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Journey of Hope

United Ability is a nonprofit that provides disabled people of all ages with access to technology, education, community and employment. From left, JaKhyle Westbrook, Caroline Hornsby and Noah Davis.

United Ability Hosts Inaugural Event to Build Awareness and Acceptance By Sarah Kuper United Ability will host its first Journey of Hope event Aug. 5. Formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Greater

Birmingham, United Ability is replacing the outdated telethon fundraiser with a snazzier evening at Birmingham’s recently polished jewel, the Lyric Theatre. In addition to wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, attendees will hear stories of UA families and watch the

innovative shadow dance troupe Catapult, which has appeared on “America’s Got Talent.” But at its core, organizers said, the night is about breaking down barriers and helping people get familiar

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A SUMMER WELL SPENT Student Ministries Spend Summer Break Serving Others at Home and Abroad PAGE 8

NEW STAGE First-Time Candidate Dawson Wants to Bring a New Day to Alabama PAGE 12 FUN IN THE SUN CAT Gears Up for Bikini Beach Party PAGE 6


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And Justice for All

Shelby County District Court Judge Jim Kramer is looking for a few good men and women. Kramer is recruiting people to become volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to go through the juvenile court process with abused and neglected children. He called CASA volunteers his “eyes and ears” in court and said they improve the quality of life for children and families while saving the county hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. “CASA volunteers provide me with valuable information about these children and their home lives that I would not know otherwise,” Kramer said in a state‘You don’t have to ment recruiting volunteers. have a degree or be “They provide me with the information I need to make the an expert to become best decision for the children in a CASA volunteer, my court.” CASA volunteers complete a just a caring and training program and then are compassionate heart sworn in as officers of the court. They advocate for the best for abused and interests of the children they are neglected children.’ assigned, including monitoring their interaction at school and at home. They investigate all aspects of the cases, write court reports and present the facts of the case to Kramer. “You don’t have to have a degree or be an expert to become a CASA volunteer, just a caring and compassionate heart for abused and neglected children,” said Liz Stewart, CASA’s director of volunteers. “We will train you to do the rest.” CASA training will begin Oct. 9. For more information, download an application at casaofshelbycounty.org or call 243-8753. ❖

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Plumbing degree candidates will ttention, happy summer campneed rubber gloves and a big pair of hip er! Park your skatewaders. board! Deflate that duck-winged It’s amazing how many jobs require floatie! Load ‘em up and move ‘em gloves. Doctors, nurses, ultrasound out, mister! You’re headed back to technicians, landscape workers, waste school. management professionals. People who Actually, you have a few weeks left, ice cakes, people who restore artwork, but it is time to gather up your supplies. people who handle rare books at the All summer, all you’ve needed was library. Everyone will be stocking up on some high-power SPF and a beach towel. But now you’re going to need gloves. (Note to self: buy stock in a paper and pencils and apparently one of glove company.) those fidget things for when you simply I recently learned that military supcannot take one more minute of the ply stores are places where mere morPanama Canal. tals can buy castoff uniforms, etc., Of course, your teacher may have which was a relief because I was picturSue Murphy other ideas about the fidget thing. It ing a supply list that read, “Welcome to remains a teacher’s prerogative to the U.S. Military. Please report to dictate what will and will not be seen Camp Courage at 0600 hours and in your see-through book bag this bring the following: one helmet, one It remains a teacher’s bazooka, 10 rounds of ammunition, season. At the end of last school year, when she could not take one prerogative to dictate one grenade.”  It may sound silly, but more minute of students who were who knows what will happen with what will and will not the next round of budget cuts? fidgeting through the Panama Canal, she drew up an exhaustive supply list Children will report to their be seen in your seethat is now posted in every drugstore schools with backpacks loaded with through book bag this their designated supplies. When the and discount mart in the city.  My grandson is going into third dismissal bell rings, however, they season. grade this year (can you believe it?) will toss their backpacks and retrieve and his teacher is asking for a threetheir gym bags. Oh yes, after the curring binder, loose leaf paper, and … ricular comes the extracurricular, wait for it … real, non-erasable pens. which means another list of supplies. Gymnasts will need a leotard and giant hair bow. Dance It’s all very exciting. His pre-K sister is equally excited students will have a frillier leotard and special shoes. about her big chunky crayons and scissors that will cut Karate students don’t need shoes; their bags will be filled paper but not poke your neighbor in the eye.    with a mouth guard and headgear and a waiver to sign in Learning is serious business and you must have the right tools. If you were going to Hogwarts School of case the mouth guard and headgear fall short. Luckily, all Wizardry, you’d need a wand, a cauldron and an owl to piano students will need is their sheet music and hours and hours of previous practice. (Trust me, you can’t fake carry your mail. I’m guessing that the X-Men school it. I tried.) supply list is different depending on your particular talSo, clear the sand and beach chairs out of your trunk, ent, like if you were a being who could control the me lovelies. You have a busy year ahead of you, so plan weather, you’d need snow boots and a rain bonnet. If you were like Wolverine, I’d say heavy gloves or maybe and pack accordingly. And no fidgeting. The Panama those rubber caps people put on their knitting needles. Canal isn’t that bad. You can do it. ❖

OVER THE MOUNTAIN VIEWS What are you looking forward to most about the start of another school year? “Starting my new role as an English learners teacher.” Ami Knight Vestavia West

“All the new faces and the excitement of the new kids.” Brenda Todd Vestavia West “Every year, meeting new kids and opening all the new school supplies. The smell of new crayons.” Kim Evans, with son Noah Vestavia West 2nd Grade Teacher

“Meeting all the new kids.” Lisa Kearney Vestavia West


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ABOUT TOWN discussion panels on Star Wars, Star Trek, comics, costuming, fables and fairy tales, gaming, cosplay contest, demos and more. The event will take place on the Theatre Level and admission is free. Event times are Fri. from 7-11 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun. from 2-6 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/hplscifi.

Thurs., July 27 BIRMINGHAM

Cheers to the Coosa Clubhouse on Highland Join Coosa Riverkeeper for a night celebrating clean swimming holes, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event includes a meal by Chef Miguel Figueroa, craft beer, wine and cocktails. Proceeds benefit the organization’s water quality monitoring program, Swim Guide. Tickets are $65. For more information, visit coosariver.org/farm.  

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Fri., July 28 HOMEWOOD

Countdown to Kindergarten Popsicle Party Homewood Public Library The library will host a popsicle party in the Round Auditorium from 2-4 p.m. If your child is starting kindergarten in the fall, bring them by the library and meet future classmates from area schools. For more information, visit homewoodpubliclibrary.org. 

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Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. Virginia Samford Theatre The Theatre’s youth company, STARS, will perform “Willy Wonka Jr.,” featuring songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs. Tickets are $20 reserved seating and $15 for students. Showtimes are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit virginiasamfordtheatre.org.   

Merchants participating in the Sidewalk Sale include, from left, Alan McKee, Sikes Children’s Shoes; and Cindy Weninger, Jack N Jill Shop, with Homewood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Meredith Drennen.

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2017 Sidewalk Sale Sat., July 29 Downtown Homewood For the fifth year, the merchants of downtown Homewood will take over the sidewalks and offer discounts up to 75 percent off merchandise. The sales begin upon the opening of the stores and last all day, but organizers encourage coming early for the best deals. For more information, visit homewoodchamber. chambermaster.com. ❖

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AAA Concert Series Samford Univesity Internationally renowned concert-accordionist Michael Bridge is set to play from 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in Boling Recital Hall.  Heralded as one of the “30 Hottest Musicians Under 30” his dynamic stagepresence and unique versatility smashes all stereotypes

July 28-30 HOOVER

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fest Hoover Public Library The library and Kingdom Comics will host the third annual convention featuring

concerning his instrument. Admission is free courtesy of Alabama Accordion Association. For more information, visit bamaccordionists.com. HOMEWOOD

Trak Shak Twilight Retro Run The Trak Shak In an attempt to liven up a hot

summer night, this family event begins at 7 p.m. An old favorite shirt or pair of shorts will be perfect for this chiptimed event. Awards will be given to the top 3 in each age group, top overall male and female, and top master male and female. Registration is $25 and ends July 29 at 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit runsignup.com.

Burger Fest Avondale Brewery The ALS Association Alabama Chapter Junior Board will host the inaugural Birmingham Burger Fest from noon-4 p.m., benefiting the ALS Association Alabama Chapter. The Burger fest will feature Birmingham’s best burger samples along with live music by Winston Ramble and Friends and JD and the Man, family friendly activities, raffles, craft beer and more. General admission is $15 and includes 4 samples. For more information, visit birminghamburgerfest.com.  BIRMINGHAM

Magic City Brewfest Avondale Park The 11th anniversary of Magic City Brewfest presented by Free the Hops is set for July 29 from 4-8 p.m. There will be more than 150 individual beers available including many rare, specialty and cask ales. The J. Clyde is sponsoring the Alabama Cask Garden featuring firkins from all of the Alabama breweries. General admission tickets are $40. For more information, visit magiccitybrewfest.com.

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Bad Art Night Emmet O’Neal Library The library Adult Summer Reading Finale is back with Bad Art Night. Food and drink will be followed with prizes for the worst in show. Adult Summer Reading themed gift baskets will be given away as well. Ages 21

Free Lunch and Learn Seminar:

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), from Diagnosis to Treatment Friday, August 18 • Noon -1 p.m. Gustavo Morales, M.D. Board-Certified in Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Disease

Grandview Conference Rooms inside Grandview Medical Center 3690 Grandview Parkway Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited and registration is required. Call 205-971-7474.

LET’S HAVE A HEART-TO-HEART. Join us at Grandview Medical Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center and Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory, for a free Lunch and Learn presented by Gustavo Morales, M.D. Find out about the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular, often rapid, heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow. Member of the Medical Staff at Grandview Medical Center

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Otey’s Announces Lineup for Annual Festival Mountain Brook’s Crestline Village will turn into a musical gathering space July 29 for Otey’s Fest. The annual midsummer music festival, hosted by Otey’s Tavern, will benefit Better Basics and the Phoenix Club of Birmingham. Better Basics provides literacy intervention programs to children, and the Phoenix Club is group of young professional men who provide support for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama. “This is our big shindig to celebrate 27 years of Otey’s and all of our friends who have supported us throughout,” said Will Haver, owner of Otey’s Tavern. Headlining the festival will be Cowboy Mouth, a New Orleans “rock

and up. For more information, email kmoellering@bham.lib.al.us or call 4451121.

information, visit anightofbigstars.com.

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National Night Out SuperTarget - Grove Shopping Center  This national event hosted annually by the Hoover Police Department is set from 6-8 p.m. and features Hoover Police and Fire Department displays, local business exhibits, food trucks, a car show, inflatables and giveaways. The event is free and brings the community together with local law enforcement and public safety agencies to promote a safer environment. For more information, visit hooveral.org.   

Thurs., Aug. 3 HOMEWOOD

Book Signing with Art Black Homewood Pulbic Library The Library welcomes Art Black, author of “Showdown at Rickwood,” a book about Birmingham’s history and baseball’s past, in the Large Auditorium from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Joining Black will be former Birmingham News sports writer Wayne Martin for an inside look at aging Rickwood and those who were there during the years after Dizzy Dean, including NBA star Michael Jordan. Martin was the first newspaper reporter elected to the Birmingham Barons Hall of Fame. A reception and book signing will follow the program. Books will be available for purchase. For more information, visit homewoodpubliclibrary.org.

Fri, Aug. 4 HOMEWOOD

Dancing for the Future Stars The Club The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama will host the second annual dance competition, featuring local celebrities partnered with professional dancers. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and more. For more information, visit bgcca.org.

gumbo” group. Other acts include the ‘80s music group The Cheesebrokers, The Hurlers and Little Memphis. The family-friendly event will feature music, a local draft beer tent, an Otey’s Famous Cocktail tent, a moon walk and kid’s activities. Otey’s kitchen manager Rodney Davis will be grilling cheeseburgers and blackened chicken sandwiches. Rain or shine, the event gates will open at 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 and tickets can be purchased at the event for $25, cash-only. For more information, visit oteysfest.com. —Emily Williams

Aug., 4-5 BIRMINGHAM

Secret Stages Downtown Loft District This two-day walking festival will feature 60 bands performing on the stages within a variety of neighborhood establishments. Weekend passes start at $40 and VIP passes at $80. For more information, visit secretstages.net.

Sat., Aug. 5 BIRMINGHAM

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A Night of Big Stars Alys Stephens Center The sixth annual event, benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham will kick off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception. Enjoy food and an array of silent an live auction packages. Guin Robinson will serve as auctioneer. Jack Royer will be the guest emcee for the evening, with special guest, American Idol finalist Taylor Hicks. A 5 p.m. Meet and Greet will be held with Taylor Hicks for VIP guests. For more

Sun., Aug 6 Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival Avondale Brewing Co. This inaugural event to benefit Community Grief Support is set for 1-4 p.m. includes tastings of mac n’ cheese dishes from local restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Music will be provided by Future Elevators. Early bird tickets are now on sale for $15 and $20 the day of the event. Children 12 and under are $5 and children under 5 are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit “Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival” Facebook page.

Tues., Aug. 8 BIRMINGHAM

The Taste of Birmingham The Club The 7th annual fundraiser for the Birmingham Boys Choir will be from 6-9 p.m. Local restaurants will provide tastings of signature dishes and guests will vote on their favorites. Cahaba Brewing Company and Ozan Cellars & Vineyards will bring delicious wine and beer, as well as O’Henry’s Coffee. Other event features include a silent auction, raffle and a performance by the Birmingham Boys Choir. Tickets are $100 and include 2 drink tickets in addition to the tastings available around the room. For more information, visit birminghamboyschoir.com.

SAVE THE DATE Fri., Aug. 11 VESTAVIA HILLS

Back 2 School in the Hills Cahaba Heights Elementary Fields This free event is from 6:30-10 p.m. and features fun freebies from sponsors, rides and inflatables for kids, tweens and teens as well as music and a movie. No pets allowed. For more information, visit vestaviahills.org.  BIRMINGHAM

Fenders and Fireflies Old Car Heaven The Easter Seals of Birmingham will host their sixth annual event from 7-11 p.m., featuring music, signature “firefly” cocktails and a live and silent auction. Event proceeds benefit the Easter seals’ efforts to improve the lifestyle of children and adults with special needs in Central Alabama. For more information, visit “6th Annual Fenders & Fireflies Event Presented by Merrill Lynch” Facebook page.

Sat., Aug. 12 BIRMINGHAM

Picasso Pets The Harbert Center Celebrate the night in cocktail black and white at Hand in Paw’s signature annual fundraiser. Tickets are $200 and include access to a silent auction, hous d’oeuvres, beer, wine, a specialty cocktail, seated three-course surf and turf dinner and an opportunity to participate in a live auction full of trips, collectibles and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the silent auction and dinner and the live auction is at 7:30. For more information, visit handinpaw.org.

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Crestline Tent Sale Crestline Village The merchants of Crestline Village present their annual tent sale complete with awesome deals, trunk shows and more. Stop by the Village to stock up for the new school year. For more information, visit mtnbrookchamber.org. HOMEWOOD

Fourth Annual Block Party Homewood Public Library The Homewood Library Foundation’s annual fundraiser will take place from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy adult beverages while you sample food from Dave’s Pizza, Demetri’s BBQ, Homewood Gourmet, Little Donkey, Nabeel’s Café, Piggly Wiggly, Shiki, Soho Social and Urban Cookhouse. Listen to local musicians Mike Sheehan and Eric Watters while your kids enjoy the bounce houses, a climbing wall and more. Tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up, $10 for children. For more information, visit homewoodpubliclibrary.org. BIRMINGHAM

OHOH Gold Gala B&A Warehouse The Junior Board of Open Hands Overflowing Hearts will host their second annual gala from 7-11 p.m. benefitting pediatric cancer research. The evening will include food and drinks, live music and a selection of chance drawing items. Guests are encouraged to incorporate gold into their attire. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 for a pair. For more information, visit. openhandsoverflowinghearts.org.  

Aug. 12-13 BIRMINGHAM

Southern Makers Sloss Furnaces This two-day event is designed to share with visitors why the south is a unique and creative palce to live, discover and visit. The event activities, workshops, storytelling, demonstrations and maker bazaar explore and center on taking southern traditions in architecture, food, fine art, fashion and design and applying them in a modern sustainable world. For event times and ticket information, visit southernmakers. com.

Mon., Aug. 14 HOMEWOOD

Life in Iraq Before and After Saddam Hussein Homewood Public Library Hend Kendela and Sameer Younan fled their home country of Iraq after life there changed dramatically and dangerously. They will share their story about what it was like in Iraq before and during Saddam’s reign and their life in America. This free program will be in the Large Auditorium from 1-2 p.m. For more information, visit homewoodpubliclibrary.org.

Sat., Aug. 19 BIRMINGHAM

Beer, Bands & Bullies Cahaba Brewing Co. Bama Bully Rescue presents their 7th annual festival from 4-10 p.m. The event will feature some of Birmingham’s best bands, raffles and beer. This year’s


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lineup includes music by Atticus Avenue, Five Shot Jack, Matt Herren Band, Sylvia Rose Novak and special sets by DJ Lee J. Friendly, Floyd is a leashed dogs are Bama Bully Rescue. welcome. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit Bama Bully Rescue. For more information, visit “Beer Bands & Bullies 2017” Facebook page. MOUNTAIN BROOK

Boiling N’ Bragging Otey’s Tavern Rotary District 6860 will host the ninth annual Boiling N’ Bragging from 6:30-9:30 p.m. benefitting the Critical Care Transport program at Children’s of Alabama. The event will feature a tailgate party including a cookout and low country boil featuring $1 drink specials, corn hole and live music and entertainment by WJOX. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Kids 10 and under are free. For more information, visit give.childrensal.org.

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or mental health issues. Runners of all ages and abilities, strollers and pets are welcome. Entry fees are $35 for the 5k and $20 for the fun run. For more information, visit runsignup.com/Race/ AL/Birmingham/ACallAway5k.

Sun., Aug. 20 BIRMINGHAM

L’Chaim Alys Stephens Center The Birmingham Holocaust Museum’s annual fundraiser will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Jemison Concert Hall, featuring the Steel City Men’s Chorus. The event will include special musical entertainment arranged by Keith Cromwell, executive director of Red Mountain Theatre Company; including RMTC’s “Fiddler on the Roof” castmembers Abijah Cunningham, Amy Johnson and Kristen Sharp. A dessert reception will follow the program. Individual tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for students. For more information, visit bhamholocausteducation.org.

Aug. 22-27 BIRMINGHAM

Sidewalk Film Festival Downtown Birmingham The 19th annual film festival presented by Regions will include screenings of movies from filmmakers across the country and around the world. With 11 venues located within Birmingham’s historic Theatre District (featuring the restored Alabama Theatre and the newly-restored Lyric Fine Arts Theatre), spontaneity rules the schedule

of Sidewalk attendees. Tickets are $30$285. For more information and a full schedule, visit sidewalkfest.com.

Sat., Aug. 26 HOMEWOOD

Tailgate Challenge The Bell Center Event-goers at the Bell Center’s Tailgate Challenge will enjoy tastes of tailgating food at various team tents. It will be an afternoon of music, kid-friendly events and team rivalry.

Celebrity judges will be on hand to judge each of the teams on most team spirit, best tasting food, and best all around. The event is from 11 a.m -2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit, the bellcenter.org. ❖

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Former University of Alabama head coach Gene Stallings with his son John Mark who died in 2008.

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Stallings to be Honored at Community Grief Support Gala

Former University of Alabama head coach Gene Stallings will be the featured guest at the annual Lift Your Spirits gala and auction to benefit Community Grief Support. Stallings will pose for photos with VIP guests, who will receive signed copies of his book “Another Season: A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son,” about life with his son, born with Down syndrome. “We are really excited that we can honor coach Stallings in this way,” Community Grief Support Administrative Director Lisa Sims Harrison said in a statement. The gala will be Oct. 5. Regular tickets are $125 each, and VIP individual tickets are $400. Corporate VIP tables of 10 are $5,000, with other levels of sponsorship available. Tickets will be limited. For details and to buy tickets, contact Community Grief Support at 870-8667. Community Grief Support is a nonprofit agency that has provided free grief support services in the greater Birmingham area for 21 years. It sponsors more than 20 grief support groups in nine communities; individual, couples and family grief counseling; and community grief education. ❖

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KultureCity’s annual fundraiser, KultureBall, will take place July 29, bringing together a star-studded list of supporters at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. Founded in 2013 by Vestavia Hills Drs. Julian Maha and Michele Kong, the organization has grown into an international movement with a mission of promoting acceptance for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. “KultureBall is so much more than just an amazing evening out with friends. It’s a gathering of individuals all focused on creating a fundamental change within our society. It is truly heartwarming to see hundreds of people unite for one night under the same passion of creating a global community of acceptance, compassion and inclusion,” board Executive Director Traci Johnson said in a statement.  Funds raised through the event will benefit KultureCity’s support programs. The group has a Toys Across America program to send toys to children with autism. It has an initiative to supply non-verbal children with computer tablets to help them communicate. Its LifeBoks program sends free kits to prevent children from wandering, which children with autism are prone to do. And the organization’s mission is extended internationally through EmbraceKulture. A sensory initiative has helped establish sensory-friendly experiences for autistic children. Local sites include Urban Cookhouse locations, the Birmingham Zoo and the McWane Science Center, among others.  KultureBall will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is emceed by Kimberly Guilfoyle, co-host of Fox News’ “The Five.” Festivities include dinner, silent and live auctions and a LifeWalk runway for guests to strut across.  This year’s event will be attended by notable supporters such as David Garibaldi, Dawn Neufeld, Geraldo Rivera, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Ronde Barber, Ryan Neufeld, Dr. Temple Grandin, Tiki Barber, Traci Johnson and Xavier Mortimer.  For more information, visit kulturecity.org. ❖

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Star-Studded KultureBall Celebrates Support for Autistic Children

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From left: Catherine Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Emily Herring and Monique Gannon.

Fun in the Sun

By Emily Williams

CAT Gears Up for Bikini Beach Party Featuring Songs of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s

Mountain Brook’s Steeple Arts Academy will be transformed from studio to Jersey Shore for Central Alabama Theater’s “The Bikinis: a new musical beach party,” opening with a 7:30 p.m. show on July 27. Finishing off the 2016-17 season, the musical tells the story of four girls from a singing group who reunite after 20 years to relive their heyday, the summer of 1964 singing on the boardwalk at the Jersey

Shore. Songs performed will celebrate the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, with classics including “It’s in His Kiss,” “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “I Will Survive” and “It’s Raining Men.” The musical stars Natalie Collins and Catherine Vaughn play sisters Jodi and Annie. Monique Gannon plays the sisters’ silly cousin, Karla; and Emily Herring plays the girls’ best friend, Barbara from Staten Island. CAT Executive Producer and

Artistic Director Carl Peoples will be directing the show, with Natalie Collins taking on the role of choreographer in addition to performing. Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Chip Williams of Birmingham will serve as musical director. Performances will be held July 27-30 and Aug. 3-6. Tickets run from $25 to $30, and active military and student discounts are available with appropriate ID. For more information, visit centralalabamatheater.eventbrite.com. ❖


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with and comfortable around people who have physical and intellectual disabilities. “We want others to be more accepting and inclusive. We want to recognize these people for their abilities and not impose boundaries upon them that they don’t impose on themselves,” said Alison Berman, chief development officer of UA. United Ability is a nonprofit that provides disabled people of all ages with access to technology, education, community and even employment. The organization has been around 70 years, and current CEO Gary Edwards has been at the helm for 35 years. “It is the greatest job in the world to go around on a daily basis seeing kids with special needs walk for the first time, seeing adults working for

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‘It is the greatest job in the world to go around on a daily basis seeing kids with special needs walk for the first time ...’ the first time,” Edwards said. “We have incredible technology and incredible staff. We are very lucky to see all that happens here.” Birmingham philanthropist and activist Ronne Hess is the event’s honoree. She said she has always had a special place in her heart for those with special needs, even since she was a child. “Sometimes they can’t speak up for themselves; they don’t have a voice. It becomes incumbent upon us to use ours,” she said. For many years, Hess has been instrumental in all aspects of UA’s growth. She admits she is a little embarrassed by the honoree title because she just sees herself as a part of the

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Birmingham philanthropist and activist Ronne Hess is the event’s honoree.

whole. “For me it is all about the UA staff. They are so selfless, skilled, determined and devoted to everyone. It just happens to be my name out front,” Hess said. The event is also an effort to celebrate the organization’s rebranding earlier this year. “The name shift was very important for us. We have morphed so much in the last 70 years that UCP of

Greater Birmingham did not reflect who we were anymore,” Hess said. Edwards said he is proud of United Ability’s goal to help those with disabilities through every phase of their life. The organization offers early learning services through to adult life skills classes and employment opportunities. It even runs its own document shredding business, called Gone for Good. Edwards said it competes with national companies such as Shred-it. “We have great customer service and prices. Plus, it creates jobs for 90 people. We do anything possible to create jobs that give them the dignity of employment,” Edwards said, “What is the first question someone asks when they meet you? ‘Where do you work?’” In its first year, organizers hope Journey of Hope will raise money and kick off more than a fun yearly event. “We want to start a movement where kids are included, employment is attainable and healthcare options are expanded,” Edwards said. Journey of Hope is presented by Medical Properties Trust, Inc. Tickets are $150 and are available through United Ability’s website, unitedability.org. ❖

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A Summer Well Spent Student Ministries Spend Summer Break Serving Others at Home and Abroad

By Sarah Kuper For Over the Mountain students, summer break is the time for lake trips and summer camp. But many area teens add church-oriented service projects to that list. Internationally and locally, teens did everything from paint houses to host summer day camps for disadvantaged children.

Hoover Youth Stay in State While Discovering a Whole New World

Once a successful commercial fishing town, Bayou La Batre was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and then five years later by the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. Nearly three dozen middle and high school students from Valleydale Church in Hoover witnessed first-hand the economic depression and unmet basic needs of people affected by these disasters. “It was a chance to show them that even in Alabama, people are living in one-room houses trying to make it. They have the same concerns we do but, through no fault of their own, they can’t make ends meet,” said Josh Knierim, student pastor. The students spent time with local children putting on a kids’ camp and they helped with basic home repairs. Students and staff also did small things to make homes more energy efficient, thus helping reduce utility costs. Knierim said the trip was eye-opening to the students because it showed them examples of extreme need but also immense hope.

“These families have a lot of hope despite not having anything. They have faith and they encourage one another,” he said. Additionally, a small group of Valleydale Church high schoolers journeyed to Guatemala. Teens did a kids’ camp there as well. For some it was their second time to the country, and Knierim said it was moving to see that some of the children remembered small things from last year, such as special handshakes. “It shows that even short-term mission trips can have an impact,” he said.

Trinity United Methodist Youth Draw Inspiration From Acts 1

When it comes to student service and mission work, Executive Pastor of Family and Youth Ministries David Thompson said Trinity United Methodist in Homewood follows the guidelines laid out in Acts 1. “Jesus said, ‘You will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.’ We try to follow that example by serving in our community and to the ends of the earth,” he said. This summer, Trinity’s student ministry sent teens to Panama, Memphis and western Birmingham. A group of about 20 people went to Panama to do construction work at a camp. It is a trip the church has taken for many years and a chance for students to learn about cultural differences, construction and, most importantly, empathy and serving others. The church also sent students to Memphis to

help repair homes. Nearly 160 students spent the week fixing homes to make them safer, warmer and drier. As for middle schoolers, Thompson said they spent time in western Birmingham painting houses. He said it may seem like a trivial job, but

“We didn’t allow any phones or any social media. It might be the only time in 52 weeks of the year that kids keep their heads up and interact more verbally. By the end of the week, many of the students commented that it was ‘awesome’ not to have their phones out constantly.” DAVID THOMPSON, EXECUTIVE PASTOR OF FAMILY AND YOUTH MINISTRIES, TRINITY UNITED METHODIST IN HOMEWOOD

many of the homes hadn’t been painted in years, and a new coat of paint goes a long way to protect the home and encourage the homeowner. Thompson said each of the service opportunities yielded a new perspective for students and brought many closer to God. Trinity staff made an extra effort this year to

try to pry students away from their phones and social media during the trips. “We didn’t allow any phones or any social media. It might be the only time in 52 weeks of the year that kids keep their heads up and interact more verbally. By the end of the week, many of the students commented that it was ‘awesome’ not to have their phones out constantly,” Thompson said. He said that, even though he knows students likely went straight back to old phone habits after the trip, he hopes the time they spent being present in the moment during a week of service sticks with them through the year.

Mountain Brook Teens Stay Local to Make Long-Lasting Impact

Mountain Brook Baptist Church students have focused their summer mission efforts on needs right here in Birmingham. In a partnership with Serving You, in Woodlawn, teens have gone outside their comfort zones and spent time in conversations with people in need. Serving You is a ministry that works with partner churches and Christian non-profit organizations to care for people who need assistance with food, utility bills, clothing and other needs. Students from the church spent an afternoon or morning with people who had gone to the Serving You facility for help. Mountain Brook Baptist Church’s minister to students, Hayden Walker, said this type of local mission work is especially impactful on both students and those in need. “With Serving You, students are not just rele-

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Trinity United Methodist in Homewood sent students to Memphis to help repair homes. Nearly 160 students spent the week fixing homes to make them safer, warmer and drier.


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A group of middle and high school students from Valleydale Church traveled to Bayou La Batre to run a camp for kids and do basic home repairs.

gated to a back room folding clothes or scrubbing toilets. Students are able to pray with them, shop with them at the food bank and be really hands on.” Walker said she has witnessed students overcome nervousness about interacting with people in need and even spontaneously pray with a family. She has seen leaders emerge and empathy grow among the students. Every other year, the church

sends a group of high schoolers on a mission trip to South Africa. While this is an off year for the trip, Walker said the service opportunity at Serve You is just as eye-opening, if not more so. “It is easy to get into the mindset that that holy experience of missions has to happen somewhere else when three miles from your house is a similar ministry. It is almost the exact kind of work they would be doing if

I had taken them to South Africa on a mission trip,” she said. As school resumes in August, Knierim, Thompson and Walker all said they are eager to see how students approach the school year in light of their summer experiences. They indicated that, for many, this year may look different for students after they have spent time with people from unfamiliar backgrounds and life situations. ❖

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Kiwanis Club of Birmingham Celebrates 100 Years With Centennial Project

Trust but Verify The kids are back in school. Summer is over. As you might imagine, we received numerous call over the summer from parents about their children and what they might be doing. Mom fielded calls from parents about everything from DUIs to IV heroin use and callers’ ages ranged from 35 to 85. As a parent, you never stop wanting the best for your child. Here’s the harsh reality of the times. We’ve all heard this or something like it, “kids are going to be kids. They’re going to experiment.” Our parents said it. Our grandparents probably said it. Well, this still holds true. However, the circumstances have changed. It’s a fact that drugs are a lot stronger and scarier these days. Does this mean you need to be a helicopter parent? Constantly monitoring your children and all their activities. I don’t honestly know. What I do think is you need to maintain an open dialogue with your children. Reiterate again and again that they can come to you about anything. I then think you need to follow Ronald Reagan’s famous dictum, “Trust but verify”. It’s all well and good to trust your child and to “know” that he or she won’t lie to you... until it isn’t. Random drug or breath tests aren’t invasions of your children’s privacy or violations of their trust. It’s just being smart. And if your child balks at being tested, blame me. It wouldn’t be the first time. Only now it would be for positive reasons.

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Throughout its 100-year history, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham has remained cemented to its original mission while adapting to the often tumultuous environment of the city it calls home. As the club celebrates its anniversary, it is ushering in a new era with a centennial project to revitalize Vulcan Park and Museum and reflecting on its past through the new book “Images of America: The Kiwanis Club of Birmingham.” “Supporting and strengthening our city has always been the mission of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham,” said Thomas Thagard, club president. The Birmingham club’s secretary, James L. Noles Jr., who is a lawyer with Balch and Bingham and resident of Mountain Brook, recently published the book on the club’s history and legacy. The first Kiwanis Club was established in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915 to provide businessmen and professionals with a club that did not offer its members insurance benefits, as was standard at the time. Within two years, the Detroit club chartered 40 new clubs across the Northeast and Midwest. On May 19, 1917, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham received its charter and, 100 years later, has grown to become the largest Kiwanis club in the world with more than 550 members. A legacy of dedication to supporting the city of Birmingham and

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The Kiwanis Club of Birmingham held a ceremony in May, breaking ground on its Centennial Project renovations at Vulcan Park and Museum. Above, from left, Darlene Negrotto, Thomas Thagard and Libba Vaughan. Below, club secretary James L. Noles Jr., author of “Images of America: The Kiwanis Club of Birmingham.”

The hope for the project, according to Thagard, is that it will serve as a catalyst for renovation, rejuvenation and transformation for a new Birmingham. enhancing the lives of its community members began in the 1920s, when the club hired the Olmsted Brothers, sons of the famed designer of New York’s Central Park, and established a park system that included Avondale Park, East Lake Park, Elyton Park, George Ward Park, Linn Park, the Birmingham Zoo and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Ten years later, the club led efforts to move Vulcan to its current resting place on the top of Red Mountain. Now, a century after receiving its charter, the club has organized a centennial project that celebrates its past and future by revitalizing Vulcan Park and Museum. “Major public improvements are nothing new to the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham,” Thagard said. “We have a rich history of advancing the civic spirit and improving the infrastructure of our city.” In partnership with the city,

Vulcan Park and Museum and the Freshwater Land Trust, club and project officials broke ground on the more than $4 million, three-point Vulcan project. It begins with the installation of a multi-colored light show, designed by Schuler Shook, that will be projected onto Vulcan every night. The north side of the park, which club officials note is in significant disrepair, will be landscaped and a lower piazza entrance will be renovated into a municipal event space and named the Kiwanis Centennial Park. “In addition to enhancing Vulcan’s prominence on the skyline, this visionary project will physically connect Vulcan as the central hub from which locals and tourists will access

our cultural institutions and parks,” said Darlene Negrotto, president and CEO of Vulcan Park and Museum. A final component will be the creation of a two-mile trail that will extend from the park to Green Springs Highway. “The trail connection from Vulcan Park to Green Springs Highway is the vital backbone of the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System,” said Libba Vaughan, executive director of the Freshwater Land Trust. The trail is the central green space in the 750-mile trail system that the city and the Freshwater Land Trust are working toward. Through future development of connecting trails, Vulcan Park’s trail will be connected to the Rotary, Lakeshore, Jemison and

Jones Valley trails; George Ward, Red Mountain and Railroad parks; and the Birmingham Zoo and Botanical Gardens. “We hope the project will reconnect Vulcan to downtown Birmingham. Birmingham is on the cusp of a renaissance of sorts,” Thagard said. The hope for the project, according to Thagard, is that it will serve as a catalyst for renovation, rejuvenation and transformation for a new Birmingham. According to club officials, more than 75 percent of the project’s $4.66 million budget already has been raised, and a GoFundMe campaign recently was launched to raise the remainder of the funds. To donate, visit gofundme. com/kiwanis-centennial-park-at-vulcan. “I think the book has a great cover that depicts (former chapter president) Gene Autry with a young polio patient in a bed sponsored by Kiwanis at the Crippled Children’s Clinic. For me, that captures it all,” said Noles of the club’s legacy of service. For more information on “Images of America: The Kiwanis Club of Birmingham,” visit arcadiapublishing. com. Books can be purchased through the website and through Amazon. For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, visit kcob.org. ❖


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OTM Residents Make Top 50 Over 50

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LIFE Positive Maturity is showing off its fourth annual Top 50 Over 50 and will celebrate the men and women July 27 at The Club. The organization, established by Independent Presbyterian Church, began the tradition in 2014 to recognize local residents over the age of 50 who exemplify what it means to grow up while staying young. Wendell Edwards, co-anchor for ABC 33/40’s Morning News, will serve as master of ceremonies for the festivities. The event will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and tickets are $125. From Homewood: Valerie Holley, retired, volunteer; Don Stewart, artist; Scott Vowell, Vowell and Associates; David Young, Hunt, Guillot and Associates. Making the list from Hoover are: Barbara S. Allen, retired teacher and volunteer; Sheila Benson, CEO,

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Taking His Message to a New Stage First-Time Candidate Dawson Wants to Bring a New Day to Alabama

A lifelong resident of Alabama, Dawson grew up on the west side of Birmingham and graduated from Ensley High School in 1985. He later earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and, a few years after that, a master of divinity from Beeson Divinity School. He and his family live in Hoover.

since. A lifelong resident of Alabama, Dawson grew up on the west side of Birmingham and graduated from Ensley High School in 1985. He later earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and, a few years after that, a master of divinity from Beeson Divinity School. He and his family live in Hoover. Dawson has seen his ministry grow from one man giving testimonials at youth rallies to a comprehensive outreach program encompassing a wide range of ages and denominations. The organization offers “a unifying message of hope to America and beyond,” as described on its website, and has been instrumental in sharing the gospel with more than a million people through event ministries such as Safe at Home, AtlantaFest, StadiumFest, UrbanFest and Wake Up America! Dawson has written several books about faith and evangelism, as well as pioneered new ministries using digital technologies to spread the gospel. A self-avowed “people person,” Dawson said he thrives on the personal encounters the campaign

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Community Members Push for Pocket Park in Downtown Homewood

By Sarah Kuper

Ever since the Homewood City Council decided to move forward on a new public safety building in West Homewood, residents have been wondering what will happen to the current downtown facility. Now one group is ramping up support for turning the site into a public green space. “We already have a thriving commercial center. Now is the ideal moment to explore a ‘green magnet’ that will bring people in to shop and eat every day of the week,” said Betsy Hunter Maguire, advocate for the project.

Maguire said the group, the Homewood Green Initiative, is hoping the city will take some time to thoroughly process the idea of a pocket park before feeling pressure to sell or lease the property. “Homewood is in good shape financially, so we have the opportunity to really stop and plan something meaningful,” Maguire said. Maguire concedes it is a different way of thinking to forgo a revenuemaking sale of the property in favor of a park. But she said the current jail and public safety building is the last piece of property the city owns in downtown Homewood, so this could be the only

trail provides. The hard part for him, he said, is being shut in a room, making phone call after phone call to potential supporters when he’d rather be out meeting them in person. But phone calls are part of the political game, and as the busy part of the campaign season draws nearer and the field of candidates grows, Dawson plans to keep talking and moving forward. His own standards for playing the game, however, are clear. “I don’t know what I don’t know,” he said, “but I do know that I’m not going to compromise my faith, and I’m going to love the people of Alabama and pursue excellence. My prayer is to stay above the fray.” And as for that bucket list, “becoming a politician” still isn’t on it. But “taking back our government from the special interests and career politicians” is, he said. “I wasn’t looking for this,” Dawson said. “It was birthed out of a broken heart for the direction of leadership in our state. This is about common-sense leadership, integrity and a new day for Alabama.” ❖

opportunity to do something like this. The group of Homewood residents, which so far includes urban planners and former officials, are looking to similar initiatives in cities such as Greenville, South Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, for inspiration. While no specific plans or renderings have been developed yet, the group will be giving a presentation to the Homewood City Council on Aug. 28. “It’s a time to think about what we want to communicate about our downtown. We have the components and the bones. Our presentation will be a time to make suggestions and inspire creativity,” Maguire said. The group will host a more indepth presentation in September with keynote speakers and a time for comments. Meanwhile, Maguire and others said they have confidence the mayor

At a Vestavia Hills City Council meeting held on July 10, the council approved the sale of the Vestavia Hills City Center property to buyer Katz Properties LLC. The purchased properties include the Vestavia Hills City Center and its neighboring tracks to its left and right; the Publix track and the Stein Mart track. The company has agreed to pay an annual fee of $45,000 to the city for any city maintenance to the property and has also announced plans to update the structures. According to the council, Katz is planning to make improvements to the Stein Mart and Publix tracks by updating their appearance and adding more lighting. The city center itself will see more updates, including improvements to the garage spaces, updates the elevators and replacing signage. They plan to use larger skylights and covering for the area’s promenade and will make additional updates to better serve those with handicaps. Finally, Katz officials announced plans to hire a marketing consultant in an effort to plan and host special events for the community to help create “a place where families can spend time from morning to night, working out, quenching a thirst, feeding a hunger or getting entertained.”

Brookwood Village Announces New Phase of Renovations

It was announced earlier this month that Belk will be closing its Brookwood Village location in January of 2018. As a result, the shopping center’s owner CAPREF Brookwood Village has announced that it is putting finishing touches on a redevelopment plan for the shopping center. To be revealed in the near future, the plan will be a continuation of the shopping center’s most recent renovations. Finished in the fall of 2016, their latest update included a $20 million dollar renovation of the interior. Ownership representative Matt Lukas noted that the new redevelopment project will include additional restaurants, entertainment and shopping options in order to offer more amenities to Mountain Brook, Homewood and their surrounding communities. ❖

and council members will approach any decisions with the best interest of Homewood in mind.

For more information, find the Homewood Green Initiative on Facebook. ❖

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If you were to look at Scott Dawson’s bucket list, you wouldn’t find “run for governor” on it. Seeking the state’s highest office was never something he wanted – much less intended – to do. Then several friends, among them Birmingham radio’s Rick Burgess and Orange Beach author Andy Andrews, urged him to enter the 2018 race to become Alabama’s next governor. “I figured if they were willing to stick their necks out for me, I should at least give it some thought,” Dawson said. So, he did. And he wound up thinking he should probably run. But wife Tarra, son Hunter, 21, and 18-yearold daughter Hope weren’t so open to the idea of subjecting themselves to the often-harsh spotlight of politics. “For a long time, it was three against one at our house,” said Dawson, who has not previously run for political office. Ultimately, though, his family decided to support the effort, and Dawson’s candidacy was announced on Burgess’ and radio partner Bubba Bussey’s “The Rick & Bubba Show” in early June. The campaign almost immediately attracted 7,000 volunteers; about 6,000 more have signed up since; and monetary contributions from individuals all over the state have poured in. The “likes” on social media are steadily climbing, and the views on a recent campaign video number in the hundreds of thousands. Dawson, founder of the Birmingham-based Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association, considers the overwhelming response not as a tribute to him personally, but to what he represents. “I’m not a politician,” he said simply. “This is just proof that Alabamians are tired of what’s going on in our state and are ready for a new perspective.” The perspective Dawson brings to the table is rooted in hard work, traditional values and a love for sharing the gospel. He preached his first sermon at age 16 and hasn’t stopped sharing

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Vestavia City Center Gets New Owner and Plans for Improvements

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Grand Finale ceremony was held June 23 at The Florentine to crown the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year. Festivities for the evening were emceed by Cumulus Media radio personality Sly King and included food, beverages, music by Robert Fowler of Superior Sounds, and live and silent auctions. Christie King of C King Benefit Auctions served as auctioneer. The event marked the finale of a 10-week campaign held in 80 communities throughout the country. Five candidates representing the Birmingham chapter took part in the campaign and competed to see who could raise the most money. Brandon Cain, owner of Roots and Revelry, took home the title of Man of the Year and Valerie Thomas, CEO of the Val Group, was crowned Woman of the Year for the Birmingham chapter. The two competed against Will Faulkner of 360 Realty, Dru Cunningham of Birmingham Mountain Radio and Sarah Cutler of Mercedes Benz. Funds were raised by all of the candidates in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors: Anderson Thrower of Vestavia Hills and Maddie Howard served as Boy and Girl of the Year. Candidates were recruited by a nominating committee, which included Kevin Collins, Lacey Epstein, Shelle Brandon Cain and Valerie Thomas Henderson, Whitney with Maddie Howard. Henderson, Sally Morriss,

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The success of the sixth annual S’mores and Pours event, held June 15 at Avondale Brewing Co., brought in more than $14,000. Funds raised will benefit the organization’s programs and initiatives for children, youth and their families throughout the community. Guests were treated to samples of select wines and beers, as well as tasty treats served up by local restaurants and vendors. Food and beverage sponsors included Ashley Mac’s, Birmingham Coca-Cola, California Pizza Kitchen, Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Miss Dots, On a Whimsy, Post Office Pies, Saw’s BBQ, Slice Birmingham and Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe. ❖

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Golden Memories

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Tri Delt Alums Welcome New Chapter and Induct Officers On June 8, members of the Birmingham Alumni Chapter of the Delta, Delta, Delta Fraternity held its annual summer meeting at Samford University. The meeting was held at Samford to honor the installation of the new chapter Epsilon Xi, which was established in 2016 and will host its first recruitment this year. In addition, the chapter inducted a new slate of officers, including Jenny Brown, president; Allene Arnold, vice president; Sally DeMetz, secretary; Ginger Hollingsworth, treasurer; Ann Neal, membership; Bea Healy, social chairman; Kim Cripps, alumni representative. Collegiate Reference chairmen include Argie McDonald, Catherine Pewitt and Alex Yates. Other members in attendance, included Ann Allen, Julie Edwards, Anna Hartzog, Kira Gilbert, Martha Frizzle, Catherine Gross, Laura Hydinger, Teresa Latham, Elizabeth Limbaugh, Liz LoSole, Sara Schilleci, Genie Stutts, Susan Waldrop, Laurie Wilbanks, Margaret Ann Webb, Cherokee Wooley and Amy Youngblood.

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Choco-Holics Unite Several Hundred Attend DRR Chocolate Challenge Fundraiser

Every sweet tooth in attendance was satisfied June 22 as Disability Rights and Resources held its third annual Magic City Chocolate Challenge at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Despite stormy weather, several hundred guests attended the event to sample chocolate treats, bid on silent auction items and back the organization’s mission to support community members with disabilities in their journey to being independent. With her lemon and lavender white chocolate tartlets, Anna Claire Tucker took home awards for Best Dressed Table and Most Creative Use of Chocolate. Cosecha Urban Kitchen won Most Delectable Chocolate Dish and Ivory Le Shore’s Gourmet Bread Puddings and Cheesecakes took home the People’s Choice Award. Other competitors participating in the event included: Babalu Tapas and Tacos, cayenne chocolate truffles; Carrabba’s Italian Grille, segro di cioccolata; Dena’s Cakes, chocolate pound cake truffles; K&J’s Elegant Pastries; Repicci’s Italian Ice and Gelato, chocolate fetish gelato; Sky Castle, soft chocolate chip cookies a la mode; Taco Morro Loco, pastel tres leches chocolates; The Bright Star Restaurant, chocolate pie; The Melting Pot, chocolate fondue; and Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Company. ❖

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The Presentation Ceremony of the 2017 Hoover Belles recently was held in the grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel. The 38 young ladies who will serve as ambassadors for the city of Hoover for the next two years come from Hoover High School, Spain Park High School, Briarwood Christian School, John Carroll High School, Indian Springs School and Shades Mountain Christian School.   The 34th annual ceremony was presented by the Hoover Belle Committee, chaired by Kay Witt. Cathy Head and Vickie Griffith served as chairwoman and co-chairwoman of the 2017 Belle Presentation. Others serving on the committee were Jennie Alley, Cathy Connor-Fuller, Jennifer Cotney, Kim Milling, Denise Shepherd and Becky Walker. Fathers of the Belles escorted their daughters onto the rose garden gazebo and presented them with bouquets of spring flowers. Mistress of Ceremony Haley Bagwell Scallions, a 2006 Hoover Belle and a two-time second runner-up in the Miss Alabama pageant, introduced the Belles. The dads and Belles then began the traditional father-daughter dance to the music of The Sonny Harris Group, and guests celebrated at a reception held in the ballroom, which was filled with assorted roses, hydrangeas, lilies and ferns.   The 2017 Hoover Belles are:     Miss Callie Ann Ahearn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vincent Ahearn; Miss Grace Annell Alspach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Thomas Alspach; Miss Madison Elizabeth Blair, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Joseph Blair; Miss Margaret Anne Boggan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Steven Boggan; Miss Alexandra Ann Brocato, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Richard Brocato; Miss Madelyn Claire Brocato, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Richard Brocato. Miss Audrey Jane Colabrese, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Michael Colabrese; Miss Allie Westbrook Couch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Clarence Couch Jr.; Miss Madison Leeann Ellis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Robert Ellis; Miss Margaret Melissa Ethridge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Brian Ethridge; Miss Barbara Georganne Fickling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Nelson Fickling III. Miss Rebecca Louise Friday, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald David Friday; Miss Reagan Nicole Green, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wilson Green;  Miss Emily Michele Hagood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Albert Hagood; Miss Kennedy Nicole Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Tschaikowsky Jackson; Miss Kimberly Lauren Jolly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jarrod Russell Jolly; Miss Abby Elise Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lafayette

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Presenting the 2017 Hoover Belles

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Sample Jr. Miss Caroline Elizabeth Kendrick, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Scott Kendrick; Miss Emma Kate King, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Charles King; Miss Delaney Avery Langston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Langston; Miss Hannah Leigh Luther, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Thomas Luther; Miss Millie Christopher McMeekin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Todd McMeekin; Miss Madeline Elizabeth Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Fred Martin. Miss Margaret Ann Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Truett Payne ll; Miss Allison Nicole Pendleton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Walter Pendleton; Miss Riley Kathryn Pirkle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erick Howell Pirkle; Miss Ansley Elizabeth Powell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Brooks Powell; Miss Katelyn Marie Ragland, daughter

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gordon McIntyre of North Shelby County announce the engagement of their daughter, Claire Gordon, to Taylor Shaughnessy Winkler, son of Mr. and

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Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Dowe Bynum of Mountain Brook announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Eugenia, to Charles Andrew Barrow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew James Barrow of Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom.

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SOCIAL/WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS Mrs. Howard David Winkler, also of North Shelby County. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wharton McIntyre Jr. of Mountain Brook and the late Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Winston McKay Jr. of Dothan.  Miss McIntyre is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She is employed in North Shelby County.  The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Jack Winkler of Detroit and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Henry Shaughnessy of New York City.  Mr. Winkler is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is member of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. He is employed in Hoover.  The wedding is planned for Sept. 16. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Julian Lee Mason Jr. of Birmingham and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Moore Bynum of Talladega.  Miss Bynum graduated from Princeton University with an honors degree in history. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Miss Bynum was presented at the Ball of Roses and the Heritage Ball.   The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Gerald Ernest Barrow and the late Mr. Barrow of Wheathampstead, United Kingdom, and Mrs. Philippa Mary Carter of Hawkshaw, United Kingdom. Mr. Barrow graduated from the University of Oxford with a FirstClass Honours degree in mathematics.  The couple both work in financial services in London. The wedding is planned for Aug. 19 in Montfort-sur-Argens, France.

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ciated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Allen Drummond of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Everett Babis Jr. of Tampa, Florida. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an Augusta Jones fit and flare gown. She wore a chapellength veil made from the bride’s mother’s veil by a dear friend, Mrs. Harold Cannon. The bride’s sister, Amy Kathryn Gannon, was her matron of honor. Mary Claire Hunter was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Claire Moses Drummond and Sarah Hanson Drummond, sisters-in-law of the bride; Caroline Hampton Guest; Ann Anthony Hazel; Kellie Nicole Jones; Brooke Josepher Schnitzlein; and Katie Shields Tynes. Flower girls were Lila Marie

Drummond and Mary Neil Drummond, nieces of the bride and groom. The father of the groom was best man. Groomsmen were Dane Miller Babis, brother of the groom; Wesley Charles Caplan; Brett Allen Drummond, brother of the bride; Justin Michael Drummond, brother of the bride; James Rainer Gannon, brother-in-law of the bride; Taylor Milton Harsh; William Brantley Willis; and Robert Edwin Yarborough. Ring bearers were John Henry Drummond and James Allen Gannon, nephews of the bride and groom. After a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple will live in Birmingham, where the bride is a fourth-year pharmacy student and the groom works for Rives Construction Co.

Mountain Brook and the late Mrs. Claire Markham Collins. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Newton Collins of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the late Mr. and Mrs. E. Vernon Markham Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Huff of Odessa, Texas. He is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Whitley Huff of San Antonio and Dr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Nini of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her sisters, Caroline Collins Muse as matron of honor and Kathleen Markham Collins as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Cady Marie Beedy; Mary Kathryn Crowley; Caroline Christine Daniel; Kiley Malone Huff, sister of the groom; Farrah Christine German; Katherine Ann Petrusnek; Elizabeth Heye Rhodes; Emily Elizabeth Suggs; and Anna Meisler Zarzour. Collins McGuire Cullum, Josephine Diana

Hennen, Clark Elizabeth Russell, cousins of the bride; and Alexandra Jolie Nini, cousin of the groom, were the flower girls. Colby George Berry and Jess Sellers Davis were the best men. Groomsmen were Matthew Monroe Barnes; John Scott Broussard; Andrew Lewis Cohen; William Clay Collins, brother of the bride; William Edward Hunter; Seth Ian Muse, brother-in-law of the bride; Michael Thomas Vivian; and Shane Christopher Williams. Ushers were Joseph Tyler Petty, cousin of the bride; William Kent Karper; and Cody Lee Kelly. Greeters were Anne Hayden Bromberg; Sheila Salopek Petty, cousin of the bride; Katherine Wood Brown; and Margaret Mills Petty, cousin of the bride. Readers were Courtney Kreul Moore and Elissa Handley Tyson.   The couple will honeymoon in Europe at a later date and will live in Dallas.

Welcome Home

Members of Southminster Presbyterian Church ranging in age from 16 months to 85 years gathered at Chick-fil-A in Vestavia Hills on June 6 for a dinner celebrating the 60th anniversary of the church. The restaurant sits on the original site of the Vestavia Hills Town Hall, where Southminster hosted its first worship service June 6, 1957. Seeded by Shades Valley Presbyterian Church along with Briarwood and Oakmont Presbyterian, Southminster was created to serve members who lived atop Shades Mountain. The 72 charter members raised the funds needed to break ground and build a sanctuary, which opened its doors March 6, 1960. As the church grew, the congregation continued to help finance an education wing, originally for Sunday school classes. The wing was also used to establish Southminster Day School in 1967, which celebrates its 50th anniversary alongside the church celebrations. Southminster’s 60th Anniversary Celebration will continue throughout the year with a Habitat for Humanity build in September, a “Welcome Home” celebration on the church grounds the weekend of Oct. 28 and a spring worship service recognizing current students and alumni of Southminster Day School. For more information, call 822-1124. ❖

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OTM School Systems Adapt to Growing Student Populations Across the Over the Mountain area, public school systems have been taking advantage of the summer season to make improvements on their facilities. Whether renovating existing structures or adding new ones, Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills are making room to accommodate their growing student bodies and faculty.

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The Homewood City Schools system is inching closer to completing its Strategic Plan 2017, put in place to update portions of the system’s framework to accommodate a growing number of students. Five of the six points in the plan have been completed: updating instructional formats, allocating school resources to accommodate more students, updating technology, enhancing the wellness of teachers and students, and focusing on more professional development for faculty. Over the summer, the Board of Education held a strategic planning meeting to assess insights from Hoar Program Management and community forums to gather opinions on accommodating student population growth. “Over the past five years, we have grown like our school system has never grown before,” Superintendent Dr. Bill Cleveland said during a June 27 community forum at Shades Cahaba Elementary. He noted that each of the city’s schools are close to full capacity. Without much empty land available on which to build new schools,

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the city is, for the most part, trying to work with what it has. “We are fortunate enough to have, through this city, $55 million dollars to address our facility needs,” Cleveland said. “We want to make sure we are spending that (money) the proper way.” Shades Cahaba Elementary has been reconfigured to suit its student growth, he said. At Edgewood Elementary, which


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Cleveland said is “busting at the seams,” walls have been installed in some of the larger classrooms to create more rooms. School officials hope to use a similar approach at Hall Kent Elementary, where they are expecting a similar trend in growth in the coming years. Cleveland added that officials predict Homewood High School will surpass 1,300 students by 2022. “That is not the optimal learning environment,” he said. The board is to receive results Aug. 1 of a two-month study being conducted on Homewood Middle School.

‘... but our vision is clear – if we continue to focus on giving every individual child the educational opportunities they deserve and if we are willing to work tirelessly to that end, the promise of a unitary system will be absolutely fulfilled.’ HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT DR. KATHY MURPHY

A wave of growth in the Hoover City Schools system is on the horizon, with a new development that includes 1,600 houses expected to flood schools that serve students in the western parts of the city. The Board of Education submitted a rezoning plan it had hoped to implement this year, but the plan is pending before the court that monitors the effect of changes on desegregation in the schools. In April, Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy announced that the rezoning plan had been postponed until the 2018-19 school year. According to school officials, several of the schools that serve western portions of the city have been working at capacity and over capacity, while others have been operating under capacity. Murphy said in a statement that rezoning schools and getting a court ruling that the schools are in compliance with federal desegregation expectations “can be complicated and

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challenging, but our vision is clear – if we continue to focus on giving every individual child the educational opportunities they deserve and if we are willing to work tirelessly to that end, the promise of a unitary system will be absolutely fulfilled. And we will get there not because we have to, but because we want to – for our children.” Deer Valley Elementary has been projected to reach just 1 percent shy of full capacity in the coming year. The school plans to bring in a few portable classrooms temporarily until the rezoning can be implemented. In other news, students at Simmons Middle School can expect to be greeted in August by a newly renovated entrance. According to the school’s PTO, a surplus of funds brought in by the annual Bucs Bounty Hunt fundraiser has been spent to freshen up the front of the school. Earlier in the year, the school extended a curb across from the entrance for safety reasons. The remaining money is being spent on landscaping. Phase one involved removing trees between a lower parking lot and the school that were damaged by last fall’s drought. Phase two includes planting new trees and shrubs.

Mountain Brook

At a meeting July 17, the Mountain Brook Board of Education approved the firm Simonton and Black’s proposal for an assessment of the system’s facilities and the creation of a master plan. The goal is to create a plan of attack over the next five to 10 years to accommodate future growth. According to the proposal, the schools will need to expand to accom-

One change in place this year is the addition of an outdoor lunchroom pavilion at Mountain Brook Junior High. The pavilion was fully-funded by the school’s PTO.

modate more students and faculty, as well as adding parking and athletic fields. Because many of the facilities are landlocked, one big challenge will be finding the space. One change in place this year is the addition of an outdoor lunchroom pavilion at Mountain Brook Junior High. The pavilion was fully-funded by the school’s PTO.

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“The genesis of this project is the perfect confluence of want and need,” said Principal John Clayton. “When we asked our students for ideas of how we can increase their experience, they expressed a desire to have more outdoor space, especially during lunch.”

Vestavia Hills

The Vestavia Hills School System has been hard at work marking off projects that make up its facilities strategic plan’s sixth strategy, which is expanding schools to accommodate future growth. Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights has completed phase one of its renovations and building projects with the grand opening of its newly constructed gymnasium and cafeteria expansion. According to Principal Alicia Hunsberger, the projects as a whole are efforts to make sure “we’re able to grow with the school.” Hunsberger said the project felt like a team effort as the faculty and students endured noise and windows covered in tarps before construction of the gym was completed in May. Next on the list for VHECH is renovation of the old gym, which will be turned into a media center. Construction began in late May and is

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set to finish next July. A final phase will involve expanding the school’s parking lot and carpool lanes. Other projects coming to a close and on the horizon include a new kitchen and cafeteria for Vestavia Hills Elementary East, to be completed as early as October; and construction of a kitchen and cafeteria for Vestavia Hills Elementary West, which began this summer. At Liberty Park Middle School, the new school year will welcome a new principal. Tonya Rozell will start in that job this month. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to come to a school system with the reputation of Vestavia Hills,” Rozell said. “Vestavia Hills is steeped in tradition, but it’s also a growing and forward-thinking school system. I can’t wait to combine those qualities to create an environment where teachers can grow professionally and students can reach their fullest potential.” A native of Birmingham, Rozell has been an educator since 1992 and has taught language arts at schools in the Mountain Brook, Shelby County

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want students to remain in the traditional school environment, but we recognize at times challenges in their lives might prevent them from being successful. This setting provides oneon-one attention to allow students to progress academically while developing the skills necessary for a successful return to their base school.” The school also will accommodate a virtual school program in which students take courses online while a support staff helps answer their questions. The school will be overseen by Principal Kacy Pierce. “We want all students to have the tools necessary to be successful in their school environment,” VanWanderham said. “The Vision School is another layer of support for our kids in Vestavia Hills City Schools to thrive in their academic, social and post-secondary lives.” ❖  

MBE Media Specialist Wins State Recognition

Margaret Hudson, a media specialist at Mountain Brook Elementary School, was recently awarded the Carrie C. Robinson award by the Alabama School Library Association. According to Margaret Hudson the ASLA, the award honors “an Alabama librarian who provides an innovative, creative and exceptional library program for children or young adults.” This marks Hudson’s ninth year in her position at MBE. Prior to joining the library staff, she served as a fifth grade language arts teacher, a tutor for students with ADHD, a preschool teacher and a part-time children’s librarian at the Selma Public Library. She is a member of the American

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Berry Teacher Named JFR Alfred Lerner Fellow

Jessical Badio, a language arts teacher at Hoover’s Berry Middle School, spent June 25-29 at Columbia University in New York City to serve as a 2017 Alfred Lerner Fellow with the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. One of 22 educators around the world to be named a fellow, she took part in the summer program’s intensive academic seminar. The week included lectures featuring Holocaust survivors, as well as noted Holocaust scholars. Badio received a scholarship for the program through the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center. In the spring of 2017, she was recognized as a recipient of a Brenda and Fred Friedman teacher scholarship and will be recognized for the honor at a

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McEwan Named 2017 Alabama Alternate Teacher of the Year

Hoover High School science teacher Robert Paul McEwan was named the Alabama Alternate Teacher of the Year May 10 at a ceremony in Montgomery. Throughout his 32-year teaching career, McEwan has sought to use innovative methods to keep students’ hands and minds engaged in his lessons; all in an effort to foster a love of learning. “For many, the decision Robert Paul to teach is a McEwan matter of the heart; it certainly was, and remains for me. When one is called to teach and is well prepared to do so, then the result is a passion-filled vocation that can be

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Anja Trierweiler, a rising ninth-grader at Altamont, took on the gardening project as part of her work toward a Girl Scout Silver Award.

The population of monarchs have decreased significantly over the past 20 years, threatened by changing weather patterns, loss of habitat and pesticides. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting an assessment to determine whether the monarch should be officially listed as an endangered species, according to its website. “In the United States, there is a massive effort to provide habitat for monarch butterflies, imperiled bumble bees and other pollinators,” the service state. “There is no one group or agency responsible for providing habitat needed for monarch conservation.

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As the monarch butterflies make their way south toward Mexico, they’ll find a new welcome center atop Red Mountain where they can stop and rest awhile. The Altamont School earlier this month was certified as an International Monarch Waystation, the result of a gardening project shepherded by science teacher Dr. Mary Williams. “I teach my students about monarch migration in connection with a variety of topics: pollinators, plant reproduction, climate change, endangered species and interesting animal migrations,” she said in a statement released by the school. “Because monarchs come through Alabama, I have wanted, for years, to start an official waystation. It’s finally happening!”

sustained for an entire career,” said McEwan in a released statement. Prior to taking on his position as a biology teacher at HHS, McEwan served as an Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative coach from 2008 through 2015. State Superintendent of Education Michael Sentance spoke at the event, telling the crowd that the Alabama Teacher of the Year program provides a model for inspiring educators, in addition to those who wish to continue to grow in the profession. “Teachers of the Year are, in fact, world changers, and we celebrate their commitment to students and to the colleagues who work alongside them each day,” Sentance said. Over this next year, Collier will serve as an ambassador for public education and the teaching profession for the state. “These educators have shown our students their potential and given them a preview of the endless possibilities that will support them in college and career endeavors,” said Sentance. As the state’s alternate, Collier has become a nominee for the 2018 National Teacher of the Year award.

Hoover Students Complete Three-Year Pen Pal Project

On July 10, Hoover City Schools announced that a group of Hoover High School students in the special needs classroom have completed “The Great Mail Race.” The project, led by student Harlinn Vasquez, involved students writing and mailing letters to schools around the country in the hopes that they would receive a letter in return from each state. “The students were anxious to check the mail daily to see if they received a letter. There were some states they had to write to multiple times in order to get a return letter,” said HHS aide Patti Chase, in a released statement. Each letter mailed out by HHS students discussed their classroom and important facts about their school, as well as the state of Alabama. The students received their final letter at the end of the 2016-17 school year. ❖

All organizations, agencies and individuals must work together to improve, restore and create habitats to save monarchs.” Anja Trierweiler, a rising ninthgrader at Altamont, took on the gardening project as part of her work toward a Girl Scout Silver Award. She and Williams this spring germinated and planted more than 600 seeds obtained from Monarch Watch, according to the school’s statement. The seedlings and other mature plants were transplanted to an organic garden behind the school. The garden includes zinnia, Mexican sunflower, salvia, joe-pye weed, blanket flower, French marigold, black-eyed Susan, butterfly bush, phlox, purple coneflower and three types of milkweed:

common, swamp and butterfly. “Monarchs lay eggs on milkweed and need the other plants mostly for nectar,” Williams said. “It’s important to plant the correct milkweed. One of the types of milkweed most commonly found actually carries a parasite, which has hurt conservation efforts.” Anja and Williams also keep the plants watered, with help from Williams’ daughter, rising sophomore Mary Elisa Wagner. Williams’ husband, Frederic Wagner, also chips in, tilling the flower beds, helping with the planting and contributing many bags of garden soil. Williams and Anja said they’re hoping the waystation will grow and that other students at the school will become involved. ❖

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City of Hoover Partners With App to Promote Shopping Local Smartphones and tablets keep the internet almost always within reach, making it easier than ever to shop. But the shift toward e-commerce has drawn consumers away from local small businesses. When sales drop and local businesses close, it isn’t just the owner and employees who suffer; the city loses tax dollars the store would have generated. Those tax dollars would help fund services for the entire community, including first responders, parks and recreation centers and schools. To help local businesses adapt to the new shopping landscape and flourish, the city of Hoover is introducing the Live, Love, Shop Local initiative, which includes a partnership with the app Native Rewards. Jordan and Ashley Doufexis, Joe Mayes and Ryan Tramel founded Native Rewards in Ft. Payne two years ago in an effort to supply local businesses with the tools to compete with giants such as Amazon. Following the success of its beta app, the founders searched for other cities to team up with, and they were drawn to Hoover based on its high volume of retail sales and the city’s investments in the community and school system.

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To help local businesses adapt to the new shopping landscape and flourish, the city of Hoover is introducing the Live, Love, Shop Local initiative, which includes a partnership with the app Native Rewards.

local retail as our next phase. You’ll be able to shop local anytime and from anywhere.”

Jordan and Ashley Doufexis, Show Me the Money Joe Mayes and Ryan Tramel While they work technologically on the next founded Native Rewards in Ft. phase of their app, Doufexis and the Native Payne two years ago in an effort Rewards team have coordinated a variety of features that give customers incentive to shop to supply local businesses with locally. The app sorts businesses under four categothe tools to compete with giants ries – Eat, Shop, Play and Live – giving not such as Amazon. only retailers, but restaurants, health and fitness To work closely with the city during the planning and execution of the new initiative, Doufexis and his wife have put down roots in Hoover, for the time being. “If we can’t arm local businesses with the tools and technology to match Amazon at a price they can afford, then they will eventually shut their doors,” Doufexis said. “No one in any market sector will be immune to Amazon before long.” He noted that the company on Amazon Prime Day, July 10, made more than $1 billion in sales. On Cyber Monday, it beat out Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Macy’s and Apple in sales, he said. Consumers ultimately choose to spend their money where they get the most value, but that value isn’t just about the money; it’s also about saving time. “The most valuable commodity and the one thing that we can’t create more of is time,” he said. “That’s why Amazon Prime users grow by the thousands each week.” Through Native Rewards, a local shopper can search for items in one place rather than running around town. “This is simply phase one of our app,” Doufexis said. “We’re currently integrating point of sale, with same day home delivery for

centers and professional services the opportunity to join. Users can select local businesses as their favorites and receive notifications on special events or deals. “Our app also contains a Discover feature which allows all posts from businesses that you aren’t following in your market to be browsed,” Doufexis said, “so you can find new deals and hidden local gems that you may not have been aware of.” As shoppers use the app and “check in” at businesses by scanning a Native Rewards barcode at the register; businesses can access demographic analytics. Native Rewards will make a donation to the Hoover City Schools Foundation each time a Hoover resident checks in at one of the merchants. “Our digital coupons give merchants the ability to control their margins and expand their customer base,” Doufexis said. “And our weekly giveaways reward consumers for shopping locally.” Each time a shopper checks in at a local business, they are entered in the Native Fortune giveaway. Names are drawn each Friday and the winners receive Native Bucks, which can be spent at any Native Merchant. A portion of those bucks must be spent at the merchant where the winner checked in.

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State Hospital Association Recognizes Local Health Care Professionals

UAB Health System’s CEO, Dr. Will Ferniany, was named chairman of the board of trustees for the Alabama Hospital Association during its annual meeting last month in Sandestin, Florida. The organization also awarded Keith Granger, CEO of Grandview Medical Center, the American Hospital Association Grassroots Advocacy Award. Ferniany manages UAB’s $3.4 billion, sixhospital academic health system. Previously he served as associate vice Dr. Will Ferniany chancellor and CEO of University of Mississippi Health Care, and he spent 14 years with the University of Pennsylvania in several leadership positions. He holds a Ph.D. in administration-health services and a master’s in health service administration from the University of Alabama at Keith Granger Birmingham. Receiving the Grassroots Advocacy Award, Granger was recognized for his leadership in generating grassroots and community support. The award is presented annually to one person from each state, who is selected by the American Hospital Association. Granger has served in numerous leadership capacities with the association, including chairman of the board, and now serves as a board member and as delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board.

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Doufexis said the app has accumulated 48 businesses and 3,752 users since it was launched in Fort Payne on March 15, 2016. “Since our launch, we’ve given our users and merchants over $18,000 in Native Rewards,” he said. With Hoover being a much larger market, Doufexis said, users can expect a relative rise in the amount of rewards. “And let’s not forget that, by shopping local, the city will receive valuable sales tax dollars that will be used to help improve Hoover, as well as the money we donate to the Hoover City Schools Foundation each time users check in with the app at our Native Merchants.” The Native Rewards app can be downloaded for free through the App Store and Google Play. Merchants who are interested in joining can submit their information online at choosenative. com/hoover. Merchants who are Hoover Chamber of Commerce members will receive a 20 percent discount on their Native Merchant membership fee. ❖

The Kiwanis Club of Birmingham recently announced the 2017 class of inductees to the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are W. Sterling Edwards Jr. and Leon W. Edwards, William W. Featheringill, Jay Grinney, Bill L. Harbert and William T. Warren. The Hall of Fame, founded in 1997, is celebrating 20 years in operation this year. A committee for the hall each year selects business leaders who have exemplified strong leadership and made extraordinary contributions to the greater Birmingham area. W. Sterling Edwards Jr. founded the Edwards Motor Company in 1916 and his son, Leon W. Edwards, ran the business, which today is one of the oldest Chevrolet dealers in the country. Featheringill was the founder and former chairman and CEO of Complete Health. Complete Health grew to become the largest HMO in Alabama and was acquired in 1994 by United Healthcare. Grinney recently retired as CEO of HealthSouth Corporation. He joined HealthSouth in 2004, during a low point in the company’s history. While many expected the company to fold, he managed a turnaround that has positioned HealthSouth as one of the nation’s leading providers of post-acute services. Harbert was the founder and former chairman and CEO of B.L. Harbert International, one of


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the nation’s most influential general contractors. The company has constructed projects in the U.S. and abroad. Warren was one of Birmingham’s most prominent architects. He was a partner in Warren, Knight & Davis. His firm designed many Birmingham landmarks, including the Alabama Power Building, Country Club of Birmingham, The Swan House and the original pedestal for Vulcan. The inductees will be honored at a dinner at The Harbert Center on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased by contacting the club at 251-0032 or kiwanis99@aol.com.

Mountain Brook’s Naro Receives Pharmacy Award

On June 20, Patricia Naro of Mountain Brook, director of experiential education at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, received the Alabama Pharmacy Association’s Faculty Member of the Year Award at APA’s 136th Annual Patricia Naro Convention. “Tricia is an outstanding leader on campus and has earned a great level of respect from her colleagues and students,” said APA Executive Director Louise Jones.

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Area Chambers Join for Eggs and Issues

Chambers of Commerce representing greater Shelby County, south Shelby County, Homewood, Montevallo and Mountain Brook are joining together to host an Eggs and Issues breakfast July Sen. Luther Strange 31. The keynote speaker, U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., will present a Washington, D.C., update. Strange serves on four committees

in the Senate, including committees on agriculture, nutrition and forestry; armed services; budget; and energy and natural resources. The event will be held at the Pelham Civic Complex from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and includes a full breakfast, provided by Catering by Bellinis. Seating is limited, so registration is required. Tickets are $20 for chamber investors and $30 for non-members. For more information, visit business. shelbychamber.org or call 663-4542.

Children’s of Alabama Recognized by U.S. News

For the eighth consecutive year, Children’s of Alabama was ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. “Year in and year out, our goal is to provide exceptional care, service and comfort to the patients who are entrusted to us for medical care,” said Children’s CEO and President Mike Warren. The magazine’s 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospital report ranks 10 of each hospital’s pediatric specialty services. Seven of those services at Children’s – cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology/ GI surgery, nephrology, neurology/ neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology – were ranked among the top 50 in the nation. Children’s and UAB’s Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery collaborated to submit their information for the rankings. ❖

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but the outfielder put all of that out of his mind when he stepped up to the plate. The Crusaders had gotten the best of him with some inside pitches in the first game, but he was ready when the fastball came screaming inside this time – contact. Seconds later, the Redhawks were able to celebrate the run that ended up deciding the game. “It was a no-brainer type of move, but it made me look like a genius when it came down to it,” Evans said. “But you would want nobody else up in that situation.” The coach also is confident his star

player’s numbers would have been even better this season if a freak accident in the batting cages had not temporarily blinded Rivers in one eye. He suffered a scratched retina that benched him for the first part of the season. “I was blurry, bleeding and all I could think about was the worst-case scenario is I’m never going to be able to see again,” Rivers said. “Baseball wasn’t even in my mind at the moment. I was just hoping and praying I could see again.” When he returned to the lineup, he struggled to hit anything because of

the face mask he was required to wear for the remainder of his senior campaign. “When I was younger and we had to use those for one year, that was my worst year of baseball,” Evans said. But the mask didn’t stop Rivers from delivering the victory over William Carey, and it certainly wasn’t going to stop him from returning to the scene of the crime to coach his teammates on their swings. “A lot of times a great player like he was, I mean he’s one of the better hitters I’ve had since I’ve been coaching at Martin, a lot of times they’ll do it themselves and they’ll work hard, but they’re really not willing or they don’t know how to teach it,” Evans said. “And he does, he can relay it to other players. And then when the other players listen to him ... they want to model themselves after him and that’s just an attribute that I wanted to bring back to the program.” So Evans did just that. Rivers’ time as a member of the team is over, but he will continue to help the Redhawks out as an assistant coach. The adjustment probably won’t be a difficult one on his former teammates. They were used to listening to Rivers outside of the confines of the batting cages already when he tutored them and other students in math. “I like working with people and getting (the) most out of them,” Rivers said. “I’m really excited to help as many kids out as I can. But in terms of the (coaching) career path, I think that would be awesome to do something like that. I’ve had a ton of great coaches. If I just potentially be like one of them one day that would be awesome.” ❖

it’s not that bad because Libby is setting such a good example.”

what not to do,” Quinn said. “There’s nobody (in Alabama) that can say that they’ve done what Libby’s done going into her senior year.” To date, Gann has contributed significantly to three state championship teams. She’s never tasted defeat on the big stage, and at this point she might not even remember how to lose when everything is on the line. Nichols said she believes the program’s recent success will provide her team, even girls who didn’t spend a lot of time out on the court last year,

with a confidence that girls in other programs don’t have. In Class 7A, only the Spartans know what it takes to win a championship, and that might make all the difference when it comes time to defend their title. “I mean, we lost a bunch. But we still have six girls that got to experience it last year, so they know what it feels like,” Gann said. “So, I feel like we know what we want to do and I think that’s really going to help us out this year, having people that experienced it last year.” ❖

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Player of the Year, and he was named to the all-conference second team after he finished his senior season with a team-best .427 batting average in 24 conference games. When the time came to nominate players for awards, Evans didn’t hesitate to nominate his best player and his best student for the CoSIDA award. The Redhawks coach had shown the same faith in his outfielder all season, and Rivers almost always seemed to deliver. A back injury suffered in the first game of a doubleheader against No. 14 William Carey University on April 15 sent Rivers to the bench for the second game – until the ninth inning rolled around. “Some parents looked at me and said, ‘I bet they’re going to try to get Conner to go in,” River’s mom, Cynthia Rivers, said. The Redhawks had lost two games to the Crusaders earlier that weekend by a total of 19 runs, extending the losing streak in the series to eight games. “I remember coach coming up (earlier) and telling me, ‘If there’s a big situation where we need you to come in and play or come in to pinch hit, I’m pinch hitting you no matter who’s up,’” Rivers said. “We had a guy at second base with two outs and he’s like, ‘Conner you’re pinch hitting.’” His bat had been slow in the first game and his back was still aching,

The cheers were deafening. Only moments before, Martin Methodist baseball coach Jody Evans had asked the kids at the baseball camp the school was hosting to make some noise for their favorite coach. As Evans worked his way down the line of coaches, he couldn’t help but grin. He knew all along the kids were going to pick Conner Rivers. “People are drawn to him, and he’s kind of a reserved person, but, like, something about his personality draws people toward him,” Evans said. Before the kids recognized him as the best coach, the former outfielder for Martin Methodist was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division Baseball Second Team, in large part because of his 3.81 GPA, which included a 4.0 showing in the spring during his final semester on the Redhawks’ team. “To win something academically, it was really rewarding because sometimes athletes devote so much time to their craft, whatever sport they play, it’s hard to devote time to school and to do well in school,” Rivers said. “It was a big-time achievement for me. I’m really thankful for winning it.” It wasn’t the first award the Homewood alum had received for his efforts this season. He also was honored as the Southern States Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Baseball

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Conner Rivers, above left with Martin Methodist baseball coach Jody Evans, was recently honored as the Southern States Athletic Conference ScholarAthlete Baseball Player of the Year, and he was named to the all-conference second team after he finished his senior season with a team-best .427 batting average in 24 conference games.

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vented her from learning many names so she had to point at girls and give a, “Hey, you,” when she needed to get someone’s attention. However, Nichols didn’t need to know the girls by name to recognize their talent. “The level of play, I think that was one of the things I was impressed with the most,” Nichols said. “Across the board at tryouts, I mean, they were just solid players. I mean good fundamental skills, and you don’t find that a lot in high school from ninth grade through 12th grade. They’re all fundamentally sound.” With the basics taken care of, Mountain Brook’s immediate concern this year will be solidifying a rotation and establishing good team chemistry within a group that returns only two players who saw significant time on last season’s championship squad – Gann and sophomore outside hitter Grace Carr. Gann and Carr are expected to be critical to the team’s success this season, but the chance to make yet another championship run will also rely on the Spartan’s secret weapon. “The camp helped me see how much my junior (Ellen Dulin) is crucial that I hadn’t seen before because it (practice attendance) had been so sporadic until then,” Nichols said. “I hadn’t been able to see how they were

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Homewood Alum Conner Rivers Racks Up Baseball Accolades in His Senior Collegiate Year

New Mountain Brook volleyball head coach Vickie Nichols recently returned from a two-year stint in Ecuador, where she worked as a teacher and volleyball coach for the Alliance Academy International in Quito.

all going to function together, but I saw very clearly that one person can’t do it by themselves.” Dulin spent last season learning her new position as a middle hitter. She previously worked as an outside hitter. But now she’s ready to step up and provide leadership for her younger teammates on and off the court. “I guess, just sophomore year, I never thought in one year I’d have to take such a big role on the team,” Dulin said. “And now that it’s here,

Nichols said the relationship between the two upperclassmen is critical. Dulin can lighten the load for Gann, who in turn can forge a path the junior can follow next year, when she is the only senior on the team. “She (Gann) has the experience,” Nichols said. “She has the knowledge so I’m excited to see (her), because I think even she’ll surprise herself, even this season stepping it up another notch as a senior.” Gann might step it up a notch on the court, but she’s not concerned with personal glory. If she does her most important job right, Mountain Brook’s tradition of success will continue after she graduates. “Since I’m the only senior, I want to let other girls shine so they will be more confident next year when I leave,” Gann said. Quinn isn’t surprised that Dulin and Gann have made such a strong early impression on her successor. She said those two would have risen to the top even if there had been 20 other upperclassmen on the team. She also isn’t surprised to hear that her former player is already looking ahead to next season. “I really think leadership is a domino effect, and I think she learned from some really high-quality players, and I think she learned what to do and

‘The expectation should be that we win the state tournament. If you’re not shooting for the top, you’re not going to get there.’

Journal file photo by Lee Walls Jr.

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NEVER GIVE UP

By Blake Ells The 2013 Homewood Patriots baseball team finished its season at 32-9, falling in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Hartselle. Six players from that team continued their careers in college, Brian Browning among them. Though he got in some time in college ball, he had not emerged as a star and had just about given up on his dream to go pro. Then, on July 14, the phone rang.

Former Patriot Browning Gets His Chance After Missing out in the Draft

Shuffling Beach Chairs

Homewood Beginnings

It had been more than a month since the draft, and Brian Browning had moved on with his life. He was taking summer classes and working on the beach in Pensacola shuffling beach chairs.

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When Browning was a student at Homewood, he had coaches, including pitching coach Keith Brown, who taught him to never give up. “He’d always tell me to never lose confidence and he reminded me that I could do everything that I put my mind to. He was one of my main sources of encouragement at Homewood,” Browning said. With help from Brown and coach Doug Gann, Browning went on to pitch for two years at Northwest Florida State Junior College. He transferred to Ole Miss, as was the plan, but the Rebels roster was crowded with 16 pitchers, including three freshmen All-Americans. “You’ve gotta throw whoever is throwing the best,” he said of his struggles to get innings at Ole Miss. “At the time, I wasn’t one of the top guys. It was a thing that I had to embrace, and I had to work to get back.” Striving to keep the dream alive, he opted to finish his collegiate career at the University of West

that day. I thought for sure I was going to get drafted, but it never happened,” Browning said. “I was definitely worried about what had gone wrong. I went to a couple of open tryouts, and nothing really came about.”

Florida. Last season, Browning compiled a 4-3 record in work as a starter and middle reliever. He had a 3.78 ERA and a .234 opponent bat-

ting average in 50 innings pitched. But then his senior season had come and gone, and so had the Major League Baseball draft.

Browning said he talked to Colorado Rockies scout Zack Zulli once during the season. “He videoed me; I threw well

It had been more than a month since the draft, and Browning had moved on with his life. He was taking summer classes and working on the beach in Pensacola shuffling beach chairs. “I was planning on just working and getting my degree,” he said. “I was telling myself that I would focus on school and work instead of baseball. I didn’t think there was a chance, at this point, that I was going to get called to play pro ball. “Then, all of a sudden, I get the phone call saying that they need me in Boise and to get on a plane Sunday morning.” His debut for the Boise Hawks, the A-Short Season affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, came against the Everett (Washington) AquaSox on July 21. Browning faced five batters over 0.2 innings. He allowed a hit, a run and two walks. The Hawks’ season continues through Sept. 3. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play pro ball,” Browning said. “It’s always been in my head. When I went to junior college, I was hoping to put up some good numbers there, moving on to the SEC and getting drafted. I went to the SEC; it was a good experience. I learned a lot. But this was always the dream. And now I’m getting to live it out.” ❖

Joy League Baseball Crowns 2017 Champions

ABOVE : The 1A Bucs recently were named champions in the Joy League’s Division A. Front: Ford Ramsey, Malachi Dutton, Finch Stevens, Carleigh Gasparetto and Tyriq Williams. Back: coach John David Owen, Jameson Eagar, Tyrez Davis, Samuel Owen, Mac Cahill, coach Andy Wilson and coach Bradley Gasparetto. ABOVE RIGHT: The 2A Yanks recently were named champions in the Joy League’s Division AA. Front: Adam Essalah, Finn Harris, Fletcher Edwards, Noah Triggs, Courtney Crosby, Hannah Greene, Claire Coletta and Kyana Catlin. Middle: Chris Rodgers, Taliyah Johnson, Charlie Denson, Cameron McKenzie, Claire Cohen, Nathan Henderson, Violetta Rohr and Ally Davis. Back: coach John Krusinski, coach Izzy Rohr and coach Keon Davis. RIGHT: The 3A Yanks recently were named champions in the Joy League’s Division AAA. Front: Spencer Wright, Camden Cox, Kaleb Brown, Emily Owen and Xavier Little. Middle: Ava Traylor, Colton Cox, Lauren Frazier, Gracie Mills, Christian Parker, Timothy Meehan and Robert Tucker. Back: coach Robert Tucker, coach Mike Light, coach Tim Meehan, coach Tyler Wright and coach Stephen McGhee.

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The Joy League in Homewood recently awarded championship trophies in its three divisions, wrapping up the league’s 60th consecutive season of daytime baseball. League Commissioners Perry Akins and Ted Hagler presented the trophies to winners in each division: Division A – The Bucs, coached by Andy Wilson and John David Owen. Division AA – The Yanks, coached by Isabella Rohr, John Krusinski, Keon Davis, Joel Bishop and James Stephani. Division AAA – The Yanks, coached by Tim Meehan, Stephen McGhee, Tyler Wright and Mike Light. To end the season, each division champion played a game against an All-Star team of 12 players from its division. Joy League games are played Saturday mornings on the two diamonds at Edgewood Elementary School. This year, 181 boys and girls played in the league games. The league was established in 1958 by the late John J. Smith Sr., the Joy League provides its third generation of players a fun place to learn how to play baseball. Those players, boys and girls ages 4 to 12, do not have evaluations or tryouts. All players are welcome, and every player plays in every game. ❖


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YOUNG, BUT NOT GREEN In Class 7A, Only the Spartans Know What It Takes to Win a Championship

By Tyler Waldrep There’s plenty of new faces on the Mountain Brook volleyball team, and all of them are young. Then again, the whole team is young; there’s only one junior and one senior returning. The head coach who guided Mountain Brook to three state titles in the past three seasons is gone. The list of reasons the Spartans’ luck should finally run out this year could go on. So what? Half of those reasons existed last year, too. “People (last season) were, like, ‘Oh, y’all are young. … ’ We lost like

‘I mean, we lost a bunch. But we still have six girls that got to experience it last year, so they know what it feels like.’

Journal file photo by Lee Walls Jr.

LIBBY GRACE GANN

To date, Mountain Brook senior Libby Grace Gann has contributed significantly to three state championship teams. She’s never tasted defeat on the big stage.

three of our really good seniors. ‘And so, like, y’all are not going to win. It’s going to be someone else’s year,’” senior Libby Grace Gann remembered people saying. “But I think going into it we had nothing else to lose and we were the underdogs because everyone else thought we weren’t going to win so it was just, like, really fulfilling knowing that we were proving everyone wrong and we did it anyway.” The big difference many will point

to is the departure of former coach Haven O’Quinn for the same job at Birmingham-Southern College, but her successor, Vickie Nichols, isn’t pumping the brakes. “The expectation should be that we win the state tournament. It’s not going to happen every year, but we’ve already laid the groundwork by what they’ve done before,” Nichols said. “If you’re not shooting for the top, you’re not going to get there.”

Hit the Ground Running

Nichols found herself attending team tryouts for the 2017 season less than 48 hours after she was officially named the Spartans head coach. She barely managed to squeeze in an introduction to the members of the program. “She’s had a ton of experience, so that’s made me feel better because she knows the game. She’s been doing it for a long time,” Gann said. “She played in college, she played in high school, she’s coached many different places. I think that was very settling.” In the past, the Spartans’ new head coach has worked with volleyball programs at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels. Nichols recently returned from a two-year stint in Ecuador, where she worked as a teacher and volleyball coach for the Alliance Academy International in Quito. Despite her wealth of experience coaching the sport, Nichols found herself in unfamiliar territory during tryouts. The quick turnaround preSee SPARTANS, page 26

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