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Today's Features

  • Towing a huge American flag, skydiver Jamie R. Lynn jumped from a plane high above Oak Island on Saturday.

    He followed another jumper, John Weldon, retired Army Sgt. First Class, Fayetteville.

    Lynn said his favorite events are any time he can put his training and skills to work honoring the nation’s veterans and soldiers, such as this recent jump on Saturday, Sept. 29, for The Warrior Ride during a Oak Island Community Sun and Fun bicycle event.

  • Saint Peter Needlers from Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southport recently donated 10 large lap quilts they had knitted and crocheted for patients at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.
    In 2007, the Needlers (Liz Villadsen, Irene Hennessey and Lois Beddard) began knitting and crocheting squares to make lap robes or lapghans for organizations that help others.

  • If you have always wanted to learn how to can but you’re not sure where to start, this is the class for you. Come learn from your local Cooperative Extension agent how to safely preserve food from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.
    Learn canning basics and get some hands-on experience with the boiling water bath procedure. Advance registration is required. Seating is limited.

  • Seniors to meet Oct. 8
    Holden Beach Senior Citizens will meet at the Lockwood Folly Community Building on Stanbury Road at 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Bring food to complement the cookout.
    There will be prizes for bingo. For the meeting, be sure to bring cans for personal use, labels and points for Shallotte Middle School, stamps for missionaries overseas and coupons for veterans.
    Remember to bring non-perishable foods for a local food bank. Reservations will be taken for the trip to Templewood in Fayetteville on Oct. 19. Cost is $15 per person and includes a meal.

  • I’ve written about the importance of family meals before and I’m sure I will again, because I really believe that eating together is important for families. It’s something simple, but powerful.

  • Lobster sale is Oct. 20
    St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church will have its 22nd annual lobster sale on Saturday, Oct. 20. The lobsters are shipped directly from Maine and arrive the morning of the sale. Lobsters will be sold live, cooked or in boxes of frozen tails.
    As in previous years, lobsters must be ordered in advance. Prices are lower this year due to a higher-than-average catch. Order forms may be picked up at the church at 4941 Main St. in Shallotte, or they may be requested by calling the church at 754-9313.

  • A Celebration of God’s Abundance took place on Sept. 23 at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach.
    The morning started when the Rev. Roy A Maack, a guest preacher from the Food for the Poor ministry, a gospel-based ministry that serves the poorest of the poor in 16 Latin American countries by raising orphans in Christian homes, digging wells, building homes, feeding the hungry and helping the elderly.
    His sermon was followed by a light lunch, giving everyone the opportunity to support a free-will offering that will be given to his ministry.

  • “We are always beginning to live,” the Roman poet Manilius wrote in the first century, “but are never living.”
    Joan Chittister adds, “We are always becoming, never at any given moment totally and finally complete.”

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, Oct. 8
    American goulash, green beans, fresh orange, dinner roll, milk.
    Tuesday, Oct. 9
    Brunswick stew, white rice, garden salad, mixed fruit, biscuit, milk.
    Wednesday, Oct. 10
    Chicken patty/creamed gravy, parsley noodles, seasoned greens, chocolate pudding, cornbread, milk.
    Thursday, Oct. 11
    Sliced turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, peas and carrots, whole-wheat bread, milk.

  • Many Southern foods are similar to Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, of which I am quite familiar. That’s not so surprising, though, because the heritage of both of these cultures is deeply rooted in farming. Of course, each region has some of its own unique ingredients and methods.
    The Southern pantry
    Some of my favorite foods, like shellfish, catfish, sweet potatoes, pecans and red beans and rice, are included in the Southern pantry.