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A Quick Chat with Jake & Miranda

What do you specialize In? Toys, games, and puzzles for kids of all ages and abilities. Helping young minds develop through creative play. Are you participating in the Icewine Festival and what’s your favourite Icewine? We’ll be attending as participants for the first time this year. We love being tourists in our own town and taking in these special events. As for a favourite…we’ll let you know! What’s Inquisitive’s best current deal or offer? Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles! We have lots in stock and more on the way for those cold winter nights. Also, we have some fun overstock…
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HERE AND AWAY: Wine Sales

By Pamela Swanigan Canadian figures are from 2011. North America calculates volume in case sales (a case being equivalent to 9L of wine), Europe in hectolitres (a hectolitre being 100 litres). I have converted both of these metrics to litres. Nova Scotia: Winery revenue: $2.9 million. Litres sold: 5.9 million British Columbia: Winery revenue: $333 million. Litres sold: 35.1 million Quebec: Winery revenue: $160 million. Litres sold: 41.4 million Ontario: Winery revenue: $531 million. Litres sold: 63 million Canada: Winery revenue: $1.2 billion. Litres sold: 164.7 million Washington State: Winery revenue: $1 billion. Litres sold: 112.5 million California: Winery revenue:…
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Elsa Hodder

By Mike Butler Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome to the first Who’s Who profile of the year. I have wanted to write about Elsa Hodder since first encountering her during The Little Princess. Elsa had the lead role (I had one scene) and her talent blew me away. She could sing, act, and dance beautifully and she was only a young teenager at the time. Her maturity and elegance would have you believe she is in her 20s.  I mean seriously, describe her and try not to use the word statuesque… it’s impossible. She’s done more in the last five…
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IN REVIEW: Recent Events, Happenings and News

By Emily Leeson According to Donna Holmes, the Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner held on Christmas Day was a huge success. Says Holmes, “Wolfville people from all walks of life jam-packed the Lion’s Hall for a yummy xmas dinner full of chatting and music and laughter.   I knew so many people there, that it took me almost as long to get to my seat (exchanging greetings with people along the way) as it did to actually eat my dinner!  Can’t wait to do it again next year!” On January 1, the Youcaring.com Fundraising Campaign: Our Hero Luke Needs a Lift…
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THE FORK AND FARM CLUB

by Emily Leeson With a mandate to promote and support local farms by educating Acadia and the public on the importance of purchasing locally grown foods, the Fork and Farm Club isn’t wasting a moment of time. This winter, Acadia students from the club will be growing herbs and vegetables in the greenhouse at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre. The activities of the group are varied, but this represents their biggest endeavor so far. Says, Shelby Farmer, Club President, “We are experimenting with indoor grown vegetables. We began the process by germinating seeds in the Propagation room in the…
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WHAT’S GROWING AT THE HARRIET IRVING BOTANICAL GARDENS: CRANBERRY

If you’ve walked Acadia’s Woodland Trails in the winter you’ve likely noticed the striking red berries of the Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus). This tall shrub is a cranberry only in name. It’s not a member of the Heath family like our true native cranberries; it belongs to the Honeysuckle family. Highbush cranberry is a great native shrub to plant in home gardens. The clusters of red berries provide food for birds in the fall and winter and the large white blossoms attract butterflies in the summer.  Take a hike on the Woodland Trails and see if you can spot the red…
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CONSUMER DEBT

By Pamela Swanigan Here are the average amounts of household debt. Figures in parentheses are percentage change from 2013 to 2014. Atlantic provinces: $64,120 (+36%) Quebec: $59,805 (+5%) Ontario: $67,507 (-12%) British Columbia: $99,834 (+26%) Alberta: $124,838 (+40%) Manitoba and Saskatchewan: $82,100 (-17%) Canada: $76,140 (+6%). Overall, Canadians’ debts are equivalent to 162.6% of their annual disposable income. United States (2012): USD$75,600 (average household income $84,300) United Kingdom: £54,000 (CDN$97,740; +100% from 2003) Russia (2013): USD$15,000 per person (2013 average income $7,500) China (2012): USD$1,737 (average income USD$10,000) Qatar (2013): USD$143,000 (+260% from 2004; average household income USD$239,000) Ireland (2012): £38,938 per person…
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Heart-shaped Balloon

Recently I took my grandchildren to Halifax Airport to meet their Dad, who commutes between Grand Prairie Alberta and the Valley. On the way my granddaughter insisted that we should buy him a heart-shaped helium balloon.  Returning home, we stopped for lunch at a McDonalds in Dartmouth.  It was a windy day and, inevitably, as the car door opened, the balloon was sucked out leaving a wailing 5 year-old watching her balloon disappear into the clouds.  After lunch, while walking back to the car, a stranger appeared clutching a replacement balloon which he had bought after witnessing my granddaughter’s despair. …
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Mrs. Claus

I can’t believe the year has flown by this fast. It’s already time again for my Special Christmas Who’s Who! This year I took a trip to the North Pole and sat down with a very special lady – Mrs. Claus – to chat about Christmas, life, love, and of course, swap Christmas baking recipes because who better to swap with… am I right? Going to the North Pole is always intimidating, a bit scary (as I don’t travel very much) and very cold, but the rewards are worth it. I was greeted with open arms and a cup of…
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The Box of Delights BOOK REVIEWS

Your local independent bookshop is pleased to offer a wide variety of cards, prints, journals, sketchbooks, calendars, agendas, puzzles, games, and other printed matter. This is the last week to make your special orders in time for Christmas, so don’t forget: a book is a gift that can be opened again and again! The Night Before Christmas Nikolai Gogol “The day of Christmas Eve ended, and the night began, cold and clear.” In the way of most fairytales, the original Night Before Christmas is darker and more disturbing than the sweet nursery rhyme we all know. This new translation of…
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