March BMC EAgle

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

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

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

February 2015
Volume 26 Issue 6

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

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

The Eagle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Eagle
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DEC.2014 BMC Eagle

December 2014
Volume 26 Issue 4
The Brookfeld Mens Club (BMC) will host their annual Christmas party at their monthly meeting on Monday, December 15, starting at 7:30 at the Fire Hall. Members and guests are asked to bring their caroling voice, a hearty appetite for food and fun, and a gift to exchange(maximum – $10). The Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service hosted the BMC’s November meeting – as usual they put on a splendid lunch and an interesting program, as they invited David Birkett and Gina MacInnis, President and Environmental officer, respectively, of Alta Natural Gas Storage. The duo presented much information on the $130,000,000 project, and answered several questions from the keen BMCers.
December rolled in with some fluctuating weather – the first three days of the month saw daytime high temperatures of +14, -8 (with a blustery North wind for added chill), +11 – what a swing! It did provide some nice days for Brookfielders to put up their Christmas decorations, in anticipation of the annual BMC contest, which will award prizes in several categories after judging the evening of December 22. Gene Retson was so keen on winning a prize, he took a quick 12 foot drop down the front of his house as his ladder let go – fortunately his fall was cushioned by the bushy shrubs saving him broken bones or worse! While talking decorations, we must direct harsh condemnation at the cretins who cut wires to the lights on the fabulous tree Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole had decorated on their property in the middle of the village. They would have been shoo-ins for a prize, and probably should be recognized anyway-it certainly made the BMC tree at the corner look pedestrian. To those who somehow saw reason to destroy the work of others-WAKE UP!
Several Brookfielders continue to hit the roads or the airways to watch Zach Sill play for the Pittsburgh Penguins – recent game in Toronto saw nearly an entire row at the Air Canada Centre filled with locals/ex-pats. Among those were father Grant Sill, Uncle Dan Dean, Aunt Julie Dean in from Peterborough, cousin Mark Dean, Mike Henderson, Bill Boyle, Michele MacDonald, who lives near the ACC, and popular Hurricane Heidi’s server Karley O’Neill took a night off from her studies in Oshawa to take the GO train to the game. Zach arranged passes to attend the game-day skate, and met with the throng after the game-he truly cherishes the support from home! Cousin Holly Dean went to Montreal to see Zach play the Habs. Kyle Henderson trekked up Maine’s tallest peak, mile high Mt. Katahdin.
Congratulations to Donna Matheson’s mother, Merle Nelson who celebrated her 106th birthday at the Senior’s room November 24 at the Sportsplex. The next day saw the birth of a son, Xavi, to Dane Henderson and Danique Rowsell; a grandson for Mike and Brenda Henderson, and great-grandson for Bill Stewart and Shirley Comeau.  Xavi arrived on his grandmother Yasmine’s birthday, and missed his late great-grandmother Marge’s 101st by a day. Adding to our village’s incredible array of musicians, Amanda Greaves, a very accomplished violin/fiddle instructor, has moved to Densmore Lane – we welcome her!
Josh Archibald, who bought the former Benjamin/Peterson house on Hwy. 2, is walking on air these days – the beautiful Dr. Karla Armsworthy accepted his engagement proposal! The most recent listing of people earning the prestigious designation as Chartered Accountants (CA) has three with Brookfield connections. Bryan Shupe, whose father Gord served on the Sportsplex Board of Directors, was one – Bryan is an SCA grad, who now shuttles between Halifax and his business dealings in Russia; Luke Anthony is the son of Terry Anthony of Shubenacadie – Terry was a member of the 1980 Canadian Championship Elks team, and a big RBI guy on the 1990 NS title team; and Jarret MacKeil of Belnan – his parents Mike and Heather are members of the Brookfield Curling Club.
Thanks to all who organized or participated in the very fitting Remembrance Day service at the Veterans Memorial. Special mention to both ministers (Gale and MacKinnon), the SCA band led by Holly Hartlen, the 569 G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron, the veterans and fire service personnel, and to principal BMC coordinator/organizer, Bob Lawrence. The Baptist Church Choir, led by director Belinda Adshade, daughter of Ruth (Locke) and Leon Colburne, made two presentations to large crowds, of their musical, “Season of Joy” – very well done! Reverend Keith Gale was overjoyed by the large turnout at Middle Stewiacke United Church for his covenanting service. A big tip of the cap to the Cobequid Salmon Association for their ongoing work on the Little River restoration. This group has spent over $75,000 annually to help restore salmon habitat in the river that flows through Brookfield.
Unit 3 of the UCW want to extend their thanks to all for their support of the 19th annual Christmas House Tours. To homeowners Edna Graham and the MacDonnell/Kennys at Shortts Lake, the Senior’s room at the Sportsplex, which was transformed magically (and in less than 2 days!) by the Campbell sisters, Patsy, Nancy, and Betty, and the Train Station Directors for their North Pole creation, complete with Mrs. Claus and the elves! All were very well done, and added to the festive spirit. The Forest Glen Greenhouses were breathtakingly beautiful; thanks to the Thompson and Whidden families. Gratitude also to the congenial drivers who chauffeured many guests, the kitchen workers, and, the musical entertainers.  Thanks also to the businesses, non-profit organizations, clubs, and individuals who donated a huge quantity of gifts for the Christmas Index program. All combined to provide a great kick-off to the Christmas season.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of skilled woodworker, Howard Wile, at 59, in Green’s Creek. He was a brother-in-law to Eric Sandeson. Colchester County lost a legend when Lorne MacDougall passed in Truro – he served on numerous commissions and arbitration panels, and was respected by all. His son, John has been a long-serving member on the Board of Directors at the Sportsplex. Helen Kenrick, formerly of Middle Stewiacke, and mother to Paul, Brian and Ruth died in Truro. She was a veteran who proudly took part in Remembrance Day Services. Our sympathies are passed to his friends and family. We are hoping for a positive outcome for Jordan Matheson who suffered fractured vertebrae in an assault, and has had some paralysis. Helene Henderson and Leah Bowers both were hospitalized briefly.
The 78th(!!) edition of the Brookfield Athletic Association’s Sportsmens Contest has wrapped up – the BAA would like to thank all who took part, by buying/selling tickets, helping weigh deer, or assisting when asked. Special thanks to always community-minded Roop’s Esso for hosting the weigh scales, and employees Koby Crowell, Anthony Rae, Travis White, and Grahame Maguire. The Grand Prize winners in the draw were:  1st Prize – $25,000 – Joseph Murphy, Antigonish; 2nd prize – 2014 Can-Am ATV  – Dave Heighton, Riversdale; 3rd prize – $2,000  Atlantic Superstore gift card – Vernon Slaunwhite, Halifax; 4th Prize  Honda generator or $ 1,000 – Carl White, Springhill; 5th prize –  $500 – Paul d’Entremont, Aspen.   The heaviest buck weighed 242.5 lbs.; heaviest doe was 164.5; for a complete list of prize winners, go to http://users.eastlink.ca/~elks and click on Sports Draw.
South Colchester Academy (SCA) Wolves senior girls and boys volleyball teams both won Northumberland Regional Division 3 banners and advanced to the provincials. The boys won the bronze at Middleton while the girls finished fourth in Digby. Rene Despres was busy, coaching both teams! The Boys team was Jacob Bowers, Ryan Duykers, Jonathan Fisher, Garret Johnson, Jacob McNutt, Dale Sheppard, Luke Teasdale, Morgan Johnson, Connor Murdock, Alexander Rhoddy, Jonathan Kaye, and Alex Termeer. The Girls team had Alyssa Densmore, Alexis Rains, Rachel Sears, Abby Devlin, Shanea Fields, Rebecca Rankine, Erica Robertson, Hannah Fisher, Olivia Hernden, and Jessica McClellan. Athletes of the month at SCA for November were volleyballers; Juniors – Hannah Crouse, Mariah Hatfield, and Luke Fisher; Seniors – Alexis Rains and Morgan Johnson.
Construction continues on a new service bay area at Roop’s Esso, allowing more space for automotive work and retail space in the existing building. Knox United is installing a geothermal heating/cooling unit, with 5000 feet of trenching/buried pipe in their field just north of the church.
Brookfield Elementary School will present their Christmas concert on Wednesday December 10 – the evening performance usually has an overflow crowd, so it may be easier to attend the 1:00 show that day! One of the better musical events of the year is the Food Bank concert, at Knox on Sunday December 21st, 7 PM – non-perishable food and/or monetary donations both gratefully accepted – come and treat your ears! The Sportsplex held their annual general meeting, and would like to thank outgoing director Kendra Arseneau of Shortt’s Lake for her valuable service to the Board. New directors are Robert Putnam, Jamie Reid, Wilma Schenkels, and Andrew Sears – we are grateful for their volunteerism.  The Sportsplex’ Chase the Ace pot was claimed by Holly Dean who walked off with $14,500!!! Those on her Christmas list are excited! The Sportsplex will resume this popular fundraiser on January 8. On Friday, December 12 at 6 pm, Knox United Youth Group will be hosting a free movie night at Knox United for all ages featuring FROZEN. Come out for some popcorn and enjoy the movie! Knox United will host a presentation by Brookfield’s own Sarah MacKenzie (parents, Donna and Kim) about her time serving Youth With a Mission in Mexico City, fighting against human trafficking and bringing love to the broken women, men and children who are affected by this injustice on Sunday, December 14, at 6:30 pm. The 6th Annual Cobequid/Glasgow New Horizons Bands Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 16, at 7:30 pm at The Marigold Cultural Centre. Tickets are available at the door for $10 each. All are welcome to the Brookfield Baptist Church’s Christmas Eve Service, with the music and drama of “This Bethlehem Night”, 6:30 PM, Dec 24.
See you at the BMC on December 15.   Season’s Greetings to all from the Mens Club!!
Check our website for more community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca

November 2014 BMC Eagle

Volume 26 Issue 3 November 2014

The Brookfield Mens Club October meeting was highlighted by a very interesting presentation by a pair of food scientists from the Perennia Innovation Centre. They explained how they are assisting several Maritime businesses create value-added products, most typically in the food/ nutrition area, and help them become economically viable in the marketplace. The BMC will be hosted by the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) on Monday, November 17, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station-this is an annual treat for the Mens Club-all are welcomed to join us that night.
October 18 was a busy day-big turnouts at both Bob and Jean Lawrence’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration at the Sportsplex, and that evening at SCA, for the “Conway and Loretta” show. This featured Dale Fisher and Sarah Matheson-Bates in the starring roles, and the musical evening was amplified by the support of Nighthawk (Bob and C J Prest, Julie Johnstone, and Lorna Letcher). The local Terry Fox committee was thrilled with the public’s response, and the generous donation of funds and talent to their noble cause.
Daisy Hingley, Eleanor Faulkner, Clifford and Carol Smith enjoyed a cruise to The Bahamas. Other travellers included Susan Carter to Calgary, to visit sons Rob and James and family, Jason Steele and Stacey Harrison went to roll the dice in Las Vegas, Betty Roop took grand-daughter Alexa to visit her daughter Sherry Ovsenny and family in To    ronto. Alton and Lorna Sutherland went to Alberta, as did Ryan Sutherland.
A big thank you to Robert (Ibbett) Henderson-while home visiting parents Terry and Mary and other family and friends, he left a very generous donation in the Eagle’s nest to support the publication. Others dropping into our fair burg were Mac Campbell and family from Ottawa, and Mark Dean was back from central Canada for a visit at Dan and Kathy’s. Adam and Devan Graham came home from the west to surprise their mother Julie Walters on her birthday! Happy times at Barry and Linda Deyarmond’s -they welcomed home son Adam from Calgary, and their daughter Miranda, along with Thomas Hogben from New Zealand.
Debbie Messervey and Mike Henderson were re-elected as co-chairs at SCA’s School Advisory Council, Tammi McNutt is the new secretary. New members include parents Heather Fraser, Rebecca Veenhuis, teacher Jason Crewe, students Vincent Kennedy, Rachel Sears, Jade MacDougall and Hannah Raymond. Returning are teachers Leah Roop and Jody Arenburg, parent Tammi Wright, and principal, Nevin Jackson.
Donald “Pibb” Henderson had successful hip replacement surgery-Pibb is Mr. Indispensable to a number of organizations (Curling Club, Athletic Association, Sportsplex Board, the local ATV club, and the BMC, among others) – and all wish him a quick and complete convalescence. His sister-in-law, Dr. Tracey Williams, also kept the orthopedists busy, having her torn meniscus repaired.
Geoff and Joanne Stewart are celebrating the birth of another grand-daughter Lilla – born to Matt and Kala (daughter of Larry and Sandra Bates of Hilden) in Sydney. In Pleasant Valley, a baby boy was born to Matthew and Veronica Henderson – congratulations!! Pearl Taylor, originally a Stevens from Brentwood, celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family in Birch Hill. Daughters Shirley and family, and Sandra and family, came home from BC and Ontario, respectively for the party, and Pearl’s sister Ethel Fell came from Montreal.
We send condolences to the families of those that lost loved ones- sadly at only 57, Joanne Cooke’s sister, Marilee Crowell, a genuine bon vivant……at 67, Steve Searle, who along with wife Brooke, and sons Andrew, Adam, and Mike, built a thriving greenhouse and landscaping business…..in Truro, Lester Conrad, father to Judy Thompson of Forest Glen Greenhouses….. Dot Connors, Middle Stewiacke, sister to Jean Skinner, Muriel Smith and Harry Carter….Doris Crosby in Lockeport -she was mother to Joan Bangay and retired Memorial School teacher Gail Sexsmith…and at Elk Court, George Graham and Leonard Rutherford, formerly of Newton Mills and Bass River respectively.

Both of South Colchester Academy’s senior soccer teams won Northumberland Regional Championships, and advanced to provincial tournaments. The girl’s team hosted the event, and many were in attendance on a beautiful day at SCA; however the Wolves dropped a tight 2-1 verdict in the semi-final to the eventual champs from New Germany. Grade 9 students Alysha MacSwain and Hannah Crouse were standouts, while goalkeeper Erica Robertson was kept very busy. Other stalwarts were Alicia MacMillan, Rachel Sears, Morgan Toole, Rebecca Rankine, and Haley Duykers. Coaches Heidi MacLean, Scott Hagell, and Lauchie MacKinnon also leaned on Abby Devlin, Carli Fisher, Amanda Brennerman, Bailey Wright, Emma Graham, Shanea Fields,Jessica McClellan, Olivia Hernden, Melody Sears, Kristyn and Shelby Miller. The senior boys team travelled to Halifax, where they also lost in the semi-finals, after dispatching Forest Heights of Chester in a qualifier here. Coaches Frank Schenkels and Patti MacKenzie led the team consisting of Ryan Duykers, Garret Johnson, Luke Teasdale, Sam Shackleton, Daniele Bagni, Kyle Ashley, Brody MacPhee, Clay Daury, Jordan Davies, Liam Giffen, Jordan McKenzie, Jorge Montya, Zac Coombes, Riley Peck, Shane Stoodley, Nik Werenka, Koleton Rockey, Luke MacMillan, Colton Cleveland, and Dawson Miller. Athletes of the Month for October at SCA were: Trent Lynds and Luke MacMillan who were two of the six SCA Runners to qualify for provincials; soccer players – Juniors: Bryce Brown and Hannah Crouse, Seniors: Riley Peck and Rachel Sears. Former multi-sport Wolves and Elk star Zach Sill continues to impress with his spirited play for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. He is a tireless worker, punishing on the forecheck and very popular with his teammates.
It was nice to see so many great costumes on Halloween, and absence of any needless vandalism – well done all! Likely only those of you whom receive the Eagle via email, or read it on the community website: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca will benefit from the reminder of the Remembrance Day service tomorrow morning (Tuesday, November 11) at 10:45 AM at the Veterans Memorial at the Fire Station; if it is like services in the past, it will be very well-attended. Later that day, we also call to your attention a chance to watch a high level Ringette game at the Sportsplex. Come Try Ringette and have some fun – it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before the 2 pm ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact execdirector@ringette.ns.ca. Watch an exhibition game @ 3PM. Nova Central U14AA Rebels vs the Halifax Hurricanes U14AA. Register for this event. http://www.cometryringette.ca/register.asp?eventID=1237&regionID=9
The SCA Grade XI Yoga class, led by Leah Roop, will welcome the public to a free session of Chair Yoga at the school, November 20 and December 3, from 9:15 to 10:00 AM. No cost, no experience necessary. Community members are urged to join Leah’s Grade 7 math class the last Friday of every month to play cribbage – a fun way to help students with their math skills, and promoting school and community partnership. If interested contact Leah at RoopLM@ccrsb.ca
The 78th Annual Brookfield Athletic Association’s Sportmens Contest Grand Prizes will be drawn on Cat Country radio-99.5 FM on Wednesday, November 12 at 5:30 PM. If you hurry you can still get a ticket at a local outlet, or online at http://www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca/ – click on the Sports Draw heading. We will take this opportunity to remind any who wish to discontinue the process of receiving the Eagle via Canada Post in favour of the electronic options, please send your e mail address to bmceagle@eastlink.ca.
The South Colchester Academy library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from November 7th until November 14th.  The book fair is an excellent opportunity to encourage a love of reading and enhance the school library collection in support of our students. The book fair will be open during the school library hours throughout the week and also during Parent Teacher Interviews Thursday November 13th from 6-8pm. Many fun contests, corresponding activities and draws for great prizes will be held all week! You don’t want to miss the 2015 SCA Grad Class Auction – November 20, viewing at 6 auction starts at 7pm start.
Christmas in Brookfield Tours are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 28th and Saturday, Nov. 29th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The Festival of Trees and Stockings, which is part of the celebration is seeking support from businesses, groups and individuals in this community endeavour in aid of the Cobequid Children First Foundation (formerly the Children’s Aid). All gifts and trees will be displayed at the Train Station and/or the Knox Church Hall during the Tour. A supper sponsored by the Train Station Society will be held both dates of the Tour from 4:30 to 5:30 with a limited number of tickets at $8.00 and $5.00 (Children). Call Russell at 902-673-3448 for advance tickets. Stops on the Tour include: the Forest Glen Greenhouses, (afternoons only 2:00 to 4:30 pm), Anna MacDonnell/ Andy Kenny home on Shortt’s Lake, The Heritage Train Station, Edna Graham’s apartment on Carter Road, the senior’s room at the Sportsplex, and Knox United Church, with a Craft Sale and Refreshments. Tickets for the Tour are $10.00, available at MacQuarrie’s, Betty Dickie, (902-673-2582) or at Knox Church Hall. Free transportation is offered from the church.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. – The South Colchester Community Health Board presents Dying With Dignity at Brookfield Fire & Emergency Services. Speaker: Sheila Sperry, Provincial Coordinator, NS Chapter of Dying With Dignity. Presentation and discussion on Dying With Dignity’s work on advance care planning, and patient rights. Martina Munden from Patterson Law will present information and answer questions around advance care planning and the personal directives act. This event is free of charge – Everyone welcome.
The Brookfield Baptist Choir will present a musical entitled “Season of Joy”-a Celtic Christmas Celebration. Show times are Friday December 5 and Sunday Dec. 7, both at 7 PM. Featured will be flutes, fiddles, bagpipes, and other instruments-all are welcome. Brookfield Elementary School will present their Christmas concert on Wednesday December 10-always a full house for that! Make tracks to the curling club on Thursday nights 7:30-8:30, for your chance at the Chase the Ace pot, now in excess of $11,000!! Have fun with your friends, enjoy a great chance and big money, and help support the Sportsplex and the Curling Club, for only $1! Join the All Around the Circle Senior’s Club for their monthly noon luncheon on Tuesday November 18 at their room in the Sportsplex.

See you at the BMC meeting Monday November 17, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station.

The Eagle

Oct 2014 BMC Eagle

The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) kicked off their 2014-15 season in September, which required scraping off some rust. It is expected things will go more smoothly at the second outing, set for Monday October 20, at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. All are welcomed to attend, especially those incumbents who missed the end-of-summer wake-up call! Guest speakers at the BMC meeting will be Dr. Richard Ahlelt, Chief Scientist, and Emmanuel Aron, Food Scientist at the Perennia Innovation Centre, should make for an interesting time.
The Eagle was not sharp either- among the errata/omissions in Issue 1(not 10) was:  we left off the surname Blois when celebrating Jason and Erin’s baby-Erin is a niece to Joanne Cooke. Keegan Crowell was a key component of the Colchester Royals, who won the Eastern Canadian Under-14 Fast Pitch Softball championship. Alexandra Fisher (Dave, Yvonne), a second year B. Music student at Mount Allison, was named to the Dean’s List for her academic achievements at that august university.
   The BMC would like to publicly thank some businesses who provided massive assistance to the Mens Club work /projects; Forest Glen Greenhouses (the Thompson family) once again provided the floral ammunition that makes the Ed Creelman Park radiate in the summer, and Fundy Composting (Walter Termeer) provided the very fertile bedding soil. The large project this summer was to replace the splintering boulders with a fence of posts and chain link-Brookfield Lumber Co. (Ron Creelman) graciously provided the lengthy chain, and Lafarge kindly removed the eroding boulders. We would also like to thank veteran Helen Kenrick for her kind donation to the Eagle. We salute all, individual or corporate, who step up and help non-profit organizations like the BMC improve community life!
In early 2015, watch for Grade 6 Brookfield Elementary School student Mia Perry’s role on the hilarious CBC sitcom, “Mr. D.” Mia is the daughter of SCA Science teacher, Doug Perry, of Upper North River. Former BJHS student, and local minor hockey star, Brian Affleck won two Atlantic /events the Professional Golf Association Stanhope Open in PEI, besting NS Sports Hall of Famers Gordie Smith and Kevin Dugas down the stretch; and the Tour Champion at Penn Hills. 50th anniversaries were celebrated by Dennis and Verlie Grant, and Donnie and Jackie Campbell of Green Bay, Lunenburg County-Donnie is a nephew to Grace Campbell. Patty Stewart was feted at a surprise 50th birthday party, planned and executed by her daughter Krysten, who flew in ‘under the radar’ from Quebec City, and other local friends.  Bob and Jean Lawrence will be celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss at an Open house on October 18 from 2- 5pm at the Sportsplex Seniors Room.
The South Colchester Academy (SCA) Junior Boys Golf team placed third in the Regionals. Team members were Luke Fielding, Austin McBurnie, Luke Fisher, and Noah McCallum – Noah was low score in the field (75) on the tricky Amherst GC layout.  The CC Riders Under 14 Tier 2A Girls won silver at the soccer provincials-they were led by Coach Heidi MacLean (daughter of Cindy Messervey Weatherbie), and featured SCA standouts Alysha MacSwain and Hannah  Crouse. Athletes of the month for September at SCA were: Noah McCallum (golf),Shayne Stoodley (cross-country), and soccer stalwarts Brody MacPhee and Alicia MacMillan (Seniors) and Riley MacLeod and Sarah Kennedy (Juniors). Lesley Cooper of Meadowvale, the wife of municipal councillor Mike, won the grand prize of a $2500 travel voucher at the Sportsplex fund-raising dance and draw. The Coopers were also blessed with a new grandson. The Board of Directors of the Sportsplex would like to thank all who purchased tickets in support.  A reminder the Chase the Ace pot continues to grow-it is now in excess of $8000! Drop up to the club room at the curling rink on Thursday nights (7:30-8:30) to join the ever-growing crowd- tickets are only $1, and give you a chance at the nightly prize of approximately $500 (and growing) , and then the chance to draw the Ace of Spades for the big pot!!  This is a great opportunity for a windfall, AND you are providing much-needed support to the Sportsplex!
A big cheer for Zach Sill who cracked the Pittsburgh Penguins opening-night line up and contributed several solid shifts in the Pens 6-4 win. Here’s hoping his stay in the Big Top is a lengthy one! Don Hazelton,Terry Henderson and Harold Barkhouse were made life Honorary members of the Fundy Region Umpires Association – collectively the trio have ruled over thousands of softball games in the 151 combined years calling balls and strikes.
     Two fantastic concerts were recently performed in Brookfield-at the Baptist Church, the Edmonton-based group “Gabriel”, fronted by former Brookfielder Ralph Carter, and supported by his wife, Lesley, and Willard Schneider provided meaningful songs. Up the road at Knox United, the Ontario duo of Rev. Peter Woods (on tenor and soprano saxophone) and the widely-acclaimed jazz legend Brian Browne (piano) provided an incredible show, of popular and spiritual pieces.
     We are sorry to report on the passing of Mike Crowe, Bernie’s son, and of Terry Wamboldt’s mother, Helen. Eric Sandeson’s brother-in-law Dean Wile died, as did Marion Walsh, grandmother to Chantry and Autumn Stone of Hilden. Carl Moore of Shortt’s Lake passed away, leaving his wife Deanna, and siblings Betty Carter and Jim Moore to mourn his loss. Long-ago Shubie Lion ballplayer, and umpire Gerald Richardson died-he and his wife Norma had recently moved from Shortt’s Lake to his homestead in Shubie East.  Bruce Frame of Gays River died-he was grandfather to local students Desiree and Avah Frame. Betty Giffin, passed away; she was mother to Gaye MacDonald, former Biology teacher and Science Fair mentor to many. Condolences to all who lost loved ones.
Pealing wedding bells signaled the marriage unions of Lindsay Wood (Steve, Sandra) and Jerome Merrian; Caitlyn Stewart (Brian, Tammy) and Kenton McNutt of Truro- Caitlyn is a Dal nursing grad and working at Colchester East Hants Health Centre;  Danny MacDonald, Jr. and Diane Barbrick; and on the shores of St. Margaret’s Bay, Justin Ingram (Lewis, Lana Crewe) and  Ashley Jaillet of Moncton, with wedding music supplied by Jim Parks, who was home for the wedding as well. Among those home for the various celebrations were Kelly Grant from B.C. for his parents’ anniversary, and Lewis, Lana and Kailee from Fort McMurray for Justin’s nuptials. Lana’s niece, Kiwi Tessa Crewe, has been getting some substitute teaching time at BES; both students and staff find her delightful. Jerad and Alicia Stewart came from the west and Ottawa respectively for their sister’s ceremony.  Janelle Canning-Lue and Phil Lue brought baby Addison home from the West Coast to Terry and Krista’s, so she could get an early start absorbing her Nova Scotian heritage. Sherry(Roop) Ovsenny (Toronto) was home to mother Betty Roop’s, Adam Graham came from the west to his mother’s home (Julie Walters), and Ivy Haasen came from northern Ontario to visit her mother, Edna Graham.
     The Brookfield Area Terry Fox Committee are very grateful to all the supporters and volunteers who contributed to making our Run the leader in the province! Almost $18,000 was raised for cancer research on Run Day in Brookfield! Other committee projects over the past months pushed the total raised to $30,000. The support in this area has been amazing. Wayne Woolfitt canvassed door-to-door, and personally raised over $6300, making him one of the top individual fund-raisers in NS. Special thanks to the ‘Cherry Lane Combo’ (Joanne Hatfield, Mark Hamilton, Tim and Lorraine Ross, and special guest Kayla Kennedy), for providing great musical entertainment at the BBQ, facilitated by master soundman, a volunteer from Dartmouth(!), Eric Thibodeau. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen to keep researchers working towards a cure. Slowed temporarily with medical issues were Logan Rutherford (broken wrist) and Terry Henderson (eye surgery). Ruth Hatton spent time in the hospital.
Earle and Heloise Morgan, along with her sisters , the indefatigable Erma Conrad and Debbie Smith travelled to Las Vegas, and enjoyed a helicopter trip through the Grand Canyon, in addition to all “Sin City’s ” other attractions. Darrell and Gail Wright chose a quieter locale, vacationing in the Magdalene Islands. Geoff and Joanne Stewart travelled to the Emerald Isle (Eire, not Prince Edward), as did pals Kathy George and Kathy Jack. Myrna and Gully Matheson picked a closer island to visit, Newfoundland. Marion and Gene Retson, and his sister Edith Davis visited friends and family in Ontario. Toronto, specifically daughter Michelle, was the lure for Mike and Susan MacDonald.  Robert and Dorene Matheson toured Ontario. Brother and sister Austin Ross and Shirley Comeau motored to Ontario, where they met siblings Wilfred Ross, Elaine Healey, and Ardith Teas(and other family members), and attended their brother Derrick’s retirement after 35 years in the Canadian military in Trenton, Ont. They also called on Shirley’s granddaughter Krysten Stewart in Quebec City. Gordie and Jackie Burnett headed to their winter home in Florida, earlier than usual, because…… The Burnetts sold their beautiful home in the heart of the village to Drs. Stephen Henderson and Tracey Williams-they, along with kids Bob and Kathleen, are excited to be back in his hometown, moving from Truro. Nearby, on Brandt Lane, Luther and Joyce Sears welcome home daughter Cassandra, and her beau from SCA days, golf professional Tanner Gayton.
   The monthly luncheon hosted by the All Around the Circle Club will be Wednesday October 21, at 12 noon. Featured entertainment will be the melodious Art Peck! Card Parties are underway at the Senior’s Lounge on Wednesday nights (excepting the 3rd Wednesday of each month) -games are Cribbage and 45’s, start time is 7:30, admission is $2, and 50-50 tickets are $1. The Brookfield Curling Club starts a new season with their Open House from October 20-25 -stop in and see why your neighbours are joining the BCC. Weekday times (except Wednesday) are 7:00- 9:00pm; weekends 1:30- 330pm.  The ice is in the hockey rink at the Sportsplex- call 673-2063 to book your rentals, for pleasure or figure skating, pick-up hockey, or any other activity. The rates are very attractive-get out and enjoy your facility!  “An Evening with Conway and Loretta”, featuring Dale Fisher and Sarah Matheson-Bates will be held Saturday, October 18 at SCA. Opening act is Bob Prest, presenting the music from his CD, “Legends and Lies’. Tickets available at the door for the 7 PM show for $10. The Brookfield Junior Elks had their home opener on October 7 in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League; they lost a narrow 4-3 decision to East Hants before a crowd of over 500. The youthful Elks promise to mount a sturdy challenge to any entering the Home of the Elks at the Sportsplex. Home games are most Tuesday nights at 7:30 (see their website or the community one for full schedule)-plan on attending some tilts!   The Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) would like to make all aware that the draw for the Grand Prizes in the 78th(!!!) Annual Sport Draw (nee Big Game Hunt), will be held on November 12 at 530 PM on Cat Country radio – 99.5 on FM dial. This is a change of 1 week, due to a later big game season, to allow for ticket collection. Make sure you get your ticket(s) for chances at the great prizes-including a 2014 Can-Am Commander Side-by-Side, with a $5000 gas card, OR your choice of TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS in CASH. Tickets can be purchased at a multitude of outlets in the area, and this year, for the first time, on line- go to www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca/ and click on the Sports Draw heading. You can purchase tickets easily this way via PayPal, even if many miles separate you from Brookfield!!  The BAA has resumed their popular weekly hockey pools-tickets are only $2; test your predictive powers against your friends by picking game winners each weekend. Entry forms are at Roop’s Esso, or from BAA members. The SCA Students Council /Grad Class which is cooperating with the Hollis Ford dealership in a fundraiser-for each and every one who takes even a brief test drive at Hollis Ford (Robie /Juniper intersection) on Saturday, October 18, between 9 AM- 4 PM, and identifies as an SCA supporter, the dealership will provide $20 to the student fund. This raised over $3000 in a previous year, so take a spin and help the high school kids!
  Knox United will host a Turkey Supper on Saturday 25, 4:30-6:30. The Annual UCW Fall Luncheon and Sale is slated for Saturday November1, 11am-1pm. Featured are many different areas including “Preserves Cupbard”, “Jewelry Box”, “China Cupboard”, “Craft Shop”, “Sweet Shop”, “Silent Auction”, “Cookie Cupboard”, “Children’s Corner” and “Bake Shop”. Donation of homemade jam, jellies, new crafts and decorations, your “tired” jewelry and china, or baking of most any type. Non-perishable items can be left anytime in the descripted bines in the entries of both United Churches. Perishables can be left at Knox on October (between 9-9) or November 1 (8-10am). The luncheon menu will be chicken-a-la-king ($7.00) and children’s menu of hot dogs. A convenanting service will be held at Middle Stewiacke Church on Sunday, November 2, 7 pm to celebrate and formalize the covenant between Rev. Keith Gale and the congregations and Truro Presbytery – all are welcomed to attend this meaningful and joyous service.Your Way To Wellness Workshop: Do you have an ongoing health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, COPD, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, asthma, or high blood pressure? This free program helps adults with chronic (ongoing) health conditions to overcome daily challenges, take action and live a healthy life. Care givers and those living with someone who may have a chronic health condition are also encouraged to attend. Sessions will be held on Wednesday’s at 1:30 – 3:30 PM from October 22
nd to November 26th at the Brookfield Fire Hall. To register, please contact: 902-893-5554 ext. 42275. The BMC has traditionally worked with the Fire Services and RCMP to help coordinate a street patrol on Halloween, encouraging that the mischief be confined to a nature that causes no significant damage. Anyone wishing to bolster the somewhat limited numbers the Mens Club can provide is asked to meet at the United Church any time from 830 PM onward on the 31st.  A reminder that Remembrance Day services will be observed on Tuesday, November 11-as the Eagle will be published only the day before, we insert this reminder now. The crowds at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Fire Station have been epic for the past several years. Please plan on attending. If anyone wishes to lay wreaths, or otherwise take part in the ceremony, please contact Bob Lawrence soon at 673-2022.
There was a dedication ceremony upon the completion of the Veterans Memorial, in which the names of 98 companies and/or individuals who contributed to its construction were inscribed on a plaque. The cairn was built from some 1800 bricks saved from the original war memorial, the Memorial School, built in 1949-50, on the same site. Two hundred and ninety (290) area veterans who served in World War I and II are cited, including the 17 who paid the ultimate price. The cornerstone copper box, which was placed in the Memorial School in 1950, has been installed in the new monument, along with a new box.

   An appeal is extended to any who may wish to take part in decorating their home and being part of the Christmas House Tours and Greenhouse Open House. This event has been very popular for years, and attracts many visitors to our village, as well as serving as a fundraiser for various groups, including the UCW, Train Station Historical Society through their dinners, and perhaps most importantly, the Christmas Index program. However, it only works if there are houses to tour! Please consider if you are able to help-call 673-2812, 673-2582 or 673-2427 for more info. Dates are November 28-29.
  Did you miss Minor hockey Registration for your child? – it seems like some did, as members so far are much lower than expected. If so please contact Amanda – 902-956-2507 or Andrew at 902-899-3906 to get your child signed up for the season, and take advantage of the BAA’s generous contribution to the registration fee!

       See you at the BMC on October 20!

BMC Eagle Sept. 2014

Back-to-school time heralds many things; not the least of which is the resumption of meetings for the Brookfield Mens Club (BMC), and the flight of their newsletter, the Eagle. Originally founded in 1937, the BMC continues to play a crucial role in community life. President Austin Ross has overseen a re-vitalization of the membership, which has seen at least a half-dozen new, youthful additions to the group. There is room for many more –drop into the Fire Station on Monday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM for some fellowship, fun, and good food! At the closing meeting in May, Bob Lawrence was chosen as the winner of the Al Campbell Memorial Award, essentially the BMC’s MVP for 2013-14. The BMC was active over the summer, operating BBQs under chairman, Don Harvey’s leadership, at the Fish-a-Rama, Canada Day, and after the HomeComing Parade, as well as work on other projects (cemetery care, HomeComing T shirts, etc).  The BMC would like to remind /request its readers that any who can receive the Eagle by email (or picking up a copy at the many outlets in the village, or viewing on the community website), as opposed to having it posted-the savings to the BMC are even more appreciated in the wake of the most recent postal hikes. Please send your email address to BMCEagle@eastlink.ca and we will be happy to email the Eagle to you-, so you can receive it the EAGLE the same day it is published!
South Colchester Academy celebrated its 11th (already!?!) graduating class in June. Major award winners were: the Queen Elizabeth II Medal for superior academic achievement in Grades 10-12, and outstanding school and community involvement went to Alberto Serracin-Pitti (parents Lori and Juan); and the Governor General’s Medal, for the highest average in all Grade 11-12 classes went to Madison Clarke (Carla, David). Other multiple award winners were Andrew Burgess, Nicole Collier, Jonathan Easton, Michaela Farrow, Ashley Fudge, Kylee Graham, Mitchell Johnston, Matt Joudry, Nicole Miller, Cody Richardson, Gillian Robinson, Jaime Thoms, Adrianna Volans, and Rebecca Drenth, who won the BMC Citizenship Award. Athletes of the Year were supported by the Brookfield Athletic Assocation – Senior – Andrew Burgess and Madison Clarke; Junior -Luke MacMillan/Tyler Howe and Faith Langille. The Track and Field team, led by coaches Ted Fitzgerald, Leah Roop, Kevin Aucoin and Shelley Roberts had a remarkable showing in the spring-the team won the NS Division 3 Championship, and placed 4th overall in Intermediate Boys, ahead of much larger schools such as Horton! Medalling at the provincial meet in Sydney were Karlee Burgess, Liam Giffen, Trent Lynds (x 3!) Andrew Burgess, and the Junior Boys 4 x 400 relay squad. Special Athletes Glenda Patterson and Angus Paul both were triple medalists in the 100 metres, Long Jump, and Shot Put. Special Memorial  Awards , and their recipients were:  Susan Glinz – Dillon Ellis;   Ricky Wood – Travis Mercer ;  Mandi Balagot – Chelsea Davis.  At Elk Park, the SCA Wolves dynasty in Girls softball continued-Kelly Spencer’s squad won their 6th consecutive Provincial championship- for his stellar work there (and with minor hockey, youth ball, and as SCA’s dynamic Athletic Director), Spencer was presented with the 2013-14 Randy Roop Memorial Award by the Brookfield Athletic Association [BAA]. The Wolves Boys Fastpitch team went to the provincial finals, before losing to Hants East.
We appreciate the work of many, including the Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA), the BMC, and School Advisory Committee (SCAAC), in pursuing infrastructure projects that have come to fruition, some after many years work!  The re-paving of Whidden, Shortt Lakes West Roads, and parts of the Brentwood Road is salve to many; and the completion of the final phase of the 289 sidewalk to the Upper Brookfield Road is much anticipated. One hopes the engineers have listened and allowed for large enough pipe to handle the surface water runoff near the soccer field!?!  We are still waiting for the School Board to repair the bank of the Creamery Brook just north of the field, and reclaim the 20 % of the athletic grounds littered with flotsam and jetsam. Memories flooded with the necessary demolition of the former Moore’s Canteen (the late Bert, Mildred), which had fallen into dis-repair over the past decade; also meeting the metaphoric wrecking ball were former Shirley (Hamilton)Harrison/Lorraine and Alan Carter house opposite the post office, where many manes were tamed, to make way for expansion of Roops’ Esso. Slated to follow soon is the John and Ruth Stevenson house opposite Moore’s Canteen on Hwy #2, to allow the morning sunbeams awaken Dave and Susan! The downtown skyline will look differently!
Many Brookfielders had to take wing to attend weddings- several went to Newfoundland for the beautiful ceremony uniting Nathan Allinson (Carrie, Darrell) with Jackie Foley -they live in Vancouver, where Nathan is a helicopter mechanic and Jackie is a physician. In Alberta, Chad Works (Glenda, Rollie) wed Jerica Johannesson. Elaine and Gerald Ross are again happy grandparents, as Chelsea and Shawn French had a baby girl.  Krista McMullin and Terry Canning are basking in the glow of their first grand-baby, a daughter whom they rushed to visit in BC, born to Phil and Janelle Canning-Lue. Malorie Nielsen (grandparents Debbie, Harold) and Matt Brown were blessed with a son. Jason and Erin (Crowell) both very familiar faces around the Sportsplex and ball field had a baby girl, Addison. SCA will be missing one of its great teachers this year – but for good reason – the charming Catherine Campbell and her hubby, the terrific musician Nick Fisher (Kelvin,Patricia), have a new addition for their family – Nora! Congratulations to all!!A major thank you to all who helped with/attended the events of the 19th Coming Home to Brookfield, making it a great 9 days! The injection of new committee members lightened the load, and gives an optimistic outlook for the future of Homecoming. Likewise, the BAA is most appreciative of all who worked to make the Whing Ding another big success! The volunteers at the Train Station and Canada Day committee once again made July 1st a day for us to be proud.
The Gales blew into town, along with tropical storm Arthur-we think their impact will be far more significant!! Reverend Keith Gale is the new man in the pulpit (or on the stage) -at Knox United, and he is full of energy and great musicmanship, which he loves to share with his congregation, and the community at large (witness HomeComing !). His wife, Tabatha, and children Annika, Jamie, and Tim have settled into the manse, and seem delighted to be in Brookfield–give them a warm welcome!! Terry and Mary are delighted that daughters Laura Henderson and Julie (with hubby Jack, kids Noah, Molly, and Kate) have re-located to NS (HRM). It was a busy summer around Club-Man Herb MacFarlane’s home-he and Betty welcome daughters Sheryl Matzner and kids from BC, Heather (and Greg and kids) Loewen from Maine, and Krista and Blair Tucker (and kids) from Newfoundland ! Andre Garneau and Kristen Stewart brought daughter Sadie from Quebec to visit Grammy Patty; Mac and Nadine Campbell were at Paul and Joan’s, and the VanTassell sisters (Helen and Susan) checked in. Joanna (Canning) Stefani was here, as were Craig and Kim (Whidden) Kennedy (Nfld) and kids; likewise Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny from Toronto. Greg, Bert, and Angela McDonald and families were home to see Marian and spend time at the lake; the Henderson’s welcomed the Bopper’s nephew Don (and Ginger) Mason from Grand Island, NY, and niece Lesley and Matt Vaitekunas from South Florida. Elaine (Ross) Healey came from the shores of Georgian Bay, and Betty ( MacPhee) McGowan from Silicon Valley to visit friends and family. Gene and Marion Retson had sons, Duncan (Ottawa), and Dan and family (Marita and baby Clara) from Toronto. Leroy (Butch) and Joan Stevenson came from Aurora, Ontario to bid farewell to the homestead. Wayne and Ardith (Ross) Teas came from Mississauga. Sisters Marilyn Fallon, Karen (and Fred) Davis and Charlene Fraser all were home in September. Jill Dean dropped in from Whitehorse, Herk Sutherland from Alberta, and B J Sutherland from Indiana. Lyle and Susan Carter were ecstatic to have sons Rob, and James and Laura and kids home from Alberta. Also from the west came Chad Works, Adam Deyarmond, Wendy (Campbell) Grant. Dave Heffernan welcomed home daughter Annette, and son Andrew and wife Laura from New York. Cheryl Wynn and son Joey and family were home from Ontario for the Wynn family reunion. Jean Mercier’s son, Jason, his wife Nao and family visited on Elm Street. The BRHS Class of ’64 marked their 50th anniversary with a party-among those attending were Gene Retson, Cheryl Woodworth, Nancy (Campbell) VanTassell, Willa (Miller) Rogers, Kaye (Fisher) Retson, Joan (Burrows) Fisher, Janice (Watson) Crowe, Hellen (VanTassell) Belanger, Faye Miller, Keith Fisher, Helen (Kent) O’Neill, and Herk Sutherland.
Zach Sill was home for the summer-happily he has re-signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He and brother, Bobby made a terrific donation, providing thirty sets of hockey gear to the SCMinor Hockey Association! The Colchester Royals fastpitch team playing out of Elk Park, won the Eastern Canadian Under 14 Championship in Fredericton-coachs Andrew Sears, Steve Patton, and Lou Lanceleve relied on Hayden Yorke, Rowan Sears, Carson Lanceleve, and Cam Patton among others. Mike Wood and Jeremy Locke took the Under 18 Elks team to Gander, where they made a good showing at the Nationals-among their stars were several Wolves, including Alex Rhoddy, Dylan McCoul, Jacob Bowers, Brad MacKinnon, Garrett Henley, and Coby Crowell, who batted .433, and was named to All-Canadian team! Ernie McNea coached the Elks U-12 team to a 3rd place finish at the provincials. Thanks to all who support the minor ball program!    Former Senior Elks catcher Jason Sanford had a hit and scored a run in the final game for the winning Ontario team at the ISC World Fastpitch tournament-he was named to the All-Star team.  The Brookfield Elks, under new Club President Josh Boulton of Melville Dr., and Head Coach Patrick Stewart will begin their N. S. Junior B League season on October 7. Home games are most Tuesday nights (7:30) at the Sportsplex-let’s get behind the team!

Paul Rodd placed first at the Indoor shooting championships, with a score of 299 out of 300 in the sporting rifle division, and was 2nd in the C-7 match division. Shirley Collins retired after 47 years at Stanfields, where she was much respected, and Monty Patton has corrected his last assignment after 30 years of teaching. Sharon Swan (Cherry Lane) retired from Tandus (formerly Crossley). Dr. Karla Armsworthy (Jane, Dave), received her M.D. from Memorial University!! She is doing her residency in Moncton; and frequently is back in her home town. Emily Hiltz (Bev, Rick) graduated with an Honours degree in Journalism from King’s-she is reporting for the Antigonish Casket. Emma Horner (Sharon, Dan) of Shortts Lake, received her Masters in Business Administration degree from Dal; she is the grand-daughter of former Intermediate Elk twirler Fred Mitchell! We have been amazed many times over by Crystal Lake Drive’s James Hill’s mastery of the ukulele (and several other instruments) in his time in our village. His newly-released CD, “The Old Silo” demonstrates his incredible depth as a songwriter, lyricist and vocalist!!! Order it now at www.jameshillmusic.com.

Alex Jewers (Donna, late Doug) won his first professional golf tournament, besting NS Hall of Famer Kevin Dugas in a playoff in the APGA event at Abercrombie! Local champs at the BGC include Mike Henderson – Mens, Chris Bernard – Ladies, Robert Putnam and Annie Woodworth – Seniors, Noah McCallum – Junior, Patrick Stewart – Match Play. Ryan Sutherland and Patrick Stewart won the Partners event. All seven titlists have worn the Elk/Elkette uniform! Dan Dean and Mike Henderson both aced # 15 a week apart, and Kate Coulter joined the Hole-in-One group soon thereafter. Cory Sutherland and Mike Penny both were undefeated in 3 matches in a valiant effort (10-14) by BGC to regain the Shaw Cup. Peter Betts received his pilot wings from the Gliding School.
We mourn the passing of many over  the summer- Rose Carter, a few months after her 100th birthday, and her sister, Delia Johnson…Kevin Burris, brother to Bud and Brenda…Kelly Putnam’s Dad, John Matheson…Herb McCallum’s sister, Betty Merritt…Roger Cox’ brother , Eric…Former resident, Nordean Lynch, mother to Lauren and Linda Sandmo…Ronald Little, Margie (Locke) Little’s father-in-law…Paul Fowler and Misty Cooke’s father David Fowler…Ruth Burgess, originally from Brentwood, and aunt to Evelyn Negus, Harold, Anna, and David Brenton…Sheila Hobson, sister to Sharon Burris…Krista Williams’ Dad, Charles Conrad…Frank Rogers’ sister, Ethel Dean…Elsie Decker…Miles Pellrine… Phyllis (Wright) Ward.  Marian (Lindsay) Parker, sister to Bob, Art, and Warren Lindsay, and mother to eight, including Jim, Evan, and Allan Stuart, passed away in Truro. Her book “Memories, Musings, and Milestones- Growing Up om Brookfield”, published in 2012 is a must-read. Korey Bates was lost to a motor vehicle collision. Don Worsley, a fabulous softball, football, and hockey player, and father to Mike, John, Donnie and Pat died in Truro. Dr. Ron Chalmers, treated many Brookfielders over a lengthy career at the Hilden Medical Clinic passed away. Dot Nielsen, matriarch of the award winning Foundation Farms Family of Shortts Lake succumbed at age 90. Malcolm MacQuarrie passed away in Truro — a true gentleman, volunteer, pharmacist, business mentor, and family-man; his opening of the Pharmasave in Brookfield has meant so much to our community. Sympathies go to all who grieve the death of their loved ones.
Myrna Clarke went to the Yukon to see grand-daughter Jill, and lunched there with the VanTassell sisters. Billy Tass, Joan and Will Hatton also went north to see Susan. Robert Putnam and family made a trek through California, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Utah. Scott Fraser and friends made an epic motorcycle trek of over 8000km – from Calgary-Prince George-Prince Rupert-Haines, Alaska-Dawson City-Inuvik-Jasper and back to Calgary. Terry Henderson, despite possibly being legally blind, flew to Vancouver and drove his daughter’s van back to NS, accompanied by son Robert – they were to Regina before they realized they had their map upside down! Tristan Sutherland, along with grandparents Gerald and Elaine Ross, made his first airplane trip, to Calgary to see Aunt Chelsea and family – from there up to Mayerthorpe to see Uncle Jacob. Ron Morrell went to Seattle; Edna Graham visited family and friends throughout Ontario, and Kyle Henderson visited Timmins, before joining the horde in Newfoundland–did Dave and Janice Peterson, George and Joan Clark, Greg Sutherland and Joan Adey, Phil and Kitty McMullin, and David and Judy Carter see lots of icebergs ?!? Frank and Hazel Locke spent time in Newfoundland, before hosting his four sons in Brookfield on Frank’s 85th birthday. The Works’ wedding in Calgary attracted brother Jamie, mother Glenda, father Rollie, Lee Nelson, Bobby and Zach Sill, among others. Paul Campbell went to Ottawa, while Trevor Ross, Adam and Devon Graham went West. Marlene and Jim Feener visited daughters Shelly and Adinda and their families in London, Ontario. Marlene  attended the Canadian Women’s Open at the Hunt Country Club-grand-daughters Brianna Kunder caddied for rising Canuck star Jennifer Kirby, and sister Cheyanne was on world-ranked Chella Choi’s bag in the Pro-Am! We wish Eloise Yorke well in her recovery from an appendectomy.

On Saturday, September 13, the Sportsplex is hosting a Carribbean Draw/Dance, featuring the Scott DeCoste band. Tickets are only $20, and enter you in a draw for a $2500 travel voucher (or $2000 in cash). You do not have to attend the dance to win the draw, and the Sportsplex certainly would appreciate your support, as the addition of another ice surface in the area has created a glut of ice supply, with prominent financial repercussions on existing rinks. The next day (Sunday 9/14), we expect a large crowd at the top of Carter Road for the annual Terry Fox Run, beginning at 1 PM. Please support this noble cause, by any of participating, sponsoring, spectating, donating, volunteering-all are welcome, and join in at the BBQ and entertainment later at the Carter Homestead! The Sportsplex is also operating a Chase the Ace draw, with proceeds benefitting the Sportsplex and the Curling Club. For only $1 you may win over $5000-stop in every Thursday night 7- 830 PM. The New Horizons Band for Seniors, led by Brookfielder Paul Barrett, will welcome newcomers over 50 eager to learn a musical instrument-meet at former PMR School on Willow St, Thursday Sept. 11 at 3:30. Ukulele classes with Joanne Hatfield resume this fall. Last year’s beginners learned in a supportive environment, playing as an ensemble, with performances, jam sessions, and lots of fun. Call 673-2227 or econtact  for more information. All Around the Circle Senior’s Club will resume monthly noon luncheons on September 16 at the Sportsplex. On Thursday 9/18, the AATC will do a Bus Tour to Cole Harbour Farm Museum and the Boardwalk at Eastern Passage. Contact President Susan Stevenson (contact) to register. Nothing to do on Saturday, Sept 13, why not go to the Giant Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast, Knox United; 673-3448 for more info.
569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is enrolling youth ages 12-18. If you are interested in learning more about flying, leadership, sports, and many more activities, join 569! They start Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 pm on the north (back) side of the Brookfield Elementary School. Call 843-6265, or visit any Tuesday for more information. The Brookfield Athletic Association’s primary fundraiser, the Sportsman Contest (Big Game Hunt) is underway for its record-setting 78
th year. New this year is the ability to buy your tickets on line via a PayPal account- this will certainly make things easier for all the ex-patriate Brookfielders out there who wish to support the BAA and have a change at the 5 Grand Prizes (top prize 2014 Can-Am Commander side-by-side and $5000 gas card OR $25,000 cash!). Go to www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca/ and check on the Sports Draw heading. Final testing is being done; the site will be live in the near future. The Brookfield Garden Club decorated the village this past Christmas Season with large wreaths hanging from the brackets on utility poles – once again they are inviting businesses, groups or individuals to sponsor a wreath. A plaque is installed with the name the sponsor wishes to recognize. Phone Elsie at 650-2028 or econtact  for more information. The Brookfield Curling Club will begin their 39th season with an Open House week, expected about October 18-24-plan now to take part in the re-energized Club!  The Hockey ice will be available for rentals from October 3 onward-call 673-2063 to snare your ice time for the season. The BCA will meet next on September 29 at the Fire Station.     

See you at the BMC on September 15!


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