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Today's Features

  •  Navy Ensign Kenyon L. Williams, son of George L. and Alicia B. Williams of Leland, graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned to his current rank.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Julie Wheeler of Shallotte and Ian Evans of Supply.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Don and Laura Wheeler of Shallotte. She is a student at East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. The prospective groom is the son of Steve and Ida Evans of Supply. He is employed by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    A Dec. 5, 2014, wedding is planned in Asheville.

  • Back by popular demand, The Ginger Thompson Band will perform at the Sunset Beach Concerts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, in The Village Park on Queen Anne Street. 

    The Ginger Thompson Band, based in Raleigh, plays a mixture of Motown, soul and shag. The band typically covers hits by Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Martha and the Vandellas, Wilson Pickett and Junior Walker & the All Stars.  

  •  By John Nelson

    Now that it’s warmed up, I’ve been thinking of doing some more aquatic botany. A kayak or canoe is good for studying plants growing in lakes and creeks, but sometimes you just can’t beat putting on some old tennis shoes and wading into an oozy-bottomed pond where the water maybe way up to your waist. This is no time to be overly concerned with snakes, but a sharp attention paid to any visiting serpents would be a good idea.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  •  I received a request to review an unusual book by L.S.L. Noble. It is a spiritual autobiography, an account of “fateful occurrences” the author encountered throughout her lifetime. Interestingly, I completed my reading simultaneously with entry into Eastertide — a time when Christians contemplate the meaning and message of resurrection. This is also a period for unique pondering of reality, the entwining of absence and presence, life and death. My reading of this book seemed more than coincidental. Noble would likely term it “synchronicity.”

  •  Related to the lily family, onions are highly versatile and lend themselves to a variety of preparations and cooking methods. Choose ones that are firm with no soft spots and store them in a cool, dry place. Once cut, unused portions should be wrapped in plastic first and then stored in the refrigerator. The sooner you use them, the better.

  •  On June 2, Julian and Geraldine “Jerry” Musselwhite Odom of Sunset Harbor celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. In 1945, Julian was serving in the U.S. Navy at Wilmington Naval Base after being assigned to Fort Caswell Naval Base Submarine Patrol and Geraldine had just finished high school. Twenty-four days after their wedding, his ship and crew were sent to Hawaii. To this day, she still teases him about going on a honeymoon to Hawaii without her.

  •  Strawberries typically peak during May in the South and in June and July in the North, but this season, because of our prior freezing conditions, the season has stared a little later than usual.

    Plants are loaded with fruit, and it’s anyone’s guess how long the season will last. The berries seem to be all ripening at once, rather than gradually over a period of time. Local farmers markets in our area now have an abundance of strawberries ripe for the pickin’.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center