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Brookfield, NS

May 2009
Vol. 18 Issue 9

The Brookfield Men's Club will have their concluding meeting for the 2008-09 year on Monday May 18 at 7:30 at the Brookfield Fire Hall. You are invited to come and test drive the BMC before their summer hiatus from meetings. The normal April meeting was shunted aside so the Ladies Night gala could be hosted - the able dinner committee of Austin Ross, Herb MacFarlane, Bob Lawrence, Don Harvey, Vaughn, Win and John Matheson, Jim Feener, Mike Hassan and Larry Harrison, and the crack dessert team of Ches Brown, Delbert Comeau, and Elmer Archibald provided a wonderful meal. There were approximately 100 ladies in attendance - a nice crowd, but one notably short on females in the 30-50 year old bracket - where were they?!? After a tribute to recently deceased long - time Ladies Night MC Art Lindsay, John Matheson and Frank Locke presided over door prize draws, which saw 10 lucky winners receive gift certificates donated by MacQuarries Pharmasave and Tim Hortons / Roop's Esso, or beautiful potted plants donated by Thompson's Greenhouses. The entertainment was in a different vein than usual, as Brent McGrath of Bible Hill, part owner and trainer of the wonder horse Somebeachsomewhere showed video clips of the record - breaking and award winning season, which saw the colt amass approximately $2 million in purse winnings. McGrath's talk enthralled the crowd, and he was bombarded with questions afterwards. Both the ladies and the BMCers were eager to hear of "The Beach's" spectacular career, and what lies ahead as he stands at stud at the famed Hanover farm in Pennsylvania. The evening was capped by the presentation of the BMC Eagle award, annually presented to a citizen who has provided long term service to the community, and overall kindness and compassion to their neighbours. There was a stellar slate of nominees, and the recipient has indisputable credentials - Ruth Matheson is known far and wide for her work with the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services especially, with the Medical First Responders unit. She is also a workhorse at both the Brookfield and Middle Stewiacke Churches, and one of the first to lend a hand to neighbours in need. Ruth's selection was applauded heartily by the crowd.

Some did a double take at Ladies Night not recognizing the bronzed tone of Kathy Best; she and husband Keith vacationed in Cuba, as did Bill Campbell - meanwhile brother Paul visited Mac and family on Ottawa. Lexie Stewart went to Dominican Republic, as did Josh Taylor, Coady Read, Jay Duffy, Jeremy Toole, Kyle and Jessica Wright. Austin and Debbie Ross went to Florida, as did Bev Bradlee. Pibby and Dawn Henderson tasted some of the fine life visiting Dawn's cousins in the Hamptons on New York's Long Island (not the one in Digby County!) Mike and Brenda Henderson and family travelled to the American Southwest making stops at the Grand Canyon, Mike's beloved Dodger Stadium, and on to San Francisco on Lexie's recommendation from her trip there earlier in 2009. Little did Mike know that loaning his hemorrhoid cream to Manny Ramirez would cause such a ruckus! Krista & Terry Canning travelled to the Bahamas, Joanna Canning went to Costa Rica. Marian McDonald spent time visiting family in Ontario. Troy Sutherland, Ryan Ellis and Jack Roop also went to Nevada and Arizona for some golf and NASCAR action. Gary Renouf, History teacher at South Colchester Academy lead another delegation to Europe, this time to Italy visiting Rome, Pisa, Florence, Venice and Verona those who made trip included Erick Reade, Mitchell Hodder, Kurt Queripel, Michael Weatherbie, Myles Coldwell, Taylor Riggins, Justin White, Natasha Densmore, Kristen Smith, Jessica Leck, Genevieve Clark, Jodi Hartling, Janica MacKenzie, Kailee Ingram, Allison Swallow, Marlee Langille, Sarah Densmore, Brett Holland, Alice Carter, Janet O'Brien, Alana Kent, Kelda Hagell, Jenna Delaney and Ashley MacDonald. The main focus of the trip was the Canadian graveyard of W W II soldiers in Ortona, which is the largest Canadian graveyard in Italy. They also visited the town that the Canadian soldiers liberated. The students were overwhelmed by the size of the graveyard and the ages of the soldiers. Seven students stood beside the grave and gave profiles of the local soldiers buried there. The SCA students conducted themselves in a very respectful manner and represented this community in a very appropriate way. They knew why they were there and who is responsible for their freedom.

Brooke Taylor, our MLA since 1993, and current Minister of Transportation, announced his retirement from the provincial political arena. Brooke was the rare politician who was able to transcend party lines, and did a fantastic job for his constituents, especially the community of Brookfield. Running for the Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley seat in the June 9 provincial election will be Gary Burrill of Upper Musquodoboit (NDP), Steve Streatch of Elderbank (PC) and Willi Versteeg of Milford (Liberal).

On the eve of the opening of the Brookfield Golf Club, many members were shocked to learn of the sudden passing of long time BGC member Don Bonner of Oakfield. Don, who passed away playing hockey at age 57, wife Donna and son Brad have been fixtures for many years at the club, and was very well liked, as he had an infectious smile and manner - he will be missed on the fairways and in the clubhouse. The community was much saddened by the passing of Art Sears. He was an absolutely tireless worker - in his unending work career, for his beloved Baptist Church, and for the community at large. He was the Treasurer of "Team Centre" the group that developed the dream of the Sportsplex into reality. Any who remember those days in the early - mid 70's know how critical he was in that role. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment was his family - with wife Beverly they raised six outstanding citizens - rest in peace, Art. Anne (MacLennan) Gordon, lovingly remembered by many in the community and wife of BMC co-founder, and former Knox United Minister, Rev Earle Gordon passed away. Anne was a very kind person, and delighted all who met her. Randy Roop's uncle, Archie Ross died in Truro. Audrey (Carter) Tyler, Dwight Tyler's mother also passed away. We extend sympathy to all who lost loved ones.

Nice to see Dan and Kathy Dean return home from work stints in Iqualuit, Nunavut; actually one had to be quick to see them as they traded their snowshoes for flip flops, and headed for a beach in the Dominican Republic. There were concerns that Dan was having so much fun keeping his spouse warm in the far north, that he might not return, but the lure of Carter Road, the Brookfield Golf Club, and their many friends ensured their return! We're glad many of the collegians return home as they break from their studies, and try to earn enough to study another year! It was nice to see Heidi Weatherbie at Ladies Night; she's home from Chiropractic school in Toronto. We're delighted to welcome to the village the family of Reverend Eric MacKinnon. Eric is the new Minister of the Baptist Church, and brings to Elm Street his wife Pauline, and their daughters Leanne, Angela and Heather. They come from Glace Bay via New Brunswick.

Congratulations are extended to Kim Whidden, formerly of Densmore Lane, who married Craig Kennedy in Hawaii in late March. Kim is the daughter of Dave and local songstress Anitra Whidden; she and Craig are firefighters in St. John's, Newfoundland. We're delighted to announce the engagement of Bethany Cormier, daughter of Pastor Daniel and wife Gina. She will return to Brookfield to take her vows in July. Darcy and Margo (Creelman) Merryweather were blessed with a baby boy, a grandson for Ron and Susan Creelman. A girl was born to Jackie Toole and his songbird Mandy Atkinson. Jim and Blanche Wilson of Brandt Lane will celebrate their 50th anniversary with family and friends in Chezzetcook in June. Kudos to the Colchester 4-H team which won the Provincial Woodsmen competition. Locals on the team, were Brent Fisher, Allison Sears, Aaron Langille, Robbie Spence and Rebecca O'Connell. Congratulations goes to coach Teri Kennedy for the fine job she did with her Tier 2 Central Nova Volleyball Team. In what some thought was a bit of a rebuilding year the group made it all the way to the provincial finals before settling for second place. Two talented lasses made the provincial all star team - Caitlin Stewart, daughter of Brian and Tammy, and Carley O'Neill, known to many for her pleasant demeanor working at the Brookfield Bakery. Other locals on the team were Bailey Campbell, Samatha Barr, Caitland Read, and Kelsey Geddes, Brenda Geddes' granddaughter. Nicole Kanaan, daughter of Terry and Georgina, competed in "The Next Star" singing competition at the World Trade Convention Centre. Georgina credits Brookfield for giving Nicole her start in music, watched as Nicole was one of 300 competitors at the beginning, and made it to the final five! Kudos to Zack Sill (Grant and Tammy) of Birch Hill who recently earned a post with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (farm team of Pittsburgh Penguins) of the American Hockey League. Zack finished a stand-out season with the Moncton Wildcats; we expect him to turn heads on the ice in the 2009-10 season. Joe Leck graduated from NSAC with his degree in Bio-environmental Systems Management and is job hunting. Brother Matthew received (with honours) his Engineering diploma from NSAC - he'll report to Dalhousie in September to finish his degree. Also graduating from the AC were Natalie Clark (George and Joan) with her Master's in Science, Hallie Hamilton (Susan and Hallie), and Jenna Hazelton (Jeff and Janet). At the 33rd annual closing banquet of the Brookfield Curling Club, Most Improved Curler awards went to Gary Doyle and Jessi Taggart. A newly minted award, recognizing dedication to the sport and aptly named the Josh Melvin Award, was presented by Roy and Emily Melvin to Jonathan Crouse. Megan Matheson, daughter of the late Ken Matheson, was the headline dancer/choreographer in the recent El Viento Flamenco performance in Halifax. She is an Art Administrator at Dance NS, and has travelled to Spain 4 times to study Flamenco. Turk and the late Vera Henderson's granddaughter, Maria Halavrezos (Costas and Jennifer) of Dartmouth won gold medals in the C-2 200 metre and 500 metre finals at the National Team Trials in Ontario - this should pave the way for her selection to the Canadian team going to Brazil later this year for the Pan-Am Canoe Championship.

The Brookfield Community Assembly thought the time was overdue that some of our residents and organizations that perform such valuable services received recognition, so the BCA made formal nominations. Recent announcements made it clear that we're not the only one who thinks we have some outstanding citizens and groups. At their annual dinner, Colchester County honoured Marian McDonald with the Royal Pettigew Recreation Award, recognizing her efforts on behalf of the International Cabaret as part of Home Coming, among many other things. Interestingly Marian's father Albert Burris of Alton, won the same award in 1985. Sarah Densmore won the award as Youth Volunteer, and the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services were awarded the Group Volunteer award - Chief Rod Nielsen accepted the presentation for that group. Perhaps the plum of all was the naming of Brookfield as one of four Nova Scotia places to receive the 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award!! The Chairperson of the selection committee noted that the winning communities - Brookfield, Shearwater, St. Andrew's and South Mountain, Richmond County reflected the spirit of the award and successfully demonstrated how they met and exceed award criteria. The award was launched by The Honourable Mayann E. Francis, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, to recognize communities that demonstrate engaged and active citizens across many aspects of community life. Her Excellency, Ms. Francis will present the award at a celebration later in the year, during the Coming Home to Brookfield Celebrations. These citations come on the heels of Judy Matheson being named the Volunteer of the Year by the Provincial body in April. While the BCA did the leg work in preparing and submitting the nominations, they would very much like to thank many citizens and organizations who helped provide support materials for these candidates. Thanks to the volunteers who worked diligently to clean our roadways on the Community Clean-up day, and to Roops's Tim Hortons for providing material support. More hands make for lighter work - please remember the first Saturday in May in 2010 to help out!.

At the annual meeting in late April of the Brookfield Community Assembly, Mike Henderson was nominated to follow Laurie Monk as Chairman, Rod Neilsen was elected Vice - Chair and Kathy Best and Andrew Sears were returned as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Others returning include Judy Matheson, Tammi McNutt, Susan Walters, Don Harvey, Krista McMullin. New members to the BCA include Charlene Locke as the SCA rep, and recent arrival to Shortt's Lake Aimee Lester (with hubby Corey), and two more to be named.

Upper Brookfield's Gary Stewart underwent a shoulder replacement; we knew wife Renee kept him busy with tasks, but not so much his joints are wearing out!

Thanks very much to Beth (Retson) Brogan of Dartmouth for her contribution to the Eagle's cause.

The Brookfield's Mens Club would like to thank those who play such an integral role in the production and circulation of the Eagle for another year - these include our intrepid reporters, type setter nonpareil Cindy Fraser, cyber-circulation whiz Susan Stevenson, and delivery men Austin Ross and Bob Lawrence of the BMC. Without all of these people efforts the Eagle would not be bringing its news to our residents and just as importantly ex-Brookfielders around the globe - thank you all very much. A thank you also goes to Lafarge for generously picking up the printing costs for the Eagle!

As usual with the fine weather there will be many note worthy events around the village over the next few months. The Train Station Historical Society (TSHS) will be sponsoring a Fish-a-Rama on Saturday, May 30 at the Ducks Unlimited "ponds" opposite the Ed Creelman Park. Registration is at 7:30 AM and the event runs until noon hour; the cost is $5 per person, $10 for a family. Fishing licenses are required for those 16 years and older, and are available at the Brookfield Market. There will be prizes for catches as well as door prizes. A BBQ will follow at the Ed Creelman Park. Many in the community have been excited about the Lafarge / Ducks Unlimited funded project at the ponds, and it has received wide use by citizens walking the trails. Some kinks still have to worked out with regard to establishing proper (higher) water levels, and replacing and repairing flood damage, but it has not deterred the many who enjoy the walk around the two ovoids, which offers some interesting perspectives most had not seen of the village. The Brookfield Athletic Association Golf Scramble will take place on June 27 at the Brookfield Golf Club - this is a great event for golfers of all levels, watch for more notification.

The 23rd Annual Brookfield Lotta Truck is underway - tickets are now available so please help take part in this vital fundraiser for the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex - check local outlets or call 1-800-565-4369 or 673-2427. The show night and grand prizes are drawn on Saturday, July 4 with the Early Bird draws being held on June 22 at 4:00 PM at the Truro Heights Irving. Noted country singer and entertainer J.D. Clarke is the featured entertainer this year. Of course the grand prize is a 2009 Freightliner truck or $100,000 in cash - in addition to the ten $1,000 cash prizes to be awarded at Early Bird, there are 27 (!!) grocery, gas, or cash prizes worth $2,000 each to be drawn for on July 4! Watch for announcements with regard to the Dominion (Canada) Day celebrations on Wednesday, July 1 - in recent years this has been a wonderful gathering at Ed Creelman Park.

The 14th annual Homecoming celebration begins July 18 with the Grand Street Parade. HomeComing offers the opportunity to celebrate two significant events: the 225th anniversary of the settling of Brookfield, and the awarding to Brookfield of the Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award. On Saturday, July 18 Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis will be in Brookfield to present this award following the Parade. The presentation will take place at South Colchester Academy. Complimentary lunch will be provided, and everyone is invited to be part of this exciting event. The official opening of the new Lafarge and Ducks Unlimited Walking Trail across from Ed Creelman Park; Touch a Truck, featuring a helicopter; and the 'International Cabaret' all happen on Saturday. The week continues Sunday with the popular Worship Service and Brunch at Shortt's Lake; and later the Boat Tours. Monday sees the Community Recreation Night, featuring a family bonfire and campfire songs; Tuesday has the Horse and Dog Show, Amazing Race, followed by a bonfire for teens and up, a Blue Grass evening; Wednesday features Coffee House, Ball Hockey, Archery Demonstration, Farm Tours. Thursday brings the Koffee Klatch, featuring a presentation on the new Elk Court continuing care facility; and the Golf Scramble, Home and Garden Tours, followed by a teas, 5 km Fun Run, The Whing Ding is Friday and Saturday and the Weekend sees the Teddy Bears Picnic and Bingo, BBQ's, Water Slides, 2 day Sail Boat Regatta, Neighborhood Brunch. The festival ends on July 26 with and afternoon at Carter House, including a Community Supper and Worship Service.

In Recognition of the 225th anniversary, we are asking families to submit a genealogy collage - pictures of your home and generations of families who have lived there. Contact Gail Wright at 673-2425 for details. In addition, a Photo Contest is being organized and the much enjoyed drawings and stories by the students at Brookfield Elementary School will be on display. Contact Gail Wright for more information on the Photo Contest. Watch for the brochure being mailed to every household early in July and check the Brookfield website for updates and more details. The Whing Ding, "the Place to Meet your Friends" runs the evenings of July 24-25. We know many Brookfielder's will take part both as visitors to and volunteers at the Whing Ding, which is a critical part of the Brookfield Athletic Associations fundraising efforts. The annual Terry Fox run has it's major events in the later part of the summer - their golf tournament will be held August 19; the Run itself will be on Sunday September 13. The Stewiacke Valley Farmer's Market has a new location at 4180 Highway 289 in Otterbrook (O'Connell's farm). Grand opening is June 6, with breakfast, entertainment, and games from 8 AM onward.

May we remind you the concluding meeting for the BMC's year is May 18 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall - see you there!

For assistance in printing the Eagle at home you may phone Susan at 673-2379, you may need an extra sheet of paper this issue. Next Eagle is in September.


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