Today's Features

  •  We are in the dog days of August. It is that time of year when the heat and humidity raises havoc with the psyche. Add the lurking possibility of a third “h”—hurricane—to the mix and gratitude is most uncommon. 

  •  A string of bad luck had recently descended upon the Ed Peters family of Calabash. Peters suffers from a rapid heartbeat and required the assistance of a pacemaker.

    While he was hospitalized for a pacemaker procedure, his wife Ruth suffered a fall and fractured her hip. Upon her release, she required a walker for mobility and Ed Peters needed a walker, too. 

    Suddenly, the steps leading to their home were a barrier they could not easily conquer. Fortunately for the Peters family, help was on the way.

  •  A Brunswick County 4-H’er was among award-winners at the recent 2010 State 4-H Congress, July 19-22 in Raleigh. 

    Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for four days of activities. 

    At the beginning of summer, youth gather at their 4-H District Activity Day events to give presentations on topics of their choice to a panel of judges. Winners advance to the state level, where they gathered during the second day of Congress. 

  • Recently we have received several calls on the Extension Master Gardeners Hot Line concerning lack of blooms on various types of plants. 

    Following are some possible reasons but sometimes there are just no explanations. 

    Shrubs and flowers that are supposed to bloom but don’t often frustrate gardeners. Someone recently reported nothing in their yard would bloom, and went on to name several species that normally flower well in this area. 

  •  Rain gardens are a great way to treat stormwater runoff from roofs, parking lots and driveways. 

    Rather than piping all of that water to a stormwater pond, these depressions in the landscape trap the water and allow it to infiltrate just as it did in its natural state. 

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

    Monday, Aug. 9

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 10

    Chicken dumplings, lima beans, peaches, sugar cookies, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 11

    Sloppy Joe/hamburger bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 12

    Baked beans and franks, coleslaw, fruit cocktail, hot dog bun/margarine, beverage.

  •  Chilled soups are a great idea for these hot summer days when you just want something light. 

    We had some chili a couple days ago, even though I prefer to have it during the cold winter days, which we don’t seem to have very often around here. So I started thinking about making some chilled soups and came up with a few that are relatively easy to make with ingredients most of us have in the pantry or fridge.

  • August’s sky is full of wonder; however, not the wonder of seeing Mars the size of the full moon.

    Sorry to say that to those prepared to go outside at the end of month hoping to enjoy this celestial wonder.

    Can anyone be safe from the evil, “bad science monster,” restored to life, like a B movie zombie, which invades in-boxes of innocent e-mailers all over the world? Please save everyone and hit delete.

  • ‘T’ Heirs Farm Market off Old Ocean Highway just outside Bolivia has fresh produce available daily. The farm stand's owner, Doris Thornton-Green, also sells her produce at local farmers markets in Shallotte and Southport.

  • Calabash is known as the Seafood Capital of the World, but behind the restaurants, docked in the waterway, are the boats that make Calabash what it is.

    Calabash is a seafood town, but what would it be without its local shrimpers?

    “The docks are open to everyone here,” Mayor Anthony Clemmons said. “The docks have been part of the mystique of Calabash. You come to Calabash and eat and the docks call you down there.”