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Today's Features

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff NC Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center
    This is National Food Safety Education Month. It’s been held every September for the past 17 years and focuses on the importance of food safety education for the restaurant and food service industry.

  • This weekend, I spent most of my time re-planting and moving plants that I had planted last fall. I am easily bored with my garden and find it refreshing to change its look now and then.
    My creeping sedum was desperate for a haircut and my roses were waiting to be deadheaded. Some of my plants, like my lantana, struggled to survive the heat of the summer, but are now in full bloom.

  • Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    As the weather grows cooler, most landscape plants begin to go dormant. Fall is an excellent time to install new plant material.
    Many home gardeners like to install plants in the spring when their leaves are unfurling and many go into bloom. Spring planting is acceptable, but fall planting is preferable. The summer months are not good for planting due to the intense heat and prolonged dry spells.

  • Southern comfort food is typically made from inexpensive cuts of meat (most often chicken and/or pork) combined with an abundance of fresh vegetables, rice and corn. It’s known by various names, from Creole, Cajun and Carolina low country to soul food.

  • Votes for Canine Angels needed
    A Myrtle Beach, S.C., company is offering $1,000 for the most votes for a local charity, Canine Angels.
    Canine Angels is a nonprofit based in Horry County, S.C., which rescues dogs from area shelters and provides for their training, with the aid of volunteers, to become service dogs for disabled veterans.
    Please go to this website: http://www.trustfourstar.com/CaringfortheCommunity.html, and go to the form at the bottom.

  • A triangle in the sky can give a helpful tip in finding a half-goat, half-fish creature. Additionally, it can help in finding a dude pouring water out all over Earth, a big fish, and a microscope. It is such a helpful triangle. Euclid would have been proud of this helpful triangle. Go spend some time outside since it is late summer, and the temperatures are lower, and see if you can find this triangle in the south-southeast sky.

  • CALABASH—Wherever Mary Keefe goes, Buddy the cat often goes. If he feels like it.

    It’s been this way for the past eight-and-a-half years, when Keefe, owner of the Yardbird Emporium in the Low Country Stores complex, helped rescue Buddy and his two kitten siblings from under the store’s porch at 10138 Beach Drive.

    Mary took Mini, one of Buddy’s sisters, home to live with her. The proprietor of the former Martelle’s Flag Store took the other feline sister, Miss Kitty.

  • lpha Course set at Trinity UMC
    The Alpha Course, a practical introduction to the Christian faith, is being offered free to the public at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport beginning Wednesday, Sept. 14, through Nov. 23.
    The class begins at 6:15 p.m. and is preceded by an open church buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5; free for first-timers.

  • When I spoke with one of my daughters about the treat in store for me, she got a case of the giggles. I told her that my friend Rita, who is a registered nurse, asked if I’d like to join her and her daughter plus another pal in viewing “The Help.” She felt that it would be a great venture to offset my increasing cabin fever. My daughter’s comment had me laughing. She said, “Isn’t that your first name these days, Help?”

  • Rainwater harvesting is the idea of capturing stormwater runoff, often from rooftops, and storing the water for later use. When we have heavy rains such as with Hurricane Irene, most of that water is diverted into stormwater drains or ditches and is carried away before it penetrates the ground. Rain barrels or more complex cisterns can be installed to capture runoff and provide water for plants during drier periods. Increasing development along with the drought has increased the demand on municipal water supplies.