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January 19, 2016

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Rebranding Kentville
The Kentville Branding Team has started phase 2 of the work needed to complete the Kentville Branding Project.  The team, which is working with branding consultants from Revolve Branding, had their first session on January 5th.  An 8 week timeline has been laid out to complete the project that saw completion of phase 1 in 2015
What's Happening in Kentville

Check out these websites to find out what is happening in the area!
Top 5 Events Happening in Kentville!
1. Kentville Cash Mob at Home Hardware, January 29
2. Not Now Darling, A farce at CentreStage Theatre
3. Art Show and Tea, January 30 at St. James Anglican Church
4. Adventure Club and sports nights at Kentville Baptist and Kid Slam at the Salvation Army
5. Open gym time for youth at the soccer dome
In the News
Cornwallis Inn Sold
The HarbourEdge Mortgage Investment Corp. won a two-party bidding war held in Kentville’s Justice Centre Dec. 8 to formally assume ownership of the Cornwallis Inn.
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Snow Clearance in Kentville
How does snow clearance in downtown Kentville work?
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Kentville Council Addresses Needs
Kentville council met recently and discussed the need to find a more effective means of addressing the concerns of businesses in the downtown area.
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Kentville residents raise concerns about proposed floodplain labels
Mayor Dave Corkum addressed the audience at a packed public input session the Town of Kentville hosted in relation to proposed changes to the Municipal Planning Strategy, land-use bylaw and subdivision bylaw on January 13.

Bev Gentleman, planning director for the Town of Kentville,stressed that the proposed amendments do not represent or indicate a zoning change.
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Input for the new Kentville Library
There was no shortage of ideas and a lot of conversation was generated when the public was asked to give input on what they’d like to see in a new library on a recent meeting held on January 10, 2016.
Read more.

No location for the new library has been decided yet. Read more.

In the Community
2nd Kentville Cash Mob: January 29, 12-1
We each do a little. We all do a whole lot.
You are invited to participate in the Valley’s second cash mob to help support our local businesses.

On Friday, January 29th at 12 noon, join others at the Kings County Home Hardware in Kentville to spend a minimum of $10.
For every $10 spent (before taxes) customers will receive a $5 gift card towards a future in-house purchase!

Refreshments will be provided by the Town of Kentville.
According to the Cash Mob site (, Cash Mobs are flash mobs, but instead of singing and dancing we spend money as a group! We target the small, local businesses that make each community special in order to give the business owners an economic stimulus.  We help businesses grow, we make people happy, we get stuff for ourselves, and we have a great time.
To learn more about Kentville Cash Mobs and the location of the event, join the KENTVILLE CASH MOBS FACEBOOK GROUP or email
Please help spread the word, and make a difference to our local economy.
Kentville home prepped for incoming refugee family
A spacious house has been secured in a residential neighbourhood near Kings County Academy, the rooms are furnished and the dressers are packed with clothes for both the parents and their six children, ranging in age from three to 13.
This family will arrive any day now!
GET INVOLVED In Building Kentville's Future

Call for Expressions of Interest

The Kentville Development Corporation Limited is a proactive, private sector based business development organization committed to support, promote and grow the Kentville business community.

KDCL is recruiting volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of team leaders with skills and experience in areas of business, finance, industry, economic development and human resources.

The KDCL Board plays a key role in supporting Kentville businesses, investment and business attraction efforts and building strong strategic relationships.

Click here for further details: KDCL Board Member Information

Closing date for receipt of applications is noon, January 29, 2016
(Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have demonstrated commitment or investment in the town or region, and must not be a provincial or municipal government employee or an elected official.)

For More Information Please Contact
JD MacCulloch, CEO
Kings County Family Resource Centre Winter Programs
We have programs for children, parents/guardians, adults, and parent-child interactive programs. All our programs are free! Hopefully you and your family will visit with us soon. We look forward to meeting you!

Visit our website for detailed program descriptions, or give us a call!
Phone: 902-678-5760

Unless otherwise indicated, most programs take place at our home-place: 503A Main Street, Kentville

Toddler Tonics
9:30 - 10:30 am

Open Drop In
9:30 - 10:30 am

Let’s Get Up and Move
10:30 - 11:30 am

Child Care
9:30 - 11:30 am

Tumble Bugs
9:30 - 10:30 am
Location: Louis Millet Centre, New Minas

Fun with Food
9:30 - 11:00 am
Location: Louis Millet Centre, New Minas

Preschool Program A
12:30 - 2:30 pm

Parent Club
12:30 - 2:30 pm

Child Care
12:30 - 2:30 pm

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Louis Millet Centre, New Minas

Preschool Program B
9:30 - 11:30 am

Parent Club
9:30 - 11:30 am

County Crafters
9:30 - 11:30 am

Child Care
9:30 - 11:30 am


Tumble Bugs
9:30 - 10:30 am

Baby and Me
10:00 - 11:30 am

Play Group Plus
10:00 - 11:30 am

Child Care
9:30 - 11:30 am

Toddler Rhyme Time
10:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Louis Millet Centre, New Minas

Tots N Tales
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Preschool Program A
12:30 - 2:30 pm

Parent Club
12:30 - 2:30 pm

Child Care
12:30 - 2:30 pm

Preschool Program B
9:30 - 11:30 am

Parent Club
9:30 - 11:30 am

Child Care
9:30 - 11:30 pm

Let’s Get Messy!
9:30 - 10:30 am
Location: Louis Millet Centre, New Minas

1:00 - 1:30 pm (0-18 months)
1:45 - 2:15 pm (over 18 months)
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Playful Pals Playgroups

Wolfville Rec. Centre
9:30 - 11:30 am
7 Victoria Ave. Wolfville

Waterville Fire Hall
9:30 - 11:30 am
1415 County Home Road, Cambridge

New Beginnings Church
9:30 - 11:30 am
1151 Bridge Street, Greenwood

SHAFT: Super Happy Active Family-fun Time
Kentville Soccer Dome
Every Saturday until March 12, 2016
10 am to 12 noon

Recreation News
Winter Recreation Activities in Kentville
From seniors’ card parties to social activities for moms, there are more than 100 additional recreation opportunities in Kentville that we could not fit into this guide, so please contact us if there is something you are interested in that you cannot find here; such as carpet bowling, Tai Chi, art classes, martial arts, evening snowshoe meet-ups, and much more.
For detailed information about recreation in the Town of Kentville, visit our website at

More programs and events can also be found online at,, Annapolis, and our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Parks and Recreation Contact Information

General Inquiries
Gillian Yorke
Phone: (902) 679-2539

Community Engagement Coordinator
André Bouchard
Phone: (902) 679-3998

Facilities Manager
Kevin Bennett
Phone: (902) 679-2533 or (902) 682-6407

Director of Parks and Recreation
Rachel Bedingfield
Phone: (902) 679-2541

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TownofKentvile and Facebook
Free Winter Equipment Loans
We can help you pass those winter days and have fun at the same time! Borrow our skates at the arena, our snowshoes, or our kick sleds from Town Hall and you’re bound to have a great time exploring in the snow! Contact Gillian for more information on (902) 679-2539 or

Outdoor Skating
Dennison (Frog) Pond off West Main Street at Memorial Park
Watch for the green signs indicating that the ice is thick enough for ice skating and shinny.
Kentville Recreation Centre Rentals
The Recreation Centre is available to rent year round. Two separate levels offer large open spaces appropriate for banquets, meetings, parties, dance, fitness classes and all kinds of other group activities. Upstairs includes a full kitchen, and downstairs is fully accessible.
To book the Rec. Centre contact Gillian Yorke at (902) 679-2539 or email

Kentville Indoor Walking Club and Parent & Tot Activity Time
Visit the Indoor Soccer facility on Park Street from November through April for safe (and climate
friendly) activity! Walk, run, or bring the kids for free play time.
Mon, Wed & Fri  10:00 - 11:00 am – FREE
Tues & Thurs 10:00 - 11:00 am - $2 drop in fee

Pickleball at Kings County Academy
Every Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. For ages 16 to 106+. Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Equipment is available, or bring your own paddle. $2 drop-in fee
Older Adult Fitness
Join Suzi Fevens for a fun, low impact cardio class designed for older participants or those wishing to have lower intensity workouts.
Tuesdays & Thursdays : 10:30-11:30 am
Cost: $2/class
Location: Kentville Rec. Centre
Zumba® Gold
Join Suzi Fevens and dance your way to good health! This class is the same dance that has taken the world by storm for older adults or those wishing to workout at a lower intensity level.
Fridays: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Cost: $2/class
Location: Kentville Rec. Centre

Free Ice Skating
Kentville Centennial Arena
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Try Speed Skating
Kentville Centennial Arena
Wednesdays, for 8 weeks starting January 13
4:00 to 5:00 pm
For students in grades 6 to 12
Pre-registration required. Maximum 16 participants.
Email to register.
Equipment: Skates and skate guards will be provided by the Valley Speed Skating Club.
Participants will be fitted at the first session and wear the same pair each week.
Helmets and cut resistant gloves are required.
Youth Pick-Up Games & Social - Winter 2016
The Valley Sports & Events Centre (soccer dome)
Girls-only: January 11, 25, February 8, 29, March 21
Boys & Girls: January 18, February 1, 22, March 7
Ages 10 to 15: 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Ages 13 & up: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Drop-in for some pick-up field-sports stuff like touch/flag football, soccer, Ultimate, lacrosse, and more. Throw a ball around, or get an informal game going. All abilities welcome. No skill required. Beginners are encouraged. What you play is up to you. Just play!

Make your own Skateboard Deck
January 29-31, 2016
Friday: 6 to 9 pm - press your board
Saturday: 9 am to 12 noon - shape, smooth, drill, and varnish your deck
Sunday: 1 to 3 pm - varnish your deck again
Location: Kentville Recreation Centre, 348 Main Street
Cost: $50 for youth, $100 for adults
This is a woodworking program. It does not include trucks, wheels, bearings, etc.
Space is LIMITED.
For more information or to register, contact Kentville Parks & Recreation:
902-679-2539 or
Life After the Bell
A group for girls, 12- 15 years of age, that provides an opportunity to get out and be active after the school bell rings.

Each week the girls will embark on a mini-adventure that is active and interactive. The hope is to provide a fun and theme based time designed to give the young ladies a connection with positive role models and the message, “You are not alone”. We are targeting girls, 12-15 years of age, living in Kentville that are perceived to be “at risk”. The two main outcomes for the 10 week program is that girls would have a fun and  active time discovering who are the people in their community that they could turn to and ask for help. Consideration will also be given to those who don't have opportunities to get involved in recreational activities due to financial challenges.

Life After The Bell starts on Monday, February 8th.  The program will be each Monday from 4 to 5:30 pm.  The meeting location will be at the Portal Youth Centre @ 437 Main Street, Kentville. Activities will be carried out both indoors and outdoors using facilities in Kentville.  
Referral and registration can be carried out by contacting Amarilis Hatt at The Portal at 902-365-3773 or email
Red Ticket Ice Sale!

We’re having a Red Ticket ice sale in December and January! We’re slashing our prices on ice time that has not been booked (up to 48 hours before the allotted time).

To see all of the available ice times check out the arena schedule here and then contact our facility manager, Kevin Bennett, to book your time at the rink.

Prime Time 4:00pm-12:00am
Red Ticket Price $110.62/hour* (taxes included)

Non Prime Time 8:30am-4:00pm
Red Ticket Price $86.25/hour*  (taxes included)


Facility Manager Kevin Bennett, or phone 902-680-6407

Skating Passes
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!
Hike the Kentville Bird Sanctuary Trails
This great trail system links up with other trails in Coldbrook. Great for snowshoeing, hiking and biking!
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Kentville Business Profile
Need Some Tutoring Help? Contact Learning Bridges Tutoring with Jane Young

I am a graduate of Acadia University (Sociology) and the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (formerly known as the Agricultural College) with a diploma in Biology Laboratory Technology. I am very passionate about education and believe that everyone should receive the best educational opportunities they deserve. I look forward to learning and working with you through your journey in succeeding your goals!

"Jane has tutored a number of my students over the past few years and all of these students have been successful in their
course work. As I see it, the success of these students comes from three things. The first is Jane loves learning and shares that passion with the students. Secondly, Jane develops a close relationship with the students as she guides them through the learning process. And finally, Jane tutors in more than course material; she teaches students learning skills that they can use in other subjects and areas of life. I heartily recommend her services to anyone needing tutoring!"
~Alice V, college math instructor

Jane Crosland-Young
48 Brook Avenue
Kentville, NS
Phone; (902) 678-4242
Cell: (902) 698-0153

Kentville Cooks
Each edition we will feature a different Kentville resident with a favourite recipe. Would you like to be featured? Email us!

Kim Vaughan has lived in the Town of Kentville for 18 years.  "I love the convenience of being so close to everything but privacy where I live," she says.

Kim works at Acadia University and volunteers in the community which keeps her very busy.

This is her favorite 'quick' recipe that looks great.

Cream Cheese Tarts
2 boxes of frozen tart shells (small)
8ozs of cream cheese
1/4 cup of sugar
500ml of cool whip
Optional Garnish suggestions: cherries, strawberries, mint, chocolate shavings, etc.

Prepare tart shells as suggested on box.  In a separate bowl mix with mixer the cream cheese, sugar and cool whip.  When mixed, spoon into tart shells.  Serve immediately  or refrigerate. 
Historical Moment
The Nicklet: Theatre in Kentville
Al Clarke's achievements were numerous. In the early 1900s, Clarke, along with Fred Hiltz, pioneered the opening of a silent movie theatre, the Nicklet, on the third floor of the Hiltz block (now the location of the White Family Funeral Home). The reason the theatre was called the Nicklet was that it only cost a nickel to go! Al Clarke was the founder of Kentville's "first motion picture house" but it is also believed that his movie theatre was the first in this region.
The theatre predominantly showed silent films. Clarke and Hiltz added a stage to the original Nicklet and produced theatrical shows including many American-based productions that first played in Halifax before coming to Kentville. For decades, Clarke also produced musical variety shows throughout Kings County using local musicians and singers. These were extremely popular. During WWII, Clarke organized amateur groups and presented shows throughout the entire Valley, raising large amounts for the Red Cross.

Later, around 1910, Clarke moved the theatre to a new building on Main Street, and the Nicklet eventually became the Empire Theatre, the space now occupied by Reid Jewellers.

Then, in 1923, along came Mr. Spencer of New Brunswick who wanted to buy the theatre. Clarke refused to sell it to him. So, apparently, Spencer hired workers and carpenters and pretended to build his own theatre on a vacant lot across the street. Well, this convinced Clarke and Hiltz to sell for fear that they might lose everything to the competitors. After this, the theatre became Empire Theatres.
The Capitol theatre was later built down the road, but burnt in 1948. It was then rebuilt in 1951 where it was then known as the Paramount Theatre – which operated as a movie theatre until the 1990s. It is now home to the Vineyard church and a transition house.
Sources: Ed Coleman
Historic Kentville, by Louis Comeau
Citizen Concerns
Question: What is the process for clearing the snow off the streets of Kentville?
ANSWER: Kentville has a snow clearing plan that prioritizes main roads and thoroughfares.  During heavy snowfalls Town Crews work around the clock to keep roads clear of snow and ice.

Question: How come we sometimes see big piles of snow in "parking spots"?
ANSWER: Something somewhat unique to Kentville is that Town Crews pile snow so that it can be fully removed from downtown.  Other communities use a technique called "shelving" where snow banks are left lining streets.  This can be problematic for sidewalks as snow melts and refreezes as ice, and leaves a barrier between sidewalks and parking spaces along the streets.  Kentville removes all the snow from downtown to keep streets and sidewalks as clean as possible for pedestrians.

Question: Do they wait until the streets are empty to remove it? 
ANSWER: Crews typically try to remove snow piles outside of peak traffic hours to limit the disruption in the downtown core.

Question: What is the process?
ANSWER: Snow is cleared from main roads and streets first, residential areas are cleared next.  In Downtown, snow is piled until weather has ended, and is then placed in trucks and removed altogether.

KCA News
School Travel Planning gets a boost with a $2000 grant from the Central Kings Community Health Board
Children know that using active transportation to and from school is part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s good for the environment, and it makes them feel happier.
So why don't more children walk or bike to school?
The reasons are complex. Time, safety, distance, infrastructure, weather, family structure, and lifestyle are just a few.
School Travel Planning uses a comprehensive community-based approach to address the travel-related issues around our school. It involves many important stakeholders from our community: students, parents, teachers, traffic engineers, police, Public Health, recreation, and more.

Our goals are to:
• Increase students’ physical activity and well-being; and
• Create safer streets for young pedestrians and cyclists.
For the 2015-16 school year, the KCA School Travel Planning committee has identified the following priorities for action:

Walk & Wheel Day events: There was amazing uptake with this last June, with nearly half of the school population taking part! There were so many bicycles that the racks were overflowing onto the fences and playground. Many children continued to walk or wheel to school in the days following the event.

Active & Safe Routes to School Map: Based on the Family Survey conducted last June, the map will show recommended Active Travel Routes, as well as alternative car drop-off locations, and meeting places in neighbourhoods where children could gather and then travel as Buddies to the school. Our goal is to complete this project by spring 2016, so that it can be given to new KCA families at Primary Orientation. The completed maps will be distributed to all families mid-September 2016.

Encourage Active Travel part-way with car drop-off spots a distance from the school. Key locations will be identified where parents can drop off their children and have them walk the rest of the way to KCA.

Signage: We will develop a plan for signage at the recommended drop-off locations, as well as along some of the routes in the Active & Safe Routes to School Map.

Increase parents’ awareness of the benefits of Active Travel: We will look for opportunities to share with parents the benefits of children walking and wheeling to school, even part-way. Parents tell us they don’t have enough time in the morning, or that it’s more convenient to drop off their child on the way to work. Managing time to allow for the walk or bike ride to school will become a habit that leads to children arriving more calm, alert, and ready to learn.

For more information about School Travel Planning at Kings County Academy, contact:
Mike Ouellette, Principal
Kings County Academy
Andre Bouchard, Community Engagement Coordinator
Kentville Parks & Recreation

Arts and Culture

CentreStage Theatre presents: Not Now, Darling
A farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:30pm
January 8 to February 13
Sundays @ 2:00pm
January 24, 31 and February 7
Tickets $15/$12 (Call 902-678-8040)

The scene is the exclusive fur salon of Bodley and Crouch, where Crouch (the well-meaning innocent) struggles to keep things on an even keel despite the energetic philandering of his partner. At the moment, Bodley is trying to secure the affections of his latest would-be mistress by "selling" her husband an expensive mink fur coat for a fraction of its real worth, and the stammering Crouch is saddled with the task of consummating the sale with a straight face. But, as luck would have it, the husband seizes the bargain coat as the perfect gift for his own mistress—whereupon the complications burgeon uproariously, with poor Crouch caught in the middle.

More information
Photos From You
Fully stocked and waiting for readers! Come visit the wee library at its Winter home in our Recreation department.

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
Effective  December 01,2015 and until April 15,2016 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 hours of one am (01:00) and seven am (07:00) of the same day:
No owner or driver or person having control or custody of an 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 or capable of operating the same, upon any highway or street in 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 resolutions and such person will be liable to a penalty provided by Section 292 of the Motor Vehicle Act.
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 a minimum 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 fleet 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. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe Winter Season.

The Town of Kentville wishes to advise all builders and contractors that the Department of Engineering & Works will not issue street openings permits for sewer or water laterals to be installed between December 01, 2015 and April 15, 2016.
Council Advisory Committee Meeting
The next Kentville Town Council meeting will be on Monday, January 25 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers. These meetings are open to the public.

Town Council and CAC agendas and minutes can be found here.

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 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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