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Brookfield, NS

May 2007
Vol. 16 Issue 9

The Brookfield Men's Club Ladies Night was staged at the April meeting; the event marked 70 years since the formation of the Men's Club. Master Chef Elmer Archibald and his merry band of crimson clad minions fed 122 hungry guests, many of whom were seen contentedly patting their tummies after the repast. The evening was "made" for many early on by the presence of distinguished members of the Gordon family. Anne (MacLennan) Gordon, widow of co-founder of the BMC Reverend Earl Gordon, came back to her Brookfield roots, along with son John and granddaughter Joanna Gordon. Many in attendance were delighted to share recollections with the Gordons, and were pleased they could attend this historic anniversary. Artistic director Art Lindsay looked worried as the clumsy cast stumbled through his adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Many ladies in the audience swooned over the dashing Romeo (Gordie Burnett), while Friar (Bob) Lawrence is expecting an Oscar nomination for his role. Later, the audience stood as one to endorse and congratulate the 2007 Eagle Award winners for their long time outstanding service to the community. Curtis and Velma Fisher have been exemplary pillars of the community, in their impeccably run business, their church work, their in depth participation in the life of the Sportsplex (both curling and figure skating), and their friendliness to all. They are indeed a terrific addition to the lustrous list of Eagle Award winners. We welcome all to attend the Brookfield Men's Club final meeting of the season - Monday, May 21 - 7:30 PM at the Baptist Church.

Congratulations goes to coach Logan Rutherford who led his Truro Curves for Women Bearcats to the Nova Scotia Midget Tier 2 Female Hockey championship - among his talented skaters were Caitlyn Stewart and Sarah Rutherford. Ben Kendrick was named the most improved Junior Curler at the Brookfield Curling Club's 31st Annual Banquet; and the Trout Lake Lodge Leprechauns (Pibby Henderson, Josh McCallum, John Brimicombe, and Terry Crowell) won the Saint Patrick's Day Bonspiel. At the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association Annual Meeting, Joel Dawe, coach of the Peewee AA Elks, was named the winner of Ron Moore Memorial Coach of the Year award, and Pat Flynn was the winner of the Phil Sears Memorial Leadership Award for his work with the Bantam Stars. A tip of the hat goes to former Brookfielder Scott Gibson, son of Sheila (MacDonald) Archibald, for his active role as a Cub leader in Stewiacke in leading that group in the GreenWing Legacy program. Paul Campbell and Joy Hewitt became engaged. Susan Kendrick and Ken MacKenzie will marry later in May; and wedding bells rang out for Andrew Heffernan and Kelly Smith - best wishes to them. Former Elk hurler, and (Grahame's nephew) Craig "Casey" Maguire and Sarah Yorke are parents to a baby boy. Charles DeBay received his B.Sc. degree from St. F.X. University while Alycia Putnam made the Dean's List at SMU. On the gymnastics front Alicia Stewart went to Saint John, New Brunswick for the Eastern Canadian Gymnastics Championship, and Codi McLaughin had an excellent showing at the Atlantic Championships in Charlottetown as part of team Nova Scotia. Nova Campbell retires this month after 35 years nursing at Colchester Hospital - well done! Dr. Stephen (Tron) Henderson, History Professor at Acadia University, had a successful book launch with his comprehensive biography of famed Nova Scotia Premier Angus L Macdonald. The people at Kawasaki know what they are doing, they have signed a factory sponsorship deal with "Hurricane" Heidi Cooke to race in the Canadian Moto Sport Racing club Women's National Series this year, as she tries to achieve an unprecedented sixth Canadian Motocross title. We all wish her a successful season. Extensive renovations are underway at Elks Park preparing for the upcoming ball season. A big tip of the hat goes to hard working construction crew, led by Grounds Committee Chairman Donald (Pibby) Henderson and including among others Josh, Nate and Herb McCallum,Shane Grinton and Doug Bernard. A new press box has been erected, repairs to the back stop and dug outs have been completed and new lights will be installed. Much gratitude is expressed by the Brookfield Athletic Association to community - minded business who assisted; Lafarge, Casey Concrete, C&S Foundations (Brian Stewart) and Maritime Truss (Larry and Lynne Kennedy). The Elks will play in an 8 team league with teams from Metro, East Hants, Bridgewater and the Annapolis Valley starting soon after Victoria Day. Watch for news at Elk Corner at MacQuarries and Roop's Esso as more scheduling details become known. SCA's softball and track and field teams are both well underway now. SCA has 3 representatives at the Canada Wide Science Fair - Carly Levy, Caila Henderson and Jennie Mae Roy are joined by 470 others from across the country this week. Public viewing of the amazing projects is Friday and Saturday May 18-19, 9-11 AM at the Agri-Dome on the NS Provincial Exhibition grounds.

This region continues to churn out standout volleyball players. The Central Nova Volleyball Club had three provincial champion teams this spring!! The Midget Girls (under 16) team was one of those featuring Bailey Campbell, Caitlyn Stewart, Sidney Robichaud, and coach Tammy Stewart. With these players moving to Senior High ranks, and all but two of the Juveniles back, the SCA Wolves will be very strong on the court next fall. At the Juvenile (under 18) level the Tier 2 champions featured Erica Nolan, Shanda Cox, Peggy Maguire, and Sarah Wort. Jill Sears' niece Emma Stanfield was named Most Valuable Player. At the Tier 1 level, Caila Henderson was part of that winning aggregation in Sydney, who then travelled to Abbotsford, BC for the Canadian Championship where they made a strong showing, finishing with a 6-3 record, narrowly losing a final to a power house Winnipeg Bison team. Other Wolves in the news were partners Travis Smith / Ben Grosvener, and Chad MacKinnon / Dallys Serracin, who made the podium at the Northumberland Region badminton event. Greg Fields knows his volleyball - for six years his Lakers team won the local adult Mixed Volleyball League. With the Lakers taking a year off, he moved to the Bump Uglies (Beth Maguire, Dan Dean, Mike Henderson, Natalie Clark and Cheryl Smith) and they win the title. The Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services held their award banquet; Fire Fighter of the Year was Ruth Matheson, most improved firefighter was Danny Chaplin and Officer of the Year was Rod Nielsen. Long service awards went to Lawrence Wynn who received his 55 year (!!!!) Bar; Charlie Burnett received his 40 year Federal bar. 25 year Provincial medals went to Blair Fleming and Terry Canning, 10 years bar to Dale Fisher and 5 year bars to Steve Harris , Rachel and Donald DeVries. The Brookfield Elks Bowling League honored their Champions in their 47th (!!) Season. Playoff winners were the Tinys - Isaac Benvie, Gordie Entwistle, Dave Heffernan, Ross MacDougall, and Alan Nielsen.

Happy to announce that Janice Murdock has moved her very successful business "Wash Your Darn Dog" to her home at 176 Kennedy Road. For the best in canine grooming care call Janice at 890-6378. If you prefer to make yourself more beautiful, you should know that Stacey Brenton is pleased to announce the opening of Country Image Hair Design at 803 Hwy 289. For more information or to make an appointment call 673-3151. The Brookfield Community Assembly held its annual meeting in April. Laurie Monk returned as Chairman, and diligent serving members Leah Bowers and Hilary Paquet took their leave. New members Susan Walters, Tammi McNutt and Hillary Lynds were welcomed to the BCA. The Community Planning Steering Team of the BCA will host an Open House in June (date TBA) for all citizens to review the work of the Focus Groups over the past year. Your interest and input are welcomed - its not too late for you to help plan the community's future! The Community Clean Up Day on May 5 resulted in the collection of 20 bags of garbage along our streets and by-ways, and the BCA would like to thank all the men, women and children who took the time and effort to improve the look of the village. Thanks to Roop's Tim Hortons for providing the volunteers with gift certificates, and a reminder that all citizens are invited to join the cleanup in early May every year. A special salute should go to Wayne Woolfitt, who picks up garbage and bottles for the Terry Fox recycling program while walking the village, proving how much difference one person can make. Knox Council asks that dog owners do their part in keeping a clean and green community, by cleaning up the "solid waste" their pets leave behind, particularly on the church property, which seems to be a preferred repository.

We lost far too many friends far too early in the past month - sadly passing away were long time community supporter "Busy" Eric Adams, an ever - smiling face at the ball field, curling and hockey rinks for decades...Andrea (Stevenson) Hayes (Spud's sister) in Rawdon... Wendy McPhee, sister to Debbie Ross, was fatally hit by a car in Upper Kennetcook,...in Darmouth, former Brookfield resident Fred Benjamin...in Stewiacke, Blanche Creelman sister-in-law to Nathalie Creelman...former Elkette slugger Barb Yuill of Old Barns...Elks pitcher from the early 60's, Gerry Delaney...and beloved life long village resident Verna Locke. On behalf of the BMC and the community, the Eagle passes along condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

Even as petrol and jet fuel prices continue to climb, Brookfielders were not to be deterred from travelling. Among those were Susan and Lyle Carter, who visited son James in Calgary; Donna Sutherland also visited family in Cowtown. Judy Wright went to the Dominican Republic while Shirley Locke travelled to BC to attend the 50th wedding anniversary of brother Raymond "Duffy" and Carol Sutherland. Larry and Susanne Harrison and Gerry and Sandra Brenton went to Florida, while Aubrey and Janet Armstrong made their annual pilgrimage to Cuba. Mike and Susan MacDonald found Jamaica's beaches alluring, while Maureen Foster and Breanna MacLeod loved Guatemala. Burgeoning pro Alex Jewers travelled to the ancient home of golf in Scotland while Amy Fisher and Joanna Canning toured Europe. Robbie and Joanne Cooke attended son Mitchell's motocross races in Verona, Italy. Paul Campbell went to Ottawa to visit Mac, and Alycia Putnam is visiting her beau in the Netherlands. The delightful Susan Matthews visited Ontario, as did Margie Johnson, who went to London. Danica (Cooke) Ellis competed in a kick-boxing event in Toronto.

Not all the money went towards plane tickets, many kind readers made donations to the Eagle including Donald (Leroy) Stevenson, Helen Crockett, David Boutilier, Helen Kenrick, Ted and Shirley Sponagle, Wally and Mary Fisher (Moncton) and Bill Stewart and Sharon MacPhee. Thank you all very much for your generosity - you made the Eagle's flight possible again this year.

Some of our citizens were hospitalized - we believe they have returned home, including Eleanor Faulkner who had a broken ankle, long-time BMC Secretary Terry Henderson had his long awaited hip replacement operation but promises to be ready for the Whing Ding. Gerry Brenton had knee replacement surgery Vi Johnson and Margie Walters also had stays in the infirmary.

We are happy to welcome Ermnie Dunlop, Irene Stuart's sister into the apartments on Sunrise Court. Nice to see Wilma (Matheson) Avila and her daughter- in- law Mary Knight from California, and son David Knight from Atlanta, home for Verna's funeral. Elizabeth (Kenrick) Graham came from Pembroke, Ontario. Also home from the West is Warren Lindsay visiting brother Art's family. The Sportsplex proved itself again as one of the premiere venues for a variety of events, hosting overflow crowds to a Maritime Cheerleading Championship. Cars were lined on both sides of Carter Road from the Cemetery to Highway 289, as contestants and spectators filled the building. We should not lose sight of the significant contribution to our local economy because of our community's ability to host a variety of events.

Tickets are now available for the 21st Lotta Truck Festival - the grand prize draw and show date is July 7, featuring country star Charlie Major. This vital fundraiser in support of improvements at the Sportsplex also features 20 $1000 cash prizes at the June 29 Early Bird draw. In addition to the Freightliner truck or $110,000 in cash, 3 other vehicles (or cash equivalents) worth over $60,000 will also be drawn. Tickets are available now at the Sportsplex or most community outlets. In the April edition of the Eagle (available on line as usual) we referenced many of the standout events lined up for the Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations. Due to space limitations we will remind you of the dates July 21-29, and encourage you to watch for more details in your mailbox as the summer progresses, or check the community website. A reminder that the Whing Ding will be July 27-28. There will a Red Cross Babysitting course Saturday May 26 (8:30 -4:30) at the Brookfield Fire Station. Cost is $25.00 and lunch is provided. Contact Rod Nielsen at 890-0714 for reservations. The public is invited and encouraged to attend a Green Gathering of like-minded folk interested in sharing experiences and learning how to reduce global warming. The meeting will be held at the Brookfield Fire Hall Sunday May 27 from 7-9 PM. Bring along your used batteries and cell phones for recycling and hear special guest speaker Maggie Hope-Simpson, Chair of the Truro based Living Earth Council - call 673-2451 for more information.

Canada celebrates 140 years on July 1 with the theme "A Portrait of Canada". The celebration in Brookfield will be held at the Ed Creelman Park / Train Station at 12:30 on July 1. In keeping with the topic, babies born in the past 12 months will be welcomed as our newest citizens, and each baby will receive a free 5"x7" photo from Merna Ryan, with the option to purchase more. Events will be coordinated by the Train Station Historical Society, and a BBQ by the Brookfield Men's Club will be followed by cutting of the cake, games and entertainment - come one, come all!! The day previous (Saturday, June 30) will see the 18th edition of the Brookfield Elks Golf Scramble at the Brookfield Golf Club. This event which caters to golfers of all abilities is fun - filled and an important fundraiser for the BAA. Thanks in advance to the Brookfield Golf Club for partnering this activity. Drop in to the Club or call 673-3352 to sign up. A long distance reminder that the Terry Fox Golf event will be held on Wednesday August 15 - registration is already occurring, as this popular event fills up quickly. Contact Kim at 673-2298 if you wish to participate in any way. The BCA planted an oak tree at Ed Creelman Park in appreciation of the area's many volunteers. It will be dedicated during the Canada (Dominion) Day festivities. The "Walk Around the World Event" will be launched at the Canada Day celebrations. The goal is that community members can walk the 24,000 kms to circle the globe in 10 weeks this summer. The event will kick off the Canada Day celebrations and conclude at the Terry Fox Run September 16 . Anyone young or old, can contribute because every walk will be recorded, regardless of distance (no wheeled transport please). Weekly progress will be monitored, and some planned walks will be announced. For more information contact Krista (673-2285) or Nancy (673-2070).

The BMC will conclude it's 70th season with its meeting on May 21 at 7:30 PM in the Baptist Church basement. We can think of no better time to come and explore the fun that is the BMC.

May you all have a great summer and look forward to seeing many friends at all the upcoming festivities!! Watch the community website for information on upcoming events, and local organizations and business.

See you at the BMC!

The Eagle

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