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Featurepreneur: The Humble Personality behind the Humble Burdock

Featurepreneur: The Humble Personality behind the Humble Burdock By Genevieve Allen Hearn Meet Amanda Muis Brown – flower farmer, florist, and soon to be published author. Amanda is a third-generation farmer and is now growing over a hundred varieties of flowers and foliage on Humble Burdock Farm in Centreville. Growing botanicals in a Maritime climate takes good planning, an innate understanding of our fluctuating growing season, and more than a little courage. Amanda faces these challenges boldly and passes on what she has learned in her book coming out this fall entitled *Humble Burdock Farms – From Seed to Centerpiece,…
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Who’s Who: Zoe D’Amato, The Grapevine Globe Trekker

Who’s Who: Zoe D’Amato, The Grapevine Globe Trekker By Mike Butler Good afternoon everyone… Well, I guess if you’re not reading this article in the afternoon that greeting doesn’t make sense, but I am writing this piece on a gorgeous afternoon, so just roll with me. What a treat this “Who’s Who” article is for me. I think, in my seven years of writing for The Grapevine, this will be my first “Who’s Who” about a member of The Grapevine family. There are so many hands that go into making The Grapevine such a terrific publication that I thought I…
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Grapevine on Government: Kentville’s Mayor Sandra Snow “If Citizens Feel Valued They Will Engage and Become Part of the Solution”

Grapevine on Government: Kentville’s Mayor Sandra Snow “If Citizens Feel Valued They Will Engage and Become Part of the Solution” By Emily Kathan Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow was elected in 2016. Previously, she worked in military aviation and currently co-owns a B&B. We asked her to tell us about what got her interested in municipal government, and why she thinks public engagement is important: Grapevine (GV): What is something you’ve learned, or think differently about, since you began working in government? Sandra Snow (SS): There are many pieces in play, and figuring it all out can be a daunting task,…
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Who’s Who: Emma, Susan & Carole, The Ladies of Daisy Roots

Who’s Who: Emma, Susan & Carole, The Ladies of Daisy Roots By Mike Butler Good Day Readers, It’s the first day of spring and it’s snowing, blowing, and freezing outside. I’m from Nova Scotia so this is not unusual. I know spring is right around the corner but for now, I know where I can find some warm smiles, some springy customer service, and the feeling of fun and excitement that spring brings. Take a jaunt over to Daisy Roots in Port Williams and get acquainted with Emma, Susan, and Carole! Here’s a little bit about this wonderful shop and…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Port Cities

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Port Cities By Susan Wedlock Port Cities is an exciting new east coast group blending the talents of Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, and Carleton Stone. All three hail from Cape Breton. Breagh is a trained jazz musician, and Carleton and Dylan (yes, son of Bruce Guthro) have their own solo careers. Together they create something dynamic and unique. Port Cities  is playing at the Evergreen Theatre on April 15 at 8pm. For tickets visit: evergreentheatre.ca Susan Wedlock (SW): Breagh, tell me a bit about your mentor and producer Gordie Sampson? Breagh: Growing up in Cape Breton, I…
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WHO’S WHO: Janet Rendell, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk!

WHO’S WHO: Janet Rendell, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk! By Mike Butler Does your body talk? What does it say if it does? Have you every looked at someone and been able to know how they’re feeling based on their body language? Of course you have because anyone with a visible injury, someone who might be grieving, exercising etc., all display how their body is feeling. Your body has a language and yes your body talks and there are people out there who specialize in listening to how bodies talk. Janet Rendell, The Bodytalker, recently contacted me and invited…
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Grapevine on Government: Jodi MacKay, “Reach out to your elected officials. We are here to serve your interests!”

Grapevine on Government: Jodi MacKay, “Reach out to your elected officials. We are here to serve your interests!” By Emily Kathan In this issue, Jodi MacKay, counsellor for the Town of Wolfville, shares her insights about political engagement with us. Grapevine (GV): In your opinion, what barriers exist in understanding how municipal government works? What can be done to overcome these barriers? Jodi MacKay (JM): Education – We don’t talk politics to our children, and when we do it has a tendency to be negative. Our kids then have the opinion that politics is bad and may disengage and not…
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Who’s Who: Stephane Levac, Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’?

Who’s Who: Stephane Levac, Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’? By Mike Butler I scroll through the Facebook feed a lot… I’m a man about town so I have to keep up on all the business that’s happening, and every now and then I see these great photos of delicious-looking food and the occasional smirking selfies of the man behind these scrumptious dishes, Stephane Levac. I am very excited to tell you about this truly wonderful man, talented chef, and inspiration to many. I’m glad he agreed to be a part of my Who’s Who column. Stephane Levac and his…
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“There are a Ton of Roles to Fill”: Getting Involved in Local Government, with Emily Lutz

“There are a Ton of Roles to Fill”: Getting Involved in Local Government, with Emily Lutz By Emily Kathan When you last heard from Emily Lutz in The Grapevine, she was a candidate for district 7 on the council of the Municipality of the County of Kings. Now a newly-minted councillor, and Deputy Mayor, we asked her to share some of her perspectives on municipal government and community involvement. The Grapevine (GV): What do you think is the most important thing to know about how municipal government works? Emily Lutz (EL): It’s the level of government closest to the people….
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Dylan Menzie

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Dylan Menzie By Susan Wedlock Dylan Menzie is a bright new face in the world of Canadian musicians. With a huge, rich voice and killer band, Dylan will be one to watch. Although often compared to the likes of Springsteen and Fleet Foxes, Dylan is an original. You can check him out at the Evergreen Theatre on March 18. Tickets available at evergreentheatre.ca or call 902-825-6834. Dylan you grew up in Belle River, PEI. What was that like? Dylan Menzie (DM): I loved growing up in Belle River. It’s a small community just outside of Wood Islands…
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