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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson 

     

    A simple lunch for a botanist on a field trip … and this mystery plant isn’t much of a mystery. I think you know what it is. There are two basic reasons why you should eat avocados:

  •  Have you ever noticed a small, orange-and-black critter congregating on your summer vegetable plants? Similarly, have you encountered a larger one that appears to be wearing bell-bottom pants? A common mid-season pest, leaf-footed bugs are nuisance pests on many fruit and vegetable crops, as well as nut trees and some ornamental plants. And as the summer wears on, they will become more problematic, so act now to avoid damage to your summer vegetables.

     

    What are leaf-footed bugs?

  •  Recent studies have shown that dark, leafy greens lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. These greens also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect cells in the eyes from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, helping to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.

  •  Sometimes, we act and live in ways that evoke odd feelings. Sometimes, living seems to be nothing more or less than a job. Sometimes, we find ourselves living in a part-time existence. We are part-time parents, part-time siblings, part-time offspring, part-time employees, part-time grandparents. With a degree of anguish, we try to isolate one from the other, to be wholly one or the other. It doesn’t work. The choice of one in isolation from another results in our feeling torn, estranged, weird, and incredibly sad.

  •  Stephen Ikalowych of Oak Island was commissioned into the Marine Corps during a ceremony May 8 at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Families, friends, faculty and staff assembled at the Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus to honor the newly commissioned officers. The commissioning cadets and students took oaths accepting their appointments as officers in the U.S. armed services.

     

  •  Krystal Esau and James Grissett were married June 6 at Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte. The Rev. Wayne Turnage officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Esau of Longwood. She is continuing her education at Brunswick Community College.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Grissett of Shallotte. He is employed at McLeod Seacoast in Little River, S.C.

    A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.

    The couple will reside in the Grissettown area.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Blair Bennett Milligan of Washington, D.C., and Pieter Frank Kossen of Jackson, Miss. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craven Demette Jr. and Wendy Redwine Milligan of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pieter Thomas and Cornelia Sills Kossen of Edwards, Miss. A Sept. 5 wedding is planned at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte.

  •  Scripture has always fascinated me and caused me to ponder the wonders of the God Who Is. It has been the source of great comfort and tremendous challenge. It has brought me to my knees and raised to unimaginable heights. It has allowed me to meet majestic insiders and marginalized outsiders, sometimes housed in the same person. In every instance, Scripture has been an invitation to be more than I thought I could be. It has also been the impetus for me to empower others similarly.

     

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    June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. No one can argue with the fact that most people should eat more fruits and vegetables. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans stress the wisdom of moving to a more plant-based diet, and MyPlate encourages us to fill half our plates with fruits and vegetables at each meal. If you’re counting fruit servings, men and women should eat at least 2 cups of fruit every day and children ages between the ages of 9 and 13 should get at least 1½ cups.