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The Coldspring: A Refreshing Way to Enjoy History

The Coldspring: A Refreshing Way to Enjoy History By Bria Stokesbury Water so cold, clean, and refreshing. In Canada an abundance of clean water is one of our greatest national resources. One important source is spring water, which in certain spots flows to the earth’s surface from underground sources through an aquifer. Historically natural springs have been important places for humans as sources of life-giving sustenance, for the pursuit of health (“taking the waters”), and as the basis for natural and cultural inspiration. On Highway 12 between Kentville and Chester, one such natural spring can be found, and like so…
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A Great Summer for the Acadia Community Learning Program

A Great Summer for the Acadia Community Learning Program By Sharon Churchill Roe This summer, the Acadia Community Learning Program hosted 65 participants in an English language program created for newcomer families in the Annapolis Valley. The Acadia Community Learning Program (ACLP) was launched in 2016 in response to the sudden influx of refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East and Africa. Summer language programs for parents and children, however, are not available in the Valley through federally and provincially funded programs because of a lack of funding in rural areas. To fill the gap over the…
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Egg Farmers of NS Donate a Year’s Supply of Eggs to Brigadoon

Egg Farmers of NS Donate a Year’s Supply of Eggs to Brigadoon Submitted If you ask one of Brigadoon’s campers what their favourite activity is, there is a good chance the answer will be cooking. And thanks to a significant donation from the Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia the cost of eggs for programs like this are one less thing Brigadoon Village needs to worry about. The Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia recently committed to supplying all the eggs the Village needs for a year, plus a cash donation of $3,000 to go towards healthy food programming. “With over 800…
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Not a Random Act of Kindness

Not a Random Act of Kindness By Andrea Leeson As long as I have known Suzanne Sanford, she has been up to something generous. When I asked her why, she told me that as a young girl she just followed her grandmother’s example of kind and thoughtful acts of generosity, and she has remained true to her grandmother’s actions. Suzanne is turning 70 on August 3 and she has decided to turn it into another of her giving events. She says she doesn’t need anything so is asking instead for everyone to come to her party with donations for the…
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A Year of School Food

A Year of School Food By Jenny Osburn School’s out and Annapolis Valley cafeterias have closed their doors for summer! Let me tell you, it has been QUITE A YEAR working in school food in the Annapolis Valley. I’ve gotten to know some very kind and hardworking “lunch ladies,” learned how to use the giant steam kettle at my old high school, and helped to feed lots of really excited kids (and staff!) At Berwick School we’ve hosted plenty of interested visitors, many of whom have taken ideas back to their own schools and communities. Starting with inspiration from Valley…
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Wolfville Farmers’ Market Food Bucks Project Now Province-Wide

Wolfville Farmers’ Market Food Bucks Project Now Province-Wide Thanks to a tremendous history of local support, this July the Wolfville Farmers’ Market will launch its Food Bucks program for the fourth consecutive year. The program’s success in past years has attracted the interest of many other market communities. With leadership from Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia and funding provided by Communities, Culture and Heritage Nova Scotia, the program will now be offered at five farmers’ markets across the province. “Food Bucks” was a program originally researched and conceived by Acadia student Jessica Wall, who was personally involved in launching the…
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Third Annual Valley Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Third Annual Valley Breast Cancer Fundraiser By Donna Paisley My name is Donna Paisley, and I am hosting the 3rd Annual Valley Breast Cancer Fundraiser. This year’s event will be in support of the Cancer Patient Navigator Fund. The Cancer Patient Navigator Fund at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville is designed to assist patients going through cancer treatment, whereby 100% of the funds donated assist patients with the crushing costs of cancer, treatment travel, medications, medical equipment, prosthetics, and more. My dear friend, and celebrity, Rhayne Thomas is coming from Las Vegas to perform at this year’s event. Rhayne…
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Mike Uncorked: Zach Attack! A Van-tastic Cause

Mike Uncorked: Zach Attack! A Van-tastic Cause By Mike Butler Wolfville has some incredible people in it! You must agree that when someone refers to another local here in town, it usually doesn’t take too much description before you say “oh yes, I know them.” Personality, community spirit, and charm all add up to make some people stand out. I made a new friend this week named Zach, and if I thought I was popular and loved within the community, I got nothing on this cool character! Zach is one of those wonderful people that makes Wolfville special, and Zach…
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Green New Deal Town Hall to be Held in Wolfville June 19

Green New Deal Town Hall to be Held in Wolfville June 19 Submitted There is a stirring feeling one gets when contemplating the great achievements of the human race that I’m willing to bet is almost universal. It’s why we get so focused on the Olympics, speak in reverent tones about the Civil Rights Movement, and remember who first stepped on the moon. Currently there is a movement underway that is looking to tap into that feeling of excitement and possibility and channel it towards addressing perhaps the least good-news story of our age: climate change. The Green New Deal,…
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Valley Community Members Spearhead Donation Drive for Turtle Island Healing Ceremony

Valley Community Members Spearhead Donation Drive for Turtle Island Healing Ceremony In Wolfville, local community members have begun fundraising to support this year’s Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island Ceremony, set to take place on July 12-15 in Passadumkeag Maine. This event marks the third year in a 21 year ceremony. Organizers note that all are invited to attend this free gathering, no RSVP necessary: “We invite people from all corners of the Earth to join us in this healing ceremony. We will come together to heal the common wound that we all carry from our shared history of violence;…
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