Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Christmas Reading

Christmas Reading By Emily Leeson & Hilary Drummond Choosing the perfect tree, hanging the stockings, untangling twinkle lights, madly rushing around town in search of the perfect gift – the holidays are all about making and partaking in traditions. Some are easier than others. In the midst of trying to make a yule-log that doesn’t collapse under its own weight, or convincing a toddler that they DO want a photograph with that strange-looking man named Santa, one of the most rewarding family traditions is sometimes overlooked: reading… together! Cuddling up with that special Christmas story, something new or something cherished…
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A Selection of Local Ways to Give

Give Time   Open Arms, Kentville  Open Arms is a community-supported registered charity made up of a network of about 300 volunteers from Hantsport to Bridgetown. Initially established in 2004 as a Community Chaplaincy/Advocacy for people in need, Inn From The Cold now operates from seven local churches and has provided emergency shelter for approximately 1200 individuals over the past twelve years. From the Open Arms Resource Centre (32 Cornwallis St., Kentville), Drop-in/Outreach Program in Berwick and Kingston, they manage numerous outreach programs. Interested in volunteering or donating? Visit openarms.ca The Kings SPCA  The Nova Scotia SPCA is recognized as…
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The Crowdsourcer

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. TItle: The Valley Advent Calendar in support of Chrysalis House Website: calendar.ourvalley.ca Description: How it works is by having local businesses donate prizes which are revealed each day through the month, from December 1st to the 24th. People will donate through an online fund setup on GoFundMe.com and the full amount, minus the fees from GoFundMe, will go to Chrysalis House. As a thank you, for every $5 a person donates they will get a chance to win the full set of prizes which were donated. At…
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Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate

Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook, available at retailers throughout the Annapolis Valley. She’s currently hard at work testing recipes for “Holiday Cooking in Jenny’s Nova Scotia Kitchen”, due out next November. Find lots more recipes at jennyosburn.com This year my friends and I will be resurrecting a holiday tradition we’ve set aside for a few years: a Cookie Exchange. It’s pretty lovely to have an excuse to get together in the busy weeks of December and share family favourites with one another. There’s a lot of…
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Kids Way Back When

Kids Way Back When Date: Circa 1914 Materials: Paper Marks/Label: Printed on front: Wolfville Girls Hockey Team ’14. Kids have been playing hockey in Nova Scotia since at least around 1800. In his 1844 book The Attaché, also known as  Slick in England, Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton wrote, “you boys let out racin’, yelpin’, hollerin’ and whoopin’ like mad with pleasure; and the playground, and the game at bass (base) in the fields or hurley on the long pond on the ice, or campin’ out a-night at Chester lakes to fish.” Haliburton had attended Kings College School in Windsor, Nova…
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David Myles – It’s Christmas

David Myles – It’s Christmas is the special bonus performance presented by the Acadia Performing Arts Series on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30pm at Convocation Hall in Wolfville. The concert is presented by the Ritcey Team at Scotia Wealth Management. David Myles sets the tone for the season – and plays selections from his Christmas album, It’s Christmas. In true Myles style, It’s Christmas finds David traversing musical time periods and genres – swinging through the forties, fifties, and sixties. His holiday concert has something for everyone including original and classic songs in a range of styles from foot-stomping bluegrass…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Mistletoe Relationships

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Mistletoe Relationships By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist The season of giving is every season in the Forest. Natural ecosystems are highly skilled at the art of reciprocity. There are many relationships in nature that involve giving and taking for mutual benefit and for the betterment of the ecosystem as a whole. One such example is that of hemiparasitic mistletoe plants. Hemiparasitic plants get a portion of their nutrients from a host plant and a portion through their own photosynthesis. At first glance, mistletoe plants may appear to be harmful to an ecosystem….
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Community Development Students facilitate Community Events

Community Development Students facilitate Community Events By Anne Steiger Students, studying Community Development at Acadia University, facilitated three wonderful community events this past month on Social Entrepreneurship, Reconciliation, and Rural Economic Development. On November 14, they facilitated a Pro Action Café on Social Entrepreneurship. This social entrepreneurship incubator event was organized in collaboration with Common Good Solutions, a consulting company for social enterprises. Under the theme “A Night of Peer Support”, it gave participants a chance to host small table conversations about their social change projects and get feedback and support from other event attendees.
 Projects supported here included The…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness I was flabbergasted! Frustration had been following me everywhere. Then I dropped my groceries on the store floor – two chicken suppers (on special) and an onion! I gathered it together and asked a gentleman in the checkout line if I might place my groceries on the checkout counter beside his because I was having difficulty holding them. He insisted that I check out ahead of him, and I hesitantly acquiesced. The clerk poked in my purchases, and then a large item of his, so I pointed out to her that the latter was not mine….
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