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Today's News

  • Divide perennials in fall for free flowers next year

    It can be expensive to keep purchasing plants for empty spots in the landscape. I just happen to be fond of perennials, which is a huge benefit because they can be divided to make more plants for vacant locations in the garden.
    When dividing perennials, timing and technique are important. Perennial plants are healthiest and most productive when they are young and have room to spread. Here are a few techniques to follow when dividing perennials in your garden:

  • Area LGA works to benefit Hospice

    Brunswick Plantation Ladies Golf Association sponsored a number of charity events in 2011 to benefit the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Closer to Home Capital Campaign for a new Brunswick County LifeCare Center, raising $38,000 through various charity events, co-chaired by Mary Helen Naecker and Evelyn Claus.

  • Lemon soufflé dessert crepes are light, citrusy and easy to make

    Since I’m quite a fan of crepes, I enjoy 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 flare, flamed with a little Grand Marnier or Cointreau liqueur. The original recipe is from “Great Cooking” by the editors of Time-Life Books, but along the way, I’ve tweaked them just a bit.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, Oct. 24: Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, Italian bread, orange juice, sugar cookies, beverage.
    Tuesday, Oct. 25: Chopped steak/gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, okra/tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/white bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, Oct. 26: Sliced roast beef/au jus, brown rice, vegetable blend, applesauce, Jell-O, whole-wheat dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

  • Community briefs

    Bark at the Beach set for Oct. 29
    Tails are starting to wag for the fifth annual Bark at the Beach dog-walking event set to kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Holden Beach.
    Part pet parade and part leisurely Saturday stroll, the event in conjunction with the Festival by the Sea parade will be preceded by registration at 8:30 a.m. Participants should meet in the Food Lion parking lot at 9 a.m.
    Stops for rest and water will be provided along the way. A float will also be provided to ride for those who may need a little help.

  • Is my cat stressed?

    She didn’t look stressed. Not a bit anxious or even nonplussed. She was a cat, after all. But I was convinced stress was the cause of this kitty’s conundrum.
    Camo (because she was brown, tan and white) looked quite peaceful as I completed my exam. She had been brought to my office because she was chewing the fur off of her stomach.

  • Community sports

    West Varsity sports schedule
    Schedule is subject to change.
    Oct. 19: Soccer at South Columbus.
    Oct. 21: Football vs. West Bladen, 7:30 p.m.
    Oct. 22: First round state volleyball playoffs, TBA.
    Oct. 24: Soccer vs. South Brunswick, 6:30 p.m.
    Oct. 25: Second round state volleyball playoffs, TBA.

  • Highlights, scores of area golf leagues

    The Beachcombers played a Stableford tournament Oct. 14 at Eastport. The winners with a plus 17.5 were Fred Ortiz, Hal Riebesehl, Ton Culverwell and Russ Russo. In second with a plus 10.5 were Jim Beairsto, Bob Byrne and Bob Smith. Most over their points was a tie between Bill Cameron and Russ Russo at plus 8. Lowest gross were Russ Russo, 83; Stu Cleveland, 87; Gary Gutheil and Bob Byrne, 89. Lowest nets were Russ Russo, 61, and Bob Byrne, 68. Russ Russo was voted golfer of the week.

  • Inshore saltwater fishing is in full swing

    Fall Carolina inshore saltwater fishing is in full swing on the Brunswick County coast, with all of its usual shifting winds, occasional rainstorms, heavy tides and hit- and-miss fishing. Fortunately, that also means a ton of moving mullet schools, shrimp and crabs in the water and a lot of nice bait and choices for anglers.

  • Charlie the Tuna won’t like ‘Surf and Saltwater Fishing,’ anglers will

    BY SARAH SUE INGRAM
    BEACON CORRESPONDENT
    What kind of fish likes to bite bait on gold hooks?
    Is the summer or southern flounder caught most often in our inshore waters?
    Which fish’s hormones give it the color of its belly?
    The answers to these and many more questions can be found in the new book “Surf and Saltwater Fishing in the Carolinas” by Beacon fishing columnist Jeffrey Weeks.