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Team Skaling: JULIE SKALING AND HER BOY GABE

Well, this is another first for my Who’s Who column. After writing about many dynamite power couples (married or business partners) I am branching out and profiling my first mother and son team. I say ‘team’ because of how they interact with each other, and how that interaction stretches beyond the regular mother/son relationship. I’m currently part of an incredible theatrical experience called “My Boy Jack”, now playing at CentreStage Theatre and I have met two of the most wonderful people during this time, Julie Skaling and her son Gabriel. Let’s start with Julie. Being a mother, I’ve always said,…
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ROBERT LEE: The General Consultant

(Huge apologies to Lucas White, Robert Lee and Mike Butler from Grapevine staff for getting the names mixed up on this issue’s Who’s Who due to an unfortunate combination of a technical flaw and over-exhaustion ) Well, writing this Who’s Who is going to make a colonoscopy seem like a light-hearted treasure hunt. I am kidding of course! Part of that first sentence was the opening of a play I did a few years back called The Long Weekend by Norm Foster, a delightful comedy about two couples who swap truth, lies and each other over the course of two…
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LUCAS WHITE: Minding Some Business!

Lucas White approached me for a Who’s Who profile recently. I have met many eager people in this line of journalism but no one quite like Lucas. Lucas was so prompt with his emails and diligent about getting the word out about his new business adventures that I was shocked at how quickly this all came together for this issue. This industrious attitude that Lucas possesses is, no doubt, what fuels his latest career endeavor. Here’s the colorful tale of Lucas White. Lucas White is a local boy, raised here in Wolfville. His father and mother both moved here at…
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KEVIN CAMERON: how LOGO can he go?

I speak for many people when I say that the Wolfville Farmers’ Market is an incredible venue. The food, music, artists, etc. found within those walls on Wednesdays and Saturdays are spectacular assets to our community. This week’s “Who’s Who” is someone I “met” at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, even though he wasn’t actually present. I came across his business card on the huge rack off to the right as you enter the building. Have you seen this rack?  It’s filled to the brim with so many neat and intriguing people. Kevin Cameron’s rack card caught my eye instantly and…
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STEVEN KENNARD – As the Wood Turns!

This Who’s Who was both a blast from the past and a very fortunate boost to the present for me. I have known Steven Kennard since about 1998 and it’s been a pleasure catching up with him. Steven and Ellie were two of my favourite customers when I used to work at Blockbuster Video in New Minas (a hundred years ago). I was an overweight, awkward teenager who was eager to excel at his first job and Steven and Ellie always made me feel intelligent and helpful. They always treated me with respect and maturity and that meant a great…
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TERRI LYNN BLANCHARD – A Snapshot

Lights! Camera! Action! I was so excited when Terri Lynn Blanchard agreed to be profiled here in the Grapevine.  I have followed Terri Lynn on Facebook and think her photos are stunning and I really wanted to help promote her and her work to all my readers.  It’s summertime – what better way to encapsulate the fun times with warm weather, family, friends (and weddings & reunions etc.) than to have a professional photographer handy to capture those moments for you.  Terri Lynn Blanchard is just the photographer for the job.  I was also thrilled to write about her because…
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MIKE SISCO AND JON SURRETTE – A Relative Business!

Every Monday and Tuesday for the last few months, after I have completed my workout at Abs-olute Health Club in New Minas, I’ve walked from there into Kentville for play rehearsals. It’s a great walk, and I pass this incredible little shop called Elsewhere. I am a sucker for used DVD’s, CD’s, Collectibles, etc. and this shop is a great find! Specialty shops like this, I find, always have the most knowledgeable staff. The men who own this shop also operate it, and as you can see from the photo, really enjoy what they do and that rubs off in…
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Laurel Green:A Splash of Green!!!

Let’s see. Laurel Green loves the arts and appreciates everything associated with the arts. She’s new to Wolfville… do you think she’ll fit in and find something to do? Laurel Green is from Upper Saint John River Valley, New Brunswick. She grew up on a Christmas tree farm in a small Scottish farming settlement outside the village of Perth-Andover. I can see the sign now: “Christmas trees for Sale… Have a GREEN Christmas.” Laurel spent most of her childhood in the woods, playing and developing a love of nature. She says, “My two younger brothers and I would cut and…
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Rachel Bobbitt

Dear Rachel, Thank you so much for agreeing to be in the Who’s Who. I have never been this nervous to write about someone. I know that as you read this, you’re smiling with that infectious smile of yours and saying, “Why would you be nervous to write about me? I’m so boring,” Well, Rachel, you are wrong! I am nervous because for years you’ve sat in the audience and watched me perform in many shows and have always been a great support to me, as well as a wonderful person to work with, but it’s your natural and genuine…
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Leone Stanway: Note Perfect!

Well, folks, this is a first. I am sitting here at the Il Dolce Café, writing my Who’s Who, and my subject is here with me! I have never written one of these articles with the subject present. I am a little nervous, not going to lie, but inspired at the same time and feeling a little pressure to get all the facts right. Leone Stanway just happens to work as a part-time barista with me at the Il Dolce café on Elm Avenue, but that’s not how we met. Last fall, Leone came on board the Fezziwig Society as…
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