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  • The transition to cooler weather of autumn is upon us. While that means you’ll have less grass to mow and more time to spend watching football, there are some things you should and shouldn’t be doing in the garden as the days grow shorter.

    If you have an automated irrigation system and you’re not leaving town for extended periods, consider shutting it off. Shorter and cooler days significantly reduce the need for irrigation on established plants. If you miss the rain, you can always cycle the system on manually.

  • October is a great time to find beautiful material in the garden that will complement your dried arrangements.

    Many grasses, pods, cones, and even gumballs can spark up your fall decorations. Before they go into hiding for six months, now is a good time to mark the places where your summer bulbs and herbaceous perennials are planted.

  • Amanda Reeves Little of Shallotte and Dean Gore of Ash were married Aug. 29 at Highest Praise Worship Center, with The Rev. Sherwood Lancaster officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Marilyn and Paul Reeves of Ash. The groom is the son of Lois Gore of Ash and the late Henderson Gore.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her sons, Elijah and David Little.

    Shirleen Wells of Calabash served as matron of honor. Dominica Hewett of Cedar Grove served as maid of honor. Bridesmaid was Susan King of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Chelsea Boyd and Aaron Farmer, together with their parents, Patrick and Teresa Boyd and Tracy and Robin Farmer, announce their engagement. Chelsea is a graduate of West Brunswick High School and is a student at Brunswick Community College. Aaron is a graduate of West Christian Academy and has joined the U.S. Army. He departs for basic training in November. A spring 2010 wedding and celebration is planned.

  • Jackie C. Thomas and Nan Norris Thomas of Calabash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Sept. 26.

  • We’ve often heard the adage, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” to be quickly followed by a disturbing caution, “Familiarity breeds contempt.”

    When I hear those words, I find myself wondering if I am supposed to choose between the two. Or, am I somehow to incorporate them, integrate them into my understanding of humanity? And, there is no Alfie to offer a total, definitive response.

  • Celebrate 100 years of Boy Scouts by dancing and singing to live bluegrass music this weekend at Brunswick Community College.

    Popular bluegrass acts The Hewlett’s Creek Boys, The Boys From Carolina and The Neighbors are scheduled to perform at The Boy Scout Bluegrass Jamboree 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.

    The Hewlett’s Creek Boys are a popular local band that has played at number of local bluegrass festivals and celebrations.

  • SUNSET BEACH—It’s a community block party, a chance for residents and visitors alike to converge for an autumn hoorah as the sun dips in the west.

    But the third annual Sunset at Sunset celebration starts much earlier than that—at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 3, when vendors and exhibitors start setting up near Ingram Planetarium.

    At 11 a.m., the music begins with performances by West Brunswick High School’s Musically Inclined and Show Choir.

  • The Long Bay Garden Club has donated an outdoor tower clock to the town of Shallotte, dedicating it officially in a ceremony last week in Rourk Gardens.

    The clock, from the Verdin clock company, is one of a number of projects the club has done to promote beautification and inspire civic pride in the South Brunswick Islands community since its inception in 1977.

    “We wanted to do something the whole community could enjoy,” club secretary Birdie Frink said recently about the clock donation.

  • Shrimp lovers should love this weekend’s Shrimp-A-Roo Fall Fest set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26, at Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown.

    The two-day event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with food, crafts, music, a huge yard sale, auction, bake sale and more.

    Edible delights will include shrimp-boil plates as well as fried fish and shrimp plates. Plate prices, which includes beverage and dessert, are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger.

  • In school, everyone learns about the seasons and why Earth has seasons. The school lessons talk in detail about winter and summer; however, lesson plans seem to skim over autumn and spring.

    Autumn is my favorite time of year. What is yours?

  • The gorgeous displays of spring-flowering bulbs are already showing up in garden shops and nurseries.

    Go ahead and purchase your bulbs while the selection is still good but it’s too early to plant. Store them in the crisper of your refrigerator or in a cool, dark and dry place until you’re ready to plant.

  • Just in case a tropical storm or hurricane approaches our area, it would be nice to be prepared. This is a keeper to put on your refrigerator door for tips on how to deal with things.

    After the storm

    Clean-up is the first priority after any major storm. Here are some suggestions to help you with this task.

  • You have decided you would like to plant a tree or two or three in your yard, but realize that you don’t have much room for a big tree. Think again, but think smaller.

    You need never to feel restricted again with the use of these small problem solvers. You can organize a small space with tall, airy trees. When we enter a space, particularly a small or intimate space, we tend to look first horizontally, then vertically.

  • Dana Marie Stanley and David Alton Sisk of Raleigh were married July 18 at the Watts Farm in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The bride is the daughter of Dane and Mary Stanley of Shallotte. She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of David and Becky Sisk of Smithfield.

    The bridal party and mothers of the bride and groom arrived by limousine to begin the service. The bride and her father arrived by horse and carriage, and he escorted her across the bridge spanning the pond and to the gazebo, where the ceremony took place.

  • Aimee Flynn and Dave Long of Shallotte announce the birth of a son, Joey Colton Long, born at 9:54 p.m. Aug. 18 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 19 inches long. He joins a sister, Brittney, 15, and a brother, Austin, 9.

    Maternal grandparents are Lisa and Lee Harris of Shallotte and the late Donald Lee (Joey) Flynn Jr. Paternal grandparents are the late Charles B. Long and Bonnie Ward of Nakina.

  • Holly Maggard and Jeremy Robbins of Boiling Spring Lakes are the parents of a daughter, Kaylee Jade Robbins, born at 9:05 p.m. July 31 at UNC Hopsital at Chapel Hill.

    She weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 17 1/4 inches long.

    She joins brothers, Jordan, 16, Dylan, 8 and Nathan, 7, and sisters, Ashley, 13, Emily 10, and Emilee, 5.

    Maternal grandmother is Melanie Maggard of Winnabow.

    Paternal grandparents are Sheila and Johnny Grainger of Supply and Barbara and Keith Robbins of Winnabow.

  • Brandon and Camelia Frink of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Ma’Kenzy Zacaria Chae Frink, born at 8:24 p.m. Aug. 21, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandmother is Angela Williams of Shallotte.Paternal grandmother is Carrie Frink of Thomasboro.

    Great-grandmother is Nedrea Williams of Longwood.

  • There is likely no more potent a statement than one that begins with the words: “I believe.”

    Creeds are essential to our lives. They help us to formulate our thoughts, to focus on important matters and to empower our ability to change and be changed and to be transformed by truth.

    Creeds mark the starting point of our faithful responses, as well as the onset of possibilities. While they are not static or stagnant, they are also not so fluid as to be meaningless.

  • With family members looking on, Trenton Burney, a WBHS graduate and former athlete of the year, accepted a handshake from Vice President Joe Biden and a B.S. degree in administration from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co. on May 27.

    Burney is the son of Carol Ann Burney of Supply, paternal grandson of Ollie Beatrice Burney and the late Gaston Burney of Supply and maternal grandson of Macie and James Draughon of Supply.