What is the Hub?
The HUB is about the power of innovation through collaboration.
We believe there is no shortage of good ideas to solve the issues of our time. But there is an acute lack of collaboration and support structures to help make them happen. The HUB was founded to address this need.
We set out to create spaces that combine the best of a trusted community, innovation lab, business incubator and the comforts of home.
Spaces with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop innovative ventures for the world. But above all, spaces that generate meaningful encounters, exchange and inspiration, full of diverse people doing amazing things.
Welcome to the new Annapolis Valley Hub located in the former United Church in Kentville!
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Update on the Kentville Library:
Kings County and the Town of Kentville have agreed to split costs for the construction of a new library! Read more
The First Kentville Cash Mob was a Huge Success!
Similar to a flash mob, participants were encouraged to gather at a small, local business at a given time to each spend $10.
The organizers decided to mob TAN Coffee first. More than 50 people took part in the event from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 19. Among them was the Sociology class from the Social Services Worker program at the Nova Scotia Community College Kingstec Campus. Read more
Farewell to Cafe Central
Taken from the Central Cafe Facebook page:
"It's with a very heavy heart that I announce Cafe Central will be closing November 27th.
Thank you for a fantastic and memorable 14 years. I greatly appreciate all of the years that you have allowed the Cafe to serve you.
A special thank you to all of my staff (both past and present)....I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and I look forward to whatever the future might hold."
Ryan Potter says he's no hero, but he was a Kentville man's angel
Last month, Kentville resident Andrew Williams was driving through Eagle Head, just outside Liverpool, when he got a stabbing pain in his chest. He was sure he was having a heart attack. He pulled into the nearest driveway, and was greeted immediately by a man named Ryan, who rushed him to the hospital. Read more
4 Year Old Makes a Difference in her Community
Instead of traditional birthday gifts, guests were requested to bring a donation for Open Arms Resource Centre. In total, $137 dollars in cash was donated, along with winter coats, hats and socks, assorted gift cards and food items. Read more
Looking for the perfect gift (or alternative to a treat bag for your child's birthday party)? Consider getting a skate pass for the Kentville Centennial Arena! We've got 10 and 20 skate options available Get in touch with Gillian in the office for more details!
Kentville Business Profile
Kentville Businesses: Kings County Home Hardware
"Love the personalized and friendly service , they always take good care of me and offer lots of help" ~ Happy customer
Head to the Kings County Home Hardware in downtown Kentville for all your holiday needs!
There are hundreds of holiday decorations and gift ideas.
While you're at it, get the supplies you need to finish off those chores or items on your honey-do list!
If the item is not in stock, they can order it in!
Support local and shop in Kentville this season! Learn more
Each edition we will feature a different Kentville resident with a favourite recipe. Would you like to be featured? Email us!
Kate Collins has lived in Kentville 5 years. She is a Research Associate at NSCC's Applied Geomatics Research Group.
Kate says, "I love the trail system in Kentville, especially the ravine behind the Research Station!"
Dark Fruit Cake
Hints from my mom- cut up the fruit and mix it all together with 1 cup of the flour before adding it to the batter. It can be left sitting overnight.
My aunt prefers to mix the fruit with the brandy or rum and let it soak for a few days/weeks. If you don't have a double boiler or a rack (e.g. from a pressure cooker) for the steaming you can put mason jar rings on the bottom of a big pot.
Elastic bands on the tin foil keep it on during steaming; take the elastics and foil off before baking.
On the recipe, the blue ink is the double batch notes. For the packages of dates/cherries/figs- it's up to the baker's preference how much of these you use but I assumed a package was about 2 cups.
Legend of Moccasin Hollow
The year is 1747. It’s winter. It’s cold.
Colonel Noble and his troops from Massachusetts have come up from America to help protect their land in Grand Pre. Being in the middle of the winter, the troops were being billeted in homes in the area, and felt secure that with severe weather, there would be no way they would be in danger.
Nicolas-Antoine Coulon de Villier was assigned to carry out a preemptive strike against the British. The French Canadian force totaled six hundred troops, who were divided into ten divisions, each consisting of twenty-eight Canadians with an accompaniment of Natives.
At two in the morning, on February 11, 1747, the French army advanced through snow that had been falling for thirty hours, so that in certain areas, it was four feet deep. A raging storm of unusual severity had taken the night. It was so stormy that many of the New Englander troops were convinced that attack was impossible, thus stopped actively watching. It was three o’clock in the morning when the French army reached assault position. Owing to the thick falling snow, they were unseen until close upon the New England sentries. Despite the storm, their Acadian guides led the French Canadian army to the houses where the English troops were posted.
In the ensuing fight, 70 of Colonel Noble’s men fell, including Noble himself. It is rumoured that having been surprised in his bed, Noble was up and fighting in his nightshirt!
By morning, the British had surrendered, on the grounds that they would be allowed to return to Port Royal, or Annapolis Royal. And so they began the long trek back through the winter, having been badly defeated.
This is where our Kentville connection starts. The old road to Port Royal went right through Kentville and modern day Coldbrook. It was on this path that our tired and beaten soldiers were hit with a surprise attack by 240 French Canadians and 60 Natives. Despite being tired, the English fiercely defended themselves and killed all 300 of their attackers. These dead men were left there in the trench, known as Moccasin Hollow.
Today, we also call this place – located behind present day Bonavista Estates – Golden Hallow, Blood Run, Bloody Gully, Bloody Hollow or the War Hole. You ask some of the locals and they will tell you that the boys of the area would never head there at nighttime. They were too frightened of the area’s history, and had visions of old Frenchmen becoming tired of their accommodations in the trench and rising from it to wander around. One former resident of the area said it was common on certain nights to see lights in the Hollow and hear the sounds of fighting.
Is this tale of Moccasin Hollow fact or fiction? Myth and folklore? A tale of an actual skirmish? We’ll let you be the judge of that! Source: Ed Coleman
White Blouses Needed for KCA
KCA has a fantastic music and band program thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Rhodenizer, Mrs.Simpson, and Mr. Nelson. Also contributing to the success of these programs is the tremendous support provided by the Band Parents' Association.
There is also an active elementary school choir for grades 4 to 6.
To help outfit these children in their choir uniforms, especially those families in need, white button-up shirts/blouses are needed.
If you have any white shirts, especially in the bigger sizes (12-14) for both boys and girls, please consider donating them to KCA. Just leave at the main office tagged for the music department.
Get Your Christmas Tree from Rocky Mountain Upick and Help Support KCA PTA When: Weekends: Nov.28/29 & Dec.5&6, 12&13, 19&20 Where: 921 English Mountain Road, Kentville
From the 101 Highway take exit 13 and go towards New Ross. At the flashing light (by the old Irving) make a left onto English Mountain Road and drive for 1.5km & the U-pick is on the left
For each tree sold to a family from Kentville School $5 will be donated to the PTA!
Bring your family and create a new Christmas tradition!
Select your Fresh Christmas tree from over 20 acres of Fir Trees.
Pets are welcome.
Free kids trees! Sleds also available for use!
Join us for Free Candy canes and warm up by the
fire with a hot chocolate in the ‘Candy Cane’ shack
Arts and Culture
CentreStage Presents:The Importance of Being Uncle Roscoe A Holiday Comedy by Pat Cook
December 4, 5, 6m, 11, 12
Showtime 8pm; 2pm matinée on November 22 and December 6
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 902-678-8040)
It's almost Christmas - the season to be jolly - but things are going downhill fast at the Kendall's! Carl's been fired, the budget won't stretch far enough to cover gifts for everyone and Uncle Roscoe's due to arrive any day for a visit. As a matter of fact, a reasonable facsimile of Uncle has arrived, a bit prematurely, and brought his friend Kenny! Oh-oh! A thoroughly contemporary holiday celebration, warmly, wryly humorous and brimming with the love of living! The best for any season!
The play is written by Pat Cook and directed by Chérie Zinck.
Cast in order of appearance: Junie Hutchinson, Katie Goddard, Alan Tupper, Bob Cook, Erin McLearn, Noah Holleman, Kevin Pearle, Susan Monro, Nancy Henry, Bryen Stoddard, Beth Irvine, Richard Richard
Phone 902-678-8040 for reservations
Question:Why can't the public park at the old Harvey's restaurant? It is sitting empty and it would be nice to have the extra parking!
Answer: The old Harvey's is a privately owned property. Opening it to the public or not is ultimately the decision of the property owner, and in many cases property owners don't do this because of liability. The Town can, and has in some cases in the past, entered into lease agreements with private property owners to make private property available for public use.
In cases where the Town leases private property for public use there can be significant costs to the Town associated with procuring the property, ongoing maintenance of the property like snow removal, liability insurance and other considerations like lighting, signage etc.
There are no plans at the current time for the Town to negotiate for this particular property, however if approached by the property owner this option could be explored.
Do you have a photo of Kentville you would like to share? Send it to us and we will publish it in an upcoming newsletter!
From the Kentville Town Council
Shop Kentville to Win!
Shop in Kentville this holiday season and you might just WIN BIG!
Over 25 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 20th and December 22nd and fill out a ballot to win at participating shops, stores, salons, and eateries. Shop local, support small business, and get a chance to win all at once!
Visit one or all of the following businesses and fill out a ballot for your chance to win the awesome prize package put together by our Kentville Merchants which is valued at over $2500.00!
Shop to win is proudly sponsored by the Kentville Merchants Group, the Town of Kentville, and AVR/Magic! Find out more
Planning and Development wants to share your input!
The Town wants to share the community’s input, thus far, on the Planning documents and Land Use Bylaw after months of open committee meetings; on line and visual surveys; visioning and branding exercises.
Staff will hold a public information session January 11, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM. Find out more
Town Council Meeting
The next Kentville Town Council meeting will be on Monday, November 30 at 1:30pm in Council Chambers. These meetings are open to the public.
Chester Avenue Project
The Town is gearing up to start work on a 2.9 million dollar Chester Avenue Upgrade Project. Interested parties who want to keep an eye on the work being done, timelines and project details can log onto http://www.chesteravenue.com/ to stay in the know!
The Chester Avenue upgrade, with an estimated cost of $2.9 million over two years, was recently approved for New Build Canada Fund dollars. The three levels of government will split the bill for the project. Read more.
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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