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How can flower gardeners help reverse the current decline in pollinators, and why is this important? Autumn is an excellent time for planting most trees, shrubs, and perennials, so their roots may mature during the winter, before their resources are needed for the growth spurts of spring.

The Birmingham Zoo is pleased to introduce new members and welcome returning members to the Junior Board for the Zoo. The Junior Board is composed of 25 professionals in the Birmingham area who share the Zoo’s belief in “Inspiring Passion for the Natural World.”

By Stan J. Griffin: September 26, 2016

The top-ranked and 4-0 Alabama football team had its most complete effort of the season this past weekend in romping past Kent State 48-0, a crisp, efficient and clean performance in which many players saw action, including all four Alabama quarterbacks.
During his press conference on Monday, however, Saban said it is still time for his team to elevate its overall game significantly as Alabama is about to begin a stretch of six consecutive Southeastern Conference games.
Homecoming comes to UA Saturday as the Crimson Tide hosts Mark Stoops' 2-2 Kentucky Wildcats at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT, and the contest will be televised by ESPN.
"Now that we're back in SEC play, I think it's time that we build on (the effort against the Golden Flashes), build on the momentum, play faster, be more crisp, practice better, play with confidence, use the right technique, not talk about paying attention to detail or being casual or finishing or any of those things," said Saban. "If we want to be the team that we're capable of being, I think it's important for everybody to buy into that and do that. The SEC's a tough league, and every game you play in this league is an important game, as this game will be against Kentucky.

By Stan J. Griffin: September 24, 2016

After having survived a grueling marathon of a contest in its previous outing against Ole Miss, the University of Alabama football team was hoping for a much less physically and mentally stressful day at the office Saturday as it collided with Kent State.
And fortunately for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, that came to fruition as Alabama experienced very little difficulty against Nick Saban's alma mater, topping the Golden Flashes 48-0 behind a fast start and breakout performances by freshmen tailbacks Joshua Jacobs and B.J. Emmons among others.
Alabama improved to 4-0 before a sellout crowd of 101,821 at a steamy Bryant-Denny Stadium. Paul Haynes’ visiting Golden Flashes, meanwhile, fell to 1-3.
“Our goal for this game was to start fast, and to play a complete game and start fast and finish, and I think we probably did that as well as we have all year,” said Saban. “The players were focused and we had three straight scoring drives right off the bat, and the first play on defense we probably didn’t execute exactly right, and they made a big play, but we got a stop. I am very pleased with the fact that we got to play a lot of players. Maybe there were a few more we wish we could have played as well. But overall, pretty pleased with the way we played. It was the plan to play (Barnett) in the second quarter, regardless of how it was going in the game, for his development as a quarterback. He may have to play at some point down the road, so I thought he did some good things while he was in there. I thought (starter Jalen Hurts) played well.”

On the Tide’s opening drive of the game, Alabama marched 70 yards in eight plays, mainly on the ground. Hurts capped the drive, which consumed 2:46 off the clock, with a 20-yard keeper to put Alabama up 7-0.

By Stan J. Griffin: September 23, 2016

Above photo: Alabama coach Nick Saban during his playing days with the Kent State Golden Flashes

Take a drive around Tuscaloosa, and you will not find a host of parking lots swamped with hundreds of RVs at this point, even with Saturday's Alabama/Kent State game less than 24 hours away.
Let's face it, the game has tons of sentimental significance to Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban due to the fact that he once suited up for the Golden Flashes, but otherwise much of the football talk by Alabama fans for this weekend actually involves other games such as Auburn/LSU and Tennessee/Florida.
Alabama/Kent State, meanwhile, elicits mainly yawns and golf claps.
The buzz concerning next week's Alabama/Kentucky contest will only be moderately higher because of it being an SEC game and also due to it being Homecoming at UA.

The Alabama hunting seasons for 2016-2017 are significantly different from the past, with changes in the season dates for several popular species and the adoption of the mandatory reporting of deer and turkey harvests through the Game Check system.

Talladega Superspeedway announced today that Nashville country star Jerrod Niemann will perform as the headliner for the traditional SaturdayNight Infield Concert, Oct. 22, as part of the much anticipated Chase double elimination weekend.

By Stan J. Griffin: September 22, 2016

We have just passed the three-week plateau of the 2016 college football season, and the landscape has already been littered with big upsets as well as a host of near stunners.
This includes Iowa falling to North Dakota State, Oklahoma State falling to Central Michigan and Mississippi State falling to South Alabama, as well as teams such as Tennessee and Georgia narrowly avoiding catastrophic upsets against Appalachian State and Nicholls State respectively.
Nick Saban, the 10th-year coach of the Alabama football program, knows better than anyone what can happen if a "big-name" school does not prepare well against a huge underdog opponent,  and fails to treat that opponent with the respect it is due.
And he sends that message to his No. 1 Crimson Tide team early and often, usually utilizing the media to do so.
That was the case again earlier this week when discussing the Tide's game Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium against Kent State, his alma mater.
The Tide (3-0) and Golden Flashes (1-2) are set to clash just after 11 a.m. CT, and the game will be televised by SEC Network.
Alabama is a nearly 44-point favorite, but Saban noted that he hopes his team is more focused on continued improvement, eliminating mistakes which have plagued the Crimson Tide up to this point and playing to its standard in order to avoid becoming a victim of the upset bug.

SEC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24:

Kent State (1-2) at Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC),  Series: UA leads, 1-0 11 a.m. CT • SEC Network, Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)            
Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) at Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1 SEC), Series: UGA leads, 32-12-1,  11 a.m. CT • ESPN, Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)          
Mississippi State (1-2, 1-1 SEC) at UMass (1-2,), Series: First Meeting, 2:30 p.m. CT • ESPN3,  Foxborough, Mass. • Gillette Stadium (68,756
Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC) at Tennessee (3-0, 0-0 SEC), Series: UF leads, 26-19, 2:30 p.m. CT • CBS, Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (102,455)                      
Delaware State (0-2) at Missouri (1-2, 0-1 SEC), Series: First Meeting, 3 p.m. CT • SEC Network, Columbia, Mo. • Memorial Stadium / Faurot Field / (71,168)     
Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC) at Western Kentucky (2-1), Series: VU leads, 3-1, 3:30 p.m. CT •  CBS Sports Network,  Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium (22,113)       
 LSU (2-1, 1-0 SEC) at Auburn (1-2, 0-1 SEC),  Series: LSU leads, 28-21-1, 5 p.m. CT • ESPN,   Auburn, Ala. • Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)                         
South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) at Kentucky (1-2, 0-1 SEC), Series: SC leads, 17-9-1, 6:30 p.m. CT • SEC Network, Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (61,000)      
Arkansas (3-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. Texas A&M (3-0, 1-0 SEC), Series: ARK leads, 41-28-3, 8 p.m. CT • ESPN, Arlington, Texas • AT&T Stadium (86,798)   

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK FOLLOWING WEEK 3:

OFFENSE:
Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama
The freshman quarterback led the Crimson Tide with 304 yards of total offense, throwing for 158 yards and rushing for 146.
Helped the Crimson Tide overcome the largest deficit in school history (21 points) in a 48-43 win at No. 17 Ole Miss.
Became the first Alabama quarterback to rush (146) and pass (158) for more than 100 yards since Tyler Watts in 2001. It was also the fifth most rushing yards by a QB in school history.
Completed 19-of-31 passes without an interception while completing five explosive passes for 17 yards or more (45, 30, 22, 18, 17). He also accounted for seven first downs through the air.
 Produced eight rushes of 10 yards or more and seven rushes that produced first downs.

The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) Child Nutrition Program will host approximately 30 school nutrition professionals from across Alabama at a Team Up for School Nutrition Success (Team Up) workshop aimed at helping schools facilitate financially stable, healthy meal programs through tailored technical assistance and peer-to-peer mentoring. 

School is in full swing and Labor Day has come and gone, signaling summer’s lazy crawl has come to an end – but that doesn’t mean it has to end for you. With summer rates dropping as the offseason approaches, the beach in the fall is perfect for anyone looking to visit some sandy shores without the crowd.  

When my three-year-old son was first born, my husband and I decided against buying a bassinet to place in our bedroom, in large part because we were gifted with a great crib from my mother-in-law. However, when it came down to his falling asleep, and me having to actually leave him alone in his crib – well, I struggled. His bedroom was located directly across the hall, in full view from my master bedroom, but it seemed extremely far away. What if he cried and my husband and I didn’t hear him? What if he rolled over and suffocated in his pillows?

By Stan J. Griffin: September 20, 2016

A 2017 University of Alabama baseball schedule which features 37 home games will allow Crimson Tide fans not only plenty of opportunities to experience the second season of baseball in the beautiful,  modern and fully-renovated Sewell-Thomas Stadium, but also the new era of Alabama baseball under first-year coach Greg Goff.
The University of Alabama and Goff announced the Tide’s official schedule for the 2017 baseball season Tuesday.
UA’s schedule consists of a total of 56 total games.
The 2017 schedule is also a very competitive and formidable one, as it features eight teams that advanced to the NCAA postseason in 2016, including four Super Regional hosts and one College World Series participant.
“I’m really excited about our schedule, especially having the opportunity to play 37 home games this season,” said Goff. “Our team is looking forward to getting to play in front of our great fans and inside our beautiful stadium every opportunity we get. I hope to see “The Joe” packed out every night to provide us with some extra energy and help us build a home field advantage unlike any other.”
Alabama will open 2017 with 20 consecutive home games to begin the season, with the Tide playing host to the Presbyterian College Blue Hose from Feb. 17-19 to open the 2017 schedule. Alabama will follow with non-conference weekend series against Oral Roberts (Feb. 24-26), Louisiana-Monroe (March 3-5) and Arkansas Pine Bluff (March 10-12).

The Birmingham Zoo is gearing up for an exciting weekend of special events at the Zoo. On Saturday, September 24, guests are invited to celebrate the culture of Birmingham’s growing Hispanic and Latino community at La Celebración presented by Centro Legal – Abogados. Animals of Central and South America will be featured through bilingual keeper chats, animal encounters, and other activities throughout the Zoo.

On Sept. 22, the Marshall Small Business Alliance will hold its semi-annual meeting, hosted by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, both in Huntsville, Alabama.

The riveting 48-43 win by the No. 1 Alabama football team over then-No. 19 Ole Miss Saturday in Oxford will not soon be forgotten,  as the Crimson Tide had to survive a thriller filled with big plays by both sides, a host of momentum swings and a late rally by Hugh Freeze's Rebels to remain undefeated in the early season at 3-0. 

By Stan J. Griffin: September 17, 2016

The No. 1 Alabama football team was able to break its two-game losing streak to Ole Miss Saturday in Oxford, taking a thrilling 48-43 win over the No. 19 Rebels before a loud, stadium-record crowd of 66,176 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
But this task was not accomplished until the Crimson Tide navigated a treacherous path.
That path included self-inflicted offensive wounds, a prolific performance by Ole Miss senior quarterback Chad Kelly and a late Rebel scoring barrage, breakdowns at times defensively and numerous momentum swings in a game filled with high intensity and even higher emotion.
Alabama (3-0 overall, 1-0 in Southeastern Conference play) ultimately was able to escape Oxford with a huge win, however, due to a breakout performance by the Crimson Tide running game, a poised effort by freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts in his first true road start and a Tide defense that bent much of the contest but also provided big plays at crucial periods that contributed heavily to Alabama remaining perfect on the season.
Hurts became the first Tide signal caller to rush for more than 100 yards since Tyler Watts in 2001 (110 vs. Ole Miss on October 13, 2001). The Channelview, Texas native accounted for 146 yards on the ground and threw for 158 more to accumulate 304 yards of total offense on the day.
Overall, UA gained 492 yards (334 passing and 158 rushing), picked up 22 first downs, and averaged 6.2 yards per play. Ole Miss totaled 239 yards (216 passing and 23 rushing), along with converting 12 first downs and averaging 4.0 yards per play. Ole Miss outgained Alabama 572 to 492, in total offense.
With just over 13 minutes left in the first quarter the Rebels scored the first points of this riveting affair as Akeem Judd scored on a 23-yard run to cap a 7-play, 75 yard Ole Miss march.
The Tide tallied its first points at the 5:54 mark of the period as Adam Griffith capped a 61-yard Alabama drive by hitting a 32-yard field goal to cut the home team's advantage to 7-3.

Okay, so it’s not technically fall just yet – but we’re getting closer to it, and no doubt many of us are running around town, busily balancing kids, work, you-name-it. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down with the entire family for a nice meal? With that in mind, I thought I’d suggest this wonderful chicken parmesan entrée. Make it, and watch every member of your busy family gravitate to the table. Never fails. 

Women dealing with addiction recovery have a new option for treatment in Alabama. Bradford Health Services recently opened “A Reprieve for Women,” a six-month, 12-step program of recovery, life skills development, career exploration and college readiness.

In the annals of Southeastern Conference football, the Alabama/Ole Miss rivalry has really not been much of a rivalry at all, as the Crimson Tide has traditionally dominated the annual clash of longtime SEC foes. 

Alabama handily leads the overall series between the two schools 47-11-2, but Hugh Freeze's Rebels have become quite the thorn in the side of the Crimson Tide recently. 

Birmingham Post-Herald (BPH) is Birmingham, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

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