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Who’s Who: Mark Bezanson

Who’s Who: Mark Bezanson By Mike Butler Mark Bezanson was sort of like Mr. Snuffleupagus to me for the last few years! I had heard of him, seen videos, knew people that had met him, but he and I had just never been able to meet up. Well, all that changed when Mark boarded the Magic Wine Bus a few weeks ago and drank with me all day! The connection was made and now I get to write about Mark so each of you can meet him. Mark was born on the South Shore in Chester Basin, moved to Port…
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Who’s Who: Mike Aubé: Man, Music, and More!

Who’s Who: Mike Aubé: Man, Music, and More! By Mike Butler Mike Aubé: the name is so familiar here in the Valley that it feels almost superfluous to feature him in this column, but Mike is known for his music, not for being a big personality in our community. He’s known, but do we really know him? I serve Mike coffee, own his CDs, see him out and about, pass along some hellos and chit chat when we bump into each other, but I wanted to include Mike in my column so I could learn more about him and where…
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Who’s Who: Brad Farquhar: Man Without Limits

Who’s Who: Brad Farquhar: Man Without Limits By Mike Butler Brad Farquhar is an inspiration! There’s just no other word that comes to my mind after meeting and chatting with him. There were moments during our conversation where I couldn’t blink and my mouth just hung open I was so in awe of his story and his accomplishments. Brad has gone above and beyond both physically and mentally and he’s showing no signs of stopping. Take a minute and be inspired. Let me introduce you to the one and only Brad Farquhar! Born and raised in Brooklyn Nova Scotia, Brad…
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Marie’s Report: Wolfville and Area Newcomers Club Book Group

Marie’s Report: Wolfville and Area Newcomers Club Book Group By Marie Mossman How can you make a new friend? The first step is to meet new people, and The Wolfville and Area Newcomers Club makes that easy. Newcomers welcomes all, whether new to the area or not. Its interest groups ensure you can mix with people who enjoy an activity that you like. The Newcomers book group is a particular favourite: A bikini hung unused by the swimming pool in June as the group of voracious readers concentrated on the hottest titles they would read during 2019 and 2020. This…
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On The Cover: teBogt’s Produce & Meat

teBogt’s Produce & Meat is run by Emily teBogt. teBogt started her business at the age of 18 in 2011. She grows a few acres of vegetables and maintains a small flock of sheep, laying hens, and a pig herd on her family’s dairy and poultry farm in Grand Pre. teBogt grows everything she sells. Vegetables are grown without the use of chemical herbicides, insecticides, or fertilizer. She uses composted livestock manure, non-gmo seeds, plastic mulch, greenhouses, tractor power, crop rotation and biological pest control, and says teBogt, “lots of human power.” Her laying hens live in the barn in…
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Federal Minister tours Avondale Culture Hub

Federal Minister tours Avondale Culture Hub By Heather Desveaux Before he met with cultural ministers from across the country in Halifax on Tuesday June 18, Canada’s Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism first took a drive down some country roads to make an early morning appearance in rural Hants County. Against the backdrop of a blue sky and the brown mud of the Avon River during low tide, Minister Pablo Rodriguez, an MP from Montreal first elected in 2004, met with about thirty members from Hants and Kings County’s cultural sector at the Avon River Heritage Museum and Arts Centre…
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Summer Event Spotlight: Gaspereau Art Market

Summer Event Spotlight: Gaspereau Art Market Always a highlight of a Valley summer, the 13th Gaspereau Art Market will take place on Saturday July 6, 1pm-4pm. Fourteen talented artists and craftspersons will be in attendance with their work for sale. Jenny and Megan Osburn will be providing refreshments, and a freewill offering will be collected for the Wolfville Childrens’ Centre. In recognition of this issue’s performing arts theme, we asked participating artists and craftspersons to tell us about what other arts they enjoy participating in or appreciating beyond the work they will have available at the market. Here are a…
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Who’s Who: Ben Brown: Star Athlete on the Right Track!

Who’s Who: Ben Brown: Star Athlete on the Right Track! By Mike Butler Ben Brown has got all the right wheels turning for success! Ben is a probably a familiar name to almost everyone here in the Valley and beyond and I’m so excited to finally feature him in my column. Ben is a positive, hardworking, inspirational force here in our community and that inspiration has touched so many lives. Now Ben can add a little Grapevine fame and recognition to his long list of accomplishments. Ben was born in Weston, Nova Scotia but is currently residing in Cambridge. He…
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Square Dance Chance at Full Circle Festival

Square Dance Chance at Full Circle Festival By Kim Barlow Full Circle Festival is a sweet little music gathering in Newport on summer solstice weekend, when the Avon River Heritage Museum and surrounding area are filled up with sun-drenched nature-lovers, barefoot muddy children, friendly dogs, and blissed-out dancers. It is one of the first summer weekends when folks shed their workloads and winter worries and find each other in a field to share stories, kombucha, fresh air, and great music. Hannah and Arnie Naiman are a father and daughter musical team from Toronto, performing Appalachian old-time and original songs, and…
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Dana Mills Recognized as Writers’ Trust Rising Star

Dana Mills Recognized as Writers’ Trust Rising Star Earlier this month, Valley author Dana Mills was in Toronto as a recipient of The Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Rising Star program, which provides talented emerging writers with a financial award, the mentorship of an established writer, and a two-week residency at The Banff Centre. He was chosen for the award by David Adams Richards. Dana’s short story collection, Someone Somewhere, is available from Gaspereau Press. Photos: Dana Mills (Credit Katherine Holland); The Art Gallery of Ontario 2019 Writers’ Trust Rising Stars panel discussion, June 5, 2019.