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Today's Features

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  • I love words. I love the ones that come tumbling from the depths of my being, disturbing and delighting as they rush headlong onto the pages of my life as well as my computer screen. I love those whose presence is elusive, dancing in and out of my consciousness and teasing me with surprise. The more the merrier, or so I think. Words matter. 

  • We really live in a special place! In addition to our warm, sunny weather and sandy beaches, eastern North Carolina provides an abundance of seafood festivals to take advantage of in early October every year.

    On Oct. 6-8, the North Carolina Seafood Festival took place in the town of Morehead City. The festival is held the first weekend in October every year to help promote the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry in North Carolina during the non-summer months.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance Agency has begun taking applications, by appointment only, for its Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program. The agency will continue to take applications through Nov. 6.

    Applicants should call 754-4766 to schedule an appointment to apply for this program. Applications will also be taken at Family Resource Center in Leland and New Hope Clinic in Boiling Spring Lakes.

  • Rotary members in Shallotte are among millions reaching out on World Polio Day, Tuesday, Oct. 24, to raise awareness, funds and support to end polio — a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today. Shallotte Rotary Club will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world, while urging community support to end the paralyzing disease.

  • The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will have a table for The Warrior Ride on Saturday, Oct. 21, which starts at the soccer fields behind Oak Island Town Hall. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony will start at 10 a.m. followed by self-paced bicycle ride around Oak Island, where residents will be able to talk to and ride with veterans. A $25 donation to the charity is requested.

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  • By Sam Marshall

     

    Arguably the biggest issue in any lawn, ornamental landscape or vegetable garden is pest problems. Whether it be from insects, disease or weeds, damage from pests may cause lawns and landscapes to look unattractive or vegetable gardens to be unproductive.

    When pests problems occur, a common question is, “What can I spray to make it go away?” with little regard as to why a problem occurred in the first place.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    ‘The more you lie, the easier it gets — and the better you get at it.’)

     

    We’re taught from an early age, “Honesty is always the best policy.”

    You may recall the book “The Last Lecture,” by Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch,” written after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The lecture was a message for his kids about what really matters in life.

  • Last week we looked at hair loss, bald spots, and red, inflamed skin in dogs and cats. This week we explore dry, flaky and oily skin, common lumps and bumps, and what discolored skin spots really say about your pet’s health.

     

    Dry and flaky vs. oily and greasy