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Wil Lang: TRIUMPHS OF THE WIL!

By Mike Butler I’m a busy man. There, I admitted it! Right here in PRINT, I admit to all my readers, I am a very busy man, but what about Wil Lang?  Seriously, check out this guy. Yes, it’s Wil with only one ‘L’ and if you’ve eaten at the Troy Restaurant in Wolfville, strolled through the Wolfville market, escaped to Pantoland in Fezziwig 2013, or just walked around town, then you’ve seen, heard of, or encountered Wil Lang. And if you haven’t, then you haven’t left the house in a very long time. I am busy but Wil Lang…
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Support a local farmer, artist, student, and an international community all in one go!

That’s the hope of one of the artists being featured at Jack’s Gallery this month, located in the Just Us coffee shop in Wolfville. Rachel Morrison, a fourth year Acadia University student, hopes to raise enough money to help fund her international community development trip to Peru this coming March. Each winter, the students in their final year of study in the Community Development program, embark on a three-week community development project, the culmination of their studies in the bachelor degree program. This project takes the form of two local initiatives and one international, this year taking place in Peru….
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L is for Lacrosse!

Lacrosse was originally played by First Nations peoples and has since become Canada’s National Summer Sport. However, very few people know what it is, let alone how to play it!           Lacrosse is played with a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the ball. The objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball. Now you have an opportunity to learn how…
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HERE AND AWAY: Obesity Rates

By Pamela Swanigan Figures based on average annual premium. Canadian figures are from 2009. “Overweight” indicates a Body Mass Index of 25 or over, “obese” a BMI of 30 or over, “morbidly obese” a BMI of 40 or over. Categories are additional; that is, the figures for “overweight” do not include the figures for “obese,” nor “obese” those for “morbidly obese.”  Newfoundland and Nova Scotia have the highest overweight/obesity rates in Canada, Alberta and B.C. the lowest. West Virginia and Mississippi have the highest overweight/obese rates in the U.S., Hawaii and Colorado the lowest. Nova Scotia: 37.5% overweight; 23.7% obese;…
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War and Remembrance: Part Two

A few issues back, I wrote an article about World War I and some of the events taking place in the Valley (theatre and film wise) that were being presented to commemorate the 100th anniversary. Well, with Remembrance Day just around the corner, I felt it best to do an article about some of the events happening in the valley commemorating World War II. I have just finished the CentreStage production of “My Boy Jack”, a gripping drama that received stellar reviews; mostly for its cast and the play’s no-holds-barred depiction of the First World War. I was greatly tested…
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Gravely Ghosts

Valley Ghost Walks are two-hour, historical productions throughout the streets and cemeteries of four Valley communities: Wolfville, Kentville, Windsor, & Halls Harbour. Led by Jerome the GraveKeeper, these family-friendly walks introduce you to numerous historical ghosts who either died tragically or did remarkable things. Jerome the GraveKeeper is quick to point out that, “We live in the most historically amazing area in all of North America. We might as well celebrate the history of the Annapolis Valley in a fun and creative way.” For a list of the upcoming shows, see the ad on page 5. Pre-purchasing tickets for October…
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Annapolis Valley Apple Loaf

Lindsay Reid, Rolled Oat Cafe | www.therolledoat.com   It’s that apple time of year. We’ve been watching them grow all summer…we celebrated their blossoms, and now we can finally get a taste. When it comes to baking, I prefer a Cortland for its crisp firm texture and tart flavour. This apple loaf recipe is quick and simple, but tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. I make a few at a time, and pop them in the freezer so that I always have a delicious dessert on hand that can be ready in a few minutes. Ingredients 1…
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Team Skaling: JULIE SKALING AND HER BOY GABE

Well, this is another first for my Who’s Who column. After writing about many dynamite power couples (married or business partners) I am branching out and profiling my first mother and son team. I say ‘team’ because of how they interact with each other, and how that interaction stretches beyond the regular mother/son relationship. I’m currently part of an incredible theatrical experience called “My Boy Jack”, now playing at CentreStage Theatre and I have met two of the most wonderful people during this time, Julie Skaling and her son Gabriel. Let’s start with Julie. Being a mother, I’ve always said,…
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For the Health of it: Knobby, Bumpy, Hairy things

Seasonal health secrets of Chinese Medicine shared Knobby, bumpy, hairy things – Roots may not be most people’s idea of beautiful, but to me, as a Practitioner of Chinese Medicine, they are absolutely gorgeous! Root Music Root Vegetables Root Medicine… Fall is a great time to delve into the things that feed and heal us in mind, body and spirit. This is a time to “dig deep” and begin to turn our focus inward. Good healthy food, like good music, has the ability to touch the deepest parts of ourselves and to heal us from within. Autumn in Chinese Medicine…
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Woodland Adventure

Who are the children in the photo, and where was it taken? Genevieve and Harlow are two very special people; Harlow is my boy and Genevieve is my niece. I captured this shining picture last weekend on my phone at the water pump along the Acadia Woodland Trails in Wolfville. How did you spend your time there? Close to 3 hours passed as we explored and played along the trails; there is so much to discover. We came across flora and fauna and fungi, streams and sunbeams and animal bones. We even made it up to the dark woods for…
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