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Heroes in Orange: The Story of Valley Search and Rescue

Heroes in Orange: The Story of Valley Search and Rescue By Genevieve Allen Hearn   I was familiar with the bright orange Valley Search and Rescue (VSAR) vehicles and understood that there was a group of committed volunteers that helped to keep Kings County a safe place. But like most, I wasn’t entirely sure what role VSAR played in emergencies that involved lost persons.   I reached out to Ashley Perry, President of VSAR to learn more. He joined the team eight years ago after they rescued him and a friend on an ill-fated camping trip at Cape Split. Ashley explained,…
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The Wolfville Area Food Bank: 10 Years

The Wolfville Area Food Bank: 10 Years By Emily Leeson On October 13 students from the Wolfville School delivered 826lbs of food donations to the Wolfville Area Food Bank. Students carrying brown paper bags filled with the donations made the trip on foot while a van with the larger items drove around the block to the basement of Wolfville Baptist Church at 487 Main Street, where the food bank has been located since 2007. This year the food bank is marking its tenth year in the community. Though the Wolfville Area Inter-Church Council has been addressing the issues of hunger…
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Community Round Tables: Annapolis Valley HomeShare Program

Community Round Tables: Annapolis Valley HomeShare Program   The Women’s Place Resource Centre is holding a series of community round table events to discuss the Annapolis Valley HomeShare Program, an innovative housing initiative that they are hoping will take off in the region.   HomeShare programs match people who have an extra room in their home (Home Providers) with people who need an affordable place to live (Home Sharers). Home Sharers offer help in the home in exchange for low or no-cost accommodation. HomeShare programs normally interview both Home Sharers and Home Providers to ensure good matches, support both parties…
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Found in the Valley: Grassroots Food Waste Organization Expanding Efforts in Annapolis Valley

Found in the Valley: Grassroots Food Waste Organization Expanding Efforts in Annapolis Valley Submitted For Co-Director Lindsay Clowes, branching the work of FOUND Forgotten Food into the Valley from Halifax is common sense, considering she recently moved out of the city to start a new position at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. “I’m spending most of my time in the Valley now, so it naturally followed that I would want to seek members in the community to organize a local volunteer group” she says.  Clowes is spearheading the search for FOUND volunteers in the Valley.   FOUND Forgotten Food is an…
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The Story of Rowan’s Room

The Story of Rowan’s Room By Elizabeth Mason-Squires, Executive Director, Rowan’s Room Respite & Developmental Centre Rowan’s Room is a private facility in Middleton offering developmental, educational, recreational, respite, and general support to young children ages 3 – 12 years, with developmental, neurological, and/or cognitive needs. It helps children that may not be fully supported in traditional school settings, and are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit or Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD), or who have other special needs that may or may not yet be diagnosed. The services provided are tailored to each individual…
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Mike Uncorked: SSG – Support Services Group!

Mike Uncorked: SSG – Support Services Group! By Mike Butler The Valley and beyond is filled with some wonderful organizations that help the less fortunate in our community. We read and hear about many of these organizations but there are some that get lost in the shuffle. Luckily, I have a friend who works for SSG so I’ve been well versed for many years about the superb job this organization does in our community. But many have not heard about them so please take a moment to read this article about Support Services Group. SSG, comparable to other assisted-living organizations,…
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A New Community Park at Wolfville School

A New Community Park at Wolfville School By David Edelstein, Playground Improvement Committee member On the heels of the major renovations to Wolfville School, the parent-led Playground Improvement Committee has unveiled plans for a re-imagined playground space. The “Wolfville School Activity Park” is a comprehensive plan to fill unused space and replace aging play equipment with new facilities and landscaping that will bring greater enjoyment of sports, fitness, and the outdoors to students and the entire community. The new Activity Park is based around three main themes: sport, play, and nature. Soccer court We will replace the bare dirt soccer…
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Group Plans to Restore Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River First Annual General Meeting of Valley Watershed Alliance

Group Plans to Restore Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River First Annual General Meeting of Valley Watershed Alliance Submitted On March 26, citizens and groups interested in restoring the Cornwallis River will meet for the first Annual General Meeting of the Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance (pronounced gee-gee-wok-tok).  The group aims to improve watershed health; connect people with the river through outdoor experiences; and maintain an organization with a focus on education, teamwork, development, engagement and positive change. “This group started as an alliance of people and groups who want to see the river restored to the beauty and health it enjoyed when it was…
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Benefit Concert Supporting Syrian Refugees

Benefit Concert Supporting Syrian Refugees By Laura Greenwood The Acadia University Playing & Hearing class (akin to a musicianship class) is holding a benefit concert to support a foundation called The Tribe Turkey, a not-for-profit organization supporting Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Greece, and elsewhere in Europe (please see the public Facebook group:facebook.com/groups/TheTribeTurkey). The concert will include several arrangements performed by groups made up of the 42 members of our class, each composition holding special significance toward the global refugee crisis. There will be songs by the Doobie Brothers, Sam Cooke, Mark Knopfler, The Wailing Jennies, Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Jackson, and…
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From Compassion to Courage; From Prayer to Prayerful Action A Gathering to Share a Meal and our Thoughts.

From Compassion to Courage; From Prayer to Prayerful Action A Gathering to Share a Meal and our Thoughts. By Bruce Dienes The past few months have been increasingly filled with voices that polarize and isolate, encouraging anxiety and mistrust, fostering fear of “others” and of strangers… and now, the unthinkable has happened – six of our fellow Canadians, Muslim men at prayer, were gunned down. Since then Jewish cemeteries have been defaced, and threats of violence have been made against Muslim students at a Canadian university. In this anxious and confusing time, WAICC – the Wolfville and Area InterChurch Council…
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