Volume 28, Issue 8
Spring is here!! (???) – or at least it will be! And that means one thing for sure – Ladies’ Night at the Brookfield Mens Club!! ALL women of the community and area are invited as the guests of the BMC to a dinner, some fun, entertainment, door prizes, the presentation of the prestigious Eagle Award, and a peek at what these knuckleheads do! Mark it down – we don’t want you telling us “I forgot” – the date is Monday April 17, time is 6:30, place is Knox Hall. Bring an appetite, a friend, and a cheerful spirit!
The March BMC meeting was highlighted by a presentation by Andrew Sears on the trip he and daughter Rachel, brother Luther, niece Sarah, and sister Hilary Paquet made to the Dominican Republic to construct a pair of homes under the auspices of Habitat for Humanity. (We apologize for the incomplete listing of attendees in the March Eagle.) His talk and slides were very inspiring; much credit to the selfless Sears family for giving of their time and effort to make it possible for some to actually own their home, something that seemed unattainable. Well done gang! It was nice to see Jim and Marlene Feener’s daughter Adinda Kunder home for a visit from Ontario – Adinda had her three lovely daughters, Arianna, Cheyenne, and Brianna with her. Kelly Hazelton was home from the Oshawa area to visit her mother, Edith Watson. We send along Get Well wishes to Susie Smith; she is recovering in hospital, and grateful for those who visit her in hospital. From Indiana comes the exciting news of a son, Christopher Lance, born to B J and Kera Sutherland in Indiana! Grandparents Pete and Vicki Sutherland headed to the Midwest state soon afterwards! Speaking of golfers having sons, in the Ottawa area, Jonathan and Carrie MacKenzie also have a new baby boy, Caleb! Kim and Donna MacKenzie are the proud grand-parents; Bessie MacKay and Grace MacKenzie are the great-grandmothers. Sherry and Brian Stewart traveled to Red Deer, Alberta to see their first grand-son, born to her son Devin. Brookfield Elementary School teacher and Brookfield Golf Club member Kurtis Porter whisked Krista away to Cuba for their wedding. Desha Ellis and Rob Wells (not “Ricky”!) have purchased and moved into the former Mailman home on Bell Road. Congratulations to all as they enter new stages of their lives together!
Rollie Stevens, a native of Forest Glen, and goaltender for several teams, including the Brookfield Elks, passed away in Truro. Marie Leonard of Brentwood died – she was mother to Janie Greene. Ralph Graham of Upper Stewiacke died – his wife Phyllis and daughter Shelley reside here. In Giant’s Lake, Mary “Annabelle” Kennedy passed away – she was mother to former Brookfield Curling Club member John Kennedy (his spouse is the former Judy Maguire). Reta Langille died in Onslow – she was a sister to the late Merle Putnam, the Elks’ first Senior level pitching star. Former Hamilton Ave. resident and one-time Elks first-sacker, Bob Storr died in New Brunswick. We extend condolences to those who lost loved ones.
The Brookfield Curling Club wrapped up its 41st season – seems incredible that “the roaring game” has been part of a community’s fabric for that long! At their Awards Banquet, league championship teams were honored: Monday – Leroy Burns, Troy Taylor, Andrew Webb, and Donald White;Tuesday – Andrew and Jill Sears, Mike and Kyle Henderson;Thursday – Kirby Densmore, Paul Kean, Glenn Ferguson, and Terry Henderson. The 28th Annual Great Community Curling Classic drew 32 teams to the BCC – champions were: Brookfield Athletic Association Division – Jessi Taggart, Steve Murray, Herb and Josh McCallum;Tim Isenor Royal Lepage Divison – Jeremy Veinotte, Kris Terrio, Matt Dickinson, Nathan Toner;Jeff Miller Auto Parts Division – Laurie Cochrane, Clary White, Tom Van Oirschot, Gary Doyle; and the Open Division – Andrew Sears, Nevin Jackson, Gord Forshner, and Vince Jack (with help from subs Jill Sears and Becky Shearer!). Lisa Henderson was named winner of the Turk Henderson Memorial Award for long-term, meritorious service to the GCC Classic. Layton Rutherford and Doug Cox shared the newly-minted Sherill Burns Award for dedicated support to their family curling members. The Junior program named Carter Redmond as winner of the Josh Melvin award for dedication and most promise and Alexa Roop as recipient of the Rupe and Mary Fisher Award for showing love of the game. Annie Archibald was delighted to win the BCC’s draw for an authentic Sidney Crosby #87 Penguins’ sweater – “my favourite” per Annie. The BCC thanks all who volunteered their time and energy to help make the season a success – we would love for more of our neighbours to join us come October. A big thank you to Barb and Roger Ryan for sending a heaping helping of bird seed to the Eagle…it took a circuitous route from whence it was mailed in Fort Lauderdale – evidently the USPS is not the equal of Canada Post, as they sent the letter to Broomfield, Colorado, before it ended up here. Who knew the Florida – based post office would not recognize “Brookfield, N.S. B0N 1C0” as a valid address?!? The Brookfield Bantam Elks thrilled a large crowd at the Sportsplex, edging the Glace Bay Miners 2-1 in a sudden-death Northern Conference final. This advanced them to the provincial championship against Shelburne in Bridgewater, where they lost, but finished second in the province. The Elks have locals Matt Murphy, Ethan Densmore, Evan McNea, Will Richards, Will Dingle, and the MacMillan twins, Jonathan and Eric as key contributors, as well as a solid goaler in Connor Rushton. Ed MacMillan is an assistant coach. Sarah Matheson (Win, Ruth) came back from the North American Country Music International competition in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains) with two awards! She was named winner in both Adult Vocalist, and Best Entertainer (New Country) in the International Adult Division winner. She was bolstered by guitar whiz Tim Ross, who accompanied her (as did Tim’s wife, Lorraine). Taylor Clarke (David, Carla) was voted the Laura Lee Kearns Visionary Award by her classmates in St. Francis Xavier’s B. Ed program. Congratulations Sarah and Taylor! Also at X, Jessica Miller (Melanie, Steve), grand-daughter to Harry and Letha Mowatt, was named the basketball’s team rookie of the year. Mexico’s warm climes attracted Dave and Janice Peterson, Richard and Ellen Sutherland, Alton and Lorna Sutherland, and Greg Sutherland and Joan Adey. Krista Williams and Jim Pearson spent their vacation in Jamaica. Sisters Lynda Deyarmond and Kathy Graham went to the tropical paradise of Hawaii where they met Lynda’s daughter, Miranda, while Jean Mercier traveled further west to get to the Far East (Japan)! The Dominican Republic was the holiday spot of choice for Dan and Lexie Stewart, while Josh Archibald and Dr. Karla Armsworthy jetted to Portugal. Cuba’s warm sands lured Lee Nelson and Ashley Charette, as well as Kim and Macey MacBurnie, and Ardith Ross. Maureen Foster strayed from the resorts to explore the back country of Cuba, much of it with an innovative taxi driver who repaired a punctured tire with condoms! Darrell and Gail Wright, Daisy Hingley and Myrna Clarke went to Florida; Patty Stewart and Rob Smith went to Nashville. The families of Johnathan Woolfitt and Charlie Weatherbee tackled the alpine trails at beautiful Mt Tremblant while the Kierstead family checked out the hills at Mont Sainte Anne. The BMC is considering publishing a second edition of “The Eagle’s Flight” – many of the Eagle’s readers enjoyed the compendium put together after the original “Eagle’s” (D B Henderson) passing in 1977 – that book gathered Eagles from the first 40+ years of the BMC. Nearly four decades have passed, so the combination of the BMC’s 80th Anniversary, and the Canada 150 celebrations, make it ideal to compile a second edition of the BMC – and more to the point, to encapsulate the village and area’s history in one tome. BUT – we need your help on a couple of fronts. Some issues have gone astray in the past forty years – we have heard that some of our loyal readers save their copies – if you could loan them for us to have reproduced we would be most grateful. The period from 1982-1991 has a few missing issues. Obviously for the project to proceed, we need to have most copies available, so please contact Robert Putnum at EMAIL or any of the following: Nancy (phone), Susan (email) or Mike (phone, EMAIL) if you can assist – it will be most appreciated! The second thing we need to gauge is the level of interest – this is NOT a fund-raising effort, and we plan on selling the book at close to cost, but the BMC’s limited bank account means we cannot afford to estimate how many to produce, and then not sell them. So, to be clear – a commitment is NOT needed right now, but if you know you want to purchase one or more (they make great Christmas gifts!), please contact one of the above – ideally we would have your responses by the first of May, as a ‘go-or-no’ decision will be made at the May BMC meeting. Responses can also be made at https://bmceagle.wordpress.com/ OR on facebook at the Village of Brookfield, OR at http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca The minimum that we can order is 50 copies; we hope to sell them for $25/copy – that number may get lower if we get an enthusiastic response! Thanks in advance – for anyone who has copies we may need, and for those who make their intentions to purchase known soon! On April 22, from 9 AM – 4PM, at the Sportsplex, the Women That Hunt are hosting their 2nd Annual Mega Youth Expo. This was a raging success last year, drawing over 570 adults, 1100 youth, and 56 exhibitors. The goal is to expose youth of ALL ages to new activities related to the outdoors, fitness, art, community programs, nutrition and overall better health and wellness. This year’s plans will see exhibitors with terrific displays in both the hockey and the curling rinks, and also in the parking lot. Every exhibitor provides Door Prizes, and admission is only $5 (free for kids!). Be there, or be square! The Lower Pleasant Valley Cemetery Committees annual meeting will be held April 23rd at the Brookfield Fire Hall between the hours of 1 – 3. This is a very small group of local volunteers, most who have a vested interest in the continued care of this cemetery which according to local historian Pauline Carter was first founded around 1879. The LPVC was founded in 1999 with the aim to maintain the cemetery, expand and improve it while working towards having it become a perpetual care cemetery. All of this requires volunteers and ideas on how to raise funds and thus this meeting is open to anyone who likes to get involved a few hours a month during the summer to help with the maintenance and who might have ideas on how to create more funds. As well if there are persons who might be interested in investing in this cemetery there is lots of room for that as well. All are welcome.
The Brookfield Community Assembly Annual General Meeting will be Monday April 24 at the Fire Station – the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Watch for the BCA’s announcement on the date of the Community Clean-up Day, likely in the early part of May. Bob and Jean Lawrence and Austin and Debbie Ross attended a meeting in Joggins to gather information about the Adopt-A- Highway Program. The BMC have “adopted” Carter and Whidden Roads and will soon approve plans for the spring clean-up, which would ordinarily be coordinated by the BCA Community Clean-Up Day – watch for more info on the date on the community website, facebook page, etc, or contact Terry Henderson (phone). If you are able to lend a hand, it will be much appreciated. The Brookfield Railway Station and Heritage Society will again be hosting a Fish-a-Rama at the Wetlands Trails on the morning of May 27 – more info will be provided in the May Eagle. For any not-for-profit groups who provide food services at their events, Food Handlers Certification courses will be held at the REC Centre in Truro on April 19, May16, and June 13. These are well worth having your volunteers attend; more info can be obtained by contacting the RECC.
The All Around the Circle Seniors Luncheon will be on April 18th, meal at noon, meeting and entertainment to follow. The AAtC hosts 45’s and Cribbage at the Senior Citizens room at DHM Sportsplex Wednesday Evenings. Everyone welcome. They also host their Drop in/Drop off 1-4 on Monday’s. If you want to come and have some fun, drop in for some games or just chatting. For a change of time contact Flora at phone or Jocelyn phone or check us out on Facebook All Around the Circle Seniors Group.
We hope all have happy and peaceful Easter observations–the holiest time in the Christian world’s year.
We hope to see lots of you at Ladies Night, April 17, 6:30 PM!