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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

         With summer in full swing, you’re likely planning some sort of vacation or timeout. Maybe it’s a traditional trip — or a change-of-pace staycation.

         I’m always intrigued by the different ways folks use their leisure time. How ‘bout you? Do you like to be on the go, exploring new places? Or would you rather curl up with a good book in the hammock?

  •  by John Nelson

    “Now, my Lord Hastings and Sir William Stanley,

    Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither

    Into this chiefest thicket of the park.”Shakespeare, Henry VI Part 3 (Act 4, Scene 5)

     

  •  Ellen and Michael R. Prokop Jr. of Shallotte are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married July 14, 1956, in Worcester, Mass., and moved to Brierwood Estates in 1993 from Darnestown, Md. They have six children and six grandchildren, all of who will accompany them on a cruise from Charleston, S.C., to the Bahamas to celebrate the occasion.

  •  Fruits and vegetables are now at the peak of their season, so all you have to do is just clean them, peel or cut them and just toss them into a salad bowl and enjoy their raw, fresh taste.

    Local farmers markets like Indigo Farms Produce and Holden Bros. Farm Market have an abundance of lettuces, squash, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, peas, fruits, melons, and, of course, tomatoes. Take home everything that looks good, but don’t worry about how you’re going to use it all; you only need a salad bowl and an appetite.

     

  •  Elly May Clampett from the 1960’s hit sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies” would be the first to tell you nothing’s better than having lots of critters around. While you might not have enough wealth borne of “Texas tea” to invite all of Elly’s exotic animals into your garden, it’s relatively easy to create a great space that’s for the birds. 

    Just like the Clampetts with their cement pond, birds like and need water for drinking and bathing. 

  •  Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Zackiryea V. Alcorn, son of Jana and Ronald Alcorn of Southport and brother of Gabrielle Alcorn, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    Alcorn 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  •  I’m not just being dramatic when I say home canning may be deadly. A scary example of this happened last year. There were two deaths in Ohio linked to home-canned foods. These were potatoes processed using the wrong method and then served in potato salad at a potluck dinner. One woman died shortly after the dinner from the effects of botulism. Another woman died later in the year of complications of the foodborne illness. Please don’t take risks by not following tested and researched recipes and procedures.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

     “Life as we knew it Thursday doesn’t exist.”

    Major disasters, like those in the past couple of weeks, can definitely jolt us.

    The devastating floods in West Virginia, shooting in Orlando, Fla., or major wildfires in California.

    Loss of lives, homes and businesses.

    Bill Bell of Rainelle, W.Va., summed it all up with the quote above: life before the “storm of the century” — and life after.

  • Summer means it’s almost time for Homestead Farm Camp at Greenlands Farm in Bolivia.

    For three days in July, children in two age brackets can immerse themselves in modern homestead farming, in accordance with the family-owned and operated farm’s goal of connecting farming traditions with the present.

    Camp sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 18, through Wednesday, July 20, for children 5 to 8 and Monday, July 25, through Wednesday, July 27, for children 9 to 13.

    Tuition is $195 per child.