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Vol 15, Issue 3
The Brookfield Men's Club will gather on Monday, November 21, at 7:30 PM in the Baptist Church basement for their monthly meeting. Any and all gentlemen of the area are invited to attend to enjoy an evening of fellowship, fun, good food, and a modicum of community service work. The October meeting was highlighted by a very interesting presentation from Fred Chalmers, President of Wilson Fuels, who endeavored to explain the vagaries of the pricing of petroleum related products (i.e. gasoline, furnace oil) in today's marketplace.
The BMCers are feeling justifiably proud for their role in some recent activities in the community, including a moving Remembrance Day ceremony, which was co-authored by Clubmen Bob Lawrence and Rev. Larry Harrison, ably assisted by Rev. Adam MacGregor. Over 600 people attended!! The service was highlighted by the unveiling of the beautiful and innovative new monument on the site of the former Memorial School. The Memorial committee of Wade Densmore, Bruce Nelson, Geoff Stewart, Gordie Burnett have done a fantastic job in erecting a wonderful monument, made largely from the bricks of the old Memorial school - thus continuing its legacy for many years in the future. The Community has provided valuable financial support for this project; and this committee's hard work has ensured that the bills are essentially paid, though donations are still welcomed as landscaping has to be done. A thank you should also go to designer Gordon Matheson and to master craftsman Albert Hannah of Maitland who did the brick work, and to Andrew Nelson who painstakingly salvaged almost 2000 bricks, chipping off the old mortar. Dave Heffernan did yeoman service compiling the list of names. A big thank you also goes to all the Veterans who marched, the 569 Air Cadet squadron, and all others who took part, as well as the South Colchester Academy Band, directed by Holly Hartlen. For many years Rick Hiltz has been the unsung hero of the service, directing the band, and providing the public address sound system; we have been remiss in not thanking him formally. This year's audio engineers were Bruce Isenor and Charles Bowers who did a superlative job. We also should thank the volunteers at the Knox United Church who treated the celebrants to a wonderful innards-warming lunch afterwards.
Though we reflected on November 11 on the many who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom; in the here and now many friends and neighbours have recently gone to their reward. They include Evelyn Negus, sister to Lee and aunt to Evelyn; Nova Campbell's mother, Maud Thompson, also passed away. Also in Truro, Raymond O'Hara, Sean's father died, as did former Brookfield Golf Club employee, Gordon Hill, and Ira Murphy, brother to Herman and Shirley (Wynn). Further up the Stewiacke and Musquodobit River Valleys, Bob Sibley's sister, Joyce Dean, died in Middle Musquodobit, while Vi Johnson's brother, Harry Dean, also passed away in Halifax County. In South Branch, Ronnie Pratt, Jacquie's brother died, and Ethel Hawes, Greg's mother, died in Eastville. In New Brunswick former South Colchester High teacher, Arnie Shaw (circa 1968-70), passed away. "Flossie" Crowell, mother to "Reny" Stewart, Deanna Rath and Morris Crowell Jr. passed away in Truro, as did Roche Thompson, Glen's brother. We extend condolences to all who have lost loved ones.
Congratulations goes to Diane Simms who received her Masters of Education (counselling) degree from Acadia. Recognition came to SCA teacher Jody Upham and his wife Chantale, with the Chamber of Commerce naming their company (Bella Sante Holistic Health Center) the new Small Business of the Year. South Colchester Academy girls and boys won Northumberland Region titles and hosted the soccer provincials the first weekend in November under beautiful skies. The boys team fell in the final 2-1 to Northeast Kings (the second year in a row they have lost the provincial final by one goal, after winning in 2003). The girls team overcame a slow start and defeated NKEC 3-0 to cop the school's first Nova Scotia Championship since 1960-61. Coach Larry MacKenzie's team thrilled the large crowd, as Erin Durkee was spectacular, scoring all three goals and Dallys Serracin was flawless in goal despite heavy pressure. Other members of the champion Wolves included Seniors Karla Armsworthy, Krista Holland, Leah MacNeill, Nicole Miller, Katrina Wallace and Holly Killen. The remaining Wolves, who hope to defend the banner next year, are Leanne Shupe, Christie MacPhee, Sarah Killen, Sarah Rutherford, Jolene Taylor, Holly Monk, Gabrielle Lima, Josie Geddes, Trish MacKay, Melanie Sexsmith, Jennie-Mae Roy, and Ashley David. For the final named four, (and Serracin) it was their second N.S. championship in two months having also won in Club soccer (U-16) with the Colchester County Riders in September. The boys team, coached by Rob Adams included Bryan Shupe, Jay Duffy, Byron Ingram, Phil and Mike MacKenzie, Nick and Chris Cooper, Lucas MacKenzie, Jeremy Crawford, Nick Perry, Ben Roy, Travis Smith, Joey Schijns, Nick Kenrick, Matt Leck, Cody Burris, Joel Sutherland, Clifford Reid, Shane Miller, Jake Naylor and Matt Vokey. Anna Rutherford, sister to the aforementioned Sarah and daughter of Logan and Nancy, qualified for the Eastern Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Mississauga with a standout performance in the provincials - watch for her results in early December in Ontario. Dylan McCoul, tough as nails son of former Elk catcher Darren and curling whiz Lori, captured a provincial football championship with the Truro Rebels Mite team. The Rebels vanquished the previously undefeated Halifax Cougars 25-21 in the final. They will be highlighted with a scrimmage at half time at the Uteck (Atlantic) Bowl. Congratulations to Vaughn (Gab) Matheson, who was honoured for 40 years service at LaFarge - he is the only employee remaining at the cement plant from its opening in 1965, and he was cited for his unfailing, dependable service. 25 year service awards were given to Geoff Stewart, Mark Fleming, Lori Nielsen, Brian Clarke, Terry Stewart, Rick Camm, Danny Poole and Barry Baker, who is retiring. Well done folks!
Zoe Barbour took a Mediterranean cruise, while Kim and Joel Dawe travelled to Costa Rica. Laura McCallum has moved to Vero Beach Florida, where she will pursue her golf pro work for the winter. Andrew and Jill Sears attended a wedding in Ontario, where Jill's close friend (and daughter's namesake) Rachel was married. Danny and Lexie Stewart hosted a get together for former Junior Elk Kyle Wright and friends before he left for Army boot camp in St. Jean, Quebec, late in October. We wouldn't want to be the poor fellow charged with doing hand to hand combat training with the rugged Kyle!! Anitra Whidden and Stephen Bigelow competed in the Atlantic Canadian Karaoke finals in Saint John.
The Brookfield Lumber Company has ceased finished lumber production after almost 100 years (how long exactly history buffs??); of course the company lives on through it's vibrant hardware store and as a purveyor of fine building materials. The BMC and the community at large would like to thank those who participated in the Halloween street patrol, and the youth in the community for ensuring that Halloween was a fun night for all with wilful property damage virtually zero. There were concerns with the construction going on at the corner and a lot of equipment around, and roadways in various states of disrepair that they might be targets, but again we extend credit to the intelligence of the youth. Regarding the construction work at the "corner", it is hoped that the soon-to-be completed Department of Transportation project achieves their goal of safer traffic movement for pedestrians and vehicles. The final plan was not what the BCA had wanted, but it is hoped the improved sidewalks, signage, dividers, etc. work as planned. Former Brookfielder Rene Belanger was recently featured on television as he travelled with the New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture in a tractor from Moncton to Fredericton gathering donations for the food bank along the way - collecting 27,000 pounds of food!! The "Chessman" (Rene) was excited with the effort but much in need of a hot shower at the end of the trip - nice to see him mention Brookfield with the television camera on him. Rod MacLennan advises that his father's (Charlie) eldest sister, Kay Hill, who lives in Walpole, Mass will turn 100 on December 4. We have heard some Brookfield residents recall Kay fondly as a teenager in our village, and as one of the ones who rode the train to the CCA for their schooling, as many of the locals did in that time period. The Eagle received a very generous donation from former resident Arthur (Tobe) Ross in Belleville, Ontario; but even more heart-warming was his note in which he acknowledged having been away so long he would be a stranger to many; but still considers himself a dyed- in- the- wool Brookfielder. He is very appreciative of the Eagle's efforts to keep him and other "ex-pats" connected to home. We very much appreciate Tobe's note and donation, as we do all who support the Eagle's flight.
Wedding bells rang out for Angela Burris and Robert Watson and for Julie Thompson and former hockey Elk Chris Crowe. Star Elk third baseman Darren Retson, famous for his unorthodox throwing motion, was right on target when he pitched the engagement ring to Jenny Maguire (Graham's niece) and was ecstatic when she said she would marry the affable Dumpy.
Baby girls were welcomed into the home of SCA teacher Ted and Valerie Fitzgerald in Truro, and in Bridgewater at the home of Jonathan and Gail (MacFarlane) Keirstead. Tessa Gail is a new granddaughter for Herb and Betty. The Eagle Would like to apologize for the oversight of omitting grandmother Mary Anderson's name when we trumpeted the birth of her grandson (Cyril's son in Montreal). We regret any omissions or errors and encourage news to be passed on via phone numbers at the bottom of the Eagle, as it is nigh impossible to keep up with all activities.
Nice to see Paula O'Neil home from the Meadowlands in New Jersey, where she is employed in the horse racing business, for a week to visit her family, Roberta Smith came from Toronto, and Kim Whidden was home from Newfoundland. Ray Sutherland travelled from distant Victoria, BC, and Carl Sutherland has returned home for the winter from Wild Rose country. Robert "lbbett" Henderson checked in from Winnipeg for Remembrance weekend
Broken legs seem to the order of the day as both Mike Crowe and gold medal winning Elk (when he was more agile!) Herb McCallum are both on the mend after fracturing their appendages. Joyce Sears was also hospitalized.
A reminder that adult skating is now underway at the Sportsplex, on Thursdays at 10:00 AM, for a nominal fee of $2.00; on Thursday nights you can also enjoy some recreation at the SCA gym for only $2.00 from 8:30 to 10:00 - activities include badminton, indoor soccer, basketball, and other gym related activities. The Brookfield Curling Club has their season underway, but it's not too late to join any of the leagues - contact the Sportsplex, 673-2063, if you wish to join - instruction is available. The Junior Curling program goes every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:45, while the Little Rocks for the younger ones occurs every second Tuesday, after school - what a great way to get a head start on this wonderful activity. Still at the Sportsplex drop in and check out the "Babes on Blades" a four team woman's hockey league that runs from 8:00 to 10:00 on Wednesday nights. Many local luminaries are developing their skills and they appreciate being cheered on. On November 20 (4 PM) come and help decorate Knox United Church and enjoy a Pot Luck Supper - all welcome! The Teenbits will repeat a fundraiser - "Wash Your Darn Dog" - Saturday, Nov. 26, 10-4 PM, at 710 Willow Street - contact Krista (673-2285) or Liz (897-1910) for more info. The SCA graduating class will hold their annual Auction on November 17; the public is welcome to come and find some wonderful deals while supporting the 2006 graduating class. Business has been very brisk at Brookfield's newest business, Hurricane Heidi's Cafe, located in the south end of the Brookfield Bakery complex. Owners Heidi Cooke and Lee Messom have a delightful menu of breakfast, snacks, lunches, salads, etc. and welcome is everyone. The Christmas in Brookfield Country Homes tours will take place Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. There will also be an accompanying tea and craft sales following the tour. Tickets will be available at MacQuarrie’s for $10.00 with the proceeds going to Knox Church and transportation is provided if wished. In its relatively recent history this has been a real testament to our community's spirit and willingness to welcome others, and we have been rewarded with guests from far and wide. This years hosts include Patty and Blair Densmore, Chris and John Heartz, Horseplay Stables (Danica and Ryan Ellis), Knox Church, and the Train Station. The Brookfield United Church Christmas Luncheon and Craft Sale will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 11:00-1:00 - Come and see some amazing handi-work and enjoy the wonderful food. While we're talking food, a reminder that a Christmas Brunch will be held at the suitably decorated Train Station at Ed Creelman Park on Sunday, December 4, with sittings at 11.:30 and 12:30. A limited number of tickets are available at $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12, with the proceeds going to maintenance of the historic train station. Another activity that has been well known at Christmas time has become The Festival of Trees and the Christmas Sock program, with the contents of the gaily decorated sock being handed over to the Christmas Index program. Watch for these during the weekend of the House Tours and brunch at the station.
From where did the gigantic weather vane in Upper Brookfield spring?? The humongous wind turbine will generate electricity - surely a timely idea - but what else is known? Maybe the upcoming BMC or BCA meetings will find out more?
See you at the Men's Club on November 21, 7:30, at the Baptist Church.
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