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Today's Features

  • I’ve collected a number of grilled recipes over the years, dividing them into entrees, side dishes and dessert categories. Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers or hot dogs. Try grilling combinations of different vegetables or even fruits.

    Many vegetables do really well on a grill, but try to avoid those with a high water content, like cucumbers, celery or greens. Some of the best grilling vegetables are asparagus, eggplant, onions, a variety of peppers and even cabbage.

     

  • Even though September has been fairly warm, the cooler days of autumn are upon us. We’ll soon be enjoying the brightly colored blooms of early “sasanqua” camellias and the spicy scent of osmanthus. These transition times are also great for taking stock of what happened during our long, hot summer.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Alison Dru Vrooman of Charleston, S.C., and Andrew Thomas Henson of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dennis B. and Carol J. Vrooman of Tulsa, Okla. The prospective groom is the son of John L. and Cindy R. Henson of Ocean Isle Beach. A Nov. 6 wedding is planned at Trinity United Methodist Church in Charleston, S.C.

  • John O’Donahue wrote, “There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect...something instinctive in us expects it.” His words brought me up short. It is not that I disbelieve what he stated. It is that I am often unaware of the blessings I have received in places I least expect.

  • This year, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7288 in Calabash celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner/dance at the post on Aug. 14. Chartered on Aug. 4, 1985, the auxiliary started with 45 charter members and now has a membership of 166, with 52 of them life members.

    The auxiliary has had steady growth since 1985 and members have loyally contributed their time, talents and heart to provide assistance to the veterans and their families and to aid active duty troops and their families.

  • Newcomers Club to meet Sept. 15

    The Brunswick Newcomers Club will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Southport Community Center, 223 E. Bay St. (between Bay and Moore streets). The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments, followed by the formal meeting at 10 a.m.

    This first meeting of the year will be devoted to presentations of the club’s social and travel plans for the coming year. Sign-up sheets for various activities and trips will be available at the meeting.

  • Members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7288 in Calabash attended the 2010 VFW National Convention from Aug. 21-26 in Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Gospel jubilee set

    The Winnabow Gospel Jubilee will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Zion Baptist Church, N.C. 130 West in Ash. This is a free event.

    For those interested in singing or more information, call Billy Hill at 209-4927.

    Ladner to lead prayers

    Betty Ladner will be ministering prayer for the sick, jobless and those with addictions at Community Chapel, 569 Holden Beach Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17.

  • The phone rang, jarring me from my typical summer mid-afternoon reverie, also known as a reviving nap. Without caller ID, I responded generically to the cheery, “Hi, how are you?” Thankfully, the woman at the other end of the phone mentioned her name. 

    “This is Lottie Howard. Are you busy on Sunday? I’m calling to ask you to come to the celebration of our 60th wedding anniversary...a year and two days late. Everyone will be there. Just come any time from noon to 5 p.m.”

  • Maggie and John Tomlinson of Charlotte are the parents of a boy, Reynolds Mason Tomlinson, born at 1:22 p.m. July 7 at Charlotte Presbyterian.

    He joins a sister, Ava Jane, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are Patty and Terry Garrison of Holden Beach and Alan and Karen Nealeans of Lewisville.

    Paternal grandparents are Don Tomlinson of Asheville and the late Jane Tomlinson.

    Great-grandparents are Carolyn and Bill Tomlinson of Georgia.

    Great-great-grandparent is Pearl Brockwell of Chapel Hill.