Box 195
Brookfield  NS


October 2012
Vol.24  Issue 2


Wow! In our year- opening Eagle last month we mentioned some of the rains that had come our way in the previous weeks; we hardly knew we were just getting underway! The massive rainfall amounts on September 10 and 25 created widespread flooding throughout the village and most of South and Central Colchester. Washed out secondary roads and shoulders on principal roads, particularly the Upper Brookfield Road, and flooded basements everywhere were only part of the package. The Brookfield Golf Club looked like Bedford Basin; streams, brooks, and rivers everywhere overflowed. For over 10 months now the Brookfield Community Assembly and the South Colchester Academy Advisory Council have been pressing Colchester County, the Chignecto Central Regional School Board, the Department of Environment, and more recently the Provincial Government, to address the destruction of the river bank of the Creamery Brook, a few hundred yards above the 289 bridge. The athletic/soccer field, which has been a treasure to the high school and the community for over 60 years,is facing devastation with serious washouts at both the northwest and southwest ends, and with large rocks, boulders, and uprooted trees littering the field regularly. After the Remembrance Day 2011 flood, the BCA and SCA pointed out that unless the riverbank was restored where the Little River takes a slight bend to the southwest, the natural channel would be to empty through the demolished bank and over the soccer field, and this has indeed been the case. Subsequently there has been damage to the county's sanitary sewer line and the highway 289 bridge, as well as properties south of the 289, as the flood waters have gone across the field AND the highway. Surely the various agencies will rectify these situations in the immediate future, or we will be faced with this situation with even moderate-high levels of rain, let alone deluges.
The Brookfield Men's Club will meet again on
Monday October 15 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall - all residents of the area are invited to attend. As noted in the Eagle over the past several months, the "roster" has been thinned due to some members passing, and we would very much hope that others see fit to join the fellowship. Among the regulars at the BMC are 2012 Eagle Award winner Charlie Burnett, Jim Feener, Bob Lawrence, Donnie and Frank Locke, John, Win and Gab Matheson, Larry Harrison, Don Harvey, Austin Ross, Herb MacFarlane, Elmer Archibald, Don Hamilton, Ches Brown, Terry, Donald, and Mike Henderson, Jim Locke and Gordie Burnett. We would love to see more at our monthly gatherings.
This notice from the Eagle's Circulation department: any who have email addresses that have changed, please forward that information to Likewise some post office districts now require formal civic addresses to be part of your address - if you are in one of these areas (Stewiacke is notably one) - please send your correct civic address so we can make changes to our postal mailing list. A big thank you to Elaine (Ross) Healey of Wasaga Beach Ontario, and Herman and Eloise Murphy of Fredericton for their very generous donations to the Eagle - it is very much appreciated to supplement the cause!
Marian Parker's book of remembrances and recollections of our village over the past 70 years, "Memories
, Musings and Milestones" - Growing up in Brookfield was "launched" at the Sportsplex. It makes for an interesting perspective of the past - it is available for $15 at MacQuarries Brookfield.Congratulations to the outstanding Committee who organized another successful Terry Fox Run in our community; there was a fine turnout on a very beautiful day at the top of Carter Road for the trek back to Carter Falls. Most of those attended the thank you BBQ afterwards at Ed Creelman Park. With the various Terry Fox activities included, the community's total fundraising this year is in excess of $25,000, keeping it near the top of all the efforts in Nova Scotia. Individually Wayne Woolfitt raised an amazing $4,300 for the cause.
Congratulations to Velma Fisher's grandson Brad Fisher (Rick and Shelly) who was granted his professional designation as a Certified General Accountant (CGA). Another of Velma's grandsons, Sam Archibald (Patrick and Stephanie) was named Rookie of the Year for his Minor Ball Association. Yan Mowatt (Harry, Letha) won the prestigious Sieger class in PEI with her German shepherd SG1 Volten Dei Precision. This dog qualifies to show in the North American Sieger Show in Chicago. Jason Sanford, fast pitch star with the Brookfield Elks as a catcher and outfielder, recently played on the Canadian National Men's team that won the Gold Medal at the Pan-Am Games in Medellin, Colombia. Jason hails from Pictou County. The Canucks defeated Venezuela 4-1 in the final. Chad Sutherland (Alton,Lorna) married Nicole Clark (George, Joan) in a beautiful setting in the interval at the end of Crystal Lake Drive. Stacey Harrison (Larry and Suzanne) said "I do" to Jason Steele. Lori White caught the diamond Chipper VanTassell pitched to her. This has been a busy couple of months in Richard and Ellen Sutherland's household - in August youngest son Cory married Pam McKinnon, and in late September, elder son Ryan wed Terra Swap. It was nice to see many members of the Nelson and Sutherland families, as well as the bride's folks from Alberta, in town for the event. Richard's sisters came home - Charlene Fraser from BC, and Karen (and hubby Fred) Davis from the Ottawa area. Sisters Susan VanTassell and Helen Belanger stopped in Brookfield before going on a cruise, and former BRHS goaltending star Charlie Hanman, his wife Barb, and sister Ellen visited from Ontario. Austin Ross and Shirley Comeau were delighted to welcome home Ontario-based siblings Elaine Healey (Wasaga Beach) and Wilfred (and wife Marilyn) from Trenton, Ontario. Elaine and Shirley, accompanied by longtime pals Aerolynn (Stevenson) Green and Judy Matheson toured Cape Breton. Obee, David and Liz Benjamin came back to Brookfield for the afore-mentioned book launch. Edna Graham's daughters, Ivy Haasen and Lori Recoskie visited from Ontario. We pass along congratulations to Chris and Courtney (Fiander) Day, who are the proud parents of a baby boy, another grandson for Gower and Cindi Fiander. Judy Wright, popular Canada Postie, married Gary Morris. It was a good stretch - her son Kyle Wright and Natasha Leduc had a baby girl! On the Eastern Shore Amy Heffernan (Dave, Jane) gave birth to a son - proud Dad is Jason Muise. Joey Wynn has a new baby boy; a great-grandson for Lawrence and Shirley Wynn and great-nephew for Shelly.
We're very sorry to report on the passing of Dawn MacKay at 51 in North River - Dawn was the sister of Wayne Johnson, and was a terrific wife to Wade, and mother to daughters Angela and April. Evelyn Amirault died in Truro - her late husband Ted was Resident Engineer of Highways Department in Brookfield in the early 1970's when the Southbound lanes of the 102 were constructed. Also in Truro, Catherine Jeffers passed away, she was the widow of much respected former Brookfield Postmaster and BMC member Avard Jeffers. Lynn Matheson's older sister, June Yohnke, died in Middle Musquodoboit. Mary Benjamin, youngest of Nellie and Embro's four children, passed away in West Dublin, Lunenburg County - many of us who knew Mary are better for the experience! Mae Cook's sister, Joan Brightman died. Howard McCabe died in Oshawa, he was a brother to former resident Gladys Gauthier, who now lives in Timmins. The Eagle sends condolences to all who lost loved ones.
Sorry to learn that Alan Carter had a fall from a ladder and needed hip surgery in Halifax. Mirza Basic is in hospital; his prognosis is improved. Elaine Read has also been hospitalized. Jack Roop had successful cataract surgery, and promises to be more on target with his hockey passes! He and Leah went to Philadelphia to watch his NY Giants lose to the Eagles. Patrick, Petra, and Sophie Stewart went to BC...Holly Dean went to Whitehorse; her mum (Kathy) went to Iqaluit. Larry Harrison and daughter Stacey went to Paris and London...The Magdalene Islands were the lure for Everett and Margie Walters and Phil and Linda Forsythe...Gord and Myrna Matheson went to Scotland on a "house swap" trip...Austin and Debbie Ross visited her daughter Amanda and husband Tony in Auburn, Maine...Susan and Lyle visited son James' family in Alberta, Susan had previously made a visit in Ontario...Jill Kennedy and her sister-in-law Katie toured Ireland and England...Victor and Linda Penney went to Calgary to visit Jeff, Marnie and Chelsey...Bill Stewart and Sharon MacPhee went on an extended bus tour of Germany...Desha Ellis (Debbie, Gary) and her beau Rob Wells (is that Ricky, of Trailer Park Boys fame?!) went to Corner Brook to visit Martha George (Kathy,Rick).
Congratulations to Millie Robinson, who taught grade three at Brookfield Elementary last year, (now teaching in Maitland), on the purchase of her house on Bell Road. Millie is a lively spirit and expect to be a welcome addition to the community. New teachers at our schools this year include - and we are very excited about this - Leah Roop, who has a position at SCA teaching French. She is already actively involved in roles as Cross Country coach and on the School Advisory Council - well done Leah! Over at Brookfield Elementary we welcome grade three teacher Andrea (Fulton) Gelinas of Hilden, and Kathy Decker of Valley and Judy MacKenzie of Lower Pleasant Valley as the new Primary teachers ( happily there are 34 first year students at BES this year!!). Those two will attempt to fill the gaping shoes of longtime primary teacher Holly (Hiltz) Peers, the Hilden native who introduced so many of our area's children to their first year in school. Holly is enjoying her well- earned retirement between her Truro home and her cottage near Pugwash on the Northumberland Strait. We also welcome new Vice Principal at SCA, Karla O'Leary of Greenfield - she is married to Wade, son of Hector and Judy O'Leary. It is expected she will bring lots of energy to her role at SCA. Erma Conrad's granddaughter Jillian MacDonald (Donald, Cindy) of Springhill was featured on the cover story of the Chronicle Herald's magazine about options in higher education. A mere glance at her photos in the magazine show the striking resemblance to her attractive mother and grandmother.
Gene Retson bicycled home from Ontario - a very impressive feat for anyone, let alone a pensioner! Heidi Cooke, who seems to excel at everything, finished second in her class in her first ever modified Triathlon at Parlee Beach. South Colchester Academy Athletes of the Month of September are soccer players - Senior: Everton Annuniziata and Kristyn Miller, and Junior High: Riley Peck and Karlee Burgess. Austin McBurnie (Kim) of Carter Road and Cole Fielding (Jeff,Stephanie) of Forest Glen represented SCA at the Junior High Regional Championships at Glen Lovat Golf Course outside New Glasgow. Austin's very impressive 83 on a difficult course under tough weather conditions saw him capture the gold medal as low individual! Patrick Jackson, son of SCA principal Nevin (and Lisa) was part of the Truro Junior High squad that won low team honours. Former Wolves did very well at the Atlantic Conference Athletic Association Cross - Country meet hosted by the Dalhousie Agricultural College - Jonathan Crouse and Riley Giffin of the DAC (that will take some getting used to) had strong finishes of 4th and 8th; on the female side Mount Allison's Caila Henderson finished a strong second as Mount A swept positions 1 thru 5 in the Women's division. Cody Locke represented Dal AC at the ACAA golf championships at Crowbush. The CC Riders U-14 Tier 2A Girls soccer team won the NS Championship in Sydney defeating Dartmouth in a shoot-out. South Colchester connections include Karlee Burgess, Rebecca Rankin, Erica Robertson, and Hannah Lynds (Robert and Dorene Matheson's granddaughter). Glenn Stewart's daughter, Kristy, of Port Williams, was on the Valley soccer squad that won the provincial U-18 title, and competed at Nationals in Cape Breton. She is the granddaughter of Shirley Comeau and Bill Stewart. Brentwooder Paula Serracin (Juan, Laurie) played for Halifax Suburban FC,the NS Senior Women's Championship team, and attended the Nationals in Winnipeg. Paula plays inter-collegiately for CBU.
It is election season; the first Tuesday in November will give our neighbours to the South a chance to mark their Presidential and (many other) ballots - that is always a very interesting process to observe. Closer to home Municipal elections are geared to go on
October 20. In neighbouring districts Stewiacke Valley (4) and Old Barns / Pleasant Valley / Green Oaks (2), Mike Cooper and Bill Masters, respectively, were acclaimed to County Council. In District 3, which includes Alton, Brentwood, Brookfield, Hilden and Forest Glen, on the ballot are incumbent Gerry Buott, former councilor and Deputy Mayor Hugh Matheson, Geoff Stewart and Carol Taggart. Hilden voters in poll 3A will vote at the Hilden Fire Hall, most Brookfielders in 3B will vote at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex and 3C which is comprised mostly of Forest Glen, Brentwood and Alton, will vote at the Alton Community Center. On Saturday October 20 the polls are open from 8 AM to 7 PM, the Advance poll is open at the Hilden Fire Hall on Thursday October 11 and Tuesday, October 16 from 12 noon to 8 PM on both days - take advantage of that if you are unable to vote on the 20th. In District 5 (Salmon River), SCA French teacher Scott Hagell is running, as is George Thomas, brother to BES teacher Sara Topshee, while former Brookfielder Eric Boutilier is doing likewise in District 11 (Bible Hill-Valley). Brookfield Curling Club has undergone extensive renovations and will be welcoming all to their Open House on the afternoons October 20-21, and in the evenings from October 22 -26. The BCC enjoyed a surge in membership of over 65% last year; come see what all the excitement is about and enjoy the great winter season on the pebbled ice! Call 673-2106 or 673-3262 for more information. There will be a Fall Variety Show at Knox Hall featuring a skit and musical Entertainment on Friday October 12 at 7 PM. $5 admission - come enjoy. A 60th Anniversary Celebration Service of Song by the John Fisher Male Choir will be held at Knox on Sunday, October 14 at 7 PM - a fellowship time will follow. On Saturday, October 27 a Turkey Supper will be held at Knox - save the date. The All Around the Circle Senior Citizens Club hosts card parties featuring crib and 45's on Wednesday evening (excepting the third Wednesday of the month) at 7 PM. A $2 fee gains you admission to all the fun and competition. The Seniors will have their monthly dinner at 12 noon in their room on the third Tuesday of each month, (October 16 this month), with a nominal fee of $6. A reminder that the Brookfield Men's Club Street Patrol will be active from 9 PM onwards on Halloween; you certainly do not have to be a BMC member to participate, and in the past we have enjoyed the support of many community residents to help ensure a safe Halloween for all. Meet at Knox United any time from 8:45 PM onward. Before our November edition flies, Remembrance Day will have come and gone. For years, large crowds have been gathering at the Veterans Memorial on November 11 to say their respects. The service begins at 10:45; Mr. Everything of the BMC, Bob Lawrence, will again play a huge role in coordinating the event. Contact him at 673-2022 if you wish to lay a wreath, or otherwise be involved.

Hope to see you all at the Fire Hall for the next Brookfield Men's Club meeting. A reminder to send any address corrections to the Eagle Circulation desk and continue to check calendar of events for upcoming info and/or provided from your organization.
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