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Today's Features

  •  It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is the time to gather with your friends and family, turn on some football and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal…the one meal of the year that you usually know what to expect and what you will be eating.

    Even though I’m not really a turkey lover, I do manage to get my fill of the traditional trimmings, such as mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes and more.

  •  Army Pvt. Diaz Cruz, daughter of Jessica Cruz and stepdaughter of Joel Gonzalez of Calabash, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    This is one of those columns that will be printed in the newspaper just before a holiday. I’m guessing that some folks are reading it before Thanksgiving, but others may not get a chance until after the holiday. With that thought in mind, I’m writing both before and after Thanksgiving tips.

    Before

  • A variety of vendors are scheduled for the first Holiday Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 22, at Shallotte Farmers Market at Riverside Park at N.C. 130 and Main Street.

    Nearly 40 vendors will offer winter vegetables, baked goods, sauces, jam, jewelry, pottery, handmade goods, goat’s milk soap, army and navy supplies and products including Tastefully Simple, It Works, Crave Super, Origami Owl, Avon, Scentsy and Premiere Jewelry.

    Crafters of handmade items include a man who repurposes pallets into frames and other items and crocheted creations.

  • In lieu of its traditional holiday concert, this year the Brunswick Concert Band is presenting “An Autumn Concert” in two free performances — at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The concerts are under the direction of conductor George Boberg, whose wife, Jane Boberg, will be featured piano soloist.

  •  By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    Eating out has become a part of many of our lives. Although it may be easier to eat more healthfully at home, there are still a variety of ways to eat at a restaurant and eat more healthfully.

    Although vegetables and salads may seem like the answer, they can also be a haven for added fat or sodium. Salad bars can be dangerous. Here are a few tips:

  •  Deacon Jesse and Deaconess Pauline Graham of Shallotte celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary Nov. 15. They were married in 1950 in Conway, S.C. They have five children, 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The couple raised their family in Ferrell, Pa., for 44 years before moving back to this area. Jesse Graham is the chairman deacon at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Shallotte.

  •  The unique flavor of veal is delicate and unobtrusive. What this actually means is that veal is easily incorporated into your favorite recipes, including roasts, pasta dishes, sautés, stir-fries and even casseroles that use ground meats.

  •  Perhaps anticipated entry into the fifth month since my daughter’s death has elicited my renewed intrigue with the idea of legacies. It might also have been triggered by the work of a college classmate who is living with a dire prognosis of a life being seriously shortened by cancer. She wants to gift her family with memories, her remembrances of life, as a way to enhance their own.

  • SUNSET BEACH — It isn’t the first time for Jan Harris and Sue Weddle to question development on the Sunset Beach island.

    The two, who have long challenged environmental issues on the barrier island where both live and retired decades ago, are challenging the legality of private development along Riverside Drive.