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Soil and water board to meet Nov. 19
The Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District Board will meet at
7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District Office, Building F, in the Government Center in Bolivia.

Drop off food and socks
Local offices of Cheers Insurance Agency/Nationwide Insurance will be drop-off sites for the local food bank and Comfort Socks (giving socks to the homeless) for the months of November and December.
Offices are at 4700 Main St. in Shallotte and 1601-2 Seaside Road in Ocean Isle Beach (beside the post office on N.C. 904).

ATMC will offer scholarships to seniors
ATMC will be offering $2,000 scholarships this year to three deserving Brunswick County seniors and one Columbus County senior.
All public school, private school and home-schooled graduating seniors in Brunswick County are encouraged to apply. Graduating seniors at South Columbus High School in Tabor City are eligible for the Columbus County scholarship. Applicants and/or their guardians must be customers of ATMC or one of its subsidiaries.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academics, extracurricular educational activities, community involvement and interviewing skills. Application packages have been distributed to the guidance departments at West, North and South Brunswick high schools, as well as Brunswick County Academy, Brunswick County Early College High School and South Columbus High School.
Winners of the ATMC scholarships may also be eligible to apply for a separate $2,000 Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) scholarship. These scholarships are awarded annually to 30 member-sponsored students nationwide.
Allen Russ, CEO/general manager of ATMC, said the scholarship program has helped many local students to further their education.
“Giving back is a priority at ATMC. Through these scholarships, we have not only been able to provide assistance to some very worthy students, we have also strengthened our community,” Russ said.
ATMC has provided $37,000 in scholarships since 2002.
For more information regarding the ATMC scholarship program, contact the guidance counselor at your local high school or download an application at www.atmc.net or call ATMC’s Public Relations Department at 755-1755. Applications must be complete to ensure eligibility and are due at ATMC offices by 6 p.m. Dec. 14.

Class of 1952 to have reunion Nov. 15
The Shallotte High School Class of 1952 will have a reunion to celebrate its 60th anniversary at
7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Jerome’s Steak and Seafood in Shallotte.
Come and join classmates of yesteryear for dinner and fellowship. Guests are welcome. For more information, call R.L. Hewett at 842-9979.

Holden Beach to dredge some canals
The town of Holden Beach is preparing for the dredging of some of the canal subdivisions in the winter 2013-2014. Be advised that surveying crews are conducting assessments of several of the canals’ conditions over the next month.
If surveyors are seen around bulkheads or placing a survey stake on your property, it is part of this surveying process. Contact David Hewett at david@hbtownhall.com for more information.

Landfill closed for Thanksgiving holiday
The Brunswick County Landfill and convenience sites will be closed
Nov. 22, 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving. All curbside collections scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 22, will be collected on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Planetarium sets laser music shows
Beginning Nov. 23, Ingram Planetarium will present its Holiday Laser Music Show at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the Sky Theater, accompanied by holiday music that includes such classics as “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” The holiday laser music show runs through the end of the year and is appropriate for all ages.
On Nov. 16-17, the planetarium will present Laser Magic at 5 p.m. and Laser Pink Floyd: “The Wall” at 6 p.m. Pink Floyd: “The Wall” is not recommended for young children.
On Dec. 14-15, the planetarium will present Laser Led Zeppelin at 5 p.m. and Laser Beatles at 6 p.m.
Admission to laser music shows is free for planetarium members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and younger.
Visit Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach. For more information, call 575-0033 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.
Trash pickup date moved for Thanksgiving
Waste Industries of Brunswick County will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. All residential trash normally picked up that day will be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 24. Please have your trash cart at the curb by 6 a.m. on pick-up day.

U.S. Cellular expands services
U.S. Cellular has announced it will begin offering its postpaid service in more than 460 Walmart stores across the country, including three Brunswick County locations at 1112 New Point Blvd. in Leland, 4540 Main St. in Shallotte and 1675 North Howe St. in Southport.
“Bringing our postpaid service to Walmart provides consumers with another option when they’re shopping for wireless,” said Dee Taylor, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in eastern North Carolina. “We look forward to showing Walmart customers that a better relationship with their wireless carrier is possible by providing the best customer experience and treating our customers like neighbors, not numbers.”
For more information, visit www.uscellular.com.

Celia Rivenbark to speak in Southport
The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport and The Friends of the Museum will host humorist, author and nationally syndicated columnist Celia Rivenbark from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Southport Community Building at 223 East Bay St. in Southport.
Her quick-witted presence is always stimulating commentary on American culture. And her latest book, “You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl,” is one of many sassy reads that will make you laugh out loud.
The program is free but seats will fill-up quickly. Registration is required. Call the museum at (910) 457-0003.

Holden Beach POA offers free breakfasts
The Holden Beach Property Owners Association will offer its members a free breakfast on the following dates:
Saturday, Nov. 17, Festival by the Sea weekend, from 7:30-10 a.m. at Paradise Café in Holden Beach.
Saturday Nov. 24, the morning of HBPOA Thanksgiving membership meeting, from 7:30-10 a.m. at Holden Beach Chapel.
The public is invited. Free gifts to new HBPOA members. For more information or to RSVP, email hbpoa@hotmail.com.

Book signing set for Nov. 17
It took author Larry E. McCray 19 years to write the poetry in “Lives of Love.” His eclectic collection of poems discusses most everything faced in life, from love and desire, to loss and unhappiness.
A book-signing event is planned from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Thomas Drug Store on Main Street in Shallotte.
Retired as a senior programmer analyst, the first-time author is presently a part-time security guard on the North Carolina coast.
“Everyone I shared my poetry with said how good it made them feel,” McCray said. “The reason I started writing in 1993 is that everything that could possibly be lost, did get lost, and a military brat is taught to always keep your head up high, shoulders back and big boys never cry. With all that I lost and not knowing how to grieve, I was headed into depression.
“The first poem I ever put on paper, ‘Doubt,’ came fully written into my mind and let me get in touch with my feelings, grieve for what I had lost, and get on with my life. Every poem in my book, except for three that were written by others, came into my mind fully written,” he said.
“Lives of Love” is now available for $20.95 and can be ordered through the following publisher’s websites: http://sbpra.com/LarryEMcCray, www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.

New books at Rourk Branch Library
The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.
“The Giving Quilt” by Jennifer Chiaverini. An inspiring Elm Creek Quilts novel that imagines what good would come from practicing the holiday spirit each and every day of the year.
“Poseidon’s Arrow” by Clive and Dirk Cussler. The action runs nonstop, with the Cusslers finding clever ways to spare their good guys from bad ends.
“A Winter Dream” by Richard Paul Evans. A new holiday novel about family, fate and forgiveness. It is a modern retelling of the Old Testament story of Joseph and the coat of many colors.
“What The Cat Saw” by Carolyn Hart. An original new novel about a woman with a curious ability that drops her headfirst into a world of intrigue and murder.
“Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith and everyday truces between reason and conviction.
“A Season of Angels” by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer. This year, the residents of Cape Light and Angel Island will learn to speak what’s in their hearts.
“A Christmas Garland” by Anne Perry. This holiday mystery is a yuletide tale set in exotic India. It tells the story of a terrible crime that sets the stage for another: accusing an innocent man of murder.
“Power Play” by Patrick Robinson. A fast-paced, chilling, yet believable story.

Boston butts for sale Nov. 21
Unity Worship Center, 1119 Holden Beach Road SW in Supply, is selling cooked Boston butt roasts (8-9 pounds). Tickets are $25 each. Pickup is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21. Call Pastor Tom at 470-7961 or Nancy at 540-7127.

Hospice to present grief workshop Dec. 10
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter Bereavement Services will present “Loss and the Holidays,” a one-session workshop for adults experiencing grief during the holiday season, from
10 a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 10, at Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW in Sunset Beach or Tuesday, Dec. 11, at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane SE in Bolivia.
Grief group discussions include understanding the grief process; coping with loss; defining realistic expectations for the holidays; and suggestions for creating new holiday traditions.
The workshop is free and donations are appreciated. Pre-registration is required. Call 796-8056 by Dec. 6 and leave your name, phone number and indicate the specific location to attend.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is a nonprofit agency that provides healthcare and comfort to people with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.