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Bar Association will award scholarships
The Brunswick County Bar Association will award four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors at North Brunswick High School, South Brunswick High School, West Brunswick High School and Early College High School. Completed applications are available at the school guidance office at each high school and should be submitted to the school’s guidance counselor office by March 1.
Selection will be based on academic achievement, interest in law, personal interview, financial need and school activities and community involvement. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Brunswick County Law Day banquet.

Meet your legislators Feb. 26
The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, serving Brunswick, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties, in association with the New Hanover County Government, WWAY-TV3, Star News Media, The Wilmington Journal and WHQR 91.3 FM Public Radio, invite all citizens to meet “face to face with your legislators” from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the New Hanover County Government Center (Market Place Mall) on S. College Road in Wilmington.
Appearing will be U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre; Sen. Thom Goolsby of New Hanover County; Sen. Bill Rabon of Brunswick and Pender counties; Rep. Susi Hamilton of New Hanover and Pender counties; Rep. Dewey Hill of Brunswick County; Rep. Frank Iler of Brunswick County; Rep. Carolyn Justice of New Hanover and Pender counties; and Rep. Danny McComas of New Hanover County.
There will be no speeches but rather a unique opportunity for individuals to talk one-on-one with elected representatives about concerns that might include education, the environment, health care and other issues.
Public comment tables will be available for Sen. Kay Hagan, Sen. Richard Burr, New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender County commissioners and Wilmington City Council members. Participants can also write their concerns.

New Merchants Association to meet
Local business owners are working together to form a nonprofit Shallotte Merchant Association (SMA). Its mission is to plan promotional events, seek grants, address specific topics of concern and problem-solve as a team. Regional advertising (with individual logos) is optional, and pricing/strategies will be divided among participating members.
SMA will conduct a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, and the second Monday of each month, at the Cattle Barn in Shallotte. All business owners in Shallotte are invited to attend.

Jeweler joins Little River Pawn
Brunswick county native and well-known local jeweler gemologist Michael Abushakra has found a new place to hang his jeweler’s apron, joining the staff of Little River Pawn, where he will utilize his 12 years of bench jewelry experience to broaden his services to area jewelry clients. He will enhance Little River Pawn’s ability to address the most complex of jewelry repairs, as well as fashion custom-made jewelry for local clients.
Abushakra excels at assisting customers in the selection and mounting of loose diamonds and his training and experience enable him to identify the rarest of gemstones. He is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America in San Diego, Ca., and is a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.
He and his wife Kimberly, a local speech therapist, and soon-to-be baby daughter Brynn, are residents of Sunset Beach.

Chefs sought for Stew Cook-off
The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is seeking chefs for the fourth annual Brunswick Stew Cook-off. The event will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21 at Planet Fun/Starz Grille in Shallotte. The chamber is inviting area restaurants, media members, businesses, individuals and nonprofits to participate in its event by cooking their best Brunswick stew.
Each contestant will be required to prepare 8 gallons of Brunswick stew. Each serving of approximately 2 ounces will be served in a 4-ounce cup. The stew must be cooked at your restaurant/kitchen and transported to the event site. Entrants must provide their own equipment to keep hot food hot and cold foods cold. Electricity, burners, warmers and coolers will not be provided.
The chamber will provide cups, napkins and spoons, but entrants must provide their own 10-foot-by-10-foot tent, table, equipment, presentation supplies, banner (if used) and table decorations. Entrants will be allowed a maximum of three people per booth. Awards will be given to the top winners in two categories: business and individual. A cash prize will be awarded for the best stew, along with bragging rights for Brunswick County.
Reserve a booth today for this event. Entry fee is only $25, so act fast as spaces may fill up quickly. The deadline for applications is April 2. For questions, contact the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce at 754-6644.

Carillon wins award
Carillon Assisted Living of Southport was honored as Carillon’s Best Overall Community at Carillon Assisted Living’s annual awards banquet on Feb. 4. During the ceremony, Carillon Assisted Living of Southport was acknowledged in several categories, including Best Resident Satisfaction as voted by families and residents and Best Facility Presentation. Jill Brinson was also acknowledged for winning Caregiver of the Year at Carillon Assisted Living of Southport.
For more information or to schedule a visit, call Jan Park at 454-4001.

Rolls of Love is collecting toiletries
Imagine the world without toilet paper or hand soap. Many take these everyday items for granted, but one business is making sure an organization has the items they need to care for families staying there.
On Valentine’s Day, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Brunswick County rolled out the “Rolls of Love” drive for the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville. They will donate toilet paper, paper towels, toiletries and other household items like soap and laundry detergent that are on the House’s “wish list.”
“These are items you don’t always think about, but they’re a necessity,” said Mark Gonzales of Mr. Rooter Plumbing. “Since Valentine’s Day is about expressing love, we thought this would be a great time to show our support and give back to this wonderful organization.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) was established in memory of McDonald’s founder and franchise icon Ray Kroc in 1984. The cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House, provides a “home-away-from-home” so families can stay close by while their ill child gets the health care they need.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing will accept donations for the “Rolls of Love” drive until March 30. Customers can give items to the service professional working on their home’s plumbing or they can be delivered to the office.
“We greatly appreciate the support of generous donors like Mr. Rooter. With Mr. Rooter’s help, we can ensure our guest families don’t have to worry about anything else but the recovery of their child,” said Jennifer Blanchard Smith, senior director RMHC.
The “Rolls of Love” drive is part of Mr. Rooter Plumbing’s national support to RMHC. For the past two years, Mr. Rooter Plumbing and its affiliate companies, Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance, Mr. Electric and The Grounds Guys, have made an annual national commitment of $100,000 to RMHC.