December 2019

Volume 31, Issue 4

If November is a portent, we may be in for a lengthy, cold, precipitation-heavy, and windy winter - surely all have their snow tires on by now!!?? The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) will do their best to warm spirits with their Christmas meeting/party on Monday December 16, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. All are welcome - please bring something for the gift exchange and an item that will go to the Food Bank. Program head John Matheson and his elves promise a night of fine food and fun - songs, games and contests precede the unwrapping of gifts. Please join us!

The BMC will once again sponsor the Christmas Decorations Contest, inviting all in our area to participate - the judges cover Shortt’s Lake, Pleasant Valley, Upper, East and North Brookfield, Brentwood and Forest Glen, as well as the urban core. (John protests that the eastern end of Carter Rd. is annually bypassed, but all that whine needs, however, is some cheese and a tiny violin!) Sometimes there is difficulty securing enough judges, but when new BMC member Dale Fisher volunteered, a deluge of applicants followed suit, so no worries about broad representation. At the time of writing, judging night uncertain - best to leave lights on for both Dec 22 AND 23.

    The correct info AT THE TIME appeared in the November edition - shortly after publication, the days/dates were changed - so now the delicious Wing Nites at the Curling Club are TUESDAYS, from 4:30 - 8:30 - open to all - come and join the swelling crowd. Similarly, the Food Bank Concert at Knox will be Sunday December 15 at 7 PM (not the 22nd), admission is via monetary or non-perishable food items in aid of the Colchester Food Bank..

    The 24th Christmas House Tours were a smash - this event annually brings many visitors here - we chatted with four ladies who "never miss" - from Brooklyn!! There are so many to thank for this - the organizing Unit 3 of the UCW, the people who open their homes and businesses, the Train Station directors who host terrific dinners on both nights, the crafters who display their wares, the volunteer drivers, servers, and those who decorate the sanctuary at Knox, the owners and staff of Forest Glen Greenhouses who coordinate their Open House, and of course the patrons/’tourists’/ ticket buyers! As a community we are beholden to you. Special mention to the ‘home-owners’ - Tammy and Scott Armstrong, Tanya and Paul Fowler, Mabel and Sandy Barber, the impressive Shortt’s Lake Vista Condos (prop. Christopher McKenney), the historic Train Station, and the beyond-description Christmas Village 'built' by Eydie Teas at the Brookfield Golf Club, (thanks to Richard Sutherland for his help in moving and providing the venue) which she generously kept open for a fortnight after the Tours to allow school kids and others to witness! Joyeux Noel to all who participated! But that is not all - in conjunction with the Tours was the Festival of Trees and Stockings, which filled Knox Hall.  The following lengthy list decorated trees and/or contributed enormous stockings filled with presents are given to the Christmas Index program to bring much joy and comfort to the less fortunate. The donors included MacQuarrie’s Pharmasave, Roop's Esso & Tim Hortons, Lafarge, UCW Units 1, 2, 3, and 7; Brookfield Fire Service, Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA), Brookfield Lumber Co., "Crown Jewels" (Red Hat Society), All Around the Circle Seniors Club, Brookfield Bakery & Hurricane Heidi's Cafe, Brookfield Sportsplex Pre-School, Knox Explorers, Brandt Apartment # 29, Brookfield Elementary School, and several anonymous individuals who made monetary donations.  Christmas Spirit is thriving in Brookfield!
      The 83
rd edition of the Brookfield Elks Sports Draw and Hunt Contest Grand Prizes winners are: Grand Prize – 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited from Blaikie’s – Robert Rudolph, Dartmouth; $5000 Gift Card from Atlantic Superstore – Russell Smith, Lyons Brook; 24” Snowblower from Canadian Tire – Jody Walker, HRM; Scott Mountain Bike from Bike Monkey – Kevin MacIssac, Pictou; $500 MacQuarrie’s Gift Card – Buddy Yorke, Five Islands. Salesperson Prize went to Payzant Home Hardware. Hunt prizes still TBD – watch for in the January Eagle!

      The Eagle wishes to thank Bill Kennedy for his very generous donation - big Bill is residing in All Saints Hospital in Springhill; make a jaunt to Cumberland and pay him a visit! Congratulations to Joanne Hatfield, an integral part of the Thundermakers band, who along with leader Alan Syliboy, won the Nova Scotia Music Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year. Calvin Locke, grandson of Shirley and the late Glen Locke, was on the winning team at the World Senior Candlepin Bowling event recently held in Moncton. Calvin is Geoff and Debbie’s son, grew up in Fredericton, and currently lives with his wife Julie in Moncton. The South Colchester Academy Wolves Senior Girls volleyball team defeated Hants East High 3-1 to win the Northumberland Region crown. The team, coached by Randy Kelly and Alysha MacSwain, and managed by SCHS alum Julie Kelly, consisted of seniors Erica Fisher, Clarissa Pasion, Emma Fisher, Hannah Boutilier, Emily Kelly, Sarah Kennedy, and sophmores/juniors Emily Rushton, Taylor Lowe, Holly Wry, Nicole Arseneau, Maddie Hunt, Maddison Singer, and alternates Micaela Leedham and Billie Jo Fralick. They advanced to the provincials in Port Hawkesbury, and placed 7th. The Sr. Boys team, ably guided by Paul Tufts, won a Qualifier, and also went to Provincials, theirs in the ‘Heart of the Valley’ (Middleton). Their squad downed Annapolis West to win the bronze medal, and featured Jack Lewis, Jordan Crouse, Jayden Cameron, Roger Dash, Eric Fields, Aiden Fisher, Brad Hatfield, Landon Ryan, Lucas Kelly, and Matthew Porter.  Gord and Myrna Matheson’s grand-daughter Talia Vydykhan (Pam, Oleg) paced her C.P. Allen High team to the provincial volleyball championship. Dr. Beth Mudge guided her team of Senior Citizens to the Stanfield's Challenge Bonspiel title at the Brookfield Curling Club - she managed to keep Ernie Glinz, Mike Henderson, and Ken Cox alert enough to cop a last rock, tap-back for four, a 6-3 win over Laurie Cochrane, Pibb Henderson, Paul Kenrick, and Kent Loughead.  Reminder to curlers near and far, other 'spiels are set for February 8, and the Great Community Curling Classic will be March 27-29 - plan now on participating in either/both.
      BMClub-man Bob Lawrence coordinated a meaningful Remembrance Day service, which drew a terrific crowd to the Veterans’ Memorial. Padres Larry Harrison and Mike W. Henderson led the way; forty wreaths were laid. Joanne Hatfield conducted a wind and brass ensemble that added to the day (Flute – Shelley MacLeod, saxophones – Anna Hamilton, Mike Henderson, Krista McMullin, Ardith Ross, trombone – Derek Jones, trumpets – Jane Meadus and the mother-daughter pair of Lori and Erica Nielsen, who soared with the Last Post and Reveille). Most of the throng enjoyed a post-service hot lunch at Knox.
    The legacy of the late Vic and Geraldine Burrows continues to expand - now up to 8 great-grandchildren! In recent months Joan (Burrows) and Terry Fisher's daughter Jenanne and A. J. MacLean have a new son Lachlan, in Toronto; while Graham and Elizabeth's daughter Morgan and Andrew Meekins have a baby girl in Great Village. Victor would be proudly showing photos on his iPhone!! Jonas Lawrence, (David’s son), grandson of Bob and Jean Lawrence, was MC over the X ring ceremony for 900 pending St. F. X. grads. Our very talented Sarah Matheson has embarked on a new adventure and has moved to Redcliffe, Alberta. Good luck Sarah!
      Among those passing were long-time Lafarge employee Jack Wamboldt...Molly Campbell- Gregson, mother to popular local TIR employee, Peter...in Truro, John Fitzgerald, Dad to Megan Burgess (former Elks hockey star, Ike's wife) and Stella Fortune in Sydney - she was mother of former BES teacher (and now Hilden School Principal), Lynn Kaulbach. Condolences to all who grieve.
      Jodie and Jewel Woolfitt and Kathy and Camden Weatherbee spent the US Thanksgiving weekend in New York City.  Herb and Betty MacFarlane, visited daughter Krista and family on The Rock. Charlie and Janet Burnett visited Janet’s brother in our nation’s capital. Danique Henderson attended an international horse show in Oklahoma City. Kathy and Danny Dean, and daughters Holly and Jill from Calgary, flew to the Sunshine State to visit son/brother Mark to have an early family Christmas.
     Brookfield native and former member of the Sportsplex Board of Directors, Rene Belanger was playing basketball on a cruise ship near the U S Virgin Islands when he suffered a severe heart attack; fortunately first responders and the ship's medical staff  were well-trained and equipped, zapping Rene four times with a defibrillator, and stabilizing him as the ship made haste for Boston. Eventually he was flown home to Moncton - he had procedures there and in Saint John, and is happily on the road to recovery.  BMC-er Don Hamilton was hospitalized as well as Darrell Wright.

All Around the Circle will host their Christmas meeting on Tuesday December 17; doors open at 11:30; lunch at 12 (guests welcomed!), with meeting and entertainment to follow.  Brookfield Elementary School will perform their Christmas concert on Wednesday December 18, with the Primary - Grade 2 kids on from 9:25-10:25; followed at 1:30 by the Grades 3-6 children. Get there early for a seat!  Felix Pelkey turns 99 on the 16th, he will be excused from attending the BMC party. Edna Graham will celebrate her 90th at Knox Church Hall on December 29 from 2 – 4 PM – All welcome to join her. As mentioned earlier, the Food Bank Concert will be December 15, 7 PM at Knox, and the BMC Christmas party will be Monday, December 16, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station - hope to see you at both!

The Eagle