Mosquitoes are sometimes just like us

Lorraine Doiron explains what's going on in town these days.

The Northwest Personal Growth Association is hosting Finding Meaning in My Daily Life”. A meaningful and life giving experience, fitting into your summer restoration time.  Begins July 14. For more information call Dan or Wendy at 250-847-3533.

Did you know that it is only female mosquitoes who bite people in order to get blood so they can lay their eggs? The female mosquito needs amino acids in blood to make protein for her eggs. Male mosquitoes do not sting people but spend their time drinking nectar from flowers, sort of like being at the pub drinking beer with their buddies. Lots of mosquitoes out this year.

Heads up: Lakelse Dragon Boat Society will be hosting its 6th Annual Regatta on September 10. Come help celebrate BC Park’s 100th Year Anniversary and a day of Dragon Boating Sportsmanship and FUN! Go to Lakelse Dragon Boat Society website for more info at

There will be a Lakes District Kennel Club dog training session (eight weeks) in mid-September. The last one had 17 dogs (eight puppies) and a waiting list. Exact day and time to be announced.

At the library; Summer and bugs. Bug expert and biologist Ken White will be at the library to sort the buggy facts and fiction in a slide show and talk that will leave you bug eyed.  On Monday, July 18, 7 p.m. at the library. Free admission.

Kids programs: summer reading started July 4th with an opening celebration. Tuesdays, 10 – 11 a.m. will be Story Tasters, ages 3 – 5 years. Novel Nuts, ages 6 – 9, Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m. Chronicle Connoisseurs, ages 10 – 12 years, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon, they will go behind the scenes, seeing how a library works. Finally a wrap up party for all ages on August 10, 10 a.m. to noon.

Coming up in July at the library, date and time to be announced: a Harry Potter movie night. Come dressed as your favourite character, watch the last Harry Potter movie before the new one comes out and enjoy snacks, games. A super evening of fun. Visit the Smithers Library website for more information.

Met a really nice young man, about 11 years old, born in Wisconsin, traveling to Alaska for the first time. He is Oslo Dellinger and he and his parents are full time RV’ers right now, Canada being their second country to explore after visiting some States in the U.S. Oslo is being home schooled and was excited to tell me that when they stopped in Barkerville he got to attend school there for a day. He learned about sponges and fools gold. Oslo has my e-mail address and I hope to get updates on his travels, which I will share with you.

Closing with: The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on. Julia Alvarez.


Lorraine Doiron writes The View from the Porch weekly column.