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  • CALABASH—Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital, but during Lent it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, Feb. 27, the post once again started cooking up its annual Friday-night fish fries that continue until April 10.

    “Welcome to our madhouse,” joked Trish McCormick as she and her husband, Bill, and other VFW volunteers toiled in the kitchen at one of the weekly Lenten fish fries March 6.

  • Get ready to be entranced by laser shows this weekend in Ingram Planetarium’s Sky Theater this Friday and Saturday night in Sunset Beach.

    The shows are among the planetarium’s lineup of heavenly astronomy and science programs for all ages in its 85-seat theater. All shows are one hour or less. Laser shows are staged the third Friday and Saturday of the month.

    The planetarium’s laser projection system, unveiled last November, consists of full-color animation lights choreographed to music and a new 5.1 surround-sound system.

  • Do you instinctively grab the phone to order Chinese food every time you crave something different? If you do, why not try a Chinese cook-in instead of take-out? Homemade Chinese food is a lot easier to prepare than you might think.

    You don’t have to have a lot of special cookware or buy fancy ingredients to prepare some great Chinese food. Just use items you already have in your pantry. You don’t need to own a wok to cook your own Chinese food, just use any frying pan (deeper the better). If you do own a wok, all the better.

    Avoid those extra shopping trips

  • In case you haven’t noticed, it gets pretty hot in southeastern North Carolina in the summer. Add the humidity, lots of poorly drained soils and, sometimes, excessive rainfall, and you have a recipe for disaster for many of the plants we like to grow, such as azalea, camellia, gardenia and Japanese hollies.

    Take a cue from our old buddy “Poor Richard” who was fond of saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

  • I have been having a number of clients calling about weed control in their landscape. Some products come with a hefty price tag to them, and people are always looking for a bargain or for a cheaper alternative.

    I just had a client call me about the use of Image to control nutsedge and wild onions in her lawn. She was advised to use Image or 2,4-D. Follow along with what could happen if you don’t read the label.

  • With the number of new housing developments and new folks to this area, it is time to do a series on making the backyard and wooded areas attractive to wildlife. The first couple of articles will look at ways to invite birds to your area.

  • Debra J. Long of Shallotte and Jared Cox of Ash were married Oct. 25, 2008, at Caldonia Golf and Fish Club, with the Rev. Phil Norris officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Grady and Peggy Long of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Tom and Pam Anello of Ash.

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

    The bride wore a white strapless gown with a ballgown skirt and semi-cathedral train, rouched bustline with a semi-sweetheart neckline.Cameo designs with sequins and bugle beads adorned the fitted bodice, skirt and train.

  • Announcement is made of the upcoming marriage of Maria Daniels and Marvin Porter of Longwood. The bride-elect is the daughter of William and Ida Moody of Longwood. The prospective groom is the son of Jeanette and Ben Brand. An April 4 wedding is planned in Longwood, with the Rev. M.C. Herring officiating.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Ashley Lauster and Justin Swaim, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gail Lauster of Sunset Beach and Frederick Lauster Jr. of Pine Island, N.Y. The prospective groom is the son of Marty and Kevin Middleton of Pleasant Garden, N.Y., and Charles and Susan Swaim of Trinity. A May 9 wedding is planned on Holden Beach.

  • Eugene and Joyce Elliott of Supply celebrated 50 years of marriage March 15. They were married in 1959 at Cerro Gordo Baptist Church. They now have a large family including three daughters, Kipp Snell, Shannon Patterson and Stephanie Lindsey; a son, Travis Elliott; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Jason and Catelyn Miller are the parents of a son, Jayson Derek Miller, born at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 3 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    Maternal grandmother is Debbie Schaefer of Calabash.

    Paternal grandparents are Randy and Debbie Mitchum of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are David and Karen Coon of Ocean Isle Beach, Joy and Betty Richardson of Ocean Isle Beach and Ron and Rosie Hallatt of Bedford, Ind.

  • As soon as I hear the name Ezekiel, I begin to hum, keeping the sound safely in my head, of course. But sometimes I can’t help it. Sometimes, it escapes out loud into the air.

    “Them bones, them bones, them dry bones, them bones, them bones, them dry bones, them bones, them bones, them dry bones, now hear the word of the Lord.”

    It was my first lesson in anatomy. I could visualize my ankle bone connected to my shin bone, my shin bone to my thigh bone, my thigh bone connected to my hip bone, and onward throughout the skeletal system of my body.

  • Kitten season has begun at Cat Tails. Maxine and Missy are 8-week-old sisters who would love to find great new homes where they can romp and play. To see them, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Maxine and Missy, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment. Cat Tails is also desperate for volunteers.

  • There’s a slob and a neat freak sharing an apartment, a loudmouth cop and a disastrous double-date with a couple of upstairs neighbors, but the Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production of “The Odd Couple” is not what you’d expect.

    This year, longtime BLT member Thom Clemmons decided to direct playwright Neil Simon’s female version of the popular play, which Simon rewrote for a female cast in 1985.

  • One of my daughters relayed a story to me with the comment it might be a good column. The tale involved a supermarket bagger who was also living with Down’s syndrome.

    Scoffers might quickly race to Snopes to check out its veracity. Cynics might well sneer at its simplicity. Fable, fiction or fact everyone can glean value from most narratives, no matter how accurate the details might be.

    This presentation about Johnny, the supermarket bagger in Akron, Ohio, fits the description of valued and valuable sketches.

  • Even though that silly Pennsylvania groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that in our neck of the woods. After a cold blast, we’ve had a few warm days. That means it’s time to get some late winter chores done.

  • When in a restaurant, a dinner for two always seems special. Whether you’re a couple or a couple of old friends, it always seems like a special occasion. Unfortunately, when the table for two is at home, it isn’t regarded with the same kind of reverence.

    Making meals for two rather than a large crowd can reintroduce you to the enjoyment of cooking just for the two of you. When you don’t have to plan for feeding large groups, preparing food can be fun again.

  • March is a busy month for gardeners around the house, in the vegetable garden and in the landscape. Here are some gardening tips for you to consider this month.

    Houseplants

    Repot houseplants in fresh commercial potting mix. Before reusing old pots, clean them with detergent and water, or 10 percent chlorine bleach solution, to remove salts and disease-causing microorganisms. Most commercial potting mixes have some fertilizer in them, so wait a month after repotting before fertilizing.

    Edibles

  • Plan now to implement some time saving tips to keep your garden more maintenance free this summer.

    If you fertilize your lawn once this spring during a wet period, the fertilizer will go down into the soil and the roots will reach down after it.

  • Veronica Maresca and Tim Madison were married Feb. 21 in Charleston, S.C., by the Rev. Tal Madison, the groom’s brother.

    The groom’s daughter, Veronica Brooke Madison, served as flower girl.

    The bride wore an ivory satin halter dress accented by champagne-colored lace.

    She carried a bouquet of ivory and sahara roses accented with pearl pins.

    A reception followed at the Planter’s Inn in Charleston, S.C.

    The bride is the daughter Ann Maresca of Sunset Beach. She is employed at Carolina Golf Coast Properties Real EState.