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The 72nd Annual Brookfield Men's Club Anniversary meeting was held in February - there was an excellent turnout to hear Lafarge Plant Manager James Kirkpatrick speak on the Ducks Unlimited project that is nearing completion in the "meadow" just west of the CN tracks and across the 289 from Ed Creelman Park. James explained how Lafarge has sponsored this project, in consultation with Ducks Unlimited, and that it should be complete by late spring - the tops of the berms have had an application of crusher dust which will make them very satisfactory walking trails, and the official opening will come once the bridge railing and other finishing touches have been added. The heavy rainfall in early March went a long way to raising winter levels inside the berms to desired levels. Prior to Mr. Kirkpatrick's talk, the BMCers enjoyed a wonderful dinner. Joining them were guests Ron Belanger and Lyle Carter, and ten sons of BMCers, all of whom received a special invitation to the dinner meeting. Among these checking out what their Dads have been up to all those years were Aaron Matheson, Kyle Henderson, Wade Densmore, Mark Hamilton, Ric and Steve Locke, Donald and Stephen Henderson, Mike MacDonald and the youngest by far, Ali Hassan! The offspring devoured the fine meal and enjoyed the program and fellowship. We'd love to see them and many of their friends back to a meeting in the future. This month's meeting will be held on Monday March 16 at 7:30 PM at the Brookfield Fire Hall - all residents of the area are welcomed to attend.
The Eagle's e-mail circulation hit a bit of a glitch in February - it appears that anyone that has a "Sympatico" based address did not receive the Eagle on it's e-mailing on February 9. Circulation whiz Susan Stevenson was able to discern the problem, and advised Aliant; we hope all readers soon there after received their February edition - if not please advise Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org . To ensure the problem is corrected and none miss our March issue, could we request that all Sympatico addresses receiving the Eagle send a confirmation of receipt to the return address so we know for sure the problem is solved. We dread thinking that some of our residents would be uninformed of the comings and goings of the Eagle! One piece of feedback the BMC definitely would welcome from the readership and community at large are nominations for the BMC Eagle Award. This is presented annually to a citizen who has contributed to the betterment of the community through their efforts - this can be in any particular field and/or fields. Please pass along your nominations to Box 195 Brookfield, or one of the fax numbers at the bottom of this issue or to the email address mentioned before of the Circulation Department. To ensure your nominee chances of being the winner are maximized - please make sure we have the nomination by April 1.
It's that time of year when some of our residents get itchy to visit exotic locales. Lexie and Kristen left their hearts in San Francisco, while Erica Nielsen headed to Melbourne, Australia to further her studies in optometry. Krista and Louise McMullin went to Guelph, while Lorna and Alton Sutherland vacationed in Cuba. Helen (VanTassell) Belanger accompanied her aunt Margie Saunders to Florida, while Mindee Walker went to Kenya and climbed the African continent's highest peak Mount Kilimanjaro! Gordon and Myrna Matheson went to Disney World, and called on Gordie and Jackie Burnett and Terry and Joan Fisher while in Florida. The Serracin family travelled to Panama.
Congratulations go to Jerry and Marilyn Stewart who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary - a very significant accomplishment! A bundle of joy in the form of a baby boy came to Megan Gamble and Adam Griffiths in Belmont; Megan is the daughter of Trish Nelson. A baby girl was welcomed by Chris and Amanda Cornelius - happy grandparents are Ken and Jesse Cornelius and Margie and Everett Walters. Herb and Pat McCallum are grandparents again, as Shane and Laura Grinton had a baby girl in Charlottetown - she already has a cut-down putter! Victor and Shirley DeBay added a grandson the hard way - Doug DeBay and Lisa Myatt of Candy Mountain (HRM) had their son delivered three months early in an ambulance on Highway 111. Connor Aaron faces 3 months in the IWK - the family is grateful for the support from friends. Lise Anne Ross brought forth a grandson for Donald and Linda Ross. A couple of locals are planning summer weddings Angela Lynds announced her engagement to Craig Jackson; they look towards a July wedding - Angela's parents are Stephen MacPhee and Cindy Lynds; while Jonathan MacKenize, son of Kim and Donna is betrothed to Carrie Anne MacLeod, with a September Halifax Harbour wedding in the offing. Count yourself fortunate if you were one of the many Brookfielders who took in the concert and CD launch by Crystal Lake Drive residents James Hill and Ann Davison. The concert was excellent; not only was the music (with five other musicians, including Nick Fisher and Chalmers Doane) nonpareil, the vocal work was emotive and sensational! To hear what you missed, give their latest CD - "True Love Don't Weep" a listen!
Perhaps one of the best feel-good stories in some time happened when the Bathurst High School Phantoms boys basketball team captured the New Brunswick AA basketball championship; this happened only some 13 months after the tragic van accident that claimed the lives of 6 players and the coach's wife. The Brookfield angle in this is Assistant Coach Brad McLellan; he is the grandson of Gwen Archibald. Brad's quick thinking and decisive action perhaps saved Head Coach Alan Doucet's life, as he performed CPR after Doucet collapsed during practice shortly before the championships. From Ohio comes word that former South Colchester Academy graduate Jenna Wirtanen (daughter of retired SCA teacher Peter and former Brookfield Memorial School Principal Louise Wirtanen) was selected the Mid American Conference gymnastics specialist of the week, for her exemplary showing in a meet on behalf of Bowing Green State University. Closer to home a couple of locals showed why Brookfield is widely regarded as a volleyball hotbed; Mark Dean was an integral part in leading his UNB-Saint John team to the Atlantic Conference Athletic Association's Men's title; while across town in Halifax, Caila Henderson played a key role in the Mount Allison Mounties upsetting St. Thomas University to capture the Ladies crown. Mark's SeaWolves will head to Fort McMurray for the Nationals, while Caila's Mounties are off to North Bay, Ontario. Both Caila and Mark were named to the Conference All Star team, and Caila also won the Conference Rookie of the Year Award.
Major winners at the Truro Sport Heritage Society's 25th Annual Award dinner were Heidi Cooke, named Adult Female Athlete of the Year for her dominance in motocross and hockey, and Donald "Pibby" Henderson as Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Curling Club, the Sportsplex, the Brookfield Athletic Association and SCATV Club - well done!! Urbania native and Olympic bronze medalist rower Tracey Cameron gave a terrific keynote speech at the dinner. An exciting season on the Sportsplex ice came to an unhappy conclusion when the Elks were eliminated with 4-2 loss in Game 7 of a very hard - fought quarter - final series versus the Sackville Blazers in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League play. Three of the four opening round series in the League went 7 games! The Sportsplex hosted four games with sizable crowds, and had the club not run into some manpower issues, quite possibly would have advanced to the Semis. Darrell Toole skipped his team of Denise Mitchell, Jeff White and Leanne Taylor to a second overall finish in the prestigious Ship Hector bonspiel, (one of the longest running spiels in Nova Scotia), in the four Pictou County rinks. Two former Brookfield Curling Club members went head to head in the provincial men's championship - Maurice Crowell Jr's son Philip was on the team that went to the Finals, only to be bested by former BCC member Bruce Lohnes, who set a record for most provincial championships leading to the Brier by a Nova Scotian curler. Former BCC members Roland Gauthier and Susan Creelman were on N.S. Senior Champions teams. Taylor Clarke (parents David and Carla, and grandmother Myrna Clarke) finished in second place in the Nova Scotia Juvenile (18 and under) curling championship in Chester. The Sportsplex hosted the Provincial Under 16 curling championship in boys and girls - spectators were treated to some fine shot making and the Brookfield based team skipped by Jonathan Crouse including Lucas Dawe, Doug Holman, Ben Kendrick, and Isaac MacDonell gave notice that they will be serious contenders in upcoming events. Jill Alcoe-Holland was part of the Glooscap rink from Kentville which won the Provincial women's club championship - many will remember Jill as former Elk shortstop Doug Holland's wife. South Colchester Academy curling teams won District Championships in both Junior boys and girls. The boys team included Jonathan Crouse, Andrew Burgess, Isaac McDonnell and Aaron Langille, while the Girls squad was Sarah Sears, Regan Bowers, Emily Duykers, Maddison Clarke and Emilee Burris. The SCA team won the Northumberland Regional Senior Mixed Curling Championships, going 4-0 in Pugwash. The team of Michael Weatherbie, Taylor Clarke, Lucas Dawe, and Marlee Langille advances to the Provincial Championships at the Mayflower C.C. In Halifax at the end of March. The 26th Annual Hollywoodchuck Bonspiel was won by the team of Bob Campbell, Jack Roop, Tiffany Lynds and James Rutherford. The SCA Senior Girls basketball team advanced to the provincials in New Waterford and finished with a 1-2 record. The team was coached by Peter Hunt and included Linnea Bigelow, Mallory Colpitts, Amber MacLean-Hawes, Jessica Leck, Natasha MacKay, Annalyse Myers, Kaleigh Queripel, Rebecca O'Connell, Cara Kaulbach, and Marlee Coldwell. Jenna Hazelton, granddaughter of Don and Doady Hazelton , a varsity basketball player for NSAC was awarded the Conference's Rod Shoveller Award. The designation is for one who made a significant contribution to sport and society through excellence in academics, leadership and athletics. The Cruise Missiles avenged last year's loss in the Eastern Shore Oldtimers tournament, downing defending champs Prospect Road 6-4. Robbie Cooke's hat-trick paced the Brookfield squad, with Scott Fraser, Jeff McCavour and Jeff Dickey notching singles. Shirley (Boomer) Wallace retired after a lengthy career at Stanfield's.
Sorry to report our infirmaries are doing too much business with Brookfielders - victims of falls were Barb Locke, who broke her hip, and Brookes VanTassell who broke both his leg and his ankle. Adam Deyarmond had a hernia operation. The two "Arts" who are such a vital part of the community and their churches - Sears and Lindsay, are both hospitalized, and we hope they, and the other injured, are back in Brookfield soon.
We'd like to thank the people who contributed to the Eagle's financial well being - a generous contribution was received from Carol (Dennis) Haverstock - the former Middle Stewiacker now resides in Port Hawkesbury. Other kind contributors were Mike and Vicki Hassan, of Jake's Pizza, and Ric and Wendy Locke - thank you very much for your generosity. Kim Whidden and her fiancee Craig Kennedy came from Newfoundland to visit her parents Anitra and Dave, and to see her new niece Marley Reid. Chris and Danielle Fisher were home from PEI for their baby's baptism (grandparents Dale and Margie Fisher), and Edith (Retson) and Garnet Davis were also home. Other baptisms saw precocious 8 year Gina MacLean (mother Sonya Perrot), as well as first cousins Hope Roop and Charlotte Ovsenny welcomed to their church, Charlotte's parents, Jay and Sherry came from Toronto, and Aunt Pam and Steve Olmstead jetted in from BC to see their two nieces baptized.
We're sorry to learn of the passing of former Pleasant Valley resident Gerald Kennedy in Ajax, Ontario; he was brother to Bill, Marilyn and Anne. Carrie Burke's father Keith Allen passed away in Truro. Gerald Wright's father Melvin died, as did Cecelia DeCoste, mother to Dan, Betty and Doris. Delbert Comeau's brother, Raymond died in Comeauville, Digby County. Art Sears' sister Mary Ellen Sears passed away in Moncton, and Susanne Harrison's mother Mae MacLeod died in Saint John. The community lost one of its kind souls with the passing of Ruth Watson. She was one of the leaders in acquiring the Dragon Boat that now graces Shortts Lake, paddled ardently by breast cancer survivors. Reverend Gordon McDermiad, a student minister here circa 1959, died. Regretfully we report the passing of Arthur John "Bud" Fraser in Ontario; he was the first Physical Education teacher of South Colchester/Brookfield Rural High. Though his term here was short, Bud made a lasting impression on his students and played and important role in the subsequent development of sport and recreation in the area. He fondly remembered Brookfield, and was a very happy participant in the mega reunion at the time of the closing of SCHS. Sympathies are extended to all who have lost loved ones.
Lent is upon us, and the area's churches will be busy as Holy Week, the most important period in the Christian Church nears - watch for announcements about special services. Early notification for the BMC's Annual Ladies Night - it will be held on Monday, April 20 - watch for more details in the April Eagle. We would also remind you to forward nominations for the BMC Eagle Award to any BMCer by April 1. The Brookfield Community Assembly, the organization who undertakes many community projects, will hold its Annual General Meeting in late April, and encourages volunteers to fill some of the seats on that body, that is so critical in the planning and betterment of the village. Contact BCA Committee Chairman Laurie Monk at 673-2516 to pass along interested names. Remember the BMC meeting on Monday, March 16 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall.
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