May 26, 2015

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Keeping Kentville Connected

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Keeping Kentville Connected

Joseph Howe on Kentville
Western and Eastern Rambles: Travel Sketches of Nova Scotia was written by Joseph Howe. The sketches are a series of essays the soon-to-be famous politician published in his newspaper, the Novascotian, from 1828 to 1831.
Here's how he described Kentville:

“And now let me warn you that you are getting into a bad neighbourhood, so remember it behoves you to beware, for hereabouts do dwell a set of fellows who are past all endurance: hardly do you get into the village before some long-legged Merchant pops you into a gig and gallops you away to church - or some other sinner of the same stamp gets you into his house, from which it is no easy matter to escape. You may run about, like Blair's soul, knocking at every outlet but in vain - Port stands sentry in one place - Madeira in another, while Claret, at the head of Bacchus's light infantry, fairly cuts you off from every retreat; while the graceful restraint of a reiterated welcome from a youthful matron, and the childish prattle of sweet little Bess, make you almost forget your home, and swear that the village should have been called Hospitality instead of Horton Corner.”

As Ed Coleman pointed out some years ago, Howe may have had his tongue in his cheek here, but he leaves no doubt that Kentville inhabitants were heavy drinkers!

What's Happening in Town?

Event Highlights! 
1. Apple Blossom Festival May 27-June 1! List of events here
2. KCA Spring Fling, June 3
3. Scrapbooking and Card Making at the Kentville Lions Hall for Camp Brigadoon, June 6
4. Hallelujah Girls and Fantastic Mr. Fox playing at CentreStage Theatre
5. Kentville Recreation Summer Program Registration night - June 2
Find out about what is happening in Kentville by visiting these websites:

In the News
Kentville Revitalization Meeting:
WHEN: Wednesday, May 27th, 5PM
WHERE: Kentville Fire Hall
RSVP: or 902.678.1745
You are invited to attend a presentation of our plan to revitalize Downtown Kentville. This is a comprehensive strategic plan of great importance for the future of all businesses in the Downtown. 
The plan covers issues such as residential and commercial development, streetscapes, and building facades, Centre Square, green spaces including Miner’s Marsh and the Cornwallis River, heritage properties, traffic flow, parking and related matters. 

The plan will consider and make recommendations for change and improvements. 

In the Community
Friday, May 29: Blossom Breakfast new event in ABF Line-up! Join the Kentville Kinsmen & AVR’S Mike Surrette broadcasting live from the 1st Kinsmen Apple Blossom Breakfast! 
Drop in and meet your Councillors, Mayors, local radio personalities, Festival representatives and other special guests while enjoying a delicious breakfast!  Taking place on Friday May 29th at the Kentville Rec Centre from 6 am- 10 am.  A free will offering gets you admission and a yummy plate of pancakes and sausage, coffee tea and juice.
Also enjoy a special visit from Queen Annapolisa and the 2015 Royal Party!
The Kentville Centennial Arena will host a Country Legends concert May 23 featuring some musical superstars. The concert features Sammy Kershaw, a country superstar for many years, and a tribute to George Jones and Tammy Wynette by their daughter Georgette Jones, a well-known country singer in her own right. New Brunswick native Brian Mallery will round out the bill. Read more

New community garden project getting underway in Kentville: The Kentville Community Garden Society, in partnership with Blomidon Nurseries, Harvest Land Design and the Valley Community Learning Association, is launching a new program utilizing Kentville’s downtown planter boxes to establish community garden spaces. It’s hoped the spaces will promote learning about small-scale food production, the development of citizenry and community pride and introduce the idea of food growing in public spaces to Kentville citizens. Read more

KCA Students arrive in style! Four Kings County Academy students could hardly wait for the first day back at school following the Victoria Day long weekend. Here's why! Read more.

Recreation News
Summer Recreation Registration Night: There will be a mass registration night for all of our summer programs on June 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm in Town Hall! Stay tuned for more details!

Summer Programs: There are so many great specialty summer camps happening in Kentville this year!  Skateboarding, scootering, bike, film, trailblazers and so much more! Check them out!

Arts and Culture
CentreStage Theatre Presents: The Hallelujah Girls
Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action in this rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turned-day-spa where this group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon. After the loss of a dear friend, the women realize time is precious, and if they're going to change their lives and achieve their dreams, they have to get on it now! Join Carlene, Nita, Mavis, Crystal, Sugar Lee, Bunny ,Bobby Dewayne and Porter in this side-splitting, joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout, “Hallelujah”!
The Hallelujah Girls is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. It is directed by George Henry and Peter Booth.
The Hallelujah Girls
plays on May 29, 30.
Showtime: Evenings 8 PM; Matinee 2 PM on May 10 and 24
Doors open at: 7:15 and 1:15
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 678-8040 for reservations).
For more information visit

CentreStage Theatre Presents: Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Adapted by David Wood based on the book by Roald Dahl
June 6m, 7m, 13m, 14m, 20m, 21m
Showtime 2pm matinee (Upper Performance Centre)
Tickets $7 (Call 902-678-8040)

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean, to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. 
They try to kill him by any means possible. Outwitted at every turn, the farmers' ploys backfire. Fantastic Mr. Fox devises a plan which will ensure full stomachs for not only his family, but all his friends too.

Kings Historical Society Annual General Meeting
Plus Isle Haute “The mysterious and lonely island”

May 26, 2015, 7:30 pm
Kings County Museum, 37 Cornwallis Street, Kentville
Paul Illsley will share his experiences with a photographic tour of Isle Haute, the sheer-sided and solitary isle that sits midway between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. A well known but rarely visited island in the mighty Bay of Fundy. Free Will Offering.

KCA School News
KCA Spring Fling: June 3, 4:30-7
Come one and all!
Enjoy the fun and excitement of our annual spring fling at KCA school in Kentville on Wednesday, June 3 from 4:30-7pm. (Rain date June 4)
There will be a bouncer, candy bags, ring tosses, a cupcake walk and so much more! Try your luck at the basketball shoot, mini golf or the mini stick area. Have your face painted, get a tattoo or pick a book!
Want books for the summer? Stop by the Scholastic Book Fair located in the school's library. Buy one book or item and get another up to equal value FREE!
The PTA will be selling barbecued hotdogs, hamburgers, pop and other yummy treats.
Punch cards can be purchased for $5 each at the ticket booth. Barbecue is separate. A portion of funds raised supports each homeroom class.
Come out and have a great time while supporting KCA! This event is open to the whole community.

Citizen Question
Question: At the end of our paved driveway, where the driveway meets the road - it is all torn up. Whose responsibility is it to fix that strip? If it is the resident's how do we do that if we just need a "bucket" of asphalt?"

Answer: This particular issue is individual and situational in nature, which means responsibility is determined on a case by case basis. Public Works would need to conduct a site visit in order to determine whether the problem exists on private or Town owned property. If it is a Town Property issue Public Works will generally rectify it as part of the regular seasonal patching work. To determine if an issue is the responsibility of the Town, contact us at or call us at 902-679-2500.

Kentville Businesses!
Cafe Central has been located at the corner of Cornwallis and Webster Street in Kentville since 2001.

Owner Linda Power offers her customers a relaxed atmosphere where everyone feels welcome while enjoying consistently good food such as our; fresh breakfasts, lunches and delectable treats. Whether you have time to sit and relax in the Cafe or you are looking for lunch-to-go Cafe Central welcomes you.

Linda is proud to employ eight to ten local staff to complete the "Cafe Central Team". The staff are loyal, dedicated, and committed to providing a positive friendly experience every day for customers.
More Information

Your Town Council

Group photo of Kentville Committee Members

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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