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Columns

  • National Volunteer Week celebrates 40 years

    By Lynn L. Douthett

    April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week. This year marks its 40th anniversary, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Service.”

  • Post-office hell delivers on least heavenly day

    I don’t like to complain — well, maybe I do. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

    The recent day I made one of my rare, debutante appearances at a post office near my home just across the state line was one of those days.

    It was a Tuesday morning — drop-dead newspaper deadline day. I should’ve known better. But I really, really wanted to pick up the package for which I had received notification via a pastel slip the postman had left in my South Carolina mailbox the previous Saturday.

  • March Madness eases spring fever

    It’s officially spring, but it doesn’t quite feel that way yet. People often cite a sprouting crocus or a chirping robin as the first sign spring has sprung. Those have been hard for me to picture as this year’s especially dreary winter and lingering chill transported me back in time to my childhood in Cleveland. This weather isn’t what I expected during my first spring in Brunswick County, and it had me looking to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as the official start of the season.

  • It takes a village to write a book — thanks, Brunswick County

    Fourteen years ago, when my husband and I moved here, we brought furniture, clothing, gardening tools, a dog, two cats, and the rough draft of my first novel.

  • Field trip provides look at past, insight into future
  • G-Man prepares for his twilight years

    My dear spouse, Penny, recently suggested I write my obituary. It followed a detailed discussion about burial versus reducing our remains to ashes. Her 94-year-old father’s wishes are clear, so she thinks we ought to follow suit. Time is growing short, seeing how she is turning a trim 70 and I a geezerly 76.

    Nationally, the average life span is 78.6 years. In Brunswick County, residents 65 and older account for 24.3 percent of the population. My spouse and I are not alone in the need to lay some important groundwork regarding the quality of our futures.

  • Birthdays bring some unexpected gifts

    Today, March 13, is my birthday, my first one here in Brunswick County. My parents are coming to town and so is my kid brother, and spending time with my family is all I really want this year.

    If there was one thing I could change about my birthday, it would be Daylight Saving Time. DST means getting up an hour earlier — bad news for night owls like me. Before 2007, we sprang forward after my birthday for DST. Three years ago, however, my birthday fell on the Sunday DST took effect, meaning my birthday only lasted 23 hours.

  • Luck o’ the Irish

    By Michael O’Hare

     

    In the early ‘60s, we moved from inner city Pittsburgh to a rural suburb. I was 9 and dreaded when March rolled around because I knew my Dad was going to make me wear the funny green hat and bright green jacket to school to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Readers should be proud of Beacon’s award-winning news team

    Just a few days before the Oscars, a week ago, the North Carolina Press Association had its own awards ceremony in Chapel Hill for excellence in journalism in 2013. I’m proud to say our team brought home eight of those awards.

  • Believe it or don’t believe it: A family tree comes to life

    By London L. Gore

    Guest Columnist

    It’s all about a family tree that came to life more than 90 years ago, Dec. 19, 1923. I was mom’s first-born, a very handsome little white-headed newborn boy. I could always tell Mom was real happy with me, but Dad was in a hurry for me to grow up so I could do most of the plowing of the fields, and everything else. When you grew large enough back then to hold a hoe, then you go, go, go!