Volume 28 Issue 1
By the feel of the early mornings and evenings, we have slipped into Indian Summer, after a long, warm, dry, three-plus month stint. The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) will start their 80th year on Monday September 19, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station – as usual, the welcome mat is out to all who enjoy fun, fellowship, food, and a modicum of community service – why not stop in? Candidates running for Mayor of Colchester, Bob Taylor and Christine Blair, will address the meeting and answer questions. Election Day for Colchester mayor, councilors and School Board representatives is October 15. Right off the hop, we want to thank the huge number of volunteers, who helped make the 2016 events, specifically the Whing Ding, and Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations fantastic! Congrats to the CHB Committee, led by Tim Ross, and including Gail Wright, Keith Gale, Rachel DeVries, Susan MacDonald, Judy Matheson, Art Peck, Betty Roop, Austin Ross and Stephen Henderson.
We were delighted to welcome not one, but two families, who fled the cauldron of hate in the Near East – The Project Hope committee had their efforts stalled by the federal government, but eventually were able to bring the Al-Hussein family here. Parents Abdel and Assama, and their children Ahmed, Ghufran, Mohammed, and Alaa are loving the area! Fadia Awar, proprietor of the Sunrise Motel, welcomed her brother Khalid, his wife Maha, and children Maroo and Ruddy. Both families will enhance life in our community. Welcome!
At the last (May) meeting, Peter Matheson was elected winner of the Al Campbell Memorial Award, as BMC-er of the year. BMC Secretary, Terry Henderson was the Randy Roop Memorial Award recipient, presented by the Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) for outstanding contribution to recreation in our area. Former Elks catcher Jason Sanford was named the Ricoh Softball Male Athlete of the Year. George O’Leary elevated to the highest rank in the Masonic Lodge in N.S. Sarah Matheson won the 2016 Country Star Search (over 30 years category) in Halifax – she gets to attend the North American Country Music Association competition in Tennessee.
Who says marriage is passe; certainly not the hordes clogging up the metaphoric altars! Among the happy couples exchanging vows were: Scott George (Tony, Rhonda) and Jill Smith – they live in Penticton, B.C.; Jessica Nielsen (Rod, Lori) and Daniel Ash; Emily Works (Rollie, Glenda) and Joseph Burke; Dr. Karla Armsworthy (Dave, Jane) and Josh Archibald; Mitchell Cooke (Robbie, Joanne) and Kim Smith; curling sweethearts Courtney Rutherford ( Layton, Arlene) and Steve Hanham; Amy Fleming (Christine, the late Blair) and Daniel MacKenzie; Brian Kolstee (John, Andrea) and Krista Holland (Jim, Barb); Zach Sill (Grant, Tammy) and Leeann McLaughlin; Jimmy Moore and Agnes Adams; Cody Graham and Emily Sitser. Best wishes to all!
A very incomplete listing of the many who were in Brookfield over the past few months -Jonathan MacKenzie and family from Ottawa, Derrick Ross from Sterling, Ont., Neil Works and Gabriella Perreault, Chad and Jerica Lee Works, as well as Jim Benvie, Susan Sutherland, and Jerad Stewart from the west. Joanna (Canning), Ryan, and Kai Stefani came from BC, and Billy Hazelton visited with Don and Doadie. His brother Peter and son Jack were home from Ontario. Visiting from BC were Bev Peterson’s sister Myrtle Dillman (Williams Lake) and Bev’s niece and her husband, Bonnie and Clark Melville (Quesnel). Marian McDonald’s adult kids, Bert, Greg, and Angela, along with their kids, enlivened the Home Coming celebrations! Ally Campbell (Bob, Linda) is home from stops in Florida and Ontario. Sisters Glenda Harvey from St. Peters, and Jennet Molloy, and daughter Sinead came from Belfast for her daughter/niece Emily’s wedding. Helen Belanger and Susan VanTassell made a whirlwind stop; and Mark and Jill Dean were home for next-door neighbour Karla’s wedding. Peter Kennedy and family were home from Minnesota, and Kelly and Wendi Grant came from BC. Amanda Clark made the long trip from Australia to George and Joan’s. Former Elk hockey and ball star of the 60s, Buddy Gardiner and wife Sharon were here from Ontario. B J Sutherland and family came home from Indiana; his Uncle Robin (and Mavis) were here from Ontario, as was Bev (Sutherland) Woolaver. Krysten Stewart and daughter Sadie Garneau visited her Stewart family kin. Susan Carter welcomed home several nieces and nephews, as well as son James and Laura and kids for the spreading of her sister Kay Matheson’s ashes. Mac and Nadine Campbell visited Papa Paul from Ottawa, and their cousins Sherry and Jay Ovsenny and kids from Etobicoke were at Betty Roop’s. Jack and Carol Campbell (England) visited his mother Eloise Yorke. The George Sutherland cousin reunion brought back Charlene Fraser (BC) , Marilyn Fallon, Karen and Fred Davis (Ont.), Denny and Carol Haverstock (Port Hawkesbury), Bill and Debbie Turner (Omak, Washington), and Bill Dennis (Moncton). Herb and Betty MacFarlane had all three distant daughters (and families) home at various times – Sheryl and son Liam (BC), Krista and Blair and family (Nfld), and Heather and Greg Loewen and kids (Maine). Exciting to have Marg (Locke) and Brad Little moving back home, to the renovated “Ponderosa” on Crystal Lake Drive!
Babies brought lots of joy and energy to homes – especially to Upper Brookfield couple Nicki (Vissers) and Adam Caughey, where twin boys are livening up things! Ryan and Jane Mackenzie have a baby girl, a grand-daughter for Kevin and Melissa MacKenzie and Mark and Kelly Fleming. Anitra and Dave Whidden chalk up another grandchild, as daughter Kim and Craig Kennedy have a new baby girl in Newfoundland. A boy was born to Devin Spencer and Paxton Emily MacAulay; and Paul Lemay and Christa Totten have a baby girl. Congratulations to all!
Since our last edition, much has happened on the educational front. Cy and Emmy Miller’s grand-daughter, Lindsay Miller (Greg, Jamie) graduated with her B.A. in Religious Studies from Kingswood University – she served 4 months with a missionary group as her internship, living with a family in Macedonia, providing food and water to refugees along the Greece-Macedonia border. She is engaged to Oliver Locke, son of Drs. Trevor and Diana Locke, and grandson of Shirley and the late Glen Locke. Cy and Emmy have re-located to Middleton, close to Greg’s family. Jason Wallace and Linden Stewart purchased the Miller home on Densmore Drive. Carley O’Neill (Rob, Kelly) graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with her Masters in Health Science. Jake Rains (Trish,Aaron) received his B.A. (Psychology) from St. F.X. Linda and Victor Penny’s grand-daughter, Hailey Messervey (Rick, Jacqueline of Elmsdale) graduated with her B.Sc Nursing from St. F X. Audrey MacDonald’s grandson, Alex MacDonald (Gord, Denise) received his BBA from Acadia. David and Lisa Lawrence’s son Jonas, grand-son of Jean and Bob Lawrence, graduated from J H Gillis High in Antigonish, and won a major scholarship to St F X. Brette Holland (Jim, Barb) received the NS Power Centennial Scholarship to assist in her Mechanical Engineering studies at Dal. The SCA alumnus had previously graduated from Dal with a B.Sc. (Mathematics), and she was Dal AC’s Academic Athlete of the year.
At South Colchester Academy (SCA) we welcome a new Principal, the very energetic Marilyn Bruce from Truro Heights, as well as a new V-P, Jody Miller from Elmsdale. Past Principal Nevin Jackson has moved to the Board’s central office, and as mentioned in the May edition, V-P Charlie Weatherbee retired. At the 13th SCA graduation last June, multiple award winners were: Rebecca Rankine, Jenna Bekkers, Bertram Carroll, Shanea Fields, Emma Graham, Brody MacPhee, Mikaela Mason, Connor Murdock, Maria Penman, Alexander Rhoddy, Branden Rice, Erica Robertson, Morgan Toole, Glen Ryan Walters, Karlee Burgess, Trent Lynds, and Liam Giffen. The latter three were Athletes of the Year, and Morgan Toole (Everett, Jacquie) was the Queen Elizabeth II Medal winner for superior academic achievement in Grades 10-12, while Connor Murdock (Mark, Janice) was the Governor General Medal Award recipient, signifying the highest average in Grade 11-12 subjects! Athletically, the SCA Wolves repeated the double – both the Boys fastpitch softball and Girls slo-pitch team repeated as provincial Champions! Team members were: Alex Rhoddy, Cam Baker, Liam Giffen, Cam Brown, Morgan Johnson, Noah Poirier, G R Walters, Austin Christensen, Keegan Crowell, Connor MacKay, Colby McMullen, Evan McNea, Reid and Carson Lanceleve and Coach Andrew Sears. The Girls team, led by Coach Kelly Spencer, won their 8th consecutive championship – players were Mariah Hunt, Shanea Fields, Morgan Fisher, Sarah Kennedy, Jade MacDougall, Haley Duykers, Faith Langille, Ainsley McCoul, Emily Moore, Hayley Elliott, Jesse Keddy, Hannah Raymond, Charlea Lowe, Maya Clapperton, and Emma Fisher. At the provincial Track and Field Championships, medalists included Trent Lynds in the Sr. Boys 1500 and 3000 metres, Karlee Burgess, Sr. Girls 400 m; Tyler Howe Sr. Boys 100 m Hurdles, as well as Special Athletes Glenda Patterson, Cameron Byrne, Jason Hicks, and Angus Paul for CCJHS. Brooklyn Rutherford was 2nd in Sr girls Shot Put. Robert and Dorene Matheson’s daughter Shawn Lynds received a 25 year service pin from CCRSB, as did SCA teacher Chris Ross and E.A. Debbie Messervey. The Colchester Royals, coached by Andrew Sears and Steve Patton made a strong showing at the Under-16 Fast pitch Nationals – shortstop Rowan Sears was a standout. At the U-21 Nationals in Ontario, several local players (Alex Rhoddy, Jake Bowers, Dylan McCoul, Rowan Sears, Liam Cotton, Reid Lanceleve) played key roles for the NS entry that is prepping for the Canada Games next summer in Manitoba – Coby Crowell was named an All-Canadian outfielder. Patrick Stewart and Jay Duffy, both former Jr Elks hockey stars were key contributors to the East Hants Mastodons 3rd – place finish at the Senior Mens fastpitch Nationals in Newfoundland as was Jason Sanford, named All-Canadian Catcher. Madison Clarke (David, Carla) was named an All-Star at the Senior Womens Fastpitch Nationals – she was part of the host PEI team that won the bronze medal. Keiver Read and Gary Caldwell played for the NS team that finished third at the Over 55 Hockey Nationals in Ontario. Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) helped his team win the U-18 Tier 2 Provincial title; and Riley MacLeod, Cam DeGroot and Michael Adams won the Nova Scotia Under-16 crown! Bev Read and Kathy Dean from Team Nova Scotia brought home Gold in the 55+ Canada Games 2016 for hockey. Cam Weatherbee played for the Truro baseball team that won the NS Mosquito title.
The 569 Colonel G N Henderson had their ceremonial inspection and review in late May. Col. Don MacLeod was the Reviewing Officer, and the ceremony was outstanding. Outgoing Squadron CO Ralph Murphy handed the keys to new CO, Lieut. Andrew Tattrie, who just married Lieut. Holly Beeler, the squad’s Administration Officer. The squadron won the Drill Team Trophy, and it was easy to see why, as they put on an awesome demonstration. Award winners included Sgt. Travis White, who won both the Spirit of 569 and the Lord Strathcona Medal; the Garth Decker Award went to F. Sgt Brookes Woodworth; WO1 Peter Betts won the Col G N Henderson Award. The Top 1st year cadet was Alyssa Rice, and the W/O Ralph Murphy Award went to Nicholas Hinton. Many former 569 members were in attendance at the banquet, and spoke glowingly of their experience in Cadets, and how it has helped them in their aviation, military, and civilian careers. This is a fantastic program for males and females, Grade 7-12, they meet Tuesday nights (6:30 – 9:15) at the Brookfield Elementary School, where they have terrific facilities; enter through the north (rear) side. For more information contact Andrew.email@example.com or 902-890-4527. The BMC has been the official sponsor of the 569 squadron since the early 1950s!
The list of folks going to their final reward is lengthy – we offer condolences from the greater community. Passing were former BJHS Principal Bob Gogan of North River; Elm St. native and volleyball star Glen Locke; Norm Taylor, Sandy Munro, and Donnie McNutt, all of Brentwood; Norine Ross, mother to Paul and Patsy (Miller); Gerry O’Neil, Wayne’s brother; Muriel Smith’s sister-in-law, Myrtle Guild; former resident Dorothy Trainor, in Ontario; Betty Langille, widow of former Elk, Sonny; in Massachusetts, former Birch Hill resident Lawrence Fisher – he was an uncle to Dave, Gerald and Lorraine Peterson; former Brookfield Lumber employee Dave Saunders of Hilden; Barbara Geldart of Debert – she was sister to Joe and Chester Toole; “Mit” Redmond, of Onslow Mtn., brother to Harley, Debbie and Chrissie; much-respected SCHS teacher and longtime contributor to the Eagle, Reta Dunn; Ed McNutt’s mother, Joan McNutt of Truro; Pearl Taylor, sister to Cecil Stevens; former Sportsplex Board Chair Curtis Cameron’s brother, Jim, in Tatamagouche; Gordon Dryden of Truro, brother to Helen Thompson; Cecilia Lowe, mother to Kathy Melvin; Warren Ettinger of Harmony, he was father to Beth Smith; Jackie Arnold, wife to Buddy Arnold; Betty Doane, Jack Hepburn’s sister; Al Atkinson, father to Heather of Pleasant Valley; and Grant Higgins of Shortts Lake.
Chris Donnachie, a member of both Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services and the local Golf Club, represented Nova Scotia at the Nationals Triples in Lawn Bowling. Chris skipped his team to the provincial crown. At the BGC, Mike Penny was the Mens Champion with a score of 147, winning in a playoff. Mike Henderson (149) was the Senior Champ, and Lawrence Ettinger was the Super Senior winner (171). Chris Bernard (161) won the ladies title, Joanne McNeil was the Senior Ladies winner (182) and Barb Pyle was Super Senior champ (190). Austin MacBurnie was the Junior champ (158). The BGC team made a stirring comeback, but fell just short of defending the Shaw Cup, losing 13-11 to Fox Hollow GC. A big tip of the hat to Brookes VanTassell, Danny Graham, Chris and Amanda Cornelius who organized and ran a re-vitalized minor ball program that had an incredible 110 kids playing!! Help them build on this next year – by volunteering; more coaches are needed to sustain the program.
Lorraine and Alan Carter, and Andrew, Becky Roop and kids went to Mexico. Stephen, Tracey, Bob, and Kathleen traveled to Iceland – Tron is taking credit for that country’s meteoric run to the Semi Finals in the European soccer championships, where the country of 350,000 ousted England! Mike and Brenda Henderson visited family and friends in Ontario and NY state. Patty Stewart and Rob Smith visited her daughter Krysten in Quebec City, and her Ross aunts in Ontario. Uncle Terry Stewart (and Maureen Foster) also were at Krysten’s. Susan and Michelle MacDonald went to Jamaica, Dave and Anitra Whidden went to Newfoundland; and Gerry MacWha went to Calgary and Ft. McMurray. Gerald and Elaine Ross, and their grand-son Tristan Sutherland visited family in Calgary and Whitecourt. Geoff and Joanne Stewart accompanied daughter Nicole Poplar and family to Disney World, part of the Disney Wish Foundation for Connor Poplar, happily now in remission! Joanne had gone to Belize to assist in the development of teachers there. Krista McMullin went to Yellowknife to visit daughter Janelle and family. Erin Jamieson went to Las Vegas, and Betty Roop went to Toronto.
Hospitalized were Hazen Hutchinson, Doug Bernard, Brandon Hoyt, Harry Mowatt, Myrna Sutherland, Gordie Frank, Kelly Countway, Brandon Hoyt; as well as those cracking limbs – wrists for Margie Walters and Theresa Elliot, a leg for Mitch White, and a collarbone for Matt Murphy. We hope recoveries are progressing well.
Quite a ‘vacation’ Gene Retson took- Gene bicycled from Calgary to Ottawa with, and in support of, the indomitable Chris MacDougall, who is cycling from BC to NS to raise funds for cancer research! For more info, or to support go to https://dmrf.ca/about/our-stories/charlies-ride-for-cancer-research/ . Kudos also to Marion Retson and Ernie Glinz for driving Chris’ support vehicle. Speaking of cyclists – the 2016 Sears Nation Kids Cancer Ride on behalf of the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, which is the 9th Annual, will be at Ed Creelman Park Friday September 23 at noon. More info is available at http://searsnationalkidscancerride.ca. The ice will be in the Sportsplex by October 2 – make plans now to book ice time by calling 673-2063. The Junior B Elks hockey club are excited about their upcoming season in the NS Junior Hockey League under new General Manager Steve Crowell and Coach Kevin Aucoin. Home games will be Thursdays at 7:30 this year, with the lid lifter against East Hants on October 6. The Brookfield Curling Club Open House will be held in October – see the next Eagle for more info, or call Mike at 673-2769; plan now on enjoying “the roaring game” at the Sportsplex this winter. The BAA’s signature event, the Sports Draw/Big Game Hunt, has tickets available now. This is the 80th edition of the BGH, and we encourage all to support this most crucial BAA fundraiser. The Grand Prize package is valued at over $43,000 this year, and features a $2500 diamond pendant, a Jeep Wrangler, $5000 worth of Atlantic Superstore gift cards, a specially- made Elks firepit , courtesy of Geoff Stewart, and other prizes. There are lots of local ticket sales – persons, if you are some distance away, you can buy online at www…brookfieldatheticassociation.ca. The BAA also will be operating a hockey pool for the much-anticipated World Cup of Hockey – tickets are available now for the event starting Sept. 17. Entries are only $5; tickets are available at Roop’s Esso or online at the BAA address above. Entry deadline is Sept. 16, so act quickly! Knox United Church is hosting their giant Yard Sale and Breakfast on Saturday September 24, 7 AM – 1 PM – come and find treasures and enjoy a hearty breakfast – another big crowd is expected. Brookfield Baptist Church is having a Community B.B.Q. on Saturday September 17 from 11 – 1; all welcome! The Terry Fox Run will be held on Sunday September 18 at picturesque Carter Falls. Registration starts at 12:30 at the far end of Carter Rd. Pledge sheets are readily available at local businesses, or by calling 673-2427. The Brookfield Run is legendary through the region and beyond; please help support it, and then join the ‘after-party’ the curling club at 2:30 onward. The Sportsplex Chase the Ace will resume at the curling club on Thursday October 6. Doors open at 7, food and beverage at the ready, and the draw is done at 8:30. Three winners have received a total of $38,000 to date, in addition to about 70 nightly winners; so come along, enjoy some time with your friends, maybe win some big bucks, and support the Sportsplex! The All Around the Circle Seniors Club are moving their Drop In – Drop Off Friendship/Activity days to Monday afternoons. There will be an Adult Colouring Contest, – bring your crayons or pencils; pictures, prizes and refreshments provided. Contact Flora (673-2278) or Susan (673-2479) for more info on this standout program to enhance the lives of local seniors! On September 20th the monthly Seniors luncheons resume, doors open at 11:30, meal at 12. Guest speaker from Alzheimer Society with topic “Heads’ Up to Healthy Brains” and “10 Warning Signs”. All Around the Circle card parties every Wednesday at Sportsplex at 7:30 PM – $2 admission. The Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame Education outreach program makes a stop at SCA on Monday, September 19, 10:30 AM; public is welcomed.
See you at the BMC on September 19th –
Check our website for more community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca
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