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Today's Features

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    Swiss chard is available year round but is best in summer

    Chard is often referred to as Swiss chard because of its extensive cultivation in Switzerland. As a member of the beet family, it has also been referred to as silver beet, spinach beet, leaf beet, sea kale beet, white beet, strawberry spinach and even Roman kale.

    In our area, the two main types available are red chard and green chard. The red, which has a stronger flavor, has red stems and dark green leaves with red veins. The green has lighter green leaves with white stalks.

  •  By John Nelson

    If you’re a flatlander like me, it might be quite a while between your time at home and your visits to the beautiful Alleghany Mountains of West Virginia. I am, in fact, a big fan of eastern West Virginia, a fantastic place in the summer for natural history, and more especially, botany. I fell in love with the dark forests of this part of the country several years ago, led there my inveterate fellow-botanist and banjo champion, Bernie Cyrus.

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    By osmosis, since Hubby Dear is a Merton fan and follower, I have become equally intrigued by a monk who was a man for all seasons. So, I jumped at the opportunity to review “The Ground of Love and Truth, Reflections on Thomas Merton’s Relationship with the Woman Known as ‘M’” by Suzanne Zuercher, O.S.B.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

  •  Officers of the 252nd Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group Association in Wilmington have announced plans for the 35th annual reunion scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6. All former members of HQ and HQ Battery, 252d CA/AAA or any subordinate units are encouraged to attend.

    A business meeting and stag “shrimperoo” will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the Covil Farms Clubhouse, Covil Farm Road (off Military Cutoff) in Wilmington. Cost is $12 per person in advance or $15 at the door.

  •  Immigrant families grace St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte where the parish family celebrated the baptism of three children July 26.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Natalia Deaton of Southport and Chad Dillahay of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Valeria Causey of Southport. The prospective groom is the son of Mitch and Kelli Dillahay of Supply and Donna Luzader of Southport. An Aug. 30 wedding is planned at Sunset Harbour. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

  •  Air Force Airman Adriana C. Mottola, daughter of Wayne Metters of Supply and niece of Pamela Williams of Leland, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

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

  • By George Wong-Chong

    Special to the Beacon

     

    In May, my wife Mari-Lou and I were virtually going out the door on our trip to Russia when we got an email message from United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) requesting volunteers with skills and experience in gardening, composting and water filtration for a mission to Honduras with a group from Alabama Honduras Medical Educational Network (AHMEN).

  •  If you go

    What: Jeffcoat Pottery Anniversary Exhibition

    When: reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 31; exhibition Aug. 1 through Sept. 6

    Where: Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive, Calabash

    Pottery demonstrations noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 27. Weekly drawings for free pottery and gallery gift certificates.

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will feature a collection of pottery by Joe and Tonda Jeffcoat titled “Jeffcoat Pottery: Celebrating 40 Years.”