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Family Fun in the Valley: Elf on the Shelf

Family Fun in the Valley: Elf on the Shelf By Laura Churchill Duke We are an ardent Elf-on-the-Shelf family. To those who know me, this comes as no surprise. We all look forward to Buttons coming back, and it is a highlight in our countdown to Christmas. I know my kids don’t really believe the Elf is real, and that’s OK with me. It’s part of our fun family tradition, and I will still do it every year until they are grown (and maybe longer). Coming up with ideas is not stressful. Pinterest has thousands of ideas. I recommend setting…
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Acadia Research: Plastic Consumption by Waterfowl

Acadia Research: Plastic Consumption by Waterfowl By Erika Holland, BScH MSc (candidate) I am a second year MSc student at Acadia University researching plastic ingestion by waterfowl found in Canada. When I started my research a year ago, there was no information available on plastic ingestion by freshwater birds, in contrast to the wealth of information for seabirds. Since the 1960s, studies have found plastics in the stomachs of many seabirds. In 2015, 56% of seabird species ingested plastic, and current estimates suggest that, without major changes, 99% of all seabird species will be ingesting plastics by 2050. These high…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – The Language of Flowers

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – The Language of Flowers By Melanie Priesnitz Gifting plants and flowers has long been a tradition for a myriad of occasions. We give bouquets and potted plants in times of joy and sorrow, for celebration, and for commiseration. My favourite bouquets are the ones that hold special meaning. They are the ones collected by my partner who arrives home late and muddy because he stopped on the side of the road and fell in the ditch to reach the roadside daisies that he knows I love. They are the ones gathered…
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AVRL News: Books – the gift you can open again and again

AVRL News: Books – the gift you can open again and again By Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Regional Library Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book. If you’ve ever sat with a child on your lap, and shared a picture book, you know the magic…
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WHO’S WHO: SANDRA SNOW: LET IT SNOW!

WHO’S WHO: SANDRA SNOW: LET IT SNOW! By Mike Butler Not many of you know this, but I am from Kentville. Born and raised on Prospect Avenue, KCA Graduate and very proud of my hometown. Because I love, promote, and participate so much in the town of Wolfville, I thought I would mention my Kentville roots as this profile is about a very special woman with some pretty important ties to K-Town! I am so proud and honoured to present this profile on newly elected Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow. I know she’s had quite a lot of press recently but…
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Mike Uncorked: SHOW ME THE SHOWS!!!!

Mike Uncorked: SHOW ME THE SHOWS!!!! By Mike Butler You know, if I had a nickel for every hour I spent on stage performing in a show or sitting in a theatre as an audience member watching a show; I would be a very rich man! The reason I practically drown myself in live theatre is because I love it! I love everything about rehearsing, fine-tuning, gathering props and costumes, developing characters, and presenting all that hard work to an enthusiastic audience. On the flip side, I love seeing all that come together in front of me! There’s a lot…
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Ways to Beat Mealtime Battles

Ways to Beat Mealtime Battles Laura Churchill Duke, Valley Family Fun Are there ever mealtime battles at your house? Do the kids ever ask you how much more they have to eat before they can leave the table? I have lots of people who have told me how stressful meals can be. It’s no different at our house either! But we have found a few tricks, when used sparingly, that can really work. 1. Kids Help with Meal Planning: We do up a weekly meal plan and I always ask the kids to pick one meal each that they would…
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The Dome Chronicles: The Last Pie Auction

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 flood and fire, triumph and catastrophe, they persevered, unwittingly sowing…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club

Kaelyn’s Book Club Regan Alford Wee Ones – “Yummy Yucky” by Leslie Patricelli (Candlewick Press, recommended reading age 0-3). Spaghetti is yummy, but worms – and blue crayons, and sand, and other things too gross to mention – are definitely yucky when tasted. “Yummy Yucky” stars an obliging, bald, and very expressive toddler who acts out each pair of opposites with comically dramatic effect. Little Ones – “More Pies!” by Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko (Scholastic Canada, recommended reading age 3-8). Samuel has woken up hungry and it seems that nothing can satisfy him. Luckily, there’s a pie-eating contest in…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford

Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford Wee Ones – “Eek! Halloween!” by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing Co, recommended reading age 0-4) Uh-oh! The chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!” Little Ones – “Mercy Watson-Princess in Disguise” by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press, recommended reading age 6-9) When the Watsons decide to zip their porcine wonder into…
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