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Today's Features

  • Poison ivy is an unwanted weed that shows up in residential home and commercial landscape projects. To sensitive individuals, the effect of poison ivy can be an interference with daily contracting activities. Some people are more sensitive than others to the effects of poison ivy; however, sensitivity can change from time to time so that someone who was not affected by it at one time can get a reaction at another time.

  • The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service defines landscaping as “the art of organizing and enriching outdoor space through the placement of plants and structures in agreeable and useful relationship with the natural setting.”

  • The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend grains as the foundation of a healthy diet. In fact, the new Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid recommend at least three servings of whole grains daily, or making half your grain servings whole, with the other half coming from enriched or whole grains. Yet currently, less than 10 percent of Americans eat three servings daily and most eat an average of less than one serving per day.

  • Primetime is one of my favorite television programs, so it was more than happenstance that I watched a program with the intriguing title, “The Last Lecture.” Because of the comparatively late hour it is televised, despite my best efforts, I often slip into sleep, but it was not the case this time. I was completely “hooked” with Professor Randy Pausch’s opening remarks.

  • Beach Assembly of God to host program

    Beach Assembly of God, 6730 Ocean Hwy. W. in Ocean Isle Beach, will host a special service featuring Building HOPE Prison Ministries at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

    Love gifts will be received for Building HOPE founders Gary and Donna Phelps.

    For more information, call 579-9701.

    All day Mah Jongg tournament planned

    The Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-EL will host an all-day summer Mah Jongg tournament on Thursday, June 12, at Temple Emanu-EL Rosen Center, 65th Ave. and Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christy Montgomery and Michael Szwed, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of June and Charles Simpson of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The prospective groom is the son of Deborah Szwed of Longs, S.C. and Michael Szwed Sr. of New Jersey. A March 14, 2009, ceremony is planned at Chapel By The Sea.

  • Kristin Ann Lesley and Jason Britt Parker, both of Lakeland, Fla., were married at 8 p.m. March 23 in a double-ring ceremony in the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

  • I left Ocean Ridge for an adventure of a lifetime in Antarctica’s White Wilderness at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 27. My wife Carol opted not to join me (as did many other saner Ocean Ridge residents) as she had a healthy fear of the ship ride from Argentina through the Drake Passage (the roughest body of water in the world as the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the turbulent waters of the Antarctic converge).

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Ongoing through June 15

  • Wherever I look in landscapes and turf, I see winter annual weeds going to seed. Now is a great time to assess the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of fall weed management programs. If henbit, speedwells, annual bluegrass and other winter annuals are plentiful in your beds, consider using a pre-emergence herbicide next August to prevent these pesky weeds from being as much of a nuisance next year.