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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 2016
Volume 27, Issue 6

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

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

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

The Eagle
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December 2015
Volume 27, Issue 4

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

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

The Eagle

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October BMC Eagle

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

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Please forgive the Eagle’s intrusion on your late-coming, but now-glorious summer weather; but we felt it necessary to rouse you from your hammock-induced reverie, and alert all to happenings, past, present and future in and around our fair burg! The Eagle has been especially drowsy; fortunately his crack team of reporters (eaglets?) have sharpened senses for news. The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) will reconvene on Monday September 21, at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station – as always all are welcome to attend, and partake of the fun, fellowship, and community service. Outgoing President Austin Ross will hand the gavel over to President-elect Donald “Pibb” Henderson, and Bob Lawrence will pass the combination to the vault to incoming Treasurer Robert Putnam, who happily received a donation from Susan VanTassell – thanks very much.

    Despite a rain-plagued week, the 20th edition of Coming Home to Brookfield (CHB) was a huge success – much credit to the organizers, many of whom have given copious amounts of time over the years – and to the countless number of volunteers, participants, attendees, etc. Just some of the events that brought smiles to many were: a fabulous Parade, the BMC B-B-Q, the World’s Fair and community supper, Herb’s Musical Favourites, the International Food Fair and Cabaret, Pancake Breakfast, Boat Tours of Shortt’s Lake, Soap Box Derby, Amazing Race, Kids Sport Day, Celebrating Our Youth, Golf Scramble, Carter Falls Bike Run, Historic Walk, 5 Km Run, Winding River Farm Tour, featuring robotic milking demonstration and birth of a calf (named “Brook” by ever-congenial host Bert Harbers), Ball Hockey, Yoga Hour, Family Bike Hike, Petty Farm, Stable visits, Brookfield Blooms, Horse & Dog Show, Sing Along/Bonfire at the dam, Teddy Bear Picnic,  Coffee house, opening and closing church services. Tributes were extended to retiring CHB committee members Marian McDonald, Janet Burnett, Ralph Murphy and Lynn Matheson.
The Whing Ding took a heavy hit from the weather – Friday saw steady rain, Saturday was postponed to Monday, with a resulting drop in attendance, so despite the best efforts of close to 100 volunteers, the sponsoring Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) had a significant drop in revenues. Hopefully many will ensure they regularly play the BAA’s weekly hockey pools (only $2), which will be starting October 13-16, and the 79th Annual Sportsmens Contest/Big Game Hunt – tickets (still only $10) now available at most retail outlets in the area, or online at www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca. The Grand Prizes are spectacular, totaling over $37,000 in cost, and people with well-nibbled gardens will tell you the woods are full of deer, so buy a ticket (or two!), join the excitement, and support the BAA!
We would need a guest book in a Tourist Bureau to ensure we note all who visited/came home; failing that here are some we were glad to see: Wendi (Campbell) Grant from BC at Gord’s, Peter, Kate and  Abe Kennedy from Minnesota at Larry and Lynne’s, Jack and Carol Campbell from Leeds, U.K. at  Eloise Yorke’s, Matt Boulton came from South Korea to visit brother Josh. Jay, Sherry, Charlotte, and Emily Ovsenny at Betty Roop’s, Marian McDonald’s kids, Angela, Greg, and Bert and families, Jill Dean from Whitehorse at Dan and Kathy’s,  James and Laura Carter and kids from Alberta at Lyle and Susan’s, and Peter, Kelly and Jack Hazleton visited from Ontario with parents  Don and Doady Hazleton, and Edith Watson. Hana and Aleksandra Conevska were around for Home Coming; always nice to see them back in their adopted hometown. Robert (Ibbett) Henderson and adult offspring Riley and Courtney visited with Terry and Mary, and Bruce Dickie and family came from Alberta to Victor and Betty’s; Jeff and Nicole Graham and family also came from the west pleasing parents  Shirley Graham and Alton and Lorna Sutherland. Amanda Clark brightened things, as she always does, as George and Joan’s; and Chelsea  (Ross) and Shawn French and family were home to Gerald and Elaine’s. Martha George was at Rick and Kathy’s, en route from Newfoundland to Nelson, B.C., where she is furthering her studies. She and Kathy had earlier traveled to the Seattle area where sister Marie works as a biologist. Wilma (Matheson) Avila and most of her family came home from California and Georgia to help sister Letha Mowatt celebrate her 80th birthday, and Edna Graham’s daughter, Ivy Haasen came from Timmins for the event also. Mac and Nadine Campbell came from Ottawa to visit with Paul and Joan, and Greg and Heather (MacFarlane) Loewen, Krista and Balir Tuckers and their respective families to Herb and Betty’s.  It was great to have Rodney Smith-Merkely, wife Suzanne, and their three kids here for 2 weeks from Bobcaygeon, Ont., as part of a pulpit exchange at Knox United.
More and more Brookfielders, past or present, are choosing to continue their housing experience in our village. Among those buying homes here (or moving back to homesteads) over the past several months are: Bill Campbell, who swapped his Truro condo to move into Jim and Vicki McCoul’s home on Crystal Lake Drive; Bill’s nephew Mac Campbell purchased Dennis and Verlie Grant’s house on the same street; Wayne and Elizabeth Watson, retired from the RCMP,  are living in the house he grew up in on 289; Lee Nelson bought the former Dewar house in East Brookfield; Jamie Works and Mary Atkinson have moved into the former Rodney Ross house on Hamilton Ave; Kyle Henderson purchased the former home of Ron Archibald on Robin Lane; Zach Sill bought the former Diane Simms house on Kennedy Road. Ryan and Danica (Cooke) Ellis’s new home, between Danica’s mother Joanne’s and sister Heidi’s homes on Highway 2 is nearing completion. The original Eagle’s mantra was always was “to help build a village that people wanted to raise their kids in, and then have those kids want to live there as adults”-it seems to be working!!
Hana Conevska received her degree from Acadia U; sister Aleksandra has two years completed at McGill. Azra Basic, fondly remembered here as another former Bosnian refugee sponsored by the community, received her degree from the U. of Guelph. At South Colchester Academy, some of the multiple award winners at graduation ceremonies were :  valedictorian Jacob McNutt, Alyssa Densmore, Jacob Bowers, Jonathan Fisher, Kendal Hart, Vince Kennedy, Kristyn Miller, James O’Connell, Alexis Rains, Petra Smith, Bailey Wright, Patrick Wells, Rachel Sears, Ryan Duykers – the latter two were Athletes of the Year. Junior High Athletes of the Year were Alysha MacSwain and Riley MacLeod. Alicia MacMillan was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for the highest average in all Grade 11 and 12 courses. Megan Nielsen (Rod’s niece) won the Queen Elizabeth II Medal, for superior academic achievement and an outstanding record in school and community involvement. SCA teams captured the high school championships in both boys and girls softball! The Boys Fastpitch team defeated DR. J. H Gillis 10-7 in the final. The team was coached by Andrew Sears, assisted by Lucas Dawe and Evan Cates, and featured Alex Rhoddy, Jamie McMinn, Cam Baker, Rowan Sears, Garret Henley, Garret Johnson, Jacob Bowers, Jacob McNutt, Cam Brown,  Connor MacKay, Dale Sheppard, Reid and Carson Lanceleve, Koby and Keegan Crowell. The Girls Slo-Pitch team won the provincials for the SEVENTH consecutive year! Head Coach Kelly Spencer was assisted by Mike Field and Dave Clarke; they led Alexis Rains, Alyssa Densmore, Rachel Sears, Mariah Hunt, Haley Duykers, Shanea Hill, Morgan Fisher, Erica Robertson, Faith Langille, Hayley Elliot, Jesse Keddy, Jade MacDougall, Hannah Raymond, Charlea Lowe, Sarah Kennedy, and Maya Clapperton to the title. At the Provincial High School Track and Field Championship at Acadia University, several Wolves distinguished themselves – medalists included: Karlee Burgess, 2nd  Senior Girls 400 m, Colton Hall 2nd Jr Boys 200 m, Luke MacMillan 3rd Int Boys 800 m, Trent Lynds 2nd in Sr Boys 800 m, 3rd in 1500 m; Special Athletes Glenda Patterson  Jr. Girls 1st 100 m and Long Jump, 2nd Shot Put, Angus Paul Jr. Boys 3rd 100 m, Long Jump, Jason Hicks Sr. Boys 1st Long Jump, 2nd 100 m. Others from the Ted Fitzgerald, Leah Roop, Shelley Roberts coached team who advanced through Districts and Regionals to Provincials were:  Jr Girls – Morgan Walsh 100 m, Sarah Kennedy High Jump; Jr. boys Cam Degroot 400 m; Int. Boys – Tyler Howe 100 m, hurdles, Shane Stoodley 800 m, Colton Beach  javelin, and the 4 x 400 Relay team; Sr Boys – Liam Giffen 200, 400 m; Special Athletes – Jr Girls – Emma Smith 100 m, Long Jump,  Jr Boys – Cameron Byrne  100 m, Sr Boys – Trueman Russell 100 m , Long Jump. Brent Walters, a very promising puckstopper, took in the HOA program, playing in Boston and New Hampshire – he had a shutout for his team in the gold medal game! Patrick Hazelton (Jeff, Janet) grandson of Don and Doadie Hazelton umpired the National Junior Softball Championship final game in Ontario.
Wedding Bells rang out for Jeremy Locke, who took time away from his role as Assistant Coach of the Elks U-18 fastpitch team to marry Laurah MacDonald; Katelyn Cox of Melville Drive wed Brendan David. Kraig MacKenzie and Julie Walters were wed with the Creamery Brook Stables as the back drop.  Scott Woodworth and long-time partner Jacqueline MacNeil tied the knot in Truro. Bundles of joy, all bearing the Y chromosome, arrived at the homes of: Matt and Sarah Nelson, a grandson for Barb Nelson; Heather and Kevin Peterson – pleased grandparents are George and Diane Creelman and Dave and Janice Peterson; in Stewiacke, Amy Fleming and Daniel MacKenzie made Christine Fleming a grandmother, and in B.C. Ryan and Joanna (Canning) Stefani doubled Terry and Krista’s grandchild total with a grandson named Mikaiah, Kai for everyday! The Biology and Family Studies classes at SCA are getting lots of hand’s-on experience – there is a veritable baby boom among the faculty! Tech Ed teacher Ryan and Allie McNutt have a new daughter, Matilda Rose, while Art instructor Margaret Sadler has a new daughter, Mary Jane. Jody Arenburg, the dedicated O2 leader had her 4th child (Mabel)with her hubby Josh, while popular Math instructors Holly Whitty (Matt) and Sarah Deveau (Joey)both had their first babies, Clara and George respectively.
Secretary Terry Henderson was voted the Al Campbell Memorial Award, emblematic of the BMC’s Member of the Year for 2014-15. BMCers added to the Eldon Brenton Memorial Bowl for perfect attendance were Jim Locke, Austin Ross, Bob Lawrence, Don Harvey, John and Vaughn Matheson, Mike, Terry, and Pibb Henderson. Ryan Leedham won a Silver Medal at the WORLD Skills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil for Aircraft Maintenance. Ryan lives on the Old Halifax Road, and was a decorated Air Cadet in the local 569 Squadron.  SCA student and Highway 2 resident Emily McEwen won a Bronze medal at the Canada Wide Skills competition in Saskatoon for her photography skills. Valma (Mr.B) Boudreau retired after a 30 year career at Brookfield Elementary; he was very popular with students and staff – Alison Read of Upper Brookfield steps into his Grade 6 classroom. We are delighted to welcome Kathy Weatherbee as the new Principal at BES – she is a Shortts Lake resident, and a very enthusiastic educator. Tony Matheson (John, Lynn) was cited with an excellence in teaching award for his work at the Tatamagouche schools; Brookfield Curling Club member Steve MacKeil was also named – he is V.P. at Hants East Rural High. South Colchester Minor Hockey association named Rob Philips as winner of the Ron Moore Memorial Award as Coach of the Year, and Tammi McNutt won the Phil Sears Award for Volunteer of the Year.  Special Youth Volunteer Awards were presented to Robert Kamphuis and Hanna Kaiser (the latter, fittingly, is a great-granddaughter of the late Ron Moore).  Pibb Henderson was named the 2015 winner of the prestigious Randy Roop Memorial Award by the BAA for his tireless efforts on behalf of a large number of organizations. Former Elks Patrick Stewart, Jay Duffy, Chris Hopewell, and Jason Sanford played for an East Hants team that finished in second place at the six team Canadian Sr. Mens Fast Pitch Championships in Quebec, narrowly losing to Newfoundland in the final. Duffy was named All Star second-baseman. Sanford had an incredible summer – he played on the Canadian National team that won Gold Medals at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto, the ISA World title in Saskatoon, and the ISC club championship with an Ontario team! Alex Rhoddy of Elm Street was named the Top Pitcher at the U-18 Fastpitch Nationals in Fredericton; he threw many innings for the Elks team. SCA Principal Nevin Jackson led the resuscitation efforts on his uncle Freeman Maxwell, who collapsed with a heart attack at Truro Golf Club. Jackson’s mouth-to-mouth efforts almost certainly saved a life!
With a four month hiatus between editions, a long list of those who passed is unfortunately the case – among those were:  long time Elks Bowling League stalwart, and former Brentwood resident Shirley George, in Hilden…Susan Carter’s sister, Kay Matheson , in Victoria, B.C….longtime Knox organist, choir member, supporter of all things Brookfield, and friend to all, Geraldine Burrows…hard-working George Brenton…in Stewiacke East, Bert Vissers–he bought the Winding River Farm nearly 50 years ago, and developed it, along with his family, into one of the finest in the land. He and his wife, Thea also have populated much of the area with terrific, community-minded children and grand-children, including daughter, Thea Toole, and grandson Mark Toole…Maxine Monk’s brother, Arthur Graham, in Eastville…another bowling lifer, Grace Campbell, at 98, who grew up on the aforementioned Winding River Farm; aunt to the Hendersons and Campbells…community icon, the lovely Lelia Brenton, at 103…in Truro, Gordie Benjamin, husband of Lois, brother to Joy (Wilson)…former Bell Road resident Lyn Tufts, father to seven, including Roberta Perrin…Ruth Boutilier formerly of Middle Stewiacke, in Hailfax …Cindy Law, mother to Randy Frame and Jill Law…Brentwood native Marjorie (Fisher) Gault…in Greenhill, Ruth Bezanson’s brother, Hugh Hardy…Alena Kaulback at Elk Court, sister to Sheila Clark and mother to Darlene Hanham…Gordon McCulloch, 81, of Shortts Lake…Nancy Ettinger, mother to Debby Eddy, principal at schools in our area…Alice Field (Truro), mother to Susan Moore. We sympathize with all who lost loved ones.
15 year old Austin McBurnie won the Club Championship at the Brookfield Golf Club (BGC) with a wire-to-wire win! Chris Bernard was the Ladies Champ, and former Elkette slugger Annie Woodworth was the Senior Ladies Champ. Mike Henderson was the Senior champ, and Gene Bell repeats as Super Senior winner.  Henderson also won the Club Match Play title. Patrick Stewart and Ryan Sutherland won the 2 man Scramble, while Kelly Spencer, Dave Clarke, Mike Field, and Danny Roy won the 26th Annual Elks Scramble. BGC reclaimed the Shaw Cup with a tight 13-11 victory over rival Fox Hollow GC – team members were Derek Meek, Mike Henderson, Ted Sodero, Darrell Penney, Robert Putnam (who won all 3 of his matchs), standout first-timer Gerry Samson, Dane Henderson, Jim Dickie, Joel Vickery, Mike Penny, Cory and Ryan Sutherland. Steve Locke and Mike Henderson finished in a tie for second in the  Nova Scotia 4 Ball  Championship at Penn Hills. Patrick Jackson, son of SCA Principal, Nevin, won the Truro GC Junior title. Congratulations on milestone wedding anniversaries to Glen and Shirley Locke and Dave and Jan Yould, who both celebrated their 60th; Wayne and Helen O’Neil (50th) and Rick and Bev Hiltz (40th). Hugh Carter was feted by many friends and family on his 90th birthday, those marking 80 years were Terry Henderson, Letha Mowatt, and Irene Deyarmond (James Rutherford’s grandmother).  Carlos Baini won the BAA’s Duck Race – other major prize winners were Lori Langille and Joan Campbell.
Krista McMullin and Terry Canning went to B.C. to meet the new grandson; also to our most western province were Jack and Leah Roop, and Nellie and Wade Densmore. Dennis and Verlie Grant took a more permanent trip to BC – sadly for us, they have re-located there to be closer to their kids and grandchildren- they will be missed here. Megan and son Ryland Sutherland went out west to visit her siblings. Jim and Marlene Feener visited daughters Shelley and Adinda and families in Ontario, and Kelly and Jennifer Spencer visited family there, and took in a Jays game. Betty Roop went to Sherry’s home in Toronto, and Tracy McEwen travelled to Saskatoon with daughter Emily for the Skills event. Holly Dean went to Las Vegas; her cousins Bobby and Zach Sill took in the Calgary Stampede. Zach has departed for the NHL’s Washington Capitals training camp; he signed with the D.C. squad as a free agent. Rowan Sears was added to the team that went to the U-16 National Fastpitch competition in Prince Albert, Sask. Troy Sutherland, Ryan Ellis, and Jack Roop took in a NASCAR race in Charlotte, N.C. Betty and Herb MacFarlane hit the road, drove to Maine, came home and flew to Quesnel, BC for granddaughter Lauren’s high school graduation.  Jamie, Angie Reid and kids went to Newfoundland, as did Susan Walters; both have family on the Rock.
Kraig MacKenzie has a cast on his broken arm. Hospitalized were Pauline Carter and Gordie Campbell. Former Elks slugger, and frequent visitor to Brookfield, Shawn Kelly of Glen Haven, went into cardiac arrest; five stents later, and he is on the road to recovery. How unfair can it get  – Brad and Nicole (Stewart) Poplar’s 5 year old son, Connor, has been diagnosed with cancer, and is having aggressive treatment. We hope for the best for Connor, and his family, which includes grandparents Geoff and Joanne, who are caring for Connor’s infant sibling.
All Around the Circle Senior’s Luncheons resume on Tuesday September 15 at the Seniors lounge at the Sportsplex door open at 11:30, meal as 12.  Audrey MacDonald has stepped down as Director of Rentals; anyone wishing to book the Senior’s lounge can contact Susan Stevenson @ email Hopefully most are planning on being involved in the Terry Fox Run (or walk, bike, etc) on Sunday Sept. 20 – registration is at 12:30, run starts at 1 PM at Carter Falls. You can walk, or sponsor walkers, or volunteer – please take part. A BBQ will follow at Creelman Park, with entertainment by ‘Cherry Lane’. The Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex is bringing back by popular demand the Scott DeCoste Band for their September 19 dance. Last year’s event was a major hit; and if the date does not work for you, your purchase of a ticket enters you in a draw for a $2500 travel voucher (or $2000 in cash). Come and enjoy the dance, and/or maybe win a great prize, while helping with a crucial fundraiser – tickets available at Roop’s Esso, or from any DHMS Director (Andrew Sears, Mark Kennedy, Jack Roop, Alison or Keiver Read, Amanda Cornelius, Dan Dean, Robert Putnam, Mike or Pibb Henderson). Jamie Works was the happy winner of the Sportsplex’ second Chase the Ace contest – he shoveled $16 THOUSAND into his saddlebags! C the A likely will resume in mid-October at the Sportsplex.
569 Colonel G N Henderson Royal Air Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is now enrolling youth (M/F) ages 12-18. If you are interested in learning more about aviation, leadership, sports, and much more, join 569! They meet every Tuesday evening, 6:30- 9:15 at Brookfield Elementary School. For more info, show up on Tuesday (back/north side of school), or call 902-843-6265. If you missed signing your child up for Minor Hockey, contact Kari Furmidge at email or register on-line at scmha.goalline.ca.  Knox United will be hosting a Giant Yard Sale and All-You-Can -Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday September 26, from 7 AM to 1 pm. There are lots of great items, and a pantry table, so plan on attending! Contact Art at 673-2561 or Russ at 673-3448 for more info, or if you wish to donate something.  The Brookfield Garden Club will be looking for support as they will again drape Christmas wreaths in the village.  Contact Elsie Locke at 650-2028.  On September 17, at 2 pm Elk Court is offering a virtual dementia tour.  A specially trained facilitator will use a variant of implement to alter one’s senses.  It will provide a broader understanding of the daily life of someone with Alzheimer’s disease.  A video and presentation will also make up part of the demonstration – which hopefully attracts many.  For more information, call Jannis Sanford at 650-3303.  Brookfield Elementary School, with the assistance from the South Colchester Community Health Board, will be selling Remembrance Day Flags to be displayed in the community come November.  Watch for a sample flag and order forms at Pharmasave.  Flags can be purchased to honour a veteran.
The Brookfield Elks are readying for another season in the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League under Head Coach Patrick Stewart. Home games are most Tuesday nights at the Sportsplex from mid-October on – check the team’s website for more details, including season ticket and sponsorship packages. There is prime ice time available for rent at the Sportsplex; arrange a group and book some ice time at 673-2063, either on a weekly basis or less regularly – nothing beats skating as a fun way to exercise! Legendary Elks of the never-forgotten Truro District Hockey League will break bread at a banquet at the Sportsplex on Friday September 18 with many of their former rivals from teams North River, Bible Hill, Onslow, Hilden, McClures Mills, Camp Debert, Lower Truro, NSAC, and Shubenacadie. It should be a great night – any players and spouses of that era are welcomed – contact Lyle Carter or Terry Henderson for tickets. The Brookfield Curling Club will start their 40th season of curling at the Sportsplex next month – plan now to attend Open House week October 19-25, and please give strong consideration to joining the BCC – President Josh McCallum promises a great season!
See you at the BMC meeting on September 21!

The Eagle

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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

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