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  • Bluebirds are flying over the area in search of accommodations. It’s a little early, but like some other smart animals, it’s time to plan ahead.

    Bluebirds are particular in their nesting habits. Don Adams of Southport has provided the following information on how to attract these beautiful little birds to your garden:

    Cavity nesting bluebirds are in need of man-made nest boxes. The change from wood fence posts with cavities to steel posts and the cutting of hollow trees for firewood has reduced the natural nesting sites.

  • Jessica Lynn Edwards of Ash and William Allen Todd of Shallotte were married Dec. 5 at Camp Branch Baptist Church in Ash, with The Rev. Leroy Long officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Thea Barefoot of Ash and the late Wayne Edwards.

    The groom is the son of William Earl Todd and Wanda Todd of Shallotte.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her mother.

    Amy Fulford, the groom’s sister, served as matron of honor. She wore a black knee-length dress.

  • I watched as she squirmed in her chair. With a sigh that mingled desperation with frustration and anger with despair, she let her head drop to her chest. Then a sudden burst of energy and feisty combativeness grasped her and she shouted out, “I feel trapped. Don’t any of you understand? I feel trapped. I am being treated like a baby. I have lost control of my life. I am in a hole and I can’t get out!”

  • One of The Brunswick Beacon’s most loyal readers does not live in Brunswick County. In fact, he doesn’t even live in America.

    His name is Glyn Roberts.

    Originally from England, he now lives in France and keeps tabs on all things Brunswick County by reading The Brunswick Beacon online every day.

  • I was considering an article about gardener’s New Year’s resolutions, so I entered that into a search engine. Not much popped up, but a group of Master Gardeners from Maryland had numerous posts about planting native trees and shrubs.

    This “native-only” stance has stirred something akin to religious fervor in some plant circles. I don’t have anything against native trees and shrubs, but I still think using well-adapted plants no matter where they come from is a better idea.

  • To start out the New Year right, sign up for gardening class at Brunswick Community College and/or take a seminar offered by the extension center. There is always new information coming out that will help you with your gardening skills and it’s a great way to meet more gardeners.

  • After scrounging around the kitchen for one last holiday goodie, you find a single sugar cookie hiding in the bottom tin. You grab it, and head toward the mountain of decorations that need to be packed away until next year. Several hours later, the last box has been shoved into the attic or garage. Surveying the house, you see that all the gifts have been put away and everything appears to be back to normal, finally.

  • The Roman god Janus, whose name we adopted for our month January, fastidiously guarded doorways, offering safe entry and exit from ancient homes. He looked forward and backward to ensure all was well.

    In the same way, we take time annually to gaze upon the departure of the past 12 months and to look with eager anticipation to the coming year. We offer ourselves the gift of remembering, not simply for its own sake but so that we might empower positive change in the future.

  • The Christmas season is definitely lit up at the home of Gilbert and Joyce Ouellette in the Village at Calabash in Carolina Shores. Neighbor Richard Girard said Ouellette has been decorating his Palm Court home for years and gets a little more extravagant each holiday season.

     

  • SUPPLY—Susan Jagodzinski didn’t know her dog was pregnant.

    But she soon found out after adopting Sasha, a mixed-breed shepherd, from Brunswick County Animal Shelter in October.

    “She was fat; we didn’t think anything about it,” Jagodzinski said five days after Sasha delivered 13 puppies at Jagodzinski’s home in Supply.

    The “baker’s dozen” of puppies were born in the wee hours Nov. 28, two days after Thanksgiving.

  • Looking for something to do during the long Christmas holiday weekend?

    Even in December, aquarium activity abounds both north and south of Brunswick County.

    The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher just a ferry-cross over the Cape Fear River from Brunswick County.

    In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Ripley’s Aquarium is showcasing “holiday wishes from 9,000 fishes.”

  • My folks didn’t raise me to be sentimental. They were pre-teens and teenagers when the Great Depression descended upon the country, so they knew about hard times and how to survive. Their expectation was we would tough things out and move on. When I haven’t allowed myself to fall prey to self-pity and remembered those lessons, it has served me well.

  • Heavy winds whipped across southeastern North Carolina recently, waking homeowners and leaving downed trees and limbs behind.

    Strong weather is common in southeastern North Carolina, and so is cleaning up after it. But there’s a way to do it safely and wisely.

    Prioritize your chores by starting to work on trees that endanger buildings and fences first.

    Don’t attempt to handle trees that overhang or touch power lines. Call local utility company professionals for assistance in removing these trees.

  • For many years, I have announced I am not a Christmas person. I say to all who care to hear this is not my holiday. My words have caused some to look askance at me. It is likely I am raining on their “happiness parade,” bringing a negative note to their Noels.

  • Lydia F. Hewett’s children and grandchildren fondly recall spending Christmas at her house in the Boone’s Neck community, stringing popcorn and eating home-cooked meals to celebrate the holiday season and Hewett’s birthday each Dec. 15.

    Her most recent celebration was the ultimate milestone birthday. Hewett turned 100 years old last week, and several of her children and other family members visited her at Autumn Care of Shallotte to honor her years of love, caring and wisdom.

  • Shallotte Presbyterian Church will host a "noontime mini concert" Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the church.

    A "bring your own lunch" will follow in the fellowship hall. Beverage and dessert will be provided.

    The public is invited to attend.

    For more information, call 754-6929.

  • Katie Stewart has childhood memories of visiting Southport during the holidays.

    “We would all pile in the car and drive around and look at the beautiful Christmas lights,” she said. “Gramps would turn on the Christmas carols, and we would all sing off-key.”

    Two-and-a-half years ago, Stewart decided she wanted to help families create memories of their own. She decided to use her business, Old South Tour and Carriage Company to do it.

  • SUNSET BEACH—Seaside United Methodist Church Choir presented its annual Christmas cantata in two full-house performances on Dec. 13.

    The cantata, performed by 95 choir members, was “One Small Child” by Tom Fettke, choir director Kathryn Parker said.

    A 12-piece orchestra, some from the Wilmington Symphony, provided accompaniment for the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances at the church at 1300 Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    The ensemble also included a harpist from Southern Pines, Parker said.

  • After being rained out Friday and Saturday, Beach Assembly of God presented Bethlehem Live for the first time on Sunday,     Dec. 6.

    About 500 people attended Sunday night despite the cold. The church had more than 2,500 people make reservations to attend one of six      performances.

    Performances are set for Friday, Dec. 11, Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday,     Dec. 13.

    To make reservations, or for more information, call the church at 579-9701.

  • Plant nerds and even casual gardeners always want to be the first on the block to have the latest, greatest plants. As your resident plant nerd, I feel compelled to offer my list of some must-have plants for the coming growing season.