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Brookfield & Area Notebook, By Judy Matheson

4-H Club has busy start to 2014

Special guests lauded the volunteer work of the fire and emergency service that Brookfield and Area are so fortunate to have.

Fifty-four members and guests enjoyed a roast pork dinner catered by Unit 3 of the UCW on May 10 at the Fire Hall. Following the meal guests heard the astonishing report of the volunteer hours these men and women give in service to the community.

Several dignitaries were asked to speak: MLA Larry Harrison, County Councillor Bill Masters and Commissioner Hugh Matheson reminded the audience of the important job the fire service provides on a strictly volunteer basis.

Chief Rod Nielsen is passionate about his role in the service and his drive and enthusiasm has obviously been transmitted to the newer recruits that have come on board.

They‘ve played a tremendous role in community activities, giving more than 700 person hours. Regular meeting times account for another 900 person hours, plus more than 1,000 person hours in special meetings for the new tanker, station improvements and maintenance.

Besides the many donated hours, these volunteers responded to 156 calls in 2013, averaging more than 10 persons per call, with more than 174 on-scene hours, which equals 2,200 person hours.

Above and beyond the hours already noted, in-house training required 1,900 hours with county, and provincial training taking another 3,400 person hours.

Chief Nielsen is also involved as the first vice president of the Colchester Fire Fighters Association, provincial and Atlantic president of the Fire Service Association and director of the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association.

Federally, as the Nova Scotia director of the Canadian Fire Chiefs Association, Nielsen is aware the support of the local service has allowed him the opportunity to be involved in and learn from other emergency services and responses. He is “proud to be part of this highly respected group called Brookfield Fire & Emergency Services and welcomes new members to the diversified group of caring people” that exemplify the BFES motto, “People Helping People”.

Awards were presented to deserving members as follows:

• Junior Firefighter of the year, Dale Sheppard

• Most Improved, Evan Rovers

• Firefighter of the year, Captain Jason Gerrior

• Officer of the year, Lieutenant Brent Fisher

• Retired Deputy Chief Terry Canning, after serving 15 years as deputy chief, was presented with his white helmet in recognition of his years of service.

Knowing the fire and emergency services are led by such dedicated volunteers gives our citizens and the community a sense of safety and well-being that’s highly valued.

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Kristyn Miller, Brookfield 4-H Club reporter sent in the following update on the club’s activities:

The Brookfield 4-H club has been busy since 2014 made its appearance.

On March 1 the club held the public speaking and demonstration day at the Brookfield Baptist Church. Congratulations to all members that participated and especially to those who made it on to County Rally.

County Rally was held April 12 at the North River Elementary School. Brookfield had nine representatives participating. Congrats to the following; at the junior level, Holly Wry received third place in junior introducer; Connor Richardson received second place in junior thanker; and Charlea and Taylor Lowe received third in junior double demo. At the senior level, Erin Richardson and Camryn Smith received first place and moved onto the Regional Rally.

To finish off at County Rally, both the junior and senior woodsman teams participated in multiple events and the Brookfield senior team placed first and moved on to represent Colchester County at the 4-H Weekend. Congratulations again to all members who participated and especially to those who moved on to the next level of competition.   

Richardson and Smith participated at Regional Rally in Middle Musquodoboit on April 26 and received second place in the category, so congratulations to them as well.

The Brookfield 4-H senior woodsman team represented Colchester County at 4-H Weekend on May 2 and 3 at the Dal AC Campus in Truro and did a fantastic job, just missing moving onto the afternoon competition for the top five teams.  

The month of May started with project meetings and starting to prepare for the summer activities, such as tug of war, Camp Rankin, Brookfield Homecoming, Achievement Day, exhibitions and Pro Show.

The Brookfield 4-H Club would like to thank anyone who supports 4-H and hopes that in one way or another everyone can be involved in 4-H sometime in their life.

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Fourteen dedicated, hardy souls of all ages answered the 9 a.m. call for Clean-up the Village Day. Under the capable leadership of Susan Smith of the Brookfield Community Assembly, the village was in pristine condition by noon hour.

The Ramps for Exit 12 to the 102 look amazing; keeping it that way will take an attitude change of the general public.

The 506 GN Henderson Cadet Squadron were out the same morning cleaning the roadway on Highway 2 from Hilden to Brookfield. This has been the adoptive road of their organization for a number of years.

Hopefully the DOT and the provincial government acknowledge the true spirit of Nova Scotia community volunteers in making our roadways more inviting.

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 Fire Emergency Services, Brookfield 4-H Club, People Helping People Brookfield Baptist Church North River Elementary School Brookfield Community Assembly DOT

Geographic location: Colchester County, Middle Musquodoboit, Truro Nova Scotia

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