A quick stop at Roop's Esso, and Becky Wallace was effusive in her praise of the effort put forth on the Remembrance Day service at the Veterans' Memorial. BMC-34 Bob Lawrence did his usual bang up organizing job, and a large crowd was on hand under a beautiful sky, albeit with a strong northwest wind. Veterans and Air Cadets from 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Squadron marched, and Padres Eric MacKinnon and Mike Henderson led the service. Joanne Hatfield guided an adhoc band consisting of trumpets (mother-daughter Lori and Erica Nielsen), alto saxes (Ardith Ross, Anna Hamilton, Mike Henderson) trombone (Derek Jones) and flute (Shelley MacLeod). Lori and Erica were stellar on the Last Post and Reveille. A large number of memorial wreaths were laid, and the throng enjoyed a hot lunch afterwards at Knox church.
At the Brookfield Bakery, Troy
Sutherland was aglow, telling of the massive
bluefin tuna he helped reel in off Port Hood in
the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The marine leviathan
checked in at 627 pounds, and took 3 hours to
land, after towing the 44 foot boat at 2 knots!
Also taking turns on the rod during the fight were
Robbie Cooke, Adrian, Jeremy, and Tom Gloade.
David "Spud" Stevenson and his wife, Susan,
community electronic correspondent over many
platforms, joined some BMCers for the tour of the
work done upstream from the Highway 289 bridge on
the Creamery Brook/Little River by the Cobequid
Salmon Association. They have spent a ton of time
and considerable funds to improve the habitat for
fish, especially, but not limited to, salmon, in
the hope they will increase the numbers returning
to our pristine waterway. Rebar-reinforced digger
logs to create pools, wing deflectors, and
insertion of rocks and trees to foil bank erosion
are some of their good works. Well done CSA!
Juillene Taylor and Celia Fisher at the Pharmasave advised that some of our citizens required hospitalization. They asked our readers to pass along Get Well wishes to Rose Busby, Marg Osborne, Susanne Harrison, Rollie Works, Ron Morrell, Tony Matheson, Dave Wilson, and Helen Densmore. They were happy to say that Mark Dean was home from Florida for a visit; likewise, Sarah Densmore from BC, and from Alberta, Peggy (Cooke) Underwood and Jared Stewart. Wendi (Campbell) and Kelly Grant were home from BC for her father Gord's funeral. We extend a warm Brookfield welcome to Kyle and Megan Morgan, who have moved into the former Elliot home, immediately adjacent to the golf course. Both Kyle and Megan are engineers, and he will partner with his uncle Earl (reportedly now eligible for his pension!) at Brookfield Concrete Products.
A stop at South Colchester Academy where staff were busy erecting Northumberland Regional Championship banners won by both Senior Girls and Boys soccer teams! The boys, under Coach Chris Lindsay, dispatched Springhill High 3-0; team members are Will Dingle, Alex Currie, Quinton Collins, Luke Fisher, Andrew Ellis, Suphi Goktug Cecen, Nigel Graham, Jack Lewis, Braiden Lunn, Riley Fisher, Riley MacLeod, Nicolo Mazzoni, Arin Mizrak, Dawson Perrin, Alex Zhou, and brother acts Eric and Jon MacMillan and Will and Evan McNea. The Girls team, under the direction of Coach Marilyn Bruce, bounced Pugwash High 2-0. Squad members are Veronica Hawkes, Alysha MacSwain, Laura Graham, Jess Laverty, Bailey Crowe, Vittoria Duraes Del Padre, Hayley Elliot, Emma Fisher, Faith Hoyt, Jade MacDougall, Josie Mason, Ainsley McCoul, Maya Clapperton, Madeline Mercer, Julia Verboom, Mishelle Villarruel, and the indomitable Sarah Kennedy. Both teams hosted qualifiers here, but were unable to advance to provincials, the girls losing on penalty kicks to Central Kings. The SCA Senior Boys volleyball team, guided by Coach Paul Tufts won the Pomquet Invitational tournament. Watch for big things from the Wolves volleyball squads this month in Regionals and hopefully, provincials-- which the Boys team will host here on December 1-2 – plan to attend. Other SCA/SCHS alumni earning plaudits were Mitchell Johnston (Willy, Kathy of Bell Rd.) who was presented with the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Legacy Award recognizing a growing enterprise for his 360°, a mobile service for cleaning compost bins and commercial dumpsters. The Chamber also presented Truro Agromart (owners/operators Tim and Sandra Fisher); with their AgriFoods Award, whereby principles of running a successful agricultural operation are used to result in a thriving and environmentally friendly endeavour. Kudos also to dedicated O2 teacher Jody Arenburg, who arranged a visit to SCA of the " Million Dollar Bus" (see online for more details of that unique concept). Lyle Carter did the village proud with a wonderful segment touching on Brookfield's storied athletic history on the nationally televised "Hometown Heroes" NHL broadcast. Nancy Vantassell has kept people passing her home on Truck 2 with the ever-changing garb on the mannequin at the end of her driveway – currently a revered soldier – well done!
Canada Post operative Krista Locke was pleased the Municipality has completed Phase 1 of the 289 West sidewalk replacement in front of the Post Office; the remaining work to the train tracks will be done in 2018. Likewise, the Carter Road sidewalk, is delayed until 2018.
sad news of the passing of several people with
Brookfield connections. These include Anne Ihasz
in Metro, wife of former Knox spiritual leader
Rev. Vince; 'Ross' Kennedy, brother to Laurie,
Orland, Avis, and Wenda; Gordie Campbell of
Hamilton Avenue; in Truro, Pat Legge's father,
Donnie; in Middle Stewiacke, Bobby Newcombe Sr.,
father of Janet and Amy Newcombe and Trista
Hamilton, and husband to Juanita Hamilton. Pat
Archibald's mother Helen, mother-in-law to
Stephanie (Fisher); Jason Wybenga (Milton, Alice),
and Glen Thompson's wife, Helen, both of Shortts
Lake passed. Sylvia Pickles, sister-in-law to BES
cook Sharon Dunlap; Walter Hutchinson, former
Truro town councillor, and brother to John, and
father of Robbie; Sadie (Dartt) McNutt passed away
in Ontario; she was the widow of Buck McNutt, and
sister to Gwen Archibald and Elva Jeffers. We
extend condolences to those who lost loved ones.
The 22nd annual Christmas House Tours and Festival of Trees and Stockings are set for November 24-25, 6-9 PM. Stops on this year's tour will include the Train Station, Knox Church, Kraig & Julie MacKenzie, Muriel Smith, Danica & Ryan Ellis and Becky & Josh Kolstee, and the Forest Glen Greenhouses. The $10 ticket includes a complimentary luncheon at Knox, as well as the Craft Sale which takes place from 7:30-9:30 both nights. Free transportation is proved from Knox church. The wonderfully decorated trees and stockings see proceeds go to the Christmas Index program. Tickets are available at MacQuarries in Brookfield and Truro, at Knox, or from Betty Dickie (673-2582). The Open House at Forest Glen Greenhouses, with their unbelievable displays of thousands of poinsettias, and immaculately decorated trees, runs in conjunction with the House Tours. Note - Greenhouse visits are Friday 1 – 4:30; Saturday 10 – 4:30; Sunday 1 – 4:30. The Train Station Historical Society will host dinners at Knox both Friday and Saturday at 4:30 PM; $10 for adults, $5 under 12; tickets available from Muriel Smith (673-2333). There will be a Before Monday concert at Knox on November 18 at 7 PM, with a freewill offering; this musical group is developing a dedicated following! All Around the Circle will host their monthly meeting and luncheon on Tuesday November 21; doors open at 11:30, meal at 12. Card parties (Crib, 45s) at the Seniors Lounge go every Wednesday night at 7:30. $2 entry fee and all are welcome. The SCA Grad Auction, the primary fundraiser for the class of 2018, goes on November 21st. Viewing in the auditorium from 6 – 7; auction starts at 7pm. The Mission & Outreach Seminar Series (MOSS) presents Human Rights in Your Daily Life on Tuesday, November 21st, 7:30 pm at Knox. Always informative and all are welcome!
The Brookfield Elks Sportsman's Contest Grand Prize winners will be drawn on November 13 at 5:30 on Cat Country radio; check the BAA website ( brookfieldathleticassociation.ca) for a list of winners. The hunting portion of the contest, now incredibly in its' 81st year, is ongoing. Heaviest buck to date is 257 pounds; the largest doe checked in so far is 157 pounds. The weekly BAA hockey pools are ongoing; pick up your ticket at Roop's Esso or online-only $2 and you are helping provide much-needed support for recreation and athletics in the area. The Brookfield Elementary School [BES] Christmas concerts will be held on December 13th; early elementary at 9:15am; upper elementary at 1:15. Please note the times as there will not be an evening show. The eagerly anticipated 'Food for the Spirit' concert will be Sunday, December 17 at 7 PM.