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October 2009
Vol. 19 Issue 2


The Brookfield Men's Club held their season opening meeting in September; it was great to see the Club Men back in harness after a fun- filled summer, in which they played integral roles in several community activities. These included providing excellent BBQ's for three different events, producing and selling the ever popular Coming Home to Brookfield shirts, and their ongoing maintenance of Ed Creelman Park, among other things. One cannot say the Eagle was as sharp as his fellow members as the September issue contained a few glaring errors or omissions - we trust our readership knows these come from faulty grey matter and not from intended omissions. Hopefully with this issue, amends will be made, and the BMC and the Eagle will be able to keep up to the fellow Clubmen in items of mental acuity at the October meeting, slated for Monday October 19, at 7:30 - we hope to see you at the Fire Station!

We listed some of the university grads in the last issue, however we missed some, including Jenna Fisher who received her B.Sc. from NSAC, and Kallie Best-Schrader, who was granted her BA from Acadia, and has begun her B.Ed program - well done ladies! There were some server-related problems with the e-mail transmission of the September issue - if you have not received your e-Eagle by the Wednesday preceding the third Monday of the month, please e-mail bmceagle@eastlink.ca and notify us. We were also remiss in not thanking the terrific community - minded businesses who helped the BMC make things sparkle at the Ed Creelman park this summer. These included Forest Glen Greenhouses for the spectacular floral display, Marwood and Brookfield Lumber Company for replacement materials on the gazebos and picnic tables, and Steven Davis of Colchester Containers for removing the refuse from the Park - thanks folks! The proper name, as proposed by Sam Devlin, of the Lafarge / Ducks Unlimited area is Brookfield Wetlands and Nature Trail - this was mis-stated in the last paper issue. This seems like an apt time to remind our citizens that two twin scourges, namely littering and vandalism, have plagued the Nature Trail and the Creelman Park lately. These treasures greatly enhance our community, and we encourage all to do whatever possible to assist in their upkeep. Let's take it one step further, and encourage all to report any vandalism they may see in these areas, or anywhere in our village. If any of the mouth- breathers who are responsible for these acts happen to read this newsletter, we hope you come to your senses.

The Eagle unwittingly failed to report on the passing of former Brookfielder Ron Carter in Centreville, Kings County - Ronnie was a wide - ranging outfielder for the Elks in the 1950's, brother to Gerry, Byard and Art, and uncle to Eagle's E-circulation Director Susan Stevenson. In the early part of the summer the community, and indeed the province were shocked by the passing of two recent South Colchester Academy grads, Kyle Elliot of Forest Glen and Mandi Balagot of Hilden. The couple succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty exhaust of a generator at a work site. The very large turnout of neighbours, and Kyle's legion of friends in the motocross community found much comfort on Reverend Larry Harrison's spot-on message. Mandi had been a basketball star for the Wolves and befriended many in her short tenure at Roop's Esso convenience store. We hope the grieving is mitigated with the knowledge that so many care and share their loss. We are sorry to report on the passing of Neil Firth in Pictou - he was Betty Dickie's stepbrother... Wes Andrews in Stewiacke... Dr. Ross Mitchell of Shortt's Lake... former Brentwood resident, Inez Seeton...Susan MacDonald's father Bill Hatfield.... Audrey (Doyle) Henderson in Bible Hill - mother of Lori Henderson, and daughter of the late Kay Doyle, a long time teacher at Brookfield Memorial School...Bob Crowe, the brother in law of Betty Pratt. Closer to home we lost two long time stalwarts of the community - close neighbours Louise McMullin and Cecil Hingley passed away within days of one another. Both were faithful servants and proponents of Brookfield - Louise who lived here her entire life, and Cecil most of his married life, after moving here from Pictou County. They will be missed.

Newborns brought light to several homes - popular SCA teacher and multi -sport coach Peter Hunt and his wife Katherine were blessed with a lovely daughter, Nora. Jeremy MacDonald and Danielle Bezanson welcomed a baby boy into their household. Former Elk shortstop Dana Jewers and his wife Deena gave birth to a son - a grandson for Donna Jewers. In Bedford two ex-Brookfielders who journeyed from Primary to Grade 12 in the same class, both had sons born to them - Ronan came to the home of Nick and Lori Matheson, while Nick's long time classmate Pam (Roop) and Steve Olmstead had a son they named Zachary. Betty and Randy Roop are the proud grandparents of Pam's firstborn, while Ronan is Nick's fourth, as he tries to catch up to his parents Hugh and Judy! Weddings were celebrated by Don and Zelda Harvey's son Danny and Donna Dooks; Kevin Burgess and Cathy Tothill, and Sean O'Leary married Tania Boudreau - Sean is George and Sharon's son, and grandson of Shirley Harrison and Alice O'Leary. Former flashy Brookfield Elks right wing Monty Patton wed Cheryl Isenor - they are living in Greenfield. Best wishes to all the newlyweds. Kevin Peterson slipped a diamond ring onto fiancee Heather Creelman's finger.

Brookfielders and the rest of the federal constituency of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodobit Valley will be headed back to the polls Monday, November 9 for a by-election to fill the vacant seat in Parliament. Candidates include Scott Armstrong of Truro from the Conservative party; Kirk Austin is the NDP candidate, Jim Burrows of Beaverbrook is running for the Liberals; and Jim Hnatiuk is the Christian Heritage Party Candidate, while Jason Blanch carries the Green Party banner. Don't miss the chance to exercise your franchise, so we have a productive voice in Ottawa. On a more local level the Brookfield Community Assembly continues to work on topics of community betterment. This group, whose Executive consists of Mike Henderson, Rod Nielsen, Kathy Best and Andrew Sears; the BCA also features Susan Walters, Krista McMullin, Charlene Locke, Don Harvey, Tammi McNutt, Gerry Buott, Laurie Monk, Judy Matheson, Aimee Lester, and the newly repatriated Marian Lindsay. The BCA wishes to extend sincere thanks to Wayne Paquet who has served as the webmaster for the community's website for some years now. Wayne has relinquished the post - we are open to offers from volunteers to fill the position - they have big shoes to fill as Wayne did an excellent job. Don't hesitate to check the website out at www.brookfieldnovsascotia.ca. A couple of vacancies exist on the BCA, and interested parties are asked to contact any of the above if willing to serve. The BCA will soon be pitching an idea to the Brookfield Men's Club and the Train Station Historical Society which would see the formation of a "Parks Committee," which will seek volunteers from the community and help provide guidance and planning for some of the community's "green spaces" and public areas such as the Ed Creelman Park, the Veterans Memorial, possibly the Cemeteries on Carter Road and such. Again if you could spare a small amount of time for this community venture please contact anyone on the BCA - the glow you get from volunteering will last a long time.

Jim and Marlene Feener travelled to their granddaughter's wedding in Ontario, while Krista McMullin and Terry Canning went to Port Hardy, BC to see daughter Janelle Canning complete a huge bike ride for kids with cancer. Maureen Foster visited her daughter Breanna MacLeod in Alberta. Marian MacDonald went to Europe, as did Jill Kennedy, while her brother Peter and new bride Katie were home to visit with Larry and Lynne before Peter reported to the Tulsa Oilers Hockey Club. Zach Sill is playing with the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. Joanne, Mitchell and Heidi Cooke travelled to Brescia, Italy, where Mitchell competed for Canada in an international Motocross competition. Jill Dean has taken a job with her medical imaging training in Whitehorse, and Lloyd and Marilyn Groves also travelled to the Yukon. Those coming to the village were the aforementioned Janelle Canning and sister Joanna for their grandmother's funeral, Susan (O'Leary) Sutherland was home from Alberta visiting her mother Alice O'Leary and other family members. Sisters Charlene (Sutherland) Fraser, and Karen (Hamilton) and Fred Davis were home from B.C. Yvonne Curtas was back from Tampa to be with sister Audrey Henderson before her passing. Marilyn Watson, daughter of Wilf Burrows (niece of Vic) came from Winnipeg to visit relatives, and watch granddaughter Liana in the diving competition of the Canada Games in PEI. Marilyn was accompanied by her daughters Debbie and Linda. Former Elks slugger David Ross retired from his job in Alberta, and returned to the area - he has built a new home in Truro.

Congratulations go to former Brookfielder Barb (MacKenzie) Coneen, who was named a Community Service Award winner presented by Senator John Buchanan - Barb's contributions range from serving on various Boards, door to door canvassing, as well as organizing dinners and fundraisers for a wide variety of groups in and around Bedford - Sackville area. Our talented troubadours James Hill and Anne Davison's album "True Love Don't Weep" has been nominated for the TWO 2009 Nova Scotia Awards under the Best Folk recording and Best Traditional Roots recording. All who have listened to this album or caught this duo live understand well why they are nominated! SCA golfers Cody Locke and the female team of Seniors Caitlyn Stewart and Charlene Locke attended the Nova Scotia High School Provincial Tournament at Eden Golf Course, and represented themselves and their school very well. Emilee Burris, granddaughter of Debbie (Reid) Burris, was named to the provincial under 15 female hockey team, as was Abby (Eric and Janine) Boutilier.

Jackie (Webster) Behan had a mishap and badly broke her elbow requiring surgery but is now on the mend (and likely back dancing). Hazel Kennedy has been laid up with a foot operation while Sharon O'Leary required hip surgery, and Pam Olmstead was hospitalized. We hope their recoveries are speedy.

A reminder to all that "Shinny Hockey" starts October 18 and runs through to early March for ages 4-14 at 8:00 AM on Sunday mornings. For more information call Susan Walters at 673-3295 or email her at susan_sue49@hotmail.com. The Brookfield Elks kicked off their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League season in early October with a 3-2 win over Sackville - they play home games at 7:30 at the Sportsplex most Tuesday evenings - drop in and lend your support. Knox United Church is hosting a Turkey Supper on Saturday October 24. Shannex eagerly invites all to tour Brookfield's new Continuing Care residence, Elk Court located at 91 Carter Road. A Community Open house will be held on Friday October 16 from 1-3 PM. Stop in and check out this wonderful facility, which hopefully will enable many of our elderly loved ones to stay closer to home. Jocelyn Parker is the recreation coordinator at Elk Court and she is looking for people to come in and provide entertainment for the residents - such as fiddlers, dancers and other activities. She has application forms for people who wish to volunteer. Please contact her at 650-3303. The deer hunting season has opened for archers; at the end of the month it opens to all, and marksmen will be entering the woods hoping to garner the top prizes in the Brookfield Elks Sports Draw. Time is getting short to purchase your ticket - for only $10 you have the chance to win several grand prizes and also be eligible to win many and varied hunting prizes. This is the principal fundraiser for the Brookfield Athletic Association, and your support of that group is certainly appreciated. Don't forget the always popular Christmas in Brookfield House Tours - more info will be in the November Eagle, but for now note the dates - November 27-28.

Once again a reminder of the BMC meeting on October 19, at 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall - please feel free to join us. At that meeting it is expected the BMC will decide to continue their Community Citizens Patrol on Halloween. Given that October 31 falls on the Saturday night that the clocks fall back, many volunteers will be required to bolster the BMC's thinning (and greying!) ranks - any who can help, please meet the BMCers any time from 9 PM onward at Knox United.

The Eagle

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