DEAR DOCTORS: I read about a study that said smelling junk food you want to quit eating — hello, pizza and donuts! — will stop your craving. Is that really true? I want to eat healthier, but some foods are so hard to resist.

DEAR DOCTORS: I recently read about advance directives that deal only with dementia. Is there some benefit to those over the more traditional directives? If so, how do I go about creating one?

DEAR DOCTOR: My grandson is always carrying around a little device that he smokes like a cigarette. It puffs smoke just like one, too. I’m a former smoker, and my lungs aren’t in great shape, so I’m worried. What is he using? Is it safe?

A good portion of Skagit County remained covered in snow on Thursday after a series of winter storms pushed through the area last week, leaving anywhere from 4 inches to over a foot of the white stuff across the valley.

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BURLINGTON — The Children’s Museum of Skagit County is preparing for its big move, which will bring a two-week closure while the organization transitions to its new space, according to a news release.

As the sun set, creating a spectacular late afternoon sky, people gathered and carried luminaria at the Illuminight Winter Walk on the Mount Vernon Riverwalk Plaza on Jan. 25.

BURLINGTON — The Burlington Public Library kicked off its new monthly Adult Library Programs night Tuesday with a Lego Challenge.

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County who are also candidates for the local organization’s Youth of the Year participated in the annual Washington Youth of the Year retreat Jan. 4-6 at Lazy F Ranch in Ellensburg.

DEAR DOCTORS: I am an 86-year-old female, and sometimes, about an hour after eating a meal, my blood pressure drops significantly, from a normal of 123/74 to as low as 93/47. When it happens, my lips tingle and get dry, and I feel “zonked” out, like I’m in some kind of a trance. What causes …

Burlington-Edison Kiwanis Club students of the month

Twenty cadets from the Parks Law Enforcement Academy at Skagit Valley College graduated Tuesday, Dec. 18, in a ceremony at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon. The academy is one of seven located in the country; this was the first graduating class for new Commander Rick Mossman. The graduates are …

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers are always welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers are always welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers are always welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

At local libraries

BOOK SIGNING: Photographer Drew Collins will sign his new book, “Puget Sound Underwater,” on Saturday, July 28, at the Anacortes Farmers Market, 611 R Ave. anacortesfarmersmarket.org, madeinpugetsound.org.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

IDEA HATCH: Heidi Larson’s Idea Hatch with Hands-on Music Makers, a STEAM program designed to stimulate children’s musical interest for ages 5-12, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the Burlington Visitor Center Amphitheater, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave.

BOOK SALE: Anacortes Public Library will hold the Discarded Delights Book Sale from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the Community Meeting Room, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. Proceeds benefit The Friends of the Library. library.cityofanacortes.org or 360-293-1910.

The year, 1888. The place, New York City. Electricity usage has begun to spread in recent years but is still dangerous and unpredictable, as illustrated by the death of a workman high above Broadway in the opening pages of “The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

At local libraries

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

At local libraries

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers are always welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.

LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: The Mount Vernon City Library Lunchtime Book Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the library, 315 Snoqualmie St. New readers welcome.