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Today's Features

  • Staff Report

    SUNSET BEACH—It was May 1997. Rudy Gambarelli had retired from his lifelong stint in the wine business. His wife, Pat Gambarelli, was more than ready, after 11 years of cooking classes in New York State, to close the kitchen and head south with him.
    “No more snow shovels and icy roads for us,” Pat Gambarelli wrote about the couple’s decision to retire to Sea Trail Golf Resort in Sunset Beach. “The future was warm.”

  • Bamboo T-shirts bearing the town of Calabash logo are now available at the Bamboo Boutique in The Low Country Stores complex in Calabash.
    The design features the town logo, “Seafood Capital of the World.”
    Bamboo clothing is thermal-regulating and helps wearers stay cooler and drier in the summer and warmer in winter, store owner Dean Moore says.
    Bamboo is also touted as a renewable resource that’s grown without use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

  • On Monday, July 16, the 4-H Clover-Buds, youth ages 5-8, met an array of real super heroes at a camp called “Real Super Heroes.”
    Day-campers started out at the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Burt Reaves took them on a tour of the sheriff’s office, where they met chief deputy Charlie Miller and deputy Chris Powell with his bloodhound, Bonnie, used for searching for missing people.

  • The Oak Island Art Guild is sponsoring a painting workshop with Roger Tatum beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Oak Island Recreation Center. The workshop is free and open to members and non-members. Walk-ins are welcome. Participants must be 18 years or older.
    Tatum will show artists how to turn photo references into effective paintings. Find the essential elements in photo references and reduce them to simpler, more effective compositions and value patterns.

  • By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

    Tiny piles of sawdust found in random spots are likely caused by large wood-drilling insects called carpenter bees.
    Carpenter bees are large, black and yellow bees often seen flying around the wooden eaves of houses, wooden decks and wooden fences. They are often mistaken for bumblebees, but unlike bumblebees, they have a black shiny tail section.

  • If you’re like me, you probably missed the fact July was National Watermelon Month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy that wonderful summer fruit this month.
    Local watermelons are now available.
    For a long time, we’ve all enjoyed the great taste of this summer-time fruit, but now we’re finding out it is good for us, too.

  • Comfort Socks to host afternoon of entertainment
    Comfort Socks invites everyone to share an afternoon of entertainment, based on compassion, on Saturday, Aug. 4, at New Life Christian Fellowship, 2162 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.
    Doors will open about 1:45 p.m. and admission is free. There are about 100 seats available, so admission will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. A love offering to benefit Comfort Socks will take place.

  • At a recent memorial service, the pastor depicted the ambivalent joy that emerged in his life because of his friendship with a parishioner who was, most assuredly, different.
    It was not that she lacked physical ability or intellectual acumen. Her “difference” was she fearlessly spoke her mind when others might well have kept fearfully silent. She voiced her opinion in person, via email, by phone conversation, whenever and wherever she felt necessary.

  • Turtle lovers won’t want to miss the upcoming First Friday Gallery Walk on Aug. 3 at Franklin Square Gallery.
    Turtles will be front and center. While the little critters are hatching up and down the beaches, painters and potters of Franklin Square Gallery have hatched a collection of works featuring sea turtles.
    Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk takes place from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to stroll through several downtown venues that evening.

  • The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is calling on artists to exhibit and sell artwork and goods this summer as part of the Department of Cultural Resources’ third and final Second Saturday event of 2012, scheduled for Aug. 11.