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Earth Day Q & A: Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager, Valley Waste-Resource Management

Earth Day Q & A: Andrew Garrett, Communications Manager, Valley Waste-Resource Management The Grapevine (GV): Tell us a little about yourself. How did you come to be working at Valley Waste-Resource Management? Andrew Garrett (AG): Twenty years ago, after graduating from Acadia University, I got a job in Halifax providing education to residents about the new green cart program to collect compostable organics. A year later I came to Valley Waste to help out with their new green cart program… and I never left. I’ve been with Valley Waste for 19 years, working with staff to educate residents and businesses…
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Who’s Who: Nate “The Barber” Foster

Who’s Who: Nate “The Barber” Foster By Mike Butler Painters, sculptors, landscapers and barbers: there’s no debate from me that all these professionals are artists. The technique, the training, the patience, and the drive to create something unique and eye-catching, is apparent in these and many other occupations. Where some people would say being a barber is not the same as being a painter, I’m afraid you haven’t been to the right barber yet. To see what I mean, take a trip to Ascension Barbershop in Railtown, Wolfville and have your hair done by Nathanael Foster. Nate “The Barber” Foster…
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Matt the Music Man

Matt the Music Man By Mike Butler A few months ago I hosted the Night Kitchen event and Matt The Music Man was performing. He was a complete delight to watch and listen to. Matt was kind enough to give me a copy of his new album “Everyday Superheroes,” a wonderful collection of quirky, delightful songs aimed at younger listeners. I encourage any of you with young kids to run out and pick up a copy. Very reminiscent of the Fred Penner, Sharon, Lois & Bram, and Raffi era I grew up in, Matt has taken all the musical styles…
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Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs!

Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs! By Mike Butler Whether reading or watching a mystery, you just never know who is behind the crime until it’s all said and done. Agatha Christie is the queen of mysteries and it wasn’t until the final pages of her acclaimed novels that the reader finally got the answers they were looking for. Some of Dame Agatha’s works were turned into stage plays, including The Mousetrap, the longest-running show in theatre history, and behind its latest production are two genius directors putting their own spin on this classic Christie whodunit! Who’s…
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Squeezing the Potential: Maritime Express Cider Co. and the Annapolis Valley’s Cider Scene

Squeezing the Potential: Maritime Express Cider Co. and the Annapolis Valley’s Cider Scene By Genevieve Allen Hearn Jimi Doidge, a Hamilton native, moved to Centreville in 2016. He was drawn to the area in part because it was an apple-growing region. You see, Jimi had a dream to open a cidery one day, and he saw that there was great potential in the Annapolis Valley. In 1633 the first apple trees in Canada were planted in the Annapolis Valley, and today the region accounts for approximately 10% of Canada’s production of apples, so it’s natural that the area is becoming…
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Still Curling in his Nineties: Hubert Sullivan

Still Curling in his Nineties: Hubert Sullivan Submitted Hubert Sullivan has curled for over sixty years. In the early 2000s, Hubert encouraged the use of the stick method in rock delivery. The Nova Scotia Curling Association (NSCA) dedicated the Open Division Trophy to Hubert, naming it the Sullivan Cup. On accepting the cup to be named after him, Hubert wrote to the association that he “was convinced that this would be a way to introduce the game to people with many levels of abilities and allow others to continue playing and enjoying the comradeship of this great game. This can…
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Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master

Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master By Mike Butler I grew up in a world where Mr. Dressup, Romper Room, Sesame Street, and The Big Friendly Giant were my entertainment. The wholesome beautiful world of puppets, magic, stories, and adventure entered my life every day and it was a glorious way to be brought up. We are so fortunate to live in a valley where community theater is ablaze with productions of all forms including musicals, dramas, one-act plays, concerts, and puppetry. I had the pleasure of spending some time with a recent addition to this vibrant community: the new…
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Amanda Dainow & the Singing Nettles Herbal Clinic

Amanda Dainow & the Singing Nettles Herbal Clinic By Mike Butler   Some of my favourite articles that I write are about people, places, and businesses that I didn’t know about prior to writing about them. These articles put me in touch with the most interesting people — just like Amanda Dainow!   Amanda is a clinical herbalist and founded Singing Nettles Herbal Clinic in Kings County in 2011. She is a co-founder and the president of North Mountain Animal Sanctuary and has facilitated the Wolfville Plant Walks as a fundraiser for North Mountain Animal Sanctuary for five years. Amanda…
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The Art Spot: Tacha Reed

The Art Spot: Tacha Reed   Tacha Reed’s current exhibit “What We Leave Behind…”  is currently on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 21 Elm Avenue. Check valleylibrary.ca for open hours   WHO: Originally born in Middleton, I was raised and educated in Halifax and moved to Ellershouse in 2009. Life in the country meant a whole new career path for me; I became heavily involved with the local arts council, which inadvertently led to me taking on the position of manager of the Avon River Heritage Museum in Avondale (one of Hants County’s truly hidden gems).   WHAT:…
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Who’s Who: KYLE THOMPSON

Who’s Who: KYLE THOMPSON By Mike Butler   Well, here we are. Another year of Who’s Who to look forward to. I love writing and sharing these profiles with the community. Happy New Year and enjoy all these fine folks!   I’m starting the year off with a pretty cool guy whom I’ve known for a few years now. He’s friendly, knowledgeable, environmentally-conscious, and a coffee drinker, to name just a few good points. He’s very well-known in the Valley but has never had the Who’s Who treatment, until now. Here is a businessman and all-around great gent Kyle Thompson….
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