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The Dome Chronicles: Skunked

The Dome Chronicles: Skunked By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire,…
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Museum Page: The Kentville Heritage Centre Opens its Doors to the Past

The Kentville Heritage Centre Opens its Doors to the Past By Lynn Pulsifer The residents of Kentville haven’t heard “a train a-coming, coming round the bend,” since 1990. However, the small Via Station that was originally built in 1988 to sell tickets to ride the train has now taken on a new purpose. On Saturday, May 18, the Via Station became the new home for the Kentville Heritage Centre. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, and official opening by Town Crier Lloyd Smith, over 80 people, ranging in age from 9 to 90, who had gathered along Station Lane to watch…
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The Museum Page: D-Day Commemorative Coin Honours NS Soldier

D-Day Commemorative Coin Honours NS Soldier By Ellen Lewis “The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new coin (Special Edition Silver Dollar) to mark the anniversary of D-Day, and it turns out that Ellen Lewis, our summer student here at the Kings County Museum, is the granddaughter of the soldier featured on that coin! We asked Ellen to write about her connection to the coin.” –Bria Stokesbury, Kings County Museum June 6, 1944 marked a day in history when the lives of thousands of men from countries around the world changed forever. The D-Day attacks on five beaches in France…
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The Dome Chronicles: Percy’s Pickup

In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire, triumph and catastrophe, they persevered, unwittingly sowing…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Dandelion Wine

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Dandelion wine By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist “Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered…sealed away for opening on a January day with snow falling fast and the sun unseen for weeks…” –Ray Bradbury This is the year I will find time to forage for yellow flowers and make dandelion wine. Dandelions to me are a herald of spring and all the glory that goes with the season. I cannot look at a field of dandelions without feeling youthful joy. Memories abound from seeing…
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Vineyard Spotlight: Domaine de Grand Pré

Vineyard Spotlight: Domaine de Grand Pré 11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré Now family owned and operated, Domaine de Grand Pré winery is the oldest farm winery in Atlantic Canada. In the 1970s, the property was owned and operated by Roger Dial as the Grand Pré Winery. In 1994, Swiss-born Hanspeter Stutz established the business, Domaine de Grand Pré, on the site and started his family’s journey towards making their mark on the Nova Scotia wine industry. Along with his family, Hanspeter re-opened the doors of the renovated winery in 2000. Since then, the family has been working together to create…
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Tidal Bay Appellation Reflects Classic Nova Scotian Style

Tidal Bay Appellation Reflects Classic Nova Scotian Style Tidal Bay: it’s the signature wine of Nova Scotia and designed to pair perfectly with seafood and ocean views. Developed by Nova Scotia wineries and winemakers to reflect the terroir, coastal breezes, and cool climate of the area, Tidal Bay was launched in 2012 as the first appellation for Nova Scotia. A crisp, aromatic white wine, all Tidal Bay wines must follow the same set of standards, created by a committee of winemakers, sommeliers, and wine experts, and are strictly enforced throughout the winemaking process, from growing to bottling. All Tidal Bay…
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The Apple, and How it Gets That Way

The Apple, and How it Gets That Way By Joan Hebb Have you ever really thought much about where apples come from? You might think that they are just like corn or flowers; plant a seed and you will have some apples. Well, apples are a little more interesting and complicated than that. Let’s explore the wild world of apples. Apples are part of the rose family and originated in Central Asia. They were brought to North America by European colonists hundreds of years ago. Apples have a purpose, beyond being a tasty snack for people and horses. Apples are…
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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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