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July 8, 2014

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Keeping Kentville Connected



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Keeping Kentville Connected
Dr. Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton, born in Kentville in 1849, was a poet, priest, educator and historian. He went to Harvard where he graduated in arts with the class of 1880 along with Theodore Roosevelt. Eaton wrote many books and essays, but by far the most important was the History of King's County, Nova Scotia.: Heart of the Acadian Land, published in 1910. As one historian noted, “his books have withstood the test of time and are an important resource for anyone studying local community and family history.”  An extremely important reference book for the time period, this  book gives us a window into the lives of those who lived here. Eaton is buried in the Oakgrove Cemetery in Kentville.

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

Tuesday, July 8
9:00am - Daily Vacation Bible School at Kentville Baptist Church. One of the largest in the valley! Games, snacks, stories, music, activities, crafts and more. Kids work to prepare closing concert & program on July 13, 10 am. Open to all kids ages Primary - grade 6, Free registration, all welcome. Runs daily from July 7-11.

2:00pm-4:00pm - Careforce Alzheimer Cafe:  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. For more information please contact Janet Lussier, RN (janet@careforce.ca).

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

Wednesday, July 9
9:00am - Daily Vacation Bible School at Kentville Baptist Church. One of the largest in the valley! Games, snacks, stories, music, activities, crafts and more. Kids work to prepare closing concert & program on July 13, 10 am. Open to all kids ages Primary - grade 6, Free registration, all welcome. Runs daily from July 7-11.

10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market in Centre Square. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours. There is a kid's craft corner each week at the market now, too!

5:15-6:15 - Free Yoga in the Oakdene Park. Open to all levels.

Thursday, July 10
9:00am - Daily Vacation Bible School at Kentville Baptist Church. One of the largest in the valley! Games, snacks, stories, music, activities, crafts and more. Kids work to prepare closing concert & program on July 13, 10 am. Open to all kids ages Primary - grade 6, Free registration, all welcome. Runs daily from July 7-11.

11:45 - The Brand Development Committe is inviting members of non-profits, community organizations, and any interested parties to attend an hour and a half long education session on July 10th 2014.  If you belong to a Kentville based club, organization, or group who’s interested in learning about the project and how you can have your say please attend.

Friday, July 11
9:00am - Daily Vacation Bible School at Kentville Baptist Church. One of the largest in the valley! Games, snacks, stories, music, activities, crafts and more. Kids work to prepare closing concert & program on July 13, 10 am. Open to all kids ages Primary - grade 6, Free registration, all welcome. Runs daily from July 7-11.

8:00pm - Sleuth at CentreStage Theatre. Not for the faint of heart, Sleuth, the ultimate game of cat and mouse, is played out in a cozy English country home owned by celebrated mystery writer, Andrew Wyke. Invited guest Milo Tindle, a young rival who shares not only Wyke’s love of the game but also his wife, has come to lay claim. This psychological thriller will capture your imagination and intrigue your mind as anticipation builds on where the next move might take you. Reservations: 678-8040.

Saturday, July 12
8:00am-1:00pm - Yard Sale for the Kentville Legion. Careforce is proud to host this yard sale in support of its fundraising campaign for the Kentville Royal Canadian Legion. Careforce is proud to partner with the Kentville Legion to raise these funds, which will go towards completing roof repairs. Please support this important cause.
NOTE: if you have items you would like to consider donating to the yard sale, please contact Joel.

8:00pm - Sleuth at CentreStage Theatre. Reservations: 678-8040.

9:0pm - Dance at the Kentville Legion.

Monday, July 14
1:30 - The Council Advisory Committee will meet on Monday, July 14 at 1:30 in the Council Chambers. This meeting is open to the public.

Tuesday, July 15
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 - Celebrate Recovery BBQ at the New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville. Are you tired of struggling? Do you feel trapped inside a hurt, habit or hang-up? There is a way out; another way available to anyone who struggles with life's challenges. Celebrate Recovery is a life changing 12 step program available to you. No matter what situation you find yourself in, there is hope. Celebrate Recovery Canada extends an invitation to anyone interested in healing and fellowship. Please join us for a BBQ and personal testimonies.

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

Wednesday, July 16
10:00am-2:00pm - Kentville Farmers' Market at Centre Square. Fresh, local food, arts and crafts, and a place to meet friends and neighbours. Kid's corner is available

5:15-6:15 - Free Yoga in the Oakdene Park. Open to all levels.

Thursday, July 17
3:00-5:00 - Open mic at TAN Coffee in Kentville. Open to all performers.

8:00pm - Kentville Ghost Walk. There are plenty of incredible people who have helped to form the backbone of this dynamic town. Let Jerome the GraveKeeper and his ghostly friends inform and entertain you throughout this creatively spooky ghost walk. Meet at the steps of the Cornwallis Inn rain or shine.

Saturday, July 19
1:00 - Crib tournament at the Kentville Legion.

9:00 - Dance at the Kentville Legion.

In the Community
Volunteers Needed to help with the Kentville Market - Under the direction of the market manager the volunteer(s) will assist with various duties during the market, including set-up, helping market customers with information, selling products at the market booth and various tasks related to running market fundraisers.
*Remuneration: Kentville Farmers Market money and a letter/proof of participation and appreciation (*minimum time requirement).
For more information, see here.

In the News
The KCA Playground officially opens! Kings County Academy students are enjoying what Kentville Mayor David Corkum terms an outstanding playground. An official opening ceremony was held on June 20th. Read more.
 
New strawberries! The Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre in Kentville, has released two new June bearing strawberry varieties. Read more.

Recreation News
Free Yoga in the Park - Yoga in the Park classes are free of charge and are led by a certified yoga instructor. Come out and enjoy the outdoors while exploring yoga with the whole family.
Classes are for yogis of all experience levels.
Date:  Wednesdays, starting July 2nd and running until August 3
Time:  5:15-6:15pm.
Where: Oakdene Park  (There are two entrances to the park; 1) off of Campbell Road and 2) to the right off of Oakdene Avenue; both entrances offer parking.
There will be yoga mats available or simply bring a towel to practice on.  
Check the Facebook page for cancellations due to weather.

Kentville Summer Tennis Camps with CangaRoo Tennis: Registration is always ongoing and they can accept last minute and day of registrations! Visit the website for more information!

Social Tennis Play in Kentville: Semi-Competitive, $2/night! 7-9pm
Mondays: Men's Night
Tuesdays: Ladies Night
Wednesday: Mixed Doubles
Thursday: Junior Performance
Friday: Junior Round Robin

Kentville's 4X Bike Course by Valley Family Fun4X Bike Trail - have you been wondering about the new Kentville 4X bike course on Burgher Hill? Want to know if it's good for kids or not? Read this blog post by newsletter author and founder of Valley Family Fun, Laura Churchill Duke, to learn more.

Kentville Skating Club Summer Camps - is offering three weeks of summer skating in August. There are classes for Competitve and Junior and Senior skaters. For information about the programs, contact Cheryle Gaston  at sk8gr8@bellaliant.net or for information about registration, contact Denise Huntley-Cameron denisehc@eastlink.ca

Public Swimming at the Centennial Pool. The swimming pool is now open in Kentville for the season! Check the daily schedule here.

Summer Ice Rentals - Interested in booking some summer ice time? Rentals begin on August 4th. Book this through Kevin Bennett. The cost for August and September is $150.00 per hour including tax.

Arts and Culture

Centrestage Theatre Drama Camps - This summer, CentreStage will be hosting drama camps for youth! Participants will learn stage skills such as voice, movement, character development and technical aspects. Camps are each limited to 25 participants. Camp Fees: $150 per person per week. Camp Times: Monday to Friday 9:00 to 3:00 (doors open at 8:30am), with a public performance at 2pm on Friday afternoon. Camps participants can range from ages 5 to 15 years old and the camps run all summer.

Kings County Museum Presents East Meets West! This display of items from Japan will be open to the public all summer. Read more about the display.

The Designer Cafe is exhibiting the work of renowned artist Ed Hollet this month. Come check out his work!

Kentville Businesses! Valley Ghost Walks!
Penook, Horton’s Corner, The Devil’s Half Acre, Kentville!
This town has certainly been a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

Kentville’s Downtown Ghost Walks, now in their third season, are a creatively spooky history lesson throughout the streets of Kentville, NS. They are just under 2 hours in length starting on the steps of the Cornwallis Inn (325 Main St.).

Through stories told  by the ghosts of many long-gone local characters, the tours show you Kentville from a macabre angle, but they won't cause any heart attacks; that would be bad for business! The show is family-friendly, but let’s not kid ourselves, it's a history lesson, not every kid is into history. They are most appropriate for children 10+.

The walks happen rain, snow or moonshine, so please dress appropriately and bring: an umbrella, bottled water, a flashlight and bug spray. Adults $15, Students $10 (+Ticketpro fees). Reservations through Ticketpro or at the gate. Numbers are limited, so we suggest you book ahead.

Valley Ghost Walks are run by Jeremy Novak. He also produces shows in Wolfville, Windsor and Hall's Harbour. The scripts were researched and written by Laura Churchill Duke. For a behind the scenes look, check out this blog post!
Hope to see you on the street!

For more information, visit Valley Ghost Walks.
 
Citizen Questions
Question: I often wonder if there are any plans in the future to extend the sidewalk in the town starting at the corner of James St. and Oakdene - extending north along Oakdene to De Ell Rd. I watch many young school students line up and wait for their bus in the street and we have many apartments with many walkers who often have to jump for safety as speeders love to speed up as they leave the stop sign at the corner of James and Oakdene . Please consider this to be necessary !

Response: It's always a possibility.  The Town is assessing future locations for sidewalks as part of an overall master plan.

Your Town Council
Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
Council Advisory Committee: The CAC will meet on Monday, July 14 at 1:30 in the Council Chambers. This meeting is open to the public.

Kentville seeking new Community Brand -Education session for organizations July 10th. Kentville is creating it’s new community brand, and the process is ongoing.  The Brand Development Committe is inviting members of non-profits, community organizations, and any interested parties to attend an hour and a half long education session on July 10th 2014.  If you belong to a Kentville based club, organization, or group who’s interested in learning about the project a nd how you can have your say please attend. For more information and to sign up, click here.

Corrosion Control Study - Volunteers needed: The Kentville Water Commission is looking for up to 40 Kentville residents with old plumbing systems to participate in a program to identify and minimize lead corrosion which may be occurring within their pipes. This program is part of an ongoing commitment to providing safe drinking water from ground to tap. Kentville drinking water does not contain lead and is tested quarterly to ensure corrosion is not occurring within town-owned pipes, however lead corrosion may still occur in older home plumbing systems with galvanized iron, copper, or brass service lines, pipes, and fittings. The program will require a lead sample to be taken at the tap once a week for up to six weeks beginning this summer. Residents are encouraged to apply to participate before July 18th, 2014. Chosen participants will be provided with their results.

If you are interested, please apply to Anna Haley by phone at 1-902-679-2553, or in person between 8:30 and 4:30 Monday-Friday at Kentville Town Hall.

Job Posting for Active Living Coordinator for the Town of Kentville: Working under the direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation, The Active Living Coordinator will be responsible for responding to the increasing diverse needs and opportunities available to our community surrounding physical activity and health and wellness.
Application deadline is July 18. More Details.

PUBLIC INPUT REQUIRED: How many councilors should be elected to Kentville Town Council? The Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires all municipalities to review their boundaries and their council size every 8 years following which a recommendation is sent to the Utility and Review Board (UARB) for its approval. Any changes will come into effect in 2016.

To help you make a good decision on what should be the appropriate council size, here are some observations made by municipalities over the years:
  • It can be very difficult to get citizens to run for (town, city or county) Council, because the work can be time-consuming and stressful. Trying to balance the meetings, the required reading and preparation, and the community interaction, can conflict with employment, family life and hobbies.
  • More councilors allow the work to be distributed on more manageable levels.
  • More councilors allow for greater diversity of opinion and experience during debate.
  • Reducing the number of committees and/or meetings and engaging technology for better communication can lessen the workload.
  • Council reduction could save money - Remuneration (in Kentville) would be approximately $20,000 per year for each councilor, plus expenses relating to technologies, conferences, travel, etc. (Note:  Regular surveys with other municipal units of similar size and workload indicate comparable remuneration rates.)
Kentville Town Council will provide numerous opportunities over the next few months to engage citizens in this review process.  A special agenda item (Question and Answer Period on Council Size Review) has been added at both the regular meeting of Council (typically last Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.) and the Council Advisory Committee meetings (typically the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m.).

More information will be provided over the next few e-newsletters.
Questions?
Phone (902) 679-2503; carolh@kentville.ca

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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