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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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Mike Uncorked: Jay Malone and his Virtual Comedy Show!

Mike Butler It’s February: Love Month! Let’s discuss one of my absolute loves: COMEDY! The beautiful art of laughter, jokes, farce, and fun has been a staple of my upbringing and adult life and I am very excited to tell you how to shed some winter blues with a Valley comedian and his unique way of pivoting with laughter. Jay Malone, whom I’ve known for over twenty years, has always loved making people laugh. “It’s the best thing you can do for someone to make them feel better that doesn’t require years of education,” he says. “I also really love…
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Mike Uncorked : So Long 2020…Hello 2021!

The Best of the “Worst”By Mike Butler Happy New Year Everyone!!! I’m not sure, in any other year, we’ve meant it as much as this one. Have we ever looked forward to another year faster? I know 2020 was not, um…the greatest, for most, but honestly, I have very little to complain about. Life is full of hiccups and unwanted this and that. 2020 proved we can work together, roll with the punches, trek through life’s struggles and come out on top. At least for me, it was a time to regroup, reposition my priorities, and it gave me a…
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Mike Uncorked: A Few Of My Favourite Things

By Mike Butler It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Despite the tumultuous year we’ve all had, by the way congrats for making it through, we’ve come to the close of 2020 and hopefully our heads are held high and we’re ready for the next round of what’s coming our way, good or bad! No matter the events, the holidays are a time to reflect, enjoy, splurge, assist others, and make the best of the year end. Christmas is easily my favourite time of year and here’s a list of some fantastic things you can give as gifts to…
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Mike Uncorked: VIVEAU Headline Juice

By Mike Butler A while back, a very nice gent named Nick MacDonald popped into TAN Coffee to say hi and introduce me to an awesome new product called VIVEAU. Have you ever been introduced to something or someone and then, everyday that follows, you SEE this product or person? That’s what happened with myself and VIVEAU! And what a great sight to see! VIVEAU is a refreshing juice that was created to fill a significant gap in the market and it’s a product you simply have to find and try! The founders, Ted Grant and Hanspeter Stutz, couldn’t find…
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Mike Uncorked: Day to Day With KCA

Calendar Fundraiser Showcases Local SchoolBy Mike Butler For 13 years (Primary through Grade 12), I was fortunate to attend Kings County Academy in Kentville. For those wonderful, memorable years I made the bestest friends, fondest memories, and my junior and senior high experiences were filled with laughter, love, and practically no drama! For decades, KCA was home to so many students. I am so lucky to still be in touch with dozens of my friends and teachers, even though the school no longer exists. So, when I heard the Kentville Historical Society was releasing a special calendar commemorating the old…
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Mike Uncorked: Harvest for Health

The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation has a tasty new fundraiserMike Butler Hillary Webb says “Jump” and I say “How High?”! For years, any project that Hillary has been involved in has been a huge success and I am always so honoured when she asks me to come aboard for her next adventure. Hillary, of ‘Hill’s Grills’ fame, is the new fund development coordinator for events and community giving with the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation; she is responsible for coordinating and creating events that support whichever fundraising efforts are being conducted at that point in time, and to build on pre-existing…
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Mike Uncorked: Burial Grounds Care Society: From the Ground Up!

By Mike Butler The Burial Grounds Care Society are the leaders in preserving history and legacy here in the Valley, and I am so excited to feature them here in The Grapevine. The five people who created the Burial Grounds Care Society, along with other helpers, saw a need for cemetery research and restoration in Kings County. They since have done just that. Now, with 15 sites under their belts, the research and preservation is in full swing, with no signs of stopping. Why is there such a Society here in the Valley? Well the members feel its important to respect…
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Mike Uncorked: Emily Burton and The Valley Drama School

By Mike Butler As a community theatre-goer, as well as an actor, 2020 has been a tough pill to swallow. So many shows, concerts, events, programs, and festivals have been Covid cancelled and postponed and it’s been very hard on the creative folks in our valley and beyond. Well, with Nova Scotia doing an amazing job at following the rules; we’ve been able to reopen many restaurants, cafes, and soon the schools and event sites will reopen as well. One NEW business in particular requires a little attention as it’s very near to my heart and passion: The Valley Drama…
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Mike Uncorked: Some Sweet Sweet Landscaping!

Mike Uncorked: Some Sweet Sweet Landscaping!Mike Butler Riley William Sweet is the young man behind R.W. Sweet Landscaping, a fresh new business starring a fresh new entrepreneur, and customers have been singing his praises since his business started a year ago. Riley is from Gaspereau Mountain. He graduated from Horton High School in 2016, and while he was a student, he worked summers on his grandfather’s beef farm learning what hard work really is. Riley decided to take a year off in 2017 to work full-time on a local dairy farm. “I thought I was going to be a farmer…
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