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Today's Features

  • It began as a cyberspace affirmation. I received an e-mail indicating a desire to make contact and a request for me to review some writing. All this emanated from the sender’s reading my Beacon columns. Without doubt, I was pleased and honored. The date to meet was arranged. Little did I know that I was going to be gifted with a wonderful surprise.

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

    Monday, Feb. 7

    Fried chicken filet/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple juice, banana pudding, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Feb. 8

    Sliced roast beef au jus, brown rice, vegetable blend, orange juice, Jell-O, white bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Feb. 9

    Stuffed cabbage roll, field peas, peaches, brownie, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Feb. 10

  • Brunswick County 4-H needs help identifying adults who want to spend a few hours each month with youth learning about robotics in a 4-H club setting in the Southport/Oak Island area. The current club leaders are unable to continue serving, but there is still a lot of interest among members to carry on the club.

    Robotics provides hands-on experiences in designing, programming and building robots using Lego MindStorms Robotics kits and RoboLab software. The club won second place in robot design at the Robotics Kickoff competition this year.

  • Looking for an inexpensive way to market your horticulture business? Be a part of the updated Brunswick County Green Pages, a publication of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service listing businesses providing products and services to the people of Brunswick County.

    If you sell plants and garden supplies, lawn mowers and other equipment, market fruits and vegetables, or provide landscape installation and maintenance services, don’t miss this opportunity.

  • By Judy Koehly 
    Master Gardener

    Plants don’t need as much care in winter as they do in summer, but it is important not to neglect watering your plants over the winter. Some ice or wind damage is unavoidable, but a lot of cold weather damage to plants’ cells is caused by dehydration. In our region, normal winter precipitation is enough for plants because their cold weather watering needs are considerably less; however, making sure your plants have adequate hydration is the best way to protect them harsh weather.

  • Winter is a good time to think about renovating your landscape. It is easier to see the bare bones of the garden without the distraction of foliage or blooms. It is always wise to keep some of the plants in an established landscape. That way you can still provide habitats for wildlife and reduce erosion. The trick is in knowing which plants to keep. Here are a few guidelines to help you sift through all your botanical choices.

  • Ah, February! It’s that sweet time of year when our thoughts turn to roses, romance and chocolate. 

    American Heart Month is also a wonderful time to appreciate the daily beat of your own heart and to renew your personal commitment to taking care of it. If you have neglected that important organ a little more than you should have this past year, these tips will get you back on track. 

    Limit unhealthy fats 

  • Creole cooking is based upon French stews and soups, but was mainly influenced by Spanish, African and Native-American cooking.

    The Spanish were responsible for the use of cooked onions, green peppers, tomatoes and garlic. African chefs are best known for introducing okra to Creole cooking. Crawfish, shrimp, oysters, crabs and pecans, native to the area, eventually found their way into both Cajun and Creole cuisine. 

    The use of filé, a powdered herb from sassafras leaves, came from the Choctaw Indians, which was then used to thicken gumbo. 

  •  Arts ‘feminar’ set for Feb. 12

    GFWC-NC District 7 is sponsoring an arts “feminar” titled, “I’m Not Waving, I’m Drowning,” from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. Pre-registration is required for lunch.

    The leader of the “feminar,” Dr. Mamie McCullough from Dallas, Texas, has been influencing audiences for more than 25 years. She has overcome many obstacles in her life to become a motivational speaker.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It’s been more than four months since Gunner was brought to Cat Tails, a no-kill feline rescue facility.

    But the large orange tabby cat apparently hasn’t forgotten the home he used to have.

    Last fall, Gunner’s former owner, a Wilmington man, gave up the 6-year-old cat after getting married. The man said his new wife was allergic to cats, and she also had dogs, according to Cat Tails workers.