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WISTERIA is one of our most pleasing Japanese imports.
Another Japanese Import
BY BILL FAVER
We aren't thinking about cars just now, though there are plenty of
those Japanese imports around. But with the coming of spring, we get to
see many other imports from the Orient which pre
sent themselves as flowering plants.
Among those from Japan and China are many of
our favorite plants, such as clematis, chrysanthe
mum, camellias, kurume azaleas, star magnolia,
flowering quincc, hydrangea and flowering cherry.
Ligustrum and aucuba arc priccd more for their fo
liage than their flowers and they, too arc imports.
Kudzu is one of the foliage plants brought in to help
with erosion, and it has adapted so well it has about
covercd some areas of the South.
Wisteria is just another Japanese import. While
there are two native varitics in North America, neither is as showy or as
hardy as the spccics from Japan and China. Wisteria was named for
Caspar Wistar, an American anatonist who lived from 1761 to 1818.
The scientific name, "Wistaria," is truer to his name than the common
usage of wisteria, with an "e."
Wisteria is a member of the pea family, and this one is a handsome
woody vine with compound leaves and flowers appearing in bunchcs.
The flowers arc on short stems attached to an elongated axis and can be
blue, purple or white. Elongated pods appear after flowering and bear
Wisteria arc among the best of vines and flourish in sun and good
soil. They can be trained to cover arbors, trellises and trees and live
many years, sometimes exhibiting aged, study trunks good for climb
Edwin Way Teal, in North With the Spring, writes of wisteria:
Wisteria grew everywhere, even in the tops of lofty pines. It hung
in lavendar curtains or descended in pale purple waterfalls from
trees, from windmills, from fences...
We can see what he writes about here in our county. As this
Japanese import blooms this spring, take time to notice the vine that has
become a part of the tradition of the South
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But No Thanks
Newspaper editors get lots of
mail. Most days I get at least a cou
ple dozen news releases and publici
ty packets, and every day i throw
away every one that doesn't pertain
to Brunswick County people or
places. The non-usable mail out
numbers the usable by at least ten
pieces to one.
Every day 1 get assorted materials
from one conservative "think tank"
or another, as well as "free, rcady
to-use" news copy which makes no
effort to obscure the fact that its pur
pose is to hawk some product, ser
vice or point of view.
The Beacon, for reasons unclear
to me, is on the mailing list of both
"This Week in South Africa" and the
Korean Bureau of Travel. And
you'd weep to learn how much tax
money you pay so that state and fed
eral agencies can crank out reams of
largely irrelevant and suspiciously
partisan "news" written by overpaid
and underworked "public informa
It all seems a shameful waste of
money?and perfectly good trees?
for all that paper to be generated,
only to be thrown in the trash. So
the irony was not lost on me when
among my flack-packets last week
was a news release promoting the
It's a relentlessly homespun little
pamphlet published out of Dillsboro,
Indiana, "for lovers of frugality who
work diligently and honestly to get
more than they paid for." I couldn't
help stopping and reading.
Volume I, Number 1 begins with
a tribute to Cbcnczcr Scrocgc: "One
more lump of coal? Bah! Bob
Cratchet is a man who squanders re
There's a how-to piece on heating
your home with your electric clothes
dryer without buying one of those
diverter kits. "We cut off a nylon
stocking toe to calf and tic it over
the end of the hose. It clogs up after
about a week...We get it wet in the
sink, turn it inside out and scrapc the
lint out in seconds, then slip it back
on. This provides about 3,(XX) BTUs
an hour to your home, or 25 to 40
cents an hour."
Continuing on the laundry theme.
there is a painfully basic recipe for
homemade fabric softener sheets.
"Take an old rag. Put it over the
mouth of your opened fabric soften
er. Put your palm over it all tight.
Turn it upside down and back once.
Put the cap back on. Throw the cloth
in your di^cr with the wet clothes.
Turn it on. Walla!" (Sic!)
For the truly adventurous there
arc instructions on rigging a home
made security alarm with S7 worth
of sensor lights, a sheet of metal, an
outlet adapter, a power cord, a car
battery and an old car horn.
There's advice about the wisdom
of paying ahead on your mortgage,
then getting an account history from
the bank every six months to make
sure every dime got credited. "Last
year 1 saved S250 by checking the
bank's history of my mortgage. The
bank knew it had an overbalance for
a day eight months prior to the day 1
informed them about it. They did
not know to whom the overbalance
All good, useful information?es
pecially for those who take great
sport in pinching a penny until it
squeals, but also for people who
simply have a distaste for waste.
While no one has ever accused me
of being light with a buck, even
when I didn't have but one, I was
intrigued by the idea of getting all
the use possible out of things.
1 sadly discovered I was out of
my league when 1 read the article on
time-share vacations ("sometimes a
delectable challenge to the inveter
ate tightwad"). It gives detailed
guidance on how to take the free trip
but prevail against strong pressure to
say yes or sign something.
Advice like this:
"They're the enemy! Think of
them as Nazis trying to get you to
buy a cubicle in one of their 'sum
"If they say, 'Isn't this a beautiful
place?' say nothing or say 'no.' If
they say, 'Can you see the benefits
of such and such', say nothing or
"Don't try to explain yourself if
there's an uncomfortable silence.
Avoid every chance to agree with
Personally, I'd rather have a root
canal than put myself through all
that harangue to get a free weekend
ANYWHERE. I'd rather be tailgat
cd in a Pinto from one end of U.S.
17 to another. I'd rather sit through
every re-run of "Three's Company."
But thanks anyway. Cheapskate.
I'll try the fabric softener thing and
get back to you.
Newspaper Has Environmental Lessons
To the editor.
As a Native American family, we
arc often asked to speak to youth
about the Indian ways. Our people's
view of Mother Earth is always part
of the presentation. This week, wc
dccidcd to make a poster for these
presentations using newspaper arti
cles which report on environmental
issues. With the March 25 issue of
The Brunswick Beacon in hand, we
filled the entire poster. Here arc the
?"Log inick/school bus acci
dent:" The logs were probably from
a clear cut which destroys water
shed, animal habitat and vegetation.
Wc hope they were not local trees.
We salvage boards when our beach
walkway is damaged to save a tree.
?"County Hoping For 'Disaster
Area' Declaration:" One only has to
look at the beaches and at the forest
from the Holden Beach bridge to re
alize the impact of the storm.
Indians know that these winds will
continue to be more severe.
?'Plans to develop Bird Island,"
the last natural barrier Island in
North Carolina: There was hope in
this article that the environmental
impact will be realized before it is
?'Search for a new landfill:" We
can only "dump" on Bolivia for an
other five years.
?'Poor Oyster Season Ends Here
March 31:" This is not the first poor
season. The oyster season might
have been better if the Lockwood
Folly R;, er hadn't been closed to
shellfishing jo frequently because of
bacterial pollution. Every time it
rained it was closed for a week.
?'BCC Student Seeks Alder
men's Help In Tidyng Shallotte
Image:" At least someone is acting.
Our future is our youth!
?Calabash is still considering
what to do with their sewage. Every
week this subject is reported upon
from one community to another.
?'Coast Guard Investigating Pet
roleum Leak" from a shrimp boat
partially sunk in the waterway at
?Coastal Resources Commission
meets in Wilmington "on issues re
lated to land use." Better hurry.
Time is up!
Brunswick County's major indus
try, tourism, depends upon the frag
ile environment from the beautiful
beaches to the unique Green Swamp
with its rare plants. People of
Brunswick, wake up! Native people
believe that self destruction is in
evitable. We also say, "Don't let it
happen lo your generation!"
TTie Native Americans for thou
sands of years have had many
prophesies about the destruction that
will happen when people do not live
as one with nature. In 1854, Chief
Seattle wrote to President Franklin
Pierce, 'The whites too shall pass;
perhaps sooner than all other tribes.
Continue to contaminate your bed,
and you will one night suffocate in
your own waste."
O. L. and Carole Durham
Holden Beach & Lynchburg, Va.
Don't Close Library
To the editor:
Several months ago the Bruns
wick County government voted to
approve funds for the building of
new libraries on Oak Island and in
Leland and to add to the libraries at
Shalloue. This was indeed a giant
step forward for Brunswick County.
Recently we read that contracts
for the construction at Oak Island
and Leland were awarded, but the
addition lo the Shaliotte unit would
have to wait for the completion of
the other two projects. Why?
Anyone who has been involved in
public building construction knows
there will be cost overruns and funds
for the Shaliotte addition will be
used to pay the overruns.
We have also heard that when the
Shaliotte addition is started, the li
brary will be closed for five to six
months. This means thousands of
patrons from Shaliotte, Ash, Ocean
Isle, Sunset Beach and Calabash will
be without a library for that period.
A temporary solution would be
rental of an empty store in Shaliotte.
But funds are available for the con
struction. Why not proceed?
Dr. Arthur Tcmpleton
Why No Launch?
To the editor:
It is a disgrace that there is no
public access to launch a boat in the
Ocean Isle Beach area. The closest
wildlife boat ramp is at Holden
Beach. There are others at Pireway,
Navassa, Town Creek and Long
For the amount of rent tourists
have to pay, it is an insult to pay a
fee to launch a boat. It is also unfair
to the local people to pay a fee due
to the amount of taxes paid to the
county. We also pay a license fee to
the N.C. Wildlife Commission to
have access areas.
At one time there was a large area
under the Ocean Isle Beach bridge
that would have been perfect for a
ramp and picnic area. The money
was also appropriated for this pur
The people who manage the mari
nas in the area are gouging the
tourists and locals alike.
I have worked as a tugboat cap
tain all along the East Coast and in
the Cleveland area. Each town in
these areas provides public accesses
and picnic areas for the people.
The attitude in this area seems to
be that nothing is free. The town of
ficials need to realize that after
tourist season, the locals arc still
here to support the area. Residents
should contact their elected officials
to solve this problem. It is a hard
ship on residents and tourists alike.
Ocean Isle Beach
'A Big Boo-Boo'
To the editor
The county commissioners made
a big boo-boo when they forced
David Clcgg to resign as county
manager/attorney. All of them said
he did a good job. Even though he
was of their political party, they
pressured him to leave. The previous
board was Republican, but did not
seem to hold grudges as this one
The board said he made a mistake
the way he handled the Houston
Associates' controversy. One mis
take in seven years isn't bad. These
men have only been in office a few
months and they've already made a
I hope this is not a portent of
things to come. Clegg set a standard.
Let's hope these genUemen can live
up to it.
They have a lot to make up to
their constituents. If they don't im
prove, I'm sure all of them can look
forward to a short term in office. We
voters are not stupid.
Kudos For Carroll
To the editor:
An article published in your
March 25 paper referred to the re
tirement of Dwight Carroll, Holden
Beach building inspector. 1 believe
that this retirement deserves more
notice by the public, for Holden
Beach is losing a great asset.
In his nine-year tenure as building
inspector, Mr. Carroll has enforced,
and enlightened many residents to
the North Carolina and Federal
Emergency Management Agency
codes. I believe thai through his ef
forts and hard work, much property
damage has been avoided from
storms like Hurricane Hugo. His re
lenting fairness and concern have
shown true professionalism and will
be greatly missed.
Fine people like Mr. Carroll make
Holden Beach a place where people
want to call home. 1 only hope that
his replacement can carry on the ex
cellent work he has done for the
Town of Holden Beach.
I wish Mr. Carroll the best in
whatever he chooses to do, and may
he have health, happiness and long
The Best Volunteers
To the editor:
Twenty-five years ago I had my
first experience working with health
care volunteers and was in charge of
the volunteers at a hospital. While
they were caring and dependable,
they cannot compare to the volun
teers I work with at Hospice.
All Hospice volunteers receive
extensive training in all phases of
the work of Hospice. They complete
their training in concepts of Hos
pice, how to deal with their feelings
and frustrations, how to cope with
their feelings of death and dying,
physical care, bereavement follow
up, the working volunteer, and fu
Hospice volunteers are the most
dedicated volunteers I have ever
worked with. I only have to call
them, and they respond with a smile
on their face, and a willingness to
work. No job seems to be loo much
Hospice volunteers are the most
caring and loving people that I have
had contact with in the health field.
They assist the office staff with the
filing and other clerical work.
Volunteers also work raising funds
for Lower Cape Fear Hospice,
which is supported in large part by
memorial gifts, fundraising events
and contributions from individuals
and groups. The volunteers provide
relief for the caretaker, in order for
the caretaker to have some personal
I am proud to know each and
every Hospice volunteer. They all
have hearts of gold. Working with
them for the past two years has
made me a better person. My hat
goes off to them.
Laney B Ian ton
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