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  • A crowd of more than 400 turned out to honor Walter Harvest “Harvey” Robinson at his 100th birthday party and dinner Saturday, April 5, at Bolivia Elementary School.

    The Supply centenarian, also known through the years as Granddaddy, Uncle Harvey and Pops, was accompanied by his wife of 17 years, Eva, who’s 85.

    The event also paid tribute to Robinson’s late, first wife, Rosie Mae Hankins-Robinson, to whom he was married 54 years, his three children and eight step-children and their spouses.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild Exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday–Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. Artwork available for sale. Exhibit is renewed every 60 days. For more information call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

  • Now we should be out of the woods as far as frosts and freezes go. It’s time to think about adding some high impact annual color in the landscape.

    Before we get too deep into what to plant, you need to do some prep work. Most annuals need good soils. What’s a good soil? That means high organic matter, high fertility and good drainage.

  • March usually brings the first sightings of carpenter bees in north Florida. While they do resemble the well-known bumblebee, they differ in appearance and behavior.

    Carpenter bees are large and robust. The upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black. Bumblebees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings.

  • For Oak Island residents and vacationing birders alike, the island offers a number of good sites for finding and photographing birds.

    Ocean, dune, estuarine, salt marsh and maritime forest habitats host a wide variety of birds—and a mix of species that slowly but continually changes as seasons change—sometimes almost weekly.

    Fall migration and winter offer the most exciting experiences; however, spring and summer offer the return of special breeding birds like painted buntings.

  • Daisy, an 8-month-old walker hound, peered through the bars of her cage, welcoming the touch and kindness of any human hand that reached out to her.

    “She was turned in by her owner because she doesn’t hunt,” said Richard Cooper, director of Brunswick County Animal Services, as he walked past noisy rows of barking, homeless dogs at the shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    He also told about a mother dog and her litter of 13 puppies that were recently brought to the shelter.

  • He was bred to fight bears, mountain lions and wolves, yet this 135-pound gentle giant is teaching children how to be safe around dogs of all shapes and sizes.

    Tagged as “The Traveling Dog,” Amadeus has been to 42 states, teaching children how to be safe around dogs.

    On Wednesday, April 23, the Ocean Isle Beach dog will visit children at Virginia Williamson Elementary School in Bolivia.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artwork available for sale. Exhibit is renewed every 60 days. For more information call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

  • While students are out of school on spring break, don’t forget to appreciate local activities such as the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Described as a natural history site, the museum offers educational programs for school groups, a monthly lecture series and field trips on the island in the spring, summer and fall.

  • A joint creative connection between Hard Rock Park and legendary guitarist Jimmy Page, "Led Zeppelin—The Ride" was conceived to give Led Zeppelin fans the ultimate amusement park experience.

    "Led Zeppelin – The Ride," named by Page, will also feature the Zeppelin smash-hit “Whole Lotta Love” which was selected for the ride by Page himself. The band's hit will be pumped out on the coasters powerful 64 speakers, generating 1,200 watts of music as the coaster hurtles the screaming rider down its mile long track at speeds hitting 65 mph.

  • For the past two weeks, we have been examining the process of transforming your yard into a beautiful planned garden. This week, we focus on the final steps in the landscape process.

    Steps in the Process

    Develop a plot plan

    Conduct a site analysis

    Assess family needs

    Locate use areas

    Design, construct, and plant

    Assess Family Needs

  • Pine pollen may be coating sidewalks and cars with yellow dust, but it is not to blame for making people sneeze.

    People suffer from pollen allergies, but pine pollen doesn’t contribute to it. The chemical composition of pine pollen appears to make it less allergenic than other types.

    Because pine pollen is heavy, it tends to fall straight down, and does not scatter easily in the wind; therefore, it rarely reaches human noses.

  • Azaleas are blooming all over southeastern North Carolina right now.

    During these special two to three weeks, it’s easy to see why people are so enthusiastic about them. These plants have few rivals when it comes to making a colorful impact in the landscape.

    But, lots of people struggle to grow azaleas well. The secret is really no secret at all. You just have to do a good job of preparing the soil and choose the right location.

  • Birds called waders are always lurking around the salt marsh. Some are large and some small.

    They drop by to scrounge up some grub, especially when the tide is low, a time when mud flats are exposed and fish are concentrated into small pools of shallow water called pannes.

    This article is about two of the little guys. The big guys like the great blue heron and great egret can wait for a later article. They are so large and photogenic they get enough attention. I am pretty sure every Brunswick County resident who owns a camera has taken a photo of them by now.

  • Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

    “High School Show,” Franklin Square Youth Gallery, Southport. More than 100 students will have their work on display. For more information, call 457-5450.

    March 26-April 9

    Annual juried student exhibition, UNCW, Wilmington. For more information, call 962-3500 or visit http://www.uncw.edu/arts online.

  • Elsie Jordan from Brunswick County joins Pennsylvania native potter Betsey Mitchell and Cape Cod painter Michael Caiazza as featured artists whose work will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 31 to May 10, at Franklin Square Gallery in downtown Southport.

    This cooperative community gallery is open to the public free of charge.

    Their work is under the spotlight at the ongoing members show sponsored by the Associated Artists of Southport.

  • When the white blooms of flowering pears make their annual appearance this time of year, it’s difficult not to get excited about them. Throw in a little early-morning sunlight for backlighting and you have something to wax poetic about.

    The red fall color is usually pretty reliable, too. Unfortunately, there’s a down side to the saga of the Bradford pear. Like most pears, its fast growth means weak wood. Add the inherently narrow branch angles, and you have a recipe for breakage once a few years have gone by.

  • Last week I mentioned that former extension specialist Kim Powell wrote a wonderful guide going over the steps for landscaping which I have edited for our area in the southeast. The process takes you through the necessary steps to determine just how to succeed in transforming your yard into a beautiful, well thought out, planned garden.

    Steps in the Landscape Design Process

    •Develop a plot plan

    •Conduct a site analysis

    •Assess family needs

    •Locate use areas

    •Design, construct, and plant

  • This is the time of year we all start thinking about having the best landscape ever. In my mind, the best landscape ever is beautiful all year long with little care from the gardener. It is time to prepare the beds for new plants as well as last year’s perennials so let’s get a good start toward creating an easy care landscape.

  • The red-tailed hawk is the hawk most folks associate with the name. They are the most visible, often seen soaring overhead and perched in treetops along highways. Red-tails are year-round residents of the Lower Cape Fear; however, they are seen more often in winter when birds from the north join our resident population.

    The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System was enacted in 1956 for the benefit of red-tailed hawks. Just kidding, but they do enjoy hunting on the wide easements.