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  •  Good news doting dog owners: New research proves you’re more than a treat dispenser to your pooch. Given the choice, chances are your dog would prefer your praise over food. This surprisingly unsurprising revelation was the conclusion of a small scientific study conducted by neuroscientists from Emory University. These results have important implications for how we train and treat our canines.

  • By Linda Arnold

          Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine-free Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke — you name it.

          We have so many choices today, and I wonder whether all our options have created some negative side effects.  While I’m all for progress — and choices — it seems that one of the side effects is indecisiveness.

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     By Linda Arnold

     

    Labor Day week brings up lots of things: the traditional end of summer, back-to-school season and political campaigns gearing up for the home stretch to the election. 

    While you might not have stopped to ponder the true meaning of the holiday on Monday, it’s interesting to note the origins — and to reflect on what that means for our lives today.

     

  • By John Nelson   

    Sigh … there goes another summer, Snoopy!

     

                                                    — Charlie Brown

  • A Casino Night for Charity will unfold Saturday night, Sept. 10, at The Brunswick Center at Shallotte, 3620 Express Drive off the U.S. 17 Bypass in Shallotte.

    Doors open at 6 p.m., with gaming scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Highlights will include black jack, poker, craps, roulette and horse racing.

    From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., award-winning caterer Ryan Gibbs will serve heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring seared ahi tuna with avocado spread, blackened shrimp with yellow stone grits and braised southern pork with sweet potato hash.

  • The 15th anniversary of 9/11 will be commemorated locally starting bright and early Sunday morning, Sept. 11, 2016.

    A fire and law enforcement motorcade is scheduled to leave Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores and head northward up U.S. 17.

    Participants will gather around 8:30 or 9 a.m., said Vito Ramaglia with the Calabash Lions Club.

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    By Linda Arnold

     

    I didn’t know Marine Pvt. Paul Jamison. 

    I didn’t know before last Thursday that this Vietnam veteran served his country from the age of 19 when he joined the United States Marine Corps.

    Pvt. Jamison passed away last week.  “After an extensive search, there are no known survivors,” says a line from his obituary.

  •  By John Nelson

    One nice thing about studying nature is that you never have to go far to see some marvelous things. It is true tropical rainforests harbor lots of fantastic plants and animals, just like various faraway, mysterious, high mountain ranges, sometimes with specialized and endemic flora and fauna. As long as I have been studying plants and flowers, though, I keep reminding myself just how exquisite or common wildflowers are, even those in our own neighborhoods. Here is one that fits such a bill.

  • The 27th Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Crafts Festival will once again colorize the Labor Day weekend landscape.

    The annual festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in the soccer field behind Middleton Park at SE 46th Street and Dolphin Drive on Oak Island.

    More than 100 artists and vendors of handmade crafts as well as festival food will be featured.

    Admission is free, and there’s plenty of parking.

    Profits will go to support the Art Guild’s philanthropic activities.

  • They may be called The Imitations, but their musical talent is for real.

    Touting themselves as the “party band of the Carolinas,” Mike Merritt, George Hobbs, Richard Collier, Mike Miller and Tony Creech are celebrating 20 years together as the region’s genuine Imitations.

    Singing and dancing the best in classic beach, soul and rock’n’ roll, The Imitations are synonymous with good times.

  • An Antique Roadshow rolls into Southport on Saturday, Sept. 10.

    The fundraiser to benefit Brunswick Search and Rescue is set for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Carillon Assisted Living, 1125 E. Leonard St. in Southport.

    Tickets are $10 if sold by BSAR team members. Each ticket entitles event goers to bring in one item for a professional appraisal.

    All proceeds will go to BSAR to help purchase new snake boots for all BSAR members.

    Each ticket allows you to bring in one item for appraisal from a professional appraiser.

  • A high-energy band with five — count ‘em, five — lead vocalists and a killer horn section make up The Carolina Breakers, one of the area’s dynamic beach music groups who play the next Holden Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the gazebo at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    Motown, funk, rhythm-and-blues and disco, as well as special requests, fill “The Breakers” lengthy music-to-dance-to repertoire, too.

  • Cats are some of the most complex, curious and compassionate critters I know. Deciphering cat behavior is far more complicated and challenging than most other animals. Too often, we mistakenly apply canine experiences to explain why a feline acts a certain way. That doesn’t work. Cats are not small dogs. A good example is understanding why a cat wags its tail. For dogs, it’s a clear signal of happiness, excitement, or maybe a little nervousness. For cats, it’s an entirely different story.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    While there’s a lot of focus on our national energy policies, most of us are experiencing an energy crisis much closer to home. Just take a look in the mirror. 

    As a society, we’re stretched thin, stressed-out and drained. Stress is a top factor in many of our medical visits, and it’s reaching epidemic levels.

  • By John Nelson

    Let’s take a look at an aquatic plant. This one is actually a minuscule fern specialized for floating, and it has tiny roots hanging into the water. The branches bear scale-like leaves. As with other ferns, no flowers or seeds are produced; the plants reproduce by spores.

    Our plant is a native species, occurring mostly in the coastal plain counties of the Southeast, and it may be found widely in eastern North America. It’s an annual, which means that the plants last only one season.

  • You might call ‘em country, but they’re also a little bit something else.

    Members of EastBound Band bear influences of the Grand Ole Opry, along with Motown and rock, enough to make even a non-country fan get up to boogie and belt out songs.

    The 2011 North Myrtle Beach House of Blues Bluesapalooza winners play the hottest spots in the region, summer or not.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    When you take on a project, do you bust out of the gate? Or, does it take you awhile to get going?

    And, when things are moving along, do you follow them through to completion? Or, are you off to the next shiny object?

    Each of us has a natural tendency to fall into one camp or the other. That’s not to say you can’t make improvements in the other area. It’s just not your natural inclination.

     

    Light my fire

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    When you take on a project, do you bust out of the gate? Or, does it take you awhile to get going?

    And, when things are moving along, do you follow them through to completion? Or, are you off to the next shiny object?

    Each of us has a natural tendency to fall into one camp or the other. That’s not to say you can’t make improvements in the other area. It’s just not your natural inclination.

     

    Light my fire

  •  It can be embarrassing to ask your veterinarian about pooch poots, runny stools and bowel irregularity. To save you from a potentially awkward exchange, here are some answers about doggie digestive dilemmas to clear the way for a fruitful conversation with your vet.

     

    Farts and gas

  • Come and meet the puppeteer behind the Pharrell puppet in Missy Elliott’s hit music video, “Where They From.”

    Fresh off his experience on “America’s Got Talent,” puppeteer Jeghetto is bring his unique show to Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road at noon Tuesday, Aug. 16.

    It’s a show that’s not just for kids, library branch manager Christi Iffergan said.