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These are very busy times for the Brookfield Men's Club - the upcoming November 20 meeting at 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall - (please note the change in locale, the BMCers are always happy to be invited "out") will provide the opportunity to review some of the BMC's major projects this season. These will include a review of the successful Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Veterans Memorial, ably coordinated by the BMC, Reverends Larry Harrison and Adam McGregor and the SCA band and choir, led by Holly Hartlen and Catherine Campbell and featuring Lauren Fiander with Last Post and Reveille on trumpet. This year's ceremony focused on the War Brides. 569 G.N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron (under new C.O. Darren Moore) took part in the parade. A large crowd gathered at the recently landscaped Memorial under warm, sunny skies for the inspiring service, and a great many were fed at Knox United Church afterward. The service was truly moving and the sacrifices of our servicemen both in the past, and present in Afghanistan and other trouble spots around the globe, will not be forgotten. Previous to that, the Men's Club had provided (despite very limited numbers and lack of volunteers from beyond the BMC) a street patrol on Halloween. The youth of the village are to be commended for respecting people's property and generally helping with a trouble free Halloween, though the emergence of paint ball guns is disturbing. The BMC will evaluate their participation in this program as declining numbers are a concern, and the erratic response from the RCMP, combined with their overblown press release, made one wonder if we were in the same village on October 31.
The BMCers were treated to a presentation from Landis Energy, who explained the Alton Underground Natural Gas Storage Project. Their very interesting presentation explained how they hoped to take advantage of the naturally occurring geologic formation between Stevens Road and the Brentwood Road to expand naturally occurring salt dome formations to provide a massive underground (700+ Meters sub surface) natural gas storage facility. The creation of the domes will use some 10,000 cubic meters of brackish water, daily, piped from near the confluence of the Stewiacke and Shubenacadie River, while the discharged briny water will take advantage of the Shubie's River tidal action, without appreciably changing the salinity of that ecologically critical water course. Landis will be hosting a public meeting on November 22 at the Brookfield Fire Hall from 5:30-8 PM to further provide information on the project design, and the studies underway as part of the environmental assessment process of this exciting project to the citizenry of South Colchester.
The BMC and the Eagle would like to thank kind supporters who enable the production and distribution to continue - these include Gladys Clarke, Barney and Marilyn (Hamilton) Fallon from London, Ontario and Wayne and Arlene Fisher from South Stewart Rd, Shortt's Lake, We very much appreciate your support. A job well done by Canada Post on the refurbishing of the local Post Office; across the "corner" the setting looks very different with the demolition of "Maude's Place", formerly the Putnam residence, whose history dated to the late 1820's as a stopping place for the old Halifax - Truro stage coach line.
We extend condolences to Margaret Johnson whose brother Harry Russell died in her native Scotland; Stan Faulkner's mother Lelia died in Truro at 98; Gwen Phillips, formerly of Pleasant Valley died in Hilden, and Vi Werry whose sister died - Vi attended the service in Ontario. Margaret Higgins, sister to Gerry Brine, passed away in Dartmouth and Jeanne Parks, mother to Marlene (Mrs. Brian) Sears died in Truro. Dorothy Tanner, mother to George and Wayne, died in Stewiacke. Kaye Morrell of Brentwood passed away. His many friends mourn the passing of "Wit" Carter, formerly of Carter Road, who died in PEI. Mae Cooke fell and broke her foot and is recovering at daughter Darla and Grant O'Brien's - we hope to see her back strolling on Densmore Lane soon. Others hospitalized included Zelda Harvey (broken leg), Brent Wright, Vic Burrows, and Paul Campbell Jr.
Great to see the inimitable Harold Barkhouse back behind the P.A. at the Junior Elks hockey games - his recovery from neurosurgery is progressing well. Now if he can do something about getting the music volume turned down!
Charlie and Janet Burnett, accompanied by Robert and Doreen Matheson took a dream trip, flying to Vancouver and then motoring down the Pacific Coast through Washington, Oregon, and California before moving on to Arizona and Las Vegas, where Charlie is reported to have made a large killing (more then $20, by reliable reports!). Gene and Marion Retson continue their long distance dog - sitting , making trips between Brookfield and Ottawa with Duncan's pooch. Sarah Maynard, Paul, Joan and Turtle Campbell visited Mac in Ottawa. Jane Sutherland has left for 6 months in Thailand. Shane and Laura (McCallum) Grinton honeymooned in Hawaii. Isaac Benvie and Stephanie travelled to B.C, as did Pibby Henderson who visited siblings in Vancouver and Winnipeg, and buddy Kraig MacKenzie in Edmonton. Lil Heffernan and son Jay Thomas went to New Orleans. Maureen Foster and daughter Breanna MacLeod had the enjoyable experience of travelling through many of Canada's National Parks in the Rockies of Alberta. Breanna is now living in Calgary. Danny and Kathy Dean travelled through New Hampshire and Maine on business for her rug hooking company and dropped into Orono to see nephew Zach Sill score his first goal for the University of Maine Black Bears. Parents Grant and Tammy Sill are also becoming very familiar with Maine's "Airline" road. Cheryl Hamilton was named UNB's female hockey player of the week - her coach's quote - "she is relentless on the puck..." Overlooked in our opening issues were announcement of the winners in the very successful Lotta Truck Festival, which drew an overflow crowd to see Pictou County's superstar George Canyon. The grand prize winner of the Freightliner Truck or $110,000 was Richard Lacombe of Fall River while the other vehicles (or $27,000 cash equivalents) went to Barbara Staples of Halifax, and James and Phyllis Weaver of Wolfville. This was the 20th edition of the Lotta Truck, the essential fundraiser for the DHM Sportsplex - thank you to all who supported! Coach Chris Matheson led her Cobequid nine to yet another Nova Scotia fast pitch softball championship. Christopher Ervin, 10 year old son of Gillian Ervin (and great-grandson of Dan and Audrey McDonald) achieved a black belt in taekwondo in Saint John.
Congratulations goes to former Brookfield Elks Shawn Kelly and Terry Baker who were inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame (which is in a new, must-see location at the Metro Centre). Shawn had a couple of very successful seasons with the Elks, and was inducted as a member of the 1981 Canadian Midget Softball Championship team. Unfortunately the power hitting Baker's Elks career was brief; his real job - a 17 year stint as a Grey Cup winning punter and kicker in the CFL intervened! Randy Crowell (1976 Miracle Elks and Jr. Bearcat legend) was installed in the newly opened Colchester County Sports Hall of Fame in the Marigold Cultural Centre, along with Elk 2B Mike Henderson, former Bearcat star Jim Cumming and others. Receiving their Canada Cords emblematic of the highest citation in Girl Guides were Genevieve Clark, Kaylee Ingram, Jessica Leck, Mariah Fortune and Janet O'Brien. Residents of the Brentwood Ponds took third place at the Gumdrop Cake Contest at the Colchester Co-op, and are now busy baking for the upcoming Christmas Luncheon and Sale at Knox Church on November 18. The Brookfield Elks Sportsman Draw and Contest, celebrating their 70th anniversary, had their grand prizes drawn at a Brookfield Junior Elks game. The winners are: GMC Sierra truck or $25,000 cash - Carl Kerr - Hantsport; Honda ATV - Vic Slaunwhite - Terence Bay, $2000 Sobey's certificate - Jim Roberts - New Glasgow, Snowblower - Rich MacDonald - Pictou; Chainsaw - Dale Reid - Tatamagouche. The prizes relating to the hunting portion of the contest will be drawn at the conclusion of deer season. The Brookfield Athletic Association thank all who helped make another successful contest possible.
Congratulations are extended to Amanda (Walters) and Chris Cornelius on the birth of their bouncing baby boy. Happy grandparents are Ken and Jessie Cornelius, and Everett and Margie Walters. Best wishes to Rayanne Nelson (Maurice and Elaine's daughter) and her husband Chris Frizzell, married recently in PEI. Rayanne is coordinator of Old Home Week in Charlottetown. Other locals signing marriage certificates were David Kolstee and Pam MacCulloch, Randy Frame and Brandy White, Pete Clark and Marlene Walters and Joy Carter and Walter Wasson. Happy to report that Andrew Heffernan has become engaged to Kimberley Smith of Sheet Harbour. Her father (Brian) and brother (Kent) were popular Brookfield Curling Club members a few years ago. Andrew has been promoted within Lafarge and has re-located to their operation in Albany, N.Y. Andrew is passionate about his hometown, and sent this memo, which captures a lot of what makes this such a great place to raise a family. "Thank you to the Eagle for the sense of community that you characterize. I will miss Brookfield and the community that raised me. Chuckerball, Vacation Bible School, crossing guard at the Memorial School, Christmas concerts, Church musicals, ringing the bell on Sunday morning, road hockey with the Matheson boys, Beavers and Cubs, reading in Church, golfing 36 holes a day in the summer and wading into the ponds for balls at night, sledding on Jared's Hill, Advent Festivals, band at the Junior High, penny parades, Bowling League, the Whing Ding and a paper route... I have many happy memories and I will be back, thank you." From our Moncton correspondent, Rene Belanger, comes word Stewiacke East native Matthew Brenton (son of Joey and former Brookfield Elk bowling leaguer Cathy) is winning fans in the Coliseum with his warp speed for the Quebec Major Junior League Wildcats. Anna Rutherford won the Gold Medal at the NS Sectionals, and will attend the Eastern Canadian Figure Skating Champions in the Novice ladies division. We're not sure if long time St. Louis Cardinals fans David (Spud) Stevenson and Terry Henderson have gotten over their shock of their pedestrian Cardinals team capturing the World Series over the favoured Detroit Tigers - both however are insistent they knew the Redbirds would prevail!
South Colchester Academy students continue to make news - Emily Hiltz and Megan Isenor were selected to be part of the Nova Scotia Honour Jazz program; Ben Roy and Caila Henderson qualified through Regionals for the Provincial Cross - Country championships in Bridgewater, where they both made very credible showings. On the soccer field, the Junior Girls coached by Kelly Spencer, captured yet another Regional Championship - players included Maria Rutherford, Ally Campbell, Marlee Coldwell, Linnea Bigelow, Emily Duykers, Emelye Porter, Annalyse Myers, Natahsa MacKay, Danielle Smith, Emily Taylor, Cara Kaulbach, Kaleigh Queripel, Paula Serracin, Katie Carter, Sarah Brehmer, Kristen Riggins and Manager Katelyn Cox. The Junior boys soccer team won the District title, before falling in the Regional Finals under first year coach Glenn Hollingsworth who did a fine job. The Senior boys team coached by Rob Adams and Craig White won the Northumberland Regional Championship before overtime loss in the Semi Finals of the Provincials in Liverpool. The Senior Boys team included Ian Shupe, Colton Cox, Mike Weatherbee, Emiliano Moscorro, Ryan Turple, Ronnie Makokis, Josh MacKenzie, Nick Perry, Joel Sutherland, Coty Burris, Chris Cooper, Nico Rathje, Joao Nicchio, Matt Leck, Ben Roy, Joey Schijns, Nick Kendrick, and Andrew Ferris. Former Wolves making a splash in a bigger pond were Krista Holland and Leah MacNeil , who helped the NSAC female soccer team capture the Conference Championship and advance to the National Championships in Burnaby, B.C. MacNeil scored both goals in the 2-1 championship overtime victory and was the Atlantic Finals Most Valuable Player.
Nice to see Greg McDonald and kids home for a visit with his mother Marian, Julie (Henderson) Hsu, along with Noah and Molly were home from Vancouver. Susan Burnett came from Hong Kong to visit parents Gordie and Jackie and we welcome to Carter Road Mary (Deyarmond) Cox along with daughters Nathlie, Shanda and Katelyn. Many will recognize Mary as the SCA Wolves uber-fan. Happy to report Robyn Storr-Paluch is following in her mother's (Yan Wilson) path and teaching at South Colchester Academy. Also pleased to announce the opening of Brally's Furniture and Decor operated by Kevin and Dawn Bralovich on Rte 289. Hours are from 11-6 Tuesday to Saturday - so drop in if you are looking for some custom made furniture or inspired decorating ideas. The Brookfield Community Assembly's website is proving extremely popular with over 596 visits in September alone. Please have a look at the website listed below and feel free to suggest content to the BCA. If your community organization or business does not have a profile on here, you are definitely missing out on a valuable opportunity to make both locals and visitors aware of the possibilities and opportunities.
Luther Sears (a burgeoning Ralph Medjuck??) has begun construction on a third apartment complex on Brandt Lane, and Greg Sutherland is also building a multi-unit structure on the Upper Brookfield Road.
The Brookfield Community Assembly would like to announce a very important community meeting to explore a plan for future development in our area on November 16. This meeting will begin with a catered supper at 5:30 PM at Knox Church Hall. RSVP your intentions so the proper number of free meals can be prepared. This is a follow up to the Focus Group Meeting that was held last May and everyone is welcome to share their vision for our future. The Knox Church Christmas Lunch and Sale will take place on Saturday, November 18, from 11:00 AM -1:30 PM, at the Church Hall. Tickets are $6 and there will be pantry and craft tables sponsored by the Brookfield Pastoral Charge of the UCW. For more information call Rose Ann at 673-3320 or Marie at 671-2893. The Brookfield Baptist Church will celebrate their 144th Anniversary with a 7 PM service on November 19. Knox United presents "Christmas Joy" - live from "Downtown Brookfield", plus an old-fashioned Christmas Concert Saturday November 25 @ 7 PM - $5/ person at MacQuarries or the door - an evening of fun and laughter is promised. Christmas snacks and refreshments served. Christmas Home Tours and the Festival of Trees and Stockings will be held on Dec 1-2. Businesses, groups, and individuals are encouraged to participate by decorating trees (to be displayed at Train Station and Fire Hall) and / or filling a stocking as a donation to the Children's Aid Christmas Index program. Homes on the tour will be Dawn and Kevin Bralovich, Julie Walters, and Judy Wright. Knox Church will host the Craft Sale Refreshment Time, and provide transportation. Call Donna (673-2812) for more info. Tickets on sale at MacQuarries. Adult public skating sessions happen Thursday mornings 10-11 at the Sportsplex for a nominal ($2) fee - come enjoy a glide! You are invited to the "Christmas Cabaret 2006" at SCA on December 17 at 2 PM. The afternoon will include a "Silent Auction" and entertainment will feature our school music groups - SCA vocal ensemble, concert band, beginner band, jazz combos, fiddle and guitar group. Please join us for a delightful afternoon - see our students perform and what SCA's Music program is all about! The 569 Air Cadet Squadron will be selling cheese and milkshakes as a fundraiser - contact 673-3186 for more details.
Again we invite you to join the Brookfield Men's Club for their monthly meeting on November 20 in; this month the BMC will be hosted by the Brookfield Fire Department. The BMC in it's 70th year of operation, definitely would welcome, and is in much need of new blood so please feel free to stop in and enjoy the evening. Current BMC members include Don and Frank Locke, Bob Lawrence, Garth Densmore, Charlie and Gordie Burnett, Terry and Mike Henderson, Win, Vaughn and John Matheson, Jim Feener, Herb MacFarlane, Larry Harrison, Don Harvey, Danny MacDonald, Elmer Archibald, Jeff Cameron, Ed Graham, Glenn Leck, Austin Ross, Delbert Comeau, Art Lindsay, Don Hamilton and Ches Brown. These gentlemen will be very welcoming to any new attendees to join in the BMC's fellowship and community service. We hope to see you on November 20, 7:30 PM.
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