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GREEN SCENE: Spring is coming and it's for the birds in the Tri-Cities

With a little sunshine and warming weather, spring certainly seems to be in the air. At least, that's what the birds seem to think.

MINTER: Plant now, enjoy strawberries later

It's hard to imagine a June garden without the mouth-watering flavour of strawberries and the good news is, planted now, both the everbearing and day-neutral varieties will produce fruit this year.

A GOOD READ: Fairy tales are retold for adults

We all remember the fairy tales of our childhood but what we may forget is that fairy tales were originally spoken, not written, and often they were cautionary tales told to adults as well as children.

COLUMN: International Women's Day a day to reflect on challenges & achievements

On March 8, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD).

WELLNESS: Check out Tri-City support groups

Irritable bowel syndrome support group meets monthly in PoMo to exchange information, to offer one another support, and to share experiences and coping strategies. Info: 604-875-4875 or Al-Anon meets Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

BUZZA: Molly made a baa'd choice

One day, when I was about eight years old, our family of eight was visiting my dad's mom and dad on their five-acre hobby farm.

WELLNESS: The truth about weight loss: change is required

GUEST COLUMN With spring and summer just around the corner, I have been hearing a lot of talk about weight loss from my patients. There are tales of failed resolutions or unattained weight goals, or new goals for feeling good in swimwear and shorts.

A GOOD READ: Short stories are good, quick reads

A GOOD READ byLeslie Utsunomiya As our society grows increasingly frenzied in speed, we often hear people say, "I don't have time to read - I get all the information I need from the internet.

MINTER: Be prepared for more cold, hard winter

The last thing gardeners on the West Coast need now is a severe cold spell. But according to Environment Canada, that's exactly what will happen this week.

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.