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Today's Features

  • I was listening to meteorologist Joe Bastardi on the radio several days ago talking about the cold December on the East Coast. He said this pattern repeats itself every 11 years based on sunspot activity. I do seem to remember that December 1999 was pretty cold, but December 1988 was too long ago for my synapses to fire on that. Whatever the reason, it looks like December will be either the coldest or the second coldest on record. 

  • Open house set for utilities center

    Brunswick County Public Utilities will host an open house at its new utilities operations center from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. 

    The facility at 250 Grey Water Road in Supply houses administration, water, sewer and instrumentation and electrical segments of the operation serving citizens of Brunswick County with water and sewer services.  

    The public is invited to stop by to participate in tours of the facility and demonstrations.

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

    Monday, Jan. 10

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

    Tuesday, Jan. 11

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

    Wednesday, Jan. 12

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

    Thursday, Jan. 13

  • I’ve spent the last few weeks of December indulging in pies, cakes, candy, Christmas cookies and the occasional (?) cocktail.

    Once the New Year begins, we all pledge to lose weight, cut down on our salt intake and vow to eat more sensibly. Over the years, Americans have become increasingly overweight and prone to heart disease, so it’s no wonder we annually commit ourselves to eating better.

  • A bull is guarding the palace, traveling across the sky during New Year’s and is a vessel on earth for the soul of Osiris. 

    This bull has many stories to tell as it reigns supreme in the early winter sky. 

    Across the globe, cultures viewing a certain bright star group imagined a bull; however, the beliefs about this bull vary. Therefore, it is an interesting study of history and a notable constellation worth finding. 

  • Gospel jubilee set for Jan. 14

    Trinity Baptist Church, 883 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte, will host a free Brunswick Gospel Jubilee at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Come out and enjoy some gospel music from near and far. Refreshments will be served following the singing. For directions call 754-4018.

    Trinity sets 

    Jan. 2 services

  • Many years ago, an abbot named Bernard of Clairvaux offered a homily in praise of the Virgin Mary. His presentation focused on the importance, the crucial nature, of Mary’s response and he positioned it within a framework of a waiting world, a universe living in anticipation of her response and hoping it will be a positive one.

  • Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in four sessions on Jan. 10, 24, 31 and Feb. 7 at the Training Center in the Cooperative Extension building (Building N) at the Government Center Complex in Bolivia. The four-hour classroom sessions begin each day at 12:30 p.m. 

  • By Susan Brown
    Brunswick County Extension

    Winter can be a drab, blah time in the garden but it certainly doesn’t have to be. In spring and summer, it is easy to find color for any spot in your landscape. There aren’t many plants that bloom this time of year. To add interest during the off-season, focus on interesting textures, colors and shapes. Evergreen trees and shrubs are a good choice to liven up a winter landscape. It is not hard to find a variety that will suit your needs.

  • This politically correct world we live in doesn’t like to pick winners and losers, but life is all about winning some and losing some—even in the garden. Here are my picks of several winning performers in the garden for 2010.