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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club, a family-oriented, nonprofit organization based in Brunswick County since 1998, recently contributed $1,000 to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation.

    Members of the Tri-Beach Cruisers raise money by hosting area car events and shows throughout the year. These car hobbyists support families and charitable organizations through donations from proceeds generated. Since its inception, Tri-Beach Cruisers have contributed more than $65,000 to local charities.

  • Calvary Baptist Church, 623 Village Road in Shallotte, will celebrate its 50th anniversary (1961-2011) at its 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, Feb. 27. The community is invited to attend. A covered dish luncheon will follow the service.

    Early history of           Calvary Baptist Church

  • Ministry plans Easter program

    Experience an outdoor presentation of “You’re Beautiful” written by Anointed Vessels Ministry at 7:30 p.m. April 14-18 at its all new “Can You Believe It?” outdoor theatre.

    Come listen to the storytellers as they take you back into time 2,000 years ago.

    Call 287-4267 for reservations. Visit its website at www.AnointedVesselsMinistry.org.

    Gatlin at Greater Tabernacle

  • A line from the movie “Million Dollar Baby” made such an impression on me I wrote it down for further contemplation and possible use. It was then put away safely and forgotten. Forgotten, that is, until I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago.