VIEW FROM THE PORCH: Seeking shining stars

There's much ado about town, including Volunteer Smithers looking to recognize shining stars.

At the Library: first of each month, coffee and cookies to enjoy while you read the latest magazines, papers, news on your laptop; you can now scan documents with their new printer/fax/scanner.

March 31, 1 p.m. a workshop introducing the new, improved Bibliocommons Catalogue.

Learn how to connect with friends, share favourite books; write, share reviews; track books you’ve borrowed; those bits of paper with authors, titles you plan to read-get rid of them, use this program to track them; do lots more.

Monday, April 2, 7 p.m., Harvesting Maple Syrup, Patrick Williston of Mamma Mia’s Mountain Maple Syrup shows how to tap Douglas Maples, making one of the rarest, most delicious syrups available.

Taste test. Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m.: Maggie de Vries, author of Missing Sarah and Fraser Bear, sharing experiences in writing, publishing.

Know someone who is a shining star in our community?

Someone who did a good deed, act of kindness, community service for others. Nominate them as a Shining Star, part of National Volunteer Week, hosted by Volunteer Smithers to celebrate local individuals, groups and organizations.

Nomination forms: Smithers Community Services, Interior New or  www.scsa.ca.

Shining Stars will have their name and deed posted on a star in a Downtown window for the month of April, their name in the Interior News at the end of the month.

Not a contest, simply a celebration of good deeds and accomplishments.

Attended meetings: Measuring Up The North Committee continues to work on accessibility issues in Smithers.

Continued upgrade to the Perimeter Trail; prepared for Access Awareness Day in June; a visit from a member of CNIB; connect with the Fall Fair Committee, asking, if possible, for a few wheelchairs made available for visitors, wheelchair accessible bathroom; main street merchant’s steps painted in bright colors for vision impaired customers.

Something to check into: with enough notice Greyhound will provide a bus that is equipped with a lift for a wheelchair or scooter.

Success: Council voted to add information from SAFERhomes to all building permits.

Smithers Seniors’ Safety: financial literacy workshop-how to protect yourself.

Learned facts on power of attorney, joint bank accounts, wills.

Looked at frauds, scams aimed at seniors: door-to-door sales, services, lotteries or  sweepstakes, you should never have to pay money or reveal personal information to claim a prize;  e-mails asking for personal information, bank scams and identity theft.

A resource list to help you stay safe or answer questions when preparing any legal document.

Remember to check out CICK 93.9 FM the Friday after council meets (next meeting March 27) for Council Briefs.

New program discusses items of interest from the meeting with a councillor.

Closing with: You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result. Mahatma Gandhi.