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  • Insects and diseases are the scourges of summer for gardeners across North Carolina. We are beginning to see lots of insects and diseases in the landscape building up at this time.

    Insects

  • Now that we understand the biology and life cycle of the Japanese beetle, let’s get serious and talk about control.

    Commercial preparations of the Bacilluspopilliae (milky spore disease) offer some control as a long-lasting soil treatment. These spores infect and kill Japanese beetle grubs. The spores are then released into the soil and infect other grubs as they come in contact with the bacterial spores.

  • Amanda Mari Carter and Steven Parrish Jr. were married May 2 at Orton Plantation Gardens with the Rev. Tim Carter officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Bill and Rhoda Carter of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Steve and Sabrina Parrish of Supply.

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

    She wore a white satin Jasmine couture gown with a fitted bodice and sweetheart neckline, embellished with beading of pearls and rhinestones on the bodice and cathedral-length train.

  • Calabash cat

    Harriet Thompson, an employee at Waterfront Ice Cream and Coffee House in Calabash, visits with a friendly cat that visits the waterfront every day. Thompson buys special treats for the neutered feline.

     

  • Filomano ‘Phil’ Andreano and wife Deanna Mae Smith Andreano celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 6 with a party at the Crow Creek Clubhouse. The event was a surprise organized by their daughter, Kerri Mae Mitchell of Washington, D.C. More than 50 family members and friends came from Florida, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina to take part in the festivities. Deanna is a native of Bloomville, Ohio, and Phil was born in Rochester, N.Y.

  • Sonya Yvonne Linker and Christian Bradley Tompkins were married May 31, with the Rev. Bobby Causey officiating. The bride is the daughter of J.C. and Cindy Linker of Ash and Barbara Linker of Ash. The groom is the son of Rick and Diane Tompkins of Ash. The bride’s daughters, Jesse and Sami McLamb, served as maids of honor. Nicholas Tompkins, brother of the groom, served as best man.

  • Bobby and Crystal Dameron of Leland are the parents of a daughter, Ayden Elizabeth Dameron, born at 1:43 p.m. May 18 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds and measured 20.25 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Bobby and Teresa Tindal of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Maria Dameron of Bolivia and the late Jimmy Dameron.

    Great-grandparents are Mary Lewis of Shallotte and Lula Hawes of Shallotte.

     

  • Carey and April West of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Alexa Diane West, born at 8:41 p.m. June 3 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

    She joins a brother Michael, 12, and a sister, Adryonna, 4.

    Maternal grandparents are Charles and Sherry Cox of Wallace.

    Paternal grandparents are George and Sheryln West of Shallotte.

    Great-grandparents are Francis Cox of Wallace, Pauline Quick of Wallace and Alvin and Betty Williamson of Swansboro.

  • Justin and Sally Schutte Haddock are the parents of a daughter, Avery Hart Haddock, born at 7:32 a.m. March 19 at Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville, Ala.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches.

    She joins a brother, J. Hunter Haddock, 21 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Stephen and Connie Schutte of Supply.

    Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Donna Haddock of Durham.

    Great-grandfather is Jack Fulk of Charlotte.

  • We are all looking for justice. It is most apparent these days when it seems greed has overtaken our world, our way of life, our value systems, even our government. It has left us with a thirst for justice.

  • They came from South Carolina and Florida, paying $200 each to work hard for seven weeks—gardening, washing houses, building decks, running errands, clearing yards and tearing down old structures.

    Fifteen members of Team Effort, a Christian youth ministry dedicated to helping those in need, were back at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach this year, providing services to the elderly and others in need.

    The group of “campers” stayed at the church, worked from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. four days each week and ended each day with a worship service.

  • One of the great things about my day job is my window looks out on a portion of the Brunswick Botanical Garden at the Government Complex around Building N in Bolivia. The garden continues to evolve with more new crape myrtles, but there are lots of other interesting plants that are putting on a show right now.

  • The weather has been cooler than normal for us this spring but the summer heat will come soon enough and we will be longing for those cooler days.

    With the cooler temperatures from our extended spring we have had more than usual swarming of bees. Plants have also suffered a bit from the cooler weather we had earlier. The turf grasses have been delayed and some are still struggling to put on some good growth. Mowing, maintaining good watering practices and fertilizing may help some of the grasses grow better.

    So, what are people finding out there now?

  • As I was wandering through the garden, to my horror, I saw the evil Japanese beetles munching down on my tree and shrub leaves.

    Beetles are a real pest at this time of year. Following is the information from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service on Japanese beetles. This article is based on information from N.C. State University Extension Service and will be a two-part series:

  • Stefanie Jean Sands and John Andrew Farmer of Charlotte were married April 25 at St. Mary’s Chapel in Charlotte.

    The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Marsha Sands of Shallotte and the granddaughter of Mildred Noblett of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Johnny and Joy Farmer of Chesterfield, S.C.

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

  • It’s that time of year again. The local media has begun the annual hurricane awareness campaign. The “season” may last five months, but the advance warnings add both time and trepidation, giving us a six-month readiness program to offset the six-month reprieve.

    Kits, tracking maps and weather radios are available and urgently advised. Foodstuffs and important papers need to be acquired and safely stashed. Valuables must be secured. “Get ready for the big one,” is the articulated message. It is also the portent of a clear and present danger.

  • SOUTHPORT—Artists from both Carolinas and beyond have submitted their latest work for the new Summer Regional Show at Franklin Square Gallery.

    The juried exhibition runs Monday, June 22, through Saturday, July 18.

    Chairwoman Nancy Schulte describes the exhibit as a new adventure, with regional artists bringing their best work.

    The show is sponsored by Associated Artists of Southport as part of Fourth of July festivities.

  • Nearly two years ago, Jim and Peggy Grich pulled up stakes to launch the journey of a lifetime.

    They put their Brunswick County home up for sale and hit the road in their rolling home—a 2006 Monaco recreational vehicle.

    No, the Griches weren’t retiring or taking a permanent vacation.

    Their travels involve plenty of work with their TV show and Web site, “American RVer,” consisting of video podcasts of interesting people they meet along the way and blog postings documenting their adventures around the country.

  • Babie (ID No. A006990) is a black-and-white female American pit bull terrier that about a year old. She has been at the shelter since May 9. She is ready and waiting for a great new home. The shelter’s adoption fees are based on age. Adoption fees for dogs are $65 for ages 6 months or older, and $46 for dogs 5 months old or younger. Fees include rabies shot, physical exam, heartworm test (for older dogs only) and spay or neuter. Female cats and kittens, $55; includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery.

  • Most cuts of beef come from either the front quarter or the hindquarter. The hindquarter is more expensive than the front quarter because you have better cuts in the hindquarter, including T-bone, sirloin, sirloin tips and filet mignon. The best cut from the front quarter is the rib steak (and roast) section.

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