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As we celebrate Christianity's highest holiday, the period of Holy Week leading up to the miracle that is Easter, Brookfielders can be thankful for the wonderful spot we occupy on our sometimes troubled globe. Easter of course coincides with the arrival of spring, and the spirit of renewal is everywhere; our citizens seem to have a bounce in their step and smiles on their faces with the prospects of warm weather and new growth imminent. (Although the 30 centimetre carpet bombing on the eve of Easter somewhat stalled those hopes). The Brookfield Men's Club will do its part to spread the joy by hosting their annual Ladies Night on Monday April 16. All ladies of the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to join the group at 6:30 PM at Knox Church hall for a wonderful dinner, presumably some enjoyable entertainment (?!?), and a Founders Day message recognizing the 70 years that have passed since the BMC's formation. We hope to have some special guests present, and the evening will conclude with the presentation of the Eagle Award to a deserving community member. We expect it will be a night not to be missed, and are hoping for a large turnout.
The BMC's coffers are swelling, thanks to donations from kind citizens and readers including Elaine (Ross) Healey from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Louise McMullin, Letha Mowatt, Hazel Dickey, Gord and Carol Campbell, and from Truro, Don and Mary MacCallum. We are exceptionally grateful to those who help the BMC, and the Eagle, carry on their activities with the help of these kind offerings.
Since our last issue many of our residents made trips to varied locales Andrew, Jill, Rachel, and Rowan Sears skied in the hills north west of Montreal and took in a Habs game; later Jill took the children to Florida. Mike, Brenda, Kyle and Caila Henderson as well as Monty, Luke and Daniel Patton skied in the White Mountains of New Hampshire; Caila went on to join her Central Nova Juvenile Volleyball team in Albany, New York where they defended their crown in the prestigious Nor'Easter International volleyball tournament. Linda and Vic Penny were in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina jump-starting their golf season. Glen, Susan, G.R. and Brent Walters flew to Montreal to watch the Maple Leafs and Canadiens do battle - it was a great trip but G.R. could not fully enjoy it worrying about the Jr. Elks progress in their league playoffs. As we are going to press we must make mention of an intrepid group of South Colchester Academy students who are living their Grade 12 Global History course by travelling to Vimy Ridge, France, to actually walk the grounds of that famous battle 90 years ago in World War I where Canadian troops, despite suffering massive losses, won a battle that was essential to the Allies success in the Great War. Credit to teacher Gary Renouf for co-ordinating the 25 students including locals Shanda Cox, Mark Dean, Lauren Fiander, Scott George, Nick Kendrick, Lindsay Kimber, Matt Leck, Chad MacKinnon, Holly Monk, Melissa Moore, Sarah Rutherford, Cassandra Sears, and Jolene Taylor. Gerald and Elaine Ross and daughter Megan Sutherland travelled to Thunder Bay to attend the Silver Ring graduation ceremony for their son Jacob Ross graduating from Lakehead University with his B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Forestry. Jacob will go on to a job in Manitoba. Sister Chelsea Ross flew in from Calgary to join the family for the event. Betty and Victor Dickie are visiting son Bruce and family in Alberta. Herb and Pat McCallum went to Florida to take in the sights, and drove home with daughter Laura and husband Shane. Billy VanTassell, Joan and William Hatton also holidayed in the Sunshine State. Sheila Archibald and her daughters-in-law went to Cuba, and Patty Villeneuve was in Mexico. Krista Williams and Jim Pearson went to the Dominican Republic, and Val and Norm Taylor went to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Grace Campbell moved from Sunrise Crest to the Brentwood Ponds. Nice to see Ivy Haasen and her daughter, Sonya home from Ontario, visiting with Ed and Edna Graham.
Congratulations to Head Coach Charles Bowers and Assistants Vernon Crouse and Jeff McCavour for leading their Brookfield Elks to the Nova Scotia Pee Wee AA Girls Championship title in Pictou County. Players on the team include: Vanessa Leck, Regan Bowers, Emilee Burris, Kayla Gallagher, Mary Archibald, Emilly Hayman, Taylor Lynds, Emily Coruse, Ally MacArthur, Caitlin McCavour, Montana Forsyth, Catherine Berghuis, April MacKay, Elizabeth MacArthur, Abby Boutilier, and Alanna Davidson. The Elks downed rival Bedford 4 - 1 in the championship game. The Brookfield Jr. Elks unfortunately ended their season with a heartbreaking, triple overtime loss in Game 6 of the Semi Finals to the Sackville Blazers. The Elks had a terrific season in the very competitive Nova Scotia Junior league, and were pleased that the team was recognized with the league's "Executive of the Year" award. Veteran Patrick Stewart was named the top defenseman in the league. Robert Putnam and Donald Ross were deservedly honoured for their outstanding careers by being inducted into the Nova Scotia Softball Hall of Fame. Ross was a feared slugger throughout the 60's and 70's, while Putnam was "Mr. Everything" for the Elks in a storied 16 year career; his list of accomplishments is far too long for this space, but among them he will be forever remembered as the winning pitcher in the Elks Gold Medal Canadian Championship game, and for being named the Brookfield Elk of the 1/2 century at the BAA's Golden Anniversary celebration in 1986. Kelsey Campbell, daughter of Bob and Linda, won three Gold medals at the Provincial Dance competition in Cape Breton and her troupe placed first in all five of their combined routines. She hopes to pursue dance instruction in the future Chris Armsworthy concluded a standout Major Midget career with Pictou Weeks Construction, battling Dartmouth to the finals of the provincial league championship. Former Brookfield Curling Club member Kent Smith was in the spotlight, losing in the final of the Nova Scotia Mixed Championship to the Peter Burgess rink from Truro. Lana MacKay gave birth to a baby girl.
South Colchester Academy ran roughshod over the competition at the Chignecto Regional Science Fair. This is indeed a tribute to SCA's students and Science Department, most particularly to Biology teacher Gaye MacDonald, who mentored and led many of her charges to the victory podium. SCA was named the outstanding school at these awards, and three students were selected to attend the prestigious Canada Wide Science Fair for their innovative projects. These include Jennie Mae Roy and partners Carly Levy and Caila Henderson, who will join 480 of Canada's most inquiring minds at the Nationals, (which unfortunately for them is being held in Truro this year) in mid May. Other SCA students winning recognition at the Science Fair were Cassandra Sears and Erica Nolan, Rebekka Bracht and Meg Smith, Kayla Dickey and Kristen Smith, Genevieve Clark and Alice Carter. Roy also won an award from the Harvard Club of Canada and Levy and Henderson won Saint Mary's University and NSAC Science awards. Dave and Jan Yould of Shortt's Lake welcomed another granddaughter to their brood as Dave Jr. and Lisa welcomed a daughter in Metro. Corinna Phillips of Shortt's Lake, was named MVP for the NSAC's women's volleyball team. The South Colchester Minor Hockey Association did a fine job hosting the Atom and Pee Wee AA Mainland Championship at the Sportsplex. Andrew Gordon, grandson of Earle and Anne Gordon, has signed a contract with the NHL's Washington Capitals upon the completion of his college hockey season with St. Cloud State in Minnesota. Fiddles and Feet, the energetic pleasing combo, has released their second CD, "Live from the Palace". The group consists of former Brookfield Gordon Tucker, Megan Isenor, Alicia Hanham, Robert, Janelle and Alycia Putnam. The SCA Jr. Girls Curling team won the Northumberland Regional Championships in New Glasgow. Regionals is the top level in Junior High sports. Coach Dave Clarke has a strong squad with Jenny Archibald, Taylor Clarke, Sarah Sears and Regan Bowers; and only Archibald moves on to the Senior High Wolves team next year.
We are sorry to report on the passing of Terry MacPherson's mother, Margaret Dykeman formerly of Wentworth. Bobby Sill, who was being counted on to be a heavy hitter on the Elks Men's Fastpitch team this summer, broke his femur and collarbone in an ATV mishap in Cape Breton. "Busy" Eric Adams is recovering from a stroke. Doady Hazelton broke her ankle, and Hugh Carter, Margie Saunders and Vi Johnson were hospitalized; our thoughts are with them and others struggling with health issues.
At the 18th Annual Great Community Curling Classic the 2007 champions were: Family Division (sponsored by Brookfield Lotta Truck), Peter, Mike, Phil, Mark and Pam Henderson; Industry Division (sponsored by L & R Construction) - Pro Cresting - Mackenzie Proctor, Jenny Archibald, Taylor and David Clarke; Business Division (sponsored by Nova Enterprises) - B& J Lumber - Jeff White, Barry Wood, Lisa Henderson, Leeanne Taylor; Institution Division (sponsored by Brookfield Athletic Association) - Mooseheads - Leroy Burns, Wilf Clooney, Paul Kean and Troy Taylor. The overall winner of the Draw to the Button contest was Leroy Burns.
The Annual Truro Sports Heritage Society Awards dinner had a distinctly Brookfield flavour. Among those cited as award winners were: 2006 Central Nova Midget girls club volleyball team who were Tier 1 provincial champions and attended the Canadian Midget championships in British Columbia; the South Colchester Academy Junior girls soccer team was named the outstanding school team, and Anna Rutherford was named the top Female Athlete in the 16 - 20 year old category. The Don MacIntosh Senior Men's Curling team won the over 21 team award - Donnie is husband to seconded Brookfield Elementary School Principal Cathy MacIntosh. It is indeed an honour even to be named as a finalist for these awards and the Jeremy Locke Curling Rink ( Michael Weatherbie, Chad MacKinnon, Josh Melvin and Locke) were runners up in the 16 - 20 year old team category, Alex Flemming was a finalist for the 15 and under male athlete of the year, and Christopher McKenney, the karate whiz from Shortt's Lake, was a finalist in the Male Athlete 16 - 20 year category.
The Coming Home to Brookfield Committee has announced some of the events that will take place at this year's extravaganza running from July 21 - 29. The grand Street Parade will kick things off, and many of the favourite events are back including; The Domino Man, Touch a Truck, Quilt and Craft Display, International Cabaret, Worship Service at Shortt's Lake, Boat Tours, Community Recreation Night, Square Dancing, Tour at Lafarge, Horse and Dog Show, Coffee House, Golf Scramble, Whing Ding, several Walks, Garden Party, Teddy Bears Picnic, Water Slides, Sail Boat Races, concluding with the Community Supper and Worship Service on July 29 at the Carter Homestead. New events being planned include a Family Dance, Live Theater, Tour of the Wind Turbine, The Amazing Race, Ultimate Frisbee, Ball Hockey, Nature Talk and Walk, and an Archery demonstration. Watch for the brochure that will be mailed to every household early in July and check the website at www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca. If you would like to volunteer to help with the committee or organize homecoming call Marion, 673-3464, or Judy, 673-2427 - more hands are always welcomed!!
The 21st Brookfield Lotta Truck Festival will soon debut, make sure you get your tickets soon to enter the Early Bird Draws. Featured entertainer will be Charlie Major, who drew the event's largest crowd ever several years ago. The total prize package will be in the $200,000 neighbourhood, with proceeds earmarked for the Sportsplex. Show and Grand Prize draw date is July 7. The Brookfield Community Assembly will host their Annual Meeting on Monday, April 23, 7:00 PM at the Fire Hall, the public is welcome to attend. As mentioned in the previous issue, BCA is spearheading the formulation of a "Community Plan" to lead the village into the future. Many subcommittees have been formed, however it is not too late to volunteer on any of these. Some groups looking for more voices include Land Use Planning, Water and Sewer, Youth, Seniors and others. Reports of the various subcommittees so far can be found on the BCA's website. BCA will also organize a community Clean Up Day which several of the village's roadways clean of litter - meet on Saturday, May 5, at 9:00 at Knox Church for a couple of hours (rain date May 12). On Earth Day, April 22, the movie "An Inconvenient Truth" will be screened for public viewing at Knox United Church; show time is 7:00 PM, and admission is free - all welcome. Popular harpists Ardythe and Jennifer will reprise some of their successful performances in the village on April 25 at Knox - tickets are available at MacQuarries for this duo, who never fail to please their audience. On May 5th a Talent and Services Auction will be held at Knox - contact Anitra Whidden (673-2458 ) or Mary Bruce Fisher (673-2903) to volunteer your services or for more information. Once again we remind and welcome you to Ladies Night Monday, April 16, doors open at 6:30 PM.
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