Today's Features

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Now is the time to check your tomato plants for tomato hornworms. These large caterpillars (up to 3-inches long) can quickly strip a tomato plant of most of if its leaves. This will not kill plants, but will definitely set them back.
    The more leaves that are eaten, the longer it will take plants to recover. Tomato hornworms blend in well with tomato leaves and can be challenging to spot. Look for missing foliage and then search the stems for the caterpillars.

  • May 24 blood drive is from 1:30-6 p.m.
    The American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by Seaside United Methodist Church scheduled on Thursday, May 24, has changed its hours of operation. The drive will now operate from 1:30-6 p.m.
    Anyone at least 17 years of age, or 16 years of age accompanied by a parent, and weighing a minimum of 110 pounds and in general good health, is eligible to donate. Donors must also bring a form of ID in order to donate. Donors of all blood types are needed.

  • What might I do on a Thursday morning after a week filled with commitments? The answer came easily and speedily. Go to the movies...well, go to the church to join a group of folks to watch and then discuss a DVD. The choice became a treasure as I traveled mentally with Dr. Tom Avery, an ophthalmologist played by Martin Sheen in the movie, “The Way.”

  • By Amy Myers
    Special to the Beacon
    BOLIVIA—One in three American adults are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, yet many don’t realize it because the debilitating, potentially deadly disease often shows few early symptoms, according to the American Diabetes Association.
    Brunswick Novant Medical Center has confronted this dilemma with an aggressive early diagnosis and education program that is identifying and informing hospital patients who have diabetes—or are at risk of contracting the disease.

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 28
    Closed Memorial Day.
    Tuesday, May 29
    Beans and franks, fresh cabbage, peach cobbler, fruit cocktail, dinner roll/whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, May 30
    Macaroni and cheese with diced ham, vegetable blend, Mandarin orange, dinner roll/whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Thursday, May 31

  • The Brunswick Arts Council conducted a workshop for nonprofit groups/art groups that wanted to learn how they could supplement a planned or existing art project (artist in residency at a local school, art workshops, art performances, festivals, etc.) occurring between August and May 2013 in Brunswick County.

  • Instead of the using the traditional onion rings, why not garnish your next dish with some fried shallots? They are highly versatile, lending themselves to a variety of preparations and cooking methods.

  • Thursday, May 24
    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.
    AARP Southport Chapter, 11:30 a.m., Surfer’s Restaurant, Southport.

  • The George Washington Lewis and Lydia Ann Hewett 32nd annual family reunion will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Senior Center, 308 Cape Fear Blvd. in Carolina Beach. Everyone bring a covered dish. For additional information or directions, call David Lewis at (910) 842-7972.

  • Donald Manley Sellers and Marilyn Knox Sellers of Leland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3 with an earlier spring trip to Asheville. The couple has two daughters, Melissa (Lynn) Barnwell and Samantha (Steve) Smella of Leland; and five grandchildren, Wyatt, Ryan, Beth, Ally Barnwell and Ethan Smella.