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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Danielle Denise Boyd and Matthew Scott Graves, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dee and Johnny Boyd of Supply. She is box office manager at Odell Williamson Auditorium. The prospective groom is the son of Van and Judy Graves of Fritch, Texas. He is assistant superintendent at Farmstead Golf Links. A May 27 wedding is planned at Sharon United Methodist Church.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Holden Beach Garden Tour

    When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19

    Where: Eight residents and five refurbished projects at Holden Beach

    How much: Tickets (with maps) $10 each, available on tour day at the Holden Beach Pavilion (under the bridge)

    HOLDEN BEACH—Linda Brown strolled her scenic garden, pointing out May flowers colorizing the landscape next to the Holden Beach canal.

  • LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Get ready for crabs, crafters and crooners.

    The 31st Annual Blue Crab Festival is set for this weekend just south of the border in Little River, S.C.

    Scheduled 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food and arts-and-crafts booths lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

    Other events at the “biker-friendly festival” include a children’s area and activities.

  • Love fresh fruits and vegetables? Want to enjoy them year round but do not know how to preserve them? Join Brunswick County Cooperative Extension from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, to learn the basics of canning and freezing with instructions on “how-to-do-it.”
    Topics will include:
    •When to harvest produce.
    •Estimated yield of canned fruits and vegetables from fresh.
    •Cost of preserving and storing food.
    •Is it worth your time and money?

  • We’ve received quite a few calls lately from people questioning the safety of or looking for a little advice on their home preserved foods. I had one man call about green beans, as the seals are breaking on the jars he put up last summer. Another caller was concerned about the cloudiness in the liquid surrounding her home-canned sweet peas. A woman asked about a remake recipe for too runny homemade jam.