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Today's Features

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    I just learned something new. The sweet potato is the North Carolina state vegetable. That only seems right since North Carolina is the top sweet potato producing state in the nation. Our farmers grow almost 50 percent of all the sweet potatoes in the United States.

  •  By John Nelson

    Such a friendly plant and so easy to please, but once you’ve got it in your backyard, it may never want to leave.

    This is one of those plants from far away, an introduced species that has actually been popular in Southeastern gardens for a good while now. It is a native of southern Asia, mostly India and China. If you start looking into it, you’ll discover that many of our favorite garden plants (in fact most of them) have their original homes somewhere else.

  •  October is one of my favorite times of the year, as oysters, shrimp, crab and clams are featured at the many seafood festivals in our area. Shrimp, because they are so rich in food value, are the most popular of seafood products, but you can’t beat the oyster stew and clam chowder that is prevalent this time of the year.

  •  I am not a whisperer. Nothing about me is silent. I am a loud Italian with laughter as my trademark. In fact, someone once commented upon a dress I wore while on duty at the hospital, saying, “You won’t blend while you’re wearing that dress.” Not knowing whether that was to be taken as a compliment or not, I responded, quite accurately I think, “I have never blended ... not once in my whole life.”

  •  The descendants of Elisha Sellers (1867-1935) will have their annual family reunion beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the fellowship hall of Supply Baptist Church on U.S. 17 in Supply. All family members are invited and encouraged to attend. Each family is asked to bring a basket of food to share, and any family updates since the last reunion.

  •  Grayson Dodd Burnett, daughter of Ed and Carolyn Burnett of Southport, was crowned Grand Supreme Miss North Carolina Tarheel at the state pageant in Winston-Salem. Featuring contestants of all ages, Burnett won the pageant’s top honor after competing against 22 other contestants in beauty, poise, personality and modeling. She was also named top model after her five modeling presentations.

  • With all of the scheduled events this month, there’s no reason not to get out and celebrate the season. Here’s a closer look at what’s happening this week around Brunswick County.

    Deliziosa

    Italian Festival at St. Brendan’s

    The parish community of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is celebrating the season with its second annual Italian Festival on the church grounds at 5101 Ocean Highway W. in Shallotte from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

  •  I walk with a great group of women in the early morning. Not only do we get an hour of exercise, we keep each other up to date on news and events. Last week’s discussion was pumpkin. It seems the flavor of pumpkin is popping up everywhere at restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores. My friends are specifically fond of pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donuts and pumpkin coffee creamer.

  •  We seem to be having a national discussion on when and how we should praise children. We have “Tiger Moms” who praise rarely to never and parents who praise for accomplishing the simplest tasks. Fortunately, there is a treasure trove of youth development research to help all of us find a place on the spectrum of praise that will support the development of a healthy self-concept in the youth with whom we work. This is the first column of a two-part series on giving praise.