Who’s Who

Who’s Who: Jane Mangle is No Plain Jane

Who’s Who: Jane Mangle is No Plain Jane By Mike Butler Jane Mangle is a very familiar face in Wolfville and the surrounding area. Jane is a supporter of so many things in her community and, with her husband David, never wavers from being a kind and compassionate citizen, neighbour, and friend. After much hesitation, she agreed to be featured here and I believe it’s long overdue. This is no plain Jane. A proud Cape Bretoner happily living in Wolfville since 1982, Jane is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s dental hygiene program. She says, “We came because my husband David…
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Who’s Who: In the Garden with Alain Belliveau

Who’s Who: In the Garden with Alain Belliveau By Mike Butler Are you a gardener? Have a green thumb? Well, I have to say that gardening has never been one of my strong suits. Plants, bugs, mulch, and seeds never found their way onto my hobbies list. However, I do envy those with the patience, the savvy, and the energy to study plants, create a garden, and maintain it. I am fortunate to live close to the Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University, and recently I got to meet the new curator (I can’t grow a geranium but I can…
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Who’s Who: Kathleen Purdy

Who’s Who: Kathleen Purdy By Mike Butler I’ve been writing the Who’s Who column for The Grapevine for nine years and it still amazes me when I come across a person so familiar to the Valley area (and beyond) but I don’t really know them. Kathleen Purdy is one of those people. Having this opportunity now to share her story is a real honour. Kathleen and her family are Valley treasures. Kathleen was born and raised in Nova Scotia but several years “away” studying, choreographing, and performing modern dance, mostly in Toronto. For some of those years, she was part…
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Who’s Who: Andy Sherman and Hilltop Designs

Who’s Who: Andy Sherman and Hilltop Designs By Mike Butler After 25 years of working on the seas of the world, Andy Sherman has come ashore and made a life-changing shift by starting his own woodworking business. Taking into account that he lives here in Nova Scotia, with an abundance of natural resources, and a community of talent that is unique, supportive, and accepting, Hilltop Designs fell into place with as much ease as one could wish. “As much as I enjoy the creative, hands-on side,” Andy told me, “I have found that the marketing and promotion really gratifying, but…
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Who’s Who: Nate “The Barber” Foster

Who’s Who: Nate “The Barber” Foster By Mike Butler Painters, sculptors, landscapers and barbers: there’s no debate from me that all these professionals are artists. The technique, the training, the patience, and the drive to create something unique and eye-catching, is apparent in these and many other occupations. Where some people would say being a barber is not the same as being a painter, I’m afraid you haven’t been to the right barber yet. To see what I mean, take a trip to Ascension Barbershop in Railtown, Wolfville and have your hair done by Nathanael Foster. Nate “The Barber” Foster…
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Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs!

Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs! By Mike Butler Whether reading or watching a mystery, you just never know who is behind the crime until it’s all said and done. Agatha Christie is the queen of mysteries and it wasn’t until the final pages of her acclaimed novels that the reader finally got the answers they were looking for. Some of Dame Agatha’s works were turned into stage plays, including The Mousetrap, the longest-running show in theatre history, and behind its latest production are two genius directors putting their own spin on this classic Christie whodunit! Who’s…
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Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master

Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master By Mike Butler I grew up in a world where Mr. Dressup, Romper Room, Sesame Street, and The Big Friendly Giant were my entertainment. The wholesome beautiful world of puppets, magic, stories, and adventure entered my life every day and it was a glorious way to be brought up. We are so fortunate to live in a valley where community theater is ablaze with productions of all forms including musicals, dramas, one-act plays, concerts, and puppetry. I had the pleasure of spending some time with a recent addition to this vibrant community: the new…
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Who’s Who: KYLE THOMPSON

Who’s Who: KYLE THOMPSON By Mike Butler   Well, here we are. Another year of Who’s Who to look forward to. I love writing and sharing these profiles with the community. Happy New Year and enjoy all these fine folks!   I’m starting the year off with a pretty cool guy whom I’ve known for a few years now. He’s friendly, knowledgeable, environmentally-conscious, and a coffee drinker, to name just a few good points. He’s very well-known in the Valley but has never had the Who’s Who treatment, until now. Here is a businessman and all-around great gent Kyle Thompson….
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WHO’S WHO: The Gingerbread Man! The Catch of the Day!

WHO’S WHO: The Gingerbread Man! The Catch of the Day! By Mike Butler   Happy Holidays Everyone!   December is upon us and with it comes the feeling of Christmas and the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, and trying to keep up with the concerts, theatre productions, holiday gatherings, and the occasional glass of eggnog and kiss under the mistletoe! Do remember to breathe and enjoy this wonderful time of year, it goes so fast! And also remember that sometimes you are the best gift to give someone; your time and company are priceless!   I have many favourite…
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Who’s Who: MATT BALSOR: The Valley’s Country Music Prince

Who’s Who: MATT BALSOR: The Valley’s Country Music Prince By Mike Butler   Growing up was very fun for me. I have a wonderful, supportive family and I can’t remember a time in my life when music didn’t play a huge part in our lives. With the age ranges of my aunts, uncles, sisters, cousins, and grandparents, I was influenced by just about every genre of music. My sisters bombarded me with the 80’s, and aunts and uncles kicked it up a notch with 70’s rock and disco, but it was my parents and my grandparents that introduced me to…
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