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Brookfield  NS


  March 2002
Vol 11, Issue 7

March 2002

Vol 11, Issue 7

The ink was barely dry on the February issue of the Eagle, extolling the winter wonderland that Brookfield had become in the face of crisp cool temperatures and abundant snowfall when mild temperatures, heaping helpings of fog, and many millimeters of rain fall washed away the snow and ice. Now residents are excitedly talking about the possibility of an early spring and all that entails. The February meeting of the Brookfield Men's Club was highlighted by a terrific dinner served up by the Baptist ladies and a presentation by Kathy Putnam, advising as to the upcoming plans for Maud's Place. The BMCers were very appreciative of her presentation, ably assisted by SCHS teacher Gary Renouf, who wowed many with his Power Point presentation. The BMC will reconvene Monday, March 18 - 7:30 PM at the Baptist Church and as usual all men from Brookfield and the surrounding area are encouraged to attend.

Former Elk hockey star Gerry MacWha has moved into a house on Hamilton Avenue, close enough to keep an eye on the exploits of his grandson Josh Taylor who performs with the Brookfield Pee Wee Elks. We welcome Grant Milley and his family to Whidden Road - Grant has sampled the BMC life and we hope he is back for much more. Another Elk minor hockey star, Joel Vickery, has moved with his father Roy into the apartments overlooking the number 4 tee, and Nina Patterson has moved from Upper Stewiacke into the Sears Senior Complex which is still accepting suggestions for names (Elysian Fields?). Krista Williams, who many know from the Pharmasave, has moved into the Crawford's Laundromat Apartments.
Charter member of the Brookfield Curling Club Mary Fisher has had to put her broom away temporarily after undergoing knee surgery- other area residents slowed by health problems include Dale Fisher, Dot Neilsen, Heather Chaplin, Mary Bruce Fisher and Jeff Kennedy. We hope all are feeling better in the near future.

The Eagle received financial support from loyal contributors including Doris Fisher, former nonpareil Elk puck stopper Don (and Ruth) Conroy, Hazel and Merv Dickey, Turk Henderson in Calgary, Rev. Vince and Anne Ihasz in Dartmouth and Ken and Betty Boutilier in Pembroke, Ontario. We thank all of you for your generous support.

At the Brookfield Curling Club Charles Debay's team finished second in the in Provincial Under seventeen Greenspiel; with Charles were Adam Burrows, Mark and Jason Moore. The Brookfield Lotta Truck Nova Scotia Senior Mixed Curling Championships were held in Wolfville and the Hugh Matheson rink consisting of Judy Matheson, Ken Retson and Daisy Hingley represented the Brookfield Club well. A big tip of the hat to Sue Kaye for being named to the University All Canadian hockey team. Sue is a defenseman for the Concordia University Stingers in Montreal and is the daughter of Kathy (McLellan) and Glen Kaye. Kathy is a graduate of SCHS and her father Al was the owner of the Sunrise Motel and one of the early members of the Board of Directors of the Sportsplex. Congratulations go to Patty and Blair Densmore who welcomed a baby boy to their household - Ethan Wendell has brought much excitement to their home. On Carter Road a baby girl was welcomed to David and Tammie Rice's home. Becky Toole attended the Nova Scotia swimming age group championships in Antigonish. At Shearwater, Anna Rutherford had a marvelous performance that resulted in her being crowned Nova Scotia Champion in the Pre Juvenile figure skating category, Anna's honors did not stop there; along with sister Sarah, Jessica Fields, Kelsey Campbell, Caila Henderson, Caila O'Neil, Leanne Shupe and others are part of the South Colchester Rapids Bantam Volley ball team which captured top honors in a tournament in Truro. This team under the leadership of SCHS teacher Sue Stevenson and the tireless efforts of Roger Cox is producing terrific results and is providing a wonderful opportunity for these girls. Roger has over 30 girls in the youth volleyball program. Brookfield was very capably represented at the 18th annual Truro and area Sport Heritage Awards Dinner - Donald Ross was inducted into the Society's Honour Roll for his outstanding prowess in softball and hockey while former Elk hockey star of the 1960's, Darrell Maxwell also joined that elite gathering. Former Elk fan favorite Sterling Delaney was part of the Truro Stella Jones Bearcats who were awarded the senior team of the year award at the dinner. In the under 15 team category all three finalist were Brookfield based teams – the Brookfield Atom AA Elks, the 2001 Provincial Hockey Champions, and both the boys and the girls soccer team from Brookfield Junior High School. Both these teams won their regional championship this year, in the end the girls were chosen as the Team of the Year, though any of the three finalists would have been a worthy choice. Coaches Kelly Spencer and Kevin Aucoin had a powerhouse, not losing a game all year, and the future looks very bright for the upcoming years for the South Colchester High team as this outstanding cast of athletes move next door (or to the new school) in a year or two. Players included Katrina Wallace, Maggie Parks, Leah MacNeil, Jessica Fleming, Krista Holland, Holly and Sarah Killen, Jessica Neilsen, Karla Arwsworthy, Erin Durkee, Amy Affleck, Melissa Isenor, Rebecca Myers, Katherine Gosby, Nicole Miller, Jolene Taylor, Katie Wentzell, Heidi Weatherbee and Alex Bauld. The multi talented Bauld also was a finalist in the Female Athlete of the year category. All of South Colchester should be excited and proud of the accomplishments of their student - athletes and with the new high school looming, the future of education, athletics and the arts can only be described as limitless . A big tip of the hat to Reg Smith of Stewiacke on his notification of induction into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame - Reg is the cousin of the legendary Hank Snow who of course performed in Brookfield, and the father of Cruise Missile Randy Smith.

From our International News Department..........In speech, Bush call Iraq, Iran and North Korea "Axis of Evil" - NY Times. - Bitter after being snubbed for membership in the "Axis of Evil," Libya, China and Syria today announced they had formed "Axis of Just as Evil," which they said would be way eviler than that stupid Iran-Iraq-North Korea axis President Bush warned of in his State of the Union address. Axis of Evil members, however, immediately dismissed the new axis as having, for starters, "a really dumb name." They are just as Evil... in their dream!" declared North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. "Everybody knows we're the best evils... best at being evil... we're the best." Diplomats from Syria denied they were jealous over being excluded, although they conceded they did ask if they could join the Axis of Evil. "They told us it was full", said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "An Axis can't have more than three Countries," explained Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "This is not my rule, it's tradition. In world War II you had Germany, Italy and Japan in the evil Axis. So you can only have three. And a secret handshake. Ours is wicked cool."   International reaction to Bush's Axis of Evil declaration was swift as within minutes, France surrendered. Elsewhere, peer conscious nations rushed to gain triumvirate status in what become a game of geopolitical chairs. Cuba, Sudan and Serbia said they had formed the Axis of Somewhat Evil, forcing Somalia to join with Uganda and Myanmar in the Axis Occasionally Evil, while Bulgaria, Indonesia and Russia established the Axis of Not So Much Evil Really As Just Generally Disagreeable. With the criteria suddenly expanded and all the desirable clubs filling up, Sierra Leone, El Salvador, and Rwanda applied to be call the Axis of countries That aren't the Worst But Certainly Won't be Asked to Host the Olympics; Canada, Mexico and Australia formed the Axis of Nations That are Actually Quite Nice but Secretly Have Nasty Thoughts about America, while Spain, Scotland and New Zealand established the Axis of Countries That be Allowed to Ask Sheep to Wear Lipstick. While wondering if the nations of the world weren't perhaps making fun of him, a cautious Bush granted approval for most axes, although rejected the establishment of the Axis of countries whose names end in "Guay", accusing one of it's members of filling a false application. Officials from Paraguay, Uruguay and Chadguay denied the charges. (With apologies to M.L., but your man GWB just keeps providing too much fodder not to parody)

It's vacation time for many and Brookfielders on the road include Edith (Retson) Watson visiting her sister Beth Brogan in Arizona, Tammy and Brian Stewart and family skied at  Sugarloaf, Maine... Frank and Barb Locke visited their son's family in Ottawa... while Phil and Linda Forsthye went to Australia. Working on their tans in the Dominican Republic were Danny and Lexie Stewart and Rick and Wendy Locke... while Mexico was the destination of choice for Lorraine and Allen Carter, Greg, Alton and Lorna Sutherland... Holly Peers travelled to Seattle to take the Virtues course on behalf of the Memorial School The Jewers boys, Dana from Lakehead U. In Thunder Bay, and Alex from Holland College in PEI visited mother Donna. Tim Watson was home from Orangeville, Ont.

It was with much regret that the Eagle learned of the passing of Clubman Bill Booth only three days after our last meeting. Bill was a valued member of the BMC and of Knox United Church and his presence will be missed at both places. We are also sorry to report on the passing of long time Eagle supporter Reta Card of Middle Stewiacke and the death of Gayer Forsthye, husband of last year's Eagle Award winner Eileen. We sympathize with all who have lost loved ones.

Contact Joel or Hugh at the Sportsplex to enter yourself as an individual or your team in the 13th annual Great Community Curling Classic. This 64 team event, which welcomes curlers of all levels is scheduled for the weekends of April 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14. This event always fills up early so get your name in now. What is Brookfield coming 2 in '02 (and beyond)? The Brookfield Community Assembly will host a Community Showcase on Saturday March 23 at Knox United Church from 10:30 to 3:00. It is your chance to see all Brookfield's exhibitionists under one roof! Be brought up to date on activities including the new High School plans, the 2002 Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations, the new school playground construction at the renovated BJHS (soon to be elementary school), details relating to the new sewage treatment plant, Trans - Canada and local trails network, the Nationals event to be held at the Pleasant Valley Motocross this summer, the Terry Fox Run, the Elder Transcripts program, Maud's Place, South Colchester High School Reunion, BAERS, The Train Station Heritage society, the International Student Exchange Program, as well as reports from many other community organizations. Coming Home to Brookfield opens with the International Cabaret on Friday July 19 and ends July 28 with games, a community supper and closing ceremonies at the Carter Homestead. This year's theme is "Celebrating Community Heroes" - plan now to recognize the heroes in your life and community. A more detailed schedule of events will be in the April Eagle, but remember the giant reunion planned for 52 years worth of students at the High School on July 20 & 21. Kathy Putnam (673-2451) is seeking all copies of the school's yearbooks. Saturday, March 23, Knox Church will present John Sands in concert at 7 pm. Sands is a master of the concert organ and will entertain with classical, Latin and show tunes. Tickets at MacQuarries. On April 7, at 7pm, Knox will host "A Memorial and Celebration Hymn Sing. To take part you are invited to request a hymn and make a donation in memory of a loved one. Music from the choir and congregational singing. More info at 673-2328/2423/2203.

Don't forget to attend the Brookfield Community Assembly's Annual meeting on Monday April 8 at Knox Church at 7:30 pm. For those who like to fill their calendars in early please make note the Brookfield Men's Club annual Ladies Night extravaganza will be held Monday April 15th. Please pass along any nominations for the BMC Eagle Award to Bob Lawrence (2022) before March 30.

See you at the BMC Monday March 18, 7:30 PM at the Baptist Church.


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