Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

New Wellness Clinic in Kentville: The Healing Station

New Wellness Clinic in Kentville: The Healing StationGenevieve Allen Hearn Main Street Station is certainly shaping up to be quite the service hub in Kentville. You can now drop off your tailoring needs, get a shave and haircut, fill up your cider growler, and then drop by The Healing Station Natural Health Clinic for a massage, or perhaps acupuncture, or a consultation with a naturopath. All these services are offered under one roof by five different health care providers: naturopathic doctor Amy Florian, acupuncturist Sharon Conroy, and registered massage therapists Andrea MacDonald, Tamarah D’Entremont, and Bethany Hayes. Before opening the…
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Keeping Our Community Strong: COVID-19

Keeping Our Community Strong: COVID-19Emily Leeson It is time to be responsible, considerate, and kind with each other — it is time to showcase the very best of what community means in the Annapolis Valley. While there’s been plenty of talk about panic-buying and people stockpiling toilet paper, there are actually plenty of practical things Valley residents can do to help reduce the impact of the pandemic in Nova Scotia. COVID-19 spreads from person to person by way of the droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Those droplets can travel approximately one metre and it appears…
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Dr. Ian Spooner Takes Research Helm of Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre

Dr. Ian Spooner Takes Research Helm of Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science CentreSubmitted Acadia University has announced the appointment of Dr. Ian Spooner as the Director of Research at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. A long-time Acadia researcher and teacher, Dr. Spooner will focus on strategy, planning, and communication to ensure that the Irving Centre and Botanical Gardens continue to be leaders in environmental study. Dr. Spooner has been a professor and leader in Acadia’s Earth and Environmental Science Department for more than 25 years, supervising 30 master’s and 48 honours students to date….
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Devour! and Chimney Chefs for Charity Donate to Local Food Banks

Devour! and Chimney Chefs for Charity Donate to Local Food Banks Devour! The Food Film Fest and the Chimney Chefs for Charity recently donated nearly $4,500 to three regional food banks in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. The funds, which were raised during the 2019 Great Devour! Chicken Dinner and Street Food Rally, were divided equally amongst the Fundy Food Bank, the Canning and Area Food Bank, and the Wolfville Area Food Bank. “It’s important to us that Devour! gives back to the community while also offering something for everyone at the festival,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour!. “From…
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Art Spot: Hannah Paton of Lighthouse Fibre Studio

Art Spot: Hannah Paton of Lighthouse Fibre Studio Hannah Paton’s weavings are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of March. In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself:I’m a textile artist living in Halifax. I moved here in 2008 to study English at the University of King’s College, and after graduating I decided to take some classes at NSCAD University. I graduated with my BFA in textiles and fashion in 2019. What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I’m a weaver. I initially studied photography at NSCAD, but…
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Look! A New Book!

Look! A New Book!By Hilary Drummond Summer FeetBy Sheree Fitch with illustrations by Carolyn FisherForthcoming in Spring 2020Poetry; picture book (ages 3-7)Nimbus Publishing, HalifaxHardcover: $22.95 Have you had enough of winter? Are you starting to dream of longer, warmer days? Is it time to put away the snow pants and woolly socks, and get ready to feel the sweet green grass or sun-warmed sand between your toes? Nimbus Publishing has the perfect antidote to the lingering winter blues: Summer Feet by beloved children’s book author Sheree Fitch, forthcoming in spring 2020. Many of you probably remember Fitch’s early books, like Toes in My…
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Sofa to Safety: Raising Awareness of Youth Homelessness in the Valley

Sofa to Safety Raising Awareness of Youth Homelessness in the Valley By Kelly McGregor Watch the streets and in front of local establishments across the Annapolis Valley over the next month for a bright yellow sofa. The Portal Youth Outreach Association is doing a series of pop-ups to bring awareness and education around the issue of youth homelessness in the Annapolis Valley and their need for more host homes. The couch highlights the fact that youth homelessness most often looks like couch surfing. The Portal’s last survey indicated that there are 60+ youth at risk or experiencing homelessness in the…
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Don’t Dress for Dinner: Fast-Paced Farce Hits CentreStage

Don’t Dress for Dinner:Fast-Paced Farce Hits CentreStageMike Butler Laughter makes the winter blues disappear, it’s a well-known fact! If you are suffering from the cold, sleety, slushy downtime of the winter, it’s time to put some pep in your step and laugh until you hurt. Coming off the heels of their comedy Wild Women of Winedale, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is jumping into another comedy. Don’t Dress for Dinner is a fast-paced, rapid-fire, laugh-fest that’s been keeping its cast and crew in stitches through months of rehearsals. I am proud member of the troupe and it’s been almost too much to handle in…
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Wolfville’s Climate Action Circle

Wolfville’s Climate Action CircleSubmitted While it may have been the United Nations Secretary General who called climate change “the defining issue of our time,” the sentiment definitely resonates locally in Wolfville. The town has a strong culture of civic engagement and environmental sustainability. Still, it is always a pleasant surprise to see the community room at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market fill up every Monday night at 7pm, with folks arriving to attend the weekly Climate Action Circle meeting. Wolfville’s Climate Action Circle is the brainchild of Emily LeGrand, a long-time resident of the Annapolis Valley. As the end of the…
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Who’s Who: Jeff Kelly

Who’s Who:Jeff Kelly: Superhuman!Mike Butler I rang in the New Year at The Church Brewing Company, Wolfville, and then a few days later, at The Church again, I celebrated the 50th birthday of Julie Skaling, who organized a silent auction-casino night fundraiser for the Flower Cart, New Minas. At the helm of the Flower Cart is Executive Director Jeff Kelly, and this pretty amazing man has been making lots of news lately, so why not have a little feature here in The Grapevine too? The fundraiser was a grand success, thanks to The Church lending their space, the many organizers, and of…
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