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Valley Family Fun: Holiday Gift Guide

Valley Family Fun: Holiday Gift Guide By Laura Churchill Duke There are a lot of places you can go for kids to make something themselves. There are even business owners who will come right to your home to make things with you! Start with the Clayground Studio in Wolfville! Kids can make a painted pottery piece or older kids can try a fusible glass craft. Be sure to check the firing dates for the last day that the pottery will be ready before Christmas! At Ocean Zn in Berwick, you can book a sea glass making workshop where participants (young…
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Kentville’s Historical Society: Impacting the Future by Preserving the Past

Kentville’s Historical Society: Impacting the Future by Preserving the Past By Genevieve Allen Hearn Kings County has one. Windsor and Berwick have one. So do Wolfville, Canning, Hantsport, and Middleton. So why doesn’t Kentville – a town steeped in rich history – have a historical society? Well, they didn’t until just recently. On August 30, 2017 a group of citizens registered the Kentville Historical Society as a non-profit organization, and they are now looking to correct what they saw as a major oversight. John MacDonald, one of the society’s board members, didn’t have an answer to why Kentville lacked a…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Outdoor Art

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Outdoor Art By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Nature can be a splendid source of inspiration for both arts and crafts. Children and adults alike find joy in gathering natural items from the great outdoors to use in art projects. I love making gnome houses out of sticks and twigs for others to discover in the forest and I’ve been known to collect the odd stone or two (hundred) to use for future creations. If you’re a regular walker of Acadia’s Woodland Trails you may have stumbled upon some of the outdoor…
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The Dome Chronicles: If This House Could Speak

The Dome Chronicles: If This House Could Speak By Garry Leeson   Beginning at the outskirts of the town of Berwick, a road winds its way up the South Mountain past a small community hall that announces that you have entered Windermere. Across the road, almost hidden under a canopy of mature trees, stands a stately farmhouse. It once stood naked in the centre of a patchwork of cleared fields, but now a comforting green growth of forest surrounds and envelops it. It’s an old house, built in 1875 but remodelled and added to in 1908 when the Kinnie family…
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AVRL News: Funding Announcement for the Annapolis Royal Library

AVRL News: Funding Announcement for the Annapolis Royal Library By Angela Reynolds   The Annapolis Royal Library is moving to The Academy (formerly the Annapolis Royal Regional Academy)! On Tuesday, October 10, Colin Fraser, MP for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced funding of $255,400 through their Innovative Communities Fund to be used in conjunction with a $230,822 investment from the Town of Annapolis Royal, $30,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia, $40,000 from the Municipality of the County…
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Everything Starts with the Grapes

Everything Starts with the Grapes By N.Neslihan Ivit, M.Sc. Viticulture and Enology The harvest season is the most exciting time of the year for grape growers, since they are harvesting the fruit that they have been working all year long. It is equally exciting for wineries, since it is the only time that they ferment the grapes. There are many different varieties of grape produced in our valley and they all have a different time of ripening. This is an advantage for both grape growers and winemakers because their busy schedule during the harvest period is eased by varied harvest…
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The Dome Chronicles: Baked Beans and Brown Bread

The Dome Chronicles: Baked Beans and Brown Bread 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 years,…
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What’s Happening at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Seeds for the future

What’s Happening at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Seeds for the future Robin Browne, Propagation Specialist The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre at Acadia University not only houses a collection of dried plant specimens within the Irving Biodiversity Collection’s E. C. Smith Herbarium, it is also home to a seed bank of native plant species from the Acadian Forest Region. The storage of seed is considered an important conservation strategy for preserving biodiversity and protecting our native plants for the future well-being of the planet. Factors like human population increase, habitat loss, disease outbreaks, competition from invasive species, and…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Acadian Forest

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Acadian Forest Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist   If you’ve read my column, taken one of my courses, or walked through the woods with me, you will know that I spend a lot of time talking about why the Acadian Forest Region is such a precious place and how important it is that we work together to preserve it. For one night on Monday October 23 I get to sit back and listen to someone else share their passion and knowledge of our amazing, unique, and at-risk forest.   To kick off Acadia’s…
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The Dome Chronicles: Thanks but No Thanksgiving

The Dome Chronicles: Thanks but No Thanksgiving 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 years, through…
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