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Taking flight | Friends of Army Aviation re-create history

By Pamela A. Keene FOAA’s Huey 123, viewed from above. Riders learn about the history of the aircraft that was extensively used in Vietnam. Photos by Marc St. Pierre Photography Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John “Doc” Holladay isn’t about to give up his love affair with Vietnam-era Army helicopters. After all, he comes by [...]

Sustainable help

Group helps veterans transition to life after the military By John N. Felsher Many military veterans struggle to adjust to civilian life, particularly after returning from a war deployment. All must change their entire way of life, find homes, new employment and make other adjustments, but some veterans struggle more than others as they return [...]

Social distancing in the garden? Build a raised bed

In this new world of social distancing, many of us are finding that our personal outdoor spaces offer many opportunities for safely releasing pent-up energy and anxiety. Regardless of the size and shape of your outdoor space, there are ways to transform them into beautiful and productive garden sanctuaries.  You can create a garden in any [...]

Alabama People: Jacqueline Allen Trimble

Educator, poet, essayist, sharer Jacqueline Allen Trimble, an award-winning poet and educator, understands the power of language. It’s integral to her work as a professor of English and chair of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University. It’s what she uses to wrap her head and heart around the world and to channel her innate [...]

Lifting spirits

Stories of hope and inspiration amid a crisis The times we’re in are uncertain, and the constant barrage of news is often dark. With the isolation of quarantine, the bleak financial picture and the struggles for parents who have become full-time teachers and caregivers, the need is great for relief, and for even brief glimpses [...]

Kidnap, ransom and rescue, part 2

By Goutam Mukherjee, DVM, MS, Ph.D So, we are wallowing in the warmth of new love with our 10-week-old Anandi, our little rescue dog who came at just the right time to fill the emptiness left when we lost our old girl Delilah. Anandi continued to recover from her perilous beginnings with only a small [...]

Alabama Bookshelf

In this periodic feature, we highlight books either about Alabama people or events, or written by Alabama authors. Summaries are not reviews or endorsements. We also occasionally highlight book-related events. Email submissions to  Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to feature all the books we receive. Hard Road South, by Scott [...]

COVID-19: Important information about Social Security services

By Kylle' McKinney We recognize that you may have questions about how the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) will affect Social Security services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay Social Security and SSI benefits.  Also, beware of scammers who may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your [...]

Anglers ready for snapper season to open May 22

By John N. Felsher The annual recreational red snapper season begins May 22 in waters off Alabama. The season will continue every Friday through Monday until anglers meet the established federal quota of 1,122,662 pounds. “The snapper season looks really promising this year, as it has for the past several years,” says Kurt Tillman, who [...]

Five steps to a clear decision on new windows

By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen Q: Thanks for answering the question last month about replacing older windows. Clearly there are benefits in addition to energy savings, so we’ve decided to go ahead with replacing our windows. Can you offer any tips on deciding which new windows to purchase? A: Here are five tips I’ll [...]

Laughing through tough times

By Hardy Jackson Illustration by Dennis Auth Now, I am not gonna make light of the coronavirus pandemic. It is bad, disruptive, and for many, tragic. However, I think it is worth noting that despite the seriousness of what is taking place, we continue to find ways to laugh in the face of the virus [...]

Snapshots: Waterfalls

Eagle Creek falls, Sipsey Wilderness Area. SUBMITTED BY Cody Hood, Addison. Mardis Mill Falls (also known as Graves Creek Falls) near Oneonta off Highway 231. A scenic cascade just over 10 feet tall but very wide. SUBMITTED BY Keith Cain, Arab. Hodge Mill Fall in the Bankhead Forest, March 2020. SUBMITTED BY Debbie Boyd, Addison. [...]

Alabama Recipes | Appetite for Avocados

Brooke Burks, The Buttered Home I love a good BLT sandwich, but let's be honest. When we’re trying to eat a tad better, we have to be creative. Aside from taking the bread out of the equation, there are only so many ways a BLT can be made better. But do I have a surprise [...]