Spartans prove age is just a number: Lady Spartans Basketball


Collier Ogilvie dribbles past a Spain Park defender as Kaki Simpson looks on. Photo courtesy of Image Arts.

On paper, the Lady Spartans are young. Kaki Simpson is the only senior, and sophomores form the majority. But many of the sophomores have played on the varsity team for two to three years, so really the team has just as much experience as anyone else, even if they are younger according to the calendar. The team’s record is 18-6.

Sophomores Mary Katherine Pinson and Collier Ogilvie and junior Ellie Mouyal usually trade places as leading scorers, with at least one hitting 15 or 20 points every game. Mary Katherine scored 39 points against Vestavia in January to break the record for the most points scored in a game.

Head coach Mark Cornelius also said that Simpson, who was named the captain of the team, is a leader: “Kaki does a great job of keeping our team a group and is someone Continue reading


Join the effort to Stop Hunger Now


Anne Baxley Winn, Madelyn Beatty, Elizabeth Haberstroh and Virginia Jordan package meals for hunger relief.

While many of us are making resolutions to take off a few pounds after over-indulging on desserts and holiday fare, many in our world do not have enough to eat. To help combat the problem of hunger, five Over the Mountain churches are working together to send 500,000 meals to children in lesser developed countries. Working through the hunger relief organization Stop Hunger Now, church members and volunteers from the community will meet at Canterbury United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 16 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. to package the meals.

The churches participating in this event are Saint Luke’s Episcopal, Vestavia Hills United Methodist, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal, Brookwood Baptist and Canterbury United Methodist.

“Our combined resources, both in volunteers and financially, will result in a tremendous accomplishment for the fight against hunger,” said Rachel Estes, outreach director at Canterbury United Methodist Church.
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January Crime Report


 Crime Report January 26

Another great week with no home burglaries and no UBEVs.

In the past 5 weeks we have experienced 1 home burglary.  In the same period a year ago we experienced 10 home burglaries.

In the past 5 weeks we have experienced 5 UBEVs (Unlawful Breaking and Entering Vehicles).  In the same period a year ago we experienced 15 UBEVs.

Below is a summary of miscellaneous incidents:

We had a theft case where the victim had argued with his boyfriend and he suspects that the boyfriend stole his laptop.

There was a theft case on Cromwell Drive .  The victim stated that she last saw her silverware on Thanksgiving Day.  Numerous workers have been in the house since that day. Continue reading

Ousler Sandwiches: Restaurant Showcase


Ousler owners Becky and Bill Elmore stand in front of a portrait Bill’s mother, Christine, who created the foundation of their sandwich business. Photo by Madoline Markham.

Take one bite of an Ousler Sandwich, and you know you are eating something truly special.  Many of us have enjoyed the finger-sized sandwiches at garden club luncheons, baby showers, board meetings or just on the run.  Each bite of pimiento cheese on white bread or chicken salad on wheat tastes fresher than the last. The funny thing is, these sandwiches are just shy of being 100 years old.

In 1915, Mr. Dana Ousler opened his sandwich shop in Five Points South at the corner of 9th Avenue and 22nd Street South. Sixteen-year-old Christine Campbell helped run the shop, taking orders and making sandwiches from scratch.  She worked for Ousler until she got married and became Mrs. Elmore.
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Krewe Ball 2012


Ginna Miller, Elissa Handley Tyson, Madelyn Hereford, Koula Callahan, Sally Morris

When Feb. 17 arrives, so will the Beaux Arts Krewe. As hosts of the 45th annual Beaux Arts Krewe Ball, these gentlemen will don the red velvet regalia as they welcome guests of this year’s royal court. Since its inception in 1967, the ball has featured a King and Queen as well as their courtiers: Guards, Dukes, Ladies-in- Waiting, Princesses and Pages. In the spirit of Mardi Gras, the festivities center around the King and the presentation of the Queen and her Court.

The Krewe Ball’s origins date back to the eleventh Beaux Arts Jewel Ball for the Birmingham Museum of Art. That year’s ball chair, Mrs. James Mallory Kidd, Jr., observed the discarding of the ball’s elaborate decorations year after year. She decided to organize a support group for the museum that would have permanent costumes and decorations. Thus, the Beaux Arts Krewe began, and with 125 charter members they were off to a grand start.
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Tide Reauxlls in Big Easy: A Mountain Brook Perspective


Many Mountain Brook residents rolled into the Big Easy to witness the rematch of the  top ranked LSU Tigers versus number two Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2012 AllState Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship football game and our family was no exception.

Missy and Stewart Cox and Barbara and Leon Ashford enjoy the French Quarter.

Two years ago when Alabama earned a spot to play Texas for the national title in the historic Rose Bowl, our boys really wanted to go; however, at the time, the opportunity was not present for our family to make the trip to Pasadena, California.  So, when promises were made for the “next time”, little did we know that vow would be honored so soon.  Nonetheless, we made our arrangements, packed our bags, and boarded Southwest Airlines for our travel destination.

Several Mountain Brook teens developed a case of Crimson Fever over the weekend.

As the Crimson Nation descended on New Orleans by plane, bus or car, it became clear that “Roll Tide” was more than just a cheer.  It was a universal greeting which fans used interchangeably for “hello”, “goodbye” or general pleasantry usually accompanied by a high five or fist bump.  The thing that struck me most about the Alabama fans was the intense hopefulness and optimism of the outcome of the game.   That view was shared by the opponent, who had their own phrase and fight song which REALLY sticks in your head.

The Savages enjoyed the French Quarter

“Geaux Tigers” was shouted and played as proudly as you heard the other and the LSU fans also had an undying belief their team would come out on top.  Over the weekend, I cannot say which I heard more often:  “Roll Tide”, “Geaux Tigers” or “Need Tickets” with this event being the hottest ticket in BCS history.  Word on the street was that the price per ticket for the uppermost part of the Superdome cost $1,200.

Jackson Square was the place for this Mountain Brook Group!

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Junior League collecting donations for storm victims

The Junior League of Birmingham has announced it will be a drop-off point for supplies for victims of the Jan. 23 tornadoes. They are collecting non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies and batteries now until Feb. 15.

Interested donors can leave items at the Junior League of Birmingham’s office located at in English Village at 2212 20th Ave. South, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

All of the items collected in the coming weeks from the community will be delivered by the JLB’s Executive Board to the Christian Service Mission.

“The storms on January 23 caused extensive damage throughout our region, and our hearts go out to those who have been impacted,” said Leigh Forstman, President of the Junior League of Birmingham.  “We have a number of members who live in the areas affected by the devastation.”

For more information about the Junior League of Birmingham community food drive visit or call (205) 879-9861.