Vol. 24 Issue 4
The Brookfield Men's Club will hold their annual Christmas meeting and party on Monday December 17, at 7:30 PM at the Brookfield Fire Station. All gentlemen of the community and area are welcome to attend - please bring along a gift to exchange (value not greater than $10) and item for the Food Bank. The 2011 BMC Christmas party was epic; if this year's is anywhere close it will be one to remember - please join us. Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services hosted the BMCers for their November meeting and presented an interesting program and spectacular lunch to the Clubmen. At that meeting, the BMC announced they will continue to sponsor the Community Christmas Decorating contest; judging will be done on Saturday December 22 between 6-10:30 PM, so ensure your property is lit up that evening!
Congratulations go to organizers, officials and the congregation of the Brookfield Baptist Church who have had the year long celebration marking the 150 year anniversary of the founding of their Church. Recently they had a gala dinner at the Best Western Glengarry, and the next evening, their 150th anniversary service. The guest speaker was Reverend Dr. Harry Gardner, President of Acadia Divinity College. Among those in attendance were former Ministers Reverend David Roy and Reverend Jack Palmer. There was much special music provided by the Church choir; featured were Leon Colburne, Cyndy Fiander, Sherryl Patton and Jill Sears. They will end the year- long celebrations on Sunday, December 16 at 7 PM with and Old Fashioned Christmas Concert. Participants will be dressed in period costume from 1862, as they perform plays, skits, and music. Admission is free, there will be refreshments afterwards; attendees are invited to dress in 1862 styles if they wish. Up the road at Knox United Church there was a wonderful dinner theatre production called "Scrooge with a Twist", which was performed two nights in late November. The delicious meal punctuated the hilarious play; among those with major roles ( and playing them very well, we might add) were Reverend Larry Harrison, Director Anitra Whidden, Dorene Matheson, Ken MacKenzie, Art Peck, Russell Bradley, Jocelyn Langille, Susan MacDonald, Susan Park, Doris Betts, Margie Crossman and Narrator Lisa Henderson. The following weekend the annual Christmas Home Tours, Craft Sale and supper at the Train Station were held in conjunction with each other. Over 250 people took part in the House Tours, organized by Unit 3 of the UCW. They (and the community at large) would like to thank those who so beautifully decorated their homes, and welcomed the public into them; Wayne and Sheila Johnson, Charlie and Kathy Weatherbee, Duane and Lorna Rath, and Darrell and Gail Wright. The Forest Glen Greenhouses were again a major hit as they displayed tens of thousands of poinsettias to the throngs who visited their operations over two days. Owners Lee, Judy, and Megan Thompson once again showed how very much they are community - minded. Thanks to Stacey Brenton and her crew who organized the Craft Sale at Knox, and Russell Bradley and his elves who made the Train Station such an inviting place both for the suppers (fed over 100!), and the Tours. Mr. And Mrs. Santa delighted the visitors on Saturday night, dropping in from Eastern Passage. Gratitude also to all the businesses, organizations and individuals who decorated trees and / or socks with the benefits going to the Christmas Index program. Also a tip of the cap to the volunteer drivers and other workers in the kitchen, and especially to the servers from the Colchester Cyclones girls hockey team. Just before we went to press we were fortunate enough to attend the annual concert in support of the Food Bank at Knox United. The performances were heartwarming and spirit - inducing. Without a doubt the Christmas Spirit is very much alive in Brookfield! Producers Leah Bowers and Glenda Isenor would like to thank sound technicians Megan Isenor, Jacob and Charles Bowers, Master of Ceremonies Lisa Henderson and the on stage talent including Anitra Whidden, James, Kate, and Brenton Murphy, Rick and Emily Hiltz, Angela and Jessica MacKinnon, Tim Ross, Joanne Hatfield, Art Peck, Andrea Brenton-Geldart, Suzanne Rushton and the Baptist Church Choir (Andrew Sears, Ken and Sue MacKenize, Gail Wright, Glenna Murphy, Kathy Best, Cyndy Fiander, Lisa Weatherbee, and Sherryl Patton), Megan Isenor, and Robbie McNeil.
Dave, Diane, and Lauren Percival were guests of Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Donald "Pibb" Henderson and wife Dawn Carter-Henderson went to Toronto to take in the 100th edition of the Grey Cup game; Pibb was delighted to see his Argos capture the treasured chalice. Kyle and Caila Henderson took along their father Mike to Toronto - their attention was on longtime rock music giants, The Who, performing their famous rock opera "Quadrophenia". Jack Roop, Troy Sutherland, and Bill Campbell took an educational trip to Baltimore and Washington DC. Not sure if they enjoyed the crab cakes in Charm City or the Smithsonian Institute and the monuments in Washington as much as the pair of NFL football games (Pittsburgh at Baltimore, New York Giants at Washington). Ally Campbell, (Bob, Linda) SCA Athlete of the Year in 2012, has re-located to Newmarket, Ontario, where she is following her passion and working at Kim Farlinger Stables. Her equine adventures will take her to Florida in the New Year, after a stopover to her Forest Glen home. Sisters Gwen Campbell and Lexie Stewart vacationed in Cuba. Alton and Lorna Sutherland, accompanied by Everett and Margie Walters attended the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Audrey MacDonald and her sister went on a bus tour to New York City; the quartet of Janet Burnett, Elaine Ross, Dorene and Ruth Matheson also rode a bus to Broadway. Jack Roop went to Ottawa, where he accepted an award for the Best Unconventional Store from Tim Horton's, on behalf of the family business. This was based on cleanliness and service evaluated through unannounced (to staff and owners) spot checks. Adam Deyarmond travelled to Edmonton, and Bev Bradley visited family in Florida.
The Eagle was a recipient of some very kind financial donations in their Christmas stocking - we are indebted to big Bill Kennedy, Scottish curling lass Mary Fisher, former SCHS English teacher Reta Dunn, and Hugh Sutherland for helping sustain the Ol' Bird. Bev Monk was sidelined by shoulder surgery and Hazel Sullivan (Joan Campbell's mother) had cataracts removed. Cindy Hinton is hobbling on an injured ankle.
The Brookfield Golf Club lost a member, and friend to many, with the passing of Jack Routledge of Hilden - he will be missed at the course. Former Densmore Lane resident Roy Brown passed away at age 88 in Bible Hill; he is survived by daughter Pauline Steele and grandchildren, great grandchildren, and sister Violet in Ontario. Neil Hamilton, formerly of Carter Road, died in Middle Stewiacke. Evelyn Rutherford, 93, of Upper Stewiacke was laid to rest - she was mother to nine, including Allison, Logan, and Kathy (Mrs. Greg Clark). Becky Roop's grandmother, Deanna Hirtle, died in Bridgewater. Condolences are extended to all who lost loved ones,
Congratulations to Bailey Campbell who made the University of New Brunswick's Dean's List and received the highest mark in British History. Bailey, daughter of Bob and Linda, is in her fourth year of B.A. program at the Fredericton institution. Her aunt, Patsy McCallum retired after 40 years with Crossley/Tandus Carpets in Truro, primarily in their quality assurance department. Patsy is a vital community volunteer (Terry Fox Run, Whing Ding and numerous other committees and events); we don't expect retirement to slow her down! Ryan Kennedy of Upper Stewiacke, nephew to Larry and Lynne Kennedy, was part of the cast of a recent episode of the TV program "Haven", which is filmed on Nova Scotia's South Shore. Rod and Lori Nielsen took an extended trip to Australia - part vacation, but also to be there for daughter Erica's graduation as an opthamologist - congratulations!! Brookfield's loss is Tasmania's gain, as the beautiful, intelligent, musical lass will re-locate there. For the second year in a row, Ryan Ellis won the Driver's Championship at Truro Raceway, far outdistancing his rivals for number of wins in the season at the harness racing track. Hugh Matheson and Mike Henderson had their lifetime community service recognized by being presented Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals at a ceremony at Fox Harb'r. Cpl. Dave Chase, reservist with the North Nova Highlanders, received the same award from Lt. Governor J.J. Grant. Dave's wife, Heather, is a teacher at Brookfield Elementary, and their daughter is a member of the Canadian Military. Former BMC member Jim McNutt was also acknowledged. Betty Dickie won a contest in The Chronicle-Herald; she received a gift and was made a special guest at the Parade of Lights in Halifax. Ed MacMillan coached the Brookfield Atom Elks to a gold medal at the 47th annual Bluenose Tournament in Springhill! Members of the undefeated (4-0) Elks were; Evan McNea, Able Kalai, Calem McAndrew, Will Dingle, Ethan Densmore, Nigel Graham, Cole McLeod, Andy Furmidge, Reagan Bouma, Jacob and Ben Stewart, Colton and Connor Stokdijk, and Eric and Jonathan MacMillan. Assistant Coach is Ernie McNea, and Ben Stokdijk is team manager. The Jr. B Elks continue to surge up the standings in the Nova Scotia Junior League, recently defeating second place Valley at Acadia in a shootout. They have upcoming key home games against Eastern Shore (Dec. 11) and East Hants (Dec.18) before the Christmas break; start time on Tuesday nights (7:30) at the Sportsplex.
Two members of the Cruise Missiles Old Timers hockey club expanded their families - Travis and Faith (Buott) Rogers had a baby boy - a grandson for Frank and Willa Rogers and Gerry and Faith Buott; born within 24 hours of the Rogers baby was a son to Doug and Melissa Stone of Stewiacke East. Anne (Vissers) Mowatt and the late Murray Stone are Doug's parents, while Melissa is from the farming Bokmas of Shubenacadie. Andrew Heffernan pitched a diamond to Laura Friedman; she happily accepted, and came from New York to meet Dave, Jane and the family. Josh Hamilton, son of Wanda Hamilton, became engaged to Kristen Amiro.
Wendi (Campbell) Grant was home from BC visiting her family. Many were busy moving into hew houses - on Carter Road, Dave and Janice Peterson, and Alan and Lorraine Carter; while Joanne Cooke christened her new abode a few hundred metres south of the bakery.
What says Christmas more than the Brookfield Elementary School concert - this year slated for Wednesday December 12. Advance warning - getting a seat is often very hard to do, so be early! The Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services is hosting Santa Claus on December 22 from 4-6 PM at the Fire Hall. There will be light refreshments, and some carols and games with the kids. A mail box will be available for last minute letters to Santa. At some point in the proceedings, the big bearded man himself will arrive to give out candy canes before hurrying back the North Pole to finish his preparations. Anyone with questions can contact Rob at 890-1447, or email rbezanson@ ecsltd.ca, or leave a message at the Fire Hall (673-2965). Both the local Churches will be having special services on Christmas Eve. The Baptist Church family service will be at 7 PM; Knox United will have two services that evening, one at 6:30 and a later service at 10 PM. "Christmas Cheer" boxes to be delivered to shut-ins will be packed, starting at 9:30 AM in Knox kitchen on December 18. Donations of Christmas baking - cookies, candies, fruit, etc; or money to purchase items are sought. Please deliver any food items to the church on December 17. Drivers are needed to deliver the prepared baskets; any help is welcomed in packing also. If you have questions or suggestions, call Jean (673-2022) or Janet (673-2302). The South Colchester Minor Hockey Association will host the annual Phil Sears Memorial Friendship Tournament from December 27 to January 1 at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex. This tournament features all age divisions of house league teams, and is a fantastic undertaking by the SCMHA - stop in over the holiday season and enjoy some of the fun. At the Annual General Meeting of the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, Lyle Carter took his leave after serving a successful term as the All Around the Circle representative on the Board - he was a valuable member to that group.
On behalf of the Brookfield Men's Club, the Eagle would like to wish the warmest possible holiday greetings to all our readers. We hope all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2013!
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