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Brookfield Notebook: Curling is alive and well in Brookfield


Leadership is vital to the junior and little rock curling programs in Brookfield.

The program, held at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, has been fortunate throughout the years to have quality instruction from several dedicated volunteers and this year is no exception. Leah Bowers, Lisa and Terry Henderson have been instrumental in offering qualified instruction during the past 10 and 15 years.

Last year they were pleased to have Meghan Higgins, a top curling graduate from junior ranks in Metro, join the team. Higgins, now a teacher, is back this year and Mike Henderson, now retired, finds time to instruct as well.

Some of the older juniors help with the little rock curlers, who are six to eight years old. Hunter Redmond, MacKenzie Rose, Meghan Higgins and Lisa Henderson keep these kids busy every second Tuesday. They are learning to be comfortable on the ice, learning the rules and playing with teammates.

There are more than 50 kids in the two groups, coming from Elmsdale, Milford, Maitland, Shubenacadie, Stewiacke, Upper and Middle Stewiacke, Brookfield, Hilden, Shortt's Lake, Pleasant Valley and points in between. It is encouraging to see the interest in the sport and knowing the kids are learning and that they enjoy coming.

These largely recreational programs are a feeder system for adult curling clubs, whether here or across the country. Kent Smith, Philip Crowell, Charles DeBay, Sarah Sears, Jason Moore are some who have made it to the national scene. Some others with exceptional potential in the last 30 years are: Josh Melvin, who had the smoothest slide and most promise of all; John George, Jonathan Crouse, Chad McKinnon, Michael Weatherbee, Karla Armsworthy, Courtney Rutherford, Marty Ettinger, Adam Burrows, Amanda Cox, Jill Kennedy, Jeremy Locke, Cassandra Sears, Roddy Creelman, Graham Matheson Amy Heffernan, Michelle MacDonald, Mark Moore, Troy Taylor, Marcie Burns and many others.

Parents and grandparents are committed to driving the youngsters from the outlying communities, some of which have been coming for a number of years. Jim and Sandy Redmond brought their son Phil when he was nine years old until graduating from high school. Phil is a fine curler now, living and curling in Campbell River, B.C. Jim and Sandy now support grandchildren Hunter and Carter in the sport.

Hunter Redmond recently curled on the South Colchester Academy high school team that won the regional mixed championship in Pugwash. Other curlers who rounded out the team were skip Jamie O'Connell, Chloe Bowers, and Rebecca Rankin. They will advance to provincial play-downs in Truro later in March.

Marilyn and Wayne Anthony of Maitland drive two grandchildren every Wednesday and another to little rocks on alternate Tuesdays, and the kids are learning commitment from their dedicated grandparents. George Searle has been bringing his grandchildren to both programs for the past three years, just to name a few of those involved.

The cost of youth curling has been kept at the price of $50 a year since it began at the Sportsplex more than 30 years ago and the necessary equipment is made available at the club. This is a sport that is available to everyone with subsidization in place where needed.

Nearly all the curlers are actively involved in a second or third sport and other activities including music, dance, youth groups and school involvement. These young folk say, "they have fun here, this sport is different, they meet new friends and it is peaceful."

Curling is cancelled if school is called off. Otherwise their drivers bring them from a distance in some nasty winter weather, and the game of curling is richer for their efforts!

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Combined choirs were united at Brookfield Baptist Church recently for a music night and hymn sing.

Rev. Frank Locke welcomed everyone. Sarah Alexander-Williams played the piano as the crowd gathered, and followed with a piano solo. The audience joined the choirs in a hymn to start things off.

The duet of Carla Shaw and Belinda Adshade sang the old favourite, "For the Beauty of the Earth." Sheryl Patton led the audience in choosing a hymn sing-along, this was followed by Angela MacKinnon's solo entitled, "Lamb of God."

Patton then introduced George Casek, who brought an update on the work done at Camp Pagweak which is celebrating the 70th anniversary this year. The Colchester, Pictou and Cumberland Baptist Association have raised $64,000 to replace the septic system, to prepare the camp for opening this summer. A free-will offering was taken in support of the camp.

Shaw played violin accompanied by Adshade on piano with "Great is Thy Faithfulness" as the collection was received.

The Brookfield Baptist double trio sang "Not Guilty." The group included Cyndy Fiander, Lisa Hartlin-Turner, Melissa Adshade, Susanne Rushton, Patton and Adshade.

In addition, the hymn "It is Well With My Soul" was sung by all in attendance. Rev. Keith Gale sang the solo parts of "I'm Going to be Free" (Jailbreak), accompanied by the Knox United and Baptist choirs. Everyone joined in singing "Amazing Grace" (My Chains Are Gone), followed by "Pass Me Not" before Rev. Eric MacKinnon closed with prayer. Lunch was served to bring the enjoyable evening of lively music to a fitting closing.

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.

The program, held at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, has been fortunate throughout the years to have quality instruction from several dedicated volunteers and this year is no exception. Leah Bowers, Lisa and Terry Henderson have been instrumental in offering qualified instruction during the past 10 and 15 years.

Last year they were pleased to have Meghan Higgins, a top curling graduate from junior ranks in Metro, join the team. Higgins, now a teacher, is back this year and Mike Henderson, now retired, finds time to instruct as well.

Some of the older juniors help with the little rock curlers, who are six to eight years old. Hunter Redmond, MacKenzie Rose, Meghan Higgins and Lisa Henderson keep these kids busy every second Tuesday. They are learning to be comfortable on the ice, learning the rules and playing with teammates.

There are more than 50 kids in the two groups, coming from Elmsdale, Milford, Maitland, Shubenacadie, Stewiacke, Upper and Middle Stewiacke, Brookfield, Hilden, Shortt's Lake, Pleasant Valley and points in between. It is encouraging to see the interest in the sport and knowing the kids are learning and that they enjoy coming.

These largely recreational programs are a feeder system for adult curling clubs, whether here or across the country. Kent Smith, Philip Crowell, Charles DeBay, Sarah Sears, Jason Moore are some who have made it to the national scene. Some others with exceptional potential in the last 30 years are: Josh Melvin, who had the smoothest slide and most promise of all; John George, Jonathan Crouse, Chad McKinnon, Michael Weatherbee, Karla Armsworthy, Courtney Rutherford, Marty Ettinger, Adam Burrows, Amanda Cox, Jill Kennedy, Jeremy Locke, Cassandra Sears, Roddy Creelman, Graham Matheson Amy Heffernan, Michelle MacDonald, Mark Moore, Troy Taylor, Marcie Burns and many others.

Parents and grandparents are committed to driving the youngsters from the outlying communities, some of which have been coming for a number of years. Jim and Sandy Redmond brought their son Phil when he was nine years old until graduating from high school. Phil is a fine curler now, living and curling in Campbell River, B.C. Jim and Sandy now support grandchildren Hunter and Carter in the sport.

Hunter Redmond recently curled on the South Colchester Academy high school team that won the regional mixed championship in Pugwash. Other curlers who rounded out the team were skip Jamie O'Connell, Chloe Bowers, and Rebecca Rankin. They will advance to provincial play-downs in Truro later in March.

Marilyn and Wayne Anthony of Maitland drive two grandchildren every Wednesday and another to little rocks on alternate Tuesdays, and the kids are learning commitment from their dedicated grandparents. George Searle has been bringing his grandchildren to both programs for the past three years, just to name a few of those involved.

The cost of youth curling has been kept at the price of $50 a year since it began at the Sportsplex more than 30 years ago and the necessary equipment is made available at the club. This is a sport that is available to everyone with subsidization in place where needed.

Nearly all the curlers are actively involved in a second or third sport and other activities including music, dance, youth groups and school involvement. These young folk say, "they have fun here, this sport is different, they meet new friends and it is peaceful."

Curling is cancelled if school is called off. Otherwise their drivers bring them from a distance in some nasty winter weather, and the game of curling is richer for their efforts!

*******************

Combined choirs were united at Brookfield Baptist Church recently for a music night and hymn sing.

Rev. Frank Locke welcomed everyone. Sarah Alexander-Williams played the piano as the crowd gathered, and followed with a piano solo. The audience joined the choirs in a hymn to start things off.

The duet of Carla Shaw and Belinda Adshade sang the old favourite, "For the Beauty of the Earth." Sheryl Patton led the audience in choosing a hymn sing-along, this was followed by Angela MacKinnon's solo entitled, "Lamb of God."

Patton then introduced George Casek, who brought an update on the work done at Camp Pagweak which is celebrating the 70th anniversary this year. The Colchester, Pictou and Cumberland Baptist Association have raised $64,000 to replace the septic system, to prepare the camp for opening this summer. A free-will offering was taken in support of the camp.

Shaw played violin accompanied by Adshade on piano with "Great is Thy Faithfulness" as the collection was received.

The Brookfield Baptist double trio sang "Not Guilty." The group included Cyndy Fiander, Lisa Hartlin-Turner, Melissa Adshade, Susanne Rushton, Patton and Adshade.

In addition, the hymn "It is Well With My Soul" was sung by all in attendance. Rev. Keith Gale sang the solo parts of "I'm Going to be Free" (Jailbreak), accompanied by the Knox United and Baptist choirs. Everyone joined in singing "Amazing Grace" (My Chains Are Gone), followed by "Pass Me Not" before Rev. Eric MacKinnon closed with prayer. Lunch was served to bring the enjoyable evening of lively music to a fitting closing.

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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