Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Going to Council Meetings!

Going to Council Meetings! By Emily Kathan Probably like many of you, I have always felt a little intimidated by the idea of sitting in on council meetings as a member of the public, and even wondered if I’m really allowed to be there. Now, I know better. The Nova Scotia Municipal Government Act says explicitly that (with some specific exceptions), “council meetings, and meetings of committees appointed by council, are open to the public” so in general, anyone can attend. How should you prepare? Most municipalities in the Valley provide documents on their websites about various concerns of the…
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Group Plans to Restore Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River First Annual General Meeting of Valley Watershed Alliance

Group Plans to Restore Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River First Annual General Meeting of Valley Watershed Alliance Submitted On March 26, citizens and groups interested in restoring the Cornwallis River will meet for the first Annual General Meeting of the Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance (pronounced gee-gee-wok-tok).  The group aims to improve watershed health; connect people with the river through outdoor experiences; and maintain an organization with a focus on education, teamwork, development, engagement and positive change. “This group started as an alliance of people and groups who want to see the river restored to the beauty and health it enjoyed when it was…
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Grapevine on Government: Jodi MacKay, “Reach out to your elected officials. We are here to serve your interests!”

Grapevine on Government: Jodi MacKay, “Reach out to your elected officials. We are here to serve your interests!” By Emily Kathan In this issue, Jodi MacKay, counsellor for the Town of Wolfville, shares her insights about political engagement with us. Grapevine (GV): In your opinion, what barriers exist in understanding how municipal government works? What can be done to overcome these barriers? Jodi MacKay (JM): Education – We don’t talk politics to our children, and when we do it has a tendency to be negative. Our kids then have the opinion that politics is bad and may disengage and not…
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The Dome Chronicles: A Wet Spring

The Dome Chronicles: A Wet Spring By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood…
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Ray Ivany and Michelin Canada To Speak At Economic Summit

Ray Ivany and Michelin Canada To Speak At Economic Summit By Lori Cox, VBLI Manager | info@vbli.ca The state of our economy, what we need to improve, and how and w hen we’ll do it are key messages that will be presented during the Valley Business Leaders’ Initiative’s Economic Summit taking place on April 3 at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville. This one of a kind event will bring together business owners from across the Annapolis Valley who are passionate about growing the Annapolis Valley economy. The summit will feature guest speaker Ray Ivany, President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia…
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Hockey, Kids & Positive Coaching

Hockey, Kids & Positive Coaching By Christopher M. Meuse Christopher M. Meuse is a retired teacher living in Little Brook, Nova Scotia. He is the father of three children, and a certified hockey coach under the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program. The value of developing a strong sense of self-worth or self-esteem in a child cannot be over-emphasized. The application of principled behaviours supported by empathic listening, understanding, and compassion can help parents achieve greater positive results when guiding their children on their journey through life. I recently published the book, Hockey, Kids & Positive Coaching, an inspiring story about…
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Miner’s Marsh: What To Spot This Spring

Miner’s Marsh: What To Spot This Spring By Emily Leeson After a long winter, it’s not just the humans of the Annapolis Valley who are starting to perk up with the first signs of spring. In Kentville’s Miner’s Marsh the wildlife is already planning for the fresh season. There is no better time to get outside, take a stroll, and enjoy one of the best public spaces that this Valley has to offer. While Miner’s Marsh, located at 77 Barclay Street, consists of 1.7km of maintained trails, it is much more than just a hiking route. The wildlife habitat was…
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A Sampling of Local Libations

A Sampling of Local Libations Lazy Bear Brewing – Brewery 120 East Old Post Road, Smiths Cove lazybearbrewing.ca Happenings: Growler nights on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm year round. Still Fired Distilleries – Distillery 9543 Highway 8, Annapolis Royal stillfireddistilleries.com The Buzz: Artisan craft distillery creating unique, natural spirits from the first “legal” stills built in Nova Scotia. Bad Apple Brewhouse and Mosaic Brewing Co. – Brewery 515 Parker Condon Road, Somerset badapplebrewhouse.ca Cool Fact: Regular contributors to local charities, Kari and Jeff Saunders of Bad Apple Brewhouse recently covered the costs for a lucky family to attend the spring…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness We live on a pretty special street in Wolfville, Alline Street. Neighbours are quick to introduce themselves and lend a helping hand. This was evidenced recently when we had a medical emergency in our family which required calling an ambulance. We had just experienced a significant snowfall and our driveway wasn’t cleared yet which meant the ambulance had to park on the street. As with every morning after a storm, neighbours rush from their houses to clear their driveways with snow blowers. While the ambulance attendants were inside our house, I looked outside to see our…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness It is 10 o’clock on Valentines Day and after two days of being snowed in in our small subdivision, I am cheerfully listening to the back-up beep of the hardworking snowplow – including its kind driver, who I think has mastered the highest skill of his/her profession. Instead of just plowing a track down our narrow street called Fairbanks Avenue, leaving us with four feet of heavy snow in front of our laboriously cleaned-out driveways, she/he carefully drives back and forth, shaving down the high snowbanks, and taking extra caution near the driveways. Does he/she imagine…
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