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Happy New Year! While 2008 brought a little bit of everything our way, it may be remembered as the year the global economy hit the skids in the last 3 months of the year. We hope the trough is not too deep or wide, that at least our part of the world does not feel the full effects of the recession, and that 2009 starts the economic upturn.
The Brookfield Men's Club Christmas party was a joyous occasion with much laughter surrounding the novel games authored by Past President John Matheson, and the cliff-hanging adventure that is the multi-layered gift exchange. The very contented Clubmen were rubbing their bellies after hearty helpings of shrimp, cake, ice cream and egg nog! The BMC will reconvene on Monday, January 19 at 7:30 PM at the Brookfield Fire Hall - plan now to join us there! For a number of years the BMC has sponsored a contest to recognize the properties that have standout Christmas decorations. In keeping with that spirit, the BMC, with the permission of the fine folks at MacQuarries, erected and decorated a large Christmas tree on the lot at the northeast quadrant of the "corner". Much thanks to MacQuarries, Lawrence Wynn for providing the tree, Lila McPhee and Tanya Ross for allowing their home to be used as a power source, to Pibby Henderson for constructing the wonderful star, and to BMCers Terry Henderson and Don Harvey for their bringing it all together! Meanwhile the astute judges hit the roads all over our greater community and selected these winners. The President's Awards went to Reg Hamilton and Audrey Stewart, Colin and Jacqueline MacPhee, and Jeff and Nikki Graham. Governor's Award winners were Mike and Susan MacDonald, Gordon and Myrna Matheson and Kevin and Rosalyn Clarke. The Religious Awards were presented to Gary and Laura Kolstee, Cecil and Alice Stevens, and Danny and Audrey MacDonald. The winners received (in addition to the thanks of BMCers and Brookfielders), suitably scripted certificates of recognition.
Among the many family and friends home for a visit were Tamara (O'Leary) and her husband Ryota Katayama, who brought along their new baby boy from Toronto. Happy grandparents Sharon and George O'Leary were ecstatic to have the baby meet his great - grandmothers Alice O'Leary and Shirley Harrison! Brenda Geddes' daughter Teresa and husband Mark Green and their three boys visited from Arizona. Angela Nelson and husband Thomas were home to mother Barb Nelson's, and Laura and Shane Grinton came from PEI to Pat and Herb MacCallums. From Quebec came Jean-Marc, Pam , Gaby and Victoria Lanthier to visit with Pam's mother Helene Henderson. Sherry, Jay and Charlotte Ovsenny came home from Toronto, and Pam (Roop) and Steve Olmstead from Vancouver to Betty and Randy Roop's. Jonathan and Gail (MacFarlane) Keirstead and their family were home to visit with both sets of parents, Herb and Betty MacFarlane, and Emily Keirstead and Don Murray. Ken Locke visited with parents Frank and Barb. Grandmother Dot Nielsen welcomed home grandson Mike Wood and spouse Cindy. From Fredericton came Marg, Brad and Emily Little to holiday with her father Don Locke; and Susan VanTassell jetted in quickly from the Yukon to visit sister Helen Belanger and aunt Margie Saunders. Not to miss out on the manic games played over the Christmas Holidays, Catherine Woolfitt (Wayne's daughter) flew in from jolly old England. Dan and Duncan Retson found parents Gene and Marion's home much more inviting than their digs in Ontario. Mac and Nadine Campbell came to Paul and Joan Campbell's home, and all Dave Heffernan's "kids" (Amy, Annette and Andrew) being home gave Heff a Merry Christmas! Breanna MacLeod was home from her studies in Calgary to mother Maureen Foster's. Amanda Ettinger, Debbie's daughter, spent Christmas with Austin and Debbie Ross. Rob Carter came down from Montreal and enjoyed the holidays with parents Lyle and Susan, and put on a remarkable hockey display while wearing two dramatically different sized skates!
The Holiday season truly is one of giving - the Eagle was overwhelmed with kind donations from faithful readers Reta Dunn, Al and Barb (MacKenzie) Coneen in Lower Sackville, Bob and Jean (Carter) Skinner, Rodney Ross, Joyce Geddes, Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Bird from Thamesford, Ontario and Don and Sidnee Rutherford from Riverview, New Brunswick. Your kind words, nice cards and generous donations are all appreciated by the Eagle!
Sad to report that Christine Macintosh Langille passed away in Bridgewater - she had been in poor health in recent months. Some of our more senior citizens will remember her as "Mrs. Mac's daughter", who spent a lot of time at the MacLennan home in her formative years. Bev Hiltz' uncle, Ira Fleming of Onslow passed away. Ira was one of the Elks earliest goaltenders, and was so strong between the pipes the Lowest Goals Against Award in the Truro and District Hockey League was named after him. Many future Elks, including Lyle Carter, Hugh Matheson, Jeep Watson, Jack Tarr, Ken Robertson, and Don Conroy would win this award.
The conflict in Afghanistan became all to real with the loss of life of Corporal Thomas Hamilton from Upper Musquodobit - he was the son of Edward Hamilton of Hilden and Cindy Higgins of Upper Stewiacke. Laurie Wilson of Truro passed away - he was brother to Tracey Wilson and Leroy "Jigger" Thompson's father, Bruce also died in Truro. Stewart Kaulback died in Middle Stewiacke. Our sympathies go out to all who have lost loved ones.
Bundles of joy were welcomed by young families - a baby girl on Cherry Lane to Jamie and Angela Reid had grandparents Anitra and Dave Whidden beaming. Likewise in Vancouver, Jack and Julie (Henderson) Hsu were blessed with a baby girl, another grandchild for Terry and Mary Henderson. In Metro, Peter and Debbie (Buott) Matheson brought home a baby boy, a grandson for John and Lynn Matheson and Gerry and Faith Buott. Rene and Gail Belanger's son Scott also welcomed home a baby girl in New Brunswick. Certainly these blessed events made for an exciting holiday season in several homes. Most of the Sears' clan, from Art and Bev on down, trekked to Montreal for their youngest son Joel's wedding to Annette John. Making the trip immediately after Christmas were Luther, Joyce, Cassandra, Allison and Sarah, Sheila Sears and son Anthony, Andrew, Jill, Rachel and Rowan, and Hilary, Wayne and Meredith Paquet. Joel and Annette were thrilled to have so many of his family join the nuptials.
Congratulations are extended to the organizers of the "Food for the Spirit" concert held a few days before Christmas. Though this event annually provides a fine demonstration of local talent, this year may have exceeded expectations. Stand out performances were given by Susan Gamble, Lori and Erica Neilsen, Rick and Emily Hiltz' and the SCA combo, Knox's Cherub and Junior choirs (conducted by Joan Rankin and Lori Nielsen), Shelley McLeod, Kaye Retson, singing group Village Blend and their omnipresent leader Joanne Hatfield, who contributed to many different acts throughout the evening, Megan and Bruce Isenor, Eric, Charles and Jacob Bowers, and the incredibly talented duo of James Hill (on ukulele and violin) and Anne Davison (cello and banjo), who brought the house down with their exceptional plucking and bowing. Master of Ceremonies Lisa Henderson marshalled the talented crew in an orderly fashion, and sound man Bruce Isenor and producer Leah Bowers also get high marks, as do pre-show piano ticklers Chloe Bowers, Anna Hamilton, Peter Betts and Olivia Hemden, all students of Joanne Hatfield. The audience was definitely wanting more, and the happy beneficiaries were the Colchester Food Bank who received copious amounts of food stuffs from this (and other events) around our community during the holiday season. Well done by all! Andrew Fiander finished his golf program at Holland College and will resume his continuing education at Saint Mary's University this month. Local MLA Brooke Taylor's stellar work in the Cabinet of the provincial government was acknowledged when he was named Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Matthew Stewart, Geoff and Joanne's son, made the Dean's List at Cape Breton University. Matt is a BMOC as Student Union President - those activities keep him very busy, making his academic accomplishment all the more noteworthy. Kelsey Campbell captured a spot on the pro Basketball Halifax Rainmen's dance team.
Andrew, Jill, Rowan, and Rachel Sears were just getting going with their trip to Montreal - from there they jetted on to Colorado where they enjoyed a wonderful ski vacation with Jill's family at Snowmass. Alycia Putnam travelled to Holland with her betrothed Erwin Vromans to enjoy Christmas in the Netherlands with his family. Alicia is an Honours Psychology student at SMU and Erwin has completed his term with the Dutch armed forces, and hopes to start a career in law enforcement in Nova Scotia. Jill Kennedy travelled to the plains of Oklahoma to visit brother Peter, who is skating for the Tulsa entry in the Central Professional Hockey League. Gordie and Carol Campbell and Dennis and Verlie Grant, went to B.C. to visit their children (and grandchildren) Wendi and her husband Kelly Grant. Going even further west to Port McNeill to visit daughter Janelle were Terry Canning and Krista McMullin. Andrew and Becky Roop fled their three pre-school aged kids for a weekend in Indianapolis to see his beloved Colts win an NFL game in their new stadium. Sadly for Andrew, the Colts bowed out in the opening round of playoffs. Looking ahead to Super Bowl XLIII - could it be the Baltimore Ravens will win their second Lombardi trophy??
Popular South Colchester Academy Physical Education teacher and noted soccer and softball coach Kelly Spencer was hospitalized for an operation - he promises to be back at school in time to get the lady Wolves ball team back to their lofty perch in the province! Others hospitalized include Colby Benson, Art and Roberta Lindsay - we hope for improved health to them all.
On Tuesday, January 20 the Canadian Blood Service will host another blood donor clinic at Knox United Church (sponsored by Lafarge); please make plans to attend - appointments are welcomed but not essential. This valuable service is only made possible in our community if we generate enough donors. In this season of giving it is only appropriate that as many as possible give the "gift of life" - it is one that absolutely makes the giver feel much better! A reminder that on Thursday mornings at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex adult skating takes place from 10 AM - 11 AM and the fee is a very nominal $2.00. You are more than welcome to join the twirlers on the shining surface. The Brookfield Elks of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League have resumed their season after the holidays - they are in action almost every Tuesday at 7:30 at the Sportsplex until mid February - why not get to the Sportsplex and show your support! Speaking of Junior Elks, remember to attend their Pancake Breakfast in the Curling Club, Sunday, February 1 from 9AM till noon. Adults $5, kids under 6 free. Help support the Elks. Mark down Saturday, February 7 for a Valentine's Dance at the South Colester Academy from 9PM - 1AM. Tickets are $15 per couple, or $7 per individual in advance, or $20 and $10 at the door, and are available at MacQuarries. Danny Nolan will provide the tunes and the dance is a fundraiser for the softball teams at SCA - a great way to have some fun and support the Wolves at the same time. Hope to see you there! Epiphany Kitchen will meet on Tuesday Jan. 20, 9 a.m. at the Knox United Church kitchen. These cooking sessions are held monthly and are free of charge. Mothers interested in stretching their food budgets and cooking nutritious meals in a group setting can inquire by calling Joanne at 673-2227.
Help make Brookfield an even more Caring Community by offering your services or skills. Some services might be sewing, yardwork, general repairs, housecleaning, transportation, respite care, shopping writing letters, accessing resources, etc. If you have a service or a skill you would be willing to offer to your fellow community members, please go to the community website www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca to print your form. Forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or returned to MacQuarries Pharmasave. Your name and information will be held in a community registry. If there is a call for the service you have to offer, you will be contacted by the Coordinator of this service to discuss the request. Your name and other contact information will not be passed on or publicized without your permission. The Middle Stewiacke Recreation Association and Brookfield Fire & Emergency Services are hosting an awareness session for Emergency Planning, on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM, at the MSRA Rec. Centre, 2395, highway 289 in Middle Stewiacke. Come out and learn how to assemble your own Emergency Kit and how you can help your neighbours through the SPAN program. For information, call 673-2451. The Shannex Continuing Care Facility is progressing rapidly - you can see it at the end of Densmore Lane. Shannex will he holding information sessions for those desiring a career in that field of work. They will be held at the Brookfield Fire Hall on January 14 and 22 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM, and January 15, 2-4 PM. For more information call 1-877-564-6749.
Again we remind you to feel free to join the next meeting of the Brookfield Men's Club on Monday, January 19 - 7:30 PM at the Brookfield Firehall.
Please note- we have had a few posted Eagles come back marked "Return to Sender." If your postal (or e-mail!) Address has changed, please drop us a note. Canada Post may be requiring more details than we have (i.e. apartment #'s etc.) - so please let us know!
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