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Today's Features

  • Amanda and Daniel Brown of Leland are the parents of a son, Brantley Chase Brown, born at 7:47 a.m. Nov. 27 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (born en route to the hospital), weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches in length.
    He joins a brother, Braeden, 4, and a sister, Megan, 8.
    Maternal grandparents are Ronda and Michael Willetts of Leland. Paternal grandparents are Joey and Debbie Brown of Winnabow and Cheryl and Jerry Jarmon of Burgaw.

  • A Christmas sky show from east to west, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
    A learned stargazer can see a manger with two donkeys, three kings following a bright star and two shepherds. If those images were not enough, a cross is visible and with the help of a telescope a Christmas tree is visible.
    All you need is a star chart and a constellation book about the culture beliefs of star images. Remember Greek and Roman mythology are not the only narratives about the stars.

  • SHALLOTTE—Cinnamon pecans are tucked in the oven, while visions of chocolate-chip oatmeal cookies and English toffee dance in Catherine Cheatham’s head.

    At 13, the Shallotte Middle School seventh-grader already knows what she wants to be when she grows up. She wants to own her bakery—Butterbean’s Bakery, to be precise—since she already has a name for it.

    For now, she’s getting in lots of preparation and practice as she bakes for her family and teachers for the holidays.

  • Service schedule set for December
    Calabash Presbyterian Church has announced the following updated Christmas service schedule:
    Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. Christmas cantata; Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. communion, candlelight service; Dec. 25 at 9 a.m. Sunday worship service; and Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. Sunday worship service.

  • I received an email from a friend in New Jersey that contained a link to YouTube. I am rather circumspect regarding these kinds of things, but the sender usually has interesting sites for me to explore. So, I tuned in, and tuned into the message sung against a variety of backgrounds that gave historical reference to the need for people to speak out against injustice.
    As I listened to the words of the song, I felt the depth of feeling that accompanied it.

  • By Myra Burgess
    Family Nutrition Program Assistant
    Expanded Foods & Nutrition Program
    County Cooperative Extension

  • By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE STAFF
    NC COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
    BRUNSWICK COUNTY CENTER
    The holiday season can put people at risk for foodborne illnesses. Refrigerators and dining rooms are full, parties and celebrations are plentiful and some of the foods we only prepare once a year, challenging even the most experienced cook.
    Test your food safety knowledge by answering the following true or false questions.

  • The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer the popular Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program beginning Jan. 10, 2012. The program is designed to teach home gardeners the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina.
    Classes will meet from 9 a.m.-noon each Tuesday from Jan. 10 through May 1, 2012, at the Brunswick County Extension Center in the Government Complex in Bolivia.

  • It’s that time of year again to celebrate and consume a great deal of food. Time to hang those lights, decorate those Christmas trees and shop till we drop. Work in the garden has started to wind down. Some days of winter can be dreary and cold.

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, Dec. 19
    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, sugar cookies, orange juice, Italian bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, Dec. 20
    Herb baked chicken filet/gravy, mashed potatoes, collards, fruit cocktail, biscuit/whole-wheat roll, beverage.
    Wednesday, Dec. 21
    Sliced roast beef au jus, brown rice, vegetable blend, applesauce, Jell-O, whole-wheat dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Thursday, Dec. 22