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Today's Features

  • “New” is a great marketing campaign. Stop by the supermarket and you’ll find all kinds of “new and improved” stuff on the shelves. Gardeners are enamored with “new” just like everyone else. Take a look at your favorite garden catalog and you’ll see lots of space devoted to the new and unusual.

    During a recent visit with an old nursery friend of mine, I saw two new plants that have lots of potential for our landscapes: Taiwan cherry and Steeplechase arborvitae.

  • Stella can run through an agility course in about 40 seconds with few mistakes. She can run up and down the see–saw and A-frame with ease, soar over the jumps and maneuver through weave poles.

    But when it comes to making her way through a closed tunnel Stella, unlike many other dogs that perform the same tasks, gets lost because she cannot hear verbal commands.

    While most dogs listen for direction, Stella is deaf and relies on hand signals to help her run the course. Despite her disability, she runs the course with ease.

  • EDITOR'S NOTE: (Part 2 of a two–part series on lawn care)

    First and foremost, do not fertilize your lawn at this time. The Extension Master Gardener Hot Line has received several calls on lawn fertilizing. As warm season grasses are grown in this area and the grass is just now starting to break dormancy, fertilizing now is a waste of time and money.

  • Last week I noticed it. The first songbird to sing this spring in my neighborhood was the house finch. On the following Sunday morning, while birding in Southport, I noticed eastern bluebirds singing in several locations. In fact, numerous species were singing that warm morning.

  • Get your cholesterol checked, donate blood and receive the latest health information from local professionals at Health Expo 2008, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The event is sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon.

    Exhibitors will be set up in the West Brunswick gymnasium. Participants will have access to various free screenings including oxygen saturation, lung health, blood pressure, cholesterol, surface electromyography, blood sugar, vision, hearing and more. Chair massages are also available.

  • Remember when you were a child and grandma would spend all day in the kitchen, cooking delicious meals and desserts “the old-fashioned way?”

    Wish you could relive some of those wonderful childhood memories of grandma’s cooking? She didn’t even need to read a recipe or use a measuring spoon—she just somehow “knew” what the right amount of ingredients were. That’s what makes grandmas so great! Don’t you wish you knew how to cook like that, to smell the pies baking, to taste the delicious cookies again?

  • My husband was scheduled for cataract surgery. “It is a simple procedure,” everyone comments, “endured by many senior citizens. Your vision will be so improved that you will be wishing that you had done it years ago.”

  • St. Luke plans services

    Lenten and Holy Week services at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach:

    Wednesday, Feb. 27: Saint Luke will host the fourth luncheon sponsored by the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association at noon. The Rev. Richard Farrand will present the meditation Prayer of the Questioner or Grumbler. Lunch is served at noon followed by the prayer service.

    Wednesday March 5: Soup and sandwich supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by Lenten service at 6:30 p.m.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement of Hannah Elizabeth Pressley to Jonathon Paul Siler, both of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Pressley of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Siler, also of Shallotte. A 7 p.m. March 7 wedding is planned at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach. A reception will follow in the family life center.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement of Chantal Taunton of Bolivia to Clint K. Strommen of Carolina Shores. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jo and Annie Van Den Heuvel-Leinaerts of Maastricht, The Netherlands. The prospective groom is the son of Cliff and Betty Strommen of Carolina Shores. An April wedding is planned.