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Today's Features

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    It’s strawberry picking time in southeastern North Carolina. That always brings some questions about growing those big, juicy berries in the home garden. Unfortunately, the strawberries you see growing commercially in the fields of local producers are nearly impossible to grow at home.

  •   Eat more fruit. Eat more vegetables. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. These are the general recommendations we’re hearing from health experts everywhere. They all agree we should all be eating more fruits and veggies.

  •  Recently, a pet owner asked me a somewhat sensitive question. Lately, her middle-aged Labradoodle had been taking longer to “go” than normal. Because this was over the Internet and I can’t diagnose on my smartphone, I told her to seek veterinary help quickly. For everyone else, I thought I’d share some of the common reasons that may cause your pooch to experience prolonged pooping.

     

    Intestinal parasites

  •   Maybe it’s the season of nearly summer with spring still bearing signs of winter’s chill that is affecting me. Maybe it’s the lingering last days of my college pal suffering with cancer’s invasion on multiple fronts. Maybe it’s the slowly leaking drip of departures opening tears and tears in my circle of friends. I am not sure of the cause, but I am feeling the pain of the effect. There is a heart heaviness I cannot shake.

  • By Linda Arnold  

      “Happily. Even. After.  It’s the new “happily ever after.”)

    Why don’t you put things back where they belong? Do you have to have every light on? Why is the TV so loud?

    Sound familiar? If resentment is hijacking your relationship, it could be a wakeup call.

    Maybe you’re frustrated and feel like your partner has changed his or her personality. Can you ever regain the magic?

     

    Where’s the spark?

  •     By John Nelson

    “The Queen is the only person who can put on a tiara with one hand, while walking down stairs,” attributed to Princess Margaret.

    Sometimes when you go into a forest, you see flowers. Sometimes you see snakes. Sometimes you see both, if you’re lucky.

  •     Strawberries typically peak during May in the South and in June and July in the North. Local farmers markets in our area now have strawberries ripe for the pickin’.

    If you like to pick your own, be sure to take a couple of plastic buckets with you to load up on the local favorites. My wife and I used to indulge in picking are own strawberries at Holden Brothers Farm Market. In recent years, though, I leave the pickin’ to the younger folks.

     

    Picking strawberries

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    Howard and Kazuko “Kaz” Ratcliffe of Calabash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 2. They were married at All Souls Anglican Church in Okinawa (Japan) by the presiding Bishop of Okinawa.

  •  Three-year-old Elizabeth Cumbee, daughter of Billy and Kassie Cumbee of Leland, competed in the N.C. State Miss United States Agriculture Pageant on April 9 in Fayetteville. She won divisional awards for Most Photogenic and Best Sportswear competition themed Red, White and Beautiful. She was also awarded runner-up for the state title but will continue to re-install as Tiny Miss Brunswick County Miss United States Agriculture.

  • Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood off Village Road in Shallotte, is celebrating spring with its own festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

    Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll will feature art, music and food.

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash has invited about 20 local artists and artisans to showcase their work on 11 porches throughout the community off Pender Road. Winners of a recent Brunswick Community College student art competition will exhibit work inside Woodsong’s meeting hall.