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May 2002
Vol 11, Issue 9

May 2002Vol 11, Issue 9
After the Annual Ladies extravaganza, many of the honoured guests were asking for applications forms for the men in their lives to join the BMC, upon witnessing first hand the enjoyment brought about by belonging to the venerable organization. Of course no such form exists, we heartily welcome all men of the area to join us at the season's concluding meeting on Monday, May 20, at 7:30 PM at the Baptist Church. Returning to Ladies Night, an SRO crowd enjoyed a fabulous meal prepared by Elmer Archibald and his outstanding lunch committee; the program's merit was somewhat debatable, but seemingly enjoyed by the audience, and the evening was capped by the naming of Club Man Vic Burrows as Eagle Award winner for long time community service. The always loquacious Victor was nearly silenced upon presentation - he is a deserving winner for his long term service as Sick and Shut-in coordinator for the BMC. Congratulations Victor!!

Susan VanTassell was home from Whitehorse, and Sheila Sears came for a visit from Yellowknife. Also home were Sherry Roop, Nikki (Sutherland) Graham, and Mac Campbell. Brookfield Golf Club's Shaw Cup team, which competes annually with Fox Hollow, should be strengthened by the return from Oshawa of Mike Penny. Welcome to Terry and Sherry (Furmidge) Crowell on Highway 2, just North of Whidden Rd. People headed in the opposite direction included Brian Anderson making a strong showing at the Boston Marathon, Aubrey and Janet Armstrong made their annual trip to Cuba. Robert Matheson and son, G.R., met up with brother/uncle Richard from Calgary, for a real "man's vacation" in Arizona - they saw several pre-season baseball games, an Indy Car race, a night of boxing, and a Coyotes NHL game - does it get any better? Charles "Bub" Matheson moved to Orangeville for work related reasons, Randy and Betty Roop were in Toronto catching up with daughter Sherry... Charlie and Janet Burnett had a leisurely trip to Florida. Brian Clarke and Terri MacPherson went to the Dominican Republic, while Meghan Ross and Janelle Campbell sampled Cuba. Susan and Michelle MacDonald cruised the Caribbean. The Brookfield Community Assembly has been active in seeing that our citizens, businesses and organizations start to receive recognition for their efforts in building this great community; to that end we congratulate winners in various categories. Janice Leck received the Pettigrew Leadership Award, a Colchester county citation which acknowledges leadership in areas of culture and recreation - Janice has been involved with the Junior Curling program, the Terry Fox Committee, minor hockey, Sparks and Brownies as well as the UCW and as a Sunday School teacher. Michelle MacDonald who graduates from SCHS this year, was cited for her volunteer efforts and the Brookfield Lumber Company won the Building Healthy Futures Award from Cooperate Nova Scotia; hats off to Ron, Susan, Jan and Margo Creelman. BLC's efforts take many forms - they have been involved in the Colchester Christmas Index Program, donating materials and funds towards development for various community projects including the Railway Heritage Society and Ed Creelman Park, as well as providing the house for the Bosnian family that came to Brookfield. Nancy VanTassell was honored upon her retirement after 33 years as a dedicated Operating Nurse at Colchester Regional Hospital. Rollie Works was awarded the Ron Moore Memorial Award as Coach of the Year by South Colchester Minor Hockey Association, while Chris Bernard won the 3M Coaching Award. Alicia Stewart, Brian and Tammy's daughter won 2 firsts, a second and a third in a gymnastics competition in Moncton. Krista Holland finished third in her flight at the Provincial Gymnastics Championships in Cape Breton and Marion Retson coached her Reach for the Top team to the Provincial Title. We are happy to report that Janet Tomlinson won in excess of $55,000 in the lottery. South Colchester High had bronze medalists at the Provincial High School badminton championships with Jenna Bower in the Senior Girls singles and Matt Benvie and Josh Bower in the Intermediate Doubles. At the Brookfield Curling Championship Banquet most improved players were Jeff White and Michelle Stewart; Michael Weatherbie was named most promising young curler. Banners will hang at the Curling Club for the winners of the Great Community Curling Classic: the Institution division were Knox Church - Terry Henderson, Ken Retson, Lori Nielsen and Anitra Whidden, Business winners were Maritime Truss, Kraig MacKenzie, Pibby Henderson, Lloyd Allen and Mike Winters, while the Glinz family won the Family section; skip Robbie Glinz led brother Ernie, sister- in- law Susan and nephew Gerald Glinz to that title and the Industry division was won by Bill Ettinger, Blois Barron, Dave Wallace, and Laurie Cochrane, representing Clarence's Feed Services.

Turk and Vera Henderson's daughter Jill Robertson of Fall River was ecstatic to be named Atlantic Canada's Most Valuable Hockey Mum. NHL superstar Mario Lemieux awarded Jill Team Canada jerseys autographed by himself as well as a special plaque for her dedication in all aspects of volunteering to youth hockey, be it coaching, clearing snow from the outdoor rinks, volunteering her physiotherapy talents to the World Junior Hockey Tournament and as well as playing a pretty mean game herself. A Debert based hockey team won the Maritime Recreational Championship and represented our area at the at the National Finals in Toronto - local flavor came from several former Elk Hockey players including Kevin Gaudet, Craig Higgins, BJHS teacher Charlie Weatherby, Jamie Scullion and Dale Hart. Baby boys were welcomed at the homes of Cruise Missile Scott and Heather (O'Neil) Fraser and Mark and Pam Henderson in Moncton, a grandson for Phil and Judy Henderson. Some of the Missiles are already volunteering to teach Scotty's son how to shoot pucks in hopes that the young lad will be more accurate then his dad. Scott is also known as a regular rider at the Pleasant Valley Motocross; he and Heather are also building a new house in Pleasant Valley. The Brookfield Schools Band won 2 gold and a silver medal at the Atlantic Band Festival at MSVU - think how good they will sound in the new school's music room and performance Hall! BJHS student Josh Melvin, in addition to being an avid member of the Junior Curling program at B.C.C, was provincial age group champion in ski racing, after earlier winning events at both Martock and Wentworth. Rob Carter was solid in his much -too-short stint in the Bearcats' net in the Eastern Canadian Junior A Championship. Peter Kennedy returned home with his Ottawa Junior Senators, and advanced to the National Semi-Finals of the Royal Bank Cup in Halifax. Peter was instrumental in leading his short-staffed team back from a goal 3rd period deficit, throwing a fright into the eventual Champions from Halifax. Don Locke's Keys were the Champions in the Brookfield Elks Bowling League's 41st year - team members include Shirley George, Delbert Comeau, Audrey MacDonald, and Alan Nielsen. Laura Campbell and Alex Jewers graduated from Holland College, and Mark Kennedy did so from NSAC. Sherry Roop received her Masters degree in nutrition.

The Eagle is sorry to report the passing of Elizabeth Csontos in Winnipeg - she was a former resident in Brentwood and attended the Brookfield Schools from the mid 60's to the early 70's. Joe and Jack Toole's sister, Jane Godfrey died in Riverview, N.B .... Janet Burnett's Aunt Dorothy Barrass passed away in Belleville, Ontario ... and Dara Cochrane's wife died in River Herbert... John Robar, former owner/operater of the Foodmaster store passed away, and the Upper Brookfield Road lost long time citizens Allen Sutherland and Sid Nelson. The Eagle extends sympathies to widows Marge Robar , Freda Sutherland, Jean Nelson and all their families.

Krista Canning has been named Tobacco Reduction Strategies Coordinator for Colchester East Hants health authority - she will work on programs reducing our area's contribution to Nova Scotia's appalling standing as the highest per capita smoking province in the country. Marwood was happy to announce they received approval to use copper azole in their wood preserving process this was very important because the former active agent was subject to heavy tariffs, making exporting impossible to Europe and the United States. This product should maintain and hopefully to grow their export markets, as well as being more environmentally friendly .

Fifteen citizens turned out for the BCA Community Clean-up Day. From 9:00 to 12 noon, the roadsides were cleared of garbage. A huge THANK YOU to those who came out to improve the image of our village!! A somewhat tedious task, but satisfying to see a cleaner Brookfield. The Air Cadet Squadron have shown great leadership in being the first local group to Adopt-a-Highway, from the corner northward to the Hilden crossroads on Highway 2. This made the job on May 4th much lighter. It was encouraging, that in general, homeowners are keeping their properties in pristine condition. Nearly all the garbage collected (20 bags in total), was picked up in ditches and along public roads. Hats off to all for making an important difference! Maybe some other groups will follow the lead of the Air Cadets and pick a Highway to call their own!

Because this is the Eagle's last issue this of season, he plans on flying south (to the BGC) - there are several people the Men's Club would like to thank - among these are Lafarge who graciously cover the publishing costs for The Eagle. Other community minded business such as Foodmaster and MacQuarries contributed prizes to Ladies Night; and the aforementioned Brookfield Lumber Company made a generous donation. Other kind hearted citizens include Donald and Mary McCallum of North River, Herman and Eloise Murphy of Fredericton and Charter Member Don and wife Veta MacNeille - wasn't it great to see them at Ladies night. Thanks to all who help keep the Eagle in circulation.

Some of the summer activities we are aware of ... earth is being moved and footings poured for the construction of the new Brookfield Junior/Senior High. The "official" sod turning ceremony is May 28, 11:00 AM. Watch for details on how you can help provide the new school with a name and logo. A public meeting was held with the construction company to answer any questions in late April - the new school will be completed by next June and classes will start in the new building in September 2003. That reminds us of many activities planned by the teaching staff in both the Junior and Senior High geared to raising their share of the enhancement dollars for the project - some of these include a Staff Variety Concert on May 16, a "SCHS Alumni" dance at the Engine Room Sunday May 19, a Lobster Supper May 26 and several other projects - watch for announcements. Of course the biggest event will be the giant reunion planned for July 19 - 20 in conjunction with the Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations - registration forms are everywhere in the village and a crowd of over 1500 is expected for this event which welcomes back all students of BRHS - SCHS, not just graduates. The Coming Home to Brookfield celebration will start with the International Food Fare and Cabaret on July 19. Many other actives including the Street Parade, Whing Ding, Golf scramble, and at Shortts Lake are planned - brochures will be available as the event approaches. For now it's safe to count on an unforgettable holiday between July 19 - 28. Knox Church and the Railway Station Heritage Society are co-sponsoring the Dinner Theater "Antic Spring" May 31 and June 1. Get your tickets at MacQuarries. The 13th Annual Brookfield Elks Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday June 29, 7:30 AM - sign up now. Save August 21 for the Terry Fox Golf Tournament you may participate as an individual or as a team; the Terry Fox Run itself will go on September 15. Festivities will also be held on Dominion Day (July 1) at the Ed Creelman Park/Train Station - this has been a very popular event in recent years. Pleasant Valley Motocross will be hosting a stop on National Circuit the first weekend in August. If you haven't already experienced the excitement of Motocross, that weekend will definitely be the place to be as crowds in the thousands are expected. The sixteenth Annual Lotta Truck is already under way - two Early Bird winners (including Art Maynard) have been named with eight more to follow (prize started at $1000, and increases by $100 per week) before the final night of prizes and show featuring Rick Tippe on July 6. Make sure you obtain your Lotta Truck tickets which also admits you and a friend to the show and Grand Prize Draw. It is hoped that the efforts of the BMC , MLA Brooke Taylor, and the Brookfield Community Assembly, working in concert with the Department of Transportation will see a six kilometre stretch of 289 East of the Train tracks receive a considerable amount of resurfacing, ditching and drainage work this year. Final approval has not yet been received but there are very encouraging signs. Various options on providing permanent repairs on 289 West (AKA the Cement Plant Road) have also been discussed but that project still has some unanswered questions and is probably a year away. The softball Elks led by Pibby Henderson and Darren Retson will compete in the Coca-Cola Provincial League with Halifax, Anitgonish and Pictou County - watch for their "Elk Cards" soon to hit the street - please help support the team.

Wrap up the holiday weekend on Victoria Day by coming to the BMC final meeting of the 2002 -03 campaign 7:30 at the Baptist Church; you'll be glad you did.

Have a Great Summer!!! - The Eagle

The Eagle

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