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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson   

    Sigh … there goes another summer, Snoopy!

     

                                                    — Charlie Brown

  •  Are you one of those many gardeners, like myself, wondering what to do with all these eggplants that just seem to keep showing up? Eggplants are available year-round in our area, but are more plentiful in the summer months. They are best used within a few days while they are still fresh.

  • A Casino Night for Charity will unfold Saturday night, Sept. 10, at The Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 3620 Express Drive off the U.S. 17 Bypass in Shallotte.

    Doors open at 6 p.m., with gaming scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Highlights will include black jack, poker, craps, roulette and horse racing.

    From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., award-winning caterer Ryan Gibbs will serve heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring seared ahi tuna with avocado spread, blackened shrimp with yellow stone grits and braised southern pork with sweet potato hash.

  • The 15th anniversary of 9/11 will be commemorated locally starting bright and early Sunday morning, Sept. 11, 2016.

    A fire and law enforcement motorcade is scheduled to leave Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores and head northward up U.S. 17.

    Participants will gather around 8:30 or 9 a.m., said Vito Ramaglia with the Calabash Lions Club.

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    It’s getting to be that time of year. As I write this article, there are a couple of tropical storms forming south of here. Hopefully, we’ll escape any major problems, but it’s always a good time to think ahead a little. I’m specifically talking about what might happen to the food in your refrigerator and freezer if we have a power outage.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    I didn’t know Marine Pvt. Paul Jamison. 

    I didn’t know before last Thursday that this Vietnam veteran served his country from the age of 19 when he joined the United States Marine Corps.

    Pvt. Jamison passed away last week.  “After an extensive search, there are no known survivors,” says a line from his obituary.

  •  By John Nelson

    One nice thing about studying nature is that you never have to go far to see some marvelous things. It is true tropical rainforests harbor lots of fantastic plants and animals, just like various faraway, mysterious, high mountain ranges, sometimes with specialized and endemic flora and fauna. As long as I have been studying plants and flowers, though, I keep reminding myself just how exquisite or common wildflowers are, even those in our own neighborhoods. Here is one that fits such a bill.

  •   “Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country,” said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. “Labor Day ... is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.”

    To that end, it’s appropriate that we pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of our nation's strength, freedom and leadership: the American worker.

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    Long ago, Hubby Dear acquired a nickname for me. He said he was going to start calling me “IST.” Yes, you read it correctly: I S T. The letters are shorthand for I’m So Tired. Gleefully he continued, “Then the children can call you MIST … Mom’s So Tired … and the grands would address you as “Grammist”… Gram’s So Tired.” The other funny thing is that the idea took hold! I am now Mist/Grammist. He dares not call me IST!

  • The 27th Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Crafts Festival will once again colorize the Labor Day weekend landscape.

    The annual festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in the soccer field behind Middleton Park at SE 46th Street and Dolphin Drive on Oak Island.

    More than 100 artists and vendors of handmade crafts as well as festival food will be featured.

    Admission is free, and there’s plenty of parking.

    Profits will go to support the Art Guild’s philanthropic activities.