Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Acadia Research: Plastic Consumption by Waterfowl

Acadia Research: Plastic Consumption by Waterfowl By Erika Holland, BScH MSc (candidate) I am a second year MSc student at Acadia University researching plastic ingestion by waterfowl found in Canada. When I started my research a year ago, there was no information available on plastic ingestion by freshwater birds, in contrast to the wealth of information for seabirds. Since the 1960s, studies have found plastics in the stomachs of many seabirds. In 2015, 56% of seabird species ingested plastic, and current estimates suggest that, without major changes, 99% of all seabird species will be ingesting plastics by 2050. These high…
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Holiday Gift Guide By Laura Churchill Duke

Holiday Gift Guide By Laura Churchill Duke, valleyfamilyfun.ca This Christmas, why not give a homemade gift? There are a lot of places you can go for kids to make something themselves. Start with the Clayground Studio in Wolfville! Kids can make a painted pottery piece, or older kids can try a fusible glass craft. Be sure to check the dates beforehand to find out when the last day is that the pottery will be prepared before Christmas! The Firefly Makery, located in Bridgetown, is a store that promotes local crafters and artists from the Valley. A variety of workshops are…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – The Language of Flowers

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – The Language of Flowers By Melanie Priesnitz Gifting plants and flowers has long been a tradition for a myriad of occasions. We give bouquets and potted plants in times of joy and sorrow, for celebration, and for commiseration. My favourite bouquets are the ones that hold special meaning. They are the ones collected by my partner who arrives home late and muddy because he stopped on the side of the road and fell in the ditch to reach the roadside daisies that he knows I love. They are the ones gathered…
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Acadia’s English Language Centre Looking for Homestay Hosts

Acadia’s English Language Centre Looking for Homestay Hosts By Sharon Churchill Roe, English Language Centre Acadia University’s English Language Centre is looking for homestays to host students in their homes from February to December, 2017. This winter, we have several students arriving from Japan who will be studying at Acadia until December. They would all like to stay with Canadian families, but we currently do not have enough families to host them all. Great Homestay Hosts are all different: they can be couples with children, young and old; empty nesters; or single moms and dads. However, they all are patient…
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AVRL News: Books – the gift you can open again and again

AVRL News: Books – the gift you can open again and again By Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Regional Library Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book. If you’ve ever sat with a child on your lap, and shared a picture book, you know the magic…
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“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” By Caravan Theatre

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” By Caravan Theatre Caravan Theatre brings alive the magic of Christmas with its dramatic retelling of Dylan Thomas’ timeless classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”. Performing on a modest stage embellished only by Thomas’ poetic and evocative language, four actors transport the audience back to old-time Christmases of years gone by. Meet teacup-tipping aunts, snoring uncles, and boys who tumble into adventures out in the snow. Join them for this family-friendly story recounting the awe and wonder of childhood immortalized in holidays past. Show dates: Monday, December 5, 7pm, Dawn Oman Art Gallery 298 Granville…
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Give a Jewel Feed a School! By Connor Sheehan

Give a Jewel Feed a School! By Connor Sheehan Help the All That Glam Fundraiser raise funds for Nunavut school breakfast programs with your donations of gently-used jewellery and handbags. Food costs in Northern Canada have created a food epidemic that sends children to school hungry everyday. The average cost of 2.5 kg of flour in Nunavut is $13 compared to $5 in the rest of the country. In the farthest North towns such as Iqaluit Orange Juice costs at least $26.29. Because of food costs such as these 70% of households in Iqaluit are food insecure, which is eight…
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WHO’S WHO: SANDRA SNOW: LET IT SNOW!

WHO’S WHO: SANDRA SNOW: LET IT SNOW! By Mike Butler Not many of you know this, but I am from Kentville. Born and raised on Prospect Avenue, KCA Graduate and very proud of my hometown. Because I love, promote, and participate so much in the town of Wolfville, I thought I would mention my Kentville roots as this profile is about a very special woman with some pretty important ties to K-Town! I am so proud and honoured to present this profile on newly elected Kentville Mayor Sandra Snow. I know she’s had quite a lot of press recently but…
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Mike Uncorked: SHOW ME THE SHOWS!!!!

Mike Uncorked: SHOW ME THE SHOWS!!!! By Mike Butler You know, if I had a nickel for every hour I spent on stage performing in a show or sitting in a theatre as an audience member watching a show; I would be a very rich man! The reason I practically drown myself in live theatre is because I love it! I love everything about rehearsing, fine-tuning, gathering props and costumes, developing characters, and presenting all that hard work to an enthusiastic audience. On the flip side, I love seeing all that come together in front of me! There’s a lot…
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The Grapevine Questionnaire: Bif Naked

The Grapevine Questionnaire: Bif Naked By Susan Wedlock Bif Naked is an international recording artist, cancer survivor, advocate, activist, vegan, and now author of her new memoir “I, Bificus”. She will bring her acoustic “Songs and Stories” tour to the Evergreen Theatre November 25, at 8pm. Visit evergreentheatre.ca for ticket info. I have read that you were born in India and your given name was Beth Torberts. Your professional name is so unique, what is the origin of it? My name is a nickname that I received in junior high school, and “Bif Naked” has been my punk rock stage…
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