May 2017
Volume 28, Issue 9

The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) annual Ladies Night extravaganza superseded the typical monthly BMC meeting in April. Approximately 100 guests enjoyed Head Chef Peter Matheson’s terrific roast beef dinner. President Donald “Pibb” Henderson welcomed all, dispensed with the business meeting, and turned the night over to the Program Committee. The Ladies team (Letha Mowatt, Jocelyn Langille, Brenda Henderson, and Jodie Matheson) were judged by celebrity panelists Frank Locke and Daisy Hingley to have soundly thrashed the BMC team of Don Hamilton, Austin Ross, Bob Lawrence, Terry Henderson, Don Harvey, and Larry Harrison in performing the “Chester From the Army” skit. John Matheson made the Door Prize draws into a real technological production, keeping the ladies on the edges of their seats, before announcing the six winners. The Red Tide performed a collection of 50 + year old Beatles tunes (can it really be that long ago!?) – Yellow Submarine, Octopus’ Garden, and the oh-so-apt trio of When I’m 64, Eight Days a Week, and Get By With a Little Help From My Friends! The BMC are indebted to their musical director, Joanne Hatfield, her band (Jacob Smith, Anna Hamilton, and Kyle Henderson), and to Rod Nielsen for sound system, all who combined to make the Tide sound passable (?)

    The evening was highlighted by the presentation of the Eagle Award, which annually recognizes a person(s) who has made outstanding contributions to our community. Art Peck did a masterful job in highlighting 2017 winner Russell Bradley’s efforts, including, but not limited to, his tireless efforts at Knox United (Nox Nook, Past Chair of Council, current chair of the Official Board of the Pastoral Charge, his unending dinner provisioning, be it for the Heart to Home program, special fundraisers, etc), his work as Chairman of the Train Station Society, including the Fish-a-Rama, card parties, and even more dinners, and his generous hosting of Coming Home to Brookfield activities, especially the Shortt’s Lake Boat Tours! Thank you Russell, on behalf of the community, and thanks to all who submitted nominations – once again the committee had several worthy candidates – a testament to the volunteer spirit that thrives!
    The May meeting of the BMC will be Monday, May 15, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. This is the final meeting of the BMC’s 80th season, plans will be made for summertime activities. The featured speaker will be Tracey MacKenzie of Dalhousie Agricultural Campus – he will discuss his ground-breaking work in the field of growing food in non-traditional, limited space environments for a sustainable future that has seen him lead initiatives to China! As usual, we welcome community members to attend, and enjoy the fellowship!

The passing of Fidel Castro has certainly not deterred our citizens from visiting the Caribbean nation – among those there were Ardith Ross (again!), Julie Walters, Patti Densmore, Sherri Crowell, Jacquie Elliot, Barb Murphy and Aline Greene, Kathy and Luke Patton. Vince, Kendra, Regan, and Nicole Arseneau, Dan and Kathy Dean, Keiver and Bev Read, and Bill and Della Boyle. Paul Barrett and Lori Nielsen were part of a contingent of New Horizon Band Members who went to Cuba to show off their jazz talents at several Cuban gigs! Paul and Karla Rodd, Charles and Leah Bowers and Bruce and Glenda Isenor vacationed in the Dominican Republic, while Jill Sears went to Florida, as did Chris and Amanda Cornelius and kids and Brian and Gwen Campbell. Susan Carter went to Calgary to see her sons (Rob, James) and families. Jill Kennedy visited Peter, Katie and Abe in Minnesota. Terry Canning found himself at a conference in Arizona. Alan and Lorraine Carter went to Mexico as did Lauren and Dianne Percival; Robert, Kelly, and Alycia Putnam jetted to the 50th state and sampled the good life on Oahu and the Big Island. Brad and Marg (Locke) Little went to Shilo, Manitoba to visit their expectant daughter, Emily and her hubby Joel Goodwin. Marg’s sister Jane Kenrick went to Pembroke, Ontario to visit her daughter Elizabeth and, her husband Dean and the grandchildren. Phil and Kitty McMullin checked out the big icebergs in Twillingate, NF. Robert Matheson, Ken Retson, Lee MacLean and Paul Kenrick travelled to Montreal to watch the Bearcats play. Mike and Brenda Henderson spent a week in Bermuda – Mike notched a hole in one at the famed Port Royal Golf Course, which formerly hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf event. Their daughter Caila led the Bedford Blizzard U-18 volleyball team she coaches to the Nationals in Edmonton. Their son Dane went ‘ski-touring’ (where one hikes up the hills with skis on their back, and skis down virgin, unmarked trails/territory) in Gaspesie Park in the Chic-Choc Mountains. He was fortunate to have SCA grad, and back-country skier extraordinaire, Charlie Stephens as guide. Krista McMullin jetted to Vancouver to visit daughter, Joanna, and then took an Alaska Cruise.
A large contingent of SCA students, led by History teacher Gary Renouf, attended (along with ten thousand young Canucks!) the 100th Anniversary celebrations at Vimy Ridge. The moving experience was treasured by locals Melody Sears, Chloe Bowers, Luke Fisher, Lauren Leedham, Riley MacLeod, Camryn Smith, Shane Stoodley, and Colton Cleveland; well-spoken SCA student Arthur Dodsworth was featured in a CBC National TV video, as he shared his reflections – he was very well-spoken.
Congratulations to Alexa Roop (Andrew, Becky), one of Joanne Hatfield’s pupils, she wowed the adjudicators at the Truro Music Festival – her score of 92 not only won her first place honors in her Piano Solo, but was one of the event’s highest marks awarded! BMC Prexy Pibb Henderson was recognized as Colchester Volunteer of the Year at a province-wide ceremony in Halifax, with the award presented by the Lieut. Governor and Premier. Pibb’s volunteer duties hardly ever stop – in addition to the BMC, he plays vital roles for the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex (Chair of Premises Committee), Brookfield Curling and South Colchester  ATV Clubs (Treasurer), Brookfield Athletic Association (Chair of Grounds Committee), as well as the Elks Mixed Bowling League and others! Well done, Pibb – we suspect it was an easy choice for the selectors. The BAA was nominated as a volunteer organization by the Municipality. Colchester County recognized firefighters for long term service – Lawrence Wynn, 65 years with the brigade and Herb MacFarlane and Charlie Burnett both with 51 years!! Andrew and Jack Roop were named winners of the BDC Business Persons of the Year Award acknowledging them for significant success and strong leadership skills by the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce.   The 56th season of the Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League crowned new champions – Sheila (Osborne) Rankine, Leroy Deuville, Don Harvey, and Krista Lynds. SCA students mined medals at the Nova Scotia Skills Competition at the NSCC Dartmouth campus. Bryanna Richardson won silver in photography, and the duo of Hunter Redmond and Marika Schenkels won Gold in the Film/ Video category. They will travel to Winnipeg late May for the National competition. The trio was joined by the Prime Minister for a photo. Jewel Woolfitt (Jonathan, Jodie) and Jenna Adams (Rob, Kate) played key roles in the Colchester Tigers provincial basketball Under 14 Tier 2 win, as they edged Pictou County 42-40 in the final! Brent Walters was a stalwart in goal, leading the Canadian Team to a Silver Medal at the 3rd World Deaf Hockey Championship in Buffalo. This likely ensures his spot in the national team for the Deaf Olympics in Italy in 2019. Mother Susan, father Glen and brother GR took in the tourney. Incredibly, seven players from Brookfield Elks/SCA Wolves Fastpitch teams will represent Nova Scotia at the Canada Games in Manitoba in August! The talented heptad are shortstop Rowan Sears (Andrew, Jill), outfielders Coby Crowell (Terry,  Sherri) and Liam Giffen (Rob, Elaine), first-sacker Jacob Bowers (Charles, Leah), pitchers Dylan McCoul (Darren, Lori) and Alex Rhoddy (Derek, Jennifer), and second-sacker Reid Lanceleve (Lou,Marie). This team will be in action a lot this summer as the league, which also includes the Brookfield Intermediate Elks and the U-18 Colchester Royals will play at Elk Park on Thursday evenings. Stop by and enjoy some good ball, and cheer on all the locals playing! The Brookfield Rapids won the NS Under 15 Tier 2 volleyball championship, repeating their U-14 title from last year. The Randy Kelly-coached team (assistant Sarah Wort, and manager Julie Kelly) won the final 2 – 1. Clarissa Paison won tournament MVP, and Hannah Boutilier and Erica Fisher were named to the All-Star team. An SCA contingent contributed to the U-18 provincial volleyball title won by the Tide Team – head coach Rob Adams, players included his son Michael, Niklas Roker and John Kaye (of Whidden Road) The Volleybrawlers won the Brookfield Mixed Volleyball League title – they were lead by the mother-son team of Sue Miller (Cy, Emmy) and Jason Smith; as well as Stephanie Prest. The league raises funds for the Susan Glinz Memorial Bursary awarded annually at SCA.
Kudos to Debbie and John Matheson for organizing and operating a massive Easter Egg Hunt, which drew over 90 family and friends; the chocolate was spread over at least five properties, and the hunt, games and food that followed brought huge smiles to the crowd. Phase 1 of the eye-catching new playground at Brookfield Elementary School is complete; well done by the Playground Committee that has worked long and hard to make it happen! South Colchester Minor Hockey Assoc. presented Ernie McNea with the Phil Sears Volunteer of the Year Award and Jeff Sullivan with the Ron Moore Coach of the Year Award.
Congratulations to Heidi Cooke and Tyler Medaglia on the birth of their third child, a daughter, Poppy! Dave and Anitra Whidden’s daughter, Stephanie married Tracey Crowell; they will reside in Italy. Julie and Kate Hsu (Vancouver) surprised her parents Mary and Terry Henderson for a nice visit.
The village will soon be more beautiful, thanks to the efforts of the Brookfield Garden Club. They planted 250 tulip bulbs in the planter at the northeast quadrant at “the corner”; and also set out 150 red and white tulips at the east end of Ed Creelman Park to help mark the Canada 150 celebrations! Thank you!
We are most pleased with response to our request in the April Eagle and on social media sites for pre-booking of “The Eagles Flight 2 ” (only a working name at this point for the BMC’s Canada 150 plan to produce all the Eagles since the first book – 1982 onward–!).  To date 25 have requested copies, and several others have said they intend to purchase. Please order your copies from Putty at EMAIL or Susan at Email, or via the FaceBook or community website . We must have at least 50 copies ordered to make production possible. Cost is likely to be $25 per book. Depending on when we can green light this BMC 80th/Canada 150th anniversary project, the volumes may be available for our July celebrations; worse case September! Please contact us ASAP, so we know how many to produce.
Sadly, the larger Elks family lost some key members. Alan “Moose” Campbell, 67, a long-time performer for both hockey and fastpitch Elks teams, as well as award-winning cattle breeder, passed away. Moose was the leftfielder on the Canadian Championship 1980 team. Ethel Marchant died in Truro – she was loving wife to former NSAC Athletic Director Ken Marchant, who was a starry winger for the Elks provincial title hockey teams in the 1965-69 era. Susie Smith died , much too young at 46 – she was a popular volunteer in the community, serving on the Brookfield Community Assembly, and heading the Community Clean-Up day, as well as a long time member of the Junior Hockey Elks game day crew – she will be sorely missed. Mary Worsley died in Truro – she was Mum to Elks gold medalist 1B-man Mike, Donnie Jr., John and Pat. Irene McNea died in Stewiacke – her son Ernie is an Assistant Coach with the Junior Elks, son Scot lives here, and her grandchildren Mackenzie, Will, and Evan have been heavily involved in hockey, softball, and Air Cadets. Shortt’s Lake resident Donnie Fields died as did Richard O’Donnell, and Ruth Campbell’s mother, Mabel MacKenzie of Stewiacke East. We express condolences on behalf of the community.
The Women That Hunt staged another remarkable Youth Expo at the Sportsplex. Exhibitors filled the ice sheds of both rinks, and there were also several displays on the ball field! The crowds were immense – all ages, both genders, and the exhibitors all contributed marvelous door prizes. Attendance was 3400, all of whom enjoyed the opportunity to learn of a wide variety of activities related to the outdoors, community programs, art, fitness, technology, nutrition, and better health and wellness. Great job, ladies, and much thanks to the community for great support, and the Brookfield Fire Services for solving the parking/traffic riddle!
Good to see Gordie and Jackie Burnett back from the Sunshine State – Jackie injured her back in a fall – we hope she is better soon. Club-Man Larry Archibald had a heart attack; happily he is recovering well. Dawn Carter-Henderson is now gall bladder-free. Stena Cook went to Alberta to give son Terry some TLC – he suffered a broken ankle while refereeing hockey.
The 21st edition of Coming Home to Brookfield will kick off with the Parade on July 22 (contact Angie at 673-3166 or ang.d.reid@gmail.com if you wish to make an entry), and run until July 30. The theme is Our Home is Your Home, and as usual, there will be 9 jam-packed days of activities. The Whing Ding is set for July 28-29; watch for the CHB brochure in early July for a complete list of activities. For now we can tell you about Pie Eating Contest, Domino Man, Car & ATV rallies, Movie Night, Historic Talk, Farmers’ Market, Petting Farm, Sing-Song Bonfire, Golf Scramble, Kids Sports Day, Waterslides, Kids & Fun Run, Herbie’s Music Night, Outdoor Church Services and more.
The Train Station Society and BMC are planning grand contests to help celebrate Canada 150. There will be a gala on July 1 at Ed Creelman Park, with lots of activities. All citizens are invited to show their talents through Art, Music, Poetry and Stories – please submit your original works by June 1st. Entries may be displayed on Canada day and/or during Home Coming. A Canada-themed Scavenger Hunt will take place throughout the community on June 17, 12 noon. 150 historical and fun facts will be hidden for all ages to find before July 1; a loonie for each clue you find, while learning some interesting Canadian history. The Train Station will also host the Fish-a-Rama the morning of Saturday May 27 at the Wetlands Trails. Registration is on site-adults must possess a valid fishing license; starts at 7:30, $5/person or $10/family. Food and drink available! The BMC will operate barbeques at the Fish-a-Rama, Canada Day and the Home Coming Parade.
The BCA will be holding their Community Clean Up Day on May 13; volunteers will have all materials (bags, gloves, vests as needed, etc) provided, as well as food and drink. Meet at the United Church by 9 AM; 3-4 hours is all that is needed if we have sufficient help! The BMC will be focusing on their Adopt-a- Highway semi-annual clean-up at the same time; they will do Carter and Whidden Roads, so the territory has expanded, thus the need for more hands!
The 569 Col. G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron will hold their Annual Ceremonial Review and Inspection on Saturday May 27 at the Sportsplex at 1 PM. This event welcomes all spectators; come and see these impressive young men and women drill, and display their work – it is a real eye-opener, and the BMC is proud to continue their association as sponsor of the squadron, which dates from 1953! The BAA is requesting nominations on or before June 15 for the Randy Roop Memorial Award, presented annually during the Whing Ding to a person who has made a remarkable contribution(s) to sport and recreation here. Contact Terry (673-2106) or Mike (673-2769).
The Brookfield Curling Club will host their annual Meeting at the Sportsplex on Wednesday May 31, 7:30 PM – all are welcome. The Sportsplex Chase the Ace pot is approaching $8000 – play every Thursday at the BCC for as little as a loonie. Draw done at 8:30 pm. On Saturday June 17 from 4-8 PM the Sportsplex parking lot will host a Food Truck Party – multiple offerings will be available, a cash bar on site for beverages. Bring Dad for some great Father’s Day grub! The final furlong of the academic year is nigh; SCA graduation will be June 29, the Prom is June 16, and the Athletic Awards night is set for June 8. The SCA Arts Night which will feature music, dance, fine art, and the Drum Runners will be June 7 – art viewing from 6 PM on, show starts at 6:30.
The Brookfield Golf Club season is underway – some dates to note – the 28th annual Elks Scramble is a low cost, high fun event in support of the BAA; it is slated for Saturday July 8, and welcomes all , 7:30 – 1 PM. Call 673-3352 to register. The Club Championships are Aug. 5-6, and the Shaw Cup is Aug. 26-27. A new event this year is the Women That Hunt-operated tourney on May 27, in support of the Canadian Soldier-On program. Go to Golf@womenthathunt.com for more details. Watch scmha.goalline.ca for information regarding online registration for South Colchester Minor Hockey’s 43rd season – sign-up begins August 1.
A provincial election has been called for May 30. Candidates in our Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley riding are: Larry Harrison, Janet Moulton and Matthew Rushton. Candidates for premier are Jamie Baillie, Gary Burrill and Stephen McNeil. Please exercise your democratic franchise and vote!
Paul Barrett’s New Horizons Band will host their Spring concert at the Best Western Glengarry on Wed. May 17, 7:30 PM – several Brookfielders are members. On June 4 at 7 pm an outstanding trio of guitarists – Amy Brandon, Craig Visser and Emily Shaw will stage a concert at Knox. $15 for adults, $5 for students. The Good Time Fiddlers will play at an Open House at the Senior’s Lounge at the Sportsplex on Fri. May 26, 7-8 PM-all welcome. The All Around the Circle Seniors luncheon will be Tues. May 16; doors open at 11:30, meal at 12. Mondays from 1-4 are Drop-In Day there – enjoy Wii activities, puzzles, etc for mental and physical exercise!
The Terry Fox Committee will have their Spring Fashion Show and Supper on May 27 – watch for details on posters; on June 10 their annual Book & Bake Sale goes at Knox Hall. The Brookfield Rural High School Class of 57 will hold their 60th reunion on June 17 with a gathering to welcome old friends: 2 – 4 PM at the Baptist Church Auditorium. Contact Beverly (Graham) Sears (673-2112) for info.
    Rhubarb Tea and Plant sale at Knox United Church on June 3 Saturday morning.

        See you at the BMC on May 15; and may all our readers have a great summer!
Be sure to let us know if you wish to order the book! 


         The Eagle

April 2017
Volume 28, Issue 8

Spring is here!! (???) – or at least it will be! And that means one thing for sure – Ladies’ Night at the Brookfield Mens Club!! ALL women of the community and area are invited as the guests of the BMC to a dinner, some fun, entertainment, door prizes, the presentation of the prestigious Eagle Award, and a peek at what these knuckleheads do! Mark it down – we don’t want you telling us “I forgot” – the date is Monday April 17, time is 6:30, place is Knox Hall. Bring an appetite, a friend, and a cheerful spirit!
The March BMC meeting was highlighted by a presentation by Andrew Sears on the trip he and daughter Rachel, brother Luther, niece Sarah, and sister Hilary Paquet made to the Dominican Republic to construct a pair of homes under the auspices of Habitat for Humanity. (We apologize for the incomplete listing of attendees in the March Eagle.) His talk and slides were very inspiring; much credit to the selfless Sears family for giving of their time and effort to make it possible for some to actually own their home, something that seemed unattainable. Well done gang! It was nice to see Jim and Marlene Feener’s daughter Adinda Kunder home for a visit from Ontario – Adinda had her three lovely daughters, Arianna, Cheyenne, and Brianna with her. Kelly Hazelton was home from the Oshawa area to visit her mother, Edith Watson. We send along Get Well wishes to Susie Smith; she is recovering in hospital, and grateful for those who visit her in hospital. From Indiana comes the exciting news of a son, Christopher Lance, born to B J and Kera Sutherland in Indiana! Grandparents Pete and Vicki Sutherland headed to the Midwest state soon afterwards! Speaking of golfers having sons, in the Ottawa area, Jonathan and Carrie MacKenzie also have a new baby boy, Caleb! Kim and Donna MacKenzie are the proud grand-parents; Bessie MacKay and Grace MacKenzie are the great-grandmothers. Sherry and Brian Stewart traveled to Red Deer, Alberta to see their first grand-son, born to her son Devin. Brookfield Elementary School teacher and Brookfield Golf Club member Kurtis Porter whisked Krista away to Cuba for their wedding. Desha Ellis and Rob Wells (not “Ricky”!) have purchased and moved into the former Mailman home on Bell Road. Congratulations to all as they enter new stages of their lives together!
Rollie Stevens, a native of Forest Glen, and goaltender for several teams, including the Brookfield Elks, passed away in Truro. Marie Leonard of Brentwood died – she was mother to Janie Greene. Ralph Graham of Upper Stewiacke died – his wife Phyllis and daughter Shelley reside here. In Giant’s Lake, Mary “Annabelle” Kennedy passed away – she was mother to former Brookfield Curling Club member John Kennedy (his spouse is the former Judy Maguire). Reta Langille died in Onslow – she was a sister to the late Merle Putnam, the Elks’ first Senior level pitching star. Former Hamilton Ave. resident and one-time Elks first-sacker, Bob Storr died in New Brunswick. We extend condolences to those who lost loved ones.

The Brookfield Curling Club wrapped up its 41st season – seems incredible that “the roaring game” has been part of a community’s fabric for that long! At their Awards Banquet, league championship teams were honored: Monday – Leroy Burns, Troy Taylor, Andrew Webb, and Donald White;Tuesday – Andrew and Jill Sears, Mike and Kyle Henderson;Thursday – Kirby Densmore, Paul Kean, Glenn Ferguson, and Terry Henderson. The 28th Annual Great Community Curling Classic drew 32 teams to the BCC – champions were: Brookfield Athletic Association Division – Jessi Taggart, Steve Murray, Herb and Josh McCallum;Tim Isenor Royal Lepage Divison – Jeremy Veinotte, Kris Terrio, Matt Dickinson, Nathan Toner;Jeff Miller Auto Parts Division – Laurie Cochrane, Clary White, Tom Van Oirschot, Gary Doyle; and the Open Division – Andrew Sears, Nevin Jackson, Gord Forshner, and Vince Jack (with help from subs Jill Sears and Becky Shearer!). Lisa Henderson was named winner of the Turk Henderson Memorial Award for long-term, meritorious service to the GCC Classic. Layton Rutherford and Doug Cox shared the newly-minted Sherill Burns Award for dedicated support to their family curling members. The Junior program named Carter Redmond as winner of the Josh Melvin award for dedication and most promise and Alexa Roop as recipient of the Rupe and Mary Fisher Award for showing love of the game. Annie Archibald was delighted to win the BCC’s draw for an authentic Sidney Crosby #87 Penguins’ sweater – “my favourite” per Annie. The BCC thanks all who volunteered their time and energy to help make the season a success – we would love for more of our neighbours to join us come October. A big thank you to Barb and Roger Ryan for sending a heaping helping of bird seed to the Eagle…it took a circuitous route from whence it was mailed in Fort Lauderdale – evidently the USPS is not the equal of Canada Post, as they sent the letter to Broomfield, Colorado, before it ended up here. Who knew the Florida – based post office would not recognize “Brookfield, N.S. B0N 1C0” as a valid address?!? The Brookfield Bantam Elks thrilled a large crowd at the Sportsplex, edging the Glace Bay Miners 2-1 in a sudden-death Northern Conference final. This advanced them to the provincial championship against Shelburne in Bridgewater, where they lost, but finished second in the province. The Elks have locals Matt Murphy, Ethan Densmore, Evan McNea, Will Richards, Will Dingle, and the MacMillan twins, Jonathan and Eric as key contributors, as well as a solid goaler in Connor Rushton. Ed MacMillan is an assistant coach. Sarah Matheson (Win, Ruth) came back from the North American Country Music International competition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains) with two awards! She was named winner in both Adult Vocalist, and Best Entertainer (New Country) in the International Adult Division winner. She was bolstered by guitar whiz Tim Ross, who accompanied her (as did Tim’s wife, Lorraine). Taylor Clarke (David, Carla) was voted the Laura Lee Kearns Visionary Award by her classmates in St. Francis Xavier’s B. Ed program. Congratulations Sarah and Taylor! Also at X, Jessica Miller (Melanie, Steve), grand-daughter to Harry and Letha Mowatt, was named the basketball’s team rookie of the year. Mexico’s warm climes attracted Dave and Janice Peterson, Richard and Ellen Sutherland, Alton and Lorna Sutherland, and Greg Sutherland and Joan Adey. Krista Williams and Jim Pearson spent their vacation in Jamaica. Sisters Lynda Deyarmond and Kathy Graham went to the tropical paradise of Hawaii where they met Lynda’s daughter, Miranda, while Jean Mercier traveled further west to get to the Far East (Japan)! The Dominican Republic was the holiday spot of choice for Dan and Lexie Stewart, while Josh Archibald and Dr. Karla Armsworthy jetted to Portugal. Cuba’s warm sands lured Lee Nelson and Ashley Charette, as well as Kim and Macey MacBurnie, and Ardith Ross. Maureen Foster strayed from the resorts to explore the back country of Cuba, much of it with an innovative taxi driver who repaired a punctured tire with condoms! Darrell and Gail Wright, Daisy Hingley and Myrna Clarke went to Florida; Patty Stewart and Rob Smith went to Nashville. The families of Johnathan Woolfitt and Charlie Weatherbee tackled the alpine trails at beautiful Mt Tremblant while the Kierstead family checked out the hills at Mont Sainte Anne. The BMC is considering publishing a second edition of “The Eagle’s Flight” – many of the Eagle’s readers enjoyed the compendium put together after the original “Eagle’s” (D B Henderson) passing in 1977 – that book gathered Eagles from the first 40+ years of the BMC. Nearly four decades have passed, so the combination of the BMC’s 80th Anniversary, and the Canada 150 celebrations, make it ideal to compile a second edition of the BMC – and more to the point, to encapsulate the village and area’s history in one tome. BUT – we need your help on a couple of fronts. Some issues have gone astray in the past forty years – we have heard that some of our loyal readers save their copies – if you could loan them for us to have reproduced we would be most grateful. The period from 1982-1991 has a few missing issues. Obviously for the project to proceed, we need to have most copies available, so please contact Robert Putnum at EMAIL or any of the following: Nancy (phone), Susan (email) or Mike (phone, EMAIL) if you can assist – it will be most appreciated! The second thing we need to gauge is the level of interest – this is NOT a fund-raising effort, and we plan on selling the book at close to cost, but the BMC’s limited bank account means we cannot afford to estimate how many to produce, and then not sell them. So, to be clear – a commitment is NOT needed right now, but if you know you want to purchase one or more (they make great Christmas gifts!), please contact one of the above – ideally we would have your responses by the first of May, as a ‘go-or-no’ decision will be made at the May BMC meeting. Responses can also be made at https://bmceagle.wordpress.com/ OR on facebook at the Village of Brookfield, OR at http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca The minimum that we can order is 50 copies; we hope to sell them for $25/copy – that number may get lower if we get an enthusiastic response! Thanks in advance – for anyone who has copies we may need, and for those who make their intentions to purchase known soon! On April 22, from 9 AM – 4PM, at the Sportsplex, the Women That Hunt are hosting their 2nd Annual Mega Youth Expo. This was a raging success last year, drawing over 570 adults, 1100 youth, and 56 exhibitors. The goal is to expose youth of ALL ages to new activities related to the outdoors, fitness, art, community programs, nutrition and overall better health and wellness. This year’s plans will see exhibitors with terrific displays in both the hockey and the curling rinks, and also in the parking lot. Every exhibitor provides Door Prizes, and admission is only $5 (free for kids!). Be there, or be square! The Lower Pleasant Valley Cemetery Committees annual meeting will be held April 23rd at the Brookfield Fire Hall between the hours of 1 – 3. This is a very small group of local volunteers, most who have a vested interest in the continued care of this cemetery which according to local historian Pauline Carter was first founded around 1879. The LPVC was founded in 1999 with the aim to maintain the cemetery, expand and improve it while working towards having it become a perpetual care cemetery. All of this requires volunteers and ideas on how to raise funds and thus this meeting is open to anyone who likes to get involved a few hours a month during the summer to help with the maintenance and who might have ideas on how to create more funds. As well if there are persons who might be interested in investing in this cemetery there is lots of room for that as well. All are welcome.

The Brookfield Community Assembly Annual General Meeting will be Monday April 24 at the Fire Station – the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Watch for the BCA’s announcement on the date of the Community Clean-up Day, likely in the early part of May. Bob and Jean Lawrence and Austin and Debbie Ross attended a meeting in Joggins to gather information about the Adopt-A- Highway Program. The BMC have “adopted” Carter and Whidden Roads and will soon approve plans for the spring clean-up, which would ordinarily be coordinated by the BCA Community Clean-Up Day – watch for more info on the date on the community website, facebook page, etc, or contact Terry Henderson (phone). If you are able to lend a hand, it will be much appreciated. The Brookfield Railway Station and Heritage Society will again be hosting a Fish-a-Rama at the Wetlands Trails on the morning of May 27 – more info will be provided in the May Eagle. For any not-for-profit groups who provide food services at their events, Food Handlers Certification courses will be held at the REC Centre in Truro on April 19, May16, and June 13. These are well worth having your volunteers attend; more info can be obtained by contacting the RECC.
The All Around the Circle Seniors Luncheon will be on April 18th, meal at noon, meeting and entertainment to follow. The AAtC hosts 45’s and Cribbage at the Senior Citizens room at DHM Sportsplex Wednesday Evenings. Everyone welcome. They also host their Drop in/Drop off 1-4 on Monday’s. If you want to come and have some fun, drop in for some games or just chatting. For a change of time contact Flora at phone or Jocelyn phone or check us out on Facebook All Around the Circle Seniors Group.

We hope all have happy and peaceful Easter observations–the holiest time in the Christian world’s year.
We hope to see lots of you at Ladies Night, April 17, 6:30 PM!

The Eagle

Please read this entire post and share if you ever read one of our Eagle newsletters or know folks that have- we need your HELP-The BMC is considering publishing a second edition of “The Eagle’s Flight” — many of the Eagle’s readers enjoyed the compendium put together after the original “Eagle’s” (D B Henderson) passing in 1977–that book gathered Eagles from the first 40 years of the BMC. 40 more have passed, so the combination of the BMC’s 80th Anniversary, and the Canada 150 celebrations, make it an ideal to compile the second 40 years of the BMC–and more to the point, to encapsulate the village and area’s history in one tome. BUT – we need your help on a couple of fronts. Some issues have gone astray in the past forty years–we have heard some of our loyal readers save their copies–if you could loan us those for us to have reproduced we would be most grateful. The period fro 1978-1986 is only partially present, and there are a few missing issues in the 1987-1991 period. Obviously for the project to proceed, we need to have most copies available, so please contact Nancy (673-2070), Susan email or Mike ( 673-2769, email) if you can assist–it will be most appreciated !. The second thing we need to gauge is the level of interest– this is NOT a fund-raising effort, and we plan on selling the book at close to cost, but the BMC’s limited bank account means we cannot afford to estimate how many to produce, and then not sell them. So, to be clear–a commitment is NOT needed right now, but if you know you want to purchase one or more [they make great Christmas gifts !], please contact one of the above– ideally we would have your responses by the first of May, as a ‘go-or-no’ decision will be made at the May BMC meeting. 50 copies is the minimum we can order; we expect to sell them for $25 / copy–that number may get lower if we get an enthusiastic response ! Thanks in advance–for anyone who has copies we may need, and for those who make their intentions to purchase known soon !

BMC Eagle Newsletter

March 2017
Volume 28, Issue 7

    The Brookfield Mens Club held their 80th Anniversary Meeting and Dinner in February; thanks so much to the All Around the Circle Seniors’ Club for making their fine facility available. The Brookfield-Middle Stewiacke United Youth Group prepared a spectacular meal, and former Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor entertained with tales from his book on the local history (1930-1975) as it related to "The Milk Can Era". The March BMC meeting will return to the Fire Station on Monday March 20, 7:30 PM. All are welcome–for the meeting, the food, and the program, which will feature Andrew Sears and Hilary Paquet talking about their recent trip to the Dominican Republic for Habitat for Humanity.
     Costa Rica held allure for Nova Scotians – with apostle Maxine Monk preaching the gospel, who would not be interested in travelling there! Bob and Carol Peterson, along with grand-daughter Olivia Hernden spent time in the Central American paradise, as did their Shortt’s Lake neighbours Mark Stevens, Joy Nicholson, and their daughter, Willow. Dane Henderson jetted west to partner with Ernie and Helene (Matheson) Maynard’s son Steven, an Alberta resident, and the guys had a wonderful week in the pristine powder in Revelstoke and Golden, BC, and in Banff. Rachel Sears went with her Dad and Aunt Hilary to the Dominican Republic.
    Brookfield’s first NHLer, Lyle Carter was suitably honored by the Truro and Area Sports Heritage Society with the presentation of the Merit Award at their annual ceremony. Lyle was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the local recreation scene through his media work (radio, press) for over 40 years! The Daily News prints extra copies the days Lyle’s columns run! SCA alumni Karlee Burgess was named Female Athlete of the Year (ages 16-20) for her national and international curling exploits. Debbie Buott-Matheson was 1 of only 11 recognized from the entire country with a BRAVO Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education (CACE) in the Program/Project category for her work on the Stand Up, Speak Out – What’s in Your Backpack campaign. Bailey Campbell (Bob, Linda) passed her bar examination in New Brunswick, and is now a fully-minted attorney-at-law! Brooklyn Rutherford, and grand-daughter of Allison Rutherford won Bronze medals at the Canadian Karate Championships in Quebec City in both the Senior Womens 68 + kg and Under 21  68 + kg divisions. Paul Rodd took first place in The Big Gauge .22 Smallbore Shooting competition in the Annapolis Valley with a score of 398 of a possible 400; after 3 tourneys, Paul leads the pack with 1,193/1200, two better than his nearest competitor.  Congratulations to the Brookfield Rapids who hosted and won an 8 team club volleyball tournament at SCA! The Rapids are an Under 15 team, but defeated Truro Lynx, a U-16 team (which featured Mariah Hatfield and Kennedy Wry) in the final. The team is coached by Randy Kelly and Sarah Wort, and managed by Julie Kelly. Player of the game citations went to Hannah Boutilier, Clarissa Pasion, Erica Fisher, Jana Hunt, and Emily Kelly. Other team members are Bella Berkman, Holly Wry, Madison Eichenburg, and Emily Rushton. The Brookfield Athletic Association is happy to help support the hard-working Rapids. The Cruise Missiles defended their title at the 38th annual Eastern Shore Mariners Oldtimers in the O-50 division, defeating Halifax 3-1 in the final. Goal scorers were Scott Fraser, Jeff McCavour and player of the game Dan Burgess. Rod MacLean (Don Fisher’s son-in-law) was stellar in net, and the rest of the squad (Mark Fleming, Robbie Cooke, Jay McInnis, Paul Faulkner, Mike Henderson, Ray Cruz, Charles Bowers, Darrell Toole, Rob MacEachern, Gary Caldwell, and Greg Johnson) were solid. The 32 team tournament selected Henderson to receive the Art MacAulay Award for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. At the same tournament the Brookfield Elks female team won their division – local players include Anita Fisher, Kathy and Holly Dean, Bev and Alison Read.   Former Brookfield Junior Elk hockey player and SCA Athlete of the Year Liam Giffen is playing for the Kensington Vipers in the Island Junior B League playoffs while attending Holland College. Rowan Sears is part of the Pictou Weeks team that staged an incredible comeback in the NS Major Midget Hockey league – they trailed Cole Harbour 3 games to 0 before rallying to win the series 4 – 3. Games 6 and 7 were won in overtime! Local figure skaters are turning heads – Emma Collier earned silver in the Star 3 division at the N S Championships in Liverpool; and sisters Regan and Nicole Arseneau attended the Rob McCall Memorial Skating Competition in Dartmouth – Regan won silver in the Star 4 category, and Nicole achieved Bronze status in her age category in Star 4.

    The list of those passing is far too long – we extend condolences to those who lost loved ones, including Lorraine Law, 89, mother to David (Woody), Walter, and Art (she was this scribe’s first Little League coach)…further up Carter Road, Barb Smith died – her daughter Colleen Tomecki came from Australia for the service. Barb’s descendants include Barb Gero, and grand-children Shawn Hallihan, Josh Rodler and Jaquinn Allison, Hazen Hutchinson, and Digby, Colby, and Carter Gero…many were saddened to learn of the passing of Hilden resident and long-time school bus driver Donna Robertson, an eternally cheerful presence….The Brookfield Curling Club (BCC) lost a long-time member and sharp-shooter with the passing of Stewiacke native Carl Densmore – his name graces trophies in the club…Delbert Comeau’s brother Ralph was laid to rest in Clare, and Rob Smith’s father, Donald died in Dartmouth…Pearl LeFresne died in Tatamagouche; she was a mother to Earle, and grand-mother to Alicia Mattinson…in Old Barns, Rowena Loughead, 97, went to her reward; she was mother to BCC club member Kent (and five others), and was a devoted fan of Elks softball teams throughout the 70s and 80s…Reg Robicheau died in Truro – he was father to Anne Marie, Brookes VanTassell’s partner. Krista  Brown, 52 died in Truro – she was a sister to Paul Fowler and Misty Cooke…Terry Clark, partner to Gary Ellis Sr. passed away, as did Stan Richardson of Hilden – he and his family were ardent supporters of the Sportsplex…Charles "Breton" Murphy died at 43 in Glace Bay – he had lived in Middle Stewiacke for eight years while serving as pastor at the Countryside Community Church – he was a true gentleman, and leaves his wife Mary Jane, and kids James and Katie.
    Project Hope, the hard-working committee that unites volunteers from Brookfield, Shortts Lake, Upper and Middle Stewiacke, is hard at work, preparing to bring another Syrian refugee family to our area – Khalid and Mala Al-Awar’s eldest son Rami and his wife Ghadir, who is expecting in May. It would be most exciting and appropriate if they arrive in time for the baby to be born here. Project Hope is also working to have Khalid’s and Fadia’s brother Hesham Al-Awar, his wife and son, join them in Nova Scotia. If you wish to help, be it through provision of furnishings, lodging, funds, or in any way, please contact Jodie at 673-2249 or
    The 28th Annual Great Community Curling Classic welcomes curlers of all levels, from near and far, to the BCC on April 1-2. This low-cost, high-fun event is not to be missed – contact Mike at emailfor more info, or sign up at the BCC – then come to the BCC banquet on April 7 to collect your hardware! We must correct last month’s Eagle – the St. Patrick’s Day Bonspiel will be held Saturday March 18, so you still have time to register – again, at the BCC, or contact Josh at email or 673-2141. The BMC will host the ladies of the village and area on Monday, April 17, 6:30 PM at Knox Church. The evening will present a wonderful meal, unique entertainment, and the Eagle Award, which will be bestowed upon a citizen who has made a profound impact on our community. Several nominations have been received; deadline for same is March 26 – you can e mail Eagle Award Committee Chair Charlie at email or email Mike. The monthly All Around the Circle Seniors’ Luncheon at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex will be Tuesday March 21 at the Sportsplex at 12 noon ($7 for members and $9 for non-members). Irish music will be presented by Joanne Hatfield’s ukulele class – stop in and enjoy! The group hosts weekly 45’s and Crib games on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for only $2 to play. Also on Mondays from 1 – 4 you can go and try out the new Wii games, puzzles and many other games. 
    Also in April – the 22nd, to be specific, will be the second edition of the Youth Expo, hosted by the Women That Hunt. This event, which drew huge crowds last year, runs from 9 AM – 4PM, andFeatures amazing exhibits and demonstrations, copious door prizes, all while promoting activities related to the outdoors, fitness, art, nutrition, community programs, and overall better health and wellness. The theme is Expose – Educate – Inspire. For more info contact 902-986-7010 and go to

    There will be a Brookfield Fire Commissioners Rate payers meeting Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. Business will include election of a Commissioner, and request to approve the current levy rate.
    The Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA), originated over 20 years ago to advocate with a variety of governments, and other groups on behalf of the betterment of our community, has their Annual Meeting upcoming in late April. The BCA has led the charge for numerous improvements, upgrades, events, etc. since the mid-90’s, but now needs some support by way of new volunteer blood. THE BCA has several key community organizations appoint representatives – namely, the BAA, Home and School, Knox and Baptist churches, Fire and Emergency Services, the BMC, SCA student rep, and our county councilor. There also are 7 elected members, with spots open to be filled at the AGM. If you wish to be a part of, or would just like more info, please contact Rod Nielsen (890-0714,
email) Kathy Best (673-3350, email), or Geoff Stewart (673-3039, email). Please give this serious consideration – the BCA has a vital role to play, and it is well worth supporting. The BCA is updating our community website www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca and would like all community groups that have a page on this site to provide updates and sent to email or if you would like to be added to the site.
    The Chase the Ace pot is approaching $6000 – every Thursday night, draw at 8:30, food and beverage available from 7:00 onward at the Curling Club. There are hockey tournaments every weekend at the Sportsplex from now until closing on April 9 – stop in and enjoy the games.

We hope to see you at the March 20 BMC meeting! The Eagle

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

Volume 28, Issue 6

The Brookfield Mens’ Club (BMC) will mark the 80th Anniversary since their founding in 1937 at the February meeting. As has been the tradition in the recent past, it will be a dinner meeting, with Club-men encouraged to invite their family members.  The program committee has engaged former Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor to speak about his book on the history and development of milk cartage in South Colchester throughout the 20th century. We hope all BMC-ers and their guests can attend – if you have not already, contact Mike @ 673-2769 with your RSVP and number of guests. The full-service, multi-course meal is priced very reasonably at $15/person. Note the special time and place – 6:30 PM on Monday, Feb. 20, at the All Around the Circle Senior’s lounge at the Sportsplex.

The Eagle did get his pre-playoffs Super Bowl prediction correct, though the New England Patriots looked done like dinner with about 20 minutes – even 5 minutes! – left on the game clock. A comeback for the ages; credit is due to the franchise which has achieved so much in a salary cap era, which makes sustained excellence so hard to attain, especially in the National Football League. Now if something could be done about their overly-entitled fan base, who may approach a certain NHL team’s for insufferability!

Brookfield Curling Club members lost loved ones – Sean Norwich’s Dad, Peter died in Truro; and Sherrill Burns of Kennetcook, a fixture at the club for 25 years, went to her reward. Her husband Leroy is a Past-President and highly-valued member of the BCC, and was recipient of last year’s Turk Henderson Memorial Award for contributions to the Great Community Curling Classic. Former Brookfielder William Sears, Jr. passed away at 66; he held his doctorate in Physics, and was a highly regarded professor and research scientist – he had been Physics Department Head at Lakehead University. He was a SCHS grad and former 569 Air Cadet Squardron Flight Sergeant. He leaves mother Fran and brother Brian, as well as his wife Susan, two children and grandchildren. Former resident Ira Fisher, Sr. died in Ontario, sons George, Ed, and Tim and daughter Dawn reside in the Truro – Stewiacke area. Former Sportsplex Board Chairman Dave Armsworthy’s father Paul of Onslow Mountain passed away after an illness – nice to see so many of Dave’s clan home from Alberta, and cheering Paul’s grand-daughter Dr. Karla’s fine shot-making at the BCC. Laurie “Robbie” Miller of Stewiacke East, a proud SCHS alumnus, former SCMHA president and long-time schoolteacher died – he was husband to Pat (Ross) Miller, who grew up on Densmore Drive. Wayne Johnson’s sister, Barb Mitchell formerly of Kemptown, passed away. Shirley MacKenzie-Campbell passed at Elk Court – she had been married to the late Ken Campbell; they resided at Shortt’s Lake. Brookfield Elks 1960s hockey star Ken Marchant’s brother-in-law, Ralph Fiske died; he was a former provincial cabinet minister in the 1970s Regan government. We extend condolences to all who mourn.

Congratulations to Jenny Blacklock and Michael Anderson of Bell  Road on the birth of their son, Keel Gabbani Anderson-Blacklock, a half-brother for Aitreya and Yemaya Pollock. Donalda (Dickie) and Jim Dickey’s son Angus, married Bear River native Morgan Selig in Banff. Ben Fraser, son of Scott and Heather (grandparents Wayne and Helen O’Neil) was named to the tournament All-Star team at the very prestigious Ice Jam tournament in Metro. This event featured the top 16 Major Bantom hockey teams in the Atlantic provinces! Maurice Crowell’s son Phil, a graduate of  BCC’s Junior program won his FOURTH Nova Scotia Mens Curling Championship with the Murphy rink of the Halifax CC, and will head to the Brier in St. Johns, Newfoundland. On the distaff side, Jill Alcoe-Holland, wife of Elks’ standout shortstop Doug Holland, realized her goal, playing second stone on the Mary Mattatall rink which won the provincial Ladies Championship. They will attend the National Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ontario next week! Best of luck to both these ardent sweepers! Stop in to the newly-relocated Jimolly’s Cafe at the end of Inglis Place to see the amazing renovations wrought by owners Heidi, Mitch and Kim Cooke, and enjoy their fine menu and pleasing environs.

Thanks so much to kind contributors Dennis and Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury, former Club-man Jim (and Shirley) McNutt of Truro and Elaine (Ross) Healy from balmy (?!?) Wasaga Beach, Ontario for their generous support of the Eagle! The Brookfield Athletic Association wrapped up a successful 2016 at their annual General Meeting in January. They wish to extend thanks to the many volunteers who help with, and support their projects, that allow them to continue to sponsor recreational activities for all ages and both genders in the area. Their fund-raisers, notably the Whing Ding and Sports Draw/Big Game Hunt, but also the Golf Scramble (July 8 this year) and the hockey pools, were well supported, and continue to provide enjoyment to all involved. The executive of Mike Henderson, Julie Walters, Robert Putnam, and Pib Henderson were returned to office.

Chris Bernard had her second knee replacement in the past months – she expects to be fully able to defend her Brookfield Golf Club crown come spring. Youngster Meah (Brad, Megan) Sutherland is sporting a foot to hip cast, helping to repair her broken leg suffered on the ski hill. Tammy Sill broke her leg also. Velma Fisher was hospitalized for a few days. Don Hazelton was hospitalized for treatment of an embolism; Edith Watson and Ron Morrell also spent time in hospital. We wish all a speedy return to health.

It is nice to see Brian and Gwen (Cooke) Campbell (both are no strangers) back in Brookfield; they have built a lovely retirement home on Densmore Lane. Welcome back!

We get to see a lot of the Ottawa Senators NHL games on our TVs – they are always competitive, but sometimes struggle to score. Recently three Brookfielders were in attendance at their game versus Edmonton – dare we say had the small, but mighty trio of brothers-in-law – (Mitchell Cooke, Ryan Ellis, and Tyler Medaglia) been granted a tryout with the Sens, the ultra-speedy, rugged line would not have looked out of place?!? Later Mitch and wife Kim attended a trade show in Montreal and took in a Habs’ game. Keiver and Bev Read visited daughter Meghan in Calgary. Brian and Sherry Stewart enjoyed some beach time in Jamaica, while Ric, Wendy, Steve and Krista Locke, and Ardith Ross sunned on Florida’s Gulf coast. Larry and Susanne Harrison and Gerry and Sandra Brenton spent some quality time in Florida. Janet and Aubrey Armstrong vacationed in Cuba; Brian Clarke made separate trips there and to the Dominican Republic. Danique Henderson shot the photographic record of a wedding in Mexico. Peter Hazelton was home from the Oshawa area to assist parents Don and Doady. Harding Nelson and family were home to visit from Ottawa. Son David and daughter Nancy hosted a sizable throng for the 80th birthday celebration for their father, Club-Man and past Eagle Award recipient, Bob Lawrence.

Get your calendars ready – lots of upcoming events you need to record! In addition to the BMC Anniversary Dinner Meeting on Feb. 20 mentioned above, please note the Annual Ladies Night celebrations will be held on April 17 this year. In addition to the fine dining and hi-jinks, the Eagle Award will be presented that night to a deserving recipient, who has helped “make our community great”! Please send any nominations to Award committee Chairman Charlie Burnett at emailor 673-2302. Deadline for nominations is March 26. Also in April – the 22nd, to be specific, will be the second edition of the Youth Expo, hosted by the Women That Hunt. This event, which drew huge crowds last year, runs from 9 AM- 4 PM, and features amazing exhibits and demonstrations, copious door prizes, all while promoting activities related to the outdoors, fitness, art, nutrition, community programs, and overall better health and wellness. The theme is Expose – Educate – Inspire. For more info contact 902-986-7010 and go to www.theyouthexpo.com.

The Brookfield Curling Club has a couple of major events on tap – on Saturday March 11, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Bonspiel will fill the club with very colourful garb (and curlers). This event typically sells out, so register soon via Josh McCallum at 673-2141 or email. Many at the St. Patrick’s event, and several more will descend on the BCC from March 31- April 2 for the 28th Annual Great Community Curling Classic, a fun-filled, low cost event which brings curlers of all levels, from near and far together to wrap up the season. Contact Mike email, Lisa email or Pibby email for more info or to register a team or as an individual. The Chase the Ace contest continues on Thursday evenings at the curling club – the pot will be around $5000 this week! Drop in from 7-8:30, help support the Sportsplex, and maybe take home a bundle of cash!

The Brookfield Community Assembly, originated over 20 years ago to advocate with a variety of governments, and other groups on behalf of betterment of our community, has their Annual Meeting upcoming in late April. The BCA has led the charge for numerous improvements, upgrades, events, etc. since the mid-90s, but now needs some support by way of new volunteer blood. The BCA has several key community organizations appoint representatives – namely, the BAA, Home and School, Knox and Baptist churches, Fire and Emergency Services, the BMC, SCA student rep, and our county councilor. There also 7 elected members, with spots open to be filled at the AGM. If you wish to be a part of, or would just like more info, please contact Rod Nielsen 890-0714, or email  , Kathy Best (673-3350, email), or Geoff Stewart (673-3039 or email). Please give this serious consideration – the BCA has a vital role to play, and it is well worth supporting. The BCA is updating our community website www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca and would like all community groups that have a page on the site to provide updates and send to email or if you would like to be added to the site.

The All Around the Circle group hosts their monthly meeting on Tuesday February 21 – meal at noon! Price is $7.00 for members and $9.00 for non-members. We will be introducing the new Wii console and teaching folks how to play bowling, baseball, tennis and more. You will be able to use the Wii on Monday afternoons at our Drop In/Drop Off, 1 pm – 4 pm. Card games and cribbage ($2 fee) begin on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30.

There will be a public meeting regarding the sidewalk construction on Carter Road at the Brookfield Fire Hall on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6 – 8:00 pm. Concept drawings will be available for viewing. An Orientation session for anyone wishing to use the Fitness Center at SCA will be held there Wednesday, February 15, 7 P.M. There is no cost (!) to use the gym, but one must complete the 1 hour familiarization session, regardless of their level of experience with the equipment.

With so much fake or “alternate” news clogging social media, we can guarantee what you read in the Eagle is correct, at least more often than it is wrong (!). If you want your Eagle faster, plus saving the BMC postage, send your email address to email and we will send it to you immediately. Hard copies of the Eagle are still available at the retail outlets around “the corner” and at the Seniors ’apartments.

Hope to see you at the Anniversary dinner meeting February 20, 6:30 – remember to RSVP at once if you haven’t already!
The Eagle

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

Volume 28, Issue 5

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Brookfield Men’s Club, and its meandering scribe, the BMC Eagle! We hope all have a healthy, prosperous, and enjoyable 2017! In addition to one of our intrepid reporters puffing out 70 candles since the calendar rolled over, other notable birth anniversaries are on tap this annum. On July 1, Canada will celebrate 150 years of nationhood – certainly there were many Nova Scotians in the 1860s who were not sure of the efficacy of that choice, but likely more positives than negatives!?! The National Hockey League as we know it, and their premier franchise, the Toronto Maple Leafs(?!!?) both are celebrating their 100th seasons – the Leafs Stanley Cup drought will reach 50 years come the spring, but hopefully will not see 55?? And the venerable BMC was founded 80 years ago in 1937 to help in the betterment of the community – we hope it does not come across as boastful to say it has, and continues to fill that role well! The BMC will convene on Monday January 16 at the Fire Station at 7:30 PM – all are welcome (and encouraged!) to drop in on the group.

Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the various school Christmas concerts due to the regrettable work-to-rule action in the labour dispute between the government and Teacher’s union, there were still some outstanding productions in our area. The Baptist Church had three showings of a most impressive Christmas musical production, keyed by their musical director, Belinda Adshade. The 18th Annual Food For the Spirit Concert at Knox United, in support of the Colchester Food Bank, was again a major hit – the breadth of the talent was remarkable! Much thanks to organizer Leah Bowers, production assistants Glenda Isenor, Rod Nielsen, Keith Gale, musical Zeligs Joanne Hatfield, Tim Ross, and Keith Gale, and MCs Lisa Henderson and Joel Dawe, and obviously to all the very skillful performers, including James Hill and Anne Janelle! Long time BMC padre Reverend Frank Locke was feted at the Baptist Church for marking 65 years since his ordination in 1951. Frank has been minister emeritus at the BBC for the past 16 years, in addition to many other positions within the larger church family. Freda Sutherland, still sprightly at 95, had her birthday celebrations bolstered by a visit from grand-daughter Nicole, home from Alberta. Freda’s daughter Jane, who resides in Mexico in the winter months became engaged to Dale Oderkirk.
The Eagle extends heartfelt thanks to those who included some bird seed in their Christmas cards – thanks again to Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Bird of

Thamesford, Ontario, and to Joyce and Sarah Geddes of Middle Stewiacke – the BMC and the Eagle appreciate your support!  An anonymous
donation was also received – the Eagle’s very keen eyesight discerned the residents of apartment #29 on Brandt Lane as our likely benefactor. Thank you!

Once again the BMC sponsored the Christmas Decorations contest – area residents responded in a big way, and our environs brought smiles to the faces of all who passed through (and to NS Power shareholders!). Some of the arcane categories of the past were eliminated, and six dwellings were cited as ‘best in show’ – in no particular order those cited and receiving a BMC prize were: Rob and Joelle Bezanson, Kevin and Rosalyn Clarke, Rick and Bev Hiltz, Brian and Sherry Stewart, Gerry and Marilyn Stewart, and Greg and Nancy VanTassell. Thanks to all for their efforts in beautifying, and bringing the seasonal spirit to the fore!

Jennifer Henderson and Costas Halavrezos became grand-parents when their son Al and Myriam Bergeron gave birth to a son, Louis Nicholas Halavrezos, in Montreal. Great-grandparents would be the late Turk and Vera (Retson) Henderson.
Nice to see the Sportsplex parking lot filled for the Phil Sears Memorial Friendship Hockey Tournament just before the new year. The South Colchester Minor Hockey Association has worked hard to re-invigorate this Holiday season tradition, and it seems to be paying off. Filling leadership roles this year were Heather Peterson, Kari Furmidge, and Patti Densmore – well done! While on the hockey front, we must point out that Alec MacDonald, grand-son of John and Sheila Clark, recently debuted with the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – the very talented puckstopper has a bright future between the pipes! Another netman turning heads is Brent Walters (Glen, Susan) – the Truro Bearcats Midget AA star was recently named to the Canadian National Deaf Hockey Team, which will vie for the World Deaf Hockey Championship in Buffalo, N. Y. in April! Other Brookfield lads playing well at high levels include Calem McAndrew (Julienne Taylor, Shaun) and Ben Fraser (Scott, Heather), both playing big roles with the Truro Major Bantam Bearcats, and Rowan Sears (Andrew, Jill) with the Pictou County Major Midget Weeks team; both teams play in province-wide leagues at the top of their age classes.
Condolences are offered to Lee Thompson, whose mother, Muriel passed away in Bible Hill, and to former Sportsplex Board Chairman Leo Rovers, whose wife Mary died in Stewiacke East. Mary was a former member of the Brookfield Golf Club, and leaves sons Chris and Adrian, and daughters Leona and Lori. Caitlin Yorke died; she was a daughter to Chrissie, and a grand-daughter to Helen (Sharpe) Morrell and former BMC-er Jim Yorke Sr.  Bev Peterson’s mother, Hazel Wilband died, as did Dave Whidden’s sister, Shelia Gilbert in Windsor. Warrant Officer (Retired) Doug Connors of Brentwood died, as did Kyle Porter in Truro – he was a step-grandson to Sterling Delaney. Beth McDade of Truro passed; she taught English at Brookfield Rural High School in the 1950s. Avard MacPhee’s dad, Mel, passed away in Shubenacadie, and Kenneth Graham, brother-in-law to Rhonda (Dewar) Graham died in Upper Stewiacke. Laurie Fulton of Truro and summer resident of Shortts Lake’s Cottage Lane died – his daughter is local resident, Heather Fulton.
Emma Stevens, a South Colchester Academy grad, will make her Federation of International Skiing World Cup debut in early February in Quebec City. The energetic Emma is an Aerials specialist in the heart- palpitating arena of freestyle skiing! Some have come down with motion sickness just watching her compete! Ian Trefry received his CPA designation.  Geoff Stewart was elected Vice-President for the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. Congratulations to long-time Brookfield Elementary School teacher Lisa MacQuarrie – she wed fellow educator (and former top-notch hockey and lacrosse goalie) Dave Brown at a New Year’s Eve ceremony. Earlier Joseph Leck (Bruce, Janice) exchanged vows with Janice Cameron, like her eponymous mother-in-law, the newest Mrs. Leck is a teacher, she at Hants East RH. Joe has returned to operate the family dairy farm high on the hill at the northern entrance to Brookfield. Hopefully he will soon return to the Brookfield Curling Club, where he is popular as a player and a valued instructor! Best wishes to both couples! We are happy to report that Brian MacDonald (Audrey, late Danny) is recovering nicely at his home in Windsor after double bypass heart surgery – back on the bike soon, Willis! Young Tristen Sutherland (Brad, Megan) broke his arm in a fall.
Mark Kennedy and Laura Grinton had a memorable Christmas weekend trip to Pittsburgh; not one, but two Overtime games, as Sid Crosby’s Penguins down the Habs in extra time, then they watched the hometown Steelers eke by the Cleveland Browns in an NFL tilt! Zoe Barbour visited daughter Mandy and family in British Columbia. Also in BC, were Terry Canning and Krista McMullin who spent Christmas with daughters Janelle and Joanna and families. Jill Dean was home from Edmonton to Dan and Kathy. BMC Past President Austin and Debbie Ross motored to Auburn, Maine to spend the holidays with her daughter, Amanda. Dave and Anitra Whidden visited daughter Kim’s family in Newfoundland. Cassandra Sears and Tanner Gayton enjoyed Christmas in Mexico. Club-man Jim Feener and his wife Marlene spent the Holidays with daughters Adinda and Shelley and their families in Ontario. Susan MacDonald visited her daughter Michelle in Toronto. Marian McDonald also went to Ontario to visit sons Greg and Bert and families; along the way she picked up Alexandria Conevski, who is on scholarship at McGill U in Montreal!! Coming in the opposite direction were Jay, Sherry, Charlotte, and Emily Ovsenny, home to Betty Roop’s; Duncan Retson and Andrea Budgell at Gene and Marion’s. Mac Campbell came from Ottawa to Paul’s; and Carl Sutherland was home from Alberta to see his mother, Freda. Tim Watson came from Ontario, and Megan Isenor from Saskatchewan. Jill Dean was home from Edmonton to Dan and Kathy’s, and her cousin Zach (& Leeann) also were home briefly. Andre Garneau, Krysten Stewart and their two kids visited her mother, Patty. Heather and Greg Loewen and kids were home from Maine at her parents, Herb and Betty MacFarlane’s.  Peter, Katie, and young Abe Kennedy were home with Larry and Lynne from Edina, Minnesota. Katie was surprised to learn her town’s acronym was known in the far east of Canada!
A combined church service will be held at
Knox United on Sunday January 15 at 10:30 AM. This will be Rev. Keith Gale’s final service at the Brookfield Pastoral Charge. Sadly for his congregants, the effusive and inimitable Gale and his family are headed to CFB Gagetown, where Keith will begin his new career as a military chaplain. Keith has been a very energetic presence in the charge, enlivening church services, community gatherings, and the community’s youth with his musical and spiritual offerings – he will be sorely missed.
The Brookfield Elks of the Nova Scotia Junior League have returned to the ice – they are enmeshed in a tight battle for a playoff spot.
Home games are Thursday nights (7:30) at the Sportsplex – come and cheer for the red and gold! The Chase the Ace pot will be worth about $4500 this Thursday – stop at the Sportsplex to take a crack at it, and support your facility. Draw is at 8:30, and it costs as little as $1 to play. If you were otherwise occupied in the fall, and are now looking for a healthy, fun activity, the Brookfield Curling Club awaits – there are a number of bonspiels you can take part in over the next several weeks, including the Mayor’s Challenge in is February 4, the St. Patrick’s Day event, and the grand-daddy of them all, the 28th Great Community Curling Classic on April 1-2 – enter as an individual or as part of a team to any of these. If you hurry, you may still be able to register for the day-long ukulele clinic and concert, featuring James Hill, Chalmers and Suzanne Doane, and other gifted instructors. It goes Saturday January 21 at the Marigold Cultural Centre – contact the Marigold to register.
Does the chance of being able to
walk indoors during the winter months interest you? If the possibility of being able to stroll the climate-controlled atrium at South Colchester Academy sounds enticing, we want to hear from you. There are logistics to be worked out, but if they can be answered, public access may be possible from 1:30 – 3:30 on Sunday afternoons. Please add your name to contact sheets that will be posted at both churches, the entrances to Senior’s apartments, at Pharmasave and Brookfield Bakery. There is no commitment, and nobody will contact you; this is simply to gauge if enough interest to take further steps. Sheets will be until January 25.

Super Bowl LI kicks off in early February – hard to bet against the Patriots, but if looking for a dark-horse, maybe the Steelers??
See you at the BMC gathering on January 16!

The Eagle

December 2016
Volume 28, Issue 4

We live in confusing times. One of the Eagle’s functions is to let our readers know what events are upcoming in our burg; with the inane hair-pulling contest the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the provincial government are engaged in, our job of promoting school concerts and activities is left in a muddle. Hopefully a cost-effective solution is soon reached, and some sense of normalcy returns. Despite that buzzkill, we wish all our readers a delightful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!!
What we can count on is a roaring good time at the Brookfield Mens Club’s Christmas party/meeting to be held on Monday, December 19, 7:30 PM at the fire station. You are welcome to come and enjoy the manic games, directed as only John Matheson can, a sumptuous lunch, and a gift exchange – members are reminded to bring a gift, and a contribution to the Food Bank, if desired. The BMC would like to spearhead a project in 2017 to help mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation; if you have an idea, please pass along to a BMC member. The BMC will again sponsor the Christmas Decorations Contest – judging will be done on Friday, December 23, from 6-10 PM, so have your lights on. The men have had their tree and giant star blazing at the corner for 3 weeks now; thanks to Lila (Ross) MacPhee for the electrical connection! Thanks also to our most loyal and generous reader genial Bill Kennedy who made a significant donation.

Congratulations to longtime residents Lawrence and Shirley Wynn, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on December 1, amid friends and family. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival home of daughter Cheryl and her husband, Stacy Winship, from Langley, B.C. for the holiday season. Hazel Kennedy celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family; and Merle Nelson (Donna Matheson’s mother) extinguished 108 candles in late November. A big Thank you to all who helped make the Annual House Tours such a hit, both for our residents, and the large number of visitors it brings to our village. In addition to the organizers, the food and craft preparers and servers, the drivers, and all who volunteer their time, we must make special mention of those who decorate and open their homes and/or places of business. The Forest Glen Greenhouses were spectacular as always, with their display of tens of thousands of poinsettias, and thirty marvelously decorated trees. The homes of Marian McDonald, Calder and Donna Creelman, Mary Tyler, and Keith and Tabatha Gale, as well as the Train Station and Knox Church, delighted visitors. Many businesses, organizations, and individuals brought stockings overflowing with gifts, clothing, toys, food, and money for the Christmas Index Program. This has long been an essential part of the House Tours, as has been the well decorated trees by many groups which festooned Knox Hall. Kathy Best did a fine job coordinating the various craft sale vendors. A delicious pork tenderloin supper with all the fixings sated 100 customers on both Friday and Saturday as well!

The Brookfield Athletic Association’s (BAA) Sportsmen’s Contest wrapped up with the conclusion of hunting season – the Grand Prize winners were announced in the November Eagle, and like all info, can be found online at brookfieldathleticassociation.ca. The Heaviest Buck checked in at 246.5 pounds, harvested by Brennan Turple, while the heaviest doe weighed 157 (Joe Arnold). Heaviest bagged by Ladies were – Buck – Sharleen Martell’s 178 pounder, and doe went to Marie Marchand at 144. The Bowhunter prizes went to Don Mattinson (buck, 195), and Leeman Metham (doe, 141). The prizes for biggest rack were as follows: Longest antler (27.5 inches, and Widest spread, 28.5 inches, both on a beauty bagged by Stephen Doyle, while Terry Leslie had the Most Points with 18.  Thanks to all who supported and participated, with a special acknowledgement to Roop’s Esso, for providing a central weighing station, accessible to competitors 7 days a week, for almost 3 months, and to coordinator Robert Putnam and his volunteer crew of weighers!

There was a huge turnout for the funeral service of long-time resident Kea Benvie. She and husband Grant raised six fine children on Elm Street, and are succeeded by twelve grand-children, and thirteen great-grand-children. She also leaves behind eight Graham siblings, including Bev Sears. Mary Matwichuk, mother to Kathy (Jim) Benvie, passed away in Alberta. The BMC said adieu to a much-loved former member with the passing of Truro of John Hiltz, formerly of Shortts Lake. The genial “commodore of the lake” had an ever-present grin! Another Shortts Lake resident passed – Marie Aitken companion to Ed MacDonald. Ray West died in Middleton; he was a teacher here in the very early days of Brookfield Rural High School. Annie Archibald’s sister, Jessie Williams died in Great Village. Frankie Conrad died in Truro; he was a brother to locals Bernie, Erma, Heloise, and Debbie. At Elk Court, Arthur Fields, Donnie’s brother passed, as did Milford’s George Lacey. Ricky Lindsay’s brother, Randy, died in North River. A very popular former member of the Brookfield Golf Club, John McMullen of Milford died -his grandson Colby is an accomplished minor hockey player here. Wanda Burgess, mother to former Junior Elks hockey coach Danny, died in Tantallon. Heather (Monk) Sawlor, a very talented softball player with the Elkettes some 45 years ago, passed away. We extend condolences to those who lost loved ones.

Congratulations to the South Colchester Academy Senior Boys volleyball team, who won the Bronze medal at the D3 provincial high school championships in Terre Noire, Inverness County. Coach Paul Tufts did a terrific job with the team – Johnathan Kaye, Luke Fisher, Mehmet Goksen, Connor McKay, Niklas Roker, Riley MacLeod, Santaigo Vasquez, Alex Tremeer, Tyler Hoare, Colton Graham, and Adrian Sheppard. The Senior Girls Wolves hosted the O2 Provincials here – their 1-3 record placed them 6th in an 8 team field. SCA were terrific hosts, and visiting schools stretching from Port Hawkesbury to Clare were effusive in their praise of the facility and organization, headed by SCA Athletic Director/Vice Principal Jody Miller. Graduating seniors wrapping up their careers for the Aschaelle Terrio – coached Wolves were Olivia Hernden, Hannah Fisher, and Jessica McClellan. Myrna and Gordon Matheson’s grand-daughter, Katya Vydyhan (mother Pam), played for Ecole Sommet in the tourney. Speaking of great athletes, nice to see Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) of Shortts Lake playing well for the Truro Junior A Hockey Bearcats! Luke is also an outstanding soccer player for SCA, and a wonderful young man.  A Brookfield team, made up primarily of Cruise Missiles captured the Keith Jordan Memorial Hockey Tournament in Sherbrooke, with a 6-2 win over the defending champion from Cheticamp. Squad members, mostly all former Elks, were: Charlie Fleming, Patrick Stewart, Lee Nelson, Jack Roop, Robbie Cooke, Brookes VanTassell, Jamie Works, Cory Lester, Tyler Medaglia, Troy and Cory Sutherland, Connor and Cole Baker.

Krista McMullin jetted to Yellowknife to visit daughter Janelle, Phil and granddaughter, Addie. Mike and Dane Henderson went to visit their Mason cousins in Grand Island and Rochester, New York; while there they saw the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres tangle, followed by a chilly NFL game between the Steelers and hometown Bills. Jenna Searle travelled to Vancouver, and Stacey Harrison visited Gotham City. Lisa Henderson visited her siblings, nieces and nephews – Robert and offspring in Winnepeg, and Julie, Jack and kids in Vancouver. Charlie and Janet Burnett, went to see her brother in Ottawa and checked out New Hampshire along the way. Lori Nielsen and sister-in-law Shelley Fisher took a quick trip to Arizona to see Shelley’s daughter-in-law compete the Iron Man Race. Jamie Works and Mary Atkinson went to Mexico; Dave and Anitra Whidden went to Newfoundland – the opposite direction in many ways.

Hazel Locke had a knee replacement surgery; hopefully dancing soon!? Great to have James Hill and Anne Janelle and son Alder home after an extended tour through Great Britain. Lauren Howard and daughter McKenzie and son T.J. were home from Springfield, PEI visiting with Sid and Margie Johnson. Add a couple of more descendants to the lineage of the late Rex and Ida Cooke. Grand-daughter Danica and hubby Ryan Ellis were blessed with a son, Eli James – Grand-daughter Lyndin Stewart and Jason Wallace welcomed baby Zoe Isabel Helen Stewart. She makes five female grand-daughters for Dan and Lexie Stewart, somewhat resembling Dan’s family where he is the only son, and has seven younger sisters.

The much-anticipated Food For the Spirit Christmas concert will be held on Sunday December 18 at 7 PM at Knox Church – come and hear some fantastic musical talent, and bring along something for the Food Bank. Knox Church will roll out another Heart to Home dinner on Friday December 16 – contact Pat McCallum – 673-2853 for more information. Chase the Ace continues on Thursday evenings – you can buy tickets either upstairs in the comfort of the Curling lounge, or while cheering on the Junior Elks in the Sportsplex. The Draw is done at 8:30, and the pot will be about $3000. South Colchester Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) will be hosting a Family Skate at the Sportsplex on December 31, 3-5 PM; admission is a donation to SCMHA. At that time they will draw the winners of their fund-raising contest – first prize is $5000, second is $3000, and third is $1000. Tickets are available for $5 from and SCMH player, and at retail outlets in the village. We certainly hope the labour disruption does not mean the Christmas concerts slated at SCA and Brookfield Elementary are sacrificed. SCA’s concert is set for December 14; while the BES children hopefully will display their talents on December 19 – both afternoon and evening shows will be at the SCA cafetorium.

If you wish to be looking to shed some avoirdupois in the New Year, we have news for you! The Fitness Centre at South Colchester Academy is open free of charge to the adult public, thanks to the efforts of SCA administration, the School Advisory Council, CCRSB, the county of Colchester and the BAA. The gym is open from 5:30 – 8:00 PM, Monday to Friday; the only pre-requisite is that users must attend an orientation session – the county typically schedules these monthly – contact their Recreation/Leisure Services department (897-3155) for date of the next session. The Project Hope group, involving citizens from Shortts Lake, Middle and Upper Stewiacke, and the greater Brookfield area, is revving the engines to help bring the son and daughter-in-law of Khalid and Maha Al-Awar to our communities. The committee’s work to date in bringing the Al Husein and Al Awar families here, and away from war-torn Syria has been terrific. Rami and Ghudir Al Awar are expecting their first child in the spring; what a gift it will be to the child to be safely settled in our great country! Contact Jodie at 673-2249 for more info on how you can assist.

We hope you join us at the BMC Christmas meeting /party on the 19th!   Merry Christmas to all!!!   

The Eagle