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The Portal Receives $1.1 Million in Funding for Annapolis Valley Youth Transition Homes

Submitted The Department of Community Services is providing $1.1 million in funding for youth transitional housing to the Portal Youth Outreach Association. The Transitional Housing Program will have three houses, one each in Windsor, Kentville, and Middleton. The program will support 14 youth, aged 16-21, who are homeless or precariously housed. The houses will open fall of 2021 and young people can safely stay for three months to three years, depending on their needs and their capacity to transition to permanent housing. The program will address the lack of affordable, accessible, and supported housing options for youth. Currently, no youth…
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The Flower Cart Group Continues Building Opportunities Campaign

New facility will cost approximately $5.8 million.Wendy Elliott Work With Purpose: 50 Years of Supported Training and Employment in the Annapolis Valley sets out the history behind the New Minas centre. Author Jim Prime has set down many of the personal stories that led to the creation and growth of the social enterprise and vocational training centre, which makes it a good read. The Flower Cart is about 75 percent of the way toward a state-of-the-art, purpose-built, and accessible new facility. After five decades, all of the social enterprises and programming will be under one roof not too far from…
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Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre Needs Love

Wendy Elliott The Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville is very much alive, even though there have been no public performances and almost zero income for the past 12 months.Fortunately there have been some private rentals and support from the provincial government, so Mary Harwell, manager of Wolfville’s cultural hub, says, “we’re not in danger, but revenues are down a lot.” An emergency funding grant of $19,715 will help the facility to continue to host concerts, film screenings, live theatre, and festivals once pandemic restrictions ease. The cinema had a program of improvements underway, Harwell noted, but refurbishing of brickwork on…
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Mike Uncorked: Ben Brown’s Paralympic Dinner and Auction!

Mike Uncorked: Ben Brown’s Paralympic Dinner and Auction!By Mike Butler Do you live in the Valley? Okay, the province? Well, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of parathlete extraordinaire Ben Brown! On March 7, Ben has a special fundraiser he’s planned and he needs your support! I am highly recommending you mark your calendars everyone! Ben is a wheelchair racer chasing a goal to be one of the best racers in the world, and Ben is over the moon to be representing Canada at the 2021 Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan (depending on the global situation. Keep all fingers crossed…
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New Minas Sunrise Rotary Builds Little Free Pantry

Have you seen the Little Free Pantry on Highland Avenue in New Minas? The Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise is excited to provide easy access to food for those in our community who have urgent needs. This is the first of four Little Free Pantries that will be located in our Village. Holly Thompson, member of the Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise, states that “the Rotarians will be stocking the shelves initially, but we are asking the community for their help going forward.” The Little Free Pantry can be accessed 24 hours a day and offers the opportunity…
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Burns, Whisky & Noodles – A Scottish Celebration!

Robbie Burns was an influential Scottish poet and lyricist who inspired many during the Romantic period and beyond. He was born in 1759 to a farm family, and became known for the romantic folk songs that he wrote while working in the fields. Following his death, he became famous worldwide, and his legacy was celebrated annually on January 25, commonly known as “Burns Night”. This usually involves a supper that includes traditional Scottish foods like haggis, poetry readings, and of course, whisky. A group of local volunteers is planning a fundraiser for The Portal Youth Outreach, which will kick off…
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The Grapevine’s Season of Giving Food Bank Listing

Please Give Generously It’s important to remember that it’s not only during the holiday season that local food banks need help from Valley communities. If you’re able to help, or interested in adding a local food bank to your plan for charitable donations in 2021, here is a little info to help you on that path. This is by no means a comprehensive list. MIDDLETON NSCC Annapolis Valley Campus (students only)295 Commercial St.Middleton, NSB0S 1M0 Twelve Baskets Food Bank9326 Highway 10 RR 3Middleton, NSB0S 1P0 KINGSTON Upper Room Food Bank699 Main St.Kingston, NSB0P 1R0 BERWICK Berwick Food Bank100 South St.,…
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Sewing the Seeds of Hope in Zimbabwe

By Kate MacInnes Adams The Give Hope School Project is launching a special project. Sewing machines in both Nova Scotia and Zimbabwe are busy stitching hope for the children of Nyamuwanga. Here in the Annapolis Valley, a dedicated group of women have been busy sewing gift bags and coasters from African fabric. Across the seas in Zimbabwe a seamstress was hired by the society to sew pandemic masks for the children of the Nyamuwanga Primary School. Wolfville’s Spiwe Karipache-Scoggins, a passionate advocate for education, is the co-founder of the registered charity Give Hope School Development Project. Spiwe attended the Nyamuwanga…
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Support Moms in Motion this Holiday Season

As we are all aware, the holiday season will be even more challenging than usual this year. As some of us prepare for a holiday season at home, others are struggling to make ends meet. Therefore, this year we want to create an opportunity for women to support women. We invite you to support Moms in Motion this holiday season by donating to the Holiday and Heating Funds. Moms in Motion supports the most vulnerable in our community: new moms and their kids who are living on the margins of poverty. Moms and their kids learn about staying healthy and…
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Record Poppy Sales for Wolfville Legion

Despite gloomy predictions about the success of the Poppy Campaign in this year of COVID-19, the Wolfville Legion reported record sales, announced its president Donn Miles. “For the last 3 years,” said Donn, “we have been happy to take in an average of $12,000 in our campaign. But this year we have received well over $15,000. For this we have to thank all the people at this end of the Annapolis Valley, who gave so generously, often stuffing $5 and $10 bills into our cash-boxes. And more organizations and businesses than ever purchased wreaths for Remembrance Day.” “We also have…
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