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A Memory Shared While Hiking for Valley Hospice

A Memory Shared While Hiking for Valley Hospice Submitted Long-time Valley Hospice Foundation supporter Janet Ness first became involved in Hospice through her work with the VON Annapolis Valley, where she met Valley Hospice Foundation Coordinator Dale Sanford. Janet, whose mother died in a hospice in Grimsby, Ontario, says the Hike for Valley Hospice fundraiser does more than raise money and awareness. “The hike also gives those of us who’ve had loved ones experience the care and comfort of a hospice setting the opportunity to share their memories with others,” says Janet. Janet’s mother was diagnosed with cancer at 92…
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KVRC’s Fourth Annual Volunteer Leadership Symposium a Resounding Success

KVRC’s Fourth Annual Volunteer Leadership Symposium a Resounding Success Submitted Over 80 participants were present at NSCC Kingstec for the Fourth Annual Volunteer Leadership Symposium on Wednesday May 15, hosted by Kings Volunteer Resource Centre (KVRC). The day-long conference welcomed keynote speaker Danny Graham of Engage Nova Scotia, and followed up with eight concurrent morning and afternoon workshops, each focused on helping both volunteers and community-based organizations increase their capacity for the incredible work they do in community. Lisa MacDougall, executive director of Valley Restorative Justice, summarized her experience, calling the event “an exceptionally well-planned Volunteer Leadership Symposium. I thoroughly…
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Windsor Senior Bus Society, Now CommUNITY Bus NS, Provides “A Window to the World”

Windsor Senior Bus Society, Now CommUNITY Bus NS, Provides “A Window to the World” By Ethan Lang The Windsor Senior Bus Society (WSBS) has had a renaissance of sorts over the past year. The non-profit service has offered accessible transport for residents of local senior homes in Kings and Hants since 1985, but the scope of the Society is now expanding. Late last month, they held an event in Windsor to announce plans for the coming year. The bus service offered by the WSBS is now registered under a new name, CommUNITY Bus NS, with license to provide service province-wide….
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Burger Wars Episode IV: The Conclusion

Burger Wars Episode IV: The Conclusion Submitted That’s a wrap, or maybe a bun. During the month of April 2019, Campaign for Kids is excited to announce that 20,000 burgers were sold during the annual Burger Wars event. “This figure is above and beyond what we ever imagined,” says event organizer Laura Churchill Duke, who noted that last year 12,300 burgers were sold across the Valley. Each year, Burger Wars keeps getting bigger and better, and this year 47 restaurants from Digby to Windsor were involved in Burger Wars. When the event started four years ago, 23 restaurants participated, and…
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Ways to Recycle, Redistribute, or Safely Dispose of Items in the Annapolis Valley

Ways to Recycle, Redistribute, or Safely Dispose of Items in the Annapolis Valley Whether you are cleaning out your basement, garage, the upstairs bedroom, or your kitchen cupboards, we’ve all got items that are no longer needed. Here is a sampling of where you can recycle, redistribute, donate, or properly dispose of the goods in your home that are no longer serving their purpose there. There are many more options, but hopefully this list will get you thinking! GREENWOOD REDISTRIBUTE: The Opportunity Shop, 963 Central Avenue, Greenwood Mall The Opportunity Shop is a non-profit organization operated by the Greenwood Health…
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What’s Growing at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Blue Vervain

What’s Growing at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Blue Vervain By Samuel Jean, Seed Bank Intern Happy spring! I started working at the seed bank last August, and I am happy to be here to see spring in the Annapolis Valley. During the last months, I collected seeds from native populations, assessed their germination rates, propagated endangered species, and offered plant tissue culture training to students. I’m Acadian, and I grew up in Saint-Isidore, New Brunswick. I started gardening in my sandbox when I was 4 years old and I was known by my peers as a nature enthusiast…
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Fifteen Voices of Kentville

Fifteen Voices of Kentville By Lynn Pulsifer, Kentville Historical Society History is coming alive in Kentville! Not just through books or dusty artifacts, but through the voices of past generations. “We didn’t know we were poor until somebody came along and told us years later.” These words came from one of the participants in the Kentville Historical Society’s new oral history project, now nearing completion. This project, done in collaboration with Dr. David Duke, a professor in Acadia’s department of history, has opened the door to discovering history through the words of those who lived it. Back in early 2018,…
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Random Act of Kindness

The Grapevine has a secret admirer! Thank you for our gift bag of goodies — what a surprise! As we put together each issue, it’s always nice to imagine our readers enjoying it once it’s firmly in print, and it’s so great to hear that you love reading this little paper just as much as we love putting it together. Thank you!

The Crowdsourcer: Sisters of Science

The Crowdsourcer Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. TItle: Sisters of Science Website: gofundme.com, search ‘Travelling Sisters of Science’ Description: Based in the Annapolis Valley, NS, the Sisters of Science are a group of girls aged 9-13 dedicated to science! Over the past four years, Sisters of Science (an all-girls First LEGO League Robotics team) have won several prestigious awards in competitions at two Nova Scotia Community College campuses as well as Acadia University. They are now fundraising for their upcoming travel. They have been offered the opportunity to participate in the Global Innovation Award…
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Mike Uncorked: 100 Men Who Give a Damn

Mike Uncorked: 100 Men Who Give a Damn By Mike Butler There’s lots of organizations here in the Valley that come together to help others out, and it’s a wonderful feeling to know that’s in place. We are so fortunate to have Kikima Grannies, CFUW, Women of Wolfville, Rotary Clubs, and so much more. A few weeks ago, reading an article in The Advertiser, I stumbled upon a fantastic group that I had never heard of before, who are making a huge difference and I just had to highlight it here in my column. After some scavenging on the book…
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