Box 195
Brookfield  NS


October 2013
Vol. 25 Issue 2

   Brookfield Mens Club - Eagle Newsletter-

     It has been a busy past few weeks in Brookfield - construction projects boomed. The new bridge over the "Meadow" brook on Highway 2 just south of the corner is open, eliminating fears that any cars would plunge through the previous ageing structure. The temporary Bailey Bridge has been removed and Heidi Cooke and Tyler Medaglia have regained their front yard! Likewise the very impressive new sidewalk on the north side of Highway 289 from near the corner to the Creamery Brook bridge has had the finishing touches applied. It certainly is a major improvement over the previous walkway for safety to pedestrians, young and old, motorists, and cyclists; and the overall appearance of the townscape. Phase three of the project from the brook to the Upper Brookfield Road is scheduled to be done in 2014. Thanks to the Brookfield Community Assembly and others for their tireless pursuit of these community projects. The new bridge is a major improvement; one wonders how long before the aforementioned bridge on the 289 over the Creamery Brook will be replaced; hopefully before it collapses or washes away! The Brookfield Men's Club will return for their second meeting of the season on Monday, October 21 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station, all are welcome to attend.

    Last month space considerations prevented us from giving proper recognition to the hundreds of volunteers who made our summer so special - the Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations, the Whing Ding, and Canada Day activities were enjoyed by large numbers of Brookfielders and visitors. One of the notable occasions at the Whing Ding was the Brookfield Athletic Association presenting the first annual Randy Roop Memorial Award, which will be presented to an individual, who has either had an outstanding singular accomplishment, or has given long-term service to the community's recreational profile. The inaugural winner was Hugh Matheson, for his 55 year plus with Elk teams, his work for the Athletic Association, a legendary coaching career in Junior hockey and Senior ball, (mens and womens), and as one of the key founding fathers of the Sportsplex. Hugh was overwhelmed when he was presented with the award by Randy's widow, Betty Roop. The Whing Ding was one of the anchors of the Coming Home to Brookfield and brought large crowds out for two evenings. To touch briefly on some of the many other activities of CHB - the wonderful parade and BBQ - serving as marshalls for the parade were Ken Retson and Nicholas Hinton - Ken was a member of the original 569 Air Cadets Squadron and Nicholas is a current Air Cadet. Commanding Officer Ralph Murphy spoke on the squadron's 60th anniversary, and gave thanks to the Men's Club for their ongoing supports as sponsor for 59 years! They led a remote airplane demonstration; many others visited an Antique Car Show and a Open House at the Fire Hall. A large crowd gathered at South Colchester Academy to enjoy wonderful musical performances of "Movies Greatest Moments" (MGM). Musicians and vocalists put on a fantastic show. A pancake and sausage breakfast was hosted at Shortt's Lake, along with a very moving Church service where Reverend Larry Harrison's meditation was based on the theme of Home Coming, "You're Among Friends." The service was highlighted by the baptism in the lake of Samara, daughter of Josh McCallum and Jessi Taggart. The ATV Club welcomed interested people to join them on a trail ride, and many participated in the The Amazing Race. Large crowds took in the Shortt's Lake boat tours. Yoga, hip-hop, and a recreation night were all well attended, and a steady stream of visitors checked out the Biggest Little Art Show. The Horse and Dog Show had to be moved inside due to the weather, but the flora was stunning during Bountiful Brookfield Blooms at the beautiful gardens of Scott and Erin Veitch. The Coffee House filled the Baptist Hall Auditorium to capacity. There was a fitness and nutrition session, and Golf Scramble, a 4-H petting farm and a movie night. Celebrating our Youth brought three talented youngsters (Brandon Rice, Angela MacKinnon,Victoria Fraser) to a large audience. There was a 5 km Fun Run around the village, and Madhatters Fun Time displayed many fancy chapeaus. 4-H club members did a BBQ lunch on behalf of MacQuarries Pharmasave, and the young at heart took advantage of the water slides at SCA courtesy of the Brookfield Fire Service. The closing worship service was held at the Carter Homestead led by Reverends Eric McKinnon and Larry Harrison.

    At the BMC closing last May, the members elected Jim Locke as the winner of Al Campbell Memorial Award, which is a de facto "Member of the Year" recognition. Jim has brought lots of ideas to the Men's Club, including a great effort on the program committee at Ladies Night. At the SCA graduation in June the Brookfield Men's Club Citizenship Awards went to Joe White and Alexandra Fisher. Kudos to all involved - and the numbers were over 300 (participants and volunteers) for the Terry Fox Run at beautiful Carter Falls. Once again the Brookfield Committee showed why the local version is one of the very best in the province, contributing over $27,000 in funds in Cancer Research. Wayne Woolfitt was recognized by ATV as the "Maritimer of the Week" for his career efforts on behalf of Terry Fox, which have passed the $30,000 mark - well done Wayne! Dennis Grant travelled to Yellowstone, Montana where he was presented with the 2013 lifetime achievement Fly Casting Instruction Award - this is the first time this award has gone to a recipient outside the United States! Dennis and wife Verley travelled to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia visiting family, before driving down to Big Sky country. Congratulations to Jonathan Dixon, formerly of Carter Road and great-grandson of the late June and BMCer Harold Ellis for graduating from St.Mary's University with his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in psychology. He finished with an astounding 4.11 GPA; next on his to do list is graduate school. His mother is Jeannette (Freeman) Kennedy and grandmother is Linda Freeman. Congratulations to Herb and Betty MacFarlane who celebrated their 50th anniversary; included in the proceedings was a renewal of their vows in the beautiful setting of their daughter Gail (and Jonathan's) home on Crystal Lake Drive. Donald (Pibb) and (Delta) Dawn Henderson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary amongst friends and family at the curling club.

The Brookfield Golf Club team made a very impressive showing at the inaugural Nova Scotia Golf Association Club Championship held at the Truro Golf Club in early October. The event featured 20 clubs from across the province - BGC finished a strong 5th place overall, and were actually the low team on the second day of the event, edging the provincial champions, Ashburn GC. On day two Mike Henderson was second in the overall field with a 72 - to overall tourney medalist Ashburn's Glenn Robinson 71, and Steve Locke was fourth overall with 74. Derek Meek and Robert Putnam also played solid golf in the team competition. Locke finished 11th and Henderson 13th in the competition. The annual Shaw Cup between Brookfield and Fox Hollow Golf Clubs was a thriller - the interclub competition went to the final match before ending in a 12-12 tie. As Fox Hollow was the previous holder, they retain the cup for 2013. Among those earning points for BGC were Mike Penny, Derek Meek, Darrell Penney, Mike Henderson, Patrick Stewart, Ryan Sutherland, Robert Putnam, Carman Michael, Scott Labrabor, Cody and Steve Locke. Coach Peter Hunt's SCA golf team excelled in the Junior High Regional Championship at Mountain Golf Club - Austin McBurnie finished first with a 77, Noah McCallum (80) was second, and Cole Fielding (87) also finished strong. Elmer Archibald is a man of many talents - while many know him for his acumen on the curling ice, some see the soft-spoken BMCer as the long- time chef extraordinaire for Ladies Night, or as a talented sailor on Shortt's Lake. Now you can add hole-in-one artist - he aced # 7 at BGC. Professional golfers with local connections had a good summer - three of them were in the top 8 in the Atlantic PGA Order of Merit - former SCA star Tanner Gayton was 8th, former Elk ball player and Carter Road resident Alex Jewers (Donna) was 7th, and former BJHS student and hockey player Brian Affleck was fourth. These three young men flat out pound it!

    We were sorry to learn of the passing at Elk Court of Gwen McKenney - she was a Halifax native and mother to Dr.Rod McKenney of Shortt's Lake. Two long time Brookfield ladies passed away - Gladys Archibald (mother to Larry), and the very popular Mary Bruce Fisher. Jim Gates of Truro, father of John Gates passed away, as did Mae Fulton of Truro, who was mother to SCHS/SCA retired teachers Robert Fulton and Christine Sandeson. In Halifax, Dr. Clair Callagahan passed away - he was father to former Brookfield resident and Lafarge engineer Jeff. Condolences go to Jackie Behan, Udvella Webster's daughter, on the passing of her eldest daughter Theresa Davey, in Dartmouth. We extend our sympathies to all who have lost loved ones.

    The provincial election brought our riding of Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley a new MLA - congratulations to Brookfield's (Shortt's Lake's) own Larry Harrison on winning a decisive plurality. We thank outgoing MLA Gary Burrill, a real gentleman, for his service to the constituency over the past 4 1/2 years. Stephen McNeil of Upper Granville is Nova Scotia's new Premier.

    Krista (MacFarlane) Tucker came from Newfoundland for her parents' anniversary celebration. Robert (Ibbett) Henderson was home from Winnipeg with his parents, Terry and Mary. Seldon Nelson and Rhonda Oliver have moved back to the area, and Kirby MacKenzie and family have moved home, having bought the Higgins property in Pleasant Valley. Maureen Foster of Birch Hill is now a grandmother with the arrival of baby daughter Michaela to the home of Tyler MacLeod and his wife Sarah in Dartmouth. Step - grand dad Terry Stewart, took his leave after 34 years at Lafarge, and is now working in Saskatchewan, scrambled home to see the new babe. Another addition to the list of grandchildren for Paul and Joan Campbell, as Mac and Nadine Campbell of Ottawa celebrated the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Joan. Patsy and Herb McCallum have a new grandson, Max - proud parents are Josh McCallum and Jessi Taggart. Blair and Jessica (Wright) MacAulay welcomed a baby boy in Pugwash, a grandson for Judy Wright. We are delighted to announce that famed local troubadours and chanteuses James Hill and Anne Davison have become more than musical collaborators - they have tied the nuptial knot - Congratulations! Anne is launching her latest CD, "So Long at the Fair" - there were wonderful performances recently in Truro, Grand Pre, and Halifax - if you missed, you can catch the next show in Lunenburg on October 24 (8:00 PM) - seating is limited so RSVP to anne@annejanelle.com. Josh Hamilton (Wanda) married the lovely Kristen Amero - they have erected a new home on Carter Road, opposite his cousin Petra Stewart. Janelle Canning said "I do" to Phil Lue in a ceremony on an Alaskan cruise! Krista McMullin and Terry Canning, as well as Phil and Kitty McMullin travelled west for Janelle's wedding, and the beautiful cruise; former Elk pitcher Steve and Patty Healy also cruised the Alaska - B.C. coastline. Everett and Margie Walters and Phillip and Linda Forsythe also went west. Business took Julie Walters to Toronto, and Mike Henderson to California. Wayne and Sheila Johnston went to Ottawa, Brian Clarke to Fort McMurray, and Audrey MacDonald went to Pennsylvania on a bus tour.

    Thanks very much to Herb MacFarlane for his kind donation to the Eagle. Dave Heffernan and Bob Fisher were hospitalized, and Hugh Matheson has been slowed with illness - we hope they return to health quickly.

    Please make note of the upcoming events. South Colchester Academy Senior Girls Soccer team host the Northumberland Regional Championship here on October 18-19 - come out and cheer the Wolves! Knox United Church will host a Turkey Supper on Saturday October 26 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. The UCW is changing the date and rebranding the long-time Christmas Bazaar; it will now be held on Saturday November 2 from 11:00 to 1:00 and will be known as the UCW Fall Bazaar and Luncheon. It will feature areas such as Nana's China Cupboard, Preserve Cupboard, Jewelery Box, Craft Shop, Cookie Table, Bake Shop, Silent Auction, Sweet Shop and Children's Corner. Please make an effort to attend the Remembrance Day service at 10:45 AM on Monday, November 11 at the Veteran's Memorial - this event draws a large crowd of all ages. Contact Bob at 673-2022 if you wish to participate. The Brookfield Men's Club will assist in the Street Patrol on Halloween - anyone wishing to assist with this is asked to meet at Knox Church from 8:30 PM onward. The All Around the Circle Senior Citizens club is hosting card nights - 45's and crib - every Wednesday night. Admission is $2 and 50/50 tickets will be sold - be there by 7:30 or earlier. A reminder to any and all readers who still may receive the Eagle via Canada Post - if you would send your email address to the eagle circulation department e-mail  we will happily add you to that method of circulation, which will put the Eagle on your computer screen several days sooner than a posted letter and help the BMC reduce their postage bill. We would ask any who have changed their e-mail address to please forward it as well, so we can eliminate the undeliverable "bounce backs" or just go to the community website listed below, and read it there, the minute it is published! The Brookfield Curling Club Open House will happen on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (1:30-4), October 19 and 20, and the evenings October 22, 23, 25,26 (7-9PM). The Curling Club is a fantastic place to meet friends, get some physical activity and enjoy some competition throughout the winter. Why not come and find out how easy and fun it is to become a curler! The Brookfield Elks home games in the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey league are most every Tuesday night at the Sportsplex at 7:30 pm. The Elks have a young squad this year with a large local contingent, and would greatly benefit from your support - you can also check their website to confirm their schedule at www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca. The Brookfield Garden Club has planned their first community project - to decorate the village with large wreaths hanging from brackets on the utility poles. They are inviting businesses, groups and any persons to sponsor a wreath. There will be a plaque with the sponsor's name or individual the sponsor would like to honour. This year they are working on a non profit basis. A letter of information and order form will be at businesses in the Brookfield area. If you would like more information phone Elsie 650-2028 or Heather at 890-4987 - cost is $60 for hanger, plaque and wreath. 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is now enrolling youth age 12 to 18 years. If you are interested in learning more about flying, leadership, sports and many more activities come join 569 Squadron. They parade every Tuesday evening starting 10 September 2013 from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. at the Brookfield Elementary School. The entrance is at the back (north side) of the school. For more information about 569 Squadron call Ralph at 843-6265, or visit any Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Knox UCW Unit 3 will once again be hosting the Christmas House Tours and Craft Sale - reserve November 29-30 now - watch for more details in the November Eagle.

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