April 1, 2014

Keeping Kentville Connected

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Keeping Kentville Connected
In days of yore, the reason that people came to Kentville to Cross the Cornwallis River was because of a giant sandbank – a remnant of the glacial age - that ran through Kentville around Aberdeen Street and on the Cornwallis River. It made for an easy crossing point. The town would later be built around this sandbank and at one point would have a road leading over it. Then, in the 1890s, the townsfolk began to remove the sandbank one load at a time by horse and oxen-drawn carts. The sand was used to create River Street and the rail bed for the Dominion Atlantic Railway. This means that when you're exercising on the Rail Trail you're likely doing so on the sand from the ancient sandbar that cut right through the town!

What's Happening in Town?
Find out about even more events that are happening in the area by visiting Valley Events!

Tuesday, April 1
2:00-4:00 - Friends in Bereavement Support Group: the support group has helped hundreds of local residents find support, understanding, information, friendship, and confidentiality as they grieve the death of a loved one. The group meets on  the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 2 to 4 pm at the Kentville Baptist Church. For further information contact Jennifer Longley at 681-8239 or

Wednesday, April 2
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market at the Rec Centre, 350 Main Street. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours.

11:00am-12:00pm - Tablet Time at the Kentville Library. Join us in exploring an app, a book, and a literacy craft that you can take home! Each month we will explore a new app. Time for families to explore our iPads at the end of each session. For families with children ages 3-6.

Thursday, April 3
7:00pm - Free sports night for ages 12+ at the Kentville Baptist Church.

Friday, April 4
8:00pm - CentreStage Theatre presents Separate Beds.  Two couples navigate through their relationships on a Caribbean cruise. One seems “perfect” while the other seems “stormy”. The truth and lies of each marriage comes to the surface as they celebrate their 35th year anniversaries at sea. Ernie and Twink attempt to put the sizzle back into their marriage while Beth and Blake attempt to save theirs.  Phone 678-8040.

Saturday, April 5
9:00am - Spring Rummage Sale on from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, Belcher Street, Kentville.  Lots of used clothing and household articles.  Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Christian Concern.  

7:30pm - Games Night and Appetizer Potluck at the Kentville Baptist Church. This is in support of the Kentville Baptist Church youth group going to the Springforth conference. There will be an open mic, games and snacks. Come out and have fun. Free will donation

8:00pm - CentreStage Theatre presents Separate Beds. Phone 678-8040. Last chance to see this audience favourite!

Tuesday, April 8
2:00pm-4:00pm - Careforce Alzheimer Cafe:  at Kings Riverside Court, Kentville: If you or your loved one is living with Alzheimer's or memory loss, please join us at the Careforce Alzheimer Cafe. For more information please contact Nancy Blezy RN at 365-3155 or by email.

Wednesday, April 9
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market at the Rec Centre, 350 Main Street. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours.

11:00am-12:00pm - Tablet Time at the Kentville Library. Join us in exploring an app, a book, and a literacy craft that you can take home! Each month we will explore a new app. Time for families to explore our iPads at the end of each session. For families with children ages 3-6.

7:00pm - Kentville Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Dinner Served:  7:00 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Location:  Kentville Volunteer Fire Department
Tickets: Available at the Recreation Department or at the Door $10.00
Contact: Karen Outerleys at 679-2539

7:00pm-9:00pm - Speed networking: the Valley Women's Business Network will meet at Riverside Court, Kentville. Brush up your elevator pitch! Lori Cox and Pam Murray will facilitate an evening of fun, laughter and surprises. Open to non-members.

Thursday, April 10
7:00pm - Free sports night for ages 12+ at the Kentville Baptist Church.

Friday, April 11 to Sunday, April 13  Kentville Home Show 2014
The Kentville Home Show is the largest home show in the valley. This year our event will be celebrating supporting local entrepreneurs and businesses from across the valley. You can expect to see the newest products from lawn and garden, home improvement, home heating, construction along with numerous other products and services.
Kentville Home Show April 11-13, 2014
•    April 11: 5:00pm-9:00pm
•    April 12: 9:00am-6:00pm
•    April 13: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Did you Know?
The Winter Parking Ban is still on until April 15th.

The cost of snow removal in Kentville is up by $38,000 this winter we're over budget by 11 per cent. What a bad winter it has been! The plan is to use some of the reserve funds to pay for the deficit, especially in light of last week's storm.

In the Community
The Apple Blossom Temporary Tattoo design contest is here again. Get your class at school to participate and one lucky student will win 100 dollars plus 100 more for their class! Plus, the winner gets to be Jr. President for a day and ride in style in the Grand Street Parade! Contest details here. Deadline: April 3.

HR Essentials Course: The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to be partnering again with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education to provide provincially funded education opportunities to local businesses. You must be currently employed or an owner of an active business.  Each course is 40-hours in length taking place over 10 weeks. Dates: Thursdays April 10 - June 12. For more information or to register click here.

Need Help With Your Basic Income Tax?  Free Income Tax Clinics are being offered at St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, Belcher Street, Kentville on the following Thursdays: April 3, 10, 24, and on Tuesday, April 29.  Clinics take place from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:30 pm. “You Must Have An Appointment”.  To book an appointment please leave a message at 690-2194. A project of St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League, Peopleworx, and Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

In the News
Park Street in Kentville continues to pose challenges for drivers. There have been two main problems. Read about the problems and the solutions.

Kentville broadcaster Matt Little leaves for Budapest, Hungary, this week to provide play-by-play for the IIHF women’s under-18 world hockey championships. Read more.

Apple Valley Foods Inc.Apple Valley Foods plant in Kentville is undergoing a $10 million modernization, $3.5 million of which will come from the provincial and federal governments. The money will be spent on a new oven, packaging equipment, freezers and other machinery. Read more.

Recreation News
Parks & Recreation Summer Positions: Recreation Intern (1): May 12 – Aug 26, 2014, 35hrs/wk, @$14.00 per hour
The Summer Recreation Intern position will oversees daily operations of summer programs including tennis, pool and day camps. The summer intern will supervise summer staff, assist with special events and support the daily operations of the Parks and Recreation Department. (15 wks)
Pool Director (1): June16 – Sept 2, 2014, 35hrs/wk, @$14.00 per hour
The Pool Director will oversee daily operations of the pool including program registration, record keeping, lessons, public swims etc. The Pool Director is also responsible for the supervision of the pool staff. (11 wks)
Closing date for receiving applications is April 11, 2014 by 4:30. For more details, email  

Question from you: "Where is the Kentville Gorge?  I am glad to see it won an award and I would like to explore it but don't know where it is."
Response from Recreation Director, Rachel Beddingfield: We are very fortunate in the Town of Kentville to have a number of beautiful options when it comes to enjoying nature and the outdoors, unfortunately, we’re not as good at telling people about it!
Currently we have signage ready to be installed that helps mountain bikers better navigate our extensive bike trail system at the Participark (also known as The Gorge), all we need is for the ground to thaw! Our next step is to install way finding signage and to clearly mark all trailheads. How much we are able to do this year will depend on budget approval. In the meantime, the Gorge, AVESTA's Venue of the Year, is located at the top of Gladys Porter Drive. To discover more about Kentville’s best kept secret you can visit our web page at .

KCA School News
Save the date! Spring Fling will be held this year on Wednesday May 28, with a rain date of Thursday May 29th. Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities and ways to support teachers! This event is open to the general public.

Arts and Culture


Kings County Museum is now open for the season! Located at 37 Cornwallis Street, the regular hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Watch for exciting new exhibits coming soon on the Apple Blossom Festival and “East Meets West”. 

Recycle, Reuse, And now Repurpose!
The old KCA school will soon be no more but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any treasures to be had! CentreStage received word that there might be some items that the theatre could use. The Theatre will use sound panels, wooden doors and a very large blue velvet curtain and many other sundry items which the theatre calls props!
CentreStage wishes to thank the town of Kentville and its CAO, Mark Phillips, for once again supporting community theatre. Perhaps, Mark will join his son, Luke, on stage one of these days!

Art Display at Designer Cafe: Distorted Realism by Brian Fraser
On display until Sunday, May 4th.
Brian Fraser, a resident of the Annapolis Valley, has been producing a unique brand of art called distorted realism. Brian had spent over 30 years employed with our local Health Facility and since his retirement and subsequent new career with EXIT in New Minas, his art has blossomed. His bright colours and unique style add a distinctive take on his subject matter and his unique imagination and view of the world around him along with his distinctive strokes and brush work make for some very attractive, vibrant, powerful and beautiful works.

Introducing Kentville Businesses! Edward Jones
The Town of Kentville wishes to welcome Catherine Metzger-Silver of Edward Jones to Cornwallis Street!
"If you think Edward Jones is like every other large investment firm, think again. Our financial advisors take a personal approach that starts with a face-to-face meeting with you to discuss your investments and your financial goals. We believe that building long-term relationships with our nearly 7 million clients is key to serving their investment needs. Whether it’s in the United States or our Canadian affiliate, our financial advisors are located in the communities where you live and work, because that’s the best way to get to know you and to help you reach your investment goals."

Stop in and meet Catherine and find out how she can help you with your financial goals!
22 Cornwallis Street, Kentville

Your Town Council
The Council Advisory Committee will be meeting on Monday, April 14th at 1:30 in the Council Chambers.  This meeting is open to the public.

- The town of Kentville is looking at ending the fiscal year 2013-2014 with a small deficit. Budget talks will begin soon. Read more.

- Congratulations Kimberly Harkness, 2014 Princess candidate for Kentville! Come welcome her to her role at the Princess Tea on April 16th in Kentville! Kentville Volunteer Fire Hall, Wednesday April 16th, doors open at 6:30pm. Catered by the KVFD Ladies Auxiliary
ADVANCED TICKETS $8.00 EACH through; 902-679-2539
(Tickets $10.00 each at the door)

- Your dog tag tax expires on March 31st! Dog tags for the 2014/2015 season are now available for purchase for $15 at Town Hall. Thanks for registering your dog! (Animal Control By-Law Chapter 70)

Town of Kentville Burn Bylaws: With spring approaching, it's time to review the outdoor burning bylaws for the town. No outdoor furnaces, no burning garbage or yard waste, and you can only burn clean, dry wood in an acceptable fire pit covered by a mesh screen and 15 feet from a building. Review the rules before you burn! There are some hefty fines, otherwise!

Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
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