Federal government selling Canada Post building in Kentville
The building housing the local post office is on the market.
“Based on an analysis of the building’s financial performance, the current vacancy rate (nearly 20 per cent), and projected future federal space requirements in the Kentville area, Public Services and Procurement Canada determined that selling the building and leasing space for its federal tenants represents the best value for Canadians,” said Public Works and Government Services Canada spokesperson Aaron Bower in an e-mail Feb. 18.
Congratulations Open Arms! Pastor John Andrew, Open Arms executive director, said that the Coldest Night of the Year walk brought in $78,968 as of 10 p.m. Feb. 20. Read more
S.O.U.P Cafe is running a pilot to prove the need to have a training kitchen that uses food waste, seconds and ugly food while providing a safe environment to access community resources that might be needed.
This project allows volunteers to get references, persons to develop life skills, access to shelter assistance, a guide through the mental health resources, and friendships to be built.
Please come in and support your community by joining us every Saturday Saturday at The Salvation Army at 15 Nichols Avenue, Kentville from 9:00am-1:00pm.
Kentville-based philanthropic fund supports non-profits
Representatives from the Physicians Philanthropic Fund handed out $33,000 to four charities in the Valley.
The causes selected by the doctors’ group were a pool heater for the Kentville pool, a children’s space for the new Kentville library and the Red Door in Kentville. Read more.
Moms in Motion
It’s difficult to think of a time when moms aren’t in motion. Whether you are a first time mom or a seasoned professional, it’s a non-stop cycle of responsibility that requires you knowledge of absolutely everything with the added pressure of having to make the exactly the right choices at the right time.
Moms in Motion is a free, weekly two-hour recreation program for moms or moms-to-be in Kentville on Thursday mornings throughout the year. It aims to introduce fun, healthy and active lifestyles for families by providing a safe, supportive setting in which moms and their children can meet to support one another.
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
The Gorge trail system on Gladys Porter Drive has undergone a branding make-over, and the various mountain biking trails within the Gorge have all received new names. Read more
The new trail names are now:
Free Ride Park
Kentville Parks & Recreation to become “Independent Award Centre” for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a program for youth ages 14-24. The Award is non-competitive and self-directed. There is no competition to win The Award – only to accomplish the challenges youth set for themselves, and truly earn The Award.
Participants must complete activities including:
Volunteer Community Service
Develop a hobby or skill
Participation in physical activity
Overnight Expedition, Exploration or Adventurous Project
Participants get many things out of their Award experience; organization and leadership skills, confidence, self-determination, and a strong sense of personal achievement to name a few. Of course, being able to say they’ve achieved an Award also looks great on resumes, and university, college, and scholarship applications.
In addition to being recognized with a pin and certificate at a local ceremony, participants in Nova Scotia, can earn high school credits upon completion of each level through the Department of Education.
There are over 3,000 active participants in Nova Scotia.
To increase interest and participation in the program by our youth, Kentville Parks & Recreation will become an “Independent Award Centre” for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in spring 2016.
For more information about the program, including how to get involved, visit http://dukeofed.org
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 email@example.com.
Youth Pick-Up Games & Social - Winter 2016
The Valley Sports & Events Centre (soccer dome) Mondays Girls-only: March 21 Boys & Girls: 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!
Come in through the Cafe's back entrance, and Betty Ann's door is there on the right.
395 Main Street ~ Kentville
Kentville Development Corporation Ltd (KDCL)
Top Priorities for KDCL
KDCL has identified top priority items from within the strategic plan. Projects include a facade improvement program for downtown, a parking review and recommendation to Council on behalf of their membership, and re-connecting with members through strategic communications better utilizing the KDCL website, business contact list and social media avenues.
The Town of Kentville is providing interim support through the planning department, specifically through the office of the Community Economic Development Coordinator. KDCL is pleased to have the continued support and commitment from the Town, and together KDCL will move forward in a beneficial manner for all Kentville residents and business owners.
Inquiries regarding KDCL and its operations including updates on current projects and programs should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or to President Catherine Savage directly.
*If you would like to be featured in our Kentville Cooks Section, please email email@example.com*
Amy Florian is new to Kentville; moving here in June 2015 with her husband and daughter. Amy is a naturopathic doctor practicing at Hawthorn Clinic in downtown Kentville.
"I love the proximity to so many wonderful outdoor activities: Blomidon Provincial Park, the Look Off, the dykes, Gaspereau river, many hiking trails, Ski Martock, Halls Harbor and so much more."
Roasted Rosemary Nuts
These are the perfect slightly sweet, yet savory snack. They make great gifts too, simply place in small glass jars and wrap with twine.
4.5 cups assorted unsalted nuts (such almonds, pecans, and walnuts)
.25 cup maple syrup
.25 cup butter (or coconut oil)
.25 cup dried rosemary
~1 tsp salt (to taste)
Combine the butter and maple syrup together in a small saucepan and heat on low until the butter melts. When melted, stir in the salt and dried rosemary. Place all the nuts in a big bowl and add the butter mixture. Stir to combine.
Spread the coated nuts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, then stir and bake for another 5-10 minute until nuts are toasted and the butter mixture has caramelized.
Let cool completely.
Makes 5 cups (lots!) so feel free to gift or bring to potlucks.
Murder at the Oakdale House, Main Street, Kentville Bridgewater Bulletin, dated February 6, 1917. Murder and Suicide in Kentville
Kentville, February 4, 1917
"Oakdale", for years the residence of the late Colonel L.deV. Chipman ,and now the residence of his son-in-law, F.C. Dimock, was the scene of an awful tragedy on Saturday evening.
The maid of the household, Elsie Acker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.William Acker, of Cherryfield, Lunenburg County,
was shot thru the heart and killed by Andrew Feindel, of Halifax, formerly of New Germany. When he had killed the girl, Feindel directed the revolver at himself and sent a bullet smashing thru his head just above the left eye.
At a late hour tonight Feindel is still alive but has never regained consciousness and physicians say he cannot live. Read more of this tragic tale
Question: What are the rules for dogs on trails and green spaces in the Town? Do they have to be on a leash? Who is responsible for cleaning up dog waste?
Answer: Trails and green spaces in the Town of Kentville are dog friendly, but dogs are required to be on leash at all times. Kentville prides itself on its trails and green spaces and strives to make these areas as welcoming as possible to all people, and their pets. Part of making sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable means dogs need to remain on a leash. A statement often heard is “my dog is well behaved and doesn’t need a leash”. But there are many people who aren’t comfortable around animals, especially ones they don’t know, so we ask dog owners to be responsible and keep their dogs on leash when on public property as the rule states.
This rule applies to every trail and green space in the Town of Kentville, including the Miner’s Marsh, Oakdene Park and Memorial Fields.
Additionally, it is the law everywhere for owners to clean up after their pets and in some areas dog bags and receptacles are provided to trail users free of charge. Even in areas where these resources are not provided it is mandatory for people to clean up after their own pets. Winter seems to be a time of year where this rule is abandoned, much to the disappointment of many trail and sidewalk users who are forced to dodge waste while walking, running, snowshoeing and even sledding.
A reminder to dog owners that registration of your dog is required in the Town of Kentville. Registrations are sold beginning April 1st and cost $15.00 each. Owners will be issued tags for their animals so in case of a lost dog, or an instance where a dog is picked up by animal control, pets can be returned easily and quickly!
Family Movie Night! March 1st
The Good Dinosaur: Family Movie Night! Tuesday, March 1
KCA School Cafeteria
Doors Open at 6:00; Showtime 6:30pm
Freewill Donation to the KCA PTA
Canteen available (drinks, popcorn and snacks)
Bring blankets & camp chairs
Parents must accompany children
Thanks to Rustic Ridge Farm for donating apples and Foote’s Farm Market for donating bananas
Arts and Culture
CentreStage Theatre presents: Love from a Stranger
An Agatha Christie Mystery adapted by Frank Vosper
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm February 26 to April 2 Sundays @ 2pm March 6, 13 and 20.
Tickets $15/12 (Call 902-678-8040)
Cecily and Mavis, office girls who have just won 20,000 pounds in the Sweepstakes, are letting their London flat while Mavis travels in Europe and Cecily prepares to marry her fiancé, Nigel, who is returning from work in the Sudan. Cecily, through, is not sure she wants to settle down yet. At best it has been a tepid relationship after years of monotony in the office, but Nigel is furious at the thought of postponing their wedding. Then a personable fellow, Bruce, appears to check out the flat, intuitively senses her situation and offers excitement and romance. Cecily succumbs immediately and breaks off the engagement, and within weeks they marry and move to a charming but secluded cottage in the country where the idyll disintegrates as Bruce begins to undergo a terrifying transformation.
George Henry and Peter Booth are co-directors.
Cast in order of appearance: Carole Ball, Candy O’Brien, Linda Levy Fisk, Kevin Pearle, Mike Butler, Bryen Stoddard, Hannah Fisk, Richard Richard
Photos From You
The Khatib family, recently arrived from Syria, get introduced to sledding and KCA!
Photos: Courtesy of Kate Seaman
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From the Kentville Town Council
Next Council Advisory Committee Meeting
The next town council meeting will be on Monday, March 14 at 1:30pm in Council Chambers.
This meeting is open to the public.
The Town of Kentville has taken a renewed interest in the AVRIP after purchasing nearly 40 Acres of property in the park adjacent to the 101.
Several years ago, the Kings RDA commissioned a study with the purpose to inventory both developed and undeveloped commercial and industrial land in the entire Kings County area including the Towns. The report highlighted a lack of sufficient available shovel ready industrial land in the area and concluded that the Annapolis Valley Industrial Park in Kentville is the best option for future development to support this need.
The property in the AVRIP was originally managed by the Annapolis Valley Industrial Park Commission.In the late 1990s the commission was dissolved. The vacant parcels at that time were transferred to Nova Scotia Business Incorporated (NSBI). The property management of the Park has been managed by NSBI since that time.
The Town recognizes the Industrial Park as an incredible asset and hopes that renewed focus on the development of the Industrial Park will contribute significantly to Kentville’s overall efforts to be investment ready.
A tender for the design and costing of infrastructure for the 30 plus acres recently purchased by the town closed on Thursday February 25th.
There is an appetite by current property owners in the park for revitalization, and the purchase of the lands complement those desires and will support further expansion. An informal advisory group of property owners in the park has been formed, and have met with the Town on a few occasions to discuss items of interest including marketing and promotion of The Park, signage upgrading, branding/naming of The Park, zoning, covenants and other items.
Updates and news will be made available as progress continues on AVRIP projects. A copy of the RDA Report can be obtained upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
TOWN OF KENTVILLE: WINTER PARKING REGULATIONS
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.
OBSTRUCTION DURING SNOW REMOVAL OPERATIONS
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.
NOTICE TO BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS
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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