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Katie Crim, a 15-yearold sophomore, is the Patriots’ place-kicker.

Getting Her


Katie Crim Makes History as Homewood’s First Female Varsity Football Player By Rubin E. Grant

Journal photos by Jordan Wald, Marvin Gentry (far right)


ddie and Michelle Crim have been attending Homewood football games for a number of years to support their three daughters, but this year it’s different. Instead of watching a daughter cheer for the Patriots as a varsity cheerleader, as their WHEN SHE REACHED oldest daughter, Hannah, did, or MIDDLE SCHOOL, watching a daughter perform as a SHE SAW A PARENTAL Star Spangled Girl in the band, CONSENT FORM ABOUT as their middle daughter, Bella, TRYING OUT FOR THE did, this season they are watchFOOTBALL TEAM. “I ing their youngest daughter, GRABBED THE SHEET AND Katie, actually play football. SAID TO MYSELF, ‘I THINK I Katie Crim, a 15-year-old SHOULD TRY THIS.’” sophomore, is the Patriots’ placekicker. She’s the first girl to play varsity football at Homewood. She doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal. “I’ve always played with boys, beginning on the playground in See CRIM, page 30


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W A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Southern Soiree supports women finding their places in the food business PAGE 4

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Tour de Force

ell, I did it. I finally went on (The flight was over eight hours. I had a my bus tour of France, and it lot of time on my hands.) maybe the was wonderful. We visited bus tour convergence could work for three chateaus, four castles and a palother similarly disparate groups. Maybe ace, and I think there is a difference instead of fancy dinners and face-tobetween the last two, but truthfully, I face sit-downs, they could just put the can’t remember what it is. G7 on a bus and tour them around … Our tour director, Jean-Roch, told us well, it really wouldn’t make any differso many interesting facts as we motored ence where they went. Each world leadthrough the beautiful countryside that I er would have to sit in his/her assigned should surely be smarter by now. I seat, which would change every day, spent the entire tour saying, “No kidjust to be fair. They’d have to show up ding! That’s amazing!” You know me, on time or do the walk of shame down Sue Murphy I’m a sucker for a good story, and there the center aisle. They would have to were some beauts. We heard about schlep their own luggage (and whatever kings and queens and dukes who emotional baggage they brought with wanted to be king and one duchess them) without the fawning of their who was married by proxy to a man minions, underlings, or PC speechMaybe a G7 Bus Tour writers. who sent his representative to touch Security details could follow is too much to ask right in another bus, but the major players her bare leg under the bedclothes to make the marriage official. After all be quarantined for 10 days up front. Perhaps we would that, the marriage was annulled so while they were shown the wonders she and her duchy could be united to should put our own U.S. of the country they were visiting, someone a bit more ominously presCongress on buses for hearing about the history, eating the ent. local food and if they didn’t speak starters. Over 12 days, we toured battle the language, working that out somefields and cemeteries that made me how. cry and Monet’s garden that made Maybe a G7 Bus Tour is too me cry, too, but only because it was much to ask right up front. Perhaps so, so beautiful. The scenery was gorgeous, the food we should put our own U.S. Congress on buses for startspectacular, but the thing that made the trip truly wonder- ers. No Democrat or Republican bus, either. Senior and ful was the people on the bus. junior members, southern and northern and Great Our group of 29 included an astrophysicist, a family Midwest members would rotate through the ranks as of three physicians and a man who has won the Nashville equals. Together, they would peer into the Grand Canyon gingerbread house-making championship at least five and paddleboat on the Mississippi. They’d hike a few times. There were three generations from a single Cuban paces on the Appalachian Trail and go to the Alabama/ immigrant family and a special lady who lost half of her Auburn football game. (Forget that last part. They’d never get tickets.) extended family in the Holocaust. We ate together and We could work out the itinerary later, but I believe the toured together and laughed together and cried together, trip would do the world leaders a world of good, and us until during our farewell cruise on the Seine, it felt like right along with them. we were saying goodbye to old, dear friends. A Tour de Force? I’d vote for that.  As I winged my way homeward, I started thinking,

Over the Mountain Views

Friday is World Smile Day. What makes you smile? “My students make me smile, because they say things I would never expect them to say.” Shannon Marks Mountain Brook “Teeth, because they make a beautiful smile. I’m a dentist.” Dr. Melissa Roden Mountain Brook “My neighbors, because they are always there to help me out in a pinch.” Virginia Eady Mountain Brook

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A Night to Remember

Southern Soiree Supports Women Finding Their Places in the Food Business

OCT. 3 - OCT. 16 Oct. 3-6 Antiques at the Gardens

By Donna Cornelius

What: Kick off features a book signing by Margot Shaw, founder and editor-in-chief of Flower magazine and author of Living Floral. The event includes taste makers, speakers and dealers. When: Check the website for events and times Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Website:

Legally Blonde: The Musical

What: Based on the novel and hitmovie, this musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down after she is dumped by her boyfriend. When: Thurs.-Sat.’ 7:30 pm and Sun., 2:30 pm Where: Virginia Samford Theatre Website:

Fri., Oct. 4 Spirits, Cars and Cigars

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

Southern Soiree, an annual sunset dinner hosted by the Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s Birmingham chapter, packs a lot of food and fun into one night. But the effects of the event last long after it’s over. LDEI uses proceeds from the Southern Soiree – set this year for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 – to extend a helping hand to culinary students and teachers, nonprofit organizations and budding businesses. Last year, the group of women, made up of leaders in the food and beverage industries, raised more than $25,000 for scholarships and grants for women in food-related fields. Tanesha Sims-Summers, owner of Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co., won the LDEI’s 2018 Entrepreneur Award. “We’re an artisan kettle corn company, and we pop everything fresh to order,” she said. Sims-Summers started her business a few years ago, when she was on maternity leave from her job in the corporate world. “I knew I had a passion for entrepreneurship,” she said. “I was attracted to the service part more than the be-your-own-boss part – about using that platform to empower the community, schools and our employees. Also, I’m a mom, and I needed something to have balance and that could involve my children. God really put this on my heart.” She said several members of the Birmingham chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier have influenced and encouraged her, including Leigh Sloss-Corra, executive director of The Market at Pepper Place. Naughty But Nice is a vendor there. “The foundation of our business has been Pepper Place market,” Sims-Summers said. “Leigh has encouraged and supported our company. And Andrea Snyder of Urban Cookhouse has been somewhat of a mentor to me.” She also got to know Ashley Tarver, another LDEI member, because the two often were at the same markets. “Ashley mentioned this grant opportunity to me last year,” SimsSummers said. Naughty But Nice has a production space in Woodlawn and sells its salty-sweet confections at markets, service corporations, colleges and sales events. Customers can place orders at and follow the business on social media. Sims-Summers said she especially appreciated the LDEI grant because it’s enabling her to drive her business in a new direction – literally. “The money we received went toward acquiring a food truck,” she said. “We’re going through the



Ashley McMakin of Ashley Mac’s was among Les Dames d’Escoffier International members who hosted cooking demos at The Market at Pepper Place last month. She and other chefs from the Birmingham LDEI chapter are preparing food for the group’s Southern Soiree on Oct. 13.

build-out phase of it now.”

On the Menu

Kathy Mezrano, Pardis Stitt and Kay Reed developed the menu for this year’s Southern Soiree, which will be held at The Barn at Shady Lane in Bessemer. The food is based on recipes from the organization’s namesake, iconic chef Auguste Escoffier, but each dish will be reinterpreted and prepared by an LDEI member. Hors d’oeuvres will include goat cheese and an assortment of pickled vegetables from Deborah Stone of Stone Hollow Farm; fresh radishes with country butter and tapenade from Mezrano, who’s the owner of Kathy G & Co.; and sliced baguettes, crostini and water crackers with beurre pimento and carrots and celery prepared by Betsy McAtee of Dreamland. Mary Grace Viado of Village Tavern is making roasted fennel and sweet peppers à la Grecque, and Reed, who owns Iz Weddings & Events, will contribute homemade sweet potato chips. Dinner dishes will be coq au vin with lardons, Grandview Farm mushrooms and onions prepared by Reed and Maureen Holt; root vegetable gratin with sweet potatoes, turnips and rutabagas from Angela Griffith of Pursell Farms; local field peas marinated with shallots, teardrop tomatoes and fresh herbs from Ashley McMakin of Ashley Mac’s; and Mezrano’s Southern organic lettuces

and baby kale with grilled pears and dried cranberries with apple cider vinaigrette. Guests can end the evening on a sweet note. Brittany Garrigus Cheatham of Satterfield’s is concocting fall apple cake with bourbon Chantilly creme and sautéed apples. Geri-Martha O’Hara of Big Spoon Creamery will serve mini ice cream sandwiches in fall flavors: a black forest brownie with amarena cherries and Valrhona dark chocolate bourbon pecan brittle with Bulleit bourbon ice cream. Alexis Douglas, a certified sommelier, is choosing the wine pairings. A specialty cocktail featuring Cathead Vodka also will be served at the event. A silent auction will feature exclusive, Dame-led experiences. Susan Swagler is the president of the LDEI’s Birmingham chapter. Members are chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, caterers, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food writers and editors, registered dietitians, food photographers, food and prop stylists, winemakers and wine-industry professionals, food publicists, food-service professionals, culinary educators and hospitality executives. Tickets for Southern Soiree are $125. To buy them, or for more information about the event, visit The Barn at Shady Lane is at 290 Sunbelt Parkway in Bessemer.

What: iHeart Radio presents a ticketed event allowing attendees to admire exclusive artifacts and photos from Terminal Station while enjoying spirits, cigars and live music. When: 7-10 p.m. Where: Vulcan Park and Museum Website:

Oct. 4-6 15th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

What: Look forward to a swap meet with hundreds of vendors, motorcycle gatherings, shows, food entertainment and more. Races take place on the road course and off-road. When: Check the website for events and times Where: Barber Motorsports Park and Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Website:

Appassionato - Celebrating Life through Arts

What: The Episcopal Church of St. Francis of Assisi features music with pianist Dr. Anthony Pattin, storytelling with Dolores Hydock, cooking with Alfredo Valencia, children’s activities, pet blessings and more. When: Check the website for events and times. Where: The Episcopal Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Indian Springs Website: saintfrancisindiansprings. org

Sat., Oct. 5 Alabama Parkinsons Fighter Walk and 5k

What: Participants will enjoy games, a coloring station, an easy stroller path, free food, dancing with WDJC DJ, trick-or-treating and more. Proceeds benefit UAB Neurology Department. When: 8 a.m. 5k, 8:30 a.m. walk Where: UAB Campus Green Website:

Bark in the Park

What: Shelby Humane hosts its annu-

al free, family-friendly event featuring adoption booths full of pups, vendors, educational booths and activities for two and four-legged friends. When: 9 a.m. Where: Veteran’s Park Website:

Bluff Park Art Show

What: The 56th annual show features more than 150 artists, food vendors and hands-on art activities for children 3-8. When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: In front of the Bluff Park Community Center Website:

A Taste of Louisiana Food Festival and Cook-Off

What: Visitors will enjoy a kids area, jambalaya, gumbo, etouffee, red beans and rice, boudin and more. Proceeds benefit Sid Strong Foundation and scholarships for local Alabama residents. When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Hoover Met Complex Website:

Sun., Oct. 6 LaCelebración

What: In celebration of Birmingham’s growing Hispanic and Latino community, the Birmingham Zoo will feature animals of Central and South America through keeper chats, animal encounters, music, kids activities and more. When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Birmingham Zoo Website:

Cahaba River Fry-Down

What: The Cahaba River Society’s largest fundraiser features a carnivallike atmosphere, catfish cook-off, live music, a climbing wall, face painters, a beer garden and more. When: noon-4 p.m. Where: Railroad Park Website:

Hop City’s Lucky 7th Anniversary

What: Guest can enjoy music, food trucks and the annual silent auction to raise funds for Coosa Riverkeeper including beer and wine related items you’ll rarely get a chance to obtain. When: noon-8 p.m. Where: Hop City Birmingham Website: “Hop City’s Lucky 7th Anniversary” Facebook page

Magic City Mac ‘N Cheese Festival

What: Community Grief Support hosts a fundraiser including tastings of mac and cheese dishes, activities for kids, beer, cocktails, sodas and water available for purchase. Pets welcome. When:1-4 p.m. Where: Brookwood Village, Macy’s upper parking lot. Website: “3rd Annual Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival” Facebook page.

Neverland Carnival

What: Birmingham Children’s Theatre presents an afternoon of games, crafts, food, prizes and many of your favorite characters from Neverland. Proceeds bring theatre to underserved children across the state. When: 1-4 p.m. Where: Birmingham Children’s Theatre Website: bct123. org


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Vulcan Aftertunes

What: The final installment of the series features Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, a popular blues artist from the Mississippi Delta. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. When: 2 p.m. Where: Vulcan Park and Museum Website:

Fire Truck Fun Pop-Up Storytime

What: Join an Emmet O’Neal Library Children’s librarian and the local Mountain Brook Fire Department for stories, puppets and fire truck fun in the great outdoors. When: 4-5 p.m. Where: Overton Park Website: eolib. org

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What: Morgan Cheek, a Birmingham native and author of “On Milk and Honey: How God’s Goodness Shows Up in Unexpected Places,” will be the featured guest at this annual luncheon. When: 11:30 a.m. Where: A Country Club in Vestavia Hills Website:

Taste of Hoover

What: Sample dishes from some of Hoover’s best restaurants, caterers and more, as well as international wines and local beers, while listening to live entertainment. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Aldridge Gardens Website:


What: Drink local beer, participate in the doggie costume contest, listen to music and try your hand at the stein hoist contest all while supporting Hand in Paw, an animal-assisted therapy nonprofit. When: 6-10 p.m. Where: Cahaba Brewing Co. Website:


Dancing with the Stars

What: Surgical Care Affiliate presents a one-night competition. Teams will perform a 90-second dance to compete for trophies. Concessions and cash bar available. Proceeds benefit the homeless women and families at First Light. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: The Lyric Theatre Website:

Jefferson County Historical Association Quarterly Meeting




What: Guests will get acquainted with the JCHA and enjoy light snacks and a program by Bill Finch, award-winning writer, botanist, natural historian and specialist in landscape interpretation and restoration. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Emmet O’Neal Library Website:

Oct. 10-Nov. 11 Oil Painters of America Juried Art Exhibition

What: This collection of traditional oil paintings represents the high quality of work being produced by the national and international oil painters in this exhibition. When: Oct. 10, opening reception, 5:30; gallery hours, Mon.-

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Samford Legacy League’s Fall Luncheon


What: Autism Society of Alabama hosts a free event giving kids of all ages the opportunity to get up close and personal with fire engines, police cars, construction equipment and monster trucks. When: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Where: Bluff Park United Methodist Church Website: “Touch A Truck Hoover” Facebook page Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Beverly McNeil Gallery Website:

Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 17-31 Boo at the Zoo

What: Wear your family-friendly costume and enjoy an evening at the zoo. The facility will feature spooky attractions, costumed characters, themed rides and carnival games. When: 5-9 p.m. Where: The Birmingham Zoo Website:

Sat., Oct. 12 Shelby Iron Works Park Fall Festival

What: Shelby County Museum and Archives hosts vendors, live music face painting, inflatables, sorghum making, a tractor show, antique sawmill, country store, and black smith demonstrations. When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Shelby Ironworks Park Website: “Shelby Iron Works park Fall Festival” Facebook page

Harvest Festival

What: Oak Mountain State Park hosts its annual festival featuring hay rides, marina rentals, bounce houses, shopping, face painting, food, gem mining, pony rides, a rock wall, live birds of prey and more. When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Oak Mountain Sate Park Website: “Harvest Festival” Facebook page

Dog Days at Discovery

What: Meet your pet-loving neighbors and enjoy a pet costume contest, agility course, personal pet art, kids activities, food trucks, live music, a silent auction, vendors, adoptions and

pet blessings. When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Discovery UMC, 5487 Stadium Trace Pkwy. Website:

Mt Laurel Fall Festival

What: Enjoy a farmers market, food trucks, a craft fair, live music and a kid zone. When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Mt Laurel Town Center Website:

Nightmare on Oak Street

What: Join the Emmet O’Neal Library for a horror movie double feature featuring “Child’s Play” and “Annabelle: Creation,” and craft your own little buddy. Dinner and crafts provided. 18+. When: 5:30-10 p.m. Where: Emmet O’Neal Library, Community Meeting Room Website:

Sun., Oct. 13 Jazz in the Park

What: The season finale of this series features Dee Lucas and Scott Marvill. Pack a picnic blanket and pick up dinner from one of Mountain Brook restaurants or grocery stores on the field. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Field in front of Emmet O’Neal Library Website:

Mon., Oct. 14 Mitchell’s Place Golf and Chili Championship

What: Enjoy golf and chili while working to improve the lives of children affected by autism. Lunch will be provided as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres following the tournament. When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Greystone Country Club on the Founders Course Website:




Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash

What: This costumed fundraiser, hosted by The Arthritis Foundation’s Alabama chapter, includes dinner, drinks, entertainment, spooky decorations, costume contests and a silent auction. When: 6 p.m. Where: The Barn at Shady Lane, Bessemer Website:

Tacos For Trinity

What: Guests will enjoy food, music and a silent auction in support of Trinity Counseling and their mission to provide much-needed mental health services to the community. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: The Battery Birmingham District Brewing Website: “Tacos for Trinity 2019” Facebook page

Wig and Stache Bash

What: Preschool Partners hosts an event featuring auctions, music, cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Guests are encouraged to wear “roaring ‘20s-themed” wigs, mustaches and costumes. When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Iron City Birmingham Website:

Oct. 17 and 18 PUSH presents Dracula

PUSH Physical Theatre’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel, Dracula, combines the company’s

School. All proceeds benefit the students. When: 6-10 p.m. Where: Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Website:

Journal file photo by Jordan Wald

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Sat., Oct. 19 McWane Science Center - An Evening at Hogwarts


What: Benefiting Kid One Transport, this event includes a costume contest, post race food and two beers for adults 21+. Runners of all ages, strollers and pets are welcome. When: 7 a.m. costume contest; 8 a.m. race Where: Back Forty Birmingham Website: “Trick or Trot 5K” Facebook page speechless artistry with traditional dialogue-driven theatre creating a spellbinding cinematic-like masterpiece. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Hoover Library Theatre Website:

Fri., Oct 18 Harvest of Hope

What: Guests will enjoy live music by Eric Essix, an auction, wine tasting, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a program highlighting Cornerstone

What: Dress in your wizarding costumes for a screening of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” in the IMAX dome, dinner, Harry Potter themed snacks and a performance by Birmingham Improv Theatre. All ages. When: 3-9 p.m. Where: McWane Science Center Website:

Magic City Witches Ball

What: This year’s event benefiting Lone Warriors charity for local veterans is Lord of the Rings themed. Wear any costume and be transported to middle earth for DJs, live music, dancing and more. When: 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Where: WorkPlay Website: “Magic City Witches Ball 2019” Facebook page

Sun., Oct. 20 Pickin in the Park and Handmade Art Show

What: Join the Homewood Arts Council for eclectic art to peruse and purchase and live music. Guests are encouraged to bring their own instruments and “pick” with friends old and new. When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Homewood Central Park Website: “Pickin in the Park and Handmade Art Show” Facebook page.


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Derzis Gets Firsthand Look at Drug Trade in Mexico

Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis went to Mexico last month, but it was no vacation. On Sept. 11, Derzis accompanied a delegation of 12 law enforcement leaders from across Alabama on a 72-hour covert trip to Mexico to get a firsthand look at the drug trade. The delegation was briefed in Mexico City at the highest levels and visited the State of Sinaloa, home of the Sinaloa cartel. About 90 percent of the drugs that come into the United States and Alabama are supplied by and from the Sinaloa cartel. The delegation traveled nearly 5,500 miles and constantly was under the heavily armed protection of United States and Mexican law enforcement as they went to “see, hear and smell” the sophistication of the illegal narcotics trade in Mexico. “What this trip did for me was to see the poison that’s being produced in (Mexico) that is coming here and killing people in the community that I

serve,” Derzis said. “I take that personally.” Those who made the trip were Derzis; Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall; Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Jay Town; Middle District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin; Southern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Richard Moore; DEA Supervisor Sean Stephen; ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor; Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner; Alabama District Attorney’s Association Executive Director Barry Matson; Madison County District Attorney Robert Broussard; Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Birmingham, New Orleans Division Clay Morris; and Bryan Taylor, general counsel for the governor’s office. They said the overall message was clear: narcotics trafficking and production in Mexico is dominating the drug trade in the United States. Heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl and even cocaine coming from Columbia are trafficked into the United States from Mexico. 

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‘What this trip did for me was to see the poison that’s being produced in (Mexico) that is coming here and killing people in the community that I serve. I take that personally.’

Journal file photo by Ingrid Howard

By Rubin E. Grant


“With the legalization of marijuana in some states in America, we don’t see much marijuana coming out of Mexico,” Derzis said. “We’re mostly dealing with the meth trade. When you think about cartels, you have to think about meth labs.” The delegation visited a clandestine meth lab that had been seized by

the DEA 15 days before the Alabama lawmen arrived. More than 70 law enforcement officers had spent two weeks protecting the site until the delegation came to see it. Until it was seized, the lab produced three tons of crystal meth – 90% to 100% pure – a week. That was the equivalent of 24,000 pounds

a month, which was capable of earning $1.44 billion a year. “And that was just one lab, so you can imagine how much more is being produced,” Derzis said. Derzis said Hoover law enforcement is starting to deal with more meth on its streets. “It’s cheap to produce and it’s selling in abundance,” he said. To combat the infiltration, Derzis said more arrests must be made. “We’re trying to stop some of the demand and stop the supply,” he said. “It’s going to take everybody in law enforcement working together to do that.” That is precisely why the Alabama lawmen made the trip to Mexico. “Collectively, we will not tolerate the destruction drug trafficking brings to our great state,” Morris said. “We witnessed firsthand the lengths Mexican drug cartels will go to fuel the disease of addiction. We are resolved to do everything in our power to stem the flow (of) drugs into Alabama.”

An induction ceremony celebrating the lives of the late Albert Preston Brewer and the late Harry Blackwell Brock Jr. was held Sept. 17 at The Club as both men were added to the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame. The ceremony was Howard Finch, Carla Roberson and Doug Dortch. co-hosted by the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame and the Women’s Committee of 100 for Birmingham. A prelude was provided by Women’s Committee music chair Anna Williams, followed by a welcome from President Carla Roberson.  Mountain Brook Wayne Flynt, Anne Gibbons and Richard Bailey. Baptist Church’s senior minister, the Dr. Wayne Flint, distinguished Rev. John Douglas Dortch, then university professor emeritus at gave an invocation, with Women’s Auburn University, presented inductCommittee patriotic chair Nancy ee Albert Preston Brewer. Jones leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Brewer served as governor of Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame’s Alabama from 1968 to 1971 and chairman, Dr. Richard Bailey, led taught at Samford’s Cumberland the ceremony, recognizing special School of Law for more than 20 guests and introducing the program’s years. speakers.  He joined the Cumberland faculty

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Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame Luncheon Celebrates Brewer and Brock

Members of the Harry Blackwell Brock Jr. family.

Members of the Albert Preston Brewer family.

in 1987 and, during his tenure, worked to establish the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to studying issues of public interest effecting state and local government in Alabama. Dr. Howard Finch, Samford University’s associate provost, presented inductee Harry Brock Jr., an

innovative banker and civic leader who was instrumental in the passage of the Statewide Bank Merger bill in 1980, allowing bank branching across county lines. When Brock led the founding of his bank Central Bancshares in 1964, it was Birmingham’s first new bank in 18 years. He later led Central Bancshares efforts to purchase a Texas bank, making it the

first bank in Alabama to own a bank in another state. The Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame is permanently housed at Samford University in the Harwell Goodwin Davis Library. It recognizes men native to or closely identified with the state of Alabama who have made significant contributions on a state, national or international scale. —Emily Williams


Mountain Brook Voters Favor Ad Valorem Tax Increase

Nearly 2,800 Mountain Brook voters took part in the city’s Sept. 24 election, passing an ad valorem tax increase of 10 mills. According to unofficial results posted by the city clerk’s office, 65.3 percent of voters were in favor of the increase. The increase will go into effect in October 2020, and it is estimated to result in an added $6 million per year for the school system. At a Sept. 23 meeting of the City Council, Superintendent Dicky Barlow gave a presentation on the tax increase and its effect on the Mountain Brook City Schools system. He spoke about the need for facilities updates and the system’s long-term plan for facilities improvements, as well as highlighting the correlation between quality schools and property values. The school system’s oldest facility, Mountain Brook Elementary School, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year and its youngest, Cherokee Bend Elementary, celebrates its 50th. According to Barlow, annual funds from the tax increase largely will cover bond issues the system expects to pursue to cover upgrades to the facilities. Updates are estimated to range in cost from $31 million to $87 million. —Emily Williams

ZooSchool Recognized With National Education Award

The Birmingham Zoo’s ZooSchool program has been recognized with the 2019 Education Award. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums presented the award during AZA’s September conference in New Orleans. The AZA Education Award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, judging programs on their ability to promote conservation knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation and measure success. Now in its ninth year, ZooSchool is a week-long program focusing on conservation, the environment and the zoo. It is presented through a partnership among the zoo, Birmingham City Schools and the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Education Accountability, according to a statement from the zoo. The program serves more than 700 seventh graders each year and provides a rich learning experience to a population of students who may not have frequent access to the zoo, the statement said. “Our unique approach uses innovative curriculum, hands-on learning and critical thinking to create an environment for every student enrolled in our ZooSchool program to build a personal connection to conservation,” Chris Pfefferkorn, Birmingham Zoo president & CEO, said in the statement. “This one-of-a kind educational program utilized the zoo’s 122 acres classroom to offer Birmingham City School students who attend ZooSchool a unique opportunity not

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NEWS available to any other students in the nation,” said Roger Torbert, the zoo’s vice president of education. To date, ZooSchool has served more than 2,000 urban students who have limited exposure to wildlife and surrounding habitats, according to the statement.

Goldstein Book Signings to Give Back to Women’s Organizations

Debra Goldstein is many things, describing herself as a judge, author, litigator, wife, mother and civic volunteer.

The former U.S. administrative law judge left her lifetime position to pursue her passion for writing mystery novels. Her fourth novel, “Two Bites Too Many,” was released Sept. 24. Debra Goldstein The novel is the second installment in her Sarah Blair Mystery series and follows

the continued struggles of recently divorced law firm receptionist Sarah Blair as she finds that a killer is on the loose in her hometown. Goldstein will be appearing at signing events at Barnes & Noble at The Summit on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., and at The Little Professor on Oct. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A portion of the sales at each event will benefit two organizations that are close to Goldstein’s heart, the Zonta Club of Birmingham and the YWCA. Goldstein is a member of the Zonta Club of Birmingham and

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will donate funds to support the international service organization’s work to promote women’s economic self-sufficiency, political equality and access to education and health care, and to eliminate violence against women. A YWCA board member, she also will donate funds to the annual YWCA Santa’s Workshop, which gives families who are homeless, living in transitional shelters or otherwise in need the opportunity to shop for free holiday gifts, meet with Santa and more. – Emily Williams


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Betty Shivers and Michelle Mills have a lot in common, both being cancer survivors. The two women live in Vestavia Hills with only a few streets separating them, but they may never have met if not for their involvement with Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center. Forge was founded in 2016 and provides a wide range of services for breast cancer survivors and their caregivers and families. The organization partners with Brookwood Baptist Health System, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Grandview Medical Center, St. Vincent’s Health System and UAB Medicine to provide the emotional support and healing that a doctor can’t provide. It serves a five-county area in north-central Alabama. There are programs and offerings for the newly diagnosed, patients undergoing treatment and survivors. Forge offers individualized planning, matching with peers and advocates, support groups and resource referrals among its services. Shivers has worked with Forge since it began, volunteering first as a peer mentor and then as an advocate for women who, like Mills, are undergoing treatment. “Our advocates serve as guides for breast cancer survivors and their cosurvivors by providing information, support, encouragement and assistance to help survivors and their loved ones work their way through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship,” said Claire Gray, Forge’s manager of community outreach. Advocates help steer survivors and co-survivors through the medical process, checking in on them with a phone call or going to meetings with a survivor to help take notes and manage resources. A retired Pelham High School teacher, Shivers was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She was diagnosed with a ductal carcinoma in situ, located on her right side. Nothing had shown up on a mammogram, but she noticed small issues with her right breast and was able to catch the cancer at a very early stage. “I was fortunate that it was very early, so I did not have to – after the (double mastectomy) – do chemo or radiation,” she said. This August, Shivers celebrated her ninth anniversary as a survivor, with many of those years spent giving back to the breast cancer community through volunteer work.

Sharing With Others

“First you have to deal with your own stuff,” she said. “As soon as I knew that I was fine and I was gonna be fine, it became just a really important part of my life to say, ‘What can I do to give someone else an opportunity to have a listening ear or shoulder to cry on?’”

Photo courtesy Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center

By Emily Williams

Breast cancer survivors Betty Shivers and Michelle Mills met when Mills was diagnosed with a recurrence less than a year after her first diagnosis.

Forge On

Breast Cancer Survivor Center Creates a Support System for Survivors She co-founded a support group at her church, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, after her recovery that continues to meet once a month and includes an interdenominational group of survivors ranging from 20 years cancer free to the newly diagnosed. While they do book speakers for the group, it’s mostly about sharing. “That’s the biggest part of this meeting is to be able to share, and there is some serious sharing that goes on,” Shivers said. “There’s laughter. There’s tears. There is a combination of emotions that just run the globe and I’m just so happy to be a part of it. It’s been great to be able to just reach out to other women.” Through the support group, she was connected with Forge as it was first starting out and quickly signed on to volunteer. “Number one, they were about the patient for life, not just until you get over this year or two. You’re with us for as long as you need us,” she said. “Number two, they work with the family, with caregivers and with co-survivors.” Shivers crossed paths with a former student who was in her 30s and praised Forge for providing support for her young children.

Sometimes, It’s New Tires

Forge has brought an entirely new element to Shivers’ volunteer work and given her experiences she treasures. For example, one of her first clients lived in Boaz and corresponded entirely over the phone.

One day, the two women were discussing treatment and Shivers’ client told her that she was worried about getting to her treatments at UAB in the winter because she needed new tires. Through Shivers’ connections at Forge and her support group, she was able to raise enough money to get some new tires. “I had never met her, but it doesn’t matter. That part doesn’t matter. It’s just an opportunity to help,” she said. “It’s all individual. It’s all about meeting the person where they are and getting a sense of what they might need.”

A Hand to Hold

Mills was diagnosed for the first time on Nov. 21, 2016. She went through chemo and radiation relying solely on friends and family for support. When she was diagnosed with a recurrence less than a year after her first diagnosis, she was completely thrown. “I just felt like that was it, that was the end of my life with the second diagnosis,” Mills said. Her world shaken, Mills backed away from family and friends, feeling that her emotional state was too much of a burden. She reached out to Forge after seeing a flier at one of her doctors’ offices. She called the number and was immediately connected to Toria Pettway, Forge’s client services coordinator, who went through a questionnaire and provided Mills with medical information, but also information on

resting and self-care. “They asked me if I wanted to be paired with an advocate and I said, ‘Yes, that’s exactly what I want.’ And they connected me with Betty right away.” Shivers and Mills’ relationship began with phone calls once a month, checking in and getting updates on treatments. Having Shivers’ support has been vital for Mills, as her own family is spread out across the country and globe. Her mother lives in Illinois, her father and one of her brothers live in Idaho, her second brother lives in Colorado and her sister lives in Sweden. Though the two women have been connected since 2017, Shivers didn’t meet Mills in person until Mills was going through her second big procedure for her second diagnosis. Mills’ mother was coming in from out of town, and Shivers wanted to be there to sit in the hospital waiting room with her, “because mom had no one to sit with her, and how hard is that,” Shiver said. “The time just goes so slowly.” Once at the hospital, Mills’ mother insisted that Shivers meet Mills before the surgery. “It’s so strange in some ways to meet someone when they are getting prepped for major surgery,” Shivers said. “I’m not a family member. I’m not a friend, at that point. I’m just this person that is trying to help you get through this.” When Mills had her first cancer diagnosis, hospital staff handed her a booklet from the American Cancer Society and that was that. She didn’t think to go and look for other women or support groups, but this time around it became a necessary move to support her mental and emotional health. Mills had been invited to Shiver’s support group at Prince of Peace in 2017 but couldn’t find the time to attend because she was still working full time at a job that requires a large amount of traveling. “I went back to work too soon, too quick and too gung-ho,” she said. In January of this year, Mills went through burnout and spent January through about March just focusing on herself. “I was in counseling, therapy, physical therapy and then decided I needed to start socializing,” Mills said. “The only time I ever see people with cancer is when I’m at UAB. And I’m not the type of person to strike up a conversation,” she said. After her first support group meeting, she immediately was affected by the experience of meeting, talking and listening to other breast cancer survivors. “You can talk to somebody who has not been through it, but they can’t understand,” Mills said. “This is how I equate it. Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had two uncles in See FORGE, page 11

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events Oct. 1 & 4 GO PINK! T-SHIRT SALE

What: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama will be selling t-shirts to raise funds and promote breast cancer awareness. Longsleeved shirts are $20 and shortsleeved shirts are $15. When: Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: UAB Hospital, second floor Atrium of the North Pavilion Building Website:


What: Heritage Archery Club in Cullman and the BCRFA will co-host the eighth annual 3-D archery tournament When: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Heritage Archery Club Website:


What: In addition to raising funds for the breast cancer movement, this 5k and one-mile walk increases awareness, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. When: 7 a.m. Where: Railroad Park Website:


What: This year’s luncheon theme will be “Crazy for a Cure Fiesta,” featuring a buffet, music, prizes and more. When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: MSE Building Co. Website: RSVP by calling 833-9010


What: Dr. Jennifer Bail, a full-time predoctoral fellow and research assistant at UAB School of Nursing, will speak on recognizing, treating, and preventing persistent pain and chemo brain. When: 6:30-8 p.m. Where: Emmet O’Neal Library Website: eolib. org

Fri., Oct. 25 SHOP FOR GOOD

What: Kendra Scott will celebrate the launch of its 2019 Winter Collection by hosting a fundraiser for Forge. During the event, Forge will recognize an honoree who will create and take home a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: Kendra Scott at The Summit Website: forge.


Off to the Races In recognition of National Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation hosted its annual Head Over Teal race and Fall Festival on Sept. 21 at The Preserve in Hoover. The 10th annual event included 5K and 10K races, as well as a postrace festival featuring a variety of vendors, face painting, inflatables, food and more. ❖

are newly diagnosed, I can tell them.”

Better Together

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Rodney Shiflett and Matt Shiflett.

Dean Winston and Virginia Winston. Front, from left: Landon Pelt, Audra McCartney and Holly Glover. Back: Anita and Marcus Pelt, Steve Smith, Kevin Baker, Macey and Chip Bradley, Hannah Brasher and Mallory Bradley.

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Tennessee – one had melanoma and one had leukemia. When I would go and see them, I would feel sorry for them, but I wouldn’t know what to say.” Mills, who is in Phase One of recovery after a double mastectomy, was able to talk to someone who has been where she is and understands how painful it is to have a tissue expander. She also appreciates the chance to share her knowledge with other women. “A few years ago, I was on the other side, not knowing but learning,” she said. “Now I’m on the other side and I’m at the end of it. I’ve done it. I know all of the tricks. Women who

Alexis Vendt, Renee Vendt and Molly Vendt.

Both women agreed that the breast cancer journey is better together. “I can’t imagine how you can get better alone,” Shivers said. “It’s just too hard.” The Prince of Peace support group lost a member for the first time about two months ago, a survivor who was in her 40s. “How hard it would have been for her best friend, who was a member of the group, to have to go that alone,” Shivers said. “And she didn’t. We came here and celebrated this woman’s life and it was just a beautiful evening to say, ‘We are better people for what she did and brought to us.’” When Shivers first retired, she never thought she would have breast cancer, and she never thought she would be living the life she is right now. But that life is more rewarding than she could have imagined. Even if the breast cancer community is one that she never wanted to be a part of, it’s one she can be excited to be a part of. “It’s a baby. Forge is just beginning, but to have all of the hospitals, all of the big players buying into it. You don’t make that happen easily,” she said. “With the research that UAB is able to do, among other hospitals, one of these days, maybe some of this won’t be happening at all. How good would that be?”

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Linda Williams and DeAnna Lucas, from left, are excited to welcome Terri Mundy BS, RN to the Salon Summit team. Terri has over 20 years experience in clinical and permanent cosmetics.

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For years, Dr. Ed. Partridge, the former director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, worked not just against cancer itself, but against the disparities in cancer treatment. Now the Black Belt Community Foundation is honoring him as the Black Belt Legacy Award recipient for 2019. The award will be presented during the Black Belt Legacy Dinner and fundraiser, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Harbert Center, according to a statement from the foundation. Partridge led the move to launch outreach programs in the Black Belt that trained non-medical community members to promote cancer screening and to connect low-income patients to care. Under his leadership, the cancer center supported a network of hospitals and thousands of community health outreach workers to close the gap in mammogram screenings between African Americans and whites. He also took on the challenge to improve African American participation rates in clinical trials and partnered with historically black institutions, including Tuskegee University and Morehouse School of Medicine, to bolster cancer research. “Creating trust, eliminating bias

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Dr. Ed. Partridge is the former director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. The Black Belt Community Foundation is honoring him as the Black Belt Legacy Award recipient for 2019.

where you can and sharing power with those that are less fortunate are sort of the underlying themes,” of his work, Partridge said in the statement. He is a former president of the National Board of the American Cancer Society and in 2013 received the society’s national Humanitarian Award. “BBCF is so proud to be able to honor one of Alabama’s and the nation’s leaders in the fight against cancer, particularly because his work has greatly impacted and transformed health care for the poor, rural and predominantly African American communities of the Alabama Black Belt,” Felecia Lucky, president of the foundation said in the statement. UAB President Ray L. Watts is serving as the chairperson for this year’s Legacy Dinner, in which Partridge will be honored. Birmingham news anchor Sherri Jackson of CBS42 will emcee the

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All About That Brass

By Sam Prickett About three years ago, Scott Robertson got sick. His illness – kidney failure – was serious enough that, “I had to retire from everything,” he said, including his role as director of music at Homewood’s Trinity United Methodist Church and his position on the music faculty at UAB. Retiring from the latter job also meant that he had to step down as a member of the UAB

Illness Forced Him to Retire, but He Couldn’t Do Without the Music

faculty brass quintet, the only year-round group of its type in Alabama. Brass quintets, with occasional variations, consist of two trumpets, a trombone, a French horn and a tuba and can play a variety of genres, including classical, Celtic and jazz. Despite his retirement and illness, which includes thrice-weekly dialysis treatments, it didn’t take long for Robertson to start wanting to play again. “About a year and a half ago, I started feeling well enough that I thought I would start practicing again,” Robertson said. He reached out to his former colleagues, and soon they had formed a new group: Cathedral Brass of

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Like the adage says, performing at Carnegie Hall requires lots of practice. Though his illness makes it a “struggle,” Robertson said he, like his fellow group members, practice four or five hours a day.

Members of Cathedral Brass of Birmingham are, from left, Dr. Jim Zingara, Dr. Doug Bristol, R. Scott Robertson, James Baker and Dr. Brad Sargent. The group will play at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall in April. In addition to playing some standalone pieces, the quintet will be joined on the Carnegie Hall stage by the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church choir for a 20-minute rendition of Scott’s “Gloria.”

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It’s a “traditional” group, Robertson said, one that mostly plays classical arrangements of religious music. For the past year, the quintet has performed at local churches “of just about any denomination,” Robertson said, and those churches often provide practice spaces for the group. “Church music directors are always looking for brass players to come in and enhance their worship service,” Robertson said. That doesn’t mean the quintet becomes the musical focus of the service, though. “We’re kind of an accessory,” he said. “We’re not the main thing. We play along with their hymns to make singing the hymns special and new. … We combine with the organ, and it really makes pretty glorious music. … The type of music we do is very fitting in a cathedral-like setting.” The quintet, however, will be the focus during one significant upcoming performance in April, when it will play at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. That opportunity came about, Robertson said, with the help of the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. “Every year, Carnegie Hall auditions church choirs to be considered for their special concert season just for church choirs,” he said. “Vestavia Hills UMC decided to enter into this competition, and they submitted a recording of us along with them. And we were accepted!” For some of the performance, Cathedral Brass will be playing solo, focusing on music composed by Alabama native K. Lee Scott, who specializes in sacred music, choral music and hymns. “He’s from Birmingham, and his music is really nationally known,” Robertson said. “There’s hardly a traditional music department or a church anywhere that doesn’t have at least one of his works.” In addition to playing some standalone piec-

es, the quintet will be joined on the Carnegie Hall stage by the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church choir for a 20-minute rendition of Scott’s “Gloria,” which Robertson calls “a glorious standard.” Like the adage says, performing at Carnegie Hall requires lots of practice. Though his illness makes it a “struggle,” Robertson said he, like his fellow group members, practice four or five hours a day. “A lot of times, practice is difficult, to have the energy to pick up and hold the horn,” he said.” But I have to be able to play at the level that we play. Every professional musician practices four hours a day (at least).” Robertson’s dedication is matched by his colleagues, he said. “The entire group, they love playing, period. And they particularly love playing brass quintet,” Robertson said. “Most times, brass players don’t get to play parts (like these). This gives us the opportunity.” For more information on the group, visit


Fall is Upon Us Grace House Plans Annual Pumpkin Festival in Homewood

It may not feel as if fall has arrived, but that isn’t delaying the season of the pumpkin. The huge orange vegetable is the star of the show at the Grace House Ministries Junior Board’s sixth annual Pumpkin Festival, set for Oct. 19. “We love the Pumpkin Festival because it’s a fun, family-friendly event that also raises awareness of Grace House’s programs for

Alabama girls in foster care,” said Grace House Development Director Katherine Connell. “And unlike some of our more ‘formal’ fundraising events, the Pumpkin Festival is something our girls can participate in and enjoy as guests.” Guests can pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve at home, or they can decorate it on-site to enter into a children’s pumpkin-decorating contest. In addition, the event will include

bounce houses, carnival games, a family photo booth, face painting and local food trucks. According to Connell, the festival has proved to be one of Grace House’s fastest-growing fundraising events. “Funds raised through sponsorships and ticket sales help us to meet needs (of) our girls, including food, school supplies and counseling, and will go toward the purchase of fall clothing,” she said. The funding provided by the festival is more necessary than ever as the organization looks forward to expanding. Since 1992, the ministry has sought to provide a stable, Christian home for Alabama girls in foster care. The ministry currently consists of an eight-property residential campus in Fairfield, which houses up to 28 girls ages 6 to 21. In July, the organization began a full renovation of one of the historic homes on its campus to create an additional 10 beds. The project is expected to be completed by January. “Our long-term goal is to be able to serve 100 Alabama girls in foster care on our campus and realize our founder, Mama Lois’, vision of having a village of homes for girls,” Connell said. The event will be held at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Homewood Central Park. For more information, visit


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Guests can pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve at home, or they can decorate it on-site to enter into a children’s pumpkin-decorating contest.

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Christopher Architecture and Interiors will open its showhouse on Chestnut Road in Vestavia Hills on one weekend this year, Oct. 10-13. The goal is to showcase the design work of CAI and highlight local, regional and national vendors and suppliers while raising money for Lifeline Children’s Services, which supports families through the adoption process. The house is being shown just one weekend because a family of eight, including three children adopted from China, is living there. Architects on the project were Chris Reebals and Madeline Hoisington. Interior Design by Lydia Smith and Narnia Construction is the builder. For more information, visit christopherai. com/christopher-showhouse.

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Splish, SPLASH LJCC Finishes Pool Season With Fourth Annual Pooch Plunge

The Levite Jewish Community Center capped off the summer season with its Fourth annual Pooch Plunge on Sept. 22. About 250 dogs jumped, swam, dove and fetched in the pool during the event, which supports The Animal League of Birmingham. In addition, local pet-friendly vendors took part in the festivities, including Vet Express, Hollywood Feed and Fetch – A Treat Truck. JOURNAL PHOTOS BY JORDAN WALD

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Sports was the highlight of the Mike Slive Foundation’s annual gala fundraiser, held Sept. 26 at the Alys Stephens Center. Formerly I’m With Mike, the gala was renamed Beyond Blue this year, paying homage to the organization’s mission to cure prostate cancer and make the blue awareness ribbon a thing of the past.  This year’s honoree was Hatton Smith, CEO emeritus of Royal Cup Coffee and a prostate cancer survivor. SEC Network’s Laura Rutledge served as emcee for the evening, guiding guests through a program honoring Smith and a live auction filled with sports memorabilia, tickets, experiences and one-of-a-kind items.  Presented by Medical Properties Trust, the evening’s festivities were organized and hosted by Clete Walker and Tommy Brigham. ❖

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The newest exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art is dedicated to the previously unstudied art form of silhouettes. On Sept. 27, the museum hosted an after hours event to celebrate the opening of “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now.” The new exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and explores the art form’s historical roots and continued presence today. Cocktails and light bites were served as attendees perused the exhibit and participated in interactive programming inspired by silhouette portraiture. The exhibit will run through Jan. 21. ❖

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Celebrating the end of summer, the Coronets Dance Club hosted a fall luncheon meeting Sept. 20 at Vestavia Country Club. The new officers for the year are Nancy Becker, president; Debbie Visintainer, vice president; Marsha Hire, secretary; Rebecca Wingett, treasurer; Patty Echols, assistant treasurer; and Shelley Watkins, parliamentarian. Tables were decorated with flower arrangements prepared by Patty Clay and Missy Hayes. Plans for the Fall Moonlight Dance at Vestavia Country Club in October were shared by Visintainer. Lunch and dessert were served after the business meeting. Members in attendance included Cathie Amos, Edna Alderman, India Askew, Linda Bachus, Una Ray Barnett, Nancy Becker, Sue Belcher, Redonda Broom, Marti Buck, Cheree Carlton, Patty Clay,

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Tasting Mountain Brook

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All In Mountain Brook Hosts Annual Fundraiser Highlighting Eateries

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Representatives from more than 20 of the best restaurants in Mountain Brook spent Sept. 15 in Crestline Village serving up tastings at the fifth annual Taste of Mountain Brook. Hosted by All In Mountain Brook, the event featured participation from Piggly Wiggly, Billy’s Sports Grill, Otey’s Tavern, Taco Mama, La Paz, Davenport’s Pizza Palace, Chickfil-A, Grille 29, Crestline Bagel Company, Season’s 52, Bobby Carl’s Table, Bongiorno Italian Restaurant, Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Red Diamond Inc., Tonya Jones Salon’s Spa Food Bar, The Happy Olive, Vino & Gallery Bar, Publix/Greenwise Market, Mizu Japanese, Surin of Thailand, Cookie Fix, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Miss Dots and PawTree. In addition to live entertainment, Mountain Brook High School’s Leadership Mountain Brook students manned a kid’s zone complete with popcorn, cotton candy, games, face painting, a fire truck spraying and more. Funds raised at the event will benefit All In Mountain Brook’s mission to enhance and protect the lives of Mountain Brook Youth through programming for parents and students. The organization was scheduled to hold its Junior High Parenting

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Mary Grace Hagood and Austin Dale Wilson were married May 31 at The Barn at Shady Lane. The Rev. Seth Moon officiated the ceremony. A reception followed at The Barn at Shady Lane. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hagood of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Ms. Stephanie Wilson of Olive Branch, Mississippi. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a form-fitting wedding gown made by Mori Lee featuring beaded, embroidered appliqués, sheer sides, a keyhole back and a sheer, scalloped train in ivory. Ashley Wilson Smith, aunt of the groom, of Olive Branch, attended the bride as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Mary Morgan Stanton and Paige Fryery Overby, of Brandon, Mississippi; Cassidy Owens

of Vancleave, Mississippi; Joelie Hill Miller, of Louisville, Mississippi; Emily Malone of Greenville, South Carolina; and Kaitlyn Cromeens Smith, of Birmingham. Tinley Kate Fesmire, of Nesbit, Mississippi was the flower girl. Brent Smith, uncle of the groom, of Olive Branch, served as best man. Groomsmen were Alexander Greer, Josh Hopkins and Brent Thornton, of Olive Branch; Winston Chapman of Tuscumbia; Tucker Hagood and Ethan Hagood, brothers of the bride, of Birmingham. Junior groomsmen were Brady Smith and Baylor Smith, of Olive Branch. Ushers were Avery Paxton and Joseph Sparkman, of Olive Branch. After a wedding trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, the couple will live in Southhaven, Mississippi.

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Fairhope’s The Happy Olive to Open New Lane Parke Location

By Emily Williams Pressing olives to create olive oil is an art form, akin to turning grapes into wine. It is a practice deeply rooted in Mediterranean culture and cuisine. The culinary act originated as early as 6000 B.C. in Asia Minor, later recognized as ancient Greece, and olive trees that are approximately 2,000 years old have been found in groves, continuing to yield fruit. Both the art of making olive oil and the culture of its originating European region were the inspiration for Fairhope residents Vickie and Richard Bailey’s store, The Happy Olive. For the past seven years, The Happy Olive has served artisan oils, blended balsamic vinegars, spices and more products, adding locations in Mobile and Orange Beach along the way. On Oct. 8, the Baileys will open their fourth storefront, in Mountain Brook Village’s Lane Parke.  The Baileys’ passion for olive oil began with a wedding.  While in Italy and teaching for the University of Georgia, their daughter Shayna fell in love. She married her husband, Paolo Fasolo, at a mountaintop church near Chivasso,

‘That pure, simple diet of fresh, non-processed foods – enjoyed around a relaxed table to savor the experience – changed our lives. We knew we wanted to share the Mediterranean diet and its healthy way of life with not just friends, but everyone.’

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OPA! “The Drive-thru Experience Gets Better Every Year”

Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral presents OPA! 47th annual Birmingham Greek Festival on Oct. 3-5. The community is proud to share its Greek culture, heritage, faith tradition and cuisine. The event will include entertainment and guided tours of the cathedral and its Byzantine architecture and more. For more details, visit

Melting Pot Marketplace: St. Symeon Orthodox Church’s Fair Set for Oct. 12

The Happy Olive owners Vickie and Richard Bailey will open their fourth storefront, in Mountain Brook Village’s Lane Parke on Oct. 8 and a grand opening celebration set for Oct. 24.

Italy. The couple lives on an olive farm and vineyard in one of the most celebrated Italian regions, Veneto.  While visiting their daughter, the Bailey’s were able to take part in the olive harvesting and pressing process.  “At harvest time, we shake the olives off the trees into nets just as they’ve done for generations,” Vickie said. “The olives are ground that night and enjoyed the next day in the richest flavors you can imagine.  “That pure, simple diet of fresh, non-processed foods – enjoyed around a relaxed table to savor the experience – changed our lives. We knew we wanted to share the Mediterranean diet and its healthy way of life with not just friends, but everyone.”  To stock their store with the best products, the Baileys have traveled to olive orchards across Europe, although their first Happy Olive oils were cultivated at the Fasolo vineyards.  The store stocks artisan olive oils from Italy, France, Spain and Australia, with infusions including basil, walnut, Persian lime and black

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The store stocks artisan olive oils from Italy, France, Spain and Australia, with infusions including basil, walnut, Persian lime and black truffle, among others.

truffle, among others. The Baileys have continued to add to their repertoire, constantly inspired by their travels.  After traveling to Modeno, Italy, the couple began offering a selection of balsamic vinegars to complement each oil. The store now offers a selection of Infused balsamics, including cinnamon pear, lavender, fig, grapefruit and other flavors. The espresso flavor, the owners noted, is deliciously versatile and a great addition to salad, steak or even a stack of pancakes.  In addition, a 2016 trip to the Dijon region of France had the couple hooked on fresh mustards. Richard spent the following year studying in Paris and in New York with Maille mustard masters to become a certified mustard sommelier.  The Mountain Brook store will include a selection of gourmet mustards on tap, and Richard handcrafts specialty flavors for the store, such as wasabi or white wine.  While the store will open Oct. 8, the grand opening and ribbon-cutting will be celebrated Oct. 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature music by Roman Street, a Fairhopebased Latin Jazz trio, as the store staff serves champagne, caviar and The Happy Olive’s gourmet mustard and feta dips.  For more information, visit happyolive4. com.

Shop for homemade baked goods, gifts, jewelry, original artwork and more at one of the four food market stalls that will be set up for St. Symeon Orthodox Church’s Food and Culture Fair. The marketplace will be set up in the church’s fellowship hall. The stalls are the Slavic Tea Room, the Balkan Bakery, Café Europa and Southern Sweets and Savories. Guests also can tour the church, listen to sacred music by the church choir and ensemble, and hear talks on iconography. The fair will be Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the church, on Clairmont Avenue. For more details, visit

Ready to Rumble: Cook-Off Challenge Raises Funds for No Kid Hungry

Wheelhouse Academy hosts the Magic City Ribeye Rumble, a steak cook-off in which teams of three or more compete for the title of Best Steak in Birmingham. The event will be Oct 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Back Forty Beer Company and will raise funds for No Kid Hungry. Teams will be giving out sliders and miniburgers so guests can vote on the People’s Choice in that category. For more information, visit the “Ribeye Rumble at Back Forty Birmingham” Facebook page.

All About the Missions: Horizon Church Celebrates Brazilian Food and Culture

The annual Brazilian Day Festival brings the food and culture of Brazil to Birmingham on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Horizon Church parking lot. Guests will have the opportunity to taste Brazilian food, listen to live music and see a Brazilian jiu-jitsu presentation, while children can play at the kids’ zone, featuring moonwalks, slides and more. Proceeds benefit the church’s missions and humanitarian efforts in the U.S. and around the world. For more information, visit


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20 Years Strong: M-Power Ministries Celebrates With Taste for the 20th

Respect is Cooked Not Given: Culinary Fight Club Pits Chefs Against Each Other With Seafood Challenge

Culinary Fight Club combines the passion of a high-energy kitchen and the thrill of a timed competition. Chefs

have 45 seconds to run for their pantry and 60 minutes to plate the best final dish at the club’s Seafood Showdown, being held Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to place a Taster’s Choice vote for their favorite dish. The local Fight2Feed chapter will get 20 percent of the profit from the event. For more information, visit the “Culinary Fight Club Birmingham Seafood Showdown” Facebook page.

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M-Power Ministries will hold its Taste for the 20th event Oct. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Theodore. Guests will be treated to a silent auction and a seated dinner featuring some of Birmingham’s best restaurants. This year’s

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Keeping It Local: Breakin’ Bread Food, Wine and Beer Festival Coming up Oct. 20

Birmingham Originals presents a day filled with unlimited food sampling from more than 30 of the Magic City’s favorite local establishments, along with craft beer and wine, a makers’ market, a kids’ zone with special activities for children and live musical entertainment, among other features. The Breakin’ Bread event is Oct. 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pepper Place. It benefits the Birmingham Originals Grant Program, which awards scholarships to individuals pursuing an education in the culinary arts and provides assistance for local entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry. The event highlights local chefs, artisans and ingredients. For more details, visit

Trucks by the Tracks: Food and Family Fun in Railroad Park

Some of Birmingham’s best food trucks will gather at American Family Care’s Trucks by the Tracks on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The trucks will be serving up hot chicken, specialty burgers, tacos, fruit bowls, popsicles, Italian ice and dog treats, among other foods. The festival includes live bands, beverages, lawn games and other activities. For more information, visit the “American Family Care presents Trucks

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The British are Coming: Little London Kitchen Celebrates Launch with British Bash

Guests will enjoy a DJ, live music, baking competitions, best British dressed competition, face painting, a bounce house and all you can eat silver tray service featuring items from Little London’s new catering menu as well as their famous Fish & Chips. The event is Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. For

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Mountain Brook Elementary Celebrates 90th Anniversary By Emily Williams

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When Mountain Brook Elementary School first opened its doors in 1929, it served 143 students in grades kindergarten through junior high. Now 90 years old, the building serves about 530 students in grades kindergarten through sixth. “While transformations of the physical plant and curriculums may have changed over the last 90 years, what remains the same is the strong sense of community whose collective efforts have continued to result in a school of excellence,” Principal Ashley McCombs said in a released statement. “The most valuable investment has come from the hearts and minds that have come together in authentic relationship so that each and every student can discover and develop his/her unique purpose in life.” To celebrate the history of the school building and the legacy that continues today, faculty, staff and students took part in a birthday party on Sept. 20 – complete with cake and ice cream. During the event, visitors had the opportunity to tour the building and see composites of each of the school’s graduating classes. Construction of the school began in 1928 shortly after Robert Jemison Jr. began developing Mountain Brook. It was designed in the same English Tudor-style as Mountain Brook Village’s original developments. While 1928-29 students awaited the completion of the building, makeshift classes were created for the fall semester. Four were in the space above Gilchrist’s. Once completed, the $45,000, twostory school housed seven classrooms, one of which was used as a principal’s office, and a lunchroom that doubled as a social room.  The original faculty consisted of Principal Bessie Wilhelm, who also

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taught seventh and eighth grades, as well as three teachers who taught combination grades and two who taught kindergarten. Additionally, the school also employed a music teacher and an “expression” teacher. The school now boasts 46 certified teachers and 24 support staff members. Though the city of Mountain Brook was incorporated in 1942, MBE remained a Jefferson County school until 1959, when the city

established its first Board of Education.   In 1979, the school hosted a 50th anniversary reunion, inviting members of each of its 50 graduating classes to attend. The anniversary party also raised money for a new playground.  MBE consistently ranks among the best Alabama schools and has been named a National Blue Ribbon School, a Common Sense Media School, a Lighthouse School and an Alabama School of Character.


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This year, about 16,000 students nationally have been recognized as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists. That accounts for about 1% of the 1.5 million students who took the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp. More than 75 of those students attend schools in the Over the Mountain area. The National Merit Finalists will be announced in spring and are eligible for more than $31 million in scholarship offers.

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OTM Schools Recognize 2019 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

MOUNTAIN BROOK HIGH SCHOOL Lillian Balogh, Alex Bebenek, Walter Berry, Connor Bowen, Ella Grace Bowers, John Butrus, Virginia Cobbs, Samuel Cox, Lewis Fischer, Arthur Foster, Virginia Gardner, Benjamin Harris, Chloe Kinderman, Stephen Malone, Lily Plowden, Tate Record, Pavel Shirley, Mabry Smyer, Amy Taliaferro, Jane Turner and Mark Waller.  

highlighted were several annual fundraising events and an overall 450% increase in funding for the foundation; SeedLab, an innovation program that grants funds for teachers to take on challenges in their classrooms and schools; an emphasis on drug awareness by students and parents; partnerships that increased awareness of the foundation; and candidate election forums to educate residents about education issues. The foundation will be conducting a search to find a new executive director. “It is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still supporting our teachers and our schools,” said McClinton.

VHEW’s Confessore Earns Kodály Education Certification

HOMEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL From left: Graham Harrison, Catherine Grill, John Robert Wallace and Cooper McRae.

VESTAVIA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL Mallory Barry, Laura Reed Cunningham, Kyuna Kim, Robert Laughlin, Jack Lin, Eileen Liu, Isabella Lloyd, Shane Mackey, Caroline Magee, Jacob Moore, Andrew Precise, Ben Reynolds, Robby Turner, David Wang and Amanda Wilson.

BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: Matthew Earnest and Tyler Jahraus.

HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL Front, from left: Thanushri Srikantha, Emma Farnlacher, Josephine Kim and Hannah Osborn. Back: Benjamin Phillips, Harsh Srinvasan, Abhinav Gullapalli and Hudson Keller.

THE ALTAMONT SCHOOL From left: Shawn Goyal, Sameer Sultan, Ahad Bashir and Wilson Tynes.

SPAIN PARK HIGH SCHOOL: Front, from left: Natalie Plourde, Janna Ren and Madeleine Taylor. Back: Amaar Ebrahim, Waters Hudson, Alex Laney and Marcus Mudano.

INDIAN SPRINGS SCHOOL From left: Emma Wang, Rebecca House, Ryan Standaert and MaryElla Woolf Not pictured

ALABAMA SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS From left: Eesha Banerjee, Richard RoucoCrenshaw and Emily Willford.

JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Haoze Tang.   OAK MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL: Matthew Bray, Elizabeth Camp, Neil Furman, Patrick Guffey, Gideon Lombardo, Gregory McCallum, Dylan Moore, Joshua Scherer and Rilyn Todd.

Hoover Schools Foundation Executive Director Resigns, Search Begins for Replacement

Janet Turner is resigning from her position as executive director of the Hoover City Schools Foundation effective Oct. 31. Turner in a statement said she had resigned after four years in the job to pursue new challenges. “While turning the page to a new chapter creates a mix of emotions for me, I’m excited about my next chapter as an entrepreneur and college planner. In this new role,” Turner said in the statement. “I will be able to continue in the work that has become so important to me: helping students learn and grow and reach new heights.” Steve McClinton, president of the foundation’s board of directors, said in the statement that Turner has had many “significant accomplishments” during her time with the foundation. “Since 2015, Janet has played a critical role in the development and success of the foundation, and while we will miss her and her leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor as an entrepreneur and college planning counselor,” McClinton said in the statement. Among her accomplishments

Trudye Confessore, music teacher at Vestavia Hills Elementary West, recently completed training in a nationally renowned music education program. This summer, Confessore completed Level III training at the University of Montevallo’s Kodály Institute to become a certified Kodály educator. There are fewer than a dozen certified Kodály educators in Alabama, according to Dr. Becky Halliday, director of the University of Montevallo’s Kodály Institute. The Kodály Concept is based on the teaching practices of Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, a prominent musician in the early 20th century who believed that music could be used to develop a person’s intellectual and emotional personality. “This approach begins with the singing voice, utilizing culturally relevant musical material to teach concepts such as rhythm, melody, form and expression,” Halliday said. The process to gain Kodály certification takes three years. Training in the Kodály concept includes study in choir and conducting, research of folk music and curriculum development strategies.

OLS’ Dent Attends National Forum

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School seventh-grader Gabriel Dent joined other outstanding middle school students from across the country in the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.   According to a release, the week-long academic development program provided Dent Gabriel Dent the opportunity to participate in leadership focus groups and role-play different political scenarios. Students also broke into small groups to develop a “Voices of Change” project. The project involved developing action plans that would effect change within the students’ communities.

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Paris Morris Flourishing Just as Spain Park Volleyball Coach Predicted

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

By Rubin E. Grant

Paris Morris couldn’t believe what she was hearing, and her facial expression depicted her disbelief. When she was a freshman on Spain Park’s junior varsity volleyball team, Jaguars varsity coach Kellye Bowen told Morris she was going to be “a very big part of the program.” “She just looked at me,” Bowen said, recalling the conversation. “I was shocked,” Morris said. “I wasn’t very confident in myself. I didn’t believe her. I was just a freshman and I wondered, how could I be a big part of the program.” Bowen’s declaration has proven to be prophetic, Morris’ initial reaction notwithstanding. Now, a senior, the 5-foot-9-inch Morris has developed into a dominating player for the Jags. This season, her first playing outside hitter, she leads Spain Park with 340 kills to go along with 82 digs and 48 aces. In a tight four-set loss against Hoover last week, Morris recorded 21 kills, eight digs and two aces. Two weeks ago, she had 70 kills, 15 aces, seven blocks and 11 digs as the Jags went 8-1 for the week and finished as runners-up to Mountain Brook in Spain Park’s HeffStrong Tournament. It wasn’t until late in her sophomore season that Morris discovered she could fulfill Bowen’s prophecy.

“We were playing Oak Mountain in the area tournament and I was blocking,” Morris said. “That’s when I realized I was actually needed on this team. “It was a weird feeling, so I gave myself a little pep talk and told myself they needed me on this team.” Morris has steadily progressed each season while blossoming into a force to be reckoned with. “Her sophomore year was a transition year,” Bowen said, “and junior year she exploded throughout the season. “We moved her outside this season from middle and she’s been phenomenal. She’s not tall, but she’s explosive. She can move around the block or jump over it, and then put the ball down. “I can’t be more proud of


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A Young Football Fan

elementary school at Shades Cahaba,” Katie Crim said. When she reached middle school, she saw a parental consent form about trying out for the football team. “I grabbed the sheet and said to myself, ‘I think I should try this,’” she recalled. She took the form home and asked her parents to sign it. Her parents kept putting it off, then the day before it was due to be turned in, they signed it. “I was hoping she would drop it,” Michelle Crim explained. “I tried to redirect her. I told her that she was happy playing soccer and should just stick to that, but she was insistent.” When she saw how determined Katie was, Michelle Crim sought advice from Steve Sills, the head coach at Homewood Middle School. “He has three daughters, and he knew all of my daughters,” Michelle Crim said. “I told him I had a situation that my daughter wanted to play football. He said if she wanted to play, to let her play.” Thus, Katie Crim began her football journey, although the boys on the middle school team didn’t readily accept her. “It took a while for them to come around,” she said. “You know, they were just being middle school boys. I guess they weren’t as mature as the boys in high school. It’s great now.” Crim is one of three girls who are kickers on high school teams in Alabama this season, joining Hewitt-

Crim was in kindergarten when she became interested in football, but her family had nothing to do with it. “We are not a football family,” Michelle Crim said. “We didn’t take the girls to games when they were growing up. It was all Katie. “She fell in love with football when she was 4 or 5 years old. She would watch ESPN GameDay and she knew all the players who played for Alabama, and she knew all the stats. She could have intelligent conversations with grown men about football.” Crim finds it difficult to put into words her love of football. “I don’t really know how to explain what I like about football,” she said. “It just makes me happy.” Although she played football on the playground, Crim grew up playing the international version of the game, soccer. She started out as a defender but shifted to goalkeeper. She plays soccer year-round, including this fall as a member of a BUSA club team. Some days she leaves football practice to go play in a club game. Next spring, she hopes to be the Patriots’ starting goalkeeper on the girls team as they try to defend their Class 6A state championship. But please don’t say Crim is a soccer player who just happens to play football. She won’t have any of it. “I’m a two-sport athlete,” she said emphatically. “I’m just very competitive.” Homewood has embraced Crim as

how she has come into her senior year and become dominant. You can tell it when she walks on the floor, her confidence level and athletic ability. Some things you can’t coach. She’s definitely a big threat you can’t overlook.” Morris did not grow up playing volleyball. She didn’t start playing until she was in the eighth grade. Now, she plays year-round, competing for NASA South Volleyball Club when Spain Park’s season ends. Until this season with the Jags, Morris had been a middle hitter, but she has made a seamless transition to the outside. “It’s a challenge,” she said. “Sometimes I do miss middle, but I like outside. I think I’ve done well my first year playing outside.” Morris likely will move back to the middle in college. She committed to the University of Alabama Huntsville during the summer. “They recruited me as a middle,” she Morris leads Spain Park with 340 kills to go along with 82 digs and 48 aces.

part of the varsity football program. “She kicked all the way through the seventh and eighth grades and on the freshman team,” Homewood head coach Ben Berguson said. “She’s one of the guys. She has a cool personality, and she’s very likable.” Senior wide receiver Trae Ausmer believes it’s cool having Crim for a teammate. “I like having her on the team,” said Ausmer, who’s also the holder on Crim’s kicks. “It’s something different.” Longtime Homewood assistant coach David Jones, who coaches the kickers, said one reason Crim is so popular with her teammates is she keeps them from having to do extra running in practice. “At the end of practice, we run ‘gassers,’” Jones said of a conditioning drill involving running. “About halfway through, we spot the ball and call out the field goal team and say if she makes it, they don’t have to run any more. She hasn’t missed one of those, yet.” Crim has missed only one kick in a game, going 11 for 11 on extra points and 3 of 4 on field goals. Crim kicked two field goals, covering 28 and 29 yards, against Pelham in the third game and a 27-yarder against Helena the next week. “She’s so consistent and accurate,” Jones said. “Our players have a lot of confidence in her.” She missed her first goal in Homewood’s 22-21 homecoming loss to Center Point last week, a hurried 37-yarder in the fourth quarter that had the distance but went a little wide left.

said. “They saw me at a Hoover camp and then in a club tournament. They invited me to come for a visit and I loved the campus and I loved the girls on the team, so I committed.”

Team Player

Morris is the consummate team player. It’s what she enjoys most about volleyball. “I like that volleyball is a team sport and it takes more than one person to be successful,” she said. Morris is one of six seniors on the Jags’ team this season, joining Lexie Fowler, Kendall Irwin, Olivia Stark, Jessica Veal and Alex Wright. “This is the best group of seniors we’ve had,” Morris said. “We’re the closest we’ve ever been. We talk every day, sometimes in group chats. We talk about volleyball, dances, social events, some of everything. “We have great chemistry. I look forward to playing with them every day.” The Jags entered this week with a 26-12 overall record and a 4-1 mark in Class 7A, Area 6. They played host to area foe HewittTrussville on Tuesday, which was “Senior Night,” and will host Mountain Brook at 6 p.m. Thursday in another area game. Morris hopes team chemistry will propel Spain Park to its first state tournament appearance in school history. “I think we’re very capable,” Morris said. “It’s a matter of being consistent and playing well in the big moments.”

Crim, who wears jersey No. 83, will be looking to make a few more kicks when Homewood (1-4) visits Minor (2-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in a Class 6A, Region 5 game.

Taking Over as Homewood’s Kicker

Crim entered the season sharing place-kicking duties with junior Nic Burczyka. She was slated to be the short-range kicker and Burczyka was going to kick long field goals. But Burczyka injured his hip in the first game against Hueytown and had to leave the team. Crim took over as the main placekicker in the second game against Vestavia Hills. Senior linebacker Alex Ray is available for long-range field goal attempts. “Alex has a strong leg, but Katie is much more consistent,” Jones said. “As the season has progressed, her distance has increased.” Crim was caught off caught guard when the coaches told her she would be the main place-kicker. “I was like, ‘What?’ ‘Really?’” Crim said. “I got nervous, but I was also excited. I felt all the emotions. “I still get nervous, but it’s a little less each game. I am getting more comfortable. My biggest satisfaction is I’m getting the chance to go out there and kick.” Ausmer attempts to make sure Crim stays relaxed before each kick. “I try to make her laugh, so she doesn’t feel nervous,” he said. Crim hasn’t attended any kicking camps to enhance her skills because during the summer she’s playing club soccer. When she was in the eighth

grade, she received a few pointers from former Samford kicker Michael O’Neal, who also kicked at Vestavia Hills. “He taught me some of the basics, following through and keeping my head down. That was my first training lesson,” Crim said. Crim remembered those instructions when she kicked her first goal against Pelham, but the moment was surreal. “I was shocked they were putting me in,” she said. “After I kicked it and I felt it was a good kick. I was hoping it would go through and when it did, I was like, ‘Wow,’ it did go through. I think it went right down the middle. “I practice all the time, and in little moments I just trust what I am doing, and it always comes through.” Crim’s sisters get a kick out of her playing football, although they are now in college, Hannah at Ole Miss and Bella at Alabama, and rarely get to see her play. “They think she’s a rock star,” Michelle Crim said. “Whenever I send them a clip, a picture or an article about Katie, they get excited. They are so proud of her.” Crim appreciates the support from her parents, sisters and the community. “We’re like a big family,” she said. “The community is behind me and the whole team.” But she’s not all that caught up in the historical hype about being the first girl to play varsity football at Homewood. “I’m just taking it one day at a time,” Crim said. “My ultimate goal is to be the best I can be.”

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me up,” Howard said with a laugh. Howard was one of the smallest linemen on his middle school football team, but late in his eighth grade year, he hit a growth spurt and has continued to grow throughout his high school career at Briarwood Christian. He’s now the biggest lineman on the Lions’ offensive line at 6 feet, 4 inches and 285 pounds. “We knew when he was younger he had a big body, a big frame that he could grow into, too, and he has,” first-year Briarwood head coach Matthew Forrester said. Howard, a senior, isn’t just big; he can move, he’s versatile, and he’s smart. He can play any position on the offensive line. “He’s probably the best offensive lineman we’ve ever had,” Forrester said. “He’s tough and aggressive and he understands the game. He calls the blocking signals and checks us into good run plays and better pass protection. “He’s a power blocker, but he has some of the best feet on the team. He’s incredibly flexible and so quick. “We’re building an offensive scheme for linemen who are 220 pounds and he just happens to be 285. We run some plays that require more speed for our offensive linemen, and he gets to the spots he needs to because he’s so nimble and quick, and then he can maul (defenders) when he gets there.” Howard’s agility is something he was blessed with. “One of my strengths since I’ve been playing the game is my ability to move,” he said. “In our new offense, I have to make some adjustments and work on my speed some, but I’ve enjoyed it.” In the Lions’ first four games, Howard had a 94 percent overall

STRAND From page 32

registering his personal record. “I went out pretty quick,” Strand said. “I felt pretty strong after a mile. I worked through the second mile and on the last mile, I had to go. The kick is kind of the most fun of any race. I ran really fast the last 400 meters.” Strand is quickly becoming one of the nation’s top distance runners. As a sophomore, he won the 2018 Class 7A state cross-country title with a time of 15:24.29, the best overall time among runners in all classes at last year’s state meet. In the AHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May at Gulf Shores, Strand swept the Class 7A distance races. He won the 1,600meter run in 4:18.63, the 3,200 in 9:21.31, and the 800 in 1:54.52. “It was awesome to be in those races and get the wins,” Strand said. Strand already has won seven individual Class 7A state titles.

blocking grade and 19 pancake blocks. “He’s hit another level this season,” Forrester said. “He’s dominant.” Briarwood began the season with two losses but has won three consecutive games, including a 21-10 victory against Class 6A Hartselle last week. The Lions (3-2) will play host to John Carroll Catholic (2-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in a Class 5A, Region 4 game. “We’ve got a new head coach and I’m enjoying our new type of program,” Howard said. “It’s exciting for sure. I’m enjoying being a leader. “I think I’ve played well, but with me there’s always something to work on. I’m looking to get better with my hand placement, getting a good jam on defenders. My footwork is always something I work on.”

Versatility is a Plus

Howard’s versatility has been on display throughout the season. “We’re playing him primarily at left tackle, but he can move around and play other positions,” Forrester said. “The only position he hadn’t played this season is center and that’s only because we have a center, Clayton Rasmussen, who is doing a great job.” Howard believes his versatility is beneficial for him and the team. “Being versatile helps me,” he said, “and I really want do whatever I can to help the team.” When Howard began playing football, he was a wide receiver. After reaching middle school, he shifted to tight end in the sixth grade and by the seventh grade, he made the transition to the offensive line. “I always knew I would end up on the line because of my body, and that’s how it turned out,” Howard said. “I was excited about the move to the offensive line. I love it. “To me, it’s not just about one person doing their job, but it In June, at the Music City Distance Carnival, a prestigious track meet held annually in Nashville, Strand clocked 4:11 in the mile. Only two sophomores in the nation ran

Strand is quickly becoming one of the nation’s top distance runners. As a sophomore, he won the 2018 Class 7A state cross-country title with a time of 15:24.29, the best overall time among runners in all classes at last year’s state meet. faster during the 2019 outdoor season, “He’s been super talented since he

involves everybody on the line being on the same page. When everybody is taking the right step, it’s a thing of beauty.” Howard’s dad, Johnny Howard, was an offensive lineman at Jess Lanier High School (now Bessemer City) and at the University of Alabama. He was a member of the Crimson Tide’s 1992 national championship.

Johnny Howard wore No. 75 and his son proudly dons that number now at Briarwood. But Trent Howard won’t be following in his dad’s footsteps at Alabama. Instead, he has committed to Georgia Tech, primarily because of new Yellow Jackets’ head coach Geoff Collins and new offensive line coach Brent Key. Key, a Trussville native, most recently coached at

Alabama. “I considered a bunch of other schools, including Louisville and Troy,” Howard said. “But everything felt right at Georgia Tech, plus I developed a good relationship with coach Key. “I’ll be able to further my academic career and my family will be able to come see me play since it’s only 2½ hours away.”

WEEK 6 SCORES Oak Mountain 21, Pelham 7 Vestavia Hills 27, Shades Valley 0 Briarwood Christian 21, Hartselle 10 Center Point 22, Homewood 21 Fultondale 21, John Carroll Catholic 20 Hoover, Mountain Brook and Spain Park were off last week. Right, Homewood’s Len Irvine looks for running room in the Patriot’s 22-21 loss to Center Point Friday night at Waldrop Stadium. Center Point converted a two-conversion with less than a minute to play to upset the Patriots on Homecoming. Below Alastair Harris brings down a Hartselle runner in the Lion’s 21-10 win.

WEEK 7 SCHEDULE John Carroll at Briarwood Homewood at Minor Hoover at Tusc. County (Oct. 3) Oak Mountain at Mountain Brook Thompson at Spain Park Vestavia at Hewitt-Trussville

was a young guy,” Huber said, “and he loves running.” Running is in Strand’s bloodlines. His father, Scott Strand, was an AllAmerican distance runner at Auburn University and competed in multiple Olympic Trials. He now co-owns the Trak Shak running shops in metro Birmingham. His mother, Lori Strand ran at UAB and coached cross-country and track at Samford University Strand said his parents didn’t push him to become a runner, but they did have an impact on him becoming a runner. He started competing in the Mercedes Marathon kids race when he was in kindergarten and hasn’t stopped running since. “Ethan has always done fun runs and stuff,” Lori Strand said. “He also played soccer when he was younger, but he’s always been interested in running.” That interest turned serious when Ethan Strand reached middle school. “I started really training in middle school,” he said. He now runs 45 to 50 miles a

week as part of his training regimen. “I enjoy running,” Strand said. “Sometimes, running is kind of an escape. It helps relieve the stress from school.” Lori Strand has enjoyed watching her son become an elite runner. “He has done very well,” she said. “He’s dedicated and he’s very talented. He has a desire to do well. “It’s been fun to watch him develop as a runner. He’s so self-motivated. I am not his coach. I have a support role. I just sit back and watch.” Strand has dreams of being an

Olympian one day, but his heart isn’t set on it. “If it plays out like that, it would be awesome,” he said, “but I don’t have any long-term goals. I’m just taking it step-by-step.” Strand will be running Saturday in the annual Jesse Owens Classic at Oakville. The meet, which attracts one of the largest fields of runners in the Southeast, will feature some of the best prep teams and runners in the nation. So once again, Strand will be back in his competitive zone.

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GROWTH SPURT Howard Grows Into Versatile, Dominant Lineman for Briarwood By Rubin E. Grant

Vestavia’s Ethan Strand has already won seven individual Class 7A state titles.

 Trent Howard doesn’t remember how much he weighed when he was in the seventh grade. What he does remember is how his jersey fit his 5-foot-9 frame. “I was No. 76 and my jersey swallowed

‘Super Talented’

Competition Brings out the Best in Rebels’ Strand

See HOWARD, page 31

Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

By Rubin E. Grant Something happens to Vestavia Hills junior distance runner Ethan Strand on race days. He becomes transcendent, almost otherworldly. “He really responds well to competition,� said Brett Huber, Vestavia Hills’ track and crosscountry coach. “He becomes a different athlete when he’s competing rather than training. That’s what separates him from other runners.� Two weeks ago, Strand was in his transcendent, competitive zone at the Southern Showcase Cross Country Invitational at John Hunt Park in Huntsville. He turned in the best time of his high school cross-country career and the top time in the Alabama High School Athletic Association for the 2019 season as he won the featured varsity race. Strand clocked in at 15:03.13, one of the top times in the nation this season, and finished 22 seconds ahead of Huntsville’s Will Pinson while

Senior Trent Howard has committed to Georgia Tech.

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