What a job done on the 20th edition of the Christmas House Tours!! From those who so beautifully decorated their houses, businesses, halls, to the many volunteers - drivers, those who assisted with the supper benefiting both Knox United and the Train Station Society, to the Craft Sale, to the large number of visitors - it was amazing! Special thanks to the Thompson family, proprietors of Forest Glen Greenhouses - not only did they welcome huge throngs to their outstanding, beautifully decorated (twenty magnificent trees!) establishment, but they organized on their own raffles with proceeds being donated to Project Hope (Syrian refugee relocation assistance) and the Sportsplex campaign. The Thompsons make the BMC's Ed Creelman Park glow with fantastic floral arrangements every summer which receive countless favorable comments; the BMC cannot thank them enough. In addition to the well- thought out decorations at both the Train Station (Winter Wonderland) and Knox Church, Danica Ellis's Horseplay Stables (Who-ville) was a standout, complete with donkey, and light-saber wielding elves! The Reclaimed Cottage marveled visitors with many re-purposed items from artisans. Kathy and Dan Dean's Carter Road home (formerly Charlie Sutherland's) was beautiful, and many were delighted to visit Holly Scothorn's historic home, where Charlie grew up with parents George and Carletta Sutherland. Many were stunned by the incredible remodeling of the former Don and Marge Henderson house, done by construction and
decorating standouts Adrian Rovers and Tonya Colpitts. Back at the church, the display of Christmas trees and socks, provided by many businesses and organizations for the Christmas Index program was heartwarming. Among those who did trees, socks, or provided cash to that worthwhile cause were: Sportsplex Pre-School, Units 3 and 7 of Knox UCW, Mario Baini's Food Emporium, MacQuarries Pharmasave, Elk Court, Brookfield Athletic Association, Roop's Esso and Tim Horton's, All Around the Circle Senior's Club, Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services, Lafarge, Red Hat Society, Brookfield Bakery/Hurricane Heidi's, Brookfield Elementary Home and School, 4-H club, Jim Dickie, and David Ross. What an amazing village full of volunteers and community-minded groups and businesses we have - please don't stop, and hopefully we as residents never take that spirit for granted!
Some Christmas concerts have already been held – the Brookfield Elementary School attracted large crowds to their showings, the Baptist Church presented “Our King Has Come” to glowing reviews; and the SCA music department performed “Joyful Sounds of Christmas”.
The Brookfield Athletic Association is wrapping up their 79th Annual Sportsmens Contest/Big Game Hunt. This fund-raiser, unique in terms of concept and longevity in the country, provided many happy winners (see below), but will need to be re-invigorated - it is the BAA's primary fund-raiser, and vital to that organizations many crucial works - any willing to assist in its' redeployment for 2016 can contact any BAA member. We were delighted when the Grand Prize winner was Upper Brookfield's Carmen MacPhee - he and Brittany (sister to Petra Stewart) and their 3 young kids moved into Luther and Joyce Sears' former house about a year ago. The Twenty-five Thousand Dollar grand prize is a nice bonus. Other major winners were ATV – Wayne Lively, Superstore $2000 gift care – Vance Sabean, Snowblower – Alex Dawe, and $500 – Don MacPhee. The rifle hunting season is over, but final hunt prize winners will not be declared until the archery season ends. The BAA thanks all sellers, ticket purchasers, those who helped with weigh-ins, and outgoing Committee Chair John (and Lynn) Matheson.
As usual, way too many of our friends and family were hospitalized – Dave “Heff” Heffernan had open heart surgery, Joe Toole with a ruptured aorta, and Gordie and Paul Campbell both required medical care. Grahame Maguire had cataracts removed, we hope all have improved health when the holidays arrive.
Many lost friends and family over the past month. Long-time educator, Shirley (Kennedy) Sponagle, who spent 23 years at Brookfield Memorial School, died in Truro. Sharon (Fisher) Keizer who lived most of her entire life on Elm Street, passed away in Lower Sackville. Daisy Hingley's brother-in-law, Dr. Warren Gallimore, passed away in Newfoundland. Kenneth Brown's brother, Russell, died in Shubenacadie, as did Tanya Loughead's grandmother, Joan Creelman of Truro. Susan Carter's brother-in -law, Dr. Don Seaman, died in Kentville - he was a medical legend in the Valley. Terry Crowell's sister, Paulette died in Cape Breton, and Mary Isenor of Elmsdale passed, her sons Terry and Tim are members at the Brookfield Curling Club. Another familiar face at the BCC and at many sports venues in our area - the inimitable Bruce Cameron of Truro died in a tragic fall at 58 - he will be missed by a legion of friends. Eva Fleming died in Stewiacke; she was mother to Anthony Connors, sister to former BMS teacher Eric Weaver, and aunt to Maureen Foster. We extend sympathies to all who lost loved ones.
We hope and expect to see many visitors here over the holidays - there was one delightful and impromptu reunion of old pals Herk Sutherland (DeBolt, Alta.), Peggy (Cooke) Underwood (Edmonton), and Bev Woolaver of Petrolia, Ontario - the trio met at the home of Bev's mother, Phyllis Sutherland - first time they had been together in decades - a good time was had by all! Peter, Katie and 10 month old Abe surprised Larry and Lynne Kennedy with a visit. Peter (Oshawa) and Chris (Alberta) Hazelton were home to celebrate Don's induction into the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame. We welcome Matt and Janet Miller to the former Marion Smith house downtown, while in Upper Brookfield, Adam and Nicki (Vissers) Caughey have moved into the former Ingram /Crewe house – Lewis and Lana were home for awhile, but have returned to Alberta where three of their four adult offspring (Chris, Justin, Kailee) are working.
Yes that was the two Susans - Park and Carter, sounding so nice as the backing vocalists at the Kenny Rogers Christmas show in Truro! The Brookfield 4-H Club float won first prize in the club division of the Truro Santa Claus Parade. Former Elks shortstop Dana Jewers was given an award by the NS Teacher's Union; another former shortstop for the red and gold, Doug Holland, traveled to Montreal to watch his and Jill's son Cody play for Keyano College (Ft. McMurray) in the CCAA soccer national championship. While on subject of star Elk softballers, we were delighted to hear that catcher Jason Sanford and his wife Jenny were blessed with a baby girl in Pictou County. Colby Lanceleve, former SCA softball and Junior Bearcats star, is shining for his Plymouth State (New Hampshire) university hockey team. A major thank you to Mark Kennedy, who recently completed a two year stint as Chairman of the Sportsplex Board of Directors - he worked tirelessly on behalf of the DHMS, and remains on the Board. Jack Roop is the incoming Chair, and Claudette McDonald of Alton joins the Board. A group of local artists have been meeting at the "Art Barn" on Carter Road, producing much interesting work. Mark Hamilton is having a show of his paintings at a new restaurant in Halifax - "Black Sheep" is on Dresden Row, and the show starts in mid-December. His work can be viewed at Mark Hamilton, Artist on FaceBook. Dave Whitenect, partner of Chrissy Yorke, on Highway #2 and his rock band Epic have released a single, Chasing Time. 29 Little curlers, from Brookfield, Amherst and Truro Curling Clubs had a great time when the BCC hosted them for a bonspiel.
Both SCA Wolves Senior Volleyball teams attended provincial championships. Paul Tufts, a well-regarded coach, led the Boys team of Connor Murdock, Morgan Johnson, Jonathan Kaye, Alex Termeer, Colton Graham, Luke Fisher, Brendan Wright, Tyler Howe and Adrian Sheppard. They went 1-3 at provincials in Truro. The Girls team won the Northumberland Regional Championship, and hosted an exciting Provincial at SCA. Two must wins over Strait Area and Clare saw the Wolves into the final, where they fell to a tough Par-en-Bas team from Tusket. The silver medals shone brightly around the necks of Shanea Fields, Abby Devlin, Mariah Hunt, Rebecca Rankine, Erica Robertson, Jessica McClellan, Hannah Fisher, Olivia Hernden, Alysha MacSwain, Marika Schenkels, Kennedy Wry, and Coach Rene Despres. November's Athletes of the Month at SCA were volleyballers - Juniors Samantha King, Clarissa Pasion, Alex Zhou, and Seniors Alysha MacSwain and Morgan Johnson.
We must tip our wings to the kind and generous people who have contributed so much to a couple of crucial campaigns underway in our community. Many have stepped up to provide much-needed assistance to the Sportsplex, which is working hard to increase rentals in a time of over-supply of ice time. Project Hope is fast-tracking their plans to bring a refugee family from Syria to our area, and they have been pleased with donations to that cause. Both organizations offer charitable tax receipts. Take note the Annual Food For the Spirit, with proceeds and donations of non-perishable foodstuffs going to the Colchester Food Bank, happens Sunday December 20, 7 PM at Knox Church. This event is not to be missed as it is always a wonderful display of musical skills by our fantastic local talent. Paul Barrett leads his New Horizons Seniors Bands into the Marigold for their Christmas performance on Thursday December 17, 7:30 PM.
Have a terrific Holiday season and a Happy New Year. We hope to see you at the BMC party on December 21!!
Remember to check our website for other community activities: www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca and 'Village of Brookfield, Nova Scotia,Canada' facebook group