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October 14, 2014

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Keeping Kentville Connected



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Keeping Kentville Connected
Virtual Tour ImageGallows Hill is a prominent rise of land just across the Cornwallis River on the north edge of town. Early in the 18th century, a gallows was built on the peak of the hill. Legend has it that the gallows was used only once and then torn down. Shortly after it had served its grisly purpose, a jail was constructed on the flat near the present courthouse, and it was there that the next gallows would stand.
A man named Bell was hung on Gallows Hill in 1826 or 1828 for the murder of the County Sheriff or a Court Constable. Bell escaped from custody before his trial, but was caught immediately afterwards when he tried to swim across the Cornwallis River.
To learn more about Kentville's history, come on one of Kentville's Ghost walks!

What's Happening in Town?
Find out about even more events that are happening in the area by visiting Valley Events!

Tuesday, October 14
1:30pm - The Council Advisory Committee meets in Council  Chambers. This meeting is open to the public.

2:00-4:00pm at Kings Riverside Court. If you or your loved one is living with Alzheimer's or memory loss, please join us.
Careforce’s Alzheimer Café is about supporting individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or memory loss, and their families or caregivers. Each month, we offer a two-hour social gathering that is uplifting, informal, and non-judgmental. 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. We look forward to seeing you there. The Careforce Alzheimer Café is proudly supported by JustUs! Coffee, the Nova Scotia Cooperative Council, and Kings Riverside Court.
If you have any questions, please contact Janet Lussier RN at 365-3155.

6:30-7:30pm - Teen Buddies at the Kentville Library. Are you between the ages of 3 and 8? Yes? Great! Come hang out with members of Kentville Library's Teen Council this evening! We'll read stories, draw, play and have fun together right here in the library. You don't need to sign up and can come and go at any time during the hour, but your caregiver must remain in the library.

8:00pm - Irish Jam at Paddy's Pub.

Wednesday, October 15
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market in Centre Square. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours.

11-11:30am - Story time at the Kentville Library. Share the fun and adventure of reading with your child. Enjoy rhymes, songs, and books! Suggested age: 3-5. Parent/caregiver accompaniment is required.

6:00pm-8:00pm - An Evening of Information on Renewable Energy Options. Speakers: Paul Pynn, Watts Wind Energy, Keith Towes, Consultant on Tidal Energy and Barry Zwicker, Scotian Windfields. Held at the Kentville Fire Hall. Free admission, however please register on-line.

6:15-7:30pm - Adventure Club at Kentville Baptist Church (503 Main St). Snacks, games and activities, theme parties, music, stories, special events and more! Open to all kids P-6. FREE.

7:00-8:00pm - Saving for Post Secondary Education at the Kentville Library.  Learn about Registered Education Savings Plans with Financial Advisor, Catherine Metzger-Silver of Edward Jones.
Post-secondary education will make a big difference to your children's earning potential and standard of living. By setting aside funds for your children now, you can help ensure their opportunity to attend college or university and help ease the debt they may carry upon graduation. FREE.

Thursday, October 16
4:00pm-6:00pm - Kentville Downtown Businesses and Retail Merchants Meeting. Come discuss issues impacting your current business and future growth potential at the Kings Arms Pub (upstairs), 390 Main Street, Kentville
RSVP: JD@KDCL.CA
The discussion will focus on programs to improve storefronts, building refurbishing, façade options and general property beautification. Other issues up for discussion include downtown traffic flow, parking and collaboration to achieve common objectives.
The proposed outcome of the discussions is to draft a downtown merchants’ plan to move forward.
Special Guest: Rob LeBlanc, President Ekistics Planning & Design

7:00pm-8:30pm - Weekly Sports Night at the Kentville Baptist Church. Come to the church gym for activities including floor hockey, badminton, basketball, volleyball, and whatever else can be crammed into the gym. The theme is simply fair play, fellowship, and fun. This is geared towards youth aged 12+. Parents can feel free to leave their children at the program (and do not need to stay). FREE

Friday, October 17
8:00pm - My Boy Jack at CentreStage Theatre.
The year 1914 saw the beginning of World War I, the war to end all wars. To mark the 100th anniversary of the conflict, CentreStage is pleased to present My Boy Jack.
The year is 1913. War with Germany is imminent. Rudyard Kipling, the British Empire's greatest apologist, is at the peak of his literary fame. This play explores the nature of a man who loses his balance when devotion to family and country, clash. World War I breaks out, and Kipling's son, Jack, is determined to fight, but the Army and the Navy both reject him because of his extremely poor eyesight. Undaunted, Kipling uses his influence to land Jack a commission in the Irish Guards, sparking off a bitter family conflict. Phone 678-8040 for reservations.

Saturday, October 18
9:00am-4:00pm - First Aid Course at the Red Cross Office. Emergency First AID CPR AED Level C Course. This is the most common workplace course under the OHS regulations for NS. There is a two day course available if needed. Standard First AID CPR AED. Recerts are welcomed. Half day refresher for those holding a certificate that is NOT yet expired.

9:45am - Valley Trekkers hike to see the Pumpkin People. The walk will begin with registration at ~9:30 for walking at 10:00. Meet at the town parking lot across from the Law Courts (where the former train Station was). This is a 10 km walk.

12:30pm - Ladies' Crib Tournament at the Kentville Legion.

1:00pm - 11:00pm - The Swellguys Oompah Band at Paddy's Pub.

8:00pm - My Boy Jack at CentreStage Theatre. Phone 678-8040 for reservations.

Sunday, October 19
9:00am - Kentville Pumpkin Mile presented with Shannex is taking place on October 19th in the town of Kentville. Race kit pick-up and registration will take place at the Kentville Fire Hall from 7:30-8:30am with a 9:00am race start time.
There are t-shirts and $20 gift certificates from Aerobics First for the first 50 registered.
Registration will be online at www.webscorer.com, for a cost of $10 before Oct. 14th and $15 after the 14th and on Race Day.
There are awards for top 3 overall in age groups. There will be a post-race reception with food and draw prizes!

Monday, October 20
KEYSS assessment for school readiness for ages 3 and 4. See more below in the KCA School News.

Tuesday, October 21
11:00am - Author Reading with Marilyn Jones at the Kentville Library.  Author Marilyn Jones, of Port George, will be reading from her book, Aunt Toni's Diary  - including a brief history of the NS Sanatorium in Kentville, based on excerpts from her Aunt Toni's Diary. After the reading Marilyn will take questions and sign books. Explore a bit of Kentville's history via this book.
There will be copies of the book available to buy. Light refreshments served.

2:00-4:00 - 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 of each month from 2 to 4 pm at the Kentville Baptist Church. For further information contact Jennifer Longley at 681-8239 or friendsinbereavement@gmail.com.

6:30-7:30pm - Teen Buddies at the Kentville Library. Are you between the ages of 3 and 8? Yes? Great! Come hang out with members of Kentville Library's Teen Council this evening! We'll read stories, draw, play and have fun together right here in the library. You don't need to sign up and can come and go at any time during the hour, but your caregiver must remain in the library.

8:00pm - Irish Jam at Paddy's Pub

Wednesday, October 22
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market moves indoors to the Kentville Rec Centre, 350 Main Street. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours.

11-11:30am - Story time at the Kentville Library. Share the fun and adventure of reading with your child. Enjoy rhymes, songs, and books! Suggested age: 3-5. Parent/caregiver accompaniment is required.

6:15-7:30pm - Adventure Club at Kentville Baptist Church (503 Main St). Snacks, games and activities, theme parties, music, stories, special events and more! Open to all kids P-6. FREE.

7:00pm - Registered Disability Savings Plans explained by Financial Advisor, Catherine Metzger-Silver of Edward Jones.
Many families worry about how a loved one with a disability will be cared for in future years. Thanks to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and generous federal grants and bonds, now it is easier for individuals and families to save for the long-term financial security of those with disabilities.

8:00pm - Kentville Ghost Walks. Meet at the steps of the Cornwallis Inn for a historical theatrical tour around Kentville meeting some of the ghosts from Kentville's past!

Thursday, October 23
7:00pm-8:30pm - Weekly Sports Night at the Kentville Baptist Church. Come to the church gym for activities including floor hockey, badminton, basketball, volleyball, and whatever else can be crammed into the gym. The theme is simply fair play, fellowship, and fun. This is geared towards youth aged 12+. Parents can feel free to leave their children at the program (and do not need to stay). FREE

Friday, October 24
12:00pm-8:00pm - Ten Thousand Villages Craft Fair at the Kentville fire hall. For two days (October 24-25) the Friends of Ten Thousand Villages-Annapolis Valley/Kentville offers the Valley community an opportunity to make a difference by shopping fair trade. Shoppers will discover hundreds of handcrafted home décor items, musical instruments, ornaments, toys and jewelry made by skilled artisans in more than 30 Developing countries.

7:30pm - Speaking to Spirits 101 at the Kings County Courthouse Museum. Join us for a spirited lecture on getting in touch with the “other side” --- historically speaking. The evening will include an introduction to the birth of the Spiritual Movement, how the Victorians memorialize their dearly departed, a WWI Forerunner on the Battlefields of Europe, and much more.

8:00pm - The Lighthouse at CentreStage Theatre. A drama by Nova Scotian Playwright Allen Hume. The essence of the play focuses on living in a lighthouse which is the beacon in the life of the family who live there and the surrounding community. Several family members are engaged in fighting the war while the rest are trying to resurrect an industry for the community for those who return. The lighthouse keeper is also the mayor of the community. The family is close and enjoys family moments while enduring the heartaches that the war can bring.
Call 678-8040 for reservations

8:00pm - Dance at the Kentville Lion's Hall. With Halloween right around the corner, the Kentville Lions Club is offering a Halloween Spooktackular Kitchen Party / Dance. Dress the part or come as you are...dancing, open mic, spot dances, 50/50 draw, door prize and as well the Lions always have complementry munchies. A wide selection of country/pop/rock/maritime tunes from the 50's;60's;70's by Vintage will provide the musical entertainment

Saturday, October 25
7:30am-10:00am - Breakfast at the St. James Anglican Church. Menu includes eggs, bacon, toast, muffins, fruit salad, yogurt, baked beans, fish cakes, juice, coffee, tea. Also, The Glorious Technicolour Knitters will be displaying tables of various hand made knitted goods for sale.

9:00am-3:00pm - Ten Thousand Villages sale at the Kentville fire hall.

8:00pm - The Lighthouse at CentreStage Theatre. Phone 678-8040 for reservations.

Sunday, October 25
2:00pm - The Lighthouse at CentreStage Theatre. Phone 678-8040 for reservations.

3:30pm - 5:00pm - Teen Council and Girl Power Halloween Party.  Girl Power and Teen Council are celebrating Halloween together! There will be games, music and snacks, of course. Costumes encouraged, but not required.

6:30pm - Fall Gospel Concert at the Kentville Baptist Church. Music by Shoulder to Shoulder, Rewind, Gaelforce (Gaelic Choir), Band2Gether. Freewill offering, reception to follow, all welcome.

Monday, October 27
7:00pm - Town Council meets in the council chambers. These meetings are open to the public.

In the News
Open Arms will have to wait on property tax exemption. In late June, Open Arms -  Kentville’s street ministry - requested a property tax exemption.  At the Sept. 8  council advisory committee, town council decided to review its policy on support for charitable organizations. Read More.

Kentville author nominated for Governor General’s Literary Awards. Maria Mutch, who grew up in Kentville, has been nominated as an English language finalist in the  non-fiction category for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards. Read more.

In the Community
Ten Thousand Villages Craft Fair at the Kentville fire hall. For two days (October 24-25) the Friends of Ten Thousand Villages-Annapolis Valley/Kentville offers the Valley community an opportunity to make a difference by shopping fair trade. Shoppers will discover hundreds of handcrafted home décor items, musical instruments, ornaments, toys and jewelry made by skilled artisans in more than 30 Developing countries.

The hand made products featured in this sale are offered through Ten Thousand Villages. Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn an income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term trading relationships. All proceeds from the Kentville Festival Sale benefit Ten Thousand Villages artisan partners. In addition to over 100 Festival Sales held this past year in communities from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, Ten Thousand Villages also operates 36 stores across Canada.

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair trade organization and a program of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). MCC is the relief, service and peace agency of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches.  FREE ENTRY.

Recreation News
Skating Schedule:
Kentville is now offering Punch Passes for the skate times at the rink. You can buy 10 skates for $25.00 (saving $5.00) or 20 skates for $50 (saving $10.00) At $3 a skate, this is an easy way to decide at the last minute you want to go for a skate and not worry about it! They will be available at the rink later this week and are presently available in the office for purchase.

**You are allowed to wear bike helmets on the ice BUT if you would prefer something else there are some helmets under the bleachers for people to borrow.**

Pumpkin Mile, October 19
Lace up those running shoes, on your mark, get set, GO!  The Kentville Pumpkin Mile is back for its fourth year as “The Fastest Road Mile in Nova Scotia!”  Everyone is welcome, and there are different categories to enter. Spectators are always welcome to join in the fun too! To pre-register, head over to WebScorer and complete the online registration form, the first fifty people to sign up will receive a free race shirt! If you register before October 14th, the registration fee is only $10 ($15 after the 14th and on race day)

Arts and Culture

 
Citizen Question
Question: Are you allowed to keep chickens in Kentville? Rabbits? What are the bylaws?
Answer: The question of animal ownership is really a question about the Land Use Bylaw as interpreted by the Development Officer.  For bylaw information specific to any one case you can contact the Director of Planning, Beverly Gentlemen or call 902-679-2500.

KCA School News
School is a big change for preschool children. KEYSS clinics help to make this transition period easier for all involved.
A KEYSS clinic offers parents valuable information on topics like preschool behaviours, school readiness, healthy living, physical activity and safety.
Stations on preschool development, hearing, speech and vision are
available, with professionals that can direct families to available programs and services in Kings County. Friendly professionals provide active and interesting stations for children and parents.

Children born in 2011 are encouraged to attend. Parents can register by calling 678-6111 or register online at www.valleychilddevelopment.ca
The KEYSS Clinic will be held at KCA on Monday, October 20th.

Kentville Businesses!
Straightline Precision Skate Sharpening
Straightline Precision Skate Sharpening is now found in the Centennial Arena! It offers traditional Radius Of Hollow (ROH) and Blademaster BFD Flatbottom sharpening, as well as, sharpening for goalie and figure skates.

PRICE LIST:
Traditional Radius of Hollow Sharpening: $5.00/pair
5 sharpenings for $20.00; 10 sharpenings for $40.00

Blademaster BFD Flat Bottom Sharpening: $7.00/pair
5 Sharpenings for $30.00; 10 Sharpenings for $60.00
 
Guaranteed results. Every blade that leaves our shop is guaranteed to be level and have a straight and true hollow.
Stop in and support our local businesses!
Find them on Facebook, or (902) 300-3304; Email   

Your Town Council
The Council Advisory Committee meets on Tuesday, October 14th and the Town Council is on Monday, October 27th at 7pm. Both meetings are held in the council chambers and are open to the public.

Free wifi in Downtown Kentville is here! Need to check your email? Browse the web? Update your Facebook page or creep someone else’s?  Free public wifi is now available in downtown Kentville!  Now you can do all of your important internet-based tasks without eating up your data!  Just visit Centre Square, connect to the wifi named kntvl-wifi, open your web browser and enter your email address to log in.  Simple and free!  Brought to you by the Town of Kentville.

Pumpkin People Photo Contest - Do you have an awesome photo of Pumpkin People you’d like to share?Submit your favourite Pumpkin Person photo from this years festival or a year gone past for a chance to win! More details here.
 
Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
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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