January 2020

Volume 31, Issue 5

HAPPY NEW YEAR to our readers far and wide - may it be a healthy, happy, and fulfilling twelve months. Despite what the mass media says, we are NOT embarking on a new decade, but commencing the last year of the second decade of the 2000s. So, the Eagle will happily resist the urge to publish any inane, and mathematically incorrect "best of decade" lists, as the newspapers, television networks, etc., can't seemingly wait to do.

Last January, the Eagle gave the provincial government a VERY generous 6 year time-frame to replace the Creamery Brook bridge on Highway 289 - a year is in the books, and nothing definite has come from the province or the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. An unofficial indication suggests work may be slated for 2022, which, if honored, would satisfy the ultimatum, but too-often dates like this grow legs! So, the Brookfield Mens' Club (BMC), the Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA), and our local elected representatives will continue to apply pressure.

The BMC-ers enjoyed a spirited Christmas meeting and party, led by the program committee of John Matheson, Charlie Burnett, Herb MacFarlane, and Don Hamilton, who arranged a terrific lunch, a carol sing, and several challenging contests. Prexy Win Matheson mused that we may need to provide a shuttle service to the meetings, as the list of absentees was too long?!?  The missing were deprived of a heaping dose of the Holiday spirit, and in turn we missed them - we are confident that improved attendance/less truancy is among the members' New Year's resolutions!

    The BMC was delighted to oversee the Christmas Decorations Contest - a van full of judges looking like the Judean shepherds (surely not the Wise Men??!?), travelled the area looking for the perfect light!  There was no single star shining over a manger, but several very worthy recipients of treasured BMC citations: Best Magical Theme - Colin and Jacqueline MacPhee of Cottage Lane;  Best Neo-Modern Theme - newer Brentwood residents (Trunk 2) Brandon and Katelyn David; Best Christmas Tree Theme - Bev and Keiver Read, also on Trunk 2 in Brentwood;  Best Winter Scene - Stephen Henderson and Tracey Williams of Densmore Lane; Best Commercial - Brandt Lane Apartments; Best Christmas Card Theme - Gord and Myrna Matheson of Carter Rd.;  Best Religious Theme - Audrey MacDonald  Hwy 289;  Best Garden Theme - Betty Roop, Hwy 289; and Best Overall - Brian and Sherry Stewart, Hamilton Avenue. Much thanks to all who beautified the village and environs - the BMC tree and star at the "corner" survived over six weeks of battering by the gales.

    The Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) announced the winners of their 83rd Annual Sports Draw and Hunt Contest - the hunt portion, after the deer season closed in December. The winners of large cash prizes were:  Heaviest buck - 252 lbs., bagged with a muzzle loader, - Kevin Cooke of Great Village; runners-up at 248.5 and 239, respectively were Marty Henneberry of Sambro, and Chad Atkinson of Shelburne. David White of Salmon River had the Heaviest Buck with bow and arrow, and it had the longest antler (28.5 inches). Tyler Henneberry of Sambro had the rack with the most points (29), and Rickey Gray of New Ross had the widest antler (27"). Matt Boyd of Tatamagouche had the largest doe (163 lbs.), with Steve Brown of Upper Stewiacke on deck at 149 pounds. Lauren Cooke of Great Village took home the Ladies heaviest at 142 lbs. The BAA wants to thank all who participated buying and selling tickets, and its many volunteers (especially those who served as weighers), who made the 83rd edition a great success, and will enable the BAA to continue to sponsor the many activities in our area!
The BAA encourages schools, organizations, and/or individuals to submit nominations to the Truro Sports Heritage Society’s Annual Awards – more details on their website or at the Marigold. These should be submitted before the end of January.

     Speaking of contributors, thanks again to annual donors to the Eagle, Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Bird, who sent their bulging Christmas card from Thamesford, Ontario, where they eagerly await each edition of the Ol' Bird's scratchings. Thank you very much! Birthday wishes are extended to two fine ladies of the community - Edna Graham on her 90
th and Freda Sutherland on her 98th. Edna’s daughter Ivy (and spouse Frank) Haasen came from Ontario, and eldest son Vernon (and) Linda came from HRM.

      How about Brent Walters! - the local netminder (Glen, Susan) wore the Maple Leaf sweater with distinction, backstopping Canada's team to a Silver Medal at the Deaflympics in Italy! Brent, who can be seen in action Thursday nights as a Cruise Missiles cage cop, was chosen Best Goaltender at the event, and MVP of Canada's penultimate game versus America. The red and white fell a bit short to the U. S. in the final, but Brent was stellar between the pipes. Mum Susan made the trip, and toured Milano and St. Moritz - no word if she schussed in those Swiss Alps, past site of a Winter Olympics, or trod the fashion runways for Armani in the fashion capital!  Thanks to the organizers and the impressive talent who made the Food Bank Concert a big success - kudos to Producer Leah Bowers and her team including sound engineer, Rod Nielsen, and MC’s Lisa Henderson and Joel Dawe. Musical icons Joanne Hatfield and Tim Ross, guided and supported many of the performers. The entertainers were: Anna Hamilton, Shelley MacLeod, Dale Fisher, Wayne Hingley, Joanne's Ukulele group, Village Blend, Anitra Whidden, Cherry Lane, Chill’n Sound, Sarah Alexander Williams, Charles Bowers, Megan Isenor, Isabella Johnson, Kayla Kennedy, Abby Fisher, Jake Smyth, and the Middle Stewiacke United Choir. The Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex Board of Directors will be capably led by Chairman Jack Roop and Vice Chair Mark Kennedy again in 2020 - it is terrific to see their generation stepping up in leadership roles for vital community organizations. Other post-Boomers on the Board are Alison Read, Jamie Reid, Andrew Sears, Garth Perrin, Claudette McDonald, and Pibb Henderson - well done folks! The BAA’s Annual Meeting put the bow on a fulfilling year; and the organization is in a very healthy position as it heads into 2020. Some new younger, (<55!) blood would be an important supplement to the current rump of decision makers. Contact Julie (waltersjulie@gmail.com) or Putty (rputnam@live.ca) as to how you can become involved.

     BMC Past President Jim Feener and better half Marlene went to Ontario to celebrate Christmas with daughter Shelley and her family.  Paul Campbell, Sr. visited eldest son Mac in Ottawa, while his sister Betty Roop made her quarterly visit to Sherry and Jay's in Hogtown. "Delta" Dawn Carter-Henderson’s chosen destination was Alberta. Terry Canning and Krista McMullin visited both their daughters; Janelle and Joanna and families for the holidays in British Columbia.

     Our village lost a couple of very community-minded citizens (and dedicated hockey players even into their 70s!) with the passing of Upper Brookfielders Kevin Clarke and Darrell Wright. Kevin was a retired RCMP officer, and served several years on the Sportsplex' Board of Directors - he leaves wife Rosalynd, son Shawn, and daughter Shannon McCallum. Darrell was one of the softball Elks most ardent fans (as well as the Maple Leafs), was a bastion in the Baptist church, and an extremely kind man. His wife Gail and their three sons mourn his passing.  Former Elks Shortstop Dave Williams' Dad, Ralph died in Milford - he was another 'salt-of-the-earth' type. Winnie Bowers, mother to six, including Carter Road's Charles, died in Stewiacke. Former regular at the Brookfield Golf Club, and at third base on ball diamonds, Pat MacPhee, sister to Elkettes star Annie Woodworth, died in Shubenacadie. Betty and Jack Pratt’s son, Derrick, died at 57 in Tatamagouche; and Ruby MacLean, mother to Paulette Mattinson and Darlene Conway passed away. Bev Read's mother, Mary MacDonald died in PEI, and Elk Court residents Christina Wilson (Lantz), Joyce Stewart (Old Barns) passed away. Marilyn McKillop’s daughter Allison MacLeod died in Truro. Two Dave's lost a parent - Burrows Drive's Dave Percival's mother Marguerite, died in Ontario, and Dave Butler's Dad, Larry, passed away in Port Dufferin. Debbie Ross' cousin, Tammy White died in North Noel Road, and former Brookfield Little League Dodgers' hurler, Marlin Tanner, brother to Bev Gibbons died in Stewiacke. Brenda (Peterson) Steele, originally from South Branch, and sister to Bob, Jim, Wayne, Connie, and others, died in Cape Breton. We extend condolences to all who lost loved ones.

     The Read kids (Troy, Meaghan, and Coady) were home from Halifax and the West respectively for their grandmother's funeral. Peter and Katie Kennedy and boys came from the Land of 10,000 Lakes to spend Christmas with Larry, Lynne, Mark and Jill Kennedy. Nice to see Jim Willie Parks and gal pal Omi Gibba home from Victoria at his Mum’s (Judy MacKay). Peter Campbell and family came from Ontario to Brian and Gwen's; and the afore-mentioned Ovsennys, with daughters Charlotte and Emily were at Betty Roop's. Charlotte attended a Missiles hockey game, and couldn't decide who to cheer for - "I have an uncle on each team ?!!". Andre Garneau and Kristen Stewart and kids came from Quebec City to Patty Stewart’s. Delighted to have Tiffany MacDonald and Chase Thomson back in the village. She is grand-daughter of Marlene Johnston of Bell Road - Tiffany is an accomplished hockey player and is teaching with Jill Sears at Bible Hill Elementary. They are happy living in the former Marg Osborne home on Trunk 2! Heather MacFarlane and Greg Loewen and family from Maine visited Herb and Betty MacFarlane.

     Hospitalized were Matthew Miller’s grandson – his partner Janet was effusive in her praise for BFES for their rapid and skilled response to the medical emergency. Young Madeline Sill (Bob, Aschaelle) needed hospital care for a long-lingering bronchial condition. Geraldine Hamilton, who lives in the Sunset Court apartments, had hip surgery after a fall.

     The South Colchester Community Health Board and Colchester County’s Recreation Department are presenting a “Try It” Day, on the holiday Monday, February 17 at the Sportsplex. From 1-3 PM you can have a go at skating, ringette, curling, sledging, and snowshoeing!! Please dress for the weather if snowshoeing, most equipment will be provided (skate sizes limited for adults). Prizes to be won; light snacks available. From 3-4 P.M. there will be Family Skating. There is also Family Skating every Sunday until March 22 at the Sportsplex from 4 – 5:30 P.M. Get active and enjoy the season; it will make winter fly by!

     The February 17 meeting of the BMC will be their Anniversary Meeting and Dinner; note the special start time of 6:30. All members, as well as any members of the public wishing to attend MUST reserve their seat and meal, by contacting Club Secretary Mike Henderson (mdhenderson@eastlink.ca , 673-2769) BEFORE February 13. Last year saw 40 BMC-ers, family, and community members enjoy the dinner and proceedings. Menu and price TBD at this time, but save the date. This dinner will follow by a few days Knox Church's Valentine Dessert Extravaganza - watch for announcements on that in the near future. After these two feasts, the SCA Fitness Centre may be seeing more visitors! - the gym is open free-of-charge on days school is open (Mon-Fri, 5:30-8 PM) - contact Colchester County's Recreation Department for more details.  The Brookfield Curling Club will host an open-to-all Bonspiel on Saturday February 8 - this low-cost, low - pressure event promises lots of smiles. Other upcoming events at the BCC include their giant auction on Saturday February 29 - come enjoy food and beverage, and get some great buys - doors open at 6:30, bidding at 7:30. Other BCC events include the Mayor's Challenge (Feb. 1) the St. Paddy's Day spiel on March 21 and the grand-daddy of them all, the 31st Annual Great Community Curling Classic, March 27-29; reserve your spot as one of the 128 curlers in the GCCC now! The BCC has enjoyed success in the inter-club play, recently posting away victories against Truro (3-0-1) and Windsor (6-1-1); the return matches at the Sportsplex are January 24 and 31 respectively. Drop in and watch 9:30 A.M. starts.

     President Susan Stevenson advises of lots of activity at the All Around the Circle Seniors Club at the Sportsplex. Joyful Chair Yoga continues Monday and Thursdays at 10;15 AM, cost only $5, Card parties (Crib, 45s) go every Wednesday at 7: 30 PM. The Good Time Fiddlers practice every Friday (excepting last one in month), 10 AM, and the Brookfield Garden Club gathers there the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM - new members welcome! The monthly AAtC luncheon will be Tuesday January 21 at 12 noon.

Plan now to answer "Here" to the BMC roll call on Monday January 20, 7:30 PM; or Win may hunt you down! 
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