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September 2016 Newsletter

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.tattrie@cadets.gc.ca 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 –
THE EAGLE
Check our website for more community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca


Fly like the eagle

Volume 27, Issue 9
The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) will put a bow on their 2015-16 meeting season on Monday, May 16 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. On the agenda are fun, food, and fellowship, which are monthly happenings; as well as a program, and preparing for summer activities such as Ed Creelman Park plans, involvement in Coming Home to Brookfield and Canada Day festivities, BBQs, and others. We hope all the regular members are present, and welcome any other men of the area to visit.
The Annual Ladies Night gala was well attended – about 140 in total dined on Head Chef Peter Matheson’s wonderfully prepared, multi-course dinner. Close to 120 guests had to be restrained from crowding the stage before the BMC’s presentation on ELK-TV of The Price is Right, replete with a Calypso Carnival theme. Of the seven contestants, Erin Jamieson proved to be the sharpest consumer, winning a bevy of invaluable tropically-inspired prizes, AND getting the privilege of smooshing a cream pie in Club-man Don Harvey’s face – priceless! The Red Tide continued in the theme, and their renditions of Jamaican Farewell, Yellow Bird, The Banana Boat song, and The Sloop John B made many feel they were in the Antilles. The culmination of a great evening was the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award to Rod Nielsen, whose long-time volunteer efforts on behalf of the community precisely fit the criteria. Rod is vital to the Fire and Emergency Services, and represents the department on regional and provincial committees, as well as to Knox United Church, and several other groups and organizations. He is another in a long line of dedicated community persons to have received this high honor, and we were pleased his wife Lori, daughters Erica and Jessica, parents Roy and Leona, and mother-in-law Velma Fisher were all present. BMCer Ches Brown marks his 80th birthday – drop into Knox Hall – May 14, 2-4 pm to extend best wishes.
Congratulations also to Lori Nielsen, who retired after 36 years at Lafarge – hopefully the kiln keeps turning in her absence! School closing in June will see some highly regarded educators hang up their blackboard chalk (or whatever has replaced that!) – SCA Vice-Principal Charlie Weatherbee, Math Department Head Brian Sears; English Department Head Dale Roberts. One of Ms Roberts best English students, Bailey Campbell (Linda. Bob) is graduating from UNB with her law degree – well done Bailey!! Cody Locke is continuing his golf professional management course at Holland College with a summer co-op arrangement at the world-renowned Cabot Cliffs Gold Course in Inverness – he may hear from several friends! Paul Rodd was third high individual, and his Colchester team captured first place in the Nova Scotia Highlanders Military Rifle Association marksman competition. The Brookfield Rapids won the Nova Scotia Under 14 Tier 2 Volleyball Championship, with games played at SCA and Truro Junior High. The team received excellent coaching from Randy Kelly and Sarah Wort, and was managed by Julie Kelly. Players were: tournament MVP Klarissa Pasion, All Stars Erica Fisher and Holly Wry, and Hannah Boutilier, Emily Kelly, Jana Hunt, Lucy Edelston, Emma Collier, Brianna Graham. Sarah Wort was also a champion on the Soft Serve team that won the Brookfield Mixed Volleyball League, downing Susan Miller’s Volleybrawlers in the final. The Under 18 Tide team, with Jonathan Kaye and two sons of SCA teachers, Michael Adams (Rob) and Jack Aucoin (Kevin), won the provincial title – SCA Coach Paul Tufts was part of the coaching staff. Wolves Jade MacDougall, Marika Schenkels, and Kennedy Wry were on the NS U -15 runner-up team and will attend nationals in Waterloo, Ont. Athletes of the Month for April at SCA were badminton players – Klarissa Pasion and Austin Christenson. Principal Nevin Jackson’s son, Patrick was second in the province in Senior High Boys Badminton Doubles. Morgan Johnson, Rebecca Rankine, and Terry Park attended the Celebration of School Spirit at the World Trade & Convention Centre. Brent Walters and Tyler Howe were a stellar netminding tandem for the Truro Midget AA Bearcats, that won the provincial hockey title with an undefeated season! Sharon MacPhee, wife to Bill Stewart, was beaming when her grand-daughter, Grace Martin of Lunenburg, captured the Atlantic Midget AAA hockey title with her Metro Boston Pizza team. They travelled to Weyburn, Sask. to compete in the national championships. Grace is only bantam age, so was routinely playing against girls 2- 3 years older! The Brookfield Elks Bowling League has wrapped up their 55th year; champs were Pibb Henderson, Jean Axworthy, Nancy VanTassell and Ross MacDougall. Ornithologists have been flocking to the Wetlands Trail, cameras in hand, to get shots of the graceful egret that has apparently settled there, considerably farther north than usual!!
What a job the local United Church women did in hosting the UCW biennial for three days in April. 125 guests from the Maritimes and Bermuda were here, and were amazed by the energy, the seemingly-unending stream of both food and music, and all-around hospitality. It was great to see Betty Webber back in Brookfield – she lived in the manse in the late 50’s – early 60’s with her husband, the late Rev. Ralph Webber, and their children.
Congratulations to students of Joanne Hatfield for strong showings at the Truro Music Festival – Alexa Roop was first in her modern piano class; and Stephanie Meadus and Abigail Hovey were second in their respective classes. Joanne and her band Cocada are featured on the newly-released CD by world music ensemble Moja Makani. Included are two of Joanne’s original compositions – proceeds from locally sold CD’s will be donated to Water For Life. SCA also had strong showings at the Music Festival, led by teacher/conductor Holly Hartlen. Their Jazz Combo (Connor Murdock – trombone, Beth O’Connell – bass, Caelan Meagher – drums, Suzi Kim – clarinet, Anna Hamilton – alto sax, Julia Hamilton, Hanna Dunlap – trumpets, Ga-yeon Choi – piano) won silver. The Glee Club placed first, and received the Dr. and Mrs. Brian Delaney Award for Intermediate School Choir. Sopranos – Jessica Frizzell, Isabella Johnson, Kristin Blair, Hanna Dunlap, Oliva King, Delane MacNeil, Brynn Rankin, Danielle Zambolin; Alto – Kathleen Cochrane, Madelyn Fisher, Jorja Smith, Hailey Lemmon, Emily Rushton, Emma Scheel, Taylor Viva, Emma Whittaker; Baritone – Hector Cuerda-Lopez, Denver and Mackie Nicol, Alec and Michael Zhou; and accompanist extraordinaire – Ga-yeon Choi. The “Musically Infused” Group began as an in-class ensemble, and is now largely self-directed – they won the Gold Medal: Olivia Perron-vocals; Emily Moore and Caitlyn Woodworth –vocals, guitar; Arin Mizrak – guitar, mandolin, cajon; Beth O’Connell – bass. They received the Festival Award for Outstanding Ensemble!
The “Virtue Flags” adorning several utility poles along Hwy 289 are a wonderful idea, well-executed by Brookfield Elementary School. They brighten the street-scape, show the art skills and send a good message to (and from) the students. Mark Hamilton is one of 15 visual artists invited from thousands of candidates to participate in the prestigious Arte Internazionale Exhibition in Matera, Italy this month.
Well-known local taxidermist Ron Hollingsworth passed away. Joan Campbell passed after a battle with cancer; her celebration of life service at the Sportsplex saw a large number of friends and relatives attend. Irene Stuart lost both her brother-in-law Larry Spence of Londonderry, and her sister-in-law Betty Dunlap of Debert. At Elk Court, Ken Taylor died, as did Donald Miller; he was a brother to Helen Crockett, Eldon Miller, and the late Lelia Brenton. Preston Hingley, formerly of Hilden died; he was father to firefighter Mike Hingley, and Anita Mitchell, wife to former Intermediate Elks pitcher Fred Mitchell, and mother to Sharon Horner, passed away. Elaine Lucas died in Truro, she was a sister-in-law to Gail (Archibald) McLellan. Kyle Henry of Brentwood died. We offer condolences to all who lost loved ones; and apologize for typo in April issue – Betty Navaux was Robert MacLellan’s mother. Helene Henderson is recovering from surgery – we hope she is back to full fitness soon.
Andrew and Becky Roop vacationed in St. Lucia, while Dane Henderson and Danique Rowsell preferred snow to sand – they went to Banff, Lake Louise, and Golden, B.C. They were joined on the slopes by Olds resident Stephen Maynard, son of Ernie and Helene. Patty Stewart and Rob Smith, joined by her brother Glen and spouse Susan went to Cuba. Bev Bradley and Susanne Harrison both visited (independently) friends in the Sunshine State. Krista McMullin met daughters, Janelle and Joanna and grandchildren in Palm Springs, California. Bev and Gerald Peterson welcomed nephew Delbert Dillan here from Prince George, B.C. We hope all ex-patriate Brookfielders who live and or work in Fort McMurray were spared from personal damages from the devastating wild fires that reduced much of that city to smoking rubble.
Congratulations and a big thank you to the Women That Hunt for organizing the Youth Outdoor Expo, that packed both ice sheds of the Sportsplex with exhibitors, and spectators. It was an exhilarating day, with numerous intriguing demonstrations, door prizes galore, and introducing many activities to the young (and young at heart). WTH donated the admission proceeds to the Sportsplex, an amount in excess of $2600! An amazing job by ten very motivated women! Their next plan is for a Community Yard Sale, also at the Sportsplex, on Saturday May 14. Only $25 per table/spot; contact Kelly at countwka@hotmail.com for more info. While you are marking in events on your calendar, here are some others – there will be a Khrysalis rock concert at Knox United; Saturday, June 4th at 8 PM. Freewell donations accepted. Every Thursday night at the Curling Club, Chase the Ace in support of the Sportsplex goes from 7:15 til 8:30 draw – food and beverages available – the pot is in excess of $6700 – join the fun!  All Around the Circle Seniors luncheon at the Sportsplex will be Tuesday May 17; doors open at 11:30. They continue to host card parties on Wednesday evenings – start time is 7:30, $ 2 admission. Thursday afternoons are socializing times where seniors and their caretakers can gather from 1-4 for games, crafts, jigsaws, etc. – volunteers to host can reach out to the AAtC.  Saturday May 28 – the Fish-a-Rama at the Wetlands Trail, a project of the Train Station Historical Society – 7:30 – 12 noon. Adults – $5.00; they must have a fishing license. Snacks and beverages on site. The TSHS will join the Community Assembly in organizing Canada Day festivities on July 1 at Ed Creelman Park, start time 12 noon. At South Colchester Academy – the musical “Nunsense” will be presented by the Musical Theatre 12 Class of 2016 May 18-19-20; showtime 7 PM; – fun for all ages – children/students/seniors -$6; adults -$8. Athletic Awards night is June 9, and Student Participation Achievement Awards ceremony is May 25, both are 7 – 9 PM, and are open to the public. The 13th graduating class of SCA will receive their sheepskins on June 28. The SCA Wolves Girls Softball team will host the NSAAF provincials at Elk Park on June 3-4; cheer the girls on! The 569 Col. G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron will hold their Annual Ceremonial Review and Inspection at the Curling Rink at 1300 hours on Saturday, May 21. This year’s review will see the changing of the guard, as whirlwind C.O., Captain Ralph Murphy faces mandatory retirement at 65, ending a military career that started for the South Branch native as a 569 cadet in 1963! He traditionally has put together a wonderful program, and the expectation is his swan song will be one not to miss – all are welcome. The new C.O. will be former 569 Cadet Lieutenant Andrew Tattrie. The Mens Club have been a proud supporter of the Air Cadet squadron since the early 1950s! SCA was one of two schools nationally that won the Samsung Canada Solve for Tomorrow (SFT) Challenge, that aims to deepen the passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) among students. The school will receive a $50,000 Samsung SFT grant, tailored specifically to meet the technology needs of the school. SCA will host Youtube partners of AsapSCIENCE for a celebration; giving students a chance to “show – and – tell” how they solved an issue in their community by applying STEM. Thanks so much to all who voted including students, staff, SC alumni and Nova Scotians in general. Dedication of students and staff proved again that Wolves work best in a pack!
Continuing…the Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) is celebrating EIGHTY YEARS since its founding in 1936! Special plans are already in place for the Sports Draw/Big Game Hunt, including a much upgraded prize list, with an extra 80th Anniversary prize of a diamond pendant worth $2500! Tickets will be available at the Whing Ding, and everywhere, including online at http://www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca from August til October, with the draw slated for November 14. Also watch for exciting details on promotional efforts between the BAA and Canadian Tire, Atlantic Superstore, and Scotiabank! If anyone wishes to help the
BAA restore this event to previous heights by selling tickets, contact Hugh (673-2427). The BAA will host their 27th Annual Golf Scramble at the Golf Club on Saturday July 2; 7:30 AM – all levels of golfers welcomed – call 673-3352 to register. The Whing Ding will be one of the Coming Home to Brookfield (CHB) anchors; this year on July 22-23 – still “the place to meet your friends”. The Stanley Cup playoffs are well underway (James Retson is the early leader in the BAA pool) – it is not too soon to let you know there will be a pool for the World Cup in September; this will be better quality hockey than the Olympics! Be ready to get your tickets then. These fundraisers enable the BAA to return the money to many different recreation and sports activities in our area. The BAA is accepting nominations for the Randy Roop Memorial Award, for outstanding service to the sport/ recreation community, until June 10 – please pass along any suggestions to mdhenderson@eastlink.ca .The Elks will field an Intermediate ball team this year – home games every Thursday night at Elk Park – the team features some veterans, and four stars from last year’s Under -18 team that did well at Nationals. Brookes VanTassell, Amanda Cornelius and others have generated a lot of interest in organizing several youth teams, from ages 5-15 – they will take it as far as possible IF players AND coaches step forward – contact them at bvantass81@eastlink.ca or corneliusaj@ccrsb.ca respectively for details.  The Terry Fox Run will again be held in September, but that eager committee has other events you should know about, to assist in raising funds for cancer research – these include a Fashion Show and Supper on May 28, 6 PM at Knox Hall; fashions by ETC on Inglis Place – tickets are $20 from TFC committee members, or call 673-2427. On June 4, the Annual Book and Bake Sale happens from 9 AM- 1 PM at Knox; and on June 11 – “Back by Popular Demand” concert at 7 PM at SCA, featuring the music of Waylon Jennings and the ladies of country music, as performed by Dale Fisher, Sarah Matheson and friends. At the retired firehall on Hwy 2, Skylyn Foods and Gifts has opened, providing a variety of food, groceries, snacks and gifts. Pleasant Valley MotoCross will host the CMRC Pro National MotoCross Championships July 23 24. Watch local professional stars Tyler Medaglia and Mitchell Cooke churn with the best riders in the country, then rub elbows with the daredevils at the Whing Ding! The theme for this year’s Coming Home to Brookfield celebration is “Our Backyard”, and from what is listed above, one can see it will be a very full summer here! CHB will have many of the activities you know and love, as well as some new events. The brochure fully detailing the event schedule will be in the mail in early July for the July 16-24 festival; info will also be available on the new website cominghometobrookfield.ca, and likely on the community website at the foot of this issue. Some of the events will be – Street Parade, BBQ, Historic Talk on World War I, Farmers’ Market, Open Mic, Herb’s Tunes, Kids Sports Day, Teddy Bears Picnic, Sing Along /Bonfire at the Dam, Shortts Lake Boat Tours, Golf Scramble, Church services at the lake and at Carter House, Soap Box Derby, Celebrating Our Youth, Coffee House, Horse Show, Bingo, Airplane Demo, Road Race, Kids Run, Yoga, the can’t miss Brookfield Blooms, Movie Night, Lafarge Tour, Skateboard Demo, Scavenger Hunt, Bike Hike and more.

See you at the BMC meeting- Monday May 16, 7:30 at the Fire Hall! Next issue is September – watch the community website for information in the meantime!


As oft is the case, we were teased with some “faux” spring weather in early-mid March, but early April, the chill had returned. We are still hoping for an early start to the fishing, ball, and golf seasons – the latter will allow the big eagle to watch over proceedings at the Brookfield Golf Club from his perch high up in the pine tree in the middle of the first fairway. April also means the annual Ladies Night extravaganza – all ladies of the area, of all ages, are invited to Knox hall on Monday April 18, 6:30 PM, for what the new head chef, Peter Matheson promises will be a delicious meal. There are no such guarantees for the entertainment (?); and the much-coveted Eagle award will be presented to a citizen(s) who has made our community a great place to dwell. We hope all give our invitation much consideration; we would love to get back to feeding 125+; the last two years our number has been 95-100. So bring your friends and family members for a well-deserved evening out!

The Brookfield Curling Club wrapped up its 40th season with the annual Awards banquet. Guest speaker was Karlee Burgess, the Grade 12 student at South Colchester Academy student who won gold medals at the World Junior Championships in Denmark, and the Junior Olympics in Norway. Among the highlights of the evening was the recognition to the team of Leroy Burns, Jim Thompson, Brian Neil, and Gary Smeltzer – they recorded only the second “8-ender” in the club’s history this season! Junior Eric Brightman won the Rupe and Mary Fisher Award, for demonstrating love for the game; and Trevin Searle was named winner of the Josh Melvin Award for dedication to the Junior program at the Brookfield Curling Club. League champions were: Monday league – Ken Retson, Ernie Glinz, Jim Thompson, Elmer Archibald; Tuesday league Andrew and Jill Sears, and Mike and Kyle Henderson; Thursday league – Courtney Rutherford, Mark Crozier, Steve Hanham, and Emily Breckon; Friday league – Ernie Glinz, Mary Johnson, Doug and Barb Cox. The 27th edition of the Great Community Curling Classic was a great success – 26 teams competed in 4 divisions, a lot of fun was had, and it was great to see some former BCC curlers back here. Champions were: Jeff Miler Auto Parts division – Kirby Densmore, Wilf Clooney, Paul Kean, and Glen Ferguson; Brookfield Athletic Association (a major sponsor for all 27 years) division : Bill Stone, Mark Crozier, Steve Hanham, Nancy Desmeules; Royal Lepage division: Randy O’Driscoll, Steve Murray, Josh and Herb McCallum; and the Tim Isenor division: Jason Moore, Alan Hunt, Laurel and Charles Debay. Leroy Burns was presented the Turk Henderson Memorial Award for long-term and excellent volunteerism to the GCCClassic.

Among the visitors to our fair village was Noora Kaanaa, a charming young Finnish lady, and partner to former Brookfielder, Jason (Jay) Moore – they reside in Cole Harbour, and Noora followed the Curling Classic action closely, while making many new friends and acquaintances in her new home province. Sherry and Jay Ovsenny brought their two daughters home from Toronto to Betty Roop’s; and Sherry’s cousin Mac, along with wife Nadine and their two Ottawa area – based daughters were at Paul and Joan’s. Paul and Joan received many visitors; they had many friends from the Brookfeld Golf Club attend their get-together. Janelle, Phil, and

daughter Addie Lue came from B.C. to visit with her parents Terry Canning and Krista McMullin. Sonya Celnik and daughter MacKenzie of Toronto visited with Sonya’s grandmother Edna Graham over Easter and were among the 100 attendees at the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by John, Lynn and Debbie Matheson. Great to see Amanda and Robbie Hatfield and family, as well as Amanda’s mum, Helen Morrell move into the former Reid house on Cherry Lane! Hockey flash Charlie Fleming (Christine, late Blair) and partner Allanah MacLellan are moving into a house on Carter Road in May – great to have these young folks back in the village!

Carol Euloth, wife to the hard-hitting Elks shortstop (74,75) Paul Euloth, and mother to former Elks rugged left winger Jason, passed away in Porter’s Lake. Dan Horner of Shortt’s Lake lost his mother, Marjorie “Midge” Horner. Daniel Henry of Brentwood passed, as did Audrey MacDonald’s brother, Reg Sears, in Saint John. Al Atkinson, father to Heather, and grand-father to Justin Marshall of Pleasant Valley died in Truro. Don Harvey’s brother-in-law, Leland Weatherbee passed, as did Elk Court residents Elmer Hutt, of Mill Village, and Dwight Vidito of Truro. Betty Navaux died in Truro, she was Robert MacLellan’s sister. Ray Hamilton, P D Hamilton’s son also went to his reward, as did George Casson of Truro, brother to Gerry Carter’s wife, Joan. The Eagle offers condolences to all who lost loved ones.

Take time to congratulate the following on their notable achievements. Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) of Shortts Lake was a standout defenceman on The Dartmouth Major Midget team that won the Nova Scotia title, and attended the Atlantic and Canadian Championships in St. John’s and Saint John. Luke is also a standout soccer player at SCA. Speaking of soccer, how about Clubman Don Harvey’s grandson, Adam of Hubbards. He is a goalkeeper and a strong bet to make the Under 17 team that will represent our province at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg. He was part of a team that recently toured England for 10 days, and played the marquee matchup against Leicester City FC academy team – the same Leicester Foxes that appear poised to win the British Premier League title this year, after starting the season as a 5000-1 longshot – if it happens, England’s legal bookmakers stand to lose $ 8,000,000! Adam is a former Intermediate Elk 3B – man Danny’s son, and the soccer technical director describes him as “one of the hardest workers, with exceptional attitude, work ethic, and advanced athletic ability. He is a very good keeper, and an even better teammate with tremendous character.” Zackery Hedge, the grandson of Herk and Susan Sutherland, and great grand-son to both Alice O’Leary and Edna Sutherland, won two Gold medals at the Arctic Sports Games in Greenland – the event draws athletes from the northern nations around the globe. Speaking of grandparents – new to that delightful club are Dave and Jane Armsworthy, as their son Chris and his partner Danielle MacDonald welcomed a baby boy! Maureen Foster and Terry Stewart have their second grand-child as her son Tyler MacLeod and wife Sarah of Halifax have a new son, Camden. Paul Rodd and Karla MacKenzie married, and honeymooned in Dominican. Athletes of the month (March) at SCA were curlers: Seniors G R Walters and Karlee Burgess, and Juniors Isabella Johnson, Sarah Kennedy, Monica Mason, and Garrett Graham. SCA student and Upper Brookfield resident Georgia Countway (Brent, Kelly) earned her jiu-jitsu blue belt, making her at 16 the youngest to do in Atlantic Canada. Speaking of SCA, they are in the running for a $50,000 technology upgrade from Samsung – you can help by voting “early and often” before April 18 at http://www.solvefortomorrow.ca – please do so! Megan Gaudet, daughter of Brentwood native Kevin and Andrea, will compete with young students (Grades 5-8) from across Canada in the World Literacy Canada’s Write for a Better World. Victoria Fraser of Carter Road and her partner led the way in the Jazz/ Blues Vocal Duet Under 12 category at the Truro Music Festival. Congratulations to Gary Burrill, our former MLA – he recently was elected provincial leader of the NDP. His sister-in-law Sonya MacLean is a Brookfield resident.

The Brookfield Community Assembly hosted a Volunteer Recognition Award night at the Seniors lounge recently. This gave organizations the chance to formally acknowledge those that do so much to make both their groups, and the community at large, prosper. Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor, local councilor Geoff Stewart, and county Recreation Director, Craig Burgess attended, as well as a number of citizens. Among those recognized were: Fire and Emergency Services – Shawn Burke; Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex – Mark Kennedy; Brookfield Mens Club – Mike Henderson; Brookfield Athletic Association – Robert Putnam; All Around the Circle – Freda Sutherland, Austin Ross, and Ron Morrell; Brookfield Curling Club – Lisa Henderson; Brookfield Garden Club – Jim Locke; Brookfield Community Assembly – Rod MacQuarrie, Sue Smith, Rod Nielsen.

Travelers included: to Florida – Jill and Andrew Sears, Judy Parks, Daisy Hingley and Myrna Clarke; to Cuba – Beth Maguire and friend Beth Anne Whiston, Julie and Kraig MacKenzie; to Dominican Republic – Owen and Ardith Ross, Charles and Leah Bowers, Kim and Joel Dawe, and Bruce and Glenda Isenor; to Arizona – Phil and Kitty McMullin, and Darrell and Gail Wright, where they took in Coyotes and exhibition baseball games. Sisters Lynda Deyarmond and Kathy Graham went to New Orleans (to collect beads?). Dane Henderson completed an arduous three months of weekly commuting to install a new system at his company’s salt mine east of Cleveland. Zoe Barbour went to Vancouver and Las Vegas, then stopped on her way home to visit Sharon (Trenholm) and Ken Byrd in Ontario. Barb Murphy visited her late husband Bill’s relatives in B.C. Heading to the ski hills were Jonathan and Gail Kierstead and family, who went to Sunday River; while the Weatherbee (Charlie, Kathy, Camden) and Woolfitt families (Jodie, Jonathan, Jack, and Jewel) went to Mont Ste. Anne.

Joe and Pat Toole both spent time in hospital, and now reside at Cedarstone in Truro, Jean Axworthy, and Ken Retson, who required medical attendance to repair his sliced hand, also were inpatients. Bob Campbell, arguably the most popular, and one of the most clutch Elks’ ballplayer ever, suffered a heart attack at the St Patrick’s Bonspiel at the curling club. Thankfully, quick and decisive CPR actions, notably by nephew and BCC President Josh McCallum, sister Nancy VanTassell, Josh Archibald wielding the Sportsplex’ defibrillator, as well as Craig Newhook, Randy O’Driscoll, and Joel Sears revived Bob after 15 + minutes, before emergency responders arrived. He has had a stent inserted to circumvent the complete blockage in an artery, and will take baby steps on the road to recovery. A BIG thank you to those who saved the day!

As you read this the Brookfield Elks Stanley Cup playoff pools are freshly out – enter by Friday April 15 for only $5, and add some extra spice to watching the playoffs for the next 2+ months. Enter as often as you like; please help support the BAA – tickets are available at Roops Esso or at http://www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca/elks.hockey-pool.html. Reminding you again of the mega Youth Outdoor Expo at the Sportsplex on Saturday April 16, 9 AM-7 PM. Stop in and check out the more than 40 exhibitors designed to expose youth to activities related to fitness, outdoors, health and wellness, guided by professionals in various fields to educate and inspire. The expo is sponsored and organized by the local non-profit Women That Hunt (WTH) group, who are kindly donating the admission proceeds to the Sportsplex. Come along and enjoy the demonstrations, door prizes, discounts on memberships from some groups, etc. Chase the Ace pot will be in excess of $5400 this and every Thursday night at the curling club – draw is at 8:30, doors open at 7. Meet your friends, support the Sportsplex, and maybe walk away with a bundle of cash! The Community Clean-Up will be held at 9 am – 1pm on Saturday April 30. The organizer (BCA) hopes for a larger turnout of volunteers to make light work for all; please meet at Knox Church for routes, supplies, nourishment, etc. The hours will fly by! 569 Col. G.N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron will be taking part in the Youth Expo on April 16. Sgt. Maggie Myers won the northern regional effective speaking competition, and will attend provincials. The Annual Ceremonial Review will be May 21 – the public is invited. More details in the May Eagle. Watch the May edition for news of this year’s Coming Home to Brookfield (CHB) celebrations – save the dates – July 16-24 (Whing Ding July 22-23). The All Around the Circle Seniors club continues to host card parties every Wednesday night at the Sportsplex – games of 45s and Crib start at 7:30 PM, and cost is only a toonie. The AAtC monthly luncheon will be Tuesday April 19 – doors open at 11:30 AM.

If you are a Senior, who would like to get out and socialize, including games, chats, etc, you can come to the Senior’s lounge on Thursday afternoons, 1-4 PM. The free program is open to all seniors. Friends and family who care for seniors are also invited, or can drop off their loved ones, provided they do not require trained care. Volunteers with a knack for making others comfortable, and are willing to serve as hosts one day a month are needed. They can greet incoming guests, and make sure they are enjoying themselves. If you have jigsaw puzzles, games, or craft materials in good condition, or wish to share a favourite hobby, please contact Flora Johnson (673-2278) or Susan Stevenson (673- 2479).

Hope to see a wall-busting crowd at Ladies Night – this means YOU! The Eagle

Remember to check our website for other community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca

February 2016
Volume 27, Issue 6

The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC), founded in 1937, will hold their Anniversary Dinner and Meeting on Monday, February 15. Please note the special time (6:30 PM) and place Knox Hall. The dinner meeting welcomes guests, entertainment for our January meeting, featuring numbers by Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, and a searing version of the amazing members, and the adult offspring of BMCers. To ensure an accurate head count for the meal, all attending are asked to RSVP to Mike (673-2769), Pibb (673-3262), or Keith (957-4242). The rock band Khrysalis provided the David Bowie-Freddy Mercury duet, Under Pressure. They were very well received by the BMCers.
Walt Disney World in Orlando was besieged by Brookfielders. Nancy VanTassell herded her four grandkids (Myla, Garrett, Broden, and Rigby), along with daughter Jenna and Mike Searle, and Brookes VanTassell and Ann Robicheau and her two sons, to the Orlando attraction.  The Children’s Wish Foundation made Kayla Burris a very happy young girl, making her Disney dreams come true. Traveling with her were her sister, Josey, mother Nicole Burris, grandmother Kathy Toole, Aunt Karen Burris, and cousin Ryley. Club-man Jim Feener and his wife Marlene spent the holidays with their daughters’ families in Ontario. Mother-daughter Dynamic Duo Kathy Patton and Erin Jamieson sunned in Cuba, while Scott and Kathy Fisher went to the Palmetto State (South Carolina). Sorry to see Gordie and Denise MacDonald, and son Gregory leaving NS – but for a good reason – Gordie (Dannie, Audrey) is taking over the dealership of the Canadian Tire Store in Fort Erie, Ontario, just across the river from Buffalo. Meanwhile Audrey’s grand-daughter, accountant Gillian Ervin received her CGA designation in St. John, NB, where she lives and works. She is a daughter of Bill and Audrey Ervin.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Darren Moore, Jim’s son, in Chicago, from a heart attack. The Cox sisters (Katelyn, Shanda and Natalie ) mourned the passing of their grand-father, Colin Cox, of South Branch. Ruth (Crouse) Wentzell, of Fort Ellis, whose children and grandchildren are well-known and friends to many in our area, passed away at 84. The Eagle extends sympathies to those who lost loved ones.
Susan VanTassell checked in from Whitehorse for her nephew Bill’s birthday party, and enjoyed a week with her many friends. We were delighted to see Sarah and Anna Rutherford at Chase the Ace – Logan and Nancy’s daughters were home from Alberta for a week. They have made a number of friends, many Maritimers among them, in the Calgary area, but still pine for the Atlantic air! Thanks very much to Mary MacCallum of Truro and former Brookfielder Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury for their generous monetary gifts to the Eagle’s cause. Mike Watson is doing well after back surgery. We wish Lila (Izzy) Ross a full and complete recovery from her broken wrist and hip, suffered in an icy fall.
We were overwhelmed (happily!) with so many births to report in the January edition, so much that we missed a few of interest locally. Long-time Sportslex Board of director and former Cruise Missiles hockey player John MacDougall and his wife Mary tripled their grand-child count, as both daughter Katie, and son Ian’s families were blessed with baby boys, making it very interesting in the Judge’s Otterbrook farmhouse! Former Junior Elks hockey coach Dan Burgess and wife Janet joined the grand-parent brigade when Claire was born to their daughter Anna. Albert Gamble, the longest-serving Truro Junior Bearcat ever – he starred for SEVEN years on Coach Hugh Matheson’s blueline – also has welcomed two grandsons (Coleman and Mason) in the past few months. Parents are daughter Kate (and Mitch), nominally of Yellowknife, but currently staying near “Gramps” in Stanley Bridge , PEI, and her brother John and his wife Kim, who live just down the road. Happy times!
Erica Nielsen has completed her optometrist certification, and is steering her patients at FYI-Doctors in Truro to clearer vision. Jennifer Henderson retired from CBC after 32 years, and nearly 40 years total in the often – cutthroat journalism/media world. She leaves with the reputation as a pro’s pro – respected by all she worked with for her consummate thoroughness and integrity.  Phil Crowell, Maurice’s son, is headed to The Brier, as Lead on the Nova Scotia champion Jamie Murphy rink. Karlee Burgess, a senior at South Colchester Academy, played second stone on the Mary Fay skipped rink that won the Canadian Junior Girls Championship in Stratford, Ontario. The team will compete in the World Juniors in Denmark in March, but before that, they are off to Lillehammer, Norway for the Youth Olympics! Thank heavens for tele-commuting for schoolwork! Athletes of the Month at SCA were announced: December showcased volleyballers – Juniors Kayla Storer, Cole Mockford; Seniors – Hannah and Luke Fisher. January’s athletes were hoopsters – Mockford repeated as Junior Boy, while Rachel Hawkes was the Junior Girl; Seniors were Breagh White (Lori VanTassell) and Tyler Howe. Brooklyn Rutherford (Allison) was part of Team Nova Scotia that went to Richmond, BC for the Canadian Karate Championships. Congratulations and thank you to outstanding SCA educators Lauchie MacKinnon and Leah Roop, who supported by V-P Karla O’Leary, wrote the proposal that succeeded in the school being one of fourteen from across the county (there were 300 applications) in receiving a Best Buy technology upgrade. The grant, worth $20,000, will refresh the school’s Ipads and Chromes. Amazing that much of the technology at SCA, which is in its 13th year, is becoming outdated! A big tip of the hat to those volunteers responsible for the “Heart to Home Dinner Delivery” outreach project of the Brookfield Pastoral Charge that will offer a hot meal monthly to those who could most use it. Contact Kaye at 673-2356 if you wish to assist, or receive for next month. The Middle Stewiacke youth band, “Before Monday”, along with special guests, put on a great show, and raised money for Project Hope, the group bringing a Syrian refugee family to the area. Also donating their talented and healing hands to this cause were acupuncturist Jenny Blacklock of Bell Road, who owns Eastern Tides Acupuncture, and Anita Miller, Registered Massage Therapist, and owner of Soma therapy at Shortt’s Lake – well done, ladies! Many others have been toiling preparing the house and gathering furnishings for the family expected in the near future.
On Saturday February 13, 7:30 PM, a Valentine Extravaganza will be held at Knox Hall – come and enjoy all kinds of exotic desserts, as well as the musical strains of Cherry Lane, joined by Sarah Matheson, and many great offerings in a Silent Auction. Tickets, while they last, at Nox Nook (Tuesday, Thursday 10-12; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 2-4), or from Kaye (673-2356) for $20. Ashley Fudge (Barry, Sandra), of East Brookfield is a second year student at Dalhousie, hoping to pursue a career in social work. She will be traveling to Laos in a few months with the Volunteer Eco Students Abroad Organization, where she will teach English, and do rehab work with endangered elephants. She must raise $4000 for the trip, and is welcoming any auction items, as well as recyclable bottles – a fund-raising event is planned for March 5 – contact Sandra at 673-3290 for more details. The Brookfield Athletic Association will be hosting a Meet and Greet for Jason Sanford to congratulate him on his national and international fastpitch accomplishments. The Durham native was a standout catcher – outfielder for the Elks for six seasons, and was a dedicated and valuable teammate. This past year saw him win gold medals at the Pan Am games, the ISC North American club team tournament, and the ASA (US National) championships. He was twice named to the ISC All-tournament team, and was All Canadian with the Elks in 2007 in St. John’s. We hope many come out to say hello to Jason and Jenny at the Brookfield Curling Club on March 5, from 7-9, where food and beverage service will be provided.
South Colchester Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) has a busy period coming; on Saturday Feb. 13 they will host a “Shake Off Winter”, dance with live music by Glen-Bob and the Boot, G.R. Matheson’s band, at the Brookfield Curling Club, with proceeds to the Sportsplex. On Monday Feb. 15 they are also presenting a public skating opportunity for all, 2:30 – 4 PM – come along and enjoy a skate and some hot chocolate – admission is a donation to SCMHA. On Saturday morning Feb. 27, they will host a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 9-12 at the Curling Club; $8 for adults, $5 for children. They will hold their Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Annual General Meeting on April 24th in the Minor Hockey room – open to all minor hockey parents; check their website for more details. Chase the Ace continues at the Curling Club on Thursday evenings – doors open at 7:00 PM; draw at 8:30. Pot this week expected to be at $2800.00!
It’s Your Chance to Help Make Your Community Healthier! The Community Health Boards of Colchester East Hants and Cumberland are preparing to write our next Community Health Plan. With that mind, we want to talk to our communities about ways to help individuals, and the places we live, be healthier into the future.  As part of the information gathering, the CHBs are conducting an online survey as one way to learn about the health needs in our community. We are looking for your input and ideas that will help us understand the people in our communities and their vision for health. The purpose of your Community Health Boards is to be your voice – we need to hear from you so we can inform the Nova Scotia Health Authority about your health promotion priorities.    Completing the survey should take less than 15 minutes and the responses will be kept private and confidential. The survey is available at:http://www.cehha.nshealth.ca/docs/2015/community_health_survey.pdf. (underscores after the word ‘community’ and ‘ health’)   Paper copies are available at MacQuarries in Brookfield or call one of the Community Health Board Coordinators: Colchester East Hants Areas: 902-893-1374 or 902-893-7311.
All Around the Circle Senior Group will have their monthly luncheon on Tuesday, February 16 at the Sportsplex. The guest will be from the Community Health Board – they will enlighten all as to how the South Colchester Community Health Board benefits the public, and help with the survey mentioned above. Doors open @ 11:30 at the Sportsplex. Also at the Sportsplex are card parties every Wednesday night at 7:30 pm – $2 to play, all welcome!
Volunteer Appreciation Awards are being hosted by Brookfield Community Assembly in March. Would you like to nominate a deserving group or person for a community appreciation award, contact Susie 902-673-2207 or private message on FB- Sue Smith. Deadline for nominations is February 29, 2016. Please make sure that our deserving hard working volunteers are supported by this event.
The Brookfield Fire Commissioners will hold the annual ratepayers meeting at the fire station on March 14 at 7:00 p.m. The 2016 budget prepared by the Fire Department Treasurer is based on no change of the fire rate for 2016.

Remember the BMC Anniversary Meeting and Dinner on Monday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 PM at Knox Hall – let us know if you are coming!
The Eagle
Remember to check our website for other community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca and the Village of Brookfield, Nova Scotia, Canada facebook group where you can interact with the community members!

January 2016
Volume 27, Issue 5
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! May 2016 bring health and happiness to our readers and citizens, and dare we hope for less hostilities around the globe?!? The Brookfield Men’s Club (BMC) will open their year on Monday, January 18, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. All are welcome. The BMC sent their four wise men up and down every road, street, lane, and alleyway in Greater Brookfield ( including but not limited to, East, North, and Upper Brookfield, Forest Glen, Pleasant Valley, Shortts Lake, and Brentwood), to judge the annual Christmas decorations in our fair burg. This is the 20th year the BMC has cited those who do so much to brighten spirits at Yuletide. The list of those deemed deserving of the priceless recognition is as follows: Best Overall – Brookes VanTassell and Ann Robicheau; Most Original – Herb and Pat McCallum; Religious Theme – Gower and Cyndi Fiander; Best Commercial – Reclaimed Cottage; Best Back Yard Display – Debbie Matheson; Best Use of Lights – Ron and Ruth Bezanson; Best Outside Tree – Keiver and Bev Read; Most Complete – Nancy and Greg VanTassell; Best Apartment – # 2 Brandt Lane. Congratulations to all, and there could have been many more as our community sparkled – maybe those very mild December temperatures allowed more outdoor work than usual!?!
Our community is indeed very caring and generous – both the Project Hope campaign to sponsor and bring Syrian refugees here, and the concurrent one for the Sportsplex have been very well supported – more announcements from both to follow! The Good Time Fiddlers are organizing a Kitchen Party, with proceeds going to Project Hope. It should be a blast; so mark your calendar for Saturday, January 16, 7:00 PM at SCA. Come out and hear performers like internationally-acclaimed stars James Hill and Anne Janelle, the Cherry Lane Band, Bob and CJ Prest, Julian Johnston and Carol Roode, Megan Isenor, the SCA band, as well as the aforementioned Good Time Fiddlers, directed by Emily Kierstead. Emily has written an original song, which will be “launched” at SCA! Please attend and show your support for the talented volunteers. Likewise the Eagle’s expenses were more than looked after for a few months by exceptional donations by the ever-attentive Bill Kennedy and Joyce Geddes, whom readers will recognize as annual contributors. Also stuffing the Bird’s nest were Donnie and Marg Fisher, and Herk Sutherland from Alberta! We also want to make note that Brookfield Lumber was missed from the list of donors in the last issue to the Christmas Index through the Festival of Trees and Stockings. We are most grateful for the many kindnesses.  It seems an appropriate time to put out the first call for nominations for the annual Eagle Award, which will be presented on Ladies Night (April 18) to a citizen(s) who has made/is making significant contributions to the community. Nominations can be passed to Committee Chairman Charlie Burnett (cburnett@ns.sympatico.ca), or to the Eagle’s e mail – deadline is March 30.    The best part of Christmas is seeing so many friends and family get back to Brookfield – sadly the Eagle’s vision (and /or memory!?) is much diminished, so many will be missed in this listing – but we did see Krysten Stewart , Andre Garneau, and daughter Sadie from suburban Quebec City at Patty Stewart’s , Shirley Comeau and Bill Stewart’s grandchildren Drew and Kristy Stewart (Glen) from Grande Prairie, and Queensland, Australia, respectively. John Nielsen & wife Elizabeth were home from central Quebec, visiting with his siblings in Brentwood and Shortt’s Lake; former star SCA curler Michael Weatherbee was also home to mother Cindy’s in Hilden. Miranda Deyarmond and pal Tom Hogben came to Barry and Linda’s from Kiwi-land; Scott Johnson came from Iqualuit, Nunavut to Wayne and Shelia Johnson’s; and Lisa (Hingley) and Chris George and kids (Alexander and David) came from Ottawa to visit Daisy and family. Mac and Nadine Campbell and family came from the Ottawa area to Paul and Joan’s; and Jay and Sherry Ovsenny and kids came to Betty Roop’s from Toronto. Also here from the GTA was Annette Heffernan; her brother Andrew and wife Laura came from Albany, NY to join sister Amy (and Jason) Muis from Sheet Harbour. Heather MacFarlane, Greg Loewen and kids came from Maine to Herb and Betty MacFarlane’s. Carl Sutherland delighted his Mum, Freida Sutherland when he pulled in from Alberta. Great to see Slavjan Conevski and daughters Hana and Aleksandra here on Christmas Eve! We apologize to those we missed – see the reporters contact info at the bottom of the page to pass along info!
It might be getting colder (at last!), but blooming love warms hearts – what better way than celebrating babies being born (at a fantastic clip, we might add), weddings and engagements joining couples! Amy and Rod MacLean started the ball rolling – Sybil Charlotte Lynne arrived to join her two siblings on William Russell Road; grandparents Donnie and Marg Fisher are nearby to lend a hand! Desiree and Connor Muise, residing in the former McMullin house on 289,welcomed a baby girl; grandmother is the Reclaimed Cottage’s Wanda Arnold. Kelsey and Matt Davis of Middle Stewiacke brought home a pretty bundle, Ellie-May Madisyn, a sister for Layla – grandparents are Bob and Linda Campbell and Fred and Carol Davis. Will she be as deadly as her namesake “huntin’ critters with her double-barreled slingshot”?!? Kevin and Natalie Brenton tried to restore the gender balance – their son Logan was the first New Year’s baby at Colchester Hospital – he comes home to meet his three sibs. He is a descendant of grandparents Gerry and Sandra Brenton, and George and Joan Clark. Donna and Vaughn (Gab) Matheson are very excited to announce the birth of Lexie Grace in Eastern Passage – delighted parents are Brian (Yogi) and Ashley Matheson. Desha Ellis and Rob Wells of Truro have a new baby girl, Paisley; grandparents are Debbie Messervey and Gary Ellis, Sr. Morgan Burrows (Graham, Elizabeth) and Andrew Meekins had a baby girl on December 31; Hudson Elizabeth Ann adds to their home on the farm in Onslow. A bit belated, but no less exciting news , comes from Vancouver where former Burrows Drive resident, outstanding Air Cadet, now- helicopter mechanic, and all-round good guy Nathan Allinson and his beautiful Newfoundland wife, Dr Jackie (Foley) have twin baby girls, now a little over 2 months old. Scarlett Philomena and Evangeline Amelia are grand-daughters for former residents Carrie Allinson-Hingley and Darrell Allinson. This is some of the happiest news we get to report; a big congratulations to all!! A New Year’s Eve wedding was solemnized as Brent Mosher and uber-talented songbird Jessica Fleming (Mark & Kelly) said their “I dos”! Others were pledging their troths and catching rings – Amy Fleming (Christine, the late Blair) – Jessica’s cousin, accepted Daniel MacKenzie’s proposal, as did Jessica Nielsen (Lori, Rod) to former SCA Athlete of the Year, Daniel Ash of Alton. It was a very happy month for Zach Sill – he made it home from his AHL posting in Hershey for Christmas, and went back to join the first place Washington Capitals of the NHL, where he has now played four games. But the best was getting engaged to Leeann McLaughlin! Tip of the wings to all the happy duos.
Leah Bowers and her crew (Glenda Isenor, Keith Gale, Rod Nielsen, Lisa Henderson, and Joel Dawe) orchestrated another fabulous Food For The Spirit concert with a large amount of food and cash being sent to the Colchester Food Bank. The performances were excellent, and this has become a “must-attend” event. Joanne Hatfield, who as usual was ubiquitous, and absolutely essential to multiple acts throughout, led her ukulele students to kick things off, then turned from the old to the very young, leading the Knox Junior choir (Alexa Roop, Kenzie Boyd, Lauren Percival, Sarah Keyes, and Annika Gale). Joanne and Jocelyn Langille accompanied a moving vocal performance from Marian Lindsay. The always sweet sounds of Shelley (Clark) MacLeod on flute and Kaye Retson on piano were most soothing. Middle Stewiacke United Choir Director Tim Ross took over next – he played and sang with daughter Audrey, then did the same with older daughter Josee and Lauren Percival, before being joined by his Cherry Lane bandmates (wife Lorraine, Mark Hamilton, and Joanne Hatfield), who were boosted by soloist Sarah Matheson. Ross led the Middle Stewiacke youth band of vocalist Kayla Kennedy, Isabella Johnson, and Beth and Jamie O’Connell. The Brookfield Baptist Church Choir hit it out of the park with two numbers – Hope Was Born This Night, and a “double-trio” ensemble (Melissa Adshade, Susanne Rushton, Cyndy Fiander, Sheryll Patton, Lisa Hartlin-Turner, and leader Belinda Adshade) who did an incredible job on a rarely-heard arrangement of The First Noel. Bruce and Megan Isenor (backed by Joel Dawe) livened things up – and the show was stolen by Megan’s young cousin, Alexander George, fresh off the plane from Ottawa, who snatched Megan’s violin away, and brought the house down! Charles Bowers performed a couple of non-traditional, but apropos, songs for the occasion. The Village Blend group (Doris Betts, Brenda Henderson, leader Joanne Hatfield, Lori Nielsen and her recently repatriated daughter Erica) was their always mellifluous selves, and were aided by Joanne’s drumming students (Ted Powell, Evelyn Negus, Sonya MacLean, Jocelyn Langille, and Mark Hamilton). The Youth Band, Khrysalis wrapped up the evening with some poignant songs, none moreso  than the closing number, their version of John Lennon’s And So This is Christmas, with haunting vocals by Anna Hamilton. Keith Gale (guitar, vocals on an original composition), Kyle Henderson (drums), Julia Hamilton (keyboard), Peter Betts and Shel-be Ryan (guitars) and Beth O’ Connell (bass) were tight. A terrific show!Felix Pelkey celebrated his 95th birthday – he is very spry; keeping his Carter Road pristine.
The community lost one of its more upbeat characters when Dave Heffernan succumbed to his many challenges at 66 – he was burdened for many years with cancer and heart issues. He was a friend to many, and it was nice to see so many of his former Math students from SCHS at his service. He was also a former member of the Elks Bowling League and the Brookfield Curling Club. Another former BCC member, Ron Ellis of Eastville passed away – he was a brother to Shirley Fleming, Irene Deyarmond, and others. Former Densmore Lane resident, Pauline Brown passed away at 57, in Truro. In Tatamagouche,Birch Hill native Bernie Peterson (64) died – he was a brother to Dave, Gerald, Robert, Lee, Lorraine Carter, and Debbie Smith, and one of his sons, Allan, lives in Birch Hill. The tragic death of university professor Linnea Veinotte of New Brunswick in Granada was a deep loss to close friend, former Brookfielder Michelle (Stewart) Young. We offer condolences to all who grieve.
The 79th Annual Brookfield Elks Sportsmens Contest (Big Game Hunt) wrapped up – prizes for heaviest buck (248 lbs.) went to Harold Kenney of Dartmouth; heaviest doe (also biggest with a bow & arrow) – Brandon Ferguson (152) of Onslow Mtn; ladies Heaviest buck (214)- Judy Wallace Antigonish;Heaviest buck with bow ( 214) – Jamie Hicks of Amherst; our own Chad Sutherland had the most antler points (13); while Shawn Smith of Middle Stewiacke had both the widest (24.5″) and longest (26.5″ ) antler. Thanks to all who participated, helped with the weighing, or assisted in any way; a special and heartfelt thank-you to Roop’s Esso for generously serving as the BGH’s weighing station for many, many years. Next year is the 80th Anniversary of this most important and legendary fundraiser of the Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) – they have lost many sales persons over the past few years, and are concerned as proceeds have shrunk dramatically. We hope some will come forth with ideas that will help us enjoy a much-needed revival in 2016. A new committee to lead this will soon be struck – any wishing to volunteer can contact Mike (673-2769) or Robert (673-2764) – the community needs the BAA in good financial position to be able to continue their support for a multitude of activities.
Dan, Kathy and Holly Dean celebrated an early Christmas in the West Palm Beach area of Florida, where son Mark is working his equine magic. Sister Jill made the diagonal transcontinental trip from Whitehorse to complete the happy family. Ally Campbell has also gone to Florida to work with horses, while her aunt Betty Roop went to visit her daughter Sherry and family in Toronto. Marion and Gene Retson spent Christmas in Ontario – their sons (Duncan and Dan), and their families are in Ottawa and Toronto, respectively. Jack Roop and uncle Bill Campbell also went to the Sunshine State – the quick trip included an NHL game of the Lightning, NFL games (New Orleans at Tampa Bay, and Jack’s NY Giants beating Bill’s Dolphins), and a round of golf! Terry Canning and Krista McMullin went further for their sun – to the 50th state paradise of Hawaii. On the way home, they stopped in BC to visit with their daughters and grand-kids. Laura Drive residents Dale Campbell and Jean Mercier went to Japan. Beth Maguire went on a business trip to Gotham City. An unconfirmed report has it that Lexie Stewart and Mike Henderson aren’t going anywhere, at least by car, until re-tested – both backed their vehicles into immovable objects in their driveways – one into another car, the other the inside of the garage door!?!
The Brookfield Elks of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League are back in action at 7:30 on Tuesday nights at the Sportsplex – they started the second half of the season by beating the powerful Sackville Blazers, and the East Hants Penguins!! Please come out and support the team. The Sportsplex is resuming the popular Chase the Ace contest, which has nicely fattened the wallets of two Brookfielders to the tune of some $27,000 combined! Pot will start at $1000, and is expected to grow rapidly on Thursday nights at the Curling Club (upstairs) – doors open at 7, draw at 8:30, food and beverage service available. Join the fun! The All Around the Circle Seniors group will have their monthly luncheon and meeting in the lounge at the Sportsplex on Tuesday January 19; doors open at 11:30. Their weekly Card Parties go Wednesday nights at 7:30; all welcome. The next publication dates for the eagle are Feb. 8 and March 14 – please pass along information at least a few days ahead of those dates, and keep in mind that with monthly publishing, to announce an event, you have to be planning ahead. For example, if there is something planned for March 12, it would have to be inserted in the February edition, thus needed by Feb. 5.
Join us at the January 18 meeting of the BMC!

The Eagle
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December 2015
Volume 27, Issue 4

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all Eagle readers!! We hope all are looking forward to the festive season – the Brookfield Men’s Club (BMC) are – they again will be sponsoring the Annual Decorating Contest, which so brightens the village and surrounding areas. The astute (?) judges will be covering all the byways in the area, including the ‘suburbs’ on Wednesday December 22, so be sure to be illuminated that night. The monthly meeting will see most business set aside, and the night turned over to song, games, food and drink. Feel welcome to attend on Monday December 21 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. Please bring a gift (max. value $10) for the exchange, and a sense of humour to the get-together. Thanks very much to the very generous Christmas donations to the Eagle from former resident Dorothy Trainor, now living in Sydenham, Ontario, and Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Bird, in Thamesford, Ontario – they are much appreciated!
What a job done on the 20th edition of the Christmas House Tours!! From those who so beautifully decorated their houses, businesses, halls, to the many volunteers – drivers, those who assisted with the supper benefiting both Knox United and the Train Station Society, to the Craft Sale, to the large number of visitors – it was amazing! Special thanks to the Thompson family, proprietors of Forest Glen Greenhouses – not only did they welcome huge throngs to their outstanding, beautifully decorated (twenty magnificent trees!) establishment, but they organized on their own raffles with proceeds being donated to Project Hope (Syrian refugee relocation assistance) and the Sportsplex campaign. The Thompsons make the BMC’s Ed Creelman Park glow with fantastic floral arrangements every summer which receive countless favorable comments; the BMC cannot thank them enough. In addition to the well- thought out decorations at both the Train Station (Winter Wonderland) and Knox Church, Danica Ellis’s Horseplay Stables (Who-ville) was a standout, complete with donkey, and light-saber wielding elves!  The Reclaimed Cottage marveled visitors with many re-purposed items from artisans. Kathy and Dan Dean’s Carter Road home (formerly Charlie Sutherland’s) was beautiful, and many were delighted to visit Holly Scothorn’s historic home, where Charlie grew up with parents George and Carletta Sutherland. Many were stunned by the incredible remodeling of the former Don and Marge Henderson house, done by construction and
decorating standouts Adrian Rovers and Tonya Colpitts. Back at the church, the display of Christmas trees and socks, provided by many businesses and organizations for the Christmas Index program was heartwarming. Among those who did trees, socks, or provided cash to that worthwhile cause were:  Sportsplex Pre-School, Units 3 and 7 of Knox UCW, Mario Baini’s Food Emporium, MacQuarries Pharmasave, Elk Court,  Brookfield Athletic Association, Roop’s Esso and Tim Horton’s, All Around the Circle Senior’s Club, Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services, Lafarge, Red Hat Society, Brookfield Bakery/Hurricane Heidi’s, Brookfield Elementary Home and School, 4-H club, Jim Dickie, and David Ross. What an amazing village full of volunteers and community-minded groups and businesses we have – please don’t stop, and hopefully we as residents never take that spirit for granted!
Some Christmas concerts have already been held – the Brookfield Elementary School attracted large crowds to their showings, the Baptist Church presented “Our King Has Come” to glowing reviews; and the SCA music department performed “Joyful Sounds of Christmas”.
The Brookfield Athletic Association is wrapping up their 79th Annual Sportsmens Contest/Big Game Hunt. This fund-raiser, unique in terms of concept and longevity in the country, provided many happy winners (see below), but will need to be re-invigorated – it is the BAA’s primary fund-raiser, and vital to that organizations many crucial works – any willing to assist in its’ redeployment for 2016 can contact any BAA member. We were delighted when the Grand Prize winner was Upper Brookfield’s Carmen MacPhee – he and Brittany (sister to Petra Stewart) and their 3 young kids moved into Luther and Joyce Sears’ former house about a year ago. The Twenty-five Thousand Dollar grand prize is a nice bonus. Other major winners were ATV – Wayne Lively, Superstore $2000 gift care – Vance Sabean, Snowblower – Alex Dawe, and $500 – Don MacPhee. The rifle hunting season is over, but final hunt prize winners will not be declared until the archery season ends. The BAA thanks all sellers, ticket purchasers, those who helped with weigh-ins, and outgoing Committee Chair John (and Lynn) Matheson.
As usual, way too many of our friends and family were hospitalized – Dave “Heff” Heffernan had open heart surgery, Joe Toole with a ruptured aorta, and Gordie and Paul Campbell both required medical care. Grahame Maguire had cataracts removed, we hope all have improved health when the holidays arrive.
Many lost friends and family over the past month. Long-time educator, Shirley (Kennedy) Sponagle, who spent 23 years at Brookfield Memorial School, died in Truro. Sharon (Fisher) Keizer who lived most of her entire life on Elm Street, passed away in Lower Sackville. Daisy Hingley’s brother-in-law, Dr. Warren Gallimore, passed away in Newfoundland. Kenneth Brown’s brother, Russell, died in Shubenacadie, as did Tanya Loughead’s grandmother, Joan Creelman of Truro. Susan Carter’s brother-in -law, Dr. Don Seaman, died in Kentville – he was a medical legend in the Valley. Terry Crowell’s sister, Paulette died in Cape Breton, and Mary Isenor of Elmsdale passed, her sons Terry and Tim are members at the Brookfield Curling Club. Another familiar face at the BCC and at many sports venues in our area – the inimitable Bruce Cameron of Truro died in a tragic fall at 58 – he will be missed by a legion of friends. Eva Fleming died in Stewiacke; she was mother to Anthony Connors, sister to former BMS teacher Eric Weaver, and aunt to Maureen Foster. We extend sympathies to all who lost loved ones.
We hope and expect to see many visitors here over the holidays – there was one delightful and impromptu reunion of old pals Herk Sutherland (DeBolt, Alta.), Peggy (Cooke) Underwood (Edmonton), and Bev Woolaver of Petrolia, Ontario – the trio met at the home of Bev’s mother, Phyllis Sutherland – first time they had been together in decades – a good time was had by all! Peter, Katie and 10 month old Abe surprised Larry and Lynne Kennedy with a visit. Peter (Oshawa) and Chris (Alberta) Hazelton were home to celebrate Don’s induction into the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame. We welcome Matt and Janet Miller to the former Marion Smith house downtown, while in Upper Brookfield, Adam and Nicki (Vissers) Caughey have moved into the former Ingram /Crewe house – Lewis and Lana were home for awhile, but have returned to Alberta where three of their four adult offspring (Chris, Justin, Kailee) are working.
Yes that was the two Susans – Park and Carter, sounding so nice as the backing vocalists at the Kenny Rogers Christmas show in Truro! The Brookfield 4-H Club float won first prize in the club division of the Truro Santa Claus Parade. Former Elks shortstop Dana Jewers was given an award by the NS Teacher’s Union; another former shortstop for the red and gold, Doug Holland, traveled to Montreal to watch his and Jill’s son Cody play for Keyano College (Ft. McMurray) in the CCAA soccer national championship. While on subject of star Elk softballers, we were delighted to hear that catcher Jason Sanford and his wife Jenny were blessed with a baby girl in Pictou County. Colby Lanceleve, former SCA softball and Junior Bearcats star, is shining for his Plymouth State (New Hampshire) university hockey team. A major thank you to Mark Kennedy, who recently completed a two year stint as Chairman of the Sportsplex Board of Directors – he worked tirelessly on behalf of the DHMS, and remains on the Board. Jack Roop is the incoming Chair, and Claudette McDonald of Alton joins the Board. A group of local artists have been meeting at the “Art Barn” on Carter Road, producing much interesting work. Mark Hamilton is having a show of his paintings at a new restaurant in Halifax – “Black Sheep” is on Dresden Row, and the show starts in mid-December. His work can be viewed at Mark Hamilton, Artist on FaceBook. Dave Whitenect, partner of Chrissy Yorke, on Highway #2 and his rock band Epic have released a single, Chasing Time. 29 Little curlers, from Brookfield, Amherst and Truro Curling Clubs had a great time when the BCC hosted them for a bonspiel.
Both SCA Wolves Senior Volleyball teams attended provincial championships. Paul Tufts, a well-regarded coach, led the Boys team of Connor Murdock, Morgan Johnson, Jonathan Kaye, Alex Termeer, Colton Graham, Luke Fisher, Brendan Wright, Tyler Howe and Adrian Sheppard. They went 1-3 at provincials in Truro. The Girls team won the Northumberland Regional Championship, and hosted an exciting Provincial at SCA. Two must wins over Strait Area and Clare saw the Wolves into the final, where they fell to a tough Par-en-Bas team from Tusket. The silver medals shone brightly around the necks of Shanea Fields, Abby Devlin, Mariah Hunt, Rebecca Rankine, Erica Robertson, Jessica McClellan, Hannah Fisher, Olivia Hernden, Alysha MacSwain, Marika Schenkels, Kennedy Wry, and Coach Rene Despres. November’s Athletes of the Month at SCA were volleyballers – Juniors Samantha King, Clarissa Pasion, Alex Zhou, and Seniors Alysha MacSwain and Morgan Johnson.
We must tip our wings to the kind and generous people who have contributed so much to a couple of crucial campaigns underway in our community. Many have stepped up to provide much-needed assistance to the Sportsplex, which is working hard to increase rentals in a time of over-supply of ice time. Project Hope is fast-tracking their plans to bring a refugee family from Syria to our area, and they have been pleased with donations to that cause. Both organizations offer charitable tax receipts. Take note the Annual Food For the Spirit, with proceeds and donations of non-perishable foodstuffs going to the Colchester Food Bank, happens Sunday December 20, 7 PM at Knox Church. This event is not to be missed as it is always a wonderful display of musical skills by our fantastic local talent. Paul Barrett leads his New Horizons Seniors Bands into the Marigold for their Christmas performance on Thursday December 17, 7:30 PM.

Have a terrific Holiday season and a Happy New Year. We hope to see you at the BMC party on December 21!!

The Eagle

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October BMC Eagle

October 2015
Volume 27, Issue 2
An absolutely beautiful September has yielded to some cooling evening temperatures, and some much-needed rain; thankfully not the 150 mm that New Brunswick had to mop up. The month of opals typically is a gorgeous one in the Little River valley, so still time and nice weather to enjoy the color palette that is a Nova Scotian autumn. We hope all enjoyed a happy and bountiful Thanksgiving! The Brookfield Mens Club kicked off their 78th season in September; new prexy “Pibb” Henderson is looking forward to a good year, and welcomes all to the October 19 meeting at the Brookfield Fire Station, 7:30 PM. A reminder to anyone who wishes to receive their Eagle on the day it is produced, we will happily send to you via e mail – please forward your correct address to bmceagle@eastlink.ca. Get your news while it is hot!
September errata to amend – Wade and Nellie Densmore did not go to British Columbia; and Annie Woodworth was the Super Senior Ladies Champion at Brookfield Golf Club – JoAnne MacNeil was the Senior Ladies Champ. Our apologies.
Cody Locke is enrolled in the golf management program at Holland College – he recently finished in a tie for 3rd in a university tournament held under very tough weather and course set-up conditions at Abercrombie GC. Brette Holland, daughter of Jim and Barb of Shortts Lake, also made a fine showing there playing for Dal AC. A big congratulations to Willa and Frank Rogers on their 50th wedding anniversary, they also attended a family reunion in Alberta – their offspring Tanya, Travis, and Tyler, 4 grandchildren, and many friends and family wished them well. Exciting news on Crystal Lake Drive – a baby boy was born to master musicians Anne Davison and James Hill. We suspect that Alder Mahon Davison Hill has a chance to be a musical prodigy! Anne’s mother has been in town from her home in B.C. to help all with the new arrival. Mark Gibson, Ralph and Sandra’s son, married Carrie McLaughlin in Malagash.
Chris Donnachie, a member of the Brookfield Golf Club and our Fire Service, skipped a triples team from the Truro Lawn Bowling Club to a 3rd place finish at the Nationals in British Columbia!  Athletes of the Month at South Colchester Academy for September were Cross-Country runners Brent Walters (Susan, Glen) and Faithe Langille; and soccer players Jesse Keddy, a real force for the Junior Girls team, Noah White (Junior Boys), and Senior team players Alysha MacSwain and Liam White.
Former local postmaster Graham Pearson, and his brother Jim, of Robin Lane, laid their dad, Bob Pearson to rest. Longtime Lafarge employee Billy Crowe of Hilden passed away – he was a husband to Janice (Watson), brother to Carron Miller, and uncle to Billy VanTassell. Pat Toole’s brother, Roger LeBlanc, died in Truro. Sympathies are extended to all who lost loved ones.
The 35th Annual Terry Fox Run was a smash hit. 200 participants made the beautiful and peaceful trek to Carter Falls, 75 volunteers helped, and a total of $30,000 was raised (including the run and other fundraisers, memorial gifts, and collecting recyclables – they can be delivered to Subway Bottle Exchange and designated to the Brookfield Terry Fox Run). After the run, participants gathered at the Sportsplex for a complimentary BBQ and snacks, courtesy of generous sponsors, and terrific musical entertainment was provided by Cherry Lane. Wayne Woolfitt was the leading individual, raising $7500 in pledges. South Colchester Academy and Brookfield Elementary School both made substantial contributions through special events by students and staff.Thanks very much to Shirley Sponagle for her kind donation to the Eagle – it is much appreciated! Inspector Lindsay Hernden of Shortts Lake, a member of the Halifax Police Department, received the Member of the Order of Merit medal at Rideau Hall from Governor General David Johnston. This medal recognizes exceptional policing service/performance of duty over an extended period. His family, wife Daina, and daughters Paige and Olivia, attended the ceremony in Ottawa.
Thanks to all who donated, attended, or in any way helped with the Giant Yard Sale at Knox United – along with a delicious breakfast, over $6000.00 was raised!  Left over items were donated to various goodwill organizations. Thanks to all who supported the Sportsplex Dance and Draw – a fun night was enjoyed by about 200, and Jeanette Decker was the happy winner of the $2500 travel voucher! Hard to believe it been 50 years since the cement plant graced our area. Lafarge marked the milestone with a wonderful ceremony, enjoyed by many residents, employees, and dignitaries. The cement plant has brought so much to our area – many of us remember the muddy path that was called the road to Pleasant Valley that was thankfully upgraded at the time; likewise the housing boom it brought to the area – the Upper Brookfield Road most notably, which had maybe 20 % of the houses on it in 1965 that it does today, and of course meaningful careers to so many Brookfielders. Lafarge has been a standout corporate citizen.
Brent Harrison broke bones in both hands/wrists – hopefully he can still attend the BMC meeting!! Terry Henderson had his gall bladder extracted – will he be less dyspeptic??? Paul “Bomber” Campbell shattered his heel in a fall, and was hospitalized, as were Mark Hamilton, and Gregor Dawe. Cameron MacLeod, seriously injured on his motorbike, is on the recovery road – we wish him, and all who ail, good health in the future.
The Truro District Hockey League reunion at the Sportsplex was a big hit – caterer Sherry Stewart and staff fed a throng of 215, and the Campbell sisters (Nancy VanTassell, Patsy McCallum, and Betty Roop), provided stunning decorations, and many, many other ‘finishing touchs’! Lyle Carter and Terry Henderson were key members of the organizing committee. It was great to see many former Elks hockey legends back, many of whom were responsible for building the Elks name. These included, from Ontario, Vaughn Briggs, from Oxford, the nimble puck-stopper “Jeep” Watson, Herman Murphy from Fredericton, Donnie Rutherford and Wally Fisher from the Moncton area, Gerry Miller, Phil Henderson, and non-pareil netman Lyle Bryson from Rockingham / Bedford. Locals, including some of the earliest post-War Elks, like Hugh Carter, Lawrence Wynn, and Frank Locke, also attended. The current Brookfield Elks, of the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League are off to a 2-3 with only defeats coming to league leaders Sackville and Glace Bay. The Junior Elks home opener is October 13; home games are most Tuesday nights at the Sportsplex at 7:30 – come out and see some fast, exciting hockey, as the current pucksters look to add to the lore!
Jack and Vi Werry are celebrating 65 years of marriage, and have had several visitors, including her sister Sharon Funkal from Blenheim, Ont.,  Vi’s brother Doug and his wife Lori Houlbrook from Winnipeg, and cousins Terry and Roseanne Houlbrook and friends Lois and Dave Bailey from Sarnia. Elaine (Ross) Healey of Wasaga Beach, Ontario visited siblings Austin Ross and Shirley Comeau, Jim Willie Parks was home from Germany to visit his mother Judy MacKay. Danica Axworthy is attending university in Paisley, Scotland. Myrna and Gordon Matheson visited friends in Ontario. Paul Barrett really took his show (Big Alley Band) on the road, going to Cuba as part of a musical exchange program. Susan MacDonald and Denise Mitchell-West enjoyed a Mediterranean Cruise, stopping in Italy, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, and other spots.
On October 19, we urge all citizens of voting age to get to the polls for the federal election. Please be sure to take your Voter card, and proper identification. Candidates eager to be part of the next Parliament are Laura Drive resident Scott Armstrong, Jason Blanch, Bill Casey, Wendy Robinson and Kenneth Jackson. Please take advantage of our democratic process and VOTE!
Ukulele lessons, for Beginners and Intermediates, are offered by the multi-talented Joanne Hatfield on Tuesday mornings at Knox United; contact Joanne at cocada.jo@gmail.com if you are interested. The Brookfield Athletic Association weekly NHL pools have resumed – for only $2 you can show off your skills in picking the winners of each weekend’s games – play now, have some fun, win some money, and support the BAA. Tickets are available each week at Roop’s Esso, or contact Nancy at gvantassell@tru.eastlink.ca to play on line. Hunting season is less than 2 weeks away – whether you hunt or not, please be sure to purchase your Sports Draw and Contest. This amazing BAA fundraiser is in its 79th year, and is crucial to the recreation support provided to so many in our area. Just $10 makes you eligible for many prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash, OR a 2015 Side-by-Side, AND a $5000 gas card. There are 4 other Grand Prizes, and many more for the hunters. To be eligible to weigh a deer, you must have your ticket before the start of hunting season; tickets for the raffle portion only can be bought up to the day of the draw (November 12 on Cat Country 99.5 FM). Tickets are available at Roop’s Esso, FoodMarket, Brookfield Bakery, and from any BAA member. Tickets also can be purchased on-line – go to http://www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca Long-time Big Game Hunt Chairman John Matheson has said this will be his last year heading the event -help him go out on a high note with a big sales year! The BMC has some of this year’s Coming Home to Brookfield commemorative shirts – they make great gifts! Contact Terry Henderson (673-2106) to purchase.
All Around the Circle monthly Senior’s luncheon and meeting will be Tuesday October 20 at the lounge at the Sportsplex – doors open at 11:30. Come to the Senior’s Lounge on Wednesday evenings to enjoy cribbage or 45’s – games begin @ 7:30, $2 to play and 50/50 tickets available. The Brookfield Garden Club Community Christmas Season wreath project is underway – to order a bracket and wreath or a new wreath for your bracket on the utility poles, contact Elsie Locke at 650-2022 before November 1. The Brookfield Curling Club will embark on their 40th season, beginning with an Open House week – 7-9 PM on October 19,20,22,23, and 1:30-3:30 Saturday October 24. Come give it a try – many of Canada’s (and the world’s) best curlers will descend on our area the following week for The Sportsnet Masters  tournament – so get your curling legs underneath you before they arrive! The Brookfield Elementary School will host their 3rd Annual Fall Fair and Auction on Saturday October 17. Come for games, BBQ, auction items and more – all welcome! 9 AM till Noon. There will be an open community meeting at the Middle Stewiacke Rec Centre Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM to discuss sponsoring a refugee family in our area. All interested are encouraged to attend.
Major League Baseball Playoffs are underway – long-time fans of teams are urging on their favourites toward the World Series. Will we see the Chicago Cubs end 107 years of futility-Steve Locke hopes so! Or will Pete Fleck’s Mets, buoyed by a young pitching staff, raise the trophy. Mike Henderson and Hugh Matheson (?) pull for the trolley Dodgers, long gone from Brooklyn. The Cardinals have lots of local fans – including Kelly Spencer, Spud Stevenson, Bob Campbell, and Terry Henderson. Is Dan Dean the lone Rangers’ fan; do the Astros have any devotees in their 53 year existence, and surely there are some Royals fans (Andrew Sears??) out there. If one listens to the blathering talking heads on the Canadian sports channels, everyone else in the country only has eyes (and besieged ears!) for the Blue Jays?!!
The BMC will make plans at their October meeting; it is expected they will continue with their Halloween Street Patrol, in an effort to ensure a fun, safe, and trouble-free night. Any wishing to assist, can meet at the United Church any time after 8:30 PM.  The Brookfield-Middle Stewiacke United Youth Group are hosting a Halloween Candy Centre on October 31 from 5:30 – 8 pm at Knox Church. This will enable the many who would like to see the wonderful costumes the trick-or-treaters wear, and share in the fun. Anyone interested in handing out candy is welcome to come to the Knox Hall – trick-or-treaters are urged to drop in and have some candy!! Be sure to include Knox on your candy collection route. Tea and coffee will be available for parents. The next Eagle will publish on November 9; so we will mention here and now that anyone wishing to participate in the Remembrance Day service at the Veteran’s Memorial on November 11 should contact Club-Man Bob Lawrence at 673-2022 or bobjeanlawrence@gmail.com. The Brookfield ceremony is annually one of the best in the province.
Knox United will host a turkey supper, Saturday October 24, 4:30 to 6:30 – all welcome! For takeout orders – call 673-3363. The UCW Fall Luncheon and Sale will be Saturday November 7 from 11-1 PM. All past and present CGIT-ers are invited to join in the 100th Anniversary celebration for that group at Brunswick St. United Church on October 17 1:30 – 4 PM. Plans are underway for the Annual House Tours – dates are November 26, 27, with several homes and manger scenes featured, as well as Forest Glen Greenhouses – watch for more info in the November Eagle.
See you at the BMC on Monday October 19, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station! The Eagle

Remember to check our website for other community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca