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Today's Features

  • If you haven’t seen the colorful fall foliage, then walk outside and take a look. Your eyes are in for a wonderful treat.

    Our botanical garden in Bolivia is peaking with many bright hues of yellow, red, orange and purple. I often hear we do not have any color change in southeastern North Carolina, but I beg to differ. There are a number of plants showing off right now, but hurry, it will not last.

    If you like what you see and want to add more color in your landscape, then jot down the names of the plants you like and plant them this fall.

  • For me, the word library conjures up images of cold, stone buildings. I can still smell the musty odor that lingered in the air, exciting the imagination and exacerbating an air of literary mystery.

    Order was paramount in that place. Books dared not venture from their Dewey Decimal System placement and readers dared not return them to a spot that differed from their original place.

  • GRISSETTOWN—All things Italian will be celebrated this Saturday at Silver Coast Winery, which is staging its annual Festa Italia 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The event kicks off with master of ceremonies Dave “The Bopper” Overby warming up the crowd with Italian songs.

    At noon, Larry Tanelli and the Paisans will perform until 3 p.m., bringing their renowned tribute to Louis Prima.

    Also at noon, the Carolinas Italian American Organization (CIAO) will be on hand to organize Festa Italia’s annual bocce tournament, which is open to everyone.

  • Do you hate it when you brown ground beef for tacos, chili, casseroles or spaghetti sauce and end up with large chunks that are hard to break down? Or maybe you just like it all chunky.

    When making spaghetti sauce, you’ll want to have the beef in small pieces, which gives the sauce a smoother texture and at the same time allows you to have meat with every bite. The same goes with chili, as it can be quite a messy food to eat with large pieces of ground beef clumped together.

  • STAFF REPORT 

    GRISSETTOWN—All things Italian will be celebrated this Saturday at Silver Coast Winery, which is staging its annual Festa Italia 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The event kicks off with master of ceremonies Dave “The Bopper” Overby warming up the crowd with Italian songs.

    At noon, Larry Tanelli and the Paisans will perform until 3 p.m., bringing their renowned tribute to Louis Prima.

  •  Beagle Bailey

  • Ask anyone about salt and they’ll tell you it’s bad for you. Well, they’re wrong. Salt is not bad for you. Your body needs it to function properly.

    What’s bad for you is excessive salt, or actually, the sodium part of salt.

    Americans consume an estimated 4,000-4,500 mg of salt a day. We only need 500 mg a day, and it’s recommended we get no more than 2,400 mg a day—about the amount in one teaspoon of salt.

  • Those of you who keep up with my ramblings via this great newspaper, radio or television, know I have a bit of Japanese maple mania. With more than 500 selections, it is easy to go a little Acer palmatum nutty.

    Even though my garden is pretty small, I’ve figured out a way to work in seven different Japanese maples—Bloodgood, Emperor I, Crimson Queen, Tamukeyama, Orangeola, Seiryu and Sango Kaku. If my Emerald Pagoda Japanese Snowbell continues to disappoint, there may be some extra space opening up.

  • There has always been a concern for runoff into our waterways. Water runoff may carry pollutants that can wreak havoc in our sensitive environmental estuaries and marshes.

    Dislodged particles of soil and water soluble materials, whether they are nutrients or other chemicals, can move across the surface of even gentle slopes and be deposited into ditches or canals ultimately ending up in our water ways. Buffer strips help to filter out most pollutants and can trap sediment or other particles from entering our streams.

  • If you haven’t purchased your daffodil bulbs for next year, you better hurry right now to the garden center to pick out some beauties for next year’s landscape.

    Daffodils are among the easiest, most affordable and pest-free perennials available. One requirement is daffodils need to be vernalized; that is, they need both the cold and the warmth to bloom. Daffodils require a short chill period as opposed to tulips, which require a longer chill period. Our winters are cool enough for daffodils, as we can see as they continue to come back year after year.