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December 2020
Volume 32, Issue 4

The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) will hold their Christmas party meeting on Monday, December 21 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. Protocols for this and previous meetings have been established with regard to physical distancing, mask-wearing, and food-handling, so all members (and guests!) can feel comfortable in attending. President Win Matheson promises to keep the business portion of the session brief, allowing lots of time for the crack committee of John Matheson, Charlie Burnett, Geoff Stewart, and Herb MacFarlane to supply the fun and entertainment. Lunch will WRAP up the festivities, and put a BOW on the evening; gift exchange scrubbed for this year. We hope you can make it out on the 21st!

    The November BMC gathering saw the troop hosted by the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service (BFES), who provided information and demonstration on their state-of-the-art equipment; and then made sure the club-men went home with full bellies! The meeting did confirm the continuance of a long tradition, the Christmas Decorating Contest. Instead of the judges packed into a van, this coronavirus year will undergo a sea change. A "Virtual Christmas Decorating Celebration". Please post exterior photos of your lit-up home to Village of Brookfield FaceBook page so all can share and enjoy. Take a moment, take a photo, and post it for those who may not be able to get out to see the lights at this special time of year! The BMC has erected their Christmas tree and star at the corner.  Errata in November issue should say 'where Elm St. meets Trunk 2' (not 289); and Tanyia was mis-spelled.

    Covid-19 has reduced much of the happier parts of our existence, but fortunately there are still bright rays piercing the gloomy stratus clouds. Among these we celebrate the marriage of our congenial pharmacist Rod MacQuarrie, who married Danielle Pinkney. Rod is a compassionate professional, clearly providing instruction and kindness with his dispensing skill. We are thrilled to have two Brookfielders move back to our community after a much-travelled career in the Canadian Armed Forces - Stephen Dewar and his wife Krista (MacKenzie), along with eldest son Devan, have moved into their new home on the Old Halifax Road. They have become fixtures at the Curling Club, joining forces with Krista's brother Kraig, and his wife Julie. Another pleasing addition to both the BCC and our area is the talented Jessica Chapman, she a product of the Fair Maiden Reciprocity Agreement (FMRA) Brookfield signed with Souris, PEI. A while back we sent them the charming Charlene Locke, making a home there with her farming hubby Ben Ching; Prince County native Jessica has moved to a Cloverdale home with her beau, Devan Graham. On Carter Road we welcome Burnside native Danny Graham (son of Rhonda and Logan Graham, and nephew to Stephen Dewar), his wife Vicki, and their three kids (Aubrey, Max, Alex). They are renting the Hugh Carter house; that estate having been purchased by Josh Archibald and Karla Armsworthy. Duane and Connie Stewart have placed a mini-home on the former Latter/Stanton property adjacent to Alison Read on the Upper Brookfield Road. Congratulations and welcome to all!  Several have been pleasantly surprised to see a family of otters cavorting in the Wetlands Trail ponds. On a late November morning, the aquatic acrobats were happy to show off for onlookers, poking holes with their heads through the thin layer of ice, and saucily chirping at their audience, submerging, and then popping up through the ice 15 metres away. Thanks to Lafarge for maintaining the trails-- it is a delightful spot, with each of the four seasons displaying decidedly different looks and environs. The Eagle passes along a most sincere thank you to all the businesses, groups, organizations, and individuals who gave very generously to the Christmas Index program - even without the bellwether House Tours to focus givings, the campaign was a big success - mucho gracias! Thanks to Anne and Dave Delaney for their kind donation to the BMC in memory of her brother, the late, esteemed Bill Kennedy; likewise to annual correspondents from SW Ontario, Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Bird, who allowed us to splurge on bird seed!

    Congratulations are also extended to Susan Hamilton, R.N. of Port Williams - she completed the Nurse Practitioner program, and is now ministering to the health needs of the populace at a clinic in New Germany (though slowed recently by a broken ankle!). Susan's husband is Glen Stewart, formerly of Hamilton Ave. Nathan Henderson of Bedford, grandson to Phil and Judy (parents Pete, Kathy) earned his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Owen Mullen (Greg, Ainsley) was selected to the National Junior (U-19) Golf team after a selection camp on Vancouver Island!  Well done Susan, Nathan, Owen!  Natalie MacKay, Bob’s daughter has accepted a hockey scholarship to St. Thomas University.  She has been a member of Nova Scotia’s U16 and U18 terms, and leads the provincial league in goals and points. Athletes of the Month at SCA for October were soccer players - Senior Girls Morgan Countway (Brent, Kelly) and Taylor Lowe; Senior Boys Isaac Kennedy and Aidan Fisher, and Junior Boys Colby Brown (Kim, Mark) and Ben Stewart. Citations for November went to volleyballers: Senior Girls Nicole Arseneau (Vince, Kendra), Holly Wry (Dana, Christine); JV Girls Kaly Graham (Lesley, Glenn) and Payton Rankin; Junior Girls Sophia MacKenzie (Craig, Kim) and Olivia Bailey; Senior Boys Matt Porter, Brad Hatfield (Rob, Amanda), and Jr Boys Will Stewart and Gavin Harrison (Brent, Meredith). The closures/postponements brought on by the coronavirus had a heavy impact on the Sportsplex finances. With strong helmsmen Jack Roop, Mark Kennedy, and Brian Archibald steering Directors Jamie Reid, Garth Perrin, Claudette McDonald, John MacDougall, Robert Putnam, Peter Matheson, Andrew Sears, Alison and Keiver Read, and Mike and Pibb Henderson, it is hoped and expected 2020-2021 will yield improved results. 
    From one ink-stained wretch to another, we are pleased to see the Truro News arise, phoenix-like from the ashes of a Saltwire purge. Great to have Lyle Carter's beloved column back in print; and we enjoyed seeing in the accompanying Colchester Wire a feature on successful local businesswoman Corinna Upham, who balances motherhood with running her successful Upham Family Outlet (UFO) store. Plaudits and expressions of gratitude are also sent to all who made the Brookfield Athletic Association's (BAA) 84th Annual Sports Draw and Hunt Contest a smashing success.  Co-Chairs Robert Putnam and Hugh Matheson deserve tons of credit; typically they deflected it to the many sellers, prize partners and suppliers, volunteers, ticket purchasers, and Roop's Esso for providing the weighing site. The Sports Draw was crucial in this bizarre year, which saw the BAA's other fund-raisers blunted if not, shuttered. Incredibly the Sports Draw/BAA was able to donate nearly $12,000 to charities - $ 2100 EACH went to Feed Nova Scotia, Hub House Homeless Shelter, and the Canadian Red Cross; the sales partnerships with Canadian Tire and Truro Atlantic Superstore were presented with $3400 and $2400 respectively for their in-house charities JumpStart (CT), which appropriately helps reduce financial barriers to sport participation, and Superstore's Hub House program. The BAA also contributes $10,500 to the Minor Hockey Association via purchasing ice time and reducing registration costs for parents, as well as being the largest sponsor of the Jr. Elks hockey club.  Sports Draw Grand Prize winners were Curtis Slaunwhite of Terence Bay, he was very pleased that the growing prize pot reached an incredible $44,002; Upper Stewiacke's Trueman Russell, a few years removed as an SCA grad, who was over the moon with his prize of $5000 in Superstore Gift cards; the snowblower donated by Canadian Tire went to Diane MacMillan of Queensland; the Gas generator donated by SCHS alums Gord and Denice MacDonald went to Port Hawkesbury's Howard Sleep, and $500 gift card donated by MacQuarries Pharmasave went to Ron Downing of Bible Hill. The heaviest buck weighed in at 254 pounds, was bagged by Rick Croft, while the biggest doe (176) was harvested by archer David Budgen. The Bowhunter buck (225) was taken by Travis Edwards, while locals Danica Ellis and Laura Fudge had the heaviest buck and doe harvested by females - respectively 198 and 96.5 lbs. Check the website for all the winners - www.brookfieldelks.ca. The BAA Annual General Meeting will be in late January; new participants definitely welcomed!!

    We extend condolences on behalf of the community to Margie (Archibald) Johnson and adult children (Alison, Vernon, Lauren) and grandchildren on the passing of husband and Dad, Sid at 72. The former Brentwood Flyer was friends with many from his days delivering for Canada Post, and for raising beef cattle. All around good-guy, and consummate professional dry-wall artisan Ross Graham died in Upper Stewiacke.  He was Dad to Patti Densmore and sons Mike and Todd, brother to Bev Sears and friend to many others, Pleasant Valley native Phillip Nelson's wife Sandi, RN, B.N., and mother of two, died in Halifax at age 70.  Cancer claimed the life of affable Donnie Cameron, 61, of Shortts Lake, only a few weeks after his diagnosis.  He will be much missed by wife Shanda, daughters Abby and Ginny (Shann Singer), grandsons Will and Cooper Singer, and his many friends.  He was a valued member of the Executive of the Brookfield Curling Club.  Shanda’s Dad, Bill Queripel of Shortts Lake/Shubenacadie passed away. Billy Bonnell, brother to Middle Stewiacke's Susan Hamilton, died at 56 in Bible Hill. Sympathies to Cathy Fanning (former Elk hurler Walter's wife), whose Mum, Catherine Goodall, longtime Pictou County resident, slipped away at 91 in Wynn Park.  Jim “Flipper” Lynds, 62 of Harmony died – he was known to many as a member of the Hollywoodchucks social club.  Marg Pirie, 96, former music teacher at BRHS, died in Debert.  Carolyn Nelson’s brother, Reggie Pulsifer, 60 of Onslow Mountain died.  Claire Castle, formerly of Middle Musquodoboit, died at Elk Court. Frank Lambert, 61 son of SCHS French teacher Gisele Eddy died in Greenfield.  Frank was a well known drama teacher who passionately produced many notable musicals at CEC during his career. David "Spud" Stevenson has been pounding the pavement as part of his rehab from surgery; while his good wife Susan is also on the mend - she from surgery on a shattered elbow! We all are happy to have Velma Fisher home after a stay in hospital.

    Hard to believe it has been 40 years since two diametrically opposed happenstances, one bringing great joy, the other much sorrow - August 31,1980 - the home-grown Brookfield Elks won the Canadian Senior Mens Fastpitch Championship, bringing much adulation to the village, as the first team ever east of Ontario to win that title. Just over three months later, we were shocked by the senseless murder on a Manhattan street of the peace-loving, 40 year old John Lennon by a deranged fan; we can only "Imagine" what might have been had the world's big-wigs listened to that tune…..

    Great to see locals Ben Fraser (Scott, Heather) and Debert's Sam Archibald, son of Stephanie and Pat, and grand-son of Velma Fisher - contributing in a big way to the Truro Jr Bearcats hockey team. The Major Bantam Bearcats (U15) are undefeated in elite-level Provincial play, and feature a scad of local products, including puck-stopper Colby Brown (Mark, Kim), stalwart blueliners Logan Roop (Andrew) and Jack Sullivan (Jeff, Pam), forwards Wyatt Countway (Brent, Kelly) and Matt Merryweather (Darcy, Margo). Shortts Lake's Greg Mullen guides the talented aggregation, assisted by Jeff Sullivan.

    Remembrance Day was muted - the BMC arranged for the laying of 30-some wreaths prior to 10 AM; and Larry Harrison and Lori Nielsen combined for a prayer and trumpet rendition of Last Post and Reveille at 11 before about 45 persons. Surely 2021 will have the usual parade, band, complete ceremony, and huge throng to help all remember the sacrifices of so many. The annual Food for the Spirit Christmas Concert, so eagerly awaited by many, has been cancelled - however the beneficiary - the Colchester Food Bank, has not been forgotten! On Sunday December 13, Help Stuff a Truck in support of the Food Bank will be held from 11 AM - 4 PM at Knox Church. Donations of groceries or cash will be graciously accepted at that time. (As the Eagle may not reach you in time to alert you to this, donations can be arranged by contacting Leah at 956-0922.)

On behalf of the Mens Club, the Eagle wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - no doubt one different than ever before, as we will miss seeing friends and loved ones, but we shall press on, and look forward to better times as we begin the millennium's third decade 

                                              The Eagle