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October 2021
Volume 33, Issue 2

The Brookfield Mens Club (est'd 1937, thus the anachronistic name - rest assured all are welcome!) kicked off the 2021-22 season with a gathering of seventeen at the Fire Station - even with social distance protocols, we have room, and desire more attendees! The next get-together is Monday October 18, 7:30 PM - come along!  Members (and guests) should bring proof of vaccination or email prior to October 18 to Mike.  Outgoing President and Treasurer Win Matheson and Robert Putnam, respectively, were lauded for their service.  They have the BMC in fine financial shape, and will continue to help guide their replacements, Don Harvey and Gerry Buott, acclaimed along with returning  VP and Secretary, Peter Matheson and Mike Henderson. The BMC's Ed Creelman Park was resplendent this summer; much gratitude is passed to Forest Glen Greenhouses for their beautiful floral arrangements. The BMC will build and install new picnic tables for the Park next year, thanks to a generous contribution of materials from Marwood.

     The real estate boom may be losing some of its gusto; but one of the happy fringe benefits is the new residents it has brought to our community. We extend cordial greetings to: Hayley Langille, the owner of All Things Cake, and her kids Ava and Luka - they are in the house immediately west of the Baptist Church on Hwy 289... Jocelyn Szabo and her two sons, just down the hill from Velma Fisher's home...Becky Wallace has purchased the former Hingley home on Densmore Lane...also on Densmore, just north of Dave & Anitra Whidden's are Kristin Larkin and kids, John, Finley and Vander ....welcome Gerry Duranceau to the former Ellis house on Carter Road….. Callom Austin and Tarah Piercey, came from West Hants,  are in the former McBurnie house next to Shirley Comeau on Carter Rd.... in the former Fahey/ VanTassell home on Elm Street are Greg and Lisa Doiron and their three kids – Greg is a New Brunswicker while Lisa is a native of the Golden State – they came from Brampton.  Steve Courchesne, Christina James and daughters Ava and Scarlet have moved into Brian Clarke's former home on Densmore Drive, and just north in the former Ev Nelson house is Lou and Ardith Tiboo.... opposite the Fire Station is home to Josh Deschamps and Mary Sarah Crowe. Danny and Vicki Graham and children moved from the Hugh Carter house to the “McMullin house” on #289; and Melissa Benvie has moved into the former Bryan and Edith Watson home on Hamilton Ave.  We encourage all the newcomers to become active participants in some of the many offerings of the village!
    Going to their reward were Dora Lynds, 87, of Whidden Road, mother to Fulton, Cindy, and the late Carline and Tim....Gordie Frank, a former firefighter with the BFD, and husband to Doreen….. at Elk Court "Janice" Brown, 85 Truro and “Sandy” Kent, 83, of Stewiacke East BFES firefighter Ryan Hennessey’s grandmother, Peggy Steeves, 93 of Antigonish County... and Ernie Parker, 89 of Truro - he was brother to Cecil, and spouse to the late Marian (Lindsay / Stuart). Condolences to those who grieve.
     Despite severe limitations to the local Terry Fox Day activities, the Brookfield and area committee once again pulled off another terrific job! The unveiling of the new sign provided by the Brookfield Athletic Association (and ably supported by Marwood timbers!) acknowledging the efforts of Hugh and Audrey Carter in maintaining the scenic trail at Carter Falls was very apropos - their great-grand-daughter Audrey (Eva's grand-daughter) and Audrey’s mother Christina Lutes spoke warmly of her family's attachment to the property and events.  The committee raised over $30,000 keeping its' place as one of the leaders in the province; the TFC is deeply indebted to ALL donors and participants;  and those who sponsored some of the 50 memorial signs displayed. Special mention to leading fund-raisers Wayne Woolfitt, 82, whose $10,000 amount brought his 14 year tally to $80,000; and to Pearle Cameron and "Cam Clan" of Urbania and Shortts Lake, who raised  $5500. The 92 year young evergreen Pearle walked for her 40th consecutive TF Day. Incredible inspirations in the cause to beat cancer. A reminder the Terry Fox Book and Gift/Plant Sale will be held Saturday October 16 at Knox Church Hall from 9 -1.
     Wayne and Ardith (Ross) Teas drove from Georgetown, Ontario to visit her siblings Shirley Comeau, Neil Teas and other family and friends. Wayne is mulling stepping back from the uber-successful software company (ComSense) he has built. His decision no doubt is made much easier as he hands the keys to their son Patrick, a very accomplished and vital part of the business. Catherine Woolfiitt came from Bristol, England to visit with her dad Wayne and brother Jonathan. Justin Marshall (Steve, Heather) was home to Pleasant Valley – the popular SCA alumnus is Press Secretary for the Alberta government – a hot seat nowadays! Mark Dean and Oliver Regan came home from their home in Florida to visit Kathy and Dan Dean.  Their daughter, Holly Dean accepted Sandy Jesty’s engagement ring.  Kathy went for a work term in Whitehorse; and visited with daughter Jill in Calgary along the way.  Also travelling to the Yukon were Kim and Joel Dawe; they went to visit son Gregor, Erin and grandson Malcolm.  Elder son Lucas joined them north of 60 from his home in Grande Prairie. Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Ellis, who won our Cumberland-Colchester seat in the recent federal election; he will be our Member of Parliament.
       Luther and Joyce Sears were recognized as the Central Region's Woodland Owners of the Year for their efforts toward sustainable woodland management and ecological forestry for their 200 + acre property in Moose River (between Five Islands and Parrsboro). Public tours and demonstrations were held there in early October. And the news gets even better- their daughter Sarah Sears and Derek Naugler gave birth to a son, Brandt, in Fredericton. Bev Sears is the glowing great-grandmother, and the paternal grandparents are ex-Elkette  slugger Kathy, and former university volleyball star Jamie Naugler of Hilden.  Luther's niece, Melody, daughter of Kim and the late Phil (who was part of the Elks ball team that won a bronze medal at the Canadian Championships in 1986), received her degree in Criminology from St. Mary's U. Nephew Rowan (Andrew and Jill) went to Saskatoon to compete for a spot on the Canadian Junior Mens (U-23) fastpitch team.  A big month for the Sears family, a bastion of the community - they have been strong supporters of their church ( BBC) and provide significant scholarships to grads from South Colchester Academy. Elaine (Ross) Healey's grandkids (father, Craig) are standout hockey players in Ontario - daughter Sydney, 17, was one of 48 players invited to Calgary for Team Canada U-18 training camp. She will attend Boston University on a full scholarship next year - the powerful Terriers offered this in her Grade 9 year! Brother Tyler,19, is playing in Maine, and sister Keira, 15, has joined Sydney on the Burlington Barracudas in the Provincial Womens League.  Mark Toole (Bob, Thea), the guy who can make a backhow dance, married Kelsey MacDonald of Truro – best wishes!
     It is expected to be a Brookfield/Elks reunion of large proportions at the Halifax Convention Centre on Saturday November 20 when Robert Putnam is inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame! A very deserving recognition for a sublime talent, who excelled for 16 years on standout Elks fastpitch teams. To order your tickets to the induction, e-mail , or search nssportshalloffame. Tyler Medaglia represented Canada at the Motocross of Nations in Italy. Earlier in the year he had been a member of Team Canada at the International Six Days of Enduro Race, also held in Italy, which consisted of 7 1/2 hour grueling days on the bike through forest and mountain trails. Tyler was 6th in his class, the best result ever for a Canadian. He has also raced in California and Pennsylvania this year. Lots of accolades on golf courses. Mike Penny was the champ (149 score) at the Brookfield Golf Club (BGC), edging past former champ Austin McBurnie, home on vacation, by one stroke. This was Mike's fifth time grasping the big trophy. His son, Nicholas (& Billy Jo) repeated as Junior Champ (77, playoff). Dan Dean (153) won the Senior Mens title, Gerry Buott was best (168) in the Super Senior field. Chris Bernard (165) re-claimed the Ladies Championship (for the 26th time); Julia Dean (179) matched her brother's Senior win, and former Elkette star Annie Woodworth (216) was the Super Senior champ. Father-son duo Mike and Dane Henderson (63) won the BGC Partners crown, and the elder Henderson downed Dan Dean 3 & 2 to win the Club Match Play crown for the fourth time. BGC took revenge on the neighbouring Fox Hollow Golf Club, pummeling the Stewiacke-based club, 18-6 to win the 23rd edition of the Shaw Cup. All BGC players contributed to the win; special mention to outstanding performances from Brandon MacDonald, Ryan Sutherland, Dane Henderson, Mike Penny, Paul Brown, Darrell Penney, Kyle MacLeod, Dave Wright, and Bob Campbell, who were undefeated. Champions on the 34th Annual Bopper-Jiggs Tour in New Brunswick were Ray Cruz (Low Net), Mike Henderson (Low Gross) Dan Dean & Mark Kennedy (Pinehurst Partners), and Brent Harrison, Pete Lebans, Cruz, and Kennedy (Match Play). Riley Gates and Millie Brenton represented SCA at the NS High School tournament at Osprey Ridge GC; and the Wolves hosted the Northumberland Region Jr. High Championships at BGC. The Boys team of Gavin (Brent, Meredith) Harrison, Rylan (Brad, Megan) Sutherland, Ashton Weatherbee and Jax Killen shot 64 to finish 2nd; the girls team lost their only returning player Audra Lavers (Matt, Amy) to a broken finger, but Bridget Legge (Patrick, Jill), Ella Grinton (Laura, Shane) and Sarah Merryweather (Darcy, Margo) played well. The Mullen brothers (Greg, Ainsley) of Shortts Lake continued their rampage - among their accomplishments this year were Elliott, despite being only in Grade 8 at SCA, winning the provincial U15 AND U17 crowns, edging big brother Simon. First time ever anyone that young won both crowns! Simon (Gr. 11 at SCA) rebounded nicely to win the PEI and New Brunswick U17 titles, and oldest brother Owen, now attending Notre Dame U on a golf scholarship, won all 3 Maritime provinces Jr. (U19) crowns, and then shot 9 under par over 4 rounds at the Canadian U19 Championships on a 7,000 yard course (BGC is 5595) in Richelieu, Que, finishing second by ONE stroke! It was the first time ever 3 brothers qualified for the Nationals in the same year.  Elliott and Simon went with Greg to visit Owen in South Bend for the Fightin' Irish's Homecoming weekend under ND's Golden Dome (where they lost to the U. of Cincinnati Bearcats). Hopefully next year's schedule allows them to play for the Wolves - Elliott tied for first in the Senior Boys Regional with a 76 on a very blustery day at Penn Hills GC.
     The Brookfield Elks have advanced to the Shooters Fastpitch League finals, downing last year's finalists, Shubie Lions in the Semi-finals. They lead the Halifax Bandits, 2-0, with games 3 and 4 on October 12, Game 5 if necessary October 14.  Elks Coby Crowell, Jay Duffy, Justin Schofield, and Patrick Stewart were picked up by a Sydney team, and were major factors in that squad winning both the N S, and later the Eastern Canadian Intermediate A Championship in Hoyt, N B. -Stewart was the tourney's leading hitter in the latter. The Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League is underway - the Brookfield Elks home games at the Sportsplex on Saturdays at 4 PM. The Elks have 12 returnees, and had 36 out to camp - 18 players are from the Truro-Brookfield- Shubenacadie area. The first segment has Antigonish Bulldogs here on Oct. 16, Membertou Miners (Oct. 23), East Hants Penguins (Oct.30), Eskasoni Eagles (Nov. 6), and Strait Pirates (Nov. 13). More Elks info and full schedule can be found at NSJHL.ca. If you are interested in becoming a team supporter/sponsor, contact GM/Head Coach Phil Lynds e-mail / -890-4804.  The Brookfield Curling Club will host an Open House week for any and all new or returning curlers the week of November 1-6. The Club will be open 7 -9 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday that week, as well as Saturday and Wednesday 9:30 - 11:30.  Come and check it out, or get more info by calling - 899-5462 - perhaps the Olympics is in your future!  The BAA will launch their popular weekly Hockey Pools in mid-October. At a cost of only $2, with minimum winnings of $100, it is a good way to grow your bankroll, display your hockey smarts, and support kids sports through the BAA. Weekly tickets available at Roop's Esso and Cleaners, from BAA members, or online at www.brookfieldelks.ca.  Stevie Healy Jr. won the Stanley Cup pool in July and pocketed $506, while Caila Henderson's father-in-law Pete Lebans was 1 point behind and bagged $172. The Brookfield Elementary School Home and School is holding fund-raisers in lieu of their popular and productive Fall Fair (a Covid casualty for second year in a row) - watch for a Pointsettia Sale in November (supplied by Forest Glen Greenhouses), and  Kids Pics with Merna Ryan. BES is also seeking community reps for their School Advisory Council - contact Leah Roop e-mail.
     The BAA’s Sports Draw and Hunt Contest’s 85th season is well underway!  This year’s Grand Prize is a brilliant yellow Jeep Wrangler, OR $50,000!  The 85th Anniversary prize is a Diamond Necklace valued at $1800.  Other great prizes are a $5000 gift card from MacQuarries Pharmasave!!  Plus, the terrific prizes available in the Hunt portion of the draw – all that for only a $20 ticket, and you are supporting the BAA, so they can re-invest the proceeds back into sports for the kids!  Tickets available at almost every retailer, from BAA members, or call 1-833-650-2040 or online at www.brookfieldelks.ca – get yours today!  Deer season is open now for archers and muzzle loaders; rifle season opens in late October.  Deer can be weighed at Roop’s Esso – please note times the scale is open, and call ahead if bringing in a deer.

Take note re Remembrance Day – long-time organizer Bob Lawrence will not be ordering wreaths this year – to order, contact the Stewiacke Legion – 902-639-9979, or Pat Boulanger, Poppy Fund Chairman at 902-209-6505.  There will be a service at the Veteran’s Memorial at 10:45 A.M. on November11, assuming pandemic protocols do not intervene.

                                                           See you at the BMC on Monday, October 18, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station!  The Eagle