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August 4, 2015

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What's New and Innovative in Kentville?
Soup's On in Kentville!
The Kentville Community Garden Club is pleased to announce their latest initiative. Club president, Sarah Hiltz discovered that up to 40 people have been utilising the Open Arms free breakfast program. With no soup kitchen over the summer months to help meet the demand, Hiltz decided to use the great partnerships created through the Kentville Downtown Planter Initiative to help feed community members.

With support from certified chefs Wayne Arnold of Stems Café, and Rodney Weisner of Designer Café in Kentville, community groups involved with the Kentville Downtown Planter Initiative will harvest and prepare a soup every week. Soups will then be available for anyone, free of charge.

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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. UCA Community Environmental Art Project at Miner's Marsh, August 8
2. Blood Donor Clinic at the Kentville fire hall, August 10
3. Kentville Theatrical History Ghost Walk, August 13
4. Little Ray's Reptiles at the Kentville Library, August 18
5. Yoga at Oakdene Park, Kentville Market and more!

In the News
Kentville artist Bonnie Ross behind design of a  Canadian flag coin
Graphic designer Bonnie Ross, owner of Ross Graphic, was asked by the Royal Canadian Mint to come up with a concept for a coin marking the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag.
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The Town of Kentville will purchase industrial park land.

According to a written staff recommendation reviewed at town council’s regular monthly meeting July 27, the land is currently held by Nova Scotia Business Inc.

The recommendation says a study previously commissioned by the former Kings Regional Development Authority (RDA) indicates that the land could prove to be a valuable asset.
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In the Community
Kentville Wee's Little Library
This library is located at the entrance to Miner's Marsh in Kentville. Find a book in the box you like? Take it! It's free!
If you have extra books to share with others, you can leave them, but you don't have to leave a book to take a book.

There are a few books labeled MARSH COPY for you to use and enjoy while at the Marsh (mostly nature books). Please return these to the box at the end of your visit.Enjoy!

Special thanks to
  • Laura Churchill Duke for making this project happen, and her husband, David Duke and family for building the library!
  • The RE used store in New Minas for the donation of the book case.
  • Kentville resident, Jim MacKinnon for lettering the box
  • The Annapolis Valley Regional Library for supply books to initially fill the box
  • The Town of Kentville for installing the library at the Marsh
Read more, including the back story to this library.

Rotary Donates a Lift to the Memorial Pool
Neiley Terrio, Director at the Memorial Pool, tries out the new pool lift, donated by the Rotary Club of Kentville, with Mayor Dave Corkum at the controls.
Thank you Kentville Rotary!
Recreation News
Bubble Soccer Drop-In!
Bubble Soccer Drop-In has started! It is a $2.00 drop-in from 6-8:00pm at field #3 (below new KCA playground on West Main Street) most Fridays, all summer long! For ages 9 and up
CANgaroo Tennis - Town of Kentville

Looking for something to do Friday night for the kids!? Come to the weekly junior round robin on FRIDAYs at 7pm! Kids 10 + are welcome to the Kentville Tennis Club weekly on a drop-in basis! Equipment provided, music and fun!

CANgaroo Tennis is offering professional tennis lessons for ADULTS Monday and Wednesday from 6-8pm including the Valley's ONLY Cardio Tennis classes offered by certified Cardio Tennis Canada staff coaches. Classes are $5 per session and is on a drop-in basis. Equipment is provided for those who do not have their own racquets. Email for more information!

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Swimming in Kentville! In addition to our regular swimming lessons (pre-school and levels 1-10) we're offering private lessons as well!
Private Swimming Lessons $25.00 per lesson $100.00 for 5 lessons
We're also offering Adapted Swimming Lessons this summer. There are four lessons over 2 weeks (twice a week) or over 4 weeks (once a week) with flexible days to suit busy schedules. $75.00 for 4 lessons
We're happy to offer the Aqua Adults Program again this summer! $70.00 Lifesaving Programs Bronze Star Bronze Medallion Bronze Cross $110.00
We're offering an Aqua Fitness class at our pool, and it will operate similarly to our other fitness programs (no sign-up commitments, and a drop in fee) Monday-Friday 5:30-6:30pm $2.00 drop in

Public Swim Information: Daily 2:00-4:00pm & 6:30-8:00pm Cost $2.00 Children under 12 $1.00 Children under 5 Free Because this season there will not be a free-access kiddie pool, we've decided that the largest user group (5 and under) will not be charged admission to the pool.

Kentville Business Profile
Simply For Life
At SFL they believe in doing one thing very well - helping people achieve their ultimate health through food. No pills, gimmicks or magic powders, just food from your grocery store. They like to think of it as old school service meets state-of-the-art nutrition.

During your first consultation with your certified consultant, they will identify your current health issues and determine your personal goals.

Start your weight-loss and better-health journey today! Stop in to Simply For Life Kentville Clinic on the bottom floor of Kentville Town Square, 10 Webster St, Unit B5.

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

Jennifer Banks was born and raised between Kentville, New Minas, Steam Mill and Centreville - so she says she's lived here her whole life, except for a year in Alberta!

"What I love about living in Kentville is the slower pace. It's like always being on vacation."

Jen Banks is a freelance writer, blogger at, brand ambassador, Independent Tupperware Consultant (, waitress at S&J's Diner in Kentville and Mom of two boys.

Her favourite recipe is her grandmother's meatloaf.
Find recipe here

Historical Moment
Kentville has a long rich tradition of holding court.
The first court house and jail was built in Kentville in 1829 on Cornwallis Street. However, in 1849, it burnt down and was replaced in 1850 with the building that is now houses the Kings Courthouse Museum.

In those days, the courthouse was the focal point of Canadian towns and cities and represented what resources the area had to offer in terms of local builders and architects. The courthouse was a gathering place for political and social functions. In fact, going to court was an important pastime. People would come from all over parts of the county and province and spend the day listening in at court. Perhaps they came for the court cases, or maybe they came to hear William Gould, the Court Crier. William and his wife Susan were the first jailers, and he also acted as Deputy Sheriff. As a court crier, he was responsible for commencing legal proceedings within the Courtroom, and could be heard bellowing his OYEZ! OYEZ! At the beginning and end of each court session!
Also around that time in the 1850s and 1860s the court was a formal affair. The judge was a circuit judge. This would mean that he would rotate around the various courts in the province. When he stayed in Kentville, he would do so at the Kentville Hotel, or Stage Coach Inn - by the banks of Mill Creek. Every morning he would leave the hotel followed by various members of the Bar and led by the Sheriff. They would proceed formally to court. As per tradition of the times, if there were no criminal cases to be tried that day, it was custom for the county barristers to present the judge with white kid gloves. This would signify the area’s crime-free status.

Source: The History of Kings County, by Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton
Arts and Culture
CentreStage Presents: Too Soon for Daisies
A comedic-thriller by William Dinner and William Morum
July 31, August 1, 7, 8, 9m, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23m, 28, 29, September 4, 5

Showtime 8pm; 2pm matinee on June 28 and July 12
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 902-678-8040)

Three elderly ladies rebel against a 1960’s world that has them locked up in an old folk’s home for the destitute. After escaping in a rowboat, they are washed ashore in the village of Trotley, England where they take over an abandoned cottage. Suddenly, a mysterious stranger shows up claiming to be the cottage's real owner, and before you can say "Bob's your Uncle", he drops dead of a heart attack and the ladies hatch a convoluted plan to hide the body. A nosy neighbour, a too-helpful handyman and the arrival of the dead man's niece all contribute to high-spirited fun. Can these determined women conceal a dark secret that, if revealed, will upset all their plans to grow old...ungracefully?

Phone 678-8040 for reservations
Kings County Historical Museum:
July and August: Monday– Saturday 9AM-4PM
(Closed Sat August 29, 2015)

Monopoly Exhibit now on! Now showing until the end of August! This year marks the 80th anniversary of the introduction of the iconic board game “MONOPOLY”.
Over the years the popularity of the game has led to close to 300 million copies being sold in 111 countries, and the game being produced in 43 languages. Some of the popular themes over the years are reflected in the collection on display here.

Citizen Question
Question: There are so  many vacant public/commercial buildings in downtown Kentville, some of them in distress, is there a plan to address this situation?
These property owners should  be  served proper notices and fined if they fail to meet a set standard.
Some suggestions would be to utilize these locations for public services such as, new library, tourist info, history of Kentville museum, home away from home hostels, and the list goes on.....

Response:  Where individual properties are concerned, responsibility for upkeep, care, and maintenance lies with the property owner.  It is important that owners take pride in their properties and want to make them attractive for resale or development if circumstance finds them vacant. 

Unfortunately as buildings sit vacant they can begin to deteriorate.  The Town’s authority to regulate change is only when buildings become dangerous to public safety.
As an overall strategy for providing an environment where economic growth is promoted, the Kentville Development Corporation has a strategic plan that guides the work they do to contribute to economic development within the Town of Kentville. 

KDCL’s main focus is on growing the business community and promoting business sustainability in Kentville. That organization's mandate complements the Town’s efforts to do the same through providing an environment in which businesses can thrive. 

In Kentville, the goal is for The Town and KDCL to balance individual efforts and work together on community and economic development strategies.  KDCL’s strategic plan can be viewed on their website here:

Watch for how the downtown façade program progresses.
From the Kentville Town Council
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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