Welcome to Brookfield          FOUNDED 1784

 Box 195
Brookfield, NS

October 2008
Vol. 18 Issue 2

The Brookfield Men's Club announces an exciting change in location. Beginning on Monday, October 20 at 7:30 PM, the BMC will be meeting monthly in the Community Room of the Brookfield Fire Station. This bright, airy room with ideal audio - visual presentation capability, will further add bonhomie to the meetings. As usual, gentlemen of the surrounding area are invited to attend to join in the fellowship.

This issue is coming to you a few days earlier than usual as it can be accurately described as an "election special". There are at least three significant trips to the ballot box ahead before the November Eagle flies, and the BMC thought it of vital importance to make its readers aware, so they do not miss the chance to exercise their democratic right. Of primary importance is the race for the Mayor of Colchester County. Native son, and noted life - long community builder, ( and current Deputy Mayor of Colchester) Hugh Matheson is contesting the position, along with Bob Taylor and Don Wilson. Hugh's stellar record in the community and his years on Municipal Council bodes well for his chances, but he is handicapped by the fact that Brookfield - Hilden, and the Stewiacke Valley District councillors have been acclaimed, thus perhaps reducing the impetus for some to vote. We urge you to make the effort and encourage family, friends, and neighbours to vote on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18! Advance polls are Thursday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 14. Call 673-3334 or 673-2427 for more information or the Municipal Office at 897-3160 - it is critical that Hugh gets maximum support possible in South Colchester as the Central, North, and Western parts of the county may be closely contested. This "grass roots" level of government is perhaps the most important in this community's day to day life!

Unfortunately the Municipal election may become somewhat obscured by the blizzard of media coverage of the Federal election on October 14. Candidates in our Cumberland - Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley riding are Joel Bernard - Conservative, Karen Olsson - NDP, Tracy Parsons - Liberal, and Bill Casey - Independent. Your vote will also help determine if Stephen Harper is re-elected as Prime Minister, or if Stephane Dion or Jack Layton will fill that role. Three weeks later, South of the border, the Excited States of America vote for a new President after eight forlorn and wayward years. Whomever wins may be doomed from the outset as they will inherit a financial quagmire that we hope will only become a recession and not worse. The sub - prime mortgage, and subsequent banking crises are cited as the linchpin, but we forewarned in this space several years ago about unprecedented balance of trade deficits, and ridiculous levels of military spending, both of which set the stage for the current problems. Hopefully the new President will at least be able to rebuild some of the USA's former stature in the foreign policy area, and reduce the enmity felt towards the Republic from too many nations around the globe.

As many no doubt are aware, the BMC was the founding, (and still current), sponsor of the Air Cadet Squadron almost 55 years ago. Recent changes in the bureaucracy at Air Cadet League HQ's are making the BMC's compliance more time consuming. The Men's Club are very interested in continuing in its role as sponsoring organization of the 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Squadron, and have no issues with providing the monies needed, but may require some assistance via the community (or new BMCers) to ensure the "paperwork" gets done, as the current membership base is a bit stretched.

Baby girls continue to proliferate (thank heavens we aren't living in China!). Long time star Elks third baseman and current SCA teacher Darren Retson and wife Jenny were blessed with a beautiful baby girl (Addison) in July. Proud grandparents are Bill and Irene Maguire and Ken and Kaye Retson. Other welcoming baby girls were Paul and Joy Campbell, Christopher and Danielle Fisher, Steve and Monique (Paradise) Anthony, and Phil Newell and Leanne Burridge. Now if we can only produce some Y chromosomes babies, those young chaps will certainly not lack for dance partners in the future! Maybe Julie (Henderson) Hsu, who was home with hubby Jack (and children Noah and Molly), for a visit at Terry and Mary's, will start that trend in the near future?

Some of our friends and neighbours required medical care - stints in the hospital were the order of the day for Yan Storr, Ethel Glinz, Marion Woodworth and Moncton Wildcat star Zach Sill, who suffered a broken thumb in QMJHL action. Bill Kennedy was hospitalized earlier in the summer, and we were remiss in not welcoming the gentle giant to the village, after he moved from Pleasant Valley to the seniors apartments. Other newcomers that we are aware of (and here we make an impassioned plea for the Eagle to be notified of new arrivals!) all on the Upper Brookfield Road are Paul LeMay (brother to Kelly Countway) and Krista Totten, Caleb Ross (Donald and Linda's son), and Morgan MacDonald (son of SCA teacher Gaye MacDonald) and Patti MacMullin (they are both teachers). Watch for Morgan's handsome visage smiling at you as he is a "Cover Boy" for Tourism Nova Scotia's TV commercials, posters and pamphlets! "Marryin' Sam" was kept busy throughout early Autumn - wedding bells rang out for Geoff and Joanne Stewart's daughter Nicole, who said "I do" to Brad Poplar of River Hebert - that's at least three people from that Cumblerland County burg that have married Brookfielders - is there a master plan afoot??. SCA teachers Norm Langille's daughter Abbey wed RCMP officer Graham Matheson of South Branch; and Brent Wright (parents Gerald and Roseanne) married Jacqueline Arnold - they are residing in Shubenacadie. Ken Messervey Jr, son of the famed "Rock" and Katherine, married Stacey Stronge, who is Donna Atkinson's niece. Carrie Nielsen married Chi-Hawn Kim at her parents' home overlooking Shortts Lake. Best wishes to all the happy couples!!

The BMC would like to thank those who made financial contributions to our efforts - this list includes Bruce and Glenda Isenor of Shortts Lake, and Terry and Joan (Burrows) Fisher of Cole Harbour. The BMC would also like to publicly acknowledge some of the community - minded businesses who have been such a help, specifically Marwood and Brookfield Concrete Products, who provided the materials to construct the Park bench at the corner on the land generously made available by MacQuarries Pharmasave. Thompson's Greenhouses of Forest Glen donated the flowers that made the Ed Creelman Park shimmer with beauty all summer long. Lafarge covers the prinitng costs of the Eagle - now much reduced as many readers have chosen to receive the Eagle via e-mail - if you wish to receive the e-version send your address to bmceagle@live.ca Thanks very much!

Sorry to report on the passing of Doris Longard of Bridgewater. Doris grew up in Brookfield and was a sister to Rex, Leroy, Merle and Vera Hamilton and daughter to Geordie and Gertrude Hamilton. Former Highland Drive resident, Lorraine (Murphy) White passed away; despite her very determined efforts to defeat her cancer. She will be remembered as an outgoing and cheerful personality, and leaves behind a husband, four daughters and grandchildren. In Upper Musquodoboit, Diane (Weaver) Erksine passed away. Gaye MacDonald's dad, Dr. Carl Giffin, died in Truro. Though he never lived here, the community lost an adopted son with the passing of retired RCMP officer, Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame member, legendary curler Gerry Glinz. He was a friend to many Brookfielders and the Brookfield Curling Club. He curled in five National Curling Championships (Briers)! He will be lovingly missed by wife Ethel and Brookfield area progeny Linda (Donald) Ross, Trish (Lothar) Schollmeier and Ernie (Susan) Glinz, and their families. We're sad to report that the last BMC Charter Member (dating back to 1937), Don McNeille, passed away in Ellershouse. Don "the Barber" faithfully returned to the Ladies Night gala regularly, until the last two years - current BMCers were always happy to greet him. Our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones.

Great to see former Brookfielders Mac and Nadine Campbell home from Ottawa, Peter Kennedy and Kate from Minnesota, and Bob Roop and daughter Allison from Florida Miranda Deyarmond stopped in at parents Barry and Linda's on her way home from Europe- her next destination is Australia!

The ultra - hard working Terry Fox Committee would like to publicly thank all who supported in so many ways, either as participants, supporters, sponsors or volunteers; it was a tremendous success. The Terry Fox Golf Tournament, which was postponed on three different occasions due to weather, had a celebratory Elvis Night Dinner Theater to replace the Golf Tournament, and to thank its participants. That event was a howling success and again a tribute to amazing efforts by numerous volunteers, not the least of whom were Nova Campbell, Pat McCallum, Sarah Matheson, a bevy of Elvis', and many others. Megan Isenor has been nominated for Fiddler of the Year at the Eastern Canada Blue Grass Awards. Letha Mowatt is the newly elected President of the Maritime Conference of the UCW, and attended meetings on their behalf in Northern Ontario. Margie (Densmore) Johnson retired from Colchester Hospital after a 31 year career. South Colchester Minor Hockey Association's coaching citations for 2007-08 went to Laurie Brown (Phil Sears Memorial Leadership Award) and Kary Elliott (Ron Moore Coach of the Year). SCA teacher Peter Hunt combined with partner Jamie MacIssac to win the prestigious Chook Maxwell Memorial Golf Tournament in Truro. Mary Crossman was greeted by many friends at her 85th birthday.

New York City was the destination for travellers as Elaine Ross, Janet Burnett, Dorene and Ruth Matheson all visited Gotham; and Jack Roop and Leah Densmore had a dream trip for sports fans - they attended one of the games in the final weekend series at the soon to be demolished Yankee Stadium, as well as a home game of the NFL New York Giants. Ed and Edna Graham traveled to Northern Ontario for their granddaughter's wedding and family visits in Timmins and South Porcupine. Gerald and Elaine Ross went to Calgary to visit daughter Chelsey and husband Shawn French, and then on to British Columbia to visit son Jacob. Newly acclaimed District Three councilor Gerry Buott and wife Faith traveled to Newfoundland. Lisa Henderson went to Winnipeg to see, in no particular order, brother Robert and his family, and a Neil Diamond concert. Marian McDonald visited son Bert and his family in Ontario. Pastor Adam and wife Ann MacGregor have chosen to advance their careers in the Fredericton area and have relocated to New Brunswick. They leave behind many friends, we wish them well in their new endeavors.

A reminder that time is getting very short to purchase your ticket for the Brookfield Athletic Association Sports Draw. This is the 72nd year of this event and a $10 ticket gives you opportunity to win 5 Grand Prizes, including a GMC 4x4 truck or $25,000 in cash, as well as a wide variety of prizes in the hunting part of contest. Tickets are available in many local outlets or by phoning 673-2328 or 673-2769. The BAA has also re-launched its successful NHL Hockey Pool - this provides spirited competition for a nominal fee on a weekly basis as many test their skill (luck??) against their friends - why not play along? Tickets are readily available at Roop's Esso and many other locales, or by email as follows
(gvantassell@tru.eastlink.ca or don@stewiackehomehardware.com). There will be a Halloween Seniors Luncheon on October 31 at noon at the Knox Church Hall , hosted by the UCW. You may dress in costume and there will be prizes. The Brookfield Men's Club, who have coordinated the Halloween Street Patrol, will decide at their October meeting if that activity will be continued - its ongoing future will require help from members of the community. If you can, please meet at the United Church anytime after 9 PM on the evening of the 31st. Saturday, October 25 takes care of your dining and entertainment needs - there is a turkey supper slated for Knox Church at supper time and then the Baptist Church is hosting a 50's night of entertainment. The second annual Scarecrow Judging Contest will be held on October 26 - contact Angela Reid (673-3166) or Jenna Searle (673-3089) for more details. Early notice of the Annual Christmas Tour of homes and the Train Station, (and the decorated Trees and Wreaths) on November 28 and 29 - more details will be the November Eagle. A noon Luncheon on Sunday, November 30 will be held at the Train Station in conjunction with the tours.

We wish to make readers aware of the upcoming Flu Vaccine Clinic to be held at Knox Hall on November 6 from 10-12 and 1-6 PM. The flu vaccine is free for those at the "at risk" categories, this includes persons 65 and older and their household contacts, persons with a chronic medical condition, health care workers, dental assistants, medical first responders, children between 6-23 months, and for all expectant mothers. Anyone not in this category may have the vaccine at a fee of $20. T his is a very worthwhile program for our citizenry, and its ongoing continuance is dependent on attendance, so please support it. Bring your preschoolers (ages 3-5) to the Sportsplex for the "It's Great to Skate" program every Wednesday morning from 10-11 AM. This program is designed to help children develop skating skills through fun and games with the assistance of their parent or guardian. Preregistration for this program is required with Colchester Recreation and you can do so by calling 897-3155. Also a reminder that the Fitness Center at SCA is open to the public Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:30 - 8:30), with a certified trainer on site. Brookfield and Emergency Services continue to raise awareness for Emergency Planning at the individual level. To learn how to help neighbours on your street get prepared, come out to a SPAN awareness session on October 21 or November 18, 7PM at the Fire Station. The SPAN (Strengthening, Preparedness Among Neighbours)program encourages neighbours to help each other out before, during, and following an emergency; this helps to free up volunteer fire fighters and volunteer medical responders for more serious situations. Contact Kathy Putnam 673-2451.

Remember to cast your votes for Mayor on October 18. The BMC new meeting site will be at the Fire Station see you there on Monday, October 20 at 7:30 PM.

See you at the BMC!

The Eagle

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