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Recipe: Sweet Potato Skins

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Skins By Jenny Osburn, The Union Street Cafe Cookbook I’ve spent the past months testing an array of party dishes for a new cookbook I’m working on. It’s a painstaking process to take a careful record of each step, especially for a cook like me who often doesn’t measure or use a timer. Some of my ideas have fallen flat in the execution, such as a dulse dip that I will never attempt to make again because it was just terrible. But most of these sessions have yielded delicious simple recipes using local ingredients, even in Nova…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Hearts and Trees

Acadia students feeling the love while planting trees on Earth Day last year.

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Hearts and Trees By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist Inspiration most often finds me while wandering in the woods. Words tend to spill from my fingertips onto the keyboard after a brisk walk. Conveniently Acadia’s Woodland Trails are at the back door of my office, so it’s there that these columns are born. Thoughts come to me best while moving outdoors. Feelings and memories temporarily repressed, come to the surface while walking in familiar woods. My process for clearing my head and focusing on writing is often to walk while thinking of…
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The 26th Annual Acadia Art Exhibition: Hunter Gillis

The 26th Annual Acadia Art Exhibition Hunter Gillis, Acadia University Art Gallery For the past 26 years, the Acadia University Art Gallery has opened itself up to submissions from Acadia students, alumni, faculty, and members of our community. The Annual Acadia Art Exhibition is an important event that celebrates creativity in our community. It provides a public forum to explore both the work of both new and established artists. The exhibit contains a wide range of artwork that allows visitors to view the creative talent that members of our community possess. A total of 308 people of all ages and…
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Editor’s Update

Editor’s Update By Emily Leeson We love to hear from our readers. If you’ve got a story idea, an event to promote, or a comment on one of our issues, always feel free to get in touch. We recently got an email from a reader, someone new to the Valley, who just wanted to let us know that he’d been enjoying the newspaper and how it has been helping him get acclimatized to his new town and stay informed about community happenings. Well, that’s pretty much job done for us! Last year, we spent a good amount of time trying…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness Kindness takes many forms. In 2016, the Fundy Interchurch Food Bank (located in Kentville) dispersed 80,000 kgs of food to 6,857 people. 35% of those were children. The Food Bank is grateful for all of the generous support from volunteers who pick up food,  stock shelves, clean and maintain the building. The donations of food and money from the public and from businesses makes the work of the Food Bank possible. The Board of Directors of the Fundy Food Bank thank the many people who volunteer for and donate to the Food Bank. Without you, we…
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Book Giving Day, February 14

Book Giving Day, February 14 By Angela J. Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, AVRL Most people think of February 14 as Valentine’s Day. Here at the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL), we know it as International Book Giving Day. The aim of this volunteer initiative is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. Why do we give away books? Research has shown that children who have books in their homes have better literacy skills. We are all about bettering literacy skills, plus, giving away books is a whole lot of fun! Here at AVRL, we like…
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The Dome Chronicles: Love On The Rails


The Dome Chronicles: Love On The Rails By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through…
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Tuesdays with Morrie Returns to the Valley


Tuesdays with Morrie Returns to the Valley By Mike Butler After a very successful, near-sold-out run at Centrestage Theatre last year, *Tuesdays with Morrie* (following a lot of demand for a repeat run) is returning to the Valley for six more performances! Audiences laughed, wept, and cheered for this beautiful production. The experience was so rewarding to the cast and crew that another run of the show was a no-brainer. The quality and message of the show will remain the same but the venue has changed to the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. We’re hoping to capture a new audience,…
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WHO’S WHO: Crissi Cochrane – Music to our Ears


WHO’S WHO: Crissi Cochrane – Music to our Ears By Mike Butler I am always honoured to feature young, blossoming talent here in my column. There’s so much of it here in the Valley and to have the opportunity to share it with my readers is a wonderful feeling. Having just finished directing a production of Grease, with a cast of mostly young adults, I cannot tell you how awed I was at the talented singers, dancers, and actors I was able to work with. And over the years I have been blessed to meet and write about many budding…
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We Love the Valley: Local Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Local Ideas for Valentine’s Day We asked our readers to tell us their creative ideas for spending Valentine’s Day in the Valley. Here is what we heard back: Snowshoeing at Crystal Falls, followed by dinner at Pascalice’s Bistro in Greenwood. Cat cuddling at the Wolfville Animal Shelter. Have your own vintage fashion show at Retro Runway. Check out the tasting bar at the Annapolis Cider Company. Make it a yoga date! There are several studios and classes throughout the valley. Snowshoe Adventure! Rentals are available at We’re Outside in Wolfville,or at Valley Stove & Cycle in Kentville. Catch the Lone…
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