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Brookfield  NS


January 2014

Vol. 25, Issue 5

January 2014  Vol. 25, Issue 5

    Happy New Year to all! On behalf of the Brookfield Men's Club the Eagle wishes all readers near and far the very best possible 2014! The BMCers held a lively Christmas party in December, highlighted by a sing-song of carols, some challenging games, a gift exchange, and a fantastic lunch. The membership roll continues to grow as recent attendees included former resident Larry Archibald, whom we hope will be in Brookfield more frequently, and Brookes VanTassell, former junior national softball team member. The BMCers kicked the season off with the wonderful decoration of an illuminated star and a tree at the corner - the tree was a bit ragged at first, but the subsequent rework was inspired. The BMC thank Lila MacPhee for allowing them to utilize her electricity. The winners of the Annual Christmas Decorating Contest are as follows: Best Outdoor Decorated Tree - Jim and Vicki McCoul, Best Religious theme - Kevin and Rosalynn Clarke, Best Light Display - Rob and Joelle Bezanson, Best Multiple Tree Arrangement - Gerald and Roseann Wright, Best Overall - Andrew and Becky Roop. There is no truth to the rumour that the judges only made it to Upper Brookfield before running out of gas, and calling it a night!! Proof of that is the Best Commercial Awards went to Units #1 and #2, Brandt Lane Apartments. Thanks to all who helped make our village sparkle! The decorations certainly glowed this year with the very early and empathic winter conditions - it was indeed a winter wonderland, though the temperatures dipping into the -20's in late December and early January gave many pause. Then a few deluges took away all the beautiful snow?!?

    It was nice to see a torrent of people home for the holidays - these included Herb and Betty MacFarlane's daughters Sheryl (from Newfoundland) and Heather and Ken Loewen from Maine. Lewis Ingram and Lana Crewe returned from Fort McMurray to spend a couple of weeks in their Upper Brookfield residence, and still managed to get away on a ski trip to Attitash in the beautiful Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire. Debbie Ross' daughter, Amanda Ettinger and her husband Tony Newman, were home from Auburn, Maine to visit her mother (and father Lawrence Ettinger of North Noel Road - he is well known at the Brookfield Golf Club!). Ryan Sutherland and his family are home from Alberta, as was Carl Sutherland, and the Rutherford (Logan, Nancy) sisters (Anna and Sarah). Delightful to see Erica Nielsen (Rod, Lori) home from Australia for the Holiday season. Kim, Kraig and Jessi Kennedy were here, as was the expectant Krysten Stewart and her man Andre Garneau from Quebec City. Paul Crossman and fiancé Kaitlyn Murray of Kingston, Ontario visited his parents, Marg and Ron. Coming from Ontario were Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny and Dan, Marita, and Clara Retson (Gene, Marion). Home from Calgary was Jerad Stewart, son of Brian Stewart and Tammy Armstrong; he and Lewis did get in a game with their former team, the Cruise Missiles. One of the most eventful arrivals was that of Pittsburgh Penguins center Zach Sill. Zach has now appeared in 18 games in the NHL, most of them wins! It looked like he was about to be storm-stayed after the Pens' game in Ottawa on December 23 when all commercial flights were grounded. However, fellow Nova Scotian and Olympian Sidney Crosby chartered a jet back to Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, and was happy to bring Zach along for a 60 hour break from their hectic NHL schedule. Upon his arrival, Zach and many of his friends and family were hosted with a get together at the Copper Kettle Bar and Grill in Stewiacke. This business was purchased not long ago by Lori Campbell-VanTassell. Early reports say the food iswonderful; stop in and see Lori and her crew - she promises not to let Chipper in the Kitchen! Also on the NHL front, Zoe Barbour was disappointed when her former Chateauguay neighbour's son, Corey Crawford was not named as a goaltender for Canada's Olympic team, despite having won the Stanley Cup last spring with the Chicago Blackhawks. Billy VanTassell was hospitalized briefly; Mary Henderson suffered a broken hip from a fall on the ice. We hope her recovery goes well.

    Congratulations to the organizers, performers, support staff, and the public, who all contributed to make the Food for the Spirit concert a success. This worthwhile endeavour, in support of the Colchester Food Bank, was led by Leah Bowers, technical direction was looked after by Rod Nielsen and Bruce Isenor, Master of Ceremonies was Lisa Henderson. Among the standout performers were the new-to-the- Ukulele group including Shirley Graham, Susan Carter, Jean Hamilton, Myrna, Lynn, Robert and Doreen Matheson, guided by leader Joanne Hatfield. Their performance was noteworthy as they have only taken up the ukulele recently. Joanne's fingerprints were on much of the evening - she was an accompanist to many including the mother-grandaughter duo of Anitra Whidden and Marlee Reid. Other performers were Megan and Bruce Isenor, the Ross family - husband/father Tim, wife/mother Lorraine, and charming daughters Audrey and Josée; Marian Lindsay, Village Blend (Lori Nielsen, Susan MacDonald, Brenda Henderson, Doris Betts, Karen Fisher and Joanne Hatfield); and the ageless Eric Bowers. The audience was enthusiastic on the Monday evening before Christmas; the only regret was that there weren't more there to enjoy the performances. The crowd may have been reduced by the rescheduling due to Sunday's storm. Congratulations to the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) for successfully hosting their 9th Annual Phil Sears Memorial Friendship Tournament between Christmas and New Year's - specifically the Midget A Elks and co-chair Jackie Fahey (of Elm Street) and the Colchester Female Bantam Cyclones. The tourney operated Novice, Bantam and Midget divisions.

    The Eagle's Christmas stocking was overflowing - how can we thank our kind readers enough for such generosity, that is truly appreciated by the BMCers?! Cards and financial contributions came from Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Byrd in Thamesford, Ontario, Emma (Messervey) Cox, Joyce Geddes, of Middle Stewiacke, Hilden/Shortt's Lake residents Donnie and Marg Fisher, and the gentle giant, whose kindness know no bounds, big Bill Kennedy of Sunrise Crest. We thank you all so very much!

    We have more Brookfielders ascending into the clouds - Nathan Allinson and his M.D. girlfriend Jackie Foley, who reside in the Vancouver area, climbed the heights of Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Former Brookfield Junior Elks hockey player Brett Lauther had a successful season as a kicker for the Hamilton Tiger-cats in the Canadian Football League, and inked a contract with the Tabbies for 2014. Phil Crowell, son of Maurice, has advanced to the provincial curling championships - he plays on the strong Chad Stevens team. Karlee Burgess an unstoppable force at South Colchester Academy in soccer, track and field and curling, was second stone on the Nova Scotia Junior curling championship team - the rink was skipped by Mary Fay from Chester, and they will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Championships in Liverpool in the next week. SCA English teacher Chris Ross was inducted into the CEC Sports Hall of Fame for his basketball exploits at the Truro school; likewise the 1980-81 Cougars girls basketball team which won the Provincial championship also was enshrined. On that team were locals Chris (Matheson) Bernard and Robyn Storr-Paluch. The powerhouse squad was coached by former SCHS Phys. Ed teacher Keith MacKenzie. Athletes of the Month for November-December at SCA were: Seniors - Ryan Duykers, Jared Schenkels, Rachel Sears and Rebecca Rankine; Juniors - Jana Pulsifer, Jessica McClellan, Hannah Fisher. Julie Walters and Kraig MacKenzie announced their engagement.

    Gotham City was the lure for Beth Maguire, who went to New York/New Jersey to shop the market on behalf of Stanfield's, and Kyle Henderson, whose senior Fine Arts class at Mount Allison University took their class trip there to tour the internationally renowned museums (and skateboarding hot spots!). Jack Roop and Mike Fields jetted to Chicago to watch the final game of the NFL season, an exciting contest won by the Green Bay Packers getting them into the playoffs. Lee Nelson, for some reason (?!?) a Dallas Cowboys fan, flew to Big D, where he met Nate McCallum and they attended the season finale. Lee was devastated when his Cowboys came up short and lost the playoff spot to the winning Philadelphia Eagles. Mark Dean has relocated to the ritzy West Palm Beach, Florida area where he is pursuing his lust for anything equine. Shane and Laura (McCallum) Grinton travelled to Pittsburgh to see one of Zach Sill's game - he was most pleased to spot them in their seats near the penalty box (where he sat for a couple of minutes that evening) and he happily acknowledged their presence. Dan Dean hoped to go to Edmonton, to meet daughter Jill, down from Whitehorse, so they could join up with nephew/cousin Zach Sill in the Alberta capital for the Penguins game against the Oilers. Dan's plans were foiled by the interruption of air services at Toronto's Pearson Airport, so Jill went solo. Gordie and Doreen Frank went to Ontario, as did Richard, Ellen, Alton, and Lorna Sutherland, and Terry Canning and Krista McMullin, to help celebrate Fred and Karen Davis' 50th wedding anniversary. Sister Charlene (Sutherland) Fraser also travelled from B.C. for the event. Joan Campbell went to Ottawa, while Betty Roop and Alison Read visited Toronto. Holly Dean went to New York, and William Wallace went to Alberta. Dallys Serricin (Juan, Lori), former standout goalkeeper for the SCA soccer team, has travelled to Chile and Argentina to get an up close and personal look at the Andes. Dallys is graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) degree from Dalhousie, and is working at the Pockwock Lake water treatment facility in HRM. She will soon be resuming her studies toward her Masters in Civil Engineering - don't get into a mathematics challenge with that girl! Her beau, Dave Cameron from Middle Stewiacke (another SCA grad) is putting the finishing touches on his Dal Engineering (Mechanical) degree - well done folks!

    The holiday season was saddened by the loss of Mary Crossman; a kind-hearted, lovely woman as ever you will meet. Despite some health issues, Mary always was upbeat, and we are sad to see her part this mortal coil at age 90. Condolences also go to Monty Patton, on the passing of his mother Joan, who was also the grandmother to Daniel and Luke Patton, and Erin Jamieson. We are saddened to learn of the death of popular Brookfield Golf Club member Howard Meek in Fall River. He will be missed at the BCG - his son Derek is a perennial Shaw Cup team performer. Eileen Graham, mother of Kerry, Cindy, Frankie and Glen Moore, and sister-in-law to Jim Moore, died in Truro. Leo Bowman, father of Kim Crowe, died. Barbara Barass of Bible Hill, mother to Al Durkee and step-mother to Janet Burnett passed away. Ruth Wasson, mother of Joanne Conrad, passed away in Great Village. Wayne Parnham's wife, Ann passed away in Summerside, PEI; and Joanne Rogers' brother Ray Ransome died in the Annapolis Valley. George Andrews, father of Ruth Hatton and Shirley Crocker, died in Stratford, Ont. The sisters also lost their brother John Dillman of Lantz. Myrna Brown died at Elk Court - she was a much revered schoolteacher in her home town of Shubenacadie. Her late husband Wilf was a BCC member, and her son Mike and her grandkids were regulars at the Sportsplex. We express sympathies on behalf of the community to those who have lost loved ones.
    The much sought-after
Brookfield Elks license plates have arrived, and are for sale at Roop's Esso, or call 673-2070. Late for Christmas stockings, but a must have for your vehicle or rec. room! The 10th Wave of the Cobequid New Horizons Band program will begin with an instrument demonstration and experimentation session on Thursday, January 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the Princess Margaret Rose School building (next to the Lawton's Drug Store on Willow Street). This beginner band for seniors is open to anyone over the age of 50 – no experience is necessary. For more information please call Paul Barrett at 986-1785 or email The Eagle is going to attend (!?!!) - any others coming along for the adventure!? All Around the Circle Senior Citizens meet for dinner at 12 noon on January 21 at the Sportsplex Seniors Room - doors open at 11:30. Debbie Matheson hosts a yoga class every Tuesday night from 6-7 at Knox Hall - drop in fee is $5. A 4 week session of hour long Zumba fitness classes will be held at the Middle Stewiacke Rec Centre (instructor Crystal Parker-Brant) - contact Kari Blaikie-Furmidge for more info.

We wish to extend our thanks to Cindy Bonin who is completing a lengthy run as Eagle's typist with this issue - we are most thankful for her patience dealing with an overly anal editor. Special notice is hereby provided for the ladies who "forget" the annual Ladies Night Extravaganza put on by the BMCers for the females of the community. We will post reminders in this and the next three Eagles, that the annual event will fall on Monday April 21 at 6:30 - save the date now, as we hope to have an overflow attendance. Enjoy the Super Bowl (Patriots-Seahawks) and the Sochi Olympics! Happy 60th to Bill Campbell!

Come join us at the BMC on Monday, January 20 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station.

The Eagle

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