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Who’s Who: Pamela Halstead: All Her World’s a Stage!

By Mike Butler It’s no mystery to my friends, family, and my readers that I am a huge live theatre buff—both as a performer and as a spectator/supporter. The connection that’s made between the audience and the live theatre actors is such a treasure. I’ve been inspired by so many wonderful actors of the stage. One of the countless benefits that comes with this column is that I get to occasionally write about one of these inspiring performers. Pamela Halstead, years ago, transformed herself into German director Leni Riefenstahl for the production The Blue Light and I was front-row centre…
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Celebrating Dr. Heather Wellwood

By Lee-Ann Cudmore. Registered Acupuncturist, Call/text: 902-300-5100 valleyacu.ca It’s a Thursday around 9pm, and I am sitting around the kitchen table with Sarah and Alison Wellwood contemplating how to present this article. We are thirty-somethings (actually let’s be honest, we are in our mid-thirties), and we are friends and full-time working Mamas with a handful of kids between the three of us. We are perplexed, and the words “How did she do it?” come up a number of times. Their mother, Dr. Heather Wellwood, pulled off the glorious feat that we women often struggle with. “She focused on two very…
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Dr. Wayne Phillips: Words that Paint a Beautiful Picture

By Lee-Ann Cudmore. Registered Acupuncturist, Call/text: 902-300-5100 valleyacu.ca In case you have not had the pleasure, I would like to introduce you to Dr. Wayne Phillips. Dr. Phillips graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1974. He and his family moved to Wolfville in 1977 and he has practiced Family Medicine for 42 years, which up until 2010 included: office practice at the Wolfville Professional Centre, hospital medicine at EKM and VRH, obstetrics, nursing home care, and Acadia University student health centre. Dr. Phillips is the medical director of the Wolfville Nursing Home and the Wolfville Elms, and he has a…
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Who’s Who: Ian Kaye, The Ultimate Valley Winer!

By Mike Butler Ian Kaye is heavily involved with Wine. Let me clarify… heavily involved as a JOB, not involved like I am, where I need a glass of Phone Box White just to go get the mail. Ian’s involvement is more hands on, nitty gritty, communing-with-the-vines kind of work that makes my job of buying the beautiful bottles of liquid gold so much easier! I have a great appreciation for high quality coffee (which is what I serve to Ian most mornings at TAN) and an even greater appreciation for amazing wine (which Ian so graciously handles), so I…
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Elsa Hodder

By Mike Butler Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to the first Who’s Who profile of the year. I have wanted to write about Elsa Hodder since first encountering her during The Little Princess. Elsa had the lead role (I had one scene) and her talent blew me away. She could sing, act, and dance beautifully and she was only a young teenager at the time. Her maturity and elegance would have you believe she is in her 20s.  I mean seriously, describe her and try not to use the word statuesque… it’s impossible. She’s done more in the last five…
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Pamela Matheson – PASSION FOR FASHION!

One of the great benefits of being BUSY like me, is that I am everywhere all the time! I am always volunteering to emcee events, take part in fundraisers, appear in shows and I love it because I get to meet so many wonderful people. Pamela Matheson is one of those people. I had heard of Pam through this person and that, but only officially shook her hand and exchanged some words and some nice moments at a fashion show I emceed a few weeks ago. Pam’s passion for fashion was quite inspiring and I want to share her story…
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Joshua Samuel Budish: Mastering The Field!

I rarely read the Athenaeum, you know, the Acadia Newspaper. Acadia is a HUGE part of the town of Wolfville and I love the buzz and feel of the town when the students arrive and spend their time here. They make the town feel alive and vibrant and, when they are polite and treat the town nicely, I enjoy them even more!  I picked up the Ath a few weeks ago and saw a small profile about Joshua Samuel Budish, a gentleman who has come into the Il Dolce Café a few times and was super friendly and talked about…
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Wil Lang: TRIUMPHS OF THE WIL!

By Mike Butler I’m a busy man. There, I admitted it! Right here in PRINT, I admit to all my readers, I am a very busy man, but what about Wil Lang?  Seriously, check out this guy. Yes, it’s Wil with only one ‘L’ and if you’ve eaten at the Troy Restaurant in Wolfville, strolled through the Wolfville market, escaped to Pantoland in Fezziwig 2013, or just walked around town, then you’ve seen, heard of, or encountered Wil Lang. And if you haven’t, then you haven’t left the house in a very long time. I am busy but Wil Lang…
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Team Skaling: JULIE SKALING AND HER BOY GABE

Well, this is another first for my Who’s Who column. After writing about many dynamite power couples (married or business partners) I am branching out and profiling my first mother and son team. I say ‘team’ because of how they interact with each other, and how that interaction stretches beyond the regular mother/son relationship. I’m currently part of an incredible theatrical experience called “My Boy Jack”, now playing at CentreStage Theatre and I have met two of the most wonderful people during this time, Julie Skaling and her son Gabriel. Let’s start with Julie. Being a mother, I’ve always said,…
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ROBERT LEE: The General Consultant

(Huge apologies to Lucas White, Robert Lee and Mike Butler from Grapevine staff for getting the names mixed up on this issue’s Who’s Who due to an unfortunate combination of a technical flaw and over-exhaustion ) Well, writing this Who’s Who is going to make a colonoscopy seem like a light-hearted treasure hunt. I am kidding of course! Part of that first sentence was the opening of a play I did a few years back called The Long Weekend by Norm Foster, a delightful comedy about two couples who swap truth, lies and each other over the course of two…
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