May 2018 Volume 29, Issue 9

Another Brookfield Mens’ Club (BMC) Ladies Night is in the books – approximately 120 guests dined on a tasty roast beef dinner, lovingly prepared by Head Chef Peter Matheson, and his willing minions. Moderator Fred Davis helped (?) guide a starry (??) panel of Bob Lawrence, Gwen Campbell, Terry Henderson, and Chris Bernard through an episode of Back Page Challenge, featuring significant events from our village’s past – which for some reason the CBC has chosen not to air?!? The Red Tide was feeling fulsome, and expanded their horizons, tackling numbers by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot, and ‘exposing’ their maverick side with a scorching hot rendition of The Doors Light My Fire, which had some audience members swooning as “Jim Morrison” (Win Matheson) radiated sex appeal! The choir was very ably supported by the band of Joanne Hatfield, Anna Hamilton, Jacob Smith, and Clubman Robert Putnam, who also deserves thanks for hooking up a PA system that made it all sound passable(?!). The night was crowned with the presentation of the Eagle Award to Hugh Matheson, who has served this community for over 60 years in so many ways (too many to name, but a few would be the BAA, Home Coming, Big Game Hunt, Sportsplex, coaching Elks ball and hockey teams, Knox church, Municipal government representative, etc.). Certainly not his first honor, but as an emotional Matheson said, “his most cherished”!

The BMC assisted the Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA) with the Community Clean Up Day on a very soggy late April day. BCA Chair Rod Nielsen guided the willing workers, who despite being limited in number, did an excellent job. Thanks to BMC Adopt-a Highway Chair Terry Henderson and the crew–unfortunately few enough in number so they can be personally thanked – Brian Campbell, Don Harvey, Shelley Graham, Larry Archibald, Pibb, Mike, Tron, Kathleen, and Bob Henderson. Also, we pass along a big thank you to our schools – SCA and BES – for their beautification efforts east of the Creamery Brook. There are unsightly areas that were not able to be done due to the lack of people-power. Specifically, the 200 yards on the north side of 289 from railway to the woodworkers shop, and the east side of highway 2 from 661 Hair Care to the brook. Should anyone wish to tackle these spots call 673-2263 or 890-0714 for bags, gloves, etc. The BMC will wrap up the ‘indoor season’ with their meeting on Monday May 21; 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall – all are welcome. However, the BMC does not lie dormant until September – they will operate the popular Fish-a-Rama at the Wetlands and Nature Trail this year on Saturday May 26, from 8:00 AM to Noon. Registration starts @ 7:30, $5.00, $10.00 per family. Prizes for girls and boy’s divisions provided by MacKay Wild Outdoor Adventures, MacQuarries, Brookfield Market and Pizzeria, and Brookfield Lumber and Building Supplies. Fishers under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free hot chocolate and coffee from Tim Horton’s. All are asked to respect the effort put into the organization and keep the poles out of the ponds before May 26!  The Mens Club will also be front and center operating BBQs at the Canada Day festivities at Ed Creelman Park /Train Station on July 1, and after the HomeComing Parade at the Sportsplex on July 21. Other summertime activities for the BMC include the upkeep of Ed Creelman Park and the East Side cemetery (plots available!).

Late spring was the time to travel for many – Cuba attracted Desha Ellis and Rob Wells, Kim and Macy MacBurnie, Glen, Susan and Kristy Stewart, Alan and Lorraine Carter, sisters Irene Morrisey and Dawn Carter-Henderson, Tracey Hill and Sarah Matheson. Art and Jan Peck went to Las Vegas for the World Curling Championships; Judy MacKay lounged on Sanibel Island, Barb Murphy also was to Florida, while the Yucatan peninsula was the choice for Keiver and Bev Read, Dan and Kathy Dean, and Bill and Della Boyle. Dave and Anitra Whidden visited daughter Kim in Nfld; Anitra upped the ante by jetting to Italy to visit daughter Stephanie. Jacob and Eddy McNutt had a dream trip to Toronto to watch the Leafs shellack the Habs; later Jacob joined Austin McBurnie, Jenna Conrad and others (Bruce & Glenda Isenor, Charles & Leah Bowers, Kim & Joel Dawe) in the Dominican. In advance celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary later this summer, Betty and Victor Dickie joined sons Todd, and Albertans Bruce, Mary and grandsons Andrew and Spencer in Florida. Doctors Rod McKenney and Wanda Brown went to Australia, while Dale Campbell and Jean Mercier flew to Japan; Kathy Dean to Whitehorse, and Jenna Searle to Calgary. Gary and Rene Stewart toured in South Carolina,while Laurie and Maxine Monk went to Washington, D.C. to view the cherry blossoms (and possibly organize a coup?), and Lynda and Miranda Deyarmond reveled in Iceland. Krista McMullin spent time with her daughters and grandkids in Vancouver and Yellowknife. Jonathon Woolfitt took son Jack to Omaha to see his guru, Warren Buffett, at his annual shareholder meeting. Ten local lovelies represented the UCW at the Maritime Conference Biennial meeting in Summerside where they rubbed elbows with 2-time Olympian gold medalist Heather Moyse.
Always happy to have lots of births to report!! from Toronto comes word of a son, Edwin, born to Byron and Alyssa Ingram – Lewis and Lana in Fort McMurray are thrilled!  Amanda Collins and Jonathon Bushie have a new baby boy, John Thomas, in Green Oaks. Former Jr Elks hockey star Chris Armsworthy and Danielle MacDonald of Onslow have a boy, Sam Carter Armsworthy, a grandson for Dave and Jane. A teammate of Chris’s on the Elks, Bobby Sill and his delightful wife, volleyball coach Aschaelle, have a beautiful baby girl, Madelyn Joy, in Middle Stewiacke, making grandparents of Tammi and Grant Sill. In Upper Brookfield, Adam and Nikki Caughey, have a new son, Landon.   Malorie Nielsen and Matt Brown welcomed Jaxon to their home at Shortts Lake – grandparents are Harold and Debbie Nielsen. Nothing says joyful renewal like spring babies!! Mitchell Ross (Owen, Ardith) has moved into the former Eloise Yorke house on the bank of the Little River.
Thanks so much to loyal readers Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury, and Phil Henderson of Rockingham who sent their kind donation to the Eagle – they love getting news from “home”! A lot of work is taking place to improve the facility at SCA’s athletic grounds. Head Track and Field Coach Jason Steele and the school are most grateful to donors of funds, equipment, and materials by Stuart Kia, Brenton Excavating, and Central Nova Animal Hospital! The Track teamed raised $1500 for the project by selling organic seeds from the Cochrane Family Farm in Upper Stewiacke, to build new areas for javelin, discus, shot put and long jump.  Thanks also to Rodney Brenton and the MacMillan family (Ed, Wilma, Eric, Jon, and Luke) for all their volunteer labour.
Richard Sutherland had surgery on his wonky shoulder; Lois Parnham had hip woes, and Gerry Brine was hospitalized – hopefully all will soon be better!
Helene Henderson had both her grand-daughters graduate – Victoria (Pam, Jean-Marc) from Acadia with a Dean’s List designation (3.96 GPA) with her B.Sc in Nutrition; and Delaney (Dave, Lana) from Dalhousie with her B.Sc in Medical Science. Delaney was one of 16 presenters – 13 were medical doctors – at Dal’s Annual Research Day, and she won an award for her work in the Department of Opthamology and Visual Science.  Their cousin, Nathan Henderson (Pete, Cathy, – grandson of Phil and Judy) received his Commerce degree from SMU and as started his C.A. studies. Aidan Schenkels (Frank, Luanne) received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from UNB. Madison Clarke (Dave. Carla; grandmother Myrna) graduated from UPEI with a degree in Kinesiology, and Cameron MacPhee earned her B. Commerce at Dal. SCA grade 10 student Jonathan MacMillan of Shortts Lake (Ed, Wilma) won a Bronze Medal at the Regional Science Fair for his project on “Supercharged Salad” – he is attending the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa. His work also earned him Agricultural Awareness Award, Fundy Composting Environmental Award, and the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture Intermediate Award! Hunter Redmond of SCA won a gold medal at the Skills Nova Scotia competition in video production, and will attend Nationals in Edmonton with his partner Hannah Crouse of MacKay’s Siding. At the closing banquet for the Pictou Major Midget Hockey Club, two Brookfielders received major awards – Ben Fraser (Scott, Heather) was named Rookie of the Year, and Rowan Sears (Andrew, Jill) whose season was ended prematurely by concussion, won the Character Award. Brookfield is still making positive news on the rinks, as an Elks team won the Colchester Cup, defeating the Amherst -based Fenwick Fury in the championship game. The squad included netman Bobby Sill (just hours before his daughter’s birth!), Patrick Stewart, Jamie Scullion, Charlie Fleming, Brent Harrison, Jason Sanford, Jay Duffy, James Rutherford, Cole Baker, Brookes & Chipper VanTassell, Cory & Troy Sutherland, Andrew & Jack Roop. Talia Vdydkhan (Pam, Oleg), grand-daughter of Gord and Myrna Matheson, was an integral part of the Halifax Tigers team that won the NS Under 18 Volleyball Championship, despite being only 15 years old! The Tigers will soon attend Nationals in Edmonton, as will former SCA players Hannah Crouse (Sackville Sonics), and Caila Henderson (Coach for Bedford Blizzard). The Brookfield Rapids finished 4th in the U16 provincials. Bryn Rankin and Alex Zhou, Grade 11 SCA students, won the Lieutenant Governor medals. Alysha MacSwain, Riley MacLeod and international student Mishell Villaruel were the SCA representatives at the Provincial Celebration of School Sport. Colchester County named Before Monday, the talented musical group of SCA students (Isabella Johnson, Abby Fisher, Josee Ross, and Kayla Kennedy, led by Tim Ross), as the Volunteer Group of the Year.

The 569 Col. G. N. (Ned) Henderson Squadron, sponsored for 64 of their 65 the BMC, held their Annual Review and Inspection. Reviewing Officer was Ned’s son-in-law, Major General Jean Marc Lanthier, doing the honors 40 years after Colonel Ned Henderson had performed the duty. WO2 Makayla Turner won both the Cadet Choice the Col. G.N. Henderson Award, the top female biathlete, and the Lord Strathcona Medal. WO1 Brookes Woodworth (Robert, Cheri-Lynn) received the Spirit of 569 Award and WO2 Maggie Myers had perfect attendance all 6 years!!!! Myers won the Garth Decker and Effective Speaking Awards. These three outstanding cadets are graduating from the squadron and off to higher education. LAC Cedric Jacob was top First Year and Drill Cadet. While WO2 Will McNea (Tasha, Ernie) was the top male biathlete and the Most Improved Cadet. FSgt Denver Nicol won the CWO Ralph Murphy Award and the Air Cadet Service Medal – the latter shared with FSgt Alex Chou, who was also the Top Senior Drill Cadet. FCpl Joe Ryan (Merna) was the Top Senior Marksman and FCpl Alyssa Rice won the FSgt Jason MacDougal Staff Choice Award. The Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League crowned the VIPS (Dale Suttis, Linda Penny, Jim Mosley, and Gwen Campbell) champs, Jason Euloth, son of former Elk shortstop Paul, and the late Carol, was named winner of the Ron Moore Award at South Colchester Minor Hockey’s Coach of the year.

A moving funeral service was held for Shirley (Hamilton) Harrison – the beloved proponent of the dramatic arts was a big influence on many in this area. Others with ties to Brookfielders who died included: in Truro, Lillian Higgins, mother to Paul Higgins, and sister to Barb MacKenzie…Maria Kindevater in Upper Musquodoboit, Mark’s mother…Velma (Suttis) Veneer in Elderbank, sister to Linda Geddes and Peggy Rutherford…Mabel Barber’s mother, Joan Johnson….at Elk Court, Alton’s Dorothy Miller…. Lisa Taylor’s sister, Debbie… Earl Bigelow’s brother, Robert in the Valley…in Bridgewater, Patsy (VanIderstine) Fisher… in Truro, Lee Rushton, husband of Darlene Tothill-Rushton. Condolences to all who lost loved ones.

With four months until the next edition of the Eagle, there is lots to mark on your calendar. The Brookfield Garden Club hosts Susan Whalen on May 14 at 7 PM at the Senior Lounge – she will discuss Certified Backyard and Wildlife Certification Habitats. All Around the Circle Senior’s Club will have their monthly luncheon May 15, all welcome for 12 noon dinner at the Sportsplex, and their Card Parties (45s, Crib) are ongoing on Wednesday evenings at the Clubroom. May 26 will be busy – in addition to the Fish-a-Rama, there will be a reprise of the successful Food Truck Rally at the Sportsplex from 4-8, with seating and beverages inside; Forest Glen Greenhouses will have plants for sale also.  Go early, then scurry to the Terry Fox Fashion Show and Supper at Knox Hall at 6 P.M. -tickets are $20, call 673-2427. The Terry Fox Golf Day and BBQ will be at BGC on August 25 from 8-1; and the Terry Fox Run date is September 16. The Rhubarb Tea and Plant Sale is June 2 at Knox, and the 29th Annual Elks Golf Scramble welcomes all to the BGC the morning of July 7–call 673-3352 to register. The 23rd edition of Coming Home to Brookfield will run July 20-29; this year’s theme is Heart to Home. The Whing Ding is July 27-28 – don’t miss that! CHB Brochures will be in local mailboxes in July with much more detail; as well as being posted on the community website (www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca)  The Brookfield Curling Club AGM is May 17– all welcome at the Sportsplex, and the BCA has their AGM at the Fire Hall on May 28 – both organizations welcome members and volunteers! At SCA, the Athletic Awards will be handed out on June 7, Academic Awards on June 25, the Senior Prom is June 15, and Graduation is June 27. Bev and Gerry Peterson will mark 50 years of matrimony on July 28 at the Middle Stewiacke Rec Centre from 1-4, before no doubt taking in the Whing Ding Fireworks that night! South Colchester Minor Hockey Association will begin online registration on August 1. See you at the BMC on May 21!!

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Check our website for more community activities: www.brookfieldnovasscotia.ca and Village of Brookfield, Nova Scotia, Canada Facebook group


Volume 29, Issue 8

The Easter bonnets, lilies, bunnies, etc. have been stowed away – so the next big event on the calendar is the Brookfield Mens’ Club (BMC) Ladies Night!! The clubmen will host a feast for all ladies of the area, present some questionable entertainment, and announce the winner of the 2018 Eagle Award to a deserving citizen who has made a long-term, positive impact on our beloved village. Dinner will be served at 6:30 – we would love to see all 150 chairs filled by then with local lovelies from 17 to 97April 16 – please mark the date!

  The last couple of weeks of winter (and the first two of spring!) did not go quietly – our area was swept by three snowfalls (after a benign December-February period), along with high winds. The wet, heavy precipitation pulled many large limbs from trees around the village, many of which still dangle precariously. The canopy of hardwoods that make Densmore Lane so beautiful was particularly vulnerable, as many of these hardwoods are in poor condition, and some much-needed surgery awaits. Dave Whidden got a head-start, removing several decayed deciduous from his property; the Husqvarnas sang for a few days. We shall see if the early spring, that seemed a certainty even 3 weeks ago, comes to fruition. The Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA) has declared Saturday April 28 to be the Community Clean-Up day – all who wish to help can meet at Knox Church at 9 AM that day, to receive their materials and route assignments. The BMC will do their Adopt-a-Highway stretch (Whidden and Carter Roads) the same day, and the two schools will tackle the trash-infested ditches and grounds of their properties. Please come – it is amazing how much better our community will look after 3-4 hours. IF sufficient people pitch in! The BCA Annual General Meeting will be held on May 28 at 7PM.

Club-Man Don Harvey was busting his buttons over the rare happenstance that saw him with a 29 hand in a cribbage tournament in the hotbed of West St. Andrews; magnifying the already-long odds even more was his son-in-law and partner in the game, Dale Totten having a 24 on the same hand! Paul Rodd’s Military Rifle Association team was on target in winning the title at the NS Rifle association’s final Big Gauge Shoot in Lunenburg – Rodd was the highest scoring individual at the meet. The Brookfield Curling Club held their Awards Banquet as their 42nd season wrapped up. Among those honoured:  Elmer Archibald, Mary Johnson, Barb and Doug Cox won the Mayor’s Challenge spiel. Mike, Steve, Heather, and Anne MacKeil won the St. Patrick’s Day event. The champs at the 29th Annual Great Community Curling Classic (GCCC) were: Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) Division: Ernie Glinz, Pete Harris, Trish Schollmeier, and Susan MacDonald;  the Brookfield Lumber BMR Division was won by Herb and Josh McCallum, Jessi Taggart, and Josh Archibald; the Tim Isenor / Royal Lepage Division went to Jeremy Veinotte, Kris Terrio, Amy (Heffernan) Muis, and Robin Boudreau; while the Jeff Miller Auto Parts champs were the Lafarge team of Kraig MacKenzie, Pibb Henderson, Lloyd Allen, and Larry Fisher. First place winning teams were – Monday – Eric White, Brian Neil, Philip Vroegh, and Christian Miller; Tuesday – Andrew and Jill Sears, Mike and Kyle Henderson; Thursday – Karla Armsworthy, Mike Henderson, Kendra Arseneau, and Gwen Campbell. Playoff Champions were: Monday – Ken Retson, Ernie Glinz, Jim and Jamie Thompson; Tuesday –  Mike, Steve, Heather, and Anne MacKeil, and Thursday – Bill Ettinger, Laurie Cochrane, Nigel Butler, and Keiver Read. The ‘we’d be lost without them’ pair of Mary Johnson and Barb Cox were recipients of the Turk Henderson Memorial Award for outstanding service to the GCCC; and Heather Bigelow was named as the Sherrill Burns Award winner as the most dedicated spectator. Citations went to Jesslyn Searle (Adam, Deborah) – the Rupe and Mary Fisher Award recognizing the Junior with most desire; and the Josh Melvin Award for the most promising Junior went to Ryan Searle (Adam, Deborah). Diane Forshner won the BCC draw, winning a pair of 2018-19 season tickets to the Truro Jr. Bearcats home games. We strongly urge more locals to try (or return to) this great game – plan now for Open House Week (Oct 29 – Nov 3), which will follow hard on the heels of the international Pinty’s Masters at the RECC the week before. The BCC awaits you! Brent Walters (Glen,Susan) is one of the goalies on the East Hants Penguins team, currently betting Glace Bay for the NS Jr B. Title. Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) won the Unsung Hero for the Truro Jr A Bearcats. Joanne Hatfield’s students turned heads at the Truro Music Festival – Alexa Roop (Andrew) won the Baroque and 3rd in Post/Romantic piano sections, and Audrey Ross (Tim, Lorraine) won the Jazz/Blues piano category. The SCA Jr girls curling team won the Regional title and advanced to the Zone championship – members were Alexa Roop, Nicole Arseneau (Vince, Kendra); Monica Mason, and Jesslyn Searle; coach was G.R Walters.

Travelers included Bill Campbell, Lee Nelson and Ashley Charette to Cuba; Dan and Lexie Stewart in the Dominican Republic; while Florida attracted Kelly and Jennifer Spencer and kids, Daisy Hingley, Myrna Clarke, Brian and Gwen Campbell, Bev and Gerry Peterson. On the way home, Gerry had a fall in New Hampshire that left his ankle sprained. Phil and Kitty McMullin did their annual trek to Arizona. Hayley Elliott was in Mexico as part of a service project working with underprivileged youth. Choosing not to buy foreign currency were Keiver, Bev, and Alison Read, who visited family in Alberta, and did some skiing; and Gail MacFarlane and kids Tessa, Jake, and Mac, who visited Gail’s sister Sheryl in BC.

Former Knox Minister in the mid-1950s, Rev. John Henderson died in Pictou. It was a horrible period for Carolyn Nelson, who lost her mother Barbara Pulsifer in Truro, and daughter Tammy Nelson of Pleasant Valley. His many friends were saddened by the passing of Middle Stewiacke native, and former hockey star, Jeff Dickey at 67. Lee Davis, 56, formerly of Brentwood died, as did Sherryl Patton’s brother, Charles Payson. Susan Stevenson’s brother Jamie Carter, 63, died of stomach cancer in HRM. Laurie Monk’s brother, Floyd died at 70; and Helene Henderson’s Mum, Marg Elliott of Princeport departed at 97. Man-about-the-village and harness racing aficionado Wayne O’ Neil passed at 73. Shelley Graham’s mother, Phyllis Graham of Upper Stewiacke, died at Elk Court. In Halfway River, Eric and Weymond Thompson’s mother, Sheila died. We extend condolences to all who mourn loved ones.

We were happy to learn of the birth of a son (Shea) to RCMP officer and former Jr. Elks hockey sniper Ben and Pascale Burgess in Bonnyville, Alberta – former Jr. Elks coach Dan (and Janet) are the pleased grandparents! Closer to home, Charles and Laurel DeBay are delighted parents to a baby boy, Eli Victor – great-grandparents are Shirley and the late Victor DeBay. Rikki Dartt and Chanda Deyarmond were united in marriage in front of family and close friends. Chanda’s sister Miranda (New Zealand) and brother Adam (Edmonton) came home for the nuptials. Helen Crockett celebrated her 96th birthday at the Brandt Lane apartments – her brother Eldon Miller (and Freda) hosted a gathering of friends and relatives for the irrepressible Helen!

Always good to see Edna Graham’s daughter Ivy Haasen of Timmins in town – she was part of a throng of over 100 revelers at her cousin Debbie Matheson’s 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza. Even better, with Ivy were her daughter Sonja Cernik, and grand-daughters MacKenzie and Paisley from Toronto. Welcome Jessica Wallace and her daughter Marissa who have moved to Rachel DeVries’ former home on Hamilton Avenue; Rachel has relocated to Shortts Lake, so still will be a staple at the Sportsplex, on the ball fields, and at BGC! Kelsie Graham has purchased the former Gord Campbell house across the street on Hamilton.

Pibb Henderson broke his thumb in a fall while collecting sap; and Krista Lynds was hospitalized, and Shirley Harrison suffered a broken hip.

The 569 Col G N (Ned) Henderson Air Cadet Squadron made a week-long trip to New Brunswick, taking part in many activities, including the Moncton Escape room, and a tour of 403 Helicopter Squadron at CB Gagetown. Five cadets participated in the Northern Regional Marksmanship competition. CO Capt. Andrew Tattrie invites the public to the Squadron’s Ceremonial Review and Inspection, to be held at the Sportsplex on Saturday May 12 at 1 PM. Come see what these young men and women have accomplished over the past several months! The BMC, as sponsoring body of the local squadron is thrilled that Major General Jean Marc Lanthier will conduct the review – he is one of the country’s highest ranking military officers, and is the son-in-law of Helene Henderson and the late Ned Henderson.

The Women That Hunt will be staging their 3rd Annual Youth Expo on Saturday April 21 at the Sportsplex and Elk Park, from 9 AM- 4 PM. Kick off this year is a parade from the firehall at 8:45 featuring the NS Cadet pipes and drums. Exciting new exhibitors and activities and we will be wrapping up the show with a free youth concert featuring Before Monday from 4 – 5:30. Truro Nissan will be providing a shuttle service. View designated parking areas, corporate sponsors, exhibitors and more on the website at www.theyouthexpo.com Join the Facebook page @the youth expo. Last year saw 3000 spectators, and they expect more this year. It is a spectacular event – plan to attend.

The BAA is operating their annual Stanley Cup Playoffs Hockey Pool – cost to enter is only $5 for 10 weeks of action, and a chance at the big payday!  Tickets available at Roop’s Esso or Cleaners, from any BAA member, or on-line at www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca, or the community FaceBook page. Entries – as many as you like! – must be submitted by 7 PM on Friday April 13. Please support the BAA which in its 82nd year, continues to support recreation in our area, including over 100 kids in Minor Ball , 50 + in Minor Hockey, the Jr. B team, the Mixed Bowling League, well into its 6th decade, youth volleyball, golf, figure skating,  Elks men’s and youth fastball teams, the Curling Classic, and athletic awards at South Colchester Academy, as well as maintaining the beautiful Elk Park! Your support makes this possible. The BAA Elks Golf Scramble will be on July 7, 7:30 – 1 PM at the BGC. The Whing Ding dates for this year are July 27-28, anchoring the Coming Home to Brookfield festivities, which run from July 20-29. The theme is “Heart to Home”. Make your plans now!

The All Around the Circle seniors monthly luncheon will be Tuesday April 17 at their lounge in the Sportsplex; doors open at 11:30, meal at 12, meeting and program to follow. They continue to host card parties (45s and Crib) on Wednesday nights – 7:30 PM – stop in and best Harv’s hand! Chair Yoga is offered every Thursday morning at 10:15; now led by Joyful Yoga owner/practitioner Joy Nicholson of Shortt’s Lake. There will be a Kairos Blanket Exercise at Knox on Sunday April 22 from 1 – 3:30 PM – for more information on this meaningful event, contact Jocelyn. There will be a Music Trivia night at the Curling Club Saturday, April 14 – games start at 8:30, dance to follow – admission is $10 per person. The annual meeting of the Lower Pleasant Valley Cemetery Group Board of directors will be April 22, 1 PM at the Fire Hall. Those interested in learning more about the volunteer efforts to ensure the sustainability of this beautiful cemetery are welcomed! The EAGLE is available via email (send address to the eagle, on the community website; and hard copies are available at several retail sites around the village. Please advise newcomers of the options of receiving the Eagle. Reminder of the Community Clean-Up Day on April 28 – please assist the BCA and BMC in giving a “spring cleaning” to our byways and lanes!                                                               

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The Brookfield Mens Club marked their 81st Anniversary in fine fashion at their February gathering. A delicious roast pork dinner was prepared by Hurricane Heidi’s Cafe, and served by the eponymous owner, her brother Mitch Cooke, and his wife, Kim (manager of another well-known Cooke family eatery, Jimollys, on Inglis St.). 31 members and their guests enjoyed the repast, and after a brief business meeting, settled in to listen to local uber-successful entrepreneur Don Fisher detail his amazing 50+ year career in the construction business. His tales of erecting over 2000 communication towers, all across the country, in some decidedly un-hospitable climates and locations, kept the group spellbound. Club-man Win Matheson, once terrified by being stranded on a 1 story high roof, opted not to volunteer to start climbing 300+ foot high towers! We thank Donnie for his talk – it was most enjoyable and enlightening. The March meeting of the BMC will take place on Monday, March 19, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station – all welcome.

Early announcement of the Annual Ladies Night extravaganza, where the BMC invite the lady-folk of the community for an evening of dining and entertainment – this year’s gala will be Monday April 16, 6:30 PM, at Knox Hall. A further reminder to submit any nominations for the BMC Eagle Award to committee Chair Charlie Burnett (cburnett@ns.sympatico.ca) no later than March 31. The Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) also puts out its first call for nominations for the Randy Roop Memorial Award, presented annually to a person making a significant contribution to recreation in our community. Entries must be received by June 15.
It is the time of year, despite the mild (to date!) winter, when many take wing – among the travelers were: to Cuba – Brian and Gwen Campbell, Brian Clarke; to Florida – Kim and Macey McBurnie, Mike and Brenda Henderson, Wade and Nellie Densmore – Wade and Mike left deposits at Canaveral for seats on the next public launch into outer space, and a whole slew of Kennedys (Larry, Lynne, Jill, Peter, Katie and Abe, Mark, Laura, Ella, Finn, Jack and Maely) went to Disney World. Marian McDonald went to Toronto to visit her kids and grand-kids; Shel-B Ryan went to Paris, Ontario as a delegate from the Maritime Conference to the General Council for Youth of the United Church. Susan and Lyle Carter went to Calgary to see sons Rob, James, and daughter-in-law Laura, and grand-kids. Heidi Cooke and Mitch’s sister-in-law Danielle Smith skiied in the Gaspe’s Chic-Choc Mountains. SCA Principal Marilyn Bruce went to Santa Clara, California, to gather up-to-date information on technology in schools. Dane Henderson linked up with former local Stephen Maynard (Helene, Ernie), and they skied several big mountains in the Rockies and Kootenays of eastern B.C.

We mourn the passing of Carl Hiltz of Hilden, father to Rick and long-time Brookfield Memorial /Elementary teacher Holly Peers. Also in Hilden, former Brookfield firefighter Wayne Clews died. Francie Dennis, wife of Bill Dennis, formerly from Middle Stewiacke, died in Moncton. Louitta Derrien passed away at Elk Court. Ernie Hobson and Upha Sutherland died, as did Raymond Langille, brother to Kenneth. Sorry to learn of the passing of Una Palmer in Cumberland County – she was a delight in the community and in the Baptist Church when her husband Jack was the parson here years ago. Former President of the Brookfield Curling Club, Bob Miller died in Stewiacke East. Delbert Comeau, past BMC member, and husband of Shirley Ross/Stewart, passed away at 87. We express condolences to all who lost loved ones.

Krista MacFarlane-Tucker and daughter Mya were home from St. John’s to visit with Herb, Betty, and family. Shirley Comeau’s siblings, Elaine Healey and Derrick (with Susan) Ross came from Ontario for Delbert’s funeral, as did his son Bill (and Mary) Comeau, as well as a large number of NS-based Comeau family members. Earlier Krysten Stewart and Andre Garneau and kids had been home to her mother’s (Patty Stewart).
Congratulations to Carter Road residents Katie (Graham) and Michael Doyle on the birth of their son! Pleased grandparents are Logan and Rhonda (Dewar) Graham. Best wishes to the delightful couple of Jake Smyth (Sharon) and Hilary Lynds (Krista, Fulton) on their engagement! Another lovely lass, Megan Isenor (Glenda, Bruce) happily accepted Alex Bekkers’s diamond ring!
It was a big night for locals at the Truro Sport Heritage Society Awards Dinner – the Matheson Family were named the recipient of the Dave Armstrong Memorial Sporting Family Award, and over 40 of the descendants of Tom and Flo Matheson turned out, ensuring a sold-out hall! The 10 children, and numerous grand, and great-grand children have captured many accolades over the past 70 years. Grandson Steve Locke did double duty – he was also named the outstanding senior Male Athlete of the year by TSHS. Shortts Lake resident Diane “Dede” Hayden received the JSI Merit Award – she is a terrific athlete, and her late husband Dick served on the Sportsplex Board of Directors. Former SCHS standout Phys. Ed. teacher and Coach Keith MacKenzie was a recipient of the Chair Award for his long-time service to many sports. Tammy Armstrong’s niece, Marissa Macaulay, a track and field and volleyball star was a finalist for Outstanding Female Athlete (16-20 years); and SCA teacher Rob Adams’ son Michael won the same age group award on the male side. The Merryweather kids continue to shine on the ice – Matthew was 2nd in Pre-Juvenile U11, and Sarah won the Silver Star3 at the recent Nova Scotia Figure Skating Championships in New Glasgow. We are not sure whether to credit Mum, (Margo Creelman) or Dad (Darcy) for this talent!?! At the Sportsplex, two Brookfield teams, both with large contingents of Cruise Missiles met in the Forestry Products (“Vinny”) Tournament Final. The younger (mostly!) guys prevailed in a well-played match and the champs lineup included Mitch Cooke, Chris Armsworthy, Patrick Stewart, James Rutherford, Cory Lester, Conner and Cole Baker. SCHS alumnus and past C.O. of the 569 Col. G N Henderson Air Cadet Squadron Ralph Murphy was named a recipient of the RCAF National Meritorious Service Award for his efforts on behalf of 102 Colchester Wing. SCA alum Karlee Burgess continues to add Gold Medals to her trophy case – she played 2nd stone on the NS team that recently won the Canadian Junior Ladies Championship in Shawinigan, Quebec, and her team (including cousin Lindsay Burgess), went off and won the World Junior Title in Scotland! Former Brookfield Curling Club member Phil Crowell (Maurice) made yet another strong showing at the Brier (National Mens Curling Championship) in Regina as Lead for the NS team out of Halifax. Current Grade 12 SCA student Rowan Sears (Andrew, Jill) attended the National Junior Mens Fastpitch training camp in Ontario, as he girds to play for Canada at the World Championships this summer. Thanks also to whomever was responsible for cleaning up and remediating the former Fire Hall property on Trunk 2 after the building was destroyed by fire earlier this winter. The eyesore has been removed, and the property graded – we feared it would blot the landscape a long time!
Playoffs are well underway at the Brookfield Curling Club; and more bonspiels are just ahead. The St Patrick’s Day event goes Saturday March 17 – contact Josh McCallum (956-1356, or joshandjessi@eastlink.ca) for info on registering. A week later the 29th Annual Great Community Curling Classic welcomes 32 teams from March 23-25 – this event is open to all; contact Mike at (mdhenderson@eastlink.ca) for info or to register as a team or individual. The BCC Annual Awards Banquet is slated for April 6. There will be a St. Patrick’s Day Coffee Party at Knox on March 17, 10-12. On Saturday March 24, friends are welcomed to the Senior’s Lounge at the Sportsplex to visit with Stirling Delaney’s family, from 1:30-3:30. Come and enjoy the displays and memorabilia from Stirl’s halcyon days with the Elks. An Orientation session will be held at the SCA Fitness Centre on Wednesday March 21, 6-7 PM – once you have taken this in, the gym is available to use Mondays-Fridays, 5:30 – 8 PM – the Orientation is a mandatory prerequisite. The BAA will run the very popular Stanley Cup Hockey pool – tickets will be available on April 9, and entries (only $5/entry, play as often as you like) are due in by April 13. Tickets at the usual sources or on line at http://www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca.
The Brookfield Fire Commission will convene the Annual Ratepayers Meeting at the Fire Station at 7:00 on Wednesday, March 28. All property owners in the fire district are welcome to attend to hear reports of activities of the past year and approve the budget for 2018; no change is proposed for the fire tax rate. BFES Firefighter Shaun Burke with PEI Firefighter Kory MacAusland will head to Queretaro, Mexico later this month with over 250 complete sets of donated, used, firefighter protective gear and two porta-tanks in a U-Haul truck to help outfit ill-equipped firefighters in Mexico. The All Around the Circle Seniors Group will meet for their monthly luncheon on Tuesday March 20th at the Sportsplex – doors open at 11:30, meal at 12, musical smorgasbord to follow!

We wish all our readers a peaceful and contemplative Easter season
The Eagle

Volume 29, Issue 6
The Brookfield Mens’ Club will celebrate the 81st anniversary of their 1937 founding at their February 19 meeting.  All are invited to the dinner meeting, with one caveat; we pre-order the roast pork dinners and desserts.   Any attendees must RSVP to Mike before Feb 14 at 673-2769 or email.  Cost of the dinner is $15; note the special start time, 6:30 at the Fire Station.  The BMC will continue with the collection of terrific presenters this year when Donnie Fisher will detail the origin and subsequent development of his thriving tower-building business (Don Fisher Construction).  This local success story will prove most interesting; just as did January guest, the RCMP’s Breathalyzer expert Cpl. Mike Robinson.  He enthralled the members with his accounts of a variety of incidents, and explaining how the force tightropes between ridding society of the lethal problem of impaired driving while ensuring civil liberties are respected.  The federal government’s pell-mell rush to legalize cannabis consumption, details be damned, figures to bring about a whole new set of challenges to law enforcement.

Errata in January edition: – we apologize for the exclusion of Anna Hamilton and Jacob Smith as musicians who added so much to the Food Bank Concert, and to math whiz Jim Parks, who is in Victoria, BC, working as a data scientist for INgrooves Music Group, not at UVic. Also to the Wybenga family when noting the passing of Rose, her husband is Peter, and their son is Lucien; this was mis-stated. We sincerely apologize for miscues/omissions.

It was nice to have Melanie Ross home with mother Linda and rest of the Ross and Glinz families.  While here, Melanie attended her daughter Jaimie and Nick Turple’s housewarming on the MacKay Siding Road. Susan VanTassell was home from Whitehorse, successfully avoiding radar.

We are sorry to report on the passing of many with ties to Brookfielders.  Shirley Crowell died in Truro; she was mother to Terry Crowell and sister-in-law to Beverly Hutchinson. David Stewart of Middle Musquodoboit passed, he was father to Shaune Stewart; Alice Stevens, Cecil’s wife, died, as did Graham Jackson of Sonora, he was a brother to Judy (Phil) Henderson. The village lost a real treasure with the passing of 100 year old Edna Sutherland of Densmore Lane, she was a big part of this community’s fabric!  Brookfield Elks fans everywhere mourned the passing of a 15 year veteran of many champion ball teams, Sterling Delaney, who epitomized the never-ceasing hustle the red and gold are known for.  The Brookfield Curling Club paid respects to three former members, all well-liked by fellow rock-throwers, Jarvis Stewart of Stewiacke, Les Peasey of Shubie, and Dennis Horsfall of Lantz. Vince Arseneau’s Dad, Eddy, passed away in Hilden; and Bill Redden well-known Upper Stewiacke resident and brother to Mike, passed at 88, leaving a big hole in that burg. ‘Billy’ Billick, who played with the Elks 60-61 hockey team that made a foray into the powerhouse N.S. Senior Hockey League, died in Pictou County.  Willa Rogers’ brother, Ralph Miller died while in his Arizona winter stay. Doug Joyce’s Dad, Calvin died in Truro, and Ian Fisher’s wife, Marilyn passed. We were saddened to hear of the tragic, carbon monoxide accident in Alberta that claimed the life of Gerry and Bev Peterson’s grand-daughter, Tanisha. Condolences are extended to all for their losses.

The afore-mentioned Donnie Fisher and wife Marg, celebrate the birth of another grand-child. Daughter Amy and Rod MacLean (standout Cruise Missiles goaltender) have a new son, Blake Fisher MacLean at their home in Hilden. There are a trio of very fortunate and clever young men – Ben Ching comes from a long line of potato farmers in Souris, PEI, and he was overjoyed when the beautiful and so very personable plant scientist Charlene “Smiley” Locke (Steve, Krista) accepted his marriage proposal! Likewise Bedford-ite Justin Melnyk pitched the rock to chiropractic doctor Michelle MacDonald (Mike, Susan), who caught it, and slipped it on her finger.  Another click up the 289, nurse (and hockey player) Maria Rutherford (Nancy, Logan) became engaged to New Glasgow’s Mike McDavid.  Best wishes to the happy couples; seems the local guys need to step up their game?!  A new set of second cousins arrived – Scott Glinz and Shanda Cox birthed Samuel – pleased grandparents are Ernie Glinz and Mary Cox. Linda (Glinz) Ross’ son Caleb and Taylor O’Neil have a new baby boy, Holden. Congratulations to all! Gloria Joyce marked her 75th birthday with family and friends, and Brandt Lane resident Barbara Bates blew out 85 candles.

Our winter has been erratic to say the least – temps in the minus teens, then 36 hours later +10 with snow, rain, sunshine appearing spasmodically.  Little wonder some fled – Bruce Wallace, Tim Fisher, Jack Shearer, and Tony Miller took a golf excursion to Phoenix – Scottsdale; Brian and Sherry Stewart basked in St. Lucia, and Tanya and Kris Chase went to Miami and hopped on a cruise ship. Krista McMullin and Terry Canning jetted to the other side of the world and toured Vietnam and Thailand. Betty Roop and Gwen Campbell went to Toronto and Ottawa, respectively to revel in their grandmother roles.  Shirley Harrison has moved to Vimy Court, and Edith Retson to Townsview Estates.

Did Hugh Matheson have some hidden basketball talents that few knew about?  His grand-children Jewel Woolfitt (Jodie, Jonathan), and Isaac Matheson (Nick, Lori), were both named to Nova Scotia’s Under 14 hoop teams!  Grandmother Judy thinks it has more to do with her days on the hardwood with the UNB Red Bloomers, while Jodie thinks her Dal Tigers stylings were the determining factor! Hugh’s brother Gordon, and wife Myrna seem to have a pair of volleyball prodigies – grand-daughters Katya and Talia Vdydkhan, both turned observers’ heads at the Super-Series Club volleyball tournament in Truro. Pam and Oleg’s girls are both high-flying, hard-hitting players for Bedford Blizzard and The Tigers Club teams. What about local Minor Hockey kids Max McCallum (Josh, Jessi) and EverLeigh MacDonald (Morgan, Patty) taking part in the puck-dropping ceremonies at the World Junior A Hockey Tournament in Truro?!  Mate Mark Crozier, filling in for Skip, relatively new Mum Courtney (Rutherford) Hanham put on an amazing display of shot-making to lead their team of Steve Hanham, Emily Breckon, and spares Arlene Rutherford and Jeff Sibley, to a thrilling win in the 16 team Club Bonspiel at the BCC. Crozier’s team eked out 4 straight wins, downing Pibb Henderson, Ian Jamieson, Kraig MacKenzie, and Andy Lewis in a taut final.  Barb Cox’s Thursday Night teams won the trophy for the best league performance.  Kyle Henderson’s band Milksnake, has released a new CD, Sadistifier.  Actual CDs and digital copies are available at the Milksnake site or by contacting Kyle, who wrote and sang the songs, played all the instruments, recorded and mixed the 11 tracks.  He can be reached at email.

Dale Fisher eloquently expressed his gratitude to the SCA auditorium-packing crowd who attended a musical extravaganza arranged to help him and Margie, since Dale’s shoulder/ back injury some months ago has prevented him from driving his big rig.  SCHS classmate (’72) Bob Prest and others organized a great show.  Performing with Bob and wife CJ, were Julie Johnstone, Lorna Letcher, and Dave Mingo, and Dale joined his old band-mates to close the show with 3 poignant vocal renditions.  Other highlights of the show were the Before Monday band, Cherry Lane, Village Blend, Jake Smyth, Sarah Matheson, the Good Time Fiddlers and accompanists Wayne Hingley, David Dean, Anna Hamilton and Jacob Smith.  Dale was overwhelmed by the generosity of his friends and area residents.  Speaking of health issues, Alan Carter and Gordie Frank were hospitalized, as was Marg Elliott, Helene Henderson’s Mum; she is recovering from a broken femur.

Thanks to the donor who wishes to remain unknown, but lent a helping hand to The Eagle’s postal bill! Another job well done by the crew of volunteers, led by Russell Bradley and an amazing cadre of pastry chefs, servers, musicians, decorating crew, auction donors, ticket buyers and all who produced a delight for the visual, olfactory, and auditory senses at the Valentines Extravaganza program! Music to the ears of all was presented by Cherry Lane, Kayla Kennedy, Art Peck, Anna Hamilton, Jacob Smith, Joanne Hatfield and Time Ross. Debbie Matheson hosted a “quick-photo” operation presenting all lovebirds/family/friends well-done shots (with or without garish props!). Thanks to all who contributed!

We remind you that nominations for the BMC Eagle Award, presented annually at Ladies Night (April 16 this year) are due to the Eagle, or Committee chairman Charlie Burnett email by March 31, (the day before Easter, if that helps jog your memory). This coveted citation is presented to a person(s) who has made a significant effort toward the betterment of our community in any number of aspects. The BMC also welcomes any ideas/suggestions for the Program/Entertainment/Menu for Ladies Night.  Please pass along your thoughts for us to discuss (especially the entertainment !!?!). All Around the Circle Seniors Club will have their monthly Dinner and Meeting at the Sportsplex on Tuesday February 20- doors open at 11:30, the Club actively welcomes visitors /newcomers. Chair Yoga is 10:15 on Thursdays, and Fiddlers’ practice Fridays at 10. Their well-furnished facility is available for rent for family celebrations, meetings, dinners, etc., contact Susan Stevenson @ 673-2479.

The Junior Elks Hockey Club is hosting an auction at the Curling Club on Saturday, Feb. 24, and the BCC will feature a celebrity auctioneer, guaranteed to amuse (?!!) at their gala auction on Saturday March 3, the public is welcomed to come and nab some great buys. The auction starts at 7 PM, viewing from 6:30 with full kitchen and Bar services available. Please support both these ventures. The popular St. Patrick’s Day Bonspiel will be held March 17– contact Josh or Jessi to register at email or 673-2141. The 29th Annual Great Community Curling Classic will be held March 23-25, featuring curlers from near and far, and of a multitude of abilities.  Contact Mike at email or 673-2769 for more info for this thirty-two team event. Don’t forget Knox United’s Pancake and Sausage Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Contact Jodie Matheson (890-2988) if you would like to help support the Youth Group in their participation in the Coldest Night of the Year on February 24. The next orientation session, and necessary condition for the adult public to use the SCA Fitness Centre, occurs on March 21 at 6 P.M. The one-hour program provides an introduction and overview of the equipment and gym policy. Once completed, use of the gym is allowed, at no cost!

Hopefully the two Koreas can get along for a couple of weeks to host a successful Winter Olympiad in Pyeong Chang, shelving talk of ICBMS, etc ?!! Ideally the focus will be on the competitors, and the fellowship, and not the world’s two most famous golf rule-benders/ egoists/megalomaniacs! TV watchers can have their quadrennial fix of events like luge, short-track speed-skating, skeleton, 20 km biathlon, etc. It may be made more difficult due to the 13 hour time difference, but the networks are clever enough to keep most guessing “is it live, or is it Memorex”. Hopefully a much happier visit to the Asian peninsula, for those in person, or watching from afar, then it was in the early-1950s.

Please consider joining us at our Anniversary Dinner Meeting on February 19, 6:30 at the Fire Hall. Remember to RSVP as mentioned above!!

The Eagle


January 2018
Volume 29, Issue 5

The Brookfield Men’s Club and The Eagle wish all our readers a bountiful, and healthy 2018! We are indeed fortunate to live in such a special community, where so many contribute and, but it is hard to visualize a place that is so interwoven into the lives of her residents, as well as those who reside (temporarily, we hope!) away from the Little River valley! The BMC is part of what makes things special here; they will kick off 2018 on Monday January 15 at 7:30 with their monthly get-together at the Fire Hall – we welcome you to come along. After a remarkably benign autumn weather-wise, we have been locked in a deep freeze since Christmas including very low temperatures and raging winds. The BMC will help push away the chills!

2018! Can it be almost 20 years ago when most were gripped with apprehension if the computer-controlled systems that seemingly operate everything would survive the switch from 1999 to 2000, a year before the end of the millennium. Fortunately, the cyber-coders took the necessary precautions, and chaos was averted.

The BMC again sponsored the Christmas Decorations/Beautification contest. Some of the old judges have been put out to pasture/muzzled, and the fresh eyes have chosen the following winners to receive the gold ingots, (or a reasonable facsimile). The Eagle, organ of the BMC, was scooped by Colchester Weekly News with this info – security leaks are being actively investigated with Trumpian fervor! Those enshrined in the annals of history are:  Best Overall – Nancy and Greg VanTassell; Best Religious Theme – Frank and Hazel Locke; Most Original (with amazing, larger-than-life cutouts of our NHLers, Lyle Carter and Zack Sil) – Stephen Henderson/Tracey Williams; Best Outdoor Tree – Bill Campbell; Best Back Yard – Bob and Jean Lawrence; Best Christmas Card Effect – Ric and Wendy Locke; Best Commercial – Geoff Stewart Welding. Honourable Mention to Colin and Jackie MacPhee, Brian and Sherry Stewart, and Kyle and Megan Morgan. Thanks to all who made our village shine – it is a wonder shepherds and wise men did not follow the illumination!

Congratulations to the organizers and volunteers of the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) with Gail MacFarlane at the helm, for an excellent job with the Phil Sears Memorial Friendship Hockey Tournament held at the Sportsplex as 2017 wound down. It was great to see so many high-energy kids flashing around the ice – Initiation, Novice, and Atom teams of girls and boys (ages 4-10). The parents, grandparents, guardians, and friends flocked to the rink as well, creating traffic gridlock on Carter Road! If anyone questioned the need for a sidewalk there, it was laid to rest, as cars and pedestrians jostled for space/right-of-way – and that was in the absence of the soon-to-appear snowbanks, which contribute to the safety hazard. Luke Fielding (Jeff, Stephanie) is turning heads – he is one of 20 named to the N.S. Minor Midget AAA All-Star team and will play this week in the East Coast Ice Jam Tournament in Bedford. While handing out bouquets, don’t forget Leah Bowers and crew who produced the 19th Annual “Food for the Spirit” concert to support the local Food Bank. Goodly sums of food and cash were forked over to this sadly-necessary agency. MCs Lisa Henderson and Joel Dawe, sound engineer Rod Nielsen, and Ms. Everything, Joanne Hatfield made the transitioning acts mostly seamless. And the performers, all of whom donate their time and talent!  Say thanks to the afore-mentioned Hatfield for guiding the Knox Junior Choir, her ukulele students, Village Blend, and partnering with Shelley MacLeod, as well as performing herself with Cherry Lane (Mark Hamilton, Tim and Lorraine Ross). Tim was kept busy with the Before Monday band, and accompanying Jake Smyth, Andrea Geldart and the Middle Stewiacke church choir. Others who shone were Megan Isenor, Charles Bowers, Anitra Whidden (with Amanda Greaves), Sarah Matheson (with David Dean), Sarah Alexander-Williams, and Peter and Doris Betts. The incomparable husband-wife duo of James Hill (ukulele) and Anne Janelle (cello) put a beautiful bow on the night.

Members at the Brookfield Curling Club are hoping for a recovery from a stroke for long-time member, and all-around good guy, Bill Stone of Stewiacke. His daughter Becky, and grand-daughter Ainsley McCoul, who live at Shortts Lake, are extending the family tradition of Stones’ throwing (curling) stones excellence going. Marg Osborne was hospitalized, and young Bob Henderson mashed some fingers. Firefighters from several brigades responded in frigid conditions to an epic New Year’s Day suppertime blaze at the Skylyn Bridal shop in the former fire hall on Trunk 2. Owner Josephine Grandy’s apartment and all contents were consumed in the inferno, which obstinately resisted all efforts, including torrents from an aerial ladder truck. The acrid smoke billowed in copious volumes over homes on Laura Drive for several hours.

Thanks to the volunteer farmers who gave of their time, skill and equipment to harvest the cornfield behind Ed Creelman Park/Train Station. Kind hearted citizens “buy” an acre of land, which provides seed and fertilizer, so more profit from the sale of product goes to the Canadian Food Grain Bank, which helps feed starving people in Third World countries. As an extra bonus, the federal government matches all donations, doubling the positive impact of our generosity!

Jim Parks was home at his mother’s (Judy MacKay); he is a professor of higher mathematics at University of Victoria. Ryan and Joanna (Canning) Stefani brought their newborn daughter, Maddyn along with brother Kai home from BC to Krista and Terry’s home. Lots of Sutherlands were home to help mark the always congenial matriarch Edna’s 100th birthday – among them were sons Herk and Robin, with Mavis, B.J. from Indiana, his sister Brandi, from Calgary and Susan Sutherland. Peter, Kelly, and Jack Hazelton were here from Ontario. The Campbell diaspora from Stewiacke East that has gravitated to Brookfield was represented by Peter and family at Brian and Gwen’s, Mac and Nadine at Paul’s, Jay, Sherry and the Ovsenny kids at Betty Roop’s. Peter, Katie, and Abe Kennedy came from the land of 10,000 lakes to Larry and Lynne’s. Great to see sibs Robbie (Germany) and Sarah Densmore (BC) back at Wade and Nellie’s. Gord and Denise MacDonald came from Fort Erie, Ontario to his mother Audrey’s. Kathy Patton was happy to have mother Jean Cameron and sister Heather here from PEI; Darren Smith came from L.A. to Andy and Very Faye’s and the Greg and Heather Loewen family were at her parents, Herb and Betty MacFarlane’s. Jared Stewart was home from the west to see his siblings, grandparents (Gerry, Marilyn Stewart, Eefie Crowell) and parents, Tammy Armstrong and Brian Stewart. Patrick Jackson, son of former SCA Principal Nevin (and Lisa) Jackson was home to Truro Heights from Bolivar, Missouri, where he attends Southwest Baptist University on a golf scholarship.

Exciting news from Oromocto, where Brad George and Kathy O’Donnell have a new baby girl; second grand-child for Tony and Rhonda George in a matter of months! Four SCHS grads from the 1960s all added a grandchild with the birth of Maely Grace Abigail, born to golf pro Laura McCallum and former Jr hockey Elk Mark Kennedy. Both parents won NS High School softball championships while at SCHS. As all four grandparents (Larry, Lynne Kennedy, Patsy, Herb McCallum) left their marks on the fields, courts, arenas, and links of the area, we are not going very far out on a limb to predict this little girl will make headlines down the road. Former fireballer from the 1980 Canadian Senior Men’s Fastball Champions Brookfield Elks, Steve Healy, and his wife Patty, added to their grand-child count when their daughter Jessica birthed a son, Charlie Sinclair. Brookfield Elementary French teacher Julie Holland and hubby delivered baby Mae Louise Holland early on Christmas morning. Life is Good! Regan Bowers (Charles, Leah) got engaged to Ryan Stewart (Pat Stewart’s grandson). From Centreville, Kings County comes word that New Minas native Samantha Chaulk accepted Stevie Healy Jr’s engagement proposal. Bob Roop’s daughter, Allison, accepted Greg Lamb’s wedding proposal, as did Tracey Taylor (from Shawn Wallace). Best wishes to all of these folks in the upcoming chapters of their books! Noted birthday celebrants were Austin Ross (75), John Matheson (80) and Eldon Miller (85).

The Eagle received very generous greetings and financial support from readers Ron Belanger, now ensconced in the Annapolis Valley, and frequent contributors Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Bird from Thamesford, Ontario, fellow trillium-ite Elaine (Ross) Healey (Wasaga Beach), Middle Stewiacke’s Joyce Geddes,former Middle/South Branch couple Marg and Don Fisher of Hilden/Shortts Lake, and the salt-of-the-earth guy, Big Bill Kennedy! Our thank you seems insufficient; please know how grateful the BMC is for your thoughtfulness!

There are far too many entries in the obituary column this edition – we mourn the passing of: Don Berry of Shortts Lake…Irene Stuart’s sister, Darlene Reid in Dartmouth…at Elk Court, Bill Connors, formerly of Middle Stewiacke – he was husband to the late Dot (Carter) Connors…at the Mira in Truro, in her 100th year, Frances Carter of Truro, mother to dyed-in-the-wool Elks fans Ralph, George, and Danny, and aunt to BMC-er Larry Archibald. Final farewells to former Brookfield Baptist Church parson David Roy of Truro, and to our most senior citizen, Donna Matheson’s mother Merle Nelson, who went to her reward at 109 years of age. Two long-term Lafarge employees passed – in West St. Andrews, retiree Elroy Hill; among others he leaves wife Elva, and sisters Mabel Densmore and Esther Wallace. Kevin Croft, an employee with Lafarge passed away at 47, in Truro. Gwen Archibald’s family lost a brilliant young man (57), when her son Dr. Colin Archibald passed away in Florida, a victim of cancer. Colin was a very highly-regarded university professor, and did ground – breaking and award winning research work. The village was shocked and saddened with the death of Susanne Harrison, wife of Rev Larry Harrison who led the Brookfield Pastoral Charge for over 30 years and now, is in a second term as our MLA. A motor vehicle collision claimed the life of Rose, wife of Lucien Wybenga, and daughter-in-law of Dr. Milton and Alice Wybenga of Shortts Lake. Give a thought or a prayer for all our grieving families; please accept our condolences.

Sherry and Brian Stewart gadded about the Great White Way during their trip to NYC, taking in the acclaimed (and Newfoundland-based) play “Come From Away”. BMC Prez Jim Feener and wife Marlene went to Ontario to spend the holidays with their daughters Adinda and Shelley and their families. Barb and Roger Ryan did the same, singing their carols with son Patrick’s family in London, Ont. Brent and Meredith Harrison took their kids Gavin and Paige to Florida; also along were Stacey Harrison and Jason Steele. Danny, Kathy, Holly and Jill Dean jetted to the Palm Beach area of Florida for an early Christmas with Mark. Caila Henderson and her best pal, Robbie Lebans winged to St. John’s to hear their favourite band, Hey Rosetta give their final concert in their hometown. Brenda Geddes is wintering with her daughter’s family in Arizona. Marg (Locke) and Brad Little went to Manitoba to assist daughter Emily, spouse Joel, and their twin grandsons, Hunter and Harrison. Zoe Barbour celebrated Christmas on a Caribbean Cruise.

On Saturday January 27, stop in at the Brookfield Curling Club to watch 16 teams from the various leagues vie for club supremacy in a day-long Bonspiel. The BCC would love to increase the number of local participants, to keep this vital part of the Sportsplex operating. It is confounding that more residents of greater Brookfield/Shortts Lake/South Colchester do not take part of this wonderful asset, when based on the TV ratings, Canadians are watching curling on TV in droves!!?! Other opportunities to try curling come with the Mayor’s Challenge on February 3, the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Spiel on Saturday March 17, and the 29th Annual Great Community Curling Classic, which goes March 23-25 this year. These events welcome, and are geared towards people with minimal curling experience. The playoffs leading to Super Bowl LII will kick off before we go to press, and the Eagle is tempted to offer his vision – despite the late Punch Imlach’s denigration (“predictions are for gypsies”). The NFC is far superior to the AFC, but we see the many top teams knocking each other out/off – sorry my beloved Rams (man/boy? – crush developed on Roman Gabriel and the Fearsome Foursome gang of mid-60s) – finally relevant after many years, but as we said in 2015 about the Maple Buds, 2019 makes more sense. Thus we expect the Steelers – Patriots showdown not only to crown the AFC champ, but produce the Lombardi Trophy holder.

The Nova Scotia International Student Program is currently seeking host families for the Hilden, Brookfield, Stewiacke and surrounding areas for students who would attend South Colchester Academy, or Brookfield Elementary. Our international students are seeking homes in a safe, friendly environment. They have fitted in nicely in family, single parent and senior homes. I will be happy to meet with you should you have any interest or questions about hosting a short term, one semester or one year international student. Email: Phone: Lacy Hines.

The New Horizons Senior Band will be starting again on January 18th and those interested in starting with the 18th Wave can attend an info session at Colchester Legion Stadium at 3 p.m. (upstairs) or email . The Fitness Centre at South Colchester Academy will host another information/orientation session on Wednesday, January 10, 6-7 PM. Attendance at an orientation is required for the adult public to use (at no cost!) this fine facility to help all get into swimsuit shape(!!?!). Or if yoga is more your style, Tuesday’s 6 – 7 PM with Debbie Matheson at Knox Hall, or Chair Yoga at the Senior’s Lounge Thursday, 10:15 – 11;Megan Morgan will lead a Gentle Yoga at the Firehall on Thursday’s from 4 – 6 PM. More info on all of these can be found on the community website. In other All Around the Circle Senior’s Club news, their monthly luncheon will be Tuesday, January 16 – doors open at 11:30. Wednesday nights are cards night (crib, 45’s) at their lounge at the Sportsplex. Brookfield Garden Club meets in that room at 7:30 PM the second Monday of every month. Tanya Chase is hosting Tupperware Bingo at the Firehall in January 21 at 7 PM; $10 for 5 games and a free gift.

See you at the BMC; 7:30 on the Ides of January – “Et tu, Brutes?” – no knives allowed!     The Eagle

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

December 2017
Volume 29, Issue 4

    The Brookfield Mens’ Club wish to thank the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services, led by Chief Rod Nielsen, for hosting the BMC’s November meeting. The program kept members up to date on BFES activities, and the lunch was very tasty. The BMC throws out the welcome mat to community members to join them at their Christmas meeting on Monday December 18, 7:30 at the Fire Hall. That session will be long on festive frolicking and food (and short on business!), so come along – please feel free to bring a donation for the Food Bank, and a gift to exchange (suggested value $5-10). The BMC will again sponsor the annual Christmas Decorations judging, to be done by the Wise (?) Men (and Women) on Friday December 22, so be prepared!
The Eagle may be ready to be nudged (yanked ?!?) into retirement, or at least sent to the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for a frontal lobotomy, based on the errors in the November edition. The Ol’ Bird overplayed his hand at an attempt at poetic license – we wish to absolutely clarify, and apologize, for ascribing news tidbits to persons who did not provide same, and that may have caused them undue stress. We shall attempt to be more judicious going forward; an effort to make the edition less banal, yielded some unintended consequences, and we are truly sorry. Likewise, while lauding young entrepreneur Mitchell Johnston last time, we named his uncle and aunt as his parents; of course that should have been his progenitors George and Carolyn Johnston. Please accept our apology – there is enough ‘fake news’ out there – we don’t mean to add to it by making errors! So if any budding (or post-bud) journalists out there wish to improve the effort, send resumes to the BMC!
While we are sorry to see the Gillis family re-locate for work reasons to Metro, we are glad Sarah McNutt has moved into the former Seldon Carter house on Hamilton Avenue. Sarah is the grand-daughter of Roop’s Cleaners master seamstress Lorna Johnson, daughter of Shannon Johnson, and niece of Dorene and Robert Johnson. Sarah’s kids Noah, Addison, and Terrence are in school here. Tamara MacKenzie and daughters Haven and Hope, have moved into Pleasant Valley. There is also a building boom ongoing – Mitchell Cooke has built an impressive workplace just east of the CNR tracks on Rte 289 to house his 2 U Like New Auto Detailing business, which, in addition to the fine detailing work, also provides a mobile wash and mechanic components. Just south of the village proper on Hwy 2, Mark Toole is building a huge garage to house the equipment for his thriving excavation business. It is thrilling to watch these young businessmen prosper in their home
village, providing needed services and employment – well done guys! Some expansion to families has necessitated additional living space – Heidi Cooke and Tyler Medaglia have built on to their home on the old Percy Lockhart property; and Mark Kennedy and Laura Grinton have enlarged their Densmore Drive home in anticipation of a new arrival! Brookfield Elementary School teachers Judy MacKenzie and Shelley O’Connell received their Master’s of Education degrees from St. F. X.
Speaking of babies – once again the Eagle was a bit behind the curve – but overjoyed to announce the birth of two daughters. Former Elks hockey star (and Don Fisher Construction employee) Ike Burgess and Megan had Sylvie in Old Barns, another grandchild for former Elks Coach Dan and Janet Burgess. Brookfield Curling Club members are taking turns cooing at members Steve and Courtney (Rutherford) Hanham’s baby, Calley Raelene Gail. Courtney is the daughter of SCHS grads Arlene (Deyarmond) and Layton Rutherford, the latter a member of Elks championship teams in Intermediate hockey and softball. Very recently, the delightful Corinna Upham gave birth to a son, Ryker; proud papa is Stanley Lentz – they live in the former Geordie Sutherland house in mid-town. All the best to these families on their new journeys!
Mabel and Sandy Barber vacationed in Costa Rica (before the earthquake); while Gwen Campbell went to Jamaica with gal-pals, then rode the rails to Montreal with hubby Brian. The Holland women – mother Barb and daughters Krista and Brette also went to Montreal for a Lady Gaga concert, leaving JC to fend for himself! Austin and Debbie Ross spent the U.S. Thanksgiving with her daughter Amanda in central Maine, and also took in the Festival of Lights in Boothbay. Dawn Carter- Henderson took hubby Pibby to Ireland to help celebrate her 50
th and to check out her ‘roots’. Krista McMullin returned home after spending the fall attending grandmother duties in Yellowknife and Vancouver and Terry Canning scurried out when he got the call for Grandpa chores.
A big thank you to all who organized the spectacular 22nd Annual Christmas House Tours. This event which brings many visitors to our community, shows off Brookfield in a splendid light, even in the absence of seasonal weather. Thanks to homeowners Muriel Smith, Josh and Rebecca Kolstee, Danica and Ryan Ellis, Julie Walters and Kraig MacKenzie, as well as the beautifully decorated Train Station and Knox United sanctuary. Likewise for the spectacular display of 100,000 poinsettias and other fabulous decorations at Forest Glen Greenhouses from the Thompson family, and those who fashioned the many crafts for the sale. Gratitude to the close to 200 visitors, ‘drivers’ and those who provided the post-tour feed! The Train Station Society served delicious Chicken dinners prior to the Tours each night. Perhaps the big winners were the families assisted by the Christmas Index program – numerous community-minded business, organizations, and individuals decorated trees, filled stockings, and /or provided financial support to those in need at this time – among the donors were: Cobequid Hills Apartments, Brookfield Elementary Home & School, Roop’s Esso/Tim Horton’s, Units 1,2,3 and 7 of the United Church Women (UCW), Brookfield Athletic Association, Brookfield Lumber Co., Fifty Shades of Hair (Lesley White-Best); Brookfield Middle Stewiacke United Youth Group, Knox Explorers, Red Hat Society, MacQuarries Pharmasave, Mario Baini’s Emporium, Brookfield Bakery/Hurricane Heidi’s Cafe, and several individuals. Kudos to the Brookfield Garden Club for adorning utility poles with wreaths for the holiday season. Last month the BES Home and School hung tributes to locals who served in World War II.

    Our condolences to Stephanie Fielding and Kari Lyn Furmidge; their Dad, Brian Blaikie passed away in Truro at 71. Franklin “Buck” Miller, who was very solid in the Brookfield hockey Elks net for the NS-PEI championship teams circa 1965-68, passed away in Fredericton. He was part of the large Miller family from Alton, several of who were involved in the Brookfield athletics. Matthew Lavers grandmother “Peg” Lavers, 101, died in Truro. BES teacher Sarah Topshee’s mother, Anna Thomas died in Truro, and former BES speech pathologist Gail Coldwell lost her dad, Donnie Frame. Christmas will be less cheery in these homes; we pass along our sympathies.

    Anne Janelle, accompanied by hubby James Hill, (with cameo from Birch hill native Nick Fisher) delighted a large crowd at the Marigold with her concert/CD release of her new album, “I Didn’t Want to Break It”. Perhaps the only things she/they broke were records for sustained applause, and/or hearts with the poignant tunes, all penned by Anne (three assists to James!). The album was recorded at their Crystal Lake Studio (in their eponymous – located home here in Brookfield). Seek the album out! The Brookfield Baptist Church did a marvelous job presenting the musical, “A Baby Changes Everything”. Some will remember Chris Crawford as the son of Nancy and Peter Crawford – they operated the Laundromat and ice cream parlour around the turn of the century where Reclaimed Cottage now is; Chris was cited, along with his partners in their architecture firm, receiving an award at Government House from the Lieutenant-Governor for their work on restoring a building dating to the 1800s in Saskatoon.
Lots of honours at South Colchester Academy – Art teacher Margaret Sadler contributed a chapter to the book ” Creative Dimensions of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century”, which featured authors from across the country, who share their knowledge and experience supporting creativity in a variety of educational settings. Her work was based on her M. Ed. thesis, regarding culturally responsive teaching and Aboriginal students in the visual arts classroom. Hayley Elliott (Kary, Theresa) received a full scholarship to attend the Campeche International Leadership Camp in Mexico; and Jorja Smith (Beth, Todd) was awarded same to go to the Encounters With Canada Leadership competition in Ottawa. Makayla Clarke, Grade 10 O2 SCA student, tied for first place in a horse-jumping event at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto. She and 22 year old horse Twisted sped over the 12 jumps in 23.1 seconds. Makayla polishes her skills under the tutelage of Danica Ellis at Horseplay Stables downtown. Taylor Lowe, another SCA student was first in her Holstein Intermediate category at the Royal Winter Fair.
SCA alumnus Cassandra Sears (Joyce, Luther) earned her Chartered Professional Accountant designation. This is a long, arduous task; well done. Cassandra – her late grandfather Art Sears, who served as the original Treasurer for the committee that founded the Sportsplex would be most proud! Both Senior Girls (Div. 2) and Boys (Div. 3) won Northumberland Region titles in volleyball and attended provincials. The girls were in Middleton, and included seniors Alysha MacSwain and Virginia Bellino Roci; and underclasswomen Madison Eichenberg, Mariah Hatfield, Jade MacDougall, Macey McBurnie, Hayley Fisher, Emily Kelly, Clarissa Pasion, Erica and Emma Fisher, and coaches Randy Kelly and June Fisher. The boys were coached by Paul Tufts, and included Luke Fisher, Riley MacLeod, Adrian Sheppard, Pablo Rodriguez, Cole Mockford, Jack Lewis, Jordan Crouse, Colton and Nigel Graham. Congratulations to Rob Adams’ Leadership Class for a bang-up job hosting the Boys Provincials – many favorable comments about the organization and the school came from visiting team members and fans – folks from Bridgetown, Liverpool, Halifax, Annapolis Royal, Cheticamp, Pomquet, Terre Noire/Margaree Valley, and champion Clare were effusive in their praise. Brookfield defended their title at the Sherbrooke Mens hockey Tournament – the talented squad featured Patrick Stewart, Jack Roop, Lee Nelson, Ryan Ellis, Troy Sutherland, Jamie Works, Bobby Sill, Charlie Fleming, James Rutherford, Mark Kennedy, Connor and Cole Baker, Tyler and Jeremy Medaglia with Robbie Cook behind the bench. They downed teams from Cape Breton, Pictou County and the host!
Great to see BMC-er Robert Putnam back on his feet at his Carter Rd home – he had open heart surgery to replace a leaky valve, as well as a bypass. His legion of friends and admirers are happy he is on the road to recovery. Martin Gomez of Hamilton Avenue survived a cardiac event, and had several stints inserted in his pumper. Former Sportsplex Director and hockey star Jeff Dickey is battling lymphoma, manifesting itself as a large tumour in his chest; treatments are ongoing, and we hope/pray for the best for the universally-liked “Big Man”. Cameron Fisher (Larry, Jennifer) and Myla Searle (Jenna, Mike) both are in casts after breaking limbs (arm, leg, respectively). Hopefully Santa brings better health to them all!
The 81st Annual Brookfield Elks Sports Draw was a success – the Brookfield Athletic Association thanks its numerous volunteers and supporters for all their work in ticket distribution/collection, the ticket sellers, and of course the buyers, Roop’s Esso for providing the centrally-located, and seemingly always open weighing facility! This is the BAA’s major fundraiser and enables that group to support numerous community activities including Minor and Adult Ball, Minor Hockey, Figure Skaters, Youth Volleyball and Golf, Curling, the Jr. B hockey Elks, Mixed Bowling, the Christmas Index program, Athletic Awards at SCA, and of course, maintaining Elk Park! The BAA looks forward to your support in 2018!  Grand Prize winners were: 2017 Jeep Wrangler – Steve Wood of Springhill; $5,000 Atlantic Superstore Gift Card – Raymond Rolfe of Tatamagouche; Shooting Party for 12 at Hnatiuk’s – Jeff Rushton from St. Margaret’s Bay; Inflatable Watercraft – Helen Burns of Kennetcook; and Pet Food for a Year – James Ritcey of River Philip. The hunt side of the contest saw some amazing deer registered – winners there were: Heaviest Buck – 270 lbs – Robert Falconer; Heaviest Doe  – 159 – Peter Rehburg; Ladies Buck – 201.5 – Kelly Countway ; Ladies Doe – 132.5 – Autumn Doucette; Bowhunter Buck – 220 – Shaun O’Hearn; Bowhunter Doe – 134 – Gary Robar;  Most Points – 34, and Widest Antler -27.5″ – Brett Hennebury; Longest Antler – 28″ -Darcy Blackburn, Stephen Rafuse.
Come and support the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association Phil Sears Friendship Tournament at the Sportsplex on December 28 and 29
th. This tournament is for 5 – 10 year old kids and they would love to see you there!
Sunday December 17 – the annual Food For the Spirit concert goes at 7 PM at Knox – it guarantees to fill you with Christmas spirit; feel free to bring along a donation for the Food Bank. All Around the Circle Senior’s Club will hold their Christmas luncheon at the Sportsplex at 12 noon on Tuesday December 12 – meal is at 12, with entertainment by Joanne Hatfield’s ukulele class. On Wednesday December 13, the students of Brookfield Elementary will perform their Christmas concert – the early elementary tykes hit the boards at 9:15; the older gang basks in the floodlights starting at 1:15. The Brookfield Curling Club welcomes players on a drop-in basis Wednesday mornings at 9:15 – dust off the broom and enjoy a game – you will be pleased with the environs and the camaraderie.

We wish all our readers, a very Merry Christmas, and the best for 2018!

The Eagle

Volume 29, Issue 3

The unseasonably mild (more than mild, warm!) weather has continued through the first seven plus weeks of autumn, and the Eagle has taken advantage, circling the village, and stopping to hear from locals as to the goings-on in our fair burg. Kathy Toole said she has never worked this late into the year at the Brookfield Golf Club, as men and women continue to chase their dimpled balls over the fairways, which have been kept in fantastic condition by proprietor Richard Sutherland and staff!

The Brookfield Men’s Club (BMC) had another good turnout at their October meeting, welcoming new member Rev. Mike W Henderson to their midst, and some ladies from the village, eager to hear the guest speaker. Evelyn Negus opined that the BMCers and guests were enthralled by the presentation from the Colchester Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre’s (CWRC) Brenda Boates, who told of the Hilden-based organization’s fine work, nursing many birds, including large raptors, and smaller, wild mammals back to health after they had been injured, orphaned, etc. Their aim is to enable the animals to make a healthy re-integration into the wild. Painstaking steps are taken to make them not become dependent on, or familiarized to, humans. They also provide education to youth groups, teaching them how to respect, and be safe around wild animals. Another initiative of the CWRC is to educate the public on the perils that lead-based ammunition and fishing tackle poses to fish, fowl, and mammals (think contaminated deer meat finding its way into homosapiens, where admittedly it is much less harmful there than to avian species); this is especially threatening to majestic aviators like eagles, hawks, and owls. Non-lead alternatives abound, so please consider when making your outfitting choices.  Former Brookfield Junior High teacher, Janet Maybee, gave a spell-binding talk to the crowd at Knox about the Halifax Explosion as the 100th anniversary of that disaster is three weeks away. Her research, writing, and book help resolve some inaccurate findings by the inquiry, and also shines a light on the remarkable assistance provided by Colchester residents. The November BMC meeting will see the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) host the gathering on Monday, November 20–all are welcome at the fire station for 7:30 pm.

A quick stop at Roop’s Esso, and Becky Wallace was effusive in her praise of the effort put forth on the Remembrance Day service at the Veterans’ Memorial. BMC-34 Bob Lawrence did his usual bang up organizing job, and a large crowd was on hand under a beautiful sky, albeit with a strong northwest wind. Veterans and Air Cadets from 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Squadron marched, and Padres Eric MacKinnon and Mike Henderson led the service. Joanne Hatfield guided an adhoc band consisting of trumpets (mother-daughter Lori and Erica Nielsen), alto saxes (Ardith Ross, Anna Hamilton, Mike Henderson) trombone (Derek Jones) and flute (Shelley MacLeod). Lori and Erica were stellar on the Last Post and Reveille. A large number of memorial wreaths were laid, and the throng enjoyed a hot lunch afterwards at Knox church.

At the Brookfield Bakery, Troy Sutherland was aglow, telling of the massive bluefin tuna he helped reel in off Port Hood in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The marine leviathan checked in at 627 pounds, and took 3 hours to land, after towing the 44 foot boat at 2 knots! Also taking turns on the rod during the fight were Robbie Cooke, Adrian, Jeremy, and Tom Gloade. David “Spud” Stevenson and his wife, Susan, community electronic correspondent over many platforms, joined some BMCers for the tour of the work done upstream from the Highway 289 bridge on the Creamery Brook/Little River by the Cobequid Salmon Association. They have spent a ton of time and considerable funds to improve the habitat for fish, especially, but not limited to, salmon, in the hope they will increase the numbers returning to our pristine waterway. Rebar-reinforced digger logs to create pools, wing deflectors, and insertion of rocks and trees to foil bank erosion are some of their good works. Well done CSA!
Into Hair Studio 661 for a trimming of the Eagle’s not-yet balding, but silver-ish pate; owner Tonya Colpitts gushed about the new babies on Hamilton Avenue, Jamie Works and Mary Atkinson welcomed Nora Pauline; while over on Carter Road, Nora’s 3rd cousin, Iain Randall Roop was born to Leah and Jack Roop. Iain is the first grand-child for Wade and Nellie Densmore and great-grandson for Helen Densmore; other grand-mum Betty Roop has the drill down pat, as she basks in the glow of her 8th! Rollie Works also a happy grand-dad again. Alison (Johnson) and Vito Famiglietti had their first baby, Rocco, in Connecticut; grandparents Margie and Sid travelled to the Nutmeg State. Great grandmother Gwen Archibald is delighted. From Yellowknife comes word that Janelle (Canning) and Phil Lue were blessed with a baby girl, Pippa Anne. In Vancouver, Janelle’s sister, Joanna (Canning) and husband Ryan Stefani also welcomed a baby girl, Maddyn Marlene; doubly blessed grandparents are Terry Canning and Krista McMullin. Hopefully, down the road, these babes will be able to mark a milestone like Art and Jan Peck, who celebrated their 50
th wedding anniversary in October! Kathy (Jim’s spouse) Benvie retired from senior sales and HR positions with Dow Chemical in Alberta. Ruth Matheson, one of the founding members of BAERS (Brookfield Area Emergency Response System), was awarded an Honorary Membership in the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service, upon her retirement from active duty. Congratulations to all!

Juillene Taylor and Celia Fisher at the Pharmasave advised that some of our citizens required hospitalization. They asked our readers to pass along Get Well wishes to Rose Busby, Marg Osborne, Susanne Harrison, Rollie Works, Ron Morrell, Tony Matheson, Dave Wilson, and Helen Densmore. They were happy to say that Mark Dean was home from Florida for a visit; likewise, Sarah Densmore from BC, and from Alberta, Peggy (Cooke) Underwood and Jared Stewart. Wendi (Campbell) and Kelly Grant were home from BC for her father Gord’s funeral. We extend a warm Brookfield welcome to Kyle and Megan Morgan, who have moved into the former Elliot home, immediately adjacent to the golf course. Both Kyle and Megan are engineers, and he will partner with his uncle Earl (reportedly now eligible for his pension!) at Brookfield Concrete Products.

A stop at South Colchester Academy where staff were busy erecting Northumberland Regional Championship banners won by both Senior Girls and Boys soccer teams! The boys, under Coach Chris Lindsay, dispatched Springhill High 3-0; team members are Will Dingle, Alex Currie, Quinton Collins, Luke Fisher, Andrew Ellis, Suphi Goktug Cecen, Nigel Graham, Jack Lewis, Braiden Lunn, Riley Fisher, Riley MacLeod, Nicolo Mazzoni, Arin Mizrak, Dawson Perrin, Alex Zhou, and brother acts Eric and Jon MacMillan and Will and Evan McNea. The Girls team, under the direction of Coach Marilyn Bruce, bounced Pugwash High 2-0. Squad members are Veronica Hawkes, Alysha MacSwain, Laura Graham, Jess Laverty, Bailey Crowe, Vittoria Duraes Del Padre, Hayley Elliot, Emma Fisher, Faith Hoyt, Jade MacDougall, Josie Mason, Ainsley McCoul, Maya Clapperton, Madeline Mercer, Julia Verboom, Mishelle Villarruel, and the indomitable Sarah Kennedy. Both teams hosted qualifiers here, but were unable to advance to provincials, the girls losing on penalty kicks to Central Kings. The SCA Senior Boys volleyball team, guided by Coach Paul Tufts won the Pomquet Invitational tournament. Watch for big things from the Wolves volleyball squads this month in Regionals and hopefully, provincials– which the Boys team will host here on December 1-2 – plan to attend. Other SCA/SCHS alumni earning plaudits were Mitchell Johnston (Willy, Kathy of Bell Rd.) who was presented with the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Legacy Award recognizing a growing enterprise for his 360°, a mobile service for cleaning compost bins and commercial dumpsters. The Chamber also presented Truro Agromart (owners/operators Tim and Sandra Fisher); with their AgriFoods Award, whereby principles of running a successful agricultural operation are used to result in a thriving and environmentally friendly endeavour. Kudos also to dedicated O2 teacher Jody Arenburg, who arranged a visit to SCA of the ” Million Dollar Bus” (see online for more details of that unique concept). Lyle Carter did the village proud with a wonderful segment touching on Brookfield’s storied athletic history on the nationally televised “Hometown Heroes” NHL broadcast.  Nancy Vantassell has kept people passing her home on Truck 2 with the ever-changing garb on the mannequin at the end of her driveway – currently a revered soldier – well done!

Canada Post operative Krista Locke was pleased the Municipality has completed Phase 1 of the 289 West sidewalk replacement in front of the Post Office; the remaining work to the train tracks will be done in 2018. Likewise, the Carter Road sidewalk, is delayed until 2018.

We share sad news of the passing of several people with Brookfield connections. These include Anne Ihasz in Metro, wife of former Knox spiritual leader Rev. Vince; ‘Ross’ Kennedy, brother to Laurie, Orland, Avis, and Wenda; Gordie Campbell of Hamilton Avenue; in Truro, Pat Legge’s father, Donnie; in Middle Stewiacke, Bobby Newcombe Sr., father of Janet and Amy Newcombe and Trista Hamilton, and husband to Juanita Hamilton. Pat Archibald’s mother Helen, mother-in-law to Stephanie (Fisher); Jason Wybenga (Milton, Alice), and Glen Thompson’s wife, Helen, both of Shortts Lake passed. Sylvia Pickles, sister-in-law to BES cook Sharon Dunlap; Walter Hutchinson, former Truro town councillor, and brother to John, and father of Robbie; Sadie (Dartt) McNutt passed away in Ontario; she was the widow of Buck McNutt, and sister to Gwen Archibald and Elva Jeffers. We extend condolences to those who lost loved ones.
The Eagle wishes to thank Doady Hazelton and Kathleen Ernst, both of whom made donations to help defray our publishing expenses–it is most appreciated! The Home and School at Brookfield Elementary School has tickets available at MacQuarries– the tickets are $20 – $10 goes to H & S, the other $10 goes to build the prize pot which consists of gift cards for MacQuarries, Sobeys, and other merchants. Draw date is December 12.
Travelers included Kathy and Dan Dean, who went to Washington, DC, and also stopped in Chocolate-town USA – Hershey, Pa. to see nephew Zach skating with the AHL’s Bears. Pibb Henderson visited brother Robert and kids in Winnipeg, then went on to Vancouver to see Julie Hsu and family. Chipper and Lori VanTassell, and her son Mitch White met Robbie Densmore in Germany, and toured western Europe. Susan MacDonald and Darrell Toole’s partner, Denise Mitchell-West enjoyed a Rhine River cruise, and also made stops in Brugge and Paris. Jim Dickie and Marilyn ‘Cheek’ Totten went to the Jersey swamps along with Jim’s nephews Angus and Geordie Dickey, and Duncan Retson and Andrea Budgell and watched the New York Jets bounce the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL tilt played in a downpour.  Kitty McMullin was in Arizona visiting her son and relatives. Jack Roop also was in the desert (Las Vegas) on Tim Hortons business.
2016-17 BMC-er of the Year Don Harvey has been kept extremely busy updating the events sign at the corner. When talking with the Eagle, he was scratching his head (hopefully avoiding splinters!), trying to figure out how to get all the news posted. The Eagle offers a hand. The next
Orientation session, which is required of the adult public to make use of the Fitness Centre at SCA, will be held Wednesday November 15, at 6 PM. It only takes an hour, and grants you the ability to use, at no cost, the terrific facility. You must pre-register by calling 897-3185 or e-mail . After November, the next one is January 10th, so don’t wait!

The 22nd annual Christmas House Tours and Festival of Trees and Stockings are set for November 24-25, 6-9 PM. Stops on this year’s tour will include the Train Station, Knox Church, Kraig & Julie MacKenzie, Muriel Smith, Danica & Ryan Ellis and Becky & Josh Kolstee, and the Forest Glen Greenhouses. The $10 ticket includes a complimentary luncheon at Knox, as well as the Craft Sale which takes place from 7:30-9:30 both nights. Free transportation is proved from Knox church. The wonderfully decorated trees and stockings see proceeds go to the Christmas Index program. Tickets are available at MacQuarries in Brookfield and Truro, at Knox, or from Betty Dickie (673-2582). The Open House at Forest Glen Greenhouses, with their unbelievable displays of thousands of poinsettias, and immaculately decorated trees, runs in conjunction with the House Tours. Note – Greenhouse visits are Friday 1 – 4:30; Saturday 10 – 4:30; Sunday 1 – 4:30. The Train Station Historical Society will host dinners at Knox both Friday and Saturday at 4:30 PM; $10 for adults, $5 under 12; tickets available from Muriel Smith (673-2333). There will be a Before Monday concert at Knox on November 18 at 7 PM, with a freewill offering; this musical group is developing a dedicated following! All Around the Circle will host their monthly meeting and luncheon on Tuesday November 21; doors open at 11:30, meal at 12. Card parties (Crib, 45s) at the Seniors Lounge go every Wednesday night at 7:30. $2 entry fee and all are welcome. The SCA Grad Auction, the primary fundraiser for the class of 2018, goes on November 21st. Viewing in the auditorium from 6 – 7; auction starts at 7pm. The Mission & Outreach Seminar Series (MOSS) presents Human Rights in Your Daily Life on Tuesday, November 21st, 7:30 pm at Knox. Always informative and all are welcome!

The Brookfield Elks Sportsman’s Contest Grand Prize winners will be drawn on November 13 at 5:30 on Cat Country radio; check the BAA website ( brookfieldathleticassociation.ca) for a list of winners. The hunting portion of the contest, now incredibly in its’ 81st year, is ongoing. Heaviest buck to date is 257 pounds; the largest doe checked in so far is 157 pounds. The weekly BAA hockey pools are ongoing; pick up your ticket at Roop’s Esso or online-only $2 and you are helping provide much-needed support for recreation and athletics in the area. The Brookfield Elementary School [BES] Christmas concerts will be held on December 13th; early elementary at 9:15am; upper elementary at 1:15. Please note the times as there will not be an evening show. The eagerly anticipated ‘Food for the Spirit’ concert will be Sunday, December 17 at 7 PM.

See you at the BMC on November 20, 7:30 PM.  

The Eagle

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