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Today's Features

  • I know it’s early in the season, but it seems once kids are back in school and Labor Day has passed, people begin to think about those winter holidays. I had a couple phone calls and email requests about making homemade canned products for Christmas gifts.
    Please beware—while numerous recipes circulate on the Internet, in recipe blogs, and on television shows, not all of them are safe.
    Canning chocolate sauce

  • By Tom Woods
    Horticultural Technician

    The following information is courtesy of Charlotte Glen, Pender County Cooperative Extension horticultural agent.
    When areas of your lawn that were healthy in the fall fail to green up and grow right away in the spring, cold damage (often referred to as winter kill) is the likely culprit. Minimize winterkill in your lawn by applying potassium fertilizer and raising your mowing height this month.

  • Ice cream is made by mixing cream, sugar and flavorings (like chocolate or strawberry) and then carefully lowering the mixture’s temperature until it sets. Using salt to help control the temperature of the ingredients, along with the invention of the home ice cream freezer, was a major breakthrough in creating ice cream as we now know it.

  • Conservation services to meet Sept. 6
    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Bolivia office, in cooperation with the Brunswick Soil and
    Water Conservation District, will have a local working group meeting from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the conference room at the Brunswick County Soil and Water Conservation District, Building F, in the Government Complex in Bolivia.

  • Thursday, Sept. 6
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Learn the history of the lighthouses, river pilots and the waters of the Lower Cape Fear in the annual Fall Into History event from
    10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. The program includes presentations, lunch and a tour of Southport’s waterfront.
    “Discover a history of people who have been here since the earliest beginnings, while enjoying lunch and great lectures,” said Lori Duppstadt, museum educator.

  • SUNSET BEACH—It’s almost country fair time at Seaside United Methodist Church.
    The annual two-day fair at the church at 1300 Seaside Road (N.C. 904) is scheduled for
    7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.
    Highlights at this year’s country fair sale include baked goods, crafts, plants, Japanese pearl bracelets, jewelry, books, yard-sale items, clothes and appliances. There will be free children’s events and live and silent auctions.

  • Staff report

    WILMINGTON—Cinematique of Wilmington, a series of independent, classic, foreign and notable films co-sponsored by WHQR 91.3 FM Public Radio and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, has added six films to its fall slate. Admission is $8. Films are shown at 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays in Thalian Hall’s historic main theater.

  • Staff report

    Come join in on a journey to enhance cultural and ethnic education and harmony through the arts, music, dress, customs, books, landscape and food.
    The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival is a free event. It will be 10 a.m.-
    4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on the grounds of the Brunswick Community College, in front of Odell Williamson Auditorium off of U.S. 17.

  • SHALLOTTE—Citizens of Brunswick County are being called upon to say thank you soldiers who have sacrificed all for their country.

    On Friday, Sept. 28, the Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride 2012 will be cycling through the area. The ride is a four-day event and is the last Warrior Ride of 2012. Rides began in late March and took place in the Carolinas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.