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December 2014
Vol. 26

December 2014
Volume 26 Issue 4

    The Brookfeld Mens Club (BMC) will host their annual Christmas party at their monthly meeting on Monday, December 15, starting at 7:30 at the Fire Hall. Members and guests are asked to bring their caroling voice, a hearty appetite for food and fun, and a gift to exchange(maximum - $10). The Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service hosted the BMC's November meeting - as usual they put on a splendid lunch and an interesting program, as they invited David Birkett and Gina MacInnis, President and Environmental officer, respectively, of Alta Natural Gas Storage. The duo presented much information on the $130,000,000 project, and answered several questions from the keen BMCers.

    December rolled in with some fluctuating weather - the first three days of the month saw daytime high temperatures of +14, -8 (with a blustery North wind for added chill), +11 - what a swing! It did provide some nice days for Brookfielders to put up their Christmas decorations, in anticipation of the annual BMC contest, which will award prizes in several categories after judging the evening of December 22. Gene Retson was so keen on winning a prize, he took a quick 12 foot drop down the front of his house as his ladder let go - fortunately his fall was cushioned by the bushy shrubs saving him broken bones or worse! While talking decorations, we must direct harsh condemnation at the cretins who cut wires to the lights on the fabulous tree Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole had decorated on their property in the middle of the village. They would have been shoo-ins for a prize, and probably should be recognized anyway-it certainly made the BMC tree at the corner look pedestrian. To those who somehow saw reason to destroy the work of others-WAKE UP!
    Several Brookfielders continue to hit the roads or the airways to watch Zach Sill play for the Pittsburgh Penguins - recent game in Toronto saw nearly an entire row at the Air Canada Centre filled with locals/ex-pats. Among those were father Grant Sill, Uncle Dan Dean, Aunt Julie Dean in from Peterborough, cousin Mark Dean, Mike Henderson, Bill Boyle, Michele MacDonald, who lives near the ACC, and popular Hurricane Heidi's server Karley O'Neill took a night off from her studies in Oshawa to take the GO train to the game. Zach arranged passes to attend the game-day skate, and met with the throng after the game-he truly cherishes the support from home! Cousin Holly Dean went to Montreal to see Zach play the Habs. Kyle
Henderson trekked up Maine's tallest peak, mile high Mt. Katahdin.
        Congratulations to Donna Matheson's mother, Merle Nelson who celebrated her 106th birthday at the Senior's room November 24 at the Sportsplex. The next day saw the birth of a son, Xavi, to Dane Henderson and Danique Rowsell; a grandson for Mike and Brenda Henderson, and great-grandson for Bill Stewart and Shirley Comeau.  Xavi arrived on his grandmother Yasmine's birthday, and missed his late great-grandmother Marge's 101st by a day. Adding to our village's incredible array of musicians, Amanda Greaves, a very accomplished violin/fiddle instructor, has moved to Densmore Lane - we welcome her!
    Josh Archibald, who bought the former Benjamin/Peterson house on Hwy. 2, is walking on air these days - the beautiful Dr. Karla Armsworthy accepted his engagement proposal! The most recent listing of people earning the prestigious designation as Chartered Accountants (CA) has three with Brookfield connections. Bryan Shupe, whose father Gord served on the Sportsplex Board of Directors, was one - Bryan is an SCA grad, who now shuttles between Halifax and his business dealings in Russia; Luke Anthony is the son of Terry Anthony of Shubenacadie - Terry was a member of the 1980 Canadian Championship Elks team, and a big RBI guy on the 1990 NS title team; and Jarret MacKeil of Belnan - his parents Mike and Heather are members of the Brookfield Curling Club.
    Thanks to all who organized or participated in the very fitting Remembrance Day service at the Veterans Memorial. Special mention to both ministers (Gale and MacKinnon), the SCA band led by Holly Hartlen, the 569 G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron, the veterans and fire service personnel, and to principal BMC coordinator/organizer, Bob Lawrence. The Baptist Church Choir, led by director Belinda Adshade, daughter of Ruth (Locke) and Leon Colburne, made two presentations to large crowds, of their musical, "Season of Joy" - very well done! Reverend Keith Gale was overjoyed by the large turnout at Middle Stewiacke United Church for his covenanting service. A big tip of the cap to the Cobequid Salmon Association for their ongoing work on the Little River restoration. This group has spent over $75,000 annually to help restore salmon habitat in the river that flows through Brookfield.

    Unit 3 of the UCW want to extend their thanks to all for their support of the 19th annual Christmas House Tours. To homeowners Edna Graham and the MacDonnell/Kennys at Shortts Lake, the Senior's room at the Sportsplex, which was transformed magically (and in less than 2 days!) by the Campbell sisters, Patsy, Nancy, and Betty, and the Train Station Directors for their North Pole creation, complete with Mrs. Claus and the elves! All were very well done, and added to the festive spirit. The Forest Glen Greenhouses were breathtakingly beautiful; thanks to the Thompson and Whidden families. Gratitude also to the congenial drivers who chauffeured many guests, the kitchen workers, and, the musical entertainers.  Thanks also to the businesses, non-profit organizations, clubs, and individuals who donated a huge quantity of gifts for the Christmas Index program. All combined to provide a great kick-off to the Christmas season.
    We were saddened to learn of the passing of skilled woodworker, Howard Wile, at 59, in Green's Creek. He was a brother-in-law to Eric Sandeson. Colchester County lost a legend when Lorne MacDougall passed in Truro – he served on numerous commissions and arbitration panels, and was respected by all. His son, John has been a long-serving member on the Board of Directors at the Sportsplex. Helen Kenrick, formerly of Middle Stewiacke, and mother to Paul, Brian and Ruth died in Truro. She was a veteran who proudly took part in Remembrance Day Services. Our sympathies are passed to his friends and family. We are hoping for a positive outcome for Jordan Matheson who suffered fractured vertebrae in an assault, and has had some paralysis. Helene Henderson and Leah Bowers both were hospitalized briefly.
    The 78th(!!) edition of the Brookfield Athletic Association's Sportsmens Contest has wrapped up - the BAA would like to thank all who took part, by buying/selling tickets, helping weigh deer, or assisting when asked. Special thanks to always community-minded Roop's Esso for hosting the weigh scales, and employees Koby Crowell, Anthony Rae, Travis White, and Grahame Maguire. The Grand Prize winners in the draw were:  1st Prize - $25,000 - Joseph Murphy, Antigonish; 2nd prize - 2014 Can-Am ATV  - Dave Heighton, Riversdale; 3rd prize - $2,000  Atlantic Superstore gift card - Vernon Slaunwhite, Halifax; 4th Prize  Honda generator or $ 1,000 - Carl White, Springhill; 5th prize -  $500 - Paul d'Entremont, Aspen.   The heaviest buck weighed 242.5 lbs.; heaviest doe was 164.5; for a complete list of prize winners, go to http://users.eastlink.ca/~elks and click on Sports Draw.
    South Colchester Academy (SCA) Wolves senior girls and boys volleyball teams both won Northumberland Regional Division 3 banners and advanced to the provincials. The boys won the bronze at Middleton while the girls finished fourth in Digby. Rene Despres was busy, coaching both teams! The Boys team was Jacob Bowers, Ryan Duykers, Jonathan Fisher, Garret Johnson, Jacob McNutt, Dale Sheppard, Luke Teasdale, Morgan Johnson, Connor Murdock, Alexander Rhoddy, Jonathan Kaye, and Alex Termeer. The Girls team had Alyssa Densmore, Alexis Rains, Rachel Sears, Abby Devlin, Shanea Fields, Rebecca Rankine, Erica Robertson, Hannah Fisher, Olivia Hernden, and Jessica McClellan. Athletes of the month at SCA for November were volleyballers; Juniors - Hannah Crouse, Mariah Hatfield, and Luke Fisher; Seniors - Alexis Rains and Morgan Johnson.
    Construction continues on a new service bay area at Roop's Esso, allowing more space for automotive work and retail space in the existing building. Knox United is installing a geothermal heating/cooling unit, with 5000 feet of trenching/buried pipe in their field just north of the church.

    Brookfield Elementary School will present their Christmas concert on Wednesday December 10 - the evening performance usually has an overflow crowd, so it may be easier to attend the 1:00 show that day! One of the better musical events of the year is the Food Bank concert, at Knox on Sunday December 21st, 7 PM - non-perishable food and/or monetary donations both gratefully accepted - come and treat your ears! The Sportsplex held their annual general meeting, and would like to thank outgoing director Kendra Arseneau of Shortt's Lake for her valuable service to the Board. New directors are Robert Putnam, Jamie Reid, Wilma Schenkels, and Andrew Sears - we are grateful for their volunteerism.  The Sportsplex' Chase the Ace pot was claimed by Holly Dean who walked off with $14,500!!! Those on her Christmas list are excited! The Sportsplex will resume this popular fundraiser on January 8. On Friday, December 12 at 6 pm, Knox United Youth Group will be hosting a free movie night at Knox United for all ages featuring FROZEN. Come out for some popcorn and enjoy the movie! Knox United will host a presentation by Brookfield’s own Sarah MacKenzie (parents, Donna and Kim) about her time serving Youth With a Mission in Mexico City, fighting against human trafficking and bringing love to the broken women, men and children who are affected by this injustice on Sunday, December 14, at 6:30 pm. The 6th Annual Cobequid/Glasgow New Horizons Bands Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 16, at 7:30 pm at The Marigold Cultural Centre. Tickets are available at the door for $10 each. All are welcome to the Brookfield Baptist Church's Christmas Eve Service, with the music and drama of "This Bethlehem Night", 6:30 PM, Dec 24.

See you at the BMC on December 15.   Season's Greetings to all from the Mens Club!!

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