May 2015 Volume 27 Issue 9

    Another Brookfield Men’s Club (BMC) Ladies Night is in the books – the crowd of about 125 was well-fed by Head Chef Bob Lawrence and his minions, and President Austin Ross was skillful and glib in his role as host. Valuable Door Prizes abounded, and the Red Tide ensemble, aided greatly by Joanne Hatfield on the keyboards and Keith Gale on guitar, belted out a half dozen numbers, including The Gambler, Hank Snow’s I’m Movin’ On, and The Cat Came Back. The Canadian Men’s Synchronized Swimming team made a bravura performance, snatching the Gold Medal at the World Championships with a perfect 10.0 (x 3) performance. The audience roared approval, and drowned out the arena PA system, lustily belting O Canada. The aquatic gymnastics were beamed to a worldwide audience via satellite and the BMC Network. Jim Feener has signed major endorsement deals with Speedo, Gatorade, Ray-Ban goggles, Coppertone, and as a guest analyst with TSN at the next Olympics. The evening was crowned with the presentation of the Eagle Award – as presenter Judy Matheson noted, the BMC proved itself very capable of thinking outside the box, not only with her role -done very well -but in citing this year’s winners. A trio was selected -how could the Campbell sisters – Nancy, Patsy, Betty -be separated! These three, always upbeat and positive individuals, mean so much to a variety of our community organizations, chairing the Whing Ding, active participation in organizing Coming Home to Brookfield events, Terry Fox projects, Christmas House Tours, Elks Bowling League and Hockey Pools, numerous activities at Knox Church, and the list goes on….Once again, the audience provided loud certification to the selection.

    The BMC will put a bow on the 2014-15 season, at least in terms of meetings, on Monday, May 18, 7:30 at the Fire Hall – all are welcomed to attend. Of course the BMCers will be kept hopping throughout the summer, running BBQs at various community events, producing and selling Home Coming shirts, maintaining Ed Creelman Park and the cemetery, as well as other activities.

    The 569 Colonel G .N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron held their 62nd Annual Ceremonial Review at the Sportsplex. Guest speaker and reviewing Officer was Major General John Madower – his presence was all the more noteworthy, as he is a native of West St. Andrews, and a proud graduate of both 569 Squadron and South Colchester High (’80). His mother Laverne MacLeod, went to Brookfield Rural High (Class of 57). The squadron, under CO Capt. Ralph Murphy, went through their paces, and afterward showed demonstrations of their projects, including launching rockets into the troposphere. Major awards were presented to: Best First year Cadet -LAC Eric Hippern, Most Improved Cadet – Cpl. Cole Mockford, Chief W/O Ralph Murphy Award – FCpl. Maggie Myers, Spirit of 569 Award – Cpl. Denver Nicol, Garth Decker Award – FCpl. Travis White, FSgt. Jason MacDougall Staff Choice Award – FCpl. Makayla Tanner, Colonel G.N. Henderson Award and Royal Canadian Legion Medal – Warrant Officer 2nd Class Peter Betts. Peter currently has the highest ranking in the local squadron and is now Squadron Commander. Numerous in-season promotions were also announced, as were the many cadets who will take advantage of a myriad of summer camps and activities. The Squadron remains most appreciative of the BMC acting as the sponsoring organization for SIXTY-ONE years, and presented an appreciation award to BMC liaison Bob Lawrence for his unstinting efforts with the Cadets. Congratulations to the Stewiacke Legion for their ongoing support, and a special nod to Elm Lodge #115, on behalf of the N.S. Masonic Foundation, who presented 569 with a cheque for $2500 to assist with their activities!!

    The Men’s Club wishes to thank all those who provided free-will offerings at Ladies Night; and also kind donors Eloise Yorke, Elmer Archibald, and former Club-man Jim McNutt – your generosity is appreciated!

    Congratulations to Josh and Kristen Hamilton of Carter Rd. on the birth of their daughter, Eloise Josephine! A daughter, Lauren Christine was also born to Jason Ross and Jolene Glen in Valley; a grand-daughter for Linda Ross, and great-grandaughter for Lila MacPhee. Mindee Walker, daughter of Sharon Swan and step-dad Jim Stuart of Cherry Lane, married Kevin Couturier of Edmundston, NB on the beach in Mexico. They exchanged vows in front of their 2 1/2 year old son, Xavier and several Brookfielders, including Sharon Swan, Teresa Elliott, Kim McBurnie, Kelly Countway and former residents sister Nadeene Walker, Faith and Travis Rogers, Gillian (Ervin) Kelly, Pam (McCulloch) Kolstee, and Karen (Patton) MacPhee. The happy couple will honeymoon in Greece later this summer. Tara O’Brien married John Goddard; she is the daughter of Darla and Grant O’Brien, and grand-daughter of Mae Cook. They live in Timmins, Ontario. Love bloomed on the pebbled sheets of the Brookfield Curling Club – Steve Hanham whisked Courtney Rutherford to Toronto for a Leafs game — things improved when she said ‘yes’ to his marriage proposal! Charlie Joyce celebrated his 80th birthday, while former bulwark on the Elks blueline, Gab Matheson blew out 70 candles. Sheepskins were presented to Charlene Locke (parents Steve, Krista), who received her B.Sc. from DalAC, and promptly accepted a position and moved to New Glasgow, PEI – not so far away that we will still get to have her around a lot! Maria Rutherford (Logan, Nancy) received her B. Nursing degree from St. Francis Xavier, and is on staff at the Truro Hospital. Alison Read received her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from St. F.X., and Ashley Holland (Doug, Jill) received her B.Ed. from the Antigonish institution. Taylor Clarke (David, Carla) is also an X grad-hers in Arts; while Kyle Henderson (Mike, Brenda), received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison – his specialty is painting. Coady Read graduated from his program at COGS and had a job waiting for him in Calgary. He has a diploma for Survey Technician and Geomatics Engineering Technician. Allison Sears (Luther, Joyce) received her Bachelor of Bio-Resource/Environmental Science degree from the University of Guelph.

    The grass doesn’t grow under Krista McMullin’s feet – she went to western Canada to visit daughters Janelle and Joanna, and their families, then reversed field, and spent time in South Africa and Botswana! Life flashed before her eyes for a long 15-20 minutes as she and her jeep were in the middle of a herd of charging elephants! Terry Canning went to Nashville on business. Zoe Barbour was another on the move – her travels took her to Vancouver, Hawaii, and Montreal to see her son and grandchildren. Edna Graham visited family in Timmons, ON. Jonathan Woolfitt and Minudie pal Heath Matheson went to Omaha – was Jonathan paying homage to investment guru, Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha?  Along the way they met Bubba’s cousin, Darcy Woolfitt in Chicago – no doubt several porterhouses were consumed in those two meat-packing centers! Phil and Kitty McMullin escaped most of the winter by going to Arizona and even rescued a cute dog named Molly along the way. Robert and Kelly Putnam travelled to the Netherlands to take part in the celebrations marking 70 years since the Canadian Military helped liberate the Dutch. Kelly played the bagpipes, and Robert wielded the mace, keeping the pipe and drum band in sync. Lexie Stewart went to the Dominican Republic, as did Joan Hatton, Billy, Chipper, and Lori VanTassell. Phil and Judy Henderson and Alton and Lorna Sutherland soaked up sun in Florida, while the sextet of Dave and Janice Peterson, Allan and Lorraine Carter, and Richard and Ellen Sutherland went to Cuba.

    The Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League completed their 54th Season – champions were Pibb Henderson, Barbara Walsh, Rebecca and Shelia Rankine. Regular season winners were Gerry Buott, Mary Berrigan, Cindy Bigelow, and Linda Penny. Brookfield Elks women won the APS division provincial title of the Nova Scotia Women’s Hockey League. Local players are: Beverley Read, Kathy Dean, Holly Dean, Anita Fisher. They met the Truro Hawks in the finals to make it an all-Colchester final. Hawks local players are Heather Fraser, Marissa Roode, Vanessa McKillop, Heidi Cooke, and Rachel deVries – Rachel deVries and Alison Read were also on the team that won the women’s division of the NSTU hockey tournament (for the 6th time). Gordon and Myrna Matheson’s grand-daughter, Taila Vydykan was part of the Bedford Blizzard, who won the N.S. title in Under 13 volleyball. Jessie and Abby Miller (Steve, Melanie), Letha Mowatt’s grand-daughters both were selected for the Nova Scotia Under -17 Basketball team that will travel to Edmonton later this year. Serves You Right won their 2nd straight Brookfield Mixed Volleyball title – the team has SCA coaches Kelly Spencer and Rene Despres, as well as former Wolves Caitland Read, Emelye Porter, and Adam Connors, and Suzie Miller. Colby Lanceleve, SCA grad, finished a stellar 4 year career with the Truro Jr A Bearcats, and accepted a hockey scholarship to Plymouth (New Hampshire) State U. SCA was well represented at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Celebration of Sport luncheon at the World Trade Centre – Coach Ryan McNutt, athletes Alicia MacMillan, Garrett Johnson, and principal Nevin Jackson were present. SCA students swept the podium at a Skills Canada Photography competition at the NSCC Waterfront campus; Emily McEwen won gold, which will qualify her for the national competition in Saskatoon, and Arthur Dodsworth and Carli Fisher won silver and bronze, respectively. Maegan Ryan won a silver in the baking competition, and Mariah Hunt won bronze in the Job Search category. Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) won a gold medal at the Regional Science Fair, and will attend the Canada Wide Science Fair later this month in Fredericton. Darcie Barr and Cicely McCulloch won silver medals. At the Truro Music Festival, the SCA Glee Club won the Jazz Choir category, and the Wind Ensemble (Anna and Julia Hamilton, Megan Nielsen, Hanna Dunlap, Connor Murdock, Miriam Harrison, Susy Kim and Gayeon Choi) were best in their field. Zach Sill had his #23 sweater retired by the Truro Bearcats hockey club; the Elks Jr. B team and the BAA have been working on recognition in/with the Sportsplex for both of Brookfield’s NHLers (Sill, and Lyle Carter).

    Those who attended the terrific concert put on by “4 Guitars”, featuring our own Joanne Hatfield are raving about the fantastic event held at Knox. The four very talented professional musicians blended their talents seamlessly to produce beautiful sound, as well as some terrific solos in classical, jazz, and Brazilian music.
    The obituary column is far too long, and we extend condolences to those who lost loved ones; we are sorry to report on the passing of Gary Morrell, son of Ron, and husband to Helen, who died from a heart attack…Betty Leck, former Clubman Glenn’s widow, and mother to Bruce and his four brothers died…Cauline Watson, mother to Mike, Tim, Blaise, Heather, and Fonda ….Scottie Kerr, a former fixture in the ‘Elks’ Bowling League passed away….in Burnside, Wayne Graham died; he was step-father to John Hamilton…Glen Robinson passed, leaving wife Betty and sons Jason and Michael to mourn. Henry Fisher of Middle Stewiacke died; he was a Past President of the Brookfield Curling Club, and leader of the John Fisher Male Choir – Henry was a true gentleman. Long-time resident Bernie Crowe passed away at 91; he was a veteran of World War II, and is survived by sons Colie, Dave, and Reg, many great-grandchildren, and even a great-great-grandchild.

    Among the ex-pats who made it back to Brookfield for Ladies Night were Laura (McCallum) Grinton and Pam (Henderson) Lanthier. Nice to see former standout goalie Rob Carter home from the west for a visit with Lyle and Susan. Mark Dean was home before setting off on his next equine adventure, this time to the Constitution State. Sarah (Calgary) and Anna (Cochrane) Rutherford both came home from Alberta for Maria’s graduation. Ryan O’Connor, Dr. Tracey Williams’ nephew was head coach of Team North at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship in Halifax. He is an elementary teacher in Arviat, as well as head coach for Team Nunavut at the Arctic Winter Games. Dr. Stephanie Aubrey joined Truro Pediatrics in the fall and is moving to Shortt’s Lake in June with her fiancé, Justin Gillespe. They both are avid golfers and chose the Brookfield area specifically for all the community activities. Luther and Joyce Sears have moved into their new house on the Upper Brookfield Road. Please keep Denise Forsythe in your thoughts; she is recovering from major thoracic surgery.

    With the first week of May, spring-like weather has finally arrived, and Brookfielders are eagerly getting outdoors. It also means the school year is in the homestretch, and there are lots of year-end activities you will want to note, as they are open to the public. These include the Achievement award ceremony on May 27, the final band concert on June 4, and the Athletic Awards are on June 11. These all commence at 7 pm. The Yoga 11 class will have a Bake sale Monday June 8, with proceeds going to the SCA Music program and other charities. The event on June 8 will be a “Karma Concert”, that will include various SCA ensembles, and performers from the community. If the weather cooperates, it will be held at the outdoor amphitheater, and also feature food kiosks, art displays, face painting, etc. The Girls softball team will host their invitational tournament at Elk Park May 15-16; hopefully both the girls and boys team will make it to Provincials the first weekend in June. SCA’s Track and Field team has been powerful in recent years; watch for their marks at upcoming meets. Graduation is Monday June 29; it always attracts a large turnout of spectators.
The Train Station Society will again be hosting a
Fish-a-Rama on Saturday May 30 at the Wetlands Trail – for more info contact Russell at 673-3448. At this writing, the Community Assembly (BCA) has not yet confirmed the date for the volunteer Community Clean-Up Day – watch the website, and other community bulletin boards for info – many volunteers make for light work, and it only takes a morning! The rugged winter has left lots of rubbish and trash in the ditches along our roadways – please help get rid of it! The giant pot at the Sportsplex’ Chase the Ace has passed $6,500!! Stop by the Curling Club on Thursday nights – doors open at 7; draw at 8:30; tickets only $1 for a mega-payday!  There will be festivities at the Ed Creelman Park & the Train Station to mark Canada Day on July 1. The Brookfield Elks 26th Annual Golf Scramble will be held at the BGC on Saturday July 4, 7:30 AM – have fun and support the Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) at the same time. The Whing Ding revs up on July 24-25; still the best place to “come and meet your friends”! Nominations for the Randy Roop Memorial Award, presented by the BAA to a person who has contributed greatly to leadership in recreation, may be passed to Terry (673-2106), Mike (673-2769) or Kim (890-7610). All Around the Circle Seniors Club will host their monthly luncheon meetings on May 19 and June 16 – doors open at 11:30 – delicious lunch and entertainment are featured. Card parties continue on Wednesday nights at the Senior’s Lounge – join the fun at 7:30 PM. The New Horizons Seniors Band will have their end of season concert at the Marigold Theatre on Thursday May 14 – locals performing include Ardith Ross, Lori Nielsen, Peter Verheuvel, Mike Henderson, Krista McMullin, and director Paul Barrett.    The Terry Fox Committee is planning events for the 35th year of the Terry Fox Run! Wouldn’t it be yet another miracle for Cancer Research if all Canadian families gave $1.00 for each year of the Run. What a terrific tribute that would be to one of Canada’s greatest heroes. Remembering that Terry asked for $1.00 from every person and he reached that goal and stated “it’s got to keep going without me”, in order to find a cure. The committee has scheduled the following events: the annual Book & Bake Sale on June 13th, the Golf Day for August 15th and the Run on September 20th. Another exciting event will be a Terry Fox Fashion Show on May 30, 6 pm. Call 673-2771, 2853, and 2800 for more information. The committee appreciates any and all support and continue to collect recyclables, call 673-2427 for pick up.    The Brookfield Elks Under-18 Fastpitch team will be having a fund-raising auction at the Curling Club on June 6 – doors open at 7 pm for viewing. The live auction starts at 8 PM. There will be a kitchen, bar, debit and credit services available, as well as Zack Sill memorabilia available – come out and support! The Elks are most thankful to the Brookfield Athletic Association for their generous support, and will represent Nova Scotia at the Under-18 Canadian Championship in Fredericton in August. The Elks will play games every Thursday night at Elk Park.   All Around the Circle Senior Citizens and the Municipality of Colchester County are hosting CHAIR YOGA at the Senior Citizens Room at the Sportsplex for 7 Monday evenings for a small fee of $2 from 6:30 to 7:30 starting on Monday, May 18th. The first night will be FREE, and is open to the ALL, not just seniors. It is so easy you won’t believe it is good for you; under the tutelage of Certified Instructor Leah Roop. For more information phone or email Susan Stevenson 673-2479.

You are invited to join with MP Scott and Tammy Armstrong in a meet-and-greet with Laureen Harper, wife of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, at Knox United Church from 4-5 PM on Wednesday May 20.

    The Brookfield Fire and Emergency held their annual banquet on May 9 – Shaun Burke received two awards – Firefighter of the Year and Most Improved Firefighter. Seems like the apple doesn’t fall from the tree as Shaun’s son Jordan was awarded Junior Firefighter of the Year. Jason Gerrior was awarded Fire Officer of the Year. Herb MacFarlane and Charlie Burnett were recognized for 50 years of loyal volunteer service to the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service. The most notable recognition of the evening was given to Lawrence Wynn in honour of his 60+ years to volunteering. While Lawrence is unable to actively respond to emergencies; he is always ready to help in any way he can and to regale members with stories of past incidents and events. Well done gentlemen!!

    The 20th edition of Coming Home to Brookfield, with the theme, Bringing the World Home, goes July 18-26 – it will, as usual, be a ‘can’t miss’ occasion. Watch for your detailed brochure in the mail (and on the website, www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca ) in early July; we can give a sneak preview here! The theme will focus on a display of memorabilia, pictures, language, culture, souvenirs, and customs from people who have travelled the world, and can bring it home to Brookfield! Volunteers to help with this can call Gail (650-2103) or Judy (673-2427) for more info. There will be the Grand Street Parade, a Farmer’s market, Entertainment and BBQ at the Sportsplex, with the World’s Fair event later that opening afternoon. Sunday will see a Pancake Breakfast at Shortt’s Lake, followed by a non-denominational Worship Service; later the very popular Shortt’s Lake Boat Tours, and a chance to paddle with the Dragon Boat. The Soap Box Derby will be held later in the day – enthusiasts are encouraged to start building their racers now! There will also be an Antique Car Show, and the Amazing Race. Through the week you can look forward to Yoga Hour, Kids and Youth Sports Event, Family Bike Hike, Chucker Ball, Historic Walking Tour, Ground Hockey, Horse Show, Family Campfire and Sing Song, Golf Scramble, Flower Garden Tour, Coffee House, Petting Farm and Horse Stable Visit, and an event to be determined at Lafarge.  The final weekend will begin with a 5 km Fun Run and Kids Run, followed by a remote Airplane Show, the Teddy Bears Picnic & Story Telling Time and BBQ, Waterslides, Sailboat Regatta, and of course the Whing Ding ! The closing Community Worship Service and Home Coming closing will be held at the historic Carter Homestead.

    Brookfield Elementary Home and School announces an exciting project which will bring a little nature to our school-community playground. The Project: to create a more natural and more accessible playground and an outdoor learning area. The Home and School is in the early stages of planning and fundraising for this project, and will hold information sessions for the school and community to share ideas and learn how to become involved as the project progresses. This project will only be successful with the interest and support of our students, staff, friends and neighbours! As part of this natural playground project, BES has a goal to plant one native tree, shrub, or perennial for each student at BES – that’s 189! To help them reach this goal, they invite individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to support their “Growing, Together!” fundraising campaign. Give a gift of nature, and a gift to nature, by pledging a tree, shrub or perennial to honour or remember someone special in your life. Suggested donations: tree $100, shrub $40, perennial $10. To make a donation, please complete the form available at http://bes.ccrsb.ca/ and return it to Brookfield Elementary School. For more information, contact Amanda Cornelius at BES at 902-673-5050, corneliusaj@ccrsb.ca. The Home and School looks forward to sharing more details about this exciting natural playground project as they unfold in the coming weeks and months. Thank you in advance for your support. Let’s grow, together! 

    The Brookfield Garden Club has a 2015 summer project! Celebrating Nova Scotia Provincial Garden Week (first week of June) the club will adorn the Welkcome to Brookfield sign by planting shrubbery.

With this issue, the Eagle wipes the ink from his blunted talons until September. Thanks must be expressed to all the very willing helpers, who help produce and get each edition to our many readers. A big tip of the hat for all they do to Lori Nielsen, Susan Stevenson, Krista McMullin, Shelley Fisher, Austin Ross, Bob Lawrence, as well as to our reporters, and to all our loyal readers, at home, and afar.

We would love to see you at the BMC on Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall.

The Eagle

April 2015  Volume 27, Issue 8

  Easter has come and gone – we certainly hope it was a happy, peaceful, and meaningful time for all – and winter continues with snow on three consecutive days!  It is pretty, but surely spring is much overdue ?!? One sure sign is the annual Brookfield Mens Club’s Ladies Night, when the BMCers host all the women of the area for a night out, featuring a (usually) sumptuous meal, “entertainment”, and a look “behind the curtain”. The gala also sees the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award, the much-coveted recognition of a community builder(s). We urge the ladies to turn out in large numbers on Monday, April 20 for the festivities – the dinner bell rings at 6:30 at the Knox Hall!
The March BMC meeting was celebrated as the 78th anniversary of the BMC’s founding – it was originally set for February, but, this being the winter of our discontent, it was postponed due to a blizzard. Regardless, the BMCers, and some of their offspring, who are traditionally invited to the anniversary dinner, gathered at the Holiday Inn for the meal and meeting. Long-time Club Secretary Terry Henderson opened the history book, highlighting the vital path the BMC has played in our community.
The afore-mentioned Secretary was hospitalized briefly with gall bladder issues; Annie Mae Fields also received some medical attention. Thanks very much to former Elk star and Rockingham resident Phil Henderson for providing a sizable feeding to the Eagle’s fund; we are so grateful to our supporters!
Happy news from Beaver Brook; a baby girl was born to Tessa and Jason Crewe. Jason is on the teaching staff at SCA (as well as volunteering on the School Advisory Council); he is  a nephew of Lana Crewe. Tessa is the very popular New Zealand native, who has substituted frequently at Brookfield Elementary. A baby boy was born to Shortt’s Lake couple Donnie Johnston and Jackie Spicer-Johnston.   Rodney and Stacey (Works) Brenton have a beautiful baby girl at their home in East Brookfield.  George Brenton is the happy grandfather.  Audrey and Hughie Carter became great-grandparents;  a baby girl (Audrey Marie)was born to their grandson Ryan and wife Christina in Halifax.  Proud grandparents are Eva (Carter) and Gerry Lutes of Moncton.  Congratulations to all the happy families!
A big pat on the back to Jonas Lawrence, son of David and Lisa, and grand-son of Bob and Jean Lawrence – he received the Lieutenant Governor’s award at his Antigonish high school! Jessica Miller, daughter of Melanie (Mowatt) and Steve Miller of Mt. Denson, was part of the Avon View High basketball team that won the provincial Division 2 championship – grandparents are Harry and Letha Mowatt. The Truro Youth Choir, featuring Alexa Roop (Andrew, Becky) and Victoria Fraser (Wendy), captured the gold medal at the Truro Music Festival. Victoria also placed second in the Under 10 solo competition. The Mixed Curling team from SCA which won the Regional championship, and made a strong showing at the provincials, were collectively named as Athletes of the Month for March at the school – Jamie O’Connell, Chloe Bowers, Hunter Redmond, Rebecca Rankine, and Karlee Burgess. Travis Fuchs, son of Debbie (Carter) and Hank Fuchs of Toronto (and grand-son of Erma Conrad), earned his Masters of Education degree from Harvard! – he is an outstanding pianist, and will be featured in this summer’s Tattoo.  At Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Samantha Fanning was named Female Athlete of the Year for her starring role on their volleyball team – she is the daughter of former Elks pitching star Walter (and Kathy).  SCA principal Nevin Jackson’s (Lisa) daughter Alex was Rookie of the Year on the same team.
The Truro Midget AA Bearcats won first place in their 11 team league – local pucksters Coby Crowell and Luke MacMillan were big parts of the team, which had Ed MacMillan as an assistant coach. Gregor Dawe, Dalton and Brendan Turner played for The Truro Jr. C Rhinos, who won the NS title, and played in the Maritime championship in PEI. The Corridor Denture Clinic (sponsor is regular Sportsplex skater Gina Goulet) Ice Hogs won the Colchester Women’s Rec Hockey title, with a 3-2 win in overtime in the deciding game. Heather Fraser, Marissa Roode, Regan Bowers, Bev and Alison Read were key members – Bowers tied the game with just over 2 minutes left in regulation, and assisted on her team’s other two goals. This league is popular at the Sportsplex, and there is also a feeder system, with a large crowd of Brookfield/Shortt’s Lake ladies in the Babes on Blades introdutory program on Thursday nights at the DHMS. A Brookfield Curling Club team representing the Stewiacke Fire Department won the Maritime Firefighters title in Truro; Bill Stone , Mark Crozier, Courtney Rutherford and Steve Hanham brought home the hardware. The same group, with Emily Breckon in Stone’s spot, won the Mayor’s Challenge at the BCC. The Brookfield Curling Club wrapped up their 39th(!!) season with their Awards banquet. Recognized as champions were (season winners first, then playoff champions): Monday league – Bill Ettinger, Lee Miller, Brian Neil, Steve Russell; Laurie Cochrane , Clary White, Tom VanOirschot, and Gary Doyle; Tuesday – Mike Henderson, Bill Stone, Lloyd Allen, Ceal Clark ; Mike, Steve, Heather, and Ann Mackeil (Ann proving to her brother Charles who the best curler in the Bowers family is!); Thursday – Becky Shearer, Ernie Glinz, Arlene Rutherford, Barb Cox ; Leroy Burns, Jim Thompson, Brian Neil, Gary Smeltzer. Friday – Joe Kaiser, Lloyd Allen, Michael Horne, Dee Vipond;  Ken Retson, Elmer “the machine” Archibald, Stacey Harrison, Jason Steele. Champions at the 26th Annual Great Community Curling Classic, sponsored by the Brookfield Athletic Association and Tim Isenor, Royal LePage, were: Industry – Lafarge – Darrell Robinson, Brent Mosher, Muir, and Larry Fisher; Recreation – Courtney Rutherford, Amanda Cox, Amy (Heffernan) Muis, Jill Kennedy, and Jeremy Veinotte; and Open – Knox Church – Terry Henderson, Elmer Archibald, Ken Retson, Gully and Myrna Matheson. The Donald (Turk) Henderson Memorial Award was inaugurated by the Sportsplex to recognize those who have made major contributions to the GCCC, an event that Turk regularly flew home from Calgary in order to compete!! The first winners are BCC charter members Ken Retson and Terry Henderson.  The Rupe and Mary Fisher Junior Award went to Garrett Graham, while the Josh Melvin Award for dedication went to Zachary Sherman. The BCC will hold their annual meeting in late April – we hope for much larger community participation next season to sustain and build on the growth of recent seasons.
The ski hills of Quebec beckoned over March Break for several locals – Brad, Megan, Tristan and Rylan Sutherland  and Tim, Amy, Noah and Audra Lavers enjoyed Stoneham and Le Massif, while a large group – Jonathan, Jodie, Jewel, and Jack Woolfiit, Jacob and Chloe Bowers, and Charlie, Kathy, and Camden Weatherbee (and several of Kathy’s CB kin) were at Mont Ste. Anne. Jonathan, Gail, Tessa, Mac, and Jake MacFarlane/Kierstead checked out the slopes at Sunday River, Maine.  Dane Henderson and Danique Rowsell took in an exciting Habs-Lightning game at Montreal’s Bell Centre when his work took him there, while Kyle Henderson attended a concert in the same city. Caila Henderson visited Mount Allison chums living in the Andean nation of Chile. Frank and Hazel Locke enjoyed a cruise in the southern Carribbean, with some of the ports of call being Barbados, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands. Randy and Paula Fisher, Patty Stewart and Rob Smith and Todd and Shawna Graham went to Mexico.  Andrew, Jill, Rachel and Rowan Sears sunned in Bradenton, Florida; Ken and Kaye Retson visited his sister Beth in Mesa, Arizona and Laurie (Chip) and Maxine Monk enjoyed a trip to Costa Rica.
Final farewells were said to Hazel Dickey of Middle Stewiacke – she was legendary Elk hockey star Stan’s widow, and mother to Mervyn; she also was a regular contributor to the Eagle. The Elks “family” lost another member with the passing of Lornie Miller in Lantz.  He played in the Elks infield in the late 60’s, early 70’s; and also patrolled the blue line for a couple of seasons.  Lornie was a classy individual, and well-liked by the team’s fans. Former SCHS Vice- Principal Merle Stonehouse died in Bible Hill. Joan Campbell’s brother, Wendell VanIderstine died in HRM, and former Brentwood resident David Mortenson died in Parrsboro. Deanna Moore’s brother, Wayne Irving, died in Truro. Donald MacDougall, step-father to Merna Ryan, died in Debert, Albertha “Bert” Willis formerly of Truro, resident of Sunrise Court, and Ethel McNutt, formerly of Truro, passed at Elk Court, and Helen Jeppesen, of Bible Hill, and recently at The Ponds, passed away. Hal Brenton, a native son and resident of Brentwood, died. Our sympathies are extended to all whom mourn.
We are delighted that Erica Nielsen and Derek Jones, with 3 month old son, Felix in tow, have returned home from Tasmania; we are thrilled to have them back! Helen Retson has moved back to Nova Scotia; she is working in the Windsor area.  Kristen Villeneuve and her daughter Sadie stopped in from La Belle Province to visit Grandmother Patty and other family members.  Dan and Marita Retson brought their daughter Clara from Ontario home to Gene and Marion Retson’s.  Matt and Kala Stewart, along with daughters Daisy and Lilla came from Glace Bay (soon to be Sydney) to visit their parents (Geoff and Joanne Stewart, Larry and Sandra Bates).
A lot of hockey fans are delighted to see FIVE Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs, after years of meager representation.  “Feel good” stories abound – here in the East we have witnessed the amazing renaissance of the Ottawa Senators; but their story doesn’t eclipse the unbelievable years of the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames.  Both western entries were pegged to have forgettable campaigns, instead both were directly responsible for the defending Cup champs (Los Angeles Kings) missing this year’s playoffs.  We have not completely “drunk the kool-aid” –  it may be a surprise if any of the five advance beyond the second round, but it has been “must watch TV” for several weeks, nonetheless.  As a side note, the Pittsburgh Penguins, of interest to many Bluenosers, have seen their season go into a major tailspin – is it a coincidence their slide occurred after local favourite Zach Sill was traded??!! Speaking of playoffs, please make a point to support the Brookfield Athletic Association’s Stanley Cup Playoffs pool fundraiser – tickets are available as of April 13, and need to be entered by Friday April 17, 7 PM. Show your hockey smarts, or just take a flyer – two months of fun for only $5. They are available at Roop’s Esso, from any BAA member, or via e mail from aroop@ or gvantassell@. The Sportsplex’s vital fundraiser, Chase the Ace continues on Thursday evenings at the Curling Club. The pot will be over $5,000; tickets are only $1! Doors open at 7; the draw takes place at 8:30. The Brookfield Community Assembly will hold their Annual General Meeting on Monday April 27 at the Fire Station – the public is invited to attend, meeting starts at 7 PM. Remember that the 20th edition of the Coming Home to Brookfield festival will run from July 18-26 , the Whing Ding is July 24-25. This year’s theme is “Bringing the World Home”.  All Around the Circle Seniors Group will have their monthly dinner at the Sportsplex Senior Citizens Room, Tuesday, April 21 – doors open at 11:30.
On Sunday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a rock concert at Knox United Church featuring the recently-formed youth band “Holy Crap” (Peter Betts, Julia and Anna Hamilton, Beth O’Connell, Shelb-e Ryan, Justice Sanford and the Rev. Keith Gale). Come out for an evening of great rock tunes. Freewill donation. Canadian guitarists Sylvie Proulx, Amy Brandon, Emily Shaw and Joanne Hatfield have included a concert at Knox United Church in their upcoming Four Guitars Nova Scotia tour. The concert on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. will feature an extensive range of classical, jazz and Brazilian pieces, from delicate solo performances to guitar quartet extravaganzas. Admission at the door is $12 for adults. Students, 18 and under, get to experience this unique evening of music for free.  For more details, check out 4GuitarsNS on Facebook.
The May edition of the Eagle is the last one (until September), so any relevant info re summertime activities should be forwarded by May 5-6.
See you at Ladies Night on April 20!!!
The Eagle

March BMC EAgle

March 2015
Volume 27 Issue 6
We mused in early February that winter had set in – but were we in for a surprise! Over the last weeks of the month, we received more major dumps of snow, including a 50 + centimeter load that has blanketed the village with some very deep snowbanks! Even the Brookfield Men’s Club had to postpone their February meeting due to the blizzard – the anniversary dinner meeting has been moved to Monday March 16, 6:30 PM at the Bistro at the Holiday Inn on Prince Street in Truro. The dinner meeting will be a la carte; all members and their offspring, of any age are invited to attend. No RSVP necessary, just bring an appetite and good humour!
Congratulations to Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole, who were wed on Valentines’ Day, and honeymooned in St. Lucia. Thanks very much to former Elm Street resident Sharon Keizer, who made a much appreciated donation to the Eagle.  Athletes of the Month for February at South Colchester Academy were all cagers: Juniors Emily White and Luke Fisher, Seniors Mariah Hunt, Shanea Fields, and Morgan Johnson. SCA alumnus Emma Stevens just missed the podium at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., finishing a very strong fourth in the throat-tightening Big Air competition of freestyle aerial skiing. Karlee Burgess, Grade 11 SCA student, was on the NS Curling team, which won a silver medal at the Canada Games. Her brother Andrew, 2014 Male Athlete of the Year at SCA, was on the UNB curling team that won the Atlantic University title. The Brookfield Elks concluded their Nova Scotia Junior B hockey season in impressive fashion, scoring a couple of one-goal wins over playoff bound East Hants Penguins. Coach Patrick Stewart, GM Richard Patterson, President Josh Boulton, and executive members Mark Kennedy, Keiver Read, Brad Meech, Kevin Aucoin, and Jay Duffy look to springboard up the standings in 2015-16. The club presented a team jacket to fundraising major domo Don Harvey for his tireless efforts on their behalf – Harv was delighted! The SCA Mixed Curling team won their 2nd consecutive Northumberland Regional Championship in Pugwash. They will advance to the Nova Scotia Championships March 26-28 at the Truro Curling Club, with draws also at the Brookfield Curling Club on March 26. Team members are Skip Jamie O’Connell, Mate Rebecca Rankine, 2nd Hunter Redmond, and Lead Chloe Bowers. They are all products of the very successful Junior program at the BCC, led by Meghan Higgins, Leah Bowers, Lisa and Terry Henderson. Gavin Harrison (Brent, Meredith) won the Football Nova Scotia Mites Division Fair Play Award. Former Junior Elk Zach Sill is now a Toronto Maple Leaf! What a good reason for all those lapsed Leafs fans, (and those who have not yet seen the light), to revive the old Brooklyn Dodgers saying – ‘ Wait ’til next year !’, and get behind the Blue and White, even if the Toronto – centric media are sickening.
Some folks near-and-dear to Brookfielders went to their reward:J J Cedric Holland, who proudly watched from the stands as 3 of his 4 sons played Senior A ball for the Elks (Jim, Doug, Bobby), passed away in Truro at 97 after a very full life. Gladys Gauthier died in Timmins, Ont., she was the daughter of Noble and Alice McCabe – she grew up on Cherry Lane with brothers Howard and Vince. Eileen Ferris passed away at Elk Court. We were shocked to learn of the sudden passing in Truro of Dave Armstrong, the long-time insurance magnate, and father of MP Scott Armstrong of Laura Drive. Jocelyn and Barry Langille’s cousin, Jack MacLean, died in Bridgetown. Judy (Stone) Goodwin died in Stewiacke-she was a sister to Margie Osborne and long-time Brookfield Curling Club member Bill Stone. Diane (Crowe) Earl, daughter of Bernie and the late Lenna, and sister to Dave and Reg, died in Calgary. The wheelchair-bound Diane was amazing – a beauty on the inside and outside, she graduated from SCHS, where there was never a shortage of schoolmates to carry her up and down the stairs for class changes circa 1970. She was the first person in Canada who required a wheelchair for mobility to earn a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, and was an inductee in both the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame. Sad news from Charlottetown – the passing of much-loved former Knox United minister, Rev. Ranald Cameron at 88. “Rannie” was one of the most positive, upbeat persons you could ever meet, and brightened days for countless numbers of people. His time here, roughly (1974-80), is remembered fondly. He is survived by wife Jean, daughters Ann Atkinson, Kathy Patton, and Heather Cameron and daughter-in-law Joyce Cameron. Grandchildren in Brookfield are Erin Jamieson, Daniel and Luke Patton. We extend condolences to all whom mourn.
Desha Ellis and best friend Rob Wells (don’t think the one that is Ricky on Trailer Park Boys?!?) vacationed in Mexico. Donna Sutherland, Don and Marg Fisher, and daughters Paula and Jenna sunned in Florida, as did Wayne and Shelia Johnson while Kathy Dean went to Cuba with some nursing friends. Dave Wilson went to the Daytona 500; Brookes VanTassell and Anne Robichaud
went to Toronto to see Zach at the Leafs. Aubrey and Janet Armstrong also made their annual trip to Castro’s island. Glenna Murphy visited friends in Ottawa, then went down to Kingston to take in the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Her sister Gail Wright and hubby Darrell toured parts of the Panama Canal, Colombia, Aruba, Jamaica, and Costa Rica – no word if they are expert zip-liners yet! Terry Stewart and Maureen Foster toured Tasmania, the Sydney area, and New Zealand. They were joined in the Land of the Long White Cloud and Silver Ferns by Terry’s sister Brenda, and Mike Henderson. Brenda boasts that she beat her hubby in hang-gliding and sledging the raging Kawarau River rapids in the Southern Alps, though he is not sure the objective was to be the first one down!! Mike was disappointed that none of the countries there recruited him for their sides in the World Cricket Championships, a game his mother Marjee tried to introduce to Brookfield at 1960s birthday parties. Linda Deyarmond and her sister Debbie also went to Kiwi-land and Australia; they visited with Linda’s daughter Miranda in Auckland. Nick Matheson wanted to go to the original Alps – a business trip took him to Austria, where he worked in some skiing time in those beautiful mountains – not sure if he clocked a time at the famous downhill run at Kitzbuhel?
BMC Treasurer, and Air Cadet liaison Bob Lawrence was slowed, but only briefly, after day surgery. Norma Richardson suffered a fall at her home in Shubenacadie resulting in a broken bone in her shoulder. Get well soon. Jordan Matheson returned home after a few months in hospital, recovering from his injuries. Home for their parents’ wedding were Devin and Dylan Cole and Jerad and Alicia Stewart. Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny and daughters Charlotte and Emily came from Toronto to help mother (grandmother) Betty Roop celebrate her birthday.
Please mark Monday April 20 on your calender – at 6:30 that evening, the BMC will host the ladies of the community at the annual Ladies Night Gala. A delicious meal awaits, along with some entertainment of suspect quality, but all-in-all, a great night out. The BMCers would like to see an uptick in attendance among the younger set (under 45) – don’t let the regulars claim all the prizes and have all the fun! Ladies Night also sees the presentation of the annual BMC Eagle Award, a real community highlight. It is awarded to a citizen(s) who has played a meaningful role in the community, and is highly coveted. If you wish to nominate someone, please contact Chairman Charlie Burnett (or any BMC member) before March 31. Charlie can be reached at cburnett@ns.sympatico.ca. Registrations are now being accepted for the 26th annual Great Community Curling Classic. This epic event happens March 27-28-29 at the BCC, and will see 32 teams of curlers of all abilities, from neophytes to well-seasoned, compete for the big trophy. A fun time for all. Contact Pibb Henderson (673-3262 or don@stewiackehomehardware.com) to enter as a team or as an individual. The Sportsplex Chase the Ace has a pot approaching $3700 – join the fun at the curling club every Thursday night – doors open at 6:45, food and beverage service is available; the draw is at 8:30…come and join the growing list of winners! The Brookfield Curling Club will host a St Patrick’s Fun-spiel on Saturday March 14 – contact Josh McCallum (673-2141) for details/entering. The BCC will hold their closing banquet on April 10; this is another great night out – tickets available at the BCC.
March 17 – NOON – All Around the Circle Seniors group meets for their monthly dinner. In honour of St. Patrick’s, they will serve a traditional Irish meal, followed by Irish musical entertainment.Wednesday evenings All Around the Circle hosts a Card Party of 45’s and Crib. Games begin at 7:30 @ $2. Both of these events take place at the Senior Citizens room, D.H.M.Sportsplex. We have been asked to advise the residents of Pleasant Valley and surrounding area of the annual meeting of the Lower Pleasant Valley Cemetery Group. The meeting will be held March 15th @1.00 – 3pm, at the Brookfield Fire station. The meeting is open to all persons with an interest in maintaining a local cemetery located in Lower Pleasant Valley. Brookfield Fire Commission is holding their annual Ratepayers Meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 at the fire station. The proposed budget anticipates holding the current fire rate.
Plans for Homecoming 2015 (July 18–26) are already underway. The theme this year is “Bringing The World Home,” and we need your help. On Saturday, July 18 we are planning an afternoon and evening of displays, food and entertainment from around the world. Have you lived in or travelled to another country or even to a particular area of our own country outside the Maritimes? If so, we invite you to be a part of “Bringing the World Home” through a display of pictures,
memorabilia, souvenirs and sharing with others what you learned of the culture, customs, weather, language, environment, etc. from that country. We are looking for individuals or families to be a part of this event. Call Marian at 902.673.3464 for more information and to indicate your interest.

Please remember both the BMC Anniversary dinner next Monday (March 16) and Ladies Night on April 20-see you at both!!
The Eagle

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February 2015
Volume 26 Issue 6

The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) rang in 2015 at their January meeting. The program was led by 569 Col. G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron, which has been proudly sponsored by the BMC for the last 62 years! Presenters were Flight Sergeant Peter Betts (parents Gil, Doris), of Upper Brookfield, who spoke glowingly of the cadet experience, and how it enabled him to earn his Glider Pilot’s Wings. He now hopes to carry on and get the designation for powered flight. Commanding Officer Captain Ralph Murphy, a 1969 SCHS grad from South Branch, advised the BMCers of the squadron’s various projects and activities, and reminded all they are welcome at the Annual Ceremonial Review to be held on May 2 at the Sportsplex.
The BMC will mark the 78th anniversary of their founding at the next meeting on Monday, February 16.  Note the special time and place – it will be a dinner meeting at the Truro Holiday Inn, Prince Street at 6:30 PM. The night will kick off with a meal, with the meeting to follow. All members are invited, and encouraged to bring along their sons and daughters. No RSVP is required as you will order a la carte. The program will feature a look at the Men’s Club role in the community’s history – come along.
We suggested last issue that though the onset of winter had been delayed, it would get here, and it surely has, with temperatures deep into the negative column, a couple of blizzards, and a seemingly omnipresent biting wind. However there have also been days with glorious sunshine, enabling us to enjoy the great outdoors. Some preferred to travel – Jr B Elks Coach Patrick and Petra Stewart, their two daughters, and her parents, Peter and Kathy Hamilton of Pembroke went to Disney World. Krista McMullin and daughter Joanna Stefani ran the ‘Dopey’ Races at Disney World in early January – accompanied by their cheering section of husbands, daughter/sister Janelle, and her family.  Over four consecutive days, they ran 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km for a total of 78km. Shortly after arriving Krista and Gail MacFarlane went to the nation’s capital for a work conference. Dan, Kathy, and Holly Dean went to the West Palm Beach area of Florida, where they were united with son Mark and daughter Jill, who made the short trip down from Whitehorse, Y.T. Russell and Bev Bradley enjoyed their Christmas in the Sunshine State.  Donald (Pibb) and (Delta) Dawn (Carter-) Henderson climbed on a cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, and toured the southern Caribbean, including Aruba and Curacao. Also deep in the tropics were Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole, who went to Barbados; their last ‘singles’ trip – they are marrying on Valentines Day!! Paul Rodd and Karla MacKenzie vacationed in Jamaica, and Lexie Stewart and grand-daughter Clara sought sun in the Dominican Republic. A crew including Devan Graham, Mitch White, Mike and Jenna Searle, and Jack (Skip) Toole and Debbie Barker went to Montreal to watch the Habs- Pittsburgh Penguins game. Local product Zach Sill was the featured attraction for the travellers. Great to see Zach net his first NHL goal (and assist) recently, and his ice time with the Pens steadily increasing! Skip was pleased that Debbie accepted his marriage proposal. Lloyd and Marilyn Groves have returned to their Shortts Lake home from Florida.
Exciting news from Minnesota – the birth of a son, Abraham Edward, to Peter and Katie Kennedy, the babe named after his late great-grandfather Ed, who was a pillar of our community and the BMC. Delighted grand-parents are Carter Road’s Larry and Lynne Kennedy; also a nephew for Sportsplex Board Chairman Mark and Jill. Peter was a standout hockey talent one of the first and very few Canadians awarded a hockey scholarship by the powerhouse U. of Minnesota. A son was also welcomed at the home of Kenny and Nadine Gaudet, while a baby girl was born to Stefan Mills and Laura Munroe-Jollymore – congratulations!!  The amazing Lelia Brenton had her 103rd birthday at Elk Court. Belated (January) 95th birthday greetings  are extended to Geraldine Burrows, long time organist at Knox United, and Rowena Loughead, dedicated Elks softball fan from Old Barns – her son Kent is an active member of the Brookfield Curling Club (BCC), and known far and wide for his beautiful singing voice, and work on behalf of the Truro Music Festival. Speaking of the BCC, nice to see the warm welcome they extended to peripatetic curler Rob Swan, of Harvey, N.B., who played with the Wednesday morning league, on his quest to curl in 100 clubs in 100 days, to raise awareness and funds for small-town curling clubs.How about Ryan Leedham (son of Glen and Annette) of Old Halifax Road – the former 569 Air Cadet was one of 31 Canadians who participated in the WorldSkills Canadian Trials (WSCT) in Dartmouth, where he scored a very impressive 89% for his projects in aircraft maintenance (electrical wiring/troubleshooting and sheet metal repair)! He will be the ONLY Canadian attending the World event in Sao Paulo, Brazil this August. He had qualified for the event in Dartmouth by winning a gold medal at the national event in 2014. James Hill of Crystal Lake Drive, recently received nominations for  JUNO and East Coast Music Awards for his amazing CD, “The Old Silo”. This album takes the ukulele to new musical worlds, and is a ‘must-hear’ for music aficionados. James and wife Anne Janelle will attend the national Juno ceremonies in Hamilton in March, and he will perform in St. John’s during the ECMAs in April.
Ben Fraser (Scott, Heather) cleaned up in Sydney – the captain of the Truro Peewee AAA Bearcats led his team to the tournament title, with 2 Player of the Game awards, and was named tourney MVP! Congratulations to Dane Henderson for achieving his Professional Engineering (P. Eng) designation – he recently travelled to the North American headquarters of Morton Salt to give a presentation on the operations at their Pugwash facility. Delaney Henderson of Cole Harbour, Helene’s grand-daughter, was a member of the Axe-elles, who won a gold medal in Synchronized Skating at a Skate Canada event in Riverview, NB; this qualifies them for the National competition in February. The Brookfield Wreckers won the IWK Fundraising Bowling tournament – teammates were Allen Nielsen, Gerry Buott, Bill Maguire, Darren Retson, and Chandler Blenkhorn.
Athletes of the month at South Colchester Academy all came from the hardwood – cited Wolves’ cagers are seniors Morgan Fisher (Celia, Kevin) and Brad MacKinnon (Deanna, Gordon); juniors are Hannah Raymond and Angus Paul- well done! 2014 SCA Male Athlete of the Year Andrew Burgess played mate on the New Brunswick team that won the bronze medal at the Canadian Junior Curling Championship in Newfoundland.
Our gratitude is extended to frequent Eagle contributors, Middle Stewiacke native Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury, and to Barb and Roger Ryan of Shortts Lake, who sent along very generous donations Gracias, amigos! Promising multi-sport star Rowan Sears is sidelined by a broken leg for the rest of the NS Major Bantam hockey season; hopefully the bone will knit for him to resume his prominent role on the softball field in May. Jordan Matheson’s recovery from his injuries is going well at the NS Rehab Centre.
We extend sympathies to those who lost loved ones – these include former Pleasant Valley resident Linda (Glazebrook) Kent in Tatamagouche. Anne Lindsay in Calgary, she was a sister-in-law to Bobby and Roberta Lindsay, and widow of former-BMCer, Warren. Robert Geddes’ mother, Frances Martin died in Brantford, Ont…..former resident Lloyd O’Donnell in Bible Hill….George Bardell at Elk Court…Cathy McCulloch’s mother, Mabel McCulloch in Shubenacadie…in Truro, Harold Gauthier’s brother, Raymond… in New Brunswick, Glenn Illsley’s brother, Colin….Donna Atkinson’s father, John Stronge, in Truro Heights.  Bertha MacVicar died in Middleton; she was Tracey Fisher’s Mum, and grandmother to Samantha, Courtney, and Haley. Keith Kennedy of Middle Stewiacke passed away; he bravely persevered through numerous health problems for a number of years. The community, province, and nation was shocked and saddened by the senseless killing of RCMP Constable David Wynn in St. Albert, Alberta. David was a nephew to Lawrence and Shirley Wynn, and by every account, an outstanding public servant, a true gentleman, and a friend to all he met – a tragic loss.
The Fitness Centre at SCA has reopened, thanks to big efforts from Colchester County’s Recreation Department, SCA administration, and the Physical Education Department, the School Advisory Council (SAC) and volunteers. Open times are Monday – Friday, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Contact Terri at the Municipality office for details on orientation/registration that is required to use the gym at 902-897-3155 or recreation@colchester.ca.
The March edition of the Eagle will be delayed by approximately two days – it should be in your e -mail in-box by Wednesday March 11 (and hard copies in the normal outlets by the next day). This reminds us that if anyone wants faster delivery than postal mail, please send your e mail address to BMCeagle@eastlink. Mark your calendars – the annual festival that is the BMC Ladies Night, where the Clubmen treat all the women of the area to a night of dining and entertainment, will be Monday, April 20! This also means nominations for the BMC Eagle Award, awarded annually to a citizen(s) who has made significant contributions to our community, are due by March 31 – send along to Eagle Award Chairman Charlie Burnett at cburnett@ns.sympatico.ca, or via any BMCer.
Knox United Church is hosting a Valentine’s Extravaganza on February 14, 7:30 PM. There will be all-you-can-eat desserts, a silent auction, door prizes, entertainment featuring Cherry Lane (Joanne Hatfield, Mark, Hamilton, Tim & Lorraine Ross, Keith Gale and Sarah Matheson-Bates. Contact Dorene Matheson (673-3229) if you have a skill or talent you can donate for the Silent Auction, or wish to contribute a special dessert, call Lynn Matheson at 673-2328!  Tickets are $20, and must be bought in advance from Dorene.
The Sportsplex Chase the Ace has a pot approaching $3000 – join the fun at the curling club every Thursday night – doors open at 6:45, food and beverage service is available; the draw is at 8:30…come and join the growing list of winners! Friday February 13 is double feature movies night at Knox Hall. There will also be a Bake Sale on the 13th for the Youth Group to raise funds for “The Coldest Night” event in Truro. The Youth Group will be taking part in that on February 21. The monthly Seniors Luncheon will be held on Tuesday February 17; doors open at 11:30. The meal will be from Hurricane Heidi’s Cafe; $7 for members, $9 for non-members. Card parties (cribbage, 45s) continue at the Senior’s Lounge on Wednesday nights (7:30), admission only $2.
MLA Larry Harrison will host a Constituency Day at the Seniors Room on February 24 from
7- 8:30 pm; stop in and chat with your MLA. Registrations are now being accepted for the 26th annual Great Community Curling Classic. This epic event happens March 27-28-29 at the BCC, and will see 32 teams of curlers of all abilities, from neophytes to well-seasoned, compete for the big trophy. A fun time for all, at a low price, with all guaranteed 3 games over the weekend. Contact Pibb Henderson (673-3262 or don@stewiackehomehardware.com) to enter as a team or as an individual. Knox United will host a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 17, 4:30pm – 6:00pm; $8 for Adults, $4 for 12 and under.
Other dates to mark down – Coming Home to Brookfield is set for July 18-26, the Whing Ding is July 24, 25 and the 26th edition of the Brookfield Elks Golf Scramble will be July 4.

Remember – the February BMC meeting will be an anniversary dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn Bistro on Prince St, starting at 6:30 on the 16th. We hope to see you there!

The Eagle

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January 2015   –   Vol. 26     –     Issue 5     –     Box 195  –    Brookfield, NS,  BON 1CO
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our readers and Brookfielders, near and far, and also those in our neighbouring communities! We hope all enjoyed the Holiday season – the vagaries of life certainly throw curves at us all from time to time, but overall it is a joyous time. The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) certainly had more than their share of merriment at their December meeting -the Christmas-themed meeting had a sing- song led by Club-Man Keith Gale, John Matheson led the group through some inventive and humorous games, and the gift exchange was intriguing as always!

The BMC again sponsored the Village Christmas Decorating Contest-the judges were swamped seeing so many well-done properties on their lengthy tour throughout our area. Those cited include:  Best Overall:  Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole, who also recently became engaged!; Best Light Display: Gerry and Marilyn Stewart; runner-up-Bev Gibbons; Best Religious Theme: Kevin and Rosalynn Clarke; Best Presentation: Ed and Tammy McNutt; runner-up-Gordon and Myrna Matheson; Most Exciting: Rob and Joelle Bezanson; Best Tree: Keiver and Bev Read; runner-up-Jim and Vicki McCoul; Most Original: Betty Roop;  Most Traditional: Steve and Krista Locke.  Thanks to all who helped make Brookfield and area gleam!

The next BMC meeting will be on Monday January 19, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station-the 569 Col. G.N. Henderson Air cadet Squadron will lead the program. The BMC has been the sponsor of the squadron from its origins in 1953; both the Cadets and the BMC have been vital players in community and citizen development over those 60 -plus years! All are welcomed to attend.

Speaking of kindness to the community-we are most grateful to those who remembered the Eagle with their very generous (annual!) contributions to ensure the bulky avian stays aloft…a huge ‘Thank you’ to the gentle giant, Bill Kennedy, of Sunrise Crest, the considerate Joyce Geddes from Middle Stewiacke, and ex-pat Sharon (Trenholm) and Ken Bird – Sharon has lived in Ontario for a long time, but loves getting the news from “home”. Debbie and Austin Ross, Morris and Pearl Clark, Bob and Jean Lawrence want to thank all who attended and made New Year’s Eve so much fun at the Senior’s lounge at the Sportsplex. Happy Birthdays on January 2 to Freda Sutherland (93) and Dave Peterson (65)!

Congratulations to Brentwood power couple, Joe and Pat Toole, who marked their 60th wedding Anniversary – what an achievement!  Joe was a long-ball hitting 1st baseman, and had sublime skills on backhoes and other equipment, something he certainly imbued grandson Mark Toole with!  Melanie Ross, daughter of Linda and the late Donald, married Marvin Schroeder, in a celebration near Cancun, Mexico.  Linda and son Martin, daughter Liseanne, and grand-daughters Telsie and Makira attended. Velma Fisher has two more great-grand-children, a daughter Lainey, born to Rhea and Robin Hannam of Crowe’s Mills. Delighted grandparents are Rick and Shelley Fisher. Their son Brad, a Chartered Accountant, has accepted employment in the Cayman Islands. Then a son, Felix, was born to Erica (Nielson) and Derek Jones in Tasmania – no word yet if he is a devil! Rumours have the couple returning to Canada in the spring. Very excited grandparents Rod and Lori Nielson made the trip down under to delight in the joy! Brentwood couple Gary Ellis Jr and Tara also had a baby boy, Luke Anthony, a familiar name! Debbie Messervey and Gary Ellis Sr are the delighted gran and gramp.  Chris Bernard was recognized for her outstanding contributions to sport at Cobequid Educational Centre, her community of Brookfield, and to Nova Scotia, by being inducted into the Wall of Fame at CEC. She starred as an athlete both at SCHS and CEC, in university at UNB, and on numerous provincial teams in a variety of sports, and has been a much decorated coach and community volunteer with the Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA] for many years. Chris has led the Chucker-ball program for years, coordinates the BAA’s outstanding efforts on behalf of the Christmas Index program, and is very integral to the Whing Ding. Also inducted was former Shortt’s Lake resident, optometrist Dr. Margaret Mitchell, who was a track star at CEC and beyond.

Special thanks to Leah Bowers, who organized the 17th Annual Food for the Spirit Concert, in support of the Food Bank, which saw large amounts of food and cash funneled to that worthy cause. The talent was outstanding, and included: youngsters in the Cherub Choir, and Marley Reid, Josee and Audrey Ross, talented teens Brandon Rice, Peter Betts, Kayla Kennedy, the Hamilton sisters Julia and Anna; and more-seasoned performers Sarah Matheson-Bates, Megan and Bruce Isenor, Keith Gale, Anitra Whidden, Lori Nielsen, Shelley MacLeod, Kaye Retson, Andrea Geldart, the Joanne Hatfield Ukulele group, Village Blend and Riverview Sound (Dennis Grant and company). The incredible Tim Ross, Joanne Hatfield, and Rick Hiltz were omnipresent, accompanying many of the acts on a variety of instruments. Thanks very much to support personnel also – Rod Nielsen (sound), Lisa Henderson and Joel Dawe (MCs), Keith Gale (stage manager). Another seasonal event of note featuring several Brookfielders was the annual New Horizons Seniors Band Christmas Concert at the Marigold Centre – those playing included Krista McMullin (sax), Lori Nielsen (trumpet), Mike Henderson (sax), Ardith Ross (sax), Heather Tucker (piano) under Directors Nick Fisher, and Maestro Paul Barrett. The group was also welcomed back to perform an informal concert in the Atrium of Colchester Hospital for staff and patients. Anyone interested in more info on the upcoming sessions of the New Horizons band can contact Paul at barp@eastlink.ca before January 22.

Kudos to Rowan Sears (Andrew, Jill) and Carson Lanceleve (Lou, Marie) who participated in the provincial Major Bantam Hockey showcase in Truro, featuring many of the province’s best 13 & 14 year-olds. At South Colchester Academy, Rowan’s sister Rachel was one of the volleyballers recognized as Athlete of the Month in December; the other senior student was Connor Murdock (Mark, Janice); juniors were Adrian Sheppard and Georgia Countway (Kelly, Brent), and Jade MacDougall (grandparents Pat, and the late Floyd Stewart). Over 50 of the bump-and-spike crowd attended a volleyball skills camp conducted by Mount Allison University coach Paul Settle over the holidays at SCA and BES.  Wolves soccer, track, and curling star Karlee Burgess played second stone on a Chester-based rink which won the NS Junior Curling Championships – they will attend the Nationals in Corner Brook later this month, and then the Canada Games in Prince George in February!  Her brother Andrew, 2014 Athlete of the Year at SCA, is part of the New Brunswick Junior champs (he is attending UNB), and will also be at Nationals in Newfoundland. Erin McCavour will travel with Team NS to Dallas for an international gymnastics competition in Dallas – she is a daughter of Cruise Missile Jeff McCavour and volleyballer Cheryl Smith, and attends Truro Jr. High.

Final farewells were said to Maxine (Wilson) Cameron, who grew up here, and was a familiar sight at many events – her daughter Heather Cameron is a highly-regarded instructor/golf pro. George Dickey died in his native Middle Stewiacke – he was a brother to the late ‘Jiggs’, Ernie, Lee, Marian Kenrick, and Gertrude Dickey…Doug Kirby died in Halifax; his son Stephen resides at Shortt’s Lake…Victor Kent passed away in Tatamagouche, he grew up in Pleasant Valley, and is survived by sisters Helen O’Neill and Mabel Loughead; Kelly Putnam’s aunt (also Merle Nelson’s daughter-in-law) Eileen Nelson, passed in Brule….Keith Harvey’s sister, Diane died in Ontario, and Melanie (Mowatt) Miller’s mother-in-law Elinor Miller died in Port Williams. The BMC, the Baptist Church, and the community at large lost a treasure with the passing of Donnie Locke.  A friend to all he met, he was a vital part of many aspects of the community – the former railway station-master was an Elk hockey star in the late 40s, many-time champion in the Elks Bowling League, dedicated to his church as treasurer, deacon, trustee, Sunday School teacher and superintendent, a longtime leader in the scouting movement, the All Around the Circle Seniors group, manager of the Elks champion ball teams, and many other activities. But he was best known as a husband, father, grand-father, sibling, and will be missed by all – Godspeed Donnie! Shirley DeBay was hospitalized; we hope for quick recoveries for any who are ailing.

Despite the circumstances, it was nice to see some of the Locke family home – Rev Keith and Eldora came from Stephenville, Nfld., and grand-daughter Beckie Kenrick and friend Mike came from Ontario. Greg and Heather (MacFarlane) Loewen and Matthew, Sarah, and Adam came from Maine, and brought along a lovely senorita, Irene Moreno from Madrid, an international student at their home.  Marian McDonald was home from Whitehorse, and it was nice to see Slavjan Conevski up from Halifax, and his daughters Hana and Aleksandra, now charming young ladies, from Acadia and McGill respectively.  Jay and Sherry Ovsenny and daughters came from Toronto to Betty Roop’s; also home from the Big Smoke was Michele MacDonald (Mike, Susan). Nellie and Wade Densmore were happy to have Sarah home from BC, and Robbie from Fredericton. Kenny Brown was also home from Ontario at Marion Fisher’s. Craig and Kim (Whidden) Kennedy and family were home from Nfld.  Zach Sill, currently out of the Penguins lineup due to a shoulder injury, made it home for a few days. Robert Johnson climbed out of his big rig in Alberta, and came home to Glen and Margie’s; other “temporary” Albertans home were Devan and Adam Graham at Julie Walters’, Jared (Brian, Tammy) Stewart, and Ryan and Terra Sutherland and kids. Bruce and Janice Leck welcomed home Matt (Alberta), Jessica (BC) and Vanessa (Memorial U in St. John’s). Scott Johnson (Wayne, Sheila) was home from Iqaluit, and nice to see Allison Johnson visiting from the USA with Sid and Margie. Welcome Lee and Artemis Greenhalgh to Carter Road.

What a presentation from Sarah MacKenzie, daughter of Kim and Donna, who were down from Moncton – she works as a missionary with Youth With a Mission in Mexico City with victims of human trafficking, helping to rescue girls from the mean streets of that 20 million-large metropolis. This is a voluntary position, and Sarah must raise her own support for this crucial cause – anyone wishing to assist can make a charitable tax donation through http://www.ywamcanada.org/donations.html.

The Reclaimed Cottage (breathing new life into the renovated space at 11 Hwy 289) offers shoppers a unique blend of repurposed, antique, vintage, and handcrafted furniture, home décor, and classes. The classes will cover sewing, art, jewelry making, stained glass, Ukrainian eggs, and children’s crafts, including puppet making. More details, including open hours, will be on their Facebook page and on site on January 17. Like them on Facebook for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. They are now accepting new vendors’ products.

Travelers away included BMC Prexy Austin and Debbie Ross, who spent Christmas with her daughter Amanda (and Tony) in Maine. His niece Patty Stewart and Rob Smith went to Quebec City to visit her daughter Krysten (and Andre) and grand-daughter Sadie. Dave Heffernan visited his brother in London, Ont., and Lee Nelson went to see bro Harding in Ottawa. Tyler Medaglia, Heidi Cooke, and their kids Talon and Millie holidayed at his family’s home south of the nation’s capital.  Betty Roop went to Toronto and took in the World Junior Hockey quarter-final; Chip and Maxine Monk, and Jim and Marlene Feener also visited their offspring in Ontario. Anitra and Dave Whidden went to Newfoundland to see Kim and family; Susan Walters also visited relatives on ‘the Rock’. Robert and Dorene Matheson, along with daughter Shawn and Jeff Lynds, and grand-kids Ben and Hannah frolicked at Disney World. Brenda Geddes is off on a reciprocal visit to Arizona – her daughter Teresa and hubby Mark Green, along with sons, Tommy, Andrew, and Joey came here to trade the desert for a White Christmas, but found warm rain and green grass! Jill Kennedy is a traveling lass – she went to Australia, then went with parents Larry and Lynne, and brother Mark to visit her brother Peter and wife Katie, in the Gopher State. Glen Stewart also went Down Under, visiting his daughter Kristi in Queensland. Lothar and Trish Schollmeier are back from an extended tour through Europe, including Germany, France, and Bulgaria.

Free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – 2 day (12 hour) certification workshop, Saturday February 7, 2015 and Saturday February 28, 2015), Brookfield Fire Station.  This is due to the generosity of the South Colchester Community Health Board (normal cost is $200).  Offered through the Mental Health Commission of Canada, MHFA teaches people how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health problem or illness in themselves, a friend, family member or colleague, find appropriate help and helps combat mental health stigma.  Nutritional snacks provided, lunch on your own. To register please email Andy Cox at a.cox-nscpss@eastlink.ca or call 902-324-2925.

The Sportsplex has resumed the popular Chase the Ace fundraiser, which saw many cash winners, and a lot of conviviality among participants throughout the later months of 2014. Join the fun, the pot has started at $1000, and help support the Sportsplex and Curling Club – draw every Thursday night at 8:30; doors open at 6:45. All Around the Circle Senior’s Club kick off 2015 with their noon luncheon on Tuesday Jan.20; $ 7 for members, $9 for visitors. Seafood chowder or Beef Barley soup from Hurricane Heidi’s – yummy!  Wednesday night (7:30) the Seniors lounge has card parties featuring 45s and Crib; admission only $2 allows you to play all evening.

Colchester County’s Recreation Department has been busy planning events – a youth ringette program will be offered for 5 weeks on Sundays from 4:30-6:00 pm at the Sportsplex. A great opportunity to get exposed to this exciting game. Dates are January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 – cost is only $20. On the other side of the Sportsplex, the Mayor’s Challenge Curling Fun-Spiel returns for another year on Saturday, February 7, starting at 9am at the curling club. A team of 4 – all levels, no experience necessary – can play for only $40 total! To register or get more information on ringette or the Mayor’s Challenge email recreation@colchester.ca or call (902)897-3185. The County’s Rec Department, the leadership at SCA, and community reps are finalizing arrangements that will see the school’s fitness centre re-open to the public, hopefully as soon as the week of January 19. Announcements will be made on the Brookfield community website and Facebook page providing details such as dates and times the gym will be open and when orientation/ certification sessions will be slated.

The Jr B Elks hockey club will host their annual pancake breakfast on Sunday February 8, 9 am – 1 pm at the Curling Club. The tasty menu will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee or tea, all for only $5! Come enjoy the food, and help support the hard-working players and executive! On February 14, plan to attend the Valentine Extravaganza at Knox Hall, 6:30 pm – all you can eat desserts, silent auction, entertainment, and more!

Winter has finally arrived (-18 as we write!), but the days are getting longer – enjoy what it has to offer – that includes the BMC on January 19th – why not come along to the Fire Station at 7:30!

A big thank you to pinch hitters this month, Lucas Dawe and Shelley Fisher, who were vital to getting the Eagle completed and circulated!

The Eagle
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DEC.2014 BMC Eagle

December 2014
Volume 26 Issue 4
The Brookfeld Mens Club (BMC) will host their annual Christmas party at their monthly meeting on Monday, December 15, starting at 7:30 at the Fire Hall. Members and guests are asked to bring their caroling voice, a hearty appetite for food and fun, and a gift to exchange(maximum – $10). The Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service hosted the BMC’s November meeting – as usual they put on a splendid lunch and an interesting program, as they invited David Birkett and Gina MacInnis, President and Environmental officer, respectively, of Alta Natural Gas Storage. The duo presented much information on the $130,000,000 project, and answered several questions from the keen BMCers.
December rolled in with some fluctuating weather – the first three days of the month saw daytime high temperatures of +14, -8 (with a blustery North wind for added chill), +11 – what a swing! It did provide some nice days for Brookfielders to put up their Christmas decorations, in anticipation of the annual BMC contest, which will award prizes in several categories after judging the evening of December 22. Gene Retson was so keen on winning a prize, he took a quick 12 foot drop down the front of his house as his ladder let go – fortunately his fall was cushioned by the bushy shrubs saving him broken bones or worse! While talking decorations, we must direct harsh condemnation at the cretins who cut wires to the lights on the fabulous tree Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole had decorated on their property in the middle of the village. They would have been shoo-ins for a prize, and probably should be recognized anyway-it certainly made the BMC tree at the corner look pedestrian. To those who somehow saw reason to destroy the work of others-WAKE UP!
Several Brookfielders continue to hit the roads or the airways to watch Zach Sill play for the Pittsburgh Penguins – recent game in Toronto saw nearly an entire row at the Air Canada Centre filled with locals/ex-pats. Among those were father Grant Sill, Uncle Dan Dean, Aunt Julie Dean in from Peterborough, cousin Mark Dean, Mike Henderson, Bill Boyle, Michele MacDonald, who lives near the ACC, and popular Hurricane Heidi’s server Karley O’Neill took a night off from her studies in Oshawa to take the GO train to the game. Zach arranged passes to attend the game-day skate, and met with the throng after the game-he truly cherishes the support from home! Cousin Holly Dean went to Montreal to see Zach play the Habs. Kyle Henderson trekked up Maine’s tallest peak, mile high Mt. Katahdin.
Congratulations to Donna Matheson’s mother, Merle Nelson who celebrated her 106th birthday at the Senior’s room November 24 at the Sportsplex. The next day saw the birth of a son, Xavi, to Dane Henderson and Danique Rowsell; a grandson for Mike and Brenda Henderson, and great-grandson for Bill Stewart and Shirley Comeau.  Xavi arrived on his grandmother Yasmine’s birthday, and missed his late great-grandmother Marge’s 101st by a day. Adding to our village’s incredible array of musicians, Amanda Greaves, a very accomplished violin/fiddle instructor, has moved to Densmore Lane – we welcome her!
Josh Archibald, who bought the former Benjamin/Peterson house on Hwy. 2, is walking on air these days – the beautiful Dr. Karla Armsworthy accepted his engagement proposal! The most recent listing of people earning the prestigious designation as Chartered Accountants (CA) has three with Brookfield connections. Bryan Shupe, whose father Gord served on the Sportsplex Board of Directors, was one – Bryan is an SCA grad, who now shuttles between Halifax and his business dealings in Russia; Luke Anthony is the son of Terry Anthony of Shubenacadie – Terry was a member of the 1980 Canadian Championship Elks team, and a big RBI guy on the 1990 NS title team; and Jarret MacKeil of Belnan – his parents Mike and Heather are members of the Brookfield Curling Club.
Thanks to all who organized or participated in the very fitting Remembrance Day service at the Veterans Memorial. Special mention to both ministers (Gale and MacKinnon), the SCA band led by Holly Hartlen, the 569 G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron, the veterans and fire service personnel, and to principal BMC coordinator/organizer, Bob Lawrence. The Baptist Church Choir, led by director Belinda Adshade, daughter of Ruth (Locke) and Leon Colburne, made two presentations to large crowds, of their musical, “Season of Joy” – very well done! Reverend Keith Gale was overjoyed by the large turnout at Middle Stewiacke United Church for his covenanting service. A big tip of the cap to the Cobequid Salmon Association for their ongoing work on the Little River restoration. This group has spent over $75,000 annually to help restore salmon habitat in the river that flows through Brookfield.
Unit 3 of the UCW want to extend their thanks to all for their support of the 19th annual Christmas House Tours. To homeowners Edna Graham and the MacDonnell/Kennys at Shortts Lake, the Senior’s room at the Sportsplex, which was transformed magically (and in less than 2 days!) by the Campbell sisters, Patsy, Nancy, and Betty, and the Train Station Directors for their North Pole creation, complete with Mrs. Claus and the elves! All were very well done, and added to the festive spirit. The Forest Glen Greenhouses were breathtakingly beautiful; thanks to the Thompson and Whidden families. Gratitude also to the congenial drivers who chauffeured many guests, the kitchen workers, and, the musical entertainers.  Thanks also to the businesses, non-profit organizations, clubs, and individuals who donated a huge quantity of gifts for the Christmas Index program. All combined to provide a great kick-off to the Christmas season.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of skilled woodworker, Howard Wile, at 59, in Green’s Creek. He was a brother-in-law to Eric Sandeson. Colchester County lost a legend when Lorne MacDougall passed in Truro – he served on numerous commissions and arbitration panels, and was respected by all. His son, John has been a long-serving member on the Board of Directors at the Sportsplex. Helen Kenrick, formerly of Middle Stewiacke, and mother to Paul, Brian and Ruth died in Truro. She was a veteran who proudly took part in Remembrance Day Services. Our sympathies are passed to his friends and family. We are hoping for a positive outcome for Jordan Matheson who suffered fractured vertebrae in an assault, and has had some paralysis. Helene Henderson and Leah Bowers both were hospitalized briefly.
The 78th(!!) edition of the Brookfield Athletic Association’s Sportsmens Contest has wrapped up – the BAA would like to thank all who took part, by buying/selling tickets, helping weigh deer, or assisting when asked. Special thanks to always community-minded Roop’s Esso for hosting the weigh scales, and employees Koby Crowell, Anthony Rae, Travis White, and Grahame Maguire. The Grand Prize winners in the draw were:  1st Prize – $25,000 – Joseph Murphy, Antigonish; 2nd prize – 2014 Can-Am ATV  – Dave Heighton, Riversdale; 3rd prize – $2,000  Atlantic Superstore gift card – Vernon Slaunwhite, Halifax; 4th Prize  Honda generator or $ 1,000 – Carl White, Springhill; 5th prize –  $500 – Paul d’Entremont, Aspen.   The heaviest buck weighed 242.5 lbs.; heaviest doe was 164.5; for a complete list of prize winners, go to http://users.eastlink.ca/~elks and click on Sports Draw.
South Colchester Academy (SCA) Wolves senior girls and boys volleyball teams both won Northumberland Regional Division 3 banners and advanced to the provincials. The boys won the bronze at Middleton while the girls finished fourth in Digby. Rene Despres was busy, coaching both teams! The Boys team was Jacob Bowers, Ryan Duykers, Jonathan Fisher, Garret Johnson, Jacob McNutt, Dale Sheppard, Luke Teasdale, Morgan Johnson, Connor Murdock, Alexander Rhoddy, Jonathan Kaye, and Alex Termeer. The Girls team had Alyssa Densmore, Alexis Rains, Rachel Sears, Abby Devlin, Shanea Fields, Rebecca Rankine, Erica Robertson, Hannah Fisher, Olivia Hernden, and Jessica McClellan. Athletes of the month at SCA for November were volleyballers; Juniors – Hannah Crouse, Mariah Hatfield, and Luke Fisher; Seniors – Alexis Rains and Morgan Johnson.
Construction continues on a new service bay area at Roop’s Esso, allowing more space for automotive work and retail space in the existing building. Knox United is installing a geothermal heating/cooling unit, with 5000 feet of trenching/buried pipe in their field just north of the church.
Brookfield Elementary School will present their Christmas concert on Wednesday December 10 – the evening performance usually has an overflow crowd, so it may be easier to attend the 1:00 show that day! One of the better musical events of the year is the Food Bank concert, at Knox on Sunday December 21st, 7 PM – non-perishable food and/or monetary donations both gratefully accepted – come and treat your ears! The Sportsplex held their annual general meeting, and would like to thank outgoing director Kendra Arseneau of Shortt’s Lake for her valuable service to the Board. New directors are Robert Putnam, Jamie Reid, Wilma Schenkels, and Andrew Sears – we are grateful for their volunteerism.  The Sportsplex’ Chase the Ace pot was claimed by Holly Dean who walked off with $14,500!!! Those on her Christmas list are excited! The Sportsplex will resume this popular fundraiser on January 8. On Friday, December 12 at 6 pm, Knox United Youth Group will be hosting a free movie night at Knox United for all ages featuring FROZEN. Come out for some popcorn and enjoy the movie! Knox United will host a presentation by Brookfield’s own Sarah MacKenzie (parents, Donna and Kim) about her time serving Youth With a Mission in Mexico City, fighting against human trafficking and bringing love to the broken women, men and children who are affected by this injustice on Sunday, December 14, at 6:30 pm. The 6th Annual Cobequid/Glasgow New Horizons Bands Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 16, at 7:30 pm at The Marigold Cultural Centre. Tickets are available at the door for $10 each. All are welcome to the Brookfield Baptist Church’s Christmas Eve Service, with the music and drama of “This Bethlehem Night”, 6:30 PM, Dec 24.
See you at the BMC on December 15.   Season’s Greetings to all from the Mens Club!!
Check our website for more community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca

November 2014 BMC Eagle

Volume 26 Issue 3 November 2014

The Brookfield Mens Club October meeting was highlighted by a very interesting presentation by a pair of food scientists from the Perennia Innovation Centre. They explained how they are assisting several Maritime businesses create value-added products, most typically in the food/ nutrition area, and help them become economically viable in the marketplace. The BMC will be hosted by the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) on Monday, November 17, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station-this is an annual treat for the Mens Club-all are welcomed to join us that night.
October 18 was a busy day-big turnouts at both Bob and Jean Lawrence’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration at the Sportsplex, and that evening at SCA, for the “Conway and Loretta” show. This featured Dale Fisher and Sarah Matheson-Bates in the starring roles, and the musical evening was amplified by the support of Nighthawk (Bob and C J Prest, Julie Johnstone, and Lorna Letcher). The local Terry Fox committee was thrilled with the public’s response, and the generous donation of funds and talent to their noble cause.
Daisy Hingley, Eleanor Faulkner, Clifford and Carol Smith enjoyed a cruise to The Bahamas. Other travellers included Susan Carter to Calgary, to visit sons Rob and James and family, Jason Steele and Stacey Harrison went to roll the dice in Las Vegas, Betty Roop took grand-daughter Alexa to visit her daughter Sherry Ovsenny and family in To    ronto. Alton and Lorna Sutherland went to Alberta, as did Ryan Sutherland.
A big thank you to Robert (Ibbett) Henderson-while home visiting parents Terry and Mary and other family and friends, he left a very generous donation in the Eagle’s nest to support the publication. Others dropping into our fair burg were Mac Campbell and family from Ottawa, and Mark Dean was back from central Canada for a visit at Dan and Kathy’s. Adam and Devan Graham came home from the west to surprise their mother Julie Walters on her birthday! Happy times at Barry and Linda Deyarmond’s -they welcomed home son Adam from Calgary, and their daughter Miranda, along with Thomas Hogben from New Zealand.
Debbie Messervey and Mike Henderson were re-elected as co-chairs at SCA’s School Advisory Council, Tammi McNutt is the new secretary. New members include parents Heather Fraser, Rebecca Veenhuis, teacher Jason Crewe, students Vincent Kennedy, Rachel Sears, Jade MacDougall and Hannah Raymond. Returning are teachers Leah Roop and Jody Arenburg, parent Tammi Wright, and principal, Nevin Jackson.
Donald “Pibb” Henderson had successful hip replacement surgery-Pibb is Mr. Indispensable to a number of organizations (Curling Club, Athletic Association, Sportsplex Board, the local ATV club, and the BMC, among others) – and all wish him a quick and complete convalescence. His sister-in-law, Dr. Tracey Williams, also kept the orthopedists busy, having her torn meniscus repaired.
Geoff and Joanne Stewart are celebrating the birth of another grand-daughter Lilla – born to Matt and Kala (daughter of Larry and Sandra Bates of Hilden) in Sydney. In Pleasant Valley, a baby boy was born to Matthew and Veronica Henderson – congratulations!! Pearl Taylor, originally a Stevens from Brentwood, celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family in Birch Hill. Daughters Shirley and family, and Sandra and family, came home from BC and Ontario, respectively for the party, and Pearl’s sister Ethel Fell came from Montreal.
We send condolences to the families of those that lost loved ones- sadly at only 57, Joanne Cooke’s sister, Marilee Crowell, a genuine bon vivant……at 67, Steve Searle, who along with wife Brooke, and sons Andrew, Adam, and Mike, built a thriving greenhouse and landscaping business…..in Truro, Lester Conrad, father to Judy Thompson of Forest Glen Greenhouses….. Dot Connors, Middle Stewiacke, sister to Jean Skinner, Muriel Smith and Harry Carter….Doris Crosby in Lockeport -she was mother to Joan Bangay and retired Memorial School teacher Gail Sexsmith…and at Elk Court, George Graham and Leonard Rutherford, formerly of Newton Mills and Bass River respectively.

Both of South Colchester Academy’s senior soccer teams won Northumberland Regional Championships, and advanced to provincial tournaments. The girl’s team hosted the event, and many were in attendance on a beautiful day at SCA; however the Wolves dropped a tight 2-1 verdict in the semi-final to the eventual champs from New Germany. Grade 9 students Alysha MacSwain and Hannah Crouse were standouts, while goalkeeper Erica Robertson was kept very busy. Other stalwarts were Alicia MacMillan, Rachel Sears, Morgan Toole, Rebecca Rankine, and Haley Duykers. Coaches Heidi MacLean, Scott Hagell, and Lauchie MacKinnon also leaned on Abby Devlin, Carli Fisher, Amanda Brennerman, Bailey Wright, Emma Graham, Shanea Fields,Jessica McClellan, Olivia Hernden, Melody Sears, Kristyn and Shelby Miller. The senior boys team travelled to Halifax, where they also lost in the semi-finals, after dispatching Forest Heights of Chester in a qualifier here. Coaches Frank Schenkels and Patti MacKenzie led the team consisting of Ryan Duykers, Garret Johnson, Luke Teasdale, Sam Shackleton, Daniele Bagni, Kyle Ashley, Brody MacPhee, Clay Daury, Jordan Davies, Liam Giffen, Jordan McKenzie, Jorge Montya, Zac Coombes, Riley Peck, Shane Stoodley, Nik Werenka, Koleton Rockey, Luke MacMillan, Colton Cleveland, and Dawson Miller. Athletes of the Month for October at SCA were: Trent Lynds and Luke MacMillan who were two of the six SCA Runners to qualify for provincials; soccer players – Juniors: Bryce Brown and Hannah Crouse, Seniors: Riley Peck and Rachel Sears. Former multi-sport Wolves and Elk star Zach Sill continues to impress with his spirited play for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. He is a tireless worker, punishing on the forecheck and very popular with his teammates.
It was nice to see so many great costumes on Halloween, and absence of any needless vandalism – well done all! Likely only those of you whom receive the Eagle via email, or read it on the community website: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca will benefit from the reminder of the Remembrance Day service tomorrow morning (Tuesday, November 11) at 10:45 AM at the Veterans Memorial at the Fire Station; if it is like services in the past, it will be very well-attended. Later that day, we also call to your attention a chance to watch a high level Ringette game at the Sportsplex. Come Try Ringette and have some fun – it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before the 2 pm ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact execdirector@ringette.ns.ca. Watch an exhibition game @ 3PM. Nova Central U14AA Rebels vs the Halifax Hurricanes U14AA. Register for this event. http://www.cometryringette.ca/register.asp?eventID=1237&regionID=9
The SCA Grade XI Yoga class, led by Leah Roop, will welcome the public to a free session of Chair Yoga at the school, November 20 and December 3, from 9:15 to 10:00 AM. No cost, no experience necessary. Community members are urged to join Leah’s Grade 7 math class the last Friday of every month to play cribbage – a fun way to help students with their math skills, and promoting school and community partnership. If interested contact Leah at RoopLM@ccrsb.ca
The 78th Annual Brookfield Athletic Association’s Sportmens Contest Grand Prizes will be drawn on Cat Country radio-99.5 FM on Wednesday, November 12 at 5:30 PM. If you hurry you can still get a ticket at a local outlet, or online at http://www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca/ – click on the Sports Draw heading. We will take this opportunity to remind any who wish to discontinue the process of receiving the Eagle via Canada Post in favour of the electronic options, please send your e mail address to bmceagle@eastlink.ca.
The South Colchester Academy library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from November 7th until November 14th.  The book fair is an excellent opportunity to encourage a love of reading and enhance the school library collection in support of our students. The book fair will be open during the school library hours throughout the week and also during Parent Teacher Interviews Thursday November 13th from 6-8pm. Many fun contests, corresponding activities and draws for great prizes will be held all week! You don’t want to miss the 2015 SCA Grad Class Auction – November 20, viewing at 6 auction starts at 7pm start.
Christmas in Brookfield Tours are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 28th and Saturday, Nov. 29th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The Festival of Trees and Stockings, which is part of the celebration is seeking support from businesses, groups and individuals in this community endeavour in aid of the Cobequid Children First Foundation (formerly the Children’s Aid). All gifts and trees will be displayed at the Train Station and/or the Knox Church Hall during the Tour. A supper sponsored by the Train Station Society will be held both dates of the Tour from 4:30 to 5:30 with a limited number of tickets at $8.00 and $5.00 (Children). Call Russell at 902-673-3448 for advance tickets. Stops on the Tour include: the Forest Glen Greenhouses, (afternoons only 2:00 to 4:30 pm), Anna MacDonnell/ Andy Kenny home on Shortt’s Lake, The Heritage Train Station, Edna Graham’s apartment on Carter Road, the senior’s room at the Sportsplex, and Knox United Church, with a Craft Sale and Refreshments. Tickets for the Tour are $10.00, available at MacQuarrie’s, Betty Dickie, (902-673-2582) or at Knox Church Hall. Free transportation is offered from the church.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. – The South Colchester Community Health Board presents Dying With Dignity at Brookfield Fire & Emergency Services. Speaker: Sheila Sperry, Provincial Coordinator, NS Chapter of Dying With Dignity. Presentation and discussion on Dying With Dignity’s work on advance care planning, and patient rights. Martina Munden from Patterson Law will present information and answer questions around advance care planning and the personal directives act. This event is free of charge – Everyone welcome.
The Brookfield Baptist Choir will present a musical entitled “Season of Joy”-a Celtic Christmas Celebration. Show times are Friday December 5 and Sunday Dec. 7, both at 7 PM. Featured will be flutes, fiddles, bagpipes, and other instruments-all are welcome. Brookfield Elementary School will present their Christmas concert on Wednesday December 10-always a full house for that! Make tracks to the curling club on Thursday nights 7:30-8:30, for your chance at the Chase the Ace pot, now in excess of $11,000!! Have fun with your friends, enjoy a great chance and big money, and help support the Sportsplex and the Curling Club, for only $1! Join the All Around the Circle Senior’s Club for their monthly noon luncheon on Tuesday November 18 at their room in the Sportsplex.

See you at the BMC meeting Monday November 17, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station.

The Eagle


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