View from the Porch for Feb. 13

Lorraine Doiron's View from the Porch column talks on the upcoming happenings of town.

Bring your words to the Scrabble Tournament at the library on Friday, Feb. 24. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m., and the tournament starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $2. Guaranteed to have good dicussions, great words (even the three letter words I use like cat, hat, rat) yummy snacks and tons of laughter, prizes. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Get more information by calling 250-847-3043.

Fresh pizza, cozy country hall, a good film; a recipe for a lovely Friday evening at the Round Lake Hall. Feb. 24, pizza served from 6:30 p.m., film begins at 7:30 p.m. On February 25, enjoy friends and a supper of pasta and meatballs along with karaoke. Details for both events online at

Took the medical day-bus to Terrace. Never realized how tense I get when driving far in the winter. Once I sat down, looking out the window as we started the trip, I felt myself relaxing, perfectly willing to “leave the driving to him.” Never had a real chance to look down when crossing the single lane bridge going into Old Hazelton. That is a long way down. I have a copy of an old picture of that bridge when it looked like pieces of trees, branches. Someone told me women and children were sent across first to see if it was sturdy enough to cross. Not sure how true that is. Not good with heights, I would have had to be dragged across, kicking and screaming. The bus driver was telling us that he had just returned from a trip to Haiti, taking supplies over to an orphanage he is associated with. Said still a lot of debris needing to be cleared away. The population at the orphanage has grown three fold and there is a great need for paper, pencils, books, clothes for the children

First Annual Indigenous Women’s Symposium, March 11-13. Hosted by First Nations Studies Graduate Students at UNBC. Details are online at

Received an e-mail from Shannon C. Grew up in B.C., worked construction most of his life. He says he has always been creative with an abundance of natural creative energy. He likes to write, taking creative writing courses to foster his natural abilities. He hopes to publish his growing collection of poems. He created a poem for me, how awesome:  To illuminate in a new light. Or ruminate our human plight. For you we hold on high a torch. To see a view from the porch.  He sent me one on looking for work and I will share that with you another time.

Praise-A-Reader awareness during the month of February with local businesses around town selling, by donation, special Praise-A-Reader editions of The Interior News. Money raised will go to the Smithers Literacy Outreach Group. Some of us will be at the library on Feb. 22 handing out coffee, doughnuts along with selling copies of that edition.

Closing with: Choices are the hinges of destiny. Pythagoras

Lorraine Doiron writes the weekly View from the Porch.