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  • Want to see a different view of Leland, on the water?

    Then Sea Leland, two upcoming water tours of the Wilmington downtown riverfront set for 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, may just be the ticket.

    The tours will be along the Brunswick River, described as the backyard of the town of Leland in northern Brunswick County.

  • Ash native Jervie Babson has left his mark.

    Two years ago, the Winnabow resident started a tradition with the launch of the first Law Enforcement Appreciation Parade that proceeded more than 30 miles down U.S. 17 to pay tribute to local law enforcement.

    Last July, Babson died at 84, but his tradition lives on.

  • By day he’s a paramedic and firefighter for the Leland Fire Department.

    But this Friday night, March 24, Mike Santo dons his funny-guy shtick for the North Brunswick Kiwanis Club’s Comedy Show.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by show time at 7:45 in the Leland Room at Brunswick Forest Fitness Center, 2701 Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland.

    Described as a night of clean fun with lots of laughter, proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit children’s needs in the Leland area.

  • Meets: 7 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays from September to June. In July and August, meetings are on the fourth Wednesday and in December on first Wednesday only.

    Current Exalted Ruler: Al Harms      

    Incoming Exalted Ruler: Juanita Adams

    Info: Go to calabashelks.org

    In Calabash, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2679 has come a long way, baby.

    Witness that their newest exalted ruler, Juanita Adams, takes office in April as the first female to do so at the local lodge.

  •  The roller coaster ride that is the weather in southeastern North Carolina has certainly had its gigantic swings and loop-de-loops this year. We’ve had April in February and January in March. But, even as we’ve flirted with records on both ends of the spectrum, Mr. Toad’s wild ride of weather isn’t unusual.

  •  Nobody likes a smelly litterbox. While even the cleanest kitty condo will possess a particular perfume, how can a cat owner separate stinky from sickly? How can you tell if your cat’s urine is normal?

     

    Normal cat urine

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    I just had a very heartwarming experience while visiting a good friend I haven’t seen for years. I’ll call her “Marci.”

    The conversation started out about her move from the mountains to a beach area, although our talk took many twists and turns — and went back to earlier periods in her life.

    Marci had been in an unhappy marriage with three children — and felt trapped. Her husband was controlling and emotionally abusive.

  •  By John Nelson

    Such weather! Two weekends ago it snowed here: big, floppy snowflakes everywhere. Of course none of it stuck, but it was pretty for a while. Cold, too. And it got colder since then! Not to belabor this essay with a weather report, but the change from last week was a big one. We broke 70 degrees, which was perfect for a field trip, and we found this mysterious beauty.

  •  Sandy, my beloved almost 15-year-old beach mutt, recently passed away after battling kidney disease. My 6-year-old Border terrier, Harry, has lived his entire life with Sandy and is struggling with the loss. I thought I’d share with you the advice I’ve dispensed for decades and strategies I’m using with Harry to ease his pain.  

  •  By Linda Arnold

  •  By John Nelson

  • They’re ba-ack — by popular demand, The Kennedys are presenting their fourth Listen Up Brunswick County performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, 150 College Road in Bolivia.

  • “Face to Face,” a musical tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, descends on the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College as the next BCCOWA Performing Arts Subscription Series show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    For two hours, the audience will be treated to the music of “Elton,” aka Greg Ransom, and “Billy,” vocalist Mike O’Brien, doing what they do best in the popular genre of the superstar pianists/performers.

  • Silver Coast Winery is seeking teams for Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s upcoming “BBQ on BBQ Road” barbecue cook-off competition scheduled for May 12 and 13 at the winery on Barbeque Road.

    The event will kick off with Friday night set-up and a judged wing competition from 6 to 8 p.m. The fire department will also be selling wings.

  • When it comes to community involvement, there are many mighty Lions up for the challenge in the Seafood Capital.

    The Calabash Lions Club (No. 78497) has been an active participant in the community for years, involving itself in an array of events and fundraisers annually that are both fun and beneficial to charitable causes.

  • Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach is once again celebrating Pi Day next Tuesday night, March 14.

    Festivities begin at 7 p.m. with hands-on educational activities for children and adults to engage in mathematics.

    Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

    A number of activities will include a Pi skyline poster craft, a fraction model to help visualize fractions and a Pi bracelet. Math resources will also be available.

  • The Stagestruck Players, the youth division of Brunswick Little Theatre, debut classic 1950s musical “Grease” this weekend and next at the BLT theater in Southport.

    Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, “Grease,” honoring the working-class youth subculture of 1959 known as “greasers,” launched in 1971 in the old Kingston Mines nightclub in Chicago, soon migrating to brighter lights and lengthier fame on Broadway and the eventual hit movie.

  •  By Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Our pets keep getting fatter. Pet obesity in the U.S. continued to steadily increase in 2016, affecting nearly 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). During their ninth annual survey, APOP also found pet owners and veterinary professionals disagreed on key pet food issues such as the benefits of corn and grains, value of raw and organic diets, and the best sources of pet nutritional advice.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    If you find yourself in one uncomfortable situation after another following our recent national election, you’re not alone.

    Generally, at this point after an election, tempers have calmed down and folks are either excited about a new administration — or resigned to wait out four years, with an eye to the future.

    Not so with our country’s recent election.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    “…in an early spring we see th’ appearing buds; which to prove fruit 
Hope gives not so much warrant, as despair, that frosts will bite them.”

                                                          Henry IV, Part II (Act 1 Scene 3)