April 2022

April 2022
Moving and Grooving

The East Hants Community Rider just saw its busiest month since COVID-19 began. We’re excited to see service on the rise and we’re hopeful this will continue into the future.

This growth has not come without its challenges though. We’re encouraging passengers to call well in advance (a week or more is recommended), as spaces book up fast, especially with pre-scheduled rides in the morning and afternoon.

Whether you don’t have your own transportation or just need a ride, we are here to serve our community. From young to old; to work, school, the airport and more, we do it all.

Get in touch with our office to learn more and book a ride in the future:
phone: 902-883-4716
e-mail: ehcrdispatch@gmail.com

Shout out to Pete’za Perfect

We had an outstanding turnout for our East Hants Community Quest on Saturday, May 26th. Teams travelled from Milford to Elmsdale, completing challenges, having fun and working together. At the finish line, we presented participants with hot chocolate, cookies, their choice of gift cards and pizza vouchers.

A big thank you to Pete’za Perfect for the donation of pizza vouchers for this event! Questing through East Hants builds up an appetite and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves.

We’ve already started considering themes for next year. If you have any suggestions for a route, businesses that might like to partner, or ways to add even more fun to this event, please get in touch.

For more information about EHCLA programs:
website: http://www.easthantslearning.com/community-learning/
phone: 902-883-1608
A Community Lunch
for Fall River area

The Elmsdale Community Garden is taking our Community Lunch on the road this week! We will be preparing lunch for a group of seniors at the LWF Community Hall in Fall River. We will still be delivering meals, but there will be no drive-thru option this time.

For delivery, please pre-book with East Hants Community Rider at 902-883-4716 by Monday, April 4th by 3 p.m. We will announce on Facebook if there is no additional space for deliveries.

To learn more about the Elmsdale Community Garden and our activities:
website: https://www.easthantslearning.com/community-garden/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElmsdaleCommunityGarden
e-mail: elmsdalecommunitygarden@gmail.com
Fare Assistance Program is Back!

We are pleased to announce the return of a program that will help low income individuals and families looking to access transportation. The Fare Assistance Program will be back with modifications. The adjusted rates are between $5 and 50% of the normal cost of longer trips. Stay tuned for a complete list of details on the Community Rider website.

If you know someone that struggles to afford the cost of transportation, get in touch with the Community Rider at:

phone: 902-883-4716
e-mail: ehcrdispatch@gmail.com
Run, Walk or Stroll to support the East Hants Family Resource Centre!

Are you eager to get moving again? A local running group, the Mama Bear runners, are hosting a family-friendly run, walk or stroll to raise funds for the EHFRC. The race will be on April 23rd, starting at 10 a.m. and will be either 3 km or 5 km.

Runners are encouraged to dress up in their favourite “tea-party” themed clothing. Bring out fancy hats and gloves and get the community cheering you on as you go.

There is also the option to participate as a “Virtual Participant.” Gather friends and family to take part at a time and date of your own choosing.

$10 per person. $20 per family. Children under 5 years of age run for free! Cut off for registration is April 15, 2022.

To register, fill out the registration form online. Any questions?
Contact: tanya-hutchinson@hotmail.com

Open East Hants Day:
Saturday, May 28th

Open East Hants is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors of East Hants to celebrate our local business community. Businesses that register for this event open their doors to the public and invite the community into their place of business to share their products and services. This collective “Open House” event makes it easy for people to experience everything East Hants has to offer, so that they become ambassadors of our area by getting acquainted with the people who work and play here.
Tell other businesses – the more the merrier. It’s easy, free and available to everyone. The sooner you sign up, the more chances at promotion you will have.
There will be a passport contest as in the past to encourage people to get out on the day and visit the businesses. This year there will be 2 prizes!  Valued at $150 each – the winner’s choice of participating businesses.
Don’t have a storefront? Participate in one of the Pop-up Markets (10am – 3pm):

  • Elmsdale Pop-Up: Riverview United Church, 760 Hwy #2, Elmsdale, NS
  • Shubenacadie Pop-Up: Shubenacadie Professional Centre, 5 Mill Village Road, Shubenacadie, NS
  • Nine Mile River Pop-Up: Nine Mile River Community Hall,  7160 Hwy #14, Nine Mile River, NS
  • Milford Pop-Up: Milford Recreation Centre, 2288 Hwy #2, Milford, NS

Need ideas?

  • Have a draw for a prize
  • Run a special promotion
  • Give away fun items or treats
  • Have a fundraiser for your favorite local charity
  • Invite a home-based business friend along

To register, fill out the registration form online. Any questions?
Contact the East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce:
phone: 902-883-1010
e-mail: info@ehcc.ca

Food from Around the World 
One of the biggest challenges of cooking is to keep things fresh and interesting. We all have our favourites, but there’s a world of food out there. For each month, I will share an interesting recipe from somewhere around the world. I hope you will try it out.

This month’s recipe: Bibimbap
Country of Origin: South Korea

Bibimbap is a tasty dish that simply means “mixed rice with meat and assorted vegetables.” Despite the general meaning, the result can be a lovely bowl filled with your favourite blend of foods. Bibimbap is great for using up leftover meat and vegetables and the sauce ties it all together with a bit of heat and lots of flavour. Use the ingredients and directions as a roadmap and see where this dish takes you!

Ingredients: (serves 3-4)


  • 100g / 3.5 ounces ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic


  • 250g (0.6 pounds) seasoned spinach
  • 350g (0.8 pounds) seasoned bean sprouts
  • 100g (3.5 ounces) shiitake mushroom
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt (1/4 tsp each will be used when cooking shiitake mushroom and carrot)
  • 3 to 4 serving portions of steamed rice
  • 3 or 4 eggs (depending on the serving portion)
  • Cooking oil
  • Some toasted seasoned seaweed, shredded (long thin cut)


  • 2 Tbsp gochujang sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic


  1. For meat, mix the ground beef with the meat sauce listed above. Marinate the meat for about 30 mins while you are working on other ingredients to enhance the flavour. Add cooking oil into a wok and cook the meat on medium high to high heat. It takes about 3 to 5 mins to thoroughly cook it.
  2. Mix the bibimbap sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Prepare bean sprouts and spinach, as per linked recipes.
  4. Clean/rinse the shiitake mushrooms and thinly slice them. Add some cooking oil and 1/4 tsp of fine sea salt in a wok and cook the mushrooms on medium high to high heat until they are all cooked. (It takes 2 to 3 mins.)
  5. Make fried eggs. (While sunny side up is common, you can make them per your preference.)
  6. Put the rice into a bowl and add the meat, assorted vegetables, seasoned seaweed, bibimbap sauce, and the egg on top of the rice. Serve.

Share your pictures with us and we’ll have another recipe for you to try next month. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading. See you next month!

Phil Laven
Communications Manager
East Hants & Area Community Rider
(902) 883-1608