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We Gather Together It’s Time for Thanksgiving


Mason, known as the “Tornado Dog,” will be honored at Greater Birmingham Humane Society Auxiliary’s Community Awards Luncheon. See About Town, page 4.

Journal photo by John Pope

hanksgiving, as the saying goes, isn’t just a noun but a verb. That’s true in our Over the Mountain communities, where people are celebrating the day in meaningful ways. In our photos, top to bottom: Volunteers open their hearts by serving others at the Jimmie Hale Mission. Page 12 The Homewood High band will strike a joyful note when it marches in the Macy’s Parade. Page 14 And Gwin Elementary’s Colonial Day helps kids appreciate our country’s early days. Page 47

The Junior League of Birmingham will host The Market Nov. 16-19 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. See About Town, page 6. 30 • THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011

Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr.


������������������ ‘Tis the season! Our advertisers will help you find the perfect present for everyone on your list. Our annual holiday gift guide has great gift ideas for that someone special, the home, holidays and of course toys. ���������������


���� Delight the bird lovers on your list with this Cloud Hummingbird Feeder. It’s handblown from recycled glass and beautifully designed with superior functionality. $48. Charlie Thigpen’s Garden Gallery, 328-1000

This hand-painted platter with layered holiday icons is adorable with a personalization. Serve treats for Santa or display it for some holiday cheer. $40.95. Blue Willow, 968-0909

Make sure she’s in style this holiday season with a Beim Leather Hobo Bag. $323. Chick-a-dees 969-3138 She’ll look stunning in her Mia Lara Jewelry. This jewelry is contemporary yet timeless. The pieces are fresh, versatile and playful starting at $150. A’Mano, 871-9093

The idea is 3,000 years old, but the Big Green Egg is all the rage now! It’s the perfect smoker, grill and barbecue for the cook on your list. Medium Egg, $649 (assembly and nest extra). AllSouth Appliance, 942-0408 She will love you for this Scott Kay sterling cuff bracelet, with or without diamonds in various gemstones. It’s the kind of accent that never goes out of style. $1,075-$1,870. Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers, 8717060

Journal photo by John Pope


Looking for something for the wine lover in your life? These antique hand-tooled leather decanters are beautiful and useful. Prices start at $10. Mulberry Heights Antiques, 870-1300 Lend an earthy charm to décor with rich color and artistic expression with this Gaither pottery rooster handcrafted in Northern Alabama. $260 Rusty Dime 995-4005

Give a gift of art with one-of-a-kind handmade clay pieces by CHI Carolyn Ingram. They come in all different sizes and designs. The “Robbie” Ado-de Bird is just one of the pieces to choose from that will bring smiles and happiness into your home. $79-$175. Art Alley 879-1105

Fontanini Nativity Sets are the perfect keepsake for your family’s holiday decorating. Pieces start at $18 and go up to $275 for a full nativity set. Briarcliff Shop, 870-8110 These are the real deal. Enjoy the unmistakable jingle that only authentic cast brass sleigh bells can give. $395. Noordermeer Antiques, 870-1161

Local artist Betty Freeman captures the spirit of the season with this beautiful painting of poinsettias that will remain in bloom for many holidays to come. 12x12 painting, acrylic on canvas. Arceneaux Gallery. 802-5800


Want a creative way of teaching children about the joy of giving to others? The Christmas Angel will do just that. It includes the plush Christmas Angel, the storybook and a pouch of golden dust $29.99. Kidz Closet & More, 979-0707

This doll is almost as cute as she is, and what little girl doesn’t want a Karito doll? She’s fashion forward in Sophia clothing that fits the popular American Girl doll, as well. There’s also lots of clothing and accessories to choose from. A Tiny Kingdom Just like Fido, he can be sweet and adorable or he can get growling mad. Kids will crack up Christmas Morning with Beware of the Dog and his many moods. $19.99. Snoozy’s Kids

On trend for girls this year are socks with toes. Homewood Toy and Hobby has a set of three mismatched socks (yes, that’s the thing) for $13.99. During the holidays, bop around in the Christmas socks; one pair is $5.50. Homewood Toy & Hobby 879-3986

INSIDE: Our Annual Holiday Gift Guide plus expert advice on what toys to get this year. Page 28






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Enough Already

down into weekly projections and daily to-do lists. nother carwash You maneuver around obstacles. You create opporepiphany. I’m not sure whether it’s tunities. You always bring your own coffee, because in the process of purposely the end it all comes down to you. Readily available is cleaning out or the hypfor slackers. It couldn’t possibly be enough. notic sloshing of the airAnd yet, here this guy was with his carwash coffee, borne suds, but for some happy as a caffeinated clam. reason, while I wait with He was probably a radio person, too, someone my car claim ticket, I who hit the FM knob and sang along with whatever think deep thoughts. the airwaves brought him. I’d just spent a grueling This time, it was the cof- afternoon downloading songs onto my iPod to crefee. More specifically, the ate a soundtrack for my self-initiated universe. Who Susan Murphy guy drinking the coffee. knew what the radio stations were playing these days? In all the years I had Would I like their greatest hits list? Would it make me been having my car similarly happy? Who could take that hosed, I had never once conchance? Enough is a rare commodity. sidered pouring myself a cup It’s a lot to glean from a from the pot that stood ever cup of carwash coffee, but it We’re trained from an early dawned ready on the counter. And yet, on me that there’s a age to gather. Gather, gather, difference between feeling that here was a guy, khaki clad and self-composed, sipping from the world is generally a friendgather. And plan. I’m from the ly his Styrofoam cup as the steam place, like if you go forth five-year plan generation, the in good faith you will truly wafted around his smiling face. Contentment. That’s what the journey, and feeling one that believes you person- enjoy it was, and I was jealous. like you always have to take Not about the coffee. I had ally control your universe by care of yourself, be on guard my own, a steaming brew of against famine and pestilence making goals and doggedly espresso and dark chocolate (no and second rate outcomes. Like whipped cream or sprinkles – I the path to personal satisfacworking in that direction. tion must be hacked out with was trying to hold the pre-holiday hipline), but I had brought machetes. Like you can’t see it there myself, provisions laid up for a possible 30 Enough from here. minute wait. This guy just drove in, left his keys in the All those years of musical chairs programming, I ignition, and found what he needed next to a rack of suppose, all those lists and maneuvering because there coconut air fresheners. will always be more people than chairs, and yet there Maybe his life was like that. Maybe he was one of I was sitting, in the sun no less, and if I hadn’t gone those gifted people who float through the day, life’s through the drive-thru there would have been coffee. murky waters parting before them. Pure dumb luck. It was like ... a blessing. Or maybe it was something more difficult to fathom. I’m going to try to remember that this holiday season, try to remember to look around and see just what Maybe what the guy found was Enough. Enough is a rare commodity. We’re trained from an a great place this world of ours really is. Listen to the radio. Talk to people in my immediate vicinity instead early age to gather. Gather, gather, gather. And plan. of always being on the phone. Drink the coffee that’s I’m from the five-year plan generation, the one that believes you personally control your universe by mak- offered me, maybe brew a pot of my own, set it out ing goals and doggedly working in that direction. Your on my emotional counter, and just see who shows up. five year plan contains one year touchstones that break Trust a little. And say thank you. ❖


When do you start your Christmas shopping?

“The second week after Thanksgiving.” Lauren Stewart Mountain Brook

“Black Friday.” Cassie Wright Mountain Brook

“Sometimes I buy early when I go to Market, but I usually enjoy Thanksgiving and then start shopping.” Kendall Jackson Mountain Brook

“After Halloween.” Sarah Green Mountain Brook



Churches Join for Thanksgiving Service

The churches of Homewood will celebrate their annual community Thanksgiving worship service at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Dr. Dave Bamhart, associate pastor at Trinity United Methodist, will give the Thanksgiving message. Combined adult choirs from Dawson and Trinity and a brass ensemble featuring musicians from both churches will provide seasonal music. Other participating churches are All Saints’ Episcopal, Bethel AME, Edgewood Presbyterian, Friendship Baptist, Homewood Cumberland Presbyterian, Oakmont United Methodist, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic, Second Presbyterian, Shades Valley Lutheran and Union Missionary Baptist. Dawson, the host church, is at 1114 Oxmoor Road. Dr. Gary Fenton is senior pastor.

‘Southern Tales’ Has Storyteller, Musician

Bobby Horton and Dolores Hydock will entertain at the BBG’s Southern Tales.

Birmingham residents Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton will entertain at Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ third annual “Southern Tales: Songs, Stories and Sing-ALongs” Dec. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. “Jingle All the Way” will be a jolly collection of stories, songs and sing-a-longs to welcome the


holiday season. Hydock, an actress and story performer, joins the event for the third year. She has released seven award-winning storytelling albums and is a founding member of Birmingham’s Association of Cajun Music Enthusiasts. Horton, who is performing for the first time at the event, has been a part of Birmingham’s Three on a String for the last 35

years. He has produced and performed music for 13 Ken Burns documentaries, including “The Civil War” and “Baseball.” Horton is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on music from the Civil War period. The event will be held in the Linn Henley Lecture Hall. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at southerntales. ❖


Museum Announces Naming Contest

The Birmingham Museum of Art recently announced a new, interactive children and family gallery in the space formerly housing the popular “Town of a Creek Nation” installation. Expanding to cover both the Hess and Sonat Gallery spaces, the new gallery will be an everchanging way for kids and their parents to learn about art. While plans for the new space are complete, it needs a name. BMA invites members of the community to submit names for the new space. The winning submission gets a free private party in the space before it opens to the public. The name should capture the spirit of the gallery – a wondrous, dynamic place where children can explore the world with fresh eyes, make new connections to art and people, experience the possibilities of the creative process and discover something unexpected about art. The museum selected Somerset, a Huntsville-based design group, to devise the new modular design, featuring elements that will let kids get creative and make their own art. The goals of the redesign are to enhance hands-on learning in fun ways inspired by the museum’s art collection. Children will be able to work in age-appropriate zones. The Sonat space will be specifically set aside for toddlers and crawlers. To enter the naming contest, visit kids-a-families/hess-educationgallery. The deadline is Nov. 23.

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GBHSA Will Give Annual Awards

Mason, the “Tornado Dog,” will receive an award from Dr. Charles Lamb at the Greater Birmingham Human Society Auxiliary’s annual luncheon.

The annual Greater Birmingham Humane Society Auxiliary’s Community Awards Luncheon will be Dec. 9 at The Club. The event includes lunch followed by a presentation of five awards to recipients who have made a difference in the community and state and in the lives of others. The Olivia Bearden Award

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will be given to Mason, known as the “Tornado Dog.” After being swept up by one of the April 27 tornados, Mason crawled back to his family on two broken front legs. Mason’s award will be presented by Dr. Charles Lamb, the veterinarian who treated and took care of Mason after his injuries. The Marion Broadnax Award will be given to Dr. Rhonda Parker. She is the founder of AVRAL, Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation, a key group in supporting the anti-gassing bill that was passed in March. State Rep. Steve McMillian will present Parker’s award. The Abe Krawcheck Award will be given to Jodi TurnerBloch, veterinarian at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, for her dedication. Tim Hightower, GBHS supporter and executive board member, will present the award. The John Herbert Phillips Award recipient is 17-year old Madalyn Clark, who has cared for a thin, sick and neglected horse named Ginger. After months of patience, love and care, Madalyn and Ginger rode in the 4-H Horse Show, where they won a blue ribbon Clark’s award will be presented by Mindy Gilbert, the Alabama director for the Humane Society of the United States. The Mayor George G. Siebels award will be given to the staff and volunteers of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society who work tirelessly for abandoned, abused and homeless pets and who educate the community about responsible pet ownership. The award will be presented

by Donna McCain O’Brien, GBHSA member and GBHS supporter. Tickets to the luncheon are $35. For more information, visit For reservations, call Martha George at 8708507.

Trinity UMC Plans Advent Service

Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood will observe the beginning of the Advent season Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. with a worship service of Hanging of the Green and a program of sacred music led by Trinity’s Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra. Also featured will be guest artist Dr. Won Cho, bass soloist and UAB music faculty member. The service, Trinity’s principal music program of the holiday season, will include scripture, prayers and liturgy. The choir and orchestra will present anthems of the season, including works by Dan Goeller, Craig Courtney, Heather Sorenson and Joseph Martin. Conductors are R. Scott Robertson, Trinity’s director of music; Jodi Haskins, associate music director; and handbell director Dan Hermany. The organist will be Debby Holmes. Also featured will be Trinity musical ensembles Praise Alliance, Seeds of Faith and the William A. Gardner Handbell Choir. There is no admission, and the public is invited. A nursery and free valet parking will be provided. Trinity is at 1400 Oxmoor Road in Homewood. ❖









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Junior League Market Set for Nov. 16-19

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Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Give thanks with this awe-inspiring choral work from J.S. Bach. Maestro Brown conducts the ASO, ASO Chorus and guest soloists in a monumental “Cathedral in Sound!” Special Event at the Alabama Theatre


Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Come celebrate our favorite season FAMILY FRIENDLY with our favorite hometown band. FOR AGES 8 It’s an evening of Christmas music AND UP! with a country twang. Special Event at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center


Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Guest conductor Gary Thor Wedow takes his place behind the harpsichord as he leads this classic work with the hundred-voice strong Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus and guest soloists. Special Event at the Alabama Theatre


The Junior League of Birmingham will host The Market, one of its largest fundraisers, Nov. 16-19 at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. The Market includes merchants from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina and Virginia. Proceeds benefit the JLB’s mission to support the community by improving the lives of women and children. This year’s market kicks off with a Sneak Peek Party Nov. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event includes a jewelry showing from “Days of Our Lives” star Kristian Alfonsa. She will greet shoppers at The Market Nov. 18 from noon to 9 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each day of The Market will feature an Author’s Corner with an author signing copies of his or her book. Florist John Grady Burns from Atlanta will headline the Sneak Peek Party while autographing his books, “Personally Yours - Flowers for Weddings, Parties and Events” and “Evergreen - Decorating with Colours of the Season,” and conducting flower demonstrations where a $6,000 Bromberg’s diamond will be given away. On Nov. 17, the Market and Muffins event is an opportunity to dine on brunch fare such as Millie Ray’s orange rolls while listening to the sounds of the Alabama School of Fine Arts Orchestra Ensemble. This is a stroller-free event that starts at 9 a.m. Featured author Laurie Parker will have copies of her book, “Garden Alphabet,” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rebecca Lang will be at The Market Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1

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At Bromberg’s getting ready for the Junior League of Birmingham’s Market are from left: Holly Stiles, Leisha Harris, Leigh Forstman, Photo special to the Journal Allison Skinner and Laura Brooks Bright. p.m. with her book, “Quick-Fix Southern Cookbook.” Featured authors on Nov. 19 will be Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione with their book, “Just Married & Cooking.” Tickets to the market are $36 for the Sneak Peek Party and $24 for Market and Muffins. General admission tickets are $12, and a three-day pass is $24. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Advent of Hope Banquet Helps Urban Ministry

Urban Ministry Inc. will host the Advent of Hope banquet, an annual celebration of the ministry’s work, Nov. 17 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. This year’s event will feature dinner by Chef Charlie Gagne and entertainment by Lonnie Parsons, recently named “Best Local Actor” in Birmingham magazine’s “Best of Birmingham” issue. A silent auction will begin at 5:45 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will also include updates on Urban Ministry programs, including WE Community Gardens, Urban Kids, the Community Kitchen and the Joe Rush Center for Urban Mission. Other Urban Ministry programs include Beeson Senior Services, emergency services, food and utility assistance, homelessness prevention, prison ministry and the Urban Kids after-school program and summer day camp. Visit urban-ministry. org for details. Tickets are $125; table sponsorships are $1,000. To reserve tickets, call 781-0517 or email

Civic Chorale Presents ‘Messiah’

The Alabama Civic Chorale will present its 64th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” with soloists and orchestra Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover. The chorus includes approximately 100 people from churches in the Birmingham area and throughout the state. ❖


MBAA Ready for Holiday Show, Sale

The Mountain Brook Art Association will host the fourth annual MBAA Holiday Show and Sale Dec. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event at Park Lane in English Village will be catered by Kathy G. A percentage of sales will benefit Magic Moments, a nonprofit organization that fulfills the nonmedical wishes of children, specifically those with life-threatening or life-altering medical conditions that substantially limit one or more major life activities. Participating artists will be: Kelley Alford, Anita Bice, Adelaide Booth, Lynn Briggs, Joyce Byrd, Pat Carroll, Suzanne Chenoweth, Oana Crasi, Sara Crook, Laura Cunningham, Joan Curtis, Michael Davis, Suzanne Dickinson, Gene Engle, Don Estes, Darcy Glenn, Shea Goodwin, Jan Grant; Irva Hayward, Mary Jean Henke, Beth Henry, Martee Hewitt, Mary Elizabeth Ingram, Tora Johnson, Charlotte Kelley, Waltraud Lawaczeck, Gayle Leitman, Cecily Lowe, Hazel Marler, Charlotte McDavid, Glenn McWaters, Carolyn Mitchell, Bob Moody, Elizabeth Nettles; Diane Gibson Newsome, Patricia Papapietro, Amy Peterson, Cathy Phares, Jackie Pierce, Kathleen Pilleteri, Janice Piper,



Drawing up plans for the Mountain Brook Art Association’s holiday show are, from left: co-chairmen Laura Cunningham, Sara Crook and Jackie Pierce; Lynn Briggs, vice president and parliamentarian; and Photo special to the Journal president Janet Sanders.

Anne Proctor, Janet Sanders, John Shadrick, Pam Till, Janet Tillery, Mary Weir, Sue Taylor White, Lynne Whittington, Robine Wright and Etta Yeary. For more information about MBAA, visit

ASYO Opens Second Season

The Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra will begin its second season with a fall concert Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Jemison Concert Hall of UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, can be purchased at www.alabamasymphony. org. Fawzi Haimor is the ASYO music director and conductor. The Nov. 19 program will

include Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” Bizet’s Carmen “Suite No. 1,” and Tchaikovsky’s complete Symphony No. 5. The ASYO is a full youth orchestra operated by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra open to students ages 12 to 22 who play an orchestral instrument. ❖

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The Special Equestrians Executive Board recently announced the formation of its new Junior Board. The Junior Board includes young, talented individuals who have made a commitment to help further the mission of the Special Equestrians. The organization provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted activities/ therapies to people with physical, mental, developmental and emotional disabilities.


Special Equestrians Form Junior Board

Named to the board were Michael Nixon, Regions Bank; Jessica Wehby, attorney; Scott Watkins, AT&T; Misty Davis, Birmingham Tax Service, LLC; Sarah Benton, NettWorth Financial Group; Anna Coreno, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital; secretary Andrea Weed, Burr & Forman; president Martin Harvey, FI Plan Partners; Milo Kulovitz, Kassouf & Company; Megan Mims, Shelby County Reporter; vice president Lauren Cornelius, homemaker; A.J. Voss, Warren Averett; Kendra Smith, UAB Department of Neurology; Michele Williams, homemaker; Julie Askew Jordan, CBS 42; Ivey de la Torre, Hartline & Roberts Financial; Jennifer McCorkle, Crest Medical; Peyton Russell, Fox 6; Arden Ward, Arden Photography; and Shannon Wright, ML Global Services, Inc. For more information, visit ❖

Andrew Davis, a member of Boy Scout Troop 63 at Canterbury United Methodist Church, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Davis earned 28 merit badges, was elected to Order of the Arrow and participated in high Andrew Davis adventure trips to Sea Base and Philmont Scout Ranch. For his Eagle service project, he built a swale, or French drain, inside the walking loop at St. Martin’s in the Pines retirement community in Irondale. The swale

allows excess water run off so that the natural area could thrive. Davis also added rain garden plants to improve the scenery and absorb water. Davis is a senior at Mountain Brook High School. He is the son of Leighanne and Richard Davis.

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served in several leadership positions, including patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, librarian, den leader and assistant senior troop Mountain Brook Boy Scout leader. One of his favorite camTroop 320 welcomed Sergei pouts as a scout was at Cumberland Kampakis and Vincent Zicarelli as Island and Caving, where he earned new Eagle Scouts Oct. 16. 2481-B Valleydale Rd, I Birmingham, AL 35244 his Polar Bear Patch for camping in The two were elevated to the 205.985.9942 9 degree weather. rank of Eagle Scout in a Court During the Eagle Scout of Honor. Walter Rush, former we offer the following services: residential Ceremony, Kampakis presented Scoutmaster who is now vice computer support on site (at your home) his grandfather, Fred Johns of president of the Greater Alabama in our office Council of Scouts, gave the invoca- Tallahassee, Fla., with a mentor pin. Kampakis said he was inspired by tion and Scout Benediction. remote over the phone his grandfather, who was active in Kampakis is a ninth grader $ we also offer ... scouting growing up. at Mountain Brook Junior High business support for new Kampakis is the son of Amy and School. His Eagle Scout projweb design ! Harry Kampakis and the grandect benefited Brookwood Forest rs e m o st cu son of Georgia and the late Sergei Elementary School’s special needs Kampakis and Susan and Frederick preschool. He landscaped and VISIT: Johns. poured a foundation for a new ������ Zicarelli is a ninth grader at playhouse that he built for the Mountain Brook Junior High preschool’s playground. ������� ������������������������� School. His Eagle Scout project At school, Kampakis serves on � ������������������������� benefited Glenwood Autism Center the Principal Advisory Board. He ������� ��������� for Adults. He built and stained is the historian and serves on the six benches and a pergola for leadership council board for SOS, a ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Glenwood’s sensory garden. student volunteer organization. ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� While in the troop, Zicarelli held He is a member of the Beta ����������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� many leadership positions, includClub and was chosen to be a mem���������������������������������������������� ing patrol leader, assistant patrol ber of Youth Legislature. He also leader, quarter master and librarian. is a member of the ninth grade ��������������������������������������������� A highlight of his camping experiMountain Brook football team and �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������� Mountain Brook junior varsity soc- ence with Troop 320 was white������������������������������������ water rafting down the Ocoee and cer team. Nantahala Rivers. As a scout, Kampakis has

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Emily Blaising of Hoover was among 45 students and 18 faculty and staff members at Bryan College who took part in the recent Catalyst/Atlanta 2011 conference. She is the daughter of John and Debi Blaising of Hoover. The conference gave students the opportunity to participate in workshops and sessions covering topics focused on the “Be Present” theme. Speakers included Andy Stanley, Dave Ramsey and Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church.

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He’s also done some professional sports and worked with Nike. It’s not just the games he’s featuring either. His work is in three categories: game pieces, national championship series and campus landmarks and architecture. Architecture is actually where Chad got his start. He worked with Dungan Nequette Architects as a graphic designer; architect Jeff Dungan first approached Chad about producing some sports artwork. “Jeff wanted me to do something for his daughter’s soccer,” he said. “He wanted it to have some motivational quotes and things like that. That’s sort of how I got started.” Cort came aboard to help with the business end. He was an executive coach working with CEOs, and when he saw Chad’s artwork, he said he wanted to get involved. “I’ve never seen anything like his work,” Cort said. “I saw this as an exciting opportunity. So far we’ve grown from two schools to 22, and I think there is just as much growth on the horizon.” For now, Chad’s focus is sports. And he’ll be watching both Alabama and Auburn closely to create a new piece to commemorate their seasons. ❖

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Giving Thanks by Giving Back Jimmie Hale Mission Needs Volunteers for Thanksgiving, Christmas



cott Swedenburg always wanted the holidays to be more about giving than getting in his family, so before the first present is unwrapped or turkey dinner devoured, his family piles up in the car and heads to downtown Birmingham. Scott, his wife Kathie and sons Jake and Matt have been volunteering at the Jimmie Hale Mission for nearly 15 years. Though they help out at the downtown shelter throughout the year, they most enjoy lending a hand during the holidays. “I think my favorite time is Christmas,” he said. “That’s when we, as a family, deliver meals. We go out and serve For more information on Christmas dinners to volunteering for the Jimmie those who can’t get out. Hall Mission “It’s just a great email volunteer@ reminder about how blessed you are when or call 332-5878 you see how these people are so excited just to get a meal.” Throughout the year, the Jimmie Hale Mission serves meals to the area’s homeless. But during the holiday season, mealtime takes on a new meaning, just as it does in households across the country. On Thanksgiving Day, the mission will serve up hundreds of traditional Thanksgiving dinners with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. They’ll do the same for Christmas, this year on Christmas Eve since Christmas falls on a Sunday. They rely on volunteers like the Swedenburg family to get the massive job done. “The Jimmie Hale Mission values all our donors and volunteers,” said Tony Cooper, executive director. “God works through people, and we are extremely blessed by those who share their time and resources with the mission. Thanksgiving provides an opportunity for us to give thanks and share our blessings with those less fortunate. “Thanks to those who not only give thanks but ‘give back!’ As you share with the mission, you are making an investment in the lives of those in need.”

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Serving up meals at the Jimmie Hale Mission are from left: Ty Harris, Sally Harris, Susan Harris, Scott Journal photo by John Pope. Swedenburg, Sabrina Neighbors and Tonya Neighbors. So far, said Bonnie Hendrix, spokesperson for Jimmie Hale Mission, the mission has in-house servers for their three organizations – Jimmie Hale, Jessie’s Place and the Royal Pines Recovery Center – for Thanksgiving, but they are still looking for volunteers like the Swedenburgs. “We need drivers,” she said. “We need people to deliver to seniors and shut-ins. Really, it only takes about two hours, at the most three, and once you’re done, you can go home and enjoy the rest of the day. “It’s really a great thing the whole family can do together.” The Swedenburg family started delivering meals on Christmas Eve when their youngest son Matt, now 17, was about four years old. Scott, who also serves on the Jimmie Hale board and is a member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, said it was a way to show their children just “how incredibly God has blessed us,” he said. Now, it’s a family tradition they all look forward to. Scott said they chose Jimmie Hale because he can see the good the organization does each time he delivers a meal. “You can really see the difference that it makes in men and women’s lives,” he said, “for people who have lost everything and just hit rock bottom. Through the Jimmie Hale Mission, we’re helping changes lives and

share the love of God. It’s truly something exciting to be a part of.” Be it Christmas Eve or Thanksgiving, Bonnie said the drill is basically the same for drivers. They arrive at the mission downtown around 10 a.m. to pick up their routes and load up the dinners. “We try to keep all the stops in a particular area, so you won’t be driving all around town,” Bonnie said. “We’ll meet at the chapel, and Tony Cooper will say a few words and run through the process.” As of Nov. 10, about 24 drivers had signed up to deliver about 370 Thanksgiving Day meals that have been requested. Bonnie said they need about 46 more drivers, as well as about 10 back-up drivers. Sign-up for Christmas starts Dec. 1. Bonnie said they’ll need both drivers and on-site servers for all three locations. For those who can’t donate time, Bonnie said monetary donations also go a long way during the holidays and throughout the year. “Just $1.95 feeds a homeless and hungry man, woman or child; $19.50 feeds 10, $39 feeds 20 and so on,” she said. “That’s a constant need.” For more information or to sign up to volunteer over the holidays, call 332-5878 or email volunteer@jimmieh ❖


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rban Cookhouse opened its doors in downtown Homewood in June of 2010, and owners Andrea and David Synder said this Thanksgiving they are extra thankful. Not only has their Homewood eatery become a hot spot for fresh, tasty lunches, but the couple is also opening a new location at The Summit near Pottery Barn. Andrea and David have shared two favorite Urban Cookhouse recipes to make your Thanksgiving extra tasty. Andrea also took time to answer a few questions for us. Why did you decide to open Urban Cookhouse in downtown Homewood, and how has business been so far? Andrea: Homewood is centrally located within the city of Birmingham and is a great hub for the downtown business people and the residents of Over the Mountain communities. Business has been booming, and we feel that our location has a lot to do with that. What is your philosophy when it comes to cooking and using local, fresh ingredients? What inspires you? Andrea: We strive to serve a product that is as fresh as possible and make it affordable and

accessible to the general public. It is inspiring to see how well our concept has been embraced by our customers. Are you involved in any special projects in the community? Andrea: We co-sponsor the Homewood Farmers Market with the Homewood Chamber of Commerce. David and I also spend a lot of time mentoring children in the Woodlawn area, and David coaches a flag football team in that neighborhood as well. Our focus with this outreach is to bring the message of Jesus Christ to these kids through sports and education. What are your Thanksgiving traditions and favorite dishes for the holidays? Andrea: I really love a good pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Also, you can’t have Thanksgiving without a good green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole (I prefer pecans on top vs. marshmallows). Our family Thanksgivings are an opportunity to spend time with extended family, pig out, watch football and partake in a good old turkey coma -- aka take a nap! Our Thanksgiving will be unique this year in that we are using it as a time to introduce our extended family to the new Urban

Cookhouse at The Summit. We will hold our family Thanksgiving there since our daily operation will be closed for the holiday. RECIPES Smoked Turkey 1/2 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons of your choice of dry seasoning blend Boneless turkey breast Mix oil and spices, then rub the mixture on the turkey breast, especially under the skin. Grill the turkey at 225 degrees for 45 minutes per side over wood and charcoal. (We recommended using a Kamado Joe or Big Green Egg.) Remove from grill, wrap in heavy duty aluminum foil and finish inside a closed smoker or regular oven at the same temperature (225) until the turkey has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Broccoli Salad 4 cups chopped broccoli (2 bunches) 1/2 cup halved red grapes 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup pecan halves 6 strips of cooked bacon crumbles 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup white vinegar 1/3 cup sugar Combine vinegar, mayo and sugar in a bowl with a whisk. Combine broccoli and all other ingredients in a bowl. Mix dressing mixture with broccoli mixture. ❖

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he Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a Turkey Day tradition for millions. But this year, a group of Homewood students won’t be watching it on TV. Instead, they’ll be marching in it. The Homewood Patriot Marching Band was one of less than 10 high school bands selected to perform in the 85th Macy’s Day Parade in New York City. More than 300 members of the band – made up of instrumentalists, Star-Spangled Girls and color guard – will head to the Big Apple Nov. 21 to perform in the parade on Thanksgiving Day. Homewood is the state’s largest high school band with 335 members, or about a third of the student body, and will be the only Alabama band at the parade. “It’s really exciting,” said drum major Chris Schiller. “It’s something we always wake up and watch on Thanksgiving. It’s really a great honor to be representing the state and Homewood.” Approximately 3 million head to the streets of Manhattan to watch the parade each year, and another 50 million are expected to tune in to it at home, according to Macy’s. Band director Ron Pence said it’s a great honor and that this band is up for the challenge. The band applied to be in the parade in the spring. They sent in a

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DVD with the band performing a complete drill, as well a picture and a band resume with competitions and ratings. It was approved, “with no changes,” Chris said. Drum majors Maggie Williams and Rebecca Riley said it’s all about showmanship with this band and that their uniforms are perfect for the parade that’s an American tradition. “We’re very flashy,” Rebecca said. “We incorporate a lot of body movement, and we really engage the crowd. It just looks really good.” During the parade, the Homewood band will perform its “Flag Doodle,” a mixture of “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle.” Practice for the parade and game days started in the summer at band camp and will continue up until the day of the parade. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving, but the day for Homewood band members will begin much earlier. “We’ll wake up at 1:30 – that’s a.m.,” Ron said. “Then we’ll have a rehearsal from 3:50 to 4. We’ll do a 10-minute run of our show for the producers.” After that, they’ll head to breakfast at Planet Hollywood and maybe catch a few Z’s on the bus before parade time. Lineup starts at 7:30 a.m. Band members will manage to squeeze in a Thanksgiving dinner. Ron said about 600 band members and their families have signed up

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for a dinner cruise that night. Although the parade is the highlight of the trip, it’s not the only taste of New York that band members will get. They’ll arrive three days before the parade to do a little sightseeing and attend a Broadway play or two. “I’ve never been to New York, so I’m really excited,” said drum major Bailey Douthit. “I’m just really excited about the whole experience and the opportunity.” The chance to go on the trip was made possible by several donations. The trip is not inexpensive – it costs $1,300 per student. For students who couldn’t afford the trip, Ron said, they sent out donation request letters. People from 33 states and three countries responded, raising more than $75,000 for the trip. “A lot of people might have gotten a donation letter, but a lot of people just called Mr. Pence saying they wanted to help,” Maggie said. “Then if there were some families that couldn’t afford it, others that could stepped in to help. Everybody has been so supportive.” This isn’t the first time the community has stepped up to help the band play in the national spotlight. In fact, the band performs at a special event each year. Last year, it was the Disney World Christmas Parade. In the past, the band has marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. While no one in the band now has performed in the Macy’s Day Parade, this group won’t be the first from Homewood to play at the iconic event. Ron said the band applies to be in the Macy’s Day Parade every five years. So far, it’s been eight times. “The first time we went was in 1978,” Ron said. “We were the first in the state of Alabama to be asked. We also have a record for a high school band having marched the most in it. I think there is one other that’s close, and it’s only been five times.” Ron has directed the band since 1996, and this will be his third trip to the parade. “It’s exciting to get to represent our community and state on the national level. They’re making us all proud,” he said. ❖

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Event Brings Together Parents, Grads for Fun Night of Food, Fundraising



uests at the Oct. 15 Food 101 fundraiser hosted by Indian Springs School experienced fine dining and five-star treatment. The event raised more than $55,000 for the school’s financial aid program and other initiatives. The ISS Parents Association organized and hosted Food 101. Guests enjoyed drinks as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Brick & Tin, Chez Lulu, Dyron’s Lowcountry, Flip Burger Boutique, GianMarco’s Restaurant, Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-BQ, Max’s Delicatessen and the ISS Dining Hall. The Birmingham Heritage Band provided music in an outdoor setting by the ISS lake. Next was a schoolwide meeting that featured the first-ever Parent Iron Chef Competition, pitting parents from each grade against each other in a contest judged by area chefs and alumni. In a competition using secret ingredients from the school’s organic garden, eighth grade parent chef Marie Baxley and parent sous chef Tom Barr won with their dish, “Tuna Gareth Vaughan,” named for the school’s director. The school’s John Badham Theater was transformed into Kitchen Stadium for the competition, judged by Randall photos at Baldwin of Dyron’s Lowcountry, Scott Bourgeois and Ron Stewart of Flip Burger Boutique, ISS alumni Carole Griffin of Continental Bakery/ Chez Lulu, and Michael McCullers, writer and director of “Baby Mama” and other feature films. Other parent chefs and sous chefs were Lisa Balazs, Teresa Chacana, Christine Copeland, Carole Mazer, Bob Pollard, alumnus Joe Simonetti, Stephanie Thomas and Missy Waddell. The more than 150 guests took two foodrelated classes offered by Stewart and Griffin as well as faculty members Bob Cooper, Tanya Hyatt, Kelly Jacobs, Melody Machen, Maria Martinez, Magalie Minaud, David Noone, Bob Pollard and Douglas Ray. The evening ended with desserts by Café de Paris, Continental Bakery and the ISS Dining Hall as well as a chance to bid on silent auction items such as vacation homes, artwork and restaurant gift certificates. Guests could also purchase items needed by students and faculty that were listed on the Food 101 “Smorgas(White)Board.” During the silent auction, the event offered an “after-school elective” featuring alumnus Edwin Marty, executive director of the Hampstead Institute in Montgomery and former executive director of Jones Valley Urban Farm in Birmingham. He showed a brief video based on his upcoming book, “Breaking through Concrete.” This is the third installment of the school’s “101” fundraisers, which began in 2009 with a Wine 101 event and continued with last year’s Film 101. The events benefit the ISS Annual Fund, which supports need-based scholarships, student activities, faculty salaries and updates to campus facilities. In addition to North, the Food 101 Committee included Jeanette Brockington, Susan Cutler, Lucia Delchamps, Rebecca Garity DePalma, Andy Driggers, Beverly Marson, Sharon Putman, LeeAnn Ramey, Holly Ellis Whatley and ISS staff members Wendy Bowman, Kathryn D’Arcy, Melanie Kieve and Beth Mulvey. ❖

ISS alumnus and film writer/director Michael McCullers, center, was one of the judges for the cooking competition at Food 101. With him are his wife, Sidney, and ISS math teacher Mike Lantrip.

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Left: ISS parent and alumna Caroline Clark, left, and parents Brad Goodman and Kathryn Barr were among guests getting a taste of Food 101. Right: Springs graduate and Flip Burger silent partner Ron Stewart, center, along with Flip Burger’s Scott Bourgeois and Trina Heglar also participated in Food 101. Springs French Teacher Magalie Minaud, far left, shares food during her Food 101 class with parent-students including ISS parent and alumnus Scott Pulliam, center, front, alumnus and board member John Simmons, far right, and Simmons’ wife, Rene, second from right.

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he newest members of the Birmingham Debutante Club will be honored Nov. 25 by their parents at the 2011 Heritage Ball at the Country Club of Birmingham. The Debutante Club dates back to 1929 and is celebrating 82 years of presenting young ladies in the Magic City. The Heritage Ball has become a long-standing Birmingham tradition marking the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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for Daniel J. Meador, an Alabama native visiting from Charlottesville, Va., and Linda Derry of Selma at The Veranda on Highland Oct. 12. The event showcased Alabama’s first capital, Cahawba, now a major archaeological site in Dallas County. A direct descendant of Dallas County settlers, Meador has a keen interest in restoring Old Cahawba Archaeological Park for public access, educational programs and research. He formed a nonprofit foundation to raise funds to support the park to supplement those made available by the state legislature. He is the James Monroe professor of law emeritus at the Virginia School of Law, former U.S. assistant attorney general and former Linda Derry dean of the University of Alabama School of Law. Many of the guests at the presentation were students at the University of Alabama Daniel J. Meador during Meador’s tenure. Derry has been the director and senior archaeologist of Old Cahawba Archaeological Park since 1986. A frequent presenter and published writer, she is a strong advocate for support of the park’s potential and has joined with Meador in reaching people statewide with the story of Old Cahawba, which she calls “Alabama’s most famous ghost town.” W. Lee Thuston, Burr & Forman attorney and a board member of the Cahaba Foundation founded by Meador, urged guests to support Southern history by investing in one of the most historic sites in Alabama. Florence Young, a foundation board member from Montgomery, displayed her Cahawba commemorative scarf designed by Roulhac Toledano, an architectural historian, author and textile designer. Supporters from the Birmingham area included Gray and Lee Thuston, Ginger and Jimmy Stewart, J. Paul Compton Jr. and Garland and Lathrop Smith. Joining them were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bailey, Peyton D. Bill, Jr., Holman Head, James B.


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winner of the recent Chefs vs. Surgeons Pepper Place Pumpkin Carving Competition presented by St. Vincent’s Health System. Dr. William Tapscott, general surgeon with St. Vincent’s Birmingham, received the people’s choice award. The event was in the demonstration area of Pepper Place Saturday Market. Other participating surgeons included Dr. Justin Gerth, general


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The St. Vincent’s Chefs vs. Surgeons pumpkin carving contest winner was Clif Holt, here with his wife Maureen Holt and daughter Jamie-Jean Holt.

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and a harvest supper prepared by Chef Franklin Biggs at EcoFest 13, held Oct. 6 at The Harbert Center. Silent auction items included works using recycled materials by local artists Gerda Carmichel and Fonde Taylor, cooking classes with Chef U and organic produce from Manna Market. The live auction conducted by Jack Granger included retreats at Alys Beach and Sea Island, four tickets to watch the GeorgiaAuburn game with Vince Dooley, dinner for eight at Veranda on Highland’s chef table, a Mobile deep sea fishing trip and a test drive in the all-electric Tesla Roadster. Among those enjoying the decorations and auction layout by Sally Yeilding were Sharon McDermott and Susan Colvin were Ken Jackson, Stephen and Diana Jones, David and Kathy Senseman, Michael Churchman, Laura Brooks Bright, Bonner Wagnon and Jim Donald, Gail Harper Yeilding and Jennifer Patterson.

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in The Preserve neighborhood of Hoover. Ziven Fowler, 11, created the event to raise money for Grace’s Kitchen, a local ministry.

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its couples party at the home of Robert and Mary Elaine Jolly in Shook Hill. Dinner was provided by Izzo’s at the Summit. Hostesses included Ginny Farley, there with Joe; Eileen Markstein with Danny; and Amy Maher with Colby. Others who attended included Kathryn and Sam Tortorici, Dianna Bygrave and guest, Allison and Jimmy Collier, Margie and Robert Denton,


Jenna and H.P. Dorlan, Ann and Ed Freeland, Nancy and Maury Gaston, Marcia and Russell Greenhalgh, Becky Keyes, Sally and Bo Lineberry, Aimee and David Reese, Laura and Andy Sink, Caroline Smith, Mary Steiner and Julie and Kent Stewart. Officers for 2011-12 are president Kathryn Tortorici, first vice president Amanda Black, second vice president Mary Elaine Jolly, secretary Jenna Dorlan, treasurer Kay West, parliamentarian Amy Nunnely and photographer Marcia Greenhalgh.

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Republican women leaders from across the U.S. at the National Federation of Republican Women’s 36th biennial convention Sept. 29Oct. 2. Joy Ann Perry, Diane Zaragoza and Pam Spivey, all from the Republican Women of the South, participated in the event. Their votes were among 503


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recently at Samford University. Sponsored by Auntie Litter Inc., the fourth annual event’s theme was “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle ... Recover!” Keynote speakers were Birmingham Mayor William Bell and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, who spoke about how their two cities put this year’s theme into action when their cities were struck by devastating tornados April 27. Maddox started the conference with a six-minute video showing images from the tornados in Tuscaloosa. He explained how the city pulled together and how Tuscaloosa is coming back with more energy-efficient buildings, new nature trails and an increase ����������������������������� in curbside recycling. ���������������������������� Bell spoke about specific ������������������������� events and how the city was able ����������������������� to recover and save $5 million by recycling all storm debris rather than purchasing a new landfill cell. ������ ������� ������ Both mayors agreed that the recovery process requires the �������� ���� ������� �� �� �� unity of a community and its vol������������������������������������������������������ unteers. ���������������������������������������������������� After the keynote session, Take Pride Awards were given to com�������������������������������������� munities that support the ideals ������������������������� of promoting a clean and healthy Alabama. A special award established by Auntie Litter Inc. is the William ���� ��������������������������� R. Ireland Sr. Make a Difference ������� ��������������������������������������������� Award, given in honor of the late � ������������������� Mr. Ireland because of his belief ������� ������������� in improving the quality of life for Alabamians and protecting the ������������������������������������������������������������������ environment through education. ������������������������������������������������������������������������


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was Oct. 4-5. A practice round on the first day was followed by a pasta bar dinner. A Mexican buffet luncheon preceded the announcement of winners Oct. 5. A low gross team score of 342 was won by Lori Eans, Sue Clements, Shawna Harmon and Vickie Hunkler. Two low net prizes were won by Lois Mores, Rosemarie Hurley, Jennifer Bondi and Kathy Babin, first place; Ann Fulmer, Jean Friday, Nancy Jordan and Christa Sligh, second place; Margie Kirkland, Janet McPhereson, Janet Barnes and Valerie Mennen, third place; Joyce Bonovitch,



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Bobbie Hallmark, Pam Burleson and Myrna Scotch, fourth place; Pat Engel, JoAnn Davis, Pat Burton and June Travis, fifth place; and Janet Haines, Mary Weldon, Carol Lell and Sandy Berglund, sixth place. Other winners were Margie Kirkland, closest to the pin on No. 3; Elly Hurley, closest to the pin on No. 13; Kathy Babin, closest to the line on No. 7; Bobbye Pearson, longest drive on No. 8; and Christa Sligh, longest drive on No. 14. The event also included door prizes.

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used by the St. Andrew’s Society of the Middle South Oct. 15 to celebrate its 44th annual Heritage Night at Vestavia Country Club. Winners of the afternoon golf tournament were Bill Hairston, Don Adams, Bob Dickerson and Patrick Cushman. Later, guests feasted on Aberdeen angus fillet, Scotch potatoes and bread pudding, all prepared by Scottish chef Michael Murray. After dinner, sparks flew as Scott Wilson, a master sword maker from Laurel, Miss., presented a spirited basket-hilted sword demonstration. St. Andrews Society member Rick Towns presided over an auction. Proceeds from the auction support the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band. Members there included Charles Northen, James Bradford, Roger Vaughn, Kevin Keith, John A. Smith,

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build awareness about the more than 957,000 Americans living with a blood cancer and the many thousands more who have lost the battle. The event raised more than $250,000 for blood cancer research and patient service aid. The walk included music from the Hunter-Lawley Band, refreshments provided by Pepsi and family activities. Participants carried lighted balloons – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those who have died. For more information on programs or services provided by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, call the Alabama/Gulf Coast Chapter at 989-0098.

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Left: Watching the Riverchase Women’s Club’s walk down fashion’s memory lane were Sandra Wilson, left, and Beverly Stine. Right: Modeling vintage fashion is Eve Beasley.

The evening was all about past and present fashions and future trends. Members dug into their closets to find clothes from the past and modeled them for the club. Styles ranged from Roaring Twenties flapper dresses to the “granny dresses” and flight attendant uniforms from the 1960s plus evening and bridal dresses from several eras. Modeling were club members Gloria Nelson, Beverly Stine, Eve Beasley, Emma Pitts, Tricia Cotter, Erica Ginham, Susie Colee, Mindy Estep, Patty Lucas, Colette Scott, Dolores Ritchie, Liesa Pitts and Susan Freeman. Sandra Wilson provided commentary for the show. Christine McMullen from Belk Brookwood presented a look at fashion “must haves” for the fall and winter. Planning the evening were Eve Beasley, Lynne Cooper, Liesa Pitts and Susie Colee.

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Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lawrence Lott of Vestavia Hills announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Theresa Lott, to Robert Karl Ozols, son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ozols of New Hope, Pa. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Lott of Birmingham and Mrs. Lily Higdon and the late Mr. William Wilkes Higdon of Gadsden. Miss Lott is a 2005 graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and

married Aug. 27 at Green Valley Baptist Church. The Rev. Dewitt Thomason Bell Jr. officiated. A reception followed at Swann Lake Stables. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry James Stephens of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Mrs. Marsha Simpson McCarty and Mr. Ivan Loyd Glaze Jr. of Birmingham. Presented by her father, the bride wore an antique ivory strapless gown with Alencon lace accents on the bodice, a chapellength hemline and a silk satin sash at the waist. Her fingertip veil was also trimmed with Alencon lace. Attending the bride were her matron of honor, Kate Christian Mr. Phillip Adair Mash Jr. of Mountain Brook. The bride was given in marriage by her father. The matron of honor was Adair Mash McAlister. Bridesmaids were Katie Jean Grell, Kara Dyson Jacobs, JoAnna Phillips Person, Ivonne Marie Rivera and Rebecca Keown Williams. Flower girls were Emma Kate Jacobs, Jane McAlister and Carolyn Adair McAlister. The groom’s father was his best man. Groomsmen were William Whorton Gray, Alexander Williamson Jones III, Michael Khristian McAlister Jr., William Spencer Ringland Jr. and Graham Elliot Tayloe Jr., all of Birmingham, and Charles Richard Hamrick III of Auburn. Ushers were John Marron McAlister and Patrick Joseph McAlister. The ring bearer was Everett David Ratliff. After a honeymoon trip to Turks and Caicos, the couple will live in Birmingham. business administration. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and was presented at the 2004 Poinsettia Debutante Ball. She is a marketing account executive with Docupak, Inc. in Washington, D.C. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Marina Ozols and the late Robert Ozols of Rochester, N.Y., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Tapp of Cuba, N.Y. Mr. Ozols is a 2001 graduate of Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in history. He is a recipient of the Tucker Foundation Community Service Award; chair and founder, the Rivendell Boys Mentoring Program; starter and secretary, Dartmouth Rugby Football Club; and a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2006. He was editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology and was a first year council and Small Business Administration representative member. Mr. Ozols is senior associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. The wedding is planned for Dec. 31.

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WEDDINGS & ENGAGEMENTS McMillan, and maid of honor, Hayley Mills Woffard. Bridesmaids were Kaley Lauren Fox, Kendall Ann Glaze, Stephenie Hawkins Neely and Haley Huggins Spitler. Junior bridesmaids were Hannah Isabelle Smoke, Mary Amelia Smoke and Sarah Abigail Smoke. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were John Bennet Bryant, Martin Whitfield Evans, Howard Mitchell Neely, Robert Lawrence Prescott Jr., Robert James Stephens, Phillip John Vlahos and John Davis Ware. Samuel Luke Smoke was a junior groomsman. Following a honeymoon trip to St. Lucia, the couple live in Birmingham.


Kelly Anne Cook and William Van Jackson were married Oct. 15 at Dorgan’s Inn in Point Clear. Mr. Mark Scott officiated at the noon ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lee Cook of Vestavia Hills. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Jaren Nilsen and the late Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Harrison Cook, all of Portland, Ore. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Dean Jackson Sr.


Jennifer Kathleen Joseph and Matthew Blair Williamson were married Sept. 4 on the rooftop at Midtown Loft and Terrace in New York City. Dr. James Mersmann, grandfather of the bride, officiated the ceremony. A reception followed downstairs in the loft. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carlo H. Joseph III of Hoover. She is the granddaughter of Ms. Karolyn Mersmann, Dr. and Mrs. James Mersmann and Mrs. Sadie Joseph and the late Mr. Carlo H. Joseph Jr., all of Hoover. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Milligan of Pelham and Mr. and Mrs. William Williamson of Atlanta. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Landry, Mr. and Mrs. Lehman Williamson and Ms. Fran Hernandez, all of Baton Rouge, La. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an Amsale silk organza trumpet gown with a crystal degrade` skirt. Her bouquet included lace from her mother’s bridal veil. Matrons of honor were the bride’s sisters, Lauren Joseph Toth of Hoover and Melissa Joseph Miller of Auburn. Flower girl was Maddie Cain, niece of the groom. Serving as best men were the groom’s brothers, Christopher Williamson and Michael Williamson, both of Atlanta. The ring bearer was Christopher Joseph Toth, nephew of the bride. After a honeymoon trip to Hawaii, the couple live in New York City.


Kelly Ann Thisdale and Fred Hill Turner III were married Oct. 28 at PineIsle Pointe, Lake Lanier, Ga. The Rev. Perry Rintye officiated. A reception followed at PineIsle Pointe Pavilion. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Stazinski Templin of Valparaiso, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. Allan Thomas Templin of Commerce Township, Mich. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Michael Stazinzki of Crown Point, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Templin of Marseilles, Ill. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hill Turner Jr. of

of Florence. He is the grandson of Mrs. Ralph Norman Cagle Sr. and the late Col. Cagle and Mrs. Fred Newell Jackson and the late Mr. Jackson, all of Florence. Eva Mittermaier Colsell was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Hannah Wixon Wheeler, Amanda Jackson Taylor, Amanda Pearman Keith, Amanda Barrett and A. Meagan Davis. Joseph Robinson Jr. was best man. Groomsmen were Kelly Dean Jackson Jr., Kent Taylor, M.D., Brandon Taylor, M.D., Matthew Huff and Joshua Chancey. Ushers were Geoffrey Jaren Cook and Brian Patrick Cook, brothers of the bride. Child attendants were Avery Lynn, James Jaren, Andrew Harrison, Anna Christine and Annabelle Lee Cook, nieces and nephews of the bride. The newlyweds are both graduates of the University of South Alabama. Mrs. Jackson is an admissions officer at the University of South Alabama, and Mr. Jackson, an accountant, is assistant controller at BBB Industries. They live in Mobile. Birmingham. He is the grandson of Mr. Roger Elmer Logan of Birmingham and the late Mrs. Jacqueline Beaumont Logan and the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hill Turner Sr. of Birmingham. The bride was given in marriage by her parents and her children, Emily Kate Thisdale, Jason Michael Thisdale, Lauren Anne Thisdale and Sydney Jane Thisdale. The maid of honor was Emily Kate Thisdale, daughter of the bride. The flower girls were Lauren Anne and Sydney Jane Thisdale, daughters of the bride. The groom’s father was his best man. Jason Michael Thisdale, son of the bride, was his groomsman. Mrs. Turner is a graduate of Hobart High School in Hobart, Ind. and Purdue University. She received her master’s degree from the University of Memphis. She is practicing audiology in Atlanta. Mr. Turner is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and Auburn University. He has a computer consulting firm in Birmingham. The couple honeymooned at the Lake Lanier Island Resort and will live in Birmingham and Atlanta.

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Snoozy’s Kids owner George Jones tests out a Spooner board, a popular gift this holiday season.


Brannon Bruno, owner of A Tiny Kingdom said they have lots of game gear for sports fans.

Homewood Toy and Hobby Shop owner Tricia Busenlehner helps her son Tripp test out some stilts.


Melissa McCollum, owner of Learning Express, said Air Swimmers, remotecontrolled flying fish, are a fun gift idea.

Toys that Pass the Test

Our toy pros choose the best for your holiday list – and check them twice BY DONNA CORNELIUS

Holiday Help: Need more help finding the perfect toy for the little ones in your life? These toy stores are more than happy to help: ✏ A Tiny Kingdom, 802TINY ✏ Homewood Toy and Hobby, 879-3986 ✏ Learning Express, 970-9710 ✏ Smith’s Variety, 871-0841 ✏ Snoozy’s Kids, 871-2662



holidays. That’s not the case this Christmas, said Tricia Busenlehner, owner of Homewood Toy and Hobby. “There’s not a big standout toy this year,” she said. “Outdoor toys are popular – and so are blocks, Legos, dolls, puzzles and kitchen sets.” Like any business, the toy industry has its ups and downs. This year, that’s literally true: Yo-yos are at the top of the list for many children. Several stores are stocking the snazzy Yo2 models, priced from $9.99 to $19.99, with names like Dark Gem, Flexgap and Triple Action. “You can play with these in the traditional way or turn them on and make them do tricks,” said Steve Sudduth of Smith’s Variety. “They have brains.” Brannon Bruno, owner of A Tiny Kingdom, said he has a hard time

isit a large chain store in search of the perfect toy, and it’s likely the most help you’ll get is a “Let’s see – I think that’s on Aisle 6.” Stop by or call one of the Over the Mountain area’s individually-owned toy stores, and you’ll get not only advice but firsthand experience. That’s because the folks at our Fab Five – Homewood Toy and Mother and son Mary Ann and Jim Glasner, owners of Hobby Shop, Learning Express, Smith’s Variety, have some fun with Spin Force. Smith’s Variety, Snoozy’s Kids and A Tiny Kingdom – actually play with the toys before they sell them. They deliberately crash remote-control helicopters to test their endurance, rock the keeping these new yo-yos in stock. “One kid gets one, the others want one and they’ve just taken off,” he baby dolls to check out their cuddliness and challenge their co-workers to said. the newest board games. Sometimes old favorites get a facelift. One example is Tile Lock That’s why, especially at this time of year, they’re the frantic parent Scrabble, available at Homewood Toy and Hobby and Smith’s for $19.99. or clueless aunt’s best friends. They’re experts at recommending gifts The game’s letter tiles actually snap into place. that won’t be whisked away to the Island of Misfit Toys three days after “With the old game, you’d get your word in place and somebody jiggles Christmas. the board and knocks the letters off,” said Tricia with the air of a serious “When people call us for suggestions, we ask about the age of the child, game player who’s had this frustrating experience. “With this one, you don’t about his or her personality and also about their budget,” said George Jones, have to worry.” owner of Snoozy’s Kids in Crestline Village. “We’re very price-conscious.” Sometimes, there’s a “Mom, I Gotta Have It” toy that’s hot for the

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Not everything is revamped or retro. Steve and George are excited about Cyber Fire for ages 6 and up. One set comes with a football and two pairs of LED glasses; it’s $29.99. At night, players put on the glasses, and they’re the only ones who can see the ball light up. Another set includes one tennis ball-sized ball and one set of glasses for $14.99. “This is a top seller already,” said Steve. Another amazing toy is the Fun Fly Stick ($19.99) at Snoozy’s. The “magic” levitation wand uses static electricity to make metallic shapes hover in mid-air. If you’re eager to start checking off your Christmas toy list, check out our other suggestions. The Great Outdoors Kids need to work off energy during Christmas vacation, so outdoor toys are likely to be a hit not only with children but with their parents, too. “One item that has been in high demand is the Spooner Board,” said Melissa McCollum of Learning Express. “It’s a balance toy that can be used outside as well as inside. It’s kind of like a skateboard without wheels.” Homewood Toy and Hobby and Snoozy’s have the Spooner Board,


Left: Remote controlled flying helicopters are fun for kids and those who are just kids at heart. Old fashioned play kitchens never go out of style. Little girls will love this one in pink found at Snoozy’s Kids. too. Prices range from $39.99 to $49.99. Get your little ones hopping with pogo sticks, available at Homewood Toy and Hobby and Snoozy’s ($39.99 to $79.99). “The secret is to get one with the right weight limits,” said Tricia. “Otherwise, it’s not going to work correctly.” Homewood Toy and Hobby has stilts, too ($34.99 for ages 5 to 10 with a 100-pound weight limit). “Stilts can be hard to find,” said Tricia. “These have ‘trainers’ that fit on them like feet to make things easier.” For the younger set, Smith’s has the Pogo Ball ($24.99). “It’s a kickback from the

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1990s,” said Steve. “It was crazy big then. You just get on it and hop.” At Snoozy’s, Hopper Balls ($29.99) have fabric covers to make them look like poodles, lions, Dalmatians – even smiling spiders. Also at Snoozy’s are two great ride-on toys that even children as young as 18 months will love. The ultra-cool BIT bike ($129) is made of light wood and comes in pink or green. “It’s from Europe and looks like a piece of modern art,” said George. The Plasma bike ($80) has an extra-wide wheel that makes it easier to balance, he said. New this year is the Y Pewi (say “peewee”) walker/bike, at Snoozy’s and Homewood Toy and Hobby for $59.99. It’s for ages 1 to 3; kids can push it like a walker or ride on it. They don’t even have to steer; the bike’s pivoting wheels go in any direction. For football fans, A Tiny Kingdom offers Tailgate Toss games in mini, tabletop and large sizes in both Alabama and Auburn motifs.

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Tosy AFOs – Alien Flying Objects – light up, shoot up and then boomerang back to you. Smith’s has them for $19.99. The Blade Scout CX radiocontrolled helicopter ($49.99) comes highly recommended from the experts at Homewood Toy and Hobby. It’s easy to fly and very durable; in fact, you’ve got to hit something really hard to damage it. It bounces and then is ready for another takeoff. George at Snoozy’s likes the Lite Hawk helicopter ($49.99 to $74.99, for ages 8 and up). “This is a good remote control helicopter,” he said. “I’ve purposely crashed ours, and it still works fine.” The well-dressed little football player will cheer for NFL jerseys stitched with the names of players popular in these parts: Mark Ingram, Cam Newton and Marcell Dareus ($39.99 in youth medium and youth extra-large sizes). They’re at A Tiny Kingdom. To really show their colors, kids can don super-hero capes ($32.99) that come in Alabama and Auburn styles, from Snoozy’s and A Tiny Kingdom. Startle poor grandma out of her wits – but harmlessly so – with the Airzooka ($19.99) at Smith’s. It’s a fun gun that blows a soft ball of air toward any object or person. “We sell about 300 of these a year,” said Steve.

For Girls Only Girls like to get creative, said our toy experts. One way for even the artistically-challenged to get in on the fun is with Paint-A-Doodle sets ($24.99 to $29.99) from Snoozy’s and Homewood Toy and Hobby. Ages 8 and up (adults like these, too) can create a work of art with pre-printed, ready-to-hang canvases. Designs include a peace sign, flowers, owls, elves and ornaments. Another simple way to be a budding Van Gogh or Klimt is by using Master Kitz ($29.99) that allow you to create your own masterpieces by these artists. Painters ages 4 and up can produce their own versions of “Starry Night” or “Tree of Life” that are ready to hang when they’re finished. You find these at Smith’s and Homewood Toy and Hobby.

Most stores have a great selection of craft sets. At Learning Express, the Stick ’N Style Really Pretty Wristlet Kit (starting at $14.99 for ages 5 and up) and Slap ’N Switch Watch Kit ($29.99 for ages 7 and up) let girls create their own accessories. Snoozy’s and Homewood Toy and Hobby have fashion headband sets ($19.99 for ages 5 and up) that include 10 satin bands with ribbons, flowers and butterfly attachments. These make great party favors, too. Smith’s has an entire aisle dedicated to girls ages 7 to 11. You’ll find everything from stocking stuffers like flower-shaped bath gels and lip glosses to room doorbells ($24.99). Smith’s and Snoozy’s have a bright idea for girls’ rooms: a delightfully posh chandelier ($179.99) from Molly and Me. Pint-sized shopping carts ($49.99 for ages 2 to 6) at Homewood Toy and Hobby and Snoozy’s can be filled with faux food from Melissa and Doug – fruit, sandwiches, pizza, sundae and birthday-themed sets. Snoozy’s is the only Alabama store that carries the Casdon Little Cook series from England. The line includes a stove, washing machine, sink, iron and pink vacuum, all of which make sounds ($14.99 to $44.99). Also at Snoozy’s is a play kitchen that falls into the “why didn’t someone think of this before” category. The Hideaway Playtime Kitchen ($249.99) folds up so it can be stored under the bed or in the closet. It’s wooden and comes in white or pink. Dollhouses are making a comeback, according to Tricia at Homewood Toy and Hobby. She likes Educo’s contemporary-style, multilevel house with the ever popular open floor plan ($99.99, age 2 and up). Christmas morning, for girls, wouldn’t be complete without a special doll. At A Tiny Kingdom, the Lee Middleton nursery is full of adoptable babies, including Wee Wonders “preemies.” Several of our stores have Baby Stella ($29.99), designed for ages 12 months and up; she’s soft and comes with a magnetic pacifier. Adora’s Nursery Time baby dolls ($79.99 for ages 2 to 8) come in their own carriers and are weighted to feel like real babies. You’ll find a variety of tea party sets at Smith’s and A Tiny Kingdom, from sturdy plastic and tin to metal that replicates mom’s good sterling silver. Girls have a thing for nightlights, said George. Snoozy’s has an assortment of mod designs, fairy and butterfly shapes and some that flicker like a candle ($9.99 to $19.99). For infant girls – and boys, too – the Twilight Ladybug ($29.99) at Smith’s Variety and Homewood Toy and Hobby is a nightlight that projects constellations on the ceiling. ❖


toys Spooner boards are great for fun indoors and out. This balancing board is like a skateboard, but with out the wheels. $39.99-$49.99 Learning Express, Snoozy’s Kids, Homewood Toy and Hobby Baby Stella is sure to make any little girl happy. She’s designed for 1 year and up and comes with a magnetic pacifier, $29.99. Homewood Toy and Hobby, Smith’s Variety and Snoozy’s Kids Airzooka is a fun gun that blows a soft ball of air toward any object or person. $19.99. Smith’s Variety Store

Record your voice reading a well-loved poem with “The Night before Christmas” keepsake edition book. It’s a wonderful gift for a grandchild, especially if grandmother lives far away. $24.99. Snoozy’s Kids

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Boys – and their dads, too – will get a kick out of the Lil’ Teammate figures. The tiny football figurines wear gear from Alabama, Auburn and other SEC schools as well as pro teams.$7.99. A Tiny Kingdom, Learning Express

Even Santa will think your little ones are oh-so-sweet in these custom screen-printed T-shirts. Find the perfect one for the season or one that has year-round appeal. $27. Lili Pad, 298-1811 A Bible for Christmas shouldn’t be a novel idea but a gift that captures the reason for the seasons. Appealing to children are Bibles with camo covers for boys and bejeweled covers for girls. Starting at $18.99, Snoozy’s Kids Educo’s contemporarystyle, multilevel house is a great first doll house for little girls, and are sure to last for years. Age 2 and up. $99.99 Homewood Toy & Hobby

Remember Rubik’s Cube? Now there’s Rubik’s Twist, a variation that challenges you to create shapes and animals. $14.99. Snoozy’s Kids and Smith’s Variety

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Fun for the whole family is the Recall board game. The trick is to have a good memory, so it’s a tad more challenging than good old Candyland. $24.99. Smith’s Variety

Your kids will slap on a whole new look with these Slap ‘n Switch watches by Alex. They’re easy to use and come with a variety of bands and face rings. $29.99. Learning Express

Make bath time lots of fun with these WOW vehicle bath toys. They’re super cute, and like all WOW toys super tough. $19.99$69.99. Snoozy’s Kids

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Vestavia City Center, 6:00 PM Holiday fun, including live entertainment, a visit with Santa, the official city tree lighting, the Giving Tree & SNOW!


Senior Citizens Lodge at Wald Park, 7:30-10:00 AM Enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa. $1 Suggested Donation.

Vestavia Hills Apothecary and Annabelle’s

Morton and Carol Slaughter, above, are the owners of Vestavia Hills Apothecary and Annabelle’s. Since 1988, with customer service as the hallmark for both stores, the Slaughters and their capable staff have enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to serve the community. In business for 23 years, Vestavia Hills Apothecary tops the list as a health care provider and remains one of the few independent pharmacies in the area. Count on the pharmacy staff to always take time to answer questions and address your health concerns. Annabelle’s offers many choices for gifts

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and stationery. “Affordable personalized note pads for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and teachers are a big hit this year,” says Carol. Looking for gift wrap? Come to Annabelle’s to find a wonderful selection of ribbon and raffia by the roll to enhance special holiday packages. For invitations and stationery, Annabelle’s is one-stop with a design staff ready to help commemorate life’s events. From birth announcements and birthdays to graduations and weddings, count on Annabelle’s. As always, expect complimentary giftwrapping and excellent courteous service at Annabelle’s. Up to the door parking and a helpful friendly staff are attributes of this family-owned store. You will always be welcomed at Vestavia Hills Apothecary and Annabelle’s. Vestavia Hills Apothecary & Annabelle’s is located at 1062 Montgomery Highway, 979-4444.

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Greenbrier Furniture

Greenbrier Furniture is a retail furniture store specializing in eclectic upscale home furnishings affordably priced and designer services. “My father, John Hughes opened Greenbrier in 1965, his second store in Birmingham,” said owner Gary Hughes, above. “When the store opened it was one of the first suburban furniture stores in Birmingham, bucking the norm of a downtown location. “When we first built the store at this location, I-65 was not constructed. It has

since become one of the busiest intersections in the state,” Gary said. Greenbrier Furniture is still family owned and has since become a distinct Birmingham landmark. “It’s great to control what products we offer shoppers and not be bound to corporate, ‘cookie cutter’ merchandise,” Gary said. “This is a good business because people in this area take great pride in the appearance of their home’s interior. “I would venture to say that we have done more in-home designer installations than anyone in the state! So I invite you to take advantage of our expertise that goes beyond just shopping for furniture.” Greenbrier Furniture is located at 1493 Montgomery Highway, 822-7456.

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Kidz Closet & More

Kidz Closet & More is getting ready for all the holiday hustle and bustle! “We have shopped for months to bring you a large selection of clothing, gifts, toys and more,” says owner Karol Leggett, with her children above. “We have Christmas clothing for infants, toddlers, and youth- including play wear, dressy clothing and even pajamas. “Come visit us for our Pre-Thanksgiving Sale starting on Nov. 21. We will have many new items at BLOWOUT prices, throughout the day, everyday. We have limited quantities on these items, so you will want to stop in often. Facebook is the best way to see the Blowout specials, so go “friend” us on Facebook (Kidz Closet & More). We will stay open until 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving for you to take advantage of these sales, and have special sales from 6-8.


We will be closed over the Thanksgiving weekend. “December is kicked off by the Vestavia Tree Lighting at the City Center, and Kidz Closet is taking a special part by handing out over 100 elves free elves to all children 12 and under. Each elf will come with his/her own special surprise - an unbelievable discount that can be used that night! The discount is worth more value that night, but will be worth discounts for the next two days as well. Come to the tree lighting and look for the elves and the elves helpers with “Got Elf” on their shirt. “We continue our December with a Monday Madness Sale December 5, and a silhouette artist, who will be at the store all day December 6th. The artist has done silhouettes at Disney and will offer a frame that is exclusive to Disney World, on the day of our event. A perfect gift for grandparents! Please call to make your reservation. Kidz Closet & More is located at 640 Montgomery Highway, 979-0707.

The Nesting Place

The Nesting Place has become a favorite among locals, and out-of-town-boutiqueshoppers, especially at gift-giving time. “The Holidays are magical here,” says owner Terri Jackson, above. “We’re always changing things up and making room for fresh, seasonal favorites. “Whether you’re hosting a special event or just enjoying a few friends, come to The Nesting Place to pick up a few decorating ideas to make your home a reflection of your sweet Southern heart,” Terri said. “We believe it doesn’t take much to make people feel great – just some thought-

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ful attention to detail,” she said. “And that’s just what you’ll find at The Nesting Place.” The Nesting Place opened in 2007 with one main objective — bring fresh, creative ideas to help people express themselves at home and with thoughtful gifts for loved ones. Terri and her shopkeepers are more grateful than ever this year. Hit hard by the tornado in April, it closed its doors for three months. “We’re just happy we recovered and are back serving up that good ‘ol southern hospitality that our customers have come to appreciate.” The Nesting Place is located at 3120 Heights Village, 970-9001.



Steed’s Jewelers

Steed’s Jewelers, has relocated to Park South Plaza in Vestavia next to the Diplomat Deli, and has been in Vestavia for 24 years. “We are a full-service jewelry store, providing a wide range of expert services such as diamond setting, jewelry repair, engraving and watch repair (new and vintage),” says Dale Steed, left, who owns the store with his brother, Lee Steed, right. “We have three talented jewelers on staff, that enables us to provide most of the work to be done in-house,” he said. Their mother, Belva Steed Wolbach, is quick to add that they have a combined experience of more than 100 years in the jewelry business, which helps in providing customers with good advice on creating and selecting the right jewelry. “We had the opportunity in our teenage years of working with our mother and father in their jewelry store in downtown Birmingham,” says Dale. “Our father, Frank, helped teach us the trade before his passing 25 years ago. “Vestavia was close to home, and our location is in the center of Vestavia, so it is convenient to get to from any location. Our business has always concentrated on providing large selections of loose diamonds for that perfect engagement ring or special occasion. We also specialize in design and custom-made one-ofa-kind pieces. When you view our jewelry, you will see our innovative, unique pieces,” says Dale. “We enjoy being a part of creating

special memories for the young and old,” says Lee. “We have a unique opportunity to get to know our customers and their families on a personal level within Vestavia and the surrounding areas. “This holiday season we are introducing several new exciting collections to our store, including designs we’ve created that will dazzle that someone special on your list.” Steed’s Jewelers is located at Park South Plaza 1425 Montgomery Hwy, Suite 111, 822-9173.

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The Clotheshorse

“The Clotheshorse is a consignment shop for men, women and children, specializing in designer labels,” say owners Tim and Becky Sager, above. “With 20 appointments a day with consigners, we are able to pull and price the best of the best. Currently we are closing in on 8,000 consigners which gives us a selection like no other.” The Clotheshorse has been in business for 19 years, nine in their current location. Located next to Western Supermarket, right off of Rocky Ridge Road in Vestavia Hills, the business has grown to fill 4,600 square feet of store space. “For the holidays, The Clotheshorse has a huge selection of great brands at great prices and we currently have our ‘Winter Mark Down Sale’ in progress, with new arrivals daily. “Come visit during this holiday season and you will find brands like Juicy Couture, Prada, Free People, Miss Me Jeans and more, along with tons of hand bags, boots and jewelry.” The Clotheshorse is located at 3348 Morgan Drive, 823-9144.


Frio en La Paz

Frio en La Paz is the ‘sister’ restaurant to La Paz Restaurant and Cantina, located in Crestline Village of Mountain Brook. With some of the same mainstays as the La Paz menu, but having some additional new Tex Mex fares. “We wanted to bring the La Paz concept to Vestavia, but wanted to change it some. We believe in the Vestavia community, and wanted to bring something special,” said co-owner Todd Bedker. Frio en La Paz opened in May of this year. La Paz, in Crestline, opened in 1991. “The Holidays are such a joyful time, and we want to be the hub for friends and family to get together,” says general manager Turner May, above. “We’re looking forward to the City Tree Lighting Festival at the City Center on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. too!” “We can accommodate small and large parties. We have also recently added a Happy Hour and specialty drink menu to carry forward into the Holiday season.” Frio en La Paz is located at 700 Montgomery Highway, Suite 188, in the Vestavia City Center, 745-3930.

Salon Amanda K

Salon Amanda K is a Redken salon. “We offer hair services for men, women, and children. “This includes hair color, cuts, smoothing treatments, etc.,” says owner Mandy Kanaday, above center. “We also offer facial waxing. “We have been in business for 7 years. When thinking about opening a salon, the first thing I wanted was for the location to be convenient for everyone. I knew when I found the location on Highway 31 in Vestavia Hills it was perfect. I also wanted to create an environment that would be friendly and relaxed. “A high percentage of our clients are repeat customers and referrals,” says Mandy. “We have 3 stylists: myself, Alison Rockett Ramsey, Haley Meadows Molloy. Our top priority is customer satisfaction. “For the Holidays we have gift cards that always make a great gift. Also, remember us when getting ready for your holiday parties so that your hair looks great!” Salon Amanda K is located at 512 Montgomery Highway, Suite 300, 822-3911

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Mister HotShine Car Wash

Mister HotShine Car Wash in Vestavia Hills offers full serve and express car washes, along with express detail services. “Focusing our attention on our customers and the preservation of their cars has resulted in the development of programs such as MVP and Unlimited Wash Club, as well as our own biodegradable chemicals and processes,” said general manager Tony Albers. Delivering customer satisfaction and a clean, dry, shiny car every visit is of utmost importance to Tony and his team, including Amanda Salmons, above. “In addition to our everyday gift cards and holiday-themed wash passes, which are offered at Buy 4, Get 1 Free, this year Mister introduces the Platinum Express wash pass packaged Buy 3, Get 2 Free. For only $45, customers’ friends, co-workers and loved ones can enjoy the HotShine Carnauba Shield, Tire Shine, Wheel Polish and more.” Mister HotShine Car Wash is located at 611 Montgomery Highway, 979-0968.

Duffy’s Garage

“Duffy’s Garage is an Import vehicle service center with an emphasis on European imports,” says owner Brad Duff, above left. “We strive to offer quality service and advanced technology in the diagnostics of our vehicles to save our clients time and money. Our goal is to be an affordable alternative to the dealership.” Duffy’s Garage was started from the owner’s idea that downtown Birmingham needed an affordable option for vehicle service apart from the dealership. “We have been in business two years now and have won Birmingham’s Best Mechanic by the readers of Birmingham Magazine two years straight. Brad teamed up with John Lee Budd, above right, almost three years ago when John Lee moved here from England to start this shop. John Lee was a Master Mechanic for the British Government for over 15 years and has a vast knowledge of European imports. Duffy has been in automotive industry for almost 15

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Hoover Antique Gallery

years and excited to have his dream garage open for business. “I wanted a place where men and women could bring their vehicles to be serviced and feel comfortable that they would get quality work without the exorbitant price they might pay at the dealership. I have a great appreciation for the craftsmanship of the European vehicles so this business for me is the perfect fit. I have made sure that we have the latest Technology to allow us to be able to work on these vehicles and give us the factory level tools to make accurate diagnostics. We differ from other shops in one major way. We try to repair or fix our clients vehicle rather than just replace tons of parts at the customer expense. I must say I love our client base, it is so nice when customers just stop by to say hello and hang out on a Friday afternoon, just because Duffy‚ has that old school garage feel.” Duffy’s Garage is located at 3101 3rd Ave., So., 715-2100.

“Hoover Antique Gallery is the Over the Mountain area’s largest and one of the few true, traditional style antique malls around,” says owner Chris Feagan, right. “We have more dealers than ever with almost 90 different booths and a large gal-

We sell more items at prices that are far more competitive than in years past.

lery of showcases full of collectibles. Hoover Antique Gallery has been located at the corner of Patton Chapel Road and Highway 31 for 5 years. Grown out of a family hobby, Chris has been either selling or restoring antique furniture since the late 1980’s. “In this economy being a business owner is a challenge,” says Chris. “It’s a necessity to adapt to survive and it’s all about fulfilling the customer’s needs. We sell more items at prices that are far more competitive than in years past. That being said, I’ve expanded to


three locations, including Urban Suburban in Crestwood and Consigning Interiors in Pelham. “The dealers at each of the stores have packed their booths full and are featuring cool holiday merchandise. Festive holiday open houses are featured at all stores, with the next event at Urban Suburban, Crestwood, Nov. 19.” Hoover Antique Gallery is located at 3411 Old Columbiana Road, 822-9500.



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The Sewing Room

“The Sewing Room is Birmingham’s new elite BabyLock sewing machine dealer and purveyor of fine fabrics, specializing in heirloom and contemporary sewing for children,” says owner Patsy Smith, above. “We carry fine Swiss fabrics and laces, as well as designer fabrics form Moda, Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Riley Blake, Amy Butler, Anna Griffin, Tilda and others. Monogram and applique services and custom sewing are available. Classes are available for general sewing, smocking, heirloom and quilting. “I have wanted to open an heirloom and children’s sewing store since my children were born 34 years ago,” said Patsy. The Sewing Room opened for business this year on Oct. 1. “I realized when I moved to Birmingham 10 years ago that a store of this type was desperately needed on the 280 corridor. My


eureka moment occurred when I had a birthday this summer. I realized I could actually do this! With my husband’s support and the support of good friends my dream is becoming a reality. I am living my dream! “Having my own business means long hours and short weekends - Ha! - but it’s what I wanted to do! I’m always glad to be in my store visiting with customers who have become friends and introducing women to the sewing arts. I love designing christening gowns and Easter dresses and teaching classes in smocking and French hand sewing. I enjoy spending my days with the friendly, knowledgeable women in my store who help our customers. It’s all Joy! “Just in time for Christmas we have spectacular pricing on our BabyLock machines and sergers. We give lessons with our machines and we offer friendly, inhouse service.” The Sewing Room is located at 1040 Inverness Corners, 980-1112.


Shay’s Jewelers

“Shay’s Jewelers is a locally owned fine jewelry store conveniently located on the corner of Rocky Ridge Road and Lorna Road in Hoover,” says owner Shay Morgan, above center with her dog and official greeter Ruby. Also with her are front, from left: Katie Murell and Candice McKibbin, and in back: Christina Maxwell and Sarah Parker. “We specialize in certified diamonds, custom design, jewelry repair, designer lines, and other fine jewelry,”Shay and her husband Steve travel to some of the largest and most prominent jewelry shows in the country to hand select every piece of

jewelry. “This assures our customers the latest trends and utmost quality. Our promise is to provide customers with precise jewelry knowledge and outstanding customer service.” Shay has been in the jewelry business for over 17 years. She and her husband, Steve bought the store in 2007 from the previous owners. “We have new designer lines arriving daily to prepare us for the holiday season at unbeatable prices! Come in to see these great deals for yourself!” Shay’s Jewelers is located at 3301 Lorna Road Suite 1, 978-5880

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Gwin Elementary Goes Back in Time for Colonial Day

Gwin Elementary will hold its annual Colonial Day celebration for students Nov. 18 at the school. An opening program begins at 8:15 a.m. Activities will run until 2 p.m. The event gives students hands-on lessons in colonial living. Students will make crafts, visit exhibits, learn about colonial living and play colonial games. Craftspeople will be on hand to demonstrate their trades. Some of the activities students may observe or participate in include “National Treasure” hunt, a Revolution Expo, a “Betsy Ross” guest appearance, quilting, horse-drawn carriage rides, Indian hunting camp, colonial kitchen, blacksmithing, Boston Tea Party, quill pens, Gwin’s edition of “Are You Smarter Than a Patriot?” and more. Students, teachers and volunteers are encouraged to dress in colonial costumes to portray characters such as patriots, pilgrims, Native Americans or pirates.


Getting ready for their performance in Gwin Elementary’s annual Colonial Day are, in front center, dressed as the prisoner is John Thomas Deery, and from far left: Jayda Mullins, Josh McDowell, Mason Berg , Justin McDowell, Journey Moore, Cade Davis, Nick Berg, Mikhaila Hampton, Olivia Deery, Cecilia Brewer and Journal photo by John Pope Abby Pate. nizing and supervising the trip were Brooke Sullivan, Jennifer Hendrix, Julie Hudson and Tiffany Marron.

St. Francis Xavier Is Fitness Champ

Fifth Graders Attend Environmental Camp

More than 70 Brookwood Forest Elementary School fifth graders and 22 chaperones attended Camp McDowell Environmental Camp in Navoo Oct. 24. Students learned about earth sciences, hiked, canoed and attended classes in geology, plants, animals, survival skills and Alabama Native American heritage. The students spent four days and three nights eating in the dining hall and sleeping in the Camp McDowell cabins. Students learned about reclaiming harvested and mined lands. They built survival shelters and experienced Native American face paint and fire building.


St. Francis Xavier students Maris May and Braxton Buckner display the school’s Fitness Champion certificate. Photo special to the Journal Students wrote about their experiences in journals. Each group visited a pond and stream and collected aquatic life to investigate. During meals, each table measured food waste and attempted to decrease wasted food. Nighttime activities included a hike, campfire stories and a presentation on large birds. Fifth grade teachers orga-

Brookwood Forest fifth graders learned about earth sciences at Camp McDowell. At the camp were, from left: faculty member Dan Gilliland, Henley Hager, chaperone Amy Knight, Louise Knight, Ryann Holley, naturalist Dave Holloway, Maddie Stern, Mary Douglas Turner, Joe Saia (seated in front), Katelyn McInerney, Aidan Hood and Bailey Photo special to the Journal Sellers.

St. Francis Xavier School is the 2010-11 President’s Challenge Physical Fitness state champion in its school division. St. Francis Xavier earned the award by having the highest student percentage attainment of the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, the program’s highest designation. This is the second year in a row that St. Francis Xavier has been recognized as state champion. To receive the Presidential award, a student must score at or above the 85th percentile on five physical fitness activities: curl-ups measuring abdominal strength, the shuttle run measuring speed, an endurance run measuring heart/lung endurance, pull-ups measuring upper body strength and the V-sit reach measuring lower back flexibility. Last year, the school was recognized for having the highest percentage of students participate in the Mercedes Kids Marathon and had the highest per student fundraising effort for Jump Rope for Hearts in Alabama, an annual event at St. Francis Xavier that raises money for the American Heart Association. Gov. Robert Bentley recently recognized the school with a certificate of recognition as President’s Challenge state champions for “dedication to helping students improve their physical fitness and enhancing skills that will help (students) be active throughout their lives.” The school’s physical education teacher is Rachel Fallin.

HHS Math Students Study Matrices

Homewood High School students in Justin Cannady’s finite

math class applied matrices to a real life concept to tell a story. Presentations for the project showed how matrices can be used in the world. By using “clickers,” devices that transmit individual responses back to a computer that instantly tabulates the data, the students were able to evaluate each other’s projects and input grades for their presentations based on their knowledge of matrices.

John Carroll Students Are on Academic List

The National Merit Scholarship Program recently announced that Matthew Berman and Katie Kirkland were named National Merit Semifinalists and Elizabeth Koury received Elizabeth Koury a Letter of Commendation. All three are seniors at John Carroll Catholic High School. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High

school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Katie Kirkland Test, which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year. Some 15,000 semifinalists advance to finalist standing. Matthew Berman All winners of Merit Scholarships are chosen from the finalist group.

LPMS Holds Anti-Bullying Program Liberty Park Middle School held an anti-bullying campaign Oct. 24-28. The focus of the campaign was to help students identify and develop a definition of bullying, instruct them on how to report bullying and how to respond to bullying appropriately. The school based its theme, “Pedro’s Posse Prohibits Bullying,” on its mascot. Students painted banners to hang throughout the school and were given wristbands as reminders that they are a valuable part of the process in preventing bullying at school. At a kickoff assembly, a guest speaker encouraged students to follow the motto, “The easy thing is never the right thing to do, and the hard thing is always the right thing to do.” In homerooms, teachers discussed an aspect of bullying with students and engaged them in activities that allowed student response. Students and faculty members dressed according to each day’s theme. ❖

Homewood High School math students Rebecca Atkinson and Matt Qualls use their “clickers” to evaluate their classmates’ presentations Photo special to the Journal

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OLS Students Create Continents for Social Studies Project

Second grade students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School recently created their own continents as part of a special social studies project. To help the children better

understand the concept of continents and their landforms, the students were asked to design, structure and label a continent and its land formations. Second grader Brantley Newsome named her creation Ice Cream Land and designed it in the shape of an ice cream cone. She said the name of her two favorite landforms were Mango

Mountains and Banana Split Island. Konnor Carrie drew his continent in the form of the letter “K” after the first letter of his name. His creation, Konnor’s Krazy KLand, included toys, pinecones and a seashell. Each child gave a presentation about their continents to their classmates, second grade teachers and OLS principal Mary Jane Dorn. ❖

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Above: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School second graders Konnor Carrie, left, and Alex Hosey proudly display their versions of a continent. Right: Brantley Newsome displays her Ice Cream Land. The project was a part of a social studies lesson to help students learn more about continents and land formations.

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Bama Air Dogs Visit Library’s Family Night

Participating in the OLV “Go Pink” event were, from left, front: Laney Sazera, Cassie Ambrose, James Ciamarra and Matthew Tamburello. Second row: Nicky Portante, Thomas Myers, Julianna Seidenfaden, Julianne Naro, Madelyn Vaughn and Madelyn Maitrejean. Back: teacher Stacy Garaca, C.J. Romano, Melanie Green, Gabriel Bernal, Jackson Shields, Alex Black and Collin Cartwright.

OLV Is in the Pink

Students in Stacy Garaca’s fifth grade class at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School decided to “Go Pink” this October. Girls shared pink shirts with boys who didn’t have one to wear. Students offered prayers for all who have been affected by breast cancer and that a cure may soon be found.

Spain Park Teacher Is Conference Guest

Award-winning economics teacher Cheryl Morrow of Spain Park High School returned recently from Chicago, where she joined her co-authors to present “Teaching Financial Crises” at the 50th annual Conference of the Council for Economic Education. Morrow is co-author of “Teaching Financial Crises,” a publication of the Council for Economic Education in New York City. The manual for teachers is an eight-lesson plan resource that provides an organizing framework and context for the media attention paid to the recent financial crisis. In the publication, teachers find a non-partisan and non-ideological resource to help them simplify and offer balanced perspectives on the economic downturn of 2007-09.

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Six hundred economics educators attended the conference. A Community Service Grant from State Sen. J. T. Jabo Waggoner made Morrow’s trip possible. In addition to presenting, Morrow attended seminars and workshops by other educators. She will talk about her seminar in 2012 at the ACEE Alabama Economics Extravaganza. Morrow co-authored the book with Dr. Stephen Buckles, chair of the Department of Economics at Vanderbilt University; Brett Burkey, chair of the social studies department at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Fla.; Dr. Rick Fenner, director of Mohawk Valley Center for Economic Education at Utica College in New York; and Dr. M. Scott Niederjohn, director of the Center for Economic Education in Lakeland College, Wis. In May 2010, Morrow graduated in the first class of the ACEE certified Master Teacher of Economics Program, a year-long intensive program of study and presentations. She has twice won the Lesson Plan of the Year, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In 2008, ACEE named her the Economics Teacher of the Year for secondary school teachers. She also earned the international John Morton Award for Excellence in Economic Education given by the Global

Emmet O’Neal Library opened the school year with a doggone good Family Night. More than 400 patrons enjoyed a picnic on the lawn across the street from the library. After dinner, Gary Shockley entertained the crowd with his Bama Air Dogs. The dogs performed tricks, including several variations on catching Frisbees. Shockley also used two teams of young volunteers from the audience to help him throw Frisbees to the dogs. The Emmet O’Neal children’s department offers a Family Night program every month. For more information, visit

Grandparents Honored At OLS Celebration

Grandparents and other special visitors were guests of honor at “GrandPals Day” Sept. 7 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School. Students and their visitors gathered at OLS Church for a special Mass. The school’s Peer Helpers assisted guests to their seats with the children. The seventh grade class prepared the liturgy, which was celebrated by Pastor Monsignor Martin Muller. The Parent Teacher Organization hosted a breakfast reception in the Parish Hall for those who attended. Guests were invited to tour the school.

LPMS Band Invited To Conference

The Liberty Park Middle School Symphonic Band has been invited to perform Jan. 20 at the Alabama Music Educators’ Conference in Montgomery. The performance will be at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Performances at this event

Patrons watch one of Gary Shockley’s Bama Air Dogs catch a Frisbee Photo special to the Journal at Emmet O’Neal Library’s family night.

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Pizitz Math Teams Win Honors

The Pizitz Middle School math teams competed Sept. 22 in a tournament at Cedar Ridge. The sixth grade math team won fourth place. William Zhang won a fourth place individual trophy. The seventh grade team won first place and outscored its opponent by 104 points. Individual winners were Allan Feng, first; Yunchao Zhang, second; Ahmed Farrukh, fifth; and Keene Zhang, seventh. The eighth grade team also won first place, with Pizitz students winning nine of the top 10 individual trophies. Individual winners were Erica Wei, first; Charby Xu, second; Daesung Cho, third; Nikitha Prattipati, fourth; Jin Jang, fifth; Xiaolan You, sixth; Evan Liu, eighth; Amy Zhao, ninth; and Emily Dong, 10th. ❖



Golfer Makes the Grade

Dylan Wheeler Makes National Baseball Team

Vestavia’s Gamble Makes Scholastic Jr. All-America Team Forrest Gamble, a Vestavia Hills High School senior, has been named to the 2011 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team. The team, sponsored by HP since 1988, includes 12 young men and 12 young women who excel on the golf course and in the classroom. To be eligible to apply for the team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an American Junior Golf Association open or invitational tournament. Selections are then based on grade point average, class rank, leadership, standardized test scores, community service and writing ability.

Candidates were required to submit essays no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf. Gamble, ranked second in his class of 407 students, has a 4.74 GPA. He scored 35 on the ACT and 2250 on the SAT. His best finish this year was in the top five at the AJGA Franklin Junior golf tournament at Westhaven Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn. Gamble and other HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team members will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America

Rematch, from back cover

Hoover’s late, desperation surge. If anything, Mountain Brook has played with even more confidence in recent weeks and is clearly a team that is not astonished with itself for winning. The Spartans are playing with the clear sense of purpose and direction that only success can provide. If they do indeed lose – be it this Friday against Oxford or in the two weeks that follow – it will be due to an extraordinary effort from an exceptional team. Another key to Mountain Brook’s undefeated run is the uncanny way its players have stepped up in crucial situations. For example, against Hoover, Gavin Golsan, the Spartans’ top receiver, was effectively neutralized by the Buccaneer defense. So tight end Coates Doss became quarterback Edward Aldag’s prime target and caught seven passes for 89 yards. Six of Doss’s receptions went for first downs. Last week, in Mountain Brook’s 31-14 rout of Huntsville, Golsan filled the rushing gap created by an injury to running back Mark Rector, gaining 78 yards on the ground. It also didn’t hurt that Golsan caught three touchdown passes from Aldag. Rector wasn’t exactly useless against the Panthers. Despite the injury, he still rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown. Hoover – if it survives its game with Hillcrest – will also come into the rematch better than ever. In the first game, quarterback Connor Short was making only his second start following the injury of Sam Gillikin. Short was solid in the Mountain Brook game, completing 29 of 44 passes. The bottom line, however, was that Hoover could muster only one touchdown. Now Short has more experi-

Hoover quarterback Connor Short is starting to look more comfortable in the starting role for the Bucs. Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

ence and looks comfortable in the starting role. He threw two interceptions in last week’s win over Bob Jones but also rallied the team to a dominant second half after a lackluster start. In the first game, Mountain Brook was successful in shutting down Hoover’s best offensive weapons, including standout runner/receiver Caleb Sims. The chances of doing that again are small, even for a unit as capable as the Spartans’ defense. If Short and his receivers get hot, October’s bruising defensive battle could become November’s offensive shootout. Who would come out ahead is anybody’s guess. If the game did come down to a field goal, Mountain Brook’s

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Dylan Wheeler, who was a two-year starter for the Vestavia Hills High School baseball team, was named to the 2011 Rawlings Big Stick Award Team. Wheeler, a two-year starter at Jefferson State Community Awards Banquet Nov. 20 at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Each team member also is eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, one of the most prestigious events in junior golf, Nov. 19-25 at PGA National Resort and Spa’s Champion and Haig courses.

College, is currently playing Division 1 baseball at Murray State University. At Jefferson State, the infielder had a .426 batting average. Rawlings, in conjunction with the NJCAA, annually honors the top hitter with the highest regular season batting average in each of the NJCAA Division I districts. Players must be selected to their all-district teams to receive the award. Wheeler is one of 10 players named to the team.

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In a story in our last issue on the current undefeated Mountain Brook football team being the first since 1976 to finish the regular season without a loss, we overlooked the 1999 and the 2003 Mountain Brook squads that also went 10-0 during the regular season. Both teams those years spent considerable time ranked number 1 in the state, with the ’99 team being ranked in the USA Today national high school poll. We regret the error.


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time of 19:15.47. Three other Lady Spartans – Sanders Reed, Mary Catherine Ellard and Nina Brown – finished in the top 14 to spark Mountain Brook’s victory. In boys’ competition, the Spartans totaled 45 points to finish comfortably ahead of runner-up HewittTrussville’s 93 score. The victory marked Mountain Brook’s fourth consecutive boys’ title. Spain Park was third with 119 points; Vestavia Hills was fourth with 134 points. Spain Park’s Brandon Hazouri won the boys’ individual title for the second consecutive year, turning in a time of 15:45.04. “I just had to run my race,” said Hazouri. “I couldn’t get caught up in doing too much and just stuck to what I’ve been doing all season.” Mountain Brook’s championship sprint was led by Payton Ballard, who finished third with a time of 16:08.05. The Spartans’ Jack Monaghan was sixth with a time of 16:22.68, and Nick Halbach was seventh with a time of 16:23.13. Mountain Brook’s Andrew Fix finished fourteenth to help seal the

championship deal for the Spartans. Mountain Brook coach Greg Echols seemed unfazed by the morning’s bus fiasco. “When smoke starting coming out of the engine, we pulled over at a gas station and parked it,” said Echols. “Most of the cross country coaches in Birmingham are really good friends, and we take care of each other, even though we compete. It was no big deal to get a ride.” But not all of the area’s stars on Saturday were in Class 6A. Rachel Roberts of John Carroll Catholic won her second consecutive Class 5A individual title, completing the course in a division record time of 18:08.07. “I really wanted to have a good last race to end my senior year,” said Roberts. Briarwood finished third in the Class 5A competition with 95 points, as Scottsboro took the title with 33 points. The Lady Lions’ best runner was Mallory Mathis, who finished fifth with a time of 19:30.26. John Carroll’s Griffin Lee won the individual title in the Class 5A boys’ division with a time of 16:13.11. The Cavalier boys’ team finished third in Class 5A, trailing champion Scottsboro and Lawrence County.

18-yard line in the third quarter, but an untimely fumble by Salem ended the drive. “I didn’t hold the ball like I should have,” said Salem, refusing to offer an alibi. “I got hit and the ball came out. I probably wasn’t concentrating.” Hillcrest seized the momentum in the fourth quarter. Vestavia’s defense sacked Wingo three times in the second half, but that didn’t stop the Patriot quarterback on the game-winning drive. He carried the ball on 10 of Hillcrest’s 15 plays prior to Gueler’s field goal. Wingo’s biggest run came when he gained nine yards on a fourthand-four situation at the Rebels’ 49. The stage was soon set for Gueler’s heroics. Wingo admitted later that

the lack of respect his team was receiving in the media prior to the game was a major motivating factor for the Patriots. “Even though we were undefeated, people doubted us,” said Wingo. “Region 6 is probably the best region in the state and maybe in a whole lot of other places, too. A lot of people didn’t think we could win here (at Vestavia), but our team believed, and we came through with a huge win tonight.” Jacobs led Vestavia’s running game with 86 yards on seven carries. Salem rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries and had the kickoff return for a score as he played his final game in a Rebel uniform. Vestavia’s season ended because a little-respected undefeated Hillcrest team had a point to prove.

Spartans Sweep Cross Country Title – Again



t seems nothing can stop the Mountain Brook boys’ and girls’ cross country teams from winning state championships. Not even a broken bus. Early Saturday morning, the Spartans’ team bus broke down on the way to the state meet at Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Moulton. Once the bus was pronounced inoperable, the Mountain Brook team hitched a ride with teams from Chelsea and Hoover. After that, there was no stopping the Spartans. The Mountain Brook girls won their ninth consecutive Class 6A title with 25 points, easily outdistancing runner-up McGill-Toolen’s 78 total. Hoover was a distant fifth with 170 points. Ann Sisson was the Lady Spartans’ top runner, finishing fourth with a time of 18:56.94. Mountain Brook’s Bailey Martin was fifth with a time of 19:07.27, and Emily Bedell was sixth with a


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the game at 7-7. “The blocking was perfect,” Salem said later. Hillcrest regained the initiative in the second period as Wingo scored again, this time on a threeyard plunge. Gueler’s second conversion put the visitors ahead 14-7 with 8:35 remaining in the first half. Again Vestavia came back. Quarterback Jack Cole completed an 18-yard pass to Salem, and fullback Stuart Jacobs had a 33-yard run to bring the Rebels near the goal line. Cole’s one-yard touchdown sneak and Raspino’s extra point tied the game 14-14 at intermission. Vestavia charged to the Patriots’


Vestavia running back Stuart Jacobs gets past the Hillcrest defense for a nice gain in the Rebels’ loss to in second round playoff action Friday night.

Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr.

Golden Golsan


Spartan Receiver Comes Through in Clutch



efore last Friday night’s Class 6A playoff game, Huntsville expected to have its hands full with Mountain Brook wide receiver Gavin Golsan. But the Panthers planned to have trouble with Golsan for his pass-catching ability. They weren’t prepared to deal with him as a runner. As it turned out, Golsan was double trouble for Huntsville. In the Spartans’ 31-14 rout, he caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Edward Aldag and totaled 138 yards in receiving. If that wasn’t enough, Golsan also filled in for running back Mark Rector, who was hampered with an injury. Golsan rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries. Golsan wasn’t surprised to get the call at running back. “We practiced all week knowing that Mark had a bad ankle,” he explained. “I practiced at running back prior to the game, and the coaches did a great job of getting me ready.” Mountain Brook coach Chris

Second Round, from back cover

halftime deficit to take a comefrom-behind victory against the Patriots. Hoover’s win came just two weeks after it smashed Bob Jones 41-13 in the final game of the regular season. After the Patriots took an early 3-0 lead, Hoover scored on a 67yard touchdown pass from Connor Short to Josh Jackson. Bob Jones took a 10-7 lead after returning an interception 55 yards for a score. Hoover rebounded when B.J. Shaw scooped up a Patriot fumble and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, and Hoover led 13-10. Another Bob Jones touchdown late in the first half gave the hosts a 17-13 advantage at intermission. Hoover took the lead for good in the third quarter when Short

Yeager was impressed with Golsan’s efforts. “We may have asked a little too much of Gavin,” said Yeager. “He was a receiver. He’s a running back. Gavin just kept going, and he’s one of the most versatile athletes I’ve ever seen.” Golsan is also a big reason why the Spartans are 12-0 and ranked number one in Class 6A. Whenever Mountain Brook has needed a big play, Golsan has been one of the go-to guys. For example, in the Spartans’ 40-13 win over Thompson Oct. 14, Golsan caught five passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 48-yard punt return for a score and a 12-yard touchdown run. In other words, it was just another night at the office for Golsan. If Mountain Brook wins its first state 6A football title since 1976, a big reason will be that Golsan had a lot of good nights at the office.

Filling in for the injured Mark Rector, Gavin Golsan gained 78 yards rushing on just 16 carries. He also caught three touchdown passes and finished with 138 receiving yards Friday night for the Spartans. Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

connected with Sterling Thompson for a 54-yard touchdown bomb. The Bucs’ final score came on a four-yard touchdown run by Caleb Sims. Second-ranked Hoover, now 11-1 for the season, visits undefeated Hillcrest of Tuscaloosa.

Briarwood 24, Fort Payne 14 (Class 5A)

The Lions battled back from a slow start to take a second round victory over the Wildcats. After Fort Payne took a 60 lead, Briarwood struck back when Ben Craft passed 17 yards to Michael Lathem for a touchdown. Ben Mulvaney’s kick gave the hosts a 7-6 halftime lead. In the second half, Craft passed 28 yards to Daniel Robert for a touchdown. Mulvaney booted a 35-yard field goal. Craft also scored on a one-yard run late in the game. Briarwood, now 11-1 for the season, will host Muscle Shoals Friday night.



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Vestavia’s Forrest Gamble Makes Scholastic Jr. All-America Team. See page 49



Undefeated Hillcrest Ends Vestavia’s Season



illcrest-Tuscaloosa came to Thompson Reynolds Stadium Friday night with something to prove. The Patriots entered their second round Class 6A playoff game with a perfect 11-0 record, yet most prognosticators established host Vestavia Hills as the favorite. This was despite the fact that the Rebels had a 7-4 record and were only the third seed in Region 6. The comparative weakness of Hillcrest’s schedule weighed against Region 6’s reputation as the state’s toughest high school circuit to tilt the conventional wisdom toward Vestavia. For one night at least, Hillcrest proved it didn’t deserve its reputation as the Rodney Dangerfield of high school football. Melvin Gueler’s 44-yard field goal with

five seconds remaining gave the Patriots a dramatic 17-14 win over the Rebels. Hillcrest moves on to face Hoover in the next round of the playoffs. Vestavia ends its season with a 7-5 worksheet. “I’m proud of our guys,” said Vestavia coach Buddy Anderson, who saw his team rally from a 1-3 beginning to reach the playoffs’ second round. “We came up a little short. If this is the worst thing that ever happens to these guys, they will have great lives. I’m proud of what this team accomplished.” The Rebels might have done even better had they been more effective in keeping the football. Hillcrest had a whopping 43 more offensive snaps than did Vestavia. Patriot quarterback Luke Wingo earned the game’s first score, capping a 15-play drive with an eight-yard touchdown run to give Hillcrest a 7-0 lead with 2:18 remaining in the first period. The Rebels responded immediately as Georgie Salem electrified the home fans with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Ryan Raspino’s conversion tied

See Rebels, page 50

Lee Davis

Round Two: Spartans-Bucs Rematch Just One Game Away


Rebel defenders John Castleberry, James Laughlin and Dalton Campbell (from left to right) bring down a Hillcrest in round two of the 6A state playoffs Friday night. More photos at Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr.


Lions, Bucs And Spartans Advance Mountain Brook 31, Huntsville 14 (Class 6A)

The Spartans’ Gavin Golsan stood out as a runner and pass receiver in his team’s rout of the Panthers. Filling in for the injured Mark Rector, Golsan gained 78 yards rushing on just 16 carries. He also caught three touchdown passes and finished with 138 receiving yards. Quarterback Edward Aldag completed 14 of 26 passes for 214 yards. Rector also scored on a fiveyard run late in the game. Top-ranked Mountain Brook, now 12-0 for the year, will visit Oxford in the third round of the Class 6A playoffs. Hoover 26, Bob Jones 17 (Class 6A) The Bucs overcame a 17-13

See Second Round, page 50

Mountain Brook tight end Coates Doss looks for running room in the Spartans’ 31-14 win over Huntsville. Journal photo by Marvin Gentry More photos at

ou’re not going to get anybody around the Mountain Brook or Hoover football programs to admit this, but there’s a very good chance the Spartans and Bucs are going to be playing again on Nov. 25. Both teams go on the road for their third-round Class 6A playoff battles this Friday, so nobody in either camp is going to say anything – on or off the record – about the possibility of the rematch for the ages. The self-imposed gag order, of course, won’t stop the fans and the media from speculating about the dream match of Mountain BrookHoover II. Neither the Spartans nor Bucs face an easy path to the rematch. Top-ranked Mountain Brook must travel to Oxford to face a once-beaten Yellow Jacket unit. Second-ranked Hoover goes to Tuscaloosa to meet undefeated Hillcrest, who surprised many with a win over Vestavia Hills. With that said, however, the odds are good that the pair will meet again. This time, the outcome of the entire season will be at stake. In case you’ve been out of the country for the past several weeks, Mountain Brook defeated Hoover 17-9 Oct. 21 in an epic clash filled with the intensity of a heavyweight championship fight. The Spartans’ victory in the battle of unbeaten teams gave them their first win over the Bucs in almost three decades and ended with a feeling that the night’s verdict might not be the final say. Mountain Brook won the first game largely because it did not lose poise or confidence as Hoover took a 9-7 lead late in the first half. The Spartans, inspired by a rabidly partisan crowd, played as a team that expected to win and did not fold during

See Rematch, page 49

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