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SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE  FUNDY FILM AUTUMN 2014 SCHEDULE

We think this year’s Fundy Film Autumn schedule is an exciting series and we hope you do too! We also want you to know that the Fundy Film Society is planning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first event held in the newly opened Al Whittle Theatre which happened on November 7, 2004 (and included the lighting of the illustrious and newly refurbished marquee).  Details will be listed on our website (as they develop), in our Autumn brochure, and shared at screening announcements. In the meantime, we hope each of you is having a great summer and we look…
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ON THE COVER

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is now blooming at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. This stunning native plant is rare across its range due to the aggressive eradication of its relative, Common Milkweed (Asclepias Syriaca).  Milkweeds are the only larval host for Monarch butterflies.  Planting Swamp Milkweed in your garden is a great way to attract butterflies while supporting biodiversity. The Botanical Gardens are on the Campus of Acadia University and are free to the public daily from dawn to dusk. botanicalgardens.acadiau.ca Melanie Priesnitz Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens Acadia University, Wolfville, NS Butterflies, Bees and Milkweed Butterflies and bees are big…
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F is for FISHING

Fishing is one of those quintessential Maritime activities everyone should try at least once. It’s also a great activity to do with your kids. Fishing with children can be really enjoyable. There is no perfect age to begin, as a lot of it depends on the child’s personality. Many children can start as young as two or three years old. Although there is fishing equipment available for children, most fishing gurus suggest just letting children use adult gear as it works better. When teaching your children to fish, start on shore to make sure children have a lot of space…
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Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Chef Dave Smart  |  Front & Central   902-542-0588 | frontandcentral.com With strawberry and rhubarb season wrapping up, I got to thinking back upon our apple crumble from this past fall – where we cooked the components separately and brought them together in the bowl. The best part about a perfectly cooked pot of stewed fruit infused with vanilla bean then topped with a delicious and crunchy crumble is that this base recipe can be used to highlight whatever fruit is in season.  Along with a complimentary spice/herb infusion (peaches and star anise….summer berries and cardamom….apples and ginger…to name a…
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STEVEN KENNARD – As the Wood Turns!

This Who’s Who was both a blast from the past and a very fortunate boost to the present for me. I have known Steven Kennard since about 1998 and it’s been a pleasure catching up with him. Steven and Ellie were two of my favourite customers when I used to work at Blockbuster Video in New Minas (a hundred years ago). I was an overweight, awkward teenager who was eager to excel at his first job and Steven and Ellie always made me feel intelligent and helpful. They always treated me with respect and maturity and that meant a great…
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THE GOODNESS OF STRANGERS

In October we arrived  from Victoria BC, ready to make Wolfville our new home. We opened our donut business at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market in January. One of our first, and still most faithful, patrons was a lovely “gentleman” who came and had a donut every saturday, even when he had a cast on his arm and it was a pleasure to greet him. We opened our shop on Main Street and he began to visit us there – never once with a formal introduction – just with a kind smile and mutual admiration. When he came to the shop…
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Gaspereau School says thanks to Longspell Farm

With the help of very enthusiastic students and dedicated parent volunteers, Gaspereau Valley Elementary is revitalizing its school garden.  Community and sustainability values are at the heart of this project, and will shape the evolution of the garden as it grows.  When it came time to reach out to our local farming community for support, I approached Jeff McMahon at Longspell Farm to ask if he would be interested in donating manure and soil for the four new raised beds recently installed.  Without hesitation he said yes!  During one of the busiest times of the farming calendar, Jeff and a…
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ROOTS & WINGS: Be Not Too Hard

Remember that old Joan Baez song, “Be Not Too Hard….for life is short”? Maybe it’s time we did just that.  As parents there is so much pressure to fill every moment of the day with educational, stimulating and healthy activity. While there is certainly nothing wrong with this approach, sometimes it’s perfectly okay to give ourselves a break and just “be”. Let the kids play. Let the dishes sit. Let the weeds grow. Let the dust bunnies remain under the couch. Just let go a little bit and lift the pressure. There is nothing wrong with fish sticks for dinner…
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NEANDERTHAL MAN RETURNED

Letter to The Grapevine: NEANDERTHAL MAN RETURNED The Neanderthal Man that Charles A. Stultz made in 1931 was taken from my front porch on March 21st 2014. This is the time of year that students are finishing exams and are prone to pranks. It was returned to my front lawn on June 20th 2014 by two youths who I happened to see out the window but who had gone by the time I got out the door. They left a note: Dear owner(s) of Bruce (Neanderthal Man), We were not the ones who took him, however, we are the ones…
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Summer Tabouli

An abundance of juicy nourishment emerges during summer to help protect us from the seasonal heat. The following recipe incorporates fresh mint and cucumber to cool you down. This is a flexible dish that can be adapted to your tastes, imagination and creativity. Have fun. Summer Tabouli 1 – 2 bunches of finely chopped parsley 1 cup chopped fresh mint (you can add lemon balm) 1 cup of your favourite cooked grain (Bulgur, Quinoa, Millet, Rice, etc.) 1 chopped tomato ½ chopped (diced or sliced) English cucumber 3 green onions chopped (or fresh chives) ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup…
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