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HAUL OUT THE HOLLY Mountain Brook’s Table Matters Celebrates 25 Years with Holiday Tips and Trends. PAGE 24

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

SPREADING LIBERTY Liberty Park Begins Construction on Last Open Parcel of Land. PAGE 30

Terry Oden cuts the ribbon on Mountain Brook’s new joint police and fire training facility named in his honor. He is joined by Mountain Brook Mayor Stewart Welch and, from left, Fire Chief Chris Mullins and Police Chief Ted Cook. Oden served as mayor for 20 years before retiring last year.


New Mountain Brook Police and Fire Training Facility Named for Former Mayor Terry Oden By Emily Williams

Journal photo by Emily Williams

As former Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden stood next to a plaque bearing his name on the morning of Oct. 13, he joined a league of a very few men.

The plaque is on a joint training facility recently constructed for Mountain Brook’s police and

fire departments. The decision to name the facility the Mayor Terry Oden Police and Fire Training Facility was a unanimous one, said Mayor Stewart Welch, and marks Oden’s place as the city’s longest-serving mayor. But naming a building in honor of someone is something the city rarely does. “In fact, they never do it,” Oden joked. “I guess this puts me in a league with Emmett O’Neal and Dr. Charles Mason,” for whom the city’s library


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’Twas the Night Before Christmas – and What Are You Eating?


When most families sit down to Christmas dinner, they don’t stray too far from turkey, ham and the usual edible suspects. Christmas Eve, however, is another story – a chance to be a little more creative foodwise. While awaiting Santa’s arrival, my clan, for example, has lobster mac and cheese with tomato-basil soup, while my sister-in-law’s family always chows down with Brunswick stew and barbecue. A friend says her group would be less than merry if she didn’t serve Poinsettias – festive cocktails made with champagne and cranberry juice. We’d love to know what you’ll have on your table on Dec. 24. If you’d like to share your family’s Christmas Eve food traditions with us, please email your menu and comments about it to me at no later than Friday, Nov. 10. Just make sure to include your name and which Over the Mountain city or neighborhood you live in. We’ll include as many responses as possible in the Nov. 30 issue of the OTMJ. – Donna Cornelius




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J O U R N A L October 19, 2017 Publisher & Editor: Maury Wald Copy Editor: Virginia Martin Features Writer: Donna Cornelius Staff Writers: Sarah Kuper, Emily Williams Editorial Assistant: Stacie Galbraith Sports: Blake Ells, Rubin E. Grant Contributors: Susan Murphy, Jordan Wald, June Mathews, William C. Singleton III, Emil Wald, Marvin Gentry, Lee Walls Jr., Bryan Bunch, Sam Prickett Advertising Sales: Suzanne Wald, Julie Trammell Edwards, Tommy Wald Vol. 28, No. 6

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Beautiful

y family will be converging wishes I myself had no intention of on Orlando in a few weeks granting. Let’s just say I would have for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary had to wear it with a turtleneck, but I Halloween Party – the Magic would have had the same problem if Kingdom, trick-or-treating and a speI’d wanted to be a clown or a nurse or a pirate. One day out of the year cial holiday parade rolled into one. you get to be anyone you want to be I’ve heard that seasoned revelers and, apparently, a lot of people go all out with their costumes, kids and grown-ups alike. One family choose “naughty.” It’s a little scary. dressed as all seven dwarves, another Eventually, I did find an online the Incredibles, yet another the entire crafter who makes Fairy Godmother capes for someone who just wants to cast of “Moana.”  be a harmless, helpful woman of a Being a group of staunch individualists, my family didn’t pick a coscertain age. The cape was gorgeous tume theme. My granddaughters are but pricey, and I hesitated. How going to be entirely different. badly did I want to be a Fairy Sue Murphy Princesses. My grandsons are still Godmother? Maybe I should just put deciding between movie and TV Who do I want to be? on a tiara and be a princess like heroes. everyone else. Cinderella’s Fairy I hadn’t considered wearing a But then I decided to be just a costume myself, but then I thought Godmother. She’s a little little irresponsible (much different than naughty) and go for it. How … why not? It’s been a long time ditzy (I can do that.), but many more years will my grandsince I’ve been encouraged to be anything but responsible, and what when she put her mind to children go trick-or-treating? How better place than Disneyworld to many more times will they be it, she made Cinderella’s willing to be seen with their let go of your to-do list and just grandmother in a costume, even if to-be. The question, of course, dreams come true. it’s grandma appropriate? I pulled became: who do I want to be? out my magic credit card and – Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. She’s a little ditzy (I can do that.), but when she put bing – the cape was on its way.    her mind to it, she made Cinderella’s dreams come Then the word came down directly from Cinderella’s castle that adults were not going to be true. Sure, I would have preferred that she hadn’t allowed in the park dressed as Disney characters. turned defenseless animals into carriage horses and Disney costumed grown-ups might set out to behave servants without their explicit prior approval. I think in a not-so-Disney way and it could be confusing for they would have happily been part of Team children. (Read: long term therapy) Cinderella if they had been asked. But – bing – I was pretty disheartened, and then I thought, “I you’re a footman? That crosses a line.     want to go to the ball.” I’ll wear obvious grandma All I’d need to be a Fairy Godmother would be a shorts and a T-shirt, I won’t brandish my wand, but pale blue cape and a sparkly wand. The wand was by golly, I’m going to throw the cape over my shouleasy, but I had a terrible time finding the cape. The bricks-and-mortar costume places (shop local!) ders. If anyone asks, I’ll just tell them I’m cold. No didn’t have anything workable. The big box online one will mistake me for a cast member, but for one brief, shining moment, if you squint a little, I will be sites didn’t either. The one costume I did find was Bibbidi Bobbidi Beautiful! ❖ for a fairy godmother who seemed looking to field


What’s your favorite Halloween treat? “Snickers, I like the peanuts and chocolate together.” Sarah Mullins, with daughter Avery Bluff Park “M&Ms, because I can eat them on the go.” James Mullins Bluff Park “Smarties, I like anything sour but not too sour.” Mei Sims Vestavia “Nerds, because of the way the flavor pops.” Rollins Waltchack Vestavia

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Going Natural For a Cause

OCT. 19 - NOV. 2


Trillium is a private, gated community with protective covenants nestled along the beautiful Cahaba River. An extensive network of walking trails and more than 1/2 mile of private river frontage offer many outdoor recreation opportunities for Trillium residents.

Shop Save & Share The Summit Purchase a $40 Shop Save & Share card and save up to 20 percent on purchases at over 500 area retailers and restaurants. All proceeds benefit the over 30 community projects of the Junior League of Birmingham and help improve the lives of women and children in Birmingham. There will be a kick-off party on Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the Summit featuring drinks, light bites and music. For more information, visit 

By Sarah Kuper The American Cancer Society South Region is participating in the popular cancer awareness campaign “No Shave November” for the first time this year. Participants in No Shave November forego shaving their faces or bodies for 30 days to spark conversations about efforts to beat cancer. While the campaign can include all cancers, men’s cancers such as prostate and testicular cancer tend to be the focus as men grow beards and mustaches throughout the month. Evan Ray, president of St. Vincent’s Health System, is putting down his razor for the month. “I had a lot of fun both raising money and awareness during last year’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign and I thought that this would be a fun way to generate additional support and funding to help fight cancer,” he said. In addition to growing out facial hair, participants register online for a fundraising page and ask friends and family to support cancer research through donations. Men are encouraged to have fun with the campaign, styling newly grown beards and mustaches in noteworthy ways. If a participant’s workplace (or relationship) has a dress code, organizers say trimming and grooming is allowed – the hope is that a new look will initiate conversations. For more information or to sign up for a fundraising page, visit ❖

Oct. 20 and 22 HOMEWOOD

Harry Pottery and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert Wright Fine Art Center Relive the magic in high definition on the big screen as the Symphony performs every note from John Williams’ scores along with the film. Tickets start at $27. For more information, visit

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Oct. 20-22 HOMEWOOD

Drenched The Dance Foundation Arova Contemporary Ballet presents a performance of Dance and water uniquely blended. Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Q&A to follow matinee. For more information, visit “Arova” Facebook page. ❖

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"We have building lots available for sale, and our homeowners work with the design and building professionals of their choice." said Trillium developer, Pierce Yates. "Along with the residents who have purchased lots from us, several Trillium investors have built their own custom homes here,” added fellow developer, Andrew Baker. Trillium resident, Howard Chapman, said “Our favorite thing about Trillium is that we enjoy such natural beauty, privacy, and tranquility at home and yet are only minutes from Birmingham's downtown and shopping areas.” To learn more about Trillilum please call 205-2598138. Realtors representing qualified buyers are welcome.

Photo courtesy American Cancer Society

Over the Mountain Men Encouraged to Put Down Their Razors for Cancer Awareness

Oct. 19-29




Mystery Dinner Theatre Homewood Public Library South City Theatre presents the award-winning play “Rehearsal for Murder,” by Richard Levinson and William Link, in the Large Auditorium from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is event is for adults. General admission tickets are $30. For more information, visit


Ovation BJCC Theatre Alabama Ballet presents a mixed repertory performance of contemporary ballet featuring Études, a one-act ballet, and an original work by Roger

Van Fleteren, resident choreographer and associate artistic director. Tickets begin at $69. For more information, visit


Wild and Scenic Film Festival RMTC Cabaret Theatre Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council present the tenth annual film festival from 2-6 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 2:15 p.m. The event features films, conversation, food and drinks, door prizes and more. For more information, visit

Thurs., Oct. 26 BIRMINGHAM


“I had a lot of fun both raising money and awareness during last year’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign and I thought that this would be a fun way to generate additional support and funding to help fight cancer.” EVAN RAY Fish On! The Florentine Crimson Tide football legend and Big Oak Ranch founder John Croyle will serve as the keynote speaker at On River Time’s fourth annual cocktail dinner and live auction from 6-10 p.m. All proceeds go towards expanding the nonprofit’s year-round impact on children who have suffered abuse and neglect. Individual tickets are $100. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

Taste of the Magic City MAKEbhm Brookwood Baptist Hospital and ProAssurance presents this culinary event from 5-8 p.m. Attendees will enjoy tastes from 27 local establishments, live music from Jason Bailey and Joe Breckenridge and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit M-POWER Ministries. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

Cathedral Concert Series Cathedral Church of the Advent This innovative twelve member vocal ensemble, working without a conductor, has thrilled audiences worldwide with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. London-based Stile Antico will sing at the Advent as part of its U.S. tour. For more information, visit iTickets. com or VESTAVIA HILLS

2828 Linden Avenue Homewood 870-4060

Wine and Craft Beer Showcase A Private Club in Vestavia Piggly Wiggly will be hosting a fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. featuring wine, craft beer and food tastings. The event will benefit The Daniel Project, an initiative with the Paul Meyers Foundation that seeks to educate young adults on the symptoms and screenings of the fatal heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Tickets are $50. For more information, visit “Piggly Wiggly Crestline” Facebook page.


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Thurs., Nov. 2 HOOVER

Inspiration and Perspiration Hoover Library The Hoover Historical Society presents a celebration of Hoover’s leaders, old and new as they look back over 50 years of the city. The event is free and will be in the Library Theatre from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 444-7840.


Holiday Open House Downtown Homewood Kick off the holiday shopping season with Homewood Chamber of Commerce at the annual Holiday Open House from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, a trolley, shopping discounts and more. For more information, visit homewoodchamber.

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

Vulcan Aftertunes Vulcan Park and Museum The museum will host Aaron Lee Tasjan with Early James in the final installment of this year’s Vulcan AfterTunes. Gates open at 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the gate and $8 children. Children 4 and under are free. For more information, visit visitvulcan. com.


Birmingham Botanical Gardens volunteers getting ready for the upcoming Fall Plant Sale are, from left: Janice Williams, Peggy Horne, Sally Price, Tom Jenkins and Linda McCullough.

Fall Plant Sale Birmingham Botanical Gardens The Gardens will host its annual Fall Plant Sale in its Blount Plaza Oct. 21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct 22 from noon-4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Gardens’ mission to promote public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment. Admission is free. For more information, visit ❖ BIRMINGHAM

An Evening with The Capitol Steps Lyric Theatre Vulcan Materials Co. presents a night of musical political satire with The Capitol Steps at 7:30 p.m. to benefit the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. Tickets begin at $50. Lower level preferred seating and a preshow reception is available for $100. Registration is available online only at


The Fantastic French Horn Alys Stephens Center Soloist Andrew Bain joins the orchestra as they explore the wonders of the French horn in the Jemison Concert Hall. Tickets begin at $20.85. For more information, visit


Storybook 5k & Fun Run Vestavia Hills City Hall The Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest Junior Board host the 2nd annual 5k & Fun Run to benefit the libraries children’s department. The familyfriendly event will be from 8-11 a.m. and include live music, inflatables, face painting and more. Registration for the 5k is $30 and the fun run is $20. For more information, visit HOMEWOOD

October Fest Book Party Homewood Public Library The library will host a book party featuring author Charles Ghigna, “Father Goose,” as he launches his new book, “First Times,” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Large Auditorium. There will be prizes, games and giveaways. For more information, visit


A Taste of Louisiana Hoover Met Greater Birmingham LSU Alumni Association and Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill present the second annual food festival and Cajun cook off from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Sid Strong Foundation funding pediatric cancer research and college scholarships for local students. For more information, visit lsubirmingham. org. HELENA

Barktoberfest Helena Amphitheater Two by Two Rescue presents a festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring an off leash dog park, dog adoption center, celebrity dogs, low cost vaccines and microchips, a kid’s zone, bouncy house/slide, face painting, hay rides, vendors, live music, a bake sale, food, a gift shop, door prizes and a photo booth. For more information, visit “Two by Two Rescue’s Barktoberfest 2017” Facebook page.

Sun., Oct. 29 HOMEWOOD

Catch a Rising Star Brock Recital Hall This program features Alyssa Martin, mezzo-soprano, winner of the 2017 Vocal Competition in an intimate recital at 2:30 p.m. in Samford University’s Brock Recital Hall. Tickets begin at $10. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

Chalktoberfest The Summit Chalk Artist will be working around The Summit from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Pick up your chalk art map and voting card at the Chalktoberfest headquarters located in Saks Plaza. The winner will be announced at the after party from 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit 

“Kathy Filyaw went above and beyond our expectations.” When Beth and Phillip Zaricor planned to relocate to Birmingham for a career opportunity, the first stop in their home search was an Open House in Mount Laurel. They fell in love with the community. “Kathy Filyaw was the agent on duty and she was so personable. Within just a few minutes we could tell we would enjoy working with her,” says Beth. “She had a good feel for what we were looking for in a new home.” Kathy encouraged the Zaricors to visit other communities but she ultimately sold them another home in Mount Laurel. “Without question, we are comfortable recommending her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home,” says Phillip. Kathy says being part of ARC Realty and helping people like the Zaricors navigate the home buying and selling process is a privilege. “I am blessed to work with great people,” says Filyaw. To learn more about working with Kathy and to see all of ARC Realty’s listing, visit

A Relationship Company 4274 Cahaba Heights Court, Suite 200 Birmingham, AL 35243 • 205.969.8910 Kathy Filyaw • 205-999-5939


CATHEDRAL CONCERT SERIES STILE ANTICO Thursday, October 26 - 7:30 p.m. $25 Reserved Seating $15 General Admission $10 Student Tickets

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working  without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences throughout Europe and North America with their fresh, vibrant, and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. Its bestselling recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have earned  accolades including the Gramophone Award for Early Music, Diapason d’or de l’année, Edison Klassiek Award, and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and have twice received Grammy® nominations. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to hear Londonbased Stile Antico sing at the Advent as a part of its US tour. Ticket information available from the Advent Music Office by phone: (205) 443-8553, by email:, or by visiting

Cathedral Church of the Advent

2017 Sixth Avenue North  Birmingham, AL 35203

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Live 2 Lead Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church A half-day leadership conference will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn from world-class experts John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Warrick Dunn and Cheryl Bachelder. Lunch will be provided. Tickets are $25 payable by online registration at For more information, visit vestaviahills. org.   BIRMINGHAM

“A magnificent display of the very best kind of polyphonic music.” -BBC Music Magazine “An ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality, and balance.” -The New York Times




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Tribute to Veterans Southern Museum of Flight The museum and Patriotism in Action will host a free event celebrating the military, veterans and their families. The event begins with a Vizzini Farms Winery tasting from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a program featuring keynote speaker U.S. Army Retired Brigadier General and former NASA astronaut, Robert L. Stewart. For more information, visit VESTAVIA HILLS

Gifted: A Market with a Mission Shades Mountain Baptist Church Shop with Shades Mountain Baptist Church from 10 a.m.-8 p.m from vendors who support a variety of ministries that fight human trafficking, encourage adoption and spread the Gospel around the world. Tickets are $5 at the door, or can be pre-purchased at the church office. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

The Vulcan’s Community Awards The Club Vulcan Park and Museum will host the fourth annual Vulcan’s Community Awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. with registration at 5:30 p.m. Festivities will include dinner and presentations about the inspiration for and substance of each honoree. Individual tickets are $115. For more information, visit

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Stop Being Good, Start Getting Real Homewood Public Library The library welcomes practicing psychotherapist, radio host and author Andrea Mathews as she discusses her latest book, “Letting Go of Good,” from Please initial and fax back within 24 hours. 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Large Auditorium. If we have not heard from you by 5 pm of the Friday before the press date, Books will be available for purchase, your ad will run as is. We print the paper Monday. and a signing will take place after the Thank you for your prompt attention. program. For more information, visit

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Nov. 2-4

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TumTum Tree Wine Auction Regions Field The 28th annual Charity Wine Auction weekend will begin Nov. 2 with a wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. at Regions Field followed by private winemaker dinners and the “Bubble Bash,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. A live auction and dinner by Chef Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse will be held at The Ballroom at the Thomas Jefferson Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. The weekend will conclude with a tailgate party in Tuscaloosa at the Alabama vs. LSU football game Nov. 4. Proceeds benefit children’s charities in Alabama. For more information, visit


Harvest of Hope Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Cornerstone School’s Women’s Service Board host the annual Harvest of Hope from 5:45-9 p.m.. Bid on student artwork along side other local artist’s work, jewelry and accessories, gift cards and one-of-a-kind collector’s items. For more information, contact Logan Heim at, call 769-0034 or visit BIRMINGHAM

“Get Busy Fighting” Golf Tournament Highland Park Golf Course The Laura Crandall Brown Foundation will host its fourth annual golf tournament, honoring Ginny Bourland, who recently lost her battle with ovarian cancer. If all shotguns do not fill up all players will be moved to the 8 a.m. time. Single registration is $125, $500 for a team of four. For more information, visit   

Sat., Nov. 4 HOOVER

Walking to Remember Riverchase Galleria The LocAL Walk to support LocAL Alheimer’s Services and Research will begin at 8 a.m in the food court area of the Galleria. Ask family, friends and coworkers to walk in honor or memory of a loved one. For more information call 871-7970, email vholder@alzca. org., or visit BIRMINGHAM

Vulcan Run Boutwell Auditorium The 43rd annual run benefits Vulcan Park and Museum, Girls on the Run and the Birmingham Track Club. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m. Post-race activities include a DJ, food, beverages and adult refreshments. For more information, visit birminghamtrackclub. com. 

Nov. 4-5


Moss Rock Festival The Preserve This eco-creative festival Sat. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., features artist, artisans and makers, live music, food, special exhibitions, kids activities, workshops, a rock climbing wall, a tiny home, a Beer Garden, craft beer tasting and more. Park at the Hoover Met where a shuttle service will provide transportation to the Preserve. For more information, visit

Sun., Nov. 5 HOOVER

NF Walk Veterans Park This event celebrates the brave NF Heroes who live with neurofibromatosis and raises funds for critical NF research. The event will feature face painting, food, drawings, carnival games, live music and more. For more information, visit ❖

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Former shoebox recipient Dana Thomaston will be sharing her story about how she received a shoebox while growing up in communist Romania and how it affected her life.

Filling Shoeboxes With Hope

Mountain Brook Community Church Hosts Operation Christmas Child Kickoff By Rubin E. Grant Operation Christmas Child, which recruits people to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children in need throughout the world, will have a Kickoff and Workshop Oct. 22, 3-5 p.m. at Mountain Brook Community Church in the Fellowship Hall. The event is being sponsored by the Operation Christmas Child Birmingham Area North Team. Former shoebox recipient Dana Thomaston will be sharing her story about how she received a shoebox while growing up in communist Romania and how it affected her life. She now lives in the Bessemer area with her family and is the one packing shoeboxes to encourage children who are living in her former circumstances.   Sunday’s event is open to adults and children. Attendees are encouraged to bring friends, including those who might be interested in getting their churches or community groups involved with packing shoeboxes for the first time. A special door prize will be given to whoever brings the most friends or new shoebox packers. There also will be display tables about Operation Christmas Child, and refreshments will be served.  Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.  For more information about the program, visit what-we-do/operation-christmaschild/ ❖


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The 14th Annual Ballroom Dance Marathon, an event that attracts dancers of all ages and abilities from across the Southeast, promises to be a weekend loaded with learning, lots of movement and fun.

Dance, Dance, Dance! Event Will Be Filled With Merry Movement for a Cause

By June Mathews Homewood’s answer to the ballroom dance craze returns to The Exceptional Foundation on Oct. 27-29. The 14th annual Ballroom Dance Marathon, an event that attracts dancers of all ages and abilities from across the Southeast, promises to be a weekend loaded with learning, lots of movement and fun. “We have high school and college kids dancing alongside adults, ages

‘The Exceptional Foundation is a worthy recipient of our Dance Marathon dollars.’ 50 to 90,” said event organizer Wendy Johnson. “It’s a wonderful thing seeing several generations of people all enjoying the same activity.” The Ballroom Dance Marathon originated as a celebration of National Ballroom Dance Week and a way of earning money to buy a new dance floor for the Homewood Senior Center. “Initially, the idea came about from Barbara Pilato, and she had help from the Birmingham Ballroom Dance Association,” Johnson said. “Enough money was raised within the first two years to put in a wonderful floor, which was enjoyed by dancers from all over the Birmingham area.” As the event grew, the organizing committee sought a larger cause. The Exceptional Foundation already had been offering its gym as additional space for the event, so it was natural that its role as a partner evolve into a beneficiary role.

A non-profit organization offering programs for special needs individuals, The Exceptional Foundation uses a variety of sports, games, field trips, arts, crafts and other activities to build confidence and help its participants attain a greater level of independence. “The Exceptional Foundation is a worthy recipient of our Dance Marathon dollars,” said Johnson, who has been working with the event for 11 of its 14 years of existence. A certified ballroom dance instructor, Johnson teaches community classes with husband Curt, who also helps with the marathon. “He and Barb work with the Exceptional Foundation participants to put together a dance exhibition each year by giving them free dance lessons for five weeks leading up to the event,” she said. “It is so heartwarming to see them do their exhibition each year and to see their joy. Their enthusiasm and smiles are certain to remind you of what dancing is truly all about.” This year’s Ballroom Dance Marathon will begin Friday evening, Oct. 27, with a dance at The Exceptional Foundation featuring popular Birmingham dance band The Classics. The evening will also include the special exhibition by the Exceptional Dancing Stars. Saturday begins with six hours of workshops – 18 classes in all – taught on three dance floors by nine top-notch instructors from across the Southeast who volunteer their time. Extra dance space for the workshops will be provided by Our Lady of Sorrows school and family life center. Classes will range from beginning to advanced and include standard favorites such as fox trot, waltz and swing, as well as the Latin-inspired rumba, mambo, cha cha, bolero and

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Boo Who?

OCT. 19-22 AND 26-31

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Boo at the Zoo The Birmingham Zoo Come dressed in your favorite familyfriendly costume as the Zoo transforms into a destination of spooky attractions. New this year will be the Red Mountain Theatre Ghost Tour and Hayride. For more information, visit birminghamzoo. com. 

OCT. 20 - OCT.21


BooSnooze The Birmingham Zoo Spend the night under the stars in the Children’s zoo area from 5 p.m.-8 a.m. for children ages 8 and up. Enjoy rides, candy, a night tour of the zoo and pumpkin carving. Spaces for this event are limited. Contact 397-3864 or

SAT., OCT. 21

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Trick or Trot 5k Sloss Furnaces The fifth annual costume 5k run begins at 7 a.m., benefitting Kid One Transport. The event will include postrace food, a “Bloody Mary Bar”, music and activities for kids. There will be a costume contest with awards given for a variety of categories. For more information, visit Goosebumps Gala Homewood Pulbic Library The Library will host a children’s gala from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Round Auditorium. Wear your favorite costume and play games, make crafts and enjoy spooky treats. For more information visit, (Pup)kins & Pints Cahaba Brewing Co. Wags ‘n Whiskers Comprehensive Pet Care and Wags ‘n Whiskers Rescue celebrates the Halloween season with friends both four-legged and two from 2-6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the animals at Wags’n Whiskers Rescue. For more information, visit “2nd Annual Pupkins & Pints” Facebook page.

WED., OCT. 25

Shades Mountain Baptist Church Fall Carnival The church presents its fall carnival from 5-8 p.m. featuring food, music, candy and prizes, carnival games, a cake and cookie walk and inflatables. For more information, visit

TUES., OCT. 31

Enjoying last year’s Mystics of Mountain Brook parade are, from left: Sam Martin (Ghost), Tracey Martin (Robin), Lindsey Joens (Batwoman) and Ty Jones (Superman).


Mystics of Mountain Brook Church Street The 14th annual Mardi Gras-style parade, begins at 4 p.m. and features floats tossing t-shirts, beads, stuffed animals, footballs and more. The parade route will be along Church Street. For more information, visit


on the lawn at dark on the field across Bluff Park United Methodist Church from the Emmet O’Neal Library from Halloween Carnival 6-10 p.m. For more information, visit This event will include carnival games, raffle baskets, prizes, a haunted house, a cake walk, food, Steel City Boo 22 Pops and more from 6-8 p.m. An $8 B&A Warehouse wristband will allow children to partake The annual Halloween party from in everything at the carnival. For more 8 p.m.-2 a.m. will feature music by information, visit “Bluff Park United featuring special events Gentleman Zero and DJ Mark AD, Methodist Church” Facebook page. Scaryoke karaokee, a palm reader, Preview Noel henna • Market Bliss • THURS.,•OCT. 26 tattoos, a horror movie lounge Hoover Hayride & Family Night and a costume contest with over • Rock the Runway • Veterans Park on Valleydale $1,000 in cash and prizes. Ages 21 The free family-friendly event will be and up and tickets are $25 (cash at the held from 5-8 p.m., featuring hayrides door). Proceeds benefit the Lukemia around the park, candy, food vendors, and Lymphoma Society. For more balloon artists, face painting and information, visit boohalloweenparty. giveaways. For more information, visit com. Halloween Heroes VIVA Vestavia Hills Hoover Public Library Hollywood Pools The library will present its annual The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Halloween Party at 7 p.m. in the Commerce presents Eat, Drink & Be Childrens Department, celebrating all Scary from 6:30-9 p.m. and benefits the heroes with Batman, Paw Patrol and Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce Firemen to the rescue. All ages event. Foundation. Tickets are $45 each and Wear your best costume for some major can be purchased at or heroic fun. For more information, visit by calling 823-5011.

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A Night Dark and Grimm Emmet O’Neal Library The Library will host an outdoor fairytale and book festival with a movie

# AV O I D T H E M A D N E Spooktacular Vestavia Library in the Forest Get spooked on the story trail, sing along with the Ghoulish Gals, enjoy crafts, eat snacks and play games. Costume contest following the Ghoulish Gals performance. Free for all ages. For more information, visit

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Halloween Car Show Old Car Heaven The Halloween Car Show presented by Mystic Krewe of Caritas from 9 a.m.1 p.m. will feature the Dixie Vintage Antique Automobile Club. Trophies will be awarded for Best Halloween Spirit, People’s Choice and more. Free to the pubic, $20 auto entry fee. For more information, call Chrys at 566-3492.  Boo Run for Down Syndrome Veterans Park Hosted by Southeastern Trail Runs and sponsored by Mountain High Outfitters, this event features a 5k and 10k run at 8:30, and 1 mile fun run at 9:30 a.m. all concluding with a costume dance party. Admission is free for those with Downs Syndrome. For more information, visit  Fall Festival  Cahaba Village Cahaba Village Fall Festival is set for 5-8 p.m. featuring traditional fall festival games and a Howl-O-Ween pet costume competition at 7 p.m. Participating merchants will donate a portion of sales to benefit the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. For more information, visit  Owl-o-ween Alabama Wildlife Center Alabama Wildlife Center presents a day of games and crafts. Meet Alabama’s owls up close and witness the release of a rehabilitated bird back into the wild and more. Admission is free with Oak Mountain State Park admission. For more information, visit

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ABOUT TOWN Dia de los Muertos Rotary Trail This free one day festival presented by AMOR will be from noon to 9 p.m. The event  features community altars to remember loved ones, local dance and music performances, poets, crafters, artisans and latin food. For more information, visit “Birmingham Día de los Muertos 2017” Facebook page. Howls & Growls Old Car Heaven The third annual Halloween event hosted by and benefitting the Greater Birmingham Humane Society from 7-11 p.m. features open wine and beer included with all tickets, music provided by DJ Neon Electric, special effects lighting, live actors and monsters, party games, door prizes and food trucks. For more information, visit howls. 

SUN., OCT. 29

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Vestavia Hills Baptist Church Fall Festival The church’s fall festival featuring food, music, costumes, games and candy starts at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Fall Carnival The Grove Shopping Center Mountaintop Community Church will host a free carnival from 3:306:30 p.m. at the Grove shopping Center on Hwy 150 (Super Target), featuring carnival rides, games, candy and food trucks. For more information, visit mountaintopchurch. com.

Liberty Park Baptist Church Fall Festival This annual festival includes carnival rides, games, inflatables, a chance to win gift cards, cotton candy, popcorn, a bake sale and dessert food trucks, from 3-5:30 p.m. For more information, visit “Liberty Park Baptist Church” Facebook page.

Zombie Run Railroad Park This 2nd annual run from 5-8 p.m. benefits Holloways Gift of Life Foundation in their mission to provide resources, after school programs and scholarships for deserving community children and their families. A post-race party includes music and awards. For more information, visit “2nd Annual Zombie RUN “Birmingham, Alabama” 2017.   

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A Stormy First Year Doesn’t Dampen Curry’s Plans for Vestavia Hills Ashley Curry’s first year as mayor of Vestavia Hills was memorable, he said, “if for no other reason than the weather.” Curry, who took office in November, delivered his first State of the City address at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Oct. 10, during which he highlighted lessons from his first year and plans for his second. In his speech, Curry called the weather conditions that the city faced over the past year “unprecedented,” having shifted from a monthslong drought to strong rainstorms and, later, flooding. That rapidly shifting weather put great stress on the city’s public works resources and revealed infrastructure problems that will need to be addressed in coming years, Curry said. Fixing those infrastructure issues, particularly corroded stormwater systems, was one of three objectives for 2018 that Curry listed in his speech. Speaking with Over the Mountain Journal after the address, Curry said that repairs to the stormwater management system’s 27 problem areas will be an ongoing project. “We couldn’t possibly get all of that done in one year,” he said. Another of Curry’s three objectives also requires a multi-year plan. The city’s acquisition of a building adjacent to City Hall is part of a plan to develop a new civic center and community space – although it may be years before that plan is realized because the building’s current tenant, Gold’s Gym, has a lease through 2021. Curry said that the building’s location and size will make it worth the wait. “There is nowhere else in Vestavia that you could find that (amount of) land, a building of that size, with that kind of parking,” Curry said. “It was an opportunity that, when the owner of


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The building is located on East Street, at the edge of Cahaba Heights near Rathmell

Taking on the Opioid Epidemic

Curry’s pet project for the year – and the third of his listed objectives — is developing an initiative to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic on the city level. Alabama’s status as one of the top five states for opioid overdose deaths “alarmed” him, Curry said. In his former career as an FBI agent, Curry said, he saw what drug abuse does to people. “I’ve seen it ruin lives, break up families, destroy businesses,” he said. While Vestavia Hills’ recorded opioid overdose deaths are well below the national average, Curry said, “even one is too many.” Opioid addiction’s ability to cross socioeconomic and racial lines means that Vestavia Hills is just as vulnerable to it as any other city. “We have the problem, make no mistake about that,” Curry said. “If any of these Over the Mountain communities try to pretend that it’s not a problem for us, we’re dreaming. It is a problem.” While the city does have a school-based drug abuse awareness program, “Help the Hills,” it leaves the demographic most vulnerable to opioid addiction, 25- to 40-year-olds, unaddressed. “That’s a segment of the population that, we could have all the school programs we wanted,

‘When I came into office, I had been a resident of Vestavia Hills for over 30 years, but I had no idea how much the city does. We do a lot with less employees than other cities our size ... . I’m just impressed with the caliber of our personnel, the professionalism.”

Vestavia School Board Seeks Community Help in Superintendent Search

The facility includes a heated and airconditioned building for classes, a firing range and a Fire Department drill field with a laddered tower for climbing drills.

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and Board of Education building are named. Welch said the unusual honor was warranted. “I cannot think of a more appropriate person to dedicate this building to than Mayor Terry Oden,” Welch said. Oden served as mayor for 20 years before retiring last year. He was a champion of the public safety departments and served as chairman of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. Oden remarked that public safety had “always been a part of my life in one way or another.” That’s partly because he spent 25 years as a member of the Secret Service, and partly that his father was a Birmingham firefighter. “Based on his background, Mayor Oden always possessed a very keen interest in public safety during his time on Mountain Brook City Council and as Mountain Brook’s mayor,” said city manager Sam Gaston. “He always served as liaison to our police and fire department.”

the building approached us (to sell), we couldn’t pass up.” The proximity to City Hall means that the building also could serve as new homes for the city’s Chamber of Commerce and parks and recreation offices, while the space those departments currently occupy could be repurposed to expand West Elementary. “It’s a win-win for the schools, too,” Curry said.

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Park and the city’s Public Works Department. The field had been used for training, but there was no running water on the site, Welch said. So, whenever there was a training session, they would have to bus in porta-potties and take in bags of ice. Having a training facility was essential for the city, according to both Police Chief Ted Cook and Fire Chief Chris Mullins. “It didn’t make sense not to share a building,” said Cook, adding that the fire and police departments have a stellar working relationship. The facility includes a heated and air-con-

but they’re out of school,” Curry said. “That’s what got my attention.” Curry said he met with mayors of neighboring cities such as Homewood, Hoover and Mountain Brook to discuss potential initiatives the cities could share. “I think some of those other cities, we’ll be talking again about it,” Curry said. “If I could get something set up here, I would love to be the model for other cities to follow. We need to address it.” Curry said he will be meeting with Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall to discuss a potential initiative. He said community leaders had reached out to be involved, as well, after his State of the City address. The desire to combat the opioid epidemic isn’t the only aspect of Curry’s FBI past that is influencing his mayorship, he said. “When people ask me about decisions made by the city, where there are people for a project and others against it, I tell them that the way I would approach that is the same way that I approached information that came to me as an agent,” he said. “I worked in public corruption for a number of years, and when somebody comes forward and says, ‘Hey, (that official) over there is on the take. There are kickbacks involved,’ well, you can’t just open up a case based on that. You’ve got to go out and corroborate the information. There’s a lot of fact-finding. “I would use an investigative mindset. If an issue comes up, let’s go get all the facts. And before we knee-jerk react or overreact or don’t react, let’s go get the information and see what’s involved, and then we can make a decision once we know everything.” Curry stressed that a main takeaway from his first year as mayor is how impressive the Vestavia Hills city government is. “When I came into office, I had been a resident of Vestavia Hills for over 30 years, but I had no idea how much the city does,” he said. “We do a lot with less employees than other cities our size ... . I’m just impressed with the caliber of our personnel, the professionalism.” ❖

ditioned building for classes, a firing range and a Fire Department drill field with a laddered tower for climbing drills. “Training is one of the most important components of our job,” Mullins said. “It keeps us ready to do our job and to operate at a very high level.” When it came down to whom the building would be dedicated to, it made sense to honor Oden, under whose leadership the project originally began, Cook said. “It is certainly an honor that the city thought enough of me to put my name on it,” Oden said. ❖

Following the announcement this summer that Sheila Phillips would step down from her position as superintendent, the Vestavia Hills city school board has been searching for her replacement. Charles Mason, who is filling in as interim superintendent, recently announced that the board will be holding two meetings and has created an online survey to gather commentary from community members. The board has partnered with the Alabama Association of School Boards and search consultant Dr. Terry Jenkins to conduct the search for a new superintendent. Mason wrote in a released statement that the AASB is hoping to gather information on what qualities the community finds crucial in a superintendent. He said taking the online survey is the best way for residents to let AASB know what they think is important in a superintendent. Two parent and community meetings will be led by Jenkins on Oct. 19. A meeting at Vestavia Hills City Hall will be held in the council chambers from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A second meeting will be held at Louis Pizitz Middle School in the media center from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. “Whether you choose to take the online survey or attend one of the parent meetings, please know that your input matters as this process moves forward,” said Mason. To take the online survey, visit —Emily Williams


By Emily Williams The Hoover city school and Vestavia Hills city school systems are planning to expand their domains. Hoover’s school board recently bought the Riverchase Middle School property from Pelham, and Vestavia Hills announced plans to buy the Gresham Elementary School property from the Jefferson County

The Hoover City School Board has secured the Riverchase property and announced plans to use the property as a career training center. Board of Education. The Hoover City School Board has secured the Riverchase property and announced plans to use the property as a career training center where students from Spain Park and Hoover

Hoover Schools Set Substance Abuse Talks for Parents

Hoover City Schools officials have coordinated a series of drug and substance abuse talks with parents, to be hosted at the three Hoover middle schools. The discussions will be held at parent breakfasts sponsored by local organizations. Speakers will include representatives of the Hoover Police Department, district attorneys, Bradford Health Services and others.  Breakfasts will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., at Berry Middle School on Nov. 2, Simmons Middle School on Nov. 17 and Bumpus Middle School on Nov. 30.






Vestavia School board members during an Oct. 5 meeting signed a letter of intent to put in an offer for Gresham, which has been valued at $6.75 million. According to the information provided by Dr. Charles Mason, interim superintendent, Jefferson County would continue to hold classes through the 2018-19 school year. During that time, Vestavia would be allowed to begin any updates or construction they saw fit. He added that the board has no such plans as of now, but it would make those decisions as it works through the process of buying the facility. ❖


Hoover and Vestavia Schools to Buy New School Properties

Vestavia Plans in Early Stages


high schools could take skilled trade courses. Dr. Kathy Murphy, superintendent, and Dr. Ron Dodson, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, have spoken during town hall-style meetings on use of the space, one held Sept. 26 at Hoover High School and another Oct. 3 at Spain Park High School. Murphy explained to a room crowded with parents that the school system hasn’t been properly serving students “who want a skill set to go immediately out of high school and begin in the workforce.” According to Dodson, the Hoover school system hopes to begin using the center in its next school year for Junior ROTC courses as well as courses in cosmetology, culinary arts, first responder services, carpentry and electrical and automotive training, along with other disciplines. The facility has tentatively been named the Riverchase Center for Career Training. Opening it would not only help students train for careers, but also would help schools accommodate the rising numbers of students. Murphy noted that there is an estimated overflow of more than 240 students in the schools because of continued residential development. Long term, they estimate an overflow of more than 600 students. Though the majority of the crowded room was in favor of the ideas presented, Dodson noted that the board is, “still listening and still considering,” the opinions of the school’s community.


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Troop 97 Homewood members,from left: Matt Howell, Camp Wilhelm, James Gunter, Liam Melville and Sam Kyle.

Troop 97 Homewood Recognizes Five Eagle Scouts at Court of Honor

On Aug. 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood, Troop 97 held a Court of Honor to recognize five of its members who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The Homewood-based troop welcomed James Gunter, Matt Howell, Sam Kyle, Liam Melville and Camp Wilhelm into the “Eagles Nest.” Robert Sturdivant, minister of students at Trinity United Methodist Church, gave the invocation, followed by speakers for each of the honorees: Tim Gunter, U.S. Navy, for Gunter; Katy Anderson, Cytogenetics Lab manager at UAB and Vulcan District training chair, for Howell; Dominic Luke, U.S. Air Force pararescueman, for Kyle; Joey Plaia, drama director at John Carroll Catholic High School, for Melville; and Jim Averett, retired vice president of Southern Company, for Wilhelm. For his Eagle project, Gunter raised funds to build five picnic tables at Patriot Park in Homewood. He had a fleur-de-lis brand created and used it to brand each of the tables. The tables were built, stained and delivered to the park and are used by the Hall Kent Elementary School students for outdoor studies. Howell’s Eagle project was to build a Fire Pit and benches for Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center, a vocational and residential housing for children and adults with autism. Kyle made improvements to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, in Gate City, for his Eagle project. He installed a 50-foot French drain to improve a drainage issue, built a Little Free Library designed to look like the church and installed a proper sacrarium drain for

the church.   Melville’s review board showed great interest in his Eagle Project, the Chimney Swift tower he built at the Homewood Community Garden. Wilhelm’s Eagle project was to build and lay out 19 trail makers for a 4.75 mile running trail at Red Mountain Park. Each trail maker is a 4-by-6 post with a metal plate that has the Red Mountain logo.

Mountain Brook’s Freeman Wins Big

Dr. Arthur M. Freeman III of Mountain Brook recently won four awards for his professional service in the field of medicine. The International Association of HealthCare Professionals recognized him as a Leading Physician of the World and top adult psychiatrist in Birmingham. The Who’s Who organization named him top psychiatrist in the state and an outstanding physician in America.     During his 50 years of practicing medicine, Freeman served as Dr. Arthur M. vice chairman Freeman III of psychiatry for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and chair of psychiatry and later dean of the Louisiana State University School of MedicineShreveport. He was also chair of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis.

Freeman attended Harvard on a National Merit Scholarship and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. While at Vanderbilt, he completed a fellowship in biochemistry at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and a fellowship in clinical hepatology at the University of London. He interned in internal medicine at the University of Florida and did his psychiatry residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was selected chief resident. He also was awarded a six-month fellowship to the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London. According to a release, Freeman has lectured at universities throughout the world, conducted more than 100 clinical trials for new psychiatric drugs and written more than 90 articles for the psychiatric literature. He edited the book “Psychiatry for the Primary Care Physician.” Freeman maintains membership in The American College of Psychiatrists, the American Psychiatric Association and the Southern Psychiatric Association, for which he has served as president. Currently, Freeman is in private practice in Birmingham, and he is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Tulane University.  

TumTum Tree Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

The TumTum Tree Foundation has welcomed a new executive director, Elizabeth “Libby” Sibley. In her new role, Sibley will focus on growing the organization’s annual wine auction while exploring new opportunities for patrons and corporate partners. “After a long career away from Birmingham, I am excited to be back in my home town to continue my career for a wonderful foundation,” said Sibley. “The TumTum Tree Foundation’s sole purpose is to provide funds focused on improving the lives of Alabama’s Elizabeth “Libby” Sibley children through its annual wine auction weekend, and I am excited to work towards making this weekend an even larger success.” After graduating from the University

Young Philanthropists Society Hosts After-Hours Fundraiser

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United Way of Central Alabama’s Young Philanthropists Society met Sept. 18 for an update on this year’s campaign. Held at the Elyton Hotel’s Moonshine rooftop bar, this gathering of young professionals featured fun and fellowship to promote membership and donations. Jemison Jones, sales manager for O’Neal

From left: Ann and Keith Chandler.

VHUMC Troop 4 Scouts, from left: Jacob Gammill, William Prior and Stephen Michaels. of Virginia, Sibley began her career in the food industry in a variety of roles, from line cook in Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants, to caterer, to food stylist and recipe developer. After studying the classic culinary arts at the International Culinary Institute in New York City and working and staging in restaurants in New York, Washington, D.C., and Birmingham, Sibley decided to leave the restaurant world and start a food business in Nashville. Sibley’s food business worked with Airbnb to provide local treats for guests. While assisting under the wine educator and business owner at a wine bar in Nashville, she found her passion for the wine industry.

VHUMC Troop 4 Scouts Earn Eagle Rank

Boy Scout Troop 4, chartered through Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, recently announced that Jacob Gammill, William Prior and Stephen Michaels have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The troop will celebrate their achievements Nov. 5 at a Court of Honor. In his scouting career, Jacob Gammill has held various leadership positions, including troop guide and librarian, and served as crew leader on a 65-mile trek at Philmont Scout Ranch. For his Eagle Project, he constructed a fitness station in Red Mountain Park, which includes pull-up and push-up bars, a sit-up bench and a bench dedicated to his aunt, Ginny Bourland. Gammill is the son of Greg and Clair Gammill and is a sophomore at Vestavia Hills High School, where he is a member of the school’s 2017

Steel Inc.’s Southern Region and chairman of YPS for two years, shared his own reason for giving with guests and members. “United Way is the best way to give back to our community,” he began. “They find the most useful resources to reach deserving people in Birmingham, giving them a hand up when they need it.” United Way of Central Alabama kicked off its annual campaign Sept. 7, announcing a fundraising goal of $38 million. The campaign proceeds fund community programs and services provided by United Way and 80 local partner agencies. Members of YPS are integral to campaign success, giving at the leadership

state championship wrestling team and where he lettered as a freshman. Gammill joins his father, grandfather, two uncles, a great uncle and two cousins in achieving Eagle rank. William Prior received his Arrow of Light in Cub Scout Pack 1 and since has held leadership positions that include assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and quartermaster. He completed National Youth Leadership Training. For his Eagle Project, he designed and built a wall-mounted, folding changing table, built storage cubbies, installed shelving and painted classroom walls for the benefit of the Hand in Hand special needs ministry at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, where he is a member.   Prior is the son of Jeff and Stephanie Prior and is a junior at VHHS.   Stephen Michaels has held numerous leadership positions in his troop, including senior patrol leader, patrol leader and chaplain. He attended National Youth Leadership Training and was elected to the Order of the Arrow. He obtaining his Arrow of Light in Pack 1. For his Eagle project, Michaels remodeled the uniform storage room used by the Pizitz Middle School band and choir programs.   A junior at VHHS, Michaels has been active in band programs at Pizitz and at VHHS, playing in the concert, jazz and marching bands; the All State Honor Band; and the Crimson Honor Band of the University of Alabama. At last year’s All State competition, Michaels auditioned and earned the honor of playing first chair alto saxophone in the All State Red Band, the highest band at All State.   Michaels is the son of David and Elaine Michaels. ❖

level of $1,000 or more annually. YPS empowers future community leaders to roll up their sleeves and take part in handson volunteer projects throughout the year. Members network with like-minded peers and meet with Birmingham’s corporate and community elite to affect change and advocate for those without a voice. “I’m a country boy from Houston County, Alabama,” said Jeff Lee, deputy general counsel of Regions Bank. “One of the reasons I give is because I’ve been so incredibly blessed. I can’t pay back all the people who’ve contributed to my success, but I can pay it forward in their names.” ❖


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Journal photos by Emily Williams


From left: Parkinson Association of Alabama Executive Director Mary T. Miller, board past-President Ken Cater and board President Jamie Laney.

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Members of the newly formed junior board for the Parkinson Association of Alabama include: Vice President Leigh Anne Fleming, Morgan Badham, Phillip Badham, Ruth Bean, Allison and Watson Black, Rebecca Chambliss, President Meghan Cox, Vice President Leigh Anne Fleming, Kat Gannon, Christopher and Craig Hey, Laura Jernigan, Carrie Kreps, Lauren Martin, Lindsay Mills, Andrew Mills, Duncan Murphy, Mary Louis and John Quinn, Bethany Riley, Kellie Stewart and Julia Williams.

Parkinson Association Working on Virtual Center to Link Patients With Resources By Emily Williams Founded in 1978, the Parkinson Association of Alabama has had its ups and its downs, but a new feature is in the works that officials hope will take the organization to new heights. Over the past few years, the board of directors and Executive Director Mary T. Miller have worked to breathe new life into the PAA. Miller, of Vestavia Hills, took on the position of executive director in 2015 and has since run the association’s day-to-day operations as the single staff member. During a Sept. 21 reception at Burr & Forman, board President Jamie Laney announced the addition

The organization is ramping up for a capital campaign to raise the $250,000 projected to be needed to support the center for the first several years. of a new junior board and a new statewide virtual resource center for Parkinson’s patients. The American Parkinson Disease Association has contributed $40,000 to jumpstart the resource center project. “What has been a longtime need and a longtime idea, we are finally able to bring to the state,” said Laney. The resource center will be the first of its kind in Alabama, connecting patients statewide with specialists, support groups, exercise classes and more. Its purpose is not only to educate patients on the resources available to help manage Parkinson’s disease, but also to provide health

care professionals with a network to refer patients to programs and specialists. Parkinson’s is not a disease that is widely understood, Miller said, and doctors who aren’t familiar with it are hard-pressed to find ways to help their patients. “Some people may be diagnosed by a doctor who can refer them to a neurologist,” Miller said. “But for many people, they go see their primary care doctor and that doctor may be able to tell them they have Parkinson’s, but beyond that they don’t know what to do.” In its initial stages, the PAA’s resource center will have one care navigator, who will be hired by the end of this year. Their duty will be to travel throughout Birmingham and the state introducing the program to neurologists and other specialists who will be listed on the center’s website for patients and other professionals to find. “What’s the first thing we do to find information? We use Google,” Laney said. “And what happens when we Google?” Laney said patients are overrun with information that either isn’t useful or isn’t affordable. The organization is ramping up for a capital campaign to raise the $250,000 projected to be needed to support the center for the first several years. “We, the PAA, will own this,” Laney said. “So, we can customize it to the needs of a Parkinson’s patient.” The organization will continue to fund the PAA Endowed Professorship in Neurology and predoctoral scholarships in UAB’s Neurology Department. Miller noted that the junior board has had its first meeting and plans to host fundraisers throughout the year. For more information, visit ❖


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lack ties were in bloom at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Oct. 5 as guests arrived for the annual Gala in the Gardens. The event celebrated this year’s Antiques at the Gardens, which brought acclaimed interior designers, architects, landscape designers and more to the facility to participate in lectures and showcase their work.  Show Ambassador Richard Keith Langham was on hand for the gala, signing copies of his newest book, “About Decorating,” as guests mingled among booths displaying the work of the show’s featured Tastemakers. Event chairwomen Joy Grenier and Kathleen Roth led a team of planners to create the weekend’s festivities. Show honorees Dr. Tommy and Yates Amason, long-time supporters of the BBG, were recognized at the event.  An executive planning committee included: chairwoman Emily Bowman, Jeanie Sherlock, Maggie Brooke, Elizabeth Broughton, Ragan Cain, Cameron Crowe, Katie Baker Lasker, Cathy Luckie, Tricia Noble, Kim Rogers, Margot Shaw and Leah McKinney Taylor. 

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Tastemakers for this year’s Antiques at the Garden were architects Corbett Scott and Chad Graci, textile designer Mary Catherine Folmar, John Wilson from Golightly Landscape Architecture, Katherine Bramlett from Katherine Bramlett Design, Ashley Gilbreath from Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design, and floral designers Jay Draper and Mark Thompson. Proceeds from Antiques at the Gardens, the largest annual fundraiser for Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, benefit educational programming at the gardens. That includes the flagship program Discovery Field Trips, which has provided a free, curriculum-based science education to 10,000 Birmingham and Bessemer schoolchildren each year for more than a decade. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $3 million for the gardens. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens ranks as the state’s most-visited free attractions, with 350,000 visitors last year, according to the Alabama Tourism Department. Next up for the gardens is the Native Plant Conference: Celebrating the Astounding Biodiversity of the Southeast, being held Oct. 26-29. Sessions include “Our Beautiful Southern Bogs,” “Bee-ing Alabama” and “After Dark: Pollination by Night.” For a complete schedule, go to the gardens’ home page,, click on Events at The Gardens and then Native Plant Conference. Tickets are $165 for members and sponsors, $185 for nonmembers and $135 for full-time students, with student scholarships available. ❖

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Camp Winnataska Celebrates Centennial Anniversary The Friends of Camp Winnataska kicked off an 18-month 100th anniversary celebration on Sept. 8 at The Club. Dubbed “A Night to Dream Big: Looking Toward 100 More Years of Big Dreams for Winnataska,” the event was presented by Stewart Perry and was sponsored by the Piggly Wiggly. More than $25,000 was raised, exceeding the goal set by the camp to kickstart its birthday capital campaign. Nashville singer-songwriter and former camp staff member Roger Day, honorary chair of the Capital Campaign Cabinet, performed his hit song “Dream Big” and led a singalong of the popular camp song “Dummy Line.” Festivities also included a silent and live auction and a new camp video by Vestavia Hills’ Stasi Bara. Guests in attendance included Ellen and Rick Buckner, Beth and Andrew Fort, Wayne and Glenda Hogg, Jann Montgomery and Thomas Smith. Rachel Appleton, Jamie Barnes, Catherine and Paul Bentley, Heath and Jennifer Cather, Robbie and Rachelle Cather, Carrie and Jim Cearlock, Roger Conville, Dr.

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From left: Cheree Carlton, second vice president; Sahra Coxe Lee, president; Carmen Morrow, first vice president; Connie Bishop, treasurer; Marquita Self, secretary and Carolyn Waquespack, assistant treasurer.

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Ballerina Club Lays Out the Year’s Activities During Planning Meeting Ballerina Club members gathered Sept. 14 at the Country Club of Birmingham for the annual fall planning meeting and a buffet luncheon. One of longest-existing dance clubs in Birmingham, the Ballerina Club was organized in 1946. Ball chairman Carmen Morrow announced that the 2018 ball’s theme would be Mad Men, Martinis and Music. It will be at the Country Club of Birmingham on March 3. Second vice president Cheree Carlton reported that this year’s new members would be introduced at the Fall Dinner, which was held Oct. 9 at the Mountain Brook Club. The Spring Meeting and Wine and Cheese Party on April 19 will be at Carlton’s home. New officers will be elected at the meeting. Membership chairman Rebecca Mason introduced the nominees for membership, and they were elected by the unanimous consent of the members present. ❖

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The city of Birmingham was on display at Vulcan Park and Museum Oct. 5 for the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Foundation’s second annual Hearts After Dark benefit. The evening began with a cocktail hour in the courtyard, where guests had passed hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and cocktails as a string duo played. A Heart Gallery offered up pieces by local artist Charlotte Wilson, with a percentage of the profits benefiting the organization. After guests took in the views from the observation deck, they sat down to a dinner catered by Kathy G. and Company before bidding on auction packages. Proceeds from the evening’s festivities benefit the foundation’s mission of improving outcomes for children in need of a heart transplant. ❖

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Mrs. James Ligon O’Kelley of Mountain Brook announces the engagement of her daughter, Drue Elizabeth O’Kelley, to Kevin O’Neal Bohrer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bohrer of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late James Ligon O’Kelley of Vestavia Hills. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Madison W. O’Kelley Sr. of Vestavia Hills and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis W. Glover of Tuscaloosa.

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SOCIAL/WEDDINGS Miss O’Kelley is a 2007 graduate of Vestavia Hills High School. She attended the University of Alabama, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and psychology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Denver School of Nursing, where she graduated with honors in 2017. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Jimmy Ray Childress of Choudrant, Louisiana, and the late Mr. Childress, Ms. Marsha Lansberg Bohrer of Metairie, Louisiana, and Mr. and Mrs. Jay Wasserman Bohrer of Kenner, Louisiana. Mr. Bohrer is a 2007 graduate of the Dunham School in Baton Rouge and a 2011 graduate of Louisiana State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance. He also attended Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and the London School of Economics and Political Science in London. He is a corporate finance manager with Grant Thornton LLP. The wedding is planned for Nov. 11 at First United Methodist Church in downtown Birmingham.


Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ward Hindman of Ruston, Louisiana, announce the engagement of their daughter, Margaret Livingston, to Clayton Glen Avery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Robert Avery of Jonesboro, Louisiana. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Margaret Gresham Livingston and the late Mr. James Archibald Livingston Jr. of Mountain Brook and Mrs. Lois Fowler Hindman and the late Mr. William

Doss Hindman of Shreveport, Louisiana. Miss Hindman graduated from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with an honors degree in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas. Miss Hindman was presented at the Redstone Club Ball, the Ball of Roses and the Beaux Arts Krewe Ball.  The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Ramsey of West Monroe, Louisiana, the late Dr. Durward Robert Avery Jr. of Weston, Louisiana, and Mrs. Sybil Allison Robinson and the late Mr. Albert Glen Robinson of Jonesboro. Mr. Avery graduated from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with a degree in microbiology and Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport with a degree in medical technology. Mr. Avery is employed at Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The wedding is planned for Nov. 25 in Ruston at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

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Hope for Autumn Hosts Fall Festival Fundraiser

From left: Brian and Rebecca Sparks with Sarah Merritt and Kristle Parsons.

Audra and Tom Willingham.

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Ben and Allison DeGweck.

Audra and Tom Willingham.

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Guests celebrated the upcoming change in seasons Sept. 29 at the 2017 Fall Fizz and Fare Festival, hosted at the Redmont Hotel by the Hope for Autumn Foundation. Sparkling wine from Grassroots Wine and craft beers from Cahaba Brewing Company and Fairhope Brewing were on tap to complement food tastings provided by GianMarco’s, El Barrio, Homewood Gourmet, Bare Naked Noodles, Vecchia Pizzeria and Mercato, Savoie Catering, Nothing Bundt Cake and Moss Rock Tacos and Tequila. A live auction included two bigHope for Autumn Executive Director ticket foodie experiences: an inAmanda Knerr, right, with Ryan Knerr. home wine dinner by Homewood Tripp Erwin; Mike Tullo; Brian Gourmet’s Chris Zapalowski and McClendon; Jared Nelson; Rhett Scott Jones of Jones is Thirsty, and a Plugge; Mary Katherine Smith; Beth 25-person at-home tailgate by Chris Sherer; and Audra Willingham. Cullen of El Barrio Restaurante. Proceeds from the event will go to The event was organized with supthe organization’s mission to provide port from Hope for Autumn executive support programs for families battling board members, including Travis childhood cancer, fund research on Diggs, president; Amanda Knerr, pediatric cancer therapies and increase executive director; Chris Graber, treaawareness. ❖ surer; Kristin Mitchell, secretary;

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Holiday Drama

Oh joy! It’s that time of year everyone looks forward to – NOT. The commercialization of the holidays can create stress to perform. First we must ‘celebrate spooks’ and see just how scary producers can create drama. Perhaps worse is the drama that family members create this time of year. Halloween is supposed to be fun, Thanksgiving is supposed to be about being thankful for what we have, and Christmas or Hanukkah is the celebration of a rededication of life. But every year it seems like the fun slips away a little more. There’s so much pressure from all around, it’s no wonder people drink or seek other means to escape. Having a glass of wine or a mixed drink at the end of a stressful day can be what some people use to relax. However, those who find that one drink leads to a second or third and so on should take stock of his or her life. Maybe it’s time to really be honest with one self before it’s too late. As Jeff says in a commercial for Bayshore Retreat “no one plans on becoming an addict”. If there are missing time slots in the memory of the night before or a bruise that can’t be explained … or the need to have that morning drink to ‘get going’ it’s probably time to get help. Drama isn’t limited to the holidays; it can be a part of everyday life for some. Finding the right tools for handling it should be a priority. Call me today and give the greatest gift of the season to yourself or someone you love.

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Lighting of the Star and the Downtown Homewood Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting are scheduled for Dec. 5.

Journal file photos by Jordan Wald

Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop

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Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop is the oldest toy store and hobby shop in the Birmingham area. “We are family-owned and operated since 1950 with a focus on classic toys for the child inside of everyone,” said owner Tricia McCain, above with husband Kevin. “We carry a wide variety of brands including, but not limited to Corolle Dolls, Lego, Playmobil, Melissa & Doug, Lionel Trains and Traxxas Remote Control.” “Whether you are looking for a new toy for a newborn baby, a birthday gift for your child’s classmate or even a new hobby for Dad, our

experienced staff can help you decide on the best item,” Tricia said. “We carry the largest selection of remote controlled toys in Birmingham. We are proud to have over 60 years of business in the hobby industry.

We carry the largest selection of remote controlled toys in Birmingham. “If you are looking for a particular toy, don’t hesitate to give us a call. If we don’t stock it, we can often special order it for you.” Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop is located at 2830 18th Street S., 879-3986.

Homewood Gets a Jump on the Holidays With Open House Event Nov. 2 Homewood for the Holidays kicks off Nov. 2 with the 17th annual Holiday Open House downtown. Stores on 18th Avenue and surrounding streets will be having extended hours, holiday specials, refreshments and other treats. Local musicians will be playing on the streets and a Holiday Trolley will take shoppers around the downtown area. Santa’s even making a special appearance to have his photo taken with children. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., usually draws thousands of people to the area and reminds them to shop locally this season, according to a press release from the Homewood Chamber of Commerce. Holiday celebrations will continue in Homewood on Dec. 5 with the Lighting of the Star and the Downtown Homewood Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. The star lighting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the top of the 18th Street hill. Mayor Scott McBrayer will light the star, also launching the parade. Float registration information is available at Immediately following the parade, Santa will light the Christmas tree in front of City Hall and be available for pictures.

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Savage’s Bakery & Deli Savage’s Bakery and Deli has been a Birmingham landmark for over 78 years.   In 1978 Van Scott Jr., a Birmingham native, seized an opportunity to own one of the city’s finest bakeries. Savage’s has expanded their offerings over the years, and continues to be known for the Meltaways, Iced Smiley Face Cookies, Butterflake Rolls and, of course, the Peti-fours!  “We continue to use the original recipes, which take some time, but it makes all the difference when it comes to taste” said Van, pictured above with daughter, Margaret Scott. “We have recently created some new catering items that are not only delicious but make the party planning much easier!”  Savage’s just recently launched their new


online ordering which offers various items for pick-up in our store and also shipping; so sending those Smiley Face and holiday treats among other items to loved ones just got a whole lot easier. “Iced turkey cookies for Thanksgiving are always a family favorite and starting in December, the sugar Christmas trees, stars, and bell cookies will be available,” Margaret said. “Special orders can be made ahead of time for custom Iced Cookies, holiday Petifours, Meltaways, and any of our new catering trays.  “Come see us during the Homewood Holiday Open House on Nov. 2 where we will have lot’s of your favorite items to sample and be sure to check out our new website!” Savages Bakery & Deli is located at 2916 18th Street S., 871-4901.

Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry & Collectibles Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry & Collectibles is a fine jewelry and gift store with unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry designs and giftware. “We have been in business eleven years,” said Preston Foy, who owns the business along with David Hezlep. Pictured above are, from left: Preston Foy, Shannon Neil and David Hezlep.


“Having your own business can be challenging at times, but the rewards are worth it,” Foy said. “Providing quality products and servicing our friends is probably the best part of owning your own company. When someone walks into Wallace-Burke, they’re walking into our home." This year Wallace-Burke has brought in new jewelry designers as well as new and unique giftware. Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry & Collectibles is located at 1811 29th Avenue S., Homewood, 874-1044.

This year Wallace-Burke has brought in new jewelry designers as well as new and unique giftware.

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The Dress Shop on Linden

The Dress Shop on Linden is a local boutique specializing in casual to cocktail dresses and accessories. The store carryies a large variety of dresses, perfect for any event, from church to gameday to weddings and cocktail events. “I started this business because I saw a need for a local dress shop that could give our customers many choices and personalized service. I love the ease of a dress and the many ways you can style a person in a dress. I buy a very limited number of each piece so that my customers do not see their selection on many others,” said owner Tricia Albritton, pictured above. “Unlike many people in this industry, Tricia has an engineering degree. It gives her a unique view of each dress, focusing on the lines of the piece and how it might fit on different shapes. The inventory she carries has been described many times over as classic with a bit of an edge. “Downtown Homewood has a wonderful feeling of community and we look forward to this holiday season. I am marking my two-year anniversary this season. I have met so many wonderful people and look forward to helping many more. We can help you pick out something for yourself or a gift for someone else. We are happy to wrap any items you purchase.” The Dress Shop on Linden is located at 2833 Linden Ave., 739-2152.

Roman Brantley

Roman Brantley Arts and Antiques is a collection of old, new and vintage fine art and furniture. “The pieces that I acquire are timeless and traditional yet very individual. My goal is to provide quality pieces and keep my eye out for trending items,” said Linda Brantley, owner, pictured above with assistant Judy Trotter. “Over the last three years, I have created wonderful relationships and look forward to creating more” “My assistant, Judy Trotter is passionate about antiques and loves helping clients transform their house into a home. We work with seasoned decorators as well as individuals looking for pieces of furniture to grow with them. Please come visit and let us help you find something special. “The open house on Nov. 2 will mark our 3rd anniversary. We will have finger food, refreshments and a special drawing, as well as smaller items of inventory arriving for the holidays for gift giving.” Roman Brantley Arts & Antiques is located at 2700 BM Montgomery St., 460-1224.

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Classic to Cocktail Clothing & Accessories

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Mountain Brook’s Table Matters Celebrates 25 Years with Holiday Tips and Trends

As the holiday season approaches, Table Matters owner Patricia Murray speaks to her philosophy on entertaining and shares tips to make the season special.

By Sarah Kuper


or 25 years, the staff at Table Matters on Montevallo Road has helped set up brides for a future of entertaining and brainstormed with seasoned hosts as they plan their next events. The store has evolved over time, but its reputation as the go-to place for tablescape ideas and party advice in Mountain Brook Village has

never changed. Now, as the holiday season approaches, owner Patricia Murray speaks to her philosophy on entertaining and shares tips to make the season special. “I grew up with a grandmother who entertained. She would have big dinner parties during the holidays,” Murray said, “I remember those times being around family around the dinner table.”

From her family memories and her years of experience selling merchandise and consulting on party planning, Murray said she has learned an important rule for any season of entertaining, but especially for during the holidays: “Decorating and entertaining should be an extension of the way you live. Don’t do something you are uncomfortable with. If the hostess is stressed, the guests will be too.” See ENTERTAINING, page 27


Over the Mountain Homes Get Primped for Annual Seasonal Home Tours By Emily Williams

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Seasonal cheer will be spread throughout the Over the Mountain area this winter as Independent Presbyterian Church and Samford’s Legacy League present their annual tours of holiday homes. IPC Home Tour committee members this year are, front, from left: Paige Albright, house selection chair; and Elizabeth Faught, 2017 tour co-chair. Back: Jennifer Cope, tour publicity; Jason Turner, 2017 tour chair; and Ann Walthall, 2016 tour chair.

The Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour will kick things off Dec. 7 and feature five homes. The tour will begin with the home of Lisa and Randy Freeman, on Bonita Drive in Homewood. The Spanish Colonial Revival is nestled in the Hollywood neighborhood. It remains true to its roots despite the addition of features that include a large master suite and a 19-foot walnut island in the kitchen. Neighboring homes of Rhonda and Tom Powell and Cheryl and Terry Spitzer, both on Caldwell Mill Road in Mountain Brook, also

will be featured. Both are new constructions with must-see features. A stone wall stands in the Powell’s family room, and more than seven Christmas trees will decorate the Spitzer’s house. Rounding out the tour will be Lisa and Harris Wilson’s residence on Old Brook Run in Mountain Brook. Visitors can take in views of the surrounding field and woods that provide seclusion for the home’s residents. Another notable feature is the Wilson’s dining table, which was customSee HOMES, page 27


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Mt Laurel Open’s Birmingham’s First Southern Living Inspired Home

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coordinated by Kay Green Design. “Mt Laurel is known for its community lifestyle, embrace of the natural landscape and beautiful Southern architecture,” said Kathryn Lott, assistant marketing manager for Time Inc. “Southern Living is proud to partner with Mt Laurel on Birmingham’s first Southern Living Inspired Home opening in the neighborhood this fall. The Southern

Living Inspired Home exemplifies our pride of place and allows the pages of the magazine to come to life. Mt Laurel is a truly refined example of the iconic Southern Living lifestyle.” The house will be open to the public through Dec. 3 with tour hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Tours will be $10 and will be led by members of the Friends of the Mt

Laurel Library. Proceeds will benefit the library. “We are honored and delighted to be the beneficiary of the proceeds from ticket sales. We look forward to using the funds to enhance our programs and facility,” said Ann Price, chairman of the Friends of the Mt Laurel Library. For more information, go to ❖

The house, on Elyton Drive overlooking Double Oak Mountain and Turtleback Park, features contemporary interior design and architecture.

By Emily Williams The Mt Laurel community debuted the Birmingham area’s first Southern Living Inspired Home on Oct. 14. Town Builder’s Inc. began construction on the house after finishing the 2016 Southern Living Idea House. “We are very excited to build another special home with ties to Southern Living in the community,” said Bryan Phillips, vice president of Town Builders. “This home offers an array of special features that should interest just about anyone touring the project. The detail in trim carpentry, cabinetry and tile work makes this home stand out, while the front-porch charm makes it a perfect fit for Mt

Laurel.” The house, on Elyton Drive overlooking Double Oak Mountain and Turtleback Park, features contemporary interior design and architecture. It is the first house with the community’s new Magnolia floor plan, which includes three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, an open living area, gourmet kitchen, a study and an upstairs loft. Guests enter the space through a two-story foyer. French doors border both sides of a grand fireplace in the living space and lead to a large wraparound porch. The community is one of 14 in the country that have been recognized as Southern Living Inspired Communities. Interior decor has been

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House Hunting Over the Mountain Hoover Family Stars in HGTV’s “House Hunters”

By Sarah Kuper Prospective homebuyers often start the process by narrowing down a list of “must-haves” in a new home. But lifelong Birmingham resident Natalie Horne began by filling out an application to be on the HGTV reality show “House Hunters.”

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On the show, families are filmed as they walk through homes and weigh the pros and cons of each property. Criteria like location, style, amount of remodeling and maintenance needed are often big considerations. “We were watching it one night and we thought, ‘We could do this.’ Our personality is such that we could

make it fun, so we filled out an online questionnaire,” Horne said. She said they soon forgot all about it and went on with their home search, only to receive a call from the show’s producers a few weeks later. Producers told Horne they liked her family’s story and they were interested See HORNE, page 27


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HOUSE HUNTERS Natalie and Brad Horne’s home search will be featured on an episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV Oct. 26. The couple decided on a townhome in Ross Bridge. Natalie said it seemed the perfect fit for the couple and their children Kemp, 13, and Daisy, 9.



in filming in Birmingham, particularly the Hoover area. From there, Horne and her husband, Brad, had to do video interviews, film a tour through their current home and answer a lot of questions before finally making the cut. “We found out they get millions of submissions every week. It was a whirlwind, but it will be fun to have it all documented for the rest of our lives,” she said. Filming began in June and production crews followed the Hornes around while they house hunted. It isn’t uncommon on the show for there to be a difference of opinion in the family about which house checks off all the boxes. For example, Natalie Horne was eager to move into a turn-key home requiring little work, while Brad Horne, more of a handyman, was interested in getting his hands dirty with a fixerupper. “We saw a home in Pelham that was completely updated and we saw a fixerupper property in Bluff Park,” Horne said. In the end, the couple decided on a townhome in Ross Bridge. Horne said it seemed the perfect fit for the couple and their children Kemp, 13 and Daisy, 9. “We never thought we would end up in a townhome, but it had all these neat amenities – pools, parks, very walkable,” she said. The townhome is a brick traditional with three floors. Horne describes her style as girly and sparkly. “I’m okay with rhinestones. I joked that I wanted a chandelier in every room – in the den, in our bedroom, over the tub,” she said. The film crew came back after the Hornes moved in and spent more time with them and in the area. Horne said it is exciting to be a part of a TV show such as “House Hunters” that pulls in millions of viewers, but it is equally exciting for the Over the Mountain area. “The film crew spent a lot of extra time filming places and things that make our area unique and beautiful,” Horne said. The family was filmed as they ate out at local restaurants, including Front Porch in Ross Bridge, and as Natalie Horne sang in her band, Vinyl Rock. Brad Horne is the building manager at Cathedral Church of the Advent, so crews filmed there as well. Horne said she and her family often laugh and can’t believe they were chosen to be on the show, but she said she is glad to be a part of something fun and positive. “It is such a wholesome and familyfriendly show. It is good reality TV, not like so much junk that is out there,” she said. The episode airs Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. Horne said the family will watch it together that night but, because it airs so late, they will host a viewing party with more family and friends at another time. The Hornes will not be able to preview the episode before it airs. “I’m definitely a talker and sometimes I don’t know what is coming out of my mouth. It should be very entertaining,” Horne said. ❖

By the same token, Murray said hostesses shouldn’t be afraid to get creative. One of her favorite things is to go into a client or friend’s pantry and dig around. “I might see an old pattern and juxtapose it with something new – mix genres and medium,” Murray said, “Put a touch of modern with antique floral dishes.” Often, she said, she sees clients look at a stack of china and feel overwhelmed. She advises to pick one piece and embrace it. “It is special to think, ‘This came from my grandmother or great-grand-

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‘It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Order pizza and cut it into small squares. People love to come into someone’s home instead of meeting at a restaurant. It is meaningful.’ mother,’ and it may make people feel more at ease that they can mix and match it with some new elements.”

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When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, textiles can give the room a festive and welcoming vibe, Murray said. “Toss a really cool blanket on the table or drape throws over the host and hostess chair to make it warm and inviting,” she said. This year, Murray said she sees a lot of olive greens and oranges making their way into holiday decorating. She suggests picking a color and weaving it through the color scheme without overdoing it.

Greenery is always an important touch, but Murray said don’t be averse to silk. “If you have a lot of parties, they make fake magnolia that looks really real. This way, you don’t have to redo your greenery halfway through the season when it fades.” One of her top rules for holiday entertaining is making sure the mood is right with three often overlooked elements: “Have a cocktail ready, keep the lights low and play music.” Murray said a touch of candle light brings ambiance to a table. Beyond the mood, Murray said the food is key. Recently, food trends such as paleo, vegan or general clean-eating have made cooking and catering trickier. Murray advises to offer options rather than leaning hard in to one trend or another. “If it isn’t how you eat during the week, don’t feature it, but do offer some healthy items like little sandwiches,” she said. Murray has a few tips for holiday party guests as well. “Bring a hostess gift with your name on it and a handwritten note – even a small candle or a pack of cocktail napkins,” she said.

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Ultimately, Murray suggests getting all the decorating done early and looking at the whole picture. “Let your invitation be the introduction to how the evening will progress,” she said. “If the invitation looks formal, what you wear should match.” Murray acknowledges that holiday decorating and entertaining is stressful. But, while there are a million things to think about when trying to throw the perfect party or host the family meal, she said the only real thing that matters is bringing people together. “It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Order pizza and cut it into small squares,” she said. “People love to come into someone’s home instead of meeting at a restaurant. It is meaningful.” ❖

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made in England. As is tradition, a stop will be saved for the Samford President’s Home, on Shades Crest Road in Vestavia Hills. The house will be decked out in its holiday best, and the Holiday Gift Market at the house will provide a place for tourgoers to secure gifts for any holiday occasion. Tour hours will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and then from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The annual fundraiser benefits the organization’s scholarship program, which offers support to Samford students with significant financial needs. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and soon will be available online at

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Independent Presbyterian Church will be hosting its 68th Holiday House Tour on Dec. 9 and 10. Homes featured in this year’s tour

As is tradition on The Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour, a stop will be saved for the Samford President’s Home, on Shades Crest Road in Vestavia Hills.

include those of Dr. and Mrs. Raleigh Kent, at 2837 Southwood Road, Mountain Brook; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hirsch, at 3700 Mountain Park Drive, Mountain Brook; Mr. Tommy Bice and Mr. Ken Northrup, at 2716 Hanover Circle #700, Birmingham; Mr. Chris Carter and Mr. John Dorsett, at 2716 Hanover Circle #201, Birmingham; and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Adams, at 4227 Old Leeds Road, Mountain Brook. The church also will be decorated for the holidays and will serve tea to tour guests. Proceeds from the event will benefit several IPC-sponsored missions, including the Children’s Fresh Air Farm, a summer learning program for underserved Birmingham children; Stair, a tutoring program for second-graders; and The Open Door, which provides literacy and GED classes to adults. Tour hours will be Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 and soon will be available on IPC’s website, at ❖

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Christopher Durst, who has been upper school principal at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, has been tapped to lead The Altamont School. “I am humbled and honored to serve the Altamont community as its next head of school,” Durst said in a statement issued by the school. “During the interview process, I learned about the school’s rich legacy of excellence and became inspired by the extraordinary commitment to the school through its distinguished faculty, supportive families, and talented students. The school has rightly earned its place as a preeminent independent school in the southeastern United States, and I eagerly look forward to getting to know the Altamont community as the school moves into its next iteration of excellence.” Altamont’s search committee chair and board of trustees President Michael Denniston said the board was pleased with Durst’s commitment to the independent school model and his appreciation for Altamont’s mission, tradition and values. “The board is convinced that his vision for Altamont will honor our traditions and culture and keep us on the forefront of modern education,” Denniston said in the statement. “These attributes are just a few of the reasons we believe him to be the best fit for Altamont.”  Durst was selected from a robust pool of applicants during a 10-month, national search headed by Carney Sandoe & Associates, a national search firm specializing in head of school searches for independent schools. He will take over the job July 1. He succeeds Head of School Sarah Whiteside, who is retiring after 40 years with Altamont, 11 as head of school. “At this exciting point in 21st century education, Chris Durst will join Altamont as a proven master teacher and as a servant-leader,”

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Christopher Durst will take over the job July 1. He succeeds Head of School Sarah Whiteside, who is retiring after 40 years with Altamont, 11 as head of school. Whiteside said. “His insistence on a student-centered school is in keeping with Altamont’s mission and beliefs.” Durst will become the fifth head of school since Altamont was formed in 1975 through the merger of Birmingham University School and Brooke Hill School. Durst has more than 29 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in independent schools. He has served as upper school principal at Holy Innocents’ for 10 years. In that role, he increased enrollment by 15 percent, chaired the steering committee of an $8.4 million building project, served on the planning committee for a $13 million STEM building, instituted a dean system of administration and improved curriculum in the school’s core study areas.   At Holy Innocents’, Durst also served as middle school principal, upper school assistant principal and teacher of AP U.S. history. At the Alexander Dawson School in Colorado, Durst was dean of students, director of athletics, assistant director of admissions, AP U.S. history teacher and varsity boys basketball and soccer coach. He also taught and coached for seven years at The Columbus Academy in Ohio.  Durst holds bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from The Ohio State University, where he was a two-year varsity letter winner in baseball. —Virginia Martin

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Pizitz Middle School Principal Meredith Hanson spoke to students at a recent assembly, marking the kick off of what will be a year-long school-wide project to address the global water crisis, “Be the Drop that Fills a Bucket,” in conjunction with the non-profit Neverthirst.

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Brandon Gossett of the nonprofit organization Neverthirst visited Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills on Sept. 27 to help kick off the school’s participation in the “Be the Drop that Fills a Bucket” challenge. In the challenge, students will participate in activities and fundraisers throughout the school year to become more aware of the global water crisis and potential solutions. “It is very exciting to have our entire school involved in a common purpose for the good of the people of South Sudan and northern Uganda,” Principal Meredith Hanson said in a statement. She said the effort involves all grades and subject areas. “All students and faculty are involved in this global endeavor collectively,” she said. During the kickoff assembly, Gossett said he founded Neverthirst in 2008 to provide clean drinking water to people in need. Since that time, the number of people without access to clean water has been reduced from 1.2 billion to 663 million, leading Gossett to believe that the global crisis will end in the next 15 to 20 years. “It really touched my heart and encouraged me to do something about the water problem,” said seventhgrader Nancy Chen. Through the “Be the Drop that Fills a Bucket” challenge, the school will help Neverthirst raise money to drill a well in sub-Saharan Africa, bring change in U.S. cities such as Flint, Michigan, and provide hurricane-affected areas with water. “There are many things that I love about my job as a teacher,” said sixthgrade English teacher Hayden Sentenn. “But there isn’t a thing that thrills me more than seeing our students learn to have a global mindset and value making a difference in the lives of others.” Throughout the year, Sentenn and fellow faculty members will observe “Water Wednesdays” during their

homeroom classes, leading discussions on the water crisis. With help from Rep. Jack Williams, R-Vestavia Hills, Pizitz received a grant from the state Executive Commission on Community Services to fund programs to raise awareness of the global water crisis. The grant will fund activities that engage students across every area of the curriculum – art, band, choir, family and consumer sciences, foreign languages, theater, physical education, language arts, math, science and social studies. “It is so meaningful to be a part of something with such a lasting impact,” said Christian Swaid, president of the school’s SGA.

Testing Water at Home

Sixth-grade earth science students will design and construct water filters from sand, gravel, charcoal and other natural resources. That filtered water will then be tested by seventh-grade life science students for bacteria and other microorganisms. Eighth-grade physical science students will test water for simulated pollutants such as chlorides, chromates, iron, lead, phosphates and sulfates. They also will use test strips to test the school’s water for iron, copper, chloride, nitrates, sulfates, pH, total alkalinity, pesticides, lead and bacteria. Phil VanderKamp, a sixth-grade social studies teacher, Eco Club sponsor and Black Warrior Riverkeeper, will give students the opportunity to test water from nearby creeks and streams. “Our eighth-graders are in their chemistry unit right now and will be testing for chemicals in different samples of our local water supply,” said physical science teacher Kelly Gurosky. “However, this water emphasis is so much bigger than that. Our students have the opportunity to be part of something that can

change their perspective and impact them for a lifetime. Not to mention the opportunity that they are being given to impact the lives of others in a significant way.” Sixth-grade language arts students will read the novel “Long Walk to Water” and seventh-graders will read “Lost Boy, Lost Girl,” both of which discuss the water crisis in the Sudan. “Maybe a Pizitz student will design a life-saving water purification method that can transform sewage into drinking water,” project coordinator Diane McAliley said. “It may be a Pizitz student who engineers less expensive ways of removing salt from ocean water.”   Eighth-grade ancient history students will study the impact of fresh water and agriculture practices in the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, India and North Africa.   In foreign language classes, Spanish students will learn about the first floating garden of the Aztec empire, and German students will research studies being done at the Goethe Institute in Hamburg, Germany, on water cycles, sources and treatments. In addition, coding classes will create animations and games pertaining to issues of access to clean, affordable drinking water in Flint. Students also will raise money with a faculty vs. student volleyball game and an in-house concert of songs involving the word water.   In PE classes, students may participate in water-themed workouts illustrating the difficulty of carrying water long distances. “We want to help raise up a generation of compassionate problemsolvers, researchers, engineers, doctors, artists, writers, scientists, musicians, actors who will make a difference,” McAliley said. “We hope this project will fuel the imagination of every student to become leaders in their generation.” ❖


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At the Hoover High School Bucs homecoming game against Tuscaloosa County on Sept. 22, a new homecoming court was crowned to close out a week of dress up days and celebratory events. Heading up the homecoming court were from left, above: Mya Washington, Gigi Bajalia, Olivia Slocum, Anna Beth Robinson and Emily Knerr. Above right, Homecoming King and Queen, Charlie Steele and Olivia Slocum.

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On Oct. 13, as the Spain Park High School football team took on Thompson in a homecoming game, this year’s Homecoming Court took to the field for a crowning ceremony. Senior Lupita Bilbao was crowned queen, escorted to the field by her father.


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Oak Mountain High School capped off a week of homecoming festivities last Friday night with the presentation of this years homecoming court. From left: Katie Killian, Ashlyn Boyd, Homecoming Queen Kathleen Kelley and Sally Kicklighter.

Spain Park Band Scores High at Fall Competitions

The Spain Park High School Marching Band, The Pride of the Park, was recognized at the Northwest Alabama Marching Classic in Russellville on Sept. 29 with the competition’s “Most Entertaining” award. All of the band’s captions earned superior ratings including drum major, majorette, dance, guard, percussion and band. In addition, the drum majors, majorettes and band earned “Best Overall” honors. Drum majors, majorettes, percussion and band all earned “Best in Class” honors in the Open Class, which represents the largest bands in competition, according to SPHS officials. Junior trumpet soloist Audra Campbell was recognized as the “Most

Outstanding Soloist.” In addition to regional success, the marching band competed in the Trussville Marching Invitational on Oct. 7, with all captions earning superior ratings. Best in Class honors went to the majorettes, percussion and band, with the band also earning the Class 3A/4A “Grand Champion Award.”

Hoover’s McGowan Earns National Geographic Certification

Hoover City Schools educator Nancy McGowan has been named a National Geographic Certified Educator, one of only seven in Alabama. McGowan earned the certification this summer after she completed a workshop, designed two classroom activities that draw on the National Geographic Learning Framework, and finished a capstone project

incorporating video that showcases student learning. “The certification is simply a byproduct of what has already been achieved ... opening doors and creating learning opportunities for my students,” McGowan said. “My students and I have been heavily involved in projects related to National Geographic for more than 10 years. The certification was a logical next Nancy McGowan step.” McGowan, is a math coach at Shades Mountain Elementary School. She previously taught enrichment at Bluff Park Elementary School. ❖

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Spreading Liberty By Emily Williams Liberty Park officials and business owners dipped their golden shovels into the dirt Oct. 12 to kick off the first phase of construction on the neighborhood’s last parcel of undeveloped land. Development is beginning on the first 6.5 acres of a 700-acre plot that will be transformed into Town

The Town Village neighborhood will showcase 1,100 homes priced in the $300,000 to $600,000 range, a grocery store and retail and office space. Village. “This is really indicative of what we are calling the future vision for Liberty Park and is our final endeavor,” said Liberty Park Vice President of Development Shawn Arterburn. He said the launch of the project has been three years in the making,

Snoozy’s Kids Earns Spotlight in National Toy Magazine

George Jones and his Mountain Brook store Snoozy’s Kids recently were featured in the national magazine edplay. In the September/October issue, the article “Ready, Set, Sell!” by Tina Manzer showcases Snoozy’s history. The store opened in 1988, just five years after Jones’ father opened the Snoozy’s College Bookstore in downtown Birmingham. “At church, kids point at me and smile. I love it,” Jones said in the interview about his celebrity status among local George Jones children. This month marks the beginning of Snoozy’s Kids’ 30th holiday season, and the staff has prepared earlier than ever before, taking promotional photos in September. “We try to make everything fun and easy,” Jones said in the article. “We don’t want to be like Walmart, just pushing customers through and scanning bar codes. We want to be involved with the buying process.” To read the full article, visit edplay.

and it marks the beginning of the end as far as large-scale community development is concerned. Liberty Park Joint Venture officials plan to use the space to introduce more businesses into the community, planning under the theme “live, work and play.” The Town Village neighborhood will showcase 1,100 homes priced in the $300,000 to $600,000 range, a grocery store and retail and office space. Included in the first phase of development will be a new location of On Tap Sports Café and a “community fuel” gas station and convenience center, in partnership with Moore Oil Company. The project is in keeping with the vision for the future of Vestavia Hills, according to Mayor Ashley Curry. “This is just the start of what we hope to see, which is more room for businesses,” Curry said. The first phase is estimated to be finished by January or February, with businesses opening by next summer. “It’s great when you see a plan move into action,” said city manager Jeff Downes, adding that many com/ready-set-sell. The magazine edplay is circulated nationally to toy stores, showcasing toy trade news and merchandising advice, as well as highlighting hot products and spotlighting experts in the business.

Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market Celebrates 40 Years

Dorothy McDaniel is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her floral business, Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market. When she started out in 1977, McDaniel was operating from a 12-by-12 space in a renovated house in Homewood. Now, her business occupies a 6,500-square-foot building in southern Birmingham and has 20 full- and part-time employees. McDaniel’s designs have been featured in many publications, she has been voted Best Florist in Birmingham multiple years Dorothy McDaniel running, and she recently was named as one of the Women Who Shape the State by Birmingham Magazine. McDaniel, reflecting on her career in a statement, said the flower

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Liberty Park Begins Construction on Last Open Parcel of Land

From left: Liberty Park Joint Venture project manager Shannon Pate, Vestavia Hills city manager Jeff Downes, Mayor Ashley Curry, CS Beatty project manager Brent Jones, Kaye and Joey Moore of Moore Oil Company and Liberty Park Vice President of Development Shawn Arterburn.

big ideas become stuck in the “talking” stage. Downes backed up Curry, recounting the two key phrases that drive the city’s plan for the future: continuing partnerships and quality of place. “This project showcases a continuing partnership between the city and Liberty Park,” Downes said, adding that the quality of the new development will be, “something that will be the envy of everybody in the greater Birmingham area.” ❖ business is a demanding field that requires work on holidays and weekends using perishable products. But the reward is the chance to meet people and be part of their major life events. “I am proud to have touched thousands and thousands of lives in the 40 years I have been in business and to have been a part of so many wonderful events,” she said in the statement. To mark the anniversary, McDaniel is planning a weeklong open house to kick off the holiday season. It will be Nov.6-11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day except Tuesday, when the store will close at 6 p.m. The event includes daily drawings for premium flower arrangements, special deals and refreshments for visitors.

Standard Heating and Air Exec Makes National Top 40 Under 40 List

Tyler Kime, general manager of Standard Heating and Air Conditioning Company, has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 among HVACR professionals nationally by the industry publication “the News.” Kime, 36, lives in Vestavia Hills and graduated from Vestavia Hills High School and Auburn University. Kime didn’t start out in the heating and air field. He worked in banking for two years before joining Standard, a 78-year-old company owned by his father, Tom Kime, according to a

Moore Oil Company President and founder Ron Moore with his granddaughter Rebecca Moore Swann and greatgranddaughter, Skyler, at the groundbreaking ceremony.

statement from the company. “After starting at Standard in 2005 as a helper on an installation truck, I quickly realized that we need to stay on top of rapidly changing technology in order to continue to provide high-quality service to our customers,” Tyler Kime Kime said in the statement. “That technology includes high-tech equipment, advanced electronics, wi-fi controls as well as the internet and social media.” “The News” began the Top 40 list to combat the impression that industry professionals are mostly older people, according to the publication’s website. Nationally, 180 people were nominated for the honor.

First US Bancshares Moves Headquarters to Birmingham

First US Bancshares, Inc., is relocating its principal executive offices and the headquarters of its wholly owned banking subsidiary, First US Bank, to Birmingham. The offices will be located at the bank’s new office complex, at 3291 U.S. 280. The bank started out in 1952 in

Thomasville. That original location will continue to provide retail banking services and will house the bank’s primary operations center and some executive offices, according to a statement from the company. The Birmingham location will house the company’s principal executive offices, its Birmingham-based commercial lending team and other support personnel, as well as a retail banking office. “We are excited to announce the move of our headquarters to Birmingham,” James F. House, president and chief executive officer of the company and the bank, said in a statement. “One of the strategic initiatives approved by our board some years ago was to build the bank’s presence in a larger metropolitan area. Birmingham has a vibrant economy with a rich history as a financial center, and we believe that it will serve as an excellent platform for the bank’s future growth. Although we are moving our headquarters, we look forward to continuing to serve our customers in southwest Alabama.” The bank opened the new Birmingham office complex, known as Pump House Plaza, in August. The state-of-the-art banking center features interactive teller machines, drive-through banking, a technology bar and a coffee bar, as well as fullservice personal bankers. Banking center hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ❖



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Cooler temperatures this week have been a pleasant reminder that winter is around the corner and it’s time to consider wardrobe updates. We asked some of our favorite shops to give us a few suggestions on trends for the season.

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On Nov. 1, the Assistance League will host its annual fashion fundraiser, The Little Black Dress Luncheon. Members of the league, from left, Beth Clarke, Kim Kohler, Jody Dean and Assistance League President Barbara Kelly met recently to discuss plans for the event which benefits children in need of clothing.


Assistance League Hosts Fashion-Frenzied Fundraiser By Emily Williams For clothing lovers, there is nothing like a new outfit to brighten an otherwise ordinary day. That’s especially true of children who rarely, if ever, are treated to new clothes. That’s where the Assistance League’s Operation School Bell comes in. Through this initiative, the League works with counselors at local schools to identify children in need of clothing and outfit them with a bag of new clothes and a winter jacket. “Feedback from counselors at the schools supports national research, which notes that having new clothes makes children feel better about themselves and makes them more positive about school,” noted league member Rochelle Simms. ‘Feedback from The children then get to visit the League’s building in Homewood to counselors at the try on outfits, leaving with not just schools supports new clothes, but a hygiene kit as well. They also get to peruse the national research, league’s selection of kid’s books which notes that and take one home. “We look at clothes so differenthaving new clothes ly than most of these children, so makes children we can’t even fathom where they are coming from,” said league feel better about member Jan Gautro. themselves and “Working with children at Assistance League this week makes them more always reminds me how much I take for granted,” she added. “We positive about clothed a lot of Birmingham chilschool.’ dren (last) week who are so excited about new clothes and a hygiene kit ROCHELLE SIMMS - with shampoo, soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush - it just melts your

heart and breaks it too.” The league members have dozens of heart-warming stories explaining just how thankful the children are who benefit from the philanthropy. League past-President Jan Service recalls one boy inviting her to his seventh birthday party. She wasn’t able to go, but she said the invitation made her day. Children have also asked that the tags be left on their clothes, enamored by them because they have never had new clothing before. “The jacket that had been packed in one young boy’s bag was much too large for him,” said Rochelle Simms, recalling her own special memory. “I brought him one from our stock room that fit perfectly. He asked if he could have the big jacket because, ‘If I get the big one I can share it with my big brother.’ Of course I sent him home with both sizes.” On Nov. 1, the league will host its annual fashion fundraiser, The Little Black Dress Luncheon. The event supports Operation School Bell, as well as its two other philanthropic programs – Operation Literacy, which helps children in need, and PrimeTime Treasures, a store that provides space for seniors to sell handmade goods. The event will include a fashion show organized by Darlene Higginbotham, a local fashion consultant, and planned by Melinda Thornbury, the league’s fashion show organizer. According to Thornbury, this year’s show will prove to be even better than last year’s and will feature clothes that are both fashionable and practical so there is something for everyone. Guests will don their best little black dresses, but the fashions that take to the catwalk will be a variety of styles. “A black outfit can go anywhere and can be dressed up or down, but it doesn’t have to be a dress,” said Service. The luncheon event will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at ❖

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Sister Act



Ragusa Girls Make John Carroll Volleyball a Family Affair Amelia Ragusa passed the ball to her sister Sophia near the net, and Sophia knocked it over into an open area for a point. They immediately turned and smiled at each other. It’s a familiar scene that’s been played out repeatedly on the volleyball court for the John Carroll Catholic Cavaliers since last year. That’s when Amelia as an eighth-grader joined Sophia on the Cavaliers’ varsity team. The sisters couldn’t be more pleased to play alongside each other. That was evident last week when John Carroll made the short trip down Lakeshore Drive to play Homewood and spoiled the Patriots’ Senior Night with a dominating 25-16, 25-21, 25-17 victory. Sophia, a senior setter, said she loves playing with her sister. “I feel like there’s a bond when we’re out there together,” she said. “She’s a good teammate,” Amelia, a freshman libero, chimed in, turning to give her sister a hug. “She got me started playing volleyball at a young age. She taught me everything I know.” The lessons began early. As little girls, they played volleyball in the

driveway of their home in Homewood, and Sophia unashamedly dominated her little sister. “Sophia would lower the net and put a beat down on her,” Pam Ragusa, the girls’ mother, recalled with a laugh. “She would block Amelia and spike the ball at her, and Amelia would run in the house crying. “But they enjoyed playing with each other.” That hasn’t changed since they became teammates for John Carroll. “They get along really well,” Pam Ragusa said. “I’ve heard that sometimes siblings don’t get along when they play together, but that’s not the case with them. It’s been really fun for us to watch.” First-year John Carroll coach Chantel Reedus is glad to have the Ragusa sisters as stabilizing forces on the team. She gives them a wide range of responsibilities on the court. “Amelia always has been committed to defense, but I’ve asked her to step it up and be a leader although she’s only a freshman,” Reedus said. “Sophia, being a senior and being a captain, has had to think more about

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Tuscaloosa County. Complemented by the Vestavia victory, it’s a run that set the Spartans up for the postseason, potentially finishing as high as third in the region. “We have some guys injured that will be coming back, and if we can win out, we should hopefully be the three-seed,” said Belt. “Going in as the threeseed, we feel like we can win a couple of big games and make a run. That’s what we’re hoping for.” Just two seniors returned to this year’s defense: Belt and lineman Joe Bird. It’s a unit that had to quickly adapt to new leadership roles, but most of them have been playing together since third grade. It’s made cohesion much easier. “Our coaches prepared us (to take on a leadership role) in the offseason, and last year’s seniors were especially great at preparing us for that,” he said. “We built off of everything they did last year because they took a team that was 3-7 for two years and made us 8-3. We were led by example by those guys. I don’t think the transition was as bad because we were able to learn from what they did and implement the same things they were doing and it’s been successful for us.” The past decade or so has welcomed a new culture for Mountain Brook football, as the school has seen some extremely successful teams fight their way out of the state’s most difficult region. That shift happened when the guys stepped forward and began taking ownership of their performance and stopped pointing fingers, Belt speculates. “It wasn’t the offense’s fault or the defense’s fault, it’s all of us,” he said. “The guys came together and I think that’s really made a huge impact on us over the years.” The class of 2018 will try to leave its own unique mark on the program. “This year, coach Yeager has been bringing in previous players to talk to us about how much your legacy really means to you afterwards,” Belt said. “I think that’s what’s gotten a lot of guys to think about how much our senior year can have an impact on this program. If we leave a good legacy and we were good leaders and we leave the program in a good way, it can carry on for a lot of years. And that works the other way, too. If we leave it in bad shape, it can hurt the program for a long time.” Belt hopes to attend the University of Virginia or the University of North Carolina and major in biomedical engineering. ❖

‘We have some guys injured that will be coming back, and if we can win out, we should hopefully be the three-seed.’ NICK BELT

Amelia Ragusa

Journal photos by Mark Almond

By Rubin E. Grant

Sophia Ragusa

her setting choices to help of us win. “They are part of a collective. Sometimes they bicker a little as sisters sometimes do, but I tell the other girls to just laugh at it and not let it bother them.” The Ragusa sisters don’t let their minor spats become an issue for the team. They are simply pushing each other to play at a higher level. Sort of like the two times against Homewood that Sophia passed the ball to Amelia on the back row, and both times Amelia hit it long. Sophia gave Amelia a brief stare of chagrin, then offered some encouragement. “We don’t fight much,” Amelia said. “She’s always trying to help me

play better.” At 5-foot-5, Amelia is three inches taller than her older sister and perhaps a little more athletic. She plays club volleyball for NASA and plays basketball. Sophia doesn’t play any other sports, but she was named to the 2016 All-Over the Mountain volleyball team. She also excels academically. Although they are three years apart, the sisters are extremely close. “She doesn’t treat me like a little sister,” Amelia said. “We’re best friends. We hang out together. The other day she took me and my friends out for ice cream.” With the Ragusa sisters leading the way, the Cavaliers have bounced back

from a slow start. John Carroll (11-15) carried a six-game winning streak into the Margaret Blalock Tournament at Homewood over the weekend. Sophia led the team with 412 assists to go along with 88 digs and 33 aces. Amelia led the team with 297 digs and had 61 aces. “I think we’ll finish strong,” Sophia said. “Our goal is to make it to state and win a championship.” Amelia would like nothing better than to help her sister win a state title as a senior. “We’ve got eight seniors, including Sophia, so the motivation of the younger players is to help them win state,” Amelia said. ❖

The Razor’s Edge

Rebels and Spartans Battle for the Third Spot in Region 3 By Blake Ells The separation between the teams in the middle of 7A Region 3 is razor thin, as evidenced by Mountain Brook’s overtime victory over Vestavia Hills on Oct. 13. The Spartans needed late heroics from Harold Joiner, who caught a 6-yard touchdown pass, to escape with a win. Now, the Rebels regroup as they prepare to host rival Hoover on Oct. 20. Vestavia’s strength this season has been its defense, a talented unit that has been the difference in games. On Sept. 29, a pick six by Andrew Knight sealed a 14-0 victory over Helena, the Rebels’ second shutout in its first five games; the unit combined for three interceptions against Huffman earlier this season. As 7A Region 3 play continues, they will look to their offense for more support. Senior running back William Schaffeld hopes to complement quarterback Coleman Petway and fullback Reed Stockton as the Rebels continue reaching for their 2017 goals. Petway missed some time with an injury earlier this season, and his return has provided new optimism. The Rebels’ offensive line has done its part. “They just keep making those holes big and all I have to do is run as hard as I can through them,” Schaffeld said. “They’re workhorses. The success we have on offense is based off of them.” The playoff picture will be jumbled down the stretch. Two spots in the region seem certain, but the rest could take a while to unravel. “We obviously want to make the playoffs and make a good run, but that’s not going to happen unless we do our part in the area,” Schaffeld said. “We’re really focusing on these area games to make sure that we’re as prepared as we can be.” Hoover and Thompson have created a bit of separation at the top of the region; the Bucs and the Warriors are among the top three teams in the state, according to the

VH William Schaffeld

Alabama Sportswriters Association. But two region games remain for the Rebels, against Hoover and Tuscaloosa County. A lot can happen in a short amount of time. “We know we’re in a really tough area, and we’ve got to play hard week in and week out to have a chance,” Schaffeld said. There’s room for improvement on offense if they hope to reach the postseason, but Schaffeld believes that it’s within his team’s reach. “Our coaches know what they’re doing,” he said. “They’re telling us what to do and how to do it. As long as we execute, we’ll be fine. We’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot a lot this season. There were a lot of turnovers earlier in the season, and there have been a few weeks with a lot of penalties. If we can quit shooting ourselves in the foot, I think we’ll be in good shape.” When the season concludes, Schaffeld will return to a full-time role as a student. He plans to enroll at Auburn University in fall 2018, where he’ll major in accounting. “I’m really enjoying (football) right now, and playing as hard as I can for as long as it lasts,” he said. ❖

Journal photos by Lee Walls Jr.

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way everybody was into it,” Lawson said. “Plus, I always loved watching all the athletes.” Now that he’s one of the athletes who plays in the game, Lawson said it’s still a crazy atmosphere, especially on the field. “Throughout the years there have always been upsets and anything can happen, especially when you have the home field crowd behind you,” Lawson said. “When you hear your crowd, especially when you’re the underdog, you start feeling that adrenalin and you start making plays you didn’t think you could make.”

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Niblett Enters the Fray

Josh Niblett, in his 10th season as head coach at Hoover, used to observe the rivalry from afar. “I knew a little about the rivalry

‘The second year I was here, they beat us in the regular season, but we beat them in the playoffs. Multiple years we played them twice, once in the quarterfinals and in the semifinals.”’ JOSH NIBLETT

before I got here,” Niblett said. “In the early 2000s, it was not only for the region title, but for the state championship because when they met in the playoffs, it decided who was going to represent the north in the championship game. Hoover had to beat Vestavia to get to the finals or semifinals. “The second year I was here, they beat us in the regular season, but we beat them in the playoffs. Multiple

Friendly Competition

From left: Derrick Smith, Ronnie Hurd, Scootie Bryant, Chris Cokley, Seth Bokatzian, Makthar Gueye and Merrill Ward.

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

Members of the UAB basketball team visited The Exceptional Foundation last week for an afternoon of fun and friendly competition. Not only did the Blazers run a minicamp for Exceptional Foundation players, but they also competed in a 3-point shootout, a dunk contest and a game. A great time was had by all.


Game On

Hoover coach Josh Niblett talks with Vestavia’s Matthew Paugh after last year’s playoff game between the two longtime rivals.

years we played them twice, once in the quarterfinals and in the semifinals.” Niblett enjoys being part of the long-running rivalry as a coach. He is 10-2 against the Rebels during his tenure. Hoover/Berry leads the alltime series 32-20. “There’s a lot of passion in it and once you’re in it, you know how important it is,” he said. “I liken it to Alabama and Tennessee when I played at Alabama. Auburn was always our biggest rival, but you knew that the third Saturday in October against Tennessee mattered. “Hatred might be too harsh of a word for the Hoover-Vestavia rivalry, but I think you can call it mutual respect – even if the fans might not want to say it. We definitely have a lot of respect for them and their tradition. You have two rich traditions and that’s what makes it special – and it’s always a pivotal game.” Niblett, however, admitted that some of the intensity of the rivalry might be lost on some of his players because of the emergence of crosstown rival Spain Park. “I still think it’s a big rivalry, but it’s a little bit of transition because of how well Spain Park has played the last 10 years,” Niblett said. “Once they beat us twice two years ago, it added to our rivalry with them. And anytime you’re in the same city, it’s going to be a big rivalry. It’s a big rivalry for our kids now. “When Spain Park was first created, Hoover owned the matchup. It was lopsided. When Hoover became Hoover after being Berry and they split Hoover and created Spain Park,

it’s looked at as more of a rivalry than Vestavia by our players. They don’t know about the Hoover-Vestavia rivalry in the mid-90s. They see Spain Park now, so I have to educate them more about it now.”

Rebels Know What It’s All About

Anderson doesn’t have to educate his players about the rivalry. They understand. “It’s a tough ball game, but our kids look forward to playing them,” Anderson said. “Before we went to 7A, one year we were in a different region. People came up to me and said you’ve still (got) to play Hoover. It wasn’t just our players who said that, but kids in our school and our fans.”

‘They have been our biggest rivalry since 1972. Mountain Brook is our oldest rival, Homewood is a rival and we’ve played Shades Valley since 1973. But Hoover is our biggest rivalry by far.’ BUDDY ANDERSON

Vestavia Hills senior safety-wide receiver Spencer Lawson has been engrossed by the rivalry for practically his entire life. He started attending the games when he was 6 years old. “I thought it was kind of crazy the

The rivalry turned ugly for a while when Rush Propst was the Bucs’ head coach, from 2000-2007. There were accusations of dirty play from both sides. Anderson didn’t want to dwell on the bitterness of the rivalry during those years. He acknowledged that it’s not acrimonious now. “Their coaches do a good job and they’re well-coached and athletic,” Anderson said. “Talent-wise, we’re not as good as they are of late, but we pulled one out against them two years ago.” The Rebels won the 2015 regular season contest 20-13, but the Bucs avenged the setback with a 24-0 victory in the second round of the playoffs. This season, the Bucs are 6-1, 5-0 in Class 7A Region 3, while the Rebels are 3-4, 2-3 in the region. Vestavia Hills suffered a heartbreaking 17-10 overtime loss at Mountain Brook last Friday, but Anderson expects the Rebels to be ready for Hoover. “Our kids laid it on the line against Mountain Brook and I feel comfortable they’re going to do that again against Hoover,” Anderson said. Lawson would like nothing better than to pull off a monumental upset. “It would be a good way to turn our season around,” he said. Niblett is expecting another highly competitive battle. “You know going into a game against Vestavia, they’re always going to be opportunistic and going to come at you hard out of (the) gate,” Niblett said. “Our schemes might be different, but we’re both going to be physical, play good defense, run the ball and throw it when we want to.” Whatever happens, another riveting chapter will be added to the BucsRebels (or Rebels-Bucs) lore. ❖

Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

p.m. at Thompson Reynolds Stadium/ Buddy Anderson Field. “It’s still a big rivalry,” Anderson said. “A lot of things have changed through the years, but our kids know their kids and their kids know our kids, and the cities are next to one another. “They have been our biggest rivalry since 1972. Mountain Brook is our oldest rival, Homewood is a rival and we’ve played Shades Valley since 1973. We’re the only Over the Mountain school still playing all of them. But Hoover is our biggest rivalry by far.” In his early years as head coach, Anderson matched wits with the late legendary Berry coach Bob Finley. “Coach Finley was the greatest competitor I ever coached against,” Anderson said. Although Anderson is the winningest high school coach in state history, with a 328-144 record, he has a losing record of 19-27 against the Bucs and has seen Hoover dominate the series since the turn of the century. The Rebels are 6-17 against the Bucs since 2000, including a forfeit victory in 2007. The Bucs rolled to a 38-7 victory in their 2016 clash.

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Thompson 40, Spain Park 17

No. 3 Thompson proved to be too much for No. 8 Spain Park as the Warriors rolled for 556 yards in Region 3 play Friday at Jaguar Stadium. Spain Park’s D’Arie Johnson, above, scored on runs of 97 and 3 yards. More photos at BRIARWOOD 49, Woodlawn 14 HOMEWOOD 38, Ramsay 0 HOOVER 38, Huffman 6 JOHN CARROLL 21, Springville 14 MOUNTAIN BROOK 17, VESTAVIA HILLS 10 Tusc. County 33, OAK MOUNTAIN 28



Homewood’s Stone, Vestavia’s Sweeney Top the List at Cross Country Invitational

Homewood High School junior Will Stone recently clocked 15:22.12 to win the Gold Division of the 19th annual Jesse Owens Cross Country Invitational. Vestavia Hills senior James Sweeney finished second with a time of 16:25.01. The two were among 303 runners who participated in the Gold Division of the Jesse Owens meet, which was held Oct. 7 at Oakville Indian Mounds Park near Moulton. In all 1,375 boys from 158 teams participated in the meet, and 1,209 girls from 138 schools took part.




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‘It’s Still a Big Rivalry’


No. 9 Spartans Knock Off Rebels, Look to Claim Postseason Spot

Passionate Hoover-Vestavia Hills Football Game Takes Center Stage Again

Harold Joiner scores on a 6-yard touchdown pass in overtime as Mountain Brook defeated rival Vestavia Hills 17-10 in a Class 7A, Region 3 contest Friday night at Spartan Stadium. Mountain Brook hosts Oak Mountain for Homecoming Friday. More photos at

Mountain Brook’s Nick Belt Steps Into Leadership Role

By Blake Ells

Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr.

Mountain Brook took a big step toward realizing a postseason when Harold Joiner grabbed a 6-yard touchdown catch in overtime to lead the Spartans to victory over Vestavia Hills on Oct. 13. Now, at 3-2 in 7A Region 3 play, they’ll

Nick Belt

In the book “Tales from Alabama Prep Football,” Buddy Anderson described his introduction to the Vestavia Hills-Berry football rivalry. “Vestavia opened in 1970 and most of the kids who came to Vestavia had been going to Berry,” Anderson recalled. “We opened the ’72 season against Berry and they had a good team. We had some players who had a choice that year to finish at Berry or Vestavia, and most of the good athletes stayed at Berry. “We had a pep rally in the school auditorium. I’d been to a lot of pep rallies, and they had always been about school spirit, but that day half of the students cheered for Vestavia and half cheered for Berry. I was blown away by that.” Anderson, who had grown up in Thomasville, was a young assistant coach at Vestavia Hills at the time. Berry won the inaugural encounter 45-0. “They beat us every way you can be beaten,” Anderson said. Anderson has been involved in every game the Rebels and Buccaneers have played, during 39 years as Vestavia Hill’s head coach, including the ones since Berry became Hoover in 1994. He will be on the sidelines Friday when the Rebels renew their rivalry against the Bucs at 7 See RIVALRY, page 35

Journal file photo file photo by Mark Almond

Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr.

By Rubin E. Grant

focus on Oak Mountain. There’s never a day off. “Going up against Thompson, Hoover and Spain Park every week can be tough,” said senior linebacker Nick Belt. “But coming away with that win at the end of that stretch really gave us a lot of confidence as we move on in the season.” The Spartans defeated Spain Park 51-50 on Sept. 22 and followed it with a 31-7 win at See BELT, page 34