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Today's Features

  • Many homeowners care for lawns, gardens, shrubs and trees by applying plant nutrients and sometimes pesticides.

    When these items are improperly stored or applied, the result may be that these products move through the soil into the groundwater or wash off into surface waters.

    Fertilizers should be stored in a locked, dry cabinet. Keep fertilizers and pesticides on separate shelves. Load your fertilizer spreader on the driveway or other hard surface so you can easily sweep up any spills.

  • ‘Full steam ahead‘ for Turfgrass

    Now is the time to get started on the warm season grass activities (e.g. Bermuda, centipede, zoysia and St. Augustine).

    Seed, sprig, plug or plant rolls of sod now and throughout the summer in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina.

    Fertilize, water, mow low and let it grow. Centipede is the exception to the typical lime and fertilizer suggestions, since centipedegrass prefers acid soils and fertilizing just once in early June.

  • There is no plant success story quite like the one for loropetalumor (Chinese fringe flower).

    The traditional plant with green leaves and creamy white flowers languished in relative obscurity for several hundred years.

    Interest in the plant exploded in the 1980s with the introduction of selections with burgundy foliage and hot pink flowers. Now, only 20 years later, pink loropetalums are as common as Dale Earnhardt Jr. T-shirts at Talledaga.

  • The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte.

    Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    FICTION

    “Practically Perfect” by Katie Forde. Witty and romantic.

    “Nice To Come Home To” by Rebecca Flowers. A smart, funny, entertaining novel of love, family and community.

    “Wit’s End” by Karen Joy Fowler. A sly and clever novel of mystery, intrigue and virtual reality.

  • It’s been 25 years of songs, rehearsals, makeup and lights for the various county residents who’ve been active in the Brunswick Little Theatre since its first production of the musical “Brigadoon” in 1983.

    The founding members weren’t so sure it would last this long, but now, two of the most active theater participants are honoring the company’s roots with a special tribute—a free, outdoor musical revue, or as the directors call it, a “Silver Review.”

  • Unlike most other vinegars, balsamic vinegar is a perfectly tuned balance of sharp, sweet, rich and piquant. It is believed the best balsamic vinegars hail from the Modena and Reggio-Emilia regions in Italy, where the use of barrels made from various woods give these vinegars their exceptional flavor.

    ORIGINS AND HISTORY

  • Sometimes, in life, all a person wants is a listening ear. Sometimes, talking to someone is enough to lessen the impact of troubles and to minimize pain.

    Sometimes, it is the tool that opens Pandora’s box. Sometimes, it serves as a magnificent means to clarify our thoughts and expose our needs. Talking opens the dam of difficulties.

    Listening provides a vehicle for the overflow to escape without causing damage. It also offers an effective route toward healing.

  • ‘Coffee House Cabaret‘ at Sharon

    The Senior Choir of Sharon United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Coffee House Cabaret at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the church, 2030 Holden Beach Road.

    Coffee and dessert will be served followed by an evening of entertainment, including jazz, country and western and golden oldie music.

    The public is invited to this free event. Donations received will go toward the church building fund.

    For further information, call the church office at 842-2929.

    Cancer research fundraiser set

  • Allen and Lesley Williams of Holden Beach are the parents of a daughter, Ava Marie Williams, born at 9:48 a.m. April 10 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    She joins a sister, Aley, 17 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Lyn and Judy Holden of Holden Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Fred and Eliza Williams of St. Pauls.

    Great-grandfather is Frederick Williams of Rex.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Laura Antonio Libero of Salemburg and William Richard Hickman of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Angelo and Roberta Libero of Salemburg. The prospective groom is the son of Yogi and Gail Hickman of Ocean Isle Beach. A June 28 wedding is planned at New Beginnings Community Church.