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Today's Features

  • I almost missed the Beacon announcement, “Church sponsors ‘A Day of Hope’ benefit,” in the Aug. 21 Religion Briefs section. Hubby Dear noticed it, called it to my attention, and sharply announced: “Put this on our calendar. We’re going ... and bring the checkbook!” Then, it caught my eye and my heart.

  • Matthew and Kristin Dowdy of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Olivia Jane Dowdy, born at 8:41 p.m. Aug. 31 at New Hanover Memorial Hospital weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparents are Mitchell and Mary B. Williamson of Whiteville.

    Paternal grandparents are Rick and Christine Dowdy of Jamestown.

    Great-grandparents are Jane E. Bullard and Margaret Smith.

  • The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the first North Carolina Rice Festival this coming weekend, Sept. 20-21, at The Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville, 580 River Road in Belville. The festival will include a rice cooking contest, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, children’s entertainment zone, youth art contest and, of course, an adult beverage tent.

  • In researching materials for our upcoming Heart Healthy cooking classes, I found a great handout that addresses those things that trigger people to overeat. It is part of a program developed by North Carolina Cooperative Extension called “Give Your Heart a Healthy Beat.” The ideas in the handout are so good, I have to share. I think we’ve all heard (or said) some of these at one time or another. If you’re trying to trim down, locate your problem area, etc., maybe there’s a tip here that can help you.

  • By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

    Looking for a more cost-effective way to fertilize your lawn or garden? Did you know that almost 75 percent of discarded materials in North Carolina can be composted? Ever considered using earthworms to help you accomplish this task? Composting with earthworms, or vermicomposting, is a highly effective way of turning food and yard waste into nutrient-dense fertilizer that can boost plant health and increase flower and fruit production.

    What is vermicomposting?

  • Animals and animal groups will highlight an adopt-a-thon at a local pet store this Saturday and Sunday in Shallotte.

    The Petsense “Forever Home” National Pet Adopt-a-thon is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, both in and outside the local Petsense store in Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center.

    The event will take place rain or shine, store manager Gail Monat said.

  • Bid on a bargain for as little as 25 cents to help raise money for scholarships.

    The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is having its fifth annual quarter auction at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, to do just that.

    The event at West Brunswick High School will consist of more than 200 up-for-grab items donated by local businesses and artisans, with prices starting for as little as 25 cents.

  • By Patti Schleig

    Master Gardener Volunteer

     

    In a climate suitable for three-season gardening, North Carolina is a great place for gardeners. For those who truly love gardening, I guess you could say it’s utopia. Well, I shouldn’t get carried away, as this utopia includes problems with soil, weather that can change from hour to hour, and insects like none I’ve seen before in gardening. Despite all this, the arrival of fall gives us a break from the headaches of summer and is a great time to reclaim your yard.

  • During the month of October, the N.C. Cooperative Extension service will be offering a series of classes on heart healthy cooking. Each week will feature a topic related to heart disease and a related food demonstration. Obviously, all of the foods and recipes will be heart healthy. The classes will be held on Thursdays from 1:30to 3:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Extension Training Center, 25 Referendum Drive at the Government Center in Bolivia.

  • By Katie McKee

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent