May 2015 Volume 27 Issue 9
Another Brookfield Men’s Club (BMC) Ladies Night is in the books – the crowd of about 125 was well-fed by Head Chef Bob Lawrence and his minions, and President Austin Ross was skillful and glib in his role as host. Valuable Door Prizes abounded, and the Red Tide ensemble, aided greatly by Joanne Hatfield on the keyboards and Keith Gale on guitar, belted out a half dozen numbers, including The Gambler, Hank Snow’s I’m Movin’ On, and The Cat Came Back. The Canadian Men’s Synchronized Swimming team made a bravura performance, snatching the Gold Medal at the World Championships with a perfect 10.0 (x 3) performance. The audience roared approval, and drowned out the arena PA system, lustily belting O Canada. The aquatic gymnastics were beamed to a worldwide audience via satellite and the BMC Network. Jim Feener has signed major endorsement deals with Speedo, Gatorade, Ray-Ban goggles, Coppertone, and as a guest analyst with TSN at the next Olympics. The evening was crowned with the presentation of the Eagle Award – as presenter Judy Matheson noted, the BMC proved itself very capable of thinking outside the box, not only with her role -done very well -but in citing this year’s winners. A trio was selected -how could the Campbell sisters – Nancy, Patsy, Betty -be separated! These three, always upbeat and positive individuals, mean so much to a variety of our community organizations, chairing the Whing Ding, active participation in organizing Coming Home to Brookfield events, Terry Fox projects, Christmas House Tours, Elks Bowling League and Hockey Pools, numerous activities at Knox Church, and the list goes on….Once again, the audience provided loud certification to the selection.
The BMC will put a bow on the 2014-15 season, at least in terms of meetings, on Monday, May 18, 7:30 at the Fire Hall – all are welcomed to attend. Of course the BMCers will be kept hopping throughout the summer, running BBQs at various community events, producing and selling Home Coming shirts, maintaining Ed Creelman Park and the cemetery, as well as other activities.
The 569 Colonel G .N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron held their 62nd Annual Ceremonial Review at the Sportsplex. Guest speaker and reviewing Officer was Major General John Madower – his presence was all the more noteworthy, as he is a native of West St. Andrews, and a proud graduate of both 569 Squadron and South Colchester High (’80). His mother Laverne MacLeod, went to Brookfield Rural High (Class of 57). The squadron, under CO Capt. Ralph Murphy, went through their paces, and afterward showed demonstrations of their projects, including launching rockets into the troposphere. Major awards were presented to: Best First year Cadet -LAC Eric Hippern, Most Improved Cadet – Cpl. Cole Mockford, Chief W/O Ralph Murphy Award – FCpl. Maggie Myers, Spirit of 569 Award – Cpl. Denver Nicol, Garth Decker Award – FCpl. Travis White, FSgt. Jason MacDougall Staff Choice Award – FCpl. Makayla Tanner, Colonel G.N. Henderson Award and Royal Canadian Legion Medal – Warrant Officer 2nd Class Peter Betts. Peter currently has the highest ranking in the local squadron and is now Squadron Commander. Numerous in-season promotions were also announced, as were the many cadets who will take advantage of a myriad of summer camps and activities. The Squadron remains most appreciative of the BMC acting as the sponsoring organization for SIXTY-ONE years, and presented an appreciation award to BMC liaison Bob Lawrence for his unstinting efforts with the Cadets. Congratulations to the Stewiacke Legion for their ongoing support, and a special nod to Elm Lodge #115, on behalf of the N.S. Masonic Foundation, who presented 569 with a cheque for $2500 to assist with their activities!!
The Men’s Club wishes to thank all those who provided free-will offerings at Ladies Night; and also kind donors Eloise Yorke, Elmer Archibald, and former Club-man Jim McNutt – your generosity is appreciated!
Congratulations to Josh and Kristen Hamilton of Carter Rd. on the birth of their daughter, Eloise Josephine! A daughter, Lauren Christine was also born to Jason Ross and Jolene Glen in Valley; a grand-daughter for Linda Ross, and great-grandaughter for Lila MacPhee. Mindee Walker, daughter of Sharon Swan and step-dad Jim Stuart of Cherry Lane, married Kevin Couturier of Edmundston, NB on the beach in Mexico. They exchanged vows in front of their 2 1/2 year old son, Xavier and several Brookfielders, including Sharon Swan, Teresa Elliott, Kim McBurnie, Kelly Countway and former residents sister Nadeene Walker, Faith and Travis Rogers, Gillian (Ervin) Kelly, Pam (McCulloch) Kolstee, and Karen (Patton) MacPhee. The happy couple will honeymoon in Greece later this summer. Tara O’Brien married John Goddard; she is the daughter of Darla and Grant O’Brien, and grand-daughter of Mae Cook. They live in Timmins, Ontario. Love bloomed on the pebbled sheets of the Brookfield Curling Club – Steve Hanham whisked Courtney Rutherford to Toronto for a Leafs game — things improved when she said ‘yes’ to his marriage proposal! Charlie Joyce celebrated his 80th birthday, while former bulwark on the Elks blueline, Gab Matheson blew out 70 candles. Sheepskins were presented to Charlene Locke (parents Steve, Krista), who received her B.Sc. from DalAC, and promptly accepted a position and moved to New Glasgow, PEI – not so far away that we will still get to have her around a lot! Maria Rutherford (Logan, Nancy) received her B. Nursing degree from St. Francis Xavier, and is on staff at the Truro Hospital. Alison Read received her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from St. F.X., and Ashley Holland (Doug, Jill) received her B.Ed. from the Antigonish institution. Taylor Clarke (David, Carla) is also an X grad-hers in Arts; while Kyle Henderson (Mike, Brenda), received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison – his specialty is painting. Coady Read graduated from his program at COGS and had a job waiting for him in Calgary. He has a diploma for Survey Technician and Geomatics Engineering Technician. Allison Sears (Luther, Joyce) received her Bachelor of Bio-Resource/Environmental Science degree from the University of Guelph.
The grass doesn’t grow under Krista McMullin’s feet – she went to western Canada to visit daughters Janelle and Joanna, and their families, then reversed field, and spent time in South Africa and Botswana! Life flashed before her eyes for a long 15-20 minutes as she and her jeep were in the middle of a herd of charging elephants! Terry Canning went to Nashville on business. Zoe Barbour was another on the move – her travels took her to Vancouver, Hawaii, and Montreal to see her son and grandchildren. Edna Graham visited family in Timmons, ON. Jonathan Woolfitt and Minudie pal Heath Matheson went to Omaha – was Jonathan paying homage to investment guru, Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha? Along the way they met Bubba’s cousin, Darcy Woolfitt in Chicago – no doubt several porterhouses were consumed in those two meat-packing centers! Phil and Kitty McMullin escaped most of the winter by going to Arizona and even rescued a cute dog named Molly along the way. Robert and Kelly Putnam travelled to the Netherlands to take part in the celebrations marking 70 years since the Canadian Military helped liberate the Dutch. Kelly played the bagpipes, and Robert wielded the mace, keeping the pipe and drum band in sync. Lexie Stewart went to the Dominican Republic, as did Joan Hatton, Billy, Chipper, and Lori VanTassell. Phil and Judy Henderson and Alton and Lorna Sutherland soaked up sun in Florida, while the sextet of Dave and Janice Peterson, Allan and Lorraine Carter, and Richard and Ellen Sutherland went to Cuba.
The Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League completed their 54th Season – champions were Pibb Henderson, Barbara Walsh, Rebecca and Shelia Rankine. Regular season winners were Gerry Buott, Mary Berrigan, Cindy Bigelow, and Linda Penny. Brookfield Elks women won the APS division provincial title of the Nova Scotia Women’s Hockey League. Local players are: Beverley Read, Kathy Dean, Holly Dean, Anita Fisher. They met the Truro Hawks in the finals to make it an all-Colchester final. Hawks local players are Heather Fraser, Marissa Roode, Vanessa McKillop, Heidi Cooke, and Rachel deVries – Rachel deVries and Alison Read were also on the team that won the women’s division of the NSTU hockey tournament (for the 6th time). Gordon and Myrna Matheson’s grand-daughter, Taila Vydykan was part of the Bedford Blizzard, who won the N.S. title in Under 13 volleyball. Jessie and Abby Miller (Steve, Melanie), Letha Mowatt’s grand-daughters both were selected for the Nova Scotia Under -17 Basketball team that will travel to Edmonton later this year. Serves You Right won their 2nd straight Brookfield Mixed Volleyball title – the team has SCA coaches Kelly Spencer and Rene Despres, as well as former Wolves Caitland Read, Emelye Porter, and Adam Connors, and Suzie Miller. Colby Lanceleve, SCA grad, finished a stellar 4 year career with the Truro Jr A Bearcats, and accepted a hockey scholarship to Plymouth (New Hampshire) State U. SCA was well represented at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Celebration of Sport luncheon at the World Trade Centre – Coach Ryan McNutt, athletes Alicia MacMillan, Garrett Johnson, and principal Nevin Jackson were present. SCA students swept the podium at a Skills Canada Photography competition at the NSCC Waterfront campus; Emily McEwen won gold, which will qualify her for the national competition in Saskatoon, and Arthur Dodsworth and Carli Fisher won silver and bronze, respectively. Maegan Ryan won a silver in the baking competition, and Mariah Hunt won bronze in the Job Search category. Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) won a gold medal at the Regional Science Fair, and will attend the Canada Wide Science Fair later this month in Fredericton. Darcie Barr and Cicely McCulloch won silver medals. At the Truro Music Festival, the SCA Glee Club won the Jazz Choir category, and the Wind Ensemble (Anna and Julia Hamilton, Megan Nielsen, Hanna Dunlap, Connor Murdock, Miriam Harrison, Susy Kim and Gayeon Choi) were best in their field. Zach Sill had his #23 sweater retired by the Truro Bearcats hockey club; the Elks Jr. B team and the BAA have been working on recognition in/with the Sportsplex for both of Brookfield’s NHLers (Sill, and Lyle Carter).
Those who attended the terrific concert put on by “4 Guitars”, featuring our own Joanne Hatfield are raving about the fantastic event held at Knox. The four very talented professional musicians blended their talents seamlessly to produce beautiful sound, as well as some terrific solos in classical, jazz, and Brazilian music.
The obituary column is far too long, and we extend condolences to those who lost loved ones; we are sorry to report on the passing of Gary Morrell, son of Ron, and husband to Helen, who died from a heart attack…Betty Leck, former Clubman Glenn’s widow, and mother to Bruce and his four brothers died…Cauline Watson, mother to Mike, Tim, Blaise, Heather, and Fonda ….Scottie Kerr, a former fixture in the ‘Elks’ Bowling League passed away….in Burnside, Wayne Graham died; he was step-father to John Hamilton…Glen Robinson passed, leaving wife Betty and sons Jason and Michael to mourn. Henry Fisher of Middle Stewiacke died; he was a Past President of the Brookfield Curling Club, and leader of the John Fisher Male Choir – Henry was a true gentleman. Long-time resident Bernie Crowe passed away at 91; he was a veteran of World War II, and is survived by sons Colie, Dave, and Reg, many great-grandchildren, and even a great-great-grandchild.
Among the ex-pats who made it back to Brookfield for Ladies Night were Laura (McCallum) Grinton and Pam (Henderson) Lanthier. Nice to see former standout goalie Rob Carter home from the west for a visit with Lyle and Susan. Mark Dean was home before setting off on his next equine adventure, this time to the Constitution State. Sarah (Calgary) and Anna (Cochrane) Rutherford both came home from Alberta for Maria’s graduation. Ryan O’Connor, Dr. Tracey Williams’ nephew was head coach of Team North at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship in Halifax. He is an elementary teacher in Arviat, as well as head coach for Team Nunavut at the Arctic Winter Games. Dr. Stephanie Aubrey joined Truro Pediatrics in the fall and is moving to Shortt’s Lake in June with her fiancé, Justin Gillespe. They both are avid golfers and chose the Brookfield area specifically for all the community activities. Luther and Joyce Sears have moved into their new house on the Upper Brookfield Road. Please keep Denise Forsythe in your thoughts; she is recovering from major thoracic surgery.
With the first week of May, spring-like weather has finally arrived, and Brookfielders are eagerly getting outdoors. It also means the school year is in the homestretch, and there are lots of year-end activities you will want to note, as they are open to the public. These include the Achievement award ceremony on May 27, the final band concert on June 4, and the Athletic Awards are on June 11. These all commence at 7 pm. The Yoga 11 class will have a Bake sale Monday June 8, with proceeds going to the SCA Music program and other charities. The event on June 8 will be a “Karma Concert”, that will include various SCA ensembles, and performers from the community. If the weather cooperates, it will be held at the outdoor amphitheater, and also feature food kiosks, art displays, face painting, etc. The Girls softball team will host their invitational tournament at Elk Park May 15-16; hopefully both the girls and boys team will make it to Provincials the first weekend in June. SCA’s Track and Field team has been powerful in recent years; watch for their marks at upcoming meets. Graduation is Monday June 29; it always attracts a large turnout of spectators.
The Train Station Society will again be hosting a Fish-a-Rama on Saturday May 30 at the Wetlands Trail – for more info contact Russell at 673-3448. At this writing, the Community Assembly (BCA) has not yet confirmed the date for the volunteer Community Clean-Up Day – watch the website, and other community bulletin boards for info – many volunteers make for light work, and it only takes a morning! The rugged winter has left lots of rubbish and trash in the ditches along our roadways – please help get rid of it! The giant pot at the Sportsplex’ Chase the Ace has passed $6,500!! Stop by the Curling Club on Thursday nights – doors open at 7; draw at 8:30; tickets only $1 for a mega-payday! There will be festivities at the Ed Creelman Park & the Train Station to mark Canada Day on July 1. The Brookfield Elks 26th Annual Golf Scramble will be held at the BGC on Saturday July 4, 7:30 AM – have fun and support the Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) at the same time. The Whing Ding revs up on July 24-25; still the best place to “come and meet your friends”! Nominations for the Randy Roop Memorial Award, presented by the BAA to a person who has contributed greatly to leadership in recreation, may be passed to Terry (673-2106), Mike (673-2769) or Kim (890-7610). All Around the Circle Seniors Club will host their monthly luncheon meetings on May 19 and June 16 – doors open at 11:30 – delicious lunch and entertainment are featured. Card parties continue on Wednesday nights at the Senior’s Lounge – join the fun at 7:30 PM. The New Horizons Seniors Band will have their end of season concert at the Marigold Theatre on Thursday May 14 – locals performing include Ardith Ross, Lori Nielsen, Peter Verheuvel, Mike Henderson, Krista McMullin, and director Paul Barrett. The Terry Fox Committee is planning events for the 35th year of the Terry Fox Run! Wouldn’t it be yet another miracle for Cancer Research if all Canadian families gave $1.00 for each year of the Run. What a terrific tribute that would be to one of Canada’s greatest heroes. Remembering that Terry asked for $1.00 from every person and he reached that goal and stated “it’s got to keep going without me”, in order to find a cure. The committee has scheduled the following events: the annual Book & Bake Sale on June 13th, the Golf Day for August 15th and the Run on September 20th. Another exciting event will be a Terry Fox Fashion Show on May 30, 6 pm. Call 673-2771, 2853, and 2800 for more information. The committee appreciates any and all support and continue to collect recyclables, call 673-2427 for pick up. The Brookfield Elks Under-18 Fastpitch team will be having a fund-raising auction at the Curling Club on June 6 – doors open at 7 pm for viewing. The live auction starts at 8 PM. There will be a kitchen, bar, debit and credit services available, as well as Zack Sill memorabilia available – come out and support! The Elks are most thankful to the Brookfield Athletic Association for their generous support, and will represent Nova Scotia at the Under-18 Canadian Championship in Fredericton in August. The Elks will play games every Thursday night at Elk Park. All Around the Circle Senior Citizens and the Municipality of Colchester County are hosting CHAIR YOGA at the Senior Citizens Room at the Sportsplex for 7 Monday evenings for a small fee of $2 from 6:30 to 7:30 starting on Monday, May 18th. The first night will be FREE, and is open to the ALL, not just seniors. It is so easy you won’t believe it is good for you; under the tutelage of Certified Instructor Leah Roop. For more information phone or email Susan Stevenson 673-2479.
You are invited to join with MP Scott and Tammy Armstrong in a meet-and-greet with Laureen Harper, wife of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, at Knox United Church from 4-5 PM on Wednesday May 20.
The Brookfield Fire and Emergency held their annual banquet on May 9 – Shaun Burke received two awards – Firefighter of the Year and Most Improved Firefighter. Seems like the apple doesn’t fall from the tree as Shaun’s son Jordan was awarded Junior Firefighter of the Year. Jason Gerrior was awarded Fire Officer of the Year. Herb MacFarlane and Charlie Burnett were recognized for 50 years of loyal volunteer service to the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Service. The most notable recognition of the evening was given to Lawrence Wynn in honour of his 60+ years to volunteering. While Lawrence is unable to actively respond to emergencies; he is always ready to help in any way he can and to regale members with stories of past incidents and events. Well done gentlemen!!
The 20th edition of Coming Home to Brookfield, with the theme, Bringing the World Home, goes July 18-26 – it will, as usual, be a ‘can’t miss’ occasion. Watch for your detailed brochure in the mail (and on the website, www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca ) in early July; we can give a sneak preview here! The theme will focus on a display of memorabilia, pictures, language, culture, souvenirs, and customs from people who have travelled the world, and can bring it home to Brookfield! Volunteers to help with this can call Gail (650-2103) or Judy (673-2427) for more info. There will be the Grand Street Parade, a Farmer’s market, Entertainment and BBQ at the Sportsplex, with the World’s Fair event later that opening afternoon. Sunday will see a Pancake Breakfast at Shortt’s Lake, followed by a non-denominational Worship Service; later the very popular Shortt’s Lake Boat Tours, and a chance to paddle with the Dragon Boat. The Soap Box Derby will be held later in the day – enthusiasts are encouraged to start building their racers now! There will also be an Antique Car Show, and the Amazing Race. Through the week you can look forward to Yoga Hour, Kids and Youth Sports Event, Family Bike Hike, Chucker Ball, Historic Walking Tour, Ground Hockey, Horse Show, Family Campfire and Sing Song, Golf Scramble, Flower Garden Tour, Coffee House, Petting Farm and Horse Stable Visit, and an event to be determined at Lafarge. The final weekend will begin with a 5 km Fun Run and Kids Run, followed by a remote Airplane Show, the Teddy Bears Picnic & Story Telling Time and BBQ, Waterslides, Sailboat Regatta, and of course the Whing Ding ! The closing Community Worship Service and Home Coming closing will be held at the historic Carter Homestead.
Brookfield Elementary Home and School announces an exciting project which will bring a little nature to our school-community playground. The Project: to create a more natural and more accessible playground and an outdoor learning area. The Home and School is in the early stages of planning and fundraising for this project, and will hold information sessions for the school and community to share ideas and learn how to become involved as the project progresses. This project will only be successful with the interest and support of our students, staff, friends and neighbours! As part of this natural playground project, BES has a goal to plant one native tree, shrub, or perennial for each student at BES – that’s 189! To help them reach this goal, they invite individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to support their “Growing, Together!” fundraising campaign. Give a gift of nature, and a gift to nature, by pledging a tree, shrub or perennial to honour or remember someone special in your life. Suggested donations: tree $100, shrub $40, perennial $10. To make a donation, please complete the form available at http://bes.ccrsb.ca/ and return it to Brookfield Elementary School. For more information, contact Amanda Cornelius at BES at 902-673-5050, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Home and School looks forward to sharing more details about this exciting natural playground project as they unfold in the coming weeks and months. Thank you in advance for your support. Let’s grow, together!
The Brookfield Garden Club has a 2015 summer project! Celebrating Nova Scotia Provincial Garden Week (first week of June) the club will adorn the Welkcome to Brookfield sign by planting shrubbery.
With this issue, the Eagle wipes the ink from his blunted talons until September. Thanks must be expressed to all the very willing helpers, who help produce and get each edition to our many readers. A big tip of the hat for all they do to Lori Nielsen, Susan Stevenson, Krista McMullin, Shelley Fisher, Austin Ross, Bob Lawrence, as well as to our reporters, and to all our loyal readers, at home, and afar.
We would love to see you at the BMC on Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall.