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Another Brookfield Men's Club Ladies Night has come and gone; BMCers relish the chance to shower the dear women of the community with a well prepared meal, some fabulous entertainment and most of all, lots of affection. This year's gala drew 110 guests who were entertained by the South Colchester Academy Senior Combo, under the direction of Rick Hiltz. They performed several numbers for the enjoyment of the appreciative audience. Following that, Pastor Adam MacGregor did an authentic knock off of Regis Philbin, leading contestants Daisy Hingley and Marilyn Stewart in "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". Without a doubt the highlight of the evening, was the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award to the much loved and respected Lelia Brenton. Lelia has been a resident of our community since 1929, greets anyone she meets with a cheerful hello, and remains a vital force in her community and in her church. It is a very fulfilling experience for the Selection Committee to realize there were seven standout candidates for this prestigious award, which speaks volumes of our citizens willingness to give to their community.
The BMC will meet on Monday, May 15 at 7:30 PM in the basement of the Baptist Church, this will be our final session before the summer hiatus and members of the community are welcomed and encouraged to attend. It was one year ago when the BMC and the Brookfield Community Assembly embarked on an initiative to help Brookfielders acquire trees for their properties at an extremely low price in the hopes of further "greening of the village." Some of the trees did not survive the transplanting; by now all buyers have been contacted and replacement trees for those that were not viable have been ordered (and perhaps delivered by the time you read this). The Men's Club and the BCA thank all who supported this beautification effort; and a special thanks to tree provider Mr. Gower of Great Village and to Kathy Best for her yeoman work on this project.
A big thank you to Jeanette Dixon, Andrew Sears, and Lucille Stewart who were part of Baptist Church's effort to support the Houses for Humanity project in El Salvador. The individuals gave their own time and spent 13 days in Central America constructing houses for the much less fortunate - well done! Laurie and Maxine Monk holidayed in Costa Rica. Lauren Fiander was one of a select group of Grade XI students from this district's School Board chosen to attend an International Leadership conference in Mexico. Visiting the Dominican Republic were Jessica Fleming and Barb and Krista Holland. Others sampling the D.R. were Kathy Tothill, Lexie Stewart, Kathy Toole and Karen Burris. Cuba was the destination of choice for Keiver and Bev Read and Danny and Kathy Dean, as well as Aubrey and Janet Armstrong. Cruises were the order of the day for Valerie Hatfield and her daughter (Susan MacDonald) and grand-daughter (Michelle MacDonald), and Terry, Krista, Janelle and Joanna Canning. Curtis and Velma Fisher along with their children Dale, Rick (and Shelley) and Lori and (Rod Nielsen) travelled to the golf mecca of Myrtle Beach. Patsy McCallum went to Florida to bring home daughter Laura, who will be working at Abercrombie Golf Club this year. A delegation consisting of Chipper and Brookes VanTassell, Aaron Sutherland, Mike Searle, Jack Roop and Shane Sutherland picked up Mac Campbell in Ottawa and saw NHL games in both the Nation's capital and Montreal. Jane Fleming visited friends in Ottawa. Great to see Gab and Donna Matheson's son Brad's family ( wife Sonya and son Daniel) move back to Nova Scotia, they are living in Metro and Brad is working for Honeywell. Greg McDonald and daughter were home to visit his mother Marian McDonald. The VanTassell sisters, Helen and Susan, along with their Lutwick cousins, rolled into Brookfield for Jenna's wedding.
The BMC and the Eagle would like to thank kind contributors to the cause Louise McMullin, Nat Creelman, and Ida Lib Adams. We are very appreciative of the continuing support of our patrons. Thanks also to long-suffering typist Cynthia Fraser, Postmaster Graham Pearson, and Lafarge, who generously cover the publishing costs, and the "out- of- towners" who receive their issues via email - all of these help mightily with controlling costs. Lyle Carter received a nasty blow to his noggin courtesy of the "cap door" on his truck - "The Cat" was hospitalized, but never missed a column for the Truro News, in his role as a later day Grantland Rice. Others hospitalized were Marion Smith and Pete Clark; also former Brookfielder Lena Swan in hospital in Halifax.
Congratulations are extended to Edie Tanner on the celebration of her 80th birthday and to Marjorie (Boomer) Matthews who retired after long and distinguished career as a seamstress at Stanfield's. Jenna VanTassell and Mike Searle exchanged vows before a large crowd of family and friends - best of luck to the newlyweds. Peter and Kelly Hazelton were blessed with a baby boy, and Joel Campbell (Brian and Gwennie's son) and Juliette had a baby girl, the first great grand-child for Eloise Yorke. The Brookfield Curling Club hosted its annual banquet concluding its 30th (!!) season - winners of the Most Improved Awards were Cassandra Sears and co-winners Darrell Robinson and Chad MacKinnon. If there was any doubt that the Central and South Colchester and Hants East areas are the leaders in Nova Scotia volleyball, it was erased at the recent Provincial Championships. Teams from the Central Nova Volleyball Club won the Juvenile (under 18) girls Provincial Championship, aided by SCA Wolves Kayla O'Neill and Shanda Cox. The win earned them a trip to the Nationals in Vancouver. The Central Nova Midgets (under 16 girls) also won the Provincial Championship led by Nicole MacKenize and Caila Henderson; some other team members were Alicia Archibald (Gwen Archibald's granddaughter) and Anastasia Callaghan (Lafarge man Jeff's daughter). Their team advances to Moncton. Meanwhile the Tier 2 Juvenile team finished second in their provincial: that team features Wolves Erica Nolan, Peggy Maguire, Autumn and Chantry Stone, as well as Jill Sears' niece, Emma Stanfield. In the Under 15 girls ranks another Central Nova team placed second in the province and Wolves on that squad were Annalyse Myers and Sarah Wort, as well as SCA teacher Dale Roberts' daughter, Olivia, and Eric Storr's daughter Alex. The Bantam C.N. teams also performed well at closing events; the pipeline of talent is still gushing. While still at the SCA, congratulations goes to the Senior Boys double badminton team of Chris Adams and Robert O'Brien who finished second in the province. Gymnast Alicia Stewart and Codi McLaughlin, attended the Atlantic championships in Newfoundland.
Some of the locals receiving sheepskins from universities included : at St. FX, Michelle MacDonald, John Russell and Morgan MacDonald, and from Dalhousie, Chelsea Ross, who has since embarked for Alberta. Janelle Canning graduated from UNB with her Law degree. Perhaps the most impressive graduation is that of long time SCA Biology teacher, Gaye MacDonald (Morgan's mom). She earned her Masters of Science degree from NSAC, while continuing to teach and be a mother to three, and Driver Ed instructor to our area's youth. The female hockey programs continue to flourish, the Brookfield girls team lead by Anita Fisher, Kristen Stewart, Heidi Cooke, Leah Bowers, Kim Dawe, Cathy Dean, Della Boyle, Tammy Grue, Bev and Meghan Read won the recent 4 on 4 tournament in Truro. Many of the same crew won the B division championship at a ladies tournament in Cape Breton - winners there included Anita Fisher, Heidi Cooke, Holly and Kathy Dean, and Meghan Read. Thanks to all who supported the Train Station luncheon and auction, the proceeds will help maintain the building. The Annual Fire Department Awards Night was held; Joanna Canning won the Most Improved Firefighter award, Jim Myers was the Officer of the Year, Steven Harris was the Firefighter of the Year and Rod Neilsen won the Attendance award. Major service bars were presented to Lawrence Wynn - 55 years (!!) Service, Charlie Burnett - 40 years service, Terry Canning - 25 years service and a provincial medal and Muir Fisher - 20 year service and a Federal Medal. The Lakers won the Brookfield Mixed Volleyball league for the sixth consecutive year.
Sorry to report on the passing of the much -too -young Doreen Fielding, wife of Al Feilding, and Olive Wark, mother of Ron Hollingsworth and sister to Morris Crowell Sr. Cecila Kennedy of Upper Stewiacke , mother to Joan Kennedy (Derek) Dean passed away, as did "Rene" Rath. Stu's wife. Robert McKenny (Dr. Rod's father) died in Halifax. On behalf of the BMC we extend our sympathies.
This being the last issue until September we endeavour to fill up your calendar with many activities that will keep Brookfielders busy over the next few months. The Brookfield Lotta Truck Festival is celebrating it's 20th annual event and is delighted to announce that George Canyon will be the featured entertainer at the show on July 8. A packed house is expected at the Sportsplex so get your tickets early, as it is the only way you can attend - a sell out is certainly possible. Of course that is the icing on the cake for this wonderful contest which is directly responsible for the wonderful condition of our Sportsplex; participants can win a Freightliner Classic truck (or $110,000 in cash), or a GMC Sierra 4x4 truck (or $21,000 in cash) or a Pontiac Solstice convertible or ($27,000 in cash) If your tickets are bought before the June 23 Early Bird draw, you are eligible to win twenty $1,000 prizes. Tickets are available at the Sportsplex and from the Directors, and many retail outlets around the community - thank you for your support and see you at the Sportsplex on July 8th! Speaking of anniversaries the Brookfield Athletic Association will roll out its tickets on the 70th (!!) Annual contest, rechristened this year as the Brookfield Elks Sports Draw (formerly the Big Game Hunt). This unique draw combines a raffle type draw with prizes including a truck, ATV and $2000 grocery gift certificate and others, as well as prizes to be claimed during the fall hunting season. Tickets are still only $10 and will be available in the later part of the summer. This is the Brookfield Athletic Association's major fundraiser and is critical to their ability to continue to support up to 10 different sporting activities for young and old alike in our community as well as maintaining our facilities. Among other projects the BAA contributes to are minor hockey, figure skating, youth soccer, softball, volleyball, junior curling and many others. The "Chuckkerball" program for kids 4-13 will begin in early July at the ball field. The Brookfield Elks 17th Annual Golf Scramble will be held at the Brookfield Golf Course on July 15 - please watch for details on this enjoyable event, open to golfers of all levels.
The Brookfield Community Assembly is working with CORDA to develop a Community Strategic Planning process. They are hoping to attract a "focus group" for three hours on May 27 from 10:30 to 1:30 (lunch provided) which will report to the BCA, who will then make a presentation this fall to a public meeting. The purpose is to attempt to discern the best direction for future development in all aspects in our community. When the volunteers call, please be willing to come share your thoughts in this process. Things will be peaking at South Colchester Academy with their 3rd graduating class strolling across the stage on June 29 and Senior Prom on June 27; earlier in the month academic, music, and athletic student recognition nights will be held. Those ceremonies will be the last ones for Principal Jim Burns, who is retiring at the end of June. He is owed a serious tip of our collective caps for the effort he has put forth working with the School Advisory Council, the Enhancement Committee and other groups to help us realize not only the building of SCA, but helping to deliver high quality educational programs as well as a standout extra curricular activities. Mr. Burns also strove to ensure community access to the school was realized. The Colonel G.N. (Ned) Henderson 569 Air Cadet Squadron will hold its annual inspection on Saturday May 13 at the Sportsplex 2 PM. Why not stop by and witness this; these dedicated young men and women give their squadron a good name. The Brookfield Men's Club has been sponsoring the squadron for all of its 53 years, and was instrumental along with the BCA, in helping them obtain their wonderful new quarters at Brookfield Elementary School.
Everyone is invited to join us for a musical tribute to Rick Hiltz on Sunday June 4, 2006 at 7:00 PM at South Colchester Academy. As an outstanding educator and musician Rick has inspired the youth of our community for more than 30 years. Former students, parents, colleagues, musicians and community members are welcome to join us as we celebrate Rick's retirement. On June 9 and 10 at 6:30 at the Knox United Church the dinner theater will present "The Man with the Plastic Sandwich" will be presented featuring thespians Larry Harrison, Matthew Stewart, Anitra Whidden, and Krista Williams. Advance tickets can be obtained by calling Anitra at 673-2458. The Friday entree is pork and the Saturday entree is chicken; tickets are $20 per person for this fundraiser. The community street ( and ditch!) clean-up day will be Saturday May 13 - if you can help (and help is needed) meet at Knox Church at 9:00 AM.
Coming Home to Brookfield 2006 commences on Saturday, July 22 with the Grand Parade leaving the Train Station at 11:00 am and continues on through to Sunday, July 30, ending with the Community Supper and Worship Service at Carter House. In between there are the many events you have come to expect, such as the International Cabaret, Worship Service and brunch at Shortt's Lake; Boat Tours, Sail Boat Races, Community Recreation Evening, Horse and Dog Show, Coffee House, Golf Scramble, Pet Show, Teddy Bear Picnic, Water Slide, Garden Party, (with war brides as special guests) as well as Cement Plant Tours, the opportunity to see cows being tended and milked at the Lecks and flower garden tours. Some new events this year are square dancing as part of the Community Recreation Evening, Fire Hall Tours, Touch a Truck at the Fire Hall, Domino Man at the Sportsplex, a rock- paper- scissors paper contest, antique appraisals, Art Show and Sale, nature walks and coffee klatch. A special event is the reunion of the Softball Elkettes. Former Elkettes will participate in the parade, be introduced at Elk Park following the parade and hold a reception in the Curling Club, where memorabilia will be on display. As always there will be BBQ's on both Saturday, ice cream sundaes/cones at the Train Station during the week, as well as complimentary refreshments at many events. Ever want to crew on a sail boat? Submit your name to Elda Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 673-2105 for a draw. You could be chosen to crew at the sail boat races on July 23. What about being part of the parade? Call Gordie Burnett (673-3334) to register your entry. Watch for the brochure being mailed to every household in early July.
Do you or your organization have an event you would like to organize? Would you like to volunteer your time? It takes efforts of many to have a successful week. Give Judy (673-2427) or Marian (673-3464) a call. Most important, plan now to come out to the many events and enjoy the fun and fellowship of Coming Home to Brookfield. Light up the Village for Home Coming!!
See you at the BMC on May 15 and later throughout the summer at the many activities.
Have a great summer!!
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