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Summer is fast drawing to a close and with it the resumption of many normal activities for the Autumn/acedemic season; not the least of which is the launching of the Men’s Club 69th season on Monday, September 18 at 7:30 PM in the basement of the Baptist church. As usual we throw out the welcome mat to all men in the Brookfield and surrounding area to join us for an evening of fun, fellowship, and some community service. The amount of news obtained by the Eagle since May is voluminous; and we are positive we will miss much unintentionally; other bits of news will be held over due to space reasons, until our October issue - thank you for your patience.
One of the highlights of the summer is having many of our friends, relatives, and former Brookfielders returning for their holidays. The Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations, which marked 11 editions this year, is certainly a focal point, and we would like to thank all who supported and volunteered throughout that marvelous nine day stretch. Many photographs from that period are posted on the BCA website in the photo gallery at http://brookfieldnovascotia.ca/news/photo.htm. There are far too many highlights of the Coming Home celebrations to mention them all, but we must make special note of the terrific crowds that attended the Whing Ding, and the success of the parade lead by Grand Marshalls Audrey Carter and Barb Yuill, who were part of the very successful Elkettes Softball reunion. This saw female softball players from the past 60 years who had worn the red and gold honoured in the parade and at Elk Park.
Among the many visitors home were Sutherland brothers, Herk and Robin, the latter from Ontario accompanied by Mavis; Jamie Works came from Edmonton, David “Ding” Ross from Ft. Saskatchewan, and Warren Lindsay stopped in from Calgary for the 50th Anniversary of his grad class at Mount A. Peggy Underwood was home from Edmonton, and James Carter and girlfriend Laura Niedermayer came from Calgary. Other Albertans home were Bruce Dickey and his family from Okotoks, and Mark and Michelle Walters, Frank and Jane Taylor. Bill and Vivian Paul came from Calgary to join the large Johnson family reunion at Shirley DeBay’s. Laura Henderson was home from Vancouver From Ontario came Sherry and Jay Ovsenny; Emily Works, who has been selected for a European dance tour starting in France, Brenda Walters, Wayne and Ardith Teas, Derrick, Susan and Stephen Ross, Ken and Sharon Byrd, Ron Belanger, and many members of the Locke family home celebrating Elizabeth Anne Kenrick’s marriage in Pembroke to Dean Graham. Ed and Edna Graham’s daughters Ivy Haasen and Lori Recoskie and some of their families were home. Susan and Lisa Illsey came from Hong Kong, while Joel Sears, Wally and Mary Atwood, and Donna Ross and friend came from Quebec. Jason Ross flew down from Nunavut. From Illinois came David Carter (son of Reverend Lee Carter) his wife Jenette and daughter Jennifer (of New York). They travelled the area and plan on returning soon! Betty Pratt’s daughter, Diane Parks, along with her daughters Amber and
Leslie, and granddaughter Katlyn Patient were home from Stony Plain, Alta. Another of Betty’s daughters Deborah Flewelling, her husband Ian, and daughter Brianna Clark were here from Leduc. Susan VanTassell is home from the Yukon and her sister Helen Belanger has returned from the USA. Scott Hamilton and his partner, of Toronto, visited parents Don and Jean Hamilton, after working on a film in Rwanda for several months. Jeff and Nikki Graham have moved home from Alberta. Nathalie Creelman’s nephew (and family) Fred, Anita and Kristen Dankar came from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Wanda Hamilton , sister of Linda Deyarmond, has moved into the former Eldon Brenton house.
Since we closed with our May issue, several more honors have come to South Colchester Academy - both the boys and girls softball teams won Provincial Championships! Anna Rutherford and Annalyse Myers both medaled at the Provincial Track and Field Championships. Karla Armsworthy was the recipient of the Governor General Medal as SCA graduated its 2006 class. Jay Duffy and Martine de Vries were named Senior Athletes of the Year; the Junior High citations went to Myles Coldwell and Brette Holland. Kelsey Campbell travelled with her dance troupe to New York City where she won three gold medals. Brookfield Elementary teacher Valma Boudreau was part of the Petit de Gras team that captured the Canadian Old-Timers Baseball championship in Yarmouth. On the golf front Champions at the Brookfield Golf Course were Mike Henderson, (Mens), Chris Bernard (Ladies), Mark Dean (Juniors). Mark Fleming was the Match Play champ. Charles Debay joined the hole - in - one club, and 12 year old Cody Locke won the Junior Championship at Riverrun Golf Club. Alex Fleming won the NS Midget Golf Championship and will be an ongoing force to be reckoned with on the Provincial scene. Longtime local hockey star Ray Frame secured the final half point that Fox Hollow GC needed to win the Shaw Cup, defeating BGC 12.5 to 11.5 in a spirited battle. Notable retirements included SCA Principal Jim Burns and long time Lafarge employee Jim Dickie. Cathie MacIntosh took her leave from Brookfield Elementary, accepting a position with the Central Board office - the new principal is Debbie Eddy, and across the way at SCA we welcome Alfred Bond into the Principal’s office. We feel confident that both of these administrators will continue the upward momentum at these already fine institutions. Garth Densmore was the winner of the Al Campbell Memorial Award as the BMC Man of the Year. Joanne Stewart won an Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the CCRSB. Congratulations goes to couples marking milestone anniversaries - observing 60 years of wedded bliss were Gerry and Ethel Glinz, and with 65 years of matrimony behind them, Doug and Marian Kenrick look forward to many more years. Lawrence and Shirley Wynn celebrated their Golden Anniversary. Peter Henderson won the Home Coming Race Trophy at the Shortt’s Lake Yacht Club. The playoff champions of the Brookfield Elks Bowling League were Chris Richard, Allan Nielsen, Enos Crouse, Audrey MacDonald and Ron Bezanson. Maria Halavrezos (daughter of Jennifer Henderson and Costas) won 5 medals at the Canadian Rowing Championships in Regina.
The list of obituaries is much longer than we care to report. It includes - Marion Chaplin... Dr. Harold (Brog) Brogan, husband of Beth (Retson)...Chris Cooke...Lena Swan - Hazel Brown, Roy’s wife...Ethel Marcotte, Elmer Archibald’s sister...Louise Stoddard (Russell’s mother)...Katherine Pridham (Bob’s mother)...former residents Alan Brown, Jean Kent and Don MacNeill, Sr....Morris Crowell Sr...Ralph Finck Sr, Vicki Worsley’s father...Eric Pauley, Pam MacKenzie’s father...Joan Dewar...Lena O’Connell, Bob Sibley’s sister...Dr. Bob Healy, Steve’s father... Thelma McGillvary, Gary Morrell’s mother...Ethelena Rector , Lillian Archibald’s sister...Darrell Higgins, Sheila Peterson’s brother... Keith Morton...George Dalrymple, Susan Creelman’s father... Joesphine Hatton, Thomas’ mother...and Gary Boake, Betty Patton’s grandson. On behalf of the BMC, the Eagle extends sympathies to all who have lost loved ones.
Graduates from Institutions of higher learning include Troy Read from Acadia, and his sister Allison from Trent University; she has gone on to Queen’s to pursue her B.Ed...Becky Toole from Dalhousie... Breanna MacLeod from St. Mary’s. Dan Retson from Ryerson and Miranda Deyarmond from Acadia. Congratulations and best wishes in your future endeavors.
Injury or illness plagued some of our friends including Mitchell Cooke, Mike Searle, Edna Sutherland, Jean Hamilton, Donna MacKenzie, and Megan Sutherland. We hope all are feeling better by the time you read this.
Wedding bells rang loud and often - among those saying their “I do’s” were Brent Harrison and Meredith Doyle; B J Sutherland and Kim Bargerhuff, who have returned to careers in her native Indiana; Dana Jewers and Deena Prest, who are both teaching in Sherbrooke NS... The aforementioned Elizabeth-Ann Kenrick and Dean Graham were married in Pembroke, Ontario...and Andrew Taylor and Anne-Marie Dickey. Best wishes to all the couples as they start their lives together. The BMC wishes to thank Helen Carter for her kind show of financial support to the Eagle cause.
We are pleased to see the Upper Brookfield Road resurfaced; it was certainly much needed, as the BCA steadfastly made known to the Department of Transportation. We owe thanks to many businesses/cooperations for their ongoing community involvement. Lafarge and Brookfield Lumber (Ron Creelman) combined to supply and locate the new boulders for Ed Creelman Park. At the Brookfield Veterans’ Memorial, a landscape design provided by NSAC is being undertaken - the topsoil has been donated by Fundy Compost, it was transported by Don Fisher Construction, and the sod will be supplied by Densmore Farms. A tip of the hat to all these civic minded operations!
Eugene and Marion Retson travelled to Ontario to attend Dan’s graduation; Sharon Swan also went to Onatrio. Margaret Johnson visited her native home in Scotland, while Newfoundland was the destination for Kathy Dean, and Dave and Lil Heffernan. Alicia Putnam visited her beau in the Netherlands, while sisters Becky and Katrina Wallace spent the summer on Long Island, NY. Chad Works visited brother Jamie in Edmonton, and Geoff Stewart tried his luck (??) in Las Vegas. Win and Ruth, Gully and Myrna, Gab and Donna Matheson travelled to Western Canada for a jaunt down the Alaska Highway. Janelle Canning is in Regina taking her training as an RCMP cadet. Chipper VanTassell went to Nunavut. Michelle MacDonald is attending chiropractic college in Toronto, while Zack Sill is off to the University of Maine. Lafarge Manager Jim Cross has left for England, while Don Mattatall and Deanna Rath have moved to River John. Kim and Donna MacKenzie have relocated to Moncton where Kim is now employed. Gord MacDonald and family have moved to Glace Bay where Gordie is the franchisee of the Canadian Tire Store.
Happy to see lots of babies born to friends and neighbours - these include Derek and Janet (Brenton) Fraser who had a baby girl, and a son was born to Andrew and Lindsay Wallace. A baby girl (Serena) was born to Clover Store owner Mario and Ousamma Baini; that family has purchased a home in Truro. The original Eagle’s lineage continues to swell as grandsons Stephen and Tracey Henderson have a new baby boy, while Nick and Lori Matheson welcomed a new daughter into their home in Bedford. Shirley Sponagle has a new great grandson as Carrie Kennedy gave birth to a baby boy, as did Brent and Kelly Countaway, and Bopper-Jiggs Tour Champion Ivan and Natalie Rutherford in Upper Stewiacke. Laurie and Maxine Monk have a new granddaughter, Charlotte Domenchuk, born to their daughter, Jeanette and son-in-law, Brent, in Pickering, Ontario. We are delighted that our local community is doing its best to reverse the disturbing trend of the Western World’s declining birth rate!
A reminder to all the Brookfield edition of the Terry Fox Run (2nd largest in Nova Scotia in terms of funds raised for Cancer research) will take place on Sunday, September 17 at picturesque Carter Falls. Plan on attending - you can walk, run, cycle, be pushed or driven on the 6 or 9 km route. If you want to help fight this insidious disease, but can’t make the event, please reach out and sponsor participant (s). Pledge sheets are available at local business or call 673-2427. Registration takes place at the top of Carter Road at 1:00, the run kicks off at 1:30. All participants are invited to a free BBQ after the run at Creelman Park. Public access to the Fitness Center at SCA resumes the week of October 2. There are sessions in the mornings and evenings, both staffed by professional trainers. There is an opportunity to expand the hours of operation if more trainers are available. Contact Terri Robblee at 897-3155 for more details. Nick and Lori Matheson will be hosting an Open House and skating party Saturday, October 7 at the Sportsplex to celebrate their daughter’s Maryn’s 5th birthday and two year recovery milestone from her life - imperiling bout with cancer. They would like to thank all those who helped in innumerable ways during Maryn’s illness. Everyone is welcome to come skate, or just visit, from 1:00-2:00, followed by refreshments. Best wishes only.
The Brookfield Elks season in the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey league will commence in a couple of weeks - seasons tickets are available at the Sportsplex - the Elks hope to continue their climb to the top. The Colchester County Crunch, a new entry in the provincial Junior C Hockey loop, will also play out of the Sportsplex. Volunteers and members are welcomed at the Brookfield Curling Club as they prepare for their 31st (!!) Season. Call 673-2063 for information on Sportsplex activities.
Again a reminder the BMC reconvenes on Monday, September 18, 7:30 at the Baptist Church - come and enjoy the fun.
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