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Today's Features

  •  The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Boy Scouts of America Southport Troop 238 participated in the 12th annual flag retirement ceremony at 6 p.m. on July 4 at the BB&T flagpole, at the corner of Howe and Moore streets in Southport. 

    Members of the Boy Scout troop demonstrated the proper procedure of retiring a flag.

  •  They are everywhere. I see them glued to people’s ears. I see them circling cheeks. I see their containers stuck in belts and protruding from pockets. I hear their ringtones in the midst of worship services, concerts, graduations, meetings—despite the constant plea, “Please turn off your cellphones and pagers.”

    The disturbance is not simply that they are ubiquitous. It is a deeper issue. Electronic devices, cell phones in particular, are becoming—if they have not already become—an entry into an insidiously insular existence.

  •  “I told my mom that I’ll go to these classes, but if I don’t like it, I’m not going back,” Mark Sager said about the Communities in Schools Parenting Education Classes. 

    The father of a 10-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, Sager recently completed the 12-week program. 

    “After the first class, I became interested and wanted to find out more because what they were telling me made sense. I began to look forward to Tuesday nights. My daughter loved coming to the program as much as I did.”  

  • Renee and Andy Osborne of Ash are the parents of a son, Kyle Andrew Osborne, born June 4 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Bobby and Sandra Simmons of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Ricky and Donna Hawes of Ash and Wayne and Barbara Osborne of Old Dock.

    Great-grandparents are Clay and Katrina McCullen of Longwood, Bunt and Betty Simmons of Ash and Magdeline and Jinx Osborne and Sandra and Joseph Hewett 

  •  John and Sara Truesdale will celebrate their 68th anniversary July 22 with family and friends. The couple has four children, Ann, John II, Connie and Jack and their spouses, Dan, Peggy, Harold and Beth; seven grandchildren, seven-great-grandchildren and two ‘angels.‘

  •  Peer Court is a joint venture between Communities in Schools of Brunswick County and District Attorney Rex Gore.

    It is an alternative system of justice that offers first time juvenile offenders between the ages of 11-16 an opportunity to admit responsibility for their offenses and receive constructive sentencing from their peers. 

    Chargeable offenses may include truancy, disorderly conduct, simple affray, simple assault and others. 

  • Sometimes, when there is not enough space for a hedge or a shrub, but a screen is needed, vines may be the answer. 

    Vines help add privacy, camouflage wire fences, hide an unsightly wall, or add character to tight places. They can create a shade buffer from the hot sun on the side of a building or cover a romantic walkway into a garden “room.” There are several vines both popular and appropriate for use in gardens of North Carolina.

  • Crape myrtles are important flowering trees for our landscapes and a personal favorite of mine.

    Hot weather makes me and these tough plants happy. Thanks to some of the good folks at the University of Georgia, there is a whole new reason to get excited about crape myrtles; the Razzle Dazzle series of dwarf selections. 

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

    Monday, July 26

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, July 27

    Chicken parmesan/marinara sauce, pasta, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, July 28

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

    Thursday, July 29

  •  More and more people have been coming up to me and asking, “Can you give us some recipes for desserts using much less sugar and ones with fresh whole fruits instead?” 

    I must admit sugarless or at least less-sugar desserts would be a lot healthier for us, but would they taste just as rich and satisfying as the “real” thing?

    Sugar-free desserts, as the name would imply, are meant for people with diabetes (high blood sugar) or for those looking to lose weight, since an excess amount of sugar is believed to enhance weight.