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Brookfield, NS

November 2008
Vol. 18 Issue 3

The Brookfield Men's Club seamlessly moved their meeting site to the Brookfield Fire Hall, and the Clubmen very much enjoyed the comforts of the larger space. They are looking eagerly forward to this month's meeting on Monday, November 17, when the Brookfield Fire Department formally host the BMC. The firefighters annually put on a very interesting program and a wonderful meal for the BMCers. Any and all gentlemen interested in test driving the BMC, are more than welcome to stop by at 7:30 on the 17th. The Eagle would like to thank BMC members, and other volunteers from the community who made themselves available for the Halloween Street patrol. An even bigger thank you goes to the youth of the area who maintained a largely vandalism - free Halloween. It's very encouraging to see that many of the younger set share our pride in the village; there was some concern after recent incidents at the Baptist Church, the Shannex site and the elementary school.

We're glad to report that Susan Carter is home from hospital after a cardiac situation saw her spend time in both Truro and Halifax hospitals. Bob Sibley, frequent winner of the BMC Christmas Decorating Contest is also in hospital. Others who required medical care were Leon Fisher, Marie O'Hanley, Mary Bruce Fisher, and Doris Fisher. With the holiday season fast approaching we hope their return to health comes quickly.

Janet Tomlinson marrried Stephen Van Herk - they live in their beautiful new home on the West Shortts Lake Road. Alex Jewers, son of Donna, and the late Doug Jewers, was married in Scotland to Angela Barrett - later they held a reception for family and friends in Halifax. The MacDonald clan was out in force for the fall wedding of Jill Ervin, daughter of Bill and Audrey (MacDonald) Ervin, who married Jon Kelly of Fredericton. They will live in Saint John. Nice to see Becky Toole and Josh Kolstee exchange their vows at Knox United, as did Courtney Fiander and Chris Daye of Wittenburg. Former Brookfielder Sean Teed wed Laura Thomas in Ontario. We wish good luck to all the newlyweds. Congratulations to Perley and Betty Hamilton on Upper Stewiacke, on their 50th anniversary. They are parents of local lasses Linda Deyarmond and Wanda Hamilton, and grandparents of Petra Graham.

Last issue we happily announced several babies born in the area, and the trend continues this month. Dave and Pam (McCulloch) Kolstee welcomed a baby girl, and the ever expanding lineage of the late Laura and Mac Campbell continued as their grandson, Andrew Roop, and his wife Becky, have a new baby girl named Hope.
Hardly an issue of the Eagle goes by without an addition to the Campbell descendants!

Sorry to report on the passing of Felix Pelkey's brother in Maine, and also of Gerhard Kolstee. The Eagle apologizes for its oversight in the passing of Wally Atwood - Wally was the husband of Garth Densmore's sister Mary - they made theirhome for many years in Peterborough, Ontario.
Bob Hagell's mother, Irene died, as did Doris Hancock of Truro - she was the mother of Leslie Harvey, partner of Turk Henderson. Once again, our community has lost another giant with the passing of Curtis Fisher. He was a true friend to everyone he met, whether their age was 3 or 93, and always had a good word and joking comment for all he met. He played a key role at Knox United, and in the Sporstplex history, and he and wife Velma were the BMC Eagle Award winners in 2007 for long term dedication to their community. The couple was truly humbled to join that esteemed group of award winners. The Eagle sends sympathies on behalf of the village to all who have lost loved ones.

Brookfield Baptist Church celebrated their 146th anniversary with a special service led by Reverend Daniel Cormier, and featuring special music by the Colborne Connection. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Dan and the Cormier clan could return and fill the vacancy in the Baptist pulpit! Nice to see Darren and Kelly Murphy of Pitt Meadows, BC visiting at his parents Leona and John Murphy; they were home for the aforementioned Tomlinson/Van Herk wedding. George and Trish Toole were home from Seattle for Becky's nuptials. Ryan Sutherland, his partner and baby were home to Richard and Ellen's, likewise as was Frank Taylor and his young family. Jamie Works was also back from the west. Others around during the time of the Jewers nuptials were Nick and Joan (Sutherland) Nickerson, Bev Woolaver, Myrna Sutherland, and Uncle Raymond Sutherland. Sherry Ovsenny and baby Charlotte visited parents Randy and Betty Roop. Sharon (Trenholm) and Ken Bird spent time visiting with Gordie and Jackie Burnett.

Congratulations to Keiver Read, elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex - he succeeds Curtis Cameron, who worked tirelessly during his term for the betterment of the arena. A thank you goes to Lafarge for organizing and sponsoring a well attended Blood Donor Clinic - the next one is scheduled for the later part of January - it's in you to give - please do so! Congratulations to South Colchester Academy for hosting the Nova Scotia Division 2 Senior Boys soccer championship ( won by Central Kings High School) - the field and facilities at SCA were very positively received by the visiting competitors and fans. The Wolves had defeated Hants East (in double overtime), and Amherst to win the Northumberland Regional title. Coach Rob Adams' team consisted of; Mike Weatherbie, Ian Shupe, Myles Coldwell, Doug Armsworhty, Taylor Riggins, Devon Duykers, Kyle White, Ryan Turple, Josh MacKenzie, Alex MacDonald, Jordan Wright, Dwight Griffiths, Patton Williams, Connor Fraser, Drew McNutt, Alex Delaney, Brandon Verboom, Stephen MacKenzie, Ben Kendick, and internationals Joseph Irrabarren and Simon Rathje. On December 5-6 the Senior Girls SCA Wolves will host the Provincial High School Championships - drop up to the Wolves' den to see some great action! Kelly Putnam's nephew, Jonathan Matheson recently graduated from prestigious Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, with his Master degree in Engineering specializing in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is employed with Applied Thermal Technologies in Santa Clara. The Colchester Cyclones Female Bantam Hockey team won the Mid-Valley Tournament. Coach is Charles Bowers and some of his skaters include Caitlin McCavour, Regan Bowers and Emily Burris. Winners of the Scarecrow Decorating Contest were, first - Nancy and Greg VanTassell, second - Darren and Lori McCoul, third - Bill VanTassell and Joan Hatton.

Maureen Foster vacationed in the land of the Pyramids - Egypt. Don Locke spent a week in Fredericton visiting his daughter Marg Little's family. Bill Kennedy visited his brother Gerry and family in Toronto, Bobby Sill went West to work as did Joanna Canning, specifically to Grand Prairie, Alberta. Nellie Densmore followed Kathy Dean to Iqualuit to help spread their fantastic nursing care to the far north. We're sorry to say good-bye to Kevin and Dawn Bralovich and children - they are relocating to Queensland in the St. Margaret's Bay area. Those with a taste and flare for fine decorating will certainly miss Brally's shop! Betty and Jackie Pratt moved into their new home in Manganese Mines - Betty was honoured at a retirement party after 18 years of service at the Truro Heights Big Stop - well done! Elda Brown is leaving Upper Brookfield to relocate in the Sackville area of Halifax County with her niece - she was a member of a number of committees in the village, including the Brookfield Community Assembly. Speaking of the BCA we're very happy to announce their dogged pursuit of traffic signal lights for the "corner" - the notorious intersection of highways 2 and 289 - has met with success. The new traffic lights should be installed in spring 2009, and this will hopefully increase the safety factor for locals and visitors alike. The BCA and MLA Brooke Taylor worked for a very lengthy period of time on this project, and also on the resurfacing of Carter Road, for which MLA Taylor went the extra mile. His and the BCA's efforts on behalf of the community are very much appreciated. The Community Services Committee's next goal is to work with the Municipality of Colchester to get a sidewalk built on Carter Road. This can be a very dangerous stretch of road for pedestrians, especially in winter time, and the sidewalk would help with the water drainage control issues that plague the southerly end of Carter Road. <br><br>
The Brookfield Men's Club has been pleased and proud to be the inaugural, and still only, sponsor of the 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron, which is now in its 55th year providing leadership to our youth. The Cadets are currently undertaking one of their fundraisers, specifically the sale of cheese and packaged milkshakes (which are great for lunches) - if the Cadets have not visited you yet contact Bob Lawrence for some of the tasty products. Those of you who receive the Eagle electronically, either via e-mail or the community website, will have received notification of the Remembrance Day service to be held at the Veterans Memorial at 10:45 AM on Tuesday November 11. (Unfortunately those who rely on the hard copies of the Eagle may not get the issue on time), if you wish to receive your Eagle quickly each month via email please provide your address to bmceagle@live.ca . Over the past several years the Brookfield Remembrance Day Service has become one of the best in the province, attracting overflow crowds to the ceremony - we expect this year to be no different. It doesn't hurt that a wonderful and warming freewill lunch is provided afterwards at Knox United Church. Step out of the rat race for a half hour and come and pay your respects on the 11th. The Grad Auction supporting the SCA class of 2009 will take place Thursday, November 13 - viewing starts at 6 PM. On Saturday November 15, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the United Church Women's Christmas Luncheon and Sale will take place at the Knox Church Hall; this has traditionally been a wonderful chance to do some early Christmas Shopping. The 13th Annual Christmas in Brookfield House Tours will take place Friday and Saturday evenings, November 28-29, from 6-9:30 PM. Houses on the Tour this year are Dawn Fougere's on Carter Road, Jan and Art Peck's on West Shortt's Lake Rd, as well as the Creamery Brook Stables. The Miniature Villages (Edyie Teas) at the Fire Hall, the historic Train Station, the decorated trees and Craft Sale at Knox United Church also are featured stops. There will also be a display of Christmas wreaths (available via silent auction) at the church and a free lunch. A free chauffeur service is available from Knox. Tickets are available ($10) at MacQuarries. On Sunday November 30, a Luncheon (11:30-12:30) at the Train Station happens - a limited number of tickets are available (5$) from Russ Bradley or Donna Matheson.

On Tuesday, November 18 the Colchester Regional Development Association (CORDA) in partnership with the BCA are hosting an afternoon tea in honour of all the area's volunteers at the Senior Citizens Room at the Sportsplex from 2:30 to 4:00 PM - all are welcome. Later that evening there will be a SPAN (Strengthening Preparedness Among Neighbours) awareness session at 7PM at the Fire Hall - this program encourages neighbours to help each other out before, during, and following an emergency and help free up volunteer firefighters and medical responders for more serious situations. Contact Kathy Putnam at 673-2451 for more information on December 2 at the Fire Hall (6:00-7:30 PM). Mothers who would like to stretch their food budgets by cooking nutritious meals in a group setting should check out Epiphany Kitchen. The next session is Tuesday, November 18, 9 AM. at the Knox United Church kitchen. There is no charge, and childcare can be arranged. Call Joanne at 673-2227 for more information, or to let her know you will be participating. Shannex will host an Information Session for the continuing care residences in Colchester County. They will be held in Brookfield on December 2, 6:00-7:30 PM at the Fire Hall. Other sessions being held on December 3 - Shubenacadie Community Hall, December 4 - Cedarstone Enhanced Care, December 9 - Glooscap Heritage Center and, December 10 - Stewiacke Community Center.

Don't forget to tune your radio to Cat Country 99.5 on the FM dial on Wednesday, November 12 at 5:30 to hear the draw for the Grand Prize winners of the 72nd Brookfield Athletic Association Sportsmen Contest. If you don't have your tickets yet, minutes are ticking away - they're available at most of the businesses around the corner, or contact John Matheson at 673-2328 for a last minute ticket before Wednesday's draw. In the hunt portion of the contest, 240 pounds is the heaviest buck, while the largest doe checks in at 140 pounds. That part of the contest will conclude in early December.

An invitation to all men of Brookfield and the surrounding area is extended to join the Brookfield Men's Club on Monday, November 17 at the Fire Hall at 7:30PM for their monthly meeting.

See you at the BMC!

The Eagle

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