Vol.21 Issue 2
We mentioned in the September issue that due to the heavy volume of summertime news, some items would be carried over to this issue, so bear with us as some of the tidbits are not "hot off the presses". Traffic patterns were upset for a couple of weeks in August while highway renovations and repairs were made to Trunk 2, running from Kennedy Road at the South end of Hilden, to the CN crossing shortly below the Brookfield Golf Club. While there were some lengthy waits, few would argue that it was not worthwhile- Highway 2 gleams with a new asphalt surface, and perhaps more importantly, the roadway has been considerably widened with paved shoulders suitable for facilitating bicycle (and pedestrian) traffic. As our collective guzzling of petroleum seems unlikely to slow down, we foresee a time not too far in the future when more and more will turn to alternative, self powered propulsion, and the widened roadway will certainly help that. One hopes that the infernal holes/ bumps that plagued the bridge over the Mill/ Meadow Brook do not reappear! ( What is the proper name of that brook- is it marked on old charts? At least three different streams join- one running East, parallel to the 289 under 102, another South off the 102 hill, and the "mill" brook, draining North Brookfield.) We touched on a few items from the Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations this past July but did not give enough credit to organizers, performers, volunteers, and support people. Events such as Don Messer's Jubilee were extremely well-received by a large crowd at South Colchester Academy, and the performances were top notch. "Brookfield Does Broadway" gave another audience at SCA a chance to hear some terrific singing of popular Show Tunes from down through the years. The Light up the Village parade saw many make a dusk time trip around the Wetlands Trail it was a great kickoff to the event. Time spent at Shortts Lake is always fulfilling- not the least so at the community church service, and with the boat tours. All who attended the Bountiful Brookfield Blooms at the home of Scott and Erin Veitch came away amazed at the countless varieties of annuals, perennials, shrubs etc., on their property, all beautifully maintained. The Lafarge quarry demonstration was very well attended; and spectators got to watch from a (safe!) distance as a major blast was detonated liberating some 10,000 tons of stone from the quarry wall. Thanks again to the organizers involved; and we mention the sponsors of Home Coming- we hope you look for opportunities to thank our benefactors- they include Marwood, Brookfield Lumber and Building Supply Ltd., the Brookfield Golf Club, MacQuarries PharmaSave, Canadian Tire, Lafarge, Brookfield Bakery, Hurricane Heidi's Cafe, Roops Esso, Tim Hortons, and Hollis Ford.
Many Brookfielders were in attendance when Laura Drive resident Tammy Stewart wed our Member of Parliament, Scott Armstrong. Tammy, son Jared and daughters Katelyn and Alicia all looked wonderful, and Scott has been warmly welcomed into Brookfield. National Defense Minister, the Honourable Peter MacKay served as Master of Ceremonies at the reception. Another wedding of note was that of Elks hockey and softball star Patrick Stewart (Dan, Lexie) to Petra Graham (Peter, Cathy)- their nuptials garnered the full page treatment in the Truro Daily News, as columnist Lyle Carter did a feature on the event. What was unusual- the bride, groom, and entire wedding party, as well as Reverend Larry Harrison all wore their shiniest skates, as the wedding took place at center ice at the Sportsplex! Patrick's abilities on the frozen sheet are well known but Reverend Larry kept right with him when it came to fancy footwork on the blades! Amanda Ettinger daughter of Debbie Ross, married Tony Newman, at Inverary Resort in Baddeck. Debbie and husband Austin Ross, and other family members attended.
Ardith (Ross) Teas was hospitalized after having surgery on her ankle and elbow. She is well on the way to recovery as we write this. Friends are collecting money to replace Matt Tothill's goalie equipment which was consumed when his mother's house burned earlier this year. If you wish to help, contact Maralee at 843-0163 or John at 893-3466.
Nice to see Linda Penny's son Jeff Smith, with wife Marnie and baby Chelsea, home to visit her from Calgary- we still miss Jeff around the Golf Club. Another Albertan- Herk Sutherland was home to visit mother Edna and other family and friends. It was a busy summer at Clubman Herb (and Betty) MacFarlane's house- daughter Sheryl and family were home from Quesnel, B.C. for three weeks- grand-daughter Lauren won several medals in a Highland Dance competition in New Glasgow. Daughter Heather and her husband Gregg and kids pulled in from Farmington, Maine; and Krista, Blair, and children came from St. John's, Newfoundland- and of course, Gail and Jonathan have moved back to Brookfield. Very exciting having 11 grandchildren home at the same time! Wayne Watson visited his mother Emma, who recently had a knee replacement, as did Donna Matheson. Edson and Burton Joyce, former Pleasant Valley residents,visited Jim and Marlene Feener, and Terry and May MacDonald of the Mayerthorpe area of Alberta visited their cousins in the Campbell/ Henderson/ Matheson clan. Gladys (McCabe) Gauthier received more than she expected on a visit home to Brookfield from Timmins, Ontario, where she moved 56 years ago to raise her family. She was ambushed at the Senior Citizens Lounge at the Sportsplex by some 25 friends from her school years in Brookfield, who gathered to highlight her visit. It was a memorable way for her to mark her 80th birthday, as she was very touched by how much her long-ago friends still meant to her and she to them. Brookfield had a very special visitor in mid-September when Canada's "Man in Motion" Rick Hanson stopped at the schools and then at the Day Care at the Sportsplex. Hanson was marking the 25th anniversary of his famous wheelchair tour, and he spoke to several students and gave them encouragement on decision making and community involvement. Students from both schools were overjoyed by the visit.
We are very sorry to report on the passing of Thelma Langille of Brentwood- she was a very kind soul, and will be missed by her friends and her church community. She leaves behind daughter Jocelyn and son Barry. Zane Grant suffered a massive heart attack and passed away much too young at 56. One time Brookfield Elks goaltender Lloyd Crowell died in Truro- he was an uncle to Tammy Stewart. Former Brookfielder Phillis Maynard passed away in Truro. The father of SCA PE teacher Larry MacKenzie, Ian Wilson, died in Glace Bay. We extend condolences to all who lost loved ones.
Congratulations go to Megan Isenor of Shortts Lake who has been nominated for Fiddle player of the year, Female Vocalist of the year, and her band Megan Isenor and the Connections have been nominated for Most Promising Band of the Year at the 2011 Eastern Canadian Blue Grass Awards. Marg Johnson celebrated her 80th birthday looking fit as ever. Cody Locke fired a nifty 74 to finish fourth in the Provincial High School championships at Penn Hills G.C. in Shubenacadie. Alberto Serracin was part of the CC Riders team that won the Highland Soccer League Under 16 Boys Title- well done Tito! Former SCA grad Kelda Hagel (Bob, Thelma Taylor) is entering her third year in the B.Sc Nursing program at St.FX- she was on the Dean's List in year one, and received a scholarship for academic achievement in her second year at X- keep up the good work Keldy. Andrew Gordon, who has Brookfield ties through his grand-parents, BMC co-founder Earle and Anne (MacLennan) Gordon, has cracked the lineup of the Anaheim Ducks in the NHL! Andrew, of Porter's Lake, has twice won the Calder Cup as an AHL champion. Anitra Whidden was the goaltender on the team that won the Silver medal at the Over 55 Women's Senior games- the first year Women's Hockey was included in that event. Athletes of the month at South Colchester Academy for September were, Rachel Sears and Trent Lynds in Junior Soccer, Adree Lynds in Senior Soccer, and Cody Locke in golf. The Men's Club handed out their awards for the 2010-11 season- winner of the Al Campbell Memorial Award as Member of the Year was Donald "Pibb" Henderson, while those having their names inscribed on the Eldon Brenton Bowl for perfect attendance were John Matheson, Bob Lawrence, Don Harvey, Don Hamilton, Terry and Pibb Henderson. A major tip of the cap goes to all who helped make the Terry Fox Run in Brookfield yet another mega success- whether you were an organizer, a sponsor, a walker, runner, cyclist, or otherwise volunteer, or one who pledged money to those who did walk, take a bow. The Brookfield run again was one of the leading ones in the province and with all activities combined, raised over $20,000 for Cancer research. Wayne Woolfitt canvassed neighbours, and raised $3500 by himself! Once again the run was blessed with a beautiful day at the unparalleled site (Carter Falls), and each year the crowd seems to grow.
We are delighted to announce a son (Tate) has been born to Jason Nelson and Janell Campbell- making grandparents of Maurice and Elaine Nelson, and Colin and Nova Campbell. Also bringing home a blue bundle of joy were Ian and Erin Jamieson; Henry is a brother for Liam; proud grandparents are Heather Jamieson, and Monty and Kathy Patton.
Travelers included Jim Dickie and Cheek Totten who attended the Toronto International Film Festival with Jim's nephews Duncan and Dan. Willa Rogers traveled to Western Canada. Adam Deyarmond and Kyle Henderson went to Vancouver to visit school chum Nathan Allinson- the outdoor enthusiasts spent time scaling a mountian-top glacier, camping in the forest and beaches, and surfing at Tofino, Canada's mecca for the "Hang 10" crowd. Caila Henderson traveled to Montreal to spend time with pal Jennie Mae Roy, a student at Concordia. Jill Sears and Brenda Henderson enjoyed the environs of Catalonia with a trip to Barcelona, where they were awed by Gaudi's architecture and the other charms of the Catalan capital. Husbands Andrew Sears and Mike Henderson also made the trip though much of their time was spent in work clothes while their wives gambolled on La Rambla and Montjuic. The group joined a throng of 95,000 at the Camp Nou Stadium to watch the world's best soccer team, FC Barcelona down Atletico Madrid 5-0, as Lionel Messi had a hattrick. Robert and Kelly Putnam's younger daughter Janelle and her fiance, Jeff Murphy have purchased the former Dan "Junior" MacDonald home in Brentwood. Helene Henderson has moved to Truro, and has sold her home on Highland Drive to her great-nephew Brandon Elliott and Hilary Lynds. Kathy Best and her daughter Kallie Best-Schrader did their best to take advantage of a high Canadian dollar and tried to shop Bangor dry; fortunately for those who like to do their Christmas shopping in the Penobscot town there is still some inventory in the stores! Zoe Barbour, Sheila Clarke, and Donna Matheson also made a shopping excursion to the Pine Tree State.
On Friday, October 28 at the Marigold Center in Truro, Judy Matheson will be inducted into the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame for her achievements in softball, golf, volleyball, curling, and soccer. At the same ceremony the Brookfield Athletic Association will be installed in the Hall of Fame for their efforts over 75 years in building recreation in our area. We urge you to attend- ticket cost is only $15. Help celebrate Judy and the BAA's accomplishments and recognition- both are well deserved. Speaking of the Athletic Association (B.A.A.) There are only a few weeks left to purchase your tickets for the 75th Annual Sports Draw (ne Big Game Hunt)- this one-of-a-kind contest is the BAA's primary fund-raiser. This year the outstanding prize list features a special anniversary prize- a diamond set Trinity ring valued at almost $7500! Tickets are available at most all local retail outlets, of call 673-2328 or 673-2769. Listen to 99.5 FM Cat Country radio on Tuesday, November 8 at 5:30 PM for the prize winners draw. Once hunting season commences at the end of the month, the prizes for marksmen will be up for grabs also! Be sure to get your ticket and support the BAA, who put the proceeds right back into our community. Also remember the weekly pools run by the BAA have begun- pick up/ drop off your entries ( still only $2) at Roop's Esso. The Brookfield Junior Elks downed perennial power Cumberland Blues in their N.S. Junior B Hockey League opener. Optimism abounds at the Sportsplex for the Elks- home games are most every Tuesday night at 7:30- catch the action! On Tuesday, October 18 All Around the Circle Senior Club will have their monthly luncheon at 12 noon. All over 55 are welcome at the Sportsplex for a delicious meal at $5 a plate. The Brookfield Curling Club will host an Open House beginning Sunday, October 23 and running the evenings of that week through Thursday, October 27. The Curling Club is most eager to welcome anyone wishing to curl, whether for the first time, or if you were a former curler but have been away for a number of years. We would love to see you at the BCC. Please drop in Sunday afternoon or any of the evenings between 7-8:30 and get reacquainted with one of Canada's great wintertime activities. The BMC expects to finalize plans at their October meeting for their annual Halloween Street patrol- any who wish to assist with this can meet at the United Church anytime from 9 PM on Monday, October 31- if we have several volunteers the task is made light for all. It is a fun night out with some of your fellow citizens- please join us. Before the Eagle flies in November, Remembrance Day will have come and gone, so we provide this reminder to you not to miss the service at the Veterans Memorial on Friday, November 11 at 10:45 AM. This is another event in Brookfield that has had increasing audiences, and it is truly an excellent production. Any wishing to purchase and/or lay wreaths etc., or to be involved in the parade can contact Bob Lawrence at 673-2022. Afterwards a free will offering, rib-warming lunch will be available at Knox United- again another great demonstration of community spirit. The widely-popular Christmas in Brookfield House Tours are set for November 25-26- some homes are still needed; please call Betty @ 673-2423 or Donna @ 673-2812 for more info. The Coming Home to Brookfield Committee is having a contest to pick the theme for the 2012 celebrations. Entry forms can be picked up and dropped off at MacQuarries: a prize will be awarded for the winning entry. Deadline for entries is January 20, 2012.
Once again we remind you to take advantage of the Calendar of Events posted on the Brookfield Community web site. This is a great way to check for upcoming events, to avoid planning events that might have a date conflict with others already scheduled, and just generally keep in the know. This is a free service and you can provide your information via the Eagle or to the Community web site E-mail Contact
See you at the BMC on October 17!
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