VOL 28 ISSUE 1
Volume 28 Issue 1
Please forgive the Eagle's intrusion on your late-coming, but now-glorious summer weather; but we felt it necessary to rouse you from your hammock-induced reverie, and alert all to happenings, past, present and future in and around our fair burg! The Eagle has been especially drowsy; fortunately his crack team of reporters (eaglets?) have sharpened senses for news. The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) will reconvene on Monday September 21, at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station - as always all are welcome to attend, and partake of the fun, fellowship, and community service. Outgoing President Austin Ross will hand the gavel over to President-elect Donald "Pibb" Henderson, and Bob Lawrence will pass the combination to the vault to incoming Treasurer Robert Putnam, who happily received a donation from Susan VanTassell – thanks very much.
Despite a rain-plagued week, the 20th edition of Coming Home to Brookfield (CHB) was a huge success - much credit to the organizers, many of whom have given copious amounts of time over the years - and to the countless number of volunteers, participants, attendees, etc. Just some of the events that brought smiles to many were: a fabulous Parade, the BMC B-B-Q, the World's Fair and community supper, Herb's Musical Favourites, the International Food Fair and Cabaret, Pancake Breakfast, Boat Tours of Shortt's Lake, Soap Box Derby, Amazing Race, Kids Sport Day, Celebrating Our Youth, Golf Scramble, Carter Falls Bike Run, Historic Walk, 5 Km Run, Winding River Farm Tour, featuring robotic milking demonstration and birth of a calf (named "Brook" by ever-congenial host Bert Harbers), Ball Hockey, Yoga Hour, Family Bike Hike, Petty Farm, Stable visits, Brookfield Blooms, Horse & Dog Show, Sing Along/Bonfire at the dam, Teddy Bear Picnic, Coffee house, opening and closing church services. Tributes were extended to retiring CHB committee members Marian McDonald, Janet Burnett, Ralph Murphy and Lynn Matheson.
The Whing Ding took a heavy hit from the weather - Friday saw steady rain, Saturday was postponed to Monday, with a resulting drop in attendance, so despite the best efforts of close to 100 volunteers, the sponsoring Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) had a significant drop in revenues. Hopefully many will ensure they regularly play the BAA's weekly hockey pools (only $2), which will be starting October 13-16, and the 79th Annual Sportsmens Contest/Big Game Hunt – tickets (still only $10) now available at most retail outlets in the area, or online at www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca. The Grand Prizes are spectacular, totaling over $37,000 in cost, and people with well-nibbled gardens will tell you the woods are full of deer, so buy a ticket (or two!), join the excitement, and support the BAA!
We would need a guest book in a Tourist Bureau to ensure we note all who visited/came home; failing that here are some we were glad to see: Wendi (Campbell) Grant from BC at Gord's, Peter, Kate and Abe Kennedy from Minnesota at Larry and Lynne's, Jack and Carol Campbell from Leeds, U.K. at Eloise Yorke's, Matt Boulton came from South Korea to visit brother Josh. Jay, Sherry, Charlotte, and Emily Ovsenny at Betty Roop's, Marian McDonald's kids, Angela, Greg, and Bert and families, Jill Dean from Whitehorse at Dan and Kathy's, James and Laura Carter and kids from Alberta at Lyle and Susan's, and Peter, Kelly and Jack Hazleton visited from Ontario with parents Don and Doady Hazleton, and Edith Watson. Hana and Aleksandra Conevska were around for Home Coming; always nice to see them back in their adopted hometown. Robert (Ibbett) Henderson and adult offspring Riley and Courtney visited with Terry and Mary, and Bruce Dickie and family came from Alberta to Victor and Betty's; Jeff and Nicole Graham and family also came from the west pleasing parents Shirley Graham and Alton and Lorna Sutherland. Amanda Clark brightened things, as she always does, as George and Joan's; and Chelsea (Ross) and Shawn French and family were home to Gerald and Elaine's. Martha George was at Rick and Kathy's, en route from Newfoundland to Nelson, B.C., where she is furthering her studies. She and Kathy had earlier traveled to the Seattle area where sister Marie works as a biologist. Wilma (Matheson) Avila and most of her family came home from California and Georgia to help sister Letha Mowatt celebrate her 80th birthday, and Edna Graham's daughter, Ivy Haasen came from Timmins for the event also. Mac and Nadine Campbell came from Ottawa to visit with Paul and Joan, and Greg and Heather (MacFarlane) Loewen, Krista and Balir Tuckers and their respective families to Herb and Betty's. It was great to have Rodney Smith-Merkely, wife Suzanne, and their three kids here for 2 weeks from Bobcaygeon, Ont., as part of a pulpit exchange at Knox United.
More and more Brookfielders, past or present, are choosing to continue their housing experience in our village. Among those buying homes here (or moving back to homesteads) over the past several months are: Bill Campbell, who swapped his Truro condo to move into Jim and Vicki McCoul's home on Crystal Lake Drive; Bill's nephew Mac Campbell purchased Dennis and Verlie Grant's house on the same street; Wayne and Elizabeth Watson, retired from the RCMP, are living in the house he grew up in on 289; Lee Nelson bought the former Dewar house in East Brookfield; Jamie Works and Mary Atkinson have moved into the former Rodney Ross house on Hamilton Ave; Kyle Henderson purchased the former home of Ron Archibald on Robin Lane; Zach Sill bought the former Diane Simms house on Kennedy Road. Ryan and Danica (Cooke) Ellis's new home, between Danica's mother Joanne's and sister Heidi's homes on Highway 2 is nearing completion. The original Eagle's mantra was always was "to help build a village that people wanted to raise their kids in, and then have those kids want to live there as adults"-it seems to be working!!
Hana Conevska received her degree from Acadia U; sister Aleksandra has two years completed at McGill. Azra Basic, fondly remembered here as another former Bosnian refugee sponsored by the community, received her degree from the U. of Guelph. At South Colchester Academy, some of the multiple award winners at graduation ceremonies were : valedictorian Jacob McNutt, Alyssa Densmore, Jacob Bowers, Jonathan Fisher, Kendal Hart, Vince Kennedy, Kristyn Miller, James O'Connell, Alexis Rains, Petra Smith, Bailey Wright, Patrick Wells, Rachel Sears, Ryan Duykers - the latter two were Athletes of the Year. Junior High Athletes of the Year were Alysha MacSwain and Riley MacLeod. Alicia MacMillan was awarded the Governor General's Medal for the highest average in all Grade 11 and 12 courses. Megan Nielsen (Rod's niece) won the Queen Elizabeth II Medal, for superior academic achievement and an outstanding record in school and community involvement. SCA teams captured the high school championships in both boys and girls softball! The Boys Fastpitch team defeated DR. J. H Gillis 10-7 in the final. The team was coached by Andrew Sears, assisted by Lucas Dawe and Evan Cates, and featured Alex Rhoddy, Jamie McMinn, Cam Baker, Rowan Sears, Garret Henley, Garret Johnson, Jacob Bowers, Jacob McNutt, Cam Brown, Connor MacKay, Dale Sheppard, Reid and Carson Lanceleve, Koby and Keegan Crowell. The Girls Slo-Pitch team won the provincials for the SEVENTH consecutive year! Head Coach Kelly Spencer was assisted by Mike Field and Dave Clarke; they led Alexis Rains, Alyssa Densmore, Rachel Sears, Mariah Hunt, Haley Duykers, Shanea Hill, Morgan Fisher, Erica Robertson, Faith Langille, Hayley Elliot, Jesse Keddy, Jade MacDougall, Hannah Raymond, Charlea Lowe, Sarah Kennedy, and Maya Clapperton to the title. At the Provincial High School Track and Field Championship at Acadia University, several Wolves distinguished themselves - medalists included: Karlee Burgess, 2nd Senior Girls 400 m, Colton Hall 2nd Jr Boys 200 m, Luke MacMillan 3rd Int Boys 800 m, Trent Lynds 2nd in Sr Boys 800 m, 3rd in 1500 m; Special Athletes Glenda Patterson Jr. Girls 1st 100 m and Long Jump, 2nd Shot Put, Angus Paul Jr. Boys 3rd 100 m, Long Jump, Jason Hicks Sr. Boys 1st Long Jump, 2nd 100 m. Others from the Ted Fitzgerald, Leah Roop, Shelley Roberts coached team who advanced through Districts and Regionals to Provincials were: Jr Girls - Morgan Walsh 100 m, Sarah Kennedy High Jump; Jr. boys Cam Degroot 400 m; Int. Boys - Tyler Howe 100 m, hurdles, Shane Stoodley 800 m, Colton Beach javelin, and the 4 x 400 Relay team; Sr Boys - Liam Giffen 200, 400 m; Special Athletes - Jr Girls - Emma Smith 100 m, Long Jump, Jr Boys - Cameron Byrne 100 m, Sr Boys - Trueman Russell 100 m , Long Jump. Brent Walters, a very promising puckstopper, took in the HOA program, playing in Boston and New Hampshire - he had a shutout for his team in the gold medal game! Patrick Hazelton (Jeff, Janet) grandson of Don and Doadie Hazelton umpired the National Junior Softball Championship final game in Ontario.
Wedding Bells rang out for Jeremy Locke, who took time away from his role as Assistant Coach of the Elks U-18 fastpitch team to marry Laurah MacDonald; Katelyn Cox of Melville Drive wed Brendan David. Kraig MacKenzie and Julie Walters were wed with the Creamery Brook Stables as the back drop. Scott Woodworth and long-time partner Jacqueline MacNeil tied the knot in Truro. Bundles of joy, all bearing the Y chromosome, arrived at the homes of: Matt and Sarah Nelson, a grandson for Barb Nelson; Heather and Kevin Peterson - pleased grandparents are George and Diane Creelman and Dave and Janice Peterson; in Stewiacke, Amy Fleming and Daniel MacKenzie made Christine Fleming a grandmother, and in B.C. Ryan and Joanna (Canning) Stefani doubled Terry and Krista's grandchild total with a grandson named Mikaiah, Kai for everyday! The Biology and Family Studies classes at SCA are getting lots of hand's-on experience - there is a veritable baby boom among the faculty! Tech Ed teacher Ryan and Allie McNutt have a new daughter, Matilda Rose, while Art instructor Margaret Sadler has a new daughter, Mary Jane. Jody Arenburg, the dedicated O2 leader had her 4th child (Mabel)with her hubby Josh, while popular Math instructors Holly Whitty (Matt) and Sarah Deveau (Joey)both had their first babies, Clara and George respectively.
Secretary Terry Henderson was voted the Al Campbell Memorial Award, emblematic of the BMC's Member of the Year for 2014-15. BMCers added to the Eldon Brenton Memorial Bowl for perfect attendance were Jim Locke, Austin Ross, Bob Lawrence, Don Harvey, John and Vaughn Matheson, Mike, Terry, and Pibb Henderson. Ryan Leedham won a Silver Medal at the WORLD Skills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil for Aircraft Maintenance. Ryan lives on the Old Halifax Road, and was a decorated Air Cadet in the local 569 Squadron. SCA student and Highway 2 resident Emily McEwen won a Bronze medal at the Canada Wide Skills competition in Saskatoon for her photography skills. Valma (Mr.B) Boudreau retired after a 30 year career at Brookfield Elementary; he was very popular with students and staff - Alison Read of Upper Brookfield steps into his Grade 6 classroom. We are delighted to welcome Kathy Weatherbee as the new Principal at BES - she is a Shortts Lake resident, and a very enthusiastic educator. Tony Matheson (John, Lynn) was cited with an excellence in teaching award for his work at the Tatamagouche schools; Brookfield Curling Club member Steve MacKeil was also named - he is V.P. at Hants East Rural High. South Colchester Minor Hockey association named Rob Philips as winner of the Ron Moore Memorial Award as Coach of the Year, and Tammi McNutt won the Phil Sears Award for Volunteer of the Year. Special Youth Volunteer Awards were presented to Robert Kamphuis and Hanna Kaiser (the latter, fittingly, is a great-granddaughter of the late Ron Moore). Pibb Henderson was named the 2015 winner of the prestigious Randy Roop Memorial Award by the BAA for his tireless efforts on behalf of a large number of organizations. Former Elks Patrick Stewart, Jay Duffy, Chris Hopewell, and Jason Sanford played for an East Hants team that finished in second place at the six team Canadian Sr. Mens Fast Pitch Championships in Quebec, narrowly losing to Newfoundland in the final. Duffy was named All Star second-baseman. Sanford had an incredible summer - he played on the Canadian National team that won Gold Medals at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto, the ISA World title in Saskatoon, and the ISC club championship with an Ontario team! Alex Rhoddy of Elm Street was named the Top Pitcher at the U-18 Fastpitch Nationals in Fredericton; he threw many innings for the Elks team. SCA Principal Nevin Jackson led the resuscitation efforts on his uncle Freeman Maxwell, who collapsed with a heart attack at Truro Golf Club. Jackson's mouth-to-mouth efforts almost certainly saved a life!
With a four month hiatus between editions, a long list of those who passed is unfortunately the case - among those were: long time Elks Bowling League stalwart, and former Brentwood resident Shirley George, in Hilden...Susan Carter's sister, Kay Matheson , in Victoria, B.C....longtime Knox organist, choir member, supporter of all things Brookfield, and friend to all, Geraldine Burrows...hard-working George Brenton...in Stewiacke East, Bert Vissers--he bought the Winding River Farm nearly 50 years ago, and developed it, along with his family, into one of the finest in the land. He and his wife, Thea also have populated much of the area with terrific, community-minded children and grand-children, including daughter, Thea Toole, and grandson Mark Toole...Maxine Monk's brother, Arthur Graham, in Eastville...another bowling lifer, Grace Campbell, at 98, who grew up on the aforementioned Winding River Farm; aunt to the Hendersons and Campbells...community icon, the lovely Lelia Brenton, at 103...in Truro, Gordie Benjamin, husband of Lois, brother to Joy (Wilson)...former Bell Road resident Lyn Tufts, father to seven, including Roberta Perrin…Ruth Boutilier formerly of Middle Stewiacke, in Hailfax …Cindy Law, mother to Randy Frame and Jill Law...Brentwood native Marjorie (Fisher) Gault...in Greenhill, Ruth Bezanson's brother, Hugh Hardy...Alena Kaulback at Elk Court, sister to Sheila Clark and mother to Darlene Hanham...Gordon McCulloch, 81, of Shortts Lake...Nancy Ettinger, mother to Debby Eddy, principal at schools in our area...Alice Field (Truro), mother to Susan Moore. We sympathize with all who lost loved ones.
15 year old Austin McBurnie won the Club Championship at the Brookfield Golf Club (BGC) with a wire-to-wire win! Chris Bernard was the Ladies Champ, and former Elkette slugger Annie Woodworth was the Senior Ladies Champ. Mike Henderson was the Senior champ, and Gene Bell repeats as Super Senior winner. Henderson also won the Club Match Play title. Patrick Stewart and Ryan Sutherland won the 2 man Scramble, while Kelly Spencer, Dave Clarke, Mike Field, and Danny Roy won the 26th Annual Elks Scramble. BGC reclaimed the Shaw Cup with a tight 13-11 victory over rival Fox Hollow GC - team members were Derek Meek, Mike Henderson, Ted Sodero, Darrell Penney, Robert Putnam (who won all 3 of his matchs), standout first-timer Gerry Samson, Dane Henderson, Jim Dickie, Joel Vickery, Mike Penny, Cory and Ryan Sutherland. Steve Locke and Mike Henderson finished in a tie for second in the Nova Scotia 4 Ball Championship at Penn Hills. Patrick Jackson, son of SCA Principal, Nevin, won the Truro GC Junior title. Congratulations on milestone wedding anniversaries to Glen and Shirley Locke and Dave and Jan Yould, who both celebrated their 60th; Wayne and Helen O'Neil (50th) and Rick and Bev Hiltz (40th). Hugh Carter was feted by many friends and family on his 90th birthday, those marking 80 years were Terry Henderson, Letha Mowatt, and Irene Deyarmond (James Rutherford's grandmother). Carlos Baini won the BAA’s Duck Race – other major prize winners were Lori Langille and Joan Campbell.
Krista McMullin and Terry Canning went to B.C. to meet the new grandson; also to our most western province were Jack and Leah Roop, and Nellie and Wade Densmore. Dennis and Verlie Grant took a more permanent trip to BC - sadly for us, they have re-located there to be closer to their kids and grandchildren- they will be missed here. Megan and son Ryland Sutherland went out west to visit her siblings. Jim and Marlene Feener visited daughters Shelley and Adinda and families in Ontario, and Kelly and Jennifer Spencer visited family there, and took in a Jays game. Betty Roop went to Sherry's home in Toronto, and Tracy McEwen travelled to Saskatoon with daughter Emily for the Skills event. Holly Dean went to Las Vegas; her cousins Bobby and Zach Sill took in the Calgary Stampede. Zach has departed for the NHL's Washington Capitals training camp; he signed with the D.C. squad as a free agent. Rowan Sears was added to the team that went to the U-16 National Fastpitch competition in Prince Albert, Sask. Troy Sutherland, Ryan Ellis, and Jack Roop took in a NASCAR race in Charlotte, N.C. Betty and Herb MacFarlane hit the road, drove to Maine, came home and flew to Quesnel, BC for granddaughter Lauren’s high school graduation. Jamie, Angie Reid and kids went to Newfoundland, as did Susan Walters; both have family on the Rock.
Kraig MacKenzie has a cast on his broken arm. Hospitalized were Pauline Carter and Gordie Campbell. Former Elks slugger, and frequent visitor to Brookfield, Shawn Kelly of Glen Haven, went into cardiac arrest; five stents later, and he is on the road to recovery. How unfair can it get - Brad and Nicole (Stewart) Poplar's 5 year old son, Connor, has been diagnosed with cancer, and is having aggressive treatment. We hope for the best for Connor, and his family, which includes grandparents Geoff and Joanne, who are caring for Connor's infant sibling.
All Around the Circle Senior's Luncheons resume on Tuesday September 15 at the Seniors lounge at the Sportsplex door open at 11:30, meal as 12. Audrey MacDonald has stepped down as Director of Rentals; anyone wishing to book the Senior’s lounge can contact Susan Stevenson @ email Hopefully most are planning on being involved in the Terry Fox Run (or walk, bike, etc) on Sunday Sept. 20 - registration is at 12:30, run starts at 1 PM at Carter Falls. You can walk, or sponsor walkers, or volunteer - please take part. A BBQ will follow at Creelman Park, with entertainment by 'Cherry Lane'. The Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex is bringing back by popular demand the Scott DeCoste Band for their September 19 dance. Last year's event was a major hit; and if the date does not work for you, your purchase of a ticket enters you in a draw for a $2500 travel voucher (or $2000 in cash). Come and enjoy the dance, and/or maybe win a great prize, while helping with a crucial fundraiser - tickets available at Roop's Esso, or from any DHMS Director (Andrew Sears, Mark Kennedy, Jack Roop, Alison or Keiver Read, Amanda Cornelius, Dan Dean, Robert Putnam, Mike or Pibb Henderson). Jamie Works was the happy winner of the Sportsplex' second Chase the Ace contest - he shoveled $16 THOUSAND into his saddlebags! C the A likely will resume in mid-October at the Sportsplex.
569 Colonel G N Henderson Royal Air Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is now enrolling youth (M/F) ages 12-18. If you are interested in learning more about aviation, leadership, sports, and much more, join 569! They meet every Tuesday evening, 6:30- 9:15 at Brookfield Elementary School. For more info, show up on Tuesday (back/north side of school), or call 902-843-6265. If you missed signing your child up for Minor Hockey, contact Kari Furmidge at email or register on-line at scmha.goalline.ca. Knox United will be hosting a Giant Yard Sale and All-You-Can -Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday September 26, from 7 AM to 1 pm. There are lots of great items, and a pantry table, so plan on attending! Contact Art at 673-2561 or Russ at 673-3448 for more info, or if you wish to donate something. The Brookfield Garden Club will be looking for support as they will again drape Christmas wreaths in the village. Contact Elsie Locke at 650-2028. On September 17, at 2 pm Elk Court is offering a virtual dementia tour. A specially trained facilitator will use a variant of implement to alter one’s senses. It will provide a broader understanding of the daily life of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. A video and presentation will also make up part of the demonstration – which hopefully attracts many. For more information, call Jannis Sanford at 650-3303. Brookfield Elementary School, with the assistance from the South Colchester Community Health Board, will be selling Remembrance Day Flags to be displayed in the community come November. Watch for a sample flag and order forms at Pharmasave. Flags can be purchased to honour a veteran.
The Brookfield Elks are readying for another season in the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League under Head Coach Patrick Stewart. Home games are most Tuesday nights at the Sportsplex from mid-October on - check the team's website for more details, including season ticket and sponsorship packages. There is prime ice time available for rent at the Sportsplex; arrange a group and book some ice time at 673-2063, either on a weekly basis or less regularly - nothing beats skating as a fun way to exercise! Legendary Elks of the never-forgotten Truro District Hockey League will break bread at a banquet at the Sportsplex on Friday September 18 with many of their former rivals from teams North River, Bible Hill, Onslow, Hilden, McClures Mills, Camp Debert, Lower Truro, NSAC, and Shubenacadie. It should be a great night - any players and spouses of that era are welcomed - contact Lyle Carter or Terry Henderson for tickets. The Brookfield Curling Club will start their 40th season of curling at the Sportsplex next month - plan now to attend Open House week October 19-25, and please give strong consideration to joining the BCC - President Josh McCallum promises a great season!
See you at the BMC meeting on September 21!
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