaurants and other businesses before or after going through Warehouse 31 on Lee Street. With four years of experience under his belt, he knows a lot of work goes into making a successful haunted house. You need scenes that look authentic, actors with appropriate wardrobes and abilities as well as scary makeup, the right lighting, sounds and even smells to immerse attendees into the experience. “I’ll go through with random groups of people to see how the scares are going. I enjoy sitting at the end and hearing people laugh about friends who got scared during the tour,” he said, smiling. Warehouse 31 opens Friday, September 27, and will be scaring visitors through November 2nd. For hours, specific dates and ticket information, visit their website at www.Warehouse31.com.

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Pelham’s first annual Taste of Pelham event takes place at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena October 8 from 6-8p.m. More than 25 food, art, entertainment and author booths will be set up for the event, which is hosted by the Pelham Library Guild. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets are

available at the Pelham Public Library, at Iberia Bank on Hwy 31, from library guild members, or at Pelhamlibraryguild.com. The event will be business casual, Library Director Barbara Roberts said, and the $25 ticket is all you need for a great night of food and entertainment. Once inside, attendees can sample as much of any food as they like— unless

something runs out, of course. “You could possibly get a fivecourse meal throughout the night,” Barbara explained. “We’ve had a lot of fun planning this,’ said Debbie Parrott, President of the Library Guild. “But everyone who has a heart for what the library does can help us by sponsoring the event.” Sponsors will be acknowledged in ads for Taste of Pelham and given free tickets to the event as well as a year’s membership in the library guild. Donations are also welcome—and tax-deductible. All proceeds from Taste of Pelham will benefit the Pelham Library building fund, which Barbara said aims to eventually expand the library into a larger, more efficient place. “We’re out of space, we don’t have

enough parking and we’re on two floors, which is terribly inefficient,” Barbara said. She also stated a need for more technology to be readily available to all Pelham residents through the library. “If you don’t have access to a computer, you are effectively cut off from a large section of life that we all take for granted.” She says a new facility could address all of these needs. “Taste of Pelham is the first baby step we’re making towards this huge undertaking,” she continued. “I’m confident the Pelham community has the assets and enthusiasm to make this happen.” “We’ve been talking about this for a long time. It’s time to put the chips in and get started on this,” said city councilman Maurice Mercer, who has been closely involved with the project. He continued, “Taste of Pelham will also be of benefit to local restaurants. It will give residents a chance to try something they may not have ventured out to try yet, and it will give local restaurants a chance to showcase their best dishes. It’s time to dine in Pelham!”

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Mon.-Thur. 9 AM-8 PM, Fri. 9 AM-5 PM, Sat. 10 AM-5 PM ; Closed Sunday Pelham Library’s Children’s Department • 620-6465 www.pelhamlibrary.com Halloween Carnival Sat., October 26 1:00-2:30PM Join us for our annual Halloween Carnival. Kids are invited to dress up SPECIAL EVENTS – ADULTS Introduction to Meditation* (ages 16 & up) Sat., Sept. 21, 2:00-3:00PM and come to the library for fun games, treats, a craft, and snack! Gingerbread House Craft*–Registration Opens Nov. 1 for Dec. Events Meditation is well-known for its physical, mental and emotional benefits. The holidays are coming and that means Santa, candy canes and Deb Paradise will teach participants how to perform this age-old practice gingerbread houses, of course! The Pelham Library is getting ready for and experience the positive impact mediation can have in their lives. Attendees should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a small cushion its’ annual gingerbread house craft. Bring your ideas and take home your to sit on. Due to limited space, registration is required for the free class. Call candy-covered creation. Three sessions will be offered this year: Thur., Dec. 5 6:00pm; Sat., Dec. 7 2:30pm; and Mon., Dec. 9 4:00pm. Cost is $5 620-6418 to register today. in advance or $10 day of the craft. Registration opens November 1, so call Christmas Wreath Workshop* Sat., Oct. 5 2:00PM 620-6465 early to ensure you’re included in this very popular holiday treat. Learn how to make your door the most festive in the neighborhood this holiday season with the help of floral expert Susan Reynolds Smith from SPECIAL PROGRAM/EVENTS – TEENS Four Seasons Antiques, Arts and Botanicals. Participants will create a Baked Goods Book Club Monday (Oct. 7, Nov. 4) 6:30PM wreath guaranteed to add that extra bit of holiday cheer to their home. Join us this fall for baked goods and awesome books! We meet one This popular class has very limited space, so come by the library today to Monday a month at 6:30pm. We’ll snack and discuss the book of the register and pay the $5 material fee to reserve your spot. month—or just what we’re reading lately. Upcoming selections: Oct.-The Cintas Hosts Shred Event at the Library Sat., Oct. 5 8:00AM-12:00PM Enemy by Charlie Higson; Nov.-Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card Don’t let your important documents end up in the wrong hands. Residents Saturday Crafts, Monthly (Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Nov. 2) 3:30PM protect yourself from identity theft by attending this free event where Come to the library one Saturday a month at 3:30 for a new craft. your documents, up to six boxes per individual, will be safely, and securely Upcoming crafts: Sept.-Painted Light Bulbs; Oct.-Day of the Dead Masks; shredded by a certified Cintas employee. From drop-off to destruction, Nov. 2-Geometric Art. documents will be monitored and protected. No reservation required. No Wednesday Open Game Night, Monthly (Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20) 5:00PM CD’s/DVDs. Call 620-6418 for more information. One Wednesday a month, we’ll have open gaming at the library at 5:00! Repurposed Book Craft Workshop* Tues., Nov. 5 6:00-7:30PM Stop by for Mario Kart, chess, Scrabble, dominoes—and the pizza is on us! Learn how to upcycle an old book to create a unique holder to protect your Christmas Craft: Gingerbread Zombies Sat., Dec. 14 3:30PM e-reader or tablet! Bring an old hardback book sized to fit your gadget or Join us Dec. 14 to make a deliciously terrifying gingerbread zombie! choose one provided by the library. Supplies will be provided but space is limited, so please call the library at 620-6418 to register. Ornament Workshop* Tues., Dec. 3 6:00-7:30PM Create a unique ornament using a family photo or your own hand drawn design. Custom ornaments add something extra special to any Christmas tree, and are great gift ideas. All that’s required for making your own ornaments is a few supplies provided by library staff and a little creativity. Make a photo ornament for your loved ones to let them know you’ve been thinking of them. Registration is required, so call 620-6418 today.

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People seeking assistance with Nooks, Kindles and several other Nooks digital media devices need look no further than the Pelham Public Library. The library ONGOING ADULT EVENTS staff is trained to use these Purl Jam Knitters*, Saturday (Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 16) 1:00-3:00PM devices and is eager to help. Beginners will learn the basics to make a scarf. Please bring size 8, 9 or 10 People with questions knitting needles and a skein of light to medium colored yarn. Experienced related to digital media are knitters, crocheters and all fiber artists are encouraged to join us for some encouraged to drop by the good conversation with others who appreciate your craft! Registration is library with their devices during regular business hours. required, call 620-6418 to reserve your place or for information. Help is also available at pelhamlibrary.com under the Resources Page Turners Book Club, Monday (Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18) 6:30PM menu, where there is a variety of printable guides and useful links. The Page Turners Book Club meets the third Monday of the month at The Pelham Public Library currently offers downloadable books in the library at 6:30pm. Upcoming selections: Sept.-Low Pressure by Sandra both audio and text formats that are compatible with a wide range of Brown; Oct.-Private London by James Patterson; Nov.-Sins of the Mother by devices, including Nooks, Kindles, iPods and MP3 players. The material Danielle Steel. Call 620-6418 for more information. is free to download for any Shelby County Library card holder and *Registration is Required to Participate! can be accessed at: http://camellia.lib.overdrive.com.


CNN-Money Magazine names city Oak Mountain on one of nation’s Top 50 “Best Small Towns” USA Today list CNN-Money Magazine recently Pelham read. “With new residents 10 great mountain put out its annual list of the Top 50 attracted by its steady job growth bike trails Places to Live and this year, Pelham and low property taxes, Pelham’s made it. The city is ranked No. 47 in America’s Best Small Towns category. According to the magazine, “America’s top 50 small towns are not only thriving economically, they’ve also got all you could want in place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools and a strong sense of community.” Pelham certainly has all of that! Many factors went into deciding which cities made the cut, including unemployment rate, population growth and property taxes. “This Birmingham suburb is a town on the rise,” the entry on

population has more than doubled over the past 20 years. The local unemployment rate, at 4.5 percent, is one of the lowest on the list.” The magazine listed Pelham’s population at 22,297, average home price around $135,000 and job growth at 5.8 percent. Public amenities also played a role. “Tucked up against Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest, where visitors can bike, fish, go boating, and more, the area offers no shortage of outdoor adventure,” it read. Pelham was the only city in Alabama to make the prestigious list.

CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING HUGE SUCCESS The Pelham Library Children’s Department would like to thank two wonderful groups: the parents and children who made the 2013 Dig Deep Summer Reading Program a success, and the sponsors who made it possible: Bike Link, Wells Fargo Pelham, Amstar Movie Theatre, Birmingham Needlearts Guild, Whataburger, Bojangles, McDonalds, and Chick-fil-a. At the Dig Deep Carnival, Librarian Mary Campbell announced this year’s reading program winners (pictured). The grand prize, a specialized bicycle courtesy of Bike Link, went to Courtney Cook, and Anna Strohm won a stuffed pony provided by Wells Fargo. Congratulation Courtney and Anna!

USA Today gave Pelham yet another notable distinction when it recognized Oak Mountain State Park as one of the “10 great places to take on mountain-bike trails.” The article states, the park’s trails “give cyclists plenty of room to crank up the fun—and adrenaline. A network of trails laces the preserve’s ridges and valleys.” Michael McCoy of the Montana-based Adventure Cycling Association told USA Today writer Larry Bleiberg, “The Double Oak Trail is the premier trail,” explaining that the it is also on the International Mountain Bike Association’s list of 52 “Epic” mustrides around the world. Also on the list of trails are well-known trails like Teton Valley in Idaho, Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas and Death Valley in

California. Oak Mountain is the only trail listed in the Southeast. But Oak Mountain could not have become such a success if it were not for all those in Pelham and surrounding areas who come together to make it happen. A post on the park’s Facebook page illustrates this, saying, “Thanks to BUMP (Birmingham Urban Mountain Peddlers) for their hard work maintaining the trails.” Kudos to all responsible!

YA SUMMER READING CONTEST WINNERS Congratulations to Lily Rimmer, winner of the 2013 YA Summer Reading Program Photo Contest (right)! Thanks also to runners up: Adam Jusino and Anna Wilkes. Great job to everyone who entered! Jonathan Diaz (pictured below) was the name drawn for the 2013 YA Summer Reading Program contest. The lucky young man took home the grand prize—a Nook HD. Thanks to everyone who participated in summer reading this year!


Pelham Seniors IN ACTION Pelham Library Fall Book Sale Pelham Senior Center • 620-6064 OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

The Pelham Senior Center is open to Shelby County residents, ages 55 and over, for fellowship, music, bingo, trips, fun, exercise, games and much more. To view full event calendar online, visit www.pelhamlibrary.com. For more information, contact Director Regina Jimenez by e-mail at pelhamseniorcenter1@yahoo.com or call 620-6064. MONDAYS

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WEDNESDAYS Reveille Men’s Coffee Club 10:00 ; Bridge 10:00-1:00; WII Bowling 11:00; Exercise 12:30-1:15; Rummikub 1:00-3:00 THURSDAYS Pelham New Pioneers-:10:30-1:00 Sept. 12 James & James Sept.19 Health Fair Sept. 26 Bingo, Trip to Montevallo Oct. 3 TBA, Covered Dish Oct. 10 Bingo/Trip Oct. 17 Guest: Montevallo Strummers Oct. 24 TBA Oct. 31 Halloween Festival Nov. 7 Niki Sepsas “Veteran’s Program”, Covered Dish Rummikub 1:00-3:00 FRIDAYS

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Pelham Public Library’s quarterly book sale is underway and runs through the end of September! Donations from members of the Pelham community make these book sales possible. The proceeds assist in funding library materials and programming such as children’s crafts and story times. Prices are quite low: $1 for hardbacks and DVD’s; .50 for kid’s books, paperbacks and VHS tapes.

For more information please call 620-6418. Library Director Barbara Roberts said “At the library we get really excited about these book sales. Of course the fundraiser helps the library, but sometimes it just fun to see what used gems people will dig up. There really is no telling what you’ll find.” Allison Moore, who manages the logistics of the book sale, “The last book sale was in May and focused on paperbacks selling at a quarter each. That event brought in about $120 for library programs and got Pelham’s vacationers stocked up on fun beach reads.”

Pelham “Library on the Go” coming to town this month In March, the City Council approved $15,000 from the Library Board account for the Pelham Public Library to purchase a “Library on the Go” van, seen below. The funds were matched by a federal grant through the Library Services and Technology Act. The money purchased the vehicle and fit it with shelves for books and other materials, rubber mats, a backup camera and several other features that enhance the functionality of the van. Barbara Roberts took inspiration from the Shelby County Library System’s van. Their van travels around the county providing library services to faraway patrons. She wanted to expand upon that idea for Pelham. “It will be a cargo van converted to carry books and other materials to outlying areas of the city and promote the

library’s services and programs,” she says. The library plans on taking it along Highway 11 and places away from the heart of the city, where it is harder for residents to travel to the library regularly. The van will go to five schools and various places where people congregate, such as Walmart, Oak Mountain State Park and the city park, or any place where the Pelham community will be out with families and friends. It will also be taken to nine day cares in the city. “The van will visit a day care, drop off a box of books and have story time,” Barbara explains. “A month later, it will visit again, bringing a new box of books and reading a different story.” Barbara says the van will be easily recognizable as an extension of the library and the work it does to promote literacy in the city. Watch out for the van around town later this month!


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September 14 - Int’l Independence Festival-Fun & Food, Mi Pueblo’s, 12:00-9:00 pm 16 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 7:00 pm, Work Session 6:00 pm 17 - Oak Mtn Missions Harvest of Hope Auction, Cahaba Grand, 10:00 am - Valley Elementary Fun Run 21 - Respite Care (special needs 0-21), free, must reserve AaronsStaffRespite.org 26 - Bama Hockey-US Army Ft. Benning, Civic Complex, 8:00 pm - Oak Mountain State Fair Sept. 26-Oct. 5, Oak Mtn Amphitheater oakmountainstatefair.com 27 - PHS-Northridge, Ned Bearden Stadium, 7:00 pm - Bama Hockey-Tulane, Civic Complexa 8:00 pm 30 - Valley Elementary Book Fair Sept. 30-Oct. 4

October No heavy garbage pick up day during October due to change in garbage service 5 - Free Day at Shelby Co. Landfill, 7:30 am-3:30 pm 669-4169 - Shred Event, Pelham Library, 8:00 am-12:00 pm - Bull Bash Mania, Amphitheater, Gate Opens 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm Start oakmountainstatefair.com 7 - Emergency Siren Test, 10:00 am - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 7:00 pm, Work Session 6:00 pm 8 - Taste of Pelham, Civic Complex & Ice Arena, 6:00-8:00 pm 11 - Bama Hockey-South Florida, Civic Complex, 8:00 pm 12 - Bama Hockey-Christopher Newport, Civic Complex, 7:30 pm 17 - Bama Hockey-So. Carolina, Civic Complex, 8:00 pm 18 - PHS-Chelsea, Ned Bearden Stadium, 7:00 pm - Bama Hockey-So. Carolina, Civic Complex, 8:00 pm 19 - Respite Care (special needs 0-21), free, must reserve AaronsStaffRespite.org 21 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 7:00 pm, Work Session 6:00 pm 24 - Swing for a Cure, Ballantrae Golf Club, 1:00 pm soldiering4sarcoma.com - Bama Hockey-Georgia Tech, Civic Complex, 8:00 pm 25 - PHS-Spain Park, Ned Bearden Stadium, 7:00 pm

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November 3 - Daylight Saving Time Ends, fall back one hour before retiring Sat. night 4 - Emergency Siren Test, 10:00 am - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 7:00 pm, Work Session 6:00 pm 11 - Veteran’s Day - Municipal Offices & Shelby Co. Schools Closed 15 - Rotary Club Southern Christmas Bazaar, Civic Complex, 2:00-8:00 pm 16 - Rotary Club Southern Christmas Bazaar, Civic Complex, 9:00 am-5:00 pm - Respite Care (special needs 0-21), free, must reserve AaronsStaffRespite.org 18 - City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, 7:00 pm, Work Session 6:00 pm

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RMS Looking for improvement Riverchase Middle Head Coach Godwin says the football team worked hard this summer to prepare for this season. Their heaviest conditioning in July focused on speed training. “I’m very proud of our guys. We don’t have a large student body, but we get a lot of good participation from them,” he said. The team did well in a 7-on-7 tournament at Spain Park. “This gives me high expectations for this season,” he said. “All the teams we play are capable of beating us if we

don’t play our hardest. We need to bring our A game every time. I hope fans will come out and support our team; watch these guys turn into high school stars. You never know, some could go on to play in college.” Three 8th grade standouts to watch this year are No. 55, Donovan Ross, defensive end/outside linebacker; No.40, Blake Hester, defensive tackle and No. 84, Mitchell Rottier, wide receiver. And of course, there’s always a few you don’t expect who shine. Good luck Panthers!

Pelham High School Cheer Squads Compete at Auburn University Pelham High School Cheerleaders attended the UCA Cheerleading Camp at Auburn University over the summer. The Panther’s Varsity squad won 1st Place in Extreme Routine. The Junior Varsity also won awards: 2nd place in Extreme Routine 3rd place in Overall Game Day 3rd place in Cheer Pelham’s JV and Freshman squads competed together in the Home Pom Routine and placed 1st. Congratulations ladies for representing your school so well!

Panthers Kick Off 2013 Season

Pelham High School Panthers make another run at the playoffs this season. Off to a great start with a 28-0 win over Paul Bryant, a bevy of young talent takes the field this season for Head Coach Brett Burnett. Starting QB, No. 7, Devon Mines, is a dual threat who says he patterns his game after NFL great Michael Vick. Expect a terrific effort from him this year as he leads the Panther offense. Look for Morgan Sharp to shine in the backfield this year, too. Recent Mississippi State commitment, Braxton Hoyett (right), anchors the defensive line for the Panthers this year in a season that will see a lot of new faces getting their chance to shine;

The Panthers graduated 29 seniors from its 2012 squad. Be sure to come out and support the 2013 effort as the players, cheerleaders and Tower of Power marching band continue to provide the best entertainment to be had on Friday nights in Pelham this fall!

State All-Star softball games pit coach against her players PHS Softball Coach Amy Sullivan and two of her players, Caitlyn Sapp (left) and Kristian Foster (right), competed on AHSAA All-Star softball teams in games held July 16 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery. In a twist of fate, the coach and players were placed on two different teams. Amy coached the North All-Stars, while Caitlyn and Kristian played for the South. In the first game, the South held off the North for a 3-0 win.

In the second, the North came back with an 8-4 victory, leaving the teams with a split for the day. Caitlyn was named MVP for the South team, with three RBIs and a run scored in Game 1, followed by a three-run homer off her bat in Game 2. “It’s really nice to earn the MVP award,” Caitlyn said. “I was just trying to do the best I could. The home run felt really good. She gave me a pitch I was looking for, and I did what I could with it.”

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Nestled in Shelby County on Highway 11 is Windwood Equestrian, settled on 200 beautiful acres. The luxurious barns are anything but ordinary. Horses fill the stately stalls, each with its own ceiling fan and automatic waterer. Amongst all the elegance the owner, William Upton, has created, there exists something even more extraordinary…a recently crowned United States Equestrian Federation National Pony Jumper Champion. Cooper Dean, 14, and his pony, American Hero, competed in the USEF National Pony Championship last month in

Kentucky and took top honors. With speed and agility, “Hero” held perfect form as Dean rode him to win the gold. Dean is the youngest member of his jumper team. The judges unanimously awarded Dean the Pony Jumper Style Award. This very talented young rider began riding at the age of 4 and has been trained by his mother., Jill Dean. His grace and elegance on a horse exemplifies that of an experienced adult rider. He has shown in competitions all over the U.S. in his 10-year career, earning him recognition as one of the top pony jumpers in the nation. Well done!

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Churches

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METHODIST (United)

Oak Mountain Independent Church

Lakeview Methodist of Pelham

1475 Highway 35, 663-1927Pastor George Golden Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 A.M.

RiverPoint Church

375 Bearden Road, 621-0112 Pastor Bobby Lewis • riverpointchurch.org Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 A.M.

BAPTIST

Crosscreek Baptist Church

600 Crosscreek Trail, 663-4886 crosscreekbaptist.org Sunday Worship 10:00 A.M.

First Baptist Church-Pelham

2867 Pelham Parkway, 663-7492 Pastor Dr. Mike Shaw • fbcpelham.org Sunday Worship 8:00, 9:15, 10:45 A.M.

Indian Springs First Baptist Church 3375 Cahaba Valley Road, 988-3662 Pastor Charlie Dale • isfbc.org Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 A.M.

Living Hope Baptist Church

419 Philippians Boulevard, 664-0491 Pastor Clay Parrish • livingwithhopechurch.org Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 A.M.

Oak Mountain Baptist Church

1805 Highway 35, 663-3045 Brother Ken Phillips • ombcpelham.org Sunday Worship 10:30 A.M.

Oakland Baptist Church

244 Cahaba Valley Pkwy, 988-0031 Pastor Jonny White Prayer, Preaching & Praise 10:30 A.M.

Sun View Baptist Church

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Meets at Valley Intermediate, 685-9447 Dr. Mark A. Boyd • sunviewbaptist.com Sunday Morning Service 11:00 A.M.

CHURCH OF CHRIST

Church of Christ at Oak Mountain 2054 Oak Mtn State Park Rd, 663-6566 Bob Hutto, Evangelist • oakmtnchurch.org Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 A.M.

Pelham Church of Christ

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5154 Highway 11, 663-3309 Pastor Rev. Stephen Strange • lakeviewonline.net Sunday Morning Worship 8:30, 10:30 A.M.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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NON-DENOMINATIONAL

Church of the Highlands-Riverchase 9013 Highway 261, 980-5577 Pastor Chris Hodges • churchofthehighlands.com Sunday Morning Worship 8:00, 9:30, 11:15 A.M.

CrossWay Christian Fellowship Meets at Shelby Co. YMCA, 664-0137 Pastor Fred Muse • crosswaycf.org Sunday Worship 10:00 A.M.

Hope World Outreach Ministry

192 Chandalar Place Drive, 655-1332 Pastor Earl V. Gardner Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 A.M.

Kingdom Christian Center

2760 Pelham Parkway, 637-3473 Pastor Jerry McClain • kingdomchristiancenter.net Sunday Worship Service 10:30 A.M.

Life Christian Fellowship

Meets at Shepherd’s Promise, 620-1725 Pastor Bob Kuehner • lifechristian.us Sunday Celebration 10:00 A.M.

Life Church

1449 Court Place, 663-1937 Pastor Rick Bishop • wherelifeisgood.com Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 A.M.

Master’s House Ministries

135 Corporate Way, 620-0720 Pastors David & Diane Rogers • mastershouseministries.org Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 A.M.

Oak Mountain Community Church

889 Oak Mtn State Park Rd, 663-7176 Pastor Gene Brown • oakmountaincc.com Sunday Worship/Kid’s Church 10:30 A.M.

The Rock Church

3540 Pelham Parkway, 383-7545 Pastor Steven Van Gieson • rockofbirmingham.org Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 A.M.

Truth International Church

Pelham Church of God

3157 Pelham Parkway, Bishop Robert Ivy Sr. Sunday Worship Service 10:30 A.M.

Pelham Church of God of Prophecy

New Testament Christian Church

2100 Highway 52 East, 664-0120 Pastor Mitch Underwood Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 A.M.

PENTACOSTAL

3362 Pelham Parkway, 620-9598 Pastor Krameon Martin Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 A.M.

2976-D Pelham Parkway, 401-1629 Pastor E.J. Rodriguez • newtestamentchristianchurches.org Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 A.M.

EPISCOPAL

PRESBYTERIAN Korean Presbyterian Church

Saint Francis of Assisi

3545 Cahaba Valley Road, 988-4371 Father Neil Kaminski • saintfrancisindiansprings.org Sunday Holy Eucharist 8:30, 10:45 A.M.

7814 Helena Road, 982-1990 Pastor Rev. Steven Son Sunday English Worship 11:00 A.M.

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Valley Elementary gets a new principal Linda Campanotta When Valley Elementary opened its doors to students this month, a new principal welcomed them to a new school year. Linda Campanotta, a familiar name to many in Pelham, is the new lady in charge.  Linda was born in Birmingham and graduated from Ensley High School. She got her BS in Elementary Education from UAB, where she also earned her Masters and an EdS.  She is currently working on her doctorate at Samford University.  Linda got her first teaching job at Graymont Elementary in Birmingham. She moved from there to Wright Elementary, where she taught first grade for five years. Linda is married to Joey Campanotta, an electrical contractor for 30 years.  They currently live in Wilsonville on Lay Lake.  They have 3 children:  Gina is 29 and teaches at Forest Oaks Elementary; Natalie is 28 and works for Sprayberry Orthodontics in Auburn; and Chris is 25 and works for Regions Bank in Hoover.  They have three grandchildren:  Carter is 3, Will is 4 months, and Abigail is 3 months. After having her children, two of which started their education at Valley, she decided to be a stay at home mom.  During this time she taught four year old preschool, and later became the kindergarten director at South Shades Crest Baptist.  Next, Linda started the kindergarten program at Hunter Street Baptist. Missing public schools, she took a job with Hoover Schools in 1992,  where she taught first and third grades for a total of eight

years at Green Valley Elementary. From there, she was offered an assistant principal position at Edgewood Elementary in Homewood, where she worked for two years before returning as principal to Green Valley Elementary. Linda stayed at Green Valley for seven years. Next, she took a position in Montgomery with CLAS (Council for Leaders of Alabama Schools) as Professional Development Coordinator, planning professional development opportunities for those who held administrative certifications in the state (currently over 3,000 members). Linda decided to retire in 2011 to help care for her ailing mother and keep her first grandchild.   Two years passed and again, Linda missed serving students and teachers and being in the school setting.  When Linda saw the principal position opening at Valley, she decided this is where God was calling her to serve. “I always enjoyed this age, in particular,” she said. “Seeing them arrive in the morning carpool line, excited with their school supplies and excited to come to school--I just enjoy it so much! I believe working with children is a calling. I am excited to be back and serving parents and students and working with such an awesome faculty and staff!  “I always tell my students that they are going to be our leaders one day. They will be the ones running things in the world when I am old and in my rocker.  So, they need to listen, do their best every day, and never stop learning! Welcome back, Linda!

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Abby Beal, 18 year old Pelham High graduate, was this year’s Pelham Library Guild Scholarship recipient. She attends UAB with her twin sister Lexus, but only Abby applied to nursing school and is studying to be a nurse anesthetist. Certified registered nurse anesthetists specialize in administering anesthetics, primarily before surgery. Abby said she would like to work with children or in a neonatal unit. Abby is ahead of the regular crowd vying for spots in UAB’s prestigious nursing school—she’s already in the Dean’s Nursing Scholar Program. Once she completes the program, it

guarantees her admittance to UAB’s School of Nursing. “In Abby, the Library Guild saw a young lady who is very poised, very committed to helping others, and who had worked very hard academically,” said Library Director Barbara Roberts. The scholarship could not have come at a better time, with the new school year just starting, the money will help Abby pay for textbooks, which she says will be a huge help. She expressed thanks for the scholarship and everything the library does for students. “Kids can come to the Pelham Public Library to learn, and it’s a great quiet environment for studying,” she said. The Library Guild hosted on their annual Flapjack Fundraiser

on May 11 at Applebee’s, raising $1,744 of the $2,500 scholarship Abby was awarded. Among those volunteering for the event were Abby, her parents, Mayor Gary Waters, Councilman Maurice Mercer and Councilwoman Beth McMillan. When she was interviewed for the scholarship, Abby talked with these leaders about a man named Scott Coleman who had inspired her, and she had the idea to donate a copy of his memoir “Best When Broken” to the library. Abby met Scott in 2011 on a yearly summer trip she takes with her friends to Orange Beach. Scott explained to her how he became a quadriplegic in a waterskiing accident when he was 17, and now has special chairs he uses to get around in places like the beach. “Now other people can read his story, learn from his life and

the challenges he’s overcome and be inspired to help others,” said Abby. And Scott truly is inspirational. Against all odds, he has been able to regain some arm movement. Abby said Scott gives her hope, and has become a kind of mentor to her—the pair talk almost every day. When she isn’t talking to Scott or studying, Abby works as the Lead Brand Representative and Manager at Justice at Patton Creek. She also volunteers at Pelham Pride Day and with cheer camps at ACE Cheer Company. She looks forward to getting back into competitive cheering, which she loved to do until she tore her right shoulder labrum earlier this year. She explained that since she is right handed, she faced many challenges overcoming her injury. “It gave me a better appreciation for what Scott goes through,” she said.

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PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL Always Remember That We are the Home of the FREE Because of the Brave! Staff SGT Jeremy Barton

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Tyler Payne

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SRA Eric Lee Bowen US Air Force; Charleston, SC; Son of Ed & Sonyia Bowen

CPL Jonathan D. Jarvis US Marine Corps; Combat Instructor, Parris Island, SC; Son of David & Linda Jarvis

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MC2 Andrew “AJ” Johnson

US Army; Iraq; Son of Ret SGT Flynn & Marjorie Broady

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CM1 (SDW) Jack D. Johnson

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Kelly Colvert Local lady turns lemons into lemonade Many of you read my story in the Winter 2013 Pelham City News. At that time, my cancer was in remission, and I was seeking a full-time teaching position for the 2013-2014 school year. I finished my maintenance medication regimen, Herceptin, in March. Soon after, I decided to become a Thirty-One independent consultant to earn extra money. I had previously hosted parties and loved the products. Shortly after school ended in May, I went in for a 6-month check up with my radiation oncologist. During that visit, he found a questionable spot on my collar bone. The following week, I went to see my surgeon who biopsied it. The next day, I received some devastating news— my cancer was back. This meant a PET scan had to be done. The PET scan also showed spots on my chest. I am doing chemotherapy again along with maintenance medicine, Herceptin. Hopefully, we will have good news by the end of September— and there will be NO MORE CANCER! Since being diagnosed again, I decided to hold off on seeking a full-time teaching position at this time. That opened an opportunity for me to become a full-time Thirty-One Consultant. Have you ever purchased Thirty-

One? Have you ever heard how Thirty-One got its name? Well, let me tell you. The name Thirty-One comes from the verses of Proverbs 31. The Proverbs 31 woman was dearly loved and respected by her family, yet she was an individual in her own right. She managed her home and property with kindness and integrity. Her savvy business skills were partly brought about by her desire to serve others, to do good deeds and to prosper. So, what is Thirty-One? We believe we are more than just a company. We are people who believe in celebrating, encouraging and rewarding others for who they are. We’ve built a family of individuals who feel our Consultants deserve to treat themselves and those around them to something special. Our commitment is to provide our consultants with a fulfilling, enjoyable and rewarding experience one person at a time. Our vision is to give our consultants tools to achieve the financial freedom to support their personal Whys, and to make the path to that freedom simple, easy, fun and full of rewarding experiences. We offer a wide variety of giftable products, including signature purses, totes, and other storage solutions that help

organize your life. Each season, we develop new products built on the idea that our they must be functional, fashionable and of course, make great gifts! We offer customers the opportunity to “personalize” many of our products by adding words, initials and phrases through embroidery, printing and laser etching. Why am I telling you about my new full-time job? I started this as simply extra income to provide cross country fees for my 8th grader, school supplies, new shoes, vacation money, repairs on the house, etc. But, after my cancer returned, I have had to take this as my full-time job. Some get up in the morning, get the kids ready and off to school, and then go into the office. I do the same thing except instead of going into an office, I go visit friends and local businesses. I leave them with catalogs and the current monthly special and check back with them a week later. At that time, I collect their orders and payments and I return in 10 days with all of the awesome products that they ordered. So, if you would like to

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Mi Pueblo brings multiculturalism with Pelham festival Mi Pueblo owner Joel Rivera invites all to attend his International Independence Festival on Saturday, September 14. This free event, sponsored by Mi Pueblo Supermarket and Rivera Communications, owner of the local Spanish radio station, will take place in the lot next to Mi Pueblo’s on Pelham Parkway from Noon until 9pm. “The aim of this festival is to bring entertainment and joy to all families in the area,” said Joel.

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The festival is being held to celebrate the Independence of Mexico (Sept. 16), as well as Brazil (Sept. 7), Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica (Sept. 15) and Chile (Sept. 18). The festival will incorporate foods from many of these countries, as well as many activities. There will be contests and games, shows by clowns and other performers, and live music— including Mariachi bands. There will also be dancers

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Mi Pueblo Supermarket moves into new digs Brings ethnic foods from around the world to city

Mi Pueblo owner Joel Rivera is always very busy. With two grocery stores, he already had his hands full. But he also owns Shelby Construction and the popular Hispanic radio station La Jefa. For the first several months of the year, he was even busier than usual, working on moving Pelham’s Mi Pueblo to a much larger space. The supermarket has relocated from its 10,000 square foot location to a much larger 43,200 square foot space just a stone’s throw away—inside the former FoodWorld building. Shelby Construction worked on renovations to the space, vacant since FoodWorld closed in 2010. The new location makes Pelham’s Mi Pueblo the largest Hispanic grocery in Alabama. With the larger space comes room for expanded services, and Mi Pueblo is using the space to its fullest. In addition to these services, Joel is working on getting a liquor license, too. The fruit and vegetable section has been greatly expanded and includes mangos, limes, avocados and tomatoes that are always ripe and inexpensive. Just right for that favorite guacamole recipe. Traditional fruit cups are made fresh daily. They also have several different varieties of peppers, corn and onions, as well as bananas and plantains from many countries. You can even

buy Asian fruits such as lychees, and jocote fruits from Costa Rica. There is a true multi-cultural culinary experience at Mi Pueblo’s, and it doesn’t end in the vegetable section; you can find fresh and prepared foods from many countries throughout the store. You will notice the top of the store is decorated with 21 flags from as many countries, and this is why: worker Glenda Rosa had the idea of decorating with the flags from every country with food represented inside the store. Worker Claudia Rodriguez says, “Anyone who comes by and sees the flags can say, oh, my food is here!” Flags on the aisles inside help to direct customers to those foods easily. If there is a food you can’t find here, the store has a policy of working with customers to bring in these new foods. “We like to have a direct connection with our customers,” says Claudia. The connection doesn’t end with the food you take home. Mi Pueblo’s new location has a buffet in the back of the store which has fresh food available from around 9am until 8pm daily. $9.71 will buy all you can eat from their ethnic food buffet, including a traditional Mexican breakfast. Delicious. There is also a selection

of dishes available to order, such as tamales, chorizo, huevos rancheros, mole, refried beans, and others. The store also has a huge bakery with a large variety of Hispanic sweet breads like conchas, rolled pastries with pineapple and other fruits inside, cookies and cakes with sweet dulce de leche and other toppings, and many other baked goods that will more than satisfy your sweet tooth. All the breads are made fresh daily in the store. You can even watch as workers make home made corn and flour tortillas right in front of you—and if you’ve never had fresh tortillas, you don’t know what you’re missing! And what goes better with warm, fresh tortillas than cheese? Traditional Chihuahua cheese! First made in the Chihuahua region of Mexico by

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Wanna be a race car driver? Joey Gattina can give you the hookup Do you have what it takes to be the next Dale Jarrett? Head out to the Talladega Superspeedway and find out with Pelham’s own Joey Gattina, a driving instructor with Dale Jarrett’s Racing Adventure (DJRA). DJRA, voted the number one adrenaline rush by none other than the Travel Channel, offers an experience that’s sure to be the ride of your life. Joey spends his days assisting people who are seeking “full throttle living.” At the end of his work day, he gets to send them home with the unforgettable memory of driving a race car at over 170 MPH. Students drive real stock cars that have been used in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, if luxury cars get your motor running, DJRA has added the Exotic Program which allows guests to drive a Ferrari F430 around the track at over 140 MPH. No need to dream about what driving any of these cars would be like—now you can do it! If you feel the need for speed and would like to meet Joey for a lap or two around the famous track, call 1-888-GoRace-1 (1-888-467-2231). Joey says he considers himself lucky to be able to travel the U.S. and drive race

cars for a living. He graduated from Pelham High School in 1998. While growing up, his granddad, Jimmy Evans, was a mechanic for the late short track drivers Bo and Donnie Anthony, now in the Motorsports Hall of Fame. Joey, drawn to the speed, the adrenaline rush and the competition, began racing in 2003. After a few years working at a driving school in Kansas, he moved back home. He’s been an instructor at DJRA for six years. In the near future, Joey will visit Daytona to get his ARCA certification, and hopefully, he says, compete in the next Talladega race. Joey, a Pelham resident, has three children: Luke, Cole and Ellie. Follow Joey as he travels the roads to reach his goal on his Facebook page at joeygattinasdrivetodaytona2014. Hopefully we will see our Pelham neighbor racing at the Talladega Superspeedway in the very near future. Best of luck Joey—hold it in the road!


PRC Junior Tennis Teams Win State The USTA Junior Team Tennis State Championships were held July 19-21 at Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn. Pelham Racquet Club Pros Rusty Wilkes and Clay Parrish coached nine teams in the tourney this year. Rusty’s 18 and Under Topspin Tornadoes, above left, won the Alabama State Championship with a 6-0 record. This was the 7th State Championship in 10 years for Coach Rusty’s RTA teams in the 18 and under division. This division had 19 teams compete, the largest number of teams ever. “That makes this championship even more impressive,” said Rusty. Tournament Director Keith Wilson said this was the largest overall Junior Team Tennis State Tourney, with over 80 teams, and more than 550 players. Captains Bill “Bubba” Bussey, and Kim Cole coached the

18 and under Net Jets team. The Net Jets won 3 of 4 team matches, losing to Valley. Rusty’s Lobsters, coached by captains Freddy Sanchez and Karen Cross, finished as State Finalists in the 14 & Under division. Coach Clay’s 14s Spin Beginner team, captained by Julie Anderson, also finished as State Finalists. Clay and Rusty teamed up again to coach Storm 12s, pictured above middle, to an undefeated 5-0 record. The Storm, captained at State by Melanie Rehovsky, defeated Mobile in the Finals to win the Alabama State Championship. Storm 12s and Topspin Tornadoes 18s will move on to the USTA Southern Sectionals, as will PRC Pro Omar Alcaino’s Raiders 14s via a wildcard invitation. Good luck to the Racquet Club’s 3 sectional teams!

ASCHC Championship The Alabama State Closed Hard Court Championships took place Aug. 1-3 at the Pelham Tennis Center. Event Coordinator Ken Vines said, “We had some really close matches. I was happy with the turnout.” Participants were organized

into categories based on the National Tennis Rating Program, which the USTA says provides “a method of classifying skill levels for more compatible matches.” Players use this to rank themselves on a scale of 1-5, from novice to expert. Several Pelham residents came

PRC Cleans up at Junior Tennis Awards On August 11, the Birmingham Junior Team Tennis Awards Ceremony was held at the Pell City Civic Center. Awards were chosen by Carol Ostberg, the Birmingham USTA Junior Team Tennis League CoOrdinator for nearly 20 years. Tim and Lee Scott of Pelham were named Team Captains of the Decade. The Scotts have been with Coach Rusty Wilkes’s junior teams for 10 years, during which their son Jim won state twice. He now plays college tennis on scholarship at Belhaven. Their daughter Ellen also won state, with Coach Clay Parrish in the 14s and twice with Rusty’s teams in the 18s. Clara Atchley, of Helena, won the 12 & Under Sportsmanship award. Clara plays on the PRC Power Shots team, coached by Clay and Rusty. Ten players from Rusty’s Tennis

Academy have earned college tennis scholarships, including Laura Harwell and Mary Lichlyter of Alabaster. Mary also won the Player of the Decade award. Mary is seen above right with the Scotts, Clara, and Rusty. The PRC pros also came out on top. Clay was awarded the 10Year Service Award for coaching Junior Team Tennis, partially because he coached three Pelham teams to State Championships. Rusty was awarded Coach of the Decade for coaching Junior Team Tennis, partially from coaching over 100 local junior teams and 40 teams at the State Championships. Sixteen teams won State Championships and nine more were State Finalists. At the ceremony, Rusty said, “I feel truly blessed to do what I love, coaching tennis, and making a positive difference in so many young lives.”

in first or second place in their various categories: Chris Clark won the championship for the 3.0 Men’s Singles Final. Ian Mills and partner Josh Patrick won in the finals for the 4.0 Men’s Doubles. Dianne Crandall and partner Christie Williamson of

Calera were runners-up for 3.0 Women’s Doubles. Nicki Keller and Charli Lavette won the 4.5 Women’s Doubles final. Ian and Katy Mills finished second overall in the 7.0 Mixed Doubles division. Congratulations to all who participated in the event.

3.5 men’s tennis win state championship The 3.5 Men’s 18 and Over team playing out of the Pelham Tennis Center had a great season and captured the 2013 Alabama State Championship. They went 9-0 in local league play, securing a trip to Mobile in June for the State Championships. In Mobile, they continued winning, going

5-0 overall in the State Finals. At the USTA Southern Sectionals in Auburn, they lost their first match of the season to Mississippi and narrowly missed an invitation to play for the National Championship this October in Arizona. The team went 18-1 for the season with an individual

record of 80-15. Members of the team are: Greg Baird, John Brackin, Simon Choi, Brent Durrett, Bob Hopton-Jones (Captain), Tien Le, Shawn Matthews, Manoj Morwale, Chung Siow, Brian Screws, Duane Trahan and Gregg Tucker. The team wishes to express their thanks to Ken Vines and

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PFD raises funds for MDA At an August city council meeting, Terri Wilson, Executive Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of North Central Alabama, joined Mayor Gary Waters in issuing a proclamation to the Pelham Fire Department naming August 2013 Firefighter Appreciation Month. The Pelham Fire Department held its annual “Fill the Boot” drive for MDA August 1-3 in front of the Pelham Wal-Mart, taking donations from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day. The fund raiser was held during the tax-free weekend in the hopes of reaching as many as possible. In 2002, the first year of “Fill the Boot” in Pelham, the drive was headed up by then-Battalion Chief Danny Endress, and the department raised $2,800. This year, Captain Don Green said that firefighters collected $4,620. “Fill the Boot” is the only major

fund raiser the department holds for MDA, but more donations are welcomed and will be forwarded to MDA as they are received. The money from “Fill the Boot” fund raisers held annually across the US helps fund muscular dystrophy research grants, some of which are being written at UAB. Proceeds from the drive also sends children afflicted with the disease to camps, like Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults (ASCCA), each summer. Local MDA programs such as clinics at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham also benefit from the boot drive. “I want to thank the firemen,” Terri said during the special presentation. “You chose a service

profession, and you go above and beyond serving to help children and families.” City council member Karyl Rice agreed, thanking both the Pelham firefighters and police officers for everything they do. “This was a joint effort of essentially all on-duty and administrative personnel associated with the fire department for the needs of those afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy,” said fire captain, who added, “Mayor Waters has always shown a great interest in MDA and is often seen wearing an MDA Tee shirt.” MDA isn’t the only organization that benefits from the efforts of Pelham firefighters. They also coordinate fund raisers and events for breast cancer

awareness, Remember 9-11, Special Olympics and Cystic Fibrosis research. “For the 24 years I have been with the Pelham Fire Department, we have been involved in many charitable or benevolent projects, but most of these have been conducted anonymously. The general attitude of these fine personnel is that they are willing to help any way possible,” said Captain Green. To say that he is proud of his team is an understatement. He continued, “The personnel associated with the Pelham Fire Department are, without a doubt, some of the finest, most capable and big-hearted individuals with whom I have ever been associated.”

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Coaches, volunteers, parents and boosters gathered at Pelham City Council President Rick Hayes’ Gaslight House in August to raise money and kick-off the 2013 Panthers’ football season. For a small fee, guests were treated to a buffet dinner and as they entered, they browsed through a bounty of donated silent auction items on which to bid. These included many sports memorabilia items including some signed by current top 5 college coaches Dabo Swinney from Clemson University (a former Pelham Panther) and Alabama Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban. Auburn University gear was on hand as well. Saban’s signed jersey ruled the night as it brought

$400 from an eager Bama fan. It was a fun night and raised a lot of money for Pelham High School athletics. The band Stonecreek, made up of PHS students, entertained at the event. Thanks to all who put in the time and talent gathering all the donations necessary to make an event of this kind successful. As if in thanks, the Panthers kicked off the season by using its triple option attack and stingy defense to churn out a 28-0 win against Paul Bryant. As this goes to press, the panthers prepare for Stanhope Elmore. Be sure to come out and support your Pelham Panthers at Ned Bearden Stadium this fall!

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