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Locals in Good Taste

Halifax, N.S. – The 2009 Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards were announced on Thursday, November 5 at The Prince George Hotel in Halifax. Award recipients represent innovation and expertise in the industry and are committed to improving business and promoting culinary excellence in Nova Scotia. “The Prestige Awards are an opportunity to recognize our Taste members and their accomplishments… a chance to celebrate the best in our province,” says Janice Ruddock, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia. Three Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards to highlight: • Taste of Nova Scotia Member of the Year – Michael Howell,…
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The Wonderful World of Dissocia

Acadia Theatre Company presents The Wonderful World of Dissocia, written by Anthony Neilson, directed by Robert Seale, November 12-15 and 17-22, 2009. Lisa Jones is on a journey.  It’s a colourful and exciting trip in search of one lost hour that has tipped the balance of her life. The inhabitants of Lisa’s parallel universe – Dissocia – are a curious blend of the funny, the friendly and the brutal.  Questions are raised and perceptions challenged as to how society deals with psychosis. As Neilson himself puts it, “If you like Alice in Wonderland but there’s not enough sex and violence…
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Gaspereau Valley Spring, Continued.

In early June, I wrote an article about the popular roadside spring located in the Gaspereau Valley that many people use as a source of drinking water.  At that time, I asked if anyone would be interested in getting the water tested to ensure that it was safe to drink.  Well, a lot of people were interested.  I was contacted by at least a dozen people who use the water and wanted to see tests carried out.  The article also caught the eye of Cliff Stanley.  Dr. Stanley is a professor at Acadia in the Department of Earth and Environmental…
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Who’s Who – Hilary Drummond

This time out, the Who’s Who section goes international as we catch up with Valley native Hilary Drummond who recently returned to her roots for a visit and has some dreams for the future about coming home for good. Now living in Paris, France, Hilary says that during the last couple of weeks in Wolfville, she can’t walk very far without running into someone she knows. “I really feel a sense of place here,” she says. The former Central Kings student said that during her vacation she has achieved her goals of swimming, bonfires on the beach, impromptu musical gatherings…
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Mud Creek Days Wrap-Up

Mud Creek, the original name of Wolfville, was changed around 1828-1830. One explanation for the amendment is that Elisha DeWolfe Jr’s nieces were embarrassed from telling their friends where they were from. In contrast, after a successful week of Mud Creek events (July 19th-26th), today’s residents can certainly remain proud of who we are. In terms of community and business participation, although things can always be stronger (you can say that about everything can’t you?), involvement was notably greater than in recent years. Mudley, the town mascot, wanted a birthday cake for his 116th year and he received over 20…
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Festival & Benefit

The world lost a great talent, a great spirit, a great person, when Sheila Morrison passed away on April 24, 2009. In the short time since her arrival here in the fall of 2005 Sheila left her mark on this vibrant community.  Our rich local art scene motivated and inspired her and, in turn, her creativity, energy, ideas, and good humour inspired others.  As a passionate advocate, patron and champion of creative pursuits, her many contributions and initiatives were helping to make our remarkable town that much richer. Sheila loved and supported movies, the written word, live theatre and, at…
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A Rising Tide

Shiver me timbers! Tidal power developments are happening swiftly at this point; at least as far as the test facility goes. NS Power plans to deploy their Irish-built, OpenHydro turbine in October. Minas Basin Pulp & Power say they plan to have their test facility cable-ready as early as next summer. Scientists continue to probe the ecology of the area. And fishers look apprehensively at it, knowing the Bay can only take so much industry before further reducing their catch. There’s been no significant ‘ground-truthing’, a term used by scientists expressing what the baseline data of an area is —the…
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View from the Dykes

Something exciting was happening up at The Lorax this past weekend. For two days over a hundred people came together to share in discussions and to participate in workshops surrounding food, lifestyle and sustainability. It is the second year of the New Farmers Gathering and by all accounts it was a great success. It was only last year that I started growing my own food. Not in any great capacity as the garden space I am using is fairly modest. But it was enough to experience firsthand what it was like to plant a seed and watch it grow. And…
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Here We Are

This winter I moved to Ottawa. I figured it was a good place to find employment and start a career. After a few weeks, I found myself in an outside parking lot, valeting cars in the middle of January, in the heart of the city, in the midst of a bus strike. In between the crazy rushes, I did have chances to look up at the skyscrapers through the falling snow and try to imagine myself being one of those busy people battling the rat race. I didn’t stay out there for long. I asked myself what gave me the…
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Countin’ Quarters

Front cover of the new Hupman Brothers CD. Inside there’s some incredible acoustic and electric music It’s been brewing for a few months now. Initially I heard only whisperings. Then I met Ian Sherwood, “Up on the Ridge”, at the Hupman’s Place. He was there to lay down some saxophone tracks. I heard, for the first time, a few tracks of their upcoming new CD: “Countin’ Quarters”. There are Hammond and fiddle sounds, double bass and some (un)real electricity. Now the disc is all that’s a-playin’ at our house. A couple of years ago, when their first CD came out,…
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