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Today's Features

  •  Bet you’re expecting a New Year’s resolution column. Everyone else is writing them this week. I do have an idea for you on a way to eat healthier in 2017 that doesn’t involve excessive dieting, a major lifestyle change or unusual foods. I’m suggesting eating the “med” way.

  •  Pets make us better people. If you’re reading this, you already knew that. If you’re not, well, who cares? According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??” I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey from BarkBox, purveyors of a subscription toy service for, you guessed it, dogs. I’ll overlook their forgetting my feline family members and focus on their findings that validate sharing our homes with pets make us better people. This time.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Jan. 17: the expiration date of most New Year’s resolutions. What’s up with that?

    Let’s face it … are many of your resolutions the same ones you set last year, and the year before? Hmmmm — if they were working, would you be setting them again?

     

    Deja vu

    Although I’m not a mind reader, I’m guessing your resolutions sound something like this:

         *Lose weight

  •  By John Nelson 

    Biron. One word in secret.

    Princess of France. Let it not be sweet.

    Biron. Thou grievest my gall.

    Princess of France. Gall! bitter.

                                        Love’s Labors Lost, Act 5, scene 2.

     

  •  Tiny and sweet, pearl onions come in yellow, red and white varieties, with the latter being the most common. These little beauties look just like regular onions, but are about the size of a jawbreaker. They add flavor and texture to any dish.

    I had always avoided buying pearl onions because of the thought of peeling all those little suckers. But, once you learn how to peel them, you’ll be amazed at how really easy it is.

  •  Aubrey and Carol Newton of Supply announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Elizabeth, to Gian Lazzarino of Raleigh. The couple will be married in Wilmington on Jan. 21.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Mary Zio long dreamed of opening her gallery.

    It finally came true this past September when the lifelong artist debuted Phthalo Blue Art Gallery at 7199 Beach Drive between Sunset and Ocean Isle Beach.

    The gallery is named for the Syracuse, N.Y., native’s favorite hue of blue — phthalocyanine in long form, defined by Wikipedia as “an intensely blue-green-colored aromatic macrocyclic compound that is widely used in dyeing.”

  • The town of Calabash rings in 2017 with its sixth annual New Year’s Eve “Cheers to the New Year” bonfire slated from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Hurricane Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    The public is invited to come and gather and warm up ‘round a traditional roaring bonfire monitored by the Calabash Fire Department.

    Entertainment this year will consist of country music and line dancing.

  •  New Year’s Eve parties are always such fun and joyous events when friends and family get together for the final big event of the season. The last thing you want to invite to your party is a foodborne illness.