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Vol. 16 Issue 5
Happy New Year! The Brookfield Men's Club hosted their annual Christmas party amidst carolling, fine food and lots of frivolity. BMCers and community members alike, are waiting to see if Art Lindsay, the big winner in the gift exchange, has begun leaping tall buildings in a single bound, now that he is the proud owner of a pair of Superman - logoed boxer shorts. Perhaps only Roberta knows the extent of his super powers. The BMCers also donated to the Colchester Food Bank. Why not help bring in 2007 by joining the BMC at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 15 at 7:30 PM, in the basement of the Baptist Church. At that meeting the finishing touches will be put on the Italian Feast the BMC will host on Saturday, January 20. Tickets will sell for $6 per individual or $15 per family and are limited to the number of dinner seats in Knox Hall. They can be obtained at MacQuarries, or by calling 673-2263; or at the door should any remain. Meal time is 5 PM, and entertainment will be provided.
The Eagle's mail box was overflowing as kind patrons sent cards with support of both verbal and financial support. The Eagle is overwhelmed by our readers' generosity at this time of year when budgets are stretched especially thin. The BMC is indeed appreciative of those who enable our continuing efforts. These include from Thamesford, Ontario, Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Byrd, Ron and Marilyn Morrell, regular contributors Joyce Geddes from Middle Stewiacke and Carol (Dennis ) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury, as well as Phil and Judy Henderson of Halifax. A wonderful note was received and kind contribution from BMC charter member Don, and his lovely wife Veta, McNeille of Ellershouse. We would also like to thank Canada Post and Post Master, Graham Pearson, who graciously donated the bulk mail postage for the December Eagle. Again a humble thank you to all.
Unfortunately we did not enjoy a white Christmas in our area, somewhat diminishing the wonderful decorations erected by our citizens. The Men's Club again sponsored the Community Christmas Decorating Contest and is happy to announce the winners who were selected from both halves of the area, with Highway 289 serving as the divider. On the South Side, Cecil and Alice Stevens won Best Religious theme; North side winners were Kevin and Rosalynn Clarke; Most Original winners were (South) Gordon and Deanna MacKinnon and (North) Mike and Susan MacDonald. Best decorations winners were (South) Ron and Carol MacMillan and (North) Gary and Laura Kolstee. Best Overall was Bob and Shirley Sibley. Honourable mention goes to Stan and Edie Tanner, Bud Burris and Kathy Toole, Jim and Vicki McCoul, Jeff and Nikki Graham, and Bob and Jean Lawrence. At the most recent meeting the BMC received correspondence suggesting that this event could be restructured to involve even more community members, possibly by having a bus available to tour the citizens around the area and view the wonderful creativity. This may be an ambitious undertaking, given the scope of the greater community, as currently the judges travel to the far reaches including Forest Glen, East and Upper Brookfield, Bell Road, Brentwood, Shortt's Lake and Pleasant Valley. The BMC promises to look into this, and if there is interest in the community we will try to organize it for next December. Please feel free to pass on any thoughts involving any aspects to any BMC member.
The community's New Year Baby is a son (Casey) born to Jamie and Angela Reid. Grandparents Dave and Anitra Whidden are on Cloud Nine, though Anitra, as usual is very reserved in expression! 3 current (and 1 former) SCA students will be representing Nova Scotia at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse next month. Siblings Ben, Jenny Mae, and Julia Roy of Fort Ellis (parents Pierre and Marjorie) are on the Cross Country Ski team, and Anna Rutherford (daughter of Logan and Nancy) will be figure skating. The Junior Elks Hockey club are happy to announce Anna will give a skating performance between periods of the Elks - East Hants Penguins on January 16. The Elks will donate the 50-50 proceeds to help defray costs of Anna's trip to the Yukon and to the Nationals later in Ontario. Come support Anna and the Elks on the 16th!!!
An omission from last months edition was Sarah Wort as part of the South Colchester Academy Senior girls volleyball team. While in that vein we must acknowledge the efforts to the youth volleyball program over the years of Roger Cox, the custodian at Brookfield Elementary School, who has tirelessly supported and recruited coaches for young spikers and setters from grade 4 upward, and Mary MacDougall, Phys-Ed teacher at Upper Stewiacke Elementary - her graduates have provided a steady parade of outstanding players to the SCA program for many years. The dearth of volleyball, and basketball, players from the Brookfield area was long blamed on lack of a proper gymnasium in the former Brookfield Memorial School; however it is has been 4 years since they moved to the renovated Junior High building with one of the best gymnasiums available to an elementary school anywhere, so hopefully the Physical Education program will produce more polished and accomplished athletes heading next door. The clock is ticking.
Long time resident Marion Smith passed away; our sympathies to daughters Ida Lib Adams and Roberta Smith, and the extended family. A true gentleman, Rupe Taylor, of Birch Hill died, as did Barb Nelson's mother, Edna MacLean. Former Pleasant Valley resident and SCHS student John Higgins died, as did Nick Peterson (Bernie's son). Our condolences to all who mourn their losses.
The best part of the Christmas season is the return of family members. Some of those encountered were Allison Johnson from Connecticut at Sid and Margie's, and Amy and Annette Heffernan. Steve and Pam (Roop) Olmstead from North Vancouver and Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny from Toronto at Randy and Betty's. As well Jonathan and Gail (MacFarlane) Keirstead spent time at their parents homes. Pam (Henderson) and daughter Victoria Lanthier came from Quebec to Helene's home on Highland Drive. Nice to see Maryn Campbell, statuesque daughter of Jack and Carol, stop in Brookfield to visit her grandmother Eloise Yorke. Maryn is in the fashion business and was leaving the U.K (London) behind en route to work in Toronto. James (Alberta) and Rob (Montreal) Carter were home at Lyle and Susan's, and Glenn and Grace Illsley welcomed daughters Susan and Lisa. Janelle Canning checked in from Regina, and Stewart and Brenda Teed descended from Canada's Arctic. Mac Campbell and Nadine Lily of Ottawa were at Paul and Joan Campbell's. Chelsea (Calgary) and Jacob (Thunder Bay) Ross spent Christmas with parents Gerald and Elaine. Ken and Evan Locke and families were home with Frank and Barb, and Brad, Margie (Locke) and Emily Little came to Don and Verna Locke's abode on Crystal Lake Drive. Angela Nelson and her fiancée Thomas visited her mother Barb. Sue Burnett came from Asia, and other long distance travellers were Kelly and Wendi (Campbell) Grant, (and children Katie and Danny) all the way from Prince Rupert, who are fortunate enough to have both sets of parents in our village (Dennis and Verly Grant, Gord and Carol Campbell). Hazel Kennedy celebrated her 80th birthday with family and friends. Daughter Sandra is home from Newfoundland with Hazel for the winter.
Club man Garth Densmore missed the December meeting as he is recuperating from hip replacement surgery; he expects to be as good as new in the near future. Others hospitalized were Joan Comeau, Gregor Dawe, Bill Murphy, and Donald Ross. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob Conroy and Josh Melvin, who are facing some difficult health issues.
Nice to see the improvements made to the CN rail crossing on Highway 2 south of the golf course, which will hopefully take some of the teeth - rattling aspect out of that intersection, and the completion of the new spillway dam and environmentally - friendly fish ladder constructed by Lafarge at the North end of Shortt's Lake. This will be a picturesque setting come next summer for picnics, fishing, public swimming, canoeing and kayaking. Lafarge employees are to be commended for recently surpassing 1 million hours worked without any lost work time accidents - a terrific achievement! In celebration of that accomplishment four free First Aid courses will be offered to residents of the area. It is a one day emergency First Aid and CPR session. Dates are January 20, February 10, March 3, and 17 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, at Lafarge Brookfield plant basement conference room. First come, first served; pre-registration is a must. Contact Rod Nielsen 673-3710 or Rod.Nielsen@lafarge-na.com.
World traveller Jim Dickie only barely returned from Toronto where he attended a concert of what is left of one of the world's greatest rock bands (The Who), when he and companion Marilyn (Cheek) Totten embarked on a lengthy cruise through the Southern Caribbean and the lesser Antilles as well as the former Dutch principalities of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Sharon Swan and Mindee Walker visited daughter/sister Nadine in Vancouver and Susan VanTassell travelled there also. Jill Kennedy checked out Albuquerque, where younger brother Peter is starring on defence for the New Mexico Scorpions of the Central Hockey League. Another grandchild of Eloise Yorke's also splashed the social pages as Joel Campbell (son of Brian and Gwen) married Juliet Thornton. Brian and Gwen's other son, Peter is enrolled in Dalhousie's MBA program, after working in China and Russia for a number of years. Josh McCallum and Jessi Taggart became engaged. We welcome Darren Lynch, already a fixture at the Curling Club, to the community - he has moved into the former Robar house near the Golf Club. Marilyn Morrell reports her grandsons Jeff and Chris have had successful season in sports in British Columbia with the elder (Jeff) getting an award as Top Rookie in wrestling and advancing to the provincials, as well as being named Umpire of the Year, while Chris was a member of a leading Junior football team at 15 (standing 5'8" and weighing 205 he would definitely be a force at his linebacker/offensive line positions). Both boys, and their father John are umpires in the summer months. Curtis Cameron was re-elected Chairman of Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex Board of Directors.
On Thursday January 18, the Canada Games Council, as part of their evaluation process of Truro/Colchester's presentation (HubBid 2011) to host the Canada Winter Games, will tour Brookfield. The Brookfield Athletic Association has pledged its support to the HubBid, and will "manage" and host an event in 2011. The community is urged to put its best foot forward when the council tours the Sportsplex and SCA late in the afternoon of the 18th. Watch for more information as to how you could help! The Northern Zone Men's Curling playdowns - step one on the road to the Brier - will be held at the Brookfield Curling Club January 18-20. Stop in and enjoy the fine shotmaking that will be displayed. The 8 week Stability Ball Classes being offered at SCA will change from Friday to Monday evenings. They will begin January 15. Call 897-3155 for more details. Reminder that South Colchester Academy's Musical Theater Program will present "The Little Shop of Horrors" on January 15, 16, 17 and 18. If past productions are any guide, this will be something the public will not want to miss - trek up to the beautiful auditorium at SCA and witness this group's talents in a terrific setting.
Again we remind you of the BMC's Italian Feast set for January 20th at Knox Hall at 5 PM - call 673-2263 for more information and tickets. On behalf of the BMC we'd like to wish all our readers near and far a Happy and Prosperous 2007!!