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The Fracking Issue

EDITOR’S UPDATE “I now have very little appetite to participate in such a discussion in the Grapevine, especially given the cartoon that was presented in the last issue. ‘Fracking’ is clearly not an issue that your newspaper is interested in dispassionately discussing (note that the cartoon in the last issue was not labelled as an editorial, which it clearly was, and so you failed your readership on that one).“   Of all the feedback from the February 6th issue, the statement above from an Acadia professor spoke to us the loudest. Our decision to run an anti-fracking cartoon strip from…
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Lisa Boheme and Kevin Hernandez

Well, I’ve hooked another COUPLE for Who’s Who… these profiles are so much fun to write because I get to learn about TWO people, instead of just one, who have established themselves in our community. And this couple certainly has left their mark… well, a hole actually…. A Donut Hole! Lisa Boheme and her husband/partner Kevin Hernandez have become a sweet retreat at the Farmer’s Market lately, selling their Mortiscycle donuts. But before we get to that, let’s find out a bit more about each of them, shall we? Lisa is originally from La Jolla, California and lived in Victoria,…
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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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