October BMC Eagle

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

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

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

Check our website for more community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca

May 2015 Volume 27 Issue 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Eagle

April 2015  Volume 27, Issue 8

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

March BMC EAgle

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

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

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February 2015
Volume 26 Issue 6

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

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

The Eagle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Eagle
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