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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    It's spooky, romantic, swaying, and quintessentially southern: Spanish moss is a plant shrouded in mystery. What follows is Spanish Moss 101, a brief course on this fascinating epiphyte. (Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz.)

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    “I can’t believe he hasn’t called me back yet.” “The construction guy said he’d be here today.” “When will these terrible twos end?”

    From traffic jams to family squabbles to lines at the grocery checkout, we’re faced with curveballs every day. And it’s not what happens to us in our lives; it’s how we deal with what happens that determines how well things flow for us.

  • Don and Sue Kehoe will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 16. The couple met after Don’s discharge from the Marines. “It was love at first sight,” he said. Sue was a junior at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and Don had taken over his father’s business. The next year, she graduated in early June and they were married a week later. The couple has two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.

  • I’m a fan of Frenchies, a bulldog, Boston terrier and Boxer buff, a paramour of pugs and Pekes, and admit serious sentiments for Shih-tzus. In addition to my abundant affection, these breeds have in common certain anatomical traits that make them both wonderfully cute and incredibly impaired. Brachycephalics, or “smushed-face dogs,” while extraordinary in appearance, must be cared for carefully to keep them healthy and happy. Here are some of my must-know health tips for brachycephalic dogs.     

     

    Breathing bothers

  • One of the classes I frequently teach at the N.C. Cooperative Extension here in Brunswick County is food safety for food service managers. Restaurant staff who pass the test receive a certificate that they can proudly display in their workplace. It makes me proud and excited when I see these when I visit local restaurants.

  • Adding annual and perennial color to the garden is one of the most fun and high-impact things we can do in our gardens. And, the choices keep getting better and better as new selections are introduced. 

    I had the opportunity to attend a workshop last week touting the Proven Winners plant collection.  Proven Winners, in familiar white containers, offers a line of annuals, perennials and shrubs.  Many of these selections are adapted to the difficult conditions of southeastern North Carolina. 

  • With our abundance of fresh seafood here in Brunswick County, it’s really a rather simple process to prepare and cook seafood once you know the basic cooking techniques and tips to ensure success.

  • Rock out and remember the songs of the 1950s and ‘60s this week and next as Brunswick Little Theatre transforms into “Smokey Joe’s Café” June 15-18 and 22-25.

    Based on the prolific and successful songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the show became the longest running musical revue in Broadway history when it opened in 1995 and ran for 2,036 performances.

    It was also nominated for seven Tony awards and took home the Grammy award for best musical show album.

  • Summer concert stages will heat up in coming days and weeks, especially as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at four Brunswick County summer concerts.

    The renowned beach music legends are scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at the Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and on July 7 in Ocean Isle Beach, Aug. 22 in Calabash and Sept. 6 in Sunset Beach.

    The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity, leaving their mark on listeners for decades.