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On February 19th the Brookfield Men's Club will meet and celebrate with their Anniversary Dinner, marking 70 years since the Club's founding, and subsequent service to the community. The dinner, always a deliciously prepared meal, will take place at 6:30 in the auditorium of the Baptist Church. The cost is $10 and if anyone wishes to attend, please contact Frank Locke at 673-3093 by February 16 so proper quantities can be prepared. The guest speakers will be from the Cobequid Salmon Association - President Katherine Mott and researcher Janet Sanford. The CSA, under their "Adopt-a-Stream" program undertook an intensive study of the Little River (Creamery Brook) last year, (with more to be done this summer), in the interests of protecting its well-being and improving it as a fish habitat. We very much look forward to their presentation, and as usual the BMC welcomes citizens from near and far to join us for a night of delicious food, an informative presentation, zany antics, mixed with some community service.
Congratulations to the energetic Leila Brenton, who celebrated her 95 birthday amongst a throng of friends at the All Around the Circle Seniors Lounge. The conflagration caused by the candles on top of her cake was such that it singed the eyebrows of Doreen Matheson as she brought it to the front of the room!! 30th Wedding Anniversaries were celebrated by George and Joan Clark, and Ron and Leigh Belanger - well done! Becky Toole happily accepted Josh Kolstee's engagement proposal. Babies abounded - daughters were born to Sasha and Chris Irving, Everett Toole and Jackie Elliott, and Wayne and Sharman McLellan. The McLellans have moved to Shortt's Lake, though Wayne still operates his fine cabinet making business on Rte 289 West. Todd and Kelley (McCoul) Boyd also celebrated the birth of their daughter. Caleb John was born to Peter and Debbie (Buott) Matheson - grandparents John and Lynn Matheson and Gerry and Faith Buott are already quibbling over who will be doing the baby-sitting! An error was made last issue when we said Julia Roy would be attending the Canada Games - it should have read her older sister Lilla. Hopefully this is forgivable as the multi-talented Roy family of Fort Ellis has sent as many as five members to a recent high ranking Nordic Ski championship. A big tip of our hat to Meredith Harrison, who was the driving force from her mate position for the Jill Mouzar rink, who captured the Nova Scotia Ladies Curling Championship in Liverpool! Meredith's team will be off to Lethbridge soon to compete for the National Scott Tournament of Hearts. Meredith is taking multi-tasking to heart, not only being a curling champion and continuing with employment, and she and husband Brent are expecting their first child this summer. Brookfielders and Nova Scotians will be glued to their television sets to watch the talented red head in Lethbridge at the Scott. Congratulations goes to the Musical Theatre class at SCA for their terrific production of "Little Shop of Horrors". The audiences loved it - hats off to stars Quinn Lynds, Lauren Fiander, Justin Hughes, Christie MacPhee and Tim Rains, as well as to the pit band, and musical directors Holly Hartlen and Catherine Campbell, as well as a large supporting cast behind the scenes. It's great to see our teachers involved in extra-curricular activities!
Dorothy Bishop of Brandt Lane, suffered a broken hip. Many other residents are labouring with a persistent virus that has hindered their enjoyment of the winter (which has finally arrived in spades, at least in terms of temperature). We hope all are on the road to recovery.
Louise McMullin along with Terry Canning and Krista McMullin travelled to Regina for Janelle Canning's graduation from the RCMP Academy. Terry later helped her moved to her first posting in picturesque Port Hardy, BC. Anna Rutherford attended the Junior Figure Skating Nationals in Brampton, Ontario, and Susan VanTassell went to Whitehorse to make sure her adopted community had everything ready for the Canada Winter Games. Dave Heffernan travelled to Banff, while Jennifer Toole went East to see mountains - in her case, Switzerland. Miranda Deyarmond has relocated to England and Jodie Matheson travelled with several friends to the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic was also the country of choice for Turtle Campbell and Sarah Manyard, Lexie and Danny Stewart and Trish and Sandy Nelson. Could it be that the Montreal Canadiens will begin organizing trips for Brookfielders to attend their games? They won home games recently with Jack Roop (over Atlanta) and Alton and Aaron Sutherland and Jeff Graham (Pittsburgh) in attendance at the Bell Centre. Gloria Joyce travelled to England, Ireland and Scotland (effectively covering off the three areas represented on the Union Jack), and then she and Charles, accompanied by George and Sharon O'Leary drove to Walt Disney World in Orlando, visiting friends and family along the way. Mitchell Cooke has taken his motocross career truly international, recently competing in the wonderland that is Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Bruce and Susan Gamble vacationed in Mexico. Beth Maguire went to Winnipeg, and Andrew Sears and Mike Henderson to the Keystone and Garden States.
We are sorry to report the passing of friends and family of Brookfielders. Jeff Fielding's father, Ron, a well known hockey and harness racing aficionado, passed away in Bible Hill, while Howard "Bubbles" Hanham, David's dad, passed away in Truro. Norma Sutherland, mother to Jim and Art, died. Internationally famous softball pitcher and showman, Ed Feigner, of King and his Court fame, died in Alabama. He had appeared at Elks' Park more than once. Carson Carter died in Calgary; he was the last surviving member of the Alonzo Carter family and uncle to Stena Cook and Lyle and Layton Carter. Ken Weir Sr. died - he was a brother to Winston Weir and Helen Densmore. Sharon Glazebrook also passed away, as did Neil and Wayne Teas' father, Austin, an iconic figure in South Branch. Irene Retson, a very popular woman in the community for over 50 years, was laid to rest. Our sympathies to all who mourn the loss of loved ones.
The only positive of Mrs. Retson's passing was the opportunity it afforded many Brookfielders to visit with her descendants, many of whom returned home for her memorial service. These included from North Bay, Ken's children Tanya and Shawn Retson, Dan and Duncan Retson were home from Ontario, as were Peter and Kelly (Watson) Hazelton. Kelly's mother, Edith, and husband Garnet Davis came from Seattle, and it was nice to see Helen (Honey) Fournier and her daughter Noelle from Quebec. David Ross was home from Alberta and Ron and Marilyn Morrell's son, John Thompson, was here from British Columbia.
The greater Colchester community is still in shock the Canada Games Council awarded the 2011 Canada Winter Games to Halifax instead of to the Central Nova HubBid. That HubBid had done a meticulous job in preparing what was thought to be an unsurpassable bid, aided and abetted by many volunteers individuals and organizations, including the Brookfield Athletic Association, which took a strong leadership role. The Canada Games Council visit to the Colchester area on a beautiful and crisp January day highlighted the area's many wonderful facilities, and special credit goes to the staff and students of South Colchester Academy who welcomed the Council, and showed a rousing spirit at the school and also at the Don Henderson Memorial Sporstplex. Both these sites were slated to be used as event venues in 2011, and it was certainly not for lack of preparation or participation that the bid has gone elsewhere. At the Sportsplex, both rinks are in full swing with various curling play-downs well underway, and on the hockey rink the Brookfield Junior Elks will soon embark on an extended (hopefully) playoff run. Watch for the Elks play off schedule which will be announced very soon, and come support them if possible. The South Colchester Minor Hockey Association has teams in many categories in play-downs. If you have not seen some of these teams they are well worth watching, perhaps most notably the AAA Midget Elks, who have developed a bit of a reputation as giant killers this year. Back at the Curling Club the Brookfield Elks Men's softball team is organizing a St. Patrick's Day curling bonspiel for March 17th. Curlers of all levels are welcomed, and with an attractive entry fee of only $100 per team it is expected that the available spots will soon be filled. Call the Sportsplex at 673-2063 to register.
The Skate Park Action Team (SPAT) is well on their way to completing funding and plans for the building of a new skate park in the area. There is a meeting for any interested parties on February 19 at the Stadium in Truro where the park's designers will show the plans for this project, which has a price tag of $250,000. The great majority of this has already been raised but any are encouraged to get involved in helping with donations. To that end, the band Beyond Ash will be playing at the Ponderosa Grill in Bible Hill on March 9, with all proceeds going to the Skate Park Project. The cost is $5 and further donations will be accepted at the door. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Campbell at 650-2126. It's that time of year that the Brookfield Men's Club is asking for nominations for the Eagle Award. This award which recognizes a citizen of the area who has made long- term contributions to the community, be presented on Ladies Night on April 16. Nominations can be passed on to any BMC member or mailed to Box 195 Brookfield.
A reminder of the BMC's anniversary dinner and meeting on February 19. Note the special time of 6:30 - for $10 you will be served wonderful meal and some great hospitality - why not join us??!
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