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Today's Features

  • By Sam Marshall

     

    Current horticultural trends have, unfortunately, relegated hollies to an afterthought in coastal gardens, doomed forever to be hacked into little green meatballs and left to survive in the most inhospitable of environments. At best, hollies are used primarily as background filler plants for showier trees and shrubs, or worse, ignored altogether. But with their bright red berries, their diverse forms and foliage and their tough-as-nails habit, hollies deserve a prominent place throughout our coastal landscapes.

     

  • I hear God calling me. I don’t want to go. I don’t want to do what I am clearly being asked to do. It’s too hard. I am afraid … more fearful of what might be than of what is. So, I run away. I flee to that which is more comfortable, easier, more palatable … and far from the God who asks what I don’t want to hear.

  • Born in Italy in 1896, Caesar Cardini emigrated to the U.S. after World War I. He lived in San Diego, but operated a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, to circumvent Prohibition. While at this restaurant, Cardini made a salad from scratch using leftover ingredients for a gathering of hungry dignitaries. The salad, made with all its tableside showmanship by waiters, became a sensation.

  • Original rock ‘n’ roll hit-makers The Coasters are coasting into Odell Williamson Auditorium as the next BCCOWA Performing Arts Series show at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Brunswick Community College venue.

    The Original Coasters took off on the musical fast-track a whopping 62 years ago, starting in October 1955 when two members of The Robins group, Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn, ventured cross-country from the West to East coast to sign up with Atlantic Records, earning their new Coasters moniker.

  • Forty-five vendors are featured at a holiday craft show scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 Ocean Highway in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking are free.

    Vendors are bringing a variety of items from hand-crafted to household and suitable for gift-giving, event organizer Marie Frost said.

    There will also be food.

  • A variety of vendors rev up the fourth annual Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    More than 50 vendors will offer local winter farm vegetables and fresh eggs, homemade baked goods (bread, pies, cakes) and artisan items — handmade jewelry, goat's milk soap, crocheted gifts, handmade pottery and painted snowman gourds.

  • Brunswick Concert Band presents two performances of its fall concert, “Masters of Melody,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Hatch Auditorium at the Baptist Assembly in Caswell Beach and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help support the band and its Music Students Assistance Program, which collects band instruments from people who are no longer using them.

  • By Sam Marshall

     

    In the past few weeks we have been discussing the basic tenants of integrated pest management (IPM) and the cultural, mechanical and biological tools you have available to help control garden pests. In this final part of the series, I will discuss the use of chemical controls, with a focus on pesticide safety and organic and synthetic controls.

     

    What are pesticides?

  • By John Nelson

     

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    By Linda Arnold

    Is your primary relationship a constant struggle? Is it more about who “wins?”

    If so, you may be locked into a power struggle, due to unresolved anger. 

    Not that you scripted any of this. It’s an all too common pattern that sneaks up on couples. Before you know it, hurt feelings drag into long term frustrations that can be damaging — or even fatal — to a relationship.