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  • The End of America is upon us.

    In just a few more days, it’s coming to Brunswick County.

    At least, that’s the name of the Philadelphia-based trio performing in the latest Listen Up Brunswick County show at 7:30 p.m. next Sunday in the Virginia Williamson Events Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    The End of America, their name a tribute to Jack Kerouac, consists of Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard blending three-part vocals ala rock and Americana.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Happy spring! The rejuvenation of nature — and ourselves. Ushered in by that fifth season on the calendar: March Madness.
    I’m not sure when bracketology became part of our vernacular, but it’s here to stay. And this year’s NCAA basketball tournament has given rise to lots of examples.
    All the number crunching and statistical analyses in the world couldn’t stop the surprises and upsets this year. Brackets were busted on the very first night of competition.

    Your individual bracket

  • Bloody and discolored urine is a common reason cat owners seek veterinary help. It’s incredibly upsetting to see drops of blood in a litter box, on bedding nor on the floor. Sometimes you can’t see the blood until it is examined with a microscope or detected on urinalysis.
    Fortunately, most cats experiencing blood in their urine have straightforward causes that have relatively simple treatments. The two major causes of blood in a cat’s urine are cystitis and feline lower urinary tract disorder, or FLUTD.

  • Officers

    Les Goldstein, president; John Comparetto, vice president; James Haughey, treasurer; Bob Breen, recording secretary; Mike DiChiera, sergeant at arms; T.W. Legeret, web manager

    Meets

    Second Wednesdays at 1800 hours at Calabash VFW Post 7288, 900 Carter Drive (dinner available for purchase)

    Website

    coastalbordershields.com

    Contact

    Les Goldstein, President@CarolinaBorderShields.com

    Phone 910-576-3577

    Membership

    Open to all retired law enforcement officers

  • Spring brings many things, including the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s annual Family Day in Ocean Isle Beach, Ocean Isle Beach Kite Flying Day and the Southport Spring Festival this weekend.

    Family Day lauds the season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, rain or shine.

    In addition to games, crafts and kids’ activities, highlights include hot dogs, a bake sale, soda, Kettle Korn and Sunset Slush.

  • Get ready, folks — Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash are setting fire to Brunswick County this Friday night.

    Wait, what?

    Yes, that’s what’s going to happen when the Million Dollar Quartet blazes across the stage of Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia starting at 7 p.m. this Friday, March 30.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s first and second Open Mic Poetry Readings have been so successful organizers have decided to host poetry readings every month this year.

    The next reading is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 6.  Allare invited to bring their original poetry to read to other poets and poetry lovers.

    Sign-up begins at 7 p.m. The readings begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 1B, the first building behind the main auditorium at the BLT Theatre at 8068 River Road (N.C. 87) in Southport.

  • By John Nelson

  • By Linda Arnold

    Here it is, my favorite season! At least according to the calendar.

    I’m not sure Mother Nature has gotten the memo that it’s officially spring. I always refer to the spring season as the rejuvenation of nature and also of ourselves. Just think of our associations with this season: spring fever and spring break!

  • One of the greatest joys in veterinary practice is restoring health and vitality to an older pet.

    Veterinarians love helping a senior dog overcome its struggle to step up into the car so they can continue to enjoy walks in the park.

    We cherish the opportunity to boost an elderly cat’s immune system, enabling it to combat chronic illness and maintain high quality of life for as long as possible.

  • The Sea Notes Choral Society is tuning up for spring with “Unforgettable,” this year’s seasonal concert theme to be presented in two matinee performances at 3 p.m.

    Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    This year’s concerts will be directed by Dianne Hoffman with accompanist Jane Boberg.

    No tickets are required.

  •  Address

    242 George II Highway, Winnabow

    Hours

    Open to the public 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays

    Phone: (910) 845-7297 (Leave message. Calls will be returned within 24 hours.)

    Fax: (910) 845-8622

    Go to: pawsplace.org or email info@pawsplace.org

    Paws Place is a no-kill, nonprofit shelter dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of dogs.

  • BunnyDayz in Shallotte on Saturday

    BunnyDayz is happening again on Saturday, March 24, at Mulberry Park in Shallotte. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

    There will be prize eggs, sweets and treats and fun for all ages. Plus, the Miss Brunswick County and Miss Brunswick County Christmas Queens will be on hand to help dye an Easter egg. Don’t forget to meet the Easter Bunny!

    This event is free to the public.

    Calabash hunts for Easter eggs Saturday

    The great Calabash Easter egg hunt is on for another season.

  • By John Nelson

    Here is a woodland herb that can be found in shaded forests, often along damp, mossy creek banks in rocky woods. It likes places in the mountain and piedmont counties, but it also occurs, here and there, in the coastal plain. It is very widespread in North America, and was first named from plants seen in Canada. Its distribution includes all of the eastern states, south to northern Florida, and west to the Great Plains.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    It sounds so simple. Say what you mean — and mean what you say. 

    Then why is it so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re wired. Some of you are quick to speak what’s on your mind. Others hold back.

    This may have to do with early childhood conditioning, or it might have to do with learned behaviors over the years.

  • “Idiot what?”

    Based on the current situation, I could understand the pet owner’s frustration and worry and overlook the slight. On my exam table lay his nearly lifeless dog, Chloe. Chloe had recently celebrated her sixth birthday and 48 hours ago was a perfectly healthy cocker spaniel. When I saw her, she could barely raise her head and was pale as my lab coat.

  • ‘Tis the season to celebrate in your finest shamrock green or perhaps raise a glass of emerald-hued beer.

    An abundance of St. Patrick’s Day festivities are happily just around the River Shannon bend.

    The celebratory day paying tribute to the patron saint of Ireland kicks off with the 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade starting at 9 a.m. just across the state line in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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    Founders

    Stan and Tess Barwikowski

    Meetings

    3 p.m. third Sundays except July and November at Silver Coast Winery

    Information

    oibaws.org

    Stan Barwikowski (910) 579-5235

    e-mail oceanisleaws@gmail.com

  • By John Nelson

    Recent bad storms and rough weather has caused tragic loss of life as well as tremendous property damage here in the East, and considering the uncertainty of the weather, there is likely to be more of the same in the coming several weeks. I am fortunate no storms have affected my neighborhood here in Columbia, S.C. — yet. But a couple years ago, we did have a scary storm. Here’s some evidence.

  • By Linda Arnold

    There you are, starting off your day. Grabbing a cup of coffee and thinking about your “to do” list.

    And then you get the brushoff from a coworker. What’s up with that?

    You likely start to question whether you did something to offend them. It’s only human nature.  Be careful not to dwell on this for too long, though.