Who’s Who

Who’s Who: Stephanie Battams A Cut Above the Rest!

Mike Butler I love puns, and I will try my best not to fill this Who’s Who article with puns! That’s my disclaimer as I navigate telling you about a gem of a local. This wonderful woman is a shear delight and I am honoured to finally feature her hair…I mean HERE! It’s early in the article, trust me, the hair puns will make sense soon! Stephanie Battams was born and raised in Calgary (those are her roots), attained a cosmetology license while in high school, and then moved to Nova Scotia with her five-year-old daughter on a leap of…
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Who’s Who: Bradley Dundas and Trillium Osteopathy

Mike Butler It’s a new year and I am proud to write about a new business that’s starting in Berwick called Trillium Osteopathy! Here’s a peek at that business and its owner and operator Bradley Dundas. Bradley lived most of his life in London, Ontario until 2019. He started working in a hospital in patient care right out of high school and decided the best job in the hospital is doctor, so he earned two undergraduate degrees at Western University while he worked at the hospital. “I wasn’t accepted into the medicine program,” he says, “but I did get offered…
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Who’s Who #250: The Women of Wolfville Town Council (and Mike Too!)

Mike Butler I have never been one to shy away from acknowledging outstanding people and their achievements in my community. For 12 years I have been privileged to write my Uncorked and Who’s Who columns for The Grapevine (happy anniversary month to me!) and this Who’s Who is extremely special to me as it’s my 250th community member profile! With that achievement I have decided to go all-out and feature not one, but SIX important community members. Over the last few months, this dynamic troupe of Wolfville residents have been very much in the spotlight as your newly elected mayor…
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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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