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Today's Features

  • When most people think about flowering cherries for the landscape, their thoughts go directly to Washington, D.C.’s tidal basin and the Yoshino cherries that herald spring each year.
    This generous gift from the Japanese government back in the early part of the 20th century makes a spectacular, if short-lived, show, but Yoshino isn’t the easiest plant to grow in our conditions. If you must have flowering cherries, consider several others that tend to hold up better in the heat and humidity of southeastern North Carolina.

  • Veal has a unique delicate flavor that can easily be incorporated into pasta dishes, stir-fries or even casseroles that use ground meats.
    Some of my favorite dishes are made with veal, like veal Marsala and veal piccata. The higher cost of veal versus beef or pork usually determines when I make these dishes.

  • Two Shallotte churches have “topped” off their renovations with brand new steeples in recent days. Members have been working to expand and rebuild to serve their growing populations.

    At Unity Worship Center, a small church with a membership of about 50 on Holden Beach Road, congregant Bobby Batson made a steeple just for the church. On Monday, he and other supporters placed it atop the 100-year-old building as church members and the Rev. Tom Stephenson looked on and cheered.

  •  The South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to three West Brunswick High School seniors and one $500 scholarship to a senior member of the WBHS band. 

    Receiving the three $1,000 scholarships were Hanna Lee Adkins, Megan Campbell and Haley Enzor. The band scholarship was presented to Helene Paul. 

    This year’s recipients, along with their parents and guardians, attended the SBI Rotary meeting and breakfast at Tamers Restaurant on June 18 to receive recognition for their awards and to talk with club members.

  •  Twelve chapters long, “Loving Creation: Christian spirituality, earth-centered and just” by Kathleen Fischer can well serve as the Ten Commandments for the 21st century and beyond. 

    As I began my reading, it became quickly obvious this would not be a volume one might casually peruse. Although the information was not new to me, the text continues to demand serious thought, contemplation, reflection and, ultimately, action.

  •  Wilmington Area Woodturners Association (WAWA) is an organization of woodturners from counties throughout southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. Seventeen members of WAWA came together to develop, design and build the chapter’s second entry in the Chapter Collaborative Challenge, shown and judged at the AAW National Conference June 17-20. 

    Several Brunswick residents are members of the group.

  •  Chalmers Fuller Champion of Shallotte and 1st Lt. Patrick Sean McCahill of Melbourne, Fla., were married May 15 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Morehead City with the Rev. John Pollock officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Jerry Wayne and Cynthia Champion of Shallotte. The groom is the son of Francis X. McCahill III and Karen McCahill of Melbourne, Fla.

  • Whether your taste runs to Italian sausages or bratwurst or even fresh Polish sausage, you can use the same method in successfully preparing all these types of sausage on the grill.

    How do you cook fresh Polish sausage? Should you boil it first before putting it on the grill? Wouldn’t the boiling take a lot of the flavor out? A friend of mine said he always burns the sausages on his barbecue, so he wondered if maybe he should wrap them in foil and then grill them.

  • Where is the center of the Milky Way? If you answered right in the middle that would be correct and funny, however, I was thinking about the location of the center as judged by the stars.
    What direction in the sky should you look during a humid summer night to be looking toward the center?
    To find it, all you have to do is find an archer and a scorpion, and look in between them, and you are staring at the center of the Milky Way. That sounds easy enough to accomplish.

  • Winding River resident Joe Koletar’s third book targeted to businesses, “Rethinking Risk: How Companies Sabotage Themselves and What They Must Do Differently,” will be available for purchase this week.

    During his career as a fraud investigator, Koletar wrote extensively about fraud in various professional journals, leading to another career for the now semi-retired expert.

    “I started writing an article for a professional journal. I got carried away,” he recalled.