Who’s Who

Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local!

Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local! By Mike Butler If the name Jim Murphy doesn’t bring music to your ears right now, come September it sure will! Jim is part of the very busy board handling the organization and marketing for the 15th Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville. It’s gonna be a busy couple of weeks for Jim and his team but he was willing to lend me some time for this profile. Hear is a sweet little blurb about Jim Murphy! Jim was born and raised in Wolfville, went to Wolfville School, Horton High School, and then…
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Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge

Who’s Who: Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins of Floating Bridge By Mike Butler Breathe. Relax. Sit back and take this special article in. Through much praise, Andrew Haight and Dawn Higgins found their way to me recently and I’m very excited to tell you about them. Andrew and his partner, Dawn Higgins, came to Nova Scotia 25 years ago from Toronto and they’ve been serial entrepreneurs since their arrival. According to Andrew, “Dawn is very good at creating successful small businesses with a lot of soul. Dawn and I have travelled extensively over the years honing our skills, absorbing new…
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Who’s Who: François Côté: Town Proud!

Who’s Who: François Côté: Town Proud! Mike Butler François Côté is a very recognizable face in the Valley and beyond. I’ve known him for many years, having seen him perform at events like Night Kitchens, open mics, and The Wolfville Farmers Market. He is a cherished Valley talent and it’s my pleasure to bring his story to The Grapevine. François Côté’s story begins in the fall of 1979 and spring of 1980, a period that would define François’ life. He says, “During those 8 months, I turned 18 and the Katimavik program took me from my hometown, Québec, to Wolfville…
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Who’s Who: Elizabeth Charlton

Who’s Who: Elizabeth Charlton By Mike Butler “Happiness is knowing there is bread in the oven!” Elizabeth Charlton, of Slow Dough fame, is a well-known Valley-based baker and cooking genius. Have you ever had her carrot cake? Honestly folks, I pride myself on having carrot cake from corner to corner of the Maritimes and Elizabeth’s is my favourite! The bread, the lemon cake, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, chocolate-covered, whole grain: the list of her delectable treats is limitless. This wonderful Wolfville kitchen guru is the reason a lot of us give in to our sweet tooth temptations every Saturday at the…
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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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