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  • A garden full of intoxicating fragrances can bring you bliss as well as attract pollinators. The scent of certain blooms can attract beneficial insects while simultaneously repelling insect pests.

    What are the best scents for me to plant in my garden? The answer is you should collect the scents that have the most meaning for you.

    Just a whiff of lilies, jasmine, or angel trumpets can bring back pleasant memories of times past. Make the smell and memory link work for you and use your olfactory senses when making your choices of garden additions.

  • Jennifer Claire Grissett and Matthew Scott Bookout of Shallotte were married May 16 by the lake at his parents’ home.

    The Rev. James Taylor officiated the double ring ceremony.

    The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walter Grissett of Supply. The groom is the son of Scott and Janet Bookout of Shallotte.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father to the trains of “The Wedding March” on bagpipes.

  • Marvin B. and Dianah L. Allbritton will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on June 7. They were married June 7, 1969, in Orlando, Fla. They have retired to Ash. They are planning a weekend getaway to celebrate their anniversary. Their daughter, the late Kari Leigh Allbritton, was killed in an accident in April 1992. They have two sons. Their son Kevin Bert Allbritton lives in St. Cloud, Fla., with Heather Langville and their four children. Their son Kristopher John Allbritton with his wife Rachel Allbritton and his son live in Marietta, Ga.

  • We trudge along, immersed in the day-to-day challenges, opportunities, joys and sorrows. Every once in a while, we stop to take stock of our life, to evaluate our existence, and to ask the question: “What is the measure of a man...of a woman?” How does one reckon righteousness?

  • Where do all the newspapers go that are delivered or brought into households each day? My guess is most of them end up in the garbage and then taken to the landfill.

  • Jingles is a 7-year-old black-and-white female who was the first feline resident at Cat Tails when the cat rescue facility launched five years ago. She has green eyes, is very shy and needs an adopter who will give her time to adjust. Jingles also has a Cat Tails friend who will pay the adoption fee for anyone willing to provide her with a forever home. To see her, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit their Web site at www.cattails.org.

  • How many ways can I say aggravation? If I were Browning, I’d be counting and describing them with gracious poetry, but I am stuck in my aggravation.

    Admittedly, in fact with loudly vigorous admission, I am not a techie, not a computer geek, nerd, or even an informed user. My computer, I tell all, is my expensive typewriter. I have managed a degree of competence in word processing, as well as sending and receiving e-mails.

    Every once in a while, I score on an Internet search, but for the most part, I rest easy and comfortably with my limited use.

  • CALABASH—Cary artist Nancy Hughes Miller is exhibiting her newest collection of oil paintings at Sunset River Marketplace from June 1 through July 11.

    The collection consists of just fewer than 20 works depicting the seashore and wetlands of Sunset Beach, where the artist has a second home.

    Miller’s inspiration is beauty in the landscape.

    “I’m always seeking to capture a bold yet quiet impression of nature, as the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon,” she says.

  • Blue Star Mothers support offspring serving in the military

    Staff report

    Members of Blue Star Mothers of the Grand Strand are spreading the word and fliers about their cause—supporting adult children serving in all branches of the U.S. military.

    The chapter, formed in February 2008 in Little River, S.C., meets once a month at American Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Drive in Little River.

  • Mr. Murphy will quickly get your attention as he looks at you with such love and devotion and begs for your attention. He's a gentle, 1-year-old husky and shepherd mix who is housebroken, good-natured, and very adaptable. He would be great in any home; he just needs a chance. At 56 pounds, he's medium-sized and ready to go. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • CALABASH—Sixty-five years ago this Saturday, as dawn was breaking over the choppy English Channel, 19-year-old Tom Koester was aboard one of the first U.S. landing crafts to reach Omaha Beach at the start of what has been recorded as the longest day in history.

    As they approached at H-hour—6:30 a.m.—at first it was a “picnic,” the Navy veteran said.

    When they were 200 yards from shore, however, German machine guns opened up from cliffs overlooking the beach.

  • History does not relate the identity of the person who first discovered the pleasure of a tomato eaten with fresh basil, or thought to combine sage with onion in a stuffing, or lamb with rosemary and garlic. We do know most of the flavor-enhancing herbs we enjoy today were prized by the earliest cultures to relieve diets that were often dull and limited.

  • Temperatures beyond the mid 80s have lots of folks heading for the air conditioner unless you’re like me and enjoy the heat. One of our favorite plants also really likes the heat—crape myrtle.

  • Turfgrass continues to come out of winter dormancy and with the expected high temperatures in the forecast, this means the grasses will really take off. Be sure to sharpen the blades on your mowing equipment. If the blades are too dull, the grass will have a uniform brownish-gray cast to it after mowing. Now is the time to fertilize your centipedegrass.

    Centipede prefers having just one application of fertilizer for the season and June is the best month to fertilize Centipede. One recommendation is to apply 10 pounds of 5-5-15 fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of turf area.

  • Although daylilies are native to eastern Siberia, China, Japan and Korea, the plant has become a popular garden variety displayed throughout America.

  • Jessie Amber Nicole Faircloth and David Alton Bullard III of Supply were married May 2 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Gary Boling officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Philip and Beverly Faircloth of Supply.

    She was given in marriage by her daughters, Layla and Hayley, and escorted by Layla.

    She wore a white, ballerina-length halter-style dress with a princess silhouette and a sheer, fingertip length veil with diamond gemstones.

    She carried a bouquet of hot pink roses wrapped in ribbon.

  • Jennifer Kristen Farrand and Victor Burke Starling were married Saturday, May 9, at Sunset Beach Community Church in Sunset Beach.

    The Rev. Richard Farrand, father of the bride, officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Richard and Karen Farrand of Sunset Beach. She is a CPA and chief financial officer at Riverside Mattress Company in Fayetteville.

    The groom is the son of Billie Jean Starling Davis and the stepson of Donald Davis. He has been a police officer with the Fayetteville Police Department for more than 20 years.

  • SOUTHPORT—Do you remember walkin’ in the sand? Dancin’ in the street? Rockin’ around the Christmas tree?

    Those are just a few of the golden-oldie hits performed in “Beehive: The ’60s Musical,” Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production that debuted last weekend in Franklin Square Park in Southport.

  • Grilling fish and other seafood outdoors is an easy and enjoyable way to bring the “flavor of the ocean” into your backyard.

    Seafood just seems to taste better, more flavorful and juicy, when done this way. To avoid the fish sticking to your grill, be sure to oil the cooking surface or brush the fish with a little oil or butter.

  • A craze sweeps through the garden every year about this time for those perennial superstars—daylilies. One look at a bed in full bloom and you, too, will be hooked on Hemerocallis. That’s the genus for daylily which is derived from two Greek words meaning “beautiful” and “day,” referring to the fact individual flowers only last one day.

    While I’ve never gone completely crazy over daylilies, I have just added two interesting selections to my own garden. We’ll come back to that.