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After a summer packed with activities, accomplishments and many other noteworthy events, the autumn season is fast approaching. This means not only a return to school for many, but also the resumption of many community organizations; not the least of which is the Brookfield Men's Club, which will embark on their 72nd season on Monday, September 21. The meeting will be held at the Train Station at 6:30, and will start with a corn boil; residents of the area are invited to attend. The Brookfield Men's Club is all about fellowship and providing opportunities for community service to the gentlemen of the community - we welcome you to come and join us.
The Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations were once again spectacular. There were a number of events which drew large crowds, but the highlight was the presence of Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis, who took in the opening parade, as Brookfield marked 225 years since its founding. Her Honour, Ms. Francis attended a luncheon where 500 people were fed free of charge at the Sportsplex. She gave a heartwarming speech as she presented her award, naming Brookfield the Model Volunteer Community of the Year in Nova Scotia. The Brookfield Community Assembly was delighted to organize this activity, in conjunction with the Homecoming Committee, so many of the tireless volunteers in our area could be recognized both by the L-G and their fellow citizens. Immediately after that event, many travelled to the Lafarge/Ducks Unlimited Wetland area opposite Ed Creelman Park where the Brookfield Wetlands and Nature Trail was officially opened. Local youngster Sam Devlin won the prize of a sporty bicycle courtesy of Lafarge, as his entry was chosen as the name for the trail. Lafarge is indeed to be commended on the job they have done here, including the benches and signage.
The Brookfield Athletic Association would like to thank all who helped make the Whing Ding another success, both for the enjoyment of citizens young and old in the community, and as a vital fund raiser for the BAA. The Whing Ding is truly the place to "come and meet your friends". The excellent fireworks show is still being talked about! Earning their sheepskins from universities were Megan Parsons who graduated with a BA in Geography from St. Mary's, and is working towards her B. Ed. Jill Dean graduated from UNBSJ in medical imaging technology, Holly Dean received her degree in Kinetics and Nutrition from St FX. Charles DeBay picked up his B.Ed from UNB, and Matt Stewart earned his B.B.A from Cape Breton University, and is working for Enterprise Cape Breton in Sydney. Some of the local major award winners at South Colchester Academy's graduation were Bailey Campbell, Genevieve Clarke, Sarah Densmore, Brette Holland, Kailee Ingram, Jessica Leck, Patrick Murphy and Justin White. Alex Fleming and Rebecca O'Connell were the Grade 11 winners of the Lieutenant Governor's Awards, and Brette Holland won the Governor General medal for combined achievement in Grade 11 and 12, while Sarah Densmore won the Queen Elizabeth II Medal for her achievements from Grade 10 through 12. Senior Athletes of the year were Brette Holland and Myles Coldwell, while the Juniors were Jonathan and Emily Crouse. The SCA girls team under Head Coach Kelly Spencer won the provincial Slow Pitch championship, while the Boys Fast Pitch team lost out in the provincial semi - finals. Jessica Leck won silver and bronze medals at the provincial track and field meet in discus and shot-put, Annalyse Myers won gold in the javelin and Michael Weatherbie won silver in the high jump. Congratulations goes to Biology teacher Gaye MacDonald, who once again saw SCA named the leading school at the Regional/Provincial Science Fair - this is the third straight year SCA has won this under her leadership. Brandon Verboom and Natalie Fisher represented SCA at the Nationals in Winnipeg; also attending that National Science Fair was Ben Lynds (parents Shawn and Jeff, and grandparents Robert and Dorene Matheson). Coach Peter Hunt and athletes Bailey Campbell and Ian Shupe won Nova Scotia Association Federation Celebration of Sports recognition awards. Genevieve Clarke, Kailee Ingram and Mariah Fortune were presented with Girl Guides Chief Commissionaire's Gold Awards.
Congratulations to Andrew Gordon, grandson of the late Anne and Reverend Earle Gordon of Brookfield, who won the American Hockey League title with the Hershey Bears. Zach Sill has signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins; we expect Zack to make a big dent this year in the AHL. Turk and the late Vera Henderson's granddaughters made a splash - Ali Robertson (Jill and Steve) represented the province at the Canada Games in diving, and Maria Halavrezos (Jennifer and Costas) won multiple medals in canoeing at the Canada Games in PEI, at the National Canoeing Championships in Sherbrooke, and perhaps most notably, with her partner won two gold medals at the World Canoeing Championships in Dartmouth! Annalyse Myers also represented Nova Scotia at the Canada Games in the javelin, as did Jared Baird, son of former Brookfield Junior High teacher Mary Baird. At the Brookfield Golf Club, Mike Penny and Chris Bernard were Men's and Ladies champions, while Cody Locke was the Junior champion and Annie Woodworth and Robert Putnam were the low Seniors. Cody paired with his father Steve Locke at the Nova Scotia Family Classic and were tied by the defending champions, Hope family on the final hole, and took them to the 6th playoff hole before the Hopes' won the championship by eagling that hole - a great showing for the Lockes. Cody didn't stop there - he won the overall (Men's) championship at Penn Hills in Shubenacadie, with a one stroke victory over Alex Fleming - a major accomplishment by the two youngsters to come in 1,2 in a club championship. On a provincial level, Sam Holland, son of Bobby, and nephew of Jim and Doug won the Nova Scotia Amateur Men's championship as an 18 year old! He and twin brother James dominated the provincial junior circuit as well. Chris and Doug Bernard finished a strong 5th at the N.S. Mixed Championship. Hazel Caldwell of Middle Stewiacke won the Fredericton Marathon in the incredible time of 3 hours and 17 minutes for the 26+ mile run, and she also won the 1/2 marathon at the Johnny Miles. Well done Hazel! Bobby Sill and Jeremy Locke were part of the team that won a silver medal at the Canadian Junior Men's fastpitch championship - they of course were both part of the Senior Elks team that travelled to St. Thomas, Ontario to compete for the Senior Men's National title. The Elks, under Coaches Pibby Henderson and Joel Campbell, went 5 and 2 in round robin play, before losing two play off games. Among the Elks were Randy Frame, Brookes VanTassell, Jason Sanford, Patrick Stewart, Chris Hopewell, Darren Retson, the aforementioned Sill and Locke, Jack Roop, Josh McCallum, Lee Nelson, Cory Avery, and Mike Grant, who was named MVP of the Round Robin, hitting at a .500 clip.
Congratulations to Brookes VanTassell and Lisa Taggart on the birth of their son, Rigby. Also welcoming a son were Nick and Kate Fisher, while Jake Smyth and Megan Colpitts had a baby girl. BMCer Mike Hassan and wife Vicki - you know them as the congenial owners of Jake's Pizza - were blessed by the birth of their son, a brother for Robbie and Ali. We would like to correct the error we made in the May issue when we mistakenly wrote that Darcy and Margo Merryweather's baby was a boy; of course it is a delightful baby girl - please accept our apologies. 50th anniversaries were marked by many devoted couples, including Al and Barb (MacKenzie) Coneen in Bedford - they remain avid sellers of Brookfield Elks Sports Draw (nee Big Game Hunt) tickets; other couples reaching this milestones were Cecil and Alice Stevens, Bill and Dot Connors, Jackie and Betty Pratt, BMC Secretary Terry and Mary Henderson, Gordie and Jackie Burnett and John and Anne Veenhuis. Seeing that, and raising them 10 years were BMClub -man Dan MacDonald and his wife Audrey who celebrated 60 years of matrimony - well done folks! From 60 years of wedded bliss to several young couples taking the plunge this summer - some of those saying I do's were Gary Ellis Jr. and Tara Hamilton, Sarah Matheson and Kevin Bates, Aaron Sutherland and Jenn Kennedy, Kevin Brenton and Natalie Clarke, Peter Kennedy and Kate Pearson, Shane Sutherland and Brittany Allum, Jonathan MacKenzie and Carrie MacLeod,Tine DeVries and Brian Brouwer, as well as Joan and Terry Fisher's daughter Meaghan and Greg Williams. Greg is a pilot out of Hong Kong and Meghan teaches there. Best wishes to all the young newlyweds.
The Brookfield Community Assembly and outgoing MLA Brooke Taylor's long quest to erect traffic signals at the corner was accomplished. While there will be a period of familiarization (it seems prudent to reduce speed and look up and down Truck 2 before crossing East-West!), early returns seem to indicate a significance enhancement to the safety of vehicles, passengers, and pedestrians. The signals are timed so there are not long waits at reds in any direction, and a more orderly flow of traffic seems a likely result. This combined with the expansion and re-routing of the Tim Horton's Drive-thru, will almost certainly reduce the accident rate. Now if vehicles would stop parking in the South-east portion of the Esso property blocking sight lines! The BCA had also ensured a tender call for the re-paving of the North end of Carter Road; the provincial election temporarily waylaid those plans. Newly minted area MLA Gary Burrill is working to see that project re-scheduled for this fall. The BCA has also extracted a promise from CN to re-build the incredibly rough railway crossing on Highway 289- CN says the work will be completed this fall - the BCA will stay the course!
We were happy to see returning family and visitors during the summer months. Just a sampling - Chris and Adinda (Feener) Kunder and their two girls from London, Ontario; Derek, Susan, and Stephen Ross came from Ontario to visit siblings Shirley Comeau and Austin Ross as did Elaine (Ross) Healey who also made a generous donation to the Eagles' coffers - thank you very much. Greg and Diane McDonald visited his mother Marian McDonald; Terry and Mary Henderson's western kids made it home to help celebrate their parents' 50th anniversary - Robert and children Riley and Courtney from Winnipeg, from Vancouver came Jack and Julie Hsu with Noah, Molly and Kate, and Laura, Julie's sister. Ryan Sutherland and his family were home from Drayton Valley, Alberta, Bob Roop visited Randy and family; Peter and Kelly Hazelton were home to visit the Hazeltons and Watsons; Mark and Michelle Walters came from the West, as did Herk Sutherland. Brenda Walters came from Ontario, and B.J. Sutherland and his wife came from Indiana for Shane's wedding. Peter and Kate Kennedy came to Larry and Lynne's on Carter Road. Brenda Visser delighted her mother Lyda Fisher, by arriving home from New Zealand for Lyda's 90th birthday.
We regret to inform you of the passing of the following - in Stewiacke, Helen O'Neil, Wayne O'Neil's mother... and Eric Smith, Susie Smith's grandfather. In Gays River, Darrell Holder's father, John... Doris Fisher, Myrna Putnam, Dr. Ross Mitchell, Dora Mingo, (Terry Boomer's partner), Danny MacDonald's brother, Deverne in Truro... and Paulette Mattinson's stepfather, Charles McLean in Truro,Tom MacCallum in Truro, and Anna Matheson. Our sympathies to those who mourn the loss of loved ones.
In the early summer Larry and Susanne Harrison took a cruise, while Maureen Foster and daughter Breanna MacLeod travelled to the beautiful county of Slovenia and the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Bobby and Thea Toole toured her parents' homeland of the Netherlands while Dave Heffernan went to Ontario. Gerry and Faith Buott went to British Columbia, while Rod, Lori and Jessica Nielsen went to Australia to visit daughter Erica. Larry, Lucy, Mark and Jill Kennedy went to Minnesota for Peter's wedding. Jill also went on a Mediterranean cruise. Darrell and Gail Wright visited Bermuda and New York. Brent and Meredith Harrison travelled to California.
Too many of our residents had to endure time in the hospital - we wish for the best in the way of recoveries for Kevin MacKenzie, Margie Saunders, Pete Clark, Jeff Dickey, John MacIssac, Gerald Cox, Marie O'Hanley, Louise McMullin, Cecil Hingley, and Jay Duffy - the Elks bid to win the Men's National Championship took a hit when their shortstop broke his leg.
The Dominion (Canada) Day celebrations at the Ed Creelman Park engaged the audience with a performance by wunderkinds James Hill and Anne Davison; they enlivened the crowd, and we are truly grateful to have these talented individuals pitch in - they quickly have become full fledged Brookfielders. The local chapter of the Terry Fox Foundation hosted another successful event on September 13 at Carter Falls. The participants covered the beautiful 6+ km course, despite the rain. Earlier, despite an initial setback that prevented the annual Golf Classic, the committee re-grouped and had a successful Golf Day! Thanks very much to all volunteers, participants, and supporters! The Brookfield Athletic Association is once again making significant contribution to help defray the costs of the Minor Hockey Registration - you can help the BAA by being sure to purchase a Brookfield Elks Sports Draw ticket - only $10 gives you a chance at over $35,000 in prizes, while supporting a great cause. Also a reminder that the BAA's NHL hockey pools will be resuming at the end of September - tickets only $2, and it's easy to play for both locals, and ex-pats can easily play via email!
Remember - special time and place for the Men's Club opening meeting - 6:30 PM at the Train Station on Monday, September 21 - see you there!
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