Sherrie LeBlanc of Aylesford, left, along with Berwick residents Linda Morse, Natasha Melanson and Nichole Lutz and Kingston’s Julie Fowler took a run wearing tutus in Berwick recently. The women had read an article published in Self Magazine about a cancer survivor who was mocked for wearing a tutu during a marathon. The women decided to join other people across Canada who were running wearing tutus in support of the cancer survivor recently. - Submitted
Local musician and former teacher of many Port Williams youth who attended Horton District High School in the sixties and seventies, octogenarian Hugh Sweeney entertained the public at a recent yard sale at the Seaport Centre.
The yard sales have been a regular Saturday and Sunday morning event in the village. The yard sales support local community organizations and collect food and monetary donations for the food bank to the tune almost $1,000 so far.
A Candlelight Dessert Party will be held on April 25 at 7 p.m.
Come and meet Aimee Cormier, Princess Port Williams 2014, and bid farewell to Emily Miller, Princess Port Williams 2013.
Port Williams Soccer registration will be held online between April 12-26 from the village website, portwilliams.com. For those unable to register online, there will be a one-time, in-person registration night on April 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the community centre. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Programs can only be offered if volunteer coaching staff is available.
Matt Balsor and Friends will be live in concert on April 27 at Horton. The concert starts at 7 p.m., doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $12. Tickets will be available at the door as well as Valley Credit Union Hantsport and New Minas for this Horton Safe Grad fundraiser.
Kings District R.C.M.P. arrested 23-year-old Robin Lee Spidle April 19 on warrants stemming from charges dating from 2012.
Spidle faces several charges, including three counts of failing to comply with release conditions, failing to attend court as directed, two charges of luring a child, an uttering of a threat and criminal harassment.
Spidle was observed by an off-duty R.C.M.P. officer in New Minas on April 19 around 1:30 p.m., while shopping. The off-duty officer quickly summoned uniform R.C.M.P. and identified Spidle. He was arrested on the warrants and was remanded in to custody.
Spidle appeared in court April 22 and was released on conditions to appear in Kentville provincial court on May 12.
A teacher from Port Williams Elementary School is being honoured this week as the province celebrated Education Week.
Cathy Reimer was among 23 educators and four partners who were presented with Education Week Awards from Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and Education Minister Karen Casey.
"Today we recognize the exemplary efforts of Nova Scotia's educators, and all those who work in partnership to ensure a prosperous future for the next generation of Nova Scotians," said Lt.-Gov. Grant.
Recipients are being recognized for encouraging students to be active in their communities and recognize the influential role they can have.
Reimer, a Grade 2/3 teacher, has a passion for the rights and freedoms of all citizens, and she is committed to helping her students and colleagues develop awareness of social justice, equity, cultural diversity, inclusion, global perspectives, human rights, and citizenship. She encourages students to do their best and empowers them to succeed, no matter their circumstances or background.
"It takes all of us to build community; everyone has a role to play," she said.
Her classroom is truly democratic; every few weeks, the class has elections for Prime Minister, enabling every student to experience leadership. Students rotate through different roles and responsibilities just like a government. Everyone gets a chance to contribute and make a positive difference. During municipal, federal, or provincial elections, she teaches students about voting, democracy, and citizenship. The class participates in Student Vote and learns about the political process. She brings in candidates to speak, and encourages students to ask questions.…
The Central Kings girls and boys both got the best of their counterparts from Horton as the Valley High School Rugby League kicked off the 2014 season April 15 at Acadia.
On a windy day that had a real impact on the play on the turf at Raymond Field, the CK and Horton girls took the field first.
Halftime saw the score tied at five apiece, with Rachel MacAlpine scoring for Horton, playing with the wind, and Dixie Tufts replying for the Gators.
After the intermission, Central Kings, with the wind, behind them, took full advantage, scoring two tries to upset the Griffins 15-5.
“It looks like this is going to be a fun season,” said Keisha Kane, a rookie playing her first-ever game of competitive rugby. Kane had both second half tries for CK.
“She was a real beast out there,” said her coach, Kyla Gillis.
Seeing the CK girls beat Horton was quite unusual, said Gillis, a Horton graduate.
“I don’t think the CK girls have ever beaten Horton before. When I was at Horton, we used to beat them by around 100 points,” Gillis said.
“(It was) definitely our best game in a long time. The rookies stepped up, and our senior leaders played the game of their lives.”
Horton coach Dave Galloway said he felt the Gators “played well” and deserved the victory.
“Some of my players might look at this as an upset, but I really don’t. Central Kings had a pretty good team last…
Congratulations to Aliah Schwartz, daughter of Chris O’Neill and Ken Schwartz, Canning, homeschooled, who was accepted into Concordia University at age 17.
Congratulations to Princess Canning 2014 Kristen Bennett, Canning and child attendant Hannah Lewis, Scott’s Bay. Both were presented with a crown, sash and gift from the village during the annual Princess Tea April 7 at the Lions Hall.
Princess Canning 2013, Amanda Rehberg, has accepted the position of cultural director with the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.
Jerry’s weather: March was the coldest March in 31 years of recordkeeping with a mean temperature of –2.8° Celsius. Temperatures ranged from high 7.3°C on March 29 to a low of -18.5°C on March 4. Precipitation 161.7 millimetres; 152 per cent of normal, the fourth wettest since 1984. Rainfall was 127.2 mm and snowfall was 34.5 cm. Notable precipitation of 51.5 mm of rain and freezing rain occurred March 13; strong north winds and 15.8 cm of snow on March 26 and 53 mm of rain and freezing rain March 30-31.
At Ross Creek Centre for the Arts April 12-13, military personnel and volunteers framed walls, floors and roofs for 10 cabins. Unbelievable! What an honour to have these Canadians from across our country give their team effort and hard work to Ross Creek. Thanks to CFB Greenwood, 14 Wing, Canadian Forces and volunteers, said Chris O'Neill.
The Canning Legion is the site for a retirement party for Dianne Russell April 26, 9 p.m. Music by Bev. Best wishes only.
While Kings County council is to be commended for holding the line on property tax rates for the fifth straight year, tax bills will likely be higher for most residents.
Although the rates won’t increase, chances are that your assessed property value will, meaning you’ll pay more property tax. The County of Kings expects municipal coffers will be $890,000 richer this fiscal year because of assessment increases and growth.
It would have been a difficult pill for many ratepayers to swallow if council had increased the tax rates, considering that the municipality will bring in nearly $1 million more this fiscal year as it stands.
Is Kings County council living within its financial means? Yes, if you consider keeping spending increases within the assessment increase living within your means and if you consider spending nearly $1 million more this year because you can do so without raising tax rates.
To show true fiscal restraint, council could keep spending levels to the same amounts as the previous fiscal year, except for increases that would occur beyond council’s control due of inflation, as dictated by the Consumer Price Index.
In this scenario, they might be able to reduce tax rates, not simply hold the line, because they’d still have the assessment increase to count on. However, we recognize that the assessment increase would have to be greater than the rate of general inflation to realize this vision. If such a vision could be realized, there might be a significant operating surplus at…
Lovers of land and sea visuals will appreciate the art exhibit at the Bread Gallery this spring.
Windsor artist Greg Dickie’s work will be on display at the Brooklyn-based gallery from April 11 to May 25.
“It is evident in Greg's work that he has a thorough understanding of the medium; it is because of this comprehension that he is able to achieve considerable detail with minimal brush strokes,” says Tacha Reed, president of the Hants County Arts Council.
The longtime painter was first inspired to pick up a brush in 1969. He was taking in an art exhibit featuring the work of the famed Group of Seven when Arthur Lismer’s Rain in the North Country and Tom Thomson’s Moonlightstole his attention.
“I saw the two of those and I stared at them for I don’t know how long. They were absolutely beautiful,” recalled Dickie.
“I wondered if I could do that.”
He completed his first work of art, a watercolour painting, that same year.
“I paint almost exclusively in oils now but I’m dabbling in acrylics, you could say.”
The self-taught painter found early mentors in two of Windsor’s most accomplished artists, Don Scott and Dr. Garth Vaughan.
“They both were very encouraging to me and Garth, in particular, gave me a lot of assistance, advice, and books,” he said.
A native of Digby, Dickie is most inspired by marine settings and landscapes typical of small fishing villages. He loves to create original paintings of lakes, streams, boats and wilderness…