December 2018 Volume 30, Issue 4

One wonders if the frigid (for November) weather is a harbinger of a cold and lengthy (due to the early start!) winter? The beautiful Remembrance Day service, organized and co-ordinated by the Brookfield Mens Club (BMC), was very well attended by members of the community, in spite of a numbing wind chill. Forty-plus wreaths were laid at the Veterans' Memorial, and the Joanne Hatfield-led band of trumpeters Julia Hamilton, Lori and Erica Nielsen, flautist Shelley MacLeod, trombonist Derek Jones, and saxophonists Krista McMullin, Anna Hamilton, Ardith Ross, and Mike Henderson provided apropos music. An innards-warming luncheon at Knox United Church served 200 after the ceremony. At their November meeting, the BMC-ers heard an interesting presentation from Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services Chief Rod Nielsen, focusing primarily on the equipment used by the firefighters/first responders. BFES also provided the delicious chickenburger lunch. The December BMC meeting will take place on Monday, December 17, 7:30 PM - the public is welcome to attend; please remember to bring an item for the gift exchange. Fun, food, song, and games are on tap!

    The Mens Club has erected a Christmas tree and star at the corner and will sponsor the Annual Decorating Contest - judging to be done the evening of December 21, so have your lights on to blaze the way for the esteemed judges. On behalf of the community, the BMC wants to extend a massive thank you to the United Church Women organizers, volunteers, home owners, and attendees of the 23rd Annual Christmas House Tours. Despite some tricky weather, attendance was great, and the community again was shown in a very pleasing light to the many visitors in town that weekend. Special thanks goes to those who so beautifully decorated/ displayed their homes - George ('Pink') and Carolyn Johnston, Sandy and Mabel Barber, and Jimmie White (with a big ‘assist’ to landlord Daina Hernden). Big High Fives also to Richard Sutherland, who hosted Eydie Teas' incredible "Christmas Village" transformation of the Golf Clubhouse, and to the Train Station Directors for their poignant display there, and their hosting of two overflow crowds for their amazing pork loin suppers each night. The Knox sanctuary decorations were admired, and the artisans displaying wares for the Craft Sale in the hall upped the experience. The Forest Glen Greenhouses, hosted their open house in conjunction with the Tours, and their displays of thousands of poinsettias, elaborately-trimmed trees, and other handiwork awed large throngs! Much gratitude is extended to those who provided support to the Christmas Index by filling stockings, decorating trees, providing cash or floral arrangements for the less fortunate. Organizations/businesses that contributed were: MacQuarries, Brookfield Market, UCW Units 1, 2, 3, and 7, Brookfield Lumber, Garden Club, Forest Glen Greenhouses, Brookfield Bountiful Blooms, Reclaimed Cottage, Knox Sunday School, 50 Shades of Hair, Brookfield 4-H, Sportsplex Pre-School, BFES, Crown Jewels, All Around the Circle, Lafarge, Brookfield Athletic Association, Roop’s Esso/Tim Horton’s, Brookfield Elementary School, Brookfield Bakery/Hurricane Heidi’s, and Jim Dickie/’Cheek” Totten.

    If any readers mistakenly inferred we were suggesting in the November edition that any of our southbound travelers were international drug smugglers, please let us dash that notion - we will leave the 'mule' work to Clint Eastwood! Dane, Danique, and Xavi Henderson went to Orlando to test themselves in a Spartan Race, while the X-Man was entertained at Disney World, and a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral. Betty Roop and family (granddaughter Hope, son Jack, and daughter Pam Olmstead's family) travelled to Toronto to attend a dual celebration - brother-in-law/uncle Bob's 70th birthday, and the marriage of his daughter Alison to Greg Lamb. Austin and Debbie Ross celebrated American Thanksgiving at her daughter Amanda's in Auburn, Maine - reports are the Bluenosers won both the bowling and Scat trophies! Mark and Laura Kennedy went to Nashville to see an NFL game. Kitty McMullin jetted off to Arizona to visit with her son. Mark Walters (Everett, Margie) was home from the west. Stacey Harrison fulfilled a dream trip of going to India. Aprospos of nothing, and the Eagle is no ornithologist, but a sizable falcon (outside chance, a hawk??), has been spotted around the west side of the village!

    The 82nd Brookfield Elks Sports Draw (nee Big Game Hunt) Grand Prize winners are: 2018 Jeep Wrangler - Sue Adshade, Tatamagouche; $5,000 worth of Atlantic Superstore Gift Cards - Boyde Stewart, Upper Musquodoboit; Snowblower - Rob Newsome, Tatamagouche; Louis Garneau Mountain bike - John Collins, Parrsboro; $500 MacQuarries gift certificate -Shauna Dewitt, Lorneville. Winner of the Salesman prize was Mike Busby. The heaviest Buck, a whopping 271 lbs., was bagged by Tyler Graham; while the heaviest doe (174.5) fell to Matt Boyd. Local lass Hayley Elliot claimed the Ladies Buck (223), and Elizabeth Mahaney bagged the Ladies biggest doe (138). Peter Sinclair had the largest (244) bowhunter buck, and Autumn Doucette the Bowhunter Doe (123); Paul Skoke's deer had 28 points, while Dustin Arnold's had the widest (25.5") and longest (28") antler. A complete winners list can be seen at www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca The BAA is so appreciative of all who assist with their primary fundraiser, including ticket salespersons and purchasers, vendor partners who help provide a terrific prize package, the official weighers/Roop's Esso, and many, many volunteers. Collectively they enable the BAA to provide assistance to boys and girls, men and women in a wide array of sports and recreation activities. The BAA's Annual Meeting is January 14 at the Sportsplex - all are welcome; additional people would help sustain their programs!

    Sad to say final farewells to several - including Vi Werry, a wonderful lady with a pleasant demeanour. Kaye Retson's nephew, John Fisher died in Dartmouth; and Rick Cotter's sister Joyce Cotter passed in Bedford. Delmar Cavanaugh of North River, died – he was Dad to four, including Tammi McNutt and Karen MacPhee. Former Pleasant Valley resident David Kent died in Truro, as did Marie Bryan, Rob Smith’s mother, and Beatrice Metlin, while Phillip Collins expired at Elk Court. Denny Keeping, longtime husband to former Elkettes ball star "Fudgie" Keeping, passed away in Eastern Passage. Gordie Frank's son, Scott died in Truro.  Condolences extended to all who lost loved ones.

    Congratulations to Isaac (Kenny, Susan) and Carolyn Benvie - they were blessed with a baby boy, Jasper! Belated birthday greetings to an amazing woman, Arline Crowell, Joanne Cooke’s Mum, who turned 100!! Geoff Stewart, our District 3 (Brookfield - Hilden) county councilor, was elected by his peers to the office of Deputy Mayor, replacing former Sportsplex Director Bill Masters (Old Barns - Green Oaks - Shortts Lake). Former Brookfielder Eric Boutilier (Dist. 1 - Bible Hill) replaces fellow SCHS grad, Mike Cooper (Dist 4 - Stewiacke Valley) as Alternate Chair of county council. Nice to have a prominent Brookfield/SCHS presence at the Municipality! Jack Roop was acclaimed as Chair of the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex Board of Directors at the AGM. Speaking of past SCHS stars, hoopster Sheila Sears (Bev, the late Art), circa 1978, has a burgeoning star in her son Anthony - he was a member of the Nova Scotia U15 team which won a Bronze medal at the Nationals this past summer in Kamloops, defeating Alberta 65-62. The 6'2" athlete is a Grade 10 student at Dr. J H Gillis School in Antigonish. Other basketballers of note are grand-kids of Hugh and Judy Matheson - Isaac Matheson (Nick, Lori) of Bedford, and Jewel Woolfitt (Jonathan, Jodie); both were invitees to the High Performance Evaluation Camp, led by instructor, former NBA player and Coach, Leo Rautins. On the pebbled ice, the Steve MacKeil rink (Mike MacKeil, Terry Isenor, Ted Wellwood) won the Stanfield Bonspiel at the Brookfield Curling Club, downing the 'evergreen' team lead by Elmer Archibald (Lisa, Terry, and Laura Henderson) in the final. The Brookfield hockey team defended their title at the Sherbrooke Tournament - team members (mostly former Junior Elks) were Bobby Sill, Jack Roop, Charlie Fleming, Cole Baker, Ryan Ellis, Mark Kennedy, Tyler Medaglia, Jay Duffy, Patrick Stewart, Jamie Works, Lee Nelson, Troy and Cory Sutherland.

    The Volleyball season was a successful one at South Colchester Academy - the Senior Girls team, led by Coaches Aschaelle Sill and Randy Kelly, won the Northumberland Region, and hosted the provincials. The Wolves finished 6th with a 1-2 mark in a very competitive 8 team event, with West Kings, Par-en-Bas, and SAERC (Strait) medaling. The team featured Jade MacDougall, Mariah Hatfield, and Hayley Elliott as seniors, as well as Hannah Boutlier, Clarissa Pasion, Emily Kelly, Ece Perry, Emily Rushton, Holly Wry, Emma and Erica Fisher. The Paul Tufts-coached Senior Boys team advanced to provincials via a qualifier, and finished 4th at Cape Breton Highlands School - players included Jack Lewis, Jordan Crouse, Joe Ryan, Rodger Dash, Jayden Cameron, Cole Mockford, Matthew Porter, Yuki Oroda, Caio Valadao, Nigel and Jesse Graham, Alex and Michael Zhou. Coach Justin Stewart did an admirable job, leading the Junior Boys team to a Regional title - medalists were Aidan Fisher, Landan Ryan, Lucas Kelly, Dom Moores, Gabe England, Tristen Sutherland, Cole McCallum, Travis McAndrew, Jayden Holmes, Brad Hatfield, Eric Fields, and Tristan Burton. November Athletes of the Month were:  Senior Volleyball - Jade MacDougall, Jack Lewis; Junior Volleyball - Nicole Arseneau, Bradley Hatfield; Jr JV - Jeslyn Searle.

    When SCHS was de-commissioned, the School Advisory Council at the time (2002-3) insisted that the Grad Class Photos, that had adorned the hall walls, be saved for posterity, even as it was known they would not be displayed in the new SCA. The solution was to have “composite photos” done (much reduced in size), and kept in the new school’s library. The originals have been in storage for 15+ years - that time has not been kind to them, and some are not in very good condition. The current SAC welcomes suggestions as to what to do with the originals, many of which are quite large. To date ideas have run the gamut from making them available to individuals on request or by auction, to have them curated somewhere (maybe a museum?), to putting them in the recycle bin. Anyone wishing to be heard, is asked to email Principal Armstrong  and/or SAC executive members Wayne Paquet or Mike Henderson BEFORE the next SAC meeting on January 28, when a decision will be made based on input.

    Sunrise Crest resident Bill Kennedy, who is a big man, has an even more enormous heart - he made his annual, very large donation to the Eagle's coffers - we are most grateful! A reminder that you can get your edition of the Eagle immediately by providing your email address to BMC Eagleavoid postal disruptions, and help us use less paper (and stamps) by getting the Eagle on line (or at the community website - www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca). Please introduce newcomers/neighbours to the Eagle - we love to provide it free to all our citizens!
    Chris Bernard has received her long-awaited knee replacement and hopes to be back on the fairways at BGC come April! Club man Don Harvey, had his surgery postponed - his artificial patella is pending.

    The United Church of Canada is re-organizing their governance structure, eliminating the Presbytery level – the northern NS region (Truro Presbytery) held their final meeting at Knox with 80 members in attendance. They were pleased with the hospitality extended, and the remarkable volunteer effort, led by Lisa Henderson and Evelyn Negus, that provided them with a wonderful dinner. Remember the Food for the Spirit Concert, in support of the Colchester Food Bank, is Sunday Dec.16 at Knox - it is always a treat. Brookfield Elementary School hosts their Christmas concert on December 19 - showtimes are 9:30 (Grades P-3) and 1:30 (Grades 4-6). On Friday, December 21, 7 PM, come to the Baptist Church for “An Evening of Carols and Music for Christmas’ – social time to follow, free-will offering. Christmas Eve service at BBC is 6:30; at Knox United at 4 and 10 PM. All Around the Circle Senior Citizens host their meeting and luncheon on Tuesday December 18 at 12 noon at the Sportsplex - come along for a delicious meal and entertainment.

    We hope all have the happiest possible Holiday season - we are tres excited about seeing a multitude of friends and family come home to Brookfield!! Remember to join us at the BMC Christmas party on Monday the 17th!

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