Box 195
Brookfield  NS


November issue 3
Vol. 25

Halloween and Remembrance Day have come and gone; there is definitely a chill in the air, but one spot that is always warm and friendly is the monthly meeting of the Brookfield Men’s Club. The next gathering will be on Monday November 18 at 7:30 at the Fire Station - the November meeting is always eagerly anticipated as the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services not only present an interesting program, but also provide a stupendous lunch for the BMCers. Speaking of the BMC, new President Austin Ross has witnessed a rebirth of the BMC - six new members have been added to the rolls in the last few months, five of whom actually have children who have not yet entered school! It is wonderful to see the younger gents of the community, join in the fun and service the BMC has provided, now into the 76th year. There is no size cap on the group so many more are welcome - feel free to come along on the third Monday of the month and join the fun. The October meeting featured guest speaker Robert Matheson, retired from the Department of Natural Resources(Lands and Forest). Robert spoke of his 17 years as dog master for DNR - many of us remember the intelligent and fearsome German Shepherds in his backyard. He told many stories of the work he did with Major, Smoke, Satan, and Duke over the 17 years, and kept the BMCers enthralled with tales of tracking missing persons, and apprehending poachers, bank robbers, and cocaine traffickers, often after all other avenues had yielded nothing.

The Men’s Club once again organized the Halloween street patrol - they would like to extend thanks to the youth of the village and surrounding area for allowing the trick or treaters to frolic in great numbers, and then to ensure there was no property damage done in the village. The Remembrance Day service at the Veterans Memorial had a large footprint of the BMC on it from an organizational point of view - Clubmen Bob Lawrence, Larry Harrison, and several others helped organize a terrific ceremony that drew a large throng - thanks also to those at Knox United Church for preparing a rib warming lunch afterwards! Holly Hartlen and the SCA band provided the music

Dave Heffernan was slowed but you can’t keep a good man down - he’s back out and about in the community. Mary Crossman remains in the hospital.

Travellers included Kathy and Holly Dean, who went to San Francisco to watch Jill complete the San Francisco Marathon. Lenny Carter spent some time in Florida and Dave and Anitra Whidden visited their daughter in Newfoundland. The Ross siblings, Wilfred, Elaine (Healey), Ardith (Teas), and Derrick gathered for a Thanksgiving dinner in Belleville, Ontario. Andrew Sears flew to Asia on behalf of Stanfield’s Ltd. Ryan Sutherland went to Alberta, Terra and the kids followed recently. Jim Dickie and Check Totten, along with his nephew Duncan Retson and partner Andrea Budgell, cruised the Mediterranean, and contemplated the bubbling Mt. Etna.

Congratulations go to Brookfield Golf Club member Robert Joe of Truro who was inducted into the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame for his multi-sport career - he was a former Truro Junior (hockey) Bearcat and University football and track and field star - Robert’s daughter Cindy lives at Shortt’s Lake, and granddaughters Megan and Maryn McCombs attend Brookfield Elementary School. Ron Meech, Truro businessman, who has a cottage at Shortt’s Lake, was a member of the 1981 Acadia University national champion football team that was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. Trent Lynds finished third overall at the Nova Scotia High School Cross Country meet, and helped lead the SCA Intermediate Boys team to a third place provincial standing. It has been a very successful soccer season at SCA. The Junior Boys ran roughshod over the competition winning both the District and Regional championships - going as far as the competition exists at the Junior High level. They won the regional finals at Pugwash by a 6-0 score. The Wolves were coached by Dwight Giffiths and Drew McNutt, and featured several grade nines who will move on to bolster a strong Sr. High team next year - including Colton Cleveland, Tyler Howe, Luke MacMillan, Dawson Mercer, Riley Peck, Dawson Miller, Koleton Rockey, Liam White, and Shane Stoodley. Eligible to return and defend the Junior High title next year are Nick Crouse, Riley McLeod, Jarret Retfalvi, Hunter Redmond, Will Taylor, Aiden Weatherbie, Cameron DeGroote, Luke Fielding, and Sage Rutherford. The Senior girls team easily won the Regional title, and then a qualifier over Barrington, to advance to Provincials in New Germany. We wonder if that was played under rules that either forbade the goaltenders from using their hands, or using 40 foot nets!?! The Wolves lost the semi-finals 6-3 before winning the bronze medal game 7-3 - a scoring bonanza! Look for the Wolves to be strong next year - this year’s squad only had four seniors (Nicole Collier, Kylee Graham, Adree Lyons and Michaela Farrow) 14 underclassmen are able to return including Krysten Miller, Karlee Fisher, Alicia MacMillan, Amanda Brenneman, Rachel Sears, Felicia Crouse, Carli Fisher, Morgan Toole, Haley Duykers, Olivia Wolter-Cook, Victoria Harrop, Erica Robertson, Karlee Burgess, Rebecca Rankine and Emma Graham. The Coaches of the championship team were Kelly Spencer, Rob Adams, and Emelye Porter. The Senior Boys team also won the Regional championship, and then had a heartbreaking 2-1 shoot-out loss to Forest Heights, denying them a trip to provincials. The team was coached by Frank Schenkels, Juan Serracin, and Patty McKenzie - they will graduate key contributors Andrew Burgess, Matt Joudrey, Jacob McKenzie, Mitchell Johnston and Alberto Serracin. Underclassmen returning will be Ryan Duykers, Garrett Johnson, Mads Haar, Jamie McMinn, Jerad Schenkels, Brody MacPhee, Clay Duary, Jordan Davies, Liam Giffen, Trent Lynds, Jordan McKenzie, Alexander Rhoddy, and Brandon Ross. Cape Breton University won the AUS Women’s soccer title - local lass Paula Serracin is a member of the Capers squad, who have won 7 of the past Atlantic conference 11 titles. They finished in 4th place at the Nationals. Colby Lanceleve, SCA class of 2013, continues to star for the Truro Junior Bearcats in the Maritime Junior Hockey League. He was one of the league’s 3 stars for a recent week, and continues the long and storied love of South Colchester products who have starred for the Junior Cats, such as Albert Gamble, Robbie Cooke, Brookes VanTassell, Rob Carter, David Ross, Alan Campbell, Robert Putnam, four Dickey brothers, and others.

Congratulations to Jenny Kierstead, daughter of Emily Kierstead of Shortt’s Lake - Jenny is the founder and President of Breathing Space Yoga Studio and is a finalist in the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur awards for the Telus Trailblazer award - winners will be announced in late November in Toronto - good luck Jenny! The Timmons (Ont.) Chamber of Commerce awarded Eddy Haasen, grandson of Edna and the late Ed Graham (parents Ivy and Frank), the Young Professional Award in Technology - congratulations! Chris Thompson and Marla MacPhee were delighted with the birth of their son Desmond Wolfgang, sister Ryan is a charming Grade 2 student at Brookfield Elementary. Chris and Marla’s family live in the former Fisher house opposite the Post Office on Highway 289 West. Shortt’s Lake residents Evan Pickering and Megan Doucette also celebrated the birth of a son. Former Junior Elks standout Ben Burgess (Dan, Janet) of Old Barns graduated from the RCMP Training Center in Regina, and has been posted to Bonnyville, Alberta. Sarah (Matheson) Bates (Win,Ruth) drew a good crowd to her concert at the Marigold. The Brookfield Athletic Association announced the winners of the 77th Annual Sports Draw and Sportsmen contest on Cat Country radio. The grand prize winner of a 2013 Can-Am side by side plus a $5,000 gas card or $25,000 in cash was Aaron Wright of HRM. Second prize of a 2013 Can-Am 4x4 was won by Ryan Bonang of Porter’s Lake; a $2000 gift card from Atlantic Superstore was claimed by Richard Mason of Antigonish; 4th prize a 200 watt generator or $1000 in cash went to Moe’s Camp in Smithfield, and the 5th prize of $500 was won by Bill Wells of Troy. The salesman draw winner was Allister Johnson. Several days remain of hunting season, so the big deer may still be out there; at present the Buck class is topped by a 253 lb stag, while the heaviest doe checked in at 157 lbs. All the final awards including ladies heaviest buck and doe, bow hunters prizes and antler prizes will be announced in the December Eagle. The Brookfield Athletic Association and Sportsmen Draw Chairman John Matheson wish to thank all who supported their most important fund-raiser, be it through purchasing, distributing or selling, assisting with weigh-ins, etc. Thanks very much!

Sorry to report on the passing of Edna Allen, in Greenwich NS; she was Jean Lawrence's mother. In the Miramichi, Tim Ross’s mother passed away. Former Brookfield Curling Club member (and summertime Shortt’s Lake resident) Frank Cox of Princeport passed away, as did Hilda Dean and Phyllis Irwin (Peggy Berry’s mother) at Elk Court. Linda Harpell, recently a resident of Brookfield, but who called Urbania home, died from complications from MS - she held her Masters Degree from Saint Mary’s University. Albert Fisher’s brother John, of Belmont, passed away in Truro. Condolences to all who lost loved ones.

BMC Prexy Austin and Debbie Ross were visited by her daughter Amanda and son-in-law Tony Newman, who motored here from Lewiston, Maine. Mike Stewart and his wife were home from the west to visit Marilyn and Jerry and other family members. Jennifer Rhoddy and her two children, have moved into the former Verna Nelson home on the west end of Elm Street. Lacey Singer and her three sons, Nathaniel, Uriah, and Isaiah have moved into the apartment building, just east of “the corner” on 289. The Eagle was delighted to receive a wonderful note from Beverly Woolaver, home from Petrolia, Ontario to visit her mother, Phyllis Sutherland. Her son Tim and his children Tyler and Kaleb also visited with Phyllis in August - they reside in the Cayman Islands. Bev is very appreciative about receiving the Eagle and helping keep her up to date on happenings in Brookfield - she left a very kind donation behind. It is very much appreciated, and you know Phyllis was delighted to see her grandson and great - grandsons! Former SCHS English teacher Reta Dunn kindly contributed to the Eagle’s cause - we only hope our grammatical inaccuracies do not cause the lovely Reta too much aggravation!

We have approximately two months to go before it seems there will be a change in the publishing regime of the Eagle - if any have dictaphone/typing skills and think they can help, and put up with a very anal - retentive editor, please drop a line to the Eagle’s address below or call 673-2769. The pay is non-existent, the hours are not too onerous, and the Eagle’s talons have long been dulled, so if you are interested in assisting please advise. The December issue will be published on December 9th; any newsworthy items should be passed in on the first week of December with an absolute deadline of December 7-8. The Brookfield Elementary School Christmas Concert, which annually packs the gymnasium, will be held Wednesday December 11; show times are 1:15 and 6:30 PM. The Food for the Spirit concert will be held on Sunday, December 22 at 7pm at Knox United. This fantastic concert annually highlights the season, and can warm the cockles of the coldest Scrooge’s heart. Plan on attending - donations of food, or money are accepted for the local Food Bank. The annual Christmas House Tours will be held on November 29-30. Stops this year will be at Debbie Matheson’s on Carter Rd, the Campbell (formerly Viv Roop) house on Densmore Drive, and the Brandt Lane Apartments (some residences and the common room). This has become a fantastic tradition in our community. Combined with the Festival of Christmas trees, and stockings in support of the Christmas Index Program, which are displayed at both the Brookfield Railway Station and Knox United Church. The 10,000 poinsettias also packs a crowd on Friday and Saturday afternoons at Forest Glen Greenhouses. Tickets for the tours ($10) are available by calling Betty @ 673-2582 or at MacQuarries. This grants you entry to the wonderfully decorated homes, and the luncheon and Craft Sale at Knox Church. The Train Station will also be hosting a couple of limited seating suppers both nights in conjunction with this - the $7 tickets may be reserved by calling Russ @ 673-3448 or email The Brookfield Athletic Association is again running NHL pools every weekend - cost is only $2 - join the gang in competition and help support the B.A.A. Roop’s Esso is “pool central”. Scrape the rust off your skates, and enjoy the most Canadian of pastimes - gliding on the silvery sheet of ice at the Sportsplex. Public skating happens Friday nights, 6-7 PM, and Adult skating goes Thursday mornings at 10 AM. On the other side of the concrete wall, the Brookfield Curling Club’s 38th Season is underway - but it is not too late to join a team and enjoy “the roaring game” - stop in most weeknight evenings, or Wednesday mornings.

Hope to see you all at the BMC meeting on November 18, 7:30 PM. 

The Eagle

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