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Valley Credit Union Makes $20,000 Donation to Coldest Night of the Year

Submitted Valley Credit Union staff collected $15,000 in donations for Coldest Night of the Year, Annapolis Valley! That is more than double their initial target! The staff started fundraising in the fall. In addition to collecting donations in-branch, they sold snowflake cookies provided by Fresh From The Oven in Greenwood and sold tickets for two different prize draws: one for a Christmas gift card tree and one for two Nova Scotia themed signs, one donated by Valley Flowers and Crafts and the other donated by one of our amazing members! “We are so impressed by the staff’s hard work and…
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Nature Time for All: Addressing Barriers to Outdoor Recreation

Judy Lipp, Program Coordinator, Flying Squirrel Adventures Many of us by now have heard about and understand the need for regular nature time, and perhaps have even implemented a regular routine to support our health and wellness. Scientific research has shown consistently that time in nature can support physical, mental, and emotional well-being at all ages. Indeed, access to nature is a fundamental human right that should be available to all. The pandemic does seem to have raised our collective consciousness about the importance of regular time outside, but follow through is not always easy, and for some it’s not…
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Books by Locals: Julia Coldwell and J.G. Lutes

Wendy Elliott Julia Coldwell is the author of a novel, Stolen Lives, a children’s book, Fred’s Friends Hold a Contest, and a poetry collection, Spoken Waves. A collection of free verse poems, Spoken Waves offers an exploration of words, cycles, and relationships. The poems bring together observations of water, light, and dark imagery interspersed with playful use of language. They draw on life experiences in Nova Scotia with a stir of creativity. Stolen Lives is about a young teen named Tessa. At the outset, she and her family are recovering from a devastating fire. Tessa grows in strength, acting to…
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Introducing Transition Wolfville Area

Submitted Transition Wolfville Area first got going in 2016, went into a dormant phase in 2018-19, and then sprouted anew to become incorporated as a non-profit in 2020, only to have its growth spurt stunted by the multiplying challenges of that year. Given the constant state of upheaval we all find ourselves in, it is all the more urgent that in 2021 we come together to find creative and local ways of living in more respectful, reciprocal, relational, and joyous ways. With that in mind, we are announcing our spring plans for Locavisioning with verve and verse! We welcome all…
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Art Spot: Connie Veinotte

WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself:I am a long-retired teacher. I am active in my church and community (Health Auxiliary). I am concerned about the environment and issues surrounding poverty. I walk and exercise to keep fit. WHAT: What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I paint in watercolours and sometimes acrylics. I started painting in oils but when I moved to Wolfville in 1984, local painting groups seemed to be mostly using watercolours so I made the switch. WHERE: Where do you work & where can we find your work?I am…
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Marie’s Occasional Report: Fring Frang and Other Humble Dishes to Satisfy

If you’ve noticed full tummies make happier children, and food is getting more expensive, check out these simple ideas. The meals are suitable for adults or children. Fring frang, a traditional meal from Southwestern Nova Scotia, is suggested by my friend, Susan: You grate some potatoes, squeeze out the liquid and starch, and form pancake shapes. Grease a heated pan with butter, and fry the fring frang on both sides until the they become crispy and light brown, and the potatoes are cooked as much as you like. Serve as they are, or with your favourite sauce. Ketchup or applesauce…
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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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Where It’s At: What to Try 2021

Jeremy Novak Celebrating local bounty has never meant more than it does now. A lot has changed since last year’s Local Libations issue of The Grapevine! In fact, I reckon you’ve discovered a few new-to-you backyard taste sensations since crossing borders became a big deal. To help with my third What To Try article, I once again loaded up the Where It’s At Tours van with a team of designated drinkers and headed on down the Valley. Still Fired Distillery9548 Highway 8, LequilleOur adventure commenced with the charismatic Caleb at Still Fired Distillery. We were over the moon with his…
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Schoolhouse Brewery Launches “Community Stout” to Support Local Food Bank

100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Matthew 25 Windsor & District Food Bank Submitted It’s no secret that every food service business in Nova Scotia was affected during the pandemic, resulting in service changes or shut downs across the province. While many are struggling to adapt and keep afloat, one small business in Windsor is putting its energy elsewhere. Schoolhouse Brewery, a microbrewery and taproom in downtown Windsor, is committed to helping the most important food service business there is in the area: the Matthew 25 Windsor & District Food Bank. Despite shutting down its taproom for…
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Featurepreneur: Berwick’s Smokehouse Nano Brewery is a Family Affair

Genevieve Allen Hearn Mike and Shelly Peters have turned their passion for brewing into a brewery specializing in small batches of quality craft beer. As a self-funded, semi-retirement project, and with the help of their children Andy and Aleesha, they recently opened a taproom in the heart of Berwick. Smokehouse Nano Brewery currently offers twelve varieties of beer, ranging from lager to porter and everything in between. They also offer limited-release varieties that customers need to scoop up quickly before they disappear! The Grapevine (GV): First off – what is a “nano brewery” and how is this different from a…
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