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Today's Features

  • By Susan Brown
    County Extension

    Looking for a pristine, quiet, secluded place to take a break? How about an adventure with the possibility of spotting common wildlife species such as black bear, deer, wild turkey or American alligator? If the answer is yes, then you need to explore the Waccamaw River, right here in Brunswick County.

  • By Melissa Hight
    County Extension

    This winter has been unusually cold and most of us have received our recent electric bills—not a pleasant experience. What can you do to reduce the amount of electricity you use year round? You can begin with adding a water heater blanket, even if the hot water heater is in a part of the house that is not subject to extreme weather. 

  • The rock band “Foreigner” had a song in the early 1980s titled “Cold as Ice.” They were, of course, lamenting the emotional cold of a failed relationship, but the real cold and ice have been recent visitors here in southeastern North Carolina. The logical question is, “What’s all this cold weather done to our plants?” 

  • Environmental Festival May 14

    Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring its inaugural Crawl Environmental Festival on Saturday, May 14, at Middleton Park on Oak Island.

    This environmental festival will feature live entertainment, informative speakers on sea turtles, sea birds and marine rescue, along with kids games and rides, arts and crafts and food.

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

    Monday, Jan. 24

    Chicken and dumplings, lima beans, peaches, Jell-O, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Jan. 25

    Baked pork chop/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Jan. 26

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, grape juice, sugar cookies, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Jan. 27

  • There are many ways to cook a piece of meat. The use of a marinade adds flavor to the meat…seasonings will only adhere to the surface and may not alter the flavor of the meat inside. A good steak marinade will infuse into all parts of the meat if given enough time to soak in.

    Marinades accomplish two things: they season the food and they tenderize the food. 

  • Preschoolers and their favorite adult can help feed the touch tank animals at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. Friday mornings through May 27.

    Help a docent feed sea stars, hermit crabs, whelks, and other tidal animals. Independent make-and-take crafts are available in the museum galleries based on Susanne Tate’s books.

    January independent activities are about sharks and the books and crafts change each month.

  • Did you know that Mars has 23 months in its year? Ingram Planetarium has NASA’s self-guided, independent make-and-take activities in the Paul Dennis Science Hall to mark the Year of the Solar System: “New Worlds, New Discoveries.”

    “These events will unfold over the next 23 months, the length of a year on the Red Planet,” explained NASA columnist Dr. James Green. “History will remember the period October 2010 through August 2012 as a golden age of planetary exploration.”

  • By Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium Director

    The twins, a crab, a rabbit, two dogs, a bull, a hunter and even a dove can be seen looking down from the winter sky. The weather lately has really given us the feeling that winter is here. Go out on a clear night, look up, and the stars reveal that winter is here. The same as they have done for eons. At 9 p.m. everyone is up, at least everyone regarding the winter constellations. Time for star school and a lesson in winter star groups.

  • CALABASH—Rector Sisk can’t stay out of the restaurant business.

    Last year, the Calabash restaurateur enjoyed a brief respite after selling his longtime breakfast eatery, Sunrise Pancake House.

    It wasn’t long before Sisk and his son Jeff took over operations at Martini’s, a popular restaurant and piano bar less than 10 miles down the road in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where Sisk has left most of the management to Jeff.