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Today's Features

  • If camp is under way, it must be summertime at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    The state aquarium is just a ferry-cross over the Cape Fear River from Brunswick County.

    Summer activities on tap have included junior naturalists, animal keepers and coastal crusaders camps for children and teens (advance fees and registration required).

    Day visitors of all ages are offered a chance to experience the sights and sounds of “The Waters of the Cape Fear,” from freshwater streams and swamps to coastline habitats, to reefs and the open ocean.

  • Ticker (ID No. A008445) is a black-and-white male domestic shorthair. He has been at the shelter since June 17. The shelter’s adoption fees for female cats and kittens is $55, which includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery. Adoption fees for male cats and kittens are $35, which includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV test, rabies vaccination and neuter surgery. The shelter, at 429 Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) in Supply, is open to the public for viewing animals and adoptions from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • The moon has fascinated humanity since our creation. Since it is such a beautiful object in the sky, how could it not captivate one’s attention? We watch the moon as it waxes and wanes during the month as the sunlight travels across its face, illuminating its splendor.

    As a child, I remember the first time looking through a telescope to view the moon. I was amazed how much detail was visible in the eyepiece of my telescope. The moon was full and I could see mountains along the edge. It was not just a round orb but also a complex object full of features.

  • Just like the bottle of laundry detergent that screams “new” when the only thing new is the bottle, plant nerds like me love unfamiliar selections.

    One of the most enjoyable things I get to do is bring new plants to the area and see if they can live up to their billing. We brought back a group of plants from the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh a couple of weeks ago and these will be added to the Brunswick Botanical Garden and the New Hanover County Arboretum as soon as they are large enough to withstand the rigors of growing in the garden.

  • Hot, dry weather favors powdery mildew. It is typically not fatal to woody ornamentals but can make them look bad. To control, spray every 7-14 days as soon as you notice the disease. Bayleton, Banner, Heritage and Daconil have activity against powdery mildew.

    Summer bug invasion

  • Extreme heat in southeastern North Carolina has many gardeners seeking relief indoors. This is the time when gardeners must be cautious when working in the heat; however, there are still gardening tasks that must be done. If you can, work outside in the early morning before the heat of the day becomes oppressive. The evening might also be somewhat cool, but you may have to contend with clouds of mosquitoes.

  • Allison Marie Boehm and Kyle David Hannah of Richmond, Va., were married May 15 at The Isles Beach Club and Restaurant on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Rev. Lamar Boulware officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Boehm II of Richmond, Va. She is the granddaughter of Manota H. Thompson of Martinsville, Va., and the late John J. Thompson, Mary Boehm Gillam of Ocean Isle Beach, the late Richard G. Boehm and late Ben H. Gillam.

  • Family and friends celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of longtime Brunswick County residents, Richard and Lynn Petch, at their home in Ash on Saturday, May 23. The couple met in high school in Durham and attended Duke University together. They were married May 25, 1959, in Loris, S.C. They owned and operated Farwinds Stables in Calabash for about 35 years. Through Farwinds, the Petches offered horsemanship and riding lessons, summer camps for children, farriers services and care for horses as well as operating a hay farm on the premises.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Amber Maier and Joshua Gordon. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kimberly and Horace Ponds Jr. of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Angela and Ronald Gordon of Shallotte. A Sept. 26 wedding is planned at Sharon United Methodist Church on Holden Beach Road.

  • Daniel and Laura Russ of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Haylea Grace Russ, born at 6:08 a.m. July 5 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Joshua, 6.

    Maternal grandparents are Ed and Betty Parbst of Supply. Paternal grandparents are James and Connie Russ of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Great-grandparent is E.V. Gore of Ocean Isle Beach.