Box 195
Brookfield  NS




October 2015

Volume 27, Issue 2

    An absolutely beautiful September has yielded to some cooling evening temperatures, and some much-needed rain; thankfully not the 150 mm that New Brunswick had to mop up. The month of opals typically is a gorgeous one in the Little River valley, so still time and nice weather to enjoy the color palette that is a Nova Scotian autumn. We hope all enjoyed a happy and bountiful Thanksgiving! The Brookfield Mens Club kicked off their 78th season in September; new prexy "Pibb" Henderson is looking forward to a good year, and welcomes all to the October 19 meeting at the Brookfield Fire Station, 7:30 PM. A reminder to anyone who wishes to receive their Eagle on the day it is produced, we will happily send to you via e mail - please forward your correct address to bmceagle@eastlink.ca. Get your news while it is hot!

September errata to amend - Wade and Nellie Densmore did not go to British Columbia; and Annie Woodworth was the Super Senior Ladies Champion at Brookfield Golf Club - JoAnne MacNeil was the Senior Ladies Champ. Our apologies.

    Cody Locke is enrolled in the golf management program at Holland College - he recently finished in a tie for 3rd in a university tournament held under very tough weather and course set-up conditions at Abercrombie GC. Brette Holland, daughter of Jim and Barb of Shortts Lake, also made a fine showing there playing for Dal AC. A big congratulations to Willa and Frank Rogers on their 50th wedding anniversary, they also attended a family reunion in Alberta - their offspring Tanya, Travis, and Tyler, 4 grandchildren, and many friends and family wished them well. Exciting news on Crystal Lake Drive - a baby boy was born to master musicians Anne Davison and James Hill. We suspect that Alder Mahon Davison Hill has a chance to be a musical prodigy! Anne's mother has been in town from her home in B.C. to help all with the new arrival. Mark Gibson, Ralph and Sandra’s son, married Carrie McLaughlin in Malagash.

    Chris Donnachie, a member of the Brookfield Golf Club and our Fire Service, skipped a triples team from the Truro Lawn Bowling Club to a 3rd place finish at the Nationals in British Columbia!  Athletes of the Month at South Colchester Academy for September were Cross-Country runners Brent Walters (Susan, Glen) and Faithe Langille; and soccer players Jesse Keddy, a real force for the Junior Girls team, Noah White (Junior Boys), and Senior team players Alysha MacSwain and Liam White.
    Former local postmaster Graham Pearson, and his brother Jim, of Robin Lane, laid their dad, Bob Pearson to rest. Longtime Lafarge employee Billy Crowe of Hilden passed away - he was a husband to Janice (Watson), brother to Carron Miller, and uncle to Billy VanTassell. Pat Toole’s brother, Roger LeBlanc, died in Truro. Sympathies are extended to all who lost loved ones.
    The 35th Annual Terry Fox Run was a smash hit. 200 participants made the beautiful and peaceful trek to Carter Falls, 75 volunteers helped, and a total of $30,000 was raised (including the run and other fundraisers, memorial gifts, and collecting recyclables - they can be delivered to Subway Bottle Exchange and designated to the Brookfield Terry Fox Run). After the run, participants gathered at the Sportsplex for a complimentary BBQ and snacks, courtesy of generous sponsors, and terrific musical entertainment was provided by Cherry Lane. Wayne Woolfitt was the leading individual, raising $7500 in pledges. South Colchester Academy and Brookfield Elementary School both made substantial contributions through special events by students and staff.Thanks very much to Shirley Sponagle for her kind donation to the Eagle - it is much appreciated! Inspector Lindsay Hernden of Shortts Lake, a member of the Halifax Police Department, received the Member of the Order of Merit medal at Rideau Hall from Governor General David Johnston. This medal recognizes exceptional policing service/performance of duty over an extended period. His family, wife Daina, and daughters Paige and Olivia, attended the ceremony in Ottawa.
    Thanks to all who donated, attended, or in any way helped with the Giant Yard Sale at Knox United - along with a delicious breakfast, over $6000.00 was raised!  Left over items were donated to various goodwill organizations. Thanks to all who supported the Sportsplex Dance and Draw - a fun night was enjoyed by about 200, and Jeanette Decker was the happy winner of the $2500 travel voucher! Hard to believe it been 50 years since the cement plant graced our area. Lafarge marked the milestone with a wonderful ceremony, enjoyed by many residents, employees, and dignitaries. The cement plant has brought so much to our area - many of us remember the muddy path that was called the road to Pleasant Valley that was thankfully upgraded at the time; likewise the housing boom it brought to the area - the Upper Brookfield Road most notably, which had maybe 20 % of the houses on it in 1965 that it does today, and of course meaningful careers to so many Brookfielders. Lafarge has been a standout corporate citizen.
    Brent Harrison broke bones in both hands/wrists – hopefully he can still attend the BMC meeting!! Terry Henderson had his gall bladder extracted - will he be less dyspeptic??? Paul "Bomber" Campbell shattered his heel in a fall, and was hospitalized, as were Mark Hamilton, and Gregor Dawe. Cameron MacLeod, seriously injured on his motorbike, is on the recovery road - we wish him, and all who ail, good health in the future.
    The Truro District Hockey League reunion at the Sportsplex was a big hit - caterer Sherry Stewart and staff fed a throng of 215, and the Campbell sisters (Nancy VanTassell, Patsy McCallum, and Betty Roop), provided stunning decorations, and many, many other 'finishing touchs'! Lyle Carter and Terry Henderson were key members of the organizing committee. It was great to see many former Elks hockey legends back, many of whom were responsible for building the Elks name. These included, from Ontario, Vaughn Briggs, from Oxford, the nimble puck-stopper "Jeep" Watson, Herman Murphy from Fredericton, Donnie Rutherford and Wally Fisher from the Moncton area, Gerry Miller, Phil Henderson, and non-pareil netman Lyle Bryson from Rockingham / Bedford. Locals, including some of the earliest post-War Elks, like Hugh Carter, Lawrence Wynn, and Frank Locke, also attended. The current Brookfield Elks, of the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League are off to a 2-3 with only defeats coming to league leaders Sackville and Glace Bay. The Junior Elks home opener is October 13; home games are most Tuesday nights at the Sportsplex at 7:30 - come out and see some fast, exciting hockey, as the current pucksters look to add to the lore!
    Jack and Vi Werry are celebrating 65 years of marriage, and have had several visitors, including her sister Sharon Funkal from Blenheim, Ont.,  Vi's brother Doug and his wife Lori Houlbrook from Winnipeg, and cousins Terry and Roseanne Houlbrook and friends Lois and Dave Bailey from Sarnia. Elaine (Ross) Healey of Wasaga Beach, Ontario visited siblings Austin Ross and Shirley Comeau, Jim Willie Parks was home from Germany to visit his mother Judy MacKay. Danica Axworthy is attending university in Paisley, Scotland. Myrna and Gordon Matheson visited friends in Ontario. Paul Barrett really took his show (Big Alley Band) on the road, going to Cuba as part of a musical exchange program. Susan MacDonald and Denise Mitchell-West enjoyed a Mediterranean Cruise, stopping in Italy, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, and other spots.
    On October 19, we urge all citizens of voting age to get to the polls for the federal election. Please be sure to take your Voter card, and proper identification. Candidates eager to be part of the next Parliament are Laura Drive resident Scott Armstrong, Jason Blanch, Bill Casey, Wendy Robinson and Kenneth Jackson. Please take advantage of our democratic process and VOTE!
    Ukulele lessons, for Beginners and Intermediates, are offered by the multi-talented Joanne Hatfield on Tuesday mornings at Knox United; contact Joanne at cocada.jo@gmail.com if you are interested. The Brookfield Athletic Association weekly NHL pools have resumed - for only $2 you can show off your skills in picking the winners of each weekend's games - play now, have some fun, win some money, and support the BAA. Tickets are available each week at Roop's Esso, or contact Nancy at gvantassell@tru.eastlink.ca to play on line. Hunting season is less than 2 weeks away - whether you hunt or not, please be sure to purchase your Sports Draw and Contest. This amazing BAA fundraiser is in its 79th year, and is crucial to the recreation support provided to so many in our area. Just $10 makes you eligible for many prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash, OR a 2015 Side-by-Side, AND a $5000 gas card. There are 4 other Grand Prizes, and many more for the hunters. To be eligible to weigh a deer, you must have your ticket before the start of hunting season; tickets for the raffle portion only can be bought up to the day of the draw (November 12 on Cat Country 99.5 FM). Tickets are available at Roop's Esso, FoodMarket, Brookfield Bakery, and from any BAA member. Tickets also can be purchased on-line – go to www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca Long-time Big Game Hunt Chairman John Matheson has said this will be his last year heading the event -help him go out on a high note with a big sales year! The BMC has some of this year’s Coming Home to Brookfield commemorative shirts – they make great gifts! Contact Terry Henderson (673-2106) to purchase.
    All Around the Circle monthly Senior's luncheon and meeting will be Tuesday October 20 at the lounge at the Sportsplex - doors open at 11:30. Come to the Senior’s Lounge on Wednesday evenings to enjoy cribbage or 45’s – games begin @ 7:30, $2 to play and 50/50 tickets available. The Brookfield Garden Club Community Christmas Season wreath project is underway - to order a bracket and wreath or a new wreath for your bracket on the utility poles, contact Elsie Locke at 650-2022 before November 1. The Brookfield Curling Club will embark on their 40th season, beginning with an Open House week - 7-9 PM on October 19,20,22,23, and 1:30-3:30 Saturday October 24. Come give it a try - many of Canada's (and the world's) best curlers will descend on our area the following week for The Sportsnet Masters  tournament - so get your curling legs underneath you before they arrive! The Brookfield Elementary School will host their 3rd Annual Fall Fair and Auction on Saturday October 17. Come for games, BBQ, auction items and more - all welcome! 9 AM till Noon. There will be an open community meeting at the Middle Stewiacke Rec Centre Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM to discuss sponsoring a refugee family in our area. All interested are encouraged to attend.
    Major League Baseball Playoffs are underway - long-time fans of teams are urging on their favourites toward the World Series. Will we see the Chicago Cubs end 107 years of futility-Steve Locke hopes so! Or will Pete Fleck's Mets, buoyed by a young pitching staff, raise the trophy. Mike Henderson and Hugh Matheson (?) pull for the trolley Dodgers, long gone from Brooklyn. The Cardinals have lots of local fans - including Kelly Spencer, Spud Stevenson, Bob Campbell, and Terry Henderson. Is Dan Dean the lone Rangers' fan; do the Astros have any devotees in their 53 year existence, and surely there are some Royals fans (Andrew Sears??) out there. If one listens to the blathering talking heads on the Canadian sports channels, everyone else in the country only has eyes (and besieged ears!) for the Blue Jays?!!
    The BMC will make plans at their October meeting; it is expected they will continue with their Halloween Street Patrol, in an effort to ensure a fun, safe, and trouble-free night. Any wishing to assist, can meet at the United Church any time after 8:30 PM.  The Brookfield-Middle Stewiacke United Youth Group are hosting a Halloween Candy Centre on October 31 from 5:30 – 8 pm at Knox Church. This will enable the many who would like to see the wonderful costumes the trick-or-treaters wear, and share in the fun. Anyone interested in handing out candy is welcome to come to the Knox Hall – trick-or-treaters are urged to drop in and have some candy!! Be sure to include Knox on your candy collection route. Tea and coffee will be available for parents. The next Eagle will publish on November 9; so we will mention here and now that anyone wishing to participate in the Remembrance Day service at the Veteran's Memorial on November 11 should contact Club-Man Bob Lawrence at 673-2022 or bobjeanlawrence@gmail.com. The Brookfield ceremony is annually one of the best in the province.
    Knox United will host a turkey supper, Saturday October 24, 4:30 to 6:30 – all welcome! For takeout orders – call 673-3363. The UCW Fall Luncheon and Sale will be Saturday November 7 from 11-1 PM. All past and present CGIT-ers are invited to join in the 100th Anniversary celebration for that group at Brunswick St. United Church on October 17 1:30 - 4 PM. Plans are underway for the Annual House Tours - dates are November 26, 27, with several homes and manger scenes featured, as well as Forest Glen Greenhouses - watch for more info in the November Eagle.

See you at the BMC on Monday October 19, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station! The Eagle

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