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Who’s Who: Gail and Everett Butler, My A-Parent Situation!

Who’s Who: Gail and Everett Butler, My A-Parent Situation! By Mike Butler I’ll never forget those Christmas mornings when I received some of my favourite gifts: my drafting table, my guitar, my VHS special edition copy of Gone With The Wind, and that really bright, checkered bathrobe from Phinney’s. This Who’s Who is very special to me because it’s about the two people that have given me more gifts than I can remember, including the gift of life: my parents Gail and Everett Butler. I have pretty amazing folks! While applauding their accomplishments as great parents, grandparents, business owners, and…
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The Crowdsourcer: Refresh Annapolis Valley

The Crowdsourcer: Refresh Annapolis Valley Watch our community change the world one dollar at a time. Refresh Annapolis Valley is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization offering workshops, events, and competitions aimed at exposing our community to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) concepts, especially computer science. They offer programs for Primary to Grade 12 students, industry professionals, and beyond. In 2018, Refresh Annapolis Valley hosted 49 events supporting entrepreneurship and digital technology in the Valley, with an estimated 930 participants attending. Over 60 volunteers made this all happen, along with 12 partner organizations. Refresh also opened their toolshed, which has…
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Canucopia in Support of Local Food Banks

Canucopia in Support of Local Food Banks By Sylvia Jacquard Orchard Valley United Church recently held their ninth Canucopia in support of local food banks. Thanks to the support of Atlantic Superstore in New Minas and its shoppers, this was the best one to date with approximately 1240kg (2728 pounds) of food (including for pets), household, and personal care items collected. In total $1453.70 was donated as well. The church holds Canucopia twice a year, in May and in October, alternating between the Atlantic Superstore and the Sobeys in New Minas. Since the beginning, Orchard Valley has appreciated the kindness…
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Good News: Acts of Generosity and Ways to Give this Holiday Season

Good News: Acts of Generosity and Ways to Give this Holiday Season Chrysalis House Capital Campaign Chrysalis House provides shelter and outreach services in a safe and non-judgmental environment, to women and children in our collective communities. They have recently launched a capital campaign to support ‘Project Renew,’ their initiative to build a new Chrysalis House in the Annapolis Valley. They have already secured some funding through government initiatives, and have purchased land and drafted building plans. They are now seeking the support of community funders and private donors to help finance the remaining cost of the new shelter. For…
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Who’s Who: Shelley Moore, The Moore the Better

Who’s Who: Shelley Moore, The Moore the Better By Mike Butler I truly believe there are three Shelley Moores out there, because she’s everywhere, and always doing so much for the community. I know, that’s a funny statement for me to make considering all the lakes my toes are dipped in, but I’ve known Shelley for about nine years and she is all over the place! I met Shelley during my very first show in December 2009, Brand New Year, when I was fortunate to share the stage with her daughter Meredith. It was evident early on how involved Shelley…
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Dinner Out: Sparkling Wine Masterclass

Dinner Out: Sparkling Wine Masterclass By Scott Campbell Two of my all-time favourite things have to be food and wine. So when NSCC’s newest cool climate wine and viticulture faculty member, Patrick Cantieni, invited me to join him and Grand Pré Wines vineyard manager Devon Koeller at Benjamin Bridge Winery for a masterclass on sparkling wines with winemaker Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, along with food pairings by Le Caveau chef Jason Lynch, I knew I was in for a fantastic evening. Jean-Benoit guided us through the evening with his expert commentary on the elegant sparkling wines that were set before us. His…
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Mike Uncorked: Winter Reading 2018

Mike Uncorked: Winter Reading 2018 By Mike Butler Warm fires (or heat pumps!), a mug of hot chocolate (or rum & egg nog), comfy sweatpants, and a bulky hoodie, wrapped up under your best-loved blanket, snuggled in with your favourite book: sounds like the perfect stormy winter day doesn’t it? Yes there’s shovelling, shopping, and holiday chaos this time of year but there’s also the chance to take in some magnificent literature. Never deprive yourself of the written word. Let me help you out by giving you my holiday wish list of must-reads for the winter season that are also…
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Glow!: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir to Perform 30th Annual Concert

Glow!: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir to Perform 30th Annual Concert The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary, and will present their seasonal concert, “GLOW!”, on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8. The choir’s two ensembles will perform music inspired by the wonder and mystery of the winter’s night sky, and the “glow” that we experience at this time of year, not only from the seasonal lights, sparkling starlight, candles, and burning fires, but from within. Together, the choirs and the audience will celebrate shining our own lights as a beacon in the darkness in an evening…
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Valley Family Fun: The Countdown to Christmas is on!

Valley Family Fun: The Countdown to Christmas is on! By Laura Churchill Duke There is never so much fervour and excitement for the holidays as when there are children in the house! There are a couple of special things that you can do to get ready. These are some of our favourite countdown traditions. Elf of the Shelf Whether your kids believe in the Elf or not, it’s a whole lot of fun for the whole family to wake in the morning to see where the Elf is hiding or what mischief he has been up to! My biggest piece…
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Lee’s Shop: The Little Business with a Big Heart Selling Products with a Story

Lee’s Shop: The Little Business with a Big Heart Selling Products with a Story By Lee & Francis The proud owner of Lee’s Shop in Canning is Lee Van Amerongen. Lee is a young man who loves his church, likes fast food, music, and books. Lee is proud to be called “Uncle Lee” by his niece and nephew, and treasures the time he spends with family and friends. Lee is also a young man with autism and significant seizure disorder. He is non-verbal, communicates with an ipad and alphabet board, and needs support for most aspects of his life. Lee…
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