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Announcing The Inaugural 100km Great Annapolis Ride 2021

Submitted What: 100 km Non-competitive 2-day cycling ride through the Annapolis ValleyWhen: July 31 and August 1, 2021Where: Ride from Windsor to Scots Bay, camp in Scots Bay, and then ride Scots Bay to Port Williams. In partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada and Bicycle Nova Scotia, the first ever 100 km Great Annapolis Ride (GAR) 2021 is set to roll out July 31-August 1 as a welcome return to outdoor, social, and safe recreational activity. Hosted by event specialists Kohkos Events, the ride is intended to offer a fun, friendly, and challenging weekend to help shake off the mental and…
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Golf’s Hidden Gem in the Valley

Margot Bishop There are three great golf clubs in our wonderful Kings County: Ken-Wo in New Minas, Eagle Crest in Centreville, and Island Green at Kentville/North Alton. All have two courses, a nine and an eighteen, but Island Green has a hidden gem called The Hummingbird. It is a perfect course for beginners or for players who have been away from the game for a while, and is a joy to play. Island Green has been in operation for only twelve years, but it is holding its own with some of the older and more challenging courses. The best bit…
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Willowbank Cemetery Reorganizing

Wendy Elliott According to Wolfville’s civic history, titled Mud Creek, and collected back in 1980, the citizens of Wolfville believe a cemetery is made up of people and their relationships to one another, and each gravestone in a cemetery has a story. During the last year of pandemic lockdowns, many local residents have been seeking family genealogy and looking for the headstones of their ancestors in Willowbank Cemetery. The thirteen acres that make up the cemetery also provide a much-beloved passive recreation spot or green space. Interest has also been growing in green burials, which are a kind of a…
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Apple Blossom Season

Chelsey Stailing The early settlers from Europe introduced the sweet scent of apple blossoms to the Annapolis Valley as they brought new seeds, grains, fruits, and vegetables to the region. Here in the Annapolis Valley, we usually celebrate the arrival of the apple blossoms with a grand festival enjoyed by many across Nova Scotia. The very first Apple Blossom Festival parade was hosted in the town of Kentville in 1933. The first organizers of the festival intended for the event to recognize the natural environment of the Valley and the historic background of the apple growing industry. The intention was…
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Horton High School Grade 9 Citizenship Class Projects

Autism AcceptanceKelly Dorman, Grade 9, Horton High School As some of you may know, April was Autism Awareness Month. This has been a Canadian practise since 1993, and is marked across the country by fundraisers, campaigns, and advocacy. This is all well and good, but it’s been almost thirty years since this was created. It may be time to consider updating our approach. For the last several years, the autistic community has been pushing for less awareness, more acceptance. Awareness is still important—especially on autism in women, in marginalized groups, and in adults—but acceptance has become an ongoing battle. Autism…
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Crystany’s Brasserie Celebrates Five Years

Submitted Crystany’s Brasserie in Canning is celebrating five years in business on June 28! It’s an achievement for the family, who have lived in the community for 39 years. Opening the first certified dedicated gluten-free restaurant in Canada has been an adventure since the beginning. “Our 18th-century building was gutted and brought back to life,” says owner Savannah Maxner. “We found hidden treasures from previous business owners, which hang on the wall upstairs. Our top hats tell the story of a local business lady, who imported hats. The bar is made from the original wood from the second floor. Our…
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The Infamous Nova Scotia Toit

Garry Leeson It was a long time coming and there was a lot of excitement when they finally got it. Men and women alike had been waiting for years to get it. They couldn’t have got it at a better time. The Toit, the round version being most preferable, turned out to be the currency of a revolution. People everywhere were getting it and as soon as they got it, things began to change. Suddenly all those things that should have happened began to actually happen and untold numbers of old promises were being kept. Renovations and small building projects…
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Dinner Out: Cumin Kitchen and Drinks

Scott Campbell From the creators of Le Caveau at Grand Pre Winery comes a brand new casual dining experience. With Chef Jason Lynch creating a phenomenal new menu that is both creative and delicious this new gem promises to be sparkling addition to the culinary landscape in the Valley. Cumin Kitchen and Drinks is located in the new building at 21 Roy Avenue in New Minas. Chef Lynch describes Cumin Kitchen and Drinks as an urban café and eatery based on locally sourced and supportive agriculture with fresh and honest food prepared simply. They offer dine-in, take-out, or take-home and…
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Budget 2021 supports Nova Scotia’s Wine Sector

Kody Blois As your Member of Parliament, I’m proud to champion the robust agriculture sector that exists in Kings-Hants—including our grape and wine sector, which also serves as a tourism destination, generating jobs and supporting our local economy. There has been tremendous growth in our wine sector since 2007. This is largely in part due to the entrepreneurial spirit of our wine growers and vineyard operators, but also because of the 100% Canadian Excise Exemption. However, this exemption was deemed non-trade compliant by the World Trade Organization following a challenge from Australia in 2018. In working closely with stakeholders in…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Invasive Plants

Samuel Jean, Conservation and Education Assistant I am writing these lines on the International Day for Biological Diversity and I hope that it will inspire landowners, and gardeners especially, to act on a threat to biodiversity: invasive plants. Invasive plant pulling is part of the daily work at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. Despite continuous monitoring, several plant species that are not native to the province and that are known to shade, crowd, and overwhelm native plants find their way into the Gardens. Unlike native plants, invasive plants did not evolve for thousands of years along with the wildlife that…
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