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!
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!