Who’s Who

Who’s Who: Ray Savage – The Excelr8r

Who’s Who: Ray Savage – The Excelr8r By Mike Butler I love writing this column…I get to meet, interact, and then profile wonderful members of our community. I’ve had the pleasure of profiling authors, painters, teachers, actors, chefs, business owners, and many more. I usually fly by the seat of my pants to find subjects but lately, the fine folks featured in this column have come from strong recommendations, and that is how Ray Savage surfaced. Ray has an immeasurable history of involvement in his community and I’m so pleased to profile him. Ray Savage was born and raised in…
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Who’s Who: Jason Burns – Music Man

Who’s Who: Jason Burns – Music Man By Mike Butler With the Deep Roots Music Festival fast approaching (have you got your pass yet?) and the booming Valley music scene on people’s mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to profile one of our Valley music treasures, Jason Burns. The list of musicians, and singers in this area is quite extensive but I chose Jason for this column because of his talent, love of music, community spirit, and so much more. All of the things that make Jason a unique talent could never fit into this article but we’ll see if I…
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Who’s Who: Wendy and Marissa LaPierre: A Cotton Tale

Who’s Who: Wendy and Marissa LaPierre: A Cotton Tale By Mike Butler Come gather around boys and girls. I want to tell you a story all about two wonderful women and the land they created. It’s a story filled with dreams, fun, fantasy, adventure, and whimsy. This is the story of Queen Wendy LaPierre and her daughter, Princess Marissa, who braved the elements, crossed moats, and slayed dragons to create the wonderful and exciting business world of the Cotton Tale Café + Play. Okay, well maybe they didn’t slay dragons or cross moats but it took guts, gusto, and elbow…
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Who’s Who: Pamela Halstead: All Her World’s a Stage!

By Mike Butler It’s no mystery to my friends, family, and my readers that I am a huge live theatre buff—both as a performer and as a spectator/supporter. The connection that’s made between the audience and the live theatre actors is such a treasure. I’ve been inspired by so many wonderful actors of the stage. One of the countless benefits that comes with this column is that I get to occasionally write about one of these inspiring performers. Pamela Halstead, years ago, transformed herself into German director Leni Riefenstahl for the production The Blue Light and I was front-row centre…
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Dr. Wayne Phillips: Words that Paint a Beautiful Picture

By Lee-Ann Cudmore. Registered Acupuncturist, Call/text: 902-300-5100 valleyacu.ca In case you have not had the pleasure, I would like to introduce you to Dr. Wayne Phillips. Dr. Phillips graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1974. He and his family moved to Wolfville in 1977 and he has practiced Family Medicine for 42 years, which up until 2010 included: office practice at the Wolfville Professional Centre, hospital medicine at EKM and VRH, obstetrics, nursing home care, and Acadia University student health centre. Dr. Phillips is the medical director of the Wolfville Nursing Home and the Wolfville Elms, and he has a…
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Who’s Who: Ian Kaye, The Ultimate Valley Winer!

By Mike Butler Ian Kaye is heavily involved with Wine. Let me clarify… heavily involved as a JOB, not involved like I am, where I need a glass of Phone Box White just to go get the mail. Ian’s involvement is more hands on, nitty gritty, communing-with-the-vines kind of work that makes my job of buying the beautiful bottles of liquid gold so much easier! I have a great appreciation for high quality coffee (which is what I serve to Ian most mornings at TAN) and an even greater appreciation for amazing wine (which Ian so graciously handles), so I…
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Elsa Hodder

By Mike Butler Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to the first Who’s Who profile of the year. I have wanted to write about Elsa Hodder since first encountering her during The Little Princess. Elsa had the lead role (I had one scene) and her talent blew me away. She could sing, act, and dance beautifully and she was only a young teenager at the time. Her maturity and elegance would have you believe she is in her 20s.  I mean seriously, describe her and try not to use the word statuesque… it’s impossible. She’s done more in the last five…
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Pamela Matheson – PASSION FOR FASHION!

One of the great benefits of being BUSY like me, is that I am everywhere all the time! I am always volunteering to emcee events, take part in fundraisers, appear in shows and I love it because I get to meet so many wonderful people. Pamela Matheson is one of those people. I had heard of Pam through this person and that, but only officially shook her hand and exchanged some words and some nice moments at a fashion show I emceed a few weeks ago. Pam’s passion for fashion was quite inspiring and I want to share her story…
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Joshua Samuel Budish: Mastering The Field!

I rarely read the Athenaeum, you know, the Acadia Newspaper. Acadia is a HUGE part of the town of Wolfville and I love the buzz and feel of the town when the students arrive and spend their time here. They make the town feel alive and vibrant and, when they are polite and treat the town nicely, I enjoy them even more!  I picked up the Ath a few weeks ago and saw a small profile about Joshua Samuel Budish, a gentleman who has come into the Il Dolce Café a few times and was super friendly and talked about…
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Wil Lang: TRIUMPHS OF THE WIL!

By Mike Butler I’m a busy man. There, I admitted it! Right here in PRINT, I admit to all my readers, I am a very busy man, but what about Wil Lang?  Seriously, check out this guy. Yes, it’s Wil with only one ‘L’ and if you’ve eaten at the Troy Restaurant in Wolfville, strolled through the Wolfville market, escaped to Pantoland in Fezziwig 2013, or just walked around town, then you’ve seen, heard of, or encountered Wil Lang. And if you haven’t, then you haven’t left the house in a very long time. I am busy but Wil Lang…
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