March 18, 2014

Keeping Kentville Connected

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Keeping Kentville Connected
A Glimpse at our History: This area was initially settled by the Mi’Kmaq who called this area Penook which meant “fording place,” because of its location at the bend in the Cornwallis River, a natural crossing point between Horton (Wolfville area) and Cornwallis (Sheffield Mills area) townships. It was really one of the only places where the river could be crossed at low tide. Penook also means Pineo’s Place and refers to Peter Pineo, a New England Planter who came to the area in 1764. It was a Mi’Kmaq name applied to a white man’s village.

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

Tuesday, March 18
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, March 19
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.

Thursday, March 20
7:00pm - Free sports night for ages 12+ at the Kentville Baptist Church.

Friday, March 21
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.

9:00pm - Spring Fling Dance. Come join the Kentville Lions celebrate spring with a Spring Fling Dance. Vintage will be on hand providing their blend of pop/rock/country tunes of the 50's 60's 70's. The Lions will be providing a cash bar and complimentary munchies. Cost: $6/person; $10/couple

Saturday, March 22
9:00am-4:00pm: Valley Gathering of Indoor Fun Fly at the Indoor soccer dome. The event will include a swap shop, education sessions, Demo Flying, and day of indoor flying. All indoor electric AC welcome – Helicopters to 450 size. Guest speakers on a variety of RC related topics will give interested attendees a chance to mix some flying and learning on the same day.

5:30pm - Celebrating 140 Years – Kentville United Baptist Church’s 140th Anniversary.  Anniversary potluck and entertainment, Sat., Mar 22, 5:30 pm.  All welcome.

8:00pm - CentreStage Theatre presents Separate Beds. Phone 678-8040.

Sunday, March 23
11:00am: Celebrating 140 Years – Kentville United Baptist Church’s 140th Anniversary.  Anniversary service on Sun., Mar 23, 11 am, with , special speaker Rev. Dr. Glenn Wooden.  All welcome.

Wednesday, March 25
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.

Thursday, March 26
7:00pm - Free sports night for ages 12+ at the Kentville Baptist Church.

Friday, March 28
8:00pm - CentreStage Theatre presents Separate Beds. Phone 678-8040.

Saturday, March 29
8:00pm - CentreStage Theatre presents Separate Beds. Phone 678-8040.

Did you Know?
The Town of Kentville has commissioned Griffin Transportation Group to conduct a traffic study for the future development of Park Street. Griffin will look at the possibility of building on several large pieces of vacant land, as well as upgrades to the street.

The Winter Parking Ban is still on until April 15th.

In the Community
Fundraiser for Valley Regional Hospital: The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation is hosting the fourth annual Gala, Under the Tuscan Moon, offering guests a four course meal, paired with local wines, prepared by three great Valley chefs. The gala, supporting the purchase of fetal monitors for Maternal and Child at Valley Regional Hospital, will take place at the Louis Millet Community Centre, New Minas, beginning at 6:00 PM on April 12th. Tickets must be pre-booked, by March 31st, by calling 678-5414 and are priced at $125 with a $50 receipt.

The Kentville Baptist Church has started a weekly Sports Night on Thursdays between 7 and 9 pm. It will be held the hall/gym at Kentville Baptist. Activities include floor hockey, badminton, basketball, volleyball, etc. The theme is simply fair play, fellowship, and fun. This is geared towards youth aged 12+. Parents can feel free to leave their children at the program (and do not need to stay).

In the News
Pastor John Andrew of Open Arms drop-in centre in Kentville, says support for the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser is up. The event takes place this Saturday and the money is used for programs for the homeless and hungry. (GORDON DELANEY / Valley Bureau)Great things are happening for Open Arms in Kentville! With 530 walkers, 64 teams, over 200 volunteers , more than $79,000 was raised for the second annual Annapolis Valley Coldest Night of the Year. All funds will go towards Open Arms  to support the hungry, the hurting and homeless. READ MORE
The community group is now the owner of a building on Cornwallis Street in Kentville. Director John Andrew says he hopes for a grand opening on April 1st. READ MORE

Kentville-based energy conservation firm, Equilibrium Engineering, has sold half the company to an international engineering outfit based in Quebec. The deal includes guaranteed subcontracting work for Equilibrium and should allow it to pursue more diversified business opportunities locally. Find out more about Equilibrium here.

The fifth annual Annapolis Valley Events and Sport Tourism Association awards Feb. 28 saw the Kentville Gorge awarded as the Venue of the Year! "This popular mountain biking, walking and hiking facility is located in Kentville.  First developed in the 1930s, the venue has become a popular destination in all seasons, especially since the construction of a bike skills park. It regularly plays host to mountain bike competitions, group rides and clinics and well as hosting hundreds of hikers, walkers and snowshoers." READ MORE

On Tuesday, March 4th the Kentville Development Corporation unveiled its strategic plan. KDCL’s Vision, “a vibrant business and service sector in our growing and prosperous community” will be supported through five areas of focus; Business Development, People and Community, Infrastructure and Investment, Marketing and Communication, and Advocacy. READ MORE

KDCL is extremely excited to announce the hiring of JD MacCulloch as Chief Operating Officer for their organization. MacCulloch has a solid background and record of success in business and economic development. He has been a successful entrepreneur and business development consultant for many years. He has owned and operated his own company specializing in product development and management with an emphasis on marketing, advertising, promotion and market development.

Recreation News
Great changes happening with the Kentville Recreation Department! Kings County native Rachel Bedingfield is Kentville’s new parks and recreation director.  

Bedingfield is responsible for the overall supervision of facilities, programs, parks, green spaces and trails. She graduated from recreation management at Acadia University and started her new position in February. READ MORE

Public skating Schedule: public skating times runs until March 30th
Wednesdays - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Thursdays  - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Fridays - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

On helmets: We don't have an official helmet policy here. However, every child should be wearing a helmet, that goes without saying. Adults are free to wear one or not.

KCA School News
Safe Arrival Program - KCA has a safe arrival program. This means that every morning, a parent volunteer goes to the school, and after morning attendance, phones every family that has a child with an unexplained absense from school that day. This is to make sure every child gets to school safely. If you know your child will be absent, or is sick, it is so important to phone the KCA Safe Arrival Line and leave a voice mail message: 690-3852.

Arts and Culture

Introducing Kentville Businesses!
Eterno Laser and MediSpa
At Eterno Laser and MediSpa we want you to take the condition of your skin as seriously as we do! Eterno Laser and MediSpa offers clinical skin therapies, non-surgical skin rejuvenation, laser and light treatments, laser tattoo removal, both traditional and medical esthetics as well as registered massage therapy and registered acupuncture. Our innovative treatments use the latest equipment and technology, and are delivered by certified and experienced professionals. Eterno offers no cost, no obligation consultations for all of our services.

March Madness is finally here! Eterno is celebrating all month long with amazing specials.
1) All in stock RA or SpaRitual products are buy 1 product at reg. price and get a 2nd product, of equal or lesser value, for 50% off. This offer applies to all in stock product and is only valid while supplies last!
2) Book an Oxygen Facial for $125 and receive a complimentary Multiderm treatment, valued at $75. This combination facial treatment is exactly what your skin needs to look and feel restored after a long, cold winter.
3) Our RMT, Stephanie Baines, is offering her signature "Body & Sole" Massage. This 75 min treatment is being offered only in March for $89.
4) Purchase a package of 3 Photo Facials (full face) for $600 and receive a $120 credit with Dr. Maltby towards a Botox treatment of your Glabella (frown lines) or crows feet, an amazing treatment and a $195 savings! These specials are only available for the month of March and WILL NOT be repeated this year! Call to book your appointment today 902-365-7546.

Eterno Laser and MediSpa is located at 16 Webster Court, Kentville.  At Eterno, we want you to “Be Ageless”.


Your Town Council
The Kentville Town Council will be meeting on Monday, March 31st at 7:00 in the Council Chambers.  This meeting is open to the public.

Question from you: Why is the Town of Kentville spending all this money on bringing a TV show to the area, when they should be spending the money on other things like our roads?
RESPONSE: The money being spent on the TV show is coming from Force Four Entertainment's own budget. The Town isn't spending any significant amount of money on bringing Force Four to Kentville. Staff time and some in kind contributions are mainly all that the Town has contributed to the show demo. We've relied heavily on volunteers and donations so far and we don't anticipate that changing in any significant way!
If the show does come to Kentville, there will be great economic spin-offs for everyone, not to mention the increase in tourism.

REMINDER: Kentville Volunteer awards: The Town of Kentville would like to honour its area Volunteers at the Kentville Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 9th 2014. We are inviting all volunteer organizations to nominate one volunteer who has exhibited exceptional volunteerism to be recognized at the Awards Ceremony in April. All Volunteers nominated will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Awards Dinner, a recognition certificate from The Town, and a special Volunteer pin. The deadline is March 21st.
Please contact Karen in the Kentville Parks and Recreation Department by phone at 679-2539 or by email at

Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
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