Home decorating, Friendship Tournament dominate Brookfield activities

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Brookfield and Area Notebook, Judy Matheson

The congregation at Knox United Church gathered to pack cheer boxes for several in the community who don’t have the opportunity to get out to many of the seasonal festivities.

Evelyn Negus, left, Jean Lawrence, Erin Jamieson and Helen Densmore were among a group of Brookfield residents that recently prepared cheer boxes for shut-ins during the holidays. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The food baskets and/or flowers were delivered to 30 homes on a chilly morning on Dec. 18. Thanks go out to Jean Lawrence and Erin Jamieson for stepping up to organize the volunteers.

The Brookfield Men’s Club has announced the winners in the Christmas Home Decorating Event. Due to the impressive participation, nearly all homes were beautifully adorned. It must have been a test of the judge’s discretion to choose the following winners:

• Best overall: Andrew and Becky Roop

• Best religious theme: Kevin and Rosalyn Clarke

• Best tree arrangement: Gerald and Rose Ann Wright

• Best use of lights: Rob and Joelle Bezanson

• Best outdoor Christmas tree: Jim and Vicky McCoul

• Best Commercial: the Apartments at Brant Lane

Congratulations to all winners and participants!

Hopefully everyone will light up again for Christmas in 2014. The decorations add sparkle to the season of lights over the whole area from Shortts Lake to Pleasant Valley to Brentwood to Forest Glen to Upper Brookfield, and everywhere in between.

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The Ninth Annual Phil Sears Memorial Friendship Tournament concluded on Dec. 29.

Sears, who the tournament was named after, was raised in Brookfield, married and raised his family here. He was an ardent sports enthusiast and played with fairness and passion. He enjoyed coaching young hockey players in the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association. Sears died an untimely death in Dec. 2002.

Several members of his family were present to open the tournament. Andrew Sears spoke on behalf of the family and another brother, Joel (home for the holiday), dropped the ceremonial first puck.

Thanks go out to the Female Bantam Cyclones and the Midget A Elks for hosting the tournament, as well as co-chairs Jackie Fahey (representing Midget A Elks) and Angela Porter (Bantam Cyclones rep.).

Appreciation is offered to the numerous sponsors that donated items for the silent auction, which helped finance the tournament.

“The spirit of fair play [which is the cornerstone of the event] was carried throughout the event and overall everything went well,” Fahey says.

The Truro Black Cats were declared champions in the Midget Division, with the East Hants Penguins winning the Bantam Title.

Four teams competed in the Novice division, as well as the five Bantam teams and four Midget contenders.

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Kristyn Miller of the Brookfield 4-H Club prepared this special report for the Colchester Weekly News:

November was a busy month for the Brookfield 4-H Club. On Nov. 20 the club had its monthly general meeting at the Brookfield Baptist Church and kicked off the annual fundraiser for Christmas wreaths.

On Nov. 24 the club had 28 members, parents and leaders riding on our float in the Truro Santa Claus Parade despite the frigid weather and blustering winds. Regarding that, the club would like to send a big thank-you to Hodgson Transport for supplying the truck for our float and to Nova Enterprise for supplying the trailer. Also thank-you to Shaun McAndrew for driving the truck and trailer and, of course, to the members, leaders and parents who put in countless hours, dedication and hard work to make the float as successful as it was.

Moving on to the start of December, members, leaders and parents met on Dec. 1 to decorate the wreaths for our annual wreath fundraiser. More than 130 wreaths were decorated in the afternoon. Many thanks to all those who participated as this fundraiser; without your hard work and dedication it wouldn’t be successful.

The club had its Christmas party on Dec. 7 at the RECC Centre in Truro where we went swimming and skating. There were 40 members, leaders and parents at the party and it was a fantastic time. Thanks to everyone who made it out that night. You guys are what make it such a fantastic time!

With all this being said and done, it was an amazing, fun and busy time. It will slow down due to the holidays, but no doubt the club will pick up with just as much energy in the New Year. The club wishes everyone a Happy New Year in 2014.

 

Tagline: Judy Matheson is a life-long Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column contact her by email at: judy.m.matheson@eastlink.ca.

 

Organizations: Brookfield 4-H Club, South Colchester Minor Hockey Association, Truro Black Cats Midget Division Novice division Colchester Weekly News Brookfield Baptist Church Hodgson Transport Nova Enterprise RECC Centre

Geographic location: Upper Brookfield, Shortts Lake, Pleasant Valley Brentwood Forest Glen Truro

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