As oft is the case, we were teased with some “faux” spring weather in early-mid March, but early April, the chill had returned. We are still hoping for an early start to the fishing, ball, and golf seasons – the latter will allow the big eagle to watch over proceedings at the Brookfield Golf Club from his perch high up in the pine tree in the middle of the first fairway. April also means the annual Ladies Night extravaganza – all ladies of the area, of all ages, are invited to Knox hall on Monday April 18, 6:30 PM, for what the new head chef, Peter Matheson promises will be a delicious meal. There are no such guarantees for the entertainment (?); and the much-coveted Eagle award will be presented to a citizen(s) who has made our community a great place to dwell. We hope all give our invitation much consideration; we would love to get back to feeding 125+; the last two years our number has been 95-100. So bring your friends and family members for a well-deserved evening out!
The Brookfield Curling Club wrapped up its 40th season with the annual Awards banquet. Guest speaker was Karlee Burgess, the Grade 12 student at South Colchester Academy student who won gold medals at the World Junior Championships in Denmark, and the Junior Olympics in Norway. Among the highlights of the evening was the recognition to the team of Leroy Burns, Jim Thompson, Brian Neil, and Gary Smeltzer – they recorded only the second “8-ender” in the club’s history this season! Junior Eric Brightman won the Rupe and Mary Fisher Award, for demonstrating love for the game; and Trevin Searle was named winner of the Josh Melvin Award for dedication to the Junior program at the Brookfield Curling Club. League champions were: Monday league – Ken Retson, Ernie Glinz, Jim Thompson, Elmer Archibald; Tuesday league Andrew and Jill Sears, and Mike and Kyle Henderson; Thursday league – Courtney Rutherford, Mark Crozier, Steve Hanham, and Emily Breckon; Friday league – Ernie Glinz, Mary Johnson, Doug and Barb Cox. The 27th edition of the Great Community Curling Classic was a great success – 26 teams competed in 4 divisions, a lot of fun was had, and it was great to see some former BCC curlers back here. Champions were: Jeff Miler Auto Parts division – Kirby Densmore, Wilf Clooney, Paul Kean, and Glen Ferguson; Brookfield Athletic Association (a major sponsor for all 27 years) division : Bill Stone, Mark Crozier, Steve Hanham, Nancy Desmeules; Royal Lepage division: Randy O’Driscoll, Steve Murray, Josh and Herb McCallum; and the Tim Isenor division: Jason Moore, Alan Hunt, Laurel and Charles Debay. Leroy Burns was presented the Turk Henderson Memorial Award for long-term and excellent volunteerism to the GCCClassic.
Among the visitors to our fair village was Noora Kaanaa, a charming young Finnish lady, and partner to former Brookfielder, Jason (Jay) Moore – they reside in Cole Harbour, and Noora followed the Curling Classic action closely, while making many new friends and acquaintances in her new home province. Sherry and Jay Ovsenny brought their two daughters home from Toronto to Betty Roop’s; and Sherry’s cousin Mac, along with wife Nadine and their two Ottawa area – based daughters were at Paul and Joan’s. Paul and Joan received many visitors; they had many friends from the Brookfeld Golf Club attend their get-together. Janelle, Phil, and
daughter Addie Lue came from B.C. to visit with her parents Terry Canning and Krista McMullin. Sonya Celnik and daughter MacKenzie of Toronto visited with Sonya’s grandmother Edna Graham over Easter and were among the 100 attendees at the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by John, Lynn and Debbie Matheson. Great to see Amanda and Robbie Hatfield and family, as well as Amanda’s mum, Helen Morrell move into the former Reid house on Cherry Lane! Hockey flash Charlie Fleming (Christine, late Blair) and partner Allanah MacLellan are moving into a house on Carter Road in May – great to have these young folks back in the village!
Carol Euloth, wife to the hard-hitting Elks shortstop (74,75) Paul Euloth, and mother to former Elks rugged left winger Jason, passed away in Porter’s Lake. Dan Horner of Shortt’s Lake lost his mother, Marjorie “Midge” Horner. Daniel Henry of Brentwood passed, as did Audrey MacDonald’s brother, Reg Sears, in Saint John. Al Atkinson, father to Heather, and grand-father to Justin Marshall of Pleasant Valley died in Truro. Don Harvey’s brother-in-law, Leland Weatherbee passed, as did Elk Court residents Elmer Hutt, of Mill Village, and Dwight Vidito of Truro. Betty Navaux died in Truro, she was Robert MacLellan’s sister. Ray Hamilton, P D Hamilton’s son also went to his reward, as did George Casson of Truro, brother to Gerry Carter’s wife, Joan. The Eagle offers condolences to all who lost loved ones.
Take time to congratulate the following on their notable achievements. Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) of Shortts Lake was a standout defenceman on The Dartmouth Major Midget team that won the Nova Scotia title, and attended the Atlantic and Canadian Championships in St. John’s and Saint John. Luke is also a standout soccer player at SCA. Speaking of soccer, how about Clubman Don Harvey’s grandson, Adam of Hubbards. He is a goalkeeper and a strong bet to make the Under 17 team that will represent our province at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg. He was part of a team that recently toured England for 10 days, and played the marquee matchup against Leicester City FC academy team – the same Leicester Foxes that appear poised to win the British Premier League title this year, after starting the season as a 5000-1 longshot – if it happens, England’s legal bookmakers stand to lose $ 8,000,000! Adam is a former Intermediate Elk 3B – man Danny’s son, and the soccer technical director describes him as “one of the hardest workers, with exceptional attitude, work ethic, and advanced athletic ability. He is a very good keeper, and an even better teammate with tremendous character.” Zackery Hedge, the grandson of Herk and Susan Sutherland, and great grand-son to both Alice O’Leary and Edna Sutherland, won two Gold medals at the Arctic Sports Games in Greenland – the event draws athletes from the northern nations around the globe. Speaking of grandparents – new to that delightful club are Dave and Jane Armsworthy, as their son Chris and his partner Danielle MacDonald welcomed a baby boy! Maureen Foster and Terry Stewart have their second grand-child as her son Tyler MacLeod and wife Sarah of Halifax have a new son, Camden. Paul Rodd and Karla MacKenzie married, and honeymooned in Dominican. Athletes of the month (March) at SCA were curlers: Seniors G R Walters and Karlee Burgess, and Juniors Isabella Johnson, Sarah Kennedy, Monica Mason, and Garrett Graham. SCA student and Upper Brookfield resident Georgia Countway (Brent, Kelly) earned her jiu-jitsu blue belt, making her at 16 the youngest to do in Atlantic Canada. Speaking of SCA, they are in the running for a $50,000 technology upgrade from Samsung – you can help by voting “early and often” before April 18 at http://www.solvefortomorrow.ca – please do so! Megan Gaudet, daughter of Brentwood native Kevin and Andrea, will compete with young students (Grades 5-8) from across Canada in the World Literacy Canada’s Write for a Better World. Victoria Fraser of Carter Road and her partner led the way in the Jazz/ Blues Vocal Duet Under 12 category at the Truro Music Festival. Congratulations to Gary Burrill, our former MLA – he recently was elected provincial leader of the NDP. His sister-in-law Sonya MacLean is a Brookfield resident.
The Brookfield Community Assembly hosted a Volunteer Recognition Award night at the Seniors lounge recently. This gave organizations the chance to formally acknowledge those that do so much to make both their groups, and the community at large, prosper. Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor, local councilor Geoff Stewart, and county Recreation Director, Craig Burgess attended, as well as a number of citizens. Among those recognized were: Fire and Emergency Services – Shawn Burke; Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex – Mark Kennedy; Brookfield Mens Club – Mike Henderson; Brookfield Athletic Association – Robert Putnam; All Around the Circle – Freda Sutherland, Austin Ross, and Ron Morrell; Brookfield Curling Club – Lisa Henderson; Brookfield Garden Club – Jim Locke; Brookfield Community Assembly – Rod MacQuarrie, Sue Smith, Rod Nielsen.
Travelers included: to Florida – Jill and Andrew Sears, Judy Parks, Daisy Hingley and Myrna Clarke; to Cuba – Beth Maguire and friend Beth Anne Whiston, Julie and Kraig MacKenzie; to Dominican Republic – Owen and Ardith Ross, Charles and Leah Bowers, Kim and Joel Dawe, and Bruce and Glenda Isenor; to Arizona – Phil and Kitty McMullin, and Darrell and Gail Wright, where they took in Coyotes and exhibition baseball games. Sisters Lynda Deyarmond and Kathy Graham went to New Orleans (to collect beads?). Dane Henderson completed an arduous three months of weekly commuting to install a new system at his company’s salt mine east of Cleveland. Zoe Barbour went to Vancouver and Las Vegas, then stopped on her way home to visit Sharon (Trenholm) and Ken Byrd in Ontario. Barb Murphy visited her late husband Bill’s relatives in B.C. Heading to the ski hills were Jonathan and Gail Kierstead and family, who went to Sunday River; while the Weatherbee (Charlie, Kathy, Camden) and Woolfitt families (Jodie, Jonathan, Jack, and Jewel) went to Mont Ste. Anne.
Joe and Pat Toole both spent time in hospital, and now reside at Cedarstone in Truro, Jean Axworthy, and Ken Retson, who required medical attendance to repair his sliced hand, also were inpatients. Bob Campbell, arguably the most popular, and one of the most clutch Elks’ ballplayer ever, suffered a heart attack at the St Patrick’s Bonspiel at the curling club. Thankfully, quick and decisive CPR actions, notably by nephew and BCC President Josh McCallum, sister Nancy VanTassell, Josh Archibald wielding the Sportsplex’ defibrillator, as well as Craig Newhook, Randy O’Driscoll, and Joel Sears revived Bob after 15 + minutes, before emergency responders arrived. He has had a stent inserted to circumvent the complete blockage in an artery, and will take baby steps on the road to recovery. A BIG thank you to those who saved the day!
As you read this the Brookfield Elks Stanley Cup playoff pools are freshly out – enter by Friday April 15 for only $5, and add some extra spice to watching the playoffs for the next 2+ months. Enter as often as you like; please help support the BAA – tickets are available at Roops Esso or at http://www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca/elks.hockey-pool.html. Reminding you again of the mega Youth Outdoor Expo at the Sportsplex on Saturday April 16, 9 AM-7 PM. Stop in and check out the more than 40 exhibitors designed to expose youth to activities related to fitness, outdoors, health and wellness, guided by professionals in various fields to educate and inspire. The expo is sponsored and organized by the local non-profit Women That Hunt (WTH) group, who are kindly donating the admission proceeds to the Sportsplex. Come along and enjoy the demonstrations, door prizes, discounts on memberships from some groups, etc. Chase the Ace pot will be in excess of $5400 this and every Thursday night at the curling club – draw is at 8:30, doors open at 7. Meet your friends, support the Sportsplex, and maybe walk away with a bundle of cash! The Community Clean-Up will be held at 9 am – 1pm on Saturday April 30. The organizer (BCA) hopes for a larger turnout of volunteers to make light work for all; please meet at Knox Church for routes, supplies, nourishment, etc. The hours will fly by! 569 Col. G.N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron will be taking part in the Youth Expo on April 16. Sgt. Maggie Myers won the northern regional effective speaking competition, and will attend provincials. The Annual Ceremonial Review will be May 21 – the public is invited. More details in the May Eagle. Watch the May edition for news of this year’s Coming Home to Brookfield (CHB) celebrations – save the dates – July 16-24 (Whing Ding July 22-23). The All Around the Circle Seniors club continues to host card parties every Wednesday night at the Sportsplex – games of 45s and Crib start at 7:30 PM, and cost is only a toonie. The AAtC monthly luncheon will be Tuesday April 19 – doors open at 11:30 AM.
If you are a Senior, who would like to get out and socialize, including games, chats, etc, you can come to the Senior’s lounge on Thursday afternoons, 1-4 PM. The free program is open to all seniors. Friends and family who care for seniors are also invited, or can drop off their loved ones, provided they do not require trained care. Volunteers with a knack for making others comfortable, and are willing to serve as hosts one day a month are needed. They can greet incoming guests, and make sure they are enjoying themselves. If you have jigsaw puzzles, games, or craft materials in good condition, or wish to share a favourite hobby, please contact Flora Johnson (673-2278) or Susan Stevenson (673- 2479).
Hope to see a wall-busting crowd at Ladies Night – this means YOU! The Eagle
Remember to check our website for other community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca