December 3, 2013

Keeping Kentville Connected

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Keeping Kentville Connected
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What's Happening in Town?
Shop Kentville to Win! Shop in Kentville this holiday season and you might just WIN BIG!
Kentville businesses have teamed up to create an amazing prize package that one lucky shopper will win before Christmas.  Do your shopping in Kentville between November 22nd and December 20th and fill out a ballot to win at participating shops, stores, salons, and eateries.  Visit one or all of the following businesses listed on the website and fill out a ballot for your chance to win! 

Kentville Friends in Bereavement Support Group (December 3, 17): 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 .
Yuletide Tea, Saturday, December 7, 2pm: The Kings Historical Society will be hosting a Yuletide Tea at the Kings County Museum in Kentville (37 Cornwallis Street) on Saturday December 7 from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm.  The stars will come out  for this  celestial celebration of tea and scones.  Plan on doing some holiday shopping at our bake/sales table while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.  Admission is by free will donation ( a suggested minimum of $5.00).  To learn more please contact the museum at 678-6237,  or visit our website at

Make it a Magical Christmas with CentreStage: Al Bernard Performance , Saturday Dec. 7 at 2 PM.  Al Bernard will be bring his magic show to CentreStage Theatre Upper Performance Centre (61 River Street, Kentville). The cost is $5.00 per person. Tickets available at the door.

Festival of LightsFestival of the Lights in Support of Annapolis Valley Health, Sunday, December 8, 2:30pm: Please join the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation when the North Mountain Chorus will entertain us with music until 3:00 p.m. During the ceremony you will be entertained by Valley Voices and and enjoy a holiday message from Rev. John McNally. After the event everyone is invited to join us in the hall for refreshments and mingling. FREE.

Poinsettias are for sale at $20 each and they decorate  Valley Regional Hospital for patients and staff during the holiday season.  You can pick up your poinsettia, after Dec 15, or we can deliver it to a patient who will be in hospital during the Christmas season.  Why not purchase a poinsettia in memory or in honour of someone special this year by calling 678-5414. 

During the Festival of Lights season, we host a Cake Auction. Beautifully decorated cakes are auctioned off to the highest bidder in a day-long silent auction.

Careforce Alzheimer Cafe: Tuesday, December 10, 2-4pm at Kings Riverside Court, Kentville: If you or your loved one is living with Alzheimer's or memory loss, please join us at the Careforce Alzheimer Cafe. By attending our Alzheimer Café, you’ll discover helpful information and resources, hear from interesting guest speakers, and connect with others who share your challenges and experiences. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Blezy RN at 365-3155 or by email.

An Out of the Box Christmas Sun, Dec 15, 11 am at the Kentville Baptist Church.  The Kids for Christ junior choir presents the children’s Christmas musical “An Out of the Box Christmas”.  Freewill offering, all welcome.

Celebration Under the StarsSun, Dec 15, 6:30 pm at the Kentville Baptist Church.  A night of music by our church family for the whole family! Join us for an evening to remember, with music by the Seasonal Choir, the Sunday School Kidz, Simplicty Accapella Quartet and more! Reception to follow. Free will offering. All welcome.

In the News
Kentville Wildcats inducted to the NS Sports Hall of Fame - the 1985 Kentville Wildcats baseball team were honoured Nov. 2 as they were inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in Halifax.  READ MORE

The Pumpkin People in Kentville, Nova Scotia11 Tourist Attractions For Quirky Explorers - There’s a big wide world out there, and it’s time you saw some of the offbeat stuff that’s in it! Here are a few attractions that will get you excited about being a tourist. Kentville makes it to one of the top 11 places in North America with its Pumpkin People! READ MORE.

Recreation News
Public skating Schedule: public skating times

Free Activity Time for Kids! The Town of Kentville is offering a free activity time for kids at the indoor soccer dome on Sunday mornings from 10am-12pm. This will include structured multi-sport programming and unstructured play time. Bring your families, friends and a clean pair of indoor sneakers. Info: 678-2426.

KCA School News
KCA has a new score clock for the gym thanks to a community group who fundraised to purchase the clock in honour of Colin MacAskill. The plaque reads: "With outstanding community support the Kentville men's basketball group raised funds to have the score clocks donated in loving memory of our teammate Colin F MacAskill." READ MORE

Arts and Culture

At the Kings County Courthouse Museum - The Hadfield Phenomenon: Canadian Contributions to Space Exploration
Now Showing at the Kings County Museum, 37 Cornwallis Street, Kentville - until December 9, 2013
Open Hours Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Retired Canadian Astronaut Col.  Chris Hadfield is a space rockstar who galvanized world wide attention on space exploration when he became the Commander of the International Space Station in 2013. His achievements highlight the work of other  Canadians who have also contributed to the exploration, discovery, education, enjoyment, and understanding of the celestial world above us.  This exhibit showcases some of these stories.

Welcome New Businesses! Savour Deli and Ice Cream!
Located at 12 Webster Street Court Extension, Savour has great food, using fresh local ingredients. They have the only real "Montreal style" smoked meat in the Valley! Eat in or take out. Gluten free options.
Walk-ins welcome
Good for children
Outdoor seating
"Savour is a wonderful place for "casual fine dining" - excellent food, friendly people, comfortable - love it!"
"The best smoked meat sandwich I have ever devoured. Yum!"
If you haven't been there yet, stop in to Savour the great taste and support another one of our local businesses. Opened Monday to Thursday 10-4:30 and Fridays 10-7.

Did You Know?
The Town of Kentville ranked fourth in the Atlantic Canada Tap Water Taste Test.  Blind taste tests were conducted using tap water samples from municipalities across Atlantic Canada and Kentville tied for 4th place with Fredericton, being beaten by 1st place winner Halifax, 2nd place winner Charlottetown and 3rd place winner Moncton.  While both Halifax and Moncton use surface water sources, Kentville and Charlottetown both use ground water, meaning of the municipal units using ground water, Kentville is number two!  Not too shabby for a small town!

Your Town Council
Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
Highlights from the November 25 Council meeting:

- Winter Parking Ban Soon in Effect: No parking on the streets from December 15th from 1:00am to 7:00 am until April 15, 2013.
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 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.

- Town Council agreed to donate $500 to the Red Cross towards relief in the Philippines
- Approved to allocate 15,000 to 20,000 square feet to future Kentville Skate Park. The exact lot location has yet to be decided.
- Approved! Kentville will be donating a lot of land for Habitat for Humanity! READ MORE and Here.

SEEKING Director of Parks and Recreation: The Town of Kentville is looking for an enthusiastic professional, who will be a valued member of the Senior Management Team, whose primary goal is to help shape the future of services for its residents. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director will provide leadership and strategic advice in the areas of parks, trails, open spaces, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, recreation programming, culture, and special events. This individual will present routine information to Town Council. Deadline to apply is December 20.

SEEKING: Executive Director Kentville Development Corporation: The Kentville Development Corporation is a nonprofit economic development organization whose mission is to engage a diverse business and services sector to create a vibrant, successful community of choice. The deadline to apply is December 4th.

Next Council Advisory Committee:  Monday, December 9th at 7:00pm at Town Hall. The public is encouraged to attend!

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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