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September 2007
Vol. 17 Issue 1

The Brookfield Men's Club will commence its 71st season of operation on Monday September 17th at 7:30 PM in the basement of the Baptist Church. The BMC has been providing service to the community for those many years as well as a monthly evening of fellowship. All in the area are invited to come and enjoy the proceedings.

It's been a busy four months since the Eagle last took flight; nowhere more so than in the maternity wards. Without a doubt South Colchester Academy class of 2025 will be a robust one, as babies abounded. The primary teacher at Brookfield Elementary is already girding for the influx in September 2012. Baby boys were everywhere it seemed. Happy bundles came to Chris Crowe and Julie Thompson, Jonathan and Gail Keirstead, Brent and Kelly Countway, Travis and Faith (Buott) Rogers, Darcy and Margo (Creelman) Merriweather, Rob and Joelle Bezanson, stand-out BMC member Jeff and Angie Cameron, Todd and Kelly (McCoul) Boyd, Elk stars Brent and Meredith Harrison, Randy and Brandy Frame, and Brookes VanTassell and Lisa Taggart. Beautiful baby girls were welcomed by Paul and Katie (Fisher) Chisholm, Rich and Sarah Taylor of Shortt's Lake, Blair and Krista (MacFarlane) Tucker in Newfoundland and Julie Locke and Clint Oakley. Several couples exchanged matrimonial vows including SCA teacher and standout Elk third baseman Darren Retson who exchanged "I do's" with Jenny Maguire... Wade O'Leary and Krista Barnhill were wed, as were John Hingley and Carrie Allinson... Other knot tiers were Ian Jamieson and Erin Patton...Chris (Flash) Fisher and Danielle Von Beveren... Monique Paradise and Steve Anthony...Chris Hamilton and Sharon Patterson... and in Hong Kong Lisa Illsley wed Jazz Cado. Watching the nuptials with a bemused look was BMC emeritus member Vic Burrows - he and wife Gerry celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary!! Herm and Barb Smith marked 50 years together and Bob and Shirley Henry celebrated 45 years - well done!!!

Visitors were a big part of the summer; just some we encountered were Mary and Wally Atwood, Marlene Mingo, Chris and Lisa (Hingley) George, Warren, and son Mike Lindsay from Calgary - Warren has relocated to Truro; Marion McDonald's sons Bert and Greg along with their families... Julie, Jack, Noah, Molly Hsu and Laura Henderson came from Vancouver, Jack, Carol Brendan and Mirren Campbell came from Leeds to visit Jack's mum Eloise Yorke and other family members. Jennet (Harvey) and Sinead Molloy visited from Belfast. Relatives from the Philippines visited Greenhalgh's on Carter Road. The Burnett's welcomed James, Trudy, Jake, Emma and Kathy to Densmore Lane; David (Ding) Ross and Jamie Works were home from Alberta, as were Kirk MacKenzie and Jimmy Benvie, James Carter and Laura Niedermayer, and Mark and Michelle Walters. Rob Carter was home to Lyle and Susan's from Montreal, and Tracey Graham, Ed and Edna's granddaughter came from Ontario. Ian and Deborah (Pratt) Flewelling and family were home, and John Thompson visited Ron and Marilyn Morrell; Brenda Geddes' sister Debbie came from Florida and her daughter Teresa came from Arizona, Bob Roop visited from Florida; also at Randy and Betty's were Pam and Steve Olmstead and Jay and Sherry Ovsenny. Jason Ross ventured down from Nunavut to visit Linda and Donald. Fred and Dale Cameron, Jeff's parents, came from Dutton, Ontario, to see the new grandson. New residents on the Upper Brookfield Road include Tracey Taylor. Andrew and Becky Roop and Howard and Evelyn Lecco. Earl Kennedy has moved in with sister Hazel on Carter Rd. - we welcome you to Brookfield! Robert (Ibbett) Henderson was home with children Riley and Courtney to visit Terry and Mary while here he left a very generous donation to the Eagle, and praised the BMC for keeping him "close to home" despite the 2000 miles separation.

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing in Halifax at a much too young age of former Brentwood resident Liz Allaway. Jessie Morton of Stewiacke East, with many friends in the area, passed away, as did former Brookfield Rural High School teacher Jean (Crowe) (Leier) Steeves in Stewiacke. Cauline Watson's sister Helen St. Paul died in Truro, and we were saddened by the sudden passing of Gerry and Shirley Nelson's son Stanley. Dorothy Redden, the mother of Glenna Murphy, Gail Wright, and Elsie Locke passed away. Winston Embree, Erma Conrad's companion passed away in Truro. Our sympathies to all who mourn.

At the BMC final meeting of last season in May, Austin Ross was voted the winner of the Al Campbell Memorial Award as the BMC Man of the Year - well done Austin! He is always eager to participate and volunteer. Inscribed on the Elden Brenton Bowl for perfect attendance were Win and John Matheson, Bob Lawrence, Mike and Terry Henderson, Art Lindsay, Don Harvey, Frank Locke, and Elmer Archibald. Congratulations to Jen Fisher, daughter of Terry and Joan (Burrows) Fisher, who graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Heidi Cooke won her 6th Canadian Ladies Motocross Championship, and her cousin Patrick Stewart was named the All Star First Baseman at the Canadian Junior Softball Championship. Shane Grinton, husband of Laura McCallum, won the Assistant Golf Pro's title for the Atlantic Region. Maria Halavrezos, daughter of Jennifer Henderson and Costas Halavrezos, won 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at the National Canoeing Championship in Ottawa. Club Champions at the Brookfield Golf Club were Steve Locke (Mens) and Chris Bernard in (Ladies) and Mark Dean as Junior, Donald Ross and Judy Matheson were the Senior winners. The Brookfield Elks had a successful season in the provincial league on the ball diamond - much thanks is given to coach Donald "Pibby" Henderson and Manager Josh McCallum, not only the work with the ball team, but also for heading up impressive renovation projects which saw Elks Park come alive this year. Pibby and Josh were recognized at a double header in July. Jason Sanford of the Elks was named to the All-Star team at the Canadian Senior Men's Tournament in St. John's Newfoundland where the Elks compiled a 2-6 record. Carly Levy and Caila Henderson won the bronze medal at the Canada Nation Wide Science fair in May. At the graduation ceremony at South Colchester Academy in June, major multiple award winners were Katelyn Bessette, Nicole Davis, Lauren Fiander, Chad Graham, Katelyn MacKenzie, Ben Roy, Sarah Rutherford, Leanne Shupe, Megan Smith and Matt Leck, who also won the Governor General's Medal. Athletes of the Year were Shanda Cox and Andrew Ferris and at the Junior High level Annalyse Myers and Devon Duykers. The 3D award winners were Brette Holland and Caila Henderson. Amy Heffernan became engaged to Jason Muise of Cambridge, N.S. Amy, Andrew and Annette were all home to help Papa Heff recover from his cancer surgery this summer.

Travellers included Maureen Foster, who went to visit daughter Brianna in Calgary...Bill and Fran Sears moved to Truro after 50+ years in Brookfield and were treated to a nice send off at the Sportsplex... Kim and Donna MacKenzie moved to Moncton... Brenda Geddes visited her daughter in Arizona..Donna Jewers went to Victoria for brother Ray and Carol Sutherland's 50th Anniversary... George and Trish Toole have moved to the Emerald City of Seattle...while Margaret Johnson visited BC and Alberta... Betty and Jackie Pratt were in Alberta for a month...sisters Sandra Gibson and Debbie Burris visited Calgary while Terry and Joanna Canning, Krista and Louise McMullin went to Vancouver Island to visit Janelle Canning. Jim and Marlene Feener went to London, Ontario to visit daughters Shelley and Adinda - the latter being the proud mother of a baby girl. Betty and Herb MacFarlane visited their new granddaughter in Newfoundland, and Lori Nielsen and Anitra Whidden also went to the tenth province. Mike Henderson travelled to BC to participate in the Canadian Club Champions Championship and made a respectful showing, while daughter Caila Henderson motored to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for an International Volleyball championship. Delbert and Shirley Comeau visited their son Greg in Montreal, as did Bill Stewart, who also spent time with his brother Lewis Rutherford in Hamilton...Patty and Krysten Villeneue visited the Teas family in Mississauga.

Hospitalized for varying lengths of time were Letha Mowatt, Dave Heffernan, Shirley Comeau, Chipper VanTassell, Don Locke, Hugh Matheson, Wendy Locke and Landon Ryan. We hope all are recovering by this time.

On behalf of the community the Eagle extends sincere thank yous to all who volunteered and or participated in any form at the 11th Annual Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations. It seems unlikely but each year this event seems to out-strip previous ones. The Brookfield Athletic Association would also like to thank all who attended and helped build, operate, and deconstruct the Whing Ding which was the site of large crowds this year. The Terry Fox Golf Tournament in mid August generated some $14,000 due to the tireless efforts of the community volunteers and the kind support of its patrons. All should take a bow for their involvement these community minded ventures.

Upcoming events - speaking of Terry Fox, the Brookfield version of the annual Run goes on Sunday September 16th at 1:00 PM at the top of Carter Road. The scenic location has turned out to be a smash hit and we expect a large turn out this year. All are welcomed at the BBQ at Creelman Park at 3:00 PM. Also a reminder for people to turn in their "Walk Around the World" tracking sheets at the Terry Fox Run - hopefully this initiative, launched on Canada Day, will reach its' goal. On the same day at the other end of the village the Pleasant Valley MotoCross track will be hosting Mug Bogs, featuring the biggest trucks in Nova Scotia playing in the mud. Drop down and check out that action. The South Colchester Academy Fitness Center will again be open to the public, resuming September 24. This year's dates will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 PM and Thursdays from 5-7 PM. There are attractive monthly and drop in rates, and to sustain this program we must have a minimum of 12 participants on a monthly basis. The facility is excellent and the training is professional, why not join and help keep this valued resource in the community. There will also be stability ball classes on Thursdays from 7-8 with a discounted rate to regular members of the Fitness Center. This activity is available thanks to the enhancements made back at the time of school construction by community groups like the Brookfield Athletic Association and the Rate Payers of South Colchester, and any groups are encouraged to make further use of the terrific facility we have in the village. Contact Terri at 897-3155 for more information. By the time you read this, school will be well underway at both SCA and Brookfield Elementary - we are pleased to hear that Debbie Eddy has returned to BES, this time as a full time principal. Any who have had contact with her, be they parents, children, teaching and or support staff speak highly of Ms. Eddy's leadership.

What is the Brookfield Scarecrow contest? Decorate your yard for the fall with an original Scarecrow, use your imagination to win prizes for Most Traditional, Most Unique, Community Spirit, Scariest and Best Overall. Scarecrows to be judged the weekend before Halloween (Oct. 27-28), but get them up early for everyone to see! To let the judges know where to find you, leave your name and address with Jenna (673-3089) or Angela (673-3166), or email the info to

Brookfield_scarecrow@hotmail.com. The first gathering of Epiphany Kitchen is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, October 16 at Knox United Church. A community-based open kitchen, the cooking sessions are designed to help mothers stretch their food budgets by preparing healthy meals to take home. There is no charge to participants and childcare and transportation is available. To register or for more information call Joanne at 673-2227. If you want to learn more about Global Warming and climate change, Green Gathering has events planned this fall - the first is September 30, 7 PM @ former Middle Stewiacke School (please car pool!) - the topic is Energy and Vehicles - the Conserve Drive Wiser Program. Other events are slated for October 28 and November 25.

A reminder to pass along news to the Eagle's reporters and note the new email address for concerns as it pertains to circulation as long time circulation Manager Art Lindsay has passed the mantle.

See you at the BMC!

The Eagle

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