Today's Features

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

    Monday, Sept. 27

    Turkey Swiss steak/gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, banana pudding, blend juice, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Sept. 28

    Roast beef au jus, brown rice, carrots, fruit cocktail, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Sept. 29

    Beef macaroni casserole, vegetable blend, sugar cookies, blend juice, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Sept. 30

  • While Maurice’s identity may have faded, his chef salad lives on

    I recently received a correspondence from a reader who asked if I had ever heard of a “Maurice Salad.” He mentioned that his wife had worked at a small restaurant years ago and one day when they had closed up for the evening, the owner invited all the employees to a back room off the kitchen for a salad and some crusty bread. 

  • Like most expectant mothers, Chelsea Farmer is nervous about her new arrival.

    The 22-year-old West Brunswick High School graduate is keeping the sex of the baby secret as she prepares for the Dec. 29 due date. She’s excited—but also nervous.

    But sometime after Jan. 1, 2011, what could be mere days after the newest addition to the Farmer family arrives, Chelsea’s husband Patrick will be deployed, most likely to Northern Afghanistan.

  • LELAND—Leafing through his limited-edition “The Andy Griffith Show” prints, George Murray is stocking up for Mayberry Days.

    This week, the Leland artist and frame shop owner will be traveling to the 21st annual festival in Mount Airy, Andy Griffith’s hometown 40 miles north of Winston-Salem, to sell and sign his official “The Andy Griffith Show” prints during the four-day event (Sept. 23-26).

  •  A 70th wedding anniversary is a celebration indeed.

    Two couples in Brunswick County achieved that marital milestone in the same week.

    Connecticut natives Nick and Lillian Szeszkowski were honored at a 71st anniversary party Sept. 9 at Shallotte Assisted Living.

    New Jersey natives Matthew and Theresa’s 70th anniversary was Sept. 7. They were feted with an early surprise party by their family in July.



  • I’ve collected a number of grilled recipes over the years, dividing them into entrees, side dishes and dessert categories. Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers or hot dogs. Try grilling combinations of different vegetables or even fruits.

    Many vegetables do really well on a grill, but try to avoid those with a high water content, like cucumbers, celery or greens. Some of the best grilling vegetables are asparagus, eggplant, onions, a variety of peppers and even cabbage.


  • Even though September has been fairly warm, the cooler days of autumn are upon us. We’ll soon be enjoying the brightly colored blooms of early “sasanqua” camellias and the spicy scent of osmanthus. These transition times are also great for taking stock of what happened during our long, hot summer.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Alison Dru Vrooman of Charleston, S.C., and Andrew Thomas Henson of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dennis B. and Carol J. Vrooman of Tulsa, Okla. The prospective groom is the son of John L. and Cindy R. Henson of Ocean Isle Beach. A Nov. 6 wedding is planned at Trinity United Methodist Church in Charleston, S.C.

  • John O’Donahue wrote, “There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect...something instinctive in us expects it.” His words brought me up short. It is not that I disbelieve what he stated. It is that I am often unaware of the blessings I have received in places I least expect.

  • This year, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7288 in Calabash celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner/dance at the post on Aug. 14. Chartered on Aug. 4, 1985, the auxiliary started with 45 charter members and now has a membership of 166, with 52 of them life members.

    The auxiliary has had steady growth since 1985 and members have loyally contributed their time, talents and heart to provide assistance to the veterans and their families and to aid active duty troops and their families.