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Booker School Bikes: Give your old bike a new life!

Booker School Bikes: Give your old bike a new life! Over the past month, Middle Years students at The Booker School have been working on a “personal project” as part of their schoolwork. The project needed to be related to something they were passionate about and that they could take action on. It also had to be connected to the United Nations ​17 Global Goals For Sustainable Development. Colin Stephens, a Grade 6 student at The Booker School, thinks biking is fun, healthy, and good for the environment. For his personal project, he is donating bikes to people who need…
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Valley Family Fun: Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success!

Valley Family Fun: Fill a Box of Cheer: A huge success! By Laura Churchill Duke, info@valleyfamilyfun.ca   For the second year in a row, the Fill a Box of Cheer program was a huge success! We’ve managed to help hundreds of people this Christmas across Kings County.   The idea of Fill a Box of Cheer is to target those individuals who fall through the cracks of traditional programs. They are often seniors living alone, or mental health clients who need a little extra cheer during the holidays. We asked people to fill a shoebox with a variety of items,…
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Elderdog: 6 Years of Support

Elderdog: 6 Years of Support By Hilary Graham   Elderdog is a national non-profit registered charity, and was started approximately 6 years ago by Dr. Ardra Cole from Lunenburg County. Dr. Cole is a professor at Mount St. Vincent University and assistant dean of education.   Since its beginning, Elderdog has grown to 18 pawds (chapters), including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Alberta. Elderdog relies entirely on fundraising and donations to support our work, and we are 100% volunteer run. There are no fees for any Elderdog supports and services.   Do you know a…
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Chrysalis House’s Big ‘Wish List’ Item

Chrysalis House’s Big ‘Wish List’ Item By Genevieve Allen Hearn   Chrysalis House is at the top of our ‘nice’ list this holiday season. They not only address a very poignant need in the community by providing shelter to women and children fleeing domestic violence, but they do it all in an aging structure that requires substantial repairs and maintenance in order to meet health and safety standards. For Chrysalis House, Santa came early in the form of one million dollars of federal funding from Housing Nova Scotia in October. This is the first step toward their capital campaign for…
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New SPCA Thrift Store in New Minas

New SPCA Thrift Store in New Minas   If you are looking to downsize your home, moving, de-cluttering or have a parent moving into a long term facility and are overwhelmed with finding a place for a home filled with items you need to relocate… donate to the new Kings SPCA Thrift Store, now located at 8759 Commercial Street in New Minas (the former RE-used Resale Co-op Ltd. location).   Your donation will directly impact the lives of companion animals in need in our community and help the Kings SPCA continue to serve those animals.   Courtney Barber is the…
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Featurepreneur: Sip a Cup, Save a Pup!

Featurepreneur: Sip a Cup, Save a Pup! Genevieve Allen Hearn   Rescue Coffee Co. is a business built around a cause.  Roasted in Lakeville, and owned and operated by Wolfville native Claire Vaughan, the organic fair trade coffee company donates 10% of profits to partnering animal rescue organizations. Claire now lives in Moncton (with her pup, of course!) where she runs the business out of her home office. After just two short years on the market, Rescue Coffee can be found in retail stores across five provinces. The Grapevine caught up with Claire to find out what it takes to…
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The Shelter Project: Raising Awareness about Youth Homelessness in Kings County

The Shelter Project: Raising Awareness about Youth Homelessness in Kings County By Genevieve Allen Hearn   The Portal Youth Centre will be running the Shelter Project for the second year. This year running from November 30 to December 2. The Shelter Project was conceived by Donna and Blaine Eldridge at the Harvest House in Windsor and Moncton. Russ Sanche, The Portal’s Youth Outreach Coordinator, saw the potential to run a similar project in Kentville, and this year he is aligning it with the Orange Door Campaign with Home Depot. For three days there will be a makeshift shelter set up…
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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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