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‘Mayor for a Day’ has head shaved in Kentville council chambers


KENTVILLE - Nothing livens up a council meeting quite like a head shaving.

Ray Savage, chairman for the tenth annual Relay For Life in Kentville, exercised his right to act as the mayor of Kentville for one day April 25.

Chairing the town council meeting held that evening, Savage explained that he’s been waiting for the perfect opportunity to don Mayor Dave Corkum’s Chain of Office.

“This honour (was) bestowed to me through a silent auction,” Savage said.

Savage decided to use his time as mayor as an opportunity to promote the upcoming Relay For Life slated for June 18 at Memorial Park. And, if he was going to be mayor, he was prepared to look the part.

“My understanding is to be the mayor of Kentville you do have to have a bald head,” he joked, teasing Corkum.

The Town of Kentville donated $100 in support of Savage shaving his head for the Relay For Life, and Corkum added another $20. Kentville Barbershop owner Everett Dixon manned the clippers.

“If you need a hand, Everett, I’d be more than pleased,” quipped Corkum.

“I had an afro before I started going to Everett,” the mayor added.

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The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraising initiative is a cause that’s near and dear to Savage’s heart. The first week of May marks the 23rd anniversary of Savage’s own cancer diagnosis - Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

He was told his chances of survival were 30 per cent. He believes he’s still here because of the advances made in treating the disease.

If you go

The Relay For Life in Kentville will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight June 18 at Memorial Park.

Ray Savage, chairman for the tenth annual Relay For Life in Kentville, exercised his right to act as the mayor of Kentville for one day April 25.

Chairing the town council meeting held that evening, Savage explained that he’s been waiting for the perfect opportunity to don Mayor Dave Corkum’s Chain of Office.

“This honour (was) bestowed to me through a silent auction,” Savage said.

Savage decided to use his time as mayor as an opportunity to promote the upcoming Relay For Life slated for June 18 at Memorial Park. And, if he was going to be mayor, he was prepared to look the part.

“My understanding is to be the mayor of Kentville you do have to have a bald head,” he joked, teasing Corkum.

The Town of Kentville donated $100 in support of Savage shaving his head for the Relay For Life, and Corkum added another $20. Kentville Barbershop owner Everett Dixon manned the clippers.

“If you need a hand, Everett, I’d be more than pleased,” quipped Corkum.

“I had an afro before I started going to Everett,” the mayor added.

Click here to view a slideshow.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraising initiative is a cause that’s near and dear to Savage’s heart. The first week of May marks the 23rd anniversary of Savage’s own cancer diagnosis - Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

He was told his chances of survival were 30 per cent. He believes he’s still here because of the advances made in treating the disease.

If you go

The Relay For Life in Kentville will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight June 18 at Memorial Park.

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