Brookfield notebook, Judy Matheson
New sidewalks are coming to Brookfield on Highway 289.
This section now under construction is phase one of the proposed plan. Phase two will eventually extend from the Creamery Brook Bridge to South Colchester Academy.
Several of the beautiful old trees that lined the street have been removed in the name of progress. Undoubtedly the sidewalks will enhance the community and will provide a safety factor that has been absent for far too long.
The work began in early August, with the removal of the asphalt sidewalks, which were laid in the early 1960s. Drainage work has been ongoing for the past few weeks, which has naturally created delays in traffic on the busy thoroughfare.
Once the preliminary work is completed the actual sidewalks will become a reality in short order, estimated time frame is mid-October.
Most residents and drivers are exercising patience with the hope of an improved look and safer walking conditions.
Elk Court on Carter in Brookfield is hosting a Coffee Talk on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. Ruth Black from the senior’s clinic of Truro will make a presentation, concerning Alzheimer’s.
The public are welcomed to attend.
Donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Chucker Ball season was concluded on Aug. 29 at Elk Park with 14 players on hand for the wrap-up treat day, sponsored by the Brookfield Athletic Association.
Thanks are extended to volunteer coaches Chris Bernard, Rachel deVries and helper Chloe Bowers.
The Brookfield Area Terry Fox committee is grateful for the amazing support they are given in South Colchester and beyond. This support has kept the run and related fundraisers among the highest in the province over a number of years, with a population of less than 2,000. Since 1981 the community has collectively raised a grand total of $341,477.60. This is a great contribution to the more than $600 million raised in 32 years for the Terry Fox Foundation.
The dedicated committee of 14 carry out fundraising events from June to run day in September.
Another major factor in the success is the perseverance of one man, Wayne Woolfitt. He has single-handedly raised over $22,000 in the past six years. Woolfitt goes door-to-door, walking approximately 10 to 15 miles a day, and receives pledges from more than 300 households.
Woolfitt has lost many loved ones to cancer and this is his way of making a difference. He, like everyone, wants to find a cure through research with the Terry Fox Foundation.
Everyone can walk, run, cycle, ride and/or attend to support the work that Terry started, where 84 cents of every dollar goes directly to research.
At least 30 countries around the world help to carry on Terry’s dream to beat cancer and you can too. The 33rd run will be held on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. from the top of Carter Road in Brookfield.
Pledge sheets are available in all local businesses. No fee is required and all are welcomed to the free barbecue and entertainment at Creelman Park following the Run.
Shortts Lake summer resident’s season is winding down, while many year-round folk are settled in to enjoy the beautiful lake as the fall colours surround the water edge.
South Colchester is endowed with one of nature’s blessings with a fresh water lake. Large numbers of people enjoy the lake for recreation, relaxation and home ownership.
It is a special place, in close proximity to Brookfield, Pleasant Valley, Brentwood, Alton, Hilden, Truro and Stewiacke. Many from further a field enjoy cottage living and recreation at the lake as well.
Fishing derbies and various types of boating are popular activities on the lake. All who live, visit and use the lake appreciate the beauty, cleanliness and the opportunities afforded and make the effort it takes to preserve the necessary pristine conditions.
Judy Matheson is a lifelong Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column contact her by email at email@example.com.