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Awards presented at Chamber’s annual luncheon

The Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce held its annual luncheon Feb. 9 at The Club.

City Director of Finance Steve Boone accepts his award of Employee of the Year. Photo by Madoline Markham.

City Manager Sam Gaston presented Director of Finance Steve Boone with the city Employee of the Year award, crediting Boone for the reason that the city has the best paid employees and the lowest bond rate.

Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale accepts a check from Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden. Photo by Madoline Markham.

Mayor Terry Oden presented Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale with a check for $1,000. The amount was from the proceeds of the Village2Village Run and was what Oden called a “down payment” called for the future funds they will raise to assist Pleasant Grove with its recovery efforts from the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. The Pleasant Grove donation was a part of Mountain Brook’s Spartans Helping Spartans campaign.

George Ladd was presented the John Jemison Award, and his grandson accept it on his behalf.

Greg King of luncheon sponsor Iberia Bank, Master of Ceremonies Mike Royer, Mayor Terry Oden, keynote speaker Don Logan, and outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Steven Hydinger

Former Time Inc. executive and current owner of the Birmingham Barons, BASS and Seek Publishing Don Logan spoke about his experiences and hopes for the new baseball park downtown.

Current and former Chamber of Commerce presidents gathered for a photo at the end of the luncheon.

For more information about the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce, visit welcometomountainbrook.com.

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Village2Village Run returns

By ANNE WOOD

The annual Village2Village run weaves through the villages of Mountain Brook every January, but each year introduces a new route.

“You never know which hills you are going to have to go up and which ones you are going to get to come down,” said Britt Redden, who has participated in the run twice. “It is always very challenging and always best that I don’t ‘ride’ the course before the race.”

This year’s race is set for Jan. 21.

Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce President Steven Hydinger said that the pretty yet challenging course brings people from inside and outside of Mountain Brook to spend time in the neighborhoods.

“It is a lot of fun to see friends and neighbors challenging each other to do the 10K race,” he said. “The 1-mile Run is great [for kids] as well.”

“I love that you are running with so many people that you know and that you pass so many people on the way,” Redden said. “You see many families out in their front yards cheering you on.” Continue reading

Pleasant Grove restoration efforts include brick sale and more

By MADOLINE MARKHAM

Representatives from Mountain Brook and Pleasant Grove at the July 14 meeting. Back Row: Pleasant Grove council members Philip Houston and James (Pete) Mosley, Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale, Mayor Terry Oden, First Baptist Church Pastor Daven Watkins, Pleasant Grove council member William (Skeeter) Bullion, Pleasant Grove. City Clerk Karen Duncan. Front Row: Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce Project Manager Hannon Davidson, Pleasant Grove council members Paula Johnson and Terrie Hicks, Jefferson County Board of Education President Jennifer Parsons, Executive Director of Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce Suzan Doidge. Photo courtesy of the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce.

On July 14, representatives from the city of Mountain Brook met with Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale and other representatives from Pleasant Grove to determine how the cities can unite to aid Pleasant Grove in long-term restoration efforts in the wake of the April 27 tornado.

“Pleasant Grove was very receptive,” Mayor Terry Oden said. “Our main mission was to see what they needed and not just do something to do something.”

For now, the city will be raising money to help with Pleasant Grove’s long-term needs. “I hope that when we start the process that the people in Mountain Brook will be generous,” Oden said. Continue reading

10th Annual Market Day has French roots

By MADOLINE MARKHAM

There’s a reason people start calling Mountain Brook Village stores in the spring to find out the date of Market Day. When the white tents go up, they know it’s time to brave the heat for the European-style sidewalk and tent sale. The sales, up to 75 percent off or more, draw in shoppers from surrounding states as well as regular customers looking for a deal. The event will be held Saturday, July 23, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. this year.

“There are lots of new faces in the village and people browsing around,” Frank Davies of Little Hardware said.

“For us it’s as big if not bigger than Christmas,” said Patricia Murray of Table Matters. “We try to keep it fun and exciting. What we do will be a surprise this year.” Continue reading

Leadership Mountain Brook: Not just a class

By MADOLINE MARKHAM

Leadership Mountain Brook

Kendal Jaffe, James Cooper, Robert Byrne, Caroline Bell and Kathleen McKee presented their proposal for a brick engraving fundraiser at the April City Council meeting. Photo by Hannon Davidson.

Leadership Mountain Brook isn’t just another leadership class. In its inaugural year, the program not only teaches high school students about leadership but also gives them a hands-on opportunity to be city leaders. This year’s students have created projects for the city that have been approved by both City Council and Parks and Recreation.

“They might not realize until 10 years from now how big this experience is,” said Hannon Davidson, project manager at the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce. “I learned a lot, and I grew up in Mountain Brook.”
The chamber sponsors the class, and Davidson has worked closely with the students all year.

In the fall, 16 juniors and seniors from Mountain Brook High School were selected for the yearlong program for which they received class credit. Few knew one another when they started, but over tours of city departments and group project proposals, they learned life skills and made friends. “I learned to make sure everyone is involved and work together on one idea,” Tommy Bruhn said.
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