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January 5, 2016

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There's Something New and Innovative in Kentville
Kentville Wind Turbine up and Running
The authority members for Valley Waste recently attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 50 Kw wind turbine now gracing the skyline above Kentville’s industrial park.

The turbine will provide an alternate source of revenue to offset solid waste management costs. Electricity produced will feed into the electrical distribution grid for the neighboring community.
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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. Friends in Bereavement Meeting, Jan 5
2. Not Now Darling, A farce at CentreStage Theatre
3. Open meeting to provide input for new Kentville Library - January 10
4. Blood Donor Clinic at the Kentville Fire Hall, January 4, 5
5. Super Happy Active Family-fun Time at the Soccer Dome, Jan 9, 10-11
In the News
Cornwallis Inn being auctioned: January 8
A notice of public auction that appeared in the Kings County Advertiser Dec. 8 indicates that the premises at 325 Main Street, 29 Webster Court and 23 Cornwallis Street in Kentville will be auctioned off at noon Jan. 8, 2016 “unless, before the time of sale, the amount due to the HarbourEdge Mortgage Investment Corporation on the mortgage under foreclosure, plus costs to be taxed, are paid.”

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The Kentville Mayor would like to see the new bridge named for Wendell Phinney
But, who was Wendell Phinney?
Learn more about this former mayor in his obituary.

In the Community

Sunday, January 10, 2-4
Kentville Library

We want to hear what YOU want in the new Kentville library! Everyone is invited to join us and help make the library YOUR library. All ages are welcome to provide input in this "World Cafe" style public meeting. Light refreshments will be provided.

Learn more


Storm date is January 17, 2-4 PM

Kentville's Wee Library has a Winter Home
The wee library has been moved inside to the rec department in Town Hall for the winter.
Need a winter read? Stop in and load up! Books for all ages and interests!
Get a Free Membership to the Kentville Development Corporation Limited (KDCL)!

    Business Development
    Marketing & Communications
    Infrastructure & Investment
    Advocacy For Business
    People & Community

Get Involved
Have a Say in the Economic Future of Your Business and Your Community

The Benefits Of Membership
As A KDCL Member you will get access to the following services and opportunities:
Advocacy ~ Speak with one voice on behalf of business issues to Town Council.  Be heard!
Promotion ~ Joint advertising and promotion opportunities to bring more people to your business.
Information ~ Access to market and business information, programs, workshops and training.
Increased Profile ~ Website and social media profile; Directory listing online and on Town signage.
Networking ~ Increased opportunities to network with your peers and other businesses.
Influence ~ Help shape economic priorities and programs to grow businesses!
Impact ~ Support community economic growth and be a part of a voice to move for change.

Membership forms

Please return by email-scan, mail or if you are in Kentville, call and they will pick it up.

KDCL ~ 354 Main St., Kentville, NS B4N 0A3
Shire Town Media, Arts, Creative Services Collective
Thursday, January 28, 2016
6:00pm – 9:00pm, Kings Arms Pub, Second Floor
390 Main Street, Kentville

This is an important meeting.
There will be a report on a recent survey of the creative community in the valley, by Genevieve Allen Hearn, Coordinator, Kings Volunteer Resource Centre.  There will also be an update on community art activities from Rachel Bedingfield, Director of Recreation for the Town of Kentville. Through a facilitated session, we will identify short term and long term objectives for the group, discuss business models from other areas in Canada, identify roles going forward, and determine the next steps.

We Will Be Looking For Lots Of Ideas And Input.
RSVP:  or  902-678-1745

Recreation News
Kentville family behind wee library is dubbed recreation champions
Recently, the Duke family received a Recreation Champion award for creating Kentville's Wee Library.
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Red Ticket Ice Sale!

We’re having a Red Ticket ice sale in December and January! We’re slashing our prices on ice time that has not been booked (up to 48 hours before the allotted time).

To see all of the available ice times check out the arena schedule here and then contact our facility manager, Kevin Bennett, to book your time at the rink.

Prime Time 4:00pm-12:00am
Red Ticket Price $110.62/hour* (taxes included)

Non Prime Time 8:30am-4:00pm
Red Ticket Price $86.25/hour*  (taxes included)


Facility Manager Kevin Bennett, or phone 902-680-6407

Skating Passes
Looking for the perfect gift (or alternative to a treat bag for your child's birthday party)? Consider getting a skate pass for the Kentville Centennial Arena! We've got 10 and 20 skate options available  Get in touch with Gillian in the office for more details!
Kentville Business Profile
Kentville Businesses: Bruce A Wile
Bruce A. Wile Optician has been serving the Annapolis Valley for over 37 years.

At Bruce A. Wile we are known for our expertise and knowledge in eye glass frame design on what best suits you. We'll work with you to help find the best looking and fitting frame for your prescription.

All our eyeglasses are manufactured on site and no type of eyewear needs to be farmed out from drill mount to wrap sunglasses in prescription.

At Bruce A. Wile Optician we are committed to giving you the best prices on quality eyewear.

We carry the creator of the digital progressive lenses with the award winning number 1 anti-glare coating in the world - Crizal

Eye exam appointments arranged.

Largest selection of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses in the Valley!

Specializing in fitting multi focal bifocal contact lenses
also daily & monthly disposables.

Stop in learn more!
50 Webster St.
Kentville, NS B4N 1H7
(p): 902-678-4085
Kentville Cooks
Each edition we will feature a different Kentville resident with a favourite recipe. Would you like to be featured? Email us!

Jennifer Little is the managing editor of the Nova Scotia Weekly Group of papers and editor of the Kings County Advertiser
She has lived in Kentville for six months and already loves the community.
"We absolutely love our neighbourhood and participating in community events held by the town."

This recipe
is Jennifer's son's favourite. "I like to think because of his Newfoundland heritage! Another of my mom's recipes, no bake and super easy."

Newfoundland Snowballs
In a saucepan add 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon of butter
2 cups of sugar and
3/4 cups of canned milk.

Boil for 3-4 minutes.
Add two tablespoons of cocoa, stir until well blended. Let cool, then add two cups coconut, two cups rolled oats and two teaspoons of vanilla.
Shape into balls and roll in more coconut.

Historical Moment
Newspapers in Kentville
Kentville can boast that the county’s leading newspapers have been published there since the mid 19th century! 

In 1868, a weekly newspaper, The Star, moved from Berwick to Kentville, where it was published for five years. In 1873, The Star moved its office back to Berwick, leaving Kentville without its own newspaper.
Realizing the importance of having a newspaper in the town, a group of young Kentville businessmen formed a publishing company in the spring of 1873, creating The Western Chronicle. The Western Chronicle became one of the leading newspapers in the province.

The Western Chronicle eventually became The Advertiser in 1892. It was located in Kentville until 1983 when it moved to New Minas. However, in  2011, the offices of the Advertiser moved back to Kentville.  
The newspaper offices were in a variety of buildings in Kentville – some of which were on Webster Street near present-day Office Essentials. Most well-known, though is its former location in the present-day Kings Arms Pub.
A little-known fact is that in the 1970s, when the Kentville publishing company was being sold once again, they were no longer in need of some of the printing presses. So, when the offices were being moved, the printing presses were buried in the parking lot! No one knows for sure exactly where, but best guess is that they are behind Home Hardware!

**On behalf of the Town of Kentville staff and third party writer in charge of the Kentville e-newsletter we apologize for a story printed in our December 12th e-newsletter that we have since discovered was not factual.  The story regarding Peter Madden was untrue and should not have been included.  We apologize for printing misinformation, and will endeavor to better verify sources of historical content for future newsletters.**
Citizen Concerns
Question: What is the Town's bylaw concerning snow and ice removal on sidewalks downtown?

Answer: The snow removal bylaw currently places responsibility for clearing downtown sidewalks in the hands of commercial property owners.

From the Bylaws:
4a.  No owner, occupant or manger of any land or building situated adjacent to any street, shall permit snow, ice or icicles to accumulate on the roof or any portion of the building which overhangs or abuts a sidewalk.

(b) Every person who owns or occupies any land or building situated adjacent to any street in the Commercial C1 Zone or Commercial C2 zones of the town of Kentville, as defined and delimited in the Land Use Bylaw, shall within four
hours from the cessation of every fall of snow, clear away all snow, ice, slush or dirt, from that portion of the sidewalk which is adjacent to the side of the street whereon such person’s land or building is situated. If this fall of snow has not ceased before 2:00 p.m., then it shall be sufficient if such snow, ice, slush or dirt be cleared away on or before 10:00 a.m. on the following day.

KCA News

Thank you to KCA Volunteers
With great appreciation and gratitude, thank you to Myrna Harnum and Doug & Paige Mosher for their untiring devotion to the KCA Breakfast program. These fine people show up every morning and make sure our students have a healthy start to their day.

In honour of their efforts, a donation has been made in their names to send a child in Haiti to school for one year.

Arts and Culture

CentreStage Theatre presents: Not Now, Darling
A farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm
January 8 to February 13
Sundays @ 2:00pm
January 24, 31 and February 7
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 902-678-8040)

The scene is the exclusive fur salon of Bodley and Crouch, where Crouch (the well-meaning innocent) struggles to keep things on an even keel despite the energetic philandering of his partner. At the moment, Bodley is trying to secure the affections of his latest would-be mistress by "selling" her husband an expensive mink fur coat for a fraction of its real worth, and the stammering Crouch is saddled with the task of consummating the sale with a straight face. But, as luck would have it, the husband seizes the bargain coat as the perfect gift for his own mistress—whereupon the complications burgeon uproariously, with poor Crouch caught in the middle.

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Photos From You
Cornwallis Inn: Source unknown

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

Planning and Development wants to share your input!

The Town wants to share the community’s input, thus far, on the Planning documents and Land Use Bylaw.  After months of open committee meetings; online and visual surveys; visioning and branding exercises, the below pdf. highlights your comments.

Planning MPS proposed Amendments Open House

Staff will hold a public information session January 12th, 2016 from 6 to 8 PM in Council Chambers.

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.
Town seeks Citizens for Commissions and Committee

The Town of Kentville is looking for new citizen appointees to serve on the following committees:

Kentville Police Commission

Kentville Audit Committee

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC).

Environmental Advisory Committee

Interested parties can download the application form below, and return to Mark Phillips, Chief Administrative Officer

354 Main Street, Kentville, Nova Scotia, B4N 1K6 or e-mailed to
More information

Council Advisory Committee Meeting
The next Kentville Town Council meeting will be on Monday, January 11 at 1:30pm in Council Chambers. These meetings are open to the public.

Town Council and CAC agendas and minutes can be found here.

Chester Avenue Project
The Town is gearing up to start work on a 2.9 million dollar Chester Avenue Upgrade Project.  Interested parties who want to keep an eye on the work being done, timelines and project details can log onto to stay in the know!

The Chester Avenue upgrade, with an estimated cost of $2.9 million over two years, was recently approved for New Build Canada Fund dollars. The three levels of government will split the bill for the project.
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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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