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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

     This one is for the fiddler crabs, sandpipers, snails and everybody and everything else that lives in or otherwise enjoys our beautiful coastal estuaries. It’s a plant of open salt flats or meadows landward of the beach, places that tend to be frequently flooded by salt water during high tide, and then drained away when the tide goes out. These sorts of places are fascinating biologically, and there are plenty of natural history stories here to be investigated.

  •  Air Force Airman John F. Shirah, son of Denise and Marty Shirah of Ocean Isle Beach, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Shirah 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 earn four credits toward an associate’s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

  •  The Dunbar and Elisa Smith reunion Oct. 11 will be at Waccamaw Park instead of the Shallotte Senior Building.

  • If you go

    What: Sunset at Sunset

    When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

    Where: Village at Sunset Beach

    Cost: Free admission

    Go to: www.sunsetatsunset.com

    Vendors and music will once again collide when the eighth annual Sunset at Sunset celebrates the fall season in Sunset Beach next to Ingram Planetarium.

    Highlights include vendors, crafters, food, nonprofit groups, a kids’ korner and stage entertainment.

    Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

  • The season of spookiness has descended.

    You can tell, because ghosts and ghouls and indescribably ghastly things are converging starting this weekend at Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s six annual haunted trail wending its way next to the fire station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904).

    Yes, it’s eerie, but each year more brave souls turn out to walk the trail.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Farm Heritage Day

    When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4

    Where: Indigo Farms

    Cost: Free; charges for some activities

    Saturday, Oct. 4, is Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms, with a farmyard full of planned activities.

    Events kick off at 10 a.m.

    Highlights include horse-drawn demonstrations, indigo-dyeing exhibits, weaving, old tools, 19th-century artifacts and blacksmithing.

  • BIG Sweep is sweeping and cleaning up Calabash on Saturday, Oct. 4.

    Volunteers interested in donating time to help clean up the community for two hours will gather at Calabash Community Park, 868 Persimmon Road, starting with registration and a welcome from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

    Litter pickup from 10 a.m. to noon will once again include roadside and river cleanup, if anyone with a boat is interested. After helping out, BIG Sweep participants will be treated to lunch and prizes in the park from noon to 12:30 p.m.

  • CALABASH — She’s an old ambulance sporting a new shade of pink to spread a year-round message.

    At a ceremony last Thursday, Sept. 25, Calabash Volunteer EMS ambulance No. 2971, the oldest in the department fleet, was unveiled as the newly transformed “Vision of Calabash.”

    The station on Beach Drive was decked out in pink for the emergency vehicle unveiling, from balloons and festoons to refreshments. The men on hand were decked out, too, exemplifying real men who wear EMS pink T-shirts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

  •  The day was hot and humid. Summer had taken hold with a vengeance calling for relaxation and re-creation. It also evoked a need to spend time with neighbors we dearly love. Dinner together would be nice, I thought. H.D. was assigned the delight of inviting them. Between preparations, in fact even during it, I was entranced by Sue Monk Kidd’s newest novel, “The Invention of Wings.” I knew I’d be talking to our friends about it, especially since they and we are avid readers.