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November 2019
Volume 31, Issue 3

Most of the harvest is in, a wet Hallowe'en has come and gone, and we have seen our first snowflakes - yes it is late autumn, despite the fact, pleasing to many, that rounds were still being played at the Brookfield Golf Club in early November! The October meeting of the Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) was hampered by the federal election, as some Clubmen stayed home to watch the riveting (?!?) returns, which resulted in a minority government in Ottawa. More to the chagrin of the nutritionally-challenged BMC-ers was the fact that the lunch/program committee for the October meeting dropped the ball, and the members had to subsist on their fat reserves, (which in most cases are well-fortified). President Winston Matheson, despondent over the lack of egg sandwiches, sentenced them to a month in the BMC's Gulag, the forgetful, not-so-fantastic four will be assigned to a "re-education camp", and given a chance to redeem themselves at future meetings.

It is a near-certainty there will be no shortage of sustenance at the Monday, November 18 BMC meeting - Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) will host that meeting, as part of their annual thank you to the BMC, the organization that helped spawn the fire department shortly after World War II. The firefighters typically have an entertaining program and a wonderful gustatory spread, so come to the fire station on the 18th, 7:30 PM.

    Could the lowered attendance have been partially caused by locals travelling? Former BMC President Pibb Henderson visited his brother Robert (Ibbett) in Winnipeg, while Secretary Mike Henderson and his bride Brenda cruised the Adriatic, Ionian, and Tyrrhenian Seas. The Pope's minions barred the scantily-clad Brenda from entering St. Peter's Basilica, relenting only after an impromptu, ad hoc wardrobe upgrade on the steps! Jim Dickie and Marilyn “Cheek” Totten enjoyed a Baltic Sea cruise, after they had joined Jim’s nephews for a Vikings – Bears NFL game in the Windy City. Another former BMC gavel-banger, Austin Ross and wife Debbie went down I-95 to Auburn, Maine to visit her daughter Amanda and her partner, where the Nova Scotians dominated games of washer toss and cards - or so says Austin!?! SCA Advisory Council Secretary Wayne Paquet's work as Registrar at Dal AC took him to Uganda; while his good wife Hilary was hard at work on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, building a residence in earthquake-shattered Nepal - full credit to her! Father-son unit Charles and Jacob Bowers represented Nova Scotia in a Lineman Rodeo in suburban Kansas City, where over 1200 pole-climbers tested their limits. They had time to take in the blur that is a NASCAR race at Bonner Springs in the Jayhawk State. Jonathan Woolfitt motored to New England and watched both the Bruins and Patriots win games. Ardith Ross went to the New England States. Speaking of ultimate sports trip, how about the one the Searle family took to the former Ft. Duquesne!Matriarch Brooke shepherded her sons and their families - Mike, Jenna, Myla, Garrett; Andrew, Diana, Olivia; and Adam, Deborah, Ryan, and Jeslyn - took in a pair of Pirate games, as well as tilts of the Penguins and Steelers. Mark and Laura Kennedy went to Tennessee, while his Mum and sister (Lynne and Jill), visited Mark's brother Peter and family in greater Minneapolis. Drew McNutt took his Mum Tammi on a jaunt with stops in San Francisco and Toronto. Danique Henderson took a chopper ride to Sable Island, spending several hours photographing the famed equines and the stark landforms. Jannis Sanford, Activities Director at Elk Court, had an Art show in Beaumont, Alberta. Marian McDonald checked out our nation’s capital.

    Thanks very much to Margaret Fisher of Hilden/Shortts Lake, and a kind person who wishes to remain anonymous, for their generous donations to the Eagle's cause! We also wish to thank Dorothy (D J) Bennett for providing the BMC with the wonderful painting erected at "the corner", an appropriate reminder of the importance of Remembrance Day. Likewise to Angela Reid's crew for hanging the banners commemorating some of the locals who went overseas in conflicts. The Remembrance Day service will be on November 11 at 10:45 beginning with the parade at the Veterans Memorial. This very fitting service of music, silence to honor those who died or fought in global conflicts, and wreath laying is well attended by young and old alike. We also remind everyone immediately following of the free-will luncheon at Knox United – come and warm your innards and socialize!

    Alton Sutherland is recovering from a hip replacement operation, and both Lloyd Groves and Peter Verheuvel underwent surgical procedures. Doadie Hazelton was in the hospital; as is Bill Kennedy, he is awaiting a move to a nursing home - the big man is dearly missed already at Sunrise Court and by his neighbours. The afore-mentioned Marg (and Donnie) Fisher's daughter, Amy MacLean has also spent a good deal of time in hospital battling Lyme disease - we hope her condition improves in the near future!

    Congratulations to the recent inductees at the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame - these include the 2002 Truro Bearcats team that won the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball crown, led by star hurlers Kelly Spencer and Jeff Fielding; Denise Caughey-Sondjo, sister to Upper Brookfield's Adam Caughey - she was a hockey referee at the 2016 Sochi Olympics; and to former Elks outfielder and Canada Games goaltender Dennis Peterson. The South Colchester Academy (SCA) Wolves Senior Girls soccer team defeated Amherst High to win the Northumberland Regional title. The girls then hosted a provincial qualifier (quarter-final) where New Germany HS edged the locals 2-1 to advance. A successful season for the squad of Sarah Kennedy, Maya Clapperton, Emma Fisher, Kenzie Brown, Alena Moxsom, Micaela Leedham, Erin Carter, Morgan Countway, Kaitlyn Newton, Brooklyn Kolstee, Hope Bower, Licia Lombardi, Karin Shu, Maria DePaula, Maddison Singer, Taylor Lowe, Maddie Hunt, Jessica Graham, and Coaches Andrew Fisher, Tracey Lowe, Jeff Newton, and Manager Angela Leedham. The Junior Girls and Boys soccer teams both went undefeated in Tier 2 play; while the Sr. Boys team were downed in the Regional final. Five volleyball, and four basketball Wolves teams are underway. SCA had 7 of their 9 Cross-country runners qualify for the provincials in Trenton - Waylon Countway, Isaac Kennedy, and Bradley Anthony all posted Personal Bests at that meet. Jewel Woolfitt was a pillar in the defence for her CEC team, which won the provincial title, downing host Horton 3-1 in the final. Rachel Sears was named to the ACAA 2nd All-Conference Soccer team for her play with the Dal AC Rams

    Far too many friends, neighbours, and relations went to their reward - among those were Harry Pridham, Bob's father...in Sydney Bob Skinner's brother, Gerald...in Metro, former Elk Gordie Spears' brother, Gerry, 78, himself a classy gent and great ballplayer...in Stewiacke East, Margie Goodwin, well-known to many here.....in Truro, Brian Blois - the career firefighter who often assisted the Whing Ding as fireworks detonator... in Belnan, Maurice Gallant, brother to the well-liked Lenny at the Curling Club.. Rev. Eric MacKinnon's Dad, Howard Hugh MacKinnon, who was a giant in Glace Bay circles... Dorothy "Tommy" Archibald of Elk Court and Milford - she was mother to John Archibald of Shortt's Lake's. Brookfield Elementary School Principal Kathy Weatherbee's Dad, Darrell MacDonald died in Cape Breton, and Connie (Burrows) Monk's husband Bruce, a former motorcycle racing champion passed away. At Elk Court, Sadie (Kennedy) Mesheau, died at 100 years of age; Ruth Lentz (Stan Lentz’s Mum) passed; as did Ruth Hayden (Cynthia Fiander’s’ Mum). Gerald Morrisey, a brother to Florence Carter, died in Oromocto; and Corina Lentz’s step-father, Tom Tinling died in Truro. Sorry to learn that former Carter Road resident, Mary Fisher passed away in New Brunswick - she was former BMC and BAA President Wally Fisher's wife, and mother to Janet, Ross and Beth. Former BCC member Eric Thompson of Pleasant Valley passed at 70 - he was co-owner of former successful agricultural businesses Maritime Drainage and Keneric Tractors. The Eagle, on behalf of our readership, extends sympathies to all who mourn their losses.

    We are fortunate that we get to welcome new lives; Maeve Catherine checks in at Carter Road as Iain's baby sister; pleased parents are Jack and Leah Roop, grandparents Wade and Nellie Densmore and Betty Roop, and a great-grand-daughter for Helen Densmore! Gerald and Roseanne Wright are the happy grandparents of Amelia Joy, born to Brent Wright and Kara Jamieson! Ronnie Morrell is being fitted for his Great-Grandpa suit after Jocelynn was born to Colton and Jalyea Morrell. Adrian Rovers and Kim MacKinnon exchanged wedding vows.

    Kathy Best's Mum, Vivian Cossaboom, in her 100th year, is spending the winter with her daughter's family in Brentwood. She loves company, and challenges anyone to games of Scrabble or Crib--fair warning - she is very hard to beat. Drop in to 70 Brentwood Road for some coffee and a game! Krista McMullin and Terry Canning welcomed daughter Janelle and hubby Phil and daughters Addie and Pippa from beautiful BC (Okanogan Valley) for a fall visit.

The Grand Prizes for the 83rd Annual Brookfield Elks contest will be drawn on Cat Country 99.5 FM radio, 5:30 PM, November 12 - listen in, and good luck. Winners will be listed in the December Eagle. The prizes for the hunting portion of the contest will be awarded at the conclusion of hunting season in December – currently the heaviest buck tipped the scales at 252, biggest doe is 140 lbs. The Brookfield Athletic Association wishes to thank all who bought and/or sold or distributed tickets, helped in the planning stages, weighed the deer, etc. A big thank you to Roop's Esso for continuing to provide a very convenient weighing station!
The Curling Club kicked off their 44th season recently - it is not too late to start playing - contact Mike (673-2769), Pibb (673-3262), Lisa (986-2662), Kent Loughead (890-3431), or Myrna Matheson (664-2633) for more details.
Plan now on attending the always-enticing Brookfield Christmas House Tours, this year on Friday November 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, 6-9 PM. Drives from Knox are included in the $15 ticket price, as well as a wonderful lunch. Call Betty Dickie at 673-2582 for your House Tour tickets. The Craft Sale runs concurrently; crafters are welcome at no charge – to reserve your spot call Donna Matheson at 673-2812. The Train Station will host delicious slow-cooked pulled pork dinners at 4:30 both nights prior to the tours at Knox - these typically sell-out, so get your dinner tickets early from Muriel Smith, 673-2333. In addition to the decorated Knox sanctuary, stops include the amazing Winter Village on display at the Brookfield Golf Club, Shortt's Lake Vista Condominiums, and the homes of Tammy and Scott Armstrong, Mabel and Sandy Barber, and Tanya and Paul Fowler. Knox Hall will also be the showcase for the Festival of Trees and Stockings, provided by community non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals, whose contents are turned over to the Christmas Index program. Forest Glen Greenhouses will be open Friday - Sunday, 10 – 4; a must stop to see the other-worldly display of decorated trees, and thousands of glorious poinsettias, and other attractions.
 The Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex Annual General Meeting will be Sunday, November 24, 7 PM - the public is welcomed, call Mike (673-2769) for info. Lori’s very popular Wing Nite returns to the restaurant at the Curling Club – this year on Thursday nights. Come from 4 – 8 to enjoy the delicious wings, or other offers from the kitchen and bar. All Around the Circle Senior’s Club will hold their monthly luncheon on Tuesday Nov 19, at 12 noon – all welcome. Card parties are every Wednesday night at their lounge in the Sportsplex – 45’s and cribbage are the games.
 Brookfield Baptist Church will celebrate its 157th Anniversary Sunday. November 17th at 3 PM. Special speaker, Dr. Leslie McCurdy. All welcome.

We hope to see you at the Mens Club meeting Monday November 18, 7:30 PM at the fire station!

The Eagle