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November 2018

Volume 30, Issue 3


The October meeting of the Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) was highlighted (as usual!) by a wonderful lunch spread, but more to the point, an illuminating talk by member Larry Archibald. The former Robin Lane resident, now ensconced in Alton, had a lengthy career as an RCMP officer, before working as an insurance investigator/adjuster for several years. He regaled the meeting with many interesting tales from both postings, and provided valuable information on the continual evolving nature of the insurance business, and how citizens/consumers of that product should be educated. The November gathering, open to all, will be Monday November 18, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. The program will be hosted by the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service (BFES), who annually reciprocate their gratitude to the BMC, who played an integral role in the founding of the Fire Department in 1946! The BFES is looking for new members; for more details email, info@bfes or to their link http://brookfieldfire.ca/membership/ The BMC will be doing their semi-annual "Adopt-a-Highway" clean-up of Whidden and Carter Roads on Saturday November 17 - feel free to join in for a couple of hours, starting at 9:30 AM.

A pair of our local beauties took the matrimonial plunge - we are delighted to ring the wedding bells for Michelle MacDonald, who wed Justin Melnyk, of Halifax. Michelle is the daughter of Susan and Mike, grand-daughter of Audrey and the late Dannie, an esteemed BMC-er for many years. Michelle is a chiropractor in Metro. Plant scientist Charlene Locke will put her expertise to good use, assisting her new hubby, potato farmer Ben Ching of Souris, PEI. Proud parents Krista and Steve Locke, and several family members crossed the Northumberland Strait for the ceremony. Charlene's grandfather, the late Don Locke, was a former BMC President. Warming up for the event, attorney Bailey Campbell (Bob, Linda) caught the diamond pitched to her by mechanical engineer Andrew LeBlanc in the Loyalist city. Kory Snodgrass went down on one knee in front of the Eiffel Tower to propose to Courtney Holder! Former neighbour, and Upper Stewiacke native James "Ricky" Rutherford (Layton, Arlene) was ecstatic when Erin Crowell of East Mountain accepted his marriage proposal. Erin is Joanne Cooke's niece.

Ryan Bezanson, young son of Rob and Joelle, suffered a broken arm. Surgical procedures were the order of the day for Rev. Mike Henderson, Don Harvey, Jean Lawrence, Tim Fisher, Sheila Clark and David Stevenson. Leah Roop, Faith Buott, Vi Werry, and Bev Sears required medical care as well. All are rebounding nicely!

We seem to have many pigskin fanatics in our midst - several dared brave the U.S. Border Patrol to attend NFL games (not sure if any of them tried to cross with their now - legal marijuana, or as the feds prefer, 'cannabis'). Chipper and Lori VanTassell, her son Mitch White, and Jim Taylor motored to Foxborough to watch the Patriots down Chipper's Green Bay Packers. Also zooming south on I-95 was Jonathan Woolfitt - he watched New England wax a dreary Buffalo Bills squad. Jim Dickie and Marilyn 'Cheek' Totten went with his nephews Duncan (and Andrea) Retson (Gene, Marion) and Geordie Dickey ("big" Jim, Donalda) to Tennessee - watching the Titans lose, and the NHL Predators win; the group then made their way to Memphis, the epicenter of great R&B music. Heidi Cooke and son Talon traveled to greater Chicago - land to watch hubby and Dad, Tyler Medaglia in a major MotoCross event; later they, along with younger sibs Millie and Poppy went to Tyler’s race in Quebec! Dane and Danique Henderson jetted to Atlanta to compete in a Spartan (endurance/obstacle) race. Larry, Lynne, and Jill Kennedy visited son Peter and family (Katie, Abe) in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Phil McMullin journey to Arizona. Ernie Glinz and Dorothy Bennett went to Ottawa for a Fleetwood Mac concert. The Leck kids (Bruce, Janice) - Jessica (from BC), Matt (Alberta), and Vanessa traveled to England and Scotland to visit their late grandmother Betty's hometown. Stena (Carter) Cook went to England to visit daughter Tanya and her hubby Jim - she took in the Tower of London, the Crown Jewels, and cruised down the Thames.  Nellie Densmore toured China, while Krista McMullin and Terry Canning cruised the Mediterranean and further checked out the Tuscany area of Italy. Edna Graham went to South Porcupine, ON to be with her daughter Lori, after her serious car accident.

Mitch Cooke will join his sister Heidi in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame at the induction ceremony at the Best Western Glengarry on November 17. Mitch raced Motocross professionally for several years, in a career that took him all over North America, as well as throughout much of Europe, Africa, and India, with 14 podium finishes! He continues to be involved with the sport, hosting major races, as well as practice time for burgeoning riders, at the family's Pleasant Valley track. For tickets to the induction, call 1-506-756-2110. Steve Locke had his standout athletic career with the Brookfield softball Elks, as well as his golf and basketball exploits, recognized with his entry into the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame at the Marigold Centre. Mentioning golf, it was noteworthy to see three golfers with distinct Brookfield ties populating the PGA of Canada Atlantic Order of Merit. Finishing first in the season – long competition among golf professionals was former SCA student Brian Affleck, now operating his own teaching facility in Pictou County. Carter Road native Alex Jewers (Donna, the late Doug) was 11th, and former SCA golfer, now resident of Brandt Lane, Tanner Gayton was 16th! Tanner is the pro at Penn Hills. Watch for Cody Locke to crack the top 25 next year!

Speaking of things SCA - the Senior Boys soccer team won the Northumberland Region banner, before hosting a talented Middleton squad in a provincial qualifier, dropping a 3-1 verdict, that denied them a trip to provincials. The squad was led by Coaches/teachers Brandon Verge and Caitlin Cormier (and kudos to Athletic Director/VP Kelly Spencer and Principal Scott Armstrong for recruiting several teaching staff to coaching roles). The squad included Jack Lewis, Zach Legge, Dawson Perrin, Zaid Sanchez, Will Dingle, Aidan McLaughlan, Nigel Graham, Quinton Collins, Andrew DeGroot, Cody Gomez, Brayden Currie, Yuli Onoda and three brother acts - Eric and Jon MacMillan, Will and Evan McNea, and Alex and Michael Zhou. Well done lads!  Athletes of the months at SCA were: September:  Senior soccer - Jesse Keddy, Jack Lewis; Junior soccer - Kaitlyn Newton, Aiden Canning; Golf - Millie Brenton, Hayden Poehl; Cross-country - Aidan McLaughlan.  October: Senior soccer – Taylor Lowe, Alex Zhou, Junior Soccer – Micaela Leedham, Oliver Fraser; X-country – Tessa Harris, Senior volleyball – Hayley Elliott, Jordan Crouse; Junior Volleyball – Mia Maloney, Aidan Fisher and J.V. volleyball - Madison Snyder. Grace Martin of Lunenburg, grand-daughter of Sharon MacPhee - Stewart (Mrs. Bill Stewart), attends prep school at St. Paul's Academy in Concord, New Hampshire; she was recently part of Team Nova Scotia that won the Under 18 Atlantic Challenge Hockey Cup, held in Moncton! Bill boasts that Grace is already as good as some of the Elks past D - men, though he politely declined to name names!

A terrific concert was staged at Knox United Church hall, featuring the Metro New Horizons Jazz Band, led by Brookfielder conductor/arranger/ bassist Paul Barrett. The 22 piece band played many favourites, with the special treat being when Lori Nielsen laid down her trumpet, and was joined by daughter Erica for some marvelous vocal renditions of many well-loved tunes. A great show it was!  Joanne Hatfield, to the surprise of absolutely no one, was a vital part of Alan Sylliboy and the Thundermakers band, who won a Nova Scotia Music Award for Best Indigenous Artists of the Year! Alexander George (Chris, Lisa), grandson of Daisy and the late Cecil Hingley, is studying music at Humber College – he was recently chosen to be one of the back-up fiddlers for a Christmas TV Show featuring Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy.

We extend sympathies to Vicki (Mrs. Pete) Sutherland on the passing of her mother, Janet Andrews in Lanesville. Debbie Nielsen’s Mum, Shirley Jackson passed away, as did Jason Gillis’ mother Christine Ann Asher, in Truro. Former man-about-town Gordon Slaunwhite died at Elk Court; and Marylyn MacLeod, grandmother to former Brookfielders Tammy and Michelle MacLeod, died in Truro as did Wes Morrell, formerly of Brentwood, brother to Ronnie. Warren Glass, husband to Liz, father to Lindsay and Lisa, resident of Kennedy Road, died. We extend condolences to those who lost loved ones.

Mac Campbell zipped down from Ottawa to see his Dad (Paul) and a myriad of cousins. A big welcome to the village to Dorene Johnson’s very personable daughter, Mandy Wilson and Rick Johnston (Sharon, Brian) - they purchased the former Sonya MacLean house across the 289 from the fire station. Speaking of which – it is often hard to buy a house here (who would want to sell ?!?) but there are a few “For Sale’ signs up – in case any ex-pats are looking to return to Brookfield!? Among these are 189 Carter Road, 14 Densmore Drive, 13 Whidden Road, 22 Upper Brookfield Road, 48 Hwy 289 and 343 Hwy 2.

Thanks so much to Doady Hazelton, and another who wishes to remain anonymous, for fattening the Eagle's nest with kind donations - your support is appreciated. Cherry Lane native, Bob Lindsay's book "The Babes in the Wood", is on sale at MacQuarries. It chronicles the true story of two young girls lost in the woods near Dartmouth. It is a great read of a harrowing experience. The author said it takes him back to the late 50s-early 60s, when, as a member of Rev. Ralph Webber's Boy Scouts troop, they regularly honed map-reading and other skills with tramps through the woods around Brookfield.  Shortts Lake resident Jim Harpell is holding fund-raisers to get him to Guatemala to help build a house. A Community Health Board grant provides all Brookfield Elementary School (BES) students with free milk every Monday. Their virtue of the month for November is Kindness; December's is Generosity.

Mark your calendar for the 23rd Annual Christmas House Tours - this year on November 23-24. Houses on display include Sandy and Mabel Barber's, Daina and Lindsay Hernden, and Carolyn and George Johnston.  The Brookfield Golf Club will showcase Eydie Teas' amazing Christmas Village! The Train Station and Knox Church will be decorated - take note of the beautiful trees and stockings laden with gifts and monetary support for the Christmas Index program. If you or your organization wants to fill a stocking or decorate a tree, call 673-2800. Don't miss the affiliated tour of the Forest Glen Greenhouse on Friday, Saturday, Sunday (10AM - 4 PM), included in your House Tour ticket, to see their absolutely stunning display of thousands of pointsettias, and much more! Tickets are only $10, includes the free chauffeured (if desired) tour of homes, train station, Christmas village, the church, refreshments, and the craft sale. Tickets available from Betty @ 673-2582, at MacQuarries, or at the church. In conjunction with the Tours, the Train Station will be hosting their delicious Pork Loin Supper at 4:30 PM both Friday and Saturday. Limited seating, we strongly suggest you call Muriel (673-2333) in advance for your supper ticket - adults $12, age 12 and under - $5. For more info on any aspect, call Donna @ 673-2812.

The Brookfield Curling Club (BCC) will host their annual Stanfield's "League Challenge" Bonspiel on December 1 - the event will run from 8:45 AM - 8 PM, will provide some excellent curling - stop in and take it in. The BCC is hosting open to the public curling on Friday nights - many locals have said they cannot commit to a team playing every week, so Friday night (7-9 PM) provides the opportunity for fun games and a social night on a drop - in basis at minimal cost. Likewise, a similar arrangement, requiring no season-long commitment goes every Wednesday morning (9:15-11:30) at the club. So please take advantage of these opportunities!  Phil Crowell, (Maurice Jr) former B.C.C. member played very well for the Jamie Murphy rink at the nationally televised Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling held in Truro in late October. Brookfield Elementary School will host their Christmas Concert on December 19 - more details in our edition next month. The All Around the Circle Seniors Club will have their Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday November 20 at noon. They also host Card Parties in their lounge at the Sportsplex on Wednesday evenings (7:30), and Chair Yoga, featuring Joy Nicholson, Thursdays at 10:15 AM - all welcome!  The fabulous annual Concert in Support of the Food Bank will be held Sunday December 16, 7 PM at Knox Church.  Starting Tuesday November 20, join your friends for 70 cent (with beverage purchase) Wing Nights every Tuesday in the Curling Club lounge from 4:30 – to 8:30. Enjoy watching some curling as you nosh, or slip over to check out the Junior Elks hockey game while there! Support your Sportsplex! While talking dining options, don’t over look Bistro 2511 on the 289 Highway in Middle Stewiacke – proprietors Wanda Arnold and Martin Gomez (of Hamilton Avenue) have a broad menu – open Wednesdays – Sundays till 8 PM (8:30 AM opening on Saturday, Sunday; 11 AM start Wednesday – Friday). The next Brookfield Community Assembly meeting will be Monday, November 26; 7 PM at the Fire Station. The Brookfield Elks Sportsdraw grand prizes will be announced November 13, 5:30 PM on 99.5 FM radio – the heaviest buck weighed todate is a whopping 271 lbs, while the doe is 153.5 lbs.

                                                       We hope you will join us at the BMC - Monday November 19, 7:30 PM
                                                                                                                  The Eagle