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September 8, 2015

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What's New and Innovative in Kentville?
New Story Walk in Kentville!
An exciting new project has been installed by the KCA playground and trail in Kentville - a storywalk featuring the Pumpkin People book by Ron and Sandra Lightburn.

You can read the story and do the actions to pair physical activity with literacy for an awesome playtime!

Stop into the soccer field behind KCA to check it out!
Read more.
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. Ghost Walk in Kentville - theatrical, historical tour, September 10
2. Much more Munsch and Women of Lockerbie at CentreStage Theatre
3. Breakfast at the Legion, Sept 12
4. Fundraising dinner for the Meadowview Community Centre, Sept 12
5. Storytime at the Kentville Library, Wednesdays.

In the News
Welcome to Academy Place
An upscale master planned development by Brison Developments in the heart of Kentville, catering to residents with an active lifestyle. A community where you can live in fashionable luxury surrounded by parks, schools, retail, restaurants and all the amenities that make life easy. The plan is for Academy Place to offer an exclusive collection of multi-unit single level garden suites and two apartment buildings with elevators and underground parking for residents who no longer want to maintain their own property.
Learn more
In the Community
Updates from the Kentville Development Corporation Ltd (KDCL)
As part of our objective to help build a vibrant and growing economy in Kentville, we have formed the following groups and programs which are currently underway:  

The Kentville Downtown Merchants Group ~ working to promote and support merchant and service providers in the downtown core.

The Media & Arts Collective ~ working to create opportunity and collaboration among media, arts and creative service professionals in our area.

The Kentville Way Program ~ working to insure a welcoming community culture, spirit and pride of place.

The Downtown Building Façade Program ~ proposed assistance for commercial property owners to upgrade their buildings to create exciting and appealing streetscapes.

If you have a particular interest in any of these groups or programs let us know.  We will keep you updated on what is happening.

We, at KDCL, are waiting word on our ACOA application for support to develop The Kentville Downtown Revitalization and Development Plan.  This will include The Downtown Building Facade Program. We expect news on this soon and will keep you updated.
More information

Kentville: INNOVATION – More than just a word!
September 18, 2015 at Municipality of the County of Kings in Kentville, NS.
We all know how important innovation is, and we think we know what it is … BUT … do we really understand it, can we recognize it, or manage it successfully?

Come be part of a group discussion to understand the three fundamentally different types of innovation, and learn about the five specific skills – four behavioural and one cognitive – of top innovators, to improve your business or organization.

Sponsored by the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Register here
Kentville Merchants Group’s Downtown Kentville “Friend-raiser”
The Kentville merchants group is selling tickets on a beautiful painting done by well known artist Ed Hollett depicting a downtown streetscape circa 1885.

Anyone wishing to view the painting or purchase tickets to win it can visit Kentville Businesses from now until September 30th.  Tickets are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00. 

Funds raised through the initiative will help the Merchants Group run similar downtown shopping promotions and support the ongoing operations of the newly formed group.
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Kentville Multicultural Fair - A Big Success!
On Sunday, August 30, 2015 KDCL hosted the first Kentville Multicultural Fair. The event was a success beyond the expectations of the organizers. Over 400 visitors and participants enjoyed a full program of very professional entertainment and presentations. A dozen vendors provided food and products from a variety of cultures. Word is most vendors “sold out”.  They were very pleased!
Recreation News
Build-your-own-Skateboard-Deck Workshops
This fall, woodworker Michael DeLuca will be working with Kentville Recreation to offer a series of Build-your-own-Skateboard-Deck workshops, for adults and youth. This is some fine woodworking that looks so nice, you’ll want to put it on your wall rather than ride it. All materials and equipment will be provided. Skateboarding lessons are optional, but certainly available at no extra cost. We provide all the safety gear for that too.
More details are coming soon.
Kentville Business Profile
Family Tire
Looking for tires in the Kentville, Annapolis Valley area? View our selection of tires or learn more about the many auto repair services performed at our facility in Kentville,

Family Tire Ltd. is your complete auto repair centre with 3 licensed automotive technicians on staff. We offer auto repair services such as motor vehicle inspections, computer diagnostics, brake and suspension repairs, oil changes and computerized wheel alignments. We also offer nitrogen tire inflation and road force balancing. When it is time for new tires or car repair, you can rely on our expertly trained staff and excellent customer service to get you safely back on the road quickly and affordably.

Learn more by dropping in today!
144 Cornwallis St
KentvilleNS   B4N2E
Phone: 902-678-2148

Kentville Cooks
Each edition we will feature a different Kentville resident with a favourite recipe. Would you like to be featured? Email us!

Kelly Westhaver
moved to Kentville 8 years ago as her husband Brian was working here. Previously, they were living in Glen Margaret, down by Peggy’s Cove.
"I lost 90% of my sight due to glaucoma, thus my ability to drive; we thought it best for us to move closer to Brian’s work and somewhere there was a bus route so I could be mobile.
I love living in Kentville because of the welcoming community; CentreStage Theatre was and still is one of our favourite places, they made it feel like home here. We love the coffee shops and the pubs, the trails and of course Miner’s Marsh. It is such a gem that we were lucky enough to find and now to call home."

Salmon Phyllo Coulibiac
2 thin salmon fillets (1lb)
½ t salt
1c white wine or fish stock
1c fish stock
3 T Cornstarch
 2/3 c sour cream
 ½ c butter
 5 Green onions chopped
2pkgs -10oz frozen spinach thawed& squeezed dry
¼ t pepper and nutmeg
Rice Filling
1 c long grain rice
½ t salt, 1 egg
¼ c milk
3 T chopped fresh dill
1 ½ t lemon rind
In a saucepan bring 2c water to a boil; add rice and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover& cook for 20 mins or until rice is tender & water is absorbed. Let cool to room temperature. In a bowl, beat egg with milk, stir in rice, dill and lemon rind. Cover & refrigerate.

Place salmon in a large non stick skillet and sprinkle salt. Pour in wine and stock, cover and cook over medium heat for 7 mins or until fish flakes easily. With a slotted lifter transfer to plate to let cool, remove skin and flake fish, place in separate bowl.

Strain cooking liquid into liquid measure, add enough cold water if necessary to make 1 1/3 c. Pour into small saucepan. Blend cornstarch with 2T water & stir into cooking liquid. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened. Let cool slightly, stir in sour cream. Let cool completely.

In a large non stick skillet heat 2 T of butter over med heat, cook onions and spinach stirring often for 5 mins or until onions are tender. Season with pepper and nutmeg and remaining salt. Let cool

Melt butter and brush each sheet of phyllo arrange overlapping in 9” springform pan. 5 sheets bottom. Layer as follows:
Then 4 remaining sheets.
Bake 350 F 50-60 mins or until golden
Makes 8 servings

Historical Moment
Everett Ward and his Mansion
Everett Ward was a self-made man. The story starts in 1890 when Everett joined the R.C.M.P. and was posted to Klondike, Yukon where he got in on the gold rush. Finding enough, he was able to buy his way out of the RCMP and returned to Kentville in 1899. Here he married Elizabeth Redden and the two of them, plus his three brothers returned for another go at the gold rush and within five years had built up enough fortune to return once again to Kentville.

The most impressive thing that Everett built was Ward mansion on Beech Hill  at the top of Prospect Avenue. This was a two-story brick house covered in stucco with an open colonnaded veranda, large oak doors, mahogany paneling and many large fireplaces.

Upon Mrs. Ward’s death, the house remained vacant for a good many years until in 1964 Mr. Robert Healy purchased the property with plans to restore the mansion. All the woodwork had been carefully removed and stored for reuse. However, in the renovation process a rubbish fire outside got out of control and burnt the entire property to the ground – including the salvaged wood carvings. Nothing remained, for you see, being at the top of the hill, no telephone was handy to call for help. When the fire department did arrive they were hampered by the lack of water at the top of the hill. Eventually, water had to be pumped to the scene by a chain of fire trucks connecting with the nearest hydrant.

KCA News
School is back in!
School is back in for the season! Please take extra care watching for children who may not be used to watching for you when you are driving!
And, please remember to reduce your speed to 30km/hr in front of the school.
Arts and Culture
CentreStage Presents: Much More Munsch
Fall in love with Robert Munsch all over again in September! CentreStage Theatre is delighted to once again bring the magic of these stories to the stage, Much More Munsch.
The children will be invited to interact with the stories as they come alive before their eyes! The stories will include Mortimer, The Paperbag Princess, Angela¹s Airplane, Pigs, Mud Puddle.

The stories have written by Robert Munsch and adapted by Irene Watts.
The cast: Sharon Churchill Roe, Mike Bulter, Linda Levy Fisk, Candy O’Brien, Simon Pawlowski  and Jilliam MacDonald

Matinees at 2PM on September 12,13,19,20,26,27.
Tickets $5.00 (Call 678-8040 for reservations).
CentreStage Theatre is located at 61 River Street, Kentville.
For more information visit  
Kings County Historical Museum:
Kentville museum exhibit features a ‘brief’ history of underwear!

As society has changed and evolved, so has our underwear.

The Kings Historical Society presents A ‘Brief’ History of Underwear at the Kings County Museum in Kentville from late September to December. The exhibit focuses on the century between 1850 and 1950 and how culture influenced the development of undergarments over that time period.
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Citizen Question
Question: What can we do about the traffic by the Tim Hortons drive thru? Can we prevent cars from parking in the middle of the road while they wait to pull in to the drive-thru Tim Horton’s in Kentville? Just because you need your Timmies doesn’t mean you get to prevent traffic from moving.

Answer: Unfortunately, it is what it is.  It doesn’t matter why traffic backs up, if it’s backed up it’s backed up, whether it’s a busy time for a drive thru, or traffic at the rink because of the Home Show or a hockey tournament. 

The Town extended the third lane on Aberdeen Street last year in order to mitigate traffic back-ups downtown during peak travel times during the week.  Drivers should be prepared to exercise caution and patience when traveling anywhere during peak traffic hours.  Leaving yourself a couple of extra minutes if you know you’ll be traveling through a busy intersection on the way to work can go a long way.

From the Kentville Town Council
The Town of Kentville will be upgrading Chester Avenue in the near future.  The project consists of the renewal of approximately 1.4 km of sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and watermain, which will include retaining wall replacement and general paving.  Other considerations will include sidewalk extensions, overhead crosswalk lights, bike lanes and a turning lane at the Chester Avenue/Main Street intersection. 

This project is currently being designed with construction planned for 2016.  The project will be funded equally by the Town of Kentville, Provincial, and Federal Governments.  The total estimated project cost is $2,900,000.

For additional details and project updates please go to
Fall Clean up is Back in Kentville!
The Fall Clean-up date for the Town of Kentville is Monday, October 5. See details about what will be collected and how to sort here:
Council decides to accept a staff recommendation to purchase 40 acres of land in the industrial park
Several years ago, the Kings RDA commissioned a study regarding available commercial and industrial land in Kings County. The report highlighted a lack of sufficient available shovel ready industrial land in Kings County, and concluded that the 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. It transitioned in the early 90’s when the commission was dissolved. The vacant parcels at that time were transferred to NSBI. Discussion has occurred at past and recent strategy sessions with Council.

The land is seen to be an asset to the Town, and would be an advantage to the regional economy should the town take ownership. Council voted at the July meeting to purchase the land and the process is underway.

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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