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School's out for summer!

The Town of Kentville and the Portal are having a huge teen party for kids in grades 7 to 12.  On June 29th from 1-4 pm, come on down to Memorial Park to try out a massive slip and slide down, play different sports like tennis, pickle ball, and baseball, and get to know some of the Town summer staff.  The K-Rock cruiser will be there to blast summer tunes, and give out prizes.  Don’t miss this summer kick-off party!  Visit to find out more!


Memorial Park is hosting a teen event for youth in grades 7-12 on June 29th
Royal Canadain Legion, Kings branch No. 6
Cribbage Tournament
Saturday July 2nd, 12:30

$20.00 per team to enter.  Call 902-678-8935 for info.
Remote Control Flying Day
Sunday July 3, 2016  10:30 am - 3:00pm
 514 Middle Dyke Road, Kentville

The members of the Wings of Wellington Remote Control Flying Club will be out in the field to show you what they love to do!  FREE to spectators!

Top Events Happening in Kentville!
1. Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
2. Uncommon Common Art in Miners Marsh!
3. Kentville Movie Night! 

And check out these websites for more events happening in Kentville! 
Valley Family Fun
Valley Events
In the News
Kentville's Relay for Life earns big bucks....

This year's Relay for life event in Kentville marked the 10th Anniversary of the event in Kentville. Participants flocked to Memorial Park on June 18th for the culmination of the fundraising campaign.  At last count the Kentville relay had raised $95,000.00

Kentville approves budget with no tax rate increase

Town’s 2016-17 operating budget has been set at $12.5 million, with a capital budget of $3.19 million. Both are up from last year.

Jun 1, 2016 7:32 PM by: Local Xpress

The Town of Kentville has approved its 2016-17 operating and capital budgets with no change in the residential tax rate and a small decrease in the commercial rate.

Read full article

There's something new and innovative in the Town of Kentville!
Needing financial assistance to improve the energy efficiency of your home? Introducing the PACE Program in Kentville.

Kentville Town Council has given first reading of a Property Assessed Clean Energy Bylaw (PACE), which if adopted, will give Council the authorization to provide financing to homeowners to install energy efficient equipment in their homes.  Read more.
Introducing Kentville’s own YouTube Channel!

We were slow to get in the game but now we’re on the scene.  Check out our YouTube channel and subscribe so you won’t miss videos of special events, updates and special announcements! 
Find our channel here:

In the Community
Uncommon Common Art in Kentville

Kentville's Miner's Marsh is home to a unique, fun and interesting Uncommon Common Art installation this year.  The installation was created by by Kentville Artist and big time Marsh lover, Marie Jardine!  A cute video about the installation was recently released.  Watch it here.

More about UCA's Program:


The Rise of Oakdene Park

Oakdene Park is a neighbourhood space that maybe you don’t know about!  There are two entrances to Oakdene Park:  The first is off of Campbell Road and the second is to the right off of Oakdene Avenue; both entrances offer parking.

This summer Oakdene will be hosting weekly outdoor yoga!  Bring your mat and look for a bunch of people stretching, every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30.  The class is free and meant to be enjoyed by everyone.  Bring the whole family, they can join in or play around the trails and footpaths around the park. 

Oakdene will also be home to outdoor theatre- members of Centre Stage Theatre will perform hilarious adaptations of classic Robert Munsch stories like the Paper Bag Princess.  Plan to attend one of the plays on July 9 or July 23 with your kids or grand kids, or just for a trip down memory lane from when you were young!

These two series would not have been possible without financial support from Kentville Chiropractic.  Located in Centre Square, Dr. Daniel Marczak would be happy to talk to you about alignment and other health issues.

If you didn’t know about this lesser-known park, you do now!  Make plans to visit it with your family this summer!  And check out this video showing the newly planted community garden boxes! 


Parks and Recreation

Public Swim and Pool Programs 2016
Swimming is a great way to stay active during hot summer days. Drop in to Memorial Pool for a dip to cool down.  The pool offers a variety of public swim times for general public and adult only as well as swimming lessons and life saving programs. Read more

Day Camp 2016

Our awesome day camps are offered for kids aged 6-9 and 9-14, and runs Monday to Friday. Drop off is between 8:00 am-8:30 am and pick up is between 4:30 pm-5:00 pm. Please note that our camps end at 12:00 on Fridays!  Our summer camp leaders take part in professional development on Friday afternoons so that we can continue to provide your children with the best quality summer programming possible.

There is also a lunch program being offered for $5 a day, the lunch form can be found with the registration forms. Please note that the menu may change.

Attending a Town of Kentville Camp is easy:
Step 1: Complete a registration form and get it to us (electronic or in-person)
Step 2: Make arrangements for payment (in-person only)
Step 3: Attend your camp and have an awesome time!

Financial assistance is available. Please ask!

Read more here

Super Happy Fun Time at Magnificent Miners Marsh

It is rare to be in Miners Marsh and not see ten or twenty people enjoying this beautiful trail.  If there was a heart of Kentville, it might be Miners Marsh.

There will no doubt be more sightings of juvenile humans this summer in the park than usual.  Our Super Happy Active Family Fun Time (or SHAFT) is launching in Miners Marsh as an outdoor free-play session, every Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm.  Staff will bring games and sport equipment and kids can use them to make up games, explore, and enjoy the park as only kids can!  Stroller Fit will also be starting this summer as a way for new parents to get a workout with their stroller, while meeting other parents.  

Treat yourself to a walk in Miners Marsh this week and get to know some of Kentville’s other neighbours!


Meet BTW Law!  
business, tax & wealth law - it’s all we do!

The structure of your business is limited only by your imagination. As a private business owner, you want flexibility so you can adapt to changing business environments. 

Your business is unique. Together we can determine the optimal structure for your business; be it a proprietorship, a partnership, a joint venture, a trust, a corporation, or a combination of these. btw law helps you navigate these options to produce the best results. 

As your business evolves, its structure can too. Involving an experienced business lawyer early in the process of acquiring or selling your business provides a great opportunity to review the business’ structure.

BTW is located at 458 Main Street, in Kentville

Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

To speak with Cris; call 902.385.0458 or send an him email at
To speak with Steph; call 902.385.1458 or send her an email at

KDCL is hiring for 2 summer student positions.  If you're an outgoing people person who's computer savvy and a good team player check out the job post.

Charlene Brown works in Kentville in the Finance Department at Town Hall.  Charlene loves Kentville because as she says, “I love the trail system and I use the trails all the time.  I also love how convenient it is, everything I need is right here in Kentville and of course I like the people too”.

Charlene's submitted recipe is for Danish Cinnamon Snails

  • Dough:
  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 (0.6 ounce) cakes cake yeast
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • Filling:
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  1. Pour the warm milk into a mixing bowl and mash in the yeast. Mix in 6 1/2 tablespoons of soft butter, eggs, cardamom, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt, and 3 1/2 cups of the flour. Use a wooden spoon to mix the dough. If it's very sticky, mix in the remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for 30 minutes.
  2. Cream together the 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir in the cinnamon.
  3. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead until firm, about 3 minutes. Divide dough in half; roll each half into a rectangle no more than 1/2 inch thick. Spread each rectangle with half the filling.
  4. Stack one layer of dough and filling on top of the other rectangle of dough, filling-side up. Roll the dough up, starting with the edge closest to you, to form a long log. Cut the log into 1 inch-thick slices.
  5. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease a baking dish or two cake pans.
  6. Place the rolls on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 3 inches apart. If you like pull-apart rolls, arrange them in a greased baking dish or cake pans, spacing the rolls about 1 inch apart. Place the uneven end pieces on the baking sheet cut-side up for the best presentation. Let the rolls rest 20 minutes before baking.
  7. Bake the snails in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Pull-apart rolls will take longer to bake: after 10 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake the rolls until the sides are fully set, about 10 minutes longer. Cover the baking dish with foil if the rolls begin to get too brown.
Planning Department Updates

POTENTIAL REZONING: Town Council is considering amendments to the R-3 Residential Multiple-Unit Zone to encourage mixed residential developments. A Public Hearing on the matter is scheduled for Monday June 27th.  Read more

BUILDING PERMITS: It’s building season in Kentville!  Building a new deck, putting up a pool, or planning some renovations?  Do you know if you need a permit or not?  We do, so check with us!  Contact Assistant Development Officer, Kirsten Harrison in the Planning office to make sure your project is properly permitted.  902-679-2531   

Notes from Kentville Town Council 
Your Town Council wants to hear from you!  Contact us at 
Council requests financial report card, 
A letter from Deputy Mayor, Mark Pearl regarding Municipal Finance

The overriding reason that towns in Nova Scotia seek change in their municipal status is the current and future state of their finances.  To this point in time, the towns that have chosen that change were facing a fiscal crisis.
It is timely to share with all residents the detailed financial condition of our town of Kentville.  A financial report card.  Staff have been directed to consult with our auditors and Provincial municipal advisors and bring forth such a report.  This public document will be readily available and easily understood.  I encourage Kentville residents to review the findings and provide comments.
Mark Pearl, Deputy Mayor
2 Members of the Kentville Police service were awarded exemplary service medals at a ceremony held at the Lieutenant Governor’s Residence in Halifax on June 20th.  Inspector Darryl Brown and Sergeant Trevor MacNeil of the Kentville Police were among twenty-six recipients from across Nova Scotia receiving awards presented by Brigadier General, The Honorable J.J. Grant, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.  Inspector Brown was awarded his 30 Year Bar and Sergeant MacNeil received his 20 Year Medal.
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Mayor David Corkum on the Chester Avenue Upgrade Project.  
Learn more on the project website.
Question: What are the rules for posting signs advertising yard sales in the Town of Kentville?
Answer: Signs advertising yard sales in the Town of Kentville are permitted provided that certain rules are adhered to.  People advertising yard sales should be aware that Nova Scotia Power does not allow signage to be affixed to Power Poles, and the Town of Kentville requires yard sale signs be removed immediately following the conclusion of the event.  Failure to remove outdated signs may result in property owners being fined.  

Read the yard sale by-law in full

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