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Today's Features

  • By Sue MacCallum
    Special to the Beacon
    This year is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. There are celebrations around the world to honor this beloved literary genius and philanthropist of 19th century England. However, few may know the following facts about Dickens:

  • Mildred “Millie” DeMarco is Calabash’s newest centenarian.

    Last week, DeMarco was feted with two birthday parties on the occasion of her 100th birthday Nov. 1.

    A daughter of Italian immigrants, DeMarco and her six brothers and sisters grew up in the Queens borough of New York City.

  • A group of Master Gardeners from the Brunswick County Community Extension Service, all of whom live in Carolina Shores and the Carolina Shores Golf Course, have all come together for a beautification project that benefits everyone.
    A small island of land on golf course property that that leads to the entrance of the golf course had become overgrown and unsightly but, because of the golf course’s financial difficulties, the course could not do the necessary pruning and landscaping that it had previously done before.

  • A couple weeks ago, I wrote in this column about the importance of family meals. I shared some research on why family meals are important to the social, educational and moral development of a child. I got lots of positive comments on this column. Thank you.
    There’s some additional research that shows when families eat together, the meals are healthier.

  • During National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13, youth in Brunswick County had the opportunity to teach on a farm during Brunswick Counties 4-H School Enrichment-Life on the Farm. They also learned about robotics engineering through participation in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment and taught youth at Communities in Schools’ after-school programs at Union and Virginia Williamson schools.

  • Gospel sing is Nov. 4
    Oak Grove Baptist Church on Holden Beach Road will host a gospel sing at 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Special guests will be the River Town Boys from Conway, S.C. Everyone is invited.

    Celebration set for Nov. 17
    Sons of God will celebrate its second anniversary at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hooper’s Chapel in Leland. Come celebrate with us.

  • I was born and reared in New England at a time when denominations did not mix and the word ecumenism was not in the dictionary.
    If it was, no one mentioned it. Interfaith dialogue was equally foreign. We all remained firmly ensconced in our own enclaves, fortified by our particular code, creed and cult.
    It was understandable I had never heard the phrase, “stand in the gap.” Never heard it, that is, until I moved south.

  • The Shallotte Lions Club recently visited the Lions Cottage at the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina at Lake Waccamaw.
    The home is dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of residential and community-based services to meet the needs of vulnerable children by addressing their physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual development.
    Their vision is to be a leading human services provider, addressing the ever-changing needs of children and families, led by people of excellence and compassion.

  • Wine society to host tasting Nov. 4
    The Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society will have its next wine tasting event for area wine lovers and their guests beginning at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road in Ocean Isle Beach.
    The theme for this meeting will be “The Wonders of Spanish Wines” and will feature six premium red wines from several of Spain’s prominent wine regions.

  • On Thursday, Nov. 1, North Carolina mystery writer Tom Rieber will be the guest speaker at the Sunset River Marketplace Art Gallery in Calabash, the gallery’s final Coffee with the Authors event of the year.
    Rieber will talk about his second book in the Nick Thomas mystery series, “Devil’s Parody,” which follows “Nine Irony.”
    In the novel, six gamblers lured by a $5 million prize are trapped by their own greed and find themselves playing for their lives.