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July 8, 2014

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Keeping Kentville Connected



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Keeping Kentville Connected
The next time you drive by, have a look at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church!  Do you notice anything about this building? Maybe about where it is built? When the church was built in 1853, the Cornwallis River marked the town limits. You will notice that the Catholic Church is outside of the town limits. 
Yes, this was intentional.
This church was built on a large sand hill overlooking the town. At that time, Catholics settlers from Ireland were not permitted to build their church within the town limits! The church was built of yellow birch from the Blue Mountain region (on the way to New Ross) and was brought to this site by teams of oxen. The original structure was then torn down in 1892 to build a bigger and newer Church – the one that stands there today.

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

Tuesday, July 22
10:00-12:00 - Maker Lab at the Kentville Library. This is your chance to be introduced to the Maker craze. Build with an Arduino kit, play with Squishy circuits, race brush bots, and have fun with MaKey MaKey. Discover the world of circuits and electronics.
Pre-Requisite: Ages 9-13

8:00pm - Irish Jam at Paddy's Pub.

Wednesday, July 23
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market in Centre Square. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours. There is a kid's craft corner each week at the market now, too!

11:00 -12:00 - Lego Drop in at the Kentville Library. Each week, stop by for a different challenge. See how well your LEGO skills stack up! Please do not bring your own LEGO, you can build with ours. Pre-Requisite: ages 5+

12:30-1:30 - Angry Bird Origami at the Kentville Library. Drop-in and make a simple origami figure with Angry Birds paper. Pre-Requisite: ages 7+

2:00-3:00 - Math games at the Kentville Library. Play dice games, sort, measure, predict, and more with Lindsay! Complete an activity on your STREAM card and have fun doing it. This is a drop-in program. Pre-Requisite: ages 3+

5:15-6:15 - Free Yoga in the Oakdene Park. Open to all levels.

Thursday, July 24
3:00-3:30 - Water safety for kids and parents at the Kentville Library. Learn how to be safe on or in the water this summer! Join Anik from the Red Cross for a fun filled short presentation on the best way to be safe near the water. Tips on boating safety and how to use a PDF to have fun and be safe while near water. Pre-Requisite: ages 5 and up

Friday, July 25
10:30-11:30 - Upcycle at the Kentville Library. What can you make with junk? We'll create something useful with things you might have thrown out. Pre-Requisite: Ages 8-12

Saturday, July 26
8:00-10:00am - Breakfast at the St. James Anglican Church. Enjoy a home cooked breakfast of homemade beans, eggs, bacon, fishcakes, muffins, toast, yogurt, fruit cocktail, juice, coffee or tea. All proceeds for church activities. Minimum donation of $6.00.

9:00pm - Dance at the Kentville Legion.

9:00pm - Ted Wallace and friends...CD Fundraiser at the Traveller's Club.

Sunday, July 27
1:00-3:00 - Girl Power at the Kentville Library. Girls aged 10-15 are invited to the Kentville Library for an afternoon of crafting, chatting, playing games, surfing the Web, and hanging out together. Please register online or by calling the library at 679-2544.

3:30-5:00 - Teen Council at the Kentville Library. Are you between the ages of 13 and 17? Are you opinionated and creative? Do you want to be more involved with your library? Do you enjoy snacks? Join a group of like-minded teens as we work together to make our voices heard. Teen Council is in session!

Monday, July 28
1:00-3:00, 5:00-8:00 -Blood donor clinic at the Kentville Fire Hall. It's in you to donate!

1:30 - 8:00pm - Sign up for a one hour, one-on-one computer tutorial at the Kentville Library.

2:00pm - Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Kings County Museum. See more below.

7:00 - The Town Council will meet in the Council Chambers. This meeting is open to the public.

Tuesday, July 29
10:30-11:30 - Little Ray's Reptiles at the Kentville Library. Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo promotes wildlife conservation, environmental awareness, and education about the animals we share the planet with through hands-on experiences with a variety of different reptiles that range in size from small to large. Pre-Requisite: ages 3+

12:00-2:00 - Brings Books to life and create a trailer at the Kentville Library. Work in a group to create a book trailer for a favourite book. You'll be using computers and will have lots of fun. The library staff will post the finished products on their website.

1:00-3:00, 5:00-8:00 -Blood donor clinic at the Kentville Fire Hall. It's in you to donate!

8:00pm - Irish Jam at Paddy's Pub.

Wednesday, July 30
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market at Centre Square. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours. Kid's corner is available

11:00 -12:00 - Lego Drop in at the Kentville Library. Each week, stop by for a different challenge. See how well your LEGO skills stack up! Please do not bring your own LEGO, you can build with ours. Pre-Requisite: ages 5+

12:30 - 1:30 - Appy Hour at the Kentville Library. Come try out a new app on our iPads! You can complete one of your STREAM card activities and learn something new at the same time. Ages 3+ (7 and under must be accompanied by an adult). This is a drop-in program.

2:00-3:00 - Math games at the Kentville Library. Play dice games, sort, measure, predict, and more with Lindsay! Complete an activity on your STREAM card and have fun doing it. This is a drop-in program. Pre-Requisite: ages 3+

5:15-6:15 - Free Yoga in the Oakdene Park. Open to all levels.

Friday, August 1
8:00pm - Opening of Jerry Finnegan's Sister at CentreStage Theatre. Brian Dowd has spent the last 10 years of his life wrestling with an unrequited "something" for his best friend's sister, who happens to live next door. But each and every time he's spoken with Beth Finnegan for more than 30 seconds, he's ended up with his foot planted firmly in his mouth. Now, Brian's time is about to run out. With recent news that Jerry Finnegan's sister is getting married, the time has come for him to put up or shut up. Like John Wayne in The High and the Mighty, Brian has reached the point of no return. What's he got to lose--except the love of his life! Phone 678-8040 for reservations.

Saturday, August 2
8:00pm - Jerry Finnegan's Sister at CentreStage Theatre.

9:00 - Dance at the Kentville Legion.
 
In the News 

Kentville residents step up to help day camp children with no lunches. The town’s day camps this summer have been arranged to include children whose parents can’t afford to pay fees, but Parks and Recreation Director, Rachel Bedingfield was stymied when those children came without food. Read about what happened.
 
The Big Reveal! Eighty-five years to the day after a box was placed in the cornerstone of the original Kings County Academy School, a room full of spectators gathered June 19 to see what’s inside, but the mystery continues. Read More.

What's happening by the bridge? Contractors are drilling near the old Cornwallis River bridge in Kentville. According to public works director Fred Whynot, the subsurface work is to see what types of soils are there, what weight the soil can support, and the depth to bedrock. The work is preparatory to the construction of a new bridge across the Cornwallis River at this location. Read more.

Recreation News
Public Swimming at the Centennial Pool. The swimming pool is now open in Kentville for the season! Check the daily schedule here.

Summer Ice Rentals - Interested in booking some summer ice time? Rentals begin on August 4th. Book this through Kevin Bennett. The cost for August and September is $150.00 per hour including tax.

Arts and Culture


Kings County Museum Presents East Meets West! This display of items from Japan will be open to the public all summer. Read more about the display.

Japanese Tea Ceremony - Monday, July 28
On Monday July 28th at 2:00 pm at the Kings County Museum a demonstration of the “Way of Tea” involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea will be held.  Noriko Kato and Hitomi Igasaki (both of Sapporo, Japan) will be on hand to conduct the ceremony in the courtroom of the Kings County Museum.  The demonstration is held in conjunction with the “East Meets West” Exhibit currently on display.  The public is welcome to attend, admission is free and  donations are  gratefully accepted.For more information contact the Museum at 678-6237 or www.okcm.ca.

Kentville Businesses! My Yoga Space!
Welcome My Yoga Space to Kentville!
Their mission is to create a collaborative community by providing people with a peaceful and inviting place to practice wellness.
My Yoga Space offers a full range of classes to beginners, grammies, flow and more! They have a full list of qualified instructors to teach you.  DROP-INS welcome in ALL classes! As long as space permits.

They are located at 360 Main Street, behind the Aveda Salon.
Stop in and welcome this new business to Kentville!
More information
 
Citizen Questions
Question: On my lunch break, I like to walk the Main Street-Cornwallis-Webster-Aberdeen block. What distance is that?
Answer: This small loop is around 570m. This means, if you walk it twice, you've covered a little more than a kilometre. If you extend the loop down by the arena and the Baptist Church, then it is about 1.2km. Happy walking! 

Your Town Council
Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
Town Council Meeting: The Town Council will meet on Monday, July 28 at 7:00 in the Council Chambers. This meeting is open to the public.

Benches! The Town has acquired a number of benches for downtown through a grant provided by the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency.  We will be installing them over the next little bit on our properties in common areas and green spaces.  If you have a location suggestion, or are a business that would like a bench for your own building please let Lindsay know!  We have a limited number so the first come first serve policy will be in effect, we will do our best to accommodate all requests.

Re-branding Survey: During the current phase of our re-branding initiative (feedback and input collection) we have held a number of public sessions.  For those folks that maybe aren’t comfortable in those types of scenarios, (or who are frankly just extremely busy) we have created a shorter, more condensed way to still participate!
Please take a few moments to visit this link and fill out this quick online survey.  We would like to gather input from as many people as possible so that we feel good about moving forward with Kentville’s new brand direction once we have it!

PUBLIC INPUT REQUIRED: How many councilors should be elected to Kentville Town Council? The Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires all municipalities to review their boundaries and their council size every 8 years following which a recommendation is sent to the Utility and Review Board (UARB) for its approval. Any changes will come into effect in 2016.
  1. Arguments for maintaining the status quo (6 council members, plus the Mayor)
  • Workload is manageable (when divided amongst the councilors and when allowing technology to assist.)
  • Diversity of members provides different perspectives (i.e. age, background, gender, political experience)  
  1. Arguments for reducing council size (i.e. 4 councilors and the Mayor)
  • Reduction in costs for remuneration and expenses (i.e. conferences and education, technologies, benefits, travel, etc.)
  • Reduction of government (The “less is more” philosophy.)  
  1. Arguments for increasing council size (i.e. 8 councilors and the Mayor)
  • Provide more diversity for better debate.
  • Lessen individual workload, or would allow members to play a more active role in projects relating to municipal governance.
Kentville Town Council will provide numerous opportunities over the next few months to engage citizens in this review process.  A special agenda item (Question and Answer Period on Council Size Review) has been added at both the regular meeting of Council (typically last Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.) and the Council Advisory Committee meetings (typically the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m.).

More information will be provided over the next few e-newsletters.
Questions?
Phone (902) 679-2503; carolh@kentville.ca

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This e-newsletter was compiled by Laura Churchill Duke on behalf of the Town of Kentville.
Laura is the operator of www.valleyfamilyfun.ca