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Big Brothers Big Sisters leads to lasting relationships


Vestavia Hills hosts I Love America Day


CF Championship Challenge: Finebaum, football and fun


Martie Duncan, a finalist in this seasonʼs edition of “Food Network Star,” shares tips for entertaining with ease on her “Martie Knows Parties” website. She put her background as a party guru to good use on the show, tweaking favorite recipes as she and other contestants faced weekly challenges. “I was ready Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr. to fight like a rabid dog to win,” she said. “Iʼm an Alabama girl with Alabama spirit.”

‘Food Network Star’ Finalist Isn’t Slowing Down Anytime Soon




eason 8 of “Food Network Star” didn’t end the way Martie Duncan’s fans hoped. While the Birmingham native was one of four contestants who made it to the show’s July 22 finale, she lost her bid to win the title and her own show on the Food Network. But for Martie, the party’s definitely not over. One of the main reasons she auditioned for the reality series was to increase the visibility of “Martie Knows Parties,” her website that offers creative, stress-free tips for entertaining. “The show was a big commitment of time,” she said, “but I’m so thankful I did it. It was an amazing gift to be selected out of thousands of


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cooking skills earn her dinner with the First Lady, page 10

people.” On each episode, contestants had to tackle a different challenge, from entertaining a bus full of New York tourists to cooking for Paula Deen in Miami. Viewers who saw Martie earn praise from Food Network judges Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson might be surprised to learn that she considers herself just a “home cook.” “I’ve never cooked or catered professionally,” she said, “and there I was competing against people like Ippy (Aiona) and Eric (Lee), who were great chefs and went to prestigious culinary schools.” So how did Martie, a Web content designer and self-proclaimed “sports girl” as a Banks High School student, become a finalist of the See MARTIE, page 7

Warhol exhibit sets theme for Art on the Rocks


Liberty Park kitchen gets a makeover



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A Homewood business is giving new life to abandoned mills. Evolutia deconstructs the old buildings and creates anything from flooring and wall covers to cabinets and furniture with the reclaimed wood and other materials. See page 22

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Are you ready for some high school football? We’ll have all you need to know with our annual 24-page pull out preview. Also, find out what to wear this season with our fall fashion special section.


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VHHS Sophomores give advice to incoming freshmen

“Keep your planner with you and try to stay organized. It’s not lame to write things down.” Sophia Warner Vestavia Hills

“Get involved. The more you do, the more fun you’ll have.”

“Do take your classes seriously because once you get behind it’s hard to catch up.”

Joe Delozier Vestavia Hills

Haley Gentry Vestavia Hills

“Stay ahead and don’t fall behind in your classes.” Harry Nance Vestavia Hills

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Making Friends for Life

Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Leads to Lasting Relationships BY LAURA MCALISTER

A Night of Big Stars When: Aug. 25, 6 p.m. Where: Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center Details: This event is a fundraiser for BBBS so that it can continue to provide mentors to children in the Birmingham area. The evening includes a cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a seated dinner catered by Yellow Bicycle Catering Co. and a live onstage production. BBBS has partnered with ArtPlay, the newly expanded arts education and outreach program of UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, to co-direct a production showcasing BBBS’s talent. Event chairmen are Jim Stephens and Eddie Friend. Contact: Rebecca Hunter, BBBS director of marketing and public relations, by email at or by phone at (205) 939-5590, ext. 23 or visit



usan Shields speaks from experience when she describes the positive impact siblings can have on one another. The Homewood resident is one of five children. She has an older sister and brother, younger brother and she’s also a twin. Growing up in Mobile, she and her siblings were close and remain so today, even though they’ve scattered to different cities. “We have a really good dynamic,” Susan said of her family. “We’re all really close. I guess that’s one of the reasons I was interested in Big Brothers Big Sisters.” After graduating from Auburn University in 2008, Susan moved to Birmingham. In addition to working as a program assistant for Leadership Birmingham, she also wanted to find a meaningful way to volunteer her time. A friend of her sister’s in Atlanta was volunteering for the Big Brother Big Sister program there, so Susan decided she’d check to see if Birmingham had one. “I just called them up and asked what the process is,” she said. “Now I

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up a couple times a month and just do “girl” things. Though Molley will be a junior at Hoover High this year, Susan said they’re still close. Even when Molley graduates and will no longer be enrolled in the program, their relationship won’t end, Susan added. “When she turns 18, it won’t be goodbye, have a nice life,” Susan said. “That won’t happen. This is something that you invest in for many years, for life, really.” That is a goal of the program – to build meaningful relationships that will have a lasting effect on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, Inc. will honor Big and Little pairs like Susan and Molley while raising funds for the organization Aug. 25 at its first Night of Big Stars at the Alys Stephens Center. In addition to a sit-down dinner,

ABOUT TOWN BBBS has partnered with UAB’s ArtPlay to co-direct an onstage production featuring talents of the some of the program’s Littles. Molley will be among those performing. Susan said her Little Sister loves to dance and sing. “She’s really great at it,” she said. Susan is encouraging Molley to hone her talents in college after she graduates and is hoping Molley might choose Susan’s alma mater. But Molley is also looking at schools like the University of Montevallo for its art program. Molley’s father enrolled her in the BBBS program when she was 13, hoping it could provide her with a positive female role model. The 16-year-old, who lives with her dad and brother, said it’s been nice to have Susan to go shopping with and even just to talk with. “It’s nice to have a girl around,” Molley said. “We hang out or just go to the mall and walk around. I really like it.” When the two first entered the program, Susan said she had more frequent contact with Molley’s dad and BBBS. But now that she and Molley are well acquainted with each other, they plan their own outings and time together. “It varies, but we try to get together at least twice a month,” Susan said. “It’s harder now that she’s getting older. She’s busy and very active. “When we first met, she was much more reserved and kind of pulled back when I asked her what she wanted to do. Now she just tells me. We talk about everything. She’s a really good girl.” Susan said being a Big Sister can be time consuming, but for her it’s been worth every minute. “It’s an emotionally big task,” Susan said. “I don’t encourage it if you’re at all wishy-washy about it. I felt going into this was an investment in for however many years it took. I guess for life, really.” For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham or A Night of Big Stars, visit ❖



I Love America Day Celebration Aug. 10, 6 p.m. Wald Park The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce and Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation present the second installment of this 31st annual celebration. Events include free swimming from 6-7 p.m., children’s activities by First Baptist Church of Birmingham from 6-8 p.m., a business expo and music by the Odd Quad from 6-6:50 p.m. and 7:10-8 p.m. The Vestavia Hills High School band also will perform from 6:50-7:10 p.m. “The Muppets” movie will begin at dusk, about 8 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. No pets are allowed on the field. ❖

A large crowd turned out for the first installment of Vestavia Hills’ I Love America Celebration. The second and final installment will be Aug. 10 at 6 Photo special to the Journal p.m.

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“Oklahoma!” Aug. 9-19, 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Levite Jewish Community Center Performances of Theatre LJCC’s production of the musical “Oklahoma!” are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 9-19. Thursday performances are at 7:30 p.m., Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2

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Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Leslie Stephen Wright Center, Samford University Seven-time Grammy Award winner Bill Gaither will host an evening of music, laughter and encouragement featuring the Gaither Vocal Band. This concert event will celebrate themes of faith, unity and eternal hope through a variety of music for the whole family. Reserve tickets at, 726-2853 or in person at the Samford Arts Box Office. For group rates, call 726-2853.

Wynonna and The Big Noise Aug. 10, 8 p.m. Alys Stephens Center Country singer Wynonna and her band The Big Noise will perform a show of her hits and new covers for the first time at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. A limited number of premium seating tickets are available for $96.50. Other tickets are $80.50, $71.50 and $60.50. Call 975-2787 or visit www. BIRMINGHAM

Many Attics Fundraiser/Estate Sale Aug. 11, 9 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham This sale will include art, antiques and more. Featured works include paintings by Kay Vinson, photography by David Corliss, glass mosaics by Gerda Carmichael and gourds by Mary Segreto. A 1980s People magazine in mint condition, contemporary and



Stokin’ the Fire BBQ Competition and Festival Aug. 18, 11 a.m. Sloss Furnaces This world-class barbecue competition hosted by Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark will consist of all amateur teams, allowing for more


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Vino & Van Gogh Aug. 16, 6 p.m. B&A Warehouse The UCP Junior Board is hosting this event for wine and art lovers. Guests can enjoy food, live music and an auction, browse the work of local artists and taste a selection of wines. All proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple in advance or $30 each and $50 per couple at the door. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www. ❖

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than 80 local teams to compete. Grill masters compete in two divisions: backyard grillers, graded by volunteer and KCBS judges, and the People’s Choice competition, judged by the public. The festival includes art demonstrations by Sloss Furnaces metal arts staff, musicians, Cajun dancing demonstrations, barbecue sampling and a kids’ zone. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Call 324-1911 or visit www.slossfurnaces. com.


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CF Championship Challenge Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. Cahaba Grand Conference Center Sports fans will converge for the CF Championship Challenge, presented by Medical Properties Trust. Paul Finebaum, noted sports writer and host of the Finebaum Radio Network, headlines the evening with his trademark predictions for the upcoming college football season. Emcee will be Rick Karle, Fox 6 sports director. Music and silent and live auctions will precede the announcement of the Challenge winner and the awarding of the Challenge Cup to the team that has raised the most money in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information, to buy tickets or to contribute to your favorite team, call Elaine Chambless at 870-8565. Tickets may also be purchased online at ❖

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ZooGala 2012 Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. Birmingham Zoo The Birmingham Zoo’s largest fundraising event, includes cocktails, dinner, live music and animal walkabouts in an African safari atmosphere. All proceeds go to the zoo’s operational efforts. The black tie-optional affair will be held in the zoo’s signature exhibit, Trails of Africa. Guests will be transported on the zoo’s locomotives, the Red Diamond Express and the Birmingham Zoo Express, for cocktails beginning at 6:30 p.m. A seated dinner begins at 8 p.m. ZooGala will feature entertainment by K-JAMS, menu and decorations by Kathy G & Company, an original piece of artwork by Thomas Andrew and jewelry by Empire Diamonds. Guests can look forward to appearances by Bulwagi, Callee, Ajani or Tamani, the zoo’s African bull elephants and residents of Trails of Africa. For more information, visit To buy tickets, contact Kathy Vaughn at 397.3861 or ❖

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Republican Women of the South Annual Fundraiser Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m. Hollywood Pools & Spa Meet some of the local candidates running in the Nov. 6 election at this annual fundraiser. Tickets are $35 and include barbecue from Moe’s and beverages as well as music and a silent auction. They can be purchased at the door, or contact Ann Jennings at 967-6647 or email or Diane Zaragoza at for more information.





Bards of Birmingham Masquerade Ball Aug. 24, 6 p.m. Woodrow Hall At the Bards’ first Masquerade Ball, the company’s Bards in a Box will perform scenes from Shakespeare’s famous masquerade ball in “Much Ado About Nothing.” Local artist Bethanne Hill is creating a piece of artwork specifically for the silent auction. The plays of the 201213 season also will be announced. There will be food, drinks, entertainment and masquerading. Costume rental is available before the event. Contact Laura Coulter at 621-1812 or for more information or tickets. Art Onstage Aug. 24, 9 a.m. Birmingham Museum of Art The Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Art Association are partnering on this one-day art extravaganza. The event includes coffee, pastries and interactive demonstration sessions with a painter and potter on stage being interviewed by Steve Holmes. Dori DeCamillis, Scott Bennett, Frank Fleming and Barbara Evans are among the Birmingham artists who will be showcased. Visit www. for more information and to register.

Chirps and Chips Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Historic Cahaba Pump Station The Alabama Wildlife Center’s new junior board, Raptor Force, is hosting its first event, Chirps and Chips. The casino-themed night includes games, a silent auction, complimentary hors d’ouevres, wine and beer. Tickets are $75, and the attire is casual. GoodFellas Gaming will host all games. Kaitlin McCulley of CBS 42 will emcee. Avo, Dram, Jackson’s Bar and Bistro, the Pita Hut and others will provide hors d’ouevres. Proceeds will benefit the Alabama Wildlife Center. Visit www. for more information or to purchase tickets. Race for Hope Aug. 25, 7 a.m. Veterans Park The Kenya Relief Race for Hope is a 5K race to benefit Alabama nonprofit Kenya Relief and its construction of a hospital in Migori, Kenya. The faith-based organization serves the needy Kenyan population by funding health clinics, donating time and talents through missions work and providing vital healthcare services to children and families who would otherwise go without. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; the race starts at 8 a.m. Register at or www. through Aug. 24 or at the race for $25. ❖

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“I’ve never cooked or catered professionally, and there I was competing against people like Ippy (Aiona) and Eric (Lee), who were great chefs and went to prestigious culinary schools.” – MARIE DUNCAN

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Birmingham and other large cities to talk about party planning and wedding trends and has been interviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Brides and other newspapers and magazines. It was while she was doing a live show with Paula Deen that she met Guy Fieri, the 2006 Food Network Star winner. “That’s where the seed was planted” to audition for the show, she said. “I had to work on my cooking chops and started making cooking a focus on my website.”

show that is to foodies what the World Series is to baseball fans? “When I was in high school, I wanted to have parties,” she said. “My mom said I could – but that I had to clean up before and after and handle all the food. “I’d get chips and dip, Mountain Dew and M&M’s,” she said. “I made mini-hamburgers long before sliders became popular because they were cheaper.” Since then, she said, “I’ve always Crunch Time loved helping people with parties and Martie first auditioned for the show entertaining.” in Chicago, where she’d lived for 11 Martie said she “didn’t have a good years, and sailed through the first few vision” of her career goals when she rounds. Next came phone interviews was in college. and more auditions. Finally, former “I was doing an internship with the “Good Eats” host Alton Brown, one of city of Birmingham and learned that if three team leaders for the show, asked you became a police officer, they’d pay her and about 30 hopefuls to meet with for your education,” she said. “I felt him at his Atlanta studio. like a millionaire! I didn’t think about That’s where she met eventual winthe ‘getting shot at’ part.” ner Justin Warner for the first time. She changed career gears about “He was so quirky, I knew he the time she got married. (She’s now would be cast,” she said.” I got to New single.) York, and there he was.” “Some people I met while I was The very first episode threw Martie shopping for wedding dresses asked me a curveball. Each team had to create to come and work for them,” she said. its own pop-up restaurant with limited “I’ve been involved with the wedding budgets and time. industry ever since.” “Because I’m not a restaurant chef, Her career as a wedding and that one was the hardest,” she said, party guru took off. She’s appeared BMCPrimary-WELCOME-Vestavia-10_25x6_25.pdf 1 7/19/12 PM “and I hadn’t practiced timed12:14 cooking. on TV shows in Chicago, St. Louis, “I looked at the clock, and we had

28 minutes left. I thought I’d bitten off more than I could chew.” Justin helped calm her nerves – and also pitched in to help her cook, she said. The show played up the very real friendship between Martie, a striking Southern charmer who in her Food Network bio admits to being “slightly over 40,” and unconventional Justin, who’s 27 and the owner of a Brooklyn, N.Y. restaurant. On the night the network revealed the names of the three finalists, Martie and the other contestants expected only one person to be chosen from each team. That meant either she or Justin would be going home. When Justin’s name was announced, Martie was ready with a hug and a congratulatory note she’d tucked into her pocket. Then Susie Fogelson dropped a bombshell: Martie was a finalist, too, prompting what Martie calls her “Tim Tebow moment.” “I knelt down and was thanking God, and my (late) mom, too,” she said. Bama Backers Martie said she was “amazed” at the support she got from fans, particularly in her home state. The winner was chosen from the final four through an online fan vote conducted in just a few days. “People came out of the woodwork to help me,” she said. “The local media pulled out all the stops.”

Friends from Banks High School helped get the word out. Some famous Alabamians pitched in, too. “Courteney Cox, Taylor Hicks and Octavia Spencer all tweeted about me,” Martie said. In her immediate future is a project for Alabama Restaurant Week Aug. 17-26, part of the state tourism department’s Year of Alabama Food activities. She’ll be visiting some great Alabama restaurants to interview chefs and make videos. She’s also working on a book deal and has been contacted by several producers about making a TV show. “I want to help promote the food

industry in Alabama,” she said. She’d also love to participate in a charity event with a format like one of Food Network’s most popular shows, “Chopped.” On the night that the show announcing the finalists aired, some 200 turned out for a party at the Sonnet House in Leeds. When the finale was broadcast, supporters gathered at Rogue Tavern to cheer Martie on. Although they – and Martie – hoped for a different outcome to the show, Martie thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “It was an awesome opportunity,” she said. ❖

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rooklyn Holt was crowned Miss Leeds Area Outstanding Teen 2013 June 23 at Leeds High School. The Outstanding Teen program is part of the Miss Alabama and Miss America Organization. Holt, 15, is a rising sophomore at Oak Mountain High School. She is active in the Oak Mountain community and is ranked first academically in her class of 443 students. While enrolled in all honors classes, with straight As, she has been a majorette two years in a row with the Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band. Holt also has been a soloist and member of Oak Mountain’s traveling competitive show choirs for the last three years. She recently auditioned and earned a fourth spot in Con-Brio, Oak Mountain’s traveling competitive mixed show choir. Holt’s platform is “Raise Your Voice for Children.” She recently recorded a CD, written by songwriters Ken Byford from Birmingham and Anne Hartmann from Nashville,

Brooklyn Holt was crowned Miss Leeds Area Outstanding Teen 2013. With Photo special to the Journal her is Susan Hamm, Miss Alabama 2012 first runner-up.

Tenn., entitled, “Raise Your Voice.” Holt travels throughout the state hosting musical concerts and selling CDs, giving 100 percent of all donations to Children’s Miracle Network. She will represent the Leeds area

in Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen the first weekend in March 2013 in Sylacauga. To read about her platform or purchase a CD, contact Holt at ❖

People Notes Jones Becomes Eagle Scout James Michael Jones, a member of Boy Scout Troop 4, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a Court of Honor ceremony at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. For his Eagle Scout leadership service project, Jones completed a renovation of the youth hallways at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, where he is an active member of the youth group. His project included priming, James Michael Jones painting and glazing concrete block walls, refinishing classroom doors, hanging metal strips for use as bulletin boards, replacing two benches and designing and installing a lighted wood and metal cross at the entrance of the youth floor. He raised more than $4,700 and coordinated the efforts of 96 volunteers over a four-week period, for a total of 404 volunteer hours, to complete the project. Jones began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub when he was in first grade. As a Cub Scout, he earned two gold stars and 11 silver stars as well as the Arrow of Light. After crossing over to Boy Scout Troop 4 in February 2005, Jones earned 21 merit badges, served as patrol leader, quartermaster and historian and was elected by his fellow scouts to the Order of the Arrow. He completed his OA Ordeal at Camp Comer. He also participated in a Sea Base high adventure trip in the Florida Keys. A recent Vestavia Hills High School graduate, Jones was a member of the marching band, wind ensemble,

percussion ensemble and indoor drumline. He was also a member of the Music Honor Society, the Invisible Children Club and a three-year member of the track team. He accepted a Presidential Scholarship to the University of Alabama, where he will be a student in the Honors College and International Honors College this fall. Jones is the son of Becky and Steve Jones of Vestavia Hills and the grandson of Sarah and James Triplett of Florence and Caryl and Larry Jones of Huntsville.

Will North of Homewood won his age division as All Around Cowboy at the Dusty Bottoms Rodeo. Photo special to the Journal

Will North Is ‘All Around Cowboy’ Will North of Homewood won his age division as “All Around Cowboy” with the most points in the recent Dusty Bottoms Rodeo at Hidden Creek Ranch of Hope in Sterrett. The rodeo included 29 events over two days, including barrel racing, polebending, arena racing, calf roping and goat tying. Participants accumulate points over the year in several rodeos. A grand championship is held in late July. The Dusty Bottoms Rodeo gives ages 2-16 the chance to test their rodeo skills.

Troop 291 Scouts Earn Bronze Award Members from two Over the Mountain Girl Scout troops recently earned Bronze Awards. The award, the highest a Junior Girl Scout can earn, recognizes that a Junior Girl Scout has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with a project that makes a positive difference in her community. Troop 291 members Lauren and Sydney Nelson, Katelynne and Kourtney Robinson, Ashleigh Long, Caroline Bass and Elena Moreno of Vestavia Hills Elementary Central hosted a barbecue and carnival for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. They also used their math skills to calculate how much food they needed to buy for 40 people. Troop 419 members Cameron Thompson, Grace Ellis, Claire Robinson, Kathryn Baker, Elizabeth Fendley, Lydia Johnson, Jane Margaret Reynolds, Emily Kirby, Sydney Kirk, Grace Owns and Morgan Prater of Vestavia Hills Elementary Central came up with a project called “Beautifying My Community from the Ground Up.” The troop cleared three areas at their school to plant new gardens. They also made pottery for autistic residents at Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center.

Williams Is Top Hospice Nurse Becky Williams of Alacare Home Health and Hospice was named Alabama’s Hospice Nurse of the year by CARING magazine. In honor of National Nurses week, the magazine launched a national campaign to identify the top home health care and hospice nurses in the country. Williams has been with Alacare for more than five years.

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HHS Grad Wins International Tuba Award

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Homewood High School 2010 graduate Trevor Litsey earned first place in the International Tuba and Euphonium Association’s Mock Orchestra Audition Competition at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria. He was also one of six finalists selected to perform at the Kennedy Center this summer with the NSO Summer Music Institute Concerto Concert. Litsey, a junior tuba performance major at Lawrence University, was one of 20 musicians invited to Austria who auditioned originally via taped recording. The semifinals and finals were adjudicated by judges representing orchestras in Germany and the U.S., including Carol Jantsch, principal tubist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Litsey was named the winner among four finalists, earning a first-place prize of 600 euros. He performed in concert with the North Austrian Wind Ensemble during the ITEA’s international conference in June. Litsey spent July in Washington, D.C., as the only tuba player selected for the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute. He participated in chamber music activities at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and received private lessons with National Symphony tubist Steven Dumain. During the month-long program, Litsey performed in side-by-side concerts with the National Symphony in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. He was chosen

Emerson Is Eagle Scout Jack Emerson, the son of Wayne and Kristin Emerson, was honored July 15 in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Christ Church United Methodist in Birmingham, where he is a member of Troop 5. Emerson, 15 and a rising sophomore at Oak Mountain High School, began scouting as a Tiger Cub in first grade. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has held several troop positions, including patrol leader, chaplain aide, den chief and troop Jack Emerson guide. He earned the World Conservation Award in 2009 and earned 22 merit badges in four years as a Boy Scout. Emerson’s Eagle project was designing, building and hosting a carnival for Kids First Awareness Center in Alabaster. Donations of time, funds and supplies were made, which enabled him to build 11 games for more than 250 people, including women and children from the Lovelady Center and families in Alabaster. He raised $705 and used all of it on building materials for games and prizes.. The project involved 42 volunteers and more than 340 man hours.

Emerson completed his freshman year at Oak Mountain with a 4.23 GPA, taking honors classes for all his core subjects. He was a member of the National Junior Honor Society in middle school and received awards for highest academic honors. He was a member of the scholars bowl team in sixth and seventh grades and a member of the math team in eighth and ninth grades. Emerson has played guitar since third grade and joined the band in sixth grade, playing trumpet. He is a member of the OMHS Jazz Ensemble and the Spirit of Cahaba Marching Band.

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Recipe for Success

Brookwood Forest Student Wins First Lady’s Contest BY LAURA MCALISTER


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hen school starts Aug. 20 at Brookwood Forest Elementary, 9-year-old Falcon Wiles won’t be

there. instead, the incoming fourth grader will be dining with First lady Michelle obama at the White House. Falcon is Alabama’s winner of the Healthy lunchtime Challenge recipe contest. As part of the First lady’s let’s Move initiative, children ages 8-12 were challenged to create a healthy lunchtime recipe. There were more than 1,200 participants nationwide, and a winner was selected from each state and territory. Contest judges included White House chefs, the authors of “Portion Size Me,” the Epicurious editor in chief and representatives from the u.S. department of Agriculture and department of Education. “My daddy was the most excited,” Falcon said of her father, Ford, when they learned she’d won. “Mommy always tells me i’m the healthiest.” in addition to being invited to a state dinner with the First lady, Falcon and other winners will have their recipes published in a free downloadable ecookbook. Falcon’s winning recipe was Alabama’s Yummy Summer Soup, a dish she created by adapting one of her mom’s. “i called it that because it’s made in Alabama, and it’s a very yummy soup,” said Falcon, who lives in Mountain Brook. “it’s kind of sweet, but it’s spicy at the same time. i put peppers in it, roasted sweet peppers.” The secret to this tomato-based soup, according to Falcon, is to mix all the ingredients together in what brother, Truth, calls the “ninja” blender. Truth, 5, is proud of his sister. “if you go to Goggle and type in ‘healthy eating’ her name comes up,” he’s quick to share. He may be a bit envious,

too. “i want to get to meet Barack obama,” he said after learning his sister would be meeting the First lady. While they might not get to meet the president, Falcon and her mom, Karla, said they are excited to meet Michelle obama. Karla said Falcon has been helping in the kitchen since she was a toddler, so when a friend told her about the First lady’s lunchtime Challenge, she knew it would be a good fit for Falcon. Among Falcon’s favorite recipes is Karla’s poppy seed chicken, but for the cooking challenge, they wanted to make sure the recipe was concocted by Falcon. “We talked about what she wanted to make,” Karla said. “i told her to think of something i make that she likes, and then go from there.” Since tomatoes were in season, Falcon chose her mom’s tomato soup and began the process of making it her own. The contest guidelines called for the recipes to be economical and easy to make as well as healthy. Falcon said her Alabama’s Yummy Summer Soup takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Karla said making the recipe healthy was the easy part for Falcon, who tends to like fresh vegetables and fruit more than cakes and candies. “She’s kind of the one who keeps us on track,” Karla said. “She turns down desserts for fruit.” Falcon does have a weakness, though. Butter is a favorite ingredient; if she had to pick her all-time favorite food, it would be her grandmother’s buttery mashed potatoes. Falcon also likes fresh ingredients, much like the ones used in Alabama’s Yummy Summer Soup. She hopes her soup will be one of the dishes served at the state dinner Aug. 20. A sampling of some of the winning dishes will be served at the White House dinner. in addition to dining with the First lady, winners also will get a tour of Washington, d.C., and Michelle obama’s garden. Though she’ll have to miss her first day of fourth grade, Falcon said it would be worth it. Administrators at Brookwood Forest agreed, Karla said. “We already checked with them,” she said. “We let Mr. Pitner (Brookwood Forest principal) know. He said it was oK.” ❖

Falcon Wiles and her mom Karla frequently cook together in the family’s Mountain Brook home. Falcon used one of her mom’s recipes as the base of her Alabama Yummy Summer Journal photo by Laura McAlister Soup.

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Bean Becomes Eagle Scout George Chapman Bean, a member of Troop 63 at Canterbury United Methodist Church, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in February in a Court of Honor ceremony. For his Eagle Scout leadership project, Chapman built two large wooden cabinets for the Exceptional Foundation in Homewood. The foundation is using the cabinets to store its art supplies. Chapman’s fundraising for the project exceeded its cost, so he was able to make a $650 donation to the Exceptional Foundation. As a George Chapman member of Bean Troop 63,

Chapman earned more than 25 merit badges and spent more than 60 nights on camping trips. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow and held several leadership roles within the troop. Chapman also successfully completed all three of the Scout High Adventure trips: Sea Base in the Bahamas, Philmont in New Mexico and the Northern Tier excursion in Canada. Chapman is a rising senior at Mountain Brook High School, where he is a member of the cross country and track teams, Interact Club, National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and

Homewood Rotary officers are, front: Paul Scholl Jr. Back, from left: Josh Photo special to the Journal Carnes, Nick Nesmith and Janice Scholl. Spanish Honor Society. He is the son of Kimberly and Nelson Bean and the grandson of Joseph and Nancy Bean and Ann Chapman Cox and the late Alonzo H. Lee Jr.

Homewood Rotary Installs Officers Paul Scholl Jr. has been installed as 2012-13 president of the Homewood Rotary Club. He succeeds 2011-12 president Jim Ceyte. Scholl, a retired large telephone equipment sales representative, has been a member of the club for 15 years.

Other new Homewood Rotary officers are Josh Carnes, presidentelect; Nick Nesmith, secretary; and Janice Scholl, treasurer. Board members are Jim Ceyte, Mike Hathorne, Darwin Metcalf, Al Murray, Mike O’Kelley, Merrick Wilson and Mary Wimberley. Greg Jeane, Rotary International District 6860 Rotary Foundation chairman and a member of Vestavia Hills Rotary Club, installed the new officers at the Homewood club’s July 5 meeting. The 46-member club meets each Thursday at noon at Homewood Library on Oxmoor Road. ❖

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Warhol Exhibit Sets Theme for Art on the Rocks New Season



ore than 1,000 guests were at the Birmingham Museum of Art July 20 for the second installment of Art on the Rocks, now in its eighth season. “Warhol and Cars: American Icons,” the museum’s current traveling exhibition, provided the evening’s theme. Guests explored the galleries with an interactive scavenger hunt, where one lucky winner scored a set of fine jewelry from Bromberg’s. photos at A Social Affair provided hors d’oeuvres, including build-your-own tacos, stirfried Asian vegetables with Pacific Rim sauces and fried rice, bite-size chimichangas, Dale’s fiery smoked chicken wings, Southern fried okra, chorizo and caramelized onion pizza with pepper jack and churrasco sauce and popcorn with M&M’s. Museum staff members helped guests create their own Warhol-inspired T-shirts and posters with a screen-printing activity, while other guests struck poses in wigs, glasses, and hats in the photo booth. Scars on 45, a rock band from Great Britain, entertained a crowd on the museum’s Upper Plaza. Junior Patron members enjoyed the event from the VIP tent, which offered complimentary food, beverages and seating. ❖


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he Coronets Dance Club held its Open Spring Dance, “Swinging to the Beat,” April 20 at Vestavia Country Club. Pat Garlikov and Ming South coordinated the black tie dinner and dance. Three founding members were recognized for their continuous involvement in the club since 1955. Jean Burnett, Corrine Greer and Gloria Hudson were recognized by president Sue Belcher for their outstanding leadership. The three participated in the first dance of the evening, and each received a CD with pictures of the club’s many dances and events. New members at the dance were Jerry Lynn Barker with Jerome, Clarice Gibbs with Sidney, Phyllis Hunter with Tim and Shirley Palmes with Howard. One hundred twenty members and escorts along with prospective members enjoyed the music of “Just Friends.” Guests in addition to the original members included: Edna and Ken Alderman, Nancy Becker with Don Englebert, Sue and Dave Belcher, Barbara and John Bell, Lynell and Joe Bolen, Cynthia Brast with Ernie Eldredge, Elaine and Bart Bretz, Redonda and Lowell Broom, Marti and Frank Buck, Jean Burnett with George Strother, Cathy and Anthony Crapet, Bettie Davenport with Don Blair, Carolyn and Jim Delk; Carolyn and Arthur Edge, Rita

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From left: Tim and Phyllis Hunter, Clarice and Sidney Gibbs, Jerome and Jerry Photo special to the Journal Lynn Barker and Howard and Shirley Palmes

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ack and Rita Mendel of Indian Springs Village celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a ballroom dance party June 10. The couple married in Norfolk, Va., June 10, 1962. Both are native Virginians but have lived in Alabama for 28 years. The Mendels have three children and eight grandchildren, all living in California. Jack is an engineer who retired from Rust Engineers and Constructors. He continues part-time consulting and serves on the Indian Springs Village Town Council. Rita owns and manages the Carousel Tack Shoppe. She founded Special Equestrians, the first handicapped riding program in Alabama, 26 years ago. She remains active in the program and serves on its board of directors. Jack is an avid five-string banjo picker, and Rita enjoys dressage riding on her Dutch Warmblood mare, Karina. Both are active in ballroom dancing in Birmingham. ❖

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and in Paw teamed up with its young professional group, SoHIP, to host a Gallery Party July 18 at the Clubhouse on Highland. Guests had the opportunity to view the artwork that will be featured in the auction at the upcoming 12th annual Picasso Pets. Eight presenters signed up with their dogs to have one-ofa-kind paintings with their pets. Each dog’s paws, nose and tail were used to create the pieces that were revealed for the first time at the Gallery Party. This year’s presenters include Cindy and John Grant, Brad and Ragan Cain, Crispin and James Cantrell, Beverly Virciglio, Louise and James Abroms, Joy and Matt Minner and Sandra Storm.

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Artists for this year’s paintings are Linda Ellen Price, Lila Graves, Bo Berry, Leah Dodd, Chris Rogers, Bob McKenna and Beth Bradley. Proceeds from Picasso Pets will benefit Hand in Paw in its mission of improving the health and well-being of children and adults by serving those with physical, emotional, educational or psychological needs through interactions with professionally-trained animalassisted therapy teams. Picasso Pets will be Aug. 18 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. The silent auction and cocktail hour will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. followed by a live auction and seated dinner. For more information, visit www.picassopets. com. ❖

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ood, fun, and fellowship marked the summer party of the St. Andrew’s Society of the Middle South. The event was hosted by William A. “Rob” Roberts Jr. in the garden at the home of Lisa Roberts. A meal was served on outdoor tables decorated with tartans, heather and thistle, while pipers from the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band provided musical entertainment. Guests included: Charles and Laura Smith, Roy and Linda Robertson, E. T. and Caroline Brown, Donaldson and Ann Adams, Rob Walker, John and Pauline Scott, Jim and Jane Wright, Glenn and Francie Gardner, Art and Joanne McConnell, Pete and Dana McCarn, Lamar and Carole Thomas; Donald and Mary Alice Carmichael, Chuck and Suzanne Smith, Bill and Lynn Hairston, James and Gretchen Williams, Charles and Elizabeth Miller, Paul and Eva Franklin, Scott and Cameron Vowell, Charles and Sandra Lynn, John and Dorinda Smith, Dowe and Emily Bynum; Ben Hayley, Noah and Alison

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fiesta dinner party for Poinsettia debutantes and their parents was July 14 at the home of Donna and Richard Urrutia in Greystone. The event was also hosted by Cathy and Joe Covington, Sandra and Bill Dowell, Betsy and Gary Spivey and Kathy and Bob Tracy. The dinner honored debs Emily Covington, Crawford Dowell, Lauren Spivey, Virginia Tracy and

Gabby Urrutia. Also there were Milan Ballard and her parents, Ginger and David; Leslie Brown and her parents, Janet and Steve; Lauren Ferguson and her parents, Elizabeth and Lee; Ashley Hays and her parents, Suzan and Kevin; Emily and Haley Helveston and their parents, Melinda and Ron; Savannah Kay and her parents, Allison and Morris; Katie Summers; and Natalie Thompson. ❖

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he Lamplighters Dance Club celebrated the summer season with a June 22 dinner dance at the Regency Terrace Party Room. Members were encouraged to wear “beach casual” attire. Tables were decorated in blue and yellow with summer flowers. Dinner included marinated grilled chicken, rice, green bean casserole, salad and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Music was provided by The Classics. At the party were president Joan

Meeks with Howard Clowdus, first vice president Shirley Patton with Ray, second vice president Ann Liberto with Joe, treasurer Ruby Romano with Ben and parliamentarian Yvonne Norton with John. Other members there were Pearl Montalbano with Robert Rube, Jane Weamer with Sal Therito, Dena Parker with Wallace, Reba Huffman, Margie Wasley, Sheila Taylor with Larry, Gladys Reynolds with Chuck, Jean Morton, Mary Nappi and Lois Avery. ❖

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Dyanna Lynn Dambach and Dr. Joseph Christopher Garrett were married April 21 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham. The 5 p.m. ceremony was officiated


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Phelan Dorlon Jr. of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Fleming Dorlon, to Malta Lane Naramore IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Malta Lane Naramore III of Birmingham. The bride-elect is the granddaugh-


Olivia Rose Miranda and Nicolas Owen Baugh were married June 2 on the veranda overlooking the beach at Beach Club Resort in Gulf Shores. Rev. Christopher Girata of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Miranda of Birmingham. The groom is the son of

Weddings & Engagements by Judge J. Gary Pate, friend of the bride and groom. A reception followed at Matt Jones Gallery. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Lynn Dambach of Vestavia Hills. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Garrett of Springville. Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless gown by Allure with a 1950s-inspired cummerbund. Old world lace covered the bodice and skirt that fell in tiers edged in silk organdy that ended in a semi-cathedral train. For the ceremony, the gown was topped with an organdy jacket designed by the bride and her mother with lace detail at the neck and sleeve, accented with bridal buttons down the back. Special sentimental details included a cameo necklace from the bride’s paternal grandmother and lace from ter of Mrs. Thomas Vannoy Magruder Jr. and the late Dr. Magruder and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Phelan Dorlon all of Birmingham and the late Dr. and Mrs. Robert Welsh Hill of Mobile. Miss Dorlon is a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama where she was a member of Kappa Delta. She was presented at the Ball of Roses and the Krewe Ball. She is employed with DiPiazza La Rocca Heeter & Co., LLC. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Violet Wesley Brumback and the late Mr. Roy Clifton Brumback of Birmingham and Dr. Malta Lane Naramore Jr. and the late Mrs. Naramore. Mr. Naramore was a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He received his master’s of business administration from the University of Alabama in 2010. He is employed with Education Corporation of America. The wedding is planned for fall. Ms. Sloan Pace and Mr. Daniel Baugh of Birmingham. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a fitted, intricate ivory lace gown by designer Maggie Sottero. It was accented throughout with iridescent Swarovski crystals. Pearls and rhinestones embellished the empire waistline. A wide mandarin keyhole opening at the back of the dress with scalloped edging was a feature of the ivory/gold toned gown that fishtailed into a chapel-length train. She wore an ivory peony in her hair. The maid of honor was Abbie Miranda, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Julianna Cross, Sarah Lovell, Kimberly Thomas and Elizabeth Anne Drake. The flower girl was Isabella Priola, cousin of the bride. Alex Baugh, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Jacob Miranda, Kevin Grandy and Adam Packard. After a honeymoon trip to St. Lucia, the couple live in Jackson, Miss.

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her mother’s wedding gown on her bouquet. Matron of honor was Chiasa Suzuki Webber of Vestavia Hills. Bridesmaids were Jaime Rebecca Garrett, sister of the groom, and Ashley Pope Preston of Mountain Brook and Rachael Lloyd Garrett of Birmingham. Honor attendants were Elizabeth Catherine Laera of Hoover, Mallory Katherine Morgan of Homewood and Kelly Ann Rush of Vestavia Hills. Jeremy Michael Garrett, brother of the groom, of Birmingham was best man. Groomsmen were Brandon Hunter Dambach, brother of the bride, of Vestavia Hills; Ryan Patrick Buckner of Birmingham; and Royce Harold Ingram of Pensacola, Fla. After a honeymoon trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple lives in Birmingham.



Mr. and Mrs. William Charles Mayer III of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Jane Carlisle, to Jorge Enrique Andino II, son of Mrs. Eva LeivasAndino of Miami and Mr. Jorge Enrique Andino of Key Biscayne, Fla. The bride-elect is the grand-


Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall Lewey of Moulton announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Elizabeth Lewey, to Larry Michael Carr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dean Carr of Birmingham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Weinman of Moulton and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Lloyd Lewey of Tuscumbia. Miss Lewey is a graduate of Muscle Shoals High School and Birmingham-Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Miss Lewey earned her juris doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama and Tennessee and practices with the law firm of Carr Allison in Florence. The prospective groom is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. George F. Scofield and the late Mr. and Mrs. George R. Carr Jr., all of Birmingham. Mr. Carr is a graduate of Homewood High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He earned his juris doctorate from Cumberland School of Law and earned a master of laws degree in international business law from the Norwich Law School at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Mr. Carr is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee and practices with the law firm of O’Bannon & O’Bannon in Florence. The wedding is planned for Sept. 1.


Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Jeffers Fowlkes of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Carra


Mignon McGlynn Arrington and Thomas Henry Lunsford were married Aug. 4 at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham with the Very Reverend Frank F. Limehouse III officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Graves Arrington of Mountain Brook. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. William Watt and the late Mr. Watt and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pierce Arrington, all of Montgomery. The groom is the son of Mr. Lowell Thomas Lunsford II and Dr.

daughter of Mrs. Jewell Walker and the late Mr. Tommy Stanley Walker and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Charles Mayer Jr., all of Birmingham. Miss Mayer is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and the University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in English and drama. Miss Mayer was presented at the 2004 Ball of Roses in Birmingham. She is a candidate for a master’s degree in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jose Antonio Leivas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Jose Andino, all of Havana. Mr. Andino is a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in Miami and attended Miami Dade College. He is employed with Daylight Transport in Los Angeles. The wedding is planned for October in Santa Monica, Calif. Hewitt Fowlkes, to Clark Edward Trimmer, son of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Theodore Trimmer of Las Vegas. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Carl Truman Hewitt of Dothan and the late Mr. Hewitt and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stratton Fowlkes Jr. of Birmingham. Miss Fowlkes is a graduate of Rhodes College, where she was a Chi Omega. She was presented at the Beaux Arts Krewe Ball. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Harold Trimmer of Maitland, Mo., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Christensen of Las Vegas. Mr. Trimmer is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Catholic University School of Law. The wedding is planned for Sept. 22. Julia Ogden Lunsford of Raleigh, N.C. He is the grandson of Mr. Lowell Thomas Lunsford and the late Alyce Creech Lunsford and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Allen Odgen, all of Burlington, N.C. Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her maid of honor, Martha Converse King, and matron of honor, Anne Goodwyn Kreider, both of Birmingham. Bridesmaids were Katherine Cecile Clark and Ashley DuBose Clark, cousins of the bride, of Birmingham; Dorothy Barton Lanier and Megan Louise LaRussa of Birmingham; Elizabeth Randall Pike of Atlanta; Samantha Carole Terhune of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and Jamieson Lindley Hardee, of Greenville, N.C. The father of the groom served as best man. Groomsmen were John Stephen Balcome, Joseph Mark Lunsford, Zachary Alexander Padget and Johnathan Scott Gilliam, all of Raleigh, N.C.; David Ryan Crowe of Perry, Fla.; Derrick Alan Lankford Jr. of Greensboro, N.C.; and George Laucks Xanders IV of Cincinnati. The couple will live in Birmingham following a honeymoon trip to San Francisco and Sonoma, Calif.


Mr. and Mrs. Richard Truman Darden of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda Beville Darden, to Mark Thomas Dunkerley, son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Currin Dunkerley of Nashville, Tenn. The bride-elect is the grand-


Mr. and Mrs. James Hugh Miller III of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Hamilton Miller, to Charles Robert McNiel Alden, son of Mr. James Scott Alden and Mrs. Marvin Lee Wilker, both of Nashville, Tenn. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. James Joseph Bushnell and the late Dr. Bushnell of Birmingham and


Mrs. Mary Catherine Montgomery Doles and Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Alfred Doles Jr. of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Ansley Catherine, to Jacob Monroe Cohen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Neil Cohen of Mountain Brook. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Charles Montgomery Sr. and the late

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Weddings & Engagements


daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. P.D. Beville Jr. of Mobile and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Paul Darden of Birmingham. Miss Darden is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development. She was a member of Tri Delta sorority and served as vice president. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Loy Burress and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Currin Dunkerley Sr. Mr. Dunkerley is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy and a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development. He received a master’s degree in business from Arizona State University. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. The wedding is planned for Sept. 29 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Mrs. James Hugh Miller Jr. and the late Mr. Miller of Atlanta. Miss Miller is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the Culverhouse College of Commerce. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is a member of the Birmingham Debutante Club and was presented in the Beaux Arts Krewe Ball, the Ball of Roses, the Heritage Ball and the Redstone Ball. She lives in Nashville. Mr. Alden is the grandson of Mrs. DeWitt Clinton Thompson III and the late Mr. Thompson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Scott Alden, all of Nashville. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree from the Franklin College of Arts and Science with a major in sociology and a minor in history. He attends Belmont University College of Law. The wedding is planned for Oct. 13 at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham. Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Alfred Doles Sr., all of Birmingham. Miss Doles is a graduate of Hoover High School and attended Auburn University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and a Tigerette. She is a graduate of Samford University, where she received her doctor of pharmacy degree. She is employed with CVS/ Pharmacy in Birmingham. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Russell Isaiah Hudson of Vernon and the late Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Cohen of Birmingham. Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. He will graduate in the fall with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is employed with Assurance Financial in Birmingham. The wedding is planned for Aug. 19 at the American Village in Montevallo.


Maegan Elizabeth Osborn and Kenneth Andrew James Rice were married July 14 at Shades Mountain Baptist Church. Dr. Charles T. Carter officiated. The bride is the daughter of Ms. Tammy Nabors of Indian Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Osborn of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Coleman of Birmingham and the late Mr. Kenneth Rice of Moody. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a pale mocha corset lace-up gown with black flowers on each side as it draped down. The matron of honor was Amy


Stephanie Dianne Clay and Richard James Clement Gay were married April 28 at the Church of St. John The Evangelist, Holdenhurst Village in Bournemouth, England. Vicar Jim Findlay, brother-in-law of the groom, officiated the ceremony. The wedding guests traveled to Highcliffe Castle for the reception in a red double decker bus. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Clay of Vestavia Hills, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Gay of Bournemouth. Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless gown of duchess satin with a sweetheart neckline, elegant beaded crystal embroidery and a fishtail skirt. Her cathedral-length veil was attached to a diamond and pearl tiara. The matron of honor was Mary Katherine Johnson of Houston. Bridesmaids were Taylor Barr of Mobile, Morgan Pope of Columbus, Miss., and Allison Westlake of Birmingham. The best man was Martyn Jones of Didcot, England. Groomsmen were Isaac Harrison and Peter Navey, both of London. Luke Findlay of Salisbury, England, served as page boy. Music was provided by soprano soloist Bee Bradley and organist John Steed. Scripture was read from the bride’s family heirloom wedding Bible by Penne Perrigin, and prayer was led by Katharine Harrison. After a honeymoon trip to Mauritius, the couple live in London.


Margaret Ann Pizzitola and Brandon Paul Dill were married Aug. 4 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. The Rev. Msgr. Martin Muller officiated the

Alford of Birmingham. Bridesmaids were Zoie Fogle of Fairhope, Skylar Crawford and Courtney Blake of Birmingham and Jamie Lonas of Moody. Junior bridesmaids were Abigail Fowler and Makiah Stevenson of Moody. The flower girl was Alexa Alford of Birmingham. The best man was Brent Pridmore of Moody. Groomsmen were Adam Cromer, Kyle Richey and Paul Dickerson of Moody and Chris Clevenger of Gulf Shores. Ring bearer was Cannon Nabors of Ripley, Miss. After a honeymoon trip to St. Lucia, the couple live in Moody. ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Paul Pizzitola of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul James Dill of Ethelsville. The bride was given in marriage by her father. The maid of honor was Laura Pizzitola, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jamie Harris, Meagan Robertson, Rachel Hunt, Amanda McKinnie, Shelley Miles, Emily Espenan, Brianne Phillips and Kylie Mimnaugh. Addison McKinnie was the flower girl. Michael Jones was the best man. Groomsmen were Jake DeRoy, Matthew Busbee, Brent Bumgarner, Kasey Nafzger, Seth Grisson, Allan McKinnie, Andrew Parton and Quinn Mimnaugh. After a honeymoon trip to St. Lucia, the couple live in Birmingham.

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Thoughtful Updates Transform Liberty Park Kitchen

Story by Laura McAlister Photos by Lee Walls Jr.

hen Philip Passafiume’s job moved his family to Birmingham from Atlanta in 2003, wife Leslie said, she didn’t want another white kitchen. But then she found their home in Liberty Park. “In Atlanta my kitchen was stark white,” she said. “I swore I’d never have another white kitchen, but I just fell in love with everything else about this house.” Now, nine years later, the kitchen matches her dream home. She was able to add storage and space to the narrow kitchen, thanks to the help of Kathy Owens with Kathy’s Designer Kitchens in Homewood. One of the first things Leslie wanted to do in her kitchen was get rid the bright white cabinets. They were replaced with dark-stained custom cabinets with modern brushed copper handles. “The great thing, too, is we were able to recycle the old ones,” Leslie said, opening the door to the adjoining laundry room. “Now the white cabinets are in the laundry room, which is great because I can make use of those, too.” Since the kitchen is a rather narrow space, the room’s layout was altered. The most significant change was the island. Before, it housed an oven and electric stovetop. Kathy narrowed the island and extended the quartz countertop at its far end, leaving a perfect spot for 12-year-old daughter Katlyn to have breakfast or do homework. The island’s new dimensions didn’t leave room for the oven and stovetop, which was just fine with Leslie. “That was one thing that always bothered me,” Leslie said. “The stove was in the middle of the kitchen in the island, and it was electric, and I love gas. Now I have a convection oven with a microwave. It’s all gas.” All Leslie’s old appliances were replaced with state-ofthe-art stainless steel ones. The refrigerator is a GE Monogram double door model with a double freezer on the bottom. Since Leslie was going with a sleeker, more modern look in her new kitchen, she opted not to have the water and icemaker on the outside door of the refrigerator. Instead, there’s a water filter inside. “I love that,” she said. “It’s really the little things I like about this kitchen.” For instance, she loves the deeper cabinets that have plenty of space for pots and pans. Her Bosch dishwasher even has a top storage rack just for silverware. She also said the lights installed underneath the cabinets have been a great addition, giving the space subtle lighting that’s not too harsh. Leslie also likes some of the big changes in her kitchen. Her favorite addition – and probably biggest splurge –


Above: Leslie Passafiume and daughter Katlyn said their newly remodeled kitchen fits with their lifestyle as well as their Liberty Park Home. Below: What used to be a desk, is now a butler’s pantry with a mini fridge for soft drinks and glass cabinets to display fine china and crystal.

Also in this section: A Homewood business is giving old, abandoned buildings a new life, page 22

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is the sink. The hammered copper apron sink was something Leslie had always wanted. Another favorite addition is the butler’s pantry situated at the far end of the kitchen across from the dining table. The bottom cabinet has a minifridge, perfect for holding soft drinks and juice. On top sits the family’s Keurig coffee and tea maker. The cabinet doors on top of the butler’s pantry are glass, making a great display case for the family’s fine china and crystal.

“That area was just a desk back there,” Leslie said of the butler’s pantry. “It’s great having the minifridge down there, and I love being able to display my china.” They were able to keep their rectangular wooden dining table, but Kathy helped them make it work better with the space. Single chairs sit on three sides of the table; the side against the window has a custom-made bench. “I love the bench with the table,” Leslie said. “It’s not attached to

the wall, so we can take it with us when we move, and it also has a lift-up top so we can store games and stuff.” Moving, though, isn’t something Leslie and her family are planning on doing anytime soon. She and Katlyn have more remodeling plans for the future, like maybe a swimming pool out back. “I wouldn’t mind doing the bathroom, too,” Leslie said. “That’s another thing Kathy does really well.” ❖

The dark cabinets, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops give the kitchen a modern updated look, unlike the stark white cabinets and appliances in the Passafiume’s original kitchen.


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Abandoned textile mills and plants whose jobs moved overseas years ago are now getting a new life, thanks to a local business. Evolutia, a company of KMAC Services founded by Robert Klinner and Tim McCollum in 1987, purchases old industrial plants and takes them apart to create spaces pieces with a one-of-a-kind aged look. The family-owned business likes to call their work “The Art of Transformation.” They work with architects, contractors, builders and home and business owners to produce anything from flooring and ceiling beams to cabinets, furniture and artwork. “People just really love the value BY LAURA MCALISTER and history,” said Clay Klinner, Robert’s son and co-manager of JOURNAL EDITOR Evolutia. “It tells a story, but really, it’s just beautiful. That’s what people really love about it.” While Evolutia does a lot of work for private residences – Clay said renovation projects have been popular the past several years – the company’s work can be seen Clay Klinner throughout the area in popular businesses like Little Donkey, Ore and El Barrio. What Clay loves about the work is that he’s taking something • Wood window restoration and repair old and recycling it -- not just the • Sash replacement, rot repair materials but also the history of the • Replace broken and fogged glass buildings. • Wood insulated, putty glazed, and He said quality materials are composite vinyl replacement sashes hard to come by today. • Locally owned and operated “When this wood was timbered, they were allowed to grow for hundreds and hundreds of years,” he said. “It was here when the Pilgrims were. Now, (timber) grows no more than probably 50. Some probably less.” Evolutia, which has its showroom in downtown Homewood, scouts the country looking for abandoned buildings that fit its criteria. Most of these facilities were built in drapery • upholstry • nursery the late 1800s or early 1900s. dorm • outdoor Starting from the roof and movTues.- Fri. 10AM - 5PM ing down, Clay said, they deconSat. 10AM - 2PM Jim struct the buildings salvaging the 205.264.1136 wood, bricks, stone and any other Over The Mountain Journal, PHONE: 205-823-9646 Inside Trussville Antiques & Interiors artifacts that can be reproduced into 147 North Chalkville Rd. Trussville FAX: 205-824-1246 flooring, furniture or cabinetry. Oct. 2010 Clay said it takes some 18 This is your AD PROOF from the OVER THE MOUNTAIN JOURNALmonths for theto completely deconstruct Nov. 4 2010 issue. Please fax approval or changes to 824-1246. the buildings, depending on the size. In the end, they are able to salvage about 90 percent. The company has acquired facili-

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Left: Reclaimed wood was used on the walls and ceilings of this bathroom. Right: A kitchen is made over using reclaimed materials from Evolutia.

ties in Alabama, North and South Carolina. One of its first projects was an old cotton mill in Lancaster, S.C. The company also is working on mills in Tallassee, Selma and here in Birmingham. Once the building is deconstructed, materials are shipped to Evolutia’s factory in Decatur. There, Clay said, they have designers who can create pieces for clients, but they also work closely with architects, contractors, designers and homeowners who want the look of the reclaimed materials in their homes or businesses.

Paul Davis, a contractor with Ruff Reams, said he’s using reclaimed materials from Evolutia more and more. He said that skins, a wall or ceiling covering made from shaving a thin layer of wood from an old beam, are popular requests among his homeowners. “We’re able to use the skins to veneer walls and ceilings,” he said. “It’s a great way to accent a wall in a space. We’ve done them in great big living areas, and right now we’re doing one on a screened-in porch in Mountain Brook. We’re doing the ceiling.” While the wood products for flooring and walls are popular, so are the antique bricks recovered from the old textile mills. “You just can’t beat the character of these products,” Paul said. “We just finished a whole house with reclaimed brick from an old building in Decatur. It achieved a very old world look on the exterior.” At the Evolutia Showroom on 28th Avenue South, potential clients can come in and browse through the different varieties of wood, brick and other materials and check out furniture and artwork. “We’re really open to any projects, large or small,” Clay said. “We can take a rendering and recreate it, or we have designers in Decatur, so we do have the ability to design and layout.” ❖

Back to School: Dates to Remember Over the Mountain students will be headed back to the classroom in just a few short weeks. Here are some important dates to remember from our area school systems for the 2012-13 school year. Homewood City Schools

First Day for Students: Aug. 20 Labor Day: Sept. 3 Veterans’ Day: Nov. 12 Professional Development/No Students: Nov. 19-20 Thanksgiving: Nov. 21-23 Mid-Winter Holiday Break: Dec. 24-Jan. 2 Students Return: Jan. 3 MLK Holiday: Jan. 21 Spring Break: March 18-22 Holiday/Inclement Weather Make-Up Day: April 19 Graduation: May 20 Last Day for Students: May 23, classes dismiss at 2 p.m. Hoover City Schools

First Day for Students: Aug. 20 Labor Day: Sept. 3 E-Learning Day: Nov. 3 Veterans’ Day: Nov. 12 Professional Development/No Students: Nov. 20 Thanksgiving: Nov. 21-23 Winter Break: Dec. 24-Jan. 4 Students Return: Jan. 7 MLK Holiday: Jan. 21 Spring Break: March 25-29 May 22: Hoover High Graduation May 23: Spain Park High School gradation May 23: Last day for students Mountain Brook City Schools

First Day for Students: Aug. 20 Labor Day: Sept. 3 Professional Development/E-School Make-Up Day. No Students: Oct. 15 Veterans’ Day: Nov. 12 Thanksgiving: Nov. 21-23 Winter Holidays: Dec. 24-Jan. 3 Professional Development/E-School Make-Up Day/No Students: Jan. 4 Students Return to School: Jan. 7 MLK Holiday: Jan. 21 Professional Development/E-School Make-Up Day. No Students: Feb. 18 Spring Break: March 18-22 Last Day for students: May 24 Vestavia Hills City Schools

First Day for Students: Aug. 20 Labor Day: Sept. 3 Parent-Teacher Conferences: Oct. 8 Veterans’ Day: Nov. 12 Thanksgiving: Nov. 22-23 Winter Holidays: Dec. 24-Jan. 4 Students Return to School: Jan. 7 MLK Holiday: Jan. 21 Professional Development/No Students: Feb. 18 Spring Break: March 18-22 Last Day for Students: May 23 Shelby County Schools

First Day for Students: Aug. 20 Labor Day: Sept. 3 Systemwide Parenting Day: Oct. 9 Veterans’ Day: Nov. 12 Thanksgiving: Nov. 21-23 Winter Holiday Break: Dec. 24-Jan. 2 Students Return: Jan. 3 MLK Holiday: Jan. 21 Spring Break: March 18-22 Last Day for Students/Graduation: May 23

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CES to Start New School Year with New Playground

Facility is 1st Handicap Accessible one in city


restline Elementary students will start the school year with a brand new playground. The facility is the first handicap-accessible playground in Mountain Brook. Funding came from the school’s annual PTO fundraiser, Boosterthon, and other sources. Boosterthon gave students the opportunity to participate in the fundraising efforts for their new play equipment. Students found supporters to sponsor them as they ran laps around the field. The Crestline PTO, through Boosterthon, was the single largest contributor to the project. Since the Crestline playground is for the community as well as

the school, many local groups donated money, including the Mountain Brook City Council, Mountain Brook Athletics, One Stop Environmental, Crestline Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and NBC bank. Rep. Paul de Marco, Sen. Jabo Waggoner and Sen. Slade Blackwell also donated to the cause. Construction on the new playground began shortly after school ended in May and has continued throughout the summer. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for the morning of Aug 20. Students, faculty and donors will be present as the playground opens. ❖

The new Crestline Elementary School playground will be the first handicapPhoto special to the Journal accessible playground in Mountain Brook.

School Notes Bumpus Teacher Attends Mt. Vernon Program Melissa Cox from Bumpus Middle School in Hoover participated in a free week-long program at historic Mount Vernon in July to learn about the life and times of George Washington. The George Washington Teachers’ Institute provides an intensive study of Washington and his world through discussions led by noted Washington scholars and hands-on workshops. Cox and other participants stayed on the estate and had the opportunity to meet with Mount Vernon’s historians, curators and educators.

OTM Students Attend Governor’s School Several students from Over the Mountain schools attended the 2012 session of the Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University June 17-29. They were among 80 outstanding rising high school seniors from 27 counties who were selected for the two-week honors program. AGS participants received college level experience in academics, creativity and leadership. Course topics included the arts, law, healthcare, research science, Alabama ecosystems and entrepreneurship. Students also participated in a service project, visited American Village in Montevallo and attended a Barons baseball game and a special reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of AGS. Participants included John Combs, Adeline Reiser and Joo Young Yang of Briarwood Christian School; David

Left: Among Governor’s School participants were, from left: Madison Monnette, Max Pickering, Camden Cutright, Brannum Forsyth and Dustin Register. Right: Brannum Forsyth of Spain Park High School was named outstanding male student at the Alabama Governor’s School. Photo special to the Journal

Brockington, Caleb Caldwell, Benjamin Kitchens and Will Riley, Indian Springs School; Madison Monnette and Dustin Register, Oak Mountain High School; and Camden Cutright, Brannum Forsyth and Max Pickering, Spain Park High School. Forsyth was named outstanding male student at AGS on the basis of participation and overall interest. He is the son of Peggy and Stephen Forsyth of Hoover. AGS participants are nominated by their schools for their academic ability, leadership qualities, creativity and community service. Selection is also based on teacher and guidance counselor nominations and a written essay. ❖

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OTM Cheer, Dance Teams Compete, Win in Summer Camps

Mountain Brook Cheer Squad Earn UCA Awards

Mountain Brook cheerleaders winning honors at a UCA camp in Gulf Shores include, from left, front: Mary Glenn Culp, Megan McDowell, Maggie Keller, Ashley Shaffer, varsity captain Keelyn Callaway, Mary Carolyn Garcia, Virginia Kennedy, varsity captain Lily Bowron, Sarah Reed, Mary Eleanor DeRamus, varsity captain Virginia Bullock and Sawyer Underwood. Middle row: Coach Shane Martin, Virginia Wilson, Mimi Waggoner, Anne Baxley Winn, Ellison Gray, Maggie Greene, Kimberly Bermudez, Kara Gravlee, Chaise Belt, Emmie Stutts, Mary Seldon Andrews, Mims Bruhn, Elizabeth Letzer, Katie Seeger, Coach Holly Martin. Back: Mary Katherine Monson, Mary Farley Stevens, Madelyn Beatty, Piper Miles, Virginia Jordan, Mae Rose Tyson, Elizabeth Hymer, Lucy Wolter, Virginia White, Mary Katherine Moore, Mary Pat Rodrigues, Caroline Kennedy, Paley Smith and Everette Photo special to the Journal Dawkins.

Hoover Cheerleaders Excel at Camp

The Hoover High varsity, above, and junior varsity, below, cheerleading squads won honors at a recent camp at the University of Alabama. Photo special to the Journal

Spain Park Dancers win awards

The Spain Park High School varsity Dazzlers and junior varsity dance teams earned several awards at the UDA dance camp in Memphis. Photo special to the Journal

Mountain Brook High School varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders attended a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp at the Beach Club in Gulf Shores June 3-6. The squads are coached by Holly and Shane “Chief” Martin. The two squads won the Leadership Award, voted on other teams at the camp. The varsity team won first place in home pom and third in extreme routine. Individual awards went to varsity cheerleaders Sarah Reed, first place in the varsity Jump Off competition; Lily Bowron and Sarah Reed, All Stars; and Mary Carolyn Garcia and Maggie Green, the Pin It Forward award. The JV team won first place in extreme routine and cheer and second in home pom. Winning individual honors were Kara Gravlee, second place in the Jump Off competition; Mary Katherine Monson, Mary Seldon Andrews, Mary Katherine Moore, Paley Smith, Mary Pat Rodrigues and Lucy Wolter, All Stars; and Mary Farley Stevens and Mary Katherine Moore, the Pin It Forward award.

The Hoover High School cheerleaders won awards at a recent cheerleading camp at the University of Alabama. The freshman squad won first place in home pom, cheer and extreme routine competitions. All American Cheerleaders from the freshman squad are Abby Elsea, Brook Beasley and Emily Vines. The junior varsity team won first place in home pom, cheer and extreme routine competitions. All America Cheerleaders from the JV squad are Cassidy Sims, Meagan Burgess, Mary Kathryn Fort, Morgan Diggs, Sarah Pratt and Tori Matthews. The varsity squad won first place in home pom, cheer and extreme routine competitions. All American Cheerleaders from the varsity squad are Victoria Lawson, Alison Smith and Shep Lotz. The school’s mascot, Trey Allen, was named Camp Champ and All American Mascot. All Hoover teams received multiple blue superior ribbons during evaluations. The entire program earned the Leadership Award, selected by camp participants.  The Spain Park High School varsity Dazzlers and junior varsity dance teams earned several awards at a Universal Dance Association camp in Memphis. The varsity team won third place for its home routine, an overall team superior trophy and the team Full Out and 110 Percent awards. Three seniors received staff bids, and four dancers received All American awards. The varsity team won 40 individual superior awards and 18 individual drill down awards. The junior varsity team won second place for its home routine, an overall team superior trophy and a team drill down award. Four dancers received All American awards and 16 drill down awards. The junior varsity team earned 18 individual superior awards.

Buccanettes Earn Dance Awards

Hoover High School’s Buccanette dance team members include, front from left: Morgan Todd, Mickenzie Keith, Stephanie Irving, Elizabeth Taylor, cocaptain Madeline Keeney, captain Jaslyn Jackson, Olivia Butler, co-captain Kathryn Dinsmore and Kaylyn Williams. Back: Mary Beth McClung, Carlena Wyatt, Cathleen Thomas, Jackie Smith, Jamie Burleson and Danner Bagby. Photo special to the Journal

The Hoover High School varsity dance team, the Buccanettes, earned several awards at a Universal Dance Association camp in June at Mississippi State University. The team won the Leadership Award, first place, in the home routine competition and a superior rating for its overall performance and participation at camp. All team members received superior blue ribbons for dances

learned and performed during camp. Morgan Todd was second runner-up in the Drill-Down Queen competition. Earning All-American honors were all nine seniors: captain Jaslyn Jackson, co-captains Kathryn Dinsmore and Madeline Keeney, Morgan Todd, Mickenzie Keith, Stephanie Irving, Elizabeth Taylor, Olivia Butler and Kaylyn Williams. The team coach is Charity Jones.

VHHS Cheerleaders Win Awards

Vestavia Hills High School varsity cheerleaders include, from left, front: Meredith Thomley, Sarah Elizabeth Hyde, co-captain Marilyn Gray, captain Greer Burkett, co-captain Madison Escue, Riley Logsdon, McClain Wheeler. Middle row: Alex Tankersley, Elizabeth Caputo, Francie Puglia, Caroline Smith, Abby Graham, Hannah Dean, Nicole Pierluisi. Back: Anna Cate Parker, Sara Douglas Lowrey, Caroline Parrish, Devon Askins, Emma Hinkle, Photo special to the Journal Caitlin Curtis and Emilee Benos. The Vestavia Hills High School varsity cheerleading squad recently won several awards at the Universal Cheerleaders Association camp in Panama City Beach, Fla. Vestavia won the Leadership Award, voted on by the cheer teams attending camp and UCA staff members. It is given to the team that exemplifies the most sportsmanship and unity as a squad. Vestavia also won first place in home pom and extreme routine and second place in the cheer division. Winning individual awards were senior Meredith Thomley, first place in the jump off competition, and Greer Burkett, Caroline Smith, Thomley and

Sarah Elizabeth Hyde, who received pins recognizing their character and positive attitudes. Winning All-American honors were Burkett, Marilyn Gray, Thomley, Riley Logsdon, Francie Puglia and Hyde. Each received an invitation to march in the 2013 New Year’s Day Parade in London and to perform during the pregame festivities in the 2013 Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Seniors receiving invitations to serve as UCA instructors for the summer of 2013 included Gray, Thomley, Burkett, Madison Escue and Hyde. Team sponsors are Melissa Caffey, Kim Whitten and Stacey Pugh.

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OLS Students Receive Christian Service Award Outgoing eighth graders Maddie McGwin and Josh Miller were recently awarded the Outstanding Christian Service Award given by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School. Each year, the award is given to an eighth grade boy and girl who have shown outstanding Christ-like examples. It is based on consistent service to others and consistent Christian attitude and behavior.

Josh Miller and Maddie McGwin, with OLS principal Mary Jane Dorn, won the school’s Outstanding Christian Service award.

Smith Is Homewood Schools Coordinator Above: Emmet O’Neal Library chess tournament winners in K-3 were, from left: Bryan Zhao, Rishi Yellamaraju, Harshil Mehta, Jackson Nunneley, Andrew Robertson and Harper Hall. Below: K-6 were, from left: Thanushri Srikantha, Luke Cai, Riley Smith, Patrick Moulton, Allen Pan and Jason Han. Photo special to the Journal

Homewood City Schools recently named Dr. Desiree Smith the system’s new curriculum and technology coordinator. Smith formerly was assistant principal at Homewood High School. She has been a teacher, administrator, instructor at the University of Montevallo, lecturer at Tuskegee University and scholar at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Montevallo, a master’s degree and administration certificate from UAB and an education administration specialist

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degree and doctorate from Samford University.

Smith has been at Homewood High School for four years. ❖

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Emmet O’Neal Library Hosts Chess Tournament

K-12 winners were James Diaz, left, and Eric Cheng.

Students from kindergarten-12th grade participated in a summer chess tournament July 14 at Emmet O’Neal Library. Players competed for awards in three age divisions while parents volunteered their time and help. Some of the competitors are regulars at Emmet O’Neal’s weekly Chess Club meeting, where ages 7 and up receive a free hour-anda-half lesson from coach Balagee Govindan each week. The winner of the K-12 division was James Diaz. Thanushri Srikantha won the K-6 division, and Jackson Nunneley took home first place in the K-3 division.

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BamaLax team members are, from left, front: Tristan Jernigan, David Annikan, Drew Dubose, Colton Nall, Oliver Herndon, Zach Carroll, Matthew Harris, Alex Bates and Coach Dennis Dubose. Back: coach Tony Herndon, Parke Aiken, head coach Matt Aiken, Pete Turner, Benji Lapinski, Trent Harper, Bobby Hanley, Carter Dukes, Andrew McMahon, Joe Delozier, Mac Campbell and coach Billy McMahon.

BAMALAX U15 Lacrosse Wins Georgia Shootout

The Bamalax U15 Black Select lacrosse team was the Champion of the Georgia Southern Shootout held in Hampton, Georgia on July 14 and 15. The Georgia Southern Shootout crown was the third tournament championship for the team this season posting a 19-3 record in matches held throughout the southeast region. Bamalax U15 Black Select also won the Spring Fever and Rocket City Lacrosse tournaments hosted in Dacula, GA and Huntsville, AL respectively. Bamalax Select is an elite lacrosse program formed in 2006 serving the Birmingham community in development of young men and women at a competitive level of Lacrosse. Bamalax U15 Black Select has qualified for the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships to be held in Orlando, Florida in late July and the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions to be held in Tampa, Florida later this year.

Red Rebels Win Pre Area and Area Trophies, Finish Third in State

The Vestavia Hills 10U Red Rebels were the only team representing the North Central Alabama Region in the USSSA National League All Star Tournament. Often playing older, more experienced travel-based teams, the 10U Red Rebels brought home Pre Area and Area trophies, and ultimately placed third in the State Tournament at Liberty Park. Red Rebels team members are, from left, front: Anna Wood, Lagen Higginbotham, Maria Mote, Anna Claire Miller and Mary Claire Wilson. Middle: Reese Bush, Arden Plugge, Catherine Grace Dini, Kristin Guidry, Tallulah Meloun and Gwynnie Hornibrook. Back: Brad Hornibrook, Matt Meloun, Les Higginbotham and Clyde Guidry.

Team members are, from left, front: Christopher Yeilding, Watts Alexander, Charlie Elliott, Zach Wyatt, Wil Lucas and James Cameron Adams. Middle: Ty Davis, Matt Egan, Kamal Amerson, Carson Romero, Luke Schwefler and Chase Kyes. Back: coaches Scott Elliott, Chris Yeilding, John Romero and Brian Lucas.

Spartans Dominate Competition to Win 6U USSSA State Tourney

The 6U Mountain Brook Spartans team won the USSSA State tournament in June. In capturing the state title the Spartans won all six games in the tournament by a combined score of 99-18. In the championship game, the Spartans defeated Oak Mountain 12-3.

Birmingham Stealers Reach the Top in First Year of League Play

During their first season in USSSA, the Birmingham Stealers won four Championships including the USSSA – AAA- 8U State Championship. Members of the 8U Birmingham Stealers are, from left, front: Brewer Smith, DJ Burks, Conner Moore, Josh Harrington and Wilkins Hunter. Back: Davis Gillespie, Wes Simpson, Nick Dunlap, Jackson Mackin, Trey Singleton and Ryan Tulloch.

Angels Win League, Series Titles

Vestavia Hills 10-year-old Angels recenlty claimed the regular season championship as well as the World Series Championship racking up an a 18-1 record for the season. Team members are, from left, front: Peter Hunton, John Christiansen, Allen Cathey, Gabe Nelson, Noah Turner, Josh Horta, Alex Hoogland, Luke Smitha, Clayton Mullins, and William Morris. Back: coaches Shawn Hunton, John Cathey, Jason Nelson, Efrain Horta, Harrell Hoogland, and Scotty Morris.

Campbell Earns All-American Honors at Fargo National Wrestling Tournament

The state of Alabama sent 13 wrestlers to the Fargo Nationals wrestling tournament in Fargo, N.D. this summer. The tournament consisted of the Fargo National Cadet (GrecoRoman) wrestling tournament as well as a freestyle tournament. This grueling seven day event is the largest high school wrestling tournament in the country, with the top eight placers earning All-American. Dalton Campbell, a mem-

ber of the Vestavia Hills High School wrestling team earned AllAmerican status twice, finishing in Dalton Campbell the top eight in both tournaments. Other wrestlers at the event from the Over-the-Mountain area were: Jackson Hall, Hoover; Kevin McClure, Spain Park; Kyle Medding, Andrew Korn and Josh Rogers; Vestavia Hills. Rod Gaddy and Jake Elkins coached the Alabama squad.


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Sylacauga. “It was a great experience,” said Mullens when reached by phone late last week. “We played computer games along with ping pong, foosball and golf. This was the second year I had gone. It was a lot of fun.” There was a serious side to the event as well. “We talked a lot about the importance of leadership,” he said. “We got to hear from some great speakers about the topic. This was a really great way to get in the right frame of mind for football season.” If the retreat’s participants were considered the area’s top signal-callers, then Mullens certainly deserved his place at the table. Last season, he passed for more than 2,400 yards and 18 touchdowns in leading the Jaguars to a 5-6 season and a Class 6A playoff berth under first year coach Chip Lindsay. This season, Mullens would like to make an even bigger splash – especially in the win column. “I’m very optimistic,” said Mullens. “We’ve got a lot of talented players coming back and some good young ones coming in. We’ve had a year to get accustomed to Coach Lindsey’s system, so I think we’ve got some big things in front of us.” One aspect of the Spain Park offense certain to make Mullens smile is the quality and depth of the wide receiver unit. Senior Drake Grisham has already committed to Clemson University. Cade Hoffman and M.J. Brown also have good hands and know how to get open in the second-

ary. “We’ve got some great receivers,” said Mullens. “When you have guys like ours as targets, it can make a quarterback’s job a lot easier.” And having quality offensive linemen can make a quarterback’s job a lot less hazardous. The Jaguars have two outstanding tackles in Bryant Novick and Caleb Plaisted. Mullens said Spain Park’s goals for 2012 are high. “We’re working to win our region and the state championship,” he said. “But the way to accomplish goals is to take them one game at a time. Last year, we had some good moments, but too many times we weren’t able to finish at the end. This year, we are going to try to complete the task in everything we do.” The Jaguars’ quest for a region title will have a radically different look this fall. Spain Park, thanks to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s realignment plan, moves to Class 6A Region 4. The new league includes Chelsea, Pelham, Oak Mountain, Prattville, Stanhope Elmore, Thompson and Wetumpka.


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and gave me a lot of birdie opportunities,” he said. “After the bogey, I got the putter working.” Gamble said the week’s soggy weather made a difference on the course. “It wasn’t playing too tough because it was so wet and left the greens really soft,” he explained. “There were a lot of low scores. Once my putting stroke came, I started making birdies.” The victory at Mountain Brook Club climaxed a busy spring and summer for Gamble.

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most talented squad since the heyday of former coach Rush Propst. Hoover has depth as well as skill in almost every position, and the team is likely to be favored to win its first state title since 2009. The Bucs’ season opens with a trip to the Magnolia State to face South Panola. Hoover took an impressive 24-13 win over the Tigers last season, which proved to be a good omen for the team’s successful run to the state Class 6A championship game. The next three games – all against region opponents – should be easy wins. The Bucs open conference play with a visit to Hueytown, where the Gophers should be significantly weaker now that all-state quarterback Jaboo Winston has graduated. Hoover

Missing from the Jaguar schedule are traditional rivals such as Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook and even crosstown foe Hoover. It may be a Brave New World for Spain Park football, but Mullens is excited about the opportunities. “The schedule change is just another new experience,” he said. “Sure, it will definitely be different not playing against Hoover and most of the other Over the Mountain schools. I’ve been playing against a lot of those guys since I was 6 years old. But it’s a chance to see how we measure up against teams in other parts of the state and play against quality programs like Prattville.” Although Mullens posted impressive statistics in 2011, he isn’t satisfied and is constantly looking to improve all aspects of his game. Top priorities for improvement are mobility – he was hampered by an ankle injury early last season – and overall leadership. “You can always be a better leader,” said Mullens. In truth, Mullens is probably not giving himself enough credit as a




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He earned three top-six finishes in American Junior Golf Association events and earned a spot on the Scholastic Junior All-American team. An honors student, Gamble was the 2012 Class 6A Region 6 Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Winner for excellence on the athletic field and in the classroom. His golf career, however, won’t end in high school. He committed to the University of Mississippi last fall and will play on the Rebels’ squad this season. As always, Gamble has set high goals for himself in college. “I want to be Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, make the traveling squad and qualify for all the tournaments,” said

comes back home for a meeting with over-matched Jackson-Olin and follows that with a tough but manageable game against Northridge of Tuscaloosa. A key point in Hoover’s schedule will come Sept. 28, as the Bucs visit longtime nemesis Vestavia. Over the Mountain football fans owe a debt to the powers-that-be at both schools for not allowing this great annual matchup to become a casualty of the new alignments. Veteran coach Buddy Anderson has had more success against the Bucs than anyone in North Alabama over the past decade, and if Hoover loses in the regular season, the most likely date will be the final Friday in September at Thompson Reynolds Stadium. Early October should be relatively uneventful for the Bucs as Hoover

leader. As a three-year starter, he is practically a coach on the field for Spain Park. Lindsey has given his quarterback the authority to check off and change plays at the line of scrimmage. “Coach Lindsey is really easy to work with,” said Mullens. “We have a great relationship and similar minds when it comes to our offense.” Mullens may have been destined to be a star high school quarterback from even his preschool years. He played several sports at the pee-wee level before falling in love with football in elementary school. Young Mullens played several positions – including tight end – before settling in as quarterback in fourth grade. “I got to try a lot of positions, and I knew my favorite sport was going to be football,” he said. “I liked the experiences, the friendships, the work and all the things that go with the game.” Naturally, Mullens would like to continue his football career past high school, and already numerous schools are knocking on his door. He’s been contacted by Western Kentucky, Troy, Middle Tennessee and Georgia State, among others. “It’s fun to get some attention, but the most important thing is to take care of business at Spain Park,” said Mullens. “If I play well, people will notice.” If things go as planned for Nick Mullens in 2012, he might be invited back to the quarterbacks’ retreat at Farmville next season. Only this time, Mullens may be one of the speakers, talking about the importance of leadership.

Gamble, “and basically do whatever I can to help my team.” Gamble, who plans to major in biology at Ole Miss with an eye toward medical school, said balancing academics and golf was never a serious problem. “Often I would just hit golf balls until it got too dark and then went home to study,” he said. “If I had a lot of tests coming, I might spend a little less time playing golf. There’s a time and place for everything.” Gamble was introduced to golf at an early age. He hit his first golf ball at age 3 and regularly followed his father on the course. “I guess you could say that I’ve been playing

faces Bessemer City followed by a trip to Tuscaloosa to meet Hillcrest. Hoover defeated the Patriots by only a touchdown in last year’s quarterfinal, so it’s possible Hillcrest could offer more than token opposition. The latter part of the month could offer potential danger with a visit to Tuscaloosa County along with a home game against Opelika. Anything can happen, but it’s hard to imagine Hoover with anything worse than a 9-1 regular season record. That’s not really the point, however. Since the Propst era, it’s been hard to imagine the Bucs with anything less than a 9-1 record any year. The question is, will the new-look schedule provide Hoover with the necessary toughness to prepare it for a strong November-January playoff run? Last season, for example, the Bucs

Former Rebel Named to All-Star Team

Huntingdon catcher Joseph Odom was named to the North roster for the Valley League’s AllStar Game and will also compete in the Home Run Derby in July. Odom, a rising junior at Huntingdon, has been playing for the Winchester Royals in the wood-bat league since the start of June. Founded in 1923, the Valley League is a member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball and has produced more than 1,000 professional baseball players. The Royals lead both divisions of the Valley League with a 19-9 record and have seven players in the All-Star Game. Odom’s selection comes one day after he was named the Valley League Player of the Week for the North division. During the week, Odom led the league in hits, runs, home runs and total bases and helped the Royals to a 5-2 record. The Vestavia Hills native batted .448 with 13 hits, nine RBIs, four home runs, four doubles and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Through 25 games, Odom is batting .343 with a leagueleading nine home runs, 26 RBIs, 22 runs, six doubles and a .667 slugging percentage on 35 hits. In addition to leading the league in homers, Odom is third in RBIs and fourth in slugging percentage and runs scored. He’s also tied for the lead in runners picked off with three.

for a long time,” said Gamble, laughing. As he heads to college, Gamble is pleased with his wedge and putting game but wants to add distance to his drives. “My game needs to get a little longer,” he said. “The veteran college players can hit the ball so far. I’ve been working out and trying to gain some weight so I can get a little more power in my swing.” If Gamble successfully adds power to his drive, even Mother Nature might notice. And winning the SEC Freshman of the Year Award could be just the beginning. Both on the golf course and in the classroom, Forrest Gamble is making his own luck.

rolled over several Over the Mountain teams, but others carried them to the limit. Even an Oak Mountain team that finished 2-8 played Hoover to the wire before going down 21-14. Mountain Brook actually defeated the Bucs 17-9 before Hoover won five in a row to meet Prattville for the state 6A championship. One often-overlooked advantage Hoover had from playing in the old alignment was that the Bucs had often played their toughest games of the season before the playoffs even began. A steady regular season diet of Vestavia, Mountain Brook and Spain Park made the challenges of early round playoff games seem relatively tame. Additionally, the intensity of the Over the Mountain rivalries gave most region games a playoff-like atmosphere. “After some of our rivalry games,

the playoffs didn’t seem so hard,” a former Hoover player told me recently. “By the time we got to the postseason, we’d already played good teams in front of big, noisy crowds. So it wasn’t much of an adjustment to get ready for the playoffs.” So with all due respect to Hoover’s new region opponents, will those games give the Bucs the all-important seasoning required to go through the minefield that playoff games become so often? Certainly Tuscaloosa County, Hillcrest, Hueytown and others are worthy opponents for Hoover, but will they provide the one-two punch of intensity on the field and enthusiasm in the stands? Only time will tell. Until then, one thing is certain: We still have Hoover vs. Vestavia Hills.


Thursday, August 9, 2012


Winning Gamble

Forrest Gamble was the 2012 Class 6A Region 6 Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Winner for excellence on the athletic field and in the classroom.

Ex-Rebel Golfer Takes State Junior, Heads to Ole Miss By Lee Davis


Journal Sports Writer

orrest Gamble needed only one day to conquer the 16-18 age group at the State Junior Golf Championship at Mountain Brook Club last week. Gamble, a recent graduate of Vestavia Hills High School, shot a first round six-under-par 65 last Wednesday to lead by one stroke. That turned out to be enough. An intense series of thunderstorms in the area wiped out the second round Thursday, and Gamble was declared the winner over runners-up Taylor Eyster and Vasili Kartos.

“It was great to win, but I really wish we could have played the second round,” said Gamble. “It would have been fun to have battled it out on the course with Taylor and Vasili. I’ll say, though, that I’m happy to take a win anytime.” Gamble couldn’t control Mother Nature. His putter, however, had enough control to produce the winning round. He started on the back nine, only to bogey the 13th hole. Gamble rebounded to roll in birdies on seven holes — 14, 15, 16, 3, 5, 6 and 9 — to claim the final score of 65. “My wedge shots were doing well See gamble, page 27

6U Spartans Win USSSA State Tourney P. 26 Vestavia 10U Red Rebels compete in USSSA AllStar Tournament P. 26

Photo special to The Journal

Lee Davis

Hoover’s Schedule Is Different But Offers Challenges

Senior Trip

Mullens Leads Jags into New Era in Final Season By Lee Davis

Spain Park quarterback Nick Mullens took part in a retreat at Farmville Golf Club in Sylacauga with about 15 other metro Birmingham quarterbacks this summer. Journal photo by Marvin Gentry


Journal Sports Writer

hile many high school football players probably got in a last beach trip before the start of summer practice, Nick Mullens stayed close to home to hang out with a few friends. Mullens, a rising senior at Spain Park, was one of about 15 metro Birmingham quarterbacks who took part in a retreat at Farmville Golf Club in See mullens, page 27


he Hoover Bucs’ 2012 schedule may be symbolic of the changes in high school football due to the new region realignment that begins when the season starts in a few weeks. For starters, traditional foes such as Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain and even crosstown rival Spain Park are missing from the 2012 slate. South Panola of Mississippi and Vestavia Hills are the only teams Hoover faced in 2011 that appear on the schedule this season. The mass turnover is a result of the Bucs’ position in Class 6A’s Region 5. The new division includes Bessemer City, Hillcrest, Hueytown, Jackson-Olin, Minor, Northridge and Tuscaloosa County. Certainly, Hoover does have a considerable history with some of its new region brethren – Tuscaloosa County, Hueytown and Minor most notably – but nothing like what the program had developed with its Over the Mountain counterparts. Being forced into a league with Hoover is usually bad news for almost any school. But this year’s Region 5 opponents have the misfortune of facing perhaps the Bucs’

See davis, page 27

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Over the Mountain Journal Aug. 9, 2012  
Over the Mountain Journal Aug. 9, 2012  

Over the Mountain Journal is a community newspaper for the Birmingham, Alabama suburbs of Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover...