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Today's Features

  • By Elsa Bonstein

    Beacon Correspondent

    When most boys were playing baseball and going to Boy Scout meetings, Chuck Fleming of Sunset Beach was serving in the Navy. He enlisted on Nov. 12, 1947, at the age of 15. By the time he was 16, Fleming was an air traffic controller.

    Today, these boys-turned-soldiers are called “Young Warriors” and are part of an organization called Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS). All of the members of VUMS were underage when they served in the U.S. military. Some were as young as 12 or 13 years old.

  • By Elsa Bonstein

    Beacon Correspondent

    Membership in Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS) requires a person to have served in the U.S. military while under the age of 17.

    World War II Merchant Marine vets need to be younger than 16, and women vets of World War II need to have served while under the age of 20.

  • Little Sammy was found as a stray in need of a home right away. He weighs 17 pounds, is housebroken, loves to play with his people and toys, but hates the cold and wet outdoors. He’s been neutered, is up-to-date on his shots, and is in a foster home due to the weather. Please call to make an appointment to see Sammy at Paws Place. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m. to noon daily.

  • My wife and I attended a Halloween dinner years ago prepared by my good friend, Jim Stanley, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who continued this tradition for his kids and family until his untimely passing a short time ago.

    Jim explained it’s “not really about the food as much as it is about the atmosphere you create and the presentation of the dishes and the implication of what they might be.”

  • As the flowering season for Encore azaleas winds down, it’s time for a performance update.

    I’m in the process of adding all 23 selections to my own garden, but I’m only half way there. The good folks at Flowerwood Nursery in Alabama, who developed the Encore line, were kind enough to donate two of each of the 23 varieties for us to plant in the Brunswick Botanical Garden in the metropolis of Bolivia.

  • Donald Adams of Oak Island has provided much of the information in this article. The Brunswick County Master Gardener volunteers are beholden to him for providing us with information on how to propagate, grow and enjoy the Confederate rose.

    The time is approaching when it is time to take cuttings. I have been asked by several people on when and how to take cuttings. Adams will provide us with that information.

  • Who says that we don’t have much color change for the fall in our area? Take time to enjoy the cool, fresh, fall days and look around and you will be amazed at how many plants offer a colorful palate of orange, yellow, red and purple hues.

  • Many people think of salt and sodium as being the same thing, but they are not.

    Table salt is 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. It is the sodium portion of salt that is important to people concerned about high blood pressure.

  • If I hear the word change one more time, I think I am going to scream! On the political scene, it has been the buzz for months.

    Each candidate in turn, from national to local, has grabbed the word, held it tightly, and squeezed the life out of it.

    Each has questioned the ability of the other to promote change. Each has tested the validity of change itself. Each has threatened to explore change at the price of stability and pronounced change as the answer to all ills.

    On the cusp of electing a new president, change is electrifying the air.

  • Who’s in control?

    As the school year has started to rage on for me and my friends, it has become painfully obvious time keeps on turning.

    There is always a next deadline, a next sports practice, and rarely is there ever a night with no homework.

    It is no longer about deciding what do to with one’s free time. Instead, life becomes about what subject should be studied first, and when one will actually be able to get some sleep.