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Richard Groot’s Photo Finish

Richard Groot’s Photo Finish By Mike Butler Richard (Dick) Groot is a very familiar face in the Valley. He’s a wonderful man with an exceptional photographic eye and I am proud to say he’s one of my fellow Men of Wolfville calendar buddies. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Dick’s work before, now is your chance because he has a photo exhibit coming up that you simply have to take in. It’s not some run of the mill display…or is it? Dick has been a published writer and photographer for many years and his accomplishments include a book…
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Ways to Recycle, Redistribute, or Safely Dispose of Items in the Annapolis Valley

Ways to Recycle, Redistribute, or Safely Dispose of Items in the Annapolis Valley Whether you are cleaning out your basement, garage, the upstairs bedroom, or your kitchen cupboards, we’ve all got items that are no longer needed. Here is a sampling of where you can recycle, redistribute, donate, or properly dispose of the goods in your home that are no longer serving their purpose there. There are many more options, but hopefully this list will get you thinking! GREENWOOD REDISTRIBUTE: The Opportunity Shop, 963 Central Avenue, Greenwood Mall The Opportunity Shop is a non-profit organization operated by the Greenwood Health…
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Annapolis Valley Regional Library: The Seed Library is Back Again

Annapolis Valley Regional Library: The Seed Library is Back Again By Tim Jackson Are you looking for a way to get some exercise and fresh air? Is growing vegetables new to you? Do you want some unique seeds to finish planting your vegetable garden? We can help. Beginning on Tuesday, May 2, the Dr. Frank W. Morse Memorial Library in Lawrencetown, and the Berwick & District Library, will again host the AVRL Seed Library. Last year there were 18 different types of seeds to choose from and they went quickly. Stop by and pick up free packets of seeds, complete…
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The Art Spot: Glooscap Elementary School Art Exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library

The Art Spot: Glooscap Elementary School Art Exhibit at the Wolfville Memorial Library WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself and your student artists: David Fitch: We are a class of 22 grade 3 students, ages 8 and 9, at Glooscap Elementary School in Canning. The students and I look forward to drawing and art activities. Doretta Groenendyk is in to teach and work on art with the kids as well. WHAT: What are the artistic media used in the exhibition? How did you choose these styles? DF: We try to choose a variety of materials to…
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Tractors Needed!

The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival is looking for owners of antique farm equipment who would like to place that equipment in the Grand Street Parade for FREE. This will be the longest parade in festival history, and its a wonderful opportunity to showcase our agricultural heritage. All participants are also invited to park their antique farm equipment at the KCA parking lot directly follow the parade for our first annual “Touch a Tractor” farm display event. info@appleblossom.com or 902-678-8322

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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The Dome Chronicles: Canaan Road

The Dome Chronicles: Canaan Road A Poetry Month Special by Garry Leeson When you walk through the woods by the old Cannan Road Just west of the Fales River falls If you look very close you’ll see traces of fields And endless rows of granite stone walls And the lilies still bloom where the houses once stood At the heart of the once prosperous farms Where people carved a life with the axe and the plough And the never-waning strength of their arms But the life was too hard on that old mountain top So they moved their homes and…
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Uncorked: The Elf Child Book Launch

Uncorked: The Elf Child Book Launch By Mike Butler Recently, I was quite fortunate to meet up with dynamic storytelling duo Kenneth Michael Davidson and Donna Louise Moore, author and illustrator of the dazzling new book The Elf Child. They’ll be celebrating its publication with a book launch on Saturday April 28 at The Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville. The Elf Child was first conceived as a whimsical lullaby before it became a book. “While in Manitoba working as a music teacher,” author Davidson says, “I had the happy chance of meeting a young girl named Monique, and her…
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Succession: NKEC Stages an Original Work

Succession: NKEC Stages an Original Work By Mike Butler Following the mind-blowing success of last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC) is changing gears. This year, instead of a princess musical with singing dishes, they’ve chosen to stage the original writing of their own students in a play called Succession. The power of young minds and teenage hearts are what we are relying on to change the world these days, and I firmly believe that there’s nothing stronger than the written word, so I encourage you all to take in this special presentation of…
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Devon Barclay Returns to Valley for EP Release Show

Devon Barclay Returns to Valley for EP Release Show By Mike Butler Musically and otherwise, I have been a big fan of Devon Barclay for many years. Back in the day, and yes, I can say that at my age, Devon and I would share wonderful conversations over coffee and cinnamon buns at the Coffee Merchant, and it was there I first heard Devon tickle the ivories. If memory serves me, it was “Bennie and the Jets” that he played, and it was amazing! Devon is returning to the Valley to entertain the masses at a concert celebrating his first…
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