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Winter Reading Choices

Well, despite the fluctuating weather conditions this past week, one cannot argue that winter is upon us. The cold air, the snow, the smell of wood fires, the complaining – oh yes, all the elements are there to indicate that the chilly season is here!  I am not going to sugar coat it folks, there are many things about winter that I am not fond of (shovelling, scraping, poor driving conditions, crazy Christmas shoppers, etc.) but one thing I do love is reading during these cold winter days. There’s nothing like curling up in front of a roaring fire with…
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Winter Warmers

There is a teenage girl who waits at my kids’ bus stop in the morning. She’s sweet and friendly, and always a little under-dressed for the weather. The other morning she was shivering and rubbing her hands as she smiled and chatted. On impulse, I asked her if she would like my gloves, taking them off and holding them out to her.  She only hesitated a second before nodding yes and putting them on. She then rewarded me with a huge smile and a bear hug.  I don’t know this girl very well, and I’ve never met her family, but…
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ON THE COVER

The 8th Annual War Child Benefit Concert will be held on December 5 at the Al Whittle Theatre at 8pm. Nine years ago, Harry Roberts, moved by the atrocities and pain of war and their effects on the lives of children, learned about this Canadian Not-for-Profit organization.  Compelled by War Child’s initiative to help children and their families put their lives back together, Harry teamed with Linda Wheeldon to host a benefit in Wolfville. Each year friends and supporters have stepped up to help to fundraise in support of this worthy cause. The Hupman Brothers Band have become an integral…
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HEATHER KELDAY RELEASES 2nd SOLO ALBUM ‘THE GOLDEN MILE’

On Saturday November 22 2014, Heather Kelday will officiate the release of her 2nd solo album ‘The Golden Mile’ at the Al Whittle Theater in the vibrant community of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  Shows will include a 4pm matinee and an 8pm evening concert and will be accompanied by a string of talented musicians that make Nova Scotia their home. After a 10 year successful run fronting bands ‘Barefoot’ and ‘A Band of Owls’, Heather‘s professional solo career includes such benchmarks as her first solo release The Hitchin’ Post in 2009; being a featured artist in the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival,…
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Review of Chelsea Rooney’s debut novel “Pedal”

By Charlotte Rogers There are some realities that, for moral convenience, we try to ignore. Chelsea Rooney’s debut novel, Pedal, involves most of them. Pedal’s narrator, Julia, is a counselling psych student trying to write a thesis on pedophilia. On a cross-Canada bike ride purportedly to find her father, Julia is carried back and forth between her identities as researcher, subject and witness of pedophilia, daughter, friend, and ally of pedophiles. She simultaneously juggles complex family relationships including a mother newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and a sister traumatized by childhood abuse. Julia’s last-minute travel partner, Smirks, is her best friend’s…
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Get Down on your Knees and Pick

A commonly asked question out on the vineyard is ‘why do your grapes grow so low?’  The type of vine training and the positioning of your grapes on the trellis depends on your location.  Have I mentioned Nova Scotia is cool?  Cool climate, yes. This means that we grow the grapes on the lowest trellising, close to the ground, like stockings hung on a low mantelpiece.  It’s warmer down there at night, encouraging the grapes to ripen even when the sun goes down. This also allows a large feathery canopy of leaves for photosynthesis, like a great ostrich bottom turned…
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Median Household Income

By Pamela Swanigan The following Purchasing-Power Parity, or PPP, amounts denote an area’s Median Household Income.  PPP is a figure arrived at through a formula that calculates the relative value of different currencies. It denotes a hypothetical “international dollar”.  Figures for U.S. states are given in U.S. dollars. Canada: $74,550 (PPP $41,280) Nova Scotia: $67,900 Newfoundland and Labrador: $70,900 Ontario: $75,000 Quebec: $70,500 Saskatchewan: $80,000 British Columbia: $71,650 Alberta: $94,450 Nunavut: $65,530 Northwest Territories: $106,710 United States: $51,000 (PPP $43,585) West Virginia: $40,200 Mississippi: $37,100 Maryland: $71,100 Norway PPP: $51,489 Germany PPP: $33,333 China PPP: $6,180 Iran PPP: $12,046 Cambodia…
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Wants & Needs

Do you know the difference between WANTS and NEEDS?  We all use these terms in our everyday life but do we really understand them. Do I really NEED a coffee or do I just WANT one? I know for sure that every day I NEED smiles, hugs and laughter. I know that every day I WANT breakfast, lunch and dinner. But…. well, just read on. Well over a year ago, maybe Summer 2013, I was walking down Central Avenue in Wolfville, just another ordinary day in my life, skipping back from the post office, and on the telephone pole was…
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To place a Wreath

At the Remembrance Day services held in Windsor, a young Girl Guide, who had also been selected as one of the students to place a wreath on behalf of her school, became distraught after being unable to make her way to the other chosen students in time to place the wreath. She returned to her Girl Guide troupe sobbing and buried her face in the arms of one of the Guide leaders who tried to console her disappointment. In front of the Girl Guide troupe, various military personnel were lined up ready to place wreaths on behalf of local businesses….
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Joshua Samuel Budish: Mastering The Field!

I rarely read the Athenaeum, you know, the Acadia Newspaper. Acadia is a HUGE part of the town of Wolfville and I love the buzz and feel of the town when the students arrive and spend their time here. They make the town feel alive and vibrant and, when they are polite and treat the town nicely, I enjoy them even more!  I picked up the Ath a few weeks ago and saw a small profile about Joshua Samuel Budish, a gentleman who has come into the Il Dolce Café a few times and was super friendly and talked about…
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