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 Box 195
Brookfield, NS
B0N 1CO

November 2007
Vol. 17 Issue 3


The Brookfield Fire Department hosted the Brookfield Men's Club's October meeting at the Fire Hall and as usual, presented a wonderful program and a delicious meal. On Monday November 19 the BMCers will return to their familiar haunt in the basement of the Baptist Church at 7:30. Any and all men of the area are welcome to attend!

Everywhere we looked over the past few weeks our citizens seemed to be making names for themselves. A moving Remembrance Day ceremony was conducted by Reverend Larry Harrison and Pastor Adam MacGregor at the Veterans Memorial before a large throng, even with the unpleasant weather. The SCA band, led by Holly Hartlin, had a featured role. Despite being largely ignored by the mainstream media, it is without doubt one of the best attended and apropos ceremonies in the Province. Over 30 wreaths were laid, and the Parade of Air Cadets, Veterans, Firemen, and two RCMP members (including Janelle Canning, home from her post in B.C.) and youth groups was impressive. Thanks to volunteers at Knox United Church who provided an innards-warming luncheon afterwards! Garth and Helen Densmore were feted on their 50th wedding anniversary - their son Wade and wife Nellie hosted a large number of friends on the occasion. Robert Putnam added to his lengthy list of accomplishments, by being enshrined into the Colchester County Hall of Fame at the Marigold Center. Inducted with Putty was former Brookfield Junior High Principal Bob Gogan, and long time friend to the Brookfield Curling Club, Viv Hoar. The South Colchester Academy Senior Girls soccer team won the Provincial Division 2 Championship with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Central Kings High School Gators. The Larry MacKenzie - coached squad included; Tamara Hamilton, Megan MacDonald, Ashley David, Trish and Tasha MacKay, Jennie Mae Roy, Melanie Sexsmith, Cara Kaulbach, Emily Taylor, Kelda Hagell, Marlee Langille, Jessica Leck , Mariah Williams, Brette Holland, Kailee Ingram, Tasha Densmore, Kaleigh Queripel and Emelye Porter, as well as sisters Dallys and Paula Serracin. Their parents Juan and Lori-Anne, and brother Alberto, were thrilled as keeper Dallys kept the Gators at bay throughout the game despite being under steady pressure from the Valley girls. Paula scored with a beautiful header on a corner kick with 13 minutes remaining in regulation time to tie the score at 1-1. Thirty minutes of overtime solved nothing and the game went to a shootout ,with each side scoring 3 out of 5 penalty kicks - and Dallys once again made a key save. Cara Kaulbach calmly drilled home a sudden death shoot out winner to give the Wolves a 2-1 victory before a considerable amount of alumni ( though not as many students as one would have hoped for), who were chilled by the brisk winds just ahead of the lashing post - tropical storm Noel applied. This is the Wolves second Provincial crown in the last three years. Other standouts were sweeper Jennie Mae Roy, who was huge on defense for SCA, Paula Serracin and Brette Holland. Brette's grandfather, 90 year old Cedric (a familiar sight at Elks Ball games) was torn as he had another granddaughter, Ashley, son of former Elks shortstop Doug and Jill, playing on the CKHS team. Brette is former Elk first baseman Jim and Barb's daughter. The Atlantic College Athletic Association announced it's soccer All Stars and the NSAC was well represented by former SCA Wolves - making the conference all star squads were Leah MacNeill, Erin Durkee and Ben Roy. Still at SCA, the Senior Girls Cross Country team, coached by Shelly Roberts, qualified for Provincials in Bridgewater - Caila Henderson, Rebecca Bigelow, Kristin Taylor, and Katelyn Stewart made up the team. Henderson led the way with a 13th place finish in a field of 99 with a sub 21 time on the hilly 5 km course. Lothar Schollmeier celebrated 40 years in Canada since his immigration from Germany.

Congratulations are also extended to County Councilor and Deputy Mayor Hugh Matheson whose perseverance prevailed as he finally convinced Colchester County Council to include Highway 2 North in the ongoing sewer extensions project. Not only is this a boon to the property owners in the area, but hopefully will spark some development, and just as importantly, help rectify a nasty environmental situation which may have threatened the village's groundwater supply. Matheson was not to be deterred and he really came through for the residents, and he in turn is very thankful to all who wrote letters, attended meetings and generally displayed the necessary support to convince the councilors. Units 3&7 of the UCW hosted a Halloween luncheon with over 75 in attendance, many of whom were in costume. Speaking of Halloween, thanks go the BMCers, as well as other community volunteers who showed up for the street patrol; praise also goes to the local youth who kept their pranks to a reasonable nature. Thanks to the Dept. Of Transportation and Public Works promptly effecting repairs to sidewalk on 289 East, as requested by the BCA. The Brookfield Elks Sports Draw (nee Brookfield Big Game Hunt) grand prize winners in the 71st season were Grand Prize - GMC Sierra truck or $25,000 cash - Leonard Fiander of Porter's Lake; 2nd - Honda ATV - R.P.Foote, Truro, 3rd - $2000 Sobey's gift certificate, Heather Landsberg, Bible Hill , 4th - snowblower or $1200 Holly Brasky, PEI; 5th - chainsaw or $500 - Marshal Miller, Middle Musquodoboit. Thanks to all who supported the contest - watch the December Eagle for the "hunt" winners.

Baby boys continue to turn up in stork packages - Lindsay Wood was flashing her new bundle around recently, and former Elk defenseman Brad Sutherland and wife Megan now have their second boy, a brother to Tristan. Dougie and Debbie DeBay were married at Knox United. Members of the greater Sears family were on the move - Bev went to California to visit her sister, while her son-in -law Wayne Paquet, in his role as Registrar at the NSAC, went to China. Meanwhile Bev's son Andrew also made stops in Dacca, Chittagong and Hong Kong. Mary Crossman and daughter Janie travelled to Ontario, visiting family members in Toronto and Chatham. Mary and son Lee went to PEI to her husbands Clarence's sister - in- law's funeral. Chris, Doug and Donny Bernard travelled to Florida. Lil Heffernan and her son Jay travelled to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, as did Colin and Nova Campbell. Maureen Foster went to swim amongst the Greek Islands, part of a very successful fund-raising project to endow a scholarship fund for NSCC students. Mitchell Cooke has returned to the opulence of Dubai to further his Moto-X career. Thanks to Angela and Jamie Reid for coordinating the Scarecrow Decorating contest - there were at least 24 participants. The winners included Darren and Lori McCoul, Andrew and Becky Roop, Garth and Helen Densmore, George and Joan Clark, and Susan VanTasell. Susan's creation, the Headless Horseman, from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" evoked memories of Katrina VanTassell ,from whom the Brookfield gang on Elm Street traces lineage. The Brookfield Curling Club has begun it's 32nd season - can it be?! - with a wonderful sheet of ice and the newest closed circuit television technology, further enhancing the experience of spectators and players alike. Drop into the Club and see how this adds to your enjoyment of the game. On the other side of the concrete wall the Brookfield Elks Hockey Club is gathering attention for it's young spirited team, laden with local prospects. The Elks are in action most Tuesday nights, so drop up and give them a cheer. Among those you'll recognize are Chris Armsworthy, Jimmy Scullion, Coady Read, Ike Burgess, Travis Gibbon, Josh Taylor, Justin Smith, DJ McCarthy and Novaro Mentis. The team is young and small by league standards but their speed and hustle is impressive.

We're very sorry to report on the passing in Sackville, NB of Marjorie Illsley - she was Glenn's mother and a sister to Don, Frank, Glenn, and Keith Locke, and to Ruth Colbourne. The community was saddened with the passing of a genuinely fine lady, Nathalie Creelman. She was truly a kind soul who cared much for her community - she will be missed by Ron and Lynne (Kennedy) and their children. Stan Tanner passed away - he was a World War II Veteran, Minor Ball coach, long time supporter of Senior Elks, and a strong bowler in the B.E.B.L for years. Sympathies to wife Edie, children Marlin and Bev and their families. In Newfoundland, Susan Gamble's grandmother died, as did Ruth Cox of Dean, George Creelman's sister. Local Dept. Of Transportation employee Robbie Ellis of Middle Stewiacke died suddenly, as did Lafarge retiree and long time Minor Hockey coach, Barry Baker of Stewiacke. Our condolences to all who grieve.

**PLEASE NOTE** The BMC is hoping to take steps to make the Eagle's "talon - print" smaller and more eco- friendly. Each month we bulk mail over 700 Eagles, to every address in Brookfield. We know some citizens do not wish to receive the Eagle, but to get the lowest postal rate we cannot select specific addresses, so it goes bulk to all. With the ever increasing spread of technology we are hoping to solve multiple problems at one time. We are proposing to end bulk mailing - hopefully saving some trees along the way, as well as postage. We propose getting the Eagle into the hands of all who want it by the following methods: A) Emailing to all who will provide their addresses - it would come direct to your computer, at least 2 days sooner than the posted version B) It is available to all on the BCA website as soon as it is printed C) For those without email we will place several copies in public spots around the village for anyone to pick up (likely drop spots would be MacQuarries, the Bakery, Clover Farm Store, Tim Horton's, Sportsplex, schools and churchs) D) We will deliver a number of copies to Sunrise Crest and the Senior Apartment buildings and the All Around the Circle meeting room E). We will deliver in person or by posted mail to those who do not have reasonable access to any of the above.

Again we hope to improve service by being able to get it to you more quickly, while being environmentally responsible by reducing our paper usage, and reduce postage cost (about $1000 per year). This proposal will not affect those who already receive the Eagle via email or addressed envelopes. We welcome you comments please email them to BMCEagle@live.ca - please use the subject "fly the bmceagle to me" or write to the Eagle at Box 195 BON 1CO. We encourage all to provide us with your email address and test drive the "electronic Eagle"! We will repeat this message in the next few Eagles and if all goes well we hope to stop bulk mailing sometime early in 2008.

Ed and Edna Graham welcomed their offspring Jeff Graham and Ivy Haasen home from the Ottawa area for a visit. Glenn and Grace Illsley are hosting an exchange student from Colombia. Erwin Vromans, the very special friend to Alycia Putnam, visited from the Netherlands - he is becoming quite the regular on Carter Road - before heading out for a 4 month tour with the Dutch military in Afghanistan. Helene Henderson's son-in-law, Lieutenant -Colonel Jean Marc Lanthier received the military's prestigious Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General Michaelle Jean at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The medal recognized his exceptional professionalism, that became a model for the offer NATO units during his tour. Jean Marc is married to Pam Henderson, they live in Gatineau, Quebec. In Antigonish, Helene Henderson's granddaughter Delaney (parents David and Lana of Cole Harbour) won a gold medal at the NS Figure Skating sectionals on the Pre-Juvenile category. The greater MacFarlane family filled up several pews at Knox United recently as Herb and Betty had their grandchildren baptized - Blair and Krista Tucker brought new baby Mia from Newfoundland, and Jonathan and Gail Kierstead had their son Mac baptized. The latter is also the grandson of Don and Emily Murray. Home from BC and visiting family and friends were Joan Sutherland and Kent Nickerson and Ray and Carol Sutherland - Ray (Duffy) attended the BMC meeting.

Krista McMullin ( broken foot) and Kathy Patton (knee replacement) both were seen hobbling around the village. Tracey Fisher and Lori Kolstee were hospitalized, and Lori McCoul's car was rear-ended, causing her some health problems. We hope all are in fine form for the holidays.

A great way to feel better is to come to the Fitness Centre at SCA! Trainer Dawn is getting rave reviews! Open Monday and Wednesdays 6-8 PM, Thursday 5-7 PM. Fee is only $30/month or $5 drop in. We collectively have to use it, or lose it. Questions - call Terri at 897-3155.

Get your note pad ready - a list of upcoming attractions is very lengthy and you won't want to miss out on any of these activities. Unfortunately there are some date conflicts so we will to encourage you to plan ahead where there is overlap. On Saturday November 17 the Brookfield Elementary Home and School will host an Indoor Flea Market from 9-4 PM; among their activities there will be a Mum to Mum sale of gently used clothes, toys, books, movies, maternity clothes etc., crafts of all types, yard sale featuring various items - no junk please! Other attractions include a baby-sitting room, a hot chili lunch, a 50/50 draw, raffles for a digital camera draw, portable DVD player, and iPod shuffle. Call 673-2617 to reserve your table now, they are only $10, and space is limited. If you don't wish to sell, come along and shop! There is no end to things they can support at the school so please lend a hand. On the same date, (November 17) the famous United Church Christmas Luncheon and Sale will take place from 11:00 - 1:30. This event has been a highlight of the pre-Christmas season for years so make sure you budget time to take it in as well, call 673-2812 for tickets. On Friday and Saturday (Nov. 16, 17) South Colchester Academy Senior Girls volleyball team will host the Regional Championships - drop in and howl for the Wolves!! On Wednesday November 14, the Class of 2008 will host their annual Grad Auction in the cafetorium - viewing begins at 6:00 with the auction at 7:00; proceeds to the worthy cause of the grad class. Set the VCR on the 15th, to record the Global TV edition of "Are You Smarter than a Canadian 5th Grader" former Carter Road resident Peter Hazelton tests his wits against the younger set on the television program, and we will learn that night if he is the country's newest millionaire. The Baptist Church will mark their 145th Anniversary Service on Sunday November 18, 7PM. Special music will be provided by the Melodees. A reminder that Adult Public Skating has resumed - sharpen up the blades and stop at the Sportsplex on Thursday mornings at 10 AM - for only $2.00 you get a shimmering sheet of beautiful ice and some great company. Hard to believe but the extremely popular Christmas House Tours celebrate 10 years this season. They will take place Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 6-9:30. The four wonderfully decorated homes belong to Wendy Fraser on Carter Road, Charles and Gloria Joyce Pleasant Valley Road, Dale and Jean Campbell, Laura St., and the VanTassell home on Elm Street. This has become a "can't miss" event. Included in the $10 ticket fee is a free chauffeur service from Knox Church, the wonderful display of wreaths and silent auction displayed at the church and train station, stockings overflowing with goods for the Christmas Index program, a craft sale and tea at Knox and the famous decorated trees on display. Tickets will be sold at MacQuarries, (Brookfield and Esplanade locations), Brally's Gift Shop in Brookfield, or from Unit 3 members, or call Myrna 673-3374 or Donna at 673-2812. Also on Saturday evening the historic Railway Station will be serving a light supper (limited seating from 5-6 PM for $5).

Thanks to all who have returned their Community Health surveys; for those who have not the deadline until Monday, November 19. More respondents make for better results, and a fair and concise study cannot be done without your participation. If anyone has misplaced their survey and would like another, please call Cathy at 673-3350 and she will arrange to get you one. The aforementioned Home and School of the Brookfield Elementary has become somewhat frustrated by some vandalism to the playground area. Their group has put a great deal of effort in making this a wonderful facility, both for the school children and for other who use it outside of school. Hopefully this moronic behavior will be curtailed; the Home and School would ask if anyone observes any misuse of the property to pass along the information to the authorities. This is completely not in keeping with the great community spirit we have and cherish.

The Eagle

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