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Today's Features

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     By Linda Arnold

     

    Ahhhhhh … that vacation feeling. Toes in the sand and tropical sunsets definitely recharge the batteries!

    One of my favorite things about this past vacation was a group of festive folks called “The Joy Squad.” They made regular rounds to our resort pools, handing out popsicles, offering to clean our sunglasses and creating chances to win fun prizes.

  • I recently read and re-read Fredrik Backman’s novel, “A Man Called Ove.” I’d already viewed the movie version, so this would be time No. 3 with Ove and his strangely surprising life. Though I had returned the book to the library and had conversed with others about it multiple times, I could not let it go. It would not let me go.

  • Memorial Day weekend on the South Brunswick Islands signaled the beginning of a new season of beach activities, fishing, golfing, cookouts and anything else you might want to do during the start of our summer.

    It’s the start of our grilling season too, and that means plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, grilled chicken and pork, and plenty of seafood. For the fishing enthusiasts, it also means deciding what to do with your catch of the day once you return home.

  • It was in 2007 when I first glimpsed the future of veterinary medicine. I was invited to peek at a new canine DNA test developed by Mars Veterinary appropriately named the Wisdom Panel. At the time, the test was limited to detecting basic breed origins and a few predictive metrics such as size.

    Fast-forward to present day and the science behind DNA is progressing rapidly beyond most pet parents’ imaginations. The question is: Should you have your dog’s DNA tested? What can these tests tell you and how accurate are they? Great questions with gray answers.

  • Eat more fruit. We’ve all heard this as a recommendation. I also know dietitians, nutritionists and moms tell people to eat fruit as a snack. I’ve said that many times myself in this column. But, I also know that’s easier to say than do in real life.

  • This is the time of year when a little outdoor eating can help you reconnect with nature and the ones you love. But, uninvited guests such as fire ants and yellow jackets can turn even the most idyllic family picnic into fodder for a Stephen King novel.

  • Food, music, a beer garden and raffles for fabulous prizes highlight Paws-Ability’s first Band Fest from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 4, in Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd. N. in Sunset Beach.

    A $5 donation is requested, which includes a raffle ticket for one of more than a dozen prizes donated by local businesses, said Janie Withers, founder and president of Paws-Ability, which raises money to aid animal causes in Brunswick County.

  • It’s time to go to Half Hell again. The Half Hell Folk Music Festival, that is, which everyone can do from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.

  • Each month since September 2008, Manna Ministries has worked to provide families a box of food in Jesus' name.

  • The Calabash Concert Committee has cancelled the Tams concert scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, due to the weather forecast.

    According to a notice issued by the town of Calabash on Monday afternoon, there is a high-percentage chance of thunderstorms Tuesday, escalating in the late afternoon. The Tams were to travel from Tennessee for this performance in the lineup of Calabash Summer Concerts in Calabash Community Park. It is hoped that this concert can be rescheduled to an alternate date, but that has not been determined at this time.