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Who’s Who: Stephanie Battams A Cut Above the Rest!

Mike Butler I love puns, and I will try my best not to fill this Who’s Who article with puns! That’s my disclaimer as I navigate telling you about a gem of a local. This wonderful woman is a shear delight and I am honoured to finally feature her hair…I mean HERE! It’s early in the article, trust me, the hair puns will make sense soon! Stephanie Battams was born and raised in Calgary (those are her roots), attained a cosmetology license while in high school, and then moved to Nova Scotia with her five-year-old daughter on a leap of…
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Who’s Who: Bradley Dundas and Trillium Osteopathy

Mike Butler It’s a new year and I am proud to write about a new business that’s starting in Berwick called Trillium Osteopathy! Here’s a peek at that business and its owner and operator Bradley Dundas. Bradley lived most of his life in London, Ontario until 2019. He started working in a hospital in patient care right out of high school and decided the best job in the hospital is doctor, so he earned two undergraduate degrees at Western University while he worked at the hospital. “I wasn’t accepted into the medicine program,” he says, “but I did get offered…
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Who’s Who #250: The Women of Wolfville Town Council (and Mike Too!)

Mike Butler I have never been one to shy away from acknowledging outstanding people and their achievements in my community. For 12 years I have been privileged to write my Uncorked and Who’s Who columns for The Grapevine (happy anniversary month to me!) and this Who’s Who is extremely special to me as it’s my 250th community member profile! With that achievement I have decided to go all-out and feature not one, but SIX important community members. Over the last few months, this dynamic troupe of Wolfville residents have been very much in the spotlight as your newly elected mayor…
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Art Spot: Tylluan O’Sinend

In a few sentences tell us about yourself:My name is Tylluan and I am of Gaelic heritage. I’m very lucky to have found myself a home here in Wolfville. It is a beautiful place and I am very inspired by the gorgeous scenery and the vibrant artistic community. I use art as therapy, to brighten up my day and keep myself in a positive state of mind. I have a disability which is challenging and it prevents me from doing a lot of things but art I can do and so I indulge in it to my heart’s content. What…
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Visually Speaking: Printmaker Diana Baldwin

By Anna Horsnell Every artist chooses how to interpret their vision, how to give it shape. What inspires one artist may differ greatly from the approach of another. Those personal choices keep art alive. The idea may become a piece of sculpture, a painting, a photo, or, in the case of artist Diana Baldwin, an original print. First, some clarification best explained by Baldwin on her website: “A print is often confused with a photocopy or reproduction. A photocopy or reproduction of a work of art is not the original work of art by that artist. (In contrast) each print…
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Featurepreneur: The Swimwear Hut’s Relocation and Rebrand

The turn of the calendar year is a great time to reflect, re-energize, and revisit old goals while establishing new ones. It is also a time for rebirth. Liz Huntley, owner of The Swimwear Hut And Lingerie, has given the store a fresh look and feel in its new location at 8876 Commercial Street, New Minas. If you haven’t visited yet, just find the most splendid looking Christmas tree in the village, and it’s the stately home-turned-commercial space next to it! Huntley has been busy transitioning to the new space while also operating her other business, LIV Fashion Boutique in…
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Who’s Who: Burton L. Russell

Mister Valley SportsBy Mike Butler I am going to start my 2021 Who’s Who roster with someone who embodies two of my favourite things: community and history. Now, these qualities barely scratch the surface when describing Burton L. Russell but they’re a great start. Burton L. Russell is so Valley-famous that an introduction seems almost pointless, but I love writing introductions so I’m going to do it anyway. Burton is a preserver of Valley history, something that is a lost art in my mind, and over the years Burton has produced an incredible wealth of historic Valley literature both pleasing…
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Who’s Who: Dr. Darcy Worthylake and Kate Matheson

By Mike Butler New Business Alert! New Business Alert! There’s nothing more fun than getting to introduce readers to a new business and its owners. This couple have opened Worthylake Sports Therapy Clinic on Main street in Wolfville and it is very exciting for them, and for you! Darcy Worthylake and Kate Matheson grew up here in the Valley, Darcy in Kentville and Kate in Canning, and they knew each other in high school. They both left to go to university, in Ontario and Quebec, and have since spent the last 15 years studying, working, and travelling around Canada and…
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Featurepreneur: Blow Your Own Way

By Genevieve Allen Hearn Nathan Penney found his passion in an unusual way: through a chance meeting at a music festival. Now working as a glass blower while raising his 2-year-old daughter, Nathan chatted with The Grapevine about his journey becoming a creator, and how artisans are faring during COVID-19. The Grapevine (GV): What got you into glass blowing?Nathan Penney (NP): When I finished university I was going to summer music festivals that often had artists there for the weekend. I met a glass blower who did live demonstrations of his work for passersby to watch. I was enamoured by the process and how it…
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Who’s Who: Peter Dewar: The KING-stec of Cooking!

By Mike Butler I have a hard time saying no when asked to be part of a project, be it theatre, fashion shows, or fundraiser events. I love helping and being part of the community in all forms because I get to meet some pretty fascinating people along the way. The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation recently asked me to host some online cooking tutorials as part of their Harvest for Health fundraiser. Myself, a sous-chef (an employee of the Valley Regional Hospital), and a celebrity chef spent a few hours creating a culinary masterpiece with a prominent Valley fruit or…
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