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The Art Spot: Melissa Sue Labrador

  The Art Spot: Melissa Sue Labrador   “Doah Aye Nibi” is the Mi’kmaq name of Melissa Sue Labrador.  From the Wildcat Community in South Brookfield, Nova Scotia, Melissa’s art is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours   WHO: I am an eighth-generation Mi’kmaq from the Kejimkujik area, a mother of 6-year-old twins whom I home-school, and an assistant birch bark canoe builder to my father, Mi’kmaq birch bark canoe builder Todd Labrador. I am a voice for Mother Earth on environmental issues, practices, and traditional ecological knowledge.  …
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Giving

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Giving By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist   Volunteers have been generously giving their time to the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens since the day we opened. Over the years our volunteers have ranged in age and background and have performed a wide array of duties, including leading public tours, collecting phenology data, gluing and scanning herbarium specimens, seed sorting and cleaning, and caring for and propagating plants in the greenhouse and garden.   Some of our youngest volunteers came to us from Fairfield School many years…
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CD Review: Everyday Superheroes by Matt the Music Man

CD Review: Everyday Superheroes by Matt the Music Man Matt’s second children’s album, Everyday Superheroes is a collection of all-original songs that are fun, educational and rockin’! The lyrics that Matt carries throughout the album are to promote self-confidence and respect for kids of all ages in an exciting way! More info: mattmusic.ca   “I like it. I like the animals and I like the kids. It’s like you could dance to it.” Beatrix Gadon, age six

Winter’s Promise

Winter’s Promise By Teresa Neary, Port Williams Genesis of the Expectant (Expected) that borne Spring’s soon – (song) return Yield to the song of rebirth and renewal – (regeneration) (the) ode to the cycle of the hope and well-spring – wistfulness

Way Back When

Way Back When By Emily Leeson   DATE: 1905 MARKS/LABEL: Written on back: ‘1905 Port Williams Ken Hibbert under sign of Sterling Fountain Pens; Pappy Joe Bezanson, Mark Regan standing together at back.’   NARRATIVE: The men in the photo are identified as Ken Hibbert,under the sign of Sterling Fountain Pens, ‘Pappy Joe’ Bezanson, Mark Regan, standing together at the back. The fourth man is not named. The decorations are possibly for Christmas, the men are wearing winter clothes, the merchandise seems to be mostly hardware. The year is 1905, the place Port Williams.   All photos courtesy of Randall…
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The Dome Chronicles: A Come From Away Christmas

The Dome Chronicles: A Come From Away Christmas 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…
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WHO’S WHO: The Gingerbread Man! The Catch of the Day!

WHO’S WHO: The Gingerbread Man! The Catch of the Day! By Mike Butler   Happy Holidays Everyone!   December is upon us and with it comes the feeling of Christmas and the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, and trying to keep up with the concerts, theatre productions, holiday gatherings, and the occasional glass of eggnog and kiss under the mistletoe! Do remember to breathe and enjoy this wonderful time of year, it goes so fast! And also remember that sometimes you are the best gift to give someone; your time and company are priceless!   I have many favourite…
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Valley Family Fun: Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success!

Valley Family Fun: Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success! By Laura Churchill Duke, info@valleyfamilyfun.ca   For the second year in a row, the Fill a Box of Cheer program was a huge success! We’ve managed to help hundreds of people this Christmas across Kings County.   The idea of Fill a Box of Cheer is to target those individuals who fall through the cracks of traditional programs. They are often seniors living alone, or mental health clients who need a little extra cheer during the holidays. We asked people to fill a shoebox with a variety of items,…
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SPECIAL HOLIDAY DOUBLE RECIPE: The Best Turkey & Creamy Turnip

SPECIAL HOLIDAY DOUBLE RECIPE: The Best Turkey & Creamy Turnip By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | www.jennyosburn.com   Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook. Her second collaboration with Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print, The Kitchen Party Cookbook, is now available! Find more recipes at jennyosburn.com and see what she’s up to on instagram at jenny.osburn   —   The Best Turkey   It took me twenty years to really figure out how to make flavourful, tender, reheat-able turkey. At least once a week we’d cook a turkey at the restaurant…
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CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING: Thane Dunn Returns to the Valley in Festive Elvis Style

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING: Thane Dunn Returns to the Valley in Festive Elvis Style Horton High School, Saturday, December 16, 7:30pm By Mike Butler   While you might be hoping for a white Christmas, on December 16, I will be having a blue Christmas because world champion Elvis tribute artist Thane Dunn is returning to the Valley with his Christmas with the King family-friendly stage show extravaganza.   I am a bit of an Elvis fanatic. Everything from fifties “Jailhouse Rock” Elvis to leather suit 1968 Comeback Special Elvis through to portly rhinestone-clad Elvis in the seventies! He is a…
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