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Today's Features

  • Pastor Al Watkins and congregation wish H.D. and Polly Willetts a very special 61st anniversary blessing at Faith Baptist Church in Bolivia on June 11. Their anniversary was June 10.

  • In last week’s column I asked four questions about food safety practices in the home kitchen. How did you do? Would your kitchen pass a food safety inspection?

    As promised, here are four more questions. Choose the answers that most closely apply to your everyday practices in your kitchen.

    5. When using a cutting board: If you’re cutting raw meat or poultry, what do you do before cutting fresh produce or bread before the same meal?

    a.Use a separate cutting board

    b.Wipe the cutting board with a damp cloth or sponge

  • Since launching two years ago, Sunset Vision continues to focus on the future.

    The nonprofit community group’s next venture is the Sunset Beach Nature & Wildlife Art Show and Sale launching for three days this week and culminating with a $25-per-person reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Classic Car Showroom at 7011 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • The renowned Sea Notes Choral Society and The Brunswick Concert Band set the seasonal patriotic mood with tandem performances of “Sunrise Over America.”

    The concerts will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission to both concerts is free.

    Co-directors for this year’s summer patriotic concerts are Larry Reinhart with the Sea Notes and Tom Smicklas with The Brunswick Concert Band.

    Tickets are not required.

  •  By John Nelson

    It's spooky, romantic, swaying, and quintessentially southern: Spanish moss is a plant shrouded in mystery. What follows is Spanish Moss 101, a brief course on this fascinating epiphyte. (Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz.)

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    “I can’t believe he hasn’t called me back yet.” “The construction guy said he’d be here today.” “When will these terrible twos end?”

    From traffic jams to family squabbles to lines at the grocery checkout, we’re faced with curveballs every day. And it’s not what happens to us in our lives; it’s how we deal with what happens that determines how well things flow for us.

  • Don and Sue Kehoe will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 16. The couple met after Don’s discharge from the Marines. “It was love at first sight,” he said. Sue was a junior at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and Don had taken over his father’s business. The next year, she graduated in early June and they were married a week later. The couple has two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.

  • I’m a fan of Frenchies, a bulldog, Boston terrier and Boxer buff, a paramour of pugs and Pekes, and admit serious sentiments for Shih-tzus. In addition to my abundant affection, these breeds have in common certain anatomical traits that make them both wonderfully cute and incredibly impaired. Brachycephalics, or “smushed-face dogs,” while extraordinary in appearance, must be cared for carefully to keep them healthy and happy. Here are some of my must-know health tips for brachycephalic dogs.     

     

    Breathing bothers

  • One of the classes I frequently teach at the N.C. Cooperative Extension here in Brunswick County is food safety for food service managers. Restaurant staff who pass the test receive a certificate that they can proudly display in their workplace. It makes me proud and excited when I see these when I visit local restaurants.

  • Adding annual and perennial color to the garden is one of the most fun and high-impact things we can do in our gardens. And, the choices keep getting better and better as new selections are introduced. 

    I had the opportunity to attend a workshop last week touting the Proven Winners plant collection.  Proven Winners, in familiar white containers, offers a line of annuals, perennials and shrubs.  Many of these selections are adapted to the difficult conditions of southeastern North Carolina.