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Quick Chat With Suzanne Balcom

Co-office Manager of Main Street Dental & Ex-president of the WBDC from 2012 to 2014. What’s on your local wish list? Anything from We’re Outside. There’s some great grey Northface boots that I have my eye on…oh, and everything in the window from Jane’s Again! What’s the most memorable local shows you saw in 2014? We definitely attended Devour!, many Fundy Films, and I’m trying to remember my favourite acts from the Night Kitchens. We certainly saw a lot of them. The L’Arche fundraising concert by Gary Ness & The Mudcreek Boys recanting tales from the Dominion Atlantic Railway was…
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Mike Butler’s Holiday Traditions

It’s the Holiday Season! I have just returned from three days of shopping with my family in Moncton, New Brunswick – a tradition started about a decade and a half ago by the female members of my family.  It’s a chance to have some time together, shop until they drop, and get a little change of scenery for a few days. I love going with them every year because it’s really more about the family time than the gift buying. This year, having that time away inspired me to make this ‘Uncorked’ all about my favourite Christmassy things! December is…
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Love & Joy

I’d like to say a big thank-you to the many households in the Valley that put on a great Christmas light show for the community. The one in Grand Pre is our family fave. I’d like to also implore people to drop off a card and/or small donation (maybe a coffee card?) to any such house display that they enjoy each each year. The time, cost of electricity (despite using LEDs), and year-round storage that these special families take on in order to provide the rest of us with something special for Christmas, deserves our thanks. Kate Dalton I would…
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The Shortest Day

FREE films for the shortest day!  Celebrate the Winter Solstice, Sunday, Dec 21 with FREE films at the Al Whittle Theatre. The Shortest Day is an international event showcasing short films on the shortest day of the year. Canada’s program offers kids, families and film-lovers outstanding new, classic and award-winning shorts by some of Canada’s most talented filmmakers. In Wolfville, The Shortest Day is brought to you by the Acadia Cinema Coop, the Fundy Film Society, the Town of Wolfville and the Wolfville Business Development Corporation. In Canada, the National Film Board (NFB), Quebec’s Société de développement des entreprises culturelles…
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The Cultural Agency of Independent Booksellers

There is a wonderful sense of satisfaction when you’ve finished a great book, isn’t there? I finished the last pages of Giller prize winning Us Conductors by Sean Michaels not long after I returned home from a talk led by Hilary Drummond, co-owner of The Box of Delights Bookshop. The talk, organized through the Social and Political Thought program at Acadia, was about the cultural agency of independent booksellers and the important role they play in communities. As the organizer of The Word on the Street book and magazine festival for the past two years, I often got asked “isn’t…
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BOB CHAMBERS CHRISTMAS CARDS

Robert (Bob) Chambers (1905 – 1996) was a prolific artist and a brilliant editorial cartoonist who was born in Wolfville. In 1924, he went to New York taking art classes at night and drawing cartoons by day. From 1934 until 1976, when he retired, he was the editorial cartoonist for the Halifax Herald.  He became recognised nationally and abroad for poking fun at leading politicians. By 1976 he had won two National newspaper awards, and Honorary Degrees from St Francis Xavier (1965) and Dalhousie (1976). In 1976 he was honored with the Order of Canada.  But it was in local…
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Pamela Matheson – PASSION FOR FASHION!

One of the great benefits of being BUSY like me, is that I am everywhere all the time! I am always volunteering to emcee events, take part in fundraisers, appear in shows and I love it because I get to meet so many wonderful people. Pamela Matheson is one of those people. I had heard of Pam through this person and that, but only officially shook her hand and exchanged some words and some nice moments at a fashion show I emceed a few weeks ago. Pam’s passion for fashion was quite inspiring and I want to share her story…
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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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