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Today's Features

  • One of my daughters relayed a story to me with the comment it might be a good column. The tale involved a supermarket bagger who was also living with Down’s syndrome.

    Scoffers might quickly race to Snopes to check out its veracity. Cynics might well sneer at its simplicity. Fable, fiction or fact everyone can glean value from most narratives, no matter how accurate the details might be.

    This presentation about Johnny, the supermarket bagger in Akron, Ohio, fits the description of valued and valuable sketches.

  • Even though that silly Pennsylvania groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that in our neck of the woods. After a cold blast, we’ve had a few warm days. That means it’s time to get some late winter chores done.

  • When in a restaurant, a dinner for two always seems special. Whether you’re a couple or a couple of old friends, it always seems like a special occasion. Unfortunately, when the table for two is at home, it isn’t regarded with the same kind of reverence.

    Making meals for two rather than a large crowd can reintroduce you to the enjoyment of cooking just for the two of you. When you don’t have to plan for feeding large groups, preparing food can be fun again.

  • March is a busy month for gardeners around the house, in the vegetable garden and in the landscape. Here are some gardening tips for you to consider this month.

    Houseplants

    Repot houseplants in fresh commercial potting mix. Before reusing old pots, clean them with detergent and water, or 10 percent chlorine bleach solution, to remove salts and disease-causing microorganisms. Most commercial potting mixes have some fertilizer in them, so wait a month after repotting before fertilizing.

    Edibles

  • Plan now to implement some time saving tips to keep your garden more maintenance free this summer.

    If you fertilize your lawn once this spring during a wet period, the fertilizer will go down into the soil and the roots will reach down after it.

  • Veronica Maresca and Tim Madison were married Feb. 21 in Charleston, S.C., by the Rev. Tal Madison, the groom’s brother.

    The groom’s daughter, Veronica Brooke Madison, served as flower girl.

    The bride wore an ivory satin halter dress accented by champagne-colored lace.

    She carried a bouquet of ivory and sahara roses accented with pearl pins.

    A reception followed at the Planter’s Inn in Charleston, S.C.

    The bride is the daughter Ann Maresca of Sunset Beach. She is employed at Carolina Golf Coast Properties Real EState.

  • Meet on Main Street this Saturday, March 14, for the 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Calabash Elks Lodge is among participants from Brunswick County who will be marching in the 9 a.m. “parade of green.” This includes the Elks’ renowned kazoo band members who have been rehearsing and will be in green and in tune as they step along in the festive procession.

  • The sound of thundering motorcycle engines will be heard throughout eastern North Carolina on March 28 as people gear up to fight cancer during a Hope Motorcycle Run.

    For the first time ever, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender and Onslow counties are taking their Relay For Life fundraising efforts across all four counties. Understanding cancer knows no boundaries, volunteers are uniting for this event to make a difference in their communities.

  • They followed their patients from the moment they arrived at the hospital—from triage to CAT scans to the pharmacy where they were dispensed M&Ms.

    Twenty students from the county’s four middle schools—Leland, South Brunswick, Shallotte and Waccamaw—participated in the two-day MASH camp at Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • Gold, silver, green and sparkling crystals adorned the room with black and white tablecloths where 28 youth were honored recently at the annual 4-H achievement banquet.

    Dressed in their best fancy dresses, suits, ties and hats, the honorees entered to have their photos taken. With more than 87 people in attendance, the night was one to remember, as 4-H youth entered the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension office on a walkway roped off with stanchions and a green carpet runway lined with “Hall of Fame” stars.