Big Changes for the Berwick Library!

Big Changes for the Berwick Library! By Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator Annapolis Valley Regional Library A big change is coming to Berwick.  The new library will be located at 236 Commercial Street, in the same building as Town of Berwick. If all goes well, we are set to open in the new location on January 19. The library will be closed January 16, 17, and 18 in order to facilitate our move to the permanent location at the new branch. In addition to a new location in a new building, the library will also have new hours, effective January…
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Featurepreneur: Hello Handmade with Angie Dorey

Featurepreneur: Hello Handmade with Angie Dorey By Genevieve Allen Hearn Last Fall Angie Dorey made the move from selling her signature soaps online to a brick and mortar business that carries handmade items by local artisans. The Grapevine chatted to the owner of Hello Handmade about her experience starting a retail shop in the Town of Berwick. The Grapevine: How would you describe your business? Angie: I would describe Hello Handmade as a very unique gift shop. My goal and vision for my cozy space was to source items that couldn’t be found easily around us. I sell home décor,…
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Book Club 150: Discover a Canadian story

Book Club 150: Discover a Canadian story By Angela Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library For Canada’s 150th birthday, the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is celebrating by featuring a different Canadian author or illustrator each month. We encourage everyone to read with us; join our online conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and enter our monthly contests. We’ll be giving away books each month. (We know you love books!) Our featured storytellers include titles for kids, teens, and adult readers. Find the books in your local library, including Book Club in A Bag for the adult titles. Maybe start your own…
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Who’s Who: Allan Billard, Nova Scotia Proud

Who’s Who: Allan Billard, Nova Scotia Proud By Mike Butler Welcome to 2017! Here’s to another wonderful year of adventures and fun. 2016 was an exciting year for me as a “journalist” getting to meet and write about some amazing people who live here in the Valley and beyond. I’m looking forward to what 2017 brings my way including those community-minded folks who end up in this column. Allan Billard’s name came my way late in 2016 for a profile but I decided to hang onto it until the New Year as a way to kick off the 2017 crop…
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Local Hams Test Their Operating Skills

Local Hams Test Their Operating Skills By Al Penney Members of the Kings County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC) gathered over the holiday period to test their operating skills in an international contest. Also known as Hams, Amateur Radio enthusiasts communicate around the world using a wide variety of frequencies and techniques. Sponsored by Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the national amateur radio organization of Canada, the RAC winter contest took place on the weekend of December 16-17. It is a fun event that encourages Canadian amateurs to contact other amateurs across Canada and around the world, and to wish them…
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Random Act of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness In the December 15 issue of The Grapevine we posted a memorial to our gone girl. On December 24, there was a knock at our darkened front door. I could only make out a silhouette of someone standing there. I opened to find a total stranger, a middle aged woman with short gray hair and a tender smile holding forth an envelope. She said “I read about the passing of your Sophie”, as she handed me a sympathy card signed “Linda and Woody” (her and her Dog – no last name, no contacts) turning a very…
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Best of the Bunch Survey

We all know that this valley is filled with fantastic restaurants, great shops, beautiful places to visit, and friendly folks. Now we want you to spin through that rolodex in your mind of great experiences, pick your favourites, and have your say in who we shower with love, attention, and the glory of being: The Best of the Bunch! For those who submit a survey, one lucky winner will receive a special Annapolis Valley Gift Basket Extraordinaire! Click here to enter the survey!

Christmas Reading

Christmas Reading By Emily Leeson & Hilary Drummond Choosing the perfect tree, hanging the stockings, untangling twinkle lights, madly rushing around town in search of the perfect gift – the holidays are all about making and partaking in traditions. Some are easier than others. In the midst of trying to make a yule-log that doesn’t collapse under its own weight, or convincing a toddler that they DO want a photograph with that strange-looking man named Santa, one of the most rewarding family traditions is sometimes overlooked: reading… together! Cuddling up with that special Christmas story, something new or something cherished…
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The Crowdsourcer

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. TItle: The Valley Advent Calendar in support of Chrysalis House Website: Description: How it works is by having local businesses donate prizes which are revealed each day through the month, from December 1st to the 24th. People will donate through an online fund setup on and the full amount, minus the fees from GoFundMe, will go to Chrysalis House. As a thank you, for every $5 a person donates they will get a chance to win the full set of prizes which were donated. At…
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Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate

Recipe: Caramel Nut Bars with Cranberries and Chocolate Jenny Osburn is the author of The Union Street Café Cookbook, available at retailers throughout the Annapolis Valley. She’s currently hard at work testing recipes for “Holiday Cooking in Jenny’s Nova Scotia Kitchen”, due out next November. Find lots more recipes at This year my friends and I will be resurrecting a holiday tradition we’ve set aside for a few years: a Cookie Exchange. It’s pretty lovely to have an excuse to get together in the busy weeks of December and share family favourites with one another. There’s a lot of…
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