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Taken by Storm Psalm 46:1 tells us that “God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.” Words like this are comforting. But when tragedy strikes, as it did across Alabama last week in the form of devastating tornados, we are expected also to put our faith and good will into action with our hands, feet and hearts. Like the Scouts pictured here, from Vestavia Hills Boy Scout Troop 320

who held a “Fill the Trailer” campaign to collect goods and items for the tornado victims, volunteers have rallied to aid those hardest hit by the storms. Heartwarming stories have appeared in national and local media. But news about last week’s destruction inevitably will fade from the headlines. Here’s hoping our commitment to help our neighbors keeps burning brightly.

mother’s day 2011

A Walk to Remember Each year for Mother’s Day Cindi Routman, center, along with her children, Justin and Kelsey Farley, participate in the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s Motherwalk. They walk in memory of Cindi’s mother, Loyce Dunn Coughlin. The 2011 Motherwalk will be May 7 in Crestline Village. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. in front of Emmet O’Neal Library. The race starts at 9 a.m. In addition to the 5K, there will be a Kids’ Zone, live entertainment and more. See Life, page 10.

Temple Beth-El will host its second annual When Pigs Fly Kosher Barbecue Cook Off and Festival May 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Highlands Ave. South location. See About Town, page 5.

Some 300 guests attended Kid One Transport’s third annual Diamonds for Life Gala April 9 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. See Social, page 14.

Some of the best views from this year’s ShowHouse are from the back of the house, and they can be enjoyed most outside on the loggia. Our ShowHouse special section starts on page 29.

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The Friendship Force of Birmingham offers members a chance to make new friends abroad and at home. See Travel, page 8.


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Dressed Down

nce again, it’s time if there was – by chance – anything they wanted to to clean out my make available to someone who might need it more closets. For some than they did. (Like I said, the guilt master). My older reason, when the sap starts daughter was back five minutes later with a couple of rising I get the urge to rise beat-up vinyl purses. My younger daughter, however, up, cull my possessions came down with two large bags of clothes. Huzzah! and haul a few things to When the visit was over and I was into house Goodwill. I come by this reclamation, I opened the bags to refold and prepare honestly, being a child of the items for the donation box. What I found was a parents who even in their bridesmaid’s dress. Below that, all the sparkles and 80s cannot bear to have spaghetti straps she had worn to homecoming dances two newspapers in the and sorority formals and her one and only senior Susan Murphy house at one time. prom. Clothes closets are easy. My wardrobe moves I started to cry. These weren’t just dresses. They through a natural continuum, were memories, reminders outfits going from public viewof the great expectations of ing to home wear to being worn My husband Harold, a product those long-ago evenings, the only to clean out the garage. of two “you never know when hairspray and wrist corsages, My husband Harold, a prodthe pictures taken in front of you might need it” parents, uct of two “you never know the fireplace. I remembered all when you might need it” parthose gut-wrenching shopping keeps two closets going simulents, keeps two closets going trips, those tearful moments taneously – one he’s currently in department store dressing simultaneously – one he’s currently wearing and one that will rooms when the dresses didn’t wearing and one that will accommodate fluctuations in work out, when everything was accommodate fluctuations in hideous or dorky or “Seriously, size in either direction. It’s a thrifty plan, but cumbersome. Mother, I would just die.” size in either direction. While my daughters were And then, lo and behold, the growing up, I kept their closmagical dress appeared, and ets pared down by following there were smiles and, if I’m the girls around saying, “Do you ever really wear not mistaken, angels singing in the background, as we this anymore?” The least bit of hesitation meant the traipsed off to find some matching shoes. item was packed off to the curb or the Goodwill box, The shoes were all long gone, but the dresses depending on its wear and tear. remained. How could she part with them? How could When the girls grew up and moved out, however, I I? I called my daughter and told her as much. had fewer opportunities to coax and wheedle. During “I’m not going to wear them again, Mother,” she visits, I would gingerly ask if they would go through told me gently. I nodded, tears welling up all over a small portion of their stash – one box, one drawer. again. “And,” she added, “there may be some girl out It had to be done delicately. I overstepped on one there who is right now looking for a special dress. It occasion and my older daughter accused me of trywill make her very happy.” ing to dispose of her childhood. She’s got a way with She was right, of course. I hung up, but the tears words, that one, and a well-honed ability to push the remained, for the days gone by to be sure, but also old guilt buttons. In her defense, she learned that for the masterful guilt button play I had walked into from the master – me. unawares. This past Christmas vacation, I suggested – gingerDressed down by my own daughter. I couldn’t be ly – that they might look through their closets and see more proud. ❖


What is the best Mother’s Day gift you ever received?

“I don’t know my favorite, but I’ll tell you what I asked my husband for. I told him I want breakfast in bed and two hours alone – to do whatever I want without guilt.” Marisa Yammer Mountain Brook

“My grandaughter. She’ll by 19 in June.” Evelyn Popwell Liberty Park

“Well, I haven’t had a Mother’s Day yet. My baby is due July 16, but I know what I want – a massage.” Eleanor Oser Hoover

“I guess my favorites were always the homemade cards my children gave me.” Sharon Giddens Mountain Brook



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Home Tour, Auction Benefit Children’s Harbor


he fifth annual tour of homes and auction to benefit Children’s Harbor are set for this month. Four homes on Lake Martin will be open to the public May 21 for the 2011 Children’s Harbor Tour of Homes. The event is an annual production of the Friends of Children’s Harbor, a group of women dedicated to supporting Children’s Harbor and its mission of serving seriously ill children and their families. Tickets for the home tour, $25 if purchased before May 21, are available at Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers in Mountain Brook and at Catherine’s Market at Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin. Tickets may also be ordered by mailing a check to: Children’s Harbor, 1 Our Children’s Highway, Alexander City, AL 35010. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration at Ridge Marina. Tickets can be purchased at the marina on the day of the tour for $30, and maps to each home will be available there. The entrance to The Ridge is on Alabama 63, just across from Russell Crossroads. The auction will be May 20 at Willow Point Country Club. Auction chairman is Lynda Robinson. Items include tickets to sporting events, fine dining experi-

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ences, hunting trips, art, jewelry and more. The silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the live auction at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes a buffet dinner and beverages. Tickets can be reserved by sending a check to: Children’s Harbor, 1 Our Children’s Highway, Alexander City, AL 35010. Tickets will be ready for purchasers at the event.

Children’s Harbor provides camping facilities for more than 20 illness and disability-related groups each year at its Lake Martin campus. The Children’s Harbor Family Center, adjacent to Children’s Hospital, provides recreational opportunities, support services and individual and family counseling. All Children’s Harbor services are provided at no charge to the individuals and groups they serve. ❖

to 8 p.m. at Ore in the Crestline Park Shopping Center on Dunston Avenue. This family-friendly music showcase and crawfish boil is chaired by Krista Conlin, president

of KC Projects, LLC. Admission, $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event, includes all-you-can-eat crawfish, a souvenir cup, an indoor silent auction and live music by Lucero, FisherGreen and T.U.B. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The silent auction, which includes Humidor Room Cigars and personal training sessions, will close at 6:30 p.m. Mudbugs and Music supports the Arthritis Foundation’s mission by raising funds to help fight arthritis pain and to pursue public policy. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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The third annual Reflections of Me art exhibit and auction, sponsored by the Horizons School Junior Advisory Board, will be May 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Historic Rucker Place. The exhibit and auction showcases artwork from Horizons School students and Birmingham artists. A silent auction will offer weekend trips, dinners, artwork and more. All proceeds benefit school programs. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 a couple, and include food and drinks. To buy tickets, contact Misty Chandler at 322-6606 or❖

May 15 Is Date When Pigs Fly

Temple Beth-El will host its second annual When Pigs Fly Kosher Barbecue Cook Off and Festival May 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Highlands Ave. South location. More than 20 teams will compete for trophies and bragging rights for the best beef brisket, best beef ribs, best barbecue beans, best team name and best booth design. Temple members will be on hand to welcome the community and share their Southern Jewish culture. They’ll serve Tamara Goldis’ award-winning recipes for kosher brisket, ribs, chicken, hotdogs and more. Entertainment will be provided by Eat a Peach, an Allman Brothers tribute band; the Reggie Cleveland’s All-Stars Band; and JUICE. The Kids’ Zone includes inflatables and other fun activities. Emcees are Jack Schaeffer with Schaeffer Eye Center and Tony Kurre of WJOX’s “Morning Drive.” Temple Beth-El also will hold its annual White Elephant Sale in conjunction with the barbecue event. The sale will be in TBE’s lower parking lot on Highland Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the public, the sale includes collectibles, antiques, housewares, books, toys, sports equipment and more. Paul and Scott Styslinger, 17year-old twin brothers, of Mountain Brook are among performers at Applause for the Cause to benefit UAB nursing students. Photo special to the Journal

Wildlife Center Plans Baby Bird Shower

The Alabama Wildlife Center will host its second annual Baby Bird Shower May 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is held to educate the community on what they can do to help protect baby birds and keep them wild. The shower will be at the Alabama Wildlife Center, 100 Terrace Drive in Oak Mountain State Park. Admission to AWC is free, but there is a park entrance fee. Visitors are invited to bring a gift for the baby birds; a wish list can be downloaded at www.awrc. org. Monthly animal care expenses at AWC more than double during baby bird season, so monetary donations and AWC memberships are also needed. The shower includes visits with AWC’s glove-trained education birds, observation of feedings and care in the baby bird nursery, guided tours of the Treetop Nature Trail, lessons on how AWC feeds and makes artificial nests for baby bird patients, activities for children, T-shirts to purchase and more.

‘Applause’ Aids Nursing Students

The 46-member Board of Visitors of the UAB School of Nursing will host an entertainment event May 19 to raise funds to benefit UAB nursing students.

“Applause for the Cause: Educate a Nurse” at the Virginia Samford Theatre will feature a wide array of performers, including singers, dancers and musicians, plus a touch of comedy. Proceeds will provide scholarships and emergency financial assistance for highly-qualified, financially needy students at the UAB School of Nursing. Honorary chairman is Patty McDonald, a longtime patron of Birmingham area arts organizations and community and civic causes. The evening’s activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction and reception followed by the 8 p.m. performance. Emcee for the performance part of the evening will be reigning Miss Alabama Ashley Davis. Individual tickets to the event are $150. Three levels of sponsorship opportunities offer premium seating and added benefits for groups of four to 12: the Director’s Guild at $5,000, the Critics’ Circle at $2,500 and the Actors’ League at $1,200. To buy tickets, call the UAB School of Nursing’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 975-8936.

Pat Dye Visits Garden Gallery

Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery will host a book signing and Japanese maple tree sale with former Auburn University football coach Pat Dye May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who attend can meet Dye and get a signed copy of his books, “What it Means to be a Tiger” and, for children, “War Eagle!” A selection of Japanese maple trees from Dye’s Quail Hollow Gardens will be for sale at the event and during the year at the shop.

Garage Sale Benefits Homewood Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 97 in Homewood will hold its annual garage sale, pancake breakfast and silent auction May 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1400 Oxmoor Rd. in Homewood. The sale includes a gymnasium and several rooms full of small appliances, furniture, sporting equipment, art, electronics and more. To donate small appliances, furniture, lamps, sporting equipment, electronics or other items, contact



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You don’t have to fall down a rabbit hole to enjoy the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama’s (BCRFA) Fourth Annual Pink Palace Casino Night: “Goes To Wonderland” May 14 from 7-11 p.m. The second floor of the north tower of the Riverchase Galleria, will be transformed into a wonderland fantasy, and the Queen of Hearts will lead guests to the casino room sponsored by Platinum Construction to play poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and slots. Dance the night away in the Cheshire Cat Tameron Honda room to the sounds of Groove Daddy. Tickets are $85 per person, which includes “play money,” hors d’ oeuvres, specialty beverages and live entertainment. Reserved seating tables for eight are available for $1,000. Gaming table sponsorships highlight the sponsor company’s name and logo and includes four event tickets and four complimentary “mad hats.” Business also can sponsor a room or gaming area. Proceeds from the event will

The Young Advisory Board members of the Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation present the second annual Pirates and Ninjas vs. Ovarian Cancer event May 13 at 8 p.m. at The Bottletree. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes. Tickets start at $20 and include music by the Vegabonds. The Laura Crandall Brown Ovarian Cancer Foundation was founded in December 2009 by Laura and her father, James “Jim” Crandall. At age 25, Laura lost her 15-month battle with ovarian cancer. The foundation focuses on education to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and to help fund research for an early detection diagnostic test. Visit for more information or to buy tickets.

‘We Love Homewood’ Has All-Day Fun

The 2011 We Love Homewood Day will be May 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Homewood Central Park. Activities throughout the day will include an arts and crafts and business expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., plus inflatables, rides and more. Daytime entertainment will be provided at the park’s main stage. The West Homewood Lions Club will sell barbecue Homewood Community Center. from 10:30

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a.m. to 3 p.m. Other activities include a silent auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the community center’s room 100 and a Rotary Club Sidewalk Chalk Art Expo. The Society for Creative Anachronism will give demonstrations of medieval culture. The We Love Homewood Day Parade lineup begins at 5 p.m. with the parade starting at the Homewood Public Library at 6 p.m. It will travel west on Oxmoor Road to the Edgewood business district. The day will end with a street dance in Edgewood that will last until 9 p.m.

Arty Party Features Frank Fleming

The 20th annual Arty Party benefiting Birmingham AIDS Outreach will be May 15 at 3 p.m. at B&A Warehouse. Arty Party features donated art from local, regional and national artists. This year’s featured artist is Frank Fleming. Tickets are available at the door for $50. Art donations will be accepted until May 15. For more information, contact Jamie Whitehurst at Birmingham AIDS Outreach at 322-4197 ext. 20 or jamie@birminghamaidsoutreach. org.

CFF Sponsors Great Strides Walk

The Alabama Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will raise money for CF research at this year’s Birmingham Metro Great Strides walk set for May 14 at Veterans Park in Hoover. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., and

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the walk begins at 10 a.m. The festivities include food from Wings Plus, Momma Goldberg’s and more; Kids Crafts, a playground area with activities for children; a CF information center; a 30-minute Zumba warm-up led by Cristina Rodriquez; a 5K walk on Veterans Park’s top-rated trail; and more. To sign up, visit great_strides or call 870-8565.

Used Book Sale Set for May 7

Primrose School Plans Spring Fling

The Primrose School at Liberty Park is hosting its first Spring Fling fundraiser May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the school. Funds raised from the event will go to the Primrose Children’s Foundation and other local charities. The day will include face paint-

ing, carnival games, a bouncy house and more. For more information, visit

Carville Will Speak at Gaston Event

James Carville, political strategist and CNN commentator, is this year’s keynote speaker for A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club’s 44th

anniversary celebration dinner and silent auction set for May 17 at the Sheraton Birmingham. The silent auction and reception will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner will follow with entertainment by the “Ragin’ Cajun” in the main ballroom. Visit to purchase individual seats or tables. For information about sponsorships, contact Rose Walker at 923-3377 or ❖

The Assistance League of Birmingham is sponsoring a used book sale May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of PrimeTime Treasures, 1755 Oxmoor Road. in Homewood. Donation of books will be accepted; a box will be inside PrimeTime Treasures to receive gently used books. All proceeds benefit the league’s three philanthropic programs: PrimeTime Treasures, Operation School Bell and Operation Literacy.

Community Invited to ‘Mayfair’

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will host its annual community Mayfair May 14 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church. Mayfair includes a yard sale, vendor sales, music, refreshments, classic car show, cake walk and a fun zone for kids. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. Mayfair proceeds benefit the Greater Birmingham Ministries and Three Hots and a Cot. For information, call the church at 995-9673 or visit

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On a trip to Zeeland, Netherlands are Friendship Force members from left: Betty Batson, Jane Lewis, Luitzen and Anna deLamboy, Maryls Giles, Callie Waldrop, Keith Tenney and Gerald Waldrop.

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om and Charlotte Laggy have learned a lot from their many travels. For instance, if something looks good, that still doesn’t mean you want to eat it, and air conditioning really is a commodity. But perhaps the greatest lesson they’ve learned is that to really understand different places, you have to immerse yourself in the culture. That’s exactly what the couple has been doing for years since joining the Friendship Force of Birmingham. The Friendship Force is an international exchange club with more than 350 chapters worldwide. The one in Birmingham was officially chartered in 1984 and now has some 70 members. The mission of the exchange program is all in the name – it’s about making friends. Whether they are traveling abroad and staying with families in a foreign country or hosting families at their own homes, members of the Friendship Force say they’ve made many friends through the club. “I like to say when they’re first here, they’re strangers, and when they get to our home, they’re our guests,” Tom said. “When they stay, they’re our friends, and when they leave, they’re family.” Since the formation of the Birmingham club, a total of 746 members have traveled to nine states, 24 countries and completed 36 exchanges. Some of their more exotic

exchanges include Russia, Japan, Germany and Australia. The exchanges work much like those of students. Participants stay with host families who plan much of their stay. Friendship Force International helps pair the local chapter with families abroad. “They try to pair us with people with similar hobbies,” said Jean Butterworth, a member of the Birmingham club. “I’m a retired nurse, so I’ve been paired with another nurse before.” Although their interests might be similar, that doesn’t mean their languages are. Often the families don’t speak much English but, Charlotte said, “We always find a way of communicating.” Although Inez McCollum doesn’t speak any Russian, she found she was able to meet her Russian guests’ needs when they stayed at her home during a recent exchange. “I had a man and a woman staying with me, and the woman, Louisa, didn’t speak any English. The man spoke a little,” Inez said. “He couldn’t understand how Louisa and I communicated. He said, ‘She doesn’t speak any English, and yet you two understand each other better than we do.’ I told him it was a woman thing.” When hosting exchanges here, members try to offer a real taste of life in Birmingham. They take guests to museums and other popular attractions, but they also invite them to church, town council meetings and farmers’ markets, just to name a few.

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“We don’t force them to do anything, but we do want them to know what life is like here, and for me, that’s going to church on Sunday,” Charlotte said. “Really the whole purpose is to promote friendship, harmony and understanding among the cultures. There’s nothing political about it.” Members are often surprised by the reactions they get when taking their foreign friends to typical places in the area. One member took a Russian guest to Shades Mountain Baptist Church. “He was so excited,” Jean said of her guest. “He actually stood up and started taking pictures.” While many of their trips have taken them to places like tiny towns in France and even once to Havana, Cuba, the members also travel in the U.S. Not too long ago, Tom arranged what they call a “mystery trip” for members. Those participating packed their bags and headed for a destination only Tom knew. “We left heading north, and when we

stopped for lunch I handed everybody an envelope,” he said. “I told them they could open it now or wait and see when we got there. Well, they had all already opened them before I even finished the sentence.” The trip took them to Owensboro, Ky., where they were paired with host families. Members always start the trips, which anywhere from 12 to 25 attend, with a group meeting/dinner and end with the same type of event. At that time, the groups’ presidents exchange gifts that typically have something to do with the areas they are from. The Birmingham club gives a tea towel printed with images of popular Birmingham attractions. Even though the trips last only about two weeks, members say the friendships they develop continue through emails and often more visits. To learn more about the Friendship Force of Birmingham visit or contact Inez at 822-8659. ❖

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Benjamin Alan “Ben” Jones, son of Warren and Leigh Fran Jones of Indian Springs Village, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. A member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church’s Boy Scout Troop 254, Jones worked with the Indian Springs Village City Council to design, plan and manage Ben Jones the construction and installation of several benches that were placed around the Indian Springs Village Town Hall. His Eagle project also included the installation of ornate horse-head bollards with heavy chains to flank the stairs of the town hall’s flag pole. Jones started his scouting career as a Tiger Cub at age 7 and has held many leadership positions. His favorite scouting activity is backpacking. He also works with the Oak Mountain Mission. The Oak Mountain High School junior is on his school’s cross country and track team. He is a member of the Church at Brook Hills.

Minopoli Receives Rotary Grant

Salvatore J. Minopoli, senior cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, has been awarded a $38,469 Rotary Foundation Global Scholar Grant. He will pursue the MA in conflict, security and development at King’s College London in London, England, for 2011-12. Minopoli is the son of Salvatore Salvatore J. G. Minopoli Minopoli and Lisa Lenzi of Birmingham. Sponsored by the Vestavia Hills Rotary Club, he will be hosted in London by the Rotary Club of Westminster East, Rotary District 1130. After his studies, Minopoli will serve as an officer in the U.S. Army. The Rotary Global Scholar Grant program, a function of the Rotary Foundation, is being piloted in 100 selected Rotary districts around the world. Applicants must pursue postgraduate studies in one of the Future Vision Pilot districts outside the U.S. and a course of study in one of six areas representing the world’s most critical humanitarian needs.


Homewood Church Ordains Minister

Bret Walters became preaching minister for the Homewood Church of Christ April 3. Walters has been a member of the church since 2006 and joined the staff in 2010. He also served as a youth minister assistant at the Rural

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Hill Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn., from 2001-05. He grew up in the Nashville area. He and wife Lanie are expecting their first child in June. Walters has a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in Christian studies from Lipscomb University. He replaces Craig Kelley,

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A Walk to Remember



ven though Cindi Routman has three children, Mother’s Day isn’t about her. It will always be about her own mother, the late Loyce Dunn Coughlin. Loyce died of ovarian cancer in 2006 at the age of 76. Since then, Cindi has pledged to honor her mother’s memory by raising awareness about the disease, the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. “I couldn’t save my mom. All I could do was take care of her,” Cindi said. “I can, though, in her honor try to save other women. That’s sort of been The 2011 Motherwalk will be May my passion – making the symptoms 7 in Crestline Village. Registration known.” is at 7:30 a.m. in front of Emmet One way Cindi O’Neal Library. The race starts at tries to help other 9 a.m. In addition to the 5K, there women learn will be a Kids’ Zone, live entertainabout this disease ment and more. For information is by participaton the race or to register, visit ing in the annual Normal Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s Motherwalk, held on Mother’s Day weekend in Crestline Village. The walk raises funds for ovarian cancer research and increases awareness about the risks and symptoms associated with the disease. Knowing the symptoms of ovarian cancer is key, Cindi said. As a nurse anesthetist with a husband who is an anesthesiologist, Cindi thought she would have spotted the symptoms in her mother. But she didn’t, and neither did doctors until Loyce had reached the advanced stages of the disease. “My mom was a healthy 76-year-old,” Cindi said. “She was very health conscious. She exercised, ate right and went to the doctor regularly. She kept saying her stomach hurt, and the doctor was treating her for reflux and things like that. It was never in her

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ovaries.” It turns out that abdominal pain is a symptom of ovarian cancer, as is bloating, getting full quickly when eating and having to go to the bathroom frequently. Cindi said these are all symptoms women have occasionally, but if they are persistent, they need to be checked out by a healthcare professional. “These are all nagging things that wouldn’t affect your daily life, but if it continues for more than two weeks, then it’s possibly ovarian cancer,” she said. “Women need to know the signs so they can catch it early, which is extremely rare. “Only about 15 percent catch it at Stage 1. The survival rate is in the 90s then.” However, most cases are not diagnosed until Stage 4, which has a survival rate of about 20 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Cindi said events like the Motherwalk are important in raising the funds to develop better testing to detect ovarian cancer. “We have the Pap smear, but that has nothing to do with ovarian cancer at all,” she said. “We Top: Each year for have the mammogram for breast cancer, but there’s Mother’s Day Cindi nothing for ovarian cancer. Routman, center, along “We do have the vaginal ultrasound, which is wit her children, Justin not routinely done, and there’s a blood test that and Kelsey Farley, partests for a protein that’s elevated, but it creates a lot ticipate in the Norma of false positives. Livingston Ovarian “We just need to get people diagnosed earlier. It Cancer Foundation’s saves lives.” Motherwalk. They walk in Raising awareness has helped save women memory of Cindi’s mother, when it comes to breast cancer. Cindi said mortalLoyce Dunn Coughlin, ity rates have dropped thanks to the many events left. and fundraisers for it. She hopes that one day, Photos special to the Journal through the Motherwalk and other events for ovarian cancer, the teal ribbon – the ribbon for ovarian cancer – is just as recognizable as breast cancer’s pink ribbon. “I want people to see the teal ribbon and think about the symptoms of ovarian cancer,” she said. “I want them to see teal and immediately think of ovarian cancer. That’s my goal to my mom.” This Mother’s Day, Cindi’s husband and children will celebrate, as they have for years now, the Saturday before Mother’s Day on May 7, by walking in the Motherwalk. It’s become a tradition for the family, and it’s one way Cindi knows she can honor her mother while helping other women. ❖

Mother’s Day Flower Sale Helps Homeless Children


The YWCA’s Mother’s Day flower sale is a Birmingham tradition. Helping with this year’s event are, from left, front: Jamika Kirk, Paige Danie and Dasi Mosley. Back: Michelle Brown, Jesalyn McCurry and Sissy Hembree. Photo special to the Journal

he YWCA Central Alabama’s 26th annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale is set for May 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harbert Plaza in downtown Birmingham and at the Ray & Poynor building, 2629 Cahaba Road. in Mountain Brook Village. Flowers will be sold outside under a tent at both locations. Plants and flowers will also be available at Children’s Hospital. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA KIDS Korner childcare for children of homeless

families. Customers who want to buy flowers and gift items can view them before the sale at www. The selection includes a greeting card as well as potted flowers, cut flowers and vases priced from $5 to $40. The YWCA KIDS Korner is the city’s only childcare facility for homeless people in the Birmingham area. Since 1989, the program has provided quality care to more than 1,800 infants, toddlers and preschoolers who live in area homeless

shelters. The program is free to parents and helps them to find work, participate in job training programs or seek housing. YWCA Junior Board members, staff and community volunteers and local news anchors will be on hand to help shoppers select gifts for their mothers, teachers, friends and others. For more information on the sale, contact Christian Smith at 322-9922, ext. 307, or or visit ❖



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LEFT: Add some flowers to this beautiful crystal, etched vase with a sterling silver base and you have the perfect Mother’s Day gift. $30. Hanna Antiques, 323-6036. MIDDLE: A treasured picture of a loved one in a beautiful frame is the perfect gift for any mom. These embossed tin 4X6 picture frames are available in three colors. $19.99. For Home Antiques & Interiors, 945-6767. RIGHT: Buy a $50 gift card for Mom and a $25 bonus will be added to it so she can enjoy the skincare treatment of her choice. Teach Me Beauty Skin Clinic, 930-1650.

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LEFT: All these beautiful 8X10 frames in brown, patina and baby pastel colors need is a picture of you to make it the perfect gift for mom. They’re designed by a Mississippi artist. $55 and up. Urban Cottage, 595-8067. MIDDLE: “With Love from My Kitchen” is a fabulous gift for any mom or grandmother. Blank pages that are categorized are the perfect way to share classic recipes enjoyed by your family for years. $22. Wrapsody, 989-7277. RIGHT: Mom will love this beautiful necklace made of coral beads with hand-tatted gold thread detail. $189. Christine’s 871-8297.

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Kid One Transport

Above: At the Diamonds for Life Gala were, from left: Karen Peterlin, Kid One president and CEO; Frank Bromberg; Jaime McDonald Shaw, wearing the Bromberg’s diamond pendant that she won at the event; and John Reagan, Kid One board chairman. Below: Markus Schaefer, Mercedes-Benz USI president, third from left, accepts the corporate honoree award. Congratulating him were, from left, Jack Leigh, Robert Hagen, Felycia Jerald, Chip Fuqua and John Reagan.

Attending the Diamonds For Life Gala were from left: Ashley Burleson, Katie Pope, Amanda Laycock and Amy Brown. Photos special to the Journal


ome 300 guests attended Kid One est annual fundraiser for Kid One. The Transport’s third annual Diamonds non-profit organization helps bridge the for Life Gala April 9 at the Cahaba transportation gap preventing thousands of Grand Conference Center. Alabama’s children and expectant mothers Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a from accessing needed health care services. Hollywood-inspired red carpet runway comPlanning is already underway for the plete with an E! Entertainment-worthy interfourth annual Kid One Transport Diamonds view and a pristine Aston Martin, courtesy of for Life Gala March 31, 2012, honoring Burr Highline Imports. & Forman, LLC. As they mingled among silent Kid One board members are more photos at and live auction items, guests Drew Wagoner and wife Melissa, enjoyed cocktails and live music Howard Bogard and wife Mimi, by Soul Therapy. Katie Pope, Kelly Franks, Becky Following the cocktail hour Ellis, Dara Fernandez, Thomas was a seated dinner and live auction with St. John, Chip Fuqua and wife Amy, Nick program host Alexa Jones and auctionPetelos and Kennon Walthall and wife eer Jack Granger of Granger Thagard & Ann. Associates, Inc. and a diamond pendant Among those attending were Markus raffle courtesy of Bromberg’s Fine Jewelry. and Verena Schaefer, Brian and Linda Mercedes-Benz U.S. International was the Whittier, John and Leslie Reagan, Joey gala honoree for its long-standing support and Kristin Longoria, Felycia Jerald, Jack of Kid One. Markus Schaefer, Mercedesand Emily Leigh, Linda Sewell and Steve Benz USI president, accepted the award and Sewell, Frank Bromberg, Shane Boatright surprised the organization’s board members and Alexa Jones, Michael and Christy and president Karen Peterlin with the dona- Johnson, Eric and Stacey Knouse, Mary tion of a new Mercedes, bringing the total Lynne Bronner, Sean and Kim Roberts, number of vehicles on the road for Kid One Steven and Kendal Janorschke, O’Neal to 20. Boswell and Terri Hudson, Mary Lee Rice The Diamonds for Life Gala is the largand Jay and Shannon Kreger. ❖


Also attending the gala were Kelly Franks, left, and Jaime McDonald Shaw. The gala at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center raised funds for Kid One Transport, which helps expectant mothers and children to access health care services.



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Red Mountain Theatre Company hosted ...

“Putting on the Ritz” at the annual Gala 2011 presented by the Dress Circle Society April 16 at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Guests were greeted by RMTC Youth Program members and enjoyed cocktails and appetizers during a silent auction. A seated dinner and live auction conducted by Christie King, C King Benefit Auctions, LLC, followed. Keith Cromwell, executive director, was emcee. Entertainment included performances by Broadway veterans George Dvorsky and more photos at Stephanie Waters along with the RMTC Youth Programs, Kristin Bowden Sharp, Emily Hoppe, Mitch Dean and the cast of “Five Guys Named Moe.” Guests were also treated to a sneak preview of RMTC’s 2011-12 season, which features Broadway hits like “Sweet Charity”, “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Legally Blonde.” The Putting on the Ritz Gala 2011 was chaired by Betsy Faucette, Tammy Fleisher and Sara Kinney with committee members Susan Edwards, Cinda Godfrey, Alison Gorrie, Kristy Harrison, Robert Hill, Amy Johnstone, Laurie Kirkland, Beth Pitman, Robert Raiford, Sperry Snow and Dress Circle Society president Carolyn Lankford. Guests included Kathryn and Raymond Harbert, Sheryl and Jon Kimerling, Lynn and Benny La Russa, Susan and Dowd Ritter, Nancy and Rob Burton, Anne and Rob Couch, Bobbie and Gary Knight, Keith Fleisher, Kyle Kinney, Frank Lankford, Kate and John Cotton, Lesley and Barry McRae, Lisa and Mike Mead, Judy and Harold L. Abroms and Bill and Jean Shanks.


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Attending the aTeam Ministries Heart to HeART Gala were board of directors and executive team members from left: Mark Nunnelly, David Neal, Chris Prier, Jan Thrower, Andy Thrower, Auburn University coach Gene Chizik, Matt Gaston, Chad Jackson, Charles Evers and Eric Allen. Not show are Ashley Hill and Paula Heath. Photos special to the Journal

The aTeam Ministries and Auburn ...

Above: Having fun at the aTeam Ministries Heart to HeART Gala were from left: Ava Parker, Anna Coleman Yelverton, Britton Wade, Leland Barnet and Katie Wade. Right: Meeting Auburn coach Gene Chizik, center, at the gala were Amanda and Ryan Knerr and their children, in front, from left: Casey, Anna and Emily.

University head football coach Gene Chizik and wife Jonna hosted Heart to HeART Gala, an art auction, Feb. 19 at Shoal Creek Country Club. After the Chiziks received a picture painted by a young artist battling cancer during the couple’s May 2010 visit to Children’s Hospital, they were motivated to help other families affected by pediatric cancers. more photos at The aTeam Ministries paired pediatric oncology patients with 10 local artists. The result was 20 works of art, 10 artists and child collaborations and 10 individual works by the professional artists. Each piece was available for auction. Artists Dirk Walker, Linda Ellen Price, Janet Lucas, Lee Wilson, Gwen Gorby and others from the Loretta Goodwin Gallery were among those participating in the event. Andy and Jan Thrower are the founders of aTeam Ministries. Their son Anderson was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The Throwers created aTeam Ministries to help others dealing with some of the same issues they faced, and continue to face, when they have a child with cancer.



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annual luncheon and children’s fashion show March 8 at the Country Club of Birmingham, with some 270 people attending. Barbara Cooney was emcee as 91 children modeled. Clothing ranged from whimsical party wear and sportswear to heirloom apparel. Under the leadership of guild president Kerri Windle, fashion show chairman Laura McDonald and co-chairman Parker Spees, the event helped raise funds to benefit Children’s Dance Foundation. Guests enjoyed tea and

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The Gorries received the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of Central Alabama Award. Joan Kendal and Eunie Smith presented the Brother Bryan Prayer Point Award to

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������������������ �������������� At the Children’s Arts Guild luncheon and fashion show were, from left: Laura McDonald, Patton Hahn, Melanie Hahn, Kerri Windle, Leslie Robinson, Parker Spees, Kristin Ritter and Diane Litsey. mimosas, chicken scallopini on Parmesan polenta with lemon caper sauce paired with asparagus and crème brulee. Children’s Arts Guild is a support organization for Children’s Dance Foundation, founded in 1975 by Jennie Robertson, Virginia Samford Donovan and Mary Conyers Cooper. The foundation’s mission is to provide comprehensive dance education for all. CDF dance teachers and musicians travel to more than 25 sites in Birmingham to dance with almost 1,100 children who are underserved, at-risk and have special needs. Guild members working on the show included Melanie Williams, Scarlett Simmons, Gina Thomas, Susan Ray, Elizabeth Lyons, Meg Krawczyk, Richelle Simmons, Julie Sandner, Allison Ingram, Hilary Ross, Virginia Volman, Whitney Johnson, Greer Cotton, Casey Horn, Beth Wood, Leah Abele, Carrie Powell, Shelley Hunt, Jennifer Gray, Kari Kampakis, Emily Pruet, Amy Maher, Laurie Bowers, Marci Grant, Julie Stewart, Kelly Moffatt, Anna Emblom and Natalie Wright.

The Women’s Committee of 100 for Birmingham ...

hosted its 45th Awards Presentation April 19 at The Club. During the reception and luncheon, the club honored five outstanding Birmingham residents: Bonnie Bolding Swearingen, Frances and Miller Gorrie, John Glasser and Karen Faircloth. George Culver, executive director of the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, presented the Patron of the Arts Award to Bonnie. After studying drama at Samford University, the Birmingham native moved to California where she was an actress on several TV shows and movies.

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In 1969, she married oil industry legend John Swearingen, and they traveled the world until his death in 2007. Bonnie is a benefactress of Samford’s Bolding Rose Garden, Bolding Studio and Samford Art Gallery. She serves on the Overseers Board and was named one of St. Vincent’s Hospital’s 10 Outstanding Women of America. Catherine Cabaniss presented the Citizen of the Year award to Frances, and Walter Morris presented the Citizen of the Year award to Miller. The couple own Blackjack Gardens, founded the Creek Education Center for exceptional children in Atlanta and are supporters of the Exceptional Foundation in Homewood, Studio by the Tracks and the Independent Presbyterian Church.

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Honored at the Women’s Committee of 100 luncheon were from left: John Glasser, Karen Faircloth, Bonnie Swearingen and Frances and Miller Gorrie. Journal photo by Laura McAlister

John Glasser, founder of Better Basics, Inc. The non-profit reading program is now in 20 counties. John also founded and directed Discovery Clubs of Alabama, which are in many elementary schools reaching second-fifth grade children with after-school Bible study. He also helped establish Briarwood Christian Academy. Catherine Allen presented the Heroic Citation Award to Karen Faircloth. On July 4, 2010, Karen


helped save a 10-year-old boy from drowning in a swimming pool. The registered nurse gave him resuscitation until paramedics arrived. She has received several medical awards, including the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System’s R. Floyd Yarbrough EMS Award, Samford’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Courage to Care Award and the Emergency Nurses Association’s Leadership Achievement Award. At the event, the Women’s Committee of 100 also paid tribute to its founding members, including past presidents Betty Hawkins and Mary Louise Hodges, Carolyn Sloss, Toula Fulford, Virginia Ladd and Dot McDowell Weathers.

The National Society of Arts and Letters ...

held its Career Awards Banquet, or Red Rose Banquet, April 15 at the Country Club of Birmingham. Carolyn Satterfield hosted the

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Denton, Libby Odom, and Leigh Corra and Catherine Rogers. Guests were Brown Rogers, John and Charlotte Imhof, Virgil Jensen, Keith Williams, Joe John, Ray Jones, John Spenser, Robert Denton, Stan Bosich, Michelle Imhof, Ashley McQueen and Rhea Speights.

Muses Dance Club celebrated its ...

45th anniversary April 10 with an old-fashioned country supper at Mountain Brook Country Club. Some of the club’s founding members were present to hear Lee Cooper read a short history of its beginning in 1966. Betty Knight, Gayle Chapman, Rose Ann Kendrick and Mimi Little were instrumental in starting the dance club for 90 young married women. Kirke Cater, Grace Bentley and Douglas Joyce were party chairmen. Each table was decorated with tall crystal vases filled with white lilies. Entertainment was provided by Fred Rushing. Members attending were: Lulu and Jim Abernathy, Lucy and Dan Allison, Pinkie and Gene Ashley, Nancy and Max Austin, Ann and John Baker, Peggy and Buck Barnhart, Eloise and Davis Bennett, Grace and Bob Bentley, Judy and Adrian Bewley, Ann and Luke Bloodworth, Bebe and Charles Bugg, Pat and Ben Carroll, Kirke and Howard Cater, Dorothy and Tom Christian, Susan and J.O. Christian, Faye

and Bill Clark, Joan Clark and Norman Glass, Mary Ellen and Tom Clark; Mary and Bobby Clark, Joy and Lee Cooper, Sarah and Bob Creveling, Pidgie and Bill Dismukes, Brownie and Margaret Evans, Judy and John Feagin, Mary and Jamie French, Pat and Clark Gillespy, Bobbye Ann and Vann Goodner,



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Above: At a party marking Muse Dance Club’s 45th anniversary were, from left: Mimi and Henry Little and Betty and Bill Knight. Below: Also there were, from left: Katie and Bobby Howard and Doris and Jim Wilson. Photos special to the Journal

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Above: Cutting the ribbon for the Birmingham Zoo’s new Trails of Africa were, from left: Dr. William Foster, Birmingham Zoo president and CEO; Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell; and Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden. Left: African Dancers led the way for hundreds of guests and city officials to see the main attraction – the elephants.

Journal photos by Laura McAlister

The Birmingham Zoo officially opened its ...

highly-acclaimed “Trails of Africa” exhibit April 21. The grand opening kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony under the new Trails of Africa portal with African dancers ������������������������� and drummers. Special guests included state and local officials, local community leaders and partners. ���� ��������������������������� Dr. William Foster, Birmingham Zoo president and ������� ��������������������������������������������� CEO, and Robin Sparks Davis, � ������������������� chairman of the board, wel������� ���������� comed visitors. Foster, along with Birmingham Mayor William A. ������������������������������������������������������������������ Bell, Mountain Brook Mayor Terry ������������������������������������������������������������������ Oden and Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley, cut the ribbon for ��������������������������������������������� the new exhibit. ����������������������������������� With 14 acres, Trails of Africa is a mixed-species exhibit featuring wide variety of mammal species �������������������������������������������� anative to the continent. It provides ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� new homes for red river hogs, rhi�������������������������������������������������� nos, antelope and more. ������������������������������������ The exhibit’s largest attraction, a herd of African bull elephants, is ������������������������� ������������������������� �����������������������


an innovative development in the global conservation effort for this threatened species. Two African bull elephants, Bulwagi and Callee, are already in residence in the Trails of Africa exhibit, and two more are making their way there. The Trails of Africa exhibit began several years ago as a concept with some of the plans on paper. The zoo announced plans for the exhibit in 2007 and began clearing and constructing the land area in 2009. This is the zoo’s first major project completed since the Children’s Zoo was finished in 2005.

A sold-out crowd of 700 gathered at the ...

Cahaba Grand Conference Center April 13 for a day of fashion benefiting the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Milo’s Famous Tea Co. presented the Greater Birmingham Humane Society Auxiliary’s 32nd annual fashion show, luncheon

and silent and live auctions. This year’s event honored the memory of Sharon Chappell Pierce, a longtime GBHSA member and GBHS supporter. At the event, tables held information about the GBHS’s capital campaign, AVRAL (Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation) and other animalrelated topics. Guest enjoyed mimosas and Bloody Marys while shopping at a display of designer shoes with matching dog collars. Those who attended could also bid on more than 250 silent auction items. Julie Elliott was the silent auction chairman. The grand ballroom was the setting for the luncheon, live auction and Belk fashion show. White gift boxes topped with bright pink bows were table centerpieces. Blue and white Belk gift bags and the April issue of Birmingham magazine were placed in each guest’s chair. Corporate tables were decorated with flower arrangements donated by Continental Florist, Bloom Florist, Hoover Florist, Backstage Florist and Gifts, Flowerbuds, Park Lane Florist, Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market, Charlie Thigpen, Publix Lee Branch Florist and Norton’s Florist. Guests of Milo’s Famous Tea Co. and Belk sat at tables decorated by Sara Ann Polhemus and Mary Ann Prewitt. White tablecloths were draped in silk with swirls of pink, orange, green and blue. Floral arrangements were the centerpieces, and colorful cloth napkins fanned out from wine glasses at each place setting. Custom-made white chair covers were tied with bright pink bows. A special addition at each table was a photo of an adoptable GBHS



animal. Celeste David, GBHSA president, opened the program and introduced Jacque Meyer, GBHS executive director. Lucy Thompson Marsh, comprehensive campaign chairman, announced the beginning of the GBHS capital campaign “Invest for Their Best.” Earlier, the GBHSA presented a $200,000 donation to the campaign. Sara Ann Polhemus, event cochairman, introduced Joe Schmidt, the general manager of Belk at The Summit. As lunch was served, a video by Tonja Fudge, “A Day at the Shelter,” was shown. GBHSA members Shannon Moore, Kellie Rohm, Janet King, Shay Scott and Jennifer Alden were presenting models for the 10 silent auction items. Belk presented its largest showcase of its spring line in the Southeast. The event raised $85,000. All proceeds benefit the GBHS. Event leaders included Laura Golden, co-chairman; Donna O’Brien, corporate sponsors; Celeste David, live auction; Dorothy Holloway, decorations; Kellie Rohm and Donna O’Brien, publicity; Martha George, benefactors; and Robin King, reservations. Guests at the event included: Martin Taylor, Christy Little, Ann Hayden, Carol and Charlie Waites, Bob Alden, Tricia Preston, Mariellen Morris, Doug Rohm, LeAnn Blackman, Gina Shea, Elenor Parker, Margaret Ellis, Sandra Gillis, Amy Holditch, Joan and Larry Norred, Vanessa Vienna, Beth Franklin, Beth Newcomb, Cele Montgomery, Denise Hoyle, Donna McFeeters, Lake Franklin, Linda Croley, Rebecca Hohne, Christine Marsh, Colleen Samples, Diane Kent, Diane Ferguson; Donna and Tim Hightower, Tom Lewis, Paula Price, Pauline Rouss, Rebecca Carr, Jennifer Braxton, Mary Ann Capps, Charlene Frechette, Donna McGuffie, Rhonda Parker, Jennifer Norotny, Sperry Snow, Jo Potter, Sandra Marino, Jodi Turner Bloch, Magan Noojn, Nan Skier, Audrey Lindquist, Glenda Sparacio, Jackie Shaia, Becky Keys, Martha Cobb, Sue Cranford, Margret Turner, Patty Summerford, Brenda Nichols, Linda Hicks, Jessie Bean; Debbie Bennett, Arlene Goldstein, Ann Forney, Sheila Carlton, Debbie Hudson, Julie Pearce, Ashley Ramage, Dede Pittman, Laurie Malone, Lisa Hasen, Monica McBride, Dee Tipps, Vera Lister, Susan Brown, Judy Wellborn, Leigh Williams, Ann Dorough, Martha Simon, Carol Thomasino, Carolyn Bullard, Ashley Bullen, Kristen McGee, Chichu Fierman; Liz Wison, Becky Vance, Rita Wood, Margie Abbott, Connie

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Above: Among guests at the GBHSA’s annual fashion show and luncheon were, from left: Tonja Fudge, Donna O’Brien and Laura Golden. Below: Also there were Joan Norred, left, and Julie Elliott.

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recently at Vestavia Country Club. The theme “Evening Among the Stars” was carried out by Robert Logan of Backstage Florist. More than 100 Coronets members and guests attended the black tie event, which including dining and dancing. Dance chairman was Shirley Evans; assisting her were Carolyn Delk and Linda Gooldrup. Tony Marino and the

Attending a gathering at Flip Burger Boutique to support Chef Richard Blais in the finale of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars” were from left: Ryan King, Ben Barrett and Blake Hartley. Photo special to the Journal Chekmates Orchestra provided music for the evening. After a dinner of beef tenderloin and stuffed shrimp, Tuscan peach salad and crème brulee, professional dancers Amberly Shelton and Roger Howell performed. The presentation was arranged by Jackie and Fabian Sanchez (of “Dancing With the


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Fay Hart and Jim Hawk, Jean and David Hendrickson, Dianne and Richard Horn, Gloria Hudson and Dick Paxton, Barbara and Bob Hudson, Anna and Brian Keith, Rusty and Don Kirkparick, Jean and Billy Land, Jennie and Jim Lewis and Marian and John Lewis. Special guests were Jerry and Jerome Barker, Joan and Sandy Bell and Carolyn and Ben Hogan. Paulette Yelverton, assisted by Louise and Carlton Pinkerton, arranged for champagne to celebrate the birthdays of Sam Yelverton and Gloria Hudson.

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Participating in a student art reception at Littlehouse Galleries in Homewood were teacher and artist John Lonergan and his student Rose Lee.

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their first-year showing and reception recently at the Littlehouse Galleries in Homewood. Exhibiting their paintings were: Kelley Alford, Marissa Apolinsky, Alice Marie Bastar, Jene Black, Laura Blackstock, Jeanne Clark, Sara Crook, Laura Cunningham, Anna Donald, Gene Engel, Margie Fox, Jan Grant, Sue Graphos, Terry Harris, Irva Hayward, Linda Hiller, Elizabeth Elliott, Vivian Jones, Don Estes and Catharine Friend. Other students displaying their art were Becky Jacobs, Arlene Lerner, Rose Lee, Nancy Lloyd, Jane Morgan, Elizabeth Nettles, Diane Newsome, Mary O’Malley, Nancy Price, Patty Ringland, Pam Till, Rowena Talbot, Tricia Tomlinson, Linda Vann, Ed Wilson, Etta Wilson, Suzanne Woodall and Cindy Yielding. The students invited guests to view their works in oil in the second floor gallery. More than 900 attended.

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Mr. and Mrs. Luther Gwaltney McCollum Jr. of Jasper announce the engagement of their daughter, Margaret Kathleen McCollum, to Whitney DeBardeleben Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Whitney DeBardeleben and


Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nicholas Burg Jr. of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Davis Burg, to Tommy Ross Mason, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Ellis Mason of Tuscaloosa. The bride-elect is the grand-


Dr. and Mrs. John Clifford Bullington III of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Elizabeth Bullington, to Kevin Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Francis Wright of Huntsville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles

WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS Mr. and Mrs. Craig Lee Baker of Birmingham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Sarah Webb McCollum and the late Mr. Luther Gwaltney McCollum Sr. of Greensboro and Dr. Rollins Lynne Tindell Sr. and the late Mrs. Margaret Peacock Tindell of Dothan. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is employed with the Rotary Club of Birmingham. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Anne Welch DeBardeleben and the late Mr. Prince DeBardeleben Jr. of Birmingham and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Thornton Estes of Birmingham. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and is employed with Steward Machine Co., Inc. The wedding is planned for July 30. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Ray Davis of Athens and Mr. Edward Nicholas Burg and the late Mrs. Barbara Amberson Burg of Birmingham. Miss Burg is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and was presented at the Ball of Roses. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in education and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She is employed by the University of Alabama. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. Charles DeLoyd Leonard and Mrs. Emily Leonard Smith and the late Mr. and Mrs. Cecil McKinley Mason, all of Tuscaloosa. Mr. Mason is a graduate of American Christian Academy and will graduate from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy in May. The wedding is planned for June 25 in Birmingham. Robert Thompson of Franklin, Tenn. and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Clifford Bullington Jr. of Auburn. Miss Bullington is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and Auburn University with bachelor’s degree and a master’s in early childhood special education. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and was presented at the Ball of Roses. She is employed with Lanett City Schools. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Arlene Contri and the late Mr. Almo Contri and Mr. Thomas Xavier Wright and the late Margaret Ann Wright of Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Wright is a graduate of Grissom High School and Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is employed at Lexicom Computer Systems in Montgomery. The wedding is planned for June 25.


Mr. and Mrs. Dean Joseph Favret of New Orleans announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Michelle Favret, to


Ms. Jane Ragsdale Morton of Birmingham announces the engagement of her daughter, Anne Knox, to Austin Allbrook Averitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Richard Averitt of Birmingham. Miss Morton is the daughter of the late Mr. James Bridges Morton II of Birmingham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Winfrey Ragsdale of Montgomery and the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Spotswood Morton of Birmingham. Miss Morton graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English, French and European studies. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Phi Beta Kappa and will graduate from Harvard Law School in May. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Palmer Averitt and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Edward Allbrook, all of Selma. Mr. Averitt graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He will graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law in May. A June 2011 wedding is planned in Charlottesville, Va., after which the couple will live and be employed in Birmingham.


Frank Bennett Pearce Jr., son of Dr. and Mrs. F. Bennett Pearce of Vestavia Hills. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. Marshall Joseph Favret and Ms. Mary Gail Favret and Mr. Steven Roland McDonald Sr. and Ms. Marilyn Jeanne Turner of New Orleans. Miss Favret is a graduate of Ursuline Academy in New Orleans. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Spring Hill College in Mobile. She earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is practicing in Alabama. The prospective groom is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Frank


Mr. and Mrs. Harry James Dinken Jr. of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Caitlin Coleman Dinken, to Mr. Paul Martin Stone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dwaine Stone of Birmingham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. Clyde Ray Choat and the late Mrs. Choat of Pensacola, Fla., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry James Dinken Sr. of Birmingham.


Mr. John R. Sawyer and Ms. Terri R. Ruff of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Kaitlin Sawyer, to Frank Allen Yeilding II, son of Ms. Laurie Lynch and Dr. and Mrs. Allen L. Yeilding of Birmingham.

Pearce III of Alexandria, La., and Mrs. Bertie Barletter Guhman and the late Mr. George Allen Guhman of New Orleans. Mr. Pearce is a graduate of Vestavia Hills High School. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in biology from the honors college of Spring Hill College. He will graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in May 2012. The nuptial mass will take place in mid-November at Ursuline’s Our Lady of Prompt Succor Shrine in New Orleans. A reception will follow at the Columns Hotel. After a honeymoon trip to California, the couple will live in Birmingham. Miss Dinken is a 2003 graduate of Vestavia Hills High School, a 2006 magna cum laude graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology in 2008 from Auburn University. She is employed by Champion, Partners in Rehab in Birmingham. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Robert Earle Stone and the late Mr. Stone of St. Louis, Mo., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Van Brittain Seelbinder of Birmingham. Mr. Stone is a 2002 graduate of Vestavia Hills High School. He attended Auburn University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and is a 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is employed by SterneAgee in Birmingham. The wedding is planned for Aug. 6 at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ms. Dorothy S. Sawyer and the late Mr. Wallace W. Sawyer, Ms. Sarah J. Richards and the late Mr. Frederick Madison Richards and the late Ms. Mary Elizabeth Richards. Miss Sawyer is pursuing a degree in elementary education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The prospective groom is the grandson of Ms. Patricia P. Yeilding and the late Mr. Frank Allen Yeilding and Mrs. Claire G. Lynch and Mr. Frank A. Lynch. Mr. Yeilding is a graduate of Samford University. He is a financial planner at Pittman Financial Partners and owner of Yeilding’s Baseball Academy. The wedding is planned for May 21, at St. Mary’s on the Highlands Episcopal Church at 5 p.m. The reception will be held at the Country Club of Birmingham.



Michelle Forsythe of Florence and Robert Jones of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., were married, March 26 at 2 p.m. at Center Hill Church of Christ in Lexington. Dr. Kenny Barfield officiated. A reception followed at Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club in Florence. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Alan Forsythe of Florence. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Charles Dana Long and the late Mr. Charles Dana Long III of Birmingham and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Turner Forsythe of Center Hill.


Amy Battle and Stephen Matthew Brown were married March 5 at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. Dr Robert Hatfield officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr.


Dr. Gary Wilson Archer of Birmingham and Mrs. Mary Jean Archer of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Dawson Archer, to

Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lewis Jones of Lawrenceburg. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Richardson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Travis Jones, all of Lawrenceburg. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a white satin gown designed by Paloma Blanca and a dupioni silk gown by Lea Ann Belter. Matrons of honor were Molly Forsythe Partlow, sister of the bride, of Mobile and Leah Jones Staggs, sister of the groom, of Lawrenceburg. Bridesmaids were Sara Nicholas Holmes, Ava Kretzer Blevins, Tamra Mashea Trousdale, Martha Taylor Johnson, Catherine Clark Clement, Emily Susanne Burns, cousin of the bride, all of Florence; Elisha Anne Steele of Austin, Texas; Alison Davis Ferrell of Memphis, Tenn.; Allison Faith Huber and Elizabeth Ellen Foy, both of Nashville, Tenn.; Elizabeth Ann Clement of Birmingham; Leslie Anne Fleming of Huntsville; and Sara Davis Gussio of Jackson, Miss. Flower girls were Caroline Elizabeth Staggs and Emilia Aston Staggs, nieces of the groom, both of Lawrenceburg. Scripture readers were Oliver

Bradley Holmes of Florence and Victoria Grace Williams of Brentwood, Tenn. Program attendants were Abby Long, Madaline Taylor, Grace Taylor, Emily Taylor, Lillian Cowart, all of Birmingham, and Ellie Lynch of London, England, all cousins of the bride. The father of the groom served as best man. Groomsmen were Russell Richardson Jones, brother of the groom, of Nashville; Benton Wade Staggs, nephew of the groom; Jeremy Wade Staggs, brother-in-law of the groom, and James Benjamin Gobble, all of Lawrenceburg; Kevin Cornelius Partlow, brother-in-law of the bride, of Mobile; Carl Michael Uggla of Franklin, Tenn.; James Buchanan Sutton of Knoxville, Tenn.; James Andrew Dugger II of Orlando, Fla.; and Jeffrey Michael Williams of Brentwood, Tenn. Ushers were Oliver Bradley Holmes of Florence, Jonathan Patrick Long, Thomas Charles Long and Andrew Walden Long, cousins of the bride, all of Houston. The wedding planner was Alene Gamel of I Do I Do Wedding Planning in Birmingham. Following the honeymoon, the couple live in Florence.

Joe Lokey Battle Jr. and the late Mrs. Myra Jackson Battle of Vestavia Hills. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Tiry Jackson of Homewood and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lokey Battle Sr. of Hoover. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Stephen Brown of Vestavia Hills and the late Ms. Alice Kirsten Brown of Mountain Brook. He is the grandson of Ms. Jeanie Brown of Vestavia Hills, Mrs. Layla Moustapha and the late Dr. Ismail Moustapha of Hoover, the late Mr. and Mrs. George Kirsten of Birmingham and the late Mr. Charles Brown of Birmingham. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid of honor was Myra Ellen Battle, sister of the bride, of Atlanta. Bridesmaids were Megan Margaret Brown, sister of

the groom; Mary Battle Nunnelley, sister of the bride; Jennifer Battle Yanosky, sister of the bride; and Stephanie Diane Vakakes, all of Vestavia Hills; and Martha Grayson Tate of Orlando, Fla. Flower girls were Anne Douglas Nunnelley and Mary Emma Nunnelley, nieces of the bride, of Vestavia Hills. The groom’s father was his best man. Groomsmen were William Reid Fernambucq of Hoover, Joseph Tyler Lester of Vestavia Hills, James Patrick Mangina of Homewood and John Erskine Porter IV of Vestavia Hills. The ring bearer was Joseph Stephen Brown, brother of the groom, of Vestavia Hills. After a honeymoon trip to Playa Mujeres, Mexico, the couple live in Homewood.

Arthur Alvin Jones IV, son of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Alvin Jones III of Birmingham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William John Christiansen Jr. of Birmingham and the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wilson Archer of Louisville, Ky. Miss Archer is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School. She attended the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority, and graduated from Samford University with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. She was presented at the Ball of Roses and is employed at UAB Women and Infants Center. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Alvin Jones Jr. of Decatur and Ms. Lurene Taylor Merrill of Fairhope and the late Mr. Merrill.

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Mr. Jones is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. He is a student at UAB School of Dentistry. The wedding is planned for June 11.

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Mrs. William James Sullivan III of Birmingham announces the engagement of her daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of the late William James Sullivan III, to Michael Jay Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Johnson of Talladega. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Virginia Lett Thompson and the late Woodford Ross Thompson Jr. of Birmingham and Mr. William James Sullivan Jr. and the late Dorothy McGeever Sullivan of Birmingham. Miss Sullivan is a 2001 graduate of Hoover High School and a 2005 cum laude graduate of BirminghamSouthern College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Miss Sullivan also graduated magna cum laude from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles in 2007 with an associate of arts degree in merchandise marketing. She is employed with High Cotton in Birmingham. The prospective groom is the

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OTM Schools Take Top Honors LPMS Students Win Imagination Contest

Liberty Park Middle School students Logan Holyfield, Luke Arrington, Jack Hart and Francisco Hernandez recently placed first in the Alabama Destination Imagination competition. Destination Imagination involves problem solving, engineering, drama and creativity. The students’ challenge was to build a 20” x 20” x 20” box and then create a tool that would fit in the box. The tool had to move a variety of objects. Students were not allowed to touch any of the objects or the box itself with their hands or their tool, and all objects had to be placed in a specific quadrant. The students also had to demonstrate the use of their tool

First place winners in the state Destination Imagination contest were Liberty Park Middle School students, from left: Logan Holyfield, Jack Hart, Luke Arrington and Francisco Hernandez. Photo special to the Journal

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The Hoover High School Scholars Bowl team includes, from left, front: sponsor Joshua Rutsky, Michael Jaramillo, Harrison Martin, Andrew Messell, Katherine Amerson and Brian Bender. Back: Principal Don Hulin, Sean Moran, Cole Griffin, Todd Christensen, Collin Rooney, Stephen Church and Jordan LaPorta.Not pictured is varsity captain Logan Tarbox. Photo special to the Journal in an infomercial. The LPMS students will now compete with others from around the world at the Destination Imagination Global competition in Knoxville, Tenn.

HHS Scholars Bowl Team Wins NAQT

The Hoover High Scholars Bowl team recently won the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) and finished first in Alabama. The team will compete as the state’s representatives at the High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta May 2729.

MBHS Team Wins State Honors

Mountain Brook High School’s speech and debate team competed at Hoover High School for the state championship and won the overall, Congress and debate state �������������� championships. ����������������������������� MBHS students also took top honors as individuals. State cham������������������������������������ pions include: Charlie Hartley and Hope Reamer, Varsity Policy; Jeff ������������������� Rogers and Russell Day, Junior Varsity; Chamblee Shufflebarger and Mary Nix Roberson, Novice Policy; Philippa Straus and Sloan Tandet, Junior Varsity Public


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Johnson Wins ASDAR Award

Donna Johnson, sixth grade social studies teacher at Homewood Middle School, was recently honored as the Alabama State Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding History Teacher for 2011. She received the award at the Alabama State DAR Conference March 7-10 in Auburn. Sameer Sultan, a third grade student at Highlands School, won the team trophy at the Alabama State Chess Championship March 25. Photo special to the Journal

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Johnson has been teaching in Alabama for more than 30 years, most of which have been in Homewood schools. She has been Teacher of the Year for three different schools, including Homewood Middle. She has also received the George Washington Medal of Honor from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge. The Princess Sehoy chapter of DAR in Birmingham nominated Johnson for the award. She was chosen from among nominees of DAR chapters throughout Alabama.

Gwin Students Learn About Historic Sites

Gwin Elementary third graders ended a recent unit of study on historic sites of Alabama with multi-media presentations. The students did in-depth research on the cities and people of Huntsville, Mobile, Tuscumbia, Birmingham, Tuskegee, Montgomery and Gee’s Bend. In groups based on their interests, students learned sign language, made a quilt, discovered the

Donna Johnson, second from right, was named Outstanding History Teacher by the Alabama State DAR. With her are ASDAR officers, from left, historian Sandra Wilson, president general Merry Ann T, Wright and state regent Rita Horton. Photo special to the Journal inventions of Alabamians and reported on the state’s capitols. They also learned about famous Alabamians who have added to the state’s cultural history and about civil rights struggles.

Sullivan Speaks at OLS Author Day

Using the theme “The Recipe for Success,” children served up a literary feast for readers of all ages at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School’s Ultimate

Author Day. Students wrote, illustrated and published their own books at school. They also attended workshops, sharing sessions, special performances and literature-based activities. To kick off the event, Samford University football coach Pat Sullivan was the keynote speaker at a school-wide assembly. The assembly also included the OLS Irish Dance Troupe and student band. More than 430 books written, illustrated and published by the students were on display. Classes heard professionals from a variety of fields, including Tom Scarritt, editor of the Birmingham News;

Artist Becky Denny enlightened Wee-K4 students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School during her presentation on Ultimate Author Day, March 30.


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Pack 86 Hosts Pinewood Derby

Cherokee Bend Cub Scout Pack 86 recently held its annual Pinewood Derby race. Scouts designed, built and painted their own cars and then raced the cars on a special track. Trophies were presented to winners in three categories: fastest car, best design and best paint job. George Davis was overall winner for fastest car of the pack.

Homewood Schools Plan Spirit Scamper Pat Sullivan, Samford University head football coach and a former Heisman Trophy winner, spoke to Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School students during a school-wide assembly as part of Ultimate Author Day. With Sullivan are, from left, Ben Guerrera, Lionel James, Alex Pasara, Jackson Foster and Matthew Gadilhe. Photo special to the Journal manager of the Red Mountain Laurie Stroud, Birmingham Theatre Group; Dona Herring Christian Magazine publisher; Smith, Homewood Library stoJo Kittinger, author of “Rosa’s ryteller; Sarah Hosford, Irish Bus” and other children’s books; dance instructor; Kesha James, Kerry Madden-Lunsford, author Lawson State College computer of “Close Up: Harper Lee”; Amy instructor; Eve Parker, Jefferson Welborn, Catholic book author; Brother Leo, friar at Eternal Word County/ Birmingham Library storyteller; Doug Dean, published Television Network (EWTN) and author of “Hey, Brother Leo”; and vice president of human resources Clay Ingram, AAA-Alabama pub- at Children’s Health System and Auburn sportswriter; lic relations manager. Becky Denny, artist; Barbara Other speakers were Tres Just, owner of Christian Catering; Taylor, artist; Meaghan Heinrich, education director of the Alabama and Father John McDonald, John Carroll Catholic High School Youth Symphony Orchestra; principal. Kristin Staskowski, education

Three good friends and carpool buddies each received Vestavia Hills Elementary Central citizenship awards. Winning the awards were fifth graders, from left: Robert Cook, son of Martha and Robert Cook; William Tapscott, son of Julie and Billy Tapscott; and Cam Blake, son of Ginger and Steve Blake. Photo special to the Journal

Homewood City Schools will host the Spirit Scamper, a 5K/10K race and one-mile fun run, May 7 at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $20 for nonHomewood City Schools employees and $15 for HCS employees and students. The fun run is free. There is no fee for HCS students who convince HCS employees to register and participate. Registration and packet pickup will be at Homewood High School May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Homewood City Schools started the run for school employees, students and community members in 2010. For more information or to register, visit www.homewood.

Horizons School Turns Out for Mercedes 5K

The Horizons School was well represented in events at this year’s Mercedes Marathon Weekend. The school’s Hearts for Horizons team had 98 members participating in the weekend activities. The team was created to motivate students and community members to take active roles in promoting healthy lifestyles. All students at the school and many community team members participated in the 5K race, while some raced in the Mercedes Half Marathon, Mercedes Full Marathon or the First Commercial five-person Marathon Relay. The program has raised more than $31,000 for the school. All donations go to the school’s annual sustaining fund for new

Members of Cherokee Bend Cub Scout Pack 86 recently hosted the group’s annual Pinewood Derby race. Photo special to the Journal

Third graders at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School “traveled” the Oregon Trail without leaving school. Among those participating were, from left: Colin Melville, Mary Beth Parmer, Kenny Lueken, teacher Josie Davis, Savannah Meikus and Anna Claire Mollica. educational initiatives. The Birmingham school prepares young adults who have learning differences for an independent life. Horizons offers a college-like experience as students live away from home, develop a group of lifelong friends and learn skills for careers and social development.

OLS ‘Travels’ the Oregon Trail

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School third graders recently

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headed west on an imaginary trip. As part of their social studies lessons, the students learned what it was like to take a trip on the Oregon Trail without ever leaving school. The children dressed in Western attire, including indigo tie-dyed bandannas made in art class, Feb. 25. Other activities included buying supplies for the trip and loading their wagons, leather tooling, writing a letter to folks back East, making butter, mixing trail mix and creating a “wanted” poster. ❖

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The Horizons School sent a large team to the Mercedes Marathon Weekend. All students at the school participated in the 5K race. Photo special to the Journal

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used indoors or out. “Our color palette includes soft tones of spa blue and neutrals,” Randy said. “Outside, colors should complement and not compete with the landscape.” Since the loggia has an entrance to the kitchen at one end, there’s a dining area with a table set for casual dinners or morning coffee. “The Hooker console, with its timeworn patina, can be used for a buffet,” Randy said. “And oversized pottery adds some drama.” A place for sitting and relaxing is “very inviting,” he said. “A living area that’s outside should be very comfortable.” Exterior design has its own trends, and ShowHouse visitors will see examples of several fashionable products on the loggia. One is an eight-foot-round rug. “It anchors the eating area and separates the spaces,” Kathy said. “It’s in chocolate brown and spa blue. It’s contemporary in feel and pulls all the colors together. Beneath the reclaimed-wood coffee table is another rug, this one made from bamboo. Visitors should also look for lanterns holding flameless candles on timers. “They’ll burn for five hours,” Randy said. Porches from the past likely didn’t have anything like the floor-to-ceiling mirror from Uttermost that the Southern Wicker team chose for the loggia. “It reflects the scenery and lights and doubles the space,” Randy said. Accompanying the weatheredlook pieces are a pair of antique shutter doors at the dining room end of the loggia. Creamy vanilla planters from Myers Nursery in Pelham hold exotic palms. With its sprawling golf course view, enticing sitting and dining areas and well-chosen extras, the loggia is the perfect place for parties, family gatherings and everyday use. Grandma should have been so lucky. ❖

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HOME spring weather means dealing with downed branches, wet leaves and other blights on the beautiful landscape. But the finished product is worth all the time and effort. As

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The Blackjack Gardens designers divided the ShowHouse pool area into separate spaces and then gave each its own identity. There are places for dining, relaxing and sunbathing. Most pieces are from Winston Furniture, founded by the late Tom Jernigan, who owned the house.

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“Each company has full-time investigations of what people want, and their assessments are pretty much on target. Some people don’t want to ever have to paint, so they like synthetic. To others, ‘synthetic’ is a bad word.” The different spaces designed by Blackjack Gardens are adjoining, she said, so colors had to complement each other. “Neutrals are still the main thing,” Frances said. “But we’re using an array of neutrals, including black, brown and a few bright touches for spring.” One wall will be softened with draperies that have a tie-dyed look. Table decorations are light blue

and green. “Rebecca Cohn created the tabletop arrangements,” Frances said. Cohn, a wildflower expert, established the first planting for what would become Cohn Flowers several years ago at Blackjack Gardens. But since it’s hard to maintain fresh flowers and traditional potted plants for the entire time that the ShowHouse is open, Frances came up with a practical yet pretty alternative. “The idea came to me to use succulents on the tables,” she said. “They don’t have to be watered.” Mike Childress, who helps deliver items and “puts things where we want them,” is an especially valued member of the

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Lady Jaguars Fall in Finals of Hoover Classic BY LEE DAVIS



here was a time – not too many years ago – when Spain Park softball barely registered on the athletic map in Alabama. The program stood in the shadow of crosstown rival Hoover, which seemed to contend for – or win – a state title every year. All that changed after veteran coach C.J. Hawkins took over the program a few years ago. Under Hawkins’ leadership, the program moved toward respectability. Now it is approaching greatness. A late entry into last weekend’s Hoover Classic, the Lady Jaguars won four games on Saturday to reach the tournament finals before falling to Athens 5-4 in the championship game. What made Spain Park’s tournament run more impressive was that it came without the services of ace pitcher Channing Haynes, who was out with an injury. The freshman tandem of Haleigh Sisson and Julie Knight picked up the slack, pitching the Lady Jaguars to four wins. In the finale, Spain Park fell behind 2-0 in the first inning. In the second, DeKayla Sankey drove in a run to cut the margin to 2-1. April Scott’s two-run single gave the Lady Jags a 3-2 advantage. But Athens rallied to tie the score in the fifth inning before taking the lead for good in the seventh.

Good Call, from back cover reality check as to what is really important. The competition coming from sports and the “battles” for championships in general are a lot of fun, and I believe they do teach life lessons that you don’t get many other places these days. At the same time, I don’t know what could prepare anybody for the horrors that we are seeing – or experiencing – on a daily basis since Mother Nature reared her ugly head last week. On the other hand, we are seeing some of the basic lessons of sports. The importance of teamwork, unselfishness and putting needs of the group over the desires of the individual come into play countless times as Alabamians roll up their collective sleeves to help neighbors and strangers in desperate need. In this environment, there are no rivalries between Alabama and Auburn, or for that matter between Hoover and Vestavia Hills. There are just people working together in a spirit of love and cooperation that is bigger than all

In Friday action, Hoover edged Auburn 2-1, thanks to a dramatic sixth inning. Madeline Walley’s groundout produced the winning run in the sixth inning after Madison Dickey, above, scored off Kasey Weaver’s suicide squeeze. Dickey had a single to start the inning.

Journal photo by Tom Neil

Spain Park opened the day by defeating Hewitt-Trussville 5-1

and Daphne 5-2. In the quarterfinals, the Lady Jags recovered

of us. That’s one of the bittersweet ironies of a catastrophe of the magnitude that hit Alabama last week: The worst of nature usually brings out the best in human beings. For every disgusting story about looters, gawkers or people trying to take unfair advantage of the situation, there are thousands of inspiring and heartwarming tales of people working tirelessly to clear streets with chainsaws, or to collect and distribute essential items for fellow citizens they have never met. The silver lining of the very dark cloud – definitely no pun intended – that has hung over our state since last Wednesday is the way that people have come together – like Alabamians and Americans always do – in a time of severe crisis. In the days and weeks ahead, we will hear even more stories about how high school-age youngsters in our community – athletes and non-athletes alike – have worked to help those who are less fortunate. In the next few weeks, when we crown state champions in baseball, softball, soccer, track and field and other spring sports, let’s remember that

the real champions are the folks of all ages who pitched in and gave of themselves in an unprecedented period in our state’s history. They won’t get a blue trophy, but they’ll get a greater sense of satisfaction than any athletic champion ever did.

Tennis champions crowned...

The two state championships that did get settled last week were determined in Mobile, which was for the most part spared the weather issues that decimated the rest of the state. With the AHSAA tennis championships already underway in the Port City, association officials rightly decided to go ahead and complete the event. The Vestavia boys and Mountain Brook girls – in a direct opposite result of recent years – earned Class 6A titles. For the Rebels, it marked their first title since a Carlos Ballard-coached team earned the blue trophy in 1995. Vestavia’s boys had finished runner-up to Mountain Brook for the past three years before turning the tables on the Spartans last

from a five-run deficit in the last inning to rally to a 9-8 win over Auburn. In the semi-final, Spain Park rallied again from a final inning deficit to take a 4-3 upset over third-ranked Fairhope. Hannah Camp and April Scott slammed bases-empty home runs, and Sankey batted in the game-winning run. Spain Park came out of the tournament with a 31-16 record. In Friday action, Hoover edged Auburn 2-1, thanks to a dramatic sixth inning. Madeline Walley’s groundout produced the winning run in the sixth inning after Madison Dickey scored off Kasey Weaver’s suicide squeeze. Dickey had a single to start the inning. Carly Sewell pitched five innings, allowing only five hits, an unearned run and three walks while striking out six Lady Tiger batters. Marcy Harper earned the victory in relief to raise her record to 24-8. Abbey Walker earned Hoover’s only other hit of the game. Harper later earned her 25th win of the season with a 9-2 rout of Daphne. She helped her own cause with a bases-loaded double that scored three runs. Kasey Weaver had two hits and two RBIs, and Walley added a triple and RBI as Hoover ran its record to 32-17. Vestavia Hills took advantage of a three-run third inning to give the Lady Rebels a 4-2 win over Clay-Chalkville. Taylor Moon held the Lady Cougars to just week. For Rebel coach Adam Kolasa and his charges, the fact that they stood toe to toe with their archrival and took home a victory had to make winning the championship extra sweet. “This (championship) makes up for the last three years – that’s for sure,” said Kolasa. “All of our guys stepped up and did what they needed to do. We fought hard and are bringing the big trophy home.” Winning singles titles for Vestavia were Leo Richard, Peter Inge and Jack Patton. Winning doubles titles were the duos of Inge and Richard and John Morson and Patton. The Lady Spartans broke Vestavia’s four-year run of girls’ 6A state championships. And the scary thing is that only one player, Elizabeth Lucas, is a senior. Two players – freshman Carlee Petro and Sarah Bowron -- had never played school tennis before. “The key to this team was chemistry,” said Mountain Brook coach Susan Farlow. “They never had any drama and it was all about the team, not individuals. We hadn’t won a championship since 2006, and that was the goal from the very beginning.” Singles winners for Mountain

three hits while striking out seven batters. Hannah Taylor had two runs for the winners; Riane Estes added an RBI. Rebecca Hein’s one-hit masterpiece paced the Lady Rebels to a 7-0 rout of Hillcrest of Tuscaloosa. Hein struck out three batters and also provided some of the Vestavia offense with three hits of her own, including three RBIs. Abbie Miranda had three hits and two runs for Vestavia, and Estes had two hits, an RBI and a run. The Lady Rebels blasted 13 total hits as they ran their record to 30-13. Spain Park – the eventual runner-up -- edged American Christian 2-1. Casey Craig’s two-run homer in the opening inning gave the Jaguars all the runs they needed. Craig finished with two hits. Hannah Camp aided the Spain Park cause with two hits, including a double. Channing Haynes earned the win, giving up just four hits. The Jags’ record for the season improved to 27-14. In other games, Briarwood mashed Talladega 16-1. Lady Lion pitchers Linley Splawn and Brooke Calma combined to pitch a one-hitter. Rachel Walz had two hits and scored three runs. Calma helped her cause with two hits and two RBIs. Kate Bracewell had two hits with three RBIs and scored a run. Caroline Seay scored three runs and picked up a triple. Mountain Brook fell to Mortimer Jordan 11-2. Anne Pell led the Lady Spartans with two hits. Brook were Petro, Lauren Cohen and Sarah Cohen. Petro and Sarah Cohen earned a doubles title. And while Mountain Brook’s boys finished second, it was a special tournament for senior Patrick Lucas. Lucas won the number one singles and doubles titles in Mobile last week. He had also won number two, three and four singles championships in his career with the Spartans. In a tough week, tennis victories by Vestavia and Mountain Brook brought some much-needed smiles to the area.

Mountain Brook Sports Golf Tourney

The 13th Annual Mountain Brook Sports Corporation Golf Tournament is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, at Highland Park Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit athletic programs at Mountain Brook High and Junior High Schools. The shotgun starts will be at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30. For more information contact Mike Morrison at Mountain Brook Sporting Goods 870-3257 or email

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in the state of Alabama in career kills (1284) and aces (266). As a senior, she posted 478 kills, 71 aces and averaged 5.2 kills per game. In basketball, Wainwright’s team advanced to the state tournament quarterfinals in 2007 and were area champions in 2008 and 2009. She was an all-south selection, the 2008 AHSAA Area MVP and was only the fourth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Wainwright is the daughter of Lonnie and Cindy Wainwright and is a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church. Attending Abbey Wainwright’s signing are, from left: Kelly Elliot, Union Head Volleyball Coach, Abbey, Mrs. Cindy Wainwright and Mr. Lonnie Wainwright.

Shades Mtn. Christian’s Abbey Wainwright Signs with Union

The Union (Tenn.) University volleyball team has signed Abbey Wainwright of Hoover. Wainwright will enter Union this fall as a freshman and will major in biology as she works to become a pediatrician. Wainwright, a 5’-11” out-

Tennis, from back cover Spartans’ Trey Carter won the number two seed 6-1, 6-0. The Rebels’ Richard defeated Auburn’s Alex Beale 6-1, 6-3 to win the number three seed. Inge won the number four seed 6-3, 6-3 over Mountain Brook’s Jared Cohen. The Spartans’ Ben Shearer took a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 win over the Rebels’ John Morson to win the number five seed. Vestavia’s Jack Patton earned a victory in the number six seed 7-6, 6-2 over Mountain Brook’s Jacob Weinaker. In the doubles finals, the Spartans’ team of Lucas and Carter defeated the Rebels’ Holcomb and Wang 5-0 after one set to win the top seed. In the number three seed finals, Patton and Morson of Vestavia whipped Huntsville’s Neil Frederickson and Stephen Long 7-5, 6-3. In girls’ play, Mountain Brook edged Vestavia 74-58 to regain its first title since 2006. “We won some tough matches early on, and that helped a lot,”

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Rebel’s Jose’ Casanova to Play for UAB

side hitter at Shades Mountain Christian School where she played volleyball and basketball for four seasons. In volleyball, she helped lead her team to the Alabama state quarterfinals in 2007 and 2009. Wainwright was named all-state three times, was a three-time team MVP, named Birmingham News All-South three times and was the Birmingham News Player of the Year as a senior. The two-time team captain finished in the top-25

Vestavia Hills Jose’ Casanova has accepted an offer to play football for Alabama-Birmingham, which recruited the senior as a defensive tackle. He will be a preferred walkon. Casanova, the son of Jose’ and Gladys Casanova, started on the defensive line for Vestavia, helping the Rebels reach the state playoffs. Casanova is a two sport letterman in football and wrestling. Jose’ was awarded the Dr. Adeeb Thomas Award,which was voted on by his team.

said Lady Spartan coach Susan Farlow. “The fact that all of our girls got to the finals in singles and we had two pairs in the doubles finals helped a lot.” In the singles finals, Huntsville’s Kelsey Coots defeated Mountain Brook’s Sarah Bowron 6-1, 6-2 to win the number one seed. In number two singles, Mountain Brook’s Carlee Petro defeated Vestavia’s Mary Coleman Allen 6-0, 7-6. Petro came back from a 5-2 deficit to win the second set. In number three singles, Vestavia’s Avery King edged Mountain Brook’s Elizabeth Lucas 6-1, 6-2. Mountain Brook’s Laura Cohen defeated Vestavia’s Emily Crawford 6-4, 6-4 to take the number four seed. The Lady Rebels’ Hannah Shunnarah defeated Mountain Brook’s Farris Ann Luce 6-2, 6-7, 6-0 to win the number five seed. The Lady Spartans’ Sarah Cohen defeated Huntsville’s Livia Linden 6-0, 6-3 to win the number six

title. In the doubles finals, Vestavia’s King and Crawford defeated Mountain Brook’s Lucas and Luce 6-1, 6-7, 10-6 to win the number two seed. Mountain Brook’s Cohen and Petro defeated a pair from Huntsville to win the number three seed. In Class 5A play, the Briarwood boys finished second to win the first state tennis trophy in school history. Muscle Shoals took first place with 49 points, with the Lions totaling 41 to take the runner-up spot. Briarwood’s Griffin Russell defeated Muscle Shoals’ Patrick Barnes 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the number two singles individual title. The Briarwood girls also had an impressive showing, finishing third behind Muscle Shoals and Cullman. Olivia Odom won the number five singles title with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Walker’s Sarah Warren.

Hoover Wins Easter Egg Scramble

Hoover Orange claimed its first USSSA tournament title April 24, wrapping up the Easter Egg Scramble championship early Easter morning in a “no Sunday play” tournament. Wins were over Pelham (twice; 7-3 and then 14-11 in the finals), Thorsby Rebels (11-3) and Bandits Baseball (8-7). Team members above are, front row, from left: Kayleb Sherrer, Riley Huff, Jesse Kelley and Trey Harry. Standing, from left: Jack Henry Milligan, Creed McGuffee, CB Booth, Jake Tucker, Kyle Sherrer and Landon Berg Coaches: Adam Kelley, Jason Milligan, Joel Berg and Earl Harry.


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Vestavia Boys, Mountain Brook Girls Take 6A State Tennis Titles BY LEE DAVIS



wo of the state’s top tennis dynasties ended last weekend. Or if they didn’t exactly end, they at least changed hands. The Vestavia Hills boys’ tennis team took its first Class 6A championship since 1995, beating out three-time defending champion Mountain Brook. The news was better for the Spartans on the girls’ side of the ledger as Mountain Brook dethroned the four-time defending champion Lady Rebels. In the boys’ competition, Vestavia edged Mountain Brook 73-66 to grab the crown. Auburn High School was a distant third with 37 points.

The Rebels and Spartans battled toe-to-toe until the number two doubles match, when Vestavia’s tandem of Leo Richard and Peter Inge defeated Mountain Brook’s Eric Buchalter and Chase Newton 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. “Everybody stepped up and did what they needed to do,” said Rebel coach Adam Kolasa. “In the past, Mountain Brook was the one getting the wins it needed. “But today was our time. We earned it by fighting hard to the end. In the singles finals, Mountain Brook’s Patrick Lucas defeated defending champion Jeffrey Holcombe of Vestavia 6-4, 6-0 to win the number one seed. The

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Good Call: AHSAA Made Right Move To Postpone Events

Showing off Mountain Brook’s 6A tennis state championship trophy are, from left, front: Mary Martha Grizzle and Lauren Cohen. Second row: Wally Nall, Madeline Lindsay, Sarah Bowron, Carlee Petro, Elizabeth Lucas, Sara Cohen, Farris Ann Luce and Susan Farlow. Back: Glenn Lamar. Photo special to the Journal

Vestavia Girls, Spain Park Boys Win Lacrosse State Titles

Vestavia’s Allie Haddock, left drives past Oak Mountain’s Jacqueline Naro in the girls varsity championship game of the Alabama Lacrosse Championships held at Heardmont Park Sunday. Vestavia won the contest 7-5. The Lady Rebels beat Hoover 13-12 to make it to the finals. More photos at

Spain Park’s Hayden Cook, left, moves past Vestavia Hills Ben Brown in the Alabama Lacrosse championship game this weekend. The Jaguars won the contest 15-4. Spain Park defeated John Carroll and Hoover to make it to the finals. Journal photos by Lee Walls, Jr.


here are always plenty of reasons to criticize the actions of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Very similarly to the NCAA in college sports, the AHSAA often justifiably gets rapped for being out of touch with what is going on in the real world of amateur athletics. But in the wake of the deadly system of tornados that devastated Alabama and took hundreds of lives on April 27, the AHSAA’s decision to push back its postseason events to the next week was absolutely the right call. The sheer logistics of putting together athletic events, while literally hundreds of thousands of Alabamians were without power, water or even food or shelter, was simply too much of a burden on an infrastructure already tested past limits that would have seemed beyond our comprehension just a few days earlier. Moving the events back into this week helps to give us a much-needed return to some sense of normalcy and routine – and at the same time gives us a

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Over the Mountain Journal: May 5, 2011  

Over the Mountain Journal, a suburbaban newspaper covering the Birmingham, AL communities of Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoove...