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Tori Linville

Tori Linville

Kim Hodge begins every school year by reading and discussing the lessons in two books, “7 Habits of Happy Kids” and “How Full is Your Bucket?”  

Tuscaloosa’s third annual Alabama Veteran’s Reunion will take place from Friday, August 26 through Saturday, August 27. 

On Friday, a public forum for MyVA Community will be held at the River Market from 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception until 8 p.m. The Veterans Appreciation Festival and Dinner will be held on Saturday. The festival will take place at the Tuscaloosa VA grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The formal dinner will take place at the NorthRiver Yacht Club starting at 5 p.m. 

Hospice of West Alabama’s annual Casino Night will take place this Friday, August 26 at NorthRiver Yacht Club from 6 to 9 p.m. The Casino Night’s theme, Casino Cabaret will feature games such as poker, roulette, craps, blackjack, Texas Hold’em and slot machines. 

Seafood lovers, take note: Eagles’ Wings is bringing a taste of the Gulf to Northport this weekend.

While Jill England has been recognized as a teacher of the year at two different schools, the titles aren’t her biggest accomplishments.   

The Literacy Council of West Alabama is teaming up with Stillman College to host a health literacy enrichment camp from Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22 to kick off the Literacy Council's “Feed to Read” campaign. The camp, located on the Stillman campus, is free and open to children from five to 10 years of age. 

“We are combining health, nutrition, and literacy, showing the link between how what you eat, and how you take care of your body impacts how you think.  We are partnering with Stillman College, Central Elementary School, the Weaver Bolden branch of the Tuscaloosa Library, and the Tuscaloosa River Market,” said Literacy Council Executive Director Lauren McFarland. 

Byron Fair was 28 years old when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He underwent three rounds of chemotherapy, another three rounds of spine-injected chemotherapy, followed by 10 rounds of radiation.   

As he achieved remission, Fair said he decided to finish his master’s degree at the University of Alabama. While looking for scholarships, Fair said he was curious about scholarships for young adults with cancer and found that there were a few with several restrictions and guidelines.   

On Monday, July 4th, Tuscaloosa will kick off its sixth annual Celebration on the River. Free family activities, a performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display over the Black Warrior River will be featured.  

This year’s celebration is organized by The Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority. PARA’s free kid’s zone will include inflatable games, face painting and more. Along with visiting the kid’s zone, the Alabama National Guard will sponsor a rock wall and additional activities.  

Most would agree that cocktails in general are great for summer. So narrowing down the list for the best summer cocktails is always a challenge. The consensus is that people want a drink that is thirst-quenching, above all else. This means tart flavors and fruit mixtures that send the right amount of summer vibes for any sweltering get together.  If you’re lacking inspiration and need help staying away from your worn-out go-to drinks, we’ve got some suggestions for your next cocktail here. Cheers, Tuscaloosa!

Kayron Berry began teaching in 1995 and has taught at Huntington Place Elementary for 20 years. The third-grade teacher says her biggest reward so far has been her experiences with her students.    

“All the students I have taught and touched in any way are my biggest accomplishments,” she said. “I love what I do and am always willing to learn new and better ways of teaching. I try and do the best job I can do each minute, day, and year.”  

Lake Tuscaloosa Living (LTL) is the premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.


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