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Today's Features

  • Have you ever tried to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds? It is a Cuban New Year’s tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, signifying the last 12 months of the year.

    As New Year’s Day approaches, people around the world will plan for the coming year, eager to get off to the best possible start. Many people will “eat for luck” by planning to eat special foods that, by tradition, are supposed to bring them good luck.

  • Last year about this time, we looked at some attainable resolutions for gardeners, including enjoying the garden more and obsessing less, using soil and water samples and not trying to grow turfgrasses in the shade. Here are a few suggestions for garden resolutions for 2009:

    If having a great looking lawn is high on your priority list, resolve to figure out what should be done and do it in a timely manner. The warm-season grasses we grow are different from cool-season grasses like tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass that are commonly grown in colder climates.

  • Camellias may be propagated from seed (5-6 years), by cuttings (3 years), by grafting (2-3 years), or by air layering (1 year).

    Camellia blooms will last four to five days when floated in water in a shallow bowl. Most of the shown blooms are treated with gibberellic acid, which forces the flower to be larger and bloom earlier.

    Some recommended varieties for beginning growers are:

    1) Debutante: Light pink, medium bloom in a full peony form.

    2) Alba Plena: White, medium bloom, formal double bloom.

  • We are already seeing the effects of early cold temperatures. Daffodils are blooming at the Brunswick Botanical Gardens and in my yard as well.

    Plants become confused when temperatures fluctuate between warm and cold, especially at this time of year. It is nice to see the color but did you really want the bulbs to bloom this early? If you want to delay the flower set for bulbs, you may have to plant them in cooler spots in the landscape or perhaps plant them a little deeper next time.

  • Ignorance is bliss. I have heard that aphorism ever since I was a child. It provided a safe haven, an excuse, a reason to avoid risk-taking and profound thinking. Other maxims followed in its wake.

    “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” “Don’t ask...don’t tell.” “If you keep silent, no one will know that you don’t know. If you speak, all doubt will be removed.”

  • Comedian Jon Reep will be the featured headliner in the first “Stand Up For Charity,” a fundraiser sponsored by the Shallotte Junior Women’s Club set for this Saturday, Jan. 3, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Reep, originally from Hickory, is the 2007 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is also known as “the Hemi guy” in the Dodge commercials.

    The show will also feature two opening acts—Brad Reeder and Brooklin Green.

  • For the 12th year, Brunswick Nuclear Plant employees have come together to give back to the community for the holidays through bicycle donations.

    Since its inception, the program has provided more than 1,200 children with bicycles and helmets. The annual bike drive gives employees at the nuclear plant the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child through donating money and time, and this year’s participation rate has been record-breaking.

  • What began as a senior project for West Brunswick High School seniors Ainsley Wood and Meredith Cox turned into a life-changing experience for an autistic 9-year-old boy and his family.

    Wood and Cox each began their projects with a different subject area of research—Wood focused on autism and Cox on the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding.

    “I thought it’d be interesting to know about [autism],” Wood said.

  • Al and Kathy Ward of Sunset Beach recently spent a weekend touring New York City as winners of the Big Apple Holiday Getaway presented by ATMC.

    The couple’s entry was submitted to www.atmconline.com, and they were selected via random drawing to win the four-day, three night trip, including accommodations at the Four Diamond Muse Hotel in New York’s famed theater district, airfare, tickets to NBC Studio Tour, dinner at the Rainbow Room and tickets to the dress rehearsal of the Dec. 6 episode of Saturday Night Live.

  • Pete and Augusta K. Singletary of Holden Beach celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 25. They were married in 1958 at Sharon United Methodist Church in Supply. They now have two daughters, Opal S. Hayes and Rita S. Elliott, and four granddaughters, all in Supply.