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Her purpose in writing these books is to empower girls through faith and to empower moms to help their daughters. Read more

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Once he boarded up his windows, he decided to cover up the “ugly plywood” with a mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more

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Catherine Poellnitz and Cole Tenner participated in The Longest Day to help raise critical funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs. Read more

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The ministry is uniquely focused on preventing addiction. By taking principles from the world of recovery, Ward teaches them to people early in the addiction cycle. Read more

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When Gentle heard about the possibility of a human challenge trial, in which a group of people will be injected with the COVID-19 virus and half of them given a possible vaccine and the other half a placebo, he wasn’t scared to sign up. Read more

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The couple is heavily involved at their church, St. Elias Maronite Church, have helped run community events, and been involved in community boards, city leadership and other organizations. Read more

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The board of the Vestavia Hills Girls Youth Basketball League awarded its first $500 scholarship to 2020 Vestavia Hills High School graduate Anna Wood. Read more

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Andrew Hudson and Ethan Owens both recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at Dawson Church Troop 83. Read more

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Trips for Kids is a national nonprofit organization with over 80 chapters, whose purpose is to provide inner-city youth access to bicycles and the opportunity to participate in outdoor rides. Read more

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Their book, called “Illusions: Poetry & Art for the Young at Heart,” showcases 22 poems and black-and-white illustrations for “the young at heart.” Read more

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Meals for Healthcare Heroes offers a boost in morale to Birmingham health care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide financial support to local restaurants seeking to survive in these days. Read more

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Like other students in her class, Homewood High School student Kate Graphos lost some of the best moments of her senior year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Since April 1, he has spent several hours each day doing his part to bring cheer to others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Shawn Fitzwater’s idea to paint the We Are All In This Together mural in Homewood on the Battle Republic building was a last-minute decision. Read more

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“With everything that was going on, we weren’t having a lot of scrunchie sales,” Brockwell said. “So Becky Sager at The Clotheshorse contacted me and asked if I would be willing to make some masks.” Read more

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Rudy Duda, a regular at the New Merkel House, said Perry is a good role model who goes the extra mile for New Merkel House members. Read more

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The coronavirus put a hold on McDowell’s musical theatre career, which has continued to grow since he began in 2006. But if it weren’t for the words of a high school friend, it might not have started at all. Read more

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The officers all served different roles within the department, but all spent several years — and for some, several decades — serving the city. Read more

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Wade has been a part of the Rebel Nation Sports Network for the past few years at Vestavia and has called many football, basketball, baseball and soccer games, among other sports, over the years. Read more

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Kim set her sights on being selected for the National Youth Orchestra, funded and led by Carnegie Hall, and is returning for the second year in a row this summer. She will be the only participant from Alabama. Read more

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