Features http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/features/todaysfeatures en A challenging spring for lawns http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/challenging-spring-lawns <p> &nbsp;The roller coaster ride that is the weather in southeastern North Carolina has certainly had its gigantic swings and loop-de-loops this year. We&rsquo;ve had April in February and January in March. But, even as we&rsquo;ve flirted with records on both ends of the spectrum, Mr. Toad&rsquo;s wild ride of weather isn&rsquo;t unusual.</p> How to tell if your cat’s urine is normal http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/how-tell-if-your-cat%E2%80%99s-urine-normal <p> &nbsp;Nobody likes a smelly litterbox. While even the cleanest kitty condo will possess a particular perfume, how can a cat owner separate stinky from sickly? How can you tell if your cat&rsquo;s urine is normal?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Normal cat urine</p> Mike Santo humors crowd March 24 at North Brunswick Kiwanis Comedy Show http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/mike-santo-humors-crowd-march-24-north-brunswick-kiwanis-comedy-show <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mike_santo3.jpg" alt="Wilmington comedian Mike Santo headlines the North Brunswick Kiwanis Comedy Show on Friday night, March 24, in the Brunswick Forest Fitness Center’s Leland Room, 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:45. " title="Wilmington comedian Mike Santo headlines the North Brunswick Kiwanis Comedy Show on Friday night, March 24, in the Brunswick Forest Fitness Center’s Leland Room, 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:45. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By day he&rsquo;s a paramedic and firefighter for the Leland Fire Department.</p> <p> But this Friday night, March 24, Mike Santo dons his funny-guy shtick for the North Brunswick Kiwanis Club&rsquo;s Comedy Show.</p> <p> Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by show time at 7:45 in the Leland Room at Brunswick Forest Fitness Center, 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland.</p> <p> Described as a night of clean fun with lots of laughter, proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit children&rsquo;s needs in the Leland area.</p> Directing the movies in your mind http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/directing-movies-your-mind <p> &nbsp;<strong>By Linda Arnold</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I just had a very heartwarming experience while visiting a good friend I haven&rsquo;t seen for years. I&rsquo;ll call her &ldquo;Marci.&rdquo;</p> <p> The conversation started out about her move from the mountains to a beach area, although our talk took many twists and turns &mdash; and went back to earlier periods in her life.</p> <p> Marci had been in an unhappy marriage with three children &mdash; and felt trapped. Her husband was controlling and emotionally abusive.</p> Third Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade rolls out Saturday http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/third-law-enforcement-appreciation-parade-rolls-out-saturday <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dadbabson_0.jpg" alt="Winnabow resident Jervie Babson, who initiated the first Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade in 2015, sits in his classic 1939 Buick he drove in prior parades. Babson died last July at 84, but the third Law Enforcement Parade continuing his tribute and tradition in his memory is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, from the USS Battleship North Carolina parking lot in Wilmington and proceeding south to Jerome’s Steak &amp; Seafood at 4909 Main St. in Shallotte. Parade assembly starts at 10 a.m." title="Winnabow resident Jervie Babson, who initiated the first Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade in 2015, sits in his classic 1939 Buick he drove in prior parades. Babson died last July at 84, but the third Law Enforcement Parade continuing his tribute and tradition in his memory is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, from the USS Battleship North Carolina parking lot in Wilmington and proceeding south to Jerome’s Steak &amp; Seafood at 4909 Main St. in Shallotte. Parade assembly starts at 10 a.m." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Ash native Jervie Babson has left his mark.</p> <p> Two years ago, the Winnabow resident started a tradition with the launch of the first Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade that proceeded more than 30 miles down U.S. 17 to pay tribute to local law enforcement.</p> <p> Last July, Babson died at 84, but his tradition lives on.</p> What is this mystery plant? http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/what-mystery-plant-160 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/3-23-17_mystery_plant.jpg" alt="This species grows along highways and in open woodlands of the coastal plain and within the piedmont. " title="This species grows along highways and in open woodlands of the coastal plain and within the piedmont. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;By John Nelson</p> <p> Such weather! Two weekends ago it snowed here: big, floppy snowflakes everywhere. Of course none of it stuck, but it was pretty for a while. Cold, too. And it got colder since then! Not to belabor this essay with a weather report, but the change from last week was a big one. We broke 70 degrees, which was perfect for a field trip, and we found this mysterious beauty.</p> Sea Leland on March 25 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sea-leland-march-25 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sea_leland_contrb.png" alt="Sea Leland with Wilmington Water Tours this Saturday, March 25." title="Sea Leland with Wilmington Water Tours this Saturday, March 25." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Want to see a different view of Leland, on the water?</p> <p> Then Sea Leland, two upcoming water tours of the Wilmington downtown riverfront set for 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, may just be the ticket.</p> <p> The tours will be along the Brunswick River, described as the backyard of the town of Leland in northern Brunswick County.</p> Club Profile: BPOE Calabash Elks Lodge 2679 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/club-profile-bpoe-calabash-elks-lodge-2679 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/calabash_elks_handshake2.jpg" alt="Charter Calabash Elks Richard McLean, left, and Leon Noorigian shook hands upon the launch of their new lodge 33 years ago. McLean died in the late 1990s. " title="Charter Calabash Elks Richard McLean, left, and Leon Noorigian shook hands upon the launch of their new lodge 33 years ago. McLean died in the late 1990s. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Meets: 7 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays from September to June. In July and August, meetings are on the fourth Wednesday and in December on first Wednesday only.</p> <p> Current Exalted Ruler: Al Harms&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Incoming Exalted Ruler: Juanita Adams</p> <p> Info: Go to calabashelks.org</p> <p> In Calabash, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2679 has come a long way, baby.</p> <p> Witness that their newest exalted ruler, Juanita Adams, takes office in April as the first female to do so at the local lodge.</p>