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Today's Features

  • By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center

  • By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    Our sandy soils cannot store nutrients for long periods of time, releasing them according to plant needs, as do loamy soils, so domesticated plants (including lawns, flowers, shrubs and vegetables) benefit from a careful periodic application of fertilizer. Gardeners add fertilizer either by applying it to the soil or by using a water-soluble product and spraying the foliage.

  • Healthy, vigorous tomato vines can produce a lot of fruit. If you’re new to gardening, try growing just a few tomato plants at first perhaps two or three plants of two to three varieties. Of the thousands available, from cherished heirloom types to the hottest new hybrids, how do you narrow your choices?
    Criteria for choosing varieties

  • Lightly steamed, boiled or roasted, fresh asparagus is a tasty, nutritious side dish.
    In this area, fresh asparagus season begins in March or early April and ends around late June or when the hot summer weather begins.
    Asparagus, imported mostly from Mexico, Chile or Peru, is now available all year round, but you’ll find a good supply of fresh “homegrown” asparagus in local supermarkets this time of year.

  • Sponsors, volunteers sought for Dickens Christmas Festival
    The Brunswick Arts Council is seeking sponsors and volunteers for its upcoming Charles Dickens Christmas Festival, which will take place on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, in Southport.
    The purpose of the festival is to promote arts and culture, attract customers to local businesses and arts venues and to create community goodwill while partnering with Brunswick County art organizations.

  • Thursday, April 19
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • SUNSET BEACH—Bill and Maggie Ehling have known each other a long time.

    In fact, just this past Tuesday, April 17, the Sunset Beach couple celebrated a real milestone—their 60th wedding anniversary.

    At their Sunset Beach home where they’ve lived for the past 13 years, the couple enjoyed a few jokes and jabs and laughter as they told how they met—back in the 1950s when both were in the Army and stationed in Germany, working in communications.

  • Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College has scheduled several fitness marathons next week to benefit Relay for Life.

    Those who are up for the fitness challenge are invited to participate. They just need to sign up ahead of time and pay varying registration fees that will be donated to Relay for Life.

    The events are every year right before Relay for Life, said Neil Smeigh, fitness specialist at the fitness & aquatics center.

     

    Swim, run, walk

  • Holden Beach is almost ready to bopple.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released on the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, is just one of the highlights at this year’s Days at the Docks festivities Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season has returned to being a two-day event after taking place for just one day last year.

  • CALABASH—The Saltaire Quilters are at it again.

    Last week, the creative seamstresses once again presented worthy recipients with their latest array of handmade, colorful quilts.

    The quilts were given to representatives with Brunswick Novant Medical Center and Hope Harbor Home.

    Deborah Rochelle, guest services and volunteer manager at Brunswick Novant Medical Center, and Lynn Carlson, executive director of Hope Harbor Home, took turns choosing from among 22 hand-sewn quilts.