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Today's Features

  • The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Calabash Post 7288, participated in the VFW’s annual National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Program. It recognizes the best educators who “instill a sense of national pride in students” and stimulate interest in American history, civic responsibility and patriotism. The Ladies Auxiliary of Post 7288 sponsored two teachers this year: Lisa Jarman, fourth-grade teacher at Union Elementary School, and Ellen Nicole Simpson, seventh-grade social studies teacher at Waccamaw School.

  • Giving up failures topic of sermon
    “Giving Up our Failures” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, April 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Traditional worship services will be at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Murrow Hall, with music led by Promise, the worship band. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Childcare is available at all services.

  • A newly-minted friend recommended a book for my perusal. It was a generous offer based on our common Italian-American heritage and one that brought me more intently to the land of my ancestors with each turned page.

  • Lecture on diabetes scheduled April 16
    There will be a free informational lecture, “Taking Control of Diabetes,” with Owen Medd, a diabetes patient and member of the A1C Champions Program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the second-floor classroom at Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport.
    The lecture is sponsored by Sanofi.
    Learn how to have better blood-sugar control from a real diabetes patient who understands the challenges of living with diabetes. The presentation will include time for questions and answers.

  • Have you ever wondered, “What is the safest way to store food on your way to and from an outdoor picnic or barbecue?”
    Food-related illnesses tend to increase during the summer months for several reasons. Family vacations and hot weather are both contributing factors. More families eat outdoors…everywhere from backyard picnics and the beach to hiking trails and boats. Special effort is also necessary to keep cold foods cold in hot, summer weather.
    Unfortunately, there are many myths, and there is much misinformation out there about food safety.

  • By Charlie Spencer
    Master gardener
    Bluebirds are flying over the area in search of accommodations. It’s a little early, but like other smart animals, it’s time to plan ahead. Bluebirds are particular in their nesting habits.

  • Last week I had the opportunity to teach another class as part of Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less (ESMMWL) program at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center. The ESMMWL class is a 15-week program developed by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and N.C. Public Health.
    It is part of the statewide movement called Eat Smart, Move More...North Carolina. The whole idea is to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity wherever North Carolinians live, learn, earn, play and pray.

  • The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) of Calabash Post 7288 participated in the VFW’S national “Patriot Pen Program.”
    The program is an annual competition open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students enrolled in public, private or parochial schools, and home-schooled students. The students are required to write a 300-400 word essay based on a theme that differs from year to year.

  • The February meeting of the Cherokee Chapter of the Daughters of 1812 in Raleigh was at the State University Club.
    State president Carol Chapuis Canales from Sunset Beach was the special guest and brought greetings to the members from the state society. She attended the meeting with her daughter, Christy Norris, and granddaughter, Afton Norris Kinkaid, both of Raleigh.

  • Gas grills are still the most popular type for grilling, but today’s units are multi-tasking appliances. In addition to the burners, many now include infrared searing “zones,” charcoal pans to convert to charcoal grilling and built-in smoker boxes with dedicated burners for smoke cooking.
    Charcoal grills are still quite popular because of the “true” charcoal flavor obtained when grilling. Today’s electric grills seem to burn hotter than their predecessors, now reaching temperatures high enough to actually sear a steak.