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  • Seaside United Methodist Church Preschool students participated in a Bike Rodeo last Wednesday, during which the N.C. Highway Patrol instructed the youngsters on proper bicycle safety.

     

  • Have you ever seen a bear with a long tail? You have if you look at the Big Dipper in the sky.

    The stars that make up the Big Dipper include three stars for a handle and four stars for the bowl. These seven stars were known by most civilizations as the Great Bear, or you could say momma bear.

  • Beautiful weather and beautiful gardens brought out more than 400 visitors to The Mad Hatter’s Garden Tour and Tea Party at Winding River Plantation on Saturday, April 25.

    The event, co-sponsored by the Coastal Garden Club and the Winding River Garden Club, featured 13 Winding River gardens, providing members and visitors with a chance to see how homeowners met gardening site challenges.

  • Have you ever brought home a cut of meat and wondered, “How am I going to cook this?” The occasion arose a few weeks ago when my sister-in-law was visiting and she and my wife went grocery shopping. They came home with, among other things, a beef eye of round and asked me if I could make it that evening for supper. Not wanting to let them know I had no idea what to do with it, I assured them it would be no problem.

  • Elly May Clampett from the 1960’s hit situation comedy would be the first to tell you nothing’s better than having lots of critters around. While you might not have enough wealth borne of “Texas tea” to invite all of Elly’s exotic animals into your garden, it’s relatively easy to create a great space that’s “for the birds.”

  • Many homeowners care for lawns, gardens, shrubs, and trees by applying plant nutrients and sometimes pesticides. When these items are improperly stored or applied, the result may be that these products move through the soil into the groundwater or wash off into surface waters.

  • Busy bees keeping you busy?

    We have had some recent cold weather for this time of year and that may cause honeybees to seek out a new space to accommodate them. In the early spring, honeybee colonies may become overcrowded and then the bees send out a pheromone scent to alert the colony they need to move to another location. Unfortunately, they may end up somewhere inside your house or they may swarm to a nearby tree or shrub waiting for the scout bees to tell them where their next home will be.

  • Upon their return from a 16-day cruise to Europe, Florence and Bob Hopkins of Shallotte celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 9 with a renewal of their vows at St. Brendan's Catholic Church.

  • In the midst of all the dire news these days, television commentators, newspaper and magazine articles, Joe and Jane Q. Public all seem to be concentrating on the power of “hangin’ in.”

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  • There are several horticultural requirements when you move to the South. Obviously, you must grow evergreen azaleas and camellias. You have to leave the lilacs behind—at least the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). And, if you truly want to be a part of the southerner’s garden club, you need to grow gardenias.

    Since gardenias aren’t the easiest shrubs to grow, here is some information so you can enjoy the sweet smell of success with gardenias.

  • Never before has the demand for energy been as high—and never before have homeowners become so aware of the energy savings possible with landscaping, especially with the high cost of energy which has escalated over the last few years.

    Although it is not possible to control the weather, certain landscape practices can help modify the climate in and around your home.

  • All kinds of ripe produce are now just beginning to overflow from gardens and orchards and the one dish that really means “summertime” is the salad!

    With the abundance of fruits and vegetables this time of the year, just toss them into a salad bowl and enjoy them, with or without a dressing. Summer salads only require a nice, clear dressing, not a heavy, creamy dressing. For grilled zucchini, squash, eggplant or even fresh green beans, try using a garlicky or citrusy dressing.

  • Now is the time to get started on the warm season grass activities (e. g. Bermuda, Centipede, Zoysia, and St. Augustine). Seed, sprig, plug or plant rolls of sod now and throughout the summer in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina.

  • Crystal Driver and James Wemyss of Ocean Isle Beach were married April 18 at Orton Plantation Gardens with Judge Marion Warren officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Tom and Shirley Driver of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Phil and Nancy Wemyss of Ocean Isle Beach.

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

    She wore an ivory/champagne, satin A-line dress with a split front and gathered waist and beaded lace detail. She wore an ivory, elbow-length veil with beaded detail.

  • Susan Boyle from Britain is a name and a face that has been displayed across television screens worldwide. She has become a Cinderella icon, a woman whose ordinary appearance hid extraordinary talent.

    No one paid much attention to this 47-year-old who unabashedly admitted she had never been kissed. In fact, the only attention given her was mockery offered with expressions of blatant condescension.

    And then, she sang.

  • GRISSETTOWN—Call it a “thanks-for-putting-up-with-me” treat.

    Throughout May, Silver Coast Winery is hosting a “Tribute to Mothers Month,” providing complimentary wine tastings for the mothers and grandmothers who made us who we are today.

    “We’ve always done a festival or something every month,” explained winery owner MaryAnn Azzato. “This year, we pulled back a little bit, but we still wanted to do something special every month.”

    That’s how the “Tribute to Mothers Month” was born.

  • If you are looking for a gift for your mom for Mothers Day, give her the gift of time and some beautiful jewels. Spend some time outside this weekend looking at two jewels in the sky.

    Here’s how to locate them in the sky. First, enjoy the sunset and as the sun fades, the stars start to appear. As you look overhead and almost straight up, you’ll see Saturn. It is the brightest object and the second largest of the planets. Saturn is a great object to view in a telescope because you can see Saturn’s rings and larger moons.

  • Every region of the country has its favorite style of barbecue. Our favorite is “pulled-pork,” the popular Southern cuisine.

    While you might think people in the South are into barbecuing more than most, it’s actually more popular with those in the Northeast part of the country, followed by the North Central region, the South and then the West.

  • When Mother’s Day rolls around, I remember my childhood attempts at crayoned cards loaded with hearts and promises of wondrous behavior. As the years passed, I graduated, if that is what is was, to commercially produced sentiments embellished with additional memories of my mom’s nurturing presence. Sometimes, the cards were replete with Victorian laciness. Sometimes, they were rife with modern comedy. Always, they were heartfelt.