OMG, the OBX is MAD: The Islanders strike back

Larry Penkava
Larry Penkava

I seemed to have caused quite a stir with a recent column.

It was about a June trip to the Outer Banks, specifically the Nags Head to Kitty Hawk area. I complained that we couldn’t find green vegetables in the local restaurants.

I might as well have screamed that apple pie is a communist plot.
The online column was picked up by The Outer Banks Voice’s Sam Walker, who said my claim that I couldn’t find a green bean was “hard to stomach.” Then he asked readers to comment.

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How to fix three’s-a-crowd marriage

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

Little did I know when I married my husband that his brother would always feel that our home was his home. I tried to mention to my husband, to no avail a couple of years ago, that I didn’t want his brother hanging out of our house 7 days a week.

Now it seems by brother-in-law has even been given a key to our house. Sometimes he is inside our house when we get home from an outing.

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Incredible sights from around the world

Dallas Criscoe
Dallas Criscoe

Asheboro, like the rest of the world, is filled with its own brand of natural beauty.

However, living in Asheboro shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on the incredible sights offered by the rest of the world, as well. So, we’re here to fix that.

For your viewing pleasure, here are some of the most extraordinary sights found in the natural world.
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Canine flu has hit NC; what you need to know

web-dog-flu-colorCanine Influenza has hit North Carolina. The virus was confirmed in a dog from Winston-Salem and in 3 dogs from Asheville.

There have been numerous suspected cases in Greensboro, but as of the NCDA press release on July 17, they have not been confirmed. A suspected case in Raleigh has also been reported.

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How to set up a fish tank

Owning a fish tank is a fun and entertaining experience for people of all ages. When it comes to aquariums, there are many different options in size, type and cost that are determined by the amount and kind of fish you want to keep.

Choosing your fish

First, decide which types of fish you are interested in keeping in your fish tank. You should research to find the fish you like that are similar in size, temperament and care requirements.

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How to make your garden into a Fairy Sanctuary

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

Fairy gardens are becoming very popular as a feature in home gardens. For centuries, the world has been fascinated with the idea of “wee folk” living among us and having the power to spread magic and mischief throughout our homes and gardens.

While evidence of their existence is slim, adding fairy gardens to our own gardens is a way of participating in these centuries old traditions of trying to please these spirits and gain their favor.

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7-year-old makes friends with late relative

iedmont Paranormal Peacock by MJ Spencer
iedmont Paranormal Peacock by MJ Spencer

Do you ever wonder if our loved ones are watching us and we just don’t know it? Would it not be great to hear a noise and look to your left to see your dad standing there just smiling at you? That is the No. 1 question people ask: “Do my loved ones see me?” I would have to say “YES!”

Think about all the times that you have suddenly smelled your mom’s perfume, your dad’s cigar smoke or some home-cooked meal that only Grandma could make. What about hearing your dad’s voice at a time where you just needed it? Have you ever come across a personal item of a loved one and wondered how it got there? Maybe the answer is not so complicated.

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Vitamin deficiencies can wreak havoc with body

Caroline Prochnau
Caroline Prochnau

Vitamin deficiency anemia occurs when the body does not have enough of the vitamins needed to produce adequate numbers of healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. If the diet is lacking in certain vitamins, vitamin deficiency anemia can develop. It may develop if the body cannot properly absorb the nutrients from foods.

Vitamin deficiencies usually develop slowly over several months to years. Vitamin deficiency symptoms may be subtle at first, but they increase as the deficiency worsens.

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Logging museum brings the past to the present

Portrait photo of Susan and Jerry Wong
Susan and Jerry Wong

It was 6:30 a.m. on a quiet Sunday morning when Jerry and I decided to pull over our semi, the Iron Dragon, to check out the Collier Logging Museum and State Park along two-lane US 97 that runs through a heavily forested section of Oregon.

There is easily accessible parking along the roadside. I don’t believe the museum was officially open that early — we were the only visitors — but I imagine that they must get many school field trip buses and tourists visiting nearby Klamath Falls. Well-executed professional signage guided us through the huge open-air collection of logging machinery. Continue reading Logging museum brings the past to the present

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Not-so-ordinary spaghetti

Richard Garkalns
Richard Garkalns

Spaghetti is more than meatballs and red sauce. Put your pasta to good use in a salad.

It’s July and the thermometer is reading mid-90s. You don’t want to heat up the kitchen and you don’t care to sweat over a hot grill.

You’re also trying to lose the weight that your physician has been after you to do, so fast food is not currently an option.

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