March 3, 2015

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Keeping Kentville Connected

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Keeping Kentville Connected

“Kentville is a busy and beautiful town. The beauty of Wolfville is that of expanse and view; the beauty of Kentville is that of running water and leafy seclusion. The town is packed into a couple narrow valleys, set thick with elms. The valleys wind unexpectedly, and the enclosing banks are abrupt. The tidal stream of the Cornwallis, twisting through its narrow strip of meadow, is met here by a chattering amber brook set thick with willows. The brook washes the dooryards. There are unexpected bridges, and green shade dapples the streets. Every turn gives a new and haunting picture, and one feels as if the place had been planned in a dream. The air is wholesome, especially kindly to the weak lungs or throat. The streets, windless though shady, are warm in summer; but it is only a step to climb the surrounding bluffs and come out into breezes and wide views of Cornwallis”
~ Charles GD Roberts, professor of English Literature at King’s College, Windsor in his 1895 book “The Land of Evangeline at the Gateways Thither”
(Historic Kentville, Comeau, p6)

What's Happening in Town?

Event Highlights! 
1. A Murder is Announced - an Agatha Christie show playing at CentreStage Theatre.
2. Video Improv workshop on Saturday, March 14
3. St. Patrick's Day live entertainment at Paddy's Pub in Kentville on March 17.
4. Weekly Wednesday story time at the Kentville library.
5. Kid Slam youth group at the Salvation Army and weekly sports night at the Kentville Baptist Church.
6. Community Breakfast in support of the Kentville Fire Department, March 14, 8-11

Find out about what is happening in Kentville by visiting these websites:

In the News
Thanks to all our town staff who work around the clock to clear our streets - and not to mention the snow from the roofs!

Kentville Financial Advisor Receives National Recognition
Wealth Professional Magazine, a national trade publication specializing with the finance industry, has come out with its annual Top 50 Financial Advisors in Canada issue, and for the second year in a row, David Ritcey with Scotia McLeod in Kentville, has been included on the list. Congratulations!

In the Community
A Video Improv Leadership Workshop presented by Chrysalis House and Juniper House aimed at ending gender violence is taking place in Kentville on March 7th from 9:00am-5:00pm. It’s an excellent opportunity to train leaders in our community and in your organizations. to register

Recreation News
March Break Camp for Teens: HEARTWOOD YOUTH LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP for youth ages 15 to 17, on March 17 & 18, from 10 am to 6 pm each day. For youth that want to make a difference in their community now! This will be a day to meet new friends, hear different ideas and figure out how you can get involved. All youth are welcome from anywhere. $20 fee.

Try Pickleball!  For Adults
March 9 & 23; Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Location: Kings County Academy, 35 Gary Pearl Drive
Cost: $2 per night
Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Pickleball is a fast-growing sport that is fun for the entire family.
According to the US Pickleball Association, the name came from a family dog named Pickles who would chase after balls and then hide them in the bushes.
There are no bushes to worry about in the KCA gym, so come try it out.
For info, please contact:
Brenda MacDonald

Outdoor Skating! Join us for free public outdoor skates, any day of the week at the Frog Pond (located just off of West Main Street behind the Indoor Soccer Facility) this Winter! We will be monitoring the pond and keeping you informed about the condition of the ice so look for the frog signs and come join us!

NOW AVAILABLE: Drop-in Bubble Soccer at the Valley Sport & Events Centre
You’ve seen the wackiness on YouTube. Soon, you’ll be able to experience it for yourself.  Bubble Soccer brings the spirit of Sumo to the Beautiful Game. The result makes grown-ups giggle like little children.
Be prepared to bring your friends, and a clean pair of indoor sneakers.
This is a free drop-in program for ages 9 to adult. No registration is required.
The drop-in will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm, until March Break.
Watch a video of bubble soccer in action!

SHAFT Continues: Super Happy Active Family-fun Time (SHAFT) – free access for families at the Valley Sport & Events Centre
Join us at the indoor soccer facility for structured multi-sport programming as well as unstructured play time for kids. Bring your families, friends, and a CLEAN pair of indoor sneakers.
The program is from 10:00 to 11:00 am, and runs until March 14.
Location: Valley Sport & Events Centre (VSEC), 273 Park Street
Cost: FREE!

View our Skating Schedule: It includes many free skates and parent/tot skate times. Choose the best one for your schedule and spend some great ice time with the family!

Arts and Culture
CentreStage Theatre is conducting a Youth Drama Camp during March Break, March 16-20. The show is The Taming of the Shrew, non-musical, for ages 9-16. Participants will learn stage skills such as voice, movement, character development and technical aspects. The artistic director is Colleen Hagen. For more information visit the website or email, Lana Churchill.

A Murder is Announced at CentreStage Theatre
An Agatha Christie mystery adapted by Leslie Darbon
February 27, 28, March 6, 7, 8m, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22m, 27, 28
Showtime 8pm; 2pm matinee on March 8 and 22
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 902-678-8040)

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place of a murder to occur. When the victim falls, Miss Marple is on hand to provide the final solution. 

Citizen Question
Question: I have a question concerning the progress of the construction of a new Library to serve the residents of Kentville and surrounding area. I believe tenders have been called in this regard, and I haven't heard any status updates as to where and when we might expect to see a new library here in the Town.

Response from the Kentville Library: Ultimately, the decision rests with town council and while both town staff and library staff were involved with this latest request for proposals and a recommendation was ready to go to town council. Town Council decided they were not ready to move forward with the project at the present time. Much effort, consideration and time went into this latest RFP and I wish I could give a more clear answer. I encourage all citizens who are interested to contact town council and the Mayor and let them know that the library is important to them.

Response from the Town: At the current time there are not plans to construct a new library. The current RFP is for new space.
Council and senior staff continue to work with the current bidders to ensure the best possible space is negotiated.
Issues such as vacant space, new space and abandoned space can create challenges when evaluating the spaces and attempting to compare “apples to apples.”
At the current time financial challenges are competing with space selection.  There is not defined support from the Feds, Province or County of Kings to support a space which serves a population that is approx. 50% non Kentville residents.

KCA School News
White button-up shirts needed!
The KCA school choir needs donations of white button-up blouses for girls and boys for children in grades 4-6 (ages 10+).
These can be dropped at the main office, or sent to school with a KCA student.
Thank you for your help!

Kentville Businesses!
Silver Horse Florist
Our floral designers, wedding and special events team and the indoor gardener team are all committed to providing you with the highest quality services to meet your needs.  The business began in 1932 as Pulsifer’s Flowers, and changed its name to Silver Horse Florist in 2011 when it came under new ownership.

Whether your taste is upscale elegance or timelessly traditional, we are always delighted to design something special to meet your unique needs.  We are located in the heart of downtown Kentville on Main Street.

Stop in to learn more!

Your Town Council
The Next Council Advisory Committee will be held on Monday, March 9 at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers. It is open to the public.

Effective December 1, 2014 and until April 15, 2015
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 the hours of one o’clock in the forenoon and the hour of seven o’clock in the forenoon of the same day;
No owner or driver or person having control or custody of any 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 and capable of operating the same, upon any highway or street of 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 regulations and such person will be liable to a penalty provided by Section 292 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

OBSTRUCTION DURING SNOW REMOVAL OPERATIONS - 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 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 flet 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.

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