January 27, 2016
There's dedication and then there's Stephen Thibault. Stephen has worked at Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa for 38 years and managed golf course maintenance for 25 of them!
With two step children and four grandchildren, busy doesn't come close to describing Stephen's day!
He makes sure all the machines run top notch, the greens are perfectly mowed and snow removal is timely! His hard work lets everyone enjoy our Bay of Fundy golf course all year round!
Bill Leblanc, Golf Course Superintendent, can't sing Stephen's praises any louder, he is a hero to many in more ways then one.
Stephen and his wife Pam have fostered children for over six years!
"Not only does he keep us running, but he also gives kids that have not had the best of luck a fighting chance in life. So when I say hero, I mean it!" Said Bill in an email to Digby Pines.
Not all heroes wear capes, our hero wears a plaid jacket and steel toed boots!
So the next time you cross country skii or make the perfect drive at Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa you have Stephen to thank!
January 19, 2016
Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa is a seasonal resort, but we'll be the first to tell you, the work doesn't stop when October rolls around!
From the golf course to the buildings to the machines that keep us running; it all needs to be maintained for exceptional service come the summer months.
Bill Leblanc, our Golf Course Superintendent decided to give the friends of Digby Pines a sneak peek into the day to day workings of an off-season golf course!
Bill always gets a chuckle from people when he tells them he works at a golf course in the winter. "What do you do all winter?" they ask. "Play cards? Drink coffee? That must be an easy job!"
There over 25 pieces of equipment used to mow the grounds, plus 60 golf carts, two resort mowers, six resort utility vehicles, 20 resort pedal bikes, grass whips, chain saws plus generators (and a partridge in a pear tree!) that all have to be maintained, cleaned and greased.
Just like your driver club, it needs to be maintained or it will start letting you down.
On top of mechanical maintenance, Bill and his team also cut trees, plow snow, check over the course, develop budgets, keep up safety regulations, study the latest golf course maintenance trends, update environmental rules and regulations, study weather trends, manage pesticide and fertilizer programs, plan staff training, and look for new staff...just to name a few.
January 15, 2016
Nestled right in the heart of the Annapolis Valley, between the North and South Mountain is the quiet Village of Kingston.
The Village of Kingston was settled in the year 1793 by the United Empire Loyalists, and from this settlement sprang one of the most flourishing industries in the province, the apple industry. Just a short drive away is the incredible Bay of Fundy boasting the highest tides in the world.
Kingston is famous for its annual Steer Barbeque, the second weekend in July. Friday night involves fireworks and the official prep of the steer. They start cooking the steer at midnight, and after keeping an eye on it all night it is cooked by late Saturday morning.
After the Opening Ceremony parade, everyone heads over to the Kingston Arena and has a massive feed of 'Steer Bits & Fries'!
They serve over 1,000 each year! Make time to get your Steer Bits and Fries this July!
January 8, 2016
Embrace winter and make it the best one yet!
Bear River's Winter Carnival gives you the chance to build ice sculptures, go skating, learn how to cross country skii, prixes, fireworks and much more!
In past year's they have had ATV & Snowmobile runs, along with a kicksledding work shop!
With live entertainment and an art show there is something for the whole family! Shake off the winter snow and make your way to Bear River for a guaranteed good time!