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It's that time of year! Now that the calendar has turned to April it means the Brookfield Men's Club Ladies Night extravaganza is soon upon us! This year's gala will be held Monday, April 20, with doors of Knox Church Hall opening at 6:30 PM. All ladies of the community and the surrounding area are invited to attend - the BMCers will thank the distaff members of our village by treating them to a fine (hopefully!) dinner, and a program featuring Brent McGrath, the trainer of the now legendary champion harness racing horse Somebeachsomewhere. Many are very interested in learning more about the wonder colt's exploits. The presentation of the annual Eagle Award will cap the evening. Make plans now; please do not be one of the unfortunate few who misses the event due to forgetfulness (and you know who you are from the past!).
The March meeting of the BMC was highlighted by a presentation from Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor. The Mayor explained the various ongoing projects the county is, or will become, involved with. Taylor advised the BMCers that the upcoming budget would likely see a 7% rise in the residential tax rate, and indeed when the budget was announced a few days ago, that was the case. A Brookfield and area rate payers meeting was held on April 7; the meeting saw the re-election of Danny Chaplin as Fire Commissioner (along with returning members Alton Sutherland and Julie Walters), and the fire tax rate set at 17.5 cents per $100 of assessment.
Once again the Eagle is the recipient of generous gifts from some of its readers - helping sustain the creaking bird were Helen Crockett, Hazel Dickey, Eloise Yorke and former residents Jim and Ida Lib Adams, now residing in Tatamagouche. We thank you all for your kindness. Circulation Director Siouxsie Stevenson reports that the sympatico related email problems that plagued the February issue have been solved by Aliant, and the March issue was delivered without incident.
Curlers who cut their teeth at the Brookfield Curling Club continue to make headlines on the big stage. Susan Creelman of Stewiacke played lead on the Colleen Pinkney rink that won the Canadian Senior Women's Championship in Summerside. The team will represent Canada at the World Senior's, in Russia. Skip Pinkney is the daughter of early 1950's Brookfield Elk hockey star Rylie Marshall. Other former BCCers (who we hope will return to Brookfield eventually) in the lime light were Chris Bangay and Charles DeBay. They were the second and mate, respectively, on a team from the Capital Winter Club from Fredericton that won the inaugural Dominion Club championships in New Brunswick and will represent that province at the Canadian Championships in November 2009 at prestigious St. George's Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke (site of PGA's 2010 Canadian Open). Interestingly the two former Brentwooders are both former winners (not as partners) of the Brookfield Golf Club Two Ball Championship. Charles was also the skip of the lone curling team from the local High School to win a Nova Scotia championship a few years ago. This year's South Colchester Academy mixed team won the Regional Championship and posted a fine 3-2 mark at Provincials in Halifax - the team was Michael Weatherbie, Taylor Clarke, Lucas Dawe and Marlee Langille. The SCA Junior boys team easily won the Northumberland Regionals (that is as far as Junior High can advance) - the squad was Jonathan Crouse, Isaac McDonnell, Andrew Burgess, and Aaron Langille. Aaron is the Fort Ellis lad featured on the television show " In Real Life." The 20th edition of the Great Community Curling Classic was held the weekend prior to Easter and saw 32 rinks competing. The major sponsors were Brookfield Athletic Association, L & R Construction, Nova Enterprises and the Lotta Truck Draw, and we take this opportunity to remind you that the 2009 Lotta Truck Festival will be held on Saturday July 4 at the Sportsplex. Tickets will be available in the very near future - please help support this vital fundraiser for the Sportsplex. The winning teams were as follows; in the Family Division - Darrell Toole, Jeremy Locke, Brian MacLean, and Denise Mitchell; Institution Division (Terry Fox Run) - Turk Henderson, Karla Armsworthy, Patsy McCallum and Judy Matheson; Industry Division (Fundy Vets) - Bill Ettinger, Andrew Lyghtle, Rob Campbell and Nigel Butler; and the Business Division (Lafarge) - Kraig MacKenzie, Pibby Henderson, Larry Fisher and Brent Mosher. he overall Draw to the Button winner was Patricia Hillard. It is worth noting that Turk Henderson flew in from Calgary and played in nine of the potential twelve draws over the 48 hour period, proving there still is gas left in the tank after all!
The Colchester Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented on April 14 in Halifax to Judy Matheson. Most feel this award is long overdue, and she was a unanimous nomination by the Brookfield Community Assembly. Her volunteer efforts are so numerous and diverse it would be hard to list them all; suffice to say she's a driving force in the Coming Home to Brookfield Celebrations, the Terry Fox Run, various committees on Knox United Church, the Brookfield Athletic Association, the Brookfield Community Assembly, the UCW, the head of the fantastic Junior Curling Program at the Sportsplex and many, many others. To many of these organizations she is their moral compass and touchstone and few have a better grasp on the goals and ideals of our community. Congratulations Judy! Her niece, Caila Henderson, was named Rookie of the Year at Mount Allison University's Athletic Awards, covering all sports. On the ice the Colchester Cyclones female hockey program is flourishing. The Bantam team, coached by Charles Bowers and Jeff McCavour and featuring Emilee Burris, Katie McCavour, and Regan Bowers defeated Sackville (1-0) to win the prestigious Joe LaMontagne Tournament in Dartmouth. A week later Sackville returned the favour by beating the Cyclones 2-0 in the provincial Bantam finals. The Peewee Cyclones, also won a provincial silver medal - coach Dave Clarke relied on locals Mackenzie McNea (Ernie and Tasha) and tournament MVP Madison Clarke (Dave and Carla). The Midget Cyclones won the gold medal at the Provincial Championships - among the locals on that squad were Maria Rutherford (Logan and Nancy), Caitlyn Stewart (Brian and Tammy) and Marlee Coldwell. A gold and 2 silvers at provincials for the Cyclones program! The Midget AAA Elks won the prestigious SEDMHA tournament in Metro - among the champs were Drew McNutt, Lucas Dawe, and Donny Bernard. The Atom AA Elks won the Stora Tournament in Port Hawkesbury - locals on that team included Noah McCallum, Luke MacMillan, Connor Burris, Cole Fielding, and Ryan Fahey . A Brookfield team won the Forestry Tournament held at the Sportsplex, backed by the standout goaltending Matt Dickey (the son of Jeff and Susan Dickey, and grandson of former Elk Legend the late Jiggs and Peg Dickey). Other locals on the squad included Ryan Ellis, Coady Read, Josh Taylor, Patrick Stewart, Lucas Dawe, Kyle Wright, Chris and Doug Armsworthy, Chad and Corey Sutherland. The Colchester Ladies Hockey League came down to an exciting final the Burger King Whopper Warriors prevailed over Hurricane Heidi's Cafe 4-1. Locals on the Warriors included Heather Fraser, and the mother daughter combo of Bev and Allison Read. On the Cafe team were the eponymous owner, Heidi Cooke, Kristin Stewart, Anitra Whidden , Leah Bowers and Kim Dawe. Taylor Clarke, (daughter of David and Carla, granddaughter of Myrna Clarke) , was one of twelve curlers from the Maritimes chosen to represent Junior curling at the Men's World Curling Championship in Moncton. She met Canada's Kevin Martin team and joined them on the ice for the introduction of the team and the playing of the national anthem. Taylor's team will be in Corner Brook NF. on Easter weekend representing NS in the Atlantic under 18 Jr. Girl's Curling championships. Other team members are lead Olivia Dennis (granddaughter of former BJH principal Bob Gogan, second Mackenzie Proctor and third Jenny Archibald. The girls are coached by Jim Burgess. Congratulations to Dutch national, Erwin Vromans, Alycia's Putnam special friend for obtaining his landed immigrant status. Erwin would like to thanks those who wrote letters in his support of his application. Alycia and Erwin are living in Halifax, as she nears completion on her degree from SMU.
The community was saddened to learn of the passing of Art Lindsay in late March. Art spent his formative years in Brookfield before heading off to Mount Allison and other institutions of higher learning, where he became a much esteemed educator, teacher, principal, and administrator in a storied career. Upon returning to Brookfield with his family in 1973 he became fully immersed in community life, including the BMC, Knox United Church, The Brookfield Athletic Association, Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex Board of Directors, the All Around the Circle Senior's Group. He was one of the co-founders of the Brookfield Community Assembly, very active in the Coming Home to Brookfield Celebrations, and the 1984 Brookfield Bicentennial Celebrations. I t would be very difficult to overstate his contribution to these groups and community life in general. It is especially poignant that Art's passing came so close to Ladies Night, an evening he absolutely revelled in, not only as Master of Ceremonies, but often as the Director of the Program Committee, which saw him write many of the skits that were performed over the years. Art was also a very valuable resource to the Eagle in its current incarnation, and undertook the major project several years ago of researching the Eagle's earliest days with the publishing of the must read book "The Eagle's Flight". His loss leaves a major hole in the community, but we have every belief that the good citizens of Brookfield will continue to give of themselves and fill that void. Sympathies are extended to Art's wife Roberta, daughters Marian, Donna, and Janet, as well as his other members of his family, including siblings Warren, Robert and Marian. We are also sorry to report on the passing of Avis Dickie - she was known to many as an educator, and taught at many schools in the Stewiacke Valley and at the Brookfield Junior High. Tanya Page's mother Ruby Sutherland, died in Truro. Hazel Kennedy's brother Earle Kennedy passed away in Truro, as did Frank Taylor's sister Shirley Vance. Jean Nelson's sister Vera MacLean of Dean died. Richard Farnell, the catcher on the 1975 Maritime Senior A fastball champion Elks team, succumbed to ALS in Middle Musquodoboit. Our condolences to all who lost loved ones.
Happy to report on the birth of a baby boy to Ryan and Lindsay Weatherbee in East Brookfield; and a baby girl born in Pictou to softball Elks standout catcher Jason Sanford and wife Jenny. Former South Colchester High soccer standouts Craig and Jennifer (Cook) White are proud parents of a baby boy. We note the engagement of Aaron Sutherland and Jennifer Rafuse of Middle Stewiacke, they are planning a July wedding. Aaron is the son of Alton and Lorna Sutherland. Lindsay Kimber (Mike and Renee) is engaged to wed Steve Reynolds in late April.
Visitors to the area included Frank Haasen, the son- in- law of Ed and Edna Graham, whose work brought him this way from the TImmins area. Bob Roop was home to visit brother Randy and family. Peter Kennedy and his fiancée Katie came from Minnesota to visit parents Larry and Lynne. Future (July) sister-in-law Jill Kennedy hosted a bridal shower for Katie. It's the time of year when the flow of travellers is primarily in a southerly direction, and we would not even presume to list all of those who made trips to the Caribbean or other warm spots. Some of those include Stephanie Fielding, Robert and Katherine Parsons, Bailey Campbell and Caitlyn Stewart, Alan and Lorraine Carter. Florida - bound were David and Judy Carter and family, and Richard and Ellen Sutherland, who visited Sharon Smyth. Vic Penny and Linda Smith went to South Carolina, and Roy and Shannon Baird went to Dubai to visit son Mark.
Grab your pens and fill in some more important dates on your calendars, as we pass along news of upcoming events. We have already mentioned Ladies Night on April 20. On Monday, April 27 the Brookfield Community Assembly will host their Annual General Meeting at the Brookfield Fire Station - this meeting is open to the public and will see the election of four new Directors to the Assembly as well as the induction of SCA rep for the 2009-2010 year (Charlene Locke). The public is welcomed to attend and to assist the BCA in further promoting the advancement of the village. One of BCA's many projects is the annual Coming Home to Brookfield celebration - more details will be made known in the May edition of the Eagle, but for now all should be aware this year's event will run from July 18-26 (the Whing Ding will be July 24-25). Yet another event organized by the BCA is the annual cleanup of some of our highways and streets - this year's even is set for Saturday May 2 - many hands make for light work, so please meet at Knox church at 9 AM on Saturday - the whole operation is over by noon so it is not particularly taxing, but the results are very beneficial. Watch for more details via posters and on the community website. Registration for the Brookfield Athletic Association, Minor Softball program will take place on Friday May 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Knox United Church. Any parents of boys or girls interested in playing softball this summer should attend - for more information please contact Julie Walters at 673-2678 or Sherri Crowell at 650-2080. It's great to see this program's ongoing revival and the joy in the kids faces as they trot out onto the hallowed Elk Park field. Thanks to the BAA and the Minor Ball Committee registration costs are kept to very low levels ($50 per player, $80 for a family of 2 or $100 for a family of 3). An event in May not to miss is the South Colchester Academy's musical theater group's annual presentation. This years play is entitled The Disco Inferno and will run on May 11-12-13-14. Come and be prepared to be impressed by the young musicians and thespians at SCA! As mentioned earlier, be sure to save July 4 for the Lotta Truck; get your tickets on the $100,000 grand prize in time to qualify for additional Early Bird cash draws in mid June. Crystal Lake Drive resident and internationally renowned ukulele master James Hill has a "Play Ukulele today!" workshop tour scheduled across Canada. The Halifax stop will be on April 17. Two hour workshops are geared for casual strummers and music educators alike, all music lovers are welcome to attend - come prepared for lots of fun. For registration and information on workshop deals see https://www.ukuleleintheclassroom.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=53. You can learn more about the just released book of the same title, co-authored by Chalmers Doane and Hill. Sample lessons and free radio samples are at www.playukuleletoday.com
Thank you Brookfield! Your volunteers and supporters continue to make Terry's dream of a world without cancer a reality. -From the Terry Fox Foundation.
Just a reminder see you April 20th at the BMC's Ladies Night - it should be a great time for all!
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