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March 1, 2016

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Smoke-Free Kentville!

The Town recently ordered signage for parks, green spaces, and downtown public spaces to educate the public about the smoke free spaces bylaw in Town. 

Signs were acquired through a grant provided by Smoke Free NS.

Now that the signs have arrived, locations are being identified and signs will be installed over time as resources and weather permit.
View bylaws
What's Happening in Kentville

Check out these websites to find out what is happening in the area!
Top Events Happening in Kentville!
1. Kentville Weekend of Winter, March 4-6
2.Love From a Stranger at CentreStage Theatre
3. Kentville Farmers' Market

In the News
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.

Read more.
Kentville firefighters involved in unusual rescue of cat

Kentville firefighters successfully rescued a cat trapped in a tree Feb. 18, but it wasn’t necessarily your everyday run-of-the-mill animal rescue.
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Library Updates
Kentville's library could move this year

As lease negotiations continue for Kentville’s new library site, the timeline for the demolition of the current library building remains unknown.

The library on Cornwallis Street must be demolished to make way for a new Cornwallis River Bridge.

Brian Taylor, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal,recently confirmed the project has yet to go to tender.

Read more.

In the Community
ESL Help Needed for New Family

If you speak English, live near Kenville and have free time during the week (8am-2pm) our Newcomer family (Mom & Dad) could use your help.

They want to learn English.

You don't need to be a retired school teacher or trained ESL/ EAL teacher, the Valley Community Learning Association (VCLA) will work with you on what you need to do.

If you have have the time or interest or know of someone who does, prepare to experience the joy of giving.

Contact Kate Seaman at if you are able to help out.
Apple Blossom Tattoo Contest

Open to children in grades P-6, the ABF Temporary Tattoo contest runs every year.  Tattoo designs are submitted by artistic kids who create images representing the Apple Blossom Festival theme.  

The winning designer receives a cash prize of $100 and an additional $100 for their home classroom! (Home Schooled children can still participate)

Come up with your own winning design for the 84th Festival based on the theme, “East Coast to the Core, Celebrating Nova Scotia!”  

Submit your best design and you could win!  All the details for entering are found here:

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.
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Soup Cafe!

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.
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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.

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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
So much happening over the Weekend of Winter!
Read more here
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!
Naming the Trails

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.
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The new trail names are now:

  1. The Stadium
  2. Classic Gorge
  3. Ninja Kitten
  4. Axle Creek
  5. Flying Squirrel
  6. Connectors
  7. Purple Haze
  8. Free Ride Park
  9. Root Canal
  10. Fanny Pack
  11. Curious Gorge
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

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: 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!

Kentville Business Profile
Welcome to Limitless Skate & Snow!

Who is moving into 373 Main Street, Kentville?
Limitless Skate & Snow.

Limitless is a skateboarder owned and operated extreme sports store located in the Annapolis Valley specializing in Skateboards, Snowboards and Motorcross.

Stop in and welcome Limitless to Kentville!
Find them on Facebook
Where is Designer Betty Balcom?

No, we haven't lost our Interior Designer, The Designer Betty Ann Balcom! She's moved her studio and it's now downstairs below her Designer Cafe.

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 or to President Catherine Savage directly.

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Kentville Cooks
*If you would like to be featured in our Kentville Cooks Section, please email*

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. 
Historical Moment
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
Citizen Questions
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!

KCA News
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

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 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.

Minutes and Agendas can be found here.
Job Posting for the Town of Kentville

Communication and Resource Coordinator (1-year maternity leave replacement)

Working under the direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation, the Communications and Resource Coordinator will be responsible for the following areas:

Office and Program Administration
Events Coordination
Department Communications and Promotions

For more details please read the job ad here. The complete job description can be found here.

Town of Kentville Seeking Citizen Appointee for Police Commission

The Town of Kentville is looking for a dedicated member of the community to sit as a citizen appointee on the Town’s Police Commission.

Interested parties can apply using the form here: Police Citizen Application 2016.  

View the Police Commissioners Bylaw here:
Surplus Equipment from the Kentville Police

The Kentville Police Service is accepting Bids on surplus equipment until April 14th.

See the listings here


Industrial Park Land Purchases

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

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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