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The Dome Chronicles: Love On The Rails

The Dome Chronicles: Love On The Rails 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, through…
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We Love the Valley: Local Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Local Ideas for Valentine’s Day We asked our readers to tell us their creative ideas for spending Valentine’s Day in the Valley. Here is what we heard back: Snowshoeing at Crystal Falls, followed by dinner at Pascalice’s Bistro in Greenwood. Cat cuddling at the Wolfville Animal Shelter. Have your own vintage fashion show at Retro Runway. Check out the tasting bar at the Annapolis Cider Company. Make it a yoga date! There are several studios and classes throughout the valley. Snowshoe Adventure! Rentals are available at We’re Outside in Wolfville,or at Valley Stove & Cycle in Kentville. Catch the Lone…
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Active and Healthy Living: Microphone

Active and Healthy Living: Microphone By Lee-Ann Cudmore Registered Acupuncturist | Call/text 902-300-5100 | valleyacu.ca The scope of this article has shifted with our changing political environment. To start, if I was to use restraint, I would simply do a review on the artist and call the song “Microphone” – the best song you will hear this year. I could tell you of the beauty in her honesty, and the empowerment in her realizations, but that is not enough. Whether Kinley Dowling intended to or not she has created a song that is a rally cry, a marching song, for…
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All Hands on Tech: How Volunteers in Kings County are Preparing Young Generations for Careers in Computer Sciences

All Hands on Tech: How Volunteers in Kings County are Preparing Young Generations for Careers in Computer Sciences By Genevieve Allen Hearn It is impossible not to imagine what your child will grow up to be. I have a four-month old, and often wonder if he’ll have the gravitas to be in politics, or the analytical mind of an engineer, or perhaps the creative impulses of a musician. More often than not, however, I imagine him working a job that doesn’t yet exist or is far from fathomable in the current landscape of careers. After all, fifteen years ago there…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Plant Lore

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Plant Lore By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist If you’ve read this column in the past you may have gleaned that I like plants. It’s no secret and I am not alone in my fondness for greenery. Plants make us feel good! Plants give us food, oxygen, shelter, and medicine! What’s not to love? Plants are a part of our daily lives and we wouldn’t be able to live on this planet without them, yet many of us take them for granted. One way to ensure that plants aren’t forgotten is to learn…
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Big Changes for the Berwick Library!

Big Changes for the Berwick Library! By Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator Annapolis Valley Regional Library A big change is coming to Berwick.  The new library will be located at 236 Commercial Street, in the same building as Town of Berwick. If all goes well, we are set to open in the new location on January 19. The library will be closed January 16, 17, and 18 in order to facilitate our move to the permanent location at the new branch. In addition to a new location in a new building, the library will also have new hours, effective January…
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Book Club 150: Discover a Canadian story

Book Club 150: Discover a Canadian story By Angela Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library For Canada’s 150th birthday, the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is celebrating by featuring a different Canadian author or illustrator each month. We encourage everyone to read with us; join our online conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and enter our monthly contests. We’ll be giving away books each month. (We know you love books!) Our featured storytellers include titles for kids, teens, and adult readers. Find the books in your local library, including Book Club in A Bag for the adult titles. Maybe start your own…
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Local Hams Test Their Operating Skills

Local Hams Test Their Operating Skills By Al Penney Members of the Kings County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) gathered over the holiday period to test their operating skills in an international contest. Also known as Hams, Amateur Radio enthusiasts communicate around the world using a wide variety of frequencies and techniques. Sponsored by Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the national amateur radio organization of Canada, the RAC winter contest took place on the weekend of December 16-17. It is a fun event that encourages Canadian amateurs to contact other amateurs across Canada and around the world, and to wish them…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness In the December 15 issue of The Grapevine we posted a memorial to our gone girl. On December 24, there was a knock at our darkened front door. I could only make out a silhouette of someone standing there. I opened to find a total stranger, a middle aged woman with short gray hair and a tender smile holding forth an envelope. She said “I read about the passing of your Sophie”, as she handed me a sympathy card signed “Linda and Woody” (her and her Dog – no last name, no contacts) turning a very…
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Christmas Reading

Christmas Reading By Emily Leeson & Hilary Drummond Choosing the perfect tree, hanging the stockings, untangling twinkle lights, madly rushing around town in search of the perfect gift – the holidays are all about making and partaking in traditions. Some are easier than others. In the midst of trying to make a yule-log that doesn’t collapse under its own weight, or convincing a toddler that they DO want a photograph with that strange-looking man named Santa, one of the most rewarding family traditions is sometimes overlooked: reading… together! Cuddling up with that special Christmas story, something new or something cherished…
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