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Mike Uncorked: Ben Brown’s Paralympic Dinner and Auction!

Mike Uncorked: Ben Brown’s Paralympic Dinner and Auction!By Mike Butler Do you live in the Valley? Okay, the province? Well, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of parathlete extraordinaire Ben Brown! On March 7, Ben has a special fundraiser he’s planned and he needs your support! I am highly recommending you mark your calendars everyone! Ben is a wheelchair racer chasing a goal to be one of the best racers in the world, and Ben is over the moon to be representing Canada at the 2021 Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan (depending on the global situation. Keep all fingers crossed…
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Willow Bank Cemetery Needs Some Help

Wendy Elliott Wolfville’s Willow Bank Cemetery on Gaspereau Avenue, which was started in 1882, needs some help. The manager is retired and most long-serving members of the incorporated board are hoping to retire too. Serving on a new board would be a civic contribution, but not a huge time commitment based on previous history. Anyone with family connections or, indeed, anyone with an interest in volunteering can contact W. Elliott by emailing: welliott@bellaliant.net. As a result of Wolfville’s growing population prior to Confederation, the Old Burying Ground on Main Street was maxing out in the 1870s. Therefore the Willowbank Cemetery…
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African Heritage Month

Genevieve Allen Hearn Dr. Geraldine Browning greeted me warmly at her door wearing a sparkly silver scarf and bright coral lipstick, then generously spent the next two hours telling me her life story. The tissue box was used a few times, and my knee was slapped several times in fits of laughter. Boy, this legend of a woman can tell a story! I was invited to talk to Browning about African Heritage Month. Browning is the chair of the Valley African Nova Scotia Development Association (VANSDA), a founding member of the Black Business Initiative, a guest speaker in schools and…
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A Room of One’s Own

Dr. Jeanette Auger Imagine that you have to move into a care facility after you have lived independently in your own home for many years. In your own home you are able to make your favourite meals, buy your own groceries, enjoy quite hours with a book, watch television, listen to music, and have meals and private conversation with friends. Should your health situation deteriorate dramatically, what is in store for you could be surprising. If you become in need of daily supervision by a nurse you will find yourself placed on a very long list of others waiting for…
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The Grapevine’s 2020 Municipal Election Questionnaire

The following are responses from a selection of candidates running in municipal elections around the Valley. While we made every effort to contact as many candidates as we could, we were only able to include responses from those we had received by press time. For more questions and candidate responses, visit grapevinepublishing.ca The Grapevine: The Valley’s unique and vibrant arts community has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. What concrete steps will you take to support the recovery and growth of the arts economy in your municipality? Don Clarke, Mayoral Candidate (incumbent), Town of Berwick: The current Council supports public art including…
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The Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance is Restoring the Cornwallis River

By Jennifer West Did you know that the Cornwallis River was a popular place for fishing, swimming (including Red Cross swimming lessons), canoeing, and collecting drinking water? The river was also abundant with Atlantic salmon, speckled trout and more. Sadly many of these activities and species are now missing from the Cornwallis River, but there is much work being done to bring them back. The Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance was established in 2016 with the goal of restoring the river to be swimmable and fishable again. The Mi’kmaq people have referred to the Cornwallis and Annapolis Rivers collectively as the Jijuktu’kwejk,…
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Birding in the Valley During Covid-19: An Overview

By Richard Stern Birding, the activity of watching, appreciating, listening to, identifying, making lists of, and just generally enjoying, birds, is an increasingly popular activity, well suited to the “new normal” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a hobby that can sustain you for a lifetime and help you build a deeper connection to the natural world. Birds are everywhere, and many people have commented that now, when there is less pollution from travel and more people are at home and enjoying the great outdoors, birds are more obvious than ever. There is a great birding tradition locally,…
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Young Leaders at Ross Creek

Submitted Teenagehood can be fraught, but not for a group of eighteen youth ages 13-18 who recently joined the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts for their summer-long youth leadership program, along with their leader. Many teens struggle with the balance of wanting and needing independence while not being quite ready to strike out on their own. Even without a global pandemic, anxiety levels for teens across North America are high, and this year there have been many disappointments. From missing graduations and opportunities for travel, to sport and productions cancelled, uncertainties abound. For eighteen young people from across Nova…
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What’s Growing: In Your Backyard

Melanie PriesnitzConservation Horticulturist, Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens The natural world is a great place to make new discoveries and embark on explorations close to home. Even the very best naturalist will always find that there’s something new to be learned in the great outdoors. Nobody knows for sure how many species live on this planet. Several million plants and animals have been identified to date, and scientists estimate there to be upwards of 8 million species in total. It’s possible that more than 80% of the species that exist are yet to be discovered! So, if you hear anyone say…
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Acadia’s re-opening plan is a collaborative effort

Acadia’s re-opening plan is a collaborative effortSubmitted Acadia University is continuing a phased approach to reopening its campus, which began on July 6, starting with essential employees and research activities and clients of privately-run sports therapy and performance training businesses in the Athletics Complex. Although most buildings remain closed, members of the general public are now permitted to walk across the campus providing they follow Acadia’s social distancing and mask protocols, and do not to gather in groups, linger, or hold any activities on the grounds. The plan is to eventually see full operations in September, although some employees will…
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