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Random Act of Kindness

Just before Christmas, my friend and I walked into Canning after leaving her car at the garage. We stopped at the library, got some copying done, picked out books from their sale (to be picked up later), and continued to the stores. After shopping, both of us had bags in each hand. We stopped back at the library to pick up our books. We selected even more books, before realizing that we now had too much to carry. We decided to go get the car and then come back for all our parcels. The lovely ladies at the library said…
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Front Street Community Wood-Fired Oven Fundraising Event: Pizza & Jazz!

Front Street Community Wood-Fired Oven Fundraising Event: Pizza & Jazz! By Adam Barnett There is excitement in the air about a new project underway to build a wood-fired community oven in the Robie Tufts Nature Park in downtown Wolfville. The idea has been in the works since November 2017, with efforts going into getting support from the community and working through the process of getting the project approved by the Town of Wolfville. The community oven was officially supported by council last summer, and the planning has been gaining momentum ever since. The oven and its surrounding structure will begin…
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Dealing with Kids and Clutter at Christmas

Dealing with Kids and Clutter at Christmas By Laura Churchill Duke Looking around our house I see how much stuff our kids have, and with Christmas coming, they really don’t need anything else. Lately, because they are outgrowing so many clothes and toys, we have been doing a lot of de-cluttering. I know a lot of other families who are in the same situation and just do not want more things brought into the house. Here are a few suggestions for dealing with kid clutter at Christmas time: Reverse advent calendar There are a few ideas circulating around social media…
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Philanthropists Will Match Donations for Local Arts Centre up to $20,000!

Philanthropists Will Match Donations for Local Arts Centre up to $20,000! By Katie Hall The holiday season is a time for giving through charity and volunteerism. The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts gives the gift of art and nature to creatives of all ages and skill levels from Nova Scotia and around the world all year round. Inspired by the Centre’s work and the holiday season, local philanthropists Jason Roth and Cheryl Steadmen-Roth have created a challenge for the community: until December 24, they are offering to match anything donated to the couple’s charities of choice, the Ross Creek…
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Furry Feature: Mister

Furry Feature: Mister Mister was a stray that turned up in Bishopville. He is a neutered male, born about 2008, and is quite friendly so long as he gets lots of food and naps. He loves his food! he will rub around your legs and will let some people pet him a bit, and will play a bit, but he will let you know when he is done and wants to be left alone. Not recommended for anyone with young children. He would prefer a place where he can get regular meals and lots of nap time. If you’re interested…
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The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation’s Youth Leadership Council

The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation’s Youth Leadership Council By Emily Kathan When Ruvimbo Chipazi began her studies in psychology at Acadia University, she knew she wanted to get involved. “The community outside the university is so vibrant,” she says, “and I wanted to learn about how organizations work and make a contribution.” Chipazi was living in Botswana before she came to Nova Scotia, but she grew up in Zimbabwe, and her time in international school had already made her more aware of what it’s like to be one of the few persons of colour in the room. Getting involved in…
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The Crowdsourcer: Refresh Annapolis Valley

The Crowdsourcer: Refresh Annapolis Valley Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. Refresh Annapolis Valley is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization offering workshops, events, and competitions aimed at exposing our community to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) concepts, especially computer science. They offer programs for Primary to Grade 12 students, industry professionals, and beyond. In 2018, Refresh Annapolis Valley hosted 49 events supporting entrepreneurship and digital technology in the Valley, with an estimated 930 participants attending. Over 60 volunteers made this all happen, along with 12 partner organizations. Refresh also opened their toolshed, which has…
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Canucopia in Support of Local Food Banks

Canucopia in Support of Local Food Banks By Sylvia Jacquard Orchard Valley United Church recently held their ninth Canucopia in support of local food banks. Thanks to the support of Atlantic Superstore in New Minas and its shoppers, this was the best one to date with approximately 1240kg (2728 pounds) of food (including for pets), household, and personal care items collected. In total $1453.70 was donated as well. The church holds Canucopia twice a year, in May and in October, alternating between the Atlantic Superstore and the Sobeys in New Minas. Since the beginning, Orchard Valley has appreciated the kindness…
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Good News: Acts of Generosity and Ways to Give this Holiday Season

Good News: Acts of Generosity and Ways to Give this Holiday Season Chrysalis House Capital Campaign Chrysalis House provides shelter and outreach services in a safe and non-judgmental environment, to women and children in our collective communities. They have recently launched a capital campaign to support ‘Project Renew,’ their initiative to build a new Chrysalis House in the Annapolis Valley. They have already secured some funding through government initiatives, and have purchased land and drafted building plans. They are now seeking the support of community funders and private donors to help finance the remaining cost of the new shelter. For…
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Lee’s Shop: The Little Business with a Big Heart Selling Products with a Story

Lee’s Shop: The Little Business with a Big Heart Selling Products with a Story By Lee & Francis The proud owner of Lee’s Shop in Canning is Lee Van Amerongen. Lee is a young man who loves his church, likes fast food, music, and books. Lee is proud to be called “Uncle Lee” by his niece and nephew, and treasures the time he spends with family and friends. Lee is also a young man with autism and significant seizure disorder. He is non-verbal, communicates with an ipad and alphabet board, and needs support for most aspects of his life. Lee…
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