Today's Features

  • Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent

  • One of my favorite things to do is visit plant nurseries. It’s always fascinating to see the innovations and all of the great plants. And, the people are some of the best folks around. It’s even more fun when I get introduced to a new, or just improved, plant. In recent weeks, I have seen a new selection of Shantung maple and an improvement of our native fringe tree or Old Man’s Beard.

  • Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Dec. 20

    Pot roast au jus, brown rice, okra/tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Dec. 21

    Italian beef/shells, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 22

    Pork chop/gravy, rice pilaf, succotash, fresh fruit-apple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Dec. 23

    Closed for holidays.

    Friday, Dec. 24

  • One of the more popular holiday traditions is baking Christmas cookies. But for most of us, time is in short demand during the holiday rush, and this family tradition can sometimes turn into a major chore.

  • Blood drive set for Dec. 16

    There will be a blood drive from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in the Cooperative Extension building. Donors are strongly urged to schedule an appointment by calling 253-2016. Walk-ins are welcome; however, appointments will be taken first. 

  • At 101, Adelina Filocamo and her dog Marco walking on a leash by her side are a familiar sight at Shallotte Assisted Living.

    Connecticut natives Nick and Lillian Szeszkowski celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary this past September.

    And Isaac Hardy, 72, is known for the regular walks he goes on around Shallotte, returning to the Mulberry Street facility later in the day.

  • Cantata set for Dec. 12

    Calvary Baptist Church’s adult choir, under the direction of Kelly Page, will present its Christmas cantata, “The First Noel: A King is Born,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

    At 6 p.m. the children and youth will continue the Christmas celebration with music and drama, followed by a repeat performance of the Christmas cantata by the adult choir. Refreshments will be served following the evening performance.

    Church plans Christmas dinner

  • Waiting is too hard to do. Yet, wait we do, on a daily basis. We wait for medical appointments. We wait in cashiers’ lines. We wait for delivery of purchases. We wait to heal from injuries and illnesses. We wait to hear good news and wait fearfully for the drop of the other shoe. We wait in anticipation as well as anxiety.

  • The 16th annual Arts by the Shore art show took place at the Oak Island Recreation Center Nov. 19-21.

    The reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 21, was hosted by Roger Tatum, president of the Oak Island Art Guild; Joyce Grazetti, chairman of the Oak Island Art Guild ABTS Committee; and Billie Jayroe, representative of Oak Island Parks & Recreation. The show was co-sponsored by the Oak Island Art Guild and Oak Island Parks & Recreation.

  •  “Gift to a nonprofit this holiday season” is the message being sent by Cynthia Tart, CIS executive director, to the community.

    According to a Harris Interactive Study conducted on gift giving, 84 percent of people prefer to receive a gift that benefits someone else instead of a traditional present. Consider making donations in the names of friends and family members in lieu of purchasing presents this holiday season.