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Brookfield  NS


  November 2002
Vol 12 issue 3

November 2002 Vol 12, Issue 3 The Brookfield Men’s Club will return to their usual stomping grounds, in the basement of Brookfield Baptist Church on Monday November 18 at 7:30 PM for their regular monthly meeting. The BMC was cordially hosted by the Brookfield Fire Department at the fire hall for their October meeting - the firemen make this an annual gesture in appreciation for the BMC’s help in founding the BFD in the late 40’s. Not only did the firemen provide an excellent program (featuring and interesting talk by the Red Cross on their role on disaster relief) and a wonderful lunch highlighted by an immense cake marking the occasion. The BFD presented the Men’s Club with a plaque commemorating the aforementioned role in helping establish the BFD. BMC president Mike Henderson graciously accepted the plaque and praised the firemen for their ongoing valuable service in protecting our community. A big thank you also to the BFD, BMC members, volunteers and the youth of the community for ensuring a safe and trouble-free Halloween - we appreciate everyone’s efforts.

A very large thank you is extended on behalf of the community to Club Man Bob Lawrence and his organizing committee for the magnificent job on the Remembrance Day service at the Memorial School. Kudos also go to padres Frank Locke and Larry Harrison as well as Brookfield Junior High band leaders Rick Hiltz and Holly Hartlen and numerous other volunteers. This service continues to grow in stature and attendance yearly and it is comforting indeed to understand that a whole new generation has embraced the concept symbolized by “Lest We Forget”. A thank you goes to all those at Knox United Church who provide a warming and very tasty lunch after the service.

Congratulations to 13 year old Christopher MacKenney who has achieved a black belt designation in karate - proud parents Doctors Rod MacKenney and Wanda Brown will now feel much more secure in their Shortts Lake neighborhood! Congratulations to the South Colchester High boys soccer team, who under the guidance of coach Rob Adams were Northumberland Regional Champs and made a strong third place showing in the Provincials at Middleton. Among the contributors to the team were star sweeper Josh Oderkirk, Tyler Watkins, Dane Henderson, Bobby Sill, Daniel Ash, Nick Whidden and the Benvie twins, Mitchell and Matthew, as well as the exchange students, Felipe, Jose, Jorge. While remaining on the soccer pitch we must call attention to the exploits of the Brookfield Junior High Bobcats girls team - they won another Northumberland Regional soccer championship - and have now strung together 2 undefeated seasons covering 44 games. Only the fact that Junior High play does not extend beyond Regional level has prevented a provincial championship. Coach Kelly Spencer’s team includes Katrina Wallace, Shanda Cox, Jennie Mae Roy, Sarah and Holly Killen, Ashley David, Jolene Taylor, Erin Durkee, Melanie Sexsmith, Sarah Rutherford, Jessica Fleming, Nicole Miller, Leah MacNeill, Rebecca Myers and Krista Holland. The BJHS boys lost in the District Finals, thwarting their effort to win 5 Regionals in a row.

Results are in from the annual Terry Fox Run and once again a wonderful accomplishment by both the organizing committee and those who helped put together the concurrent Head Shave benefit for Phil Sears and family. Collectively, moneys raised for cancer research and the benefit were staggering - obviously area residents have once again stepped up with their very generous contributions. Long time BMC Secretary Terry Henderson was moved by the large contingent of Brookfielders and other friends who attended his induction ceremonies for the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame - the wonderful evening saw more then 1000 in attendance as Terrence took his rightful place among Nova Scotia’s sporting elite. For those who could not make the trip why not plan on attending the Brookfield Athletic Association sponsored roast of Terry - tickets for the roast beef dinner, Putnam family entertainment, and other activities are only $20 and more information can be obtained from Nancy at 673-2070 or from Patsy at 673-2853. Audrey Carter’s sporting past was relived with her role on the Truro Slugs ladies softball team which was a powerhouse in the late 1940’s. Nova Scotia Community College celebrated women's history month with special recognition of that team. Lyle Carter was a standout in that role of Master of Ceremonies/historian. Emily Works and Leah Densmore travelled to Niagara Falls for the National Irish Dancing Championships - by finishing fifth, Leah qualified for the World Competition in Ireland. Meghan Read has been selected for the Nova Scotia female Hockey Team who will travel to Northern New Brunswick for the quadrennial event in February. A whopping baby boy was born to Craig and Rebecca Robar, best wishes to that young couple as they embark on parenthood. A strong showing was made by the local 4-H club at a competition in Windsor - highlighting that was Lauren Johnson who qualified to attend the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Ontario in the Royal Beef category. Individual winners in various competitions and classes included Aaron MacDonald as champion beef judge, Juillene Taylor as champion photography judge and Megan Gamble reserve champion Junior photography competition. Anne Gordon celebrated her 90th birthday in Halifax.

Western Canada held an allure to Brookfield’s who climbed on planes - Betty and Herb MacFarlane went West as did Bill Kennedy who visited friends and relatives in Alberta and Montana. Jonathan and Jodie Woolfitt spent time in Calgary and stopped in to see Uncle Turk Henderson. Figure skating aficionados Doreen and Donna Matheson, Susanne Harrison and Janet Burnett travelled to Quebec City to watch an international competition. Club man Jim McNutt and wife Shirley attended his army reunion in PEI and then went on to Ottawa to visit relatives and take in the Montreal Canadiens - Ottawa Senators game at the Corel Centre. Ches Brown helped move his sister to Florida. Larry and Lynne Kennedy, along with their mothers travelled to New Hampshire to see Peter’s of U of Minnesota hockey team play. Jenna VanTassell travelled with Aunt Susan to New York City. The Heroes Youth Group enjoyed their “Super Bowl” trip to Moncton.

The aforementioned Turk Henderson may have had his hopes of returning to Nova Scotia for the Brier as Alberta Champion dampened by a nasty fall on the pebbled ice which resulted in a couple of broken ribs. Club man Vaughn “Gab” Matheson is back in harness after recovering from hernia surgery as expects to take his place at the BMC at the November meeting. Marian Woodworth broke her ankle... Carrie Allison had an operation... Susan Carter had her gall bladder removed... Miranda Deyarmond had surgery on her knee... Rick Locke excised the end of a finger... Stan Turner injured his back... and Randy Smith was hospitalized. Lillian Boomer is doing well in her recovery from knee replacement surgery. Fred MacLeod had surgery done on his feet - we wish all the best in their recovery.

Bird seed was sprinkled the Eagle’s way by generous contributors Helen Kenrick, Rodney Ross, Dave Heffernan and from San Jose (California) John and Betty (MacPhee) McGowan. It was a pleasure to see Betty home for the SCHS reunion and Whing Ding and other activities; John clearly enjoys the trip and has taken a great deal of money off his host Eugene Retson at the Brookfield Golf Club. It was also nice to see Sherry Roop home for a visit and Brian Matheson made the trip home for brother Brad’s wedding - he was accompanied by cousin Larry, who flew to Wild Rose country and made the near trans-continental motoring trek home with Brian. Jack, Julie (Henderson) and Noah Hsu were home from Vancouver.

We like to thank the citizens who continue to volunteer for various committees and offices - there can be no doubt that the spirit of volunteerism is one of the major factors that sets Brookfield aside form other communities - recent additions to groups that we are aware of include: Kathy Best and Laurie Monk are new members of the BCA, Brenda Henderson is the new chairperson for the Memorial School Advisory Council and Mabel Barber is the co-chair of the SAC of the Junior-Senior High along with teacher Lynn (Schaffner) Welton. New additions to the Board of Directors at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex include Andrew Roop, Rod Heartz and Logan Rutherford. The Sportsplex would like to recognize outgoing Directors for their contributions including past Chairman Lee Thompson, as well as Bill Masters and Curtis Fisher, both of whom served 18 years on the DMHS Board and were absolutely essential in helping lead the Sportsplex out of dire straits and into the position it is in today as one of the province’s outstanding recreation facilities. Again we all owe a debt of gratitude to the people willing to step up and serve their community with only the betterment of the area in mind. Sarah Matheson would like to thank all who attended her concert which raised $240 for the Cancer Society.

We are sorry to report on the passing of long time resident of Densmore Lane Weldon Fisher - Weldon was an active minor softball coach in the early days of the Brookfield Little League in the early 1960’s, as well as a long time member of the Brookfield Elks Bowling League - sympathies to sons Bobby and Ian and other family members. The BMC is saddened by the passing of Charter Member Art Langille of Alton - Art went to his reward after a battle with cancer and will very much be missed for his congenial nature and photographic like recall of the earlier days of the BMC as well as his full throated renditions with the “Red Tide” (The Men’s Club Choral Group). Our sympathies go to Fran and the extended Langille Family on behalf of the BMC and community. Russell McCallum’s mother, Shirley, passed away in Five Islands.

By the time you read this Brookfield Elks Big Game Hunt draw winners will have been announced but there will be a few weeks left to claim prizes in the hunting portion - at this writing the heaviest buck is 263.5 pounds while the largest doe checked in is 164 pounds. The BAA thanks all who supported this worthwhile event. BAA’s weekly hockey pools are regularly yielding a weekly jackpot in excess of $200 - join the fun. On Saturday November 16 from 11:00 - 1:30 the annual Knox United Christmas Tea and Sale will be held at the Church - come and admire the handiwork and have a wonderful lunch. The Brookfield Baptist Church will celebrate their 140th anniversary on Sunday November 17 at 7 PM. Guest speaker will be Dr. Brian MacArthur, President of Atlantic Baptist University - music will be presented by ABU students, a fellowship period with refreshments will follow. The Brookfield Memorial Home and School have a fund raiser underway- any Sobeys cash register tapes can be turned in to MacQuarries - look for the red box. The annual Christmas house tours sponsored by UCW Unit 3 will occur on Friday evening November 29 and Saturday afternoon November 30 tickets are available at MacQuarries or by calling Donna at 673-2812 at a cost of $8.00. This years featured attraction the homes of Carol and Bob Peterson on the West Shortts Lake Rd, Ron and Carol MacMillian on Loon Lane, Tanya and Paul Fowler in Brentwood as well as the wonderfully appointed Heritage Train Station. Transportation from Knox Church is included in the ticket price. On Sunday December 8 at 7 PM, John Sands will showcase his terrific talents on the organ at Knox United - tickets only $10 adults $5 children, from any Knox Choir member. Phil Sears’ many friends in the sporting world have organized a benefit hockey game to be held at the Sportsplex December 7 at 7:30 PM. Many of the young hockey players that Phil has coached over the years will be banded together to form Phil’s Flyers which will do battle with some of their much older counterparts from the Cruise Missiles - there is no admission charge to the game; a free will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to help defray the costs associated with Phil’s battle with cancer. More information can be obtained by calling Darren McCoul or Geoff Stewart. CORDA and the Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring “Opportunity Colchester - Career Meet and Greet” on December 19 from 5-7 PM at the Glengary. This is a chance for graduating high school and post secondary students to meet with business representatives to learn more about career opportunities in colchester. There is no cost, there are door prizes including a $250 bursary towards tuition costs. For more info call 893-0140 or 895-6328.

Monday, November 18 - 7:30 back at the Baptist Church hope to see YOU at the Brookfield Men’s Club.

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