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Today's Features

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s Stagestruck Players will present the high-energy musical “Grease” March 10-12 and March 17-19 at BLT’s new home at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    The musical, set in fictional Rydell High School in 1959, features characters from blue-collar working-class families. Musical numbers mimic early rock-and-roll and pulsate with youthful excitement.

    Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 and 17-18 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12 and 19.

  •  For the past couple of years I’ve been following a blog on home organization by Taylor Flannery. The concept is to do something little every day and by the end of the year your house will be “decluttered.” While I don’t always do the daily or weekly organizational challenges, I do get some good ideas. The real challenge is to get busy and do something.

  •  Over the past decade, science has shown dogs and cats tend to relax when listening to certain music. Classical music, especially Mozart compositions, has been the primary focus of these earlier experiments. The so-called “Mozart effect” seemed to soothe toddlers, dogs and cats, at least temporarily.

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    Hubby Dear often speaks fondly of his godmother, a Roman Catholic nun now deceased. She was a woman of faith, fidelity, and forcefulness. The bar was always raised in her presence. On one occasion in his life, when H.D. was just knee high to a grasshopper, he received a card from her that bore a simple message, but one he has never forgotten. It read, “An obstacle is something that gets in the way when you take your eye off the goal.”

  •  Ann Fiore of Calabash, formerly of New Jersey, will celebrate her 80thbirthday March 4, 2017.

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  •  By John Nelson

     

    I’m trying to poison my botany students. Well, that’s what most of them think.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Ripley Billeaud and Joel Richardson, both of Greensboro. The bride-elect is the daughter of Rhonda and Greg Billeaud of Whiteville. The prospective groom is the son of Missy and Steve Richardson of Clarkton. A March 11, 2017, wedding is planned in Jacksonville, Fla.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Jorge L. Rios, son of Maria C. Benjamin of Leland, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Rios completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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    By Sam Marshall

     

    Any successful gardener in this area will tell you that the key to a beautiful lawn or garden starts with healthy soil. The only way to ensure your soil is healthy is to conduct a soil test. Soil test results guide decisions like which type of fertilizer to use and whether or not to apply lime. Different types of plants have different pH and nutrient requirements. By soil testing, you can ensure you are applying the proper amounts for optimal growth of all your plants.