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Today's Features

  • By day he’s a paramedic and firefighter for the Leland Fire Department.

    But this Friday night, March 24, Mike Santo dons his funny-guy shtick for the North Brunswick Kiwanis Club’s Comedy Show.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by show time at 7:45 in the Leland Room at Brunswick Forest Fitness Center, 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland.

    Described as a night of clean fun with lots of laughter, proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit children’s needs in the Leland area.

  • Meets: 7 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays from September to June. In July and August, meetings are on the fourth Wednesday and in December on first Wednesday only.

    Current Exalted Ruler: Al Harms      

    Incoming Exalted Ruler: Juanita Adams

    Info: Go to calabashelks.org

    In Calabash, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2679 has come a long way, baby.

    Witness that their newest exalted ruler, Juanita Adams, takes office in April as the first female to do so at the local lodge.

  •  The roller coaster ride that is the weather in southeastern North Carolina has certainly had its gigantic swings and loop-de-loops this year. We’ve had April in February and January in March. But, even as we’ve flirted with records on both ends of the spectrum, Mr. Toad’s wild ride of weather isn’t unusual.

  •  This week I’m tooting my own horn a little by sharing information about Living Well Month and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). At the end of this column each week, there is a statement that says that I’m part of the Family and Consumer Science team at the Brunswick County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. I know some people reading that don’t know who we are or what we do.

  •  Nobody likes a smelly litterbox. While even the cleanest kitty condo will possess a particular perfume, how can a cat owner separate stinky from sickly? How can you tell if your cat’s urine is normal?

     

    Normal cat urine

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    I just had a very heartwarming experience while visiting a good friend I haven’t seen for years. I’ll call her “Marci.”

    The conversation started out about her move from the mountains to a beach area, although our talk took many twists and turns — and went back to earlier periods in her life.

    Marci had been in an unhappy marriage with three children — and felt trapped. Her husband was controlling and emotionally abusive.

  •  By John Nelson

    Such weather! Two weekends ago it snowed here: big, floppy snowflakes everywhere. Of course none of it stuck, but it was pretty for a while. Cold, too. And it got colder since then! Not to belabor this essay with a weather report, but the change from last week was a big one. We broke 70 degrees, which was perfect for a field trip, and we found this mysterious beauty.

  •  The best thing about garlic is that it is available year-round, either frozen or fresh. Garlic is also available peeled or chopped, minced or creamed, preserved in oil and powdered, but fresh garlic remains unsurpassed in its taste.

    In addition to being a cook’s best friend, garlic has also been used for numerous other things, including embalming, warding off evil spirits and curing everything from the common cold to tuberculosis and broken bones.