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Today's Features

  •  A member of the mint family, basil is a delicate herb and deteriorates rapidly after harvesting. Try to use as it as fresh as possible. Just store it like other herbs, either wrapped in damp paper towels inside a plastic bag or inserted in a container of water like flowers in a vase.

  • The Waterway Art Association will present its 25th annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale from May 17 through May 20 at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway W. in Carolina Shores.

    Show hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, through Friday, May 20. Admission is free.

    An artists’ reception and awards presentation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

    An optional three-day art workshop tied to the show is scheduled May 17-19.

  •  Barry and Birdie Frink are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married May 15, 1966, at Delco Baptist Church and made their home in Shallotte, where they raised three daughters: Leigh Ann, Jill and Amy. Their family now also includes son-in-law Steve and grandsons Joshua, Banyan and Kyle.
The Frinks are members of Camp United Methodist Church.

  •  Last month I saw this posted by a friend on Facebook: “A disappointing morning ... I am a regular blood donor and was sent away last week because my iron count was too low. Tried again today after trying to consume more iron but sent away again. I won’t give up but left feeling pretty defeated.”

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    “By God’s grace I had good communication skills. I could go and talk to people and influence them. Hunger made me speak.” Those last four words, which I read in an account by Shreya Pareek about Sindhutai Sapkal, tore at my heart.

  •  By Sam Marshall

     

    For all the challenges of growing plants in our region, there are probably known more diverse and frustrating to understand as those that arise due to plant disease. While some can be severe, leading in some cases to outright death of plants, most plant diseases are quite harmless and are easily prevented and controlled. In all cases, early detection of diseases is an essential component of your landscape integrated pest management (IPM) program.

     

    The ecology of plant diseases

  •  Once only a summer activity shared with family and friends, more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round.

    It’s the season for picnics, cookouts and other outdoor parties. But eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing food-borne illness.

     

    Defrosting meat and poultry

  •  Ask most gardeners about sweet-smelling flowering shrubs for the garden and gardenia will be at the top of the list. This prom corsage favorite is a little too sickening-sweet for my taste, but it does a great job of perfuming the garden. Once you get past gardenia, the consensus on making your garden life sweet breaks down. Luckily, there are lots of options for sweet-smelling shrubs in southeastern North Carolina.

  •  Getting kids to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day can be a challenge for parents. The key is to make the fruits and veggies appealing to them, but how? Some nutrition experts have observed children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables that are cut up, rather than eating them whole. After cutting up your produce, why not offer a dip to make the experience more enticing and fun?

  • This weekend offers two events designed to help people learn more about those who work to keep us safe.

    Missing Man Chair of Honor

    The public is invited to join Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3 as it dedicates a POW/MIA Missing Man Chair of Honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in Veterans Park in the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Park and Sports Complex.