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  • 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.

  • Meet on Main Street this Saturday, March 14, for the 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Calabash Elks Lodge is among participants from Brunswick County who will be marching in the 9 a.m. “parade of green.” This includes the Elks’ renowned kazoo band members who have been rehearsing and will be in green and in tune as they step along in the festive procession.

  • The sound of thundering motorcycle engines will be heard throughout eastern North Carolina on March 28 as people gear up to fight cancer during a Hope Motorcycle Run.

    For the first time ever, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender and Onslow counties are taking their Relay For Life fundraising efforts across all four counties. Understanding cancer knows no boundaries, volunteers are uniting for this event to make a difference in their communities.

  • They followed their patients from the moment they arrived at the hospital—from triage to CAT scans to the pharmacy where they were dispensed M&Ms.

    Twenty students from the county’s four middle schools—Leland, South Brunswick, Shallotte and Waccamaw—participated in the two-day MASH camp at Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • Meet on Main Street this Saturday, March 14, for the 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Calabash Elks Lodge is among participants from Brunswick County who will be marching in the 9 a.m. “parade of green.” This includes the Elks’ renowned kazoo band members who have been rehearsing and will be in green and in tune as they step along in the festive procession.

  • Cotton is a Chihuahua mix who was brought in with her two brothers. The males have been adopted, but Cotton still needs a home. Cotton is housebroken, cuddly, and loves being carried around all day. She is in a foster home and needs a quiet home of her own. 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. Paws Place also offers animal-care education and volunteer work programs at its 5-acre humanitarian facility 5 miles east of N.C.

  • Wilma, right, is a 1-year-old brown tabby with beautiful orange eyes who has been at Cat Tails for quite a while awaiting a new home. She has a brother named Fred. Wilma is playful, loves attention and gets along well with other cats and people except she would not do well in a home with small children. To see her and her brother, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Wilma and Fred, 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.

  • Even though the temperatures are still a bit on the chilly side, I know spring is almost here. That’s because I’ve seen the “Amazoy” advertisement in the Sunday newspaper. This supposedly amazing grass is just Meyer zoysia—a selection that’s been around since the 1950s. While it makes a pretty nice lawn, “amazing” is a stretch.

    This slow-spreading grass did get the wheels in my head turning about that oft-asked question: “Which turfgrass is the best for our lawns?”

  • I recently had a student from an elementary school ask a question that many people need to know the answer to.

    “Should we be fertilizing our plants now?”

    That is a very good question. There are many situations where growing plants require additional fertilizers to be applied. A fertilizer is a nutrient that can be applied to plants to help them grow better. A plant could possibly grow without adding any nutrients but it may not grow as well or as vigorous as one provided with a nutrient from a fertilizer.