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Today's News

  • The whole world awaits Mary’s yes; it’s also our Christmas gift to a wounded world awaiting the birth of newness

    Many years ago, an abbot named Bernard of Clairvaux offered a homily in praise of the Virgin Mary. His presentation focused on the importance, the crucial nature, of Mary’s response and he positioned it within a framework of a waiting world, a universe living in anticipation of her response and hoping it will be a positive one.

  • Food safety class begins Jan. 10

    Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in four sessions on Jan. 10, 24, 31 and Feb. 7 at the Training Center in the Cooperative Extension building (Building N) at the Government Center Complex in Bolivia. The four-hour classroom sessions begin each day at 12:30 p.m. 

  • Bountiful bark

    By Susan Brown
    Brunswick County Extension

    Winter can be a drab, blah time in the garden but it certainly doesn’t have to be. In spring and summer, it is easy to find color for any spot in your landscape. There aren’t many plants that bloom this time of year. To add interest during the off-season, focus on interesting textures, colors and shapes. Evergreen trees and shrubs are a good choice to liven up a winter landscape. It is not hard to find a variety that will suit your needs.

  • Garden winners and losers in 2010

    This politically correct world we live in doesn’t like to pick winners and losers, but life is all about winning some and losing some—even in the garden. Here are my picks of several winning performers in the garden for 2010.

  • Community briefs

    BLT to have ‘Doubt’ auditions

    Brunswick Little Theatre will conduct open auditions for John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Playhouse 211, 4320-100 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211), across from BEMC between Supply and Southport.

    Show dates will be April 1-3 and 8-10.

    The cast consists of three females (one African American) and one male, ages 30-50’ish. Actors may request sides prior to auditions by contacting Pete McLintock at 540-7383.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Jan. 3

    Chicken Parmesan/marinara sauce, Italian green beans, pineapple tidbits, Jell-O, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Jan. 4

    Roast turkey/gravy, stuffing, peas/carrots, fresh fruit-—orange, cranberry sauce, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Jan. 5

    Sloppy Joe/bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Thursday, Jan. 6

  • Fresh pearl onions add to the flavor and texture of any dish

    Many of us, myself included, have avoided buying pearl onions because of the thought of peeling all those little suckers. But to my surprise, once you have learned how to peel them, you’ll be amazed at how easy it really is. And, it’s worth the effort, because they really are delectable.

    Start by putting the onions in a pan of boiling water and allow them to boil for a couple minutes. Then, drain them in a colander. 

  • Calabash VFW blood drive Jan. 6

    The New Year brings a continuing need for donated blood, and Calabash VFW Post 7288 is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to try to satisfy that need.

    The Post is located at 900 Carter Drive, and donors who wish to make an appointment to donate or have other questions may call (910) 579-3577.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosures- Things you may not know about foreclosures

    If you are facing foreclosure, here are a few steps from best-case scenario to worst to save your home:

    1)    Request a loan modification

    2)    Make a whole sale

    3)    Utilize a short sale

    4)    Deed in lieu of foreclosure

    5)    Foreclosure

     

    Inside information most people don’t know:

    •The 800 number on a past due bill takes the caller to a lender’s collection department

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosure - The job: No one wants to be the bearer of bad news

    Snakes, poison ivy, tears, cursing, barking dogs, people hiding: It’s all in a day’s work for the bearer of bad news.

    “I have had everything happen from being cussed, yelled and screamed at to people thanking me and others who want to talk,” said Brunswick County Deputy Chris Powell. “You never know what kind of reaction you are going to get.”