Pothole Repair

 By Pamela Swanigan Nova Scotia: 2014-’15 total road-maintenance investment, $235 million. (Major construction $70 million, asphalt and resurfacing $114 million, bridge replacement/rehabilitation $35 million). Provincial government is responsible for maintaining 90% of NS highways. Wolfville: $200,000-$250,000/year for street maintenance. Kings County: Less than $5,000/year on pothole repair. 22.5 kilometres of road (municipalities and province responsible for rest); number of potholes not available, but Acting Public Works Manager Tim Bouter says they “haven’t dealt with a high amount of potholes to date.” Halifax: 2011 to 2013, between $560,000 and $850,000/year on potholes. 1,780 kilometres of road; average 6,000 potholes/year. Calgary: 2013,…
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Dreyfuss is a large, gorgeous, neutered male grey tabby who we estimate to be about 3 years old. He was found by a good Samaritan in a very remote area and he is very affectionate! Wolfville Animal Hospital,   12-112 Front St., Wolfville . 542 3422

Cheaton Cup 2014

By Lindsay Doucet The Tradition What is the Cheaton Cup? It’s a hockey game between two on-campus residences: Chipman and Eaton/Christofor (EC). The game first took place in 1996 and every year since then, Chipman and EC have participated in this tradition. Every year, Acadia students choose a side and cheer on their favourite team. The proceeds from the game are given to a charity of our choice. The Lead Up We understand that this event requires a lot of preparation in order to mitigate risks and to ensure that everyone enjoys it safely. We have held meetings since January…
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Jennica Elder

TATTOO ARTIST: Jason Mahar I’ve always loved the look of anatomical hearts and honestly I just wanted a tattoo that looked cool. There’s no real meaning behind it and I don’t really think there needs to be a meaning behind it. I have tattoos that have a lot of personal meaning and I have tattoos that I have just because I love the artistry. This tattoo is special because I gave my artist a very general idea and let him add whatever elements he wanted to it. Blood? Check. Thorns? Check. Disease? Check. Man eating plants? Check. This tattoo is…
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Trip to the Vet

After work, I met my husband at the vet’s office. We had booked the last appointment of the work day to discuss my dog’s biopsy results with the vet, only to be told, “I thought it was benign but it is the worst – malignant melanoma – we can just keep him comfortable… probably 5 months…” We took the news and left the office, going to our separate cars. I was heading toward home, feeling pretty heavy, but the gas tank was near empty so I went to the gas station to fill up. That’s when I realized I had…
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Mary Ganong In Her Own Words

I come from good peasant genes – Eastern European – Romania, actually. We were poor. I remember my mother taking in boarders. My first job was in a candy store at the age of 10. Then I used to work in the schmata business, the rag trade, for $5 a week. I’ve seen signs: No Jews or dogs allowed. Coke bottle glasses, hand-me down clothes, terrible shyness. That was my teenage years. What saved me was politics and love…My grandma loved me. We shared a bed. She hugged me and she admired me and she made me laugh. I learned from…
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The Fracking Issue

EDITOR’S UPDATE “I now have very little appetite to participate in such a discussion in the Grapevine, especially given the cartoon that was presented in the last issue. ‘Fracking’ is clearly not an issue that your newspaper is interested in dispassionately discussing (note that the cartoon in the last issue was not labelled as an editorial, which it clearly was, and so you failed your readership on that one).“   Of all the feedback from the February 6th issue, the statement above from an Acadia professor spoke to us the loudest. Our decision to run an anti-fracking cartoon strip from…
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Valley Photo-A-Day Challenge

Imagine yourself on a cold winter morning. Your hands are warming up because your favourite mug is steaming with some of the best coffee you’ve ever tasted. A subtle smile crosses your face as you look up to admire the super-cool, hand-letterpressed poster positioned perfectly on your wall… Well that could be you! Play along with our Daily Photo Challenge for your chance to win a freshly roasted bag of North Mountain Coffee + a beautiful letterpress poster designed by Laura MacDonald. Read on for the details. The Valley has finally embraced Instagram! Well, maybe not the whole Valley, but…
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Kings South Candidates

Shane Buchan, Progressive Conservative Party of NS candidate  I’ve had many discussions about fracking with two geologists on my campaign team. If done properly, the dangers can be minimized, but proper regulations would certainly be needed and, most likely, be quite cost-prohibitive. Overall, I’m not in favour of this method of extracting energy from the area. I’ve seen what fracking has done in Pennsylvania, it’s a scary wasteland. I’m much more in favour of looking at energy options offshore before opting for those onshore. First and foremost, I’m here to represent the people of Kings South.       Sheila…
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Keith Secor Interview Of Old Crow Medicine Show

by: Laura MacDonald Old Crow Medicine Show, along with Matt Andersen, gave a wonderful performance at Acadia University’s Convocation Hall in Wolfville on June 1. Laura MacDonald caught up with lead singer and fiddle-player Ketch Secor to recap the show and talk music. Here are a few excerpts: LM: You guys put on such a great show the other night! We really appreciated how you tailored the concert to us by learning all those Nova Scotia songs; you made all of us in the audience feel very special. KS: That was a mutual feeling. There was something really special about that night….
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