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ROBERT LEE: The General Consultant

(Huge apologies to Lucas White, Robert Lee and Mike Butler from Grapevine staff for getting the names mixed up on this issue’s Who’s Who due to an unfortunate combination of a technical flaw and over-exhaustion ) Well, writing this Who’s Who is going to make a colonoscopy seem like a light-hearted treasure hunt. I am kidding of course! Part of that first sentence was the opening of a play I did a few years back called The Long Weekend by Norm Foster, a delightful comedy about two couples who swap truth, lies and each other over the course of two…
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Thank You, Random Stranger

In an absentminded stupor, I accidentally left my wallet on the top of my car while pumping gas. In it was a substantial amount of cash, as well as every ID I owned, and my residency card.  Several hours later in a panic, I retraced my steps, but no wallet. I finally went to the police station. Lo and behold, some random honest stranger had brought my wallet back, with its contents full and untouched! I wanted to offer a reward, but they left no information. Thank you random stranger, you reminded me that there are plenty of good and…
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Some Novel Ideas for the Months Ahead!

Faithful readers of my column, as well as friends and family, all know that this is my favourite time of the year.  I love the autumn – its colors, its general feel, and its journey into the winter months where we get to have toasty fires, hot beverages, and snowy afternoons filled with long movies and great books.  I love literature and promoting stellar reading material.  For as long as I am on this planet, reading will not become a forgotten pastime. This article might seem seasonally early but you have to admit, that on these cold mornings, it’s beginning…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Opens September 20 with Duo Turgeon

The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Duo Turgeon on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm at Festival Theatre (504 Main St, Wolfville). The concert is presented by Michelin Canada. Canadian pianists Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon have been performing professionally since 1996. Critically acclaimed as one of the top piano duos of our time, the Turgeons have given hundreds of performances, including the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and the Weill Recital Hall in New York. Recent engagements include a repeat visit to the San Francisco International Music Festival and a U.S. State Department Fulbright-sponsored visit to Europe for special performances and masterclasses….
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Butternut Squash Soup

Working in the herb garden this past weekend, I came across my planting of sage.  Waiting patiently all summer.  Now with the cooler nights upon us, a hearty warming bowl of butternut squash soup is in order….garnished with, as you may have guessed, fresh sage. Ingredients 1 large butternut squash (3 ½ lbs) 2 cups onion – diced medium 2 cups diced carrots – diced medium 1 cup celery – sliced 5 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaves 1 can coconut milk Salt White pepper 2 tbsp Lemon juice ½ cup maple syrup ¼ cup fresh chopped sage Method Pre-heat…
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LUCAS WHITE: Minding Some Business!

Lucas White approached me for a Who’s Who profile recently. I have met many eager people in this line of journalism but no one quite like Lucas. Lucas was so prompt with his emails and diligent about getting the word out about his new business adventures that I was shocked at how quickly this all came together for this issue. This industrious attitude that Lucas possesses is, no doubt, what fuels his latest career endeavor. Here’s the colorful tale of Lucas White. Lucas White is a local boy, raised here in Wolfville. His father and mother both moved here at…
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Landscape of Grand Pré

Over the next few months, the Landscape of Grand Pré Society will be implementing a wayfinding program to guide visitors and residents to destinations within the Landscape of Grand Pré World Heritage Site. The wayfinding plan, including a new brandmark, was developed this past winter.  The first signs to be installed will be those on Highway #101, approaching Exit 10 from the east and the west. Over the coming months arrival signs for the Landscape of Grand Pré will be installed on Highway #1. There will also be points-of-interest signs at key destinations as well as directional signs to guide…
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Return of the Piggy-bank

A few days ago, we were cleaning out our basement and getting rid of a few items that we didn’t need anymore. With students arriving in town and setting up their own apartments, it seemed like the perfect time to put a few things out on the end of our driveway in hopes that someone passing by might want to give our giveaways a new home. Included in the mix was a small piggy-bank that had been hanging around us through various moves but had never made it out of the moving boxes. Though apparently not to our taste, we…
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HERE AND AWAY: Education levels

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Nova Scotia: High School graduation or less – 36%. College diploma – 23%. University degree – 23%. Manitoba: High School graduation or less – 43%. College diploma – 19%. University degree – 23%. Ontario: High School graduation or less – 35%. College diploma – 23.5%. University degree – 29%. Nunavut: High School graduation or less – 58%. College diploma – 17%. University degree – 13%. British Columbia: High School graduation or less – 35%. College diploma – 20%. University degree – 27%. Newfoundland: High School graduation or less – 41%. College diploma – 24%. University degree – 16%. Minnesota: High…
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Give Luke a Lift

Help our hero Luke Sanford get the LIFT he deserves.  Luke is hoping to raise enough funds to purchase a wheelchair lift that will give him access to his family’s van. Luke does not have a specific diagnosis but has significant physical and developmental needs. He has used a wheelchair since he was a preschooler.  Luke is non-verbal as well as deaf.  He has taught himself to read lips and uses a combination of picture symbols, and simple signs and gestures, to communicate. Luke has had a profound influence on many individuals of all ages. He has been a life-changer…
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