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From familiar faces to foreign films, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival mixes films, fun. Involved in planning the 12th annual film festival are from left: J.D. Conley, Journal photo by Laura McAlister Chloe Collins, Alan Hunter and Kristina Scott. See Life, page 10.

The 38th annual Greek Food Festival will be Sept. 23-25 at Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Third Avenue South. See About Town, page 6.

World War II veteran Bill Barnes returned to England and France recently with his family to tour battlefields he visited as a young pilot during the war. See Travel, page 13.

Art on the Rocks celebrated fashion history Aug. 13. The theme was inspired by the Birmingham Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, “Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan.” See Social, page 14.





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A recent trip to Europe brings back memories of historic battle for Mountain Brook resident Bill Barnes, page 13.


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’m not a cell phone how arcane and useless it seems. aficionado. I think But that’s not all. We expect the world from our cell they’re great for emer- phones. And more. Never mind that the phones can gencies and the occasional transmit our voices across oceans and continents even painstaking two-thumb if we’re out having that yummy juice drink in Mumbai. text, but for the most part We want our calendar and address book, our music and my cell phone lies dorhome videos right there in our jacket pockets. We want mant in my purse. I just TV shows and late run movies, newscasts and sporting don’t use it. events in real time wherever we happen to be. It’s possible that I’m The fact that we’re limited to viewing these events emotionally stuck at rotary in three-inch format is not a deterrent. So what if Tim dial or the long ago days Tebow is only a half inch tall, his forward pass a mere Susan Murphy when our family phone was blip on a swatch of green? We want him and we want permanently stuck to the him now. kitchen wall, but I’m obviously in the minority, because Luckily, there are companies out there ready to supeven when I set out for my ply us with all the tiny walk at 6 a.m., drivers whiz wonders we can handle. You There are apps to bring you foreign can download applications by me, phones attached to their ears. Who could they phrasebooks, restaurant ratings and (apps) with local maps, trafpossibly be talking to at fic reports and reminders the caloric value of that juice drink in about where you parked that hour? They must have perkier friends than I do. Mumbai. Properly programmed, your your car. There are apps to Of course, my cell bring you foreign phrasephone can identify bird calls, phone doesn’t have all the books, restaurant ratings and latest industry bells and the caloric value of that juice butterfly markings and animal tracks whistles. It makes phone drink in Mumbai. Properly calls, period. I take that as far as your signal will reach. programmed, your phone back. It does have camera can identify bird calls, butcapability, but I rarely use terfly markings and animal that either because I have a hard time holding the phone tracks as far as your signal will reach. still enough to get a focused shot. And even when I do, If you’re a thrill seeker, you can download the Navy the photo program is so pixel-deficient that the picture Seal training regimen or Martha Stewart’s recipe for sour turns out like a Lite Brite graph. cherry tart. For funsies, turn your phone into a functionMy daughter has been after me to upgrade to a smart ing guitar and plink out a few phrases of “Free Bird” phone, one of those tele-wonders that lets you carry while you check on the nutritional listings of your Dairy around complete Internet capability. She’s had one for Queen Blizzard. several years and has already upgraded twice. My daughter downloaded a program that transforms Now, no matter where we are, no matter what quesher phone into a Jedi light saber, just the soundtrack of tion arises, she can find the answer in 30 seconds. We course, but with such technological advances, can laser had a yummy juice blend drink at a kiosk at Disney light capability be far behind? World, and she was able to download the recipe before I know, I know, smart phones are miraculous, wonwe got to the Dumbo ride. derful ... but they’re waaay too much for me. There are Having an encyclopedia in your pocket definitely days when I can’t handle the barrage of random stimuli comes in handy. I’m not sure what the access is doing I already have. Maybe I’m just not smart enough for a for our delayed gratification scores, but right now there smart phone. is information to be had and everyone wants it, no matter Don’t tell me. There’s an app for that. ❖


What types of memories and emotions does Sept. 11 evoke for you?

“I remember I was in a meeting and heard a plane had hit one tower. Then I was walking to the fire department and heard another had hit. The first time I thought it was an accident. Then, I was just mystified.” Sam Gaston Mountain Brook city manager

“There’s a lot of hurt, a lot of anger and a lot of sadness for my brothers who lost their lives. Then there’s a sense of pride for what they stepped up to do.” John Entrekin Mountain Brook firefighter

“I worked (at Ground “I was active military and a Zero). I got up there firefighter, so it really turned the morning of Sept. my life upside down. I was 13. It brings back those supposed to be married in memories of working and the fall of 2002. We moved watching all those who up the wedding because lost someone.” I was deployed to Iraq in May 2002.” Patrick Weeks Mountain Brook Jason Howell firefighter Mountain Brook firefighter



Honoring the Fallen


Helping plan the Sept. 11 memorial service are from left: Hannon Davidson with the Mountain Brook Chamber, Battalion Chief Stacey Cole with the Mountain Brook Fire Dept, Mountain Brook city manager intern Michael Munger, Mountain Brook Police Lt. Wayne Pittman, Mountain Brook city manager Sam Gaston, Mountain Brook Fire Chief Robert Ezekiel, Vestavia Hills Fire Deputy Chief Lynn Bonner, Homewood Fire Lt. Brian Bonner, VHPD Lt. Kevin York, VHFD Battalion Chief Phillip Barnes and Suzan Doidge with the Mountain Brook Photo special to the Journal Chamber.

Memorial Service to Commemorate Sept. 11 Heroes

The cities of Homewood, Vestavia Hills and Mountain Brook will host their annual 9/11 Remembrance and Patriot Day Ceremony commemorating the ninth anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11 by al-Qaeda terrorists upon the United States. The memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 in front of the Mountain Brook City Hall. The location of the ceremony rotates to the different host cities each year. During the program there will be a bell ceremony recognizing the firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and a military service honor roll call by the cities’ three mayors. The keynote speaker is David Graves, a Mountain Brook High School and West Point graduate. Graves was deployed to Iraq in 2005, where he spent 12 months. He recently graduated from Cumberland School of Law and is employed with Shunnarah Injury Lawyers. Remember those who were injured or killed and all those who risked their lives and volunteered by attending this memorial service, which commemorates the national tragedy. The death toll of the Sept. 11 attacks was 2,995, including the 19 hijackers.

City’s Chefs to Serve Up Dishes for March of Dimes

The 2010 Signature Chefs of Birmingham event will be Sept. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at B&A Warehouse in downtown Birmingham. William K. “Billy” Holbrook, Esq., secretary and general counsel of the Sterne Agee Group, Inc., is chairman. The event, which benefits the March of Dimes, will include food and drinks, live and silent auction items and networking. Twelve to 15 of Birmingham’s finest chefs will be showcased and their signature dishes available for guests to sample. Signature Chefs of Birmingham is organized by a volunteer committee and supported by March of Dimes staff. About 300 people are expected to attend, including local corporate and civic leaders. For more information, contact event coordinator Laura McCormick at the March of Dimes Alabama Chapter Office, 824-0103, or by e-mail at ❖

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Event Aims to Bring All Ages Together for Vestavia Anniversary

An intergenerational event will be part of Vestavia Hills’ 60th anniversary celebration. Bridge to the Future will be Sept. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Byrd Park in front of Vestavia Hills East Elementary School. Chevy 6 will provide live entertainment, and there will be free pony rides, free Bruster’s ice cream, classic cars, inflatables, clowns, caricature artists and other games and giveaways. The event is free. For more information, call Jim Frazier or Dalton Styes at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, 822-9631.

Hoover Soccer Club is Kicking for a Cure

Hoover Soccer Club (HSC) will host its third annual “Kick for the Cure” to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. The event will be Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Riverchase Sports Complex in Hoover. Highlights of the fundraiser include a coaches versus varsity boys’ soccer game, a “dunk the coach” booth, inflatables, face

Members of the planning committee for the Bridge to the Future event at Vestavia Hills’ Byrd Park are from left Dalton Styes, Steve Speir and Jim Frazier. Not pictured are Jenny Waters and Frank Philips.

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painting and balloon sculpting by professional clowns. HSC hopes to raise more than $5,000 for breast cancer research. The event is free to the public with a small donation per family requested upon entrance. The Riverchase Sports Complex is off Riverchase Parkway at the end of Parkway River Road. For more information, visit www.hooversoccerclub. com or call the club office, 978-8663.

Woodlawn Grads Invited to Reunion

The Woodlawn High School Grand Reunion will be Oct. 7-9 at the Boardwalk Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla. All classes from 1950 to 1960 are invited to attend. Visit www.woodlawnhigh. org for more information, or call Paula McClendon at 668-0304 or 706-4668. ❖

Members of the Hoover Soccer Club are gearing up for their third annual Kick for the Cure event Sept. 11 at Photo special to the Journal the Riverchase Sports Complex. The event raises funds for breast cancer research.

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Art Show, Bluegrass to Benefit Exceptional Foundation

The Exceptional Foundation will host its seventh annual Exceptional Masterpieces art show, Bluegrass & Brushstrokes, Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Exceptional Foundation. The Young CPAs are the presenting sponsors of the event. The art show is the culmination of a year of hard work and creative endeavors by the foundation’s participants. Works of art such as painted canvases and hand-crafted items will be for sale. Guests can enjoy live music by Three on a String, cocktails and hors d’ouevres and a silent auction. The Exceptional Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, which strives to meet the social and recreational needs of the mentally and/or physically challenged population of the greater Birmingham area. Tickets are $30 each or $250 for a VIP package. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Concert Will Feature Southern Gospel Artist

Ivan Parker, Southern Gospel Music’s 2009 Soloist of the Year, will be featured in a concert Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Taylor Memorial




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The 38th annual Greek Food Festival will be Sept. 23-25 at Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Third Avenue South. This year’s menu will include authentic Greek dishes and homemade pastries. The Greek Market Place will have imported food, icons, fine jewelry and more. The festival also will feature a live band playing Greek music on each day of the event. Greek dancers, who have performed all over the country, will be on hand to teach Greek folk dances to anyone who wants to learn. Guided tours of the cathedral will also be offered during the festival. Birmingham is home to the seventh oldest Greek Orthodox parish in the U.S. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Admission is free, and food items are individually priced. Takeout orders can be picked up between 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; call 716-3086 or fax orders to 716-3085. Visit for takeout information.

Alabama’s first WAY Day event will be Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oak Mountain Middle School. The free event encourages wellness and healthy and green living. The day will kick off with a fun run/walk at 9 a.m. There will be booths and workshops throughout the day, and locally grown fruits, vegetables and more will be on sale. Exercise demonstrations and healthy living tips will be provided by Wellness, Academics and You (WAY) and several other partners. Musical “Be at Your Best” performances are set for 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The Alabama Green Industry Training Center, in the North Shelby Library, will have staff on hand to answer gardening and landscape questions, guide tours of Auburn’s Phenology Garden, demonstrate installing a fall garden and much more. For more information, including sponsorship or the fun run, contact Natalie Steed at

ASFA Show Features Hollywood Styles

Alabama School of Fine Arts theater students will host a “Salute to Hollywood” fashion show Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Aveda at the Galleria. Students will strut down the runway dressed as Hollywood stars such as Marlon Brando, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Indiana Jones, Lady Gaga, Dorothy Dandridge, Twiggy, Janis Joplin and Beyonce. Some 40 students will model. Tickets are $15 and include light hors d’oeuvres and a chance to win door prizes. Proceeds benefit ASFA.

Symphony 30 Picnic Set for Sept. 26

The Symphony 30 Group will host its annual picnic Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Proceeds will help the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s family and education programs. Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q and Brookwood Medical Center are

the event’s lead sponsors. Along with dinner donated by Jim ’N Nicks and a symphony concert, activities will include an art table where children can make their own musical instruments. For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, visit Tickets are $60 per family or $25 for an individual ticket.

‘Come Paint With Me’ Supports Bell Center

A’Mano of Mountain Brook Village will host “Come Paint with Me,” a workshop and exhibit by Dorothy Ticking and her grandchildren. The event is a benefit for the Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs. Dorothy Ticking is a grandmother raising four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Birmingham artist Tres Taylor and his wife Helene have been mentoring the family for seven years. The workshop will be in front of the store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 for children of all ages. Like Taylor, participants will paint on tarpaper with house paint. Each child will paint a strand of tarpaper dolls, one doll to be taken home and the rest donated to the Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs. A painting will be auctioned to benefit the Bell Center.




Mia Billingsley will be one of the artists at A’Mano’s “Come Paint with Me” workshop and benefit.

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Charity League Plans ‘Shoot for Loot’

The Charity League is inviting competitive (and not so competitive) shooters to participate in Shoot for Loot, a half-day skeet shoot tournament for charity at Selwood Farms in Alpine Sept. 30.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. This top skeet course, near Childersburg and just 35 minutes from Greystone, is also well known for its quail hunting and lodging. Shooters will receive breakfast, lunch, golf cart, drinks and cart snacks with their entry fees. A lunch with prizes and awards will be held after the tournament. Tickets are $175 for individual shooters or $600 for a team of four. To buy tickets or to become a sponsor of the event, visit or contact Barkley Lackey at To ensure a slot, register by Sept. 10. All proceeds will benefit hearing and speech-impaired children of Alabama through the Charity League Hearing and Speech Center at Children’s Hospital, the EPIC School, Mitchell’s Place and Virginia Cobb Scholarship awardees. ❖


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Homewood Rotary Installs New Officers

Homewood Rotary Club members installed new officers for 2010-2011 July 8. New president Lester Hollans, a retired Army officer and college economics professor, has been a Rotarian since 1980. He was also the Homewood club president for 2003-04. Other new officers are Jim Ceyte, president-elect; Janice Scholl, secretary; and Josh Carnes, treasurer. Directors are William Johnson, club service; Stan Faulkner, community service; Mike Hathorne, vocational service; and Mike O’Kelley, international service. At-large directors are Mike Jacobs, Nick Nesmith and Ted Teague. Other officers are Sandy Nelson, bulletin; Mary Wimberley, public relations; Bill Crawford, fundraising; and Peggy Bales, family of Rotary. Rotary District 6860 Gov. John Valieant of Anniston attended the meeting to install the new officers. Rotary is an international organization of business and professional people who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The club meets each Thursday at noon at the Homewood Library on Oxmoor Rd.

New Homewood Rotary Club officers are, from left: Janice Scholl, secretary; Josh Carnes, treasurer; Jim Ceyte, president-elect; and Lester Photo special to The Journal Hollans, president.

OMHS Grads Receive Military Appointments

Four Oak Mountain High School students received military academy appointments at the school’s May 12 Awards Day. Sam Griner and Michael Thrasher were awarded appointments to the Air Force Academy. Matthew Cooper received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, and Thomas Holloway earned an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The students competed with some 37,000 high school seniors for admission to the service academies, with approximately 3,200 receiving offers to the three academies. During their four years at the

Oak Mountain High School graduates earning military academy appointments were, from left: Sam Griner, Michael Thrasher, Matthew Photo special to The Journal Cooper and Thomas Holloway.

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Mountain Brook Grad is Fundraising Chairman

Bobby Rutherford, a Mountain Brook High School graduate and member of the class of 2012 at Washington and Lee University, was selected fundraising chairman for the university’s 2012 Mock Convention, set for January 2012. During the Mock Convention, student delegates attempt to predict the presidential nominee of the political party currently out of power in the White House. In 2012, the convention will try to select the Republican primary candidate. The traditional event is held every four years. W&L first conducted a mock convention in 1908 and has correctly selected presidential primary candidates 18 out of 24 times, with only two errors since 1948. Rutherford is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Rutherford.

Ragsdale Named Fellow to State Law Foundation

Sirote attorney Barry Ragsdale has been selected for induction as a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation. The Fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation is an honorary orgaBarry Ragsdale nization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities.




HHS Student Elected Key Club Governor

Rebecca Riley of Homewood High School has been elected lieutenant governor to Division 5 of the Alabama District of Key Club International for the 201011 school year. Key Club International is a Kiwanis International service leadership program for high

school students. As lieutenant governor, Riley will act as a liaison between the clubs in her division, which include Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Hueytown, Hoover and McAdory High School and Bessemer Academy, and the district Key Club board. She will also visit each club, publish a monthly divisional

newsletter and contribute to a regional newsletter, as well as hold a monthly division council meeting and stay in touch with Kiwanis clubs within her division. Riley has been an active member of Homewood Key Club since 2009, participating in club events such as Boo at the Zoo and the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast. ❖

Walker Minor, Wesley Heartsill, Nathan Hospes and Ty Roberts, all seventh grade students at Liberty Park Middle School, celebrated their 13th birthdays Aug. 10 at Old Overton Country Club swimming pool with 70 of their friends. Instead of receiving birthday gifts, these teens elected to have their friends bring donations for the National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf Oil Restoration Fund. They raised $1,538 for the Photo special to The Journal cause. Election recognizes the member’s professional accomplishments and is limited to 1 percent of bar membership. Ragsdale, a litigator in Sirote’s Birmingham office, is celebrating his 25th year of practicing law. He represents defendants and plaintiffs in antitrust, securities, insurance and business fraud cases, as well as handling matters involving products liability, shareholder and other complex litigation and class actions.

Area Student Among New Jefferson Scholars

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hink indy films aren’t for you? Alan Hunter, founder of Birmingham’s Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, encourages you to think again. This year marks the 12th year of the independent film festival. With more than 200 films lined up, Hunter said there’s truly something for everyone, even those who aren’t movie buffs. “We’ll have 223 films, and that’s short films, foreign films, long ones,” said Hunter, a former MTV VJ and president of the Alabama Moving Image Association (AMIA). “Independent films are films like ‘Sideways’ and ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding.’ “The real draw is for everybody to be able to talk to the filmmakers and actors. You can literally mingle with them in the Birmingham streets.” The 2010 festiWhen: Sept. 24-26 val is set for Sept. 24-26. Day passes Where: Downtown are $20 as are openBirmingham at and ing night passes. around the Alabama A weekend pass Theatre on Third is $50. Student discounts are availAvenue North able. More information: This year, the festival is not just showcasing films. It sidewalk-fest.html also will have video arts on display in several of the venues, said J.D. Conley, the video arts curator for the festival. There will also be more activities between films.

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American Idols, “Entourage” star have roles in this year’s Sidewalk film festival McWane Science Center’s Rushton Theatre. The programming is grouped for ages ranging from toddlers to teens. Outside the McWane Center, children can participate in various activities that coincide with some of the films. “There’s this one documentary, ‘Automorphosis,’ about these cars that have been turned into art,” Collins said. “We’re going to have two local artists with Power Wheels cars for kids to paint and kind of make their own.” A local graffiti artist will give painting demonstrations to coincide with the film “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” a documentary on Bansky, a British graffiti artist. “I think the main thing is that we’ve made our footprint a littler smaller,” Collins said. “We’re hoping to create more density in the eight venues.” In addition to the Alabama Theatre, films also will be shown in the nearby Alabama Theatre Loft, Carver Theatre, Alabama Power Theatre, Birmingham International Center, McWane Science Center, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Harambe Room.

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While festival-goers can expect to see foreign films, they can also see one that has a familiar backdrop. On Sunday, Sidewalk will host the regional premiere of “Lifted,” a feature-length film about a young man auditioning for a music competition as his father is being sent for his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. The music competition happens to take place in Birmingham. “It’s the story of this young man and his relationship with his father and his journey to the big city of Birmingham,” Hunter said. “It was all shot in Jefferson County with one exception. “It’s just a really great family film, and you’ll see all the sites of Birmingham in it.” In addition to recognizing some of the places, Street Appeal The 2010 Sidewalk will have more of a street- Planning the 2010 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival are from left: Alan Hunter, Hunter said viewers will also recognize some of the people. festival feel, said Chloe Collins, executive direcChloe Collins, Kristina Scott and J.D. Conley. Top, some of the films being American Idols Ruben Studdard and Taylor tor of AMIA. shown at this year’s festival are from left: “Ballhawks,” “Lifted,” “Pelada” Hicks both make appearances in the movie, as Films will be shown in eight venues, with the and “Teenage Paparrazzo.” Journal photo by Laura McAlister does country music star Trace Adkins. Alabama Theatre being at the heart of the festiWhile the movie is making a regional premiere val. at the festival, Hunter said, it will also have a About one block of Third Ave. North in front of the Alabama will be blocked off to trafnational premiere later this year and could even be shown in mainstream theaters around the fic, which is actually less space than in previous years. But Collins said there will be much nation. more going on in the space. Food and drink vendors will set up throughout the weekend along with live entertainment and activities. Hunter said the idea is to create a place for film-goers to congregate in between films. Familiar Faces “We want it to be kind of like the creative center of the festival,” he said. “We’ll have “Lifted” isn’t the only movie making its regional debut at the festival. good food, and we want people to stay and gather.” An expanded Children’s Film Extravaganza will include several outside activities geared See Indy Appeal, page 11 toward children. There will be 47 feature length and short films for children, all shown in the


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On the Friday night of the festival, opening night, Adrian Grenier of HBO’s “Entourage” will premiere Landmarks, Inc., that his documentary “Teenage Paparazzo.” BY LAURA purchased and restored The documentary is based on 13-year-old MCALISTER the Alabama nearly 25 paparazzo Austin Visschedyk, spotted by Grenier JOURNAL EDITOR years ago. Then, it was a among a horde of photographers while leaving decrepit, rundown build- a movie. Disturbed by the sight of such a young t’s difficult to think ing. paparazzo, Grenier decides to turn the camera on about the Alabama Whitmire took great him by featuring Austin in his documentary. Theatre without care to retain the his“This is very much a look at our obsession with remembering Cecil toric charm of the theater celebrities,” Hunter said. “It’s a funny documentary Whitmire. when restoring it, and about the paparazzi craze. Anyone who loves TMZ Whether it was singtoday, in addition to will love this.” ing along to the tunes showing classic films, And for those celebrity-obsessed movie-goers, he played on the Mighty it’s also a center for per- Sidewalk also offers a chance to meet some of the Wurlitzer pipe organ or forming arts and enterstars from the films. Hunter and Collins said they greeting people at the tainment. never know for sure who will be in attendance, but door with his hearty The Alabama was like possibly Grenier could make a cameo appearance. smile, Whitmire was the a child to Whitmire and “Adrian actually loves Birmingham,” Hunter face of the Alabama. He his late wife, Evans said. said. “He came here for a film and just really loved also dedicated a good Cecil Whitmire “They never had chil- it.” portion of his life to 1935-2010 dren, so this was like Showing off Birmingham also is a big part of bringing back some of their child,” he said. the festival, Collins said. While the festival may get the historic theater’s old “Cecil’s wife, Linda, was a wonderful, some celebrities, it also draws some behind-theglory. wonderful lady, and she was a great partner scene filmmakers. Though they might not be as well Though Whitmire died Aug. 22 at the for him in every sense of the word.” known, they will get star-studded treatment from the age of 74, the impact he made on the Evans and employees of the Alabama Sidewalk staff. Alabama and downtown Birmingham say Whitmire was straightforward with a Out-of-town moviemakers will dine at Bottega won’t soon be forgotten. good sense of humor and Southern charm. and take field trips to Birmingham attractions like To celebrate his life, the Alabama is While they mourn his loss, they say it’s Barber Motorsports Park. “We hope to let them see hosting a memorial service for Whitmire business as usual at the Alabama, because something they didn’t know about Birmingham,” at the theater Sept. 12 at 2 p.m., and that’s the way their friend would have Hunter said. “ the upcoming Sidewalk Moving Picture wanted it. Several parties are scheduled throughout the Festival will be dedicated in his honor. “We’re going to carry on,” said Jeannie weekend for filmmakers. The public can buy tick“We really want this to be a celebration Hanks, house manager of the Alabama. ets to an opening night after party at the McWane of him and his life,” said Danny Evans, Whitmire’s longtime friend. “A large focus “He wouldn’t want it any other way. We’re Center. going to celebrate his life Sept. 12. He was Opening night, Sept. 24, begins with the showing will be on his organ playing. We’ll have a really good boss and had a good sense of of “Teenage Paparazzo” at 8 p.m. ❖ some previous performances of Cecil’s that were actually recorded and lots of pictures. humor. “I’ve been here 20 “People will get a chance to share some years, and we had a neat things about that rascal. I hope it’s a lot of our own private happy event and showcases his work for jokes. I wouldn’t have the last 25 years.” stayed so long if I Evans, a local attorney, helped didn’t enjoy working Whitmire form the non-profit Birmingham for him.” ❖


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ISS Film 101 Indian Springs School Oct. 16, 5-9:30 p.m. With guest “teachers” including “Saturday Night Fever” director John Badham and “Baby Mama” writer/director Michael McCullers, Indian Springs School (ISS) will hold its Film 101 fundraiser Oct. 16 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the school. During the evening, attendees will take “classes” on film-related topics from Badham and McCullers, both ISS alumni, as well as other alumni, faculty and friends of the school. The evening will begin with beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvres and Michael a school-wide McCullers meeting featuring a lecture by Badham and end with a graduation featuring coffee, desserts and silent auction. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, contact Director of Development Victoria Arrand at or 332-0600.

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Roles are available for beginner thru advanced dancers. Arrive 15 minutes early to register. The audition consists of classwork and choreography from the production. Students that currently dance en pointe should bring their pointe shoes. Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker will appear December 10-12 at the BJCC Concert Hall. Community Cast rehearsals are primarily on Saturdays at Birmingham Ballet Academy. Audition Fee: $15. Questions? Call 979-9492 or visit Birmingham Ballet is the

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UAB Festival of 10-Minute Plays Alys Stephens Center Odess Theatre Sept. 22-26 See eight original plays in one night when the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Theatre presents its eighth annual Festival of 10Minute Plays Sept. 22-26. The festival will start at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center Odess Theatre. Tickets are $3. The plays may contain adult language and themes. Call 975-2787 for tickets or go to http://theatre.hum.uab. edu/. The Drowsy Chaperone Oct. 7-17 Virginia Samford Theatre Take a cast of characters including a debutante, a tycoon, a gangster, a male ingénue and a European lothario of ambiguous extraction, add some mistaken identities, thwarted romance, 11th hour nuptials, factor in Marx Brothers tomfoolery, toss in tunes

The Dynamic Korea: Dance and Song will be at the Virginia Samford Theatre Sept. 25. The performance is only one of five in the United Photo special to the Journal States. inspired by Jerome Kern musicals and you’ve got “The Drowsy Chaperone.” This new musical comedy, presented by Philip Mann and Louise Beard in association with the Red Mountain Theatre Company, received the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway.


Fashioning Kimono July 31-October 10, 2010 Birmingham Museum of Art: Jemison Galleries Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan presents kimono from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Included are 97 kimono from the Montgomery Collection in Lugano, Switzerland, and 50 framed archival photographs from the Hukusai Research Centre in Milan, Italy, that show how kimono like these expressed the tastes and interests of almost three generations of the men, women, and children of Japan who wore them. For more information go to Water Color Society of Alabama Member’s Showcase Birmingham Public Library Sept. 14-Oct. 27 The Watercolor Society of Alabama will hold its annual 2010 Alabama Members’ Showcase at the Birmingham Public Library on the fourth floor in the art gallery. The exhibit will open Sept. 14, and the opening awards reception will take place Sept. 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The public is invited. The exhibit runs through October 27. The juror for the exhibit is Professor Scott Stephens of Montevallo University. He chosen 56 aqua media paintings to be in the showcase. For more information go to or call (205) 979-5699.


Alabama Ballet Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m; Oct. 31, 2:30 p.m. The Alabama Theatre Alabama Ballet celebrates Halloween weekend by resurrecting the ghoulish hit Dracula. Original choreography by Roger Van Fleteren and Wes Chapman will thrill and chill audiences with ghastly romance and mysterious suspense. Live organ music composed and played on the Mighty Wurlitzer by Thomas Helms will haunt The Alabama Theatre in one of the most well-known vampire tales ever penned. Arrive at twilight on opening night for a vampire bash hosted by Alabama Ballet’s Junior Board. A percentage of all Dracula ticket sales will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Alabama. www. Dynamic Korea: Dance and Song Virginia Samford Theatre Sept. 24, 8 p.m. The Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation, in partnership with the Korea Society, will host the Chae Hyang Soon Dance Company in Birmingham for a one-night-only performance Sept. 24 at the Virginia Samford Theatre. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., a buffet dinner will honor the Korea Society and supporters making this event possible. Tickets for the performance are $25 for ages 18 and older and $10 for those 65 and over, children and college students with proper I.D. They are available through the Virginia Samford Theatre Box Office, 251-1228, or at Alabama Symphony Orchestra Alys Stephens Center Sept.17-18, 8 p.m Jemison Concert Hall Lynn Harrell, one of the world’s most celebrated cellists, returns to Birmingham for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s next installment of the Regions Masterworks . He’ll be joined by his wife Helen Nightengale for Brahms’s dramatic final work for orchestra, the Double Concerto. ASO continues its celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Robert Schumann with his Fourth Symphony. The Nutcracker at the BJCC Concert Hall December 10 - 12, 2010 Birmingham Ballet’s telling of The Nutcracker brings this classic story to life with masterful story telling and engaging style. This Birmingham holiday tradition, now in it’s 15th Anniversary Season, features aerial ballet and traditional choreography mixed with fresh surprises each year. ❖



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OTMJ.COM graduated from the University of the South before taking over his father’s furniture business. After the war, he was among those invited to symposiums that gave him an opportunity to meet and interview former British and German pilots. “I’ve been a historian all my life and interested in aviation,” he said. Hearing fellow pilots’ stories reinforced his belief that the Battle of Britain was indeed a crucial WWII chapter. “We almost lost our country,” he said. “We might all be speaking German or Japanese today.” The Battle of Britain, which raged over England in the summer and autumn of 1940, pitted the courageous yet undermanned RAF against Germany’s mighty Luftwaffe. Much of Europe, including nearby France, had fallen. Hitler planned to invade England through Operation Sea Lion after defeating the Brits in the air. Barnes said Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s

leadership and England’s use of newly-invented radar turned the tide. So did Hitler’s decision to bomb London, easing attacks on British airfields and airplane manufacturing plants and thus giving the RAF a chance to regroup. On Sept. 15, now known as Battle of Britain Day, the London sky “was black with German bombers and fighters,” Barnes said. “The German crews thought the RAF was finished.” Instead, hundreds of British Spitfires and Hurricanes overwhelmed the Luftwaffe. The next day, Hitler called off Operation Sea Lion. Long active in the Birmingham Aero Club, Barnes still flew until recently. “My wife and I had a nice six-passenger Beechcraft,” he said. “In my 80s, I developed heart problems, so we sold the plane. “I miss flying. I still wake up at night thinking about it.” The Barnes family’s European experience took about a year to plan, he said, but was well worth the effort. “I just wanted my grandchildren especially to see what really went on,” Barnes said. “They all said, ‘Granddaddy, we’ll never forget this trip.’ ” ❖

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Having fun at the Aug. 13 Art on the Rocks are from left: Mary Ellen Davis, Caroline Gargoglione, Abby Robison and Anna Finkel.

Art on the Rocks celebrated fashion ... Dressed up for the Fairy Tale Ball are from left: Cayden Mindum, Roa Madole and Saidri Ross.

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Board hosted the fourth annual Fairy Tale Ball Aug. 28, an enchanting event designed to raise funds to benefit children and families served by Childcare Resources. The gala for children and adults held at the Birmingham Sheraton Ballroom featured dancing to live music by Just A Few Cats and more than 50 fairy tale and whimsical characters. Highlights of the evening included more photos at the transformation of the frog prince, hip hop lessons by Tinkerbell and Peter Pan and a silent auction that featured a 10-day stay at a luxurious villa on St. Bart’s Island. Created exclusively for the Fairy Tale Ball was Cinderella’s Candy Castle designed by Executive Banquet Chef Mike Rigot, which had sugar cookie and gingerbread walls, decorated with candy and icing and a drawbridge and a moat filled with candy bags for the children. A. Fox deFuniak III along with his grandchildren served as honorary chairs of the event, leading a successful corporate sponsorship campaign. CBS news anchor and Childcare Resources board member Sherri Jackson served as emcee. Childcare Resources, a nonprofit organization and United Way of Central Alabama partner agency, helps families locate child care, trains child care professionals, provides parent education services and offers child care financial assistance to low-income, working families. ❖


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Among those attending the Fairy Tale Ball are front from left: Bess Landre deFuniak, Banks deFuniak and Fox deFuniak; and in back from left: Sira Lynn deFuniak, Fox deFuniak III and Joan Wright.

history Aug. 13. The theme was inspired by the Birmingham Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, “Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan.” A few guests even arrived wearing kimono. The crowd of more than 1,000 sipped samari sour, passion fruit and peach martinis while tasting Asian-inspired fare, including fried rice, noodles, vegetable stir fry, Kyoto pork and bonsai chicken from wok stations set up throughout the museum’s second floor. Searching on a scavenger hunt through the kimono exhibition in the Jemison Galleries, one lucky guest won the prize from Bromberg’s – peridot and diamond earrings. As the sun set, the music began. Jessica Lea Mayfield, who recorded her first album at 15, performed outside in the sculpture garden. The next Art on the Rocks, the final event of the 2010 season, is set for Sept. 10. The theme celebrates artist Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits,” and musical guest will be Company of Thieves. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.artsbma. org/artontherocks.2. ❖

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Among those at the Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of art are from left: Dessilyn Chappell and Stephanie Reynolds.

In character for the Fairy Tale Ball are from left: Emily Hotte, Emily McLeod, Sara Chase Kee and Cody Hays. Left, dressed up as Chip from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the Fairy Tale Ball is Elizabeth Kinsaul. Attending the Aug. 13 Art on the Rocks are from left: Buddy and Holly Overstreet and Hannah and Brad Hightower.

Members of the Fairfield High School’s class of 1950 recently gathered at The Club for their 60th reunion. More than 26 classmates and their Photo special to the Journal guests attended the reunion.

The 1950 class of Fairfield High ...

School held its 60th reunion at The Club. Twenty-six classmates, along with 24 guests, braved inclement weather to attend the celebration. Planners were John Jayne, Joanie White Griffin, John McKenzie, Cliff Byrd, Robin Ellison, Pat Hodges Wilemon, Lena Rizzo Lucia, Yvonne Marsh Fortner and Jean Register. Fairfield High annuals, programs and newspaper articles were displayed. From out of town were Geraldine Lowery of Parkville, Mo., Patsy Best Crunk of Alexander City, Joan Hollyfield of Greenville, Tom Nunnelly of Dunwoody, Ga., Eugene Matthieu of Carbon Hill, Robert Williams of Gulf Breeze, Fla., William “Skippy” Rogers of Moulton and Peggy Langston of

Jemison. Other classmates included Vincent Angrisano, Hugh Bandy John Bledsoe, Earl Bousack, Elaine Clark Northcutt, Barbara Piper Kronberg, Joyce Stephens McCormick, James Vernon, Joanie White Griffin, Clyde Wood and Ollie Vernon Thornton. Also attending was Anita Meagher, Fairfield High School Alumni Association president.

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Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity held its summer meeting June 15 at the home of Leslie Ralls Allen. Dede McDanal Moore, president, presided. Nancy Runyan Gaston made the recruitment report for Psi Chapter at the University of Alabama, and Susan Long Womack, Province







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Beasley Salamone, secretary; and Cathy Williams Culberson, philanthropy. DeDe Moore attended the international convention in Tampa in late June. Members in attendance were: Elizabeth Crow Branch, Leila Welch Brazeal, Diane Ralls Burns, Lisa Lanier Carter, Suzanne Lawrence Chandler, Beverly Ready Crawford, Julie Crutcher Edwards, Elizabeth Wyatt Ellis, Elizabeth Hamiter Ferguson, Laura Weatherly Findley, Rosemary Buntin Gillespy, Rebecca Hamiter, Dottie Moore Kent, Ashley McCarty Luke, Nancy Martin, Linda Winkler Pope, Leslie Collum Price, Sally Ryan Reiser, Jan Roberts, Rene Rutherford, Laurin Welch Scott, Julie Vascocu Stewart, Linda Johnson Stone, Lissa Handley Tyson, Elizabeth Estess Wilson and Haley Hammock Young.


Attending the Greater Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta’s summer meeting were from left: Lissa Handley Tyson, Sally Ryan Reiser, Leslie Collum Price and Suzanne Lawrence Chandler.

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Above, having fun at the Lamplighters’ summer party were, from left: Colleen Adams, V.L. Mitchell, John Boshart and Betty Rogers. Left, Rita Maisel, Lamplighters president, and Ed Krys were among club members and guests at a June 13 party.

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Attending the Poinsettia debutantes’ Fashion Caravan were front row, from left: Marlie Joseph, Alex Kingsford, Mary Coston Colquett, Natalie Henninger and Maggie Sinclair; second row from left: Jamie Swindall, Lauren Hammonds. Kaityln Carlton and Glendinning Johnston; third row from left: Ashley Moultrie, Kate Selma, Mary Beth Williams, A.K. Burton and Mindy Zarra; and back row, Michelle Moody, Hope Russell, Sally Hughey, Meg Cole and Whitney Acton. Montalbano with Bobby Harris. Other guests were Jane Crouch with Frank Jones, Mary Nappi, Jane Weamer, Margie Wasley, Brenda and Ray Harris, Joan Meeks with Howard Clowdus, Harriet and Jim Jackson, Betty and Earl Underwood, Doris Kenny with Carl Jones, Larry and Sheila Taylor, Virginia and John Golightly, Liz Johnson, Yvonne and John Norton and Dena and Wallace Parker. The group’s next meeting will be a business luncheon Sept. 24 at McCormick and Schmick. Officers are Rita Maisel, president; Ruby Romno, first vice president; Reba Huffman, second vice president; Beverly Jackson, secretary; and Shirley Patton, treasurer.




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prepare for the 2010 season. During the “Fashion Caravan” journey, chauffeured by Starship Coach, Inc., the girls sampled treats as they received information from experts in their field on the latest trends in clothing and makeup. Stops at The Summit included the Fitting Touch for toasting and appetizers plus information on foundations and Belk for entrees and a fashion show previewing upcoming fall styles. The evening ended with a dessert and coffee bar at Frank Carnaggio’s Photo Studio, where makeup artist Melinda Moore

demonstrated makeup techniques for debs. Photographer Frank Carnaggio captured the evening with a photo. Hostesses were Kaitlyn Carlton, Marlie Joseph, Michelle Moody and Jamie Swindall. Others debs in attendance were Whitney Acton, A.K. Bruton, Meg Cole, Mary Coston Colquett, Lauren Hammonds, Natalie Henninger, Sally Hughey, Glendinning Johnston, Alex Kingsford, Ashley Moultrie, Hope Russell, Kate Selman, Maggie Sinclair, Mary Beth Williams and Mindy Zarra. Poinsettia Ball board members Beth McCord and Denise Oliver also joined the fun. The Poinsettia season will culminate with a ball at Vestavia Hills Country Club Dec. 28.

The 40th reunion of Huffman High ...

centerpieces and balloon designs in the school colors. Guests were entertained by D.J. Jason McLenden playing songs from the 1960s to the present. Enjoying the party were


members of the reunion planning committee and their spouses: Susan McClung Rinehart with Greg, Peggy Watts Yarnall with Chandler, Kerrye Dorough Milhorn with John, Margo




School’s first group of graduates, the Class of 1970, was held July 10 at Grayson Valley Country Club. Underclassmen from the Classes of 1971, 1972 and 1973 were also invited. Decorations included a banner at the entrance, Viking helmet

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held a Spring Fling May 15 at Birmingham Country Club. Coquette Barnes was chairperson of the brunch along with her co-chairpersons Kitten Burge and Tutter Tyndal. Chicken and spinach crepes were served along with steamed asparagus and broiled tomatoes followed by a delicious desert.

Enjoying the Silouettes Dance Club’s Spring Fling were Dick and Lynda McLaughlin.

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The Girl Scout Leadership Circle hosted ...

Soiree@Saks at Saks Fifth Avenue at The Summit Aug. 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Guests enjoyed food and wines from Wine’d Down and Café Iz. Nathan Carter played an acoustic guitar. Those in attendance also got the chance to shop at Saks Fifth Avenue with a portion of the sales going back to the Girl Scouts.




Among those heading up the Girl Scout Leadership Circle’s Soiree@Saks were, Brannon Dawkins, left, Tanya Shunnara and Anna Curry Gualano, Photo special to The Journal center. Chairing the event was Anna Curry Gualano, an attorney at Littler Mendleson. Brannon Dawkins of the Birmingham Business Alliance was co-chairman. Tanya Shunnara of Sirote & Permutt and Julia McKay of McKay Management Corporation were silent auction chairmen. Committee members included Heather Hamilton, Ben Goldman, Morgan Catrett, Elizabeth Emerson and Alicia Battle. Also there were Phyllis and Tom Davis, Chris Ross, Trish Coghlan, Bettina Boateng,

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The Hoover High School Buccanettes won honors, including a superior rating, at a Universal Dance Association camp. Photo special to The Journal

Buccanettes Bring Home Dance Awards

The 2010-2011 Buccanettes Dance Team from Hoover High School earned several awards at a Universal Dance Association camp this summer. Each team member received blue ribbons. The team received a superior rating for its work at camp, placed third in its home routine and received a spirit stick for demonstrating leadership and a positive attitude. Briana Kinsey, Alison Antee, Carneisha Cain and Jordan Sizemore were named UDA AllAmericans, and the entire team received a bid to the UDA national championship. Buccanettes include co-captains Briana Kinsey and Alison Antee, Jordan Sizemore, Kelsey Rollins, Carneisha Cain, Olivia Butler, Lizzy Choi, Brooks Cochran, Taylor Cos, Kathryn Dinsmore, Francie Harris, Jaslyn Jackson, Taylor Keith, Claire McCluney, Tinsley Roberson, Elizabeth Taylor and Kaylyn Williams.




Camp Prepares Students For Their New School

Upcoming sixth grade students attended the first Liberty Park Middle School “Transition to Middle School” camp July 28. The camp’s purpose was to assist the students in making a smooth transition from fifth to sixth grade at a new school. The students learned about the rotating schedule, code of conduct, general school rules, teacher expectations and ways to get involved in extracurricular activities. Stephanie Holcomb, Liberty Park Middle School counselor, hosted the event.

ISS Grads Win Merit Scholarship

Eight recent graduates of Indian Springs School (ISS) have been named winners in the prestigious National Merit

Highlands School’s eighth graders harvested the first of their cool weather cabbages and broccoli before the end of last school year. The crops were planted before the first frost. The students also planted crops to enjoy during the summer. Showing off their vegetables are, from left, Chris Brookshaw, Maddie Seidel and Leila Haikala. Photo special to The Journal

Scholarship Program competition. They are Richard Baxley, Alex Freedman, Sam Gregory, Julia McMinn and Alison Newman, all of Birmingham; Jack Feist, Indian Springs; Michelle Luo, Vestavia Hills; and Sunney Poyner of Hoover. The eight ISS graduates were among 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test during their junior year. Of those entrants, only 8,400 of the highest-scoring individuals will receive the scholarships, totaling more than $36 million. Recipients may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university. In addition to their test performances, scholarship recipients were chosen based on their academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. ❖

Indian Springs School’s winners of the National Merit Scholarship Program competition are, from left, front: Sam Gregory, Alison Newman, Michelle Luo and Richard Baxley. Back: Jack Feist, Alex Freedman, Julia McMinn and Sunney Poyner.

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Homewood Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade football teams toured the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Aug. 4. Scott Myers, ASHOF director, met with the players, and Bob Newton, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame member and former Homewood High School football coach, spoke to the students about character and striving to succeed.


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Vestavia Hills High School basketball cheerleaders include, from left, front: Abbey Billingsley, Lauren Livingston, Emma Hinkle, Cathrine Steeley, Amanda Fitzgerald and Abigail Kaufmann. Back: Courtney Brooks, Brianna Walker, Lizzie Dunn, Haley Sizemore, Paris Malensek, Meghan Fay, Marleigh Faye Gracien, Betsy Chandler and Hilary Photo special to The Journal Cromwell.

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Mrs. Robin Burgess Jones and Mr. Kim Douglas Jones of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Christine Jones, to Robert Elliott Sims, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh

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Mr. and Mrs. James Ehrlich of Valparaiso, Ind., announce the engagement of their daughter, Mariana Dawn, to Jordan Eugene Winston, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Edward Winston of Vestavia Hills. Miss Ehrlich is the granddaugh-


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edgar Weed of Vestavia Hills announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Lauren, to Scott Dillman Baker, son of Ms. Debbi Baker and Mr. Richard Baker of Michigan City, Ind. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Frances Billingsley and the late Mr. Robert

Jemison Sims of Talladega. The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. Judy Taylor of Montevallo and Mr. Michael Burgess of Birmingham and Mrs. Melvin Jones and the late Mr. Jones of Birmingham. She is the greatgranddaughter of Mrs. Robert Lee Burgess and the late Mr. Burgess of Talladega. The groom is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Carl Turnbull of Birmingham and the late Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Dark Sims of Talladega. Miss Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She is employed with the Shelby County school system. Mr. Sims is a student at Jacksonville State University. He is employed at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. The wedding is planned for Oct. 23, 2010. ter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Everest Ehrlich of De Motte, Ind., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Don Federico Gomez Estrada of Gomez Palacio, Mexico. She is a 2005 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and psychology. She is employed as a critical care nurse at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, Calif. Mr. Winston is the grandson of Mr. William Alexander Winston Jr. and the late Eugenia Coin Winston of Montgomery and the late Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Harrod of Athens, Ala. He graduated in 2002 from Vanderbilt University and received his doctor of medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 2006. He works as a hospitalist at Scripps Encinitias Hospital. The wedding will be Sept. 11 at Mount Soledad Park in San Diego, Calif. After a honeymoon in Costa Rica, the couple will live in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ray Billingsley of Senatobia, Miss., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Weed Sr. of Jackson, Miss. Dr. Weed is a magna cum laude graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham. She is completing her residency in anesthesiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Mo. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Wilmeth Westphal and the late Mr. Rex Westphal and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Baker of Michigan City. Dr. Baker is a magna cum laude graduate of George Washington University and George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his residency in urology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and has joined the practice of Wake Urological Associates in Raleigh, N.C. The wedding is planned for Oct. 23, 2010, at the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga.



Mr. and Mrs. Alan Eugene Watson of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Marleah Watson, to Paul Matthew Brandon, son of Mr. Glenn Edward Brandon Jr. and Ms. Marianne Battaglia Brandon of Birmingham. Miss Watson is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Horace Eugene Watson of Nashville, Tenn., and Mr. Howard Kitchings and the late Mrs. Kitchings of


Molly Long Forsythe of Florence and Kevin Cornelius Partlow of Tuscaloosa were married Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 6 p.m. at Highlands United Methodist Church in Birmingham. Rev. David Carboni officiated. A reception followed at The Club in Birmingham. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Alan Forsythe of Florence. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Charles Dana Long and the late Mr. Charles Dana Long III of Birmingham and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Turner Forsythe of Center Hill. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Cornelius Partlow III of Tuscaloosa. He is the grandson of Mrs. Lovic Pierce Hodnette Jr. and the late Major General Hodnette and Dr. and Mrs. Rufus Cornelius Partlow Jr. and the late Theresa “Ditsy” Ford Partlow, all of Tuscaloosa. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a white, fully laced gown designed by Heidi Elnora. Maid of honor was Michelle Forsythe, sister of the bride, of Florence. Bridesmaids were Lauren Jill Bledsoe and Maria Elizabeth


Birmingham. She graduated summa cum laude from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 in interior and furniture design. She is the 2010 SCAD Atlanta salutatorian and member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society and Who’s Who Among American Students. She was also the recipient of an Alabama Hunter Jumper Scholarship and an artistic scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Brandon is the grandson of Mrs. James Hatley of Birmingham, Mr. Glenn Edward Brandon Sr. of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and Mrs. Paul Battaglia and the late Mr. Battaglia of Birmingham. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2007 in communication management. Mr. Brandon is the principal of Vehicle Media, an interactive web company in Atlanta. The couple became engaged in December 2009 in Atlanta. The wedding is planned for Oct. 30, 2010, at 7 p.m. at Cathedral of St. Paul. Powell, both of Tuscaloosa; Emily Susanne Burns, cousin of the bride, Maryanna Jane Dill and Caycee Ann Wilson, all of Florence; Natalie Edwards Carruth of Memphis, Tenn.; Bailey Partlow Chambers, sister of the groom; Haley Brooke Gentry, Molly Kathryn Hilyer and Karen Leigh Marshall, all of Birmingham; Elizabeth Pouncey Fraser of Fairhope; Margaret Pendleton Jordan of Fort Collins, Colo.; Kathleen Flournoy Pease of Atlanta; Elizabeth Burdette Rice of Washington, D.C.; and Adrienne Tidwell Remmert of Houston. Scripture readers were Georgia Ann Bennett of Fort Walton, Fla., Chelsea Reagan Prestridge of Florence and Tracy Elaine McClure of Aliceville. Program attendant was Savannah Heathcock of Florence. The father of the groom served as the best man. Groomsmen were Ralph Roundtree Banks IV of Eutaw; Colgan Hobson Bryan III of Washington, D.C.; Derek Benton Cassels, Michael Addison Chambers, Dayton Foster Hale III, Coleman Jaudon Jamison, Daniel Woodrow Kibbey, James Neal Balfour Phifer, cousin of the groom, and Hollis Stuart Maxwell, all of Tuscaloosa; Andrew Porter Chambers, brother-in-law of the groom, Andrew Ross Chapman, Robert Boteler Herndon and John Milner McCary Jr., all of Birmingham; and Peter Owens Thompson of Mobile. Ushers were cousins of the bride Jason Todd Burns of Florence, Jonathan Patrick Long and Thomas Charles Long, both of Houston. Crucifer was Andrew Walden Long of Houston, cousin of the bride. Following a honeymoon in Belize, the couple reside in Clarksville, Tenn.

Tell Us Your Love Story Everybody loves a good story, and we want to hear all about yours! Over The Mountain Journal is now offering a new way for engaged and newlywed couples to share their good news with family and friends via our website, www.otmj. com. Starting this fall, Over the Mountain Journal will offer a video package that allows couples to tell their “how we met story” to our online readers. Here’s how it works: • Interested Couples can contact the Over the Mountain Journal to schedule a time for their video interview. • We’ll conduct a short interview (15-20 minutes) that will then be edited down to a 3-minute video highlighting how you met. • The video will be posted on our website under the weddings section for you to share with families and friends. • For more information or pricing, contact the Journal at (205) 823-9646 or



Susan Lee Moody and Mauricio Silvio Papapietro were married Feb. 6, 2010, at St. Mary’s-on-theHighlands Episcopal Church. Rev. Huey Gardner officiated. A reception followed at Rucker Place.


Sarah Elizabeth Cooper and Stephen Estes Smith were married Dec. 19, 2009, at the Cathedral Church of the Advent. The Rev. Thomas P. Murray of WinstonSalem, N.C., and the Rev. Canon Joseph P. Warren of Birmingham officiated. A reception followed at Park Lane in Mountain Brook. The bride’s parents are Mr.


Allison Hennen Baumgartner and William Timothy Denton Jr. were married June 12, 2010, at the Frank H. Kenan Chapel at

The bride’s parents are Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Moody of Birmingham. The groom’s parents are Dr. and Mrs. Silvio Papapietro of Birmingham. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Sally Baker, sister of the bride, was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Carolina Higginbotham, Patricia Craft, Amelia Maddox, Rebecca Allen and Maggie Baker. Lilly Moody, the bride’s daughter, of Birmingham, was the flower girl. The groom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Claudio Papapietro, David Higginbotham, Marcel Vargas, Brad Baker and Lee Shook. Allen Baker, nephew of the bride, and Josh Higginbotham, nephew of the groom, were ring bearers. After a wedding trip to Seaside, Fla., the couple will live in Birmingham. and Mrs. W. Nelson Cooper Jr. of Mountain Brook. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Smith of Pensacola, Fla. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Sarah Cecile Hess was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Margaret Day, cousin of the bride; Cheryl Smith Hinnen, sister-in-law; Jessica Juliano, Abi Wright and Meriwether Paxton of Birmingham; Anne Voltz Robertson of Orlando, Fla.; and Marjory Day, cousin of the bride, of Nashville, Tenn. Flower girl was Ella Dickerson, cousin of the bride. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Will Cooper and Jack Hinnen, brothers-in-law, and Sam Ford, all of Birmingham; Matt Williams and David Latshaw of Pensacola, Fla.; Jon Glass of Atlanta; and Alex Mentel of Ponte Vedra, Fla. After a wedding trip to the British Virgin Islands, the couple will live in Birmingham. Landfall, Wilmington, N.C. The Rev. Henry Corbett officiated. The bride’s parents are Ms. Dorothy Baumgartner of Leland, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Baumgartner of Loundon, Tenn. The groom’s parents are Dr. and Mrs. W. Timothy Denton Sr. of Birmingham. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Bridesmaids were Sarah Baumgartner, sister of the bride, and Lacey Kaye Denton, sister of the groom. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Luke Anders Denton and John Everett Denton, brothers of the groom. Cole Stockman, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer. After a honeymoon trip to Maui, Hawaii, the couple reside in Birmingham.



Brittany Rachel Stephenson and Carter Eric Slappey Jr. were married July 31 at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Huntsville with the Rev. Ryan Moore officiating.


Julie Elizabeth Johnson and Michael Gordon Rediker were married Aug. 7, 2010, at 6 p.m. at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. Officiating were the Rev. Dr. Conrad C. Sharps and the Rev. Frank William Sutterlin Jr., uncle of the bride. A reception followed at The Club.


Ann Dial McMillan and William Comer Sims II were married June 26, 2010, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Chapman Carlisle on Lake


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Russell Stephenson of Huntsville and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Ray Morrow of Florence and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Ulysses Stephenson of Decatur. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Carter Eric Slappey Sr. and the grandson of Mr. James Wilson Snipes and the late Mrs. Lillian Shermer Snipes and Mrs. Donald Hugh Slappey and the late Dr. Donald Hugh Slappey Sr., all of Birmingham. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid of honor was Amy Elizabeth Vance. Bridesmaids were Meredith Slappey Halcomb and Adrienne Slappey Moore, sisters of the groom, Caitlyn Jayne Berkowitz, Sarah Alyson Byers, Sarah Elizabeth Kimrey,

Annie Waldrum Moore, Jacquelynn Kristine Parks, Rebecca Ann Paxton, Margaret Shults Whitaker, Erin Edna Sims, Lauren Marie Valavicius and Erin Marie Vines. The best man was the groom’s father. Groomsmen were Blake Russell Stephenson, brother of the bride, Kevin Todd Halcomb, Jeremy Hunter Hall, Robert Hunter Harris, John Logan Johnston, Robert Hudson Moore, William Luttrell Moore, Matthew Scott Robertson, Andrew Cobb Saunders, Stanley Ryan Viner, Daniel Taylor Whitaker and Mark Thomas Williams. A reception was held at the Huntsville Depot Roundhouse. The rehearsal dinner was held at The Ledges Country Club. After a wedding trip to Great Exuma, Bahamas, the couple will live in Tuscaloosa.

Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Walter Christopher Johnson III of Chattanooga, Tenn. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Fredrick Preston Heath Jr. and the late Mr. Heath of Selma and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Christopher Johnson Jr. of Chattanooga. Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Rediker of Birmingham. He is the grandson of Mrs. John James Gordon and the late Mr. Gordon of Harrisburg, Pa., and the late Mrs. Tinsley White Rucker IV and the late Norris Rediker of Birmingham. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid of honor was Caroline Aurore Estabrook of Chattanooga. Bridesmaids were Susan Dobbins Harris, Virginia Paynter Rediker, Katherine Kelly Scott and Dorothy Louisa Walsky of Birmingham; Erin Elizabeth Straub of Seattle, Wash.; and Catherine Elaine Womack of Dallas. Flower girl was Virginia

Pendleton Slaughter, goddaughter and cousin of the groom, and ring bearer was Arthur John Balfour Slaughter, cousin of the groom, both of Birmingham. Program attendants were Lydia Grace Ruotolo and McKenna Marie Sutterlin. Acolyte was Theodore Robert Roe. Best man was James Eaton Rediker, brother of the groom, of Birmingham. Groomsmen were Winston Ellis Bradley III, Arthur Page Sloss Crenshaw, Daniel Wilson Jones and James Rollin Snow of Birmingham; Christopher Scott Johnson, brother of the bride, of Chattanooga; John Bowron Rediker, brother of the groom, of Vail, Colo.; and Victor Thomas Sherrel of New Orleans. A scripture reading was given by the groom’s father. Music was provided by Amy Campbell Murphy, soprano, and Nathan Mann, who played the bagpipes. After a trip to Hawaii, the couple will reside in Birmingham.

Martin in Alexander City. The Reverend Bobbie Epting officiated. A reception followed at the Carlisle home. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Duncan Hastie McMillan Jr. of Birmingham. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bennice Roper Dial of Birmingham and Mr. and Mrs. George Duncan Hastie McMillan of Auburn. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Lee Sims Jr. of Dadeville. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Sidney Banks of Jackson’s Gap, the late Mrs. Evelyn Funderburk Sims of Dadeville and the late Mr. Louie Lee Sims of Dozier. The bride was given in marriage by her father. The matron of honor was Mimi Major Bittick of Atlanta. Bridesmaids were Taylor

Storm Baird of Mobile and Stacy Sokol Cohen of Atlanta. The flower girl was Margaret Haygood Bittick, goddaughter of the bride, of Atlanta, and the ring bearer was Thomas Banks Sims, nephew of the groom, of Dadeville. Rebecca Warner Strang, cousin of the bride, of Atlanta was the reader. William Alexander Major VI of Birmingham was the musician. The best man was the father of the groom. Groomsmen were Louie Lee Sims III, brother of the groom, of Dadeville; George Duncan Hastie McMillan III, brother of the bride, of Birmingham; and Allen Copeland Anderson of Waverly. Following a honeymoon trip to Cashiers, N.C., the couple is at home in Dadeville.

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Lisa Marie LoBuglio and Raleigh “Leigh” Foy Powell III were married Oct. 24, 2009. The wedding,




Stephanie Michelle Holmes and Forrest Harman Watkins were married June 12, 2010, at LINC Point in Birmingham. Johnny Hobbie officiated. A reception followed at LINC Point. The bride’s parents are Frank and Joanna Holmes of Hoover. The groom’s parents are Wayne and Leigh Watkins of Hoover. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Lauren Holmes, sister of the bride of Birmingham, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jessica Carter and Danielle Whitehead of Birmingham, Natalie

Stephens of Huntsville, Ali Mullins of Hoover and Tara Dillon of Kennesaw, Ga. Rosanna Estes of Monroeville, cousin of the groom, was flower girl. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Jay Thomas Watkins, brother of the groom, Drew Stanford, Blake Reynolds, Hunter Benton and Matt Holden of Hoover; Ryan Reele of Huntsville; and Hunter Green of Dothan. Bryce Tate of Lebanon, Ill., cousin of the bride, was ring bearer. After a wedding trip to Turks and Caicos, the couple will live in McCalla.

ried Aug. 28, 2010 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. The Rev. Dr. Charles Roberts officiated. The bride’s parents are Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Paul Farman of Kathleen, Ga. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Steve Pat Lovoy of Birmingham. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an ivory fitted strapless gown of satin with lace overlay. Asymmetrical tiers of organza adorned the fitted skirt and sweep train. The natural waistline was accented by a beaded, crystal satin sash. Her veil was the same veil her sister, Allison, wore for her wedding. Her matron of honor was Allison Farman Kinney, sister of the bride, of Tallahassee, Fla. Bridesmaids

were Stephanie Faith Bauer, Bethany Nichole Madray, Caitie Parsons Morgan, Sarah Elizabeth McGregor, Mary Beth Stillwell, Mary Thomas Vines and Mary Elizabeth Wiggins. Sophie Rae Barrett, cousin of the bride, was the flower girl. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Andrew Hagan Brignac, Christopher Caleb Conner, Jesse Price Evans IV, Andrew McCleod Honeycutt, Henry Franklin Johnson, Joshua McClellan Slocum, Patrick Evans Sanshu and Robert Lee Seegers Jr. Michael Luke Barrett, cousin of the bride, served as ring bearer. After a honeymoon trip to Turks and Caicos Islands, the couple will live in Birmingham.

Mary Catherine Anthony and Timothy Lee Medders were married April 10, 2010, on the beach at Carillon Resort, Fla. Rev. Thomas Lee Medders, father of the groom, officiated at the sunset ceremony. A dinner reception and dancing followed on the Carillon Village Green. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carter Eugene Anthony. The groom is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Medders. Miss Anthony was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She and Heidi Elnora designed a white silk shantung gown for her beachside wedding. Her gown and chapel train were accented with

chantilly lace, and she wore a jeweled headpiece by Basia Zarzycka of London which held a veil of silk illusion and lace that was worn by her sisters. Rebecca Anthony Goodson and Laura Anthony Brown, sisters of the bride, were matrons of honor. Flower girls were the bride’s nieces, Laura Catherine Goodson and Laura Elizabeth Brown. The groom’s brother, Johnathan Walter Medders, was his best man. Ring bearers were Carter Edward Goodson, Mathews Davis Goodson and Joseph Burdick Brown, nephews of the bride. After a honeymoon trip to San Francisco and Napa Valley, the couple reside in Birmingham.

held at sunset on the beaches of Grayton Beach, Fla., was officiated by Pastor Eric Partin. A reception followed at Mimosa Mornings, a nearby beachfront house. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Albert LoBuglio of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Powell of Alabaster and Mrs. Frankie M. Powell of Fort Valley, Ga. Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore an ivory halter beaded lace gown with a trumpet skirt, accented with a champagne sash. She carried a bouquet of mango calla lilies and variegated greenery. Attendants for the bride were Laura LoBuglio Vigil, sister of the bride, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Tiffany Thurman Lyons of Birmingham and Debbie Hirschberg

Eisley of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Attendants for the groom were Steve Mooney of Gainsville, Ga., Eric Wilson of Cumming, Ga., and Larry Mitchell of Buford, Ga. Readers were Mary Beth Pool and Jennifer Minyard, sisters of the groom. A solo violinist provided the music for the outdoor ceremony, which was attended by approximately 40 close friends and family members. The bride is employed by Reproductive Biology Associates as a registered nurse and marketing manager. The groom is employed by Audiovox Corporation as a regional sales manager. The couple honeymooned in Costa Rica and now reside in Cumming, Ga. ����


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from back cover Mountain Brook whipped Vestavia 31-7 on a hot September night 39 years ago. But the Rebels and Spartans may never have played a better game than the show they put on last Friday night. Vestavia moved ahead early, fell behind and battled back in the fourth quarter to take a dramatic 17-13 victory at Thompson Reynolds Stadium on Buddy Anderson Field. “It was just a good old-fashioned high school football game,” said Anderson, who has won more than a few of those in his threedecade tenure with the Rebels. “This was a great game between two evenly matched teams.” Vestavia struck first when quarterback Patrick Prewitt passed 25 yards to Neil Gannaway for a touchdown. Ryan Raspino’s extra point gave the Rebels a 7-0 lead with 8:28 remaining in the first quarter. Mountain Brook bounced right back. Edward Aldag’s nine-yard scoring strike to Lewis Callaway cut Vestavia’s advantage to 7-6 with 4:19 remaining in the period. The extra point attempt failed, so the Rebels one-point lead stood up. Georgie Salem returned the ensuing Spartan kickoff 57 yards to put Vestavia in good field position. The Rebels drove to the Mountain Brook 20-yard line, where Raspino’s 37-yard field goal raised the lead to 10-6 before the quarter ended. In the second quarter, Mountain Brook used 18 plays to move to the Rebel one-yard line. Facing fourth and goal, Spartan coach Chris Yeager decided to go for the touchdown. “I thought we had to take our shot there,” he would say later. “Plays like this can define a season. I decided to see what we’re all about.” Mountain Brook fullback John Beck plunged forward, where he was met by a swarm of blue-shirted Vestavia defenders. Beck was stopped just short of the goal line. “That, to me, was the biggest play of the game,” Yeager said. The half ended with the Rebels’ lead intact. But if the failure at the goal line bothered the Spartans, they didn’t show it in the third quarter. Aldag

connected with John McCrary on an impressive 53-yard touchdown bomb to give Mountain Brook the lead. Warren Handrahan’s conversion moved the Spartans ahead 13-10 with 6:05 remaining in the third quarter. Defense was the order of the night for both sides, until Vestavia pieced together the winning drive in the final period. Thanks largely to the running of Salem, the Rebels found themselves facing their own fourth-and-one situation, this time at the Spartan 11-yard line with 5:51 left to play. Foregoing what would be a game-tying field goal attempt, Anderson decided to try to make the first down. “We thought we could get it,” said Anderson. “You have to make plays like that when the game is on the line.” Salem answered the call. He followed his blocking and gained four yards, making the first down with yardage to spare. The next play, Salem dashed seven yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:15 remaining in the game. Raspino’s conversion made it 17-13. “The guys blocked perfectly,” said Salem. “On the touchdown, they made the hole and I just ran through it.” Mountain Brook had one more chance but couldn’t score. Vestavia kept the ball on the ground and converted a key third-and-15 situation to dash the Spartans’ last hopes. Salem finished with 137 yards on 21 carries and added another 87 yards in kickoff returns, giving him 224 all-purpose yards for the evening. Beck led the Mountain Brook rushing attack with 93 yards on 26 carries. Aldag completed 13 of 22 passes for 157 yards and two scores. Gannaway caught three passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, while Gavan Golsan had seven catches for 52 yards to pace Mountain Brook. Vestavia moved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the all-important Class 6A Region 6 standings. Mountain Brook fell to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in region play. In the end, it all came down to two fourth down plays: The Spartans didn’t convert their opportunity; the Rebels did. That’s how classic games get decided. And Vestavia and Mountain Brook definitely played a classic Friday night.


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John Carroll quarterback Johnny Boohaker, #11, follows the blocking of Chase Foshee, #72, in the Cavs conJournal photo by Paul S. Arant test with Pleasant Grove. Homewood 22, Thompson 21 The Patriots battled back from a 21-9 third quarter deficit to defeat the Warriors. Ameer Abdullah scored on a two-yard run early in the final stanza to cut Thompson’s lead to 21-16. The winning touchdown came on a 56-yard strike from quarterback Stephen Baggett to Aaron Ernest. Baggett and Ernest also connected for Homewood’s first touchdown on a 31-yard pass play in the first quarter. After falling behind in the fourth quarter, the Warriors drove to the Patriot 25-yard line but missed a late field goal attempt. Homewood stands at 2-0 for the season and 1-0 in Class 6A Region 6 play.

Briarwood 42, Moody 6 Lion quarterback Ben Craft passed for 228 yards and four touchdowns as Briarwood rolled to a 35-0 halftime lead on the way to an easy victory. Devin Bowman caught two of Craft’s scoring tosses, while Turner Herron and Daniel Robert each caught one. Matthew Furuto scored for the Lions from two yards out. Jonathan Stapleton passed to Carter Tyra for Briarwood’s final touchdown. The Lion defense held Moody to just 23 yards and one first down in the first half. Briarwood pushed its record to 2-0.

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Pleasant Grove 29 John Carroll Catholic 24 Pleasant Grove battled back from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the home-standing Cavaliers. Carroll quarterback Johnny Boohaker passed for two touchdowns – to Trent Covington and Antonio Hullum respectively – to help the Cavs to a 17-7 lead. After the Spartans rallied to take a 21-17 fourth quarter lead, Wes Dismukes scored from a yard out to put Carroll back out in front. But Pleasant Grove earned a touchdown with a minute remaining to take the victory. John Carroll falls to 1-1 for the season, 0-1 in Class 5A Region 4 play.

Pelham 38, Oak Mountain 16 Oak Mountain led Pelham 9-7 in the second period before the Panthers scored three quick touchdowns to move to a 28-9 halftime advantage. Running back Bradley Bostick led the Eagles with 69 yards rushing and scored both of his team’s touchdowns. Bostick also caught three passes for 49 yards. Oak Mountain falls to 0-2 for the season. Pickens County 48, Shades Mountain Christian 7 The Eagles suffered their second straight defeat on the road against the Tornados.

Outstanding Performances Vestavia Hills’ Georgie Salem rushed for 137 yards on 21 carries and scored the winning touchdown in the Rebels’ 17-13 win over Mountain Brook. He also returned two kickoffs for 87 yards. Despite playing only in the first

half, Briarwood quarterback Ben Craft passed for 228 yards and four touchdowns in the Lions’ 426 rout of Moody.

Hoover quarterback Ryan Carter, above, completed 15 of 24 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns as the Bucs whipped cross-town rival Spain Park 44-0. Hoover’s Caleb Sims touched the ball only five times but totaled 150 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the victory over the Jaguars.

The Homewood combination of Stephen Baggett, above, to Aaron Ernest connected for two touchdown passes – 31 and 56 yards, respectively – to lead the Patriots’ 22-21 comeback win over Thompson.

WEEK ONE highlights and outstanding performances at





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Reign on Spain GAME OF THE WEEK

Hoover Jumps on Cross-Town Rival BY LEE DAVIS



here was no question that Spain Park went into its game with archrival Hoover last Friday night as a decided underdog. The Jaguar program had been reeling for almost two weeks since head coach David Shores was placed on administrative leave after an alleged incident at a practice. Interim coach Ben Berguson did an admirable job of holding the team together, but even he couldn’t solve Spain Park’s offensive woes. The Jaguars were held to just three field goals in their season-opening loss to Grayson of Georgia. And finally, on the Tuesday before facing Hoover, the defensive unit suffered a blow: Standout linebacker Alex Payne – a threeyear starter – broke his hand in practice and could be out of action for up to eight weeks.

Spain Park fans had to be asking themselves, what could happen next? The Bucs provided the answer. Top-ranked Hoover showed that it wanted no repeat of last year’s close shave against the Jags, when Spain Park rolled to a 21-0 lead before the Bucs salvaged a last-second 24-21 win. This time, the Bucs scored 17 points in the opening period, added another 27 in the second and coasted the rest of the way for a 44-0 victory at their home stadium. The win marked Hoover’s second consecutive shutout. “Our defense plays so fast,” said Bucs coach Josh Niblett. “It gives us the chance to make big things happen.” Hoover’s offense wasn’t bad either. Quarterback Ryan Carter completed 15 of 24 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. The hosts scored first when

See Hoover, page 27

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Two for the Show: Trends Showing After Two Weeks


Buddy Anderson was a senior at Samford University when

wo games do not make a season, but they can make for some interesting conversation. And two weeks into the 2010 high school football season, we are already seeing some trends that are worth noting. Here’s a quick team-by-team analysis of what we’ve seen in the opening two weeks of the season – and what it may portend for the future. Hoover Coach Josh Niblett keeps insisting that his Bucs are not defending a Class 6A state championship. And technically, he’s right. This is a new Hoover team and a new season. After two games, however, this version of the Bucs looks a lot like the older ones, only maybe a little better. The offense struggled in the opening victory over Byrnes of South Carolina but rebounded strongly with a 44-point first half performance against Spain Park. Hoover quarterback Ryan Carter now seems to be firing on all cylinders, and the Bucs overall offensive talent seems as good as ever. Defensively, Hoover has been brilliant, having yet to surrender

See Rebels, page 26

See Trends, page 27

Hoover’s Caleb Sims, #10, touched the ball only five times but totaled 150 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the victory over the Journal photo by Marvin Gentry Jaguars.


Late Drive Pushes Vestavia Past Spartans BY LEE DAVIS JOURNAL SPORTS WRITER

Vestavia running back Georgie Salem takes a toss from Rebel quarterback Patrick Prewitt and looks for running room against the Spartans. Journal photo by Mary Alayne Long


he Vestavia Hills Rebels and the Mountain Brook Spartans have played some great football games since their ancient rivalry began in 1971. And when we say ancient, we mean it. Long-time Rebel coach

OTMJ.COM Georgie Salem on the keys to victory in the Rebels’ win over Mountain Brook

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Sept. 9, 2010 Over the Mountain Journal  

Over the Mountain Journal, a community newspaper covering the cities of Hoover, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and North Shelby Co...

Sept. 9, 2010 Over the Mountain Journal  

Over the Mountain Journal, a community newspaper covering the cities of Hoover, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and North Shelby Co...