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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

     

    By the time the rising sun had gilded the tops of the towering hills, the mountains and vales rang with the harmonious shouts of the pious and cheerful tenants of the groves and meads.— William Bartram, Travels

     

  •  Remember when picnics used to be the norm? Well, maybe if you’re too young to remember, many picnics used to be communal. Barn raisings and other types of rural work were frequently followed by dances and outdoor meals. Many small towns in the Midwest had a small public park, usually in the center of town, where they frequently hosted dances, bands, socials and picnics.

  •  Tayvion Gause is celebrating his first birthday Wednesday, July 23. Love from Mommy, MiMi, Papa, Aunt Selena, Aunt Nekevia and Uncle Malik.

  •  Katie McKee

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent

    By the middle of the summer, we all start to run out of fresh ideas for activities to help kids get that one hour a day of enrichment to prevent summer slide. The good news is your kids can learn from the things you are already doing. You can turn any activity into a learning moment if you take the time to process what happened. 4-H programs use an experiential learning process to turn hands-on activities into minds-on lessons and families can apply a similar model to their normal activities, as well.

  •  Long maligned for being too high in fat and calories to fit into a healthy diet, nuts are emerging as the health food of the year. This is thanks in part to research pointing to consumption of nuts being associated with better health, lower weight and decreased risk of early death.

  •  By John Nelson

    Let’s go to the movies.

    Everybody will know this plant as “The Sound of Music’s” ticket to five Academy Awards, the plant that Maria and the Von Trapp Family were so crazy about. Not only for them, but it was also the favorite flower of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, and Ludwig II, who built those fairy-tale castles in Bavaria.

  •  All chefs learn about it early in their training; they also know it as the browning reaction.

    If you are planning to make a full-flavored French stew, known as either beef bourguignon or beef in burgundy, your first instructions are to brown the meat, a messy and time-consuming step. You may choose to ignore this step and just dump the raw beef chunks into the stewing liquid. This shortcut may save you time, but the flavors enhanced by the browning reaction will never be activated. Your great French stew will likely taste flat and lifeless.

     

  •  William Charles Sloup Jr. and Margot Stanton Sloup of Southport are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married July 11, 1964, in Elyria, Ohio. The couple has two sons and a granddaughter. 

  •  St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte welcomes Alec Boyd Marmura, who was baptized July 4. From left are William H. Marmura, Stacey B. Marmura, Michael J. Marmura, Father Ryszard Kolodziej and Janet R. Marmura. Tina D. and Matthew T. Marmura are godparents.

  •  The phone rang on a Sunday morning. I grabbed my cup of coffee, thinking it would be a daughter calling to share news, views and gulps of laughter as we typically do on weekends. I was correct, to a degree. However, the news to be shared would not evoke laughter. My daughter phoned to tell me that her sister, my eldest daughter, had died earlier that morning.