Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Welcome NSCC Students!

Welcome NSCC Students! Whether this is your first year at NSCC Kingstec or you are a returning student, welcome. Much like the college you have chosen, Kentville has a great deal to offer in terms of recreation, fitness, spiritual, retail, banking, and health and wellness services. The Town of Kentville offers a full slate of recreational and fitness opportunities. Drop in to Town Hall and the Recreation Department or check out our website at kentville.ca for a full schedule of events or equipment available for loan. The town will be hosting one of the Canada Cup Mountain Bike races at…
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80th World’s Fair in Tremont

80th World’s Fair in Tremont Saturday, September 2 This family-friendly agricultural event is not to be missed. Admission to the grounds is $5.00 and children under 12 enter for free. Here are a few highlights planned for the Saturday, September 2: – Horse and Oxen Pulls All Day – 9:30am: Children’s Parade – 9:30am: Light Horse Classes 9:00am (Horse Ring) – 10:30am: Pets Judging – 10:30am: Cattle Judging ( Cattle Ring) – Dinner will be served from 11:30am to 1:00pm: Adults $10.00; Children $5.00 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm: Live entertainment – 4:00pm: Men’s, Ladies & Youth Cross Cut – Supper…
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Double Featurepreneur – Revitalization of Cornwallis Inn

Double Featurepreneur – Revitalization of Cornwallis Inn By Genevieve Allen Hearn You’ll be noticing a lot more beards and plaid around the Cornwallis Inn these days. What was once considered one of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in Canada, the Cornwallis Inn has seen many redevelopments since 1929. Recently there has been a push to fill the vacant commercial spaces and bring life to the landmark building once again. ENVE Hair and Tir na nOg Dance Academy have moved in and Pauline’s Golden Thread Tailor Shop has moved to the west end of the building with storefront windows. Cornwallis Inn…
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Who’s Who: Dr. Peter Ricketts: The New Mr. Acadia!

Who’s Who: Dr. Peter Ricketts: The New Mr. Acadia! By Mike Butler Although I loved my summer vacation, I was one of those kids who was more excited about the return to school after the summer. I got to see my friends, learn new things, and school was always fun for me. In Wolfville, with the university, it’s always a treat to see the students hustle back into town and “take over” for the school year. There are new faces, cultures, experiences, and new friendships to be made with the latest school year commencing.To welcome the students back at Acadia,…
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Dinner Out: Dinner with Award-Winning Winemaker, Patrick Cantieni

Dinner Out: Dinner with Award-Winning Winemaker, Patrick Cantieni By Scott Campbell If you’ve read any of my articles before, you’ll know that I usually write about amazing culinary adventures I’ve had in restaurants here in the Valley and abroad. For this article I’m going to write about something a little different – I’m going to write about a meal I was invited to at a private home. After all, when Patrick Cantieni, an award-winning wine maker, invites you to dinner at his home and you happen to know his partner, Devon Koeller, is an accomplished cook in her own right,…
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Found in the Valley: Grassroots Food Waste Organization Expanding Efforts in Annapolis Valley

Found in the Valley: Grassroots Food Waste Organization Expanding Efforts in Annapolis Valley Submitted For Co-Director Lindsay Clowes, branching the work of FOUND Forgotten Food into the Valley from Halifax is common sense, considering she recently moved out of the city to start a new position at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. “I’m spending most of my time in the Valley now, so it naturally followed that I would want to seek members in the community to organize a local volunteer group” she says.  Clowes is spearheading the search for FOUND volunteers in the Valley.   FOUND Forgotten Food is an…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Spruce from Near and Afar

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Spruce from Near and Afar By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist As beautiful as the Norway Spruce Forest in Acadia’s Woodland Trails appears to be, biologically it’s not as beautiful as it could be.  It lacks the diversity that is essential to a balanced and healthy environment. Norway spruce (picea abies) is native to Europe and is listed as an invasive species in many regions outside of its range. Norway spruce is a dominant species that grows rapidly in its early years, growing as much as three feet per year for the…
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Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art

Opening the Vaults: Acadia University Art Gallery: Evangeline: History and Re-Imagining in Art By Alexandra Pulchny, Acadia University Art Gallery Collections and Outreach Assistant The history of the Acadian people in Nova Scotia has been integral to Nova Scotia’s culture and heritage since the 17th century. Grand-Pré, just 5.8km from the Acadia University campus, is a central place for Acadian identity.  While the history of the site is what sparks most interest, there is also a significant figure who brings many people to Grand-Pré and has encouraged interest in Acadian culture: Evangeline. The heroine however, is a literary creation. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem…
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Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local!

Who’s Who: Karissa Fraser: A Knead to Know Local! By Mike Butler A few months ago I emceed the MOMFEST event at the Louis Millet Centre in New Minas. This event is a very special thing here in the valley where mothers can go and visit information booths and attend workshops on various topics pertaining to motherhood, raising a child, and health and wellness, while interacting with other mothers and sharing stories and experiences about raising children. The event also features extracurricular activities the valley has to offer for moms and their children. I met a slew of interesting business…
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Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education!

Mike Uncorked: John Smith Rides for Education! By Mike Butler John Smith is a pretty familiar face to the Valley. I’ve known John for a few years and I’m so proud to have shared the stage with him about half a dozen times. He’s friendly, outgoing, family and community-minded, and a great friend (and co-star!) and John is part of a pretty awesome project that I want to share with you. But first a little bit about the man behind it: John Howard Smith, proudly named for his two grandfathers, was born and raised in Nova Scotia. John joined the…
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