Another Gem Restored

Our local expert antique radio hobbyist, Kevin Christopher has taken up a recent project of restoring an “Automatic” clock radio.

Acadia Robot Programming Updates

To view live streamed events, select image below.

Robots Help Students Prepare for Good Jobs

Visit http://new.livestream.com/ for photos and live streaming, as Acadia Robot Programming Competition get’ s underway.

Labour and Advanced Education

November 26, 2012

Students across the province are taking advantage of a fun, hands-on program with robots that strengthens their math and science skills to prepare them for good jobs of the future.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More today, Nov. 26, met with students, teachers and employers to announce the expansion of the Acadia University’s Robot Programming Competitions.

The competitions are for young students interested in subjects like math and science and help them develop project management skills through the use of robots and unique hands-on learning.

“We’ve never had such great opportunity before us here in Nova Scotia. In the past month alone the province announced close to 1,000 new jobs in the information technology, engineering and science fields,” said Ms. More. “These young students could fill these jobs, and this program gives them the training and skills they need to get started.”

Employers such as Michelin, Royal Bank and Eastlink are key supporters of the program.

“Our company’s strength is in innovation and development of our technical resources,” said Dennis Langille, senior project manager, Michelin Canada. “We’ve been proud supporters of First Lego League Robotics Competition at Acadia for the last ten years, as it allows middle school students to use science and innovation in a fun way. I know this will be the inspiration that will lead them to be our engineers and innovators at Michelin in the years ahead.”

Over 300 students and 200 adult coaches, mentors and competition volunteers have participated each year since 2007. The province is investing an additional $250,000 to support the competitions for the next five years.

“The language of robots is universal. All of my students, including those whose first language isn’t English are thriving in subjects like science and math because of the exciting way the learning is presented through the robots,” said Shelly Tulloch, a teacher at Bedford South School who has used the robots in the school with success. “It’s amazing to watch students get excited about learning basic curriculum in these important subjects.”

The junior high teams must design and program the robot to perform a series of challenging missions in two minutes and 30 seconds that involves sensing and moving objects while avoiding obstacles. The high school teams are faced with advanced tasks such as maze negotiation and object removal that must be completed in three to four minutes.

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Kenny’s Farm Market Saved by Local Fire Department

STORY BY JENNIFER HOGG-THE KINGS COUNTY ADVERTISER.
VIDEO FOOTAGE BY INNOVATIVE.

An overnight fire seriously damaged the back portion of the home of Kenny’s Farm Market owner in Wolfville.
Two people escaped a house fire in Wolfville early Nov. 25.

Wolfville fire Chief Kirk Fredericks said smoke alarms woke a man and a woman in time to leave the house at Kenny’s Farm Market at the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue.

The chief said the fire started in the porch at the back of home around 2:45 a.m., heavily damaging the kitchen and two upstairs bedrooms.

“We had to open up some of the walls and the ceiling to fight it,” he said. An overnight fire seriously damaged the back portion of the home of Kenny’s Farm Market owner in Wolfville. An overnight fire seriously damaged the back portion of the home of Kenny’s Farm Market owner in Wolfville. [Read more…]

A Sensational Holiday Inspired Flash Mob


Wolfville residents steal the attention as they’re busy dancin’ in the streets!  During the Wolfville Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 23.

Great Turnout for Wolfville’s Tree Lighting Ceremony!

 

Wolfville Tree Lighting Ceremony

Andy Williams was right, it certainly is the most wonderful time of the year.  Starting at 6:30 pm this evening,  the familiar comforting aroma of hot chocolate and cheerful caroling will fill the air along Main Street in the Town of Wolfville. Join in tonight for the festive celebration.

Don’t miss out on the fun, we’ll be streaming the ceremony live.

Wolfville Development Committee Meeting

Location

Council Chambers, Town Hall
359 Main Street

About

Wolfville Development Committee Meeting on  Thursday, November 22, 2012

Public Participation Meeting – Development Agreement Proposal
Commercial/Residential Development at 336 Main Street. The existing building on the property would be demolished. A new three story building would be constructed to cover nearly 100% of the lot. An underground parking garage will be provided, in addition to the three stories above ground and a green roof amenity area is also part of the proposal. Approximately 500 square metres of commercial space is provided on the main floor. The second and third stories are dedicated to residential use and a total 71 small loft style apartments form the residential component of the development

Click image below to view details from last night’s meeting.

A myriad of concerns were brought to the table on the potential condo development from last night’s Development Committee Meeting.  The underlining subject of fervent conversation undoubtedly addressed student housing. Acadia University is likely to see a rise in student residence next year and prominent space is running out.  The scale of the site plan is anything but modest, the interior design of the 220 square foot units, have an attractive contemporary feel.

The question remains, is Wolfville ready for such a grand development? It’s back to the drawing board for the developers to submit a rehearsed plan at a later date, guided by the suggestions and concerns from the public. Overall, plans were well received.

A Day on the Harbour – Highest Tides in 90 Years


Several locals were drawn to Wolfville’s waterfront during high and low tide, this past weekend (November 17-18th).  Highest tides recorded in 90 years.

The highest tides on planet Earth occur near Wolfville, in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin. The water level at high tide can be as much as 16 metres (52 feet) higher than at low tide.
High tides happen every 12 hours and 25 minutes (or nearly an hour later each day) because of the changing position of the Moon in its orbit around the Earth.

At mid-tide, the flow in Minas Channel north of Blomidon equals the combined flow of all the rivers and streams on Earth! (info from the following website-  For further info, go to http://www.thehighesttides.com

World’s Highest Tides – Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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