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Book Review: Dark Angels by Hubert E. Devine

Book Review: Dark Angels by Hubert E. Devine By Jim Morton Motorcycle gangs, the backdrop of Dark Angels, aren’t usually the flavour of my literary escapes, but I am drawn to the work of Nova Scotia writers and Hubert Devine’s first novel is highly engaging, charged with excitement and surprise. Dark Angels introduces Will Alexander, a bright, athletic 19-year-old Saint Mary’s University dropout who idolizes a father he’s never known. As the tale opens Will is a newly-minted member of the Dark Angels motorcycle club. From that beginning Devine maps a maze of intrigue and suspense as Will is buffeted…
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Review: Something is Always on Fire My Life So Far: Measha Brueggergosman

Review: Something is Always on Fire My Life So Far: Measha Brueggergosman By Evelyn C. White World renowned opera singer Measha Brueggergosman has lived in the Annapolis Valley for the past several years. In an unvarnished and highly entertaining saga that validates the adage “you are only as sick as your secrets,” she bares all in her new memoir. Infidelity. Insolvency. Sexual improprieties. Gastric bypass. Emergency heart surgery. The in utero deaths of her twins. The births of her beloved sons. “Some part of your life is always going to be in flames,” she writes. “If it’s not your finances,…
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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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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

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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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – A Living Gift

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – A Living Gift Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist   If gift giving is part of your holiday tradition I encourage you to think about offerings that can continue to give all year long. A great choice is to give the gift of a living thing. Plants are generally a better option than puppies and provide some of the same benefits with way less work.   The act of caring for a living entity provides many physical and mental benefits to the caregiver. Individuals who struggle with negative feelings around self-worth can benefit…
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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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