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January 21, 2014

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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 of 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 and the Gateways Thither

What's Happening in Town?
Tuesday, January 21
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 each month from 2 to 4 pm at the Kentville Baptist Church (parking lot entrance to the left). For further information contact Jennifer Longley at 681-8239 or friendsinbereavement@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 22
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market at the Rec Centre, 250 Main Street. Fresh local food, regional arts, live music.

Friday, January 24
8:00pm - Don't Tell Mother  at CentreStage Theatre. On the evening that timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiance Hobart and his mother at a serene family dinner, Cinnamon comes home in shock because she has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the crook.Phone 678-8040.

Saturday, January 25
10:00am - Community Breakfast at St. James Anglican Church. The menu for our monthly breakfast includes eggs, bacon, toast, muffins, fruit salad, yogurt, baked beans, fish cakes, juice, coffee and tea.  Minimum $6.00 per person.  The Glorious Technicolour Knitters will also have an assortment of handmade items for sale.

8:00pm - Don't Tell Mother  at CentreStage Theatre. On the evening that timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiance Hobart and his mother at a serene family dinner, Cinnamon comes home in shock because she has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the crook.Phone 678-8040.

Sunday, January 26
2:00pm - Don't Tell Mother  at CentreStage Theatre. On the evening that timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiance Hobart and his mother at a serene family dinner, Cinnamon comes home in shock because she has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the crook.Phone 678-8040.

Wednesday, January 29
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market at the Rec Centre, 250 Main Street. Fresh local food, regional arts, live music.

Friday, January 31
8:00pm - Don't Tell Mother  at CentreStage Theatre. On the evening that timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiance Hobart and his mother at a serene family dinner, Cinnamon comes home in shock because she has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the crook.Phone 678-8040.

Saturday, February 1
9:00am - 11:00am - The Salvation Army will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, February 1, from 9 to 11 am.   This is a fundraiser for the Salvation Army youth group.   Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.   Includes coffee, tea, or juice.   Storm date is following Saturday, Feb. 8th.   Location: Salvation Army, 15 Nichols Ave.

Did you Know?
The Blue Line Magazine (for National law enforcement) named the Kentville Police’s then new car design the second best dressed police vehicle in Canada in its January 2012 issue! “This was one of our favourite colour schemes,” the magazine said of the black and white Charger. “The ‘punch-out’ of a maple leaf on a rear quarter panel and the good use of drop shadows” were praised as unique features and the car’s red and blue accents were also noted.

In the News
 Pothole season comes early to Kings County roads - "Unfortunately they are a little early this year,” acknowledged Fred Whynot, Director of Engineering and Public Works for the Town of Kentville. This interesting articles describes how the Town of Kentville fills the potholes. READ MORE

Kentville’s soccer dome is a big hit with all ages - The Kentville soccer dome offers great family fun for kids from a morning tot time to birthday parties and more! Valley Family Fun's Laura Churchill Duke writes about the soccer dome in her latest Advertiser column. READ MORE

Kentville author and former CFL football star Bruce Beaton has written a book, Little Athletes, Big Leaders. The book encourages parents to maximize their influence during the youth-sport years as they work to raise confident, happy leaders. He is featured on page 7 of the most recent edition of the Grapevine. READ MORE

Congratulations to the Kentville Farmers' Market for now going year-round! Read more.

A lost "X" ring  turns up in a strange twist of fate because of a CentreStage Theatre donation to Habitat for Humanity! Read more

Recreation News
Public skating Schedule: public skating times
More FREE Public / After School Skates have been added to the schedule starting Wednesday January 22nd .
AFTERSCHOOL SKATES
Wednesdays - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Thursdays  - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Fridays - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

TrailFlow's Discover Snowshoeing Workshop: These three hour clinics cover all you need to know to succeed on your next snowshoeing adventure! Programs run 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at “The Gorge” in Kentville. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Gladys Porter Drive. Youth $15, adults $25. Rental snowshoes and poles are available for this program.
• Adults and teens: February  16
• Youth ages 8 - 12: March 12
Email clinics@trailflow.ca for more information and to preregister.
 
Kentville Snowshoe Program: Interested in snowshoeing Kentville trails this winter? The Parks and Recreation department has snowshoes available to borrow. Contact 679-2539 or Recreation@kentville.ca.

Kentville Winter Recreation Guide - the new Winter 2014 recreation Guide for Kentville is now available. It is chock full of contacts for programs and ideas to keep you moving throughout the winter. GUIDE

MULTI-SPORT & PHYSICAL LITERACY PROGRAM at the Kentville Soccer Dome
Grades 3-8
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 2:30-4:30 pm
Email to register: annapolisvalleytennis@hotmail.com
Contact : Joseph Memet

60 minutes of Vigorous Physical Exercise: Agility Ladders , Hurdles, Sliding Boards, Bosu Balls, Resistance Bands & Power Speed Chutes.
60 minutes of Play Time, Challenges & Tournaments:Archery, Tennis, European Handball,Lacrosse, & Field Hockey
Special Events: Tennis Nova Scotia Rogers Rookie Tournament, Introduction to Archery - King’s Archers, Field Hockey with Acadia Women Team, Crossfit Challenge
Cost $10/day, $25/week

KCA School News
Primary Registration: If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2014, there is a form on the KCA website that you need to complete and return or fax to KCA.  The link to the form is found in the top left hand corner of the website. If this does not apply to you, could you please pass the information to a neighbour or relative whose child will be starting primary at KCA in September, 2014?
Primary Registration at KCA will be held on Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7, 2014

Arts and Culture
 
Welcome New Businesses!
Zebians & Phinney's for Men and Women
"Beautiful clothes, friendly staff and well displayed!"
Phinneys has been sold and recently reopened as Zebians and Phinneys! The Zebian family has operated clothing stores in the Valley since the 1950s. Andrew Zebian has relocated his store in New Minas’ County Fair Mall to the Phinney's location last summer. "I'm going to preserve the Phinney’s the way it was,” Zebian said. "Phinney's has a following and Zebian's has a following – it’s good to merge them." READ MORE ON THE TRANSITION

Come in and check out our amazing selection of fashion showcasing the latest trends! We take the time and hand pick the best of the best for our customers! There's nothing generic about us! Service is our #1 goal. Always remember, when you wear an outfit from Zebians you won't just be standing out in the crowd, you will be the crowd!
 
Open:  Mon - Thurs: 9:00 - 5:30
Fri: 9:00 - 8:00
Sat: 9:00 - 5:30

Your Town Council

Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
Kentville's New Rec Director Announced!
Mark Phillips, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Kentville is pleased to announce the hiring of Rachel Bedingfield as the Town’s new Parks and Recreation Director.
Ms. Bedingfield will join the management team for the Town and resume the duties of Director responsible for the overall supervision of facilities, programs, parks, green spaces, trails and general administration of the service. She is a past Recreation Management graduate of Acadia University and is expected to start her new position on February 3rd.
It is an exciting time for the service with Ms. Bedingfield expected to carry on with traditional service delivery Kentville is accustomed to, as well as tackling some current issues facing the Town such as;

  • Multi-Sport / Wellness Centre Needs Assessment
  • Program and Facility Development with an increased Physical Literacy Focus
  • Creating a strategy to accommodate the growing popularity of cycling in the region.
  • Support of the Skate Park Project underway
  • The Relocation of the Kentville Library
  • Community Park and Green Space Development
  • Trail Development and Branding

Dealing with Snow!
Citizen Question:
"The town snowplough has made it so the snow at the end of my drive way is really high and I can't see well to get out safely. What should I do? Will the town come back and move some of it?"
Response: The onus is on individual property owners to make sure it is safe for them to exit and enter driveways.  The Town will remove excess snow to ensure visibility in high traffic areas (like downtown and intersections) but residential areas are the responsibility of property owners.

Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw - Did you know that anyone who has property next to the commercial C1 or C2 zone of town, within four hours from the cessation of every snowfall must clear away any snow, ice, slush or dirt from the portion of sidewalk adjacent to their street? If the snow doesn't stop falling by 2pm, it can then be cleared away by 10am the following day. MAP of commercial zones

Seeking Volunteer Nominations: Do you know of someone in Kentville whose volunteering makes this community? Do you know of an unsung hero who should be recognized? National Volunteer Week 2014 takes place from April 6 to April 13. The primary purpose of this specially designated week is to thank and honour people who donate their time to help others by supporting the causes in which they believe. It's time to submit your nominations for volunteers in Kentville. See the link below for all the forms and information. Deadline for submission is February 28th.
http://www.recreationns.ns.ca/provincial-volunteer-awards/


Kentville Town Council will be meeting on Monday, January 27th at 7:00pm in the Council Chambers.  This meeting is open to the public.

What happens at the Council Meetings?
Reports are received from affiliated organizations, which are funded by Council – i.e. The Fire Department, Valley Waste Resource Management, Kings Transit Authority, and so on.  This formal agenda is posted on the Town’s website the Friday prior to the meeting and advertised in the local paper. Presentations are also entertained from members of the public at Council meetings. 


Your Town Council wants to hear from you! Have a question you'd like answered about your community? Suggestion for content? Reply to this email and we'll try to include your voice in a future issue of our newsletter.


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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