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  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Down here in the South, we often hear about “thatch,” which is a rather unhappy lawn situation involving a dense layer of decayed vegetation, inconveniently wedged between the ground and the roots of your centipede grass. Then there is the kind of “thatch” which has been used for roofing material, no doubt for thousands of years.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    The need for human connection.

    Aside from our opposable thumbs, it’s one of the main things that sets us apart as a species.

    Numerous studies show that isolation and loneliness are at the root of many of our negative conditions: depression, lethargy, suicidal tendencies, etc.

    Yet, you may get so busy you forget to nurture key relationships. And then things drift apart. It’s not that you set it up that way. As time goes on, though, that friendship just feels more distant.

  • I’m often asked how to keep a pet healthier, live longer or avoid disease. While there’s no easy answer to that very difficult question, I’d like to share with you some of my top bits of senior pet advice.

  • Too Much Sylvia has been around for nearly three decades, consisting of four longtime musicians who have been on the coastal Carolina concert circuit even longer.

    Most people with any regional band savvy know Too Much Sylvia’s music by now. But next-to-nobody knows how the Charlotte-based band, which doesn’t have one female musician, got its name.

    It’s a little-known story that might best be left untold, Rick Lee, longtime keyboardist and vocalist for Too Much Sylvia, said with a chuckle.

  • The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is only one call away.

    The new BCSO Lip-Synch Challenge video, which has been garnering international attention following its release last week, underscores that message.

    Produced in conjunction with Daniel Seamans, public information officer for Brunswick County Schools, the promotional video features BCSO School Resource Officers and cadets lip-synching to singer Charlie Puth’s 2016 song, “One Call Away.”

  • Bill and Cathy Furpless present the Historic Amuzu Theatre’s ninth annual music extravaganza, “Remember ‘50s and ‘60s Rock and Roll” in August.

    Show time is 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays with 3 p.m. matinees Sundays at the historic theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.

  • By John Nelson
     

    … Our sea-walled garden, the whole land,

    is full of weeds, her fairest flowers choked up …

                                        Richard II. Act 3, Scene 4

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    There you go again:

  • A high-energy band with five — count ‘em, five — lead vocalists and a killer horn section make up The Carolina Breakers, one of the region’s dynamic beach music groups who play the next Holden Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the gazebo at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    Motown, funk, rhythm-and-blues and disco, as well as special requests, fill The Breakers’ lengthy music-to-dance-to repertoire, too.

  • If you’re fortunate enough to share your home with a senior dog or cat (let’s say older than 7), you already feel the beautiful bond forged over years of walking, playing and napping together. Here are my favorite tips to help your senior pet shine well into the later stages of life.

  • Sure, we love the beach (isn’t that why we’re here?).

    But sometimes on a simmering summer day it’s nice to shift in a different direction and seek out some cool(er) fun for a while.

    Each of the South Brunswick Islands beaches has just the ticket to offer beach-goers a little respite and relief, not to mention recreation.

    Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach

  • The show-biz bug bit China Grove native Darrell Harwood early.

    In the 1970s, his dad played in the local “Cool Water Band” and had an entertainment company that booked local dates.

    Occasionally, Darrell, a former electrician and lead production manager at Carolina Products Inc., would venture out with his dad and get up and sing a couple of songs.

  • Pocketbooks of all designs are once again in the spotlight for the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s Fourth Annual Ladies Night Out Purse Bash from 5:30 to 9 p.m. next Thursday, July 19, at The Brunswick Center at Supply, 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    Only 400 tickets will be sold for this event, which sold out last year.

    Guest announcer will be Amanda Fitzpatrick of WWAY.

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    By Linda Arnold

    Are there people in your life who magnify everything around them? It’s like one crisis after the other.

    Whether it’s complaining, gossiping or lamenting their lot in life, it can truly be exhausting! Chances are, you’re not going to change the other person. This is their modus operandi. And you’ve always been there to listen to their continued rants.

  • Over the past 26 years as a practicing veterinarian, I have performed A LOT of surgeries pulling piles of leaves, grass, potting soil and rocks out of dogs’ stomachs and intestinal tracts. To this day, one of my saddest losses was a Corgi who inexplicably wolfed down over three pounds of sand and died. Fortunately, that’s an exceedingly rare tragedy, and most cases of eating grass, rocks and other such nonsense result in nothing more than vomiting and diarrhea.

    But still, why in the world do dogs eat that stuff?

     

  • The new Southwest Brunswick Branch Library at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores has a new schedule of events.

    Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call the library at 575-0173.

    A grand opening of the library is scheduled for noon Monday, Aug. 13. The public is invited.

    Mondays

    Stitchin' Time, 9 a.m. to noon, free and open to all skill levels. No registration is required.

  • Make plans to bring your children and grandchildren to the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club’s model train show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association clubhouse at 17 Lakeview Court in Carolina Shores.

    This event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Since the event is indoors, it will be held rain or shine.

  • Band of Oz, which plays the next Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, touts a rich history spanning 50 years in North Carolina.

    In the mid-1960s, a fledgling musical group of school chums calling themselves The Avengers was born in the Pitt County town of Grifton.

    The group was described as a “guitar and keyboard group playing the sock hops at area schools, private parties and an occasional club whenever the owner would risk having them.”

  • There are two kinds of people: those who, while strolling down a sidewalk, will spot a penny down there and keep going, and the other kind, the sort of person who will invariably stoop down and pick it up. I guess that I fall into the first group … although I am not embarrassed to admit I will stop for a nickel. And everyone would pick up a dime, right? This week’s mystery plant reminds us of coins on the ground.