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Today's Features

  • Typically, grandparents are the conveyors of wisdom and advice. However, during a recent visit to Connecticut, I had the marvelous experience of being both recipient and participant in the wisdom of two granddaughters: Audrey, a college junior, and Katie, entering her freshman year. Each young woman has her own distinct personality, preferences and angst. Both share a common work ethic, the desire to be and do their very best, whatever the endeavor.

  • If there’s one food that really captures the essence of summer, it’s salad. Ripe produce are overflowing from our gardens, and when fruits and vegetables are at the peak of their season, there’s no need to do anything fancy with them.

  • What do you think about these statements?

    ·      “My salsa is so hot and spicy no bacteria can grow in it.”

    ·      “I’ve added vinegar and lots of tomatoes to my salsa, I don’t need to pressure can it.”

    ·      “It’s my mother’s recipe for salsa; it’s worked in the past. This is how we’ve always done it, I know it’ safe.”

  • By Katie McKee

     

    Guest Columnist

     

    I have seen learners of all ages scramble to write down every word a teacher said only to leave class with a stack of chaotic notes that do not help with studying later. Implementing a note-taking strategy that uses keywords, questions, notes and summaries will help you focus on relevant information and organize it for studying.

  • I’m a pet foodie. I’m also a people foodie but my real passion lies with pet food. I’m constantly scouring journals and news outlets for any pet food news. Recently the Institute of Food Technologists(IFT) released a list of nine top pet food trends, particularly dog and cat foods. I thought I’d share their findings and give my opinion on each observation.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

     

    Poison ivy isn’t “evil.” (Neither are spiders or hurricanes.)

    Some plants do cause problems, of course. Poison ivy is a “problem” plant for humans, in that it causes lots of people to break out in allergic reactions, sometimes severely. And yet poison ivy is, in fact, a widespread native species, providing wildlife food for a variety of critters. It is a common component of many natural ecosystems and has been here in our landscapes a lot longer than we humans have.

  • At least nine local men are in the lineup of contenders dragging themselves to the Womanless Beauty Pageant on Friday, Aug. 22, for a night of fun and fundraising.

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual event, when ordinary men transform into questionable beauties for the night, will unfold from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

  • Sand hands will be getting creative Labor Day weekend when the Ocean Isle Beach family sand sculpture contest gets under way.

    The annual competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, behind the community center at 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Rules and applications are available at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach or by emailing Pam Batchelor at pbatchelor123@gmail.com.

    Participants can also register on the beach the day of the contest. 

  • Pantastic Steel is scheduled for a makeup summer concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in Calabash Community Park.

    The Wilmington-area steel band was previously scheduled to perform there June 26, when the concert was canceled because of inclement weather.

  • The Imitations got their start back in the summer of 1995.

    Three friends — Mike Merritt, Mike Miller and George “Buster” Hobbs — were just having fun and showing off their musical skills.

    Within months, they added a fourth member, George Willetts.

    Tony Creech joined the group, adding expertise on soundboard.

    Many shows later, The Imitations have entertained thousands and recorded three CDs — “Back to Carolina,” “Starrin’ ” and “For Real.”