Today's Features

  • By Michelle Tinger

    Special to the Beacon

    Have lap, will cuddle: That is the motto for these featured “lap” cats available for adoption at Cat Tails.

    Aster is a 3-year-old spayed female orange tabby who is smart and loves attention. She may be a little shy at first, so she'll need a little time and patience to get use to her new home. But the effort will be well worth it, as you will be delighted to see how happy and appreciative she is to have her chin scratched while sitting in your lap.

  •  How often have we looked at recipes for a baked pasta dish that instructed us to boil the noodles until cooked halfway before baking them? This technique allows the pasta to finish cooking in the oven as it bathes in the sauce.

  •  By Brunswick County Master Gardeners


    In our Zone 8, Valentine’s Day signals the time to prune roses. The Brunswick County Master Gardeners are proud to present their first in a series of informational articles for our neighbors on plant care in the southeastern N.C. coastal region.

  •  When it comes to food safety, I try very hard to follow the two-hour rule. If you don’t know what that is, “perishable food should never be left in the Danger Zone (41 to 135 degrees) for more than two hours.” This includes both hot food and cold food. If it’s been more than two hours, the food should be pitched.

    Why? At the two-hour mark, there has been enough time for any bacteria in or on the food to have multiplied to a level that could make someone sick.

  •  I am incredibly grateful to be a veterinarian. Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I’ve known I was meant to help and heal God’s creatures. My job is even better because I’ve been blessed to work with some of the most caring, hardworking and selfless superhumans on the planet.


    By Linda Arnold


    Two super-charged events back-to-back — Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl!

    Last week there were a lot of expectations around the Super Bowl: Who would win, how clever the commercials would be and how entertaining the halftime show would turn out.

    No doubt you’ve seen the mixed reviews.  Just ask Cam Newton. Or those advertisers who spent $5 million on a commercial that flopped. 


    Mission control

  • Musical folk artist Vance Gilbert will headline the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

    The upcoming performance by the Philadelphia-born former multicultural arts teacher will take place at Odell Williamson Auditorium, 50 College Road on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Listen Up founder Jeannie Dufour says she and her husband have seen Gilbert perform more than a dozen times.

    “I stopped counting after that,” she said.

  • Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of America’s premier Spanish dance companies, is bringing its fiery stage flair to the next Odell Williamson Auditorium concert at Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 23.

  •   “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal.” John F. Kennedy, 1963.

     By John Nelson

    The air that we all breathe is a mixture of various gases. Everybody knows that we require oxygen, but it sometimes comes as a surprise to hear that regular old air is mostly nitrogen (almost 80 percent).