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Today's Features

  • Free health screenings, informational lectures and a blood drive—are all part of The Brunswick Beacon’s second annual Health Expo. The event is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at West Brunswick High School.

    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.

  • A year after his successful directorial debut with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Brunswick Little Theatre actor/director Ron Lee has reunited several of that show’s cast members to produce “Sylvia,” a romantic comedy with a decidedly weird twist.

    The two-act play by A.R. Gurney, set for March 7 and 8 at Odell Williamson Auditorium, is the story of Greg and Kate, who move to New York City from the suburbs after their children move out. It results in depression for Greg and a newfound freedom for Kate.

  • Although crabs are available year round in coastal areas, their consumption is most associated with the summer, undoubtedly from the summer tourist migration to the shores.

    King and snow crabs come from the north Pacific and are prized for their legs. Unless you live in Alaska, these are always shipped and sold frozen.

    Dungeness crabs are found on the Pacific coast, while stone crabs hail from Florida waters. Along the eastern seaboard, it is the blue crab that reigns supreme.

  • I remember reading a billboard sponsored by a local motor vehicle department that cautioned, “You can be dead right.”

    Obviously, the reference was to persons whose “righteous” actions could also be fatal mistakes. When the need to be right supersedes common sense, the results are disastrous and deadly.

    Instead of giving way to errant drivers, they kept on going because they had the right-of-way and the other drivers did not. They were right. The others were wrong.

  • Gospel sing fundraiser set

    A gospel sing fundraiser for Marty Fulford, featuring The Guiding Lights & Kindred Spirit, will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Sabbath Home Baptist Church.

    The Sabbath Home Adult Choir, members of Sharon United Methodist Church, Gospel Center Baptist Church and Drake Phelps will provide additional music.

    A love offering will be accepted to help defray the medical costs of Fulford’s lung cancer treatment.

    Fourth Lenten Luncheon set

  • Smith

    Ray and Crystal Smith of Ash are the parents of a son, Ethan Ray Smith, born at 4:25 p.m. Jan. 22 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He measured 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Noah Zachary Smith, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are Linda Atkinson of Ash and Terry Atkinson of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Paternal grandparents are Hilda Smith of Pireway and Junior Smith of Loris, S.C.

    Great-grandparents are Della Smith of Lake Waccamaw and Madie King of Fayetteville.

    Hall

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Susan Brooke Alexander and Mark Byron Shapiro, both of Seattle, Wash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Alexander of Shallotte. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and founded Susabella Inc., a graphic and Web design firm in Seattle. The prospective groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Shapiro of Spokane, Wash. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and owner of a State Farm insurance agency in Marysville, Wash. A July 4 wedding is planned in Seattle.

  • Dr. and Mrs. Bradford Fipps of Liberty, S.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Claire Fipps, to Scott Edward Bryson of Kannapolis. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bryson Jr., of Brevard. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lane of Holden Beach and Betty Fipps of Tabor City. She is a senior at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C. A 2006 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, the prospective groom is the director of music at Kannapolis First Wesleyan Church.

  • Francis (Frank) Lewis and Mary Lewis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 11. They were married in Yuma, Ariz., on Jan. 11, 1958. The Lewises have six children and four grandchildren. Their children gave them a surprise anniversary reception Jan. 10 at Ocean View Baptist Church, where 125 friends and family attended. Their son Kenneth Lewis made a three-tier wedding cake with yellow roses and a fountain for the celebration. Their sons Kenneth, James, Billy and Alan and daughter Patricia gave them a cruise to the Bahamas.

  • As Americans become increasingly overweight, scientists are finding more and more links between obesity and health. Weight management means adopting a lifestyle that includes a healthy eating plan and regular physical activity. Here are some tips to get you started:

    Accept Yourself

    Don’t compare yourself to images in magazines, on TV or in movies. They may be unrealistic and unhealthy. Find alternative methods to improve the things you do not like about yourself. We are all unique, so develop your own image and keep a positive attitude.

    Make a Commitment