Volume 28, Issue 5
HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Brookfield Men’s Club, and its meandering scribe, the BMC Eagle! We hope all have a healthy, prosperous, and enjoyable 2017! In addition to one of our intrepid reporters puffing out 70 candles since the calendar rolled over, other notable birth anniversaries are on tap this annum. On July 1, Canada will celebrate 150 years of nationhood – certainly there were many Nova Scotians in the 1860s who were not sure of the efficacy of that choice, but likely more positives than negatives!?! The National Hockey League as we know it, and their premier franchise, the Toronto Maple Leafs(?!!?) both are celebrating their 100th seasons – the Leafs Stanley Cup drought will reach 50 years come the spring, but hopefully will not see 55?? And the venerable BMC was founded 80 years ago in 1937 to help in the betterment of the community – we hope it does not come across as boastful to say it has, and continues to fill that role well! The BMC will convene on Monday January 16 at the Fire Station at 7:30 PM – all are welcome (and encouraged!) to drop in on the group.
Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the various school Christmas concerts due to the regrettable work-to-rule action in the labour dispute between the government and Teacher’s union, there were still some outstanding productions in our area. The Baptist Church had three showings of a most impressive Christmas musical production, keyed by their musical director, Belinda Adshade. The 18th Annual Food For the Spirit Concert at Knox United, in support of the Colchester Food Bank, was again a major hit – the breadth of the talent was remarkable! Much thanks to organizer Leah Bowers, production assistants Glenda Isenor, Rod Nielsen, Keith Gale, musical Zeligs Joanne Hatfield, Tim Ross, and Keith Gale, and MCs Lisa Henderson and Joel Dawe, and obviously to all the very skillful performers, including James Hill and Anne Janelle! Long time BMC padre Reverend Frank Locke was feted at the Baptist Church for marking 65 years since his ordination in 1951. Frank has been minister emeritus at the BBC for the past 16 years, in addition to many other positions within the larger church family. Freda Sutherland, still sprightly at 95, had her birthday celebrations bolstered by a visit from grand-daughter Nicole, home from Alberta. Freda’s daughter Jane, who resides in Mexico in the winter months became engaged to Dale Oderkirk.
The Eagle extends heartfelt thanks to those who included some bird seed in their Christmas cards – thanks again to Ken and Sharon (Trenholm) Bird of
Thamesford, Ontario, and to Joyce and Sarah Geddes of Middle Stewiacke – the BMC and the Eagle appreciate your support! An anonymous
donation was also received – the Eagle’s very keen eyesight discerned the residents of apartment #29 on Brandt Lane as our likely benefactor. Thank you!
Once again the BMC sponsored the Christmas Decorations contest – area residents responded in a big way, and our environs brought smiles to the faces of all who passed through (and to NS Power shareholders!). Some of the arcane categories of the past were eliminated, and six dwellings were cited as ‘best in show’ – in no particular order those cited and receiving a BMC prize were: Rob and Joelle Bezanson, Kevin and Rosalyn Clarke, Rick and Bev Hiltz, Brian and Sherry Stewart, Gerry and Marilyn Stewart, and Greg and Nancy VanTassell. Thanks to all for their efforts in beautifying, and bringing the seasonal spirit to the fore!
Jennifer Henderson and Costas Halavrezos became grand-parents when their son Al and Myriam Bergeron gave birth to a son, Louis Nicholas Halavrezos, in Montreal. Great-grandparents would be the late Turk and Vera (Retson) Henderson.
Nice to see the Sportsplex parking lot filled for the Phil Sears Memorial Friendship Hockey Tournament just before the new year. The South Colchester Minor Hockey Association has worked hard to re-invigorate this Holiday season tradition, and it seems to be paying off. Filling leadership roles this year were Heather Peterson, Kari Furmidge, and Patti Densmore – well done! While on the hockey front, we must point out that Alec MacDonald, grand-son of John and Sheila Clark, recently debuted with the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League – the very talented puckstopper has a bright future between the pipes! Another netman turning heads is Brent Walters (Glen, Susan) – the Truro Bearcats Midget AA star was recently named to the Canadian National Deaf Hockey Team, which will vie for the World Deaf Hockey Championship in Buffalo, N. Y. in April! Other Brookfield lads playing well at high levels include Calem McAndrew (Julienne Taylor, Shaun) and Ben Fraser (Scott, Heather), both playing big roles with the Truro Major Bantam Bearcats, and Rowan Sears (Andrew, Jill) with the Pictou County Major Midget Weeks team; both teams play in province-wide leagues at the top of their age classes.
Condolences are offered to Lee Thompson, whose mother, Muriel passed away in Bible Hill, and to former Sportsplex Board Chairman Leo Rovers, whose wife Mary died in Stewiacke East. Mary was a former member of the Brookfield Golf Club, and leaves sons Chris and Adrian, and daughters Leona and Lori. Caitlin Yorke died; she was a daughter to Chrissie, and a grand-daughter to Helen (Sharpe) Morrell and former BMC-er Jim Yorke Sr. Bev Peterson’s mother, Hazel Wilband died, as did Dave Whidden’s sister, Shelia Gilbert in Windsor. Warrant Officer (Retired) Doug Connors of Brentwood died, as did Kyle Porter in Truro – he was a step-grandson to Sterling Delaney. Beth McDade of Truro passed; she taught English at Brookfield Rural High School in the 1950s. Avard MacPhee’s dad, Mel, passed away in Shubenacadie, and Kenneth Graham, brother-in-law to Rhonda (Dewar) Graham died in Upper Stewiacke. Laurie Fulton of Truro and summer resident of Shortts Lake’s Cottage Lane died – his daughter is local resident, Heather Fulton.
Emma Stevens, a South Colchester Academy grad, will make her Federation of International Skiing World Cup debut in early February in Quebec City. The energetic Emma is an Aerials specialist in the heart- palpitating arena of freestyle skiing! Some have come down with motion sickness just watching her compete! Ian Trefry received his CPA designation. Geoff Stewart was elected Vice-President for the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. Congratulations to long-time Brookfield Elementary School teacher Lisa MacQuarrie – she wed fellow educator (and former top-notch hockey and lacrosse goalie) Dave Brown at a New Year’s Eve ceremony. Earlier Joseph Leck (Bruce, Janice) exchanged vows with Janice Cameron, like her eponymous mother-in-law, the newest Mrs. Leck is a teacher, she at Hants East RH. Joe has returned to operate the family dairy farm high on the hill at the northern entrance to Brookfield. Hopefully he will soon return to the Brookfield Curling Club, where he is popular as a player and a valued instructor! Best wishes to both couples! We are happy to report that Brian MacDonald (Audrey, late Danny) is recovering nicely at his home in Windsor after double bypass heart surgery – back on the bike soon, Willis! Young Tristen Sutherland (Brad, Megan) broke his arm in a fall.
Mark Kennedy and Laura Grinton had a memorable Christmas weekend trip to Pittsburgh; not one, but two Overtime games, as Sid Crosby’s Penguins down the Habs in extra time, then they watched the hometown Steelers eke by the Cleveland Browns in an NFL tilt! Zoe Barbour visited daughter Mandy and family in British Columbia. Also in BC, were Terry Canning and Krista McMullin who spent Christmas with daughters Janelle and Joanna and families. Jill Dean was home from Edmonton to Dan and Kathy. BMC Past President Austin and Debbie Ross motored to Auburn, Maine to spend the holidays with her daughter, Amanda. Dave and Anitra Whidden visited daughter Kim’s family in Newfoundland. Cassandra Sears and Tanner Gayton enjoyed Christmas in Mexico. Club-man Jim Feener and his wife Marlene spent the Holidays with daughters Adinda and Shelley and their families in Ontario. Susan MacDonald visited her daughter Michelle in Toronto. Marian McDonald also went to Ontario to visit sons Greg and Bert and families; along the way she picked up Alexandria Conevski, who is on scholarship at McGill U in Montreal!! Coming in the opposite direction were Jay, Sherry, Charlotte, and Emily Ovsenny, home to Betty Roop’s; Duncan Retson and Andrea Budgell at Gene and Marion’s. Mac Campbell came from Ottawa to Paul’s; and Carl Sutherland was home from Alberta to see his mother, Freda. Tim Watson came from Ontario, and Megan Isenor from Saskatchewan. Jill Dean was home from Edmonton to Dan and Kathy’s, and her cousin Zach (& Leeann) also were home briefly. Andre Garneau, Krysten Stewart and their two kids visited her mother, Patty. Heather and Greg Loewen and kids were home from Maine at her parents, Herb and Betty MacFarlane’s. Peter, Katie, and young Abe Kennedy were home with Larry and Lynne from Edina, Minnesota. Katie was surprised to learn her town’s acronym was known in the far east of Canada!
A combined church service will be held at Knox United on Sunday January 15 at 10:30 AM. This will be Rev. Keith Gale’s final service at the Brookfield Pastoral Charge. Sadly for his congregants, the effusive and inimitable Gale and his family are headed to CFB Gagetown, where Keith will begin his new career as a military chaplain. Keith has been a very energetic presence in the charge, enlivening church services, community gatherings, and the community’s youth with his musical and spiritual offerings – he will be sorely missed.
The Brookfield Elks of the Nova Scotia Junior League have returned to the ice – they are enmeshed in a tight battle for a playoff spot. Home games are Thursday nights (7:30) at the Sportsplex – come and cheer for the red and gold! The Chase the Ace pot will be worth about $4500 this Thursday – stop at the Sportsplex to take a crack at it, and support your facility. Draw is at 8:30, and it costs as little as $1 to play. If you were otherwise occupied in the fall, and are now looking for a healthy, fun activity, the Brookfield Curling Club awaits – there are a number of bonspiels you can take part in over the next several weeks, including the Mayor’s Challenge in is February 4, the St. Patrick’s Day event, and the grand-daddy of them all, the 28th Great Community Curling Classic on April 1-2 – enter as an individual or as part of a team to any of these. If you hurry, you may still be able to register for the day-long ukulele clinic and concert, featuring James Hill, Chalmers and Suzanne Doane, and other gifted instructors. It goes Saturday January 21 at the Marigold Cultural Centre – contact the Marigold to register.
Does the chance of being able to walk indoors during the winter months interest you? If the possibility of being able to stroll the climate-controlled atrium at South Colchester Academy sounds enticing, we want to hear from you. There are logistics to be worked out, but if they can be answered, public access may be possible from 1:30 – 3:30 on Sunday afternoons. Please add your name to contact sheets that will be posted at both churches, the entrances to Senior’s apartments, at Pharmasave and Brookfield Bakery. There is no commitment, and nobody will contact you; this is simply to gauge if enough interest to take further steps. Sheets will be until January 25.
Super Bowl LI kicks off in early February – hard to bet against the Patriots, but if looking for a dark-horse, maybe the Steelers??
See you at the BMC gathering on January 16!