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Today's Features

  •  I am not a whisperer. Nothing about me is silent. I am a loud Italian with laughter as my trademark. In fact, someone once commented upon a dress I wore while on duty at the hospital, saying, “You won’t blend while you’re wearing that dress.” Not knowing whether that was to be taken as a compliment or not, I responded, quite accurately I think, “I have never blended ... not once in my whole life.”

  •  The descendants of Elisha Sellers (1867-1935) will have their annual family reunion beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the fellowship hall of Supply Baptist Church on U.S. 17 in Supply. All family members are invited and encouraged to attend. Each family is asked to bring a basket of food to share, and any family updates since the last reunion.

  •  Grayson Dodd Burnett, daughter of Ed and Carolyn Burnett of Southport, was crowned Grand Supreme Miss North Carolina Tarheel at the state pageant in Winston-Salem. Featuring contestants of all ages, Burnett won the pageant’s top honor after competing against 22 other contestants in beauty, poise, personality and modeling. She was also named top model after her five modeling presentations.

  • With all of the scheduled events this month, there’s no reason not to get out and celebrate the season. Here’s a closer look at what’s happening this week around Brunswick County.

    Deliziosa

    Italian Festival at St. Brendan’s

    The parish community of St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is celebrating the season with its second annual Italian Festival on the church grounds at 5101 Ocean Highway W. in Shallotte from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

  •  I walk with a great group of women in the early morning. Not only do we get an hour of exercise, we keep each other up to date on news and events. Last week’s discussion was pumpkin. It seems the flavor of pumpkin is popping up everywhere at restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores. My friends are specifically fond of pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donuts and pumpkin coffee creamer.

  •  We seem to be having a national discussion on when and how we should praise children. We have “Tiger Moms” who praise rarely to never and parents who praise for accomplishing the simplest tasks. Fortunately, there is a treasure trove of youth development research to help all of us find a place on the spectrum of praise that will support the development of a healthy self-concept in the youth with whom we work. This is the first column of a two-part series on giving praise.

     

  •  For longer than I can remember, I’ve been making dessert crepes stuffed with lemon soufflé and other types of fruit fillings and then dusted with powdered sugar. I’ve also had good success with the classic Crepe Suzette, which is nothing more than dessert crepes bathed in an orange-flavored sauce and then, for dramatic flair, flamed with a little Grand Marnier or Cointreau.

  • By John Nelson

     This one is for the fiddler crabs, sandpipers, snails and everybody and everything else that lives in or otherwise enjoys our beautiful coastal estuaries. It’s a plant of open salt flats or meadows landward of the beach, places that tend to be frequently flooded by salt water during high tide, and then drained away when the tide goes out. These sorts of places are fascinating biologically, and there are plenty of natural history stories here to be investigated.