5 questions with Scarlet Little Thompson of Civitan International

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Left to right is: husband John, Cade, Keeley, Kaela and Civitan ‘s Scarlet Thompson

Civitan International has reached a few milestones in its 100 year history. Founded and based in Birmingham, it was the first of the major civic organizations to admit women to full membership, the first to break the racial barrier (in the 1940s) and among the first to go international. When Scarlet Thompson takes on the role of Executive Vice President in July, she will become the first female leader of the organization.

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Checkout Ruffner Mountain’s new special donor wall and don’t forget the Annual Native Plant Sale today

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Last night, Ruffner Mountain celebrated its 40th year with the unveiling of a new donor wall. A one of a kind work of art, the colorful mural depicts the urban natural world. The wall honors the Ruffner’s founders, donors, foundations and volunteers who have poured their blood, sweat and tears into a nature preserve in Birmingham that is larger than New York City’s Central Park.

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Urban Standard re-opens: Smiles and hugs everywhere – a community comeback story (photos)

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Urban Standard re-opened today after a fire caused its closure on January 5, 2017.

All morning long there has been smiles and hugs between employees and long time customers, as Urban Standard, the popular downtown coffeehouse and cafe on 2nd Avenue North, opened its doors for the first time since a January fire forced the business to temporarily close.

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Civitan Club of Birmingham and the Jimmie Hale Mission team up

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Kearney Hutsler and Tony Cooper – photo from Civitan Club of Birmingham

Tony Cooper, executive director of the Jimmie Hale Mission, spoke at the Civitan Club of Birmingham’s monthly luncheon on Friday, April 21, 2017. Combined, the two organizations have served the Birmingham area for more than 170 years.

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State acknowledges need for better sewage spill notification – a “study” and improved rules should follow

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Yesterday, Alabama’s Environmental Management Commission (“EMC”) voted to deny a statewide petition filed by nine water protection groups to initiate rule-making to require better public notification of sewage spills and overflows.  In doing so, the EMC announced plans to study the issue and consider rule-making at a later date to improve public notification of sewage spills.

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20% off with Books-a-Million’s Millionaire Club Card April 24-30

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Pull out your  Books-a-Million Millionaire’s Club Card. This valuable membership card normally provides you with 10% off on everything that’s not “bolted down” in a Books-a-Million store.   What if we told you the discount is doubled to 20% for the week of April 24th – 30th and that it also includes purchases on books-a-million.com?  Read on to see what all you can buy.

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Making history: Celebrate the Alabama Environmental Council’s 50th Birthday this week

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The Alabama Environmental Council’s (Alabama Conservancy) Recycling Center in 1991

Don’t forget, the Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) turns 50 this year, and on Thursday, April 20th at the Clubhouse on Highland they will be celebrating in style at the Annual Green Tie Affair.

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A “pretty cool” legacy – Highlands School students design solar powered outdoor classroom

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Highlands School 8th grade students unpacking new solar panels for their solar powered outdoor classroom
“As eighth graders, we are able to leave a legacy. This is a pretty cool one.” ~ Amelia Neiman, student at Highlands School

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