Happy birthday, Almanac

Lorraine Doiron talks about what's happening around town in View from the Porch.

At a town council meeting Patrick Stewart was knitting a toque. Learned to knit at Scotch & Stitch, hosted by Brown Eyed Girl Knitting Shop (no longer in business). Ellen was with him, she learned to knit as a child in Germany. Most Saturday mornings there is a group, sometimes 18 in number, who meet to knit together.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac turns 220 this year. Abraham Lincoln reportedly used the almanac to discount a witness in an 1858 murder trial. The almanac has had only 13 editors over the years. During World War II a copy was found in a German spy’s coat pocket. Another book to check out: Forgotten Bookmarks. Owner of a used book store, the author found all kinds of bookmarks and started a collection. When our library has the annual book sale there are always interesting bookmarks to be found. They are collected and handed out to people who have purchased books.

Anniversaries and warm congratulations: Andre and Toby Coupe, 34 years; Jim and Fay Van Horn, 50 years; Excited, proud grandmother Shirley, her first grandchild was born on Oct. 13, 2011, Aiden Walter Atkinson, parents are Chris and Lori.

Time to start planning that garden.  In Our Backyard continues with Seed Propagation. Local gardener Irene Howard shares her knowledge of starting garden plants, seed germination, transplanting, soil mixes, hardening off, plant biology, diseases and troubleshooting. It’s on March 12, 7 p.m. at the library. I rotate my crop to different parts of my garden. Have been growing potatoes that are scabby, do not look good but are still edible. Can’t figure out why this happens. Ever since I used sheep manure, not sure if that is the cause. This workshop should be helpful. Am planning on doing some canning this year. The website bhg.com/yesyoucan has downloadable instructions for fruits, vegetables, safety guidelines, delicious recipes for pickles, jams, more.

Man Art, showcasing original creations by men, different media, is running at the Smithers Art Gallery. Runs from Feb. 28 to Mar. 31. Opening reception on Friday, March 2, 7-9 p.m.

CICK 93.9 FM’s outreach project: Smithers’ first Arts ‘zine!  Free, and found at news stands around town. Watch for a CICK window display at Interior Stationery. Station is also holding a fundraiser called Casino Royale DJ Dance Party, with Lightning Guitar Monsters (5 year old DJ Ari), SLOB, Thorium Sericulture, Red Burn, The Abyss, to name a few. Come dressed to dance and game the night away. It’s on Saturday Mar. 3, starting from 8:30 p.m. At the Elks Hall. Tickets are $10 at Mountain Eagle Books, BC Web or call CICK at 250-847-8769. Visit smithersradio.com to find more information on the station.

Closing with: Oh Lord, help me to keep my mouth shut until I know what I’m talking about.

Lorraine Doiron writes View from the Porch.

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