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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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Riding the Harvest Moon Trail

By Chris Dalton Most Valley dwellers have heard of it, and many have walked, run, or biked a section of the beautiful Harvest Moon Trail. This 110 kilometre section of the historic Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) winds its way along slow tidal rivers, lush orchards and farms, and quiet backyards of sleepy small towns. From Grand-Pré to Annapolis Royal, the trail boasts a unique perspective on usually hidden beauty. As a resident of Wolfville, I often use the sections of trail close to home. Friends have biked most of the trail in years past, before it was fully completed. After…
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Day Trips from the Annapolis Valley

By Laura Churchill Duke Our family has always been really big on day trips and exploring our own backyards! You can head out in almost any direction and find fun things to do for all ages. Here are our top three day trips from the Valley. More details about each of these locations can be found by searching the Valley Family Fun website (valleyfamilyfun.ca). Rawdon Hills to Shubenacadie: Drive through the Rawdon Hills. No matter what route you take, there are things to see! Along Route 215, along the shore, stop at Burntcoat to visit the lighthouse and walk along…
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STAYCATION: A Few Valley Picks!

This is the summer to celebrate what’s on offer in the Valley. It is, for sure, a summer like no other, but we’re all in this together, so let’s safely get out and about while we can. Have fun, stay safe, support our local businesses, wear masks where physical distancing may be hard to ensure, re-connect with our community, and enjoy the summer sun! WINDSORThe Windsor/West Hants Parks and Rec are offering stand-up paddle board rentals for free! Loans are available for up to 4 days and they must be pre-booked. There are two adult and two youth boards available….
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Black Lives Matter in the Valley: What Now?

Genevieve Allen Hearn The video of George Floyd’s murder sent chills up the spines of everyone watching. As the world reacted, Nova Scotians tried to find our place in the movement. You may have attended a Black Lives Matter protest. Perhaps you watched videos, read articles, ordered books, or shared social media posts about systemic racism. So, what now? If you are like me, this nagging question is on your mind. I spoke to two individuals about this question: Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association (VANSDA) CEO Robert Ffrench, and the Municipality of the County of Kings Diversity & Outreach…
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120 days.

By Ken Schwartz As I write this, it’s been 120 days since I huddled around a radio at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts with my colleagues to listen to a bulletin from the provincial government. Within hours I was driving a group of youth leaders to destinations around the province, and the Centre was closed to the public. Everything changed, for nearly all of us. In the weeks that followed, Two Planks and a Passion Theatre’s 2020 season was postponed until 2021. 120 days later, what is it like to work in the performing arts? The word “unprecedented”…
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Tritons Swim Club’s spot at 2020 Olympic Trials Postponed

Tritons Swim Club’s spot at 2020 Olympic Trials PostponedTeam continues to train with passion and determinationMike Glenn Wolfville Tritons Swim Club athlete Ava Vial, eligible to represent Nova Scotia at this spring’s Olympic trials, must wait another year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many swimmers across Nova Scotia and Canada are left high and dry as pools and training facilities shut down during the Covid-19 outbreak. The news of the postponed trials has not stopped Ava from training and doing her best as she, like so many others, strives to represent Canada at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. “I…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Land Connection

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Land ConnectionTed Morris, Student Native Plant Conservationist Think of a natural area that you feel particularly connected to. It could be a place that you’ve been many times or a place that you’ve only been to once. It could also be a place from your past, or somewhere you’ve visited recently. Now, picture yourself there. You might be sitting, standing, walking, rolling, or running through the serene area that you’re remembering. What about this place makes you feel connected? I have a few places that I feel strongly connected to, and…
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