Roundup: No new COVID-19 cases, cottage buying advice, and meet musician Keonté Beals

As of July 9, Nova Scotia has four active cases of COVID-19. No new cases were identified on July 8 according to a press release.

The QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab completed 398 Nova Scotia tests on July 8 and is operating 24-hours.

To date, Nova Scotia has 56,227 negative test results, 1,066 positive COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths and four active COVID-19 cases. Some 999 are now resolved. One person is currently hospitalized. The infection is considered resolved but the person is

being treated in hospital.

Cottage time

If you’re considering a cottage purchase, you’re go-to person on the South Shore may be changing. Since the pandemic the area’s real estate landscape has changed substantially, with one of the area’s prime real estate company’s merging with another, and about half the typical number of buyers and sellers in the market.

But veteran realtor Tim Harris is happy to keep things in perspective. He and his wife and business partner, Barbie Nunn-Porter, have found “the right fit” for their Chester-base real estate agency with Halifax’s Engel & Völkers (EV).

He opined, “The values are holding, which is excellent.” Read more on the Light House Now website. For tips on how to shop for a cottage, East Coast Living has you covered. 

No green-thumb? No problem

Not all of us can keep hale and hearty plants, but thanks to our sister publication East Coast Living, you can have greenery without the on-going effort. Laura Nightingale brings us this easy tutorial to create your own felt succulent planter.

Yearning for live succulents? East Coast Living has a tutorial for that too.

Get to know Keonté Beals

When Keonté Beals was growing up in North Preston, he dreamed of one day becoming a professional musician. Everything he did revolved around music: in school, in church, or with friends, he immersed himself in the craft.

Today he’s making a splash in the East Coast music scene as a multi-talented, award-winning R&B/Pop artist. His music takes fans back to the early 90s feel, when R&B/Pop singles dominated the airwaves for the first time.

Born and raised in North Preston, Beals began singing and performing at the age of seven. As a teen, he joined the choir at his local parish and discovered his true passion for entertainment. 

Read the rest of his story here.

Reopen city continues

Halifax businesses celebrate the city’s revival with Reopen City, June 27 until July 19.

To celebrate, 2 Crows Brewing is hosting a raffle in benefit of Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Victim Services.

The draw happens July 15, and this raffle prize can be shipped across Canada (excluding QC and the Territories).This raffle includes over 25 unique beers, most of which are unavailable, with a retail value estimated at $275. These are great beers to cellar. If you’re new to cellaring beer, Halifax Magaixne has a quick tutorial here .

Tickets are $6/ea or 3 tix for $15, available through2 Crows web store. Learn more here.

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This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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