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Today's Features

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    New Year 2017 is around the corner and it’s time to lay the table with the traditional New Year foods. Almost every country has at least one special food that is eaten on New Year’s Eve or in the first days of the New Year that is supposed to bring luck, wealth or success in the coming year.

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  •  By John Nelson

     

    Q.: How do you get down from an elephant?

    A.: You don’t get down from an elephant. You get down from a goose.

     

    People still like vests and comforters filled with down, although feather-filled pillows don’t seem to be as common as they used to be. Seems like pillows are most often filled these days with something artificial. Something soft and hypoallergenic, that kind of thing. Whatever works for that long winter’s nap.

  • Starting in January, local author Anne Barnhill will kick off the New Year leading two more writing workshops in her Varnamtown home.

    The sessions, limited to 10 people each, will be conducted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The cost is $50.

    For more information, contact Barnhill at 805-9774 or acbarnhill@yahoo.com.

  • The holidays are a perfect time to get out and enjoy — and not take for granted — some of the area’s educational venues open and available for visits.

    When was the last time you and yours hopped on board the ferry to tour the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher? Or visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach or its sibling Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach to view the offerings there?

    Here’s a closer look at their holiday events.

    Fish and Festival of Trees at Fort Fisher Aquarium

  •  U.S. Air Force Airman Luke A. Causey, son of Mary Little of Ash, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

     

    Causey completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  •  It’s getting down to the wire. Are you still looking for gifts for those health-conscious people on your list? You can encourage and support their efforts by giving them a health-related gift. While it’s tough (or maybe even insulting) to buy a gym or pool membership for someone unless you know that’s something they really want, here are a couple of ideas sure to please. You might even want to get a duplicate for yourself in the process.

     

    Fruit/vegetable basket

  •  The holidays are a time to celebrate with our loved ones — including our pets. During the holiday rush, it’s easy to overlook potential pet holiday hazards hidden in your home. To make the holidays safe for your cuddly companions, be on the lookout for these dangers as you deck your halls.

     

    Ribbons and tinsel

  •  By Linda Arnold

       

    Are you running on fumes right now? Expectations are high, bandwidth is low and most of us have been rushing around for weeks in preparation for the holidays. And that's just on the physical side.

    Emotionally, you may be feeling unsettled by recent tragedies, either directly or indirectly. If you find yourself with musings of what the holidays should be, you’re not alone. And there’s no right or wrong answer because this can morph and change over time.

  •  By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

     

    As so often happens, the holidays will be gone almost as soon as they arrived and soon it will be time to think about what to do with your old Christmas tree. Though there may be no task more disheartening (or messier) than removing your Christmas tree, it does not necessarily mean its last stop is the curb with the empty gift boxes. How about this year going for a greener approach and extending the life (and function) of that old tree this year?