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  • 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.

    SHORT LOIN

  • Ask most people what they really want in a garden and they’ll say “color” right after they say “low maintenance.”

    What they really mean is they want something that looks great every day of the year and requires no work. I can’t help you much with that “no work” thing, but right now is a wonderful time for color in the garden.

  • 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.