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Today's Features

  • Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • Myra Burgess
    Food and Nutrition, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

  • Cooler weather, less humidity and colorful leaves all signal the coming of fall. Another sign is the arrival of apple cider at local markets and roadside stands.
    What’s the difference between apple juice and apple cider? While frequently confusing, technically they are the same thing: the juice from 100 percent apples (sometimes you can get cherry cider, pear cider or other fruit cider, but the traditional fruit used is apples).

  • Oktoberfest dinner set for Oct. 13
    The Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council 9039 will serve a traditional Oktoberfest dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Saint Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Highway West in Shallotte.
    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds from this dinner will help to fight breast cancer. Cost is $15/person. Dine in or take-out is available.

  • Every two seconds someone in this country needs blood. The Point Church at 324 Village Road NE in Leland is helping make sure that blood is available by sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
    In addition to the blood drive, family entertainment will also be provided, such as a moon bounce, face painting and other children’s games. Free hotdogs and beverages will be served.
    To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 399-3704.

  • My age gives me a different perspective, hopefully a vantage point in considering attendance and participation in worship at churches other than my own Roman Catholic liturgy.
    In my youth, before the exploding Spirit of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council opened windows of grace, I was carefully and woefully taught that all denominations beyond my own were to be respected, but no participation in them or with them would be allowed or acceptable.

  • Wooden boats of all makes and sizes will be on display at the Old Yacht Basin in Southport during the third annual Southport Wooden Boat Show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Admission is free.
    Visitors can meet and talk with the wooden boat makers and owners and vote for their favorite entrant for the People’s Choice Award. The nauti-kids events return and all little sailors can build their own boats and test their sea-worthiness. Face painting, tattoos, knot-tying skills return and, new this year, the Turtle Man, will keep them busy.

  • Plankton are the primary food source for almost all fish larvae, as well as a critical source of food for large aquatic animals such as fish and whales. Plankton plays a crucial role in maintaining the ocean’s complicated ecosystem.
    Plankton consists of any organisms that live in the water and are incapable of swimming against the current. Plankton range in size from microscopic organisms to larger organisms, such as jellyfish. Plankton are not limited to salt water; they are also found in fresh water ponds and lakes.

  • Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will host Anything Goes, a multi-artist show presented by Art Matters, a studio art group that meets to paint and critique their work on Thursday afternoons at the gallery.
    The show opens Oct. 5 and runs through Nov. 3. A public reception is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

  • My definition of a casserole is a combination of foods that are cooked together slowly in an oven in the dish/pot that will be used for serving. As a cooking method, it was derived from the ancient practice of slowly stewing meat in earthenware containers.