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Today's Features

  • Well, we made it through another year and survived one heck of a hot summer. In the months of January and February, the weather is cooler and there is less work to be done in the garden. It is a great time to plan for the upcoming spring.
    As gardeners, there are steps that we can take to improve the environment and ecosystems that surround us. Consider adopting one or more of these resolutions for your garden in the New Year:

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Luckily, our recent winter storm did not dump enough snow or ice in our area to cause major damage to trees and shrubs, but this is not always the case.
    Winter storms do strike southeastern North Carolina every so often and can cause major damage to trees and shrubs. Even more common is damage caused by tropical systems or intense thunderstorms.

  • Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in three sessions on Mondays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13 at the Training Center in the Cooperative Extension building (Bldg. N) at the Government Center in Bolivia. The classroom sessions are from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, Jan. 16
    Closed for MLK Day.
    Tuesday, Jan. 17
    Asian chicken w/vegetables, stir-fry rice, fresh apple, orange juice, dinner roll/whole-wheat roll, beverage.
    Wednesday, Jan. 18
    Sausage/peppers/onions, pinto beans, cole slaw, pineapple tidbits, hot dog bun/whole-wheat bun, beverage.
    Thursday, Jan. 19

  • Tofu is made from soybeans, water and a coagulant, or curdling agent. Loved in Asia for centuries, it is high in protein and calcium and has the ability to absorb new flavors, whether through spices or marinades.
    For those of you who have never used it or even know what it is, tofu is considered to be a good meat substitute, as it is rich in protein. Since it has no flavor of its own, tofu can easily pick up almost any flavor that you add to it.

  • 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.

  • Incredible! Awesome! Wonderful! Amazing! Wow! How often have we said, or heard, those words used to describe what we can scarcely believe? We use them to chronicle our view of a spectacular sunrise or sunset, to relate the first stirrings of life in a woman’s womb, to comment on the many experiences for which words seem inadequate.

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Soon you will begin to see containerized fruit trees at your garden center, nursery and co-op. There are many varieties, and you will be confronted with how to choose the right tree for you in your home landscape.

  • Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent
    The holidays are here and stores are packed with people trying to find that perfect gift. In the spring, I spend all my money on outdoor plants for my garden. Once the weather changes, I start to purchase indoor plants.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Well, we’re in the home stretch now...past one holiday and heading fast toward the New Year. This is the week that people think about making resolutions to get the New Year off on the right track.
    Many resolutions tend toward heath issues with vows to lose 50 pounds, stop eating fast food or quit smoking. While admirable goals, they are almost impossible to reach and usually quickly forgotten.