VIEW FROM THE PORCH:Tree planters and music bring optimism

Tree-planter Guillaume, has lived here two years, started up his own tree-planting company for the opportunity to earn some money.

Tree-planters, two young men with the name Guillaume, one has lived here two years, started up his own tree-planting company for the opportunity to earn some money.

Several of the crew worked in 100 Mile House first, followed the company up this way.

Maria and Karyn from Victoria and Marie-Perle from Bromont, Quebec.

A lovely group of young people, filled with optimism.

Do you have a business idea, want to be your own boss?

There is a self-employment option that can help you start.

Entrepreneurial skills training, financial assistance, business counselling and support.

A self-employment orientation workshop, May 30, Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at WorkBC, corner of Main and the Highway.

For information call 250-847-0182.

Pennies for Peace Fundraising garage sale. Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m. – noon, 4030 9th Avenue.

Donations: pickup can be arranged or you can drop them off at 850 Upper Viewmount Rd.

Proceeds go to supporting the work started by Greg Mortenson, author of 3 Cups of Tea and go towards building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

For information call Pauline at 250-877-7737.

It appears there’s been some controversy over how funds raised have been spent.

A completed review is available on:

The report confirms the viability of the project.

Singing, dancing, listening to music is good for your overall health.

Music can reduce stress, improve mood, connect you to memories, encourage social activity.

Keeps your brain healthy and spirits alive and can actually relieve pain by diverting attention away, encouraging relaxation.

Decrease anxiety, blood pressure, heart rate.

One of the best side effects:  music can trigger long-term memories, songs that bring back events, take you back to good times.

Learning to play an instrument is good for hand-eye coordination.

A great socializing activity is singing in a choir, attending a concert.

Join a drumming circle. Not only is it fun but scientific evidence says drumming enhances well-being.

I asked Santa for a drum set last Christmas.

Will have to ask again because no one believed me.

There is a Raging Grannies Group starting up in Smithers, I will find out more information and let you know the particulars.

The Winter Harvest Box Program, based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) concept gives you the opportunity to be involved, to buy a share of a farm’s produce at the start of the growing season and receive that produce throughout the season.

Being a part of a CSA could mean some hands-on participation as work bees for planting, weeding, harvesting.

You are connected directly with the source of your food along with supporting farmers.

Groundbreakers’ Harvest Box Program brings together the products of several farmers into one Harvest Box.

Information:, or call Dawn at 250-846-5755 or

A free booklet, Local and Traditional Food Recipes, developed by youth to promote healthy living through the Living Life Fully (LLF) Project.

For information visit

Check out: Deep Fried Ice Cream, Bannock, Indian Ice Cream.

Closing with: Character must be kept bright as well as clean.

Philip Dormer Stanhope.



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