Today's Features

  •  The class of 1979 from West Brunswick High School in Shallotte is attempting to contact classmates for its upcoming class reunion. This event will be Oct. 10 at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., at a cost of $65 per person. Anyone planning on attending should call Linda Moses at 200-2845.

  • Join local band Bailout for a Labor Day-eve release party of its new CD, “Postcard — Greetings from Ocean Isle Beach,” at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant, 61 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bailout, also known as “The Band 2 Big 2 Fail,” is a local favorite renowned for playing the hits as well as original songs, which are showcased on the new CD.

  • Learn all you need to learn about life in the great outdoors, from mowing and growing to grilling and kayaking.

    Details on these topics and more will be available at The Brunswick Beacon’s first Outdoor Living Show scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 .m. next Saturday, Sept. 12, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Admission is free to this indoor/outdoor show, which will highlight everything you can imagine for outdoor living and fun.

  • It’s the last of the Brunswick County Summer Concerts and Movies season, and what a season it’s been.

    The season launched in April with a performance by EBS Band in Southport, followed by many more scheduled shows and movies for the next five months in seven other Brunswick County towns/venues — Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Leland, Shallotte and Calabash.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Ocean Isle Beach Family Sand Sculpture Contest

    Where: on the beach behind Ocean Isle Beach Community Center at 44 E. First St.

    When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5

    How much: Free to participate and free to watch

    It’s an end-of-season chance to get crafty using the finest building materials known to creative beach hands.

  •  Late in the 17th century, a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants, including Mennonites from Switzerland and Holland and the Amish, an offshoot of the Mennonites, began migrating from Europe to Pennsylvania. They tilled the land and built big barns and homes. Since then, they have come to be known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.

  •  One of the most common questions I hear from pet owners is what is the best way to train their dog or cat. They are often confused by questionable “dominance” or “pack leader” techniques popular on reality television. They’ve been bamboozled by apparent quick fixes and magical cures for often complex animal behaviors an onscreen personality miraculously manages to correct within a 30-minute show. I wish.

  •  At a recent food preservation class, the topic of blanching came up. The question: “Do you always have to blanch vegetables before freezing them?”

  •  By John Nelson

  •  By Linda Arnold


    Off and on I’ve had to engage in the art of tough love. Now I know how it got its name! I’m just wondering whether it’s tougher on the receiver — or the sender.

    Tough love has been defined as “an expression used when someone treats another person harshly or sternly with the intent to help them in the long run.”


    Prunes Theory of Life