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Today's Features

  • One question that natives and transplants both ask is: “What’s something I can plant in the garden that’s beautiful and easy?”
    Beautiful and easy is pretty tough to come by in most aspects of your life, but I do have some suggestions for the garden. Two vines are blooming right now that fit our criteria: Tangerine Beauty crossvine and Amethyst Falls wisteria.

  • In Walt Disney’s original production of “Snow White” there is a beautiful song that tells us “a dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.”
    I once had a plaque that reminded me: “Today’s dreams are tomorrow’s realities.”
    The Man of La Mancha sang, “Dream the impossible dream!” Martin Luther King announced hope to overflowing crowds of enslaved blacks in his four words, “I have a dream!” As a child, I loved to play the piano piece “Beautiful Dreamer.”

  • Zachary Clayton Collier and Megan Arlene Birch Collier of Southport are the parents of a daughter, Genevieve Arlene Collier, born at 4:30 p.m. April 8 at Brunswick Community Hospital.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21 inches long.
    She joins a sister, Lexi Payton Collier, 2.
    Maternal grandparents are Donnie and Robin Ratcliffe of Bolivia and Bob and Carolyn Birch of Spotsylvania, Va.
    Paternal grandparents are Horace and Leslie Collier of Oak Island.

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

    Monday, May 3
    Pork cutlet/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, May 4
    Barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, green peas, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, May 5
    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, applesauce, sugar cookies, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

  • I’m not really a big fan of peas, but I serve them whenever my wife has a craving, which is quite often.
    I always try to keep at least two bags of frozen peas in the freezer-one to satisfy my wife’s craving and the other for an impromptu ice pack when the need arises.

  • Are you enjoying the spring weather? Are you enjoying the spring night sky? More spring star groups are coming into view for our early evening enjoyment.

  • The U.S. Coast Guard Station–Oak Island is gearing up for its fifth annual Station Oak Island Safety Day and Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. There is no admission, parking is free and close by.
    There will be exhibits by Southport, Oak Island, Caswell Beach Police, fire and EMS departments plus N.C. Fish and Wildlife officers and Brunswick County Sheriff’s office and its new helicopter. U.S. Coast Guard LifeFlyte and Sable helicopters will also be on display.

  • The following new books are available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.
    NON: FICTION
    “Americans In Paris” by Charles Glass. Tales of adventure, intrigue, passion, deceit and survival under the brutal Nazi occupation unfold through the eyes of the American citizens who lived through it all.
    “I Am Ozzy” by John Michael Osbourne. He was just a working-class kid from Aston who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time; the story of Ozzy Osbourne.

  • I am a sign reader. I read billboards. I look for indicators of change. I observe gestures, facial expressions—all to understand more clearly the nonverbal messages being delivered. I am not always accurate in my assessment, but I definitely believe there is power to be harnessed in the signs.

  • Kevin and Denise Caudle of Leland are the parents of a daughter, Bailey Rae Caudle, born at 10:32 p.m., Feb. 27, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
    She joins brothers, Jonah, 6, and Noah, 6.
    Maternal grandparents are Brenda and Billy Stidham of Bolivia.
    Paternal grandparents are Irene and Ronnie Caudle of Ocean Isle Beach.
    Great-grandfather is Mitchell Dunn of Star. Aunt and uncle are Angela and Jimmy Phelps of Winnabow.