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Elderdog: 6 Years of Support

Elderdog: 6 Years of Support By Hilary Graham   Elderdog is a national non-profit registered charity, and was started approximately 6 years ago by Dr. Ardra Cole from Lunenburg County. Dr. Cole is a professor at Mount St. Vincent University and assistant dean of education.   Since its beginning, Elderdog has grown to 18 pawds (chapters), including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Alberta. Elderdog relies entirely on fundraising and donations to support our work, and we are 100% volunteer run. There are no fees for any Elderdog supports and services.   Do you know a…
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Chrysalis House’s Big ‘Wish List’ Item

Chrysalis House’s Big ‘Wish List’ Item By Genevieve Allen Hearn   Chrysalis House is at the top of our ‘nice’ list this holiday season. They not only address a very poignant need in the community by providing shelter to women and children fleeing domestic violence, but they do it all in an aging structure that requires substantial repairs and maintenance in order to meet health and safety standards. For Chrysalis House, Santa came early in the form of one million dollars of federal funding from Housing Nova Scotia in October. This is the first step toward their capital campaign for…
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New SPCA Thrift Store in New Minas

New SPCA Thrift Store in New Minas   If you are looking to downsize your home, moving, de-cluttering or have a parent moving into a long term facility and are overwhelmed with finding a place for a home filled with items you need to relocate… donate to the new Kings SPCA Thrift Store, now located at 8759 Commercial Street in New Minas (the former RE-used Resale Co-op Ltd. location).   Your donation will directly impact the lives of companion animals in need in our community and help the Kings SPCA continue to serve those animals.   Courtney Barber is the…
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Featurepreneur: Sip a Cup, Save a Pup!

Featurepreneur: Sip a Cup, Save a Pup! Genevieve Allen Hearn   Rescue Coffee Co. is a business built around a cause.  Roasted in Lakeville, and owned and operated by Wolfville native Claire Vaughan, the organic fair trade coffee company donates 10% of profits to partnering animal rescue organizations. Claire now lives in Moncton (with her pup, of course!) where she runs the business out of her home office. After just two short years on the market, Rescue Coffee can be found in retail stores across five provinces. The Grapevine caught up with Claire to find out what it takes to…
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Best of the Bunch 2017 Survey

It’s that time again! We were excited to get so many responses to our inaugural Best of the Bunch survey last year – so we’re doing it again this year. We love getting suggestions from our readers, so this time you’ll notice a few new categories! For those who submit a survey, one lucky winner will receive a Grapevine tote bag, a Kitchen Party Cookbook by Jenny Osburn and a box of tasty artisanal chocolates! Click here to enter the survey!

ANNUAL FEZZIWIG SHOW WILL BE A TASTY TREAT! Cookie Caper Comes to Festival Theatre

ANNUAL FEZZIWIG SHOW WILL BE A TASTY TREAT! Cookie Caper Comes to Festival Theatre By Mike Butler   ‘Tis the season of friends, family, fun, trimmings, gifts, goodness, and cheer! I love the holiday season for all its busyness and chaos and for all the quiet moments it offers. I also love the incredible number of family shows that happen this time of year. One of my holiday treats is the annual Fezziwig show! Each year (for years) I’ve sat in the audience and watched a slew of adorable local faces grace the stage in beautiful costumes and perform a…
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What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – A Living Gift

What’s growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – A Living Gift Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist   If gift giving is part of your holiday tradition I encourage you to think about offerings that can continue to give all year long. A great choice is to give the gift of a living thing. Plants are generally a better option than puppies and provide some of the same benefits with way less work.   The act of caring for a living entity provides many physical and mental benefits to the caregiver. Individuals who struggle with negative feelings around self-worth can benefit…
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Who’s Who: MATT BALSOR: The Valley’s Country Music Prince

Who’s Who: MATT BALSOR: The Valley’s Country Music Prince By Mike Butler   Growing up was very fun for me. I have a wonderful, supportive family and I can’t remember a time in my life when music didn’t play a huge part in our lives. With the age ranges of my aunts, uncles, sisters, cousins, and grandparents, I was influenced by just about every genre of music. My sisters bombarded me with the 80’s, and aunts and uncles kicked it up a notch with 70’s rock and disco, but it was my parents and my grandparents that introduced me to…
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Mike Uncorked: Al Stewart and The Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company!

Mike Uncorked: Al Stewart and The Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company! By Mike Butler   Driving along the highway, everyone knows and loves the view! Coming over the mountain to see Blomidon, heading into Halifax and seeing the smoke from the Sackville Lumber Mill, and all of the greenery and the waterways of Windsor, make the drive so much more enjoyable. Over the last year, there’s been a new piece of the landscape added and it’s a wonderful addition between exits 9 and 10: The Horton Ridge Malt & Grain Company!   Alan Stewart, the sixth generation farmer from…
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THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS FOR 12th YEAR!

THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS FOR 12th YEAR! Submitted   This year marks the twelfth year that Cadance Academy has staged its annual production of The Nutcracker at Wolfville’s Festival Theatre. With performances on December 9 and 10, this lively and colourful production is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Cadance Academy’s director, Gaea Jess, is looking forward to this year’s show: “I can’t believe this is our twelfth year doing this show! We all work so hard on this production, trying to make improvements that are sure to impress the audiences, but it’s also like a well-oiled machine. I…
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