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September 16, 2014

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Keeping Kentville Connected



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Keeping Kentville Connected
In the mid 1880s, Kentville was home to an Exhibition Building that was used to promote agriculture in the area. This building was located opposite to where Valley Regional Hospital is today.

In addition to the large, three-storied building, there were also several pavilions that were surrounded by spacious grounds. Besides promoting agriculture, the site also hosted circuses, and hockey games at the rink.

Unfortunately, the building was destroyed by fire in 1900, and because of poor water supply to that area, the fire department was unable to save the building.

All that is left now is the name of the street that runs by the hospital’s north side: Exhibition Street. To learn more about Kentville's history, come on one of Kentville's Ghost walks!

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

Tuesday, September 16
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 friendsinbereavement@gmail.com.

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

Wednesday, September 17
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market in Centre Square. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours.

11-11:30am - Story time at the Kentville Library. Share the fun and adventure of reading with your child. Enjoy rhymes, songs, and books! Suggested age: 3-5. Parent/caregiver accompaniment is required.

6:15-7:30pm - Adventure Club at Kentville Baptist Church (503 Main St). Snacks, games and activities, theme parties, music, stories, special events and more! Open to all kids P-6. FREE.

Thursday, September 18
7:00pm - Churches of Kings County Book Launch at the Kings County Courthouse Museum. The Community and Family History Committee of the Kings Historical Society is pleased to launch a new publication, “Churches of Kings County”. The book will be available for the opening at a special cost of $20.00 but will sell after the event for $25.00. Compilers Linda Hart and Nelson Labor will be on hand to autograph copies for the public. For more information please contact the museum at  902-678-6237.

9:00pm - Hupman Brothers at Paddy's Pub.

Friday, September 19
6:30pm - Ramp it Up for the Kentville Skatepark. A pub night, silent auction and art exhibition in support of the Kentville skatepark project. Join the Kentville Skatepark Association for a night of entertainment and excitement! See more below.

8:00pm - My Boy Jack at CentreStage Theatre.
The year 1914 saw the beginning of World War I, the war to end all wars. To mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict, CentreStage is pleased to present My Boy Jack.
The year is 1913. War with Germany is imminent. Rudyard Kipling, the British Empire's greatest apologist, is at the peak of his literary fame. This play explores the nature of a man who loses his balance when devotion to family and country, clash. World War I breaks out, and Kipling's son, Jack, is determined to fight, but the Army and the Navy both reject him because of his extremely poor eyesight. Undaunted, Kipling uses his influence to land Jack a commission in the Irish Guards, sparking off a bitter family conflict. Phone 678-8040 for reservations.

Saturday, September 20
2:00pm - Babe, The Sheep Pig at CentreStage Theatre. Family Show. All seats $5. 678-8040 for reservations.

6:30pm - Big Night Out for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Held at the Kentville Fire Hall. See more below.

8:00pm - My Boy Jack at CentreStage Theatre. Phone 678-8040 for reservations.

Sunday, September 21
2:00pm - Babe, The Sheep Pig at CentreStage Theatre. Family Show. All seats $5. 678-8040 for reservations.

Tuesday, September 23
6:30-7:30pm - Teen Buddies at the Kentville Library. Are you between the ages of 3 and 8? Yes? Great! Come hang out with members of Kentville Library's Teen Council this evening! We'll read stories, draw, play and have fun together right here in the library. You don't need to sign up and can come and go at any time during the hour, but your caregiver must remain in the library.

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

Wednesday, September 24
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market at Centre Square. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours.

11-11:30am - Story time at the Kentville Library. Share the fun and adventure of reading with your child. Enjoy rhymes, songs, and books! Suggested age: 3-5. Parent/caregiver accompaniment is required.

6:15-7:30pm - Adventure Club at Kentville Baptist Church (503 Main St). Snacks, games and activities, theme parties, music, stories, special events and more! Open to all kids P-6. FREE.

7:00-8:30pm - Book Club at the Kentville Library. Join us on the last Wednesday of the month to share views and ideas about selected books. This month we are reading the One Book Nova Scotia selection Roost by Ali Bryan.

Thursday, September 25
9:00pm - Hupman Brothers at Paddy's Pub.

Friday, September 26
11am-2pm - Staff of Macdonald Chisholm Trask Insurance will be hosting a BBQ and Bake Sale with all proceeds going to the IWK Foundation.

6:00-8:00pm - Rummage Sale at the St. James Anglican Church. Featuring men's, women's and children's clothing. Also footwear, purses and more! FREE admission.

6:00pm - Women's Retreat at the New Hope Wesleyan Church. Diamonds and Roses - From Ashes to Beauty - A women's retreat takes place Friday evening and Saturday.

8:00pm - My Boy Jack at CentreStage Theatre. Phone 678-8040 for reservations.

Saturday, September 27
2:00pm - Babe, The Sheep Pig at CentreStage Theatre. Family Show. All seats $5. 678-8040 for reservations.

8:00am-10:00am - Community Breakfast at the St. James Anglican Church. Minimum donation of $6 per person.

7:00pm - Infinitely More Concert at the St. James' Church. Husband and wife duo that inspires original songs, favourite hymns and uplifting stories. They blend gospel, praise & worship, country, pop and hymns. Fundraising event for Servant's Heart Ministries. Tickets are $10

8:00pm - My Boy Jack at CentreStage Theatre. Phone 678-8040 for reservations.

8:00-11:00 - JP Cormier at Paddy's Pub. In cooperation with the Deep Roots Music Festival, Paddy's Pub in Kentville will host JP Cormier in the Celtic Hall; JP Cormier is a multi-talented musician from Cape Breton, his genre of music covers original roots songs. One of his recent songs is called "HOMETOWN BATTLE FIELD"  about veterans and their families dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder which is hitting home for thousands of people around the world.

Sunday, September 28
1:00-3:00pm - 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.

2:00pm - Babe, The Sheep Pig at CentreStage Theatre. Family Show. All seats $5. 678-8040 for reservations.

3:30pm-5:00pm - 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, September 29
7:00pm - Town Council Meeting held in Council Chambers. Open to the public.

In the News 
Chrysalis House gets boost from gas station barbecues.  The weekly summer barbecues averaged about $300 profit each week.

Funding Will Help Communities Better Understand Flood Risks, Solutions. The Town of Kentville received $30,000 for flooding prevention and reduction work on Cornwallis River and Mill Brook.

Quality ranks high in Gaspereau Publishing’s books. This is a behind the scenes look at Kentville's publishing company.

In the Community
Kentville Book Club: The Library Book Club meets the last Wednesday of the month Sept-Nov, and Jan-May. We read mostly fiction. September's pick is the One Book Nova Scotia pick, Roost by Ali Bryan.
The book club is open to everyone and new members are welcome to come and share their views and ideas on books with other adults.

Ramp it Up!
Join the Kentville Skatepark Association on September 19 at Paddy's Pub in Kentville for a night of entertainment and excitement! The event will begin at 6:30 upstairs on the mezzanine with a drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Our host will be Rod McMahon, of Maximum DJ, with live music courtesy of local musician Jeff Hockley and the band 'Hilroy'. A silent auction will take place between 7 and 9pm with a variety of items such as a sterling silver Jewelry item from Silpada, a 1 hour therapeutic massage, a professional 'Zoom' tooth whitening session, gift certificates, a kids 'learn to skateboard' birthday party and much more.

Also available for auction will be 20 unique pieces of art created by local artists, who were given a blank skateboard deck as their canvas. These one-of-a-kind items are an original and eye-catching way to display the talent and creativity of our Nova Scotia artists.
Tickets will be $12 at the door, with all proceeds from the event going to the Kentville Skatepark.

Be sure to visit the Designer Cafe in Kentville between September 5-19, where our 'Art Boards' will be on display with early-bird bidding available. For more information or to donate auction items contact Matt MacLeod at 678-9627 or info@kentvilleskatepark.ca

Recreation News
Kentville fills Active Living Position. It is with great excitement that the Parks and Recreation Department announces that Active Living Coordinator Andre Bouchard begins his new role with Kentville Recreation! André Bouchard has made a move from his position as the Physical Activity Coordinator for the South Shore Regional Office of the Department of Health and Wellness, and has joined the Kentville Team.

Skating Schedule:
Kentville is now offering Punch Passes for the skate times at the rink. You can buy 10 skates for $25.00 (saving $5.00) or 20 skates for $50 (saving $10.00) At $3 a skate, this is an easy way decide last minute you want to go for a skate and not worry about it! They will be available at the rink later this week and are presently available in the office for purchase.

Valley Speed Skating Open House: Valley Speed Skating Club will have an open house on Saturday, Sept 20, 6-8 pm at Kentville's Centennial Arena. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in speed skates to try it; VSSC has speed skates in child, youth and adult sizes.  The VSSC regular fall program will start on Oct 4 at the Credit Union Centre, Kingston.  You may contact VSSC at valleyspeedskating@gmail.com or facebook Valley Speed Skating.

Arts and Culture



CentreStage Theatre Presents: Babe, The Sheep Pig
Babe, the Sheep Pig is the tale of high adventure in the farmyard that became the hit movie Babe. It is a captivating play for children young and old. A leading writer of children's plays brings the heartwarming story of the piglet, who rises to fame at the Grand Challenge Sheep Dog Trials, to the stage.

Babe, the Sheep Pig is written by David Wood, based on a book by Dick King-Smith and directed by Davina Melanson.

Babe, the Sheep Pig opens in the Upper Performance Centre on September 20m, 21m, 27m, 28m, October 4m, 5m.  *All shows are matinees and will begin at 2 PM.
Entertainment for the Whole Family
All tickets are $5.00 (Call 678-8040 for reservations). CentreStage Theatre is located at 61 River Street, Kentville.
For more information visit www.centrestagetheatre.ca

Win 2 tickets to any performance by entering daily at www.valleyfamilyfun.ca until September 18

Citizen Question
Question: I have heard that people take turtles from the marsh as pets. Is this ok to do?
Answer according to local biologist and turtle expert:
Last Friday marked the first emergence of baby Blanding’s turtles for this year in Nova Scotia! For the next month our more common turtle species will also be emerging from their nests along lake and pond shores, river banks and gravel road shoulders throughout the province. As they begin their wanderings to find a suitable place to spend their first winter, you might encounter them in roadside ditches or the shallow margins of ponds, lakes and streams. For people of all ages, baby turtles are very appealing, and it is tempting to bring them home as pets. But, as cute as they are, they deserve a chance to live full and long lives in the wild, where they belong and fit so well. So, if you’re fortunate enough to encounter one, savour the experience, use it as a teachable moment with your children, and leave the turtle in its natural habitat for others to enjoy for generations to come.

KCA School News
Do you have a child who attends KCA? Want to stay up to date? Join the KCA Facebook group for regular updates and school discussions.

Kentville Businesses! Occasions! 
Occasions Gifts & Decor is located in the Cleveland Carpet One building on River St. in downtown Kentville (with another entrance on Aberdeen Street).
This store is like one giant trinket box, filled with oodles of interesting treasures, from handmade jewelry, to home decor items, to stemware, to handbags, and more.  
Shop local for all your gift needs!
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Your Town Council
Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
Kentville Reminds Residents: No Valley Waste Heavy Pickup this Fall Season Because of significant budgeting constraints, Valley Waste Management has cancelled both Fall Clean–up and Fall Leaf Collection services for 2014. This cancellation affects all residents within the Valley Waste Collection Zone including all residents of the Town of Kentville.  Heavy clean–up collection will occur in spring 2015 and leaves can be brought to Valley Waste Management Centres year round for free; provided they are de–bagged on–site.

This year’s theme for the festival is “Pretty in Pumpkin: Pumpkin People go 80’s!”  Our displays will be featuring movies from the 80’s and should appeal to adults as much as children. 

Tree Planting: There will be a tree planting with TD Tree Canada taking place on the 20th of September. 150 trees are being planted around the Town of Kentville by volunteers with TD Friends of the Environment. A wonderful and welcomed addition to our Town and environment!

One Hour Parking Resumes: While construction was taking place between Lawtons and Valley Stove and Cycle the Bylaw Enforcement officer was not enforcing the 1 hour parking rule to allow construction crews the ability to efficiently complete their work and speed up the process of reopening that parking lot. 
Since construction has been completed the 1 hour parking rule will again be enforced.  The 1 hour applies to all spaces on the property between Lawton’s and VS&C.

The Town Council will meet on Monday, September 29 at 7:00 in Council Chambers. This meeting is open to the public.

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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