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February 16, 2016

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What's Happening in Kentville

Check out these websites to find out what is happening in the area!
Top 5 Events Happening in Kentville!
1. Health Talks - Feb 16 & 24
2. 100 Women Who Care meeting - new members always welcome, Feb 16
3. Hyronomous A. Frog Family Show at CentreStage Theatre
4. Annapolis Valley Bridal Fair, Feb 28
5. Kentville Farmers' Market

In the News
Kentville Rotary Helps Sponsor a Syrian Family!
Marhabaan, Khatib family! Welcome to Kentville!

Kate Seaman, president of the Kentville Rotary Club, says the family is from Aleppo, Syria. The parents came with two girls -  ages seven and eight - and five-year-old boy.  
Read more on their arrival

If you're interested in how to help support the Khatib family as they settle into a new life here in town, get in touch with Rotary Club of Kentville, District 7820
Kentville police union talks go to conciliation
After nearly two years of bargaining, the Town of Kentville and the police union are at an impasse.

Read more
Ambulance Shot?

Police in Kentville, N.S., say somebody may have taken a shot with a BB gun at an ambulance in the downtown area last week.
Read more
Library Updates
Lease Agreement in the Works
Plans for the new library are well under way!

The Town of Kentville, the County, the property owners and the library staff have met and done a walk-through of the building.
The next step is for each group to develop a list of "wishes and must haves" for the library.
Everyone will return to the table to discuss which of these items are covered by the RFP, which have additional costs, and which ones are feasible within the planning structures in place.

This will form the foundation of the lease record.

Once that is agreed upon and signed, plans can be released to the public.

Although it is ambitious, it is hoped that these renovations will be complete, and the new library open in approximately 3 months!
Stay tuned for more details
In the Community
Coldest Night of the Year: February 20

Walk with us on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in the Coldest Night of the Year, a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 100+ communities across Canada.

All funds will go to Open Arms.
Open Arms serves people living with poverty in Annapolis Valley. Your involvement in this walk impacts hundreds of lives in a positive way, helping build a bright future that once seemed out of reach.

Start and Finish of Walk is at Kentville Firehall, Main St., Kentville starting at 3pm.
Details and registration or to sponsor a local team

Shiretown Collective
The Shire Town Arts Collective promotes and supports arts in Kentville and the surrounding area. The next meeting will be on Thursday, February 25th at 6:30pm at the Valley Hub.
(former St. Paul & St. Stephen United Church, 440 Main St., Kentville.  Thought the glass doors and to the left.)

We will be exploring the facility and determining how artists and creative industries can utilize the space.

More information
Brainstorming Kentville

Looking for a positive place to share thoughts and ideas on how to enliven Kentville?
Visit the community group: Brainstorming Kentville Facebook Page.

Share ideas of microprojects to start or join in on other projects happening in Kentville.
This is a newly formed community group.

Be part of the change!
NKEC Mini Bus
Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC) has begun a community project to raise funds for a new mini-bus.

With their current 15 year old Mini-Bus, maintenance costs have begun to rise with more and more repairs being required each year. This has led the students at NKEC, along with their administration and other community partners to set a goal to have a new mini-bus with wheelchair accessibility in place at the school by 2016. The project is estimated to cost a total of $183,000.00.

A SHOUT OUT AND BIG THANK YOU GOES TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF KENTVILLE! The Kentville Rotary Club donated $33,500.00 to the new mini-bus for NKEC! Shown below is (left to right) Rotary Member Greg Trefry, NKEC VIce-Principal Ian Campbell (Chair, Mini-Bus Committee), and Rotary Club President Sheldon Matthews. THANKS ROTARY!!

If you are interested in assisting with the NKEC Mini-Bus Project, or would like to make a donation to the campaign, you can contact Ian Campbell at NKEC (Phone: 902-582-2040;

Workshops at the Hub

TedX Nova Scotia Live: February 16

Join us for the Live Stream of the TED conference from Vancouver. Join us for a session or all day.
Here's the link for details

Here is the session schedule in our time:
12:45-2:15 Radical Repatterning
3:00 - 4:45 Imagination. Invention. Ingenuity
6:15 - 8:00 Life Hacks
9:00 - 10:45 Deep Memory

There are plenty of great places to get a meal in Kentville. Feel free to bring something to eat. Bonus points when you bring something to share!

This is a free community event sponsored by The Hub Annapolis Valley.

Intercultural Communication: February 25

Thursday, February 25th 9:30am-11:30am Valley Hub, Kentville 
Organized by the Kings Volunteer Resource Centre, this workshop will explore diverse communication styles and considerations when working in a multi-cultural environment. The workshop will be facilitated by Dorothy Miller, an entrepreneur, community worker, and member of the Race Relations and Anti-Discrimination Committee.
To register contact or 902-678-1398 or visit for more information.
Learn more

Kentville Farmers' Market Needs Your Input
The Kentville Farmers' Market is looking for input on their winter and summer locations.

If you are a customer of the market please take a few minutes to answer a 5-question survey and you could win $20.00 in market money! 

Link here
Kentville Volunteer Recognition Night: April 14, 2016

Kentville Volunteer Recognition Night Volunteers are the heart of any community, and Kentville is no exception. We’re opening up the nominations to the community this year, so if you know any outstanding volunteers…. let us know!

Each year, in conjunction with Provincial Volunteer Week, the Town of Kentville honors its area volunteers at the Volunteer Recognition Celebration and Ceremony.

This year’s ceremony will be held on April 14th, 2016.

Mayor David Corkum will present 2 specialty awards including Volunteer of the Year and the Mayors Corporate Award.
Find out more

Recreation News
Bouchard to Attend National Conference
André Bouchard from the Town of Kentville's Recreation Department has been selected by Recreation Nova Scotia to attend the 2016 Canadian Parks Summit; a prestigious event that only selected recreation leaders from across the country are invited to attend! 

“This first event of its kind will bring together representatives of Canada's three levels of government responsible for national, provincial, territorial, municipal, and regional parks, relevant national, provincial, and territorial associations, as well as other invited stakeholders collectively representing broad interests across the nature continuum.”
The Summit program will focus on four main themes: Connect, Conserve, Collaborate and Sustainability, and Leadership. Each day will consist of a series of plenary presentations offering views on urgent current issues within a chosen theme, followed by a facilitated workshop in which Summit participants will explore and advance public policy positions, concepts, ideas and strategic priorities.
Congratulations André, we’re very proud to have you represent us on a national stage!
Life Cycle Supports Connecting Children with Nature through Trailblazers
Thanks to a donation from Life Cycle, this after school program continues to be free for children.

The Gorge is magical in winter with the snow on the hemlocks, pines and fir trees and icy patterns on the stream. Winter is a great time for old fashioned snow play, like forts, snow angels, snow ball fights and whatever else imaginative 8 year old minds can sculpt out of snow.

We've also been doing a lot of slope sliding, animal tracking and roaming off trail, while discussing techniques to avoid getting lost.

This past week, we found deer tracks and followed her up, down and around to her herd's beds past the access road! It's hard work traveling in the snow, so we're getting lots of exercise too.

Soon, we'll learn about fire building and shelter building!

If you want to learn more about Trailblazers, join us for an open house led by the kids during the Weekend of Winter, Saturday March 5 at 2pm at the Gorge at the end of Gladys Porter Drive. For adults and kids alike!

Montreal Canadians Visited Kentville!

For those who don't know, the Montreal Canadians had a hockey camp here in 1972.
This plaque was donated to the "City of Kentville" to commemorate it.

Do you think we should try to revisit that connection?

The Town
is working on gathering some information (photos and newspaper ads) from that time to send to the organization in hopes of creating future opportunities.
Do you have anything connected with the 1972 visit? Contact the Kentville Rec Department!

March Break Nature Camps in Kentville
“Curious about Nature Camps”

Monday, March 14th  9am to 4pm
Theme -  Wild About Spring! – A camp that covers a lot of ground around Kentville to watch the winter change to spring

  • Orientation and Games
  • Animal Strategies
  • Scavenger Hunt - Hike around and looking for signs of spring
  • Tree Twig Identification
  • Bird Migration and Games
  • Make Bird Feeder Balls (to take home) back at the rec centre
Tuesday, March 15th 9am to 4pm
Theme – The Science of Spring! -A camp that uses scientific investigation to answer the BIG questions in nature.
  • Orientation and Games
  • Experiment with Soil, Snow, Twigs or Seeds? Depending on the weather and conditions.
  • What is the Science of Spring? The spring equinox, plant alarm clocks, and energy increases
  • Make a Sundial (if sun is out)
  • Experiment Continued
  • Explain the Maple tree sap flow and make maple syrup candy – YUM!
Find out more
Email to Register!
Free Winter Equipment Loans
We can help you pass those winter days and have fun at the same time! Borrow our skates at the arena, our snowshoes, or our kick sleds from Town Hall and you’re bound to have a great time exploring in the snow! Contact Gillian for more information on (902) 679-2539 or

Outdoor Skating
Dennison (Frog) Pond off West Main Street at Memorial Park
Watch for the green signs at the outdoor skating sites indicating that the ice is thick enough for ice skating and shinny.
Kentville Recreation Centre Rentals
The Recreation Centre is available to rent year round. Two separate levels offer large open spaces appropriate for banquets, meetings, parties, dance, fitness classes and all kinds of other group activities. Upstairs includes a full kitchen, and downstairs is fully accessible.
To book the Rec. Centre contact Gillian Yorke at (902) 679-2539 or email

Free Ice Skating
Kentville Centennial Arena
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Youth Pick-Up Games & Social - Winter 2016
The Valley Sports & Events Centre (soccer dome)
Girls-only: February 29, March 21
Boys & Girls: February 22, March 7
Ages 10 to 15: 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Ages 13 & up: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Drop-in for some pick-up field-sports stuff like touch/flag football, soccer, Ultimate, lacrosse, and more. Throw a ball around, or get an informal game going. All abilities welcome. No skill required. Beginners are encouraged. What you play is up to you. Just play!

Kentville Business Profile
Girliture - Because Pillows Should Never be Boring
Shop ONLINE at for fun everyday pillows or order your very own custom pillow. Pick up is available in Kentville.

Tanya Owen, Kentville, is the owner of the incredibly successful Girliture Pillow design shop. Working from her home, she can make a customized pillow for you, or you can choose from a pre-design. 

Congratulations to Girliture for being chosen again as the 2016
Best Art / Custom Design business at the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce awards!

Do check out the Girliture pillows today!

Rediscover Shopping in Kentville
The Kentville Merchants Group, a sub-committee of KDCL has launched a new shop local campaign.

Downtown Kentville is a unique community where the one-of-a-kind businesses are part of its distinctive character,” Sandra Snow, the president of the Kentville Merchant’s Group, says.

“People who live in this community, who are invested in its future and provide exceptional customer service, own these businesses. They care deeply about customer relationships and you often deal directly with the business owner who will share their passion for their product or service, ensuring your shopping experience is a memorable one.”

“The Kentville Merchants Group (KMG) is embarking on a shop local campaign: Rediscover Downtown Kentville — Shop, Eat, Drink and Be Local,” Snow says. “The benefits of choosing local, independently-owned businesses ensure that more of your money is used in your community. It may not always be possible to buy what you need locally, but when possible, consider local first.”

Read more
Kentville Development Corporation Ltd (KDCL)
Downtown Kentville Façade Program

KDCL is working on a plan to roll out a façade program for downtown Kentville this spring. 

Currently, the Town of Kentville Planning Department is drafting an RFP for a façade improvement plan which would then be jointly funded and delivered by KDCL and the Town. 

The façade program is just one item on a list of priority projects for KDCL, which also includes re-connecting with their membership and making recommendations on behalf of the membership to Council about parking and other important downtown issues.
Kentville Cooks
Tara Sutherland says her crazy family consists of her husband, Greg, herself, 2 children ages 4 and 2 years, 2 Newfoundland dogs, 3 cats and a bunny! 
They operate a dental office which keeps them on their toes.

"We have lived in Kentville for 3 years and we absolutely love the amount of recreational activities available. We are a soccer loving family, so we love the soccer dome. We also enjoy snowshoeing  the many trails in the winter."

Tortellini With Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
  • salt
  • 2 9 -ounce packages cheese tortellini
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for topping (optional)
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta.
Meanwhile, heat the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring, until slightly soft, about 2 minutes.

Add the pumpkin and nutmeg and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in the cream and bring to a low boil. Reduce the heat to medium low; simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese and cook until thick, about 1 more minute. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the tortellini to the skillet and toss with the sauce, adding some of the reserved cooking water to loosen, if needed. Divide among bowls and top with more cheese and parsley.
Each edition we will feature a different Kentville resident with a favourite recipe. Would you like to be featured? Email us!

Historical Moment
Oakdale House, Main Street, Kentville
Beside the Cornwallis Inn stands a beautiful home known as Oakdale, built in 1825, and named for the grove of oaks in which it was set.

Rumor has it that behind this house there used to be a barn to house horses and carriages. Connecting the barn to the house was a long underground tunnel. Over time, this passageway became choked high with junk and clutter. Pretty soon it was completely filled in and forgotten.
That is until years later when this now secret tunnel was rediscovered and cleared out. However, those involved in the clearance were in for a big surprise for amongst the junk they found a skeleton leaning against the wall!
Who was it?
How did it get there?
Why wasn’t someone reported missing?
Was the tunnel covered over to hide some the gruesome details buried within?
We will never know! If only those bones could talk!
Source: Louis Comeau, Historic Kentville

Citizen Questions
Question: If I am looking for an answer from the Town or Council, how do I go about asking it?
How will I know if it will be read to the Town Council?

Answer: Traditionally, for a letter to be read to the Town Council, it had to be handwritten, signed, and addressed to the Mayor and Town Council.

These days, with modern forms of communication, there are many other ways to have your questions addressed.
Basic questions about the community can always be sent through the newsletter for our citizen concerns segment.

Otherwise, you need to determine if your question is about operations (which would be addressed to staff) or about policy (which would be addressed to Council).

General Inquiries: or 902-679-2500
Police: 902-678-3378 (non-emergency line)
Recreation: or 902-679-2539
Public Works and Engineering: 902-679-2521

Policies and Procedures of Council: email or individual Councilor emails are listed here:
Operational Procedures of Staff: email or call 902-679-2501

Getting Something on the Agenda
To get something on the Council or CAC agenda contact the administration ahead of the meeting time.

Typically, questions from the public are addressed at the start of the agenda under "presentations" and people are awarded 10 minutes each to speak/ask questions, or raise concerns to Council. 
KCA News
KCA Plans an Arts Blitz!
Move over Picasso- we need you! Calling all artists, in all forms (visual, dance, drama, music, literary)!

KCA is planning an Art Blitz day on Friday May 13, 2016, but we need your support. 

We are looking for artists to provide workshops for our students.  If you are interested, please contact Celine Hambling at
Arts and Culture
CentreStage Theatre Presents: Hyronomous A. Frog ---A Family Show
Hyronomous, an inept and lonely frog prince, lives in a bog in the kingdom of Spamelot.  Hyronomous is bored and unhappy as a frog.  He’s larger than the other frogs and hates the taste of flies.  But what is he to do? Can life change for him or is he destined to live on a log in a bog? Suddenly life changes for Hyronomous when he meets Gloria, the Good Witch and his life will never be the same!
The play is written by Edith Weiss. It is directed by Mindy Vinquist-Tymchuk and Nancy Henry.
February 20,21,27,28
Show times: 2 PM  Upper Performance Centre
Tickets $7.00 
Call 902-678-8040 for reservations
CentreStage Theatre is located at 61 River Street, Kentville.
For more information visit     
Shiretown Collective

If you work at, or are involved with artistic / creative endeavours of any kind - you may wish to check out the new "Shire Town Arts Collective" group page. A lot of exciting ideas were generated at the last meeting.

Join Valley Voices!

Valley Voices Chorus is an a cappella show chorus that rehearsals at the Kentville Baptist Church Hall on Tuesdays from 7:00p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Evenings begin with vocal warm-ups and lessons.  Guests are always welcome and should identify themselves to members upon arrival.  

"Our organization includes a vibrant group of amazing women of all ages including youth, who are recognized for excellence in singing, celebrating friendship and personal growth through music, leadership education, and the practice of democratic principles."

Valley Voices is open to youth (girls/women) under 18.

Photos From You

The former Aberdeen Hotel located near the former rail station
(near where UAP Napa auto parts is today)

Source: KDCL Facebook Page

Do you have a photo of Kentville you would like to share? Send it to us and we will publish it in an upcoming newsletter!
From the Kentville Town Council
Next Town Council Meeting

The next town council meeting will be on Monday, February 29 at 7pm in Council Chambers.
This meeting is open to the public.

Minutes and Agendas can be found here.
Planning and Development – Next Public Meeting: Feb 23

The Town of Kentville heard a lot from residents at the January 12th public meeting about climate change and impending flood risks. But there is still so much more we need to hear from you!

The next Planning and Development public meeting is schedule for Tuesday February 23, 2016 from 6-8 in Council Chambers.  We hope to see you there!

Staff held a public information session January 12th, 2016 in Council Chambers.  At the meeting, the proposed changes to the MPS/LUB were presented and questions from the audience were asked and answered.  Meeting notes can be viewed here: MPS Public Input Session Meeting Notes – January 12 2016 Final

At the next meeting staff will again make available a summary report outlining similar proposed changes to the documents.  The town welcomes input on issues presented such as higher density residential development, new regulations for the well-field protection zone/industrial park, and proposed zoning changes. We want to hear from you about those items as well!

Questions about the upcoming meeting can be directed to the Planning Director or entered in the comments form below.

Next meeting, Tuesday February 23, 2016 6-8 in Council Chambers


Changes for downtown snow removal – pilot program
Council heard recommended changes for clearing sidewalk snow in the downtown core.

The recommendation was that the Town assist business owners in the downtown C1 and C2 zones with sidewalk snow clearing using sidewalk machines when possible as part of a pilot project.

The recommendation is still subject to Council approval at the next meeting on February 29th, however Director of Engineering and Public Works, Fred Whynot, confirmed that the change in operation will occur immediately.  Whynot explained that not every piece of sidewalk is passable by machine, however the majority of the core can be done and will be when possible. 

The responsibility for snow and ice removal still lies with business owners.  The measure is meant to be an assistance, not a substitute for owners clearing their own frontages.

The full recommendation report can be viewed here:
Downtown Snow Remove Report to CAC Feb 2016

Monthly Administrative Report
What has Town administration been working on? Find the full report to the Council Advisory Committee from the February meeting HERE.
Highlights include
- Kings Partnership Steering Committee
- Regional Empire Network
- Police Commission meetings
and much more
See report

Effective  December 01,2015 and until April 15,2016 Regulations made by the Traffic Authority for the Town of Kentville Pursuant to Section 202(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act R.S.N.S., 1990 Chapter 293
No person shall park upon any highway or street, in the Town of Kentville, between hours of one am (01:00) and seven am (07:00) of the same day:
No owner or driver or person having control or custody of an vehicle shall park the vehicle if it is unattended by a person authorized to move or capable of operating the same, upon any highway or street in the Town of Kentville, in such a manner as to hinder, inconvenience or prevent the proper removal of snow or ice from such highway or street.
No owner or driver or person having control of any vehicle shall, during the period from one hour after any snow storm has commenced to two hours after such snow storm has stopped, park the vehicle if it is unattended by a person authorized to move or capable of operating the same, upon any highway or street in the Town of Kentville.
The provisions of Subsection 2 shall not apply to emergency vehicles.
It shall be an offence for any person to fail to comply with these resolutions and such person will be liable to a penalty provided by Section 292 of the Motor Vehicle Act.
The Town of Kentville wishes to remind its residents that during the snow removal season, November 1st through March 31st, objects such as hockey nets, basketball nets, soccer nets, etc. must be stored outside of the road right of way at all times.  The road right of way width behind your side of the curb is generally 10 feet.  The overall road right of way width is a minimum 50 feet.
This precaution is to avoid damage to both personal property and the snow removal fleet of the Town of Kentville.  Any damage to fleet vehicles by objects left within the road right of way will be the responsibility of the property owner.  Although we will exercise caution as much as possible, the Town of Kentville will not be responsible for any damage to personal property left within the road right of way during snow removal operations.
The Town of Kentville apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe Winter Season.

The Town of Kentville wishes to advise all builders and contractors that the Department of Engineering & Works will not issue street openings permits for sewer or water laterals to be installed between December 01, 2015 and April 15, 2016.
Back:  Tony Bently, Eric Bolland, CAO Mark Phillips, Mark Pearl, Bernie Cooper
Front: Town Clerk Carol Harmes, Bill Boyd, Mayor David Corkum, Nola Folker-Hill
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