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As the Eagle dusts off its keyboard on yet another rain- filled weekend, it is evident that summer is fast drawing to a close. Not to be a complainer, but since the 20th of July, it has been a very forgettable summer weather-wise, unless you make your living selling rubber boots, or otherwise benefiting from copious amounts of water everywhere. The Brookfield Men's Club will kick off their 72nd season on Monday, September 15 at 7:30 in the basement of the Baptist Church. Many of the BMCers are getting long in the tooth, and we encourage residents to stop by and sample a meeting or two, so this vital organization can continue to perform its good deeds for the community.
We would like to call attention to the incredible spirit of volunteerism that is so obvious in our community. It is indeed the primary force that helps contribute to our uniqueness. Over the past few months we have seen outstanding efforts from volunteers - countless numbers with the Coming Home to Brookfield and Whing Ding celebrations, the upcoming Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 14, Minor Ball coaches and organizers, Vacation Bible Schools, Brookfield Emergency and Fire Services personnel, the amazing rebuilding of Elks Park led by Donald (Pibby) Henderson, and all the others who helped wherever, and whenever!. From the BMC and on behalf of all Brookfielders, thank you very much.
Several of our friends and neighbours were hospitalized this summer - on this unhappy list were Lorraine Law, Holly Dean, Marion Retson, Dwight Tyler, Mary-Bruce Fisher, and Kaye Retson's mother, Lyda Fisher. Wedding bells rang out for Tara Kolstee and Barry Johnson, Lyle and Susan Carter's son James married Westerner Laura Niedermayer; they have returned to Calgary. Kally Best said "I do" to Chad Schrader of Bridgewater, former Elk pitcher Craig Maguire and Sarah York of West St. Andrews exchanged vows, as did Nicholas Marren (of Green Oaks) and Justine Manthorne. Three couples celebrated Golden Anniversaries; 50 years of matrimony were marked by Bruce and Shirley Fleming, former Elk hockey star Donnie and Carol Dennis, and one time Elk hockey coach Jack and Anne Hepburn - congratulations!!
The 50th Anniversary of former Knox Padre Reverend Vince Ihasz' ordination as a United Church Minister was marked. South Colchester Academy had its largest graduating class ever in June. The winner of the Queen Elizabeth II medal was Jennie-Mae Roy of Fort Ellis and the Governor General Award winner was Rebecca Bigelow of Alton (daughter of Earl and Cindy, and granddaughter of the late Marion and Walter Brenton of Stewiacke East). Other multiple award winners were David Cameron, Jessica Geddes, Valedictorian Caila Henderson, Carly Levy, Anna Nasrallah, and Carly Wright. Very deserving Lieutenant- Governor winners for outstanding performance in Grade 11 were Jonathan Dixon son of Craig and Jeanette (Freeman), and grandson of Linda (Ellis) Freeman; and Sarah Densmore (parents Wade and Nellie, and grandparents Garth and Helen). Senior Athletes of the Year were Joel Sutherland of Shortt's Lake (Grant and Terri), and Caila Henderson; at the Junior level it was Riley Giffin and Kaleigh Queripel. Donny Bernard, Taylor Clarke and Teacher/Coach Darren Retson were winners of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Special Merit Award. 3-D (dedication, determination, and drive for grade 10 and 11 students) Award winners included Brette Holland, Paula Serracin, Myles Coldwell, Carly O'Neill and Harry Breimer. Jodi Hartling won the Harvard Alumni Award.
Champions at the Brookfield Golf Club included Mike Penny (Mens) and Dave Thornham (Senior Mens), Krista Snow (Ladies) and Annie Woodworth (Senior Ladies). Charles DeBay and Carmen Michael teamed to win the Club Two Ball. The 19th Annual Elks Scramble was won by the team of Cory Sutherland, Win Matheson, Myrna Clarke, Frank Wentworth, and Chipper VanTassell. Cody Locke (Steve,Krista) had a very successful summer in a variety of tournaments throughout the Maritimes, competing readily with the Juniors and Juveniles, despite only being Midget age. Gold medals were won at the Atlantic Gymnastics Championship by Codi McLaughlin of Shortt's Lake (parents Chris and Wendy) and Alicia Stewart (Brian and Tammy). SCA Wolves' standout Paula Serracin (parents Juan and Lori) of Brentwood went to the National Soccer Championships in Edmonton as a member of Nova Scotia Under 16 team. Al and Maria Halavrezos (parents Costas Halavrezos and Jennifer Henderson; grandpa Turk Henderson) both won Gold Medals at the National Canoe-Kayak Championships in their hometown of Dartmouth. Al had two medals while Maria took home seven! Scott Worsley - youngest son of former Elk Mike, and Drew Stewart (son of Glenn and grandson of Bill Stewart and Shirley Comeau) both played for Nova Scotia's summertime entry that won an Atlantic tournament. The winner of the $100,000 at the 21st Annual Sportsplex Lotta Truck Festival was Shannon Googoo of Truro; Hybrid Malibu and Harley Davidson winners were Laura and Buck Wile of Masstown, and Don MacIssac of Halifax, respectively. Thanks to all who supported the Lotta Truck. The Whing Ding Duck Race winner was Susan MacKenzie, with Brent Walters and Gloria Mackenize also claiming top prizes. Jason Sanford, a member of the Brookfield Elks Softball team who is also on Canada's National team roster, was a member of the Kitchener (Ont.) Twins that won the ISC World Club Team Championship in Wisconsin!! The Elks Men's fastpitch team won an invitational tourament in PEI, and placed a strong second in the Eastern Canadian Intermediate A Championships in Donnaconna, Quebec. Shortly after the May edition of the Eagle went to print, the Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling league champions were declared - they are Gerry Buott, Enos Crouse, Sheila Rankine, Mary Berrigan and Elizabeth Durling. Their 48th season is just underway - if you are interested in joining one of the province's longest continual operating bowling leagues contact, Terry Henderson at 673-2106.
Earlier we mentioned the desire to have more members for the BMC - the group took a major hit with the recent passing of Elder Statesman, bon vivant and all around good guy Vic Burrows. He will be missed at the BMC and throughout the community where he was always a smiling face with a good word or a quip. Others who passed away include Shirley Eldershaw, Dave "Hawk" Gilroy, Margaret Fisher (Victor's wife) , Carol Campell's mother Elizabeth Keiver, and Barb Nelson's father Newton McLean. Donnie Boutilier, grandson of Lelia Brenton and a former Brookfield resident, and remembered by friends as a talented athlete, died in British Columbia. Scott Cooke's father, Doug died in Parrsboro, and Sylvia Hutchinson's father, Herman Lam passed away in Truro, while Lila (Ross) MacPhee's sister died. Former Brookfield Junior B Elks team executive member and RCMP officer Jim Duggan passed away of a brain tumor at 56 - sympathies to his wife Carolyn and daughter Kimberlee. In Sidney, BC Donna (Cockell) Campbell died. She was a granddaughter of past Brookfield residents Alonzo and Jenny Carter, and a daughter of Emily (Carter) Cockell (and cousin to Stena Cook and Lyle Carter). Zelda Harvey's father Homer Weatherbee passed away in the Truro area. Sympathies are extended to all who lost loved ones.
One would like to be able to slow down time to be able to properly visit with the many former residents who return home; unfortunately we seldom seem to have that luxury. Some of the many we noted in our fair villa were Jack and Carol Campbell from England, Angela, Greg and Diane McDonald, Laura and Brenda Walters, and Bob Roop. Michelle MacDonald was home from her Ontario chiropractic studies, which saw her make the Dean's List, Blair and Krista (MacFarlane) Tucker. Rob Carter, Wendy (Campbell) and her daughter Katie Grant, Steve and Pam (Roop) Olmstead, Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny (with new baby Charlotte in tow!) were others spotted around town. Others who were here were Peter, Kelly, and Jack Hazelton, and Kelly's mother Edith (Retson, Watson) and Garnet Davis, as well as Janelle Canning and Helen (VanTassell) Belanger, who has moved home to Elm Street. We were also happy to see Peter Kennedy who has announced his engagement to Kate. He will be playing pro-hockey this year in Oklahoma. Susan and Lisa Illsley, and Lisa's husband Jazz were home from Hong Kong for a summer visit with Glenn and Grace; they have since returned to their teaching positions. Lori (Graham) Recoskie and friend visited at Ed and Edna's. Sisters Marilyn Fallon, Karen Davis and Charlene Fraser happily made their annual trip to Brookfield to spend time with mother Marg Sutherland, and brother Richard and family. Stena Cook welcomed from Alberta her daughter-in-law Sandra (Mrs. Stephen Cook), grandchildren Samantha and Scott, and great granddaughter Ilyana!
In addition to Betty and Randy's newest granddaughter, baby girls were welcomed by Mike and Jenna (VanTassell) Searle, Troy Lauther and Charlene Bagnell, as well as Shane Elliott and Mareshah Robinson in Middle Musquodoboit (new grandparents Dale and Patty Elliot). Dwayne and Andrea (Brenton) Geldart welcomed a baby boy. Thanks to contributors Geraldine Burrows and David (Mick) Boutlier for their support of the Eagle's flight. A reminder to all that the Eagle is available at several locations around the community, on the web, or you can speed it to your computer even more quickly by forwarding your email address to the Eagle at email@example.com.
Some left Nova Scotia this summer - was it to escape the rain and perma-cloud? Included in this group were Susan VanTassell who made her monthly commute to Whitehorse; Betty, Randy, Andrew and Becky Roop and kids as well as Jack Roop and Leah Densmore went to Toronto. Elaine and Gerald Ross went to the West to visit son Jacob, and Mark Kennedy visited brother Peter in Minnesota. Grant, Terri and Joel Sutherland made a soccer fan's dream trip to witness an Arsenal - Manchester United game at Emirates Stadium in North London. Bill Campbell, Albert Gamble, David Ross, Scott Woodworth, Dave Roode and Neil McGillivray travelled to Scotland to play some of the historic golf courses. At South Colchester Academy the soccer and golf teams have begun their preparation, and at Brookfield Elementary, Cathy MacIntosh is back as Principal, with former BES leader Debbie Eddy moving to Upper Stewiacke. The Terry Fox Run will take place at 1:00 on Sunday, September 14 at the top of Carter Road on the beautifully scenic route to Carter Falls - let's help keep the Brookfield run one of the most productive in the province. It's not too late to participate as a walker or runner, or to sponsor those who will make the 6 Km trek. After the terrifically uplifting visit to Brookfield by Terry's brother, Fred Fox and the originally restored Marathon or Hope van this summer, we are indeed anxious to continue with the record- setting fund raising for this venture. The Terry Fox Golf Tournament was postponed three times(!!) due to the heavy rains - it cannot be re-scheduled but will return next year. All registered golfers in the event are invited to a reprise of the smash HomeComing event - this time modified as an Elvis Presley Dinner Theatre and Balloon Gala. It will be held the evening of Saturday September 27, and give all attendees a chance to win the fabulous prizes and raise funds for the Terry Fox event. If tickets remain, they will be made available to the public. Watch for more details.
We are delighted to pass along the news that the irrepressible Rosie Pope - Swail, who thrilled locals with her visit here in mid-winter has completed her walk/run around the world! She left her home in Wales in October 2003; two weeks ago she completed the last 25 miles back to her house on crutches (due to a stress fracture in her leg), but still towing her cart. Incredible!
Watch for more information with regard to community access to the fitness room at South Colchester Academy; this has proved to be a big hit over the past 2 years. The pleasant Valley Motocross Park continues to diversify, regularly hosting MudBoggers' competitions, and presenting a Blues concert featuring Shirley Jackson and Carter Chaplin, former Densmore Lane resident. Land clearing has been completed and construction is well underway off Carter Road and the end of Densmore Lane for the 36 bed extended care Shannex facility, with completion slated by early 2010. Shannex will be hosting a "Community and Career Information Sesion" at the FireHall on Tuesday September 16th 6:30-8:30. There will be preliminary information on the residence, and long term employment and training opportunities for the Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) profession. More info available at 1-877-SHANNEX. South Colchester Minor Hockey Association will hold its Registration September 12-13 - make sure your child is registered. The Brookfield Athletic Association is proud to play a vital role in helping with Registration costs for the Minor Hockey and Figure Skating participants. The BAA have launched the 72nd Annual Brookfield Elks Sports Draw (nee Big Game Hunt) - help support the BAA and give yourself a chance at the great prizes (including a GMC truck or $25,000 in cash). Make plans now to spend a winter on the pebbled ice at the Brookfield Curling Club - more information will be available for its approximate October 20 opening, by calling 673-2063. Seasons tickets will soon be for sale for the Brookfield Junior B hockey Elks, who appear poised for a breakthrough season with a large number of returnees. Their home opener at the Sportsplex is Tuesday October 7. An early reminder to exercise your democratic right (especially in this year where the Democracy 250 celebrations, highlighting 250 years of responsible government in Nova Scotia is being marked). The Municipal elections will be held Saturday, October 18 and local candidates include current Deputy Mayor Hugh Matheson, who is running for Mayor of Colchester County and Gerry Buott who will contest the District three (Brookfield, Brentwood, Pleasant Valley, Hilden) seat. Don't lose sight that every vote is important and that often local government and agencies of this nature are the ones that have the largest impact on our quality of life. You can vote for these positions on October 18 at the Sportsplex. A public meeting will be held September 15, 7-9 PM at the Bible Hill Village Hall to develop the Colchester Bikeways plan - which intends to provide cycling routes and transportation alternatives, leisure activities, etc. More info at www.colchester.ca or call 897-3180.
Please consider our entreaty to visit the Brookfield Men's Club meeting on September 15. It is a fellowship/service club with the emphasis placed on good times, good food, and supporting some vital community organizations such as the 569 Air Cadet squadron, The Eagle and several other ventures. It is extremely low key and low pressure, but it is critical that we fortify our membership. Thank you and we hope to see you on the 15th.
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