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Today's Features

  • Church to have Easter craft show

    St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) in Shallotte, will host a spring/Easter craft show to benefit its Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry from noon-6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in St Brendan’s hall.

  • I was going along swimmingly, a coastal kind of adverb, when the first rumblings of “dis-ease” caught my attention. 

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of April Ginger Varnam and Matthew Keith Owens, both of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ronald and Jencie Varnam of Varnamtown. She is a 2000 graduate of UNC-Wilmington and 2003 master’s graduate of East Carolina University. The prospective groom is the son of Daniel and Beth Owens of Wake Forest. He is a 1999 graduate of North Carolina State University Turf Management. A fall wedding is planned on Ocean Isle Beach.              

  • Horse and other equine animal owners/lessors will vote across the state on March 15 to determine whether to “continue” to voluntarily assess themselves $2 per ton of commercial horse feed to provide funds to promote the interests of the horse industry. 

  • In 2005, scientists in Israel germinated a date-palm seed that was 2,000 years old and found in the desert near an ancient fortress. There is a lesson to be learned from this: Store seeds in a dry place.

    There are a dozen reasons to save seeds, whether it’s to save money or to preserve a plant variety. Seeds can be collected from the garden or store bought but they must be properly stored. A seed’s worst enemy includes heat, humidity, sunlight and hungry rodents.

  • So today, for all you tomato lovers out there who are looking for new growing tips or simply some validation of old tips, I’ve put together a list of commonly recommended tips and tricks for growing great organic tomatoes. Perhaps you’ll find some of your favorite growing methods here. But if you don’t, please leave a comment and share your tried and true methods so that all of us OCTG’s (Obsessive, Compulsive Tomato Growers) can benefit. 

  • The buzz in the nutrition world is all about the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that have just recently been released. But what do you need to know as a consumer? In “Selected Messages for Consumers,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend making changes in three basic areas. How hard can that be? Let’s take a look.

    Balancing calories

    Enjoy your food, but eat less.

  • New Hope Clinic sets hours

    New Hope Clinic is a nonprofit, free medical clinic for Brunswick County residents who have no insurance, no Medicaid and no Medicare, and have a household income that falls below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

    Patients must complete eligibility verification annually by bringing proofs of income and residence in Brunswick County on Mondays from 1-3:30 p.m. or the first four Thursdays of each month from 1-4:30 p.m.

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

    Monday, Feb. 28

    Herbed baked chicken filet, mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, collards, butterscotch pudding, grape juice, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, March 1

    Macaroni and cheese, diced ham, vegetable blend, pears, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, March 2

    Sloppy Joe/bun, corn pudding, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Thursday, March 3

  • Would you like to have an all-purpose sauce that you can mix with pasta, shrimp, chicken or vegetables, either before or after they are cooked, much like you would a pesto? Even use it as a dipping sauce for meats and veggies?

    Romesco sauce is a classic and popular Spanish condiment, a spicy almond and red pepper pesto-like mixture. It can be used on everything from grilled fish and meats to cold vegetable salads.