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 Box 195
Brookfield, NS

May 2008
Vol. 17 Issue 9

The sound of lawn mowers is music to the ears of many, signifying that spring is indeed here. The Brookfield Golf Course is in full swing, and the fine days and ever lengthening evenings put a spring in people’s step. The true indication of spring, is the Brookfield Men’s Club annual Ladies Night - this was held in April before a full house of over 150 people. Elmer Archibald and his crew fed the hungry throng a wonderful meal, and the talented vocal group Village Blend soothed the ears with melodies. The ladies were then challenged so see if they were “smarter then a BMCer” . We are very thankful to eager contestants Betty MacFarlane, Daisy Hingley, Jill Sears and Lori (Maybelle) Nielsen for their good spirited participation; and only Lori/Maybelle had to face the audience and admit she was not smarter than a BMCer! The topper of the evening was the presentation of the annual BMC Eagle Award - this year’s recipient is Daisy Hingley, who embodies much of the community and volunteer spirit that makes our village unique. Always eager to lend a helping hand, be it at the church, the curling rink or anywhere it is needed, Daisy is a true delight. The ladies collectively were very appreciative of the BMCer’s efforts to feed and entertain them, and we received this missive which appropriately sums up their feelings. “I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Ladies Night. It is a time - honoured tradition that should be held in the highest regard. I think it is a great way to honour the ladies of the community of all ages, both those that have lived here their entire lives, and those very new to the community. Dawn Fougere and Tammy Rice commented ‘what a great way to learn about the community and meet people.’ I think this is one of the best ways we have in Brookfield of bringing the different generations together. It helps the younger/newer generation to get a glimpse of the history of Brookfield. It is always a fun time and a beautiful meal. Kudos on the entertainment - you always do a great job coming up with something creative and entertaining for the broad scope of the audience. Appreciate all the effort that goes into this night and always thoroughly enjoy it. A sincere thank you.” The Men’s Club would like to thank the ladies for coming and making it special for us. The BMC will hold their closing meeting of the 2007-08 season on Monday, May 19 in the basement of the Baptist church at 7:30 PM - all are welcomed to attend.

The BMC would also like to thank those who made kind and generous donations - these include Jim and Vicki McCoul, Herman and Eloise Murphy (former residents, now living in Fredericton), Helen Kenrick, and an anonymous donor. MacQuarries Pharmasave contributed the wonderful door prizes for Ladies Night, and Lafarge has generously covered the printing costs of the Eagle again this season. A special thank you goes to Susan Stevenson and Cindy Fraser - together these ladies are responsible for getting the Eagle into print and to the masses. We appreciate the support from both individuals, as well as the acceptance of the Eagle’s readers to the conversion to the e-mail / website version of the Eagle, which further saves costs and the environment. Thanks to the 25 people from ages 1 1/2 to 80 who turned up for the Clean Up day on May 3. 34 bags of garbage and 4 bags of recyclables were collected from the Upper Brookfield Road and Pleasant Valley and points in-between. It was a great community effort which speaks to our pride in our village and our dedicated volunteers. Thanks to the Brookfield Community Assembly for organizing this event and to Tim Hortons for their sponsorship. This event happens every year, usually on the first Saturday in May - please remember to help next year, keep our village clean and green!

The Eagle is prone to mistakes - the overall winner of the Draw to the Button Contest of the Community Curling Classic was Jeremy Locke.

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Mary Lutwick, sister to Margie Saunders and the late Kitty VanTassell. Like her sisters, Mary was sharp of wit and a pleasure to be around; she played a very active role in organizations in her adopted home of Rockingham. Marlene (Nelson) Mingo, formerly of Pleasant Valley, and sister to Maurice, Phillip and several other siblings, died in Oakville, Ontario. Brentwood’s Sandra Brenton’s only sibling, Bob Clark died suddenly in Moncton after a brief illness. Vi Johnson, long time resident of Densmore Lane, and a very soft spoken and kind lady, passed away. Former Brookfield Curling Club member Wyman Cooper and father of Colchester County councillor Mike, died in Upper Stewiacke. In Ontario, Vi Werry’s mother died. Evelyn Whittier, the heart and soul of Berwick, and mother of former Elk pitching star, Gary passed away at 90 in that Valley town. The community was rocked to the core with the devastating news of the boating accident on a Guysborough County lake that tragically claimed the lives of Clinton Jordan and Steven Smyth. Clinton had done some of his earlier schooling here, while Stevie was the son of Sharon and the late Brian Smyth. He was a good friend to a very large number of people in and around the village - his zest for life will be missed. Our sympathies go out to all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

Congratulations to the Brookfield Curling Club Junior program which helped South Colchester Academy make terrific showings this year. Both the Junior Boys and Junior Girls team won District championships, the boys went on to win Regionals (the girls team suffered a narrow defeat in the finals of Regionals.) The boys team consists of Jonathan Crouse, Doug Holman, Ben Kendrick, Lucas Dawe and Isaac MacDonell. The girls team included Taylor Clarke, Sarah Sears, Regan Bowers, and Emily Duykers. Coach was Darren Retson. Art and Roberta Lindsay’s granddaughters (parents Peter and Donna), made academic news - Kelly graduated with her B. Ed. from Queen’s University, while sister Laurel is continuing her studies at the University of Ottawa. Congratulations to Terry - Lynn MacPherson who was honoured at the Colchester County Volunteer award dinner for her work in the community and at the NSCC, where she is studying. Teri Kennedy is a busy and productive young woman - she was the assistant coach for the Under 18 Tier 1 Central Nova Volleyball club which successfully defended the provincial championships in Halifax - Caila Henderson was a co-captain of that team, and successfully completed her club career. Teri also made time to coach the Midget (U-16) team, consisting of players who will form the nucleus of the SCA team this fall, to a bronze medal finish at provincials - thanks for your volunteer efforts! The SCA girls slo-pitch softball team has already won a couple of invitational tournaments, and host their own at Elk Park May 23-24. Wolves coach Kelly Spencer and his wife, SCA teacher Jennifer, welcomed their second son, Jaxon born May 9 - so they now have a pitcher and catcher! The Spencers live at Shortt’s Lake.

The curling club banquet room was the site of a wonderful wedding reception for Paul Campbell, Jr. and Joy Hewitt - best wishes to the happy couple. While in Vancouver for work, Mark Murdock participated in the Vancouver 10 km SunRun - he finished in the top 30% of over 59,000 entrants with the time of 59 minutes 27 seconds. Congratulations and best wishes to Letha Mowatt as she begins her term as Presidents of the Maritime Conference United Church Woman.

Dan and Kathy Dean, Keiver and Bev Read went to Cuba, while Florida was the preferred destination of Barb Murphy, Bob and Jean Skinner, and Ann and Lee Nelson. Art and Bev Sears went to the desert in Phoenix, and made a side trip to the Grand Canyon, where they helicoptered to the floor of the chasm - a terrific experience for them! Larry and Lynne Kennedy went to Wichita to watch son Peter play hockey for the River Kings; while Gene and Marion Retson went to Silicon Valley in California where they visited with Betty (MacPhee) MacGowan and family. Zoe Barbour went to Quebec for her granddaughter’s confirmation. Larry and Susanne Harrison and Gerry and Sandra Brenton vacationed in Florida while Lori Nielsen, Susan MacDonald, Krista Williams and Jim Pearson joined the crowd in Cuba. Speaking of Krista, it’s nice to see her daughter Jade back in the village. Susan VanTassell went to Florida and drove home from the Sunshine State with her sister Helen Belanger. Cody Locke had a dream trip to Boston with his Dad, Steve - they saw the Celtics play the Suns (with 2 time MVP’s Canadian Steve Nash and Shaquille O’Neal); and also the Bruins officially extinguish the Maple Leafs season. We are sorry to learn that Terry, Georgina, Nicole and Kyle Kanaan will be moving to Halifax to be nearer their businesses there. We certainly hope we’ll still see lots of them in Brookfield! Moving in from Ontario, and operating the pizzeria, is Terry’s cousin Vicki Bitar, her husband Mike Hussan, and their children Ali and Robbie. Feel free to stop in and welcome this new family to our village!

Margie Saunders, and Carrie Hingley spent some time in the hospital, and we hope they are feeling better soon. Nice to see Jackie and Gordie Burnett back home from their winter home in Florida as are Vi and Jack Werry, and Brenda Geddes. Susan (O’Leary) Sutherland came home from Grand Prairie to help niece Julie Walters recover from her knee operation. Tara O’Brien spent a week visiting with her grandmother Mae Cooke. We welcome back to Brookfield Shirley (Croft) (Hamilton) Harrison - she directed a sell out dinner theater in Upper Stewiacke, where she was fittingly honored for her work in that community. Mark and Michelle Walters were home from the West, as was their aunt Brenda Walters from Ontario. The situation was difficult but it was nice to see alot of young folks home for Stevie’s funeral including temporary Albertans Jamie Works, Ryan Sutherland and Frank Taylor, as well as Steve’s brothers Jake and Josh Smyth. Matt Stewart was home for a visit at Geoff and Joanne’s, however his job as President of the Cape Breton University Student Union will keep him in the Sydney area for the summer.

It is exciting that the Shannex operated 36 bed, Long Term Care facility to be built in Brookfield is underway. Construction will start soon just west and north of Elk Park and beyond the end of Densmore Lane. This much needed facility will hopefully allow some of our seniors to stay close to their families as they need advanced care. Shannex has asked the community to provide a name for the facility - although time is very short as it must be provided by May 16; any are welcomed to provide suggestions to the BCA - call Chairman Laurie Monk at 673-2516. The only stipulation in the name is that it must be (__________) Court. The Dragon Boat Paddlers will be welcomed back to Shortt's Lake on May 22, at 6:15 PM The boat will be put in at the Boat Launch below Nielsen’s farm and will be paddled to the lot at the Government Wharf at A.Stewart Rd for a Welcoming Celebration. Survivors, Supporters & Spectators are encouraged to take part in the Event. Contact Joanne Cullen at #673-2852, to make a donation or for more information.

Upcoming Events - we were unable to get information on Minor Ball Registration in the previous Eagle - it occurred in early May but any who missed and wish to get registered contact Sheri at 650-2080 or Julie at 673-2678. Anyone willing to help out in any role in the Minor Ball program can also pass their name on to those ladies. This program enjoyed a spirited rebirth last year and we are hopeful for bigger and better things on the diamond this year. The 22nd Annual Lotta Truck Festival sees it Grand Prize and Show Night moved to June 7 this year. However, of more pressing importance is that $20,000 in Early Bird prizes will be given away on May 23rd. That means you have a little more than a week to get your ticket from any salesperson or the Sportsplex at (673-2063) to help support this vital fundraiser. There will be over $150,000 in prizes awarded at the Lotta Truck show on June 7. The Terry Fox Book and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday June 28 at the Train Station at Ed Creelman Park. Donations of good used books are welcomed, call Pat 673-2853 or Judy 673-2427. Shoppers will find great bargains here. South Colchester Academy is hosting a musical theater entitled Back to the 80’s on May 13-14-15 nightly at 7 PM. If previous presentations from the SCA musical theater/drama department are an indication, this will be a can’t miss! The SCA graduation exercises will be held on June 26. The Brookfield Community Assembly held its annual meeting in late April - Laurie Monk was returned as Chairman. There are two vacancies on the BCA - if anyone is interested, please call Laurie at 673-2516 or Mike (673-2769). South Colchester Academy will host the High School Fastball Championship at Elk Park on June 6 and 7. The April issue detailed many of the activities that will take place during the Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations between July 19-27 - watch for brochures or the website for more info. Of course the celebrated Whing Ding will be held on July 25 and 26 - as always “the place to come and meet your friends!” The Brookfield Elks 19th Annual Golf Scramble will be held the morning of July 5 - this event provides tons of fun for participants of all skill levels - it is a great place for new golfers to get some tournament experience in a pressure free environment and is also a valuable fundraiser for the BAA. Make plans to register anytime from early June onward. Plans are underway for the July 1 Dominion/Canada Day celebrations at the Ed Creelman Park - volunteers are welcomed to help with the festivities and games and the BMC will host the BBQ. Watch for your Homecoming brochure or the community website for more details. The Terry Fox Golf Tournament is slated for August 20 and if that sounds like a long way off keep in mind that this popular tournament fills very quickly - you many enter as an individual or as a team by calling Kim at 673-2298.

We’ve tried to list many upcoming events but the only thing we’re sure of is that we’ve missed some! Watch the Community Website for more details and information that may have been missed here - we remind all readers that the website is an extremely valuable resource, but is only as good as the information organizations and groups provide the website via the BCA. We hope all have a great summer and take part in many of the activities in the area, either as a participant or a helpful volunteer - we can always use more of both!

See you at the BMC!

The Eagle

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