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Today's Features

  • Mary Cox’s colorful handmade bags decorated her first-ever booth at her first-ever crafts show.

    The Leland resident is owner and creator for Monkey Sews Monkey Does, her homegrown business featuring her handmade, no-two-are-the same bags and crocheted items.

    She was one of about 60 exhibitors at last month’s Made in NC arts and crafts fair at the Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.

    “I’ve always sewn,” Cox said. “My mother and grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a child.”

  •   Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Joanna Elizabeth Vann of Greenville and Bradley Nelson Babson of Lake Waccamaw. The bride-elect is the daughter of Pat Drew and Jamie R. Vann, both of Clinton. The prospective groom is the son of Freda and Ken Kerr of Lake Waccamaw and Samuel Babson of Ash. An Aug. 23 wedding is planned at The Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews in Wilmington.

  •  By John Nelson

    We have a really flamboyant tree here in Columbia, S.C., which has been showing up for years. It can be a nasty weed, often occurring in old vacant parking lots and along railroads and broken-down littered places in tiresome urban settings.

  •  Mel Blanc, the original voice of Bugs Bunny, was not very fond of carrots, but his carrot-chomping character sure was!

    Carrots are available all year long. Although there are many varieties from which to choose, the ones typically found in local farmers markets and supermarkets are about 7 to 9 inches in length and 3/4 to an inch in diameter. Many baby carrots are actually longer carrots that have been peeled, trimmed to 1-1/2 to 2 inches in length and packaged. True baby carrots are removed from the ground early and actually look like miniature carrots.

  •  Pastors of many mainline churches, following the Revised Common Lectionary, will proclaim the passion narrative from the Gospels this coming Sunday. Holy Week, the final preparation for Easter Sunday and resurrection, begins with harsh memories, bitter sorrow, the desertion of friends, a fierce sense of abandonment, the cruelty of unexplainable inhumanity.

  •  Decorated eggs are usually part of the Easter fun. I know it’s still early, but I’m writing this column a couple weeks before Easter to encourage you to buy the eggs you plan to hard-cook and decorate now.

    Why? Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. To ensure easily peeled eggs, buy and refrigerate them a week to 10 days in advance of cooking.

  •  Billy and June Robinson are celebrating their 51st anniversary. They were married in Snow Hill, Md., on Dec. 28, 1962. They have two daughters, Lisa Ward of Supply and April Robinson of Shallotte. They also have three grandchildren: Coby Walker, Abby Perry and Jaye Ward Jr., all of Supply.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dr. Meredith Elizabeth David of Columbia, S.C., and Luke Clayton Lorick of Atlanta. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Fred David of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Neville and Mary Alice Lorick of Lexington, S.C. A May 10 wedding is planned at Ocean Isle Beach Chapel on Ocean Isle Beach.

  •  Garlic has always been recognized for its smell, flavor and medicinal properties. Although it is actually a vegetable, most people, including me, regard garlic as an herb, and powdered garlic is usually found on the spice rack at grocery stores.

    Available peeled, chopped, minced, creamed, preserved in oil or powdered, fresh garlic still remains unsurpassed in its taste. Elephant garlic is really not true garlic, but a relative of the leek. It has a very mild flavor and characteristically has larger heads.

     

  •  I admit I’m usually very skeptical about any new or unusual fad diet or weight loss program. I’ve seen them come and go over the years and most aren’t healthy, cost a fortune or just don’t work. The key to most of these diets is: Iif it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Another thing about some of these fad diets is that most are so crazy that people can’t live with them for the rest of their lives and they don’t teach anything about healthy eating for the long haul.