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Today's Features

  • Many of us, myself included, have avoided buying pearl onions because of the thought of peeling all those little suckers. But to my surprise, once you have learned how to peel them, you’ll be amazed at how easy it really is. And, it’s worth the effort, because they really are delectable.

    Start by putting the onions in a pan of boiling water and allow them to boil for a couple minutes. Then, drain them in a colander. 

  • Card party set for Jan. 11

    The Calabash Elks Ladies Auxiliary will have a card party/Chinese auction and luncheon from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Ocean Garden Buffet in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Tickets are $13 each. For tickets and details, call Rose Henshaw at 755-0126 or Jean Palmer at 579-1601. All proceeds will be disbursed to local charities.

    Vintage Ladies meet monthly

  • Free hot Christmas meal

    Faith Building Missions will pass out hot Christmas meals from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The group will also give away free socks while supplies last. The group is prepared to feed 2,000 people but it needs help with distribution, as they don’t have the capacity to deliver meals. 

    Anyone wishing to volunteer to deliver may call Dean Siler at 755-6888. Anyone in need of a free meal on Christmas Day is invited to attend.

  • I love listening to the segment on NBC Nightly News that features people who make a difference. It is so uplifting to learn of good news in the midst of all the horrors, disasters and sadness that assault our senses, dampen spirits and cause discouragement. 

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Michelle Alaine Purvis and Brad Jason Kirchenbaum, both of Charlotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Michael and Merle Purvis of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of David Kirchenbaum of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Shelley Schachter of Delray Beach, Fla. A May 14 wedding is planned in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Master Gardener class begins Feb. 8

    The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer its popular Master Gardener Volunteer Program beginning Feb. 8. This program is designed to teach home gardeners the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina.

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

    North Carolina’s climate is perfect for growing many vegetables. It’s also the perfect place for plant-destroying diseases but there are things home gardeners can do to protect their bounty.

  • By Melissa Hight
    County Extension

    When holiday goodies are the focus of every event from cookie exchanges to parties, the world can feel like an endless nutrition minefield. Paired with all the eating and drinking, there’s plenty of unrealistic holiday health advice from all sorts of “experts.”

  • Susan Brown
    County Extension

    The weather outside is frightful. The nighttime temperatures are unbearable. Even the day temperatures are less than desirable lately. If we don’t even want to be outside, think of how our plants must feel.

  • As a person who needs to be outside at least part of every day, cold weather always darkens my mood. I know they have pills for that (thank you, Lexapro), but if you’re not into better living through chemistry, another way to brighten a cold winter day is with plants that bloom now.