Volume 26 Issue 6
The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) rang in 2015 at their January meeting. The program was led by 569 Col. G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron, which has been proudly sponsored by the BMC for the last 62 years! Presenters were Flight Sergeant Peter Betts (parents Gil, Doris), of Upper Brookfield, who spoke glowingly of the cadet experience, and how it enabled him to earn his Glider Pilot’s Wings. He now hopes to carry on and get the designation for powered flight. Commanding Officer Captain Ralph Murphy, a 1969 SCHS grad from South Branch, advised the BMCers of the squadron’s various projects and activities, and reminded all they are welcome at the Annual Ceremonial Review to be held on May 2 at the Sportsplex.
The BMC will mark the 78th anniversary of their founding at the next meeting on Monday, February 16. Note the special time and place – it will be a dinner meeting at the Truro Holiday Inn, Prince Street at 6:30 PM. The night will kick off with a meal, with the meeting to follow. All members are invited, and encouraged to bring along their sons and daughters. No RSVP is required as you will order a la carte. The program will feature a look at the Men’s Club role in the community’s history – come along.
We suggested last issue that though the onset of winter had been delayed, it would get here, and it surely has, with temperatures deep into the negative column, a couple of blizzards, and a seemingly omnipresent biting wind. However there have also been days with glorious sunshine, enabling us to enjoy the great outdoors. Some preferred to travel – Jr B Elks Coach Patrick and Petra Stewart, their two daughters, and her parents, Peter and Kathy Hamilton of Pembroke went to Disney World. Krista McMullin and daughter Joanna Stefani ran the ‘Dopey’ Races at Disney World in early January – accompanied by their cheering section of husbands, daughter/sister Janelle, and her family. Over four consecutive days, they ran 5km, 10km, 21km and 42km for a total of 78km. Shortly after arriving Krista and Gail MacFarlane went to the nation’s capital for a work conference. Dan, Kathy, and Holly Dean went to the West Palm Beach area of Florida, where they were united with son Mark and daughter Jill, who made the short trip down from Whitehorse, Y.T. Russell and Bev Bradley enjoyed their Christmas in the Sunshine State. Donald (Pibb) and (Delta) Dawn (Carter-) Henderson climbed on a cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, and toured the southern Caribbean, including Aruba and Curacao. Also deep in the tropics were Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole, who went to Barbados; their last ‘singles’ trip – they are marrying on Valentines Day!! Paul Rodd and Karla MacKenzie vacationed in Jamaica, and Lexie Stewart and grand-daughter Clara sought sun in the Dominican Republic. A crew including Devan Graham, Mitch White, Mike and Jenna Searle, and Jack (Skip) Toole and Debbie Barker went to Montreal to watch the Habs- Pittsburgh Penguins game. Local product Zach Sill was the featured attraction for the travellers. Great to see Zach net his first NHL goal (and assist) recently, and his ice time with the Pens steadily increasing! Skip was pleased that Debbie accepted his marriage proposal. Lloyd and Marilyn Groves have returned to their Shortts Lake home from Florida.
Exciting news from Minnesota – the birth of a son, Abraham Edward, to Peter and Katie Kennedy, the babe named after his late great-grandfather Ed, who was a pillar of our community and the BMC. Delighted grand-parents are Carter Road’s Larry and Lynne Kennedy; also a nephew for Sportsplex Board Chairman Mark and Jill. Peter was a standout hockey talent one of the first and very few Canadians awarded a hockey scholarship by the powerhouse U. of Minnesota. A son was also welcomed at the home of Kenny and Nadine Gaudet, while a baby girl was born to Stefan Mills and Laura Munroe-Jollymore – congratulations!! The amazing Lelia Brenton had her 103rd birthday at Elk Court. Belated (January) 95th birthday greetings are extended to Geraldine Burrows, long time organist at Knox United, and Rowena Loughead, dedicated Elks softball fan from Old Barns – her son Kent is an active member of the Brookfield Curling Club (BCC), and known far and wide for his beautiful singing voice, and work on behalf of the Truro Music Festival. Speaking of the BCC, nice to see the warm welcome they extended to peripatetic curler Rob Swan, of Harvey, N.B., who played with the Wednesday morning league, on his quest to curl in 100 clubs in 100 days, to raise awareness and funds for small-town curling clubs.How about Ryan Leedham (son of Glen and Annette) of Old Halifax Road – the former 569 Air Cadet was one of 31 Canadians who participated in the WorldSkills Canadian Trials (WSCT) in Dartmouth, where he scored a very impressive 89% for his projects in aircraft maintenance (electrical wiring/troubleshooting and sheet metal repair)! He will be the ONLY Canadian attending the World event in Sao Paulo, Brazil this August. He had qualified for the event in Dartmouth by winning a gold medal at the national event in 2014. James Hill of Crystal Lake Drive, recently received nominations for JUNO and East Coast Music Awards for his amazing CD, “The Old Silo”. This album takes the ukulele to new musical worlds, and is a ‘must-hear’ for music aficionados. James and wife Anne Janelle will attend the national Juno ceremonies in Hamilton in March, and he will perform in St. John’s during the ECMAs in April.
Ben Fraser (Scott, Heather) cleaned up in Sydney – the captain of the Truro Peewee AAA Bearcats led his team to the tournament title, with 2 Player of the Game awards, and was named tourney MVP! Congratulations to Dane Henderson for achieving his Professional Engineering (P. Eng) designation – he recently travelled to the North American headquarters of Morton Salt to give a presentation on the operations at their Pugwash facility. Delaney Henderson of Cole Harbour, Helene’s grand-daughter, was a member of the Axe-elles, who won a gold medal in Synchronized Skating at a Skate Canada event in Riverview, NB; this qualifies them for the National competition in February. The Brookfield Wreckers won the IWK Fundraising Bowling tournament – teammates were Allen Nielsen, Gerry Buott, Bill Maguire, Darren Retson, and Chandler Blenkhorn.
Athletes of the month at South Colchester Academy all came from the hardwood – cited Wolves’ cagers are seniors Morgan Fisher (Celia, Kevin) and Brad MacKinnon (Deanna, Gordon); juniors are Hannah Raymond and Angus Paul- well done! 2014 SCA Male Athlete of the Year Andrew Burgess played mate on the New Brunswick team that won the bronze medal at the Canadian Junior Curling Championship in Newfoundland.
Our gratitude is extended to frequent Eagle contributors, Middle Stewiacke native Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury, and to Barb and Roger Ryan of Shortts Lake, who sent along very generous donations Gracias, amigos! Promising multi-sport star Rowan Sears is sidelined by a broken leg for the rest of the NS Major Bantam hockey season; hopefully the bone will knit for him to resume his prominent role on the softball field in May. Jordan Matheson’s recovery from his injuries is going well at the NS Rehab Centre.
We extend sympathies to those who lost loved ones – these include former Pleasant Valley resident Linda (Glazebrook) Kent in Tatamagouche. Anne Lindsay in Calgary, she was a sister-in-law to Bobby and Roberta Lindsay, and widow of former-BMCer, Warren. Robert Geddes’ mother, Frances Martin died in Brantford, Ont…..former resident Lloyd O’Donnell in Bible Hill….George Bardell at Elk Court…Cathy McCulloch’s mother, Mabel McCulloch in Shubenacadie…in Truro, Harold Gauthier’s brother, Raymond… in New Brunswick, Glenn Illsley’s brother, Colin….Donna Atkinson’s father, John Stronge, in Truro Heights. Bertha MacVicar died in Middleton; she was Tracey Fisher’s Mum, and grandmother to Samantha, Courtney, and Haley. Keith Kennedy of Middle Stewiacke passed away; he bravely persevered through numerous health problems for a number of years. The community, province, and nation was shocked and saddened by the senseless killing of RCMP Constable David Wynn in St. Albert, Alberta. David was a nephew to Lawrence and Shirley Wynn, and by every account, an outstanding public servant, a true gentleman, and a friend to all he met – a tragic loss.
The Fitness Centre at SCA has reopened, thanks to big efforts from Colchester County’s Recreation Department, SCA administration, and the Physical Education Department, the School Advisory Council (SAC) and volunteers. Open times are Monday – Friday, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Contact Terri at the Municipality office for details on orientation/registration that is required to use the gym at 902-897-3155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The March edition of the Eagle will be delayed by approximately two days – it should be in your e -mail in-box by Wednesday March 11 (and hard copies in the normal outlets by the next day). This reminds us that if anyone wants faster delivery than postal mail, please send your e mail address to BMCeagle@eastlink. Mark your calendars – the annual festival that is the BMC Ladies Night, where the Clubmen treat all the women of the area to a night of dining and entertainment, will be Monday, April 20! This also means nominations for the BMC Eagle Award, awarded annually to a citizen(s) who has made significant contributions to our community, are due by March 31 – send along to Eagle Award Chairman Charlie Burnett at email@example.com, or via any BMCer.
Knox United Church is hosting a Valentine’s Extravaganza on February 14, 7:30 PM. There will be all-you-can-eat desserts, a silent auction, door prizes, entertainment featuring Cherry Lane (Joanne Hatfield, Mark, Hamilton, Tim & Lorraine Ross, Keith Gale and Sarah Matheson-Bates. Contact Dorene Matheson (673-3229) if you have a skill or talent you can donate for the Silent Auction, or wish to contribute a special dessert, call Lynn Matheson at 673-2328! Tickets are $20, and must be bought in advance from Dorene.
The Sportsplex Chase the Ace has a pot approaching $3000 – join the fun at the curling club every Thursday night – doors open at 6:45, food and beverage service is available; the draw is at 8:30…come and join the growing list of winners! Friday February 13 is double feature movies night at Knox Hall. There will also be a Bake Sale on the 13th for the Youth Group to raise funds for “The Coldest Night” event in Truro. The Youth Group will be taking part in that on February 21. The monthly Seniors Luncheon will be held on Tuesday February 17; doors open at 11:30. The meal will be from Hurricane Heidi’s Cafe; $7 for members, $9 for non-members. Card parties (cribbage, 45s) continue at the Senior’s Lounge on Wednesday nights (7:30), admission only $2.
MLA Larry Harrison will host a Constituency Day at the Seniors Room on February 24 from
7- 8:30 pm; stop in and chat with your MLA. Registrations are now being accepted for the 26th annual Great Community Curling Classic. This epic event happens March 27-28-29 at the BCC, and will see 32 teams of curlers of all abilities, from neophytes to well-seasoned, compete for the big trophy. A fun time for all, at a low price, with all guaranteed 3 games over the weekend. Contact Pibb Henderson (673-3262 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to enter as a team or as an individual. Knox United will host a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 17, 4:30pm – 6:00pm; $8 for Adults, $4 for 12 and under.
Other dates to mark down – Coming Home to Brookfield is set for July 18-26, the Whing Ding is July 24, 25 and the 26th edition of the Brookfield Elks Golf Scramble will be July 4.
Remember – the February BMC meeting will be an anniversary dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn Bistro on Prince St, starting at 6:30 on the 16th. We hope to see you there!
Check our website for more community activities: http://www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca