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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    A bizarre plant in a very small package ...

    Here is a fern that you won’t see unless you are way down on the ground, at least on your hands and knees, or better yet, crawling around in the grass. It is only a few inches tall, emerging from the ground in the late winter and early spring. It is one of those tiny little plants that is really delightful, but not very well known. You can find it pushing out of the ground right now, usually in open lawns, roadsides and grassy ditches.

  •  Our family has always eaten a lot of pork chops. I remember my wife’s mother serving them quite often when we were first married. The chops were thinner then, and almost always bone-in. She would pan-fry them so you could just pick them up and eat them in bunches.

     

    These days, though, we prefer thicker chops and although we prefer bone-in, it really just depends on what’s available at the market.

  •  Our family has always eaten a lot of pork chops. I remember my wife’s mother serving them quite often when we were first married. The chops were thinner then, and almost always bone-in. She would pan-fry them so you could just pick them up and eat them in bunches.

     

    These days, though, we prefer thicker chops and although we prefer bone-in, it really just depends on what’s available at the market.

  •  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.