Today's Features

  • During the first meeting of 2011, delegates of the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) discussed Medicare changes and financial assistance for low-income beneficiaries. The new director of the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Kevin Robertson, offered some encouraging information for older adults with Medicare. 

  • Chandler joins Air Force

    Tydaryll L. Chandler, son of Mark Chandler and Rebecca Castaneda of Shallotte, has joined the United States Air Force under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to enlist and delay going into basic military training for up to one year.

  • Sleep is one of the most important, but often neglected, aspects of a healthy lifestyle. When Shakespeare’s Macbeth called sleep “chief nourisher of life’s feast,” he was providing some sound advice. Many surveys indicate that Americans are not getting enough sleep, which may contribute to a number of problems.

    Too little sleep has been linked to overeating and being overweight, increased risk of diabetes and heart problems, decreased attention span, poorer grades in school and more depression. 

  • Forget the groundhog. There’s one sure sign spring is on the way popping up in yards all over eastern North Carolina: mole tunnels. Though moles tunnel actively all year, the tunnels they make in spring and fall are usually more obvious because they are closer to the soil surface. Unfortunately, there is no easy, fast solution to rid a yard of moles. Instead, effective mole control relies on patience, persistence and a little knowledge about their habits and behaviors.

    The ways of moles

  • Millions of dollars are spent each year designing, implementing and maintaining our landscapes. Unfortunately, long-term problems are caused when we as gardeners make decisions based on our needs and wants without considering the environmental impact. You may have heard the term sustainable landscaping. What does a sustainable landscape mean? 

  • More than 80 4-H members, parents, volunteers and Extension staff were in attendance to celebrate accomplishments the youth have made during 2010 at the annual Brunswick County 4-H achievement banquet on Feb. 21 at the Extension Office.

    This year, the 4-H’ers were honored as the shining stars in 4-H. 

    The room sparkled with twinkling lights and a donated, custom-made starlight “chandelier” hung in the middle of the room. 

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

    Monday, March 28

  • Now that St. Patrick’s Day is over, many of us, myself included, will have plenty of leftovers from this traditional Irish dish, which is nothing more than a simple pot roast made with a beef brisket injected with a spiced salt brine. One of the best things about corned beef and cabbage is the leftovers. 

  • First Friday gallery walk set

    A celebration of the upcoming opening of the new Maritime Museum will take center stage at the Franklin Square Gallery’s First Friday Gallery Walk from 5-7 p.m. April 1 as museum members will soon be moving into their new building.

    The gallery has fashioned a nautical event for this evening, as a reception will feature special displays from the museum, as well as an array of paintings and pottery by local artists crafted with a nautical theme.