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Preface: This little 500-word piece that I submit monthly is usually due to the trusty editor of DCL somewhere around the middle of the previous month. At the time this one came due, on or around February 14, our country had just endured yet another senseless tragedy – in the form of a mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida.  

I have never in my life been so excited to see daffodils and yellow hyacinth making a splash against the dull, brown terrain, or been as sick of cold weather as I have this year.

I am seeing signs of life. Small buds pushing their way through the dark, rich earth.  

Has your family been battling the flu or colds this season? If so, once everyone gets well, you’ll need to take some steps to clean the house. Here’s what to do:

The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra is once again partnering with the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers for the annual Family Discovery Concert – set for Monday, March 5.

The Junior League of Tuscaloosa (JLT) will host Dinner at Your Door this Thursday, March 8. This signature fundraiser allows community members to support their local Junior League through the purchase of a dinner for four donated by local restaurants and businesses.

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

The Tuscaloosa Track Club and  Hospice of West Alabama are hosting the 9th annual 5K Grand Prix event.  The event will include live music and local vendors.  Runners may choose to participate in memory of a loved one.  

When: Saturday, March 3rd starting at 8am

Where: Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa

For more info, go to: www.hospiceofwestal.com

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) has provided care to terminally ill patients and their families since May of 1982. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private non-profit organization and is governed by a 25 member Board of Directors.
 
The agency is the oldest provider of hospice services in the West Alabama area and is a member of the United Way of West Alabama. HOWA is certified to provide services under the Medicare and Medicaid programs and is an approved provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
 
In 1998, HOWA became the first community based hospice in Alabama to attain accreditation by The Joint Commission.Hospice of West Alabama is the only agency serving West Alabama with its own free-standing inpatient facility, which has served more than 4,000 patients since it opened on November 1, 2004.The agency staff of more than 80 individuals serves hundreds of patients annually in Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, and Lamar counties.
 

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

When I’m wearing flip-flops in December, I tend to forget that the upcoming months leading to spring tend to be the ones where my family deals with the most sickness. Growing up, I was always told that staying indoors and “just going to bed” are two remedies that help little people bounce back the quickest. Now a mom myself, I’ve decided to look into both of these remedies, to see what health professionals and parenting experts have to say.  

Can we all agree that we’re over the cold weather? Since there’s not much we can do about the temperatures, I decided to suggest two of my favorite dishes to warm everyone up this month. This loaded mashed potato casserole is hearty, savory, and the perfect way to jazz up regular mashed potatoes. And my pasta e fagioli soup is always a go-to when it’s cold outside and we want to feel warm and cozy.  

Enjoy your February, stay warm, and as always, bon appétit! 

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun. And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town!

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With Opening Weekend less than a month away, the UAB baseball team began practice in preparation for the 2018 season.

 

“I am proud of the guys effort today,” head coach Brian Shoop said. “I am looking forward to this season.”

 

UAB returns 21 letterwinners from a season ago including six starting position players and nine pitchers. 

 

Among the returners are infielders Carter Pharis and Price Visintainer. Pharis started 54 games in 2017 hitting .305 with 15 doubles, three homeruns and 30 RBI. Visintainer, a versatile infielder, hit .288 with 45 hits to just 24 strikeouts. 

 

On the mound the Blazers return senior pitchers Carson Jones, Ryan Ruggles and Isaiah Gonzales-Montoya. Jones made 20 appearances with five starts holding a 5.68 ERA over 52.1 inning pitched. Ruggles a consistent starter, appeared in 15 games with 10 starts striking out 49 batters. Gonzales-Montoya carried a 4.32 ERA primarily coming out of the bullpen.

 

UAB begins its 2018 slate on February 16 when it hosts Bowling Green in the first of a three-game series at Regions Field. First pitch between the Blazers and Falcons is set for 4 p.m.

 

For more information on the UAB baseball team follow the Blazers on Twitter (@UAB_Baseball) or on Instagram (UAB_Baseball).

 

“Shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo; pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp …”  

Sure, this might be straight out of the movie Forrest Gump, where “shrimp is the fruit of the sea,” but one local business is trying to make this a reality in landlocked West Alabama. Since the end of 2016, the families involved with Sumter County Shrimp have dedicated themselves to digging ponds, drilling wells, and investing in equipment needed to grow shrimp in this area.  

According to co-owner Lee Stegall, the project idea stemmed from the discovery of salt water on his family farm years ago.  

“In 1959, my grandfather drilled a well on our family farm in Sumter County to water cattle. The artesian well began flowing, but the water was salty,” Stegall said. 

Over 50 years later, Stegall – a mechanical engineer in Tuscaloosa – was working in the Demopolis area. After running across information about Greene Prairie Aquafarm in rural Greene County, he reached out to co-owner David Teichert-Coddington. They met at Stegall’s farm in 2014. 

“He found our water quality was excellent, and immediately said we should be in the shrimp farming business. Over the next three years, we researched, traveled, went to meetings, and gathered as much information as possible to weigh the feasibility and benefits,” said Stegall. 

Stegall’s family friend, Shawn Templeton, was also interested in the project. Templeton and his parents became partners. Since word has gotten out about the saltwater shrimp farm, community response has been overwhelming.  

“People wanting to know when and where they can get our shrimp contact us almost every day,” said Stegall.   

The next steps for Sumter County Shrimp include finding a wholesale buyer for the shrimp, and offering the product to local restaurants.  

“The strong farm-to-table market and sustainable farming practices demand is perfect for our product.  The lower salinity water we grow in provides a sweeter shrimp than an ocean grown shrimp.  The lack of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and preservatives provides a premium quality shrimp,” said Stegall. 

With a plan to harvest the shrimp and ice them down to bring to Tuscaloosa, folks interested in purchasing from Sumter County Shrimp can follow the company on their Facebook page (facebook.com/scshrimp) and join the mailing list to learn when shrimp is brought to town.  

“Many people assume a farmed shrimp is a lesser product to wild caught shrimp. This is not so, and the taste will prove it,” Stegall said. 

Having one or two quality running backs for the upcoming season is a huge asset for any college football team. Alabama currently has six on its roster (three five-stars, two four-stars, and one three-star) that could likely start for any team in the nation. Today we highlight and provide more insight on Alabama's loaded backfield.

 

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