Box 195
Brookfield  NS


October 2010
Vol. 20 Issue 2

The Brookfield Men's Club had a successful launch to another season, with President Larry Harrison welcoming several BMCers at the Fire Hall. The second meeting will be held on Monday, October 18 at 7:30 PM at that site.  We hope to see more men from the community and surrounding area join us as the BMC numbers are dwindling.  These once a month meetings provide lots of fun, and the opportunity for community service that is not particularly demanding of the members.   Many hands make the work light, as was demonstrated at the BBQs the BMC operated at the Canada Day celebrations, The Home Coming parade and the Lafarge plant tours.  The Brookfield Men's Club has been supporting the Colonel Ned Henderson 569 Air Cadet Squadron since the early 1950's (!!) - we're happy to announce a former Air Cadet at South Colchester High in the 1960's, Ralph Murphy originally from South Branch, is the new Commanding Officer of the Squadron. The Cadets meet every Tuesday night in their deluxe quarters in the Brookfield Elementary School.   The Men's Club would also like to publicly thank Fundy Compost owner Walter Termeer, who provided mulch and the transport of same to the Ed Creelman Park to help revitalize the flower beds and trees. Likewise Marwood, another great corporate citizen, donated the lumber for the new picnic tables built at Ed Creelman Park. The Men's Club also thank the Train Station Historical Society, who cost - shared with the BMC the wonderful new "Welkcome to Brookfield" sign that greets people as they enter our Village from the west.   Its bright colors, a design that incorporates the "welkcome" and leaping deer from the Coming Home to Brookfield logo as well as the slogan that captures our community, "volunteers at work and at play". All invoke the Village's spirit.  On an unhappy note, we are very displeased with the miscreants who were responsible for removing the Terry Fox decal on the beautiful new mural on the north exterior wall of the Pharmasave.  This had not been in place long and will be costly to reproduce; it would greatly be appreciated if this decal could be returned to its original position. The Eagle would also like to thank a very generous cash donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

    We were glad to see several people home visiting including Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny and her new baby Emily, at Randy and Betty Roop's; Laura and Brenda Walters were home, and Susan VanTassell came from Whitehorse. Helen (Retson) Fournier and her sons, Nikolai and Marc, were home from Quebec for a gathering of the Retson clan.   Brian Matheson (parents Gab and Donna) was home from Alert for a month, before returning for another 3 month period in the Upper NWT.  We welcome Tonya Dort, as the new Postmistress, to Brookfield.

    Once again too many of our friends, relations, and neighbours passed to their reward - Dolly Cornelius of Brentwood passed away, as did Udvella (Webster) Behan's brother Charlie Messervey.  Donna Atkinson's mother Helena Stronge died in Truro, as did Kaye MacKay's sister Claire Johnson.  Lloyd Fleck, a former Brookfield Rural High student, and member of the Canadian Forces passed away in South Branch, likewise Carol (Kent) Spencer of Truro.  Dave Heffernan's sister Annette Chiasson, passed away in Dartmouth.  Tracey Dennis, Clarence and Brenda's daughter passed away, as did Dora Read's sister, Edith Fields.   The community was shocked and saddened by the somewhat sudden passing of Donald Ross at age 63.  Though Donald was stricken some nine years ago with cancer, he never took a backward step to the disease, and continued to live his life to the fullest.   He was an outstanding and accomplished hockey and fast pitch softball player for the Elks, and when that stage passed him by, he became an accomplished curler and golfer.  Donald was a joy to be around, and many wished they could share his joyous outlook on life even when the curveballs (be they wiffle or rag balls!) came his way.  Many of his closest acquaintances were not aware of the toll the disease took on Donald as even in his final weeks, he was determined to share only positive thoughts.   He will definitely be missed.

    Congratulations go to Susie Smith who recently obtained her CCA license. Susie is also an active community member, among other things supporting the Brookfield Junior B Hockey Elks, and as a member of the Brookfield Community Assembly - well done Dip!   Congratulations to Bob and Jean (Carter) Skinner, now living in Truro, and formally of Sydney - they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary!  Shirley Harrison thanks all who attended her 80th birthday party.  Bruce and Janice Leck had many family and friends attend their 25th wedding anniversary at beautiful Leckbrook Farm.  The BCA returned from its summer hiatus with a September meeting - they are an advocacy group for all things for the betterment of the community.   BCA members for 2010-11 are Susan Walters, Mike Henderson, Krista McMullin, Andrew Sears, Rod Nielsen, Don Harvey, Susie Smith, Sarah Sears, Gerry Buott, Marian Lindsay, Brenda Henderson, Laurie Monk, Kathy Best, Muriel Smith and Norman Eddy.  Sam Robertson, son of Steve and Jill (Henderson) of Fall River captained his Under 14 Tier 1 soccer team (Suburban) to a provincial championship, and on to the National tournament in Moncton.  Glen Stewart watched his son (Drew) and step-son Sam Bishop (Susan) lead Horton High School to the final game of the Dalhousie High School Volleyball Classic - Drew was named to the tourney's All-Star team.   Heidi Cooke had a strong 3rd place finish in the Valley Harvest Half Marathon, with a sparkling time of 1:30:21 over the 13 mile course.  Gordon and Dorothy McCulloch's grandson Michael Blois of Gore received his EMBA designation from St. Mary's.

    Glad to see the baby band continuing to gain momentum - Pat and Herb McCallum were thrilled when their daughter Laura and Shane Grinton were blessed with twin boys in PEI!  Laura's cousin Jenna and husband Mike Searle also had a boy right here in Brookfield.  Geoff and Joanne Stewart's daughter Nicole, and her husband Brad Poplar, also have a newborn son, while Josh and Becky (Toole) Kolstee are delighted with their baby girl - grandparents are George and Trish Toole.  Chris and Alanna (Nelson) MacPhee have a new baby boy, a grandson for Hardy and Sheila MacPhee (Stewiacke East) also Maurice and Elaine Nelson (Middle Stewiacke).  Chris and Courtney (Fiander) Day also welcomed a son - first grandson for Gower and Cindy Fiander of Upper Brookfield Road.   Likewise Dave Heffernan is busting his buttons as a new grandpa; daughter Amy and her hubby Jason have a baby girl!  Tammy Stewart announced her engagement to Colchester - Cumberland - Musquobobit Valley Member of Parliament Scott Armstrong of Truro.  Congratulations to newlyweds and former area residents Thomas Hughes and Melissa MacKinnon!   It's wonderful that Hilden native Albert Gamble, who matriculated at Brookfield Junior High and South Colchester High School, is being inducted into the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame for his standout hockey career.   Albert was a defenseman for the Junior Bearcats for an unparalleled 7 years!  He later went on to star in the intercollegiate ranks for St.Fx, and Senior Hockey for the Saint John Warriors.  Albert's induction will be held on Saturday, November 6 at the Marigold Center.  Some 270 participants came out for the 30th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run to either walk, run, or cycle to Carter Falls, and they raised over $22,000.   Leading fundraiser was Wayne Woolfitt.  The total raised by the run and other events such as the Golf Day and Book Sales is approaching $24,000, the largest figure in Nova Scotia - a big pat on the back to volunteers and any who supported in any way!!   There was a reprise of the Hillbilly Heaven Show, which was a resounding success during the Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations.   This time around re-staging was done and free-will donations totaling over $1,200 were accepted for the Terry Fox Foundation. The audience was wowed by the local entertainers performing as icons who have gone to their reward in Hillbilly Heaven.   Notable singers were Garth Densmore as Hank Williams, Ken Retson as Jim Reeves, Anitra Whidden as Dotty West, Austin Ross as Johnny Cash and CJ Prest as June Carter, and doubling as Patsy Cline, as well as playing the guitar in the amazing Nighthawk band.  Herb McCallum was the perfect image of Grandpa Jones and surprisingly Herb can sing! Morris Clark starred as Hank Snow, Charles Bowers gave a fantastic rendition of Marty Robbins' El Paso, while Sarah Bates was Tammy Wynette, and Dale Fisher as Conway Twitty practically stole the show, while also thumping out the bass for Nighthawk. The band also included drummer Laura Letcher and Bob Prest, who volunteered their time and professional talents to benefit the cancer research cause.  Lori Nielsen as the lovable Minnie Pearl kept the crowd roaring with laughter throughout the night.   Ruth Matheson on costumes and makeup, Linda Densmore did the videotaping, and Aidan Schenkles, who ran the lighting, all played important roles to produce the top quality entertainment. The show was done voluntarily, which shows the tremendous support given in this area to the Terry Fox Foundation.  Another reminder that Recyclables are collected for the Terry Fox Run on a continuing basis; if you wish to make donations of bottles at the Subway Bottle Exchange, please indicate that the donation goes to the Brookfield Terry Fox Committee - your support is always appreciated.

    Travellers included Bob and Carol Peterson who travelled to Bermuda on a cruise ship; Ken and Kaye Retson flew to Toronto and attended a Blue Jays game while Larry, Lynne, Jill and Mark Kennedy went to New York to meet son and brother Peter and his wife Katie.   Phil and Kitty McMullin have gone out west to work on a ranch!  Terry Stewart and Maureen Foster went to Calgary to visit Maureen's daughter Breanna and take in the Stampede, before going eco-touring on Vancouver Island.  BCA Secretary Kathy Best, her daughter Kallie Best-Schrader and Kristy Durling went on a "shopping" trip to Bangor Maine.  We're not sure what really went on there - it seems what happens in Bangor, stays in Bangor!?

    The Men's Club will be coordinating efforts with the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services and the RCMP to coordinate the Street patrol during Halloween on October 31.  As before, the BMC numbers are few, and we have enjoyed the support of other citizens who spend a few hours out on Halloween and help to deter any would- be vandalism.  If you wish to help please meet outside Knox United Church anytime from 8:30 onward on Halloween.  The Brookfield Junior Elks have begun play in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League - they have an able Executive, and General Manager Joel Dawe has introduced a new coaching staff led by Chris Sprague, and his assistants Randy Frame and James Rutherford.  This trio was very successful in the Junior C loop last year with the Musquodobit Harbour team.  The Elks play home games most every Tuesday night at 7:30 PM and their line up is dotted with local talent - stop by and cheer the Elks on. The Midget AAA Elks, coached by former Junior legend Patrick Stewart, have an expanded schedule, which includes several games with teams from New Brunswick. This is an excellent brand of hockey and their home games are at the Sportsplex, mostly on Friday nights.  The various Minor levels (Atom, Peewee, Bantam etc.) typically have their home games on Sunday afternoons at the Sportsplex - come and see the future Elks in action here. Shinny Hockey starts October 17 and runs every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM at the Sportsplex.  This is an extremely low cost option. For more information call Susan Walters at 673-3295 or 890-8593 - it is open to kids of any age.   The Brookfield Curling Club will start its 35th season with an open house beginning Sunday October 24, and running through to Thursday night of that week.  The Curling Club looks marvelous, the ice is good and there are a variety of options of nights and/or leagues to play in.   Drop by the Sportsplex during Open House week or call President Lisa Henderson (673-2106) or Treasurer Pibby Henderson at 673-3262, or the Sportsplex at 673-2063 for more info on curling.  The terrific Junior Curling program will start November 3 at 3:15. Ages 9 and up are welcome to attend. There will he a Food Handlers course given at Middle Stewiacke Church - this is at no cost to participants and is mandatory under government health regulations for anyone providing food services in a volunteer environment.   It is necessary to pre register, this can be done by calling Ruth Matheson at 673-2836 or Betty O'Connell at 671-2566.  The course itself will be on Monday November 1 at 6 PM at the Middle Stewiacke Church. Knox UCW will be hosting their very popular Christmas House Tours on November 26-27.  Save the date now; watch for more details in the November Eagle!

See you at the BMC on Monday October 18 at 7:30 PM. A further reminder for all organizations to be sure to pass along to the community website anything that should be on the calendar of events that alerts our readers. This is a very useful organizing tool and helps organizations and people avoid needless date conflict - please use this service. Forward the information to and be sure to use the BCA community website at

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