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Today's Features

  • The Oak Island Beach Quilters 17th annual quilters challenge is now on display at the Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.

    There are 19 pieces in this year’s show. Visitors are asked to vote for their favorite quilt. At the end of the show, one quilter will receive the People’s Choice award. Visit the exhibit now through Aug. 21 and cast your vote.

  •  Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Aug. 16

    Baked ziti, vegetable blend, blend juice, sugar cookie, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 17

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, pineapple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 18

    Beef stew with vegetables, brown rice, vanilla pudding, orange juice, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 19

  • Have you ever sat down and planned what meals you were going to cook that week without considering what vegetables were in season?

    I know I have. I get this craving for a certain meal that I want to have without even considering if certain foods or veggies are even available at that time of year. When I can’t find what I want, I sometimes end up creating a completely different dish than what I had planned. Sometimes this is a good thing.

  • Opera House Theatre Company is electrifying the main stage of Thalian Hall with its rendition of “Anything Goes,” which continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday and next weekend in Wilmington.

    The musical, which opened last week, is a classic screwball comedy aboard a transatlantic ship, the S.S. American.

  •  In 1956, archaeologist Stan South conducted the first archaeological investigations at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site and established his credentials as a pioneer in the field. 

    His newly published book, “Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick,” is now available from the Historical Publications Section of the Office of Archives and History in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com).

  •  The Brunswick County Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, NC-170 will celebrate its first full year of operations in August.

    During this period the new squadron’s all volunteer membership has grown to 22 senior members and nine cadets, many of whom have participated in training for search and rescue operations, first aid, CPR, urban direction finding, airborne scanning, cadet orientation flights and pilot qualification exercises.

  •  We are in the dog days of August. It is that time of year when the heat and humidity raises havoc with the psyche. Add the lurking possibility of a third “h”—hurricane—to the mix and gratitude is most uncommon. 

  •  A string of bad luck had recently descended upon the Ed Peters family of Calabash. Peters suffers from a rapid heartbeat and required the assistance of a pacemaker.

    While he was hospitalized for a pacemaker procedure, his wife Ruth suffered a fall and fractured her hip. Upon her release, she required a walker for mobility and Ed Peters needed a walker, too. 

    Suddenly, the steps leading to their home were a barrier they could not easily conquer. Fortunately for the Peters family, help was on the way.

  •  A Brunswick County 4-H’er was among award-winners at the recent 2010 State 4-H Congress, July 19-22 in Raleigh. 

    Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for four days of activities. 

    At the beginning of summer, youth gather at their 4-H District Activity Day events to give presentations on topics of their choice to a panel of judges. Winners advance to the state level, where they gathered during the second day of Congress. 

  • Recently we have received several calls on the Extension Master Gardeners Hot Line concerning lack of blooms on various types of plants. 

    Following are some possible reasons but sometimes there are just no explanations. 

    Shrubs and flowers that are supposed to bloom but don’t often frustrate gardeners. Someone recently reported nothing in their yard would bloom, and went on to name several species that normally flower well in this area.