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The Portal is Looking for Host Homes

The Portal is Looking for Host Homes Submitted A host home is a place where a youth experiences belonging, and a sense of family and community. The program helps youth to overcome both past and present challenges and to know there is help ready for them when they feel powerless. With other supports, a host home provides a consistent supportive atmosphere, encouraging a commitment to maturity and taking responsibility for oneself. Calling all new and existing host homes–mark it in your calendar. On the third Thursday of every month we are coming together to meet at the Portal, #6- 440…
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Grapevine on Government: Candidates and Nominees for Kings-Hants

Grapevine on Government: Candidates and Nominees for Kings-Hants By Emily Kathan With a federal election on the horizon, and the February resignation of incumbent MP for Kings-Hants Scott Brison, there’s already a lot happening on the campaign trail in the Valley these days. We contacted all the candidates and nominees for Kings-Hants and asked them some questions about why they think they should be our next representative in Ottawa. While we made every effort to contact all those in the running, we were only able to include those who responded by press time. Responses appear in alphabetical order. Brogan Anderson,…
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Do you know my Country?

Do you know my Country? By Alexandra López Yellow, blue, red The flag flutters in the wind That is my flag My people’s flag Do you know my country? Yellow for the sun, for the riches and the soil Blue is the courage, the water and the sky Red for the heroes who have fallen; red for freedom Do you know my country? My country is the beaches on the coast From the mountain range, Los Andes To the waterfall, Salto Angel Even the Amazon Rainforest Do you know my country? My country is the arepas And the hallacas for…
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Recipe: French Onion Soup Two Ways

Recipe: French Onion Soup Two Ways By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Hello, delicious 1980s dinner party fare! It had been way too long since I’d tasted French onion soup. I don’t think I have ever even made this for my family, although I’ve cooked cauldrons full of it at the restaurant, where our recipe included a complicated vegetable stock involving mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and soy. I wanted to make it way way way simpler and still swoony. I first tried making this with homemade chicken stock, since that’s what I had, and it was…
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In With The New

In With The New New Valley Businesses to Watch Springtime is a celebration of all things new. Here’s a list of amazing new businesses that have opened or are opening in the Valley this spring! FreshO, Kentville The Valley lacks a good shawarma place no more! FreshO offers smoothies, shawarma and falafel plates, delicious baklava and more! Located at 19 River Street in Kentville. facebook.com/freshovill/ Girliture, Kentville We can’t wait for the brick and mortar version of Girliture to open! Tanya Owen has run this home-based, online business in Kentville for years, and specializes in custom pillows and cozy curated…
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Making a Difference Through CFUW Wolfville

Making a Difference Through CFUW Wolfville By Winnie Horton For the past 52 years the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Wolfville has held an annual book sale, with proceeds over the years going to many charities and organizations here in the Annapolis Valley and more recently one in Kenya. Recently, some of these organizations and charities have indicated how much the CFUW’s support makes a difference: “For the last fifteen years, the CFUW Wolfville has been a major supporter of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Acadia University. Thanks to the generosity of its members, the WGST program…
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Featurepreneur: Solving School Lunches

Featurepreneur: Solving School Lunches By Genevieve Allen Hearn Healthy school lunches are a hot topic lately. Jenny Osburn has been taking us along her school lunch journey in The Grapevine, and we are starting to see some progress made when it comes to healthy food options in cafeterias. But how about lunches made at home? There are a lot of things to take into consideration, especially if you are a parent of a child with dietary restrictions or allergies. School Zone Foods is a new business started by Ashley Richards that hopes to relieve some of the school lunch stress…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Connecting through Nature

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Connecting through Nature By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist When was the last time you spent an hour or more outside in nature, connecting to another being? In today’s technological world, most of us don’t do it often enough. Getting outside and making connections can be simple, powerful, and healing. American Biologist Edward O. Wilson coined the term biophilia to explain why connecting with others in the natural world is so fundamental. Wilson’s publications, Biophilia (1984) and The Biophilia Hypothesis (1993) suggest that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature…
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Symphony Nova Scotia With Star Pianist Sara Davis Buechner

Symphony Nova Scotia With Star Pianist Sara Davis Buechner By François Côté Sara Davis Buechner is a multi-award-winning, internationally beloved pianist. Experience her jaw-dropping virtuosity live in Symphony Nova Scotia’s first-ever performance of Dvořák’s deeply challenging, rarely heard Piano Concerto – alongside a special performance of Litolff’s galloping, devilish, near-impossible Scherzo. Plus, hear one of Tchaikovsky’s most inspired masterpieces, the breathtaking Serenade for Strings. Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Sara Davis Buechner is one of the most original concert pianists of our time. Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (The New York…
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Acadia Mental Health Initiative to Host “Engaging Suicide” Community Summit

Acadia Mental Health Initiative to Host “Engaging Suicide” Community Summit By Emily Kathan The Acadia Mental Health Initiative is hosting an important event for the community at large, including and especially local youth, first responders, and people with lived experience with suicide themselves or who support others who struggle. Taking place on Sunday, March 31 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Acadia’s Fountain Learning Commons, the Engaging Suicide and Building Resilience Community Summit aims to begin new conversations and open up new sources of community strength and support through workshops and keynote sessions. Jenna Purkis, coordinator of the Acadia Mental Health…
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