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  • Neal and Cindy Northrup celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11. They were married in Rochester, N.Y., and lived there until moving to Shallotte 15 years ago. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. While visiting Rochester, N.Y., in June they celebrated with family. On July 11, they were honored with a surprise gathering of friends at the home of Bob and Marianne Nobles in Shallotte.

  • Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Landscape Color Field Day in Raleigh. This event got started back in the 1960s as the “bedding plant field day” and includes trials of annuals and some perennials that provide color and interest in those high-visibility places in the garden. Included are some of the highlights from checking out the color.

  • The appearance of many shrubs can be improved with a general pruning at this time of year. With new growth averaging 6 to 8 inches long, many evergreens are getting slightly out of bounds. Now is a good time to take hand pruners and shears to shape them.

    • Individual branches and stems need to be cut to back inside the plant. This will reduce the overall size of the plant and also reshape it.

    • Continue to shear formal hedges.

    Rejuvenation pruning

  • John and Sara Truesdale are celebrating 67 years of marriage. They have four children, Ann, John, Connie and Jack, and their children’s spouses Dan, Peggy, Harold and Beth. They have seven grandchildren and their spouses; seven great-grandchildren and one special Emily in heaven.

  • I read an interesting commentary regarding the question of sin in our lives and in our world. In Joan Chittister’s “In My Own Words” she asks, “What is sin?” and says that question has changed her life completely.

    Chittister’s words challenged me. Nobody wants to think about sin and sinfulness. It’s such a downer, but I began to question how many times and in how many ways I had indulged myself in activities or omissions that occurred at the expense of others.

  • Daisy, left, and Hannah are best friends forever felines and two tabbies looking for a good home at Cat Tails. Daisy is almost 5 and Hannah, who’s a little shyer, is almost a year old. To see them, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Daisy and Hannah, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment.

  • Even though I have a master’s degree and lots of certifications and credentials like most of us who work with Cooperative Extension, I’ve always trusted the hard-won education gained from experience. Here are some musings from my own garden trials and tribulations this year.

  • Kerry Kennedy of Ocean Isle Beach is a world traveler who has visited five of the seven continents.

    It began when she was a child in Harbor Creek, Pa. Her father worked for a company that manufactured locomotives and traveled to places like Cuba and South Africa to deliver them. He told stories of his adventures in faraway countries, but the family didn’t just listen to his tales, they had their own adventures.

  • Franklin Square Gallery’s Summer Regional Show focused on artists of both Carolinas this year and attracted an array of new paintings and pottery produced throughout the region.

    The juried exhibit is on display until July 18 at Southport’s historic cooperative gallery.

    Exhibition co-chairs Nancy Schulte and Ann Thompson announced winners at an artists’ reception on Tuesday evening, June 23.

    Best in show went to Kate Legaly for her watercolor “Subaqueous.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach celebrated the Fourth of July weekend with its annual parade of patriotism and neighborhood pride Sunday, July 5.

     

  • W.J. and Sibyl McLamb will serve as Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter chairs of the Closer to Home capital campaign. The campaign will raise funds to build a seven-bed inpatient hospice care center for Brunswick County patients and families.

    The McLambs were touched by the hospice care their loved one received by Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

    “The time has come for Brunswick County to have its own hospice care center, and the people of Brunswick County deserve to have an inpatient care center closer to home,” Sibyl McLamb said.

  • For most of my career with Cooperative Extension, there has been little interest in home vegetable gardening. Sure, the hardcore gentlemen farmers kept on growing southern favorites like collards and okra along with mega-popular commodities like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, but the rest of the crowd preferred their veggies in microwave-safe plastic pouches with the likeness of the Jolly Green Giant boldly displayed.

  • Whenever we have a heat wave like the ones we having been having on and off this summer, it is a good idea to take frequent breaks and replenish lost liquids as you work. We want you to enjoy your garden and not end up in the hospital.

    Here are a few things to do and to be looking for at this time of year:

  • As the summer season approaches, we hope the mosquito problem will go away; however, with the threat of the West Nile Virus, it behooves each of us to do what we can to help eliminate as many mosquitoes as possible.

    At this time, there has not been a confirmed case of the virus in North Carolina. As a precaution, the next two articles will examine mosquito control around the home and community.

    Mosquitoes are important pests because their biting activity often interferes with outdoor activities and can transmit disease organisms to people and domestic animals.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowen of Angier announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Suzanne Bowen, to Clarence Wesley Hamilton IV of Holden Beach. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Hamilton of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Honeycutt of Angier, Ida Ruth Bowen of Erwin and the late Edsel Bowen. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Corn of Burnsville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hamilton II.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Cindy Lee Hoskins of Leland and Aaron Talmadge Black of Sunset Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kathy Hoskins of Byron. She is owner of the Fitness Studio in Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Jack and Clara Black of Primghar, Iowa. He is an estimator for J.P. Russ and Son in Ocean Isle Beach. An Oct. 3 wedding is planned at The Thistle Golf Club in Calabash.

  • Corrine Elizabeth Day of Shallotte and Ronnie Lee McCray of Calabash were married June 6 at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Longs, S.C.

    The Rev. Robert L. Fooks Sr. officiated the service.

    The bride is the daughter of Ira L. and Virgie C. Day of Laurel, Del.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by Kaile Turner.

    The groom is the son of Ronnie and Mary Lee McCray of Calabash.

    Cheryl Y. Adams served as matron of honor. Flower girls were Charli Witherspoon and Emmalee Marlowe.

  • David and Crystal Gore of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Jaycie Mae Gore, born at 8:45 a.m. May 22 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Roy, 9.

    Maternal grandparents are Daniel Hewett of Supply, Debra Hollis of Supply and the late Jason Hollis.

    Paternal grandparents are Paul and Donna Gore of Ash.

  • Danielle Landrie and David Hewett of Supply are the parents of a son, Kristopher David Hewett, born at 6:50 p.m. June 18 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Noah, 8.

    Maternal grandparents are NeNee Landrie and PaPa Landrie of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Theresa Rhodes of Supply and Mitchel Hewett of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are Fran and Pete Hobbs of Connecticut and Evalena and Kilmer Hewett of Supply.

  • I am not a tea drinker. I love coffee, the stronger the better. If I am seen drinking tea, it is directly related to my state of health.

    Only illness will drive me to sipping a beverage I consider only one step removed from hot water. For me, hospitality is a shared cup of coffee, perhaps enhanced by a cookie or slice of cake. But, even alone, the “java” suffices.