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November 2015 Volume 27, Issue 3

    The October Brookfield Men's Club (BMC) meeting fell on the evening of the federal election, so the meeting was consummated quickly, a tasty lunch was shoveled down the collective hatches, and the members fled to their TV sets to watch the results. The BMC vote, taken at the September meeting, bore little resemblance to the Atlantic or nation-wide electorate!?! Canada's new Prime Minister is Justin Trudeau; we wish him well in restoring Canada to its rightful place as a nation the rest of the world respects, and can rely upon to "do the right thing". It is unfortunate how departing PM Harper micro-managed the government and its’ many arms; and that he caused a hard-working parliamentarian and Brookfield resident, MP Scott Armstrong, his seat in Ottawa. Hopefully version 2.0 uses his majority mandate with wisdom.

Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services will host the program for the BMC on Monday, November 16 - this is always informative; all are welcome to attend at 7:30 PM. The following day, Tuesday, Nov 17, All Around the Circle Seniors group will hold their monthly meeting and luncheon - doors open at 11:30 at the Sportsplex. If the past several years are an accurate harbinger, there will be a huge crowd at the Remembrance Day service on Wednesday November 11 at the Veterans' Memorial, in front of the Fire Hall. Area residents typically turn out in droves for the service, which begins at 10:45 AM. Thanks to Zoe Barbour for her kind donation to the Eagle.    Nellie and Wade Densmore toured The Netherlands, her parents' homeland. Kitty McMullin visited her son in Arizona - if this winter repeats last, she may want to flee there again in February! Herb and Betty MacFarlane visited daughter Krista and her family in Newfoundland. Donald "Pibb" Henderson visited his brother Robert in Winnipeg - they saw the Jets - Lightning NHL game, as well as taking in the BlueBombers CFL tilt.  Jack Roop attended a Tim Horton's conference in Orlando where he accepted a citation for his mother Betty’s 20 year franchise ownership. Dane Henderson spent a week in Atlanta on training on behalf of Windsor Salt. The diving Canadian loonie did not deter some - Daisy Hingley and Myrna Clarke hopped a bus, and did not get off until they reached Nashville! They also took in the sights of the Crescent City (New Orleans). Audrey MacDonald's bus ride stayed on the seaboard - her destination was Maryland. Bev Bradley, Zoe Barbour and Donna Matheson traveled to the eastern US. Did Stacey Harrison 'roll the bones' while in Las Vegas? Gene Retson is not faint of heart - he bicycled through the Canadian Rockies! Gerry MacWha went west to visit his daughters Heidi and Janet. Missed earlier were separate trips to Alberta by Lenny Carter, and Dawn Carter-Henderson with their father Ray’s ashes.   
    We were sorry to learn of the passing of Middle Stewiacke native Richard Sill - he was Grant and Reg's brother, and suffered a heart attack while playing hockey in Ontario. Ruth MacDonald's Dad, Bill Wilson of Little Dyke, passed away. In Upper Onslow, Pauline Roode died - she was a sister to Richard Lindsay; and former Brookfield Bowling League member, Bill Pollock of Stewiacke East died. Dennis Chittick of Hilden died; he had worked for many years at Brookfield Lumber. Sympathies are extended to all who lost loved ones.                     Congratulations to Judy Wright, newly minted Postmaster at our Post Office. The very personable Judy is a very suitable replacement for Tonya Dort, now the Local Area Supervisor for Canada Post - we will miss her, and wish her the best in her new position. Don Hazelton was inducted into the Truro Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. Don has been umping softball for over 55 years, as well as being the driving force in the Fundy Umpire Association. He has umpired at national championships, and all levels below at diamonds around the province. Kaye Retson and Susan MacDonald were recognized for their outstanding service to Knox United – Kaye was secretary for 44 years, and longtime organist (still is!) and someone who did whatever was necessary to make things run smoothly! Susan was the Treasurer of the pastoral charge for twenty years, a difficult task she made look easy!
    Trent Lynds finished third overall in the Provincial High School Cross-county meet - a terrific showing, and kudos also to dedicated SCA coach Leah Roop. Trent was rightly named one of the Athletes of the Month for October at SCA - others were Austin McBurnie (golf), and soccer players Emma Fisher and Jack Lewis (Junior High), and Victoria Harrop and Riley MacLeod (Senior High). Both Wolves Senior Girls and Boys teams defeated Springhill to claim Northumberland Regional soccer titles. The Girls, led by coaches Heidi (Weatherbee) MacLean and Lauchie MacKinnon, were Morgan Fisher, Abby Devlin, Shanea Field, Karlee Burgess, Erica Robertson, Morgan Toole, Rebecca Rankine, Olivia Hernden, Jessica McClellan, Alysha MacSwain, Faith Hoyt, Skylar McCarthy, Laura Graham, Julia Verboom, Veronica Hawkes, Josie Mason, Grace Sharpe, and Georgia Countway. Their season ended one win short of advancing to provincials, losing to a strong New Waterford team - showing well for the Red and Blue most notably were McClellan, MacSwain, Fisher,and Hernden. The Boys team hosted provincials, and was defeated in the semi-finals 4-2, by a skilled Digby team. Dwight Griffiths and Patti McKenzie led the strong squad, made up of Brody MACPHEE, Liam Giffen, Kyle Ashley, Clay Daury, Jordan Davies, Terry Park, Jordan MCKENZIE, Taka SHOTUBO, Riley Peck, Shane STOODLEY, Koleton Rockey, Luke MACMILLAN, Colton Cleveland, Dawson Miller, Alex Currie, Bryce Brown, Liam White, Riley MacLeod, Nic Crouse, and Arin MAZRIK (those in capitals shone in defeat).  
     Susan Carter is claiming to have assisted former schoolmate Art MacDonald with his math homework in their days at Sydney Academy! You may recognize him as the recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, for his work on neutrinos at his 2 kilometre long underground lab at Queens University in Kingston. MacDonald has credited Susan's late father, Dr. George Campbell, then Principal at S.A. for stoking his life-long interest in learning. Lucas Dawe was recognized at a recent Jr. Elks game for his strong five-year career on the blueline for the red and gold. Former Carter Rd. resident, Reg Boudreau of Truro, who went on to play pro football, was beaming with pride as his daughters graduated from Dalhousie U- Rejean with her Masters in Social Work, and Renee her B.S.W. RCAF Major David Monk (Chip, Maxine) had locals staring skyward recently - while headed back to his base in Quebec from CFB Greenwood he made a couple of very LOUD swoops over the village in his F-18. Reports had Club-Man Donnie Harvey "dropping and covering" - he thought the Russians were coming!
     Exciting news from the Wetlands Trails – recent walkers have noticed a romp of otters in the pond. The playful mammals seem very interested in observing Homo sapiens. It is wonderful that the eco-diversity is expanding! At the other end of the village, the towering windmill in Upper Brookfield has been dis-assembled and removed.    Nice to see Joan (Sutherland) and Kent Nickerson in the village for a few weeks from B.C. -Joan grew up on Carter Rd, and is a sister to Shirley Locke, Donna Jewers, and Ray (Duffy) Sutherland. Helen Densmore hosted a gathering for them and several friends. Ryan, Joanna (Canning) and baby Kai Stefani came from British Columbia to spend time with Terry Canning and Krista McMullin. Connor and Desiree Muise have moved into the former Ian McMullin house – Desiree is Wanda Arnold’s daughter. Wanda, owner of Reclaimed Cottage is excited about her impending grandmotherhood! Tanya Arenburg and Stephen Tracey have moved into the former Brenton house, re-located by Hugh Carter near the upper end of Carter Road. They have been here only a few weeks, but Tanya has already volunteered to coach the SCA Jr. Girls basketball team! New residents in Forest Glen are Daniel and Christine Richardson; Christine has joined the Curling Club. She and Tanya are obviously embracing the spirit of Brookfield, and quickly making many friends. Brent and Jackie Wright have moved further up the Upper Brookfield Road, now in the former Burrows home; moving into their former house is Steve Murphy.  
    Knox Choir member Susan Park is busting her buttons - her daughter Tanya Park and Sean Merritt have a new son - Henry Alan Merritt in Digby. Gene and Marion Retson will be making even more trips to Ontario - son Dan and wife Marita welcomed a new baby - Lola Marie. Soft-spoken gentle giant, and volleyball and Cruise Missile hockey star Rick Stone became a dad - he and wife Kate (also a very good volleyballer!) are thrilled to welcome Natalie to their Stewiacke East home. Speaking of volleyball (and Stewiacke East), longtime program builder, and Brookfield Elementary custodian/bus driver Roger Cox (and Kathy) became grandparents again - their son Jim and wife had a baby girl in Alberta - a cousin to Natalie Stone, and another in the Vissers diaspora. Mitch Johnson, afternoon Truro radio DJ, married Amy Seeton; they live in the former Hingley house on Densmore Lane.   
    Tune in to Cat Country radio (99.5) on FM dial at 5:30 PM on Thursday November 12 to hear the Grand Prize draws in the 79th Annual Brookfield Elks Sportsman's Contest (Big Game Hunt). Over $ 37,000 in prizes will be awarded! It is not too late to get your ticket - stop into Roop's Esso, Brookfield Bakery, or Mario's Food and Pizza Emporium, or contact John (673-2328) or Mike ( 673-2769), OR buy on line at www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca - click on Sports Draw to help support the BAA ! The next open meeting on plans to bring a refugee family (Project Hope) to our area will be Wednesday, November 18, at the Middle Stewiacke Rec Centre at 7:30 PM. The sponsorship includes the communities of Upper and Middle Stewiacke, and the greater Brookfield area (Brentwood, Forest Glen, Pleasant Valley, Shortt's Lake, and Green's Creek). Contact Joel Dawe at 956-1442 or jdawe64@gmail.com for more information, or how you can help. The Christmas House Tours are on tap for Friday and Saturday, November 27-28, 6 - 9:30 pm. There are five stops on the Tour, plus the Train Station, Knox Church, and Forest Glen Greenhouses (Saturday 2-430 only). Tickets are $10, and available at MacQuarries in Truro and Brookfield, or from Betty (673-2582). There will be a Craft Sale at Knox concurrent with the Tours. The Train Station Directors will be serving supper at 4:30 at Knox Hall both nights of the Tours - tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children - call Russell @ 673-3448. The Festival of Trees and stockings with gifts for the Christmas Index program will be displayed at the church and the station. All Around the Circle Senior’s monthly luncheon and meeting will be held at the Sportsplex Tuesday, November 17; doors open at 11:30. Public skating for all ages at the Sportsplex, Fridays 6 – 7 P.M. Adult skating is TBA, likely Thursday mornings at 10. The Brookfield Curling Club, celebrating 40 years, has a “Silver Broom” bonspiel slated for November 21 – open to all – register at the Club, or contact President Josh McCally (673-2141, joshandjessi@eastlink.ca) A Christmas concert featuring Lana Grant and guest musicians makes a stop on their Maritime tour at Knox on Saturday 12, 7 P.M. Lana will be joining by Nashville recording artist MaKayla Lynn. They have a sizable following, so get your $20 tickets soon.

See you at the BMC on November 16! The Eagle

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