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Today's Features

  •  You would think that horticulture folks would be happy in March when everyone’s “wearin’ the green.” After all, green is our color — the color of chlorophyll found in plant leaves that allows the life-giving process of photosynthesis to happen. But, in this month of green beer and shamrocks, I started thinking about all of the great plants we grow that mask their green behind other pigments such as the red and burgundy Japanese maples, ‘”Summer Chocolate” mimosa and Cordyline ‘”Red Star” with its striking form.

  •  By Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Our pets keep getting fatter. Pet obesity in the U.S. continued to steadily increase in 2016, affecting nearly 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). During their ninth annual survey, APOP also found pet owners and veterinary professionals disagreed on key pet food issues such as the benefits of corn and grains, value of raw and organic diets, and the best sources of pet nutritional advice.

  • The Brunswick County Veterans Coalition will meet Wednesday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post 543 in Oak Island. Interested Brunswick County veteran organizations are encouraged to send a representative to meet fellow veterans from the area and learn what each of their organizations do for veterans and citizens of the county.

    Gary G. Crowden, commander of American Legion Post 543, will lead the meeting.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    If you find yourself in one uncomfortable situation after another following our recent national election, you’re not alone.

    Generally, at this point after an election, tempers have calmed down and folks are either excited about a new administration — or resigned to wait out four years, with an eye to the future.

    Not so with our country’s recent election.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    “…in an early spring we see th’ appearing buds; which to prove fruit 
Hope gives not so much warrant, as despair, that frosts will bite them.”

                                                          Henry IV, Part II (Act 1 Scene 3)

  •  I really love Thai food. It’s quick and tasty. I’ve read that Thai food used to be a lot spicier than it is now, but apparently over the years it has been toned down. The Thai food in America is often blander than its counterpart in Thailand.

  •  The women of the Philippines worked as a team with others to put together the worship service for World Day of Prayer 2017. They began their labor by listening to stories, especially news of the day a horrendous typhoon made landfall in their country. The tales they heard contained more than details of horrors seen and endured. They were revelations of resilience and faith. But, they were also narratives that evoked more questions than answers.

  • Retired Army Brig. Gen. A.J. Tata and his latest political thriller, “Besieged,” will be featured at an event hosted by Pelican Bookstore from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road.

    Admission is $7.50, which includes light snacks and a premium glass of wine or beer.

    “Besieged,” book No. 3 in Tata’s acclaimed Jake Mahegan Series, debuted in stores Feb. 28.

  • Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road will present “Authors Out of Carolina” at 1 p.m. Friday, March 10.

    Event-goers will be introduced to a collective of four women’s fiction writers and friends from Charlotte: Kim Wright, Joy Calloway, Erika Marks, Marybeth Mayhew Whalen and Ariel Lawhon.

    Having decided that four stories are better than one, they are touring together to share their new releases as well as their common love of story and the rich narratives of the region.

  • Matthew’s Ministry and Power Walking Ministries will be recipients of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s sixth annual Diamonds & Denim Charity Ball slated from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the St. James Community Center at 4136 Southport-Supply Road SE (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    Proceeds from this year’s event will go to help fight childhood hunger and poverty in Brunswick County.