Volume 28, Issue 3
The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) has been busy in their first two months of their 80th year of existence. The BMC provided a forum for Colchester’s two mayoral candidates, Christine Blair and incumbent Bob Taylor, to expound on their views for the county’s future direction. They answered several questions from the assembled; Ms. Blair is now our new mayor. The October meeting saw representatives from Alta Gas discuss the status of the natural gas storage cavern project. The BMCers provided a community street patrol on Halloween – we are happy to report that vandalism was effectively non-existent and large hordes of children enjoyed trick-or-treating in some fantastic costumes! The men spent a Saturday morning doing their bi-annual clean-up of Whidden Road and the southern part of Carter Road, as part of the Adopt-a-Highway they have taken on. The BMC, under Bob Lawrence’s capable guidance, co-ordinated a wonderful Remembrance Day ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial. Padres Eric MacKinnon and Keith Gale led the service.
The November BMC meeting will be hosted by, and have a program presented by the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service. The BFES annually do this as a thank you to the BMC for the important role they played in helping to get a fire department established in the village immediately after World War II. All are welcome to attend on Monday, November 21; 7:30 PM at the fire station.
We were delighted to hear from the mayor that the Carter Road sidewalk project, originally pushed by the Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA) some 6-7 years ago, is proceeding. Survey work has been completed, and engineering will now take place, with expected completion in the spring-summer of 2017 – note to the county – please schedule the work so it is either completed before Coming Home to Brookfield ceremonies (July 22-30), or started after those dates! Re-acclaimed councilor Geoff Stewart was quick to point out that the cost of the sidewalk running from 289 to the Sportsplex, will be fully covered by the existing sidewalk area rate, and would not involve an additional levy. There were some doubters when the BCA pushed for the 289 sidewalk – very, very few would dispute now that that has been a wonderful addition to the street-scape appearance AND safety for all. Also next year, the sidewalk on the south side of Hwy. 289, from the Post Office to the railway tracks will be replaced. While we are tipping our wings – big thank you to those who made contributions to the Eagle’s cause – donations were gratefully received from Arlene Fisher and Shirley (Sutherland) Locke. Milestone birthdays were celebrated with family and friends by Muriel (Carter) Smith (80) and Irene (Lindsay) Stuart (75).
South Colchester Academy (SCA) staff, students, and some community members were distraught at the passing of the very popular Angus Paul, 17. He was a very cheerful lad, with a permanent smile; who was deeply involved in athletics and school spirit. His untimely passing was caused by an unforeseen reaction to a medication – he will be missed; a bursary is being established. Former SCHS grad Jody (Cook) Lefave, 39, passed away in New Germany, after a lengthy bout with cancer. Jody was a successful participant in numerous national-level pageants, and lent her singing skills to Lotta-Truck shows. Condolences to her parents, John and Joslyn Cook of Middle Stewiacke, and sister Jennifer White, as well as to her family in Lunenburg County. Helen Bogle died in Stewiacke; she was a sister to Donnie and Rollie Stevens. Frank MacDonald, 84, the dean of radio announcers after a storied career at CKCL, passed away in Truro – Frank was a legendary supporter of Brookfield, using the air waves to promote the building of the Sportsplex, the Whing Ding and the Big Game Hunt, and to extol the exploits of Elks teams. Who can forget the radio reporting he did from the Elks trip to the National Championships in Hull in 1977! Barry Daniels, 63, formerly a very familiar sight at the Brookfield Golf Club, passed away in Elmsdale. Hilda Ray of Lattie’s Brook passed – she was grandmother to Joy (Mrs. Tim) Wynn. Doug Zachariah, formerly of Brentwood, died in Whitecourt, Alberta. Annie Woodworth’s brother-in-law Ralph Woodworth died in Carroll’s Corner. Fred Hatfield’s sister, Charlotte Frank passed away, as did Lila (Ross) MacPhee’s brother, Harry Etheridge. Condolences are extended to all whom lost loved ones.
Charles Bowers spent several weeks in The Bahamas, helping restore the islands’ electrical infrastructure after Hurricane Matthew swept through. Charlie and Janet Burnett, and Larry and Susanne Harrison were able to enjoy the sun more than Charles – they cruised the Mediterranean. Luther and Joyce Sears preferred to always be able to see land from their vessel – they made an idyllic river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, through the heart of Europe. Brookfield Golf Club champions Mike Penny and Mike Henderson winged to Napa, California hoping to see Penny’s favourite, Tiger Woods make his return to competitive golf at the PGA’s Safeway Open-to MP’s displeasure, the striped one deemed his game “too vulnerable”, and made a late withdrawl! Susan and Lyle Carter went to Calgary to spend some treasured time with sons Rob, James, daughter-in-law Laura, and their girls. Linda Ross also went to Wild Rose Country to visit her daughter Melanie and family. Terry Canning trekked to Yellowknife to babysit, his granddaughter. Audrey MacDonald and her sister Margaret went to the border town of Fort Erie, Ontario to visit her son Gordie, Denise and family. Jack and Leah Roop attended a Tim Horton’s convention in Orlando. Ryan (Kevin, Melissa) and Jane (Mark, Kelly Fleming) MacKenzie have returned home from Alberta. Jim and Marlene Feener’s daughter Adinda, and grand-daughters Diane and Ariana Kunder visited, from London, Ontario. Adam Deyarmond dropped in at Barry and Lynda’s from Alberta. Adam Burrows and son were home from the west at Graham and Elizabeth’s.
Shortt’s Lake resident, and purveyor of fine automobiles Duane Rath made an epic trip to Tanzania and Kenya, where he and some friends made a seven day hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Dark Continent’s highest point stands a staggering 19,341 feet above sea level-what an accomplishment by Duane! Mitchell Cooke continues to be lauded for his aggressive entrepreneurship, most lately by the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce with their Excellence in Community Development Award. This recognized his role in organizing the Motocross Nationals Event at the Brookfield Track this past July, which saw the international spotlight shine on our community. He has purchased and renovated the large buildings at the corner of Inglis Place and the Esplanade, and moved his thriving HAF Skate & Tattoo Shop there. The renos are stunning, and the merchandise displays are amazing – stop in for many Christmas (and other) gift ideas. Mitch and sister Heidi will be re-locating their very popular cafe “Jimollys” to the building also – expected opening of the new and improved Jimollys is early 2017. Another Brookfield-bred business success story is Matt Stewart’s (Geoff, Joanne) Sydney-based Click2Order. His software company has developed an app that integrates with restaurants’ FaceBook pages, allowing customers to view a menu, place an order, and pay for it, all on a single site. Click2Order recently signed a deal with a Toronto-based company whose clients have 1000 restaurant outlets!
The Brookfield Elks of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League are finding their groove – four consecutive exciting wins over Antigonish (in overtime), Cumberland, East Hants, and in Pictou have their supporters buzzing – home games are Thursday nights, 7:30, at the Sportsplex – make a point to attend; you can also help support the club and the Sportsplex by participating in Chase the Ace, without leaving your seat! SCA senior Boys volleyball team, under well-regarded coach, Paul Tufts, won the Middleton Invitational tournament; the Aschaelle Terrio – led SCA senior girls won the Hants East tournament. The boys will host the Northumberland Regionals on November 18, and then the girls will host the Provincial Championships at SCA on December 2 -3 – make a point to stop in at SCA to see some great talent! SCA Athletes for the month of September were soccer players Eric Fields and Mia Perry (Junior) and Arin Mizrak and Alysha MacSwain (Seniors); and in October were cross-country runners Jack Lewis and Lucy Edelstone (Junior) and Colton Cleveland and Kali Bruce (Seniors). Drama 11 students attended “The Color of Courage” at Alderney Landing theatre in Dartmouth – the play was inspired by the true accounts in the diary of William White, a chaplain for the first black battalion formed during World War I. The students were able to meet the actors after the show. Alex Jewers (Donna, late Doug) finished in the top 10 of the Atlantic Golf Professionals Order of Merit for 2016. Former BJHS student Brian Affleck, now of Pictou County, was second, behind only Hall of Famer, Kevin Dugas. Speaking of Hall of Famers, Tracey Cameron, originally from Urbania, and now living in River John, was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame recognizing her outstanding rowing career which saw her win medals at the Olympics and the World Championships! Tracey is a niece to Don and Shanda Cameron of Cottage. Annie Woodworth, Elkettes slugging outfielder, was inducted into the East Hants Sport Hall of Fame. Former Shortts Lake resident Dr. Margaret Mitchell went into the Truro Hall of Fame, thanks to her exceptional running career. SCA Cross-Country runners, under Coach Leah Roop, made strong showings at the NSAAF provincials in Yarmouth – Kali Bruce was 21st, and Shane Stoodley and Colton Cleveland both had top 40 finishes. After much, much effort from the School Advisory Council and Principal Marilyn Bruce the School Board painted some of the front faces at SCA – this has been pushed for some years, as the original job appears very meh. Incredibly, the Board provided the labour, but the school paid for the paint!
Krysten Stewart and Andre Garneau, celebrated the birth of a son in suburban Quebec City. Gavin is a grand-son for Patty Stewart, and great-grandson for Billy Stewart and Shirley Comeau. Patty, Rob Smith, and great-uncle Glen Stewart motored to La Belle Province to see the babe. The minister doing the wedding ceremony for Matthew Bates and Alisha Taylor had to look way up – the very tall, handsome couple exchanged vows in October.
The Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) had the draw for the Grand Prizes on Cat Country radio. Grand Prize winners were: 2016 Jeep Wrangler – Nadine Cooley, Plymouth; Truro Atlantic Superstore $5,000 worth of Gift Cards – Jamie DeCoste, Havre Boucher; Shooting Package for 12 at Hnatiuk’s – Laura Crouse, Earltown; Snowblower or $1000 – David Bartlett, Kennetcook; Custom Elks Fire Pit – Luke Waybret, Cape Sable Island; 80th Anniversary Diamond pendant – David Pendergast – Goffs. The salesperson winner was Frank Purdy. Prizes in the various deer hunting categories are ongoing (heaviest buck to date is 245 lbs; doe is 157 lbs., and will be announced in the December edition. The BAA is most appreciative and thankful to all who purchased and sold tickets, to the prize vendors for their assistance, to those who weighed deer, especially Anthony Rae, and to our volunteers who folded, delivered, and collected tickets. Special mention to Truro Canadian Tire and Superstore, both of whom collaborated with the BAA for on-site sales – the BAA returned proceeds to those two businesses for their charitable efforts including JumpStart for kids sports. The Sports Draw is the BAA’s primary fund-raiser; thanks to Co-Chairs Hugh Matheson and Robert Putnam for a terrific job; it was so vital to revive it to allow the BAA to continue its programs. Two sentences I never expected to see in print – Donald Trump is the new President-elect of the USA, and the Chicago Cubs win the World Series! The latter was widely predicted, but still has been 108 years coming – may be hope for the Leafs yet!?! Steve Locke is happy and somewhere Turk Henderson is grinning!
Gordie Frank and Jean Hamilton were hospitalized. Jen MacKenzie, Kirby’s wife, suffered a broken leg. Two weeks after an amazing performance at the HAF-sponsored “Shred-Fest”, Kyle Henderson broke his wrist after a tumble from his board
The much-anticipated Christmas House Tours will take place on November 25 – 26, 6-9 PM.; plan now to attend. Stops this year include Calder and Donna Creelman’s, Keith and Tabatha Blaney-Gale’s, Marian McDonald’s, Mary Tyler’s, as well as the Train Station and Knox United Church. The Reclaimed Cottage and Tonya’s Hair 66 also welcome visitors. Free chauffeur service is provided at Knox Church. The Forest Glen Greenhouses will also be part of the Tours – note those are afternoon only visits (1:30-4:30). Tickets are available at Pharmasave, by calling Betty Dickie (673-2582), or on the Tour. There will be a Craft Sale and Refreshments at the church both nights, 7:30-9:30. A pork tenderloin dinner will be held at Knox both Friday and Saturday at 4:30 – seats are limited, call Muriel Smith (673-2333) for tickets ($10 adults, $5 children). The Knox-sponsored Heart-to-Home monthly dinners commence on November 18 and December 16 – call 673-3363 if you want more info/to be involved. The Food for the Spirit Concert, in support of the Colchester Food Bank, will be held on Sunday December 18 at 7 pm at Knox United – this is annually a terrific display of talent! The Brookfield Baptist Church “Ladies Double Trio” will present an evening of Christmas music on Saturday December 3, 7:30 PM – freewill offering. All Around the Circle Seniors Club will hold their monthly luncheon and meeting on Tuesday, November 15 – doors at the Sportsplex open at 11:30, meal at 12. Brookfield Elementary School is moving their Christmas Concert to SCA to accommodate the crowds – showings afternoon and evening of December 19. SCA Holiday Concert is Wednesday December 14, 7 PM in the cafetorium. The SCA Book Fair runs from November 21 – 25; and the Grad Auction is the evening of November 22 – stop at the school to get some fantastic buys! Remember to join the fun at Chase the Ace in BOTH the Curling Club area AND the Elks home games on Thursday nights – draw done at 8:30. Expected pot this week in excess of $1500. The weekly BAA – NHL pools cost only $2 – they are available at Roop’s Esso and online – enjoy besting your friends in picking the winning teams! See you at the BMC on November 21!