October 2002Vol 12, Issue 2It certainly is a bountiful time to be a news reporter in Brookfield - things going on all over the place. We are in the middle of a building boom or so it would seem - the new South Colchester Academy is amazing onlookers as it continues to grow while in the village core the new sewage treatment plant is expected to open before the snow flies (snow may be a welcome relief to the construction workers on that project - they have been getting used to getting pelted with other white objects, but those have been mostly errant golf balls off the 3rd tee from the BGC). Meanwhile the road work on highway 289 is nearing completion, and all residents and travellers alike who battled through some rough conditions recently seem to agree the wait was worth it. Our community mistakenly made provincial media news when we were suspected of being the discovery point of a dead blue jay carrying the West Nile virus - after studying the replay, officials decided it was North Brookfield, Queens County that had the ailing avian. Amidst all this the Brookfield Menus Club kicked off their 66th season in September and will be honoured guests as the Brookfield Fire Department will host the BMC for their October meeting. All gentlemen from the community and the surrounding area are welcome to attend; note the special time and place Monday October 21, 8:00 PM at the Brookfield Fire Hall.
We're always glad to celebrate the arrival of babies to community members and their extended families - this month we congratulate Jeff and Nikki (Sutherland ) Graham on the birth of their new son and Todd and Beth Smith of West Shortts Lake Road who had a baby girl. Congratulations also go to newlyweds Crystal Peterson and Darren Miller, Stephanie Whidden and Dave Douglas, Brad Matheson and Sonya Mulley as well as Doug Perry, Physics teacher at SCHS, who wed Alana Longard.
Great grandmother Freda and grandfather Alton Sutherland travelled to Alberta to visit the new baby and Nikki’s family. Marion Smith visited daughter Roberta in Toronto while
Robert and Doreen Matheson travelled to Alaska. Victor, Betty and Todd Dickie visited son Bruce and family in Alberta while Krista Canning and Edith Watson went to Guelph to witness Alma Mujakovic and Mirza and Azra Basic receive their Canadian citizenship. Bill Campbell travelled to the Rocky Mountains on a golf vacation with former Brookfielder David Ross. Rob Carter is in Worcester, Massachusetts where he earned a try out with the American Hockey League farm team of the St. Louis Blues - the Eagle nor many of Brookfield’s hockey cognoscenti are not surprised by this news. Larry, Lynne, Mark and Jill Kennedy and family travelled to Minneapolis to deliver son Peter to the University of Minnesota, Dot and Bill Connors took a six week trip across Canada visiting her children in the lower Fraser River Valley of BC as well as spending time in Ontario visiting various relatives. Tyler MacLeod has had a busy time in his role of the Vice President External Affairs for the SMU Student Association and the Atlantic Regional Director of the Canadian Alliance for Student Associations as well as being a member of the Board of Governors at SMU. These responsibilities took him to conferences in Saskatoon, St. Catherines, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa as well as other trips to New York City, Pennsylvania, St. John’s and Mt.Tremblant.
As loyal readers know the Eagle is largely dependent on the benevolence of readers for continued operation - making it possible for the Eagle to continue to fly into your homesrecently were kind hearted souls Erma Conrad, Winn Johnston, Chris Langille, and Leila Brenton. We thank you all very much for your support of the BMC’s publication. The Men’s Club would also like to thank Forest Glen Green Houses, who provided the flowers for the Ed Creelman Park this year.
The community was saddened by the premature passing of Eric Nelson. An original employee at Lafarge, Eric was an avid supporter of the Elks over the years. Our sympathies to Barb, Angela and Matthew and the Nelson family.
Mike Henderson ,after years of struggle just to hit greens on par 3’s, recorded his second hole in one of the summer, this time at the Shaw Cup at Fox Hollow G.C. in Stewiacke; unfortunately for the local squad, the ace was not enough to prevent them form being on the short end of 15 - 9 verdict to the Stewiacke Club, evening the annual series Brookfield 2, Fox Hollow 2. The Brookfield Senior Elks captured the Nova Scotia Fastball Championship by defeating Halifax - Windsor 3 games to 1, the Elks first provincial Senior title since 1990. Congratulations to the Truro Senior Bearcats who captured the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball title for the first time in some 40 years - local flavour is provided by standout pitcher Kelly Spencer, who hurled a 10 inning complete game in the deciding contest - Kelly of course is the ultra - popular math teacher and soccer coach at Brookfield Junior High. Other veterans Bearcats enjoying their success include Forest Glen resident Jeff Fielding and former Brookfield Elk goaltender Craig Higgins. Congratulations are also extended to Pete Sutherland upon his retirement after many years with the Department of Natural Resources.
It was a delight to see many members of the MacLennan family back in Brookfield for a dedication at Knox United Church. Among those were Anne Gordon, wife of BMC co- founder Earle Gordon - as well as her son John. Other family members included Kay (MacLennan) Hill of Walpole, Mass. and her children Kitsie Howard, also of the Bay State, Allison Schueneman of Atlanta and Linda Hess of St. Petersburg, Florida. Also back for the occasion were Heather Little from Vancouver and Winn Johnston from Ottawa. David Ross was home to visit his father Rodney. Marilyn and Bernie Fallon came from London, Ontario to spend time with her mother, Marg Sutherland. We always knew South Colchester High to be a fantastic educational, athletic, artistic, and social experience - what better proof than growing appeal as a destination for international exchange students. This year SCHS has welcomed young ladies Madoka from Japan and Beba from Mexico as well as three young gentlemen, Felipe from Brazil, Jose and Jorge from Mexico - welcome to the Brookfield area! We welcome Chris and Mandy Nelson and their four children to the former Carter house on Hamilton Avenue... and Gower and Cindy Fiander into their brand new home on the Upper Brookfield Road. Jamie Reid has moved into his very nice new house on Cherry Lane.
Terry Henderson will be inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame on November 1 - commemorating his almost 50 year involvement in playing, coaching, umpiring and an executive leadership role in building and developing the sport of softball in Brookfield, Nova Scotia and Canada. We hope there will be a good turn out of Brookfielders at the ceremony at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax - for details on how to obtain tickets call 421-1266. The official unveiling of the plaque at the Granville St. Hall of Fame will take place the following morning. One of the early influences on Terry’s sporting career was his first high school Phys Ed teacher "Bud" Fraser - the admiration these two had for each other was evident at the giant SCHS reunion this summer and Bud put pen to paper to express his feelings in a letter to the Eagle - it is reprinted in excerpt form below as we feel it speaks to the entire community.
"I was most fortunate in learning about the BRHS/SCHS reunion so I could visit Brookfield where I had my first teaching job after graduating from McGill in Physical Education. Needless to say, the Homecoming event was a huge success as one would expect from this community. I was proud to be coming home to Brookfield. Although I only spent 1 year here, it feels like home to me. It was an opportunity to renew acquaintances and talk to so many friends......... Visiting the school brought back many happy memories. When the time came to make my presentation to Mr. Guy (accepted by his son David) I was overwhelmed by the ovation that I received on being introduced. When I looked down upon the gym floor I visualized the many hours spent on that particular piece of hardwood. The remembrance made it most difficult to carry out my allotted task as it is difficult to talk with a bull-frog in your throat. I can only imagine the hours of preparation that involved the committee, the school and the community, and to witness a parade of such magnitude in a village this size only speaks of the "spirit" always shown by residents. I was able to visit the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, named for a giant of a man with whom I was fortunate to be friends. The talent displayed by the school students and alumni was enough to start their own radio/TV show................... In general I was honoured to have called myself a citizen of Brookfield. Thank you Brookfield, you are second to none."
Maud’s Place would like to thank the many volunteers (crafters, hostesses, and carpenters) who provided fine crafts and heritage for 560 visitors this summer. A special thanks to Ron Creelman of the Brookfield Lumber Company who sponsored the "Heritage on the Go" prize which was won by Deanna Henniger of Maitland. Anyone interested in assisting next season contact either Kathy Putnam (673-2451 for heritage) or Linda Freeman (673-2768 for crafts). Thank you from Maud’s place.
Unfortunately some of our residents have been hospitalized - take the time to call or send a card to Angela Whidden, Everett Walters, Lothar Schollmeier, Shirley Bell, and Marg Sutherland... The BMC did not seem the same at the September meeting with the absence of Charter member Art Langille who is battling illness. Art is one of the two surviving members of the BMC from its formation in 1937, and is a pleasure to be around - we hope he is able to return as he is missed a great deal.
BMCer Glen Leck and his wife Betty celebrated their 50th anniversary - guests came from all over - it was especially nice to see their sons and families - Paul from Ottawa, David from Toronto, Steven from Baffin Island, Allen from New Glasgow as well as Bruce from across the road.
Deer hunting season is now underway and the Eagle encourages all hunters to practice safe hunting procedures when tramping the fields and forests - we do not want this wonderful time of year marred by tragedy caused by carelessness. The long time motto of the Brookfield Big Game Hunt - "be sure before you shoot" should never ring more true. Speaking of Big Game Hunt, we encourage all residents to support this major fund raiser of the Brookfield Athletic Association, whose coffers are at an all time low. A $10 ticket entitles you to all the hunting prizes as well as the grand raffle prizes including two trucks and a Kawasaki ATV. Please get your ticket now - the draw will be held Tuesday November 12 at 5:30 PM on Cat Country radio. Most all know how far reaching the BAA’s support goes into youth and adult sporting activities - at least ten different sports as well as upkeep of facilities, school, bursaries, and helping to defray registration costs in youth soccer, curling, hockey, ball etc, etc. The senior Elks ball team will be accepting donations of recyclables as a fund raiser - you may drop these at Buott’s Foodmaster - let the Elks make your load easier and help them raise funds and help the environment at the same time. The Senior ball Elks and Junior B hockey Elks are selling weekly hockey pools, these should produce very attractive weekly jackpots for the winners. Watch for these at various spots in and around the community. For only a $2 weekly cost have a lot of fun testing your knowledge (or luck, or clairvoyance) in picking winners.
Mark your calendar for upcoming events including "An Afternoon of Music" on Sunday October 20 at Knox United Church featuring the talents of Joanne Hatfield on keyboard and Anne Bradley, soprano. The concert is at 3:00 PM with a reception to follow - tickets are $10 for adults and $5.00 for students, and are available from any Knox senior choir member. On October 26 Knox will host the annual turkey supper. CORDA and the BCA will sponsor a "Business" Breakfast open to all with guest speaker Fred Morley speaking on the exciting Halifax to Moncton "growth corridor concept" and opportunities for small businesses in this area - cost is only $5 all are welcome to attend to hear this presentation at the Knox Hall on Thursday October 24, 7:30 - 9:00. Monday, October 28 the Brookfield Community Assembly will meet under new Chairman Andrew Sears - again all are welcome to attend.
The BMC will again co-ordinate the successful Halloween patrol on our streets - any citizens wishing to help in this task are urged to meet at the United Church anytime after 8:45 on Halloween. The Men's Club will co-ordinate activities with the RCMP, to ensure that all revellers have a fun, safe and property damage free Halloween - we welcome your support. Many hands make the task light in this regard and we do not want Terry to get too exhausted the day before his Hall of Fame induction! Before the Eagle flies again in November the BMC will co-ordinate the Remembrance Day service at the Memorial school on November 11 at 10:45 AM. Anyone wishing to lay wreaths or otherwise take part in the service contact Bob Lawrence at 673-2022. Afterwards there is a lunch with a free will offering at Knox Hall - all are welcomed Look for more details in the November Eagle on the Christmas house tours - for now reserve either Friday November 29 or Saturday November 30 for the popular tours.
Remember the special time and place for the October BMC meeting Monday October BMC meeting Monday, October 21 8:00 PM at the Fire Hall.
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