Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Dinner Out: The Kings Arms’ Burger Wars Burger

Dinner Out: The Kings Arms’ Burger Wars Burger By Scott Campbell My first burger of the 2017 Burger Wars was the entry from Kentville’s Kings Arms pub. One bite in and I was already grieving the fact that this delicious burger was only going to be available for a month. The Kings Arms kitchen folk have created this masterpiece beginning with an 8oz patty of beef and caramelized onion (just think about that for a second). Then they smear it with a sizzling chipotle mayo, add a dollop of sweet roasted corn salsa, and put it all under a perfectly…
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Ron Lightburn at the Berwick & District Library, April 22

Ron Lightburn at the Berwick & District Library, April 22 To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is highlighting a different Canadian author or illustrator for each month of 2017 with #BookClub150. April’s featured storytellers are Sandra and Ron Lightburn of Coldbrook. About Sandra and Ron Lightburn Sandra has written two picture books illustrated by Ron, *Driftwood Cove*  and *Pumpkin People*. Ron illustrated his first children’s picture book, *Waiting for the Whales*, in 1991 and received three national awards including the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration. He went on to illustrate many books, including his most recent,…
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Mike Uncorked: SSG – Support Services Group!

Mike Uncorked: SSG – Support Services Group! By Mike Butler The Valley and beyond is filled with some wonderful organizations that help the less fortunate in our community. We read and hear about many of these organizations but there are some that get lost in the shuffle. Luckily, I have a friend who works for SSG so I’ve been well versed for many years about the superb job this organization does in our community. But many have not heard about them so please take a moment to read this article about Support Services Group. SSG, comparable to other assisted-living organizations,…
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A New Community Park at Wolfville School

A New Community Park at Wolfville School By David Edelstein, Playground Improvement Committee member On the heels of the major renovations to Wolfville School, the parent-led Playground Improvement Committee has unveiled plans for a re-imagined playground space. The “Wolfville School Activity Park” is a comprehensive plan to fill unused space and replace aging play equipment with new facilities and landscaping that will bring greater enjoyment of sports, fitness, and the outdoors to students and the entire community. The new Activity Park is based around three main themes: sport, play, and nature. Soccer court We will replace the bare dirt soccer…
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AVRL News: Let the library help you clean…

AVRL News: Let the library help you clean… By Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator As Spring finally pokes through Winter’s grip, some of us turn to thoughts of cleaning. You might need to tidy up the garden. Or perhaps this is the year you will declutter. Is it time to organize? How about trying “green” cleaning products? A subject search in the library catalogue for “house cleaning” can yield the inspiration you need. There are titles such as Clutter Rehab and Declutter your Life that sound like self-help for the collectors of things. If those seem too much, try The…
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Recipe: Maple Mustard Ham, Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potatoes, & Blueberry Red Cabbage

Recipe: Maple Mustard Ham, Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potatoes, & Blueberry Red Cabbage    By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | www.jennyosburn.com This trio of Easter recipes will make your celebration as colourful as a basket of Easter eggs! Maple Mustard Ham serves 12-16 Maple syrup-making sessions are the earliest and surest signs of spring in sugar shacks around the province. If you don’t make your own, pick up a bottle from Acadian Maple. Meadowbrook Meat Market makes beautiful hams and they’re often on sale around Easter. Leftovers are a very welcome bonus so don’t be afraid to…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Easter Hares

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Easter Hares By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist It’s that time of the year again when rabbits get a lot of attention. If an Easter Bunny visits your home here in Nova Scotia, it’s most likely a Snowshoe hare (Latin: Lepus americanus, Mi’kmaq: apli’kmuj.) Snowshoe hares are amazing creatures that live in the Acadian Forest. They are common throughout North America, however they can be shy and secretive so you may not have seen one. They smartly camouflage themselves with their forest homes by changing colour with the seasons. As the snow…
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Chris Norman Ensemble: Season Finale of the Acadia Performing Arts Series April 8, 2017

Chris Norman Ensemble: Season Finale of the Acadia Performing Arts Series April 8, 2017   The Acadia Performing Arts Series is pleased to present the Chris Norman Ensemble on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30pm at Festival Theatre in Wolfville. This is the Season Finale for the Acadia Performing Arts Series and will feature Celtic music from across the centuries and around the world. The concert is sponsored by Michelin. The performance will feature Chris Norman on flutes, pipes, and vocals; Kris Saebo on bass; and Andy Thurston on guitar and mandola. Chris Norman, aka the Man with the Wooden Flute,…
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Public Engagement, Community Groups, and Civil Society

Public Engagement, Community Groups, and Civil Society By Emily Kathan How do we build community? How do we come to feel at home and invested in the places where we live? Many people think that a lot of this is determined by the kinds of community groups that exist within a given region, province, and nation. These sorts of groups are sometimes referred to as part of something called civil society. Defined as the “third sector” of society (government and business are the other two), civil society is made up of organizations and institutions that further the goals and rights…
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Grapevine on Government: Kentville’s Mayor Sandra Snow “If Citizens Feel Valued They Will Engage and Become Part of the Solution”

Grapevine on Government: Kentville’s Mayor Sandra Snow “If Citizens Feel Valued They Will Engage and Become Part of the Solution” By Emily Kathan Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow was elected in 2016. Previously, she worked in military aviation and currently co-owns a B&B. We asked her to tell us about what got her interested in municipal government, and why she thinks public engagement is important: Grapevine (GV): What is something you’ve learned, or think differently about, since you began working in government? Sandra Snow (SS): There are many pieces in play, and figuring it all out can be a daunting task,…
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