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Today's Features

  • I can remember being greatly perturbed ... well, angry actually ... as a young child when my younger sister imitated me. I wanted to be an original, one who stood out uniquely in my world. And there she was, mimicking my every move. Naturally, I voiced my complaint loudly, only to hear my mother replying, “Imitation is the highest form of praise.” Comforted little by that observation, I grew more deeply annoyed with the mirror image who was following me everywhere.

  • Will robot pets replace real dogs and cats? Will advances in artificial intelligence and robotics lead to a decrease in pet ownership? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of AI or robotic pets? I recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to find out. 

  • I frequently write about pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses. I think the one people are most familiar with is Salmonella. But, what really are your chances of getting ill from salmonella in your chicken, or beef or pork?

  • Loropetalums, phlox, daffodils, crabapples, redbuds and cherries are in various stages of bloom. That must mean we’re in the main spring season in southeastern North Carolina. It’s a bit overwhelming with everything blooming at once. Sometimes I wish I could spread it out a bit.  But, it is a glorious time in the garden so get out and enjoy it.

  • The board of advisors of the Brunswick County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects funded from its community grantmaking fund, board president Barbara Patten said.

    Funds are available for nonprofits that serve general charitable needs in Brunswick County. Applications are available online beginning March 2. Go to nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 3.

  • As May approaches, the Historic Wilmington Foundation is gearing up to celebrate National Preservation Month, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1973.

    To honor those who strive to preserve local history, the foundation recognizes several individuals annually who have proven exemplary in their efforts to protect and promote the Lower Cape Fear’s tangible past.

  • YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina, The Brunswick Center at Leland and the Brunswick County Health Department are offering a free diabetes screening and education event sponsored by the Brunswick Wellness Coalition on Monday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brunswick Center at Leland.

    Free diabetes screening (a simple non-fasting blood test, obtained by a finger prick) will be provided to those who qualify. There are limited supplies; first-come, first served. No appointment is needed and anyone 18 and older is invited to attend.

  • Brunswick County Department of Social Services will provide “Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety — Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting” (TIPS-MAPP) training to become a foster/adoptive parent beginning Thursday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick County Department of Social Services in the government complex in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, contact Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear is celebrating women’s history month with a special Hot Topic meeting and luncheon Monday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St. in Wilmington.

    The Hot Topic will be “I Can Do That — Women Seeking Public Office.”

  • McLeod Hospice is offering a Hospice Volunteering 101 class for those interested in helping Hospice patients or assisting the hospice support staff in Horry County, S.C.

    Volunteers play a vital role in McLeod Hospice. They may make deliveries to patients’ homes or provide companionship by visiting patients in their homes. Volunteers may also read a book, sing, or provide additional support for the patient’s caregiver(s).