BIANCA !!! DORIAN !?! We became on a first-name basis with these two, just as season's opening Eagle was dropping. Firstly Ms. Andreescu - what an accomplishment! The first Canadian to win a Major Single Tennis title, as she laid waste to the field in the cauldron that is the U.S. Open in New York City. It was not easy; she had to defeat a TWENTY-THREE time Major Champion in a hostile, pro-American environment. Bianca did so in stunning fashion - poised, powerfully athletic, determined, resilient, with inventive shot-making and genuine Canadian humility. The writer would never describe himself as a strident nationalist (in fact, it is usually an undesirable adjective, having historically been the root cause of countless conflicts), or wrap himself in the flag like a 'patriot' (another loaded word, see " Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"- Samuel Johnson). However it has been a magical sporting year in this country (and to be crystal clear, there is nowhere else on Earth the writer would rather reside), with several iconic achievements, with champions getting the collective weight of 34 million Canucks behind them. Earlier Brooke, then Kawhi, Kyle, Pascal, Marc, and Fred, now Bianca! These winners all exemplified great attitude and deportment. Even the endless sycophantic fawning of the TSN (Toronto Sports Network!) and Sportsnet talking heads cannot tarnish these who brought such delight to so many.
Then came Dorian - the hurricane that wreaked havoc on parts of The Bahamas - was downgraded to a post-tropical storm by the time it reached Nova Scotia's shores, and generally speaking, gave our area only minor problems. Metro and the South Shore were stung considerably harder - most here were fortunate not to lose electrical power (with some individual exceptions). The Eagle would like to lay some of the omissions in the September edition at the storm's feet, but that would be mis-appropriating blame. The Old Bird filled some 5 pages in a busy issue (and left some items out on purpose to keep mailing weight down!), but flat out missed other upcoming events. This is a fitting segue to remind our readers to PASS ALONG news to the Eagle's e-address, or to the correspondents whose phone #s are listed at the bottom. This is particularly important for organizations that wish their info announced - and remember, we are published monthly, so a good idea to have your communications person(s) send along events coming in the next 1-5 weeks that you want included by the 7th of the month. With that, our mea culpa - we neglected to advise you of the Ed Sealy weekend and Gospel Concert at the Baptist Church; the giant Knox Church Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast, Before Monday's Gospel CD release concert, and the fund-raising concert held for Brent Walters (Glen, Susan), the standout hockey goaltender who will patrol the crease for Canada at the Winter Deaf Olympics in December in Italy. Also missed was the very popular Brookfield Elementary School Fall Fair, which is a fun evening of games, contests, food, and great prizes, all in support of BES activities. We can't print it if we don't have the info!
New Brookfield Mens Club President Win Matheson ran a snappy opening meeting of the BMC in September; 20 members answered the roll call, and Win would like nothing better to fill even more chairs! So, all are invited to the October meeting on Monday 21st, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station.
The BMC want to publicly thank Forest Glen Greenhouses (prop. Judy and Megan Thompson), whose donation of flora made Ed Creelman Park sparkle all summer and into the fall! Thanks also to the Brookfield Garden Club, whose efforts also added to the splendor - it is much appreciated. Glad to see the Transportation Dept. repairing the Brentwood Road bridge over the Little River before a vehicle fell through. We remind TIR, BCA, and the provincial government the Eagle's Countdown Clock (see January 2019 edition) to replace the Highway 289 bridge over the same watercourse is now down to 5 years and 9 months, which sounds like lots of time, until one factors in the glacial pace exhibited to date! The good news is the repair and reinforcing of the Brentwood bridge is hopefully a harbinger that it is being readied to handle the eventual detour on 289 when that structure is replaced! Lafarge hosted an Open House to demonstrate the tire handling and kiln injection system; there were just under 100 attendees. Researcher Dr. Mark Gibson was there, along with reps from Air Testing Services, the company who will be taking gas samples from the stack in October. The samples will be analyzed by certified laboratories to produce an emissions report on tire-derived fuel as a coal/coke replacement - which will be compared to existing base line data, and presented to the public.
Fall saw some beautiful weddings - Sarah Densmore (Wade, Nellie) came home from BC to marry Scott Latkin at the family cottage on the Stewiacke River - the couple wisely advanced the proceedings by a couple of days to prevent Dorian from stealing the show! Caila Henderson's (Brenda, Mike) venue was also by the water - she wed fellow Allisonian Robbie Lebans in Point Pleasant Park (where Dorian was no match for Juan in terms of destruction). Also in Halifax, fiddler supreme Alycia Putnam wed Justin Partridge of Antigonish – they reside in Metro. In Newfoundland, Rebecca Bigelow (Cindy, Earl) wed Nick Capps; best wishes to all the couples! Jackie and Betty Pratt celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary - well done! - we hope the newlyweds hit that milestone in 2079 - how far-off does that sound!?! The Pratt Open House was hosted by adult children Danielle, Derrick, Darrell and their families; earlier in the summer daughters Diane and Deborah had been home from the west. Charlie and Gloria Joyce's 50th anniversary attracted 150 to the All Around the Circle Senior's Lounge - the Joyce's hosted 75 family and friends, including their 4 daughters, numerous siblings, grand - and great-grandkids, for a dinner at their home. Caitlyn and Kenton McNutt have a handsome baby boy, Weston - a second grandson for Tammy Armstrong and Brian Stewart (and step-grandson for Sherry Stewart and Scott Armstrong). From Alberta comes word of a son born to Chad (Rollie, Glenda Harvey) and Jerica, welcome Pryor Harlan Works!
Among those in town for the weddings was Sarah's brother, Robbie, and Mark Dean from Connecticut; and the Henderson family's cousins, Don and Ginger Mason, from upstate New York. Don is a volleyball coach and trombonist of note; he deserves some lauding for Caila's court skills, but shuns any credit (?) for his cousin's saxophone ability!?! Roberta Smith and Henry Zelasko came from Ontario. Great to see former Elks centerfielder Gordie Spears down from Ontario, at the Brookfield Golf Club for a round with some former teammates. Gordie was a mega-star in provincial (and beyond) softball circles for years for Metro teams, before shocking many (including his family!) and joining the Elks in his final year, where he played a pivotal role in the Elks Silver medal - winning team in Hull in 1977, the first of six straight trips to the Canadian tournament. Let’s give a hardy Brookfield welcome to Patrick O’Halloran and Chauntelle Melong who have moved into the former Hamilton home on the Carter Road; to Ellen Atkinson and Ryan Delaney and their son Emmett, as well as Tanya LeMoine in the former Reclaimed Cottage. Ken and Janice Wilson are in the former Dave Crowe house on the Upper Brookfield Road, while Doug Cross and Robyn Morrisey have moved into the former McDonald/Embree house across the road at the foot of that street. Jordan Baxter and Anja Whiteway from Cape Breton and PEI respectively have moved into the former Hoyt home in Brentwood.
Aleksandra Conevska, who arrived in Brookfield aged 6 months, with her parents Rajka Busic and Slavjan Coneveski, fleeing war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina, graduated McGill University with her Master's degree in political science. Her area of concentration has been on environmental and energy politics - sounds like we could use her as Prime Minister! She has received a fellowship to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and will soon start work towards her Ph.D in her field. David (Bob, Jean) and Lisa Lawrence's daughter, Sophia left Dr. J. H. Gillis High School in Antigonish with a scholarship to Mount Allison, where she will pursue a degree in Fine Arts. Congratulations to Earle Morgan, who built his very successful Brookfield Concrete Products, into a significant player in the industry, and recently sold the business - Earle will lend his management expertise to the new owners for some months, before enjoying a well-deserved retirement! Here's hoping the new owners maintain the level of community support Earle demonstrated! Joanne Hatfield, the multi-talented musician, is an integral part of Alan Sylliboy and the Thundermakers. That band is nominated for two Nova Scotia Music Awards (Indigenous Artist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year). They are releasing an album in late October. Nominated for the Blues Recording of the Year is the Tucker Blues Group, featuring Ben Tucker (and his Dad, former Brookfielder, Gordie). Ben Fraser (Scott, Heather) will bring his high energy and skill level to the Truro Jr. A Bearcats this season. Eric Fields (Mike, Sharon), resident of Old Halifax Rd., had a terrific season on the baseball diamond - despite the Grade 10 SCA student being Bantam age, he stepped up an age category, and pitched the Hants North Jays to the Nova Scotia Midget AA championship! The southpaw was the winning pitcher in a tight 2-1 final. Eric has attended high level baseball showcases in Hartford, Connecticut for two years, and the reigning SCA Junior Athlete of the Year stars for the Wolves in volleyball, soccer, and basketball, and looks forward to the revolving change of sports seasons. Speaking of talented Wolves, burgeoning curling star Alexa Roop (Andrew) attended a high-level camp in Moncton, receiving instruction from World champions Ryan Harnden, Mark Kennedy, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Lawes - now maybe Alexa can teach grandmother Betty!?!
Condolences to the family of the late Marg Osborne, who passed away; among the many are sons Alan and Ron Colpitts, brothers Bill and Lloyd Stone, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Kevin MacKenzie, son of Grace, Dad to Ryan and Tina, grandfather to Michelle, and sibling to nine, passed away at 62. Dave Guy died in Truro at 69; he spent his early years in Brookfield when his Dad, Ralph was Principal at BRHS through the 1950s. Dave spent 50 years on air at CKCL/CKTO, and was a big supporter of initiatives here, lending his voice and MC skills on a number of occasions. Josh Boulton’s Dad, Terry passed away in Cole Harbour. Cecil Stevens 92, of Brentwood died – he leaves daughters Tina Blair, Sylvia Robicheau, and son Brian. Grace Moore of Lower Truro died; she was wife to longtime South Colchester Minor Hockey executive, the late Ron Moore; her kids and grandkids spent many hours on the Sportsplex ice. Joyce Davis, wife of former BRHS grad Rev. Glen Davis, died in Cape Breton while at their cottage – they live in BC.Sympathies are extended to those who mourn the loss of loved ones.
Krista McMullin doesn't let the grass grow under her feet - she recently spent time in Gotham City. Dawn Carter-Henderson toured Alberta and western USA; Myrna Clarke and Kathy Dean were in Newfoundland; Betty Roop went to Toronto to tend to grand-daughters Emily and Charlotte Ovsenny while Sherry and Jay went to the Volunteer State. Larry Harrison, and sister Mary-Lou and Gerry and Sandra Brenton enjoyed a wonderful Baltic Sea cruise; as did Sandy and Mabel Barber. Dane and Danique Henderson went to Banff. Wade Densmore decided to join his son Robbie in Arizona where Robbie was working for two weeks. The Baptist church held a Pot Luck Supper and going - away party for Pastor Eric and Pauline MacKinnon who are headed to Glace Bay to spend time his ailing Dad. We wish them well.
The golf scene was very busy. 2019 Club Champions were: Mens - Mike Henderson, Womens - Denise Snow, Juniors - Nicholas Penny, Sr. Men - Robert Putnam, Super Seniors - Gene Bell, Sr. Women - Chris Bernard, Super Seniors - Annie Woodworth.Partners champs were Darrell Penney and Paul Brown. Patrick Stewart downed Stan Wood in a tight 2&1 verdict for the Match Play title; his ace on #12 was a huge help! Others recording holes-in-one at BGC were Dan Dean and Kate Coulter. Brookfield Golf Club thumped Fox Hollow GC in the 21st annual Shaw Cup, giving them a record of 11-9-1 in the event. Shaw debutante Austin McBurnie was 3-0 for the local squad, as were Ted Sodero and Dane Henderson. Champions on the 32nd Annual Bopper - Jiggs Tour were Derek Dean, Mike Henderson, Gary Caldwell, Jonathan MacKenzie, and Stevie Healy Jr. Ryan Sutherland edged Henderson by 1/2 point to win the season-long Sandbaggers Cup. Successful Golf Scrambles were hosted at BGC in support of the Brookfield Athletic Association and the Terry Fox event. The area is churning out young golf stars - Shortts Lake resident Owen Mullen (Ainsley, Greg) won the provincial juvenile (U16) championship, was runner-up (only bowing out after 3 playoff holes!) in the NS Junior (U18) , and won the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour at Fox Harb'r (with a 36 hole total of NINE under par!). Younger brother Simon, won the Bantam (U14) division at the same tournament with 1 over 155. Zach Gaudet, son of former Brentwood native Kevin (and Andrea) Gaudet won the Peewee (U12) division (+5), and also won the provincial Peewee crown. Rylan Sutherland (Brad, Megan), youngest Mullen brother Elliott, and Nicholas Penny (Mike, Billy Jo), finished 3rd, 4th, and 7th, respectively at Peewee provincials played at Truro GC. South Colchester Academy had teams competing in Senior Boys, Junior Boys and Girls at District and Regional tournaments – the Sr Boys (Matt Murphy, Riley Fisher, Simon Mullen and Rylan Sutherland) finished second to host Amherst High (with Fisher finishing 3rd overall), and advanced to provincials at Grandview GC in Dartmouth. The Junior Girls team of Riley Gates, Jeslyn Searle, Jenna Poehl and Millie Brenton were lights out at Mountain GC, winning the Regional title!! The Jr. Boys team (Cam Weatherbee, Simon Mullen, Logan Roop and Rylan Sutherland won bronze. Coaches were Kelly Spencer and Mike Henderson. A big thank you from the school’s program to both Brookfield and Fox Hollow Golf Club for making their courses available to the teams gratis!
Betty Pratt broke both her hips in falls and Letha Mowatt broker her wrist. Helene Henderson underwent successful hip surgery. Others hospitalized were Stena Cook, Rose Busby and Kirk MacKenzie.
Thanks to all who supported the Terry Fox Run - a very enjoyable 6k jaunt in mid-September to Carter Falls. The run was paced by the amazing Pearl Cameron, 90, of Urbania, several of her kids, grandkids (including Canadian Olympian Tracy (Cameron) Stuart, and great-grand-kids. It was Pearl's 37th Terry Fox Run. Peral’s group has raised $95,000 over the years, and the indomitable Wayne Woolfit has passed $70,000 – Amazing! Nick and 17 year old daughter Maryn Matheson were among the 200 who participated; they marked the 14 year anniversary of her receiving part of her dad's liver to defeat her own liver cancer. Gratitude in the highest is expressed to all who volunteered, participated, helped organize, played music (Cherry Lane, with next-to-no notice!), and or fed the masses! The TF Committee's year-long efforts raised $ 32,000 + for the crucial cause! Thanks also to Margaret (Peggy Suttis) Rutherford of Ontario (native of Halfway Brook) for her kind donation to the Eagle!!
remember to exercise your democratic franchise and vote
in the federal election on October 21!
Reminder to get your tickets for the Brookfield Athletic Association's (BAA) 83rd Annual Sports draw! Over $65,000 worth of prizes will be handed out, with the draw done on Pure Country radio FM 99.5 on November 12. You can win a deluxe 2019 4-door Jeep Wrangler, $5000 in Atlantic Superstore Gift Cards, a 24" Husqvarna Snowblower, a heavy-duty Mountain Bike, or $500 worth of MacQuarries Pharmasave gift cards. The deer hunting season is well underway for archers and musket loaders, with the rifle season opening in late October - the BAA wants to thank Roop's Esso for again hosting the weigh scales for the BAA. The NHL season is underway - hope spring eternal in the breasts of fans of 30 teams, hoping to wrest the Stanley Cup from first-time champs, St. Louis Blues. This also means the Elks hockey pools have begun - for only $2 you can play each week, win money and amaze your friends with your prognosticating ability. For info on both the Sports Draw and Hockey Pools, contact any BAA member, Roops Esso/Cleaners, or visit brookfieldathleticassociation.ca. Both the Sports Draw and Hockey Pools are integral fundraisers that enable the BAA to continue their terrific support of youth sports in the area. The Brookfield Elks of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League will have their home games SATURDAY AFTERNOONS (4:00 start times) this year - catch the action - upcoming home games: Oct 12 - Strait, Oct 26 - Sackville, Nov 2 - Cumberland, Nov 9 - Antigonish.
Knox United Church will host their annual Turkey Supper on Saturday October 26, 4:30 - 6:30; drop in for a fine meal among friends. The Knox United Christmas Luncheon and Sale is slated for November 2, 11 AM – 1 PM. The village's Christmas House Tours will occur on November 22-23 - this always brings a ton of admiration from visitors, and swelling pride to the natives; save the dates. Homes are sought to be decorated; please call Donna (673-2591) or Judy (673-2427) for more info. The 569 G.N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron has an Open House on October 15 at the Brookfield Elementary School, 6:30 - 8:30 PM - all welcome to learn more about this great program. Check email@example.com for more info. All Around the Circle Seniors Club will have their monthly luncheon on Tuesday October 15; 12 noon at the Sportsplex. Elk Court will celebrate their 10th Birthday with an Open House on Monday October 21, 1:30 – 3:30 PM. All welcome to come and share cake!
Excellent volleyball comes to SCA on Sunday October 27 (1pm) when the Mount Allison University Mounties team – featuring the Crouse’s of McKay’s Siding, Head Coach Robbie, and Libero Hannah – will take on the Metro Senior Women Stars. Caila Henderson returns to SCA to lead the All-Stars.
Plan now to attend the Remembrance Day service at the monument at the Fire Station; 10:45 on Monday, November 11. Contact Bob Lawrence (673-2022) if you wish to purchase/lay a wreath. There will be a luncheon at Knox United afterward.
See you at the BMC; Monday October 21; 7:30 PM