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Today's Features

  • Sunset Vision is looking for volunteers at two spring events to help enhance the beauty and enjoyment of Sunset Beach.

  • For the third year, Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood off Village Road in Shallotte, is celebrating spring and the arts with the Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

    More than 20 local artists and artisans invited by Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash will be on hand to display and sell their work set up on porches of the Charleston-style homes in the community off Pender Road, showcasing art, pottery and jewelry.

  • CALABASH — It’s that time once again to savor the flavors of the Seafood Capital.

    The third annual A Taste of Calabash is the biggest yet, organizer Helen Kapalka says.

    This year’s event, headquartered in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road, serves up 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with participating restaurants offering samples of their finest dishes throughout the town.

  • A popular Southern breakfast treat is livermush, or liver pudding. It is said to be one of the first pork foods made in America. It’s a flexible dish and makes an excellent breakfast alongside some fried or scrambled eggs.

    I grew up eating scrapple, said to have actually originated in the farmlands of eastern Pennsylvania. The word scrapple originated from “scrap” or “scrappy,” and consisted of ground leftover pig scraps that were boiled and then combined with cornmeal and other spices.

  • CELEBRATION! That was the key word. I had to spell it out in capital letters because it was a capital event. April, our dear across-the-street neighbor of whom I have sometimes written, turned 40 on April 10.

  • I know you’ve heard people say “I don’t eat carbs” or “I’m cutting down on carbs.” Perhaps you wonder to yourself, “Should I be doing that, too?” Is it healthy to eat or not eat carbs?

  • We have been on a roller coaster ride this year with April temperatures in February and February temperatures in April. Even with the crazy fluctuations, our spring blooming plants are still putting on a grand show. And, nothing says “it’s spring” quite like the annual Master Gardener Plant Sale at New Hanover County Arboretum. This year’s event is Thursday through Saturday, April 20-22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, from noon to 5 p.m. 

  • You cannot go wrong with roasted vegetables. They are the perfect side and make the best leftovers for a quick lunch the next day. Once you’ve tried roasting vegetables like beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, peppers, onions or asparagus, you’ll be serving them more often than not.

  • Air Force Airman Jonathan G. Terry, son of John R. Terry and Stacy Wallace of Oak Island, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Terry completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • By John Nelson

     

    A swamp is sort of like Rodney Dangerfield: not much respect, at least from most people. Most folks tend to think a swamp is nothing but scary wet place, dark and gloomy, a den of nothing but danger and the stuff of bad dreams. All those critters and mosquitoes. And quicksand. Don’t forget the quicksand!