Volume 27, Issue 9
The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) will put a bow on their 2015-16 meeting season on Monday, May 16 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. On the agenda are fun, food, and fellowship, which are monthly happenings; as well as a program, and preparing for summer activities such as Ed Creelman Park plans, involvement in Coming Home to Brookfield and Canada Day festivities, BBQs, and others. We hope all the regular members are present, and welcome any other men of the area to visit.
The Annual Ladies Night gala was well attended – about 140 in total dined on Head Chef Peter Matheson’s wonderfully prepared, multi-course dinner. Close to 120 guests had to be restrained from crowding the stage before the BMC’s presentation on ELK-TV of The Price is Right, replete with a Calypso Carnival theme. Of the seven contestants, Erin Jamieson proved to be the sharpest consumer, winning a bevy of invaluable tropically-inspired prizes, AND getting the privilege of smooshing a cream pie in Club-man Don Harvey’s face – priceless! The Red Tide continued in the theme, and their renditions of Jamaican Farewell, Yellow Bird, The Banana Boat song, and The Sloop John B made many feel they were in the Antilles. The culmination of a great evening was the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award to Rod Nielsen, whose long-time volunteer efforts on behalf of the community precisely fit the criteria. Rod is vital to the Fire and Emergency Services, and represents the department on regional and provincial committees, as well as to Knox United Church, and several other groups and organizations. He is another in a long line of dedicated community persons to have received this high honor, and we were pleased his wife Lori, daughters Erica and Jessica, parents Roy and Leona, and mother-in-law Velma Fisher were all present. BMCer Ches Brown marks his 80th birthday – drop into Knox Hall – May 14, 2-4 pm to extend best wishes.
Congratulations also to Lori Nielsen, who retired after 36 years at Lafarge – hopefully the kiln keeps turning in her absence! School closing in June will see some highly regarded educators hang up their blackboard chalk (or whatever has replaced that!) – SCA Vice-Principal Charlie Weatherbee, Math Department Head Brian Sears; English Department Head Dale Roberts. One of Ms Roberts best English students, Bailey Campbell (Linda. Bob) is graduating from UNB with her law degree – well done Bailey!! Cody Locke is continuing his golf professional management course at Holland College with a summer co-op arrangement at the world-renowned Cabot Cliffs Gold Course in Inverness – he may hear from several friends! Paul Rodd was third high individual, and his Colchester team captured first place in the Nova Scotia Highlanders Military Rifle Association marksman competition. The Brookfield Rapids won the Nova Scotia Under 14 Tier 2 Volleyball Championship, with games played at SCA and Truro Junior High. The team received excellent coaching from Randy Kelly and Sarah Wort, and was managed by Julie Kelly. Players were: tournament MVP Klarissa Pasion, All Stars Erica Fisher and Holly Wry, and Hannah Boutilier, Emily Kelly, Jana Hunt, Lucy Edelston, Emma Collier, Brianna Graham. Sarah Wort was also a champion on the Soft Serve team that won the Brookfield Mixed Volleyball League, downing Susan Miller’s Volleybrawlers in the final. The Under 18 Tide team, with Jonathan Kaye and two sons of SCA teachers, Michael Adams (Rob) and Jack Aucoin (Kevin), won the provincial title – SCA Coach Paul Tufts was part of the coaching staff. Wolves Jade MacDougall, Marika Schenkels, and Kennedy Wry were on the NS U -15 runner-up team and will attend nationals in Waterloo, Ont. Athletes of the Month for April at SCA were badminton players – Klarissa Pasion and Austin Christenson. Principal Nevin Jackson’s son, Patrick was second in the province in Senior High Boys Badminton Doubles. Morgan Johnson, Rebecca Rankine, and Terry Park attended the Celebration of School Spirit at the World Trade & Convention Centre. Brent Walters and Tyler Howe were a stellar netminding tandem for the Truro Midget AA Bearcats, that won the provincial hockey title with an undefeated season! Sharon MacPhee, wife to Bill Stewart, was beaming when her grand-daughter, Grace Martin of Lunenburg, captured the Atlantic Midget AAA hockey title with her Metro Boston Pizza team. They travelled to Weyburn, Sask. to compete in the national championships. Grace is only bantam age, so was routinely playing against girls 2- 3 years older! The Brookfield Elks Bowling League has wrapped up their 55th year; champs were Pibb Henderson, Jean Axworthy, Nancy VanTassell and Ross MacDougall. Ornithologists have been flocking to the Wetlands Trail, cameras in hand, to get shots of the graceful egret that has apparently settled there, considerably farther north than usual!!
What a job the local United Church women did in hosting the UCW biennial for three days in April. 125 guests from the Maritimes and Bermuda were here, and were amazed by the energy, the seemingly-unending stream of both food and music, and all-around hospitality. It was great to see Betty Webber back in Brookfield – she lived in the manse in the late 50’s – early 60’s with her husband, the late Rev. Ralph Webber, and their children.
Congratulations to students of Joanne Hatfield for strong showings at the Truro Music Festival – Alexa Roop was first in her modern piano class; and Stephanie Meadus and Abigail Hovey were second in their respective classes. Joanne and her band Cocada are featured on the newly-released CD by world music ensemble Moja Makani. Included are two of Joanne’s original compositions – proceeds from locally sold CD’s will be donated to Water For Life. SCA also had strong showings at the Music Festival, led by teacher/conductor Holly Hartlen. Their Jazz Combo (Connor Murdock – trombone, Beth O’Connell – bass, Caelan Meagher – drums, Suzi Kim – clarinet, Anna Hamilton – alto sax, Julia Hamilton, Hanna Dunlap – trumpets, Ga-yeon Choi – piano) won silver. The Glee Club placed first, and received the Dr. and Mrs. Brian Delaney Award for Intermediate School Choir. Sopranos – Jessica Frizzell, Isabella Johnson, Kristin Blair, Hanna Dunlap, Oliva King, Delane MacNeil, Brynn Rankin, Danielle Zambolin; Alto – Kathleen Cochrane, Madelyn Fisher, Jorja Smith, Hailey Lemmon, Emily Rushton, Emma Scheel, Taylor Viva, Emma Whittaker; Baritone – Hector Cuerda-Lopez, Denver and Mackie Nicol, Alec and Michael Zhou; and accompanist extraordinaire – Ga-yeon Choi. The “Musically Infused” Group began as an in-class ensemble, and is now largely self-directed – they won the Gold Medal: Olivia Perron-vocals; Emily Moore and Caitlyn Woodworth –vocals, guitar; Arin Mizrak – guitar, mandolin, cajon; Beth O’Connell – bass. They received the Festival Award for Outstanding Ensemble!
The “Virtue Flags” adorning several utility poles along Hwy 289 are a wonderful idea, well-executed by Brookfield Elementary School. They brighten the street-scape, show the art skills and send a good message to (and from) the students. Mark Hamilton is one of 15 visual artists invited from thousands of candidates to participate in the prestigious Arte Internazionale Exhibition in Matera, Italy this month.
Well-known local taxidermist Ron Hollingsworth passed away. Joan Campbell passed after a battle with cancer; her celebration of life service at the Sportsplex saw a large number of friends and relatives attend. Irene Stuart lost both her brother-in-law Larry Spence of Londonderry, and her sister-in-law Betty Dunlap of Debert. At Elk Court, Ken Taylor died, as did Donald Miller; he was a brother to Helen Crockett, Eldon Miller, and the late Lelia Brenton. Preston Hingley, formerly of Hilden died; he was father to firefighter Mike Hingley, and Anita Mitchell, wife to former Intermediate Elks pitcher Fred Mitchell, and mother to Sharon Horner, passed away. Elaine Lucas died in Truro, she was a sister-in-law to Gail (Archibald) McLellan. Kyle Henry of Brentwood died. We offer condolences to all who lost loved ones; and apologize for typo in April issue – Betty Navaux was Robert MacLellan’s mother. Helene Henderson is recovering from surgery – we hope she is back to full fitness soon.
Andrew and Becky Roop vacationed in St. Lucia, while Dane Henderson and Danique Rowsell preferred snow to sand – they went to Banff, Lake Louise, and Golden, B.C. They were joined on the slopes by Olds resident Stephen Maynard, son of Ernie and Helene. Patty Stewart and Rob Smith, joined by her brother Glen and spouse Susan went to Cuba. Bev Bradley and Susanne Harrison both visited (independently) friends in the Sunshine State. Krista McMullin met daughters, Janelle and Joanna and grandchildren in Palm Springs, California. Bev and Gerald Peterson welcomed nephew Delbert Dillan here from Prince George, B.C. We hope all ex-patriate Brookfielders who live and or work in Fort McMurray were spared from personal damages from the devastating wild fires that reduced much of that city to smoking rubble.
Congratulations and a big thank you to the Women That Hunt for organizing the Youth Outdoor Expo, that packed both ice sheds of the Sportsplex with exhibitors, and spectators. It was an exhilarating day, with numerous intriguing demonstrations, door prizes galore, and introducing many activities to the young (and young at heart). WTH donated the admission proceeds to the Sportsplex, an amount in excess of $2600! An amazing job by ten very motivated women! Their next plan is for a Community Yard Sale, also at the Sportsplex, on Saturday May 14. Only $25 per table/spot; contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. While you are marking in events on your calendar, here are some others – there will be a Khrysalis rock concert at Knox United; Saturday, June 4th at 8 PM. Freewell donations accepted. Every Thursday night at the Curling Club, Chase the Ace in support of the Sportsplex goes from 7:15 til 8:30 draw – food and beverages available – the pot is in excess of $6700 – join the fun! All Around the Circle Seniors luncheon at the Sportsplex will be Tuesday May 17; doors open at 11:30. They continue to host card parties on Wednesday evenings – start time is 7:30, $ 2 admission. Thursday afternoons are socializing times where seniors and their caretakers can gather from 1-4 for games, crafts, jigsaws, etc. – volunteers to host can reach out to the AAtC. Saturday May 28 – the Fish-a-Rama at the Wetlands Trail, a project of the Train Station Historical Society – 7:30 – 12 noon. Adults – $5.00; they must have a fishing license. Snacks and beverages on site. The TSHS will join the Community Assembly in organizing Canada Day festivities on July 1 at Ed Creelman Park, start time 12 noon. At South Colchester Academy – the musical “Nunsense” will be presented by the Musical Theatre 12 Class of 2016 May 18-19-20; showtime 7 PM; – fun for all ages – children/students/seniors -$6; adults -$8. Athletic Awards night is June 9, and Student Participation Achievement Awards ceremony is May 25, both are 7 – 9 PM, and are open to the public. The 13th graduating class of SCA will receive their sheepskins on June 28. The SCA Wolves Girls Softball team will host the NSAAF provincials at Elk Park on June 3-4; cheer the girls on! The 569 Col. G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron will hold their Annual Ceremonial Review and Inspection at the Curling Rink at 1300 hours on Saturday, May 21. This year’s review will see the changing of the guard, as whirlwind C.O., Captain Ralph Murphy faces mandatory retirement at 65, ending a military career that started for the South Branch native as a 569 cadet in 1963! He traditionally has put together a wonderful program, and the expectation is his swan song will be one not to miss – all are welcome. The new C.O. will be former 569 Cadet Lieutenant Andrew Tattrie. The Mens Club have been a proud supporter of the Air Cadet squadron since the early 1950s! SCA was one of two schools nationally that won the Samsung Canada Solve for Tomorrow (SFT) Challenge, that aims to deepen the passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) among students. The school will receive a $50,000 Samsung SFT grant, tailored specifically to meet the technology needs of the school. SCA will host Youtube partners of AsapSCIENCE for a celebration; giving students a chance to “show – and – tell” how they solved an issue in their community by applying STEM. Thanks so much to all who voted including students, staff, SC alumni and Nova Scotians in general. Dedication of students and staff proved again that Wolves work best in a pack!
Continuing…the Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) is celebrating EIGHTY YEARS since its founding in 1936! Special plans are already in place for the Sports Draw/Big Game Hunt, including a much upgraded prize list, with an extra 80th Anniversary prize of a diamond pendant worth $2500! Tickets will be available at the Whing Ding, and everywhere, including online at http://www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca from August til October, with the draw slated for November 14. Also watch for exciting details on promotional efforts between the BAA and Canadian Tire, Atlantic Superstore, and Scotiabank! If anyone wishes to help the
BAA restore this event to previous heights by selling tickets, contact Hugh (673-2427). The BAA will host their 27th Annual Golf Scramble at the Golf Club on Saturday July 2; 7:30 AM – all levels of golfers welcomed – call 673-3352 to register. The Whing Ding will be one of the Coming Home to Brookfield (CHB) anchors; this year on July 22-23 – still “the place to meet your friends”. The Stanley Cup playoffs are well underway (James Retson is the early leader in the BAA pool) – it is not too soon to let you know there will be a pool for the World Cup in September; this will be better quality hockey than the Olympics! Be ready to get your tickets then. These fundraisers enable the BAA to return the money to many different recreation and sports activities in our area. The BAA is accepting nominations for the Randy Roop Memorial Award, for outstanding service to the sport/ recreation community, until June 10 – please pass along any suggestions to email@example.com .The Elks will field an Intermediate ball team this year – home games every Thursday night at Elk Park – the team features some veterans, and four stars from last year’s Under -18 team that did well at Nationals. Brookes VanTassell, Amanda Cornelius and others have generated a lot of interest in organizing several youth teams, from ages 5-15 – they will take it as far as possible IF players AND coaches step forward – contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com respectively for details. The Terry Fox Run will again be held in September, but that eager committee has other events you should know about, to assist in raising funds for cancer research – these include a Fashion Show and Supper on May 28, 6 PM at Knox Hall; fashions by ETC on Inglis Place – tickets are $20 from TFC committee members, or call 673-2427. On June 4, the Annual Book and Bake Sale happens from 9 AM- 1 PM at Knox; and on June 11 – “Back by Popular Demand” concert at 7 PM at SCA, featuring the music of Waylon Jennings and the ladies of country music, as performed by Dale Fisher, Sarah Matheson and friends. At the retired firehall on Hwy 2, Skylyn Foods and Gifts has opened, providing a variety of food, groceries, snacks and gifts. Pleasant Valley MotoCross will host the CMRC Pro National MotoCross Championships July 23 24. Watch local professional stars Tyler Medaglia and Mitchell Cooke churn with the best riders in the country, then rub elbows with the daredevils at the Whing Ding! The theme for this year’s Coming Home to Brookfield celebration is “Our Backyard”, and from what is listed above, one can see it will be a very full summer here! CHB will have many of the activities you know and love, as well as some new events. The brochure fully detailing the event schedule will be in the mail in early July for the July 16-24 festival; info will also be available on the new website cominghometobrookfield.ca, and likely on the community website at the foot of this issue. Some of the events will be – Street Parade, BBQ, Historic Talk on World War I, Farmers’ Market, Open Mic, Herb’s Tunes, Kids Sports Day, Teddy Bears Picnic, Sing Along /Bonfire at the Dam, Shortts Lake Boat Tours, Golf Scramble, Church services at the lake and at Carter House, Soap Box Derby, Celebrating Our Youth, Coffee House, Horse Show, Bingo, Airplane Demo, Road Race, Kids Run, Yoga, the can’t miss Brookfield Blooms, Movie Night, Lafarge Tour, Skateboard Demo, Scavenger Hunt, Bike Hike and more.
See you at the BMC meeting- Monday May 16, 7:30 at the Fire Hall! Next issue is September – watch the community website for information in the meantime!