Master Gardener Volunteer Association of Brunswick County Update

Date:       September 20, 2018             For Immediate Press Release    

For more information contact:             Donna C. Coulson, Master Gardener

Phone:      (910) 399 6321

Mobile:      (732) 758 8191

Dear Press Contacts:

As you know, Florence has wreaked havoc upon NC and Brunswick County.  Also, the Brunswick County offices where we are housed as Extension Master Gardeners is closed for business all this week.  Here is a statement we’d like to briefly make in your publication about the Master Gardener Volunteer Association of Brunswick County online plant sale pickup dates—obviously this won’t happen this week as originally planned.  I apologize this wasn’t sent sooner, however, we’ve been without power, Internet and email  until now like many of you.

We hope everyone is safe after Hurricane Florence. Plant pick-up from the ‘Online Sale’ is delayed until the vendors are ready to deliver to us and we are able to take delivery.

We will be in contact by email to let you know dates and times–we have no additional information at this time.

Thanks for understanding.


Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer Association of Brunswick County


Extension Master Gardener SM Volunteer Association of Brunswick County 



Donna C. Coulson, M.S.

Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer Association of Brunswick County

Government Center, 25 Referendum Drive

Building N, Bolivia, NC

Extension Phone:  910 253 2610

TOWN OF SUNSET BEACH (Updates 21-22 – 09/19/18 04:00 PM)

(Update 22 – 09/19/18 04:00 PM)

Brunswick County continues to ask citizens who evacuated not to return yet. Many roads in Brunswick County are not just blocked or flooded, but washed out or structurally damaged, and many remain impassible. There are limited supplies of gas, food and water in many areas and responders are focused on getting supplies to those who are in these areas.

For those who are in Brunswick County, shelters remain open at

West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte)

South Brunswick High School (100 Cougar Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes)

Shelter locations are marked at

Also, Brunswick County will be under a curfew from 10 p.m. Wednesday night until dawn Thursday, Sept. 20. Crews are working throughout the night to restore utility infrastructure and service but traffic on the roads at night creates unsafe conditions where they are working and delays repair work. Adhering to the curfew lets repair crews work and get infrastructure restored quicker.

(Update 21 – 09/19/18 03:37 PM)

When placing yard debris out for collection, please place in the right of way, not on the roadway.

Health & Safety Committee – Medicare & Open Enrollment Presentation



What is open enrollment

When is open enrollment


How do you determine which plan is right for you

How do you change your plan

TIME: Monday, October 15, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

PLACE: Pink Palace, 295 Rice Mill Circle

Presented by:

Kate Slavin : Senior Health Insurance Information Counselor

Brunswick Senior Resource Inc.

STMA POOL UPDATE (09/19/18 01:19 PM)

President’s Message:

STMA POOL UPDATE (09/19/18 01:19 PM)

The MAC pool will reopen on Thursday, September 20th at noon. Thank you to Ray Coakley and the Pool Committee for working so hard to clean up and ensure the safety of this facility for our use.

The Pink Palace will remain closed. It will require more extensive work to make it safe for use. Given that fewer people us the pools at this time of year, it may remain closed for the season.

Mike Campbell

US Mail Delivery

Just spoke to our local Post Office (910-579-5202 or 1587 SEASIDE RD SW, OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC).  Regular delivery was scheduled to start at 8:30am this morning (9/19/18), however, the mail truck is stuck in Ash, NC due to extensive flooding and not sure when it will arrive.  They are doing their very best to resume delivery ASAP.  For more details, refer to the USPS Service Alerts below. Under “Residential customers,” click on “Service disruption alerts.”

Florence exits but flooding crisis remains

The remnants of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall as a hurricane last Friday in North Carolina, has left behind a wide path of destruction. Residents across the Carolinas continue to deal with historic flooding. And Florence is still bringing heavy rains to states in the Northeast.

We continue to monitor the storm as it makes its exit. Our top priority is the safety of our customers and employees. Many Post Offices in the Carolinas still have suspended operations. Additionally, deliveries and other services have been affected.

For information about impacts in your area, refer to the USPS Service Alerts below. Under “Residential customers,” click on “Service disruption alerts.”

Dine Around – Oct. 1st – P. F. Changs

Hi Everyone:  We all have endured the wrath of Florence, cleaning up our yards and repairing any damage, hopefully only minor. Now lets set aside the hurricane and have some fun. Join us, the Pickel’s and Weiss’s for another Dine Around at P.F. Chang’s in Myrtle Beach. on Monday October 1st.  Let’s all join our friends and neighbors for good food and drink. This will be our eighth year of sponsoring Dine Around at P.F. Chang’s.  Click on the link P.F. Chang’s for details.

Sign Up To Receive Email Notifications from the Town of Sunset Beach

Just a reminder if you have not signed up for notifications coming from the town of Sunset Beach, it would be a great idea to do so. During the storm multiple updates were shared from the town which were very informative.  They not only share information on Emergencies but Meeting Notifications as well, plus any other topic they feel the town residents should be aware.

To sign up for these, it is very easy.  Just go to the Town website and at the bottom left of the Home page there is a blue box entitled Email Sign Up.  Give your name and email address and check if you want Meeting Notifications, Emergency Notifications or Both.

If you have any questions, please email the Town at

President’s Update: September 18, 2018

HURICANE FLORENCE AFTERMATH:  A drive or walk around Sea Trail shows that we face a huge cleanup operation over the coming days and weeks.  However, we are fortunate in that we were spared the worst of the possible damages like those suffered in Wilmington, New Bern and other nearby areas.  While there are many downed trees and limbs, with a few exceptions, we suffered little in the way of structural damages to our homes and other buildings.  Our amenities, for the most part, were spared damages and will reopen as soon as they are inspected and debris is removed.

The Creekside Building and the Pink Palace will reopen for all activities on Thursday morning.  There may still be some debris and tree limbs in the parking lot and walkways.  So be careful when driving and walking in these areas.  The MAC had a water leak in the windows near the ceiling and there was some damage to the ceiling tiles.  It will be opened as soon as repairs are made.

The MAC pool is expected to reopen in four or five days after it is determined to be safe for swimmers.  Since the Pool Committee will concentrate first on the MAC, the Pink Palace pool will remain closed for the foreseeable future.  Depending on their progress and the demand, it may be closed for the season.  I will keep you posted and you can check the website for updates.

Tennis courts will reopen as soon as debris can be cleared and the wind tarps replaced.  We hope they will be available by this weekend.

MASTER ASSOCIATION MEETING:  The Sea Trail Master Association Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, September 19th has been postponed and will be held on Monday, October 1st at 3 PM in the Pink Palace.  This will allow all Board members to return, have time to clean up their personal properties and then prepare for the meeting and review the proposed budget for 2019 that will be adopted at this meeting.  All Master Association members are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to address the Board.

THANK YOU:  Thank you to all Sea Trailers who followed the recommendations of local, county and state officials regarding evacuations and curfews.  Your cooperation made their very difficult jobs a little easier.  Town officials did an amazing job of keeping us informed about this storm emergency.  The Sunset Beach Police Department kept us safe and did their best to respond to all of our needs.  All first responders and utility workers jeopardized their own lives to ensure our safety and enable us to resume our lives as soon as possible.  Thank you!

I also want to thank Candy Fowler and Emily Shea for constantly updating the website during the storm so that those of us here as well as those who evacuated could get accurate information about the latest developments. Continue to check the website for announcements and the latest information.

Once again, Sea Trail residents demonstrated their commitment to this community and showed us why this is such a wonderful place to live.

OCTOBER DINE AROUND:  The October Dine Around is still scheduled for October 1st at P.F. Chang’s at Market Commons in Myrtle Beach.  This is a great opportunity to share storm stories with your neighbors and friends. Cocktail hour with special Happy Hour prices will be from 5 to 7 PM and dinner will be served at 6 PM.  The cost is $30 per person and the menu looks wonderful.  Your hosts for the evening are Anne Marie and Thomas Pickel and Linda and Neil Weiss.  Checks can be made out to Thomas or Neil and dropped off at either 208 or 210 Crooked Gulley Circle no later than September 27th.   Additional details are on the website at P. F. Chang’s

Stay safe.  Safe travels for those still trying to get back home!

Mike Campbell


UPDATE: Garbage pickup & Town Hall (Update 20 – 09/19/18 03:09 PM)

(Update 20 – 09/19/18 03:09 PM)

Town Hall will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 8:30 AM.

Also, Waste Industries will run collections routes tomorrow, Thursday, September 20, 2018 for those areas normally collected on Thursday. Only garbage will be collected, no recycling.

(Update 14 – 09/18/18 04:45 PM)
Waste Industries will attempt to run collection routes tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 for those areas normally collected on Wednesday, The landfill and convenient sites will remain closed tomorrow.
Sunset Beach, Lisa H. Anglin, Town Clerk (Update 17 – 09/17/18 12:00 PM)

No garbage, recycling or debris removal services until further notice.