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Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving By Laura Churchill Duke

Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving Laura Churchill Duke This year, why don’t you consider Sharing Thanksgiving with a newcomer family? Our family has participated in this program for the past two years and can’t wait to do it again this year! Engage Nova Scotia has put together this wonderful program where your family is paired with a newcomer who joins you for your Thanksgiving dinner. Simply go to the website and indicate when you are having your meal (Sunday or Monday) and then indicate who else will be at your table. The organization will match you and connect…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford

 Kaelyn’s Book Club Regan Alford Wee Ones: “Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall!” by Anne Sibley O’Brien & Susan Gal (Abrams Appleseed, recommended reading age 3-5) “Leaves on trees are green and bright. Abracadabra! What a Sight!” Eleven gatefolds open to re-create the excitement and surprise of fall’s arrival, revealing what happens when the leaves turn. Little Ones: “The Maple Festival” (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse #5) by Poppy Green & Jennifer A. Bell (Little Simon, recommended reading ages 5-9)  It’s finally fall in Silverlake Forest, and that means it’s time for the annual Maple Festival with games, rides and, of course,…
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Active and Healthy Living: This is Not a Solo Trip By Lee-Ann Cudmore

Active and Healthy Living: This is Not a Solo Trip Lee-Ann Cudmore Registered Acupuncturist | Call/text 902-300-5100 | valleyacu.ca My friends, this is not an express route, there will be stops along the way – probably a few stops that you may not want to make. Life is a ride, or maybe a highway, but remember, this is not a solo trip. We are in this together. I have gotten to an age and stage where, at any given time, there are several people in my life that are dealing with traumas. This may be due to the sheer volume…
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Who’s Who: Carole Ball: Calendar Girl By Mike Butler

Who’s Who: Carole Ball: Calendar Girl Mike Butler Over the years, through the many theatre groups I perform with, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people. With theatre you develop strong bonds with your fellow actors, directors, and producers etc., and you begin to rely on them and enjoy their company long after the final curtain has come down. I saw Carole Ball for the first time in a production at CentreStage called “There Goes the Bride”, and was completely taken with her stage presence and acting ability. She had a feisty spirit and was able to make me…
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Mike Uncorked: Go As You Grow! By Mike Butler

Mike Uncorked: Go As You Grow! Mike Butler I have four nephews and a niece who are my world! They are my “kids” and anyone who knows me is aware that I would lay down my life for them. They’re growing up very fast, a lot faster than I want, but such is life. Their safety, protection, well-being, and a positive life environment have been my top priority since the second I first held each of them. I am not the parent but I am a very loving uncle who wishes nothing but the best for them. My mindset is…
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THE FULL CANDIDATE QUESTIONS

Nova Scotia’s municipal elections are on October 15. We asked all our local (Windsor to Middleton) Mayoral candidates to answer a few questions presented by our readers. We printed a selection of the questions we gathered from the community, paired with a selection of the responses from the local candidates who responded. Below you’ll find the full list of questions and answers. We asked the candidates to keep to 50 words per answer. Some replied to more than one question with their answer, in which case, we’ve printed the answer twice.  1. From Laura: What do you plan to do…
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Kaelyn’s Book Club By Regan Alford

Kaelyn’s Book Club Regan Alford   Wee Ones Selection – Fifteen Animals! by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing Co., Recommended reading ages 4 and Under)  The amazing Bob! The amazing Boynton! Because who else but Sandra Boynton could imagine 15 Bobs in one book? Actually, that’s 14 Bobs, and one Simon James Alexander Ragsdale the Third (he’s a turtle), which gives Fifteen Animals! the added dimension of being a unique counting book ― count the Bobs, count the pets, count the bunnies, count the fish.   Little Ones Selection – The Ladybug Race by Amy Nielander (Pomegranate Communications, Recommended reading ages…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Poisonous Plants

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Poisonous Plants By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist   As the autumn leaves drop, the berries and fruit on shrubs and trees start to stand out and show their colours. A showy, yet deadly, berry that shines this time of the year can be found innocently hanging on the Daphne plant. The berries are enticing as they are scarlet red and glossy. They look good enough to eat, but are far from it. The Daphne plant contains two extremely active and deadly toxins: Mezerein, which is an acrid resin that causes a…
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Wolfville, Acadia, and the Performing Arts By Janet Kirkconnell

Wolfville, Acadia, and the Performing Arts Janet Kirkconnell It is doubtful that any other small town in Canada has as many venues for the performing arts as Wolfville has, chiefly because of the university. The Deep Roots Music Festival profits from this. While its opening concert is in University Hall, most of Deep Roots’ other major concerts are held in Festival Theatre, the old university rink transformed for the Atlantic Theatre Festival into a state-of-the-art theatre (praised this year for its phenomenal acoustics by the Afiara String Quartet). Still bearing the name Festival as a reminder of past glory, it…
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Marcel D’Entremont to Open Sunday Music in the Garden Room’s 2016-17 Season

MARCEL D’ENTREMONT TO OPEN SUNDAY MUSIC IN THE GARDEN ROOM’S 2016-17 SEASON By Janet Kirkconnell Tenor Marcel d’Entremont, accompanied by Dakota Scott-Digout on piano, will open the 2016 – 2017 season of “Sunday Music in the Garden Room” at 2pm on September 25 in Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre. The program includes songs by Robert and Clara Schumann, Ravel, Liszt, Schubert, Britten, Copland, and Donna Rhodenizer, among others, and an aria from Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz.      On his first appearance in Europe this past year at the Opéra de Rouen as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s…
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