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Today's Features

  • Local fresh strawberries are a real treat this time of year. The growers have had quite a season this year with the Mother Nature. With the really warm weather in late February, some of us were lucky to get early berries. Then the cold weather in March slowed things down. While the April rain was appreciated, it too slowed the ripening and picking. According to one local grower I spoke with, if the weather continues to be favorable, we will have berries through May.

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    One day my sister was busily discussing with me all that had happened in her young daughter’s life. She was engaged in a lively monologue of maternal advice and suggestions as I listened with the heart and ears of an older sibling who had been that route many years before. Neither of us noticed that we were not alone in the room, until a small voice interrupted our reverie. I smiled as I heard my niece tell her Mom, “You are walking down the wrong aisle, talking.” 

  • By John Nelson

     

    Flower of this purple dye, hit with Cupid's archery,
Sink in apple of his eye. When his love he doth espy,
 Let her shine as gloriously as the Venus of the sky.

    Midsummer Night’s Dream Act 3 scene 2

     

  • Members of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of the South Brunswick Islands will once again be posted at the starting gate of their Fourth Annual “Juleps & Jazz” Kentucky Derby-style Fund Racer from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    A $30 per person ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, a cash bar serving beer, wine and signature drink the “Jazzy Julep,” door prizes and live streaming of the world-famous 143rd Kentucky Derby horse race from Louisville.

  • The town of Belville observes its 40th birthday and rich history in northern Brunswick County during the annual Belville Founders’ Day Celebration on Saturday, May 6, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park, 580 River Road (N.C. 133, across from Belville Elementary School).

    Gates open to the public from 11:30 a.m. until closing at 7:30 p.m. Highlights include assorted vendors and food, plus enjoying the beautiful scenery of the expanding park.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Cardio. Weight training. Flexibility.

  • Bell peppers are named for their bell shape. Readily available at local produce markets and grocery stores in a wide range of colors, bell peppers can be green, red, yellow, orange, purple, black, white or even striped.

    Green bell peppers tend to be the least sweet, almost slightly bitter, while the yellow, orange and the red ones are the sweetest. But the green peppers are almost always the cheapest.

     

  • By John Nelson

  • By Sam Marshall

  • Fourteen years ago, I submitted a piece for publication in The Brunswick Beacon. Titled “A Cross-eyed Walk Down Main Street Shallotte,” it would become the catalyst for a wonderful and surprising journey into the land of newsprint. Deadlines became signals for creativity instead of instigators of angst. I fell in love. This was not work. This is not work. It is joy.