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The Portal Receives $1.1 Million in Funding for Annapolis Valley Youth Transition Homes

Submitted The Department of Community Services is providing $1.1 million in funding for youth transitional housing to the Portal Youth Outreach Association. The Transitional Housing Program will have three houses, one each in Windsor, Kentville, and Middleton. The program will support 14 youth, aged 16-21, who are homeless or precariously housed. The houses will open fall of 2021 and young people can safely stay for three months to three years, depending on their needs and their capacity to transition to permanent housing. The program will address the lack of affordable, accessible, and supported housing options for youth. Currently, no youth…
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Visually Speaking: A Retrospective of Photographer Dick Groot

Anna Horsnell Dick Groot sits quietly in a chair. He takes his time absorbing the carefully chosen images hung on the gallery walls around him, a retrospective of his 65 years as a photographer. He pauses occasionally, remembering the stories, the people, and the places, and he is content. From KODAK BROWNIE to SMARTPHONE is his artistic journey, a very special show currently on exhibit at ArtCan Gallery in Canning. A Dutch-Canadian, Groot grew up in Amsterdam during World War II and the years of recovery that followed. “For me, photography began in 1954. In my third year of secondary…
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Crystany’s Brasserie Celebrates Five Years

Submitted Crystany’s Brasserie in Canning is celebrating five years in business on June 28! It’s an achievement for the family, who have lived in the community for 39 years. Opening the first certified dedicated gluten-free restaurant in Canada has been an adventure since the beginning. “Our 18th-century building was gutted and brought back to life,” says owner Savannah Maxner. “We found hidden treasures from previous business owners, which hang on the wall upstairs. Our top hats tell the story of a local business lady, who imported hats. The bar is made from the original wood from the second floor. Our…
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The Flower Cart Group Continues Building Opportunities Campaign

New facility will cost approximately $5.8 million.Wendy Elliott Work With Purpose: 50 Years of Supported Training and Employment in the Annapolis Valley sets out the history behind the New Minas centre. Author Jim Prime has set down many of the personal stories that led to the creation and growth of the social enterprise and vocational training centre, which makes it a good read. The Flower Cart is about 75 percent of the way toward a state-of-the-art, purpose-built, and accessible new facility. After five decades, all of the social enterprises and programming will be under one roof not too far from…
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AVRL News: Staycation Reading Could Earn You Prizes

Angela Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library Summer reading helps your children keep their reading skills sharp while school is out, and if you already love to read, why not track your reading and win prizes with our Summer Reading Challenge? We have 4 levels this year:Pre-Reader (ages birth – 4)Readers (ages 4-12)Teen (ages 12-17)Adult (Ages 18+) Each Challenge is tailored to the age group, and has activities embedded in the Challenge in addition to reading: activities you can do right here at home in Nova Scotia. Here’s how it works:Online registration begins June 1and the Challenge begins on June 26….
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The Infamous Nova Scotia Toit

Garry Leeson It was a long time coming and there was a lot of excitement when they finally got it. Men and women alike had been waiting for years to get it. They couldn’t have got it at a better time. The Toit, the round version being most preferable, turned out to be the currency of a revolution. People everywhere were getting it and as soon as they got it, things began to change. Suddenly all those things that should have happened began to actually happen and untold numbers of old promises were being kept. Renovations and small building projects…
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Dinner Out: Cumin Kitchen and Drinks

Scott Campbell From the creators of Le Caveau at Grand Pre Winery comes a brand new casual dining experience. With Chef Jason Lynch creating a phenomenal new menu that is both creative and delicious this new gem promises to be sparkling addition to the culinary landscape in the Valley. Cumin Kitchen and Drinks is located in the new building at 21 Roy Avenue in New Minas. Chef Lynch describes Cumin Kitchen and Drinks as an urban café and eatery based on locally sourced and supportive agriculture with fresh and honest food prepared simply. They offer dine-in, take-out, or take-home and…
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Ron Lightburn White Point Beach Ron Lightburn’s art cards are now available at locations throughout the Annapolis Valley: R.D. Chisholm and the Kings County Museum in Kentville; The Port Pub and Sea Level Brewing in Port Williams; Bent Ridge Winery in Windsor, Wheaton’s in Berwick, Saunders Tartans & Gifts in New Minas, and Endless Shores Books in Bridgetown.

Budget 2021 supports Nova Scotia’s Wine Sector

Kody Blois As your Member of Parliament, I’m proud to champion the robust agriculture sector that exists in Kings-Hants—including our grape and wine sector, which also serves as a tourism destination, generating jobs and supporting our local economy. There has been tremendous growth in our wine sector since 2007. This is largely in part due to the entrepreneurial spirit of our wine growers and vineyard operators, but also because of the 100% Canadian Excise Exemption. However, this exemption was deemed non-trade compliant by the World Trade Organization following a challenge from Australia in 2018. In working closely with stakeholders in…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Offers Three Virtual Concerts for Free Viewing

François Côté This year, for the first time in more than half a century, the Acadia Performing Arts Series did not present live performances in Convocation Hall or Festival Theatre, its two habitual Acadia campus venues. As we all know, the Acadia campus has been off-limits to the general public since the beginning of the pandemic. It even seems unlikely that we will be able to present performances on campus come next fall. Normally, at this time of year, we would have released a full 2021-22 Series, nicely presented in our glossy booklet. Thousands of copies of this booklet would…
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