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December, 2005
Vol 15, Issue 4

There will be no better place to be on Monday December 19 than the basement of the Baptist Church where the Brookfield Men’s Club will have their Christmas party. 7:30 is the start time, and a warm welcome is extended to all the gentlemen of the community to come and enjoy the festivities. Please bring along a gift for the rollicking exchange (value not more than $10.00), and if possible, a donation for the Colchester Food Bank. Club President John Matheson is positively elf-like as Christmas approaches, and his eyes will sparkle as he dreams up games of fun for the men to enjoy; and he will make every effort to ensure that all get to enjoy the dulcet tones of the BMC’s Mel Torme (Danny MacDoanld Sr.).

In the spirit of the season, the BMC is once again sponsoring the Christmas Decorating Contest. Prizes are awarded in several categories and the four Wise Men will make their rounds on Friday December 23 from 6-10 PM. If you are going to be away that evening, please be sure to leave your outside lights on so none miss adjudication.

Last month the Eagle was again wobbly, even before imbibing some nonalcoholic eggnog - apologies are extended to Emily Kierstead of Shortt’s Lake, who is also a new grandmother, thanks to her son Jonathan and Gail’s (MacFarlane) new baby in Bridgewater. We missed reporting Breanna MacLeod’s fall trip to Australia to visit brother Tyler. He and Limbo/Hula Hoop champ Natalie Conway return from Oz this week, as Tyler has completed his studies towards his M.Comm. We are also asked to clarify that the Brookfield and Area Veterans Memorial - the official name for the beautiful new monument on the site of the former Elementary School, is still accepting donations (made out to the Brookfield Fire Department) as all expenses for the project are not yet covered. Kind contributors to the Eagle’s cause included former Clubman Stan (and Eleanor) Faulkner, Cecil and Daisy Hingley, Bob and Jean Skinner, Mary Fisher, David (Mick) Boutilier, Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Bird, of Thamesford, Ontario, Glenda and Bruce Isenor and Robert and Dorothy Lindsay. We do very much appreciate our readers’ kindness at Christmas, and throughout the year. Canada Post will donate the cost of this month’s bulk mailing to our local residents, saving the BMC dollars (which will undoubtedly go out in prizes for the Decorating Contest?!?), and Lafarge absorbs the printing costs of the Eagle. Speaking of circulation matters, another significant cost savings to the Eagle is the ever-increasing number of readers who receive their monthly newsletter via e-mail. However, sometimes people change their server and their new e-mail address is not forwarded to our circulation department, resulting in readers not receiving their edition. Please advise the Eagle at linart@ns.sympatico.ca if you have not received any issues recently or if you had, or plan on

having, a change in your e-mail address.

It is indeed a busy time - in addition to all the normal activities associated with the Christmas season, Brookfield is buzzing with the construction work at the “corner.” It is hoped that the unclogging of these arteries will prevent any heart attacks for nervous pedestrians and edgy drivers attempting to traverse this very dangerous intersection. By now it is well known that the

Department of Transportation and Public Works rejected a suggestion from the Brookfield Community Assembly to consider traffic signals, and proceeded with their own plan, which hopefully does resolve some of the safety issues. We certainly are grateful of the improvements to the sidewalks, especially those running North to Brenton Drive on the East side of #2 highway, making it a much easier trek for residents of Sunrise Crest to the intersection. What remains to be seen is if the crosswalks are properly marked and maintained, as well as much needed lighting of same and signage warning motorists of the heavy foot traffic in the area. Though the Old Bird has not been given a completion date, the end of the work appears to be in sight, before the carolers and other Christmas visitors make their rounds. Let’s hope some people not using the sidewalks are federal political hopefuls, at least until after New Year’s. The beleaguered Federal government has fallen and an election will be held in late January; a hint to the would be campaigners - while an election is clearly needed, candidates may be wise to stay off the doorsteps until after January 1 and not risk dampening the holiday spirit of our citizens. Do you suppose any nominees will have that much restraint? Hopefully any political signs erected before Christmas are obscured by snowfall; our village’s decorations are much prettier. The Provincial Progressive Conservative has three candidates contesting the leadership race, created by the pending retirement of Premier Dr. John Hamm. The leader, (and new Premier) will be chosen at a convention in February; anyone wishing to either be a delegate (or vote for delegates) must be registered by December 27 - contact MLA Taylor’s office for details.

Best wishes are extended to Freda Brenton on the celebration of her 95th birthday last week. Freda was the highly esteemed principal at Brookfield Memorial for many, many years, and guided at least two generations of Brookfielder’s through their early schooling with a firm but compassionate manner. She is indeed a community treasure and enjoys visitors at the Brentwood Ponds. Georgina Kanaan was overwhelmed with the warmth from many of her friends and neighbors at a “kitchen shower”, as she and husband Terry and children Nicole and Kyle prepare to move to their beautiful new home near the foot of the Upper Brookfield Road. Georgina is a lovely person and her gratitude was very evident. Matthew Brenton, son of former Brookfield League bowlers Joey and Kathy of Stewiacke East, continues to make headlines on the hockey ice. He was recently named to Team Atlantic for the World Under - 17 hockey tournament where this region’s best will compete against teams from the rest of the country, and the other major hockey nations of the world in Regina over the Holiday Season. Grandparents Walter and Marion Brenton are surely smiling from up above at this fine prospect, who developed his skills at the Sportsplex. Speaking of hockey talents, Zach Sill is continuing to shine in his first year with the Truro Junior A Bearcats after captaining his Major Midget team to the Maritime Championship last year. Zach is the type of player desired by every coach, and the Bearcats will indeed miss him as he pursues his education with a hockey scholarship at the University of Maine next season. Back at the Sportsplex, the Junior B Elks are enjoying a strong season, battling St Margaret's Bay for second place in the West Division of the Nova Scotia League. Veteran blue liner and offensive spark Patrick Stewart has been out of the lineup recently with a fractured collarbone, yet the Elks continue to play good hockey for coach Dan Burgess. On Tuesday nights the Sportsplex is the place to be to cheer the Elks on. Doug Armsworthy is a key cog for the Truro Bantam AAA Bearcats, who recently finished second in an Atlantic-wide, 30 team tournament. Jean Hamilton’s 16 year old grandson, Adam Salsman was a double gold medal winner at the Youth Cup (swimming) Invitational in Etobicoke, winning both the 50 and 100 metre freestyle competitions. MacQuarries Pharmasave presented Grace Illsley and Kevin Peterson with their 15 and 10 year service pins, respectively.

The South Colchester Academy Senior Boys volleyball team won the Provincial Championship, hosted at our spectacular gymnasium, defeating Central Kings High in the finals. Congratulations to head coach Shawn Davison and his team of Billy Jack Phillips, Andrew Ferris, Taishi Shimoda, Bryan Shupe, Ben Roy, Mark Dean, Antonio Brunell, Mitch Chaplin, Chad Works, Jason Kent, Matt Leck and Chad MacKinnon. The Senior girls volleyball team also enjoyed a strong season winning tournaments at St FX, SMU, and the Northumberland Regional Championship before finishing third at the Provincials. The SCA Junior boys won their volleyball Regional Championship. Coach Kevin Aucoin relied on Myles Coldwell, Evan Chaplin, Mitchell Canfield, Jeremy Naugler, Brandon Verboom, Patrick Durkee, Jesse Eldershaw, Robbie Crouse, Alex Teed, Derrick Graham, Cody Smith, Justin Hamilton, Kurt Queripel, Justin and Kyle White. Emily Works qualified as one of the Canadian representatives for the World Irish Dancing Championships being held in Belfast in April. The qualifying competition was held in Niagara Falls and she will carry the banner to Northern Ireland, where she will receive a very warm welcome from Aunt Jennet Molloy and her family. Congratulations go out to Wayne and Hilary (Sears) Paquet on the birth of Meredith Rose Paquet; Art and Bev Sears will happily make room for another grandchild at the family Christmas party. Bill and Dot Connors’ grandson, Chris MacConnell and friend celebrated the birth of their daughter in Western Canada. Great-grandparents Dot and Bill travelled west to visit the happy couple and other family members. Ray Comeau, Delbert’s son, was delighted to exchange wedding vows with the lovely Jennifer Graham, originally of Judique. The happy couple reside in Halifax. Glen Stewart is feeling very fortunate these days; the beautiful and talented Susan Bishop accepted his engagement ring in Port Williams.

The Brookfield Athletic Association concluded their 69th Annual Big Game Hunt Contest Winners of the Sportsman draw section were: Grand Prize - Ford F150 4x4 truck - Dan Paquin of Kemptown, the ATV went to Les Ayer of Amherst, $2000 Sobey’s gift certificate went to John Durnford of Dartmouth, snowblower to Perry Reid of North River, and the Honda generator to Allison Rankin of the Magdalene Islands. The heaviest buck (262 lbs) was bagged by Matthew Hoegg of Southhampton, the heaviest doe at (158 lbs) was claimed by Milton Finley of Hopewell. The longest antler was 27.5 inches, the widest was 26 inches and 16 points led that category.

We are sorry to hear of the passing of friends and family - with most of the deaths occurring in and around the Truro area - these included Jennie Rutherford, Ian Fisher’s mother- in- law, and Edith Read, Robin MacLennan’s mother. Roche Thompson, brother to Glen Thompson of Shortt’s Lake died, as did Freeman Wallace of Hilden, David Hanham’s uncle. Amy Hall, widow of the late Lorne Hall, passed away in Truro, and in Chiliwack, BC Clark Sutherland, Verna’s husband died at age 90. In Eastville, Kaye and Helen MacKay’s brother-in-law Malcolm MacKay died.. We also said final farewells to Keiller Shea, Elk defenseman of the late 50’s and early 60’s who passed away in Truro. We extend sympathies to all who have lost loved ones as the Christmas season approaches.

Please extend a warm Brookfield welcome to Kevin and Dawn Bralovich and their pre-school children Taya and Teegan who have moved from Brule into the former Carletta Sutherland / Sharon Smyth house. Brenda Geddes has moved into a mobile home in back of Ron and Marylin Russell’s. We also welcomed Kim Whidden home from Newfoundland- she passed her firefighters test in Waverley and visited parents Dave and Anitra. Headed in the opposite direction was their older daughter Stephanie Douglas who has gone to work in Austria. Sherry Roop was home for a visit and Kathy Dean went to Newfoundland. Danica (Cooke) Ellis travelled to Ontario and St. Louis for horse shows. Danica’s reputation as a master equestrian was further burnished with a provincial championship win this fall. We segue from her equine mastery in the saddle to the wonderful presentation put on by her Horse Play Stables as part of the Christmas House Tours held in the village. It was a unique and inspired decorating job, (was Mum Joanne Cooke the visionary?) complete with costumed horses, sheep and donkey, as well as Mr and Mrs Claus, and numerous elves frolicking in the barns. The other spots on the tour were equally charming if in different manners. Thanks go out to John and Chris Heartz of Shortts Lake, Blair and Patty Densmore and to the Train Station and Knox Church for providing stops of wonder. We would also like to thank all the organizations and businesses that decorated Christmas trees, and /or contributed to the Christmas socks which are forwarded to the Christmas Index program, bringing some happiness to families less fortunate. Also we would like to thank the over 200 people who took the tours as well as those who hosted the brunch at the Train Station, again showing Brookfield generosity knows no boundaries. The winners of the Terry Fox raffle for the two Father Christmas statues donated by Dorothy Farnell of Musquodobit were Sue Hamilton of Middle Stewiacke and Shirley Thompson of Truro. The TFC appreciates the support. The “Food for the Spirit” community concert, featuring fantastic local musical talents, will be held at 7 PM Sunday December 18 at Knox United. Please bring a donation for the Colchester Food Bank.

Good news for the physical condition devotees (and those who just want to melt away a few inches/pounds to get into “bathing suit shape” before heading South) - the SCA Fitness Centre will be open to the (adult) public for 16 more weeks starting in January. The rates are very attractive; watch for posters or contact Terri Robblee at 673-2983 / 897-3155 for more details.

In addition to the aforementioned Patrick Stewart mishap, Adam Deyarmond suffered a broken wrist and Amie Nelson underwent surgery. Hopefully their impediments do not hinder their gift wrapping ability.

On behalf of the BMC, the Eagle would like to wish all our readers and supporters the very best of the Holiday Season. Merry Christmas to all (and Happy Festivus to any who prefer Frank Costanza’s all encompassing celebration!) and Happy New Year.


The Eagle

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