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April BMC Eagle 2014

April, 2014
Vol. 25, Issue 8

It’s April, and that usually means two things: spring-like weather – we may have to get back to you on that one, after a winter that came early, often, and with big teeth, and the BMC’s Ladies Night! We know Easter falls very late on the calendar this year (April 20); but surely Mother Nature does not have to wait that long to allow people to break out their spring fashions! Fortunately you can count on the BMC to provide a wonderful evening out for the ladies of our community and environs. The BMC will feed and dote on them, and hopefully provide a facsimile of entertainment- the jury is still out on that! The evening will culminate with the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award to a deserving citizen(s), who has contributed a great deal to our fair village. Please plan to attend; we love to have a full hall! Monday, April 21 at Knox Hall; doors open by 6:30, with the dinner very near the top of the agenda.

As mentioned, this winter has been a bear; now nearly 5 months long- many of our neighbours couldn’t take it anymore, and headed to the sun-splashed south. Frank and Hazel Locke went to Jamaica, where they were joined by his son, Ken from Ontario. Daisy Hingley spent time in Florida, and Maureen Foster toured Spain. Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole; Chipper VanTassell and Lori Campbell went to the Dominican Republic, and Patty Densmore, Bill VanTassell and Joan Hatton, Krista Locke, Kathy Cameron, Krista Williams and Jim Pearson, Sherri and Terry Crowell, Heather Fraser and her son, Ben all visited Cuba. Dave and Janice Peterson and Richard and Ellen Sutherland went to Mexico. Gower and Cindy Fiander went on a Caribbean Cruise. Dale Campbell and Jean Mercier travelled to the Land of the Rising Sun and Lexie Stewart jetted to Costa Rica.  Andrew, Jill, Rachel, and Rowan Sears went to Florida. The ski hills were the magnet for others-among the crowd at Sunday River, Maine were Larry and Jennifer Fisher, Jonathan and Jodie Woolfitt, and Charlie and Kathy Weatherbee, all with their kids in tow. Mike, Brenda, Caila, and Dane Henderson and Danique Rowsell schussed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Susan Carter visited her sister Kay Matheson in Victoria, and stopped in Calgary to spend time with sons, Rob, James, daughter-in-law Laura, and her grandkids. Kelly Spencer attended a conference in St. Louis; unfortunately his beloved Cardinals were on the road while he was there. Alton and Lorna Sutherland and Everett and Margie Walters went to Las Vegas and toured part of Arizona and California including Death Valley,

Hospitalized were Paul, Colin and Gordie Campbell, Eric Thompson, Bev Bradley, and Bryan Busby. We hope all are recovering nicely. Home for visits were Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny from Toronto, Mac and daughter Reagan Campbell from Ottawa at Paul and Joan’s, and William Wallace has returned here from western Canada. Herk Sutherland (Alberta) and Beverly Woolaver (Ontario) were home for Phyllis Sutherland’s 90th.

The community was saddened to learn of the accidental death of former Elk great (hockey and softball) Turk Henderson, who was bludgeoned by a massive wave in Mexico. Turk had been spending winters in Calgary and summers at his beloved Brule Point. Our sympathies are extended to Mary Tyler on the recent death of her husband, Dwight. In Boutilier’s Point, Helen Bezanson, mother to Diane Stanton died. Sandra Chapman, wife of former Elks pitching star, Eldon Chapman, passed away in Truro; far too young at 58. Over several weeks, Elk Court said good bye to residents Helen Beattie of Maitland, Lill Boutilier of Lower Sackville, and Albert Fisher of Green Oaks. Roland ” Jake ” Boutilier, step-son to the legendary school teacher Greta Boutilier, died in Bible Hill. Glen Wentzell passed away in Fort Ellis, and former SCA student Payson Gray of Hilden, died in Edmonton. Mark MacSwain died in Alberta; his mother was the late Mary Ann (Fisher), grandson of Ira Fisher. Lloyd Fisher’s wife, Ola Fisher, died in Truro. The Eagle offers sympathy to all who lost loved ones.

In short succession, three delightful ladies in our community turned 90-none of them look (or act) their age! We hope to see Audrey Carter, Mary Fisher, and Phyllis Sutherland at Ladies Night! A baby boy was born to Matt Kaizer and Laura Fudge – grandparents are Barry and Sandra Fudge. Luke Fielding (Jeff, Stephanie) of Forest Glen played on the Truro Bearcats Peewee hockey AAA team that captured the silver medal at provincials. Madison Clarke (Dave, Carla) was key member of the East Hants Penguins, who won the N. S Female Midget Championship, and represented NS at the Atlantic Championships in Deer Lake, where they lost the final in a squeaker to Moncton. The Ice Hogs won the Colchester Women’s Ice Hockey League – some on that team were: Heather Fraser, Kylee Graham, Marissa Roode, Regan Bowers, Bev and Alison Read. Jewel Woolfitt (Jonathan, Jodie) played for the Truro Tigers Mini Girls basketball team who won the Provincial Division 3 Title. Ralph Murphy, Commanding Officer of the local 569 G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron, was a part of the NS Masters curling championship team-he played in the National tournament in Yellowknife, NWT. The Cadet Squadron will hold their 61st Annual Review and inspection on Saturday, May 3 at the Sportsplex – all are welcome to attend, spectators are asked to be seated by 12:45 for the 1:00 pm start. The Brookfield Jr B Elks had a year-end award ceremony-Matt Canning was the leading scorer, Lucas Dawe was Top Defenceman and MVP, Top Forward was Connor Hirtle, Rookie of the Year was Ian O’Brien, and the Ironman award went to Jacob Bowers, who did not miss a single game or practise.

The 38th season of the Brookfield Curling Club wrapped up with their annual banquet. Teams going on the President’s Shield for winning the regular season were (Monday – Tuesday-Thursday-Friday, in order): Leroy Burns, Wilf Clooney, Kirby Densmore, Troy Taylor;Ted and Angie Wellwood, Scott MacIntyre, Jim MacDonald; Leroy Burns, Jim Thompson, Brian Neil, Gary Smeltzer; Darrell Robinson, Darryl MacPhee, Ernie Glinz, Daryl Tracey. Playoff champions (in the same sequence) were: Muir, Tim,and Larry Fisher, Gary Smeltzer; Brian,and Randi-Lynne Buchi, Kevin,and Debbie Pike; Laurie Cochrane, Nigel Butler, Peter Harris, Keiver Read ; Ken Retson, Elmer Archibald, Stacey Harrison, Jason Steele. The 25th Annual Great Community Curling Classic was sponsored by the Brookfield Athletic Association-winning the prized trophy were: Whing Ding Division – Copper Barrel Grill – Pibb Henderson, Kraig MacKenzie, Emily Breckon, Sylvia Kennedy; Red Division – LA Gals – Becky Shearer, Arlene Rutherford, Emily Breckon, Barb Cox; Gold Division – MacKay’s Siding – Jonathan, and Paul Crouse , Terry Henderson, Mitchell Fraser;  Sportsman Draw Division – Property Guys – Laurie Cochrane , Ton Van Oirschot, Ernie Glinz, Gary Doyle.  The Juniors awards: the Rupe and Mary Fisher trophy for love of the game went to Nicole Arseneau, and the Josh Melvin Trophy winner was Melody Sears ; this award recognizes a junior who is most dedicated to the game.

Victoria Fraser of Carter Road was a double winner at the 92nd Annual Truro Music Festival (coordinated by BCC member Kent Loughead)- Victoria led the way in the 8 and under Jazz / Blues vocal solo, and the Musical Theatre solo. ACA-Jam, a youth band from the Ecole Acadien in Truro, and featuring Peter Betts and Brandon Rice, took home the Peoples’ Choice award from “Frogstock 2014”. This gets them the chance to record a demo, as well as a bursary for the Universite de Moncton. Bob Prest, a 1972 SCHS grad now living in Truro Heights, has released a CD entitled Legends and Lies, full of musical memories and lore from the Stewiacke Valley. Dale Fisher, and Bob’s wife, C.J. provide a lot of the music on the CD. Bob is a familiar sight at Coming Home to Brookfield musical shows-he happily contributes his time and talent.  A big pat on the back goes to Melanie Miller (Letha Mowatt’s daughter), on her winning the 2014 Provincial Education Week Teacher Award for Hants West. Melanie is a dynamic teacher who engages her students in french language studies. Melanie also contributes to the school community as coach of girls’ basketball and staff coordinator of PASTE, the school leadership program. This also led to her being awarded the March 2014 Working Together Award by her peers at WHMS. Well done, Melanie!! Also congratulations, is in order for longtime SCHS/SCA English teacher Susan Schurmann on her retirement.  Brookfield native Robyn Storr-Paluch is finishing the year as term teacher in Sue’s spot. At year end another SCA teacher hanging up her chalk brush; middle school math instructor Bianca Blair, who also was a longtime valuable member of the School Advisory Council. Keith Best retired after almost 30 years as local area Superintendent for Canada Post.

The Brookfield Athletic Association is running the Stanley Cup Playoff Pool – why not enjoy some friendly competition, and fill out a ticket!? Cost is only $5; they are available at Roop’s Esso. It is a good way to add some extra enjoyment over the next 2 months, particularly if your team’s season ended early; and you are supporting the BAA so they can continue to fund activities for our community!! Athletes of the Month for March at SCA were Riley MacLeod, Junior Boys Basketball, and the Senior Mixed Curling Team, which won the Northumberland Regional Title – Rebecca Rankine, Jamie O’Connell, Karlee and Andrew Burgess.

The Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA), in partnership with Colchester County Recreation Services will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Awards night on April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Knox United Church Hall. Refreshments and finger food will be available. We hope there is a good turn-out to give the recipients proper recognition. The Brookfield Athletic Association is accepting nominations (until May 30) for the Randy Roop Memorial Award-candidates are those who have made significant contributions to our community’s sporting legacy. Contact Terry (673-2106) or Kim (673- 2298) with nominations. The Terry Fox Committee, in conjunction with Knox United, are hosting “An Evening in Hawaii” on Saturday, May 3. The evening will consist of the Terry Fox Silent Auction and an Exotic Aloha Hawaiian Dinner with entertainment. The price is $25.00 per plate. Viewing and bidding times for the silent auction are Friday 1:30-4:00, 6:30-8:00, Saturday 2:00 -4:00, and during the dinner. Auction items can also be seen on line at http://www.facebook.com/BrookfieldTerryFox. Tickets are available by calling Dorene at 673-3229. Dinner proceeds for Knox United Church and the auction proceeds for the Terry Fox Foundation. To donate auction items, please call Judy at 673-2427. The Terry Fox team will also hold a Book and Bake Sale on June 14-more details in May Eagle. All Around the Circle Seniors Club will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary on Tuesday, April 15 at the All Around the Circle Clubroom at the Sportsplex, with some friendly games of bingo and a BIG cake – all welcome. The meal is at 12 noon, $7 for members, $9 for non-members-why not stop in!

How Do You Get Around SURVEY: The Municipality of Colchester, Town of Truro, and Village of Bible Hill are conducting a survey about walking and cycling among residents. It’s open to people who are living and/or working in Truro, Brookfield, Bible Hill or Tatamagouche. Each respondent will have a chance to win a $100 gift card and ten $20 prizes. The survey will be available until April 18th and can be completed three ways: on-line at http://www.whatgetsyouplaces.ca, by calling 899-7907 to complete the survey over the phone, and interviewers will be approaching people in Brookfield at various events.

The 2014 dates for Coming Home to Brookfield are July 19 – 27; Whing-Ding will be July 25 & 26. The Coming Home to Brookfield Coordinating Committee has started making plans for the 19th year! This year’s theme is “Back Home Again” – watch for a number of new events to be announced over the next several weeks. In order to continue the family focused celebration of community, it is necessary to do some rebuilding. Your help would be WELKCOMED in any of the following ways: – joining the Coordinating Committee, offering suggestions, volunteering for any of the sub-committees, working on logistics etc. If you have pictures or clippings from past years that might be of interest for the 20th Anniversary Yearbook, or you want to help in any capacity, call Judy at 673-2427.

Note the deadline for submitting information for the May Eagle – the last one until September is May 8 – 9.
Happy Easter!The Eagle Remember to check our website for other community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca

 

BMC Eagle March 2014

March, 2014
Vol. 25, Issue 7
The Brookfield Men’s Club (founded 1937) held their anniversary dinner meeting in February, a scrumptious meal was served to 25 members and their offspring guests by the ladies of the Baptist Church. A brief business meeting was held, and then MLA Larry Harrison recounted his experiences in his first 120 days as a member of the Legislature. He gave the attendees an inside look at the workings of Province House, caucus meetings, and other aspects of public life. Larry answered a plethora of questions from the inquisitive Clubmen and guests. The next BMC meeting is slated for St. Patrick’s Day (Monday, March 17) at 7:30.  The program committee for that night have not tipped their hand as to what might be expected -hopefully the lunch will include Lime Rickey pop!!  The invitation to the community is extended to come see what their surprise plan might be!
Margie (Densmore) Johnson’s niece, Alicia Cox of Upper Stewiacke, a divinity student at the Atlantic School of Theology, led a service at Knox United Church in Reverend Vincent’s absence. We express much gratitude to Dennis and Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury for their kind donation to the Eagle’s cause-they are constant benefactors!!  Sorry to report on the passing of long-time Elk Court resident, Lillian Boudreau, formerly of Lower Sackville,
Congratulations to Natalie and Kevin Brenton on the birth of their big baby boy (Wyatt John Brenton)- he checked in at a fraction under 10 pounds! Grandparents are George and Joan Clark and Gerry and Sandra Brenton.  Bobby and Linda Campbell are now grandparents -get your head around that one!!  Their daughter Kelsey, and her husband Matt Davis, gave birth to a daughter, Layla Lily Ann, in Middle Stewiacke. Paternal grandparents are Fred and Carol Davis. A little further up the valley, John and Linda Geddes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary!   Kelly Spencer’s nephew, Ryan Spencer of Great Village, wowed the crowd by winning the Nova Scotia Spelling Bee in Halifax. That win catapults the Grade 7 West Colchester Consolidated School student to Washington, D.C., where he will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, aka the Big Time!  Ryan bested 42 competitors, ranging from grade 4 – 8, and also won a $ 5,000 bursary.  SCA student Kylee Graham had an excellent showing at the Miss Teen Canada Contest, placing fifth.  She was the “people’s choice” in online voting.
Athletes of the month at SCA were basketball players – in January, Shelby Miller, Bradley MacKinnon, Alysha MacSwain, and Colton Graham.  February’s choices were Alicia MacMillan, Jacob MacKenzie, Brooklyn Rutherford, and Bailey Dean.  SCA was also prominent at the Truro Sports Heritage Annual Award Dinner.  The girls softball team was named high school team of the year (they have won the NS title 5 years in a row!), and the Wolves Boys soccer team was the Junior High team of the year.  Madison Clarke, a member of the aforementioned ball team, as well as provincial hockey and fastpitch team, was the female athlete (16-20 years) of the year, and Karlee  Burgess (curling, track, soccer) won the same award in the U-16 category.  Other nominees were the SCA Junior Girls curling team and Erin McCavour, daughter of Cruise Missile Jeff (and Cheryl), in the U-16 athlete category for her excellence in gymnastics, soccer and volleyball.
Terry Canning’s work took him to Savannah, Georgia, for a conference – Krista McMullin accompanied him to check the blossoms on the peach and palmetto trees.  Other travelers included Edna Graham and Zoe Barbour, who went to Florida – Edna visited daughter Lori, and Zoe visited Jackie (and Gordie) Burnett.  Shirley Graham visited son Jeff, Nicole and grandchildren in Okotoks, Alberta.  Also at that Alberta happening spot were Victor and Betty Dickie, visiting their son Bruce and his family, wife Mary and sons Andrew and Spencer.  Jim and Marlene Feener visited Adinda’s family in Ontario.  Roberta Lindsay has moved into Elk Court.
Helene Henderson had a week to bust her buttons; grand-daughter Delaney Henderson (David, Lana) of Cole Harbour won the Gold Medal in the Junior Women’s Division of the Rob McCall Memorial Figure Skating Championships in Dartmouth.  Helene’s son-in-law (Pam’s husband), Jean- Marc Lanthier was promoted to Major-General, and named Deputy Commander of the Canadian Army.  He has been posted to Ottawa. Helene was further thrilled to learn that both granddaughters will be attending nearby Nova Scotia universities in September-Delaney at Dalhousie, and Victoria Lanthier at Acadia  – strangely neither chose their grandfather Ned’s school (Mount Allison)!  Some lovely local lassies also shone at the aforementioned Dartmouth skating competition – Alicia MacMillan (Ed , Wilma) won third gold in Ladies, and sisters Reagan and Nicole Arseneau (Vince, Kendra) won bronze and silver stars, respectively. Well done, girls!  Jill Kennedy, C.A. (Larry, Lynne) has joined the Truro firm, Langley Accounting Ltd – if you need book-keeping, tax, or other accounting work done, she is the person to see!  Clay Miller was the winner of the Athletic Association’s Olympic Hockey Pool – thanks to all who supported the BAA venture- watch for the Stanley Cup Pool in April!!
Shortt’s Lake Resident, Don Murray has recently published his third book, The Death and Resurrection of God: From Christianity to the New Story. In it he outlines the major changes happening in the church and world, and points the way to a hopeful future. It is available from Don (673-2909, emilydon2@gmail.com), at our local Pharmasave, or as e-book from Amazon. Shannon Baird suffered a broken arm in a fall, and Eloise Yorke and Jocelyn Langille were hospitalized, but both are now well on the mend.
Brookfield students at Colchester Christian Academy, Angela MacKinnon and Jessica Rushton accompanied by chaperone Susanne Rushton will accompany a delegation of 13 from their school to a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic on March 15. While there they will be working with a Relief Organization in the “Empower Girls Program” providing skills training to the children at “Hugs for  Kids” school. They will also assist in the construction of a new home and visit a Medical Center for Pregnancy Resources. There is a great need for humanitarian items for this medical center for both adults and children such as gauze, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, toothpaste and clothes for baby boys in particular. A detailed list of needs can be provided for anyone interested in assisting with this by contacting Brookfield Baptist Church and donations can be placed in a box in the foyer of the church. A successful Rummage Sale was held at Brookfield Baptist Church to help raise funds for this worthy cause. Thanks to all who participated.
Kudos to Upper Stewiacke Elementary teaching staff Alison Read, Lindsay Shelley and Marion Hart for organizing a trip to the Sportsplex to introduce their students to curling.  The kids were ultra-enthused and very well-mannered, and were delighted to experience the game.  Thanks to the Brookfield Curling Club, and volunteer instructors, Terry, Lisa and Mike Henderson and Keiver and Bev Read.  Look for a surge in enrollment in the Junior Program next year!  The Brookfield Elks Junior B Hockey Club has a new management group – thanks to President Josh Boulton of Melville Drive for putting together a strong group, including coach Patrick Stewart, Mark Kennedy, Keiver Read, Richard Patterson, Jay Duffy, and Cory Baird.  They are working diligently to build support for the team for the 2014-2015 season and beyond; we hope to see an exciting team on the ice in the fall.
There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Coffee Party at Knox United Hall on Monday March 17, 10:00 AM-goodwill offering.  The All Around the Circle Seniors Club will hold their monthly luncheon on Tuesday, March 18 at 12:00, at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex.  Come enjoy a good meal and fellowship; the new price is $7 for members, $9 for guests. The BMC Ladies Night will be Monday April 21:  the BMC is now accepting nominations (until March 20) for the 2014 Eagle Award, given annually to a person or persons who make our community a much better place. Pass along nominations (feel free to include supporting info) to Committee Chair Charlie Burnett (cburnett@ns.sympatico.ca) or Mike Henderson (mdhenderson@eastlink.ca) as Eagle Award nomination receivers. The BAA is accepting nominations (until May 30) for the 2013-14 Randy Roop Memorial Award, annually presented to one who has made major contributions to our community’s sporting legacy-past and present. Contact Terry (673-2106) or Kim (673-2298) with nominations.  The Great Community Curling Classic will be held at the Brookfield Curling Club March 28-29-30.  This fun-filled event welcomes curlers of ALL levels, from neophyte to grizzled veterans, and is a great way to get into this wonderful game. Contact Lisa (673-2106), Pibb (673-3262), Mike (673-2769) or any BCC member for more info. The St Patrick’s Bonspiel will be held Saturday March 15 – this is another fun event, replete with colorful costumes. Call Josh @ 673-2141 for info. The BCC will hold their Annual Closing Banquet on Friday April 4- tickets are available in advance-contact Lisa (673-2106).  There is potential interest in having a community garden in Brookfield and if you would like to know more about this project, you are invited to a meeting at 7 pm on March 18th at Knox United Church.
The Brookfield Community Assembly, (BCA) in partnership with Colchester County Recreation Services will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation night on April 28, 2014; we would appreciate it if any non-profit organization or group would nominate a person or persons from their body to receive a Volunteer Award.  Please contact Susan Smith of the BCA Recreation and Leisure Committee at 650-2107 or Susan Stevenson at 673-2479 before March 23.  The Terry Fox Committee, in conjunction with Knox United, are hosting “An Evening in Hawaii” with Hawaiian dinner, entertainment and a silent auction – save Saturday May 3 for this – more details in the April Eagle.
The 2014 dates for Coming Home to Brookfield are July 19 – 27; Whing-Ding will be July 25 & 26.  The Coming Home to Brookfield Coordinating Committee has started making plans for the 19th year!  This year’s theme is “Back Home Again” – watch for a number of new events to be announced over the next several weeks. In order to continue the family focused celebration of community, it is necessary to do some rebuilding. Your help would be WELKCOMED in any of the following ways: – joining the Coordinating Committee, offering suggestions, volunteering for any of the sub-committees, working on logistics etc.  If you have pictures or clippings from past years that might be of interest for the 20th Anniversary Yearbook, or you want to help in any capacity, call Judy at 673-2427.
Please join us at the BMC on Monday, March 17, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station for the monthly meeting – all are welcome, and it may be your last chance to get in the ensemble cast as part of the Ladies Night entertainment!
The Eagle
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BMC Eagle Feb 2014

February, 2014         Vol. 25, Issue 6
The Brookfield Men’s Club will host their annual Anniversary Dinner Meeting on Monday, February 17, at a special time and place – 6:30 PM at the Baptist Church auditorium. The BMCers extend their usual invitation to community members to join them (and their offspring!) for what is always a terrific meal, and an entertaining program. The only caveat is that all BMCers that have not done so already, and any members of the public who wish to attend, must contact Mike at 673-2769 by February 12 latest, so the proper number of meals can be planned. Cost is $15/plate; we hope you choose to attend! Hopefully this meal will not have the soporific effect on the Eagle staff (editor/reporters) that the Christmas season turkey did, which contributed to an avalanche of miscues in the January edition. We apologize to any and all who were left scratching their heads at our stupidity. Heather MacFarlane’s husband is
Greg Loewen; and we somehow transported her sister Sheryl several thousand kilometres east from BC to Newfoundland?!!? Lori Campbell-VanTassell’s business in Stewiacke is the Copper Barrel Pub and Eatery. Please forgive us; we will try harder.
Three former Elks hockey stars led the hospital parade — super-slick centerman of the 1960s powerhouse teams, Gerry MacWha, had hip surgery; his convalescence was much abetted with the return home of his daughter, Janet Taylor. Big defenseman, Jack Roop had a knee operation; he plans on being good-as-new for next year! Zach Sill hit the 20 game mark in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, then was sent to the “Baby Pens” AHL team in Wilkes-Barre / Scranton – while there he had an opponent’s skate sever tendons in his forearm – his recovery is expected to be complete, but may likely end his season. Mary Henderson had a scare when she slipped on ice near her home, resulting in a broken hip–the unfortunate sidebar is that she was outside alone for an hour, on a very frigid night. Fortunately Terry and Lisa arrived from curling before permanent damage ensued, and her recovery is progressing.  Leah (Benvie) Hamilton is progressing very nicely after having both hips replaced over the past five months.
Dave and Anitra Whidden visited family in Newfoundland; Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole chose the considerably warmer isle of Curacao in the Dutch Antilles. (Delta) Dawn Carter-Henderson and her sister Irene Morrisey vacationed in Cuba. Sarah Densmore is working in Grand Forks, British Columbia. Joan Campbell went to visit son Mac’s family in Ottawa. Norm and Val Taylor and family (sons Andrew, Aaron, daughter Juilienne, and spouses, and three grandchildren enjoyed Walt Disney World in Orlando. Our heartfelt thanks go to Shortt’s Lake residents, Roger and Barb Ryan, who sent a nice note and very generous donation to the Eagle from Fort Lauderdale!
A baby girl was born to Andre Garneau and Krysten Stewart in Quebec City. Grandmother Patty Stewart and great-grandmother Shirley Comeau made the trek to greet Sadie Jane. Great grandfather is Bill Stewart. Patrick and Petra Stewart welcomed their second daughter, Lainey, a sister for Sophie. Grandparents are Dan and Lexie Stewart, and Peter and Kathy Graham of Pembroke; great-grandmother is Pat Stewart. Belated congratulations to Hilary Paquet, who travelled to Nepal in late 2013 to work on her own time for Habitat for Humanity International. Hilary has now made five trips for this very worthwhile organization, the others being to Bolivia and Central America.
Multi-talented SCA student Karlee Burgess played second stone on the Nova Scotia rink that finished a very strong third at the Canadian Junior Girls Curling Championships, held recently in Liverpool. None of the team is more than 16 in the Under 20 event! The Brookfield Elks won the Bantam A division of a hockey tournament in St. John, NB. Locals on the team are Noah McCallum, Keegan Crowell, Cameron DeGroot and Cameron McLeod. The SCA senior boys basketball team, under the direction of hard-working coach Kyle Cormier, made it to the finals of their tournament, losing in the championship game to a terrific Hants North team. Members of the Wolves are Brad MacKinnon, Ryan Duykers, Alberto Serracin, Jordan Eastman, Travis Mercer, Matt Joudry, Colton Beach, Carl MacKay, Jacob and Jordan McKenzie, Morgan and Garret Johnson. Another SCA student making big waves is Eastville’s Kylee Graham. This very personal and beautiful Grade XII student is the only representative from Atlantic Canada in the Miss Teen Canada competition. Kylee is multi-talented; she plays on soccer, basketball and hockey teams, performs Highland dance, writes poetry, paints and sketches, is an Honours with distinction student, teaches young children to skate and reads to children with mental disabilities. She has grown up on a sheep farm, and will attend university next year, hoping as a career in veterinary medicine. On line voting is part of the criteria; this is definitely an incredible young lady we can get behind. To learn more and see the pretty photos, and to cast your vote (frequently, we hope!) go to http://www.misscanadatm.com/kylee_graham.html. (under score between kylee and graham). Please vote for this very charming young lady!
Crystal Lake Drive’s superb talent James Hill is back in the studio – recording an album is expensive, exhausting, and completely amazing. You can be part of the fun by pre-ordering your copy of James’ new CD. It’s a great way to support our local musician[s], plus you get exclusive perks when you pre-order! Find out more at www.jameshillmusic.com/PatronOfTheArts.  James and his wife Anne Davison recently gave a bravura performance in Truro at a fundraiser for Archway Counseling. Another prominent musician originally from the Trenholm’s Lake area is Dale Fisher — he was honored for 40 years of exemplary service as a driver of big rigs for Fisher Transport. Dale is a highly-valued employee – he and his family were recognized at a get-together where Dale was presented with a beautiful steel guitar! Several BMCers enjoyed a tour of the Stanfield’s factory in January, marveling at the building and equipment, and seeing all that is involved in knitting, dyeing, cutting and sewing apparel. The Brookfield influence at that company has been reduced with the retirement of Vice Presidents Mike Henderson and Andrew Sears, leaving with over 60 years of service between them – they and their families had a nice send-off at the Truro Golf Club. Condolences go to Susan Stevenson and her siblings on the passing of former Carter Road resident, Byard “Rub” Carter, in Truro. Rub also leaves brother, Gerry, and many grandchildren. At Elk Court, former Musquodoboit Valley resident Mildred Stewart, mother of Vicky McCoul passed away. She was grandmother to Lana MacKay and former Elk slugger Bob MacKay. Vicky had earlier lost her sister Helen Weir of Harmony. Lauretta Hamilton, formerly of Upper Stewiacke, passed away at Elk Court. Brookfielders mourned the passing of Ida Lib Adams in Tatamagouche– she was a daughter of the late Cecil and Marion Smith, and sister to Roberta Smith, and spent most of her formative years in the downtown core. Annie Dickey of Lower Truro died – she was a sister to the late Marie O’Hanley.The All Around the Circle Seniors Club will hold their monthly luncheon on Tuesday February 18 at the Sportsplex – come enjoy a good meal and friendship. “Sweet Treats Bingo” will be held at Elk Court on Saturday February 15, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Prizes are cakes, pies and home-made sweets!! Bingo cards can be purchased at the door or by contacting Recreation coordinator Janice Sanford @ 650-3303. Proceeds are for recreational activities for Elk Court residents. Leah Roop is conducting Yoga classes on Thursday at the Fire Station – 5:30-6:30. Joanne Hatfield is offering a beginner class for aspiring ukulele players – call 673-2227 for more information.
The BMC Ladies Night will be Monday April 21:  the BMC is now accepting nominations (until March 20) for the 2014 Eagle Award, given annually to a person or persons who make our community a much better place. Pass along nominations (feel free to include supporting info) to Committee Chair Charlie Burnett (673- 2302), the Eagle at the e-address below, or to any BMC member. The Brookfield Athletic Association held their annual meeting in early February, and while the organization is healthy, it was noted that all of their major fund-raisers (Whing Ding, Sportsmen’s Draw- nee Big Game Hunt, hockey pools, and Elks Golf Scramble) all had reduced profits in the past year. The BAA very much intends to keep up their support of sporting activities, especially at the grass-roots level in funding Minor Hockey, Figure Skating, Club Volleyball, Junior Curling and Golf, Minor Ball, and athletic programs at our local schools, etc. You can help by supporting these programs–you will have to hurry to get in the Olympics hockey pool (closes February 11), but the NHL weekly ones will resume after Sochi. The Golf Scramble and Whing Ding both take place in July, and you can get your Sportsmens’ Draw tickets from August ‘til early November.  The BAA is accepting nominations (until May 30) for the 2013-14 Randy Roop Memorial Award, annually presented to one who has made major contributions to our community’s sporting legacy–past and present. Contact Terry (673-2106) or Kim (673-2298) with nominations.  The Great Community Curling Classic will be held at the Brookfield Curling Club March 28-29-30.  This fun-filled event welcomes curlers of ALL levels, from neophyte to grizzled veterans, and is a great way to get into this wonderful game. Contact Lisa (673-2106), Pibb (673-3262), Mike (673-2769) or any BCC member for more info.
The Brookfield Community Assembly, (BCA) in partnership with Colchester County Recreation Services will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation night on April 28, 2014; we would appreciate it if any non-profit organization or group would nominate a person or persons from their body to receive a Volunteer Award. Please contact Susan Smith of the BCA Recreation and Leisure Committee at 650-2107 or Susan Stevenson at 673-2479 before March 23.
What do you think about walking and cycling in Brookfield?
We want to hear from you! Be part of an exciting people-powered (‘active’) transportation project. Tell us…What holds you back? What would motivate you to walk or bicycle in Brookfield? Write your ideas on the community chalkboards at the Brookfield Bakery & Hurricane Heidi’s, MacQuarrie’s Pharmasave, and the Sportsplex until February 22. Also, plan to join in the county-wide conversation about “What gets you places?” (enjoy live music and treats!) on February 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Church Hall (corner of Queen and Lorne) in Truro. What we learn will lead to a public survey in the spring and a special project this summer, supporting our community to be healthy, connected and liveable. This county-wide project is supported by the Municipality of Colchester and several other partners. Visit www.whatgetsyouplaces.cato learn more and to see what others are saying about getting around their community.
The 2014 dates for
Homecoming are July 19 to July 27; Whing-Ding will be July 25 & 26. The Coming Home to Brookfield Coordinating Committee has started making plans for the 19th year! In order to continue the family focused celebration of community, it is necessary to do some rebuilding. Your help would be WELKCOMED in any of the following ways: – joining the Coordinating Committee, offering suggestions, volunteering for any of the sub-committees, working on logistics etc. If you have pictures or clippings from past years that might be of interest for the 20th Anniversary Yearbook, or you want to help in any capacity, call Judy at 673-2427
We hope to see you at the BMC Anniversary Dinner Meeting at 6:30 on February 17; please remember you must pre-register (673-2769) by February 12 latest. Hug all your loved ones on Valentine’s Day!!  www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca

 

 

 

January 2014

Vol. 25, Issue 5

Happy New Year to all! On behalf of the Brookfield Men’s Club the Eagle wishes all readers near and far the very best possible 2014! The BMCers held a lively Christmas party in December, highlighted by a sing-song of carols, some challenging games, a gift exchange, and a fantastic lunch. The membership roll continues to grow as recent attendees included former resident Larry Archibald, whom we hope will be in Brookfield more frequently, and Brookes VanTassell, former junior national softball team member. The BMCers kicked the season off with the wonderful decoration of an illuminated star and a tree at the corner – the tree was a bit ragged at first, but the subsequent rework was inspired. The BMC thank Lila MacPhee for allowing them to utilize her electricity. The winners of the Annual Christmas Decorating Contest are as follows: Best Outdoor Decorated Tree – Jim and Vicki McCoul, Best Religious theme – Kevin and Rosalynn Clarke, Best Light Display – Rob and Joelle Bezanson, Best Multiple Tree Arrangement – Gerald and Roseann Wright, Best Overall – Andrew and Becky Roop. There is no truth to the rumour that the judges only made it to Upper Brookfield before running out of gas, and calling it a night!! Proof of that is the Best Commercial Awards went to Units #1 and #2, Brandt Lane Apartments. Thanks to all who helped make our village sparkle! The decorations certainly glowed this year with the very early and empathic winter conditions – it was indeed a winter wonderland, though the temperatures dipping into the -20’s in late December and early January gave many pause. Then a few deluges took away all the beautiful snow?!?

It was nice to see a torrent of people home for the holidays – these included Herb and Betty MacFarlane’s daughters Sheryl (from Newfoundland) and Heather and Ken Loewen from Maine. Lewis Ingram and Lana Crewe returned from Fort McMurray to spend a couple of weeks in their Upper Brookfield residence, and still managed to get away on a ski trip to Attitash in the beautiful Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Debbie Ross’ daughter, Amanda Ettinger and her husband Tony Newman, were home from Auburn, Maine to visit her mother (and father Lawrence Ettinger of North Noel Road – he is well known at the Brookfield Golf Club!). Ryan Sutherland and his family are home from Alberta, as was Carl Sutherland, and the Rutherford (Logan, Nancy) sisters (Anna and Sarah). Delightful to see Erica Nielsen (Rod, Lori) home from Australia for the Holiday season. Kim, Kraig and Jessi Kennedy were here, as was the expectant Krysten Stewart and her man Andre Garneau from Quebec City. Paul Crossman and fiancé Kaitlyn Murray of Kingston, Ontario visited his parents, Marg and Ron. Coming from Ontario were Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny and Dan, Marita, and Clara Retson (Gene, Marion). Home from Calgary was Jerad Stewart, son of Brian Stewart and Tammy Armstrong; he and Lewis did get in a game with their former team, the Cruise Missiles. One of the most eventful arrivals was that of Pittsburgh Penguins center Zach Sill. Zach has now appeared in 18 games in the NHL, most of them wins! It looked like he was about to be storm-stayed after the Pens’ game in Ottawa on December 23 when all commercial flights were grounded. However, fellow Nova Scotian and Olympian Sidney Crosby chartered a jet back to Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, and was happy to bring Zach along for a 60 hour break from their hectic NHL schedule. Upon his arrival, Zach and many of his friends and family were hosted with a get together at the Copper Kettle Bar and Grill in Stewiacke. This business was purchased not long ago by Lori Campbell-VanTassell. Early reports say the food iswonderful; stop in and see Lori and her crew – she promises not to let Chipper in the Kitchen! Also on the NHL front, Zoe Barbour was disappointed when her former Chateauguay neighbour’s son, Corey Crawford was not named as a goaltender for Canada’s Olympic team, despite having won the Stanley Cup last spring with the Chicago Blackhawks. Billy VanTassell was hospitalized briefly; Mary Henderson suffered a broken hip from a fall on the ice. We hope her recovery goes well.

Congratulations to the organizers, performers, support staff, and the public, who all contributed to make the Food for the Spirit concert a success. This worthwhile endeavour, in support of the Colchester Food Bank, was led by Leah Bowers, technical direction was looked after by Rod Nielsen and Bruce Isenor, Master of Ceremonies was Lisa Henderson. Among the standout performers were the new-to-the- Ukulele group including Shirley Graham, Susan Carter, Jean Hamilton, Myrna, Lynn, Robert and Doreen Matheson, guided by leader Joanne Hatfield. Their performance was noteworthy as they have only taken up the ukulele recently. Joanne’s fingerprints were on much of the evening – she was an accompanist to many including the mother-grandaughter duo of Anitra Whidden and Marlee Reid. Other performers were Megan and Bruce Isenor, the Ross family – husband/father Tim, wife/mother Lorraine, and charming daughters Audrey and Josée; Marian Lindsay, Village Blend (Lori Nielsen, Susan MacDonald, Brenda Henderson, Doris Betts, Karen Fisher and Joanne Hatfield); and the ageless Eric Bowers. The audience was enthusiastic on the Monday evening before Christmas; the only regret was that there weren’t more there to enjoy the performances. The crowd may have been reduced by the rescheduling due to Sunday’s storm. Congratulations to the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) for successfully hosting their 9th Annual Phil Sears Memorial Friendship Tournament between Christmas and New Year’s – specifically the Midget A Elks and co-chair Jackie Fahey (of Elm Street) and the Colchester Female Bantam Cyclones. The tourney operated Novice, Bantam and Midget divisions.

The Eagle’s Christmas stocking was overflowing – how can we thank our kind readers enough for such generosity, that is truly appreciated by the BMCers?! Cards and financial contributions came from Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Byrd in Thamesford, Ontario, Emma (Messervey) Cox, Joyce Geddes, of Middle Stewiacke, Hilden/Shortt’s Lake residents Donnie and Marg Fisher, and the gentle giant, whose kindness know no bounds, big Bill Kennedy of Sunrise Crest. We thank you all so very much!

We have more Brookfielders ascending into the clouds – Nathan Allinson and his M.D. girlfriend Jackie Foley, who reside in the Vancouver area, climbed the heights of Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Former Brookfield Junior Elks hockey player Brett Lauther had a successful season as a kicker for the Hamilton Tiger-cats in the Canadian Football League, and inked a contract with the Tabbies for 2014. Phil Crowell, son of Maurice, has advanced to the provincial curling championships – he plays on the strong Chad Stevens team. Karlee Burgess an unstoppable force at South Colchester Academy in soccer, track and field and curling, was second stone on the Nova Scotia Junior curling championship team – the rink was skipped by Mary Fay from Chester, and they will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Championships in Liverpool in the next week. SCA English teacher Chris Ross was inducted into the CEC Sports Hall of Fame for his basketball exploits at the Truro school; likewise the 1980-81 Cougars girls basketball team which won the Provincial championship also was enshrined. On that team were locals Chris (Matheson) Bernard and Robyn Storr-Paluch. The powerhouse squad was coached by former SCHS Phys. Ed teacher Keith MacKenzie. Athletes of the Month for November-December at SCA were: Seniors – Ryan Duykers, Jared Schenkels, Rachel Sears and Rebecca Rankine; Juniors – Jana Pulsifer, Jessica McClellan, Hannah Fisher. Julie Walters and Kraig MacKenzie announced their engagement.

Gotham City was the lure for Beth Maguire, who went to New York/New Jersey to shop the market on behalf of Stanfield’s, and Kyle Henderson, whose senior Fine Arts class at Mount Allison University took their class trip there to tour the internationally renowned museums (and skateboarding hot spots!). Jack Roop and Mike Fields jetted to Chicago to watch the final game of the NFL season, an exciting contest won by the Green Bay Packers getting them into the playoffs. Lee Nelson, for some reason (?!?) a Dallas Cowboys fan, flew to Big D, where he met Nate McCallum and they attended the season finale. Lee was devastated when his Cowboys came up short and lost the playoff spot to the winning Philadelphia Eagles. Mark Dean has relocated to the ritzy West Palm Beach, Florida area where he is pursuing his lust for anything equine. Shane and Laura (McCallum) Grinton travelled to Pittsburgh to see one of Zach Sill’s game – he was most pleased to spot them in their seats near the penalty box (where he sat for a couple of minutes that evening) and he happily acknowledged their presence. Dan Dean hoped to go to Edmonton, to meet daughter Jill, down from Whitehorse, so they could join up with nephew/cousin Zach Sill in the Alberta capital for the Penguins game against the Oilers. Dan’s plans were foiled by the interruption of air services at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, so Jill went solo. Gordie and Doreen Frank went to Ontario, as did Richard, Ellen, Alton, and Lorna Sutherland, and Terry Canning and Krista McMullin, to help celebrate Fred and Karen Davis’ 50th wedding anniversary. Sister Charlene (Sutherland) Fraser also travelled from B.C. for the event. Joan Campbell went to Ottawa, while Betty Roop and Alison Read visited Toronto. Holly Dean went to New York, and William Wallace went to Alberta. Dallys Serricin (Juan, Lori), former standout goalkeeper for the SCA soccer team, has travelled to Chile and Argentina to get an up close and personal look at the Andes. Dallys is graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) degree from Dalhousie, and is working at the Pockwock Lake water treatment facility in HRM. She will soon be resuming her studies toward her Masters in Civil Engineering – don’t get into a mathematics challenge with that girl! Her beau, Dave Cameron from Middle Stewiacke (another SCA grad) is putting the finishing touches on his Dal Engineering (Mechanical) degree – well done folks!

The holiday season was saddened by the loss of Mary Crossman; a kind-hearted, lovely woman as ever you will meet. Despite some health issues, Mary always was upbeat, and we are sad to see her part this mortal coil at age 90. Condolences also go to Monty Patton, on the passing of his mother Joan, who was also the grandmother to Daniel and Luke Patton, and Erin Jamieson. We are saddened to learn of the death of popular Brookfield Golf Club member Howard Meek in Fall River. He will be missed at the BCG – his son Derek is a perennial Shaw Cup team performer. Eileen Graham, mother of Kerry, Cindy, Frankie and Glen Moore, and sister-in-law to Jim Moore, died in Truro. Leo Bowman, father of Kim Crowe, died. Barbara Barass of Bible Hill, mother to Al Durkee and step-mother to Janet Burnett passed away. Ruth Wasson, mother of Joanne Conrad, passed away in Great Village. Wayne Parnham’s wife, Ann passed away in Summerside, PEI; and Joanne Rogers’ brother Ray Ransome died in the Annapolis Valley. George Andrews, father of Ruth Hatton and Shirley Crocker, died in Stratford, Ont. The sisters also lost their brother John Dillman of Lantz. Myrna Brown died at Elk Court – she was a much revered schoolteacher in her home town of Shubenacadie. Her late husband Wilf was a BCC member, and her son Mike and her grandkids were regulars at the Sportsplex. We express sympathies on behalf of the community to those who have lost loved ones.
The much sought-after
Brookfield Elks license plates have arrived, and are for sale at Roop’s Esso, or call 673-2070. Late for Christmas stockings, but a must have for your vehicle or rec. room! The 10thWave of the Cobequid New Horizons Band program will begin with an instrument demonstration and experimentation session on Thursday, January 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the Princess Margaret Rose School building (next to the Lawton’s Drug Store on Willow Street). This beginner band for seniors is open to anyone over the age of 50 – no experience is necessary. For more information please call Paul Barrett at 986-1785 or email barp@eastlink.ca. The Eagle is going to attend (!?!!) – any others coming along for the adventure!? All Around the Circle Senior Citizens meet for dinner at 12 noon on January 21 at the Sportsplex Seniors Room – doors open at 11:30. Debbie Matheson hosts a yoga class every Tuesday night from 6-7 at Knox Hall – drop in fee is $5. A 4 week session of hour long Zumba fitness classes will be held at the Middle Stewiacke Rec Centre (instructor Crystal Parker-Brant) – contact Kari Blaikie-Furmidge for more info.

We wish to extend our thanks to Cindy Bonin who is completing a lengthy run as Eagle’s typist with this issue – we are most thankful for her patience dealing with an overly anal editor. Special notice is hereby provided for the ladies who “forget” the annual Ladies Night Extravaganza put on by the BMCers for the females of the community. We will post reminders in this and the next three Eagles, that the annual event will fall on Monday April 21 at 6:30 - save the date now, as we hope to have an overflow attendance. Enjoy the Super Bowl (Patriots-Seahawks) and the Sochi Olympics! Happy 60th to Bill Campbell!

Come join us at the BMC on Monday, January 20 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station.

The Eagle

 

Happy New Year to all! On behalf of the Brookfield Men’s Club the Eagle wishes all readers near and far the very best possible 2014! The BMCers held a lively Christmas party in December, highlighted by a sing-song of carols, some challenging games, a gift exchange, and a fantastic lunch. The membership roll continues to grow as recent attendees included former resident Larry Archibald, whom we hope will be in Brookfield more frequently, and Brookes VanTassell, former junior national softball team member. The BMCers kicked the season off with the wonderful decoration of an illuminated star and a tree at the corner – the tree was a bit ragged at first, but the subsequent rework was inspired. The BMC thank Lila MacPhee for allowing them to utilize her electricity. The winners of the Annual Christmas Decorating Contest are as follows: Best Outdoor Decorated Tree – Jim and Vicki McCoul, Best Religious theme – Kevin and Rosalynn Clarke, Best Light Display – Rob and Joelle Bezanson, Best Multiple Tree Arrangement – Gerald and Roseann Wright, Best Overall – Andrew and Becky Roop. There is no truth to the rumour that the judges only made it to Upper Brookfield before running out of gas, and calling it a night!! Proof of that is the Best Commercial Awards went to Units #1 and #2, Brandt Lane Apartments. Thanks to all who helped make our village sparkle! The decorations certainly glowed this year with the very early and empathic winter conditions – it was indeed a winter wonderland, though the temperatures dipping into the -20’s in late December and early January gave many pause. Then a few deluges took away all the beautiful snow?!?

 

It was nice to see a torrent of people home for the holidays – these included Herb and Betty MacFarlane’s daughters Sheryl (from Newfoundland) and Heather and Ken Loewen from Maine. Lewis Ingram and Lana Crewe returned from Fort McMurray to spend a couple of weeks in their Upper Brookfield residence, and still managed to get away on a ski trip to Attitash in the beautiful Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Debbie Ross’ daughter, Amanda Ettinger and her husband Tony Newman, were home from Auburn, Maine to visit her mother (and father Lawrence Ettinger of North Noel Road – he is well known at the Brookfield Golf Club!). Ryan Sutherland and his family are home from Alberta, as was Carl Sutherland, and the Rutherford (Logan, Nancy) sisters (Anna and Sarah). Delightful to see Erica Nielsen (Rod, Lori) home from Australia for the Holiday season. Kim, Kraig and Jessi Kennedy were here, as was the expectant Krysten Stewart and her man Andre Garneau from Quebec City. Paul Crossman and fiancé Kaitlyn Murray of Kingston, Ontario visited his parents, Marg and Ron. Coming from Ontario were Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny and Dan, Marita, and Clara Retson (Gene, Marion). Home from Calgary was Jerad Stewart, son of Brian Stewart and Tammy Armstrong; he and Lewis did get in a game with their former team, the Cruise Missiles. One of the most eventful arrivals was that of Pittsburgh Penguins center Zach Sill. Zach has now appeared in 18 games in the NHL, most of them wins! It looked like he was about to be storm-stayed after the Pens’ game in Ottawa on December 23 when all commercial flights were grounded. However, fellow Nova Scotian and Olympian Sidney Crosby chartered a jet back to Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, and was happy to bring Zach along for a 60 hour break from their hectic NHL schedule. Upon his arrival, Zach and many of his friends and family were hosted with a get together at the Copper Kettle Bar and Grill in Stewiacke. This business was purchased not long ago by Lori Campbell-VanTassell. Early reports say the food iswonderful; stop in and see Lori and her crew – she promises not to let Chipper in the Kitchen! Also on the NHL front, Zoe Barbour was disappointed when her former Chateauguay neighbour’s son, Corey Crawford was not named as a goaltender for Canada’s Olympic team, despite having won the Stanley Cup last spring with the Chicago Blackhawks. Billy VanTassell was hospitalized briefly; Mary Henderson suffered a broken hip from a fall on the ice. We hope her recovery goes well.

 

Congratulations to the organizers, performers, support staff, and the public, who all contributed to make the Food for the Spirit concert a success. This worthwhile endeavour, in support of the Colchester Food Bank, was led by Leah Bowers, technical direction was looked after by Rod Nielsen and Bruce Isenor, Master of Ceremonies was Lisa Henderson. Among the standout performers were the new-to-the- Ukulele group including Shirley Graham, Susan Carter, Jean Hamilton, Myrna, Lynn, Robert and Doreen Matheson, guided by leader Joanne Hatfield. Their performance was noteworthy as they have only taken up the ukulele recently. Joanne’s fingerprints were on much of the evening – she was an accompanist to many including the mother-grandaughter duo of Anitra Whidden and Marlee Reid. Other performers were Megan and Bruce Isenor, the Ross family – husband/father Tim, wife/mother Lorraine, and charming daughters Audrey and Josée; Marian Lindsay, Village Blend (Lori Nielsen, Susan MacDonald, Brenda Henderson, Doris Betts, Karen Fisher and Joanne Hatfield); and the ageless Eric Bowers. The audience was enthusiastic on the Monday evening before Christmas; the only regret was that there weren’t more there to enjoy the performances. The crowd may have been reduced by the rescheduling due to Sunday’s storm. Congratulations to the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) for successfully hosting their 9th Annual Phil Sears Memorial Friendship Tournament between Christmas and New Year’s – specifically the Midget A Elks and co-chair Jackie Fahey (of Elm Street) and the Colchester Female Bantam Cyclones. The tourney operated Novice, Bantam and Midget divisions.

 

The Eagle’s Christmas stocking was overflowing – how can we thank our kind readers enough for such generosity, that is truly appreciated by the BMCers?! Cards and financial contributions came from Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Byrd in Thamesford, Ontario, Emma (Messervey) Cox, Joyce Geddes, of Middle Stewiacke, Hilden/Shortt’s Lake residents Donnie and Marg Fisher, and the gentle giant, whose kindness know no bounds, big Bill Kennedy of Sunrise Crest. We thank you all so very much!

 

We have more Brookfielders ascending into the clouds – Nathan Allinson and his M.D. girlfriend Jackie Foley, who reside in the Vancouver area, climbed the heights of Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Former Brookfield Junior Elks hockey player Brett Lauther had a successful season as a kicker for the Hamilton Tiger-cats in the Canadian Football League, and inked a contract with the Tabbies for 2014. Phil Crowell, son of Maurice, has advanced to the provincial curling championships – he plays on the strong Chad Stevens team. Karlee Burgess an unstoppable force at South Colchester Academy in soccer, track and field and curling, was second stone on the Nova Scotia Junior curling championship team – the rink was skipped by Mary Fay from Chester, and they will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Championships in Liverpool in the next week. SCA English teacher Chris Ross was inducted into the CEC Sports Hall of Fame for his basketball exploits at the Truro school; likewise the 1980-81 Cougars girls basketball team which won the Provincial championship also was enshrined. On that team were locals Chris (Matheson) Bernard and Robyn Storr-Paluch. The powerhouse squad was coached by former SCHS Phys. Ed teacher Keith MacKenzie. Athletes of the Month for November-December at SCA were: Seniors – Ryan Duykers, Jared Schenkels, Rachel Sears and Rebecca Rankine; Juniors – Jana Pulsifer, Jessica McClellan, Hannah Fisher. Julie Walters and Kraig MacKenzie announced their engagement.

 

Gotham City was the lure for Beth Maguire, who went to New York/New Jersey to shop the market on behalf of Stanfield’s, and Kyle Henderson, whose senior Fine Arts class at Mount Allison University took their class trip there to tour the internationally renowned museums (and skateboarding hot spots!). Jack Roop and Mike Fields jetted to Chicago to watch the final game of the NFL season, an exciting contest won by the Green Bay Packers getting them into the playoffs. Lee Nelson, for some reason (?!?) a Dallas Cowboys fan, flew to Big D, where he met Nate McCallum and they attended the season finale. Lee was devastated when his Cowboys came up short and lost the playoff spot to the winning Philadelphia Eagles. Mark Dean has relocated to the ritzy West Palm Beach, Florida area where he is pursuing his lust for anything equine. Shane and Laura (McCallum) Grinton travelled to Pittsburgh to see one of Zach Sill’s game – he was most pleased to spot them in their seats near the penalty box (where he sat for a couple of minutes that evening) and he happily acknowledged their presence. Dan Dean hoped to go to Edmonton, to meet daughter Jill, down from Whitehorse, so they could join up with nephew/cousin Zach Sill in the Alberta capital for the Penguins game against the Oilers. Dan’s plans were foiled by the interruption of air services at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, so Jill went solo. Gordie and Doreen Frank went to Ontario, as did Richard, Ellen, Alton, and Lorna Sutherland, and Terry Canning and Krista McMullin, to help celebrate Fred and Karen Davis’ 50th wedding anniversary. Sister Charlene (Sutherland) Fraser also travelled from B.C. for the event. Joan Campbell went to Ottawa, while Betty Roop and Alison Read visited Toronto. Holly Dean went to New York, and William Wallace went to Alberta. Dallys Serricin (Juan, Lori), former standout goalkeeper for the SCA soccer team, has travelled to Chile and Argentina to get an up close and personal look at the Andes. Dallys is graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) degree from Dalhousie, and is working at the Pockwock Lake water treatment facility in HRM. She will soon be resuming her studies toward her Masters in Civil Engineering – don’t get into a mathematics challenge with that girl! Her beau, Dave Cameron from Middle Stewiacke (another SCA grad) is putting the finishing touches on his Dal Engineering (Mechanical) degree – well done folks!

 

The holiday season was saddened by the loss of Mary Crossman; a kind-hearted, lovely woman as ever you will meet. Despite some health issues, Mary always was upbeat, and we are sad to see her part this mortal coil at age 90. Condolences also go to Monty Patton, on the passing of his mother Joan, who was also the grandmother to Daniel and Luke Patton, and Erin Jamieson. We are saddened to learn of the death of popular Brookfield Golf Club member Howard Meek in Fall River. He will be missed at the BCG – his son Derek is a perennial Shaw Cup team performer. Eileen Graham, mother of Kerry, Cindy, Frankie and Glen Moore, and sister-in-law to Jim Moore, died in Truro. Leo Bowman, father of Kim Crowe, died. Barbara Barass of Bible Hill, mother to Al Durkee and step-mother to Janet Burnett passed away. Ruth Wasson, mother of Joanne Conrad, passed away in Great Village. Wayne Parnham’s wife, Ann passed away in Summerside, PEI; and Joanne Rogers’ brother Ray Ransome died in the Annapolis Valley. George Andrews, father of Ruth Hatton and Shirley Crocker, died in Stratford, Ont. The sisters also lost their brother John Dillman of Lantz. Myrna Brown died at Elk Court – she was a much revered schoolteacher in her home town of Shubenacadie. Her late husband Wilf was a BCC member, and her son Mike and her grandkids were regulars at the Sportsplex. We express sympathies on behalf of the community to those who have lost loved ones.
The much sought-after
Brookfield Elks license plates have arrived, and are for sale at Roop’s Esso, or call 673-2070. Late for Christmas stockings, but a must have for your vehicle or rec. room! The 10thWave of the Cobequid New Horizons Band program will begin with an instrument demonstration and experimentation session on Thursday, January 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the Princess Margaret Rose School building (next to the Lawton’s Drug Store on Willow Street). This beginner band for seniors is open to anyone over the age of 50 – no experience is necessary. For more information please call Paul Barrett at 986-1785 or email barp@eastlink.ca. The Eagle is going to attend (!?!!) – any others coming along for the adventure!? All Around the Circle Senior Citizens meet for dinner at 12 noon on January 21 at the Sportsplex Seniors Room – doors open at 11:30. Debbie Matheson hosts a yoga class every Tuesday night from 6-7 at Knox Hall – drop in fee is $5. A 4 week session of hour long Zumba fitness classes will be held at the Middle Stewiacke Rec Centre (instructor Crystal Parker-Brant) – contact Kari Blaikie-Furmidge for more info.

 

We wish to extend our thanks to Cindy Bonin who is completing a lengthy run as Eagle’s typist with this issue – we are most thankful for her patience dealing with an overly anal editor. Special notice is hereby provided for the ladies who “forget” the annual Ladies Night Extravaganza put on by the BMCers for the females of the community. We will post reminders in this and the next three Eagles, that the annual event will fall on Monday April 21 at 6:30 - save the date now, as we hope to have an overflow attendance. Enjoy the Super Bowl (Patriots-Seahawks) and the Sochi Olympics! Happy 60th to Bill Campbell!

 

Come join us at the BMC on Monday, January 20 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station.

 

The Eagle

 

 

January 2014 Vol. 25, Issue 5 Happy New Year to all! On behalf of the Brookfield Men’s Club the Eagle wishes all readers near and far the very best possible 2014! The BMCers held a lively Christmas party in December, highlighted by a sing-song of carols, some challenging games, a gift exchange, and a fantastic lunch. The membership roll continues to grow as recent attendees included former resident Larry Archibald, whom we hope will be in Brookfield more frequently, and Brookes VanTassell, former junior national softball team member. The BMCers kicked the season off with the wonderful decoration of an illuminated star and a tree at the corner – the tree was a bit ragged at first, but the subsequent rework was inspired. The BMC thank Lila MacPhee for allowing them to utilize her electricity. The winners of the Annual Christmas Decorating Contest are as follows: Best Outdoor Decorated Tree – Jim and Vicki McCoul, Best Religious theme – Kevin and Rosalynn Clarke, Best Light Display – Rob and Joelle Bezanson, Best Multiple Tree Arrangement – Gerald and Roseann Wright, Best Overall – Andrew and Becky Roop. There is no truth to the rumour that the judges only made it to Upper Brookfield before running out of gas, and calling it a night!! Proof of that is the Best Commercial Awards went to Units #1 and #2, Brandt Lane Apartments. Thanks to all who helped make our village sparkle! The decorations certainly glowed this year with the very early and empathic winter conditions – it was indeed a winter wonderland, though the temperatures dipping into the -20’s in late December and early January gave many pause. Then a few deluges took away all the beautiful snow?!? It was nice to see a torrent of people home for the holidays – these included Herb and Betty MacFarlane’s daughters Sheryl (from Newfoundland) and Heather and Ken Loewen from Maine. Lewis Ingram and Lana Crewe returned from Fort McMurray to spend a couple of weeks in their Upper Brookfield residence, and still managed to get away on a ski trip to Attitash in the beautiful Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Debbie Ross’ daughter, Amanda Ettinger and her husband Tony Newman, were home from Auburn, Maine to visit her mother (and father Lawrence Ettinger of North Noel Road – he is well known at the Brookfield Golf Club!). Ryan Sutherland and his family are home from Alberta, as was Carl Sutherland, and the Rutherford (Logan, Nancy) sisters (Anna and Sarah). Delightful to see Erica Nielsen (Rod, Lori) home from Australia for the Holiday season. Kim, Kraig and Jessi Kennedy were here, as was the expectant Krysten Stewart and her man Andre Garneau from Quebec City. Paul Crossman and fiancé Kaitlyn Murray of Kingston, Ontario visited his parents, Marg and Ron. Coming from Ontario were Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny and Dan, Marita, and Clara Retson (Gene, Marion). Home from Calgary was Jerad Stewart, son of Brian Stewart and Tammy Armstrong; he and Lewis did get in a game with their former team, the Cruise Missiles. One of the most eventful arrivals was that of Pittsburgh Penguins center Zach Sill. Zach has now appeared in 18 games in the NHL, most of them wins! It looked like he was about to be storm-stayed after the Pens’ game in Ottawa on December 23 when all commercial flights were grounded. However, fellow Nova Scotian and Olympian Sidney Crosby chartered a jet back to Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, and was happy to bring Zach along for a 60 hour break from their hectic NHL schedule. Upon his arrival, Zach and many of his friends and family were hosted with a get together at the Copper Kettle Bar and Grill in Stewiacke. This business was purchased not long ago by Lori Campbell-VanTassell. Early reports say the food iswonderful; stop in and see Lori and her crew – she promises not to let Chipper in the Kitchen! Also on the NHL front, Zoe Barbour was disappointed when her former Chateauguay neighbour’s son, Corey Crawford was not named as a goaltender for Canada’s Olympic team, despite having won the Stanley Cup last spring with the Chicago Blackhawks. Billy VanTassell was hospitalized briefly; Mary Henderson suffered a broken hip from a fall on the ice. We hope her recovery goes well. Congratulations to the organizers, performers, support staff, and the public, who all contributed to make the Food for the Spirit concert a success. This worthwhile endeavour, in support of the Colchester Food Bank, was led by Leah Bowers, technical direction was looked after by Rod Nielsen and Bruce Isenor, Master of Ceremonies was Lisa Henderson. Among the standout performers were the new-to-the- Ukulele group including Shirley Graham, Susan Carter, Jean Hamilton, Myrna, Lynn, Robert and Doreen Matheson, guided by leader Joanne Hatfield. Their performance was noteworthy as they have only taken up the ukulele recently. Joanne’s fingerprints were on much of the evening – she was an accompanist to many including the mother-grandaughter duo of Anitra Whidden and Marlee Reid. Other performers were Megan and Bruce Isenor, the Ross family – husband/father Tim, wife/mother Lorraine, and charming daughters Audrey and Josée; Marian Lindsay, Village Blend (Lori Nielsen, Susan MacDonald, Brenda Henderson, Doris Betts, Karen Fisher and Joanne Hatfield); and the ageless Eric Bowers. The audience was enthusiastic on the Monday evening before Christmas; the only regret was that there weren’t more there to enjoy the performances. The crowd may have been reduced by the rescheduling due to Sunday’s storm. Congratulations to the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) for successfully hosting their 9th Annual Phil Sears Memorial Friendship Tournament between Christmas and New Year’s – specifically the Midget A Elks and co-chair Jackie Fahey (of Elm Street) and the Colchester Female Bantam Cyclones. The tourney operated Novice, Bantam and Midget divisions. The Eagle’s Christmas stocking was overflowing – how can we thank our kind readers enough for such generosity, that is truly appreciated by the BMCers?! Cards and financial contributions came from Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Byrd in Thamesford, Ontario, Emma (Messervey) Cox, Joyce Geddes, of Middle Stewiacke, Hilden/Shortt’s Lake residents Donnie and Marg Fisher, and the gentle giant, whose kindness know no bounds, big Bill Kennedy of Sunrise Crest. We thank you all so very much! We have more Brookfielders ascending into the clouds – Nathan Allinson and his M.D. girlfriend Jackie Foley, who reside in the Vancouver area, climbed the heights of Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Former Brookfield Junior Elks hockey player Brett Lauther had a successful season as a kicker for the Hamilton Tiger-cats in the Canadian Football League, and inked a contract with the Tabbies for 2014. Phil Crowell, son of Maurice, has advanced to the provincial curling championships – he plays on the strong Chad Stevens team. Karlee Burgess an unstoppable force at South Colchester Academy in soccer, track and field and curling, was second stone on the Nova Scotia Junior curling championship team – the rink was skipped by Mary Fay from Chester, and they will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Championships in Liverpool in the next week. SCA English teacher Chris Ross was inducted into the CEC Sports Hall of Fame for his basketball exploits at the Truro school; likewise the 1980-81 Cougars girls basketball team which won the Provincial championship also was enshrined. On that team were locals Chris (Matheson) Bernard and Robyn Storr-Paluch. The powerhouse squad was coached by former SCHS Phys. Ed teacher Keith MacKenzie. Athletes of the Month for November-December at SCA were: Seniors – Ryan Duykers, Jared Schenkels, Rachel Sears and Rebecca Rankine; Juniors – Jana Pulsifer, Jessica McClellan, Hannah Fisher. Julie Walters and Kraig MacKenzie announced their engagement. Gotham City was the lure for Beth Maguire, who went to New York/New Jersey to shop the market on behalf of Stanfield’s, and Kyle Henderson, whose senior Fine Arts class at Mount Allison University took their class trip there to tour the internationally renowned museums (and skateboarding hot spots!). Jack Roop and Mike Fields jetted to Chicago to watch the final game of the NFL season, an exciting contest won by the Green Bay Packers getting them into the playoffs. Lee Nelson, for some reason (?!?) a Dallas Cowboys fan, flew to Big D, where he met Nate McCallum and they attended the season finale. Lee was devastated when his Cowboys came up short and lost the playoff spot to the winning Philadelphia Eagles. Mark Dean has relocated to the ritzy West Palm Beach, Florida area where he is pursuing his lust for anything equine. Shane and Laura (McCallum) Grinton travelled to Pittsburgh to see one of Zach Sill’s game – he was most pleased to spot them in their seats near the penalty box (where he sat for a couple of minutes that evening) and he happily acknowledged their presence. Dan Dean hoped to go to Edmonton, to meet daughter Jill, down from Whitehorse, so they could join up with nephew/cousin Zach Sill in the Alberta capital for the Penguins game against the Oilers. Dan’s plans were foiled by the interruption of air services at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, so Jill went solo. Gordie and Doreen Frank went to Ontario, as did Richard, Ellen, Alton, and Lorna Sutherland, and Terry Canning and Krista McMullin, to help celebrate Fred and Karen Davis’ 50th wedding anniversary. Sister Charlene (Sutherland) Fraser also travelled from B.C. for the event. Joan Campbell went to Ottawa, while Betty Roop and Alison Read visited Toronto. Holly Dean went to New York, and William Wallace went to Alberta. Dallys Serricin (Juan, Lori), former standout goalkeeper for the SCA soccer team, has travelled to Chile and Argentina to get an up close and personal look at the Andes. Dallys is graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) degree from Dalhousie, and is working at the Pockwock Lake water treatment facility in HRM. She will soon be resuming her studies toward her Masters in Civil Engineering – don’t get into a mathematics challenge with that girl! Her beau, Dave Cameron from Middle Stewiacke (another SCA grad) is putting the finishing touches on his Dal Engineering (Mechanical) degree – well done folks! The holiday season was saddened by the loss of Mary Crossman; a kind-hearted, lovely woman as ever you will meet. Despite some health issues, Mary always was upbeat, and we are sad to see her part this mortal coil at age 90. Condolences also go to Monty Patton, on the passing of his mother Joan, who was also the grandmother to Daniel and Luke Patton, and Erin Jamieson. We are saddened to learn of the death of popular Brookfield Golf Club member Howard Meek in Fall River. He will be missed at the BCG – his son Derek is a perennial Shaw Cup team performer. Eileen Graham, mother of Kerry, Cindy, Frankie and Glen Moore, and sister-in-law to Jim Moore, died in Truro. Leo Bowman, father of Kim Crowe, died. Barbara Barass of Bible Hill, mother to Al Durkee and step-mother to Janet Burnett passed away. Ruth Wasson, mother of Joanne Conrad, passed away in Great Village. Wayne Parnham’s wife, Ann passed away in Summerside, PEI; and Joanne Rogers’ brother Ray Ransome died in the Annapolis Valley. George Andrews, father of Ruth Hatton and Shirley Crocker, died in Stratford, Ont. The sisters also lost their brother John Dillman of Lantz. Myrna Brown died at Elk Court – she was a much revered schoolteacher in her home town of Shubenacadie. Her late husband Wilf was a BCC member, and her son Mike and her grandkids were regulars at the Sportsplex. We express sympathies on behalf of the community to those who have lost loved ones. The much sought-after Brookfield Elks license plates have arrived, and are for sale at Roop’s Esso, or call 673-2070. Late for Christmas stockings, but a must have for your vehicle or rec. room! The 10th Wave of the Cobequid New Horizons Band program will begin with an instrument demonstration and experimentation session on Thursday, January 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the Princess Margaret Rose School building (next to the Lawton’s Drug Store on Willow Street). This beginner band for seniors is open to anyone over the age of 50 – no experience is necessary. For more information please call Paul Barrett at 986-1785 or barp@eastlink.ca. The Eagle is going to attend (!?!!) – any others coming along for the adventure!? All Around the Circle Senior Citizens meet for dinner at 12 noon on January 21 at the Sportsplex Seniors Room – doors open at 11:30. Debbie Matheson hosts a yoga class every Tuesday night from 6-7 at Knox Hall – drop in fee is $5. A 4 week session of hour long Zumba fitness classes will be held at the Middle Stewiacke Rec Centre (instructor Crystal Parker-Brant) – contact Kari Blaikie-Furmidge for more info. We wish to extend our thanks to Cindy Bonin who is completing a lengthy run as Eagle’s typist with this issue – we are most thankful for her patience dealing with an overly anal editor. Special notice is hereby provided for the ladies who “forget” the annual Ladies Night Extravaganza put on by the BMCers for the females of the community. We will post reminders in this and the next three Eagles, that the annual event will fall on Monday April 21 at 6:30 – save the date now, as we hope to have an overflow attendance. Enjoy the Super Bowl (Patriots-Seahawks) and the Sochi Olympics! Happy 60th to Bill Campbell! Come join us at the BMC on Monday, January 20 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station.                  The Eagle

December 2013
Vol. 25, Issue 4
November was a busy month for the Brookfield Men’s Club – several clubmen played a pivotal role in the very fitting Remembrance Day service, organizing and/or leading most aspects of the event that was very well attended. The BMCers were hosted by the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services for their November meeting – the firefighters put on a very informative program related to safety with regard to Christmas trees, and also for kitchen fires. They provided a spectacular lunch with chickenburgers, cake and a variety of beverages. Come along to the Christmas meeting on Monday, December 16 at 7:30 PM at the fire station. Attendees are asked to bring along a gift with a value of $10 or less, to be exchanged. We will also finalize plans for the annual Community Decorating Contest which the BMC sponsors; clubmen and volunteers will travel all the lanes in the Brookfield, Brentwood, Shortt’s Lake, and Pleasant Valley areas on December 23rd – so have your lights on then! Many homes were already decked out in late November, adding to the village’s beauty during the House Tour. Meteorology remains an inexact science – in the late spring we were warned this would be a season laden with hurricanes due to rising ocean temperatures. But only one or two smallish ones materialized all season, and one of those was at the end of November, bringing lots of rain, and near – hurricane force winds. This was followed by a 50 mm rainfall a week later, which flooded most everything – the snow lovers were wishing it was white!

The community spirit which Brookfield is known for far and wide was again on display. The Garden Club came up with the terrific idea of selling Christmas wreaths, along with a bracket and sign plate, and made it available at a very reasonable cost to businesses, families, etc. More than 30 of these now adorn utility poles in the village, and they add greatly to the street scapes. Unit 3 of the UCW organized the 18th annual Christmas Home Tours that had about 250 attendees! The community thanks those who opened their homes – Deborah Matheson, the Campbell’s (former Viv Roop house) and the Brandt Street apartments, as well as the individual apartments of Zoe Barbour, Shirley Harrison, and Linda Freeman. Music was provided at the apartments by Shirley Graham, The Good Time Fiddlers, Megan and Bruce Isenor. The Train Station and Knox United Church were also decorated, and the Forest Glen Greenhouses presented an incredible display of 100,000 poinsettias, and a spectacular variety of Christmas trees and other decorations. Thanks also to a number of businesses and organizations that provided trees and many, many stockings filled with gifts for the Christmas Index program. The Colchester Cyclones Bantam girls hockey team (and their mothers!) were a big help, serving the food and beverages at the Church hall. Well done to all, it really makes one proud to be a Brookfielder!

The other piece of front page news was the elevation of Birch Hill native Zach Sill (parents Grant and Tammy) to the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. At this writing Zach has played four games, and has had many of his friends and those who avidly follow his career scrambling to find what network was televising the games. Subsequently large gatherings would arrive at houses that received the telecasts! It was a real thrill to see Zach on the same ice surface with illustrious teammates like Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin, and the rest of the Penguins and their opponents – he has worked tirelessly since he was a young lad to realize his dream, and we could not be more delighted for him. Zach was a standout athlete in various sports through his South Colchester Academy days, notably softball and soccer, and he becomes the first Brookfield Junior B Elk alumnus to crack the NHL.
With only a couple of weeks left in the year, Ryan Ellis appears to have wrapped up another driving championship at the Truro Raceway – Ryan really gets the best out of the standardbreds. Donna Matheson received a presentation from the UCW for going 42 years without missing one meeting – she jokingly explained that she would not miss a chance to get out of the house to get away from Gab for an evening! Congratulation to Rod McKenney and his wife, Wanda Brown, – the dashing doctors climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. This is a very daunting task; the summit is in excess of 19,000 feet and is not for the faint of heart. Terry Canning won the 2013 Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group’s (CITIG) National Award of Excellence. This award is given out annually to those who promote inter-operable communication among public safety service providers across the country. Terry’s considerable work with national efforts such as broadband for public safety etc. was recognized. He received the award at CITIG’s national conference in Vancouver – well done Terry! The Lafarge Brookfield plant was the recipient of the Mobius Award of Environmental Excellence in the large Business of the Year category. They were recognized for diverting waste from landfills, largely through the development of Max Chem, which uses a by-product of steel manufacturing, that saved using 2500 tonnes of coal for fuel, and preventing the emission of 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, a notorious “greenhouse effect” gas. They also diverted 8000 tons of used shingles from landfills by incinerating them in the kiln as an energy substitute.

The community was saddened with the passing of Katey (Fisher) Chisholm the daughter of the late David and Mary Bruce Fisher, and mother to Chloe and wife to Paul. Her passing came at the far too young age of 37 and saddened her legion of friends. Yet another reason why we must continue to support endeavours like the Terry Fox Run to help combat cancer. Victor Dickie’s brother Ken passed away in Truro. Former resident Mick Boutilier passed away, as did Bill Legere, Sr. in Hilden – he had coached South Colchester Minor Hockey teams. There were a couple of deaths linked to the Brookfield Elks softball teams of yore – Madonna Lively passed away in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland – she was the wife of former gold medal Elk slugger, Dave (Bo Deadly) Lively. In Masstown, the father of former Elks pitcher (circa mid 70’s) David Fisher passed away. Gladys Morash (husband Bill) of Shortt’s Lake also passed away. We extend condolences to those who lost loved ones.

Once Zach Sill got the call to the NHL, several of his local pals loaded up cars and made the trip to Montreal for the Penguins – Canadiens game hoping Zach would be in the line up that night – alas it was not meant to be. Some of the travellers were happy to see the bleu-blanc-rouge defeat the Penguins – wearing wide smiles were Patrick Stewart, Jack Roop, James Rutherford. Other travellers who have not drunk the Habs Kool-Aid, were Troy Sutherland, Lee Nelson, Chris Armsworthy, Mark Kennedy, and Jamie Works. Billy VanTassell, Joan and William Hatton vacationed in Mexico. Unfortunately South Colchester Academy multi-sport star Trent Lynds (Clay,Shawn) broke his leg in a Midget hockey games, and Cruise Missiles goaltender Cory Lester of Shortt’s Lake fractured both his tibia and fibula after a fall on the ice at the Colchester Legion Stadium parking lot after one of his games. Betty Dickie broke her foot – not playing hockey! We hope they are on their way to recovery not too far into 2014.

New babies are always a terrific addition, but seem even more so at Christmas time. A son was born to Chad and Kally (Best) Schrader in Annapolis Valley, the first grandchild for Keith and Kathy Best of Brentwood – a real thrill for all involved. A bit more seasoned at the grandmother thing is Betty Roop; but she was no less excited with the birth of Jeal Olmstead to Steve and Pam of Bedford. Jeal is named after her grandfather Randy’s late sister, Jeal Roop. A baby girl, Gwen, will make for a sparkling Christmas at the home of Kevin and Heather Peterson. Grandparents Dave and Janice Peterson and George and Diane Creelman are over the moon! Brooklyn Rutherford,(mother Misty, grandfather Allison Rutherford), an outstanding athlete at SCA (softball and soccer) won a silver medal in her age (14-15) class in a Karate competition in Montreal. SCA announced their Athletes of the Month – in September the seniors were soccer players Alberto Serracin and Alicia MacMillan, while the Juniors were Luke MacMillan and Jesse Laverty, as well as Trent Lynds for Cross Country. October honourees were soccer players – senior male was Andrew Burgess, female Haley Duykers, Junior male Colton Cleveland and Junior female Morgan Walsh. The SCA senior boys volleyball team under coach Rene Despres hosted the tier three provincial championships in early December – they finished with a 2-2 record in 5th place. The young team had only one senior (Dillon Ellis); others playing were Jared Schenkels, Ryan Duykers, Jacob McNutt, Jacob Bowers, Luke Teasdale, Alexander Rhoddy, Morgan Johnson, and Jonathan Kaye. The girls team travelled to Pointe de l’ Eglise for their provincials; where good fortune was not on their side. Coaches Chantry Stone and Sharon Field’s team included seniors Hillie van der Schaar, Paige Hernden, Adriana Volans, Adree Lynds, and Brittany Stevens, and underclassmen Aylssa Densmore, Rachel Sears, Alexis Rains, Erica Robertson, Shanea Fields, Abby Delvin, Rebecca Rankine, and Morgan Toole.

Nice to see Frank Locke and his wife Hazel back residing in the village. Peter and Katie Kennedy were home from Minnesota to visit parents Larry and Lynne and Peter’s siblings Mark and Jill. Andrew and Laura Heffernan were home from USA to visit his parents Dave and Jane; Sherry Ovsenny came to Betty Roop’s from Toronto. Speaking of Mark Kennedy, we congratulate him (and others) for stepping up to the plate and filling vital roles in the community. At the Annual General Meeting of the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, Mark was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2013-14. Jack Roop accepted the role of Treasurer and Kendra Areseneau is also an Executive member- at- large. Kathy Weatherbee is the president of the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association – others heavily involved in SCMHA are Kelly Spencer, Angela Reid, Amanda Cornelius, Jeff Sullivan, and Jennifer Fisher. Diane Fraser of Middle Stewiacke is the President of the Brookfield Curling Club. Just like at the Men’s Club, there is a resurgence of young people volunteering their time to improve their/our community; it is great to see!

The Eagle is very grateful to Don Rutherford of Riverview, NB for passing along financial support to the Ole Bird; also contributing to the nest were Freda Cochrane, now living in Advocate, Cumberland County, and the sprightly Scot, Mary Fisher! Your kindness is much appreciated! The Ponds Nursing Home had an amazing Christmas Open House; there was a large crowd with Santa Claus, and many former Brookfielders in attendance, including Kenny (Rock) Messervey, “Big” Dan MacDonald, Aaron and Adam MacDonald. There was lots of food and music by Katherin Roper, whose mother was a Brentwood Brenton. Ponds’ resident Grace Campbell marked her 97th birthday!

All Around the Circle Seniors Group will have their Christmas dinner on Tuesday, December 10 at 12 noon at the Sportsplex. You must reserve your seats/meal ahead of time the cost is only $8, and there will be a gift exchange so please bring along an appropriate item. The following evening, Wednesday December 11, at 7 PM the All Around the Circle group will host their final card party of 2013 featuring cribbage or 45’s – come along, admission is only $2 and there will be a 50/50 draw as well. Some will be conflicted on the 11th as the Brookfield Elementary school will present their Christmas Concert – there are afternoon and evening performances, which typically play to packed houses – get there early! The South Colchester Academy Christmas Cabaret Concert goes Thursday December 12 at 7 PM at the SCA auditorium. Tea, coffee, and desserts will be served. Admission is $3 for students and Seniors, $5 for adults. This is a major fundraiser for the SCA Music Department. On Sunday December 22, the Food for the Spirit Concert will be held at Knox United Church. Come along and bring a freewill donation of food or money for the Colchester Food Bank; guaranteed you will be highly entertained, judging from past concerts.

Why not come and join us at the BMC on Monday December 17 at 7:30 PM – it’s always fun, but even more so at our Christmas Party. From the BMC, the Eagle wishes all its readers, near and far, a very Merry Christmas, wonderful holiday season and a happy 2014! Still looking for a typist to help insure the Eagle gets published – call 673-2769 if interested!
The Eagle

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