Congratulations to longtime residents Lawrence and Shirley Wynn, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on December 1, amid friends and family. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival home of daughter Cheryl and her husband, Stacy Winship, from Langley, B.C. for the holiday season. Hazel Kennedy celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family; and Merle Nelson (Donna Matheson’s mother) extinguished 108 candles in late November. A big Thank you to all who helped make the Annual House Tours such a hit, both for our residents, and the large number of visitors it brings to our village. In addition to the organizers, the food and craft preparers and servers, the drivers, and all who volunteer their time, we must make special mention of those who decorate and open their homes and/or places of business. The Forest Glen Greenhouses were spectacular as always, with their display of tens of thousands of poinsettias, and thirty marvelously decorated trees. The homes of Marian McDonald, Calder and Donna Creelman, Mary Tyler, and Keith and Tabatha Gale, as well as the Train Station and Knox Church, delighted visitors. Many businesses, organizations, and individuals brought stockings overflowing with gifts, clothing, toys, food, and money for the Christmas Index Program. This has long been an essential part of the House Tours, as has been the well decorated trees by many groups which festooned Knox Hall. Kathy Best did a fine job coordinating the various craft sale vendors. A delicious pork tenderloin supper with all the fixings sated 100 customers on both Friday and Saturday as well!
The Brookfield Athletic Association's (BAA) Sportsmen's Contest wrapped up with the conclusion of hunting season - the Grand Prize winners were announced in the November Eagle, and like all info, can be found online at brookfieldathleticassociation.ca. The Heaviest Buck checked in at 246.5 pounds, harvested by Brennan Turple, while the heaviest doe weighed 157 (Joe Arnold). Heaviest bagged by Ladies were - Buck - Sharleen Martell's 178 pounder, and doe went to Marie Marchand at 144. The Bowhunter prizes went to Don Mattinson (buck, 195), and Leeman Metham (doe, 141). The prizes for biggest rack were as follows: Longest antler (27.5 inches, and Widest spread, 28.5 inches, both on a beauty bagged by Stephen Doyle, while Terry Leslie had the Most Points with 18. Thanks to all who supported and participated, with a special acknowledgement to Roop's Esso, for providing a central weighing station, accessible to competitors 7 days a week, for almost 3 months, and to coordinator Robert Putnam and his volunteer crew of weighers!
There was a huge turnout for the funeral service of long-time resident Kea Benvie. She and husband Grant raised six fine children on Elm Street, and are succeeded by twelve grand-children, and thirteen great-grand-children. She also leaves behind eight Graham siblings, including Bev Sears. Mary Matwichuk, mother to Kathy (Jim) Benvie, passed away in Alberta. The BMC said adieu to a much-loved former member with the passing of Truro of John Hiltz, formerly of Shortts Lake. The genial “commodore of the lake” had an ever-present grin! Another Shortts Lake resident passed – Marie Aitken companion to Ed MacDonald. Ray West died in Middleton; he was a teacher here in the very early days of Brookfield Rural High School. Annie Archibald's sister, Jessie Williams died in Great Village. Frankie Conrad died in Truro; he was a brother to locals Bernie, Erma, Heloise, and Debbie. At Elk Court, Arthur Fields, Donnie's brother passed, as did Milford's George Lacey. Ricky Lindsay's brother, Randy, died in North River. A very popular former member of the Brookfield Golf Club, John McMullen of Milford died -his grandson Colby is an accomplished minor hockey player here. Wanda Burgess, mother to former Junior Elks hockey coach Danny, died in Tantallon. Heather (Monk) Sawlor, a very talented softball player with the Elkettes some 45 years ago, passed away. We extend condolences to those who lost loved ones.
Congratulations to the South Colchester Academy Senior Boys volleyball team, who won the Bronze medal at the D3 provincial high school championships in Terre Noire, Inverness County. Coach Paul Tufts did a terrific job with the team - Johnathan Kaye, Luke Fisher, Mehmet Goksen, Connor McKay, Niklas Roker, Riley MacLeod, Santaigo Vasquez, Alex Tremeer, Tyler Hoare, Colton Graham, and Adrian Sheppard. The Senior Girls Wolves hosted the O2 Provincials here - their 1-3 record placed them 6th in an 8 team field. SCA were terrific hosts, and visiting schools stretching from Port Hawkesbury to Clare were effusive in their praise of the facility and organization, headed by SCA Athletic Director/Vice Principal Jody Miller. Graduating seniors wrapping up their careers for the Aschaelle Terrio - coached Wolves were Olivia Hernden, Hannah Fisher, and Jessica McClellan. Myrna and Gordon Matheson's grand-daughter, Katya Vydyhan (mother Pam), played for Ecole Sommet in the tourney. Speaking of great athletes, nice to see Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) of Shortts Lake playing well for the Truro Junior A Hockey Bearcats! Luke is also an outstanding soccer player for SCA, and a wonderful young man. A Brookfield team, made up primarily of Cruise Missiles captured the Keith Jordan Memorial Hockey Tournament in Sherbrooke, with a 6-2 win over the defending champion from Cheticamp. Squad members, mostly all former Elks, were: Charlie Fleming, Patrick Stewart, Lee Nelson, Jack Roop, Robbie Cooke, Brookes VanTassell, Jamie Works, Cory Lester, Tyler Medaglia, Troy and Cory Sutherland, Connor and Cole Baker.
Krista McMullin jetted to Yellowknife to visit daughter Janelle, Phil and granddaughter, Addie. Mike and Dane Henderson went to visit their Mason cousins in Grand Island and Rochester, New York; while there they saw the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres tangle, followed by a chilly NFL game between the Steelers and hometown Bills. Jenna Searle travelled to Vancouver, and Stacey Harrison visited Gotham City. Lisa Henderson visited her siblings, nieces and nephews – Robert and offspring in Winnepeg, and Julie, Jack and kids in Vancouver. Charlie and Janet Burnett, went to see her brother in Ottawa and checked out New Hampshire along the way. Lori Nielsen and sister-in-law Shelley Fisher took a quick trip to Arizona to see Shelley’s daughter-in-law compete the Iron Man Race. Jamie Works and Mary Atkinson went to Mexico; Dave and Anitra Whidden went to Newfoundland – the opposite direction in many ways.
Hazel Locke had a knee replacement surgery; hopefully dancing soon!? Great to have James Hill and Anne Janelle and son Alder home after an extended tour through Great Britain. Lauren Howard and daughter McKenzie and son T.J. were home from Springfield, PEI visiting with Sid and Margie Johnson. Add a couple of more descendants to the lineage of the late Rex and Ida Cooke. Grand-daughter Danica and hubby Ryan Ellis were blessed with a son, Eli James – Grand-daughter Lyndin Stewart and Jason Wallace welcomed baby Zoe Isabel Helen Stewart. She makes five female grand-daughters for Dan and Lexie Stewart, somewhat resembling Dan’s family where he is the only son, and has seven younger sisters.
The much-anticipated Food For the Spirit Christmas concert will be held on Sunday December 18 at 7 PM at Knox Church - come and hear some fantastic musical talent, and bring along something for the Food Bank. Knox Church will roll out another Heart to Home dinner on Friday December 16 - contact Pat McCallum – 673-2853 for more information. Chase the Ace continues on Thursday evenings - you can buy tickets either upstairs in the comfort of the Curling lounge, or while cheering on the Junior Elks in the Sportsplex. The Draw is done at 8:30, and the pot will be about $3000. South Colchester Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) will be hosting a Family Skate at the Sportsplex on December 31, 3-5 PM; admission is a donation to SCMHA. At that time they will draw the winners of their fund-raising contest - first prize is $5000, second is $3000, and third is $1000. Tickets are available for $5 from and SCMH player, and at retail outlets in the village. We certainly hope the labour disruption does not mean the Christmas concerts slated at SCA and Brookfield Elementary are sacrificed. SCA’s concert is set for December 14; while the BES children hopefully will display their talents on December 19 – both afternoon and evening shows will be at the SCA cafetorium.
If you wish to be looking to shed some avoirdupois in the New Year, we have news for you! The Fitness Centre at South Colchester Academy is open free of charge to the adult public, thanks to the efforts of SCA administration, the School Advisory Council, CCRSB, the county of Colchester and the BAA. The gym is open from 5:30 - 8:00 PM, Monday to Friday; the only pre-requisite is that users must attend an orientation session - the county typically schedules these monthly - contact their Recreation/Leisure Services department (897-3155) for date of the next session. The Project Hope group, involving citizens from Shortts Lake, Middle and Upper Stewiacke, and the greater Brookfield area, is revving the engines to help bring the son and daughter-in-law of Khalid and Maha Al-Awar to our communities. The committee's work to date in bringing the Al Husein and Al Awar families here, and away from war-torn Syria has been terrific. Rami and Ghudir Al Awar are expecting their first child in the spring; what a gift it will be to the child to be safely settled in our great country! Contact Jodie at 673-2249 for more info on how you can assist.
We hope you join us at the BMC Christmas meeting /party on the 19th! Merry Christmas to all!!!
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