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October 2017
Volume 29, Issue 2

Incoming Brookfield Men’s Club (BMC) President Jim Feener sailed through the opening meeting in September, and the clubmen were most appreciative of master competitive marksman Paul Rodd’s presentation. It was enlightening, and Paul talked about the dedication and thousands of hours at practice that has seen him shoot at the world-renowned Bislet competition in England. Jim thanked outgoing President Donald “Pibb” Henderson for his fine work guiding the BMC the past two years. The group will re-convene on Monday, October 15, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. The meeting will feature a presentation from the Cobequid Wildlife rehabilitation Centre. All are welcome to attend.

Mike Henderson has been elevated in the United Church hierarchy, and moved into the Manse! No that is not a mis-print-the long-time BMC-er did not attend Divinity School, but Knox’ new Minister is the Rev. Mike Henderson, most recently of the Upper Musquodoboit Charge. We welcome the Scotsburn, Pictou County native to Brookfield, and wish him the best with his flocks here and in Middle Stewiacke! Audrey MacDonald hosted a “Tent City” in her backyard this summer as her five adult offspring, spouses, grand-kids, and great-grand-kids visited during Home Coming time. Much merriment ensued. Debbie Ross’s daughter and friend Patrick came from Auburn, Maine to visit her and Austin, and tour the Annapolis Valley. Mac Campbell was home from Ottawa for Bomber’s 65th birthday. Wendi (Campbell) Grant was home from B.C. to spend time with Gord and her brothers. Welcome Mike, Elly, Dakota and Dominik Legere – they have moved in to the former Winter’s house on Elm Street. Nice to see Ivy Haasen and her sister-in-law Hendrika here from Northern Ontario to visit Ivy’s mother Edna Graham. The Eagle also wishes to thank Edna for her donation to the cause; others have asked about mailing same–they can be sent to BMC Eagle, c/o Treasurer Robert Putnam, 242 Carter Rd, Brookfield, NS B0N 1C0. The BMC also want to thank Forest Glen Greenhouses and the Brookfield Garden Club for their floral contributions, which beautified the BMC’s Ed Creelman Park, and the lot at the corner this summer – what an eyeful! While at it we tip our cap to the Park Committee–volunteers included Bob Lawrence, Herb MacFarlane, Terry and Pibb Henderson, Don Harvey, Austin Ross, Gerry Buott, Charlie Burnett, Win, John, and Gab Matheson, and also to summer student Mary Jane Fisher who diligently staffed the Train Station and Park. Well done all!

The September issue was replete, so some news was held back to this issue. Lots of news from the golf world – Steve Locke burnished his reputation by winning the prestigious Nova Scotia Senior Championship, copping the crown by 5 strokes at the Truro GC over a strong field! This burnished his reputation as one who rises to the occasion, and plays his best golf when it means the most. By virtue of this, he led the Nova Scotia team to the Canadian Senior Championships in suburban Montreal, where after a rocky start, he fired the low round of Day 2 of the event (70), which he needed to make the cut by a stroke. He followed up with two more rounds in the 70s–a good showing. At the Brookfield Golf Club, Champions were – Men’s – Mike Henderson; Women’s – JoAnne MacNeil; Juniors – Austin McBurnie, Seniors – Men – Robert Putnam, Women – Kate Coulter; Super Seniors – Men – Cory Laffin , Women – Annie Woodworth. Dave Wright won the Club Match Play title. Brookfield Golf Club trounced Fox Hollow GC (19.5 – 4.5) to re-take the Shaw Cup, evening the overall series 9-9-1. Winning team members were Darrell Penney, Ted Sodero, Mike Penny, Patrick Stewart, Darren Peterson, Dave Wright, Derek Meek, Robert Putnam, Cory and Ryan Sutherland, and Dane and Mike Henderson. Cody Locke earned his CPGA Professional’s card, and competed in some Atlantic PGA tournaments — those events are thick with golfers with Brookfield connections–also competing for pro cash with Cody are Alex Jewers, Tanner Gayton, and Brian Affleck (the latter finished second in this year’s APGA standings). The South Colchester Academy Golf Team, led by Coach Kelly Spencer, turned heads at the Northumberland Regionals in Truro. Austin McBurnie tied for low score in the field with 75, Matt Murphy was solid with 86, and neophyte linksman Ben Fraser posted a remarkable 97. After playing his first 3 holes in 9 over par, the savvy Grade 10 student, playing in his first competitive event, re-grouped, and allowed the team to finish 3rd, and advance to the Provincial Finals at Paragon GC. There, McBurnie put up another sparkling 75 – this one good enough to make him NS High School Champion – awesome!! The Junior High Regionals were contested at Mountain GC, and the team of Camden Weatherbee, Ryan Searle, and Tristen Sutherland made a good showing, auguring a bright future for SCA golf!

The Brookfield Elks recently opened their 20th season in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League- lots of special activities are planned in their anniversary season! On October 5th at their home opener, they paid tribute to long-time members of their organization, Susie Smith and Betty Carter, both of whom passed away in the off-season. These two were of tremendous service to the club. On October 12th, the Elks will mark their 20th anniversary in the NSJHL. On October 19th, the Brookfield Athletic Association/Elks will recognize the East Hants Mastodons in a pre-game ceremony, honoring their Canadian Senior Softball Championship, which was bolstered by several past and current Elks. The Elks are in action most every Thursday night, 7:30 starts at the Sportsplex. Coach Shane Robar promises an exciting brand of hockey–drop in and support the Elks. Call 673-2263 if you want more information. On Sunday October 15, locals can get to see high-level University Volleyball, as the Mount Allison U. Mounties come to Brookfield to take on the Metro Senior All-Stars, featuring, among others, former University All-Stars Lauren Sears and Caila Henderson. Game time is 1 PM; stop in and check it out – you will leave wowed by the skill and athleticism.

Daniel Patton and Kyle Henderson motored to Montreal to take in a skateboard extravaganza. Caila Henderson and beau Robbie Lebans toured London and Barcelona. Charlie and Janet Burnett and Robert and Dorene Matheson went to Nashville, and Jeff and Misti Campbell took a Trans Atlantic and Mediterranean cruise. Dave Wilson went to Florida to help with power restoration. Petra Stewart and Cathy Graham went to Toronto, Brian and Gwen Campbell to Ottawa, and Beth Maguire to Calgary. Lori Nielsen and 4 friends spent 5 days cycling around Lac St Jean, Quebec. The Twisted (Campbell) Sisters toured Grand Manan Island. Brailynn Colpitts (Tonya, Chris) has moved to western Canada.

A big loss to the community occurred with the passing of Ron Creelman, the quiet, understated, but very community minded owner of the Brookfield Lumber Company. He leaves wife Susan, daughters Jan and Margo and their families (six grandchildren), sister Lynne Kennedy. Mary MacDougall’s mother, Peggy Lawson, of Saint John, and most recently Hilden, passed away. Scott Isenor of Carroll’s Corner, died at Elk Court; and Phyllis MacNeill, the very kind soul and former resident of Middle Stewiacke went to her reward. David Smith’s father Foster died in Truro. Krista Caines’ father, Graham Henry passed. Tragically, Susie (Hill) Butlin, Bev Robert’s sister, died in Tatamagouche, and RCMP Cpl. Frank Deschenes was killed when struck by a vehicle during a roadside stop near Memramcook, N.B. Deschenes is remembered locally for using his police cruiser to push a 26 year old woman’s damaged car off the Trunk 2 railroad crossing at the south end of the village, mere seconds before a train thundered through, likely saving her life. We offer sympathies to all who lost loved ones.

Jessica and Daniel Ash have a beautiful baby girl, Anna. A grand-daughter for Rod and Lori Nielsen, as well as Sherry Ellis and Ken Slauenwhite (Alton) and Steve and Laura Ash (Stewiacke), and a great-granddaughter for Velma Fisher. Exciting times at their home in Truro Heights!

Crystal Lake Drive’s Anne Janelle has been nominated for a Nova Scotia Music Award for Folk Recording of the Year–the ceremony is in Truro in November. A big round of applause for the crew who welcomed the National Kids for Cancer Ride to Brookfield. Some 39 cyclists, doing 220 km/day, received a terrific lunch at the Fire Station, courtesy of Krista McMullin, Patsy McCallum, Betty Roop, Donna Matheson and others. Their Brookfield stop was made more memorable as Autaum (Stone) Marshall had her class at Brookfield Elementary research the cyclists, and greet them with on-point references, posters, and the like. Not hard to see why they plan a Brookfield stop! The group has raised over $900,000 this year. The Terry Fox Run was another big success on a beautiful day at Carter Falls. Scores of volunteers made things run smoothly, at the event, as well as the Bar-B-Q and musical presentation afterwards. Thanks so much to all who do such a terrific job. This year the committee raised $28,000 for cancer research. Special thanks to the Pearl Cameron family, Wayne Woolfit, Memorial Sign donors, and Lafarge, all for their generous donations.

Ill health/maladies slowed/hospitalized some, including Todd Boyd, Charlie Burnett, Gordie Campbell, Robert Putnam, Judy and Win Matheson. We hope most are feeling better by the time you read this.

The 81st Annual Brookfield Elks Sports Draw and Hunt Contest is in full swing. Already archers and muzzle-loaders have weighed in deer at the convenient scales (space kindly provided by Roop’s Esso). Make sure you get your tickets soon –the Grand Prize is a 2017 Jeep Wrangler from Blaikies. Other terrific prizes are $5000 in gift cards from Atlantic Superstore, a shooting package for 12 at Hnatiuk’s Range, an inflatable dinghy, and pet food for a year ($790 value) from Feed ‘n’ Needs! The draw will be done on November 13 on Cat Country Radio 99.5 FM. Tickets are available at retail outlets everywhere, or you can purchase on line at http://www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca Your support of this contest ensures the BAA can continue to provide assistance to boys and girls of all ages in sporting activities in our area! Can you lend a hand for 3 hours on Saturday October 14, from 9 until noon to help beautify our village? The BMC will meet at the Fire Hall, and then do their semi-annual “Adopt-a-Highway cleaning of Carter and Whidden Roads–we hope you can help. The Brookfield Curling Club will have their Open House the week of October 23-29. Instruction and equipment are provided at no cost –please come out and ‘test drive’ this great game– fun, fellowship, exercise, and various levels of competition for all ages. If some balky joints or muscles may hinder you, Stick curling is embraced by many, and allows you to play, so you can stay in the game! Monday 23rd – Friday 27th 7-9 PM; Saturday – Sunday {28 & 29} from 1-3 PM. Azuline Duv is a duo comprised of Sara Graficante on flute and Emma Rush on guitar, who have performed across North and South America, Europe and Asia–and they are coming to Brookfield on Sunday November 5 at 2 PM at Knox Church. Their show is a favourite of all audiences, combining lyrical sensitivity with awesome technique in a compelling and unusual presentation. $15 adults, $5 for students- see you there! The ice is in at the Sportsplex — let’s make use of this great facility– you can book ice time, or find out what activities are of interest/available to you by calling 673-2063, or check on line at http://www.colchesterrfa.ca

Did you know that the Fitness Centre at South Colchester Academy is open to the adult public, free of charge, for our residents to use a fully-equipped gym for workouts?!? This is a joint effort of SCA Administration, the School Advisory Council, the CCRSB, and the County’s Recreation Department. All that is required is that users must attend a one hour Orientation session to become familiar with the equipment, and how to safely use it, and sign a waiver to become a registered attendee. A monitor is on hand to ensure procedures are followed, and to provide some assistance with the facility. Gym hours are Monday to Friday, 5:30 – 8:00 PM. Check colchester.ca/recreation, or the community web or FaceBook page for the time of the next orientation session, likely before the end of October.

Hungry? Knox Church will host their Turkey Supper on Saturday October 28, 4:30-6:30. Eat in or take out available. All Around the Circle Seniors Club will hold their monthly luncheon on Tuesday October 17 – doors open at 11:30, meal at 12 noon. $7 for members, $9 for others. There will be a Hallowe’en Dance at the Curling club on October 28, featuring Glenn Bob & the Boot. The duo has been well received at earlier dances. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $10 at Roop’s Esso, $15 at the door. The BMC will provide a street patrol on Hallowe’en [Oct 31]. Citizens wishing to help, (which mostly involves telling yarns!) can meet at Knox 8:30 -10:30. There will be a Remembrance Day Service at the Memorial in front of the Fire Station on Saturday, November 11, beginning at 10:45 AM. If you wish to arrange to lay a wreath, or otherwise take part in the service, please contact Bob Lawrence at 673-2022 or e-mail bobjeanlawrence@gmail.com. The ever-popular Christmas House Tours are slated for November 24th & 25th – watch for more details in the November issue!
If you are between the ages of 12-18 and would like a challenge or a place to take part in fun activities, 569 Colonel G.N Henderson Brookfield Air Cadet Squadron would be the place to go. There is no cost to join cadets! A uniform is issued to each and every cadet, free of charge, and cadets get the opportunity of participating in activities such as; Gliding/Power Familiarization, Outdoor Survival Exercises, Marksmanship, Biathlon, Effective Speaking, Summer Training, Pilot Training and much more. If you are interested in joining the program, please feel free to come visit. We parade from 6:30-9:15pm every Tuesday night at the Brookfield Elementary School. For more information click here to email

The Mission and Outreach Seminar Series (MOSS) will host a session on “Law and the Family” with speakers from Central Nova Women’s Resources Centre on October 24th, 7:30 pm at Knox Hall – all welcome.

The Eagle