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December 2009
Vol. 19 Issue 4

As the Eagle starts to put pen to paper, (fingers to keyboard? voice to dictaphone?) for the December Eagle, he had to check the calendar, as it certainly does not resemble winter in any climatic fashion at this point.  November was a startlingly beautiful month for those who like the outdoors; in fact golfers were still able to sink putts into early December at some courses, the province was so mild.  This was underlined at the Remembrance Day service on November 11 - very professionally coordinated by BMC Clubman Bob Lawrence and our Ministers Harrison and MacKinnon.  There was a great turn out at the Veterans' Memorial to pay tribute - in all 37 (!!) Wreaths were laid during the moving ceremony.  Many of the attendees stopped by at Knox United, where they were treated to a delicious lunch afterwards.  The Brookfield Men's Club's November meeting was hosted by the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services.  Chief Rod Nielsen gave a very informative talk about the need for safety, specifically for drivers of vehicles approaching hazardous zones along the roadways, such as construction sites, motor vehicle collisions, fires, etc.  Rod's presentation drove home the need for all to give proper respect to the traffic controllers, the signage and the equipment, and greatly reduce speed in these areas to let workman and emergency providers do their jobs without themselves becoming potential victims.  Herb MacFarlane and assistants prepared a wonderful lunch, topped off by a massive cake, marking John Matheson attending his 200th consecutive BMC meeting.  The cake was so large John had trouble getting it in the viewfinder of his camera!  The BMC will do the judging for the annual community Christmas Decorating contest on December 23.

At this writing is it a bit early for us to have seen many of the family and friends we expect to inundate our village over the holiday season; but one we are particularly happy to see home is South Colchester High grad, Michelle Chase. Daughter of Dave and Brookfield Elementary School teacher Heather, she has returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Canadian Armed Forces.  The Chase family live on the Hilden end of Kennedy Road; and will cherish their time with Michelle home before she debarks for a second tour in April.  Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Bird sent a Christmas card and a kind contribution to the Eagle from Southern Ontario.

The Eagle received a nice donation from Mary Lynn Cameron of Cumberland County - she reminded us that her mother Anna (Mrs. Parker) Matheson, a long time loyal Eagle reader had passed away earlier this year.  Brandt Lane resident Gordon Dickey's son Robin Hill died, as did Richard Sutherland's brother- in- law Barney Fallon in London, Ontario - he was the husband of Marilyn Hamilton.  Very sorry to hear of the passing in Kentville of former Hamilton Avenue resident David MacDonald; he was a member of the 1963 Maritime Intermediate C Softball Champion Brookfield Elks.  His daughter is Jennifer (Mrs. Larry) Fisher, and he leaves behind siblings "Big Dan", Elwood, and Sheila Archibald.  Longtime Brookfield resident Gladys Clark passed away at the Brentwood Ponds - Gladdie was a kind soul and mother to five sons.  Brookfield native and former owner of Carter Graphics, Art Carter was killed in a car accident in Stewiacke.  Art's surviving brothers include Byard (Rub) and Gerry; Eagle email expert Susan Stevenson is his niece.  A resident of Elk Court, long time Stewiacke Minister and Author, Dr. Lewis Murray passed away; as did Harold MacAloney who had moved here recently with his wife Christel - he had a much decorated career in the US Military. Nina Patterson, formerly of Brandt Lane and The Ponds, passed away at Elk Court. Doris Johnson, 89, died in Calgary - she is remembered by many as the matriarch of the large Johnson family (16 children in all), who resided for many years at the corner of Whidden Road and the #2 Highway. She was the mother to Shirley DeBay, Donna and Jim Johnson, and many
others with local area ties.  Elly Suttis, Brookfield Elks Bowling League Hall of Famer, and very popular member on that circuit, had her sister Mary Lamont pass away in the Truro area. We extend sympathies on behalf of the community to all who mourn.

The 73rd annual Brookfield Elks Sports Draw and Sportsmen's Contest (formerly Big Game Hunt) concluded recently.  The grand prize winners, were drawn on 99.5 Cat Country radio - they are: $25,000 first prize went to Steven Parker of Pugwash, 2nd prize Honda 4 x 4 ATV went to Helen Sandeson of Wallace; a $2,000 Sobey's gift certificate went to Ken MacCallum of Hilden, a Honda generator or $1,000 cash went to S. Baltsaz of Montague Gold Mines; and the 5th prize of $500 in cash went to Jane Murphy, daughter of Bill and Barb Murphy.  The winners from the hunting portion contest are as follows: Heaviest buck - Mike MacIssac (264.5); heaviest doe - Jason Pitts (153.5), Longest antler - Robert Small (27"), Widest spread - Barry Taylor, Gordon McCutchen (24"), most points - Chuck MacLean (25).  The Brookfield Athletic Association wishes to sincerely thank all who helped support this vital contest - it is their primary fundraiser.  The BAA is forming a committee to start making plans for 75th Anniversary of the contest in 2011 - while it seems a long way off, they hope to announce plans on the 2010 tickets which will go to press in May.  Anyone who has any suggestions or ideas to help us celebrate this remarkable anniversary can pass them on through Terry Henderson, John Matheson, Ken Retson, Lexie Stewart, Grahame Maguire, or Mike Henderson.  Some Brookfielders made the trek to Dartmouth in late November to help former Knox Minister Reverend Vince Ihasz and his lovely wife Anne commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary - Vince's time in the pulpit at Knox United is remembered fondly by many, and they still make it back here on occasion to see their legion of friends.  Congratulations go to Craig Mowatt who received his Master of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie and is presently employed with Emera Energy in Halifax.  Craig is the son of Gail and the late Brian Mowatt of Hilden.  At the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame induction, a former Brookfield Elks hockey star was added to that prestigious group.  Johnny Mentis played on the provincial Championship Elk team in 1955-56, before moving to Quebec to pursue employment and a hockey career. Mentis was unable to attend, but took time to mention of how much he enjoyed his time with the Elks, and made note of special talents he played with, specifically Turk Henderson and Donnie Dennis.  Another hockey player with Brookfield ties continues to progress up the ladder as Andrew Gordon, scion of the famed MacLennan family, recently played two games with the NHL's Washington Capitals.  Scott Armstrong won the bye-election for the vacant Cumberland Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley seat, and is our new MP in Ottawa.

Aaron and Jenn Sutherland are proud parents of a baby boy, a grandson for Alton and Lorna Sutherland.  Stephanie and Patrick Archibald were blessed with a baby girl; another granddaughter for Velma Fisher.  From Pembroke, Ontario comes news of a baby girl born to Dean and Elizabeth (Kenrick) Graham - Elizabeth is the daughter of Brian and Jane (Locke) Kenrick, and the baby is a great granddaughter for both BMC Clubman Don Locke and Helen Kenrick.  Congratulations to all. James Hill and Anne Davison continue to earn recognition, most recently for winning Traditional Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in Ottawa for their magnificent album "True Love Don't Weep".  James was the feature of a lengthy article in the Chronicle Herald's Entertainment section and graciously made reference to how happy he is living in Brookfield.  Another talented musician Megan Isenor won a $500 bursary from the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference for her participation in school and community.  Megan plays in three bands and had recorded her third CD.  Megan and Connections presented a well attended concert at Knox recently while paired with the Aeolian Singers.  The South Colchester Academy Senior girls volleyball team had a stirring end-of-the-year run, making it all the way to the provincial finals before settling for silver, losing to the host, and now three time champion Bridgewater Vikings in the final.  Coach Teri Kennedy led her Senior-rich team to the verge of the championship.  Wolves players included Annalyse Myers, Samantha Barr, Caitlyn Stewart, Carly O'Neill, Marley Geddes, Amber MacLean-Hawes, Stephanie Prest, Dezaray Hart, Emelye Porter, Caitland Read, Sarah Sears, Katelyn Cox, and Matraca Volans.  Charles DeBay travelled to the prestigious St. George Golf and Curling Club in Toronto as a member of team New Brunswick at the Canadian Club Champions Curling Championship - Charles later dropped into the Sportsplex proudly wearing his NB colors! Jonathan Crouse's team from the Brookfield Curling Club qualified for the Nova Scotia Junior title to be held after Christmas - big things are expected from this talented team, led by Coach Craig Burgess, and made up of Aaron Langille, Isaac MacDonell, and Andrew Burgess.  Nancy Gilbert was honoured when her water color painting entitled "Insight" was chosen for presentation at the Nova Scotia Alzheimer's Event in Halifax on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of that society - Nancy recently graduated with honours with her CCA certificate and is working at Elk Court.  Delaney Henderson, granddaughter of Helene and the late Ned Henderson, skated to a bronze at the Nova Scotia Sectionals, which qualified her to skate in the East-West Challenge in Ontario.  Judy Fleming retired from her job at Marine Atlantic after 28 years service on the MV Joey Smallwood; unfortunately soon into retirement she suffered a broken arm.  The Brookfield Community Assembly wants to thank Wayne Paquet who is stepping down from his position as webmaster for the www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca website.  Wayne was instrumental in the site's revival and professional look.  He looks forward to "downloading" his expertise to new webmaster Susan Stevenson, to whom the BCA is very grateful for volunteering for this position.

Glenn Illsley was hospitalized, as was Robert Henry, father to Angie Cameron and Carolyn Johnson, who is the Administrative Coordinator at Elk Court: he had a heart attack, and has spent a few weeks in hospital. We hope any who are ailing are fully recovered in time to enjoy the holiday festivities.

Beth Maguire travelled to Minneapolis on behalf of Stanfield's to check out the latest in cold weather underwear fashion - there certainly hasn't been much on display in Nova Scotia at the end of this Autumn season!  The Rev. Chesley Boutlier returned home for a visit and provided a Sunday service to the Brookfield and Middle Stewiacke churches.

The Community Christmas Tours were very well attended and enjoyed by many from near and far. Thanks are due to the home owners who opened their dwellings - Mike and Eva Fortune, Susan and Glen Walters and to the Train Station Directors, Knox Church and the incredibly and amazing display of 100,000 poinsettias at the Forest Glen Greenhouses (proprietors Judy and Lee Thompson)!  Thanks to the drivers who chauffeured the attendees, the crafters, the UCW for serving a nice lunch, and all combined to make a great kick off to the holiday season.  The Colchester Christmas Index program was boosted in their mammoth job of serving over 800 families by the tremendous response from local businesses, groups, and individuals of toys, clothing, food, and cash.  Over $430 alone was realized from the silent auction of the Gingerbread Houses which were sold as part of the contest initiated by the Train Station Directors.  Those who saw the marvelous designs at the Train Station of those creations were amazed.  From the 19 incredible entries the judges chose the following winners; 1st prize went to the "Post Office" created by Krista Locke and Judy Wright (on display at the Post Office); 2nd prize was the "Brookfield Express" an incredible masterpiece by the talented Gail Wright, and 3rd prize went to "Roop's Esso and Tim Hortons" display done by Debbie Burris and Velvet and Katelyn Prest.  Children's prize went to the "Elks Hockey Game" by Chloe, Jacob, and Regan Bowers, and Honourable Mention to the "Doghouse" by Wash your Darn Dog owner Janice Murdock.  The People's Choice Award was the "Brookfield Train Station" done by President Russell Bradley.  All participants are thanked by the TSHS Directors and supporters of the contest.  The Caring Community Committee volunteers, a subcommittee of the Brookfield Community Assembly, recently distributed community information booklets throughout the village.  These were in short supply and if you missed the delivery we were hopeful there will be more copies if CORDA will help with the cost sharing.  They will be placed at the Churches and at MacQuarries in the New Year.  There were a couple of inadvertent omissions including Nancy Gilbert and Rene Reid from the list of artists, and the Pet Motel phone number was misprinted and should be 650-2221

Public skating is again in full swing at the Sportsplex every Thursday at 10 AM come join the crowd for only $2!  The Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services is actively seeking new members.  Anyone willing to volunteer in any aspect is always welcome. The BFES not only provides fire protection, but also rescue and vehicle extraction, and medical first response; thus there is a niche for everyone to fill if you do not want to fight fires.  Drop by Wednesday or call 673-2965. A reminder to anyone wishing to nominate any local athletes for the Truro Sport Heritage Society Annual Awards - there is an early January deadline - nomination forms can be picked up at the Marigold Center or on line at www.colchestercountysportshalloffame.com   The Food for the Spirit concert will be held on Sunday, December 20 in the Knox United sanctuary.  This event which welcomes donations for the Food Bank has truly become a Christmas Tradition, and annually features outstanding talent.  Even those whose catch phrase may be "bah humbug" are fully vaccinated with Christmas and community spirit via this concert. Time is 7 pm.

The 2010 Winter/Spring Learn to Run Training Program is a 10 week plan that will guide and support its participants as they learn to run, be it to maintain your fitness, or looking for an organized group to keep you motivated.  This program incorporates walk breaks with the running, and increases overall running time gradually in order to ensure success and keep all injury free.  There is no specific distance goal for this program, however by the end of the program most participants will be comfortable with running 10 km.  There will be multiple pace groups set up, as not everyone runs at the same speed. Start Date: Sunday January 10, 2010 Group Run Days: Wednesday and Sunday Start Times: Wednesday @ 6:00pm and Sunday @ 2:00pm. Meeting Places:  For the first couple of runs, meet at South Colchester Academy parking lot. Cost: $20 for the entire 10 week program For more information about this program contact Becky by phone at 897-4270(h) 305-1778(c), by email at becky_toole@hotmail.com or through Facebook.  A reminder that the All Around the Circle Seniors Group (ages 55 and up) meet for fellowship, a warm meal, and entertainment at their Senior's room at the Sportsplex on the third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 AM. Cost for the meal is $5; turkey on December 15!

The BMC have erected and decorated the large tree at the corner, as well as the gigantic star.

On Monday December 21, the Brookfield Men's Club will host their monthly meeting in conjunction with their Christmas party.  This is always a joyous and hilarious time, and any gentlemen from the area are invited to attend at the Fire Station at 7:30 pm.  A gift exchange (maximum spend $10) will be done, as well as a lunch, and again contributions to the food bank are welcomed.  Drop in!
May your Holiday season be full of happy times with friends and family, and may the spirit of peace fill you and your neighbours. From the Eagle and BMC, Merry Christmas and we wish all a happy and prosperous 2010.

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