August 19, 2014

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Keeping Kentville Connected

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Keeping Kentville Connected
Kentville’s first undertaker was JW Margeson in 1869. Most likely he was given the role by default. As a carpenter and cabinet maker he would have had the skills to make the coffins. He would arrive, measure the bodies, and build a coffin according to size.
Margeson also had black horses with all the trimmings and a large funeral carriage, much like this one, to transport the bodies from their homes where they were laid out, to the burial grounds. The ride was free if you lived closer than 5 miles from the cemetery!

This funeral hearse is on display at the White's Family Funeral Home in Kentville.

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

Tuesday, August 19
9:30 - 12:30 - Lego Stop Motion Flick at the Kentville Library - Be creative and have some fun! As a group we will design the set and characters with Lego, along with a story-line. Take some pictures and transform them into a stop motion flick. Feel free to bring your own LEGO!

1:00-4:00pm - one-on-one computer tutorials at the Kentville Library. Sign up for one of the sessions.

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

6:00pm - Nature walk. Meet at the front steps of St. James Anglican Church and take a stroll together around Miner's Marsh, the Research Station, or a surprise location.

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

Wednesday, August 20
6:00am - 7:00pm - Gates Insurance / 89.3 K-Rock Feed the valley food bank drive. Drop off your non-perishable food donation at the Kentville Fire Hall all day.

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!

6:00pm - Dance Lessons. This will be a fun easy dance class with simple line dancing and folk dances. Suitable for all ages. FREE. Held at the St. James Anglican Church.

Thursday, August 21
9:00-3:00 - Kids in the Kitchen. This program is intended for children ages 5-12. We'll cook our own lunch and snacks as well as playing some games, making a craft, and having a bible story. FREE. Held at the St. James Anglican Church.

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

Friday, August 22
7:00-10:00 Games Night at the St. James Anglican Church. Meet us at the church to play some board games and eat snacks. Bring your favourite game. FREE.

8:00pm -  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 23
7:00pm - Movie night at the St. James Anglican Church. Saturdays in August there will be a family friendly movie playing at the church. There will also be popcorn.

8:00pm - Jerry Finnegan's Sister at CentreStage Theatre.

9:00pm - Dance at the Kentville Legion.

Sunday, August 24
2:00pm - Jerry Finnegan's Sister at CentreStage Theatre.

1:00pm-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. Please register online or by calling the library at 679-2544.

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!

7:00pm - Coffee House at the St. James Anglican Church. If you have talents please come out and share them. If not, come watch. There will be snacks, coffee, and good music.

Monday, August 25
1:30-7:00pm - one-on-one computer tutorials at the Kentville Library. Sign up for one of the sessions.

Tuesday, August 26
10:00-11:30am - Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt at the Kentville Library. Using digital photos you'll make a scavenger hunt in the Kentville library. Take it home and challenge others to take on your quest. Pre-Requisite: Ages 7-12

12:00-4:00pm - one-on-one computer tutorials at the Kentville Library. Sign up for one of the sessions.

Wednesday, August 27
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

12:00pm-1:00pm - Picnic and program launch for the Acadia Life Long Learning Program at the Research Station. Join us for a friendly potluck lunch and the launch of the upcoming year’s Acadia Lifelong Learning (ALL) programming. Each year, ALL offers a variety of interesting courses, seminars, and events designed for a 50+ audience.

Thursday, August 28
9:00 - Hupman Brothers at Paddy's Pub.

Friday, August 29
8:00pm - Jerry Finnegan's Sister at CentreStage Theatre.

Saturday, August 30
8:00pm - Jerry Finnegan's Sister at CentreStage Theatre.

9:00pm - Dance at the Kentville Legion.

In the Community
Celebrating Kentville's Pool! This year the Kentville Rotary Club will be celebrating their 90th anniversary. To commemorate this a display has been created that takes a look at their contribution to the building of our pool. The display will be permanently mounted on the wall for all to see!

In the News 
Medals belonging to Kentville First World War soldier have been found in a London auction house and are being sold. These medals belonged to Harry David Hutchings who is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Kentville. Learn more about these medals and other WWI soldiers buried in Kentville HERE.

Was there a UFO over Kentville? Recently, someone in the area made a report that something strange was seen in the sky! Read more.

Province approves police cut in Kentville. Provincial justice minister Lena Diab has informed Kentville that town council’s decision to reduce the ranks of police officers by one can proceed. 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.

Monday and Wednesday’s 5:30-6:30: August 20th, 25th, 27th

Regular scheduled programming starts September 2nd for the season :
Adult / Senior Skating Tuesday and Thursday’s 9:30-10:30
Mom and Tots: 10:30-11:30
Adult Shinny Tuesday, Thursday and Friday’s 12-1:30
Wednesday public skate times 12-1:30
Sunday Public Skate 4-5:00

Annual Olands Labor Day Slowpitch Tournament August 29th - September 1st . To register or for more information contact: Chris Lombard at 1-902-692-1479

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.

Kentville Businesses! Shoken Defence

Shoken Defence offers a variety of self defense training classes as well as classes for fitness.  Owners Andrew Dykens and Heather Hewins have opened a new space on Main Street in Kentville.

Andrew is a second-degree black-belt in Uechi-Ryu karate, and has an extensive background in boxing, kickboxing, karate, and self defence. He has a long standing passion for MMA (mixed martial arts) and health/fitness.  Heather is a BSCN and a certified fitness specialist through CanFitpro. She has been teaching kickboxing for seven years and has been training with Andrew for the past three years in self-defence and MMA. Both are also certified fitness kickboxing instructors through Kick Boxing Canada.

Visit the facebook page here for more information on classes including Cardio Kickboxing, MMA training and Childrens beginner Kick Boxing.
Welcome to Kentville, Shoken Self Defence!

Citizen Questions
What is happening with a new library for Kentville?
The town is currently confirming additional stakeholders or partners for the desired space.  The second RFP  has not been issued but is anticipated to be released in September 2014.

Your Town Council
Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
PUBLIC INPUT REQUIRED: How many councilors should be elected to Kentville Town Council?
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Questions? Phone (902) 679-2503;

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