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GREEN SCENE: Act to help B.C. modernize the Water Act - properly

Living in a climate as rainy as ours, it is easy to take water for granted. But having grown up in the drought-prone prairies, I find the abundance of water in this part of B.C. to be one of it many charms.

A GOOD READ: Travel the road to wellness

A GOOD READ BY Susan Clark This is the time of year when many of us find that our New Year's resolutions are slipping away. Although we may want to achieve wellness, the goals we set for ourselves just over a month ago can seem pretty overwhelming.

BUZZA: The circle of life doesn't include mounds of gold

In musical The Lion King, the theme song and story paint a picture of the circle of life. It flows from our Creator to each of us; then, with a thankful attitude, through us to our circle of influence; and then back to God again.

YOUR HISTORY: Matt Marshall & the PoCo island that disappeared

"Islands in the stream, that is what we are." - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. YOUR HISTORY by Bryan Ness Here's a term you don't hear much of around Port Coquitlam anymore: Marshall Island.

MINTER: Good, old asparagus

Asparagus is one of our oldest perennial vegetables. The generic word is derived from the Greek 'asparagos' meaning 'to tear', which relates to the prickly nature of some stalks as they mature.

A GOOD READ: Battle of the books highlights great reads

A GOOD READ by Shannon Ozirny There's a rumble a-brewin' amongst Tri-City middle schoolers. If you listen closely, you may hear the sounds: the rustling of pages, the scribbling of pens, the hours spent studying and quizzing.

YORKE: Snow day wasn't the end of the world

A snow day - the ultimate freebie from God and your friends at the weather channel. I remember having a snow day or two as a child in Port Coquitlam.

A GOOD READ: Picture books give kids a reason to read

A GOOD READ BY Barbara Weston I was sad to see an article in the New York Times last fall that reported a decrease in publishing of children's picture books in the United States.

SMART MONEY: Make sense of your retirement

One day, you'll depend on the retirement strategies you develop today so it is time to give your goals the attention they deserve. Coquitlam Public Library can help.

BUZZA: What's the greatest gift of all? Well, it isn't apples

Farmer Brown was enjoying a quiet rest in his home when he heard loud arguing outside. He went to his backyard and stood back a bit to listen. It was his sheep (I called him Shawn), cow (Cassie) and apple tree (Annie) debating who was the best.
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