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Brookfield Notebook: Community events continue to unite all ages in Brookfield


The best game in town is how some would describe it. This holds true for nine-year-old Jack Miller and his twin sisters, Jade and Zoey.

Every Thursday morning at Elk Park in Brookfield more than 30 children are learning softball skills from three very special coaches. They call it Chuckerball, and the name was coined when John (Chucker) Matheson initiated the program in the 1970s. When Chucker retired, Chris Bernard continued the game and the name, and the fun has remained the same.

Kids ranging from age three (or younger) to young teens arrive at 9:30 a.m. and Chris Bernard, Rachel deVries and Amy Miller voluntarily keep them active through warm-ups, drills, playing ball and finishing the hour with a vigorous game of Brookfield Bulldog.

Jack is a very enthusiastic participant, saying he loves to learn more about ball and "everybody gets to play every position ... there is lots of hitting and it's fun."

Amy Miller is Jack, Zoey and Jade's mother. She brings the children from Nine Mile River every week and says it's because "the kids love it, they are learning the basic skills, it is good exercise and it is well organized."

Miller has willingly stepped in to help accommodate the large numbers involved. DeVries, who sees the program as a good introduction to the basic skills of softball, has assisted Bernard for the past three years.

Pam Olmstead brings her son Zach from Bedford to play, having been through the Chuckerball days when she was a Brookfield child. Zach likes playing the games and the hitting, and is looking forward to the closing day treats provided by the Brookfield Athletic Association. His mother appreciates they are doing drills to improve skills while making the sport fun.

For whatever reasons they come, the event is popular and the stands fill up with parents, grandparents, friends, siblings and everyone enjoys the action-packed hour.

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The Bright Spot of the Club Championships, determined at the Brookfield Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 9, belonged to young Austin MacBurnie. At age 15, he captured the open title as well as the junior championship. MacBurnie shot two admirable rounds of 73 on the two days of play.

Chris Bernard captured the ladies title, making her the reigning champion for 24 years. Bernard scored a two day total of 161 for the win. Joanne MacNeil, Rachel deVries and Denise Snow were tied for second place in the division. Jackie MacNeil won the senior ladies title and Annie Woodworth was the winner of the super seniors.

Mike Henderson needed a play-off win to take his fourth senior men's championship over Ted Sodero, both men carded scores of 152 after two rounds of play.

Gene Bell, in defending his title, was again the super senior champion.

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Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations wrapped on July 26, concluding the 20th year of homecoming.

The cloudy, damp weather made for some changes and cancellations but most events carried on. The teddy bear picnic moved inside, the large crowd were excited with; the three bears in attendance, the face painting, decorating cookies, doctor and nurses, music and storytelling kept everyone enraptured. The coffee house on Wednesday night at the Baptist church had a lineup of quality singers to entertain the full house.

Chuckerball, Bingo, the golf scramble, the 4-H petting farm and movie night all succeeded with large turnouts and just missed the downpours later that evening.

Friday's tour of the Lafarge plant and quarry was congenially hosted by Scarth MacDonnell and knowledgeable guides. The barbecue was enthusiastically enjoyed by 75 guests.

Jill Sears emceed the celebration of youth at the high school. The honoured guests' resumes were amazing and promising of future successes. Several talented singers and band members added a musical element to the youth program.

Saturday brought runners out for the 5K fun run and the kids run. All runners oblivious of the rain that accompanied them, all hardy souls.

The model airplane demos and the waterslides were cancelled as well as the Saturday night whing-ding. Sunday's closing was a chance to say a sincere thank you to the many sponsors, supporters and volunteers who make it possible to provide nine days of non-stop activities.

Long-time serving members of the co-ordinating committee were Janet Burnett, Lynn Matheson Marian McDonald and Ralph Murphy who are retiring, were thanked for their many years of dedicated service. A new park bench was dedicated to all the volunteers, sponsors and supporters over the past 20 years for their contributions to homecoming. The bench was made possible by Brookfield Concrete and it will enhance visits for those stopping at Creelman Park.

Sunday afternoon in clear weather the rescheduled soap box derby had Braden Cornelius winning the title with his finely crafted entry. The Amazing Race wound up the events on Sunday evening. Winners of the gruelling test were Mark Kennedy, Brittany MacPhee, Kristin Stewart and Patrick Stewart.

The whing-ding was moved to Monday evening, July 27th due to threatening weather on Saturday. There were as always friends greeting friends, most playing games of skills and chance and Bingo, all while enjoying the music of Louisa Manual and Neil MacKinnon. The fresh cut French fries from the fire service and cotton candy are must haves every year.

The skies cleared by sunset and the moon shone providing a stellar setting for a spectacular fireworks display thus marking the closing of another winning whing-ding.

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.

 

Every Thursday morning at Elk Park in Brookfield more than 30 children are learning softball skills from three very special coaches. They call it Chuckerball, and the name was coined when John (Chucker) Matheson initiated the program in the 1970s. When Chucker retired, Chris Bernard continued the game and the name, and the fun has remained the same.

Kids ranging from age three (or younger) to young teens arrive at 9:30 a.m. and Chris Bernard, Rachel deVries and Amy Miller voluntarily keep them active through warm-ups, drills, playing ball and finishing the hour with a vigorous game of Brookfield Bulldog.

Jack is a very enthusiastic participant, saying he loves to learn more about ball and "everybody gets to play every position ... there is lots of hitting and it's fun."

Amy Miller is Jack, Zoey and Jade's mother. She brings the children from Nine Mile River every week and says it's because "the kids love it, they are learning the basic skills, it is good exercise and it is well organized."

Miller has willingly stepped in to help accommodate the large numbers involved. DeVries, who sees the program as a good introduction to the basic skills of softball, has assisted Bernard for the past three years.

Pam Olmstead brings her son Zach from Bedford to play, having been through the Chuckerball days when she was a Brookfield child. Zach likes playing the games and the hitting, and is looking forward to the closing day treats provided by the Brookfield Athletic Association. His mother appreciates they are doing drills to improve skills while making the sport fun.

For whatever reasons they come, the event is popular and the stands fill up with parents, grandparents, friends, siblings and everyone enjoys the action-packed hour.

******

The Bright Spot of the Club Championships, determined at the Brookfield Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 9, belonged to young Austin MacBurnie. At age 15, he captured the open title as well as the junior championship. MacBurnie shot two admirable rounds of 73 on the two days of play.

Chris Bernard captured the ladies title, making her the reigning champion for 24 years. Bernard scored a two day total of 161 for the win. Joanne MacNeil, Rachel deVries and Denise Snow were tied for second place in the division. Jackie MacNeil won the senior ladies title and Annie Woodworth was the winner of the super seniors.

Mike Henderson needed a play-off win to take his fourth senior men's championship over Ted Sodero, both men carded scores of 152 after two rounds of play.

Gene Bell, in defending his title, was again the super senior champion.

*******

Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations wrapped on July 26, concluding the 20th year of homecoming.

The cloudy, damp weather made for some changes and cancellations but most events carried on. The teddy bear picnic moved inside, the large crowd were excited with; the three bears in attendance, the face painting, decorating cookies, doctor and nurses, music and storytelling kept everyone enraptured. The coffee house on Wednesday night at the Baptist church had a lineup of quality singers to entertain the full house.

Chuckerball, Bingo, the golf scramble, the 4-H petting farm and movie night all succeeded with large turnouts and just missed the downpours later that evening.

Friday's tour of the Lafarge plant and quarry was congenially hosted by Scarth MacDonnell and knowledgeable guides. The barbecue was enthusiastically enjoyed by 75 guests.

Jill Sears emceed the celebration of youth at the high school. The honoured guests' resumes were amazing and promising of future successes. Several talented singers and band members added a musical element to the youth program.

Saturday brought runners out for the 5K fun run and the kids run. All runners oblivious of the rain that accompanied them, all hardy souls.

The model airplane demos and the waterslides were cancelled as well as the Saturday night whing-ding. Sunday's closing was a chance to say a sincere thank you to the many sponsors, supporters and volunteers who make it possible to provide nine days of non-stop activities.

Long-time serving members of the co-ordinating committee were Janet Burnett, Lynn Matheson Marian McDonald and Ralph Murphy who are retiring, were thanked for their many years of dedicated service. A new park bench was dedicated to all the volunteers, sponsors and supporters over the past 20 years for their contributions to homecoming. The bench was made possible by Brookfield Concrete and it will enhance visits for those stopping at Creelman Park.

Sunday afternoon in clear weather the rescheduled soap box derby had Braden Cornelius winning the title with his finely crafted entry. The Amazing Race wound up the events on Sunday evening. Winners of the gruelling test were Mark Kennedy, Brittany MacPhee, Kristin Stewart and Patrick Stewart.

The whing-ding was moved to Monday evening, July 27th due to threatening weather on Saturday. There were as always friends greeting friends, most playing games of skills and chance and Bingo, all while enjoying the music of Louisa Manual and Neil MacKinnon. The fresh cut French fries from the fire service and cotton candy are must haves every year.

The skies cleared by sunset and the moon shone providing a stellar setting for a spectacular fireworks display thus marking the closing of another winning whing-ding.

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.

 

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