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February, 2006
Vol 15, Issue 6

The Brookfield Men’s Club is on a roll! After happily accepting the Brookfield Fire Department’s invitation to be the first community organization to host a meeting in the new firehall for their January session, the BMCers are now getting ready to cue up their 69th anniversary meeting. This one, like all BMC events, is open to members of the public; we would only ask that you notify Frank Locke (673-3093) if you plan on attending so he can advise the Baptist Church ladies how many will be present for the spectacular dinner they will provide. A fee of $10 seems inconsequential relative to the feast provided. Please make special note of the time 6:30 PM on Monday, February 20 at the Baptist Church Hall.

New political leadership abounds! Canada has a new Prime Minister as Stephen Harper led the Conservative party to a minority government in the Federal election in late January. Locally, MP Bill Casey was returned to Ottawa for the fifth time. On the provincial scene, a new occupant is in the Premier’s chair in Halifax as the Progressive Conservative party chose Rodney MacDonald as their leader at a delegated convention in Halifax recently after the retirement of the much respected Dr. John Hamm. On a decidedly more local level the Brookfield Community Assembly has decided to hold their Annual Meeting (including elections) on Monday April 24, so please record that date. It will be an easy one to remember as it is exactly one week after the highly anticipated BMC Ladies Night on April 17.

In Bible Hill a baby boy was born to David John and Sarah Hazelton, excited grandparents are Don and Doady Hazelton of Carter Road. Greg MacIssac and Dusty Spencer welcomed a baby girl, as did Lori (Rovers) and Andrew Poehl, another grandchild for happy grandparents Mary and Leo Rovers. Emily Kierstead and Don Murray celebrated the birth of a granddaughter, Sophia, born in Halifax to Blair Abbass and Jenny Kierstead. Twin boys were born almost 24 hours apart in early January to Kristopher and Hannah (MacDonald) Sansford. The baby boys, Karter and Makiah, arrived prematurely and both weighed under 2 pounds. Sadly, Karter passed away 9 days later; Makiah has had a heart valve operation and it appears his health is improving. Our prayers go out to the parents, grandparents Brian and Cherie MacDonald and great grandparents Dan and Audrey MacDonald, and Muriel Smith.

It’s that time of year when hockey action is heating up at the Sportsplex. The Junior Elks prevailed in a torrid battle for second place in the West Division in the Nova Scotia Junior B hockey league and will open playoffs against St.Margaret’s Bay Ducks. Watch your local papers, the Elks Corner at MacQuarries, and the Sportsplex for their playoff schedule. Not to be outdone, female Elks teams are making a big name for themselves. The Pee Wee girls , won a tournament in Lunenburg. This team includes Regan Bowers, Maria Rutherford, Vanessa Leck, and Victoria Works and Assistant coach Charles Bowers. Meanwhile the Atom female Elks won the Westville Miners Christmas tournament, and recently handed the powerful Bedford girls their first loss of the year. Coaches David Clarke and Jeff McCavour feature local products such as Caitlin McCavour, Madison Clarke, and recent Star of the Week, Emilee Burris, granddaughter of Debbie (Reid) Burris. SCMHA teams moving into playdowns included the Brookfield Midget A Elks who ousted the Truro Bearcats in a thrilling overtime game at the Sportsplex. This team includes Scott George, Matthew Leck, and Jared Stewart, with Bruce Leck as Assistant Coach. The first year AAA Midget Elks team is in 4th place in the 7 team Mainland league with a 16-11-2 record; they are gearing up for the league tournament. Familiar faces on this team include Matthew Bates - Wilson, Craig Johnston, Corey MacDonald, Nick McLellan, Eric Pike, Coady Read, Josh Taylor, Justin and Travis Smith. The Midget C team features Charlie Fleming, Nick Kendrick, Shawn MacPherson, Chad Works, Ben and Nathan Allinson. The Atom A Elks, with stalwarts Connor Gamble and Alberto Serracin, have eliminated Truro and now, meet Cumberland. The Peewee AA Elks [ with Drew McNutt, Donnie Bernard, and Lucas Dawe] bowed out of provincial playdowns, losing to the Bearcats. The Bantam AA Elks will be hosting the Provnicials at the Sportsplex March 24, 25, 26. Coachs Kevin Murphy and Steve Myette’s squad includes Ricky Johnston, Corey MacPherson, Daniel Patton, Ryan Blaauwendraat, Robert Crouse, Payson Gray, Sheldon Muise, Justin Murphy, Todd Myette, Brandon O’Brien, Kurt Queripel, Guillaume Reid, Stephen Tattrie, Andrew West and Jordan Wright. Be sure to drop in to the Sportsplex and cheer on the Elks!

Local products playing at other levels include Peter Kennedy, trying to get his career jump- started at the University of Minnesota after a painful pelvic injury that required surgery. Zach Sill, a stalwart for the Jr. A Bearcats, has recently returned to the lineup from a broken thumb, his brother Bobby (attending school in Port Hawkesbury), is playing with the league leading Strait Pirates in the Junior B league, and Chris Armsworthy continues to be a leader in the Major Midget loop for the Pictou County team. Locals on the Truro Bearcats AAA teams include: (Atom) Gregor Dawe; (Bantam) Doug Armsworthy. On the curling side of the wall the Brookfield Curling Club will host an Open Bonspiel the weekend of February 24-26; stop in and enjoy some fine action. An early reminder the 17th Edition of the Great Community Curling Classic will be held over the weekends of March 31 -April 2 and April 7-9. This event features curlers of all levels and welcomes newcomers in a very hospitable environment. The United Way of Colchester is honouring Paul Barrett as the inaugural recipient of its Outstanding Leadership Award; watch the papers for more info.

Travellers included Stena Cook, who had a wonderful Christmas visiting son Terry, Robyn and family in Calgary and then she moved Northeast to Cherry Grove (near Cold Lake) to visit Steven, Sandra and family. Stena also saw her cousin Linda Carter and Linda’s father Carson Carter (age 91) in Calgary. Sorry to report he has not enjoyed the best of health lately. Joanna Canning went to Newfoundland, while Rod McKenney and family enjoyed a slightly less glamorous island (in Hawaii). Ches Brown visited family in Ontario during an extended trip and Angie Lynds travelled to France. Jane Taylor and Jamie Works have both moved to the Edmonton area. Barb Nelson and son Matthew vacationed in the Czech Republic with daughter Angela and her boyfriend Tomas, who have recently become engaged. Angela’s company (Unilever) has agreed to transfer her to Calgary to be with her beau. Ex-patriates Ron and Leigh Belanger (Brampton), and Rene and Gail Belanger (Moncton) vacationed in the Dominican Republic, celebrating a milestone birthday for Gail,while on the island.

The Eagle was pleased to receive generous financial support from readers including Bill Stewart, Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury, the ageless and indomitable Leila Brenton, and Graham and Jane Campbell. The group also received a very nice thank you note from avid subscriber Mayor Mike Smith - he has often demonstrated his fondness for this community. We thank all who took the time to help support our endeavor.

Nice to see Keith Best of Brentwood and Ken MacKenzie (broken leg and all) of Elm Street, accompanied by erstwhile BMCer Monty Patton at our January meeting - we hope they can continue to attend and help the BMC surge toward her 70th Anniversary in 2007. The aforementioned MacKenzie, a well known singer in various groups in and around the Baptist Church, was not the only Brookfielder hobbled. Spending time in hospital were Nat Creelman and Carl Lynds, as well as Gordie Campbell who had a hip replacement. Proving the possible (??) folly of trying to determine an age limit for legislation regarding riders of ATVs, both Liseanne Ross (broken hip and femur) and Pibby Henderson (broken collar bone) proved there is no age limit as to who can be injured on these machines. We’re not sure if there is any truth to the rumor that Pibby’s bowling average increased while he was hors de combat. John Clark Jr. had hip replacement surgery.

Regrettably the list of those passing to their reward is too long this month. In addition to the aforementioned Karter Sansford, departing our midst were former SCHS teacher of the 1960’s Clayton Allen... Wavie Tothill, wife of Robert...in Pembroke, Ontario, Gerald Cooke, brother to Steve “Jig” Cook , well known baker...Cora MacCulloch, Jeff Fielding’s grandmother...also in Truro Bertha Doyle, grandmother to Meredith Doyle...in Springhill Mary Sanders, sister to Grace Campbell...in Otterbrook, Phyllis Parks, sister to Leon and the late Ernie Colburne...and in Middle Stewiacke Mary “Mai” Fisher, mother to Shannon Baird, Kerry Geddes, Dawn Archibald and Kelvin Fisher. On behalf of the community and the BMC, we extend sympathies to all who have lost loved ones.

Julie Hsu and her children Noah and Molly whisked home from Vancouver for an extended weekend at her parents Terry and Mary Henderson’s. Joey Boomer was home from the west to visit family over the holiday season and many visitors flocked to Brookfield to take part in the surprise church service and dinner celebrating 25 years in the Knox United Church pulpit for Rev. Larry Harrison’s. Friends of Harrison came from New Brunswick as did Larry’s mother (Jean), brother (Bev) and sister (Mary Lou ). Former student minister under Larry at Knox Mary Webber-Cook (daughter of Rev. Ralph and Betty), provided an especially moving tribute to Rev. Harrison. Later the crowd which approached about 400 was served a wonderful dinner and further testimonials were given, including a wonderful DVD presentation with pictures of his quarter century service to Knox. Larry’s response to the crowd was heartfelt and he pretty much nailed it when he said there may be other ministers who bring other skills to the table, but defintely none who love their community more.

The Brookfield Fire Department will be hosting an Open House at the new fire station from 10:00AM until 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 25. Light refreshments will be served and there will be displays of equipment as well as tours of the new station. Everyone is welcome. At 2:00 PM the Official Opening on the Apparatus Floor will be held with government and emergency services representatives present, along with the general contractor personnel. Albert Hannah who donated his time and effort to construct the new Veterans Memorial on the site will be formally recognized. The Brookfield Railway and Heritage Train Station is having a noon luncheon (eat in or take out) and silent auction on April 29 to raise funds for maintenance of the Train Station. More information is subsequent Eagles, but please keep in mind any items you may wish to donate to the Silent Auction.

There was a good turn out at the Coffee House and silent auction at the Baptist Church helping to raise funds for Andrew Sears, Jeanette Dixon and Lucille Stewart, who will be travelling to El Salvador in April to build houses as part of the Habitat for Humanity program, where they will selflessly give their time to help the under privileged. Further fundraisers may be planned, stay tuned.

You’re welcome to join us for the Anniversary Dinner and meeting on February 20th at 6:30 PM - a delicious meal for only $10.00.

The Eagle

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