Latest Posts

The Women of Wolfville Will Tackle Change, But Not Now

The Women of Wolfville Will Tackle Change, But Not NowWendy Elliott The 19th annual production by the Women of Wolfville, Changing Now by WOW, will not be staged in April as planned. In fact, the final sketch has yet to be written. Right now everybody is dealing with abrupt change. Self isolation is the new term that we were confronted with mid-March. Coping with Covid-19 will be the final piece for our show. For the last three months the cast of close to 40 women have been looking at how society can be changed positively from the inside out. Among the…
Read more

Visually Speaking: Young Artists Pay Tribute to International Women’s Day

Visually Speaking: Young Artists Pay Tribute to International Women’s DayAnna Horsnell Dramatic colour, skillful drawing, wonderful imagination, and brave interpretations of a theme. These are qualities that make art stand out, qualities that make us stop and maybe see things through another’s eyes. When the artist is ten or sixteen years old, surprise quickly turns to genuine appreciation. Such was the case on March 3 at a wonderful youth art showcase in the the Lions Hall of the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick (otherwise known as the Apple Dome). One of the many events this month inspired by International…
Read more

Learning is Not All in Your Head

Learning is Not All in Your HeadKathleen Purdy, Alexander Society for Inclusive Arts It is gratifying to see the media devote more time to the importance of children playing outside, which recognizes the value of movement itself as a major learning modality. In the last 25 years a lot has been learned about the brain and the interrelationships between physical movement, human development, and cognitive learning. Among neurologists there is a growing understanding of brain plasticity. According to Dr. Norman Doidge, “neuro-plasticity is the property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure and functioning in response…
Read more

Valley Crossroads Health & Wellness Centre

Valley Crossroads Health & Wellness CentreEmily Leeson The Valley Crossword Health and Wellness Centre in New Minas is now just months away from opening its doors. The centre currently under construction is a collaboration between three local doctors, Dr. Craig White, Dr. Mark Johnston, and Dr. Chris King. When its doors open later this spring, the centre will be home to at least two family practices and a host of other health-related businesses. It’s poised to offer a fresh new space for healthcare, and in doing so hopefully encourage other medical professionals to consider calling the Valley home to their…
Read more

New Wellness Clinic in Kentville: The Healing Station

New Wellness Clinic in Kentville: The Healing StationGenevieve Allen Hearn Main Street Station is certainly shaping up to be quite the service hub in Kentville. You can now drop off your tailoring needs, get a shave and haircut, fill up your cider growler, and then drop by The Healing Station Natural Health Clinic for a massage, or perhaps acupuncture, or a consultation with a naturopath. All these services are offered under one roof by five different health care providers: naturopathic doctor Amy Florian, acupuncturist Sharon Conroy, and registered massage therapists Andrea MacDonald, Tamarah D’Entremont, and Bethany Hayes. Before opening the…
Read more

Keeping Our Community Strong: COVID-19

Keeping Our Community Strong: COVID-19Emily Leeson It is time to be responsible, considerate, and kind with each other — it is time to showcase the very best of what community means in the Annapolis Valley. While there’s been plenty of talk about panic-buying and people stockpiling toilet paper, there are actually plenty of practical things Valley residents can do to help reduce the impact of the pandemic in Nova Scotia. COVID-19 spreads from person to person by way of the droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Those droplets can travel approximately one metre and it appears…
Read more

Dr. Ian Spooner Takes Research Helm of Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre

Dr. Ian Spooner Takes Research Helm of Acadia’s K.C. Irving Environmental Science CentreSubmitted Acadia University has announced the appointment of Dr. Ian Spooner as the Director of Research at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. A long-time Acadia researcher and teacher, Dr. Spooner will focus on strategy, planning, and communication to ensure that the Irving Centre and Botanical Gardens continue to be leaders in environmental study. Dr. Spooner has been a professor and leader in Acadia’s Earth and Environmental Science Department for more than 25 years, supervising 30 master’s and 48 honours students to date….
Read more

Devour! and Chimney Chefs for Charity Donate to Local Food Banks

Devour! and Chimney Chefs for Charity Donate to Local Food Banks Devour! The Food Film Fest and the Chimney Chefs for Charity recently donated nearly $4,500 to three regional food banks in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. The funds, which were raised during the 2019 Great Devour! Chicken Dinner and Street Food Rally, were divided equally amongst the Fundy Food Bank, the Canning and Area Food Bank, and the Wolfville Area Food Bank. “It’s important to us that Devour! gives back to the community while also offering something for everyone at the festival,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour!. “From…
Read more

Art Spot: Hannah Paton of Lighthouse Fibre Studio

Art Spot: Hannah Paton of Lighthouse Fibre Studio Hannah Paton’s weavings are on display at the Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, throughout the month of March. In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself:I’m a textile artist living in Halifax. I moved here in 2008 to study English at the University of King’s College, and after graduating I decided to take some classes at NSCAD University. I graduated with my BFA in textiles and fashion in 2019. What is your artistic medium? How did you come to this style?I’m a weaver. I initially studied photography at NSCAD, but…
Read more

Look! A New Book!

Look! A New Book!By Hilary Drummond Summer FeetBy Sheree Fitch with illustrations by Carolyn FisherForthcoming in Spring 2020Poetry; picture book (ages 3-7)Nimbus Publishing, HalifaxHardcover: $22.95 Have you had enough of winter? Are you starting to dream of longer, warmer days? Is it time to put away the snow pants and woolly socks, and get ready to feel the sweet green grass or sun-warmed sand between your toes? Nimbus Publishing has the perfect antidote to the lingering winter blues: Summer Feet by beloved children’s book author Sheree Fitch, forthcoming in spring 2020. Many of you probably remember Fitch’s early books, like Toes in My…
Read more