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Runoff Winner Palmer Gearing up for General Election

City of Vestavia Hills breaks ground for new municipal complex

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By William C. Singleton III Journal contributor

Fresh off his Republican runoff victory over State Rep. Paul DeMarco for the Sixth Congressional District seat, political newcomer Gary Palmer said he’s not taking his next opponents lightly.

Top 50 Over 50: Positive Maturity event honors community leaders

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Garden Fresh Homewood Middle School students and teachers at Homewood City Schools’ Community Gardens last week check the status of the tomato crop. Clockwise from front: Eesha Banerjee, Molly Knudsen, Laila Sanjib, Wesley Bagwell, Avery Johnson, Anna Harbin, Briana Morton, Mallie Greer and Payton Young. Journal photos by Maury Wald

Hungry to Learn Homewood Students Dig School’s First Seed to Plate Program

Gary Palmer talks to the press after handily defeating Paul DeMarco in the Republican primary runoff race for the Alabama Sixth Congressional District seat. Journal photo by William C. Singleton III

Palmer will face Democrat Avery Vise and Libertarian Aimee Love in the November general election, and most have penciled him in as the winner, given the heavy concentration of Republicans within the district. Just don’t tell Palmer that. “We’ve got to regroup. We’ve got to get our campaign team together because we’ve still got another race to run,” said Palmer during his victory party at the Grandview Marriot off U.S. 280 last week. “We don’t take See palmer, page 11

By Donna Cornelius

Journal features writer

When you’re thinking about pos-

sible pizza toppings, the combination of blackberries and basil doesn’t immediately leap to mind. And at least one person who tasted the unusual dish had a few reservations—at first. “I wasn’t sure how that would work out, but it was absolutely delicious,” said Briana Morton, Homewood Middle School’s family and consumer science teacher. The blackberry-and-basil creation was the result of just one of the activities HMS offered this summer through its new Seed to Plate science and nutrition program. The school selected 15 students to take part in the June 23-26 event that taught the participants

where their food comes from and why what they eat matters. The students, who included rising sixth, seventh and eighth-graders, learned gardening basics and harvested fruits and vegetables from the Homewood City Schools’ Community Garden. A new regular They also learned section devoted to how to create healthy snacks food, drink and the people who and meals from the harvest, love both! P.24 which meant that the dishes were mostly meatless. “I was nervous about that,” Morton said. “But they learned they could survive without meat. And when we made quiches, several students told me they usu-

‘Lethal Beauty’ Bash: Museum exhibit inspires Art On The Rocks

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See HUNGRY TO LEARN, page 25

Going to Extremes: Planned renovation turns into brand new home in Bluff Park

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band of bankers: P. 4 • a night of big stars p. 6 • Tax Break Weekend Set p. 11 • otm real estate update p. 33 • otm athletes of the year p. 36

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Reasons to Celebrate

At the Over the Mountain Journal, we’re celebrating our past—and excited about the future. August is our anniversary month, and as we begin our 25th fall, we’re looking forward to continuing to cover the people and events that make Over the Mountain life so special. That’s our most important mission: making the OTMJ a newspaper that Over the Mountain folks rely on and enjoy reading. But it’s also nice when others give us their seal of approval. The Over the Mountain Journal picked up three more first-place Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Awards at the association’s convention last month. The Journal won first place for Best Layout and Design, Best Lifestyle/Family Pages and Best Photo Essay, giving us a total of eight first-place awards in the contest. Looking ahead, you’ll soon see more OTMJ content on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. That’s because we’re committed to staying in touch with you—and to sharing the news that you want to read.

Correction: In a June 26 story on the Princess Sehoy DAR chapter, we printed an incorrect email address for Beth Stewart, the contact person for the chapter. Those interested in learning more about the chapter can contact Stewart at The Journal is happy to set the record straight.

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It’s time for our annual Back to School issue and we’ll have all the latest on what’s ahead for OTM schools this year.

in this issue About Town 4 news 10 people 12 Social 16

food 24 weddings 26 schools 28 Sports 36



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Vol. 23, No. 14

Creepy Crawler Clean Up

atten down the hatches, me it because I don’t remember ever havbuckos, the babies are on ing tasted those things. Not so with the move! After many long my granddaughters. They want to taste months of confinement in baby everything. buckets, my granddaughters are My California granddaughter is crawling. Both of them. Every day, coming to visit next week and I want I get reports from my daughters her to be able to move about freely and on their respective coasts about explore, so I’ve spent the past week their little ones’ adventures in their crawling around my house looking for wide new world. The babies hapsharp corners, open stairways, things pily navigate around furniture and that are breakable or ingestible, anyretrieve their toy of choice. Ta-da! thing that will elicit a panicked, “NO!” While they’re at it, of course, they I’m looking for tiny cobwebs tucked retrieve bits of grass from the under the baseboards, bits of bark tracks of the sliding glass door, tracked in on the soles of my shoes, loose threads that pull easily from housebound flies that decided to call it Sue Murphy the carpet edges and long-lost quits on the windowsills. Cheerios accidentally kicked I know all the basics–haul out the I’ve been to wine tast- baby gates, put guards on the drawunder the fridge. They’re very different, my little ing events where the ers and cabinets, add those maddenladies, different personalities, differing squish-and-twist covers to the sommeliers referred doorknobs. I’ve hiked up the drapery ent preferences in food and dress, but one thing is the same–on the loose, to a particular vintage cords, moved the potted plants and they seem bent on finding things put protective covers on the floor as having overtones vents. Next stop, inflatable pool rafts that are hot, sharp, poisonous, small enough to plug an airway or highon the fireplace hearth. of leather or cigar light minute lapses in their mothers’ And a good thorough clean. Not box, but I just took housekeeping. that I don’t clean the house every They’ve discovered the joys of the guy’s word for it other week, but Harold and I operunwinding toilet paper rolls, throwate from a 5-foot-something vantage because I don’t remem- point and our eyesight isn’t what ing things into the toilet and dumping out the dog water. There have ber ever having tasted it used to be, so I’m sure there are been bumps and bruises when their things that I’ve missed. those things. heads did not clear the coffee table, Crawler cleaning is a whole tears when cellphones were repoother level of clean. Sterilizing baby sitioned on the kitchen counter and bottles and chew toys was child’s play. You now have wails when their mothers have not allowed them to chew to apply that same level of attention to the bottom third on things like the soles of their cast-away shoes. (To of your entire house because whatever crawlers cannot be fair, the dogs are not allowed to chew on the shoes, put in their mouth, they will wear on the knees of their either.) overalls. I realize the natural toddler way of exploring the You don’t want that. Every morning, you vacuum, world is to lift, shake and gum, but the world is full of dust and mop. And when the babies go to bed, you do it things that are better left unexperienced on the palate. again or pay the price when some woman gives you that I’ve been to wine tasting events where the sommeliers bad-mother (or grandma) look at the grocery store. referred to a particular vintage as having overtones of Not this go-around. I’m cleaning up my act, my leather or cigar box, but I just took the guy’s word for friends. It’s all about the crawl space. ❖

over the Mountain Views

What’s your favorite summer treat?

Publisher: Maury Wald Editor: Keysha Drexel Features Writer: Donna Cornelius Office Manager: Christy Wald Editorial Assistant: Stacie Galbraith Sports: Lee Davis Contributors: Susan Murphy, June Mathews, William C. Singleton III, Emil Wald, Marvin Gentry, Lee Walls Jr., Bryan Bunch Advertising Sales: Suzanne Wald, Julie Trammell Edwards, Tommy Wald Intern: Emily Williams Over The Mountain Journal is a suburban bi-weekly newspaper delivered to Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover and North Shelby County areas. Subscriptions for The Journal are available for $24 yearly. Mail to: Over the Mountain Journal, P.O. Box 660502, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216. Phone: (205) 823-9646. E-mail the editorial department at E-mail our advertising department at Find us on the Web at Copyright 2014 Over The Mountain Journal, Inc. All rights reserved. The Journal is not responsible for return of photos, copy and other unsolicited materials submitted. To have materials returned, please specify when submitting and provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope. All materials submitted are subject to editorial review and may be edited or declined without notification.


“My favorite summer treat is the watermelon mojito at Jensei.” Katharine Sparks Homewood

“My favorite treat would probably be the lime gelato at Whole Foods.” Callie McCraney Mountain Brook

“My favorite treat would have to be ice cream.” Amy Schneider Mountain Brook

“Steel City Pops. My favorite flavor is strawberry. Buttermilk is pretty good as well.” Kennedy Schwefler Mountain Brook


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By Emily Williams

Members of Total Assets will celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary with a special concert July 25. Front, from left: John Byrd, Darryl Bell, Bill Pitts and Vince DiChiara. Back: Matt Alexander, David Salter, Terry Baker, Stewart Moore and Michael Milner.


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ome local bankers who got together to learn a few songs for their company’s annual sales party are still rocking out a quarter of a century later. Total Assets will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special concert July 25 at Iron City in Birmingham. Bill Pitts, Darryl Bell, David Salter, John Byrd, Matt Alexander, Michael Milner, Stewart Moore, Terry Baker and Vince DiChiara make up Total Assets, a nine-piece “band of bankers.” Throughout their careers, group members have played at nearly every concert venue in Birmingham, the well-known Greenbrier resort, more than 300 wedding receptions and numerous corporate events. The July 25 concert will be a celebration of 25 years of hard work and 25 years of devoted fans, DiChiara, the group’s drummer, said. Band members said they expect to see a crowd filled with former brides, grooms and party guests from past gigs ready to dance and have a good time.  DiChiara said concertgoers should expect a show filled with “songs that everyone knows the words to, songs that they can dance to.”  The band is known to perform classic hits

‘We went from struggling to learn eight songs over a sixmonth period to being the actual live backup band for Davy Jones of the Monkees.’ Bill Pitts

ranging from the early 1950s all the way up to the 1980s. As they’ve done for all the shows they have performed together over the years, band members will approach the July 25 concert by first figuring out their audience, Moore said. “When we walk out on that stage, we try to figure out, as quickly as we can, how can we get these folks engaged, how can we get them dancing and moving around,” Moore said. As is the case with many 25-year relationships, the band members said they have seen

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Band of Bankers

Total Assets Tunes Up to Celebrate 25th Year their fair share of ups, downs and near catastrophes. But through all of the excitement, they said, they have forged a brotherhood filled with amazing experiences. Total Assets started out as The SouthTrust Family Band, a group of musically inclined bankers putting together a performance for the company’s annual sales party. Walking out onto the stage for the first time was a bit daunting, DiChiara said. “We didn’t know how it was going to be received,” he said. “We just threw it out there and let it happen.” Much to band members’ surprise, the crowd shouted for more, and the band continued to play the same eight songs they had practiced for six weeks, DiChiara said. One year later, at the same annual sales party, the SouthTrust Family Band had evolved into something more. The musicians spent that first year practicing and increased their song list to 40 songs. The group went on to perform at events for local corporate awards banquets and changed its name to Total Assets. Moore said the band started out as a “true novelty” but that its popularity increased rapidly.

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Jerry Allred, left, gives players instructions for the wheelchair basketball challenge that will be a part of the Lakeshore Foundation’s Amazing Race on July 26. Photo special to the Journal

Lakeshore’s Amazing Race July 26, 9 a.m. Lakeshore Foundation The Lakeshore Foundation will present its Amazing Race July 26 at 4000 Ridgeway Drive, Homewood. Modeled after the popular television show, the contest will consist of teams of four who will race throughout the Lakeshore Foundation’s 45-acre campus. The event will raise money for the foundation. Individual teams fees are $300 or $75 per person, and corporate team fees are $500. Registration is at 8 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m. For more information, visit or call 313-7482.

“People would watch our shows thinking that for a bunch of bankers (we) really weren’t that bad,” he said. “And then it became, ‘Hey, these guys are pretty good.’ It evolved to a point where we started to get calls all the time, and some people didn’t know that we were bankers at all.” The men make it their mission to treat the band like a second job and to follow some simple rules, Baker said. “Give people what they want. Please the crowd. Be prompt. Be courteous to the people that hire you,” he said. “Give them the kind of show they want and a little more than they expect.” That mentality of professionalism has created memories band members said they would have never obtained otherwise. “We went from struggling to learn eight songs over a six-month period to being the actual live backup band for Davy Jones of the Monkees,” said Pitts, a vocalist who also plays the harmonica and triangle. The band has played with quite a few famous musical groups, including the Temptations, Four Tops and Herman’s Hermits. In addition,

the band has a history of more than 600 performances, providing a lifetime of good, bad and downright hilarious memories, Pitts said. For example, the first time the group played “Play that Funky Music” by Wild Cherry, DiChiara fell off of the stage mid-song. “I was doing a roll around my drums, and my drum stool caved in. I went backwards on my back outside of the tent. The only thing sticking up was my feet,” DiChiara said. Moore said he will never forget DiChiara’s tumble. “I heard the noise and I looked back. All you could see was the tent rattling and one foot on the stage,” Moore said. Another memorable occasion involved the band’s expert sound manager, Jeff Herrin, scaling a power pole in order to restore electrical power before a performance. “We look up and Jeff is literally climbing up the utility pole, like MacGyver. And, sure enough, he had us power in about five minutes,” Moore said. The anecdotes prove just how much of a brotherhood the men have formed over the years, Pitts said. “If you want longevity, you better respect each other,” he said. “Nobody books a show unless they check with the other guys.”  Total Assets members respect their audiences and make it their job to entertain everybody in attendance, DiChiara said. “The best thing we do is read the crowd,” he said. “If there is a dancer in the crowd, we’re going to reach them.” If audience members are having trouble making their way to the dance floor, Total Assets 25th expect one of Anniversary Concert the band’s six When: July 25, 7 a.m. vocalists to Where: Iron City in come down to Birmingham. the dance floor For more information: or to bring a Call 202-5483 or visit the partygoer on band’s Facebook page. stage.  An entertained crowd is the band’s mission, Baker said. “When you look out in a local club, and you see 900 people cheering, singing along, dancing, spelling out YMCA, things like that make you feel pretty good about what you’re doing,” Moore said. ❖

Save the Date Birmingham

William Thomas Exhibit July 24-Aug. 31 Birmingham Botanical Gardens The Library Art Gallery at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is featuring the paintings of William Thomas in an exhibit July 24-Aug. 31. The botanical realism-style paintings are on exhibit in the Garden Center area. The exhibit is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. There is no admission charge. For more information, visit www.bbgardens. org or call 414-3950. Birmingham

“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” July 24-Aug. 2 Birmingham Children’s Theatre Birmingham Children’s Theatre will present “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” July 24-Aug. 2. The play will follow the story of the lively girl who has a problem keeping her hands off other people’s things. Show times are at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for children. For more information, visit or call 458-8181.


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Roger Day Performance July 24, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hoover Library Roger Day will perform at the Hoover Public Library’s Summer Reading Finale July 24 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Library Theatre. This is a free event, but seating is limited and guests are encouraged to arrive early. For more information, visit or call 444-7830.

Outdoor Concert Series July 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest The Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest’s outdoor concert series continues from 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 25. Erin Mitchell Cornelius, a Birmingham blues and soul singer-songwriter, will perform. This is a free event. Those attending are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.



“Les Misérables” July 24-Aug. 3 Dorothy Jemison Day Theater The Red Mountain Theatre Company will present “Les Misérables” July 24-Aug. 3 at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, 800 19th St. North, Birmingham. Show times are 7:30 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The show is rated PG-13. Parental discretion is strongly advised. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.redmountaintheatre. org or call 324-2424.

Briarwood Flea Market July 25-26 Briarwood Presbyterian Church The Briarwood Women’s Ministry will hold the sixth annual Briarwood Flea Market July 25-26 at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. More than 70 vendors will offer furniture, household items, tools, toys, baby gear, sports equipment, clothing, books, art, antiques and more. Proceeds benefit the Foundations Early Learning and Family Center. The indoor/outdoor event will run from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. July 25 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 26. Visit or call 776-5200.

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many games, and those attending are invited to bring their favorites. This is a free event. For more information, visit or call 444-7821.

Game Night on the Plaza July 25, 7-10 p.m. Hoover Public Library Put your game face on for Game Night on the Plaza at the Hoover Public Library July 25. From 7-10 p.m., participants can challenge each other in video games, board games and cardbased games. The library will provide


DAR Chapter Membership Workshop July 26, 2-5 p.m. Hoover Public Library A workshop for women interested in

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joining the Lily of the Cahaba Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be held from 2-5 p.m. July 26 at the Hoover Public Library. The workshop will be held in Meeting Rooms A and B on the lower level of the library at 200 Municipal Drive. The free workshop offers the opportunity to learn more about DAR membership. The Lily of the Cahaba Chapter meets the second Saturday of each month, September through May. The chapter is based in Hoover and serves the surrounding communities. For more information, contact Shelby Bailey at


Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, M.K. Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. Tickets are $45.25-$100.85 and are available at all Ticketmaster locations and the BJCC Central Ticket Office, which is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 800-745-3000.

American Idol Live July 26, 8 p.m. BJCC The Red Mountain Theatre will present American Idol Live at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex at 8 p.m. July 26. The show will feature Season 13 finalists C.J.


Schaeffer Eye Center CityFest July 26, 10 a.m. Railroad Park Schaeffer Eye Center CityFest will start at 10 a.m. July 26 at Railroad Park in Birmingham. The event will combine music, craft beer and food trucks. The free event will emphasize local flavor. There will also be a children’s area. For more information, visit www.


Cliff and Ashley Nail are breaking out their best 1980s fashions for the Ronald McDonald House Young Leadership Board’s Don’t Stop Believin’ 80s Prom fundraiser on July 26 in Birmingham. Photo special to the Journal

Don’t Stop Believin’ 80s Prom July 26, 7-10 p.m. Woodrow Hall The Ronald McDonald House Young Leadership Board will host the inaugural Don’t Stop Believin’ 80s Prom fundraiser July 26 at Woodrow Hall, 5504 First Ave. North, Birmingham. The event will run from 7-10 p.m. and will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. Those attending are encouraged to come dressed in their best 80s prom clothes for a night of music and dancing. Tickets are $50 each or $80 per couple and include food, beer and wine. For more information, visit or call 638-7372. ❖

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The junior board of Easter Seals of Birmingham is making plans for the third annual Fenders and Fireflies fundraiser at Old Car Heaven on Aug. 7.


Fenders and Fireflies Fundraiser Photo special to the Journal Aug. 7, 5:30-10 p.m. Old Car Heaven Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area will host the third annual Fenders and Fireflies event Aug. 7 at Old Car Heaven in downtown Birmingham. Presented by Merrill Lynch, the event will feature live and silent auctions, catering by Cocina Superior, music by Rollin’ in the Hay and the event’s signature Firefly cocktails. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 for a couple. Corporate sponsorships packages are also available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The silent auction will end at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 313-2187. Birmingham

Slow Art Sunday July 27, 2-3 p.m. Birmingham Museum of Art Take a close look at the Japanese piece Imari Charger when the Birmingham Museum of Art hosts Slow Art Sunday from 2-3 p.m. July 27. Docents will be on hand to answer questions. This is a free event. For more information, visit or call 254-2571. Hoover

Justin Cross Performance July 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Hoover Public Library The Hoover Public Library will host a performance by singer-songwriter Justin Cross from 2:30-4:30 p.m. July 27. His song “Drink the Water” has more than 1 million views on YouTube. This is a free event. For more information, visit www. or call 444-7821. Hoover

Monte D’Oro Anniversary July 27, 2-4 p.m. Aldridge Gardens The Monte D’Oro neighborhood in Hoover will celebrate its 50th anniversary July 27 from 2-4 p.m. at Aldridge Gardens on Lorna Road. The event will be held in the pavilion and will feature ice cream and cake, dancing and music from the Kool Kats and a chance to meet current and former neighbors. Door prizes will also be given away at the event. To make reservations to attend, email Birmingham

ArtBreak: Swords of the Samurai July 29, noon-12:30 p.m. Birmingham Museum of Art Feed your body and mind with ArtBreak: Swords of the Samurai at the Birmingham Museum of Art July 29. A 20-30 minute gallery talk begins at noon. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and get a free dessert. Japanese sword specialist Ray Deadman will lead a tour of the swords in the museum’s Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor exhibition. To attend, you must purchase a ticket to the exhibition, which is $10 for nonmembers. For more information, visit or call 254-2571.


Pet Loss Support Group July 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Homewood Public Library The Greater Birmingham Humane Society will host a pet loss support group meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 29 at the Homewood Public Library. This group provides support for those grieving the loss of their pets. The group will meet for four consecutive Tuesday evenings. Participation is free, but reservations are requested since space is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Mary-Grace Wilson, GBHS volunteer coordinator, at or at 942-1211. The meetings will be held in Room 110. Homewood

Teen Summer Reading Finale July 29, 3-5 p.m. Homewood Public Library The Homewood Public Library will host a pizza party and movie screening at the finale of the teen summer reading program from 3-5 p.m. July 29. The program will be held in the large auditorium. This is a free event, but reservations are requested. For reservations or more information, contact Leslie West at lwest@bham.lib. or at 332-6620. Vestavia Hills

Summer Reading Finale Party July 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest The Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest will hold its summer reading finale party from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 31. “Magic Man” Bill Packard will perform two shows. In between, there will be a picnic lunch and drawings for the final summer reading and online prizes. Participants must be present to win. For more information, visit www. Shelby County

Shake and Bake Run Aug. 2, 8 a.m. Town of Mt Laurel The 11th annual Shake and Bake 5K benefiting the NorthStar Soccer Club will be Aug. 2 in Mt Laurel, located on Highway 41 off U.S. 280. Registration is $25 through Aug. 1 and $30 on race day. Registration and check-in are from

6:30-7:45 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. Awards and prizes will be given after the race. For more information, visit www. Birmingham

A Night of Big Stars Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m. Alys Stephens Center Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham will host the third annual A Night of Big Stars from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. The fundraiser is presented by Founders Investment Banking to help continue to provide mentors to children in the greater Birmingham area. The evening will include a cocktail hour, a live onstage production and a seated dinner. Whit DeBardeleben The production will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner catered by Yellow Bicycle Catering Company. Duane Donner and Whit DeBardeleben are the Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s event. For more information, email Chris Hicks, chief development officer, at chicks@ or call 939-5590. Birmingham

Japanese Film Festival Aug. 7-10 Birmingham Museum of Art The Birmingham Museum of Art will host a Japanese film festival Aug. 7-10 as part of its Lethal Beauty exhibit. Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Cathleen Cummings, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will introduce each film and then lead a Q&A session after each screening. “Harakiri” will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 7. “Ronin” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8. At 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9, “From Up on Poppy Hill” will be shown. The film festival will conclude with a screening of “Seven Samurai” at 1 p.m. Aug. 10. For more information, visit or call 254-2571.


Radio Hero Aug. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Homewood Public Library Bob Friedman will present Radio Hero: The Story of Paul “Tall Paul” White at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Homewood Public Library. Friedman’s presentation will include an imaginative mix of sound, visuals and commentary to tell how DJs and radio stations contributed to the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham. This event is free. Visit or call 332-6625. Birmingham

“Can You Repeat That?” Knowledge Challenge Aug. 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Virginia Samford Theatre Watch Birmingham history entertainingly repeat itself in a 90-minute live game show on stage at the Virginia Samford Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7. “Can You Repeat That?,” the Birmingham History Center quiz show, will challenge four teams of Birmingham’s most knowledgeable pundits on facts and fancy of the Magic City’s past and present. The show’s format is produced by the Birmingham History Center with content donated by and its publisher, John Morse. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit www. or call 2024146.

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given away after the race. For more information, call 603-6049. Birmingham

Sloss Furnaces Celebrity Ghost Hunt Aug. 9, 5-9:30 p.m. Sloss Furnaces Join Amy Bruni and Adam Berry from the Syfy Channel for the Celebrity Ghost Hunt at Sloss Furnaces National Historical Landmark from 5-9:30 p.m. Aug. 9. The event will include a ghost hunt, photos, autographs and a meet and greet with the stars and the staff at Sloss. Tickets are $39. For more information, email bookings@ or call 800604-9101.


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Southern Summer Night Aug. 8, 6-11 p.m. Regions Field The Junior Board of Hands On Birmingham will host the Southern Summer Night fundraiser from 6-11 p.m. Aug. 8 at Regions Field in downtown Birmingham. The event will be held in the banquet hall and will feature food, live music, an auction and a Barons game. Proceeds will support Hands On Birmingham volunteer programs. Tickets are $40. For more information, visit www. or call 4588933. ❖

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BOE Meeting July 30, 6 p.m. BOE Building The Vestavia Hills Board of Education will hold a meeting starting at 6 p.m. on July 30 at the Board of Education building at 1204 Montgomery Highway. For more information, visit www. or call 402-5100.

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The second annual sale will be July 26 with participating merchants and restaurants holding specials and sales starting at 9 a.m. Journal photo by Maury Wald

Homewood Sidewalk Sale Set for July 26 Homewood Chamber of Commerce officials said they expect this year’s Downtown Edgewood and Homewood Sidewalk Sale to be even bigger than last year’s event. The second annual sale will be July 26 with participating merchants and restaurants holding specials and sales starting at 9 a.m. “Last year, a large number of merchants and restaurants participated in the sale, and several more are looking forward to being a part of the fun this year,” said Tricia Ford, the chamber’s executive director. Mountain Brook

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LOVE Carnival Aug. 10, 4-8 p.m. Knesseth Israel Congregation Knesseth Israel Congregation will host the inaugural LOVE Carnival from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 10 at 3100 Overton Road in Mountain Brook. The familyfriendly event will include rides, food and games. The cost is $25 for an all-inclusive ride bracelet. For more information, visit, email office at or call 969-5913. Hoover

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The Homewood Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the sale again this year. “Shoppers are encouraged to arrive early as select merchandise will be marked down up to 75 percent,” Ford said. For more information on the second annual Downtown Edgewood and Homewood Sidewalk Sale, visit the Homewood Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page, or call the chamber office at 8715631. ❖


Meet the Artist Reception Aug. 14, 6-8 p.m. Aldridge Gardens Aldridge Gardens will hold a Meet the Artist reception with Larry K. Martin from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14. After a career in tropical medicine, Martin combined his life experience and love of the natural world to become a renowned wildlife artist. Aldridge Gardens is located at 3530 Lorna Road in Hoover. For more information, visit or call 682-8019. Hoover

Coach Devon Hind Book Signing Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Hoover Public Library Hoover High School coach Devon Hind will share life lessons and stories of leadership during an event at the Hoover Public Library Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Hind will speak and then sign copies of his book “Run for Your Life!” on the Library Plaza. Hind has coached cross-country and track at Hoover High for more than 21 years. The book is a compilation of inspirational letters Hind has written to his students over the years. For more information on the event, visit or call 444-7840. Homewood

Block Party and Pig Roast Aug. 16, 4-7 p.m. Homewood Public Library The Homewood Library Foundation will hold its first block party and pig roast fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the library’s large parking lot. The event will include music, food and activities for all ages. Money to support the library will be raised through $20 ticket donations, which includes a meal catered by Little Donkey restaurant. Tickets must be bought in advance at the library. Food trucks will also be at the event, and a local band will provide music. The Homewood Public Library is located

at 1721 Oxmoor Road. For more information, visit homewoodpubliclibary. org or call 332-6600. Mountain Brook

Boiling N’ Bragging Aug. 16, 6-9 p.m. Otey’s Tavern Football fans and seafood lovers are invited to the ultimate football season kickoff party Aug. 16 at Otey’s Tavern in Mountain Brook. Boiling N’ Bragging, a benefit for the Critical Care Transport program at Children’s of Alabama, will bring football fans of all ages together from 6-9 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music, $1 drink specials, kids’ activities and a celebrity appearance by Lance Taylor from WJOX’s Roundtable. Guests are encouraged to wear their team colors. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children 10 and younger get in free. Street parking will be available. Otey’s Tavern is located at 224 Country Club Park. Register online at For sponsorship opportunities, contact Mindy Wald at mindy.wald@childrensal. org or call 638-9956. Homewood

CDF Community Fest Aug. 17, 2-5 p.m. Children’s Dance Foundation The Community Dance Foundation will host Community Fest from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 17 at the CDF Community Arts Center in downtown Homewood. The free community event will include a kids’ craft zone where children can make a musical shaker, a beach ball room for toddlers, dancing, performances by local groups, drumming, live music, a bounce house, photo booth, silent auction and contests and prizes. The CDF Community Arts Center is located at 1715 27th Court South in Homewood. For more information, visit www. or call 870-0073. ❖

Erickson Is Trinity UMC Senior Pastor Designate Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood has a new senior pastor designate. The Rev. Brian Erickson has been appointed to the post by Bishop Debra WallacePadgett of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Brian Erickson The 39-yearold pastor started his new job June 15. He will succeed Andy Wolfe, 65, who will retire in June 2015. Wolfe has served at Trinity UMC since 1997 and is the church’s longest-serving pastor. The senior pastor designate model is patterned after a plan that Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas has used effectively, Trinity UMC officials said. Erickson is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and received his master of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He comes to Trinity UMC after serving as senior pastor of the 900-member First United Methodist Church in Alabaster during a period of significant growth in membership and mission outreach. Erickson coordinated the acquisition of a shopping center in Alabaster that hosts a contemporary worship service, Hispanic ministry, special needs ministry and a food bank that feeds 100 families on Saturdays. Wolfe has led Trinity UMC during a time of dramatic growth of membership, outreach and facilities. The church now has 3,300 members, church officials said.

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Fessler Named New Youth Pastor at Liberty Crossings UMC A Vestavia Hills resident was recently named to a new post at Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church. The Rev. Eric Fessler has been appointed youth pastor at the church. He holds Eric Fessler a degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech University and a master’s of divinity degree from Emory University. Fessler has been a youth minister since 2001. He lives in Liberty Park with his wife, Tiffany, and the couple’s 4-year-old son, Marshall.

Travelute and Michael Honon, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout after earning the Arrow of Light Award and 21 merit badges. He served in leadership positions in Benjamin Honan Troop 86, including instructor and patrol leader. Honan was nominated by his troop to receive the Order of the Arrow Award,

the honor society of Scouts. For his Eagle Scout service project, Honan built and installed four garden benches around the perimeter of the athletic fields at Cherokee Bend Elementary School in Mountain Brook. The Mountain Brook High School student runs cross country and track, plays guitar and piano, is a teachers’ assistant and is a song leader at Temple Emanu-El Sunday School. He is also vice president of his youth group and is involved in Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity. Honan is the son of Drs. Roxanne Travelute and Michael Honan.

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Groundbreaking Held for New City Hall Complex By Keysha Drexel Journal editor

Less than half a year after he first revealed plans for a new City Hall complex, Vestavia Hills Mayor Alberto “Butch” Zaragoza joined other city officials to break ground on the new 57,000-square-foot facility at 1032 Montgomery Highway. The city hosted a groundbreaking for the new City Hall complex June 25 to kick off the construction phase of the project officials said will help move Vestavia Hills into the future. “We are no longer a small city, and we’ve needed a new city hall for quite some time,” Zaragoza said. The current Vestavia Hills City Hall was built in the early 1950s. The city’s staff has outgrown the cramped

quarters, Zaragoza said. The new Vestavia Hills City Hall Complex will consist of two buildings, the mayor said. A new 26,000-square-foot building will serve as the main City Hall building and will house administration offices, public safety offices, fire administration offices, the city clerk’s office, information technology offices, the City Council’s chambers and a work session room. The new Vestavia Hills City Hall will be a two-story building with a two-story grand lobby, a stacked stone and precast concrete exterior and a display space to celebrate the city’s history, sports highlights and ongoing events. There will also be an outdoor amphitheater at the complex for city-

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Work Should Start Soon on Lane Parke Retail Phase By William C. Singleton III Journal contributor

The retail phase of the Lane Parke development in Mountain Brook should begin construction by fall, the project’s developer said. John Evans with Evson Inc. told Mountain Brook City Council members at a recent meeting that construction should start on the retail portion of the development in a few months. He said if everything goes according to plan, stores should open in the fall or winter of 2015. “All in all, I’d say we’re in good shape,” Evans said. Evson and Daniel Corp. are developing the $140 million Lane Parke project that will include about 166,000 square feet of retail space, about 30,000 square feet of office space, a 100-room luxury hotel and a

274-unit apartment complex. The new development will replace the much older 71,000-square-foot Mountain Brook Shopping Center and Park Lane Apartments in Mountain Brook Village, built in 1955 and 1948, respectively, and torn down to make way for the new development. Officials have already announced that The Kessler Collection plans to build a luxurious Grand Bohemian Hotel on the development. The hotel is expected to be open by next summer, they say. Mountain Brook officials say the Lane Parke development will be built in three phases and take about three years to complete. The retail development represents the first phase. Evans recently appeared before the council to provide an update on the project. He said developers are one tenant shy of having about 80

This artist’s rendering shows what the new Western Market will look like when it opens in the Lane Parke development. Special to the Journal

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Interstate 459 to Get Median Barrier Cables Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey announced last week that barrier cables will be installed soon in the median of Interstate 459 between Acton Road and Exit 13. Ivy said the city has received notification from John Cooper, director

of the Alabama Department of Transportation that the barrier cables will be installed within 60 days. “We deeply appreciate Director Cooper working with our office and staff to make these safety cables a reality. The installation comes at a particularly good time as our children will be starting back to school soon,” Ivy said in a news release. “We are very proud

Vestavia Hills broke ground on the new 57,000-square-foot City Hall complex being built on Montgomery Highway. From left: John Henley, Steve Ammons, George Pierce, Mayor Alberto “Butch” Zaragoza and Jim Sharp. Photo special to the Journal by Deloye Burrell

sponsored events. A covered walkway will link the City Hall and the second building in the complex, a 24,000-square-foot facility that will house the city’s police and courts offices.

The two-story building will include space for a courtroom, magistrate’s office, a holding facility and the public records department. A police desk sergeant will be on duty at the police department building to provide service

percent of the retail space pre-leased. “Once we do that, we’ll take the leases and go to financial institutions. And at the point that we have funding in hand, then we’ll come out to the public who the tenants are and give a more accurate timeline,” Evans said. “With Kessler coming on board, the interest from high-end retailers really percolated up. We’re really excited. The mix will be really good.” Robert Jolly, president of Retail Specialists, said developers are currently negotiating with that one tenant. He said all new tenants in the retail space will be “first to market” tenants, meaning “they’ll be having their first location in Alabama in Mountain Brook Village.”  Jolly also said developers are intentionally reserving 20 percent of the retail spaces.  “We believe the interest and the economics improve once there’s physical progress, so some of the vacancies have been strategic,” he said. Western Supermarket will also have a spot in the new retail building. Western Supermarket operated a store on property that is now part of the new Lane Parke development. Jolly said the supermarket should be ready in nine months. As far as the apartments, the first building was completed a month ago, and the last building will be finished by September or October, Evans said.  “The demand is high. We see a lot of out-of-state (license) plates. We’re very excited,” he said. ❖

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to the community 24 hours a day. The new City Hall building is being constructed at the site of the former Food World and Joe’s Ranch House on Mayland Lane. The city bought the former Food World site for $1.15 million and the Mayland Lane property for $825,000. B.L. Harbert is the construction manager for the City Hall complex project, and Birmingham-based Williams Blackstock Architects is the designer. ❖

Wallis Resigns from Council By William C. Singleton III Journal contributor

Homewood City Council member Jenifer Champ Wallis has resigned her seat on the council and is relocating to the West Coast. Wallis, who served in the Ward 4 Place 1 seat, told fellow city officials at the July 14 council meeting she is moving to Los Angeles to practice law. She said she was offered a position with a national law firm there. She has practiced law since 2005 and currently owns Wallis Law Firm. She said she is moving at the end of the month. In a message on her Facebook

page, Wallis shared her appreciation for living in Homewood and the residents who’ve supported her. “Thank you all so much for your support and involvement,” she said. “I will always cherish the experience of serving as an elected official but look forward to this next chapter of life. Homewood is being left in the best hands, and I am excited to watch all of the wonderful things we’ve been planning come to fruition. ” Wallis was elected to the city council in August 2012. With Wallis’ resignation, the city council is now taking applications for her replacement. The application deadline is July 25. ❖

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Tax Break Weekend Is Aug. 1-3 By Emily Williams Journal intern

Parents in Over the Mountain cities can make a dent in their back-toschool to-do lists during the state’s annual sales tax holiday, set for the first weekend in August. Alabama will have its ninth annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 1 through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 3. During the weekend, shoppers can purchase school clothes and supplies without having to pay state and some local taxes on the items. Jefferson County will not lift its sales tax during the weekend, but Shelby County shoppers will see a break at the cash register on their backto-school purchases. Homewood, Hoover, Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills are also participating in the sales tax holiday, which started in 2006.

Some of the tax-exempt items included in the weekend event are school uniforms, belts, pants, shirts, shoes and other general clothing items under $100 per item. Computers and software, including laptops, PCs, printers, printer ink and paper, will also be tax exempt Aug. 1-3. In this category, items priced $750 and below are eligible for tax-exempt status. School supplies are limited to $50 and under for each item, including binders, pens, pencils, paper and art supplies. The sales tax holiday does not include exemptions on jewelry, sports equipment, cellular devices or furniture. For more information and a full list of exempt items, visit the Alabama Department of Revenue website at ❖

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School Superintendent Gets ‘Excellent’ Rating By William C. Singleton III Journal contributor

Hoover City School Superintendent Andy Craig received an “excellent” rating on his most recent evaluation. The Alabama Association of School Boards released his evaluation at the June 9 Hoover school board meeting. Craig was graded on 11 categories related to his job responsibility. He was graded by board members, adminAndy Craig istrators and principals in all of those categories and graded by community members in all but three of the categories. Craig’s job evaluation involved the five-member board, central office staff, principals, Hoover residents and Mayor Gary Ivey.  The rating scale included 1 for unsatisfactory, 2 for below standard, 3 for standard, 4 for above standard and 5 for exemplary. The community was not allowed to score Craig in the areas of chief executive officer, personnel management or professional responsibilities because those duties lie outside the community’s experience, said Susan

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anything for granted.” The founder of the conservative think-tank Alabama Policy Institute easily defeated his more politically experienced opponent, who has served eight years in the Alabama Legislature. DeMarco held a lead over Palmer in votes and campaign spending coming out of the June Republican primary. The unofficial tally in the runoff election had Palmer leading with 62 percent of the vote compared to DeMarco’s 38 percent. Palmer said starting out in the race as the underdog will fuel him going into the general election. “A lot of people knew me from API, but my name ID was 2 percent in January,” he said. “So we have no reason to be overconfident.” Palmer said he expects DeMarco’s supporters to follow him into the general election. But, again, he’s not taking that for granted either, he said.  “I’m going after all of the voters,” he said. “I’m going after every voter in the district. This is a message about the country, not about the party.” A disappointed DeMarco congratulated Palmer on his victory and said he had no regrets. “Obviously, I’m disappointed, but I’m proud of all the supporters we’ve had and who’ve volunteered the past six months on this campaign,” DeMarco said. DeMarco was heavily criticized by Palmer supporters and local media for an

Salter, AASB director of leadership development. Craig rated highest in his management of technology with an average score of 4.5 and his management of the school system’s facilities (4.4). He received his lowest average scores in community relations and communication and interpersonal relations (3.7). “As you will see, this is an excellent evaluation,” Salter said. “There are mostly fours from all four groups” evaluating the superintendent. Craig’s “technology and financial skills are regarded very highly, and communication is an area for some potential growth,” Salter said. Craig said he wanted to further review the evaluation but agreed the assessment yielded areas he could work on. School board president Donna Frazier called it a “very good evaluation.” “And I appreciate all that you do for the schools,” Frazier said. In scores from individual groups, the highest average score the board gave Craig was in the category management of technology (4.7), and its lowest score for him was in community relations (3.3). The community’s high score was in management of technology and management of facilities (4.2), and its lowest score was in communication and interpersonal relations (3.2). But Salter cautioned that scoring in the threes isn’t bad. ad which implied Palmer supported raising taxes. The ad pulled a statement by Palmer backing a tax increase but omitted the context in which Palmer framed his support. Palmer’s supporters said the ad was misleading, and even Palmer said it may have helped him in the runoff. “Paul’s a good guy, but he got some bad advice,” Palmer said. DeMarco declined to address whethTo: er the ad had any influence onFrom: the outcome of the runoff. “I’m not doing any post-mortems,” Date: he said. “I’m proud of my team. I’m proud of the folks who worked for me. I’m proud of all the volunteers. That’s what I’m looking at.” DeMarco would not say whether he’d seek public office in the future but said he does expect to be active in the community. “There are a lot of issues that are important to all of us as citizens, and we’ll continue to (support those issues). I love my state and I love my nation,” DeMarco said. In the other Over the Mountain race decided July 15, Arnold Mooney defeated Amie Beth Shaver in the House District 43 Republican runoff. Mooney, who works in commercial real estate, unofficially received 68 percent of the vote, compared to Shaver’s 32 percent. Mooney will replace Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs Village, who did not seek reelection. House District 43 encompasses north-central Shelby County, Helena, Indian Springs, Pelham and parts of south Jefferson County. ❖

“In education, we have the mindset that a 3–meeting expectation–is not sufficient,” she said. “Let me say, if you’re meeting expectations that is not a poor score.” To view a copy of the 2014 superintendent’s evaluation, visit www. and click the “news” link. ❖


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Positive Maturity will hold the inaugural Top 50 Over 50 gala at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on July 31. Ty Dodge, Debra Goldstein, Stanley Virciglio and Sherri Van Pelt, from left, are among the 50 Birmingham area residents being recognized by the organization. Photos special to the Journal

community partnerships throughout Jefferson, Shelby, Blount and Walker counties and has increased its services to include the Aging Workers Are Reliable Employees program, the foster grandparents program and the senior companion program. Additionally, Positive Maturity provides recreation through the Shepherd Center East

program and social services through its geriatric social worker program. The Top 50 Over 50 gala is sponsored by the city of Birmingham and several other local organizations and agencies. Mike Royer of Alabama 13 will be the emcee for the event. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by a seated dinner.

The Top 50 Over 50 award recipients will be honored shortly after the dinner. Those being honored for their achievements in business, civic engagement, encore careers and advocacy include J. Dudley Pewitt, Nick Saban, Bud Cason, Ellyn Grady, Yolanda Sullivan, Jesse Lewis, Max Cooper, Joan Perry, Priscilla Davis, Chris Green, Ty Dodge, Chris Monceret, Brenda Hackney, John Lauriello, John Beard, Annetta Verin, Renea Mitchell McKinney, A.C. Roper, Robert Haley, Dorris Maddox, Maria Bouchelle Campbell, Gary Burley, Paul Kennedy, Helen Shores Lee, Cameron Vowell, Richard Weiss, J.D. Simpson, Glory Abercrombie, Marion Kristine Mueller, Kenneth Jackson, C.H. “Stretch” Dunn, Alice McSpadden Williams, José Antonio Valencia, Debra H. Goldstein, Sherri Van Pelt, Stanley Virciglio, Alan Poole, Miller Piggott, Van L. Richey, Frances Ross Nolan, Dennis Pappas Sr., Tony Ippolito, Luis Pineda, Martha Bidez, Richard Arrington, William Miller, Shelley Stewart and Frank Stitt. Tickets are $100, winner’s table seating for six is $1,000 and VIP seating for a table of eight is $1,200. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit For more information on Positive Maturity, visit ❖

People Notes Tucker Wins Boys & Girls Clubs Scholarship A Vestavia Hills resident has been awarded a full-tuition scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama and the University of Phoenix. Scott Tucker, who has a 20-year tenure with BGCCA, was among only 30 applicants nationwide to receive the scholarship to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree. Tucker said he plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration with the scholarship. He is vice president of programming for BGCCA and has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alabama. “Over the years, I have become more and more interested in the business aspect of management, and I feel that an MBA will help me develop my leadership capabilities while broadening my scope of organizational structure,” Tucker said. “I hope to use the skills that I learned from this program to advance within the Boys & Girls Club movement.” Tucker said he had thought about going back to school for several years, but it was a single experience on Sept. 29, 2011 that cemented his decision to pursue a master’s degree. Tucker said the birth of his daughter, Penelope, was the most transformative moment of his life and instantly made him want to give back even more and make the world a better place for his daughter. “Having a child made my decision clear, and I now know that completing my MBA will enable me to have more opportunities for advancement and career development,” Tucker said.

Paul Harris Fellows Honored by Rotary Club The Vestavia Hills Rotary Club recently honored its Paul Harris Fellows at the Paul Harris Appreciation Dinner at The Club in Homewood.

The Paul Harris Fellowship recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute or who have contributions made in their name of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to the Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. The club has several members who are Paul Harris Fellows. They are Dan Beaty, Lee Bendall, Stacey Berthon, Fran Buchan, Chuck Conyers, Ed Daniels, Ed Davidson, Bradley Dennis, Cleve Earnest, Paul Edfeldt, Mona Fisher, George Gammill, Russ Greenhalgh, Floyd Hair, John Harper, Chris Harrison and Ray Hester. Other Paul Harris Fellows are Kent Howard, Greg Jeane, Peter Kirchikov, George Langley, Steve Marmurek, Lindy Martin, Georgia Medori, Ron Musgrove, Steve Odle and Wayne Pate. Joe Perez, Jeremy Schrimsher, Scott Selman, Stan Sims, Charles Smith, Iradj Sooudi, Joe Staab, Jim St. John, Leda Summer, Tommy Tillman, Maury Wald, Lance Webster, David Whitt, Don Wiginton, Don Wilson and John Wright are also Paul Harris Fellows. Several of the members’ spouses are also honorary fellows. Don Wilson and Greg Jeane

at major meetings, congresses and universities in North America and Europe. She is on the editorial boards of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Current Eye Research and Progress in Retinal and Eye Research. She is a charter member of Disease and Pathophysiology of the Visual System study section.

addressed the honorees and their spouses on the club’s successful selection of scholarship award recipients and the club’s recent honor as a selected participant in Rotary’s new international program, World Vision.

Mountain Brook Resident Honored for Research A resident of Mountain Brook was recently honored for her contributions to vision research. Christine A. Curcio, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is the recipient of the 2014 Ludwig von Sallmann Prize, awarded to an individual for significant contributions to vision research and ophthalmology. This is Curcio’s third international award in 13 years for her research on aging and age-related macular degeneration. The award is conferred by the Ludwig von Sallmann Foundation at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Eye Research. The award honors the internationally respected ophthalmologist and researcher for which it is named. Curcio will accept the prize at the International Society for Eye Research Biennial Meeting in July. At the meeting she will also give a lecture titled “What the Photoreceptors Taught Us About

Powell Is First Runner-up in National Pageant Dr. Christine A. Curcio of Mountain Brook was recently awarded the 2014 Ludwig von Sallmann Prize. Photo special to the Journal

Their Support System in Aging and AgeRelated Macular Degeneration.” Curcio is the director of the UAB Age-Related Macular Degeneration Histopathology Lab and also is scientific director of the Alabama Eye Bank. Her research focuses on aging, age-related macular degeneration with emphasis on pathobiology, image validation through histology and collaborative genomics studies. Curcio has written or co-written more than 90 journal articles and has presented abstracts at vision meetings every year since 1985. She has delivered about 150 invited lectures

The Vestavia Hills Rotary Club recently honored the Paul Harris Fellows. Photo special to the Journal

A Hoover resident was named the first runner-up in the Distinguished Young Women National Finals competition in Mobile last month. Madeline Powell, a Spain Park High School graduate, was presented with a cash scholarship of $25,000 for winning the first runner-up title. She also earned preliminary competition awards in the self-expression, interview and scholastics categories and received an additional $3,000 in cash scholarships. Following a selection process that began in Alabama, Powell traveled to Mobile along with 49 other state representatives to participate in community activities and prepare for the 57th annual national competition. Powell won $28,000 in cash scholarships through her participation in the Distinguished Young Women program at the national level. Founded in 1958 in Mobile, Distinguished Young Women is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls. Last year, Distinguished Young Women provided more than $367 million in cash and college scholarship opportunities to program participants at the local, state and national levels. Previously known as America’s Junior Miss, the program announced its new name in June 2010. Powell will attend the University of Alabama this fall and said she plans to become a physician. She is the daughter of Nancy and David Powell.

Brooke Honored by Boys and Girls Clubs guished himself or herself A board member of through areas including the Boys and Girls Clubs promotion of the area counof Central Alabama has cil network, service on area received a national award. council committees and serMaggie Brooke of vice to his or her local club. Redmont was presented Brooke, who said she was with the W. Clement Stone pleased to receive the award, Outstanding Achievement was honored for several of Award for an Individual her efforts, including impleMay 2 in San Francisco at menting her idea to establish the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maggie Brooke an annual Legislative Day at America’s national conferthe local clubhouses. ence. “It has become a wonderful event, The award recognizes the excepand the area politicians appreciate the tional performance and service opportunity to learn more about our of a local Area Council Committee programs and the effect we’re having member who has particularly distin-

Girl Scout Group Honors OTM Volunteers with Awards Several Over the Mountain residents were among those recognized by the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama at its annual meeting. The organization honored several volunteers from the Birmingham metro area at an awards brunch April 26. Frances Faulks, Jeanette Humes and Peggie Myles of Birmingham received the Juliette’s Pearls award. This award recognizes outstanding volunteers who have served Girl Scouts for 10 or more years. Maria Burke of Vestavia Hills, Judy Cullinan of Mountain Brook and Dee Walker and Joyce Christian of Birmingham received the Appreciation Pin. The pin recognizes outstanding service which goes beyond the expectations for the recipient’s position. Rachel Estes of Homewood and Beverly Alldredge of Birmingham received the Honor Pin. This award recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to surpass its mission delivery goals. Allison Rudick and Annette Wickert of Trussville, Sherry Holloway of Mount Olive and Catherine Fowler

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of Mountain Brook received the Volunteer of Excellence award. This award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls to teach leadership or who have supported the delivery of the council’s mission to girl and adult members. Service Units 54 in Mountain Brook and 56 in Shades Mountain received the Girl Scouts of the USA President’s Award. Accepting the awards on behalf of volunteers of each unit were Judy Cullinan, service unit manager for Mountain Brook, and Joan Page, service unit manager for Shades Mountain. The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a geographic area team or program delivery team in moving its assigned area or audience toward achievement of the council’s goals. Sheila Smith of Birmingham and Linda DeLong of Hoover received the Thanks Badge II. The award honors a previous Thanks Badge I recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the total council of the entire Girl Scout Movement. Joan Page of Birmingham received the 30 Years of Service pin. ❖

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on the lives of the youth who come to our clubs. That is one thing that I did that got national attention,” she said. Brooke’s significant role in fundraising for the nine clubs in the Greater Birmingham area has also gained her national attention. In 2012, the BGCCA board of directors worked together to raise $2.3 million to build the Tom & Gean

Cleckler Teen Center. The more than 15,000-square-foot facility opened its doors in May 2013, she said. “I work hard for (the children served by BGCCA) and give so much of my time and resources because some of these children have nowhere to go, and some just come and have fun,” she said. “Without Boys and Girls Clubs, a whole lot of kids would be falling through the cracks. Without a place to go after school, a lot of kids get in trouble. They need to have a place to go where they can make a

good choice.” Brooke said some kids start the afterschool program when they’re 6 and stay until they’re 18. “For some it’s their home away from home, and for some it’s all they have. They form a bond with staff, and it changes the course of their lives,” she said. Brooke was elected chairman of the BGCCA Board in 2006. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in design. ❖

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ore than 2,800 guests came out for the second installment of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series earlier this month. The Birmingham Museum of Art’s July program of the summertime series Art On The Rocks was held July 11. The event was part of the 10th season of Art On The Rocks, which is dedicated to celebrating culture through music, art and food. The event began at 7 p.m. and continued until 11 p.m. All aspects of the evening were inspired by the museum’s newest summer exhibit, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.  Guests were allowed access to the Lethal Beauty exhibit and to all other museum exhibits throughout the night. After entering the museum’s Eighth Avenue lobby, guests were invited to enter to win a piece of jewelry donated by Bromberg’s or have their pictures taken in a photo booth, courtesy of The Simple Booth. Guests dined on Asian-inspired hors d’oeuvres, including a hot dumpling bar in the Eighth Avenue lobby and a “make-your-own” lo mein buffet in Oscar’s Café. At 8 p.m., guests had the chance to view a series of short films depicting the history of the production and consumption of one of Japan’s national beverages, saké.  In addition, Junior Patrons of the museum were invited to take part in a saké tasting in the VIP tents on the Upper Plaza of the Sculpture Gardens. At 9 p.m., guests enjoyed a fashion show produced by Southern Femme and Saks Fifth Avenue in Oscar’s Cafe. Models walked the runway in clothing inspired by weapons and armor from the Lethal Beauty exhibit and inspired by traditional Japanese clothing.  DJ Coco provided music for the fashion show and continued to play top charting hits throughout the evening to entertain guests. Beginning at 10 p.m., Kopecky Family Band gave a concert for Junior Patrons in the VIP tents. All evening, guests could help create Amanda Browder’s upcoming Chromacity project. Patrons pinned large bolts of tie-dyed fabric together before sending the large sheets to Browder, who spent the evening sewing the pinned fabrics together. The project will debut at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts and the Alys Stephens Center later this summer. Though the event came to a close at 11 p.m., Art On The Rocks provided a new element to the event. As a part of the new after party, Art on the Rocks wristbands provided special discounts at Collin’s Bar, Carrigan’s Public House and Paramount. Those attending included Carleton and Jay Rivers, Elizabeth Fix, Caroline Brady, Mary Zeigler, Evelyn Griffin, Kate DeGuenther, Amy Syx, Vic Robertson, Lauren Lassiter, Elizabeth Ann Naro, Carrie Morgan, Rebecca Ryan, Christina Powell, Brian Boehm, Melissa and Matt Taylor, Cate Boehm, Waymond Jackson Jr., Kimberly L. Jackson, Elliot and Meredith Knight and Madeline and Ben Odendahl. The next Art On The Rocks event will be Aug. 15 from 7-11 p.m. and will feature a concert by Matrimony. For more information on Art On The Rocks and other Birmingham Museum of Art events, visit–Emily Williams, Journal intern ❖

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The Ballet Guild of Birmingham recently elected new officers. From left, front: Mary Bradley Anderson and Grace Kipp. Back: Miller Girvin, Lindsey Druhan, Maggie Baggett, Sarah Peinhardt, Jessica Thuston, Shelton Kitchen and Rebecca Wise. Ashley Jackson is not pictured. Photo special to the Journal

Graceful Transition

The Ballet Guild of Birmingham recently selected the women who will lead the group for the next year. The guild has elected and installed its new officers for 2014-2015. Grace Kipp is the new president. The group’s new executive vice president is Rebecca Wise. Ashley Jackson is treasurer and the parliamentarian is Lindsey Druhan. Jessica Thuston is the new corresponding secretary, Shelton Kitchen is committee secretary and Maggie Baggett is recording secretary.

Each year, the guild sponsors the Ball of Roses, a vital fundraiser for the Alabama Ballet. This year’s Ball of Roses chairman is Mary Bradley Anderson. Co-chairman is Sarah Peinhardt, and Miller Girvin is the Ball of Roses treasurer. The Ballet Guild of Birmingham is an invitational organization of young women dedicated to supporting the ballet in Birmingham through fundraising and volunteer work. The group was founded in 1959. Since its inception, the guild has raised more than $1 million for the Alabama Ballet. ❖

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Members of the Mountain Brook Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Delta recently gathered for their spring luncheon. The event, held at the home of Martha Debuys May 7, included the installation of the new officers and the recognition of members for their service. After the luncheon, a meeting was held to recap the events of the group’s busy year. During the meeting, two members were recognized for their service to the group and the community. This year’s honorees were Mary Stimpson Turner and Kendall Hughes Eagan. Turner received the Elizabeth Nesbitt Simpson Service Award in recognition for her service and involvement with the construction of the new Kappa Delta House at the University of Alabama. Eagan received the Garnett McAdams Deramus Community Service Award. She has been active in work with several Birmingham city projects and fundraisers.  Francie Deaton, who has served the group as president for the past two years, was honored for her dedication and service. Deaton then installed the group’s new officers. Katie Patrick is the new president. First vice presidents are Anna Carson, Lucie Haynes and Amy

Sipping and Sobbing

Camp Parents Get Together in Mentone Parents of Over the Mountain children recently gathered in Mentone for an annual event to celebrate the summer camp season. Parents of campers at Camp Laney and Skyline gathered July 6 on Lookout Mountain for the annual Camp Drop Off Sip and Sob party hosted by Kathy and Jay Skinner. This year marked the 10th year the Skinners have hosted the party at their mountain cabin. The event gives those attending a chance to reconnect after the campers have been settled into their cabins. Parents and the siblings of campers gathered for cool beverages and tasty snacks. Doug and Katie Smith stopped by with their son, Reed. Others attending included Christy Cater, Leigh Ann and Mark Haas, Lacey Robinson, Melanie Williams, Howard and Stacey Torch and Lori and Craig Tucker with their daughter, Brooke. Other guests enjoying finger sandwiches, cheese straws, sausage balls and assorted dips included Sally

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Knight. Betsy Harmon is second vice president, and Hallie Rawls is treasurer. Jordan Holt is in charge of membership, Irene Gardner is secretary and Elizabeth Outland is the editor in charge of publicity. Melissa Kenan and Cynthia Shearer are heading up the group’s philanthropic efforts. Lisa Flake and Adelaide Vandevelde are in charge of the Shamrock Committee. Leigh Bromberg is the University of Alabama liaison, and Kaci Chesbro is the Auburn University liaison. The group’s BirminghamSouthern College liaison is Megan LaRussa Chenoweth, and Michelle Knowles is the liaison to the University of Mississippi. Those attending the May meeting included Jane Avendale, Cindy Bagby, Amanda Barnes, Sara Beth Blair, Jane Brakefield, Leigh Bromberg, Walton Burchfield, Lisa

Burton and Warren Cain. Also attending were Mary Ruth Caldwell, Anna Carson, Dana Davis, Francie Deaton, Martha DeBuys, Torrey DeKeyser, Kendall Eagan, Janie Evans, Marlea Foster and Augusta Hassinger. Others spotted at the spring luncheon and meeting were Lucie Haynes, Beff King, Tricia Kirk, Amy Knight, Vicki Lukens, Lelie MacLeod, Leslie McLeod, Sheila McCallum, Anne Neighbors, Libby O’ Donnell, Anne Oliver and Kathy O’Rear. Elizabeth Outland, Katie Patrick, Murray Priester, Pam Pritchard, Hallie Rawls, Laura Susan Roberts, Mary Rooney, Cynthia Shearer, Teresa Shufflebarger, Tracy Simmons, Landon Stivender, Kitty White, Julia Wilcox, Alice Womack, Laura Dee Wood, Julie Wright and Susan Yarbro were also at the meeting. ❖

Waudby, Joy McPherson, Sumner and Jeff Starling and Robin and Nico Guerrs and their daughter, Emeline. Morgan and Margaret Cross and their son, Blair, enjoyed the rocking chairs on the cabin’s front porch with Walton and Key Foster and their son, Thomas. Campers’ siblings at the party included Wells and Alden Marks, who attended with their parents, Caldwell and Cathy Marks, and James Morano, who came to the party with his mom, Sally. Others attending included Lisa and Mike Bowling, Ann, Kennon and Charlotte Walthall and Steve Monson with his children, Mary Catherine and Connor.

The Skinners said the annual event has turned into a true family affair. Jay’s mother, Nancy Skinner, and Kathy’s parents, Boots and Becky Couvillon, help with the party preparations and welcome guests. Kathy’s brother, Larry Couvillon, attended this year with his daughter, Claire. Kathy’s sister, Faith Couvillon, also came to the party during her visit from Baltimore. The Sip and Sob Party started when the Skinner’s oldest son, Thomas, went off to Camp Laney for the first time. Thomas is now a rising senior at Mountain Brook High School and was happy to attend the party this year with his friend, George Keller. Thomas is now a junior counselor at Camp Laney. ❖

From left: Rosemary Gillespy, Faith Couvillon, Stacey Torch, Leigh Ann Haas, Kathy Skinner and Walton Foster. Photo special to the Journal

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was the speaker for event. The theme was “Come Home to Alpha Gamma Delta.� Representatives from six chapters attended. Mallory Mitchell from Montevallo and Hillary Flippo from UAB received the Senior Highest Scholarship Awards. Senior women from the two chapters welcomed into the Alumnae Circle included Caroline Bowlin, Kathryn Carter, Olivia Collette, Rachel Davidson, Clarissa Deal, Hillary Flippo, Haley Foshee, Kasey Heath, Mary Frances Howell,

Sabrina Jackson, Julia Meyer, Chelsea Myers, Cierra Myers and Layne Sims from UAB and Jana Hoffman, Jesilyn Loggins, Sara Lovett, Mallory Mitchell and Kimberly Thomas from the University of Montevallo. Other alumnae at the April event were Shauna Arnold, Amber Davenport Coleman, Anna Jones Coleman, Kim Swindle Glover, Rachel Green, Charlotte Powell Howton, Laura Burkards Junkin, Danielle McCreary, Lori McEwen Sims, Lisa Smaha and Kathy Richardson West. â?–

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Sorority Alums Host Summer Meeting Members of the Greater Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity gathered recently for a summer soiree. The group held its summer meeting June 3 at the home of Emily Putnam Fulton, first vice president of hospitality. President Elizabeth Estess Wilson presided over the meeting. Nancy Runyan Gaston made the recruitment report for Psi chapter at the University of Alabama, and Juliet Vascocu Stewart and Hayley Hammack Young gave the report for the Gamma Delta chapter at Auburn University. Judith Hayes Hand, permanent secretary, gave the report for the Gamma Omega chapter at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and for the other five chapters in the state. Other newly-elected officers for the Greater Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta are Kim Rains Hardwick, vice president of membership; Amy Nichols McCain, treasurer; and Betsy Weese Hoffman, secretary. A report was given from the April Philanthropic Meeting and Fashion Show by Trends & Treasures. Proceeds went to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, which supports scholarship, leadership and philanthropic endeavors, particularly diabetes education research. Members in attendance were Katherine McDavid Allen, Anne Smaha Banks, Laura Hogan Brand, Donna McLemore Coppedge, Amy Traylor Corcoran and Cathy Williams Culberson. Other members at the summer

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Birmingham Tri-Delts Hold Summer Gathering

Granville Interiors Opens in Birmingham “We travel extensively to bring you the newest designs from the finest name brands, as well as work to directly import the most intriguing one-of-a- kind pieces from craftsmen locally and around the globe,” says Craig Vinson who, along with his wife Suzanne, own Granville Interiors, LLC. “Ninety-nine percent of the of our upholstery is custom, made-toorder in the US. We can help you fill that one certain need for a space, or help you create a completely new look,” adds Suzanne. “Our selection of furniture, pillows, rugs, lighting, bedding, window treatments, and art is ever changing and evolving, so shop often. “We offer fair pricing to everyone, all of the time. From the people you meet in the store to the people that deliver your purchases to you, we love our work!” says Suzanne. “We love finding uncommon items and bringing them to the local marketplace, as well as finding custom upholstery with a variety of styles and sizes that are very functional for everyday living. Furniture should make a statement, but also be comfortable, functional, and very well made. It has to meet those criteria to be in our store. “We are a family owned small business and have had a location in Montgomery since 1997. Our Birmingham store opened earlier this summer. We’re excited about moving our family to this area and look forward to our children starting school this fall in the Mountain Brook school system,” said Craig. “Birmingham is a great place full of great people who love the city, and are awesome about supporting the shops and other local businesses that call Birmingham home. We give back to the communities that we are located in by supporting local non-profits and other organizations that make Birmingham a fantastic place to live, work, and play,” said Suzanne.

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Cuisine and Cocktails

Birmingham Chefs Cook up Charity Event While tasting delectable dishes with Some of the Birmingham metro area’s finest chefs teamed up for a good cause jazz playing in the background, more than 200 guests examined silent auction last month. items. The third annual Chefs for a Cure Those attending the third annual fundraiser was held at The Club event included Jeannine Bailey, June 19. Susan G. Komen North Mintrel Martin, Kelly and David Central Alabama and the Birmingham Bannister, Taylor Bannister, Lauren Originals hosted the event to raise and Addison Clowers and Hoover breast cancer awareness and money for High School football coach Josh research. Niblett and his wife, Karon Niblett. The evening kicked off with a Others enjoying the gourmet cocktail reception presented by Cathead cuisine and signature cocktails Vodka. Josh Schaff of Satterfield’s were David Harville, Patsy Blake, mixed a signature cocktail as Nick Rebecca DiPiazza and Trey Hamer, Hartmann of Ice by Design showCarol Fagin, Melinda Fagin, Jarvis cased his ice sculpture that held the To: Craig Escott, Chris and Beth Hamer, Ellen event’s other signature cocktail. Over The Mountain Journal,Zoe PHONE: 205-823-9646 Zahariadis, Zahariadis, Claudia ParticipatingFrom: chefs were Jeremy FAX: 205-824-1246 Hardy, Shannon Hubbard, Brian Downey of Bistro V, Carole Griffin Members of the Delta Delta Delta Leto and Mike and Kay Wilburn. of Continental Bakery Chez Date: andJuly 2014 Birmingham Chapter recently gathAlso coming out to support the Lulu, Patrick Horn of Satterfield’s ered for a summer soiree.for the This is your AD PrOOF from the OvEr THE MOuNTAiN JOurNAl fundraiser were Butch and Carol Restaurant, Jorge Castro of Cantina, The summer salad get-together Butcher, Tasos Touloupis of Ted’s Restaurant, JulyCauthen, 242 2014John issue. PleaseDrew fax approval or changes to 824-1246. was held June 11 at the home of Jared Danks of The Café at Innovation Henderson and Deanna Fowler, Lavonda Keel. Susan Moon, Mark Stewart, Depot, George Reis of Ocean and 26, Please make sure all information is correct, The event, hosted by Jeannie Veronica Wehby and Burton Joe Resha of JoJo’s On Broadway, Dodson, president including addressJason and phone number!of the Birmingham Upchurch, Joe O’Donnell, Becky Rabiee of Vino, Shannon chapter, included Delta Delta Delta Patton, Lilla Hood, Patrick and Amy Gober of John’s City Diner, Matthew Plourde, Luis Pineda, Gia and Alaina members from many other chapters. Lagace of Bellini’s Ristorante & Bar, Please initial and fax back within 24 hours. Those attending the event included Alexandra Harrison and Oz Clif Holt of Little Savannah and Chris ifPineda. we have not heard from you by 5 pm of the Friday before the press date,Allen, Chappel Susie Abbott, Ann Imaghodor. Kennedy of The Club. ❖ your ad will run as is. We print the paper Monday.

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Anderson, Kimberly Bean, Bennett, Kendra Cowden, Julie Crocker, Sarah Duggan, Katie Dunn and Jan Van Eaton. Also spotted at the soiree were Elizabeth Edwards, Julie Edwards, Martha Grizzle, Ann Haas, Kelly Hargrove, Debbie Harris, Sally Hawley, Laurie Hereford, Ginger Hollingsworth, Mae Mae Kracke, Sharon Marbury, Argie McDonal and Amada McGough. Other members attending included Kate Millhouse, Lisa Nesbitt, Jane Newton, Jayne Ogilvie, Catherine Pewitt, Jean Smallwood, Bridget Stevens, Genie Stutts, Donne Toomey, Susan Waldrop, Sue Watkins, Bitsy Williams, Ginny Webb and Elizabeth Wyatt. New alumni from the University of Alabama at the event were Marnie Marbury, Callen Sherrod and Elizabeth Sparrow. Active members from the University of Alabama attending included Elizabeth Hargrove and Mary Leci Morris. Mississippi University active member Eugenia Watkins was also in attendance. ❖



Deb Season Opener

Poinsettia Ball Honorees Are Announced The 2014 Poinsettia Ball Debutantes were introduced by the Poinsettia Men’s Club at an afternoon reception June 22. The presentation was held at the home of Sharon and Robert Maddox in Vestavia Hills. Refreshments were provided by Imperial Catering. The event officially began the debutante season for the young women. A number of parties will honor the debutantes before their formal presentation at the 47th annual Poinsettia Debutante Ball Dec. 27 at Vestavia Country Club. President Morris Kay introduced each debutante to the guests attend-

ing the reception. Cynthia McDaniel, Poinsettia Ball chairman, and Beth Glisson, Poinsettia Ball board member, gave each deb a scrapbook. The 2014 Poinsettia Ball debutantes are Sanders Ammons, Catherine Angelo, Virginia Barr, Caroline Beauchaine, Ali Cash, Grace Cato, Anna Christiansen, Alex Cool, Emily Crawford, Anna Donze, Callie Garrison, Caroline Gaylard, Francie Harris, Jaclyn Howell, Gina Maiola, Francesca Malensek, Ellen Marsh, Shea McCord, Leah Reeve, Anna Robbins, Monicka Roden, Maggie Seeley, Margaret

The 2014 Poinsettia Ball debutantes are, front, from left: Shea McCord, Grace Cato, Callie Garrison and Caroline Gaylard. Second row: Emily Crawford, Leah Reeve, Alex Cool, Caroline Beauchaine, Gina Maiola, Monicka Roden and Meagan Willis. Third row: Anna Christiansen, Ali Cash, Anna Robbins, Francesca Malenesk and Anna Leigh Sharp. Back: Haley Visintainer, Anna Donze, Catherine Wininger, Morris Kay, president; Ellen Marsh, Julia Simmons and Catherine Angelo. Sanders Ammons, Virginia Barr, Francie Harris, Jaclyn Howell, Maggie Seeley, Margaret Sharbel, Caroline Stanphill, Mary Ann Stevenson and Kelle Summerlin are not pictured.

Sharbel, Anna Leigh Sharp, Julia Simmons, Caroline Stanphill, Mary Ann Stevenson, Kelle Summerlin, Haley Visintainer, Meagan Willis and Catherine Wininger. John W. Gustafson proposed the establishment of the Poinsettia Debutante ball in 1968, and the Birmingham Ballet board of trustees approved enthusiastically. Gustafson and Mrs. Louis A. Prosch Jr. served as the first ball chairmen. All proceeds from the ball support the Alabama Ballet. At the event in December, each debutante will be presented on the arm of her father in a winter setting of greenery and red poinsettias. They will dance a father-daughter waltz which will be followed by an evening of dancing for ball guests. ❖

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Vestavia Chef Launches Copper Pot Kitchen Olive Oil By Donna Cornelius

Journal features writer

Copper Pot Kitchen, the brainchild of Vestavia Hills chef Ashley Tarver, is launching its olive oil nationwide. Copper Pot Kitchen products include four infused olive oil selections: Honey Balsamic, Lemon Rosemary, Roasted Garlic and Spicy Chile. Now sold in Whole Foods stores and gourmet specialty shops, the line expanded online and in select retail outlets last month. In the Birmingham area, Copper Pot products are available at Whole Foods, Organic Harvest, Western Supermarket, Alabama Goods and Contri Brothers. During her travels abroad, company founder Ashley Tarver said she saw olive oils in many forms, from soap and lotions to salad dressings. Tarver studied the historical importance and use of olive oil in Greece, Italy and Turkey before creating her own flavors. From Malaysia and Spain to Morocco, she has eaten with the locals and worked with some of the best chefs in the world at three Michelin-starred restaurants.  The Copper Pot products can be used for dipping, marinades, salad dressings and finishing oils. The most common uses include drizzling over fresh salad greens, marinating

meats and vegetables or serving with a fresh baguette, according to Tarver. “Great food doesn’t have to be complicated,” Tarver said. “You can travel the world from the comfort of your own kitchen and transform the mundane into the magnificent, one drizzle at a time.” Copper Pot Kitchen participates in Committed To Give, a new way for consumers to responsibly choose their food products by choosing a company that is committed to giving back. Copper Pot Kitchen selected The Villalobos Rescue Center pet rescue organization as its charity of choice.  Starting in the fall of 2014, consumers will be able to look for the Committed To Give label on food items to choose a product made by a company that is committed to a cause.  Bottled in Tucker, Ga., Copper Pot Kitchen olive oils retail from $12.99$14.99.  The company is headquartered in Birmingham. Cooks can find ideas for using the olive oils at the company’s website, Recipes there include Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Spicy Chile Shrimp, Lemon Rosemary Chicken, Cast Iron Roasted New Potatoes and more. ❖

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During her travels abroad, company founder Ashley Tarver, above, said she saw olive oils in many forms, from soap and lotions to salad dressings. Copper Pot Kitchen products include four infused olive oil selections: Honey Balsamic, Lemon Rosemary, Roasted Garlic and Spicy Chile. Photos special to the Journal

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Fresh New Projects

Urban Cookhouse Partners with Farmers, Opens New Store By Donna Cornelius

Journal features writer

Andrea Snyder of Urban Cookhouse with Randy Melvin of Southern Oaks Farm at the Crestline Farmers Market last week. Journal photo by Maury Wald

Urban Cookhouse is expanding in more ways than one. With a recent new location in Crestline, Urban Cookhouse now owns and operates three stores in the Birmingham area. Other restaurants are in downtown Homewood and at The Summit. Urban Cookhouse also has recently established new relationships and signed agreements with more local farmers. This year, Urban Cookhouse has increased the amount of produce it’s buying locally through its direct relationships with farms including Southern Oaks Farm, Vanzandt Farm, Smith Heritage Farm and Harvest Farm. Relationships with local buyers have also increased through Urban Cookhouse’s growing agreement with Urban Food Project, which includes Southern Oaks Farm, Hamm Farm, Hunter Organic Farm, Witt Farm, WE Community Gardens and Dede Garfrerick’s Farm, Vanzandt Farm, Smith Heritage Farm and Harvest Farm. In addition, Urban Cookhouse purchased 1,000 gallons of Harvest Farm strawberries this year in order to meet the growing consumer demands the

restaurant has year round for its specialty strawberry lemonade. “We have changed the way we farm because of the way we have implemented new techniques that allow year-round farming,” Randy Melvin of Southern Oaks Farm said. “We have gone from being seasonal to now year round with the help of Urban Cookhouse and enjoy being part of the Urban Cookhouse Family.” Ruthanne Atkinson, Urban Cookhouse’s food and beverage manager, said the restaurant is standing behind its slogan—Buy Local. Eat Urban—on “a much broader scale now.” “It makes my job as a restaurant manager very rewarding to be able to have a real impact helping local farms,” Atkinson said. Throughout the summer, each Urban Cookhouse location will showcase local vendor partners at its weekly farmers markets. The Homewood market in SoHo Square is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The Summit market is open on Thursdays from 2-6 p.m. The Crestline market is open on Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m. To see Urban Cookhouse’s recipe for a veggie quesadilla featuring the fresh ingredients available locally, visit ❖

Chef Frank Stitt’s three restaurants are among the 25 eateries already signed up to offer discounted dishes during the fifth annual Birmingham Restaurant Week. Culinary Set for Aug. Community 15-23, the event News and is expected to Events include about 50 restaurants, organizers said. Last year, 43 restaurants participated. Birmingham Restaurant Week spotlights the city’s culinary culture by offering incentives for Birminghamarea residents to revisit their favorite restaurants or to try new venues. Restaurants already committed to BRW 2014 include Ocean, 26, Century Restaurant and Bar, Highlands Bar & Grill, Bottega, Chez Fonfon, Vino, Silvertron Café, The Wine Loft, Dixie Fish Co., The Pantry by Stone Hollow and Primeaux Cheese and Vino. Restaurants will offer special two and/or three-course fixed-price lunch and/or dinner menus in the $5, $10, $20 and $30 per person range during the 10-day event. Several restaurants will also include brunch. Some restaurants will offer beer and/or wine components, giving diners a selection for sampling, and other drink specials. Restaurant Week is organized by REV, a Birmingham economic development organization. “We are pleased to offer this opportunity to residents of Birmingham and to the restaurants that serve our community,” said James Little, BRW director and district manager of REV. “It is our hope that this 10-day event will draw attention to the top-notch locallyowned dining opportunities right here in Birmingham.” Little said similar promotions in Atlanta, New York and San Diego have helped revitalize restaurant business in those cities. BRW will deliver real-time updates to the community via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. The BRW “Free Food Friday” contest on Facebook will resume this year, allowing some Facebook fans to receive gift certificates to a BRW participating restaurant each Friday. BRW will also use frequent e-blasts, the BRW blog and website at www. and the BRW Mobile Site Dining Guide, a new addition to BRW last year. “Users will know where to eat in the ‘Ham this year and will have all the details right at their fingertips simply by bookmarking the mobile site to their smart phones,” Little said.

Event organizers said Birmingham Restaurant Week’s success influenced the Alabama Tourism Department to launch a statewide Restaurant Week in 2012 and again in 2013 with Alabama Restaurant Week during its Year of Food Campaign. For restaurant applications and more information about BRW 2014, visit www.

Red Diamond Partners with Birmingham Zoo

Red Diamond Coffee & Tea will make tickets available for free admission to the Birmingham Zoo through a redeemable code on specially marked packages of Red Diamond coffee. The innovative can of Red Diamond’s award-winning coffee is available at the company’s retail outlets now while supplies last, according to company officials. “Red Diamond has been shared by families for over 108 years,’ said Dave Burke, Red Diamond Coffee & Tea executive vice president. “The Birmingham Zoo provides a chance for families to share precious moments together, and we hope many thousands will take advantage of free admission to this very special place.” Dr. William Foster, Birmingham Zoo president and chief executive officer, said the zoo and Red Diamond have been partners for many years. “We are among the most visited places in all of Alabama for a reason-people leave here happy. With Red Diamond, you can come out to 1 Wild Place with your family, for free,” Foster said. The Birmingham Zoo draws more than 500,000 visitors annually. Approximately 950 animals of 230

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ally don’t eat eggs.” But even with eggs and without meat, the quiches were a hit, she said, especially a Greek version with feta cheese and spinach. The students put together their own personal pizzas on Monday. On Tuesday, they dined at a roasted potato bar, with the spuds and some of the toppings harvested from the community garden. Morton said she was surprised at how much the students enjoyed a not-so-savory element of the program: composting. They made worm boxes—bins that house the creepy crawlers, which eat food scraps that become compost as they pass through the worms’ bodies—for HMS teachers. “They were really excited about that,” Morton said. The program participants also were intrigued by soil testing, she said, as they learned what types of soil provide nutrients for crops. The highlight of the program was a luncheon held at the community garden on the last day of the event. Joshua Gentry, owner of the Little

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species, including sea lions, rhinos and endangered species from six continents, call the 122-acre zoo home. Zoo attractions include the Red Diamond Express train ride and the Red Diamond Sea Lion Splash exhibit.

Uptown District Marks Opening with Street Party

or PBJs—and both the peanut butter and the jam are made in-house, Cisco said. Octane will offer its sticky buns and iced coffee at Eat UP: A Taste of Uptown July 31 from 6-9 p.m. The event is a street party celebrating the opening of the Uptown entertainment district. Eat UP also will include food samples from Bottle & Bone, Cantina Laredo, Mugshots, Texas de Brazil, The Southern Kitchen + Bar and Todd English P.U.B. Tickets are $10 and include seven vouchers good for sample dishes from each of the restaurants. Belle Adair, The Bear and Donnie Fritts will provide music. Proceeds benefit Jones Valley Teaching Farm. To buy tickets or for more information, visit Tickets will also be available at the event.

Lots of Over the Mountain coffee lovers have stopped in at Octane in Homewood since it opened in 2013. The stylish coffee bar, which also offers craft cocktails, sandwiches and pastries, is now Uptown as well as upmarket. Octane opened in Birmingham’s Westin Hotel last November, becoming part of the Uptown entertainment district next to the BJCC. The new location was a “natural step” for the company, said Sam Cisco, general manager of the Uptown store. “They were looking to offer a coffee place in Uptown, and we love working with the Westin,” Cisco said. “People can come in post-dinner for cocktails as well as for early morning coffee.” There’s already a lot of interaction between Uptown restaurant staff members, he said. “Our guys often run over to Mugshots for lunch, and you’ll see the Texas de Brazil people getting a cup of coffee here,” Cisco said. “It’s been fun to watch our vanilla-frosted sticky buns fly off the shelves when all the Uptown employees learned they could come in and grab a bun and coffee.” From 5 p.m.-midnight, Octane serves craft cocktails which are very “Mad Men” style, according to Cisco. Pastries are made fresh at the Homewood store, where drivers pick them up at 4:30 a.m. and deliver them to the Uptown Octane. Bread from Birmingham’s Brick and Tin is used to make sandwiches like turkey and Brie

Chicken Salad Chick, which started in Auburn, expects to open in early September at the Village at Lee Branch on Doug Baker Boulevard and also at a Homewood location in SoHo Square in midNovember. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, which hasn’t announced an opening date yet, will be at 3500 Grandview Parkway. Chicken Salad Chick has 15 different spins on chicken salad, from the Barbie-Q with a hickory-smoked flavor to the Luau Lydia with pineapple and macadamia nuts. The menu also includes salads, soups and desserts. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen specialties include seafood and other dishes with Louisiana flavors. Mississippi Catfish Opelousas is blackened catfish with oysters, shrimp and crabmeat in a lemon garlic butter

Donkey restaurant, grilled fresh veggie tacos with red and green bell peppers, onions and mushrooms and added queso fresco, crema and toasted pumpkin seeds. Gentry also served grilled pork tacos with pinto beans and fresh salsa. Students raided the community garden for fresh blackberries and strawberries to serve with a salad. Gentry showed the students how to grill corn and other vegetables the students had grown in the garden, including peppers, squash and eggplant. The students invited their parents to the luncheon. Also invited were members of the Homewood City Schools Foundation and the Homewood Middle School PTO, which support the Seed to Plate program, and representatives from

the Specialty Crop Block Grant and Legacy, Inc. The luncheon celebrated the students’ hard work and also recognized Julie Gentry, the community garden director, and the leadership of Morton and Molly Knudsen, an HMS eighthgrade science teacher. Morton and Knudsen are cosponsors of the HMS Environmental Club, which will work in conjunction with the Seed to Plate program this school year. The summer Seed to Plate session is just the start of a program that will continue throughout the school year in conjunction with the HMS Environmental Club. A culminating project is planned for Earth Day, April 22, 2015 at the school. The celebration will involve all students, school

Chicken salad chick, Papadeaux coming to town

Joshua Gentry, far right, owner of the Little Donkey restaurant looks over the squash garden with Homewood students and Molly Knudsen, an HMS eighth-grade science teacher and co-sponsor of the environmental club at the school. Journal photo by Maruy Wald

sauce and served with dirty rice. Pasta Mardi Gras is linguine tossed with crawfish, Andouille sausage and crimini mushrooms in a marinara cream sauce topped with jumbo grilled shrimp. Diners also can opt for Louisiana-style staples like shrimp and grits or crawfish or shrimp etoufee. Two restaurants with other Birmingham stores are opening on U.S. 280, too. Newk’s Express Café will open its third Birmingham location at Inverness Corners. The Egg & I will move into the old Dale’s Southern Grill space in Arbor Place.

Orange Beach Exhibit Showcases Alabama Food

Food fans traveling to the Alabama Gulf Coast this summer can visit an exhibit that spotlights some of the state’s most popular dishes. Beach-goers also can participate in several foodie-friendly events. The Art of Alabama Food exhibit is open until Aug. 9 at The Compleat Studio at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Featuring 36 professional food shots from the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure and as part of the Alabama Tourism Department’s Alabama Food campaign, the exhibit celebrates chefs and restaurants that represent the state’s trademark twist on Southern cuisine, including the Porkstuffed Tater at Saw’s BBQ, above. “The Year of Alabama Food exhibit highlights what Alabamians already know and what the rest of the world needs to see–our state is home to a wide diversity of culinary offerings and renowned chefs worth celebrating,” said Joanie Flynn, vice president of marketing for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. “Along with the Alabama Tourism Department, The

officials said. The program will also expand to Homewood elementary schools, Morton said. “We wanted to keep the first group of participants small, but this was so successful that we’re looking forward to opening it up to third, fourth and fifth-graders,” she said. While it may seem early to get students interested in foods and nutrition, providing this type of education to children can help them build healthy eating habits as adults, said Margaret Purcell, a faculty member at the University of Alabama’s New College. Purcell, who with husband John Fleenor owns Katie Farms in Coker, recently partnered with University Place Middle School to teach 160 students about small farming and local food. Hands-on opportunities like those provided by Homewood’s Seed to Plate program and the community garden are great ways to help students retain what they’re taught, she said. “If students can grow their own food at home or in a school garden, then the lessons can be strengthened with repetition and application to real-life activities,” Purcell said. “The ability to grow your own food makes the taste so much better.” ❖

Wharf and The Compleat Studio, our beach area is excited to host not only a stunning exhibit but also a variety of fun foodie events.” The showcase will be open to the public Wednesdays through Aug. 9 from 4-10 p.m. For more information, visit www.

Taste of Birmingham

The Taste of Birmingham, a fundraiser for the Birmingham Boys Choir, will be held at 6 p.m. July 31 at The Club in Homewood. Tickets are $25-$100. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Sips for Cf

The junior board of the Laps for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the sixth annual Sips for CF wine tasting competition at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 on the 15th floor of the Harbert Plaza building, 1901 Sixth Ave. North, Birmingham. Teams of one to three people will compete in the tasting competition, with each team bringing three bottles of the same wine. Participants will vote on their favorite wines, and the three teams with the top-voted wines will split the multi-bottle prize. The event also includes food and drinks, live music by Morgan Copes and a silent auction. Parking is available in the deck beneath the building or on the street. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Registration and hors d’oeuvres begin at 7 p.m. The tasting competition starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 871-9140. ❖ —Donna Cornelius

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Mr. and Mrs. James Martin Williamson of Suwanee, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Katherine Williamson, to Evan Thompson Metrock, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Thompson Metrock of Birmingham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Edwin Williamson of Pendleton, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Robinson Cureton of Central, S.C. Miss Williamson graduated as


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Anthony Saiia of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Lynn Saia, to Joshua Adam Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. James


Mr. and Mrs. William Charles Mayer III of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Walker, to Mr. Kyle David Erickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Earl Erickson of Altona, Ill. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Jewell Ballard Walker and the late Mr. Tommy Stanley Walker

Weddings & Engagements valedictorian from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She was inducted into the University of North Georgia Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a four-year starter for the basketball team. Miss Williamson graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a medical degree and then attended Emory University, where she completed her residency in general pediatrics. She is currently completing a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Emory University in Atlanta. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Metrock and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Burks, all of Hoover. Mr. Metrock graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in computer science. He is the founder of the software development company Metrocket and the creator of the popular travel app iExit. The wedding is planned for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Carl House in Auburn, Ga. Alexander Williams of Cumming, Ga.  The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Russell Graves of Birmingham and the late Mr. Samuel Anthony Saiia and the late Mrs. Lillian Virginia Saiia of Birmingham. Miss Saia is a graduate of Auburn University. She is employed with EarthCon Consultants in Marietta, Ga.  The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Peter Zuzel of Buffalo, N.Y., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pierson Williams of Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He is employed with Verizon Enterprise Solutions in Alpharetta, Ga. The wedding is planned for Nov. 15 in Atlanta. and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Charles Mayer Jr., all of Birmingham. Miss Mayer attended Mountain Brook High School and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she received a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and was presented at the 2006 Ball of Roses. Miss Mayer is pursuing a master’s degree in education at Antioch University in Los Angeles. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Priscilla Mae Craft and the late Mr. Morgan Curtis Craft of Kangley, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Donald Erickson of Altona. Mr. Erickson is a graduate of R.O.W.V.A. High School and the University of Illinois, where he received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences and was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He is vice president of Lucid Public Relations in Los Angeles. The wedding is planned for early October at Lake Martin.


Lindsey Katherine Haywood and Benjamin Edward Mahaffey were married June 14 at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. The ceremony was


Abby Nicole Turnbough and Robert Thurman Agnew III were married May 10 at Canterbury United Methodist Church. The Rev. Drew


officiated by Rev. Curtis Tillman Black. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Anthony Odom Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. David Stuart Haywood of Homewood. The groom is the son of Ms. Leigh Handey Mahaffey and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Steven Mahaffey of Dallas. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a formal gown of ivory Alencon lace designed by Mori Lee Bridals. The strapless lace gown featured a sweetheart neckline. Handbeaded embroidered trim accented the gown at the neckline and belted the natural waistline. The gown had a full A-line skirt. The back of the gown had covered buttons and an attached semi-cathedral-length train. The bride was attended by Laura Haywood Harris, sister of the bride, as matron of honor. Bridesmaids

were Anna Clair Logan, Erin Paige Warford, Anna Kate Page, Erin Fischer Turberville, Kathryn Smithson Harris, Handey Mahaffey Oddo, Carolyn Elizabeth Haywood, Caitlin Roebuck Byrd and Caitlin Henderson Keel. Ella Catherine Haywood served as junior bridesmaid. Marisa Claire Oddo and Melanie Elise Oddo were flower girls. Samuel Nathan Oddo was the best man. Groomsmen were Bartley Trawick Harris, Daniel Ray Fore III, David Joseph Guthrie, James Andrew Turberville, Brandon Lee Keel, William Brody Keel, Kyle Robert Byrd, James William Gillespie and Nathan Daniel Moore. After a honeymoon trip to Jamaica, the couple live in Birmingham.

Clayton officiated the ceremony. A reception followed at the Country Club of Birmingham. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Leonard Turnbough Jr. of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thurman Agnew Jr. of Birmingham. The bride was escorted by her father and wore a candlelight lace gown designed by Anne Barge and a cathedral-length veil. She also wore heirloom pearls and earrings from the groom’s family. An antique pin from her mother was attached to her bouquet. The matron of honor was Melissa Cole Randall of Birmingham, and the maid of honor was Karson Shayne Brooks of Athens, Ga. Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Ashley Kiernan of Metairie, La., Courtney Anne

Windham of Birmingham, Britany Faye Turnbough of Hanceville and Kourtney Nicole Turnbough of Hollypond. The flower girl was Sydney Brooke Schaubert of Nashville, Tenn. The groom’s father was his best man. Groomsmen were David Andrew Horton, Matthew Pelham Rowan, Jamie Blaine Davis and William Garrett Horton, all of Birmingham; Philip J. Schermer III of Mobile; and Richard A. Force of Atlanta. The ring bearer was Benjamin Michael Parrish of Chelsea. Acolytes were Hannah Grace Parrish and Samuel Alexander Parrish of Chelsea. The crucifer was Hannah Jean Beckering of Birmingham. After a honeymoon trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple live in Auburn and Birmingham.


complemented by a tulle, chapellength veil and an heirloom pearl necklace that belonged to the bride’s grandmother. The bride was attended by her sister, Taylor Wall, as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Rachel Angel, Mackenzie Dyer, Angel Hufham, Elizabeth Ogle, Kasey Reamer, Olivia Tomlin and Shelly Wilkinson. Groomsmen were John Daly Baumhauer, Taylor Harvell, Hunter Lake, Walt Lampton, Taylor Lett, Jonathan Shaw, Chase Snow and Burr Weatherly. Following a honeymoon trip to St. Lucia, the couple live in Homewood.


She is a member of Chi Omega, Beta Beta Beta and Phi Alpha Theta and was presented at the Ball of Roses, the Redstone Ball and the Blue Grass Charity Ball. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lee Howe and Mr. Marvin Delnoe Cheek and Mrs. Bonnie Lou Snow. Mr. Howe is a graduate of Grant County High School and the University of Kentucky. He is a member of Farm House fraternity. The bride and groom are both employed in Lexington, Ky. The wedding is planned for September.

Leeza Wall and Brian Naugle were married May 25 at Willow Point Golf and Country Club. The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Lindy Martin. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Troy Wall and Ms. Patricia Wall, both of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gornati of Birmingham and Mr. and Mrs. Noble Naugle of Vincent. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a Heidi Elnora gown made of raw silk with a sweetheart neckline and flared skirt that fanned into a chapel train. The dress was

Mr. and Mrs. William Alexander Terry of Mountain Brook announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Clayton Terry, to Boston Cole Howe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Nicholas Howe of Dry Ridge, Ky. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. John Caleb Tuttle and the late Mr. Tuttle and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Guyton Terry.  Miss Terry is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and Rhodes College. She is a cum laude graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned a doctorate degree.


Lauren Julia Lazenby and Captain Madison W. O’Kelley II were married Feb.15 at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Rev. Kipp McClurg of the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church and Rev. Micah Gandy of Monroeville First Baptist Church officiated the ceremony. A reception was held at the Vestavia Hills Country Club.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl James Lazenby II of Monroeville. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Mims Lazenby of Monroeville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Boulware of Valparaiso, Fla. The groom is the son of Mrs. Kathy O’Kelley of Vestavia Hills


Amy Lynn Floyd and Brooks Wilson Corr were married April 5 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. The 5 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Dr. James R. Barnette and the Rev. William Luther Boyd. A reception followed at the Country Club of Birmingham. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Holmes Floyd III of Birmingham. She is the grand-

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and the late Mr. Jim O’Kelley, also of Vestavia Hills. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Madison W. O’Kelley Sr. of Vestavia Hills and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Glover of Tuscaloosa. The bride is employed as an occupational therapist in Houston. The groom is working with Halliburton Oilfield Services Co. in Houston as a summer intern. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory strapless Victorian lace gown. It was fitted at the waist and featured a sweetheart neckline. The gown tapered straight from the waist to above the knee and flared into a floor-length full-layered skirt. The back of the skirt flowed into a chapel-length train. A fitted silvery sash adorned the waist and was embellished with crystal beading, rhinestones and pearls. She wore her mother’s fingertip heirloom veil. It consisted of two layers of ivory illusion tulle edged in ivory Alencon lace. The bride carried a traditional bouquet of cream roses, limelight hydrangeas, blush Osiana roses and calla lilies. Attached to her bouquet was her maternal grandmother’s monogrammed handkerchief.  Attending the bride were matron of honor Melanie Lazenby Moore and maid of honor Tori Beckham. Bridesmaids were Kailin Fuller, Sara Lee, Wheeler Lewis, Katie Nickerson, Drue O’Kelley, Cameron Stallworth

and Vivian Yeilding, They wore kneelength dresses made of dark cove blue silk chiffon and carried nosegays of limelight hydrangeas, pink and red roses and lisianthus. Capt. O’Kelley was attended by his best man, Capt. Wyatt Batchelor. Groomsmen were Graham Beasley, Trey Blizzard, Max Clancey, Alex Corona, Marshall Eppley, Sam McCord, Chris Mobley, Andrew Smith and Matthew Stewart. There were six sword bearers that included Captains Matthew Jones, Chip Reed, Michael Canty and Dan Deneve as well as First Lts. Alex Graves and Wayne Salazar.  The groom, best man and sword bearers wore their full dress military uniforms.  The program and guest book attendants were Rachel and Sarah Beverly, cousins of the bride.  The wedding director was Vicki Tuggle, and Paula Stacey was the wedding assistant. Music was provided by The Cahaba River Strings of Birmingham, and the flowers were provided by Melanie Hughes with The Pink Pear. Following a honeymoon through Europe and the groom’s separation from the Army, the couple moved to Houston. In August, the couple will move to Ithaca, N.Y., where O’Kelley will begin studies toward a master’s degree in business administration at Cornell University.

daughter of Mrs. Edwin James Ryder and the late Mr. Ryder of Scarborough, Ontario, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Holmes Floyd Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Vanis Corr Jr. of Birmingham. He is the grandson of Mrs. Pennie Strickland Dempsey of Meridian, Miss., Mr. and Mrs. James Vanis Corr of Atlanta and the late Mrs. Robert Bartholow Hays Jr. of Birmingham. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Her maid of honor was Frances Claire Harris of Birmingham. Bridesmaids were Mary Katharine Elizabeth Eoff, Katherine Martin Floyd, Lauren Beno Russo, Caylen Nevins Schlitz, Dorothy Katherine Smythe, Krisha Blair Yanko and Kelley Halbrooks Zinder, all of Birmingham; Rachel Wilson Mason of Durham, N.C.; Lauren McDowell Moultrie of Wichita, Kan.; Kimberly Barton Robbins of Montgomery; and Jessica Lee Stowell of Nashville, Tenn. The flower girl was Bradford Elizabeth Williams of Birmingham. Mr. Corr served as his son’s

best man. Groomsmen were Stroud Strickland Corr, brother of the groom; Paul William Holmes Floyd, brother of the bride; Robert Lewis Hahnemann, Robert Tod Key, John Hartwell Houston Mooney, Thomas Ladd Tucker and Thomas Allen Twitty, all of Birmingham; William Lewis Glenn of Greenville, S.C.; William Bonner Hall of Richmond, Va.; Jason Daniel Kloess of Austin, Texas; and John Webster Wells of Atlanta. Trevor Joseph Lankford, nephew of the bride, of Prospect, Ky., served as usher. Scripture was read by Amy Sprayberry Rambo of Marietta, Ga., and Vivian Xiong of Chongqing, China. Musicians were Anna Lu Hemphill, Ethan Asters, Joanna Little and Lee Dressler, all of Birmingham. Program attendants were Anna Kinsey Martin and Margaret Anne Hightower, both of Birmingham, and Madelaine Grace Lankford, niece of the bride, of Prospect. Following a honeymoon trip to Antigua, the couple live in Birmingham.

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Mr. and Mrs. Scott Young Selman of Vestavia Hills announce the engagement of their daughter, Kate Elizabeth Selman, to Andrew Corran French, son of Mr. Mike French of Beaumont, Texas, and Mrs. Amy Bertling of Austin, Texas. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Huland Moore of Gardendale and the late Dr. and Mrs. Jackson Wiley Selman of


Mr. and Mrs. William Bowen Welden of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Elisabeth Smith Welden, to Warren Whitacre Woodring Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Whitacre Woodring of Atlanta. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pulliam

Jacksonville. Miss Selman is a 2008 graduate of Vestavia Hills High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Alabama, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders and was a member of Phi Mu sorority. She was presented at the 2010 Poinsettia Debutante Ball. Miss Selman was employed at Liberty Park Middle School and will attend graduate school in the fall.  The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Doris Etheredge French of Beaumont and the late Mr. Glen Albert French of Beaumont as well as the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Corran of San Antonio, Texas. Mr. French is a graduate of Austin High School and Concordia University in Austin, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and lettered in baseball, cross-country and soccer. He is employed with Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., as an assistant baseball coach.  The wedding is planned for Aug. 16 at Canterbury United Methodist Church. of Jasper and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Victor Welden Jr. of Birmingham as well as Ms. Jane Bowen Welden of Birmingham. Miss Welden is a 2009 graduate of Mountain Brook High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Alabama, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She was presented at the Beaux Arts Krewe Ball and the Ball of Roses.  The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Albert Woodring of Philadelphia, Pa., and Mrs. William Thomas Stumb of Nashville and the late Mr. William Thomas Stumb. Mr. Woodring is a 2009 graduate of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a specialization in sales and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He is employed with Gresham and Associates, LLC. The wedding will be Sept. 6.

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Honor Students Rising Seniors Take Part in Governor’s School at Samford University

By Keysha Drexel Journal editor


everal Over the Mountain students were among the 91 outstanding rising high school seniors selected to attend a two-week honors program at Samford University this summer. Students from 10 area high schools were chosen to attend Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University June 15-27. During the program, students chose areas of coursework for morning and afternoon sessions, including classes in the arts, law, healthcare, research, business, environmental studies, journalism and film. The classes were taught by Birmingham area professionals and teachers, with attorney Ellis Bingham teaching the law class and Brock School of Business Dean Howard Finch teaching the business course. The students enjoyed college level experience in academics, creativity and leadership. They undertook a community service project, visited American Village in Montevallo, attended a Birmingham Barons baseball game and heard special lectures on servant leadership and worldwide human rights issues. The students stayed in the residence halls on Samford’s campus and had their meals in the University Dining Hall. Briarwood Christian School’s Nikki Sullivan was named outstand-

Nikki Sullivan, a student at Briarwood Christian School, was named the outstanding female student at this year’s Alabama Governor’s School. Photos special to the Journal

ing female participant. She and outstanding male student honoree Kyle Allen of Cordova High School were chosen for the awards for their participation and overall interest in the program. AGS participants are nominated by their schools on the basis of academic ability, leadership qualities, creativity, community service and written essays. This year’s 91-member roster represented the largest number of participants in the history of AGS. The students were chosen from a record number of 164 nominations, according to AGS director George Keller III, who said this year’s par-

ticipants were particularly keen on absorbing all aspects of the program. “These students took full advantage of the opportunities provided to them and reported that their lives were changed because of the experience,” Keller said. More than 2,000 of Alabama’s best and brightest high school students have attended the AGS program since it began at Samford in 1987. “It was patterned after similar programs in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi and Kentucky,” Keller said. “But while a lot of those programs were specific to the arts or to certain areas of study, our program was designed to be more comprehensive.” Students participating in this year’s Alabama Governor’s School included David Salchert and David Sides from Briarwood Christian School; Kailyn Gibbs, Anna Lee Nabors, Amica Rapadas and Aaron Houston Wingo from Homewood High School. Other rising seniors attending the summer honors program were Caroline Boone and George Keller IV from Mountain Brook High School; Matthew Handley from Oak Mountain High School; Kristin Gunderson, Kyra Perkins, Elizabeth Sturgeon and Morgan Whetstone from Spain Park High School. Kathryn Jason, Graham Llivinia and Andrea Zhang from Vestavia Hills High School were also students at the 2014 session of Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University last month. ❖

From left: Andrea Zhang, Kathryn Jason and Graham Llivinia, Vestavia Hills High, and George Keller IV and Caroline Boone, Mountain Brook High.

From left, front: Kyra Perkins, Spain Park High; Kristen Gunderson, Spain Park High; Nikki Sullivan, Briarwood Christian; and David Sides, Briarwood Christian. Back: Elizabeth Sturgeon, Spain Park High; Morgan Whetstone, Spain Park High; David Salchert, Briarwood Christian; and Matthew Handley, Oak Mountain High.

Homewood High School students attending Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University this summer were, from left: Amica Rapadas, Aaron Houston Wingo, Anna Lee Nabors and Kailyn Gibbs.

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Pizitz Middle School art students and the school’s art teacher were recently recognized for their outstanding work. From left: Teacher Larry Gibson, Sawyer Dutton, Nathan Watson, Mallory Barry, Jonathan Plapan and Bradford Billingsly. Photo special to the Journal

Pizitz Art Students, Teacher Honored

ASFA’s Wesselmann Wins YFU Summer Scholarship

Pizitz Middle School art students and their teacher were recently honored at the Visual Arts Achievement awards ceremony and show at the Alabama State Capitol Auditorium and Regions Artists Gallery. Larry Gibson received the Teacher’s Award for Excellence during the event in Montgomery. Students Sawyer Dutton, Nathan Watson, Mallory Barry, Jonathan Plapan and Bradford Billingsley were recognized for their outstanding work.

A rising junior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts is one of 12 recipients of the 2014 Finland U.S. Senate Youth Exchange scholarship. Administered by Youth For Understanding USA and funded by the government of Finland, this prestigious scholarship gives selected high school students the opportunity to spend the summer studying abroad and exploring Finnish culture. Vinzent Wesselmann was selected from a national pool of applicants for

the highly competitive merit-based scholarship. Prior to departure, a special orientation will be held in Washington, D.C., for Wesselmann and the other scholarship recipients. The orientation will include a visit to the Finnish Embassy and the Ambassador’s residence. While in Finland, Wesselmann will meet foreign dignitaries and become familiar with the opportunities offered by the global community. YFU is an educational nonprofit that advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through exchanges for youth, families and communities. Along with the FUSYE scholarship, YFU USA administers hundreds of additional government and corporate funded scholarships for high school students.  Wesselmann is an alumnus of Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills.

chance to visit exhibits about different countries. The fair was part of a seventhgrade social studies project to help the students learn about different countries and to give their schoolmates the opportunity to experience different cultures. Many countries were represented, including France, Chile, Iceland, Malawi, Lebanon, St. Lucia, Switzerland and Germany. In preparation for the event, the seventh-grade students were asked to choose a specific country and thoroughly research it. Each project had to include a relief map, a geography handbook of terms with examples of locations, a colorful detailed display containing numerous facts about the

chosen country and a handmade globe that exhibited the continents, oceans and their assigned country. In addition, the students dressed in native costumes from their country and served traditional foods and drinks. All OLS students had the opportunity to visit the exhibits displayed in the OLS Family Life Center. The displays were set up according to each country’s area or location in the world, so those who came to see it could feel as if they were traveling the world. “The students worked hard to make this event successful,” said Jennifer Clark, OLS Junior High social studies teacher. “It gives them and those who attended a taste of various cultures. It was a great experience where everyone could learn.”

OLS Goes International Students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School in Homewood recently had a chance to learn about cultures around the world without ever boarding an airplane or boat. The seventh-graders at the school presented the annual International Fair, where students from all grades had a

Lexie Toney and Jake McGwin represent the countries they chose to research at the OLS seventh-grade International Fair. Students from all grades visited exhibits at the event to learn more about countries around the world. Photo special to the Journal

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nominee for the award. Following the nomination, a committee chose King as the award winner. King has held a number of leadership roles within the CLAS/AAESA organization.

Hoover Chamber Presents Five Parks Scholarships

Mason Boyd, center, a student at Homewood Middle School, is congratulated by his teachers Mary Binkley, left, and Dylan Ferniany for having his photography featured in an art exhibit at the Homewood Public Library. Photo special to the Journal

Boyd’s Photos Featured at Homewood Library Several Homewood Middle School students recently had their photography work featured at the Homewood Public Library. Rising seventh-grader Mason Boyd’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) digital photography enrichment project was selected to be displayed as the featured art exhibit at the Homewood Public Library for May along with selected works by some of his classmates. This year’s theme for the statewide project was structures. Boyd turned in more than 40 photos for the project, “Gone Fishing: A Digital Photo Journal of Abandoned Structures in Alabama,” and 23 were selected for the art exhibit. Mary Binkley and Dylan Ferniany, Boyd’s teachers at Homewood Middle, joined others at a reception to honor Boyd at the library May 18.

OTM Students Win in Wildlife Art Contest Over the Mountain students were among the winners of this year’s Alabama Wildlife Federation’s William R. Ireland Sr. Youth Wildlife Art Contest and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. A student from Liberty Park Middle School in Vestavia Hills and two students from Gwin Elementary School in Hoover were awarded for their work in the two contests. Both contests were open to art studio, home school, private school and public school students in grades K-12 across the state. More than 600 students from 120 schools participated in this year’s contests. The art contest was hosted by the Alabama Wildlife Federation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. For more than 30 years, the William R. Ireland Sr. Youth Wildlife Art Contest has recognized the outstanding artistic abilities of Alabama’s students while increasing students’ knowledge and awareness of wildlife and wildlife habitats in Alabama. The Alabama Wildlife Federation requires students to research their subjects to learn more about the species and its habitat requirements. In the art contest’s public school division sixth through eighth-grade category, first place went to David

Dauphin, a student of Shay Gosnell at Liberty Park Middle School. Gosnell created a piece called “Coyote” using colored pencils and oil pastels. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest is a term paper in which students use visual rather than verbal articulation to show what they have learned. Participants selected a species of North American waterfowl, researched it and its habitat and then depicted the waterfowl in an artistic medium. In the kindergarten through third grade category in the stamp contest, first place was awarded to Sydney Lage and Hansen Lister, both students of Traci Ingleright at Gwin Elementary School. Lage created “Trumpeter Swan” using colored pencils and chalk. Lister created “Ring-necked Duck” using chalk. “The purpose of this program is to enhance and teach wetland habitats and water conservation to K-12 students while allowing them to express their artistic talents,” said Kevin Hamrick, state coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It is important for teachers and parents to help encourage and refine such special talents these gifted students possess.”

Crestline Principal Wins Leadership Award The principal of Crestline Elementary School was recently recognized for her leadership at the local, district and state level. Laurie King (below) was the winner of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools Leadership Award presented at the CLAS convention in Montgomery. The mission of CLAS is to coordinate and facilitate resources for its members for the advancement of public education. King was selected for the honor by her peers in the Alabama Association of Elementary School Principals as their

The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented five Lila Parks Scholarships to area students. The students were each awarded $1,500 scholarships at the chamber’s May 15 monthly luncheon. The scholarship recipients included Ben Hartmann and Francie Harris. Hartmann is a 2012 graduate of Hoover High School who is studying business at the University of Alabama and has a 3.56 grade point average. Harris, a 2012 Hoover High School graduate, is studying to be a physician’s assistant at UA and has a 3.98 GPA. To be eligible for the Hoover Chamber Scholarship Program, a student must either live in Hoover, or the student or his or her parents must be employed by the city of Hoover or be members of the Hoover Chamber.

Coggin Wins Scholarship Andrew Coggin, a 2014 graduate of

The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented scholarships to area students. From left: Ben Hartmann, Francie Harris, Taylor Massey, Patricia Shoultz and Sarah Singleterry. Photo special to the Journa Vestavia Hills High School, was recently awarded the Clark Amos “Spirit of the Drumline” scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a senior member of the VHHS drumline in remembrance of 1998 Vestavia Hills graduate and former drumline member Clark Amos.  Amos was killed in an automobile accident in the summer of 2000.  Coggin is the 17th recipient of this award.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Coggin and will attend the University of Alabama. ❖

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ARC Makes Its Mark Real Estate Company Is Off to Fast Start

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Beth Meadows, below, chose white marble for the countertops and the large island and white subway tiles for the backsplash to give her new kitchen a classic, timeless look. Meadows’ kitchen also boasts a stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher. Journal photos by Lee Walls Jr.

Going to Extremes Planned Renovation Turns into Brand New Home in Bluff Park By Keysha Drexel


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hat was supposed to be a minor renovation turned into a major reconstruction project for one Hoover homeowner. But the resulting kitchen of her dreams was well worth the wait, said Beth Meadows of Bluff Park. About a year ago, Meadows and her husband of almost 51 years, Bill, bought a one-story ranch style house on Park Avenue in the heart of Bluff Park with the intention of renovating it. “We had lived in Old Weatherly in Pelham for 20 years, but my grandchildren live in Vestavia Hills and Mountain Brook and I was spending most of my time on the road,” said Meadows, who is retired from Hoover High School where she taught English for 30 years. Meadows had always loved the Bluff Park community and thought with a little work, the 1950s ranch-style house would be a great place to spend more time with her four grandchildren and her two grown sons. “My husband is a builder and my son, Bill Jr., is a contractor, and we all thought we could take the existing house and make it our own with a little renovation,” Meadows said. “But as we got into the renovation project, we realized there were some major structural problems.” Instead of looking at the problems as roadblocks, Meadows said the family forged ahead with a bold new plan for the property on Park Avenue. “We wound up tearing the whole thing down and just starting from scratch,” Meadows said. While many people would find a surprise

rebuilding project like the one Meadows faced a bit daunting, the 73-year-old said she found the whole enterprise to be a fun experience. Along with help from her husband and her son, Meadows enlisted one of her former students at Hoover High School to help her build her new home. “Bruce McCloud is an architect and one of my former students,” Meadows said. “We had great fun working together to come up with just the right design.” Meadows said she wanted the new home to have a cottage feel but at the same time have a fairly open floor plan. “I wanted to have open spaces, plenty of places for people to gather, but I’m not really into that modern look, so Bruce helped me come up with a design that reminds me of a cottage,” she said. And while she welcomed the advice of her family, friends and former students when it came to planning the new construction, Meadows said in the end she trusted her own judgment. “I had people talking to me about resale value and things like that until I finally had to tell them that I will be in this house until I go to the old folks’ home or to the grave, so I’m going to make it how I want it to be and not worry about if it will sell well down the road.” Just before the Fourth of July holiday, Meadows and her husband moved into the new, two-story house which boasts four bedrooms and two and half bathrooms. “We were able to save the old hardwoods and match up the new hardwood floors with the ones from the old house and we were able to build on some of the existing foundation, but other than that, everything else in the house is completely See meadows, page 32

As one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in the Birmingham metro area celebrates its first 18 months in business, the chairman of the company said he thinks the real estate market in the Over the Mountain area is finally bouncing back from the dark days of the recession. Tommy Brigham, chairman of ARC Realty Group LLC, said if the flurry of activity at his own business is any indication, the real estate market in the Birmingham metro area is poised for growth. “The agents are busier and the activity is robust overall,” Brigham said. “Sales activity is much better now than it was this time last year.” Tommy Brigham Brigham brought together veteran real estate professionals to form ARC Realty Group in late 2012. He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Brigham-Williams Realtors and RealtySouth and is the current CEO of ARK Real Estate Strategies. “I saw the opportunity to assemble veterans into an organization to build a platform that allows for a high-tech kind of environment,” Brigham said. “I wanted to create a culture that provides professional development and embraces how social media is driving the market.” To that end, Brigham brought together real estate pros Beau Bevis, Mechelle Wilder and Dale McIntyre to form ARC Realty Group. Bevis, president and qualifying broker, has been in the business for 16 years and was the youngest managing broker for the area’s largest agency. Partner and associate broker Wilder has 13 years of real estate experience. McIntyre merged with ARC Realty, bringing 25 years of real estate experience to his role as partner and associate broker. Brigham said in the last 18 months, the company has gone from essentially having no employees to having about 126 employees on staff now. “We have become one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in not only Alabama but in the rest of the country,” Brigham said. “It’s a business model that was needed in real estate, and I think it’s being executed in the way we thought it would. I feel like we’ve created a really competitive edge.” Brigham said he’s happy that his company has been a part of the recent uptick in the real estate market in the Birmingham metro area. A report recently released by the Birmingham Association of Realtors indicates that more people are buying homes in the Birmingham metro area this year than they were at this time last year. (For more on that report, see the sidebar story on page 33.) Brigham said his company has been very

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new.” And while Meadows said she loves the whole house, her favorite part of her new home is the kitchen. “I love to cook and I love to cook $355 a lot, so this kitchen is my favorite part of the new $200 house,”for she said. “It’s plus exactly the way I wanted it to be, and I love it.”process color: $555 The spacious kitchen opens to the living room and boasts a large center island where three or more people can sit to enjoy breakfast or conversation with Meadows as she whips up her family’s favorite recipes. The countertops and island feature white mountain marble from Vermont. “I picked out that marble before I decided on anything else about the kitchen,” Meadows said. “I was warned that the marble would stain, and it was a little difficult to find enough matching pieces of the Vermont marble, which is a little less porous than other marbles, but it was well worth it because I just love it. I used the same marble in the bathrooms,$355 too.” The kitchen has a white subway tile backsplash and plenty of cabinets. “I wanted a clean look for the cabinets. I didn’t want anything fussylooking or too ornate,” Meadows said. The walls in the kitchen are painted the same “agreeable gray” as the walls throughout the house, tying all the spaces together.


“I wanted something that was classic and would stand the test of time, and even though the walls are the same color throughout the first floor of the house, it’s amazing how different the color can look from room to room and at different times of the day,” Meadows said. When it came to outfitting her new kitchen, Meadows said she knew just the people to turn to–-AllSouth Appliance Group in Homewood. “I’ve worked with AllSouth for years, and they always have the highquality appliances that stand the test of time,” she said. Leah McIntyre with AllSouth Appliance said she and the company’s staff were more than happy to help Meadows outfit her new kitchen. “She is one of our most loyal customers,” McIntyre said. “We call her the AllSouth Appliance Ambassador.” Meadows said her first priority in putting her new kitchen together was finding a Wolf range. “When we were building the new house and I needed somewhere to get some serious cooking done, I would sneak over to my son’s house, and he had a Wolf range and I just loved it and vowed that I would have one in my new kitchen. The red knobs really sold me on that model,” Meadows said. Meadows also outfitted the kitchen with a stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator and a stainless steel Bosch dishwasher. “I love that dishwasher. It’s so quiet that you can’t even tell that it’s

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running. It has this little feature that will project the time left on the wash cycle on the floor so you know how much time is left because otherwise, you’d have no idea it’s even on because it’s so quiet,” she said. After getting her new kitchen set up just the way she wanted it, Meadows said she couldn’t wait to cook up a treat for her family and friends. “I was so excited about trying out my new toys that the first thing I made in my new kitchen was an old Southern favorite–cream cheese pound cake. My family loves it when I make it, and I thought it would be the perfect thing to break in my new appliances,” she said. Meadows said after her first experience of cooking in her new kitchen, she can affirm that the rebuilding project was a complete success. “It didn’t go how we planned it in the beginning, but I think it turned out just the way it was supposed to, and I couldn’t be happier with the results,” she said. ❖

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Area Home Sales Up 4 Percent YTD Home sales jumped 13 % in June over last year’s numbers A report released earlier this month shows that more people are buying homes in the Birmingham metro area this year. The Birmingham Association of Realtors released its June home sales report July 10, including figures that show homes sales are up 4 percent through the first half of 2014 compared to the same period a year ago in the Birmingham area. The report compares residential sales in 2014 with 2013 as compiled by the Greater Alabama Multiple Listing Service, Inc. of the Birmingham Association of Realtors. The report includes all single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums sold in the association’s area, which includes Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Blount counties. Home sales jumped 13 percent in June over last year’s numbers with 1,272 homes sold last month. But while the number of homes being sold in the Birmingham metro area has increased since last summer, the report indicates that the average price homes are selling for has declined by 4 percent to $220,469. Additionally, the median home price of $177,500 this year is 7 percent lower than the $190,000 median home price in


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busy this year working with clients who are new to the Birmingham area–something he sees as a positive sign for the local real estate market overall. “We handled 170 relocation referrals this year, so to me, that indicates that there’s some job creation going on and some job movement and hopefully, that will be a continued cycle as

June 2013. The average sales price is the average of all homes sold, while the median price is the midpoint of prices for homes sold during the month. The southern market, including Over the Mountain areas and Shelby County, was the only region in the Birmingham Association of Realtors’ four-county area that saw home prices drop for the month of June. The report shows that the number of homes on the market in the last month–7,586– was 5 percent lower than the housing inventory of 7,964 in June 2013. Looking at the first six months of 2014 compared to the same time period in 2013, the report shows that 6,054 homes were sold this year compared to 5,832 homes sold last year. Average sales prices edged up 2 percent to $197,798 through the first half of this year compared to the first six months of 2013. The median sales price for the first six months of 2014 came in at $161,441, slightly higher than the $160,292 mid-year median price a year ago. According to the report, 14 percent of all sales in June were foreclosure sales. In June, 178 homes sold at an average price of $90,887 while 1,094 sales in June were non-foreclosures with an average price of $241,553. –Keysha Drexel

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Members of the Vestavia Middle School Lacrosse Team are, from left; front: Alyssa Newman, Emma Williamson, Haley Souders, Hayden Souders, Elle Myers, Ellington Wesson, Aimie Perino and Lydia Johnson. Middle: Madison Smith, Olivia Nelson, Lily McCormick, Laura Hatten Rell, Katherine Lipford, Ella Crump, Hannah White and Anna Ray. Back: Coach Lipford. Anne Kearney Patton is not pictured. Photo special to the Journal

Rebels Win LAX State Championship

The Vestavia Rebels Middle School Girl’s Lacrosse Team won the Alabama State Championship and finished the season undefeated with a record of 12-0. The Rebels defeated a tough Mountain Brook team 8-5 in the championship game.

Czeschin Plays in 2014 Brine National Lacrosse Classic

Tate Czeschin, right, son of Ty and Nikki Czeschin and a rising freshman at Vestavia Hills High School has been named as a 2014 Brine National High School AllAmerican and was selected to represent the Southeast

Region at the 2014 Brine National Lacrosse Classic held in Boyds, Maryland June 30-July 3. The Brine National Lacrosse Classic brings the top-ranked high school lacrosse players in the country to one venue, where regional teams compete to become the 2014 National Champion.


Members of the Birmingham Spartans are: Will Baynes, Cody Crain, Asa Dodd, Tanner Earnest, Curt Gann, Clark Griffin, Patrick Neil, Edward Reed, David Stone, Harrison Ware and Davis White. The Spartans are coached by Steven Griffin and assistant coaches Rusty Baynes and Lee Gann. Umpire Richard Pope traveled to Cooperstown with the team as their representative in the weeklong tournament. Photo special to the Journal

Top 10 Finish in Cooperstown Caps Successful Year for Birmingham Spartans

The Birmingham Spartans 12U baseball team recently returned from Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York where they competed in the 2014 American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament. The event draws 104 teams of 12-year-old players from around the U. S. and Canada. The Spartans were undefeated in pool play with wins over teams from Miami, Atlanta, Sacramento, Chicago and St. Louis.

The Spartans advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the single elimination bracket with a victory over a team from Utah before falling on the final day to Team Pono from Hawaii. The Spartans finished the tournament 7-1 and in the Top 10 of 104 teams. The Cooperstown trip marked another highlight to an already successful year for the Spartans. For the 2013-14 season the Spartans compiled a 40-23 overall record, including three tournament championships and one runner-up finish.

Hoover’s Kennedy Ward Selected for Prestigious Tennis Camp

Brock’s Gap Intermediate School sixth-grader Kennedy Ward, left, received an invitation to play the 2014 Nick Bollettieri Discovery Tennis Open in June. Kennedy was the only tennis player from Alabama invited to play in this exclusive event for 2014. The Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open, in Bradenton, Fla., is an exciting international event limited to boys and girls looking to take their tennis skill development to the next level. The Nick Bollettieri alumni and touring roster is impressive and includes Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Pete Sampras, among others.

Shades Mountain All-Stars Win Metro Tourney

Shades Mountain 7-year-old American All-Stars topped off an undefeated all-star season with a 14-13 victory over host team Mountain Brook to bring home the Metro Championship. Photo special to the Journal

Shades Mountain 7-year-old American All-Stars team members are, from left, front: Harrison Morgan, Grayden Robinson, Atticus Barton, Baylor Hardy, Brett Cannon and Chase Lawley. Middle: Alec Guice, RJ Bagherinia, John Paul Harbor, Salim London, Gavin Seewald and Jordan Jeter. Coaches: Paul Harbor, Tommy Cannon, Lee Seewald, Brian Hardy, David Lawley and Jason Barton.

Homewood Joy League Crowns Champions

Joy League baseball in Homewood recently wrapped up its 57th consecutive season of daytime baseball. Commissioners Perry Akins and Ted Hagler awarded trophies to the teams that won their division championship. The 2014 champions are: A – The Bucs, coached by John David Owen and Jim McMillan AA – The Bucs, coached by Britt Vibber AAA – The Sox, coached by John Cucinotta. To end the season, each division champ played a game against an All-Star team composed of 12 players from its division. In addition, AllStars from the Bucs and Cards played All-Stars from the Sox and Yanks in a T-Ball Rookie All-Star game.

2014 Rookie Cards continue into a third generation of players who have learned how to play baseball in the Joy League. From left: Nicholas Roitman, Sean Stanton, Kai Sorge, Luke Matteo and Nathan Matteo. Photo courtesy of Ashley Matteo

Following those games, the coaches, players and their families enjoyed a traditional watermelon picnic. Each year, Joy League games are played on Saturday mornings on the two diamonds at Edgewood Elementary

School. A total of nearly 200 boys and girls played in the league this year. Established in 1958 by the late John J. Smith Sr., the Joy League provides its third generation of players a fun place to learn how to play baseball.

Team members are, from left, front: Kathryn Brakefield, Faith Hauberg, Anna Hogewood, Aarthi Namasavayam, Jordan Henderson, Haleigh Moore and Shamayne Cooper. Back: Julia Freeman, Audria Wood, Nicole Bernal, Macy Wallace, Hailey Joseph, Ally Hall, Caroline Monson, Jilian Joyner and Anna Windle, Head coach, Luke Whittle and assistant coach, Amy Disko are not pictured. Photo special to the Journal

VHSC Attack Reaches Quarterfinals at Regional Championships

The VHSC Attack 99 Black girl’s soccer team won both the Premier League Central and 2014 Alabama State Championship to earn their spot at the USYS Southern Regional Championships.  The tournament was held in Baton Rouge, June 19-26.   The Attack reached the U-15 quarterfinals with a record of 2-1 in group play. The team’s two wins came against very solid opponents: Tampa Bay United 1-0 and Arkansas United 2-0.  Attack 99 Black then advanced to the quarterfinals and faced PGSA, the North Carolina state champions.  The game was a real battle and ended tied 2-2 in regulation and then 3-3 after two 15-minute overtime periods. The Attack’s run at regionals came to an end after a tough loss of 3-4 in penalty kicks.


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bring 111 wins and two state championships to the Spartan program. It was also enough to make Keim the Over the Mountain Journal’s choice for the 2013-14 Over the Mountain Boy Athlete of the Year award. Spain Park softball standout Mary Kathryn Bonamy was chosen as Over the Mountain Girl Athlete of the Year. “This is a tremendous honor–and a great note to leave Mountain Brook on,” Keim said. “But just make sure everyone understands that none of this is really about me. With us, any individual awards that anyone received are considered a team accomplishment.” Keim said Mountain Brook’s two championship runs were different in key ways. “The first year we got on a roll and just

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send the Lady Jaguars to a state tournament berth in Montgomery, where they reached the semifinals and finished the season 49-17. She slammed four home runs during her time in the Capital City. Her best game in the state tournament may have been a 15-1 elimination round victory against archrival Hoover, when Bonamy hit two home runs–including a grand slam–and had six RBIs. “That’s just the way she is,” Hawkins said. “The more pressure she faces–the higher the stakes–the more she likes it. M.K. enjoys being the one who comes to the plate in those situations.” Bonamy, a rising senior, is one of those athletes whose presence at


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Tuscaloosa County. As in the case with the previous setup, the top four teams will advance to postseason play. Unlike the previous setup, a traditional rivalry that was held intact–to the great credit of coaches and administrators at both schools–in the previous alignment, notably Hoover vs. Vestavia, will actually count in region standings again. So the typical Class 7A schedule will include seven region games and three non-region games, giving schools the flexibility to play traditional rivals who aren’t in the same region and/or attractive out-of-area or out-of-state matchups. And of course, there’s room to pick a homecoming victim. Hoover will open by hosting Central of Miami in a made-for-TV game Aug. 23 before traveling to Georgia to meet Colquitt County, which is coached by former Buc coach Rush Propst. Then the Bucs will play seven consecutive region games before closing the regular season with a visit from Blackman from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Somewhat more typical will be Mountain Brook’s slate. The Spartans open with a trip north to play Huntsville and then play three consecutive region games before hosting James Clemens. Mountain Brook

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refused to lose when it counted,” he said. “This year there was more pressure because everybody wanted to beat us. But we had the mindset that if we did lose, it wouldn’t be because a team played harder or played more together. We had an unselfish attitude that reached into everything we did.” McMillan is so enamored of Keim’s leadership skills that he paraphrases one of history’s greatest generals when describing him. “Alexander the Great said, ‘I am not afraid of an army of lions led by sheep; I’m afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion,”’ McMillan said. “With Patrick, we were an army of lions led by a lion. The bottom line for our success was that we played fearlessly.” Appropriately, one of McMillan’s favorite memories of Keim has nothing to do with points scored or other flashy individual statistics. “Before last season, I wanted to put together a highlight tape for Patrick,” McMillan said.

“So I asked him which games he wanted me to include. As I put the tape together, I realized a lot of the games Patrick listed were ones where he didn’t score much or maybe he got into foul trouble early. His recollections of his best games were the ones where the team played well. “It didn’t matter to him whether he scored 24 points or two points–all Patrick cared about was how well the team played.” Even in games where Keim didn’t score many points, he sank them at the right time. There was no better example of that than in Mountain Brook’s thrilling 60-57 win over Blount in the Class 6A finals in February. Keim scored only nine points in the entire game, but his three-point basket with 1:12 remaining to play gave the Spartans a 54-51 advantage they never relinquished. “If Patrick needed to take only one shot in a game or a dozen shots, he’d do whatever it took to win,” McMillan said.

times seems larger than life. Almost everyone associated with Spain Park softball has a favorite story about the player they affectionately call “M.K.” “M.K. really enjoys eating, and often we get the girls together for dinner,” Hawkins said. “After dinner, they will play a board game. Even just playing a simple game, M.K. is so competitive in a way that makes her teammates better.” Bonamy’s competitiveness and flair for the big play brought its share of rewards. In 2013-14, she earned a place on the All-State team and the All-Over the Mountain team and was named Over the Mountain Softball Player of the Year. So perhaps it’s no surprise that Bonamy is the Over the Mountain Journal’s choice as the 2013-14 Over the Mountain Girl Athlete of the Year. Mountain Brook basketball star

Patrick Keim was chosen as Over the Mountain Boy Athlete of the Year. “It’s pretty cool to be named Athlete of the Year when you think about all the great athletes that come from this area,” Bonamy said. “But the most important thing is that it makes a statement about how far Spain Park softball has come. And we’re not satisfied yet.” An outfielder and pitcher, Bonamy batted a hefty .425 with 19 home runs and 65 RBIs. She also had 13 doubles and scored 42 runs. Her eye was as effective as her bat, as Bonamy drew 40 walks from opposing pitchers. She is also a standout away from softball. Bonamy is an honor student and was named Spain Park Student of the Month last October. “M.K. is ambitious and wants to excel in everything she undertakes,” Hawkins said.

follows that with three more region games before closing the year with Huffman of Class 6A. Buddy Anderson’s strongly-held belief that scheduling begins close to home will evidence itself again in Vestavia’s 2014 slate. Two of the Rebels’ three non-region games will come against nearby neighbors Homewood and Shades Valley. In the new Class 6A, three former Class 5A rivals will find themselves again housed in the same region. Briarwood, Homewood and John Carroll Catholic are placed with Hueytown, Jackson-Olin, Minor, Pelham and Walker in an eight-team unit. Since 60 will not divide into eight evenly, Class 6A regions don’t uniformly have the same number of members. For example, Region 1 in the Mobile area has nine schools, while Region 8 in the northern part of the state has seven schools. As far as scheduling in the new Class 6A goes, nobody can accuse new Homewood coach Ben Berguson of sandbagging an easy slate. In addition to seven region games, the Patriots’ non-region dance card includes Class 7A heavyweights Vestavia and Tuscaloosa County. Criticizing the Alabama High School Athletic Association is a popular off-season sport with many fans, but I think the new seven classifications and regional alignments are overall positive developments. While not exactly a “super division,” Class

7A does group the schools with the highest enrollment in what should be a competitive association. Naturally, the big question in Class 7A will be the same one that schools in Class 6A faced for more than a decade: How do you beat Hoover? The new region groupings will revive old rivalries, which in turn will raise overall attendance and gate receipts. This will also allow schools to continue to be creative or respond to their own needs in non-region scheduling. But the best news of the day is this: Football season is almost here. Kiwanis Club Honors…

The Kiwanis Club of Birmingham chose its top high school athletes of the metro area last spring, and as usual the Over the Mountain area was well represented. Local winners included Jordan Sims of Homewood for football, Anna Claire Johnson of Hoover for volleyball, Ethan Simmons of Briarwood for baseball, Rebecca Blitz of Mountain Brook for softball, Connor Smith of Spain Park for boys’ golf, Tatum Jackson of Mountain Brook for girls’ golf, Marlon Humphrey of Hoover for boys’ track and field, Katie Brooks Boone of Westminster-Oak Mountain for girls’ track and field, Ziqi Wang of Vestavia Hills for boys’ tennis, Carlee Petro of Mountain Brook for girls’ tennis, Nate Dauphin of Vestavia Hills for boys’ soccer and Kathleen Dunn of Oak Mountain for girls’ soccer.

The coach said Keim’s leadership skills were evident from the first day he stepped on the Mountain Brook campus. “During his freshman year, we had a team with some strong senior leadership,” McMillan said. “From the very beginning they respected Patrick and understood his value to the team. His stature increased every year.” Keim’s basketball career is not complete. He plans to attend Auburn University and play for the Tiger program under new coach Bruce Pearl. “We’re a big Auburn family, so it’s a natural fit for me,” Keim said. “And the chance to play for Coach Pearl was just too tempting to pass up. I’ve been working hard all summer to get ready.” Keim plans to major in architecture, which is appropriate. At Mountain Brook, he was the architect of more than 100 wins and two blue trophies. That design structure also made him Over the Mountain Athlete of the Year.

After having such a successful season, Bonamy couldn’t be blamed for using the summer months for rest and relaxation. Instead, she embarked on a cross-country circuit of travel ball, a journey that saw stops in Florida, Pennsylvania, California, New York and Colorado, among other places. “I think in California I saw the beach one time,” Bonamy said. Maybe she didn’t see much of the beach, but she did see a lot of pitches she liked. In trademark fashion, Bonamy recently won a game for her

New Jersey Intensity travel team by hitting a walk-off three-run homer. This week, Bonamy will be playing in the North-South All-Star game in Montgomery. “I’m glad I’ve got another year at Spain Park,” she said. “Because as far as we’ve come, there are still so many goals we haven’t reached yet. We want to win a state championship, and I want to keep working to get better.” Mary Kathryn Bonamy may be able to get better, but she’s already really good–good enough to be the 2013-14 Girl Athlete of the Year.

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M.K. Is Okay

Architect of Victory

Spain Park Softball Star Named Girl Athlete of Year

Keim Is Over the Mountain Boy Athlete of Year

By Lee Davis

By Lee Davis



t was late spring. The sky was clear and the birds were chirping, but the Spain Park softball team was fighting for its life. Trailing longtime nemesis Oak Mountain 4-3 in their last at-bat of the Area 8 finals, the Lady Jaguars seemed to be finished. They had the tying run on second base but with two outs already, the odds didn’t look good against a Lady Eagle team that had beaten Spain Park seven times in less than two years. Then Mary Kathryn Bonamy came to the plate. “Mary Kathryn hadn’t had a great game,” Lady Jag coach C.J. Hawkins said. “I think she had struck out a couple of times. But there was nobody I’d rather have in that situation than her.” Then Bonamy had that special Babe Ruth/Michael Jordan moment that makes champions. She slammed a line-drive home run over the fence to give Spain Park a 5-4 win and the area title. “It was one of those things you don’t forget, but in so many ways it was typical of Mary Kathryn,” Hawkins said. “She never ceases to amaze me. She keeps pushing higher and higher. Mary Kathryn is one of those kids who can change the culture of a program by the way she works and inspires her teammates.” Bonamy’s heroics helped See bonamy, page 35

Journal Sports Writer

Left and below Journal photos by Marvin Gentry

Journal Sports Writer

Over The Mountain High School

Athletes of the Year Mary Kathryn Bonamy Spain Park High School Photo special to the Journal

Patrick Keim Mountain Brook High School

s a senior guard for the Mountain Brook boys’ basketball team, Patrick Keim averaged nine points and four assists in 2013-14. Those numbers are respectable enough, but they don’t come close to telling Keim’s real story. Another pair of numbers does a much better job of describing what Keim has meant to the Spartan basketball program for the past four years: 111 and two. The 111 stands for how many games Mountain Brook has won since Keim first put on the green and gold jersey as a freshman. The two represents the fact that the Spartans have won back-to-back Class 6A titles. And while Keim would be the first to tell you he could be nothing further from a one-man show, in many ways he symbolizes the spirit, work ethic and team-first attitude that took Mountain Brook on its incredible championship ride. “Patrick Keim has that leadership intangible that is incredibly rare,” said Mountain Brook coach Bucky McMillan, who might retire the trophy as Keim’s biggest fan. “He is the greatest leader I’ve ever been around in organized athletics. Everyone always knew that Patrick had the team’s best interest at heart at all times. In so many ways, he was the glue that held us together.” That glue was tough enough to See keim, page 35

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New Region Lineups Revive Rivalries


he Hoover Bucs’ 2014 football schedule includes a visit to Moultrie, Ga., but their most significant trip of the season won’t require a chartered bus or a box lunch. That journey will come on Oct. 3, when Hoover travels across town to face Spain Park. The revival of the Bucs-Jaguar rivalry comes courtesy of the new area Alabama High School Athletic Association alignments and reclassifications that begin with the opening kickoff next month. Few are probably sorry to see the old alignments go, as they led to some odd region pairings. For example, Spain Park played Wetumpka in a region game while not playing Hoover at all. That makes about as much sense as Alabama playing Oregon in a conference game and not playing Auburn. Another big change is the creation of the new Class 7A, which will contain 32 of the state’s largest schools, with four eight-team regions. The revamped Class 6A will have 60 members split into eight regions. The Class 7A circuit with the most local interest, of course, will be Region 3, which will place Hoover, Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain, Spain Park and Vestavia Hills with Hewitt-Trussville, Thompson and See Davis, page xx

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