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Edible Gardens in Kentville!
The Kentville Community Garden Society, in partnership with Blomidon Nurseries, Harvest Land Design, and the Valley Community Learning Association is taking responsibility for planting and maintaining the Town of Kentville’s existing downtown containers for the 2015 growing season.
The focus is on establishing a community garden space to promote learning and small scale food production, develop citizenry and community pride, and introduce the idea of food growing in public spaces to Kentville citizens.

Partners included in this project are Open Arms; Treasure House Soup Kitchen; Valley Community Learning Association; Public Health; NSCC; Public Health; Blomidon Nurseries; Respite workers with Family Children Services; Kentville Food Bank.
Information sheets on plants, herbs and vegetables planted in each container are supplied by Blomidon Nurseries to the community groups and printed by Public Health.

Other resources include information on proper watering techniques, natural fertilizing practices, container maintenance, harvesting times and proper methods and preserving/storage processes.
Blomidon Nurseries and Harvest Land Design will also take the lead on Planting Day to train and guide the process to make sure successful plantings in the containers occurs. As a group they are committed to taking responsibility for the containers and oversee the permit and assignment of containers to individuals and groups.
Library News!
The Town of Kentville has announced that they are working with the family-owned Whynot Group to secure a site and facility that will host the future new Kentville/Kings Public Library. The site is located on River Street downtown adjacent to the Cornwallis River, in an area originally selected by the Friends of the Kentville Library group.

The Town of Kentville is excited about the project which will feature a contemporary, LEED certified new building with modern features and architectural design. The proposed new building would allow for 4000 square feet of space for the library, the current library is 1800 square feet. The relocation of the Library to this proposed new site is pending further site and cost considerations, as well as input from other stakeholders. It is anticipated that the Friends of the Library group or a similar committee will become involved providing input and supporting fundraising efforts. The County of Kings has also been approached to discuss their potential financial contributions as 50% of library users are Kings County residents.

The selected site fits with the Town’s vision of providing library space in close proximity to a new waterfront walkway system that would bring residents and visitors to town closer to the Cornwallis River. Other potential benefits of the site include the ability to design accessible greenspace with benches, picnic areas and interpretive signage as features of the space. The Town’s hope is that these features, along with the attractive location of the downtown site will showcase the library as a cornerstone community space attractive for all types of activity.

Questions regarding the library project can be directed to CAO Mark Phillips or

Local businesses propose partnering with town, county in new Kentville Library space: A consortium of local companies is interested in constructing a new building to contain a new library for Kentville and area, and partnering with both the town and the municipality.
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In the News

Landscape Changing at Kentville Memorial Pool

Kentville Recreation is working towards making Memorial Pool more physically accessible and safe!  The kiddie pool in front of the main pool has been removed to make way for additional parking, including a number of accessible parking spaces.  In addition, the changes will allow for the creation of more green space and a picnic area near the main pool.
What's Happening in Kentville

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In the Community
A Kentville man is among the first inductees to new Maritime Sports Hall of Fame!
Burton Russell, author of 11 books on Nova Scotia sports history and one of the foremost sports historians in the Maritimes, was among the first 19 inductees to the new hall, founded in the fall of 2014.
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Kings Volunteer Resource Centre Back in Operation
The Kings Volunteer Resource Centre is back in operation! It is located on the ground floor (rear Centre Entrance) of the County of Kings Complex at 87 Cornwallis Street, Kentville. It will remain at the County Complex location until September, 2015. A new location for the centre will be announced later this summer.

The Centre has changed from a federally financed project (with two full time staff and supported by the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce since April 2013), to a provincially incorporated Not for Profit organization with a Board of Directors overseeing its operation.

The Centre is now operating with a revised set of objectives to complement its overall goal: to provide services and information in support of volunteerism in Kings County. The Centre is presently providing volunteer matching and referral services as well as providing volunteer organizations the opportunity to share information about their organization and their requirements for prospective volunteers.

In addition, the Centre, with funding from the County of Kings and Eastern Kings Community Health Board, will be planning a 2015/16 series of free Volunteer Training Workshops at various locations in Kings County on matters of interest to local volunteer organizations to assist them with their operations.

The Resource Centre Board invites the public to visit or call the Centre to find out more about the services provided or visit the website highlighted below.

If you are interested in volunteering in the Kings County area, we will help you find an organization that matches your skills, interests, location and schedule.
For Kings County volunteer organizations looking for volunteer help for your activities or a special event, we will do our best to refer interested volunteers to you for your screening and placement.
 The summer hours of the Centre will be from 9am – 3pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week until the end of August, 2015.
Contact the Centre by phone (902-678-1398) or by e-mail at:

Local artist Mark Oakley has created a wonderful map of Kentville!
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Recreation News
New Recreation Calendar! Want to know what Kentville Rec activities are happening? Check out the new calendar of events. New events are being posted all the time! Click on the link and scroll to the bottom of the page to see.
CANgaroo Tennis - Marking day camps will be held in Kentville on June 24-26 for $50 for the 3 days! All ages and abilities.

Tennis: Full & Half Day Camp with multi-sports in Kentville every week of summer for its 4th year! All equipment provided, swimming, snacks and more! Camps are now $100 (Full) $60 (Half) Teen, Adult and performance lessons too.
Email or visit for more information and to register!

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 offering 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 Summer Camps
Our camps are filling up quickly, if you're interested in signing up for Day Camps this year fill out an application form and drop it by the office or get in touch with Karlee, our Rec. Intern, on or (902) 679-2556.
Kings West Soccer Camps
Kings West Soccer Club offers age specific soccer camps for players U8-U16, both boys and girls, at the Kentville Fields (by KCA School).  The cost is minimal at $25/player each day. It is an excellent opportunity for your child to be with his/her teammates, have fun, be active and develop his/her soccer skills. The Head Instructor will be Dara Ramirez, who holds a National 'B' License in soccer and Diploma in Coaching. Additional instructors will be hired as required. The camp also features a daily swim.
Location: Kentville Fields (beside KCA)
Cost: $25/day

Kentville Business Profile
D.M. Reid Jewellers Ltd.
D.M. Reid Jewellers Ltd. was founded in 1988 by Jim Duguid and Dave Reid, although the business' jeweller's heritage extends back well over 50 years, through Tower and Palmeter's Jewellers.

The goal of Reid's is to maintain that heritage by offering quality products and excellent service to its clients in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Integrity, trust, genuine value and service are the hallmarks of Reid Jewellers.

The knowledgeable staff at Reid Jewellers have over 100 years combined experience and training to assist you not only with significant purchases, but also with everyday needs such as watch battery replacements, repairs, and good advice. We specialize in offering a full range of products and services to our clients that are difficult to find in today's retail jewellery environment, and take pride in doing it well. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Six time consecutive AVCC/EKCC Valley’s Best Jeweller as voted by the public!

Stop in today to 395 Main Street, to thanks Reid's for being a Kentville business!
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Historical Moment
The idea for the Kentville Agricultural Centre (or the Research Station as it is commonly known) came from the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association in 1895.
In 1910, two hundred and fifty acres of land were purchased by the Province (for the Station). During the winter of 1911 and 1912, lumbering operations were carried on and much lumber for the dairy barn and the Superintendent's house (now Blair House Museum) was milled at Margeson's Mill on Mill Brook.
Today, the Research Centre is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's 19 national research centres. The Centre looks at problems throughout the Canadian horticultural and food system, focusing on the regional needs of Atlantic Canada.
A house on the property was built in 1912 for the first Superintendent, Saxby Blair. This house is now a museum used to preserve and display the history of the apple growing industry and of the Research Station.

School News
School is almost finished at KCA for the year.
Wednesday, June 24: 1/2 Day
Thursday, June 25: Marking Day, no school
Friday, June 26: Marking Day, no school
Monday, June 29: Full Day
Tuesday, June 30: Early Dismissal. LAST DAY
Arts and Culture
CentreStage Presents: Leading Ladies
A farce by Ken Ludwig
June 26, 27, 28m, July 3, 4, 10, 11, 12m, 17, 18
Showtime 8pm; 2pm matinee on June 28 and July 12
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 902-678-8040)

In this hilarious comedy, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces!

Phone 678-8040 for reservations
Kings County Historical Museum: The Kings County Museum is OPEN June Monday—Friday 9AM-4PM
July and August: Monday– Saturday 9AM-4PM
(Closed Sat August 29, 2015 and July 1 Canada Day)

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.

Adopt a Ledger! Volunteers Needed!
In 2014 two drugstore ledgers from the very first drugstore in Kentville were donated to the museum ---both are a treasure trove of information about early medicines. Both are in need of conservation work to help preserve them. Are you interested
in adopting-a-ledger? If so contact the office and we can chat about contributing to this worthwhile cause!
Citizen Question
Question: In days gone by, I heard that to work for the town, you had to live in town. Is this still the case?

Answer: There is no policy regarding the residency of employees of the Town of Kentville. Nothing in the past HR manuals mention this either. Each department follows its own practices for hiring, and for evaluating candidates for positions whether they be seasonal, full time, or otherwise. Each town position is unique and candidates are evaluated in their applications based on their demonstrated skills and qualifications for the position applied for.

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
Next Town Council Meeting: Monday, June 29, 7pm in Council Chambers
These meetings are open to the public

Agendas and Minutes

Planning and Development wants your input!

The Town of Kentville has begun a review of the documents that guide the development of our Town.

As part of the consultation residents are asked to talk about the issues and prospects for Kentville. The goal of the consultation is to let all Kentville residents share their knowledge, and desires for how the Town develops. “Envision Kentville”, planning for tomorrow today will set the policies and priorities that will influence the future of the Town for years to come.

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