Box 195
Brookfield  NS


November 2012
Vol. 24  Issue 3


The Brookfield Men's Club were delighted to receive an invitation from the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services, to host the BMCers November meeting. The date is November 19 at 7:30 at the Fire Station; why not come and enjoy the firefighters hospitality, entertainment and typically a very fine lunch! The program / entertainment at the October meeting was outstanding - RCMP Constable Brent Bates, a former Middle Stewiacker and SCHS grad, now living in Fall River, is a highly regarded dog handler for the force. He brought along special K-9 operative Bailey, a German Shepherd, who has been trained in all manners of tracking, specifically relating to explosives. Brent gave a terrific explanation of the training he had to go through to reach this designation with the gendarmes, and also how Bailey is an integral part of his life and family. Bailey's energy was unending, yet she waited for her master's every command; it was amazing to watch her seek out and find a small amount of plastic explosives hidden in the room! The Fire Service enjoyed the training benefits from having a "controlled burn" of the former Patterson (ca. 1964) house besides the railroad tracks on 289. Thanks to owner Brookfield Lumber for allowing the removal of the structure in such a way to provide useful practice.

The Eagle and the BMC would like to thank the kind contributors who made financial donations to the cause - these include former resident Obee Benjamin, and Kathleen Ernst of Mahone Bay; also Don and Marg Fisher of Hilden. The BMC much appreciates their generosity. We must also extend heartfelt thanks to Lee and Judy Thompson, the owners of Forest Glen Greenhouses, who provided the flowers that made Ed Creelman Park stunning this past summer - the Thompson's are very generous to this community.

A moving and solemn Remembrance Day ceremony was conducted by ministers Larry Harrison and Eric MacKinnon at the Veteran's Memorial on November 11 under bright sunny skies, and with the temperature well above the seasonal norm. A large crowd attended the service - this has been the case for many years now - and the service was bolstered by the participation of many service groups, firefighters, the SCA band under the direction of Holly Hartlen, and the 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Air Cadet squadron. Afterwards the huge throng congregated at Knox Hall for a terrific luncheon of soup and snacks. Thanks very much to BMCer Bob Lawrence, who is the guiding light in organizing this wonderful tribute to all who have served this country's cause.

Speaking of the Air Cadets, we are happy to pass along congratulations to long time Cadet officer and enthusiast Winston and Judie Weir on their 50th wedding anniversary - Winston certainly played a large role in the squadron over the years. Current Commanding Officer Ralph Murphy, a South Branch native and SCHS grad, announced promotions to several in the squadron. Advancing to Flight- Sergeant was Kasey Smith, moving from Flight/ Corporal to Sergeant are Dylan McCoul, Cameron Werenka, Kyle Black and Alex Croft. Moving from Leading Air Cadet to Corporal were Peter Betts, Olivia Walter - Cook, and Joseph Whidden. Cadets Kelsie Nickerson and Brookes Woodworth rose to Leading Air Cadet. The Brookfield Men's Club is proud and delighted to be the sponsor of the 569 Squadron since its inception in the early 1950's - it provides wonderful training and opportunities for the young men and women. The squadron was renamed after the passing 30 years ago of Col. Ned Henderson - Ned and his widow Helene's granddaughter Delaney Henderson (parents David and Lana of Cole Harbour) made the Provincial figure skating team that will compete in the East-West challenge in Regina in December - well done Delaney!! Alicia MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) of Shortts Lake captured a Silver Medal in the Gold Ladies category at the Shearwater Open Figure Skating event. Congratulations to Brookfield Golf Club member Shane and Leana Kennedy of Millbrook who were blessed with a baby boy - Shane's father Art, spent many of his formative years on Carter Road. Tim and Joy Wynn welcome the newest addition to their family, a baby girl - a granddaughter for Lawrence and Shirley Wynn. Isaac Benvie, son of Kenny and grandson of Grant and Kea, had a strong third place showing in the B category Mountain Bike race, and Abby Boutilier won the C category female division - she is the daughter of Eric and Jan Boutilier of Valley. Geoff Stewart is the new municipal councillor for District 3 (Brookfield/ Hilden Brentwood/ Alton) after winning the election in October. Thanks are extended to Gerry Buott for his four years of service in that role, and on the Brookfield Community Assembly. The US elections are over, and Barack Obama was returned to the White House, to the satisfaction of a great majority of Canadians, according to opinion polls.

Jill Sears, along with her siblings and mother, beamed with pride as her father, Tom Stanfield was inducted into the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston in Ottawa. Tom was cited for his contributions to Nova Scotia business, philanthropy and volunteerism - locals will remember he was a key cog in "Team Centre", the committee that planned and did the original fund-raising for the Sportsplex almost 40 years ago. The 76th annual edition of the Brookfield Athletic Association Sportsmen Contest wrapped up the "draw" portion with a broadcast on Cat Country Radio on November 7. The Grand prize winner of the 2012 Can-Am Side by Side, plus a $5000 gas card or $25,000 in cash: Daniel Crowe of Bible Hill. Other grand prize winners included second prize Can-Am 400 ATV: Peter Gilby of Elmsdale; $2000 Atlantic Superstore gift card: Marc Rollin of Darmouth; 2000 watt generator or $1000 cash: Gerald Smith of Dartmouth; and the fifth prize, $500 cash: Robert Simmons of Dartmouth. The salesman draw winner was John Dorey. The prizes for the hunt will be determined at the end of the season in December; currently the heaviest Buck weighed is 246 pounds and the biggest doe checks in at 139 pounds. There are also prizes for heaviest buck and doe by archers and prizes related to antlers. The Brookfield Athletic Association would like to thank all who supported the single biggest fundraising project, and hope to count on your support in the future. Sportsmen Contest Chairman John Matheson did another fine job, and encourages anyone interested in selling or distributing tickets to contact him.

The South Colchester Academy Junior Boys soccer team won the Regional Championship (as far as competitions extend at the Junior boys level) by defeating the Central Colchester Bears on their home field in Onslow 3-2. Coaches Patti McKenzie and Dwight Griffiths did a fantastic job with the team including captains Brandon Ross, Trent Lynds, and Jordan McKenzie and featured players Colton Cleveland, Riley Peck, Jordan Davies, Rowan Sears, Kyle Ashley, Zach Coombes, Bert Carroll, Alexander Rhoddy, Connor Burris, Koleton Rockey, Dawson Miller, Luke MacMillan, Alex Currie, Nick Crouse, Bryce Brown and Aiden Weatherbee. The Athletes of the Month at SCA were; senior boys - Alberto Serracin (soccer) senior girls - Jenna Conrad (volleyball), junior boys - Colton Cleveland (cross- country), and junior girls - Olivia Walter-Cook (soccer). SCA teacher Rob Adams was inducted into the NS Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2001 King of Donair soccer team, which won the Senior Men's Canadian Soccer Championship. Rob also has been a fantastic coach, leading the Wolves to the Provincial Senior Boys soccer title in 2004. Robyn Pickrem, known to many for her unending hours on the Sportsplex ice years ago as a champion figure skater, was inducted into the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame. Following her was former Elks softball star Greg Patton, who attended National championships with the Elks and was a standout on the diamond and on the hockey rink. He is in this discussion, along with Doug Holland and Turk Henderson, as to who is the best Shortstop in Elk history. Also inducted was the Mr. Kool Radiator Baseball team, which won the Atlantic Junior Championships in 1988 - Lyle Carter stepped up and sponsored the team which the team executive (and former BJHS Principal) Gerry Hale credits with the re-birth of Senior Baseball in Truro. Jeff Fielding of Forest Glen was a member of the team. Famed Junior Bearcats coach of yore, Hugh Matheson saw two of this charges, Don Cormier and Freeman Maxwell inducted - both of them (and Patton) lauded Hugh's role in their careers. Becky Blank, niece of Grahame Maguire, was named to the ACAA All Star team for her rugby play for Dal-AC, who lost the conference final in OT to Mount A. Caila Henderson was an All-Conference selection for Mount A in Cross-country. We congratulate Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services for their presentations during Fire Prevention week in October; notable among these was the very inspiring story and presentation by Michael Gaultois, who was severely burnt in a cabin fire at the age of 15 in Newfoundland. He went through some 16 operations, and now is a full time motivational speaker on this subject - his saga kept a large audience at the school spellbound for well over an hour.

Unfortunately some family members and friends of the village have gone to their reward recently - these include Jeff Frank of Greenfield, the son of Gordie Frank.....Ed Benvie, brother of Grant, died in Hilden, and Mae Ferguson who was mother of the late Elkette softball star Linda Ferguson from Mill Village, died in Debert. Harry Geddes, Annie Archibald's brother, died in Truro; as did Bill Creelman of South Branch, Marg Fisher's brother. We mourn the loss in Ferguson's Cove of Roger Field at age 67 - Roger was one of the very best Principals at Brookfield Memorial School during his stint here during the late 80's early 90's. Sympathies to all who mourn.

We'd like to correct some errors - the Eagle performed a massive circumcision - announcing Kyle and Natasha Wright's (grandmother Judy recently, married to Gary Morris of West Bay, Cape Breton) baby as a girl, when the young buck is very much a big boy - sorry about that! We also mis-identified a pair of local lovelies who have reverted to their maiden names - sorry Lori Campbell and Patty Stewart.

A baby boy was born to Mindee and Kevin Couturier, a grandson for Sharon Walker of Cherry Lane. Congratulations to Jill Peterson who married Michael Peters; and also to Lyndin Stewart (Dan and Lexie) who graduated from Future Works with her CCA diploma. Lyndin and Jason Wallace have moved into a house west of the Post Office.

After a slow start, the Brookfield Elks Hockey Club are producing stronger results and are now at 5-5 in the competitive Nova Scotia Junior B league. Stop in to the Sportsplex; the Elks have home games on most every Tuesday evenings at 7:30 (check for a complete schedule online at or on the community website). There is a significant amount of local talent on the Elks, including many who have come through the SCMHA system here like Drew McNutt, Jordan Wright, Lucas Dawe, Ryan Ingraham, Dennis Nolan, Zack Bates, Dustin Wheeler, and Cole and Connor Baker. There are also several Truro / Bible Hill players including Andrew Kennedy, Spencer Scott, James Shapleigh, Jordan Lauther, Kyle MacKenzie, Dan Bates, Nick Carroll and Ryan Crowe. 4th year man Travis Nevin of Indian Brook leads a formidable defense core. Bill and Barb Murphy's kids are making noise - Tina works for TD Bank in Toronto as Community Relations Manager - she accepted a medal in Orlando during the International Children's Miracle Network for spearheading the TD employees fund-raising efforts - they have collectively raised over $1 million two years running. Her brother Terry, living in Annapolis Royal, won top prizes, including best overall, in a photography contest.

Zach Sill required surgery on his hand, broken when he blocked a shot playing for the AHL Wilkes - Barre Penguins. Zoe Barbour had a nasty fall and suffered a concussion and a broken bone in her shoulder. Krista McMullin broke her elbow in a tumble. Elaine Read is recovering in the hospital; Art Peck received a new knee, after a considerable wait.

Terry and Joan (Burrows) Fisher's daughter Meghan, hubby Greg Williams, and baby Lily were home for a month from Hong Kong, and enjoyed Thanksgiving with the Burrows family, especially Lily's great - grandmother Geraldine. Joan's brother Graham (and Elizabeth's) son Adam, wife Kelly, sons Ayden and Kai also were home from Saskatchewan for Elizabeth's birthday. They were delighted their young son was properly outfitted in an Elks hockey sweater, which he will wear proudly on the prairie! Mac and Nadine Campbell were home from Ottawa at Paul and Joan's. Dan Stewart went to Newfoundland to hunt moose. Krista McMullin went to BC to visit her daughters, and Ryan and Terra Sutherland visited her family in Alberta. Heading north were Jason Ross to Iqaluit, Kathy Dean to Whitehorse, and Neil Works to Fort McMurray. Dan Dean took his leave after 36 years as a master-blaster at National Gypsum, leaving a trail of rock in his wake!

Despite a relatively mild fall so far, most of the leaves are off the trees and as the temperature falls, we start to look to Christmas related activities. Both Knox United and Brookfield Baptist are beehives of activity over the next several weeks - we encourage you to visit the Brookfield Community Assembly's website Calendar of Events section to make sure you do not miss anything. We will attempt to provide a listing of events we know about. On Saturday November 17 from 11 AM -1 PM the Christmas Luncheon and Sale will be held at Knox Hall - this is sponsored by the Brookfield Pastoral Charge UCW. On Friday and Saturday November 23 and 24 Knox united will host a dinner theater entitled "Scrooge with a Twist" featuring Reverend Larry Harrison as Scrooge and other local talent , plus a three course meal, prepared by Hurricane Heidi's. Tickets are $25 per person, and must be purchased prior to the event - contact Anitra at 673-2458. The Christmas Home Tours in Brookfield happen Friday & Saturday, November 30th and December 1st, from 6 PM to 9 PM each night and at Forest Glen Greenhouse in the afternoons from 2 PM to 4:30 PM. Homes on the Tour include Lorna and Duane Rath, Sheila and Wayne Johnson, Kathy and Charlie Weatherbee, Gail and Darrell Wright, as well as the Train Station. Tickets are $10.00 at Knox Church, (where transportation is provided), at MacQuarries or at the homes. There is a Craft Sale at Knox Church Hall each night and refreshments at the Church are included with a ticket. If you wish to be involved with the Craft Sale during the Home Tours, contact Stacey Brenton at 673-3151. A Christmas Supper is available by advance tickets at the Train Station both evenings with settings at 4:30 and 5:15. For tickets call Russ at 673-3448 or Donna at 673-2812; cost is $7.00. The Festival of Trees and Stockings: groups, businesses, schools and individuals are invited to fill stockings with gifts for the Christmas Index Program. The decorated Trees on display at Knox Church enhance the Christmas Spirit during the Craft Sale and Tea Time. Call 673-2812 for more information The annual Food Bank concert featuring terrific talent, has become a staple of the season at Knox Church, it has a new date this year to avoid a conflict - it will be held on Sunday, December 9 at 7 PM at the Knox Sanctuary. The Brookfield Baptist Church is continuing its year - long celebration of their 150th anniversary; on November 18 they will host a birthday service at 7 PM featuring former ministers of the Church, and guest speaker Reverend Dr. Harry Gardner of Acadia Divinity College. There will be special music, cake, and refreshments following the service. The big finale for the 150th anniversary celebrations will be held on December 16 in the form of an Old- Fashion Christmas Concert, mimicking the ones of years ago with presentations, plays, skits and lots of music. Since this is the end of the anniversary celebrations participants will be in period dress of 1862 and audience is encouraged to do the same if desired. Refreshments will follow the service. The Colchester Regional Hospital Auxiliary would like to announce that the Hubtown Theatre Society has graciously offered to donate the proceeds from the opening night performance of 'Steel Magnolias' on November 28th, at the Marigold Cultural Centre, to the CRHA. The proceeds will be used by the auxiliary to support their patient care initiatives. It is generous donations such as these that help the auxiliary sustain its valuable patient care initiatives in our community hospital. In turn, the auxiliary would like to publicly thank the Hubtown Theatre Society, and ask, in turn, that you support their generosity and kindness by attending one of the performances of 'Steel Magnolias.' The performances will take place at the Marigold Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m., on November 28th, 29th, 30th and December 1st, 2012. Tickets are $17.50. More information is available on the Hubtown Theatre website at:

See you at the BMC - Monday November 19 at the Fire Hall.


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