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2010 Vol. 20 Issue 3



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The BMC EAGLE NEWS LETTER
THE Brookfield Men's Club eagerly look forward to their upcoming meeting on November 15; they will be hosted by the members of the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services, who will provide the program and if the past is any indicator, a delicious lunch.  All men from the community and surrounding area are welcome to join the BMCers at 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall.  Vice President Austin Ross filled the Chair capably at the October meeting and heard reports from many of the Men's Clubs Committees including sponsorship of the Air Cadets, Ed Creelman Park, The Eagle, a report on the summertime BBQ's and upcoming food handlers course, and other activities.  The BMC led the Halloween Street Patrol - we are happy to report it was a very quiet evening from a vandalism standpoint, and the BMC appreciates all who assisted with this project.  Speaking of the Eagle we have been receiving bounce backs from six of our email recipients, indicating their addresses are no longer valid. This plea may fall on deaf ears (if the Eagle is not getting to you because you've changed your address, how does one know how to respond?!?!) We remind and encourage all to be sure to advise the Eagle's email if your address has changed so we can change our database.   We realize many read the Eagle on the community website, but we would like to have current and useful email addresses wherever possible.  If you formerly received your Eagle via email, and have had an email addresses change, please send your new address to bmceagle@live.ca. Thank you very much.  The Eagle would like to express gratitude to Geraldine Burrows, for her kind donation to the Old Bird's cause.  The entertainment for the October meeting, led by Gordie Burnett - he circulated very good quality copies of a 1944 Brookfield Men's Club group photo, and asked the Men to see how many of their forebearers in community service they could identify.  The Clubmen were very impressive, despite the fact that all the gentlemen pictured have gone to their reward.  It is worthwhile to list that membership of 1944; dare one say it would be wonderful if the BMC today had the broad - based support it did during those awful years of World War II.   Included in the photo were names that resonate through our community's history; many of their descendants still live and are active in the community.   They include John Bell, Gerald "Gern" Burrows, Eldon and Wood Brenton, John and Tom Matheson, Geordie Hamilton, Reverend DeWolfe, and his son Captain DeWolfe who was guest speaker that evening, Like Creelman, Mark Trenholm, Don Henderson, Jack Brenton, Aus Harvey, Cy Langille, Gordon Dartt, Cecil Locke, Edgar Fleming, Bill Putnam, Clarence Croft, Hugh Currie, Burpee and Percy Stevens, Walter (Squib) Brenton, Tommy Bates, Jim Wilson, Geordie Sutherland, Putt Upham, Lawrence VanTassell, Elwood MacLellan, Billy MacKenzie, Noble McCabe, Fred Wynn, and Lloyd Brenton.  Sergeant Currie was killed in action overseas very soon after the picture was taken. The men were adorned in suits and ties - BMC today is a good deal more casual.  We would like nothing more than to have our numbers back to where they were in 1944.

    Chad Sutherland and Nicole Clarke set of game of "musical houses" in motion when they moved into their new house near Chad's parents (Alton and Lorna) on Crystal Lake Drive.   Nicole's parents George and Joan, moved into her former home in Middle Stewiacke, and Ian and Erin (Patton) Jamieson moved into George and Joan's former abode near the Field Brook. Across the road George's parents (John and Glagdy) former house was bought by Shelley Wynn and Gerry Dunn.  In the downtown core we welcome Chris, Marla, and daughter Ryan Thompson and in the thoroughly renovated former home of Marg Fisher across from the Post Office.  A bit of a building boom is underway - new houses are springing up in Upper Brookfield (Richard and Ellen Sutherland), on Kennedy Road (Monty and Cheryl Patton), and Carter Road (Jack Roop, Hugh and Judy Matheson). Two  apartments will be available in early 2001 - for more information call 673-2427 or drop in at 290 Carter Road.  Units 3 and 7 of Knox UCW hosted a Halloween luncheon for Seniors, with music by the Kitchen Trio.  A good time was had by all!

    We're sorry to report on the passing of Mike Greene, brother to Barb Murphy and Gerry Greene. BMC Treasurer Bob Lawrence's brother, Charles, died in Windsor and Shirley Fleming's sister, Anna Ouellette passed away in the U.S. Gary Hollis (brother to Rick) died in Moncton, while Margaret O'Neill passed away in Stellarton - she was mother to Arthena Hamilton, Shelley Cain, Brian O'Neill and former Carter Road resident Robert O'Neill.  Mary Blondin, Bernie's mother, died in Truro, and at Elk Court, Eva Coulstring passed away; she was the mother of Don Mattinson.  Muriel Creelman, matriarch of the Otterbrook family that operates Marwood and other businesses, died at 86.  On behalf of BMC and the community at large we express our condolences to those who lost loved ones.

    It was nice to see Chad Works and Jeff Smith home from Western Canada for a visit.   Gene and Marion Retson went to Ontario to visit with sons Duncan and Dan - Duncan added to his lengthy list of academic accomplishments by receiving his Masters of Public Administration Degree from prestigious Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.  Andrew and Becky Roop lugged their three tykes to Walt Disney World in Orlando.  Betty and Randy Roop, feeling footloose and fancy-free, bolted to visit daughter Sherry and family in Toronto.  Also going to the Big Smoke to take in the NFL game at the Skydome were Ian Jameison, Mike Searle, Mike Fields, and Rick Taylor.  Zoe Barbour, Sheila Clarke, Deanna Rath and Donna Matheson took a shopping excursion to the USA.

    For the first time since 1954 (a great year!!) when a young Willie Mays patrolled the Polo Grounds, the Giants won the World Series behind standout pitching, making a happy man of long-suffering fan David (Ding) Ross!  Jodie Matheson travelled to "the city by the Bay" on a medical conference, and hoped to see a W.S. Game, but the Giants speedy win meant she only was there for the parade!  On Tuesday, November 9 at 5:30 on Cat Country radio, the Grand Prizes of the 74th Annual Brookfield Elks Sportsmen Draw (nee Big Game Hunt) will be announced - hopefully ALL have their tickets?!!? In the hunt portion of the multi-layered contest, the heaviest buck to date weighed 251 pounds, the largest doe checked in at 159.  Check the website at http://users.eastlink.ca/~elks/BrookfieldElksSportsDraw.htm for final results. Thanks to organizers Roger Cox, Nancy VanTassell, Lyle Carter and others for organizing a "tryout" with the Brookfield Elks fastball club for longtime Brookfield Elementary teacher Valma Boudreau.  The workout, which also involved current or former Elks and former pupils of Valma's Patrick Stewart, Terry Henderson, Brookes VanTassell and Chris Cornelius, also marked the popular teacher's 50th birthday.  Boudreau, a former baseball star on his native Isle Madame, has a legion of friends in the community and we are happy to have had him in our community for many years, along with other accomplished, long - term teachers, such as Holly Peers, Lisa Gogan, Brenda Henderson and Heather Chase at our elementary school.

    Colonel Jean - Marc Lanthier, son-in-law of Helene and the late Colonel Ned Henderson and husband of Pam, received the Meritorious Service Medal from Governor General David Johnston.   Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Colonel Lanthier was deployed as Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force Haiti in early 2010.   In that capacity he coordinated all the JTF's tactical and operational efforts.  His experience, personal commitment, and obvious capacity to work in a challenging environment were cited by the GG. Genevieve Clark and Laura Boudreau were scholarship recipients at NSAC.
Madison Clarke played defense for the Nova Scotia Under 15 girls hockey team that won a bronze medal at the Atlantic Challenge Cup in Moncton.   The NS squad went 2-1-1 and defeated Newfoundland in 2-1 in the bronze medal game.  South Colchester Academy captured the Northumberland Regional Senior Boys Soccer Championship and hosted the provincial championship on November 6-7.  Members of Coach Rob Adams' late blooming squad are seniors Evan Gilbert, Patton Williams, Connor Fraser, Drew McNutt, Alex Delaney, Brandon Verboom, Steven MacKenzie, Matt Caroll, Ryan Ingraham, Riley Giffen, Thomas Sinclair, Dylan Fraser and Jaimey Vandenhoeck.  Underclassmen include Matthew Verboom, Issac MacDonell, Aaron Langille, Mark Teasdale, Nicholas Eiletz, Devan Graham and exchange student Sebastian Pesqueira.  The Wolves lost a 1-0 squeaker to eventual champion Millwood (Sackville) despite outchancing the Metro squad in typhoon - like conditions, then they defeated B.E.C of New Waterford 6-2 in the bronze medal game.  The SCA Junior Girls soccer team lost a squeaker to Onslow in the District Championship Finals.  SCA Senior boys also had a good placing at the Cross Country provincials in Bridgewater - leading that team were Connor Fraser, Riley Giffen, Drew McNutt, and Jonathan Crouse. Clarissa Dean made a strong showing in Senior girls, and Cody Richardson ran as an Intermediate boy for coach Jane Layden's team.  SCA named their Athletes of the Month - in September they were Carlee Burgess and Kaleigh Queripel and Andrew Burgess and Patton Williams in Junior and Senior soccer respectively, and Clarissa Dean in Cross Country.  The October winners were Adree Lynds and Jennifer Brenton and Jacob MacKenzie and Alex Delaney again in Junior and Senior girls and boys Soccer respectively.   SCA will host the provincial Senior Girls Volleyball Championship December 3-4 - be there to cheer on the Wolves.   Coach Teri (Kennedy) Theriault's squad recently had a fourth place finish at the SMU tournament - her players are Emelye Porter, Laura Whebby, Sarah Sears, Katelyn Cox, Kelsey Geddes, Ally Campbell, Caitland Reid, Matraca Volans, Hilary Brown, Jessica and Jenna Conrad.   Albert Gamble continued the parade of great South Colchester athletes to be inducted into the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame.

    Congratulations to Chalmers Doane, now a resident of South Maitland, who spent many of his younger years at Shortt's Lake, on being a recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia.  That citation recognizes those who brought honour and prestige to our province - Doane started the Truro School Bands in 1963 and was a supervisor in the Halifax School system from 1967-1984, where he established innovative music programs and taught thousands of children to play.   One of his devoted followers and world famous professional ukulele master is Brookfield's own James Hill.  James will be combining with partner Anne Davison and her amazing cello to do a show at the Marigold Center with Kevin Fox.   Fox is a much respected Canadian singer / songwriter who also happens to play a mean cello.  Seeing his and Anne's version of "dueling cellos" will be fantastic!  The show will have a mix of fresh off the press new songs and arrangements, old favorites and duos and trios - get your Marigold tickets now for the November 20 show.   Congratulations goes to Charles "Bub" Matheson and Tessa McFadden who welcomed a baby boy into their home - grandmother is Irene Stuart.  Happy to pass along that highly regarded SCA teacher Sonia Hughes and hubby Chris have a baby girl, Ella.   Shelley Moore (Carl, Deanna) married James Keating in his hometown of Elora, Ontario.  Ruth Hatton has been hospitalized - and we're not sure if Judy Matheson is a greater hazard to herself, or those nearby as she clomps around on crutches, thanks to a persistent foot injury.  This would normally be a devastating loss to the terrific Junior Curling programs that operates at the Sportsplex but we are delighted to announce that former Canadian champions Meredith Harrison and former provincial champions Charles DeBay are both lending their talents to the rest of the fine coaching and instructional staff at the Sportsplex.   This terrific program, just underway in early November has turned out a large number of curlers over the years and there is no end in sight.   Drop by the Sportsplex on Wednesday afternoons, you are not too late to enroll. There is also lots of room in the adult leagues which run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Wednesday mornings. Contact Lisa Henderson at (671-2106) or Joel Dawe at the Sportsplex (673-2063). Again, it's not too late to sign on.

    The Eagle should be fresh in your hands to serve as a reminder to make it to the Remembrance Day Service at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Fire Hall, Thursday November 11, with proceedings beginning at 10:45 AM.
 The Men's Club will assist in the direction with local padres Harrison and MacKinnon; and we typically have a large turnout of service groups. This service has been drawing in the vicinity of 500 people the last several years.   After the ceremony, all are welcome to the Knox Church hall for a piping hot lunch.  The lunch will provide a literal warming of the heart after the Remembrance Day service does the same figuratively!   UCW Unit 3 are once again sponsoring the Christmas House Tours - this year they will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27. This has become a "can't miss" attraction - the stops on display this time include Keith and Kathy Best's Barn, which may bear a striking resemblance to a certain stable in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago, Ruth Campbell's on Elm Street, Darren and Anita Miller's on Lakewood Drive, Forest Glen Greehouses in Brentwood (2:00-4:30 PM only). Tickets are $10.00 and are available at MacQuarries in Brookfield (or the Esplanade location) or from Betty Dickie at 673-2582, also be sure to stop at the Train Station to see the trees and socks decorated, as the community assists the valuable Christmas index program. Many businesses and organizations donate generously to this valuable program.  There also will be a display of decorated Gingerbread Houses at the Station.   The start/stop point for the evening is the Knox Hall where a Christmas Craft Sale and a complimentary lunch will be held and served.  Transportation is provided if required both Friday and Saturday. Also taking place on November 26 and 27, 2 sittings of a belly warming soup,chilli and gingerbread supper at the Train Station.  Make your 4:30 PM or 5:15 PM reservations with Russ at 673-3448 for only $7.00!  The annual Christmas Tea and Sale, (formerly the Bazaar), will be held on Saturday November 20 at Knox Hall from 11AM-1PM.   Another wonderful chance to get a unique Christmas gift, grab a snack, and meet your friends.   As the December Eagle will not drop until Tuesday, December 14 we take the opportunity now to remind you of the Christmas Concert put on by the Brookfield Elementary School students and staff - this year's presentation will be held on the evening of Wednesday, December 8.

Merle Nelson will celebrate her 102nd birthday November 21, 2-4 PM at First United Church, Truro.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a weight loss support group. Guest speakers are brought in once a month, and you can enjoy useful information in trying new activities too.  This is a fun group of people who are all on a journey to healthy living together.   They meet weekly on Tuesday nights from 7-8 PM at the Brookfield Fire Hall and they invite all to come out to see what TOPS is all about. For further information please contact Lynnell Harris at 673-2816 or email nellbell246@eastlink.ca.
All Around the Circle will meet November 16, 11:30am in the Seniors Room at the Sportsplex for $5. dinner.
The Brookfield Garden Club will be holding a demonstration of wreath making.  There will be a $3 charge for each wreath to cover wire and evergreens. Decorations such as ribbon, bows, pine cones etc. should be brought by the participants. A bow-making demonstration will be provided as well. Please advise by email or phone by November 20 if planning to make a wreath, so adequate supplies will to be available. Everyone is welcome. Membership is not required.
Tuesday, November 30, 7:30 pm at the Brookfield Baptist Church. If you have questions please call 890-4987 and leave a message or e-mail thebrookfieldgardenclub@yahoo.ca

Please remember to pass on any activities that you wish included on the Community Website's Calendar of Events. You make sure you are well advised of upcoming activities to maximize participation and minimize conflicts.   It only works if you or your group provide the information.  Remember to join the BMCers at the Fire Hall on Monday, November 15 at 7:30PM.

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