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Jack Frost: A Mag-NIP-icent Guy!

I was walking to work last week, dressed in head to toe winter wear, and everything was warm and toasty except my nose and my cheeks. I arrived at work, entered the warmth of the café, and suddenly felt that weird, tingling sensation in my extended body parts as they began to thaw. I’ve seen the freaky fernlike pattern on the windshields of cars, the sharp white crispness on the grass in the morning and lately, at night; my toes have been extra chilled. This could only mean that Jack Frost is up to his usual winter tricks! I decided…
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Lola Osborne-Gidney: The Wind Beneath The WIGS!

I met her through email from my friend Jocelyn.  She’s an image consultant with a pretty grin. Her name is LOLA…  L-O-L-A  LOLA!  I have wanted to do a Who’s Who on a person named Lola for a long time JUST so I can start my intro that way! What a wonderful lady you’re about to read up on. Lola Osborne-Gidney is originally from Quebec. She moved here 19 years ago. Family is very important to her, so Nova Scotia is a great fit: one of Lola’s brothers is handy, and Lola’s parents moved here seven years ago. She is…
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Tanis McPhail: The Spicy Herbalist!

The bare facts I knew about Tanis McPhail before writing this article were: She has a beautiful voice, long flowing hair and dresses, a great laugh, a beautiful smile, a quick wit and a beautiful soul. I knew that there was nothing negative, nothing unpleasant and nothing unkind about her. This was a pretty good start, but—I’m nosey, so here’s more! Tanis McPhail is originally from PEI, where the mud is as red as her locks. But with a dad in the military and a mother with wanderlust, she didn’t have a place to call home until she settled in…
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Caleb Miles: Waltzing For Miles!

Well, this makes THREE musicians in a row for my Who’s Who column. I hope my readers don’t feel this is something I chose to do: trust me, I didn’t. But it just so happens that three very talented musicians had lots to say to me these past few weeks. These three come from different backgrounds and have different ambitions, different music styles and very different personalities. They do, however, share a common talent: creating music and entertaining audiences. I am very pleased to complete my trifecta with this great guy. Caleb Miles is his name and playing music is…
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Mark Riley: The Man with the Bands!

This man has got me singing the blues and singing his praises! Ladies and gentleman, Mark Riley! Mark Riley was born into a very musical family, just outside of Dartmouth, in Lake Loon.  Mark’s dad, now almost 80, has been singing and playing guitar in church and gospel groups since he was a young man. Mark, along with his nine brothers and sisters, grew up singing in choirs, gospel groups, and family sing-songs. Those musical roots eventually took him and his talent to Toronto, where he played music with a few bands and was featured in a film for the…
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Johanne McInnis: Hitting ALL the Right Notes!

How do you sum up a person and their amazing talents in a small article like this? This is the question I ask myself every time I sit down to write a profile. The answer is, I can’t! All I can do is pique some interest in, paint half a picture of, and offer a small taste of the people I write about. Johanne McInnis is a very talented musician and promoter of the arts. Let’s see if I hit the right notes with her profile. Johanne J. McInnis was born and raised in Quebec, 10 minutes from the Old…
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Paul Dunn…A Dunn Deal

I really enjoy writing this column. I get to meet so many interesting people. Sometimes I’ve seen these people on the street or at the Farmers’ Market, and then down the road we connect for a Who’s Who profile, and it’s a great feeling. This is sort of how Paul Dunn came to me. I remember seeing Paul here and there, and then a few weeks ago he agreed to be profiled here. And what an interesting guy! Paul Dunn lives in New Minas with his wife Gail and their three children: Jackson, Abby and Ashton. Paul and Gail moved to…
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Will Cooper: Coloring Our World

Sometimes a Who’s Who is just a few steps from my front door…literally! Will Cooper appeared at my yard sale last year on Chestnut Ave to buy things “to distract the kids” while he moved into his new house, just a few doors down. And now Will’s my newest Who’s Who! Will Cooper was born in England but grew up mostly in Canada, first in rural Manitoba and then Nova Scotia. Moving around and travelling became two of Will’s biggest “hobbies”. He’s lived in Sierra Leone, France, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia. After six years in New Zealand, Will,…
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Stephen Wilsack: An Innovative Guy!

Leave it to the computer tech guy to come up with an innovative way to handle a Who’s Who interview. I sent Stephen Wilsack my Who’s Who questions to answer (via email is always the way they arrive), but what does Stephen do? He sends a video of himself answering the questions! It was original and fun, just like Stephen, and a new approach to how this process works for me. Stephen Wilsack is from Stellerton. He attended Acadia, taking business and passing with flying colours. Stephen owes a lot to Acadia but above all things, that’s where he met…
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Adrian Montfort-Guy: Paper + Scissors = You Rock!

For this issue’s Who’s Who, I travelled to Paradise. I thought the only treasure in Paradise was Pearle’s Fish and Chips, but I have found something else, folks: a talented, unique ,and pleasant paper-cut artist named Adrian Montfort-Guy. This guy is a cut above the rest, in person and in his profession! Adrian Montfort-Guy is 43. He was born and raised in the UK, but later moved to Paradise with his husband of 22 years (congrats!) to embrace a simpler life. From the big city to a farmhouse in Paradise with 20 chickens, a one-legged duck, two cats, and a…
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