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Today's Features

  • It was not until recently that the public took notice of the need to conserve water. Even now, most homeowners are more familiar with methods and techniques reducing water use inside the home using low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and water-saving washing machines and dishwashers.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Strawberries are plentiful this season and many folks are thinking about preserving the bounty. I’ve received a few calls about making reduced sugar jams and jellies. Often the caller is a family member or a friend of a diabetic and they want to make this “special jam” so the diabetic patient can enjoy the fresh fruit spreads.

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 7
    Chili, carrots, saltines, apple cobbler, apple, whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, May 8
    Pork roast/gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, turnip greens, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, May 9

  • This winter at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Allison Smith and Kurt Hugelmeyer have been conducting bird programs every third Saturday of the month. Smith is the museum’s education coordinator. Hugelmeyer is a well-known local birding enthusiast. His bird walks are a must for anyone who enjoys birds. The final bird program of the winter season will be at 11 a.m. May 19 at the museum.

  • All of us enjoy a takeout meal once in a while, and one of my favorites is Chinese takeout. While clearing the table after dinner recently, I noticed the container of white rice that came with our takeout hadn’t been touched. Nobody ever touches it. It usually gets put in the refrigerator only to be thrown away a week or so later.

  • Misty Dawn Hinson of Chadbourn and Mason Lee Evans of Ash were married Oct. 15, 2011, at Wacca Wache Marina in Murrells Inlet, S.C.
    The Rev. Benji Simmons officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Delane and Donna Hinson of Chadbourn. She was given in marriage by her father.
    The groom is the son of Greggory and Teresa Evans of Ash.
    She wore a white organza all-over draped pickup gown with beaded lace empire, lace up the back and a four-foot train.

  • Two featured artists debut their latest works at Franklin Square Gallery’s new Members Show opening May 7 and running through June 14.
    Both construct art rooted in land and sea, inspired by their natural surroundings. Ceramic artist Dinah Snead embellishes her pottery with imprints and textures, and watercolorist Carole Hickey creates impressionistic landscapes and seascapes.
    Snead started working with pottery only recently.

  • Raise your margaritas—this Saturday, May 5, marks the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo.

    Contrary to confusion, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which isn’t until Sept. 16.

    Cinco de Mayo commemorates the outnumbered Mexican army’s surprise victory in 1862 over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-American War. In Mexico, the holiday is known as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla(English translation: “The Day of the Battle of Puebla”).

  • Toastmasters to meet at First Bank in Shallotte
    The Brunswick County Toastmasters has changed its meeting location for the remainder of the year. It will meet at First Bank, 347 Whiteville Road in Shallotte, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. For meeting times and information, call 540-1363.

  • Long Bay Garden Club has fulfilled a $10,000 pledge to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Closer to Home SECU Hospice House capital campaign to build an inpatient hospice facility in Brunswick County. A patio garden off the Solace Room will be named in its honor.