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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    “You can’t step into the same river twice.” (attributed to Heraclitus)

  •  By Sam Marshall

     

    For all the challenges of growing plants in our region, there are probably known more diverse and frustrating to understand as those that arise due to plant disease. While some can be severe, leading in some cases to outright death of plants, most plant diseases are quite harmless and are easily prevented and controlled. In all cases, early detection of diseases is an essential component of your landscape integrated pest management (IPM) program.

     

    The ecology of plant diseases

  •  Once only a summer activity shared with family and friends, more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round.

    It’s the season for picnics, cookouts and other outdoor parties. But eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing food-borne illness.

     

    Defrosting meat and poultry

  •  Ask most gardeners about sweet-smelling flowering shrubs for the garden and gardenia will be at the top of the list. This prom corsage favorite is a little too sickening-sweet for my taste, but it does a great job of perfuming the garden. Once you get past gardenia, the consensus on making your garden life sweet breaks down. Luckily, there are lots of options for sweet-smelling shrubs in southeastern North Carolina.

  •  Getting kids to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day can be a challenge for parents. The key is to make the fruits and veggies appealing to them, but how? Some nutrition experts have observed children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables that are cut up, rather than eating them whole. After cutting up your produce, why not offer a dip to make the experience more enticing and fun?

  • This weekend offers two events designed to help people learn more about those who work to keep us safe.

    Missing Man Chair of Honor

    The public is invited to join Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3 as it dedicates a POW/MIA Missing Man Chair of Honor at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in Veterans Park in the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Park and Sports Complex.

  • It’s Kentucky Derby time, which means the General Federation of Women’s Clubs-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is getting ready to serve its Juleps & Jazz Derby-style Fund Racer.

    The third annual event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    Tickets are $25 each, which includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, and a cash bar serving beer, wine, and a signature drink called the “Jazzy Julep.”

    Live jazz will be performed by The Nick Michaels Trio.

  • Two days after Cinco de Mayo comes Siete de Mayo.

    Saturday, May 7, in fact, is when Saint Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 U.S. 17 in Shallotte is having its third Fiesta Mexicana, and everyone is invited.

    The festive event is described as a day full of Mexican culture with authentic food and music, colorful folk dancing, free games and prizes for children and a 50-50 raffle.

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    We all do it. We do it every time we change the litter or hear the call of compacted clay being clawed. I’m talking about inspecting our cat’s stools. We humans are inexplicably interested in monitoring our companion animal’s eliminations. And that’s a good thing. Identifying a bathroom problem early can prevent more serious complications and restore health to an ailing kitty.

  •       Graduation time looms large across the nation. Senior year students in high schools, colleges, universities are embroiled in the departure/arrival moments, with all the mixed emotions involved. Applications have been filed, received, and returned with news of acceptance … or not. A sense of finality tinges the excitement of new beginnings with unease, if not sadness. Holding on is as an impelling force as letting go.