Kinsmen Report: September

Hello again from the Bible Hill Kinsmen! We’d like to welcome you back into your school or work routine after a busy summer where we were proud to be a part of a number of celebrations and events in the community.

Going all the way back to July, the Kinsmen once again had a dunk tank set up during Canada Day in Bible Hill, where we collected donations for a number of charities in exchange for dunking a number of community leaders who generously donated their time. It was such a hot day that we’re sure they were chomping at the bit to let you dunk them so they could stay nice and cool. The celebration keeps getting bigger and better with each passing year, and hope that continues.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition marked a major milestone this year with its 70th anniversary. The revamped event was busier than ever, and you kept us busy in the Kinsmen Kanteen. There was rarely a slow moment for our volunteers, and we owe that all to you. Your continued support of one of our major fundraisers will ensure we can continue to follow our motto of “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”. Money raised will be going right back into the Truro/Colchester County area through monetary donations to various charitable and non-profit organizations. The Kanteen will surely be busy again on September 30th and October 1st during the 39th Nova Scotia 4-H Show.

Giving back to the community where we live and raise our families is an important part of what we, as Kinsmen, do. Adding to that is the fellowship between our members. On that note, we’re holding a Buddy Night on October 6th. It’s a chance for people who have an interest in joining the Kinsmen to get a closer look at what it is we do. It’s our first meeting of the month and there’s a meal beforehand.

Even if you can’t make Buddy Night, we’d still love to have you at one of our meetings. They’re held the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30pm at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. If you’re interested in attending, or would like more information, email

James Faulkner is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen

Kinsmen Book Fair Donation Supports Library Foundation

From left – Bible Hill Kinsmen President Drew Douglas, Treasurer Geoff Hamlin, Book Fair Committee Chair Brent Pettis, Jeremy DeVito (NovelTea Bookstore Café), Mary Brown (Chair of the Library Foundation), and Nuri Guerra (Campaign Director for Library Foundation)

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The results of the 1st Annual Colchester Book Fair are in and they are fantastic! The book sale, spearheaded by the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill and NovelTea Bookstore Café, raised more than $9,000 for the community.

“Due to this overwhelming support, we are able to donate $6,000 of the proceeds to the Colchester East Hants Public Library Foundation,” says Brent Pettis, chair of the Kinsmen’s Book Fair Committee. “That donation was matched by the Snook Group, meaning the foundation is receiving a cheque for $12,000!”

For 51 years, the local branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women ran the book sale. The group decided it no longer had the resources to do it, and looked to the community for someone to take it over. The Bible Hill Kinsmen and NovelTea took on the challenge.

“The book-buying community was more supportive than we could have ever hoped,” says Jeremy DeVito, Owner of NovelTea. “People who had a long tradition of making the Book Fair a must attend event on their calendar were beyond gracious in showing up to continue that tradition with us. We also saw countless people who told us this was their first book fair and ensured us they’d be back in future years.”

Mary Brown, Chair of the Colchester East Hants Public Library Foundation, says the group is thrilled to have the support of the Bible Hill Kinsmen, NovelTea and the Snook Group.

“These much needed funds will help towards outfitting the Teen Program Room at the new library,” says Brown. “The new facility is going to be a wonderful addition to downtown Truro and the community it supports.”

A sincere thank you also goes to the CFUW for their help throughout the transition, as well as library staff and volunteers for their help during the sorting and selling process.

“When we first decided to take this project on, it was for this year only, to see how it would go,” explains Pettis. “However, given the support that we received, we have no doubt we’ll be back for years to come.”

The remaining money from the sale after the donation is made to the Library Foundation will help the Bible Hill Kinsmen support other community initiatives throughout the year.


For media inquiries:

Quinn McCarthy
Bible Hill Kinsmen
(902) 890-6330

Bible Hill Kinsmen, NovelTea Bookstore Cafe partner for the 1st Annual Colchester Book Fair

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April 22, 2016 – Book Lovers Rejoice! The Bible Hill Kinsmen, in partnership with NovelTea Bookstore Café, are proud to continue a decade’s long community tradition and will be hosting a book fair this Spring. On June 3rd and 4th, the 1st Annual Colchester Book Fair will assume the annual book sale that was previously run by the Canadian Federation of University Women. Proceeds from the event will support the Colchester East Hants Library Foundation and other Kinsmen community projects.

“Members of our club were very excited to hear that a worthy organization like the Kinsmen has stepped forward to carry on the fundraising legacy of CFUW Truro,” said Corinne Cameron, local CFUW member. “It is fitting that we pass the sale to a group that values literacy and supports charities and organizations that enrich our community.”

With the recent news of the sale discontinuing after 51 years in the community, NovelTea Bookstore Café owner, Jeremy DeVito knew this was something that needed to live on in the community.

“I felt strongly that NovelTea should step up to the challenge of continuing the tradition from which we have benefited and received such enjoyment in the past,” said DeVito. “We’re proud to partner with a community-minded organization like the Bible Hill Kinsmen on this event.”

The sale will continue to be a two-day event. It will take place on Friday, June 3rd, from 6 to 9 pm, and again on Saturday, June 4th, from 9 am to 4 pm. It has relocated to the Eagles Landing Building at 510 Prince Street (former MacQuarries Pharmasave location).

“As with so many of our other events, we wouldn’t be successful without the support of the local community,” said Drew Douglas, President of the Bible Hill Kinsmen. “In the weeks leading up to the event, we’re asking the public to donate their books, comic books, games, puzzles, DVDs and CD’s and records at one of our six dropoff locations around town.”

A complete list of drop off locations and other details on the resurrected book fair can be found by visiting or


For media inquiries:

Quinn McCarthy
Bible Hill Kinsmen
(902) 890-6330

Drop off locations for donations:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
310 Prince St.

NovelTea Bookstore Cafe
3 Pleasant St.

Century Hyundai
138 Main St
Bible Hill
Ask for Quinn

Shur Gain Feeds n Needs
464 Willow Street

Fundy Appliance
178 Pictou Rd
Bible Hill

68 Robie Street
Fundy Trail Mall

Contact Number for Large Lot Pickups: 902-956-3319
Contact Number for Information: 902-897-6575
Contact Email for Information:

Pork Chop Dinner Tickets Available

It’s that time of year again! Our annual pork chop dinner will be held on May 19th at the Bible Hill Village Hall. All Kinsmen members have tickets available, or you can email

The pork chops themselves are from Ebbett’s Meadow Brook Farm Market in Tatamagouche.

You can get all this food for only $10, and you get to help us in our efforts to help the community’s greatest needs!

Power Play Program Donations

The Bible Hill Kinsmen were in attendance at the Truro Bearcats game tonight against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers to present cheques totaling $4,800 to multiple organizations through the Powerplay Program.

Now in it’s 14th year, the Bible Hill Kinsmen donate $100 per home game or $200 if the Bearcats score a powerplay goal that night. A charity is chosen for each home game and they rotate throughout the season.

The charities for the 2015-16 Maritime Hockey League season were the CEC Scholarship Fund, the Children’s Wish Foundation, the Colchester Food Bank, the Colchester-East Hants Hospice Society, the Truro Boys and Girls Club, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In 14 seasons, the Bible Hill Kinsmen have now donated a total of $65,800!

2016 Great Trivia Challenge

The Bible Hill Kinsmen hosted our 3rd Annual Great Trivia Challenge at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro last night.  A total of 43 teams took part to help raise money for the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation’s “We Care About Cancer” fund and other community groups supported by the Kinsmen.

Each of the ten rounds consisted of ten questions. At the end of the night,  Captain Crunch and the Cereal Killers were declared this year’s winners. The team was entered by the New Glasgow Kinsmen, showing the great support our clubs lend each other throughout the year. They had 95 correct answer, edging The Ice Hogs who had 94, and the Smartie Pints who had 92.

Thank you to everyone who took part and supported our event, either by entering a team, through donations to our silent auction and balloon pop, or other efforts. Your help makes this a very special night for all of us.

Photos of each of the Top 3 teams are below, taken with current Bible Hill Kinsmen President Drew Douglas (far left) and Trivia Night Chairman Geoff Hamlin (far right).

Captain Crunch & Cereal Killers (1st)Winners: Captain Crunch and the Cereal Killers

The Ice Hogs (2nd)2nd Place: The Ice Hogs

The Smartie Pints (3rd)3rd Place: The Smartie Pints