Volume 28, Issue 6
The Brookfield Mens' Club (BMC) will mark the 80th Anniversary since their founding in 1937 at the February meeting. As has been the tradition in the recent past, it will be a dinner meeting, with Club-men encouraged to invite their family members.  The program committee has engaged former Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor to speak about his book on the history and development of milk cartage in South Colchester throughout the 20th century. We hope all BMC-ers and their guests can attend - if you have not already, contact Mike @ 673-2769 with your RSVP and number of guests. The full-service, multi-course meal is priced very reasonably at $15/person. Note the special time and place - 6:30 PM on Monday, Feb. 20, at the All Around the Circle Senior's lounge at the Sportsplex.

The Eagle did get his pre-playoffs Super Bowl prediction correct, though the New England Patriots looked done like dinner with about 20 minutes - even 5 minutes! - left on the game clock. A comeback for the ages; credit is due to the franchise which has achieved so much in a salary cap era, which makes sustained excellence so hard to attain, especially in the National Football League. Now if something could be done about their overly-entitled fan base, who may approach a certain NHL team's for insufferability!

Brookfield Curling Club members lost loved ones - Sean Norwich's Dad, Peter died in Truro; and Sherrill Burns of Kennetcook, a fixture at the club for 25 years, went to her reward. Her husband Leroy is a Past-President and highly-valued member of the BCC, and was recipient of last year's Turk Henderson Memorial Award for contributions to the Great Community Curling Classic. Former Brookfielder William Sears, Jr. passed away at 66; he held his doctorate in Physics, and was a highly regarded professor and research scientist – he had been Physics Department Head at Lakehead University. He was a SCHS grad and former 569 Air Cadet Squardron Flight Sergeant. He leaves mother Fran and brother Brian, as well as his wife Susan, two children and grandchildren. Former resident Ira Fisher, Sr. died in Ontario, sons George, Ed, and Tim and daughter Dawn reside in the Truro - Stewiacke area. Former Sportsplex Board Chairman Dave Armsworthy's father Paul of Onslow Mountain passed away after an illness - nice to see so many of Dave's clan home from Alberta, and cheering Paul's grand-daughter Dr. Karla's fine shot-making at the BCC. Laurie "Robbie" Miller of Stewiacke East, a proud SCHS alumnus, former SCMHA president and long-time schoolteacher died - he was husband to Pat (Ross) Miller, who grew up on Densmore Drive. Wayne Johnson’s sister, Barb Mitchell formerly of Kemptown, passed away. Shirley MacKenzie-Campbell passed at Elk Court - she had been married to the late Ken Campbell; they resided at Shortt's Lake. Brookfield Elks 1960s hockey star Ken Marchant's brother-in-law, Ralph Fiske died; he was a former provincial cabinet minister in the 1970s Regan government. We extend condolences to all who mourn.

Congratulations to Jenny Blacklock and Michael Anderson of Bell  Road on the birth of their son, Keel Gabbani Anderson-Blacklock, a half-brother for Aitreya and Yemaya Pollock. Donalda (Dickie) and Jim Dickey’s son Angus, married Bear River native Morgan Selig in Banff. Ben Fraser, son of Scott and Heather (grandparents Wayne and Helen O’Neil) was named to the tournament All-Star team at the very prestigious Ice Jam tournament in Metro. This event featured the top 16 Major Bantom hockey teams in the Atlantic provinces! Maurice Crowell's son Phil, a graduate of  BCC's Junior program won his FOURTH Nova Scotia Mens Curling Championship with the Murphy rink of the Halifax CC, and will head to the Brier in St. Johns, Newfoundland. On the distaff side, Jill Alcoe-Holland, wife of Elks' standout shortstop Doug Holland, realized her goal, playing second stone on the Mary Mattatall rink which won the provincial Ladies Championship. They will attend the National Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ontario next week! Best of luck to both these ardent sweepers! Stop in to the newly-relocated Jimolly's Cafe at the end of Inglis Place to see the amazing renovations wrought by owners Heidi, Mitch and Kim Cooke, and enjoy their fine menu and pleasing environs.

Thanks so much to kind contributors Dennis and Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury, former Club-man Jim (and Shirley) McNutt of Truro and Elaine (Ross) Healy from balmy (?!?) Wasaga Beach, Ontario for their generous support of the Eagle! The Brookfield Athletic Association wrapped up a successful 2016 at their annual General Meeting in January. They wish to extend thanks to the many volunteers who help with, and support their projects, that allow them to continue to sponsor recreational activities for all ages and both genders in the area. Their fund-raisers, notably the Whing Ding and Sports Draw/Big Game Hunt, but also the Golf Scramble (July 8 this year) and the hockey pools, were well supported, and continue to provide enjoyment to all involved. The executive of Mike Henderson, Julie Walters, Robert Putnam, and Pib Henderson were returned to office.

Chris Bernard had her second knee replacement in the past months - she expects to be fully able to defend her Brookfield Golf Club crown come spring. Youngster Meah (Brad, Megan) Sutherland is sporting a foot to hip cast, helping to repair her broken leg suffered on the ski hill. Tammy Sill broke her leg also. Velma Fisher was hospitalized for a few days. Don Hazelton was hospitalized for treatment of an embolism; Edith Watson and Ron Morrell also spent time in hospital. We wish all a speedy return to health.

It is nice to see Brian and Gwen (Cooke) Campbell (both are no strangers) back in Brookfield; they have built a lovely retirement home on Densmore Lane. Welcome back!

We get to see a lot of the Ottawa Senators NHL games on our TVs - they are always competitive, but sometimes struggle to score. Recently three Brookfielders were in attendance at their game versus Edmonton - dare we say had the small, but mighty trio of brothers-in-law - (Mitchell Cooke, Ryan Ellis, and Tyler Medaglia) been granted a tryout with the Sens, the ultra-speedy, rugged line would not have looked out of place?!? Later Mitch and wife Kim attended a trade show in Montreal and took in a Habs' game. Keiver and Bev Read visited daughter Meghan in Calgary. Brian and Sherry Stewart enjoyed some beach time in Jamaica, while Ric, Wendy, Steve and Krista Locke, and Ardith Ross sunned on Florida's Gulf coast. Larry and Susanne Harrison and Gerry and Sandra Brenton spent some quality time in Florida. Janet and Aubrey Armstrong vacationed in Cuba; Brian Clarke made separate trips there and to the Dominican Republic. Danique Henderson shot the photographic record of a wedding in Mexico. Peter Hazelton was home from the Oshawa area to assist parents Don and Doady. Harding Nelson and family were home to visit from Ottawa. Son David and daughter Nancy hosted a sizable throng for the 80th birthday celebration for their father, Club-Man and past Eagle Award recipient, Bob Lawrence.

Get your calendars ready - lots of upcoming events you need to record! In addition to the BMC Anniversary Dinner Meeting on Feb. 20 mentioned above, please note the Annual Ladies Night celebrations will be held on April 17 this year. In addition to the fine dining and hi-jinks, the Eagle Award will be presented that night to a deserving recipient, who has helped "make our community great"! Please send any nominations to Award committee Chairman Charlie Burnett at cburnett@ns.sympatico.ca or 673-2302. Deadline for nominations is March 26. Also in April - the 22nd, to be specific, will be the second edition of the Youth Expo, hosted by the Women That Hunt. This event, which drew huge crowds last year, runs from 9 AM- 4 PM, and features amazing exhibits and demonstrations, copious door prizes, all while promoting activities related to the outdoors, fitness, art, nutrition, community programs, and overall better health and wellness. The theme is Expose - Educate - Inspire. For more info contact 902-986-7010 and go to www.theyouthexpo.com.

The Brookfield Curling Club has a couple of major events on tap - on Saturday March 11, the annual St. Patrick's Day Bonspiel will fill the club with very colourful garb (and curlers). This event typically sells out, so register soon via Josh McCallum at 673-2141 or joshandjessi@eastlink.ca. Many at the St. Patrick's event, and several more will descend on the BCC from March 31- April 2 for the 28th Annual Great Community Curling Classic, a fun-filled, low cost event which brings curlers of all levels, from near and far together to wrap up the season. Contact Mike (mdhenderson@eastlink.ca), Lisa (lisamhenderson@hotmail.com) or Pibb (don@stewiackehomehardware.com) for more info or to register a team or as an individual. The Chase the Ace contest continues on Thursday evenings at the curling club - the pot will be around $5000 this week! Drop in from 7-8:30, help support the Sportsplex, and maybe take home a bundle of cash!

    The Brookfield Community Assembly, originated over 20 years ago to advocate with a variety of governments, and other groups on behalf of betterment of our community, has their Annual Meeting upcoming in late April. The BCA has led the charge for numerous improvements, upgrades, events, etc. since the mid-90s, but now needs some support by way of new volunteer blood. The BCA has several key community organizations appoint representatives - namely, the BAA, Home and School, Knox and Baptist churches, Fire and Emergency Services, the BMC, SCA student rep, and our county councilor. There also 7 elected members, with spots open to be filled at the AGM. If you wish to be a part of, or would just like more info, please contact Rod Nielsen (890-0714, responder.rod@gmail.com ), Kathy Best (673-3350, keithbest@tru.eastlink.ca), or Geoff Stewart (673-3039 gstewart@colchester.ca). Please give this serious consideration - the BCA has a vital role to play, and it is well worth supporting. The BCA is updating our community website www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca and would like all community groups that have a page on the site to provide updates and send to info@brookfieldnovascotia.ca or if you would like to be added to the site.

The All Around the Circle group hosts their monthly meeting on Tuesday February 21 – meal at noon! Price is $7.00 for members and $9.00 for non-members. We will be introducing the new Wii console and teaching folks how to play bowling, baseball, tennis and more. You will be able to use the Wii on Monday afternoons at our Drop In/Drop Off, 1 pm – 4 pm. Card games and cribbage ($2 fee) begin on Wednesday Evenings at 7:30.

There will be a public meeting regarding the sidewalk construction on Carter Road at the Brookfield Fire Hall on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6 – 8:00 pm. Concept drawings will be available for viewing.  An Orientation session for anyone wishing to use the Fitness Centre at SCA will be held there Wednesday, February 15, 7 P.M. There is no cost (!) to use the gym, but one must complete the 1 hour familiarization session, regardless of their level of experience with the equipment.

With so much fake or “alternate” news clogging social media, we can guarantee what you read in the Eagle is correct, at least more often than it is wrong (!). If you want your Eagle faster, plus saving the BMC postage, send your email address to BMCeagle@eastlink.ca and we will send it to you immediately. Hard copies of the Eagle are still available at the retail outlets around “the corner” and at the Seniors ’apartments.

Hope to see you at the Anniversary dinner meeting February 20, 6:30 - remember to RSVP at once if you haven't already!

The Eagle