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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 Devour Chef Interview: Peter McKenna



The Devour Chef Interview: Peter McKenna Peter McKenna started his career in rural Ireland in the mid-1990s and went on to train in the kitchens of renowned chefs in the Netherlands, London, Sydney, Dublin and Glasgow. He spent four years travelling the world as the personal chef of a Saudi sheik and two years on the yacht of a Russian oligarch. Chef Peter opened The Gannet restaurant four years ago with business partner Ivan Stein to critical acclaim. They quickly gathered a reputation as one of Glasgow’s leading restaurants. Having a firm focus on seasonal Scottish produce with solid links…
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Who’s Who: Bettyann Balcom

Who’s Who: Bettyann Balcom By Mike Butler It has been a few years since I had the pleasure of working with Bettyann Balcom, but we’ve remained in touch since my career in lighting took a different turn. Bettyann was so much fun to work with because she was so open to new ideas and she always had the most unique, and often tricky, little projects to tackle, which made the job fun and our working relationship blossom. I am so glad she touched base with me recently about being profiled in The Grapevine. Bettyann Balcom was born in South Berwick,…
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Who’s Who: Three Cheers for Chris Cunningham!

Who’s Who: Three Cheers for Chris Cunningham! Mike Butler   Have you heard of the Integrity Cheer Empire or ICE, for short? Well, ICE is one of the coolest all-star cheerleading organizations around, and I feel so fortunate to tell you about one of ICE’s main cheerpersons, Chris Cunningham.   Chris Cunningham is originally from Halifax, NS, but has spent the last six years of his life working in Toronto as the program director for a large and well-known all-star cheerleading program called PCT or Power Cheer Toronto. “I had many positive experiences with this program, including being named the…
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Mike Uncorked: High Definition Landscaping

Mike Uncorked: High Definition Landscaping By Mike Butler   Just a month has passed since I first met Dustin Rines and Charles Harvey, owners and operators of High Definition Landscaping, but we’ve become fast friends. I have to say, I’m pretty crazy about what they do for their day jobs, and I am very excited to share their story with you!   Before I became a full-time barista/local cafe entertainment mogul, I was a full-time lighting consultant with a special certificate in landscape lighting design, and it was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable aspects of the lighting world…
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Acadia Lifelong Learning: ALL for one and one for ALL!

Acadia Lifelong Learning: ALL for one and one for ALL! By Mike Butler I haven’t been an official Acadia student for many years but I’ve made a pact with myself to always continue learning, each and every day. This world is filled with so many wonderful things to discover that you can be a student all your life. Learning does not stop when you graduate from high school or walk across the stage to collect your university degree. I’ve heard of the Acadia Lifelong Learning (ALL) program before but was re-introduced to the concept recently through a great friend and…
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Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year!

Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year! By Mike Butler I will never forget it. I was in high school and I’d heard about this wonderful new establishment in Wolfville called the Atlantic Festival Theatre, a unique and elaborate stage modeled after the thrust stage of the Stratford Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. It was a breathtaking adventure for a sixteen year old to see that kind of stage and the professional theatre that was performed on it. I was chosen in its first year to be an usher and one of the workers in the gift…
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The Kitchen Party Cookbook!

The Kitchen Party Cookbook! The Grapevine Chats with Jenny Osburn Following the success of The Union Street Café Cookbook in 2015, Jenny Osburn is back with another volume of delectable dishes called The Kitchen Party Cookbook: Recipes for Potlucks, Shindigs, and Good Times in the Maritimes. Designed by award-winning letterpress artist Laura MacDonald (Deep Hollow Print) and featuring a Nova Scotia food map by Monica Beaton, The Kitchen Party Cookbook keeps the good times rolling with more than sixty fresh and fun new recipes. Joel Plaskett declares that The Kitchen Party Cookbook is “the proof in the pudding” that Nova…
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The Grapevine Deep Roots Feature Interview: Lennie Gallant

The Grapevine Deep Roots Feature Interview: Lennie Gallant By Genevieve Allen Hearn ’Searching For Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant’ stars Lennie Gallant with an amazing supporting band comprised of Sean Kemp (violin), Jeremy Gallant (keyboard and percussion), Jonathan Gallant (backing vocals, drums, percussion and mandolin) and Patricia Richard (bodhran, mandolin, banjo, and vocals). Directed by Jac Gautreau. This critically acclaimed production stars Gallant himself presenting his folk-rock/roots music, along with captivating tales in a multimedia format that utilizes stunning visual works from celebrated Prince Edward Island artist and sibling Karen Gallant. As well as the paintings,…
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