Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Provincial and National Volunteer Awards

Provincial and National Volunteer Awards Every April, during National Volunteer Week, the Province of Nova Scotia celebrates volunteers nominated by organizations and communities at the Provincial Volunteer Awards. Do you know someone who goes above and way beyond the call of duty to help others? Do you know an outstanding volunteer who deserves recognition? Nominate them for a Provincial Volunteer Award! You can nominate a volunteer in the following categories: Representative Volunteer Award, Youth Volunteer Award, and Family Volunteer Award. The website is now live: Deadline for all nominations and submissions is February 24, 2017, at midnight.

Who’s Who: Allan Billard, Nova Scotia Proud

Who’s Who: Allan Billard, Nova Scotia Proud By Mike Butler Welcome to 2017! Here’s to another wonderful year of adventures and fun. 2016 was an exciting year for me as a “journalist” getting to meet and write about some amazing people who live here in the Valley and beyond. I’m looking forward to what 2017 brings my way including those community-minded folks who end up in this column. Allan Billard’s name came my way late in 2016 for a profile but I decided to hang onto it until the New Year as a way to kick off the 2017 crop…
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Local Hams Test Their Operating Skills

Local Hams Test Their Operating Skills By Al Penney Members of the Kings County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) gathered over the holiday period to test their operating skills in an international contest. Also known as Hams, Amateur Radio enthusiasts communicate around the world using a wide variety of frequencies and techniques. Sponsored by Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the national amateur radio organization of Canada, the RAC winter contest took place on the weekend of December 16-17. It is a fun event that encourages Canadian amateurs to contact other amateurs across Canada and around the world, and to wish them…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness In the December 15 issue of The Grapevine we posted a memorial to our gone girl. On December 24, there was a knock at our darkened front door. I could only make out a silhouette of someone standing there. I opened to find a total stranger, a middle aged woman with short gray hair and a tender smile holding forth an envelope. She said “I read about the passing of your Sophie”, as she handed me a sympathy card signed “Linda and Woody” (her and her Dog – no last name, no contacts) turning a very…
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Best of the Bunch Survey

We all know that this valley is filled with fantastic restaurants, great shops, beautiful places to visit, and friendly folks. Now we want you to spin through that rolodex in your mind of great experiences, pick your favourites, and have your say in who we shower with love, attention, and the glory of being: The Best of the Bunch! For those who submit a survey, one lucky winner will receive a special Annapolis Valley Gift Basket Extraordinaire! Click here to enter the survey!

Christmas Reading

Christmas Reading By Emily Leeson & Hilary Drummond Choosing the perfect tree, hanging the stockings, untangling twinkle lights, madly rushing around town in search of the perfect gift – the holidays are all about making and partaking in traditions. Some are easier than others. In the midst of trying to make a yule-log that doesn’t collapse under its own weight, or convincing a toddler that they DO want a photograph with that strange-looking man named Santa, one of the most rewarding family traditions is sometimes overlooked: reading… together! Cuddling up with that special Christmas story, something new or something cherished…
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A Selection of Local Ways to Give

Give Time   Open Arms, Kentville  Open Arms is a community-supported registered charity made up of a network of about 300 volunteers from Hantsport to Bridgetown. Initially established in 2004 as a Community Chaplaincy/Advocacy for people in need, Inn From The Cold now operates from seven local churches and has provided emergency shelter for approximately 1200 individuals over the past twelve years. From the Open Arms Resource Centre (32 Cornwallis St., Kentville), Drop-in/Outreach Program in Berwick and Kingston, they manage numerous outreach programs. Interested in volunteering or donating? Visit The Kings SPCA  The Nova Scotia SPCA is recognized as…
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The Crowdsourcer

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. TItle: The Valley Advent Calendar in support of Chrysalis House Website: Description: How it works is by having local businesses donate prizes which are revealed each day through the month, from December 1st to the 24th. People will donate through an online fund setup on and the full amount, minus the fees from GoFundMe, will go to Chrysalis House. As a thank you, for every $5 a person donates they will get a chance to win the full set of prizes which were donated. At…
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Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate

Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook, available at retailers throughout the Annapolis Valley. She’s currently hard at work testing recipes for “Holiday Cooking in Jenny’s Nova Scotia Kitchen”, due out next November. Find lots more recipes at This year my friends and I will be resurrecting a holiday tradition we’ve set aside for a few years: a Cookie Exchange. It’s pretty lovely to have an excuse to get together in the busy weeks of December and share family favourites with one another. There’s a lot of…
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Kids Way Back When

Kids Way Back When Date: Circa 1914 Materials: Paper Marks/Label: Printed on front: Wolfville Girls Hockey Team ’14. Kids have been playing hockey in Nova Scotia since at least around 1800. In his 1844 book The Attaché, also known as  Slick in England, Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton wrote, “you boys let out racin’, yelpin’, hollerin’ and whoopin’ like mad with pleasure; and the playground, and the game at bass (base) in the fields or hurley on the long pond on the ice, or campin’ out a-night at Chester lakes to fish.” Haliburton had attended Kings College School in Windsor, Nova…
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