March 17, 2015

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Keeping Kentville Connected

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Keeping Kentville Connected

HMCS Kentville
The HMCS Kentville was a Bangor-class minesweeper that served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II.
The Kentville was assigned to Sydney, Nova Scotia as a coastal escort vessel, escorting coastal convoys in Atlantic Canada. During the course of her duties, she rescued the freighter Imperial Monarch in distress from heavy weather and the tug Foundation Franklin. Kentville saw enemy action in January, 1945 when she defended her convoy against submarine attacks which sank two merchant ships. During the war her crew often took leave in her namesake town of Kentville, Nova Scotia. (Source: Wikipedia)
Today her bell is preserved at the Kings County Museum in Kentville. If you go to the museum, you can see this bell at the main entrance of the museum.

What's Happening in Town?

Event Highlights! 
1. A Murder is Announced - an Agatha Christie show playing at CentreStage Theatre.
2. St. Patrick's Day live entertainment at Paddy's Pub in Kentville on March 17.
3. March Break Adventure Day with Kentville Rec on Thursday, March 19
4. Scrapbooking Fundraiser for Camp Brigadoon at the Lion's Hall on March 28
5. Wings of Wellington indoor flying at the Kentville soccer dome on March 28

Find out about what is happening in Kentville by visiting these websites:

In the News
Kentville Skatepark design firm selected: Town council has approved Newline Skateparks as the designers of the new cast-in-place concrete skatepark development in the west end of Kentville. Read more.

Kentville looking at taking over stewardship of ravine: The Town of Kentville is consideirng taking over stewardship of the 118-acre Kentville Ravine from the federal department of agriculture. Read more.

Kentville to get a new bridge: Kentville’s Cornwallis River bridge is to be replaced for safety reasons. Read more.

In the Community
Congratulations to Kentville resident Anthony Bennett who won $15,000 in a Majesta Contest! Read more!

Kentville chooses its first Recreation Champion! Congratulations to KCA Grade 4 teacher Rosslyn Gillan who was the inaugural winner!
“We’ve decided that we want to honour and thank those in our community who have recognized the value of recreation, and who bring recreation opportunities to people in our town," says Gillian Yorke from the Recreation Department. Read more.

If your children want to recreate the day Ms. Gillan organized at home we've got a lot of fun winter items (snow shoes, kick sleds and igloo molds) for you to borrow from Kentville Recreation!

Recreation News
March Break Adventure Day: March 19, 2015
Looking for a little adventure, but don’t want to commit to an entire week? The Town of Kentville has the solution for you! We’re offering a one-day March Break Adventure Day for children in grades P-6, where they will spend the day outdoors exploring the Ravine and Miners Marsh. Find out more and sign up.

Try Pickleball!  For Adults
Monday,March 23 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Location: Kings County Academy, 35 Gary Pearl Drive
Cost: $2 per night
Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Pickleball is a fast-growing sport that is fun for the entire family.
According to the US Pickleball Association, the name came from a family dog named Pickles who would chase after balls and then hide them in the bushes.
There are no bushes to worry about in the KCA gym, so come try it out.
For info, please contact:
Brenda MacDonald

Outdoor Skating! Join us for free public outdoor skates, any day of the week at the Frog Pond (located just off of West Main Street behind the Indoor Soccer Facility) this Winter! We will be monitoring the pond and keeping you informed about the condition of the ice so look for the frog signs and come join us!

View our Skating Schedule: It includes many free skates and parent/tot skate times. Choose the best one for your schedule and spend some great ice time with the family!

Kentville Recreation is Hiring! There are two jobs posted: one for a summer recreation intern and one for a pool director. Find out more here.

Arts and Culture
A Murder is Announced at CentreStage Theatre
An Agatha Christie mystery adapted by Leslie Darbon
February 27, 28, March 6, 7, 8m, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22m, 27, 28
Showtime 8pm; 2pm matinee on March 8 and 22
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 902-678-8040)

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place of a murder to occur. When the victim falls, Miss Marple is on hand to provide the final solution to the mystery. 

The Annual Dinner Theatre Fundraiser for CentreStage Theatre

Join us for a four-course meal and an evening of entertainment April 17, 18, 19 at 6pm
Tickets $50 ($25 tax receipt)

Come and enjoy the fun when a meeting of the Temperance Society goes “awry” (or rum-te-tum) in the musical Temperance in a Teacup. The Temperance meetings will be held on April 17, 18 and 19th in the Temperance Hall in Upper Performance Centre. The hall will open its doors at 6: 15 and the meeting will begin at 6:30 with appetizers.
The evening will include a roast beef four course dinner with a (shhhhhhh) cash beer/wine bar. You may attend the Temperance meeting for a contribution of $50 and you will receive a $25 tax receipt.

Call Lana Churchill, 902-542-2186, for more information or to reserve tickets for the Temperance meeting. Reservations can also be made at 902-678-8040. If attending the present play, they can be obtained from Front of House at intermission.
Come and join us for a “cuppa” in April!

Citizen Question
Question: Does the Town of Kentville plow Miner's Marsh for walking in the winter?

Answer: We do, when at all possible, groom the trails including Miner's Marsh. Though Miner's Marsh has a unique problem when it comes to grooming, simply put- our groomer is too wide to go across the bridge so Parks and Rec staff have to take it down a steep embankment and subsequently, they have to be able to take it back up. This winter has been an exceptional one and we got too much snow too quickly to be able to groom the trails regularly. The last time we groomed Miner's Marsh was mid-February, and our gear got stuck. Until the snow melts a bit and we’re able to safely get the gear (and the crew) into and out of the Marsh we’re relying on people who have been snowshoeing or cross country skiing to pack down a trail for those who choose to walk.

KCA School News
Primary Registration is open!
Do you know a child who will be starting school this September? Please let KCA know as soon as possible! More information.

Gr. 8 Parent Meeting at NKEC - Tuesday, March 24
This is an information meeting for parents of students entering grade 9 at Northeast Kings in September.  The meeting starts at 6:30 pm.

Kentville Businesses!
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Here's a note from the designer, Raina Noel:
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Located in Kentville, Windrose Design can help meet all your graphic  and website needs!
Check them out today!

Your Town Council
The Next Council Advisory Committee will be held on Monday, March 9 at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers. It is open to the public.

Recognizing Kentville's Volunteers!
The Town of Kentville would like to honour its area Volunteers at the Kentville Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 2nd 2015. We are inviting our community to nominate a volunteer who has exhibited exceptional volunteerism to be recognized at the Awards Ceremony in April.
To nominate someone, please contact Gillian Yorke in the Recreation Department.
DEADLINE: March 27

Message from the Water Commission:
The Kentville Water Commission would like to advise its customers that due to the amount of snow experienced recently, meter readings planned for the month of March, our fiscal year end, will now be estimated instead of collected in the field. Usually we manually read your meter in September and March with estimated values, based on past consumption, in June and December. Manual readings will take place this June and therefore bills based on accurate consumptions to date will be forwarded at that time. We will do our best to estimate usage based on previous years. Should you wish to take the meter reading yourself and forward the same you may call 902-679-2507, or e-mail

Effective December 1, 2014 and until April 15, 2015
Regulations made by the Traffic Authority for the Town of Kentville Pursuant to Section 202(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act R.S.N.S., 1990, Chapter 293

No person shall park upon any highway or street, in the Town of Kentville, between the hours of one o’clock in the forenoon and the hour of seven o’clock in the forenoon of the same day;
No owner or driver or person having control or custody of any vehicle shall park the vehicle if it is unattended by a person authorized to move or capable of operating the same, upon any highway or street in the Town of Kentville, in such a manner as to hinder, inconvenience or prevent the proper removal of snow or ice from such highway or street.
No owner or driver or person having control of any vehicle shall, during the period from one hour after any snow storm has commenced to two hours after such snow storm has stopped, park the vehicle if it is unattended by a person authorized to move and capable of operating the same, upon any highway or street of the Town of Kentville.

The provisions of Subsection 2 shall not apply to emergency vehicles.
It shall be an offence for any person to fail to comply with these regulations and such person will be liable to a penalty provided by Section 292 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

OBSTRUCTION DURING SNOW REMOVAL OPERATIONS - 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 flet 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.

Group photo of Kentville Committee Members
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