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Brookfield, NS

April 2008
Vol. 17 Issue 8

April means two things - the end to one of the longest winters in recent memory, and the Brookfield Men's Club annual extravaganza known far and wide as Ladies Night!! On Monday April 21 at the Knox United Church Hall, any and all ladies of the area are invited as guests of the BMC. Doors will open at 6:25; master chef Elmer Archibald and his able kitchen crew will present a wonderful meal, and the evening will probably go downhill from there! It is hoped there will be much merriment and laughter as the ladies are given their annual peak into the deep, dark, secret world of the BMC. The entertainment portion of the program is being kept under close wraps; suffice it to say there will be some wonderful music and chances to win valuable prizes. The evening will be capped by the presentation of the 2008 Eagle Award to a deserving member of the community. Please make plans now to attend the Ladies Night and bring along your friends and neighbours. The dinner bell rings at 6:30 PM.

Thanks are extended from the Brookfield Community Assembly to all who attended the public presentation of the "Community Plan". This document, which will continue to evolve as input is received from our citizens, is a starting point for the best possible development of our community. Much interest was expressed involving sub-committees such as Youth and Seniors, the Caring Community, Emergency Preparedness, and Community Planning. If you have interest in helping with any of these groups, please make yourself known to anyone at the BCA. They would also like to thank local businesses that donated door prizes or food and refreshments, including Roop's Esso and Tim Hortons, Brookfield Bakery, MacQuarries Pharmasave, Brally's, Lafarge, Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services, and CoRDA. A reminder that the BCA will hold its' Annual General Meeting on Monday, April 28 at 7:15 PM at the Fire Station. Nominations are welcome, either in advance or from the floor for vacancies on the BCA. Another BCA - organized event is the Community Clean Up Day, this happens on Saturday, May 3rd (rain date May 10) - all persons interested in helping are asked to meet at Knox United Church at 9:00AM?? Why not give a couple of hours to make your community a cleaner place.

Coming Home to Brookfield 2008 begins July19 with the Grand Street Parade. This year's Homecoming theme is "Where Neighbours Meet". Many favorite events are back – Touch a Truck, International Cabaret, Worship Service and Brunch at Shortt's Lake, Boat Tours, Tour at Lafarge and the Wind Turbine, Family Dance, Recreation Night, Horse & Dog Show, Coffee House, Ball Hockey, Amazing Race, Archery Demonstration, Golf Scramble, Historical Walk, Garden Party, Teddy Bears Picnic, Water Slides and Sail Boat Regatta, and the Whing Ding, ending on July 27 with Games, a Community Supper and Worship Service at the Carter Homestead. New events being planned are an Elvis Night, Meet Your Neighbour Koffee Klatch, Neighbourhood Breakfast, a 5 Km. Fun Run. Watch for the brochure being mailed to every household early in July and check the Brookfield website at www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca. Would you like to volunteer to work with the committee organizing a particular event? Give Judy (673-2427) or Marian (673-3464) a call.

The BMC would like to thank kind contributors Hazel Dickey and Reverend Vince and Anne Ihasz of Dartmouth for their support to the Eagle. We very much appreciate your kind - kindheartedness. Congratulations to Hugh and Audrey Carter who celebrated their 60th anniversary, and Ed and Edna Graham, who marked 58 years of matrimony. A marvelous accomplishment for these two Carter Rd. couples. Students at our two local schools were prize winners in the Recycle Nova Scotia Contest - at South Colchester Academy, Matraca Volans, Jenna McLaughin and Emilie Fowler were winners and the school will receive a cheque to contribute to a "green project". At Brookfield Elementary, Paige Hernden was a winner and Julia Barker was a runner up - well done girls! At the Regional Science Fair SCA students qualified to go to the Canada Wide Nationals - these include Rebecca Bigelow, and partners Amber MacLean - Hawes, and Rebecca O'Connell. A feather in the cap for SCA for qualifying entrants to this prestigious competition. SCA alumni also made their names known in other venues, NSAC scholar athletes included Leah MacNeil, who was named a CCAA All - Academic - Canadian for her soccer and classroom work - she also won the Rams soccer MVP and was an All Conference selection, as were Erin Durkee and Ben Roy. They too were recognized for excellence in academics and athletics, as was Matthew Leck for their participation on the NSAC soccer and basketball teams.

Cousins Mark Dean and Zach Sill made news in New Brunswick - Mark was named Rookie of the Year on the UNBSJ Volleyball team, while Zach was named the Most Valuable Player of the Moncton Junior Wildcats hockey club. Other sets of cousins making news were Caila Henderson, Sam Robertson, Lucas Dawe, and Donny Bernard. Caila was named Most Outstanding Player at the St. Mary's University Invitational Under 18 volleyball tournament, Sam (grandson of Turk and the late Vera Henderson, parents Jill and Steve Robertson) was named MVP as his Bedford team won the N.S. hockey title; and Lucas Dawe was named Best Defenseman and All Star Team Member as his and Donny's Brookfield Elks lost a heartbreaking 4-3 final at the Bantam AA Provincials. Teammate Drew McNutt was also selected to the All Star team. The Elks put on a fantastic showing in Halifax, and indeed had a season to be proud of - the team was coached by Joel Dawe and assistants Patrick Stewart and Doug Bernard, and managed by Danny Nolan - team members include; the aforementioned Bernard, Dawe and McNutt, Zack Bates, Jake Rains, Dennis Nolan, Bryan Grue, Cole Baker (Floyd and Pat Stewart's grandson), Dustin Wheeler, Brett Davidson (Krista Locke's nephew), Cory Cox, Cody Webster, Kenneth Hood and Trevor Blaauwendraat. A tip of the hat to Randy Frame who coached his Musquoboboit Harbour - based Crunch team to the Nova Scotia Junior C hockey league Championship. Nice to see Randy continuing his involvement at the coaching level - some of his players were call ups through the year to the Brookfield Junior Elks and performed admirably at the next level. Former Elk Shortstop Bob MacKay and his wife Tracy have a pair of talented young sports fishermen on their hands - their daughter Natalie MacKay was proud to have won Youth Angler of the Year at the age of four, she regularly fishes with grandparents Jim and Vicky McCoul. Her brother Connor was runner-up in the contest. The award is sponsored by Canadian Sports Fishing TV show and Magazine. Winners in the 19th annual Great Community Curling Classic were: Institution division (sponsored by the Brookfield Athletic Association), Knox United Church - Ken Retson, Gully Matheson, Turk and Terry Henderson; Industry division (sponsored by L&R Construction), Lafarge - Kraig MacKenzie, Donald Henderson, Larry Fisher, Jeff and Janet Callaghan; Family division (sponsored by Lotta Truck) Eric, Gerald, Ernie Glinz and Trish Schollmeier, and the Business division (sponsored by Nova Enterprises) B&J Lumber - Jeff White, Barry Wood, Lisa Henderson, Leeann Taylor. The draw to the button contest winner was Turk Henderson.

Maureen Foster traveled to Calgary to visit daughter Breanna and Mark and Alex Fleming took a golf vacation in Florida - you may have noticed them on TV as they were prominent in the audience of tournament winner Sean O'Hair. They astutely backed the right horse and were in his gallery for the final round at the Tampa tournament. Other travellers included Geoff and Joanne Stewart, who vacationed in the Lone Star State, and Luther and Joyce Sears who went to Cuba, as did Caila Henderson. Donna, Richard and Ellen Sutherland, Dave and Janice Peterson and Margie Fisher sought the sun in the Dominican Republic, as did Shawn Lynds, Patty Villeneuve, and Lexie Stewart. Jim Dickie, "Cheek" Totten and Dave "Ding " Ross rendezvoused in Mexico. Laurie "Chip" Monk went to Toronto, to visit daughter Jeannette and family, and to spoil his two granddaughters! Vic Penny and Linda Smith went to North Carolina, and Lee Nelson went to Montreal to visit brother Harding, and take in a Leafs - Habs game. Bailey Campbell went to Toronto to visit sister Kelsey, and ended up dragging her home! Turk Henderson took the red-eye from Calgary, arriving at 7 AM in N.S., then proceeded to the Sportplex where he curled in 5 (!!) Games in the GCCC that same day! Some 30 members of the SCA 2008 graduating class toured France, Belgium and Netherlands, as part of their Canadian history class. Locals making the trip included Billy Jack Phillips, Chelsea Thompson, Peggy Maguire, Kelsey Holder, Dallyd Serracin, Brad George, Patrick Murphy, Samantha Fisher, Ashley Walker, Katherine Hamilton, Rebecca Bigelow, James Archibald, David Cameron and Nathan Smith. Zoe Barbour went to Florida for sister's Jackie's birthday. Stena Cook went to Calgary to visit her son Terry and his wife Robin, then went on to Cherry Grove, Alberta to visit her other son Steven and his wife Sandra. While there, their daughter Samatha delivered a baby girl, making Stena a great - grandmother! It doesn't get much better than that.

We're sorry to report on the passing of Cove Road resident Lewis Kaulback, Karen Rae's father...former Junior Elks assistant coach Jeff McCavour's father Steve died in Saint. John....and former Elk pitching star Mark Smith's father Bobby died in Halifax. Our condolences go to those who have suffered losses.

We welcome Jody Sutherland, daughter of Jim and Donna, and her family to Brookfield - they have moved into the former Irene Retson house on Densmore Lane. Patrick Stewart and Petra Graham have purchased and moved into the former Watson/McConnell/Matthews house on Carter Road. Belated kudos to Larry and Jennifer Fisher on the birth of their baby girl a few months ago. Jennifer is the daughter of former Hamilton Avenue resident David MacDonald.

Too many of our friends and neighbours have faced daunting medical situations recently - these include Julie Walters who had surgery on her leg; and Adam Burrows, (Graham's son, Vic and Gerry's grandson) who broke his leg skiing in Banff. Joel Sutherland broke his arm. Sisters- in- law Roberta Lindsay, (Arts wife) and Ann Lindsay (Warren's wife) were also hospitalized, as were Meredith and Gavin Harrison. Former Junior Elks executive member Jim Duggan had neuro-surgery to remove a tumor and is beginning treatments very soon. A heartfelt thank you goes to Lyle Carter for his touching story in the Truro paper of former Brookfield Elks catcher Richard Farnell. The Middle Musquodobit native, who came to the Elks under Carter's coaching in 1975, was an important cog in that year's Maritime Senior Championship winning team. He is suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Richard is sharp of mind but the ALS has taken a toll; it was a very difficult and heart - wrenching interview for Lyle to do; but the Farnell family is pleased with the results, as are Richard's many friends, who may not have been aware of his situation. Well done Lyle.

The Junior members of the Brookfield Curling Club had their closing Funspeil - the winners of that event were Jonathan Crouse, Connor Gamble and Mekenzy Rose. Others recognized were Doug Holman as the Most Improved Curler. Hot Shot winners were Jonathan Crouse (Senior group); Jacob Bowers (intermediate), Connor Murdock (Beginner). Fifteen badges were awarded for skill development. This year the 65 Little Rock and Junior curlers in the program received valuable instruction from Leah Bowers, Judy Matheson, Joel Dawe and Terry and Lisa Henderson. The program is available to all from 7-20 years at very little cost. Please watch for information for your child in October 2008. The Brookfield Curling Club will conclude its 32nd season with their Awards banquet, Saturday, April 26. Tickets are available at the Sportsplex. The Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League will wrap up their 47th season with an Awards banquet on May 14 at the All Around the Circle Senior Citizens room.

A reminder that the popular Brookfield Elks license plates are now available and can be purchased from Josh McCallum (650-2029) or Pibby Henderson (673-3262). The Brookfield Athletic Association is hoping to complete it's extensive renovations to Elk Park (begun last year) over the next few weeks - any volunteer labour that can be given on the dugouts, fencing or bleacher projects would be greatly appreciated. Pibby or Josh can be contacted as to when things are happening, though it seems it is more evenings than not! Your efforts will be very much appreciated not only by the Elks teams and the BAA in general but by the many others minor ball teams, school teams, and Chukkerball players who keep Elk Park a hopping place from the first of May until Labour Day. Hopefully information on Minor Ball registration will be available soon.

We've thrown a lot of information at the reader this month; please review the dates mentioned with your calendar near by - most important, of course, is Ladies Night on Monday April 21 6:30 PM. Don't forget other items mentioned like Coming Home to Brookfield, Community Clean-up Day etc. A reminder of the 22nd Annual Lotta Truck Festival in support of the Sportsplex. Tickets are now available, this year's grand prize and show will be JUNE 7; prizes and cash valued over $150,000 will be awarded - be sure to get your ticket soon.

See you at the BMC!

The Eagle

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