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Today's Features

  •  By Patti Schleig

    Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

     

    There is nothing better than a freshly picked tomato from your garden. A method called trench planting piqued my interest last year, so I decided to test the method and do a comparative study of the traditional method (vertical planting) and trench planting.

     

    What is trench planting?

  • Spring has sprung, and so has the Sea Notes Choral Society, which is tuning up for its annual spring concerts set for March 27-29 at Hatch Auditorium at Fort Caswell Beach.

    This year, the 40-year-old community ensemble is celebrating the season with “Songs from the ‘60s,” with free performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Hatch Auditorium on the grounds of the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Caswell Beach/Oak Island.

  • The Kennedys are popular in Brunswick County.

    Just ask Jeannie Dufour, orchestrator of Listen Up Brunswick County, who has lined up the acclaimed vocal duo for a repeat performance for the local concert series because of the crowd they drew here last March.

    “After their performance last year, we knew we found a match made in heaven,” Dufour said. “They were so well received, we immediately asked them back again for another evening of great music and entertainment.”

  •  By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    What is it with avocados? People basically use the same logic to decide if they are going to eat them. They are high in fat and calories, but it’s good fat. What about you? Do you shun or crave avocados?

  •  By Fran Salone-Pelletier

    When I read an article written by Richard M. Gula, director of personnel for the U.S. Province of the Sulpicians, I was taken aback. First, its title, “A Liberating Mission,” struck me. What might he be referencing? Whose mission would it be and how would it be a liberating one? The next sentences really set me on my pins. “We don’t call Jesus ‘the liberator’ for nothing. His liberating presence ... was a sign that God is at work in the world.”

  •  By John Nelson

    My hometown, Columbia, S.C., was discovered and originally inhabited by a group of brave Irish explorers, who, after a perilous oceanic crossing, sailed up the mighty Santee River until it got so rocky that they had to disembark on the banks of the Congaree River. There they lived and prospered, establishing a ceremonial portion of town called Five Points, and there they began a tradition of celebrating the life and exploits of their beloved St. Patrick.

  •  If you’re looking for some great recipes that will also let you practice healthy cooking, you really can’t go wrong with many Asian food recipes. They really aren’t difficult to cook and most of them are extremely healthy.

    There are so many different types of Asian food recipes, you’ll never get bored with any of them. The ingredients are all basically the same: lots of vegetables, meats and rice. The spices are basically where they differ.

  •  William and Laura Sullivan of Supply are the proud parents of a son, William Parker Sullivan, born at 11:33 p.m. Nov. 13, 2014, at Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital, on the campus of New Hanover Regional Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 13-1/2 ounces and measured 20-1/2 inches in length.

    He joins a brother, William Cooper Sullivan, 9.

    Maternal grandparents are Ernie and Barbara Galloway of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Curtis and Mary Sullivan of Winnabow.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    The older I get, the more Mom was right. If your mom was like mine, she always had you wash your hands before eating. I wish more people would remember what their moms said.

  •  By Fran Salone-Pelletier

     

     

    It was Valentine’s Day, just a month ago. Hubby Dear and I were home enjoying a warmth neither thermostat nor outdoor thermometer could offer. It was our weekend conversation time. We were recounting the week’s events with a renewal of wonder that we were alive and kicking despite the aches and pains of aging. Our stories bore a repeated gratitude for all we have been given and received across the years.