Vol. 24 Issue 5
Happy New Year!! The Brookfield Men's Club had a great time at their Christmas/December meeting - a bit of business was conducted, but it wasn't long before the evening gave way to a hearty sing-song, Chairman John Matheson's challenging games and contests, and a meal fit for three kings from the Orient! The evening concluded after a lively gift exchange, which saw some of the most treasured items change hands several times. Plan now to join the BMCers on Monday January 21 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall for their first meeting in 2013. A little advance notice - the February meeting, which typically is the anniversary session, will be held on February 18, and feature a fully - catered meal with all the trimmings, a guest speaker, and is also noteworthy for the fact that children of the BMCers are encouraged to attend. Ron Smith, Executive Director of CORDA will be the guest speaker at the January meeting. He will no doubt enlighten the audience to the new directions that organization will be taking, as regional developmental associations are being restructured throughout the province.
After the December edition had taken wing, kind donations were received from Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Byrd of Thamesford, Ontario and Eloise Yorke - the kindness exhibited is much appreciated. We also must make mention of the gatherings celebrating Mae Cook's 80th, and Edna Sutherland's 95th, birthday party. Edna Graham has a new great-grand-daughter - many in the village know Edna's daughter Ivy (and her husband Frank Haasen) well - their daughter Sonya (and Mike) have a beautiful little girl, MacKenzie, born in the Greater Toronto area.
The Colchester Cyclones Girls Peewee hockey team attended the DQ Tournament in Moncton - winning 4 games, before dropping in a very tight 3-2 final, and claiming silver medals. Locals on the team are Grace Fahey (Elm St.) and Hayley Elliott (Hwy 2). At the Annual Meeting of the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, four citizens stepped up to take terms on the Board of Directors- thanks to community - minded residents Kendra Arseneau of Pleasant Valley, Ray Cruz of Stewiacke, Dan Dean and Alison Read of Brookfield. Alison recently purchased a house on the Upper Brookfield Road.
Sorry to report on the passing of Violet Redmond, former Bell Road resident, and mother to Christine Huntley, Debbie Pryor and sons Harley, Mit, and Dale. Leta McBurnie, Kim McBurnie's grandmother, died in Springhill. Bobby Graham died in Ontario - he was a solid contributor to the hockey Elks teams of the late 50's. Harlen Billard, retired optician in Halifax passed away- he was related to the Harlen,Frank and Gerry Nelson families of Pleasant Valley, Truro, and Shortts Lake. Condolences to all who lost loved ones.
The very talented fiddler, Alycia Putnam (Rob, Kelly) has just released her third CD, Wired for Sound. It includes 13 tracks ranging in style from foot stompin' Celtic, to more eclectic music. CDs can be purchased from the family, at MacQuarries in Brookfield, or Characters Hair Design in Truro. For more information visit Alycia's website at www.alyciaputnam.com. Alycia is on track to graduate with her Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Mary's this spring - a terrific combination of talent, brains and beauty! Thanks to Jimolly's Cafe owners Mitchell and Heidi Cooke for hosting the launch of the Dane and Kyle Henderson - produced skateboard video "Three Little Words." The popular cafe on Inglis Place had a capacity crowd for the film's unveiling, now scoring regular Youtube hits. Congratulations to Taylor Clarke (David, Carla) and Sarah Sears (Luther, Joyce) for being part of the team that won the Nova Scotia Junior Girls Curling Championships - they will head to Nationals in Fort McMurray in February. MacKenzie Proctor, another member of the team, makes three- fourths of the team who did much of their formative curling at the Brookfield Curling Club. Taylor is also skipping the St. Francis Xavier University ladies team in the Atlantic University Conference curling championships. Younger sister Madison, not to be outdone, has been invited to try out for the Canadian Under 19 Fastpitch Softball team in June. The team picked from that tryout camp will the host at the ISF Junior World Championships in July in Ontario. Madison is also a standout hockey player on the Nova Scotia Under - 17 team, and is a grade 11 Honors student at South Colchester Academy. The Cobequid Cougars won the Girls Division / high school Division 1 volleyball championship, with thanks in large part to the play of Alex Jackson, daughter of SCA principal Nevin (and wife Lisa), and Ally Fanning, daughter of former Elks pitching star Walter and Kathy. Congratulations to the Baptist Church on capping off their 150th anniversary celebrations in a fine way with a terrific Old Fashioned Christmas concert. Their building was filled, and all appreciated the production; like the events of the preceding 11 months of 2012, all of which were very well done. A big tip of the cap to very many organizers, volunteers, participants, musicians, actors, and behind the scenes people who contributed to a terrific year at the BBC!
Norm Eddy had cataracts removed; Blair Fleming, Grace Campbell, and Lenny Carter have been hospitalized.
The BMC, once again sponsored the Community Christmas Decorating Contest - this year a new twist was taken with the addition of the estimable Susan Stevenson joining the judging crew of Don Harvey, Terry Henderson, and Win Matheson. Susan, who does yeoman community duty as President of the All Around the Circle Senior Citizens Club, by maintaining and distributing the Eagle via email, as well as chairing the Communications Committee for the Brookfield Community Assembly, including the village's website, was thrilled to join the esteemed crew. She described it as a "life- altering experience"! The winners have been presented with suitable certificates for their efforts in beautifying Brookfield, are as follows; President's Award: Andrew and Becky Roop and Rob and Joelle Bezanson; Religious Theme: Gary and Laura Kolstee and Kevin and Rosalynn Clark; Most Original: Jeff and Nikki Graham and Paul and Joan Campbell; The Governors Award: Carolyn and George Johnston; Commercial: Apartment #1 of the Brandt Lane Apartments; and Best Trees: Jim and Vickie McCoul and Lewis Ingram and Lana Crewe. Thanks again to all who make the village sparkle.
Lewis Ingram and Lana Crewe, along with their younger offspring, Byron and Kailee Ingram, jetted to Lake Louise for a terrific holiday ski trip - meeting them there were their elder sons Chris and Justin, both now residing in Alberta. Shirley Comeau's grandson, Drew Stewart is working at Lake Louise. Jim and Marlene Feener visited their daughters and families in Ontario. Jim and Donna Sutherland went to the paradise that is New Zealand, while Alton and Lorna Sutherland vacationed in Mexico. Lee Nelson visited Ottawa; Beth Maguire and Betty Roop went to Toronto, Terry Canning and Krista McMullin went to British Columbia to visit their daughters; both had exciting news (and new jewelry on their fingers!). Joanna became engaged to Ryan Stefani, while Janelle caught a rock from Phil Lue!
Visitors home over the Holidays included: Jay, Sherry (Roop), Charlotte, and Emily Ovsenny came from Toronto to spend time with Betty Roop; Michelle MacDonald was home from Toronto at Mike and Susan's, and Karla Armsworthy took a break from her medical school studies in Newfoundland to come home to Carter Road. Shane and Laura (McCallum) Grinton and three kids came from PEI to Herb and Patsy's. Mac and Nadine Campbell were home at Paul and Joan's, and Ally Campbell came to Forest Glen from Newmarket, Ontario. Duncan and Andrea were home to Gene and Marion Retson's. Herk and Robin Sutherland both were home for mother Edna's 95th birthday.
The Brookfield Elks of the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League, hoping to awaken the echoes of past Elks glories, have installed Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame member/ legendary coach Hugh Matheson as Head Coach. His first game behind the bench yielded a 3-1 win in Wolfville over a Valley team that had thumped the Elks at the Sportsplex three days previous. The Elks prevailed 4-2 over the Bulldogs in Antigonish in Matheson's second game. Hopefully the players will respond to the challenge to improve their conditioning and be consistent shift-to-shift with team - oriented effort (fundamental tenets of all of Matheson's past championship teams in Junior, Intermediate, and Senior hockey). The NSJHL has extremely tightly-packed standings - the Elks currently are tied for second place in the West division, with the Valley Maple Leafs. The Elks are home at the Sportsplex most Tuesday nights at 7:30. Check either the BCA or the Jr.Elks website for more schedule information. If you want some activity on the other ice surface, the County will be hosting the Mayor's Curling Challenge at the Brookfield Curling Club on February 2 - contact the county's Leisure Services Department (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) for more info on this fun- filled event open to all. The Brookfield Athletic Association will host the Nova Scotia Prime Time (Over - 70) curling championships at the Brookfield Curling Club on January 17 and 18 from 9-5 each day. Do not be fooled by the birth dates on the driver licenses; if you drop in at the Curling Club you will see some exceptional shot- making from this crowd. Three BCC teams will contest for honours. If you are looking to rent ice time in either rink, contact Al at 673-2063; there are openings available. A Pancake and Sausage supper will be held at Knox United Church Hall on Tuesday, February 12, 4:30-6:00. Adults cost is $7, children 12 and under, $3. For take out call 673-3363 or 673-3448 (leave a message). Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services now have a website - check http://brookfieldfire.ca.
The BCA's Leisure and Recreation Committee is hoping to organize a community winter time activity/function - contact Susie Smith at 650-2107 or email or Kathy Best at 673-3350 if you would like to share any ideas or assist in any way. The Brookfield Pastoral Charge manse, located next to Knox United Church, is available to rent immediately. If you are interested, or know of someone who may be, please call Brian Kenrick at 673-2012 or Ken Retson at 673-2356 for more information. Enjoy card parties every Wednesday night 7:30 at the All Around the Circle Senior Citizens room at the Sportsplex. Crib and 45's are the games of choice; $2 admission qualifies you for door prizes and there is a 50-50 also - all welcome, as they are at the monthly luncheons at the Senior's Club - the next is January 15 at noon. The 8th Wave New Horizons Beginner Band program for Seniors will be starting at the Old Norman College building behind the library in Truro with instrument demonstration and experimentation session on Thursday, January 17 at 3:30PM. Anyone 50 years of age or older is eligible to participate. For more information, contact Paul Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 986-1785.
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