November 2017
Volume 29, Issue 3

The unseasonably mild (more than mild, warm!) weather has continued through the first seven plus weeks of autumn, and the Eagle has taken advantage, circling the village, and stopping to hear from locals as to the goings-on in our fair burg. Kathy Toole said she has never worked this late into the year at the Brookfield Golf Club, as men and women continue to chase their dimpled balls over the fairways, which have been kept in fantastic condition by proprietor Richard Sutherland and staff!

The Brookfield Men's Club (BMC) had another good turnout at their October meeting, welcoming new member Rev. Mike W Henderson to their midst, and some ladies from the village, eager to hear the guest speaker. Evelyn Negus opined that the BMCers and guests were enthralled by the presentation from the Colchester Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre's (CWRC) Brenda Boates, who told of the Hilden-based organization's fine work, nursing many birds, including large raptors, and smaller, wild mammals back to health after they had been injured, orphaned, etc. Their aim is to enable the animals to make a healthy re-integration into the wild. Painstaking steps are taken to make them not become dependent on, or familiarized to, humans. They also provide education to youth groups, teaching them how to respect, and be safe around wild animals. Another initiative of the CWRC is to educate the public on the perils that lead-based ammunition and fishing tackle poses to fish, fowl, and mammals (think contaminated deer meat finding its way into homosapiens, where admittedly it is much less harmful there than to avian species); this is especially threatening to majestic aviators like eagles, hawks, and owls. Non-lead alternatives abound, so please consider when making your outfitting choices
.  Former Brookfield Junior High teacher, Janet Maybee, gave a spell-binding talk to the crowd at Knox about the Halifax Explosion as the 100th anniversary of that disaster is three weeks away. Her research, writing, and book help resolve some inaccurate findings by the inquiry, and also shines a light on the remarkable assistance provided by Colchester residents. The November BMC meeting will see the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) host the gathering on Monday, November 20--all are welcome at the fire station for 7:30 pm.

A quick stop at Roop's Esso, and Becky Wallace was effusive in her praise of the effort put forth on the Remembrance Day service at the Veterans' Memorial. BMC-34 Bob Lawrence did his usual bang up organizing job, and a large crowd was on hand under a beautiful sky, albeit with a strong northwest wind. Veterans and Air Cadets from 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Squadron marched, and Padres Eric MacKinnon and Mike Henderson led the service. Joanne Hatfield guided an adhoc band consisting of trumpets (mother-daughter Lori and Erica Nielsen), alto saxes (Ardith Ross, Anna Hamilton, Mike Henderson) trombone (Derek Jones) and flute (Shelley MacLeod). Lori and Erica were stellar on the Last Post and Reveille. A large number of memorial wreaths were laid, and the throng enjoyed a hot lunch afterwards at Knox church.

At the Brookfield Bakery, Troy Sutherland was aglow, telling of the massive bluefin tuna he helped reel in off Port Hood in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The marine leviathan checked in at 627 pounds, and took 3 hours to land, after towing the 44 foot boat at 2 knots! Also taking turns on the rod during the fight were Robbie Cooke, Adrian, Jeremy, and Tom Gloade. David "Spud" Stevenson and his wife, Susan, community electronic correspondent over many platforms, joined some BMCers for the tour of the work done upstream from the Highway 289 bridge on the Creamery Brook/Little River by the Cobequid Salmon Association. They have spent a ton of time and considerable funds to improve the habitat for fish, especially, but not limited to, salmon, in the hope they will increase the numbers returning to our pristine waterway. Rebar-reinforced digger logs to create pools, wing deflectors, and insertion of rocks and trees to foil bank erosion are some of their good works. Well done CSA!
Into Hair Studio 661 for a trimming of the Eagle's not-yet balding, but silver-ish pate; owner Tonya Colpitts gushed about the new babies on Hamilton Avenue, Jamie Works and Mary Atkinson welcomed Nora Pauline; while over on Carter Road, Nora's 3rd cousin, Iain Randall Roop was born to Leah and Jack Roop. Iain is the first grand-child for Wade and Nellie Densmore and great-grandson for Helen Densmore; other grand-mum Betty Roop has the drill down pat, as she basks in the glow of her 8th! Rollie Works also a happy grand-dad again. Alison (Johnson) and Vito Famiglietti had their first baby, Rocco, in Connecticut; grandparents Margie and Sid travelled to the Nutmeg State. Great grandmother Gwen Archibald is delighted. From Yellowknife comes word that Janelle (Canning) and Phil Lue were blessed with a baby girl, Pippa Anne. In Vancouver, Janelle’s sister, Joanna (Canning) and husband Ryan Stefani also welcomed a baby girl, Maddyn Marlene; doubly blessed grandparents are Terry Canning and Krista McMullin. Hopefully, down the road, these babes will be able to mark a milestone like Art and Jan Peck, who celebrated their 50
th wedding anniversary in October! Kathy (Jim’s spouse) Benvie retired from senior sales and HR positions with Dow Chemical in Alberta. Ruth Matheson, one of the founding members of BAERS (Brookfield Area Emergency Response System), was awarded an Honorary Membership in the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service, upon her retirement from active duty. Congratulations to all!

Juillene Taylor and Celia Fisher at the Pharmasave advised that some of our citizens required hospitalization. They asked our readers to pass along Get Well wishes to Rose Busby, Marg Osborne, Susanne Harrison, Rollie Works, Ron Morrell, Tony Matheson, Dave Wilson, and Helen Densmore. They were happy to say that Mark Dean was home from Florida for a visit; likewise, Sarah Densmore from BC, and from Alberta, Peggy (Cooke) Underwood and Jared Stewart. Wendi (Campbell) and Kelly Grant were home from BC for her father Gord's funeral. We extend a warm Brookfield welcome to Kyle and Megan Morgan, who have moved into the former Elliot home, immediately adjacent to the golf course. Both Kyle and Megan are engineers, and he will partner with his uncle Earl (reportedly now eligible for his pension!) at Brookfield Concrete Products.

A stop at South Colchester Academy where staff were busy erecting Northumberland Regional Championship banners won by both Senior Girls and Boys soccer teams! The boys, under Coach Chris Lindsay, dispatched Springhill High 3-0; team members are Will Dingle, Alex Currie, Quinton Collins, Luke Fisher, Andrew Ellis, Suphi Goktug Cecen, Nigel Graham, Jack Lewis, Braiden Lunn, Riley Fisher, Riley MacLeod, Nicolo Mazzoni, Arin Mizrak, Dawson Perrin, Alex Zhou, and brother acts Eric and Jon MacMillan and Will and Evan McNea. The Girls team, under the direction of Coach Marilyn Bruce, bounced Pugwash High 2-0. Squad members are Veronica Hawkes, Alysha MacSwain, Laura Graham, Jess Laverty, Bailey Crowe, Vittoria Duraes Del Padre, Hayley Elliot, Emma Fisher, Faith Hoyt, Jade MacDougall, Josie Mason, Ainsley McCoul, Maya Clapperton, Madeline Mercer, Julia Verboom, Mishelle Villarruel, and the indomitable Sarah Kennedy. Both teams hosted qualifiers here, but were unable to advance to provincials, the girls losing on penalty kicks to Central Kings. The SCA Senior Boys volleyball team, guided by Coach Paul Tufts won the Pomquet Invitational tournament. Watch for big things from the Wolves volleyball squads this month in Regionals and hopefully, provincials-- which the Boys team will host here on December 1-2 – plan to attend. Other SCA/SCHS alumni earning plaudits were Mitchell Johnston (Willy, Kathy of Bell Rd.) who was presented with the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Legacy Award recognizing a growing enterprise for his 360°, a mobile service for cleaning compost bins and commercial dumpsters. The Chamber also presented Truro Agromart (owners/operators Tim and Sandra Fisher); with their AgriFoods Award, whereby principles of running a successful agricultural operation are used to result in a thriving and environmentally friendly endeavour. Kudos also to dedicated O2 teacher Jody Arenburg, who arranged a visit to SCA of the " Million Dollar Bus" (see online for more details of that unique concept). Lyle Carter did the village proud with a wonderful segment touching on Brookfield's storied athletic history on the nationally televised "Hometown Heroes" NHL broadcast.  Nancy Vantassell has kept people passing her home on Truck 2 with the ever-changing garb on the mannequin at the end of her driveway – currently a revered soldier – well done!

Canada Post operative Krista Locke was pleased the Municipality has completed Phase 1 of the 289 West sidewalk replacement in front of the Post Office; the remaining work to the train tracks will be done in 2018. Likewise, the Carter Road sidewalk, is delayed until 2018.

We share sad news of the passing of several people with Brookfield connections. These include Anne Ihasz in Metro, wife of former Knox spiritual leader Rev. Vince; 'Ross' Kennedy, brother to Laurie, Orland, Avis, and Wenda; Gordie Campbell of Hamilton Avenue; in Truro, Pat Legge's father, Donnie; in Middle Stewiacke, Bobby Newcombe Sr., father of Janet and Amy Newcombe and Trista Hamilton, and husband to Juanita Hamilton. Pat Archibald's mother Helen, mother-in-law to Stephanie (Fisher); Jason Wybenga (Milton, Alice), and Glen Thompson's wife, Helen, both of Shortts Lake passed. Sylvia Pickles, sister-in-law to BES cook Sharon Dunlap; Walter Hutchinson, former Truro town councillor, and brother to John, and father of Robbie; Sadie (Dartt) McNutt passed away in Ontario; she was the widow of Buck McNutt, and sister to Gwen Archibald and Elva Jeffers. We extend condolences to those who lost loved ones.
The Eagle wishes to thank Doady Hazelton and Kathleen Ernst, both of whom made donations to help defray our publishing expenses--it is most appreciated! The Home and School at Brookfield Elementary School has tickets available at MacQuarries-- the tickets are $20 - $10 goes to H & S, the other $10 goes to build the prize pot which consists of gift cards for MacQuarries, Sobeys, and other merchants. Draw date is December 12.
Travelers included Kathy and Dan Dean, who went to Washington, DC, and also stopped in Chocolate-town USA - Hershey, Pa. to see nephew Zach skating with the AHL's Bears. Pibb Henderson visited brother Robert and kids in Winnipeg, then went on to Vancouver to see Julie Hsu and family. Chipper and Lori VanTassell, and her son Mitch White met Robbie Densmore in Germany, and toured western Europe. Susan MacDonald and Darrell Toole's partner, Denise Mitchell-West enjoyed a Rhine River cruise, and also made stops in Brugge and Paris. Jim Dickie and Marilyn 'Cheek' Totten went to the Jersey swamps along with Jim's nephews Angus and Geordie Dickey, and Duncan Retson and Andrea Budgell and watched the New York Jets bounce the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL tilt played in a downpour.  Kitty McMullin was in Arizona visiting her son and relatives. Jack Roop also was in the desert (Las Vegas) on Tim Hortons business.
2016-17 BMC-er of the Year Don Harvey has been kept extremely busy updating the events sign at the corner. When talking with the Eagle, he was scratching his head (hopefully avoiding splinters!), trying to figure out how to get all the news posted. The Eagle offers a hand. The next
Orientation session, which is required of the adult public to make use of the Fitness Centre at SCA, will be held Wednesday November 15, at 6 PM. It only takes an hour, and grants you the ability to use, at no cost, the terrific facility. You must pre-register by calling 897-3185 or e-mail recreation@colchester.ca. After November, the next one is January 10th, so don’t wait!

The 22nd annual Christmas House Tours and Festival of Trees and Stockings are set for November 24-25, 6-9 PM. Stops on this year's tour will include the Train Station, Knox Church, Kraig & Julie MacKenzie, Muriel Smith, Danica & Ryan Ellis and Becky & Josh Kolstee, and the Forest Glen Greenhouses. The $10 ticket includes a complimentary luncheon at Knox, as well as the Craft Sale which takes place from 7:30-9:30 both nights. Free transportation is proved from Knox church. The wonderfully decorated trees and stockings see proceeds go to the Christmas Index program. Tickets are available at MacQuarries in Brookfield and Truro, at Knox, or from Betty Dickie (673-2582). The Open House at Forest Glen Greenhouses, with their unbelievable displays of thousands of poinsettias, and immaculately decorated trees, runs in conjunction with the House Tours. Note - Greenhouse visits are Friday 1 – 4:30; Saturday 10 – 4:30; Sunday 1 – 4:30. The Train Station Historical Society will host dinners at Knox both Friday and Saturday at 4:30 PM; $10 for adults, $5 under 12; tickets available from Muriel Smith (673-2333). There will be a Before Monday concert at Knox on November 18 at 7 PM, with a freewill offering; this musical group is developing a dedicated following! All Around the Circle will host their monthly meeting and luncheon on Tuesday November 21; doors open at 11:30, meal at 12. Card parties (Crib, 45s) at the Seniors Lounge go every Wednesday night at 7:30. $2 entry fee and all are welcome. The SCA Grad Auction, the primary fundraiser for the class of 2018, goes on November 21st. Viewing in the auditorium from 6 – 7; auction starts at 7pm. The Mission & Outreach Seminar Series (MOSS) presents Human Rights in Your Daily Life on Tuesday, November 21st, 7:30 pm at Knox. Always informative and all are welcome!

The Brookfield Elks Sportsman's Contest Grand Prize winners will be drawn on November 13 at 5:30 on Cat Country radio; check the BAA website ( brookfieldathleticassociation.ca) for a list of winners. The hunting portion of the contest, now incredibly in its' 81st year, is ongoing. Heaviest buck to date is 257 pounds; the largest doe checked in so far is 157 pounds. The weekly BAA hockey pools are ongoing; pick up your ticket at Roop's Esso or online-only $2 and you are helping provide much-needed support for recreation and athletics in the area. The Brookfield Elementary School [BES] Christmas concerts will be held on December 13th; early elementary at 9:15am; upper elementary at 1:15. Please note the times as there will not be an evening show. The eagerly anticipated 'Food for the Spirit' concert will be Sunday, December 17 at 7 PM.

See you at the BMC on November 20, 7:30 PM.  

The Eagle