Who’s Who

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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WHO’S WHO: Crissi Cochrane – Music to our Ears

WHO’S WHO: Crissi Cochrane – Music to our Ears By Mike Butler I am always honoured to feature young, blossoming talent here in my column. There’s so much of it here in the Valley and to have the opportunity to share it with my readers is a wonderful feeling. Having just finished directing a production of Grease, with a cast of mostly young adults, I cannot tell you how awed I was at the talented singers, dancers, and actors I was able to work with. And over the years I have been blessed to meet and write about many budding…
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Who’s Who: Allan Billard, Nova Scotia Proud

Who’s Who: Allan Billard, Nova Scotia Proud By Mike Butler Welcome to 2017! Here’s to another wonderful year of adventures and fun. 2016 was an exciting year for me as a “journalist” getting to meet and write about some amazing people who live here in the Valley and beyond. I’m looking forward to what 2017 brings my way including those community-minded folks who end up in this column. Allan Billard’s name came my way late in 2016 for a profile but I decided to hang onto it until the New Year as a way to kick off the 2017 crop…
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Who’s Who: Ebenezer Scrooge – In the Spirit

Who’s Who: Ebenezer Scrooge – In the Spirit By Mike Butler ‘Tis the season for two of my favourite things, Christmas and my Holiday Who’s Who! Christmas makes me quite giddy! The music, the colours, the gift giving, the time with family and friends, and the feeling of joy and happiness this season brings. I’m a very lucky man to have had a life filled with warm holiday memories, lots of love, and good health, and I’ve never taken for granted what I have. I make it a point to give as much of myself at this time of year…
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Who’s Who: Wendy Elliot, A WOW Woman

Who’s Who: Wendy Elliot, A WOW Woman By Mike Butler This is big news everyone! I mean really BIG news! With this Who’s Who profile I have finally scored what was once the impossible: an interview with Wendy Elliott! Why is this so big? Because Wendy the journalist is now the subject, as opposed to being the writer… under the sharp wit and probing mind of ME! I’m so excited to tell you about this very special person with whom, I’m sure, we all have a connection to somehow. When I was 13 years old I travelled to Italy. As…
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WHO’S WHO: SANDRA SNOW: LET IT SNOW!

WHO’S WHO: SANDRA SNOW: LET IT SNOW! By Mike Butler Not many of you know this, but I am from Kentville. Born and raised on Prospect Avenue, KCA Graduate and very proud of my hometown. Because I love, promote, and participate so much in the town of Wolfville, I thought I would mention my Kentville roots as this profile is about a very special woman with some pretty important ties to K-Town! I am so proud and honoured to present this profile on newly elected Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow. I know she’s had quite a lot of press recently but…
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WHO’S WHO: Jason Lynch – A Grand Chef in his own Domaine!

WHO’S WHO: Jason Lynch – A Grand Chef in his own Domaine! Mike Butler Three or four times a year, my partner Ian and I like to go out for a very formal dinner. We dress up (shirts and ties and non-Coverse shoes) and we take our time with the meal … it’s a big deal for us! We eat together all the time but these special occasions are something we both look forward to. This year, for our 6th Anniversary, we chose to dine at Le Caveau, part of the Domaine de Grand Pre Winery. It was August 21…
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Who’s Who: Ami McKay: On The WRITE Track!

Who’s Who: Ami McKay: On The WRITE Track! By Mike Butler It’s been almost seven years since I started writing for the Grapevine. What an unbelievable journey it’s been. If you’ve stuck with me through the years, you’ve read that one of my biggest interests is reading and promoting literature. If I had a nickel for every book and local author I’ve promoted in my articles over the years, I’d be quite wealthy. There’s nothing quite like being completely absorbed in a piece of literature, and here in the Valley we have quite a batch of very talented authors right…
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Who’s Who: Carole Ball: Calendar Girl By Mike Butler

Who’s Who: Carole Ball: Calendar Girl Mike Butler Over the years, through the many theatre groups I perform with, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people. With theatre you develop strong bonds with your fellow actors, directors, and producers etc., and you begin to rely on them and enjoy their company long after the final curtain has come down. I saw Carole Ball for the first time in a production at CentreStage called “There Goes the Bride”, and was completely taken with her stage presence and acting ability. She had a feisty spirit and was able to make me…
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Who’s Who: Birgit Elssner

Who’s Who: Birgit Elssner By Mike Butler Well, despite a bucket load of press recently regarding her amazing achievements, Birgit Elssner has never been a Who’s Who feature and I am proud to tell you all about her. I meet some very fascinating people through this column, most of whom are born and raised here in the valley, but Birgit falls into the unique category of coming from afar – moving to our beautiful Valley and making a home and establishing herself here. And what a story I have to share.    Birgit Elssner was born and raised in East…
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