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Today's Features

  • Love fresh fruits and vegetables? Want to enjoy them year round but do not know how to preserve them? Join Brunswick County Cooperative Extension from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, to learn the basics of canning and freezing with instructions on “how-to-do-it.”
    Topics will include:
    •When to harvest produce.
    •Estimated yield of canned fruits and vegetables from fresh.
    •Cost of preserving and storing food.
    •Is it worth your time and money?

  • We’ve received quite a few calls lately from people questioning the safety of or looking for a little advice on their home preserved foods. I had one man call about green beans, as the seals are breaking on the jars he put up last summer. Another caller was concerned about the cloudiness in the liquid surrounding her home-canned sweet peas. A woman asked about a remake recipe for too runny homemade jam.

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Are the bottom ends of your tomatoes or squash turning black or leathery, or failing to develop properly? This problem, known as blossom end rot, is most common on tomatoes and squash, though it may also occur on peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers and zucchini.

  • Every year, I eagerly await the opening of one of my favorite roses, Lady Bird, with its five-inch size blooms and fiery, coral-orange color. It is quite a showstopper.
    This year was no different. In the spring, my rose blooms are typically larger because there are fewer pests around to feed on them.
    Well, my rose did open, but to my surprise, was not as bold and beautiful as in the past. I decided to do some scouting to see if I could determine what or who the culprit was disturbing my plant.

  • Native Americans to speak at history meeting
    The next meeting of the Brunswick County Historical Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Brunswick Community College, Building A, in Bolivia. The society meets the second Monday in February, May, August and November.

  • Smoky Mountain Reunion to play May 19
    Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion from Bryson City will appear in concert at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
    Mount Olive Baptist Church is between Bolivia and Supply at the junction of U.S. 17 and Galloway Road at mile marker 24.
    Call the church office at 754-6808.

  • My experience of motherhood, and I do not mean to limit that reality to the physical process of giving birth, certainly revolves about and evolves from questioning and being questioned. Memories of my earliest parenting days resound with interrogations. “Where are you?” “What are you doing?” “Have you washed your hands?” “Did you say ‘thank you’?” “What did you say???” I am sure that my children thought of me as the Grand Inquisitor.

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 14
    Herb-baked chicken filet/gravy, brown rice, collards, pineapple tidbits, orange juice, whole-grain bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, May 15
    Stuffed cabbage roll, field peas with snaps, sliced beets, peaches, brownies, whole-wheat bread/white bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, May 16

  • One Harvest Ministries is not your typical food ministry. It was founded with the idea of meeting the needs of anyone who wants access to high quality, nutritional food at savings up to 50 percent off.
    Anyone can use this blessing: single moms, senior citizens, young married couples or anyone on a budget.
    Prices are similar to Angel Food Ministries. For $35, a box of groceries will feed a family of four for a week. A family box includes meats, vegetables, soups and a dessert, but boxes also can be set up to include meats only or vegetables only.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Carolina Shores Garden Club Tour of Gardens

    When: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12

    Where: Five featured homes in Carolina Shores

    How much: $10; tickets (and maps) available starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Carolina Shores Town Hall

    Information: Call 575-6877

    CAROLINA SHORES—Barb Gleed strolled her picturesque garden where a curved bridge crosses a lily-pad-filled pond and more than 200 varieties of plants and trees grow.