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Today's Features

  • Over the past few years, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the benefits for bone broths for pets. I’ve got to be honest, I’m skeptical about some of the health claims the bone broth brotherhood claim, and there’s little scientific evidence to back its widespread usage. That said, I’m not against trying bone broths for your pets, as long as you’re informed and use the safest meat or poultry.

  • According to the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), spinach was first cultivated more than 2,000 years ago in Iran. By 1806, it had become a popular vegetable in America and in the 1920s the U.S. pushed spinach commercially, with the Popeye cartoon becoming a great advocate for spinach consumption.

     

    Spinach seems to beone of those foods you either like or don’t. Spinach can be eaten raw in salads and as a cooked green, much like turnip or collard greens.

     

  • Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Armand Behroozfard, son of Rachel Behroozfard of Leland, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

    Behroozfard completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Our society seems to be seriously polarized these days. People on both sides have strongly-held opinions that aren’t easily swayed by facts or logic. But, even those with a casual knowledge of history know it has always been that way. We don’t have duels with pistols anymore; we just trash those we disagree with on social media. 

    You didn’t come here to get philosophical comments about the ills of our society, but there are parallels in the gardening world. A recent experience helping a friend with a centipede lawn bears this out.

  • Sunset Vision sets sights on its second annual art show and sale this week at Triple D’s Hemi Haven private classic car showroom at 7011 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This year’s show, “Uniquely Brunswick,” launches 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, followed by a fundraising reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22, and concluding-day display 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

  • Award-winning Steve Owens & Summertime hits the stage of the next Sunset Beach Summer Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday, June 27, in the Village at Sunset Beach.

    The Roanoke Rapids-based band walked away with the “Favorite New Artist of the Year” award at the 2012 Carolina Beach Music Awards in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The multi-musician beach group was also nominated for 2014 Cammy Awards.

    Lead vocalist and band namesake Steve Owens was nominated for Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year.

  • A Helping Hands fundraiser/cruise-in will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Rourk Garden on Main Street in Shallotte, across from Jerome’s Steakhouse.

    Hot dogs, fried bologna sandwiches, chips and drinks will be sold to raise money to offset medical and other expenses for Jim Hans, owner of Jim’s Automotive on Holden Beach Road.

    Hans’ business has been closed for more than a month while he battles cancer and pneumonia.

  • Tide Dye Tuesday is held weekly on Tuesdays through Aug. 14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Holden Beach Pavilion, except for July 10 when it will take place at Bridgeview Park.

    Shirts are $5 each for youth XS-adult XL and $7 each for adult 2XL. All supplies are included.

    Call 842-6488 or email heather@hbtownhall.com for more information.

  • The berries are back again! Available practically year-round at the supermarket, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries just taste better when bought from a local farmers market. Being from the North, we were able to also grow raspberries, which unfortunately is hard to do here in Brunswick County.

    Berries are rich in antioxidants, fiber, folate and potassium. They are also virtually fat-free and low in calories, except when smothered in whipped cream. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying a variety of them in a dessert.

  • By John Nelson

    I’m a botanist, of course, and I’ve always got my eyes open for good botanical art. One of my favorite plant paintings is by Albrecht Dürer, “Das grosse Rasenstück.”