To the editor:
We should like to commend Ms.
Susan Usher for the line articles ap
pearing in the issue of the Beacon's
issue of Sept. 12 in re to the Lions
Quest program and the need for a
new central office for the Bruns
wick Schools. Both articles were
well written, followed a sequential
pattern throughout, and separated
the wheat from the chaff in a rather
tedious meeting which scented end
Ms. Usher is to he congratulated
?)ii her professionalism and skill.
Leonard C. Ferguson
To the editor:
Alter reading your issue of Sept.
12, and Susan Usher's article on the
Sunset Beach town meeting, I felt
compelled to write.
Ms. Usher must have attended
another meeting, as she certainly
was not at the meeting attended by
my wife and 1 Ms. Usher stated that
there there were two spokesmen
from Sea Trail, and then credited
Gene Connelly with being the in
quisitor. Mr. Connelly only asked
one question, w hile numerous ques
tions were asked by the other two
gentlemen. Both of these gentlemen
identified themselves before speak
I realize that the Beacon is a
small weekly paper, but accuracy
should be expected by your paper
and your readers.
I am certain that Mr. Connelly
will expect a retraction and he de
serves it. Perhaps you should re
quest a copy of the minutes of the
meeting prior to publishing.
Why Shut Out
To the editor:
I understand that the county com
missioners have been holding unof
ficial or secret t:??V ?> with a private
firm about the possibilities of taking
over the county sanitation depart
ment, garbage collection, landfill,
This is a serious issue that raises
lots of other questions. 'I"he public
needs to have some input. We have
been frozen out of this decision.
Before County Manager David
Clcgg and that bunch of commis
sioners waste any more of our mon
ey, the public has a right to get
some answers. For example, what
arc the alternatives? Will the private
firm provide the same service at
the same costs as the current de
partment provides? What will hap
pen to the current workers and their
families? They spend their money
iri Brunswick County. Has a deci
sion, of any kind, been made? Why
have we been shut out?
Deserve To Know
To the editor:
Unofficially, it appears that the
Brunswick County manager and
board of commissioners have been
secretly planning to eliminate the
current garbage servicc Brunswick
residents reccivc for their tax dol
lars and replace it with service from
a private firm. The public, however,
has been shut out! We have not
been allowed any input.
The people deserve to know all
the facts and options. Public hear
ings and long range planning should
be the norm-not the rare exception.
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HA/KiiRASS, or purple muhly, can be beautiful as its purple seed heads wave in the wind.
Be Sure To Notice The Grasses
The grasses arc often among those things we see
the time but seldom take time to notice. Grasses
cover almost one-third of the
earth's land area and can be found
on mountain tops and in depres
sions below sea-level. We find
cultivated grasses in neat lawns
and golf courses and parks and
along roadsides. We also find
wild grasses deep in forest glades
and in prairies, savannahs,
sleppes, veldts, and in pampas.
And, of course, some of our
major grain crops are grasses and
got their start thousands of years ago when seed were
gathered from their wild ancestors for food. Barley
has been recorded since 5(XX) BC, corn was known in
4(KX) BC. and rice was growing in China as early as
2MX) BC. Sugarcane, the sweetest grass, was harvest
ed in India in 300 BC. Bamlxxi is the largest of the
grasses. Wheat, rye, oats, and millet are several other
commercial grasses we know.
One of the small grasses wc can noticc this time
of year is the beautiful purple muhly or hairgrass. The
scientific name is Muhlenber^ia Capillar is. This
bunch grass grows in a clump and can get to be three
feet tall, though most often is found around two feet.
The seed heads take up 1/3 to 1/2 of the entire stem
and it is these fine seeds with long purple, hair-like
threads that we notice waving in the wind. The plants
arc often found in valleys behind the dunes and on
Hats just higher than the marshes, in places where the
sand has some moisture. The fine purple haze at the
top seems even more beautiful in a slight brec/e in
early morning when glistening with dew.
We don't think of grasses as "blooming" and to
see the flowers we usually will need a magnifying
lens or a microscope. Many scientists can only identi
fy the many species of grasses by their llowcrs as the
leaves anil stems are very similar. Wc can identify the
purple muhly by its color and learn to appreciate its
beauty as a representative of a group of plants we of
Southeastern North Carolina jiot
a good soaking in August, with a to
tal of S.65 inches of rainfall.
The amount of rain was 2.01
inches above normal for August, ac
cording to the monthly report front
the National Weather Service in
Measurable rain was recorded on
17 days during the month, with the
heaviest downpour being 2.07 inch
es on Aug. 12.
The weather service recorded
thunderstorms on 12 days in
August, which was three days more
There were 20 cloudy days, six
partly cloudy days and only live
clcar days during the month. The
area received 47 percent of the pos
sible sunshine in August.
The average temperature for
August was X0.2 degrees, which
was only half a degree above nor
mal, according to the weather ser
The highest reading was 9X de
grees on Aug. 4, and the coolest
temperature was 6X degrees on
Aug. 16, 21, 22 and 30. The high
temperature was at least 90 degrees
on nine days in August.
Average wind speed for the
month was 6.2 mph. Thunderstorms
produced wind gusts to 36 mph on
Aug. 5 and 35 mph on Aug. 18.
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Writing A Book On Building Library
(Continued From Printlinn I'auo
anything done meeting every other
Calabash and Oak Island both
want library branches ol their own.
and cili/.cn groups there are raising
funds to build. They would do wise
to learn from the 1. eland branch li
The present Lcland library is a
mobile oil ice once used by a local
bank. It is liny and inadequate. No
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There should be just one reason
lor building a library ? so children
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where they can read, learn and edu
Ms. Tillman and the building
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but leave it to Leland to write the
book on how to build a library.
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