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Today's News

  • Dogs make us better

     Pets make us better people. If you’re reading this, you already knew that. If you’re not, well, who cares? According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??” I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey from BarkBox, purveyors of a subscription toy service for, you guessed it, dogs. I’ll overlook their forgetting my feline family members and focus on their findings that validate sharing our homes with pets make us better people. This time.

  • Why most New Year’s resolutions don’t work

     By Linda Arnold

     

    Jan. 17: the expiration date of most New Year’s resolutions. What’s up with that?

    Let’s face it … are many of your resolutions the same ones you set last year, and the year before? Hmmmm — if they were working, would you be setting them again?

     

    Deja vu

    Although I’m not a mind reader, I’m guessing your resolutions sound something like this:

         *Lose weight

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 

    Biron. One word in secret.

    Princess of France. Let it not be sweet.

    Biron. Thou grievest my gall.

    Princess of France. Gall! bitter.

                                        Love’s Labors Lost, Act 5, scene 2.

     

  • Pearl onions are milder and sweeter than large bulb onions

     Tiny and sweet, pearl onions come in yellow, red and white varieties, with the latter being the most common. These little beauties look just like regular onions, but are about the size of a jawbreaker. They add flavor and texture to any dish.

    I had always avoided buying pearl onions because of the thought of peeling all those little suckers. But, once you learn how to peel them, you’ll be amazed at how really easy it is.

  • Heal is spelled with the ‘h’ from hear
  • Newton-Lazzarino engagement

     Aubrey and Carol Newton of Supply announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Elizabeth, to Gian Lazzarino of Raleigh. The couple will be married in Wilmington on Jan. 21.

  • Grant helps clinics affected by hurricane

    The North Carolina Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NCAFCC) announced it received a $135,000 grant to provide financial assistance for disaster recovery to free and charitable health care clinics affected by Hurricane Matthew in Eastern North Carolina. The grant comes from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem.

    The grant will help member clinics in Brunswick (New Hope Clinic), Onslow, Pasquotank, Wake and Wayne counties replace medical equipment and enable some to purchase emergency power generators.

  • $15K grant to build playground in Ash

    Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and national nonprofit KaBOOM! awarded the Roosevelt and Ruth Marlow Educational and Recreational Foundation a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant that will be used to build a playground in Ash.

    Play equipment donated by Union Elementary School in the 1990s became outdated and had to be removed from the park. The park occupies a tract of nearly four acres donated by the late Roosevelt and Ruth Marlow to build a playground and recreation center.

  • With the new year, begin a new you

     

    I thank Elsa Bronstein for the wonderful introduction last week and her service with the Beacon for the last several years. She left big shoes to fill and I hope I can bring the same enjoyment she has given to so many people over the years. I wish her the best of luck with her new ventures and may she continue to touch people as she has done.

  • Hoping for great weather, great fishing in 2017

    The past few weeks have been filled with shopping and traveling to see relatives, but believe it or not the new year is finally here. There have been many different forecasts and predictions for how good and bad the fishing will be, but this week, I’d like to give a quick recap of what good and bad occurred in 2016.