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Today's Features

  • Wax myrtle (Morella cerifera) is a popular landscape tree and is often grown as a dense hedge for natural screening.

    It is one of the most versatile landscape plants in southeastern North Carolina, offering four seasons of beauty and service. It is a fine textured evergreen shrub or small tree. It will quickly reach heights of 15-25 feet. The narrow, evergreen leaves are a glossy, olive green and are quite aromatic when crushed, releasing a pleasant, spicy scent.

  • Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) invites local agencies and groups to apply for a 2010 BEMC Community Grant.

    The program was started in 2003 and provides grants up to $2,500 to groups that provide: family services programs, civic and community programs, cultural and arts programs, emergency services and community development activities. Since inception, the grants program has awarded nearly $168,000 to more than 100 projects benefiting citizens all over the area.

  • Judy and Clifton Riley of Calabash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 18, 2009. Their daughter, Susan Suggs, gave a reception in their honor at The Lighthouse Mission Church in Calabash.

  • Do you remember that ditty from years past, the one that began with the words: “Tell me a story before I fall asleep?” I do. Every once in a while, it bubbles up from the recesses of my mind, and I smile.

    I smile because life is all about telling stories. You tell me your story. I tell you mine. We share the commonality we find in them and make connections, as we can, to the larger story of humanity and divinity. This cosmic tale remains a mystery to be entered and probed.

  • Looking for something new, active and fit to do in 2010?

    Try moving your feet to music.

    Instructors are stepping up with an array of dance classes in a variety of styles, from beginner to advanced, throughout Brunswick County.

    Every day of the week, students are dancing somewhere at an area venue.

  • LOCKWOOD FOLLY--Friendly competition, camaraderie and fun are the main reasons people enjoy shooting pool, and for a group of friends in this golf course community, another reason is neighbor Bob Marston’s new billiards room.

    The group of about a half-dozen Lockwood Folly residents plays three nights a week, and Marston’s friends say the night they enjoy most is when he hosts the game.

  • CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace is featuring paintings by watercolor artist Richard Staat in a show titled “Watercolors with a Transparent Touch,” from Jan. 11 through Feb. 20.

    The eclectic exhibition includes figural pieces as well as landscapes and coastal scenes. A reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.

  • Goodbye, turkey. Hello, Christmas cookies. The bird may reign at Thanksgiving, but cookies will be king for the next few weeks, when almost every gathering and party will feature holiday sweets.

    A great idea after baking all those holiday treats is to have a Christmas cookie exchange with friends and family. We do it every year and end up with many cookies, cakes and other “sweeties” that we would not usually indulge in.

  • Sauerbraten is a favorite of mine to be served around the holidays. It’s not just a dish you can make for just two, three or four people. Since I start out with a 4-5 pound beef roast, it is more conducive to a larger gathering around the holiday season.

    The meat is marinated for two to three days in vinegar and wine, onions, carrots and celery, along with various spices, such as cloves, juniper berries, allspice and peppercorns.

  • Over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it’s a time for family and friends, which means a lot of eating and drinking. Make your holiday gathering special by including some classic Christmas tried-and-true holiday drinks.

    If you’re throwing one of these parties, it’s essential to serve a combination of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for a successful get together. You want everyone, drinkers and non-drinkers, to have a variety of drink options in having a fun night.