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Doug Lutz: A Lawyer With Appeal

It was December 2009 and I had this teeny tiny little part in a play called Brand New Year, directed by Kerri Leier. I was called in about two weeks before the show opened to fill in for someone, and I was terrified. I hadn’t been on stage in over 10 years, and the talented people at rehearsal were so intimidating I wanted to turn around and walk out of the room. The troupe was great to work with, but one adult in particular graciously welcomed me and made me feel right at home. I didn’t realize at the time that he was…
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Tanya Owen: Pillow Talk

Shortly after the Il Dolce Far Niente Espresso Bar opened on Elm Avenue in Wolfville, a lady dropped off some beautiful decorative pillows to us. The pillows, one bearing the company insignia and the other showing our signature coffee mug and saucer plating, have been displayed on the comfy red couch since drop-off and have been a huge hit with patrons. They caught my eye instantly when I walked into work on the day they arrived. This lady’s gesture was a spur-of-the-moment way to welcome us to Wolfville and it was very much appreciated. The comments we receive about the…
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Valley Photo-A-Day Challenge

Imagine yourself on a cold winter morning. Your hands are warming up because your favourite mug is steaming with some of the best coffee you’ve ever tasted. A subtle smile crosses your face as you look up to admire the super-cool, hand-letterpressed poster positioned perfectly on your wall… Well that could be you! Play along with our Daily Photo Challenge for your chance to win a freshly roasted bag of North Mountain Coffee + a beautiful letterpress poster designed by Laura MacDonald. Read on for the details. The Valley has finally embraced Instagram! Well, maybe not the whole Valley, but…
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Holly Silver: Kentville’s Silver Lining!

I am a Kentville boy, born and raised! Yes Wolfville is where I now live and I love it with all my  heart but Kentville is my birthplace and I still root for that town and all its treasures. And I have recently found another Kentville treasure: Holly Silver! Holly, like me, is a lifelong resident of the Valley, growing up on her family’s Aylesford farm. She still lives in and loves the Valley because of the wonderful people and beautiful scenery.  She says, “I enjoy being so close to the water – the shore is a great place to relax…
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Jack Frost: A Mag-NIP-icent Guy!

I was walking to work last week, dressed in head to toe winter wear, and everything was warm and toasty except my nose and my cheeks. I arrived at work, entered the warmth of the café, and suddenly felt that weird, tingling sensation in my extended body parts as they began to thaw. I’ve seen the freaky fernlike pattern on the windshields of cars, the sharp white crispness on the grass in the morning and lately, at night; my toes have been extra chilled. This could only mean that Jack Frost is up to his usual winter tricks! I decided…
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Lola Osborne-Gidney: The Wind Beneath The WIGS!

I met her through email from my friend Jocelyn.  She’s an image consultant with a pretty grin. Her name is LOLA…  L-O-L-A  LOLA!  I have wanted to do a Who’s Who on a person named Lola for a long time JUST so I can start my intro that way! What a wonderful lady you’re about to read up on. Lola Osborne-Gidney is originally from Quebec. She moved here 19 years ago. Family is very important to her, so Nova Scotia is a great fit: one of Lola’s brothers is handy, and Lola’s parents moved here seven years ago. She is…
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Tanis McPhail: The Spicy Herbalist!

The bare facts I knew about Tanis McPhail before writing this article were: She has a beautiful voice, long flowing hair and dresses, a great laugh, a beautiful smile, a quick wit and a beautiful soul. I knew that there was nothing negative, nothing unpleasant and nothing unkind about her. This was a pretty good start, but—I’m nosey, so here’s more! Tanis McPhail is originally from PEI, where the mud is as red as her locks. But with a dad in the military and a mother with wanderlust, she didn’t have a place to call home until she settled in…
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Caleb Miles: Waltzing For Miles!

Well, this makes THREE musicians in a row for my Who’s Who column. I hope my readers don’t feel this is something I chose to do: trust me, I didn’t. But it just so happens that three very talented musicians had lots to say to me these past few weeks. These three come from different backgrounds and have different ambitions, different music styles and very different personalities. They do, however, share a common talent: creating music and entertaining audiences. I am very pleased to complete my trifecta with this great guy. Caleb Miles is his name and playing music is…
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Mark Riley: The Man with the Bands!

This man has got me singing the blues and singing his praises! Ladies and gentleman, Mark Riley! Mark Riley was born into a very musical family, just outside of Dartmouth, in Lake Loon.  Mark’s dad, now almost 80, has been singing and playing guitar in church and gospel groups since he was a young man. Mark, along with his nine brothers and sisters, grew up singing in choirs, gospel groups, and family sing-songs. Those musical roots eventually took him and his talent to Toronto, where he played music with a few bands and was featured in a film for the…
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Johanne McInnis: Hitting ALL the Right Notes!

How do you sum up a person and their amazing talents in a small article like this? This is the question I ask myself every time I sit down to write a profile. The answer is, I can’t! All I can do is pique some interest in, paint half a picture of, and offer a small taste of the people I write about. Johanne McInnis is a very talented musician and promoter of the arts. Let’s see if I hit the right notes with her profile. Johanne J. McInnis was born and raised in Quebec, 10 minutes from the Old…
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