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OMG–GMO!

Well, this is a bit of a different kind of Mike Uncorked. Megan Brown, the smiling face behind the counter at Eos, emailed me about a bunch of fun events taking place in October, in support of Non-GMO month. This was all very new for me, it sparked my interest and I want to share it all with you. A bit of background first. Eos Natural Foods is located on Front Street in Wolfville and it is a magnificent shop filled with unique products (too many to list) and all things natural. The staff is very helpful, the atmosphere reeks…
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HERE AND AWAY: Car Insurance Rates

By Pamela Swanigan   Figures based on average annual premium. Canadian figures are from 2009. Nova Scotia (private): $735. (16 to 24-year-old average premium: $2,522). Alberta (private): $1,004. (16 to 24-year-old male with clean driving record, living in Calgary: $2,973-$3,789). British Columbia (public-private mix): $1,112. Quebec (public-private mix): $642. Prince Edward Island (private): $695. Manitoba (public): $1,027. (16 to 24-year-old male with clean driving record, living in Winnipeg: $1,027). Ontario (private): $1,481. (16 to 24-year-old male with clean driving record, living in Toronto: $4,239-$9,270). Maine: $889. Louisiana: $2,536. New Hampshire: $1,133 California: $1,709. U.K.: £595 ($1077 CDN) Australia (private): Queensland,…
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A Simple Good Deed

I witnessed a Random Act of Kindness last Friday. My friend, Mitch & I were waiting in the car outside a convenience store in Waterville and there was an elderly gentleman parked next to us. He had his legs outside of the car but he sat with a puzzled look on his face, so Mitch asked him if he needed some help with something. He explained that he was unable to stand up from his car and get into the store. Mitch (who is a CCA and knowledgeable in proper lift techniques) was quick to jump out of our car and…
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ON THE COVER–The Lemon Bucket Orkestra

This balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band, a fifteen-piece wave of sound, started as a quartet of buskers in Toronto in 2010. LBO performances are more than just musical concerts: they are eruptions of wild joy, a celebration of tradition and culture expressed with explosive punk spirit … adventurously multicultural. In 2013, their debut full-length album “Lume Lume” was nominated for 4 Canadian Folk Music Awards. And Deep Roots audiences are in for an experience of their very own this year when LBO hit the stage. Catch them during the Deep Roots Weekend (September 26 – 28) on: Saturday, Noon at Clockpark Tent & in…
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ROBERT LEE: The General Consultant

(Huge apologies to Lucas White, Robert Lee and Mike Butler from Grapevine staff for getting the names mixed up on this issue’s Who’s Who due to an unfortunate combination of a technical flaw and over-exhaustion ) Well, writing this Who’s Who is going to make a colonoscopy seem like a light-hearted treasure hunt. I am kidding of course! Part of that first sentence was the opening of a play I did a few years back called The Long Weekend by Norm Foster, a delightful comedy about two couples who swap truth, lies and each other over the course of two…
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Thank You, Random Stranger

In an absentminded stupor, I accidentally left my wallet on the top of my car while pumping gas. In it was a substantial amount of cash, as well as every ID I owned, and my residency card.  Several hours later in a panic, I retraced my steps, but no wallet. I finally went to the police station. Lo and behold, some random honest stranger had brought my wallet back, with its contents full and untouched! I wanted to offer a reward, but they left no information. Thank you random stranger, you reminded me that there are plenty of good and…
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Some Novel Ideas for the Months Ahead!

Faithful readers of my column, as well as friends and family, all know that this is my favourite time of the year.  I love the autumn – its colors, its general feel, and its journey into the winter months where we get to have toasty fires, hot beverages, and snowy afternoons filled with long movies and great books.  I love literature and promoting stellar reading material.  For as long as I am on this planet, reading will not become a forgotten pastime. This article might seem seasonally early but you have to admit, that on these cold mornings, it’s beginning…
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Acadia Performing Arts Series Opens September 20 with Duo Turgeon

The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Duo Turgeon on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30pm at Festival Theatre (504 Main St, Wolfville). The concert is presented by Michelin Canada. Canadian pianists Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon have been performing professionally since 1996. Critically acclaimed as one of the top piano duos of our time, the Turgeons have given hundreds of performances, including the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and the Weill Recital Hall in New York. Recent engagements include a repeat visit to the San Francisco International Music Festival and a U.S. State Department Fulbright-sponsored visit to Europe for special performances and masterclasses….
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Butternut Squash Soup

Working in the herb garden this past weekend, I came across my planting of sage.  Waiting patiently all summer.  Now with the cooler nights upon us, a hearty warming bowl of butternut squash soup is in order….garnished with, as you may have guessed, fresh sage. Ingredients 1 large butternut squash (3 ½ lbs) 2 cups onion – diced medium 2 cups diced carrots – diced medium 1 cup celery – sliced 5 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaves 1 can coconut milk Salt White pepper 2 tbsp Lemon juice ½ cup maple syrup ¼ cup fresh chopped sage Method Pre-heat…
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LUCAS WHITE: Minding Some Business!

Lucas White approached me for a Who’s Who profile recently. I have met many eager people in this line of journalism but no one quite like Lucas. Lucas was so prompt with his emails and diligent about getting the word out about his new business adventures that I was shocked at how quickly this all came together for this issue. This industrious attitude that Lucas possesses is, no doubt, what fuels his latest career endeavor. Here’s the colorful tale of Lucas White. Lucas White is a local boy, raised here in Wolfville. His father and mother both moved here at…
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