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Today's Features

  • It all began with an anguished sigh. “My hearing aid is broken!” Yes, there are two aids and only one was inoperable, but the loss is mighty. Voices must now rise to nearly shouting level. There is the return of the repeated question: “What???” It is accompanied by a voiced lament: “I can’t hear you!” Urgent attention to the dilemma was obvious. A trip to Costco became an immediate need. It would definitely be return or replace without repeal.

  • Col. Dean Davis, a 1981 graduate of West Brunswick High School, has retired after 30 years of service with the N.C. Army National Guard. He is the son of Marion and Carolyn Davis of Varnamtown.
    Davis was recently honored at the 75th Davis Reunion at White Lake. Past assignments include Commander of 252 Combined Arms Battalion in Fayetteville; Deputy Director of Infantry Warfighters forum; Deputy Director of the host nation Coordination Cell Ammon Jordan; and Deputy Director U.S. Property and Fiscal Office N.C. Army National Guard.

  • I recently went to a large family reunion where there were lots of hamburgers being cooked on grills. Was there a food thermometer in sight? Nope. USDA advises us to use a food thermometer to accurately measure if meat is cooked to a high enough internal temperature to destroy any harmful bacteria that may cause a foodborne illness. This means on the grill, too. Many folks are not in the habit of using these tools and they are easily forgotten when packing for a picnic or cooking outside.

  • Jim Gregory, a local resident and retired N.C. State forestry professor, sent me a note about a plant that he calls “niruri.” If you are into plant Latin, it’s Phyllanthus urinaria. In South America and Asia, this plant grows into a small shrub used to make an herbal remedy for kidney stones. “Niruri” literally means “break stone” in Spanish. 

  • “Finding Home,” a movie produced and directed by former Brunswick County elementary school physical education teacher Nick Westfall, has reached a milestone.

    The locally produced movie about a man trying to reinvent himself and find a home for a young boy can now be viewed on Amazon Prime.

    It was released in 2015 by Dock Street Productions in Wilmington, funded through an online effort to raise donations from backers and pledgers to help bring the project to life.

  • An evening of dancing to live music will benefit Brunswick Family Assistance from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

    Sea & Sand Band of Sea Trail in Sunset Beach will provide music at the fundraiser featuring a cash bar with beer, wine, soft drink and water. Pretzels, chips and drinks will also be available to buy.

    Dress is “resort casual.”

  • Join Hickmans Crossroads Library for its next Meet the Author talk and book-signing featuring Bill Thompson and his latest book, “Chasing Jubal,” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at 1040 Calabash Road.

    On the flimsy premise of joining his brother to fight beside him in a war he knows nothing about, book protagonist Jubal Early Simpson takes a journey that challenges and changes his concept of who he is.

  • Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.

    After issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. About half of the appointments were scheduled by donors using the free Blood Donor App or at redcrossblood.org.

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  • The Ohio State University Extension has a bi-monthly food news release called Chow Line. A recent edition focused on melons. While written for Ohioans, the information is very appropriate for us in North Carolina, too. The article really did a great job of outlining the benefits of eating melons and explained how to select the best melons. I can’t write it any better than my colleagues Tracy Turner, the Chow Line editor, and Shari Gallup, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for The Ohio State University Extension. So I’m sharing it.