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Today's Features

  • After scrounging around the kitchen for one last holiday goodie, you find a single sugar cookie hiding in the bottom tin. You grab it, and head toward the mountain of decorations that need to be packed away until next year. Several hours later, the last box has been shoved into the attic or garage. Surveying the house, you see that all the gifts have been put away and everything appears to be back to normal, finally.

  • The Roman god Janus, whose name we adopted for our month January, fastidiously guarded doorways, offering safe entry and exit from ancient homes. He looked forward and backward to ensure all was well.

    In the same way, we take time annually to gaze upon the departure of the past 12 months and to look with eager anticipation to the coming year. We offer ourselves the gift of remembering, not simply for its own sake but so that we might empower positive change in the future.

  • The Christmas season is definitely lit up at the home of Gilbert and Joyce Ouellette in the Village at Calabash in Carolina Shores. Neighbor Richard Girard said Ouellette has been decorating his Palm Court home for years and gets a little more extravagant each holiday season.

     

  • SUPPLY—Susan Jagodzinski didn’t know her dog was pregnant.

    But she soon found out after adopting Sasha, a mixed-breed shepherd, from Brunswick County Animal Shelter in October.

    “She was fat; we didn’t think anything about it,” Jagodzinski said five days after Sasha delivered 13 puppies at Jagodzinski’s home in Supply.

    The “baker’s dozen” of puppies were born in the wee hours Nov. 28, two days after Thanksgiving.

  • Looking for something to do during the long Christmas holiday weekend?

    Even in December, aquarium activity abounds both north and south of Brunswick County.

    The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher just a ferry-cross over the Cape Fear River from Brunswick County.

    In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Ripley’s Aquarium is showcasing “holiday wishes from 9,000 fishes.”

  • My folks didn’t raise me to be sentimental. They were pre-teens and teenagers when the Great Depression descended upon the country, so they knew about hard times and how to survive. Their expectation was we would tough things out and move on. When I haven’t allowed myself to fall prey to self-pity and remembered those lessons, it has served me well.

  • Heavy winds whipped across southeastern North Carolina recently, waking homeowners and leaving downed trees and limbs behind.

    Strong weather is common in southeastern North Carolina, and so is cleaning up after it. But there’s a way to do it safely and wisely.

    Prioritize your chores by starting to work on trees that endanger buildings and fences first.

    Don’t attempt to handle trees that overhang or touch power lines. Call local utility company professionals for assistance in removing these trees.

  • For many years, I have announced I am not a Christmas person. I say to all who care to hear this is not my holiday. My words have caused some to look askance at me. It is likely I am raining on their “happiness parade,” bringing a negative note to their Noels.

  • Lydia F. Hewett’s children and grandchildren fondly recall spending Christmas at her house in the Boone’s Neck community, stringing popcorn and eating home-cooked meals to celebrate the holiday season and Hewett’s birthday each Dec. 15.

    Her most recent celebration was the ultimate milestone birthday. Hewett turned 100 years old last week, and several of her children and other family members visited her at Autumn Care of Shallotte to honor her years of love, caring and wisdom.

  • Shallotte Presbyterian Church will host a "noontime mini concert" Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the church.

    A "bring your own lunch" will follow in the fellowship hall. Beverage and dessert will be provided.

    The public is invited to attend.

    For more information, call 754-6929.