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Get Outside: Maritime Dog First Aid and Hiking Safety

Emily Kathan Tracey Buchanan is the owner and operator of Maritime Dog First Aid and Hiking Safety. She also teaches (human) first aid courses for BraveHeart First Aid in Coldbrook. Owning a dog (or two) means getting outside is part of your daily routine. We asked Tracey about how her training courses and hikes help dogs and their people stay safe and healthy while exploring and enjoying trails around the Valley: The Grapevine: Tell our readers a little about yourself and where you’re from (and a little about your dogs too!):Tracey Buchanan: I grew up in Baddeck, Cape Breton, and…
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Transition Wolfville Area’s Poetry Project

LocaVisions and Alter-narratives to Seed our Near Good FutureSubmitted by Transition Wolfville Area It’s been a year of emergency measures, lockdowns, and increased general anxiety. We have all had some time to reflect on the state of human affairs on our precious planet. Transition Wolfville Area is excited to embrace the promise of spring renewal. We are promoting a people-powered and physical “Local Visioning” project in poetic form this April. April is national poetry month with Earth Day at its core on the 21st. In Wolfville, this will be celebrated as Earth Week. This project invites us all to dream…
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Nova Scotia’s Natural Ice Season

Joel Hornborg, Nor’Easter Natural Ice Our winters are definitely changing. Drastic temperature fluctuations throughout the season have made it increasingly challenging to plan ahead for winter adventures, and it is rare that good snow or ice conditions last for more than a few days. Luckily, you usually don’t have to wait very long before the next window of great conditions returns. Nordic skates, kicksleds, fat bikes, skis, and snowshoes are all useful tools to have ready in your quiver. For those prepared with the right equipment and knowledge of conditions, winters are filled with opportunities for incredible adventures in frozen…
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Mike Uncorked: Bees and Thank You!

Mike Butler Our Valley is filled with gardening, wildlife, and nature enthusiasts, and for good reason: we live in such a beautiful area with so much to be thankful for. Over the last few months, I’ve been presented with concerns and issues involving environmental change and sustainability and its impact on honey bees and other pollinators. I love honey, beeswax candles, and honestly, I love bees. I wasn’t aware of the plight of pollinators and so, with some help from my bee friends, here is a helpful list of things we all can do this spring, and down the road,…
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Writer Jake Lewis on Representation and Autism Awareness

Dana Mills Friday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. Recently local author Dana Mills joined writer and autism advocate Jake Lewis for a virtual discussion about representation and writing bravely in the face of personal struggle. Dana Mills: How do you identify as a writer, Jake? Would you call yourself an “autistic writer”? Jake Lewis: To me, I’m just a guy who just so happens to have autism. It doesn’t really have much of an effect on who I am as a writer, I don’t think. DM: I admire your honesty in your piece, My Take on Mental Health for Autistic People, where you…
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April is Oral Health Month: Amber-Rose Harvey, New Minas Dental Centre

Submitted The New Minas Dental Centre is celebrating one of their own! Dental assistant Amber-Rose Harvey has been with the Centre for nearly four years. Hired as a new grad, she is grateful to have been given the opportunity to embark on her career and gain valuable experience. Patient care is top of mind for Amber-Rose, and her goal is to educate and engage with them in meaningful ways. “To me, a great patient experience is keeping the patients smiling, even if they are scared or afraid, and making them comfortable,” she says. “Part of that is talking with them…
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Get Outside with Get the Pirat

Histo-Caching App Released by Speed EcoSubmitted Gaspereau’s Speed Eco has developed a new interactive, educational, and entertaining self-guided app. Get the Pirat features folklore stories and true accounts of some of North America’s most interesting historical topics. These include tales of the coolest pirates and treasure, the spookiest ghosts, villains, heroes, and terrifying creatures. Paul Speed, the company’s pirate-loving founder, sees the app as a way to preserve folk tales from a variety of sources, including referencing many out-of-print books or privately submitted local tales, and even real treasure stories, while introducing them to a new generation in a fun, active…
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McFadyen and Spencer take Halifax By Storm!

François Côté The sun was out on Highway 101 and there were just a few patches of slippery slush when we drove up to Halifax in the after-storm of March 19. Halifax: as far away as I’ve ventured from Wolfville since the pandemic began. An event in itself! At our destination, I’m in my element, on familiar ground; The Carleton, the best listening room in Nova Scotia. Looking around, I see familiar faces. Many came up from The Valley as well. No surprise. We’re here for a double-header by Daniel McFadyen and Terra Spencer, the second of three sold-out performances….
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Wolfville Refugee Support Network Gears Up

Kate Sircom Over the past three years, Wolfville has welcomed three families from Syria: the Tahina Family, the Ali Family, and the Osman-Rustum family. All of them are successfully contributing to our local economy, with family members in school, post-secondary education, or in the workforce. Other local communities, including Kentville, New Minas, Port Williams, Berwick, Canning, and Aldershot-Centreville, have also successfully sponsored families, and there is now a growing Syrian community in the Valley. Our thanks go out to the many volunteers—fundraisers, drivers, teachers, translators and others—who have made this possible. Meanwhile, war rages on in Syria, and family members…
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Local Libations: What to try this Season

We have a fantastic and ever-expanding selection of local beers, ciders, and spirits in our region! Check out our libations map for all the Valley has to offer. Cheers! Meander River Farm and Brewery (Brewery)906 Woodville Road, Ashdalemeanderriverfarm.ca Schoolhouse Brewery (Brewery)40 Water Street, Windsorschoolhousebrewery.ca Annapolis Cider Company (Cidery)388 Main Street, Wolfvilledrinkannapolis.ca Noggins Cider (Cidery)10009 Hwy #1, Greenwichnogginsfarm.ca/cider Paddy’s Brew Pub (Brewery)Kentville and Wolfvillepaddyspub.ca/brewery Barrelling Tide Distillery (Distillery)1164 Parkway Drive, Port Williamsbarrellingtidedistillery.com Wayfarers’ Ale Society (Brewery)1116 Kars Street, Port Williamswayfarersale.ca Bad Apple Brewhouse & Mosaic Brewing Co. (Brewery)515 Parker Condon Road, Somersetbadapplebrewhouse.ca Still Fired Distilleries (Distillery)9543 Highway 8, Annapolis Royalstillfireddistilleries.com Lunn’s…
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