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The Flower Cart Group Launches $5.8 Million Capital Campaign 

The Flower Cart Group is launching a $5.8 million capital campaign to raise funds for a new facility. The Building Opportunities Capital Campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the organization’s fifty-year history. The Flower Cart Group, based in New Minas, provides opportunities to adults with intellectual disabilities and complex barriers to employment. Participants develop new skills through training in areas including woodworking, baking, and product packaging. The organization also supports members who join the workforce with job skills and with finding employment. Located in a former school building at 9412 Commercial Street, the Group identified three years ago that…
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Santa’s Early Arrival

Context: In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years, through flood and fire, triumph and catastrophe, they persevered, unwittingly…
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Jon Wayne’s Big Red Barn

By Anna Horsnell Jon Wayne’s Big Red Barn stands prominently on a slope at the foot of the North Mountain, just north of Berwick in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, and minutes from the Bay of Fundy. Unlike the days when it sheltered pigs, hay, and farm equipment, this fall the barn has resonated with music and laughter from a group of seniors having the time of their lives. Each of them is a professional artisan busily creating on-site and showcasing their artwork in a gorgeous country setting most would envy. Owner Wayne Dombroski and his partner, singer and songwriter Jon…
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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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Caring for our Students and the Women who Feed Them

Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Colourful salad bars, made-from-scratch meals crafted with love from locally-sourced ingredients, children happily lining up for a wholesome meal served by smiling, fairly-compensated cooks: this is the stuff that school lunch dreams are made of. So WHY is it taking us so long to get there? Most people do not realize that cafeteria workers rely on sales to children to pay every cent of their wages. Over the past few decades, food budgets and paid hours in many institutions have been whittled down to the bare minimum, meaning workers just aren’t given the…
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Books by Locals

By Wendy Elliott My Jelly Brain Has An Important Message Wolfville resident Mark Selvidge is a brain injury survivor with a mission. He is the co-author of a children’s book, My Jelly Brain, about brain injury and the importance of inclusion regardless of differences. He and his co-author, counsellor and life coach Betty Ann Buott, are passionate about educating others about brain injury. They have presented to various elementary schools in the Valley and several years ago at a National Brain Injury Conference. The book is a teaching tool. When talking to school classes about the dangers of brain injuries, Mark usually…
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Visually Speaking: Love and Landscape

By Anna Horsnell This month, well-known Wolfville artist Steven Rhude is presenting a new series of oil paintings at Harvest Gallery. His inspiration grew from those things he cares about, something certain to hold onto in our year of turmoil. Those things are love and landscape. “I was getting all kinds of requests to participate in online shows with COVID themes which I thought were predictable, so I ignored that and observed some of the things that are familiar to not just me, but all of us in this region. The Wolfville trail remained open and that’s where I started…
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Mike Uncorked: Day to Day With KCA

Calendar Fundraiser Showcases Local SchoolBy Mike Butler For 13 years (Primary through Grade 12), I was fortunate to attend Kings County Academy in Kentville. For those wonderful, memorable years I made the bestest friends, fondest memories, and my junior and senior high experiences were filled with laughter, love, and practically no drama! For decades, KCA was home to so many students. I am so lucky to still be in touch with dozens of my friends and teachers, even though the school no longer exists. So, when I heard the Kentville Historical Society was releasing a special calendar commemorating the old…
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Mike Uncorked: Out and About with Earth Adventures

By Mike Butler Who doesn’t love the outdoors? We live in such a beautiful area, where all year there’s something exciting, fun, and fulfilling to do outdoors: biking, hiking, walking, running, skiing, snowshoeing, the list goes on. With Earth Adventures, the stakes have been raised in outdoor enjoyment! Earth Adventures is a free resource (website and app) for families and small youth groups that provides easy-to-follow instructions for self-guided activities on thirty short trails in some of the most popular and beautiful locales in Halifax and Kings Counties. Earth Adventures was created by a team of collaborators that includes Alan…
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