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Summer Fun Photo Contest

Capture the fun of summer with your camera, and send us your favorite shots of the backyard, lake, beach, mountains, neighborhood, and wherever you and your family are. Our staff will choose the images that most colorfully capture a summer experience.

Prizes will be awarded to contest winners.

To enter, email your photos in a jpeg format to photos@thehomewoodstar.com. Please send high quality images and include a caption and photo credit.

Only four entry photos are allowed per person.

Deadline for entries is August 10, 2012.

We will publish the winners in the September issue as well as post them on our Facebook page and our website.

By submitting a photo, you are giving The Homewood Star permission to publish it in print and online.

Samford University Orchestra concerts

Samford University Orchestra performed last night The Two Thousand Twelve Concerto-Aria Concert, conducted by Brian Viliunas at the Wright Center.

The Samford Orchestra performed on March 6. Photo by Keith McCoy.

The Samford Orchestra performed on March 6. Photo by Keith McCoy.

Upcoming performances with the Samford Music Department are “Songs of Struggle, Songs of Faith” March 11 at 2:30 p.m., Samford Faculty String Quartet March 13 at 7:30 p.m. and the Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band March 15 at 7:30 p.m. All three of these events are at Brock Recital Hall.

Workday at the Catherine Sims Garden

Homewood neighbors gathered at the Catherine Sims Garden in at 908 Highland Road in Edgewood on Saturday, March 3 for a workday. Residents and the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College have been working on the garden since the fall.

Neighbors work to spread much on a pathway and plant bulbs at the Sims Garden. Photos by Madoline Markham.

Kelly Smith plants a yellow bloom.

Homewood Middle School seventh graders and members of Girl Scout Troop 152 Sarah Tyndall, Elise Bals, Molly Hughes, Sally Smalley and Jacq Wood take a break from working in the garden for a photo.

Garden designer Arnie Rutkis delivers mulch for a pathway through the garden.

A fateful day in France

Bill Massey, who lives at Brookdale Place in Homewood, points to the pilot compartment of the B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft that he flew in WWII. Photo by Rick Watson.

By RICK WATSON

June 19, 1944 stands out in Bill Massey’s mind as though it were yesterday. The B-17 bomber pilot had flown four missions into Berlin and flown over Omaha Beach with a bird’s eye view of the D-Day invasion, but this day was different.

It was the day the Air Force was supposed to promote the now Homewood resident to captain. And it was the day he would fly over France at 26,000 feet—without a parachute up in 25-degrees-below-zero temperatures.

Massey’s crew had been about 30 minutes from their target in Bordeaux, France when they encountered anti-aircraft flak so thick that it actually turned day into night. At that moment, a round hit his plane’s hydraulic system and the cockpit quickly filled with acrid black smoke.

His 10-member crew couldn’t extinguish the fire, so Massey gave the order to bail out. But before he could snap his parachute to his harness, the oxygen tanks in the B-17 exploded and ripped the plane apart. Continue reading

Historical markers for Edgewood homes

Derek, Vanessa, Genevieve and Vivienne Champigny of 212 Peerless Avenue, formerly the R.E. Griffin House c.1924.

By MARY ELLEN SNELL

Bungalow cottages popular in Homewood’s early years still stand out with their charm in Homewood’s historical neighborhoods. Some homes in the Edgewood community were built in the early 1920s even before Homewood was incorporated as a city in 1924.

Derek and Vanessa Champigny are owners of one such a home, a bungalow in Edgewood on Peerless Avenue.  After two years of living there, the Champignys were intrigued by its unknown history and set about to discover its past. The Champignys suspected one owner had been a milkman because the shed in the back housed a small one-horse stall, and a horse could have been used for milk deliveries. (The Champignys’ shed was later remodeled to house their modern horsepower in the form of a garage.) Continue reading

Dawson’s new children’s building opening

BY BROOKE BOUCEK

Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Edgewood will at last open its Edgar M. Arendall Children’s Educational Building on Sunday, March 4.

“The new building will allow us to better minister to smaller children and their parents while continuing to provide a secure, safe environment,” Senior Pastor Dr. Gary Fenton said.

The three-floor, 45,000-square-foot building has been under construction since groundbreaking last February. It will house students from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Continue reading

D1 Birmingham: Business Spotlight

Geoffrey Connor, MD. Photos courtesy of KC Projects.

In his words, Dr. Geoffrey Connor enjoys being close to the action. And as a founder of Homewood’s D1 Sports Medicine; a physician at Alabama Orthopedic, Spine and Sports Medicine Associates at St. Vincent’s East; the team doctor for the HHS football team; not to mention a husband and father-of-two; it’s safe to say action is a part of his daily routine. He’s also extensively published, well traveled and fluent in Italian.

Connor landed in Homewood by way of his residency and internship at UAB, and more importantly, through meeting his wife, Tammy, who grew up here. They have settled in Hollywood, making his commute to D1 about a mile, and Tammy’s interior design business is just down the road on Oxmoor.

“My grocer, dry cleaner, pharmacy, and favorite places to eat are all basically on the same couple of streets,” said Connor. “My wife’s family lives right around the corner.  We are pretty much Everybody Loves Raymond come to life.”

The D1 sports training facility opened near Brookwood Medical Center in June of 2010 and is co-owned by former Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle and linebacker DeMeco Ryans along with UAB Olympian Vonetta Flowers. This location is the tenth opening of the nationwide D1 franchise, which was founded by Will Bartholomew in Franklin, Tenn. Continue reading