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Today's Features

  •  March is National Nutrition Month. This is the third column in recognition of this celebration. So often we hear ideas for healthy snacks for children, and this list from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips especially designed with adults and teens in mind.

    Make snacks work for you by choosing nutrient-rich foods from the grains, fruit, vegetable, dairy and protein food groups. Snacks can boost your energy between meals and supply essential vitamins and minerals. There is a place for snacks in a healthy eating plan. Just choose wisely.

  •  Each year, more than 7 million pets end up in U.S. animal shelters. That equals 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats desperate to find a new home and escape euthanasia. Nearly half of the pets relinquished to shelters aren’t adopted and are euthanized. For years, there’s been concern in the shelter and veterinary community black dogs were less likely to be adopted. Recently, a large U.S. study showed no evidence for this so-called “black dog syndrome.” This is great news to me personally and will help in ways you might not consider at first.

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    I had the privilege to attend a series based on an understanding of mercy. It was a grand, multifaceted, multi-dimensional, even multi-theological experience of the power and place of mercy in our lives as the people of God. It was a continuing immersion into an appreciation of what it means to say “mercy is the fabric of our lives as Christians and is the essence of the Gospel message.”

  •  It can happen in an instant.

    Everything is going along fine, and then you get that phone call. Or see that “breaking news” story. And your world gets rocked.

    Whether it’s a medical diagnosis, a financial crash or a divorce, you’re called to action. And, depending on your fortitude and support system, you may act (or react) differently at different times.

    Take a look at the following quiz to spotlight your natural tendencies — and provide insights for course corrections.

  •  By John Nelson

    There might be a monster in your back yard,King Kong of the garden. Be careful if you monkey around with it.

  •  By Sam Marshall

     

    Though most homeowners recognize the need to apply fertilizers to optimize plant growth, there are many challenges when selecting the “right” kind of fertilizer for your lawn or garden. However, with a little pre-planning, the appropriate use of fertilizer in the right amounts at the right time can help supplement plants with needed nutrients that may be missing in your soil.

     

    Do I need to fertilize?

  •  My grandmother on my father’s side was from the Irish Kirkbride clan. I had many aunts, uncles and cousins from this side of the family. With this background, I remember eating many traditional Irish dishes, especially corned beef and cabbage, which we always had on St. Patrick’s Day. But we liked it so much that we would have quite often throughout the year.

  • Celebrate the official arrival of spring (March 20) with the following local events.

    Arbor Day in Carolina Shores

    The town of Carolina Shores will have its eighth annual Arbor Day Celebration starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 18, at Carolina Shores Town Hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Traditional highlights include a tree planting as well as visits from a class from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School and the Calabash Fire Department, which is supposed to bring its new fire engine.

    For more information, call town hall at 575-4877.

  • Country-rock duo Idlewheel headlines the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium event center.

    Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud, who compose the duo, know the high road of their genre better than most. Bickhardt was a member of renowned Nashville group SKB (Schuyler, Knobloch and Bickhardt), which enjoyed country radio success with hits like Bickhardt and Thom Schuyler’s collaborative “This Old House.”

  •  Azaleas, dogwoods and gardenias vie for the garden spotlight in the spring. It’s almost like watching three starlets in designer garb preening for the camera on Hollywood’s red carpet. These glamorous horticultural superstars certainly deserve the attention. But, like their human counterparts on the catwalk, they can be high maintenance with insect, disease and cultural problems.