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  • STAFF REPORT

    Pastel artist Jane Staszak conducts a weekly class at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, which has led to creation of a close-knit group dubbing themselves the Pastel Sisters.

    Their resulting group show, "Pastel Sisters Show All," debuts with a reception 3-6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive.

    Celtic music group Gaelstorm, which includes artist Liz Roberts on percussion, will perform.

  • Luna-Toones is a fun-loving pit bull girl weighing about 40 pounds (full grown) and was a year old this past July. She plays well with other dogs and people, loves to go for walks, and likes to ride in the car. She needs a home that has high-energy owners who will love her for her cute personality. Paws Place 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.

  • Ask a person the reason why early cultures divided the sky into constellations and most will say the typical reasons: to tell directions or to tell the seasons or maybe to tell time. They would all be grade-A answers.

  • A fellow came by the office last week with a clipping of a gorgeous evergreen shrub with fragrant light pink to almost white flowers. He had noticed the plant at his church and desperately wanted one for his home.

    The list of evergreen plants with fragrant blooms in March is pretty short, so I didn’t have any trouble identifying it as winter daphne or daphne odora. I had some trouble helping the gentlemen understand how to keep the plant alive once he added it to his garden.

  • There have been incoming calls on the Information Line recently concerning houseplants. Following are some secrets to keeping your houseplants happy.

  • James and Katelyn Morris are the parents of a daughter, Hailey Marie Pearl Morris, born at 1:28 p.m. March 2 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 17 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Rudy and Crystal Azcona of Supply and Danny Ballard of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Paternal grandparents are Dean and Angela Morris of Boiling Spring Lakes and Steve Crooks of Sunset Harbor.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Monica Holden of Shallotte and Joel Lovett of Shallotte. A March 20 wedding is planned at New Life Assembly on Stone Chimney Road, Supply.

  • Rock and Beth Clewis of Boiling Spring Lakes are the parents of a son, Wyatt Earl Clewis, born at 4:06 p.m. Feb. 9, at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    He joins sisters Caison, 13, and Carly, 18 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Ann Caison of Supply and the late Edward Caison Jr.

    Paternal grandparents are Earl and Barbara Clewis of Southport.

    Great-grandparents are Mickey Robinson of Supply and Lucy Henry of Southport.

  • Beth and Jason Hayes of Fuquay-Varina are the parents of a son, Ford Walker Lowery Hayes, born at 12:54 p.m. Jan. 21 at Wake Med Cary Hospital.

    He weighed 9.9 pounds and measured 19.5 inches long.

    He joins a sister, Emerson Rose Hayes.

    Maternal grandparents are Alton and Betty Lowery of Bladenboro.

    Paternal grandparents are Deborah Evans of Supply and Lonzo Hayes of Fuquay-Varina.

    Maternal great-grandmother is Lucille Grainger of Bladenboro.

    Paternal great-grandmother is Myrna Malinchalk of Leland.

  • When most folks hear the word prophet, they think of major figures in history that have stirred the world, upset the status quo, and lived dangerously as a result. Names like Martin Luther, Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammed, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Dorothy Day, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Joan of Arc, Bishop Oscar Romero Sr., Dorothy Stang, John the Baptizer and Jesus, the Christ—Son of God and prophet beyond all prophets—emerge from our memories as heroic men and women who sought to save the world from its own bondage.

  • The February 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine has named Dosher Nursing Center in Southport as “one of the best nursing homes in America.”

    In all, only 173 skilled nursing facilities were named to the honor out of the nation’s thousands of nursing homes. Only four nursing home facilities received the designation in North Carolina.

  • STAFF REPORT

    Ronnie Milsap will bring his trademark country-soul voice to Brunswick County on Monday night, March 22, for a 7:30 p.m. performance in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Milsap’s music has earned him 40 No. 1 hits, six Grammy Awards and the industry's highest recognition—the coveted Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award.

  • Ginger is a lynx point Siamese mix who’s about 8 years old, with beautiful blue eyes and front declawed paws. Her owner died recently, and relatives couldn’t keep her. She is playful and a good companion pet. She needs to be adopted into a home where she is the only pet. To see Ginger, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Ginger, 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.

  • This has been a tough winter for cold weather wimps like me, and I have the chapped lips and cracked fingers to prove it. Yes, I know the former New Englanders are laughing hysterically and asking, “Would you like some cheese with that whine?”

    Some of our plants have, like me, struggled with the colder-than-normal temperatures.

  • Pruning rose bushes is intimidating to many gardeners but actually good for the plants. Becoming an accomplished rose pruner takes time and practice, but keep in mind it is hard to kill a rose with bad pruning.

    While there is a great deal of disagreement among rose experts regarding how and when to prune roses, it is generally agreed most mistakes will grow out quickly and it is better to make a good effort at pruning roses than to let them grow rampant.

  • Too many people understand newness as novelty. As a result, they are reticent to accept change in their lives. A “same ole, same ole” existence is good enough for them. It’s comfortable, soothing and affirms the adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash is featuring “Barns of the American Landscape,” a group show of oil painters, watercolorists, pastel artists and photographers.

    The exhibit, which runs through March 25, includes oil paintings by Richard Dixon, Richard Kuhn, Steven Sullivan, Brenda Behr and Elaine Bigelow, watercolors by Roger Tatum and Janet Dixon, photography by Mark Hilliard, C.E. Smith and David Keener, and pastels by Rose Kennedy and Kevin Beck.

  • A giraffe next to an engagement ring? No, this is not a clue from a truly strange scavenger hunt, or two items from a strange shopping list. They are, however, two interesting star formations in the evening sky and are relatively easy to see.

    The giraffe is not a well-known group of stars; you may recall the group from the Latin name, Camelopardalis. The second grouping, the engagement ring, includes a famous star, Polaris. These two star arrangements have an interesting past.

  • Old Man Winter has been relentless this year, but I always know spring is close when I see the Amazoy advertisement in the Parade section of the Sunday newspaper.

    While there’s nothing particularly wrong with the Meyer zoysia grass plugs they are selling, there are better zoysias available now. Crowne, Empire, Zenith and newer selections like JaMur and Zeon spread more aggressively and maintain good to excellent color through the summer.

  • The Master Gardener info line is receiving calls concerning lawn fertilization and weed and feed.

    March is not the time to fertilize turfgrass varieties grown here. March is usually the time your local garden centers begin major advertising campaigns to sell lawn fertilizers. For the types of grasses grown in this area, make sure it’s the right time to feed your lawn. In general, the best time to fertilize a lawn here is when it is actively growing. That is usually May at the earliest.

    Fescue should be fed in the fall