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Today's Features

  • By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician
    Each year new people get the gardening bug. Maybe it’s the do-it-yourself movement or economics. No matter, it’s worth a try even if some disappointments are to be expected by even the most experienced gardeners.
    If this is your year to dip your toe into freshly tilled soil, go for it. If your non-gardening friends try to discourage you, ask them the following questions:

  • Brunswick Family Assistance names new interim director
    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Family Assistance has selected Fred Stephens as its interim executive director.
    Stephens has served as BFA board secretary for the past two-and-a-half years. As a member of the planning committee, he helped develop BFA’s new strategic plan. He has also volunteered his time and services for numerous programs.
    Stephens replaces former BFA executive director Carol Phelps.

  • Myrtle Head Savanna is small–just 72 acres–but it is home to a number of rare plants.
    One of the most charismatic is the pitcher plant (Sarracenia). Three varieties of the carnivorous plant are found in the Brunswick County preserve, which is why the North American Sarracenia Conservancy financed a recent controlled burn there.

  • The Master Gardeners of Brunswick County will offer a unique horticulture class for Brunswick County residents beginning Sept. 10 for six consecutive Mondays at the Bolivia Government Center Extension Services Training Center in Bolivia.
    The class, which runs from 9-11:30 a.m., will provide the basic knowledge needed to maintain a yard/garden in the coastal plain of the Carolinas. Shorter and less expensive than the Master Gardener class, it contains less science and more “how to” content.

  • By Cheryle Syracuse

  • Thursday, Aug. 9
    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.

  • Youth Day celebration set for Aug. 19
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community), will observe its annual Youth Day celebration at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The Rev. Rodnisha Gore of Fayetteville, formerly of Longwood, will be the guest speaker for this service.
    For more information, call (910) 231-3170.
    Raleigh Ringers to perform at Seaside UMC
    The Raleigh Ringers, a world-renowned handbell choir, is scheduled to perform in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Seaside UMC in Sunset Beach.

  • The phone rang. Good news was announced. Our eldest granddaughter would be arriving for a weeklong visit with her grandparents, the old folks.
    Long ago, we had established the definition of visiting versus vacationing. When a grandchild visits, it would be customary to do what the grandparents do. Vacationing with them is to do what you wish to do.

  • The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, Aug. 11, in this year’s summer series, Second Saturdays.
    The theme for the final Second Saturdays event for 2012 is “Original Inhabitants of the Cape Fear.” Discover Southport’s “locals” from prehistoric to the present.

  • Can you tell the difference between a venomous and a non-venomous snake? What kind of snake are you most likely to find in your yard? What snake will, when introduced to your yard, devour or drive off all the other snakes, including venomous ones? Do baby snakes hatch from eggs or are they born live? Which snakes make the best pets? How should a snake hook be used? How can you make your own inexpensive but effective snake hook?
    Learn the answers to these and many other questions by attending Snakes Alive! at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.