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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, November 17, 1994, Page PAGE 5-B, Image 17

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PHOTO CONTRIBUTED Students On Stage Waccamaw Elementary School students participate in the theatrical production of "Nicholas Nickelby" on Nov. 2, presented by the Connecticut-based theatrical company the Hampstead Players, which tours the southeastern and southwestern United States. Pictured (from left ) are David What ley, actor; Terry Chestnutt, assistant principal; A manda ttland, sixth-grade student; Matthew Wright, fifth grade student; and Sean Quinn, actor. You Can Cure Sweet Potatoes At Home Nothing smells better or whets the appetite more than the aroma of bak ing sweet potatoes on a cool autumn evening^ A slice of com bread, a howl of steamed collards, and a baked sweet potato is a healthy and delicious meal 71* sweet potato is nily a Tine food, although often ma ligned by those not knowing all of its outstanding qualities. Native to the tropical Americas the sweet potato <lp?mo<-a batatas) root has found a secure place in the economy and culture of North C arolina. The sweet potato is a member of the morning glory family (mv<>l\ulai eae), a relationship that is quite obvious when the viny habit of the plant and the moming-glorv like flower arc observed North ( arolina grows more sweet potatoes than nearly any other state Some of our northern neighbors refer to the sweet potato as the yam. but this is incorrect Yams are a dif ferent species of plant that arc typ, y g??wn in the tropics There is no comparison in eating quality yams are quite dry and starchy in comparison with the sweet potato ror serious sweet potato lovers, here a few tips to make those com plex carbohydrate-filled roots better eating Sweet potato harvest starts in late September and continues up until frost. Special care must be taken when digging sweet potatoes to avoid damaging the tender outer skin. Broken or bruised potatoes arc especially susceptible to soft rot when stored improperly. l-ong-term storage of sweet pota toes requires that the roots be cured In large commercial operations, spe cial bams arc constructed which al low the temperature and humidity to be closely regulated A temperature of 80 to ?#) degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity of 85 percent is near opti mum for curing Roots remain in the curing barn until they develop a tough, leathery outer skin Properly cured sweet potatoes have higher sugar content, store for a longer period of time and can be shipped with minimal loss Curing sweet potatoes will also allow the foot to heal any damaged areas re ceived during harvest Hie curing of sweet potatoes can easy be accomplished by the home gardener with a little extra care. Sweet potatoes cure best when spread out on newspaper in a area that allows good air circulation. Separate and spread out freshly har vested potatoes and prohibit them from touching each other. Depending on the conditions, natur al curing will normally occur in two to live weeks. Periodically check and remove any roots showing signs of rot. Areas that can be suitable for curing sweet potatoes include the attic. THE PLANT DOCTOR C BRUCE WILLIAMS Extension Arm TwfSptcwUst basement or outbuildings. Oncc sweet potato roots have developed a tough outer skin, they can be gently transferred to an open basket and stored for winter. Optimum storage for sweet pota toes is different from nearly any oth cr fruit or vegetable. Sweet potatoes store best at a temperature of 55 de grees and a relative humidity of 50 to 70 percent A pantry or basement will usually provide satisfactory conditions, but a bare earth root cel lar is best. Roots should be disturbed as little as possible, since handling increases the spread of soft rot and other storage diseases. Do not allow your cured sweet potatoes to freeze. For additional information on va riety selection, growing and storage of sweet pirtatoes. check with your county Cooperative Extension Scrvicc or send me a self -addressed stamped envelope. Send your gardening questions or comments to the Plant Doctor, Box IW, Bolivia NC 2X422. Weekly Crossword CLUES ACROSS 1 . Drive away 4. Combat 8. Meat flavoring 9. Nude 10. Stay 1 1 . Viscous 12. Cargo boat 13. Remnant 16. Exit 19. Circus jesters 23. Stranded 26. Glitter 28. Trot 29. Diffident 30. Following 31. Droop 32. Entertain 33. Mistake (Answers are on CLUES DOWN 2. Card game 3. Boarders 4. Pursue 5. Lordly 6. Clan 7. Perfume 9. Illustrious 14. Cow noise 15. Convent sister 17. Silence 18. Self esteem 20. Traveler's bags 21. Sully 22. Rearrange 23. Caper 24. Send 25. Excessive 27. Change Page 7-C) FALL SALE thru Nov. 30 Factory Direct Prices Furniture Come see our new line of distressed furniture as well as our featured oak and pine furniture. We carry a i complete line of furniture for the entire home! We ship coast to coast ? Layaways Accepted; (7-vsi 10152 Beach Dr. (Beside Post Office) Calabash, NC mmmjm *1 910)579-7095 WfcV* ,, .. - ?' ?' ?-?? Calabash Acres Yard Chosen PHOTO CONTRIBUTED The home of Thomas and Marge Stockner, 1136 Charlotte Ave., was named November " Yard of the Month" in Calabash Acres. Their well-groomed lawn features a variety of flowers and shrubs; the backyard faces a fishing pond. IIHIIWIIM The Right Place at the Right Time come and see why at our face-to-face reception ? Wilmington November 2 1 Hilton 301 North Water St. 7 pm - 9 pm Free food, fun, and door prizes for hi%h school juniors, seniors, and their parents. Talk with our faculty aiui students about educational opportunities at UNCQ. Call 1 -800-323-UNCG to reserve your D'ace. Talk to a "real :r?son" 8-5 weekdays Leave a voicemaii message alter 5 pm. n ff. UNTVfcKsrrY of nokh i caroiina ;rf.rnsroro $1.00 WQRLD EVERY ITEM IN THE ENTIRE STORE IS JUST $1.00 EACH Large Xmas Bows ? Toys Xmas Gift Wrap Books Housewares THOUSANDS OF ITEMS JUST $1.00 EACH @v= Kitchen Hair Accessories Ceramics Earrings Shoe Boxes SHALLOTTE SHALLOTTE 754-3101 PLAZA-ACROSS FROM SIZZLIN SIRLOIN ALSO IN HOLDEN BEACH HOLDEN BEACH NEAR THE STOPLIGHT holdenbeach Holden Beach 25th Anniversary Collectible Sweatshirts Still Available! Stop by and pick up your collectible sweatshirt at: L Bookworm Holden Beach Enterprises Holden Beach Properties UCB The Lighthouse Or send *$18 plus $3.50 for postage and handling to: L Bookworm 3004 Holden Beach Rd. Holden Beach, NC 28462 ?add $2.00 for XXL size Make checks payable to: GHBMA 7380 for more information

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