Who’s Who

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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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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Who’s Who Special Edition: Kylo the Haunt Dog!

Mike Butler Those eyes. That wagging tail. That fun, playful, rascal-like attitude towards life. That love for any human who comes close. No, I am not talking about myself, I am talking about a puppy: Kylo the Phantom Effects Super Haunt Dog! They call it puppy love, and anyone who meets, greets, and eventually plays with Kylo is instantly in love with this cute little guy! Kylo is a 3-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who was born in the Wolfville area. In a short period Kylo has become the furry-faced mascot of one of the coolest businesses in the Valley, and…
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Who’s Who: Ashley Jean

Luminous lashes and more!By Mike Butler We are 3/4 of the way through 2020 and more than ever we need to take a breather, relax, and just regroup after the last few months, am I right? Things are waking up again—cafes, restaurants, schools—and if you haven’t had a chance to treat yourself to something fun in awhile, some self-care is needed! There’s a wonderful new business on Main Street, Wolfville called Luminous Beauty Bar & Boutique, and within this quaint beauty bar you’ll find Ashley Jean, and she is just as luminous as the business. Luminous Beauty Bar & Boutique is a…
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Who’s Who: Geof Turner

Who’s Who: Geof TurnerThere’s No Place Like Nova Scotia Dear World, Hi, my name is Mike Butler and I write for The Grapevine here in beautiful Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Sorry things in your…um, world…are a bit “off” right now but I have some great news! I recently met this really awesome man who is motivated to make YOU better and I want to tell you about him. Geof Turner was born in Kentville and raised in Steam Mill, where 7 generations of his family have resided. His dad was a teacher and principal for 40 years here in the Valley and his…
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Who’s Who: Carole Donaldson and Howard Williams: Wildflowers of Wolfville

By Mike Butler Hello Summer!For days now, the sun has been shining and Facebook has lit up with hundreds of photos of gardens, greenery, walking trails and all things outdoorsy! This is a wonderful time of year to go out and see the beauty of the Valley, tend to your own property, and embrace the landscape and everything nature has to offer. We are so fortunate to have such diverse flora and fauna here, and I am just becoming aware of how vast the interest is in this field. Have you heard of the Blomidon Naturalists Society? Well, we can…
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Who’s Who: Lindsay Clowes, the Marketeer!

Who’s Who: Lindsay Clowes, the Marketeer!Mike Butler Lindsay Clowes has been a very, very busy person during this pandemic. With many hard workers beside her, Lindsay has helped coordinate the sustainability of the Wolfville Farmer’s Market during this tough time and her flawless work is something I am proud to recognize here in The Grapevine. Lindsay is originally from Fredericton, NB. She grew up in Maine but went to school in St Stephen so she could be part of the French immersion program. Lindsay says crossing the border every day to go to school wasn’t as weird as it sounds. She…
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Who’s Who: Arta Skuja

Who’s Who: Arta SkujaMike Butler When in Wolfville, either as a resident or a visitor, it doesn’t take long to see and feel the involvement of the L’Arche community. It’s a beautiful and constant piece of our surroundings and I have been so fortunate to meet and work with many of the great souls who’ve worked (and still work) within that L’Arche community. Arta Skuja is one such great soul. Arta Skuja is from Latvia, a small, peaceful and green country by the Baltic sea, with just a little over two million inhabitants. Latvia is still her home base, and…
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Who’s Who: Lindsay Ward: Play Me Some Mountain Music!

Who’s Who: Lindsay Ward: Play Me Some Mountain Music!Mike Butler For years, I had heard about the power and joy of music therapy and I’ve known lots of music therapy students and professionals, many who began playing at the TAN Coffee Open Mike nights. To hear their stories and be a part of their life journey is very fulfilling. I feel that music therapy is still very new but, I also know that in my forty years on the planet, music has always been such a driving force and motivator for me. Let me introduce Lindsay Ward to tell us…
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