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2010 Vol. 20 Issue 3


The November meeting of the Brookfield Men's Club was hosted by the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services - after the normal business meeting, Chief Rod Nielsen, assisted by fire fighters Steve Harris and Everett Gero, gave a detailed talk on infant and child booster seats in vehicles. They highlighted the proper use of these, and how vital they can be in preventing injury to young members of our society. The Clubmen were given demonstrations of seat installations; and then had an up close look at the BFES' brand new pumper truck.  Returning to the meeting room, a wonderful lunch was provided by David Archibald and Ruth Matheson.   Ruth needs brushing up on her fire prevention, as in an effort to quickly thaw the butter pats, she instead sparked flames inside the microwave! - fortunately they were quickly extinguished with only the loss of 3 or 4 butters.
    The December BMC meeting will be held on Monday December 20 at 7:30 PM and will feature the BMC's unique Christmas party. Lively games, perhaps some carol singing, too much food, and the famous gift exchange will take up most of the night.  Any are welcome to attend - please bring along a gift for the exchange that costs less than $10.  Items for the Food Bank will also be welcome. Speaking of Christmas gifts what better for anyone on your list than a "Property of Brookfield Elks" T-shirt that are on sale at MacQuarries.  These T-shirts come in red or gold, have logo, front and back. A wonderful gift for fans or anyone involved in any of the ball or minor hockey programs, as participants or supporters.  Get them while they last!
    The 74th Brookfield Elks Sports Draw and Sportsmen Contest winners were announced - the number one prize of a 2010 Colorado 4x4 extended cab truck or $25,000 in cash was won by Michael Byrne of Scotsburn.  The other grand prize winners were Kim Langille of Tatamagouche who won the ATV, John Smith of Nuttby won the $2,000 Sobeys gift certificate,  Matthew Boyd of Truro won the generator and Ron Maskill won $500.  The salesmen prize went to Jim Smith.   On the hunt side of this unique contest, which will mark 75 years in 2011, the heaviest buck weighed 251 lbs and was bagged by David Dennis of Westville, while the heaviest doe was a whopping 188 lbs, weighed in by Vernon Carter of Pugwash. Brad Yuill of Truro won the Archer's prize, and the Ladies winners were Alicia Schroeder (230) of Dartmouth and Samatha McCormick (137) of Pleasant Valley.  Mark MacDonald of Saltsprings claimed both the longest antler (29.75) and most points (24); while Donald Bonin of Upper Stewiacke had the widest rack (26"). Thanks to all who support this crucial Brookfield Athletic Association fund raiser.  A big pat on the back goes to Paula Serracin, who in her first year at Cape Breton University, helped the Capers to the AUS Championship defeating host Acadia 4-0, then Dalhousie 2-0 in the semi final, before blanking UPEI 1-0 in the final. The Capers advanced to the National tournament in Charlottetown.  Paula was a standout for the SCA Wolves on the soccer pitch, as well as on the softball diamond during her high school years, and is a delightful person - well done Paula!  Carter Road's Mark Kennedy of the Gutter Done team is in 2nd place in the scoring race in the West Colchester Men's Hockey League, with his neighbour up the street, Patrick Stewart of the HAF Skate and Tattoo team, (comprised almost completely of Brookfielders), close behind.   Andrew Gordon of Porter's Lake, has just been called up to the NHL's Washington Capitals from the AHL's Hershey Bears - Andrew is the grandson of the late Reverend Earle and Anne (MacLennan) Gordon - Earle was one of the BMC's founding fathers in 1937!   Sheila Sears qualified for the National Hospital Accreditation Team, a tribute to her professionalism in her career in Public Health Nursing and other health care work.  Sheila is living in Antigonish.   We are happy to announce that Sean and Tania O'Leary had a baby boy Thomas, a grandson for Sharon and George O'Leary and great grandchild for Alice O'Leary and Shirley Harrison.  A baby girl was born to Julie Locke and Clint Oakley - proud grandparents are Wendi and Rick Locke and great-grand dad is BMC Clubman Donnie Locke!  Congratulations to Wes Morrell and Bev Toole, who were married recently.  South Colchester Academy named their athletes of the month for November - they were volleyballers Brandon Verboom, Kelsey Geddes, Jared Schenkles, and Hillie van der Schaar. The Senior Boys volleyball team advanced to the Provincial Championships, held at Horton High - while not achieving the success they had hoped for the team made great strides this year under head coach Tim Delaney, who was ably assisted by former university players and former Wolves Mark Dean and Robbie Crouse.  The team consisted of Aiden Schenkels, Dennis Nolan, Gregor Dawe, Joe White, Christian Roy, Braden Cruz, Matthew Verboom and seniors Jesse Eldershaw, Brandon Verboom, Riley Giffen, Alex Delaney and Drew McNutt.   The Senior Girls volleyball team hosted the provincials at SCA - they came up short as well, as Bridgewater claimed their 4th straight Division 2 title.  This year's team marked the end of coach Teri (Kennedy) Theriault's successful five year run as Wolves coach.  She will be relocating with her husband Layton in Western Canada.   Nice to see Cy and Emmy Miller's grand-daughter at the provincials as part of a strong Middelton High team.  At the D-1 Boys tournament in Truro, Horton High lost a close final to Sackville- the Valley School was led by outstanding performances by Glen Stewart's son and step-son, Drew Stewart and Sam Bishop.  The Brookfield 4-H club's float won 1st prize in the "Club" division of the Truro Santa Claus Parade - well done!!
    Over 500 people gathered at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Fire Station for a moving Remembrance Day service coordinated by Bob Lawrence of the Brookfield Men's Club, and led by Reverend Larry Harrison and Pastor Eric MacKinnon.  It was a beautiful day and heartwarming to see a good turnout despite the local media seeming to do all possible to not let anybody know the event was happening!  A band consisting of Connor Murdock on trombone, Julia Hamilton on the French horn, Riley Rankin on the flute, Gabrielle Clark and Peter Betts on trumpets played the anthems, while former SCA Music teacher Holly Hartlen played the Last Post and Reveille on the trumpet.  More than thirty-five wreaths were laid during the service!  Many of the large crowd descended on Knox Hall for a wonderful lunch after the ceremony.  Both Brookfield Elementary School and SCA hosted very well-done Remembrance Day services - these comments from non-school adult personnel who were present.  BES music teacher Sheila Miller did an excellent job on this project - and on the recent Christmas Concert, which drew overflow crowds!  The last weekend in November saw the famed Christmas in Brookfield House Tours - heartfelt thanks are given to the homes / stable / greenhouse owners for spreading the Christmas spirit to all those who attended the 15th annual tours.  Approximately 180 folks from near and far attended despite the persistent rain on Friday night.  Many, many thanks to homeowners Ruth Campbell, Anita and Darren Miller, Keith and Kathy Best, and Judy and Lee Thompson of Forest Glen Greenhouses. The Train Station was also decked out and hosted suppers both evenings and the gingerbread house contest.   Winners of that were Doreen Frank, Paige and Olivia Hernden and Julie and Anna Hamilton.  We also want to thank all the businesses, groups and individuals who gave so generously to the Christmas Index Program as part of the House Tours program, as well as those who participated in the Craft / Artisan Sale at Knox Hall coordinated by Jean Lawrence.  We are delighted to announce that both Brookfield Elementary School and South Colchester Academy have received formal accreditation for their continuous improvement plans from the Nova Scotia Department of Education. This lengthy four year process, worked on by administration, staff and school advisory councils at both schools, saw those who helped put many, many hours into the project.   Among those heavily involved were Principal Cathie MacIntosh and Lisa Gogan at BES, and Brian Sears, Doug Perry and Bianca Blair at SCA.
    Our list of obituaries is much too long this month. Among those who passed away were former BMC Eagle Award winner Eileen Forsythe, who contributed much to the community in her younger years, including development of Camp Kiwanis in Forest Glen, a lot of time spent with Ground Search and Rescue, the Children's Aid Society and the Scouting movement.  Ethel Smyth of Shortts Lake passed away - she was Howard's wife of 64 years, and mother to Valerie Williams of Shortts Lake and mother -in -law to Sharon Smyth.  The staff at SCA mourned the passing of Lynn Ross, wife of popular teacher Chris Ross.  Lynn, who taught at Truro Junior High, was an effervescent sort - she leaves this mortal coil far too soon at 44.  A friend to many, and all-round great guy Dick Hayden also went to his reward.  The Shortts Lake resident and Mount Allison and Boston U grad (he was a hoops star for the Mounties) served on the Sportsplex Board of Directors in years past, and will be missed by many.   Smiley Lauther, father of former Elks slugger Ross Lauther and grandfather to Jr. Elks winger Brett Lauther, died in Truro.  Archie Mitchell of Shubenacadie passed away- he was the father of Darlene Parker; and Muriel Smith's son Ted Rector died in Dartmouth.  Bruce Beeler of Lantz, father of Doris Isenor and grandfather of Bruce Isenor passed away - he was known to many for his musical works, particularly in the bluegrass.   Karen Gibson of Hilden passed away, leaving behind husband Robert and sons Aaron and Shawn Hinton.  Sherman Ryan of Glenmore died, his sister- in- law was Audrey Ryan.  Shirley Sears sister of long time Brookfield educator and non-pareil hockey coach Bill Sears, died in Parsborro.  We extend sympathies to all who lost loved ones.
    Keiver and Bev Read, Dan and Kathy Dean and Bill and Della Boyle attended a Maple Leafs game at the Air Canada Center - was it just a coincidence the Leafs beat the Bruins that night?  If not, we may have to make sure there is a Brookfield connection in the stands for each Toronto game!  Jack Roop, Troy Sutherland, and Josh Taylor travelled to New York City to watch Jack's Giants thump the Washington Redskins in NFL action.   On their way home they stopped in Foxboro to watch the Patriots pound the Jets in a Monday night matchup with major playoff implications.  We are very relieved to learn that none of the guests at Josh Smyth's wedding celebration in Cancun were injured in the explosion at the resort where the festivities took place.  Among those in Mexico for the ocassion were Josh's brother Jake, Cory Sutherland, Gary Ellis Jr., and Chad and Jamie Works.   Among those home for visits were Karla Armsworthy from Memorial University, where she is in her first year of medical school, and Tina Murphy to visit with parents Bill and Barb. Kailee Ingram was home from her studies at UNB for a few days as she wrestled with a nasty bout of pneumonia.  The Eagle would like to express gratitude for funding support from long- time reader Reta Dunn (the Eagle hopes former SCHS English teacher Reta does not grade too harshly on his fractured syntax), and to Peter and Kelly Hazelton from the Oshawa area - thank you all!  We would like to pass along thanks from the Baptist Church Youth Groups to all who helped them collect 655 pounds of food for the Colchester Food Bank.  Keiver Read is the incoming Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Don Memorial Sportsplex, following outgoing Chair Logan Rutherford, who provided exceptional effort to the post.  Newly minted Directors include Jack Roop, Dennis Grant, Dereck Rhoddy, Charles Bowers and Mark Kennedy - their willingness to take on these important volunteer roles is very encouraging.   Other Directors are the afore-mentioned Rutherford, Brian Sheppard, Dale Miller, Bruce Leck, Lyle Carter, Mike and Donald (Pibb) Henderson.  The Board would like to publicly thank long-serving outgoing Directors Don Fisher, Kevin Clarke, and Jeff Dickey for meritorious service over a number of years.
    The BMC will once again be sponsoring the Annual Christmas Decorating Contest - the judges will travel all the streets, avenues, roads and lanes of the area on December 23rd so be sure to have your lights on to impress the judges - the winners will be announced in the January Eagle.  The Men's Club have decorated a tree and the giant star at the Northeast quadrant of the "corner" to add festive spirit to that area.  There is no word yet if Brookes VanTassell will decorate the famous lilac bush which he has planted and replanted several times over this year - as it seems particularly susceptible to upset by the wind.   Maybe Brookes better not put his best ornaments on that bush!?
    There are many holiday events coming up - we will list as many as we are aware of....The All Around the Circle Seniors dinner will be held a week early this year on December 14 at noon at the Sportsplex - come enjoy a turkey dinner prepared by the Middle Stewiacke Church ladies.  On Wednesday December 15 at 7:00 PM South Colchester Academy music program will present a Holiday Concert featuring the following groups: the Grade 7 band classes and the Grade 8 guitar classes, the SCA Jazz combo, the Beginner Band featuring bands from the feeder elementary schools, and works from the Grade 11-12 music class.  Come experience the wonderful program put together by new music teacher Steve Cameron at SCA .  On Friday December 17 at 7 PM the choir of the Brookfield Baptist Church will present the Christmas Cantata titled "Wonderful Joy" in the auditorium; a free will offering will be accepted and used to support the breakfast program in the Brookfield Schools.   The highly anticipated Food Bank Concert will be held at the Knox United Sanctuary on Sunday December 19 at 7:00 - this features excellent displays of talent by musicians and singers. Donations of food or cash for the food bank are welcome.  The Brookfield Garden Club is on hiatus but will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of January - watch the January Eagle for time and location.  The Junior Elks hockey team , after a very slow start, have heated up the NS Junior Hockey League, and recently defeated the league lending Bay Ducks on the road.  The Elks are now 11-9.  Their upcoming home schedule at the Sportsplex includes games on Tuesday, December 14 vs. East Hants, and Tuesday January 4 vs. Windsor.

Feel free to join us at the BMC Christmas party on December 20 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station.

The Eagle

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