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Today's Features

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    When the tops of the potatoes start to die down, you will know it is time to harvest. One issue you may see on newly harvested potatoes is brown scab-like wounds (see photo). This is a disease called scab. The potatoes are still fine to eat. The causes of the problem and how to prevent it in the future will be discussed.
    Common scab

  • Why are scales so much harder to treat than other insects? It’s because many of them cover themselves with a protective waxy coating.
    Indian Wax Scales illustrate this topic very well. They are easy to identify because they look like chewed gum and are usually found on the stems of plants like gardenia, magnolia and holly. Scale insects feed on leaves or branches of many ornamental plants grown in landscapes and nurseries. Adult females are red and covered with bright, white gummy wax.

  • Life groups study God’s word
    Life Groups are for everyone. Freedom Outreach Center has Life Groups for children, women, men, young adults, retirees, a mixture of people and the list goes on. A Life Group is a group of 3-15 people, and can meet anywhere.
    The following Life Groups are presently organized: The Mulligans (a golf Life Group); Going Deeper Divas (women’s Bible study); Pastor Ken’s Life Group, which constantly changes; and Bodies 4 God (exercise to Christian music).

  • Dawn arrived clothed in a blanket of gray clouds and threatening skies. I wondered if the memorial service at Ocean Isle Beach would still happen.
    The question lingered in my mind as sadness gripped me. I wanted to cry, but couldn’t. I wished I had known the young woman who had died, but I didn’t. I only knew her mom. Sorrow at her loss gripped me though my tears remained unshed. Rain or shine, beach or church, Hubby Dear and I could do nothing but be present as companions at this time of unique heartache and grief.

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 21
    Chicken enchilada casserole, rice/beans, stewed tomatoes, fresh apple, whole-wheat bread/white bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, May 22
    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, fresh orange, blueberry cobbler, Italian bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, May 23
    Roast turkey/gravy, stuffing, carrots, pears, whole-wheat bread, beverage.

  • The custom of using a celery stick as a garnish for a Bloody Mary supposedly originated at Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel in the 1960s. As the story goes, an unnamed celebrity ordered a Bloody Mary. With no swizzle stick available to stir it, he grabbed a stalk of celery from a nearby relish tray and history was made.
    Native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, celery was first used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a flavoring. The ancient Greeks also awarded winners of sporting events with a stock of celery. Marathon runners were often seen carrying it.

  • Thursday, May 17
    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.

  • Terral and Christina Altman of Carolina Shores are the parents of daughter, Lainey Elizabeth Altman, born at 12:08 p.m. May 6 at Brunswick Novant Medical Center weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces. She joins a brother, William.
    Grandparents are Bill and Carol Altman of Holden Beach and Dan and Lisa Trunzo of Damascus, Md.
    Great-grandparents are Albert and Rita Gallo of Carolina Shores and Lena Mae Altman of Raeford.

  • Joe Meo celebrated his 95th birthday on May 5 at a birthday dinner given by his many nieces and nephews at The Brentwood Restaurant in Little River, S.C. In attendance with the guest of honor and his wife, Ann, were nieces Sera Accardi and Rosemarie Beyer, nephews Bob Beyer, Vincent Accardi and Vincent Accardi Jr., and friends Dennis and Joanne Schettino.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Ashley Williams of Sunset Beach and Justin White of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Eric and Regina Williams of Sunset Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Ernie and Debbie White of Ocean Isle Beach. A Sept. 29 wedding is planned in Supply.