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Today's Features

  •  When my wife and I go out to a restaurant, the dinner always seems special. A table for two, whether you’re a couple or just a couple of old friends, always seems like a special occasion. Unfortunately, when that table for two is at home, the occasion isn’t regarded with the same kind of reverence.

  •  When my wife and I go out to a restaurant, the dinner always seems special. A table for two, whether you’re a couple or just a couple of old friends, always seems like a special occasion. Unfortunately, when that table for two is at home, the occasion isn’t regarded with the same kind of reverence.

  •  I cannot recall where I read this message: “The important thing about stars is not the naming, but the noticing.” I only know the statement gave me great comfort. I have often been dismayed over my inability to remember “star facts” gleaned in grammar school. Those were the days when I spent time craning my neck to spot Pleiades, Cassiopeia and Orion and the Dippers, big and small, in the darkened sky over our backyard. I could name them then...I am unable now. However, I suspect I am more prone to noticing them at this stage of my life.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    The great weather we’ve been having lures me into dreaming of fresh garden fruits and vegetables soon to come, but that doesn’t mean we need to forget about frozen fruits and vegetables, too.

  •  By John Nelson

  • LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — Get ready for crabs, crafters and crooners.

    The 33rd Annual Blue Crab Festival is set for this weekend just south of the border in Little River, S.C.

    Scheduled 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, the award-winning festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food, about 200 arts-and-crafts vendors, business booths and community groups lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

  •  Wes and Hannah Hamilton of Holden Beach are the proud parents of a daughter, Isabella Kate Hamilton, born at 10 p.m. March 10 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparents are Joseph and Ramona Bowen of Angier.

    Paternal grandparents are C.W. and Carol Hamilton of Bolivia.

    Great-grandparents are Ida Ruth Bowen of Dunn and Nichlious and Betty Corn of Burnsville.

  •  By John Nelson

    Ka-BOOM!

    Here’s a flower that looks like a small explosion. In this photo, you are looking at a blossom head-on, so to speak. There are five to eight fleshy sepal lobes and plenty of stamens remaining in the flower. It used to have a number of red-orange, floppy petals, but these have all fallen away. Before long, this flower will be producing a fruit.

  •  I recently was shopping and came across a great deal on frozen entrees. It sure is tempting to buy a few and stock up for those days when I’m in a hurry or tired and really don’t have time to cook. But in the back of my mind, there was that nagging question: Are they good for us?

    It’s no surprise frozen dinners are so popular. They’re fast, convenient, inexpensive and easy. With some of the newer entrées available, they can be a healthy choice and part of a balanced diet.

  •  Possessing a thick, sweet and juicy flesh, bell peppers, or sweet peppers, as we have come to call them, are available in a rainbow of colors, including green, red, yellow, orange, purple, black, white and even striped.

    Named for their bell shape, green bell peppers tend to be the least sweet — almost slightly bitter — while the yellow, orange and the red ones are the sweetest. The green peppers, however, are almost always the cheapest.