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Oct, 2006

Vol. 16 Issue 2


The Brookfield Men's Club reconvened for their 70th season in September, with "PFL" John Matheson in the Chair. The turnout was less than hoped for; so once again an invitation is extended to residents in the area to please feel welcome to join this fun - loving group. The requirements are minimal - one short meeting per month, highlighted by interesting speakers and programs, and fantastic lunch menus. The October meeting will be held Monday, October 16, in the Baptist Church basement, 7:30 P.M.

Thanksgiving weekend was about as beautiful as it gets - little wonder former Brookfielders flocked home. We were happy to see Marg Sutherland's daughters home spending time with her; from British Columbia, Karen Davis and Charlene Fraser and from Ontario Marilyn Fallon. Also coming from BC were Joan (Sutherland) and Kent Nickerson, who visited Donna Jewers. Jack and Carol Campbell were home from Leeds, England in the summer to visit Jack's mother Eloise Yorke, and his many cousins. Wendy Fraser, with daughters Kelsie and Victoria, have moved into Margaret Matheson's former house on Carter Road. Judy Wright has moved onto Laura Drive.

Former Brookfielders Peter and Kelly (Watson) Hazelton brought their son Jack home from Ontario to visit family and had him baptized while here. Speaking of babies, we are happy to hear of the birth of sons to Steve Anthony and Monique Paradise, as well as to Bruce and Shelley (Clark) MacLeod of Coldstream. Shelly is the ultra - talented flutist who adds so much to the Knox United Church choir. Robert and Tiffany Williams celebrated the birth of a baby girl.

Jean Hamilton and Wayne Carter spent time in the hospital. Former gold medal - winning Elks outfielder Alan (Moose) Campbell suffered nasty thoracic injuries when his vintage 1974 LeMans left the road and struck a culvert on South Hill. He is now home from the QEII and recovering.

Space considerations in last month's issue prevented us from giving full recognition to the South Colchester Academy's softball teams - both boys and girls team won Provincial Championships. The boys team, coached by Gary Renouf and Darren Retson, featured Jeremy Locke, Chad Ryan, Mitchell Graham, Chris Armsworhty, Myles Coldwell, Josh Taylor, Chris Cloney, Mitchell Budd, Nathan Smith, Chad MacKinnon, Jordan Murphy, Jason Kent, Travis Smith, Zach Sill and Jay Duffy, along with Manager Justin Marshall. The girls championship team included Jennie Mae Roy, Martine DeVries, Kelly Smith, Shanda Cox, Katelyn McKenzie, Autaum Stone, Nicole Davis, Kaleigh Queripel, Brette Holland, Carly Levy, Natasha and Trisha MacKay, and Paula and Dallys Serracin.

The Wolves coaches were Kelly Spencer and Blair Kieley. The SCA golf team comprised of Mark Dean, Tanner Gayton, Ben Grosvenor, and Alex Fleming (coachs Gary Renouf, Mike Henderson) ran roughshod over the competition in winning the Northumberland Regional Championship at Amherst Golf Club. The team score of 311 (all four broke 80!) was 16 shots better than runner-up CEC. The team went on to place 7th in a gale at the provincials in Cheticamp. Fleming finished 3rd overall in the province with an 81. Horton High School won the title, led by twins James and Sam Mills - Holland, sons of former Elk Bobby Holland. SCA hosted (and won) invitational soccer tournaments in both Junior and Senior Girls - the Regionals are straight ahead!

A big congratulations and thank you to and from the organizers of the Annual Terry Fox Run held in Brookfield. Over $30,000 was raised locally from the run and other Terry Fox events, and all participants and supporters are very much thanked. A special mention goes to Wayne Woolfitt who would like to express his personal gratitude, thanking everyone who supported his efforts to raise money for cancer research - without their support he would not have been able to raise over $1400 - again congratulations to Wayne and all others. At the 33rd Annual Alton Horseshoe Tournament, Gary Archibald was the Class A champion with Darrell Toole and Robert Parsons finishing 2nd and 3rd in the A division. Wayne Parnham finished 3rd in the B Class and won the doubles event. Parsons and Keith Fisher finished 2nd and Archibald and Robbie Fisher were 3rd in doubles.

We regret to report the passing of Mildred (Kitty) VanTassell, an iconic figure in the village. She was a long time teacher and Principal at Brookfield Memorial School, and a past recipient of the BMC Eagle Award, for outstanding long-time service to the community. Her rapier-like wit was a fount of entertainment to many, and she was "the source" for period piece costumes from seemingly any era. She will be missed dearly by her sisters Margie Saunders and Mary Lutwick, and children Greg, Susan and Helen Belanger, and their families, as well as by the village at large. We also bid final farewells to other residents who died - Elda Dickey in Middle Stewiacke... Bill Bryson Jr. In Truro, son of the well known fishing guide who lives on the Stewiacke River... Catherine Burris, mother to Bud and Brenda Pellerine... and former Brookfielder Marion MacLeod's sister Emma Taylor passed away in Truro. Our sympathies to those who have lost loved ones.

Wedding bells rang out for Helen (Retson) Fournier's, daughter Noelle Retson, who was married to Micah McGough in Montreal. Kaye Retson, Edith Watson, Beth Brogan and Jennifer Henderson drove to Quebec for the nuptials, as did Duncan Retson and Peter and Kelly Hazelton. A bucolic setting near her home in Forest Glen was the site where the charming Sarah Glinz exchanged her vows with Robert Short. They will live in Summerside, PEI. After a very nice ceremony at Knox United, golf professionals Laura McCallum and Shane Grinton hosted their reception at The Links at Penn Hills, a very fitting setting for these two ball strikers. They will further their craft in Florida in the winter, before returning to Nova Scotia next spring.

Corrections from last months issue - Art Lindsay shared the Al Campbell Memorial Award with Garth Densmore as the 2005-06 BMCer of the year. Names inscribed on the Eldon Brenton Memorial Bowl signifying BMCers with perfect attendance last year were Frank Locke, Bob Lawrence, Art Lindsay, Don Harvey, Elmer Archibald, Ed Graham, Don Hamilton, John and Win Matheson, and Terry and Mike Henderson. The Eagle would also like to thank financial patrons Warren Lindsay and Beth Brogan, for their kind contributions to the cause. The Men's Club would also like to extend their thanks to Forest Glen Greenhouses (proprietors Lee, Judy and Megan Thompson) for their very kind donation of flowers at Ed Creelman Park. Locals and residents agree that this year's floral displays were the best ever - the BMC could in no way afford to do this, so again a very warm thank you to the Thompsons. While on the subject of volunteers, the BMC will again be providing a Street Patrol on Halloween - because our numbers are limited and our ages are advanced, we would very much appreciate anyone who would be willing to help out and lend a hand. Meet the other BMCers at Knox United, anytime after 8:30 PM on Halloween for a couple of hours of story telling and community support. Hockeyville has wowed the area, and congratulations are extended to the Deuville family for the terrific recognition garnered for their rink and the village of Salmon River. Many local residents were excited with the arrival of several NHL alumni in the area and partook of activities such as golf tournaments, the BBQ at Victoria Park and the historic NHL exhibition game at the Colchester Legion Stadium between Montreal and Ottawa. Many long time hockey fans were thrilled to see the Stanley Cup and for a chance to talk to some former stars. The Brookfield Elementary Home and School wish to thank local businesses for the generous donations to their Fall Fair; and for those who collected Sobey's receipts, which can be dropped off at MacQuarrie's or at the school.

Buddy Gardiner, who starred as a right fielder and as a defenseman for the Elks in the late 60s, has recently retired after 33 years with the Ontario Provincial Police force. Buddy and Sharon's son Bruce, a former NHL player, and daughter Tracie are both police officers as well. Dennis and Verlie Grant went to Alberta and British Columbia, and Randy Smith took a fishing trip to Canada's most western province. Bobby and Gloria Fisher went to Calgary, while Jim and Marlene Feener went to Ontario to visit daughters Shelley and Adinda. Kristen Stewart and Jolee Miller travelled to Saratoga Springs NY, not for the famed thoroughbred racing there, but for a terrific Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young concert. Kristen was definitely born 20 years too late!! Many Brookfielders endured hours in the rain to experience the Rolling Stones concert on the Halifax Commons. The All Around the Circle Senior's Club made a "Fall Foliage" bus tour to Parrsboro, Springhill and Wentworth. Daisy Hingley visited Lisa and Chris George and family in Ontario. Lyle Carter made the lengthy trip to Delaware, Ohio, site of the Little Brown Jug, the Super Bowl of harness racing. Amanda Clarke is in St. John's attending Memorial University, while Matthew Stewart is at Cape Breton U. Geoff and Joanne Stewart's lovely daughter Nicole became engaged to Brad Poplar of River Hebert.

On October 15 there will be an appreciation luncheon for Friends of the Train Station from 11-1. A Turkey Supper will be held at Knox United Church on October 21. The Christmas House Tours will take place December 1 - 2 this year; the committee is seeking one more homeowner to add to the roster - if at all interested, please call 673-2427 for more details. The Brookfield Curling Club will host their Open House the week of October 23 - why not drop in and see the renovations and improvements to the club and throw a few stones. The 70th Anniversary edition of the Brookfield Elks Sportsman draw (formerly the Big Game Hunt) tickets are available - get yours soon!. This year's prize list for the draw is the largest ever and offers cash equivalents for many of the major prizes. ($25,000 cash for the Grand Prize!!) This draw is the major fundraiser for the Brookfield Athletic Association, who, since 1936, have been supporting the area's athletes, teams and facilities - hard to imagine how many lives they have touched and improved through that time. Be sure to pick up your ticket before the prizes are drawn on Tuesday, November 7. This year's draw will be done between periods at the Junior Elks hockey game in Brookfield; so plan on being in attendance to claim one of the grand prizes! A very few days later the community Remembrance Day service will be observed at the Veterans Memorial in front of the new Fire Hall. Ceremonies will start November 11, at 10:45 AM. Don't be late - overflow crowds have become the norm at this event over the past several years. A goodwill lunch follows at Knox United.

See you at the BMC - October 16, 7:30 PM

The Eagle

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