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Today's Features

  • The mission of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program (SSBTWP) is to record nesting sites, move nests that may be threatened by animals or water, record turtle hatches, and assist hatchlings as they attempt to reach the ocean. The turtle watch program is staffed by volunteers who walk the beach every morning, sit at nests when hatchlings are ready to emerge, and conduct informational and educational programs.

  • Professional medical volunteers of Samara’s Village will offer a series of classes beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 15, designed to prepare pregnant teen moms for their baby’s arrival.

    The six-class program will be conducted at the Education and Counseling Center of Samara’s Village, 1450 Fifty Lakes Drive, Unit F, in Boiling Spring Lakes.

  • Pelican Bookstore’s 2017 author tour takes place at Silver Coast Winery.

    Meet author Lisa Wingate from 5 to 7 p.m. June 9 and author Mary Alice Monroe from 5 to 7 p.m. June 23. Admission is $7.50 per person. Call Pelican Bookstore at 579-8770 for more information.

    There will be line dancing in the barrel room from 2:30 to 5 p.m. June 7, 14, 21 and 28.

    Painting Without Borders is every Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. in the Barrel Room. For more information, call Ellen Pagliaro at 755-6070.

  • If you’re new to food preservation or would like to get a refresher on your skills, the NC Cooperative Extension in Brunswick County is offering a series of classes on basic food preservation this month.

  • By John Nelson

    Man at the veterinarian’s office: “Doctor, my dog doesn’t have a nose!”

    Vet: “Goodness! How does he smell?”

    Man: “Terrible!”

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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.