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Who’s Who: Shelley Moore, The Moore the Better

Who’s Who: Shelley Moore, The Moore the Better By Mike Butler I truly believe there are three Shelley Moores out there, because she’s everywhere, and always doing so much for the community. I know, that’s a funny statement for me to make considering all the lakes my toes are dipped in, but I’ve known Shelley for about nine years and she is all over the place! I met Shelley during my very first show in December 2009, Brand New Year, when I was fortunate to share the stage with her daughter Meredith. It was evident early on how involved Shelley…
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Who’s Who: Mark Schofield

Who’s Who: Mark Schofield By Mike Butler Mark Schofield is in the league of people that I call Superhuman! No cape, no x-ray vision, no power to leap over tall buildings, but instead Mark is one of many that I’ve encountered who have suffered an injury, been set back many times in life, and instead of giving up he’s turned his plight around to want to benefit others. This is very superhuman to me and I want to share Mark’s story with you. With so much in the news about head injuries, concussion management in sport and the well-being of…
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Alfred Lake The World War I Bicycle Messenger

Alfred Lake The World War I Bicycle Messenger By Wendy Elliott At the Wolfville post office in front of our Mona Parsons sculpture, The Joy is Almost Too Much to Bear, stands an oak tree with a fascinating history. In a sense it goes back to the time of King Charles II of England, when an oak was planted at Windsor Castle. It was meant to commemorate the king’s escape from Cromwell’s army and the oak tree he hid in. During World War I, Wolfville resident Alfred Lake heard the story on the grounds of the castle and happened to…
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Who’s Who: Sasha Nelson and The Hardware Gallery

Who’s Who: Sasha Nelson and The Hardware Gallery By Mike Butler For those of you who don’t know, I have my own show on Eastlink Community TV called Annapolis Valley In-Focus, an interview show where I get to meet and chat with members of our community who are striving in business, and doing what they can to improve our Valley. I am so fortunate to know and to have interviewed Sasha Nelson. A few months ago he appeared on my show, and the setting for the program is actually taped in the Hardware Gallery that Sasha owns and operates in…
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Award-winning Solo Show Comes to Evergreen Theatre

Award-winning Solo Show Comes to Evergreen Theatre By Susan Wedlock What do you do when you are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease as a child and the only thing that will save you will leave you with only one eye? Well if you are Stephanie Morin-Robert you write and perform a multi-award-winning piece of theatre that uses comedy, dance, and story-telling to inspire and help others dealing with disabilities and differences. Blindside has been breaking boundaries and wowing audiences across North America and is touring the Maritimes in November with a local show at Evergreen Theatre November 17 at 8pm….
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Featurepreneur: A Freakishly Talented Pair

Featurepreneur: A Freakishly Talented Pair By Genevieve Allen Hearn You may know Phantom Effects Special Effects & Make-up because of their annual Phantom’s FreakShow Haunted House & Corn Maze at Stirling’s Fruit Farm in Wolfville. Or, perhaps you’ve been to a theatre production where they were responsible for make-up and props. Then again, you might have heard about their ghoulish motorcycle masks, or about the restoration work they’re doing in the Cornwallis Inn. Phantom Effects co-owners Aaron Peerless and Jaimie Corbin are busy entrepreneurs, especially around Hallowe’en. Luckily, we were able to steal them away from their work terrifying people…
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Who’s Who: Norm Surette: Lost and Found

Who’s Who Norm Surette: Lost and Found By Mike Butler Norm Surette popped into T.A.N. Coffee, Wolfville one sunny day while I was working and handed me a CD. It’s pretty common knowledge that I love most genres of music and play music constantly at work and at home, it’s just how I live. Music is very special to me and Norm was kind enough to pass on his latest effort, Lost and Found, which is an engaging, marvelous recording featuring so many terrific singers, all singing Norm’s songs. My next step, naturally, was to tell everyone about the CD…
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Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member!

Who’s Who: Barry Braun, Happy Community Member! By Mike Butler The Valley is filled with exceptional community members. I have the honour of writing about them in this column, including a gentleman I had never met before, but now that I have I’m very excited to share his adventures with you. Barry Braun is the founder of the Happy Community Project. He has a vision to change the world one community at a time and who wouldn’t want to help with that vision? Barry didn’t always have this vision. In fact, for a significant portion of his existence, he was…
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MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY!

Who’s Who: MARIE JARDINE: LITTLE PIGGIES REFLEXOLOGY! By Mike Butler When was the last time your little piggies went to market? You need to put your best foot forward and go see Marie Jardine. Read on and find out why. Marie Jardine was born and raised in Dartmouth. In 1977 her dad retired from the Navy and they moved to Ontario. She went to high school in Kincardine, a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Huron and then went to Sheridan College to study graphic design and worked in Toronto for a few years. She says, “I worked for…
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Marlene Jackson Winner of the 15th Valley Arts Award

Marlene Jackson Winner of the 15th Valley Arts Award By Wendy Elliott An active music teacher in Berwick, Marlene Jackson is receiving recognition from the Deep Roots Music Festival as one of the two founders of another festival. The Kings County Music Festival floundered in 1943 and there were 10 years without a music festival to inspire young music students. Marlene Jackson and the late Hetty Jackson ramped up interest again in the late 1970s, launching the Annapolis Valley Music Festival. That is one reason Jackson is going to be the fifteenth winner of the Valley Arts Award from Deep…
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