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Recipe: School Lunches and Stinger Ranch Dressing

School Lunches and Stinger Ranch Dressing Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Jenny Osburn ran a restaurant, wrote a couple cookbooks, and thinks that everyone deserves good food. Join the Facebook group Better School Food Annapolis Valley and let’s figure out how to make it happen! It’s June and the school year is winding down, but a school food project at Berwick School is just getting started! I’ve been popping in to lend a hand for just one week and I’ve already learned so much from this somewhat daunting but exciting project. For one thing, kids…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Gardening Together

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Gardening Together By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist Children are sponges. They absorb what they see around them. We learn to speak from hearing language, we learn to walk by witnessing the upright motion of the humans around us. Children learn to garden if they see their parents or grandparents gardening. They learn not be afraid of the outdoors and the insects that live there if they see their parents lying comfortably on the grass or digging in the earth in their yard. If you love to garden and spend time outdoors very…
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From Kentville to the Camino: Biking the Famous Pilgrimage Route Through Portugal and Spain

From Kentville to the Camino: Biking the Famous Pilgrimage Route Through Portugal and Spain By Earle Illsley This spring, two of our intrepid deliverers, and great friends of The Grapevine, Karen and Earle Illsley of Kentville, embarked on an adventure of a lifetime, and Earle has been kind enough to share some of their experiences with our readers. The Camino de Santiago, also known as ‘The Way,’ is a series of paths, or pilgrimages, of various lengths that all lead to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Last year over 300,000 individuals hiked, biked, or rode the Camino…
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The Dome Chronicles: This Was My Father

The Dome Chronicles: This Was My Father By Garry Leeson My mother wanted a large garden when they moved to a small farm on the Blue Mountain outside Meaford, Ontario. Dad agreed to do the hoeing but after a couple of days of fighting the weeds, he came up with a better idea. He disappeared into his workshop and when he emerged it was behind a one of a kind self-propelled row crop cultivator of his own creation. An old make or break one-lung gas engine, belching smoke and banging away, was mounted on a wooden frame above two cast…
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Cinematopia Closure

Cinematopia Closure By Megan Haliburton Cinematopia, the last video store in the province, is closing its doors. That doesn’t mean, however, that you won’t still be able to rent, just not from the shop. The plan is to rent the core of the collection out of a stall at the Wednesday night Wolfville Farmers’ Market beginning in July, and if it’s a success, keep that going for as long as people want it. Mail-out is also always a reasonably-priced option, and I’ll be keeping my current email and phone # so you can tell me what you want. I’ll start…
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Kentville Hosts Canada Cup Series

Kentville Hosts Canada Cup Series By Genevieve Allen Hearn This year, Kentville will be hosting a Canada Cup mountain bike event at The Gorge trail on August 4 and 5. Organized by TrailFlow Outdoor Adventures, the event will welcome over 200 racers and run activities for the general public. The Canada Cup series provides competitive opportunities to cyclists transitioning from provincial race series to international competitions. It is hosted by Cycling Canada, and features seven mountain bike events and five downhill events across the country. Ryan Lindh is the co-owner of TrailFlow Outdoor Adventures, a company that creates recreational programming…
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Valley Family Fun: Ten Ways to Get Outside this Season

Valley Family Fun: Ten Ways to Get Outside this Season By Laura Churchill Duke The weather is glorious outside now, and there is no reason you shouldn’t get out to enjoy it. There are so many ways to get outside this season with your family. Here are our top 10 things to do together. Go for a hike. There is a huge list of hikes, and reviews about almost all of them, on the Valley Family Fun website under “Get Moving – Hiking.” There are hikes for all abilities, and stroller and toddler-friendly hikes, too! Play disc golf. Head to…
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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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Grandsons and Mayfly Hatches

Grandsons and Mayfly Hatches By Ed Coleman The following is an excerpt from Ed Coleman’s new book, Gone Fishin’: Fishing Stories of Kings County Nova Scotia, available through the Kings County Museum, Kentville “Like anyone who was almost four years old, Sammy’s first casts with a fly rod were awkward and unsure. By the time he was six, however, my grandson could cast three or four meters of line without my help. While he wasn’t ready to fish a stream, he did a reasonable job in ponds on u-catch trout. Those captive trout in pay-by-pound ponds are ideal for introducing…
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In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events

In Review: Recent News, Happenings, and Events L’Acadie Vineyards’ Prestige Brut Estate 2013 has won silver at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, England. The judges’ comments included a description of the winning wine as having “a floral, apple nose with chalky lemon and creamy pear on the refreshing, mineral palate.” It will be available directly from the winery mid-June. Kentville’s Hardware Gallery is welcoming “Shift Focus,” its third exhibition this season, featuring the work of travel photographer Meghan Bray and artist Justine MacDonald. “We are very pleased to welcome Justine and Meghan to our gallery this month. Their…
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