Category Archives: Kings County

Summertime and Lyme Disease

 

It’s a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors, but we need to be aware and careful in areas where there may be black-legged ticks (also called deer ticks). These are very small ticks – sometimes as small as the period at the end of this sentence.  These ticks can carry the germ that causes a bacterial infection called Lyme disease. Deer ticks are found across Nova Scotia, so it’s important to be vigilant and take simple preventative measures.

Follow these steps to help protect against ticks, especially in grassy, wooded or shrub covered areas:

  • Apply insect repellents containing DEET or Icaridin to exposed skin and clothes. Follow directions on the package carefully.
  • Wear light colored long sleeved shirts and pants, closed shoes, and tuck pant legs into socks.
  • Keep lawns mowed short.
  • Put playground equipment in sunny, dry places away from wooded areas, yard edges, and trees.
  • Check your whole body for ticks and, when possible, take a bath or shower within two hours of coming indoors. This makes it easier to find ticks and washes away loose ones.

 

If you find ticks, here’s how to remove them safely:

  • Carefully grasp the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible.
  • Gently and slowly pull the tick straight out. Do not jerk, twist or squeeze it.
  • Clean and disinfect the site with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Dispose of the tick in a sealed plastic bag and put in the garbage.
  • Do not burn, squeeze or coax a tick’s mouth parts from your skin using other methods.

 

The first symptom of Lyme disease is usually a rash that may look like a bull’s eye target near the tick bite. The rash can appear anywhere from 3-30 days after the bite. Symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, stiff neck, pain and swelling in the joints and general body aches and pains may develop. Symptoms may appear over a period of months. If symptoms appear, it is very important to contact a health care provider. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.

To access a great educational video for kids about how to protect against tick bites, and to learn more about Lyme disease and black-legged ticks, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/hpp/cdpc/lyme.asp  – or call your local Public Health office at 902.543.0850.

For more information, download our Tick Talk Fact Sheet.

International Town Crier Competition Comes to The Annapolis Valley

Gary Long, Canning Village Crier

 

The Association of Annapolis Valley Town Criers is pleased to partner with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and K-Rock Radio 89.3 to bring an international town crier competition to the Annapolis Valley from the 12th of September to the 17th. In conjunction with many of the Municipal units in the Valley, 23 town criers from Australia, New Zealand, USA (California, Washington and Maryland), Ontario, Nova Scotia, England, and Wales will be in the Valley for this competition. The competition will be held over three days, in Windsor, Annapolis Royal and Grand Pré.

In between the competition days, the criers will have the opportunity to visit the Kentville Farmer’s Market, the Wolfville Farmer’s Market and visit some points of interest in the Canning area. On the Friday, 15th, they will have lunch in Canning and supper in Hall’s Harbour.

It will be five days of noise and colour, and an opportunity for locals to meet and greet visitors from other parts of the world. The town criers of Windsor, Lloyd Smith, Annapolis Royal, Peter Davies and Canning/Berwick, Gary Long are hosting the five day event as part of the Annapolis Valley’s Canada 150 celebrations. Come join the fun!

For more details, please contact Gary Long.

Canning Princess Tea April 14, 2016

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Come enjoy the evening and meet this year’s candidates, Kelcey Hiltz  and Kendra Whitehead.

 

Kelcy Hiltz
Kelcy Hiltz

Kelcey Hiltz, the 18 year-old daughter of Daren and Shelley Hiltz of Glenmont, Canning has lived in the Canning community all of her life. She attended Glooscap Elementary school and went to Northeast Kings Education Centre, where she has completed her high school education, January 2016.She will be receiving her graduation diploma, achieving honors in June 2016. She will be attending a University of choice to study Bachelor of Science in Nursing, to pursue her career as a Registered Nurse in the Valley. Kelcey currently is employed as a waitress at Kings Riverside Court in Kentville, also employed with Hon. Dr. Catherine Frazee of Canning as a personal support worker.

Volunteering and helping people is very important to her whether the need is in the community or in other areas. She has always been involved in community recreation and activities. She completed Junior Volunteer hours at the Valley Regional Hospital, she assists the Children’s Wish-West Chapter and Kentville Lions Club whenever needed. She is involved in TOPS and was a Bone Marrow Donor in 2014. Kelcey enjoys her time spent at the Canning Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Member. She loves animals, the outdoors, riding her motorcycle, playing guitar, going to the gym and spending quality time with family and friends.

 

Kendra Whitehead
Kendra Whitehead

Kendra Whitehead, is the 18-year-old daughter of Candace and Brad Dykens. Kendra and her family reside on Chapel Road in their family home where they have lived for 5 years, along with her grandparents Wayne and Marlene Dykens who have lived in the house for 25+ years. She spent her first semester at Acadia University studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology, after which she decided her true passion lies in the field of Nursing, which she plans to transfer into this fall at Saint Francis Xavier University. Kendra graduated from Northeast Kings Education Centre in 2015, where she was a member of Students Council, Chairwoman of Prom Committee, a member of Grad Committee and a member of the Cheerleading team.

Kendra enjoys travelling, baking, scrapbooking and a variety of sports. During her time at Acadia University Kendra volunteered as an Instructor with the S.M.I.L.E. Program, she has also volunteered for many years with Relay for Life but it was her volunteer time at the Hants Community Hospital that inspired her to join the medical field through nursing. Kendra is very excited and proud to be one of the possible candidates to represent Canning.

 

See you at the Lions Hall, Thursday,  April 14, 2016 at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30.

REMO Bulletin: Heavy Rainfall Warning for Kings County

KINGS COUNTY: A cold front will move over New Brunswick tonight and remain stationary for the next 24 to 36 hours. Rain will begin over northern Nova Scotia Wednesday afternoon and spread southward. The rain will intensify Wednesday evening giving heavy downpours Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. Rainfall amounts of 50 to 90 millimetres can be expected over the Valley stretching north to the Minas Basin. The rain will ease in intensity on Thursday and move eastward as the cold front moves towards Newfoundland. [Environment Canada] While there is some uncertainty with respect to the exact timing and location of the highest rainfall, several models indicate total amounts in excess of 100 millimetres are possible for parts of the province. Therefore rainfall warnings may be extended.

The Kings REMO wishes to advise:

Where rainfall exceeds 50 mm

• There is a risk of localized flooding and possibly flash flooding in the heavy downpours with this rainfall event.

• Use caution if you are travelling during these intense and heavy downpours as hydroplaning could be a hazard.

• Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads at catch basins and drainage ditches.

Where rainfall approaches or exceeds 90 mm

• Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible, flooding roads and low lying properties.

• Watch for and expect washouts near rivers and creeks where they pass under roads through culverts and small wood bridge structures.

• Watch for and expect roadside ditches to undergo extreme erosion of the gravel shoulders and partial collapse of parts of the road surface causing local roads to become dangerous or impassable in extreme cases.

When water over a road exceeds 12 inches depth, small cars may float and become trapped in fast moving water. DO NOT attempt crossing flooded roadways.

Monitor local media and Environment Canada for updates to this potentially serious rain event.

PLEASE REPORT ANY FLOODING OR ROAD WASHOUTS TO KINGS REMO at 670-0910

Twila Robar-DeCoste Watercolour Seminar at Canning’s Merritt Gibson Library

Twila Robar-DeCoste
Twila Robar-DeCoste (photo credit: maritimeartist.com)

The Merritt Gibson Memorial Library in Canning is pleased to have renowned Nova Scotia artist Twila Robar-DeCoste present a watercolour seminar this Friday, July 10th, from 10 AM – 12 PM. The cost is $25 per person if we have 6 participants. The cost decreases as the number of participants rise.

If you or anyone you know are interested in attending, please call Marisa at the Library 582-7699 to pre-register.