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  • Hot, dry weather favors powdery mildew. It is typically not fatal to woody ornamentals but can make them look bad. To control, spray every 7-14 days as soon as you notice the disease. Bayleton, Banner, Heritage and Daconil have activity against powdery mildew.

    Summer bug invasion

  • Extreme heat in southeastern North Carolina has many gardeners seeking relief indoors. This is the time when gardeners must be cautious when working in the heat; however, there are still gardening tasks that must be done. If you can, work outside in the early morning before the heat of the day becomes oppressive. The evening might also be somewhat cool, but you may have to contend with clouds of mosquitoes.

  • Allison Marie Boehm and Kyle David Hannah of Richmond, Va., were married May 15 at The Isles Beach Club and Restaurant on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Rev. Lamar Boulware officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Boehm II of Richmond, Va. She is the granddaughter of Manota H. Thompson of Martinsville, Va., and the late John J. Thompson, Mary Boehm Gillam of Ocean Isle Beach, the late Richard G. Boehm and late Ben H. Gillam.

  • Family and friends celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of longtime Brunswick County residents, Richard and Lynn Petch, at their home in Ash on Saturday, May 23. The couple met in high school in Durham and attended Duke University together. They were married May 25, 1959, in Loris, S.C. They owned and operated Farwinds Stables in Calabash for about 35 years. Through Farwinds, the Petches offered horsemanship and riding lessons, summer camps for children, farriers services and care for horses as well as operating a hay farm on the premises.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Amber Maier and Joshua Gordon. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kimberly and Horace Ponds Jr. of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Angela and Ronald Gordon of Shallotte. A Sept. 26 wedding is planned at Sharon United Methodist Church on Holden Beach Road.

  • Daniel and Laura Russ of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Haylea Grace Russ, born at 6:08 a.m. July 5 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Joshua, 6.

    Maternal grandparents are Ed and Betty Parbst of Supply. Paternal grandparents are James and Connie Russ of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Great-grandparent is E.V. Gore of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • I am so excited! Our granddaughter is coming to visit, a solo act for two weeks, until her family arrives later in the month.

    This is a first for all of us, so it comes with eagerness, enthusiasm, and a degree of trepidation.

    Papa Jean-O wonders what we will do to entertain a 15-year-old. I caution this is not a vacation but time spent with grandparents whose geographic distance causes them to miss all the events and growth steps.

  • SUNSET BEACH—Carmel Zetts is always thrilled when new sea turtles hatch at the beach.

    It was no different July 17 when seven “newborns”—these made of stainless steel—emerged on the sand next to the island gazebo to once again pay tribute to the longtime turtle advocate.

    The work by metal sculptor David McCune was commissioned by the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol to replace a previous sculpture erected in Zetts’ honor that was destroyed by vandals in March.

  • With summer comes a host of insect pests attacking our ornamental trees and shrubs. The Cooperative Extension Service is providing updates periodically by specialists at the university to alert us as to what is happening. We have some new “bugs” to watch out for according to Steve Bambara.

    Where is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug?

  • To finish the discussion on mosquitoes, let’s look at control. Because some mosquito species can fly far from breeding sites, efforts by individuals to control mosquitoes on their property rarely succeed.

    A community-wide effort may be needed to reduce mosquitoes to tolerable levels. This requires the formation of a local mosquito control program to organize community-wide “clean-up” efforts and to determine the need to treat breeding sites or to apply insecticidal sprays to control adults.

    Repellents

  • Laura Francis Asbury and Jerry Council Scott of Ash were married May 16 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The Rev. Harold Mitchell officated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Connie and Dean Asbury of Southport.

    The groom is the son of Donald Francis of Lansing, Mich.

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

    She wore a white satin dress with white pearls and spiraled beads across the bodice and an ivory veil edged with crystal beads.

    She carried a bouquet of roses, white carnations and tulips.

  • Mary Stephanie Brown and Albert Hemingway Parker III were married April 4 at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    The wedding took place outdoors along the Waccamaw River.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Brown of Supply. She is the granddaughter of Mary Simmons of Supply and the late Ruby Simmons and Frances Brown of Supply and the late Stanton Brown.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Parker of Supply. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Parker of Supply and Mae Milligan of Ash and the late Bob Milligan.

  • Devan Ashley Johnson and Glenn Shane Britt Jr. of Supply were married June 6 at the Southport Community Building.

    The Rev. William H. McNeal officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Van and Pam Johnson of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Glenn Britt of Sunset Harbor and Rhonda H. Britt of Sunset Harbor.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

  • Jeremy and Mallary Long of Longwood are the parents of a son, Thomas Drake Long, born at 7:55 a.m. April 28 at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s Center at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Randy and Natalie Hewett of Sunset Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Lewis and Rita Sellers of Lake Waccamaw and the late Dale Long.

    Great-grandparents are Bill Tripp of Shallotte Point, Norris and Doris Hewett of Shallotte and Sarah Jettie Long of Whiteville.

  • Ashley Ann Lauster of Supply and Justin Charles Swaim of Supply were married May 9 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Adam Milligan officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Frederick W. Lauster Jr. of Pine Island, N.Y., and Gail Lauster of Sunset Beach.

    The groom is the son of Charles and Susan Swaim of Trinity and Kevin and Marty Middleton of Pleasant Garden.

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

  • Though I love to read, I am often deterred from my ardor by the time it takes to “get into” the book.

    This was not the case with “Keeper of the House,” an interesting and unusual novel by Rebecca Godwin. I simply could not put the book down, finishing it in the course of a day despite breaks to make meals and clean house. The latter was reduced to what my mother would call “a lick and a promise!”

  • Kasey Galloway McGougan and Daniel Zacharias (Zack) McGougan are the parents of twins, Jackson (Jax) Holt McGougan and Zebediah Cain (Zeb) McGougan.

    Jax was born at 4:17 p.m. May 29. He weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

    Zeb was born at 4:19 p.m. May 29. He was 5 pounds, 12 ounces and was 18 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Joey and Kim Galloway of Supply. Paternal grandparents are Dan and Melissa McGougan of Supply.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement and forthcoming marriage of Shanna G. Johnson of Shallotte to Jamieka D. Elliott, who is currently stationed in Germany. The bride-elect is the daughter of Angelette G. Hill of Supply and Lacca W. Bromell of West Palm Beach, Fla. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bowens of Ash. The wedding will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at Waccamaw Park Community Center in Ash. A reception will follow at Waccamaw Park Community Center.

  • 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.