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February 2, 2016

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Keeping Residents in the Know!
The main use for the sign at the park has generally been to advertise special events and messages from community groups.

Thanks to resident Lynn Pulsifer who made the suggestion that the sign should be used to publicize town meetings to keep us better informed.

Have a suggestion? Email us!
What's Happening in Kentville

Check out these websites to find out what is happening in the area!
Top 5 Events Happening in Kentville!
1. International Cafe at the Kings Volunteer Resource Centre, February 5
2. Not Now Darling, A farce at CentreStage Theatre
3. Variety Show and Fundraiser at the Kentville Lions' Hall, and Benefit show at the Legion, February 7
4. Kids' Nature Night at the Kentville Rec Centre, February 15
5. Games Night in the Mezz - Kentville Rosie's/Paddy'­s on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings of each month

In the News
Congratulations Rachel Bedingfield, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kentville
The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is the leading organization that educates, promotes and collaborates to support a sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged.

Rachel Bedingfield was named
by CAAWS as one of the most influential women of 2015!
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A New Dialysis Treatment Facility for Kentville
The provincial government recently announced that a new dialysis treatment facility will be established at Valley Regional Hospital.

This will will save patients in the eastern Valley from having to drive to Halifax and Berwick for treatment.
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Baseball team heading to Cuba next month

Kentville resident Emmit Mailman is one of over 350 players from across Canada and the United States, along with 75 coaches, who will be traveling to Cuba as part of the third annual goodwill tour in February.

Anyone who wants to donate sports gear or school supplies can contact the Mailman family at

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Library Updates
New Library to be Constructed in the former United Church
The Town and County are on same page for repurposing this Main Street property!
Kentville town council has approved the former St. Paul and St. Stephen United Church on Main Street as the site of the new Kentville library.
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In the Community
Kings County Home Hardware says THANK YOU to everyone for coming to support the 2nd Kentville Cash Mob!
More than 70 people can to participate in the cash mob on Friday, January 29. Participants were encouraged to come spend a minimum of $10 and were treated to refreshments sponsored by the Town of Kentville.
Thank you for shopping local!
Kids' Nature Night! February 15, Kentville Rec Centre

The Kids’ Nature Night is the perfect way to reconnect youth and families with nature.
Come to the Kentville Recreation Centre (354 Main Street) on Monday, February 15 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm to find out more about kids and nature.
Throughout the evening there will be informal short (5 to 10 minute) talks by kids about their own personal nature projects, photographs or experiences. A formal presentation will focus on the benefits of connecting kids and adults with nature.
Roam the hall looking at various booths, displays and demos to find out what local nature groups are out there, what creatures you can find in your own backyard or sit and participate in a hands-on nature project.

Take home some free gear at the give away table! There will be tables of free equipment, gear, field guides etc. for helping kids explore the natural world.

If you have gear to donate, would like to register to do a booth, demo or hands-on project, or know a youth who would like to give a short talk in this judge-free environment, email
All ages are welcome.
This event is sponsored by the Blomidon Naturalist Society, the Young Naturalists Clubs, Valley Family Fun and the Town of Kentville.
For more information, contact
Unique memorial for Kentville firefighter
During his 30 years as a Kentville volunteer firefighter, Brian (Bones) Kingsbury served as a driver/operator of many vehicles, including his favourite, Tower 41.

As a memorial to their long-time comrade, the ladder company of Tower 41 designed and commissioned a new decal for the ladder platform, which was dedicated recently with Kingsbury’s wife and daughter in attendance.

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Valley Community Learning Association: Continuing Education Courses in Kentville
The Valley Community Learning Association, in partnership with PeopleWorx and Community INC will be launching a series of Community Education courses in February.

Courses being offered in Kentville:
  • German Language Instruction
  • Making First Nations Moccasins
  • Rug Hooking
  • Making Inuit Mitts (Puaaluk)
  • Passive Solar Construction
  • Negotiation Tools and Tips; Get Ready, Get Set, Negotiate!
  • We Can Work It Out; Peacemaking Skills for Everyday Life
  • Computer Troubleshooting and Optimizing
  • Tablets and Chrome books as an Alternative for Laptops and Desktops
For more information on dates, times, fees and courses in other communities, visit the VCLA website.
KDCL Updates
The Board of Directors for the Kentville Development Corporation Limited, (KDCL), have decided to take the organization in a new direction. 
Consistent with this direction, the current CEO, JD MacCulloch, will be leaving effective January 15th to pursue other interests.  The directors wish him well in his future endeavours. 

Any inquiries regarding KDCL and its operations and programs should be directed to  or to the President Catherine Savage.

General Contact:
President Catherine Savage

Recreation News
March Break Nature Camps in Kentville
“Curious about Nature Camps”

MONDAY March 14th  9am to 4pm
Theme -  Wild About Spring! – A camp that covers a lot of area around Kentville to watch the winter change to spring

  • Orientation and Games
  • Animal Strategies
  • Scavenger Hunt - Hike around and looking for signs of spring
  • Tree Twig Identification
  • Bird Migration and Games
  • Make Bird Feeder Balls (to take home) back at the rec centre
Tuesday March 15th 9am to 4pm
Theme – The Science of Spring! -A camp that uses scientific investigation to answer the BIG questions in nature.
  • Orientation and Games
  • Experiment with Soil, Snow, Twigs or Seeds? Depending on the weather and conditions.
  • What is the Science of Spring? The spring Equinox, Plant alarm clocks, and Energy increases
  • Make a Sundial (if sun is out)
  • Experiment Continued
  • Explain the Maple tree sap flow and make Maple Syrup Candy – YUM!
Find out more
Email to Register!
Free Winter Equipment Loans
We can help you pass those winter days and have fun at the same time! Borrow our skates at the arena, our snowshoes, or our kick sleds from Town Hall and you’re bound to have a great time exploring in the snow! Contact Gillian for more information on (902) 679-2539 or

Outdoor Skating
Dennison (Frog) Pond off West Main Street at Memorial Park
Watch for the green signs indicating that the ice is thick enough for ice skating and shinny.
Kentville Recreation Centre Rentals
The Recreation Centre is available to rent year round. Two separate levels offer large open spaces appropriate for banquets, meetings, parties, dance, fitness classes and all kinds of other group activities. Upstairs includes a full kitchen, and downstairs is fully accessible.
To book the Rec. Centre contact Gillian Yorke at (902) 679-2539 or email

Free Ice Skating
Kentville Centennial Arena
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Youth Pick-Up Games & Social - Winter 2016
The Valley Sports & Events Centre (soccer dome)
Girls-only: February 8, 29, March 21
Boys & Girls: February 22, March 7
Ages 10 to 15: 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Ages 13 & up: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Drop-in for some pick-up field-sports stuff like touch/flag football, soccer, Ultimate, lacrosse, and more. Throw a ball around, or get an informal game going. All abilities welcome. No skill required. Beginners are encouraged. What you play is up to you. Just play!

Kentville Business Profile
Grand Street Inn
Welcome to The Grand Street Inn Bed & Breakfast located on Main Street, Kentville.

Owned and operated by Richard and Sandra Snow, this B&B is a beautiful, stately Queen Ann Revival built in the late 1800’s.

According to the Nova Scotia Tourism website, it has fine woodwork and tasteful decor and warm & gracious hospitality

History of the House
The house was built by a dentist, Louis St Clair Saunders. One of his pamphlets was found in the wall of the Carriage House when the Snows moved in. 

It is believed the Carriage House was built in 1893, and the house itself in 1901. The house then changed hands to Archibald A Thomson who built on the back piece including the bathroom in the 1930's.  It was then sold to Lin Comeau in 1955 (father of Kentville historian, Louis Comeau).  In 1984 it was sold to the Bowness family, and then to Sandra and Richard Snow in 1994.

Learn more

Maritime Bus: Connecting People, Places and Parcels
The Kentville bus depot is located at the Chamber of Commerce building at 66 Cornwallis St. Kentville

Valley Schedule for Passengers and Parcels: 
Service to and from Halifax connecting to and from all points in our network 2 times daily and 3 times daily on Friday and Sunday
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday:
9:05am  Kentville to Halifax
1:55pm Wolfville (Mud Creek & Acadia) to Halifax
Reverse thereof:
12pm Halifax to Wolfville
5:40 Halifax to New Minas
Friday and Sunday:
9:05am  Kentville to Halifax
1:55pm Wolfville (Mud Creek & Acadia) to Halifax
4:30pm Wolfville to Halifax
Reverse Thereof:
12pm Halifax to Wolfville
3:00pm Halifax to Wolfville
5:40 Halifax to New Minas

Kentville Cooks
Each edition we will feature a different Kentville resident with a favourite recipe. Would you like to be featured? Email us!

Angie McWaid has lived in Kentville for 15 years. Not being from here she didn't know a soul but has made this her home and did so within a few months of living here. 

Angie is a constable with the Kentville Police Service but has worked in different areas in the department since she started 15 years ago.

So what does she love about Kentville? So many things!
"I love how the school is so supportive and involved in the community; I love how there are these wonderful trails and the marsh where we can explore with kids; of course the fact we have our own police service;  I love having our own library here and that the town will lend out snowshoes; I love the people  in town who smile and like to see you when I walk the beat at work; and lastly but certainly not least, I love the feeling of safety that comes with knowing I work in a community that my kids go to school in and am never that far from them if they need me."

This recipe is printed with permission from Simply For Life

Historical Moment
History of Kentville's Bridge
There’s speculation about when the bridge in Kentville was first built. Was it Acadian or Planter or what? Here’s some interesting background on the bridge in which this question isn’t quite answered, despite Ed Coleman's best efforts at uncovering the full story.

Read more in Coleman's historical column from the Advertiser.
Citizen Concerns
Question: My question would be – why can we not have the walking trail cleared of snow for walkers.  I was told it was so skiers could use it?  There are far more walkers than skiers and the skiers can use the ball fields and soccer fields if they want to ski.
I would think the section from Shannex to KCA could be done with the sidewalk plow or snowblower.

The Town of Kentville strives to ensure that there are a variety of ways for people to be active in the Town of Kentville. The Kentville trail system is a wonderful asset and promotes active transportation.  During the three "snow free" seasons the trail is used by walkers, runners, bikers, and parents with strollers etc.

In the winter the Town plows almost 6km of sidewalks from East to West so that folks are able to continue walking and running. The trails are groomed to offer the community access to new activities and alternative options for using the trail as an active transportation route by snowshoeing, skiing, and kick-sledding.

Miner's Marsh is a bit tricky to keep groomed because it's hard to get the machinery down the steep embankment without getting stuck. But they do the best they can when they can!

The Town hopes that by offering a wide variety of activities and opportunities, that folks will be able to get outside and enjoy the winter weather in all kinds of different ways!

KCA News
Winter Literacy Fun at the KCA Library

At the KCA library we will be celebrating Literacy this winter with a little twist.

Family Literacy Week: During the week of January 25th – 29th we will be celebrating Family Literacy. 

Every family should take 15 minutes of fun with literacy. Below are some suggestions.

On Wednesday January 27th, Primary to Grade 2 students are invited to Story Time in the KCA cafeteria at 6:30 pm. 
Parents should accompany their child. Come dressed in your pj's and bring your favorite stuffed toy.

Enjoy a few stories, have a snack and go home to bed.

15 New Literacy Activities for 2016!
  1. Lights out, talk on: After your bedtime story, turn the lights off and talk about new endings to the story you just read together.
  2. Surfing Snacks: Go online together to find out how your favourite foods are made. Are they something you can make together at home?
  3. Find A-B-C: Have an alphabet scavenger hunt to look for things that begin with each letter of the alphabet. If you can’t find some letters, go outside or try looking in books and magazines.
  4. Travel the World: Use your library card as your passport to check out books on different countries. Learn about their traditions and celebrations.
  5. Float in a Boat: Work together to fold a family fleet of origami boats. (Find all the steps in the sample module)
  6. Let's go Shopping: Have kids write the family grocery list out themselves, then bring it to the store. Let them check each item off the list.
  7. Number Walk: As you put on your shoes, choose something you want to count during your walk. It could be dogs, trees, stop signs, cars—anything you want! On your walk, count how many you can find.
  8. Word Wall: Learn one new word every day. Display them by creating a family word wall with Bristol board and markers. Can you make a sentence with the words on your wall?
  9. How was your day today? Exchange notes (or write a journal) with your child telling each other about the best part of your day. Or switch it up: what’s the best thing you expect to happen tomorrow?
  10. A Course of Course: Build an obstacle course through your family room, and draw a map of how to go through it from beginning to end.
  11. Sing chat: Sing a conversation with your kids to the tune of your favourite song. Bonus points if you can make your song rhyme!
  12. Snow You Tell Me: Use emptied dish soap bottles filled with water and food colouring to write messages and draw in the snow.
  13. Know it All: Together, look online for the meaning of funny words like “collywobbles” and "onomatopoeia." Test your parents' word power!
  14. Have a Book-nic: Organize an indoor picnic with books and tasty treats. Choose a theme – try honey-flavoured cereal and read Winnie the Pooh.
  15. Game On: Start family board game night and play a different game each week. Family members can take turns reading instructions and game cards as well as keeping score.
Arts and Culture

CentreStage Theatre presents: Not Now, Darling
A farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm
January 8 to February 13
Sundays @ 2:00pm
January 24, 31 and February 7
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 902-678-8040)

The scene is the exclusive fur salon of Bodley and Crouch, where Crouch (the well-meaning innocent) struggles to keep things on an even keel despite the energetic philandering of his partner. At the moment, Bodley is trying to secure the affections of his latest would-be mistress by "selling" her husband an expensive mink fur coat for a fraction of its real worth, and the stammering Crouch is saddled with the task of consummating the sale with a straight face. But, as luck would have it, the husband seizes the bargain coat as the perfect gift for his own mistress—whereupon the complications burgeon uproariously, with poor Crouch caught in the middle.

More information
Photos From You

From the Louis Comeau collection

A snow tunnel through to Weaver's Store on Webster Street (next to Chisholm's) ... circa 1930

Do you have a photo of Kentville you would like to share? Send it to us and we will publish it in an upcoming newsletter!
From the Kentville Town Council
Increased Access to Kentville Council Documents

The Town of Kentville has made some changes to the website in order to provide better access to Council and CAC meeting packages.

Hard copies of Council Meeting packages have always been provided to the media, and made available at meetings for the public who attend.  Starting January 2016, now interested parties can access full meeting packages online following meetings.

Interested parties can see the meeting packages online here: by opening the agenda for a meeting and clicking on hyperlinks within the document to view corresponding material.

The Town is hopeful that by allowing better access to meeting packages, citizens will find it easier to become better informed and more engaged in issues before Council each month.

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Dedicated Police Presence for Downtown Kentville Block
Because of rising concerns and communication from the business community regarding compliance with the Peace and Good Order and Smoke free Public Places bylaws, Acting Police Chief Ken Reade issued a directive in response.

As a result of concerns related to Block Presence and issues, the following directive will take place effective January 21st.

When there are three members working dayshifts Monday through Fridays 8:00 am-4:00 pm one of the three officers will be detailed to the block on foot patrols to deal with the following issues: Loitering, Smoking, Swearing and foul /rude comments.

When only two members are on shift every effort to have a member on foot patrols will be made contingent to operational needs.

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Effective  December 01,2015 and until April 15,2016 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 hours of one am (01:00) and seven am (07:00) of the same day:
No owner or driver or person having control or custody of an 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 or capable of operating the same, upon any highway or street in 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 resolutions and such person will be liable to a penalty provided by Section 292 of the Motor Vehicle Act.
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 a minimum 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 fleet 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. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe Winter Season.

The Town of Kentville wishes to advise all builders and contractors that the Department of Engineering & Works will not issue street openings permits for sewer or water laterals to be installed between December 01, 2015 and April 15, 2016.
Chester Avenue Project
The Town is gearing up to start work on a 2.9 million dollar Chester Avenue Upgrade Project.  Interested parties who want to keep an eye on the work being done, timelines and project details can log onto to stay in the know!

The Chester Avenue upgrade, with an estimated cost of $2.9 million over two years, was recently approved for New Build Canada Fund dollars. The three levels of government will split the bill for the project.
Read more.

Back:  Tony Bently, Eric Bolland, CAO Mark Phillips, Mark Pearl, Bernie Cooper
Front: Town Clerk Carol Harmes, Bill Boyd, Mayor David Corkum, Nola Folker-Hill
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