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Today's Features

  • For members of a small gallery, some Franklin Square Gallery artists won big at the statewide watercolor show in Greenville and several other competitions.

    Six artists from this Southport cooperative gallery had their work accepted to this prestigious juried show and five won major prizes. Others won awards in Beaufort, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and locally.

  • The winners in the 14th annual Arts by the Shore, hosted by Oak Island Art Guild and Oak Island Parks and Recreation, have been announced.

    Jane Staszak, an award-winning artist and judge from South Carolina, was the juror.

    Best of Show

    “Thunderhead” by Dick Staat.

    Two-Dimensional

    Oil

    First place: “Old Wilmington Beauty” by Ann Lees.

    Second place: “Morning Rush” by Phil Meade.

    Third place: “Paint Job” by Ortrud Tyler.

    Acrylics

  • Thanksgiving dinner usually revolves around a glorious, bronzed, succulent roast turkey. This is actually one of the easiest parts of the meal.

    Plan on about 1-1/2 pounds of turkey for each person. You can buy a frozen turkey and thaw it ahead of time, cook your turkey still frozen (see below) or order a fresh bird. With a frozen bird, you have to plan ahead to thaw it. It takes at least 24 hours in the refrigerator for every 5 pounds of turkey, so a 20-pound bird will take 4-5 days to thaw.

    Brining the Turkey

  • Obviously, I have just returned from an intense couple of hours entrenched in the anxieties, terrors and corruption of 1928 Los Angeles in the film, ‘Changeling.’

    From the onset, I was immersed in the story of the abduction of Walter Collins and the ceaseless battle waged by his mother, Christine, as she fought to learn of her son’s whereabouts.

  •  BY LAURA LEWIS

    SUPPLY—Teams competing in “Are You Smarter Than a Village Schooler?” on Saturday night had to know some stuff.

    They needed to know the three most important nutrients for plant growth. They were asked how many quarters are in $3.50, what a six-sided figure is called and what is the longest river in the world, among dozens of other things.

  • There have been a number of calls to the hotline recently concerning moving plants. Generally speaking, the optimum time for moving plants is during the dormant period.

    Following are a few suggestions:

    1) Most shrubs and trees should be moved during their dormant season. For some, this will be just after they shed their leaves. Others, such as azaleas, will require waiting until late fall, winter or early spring. For this area, dormant season is January through March.

  • If you’re like me and get bored pretty easily, you may be wondering what to do in the garden now mowing and battling weeds is slowing down. Of course, there’s always football, basketball, hockey, eating too much and all of those parties and family get-togethers during the holiday season to look forward to, but there’s nothing more therapeutic than getting some dirt under those fingernails.

  • If blossom-end rot plagued your tomato crop this growing season, the soil pH could be off. Soil test now so slow acting lime has a chance to get to where it is needed before the next growing season.

    After a killing frost has hit your asparagus beds, it is time to cut the dead foliage to the ground.

    Continue to rake leaves off the lawn. You can use a sweeper attachment on the mower or a bagger. Place leaves on a compost pile for next year. A mulching blade will also work to chop up the leaves and distribute back onto the lawn.

  • Jennifer S. Fritz and Donald H. Walbroehl were married July 25 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in New York.

    The Rev. Harold Carrier officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Joseph and Janet Fritz of Sunset Beach, formerly of Troy, N.Y.

    The groom is the son of Patsy and Tom Burns of Mechanicville, N.Y.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her parents.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jamie Lynne Swaringen of Richfield and Roger Derek Morton of Albemarle. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Judith Lynn Swaringen and the granddaughter of Don and Sandy Swaringen of Richfield. The prospective groom is the son of Todd and Teresa Morton of Albemarle and the grandson of Gene and Barbara Norris of Dunn and Roger and Pat Morton of Supply. He is a graduate of West Brunswick High School. A March 28, 2009, wedding is planned at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Richfield.