By Sarah Schrock

Bee! I’m expecting you!

By Emily Dickinson

Bee, I’m expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due –
The Frogs got Home last Week –
Are Settled, and at work –
Birds, mostly back –
The Clover warm and thick
You’ll get my Letter by
The seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me –
Yours, Fly

A letter from Fly to Bee depicting the seasonal shift: It seemed about right for this third week of June with all the buzzing around. People coming and going on their vacations already, and all the buzzing at my house and garden from — not bees or flies — but rather the incessant mosquitoes that seem to be the worst they’ve been in a long time. Spring flooding, I presume, alongside mild temperatures, can take the credit for the bloodsuckers that have been quite the nuisance this spring/summer.

According to the Department of Health, there are 40 species of mosquitoes in the state. In Okanogan County, there are about 28 species including two species that transmit West Nile virus. I know the pubic health warnings about avoiding being bitten — but is that really possible?

Especially this year, the mosquitoes seem to be everywhere, indoors, outdoors, in the car. In any case, they will likely be here for a while until the temperatures get really hot and all that standing water dries up. The life cycle of a mosquito is about seven days, so if you can eliminate standing water around your house, within a week, you should be a breeding-free zone.

Summer officially starts Thursday (June 21) as the solstice graces us with the long days of rays.  Thursday also marks the first day of the Summer Reading Program at the Twisp library. Poetry in the summer is a great way to get kids reading a little at time. The Emily Dickinson poem above came from a book of illustrated poems I received as a gift when I was probably 10 years old. I still refer to it often to find a poem that speaks to a time or sentiment.

The first of 12 visiting programs at the library will be “Rock My World Traveling,” a bilingual storytelling program with Deb McVay. If you have never seen Deb in action, she is a joy to watch — a master storyteller. She reads stories that bridge language and culture with such expression and animation, that she leaves adults feeling as if they were kids again. She also has a knack for telling stories slightly off script, not verbatim, sometimes even skipping pages. It’s a refreshing sense of freedom to hear and see the stories come to life without the rigidity of reading each word.

In addition to the library programs, there are other fun summer activities to partake in with kids if you find yourself at home with little one. First and foremost, the Wagner Memorial Pool is open! Monday-Saturday open swim runs 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., and Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 6:30 – 8:30. Lap swim is 6 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and again 5:30 p.m. daily. Water Aerobics runs every morning Monday through Friday at 7 a.m.

Up in Winthrop, the rink is open for roller skating on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4 – 8 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 5 – 9 p.m. Mark your calendar for June 27, a free night of skating at the Winthrop Rink.

Free summer lunches for kids 17 and younger start at the Twisp Town Park on Monday (June 25).


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