Light it up Blue Thank You

Light it up Blue Thank You By Harrison Czapalay, Autism Advocate April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance month. On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, I had a dream of seeing all the Annapolis Valley lit up blue. WOW… all the blue lights shining from the homes and businesses were amazing! Thank you to the people of Wolfville for supporting my fourth year of this initiative. It’s wonderful to have other communities through the Valley join in. Thank ya’ll for the money raised for S.M.I.L.E. and Autism NS Annapolis Valley Chapter. Cowboy Harrison

Children Growing With Art

Children Growing With Art By Anna Horsnell Art is three letters encompassing a world of imagination and creativity. Painters, designers, graphic artists, photographers, film makers, and hundreds more, fill our lives in ways we are often not even aware of, from the clothes we wear to the movies we watch. Art is a response to life and those things which inspire us, frighten us, and hold us in awe. Art challenges our thinking and opens up endless possibilities. Art is a language beyond words. Gwynneth Wallace was a lover of art who wanted to provide children with the opportunity to…
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Dayliner: The Valley’s Most Passive-Aggressive Indie Rock Band

Dayliner: The Valley’s Most Passive-Aggressive Indie Rock Band By Kim Barlow Dayliner is celebrating their third album, III, with an indie-rock extravaganza at Union Street Cafe in Berwick this Saturday, April 6, 8pm ’til midnight. Tickets are $10 at the door. To add to the excitement, they’ll be joined by a couple of hot Halifax bands. First, some great alternative pop rock from Kids Losing Sleep, winners of “Best New Band” in the 2018 edition of The Coast’s “Best of Halifax” readers poll. Then Matt Steele & The Corvette Sunset, with a blend of the hook-laden, soul-searching songwriting of Tom…
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Wanda Needs Your Help

Wanda Needs Your Help By Wendy Elliott A benefit concert is slated for Sunday, April 14 to aid a Sunken Lake resident with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Wanda (Brown) Redden was recently diagnosed with ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles. Entertainment is being contributed by Rob Brown, Chet Brown, John Snyder, David Guptill, Ruth Manning, and Graham Moorehead and Make Mine Country. The fundraiser, which is sponsored by the Fuller Family Farm, will take place at the Louis Millett Centre in New Minas. Organizers are setting up a…
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Burger Wars, Episode IV: April 2019!

Burger Wars, Episode IV: April 2019! There’s a Burger War happening and we want you to be a part of it! For the month of April over 45 restaurants from Windsor to Digby will be participating in Burger Wars for Campaign for Kids! Here’s how it works: Go to any one of the restaurants we will have listed and order the designated burger. Log on to to add your comments, and rate the burgers between April 1 and 30. At the end of the month, the restaurant with the top ratings will be awarded a fun burger-themed trophy and…
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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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In With The New

In With The New New Valley Businesses to Watch Springtime is a celebration of all things new. Here’s a list of amazing new businesses that have opened or are opening in the Valley this spring! FreshO, Kentville The Valley lacks a good shawarma place no more! FreshO offers smoothies, shawarma and falafel plates, delicious baklava and more! Located at 19 River Street in Kentville. Girliture, Kentville We can’t wait for the brick and mortar version of Girliture to open! Tanya Owen has run this home-based, online business in Kentville for years, and specializes in custom pillows and cozy curated…
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Making a Difference Through CFUW Wolfville

Making a Difference Through CFUW Wolfville By Winnie Horton For the past 52 years the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Wolfville has held an annual book sale, with proceeds over the years going to many charities and organizations here in the Annapolis Valley and more recently one in Kenya. Recently, some of these organizations and charities have indicated how much the CFUW’s support makes a difference: “For the last fifteen years, the CFUW Wolfville has been a major supporter of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Acadia University. Thanks to the generosity of its members, the WGST program…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Connecting through Nature

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Connecting through Nature By Melanie Priesnitz Conservation Horticulturist When was the last time you spent an hour or more outside in nature, connecting to another being? In today’s technological world, most of us don’t do it often enough. Getting outside and making connections can be simple, powerful, and healing. American Biologist Edward O. Wilson coined the term biophilia to explain why connecting with others in the natural world is so fundamental. Wilson’s publications, Biophilia (1984) and The Biophilia Hypothesis (1993) suggest that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature…
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Acadia Mental Health Initiative to Host “Engaging Suicide” Community Summit

Acadia Mental Health Initiative to Host “Engaging Suicide” Community Summit By Emily Kathan The Acadia Mental Health Initiative is hosting an important event for the community at large, including and especially local youth, first responders, and people with lived experience with suicide themselves or who support others who struggle. Taking place on Sunday, March 31 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Acadia’s Fountain Learning Commons, the Engaging Suicide and Building Resilience Community Summit aims to begin new conversations and open up new sources of community strength and support through workshops and keynote sessions. Jenna Purkis, coordinator of the Acadia Mental Health…
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