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 April 2010
Vol. 19 Issue 8

Brookfield N.S.
P.O. Box 195 BON 1CO
April 2010 Vol. 19 Issue 8

When the March edition of the Eagle went to press, little did we realize we were on the brink of one of the warmest and earliest Spring seasons in most people's recall.  The Valley of the Little River has been blessed with abundant sunshine and warm temperatures, most of which seemed 5 weeks early, but few are complaining.  Not far from here in the Cobequid Uplands, those who wanted to ski and snowmobile had lots of snow.  Who would have thought one would be golfing in Nova Scotia one day, and skiing the next, but many did and enjoyed pleasant conditions for both!  Brookfield Men's Club thoughts have turned to the annual Ladies Night Gala, where they will host a large number of ladies from the community and the surrounding area for a full- fledged meal and entertainment, with the evening capped off by the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award to a deserving citizen of our community.  Doors will open at Knox United Hall at 6:30 PM on Monday April 19 - please accept our invitation.

The BMC would like to thank Kathy Putnam and some of her fellow members of the Tai-Chi Society for providing the program at the BMC's March meeting.  They kept the members enthralled throughout their presentation and explained the more peaceful martial art, which provides undeniable health benefits to its practitioners.  It was quite a sight to see some of the BMCers being led through some of the Tai-Chi movements!

A Big thank you go to Beth (Retson) Brogan who made a financial donations to the Eagle from her winter home in Mesa, Arizona.  Beth has since had the good fortune to return to her summer home in Dartmouth, which makes Arizona pale by comparison.  We would like to correct a couple of oversights in the March issue - re the Truro Sport Heritage Award dinner, we neglected to mention that Maria Rutherford was a member of the Colchester Cyclones (midget hockey) that was a finalist for the Female Team of the Year honour, and Liam Fitzgerald, son of popular SCA Science Teacher Ted, was a very deserving finalist in the Male Athlete of the Year category.

Talk about two dynamic accomplishments by one individual in a very short period of time - Alicia Stewart, daughter of Brian and Tammy, won the Provincial Championship in the Open Five Girls (i.e. the top category) at the Nova Scotia Gymnastics Championships.  She was second in the vault, first on the bar and beam, and second on the floor, and gold medalist overall.  A few days earlier, Alicia won the Nova Scotia High School championship in snowboarding for SCA at Martock!  This young lady is indeed a fantastic athlete!  Alicia's teammate Katrina MacKenzie, who had won the Regional snowboarding title, was unfortunately injured in training for the provincials, still finished a very strong 5th for the Kelly Spencer- coached team. Back at Gymnastics provincials, Erin McCavour, whose parents Jeff and Cheryl are known to many Brookfielders through their activities in hockey, volleyball and curling, was the overall bronze medalist in the Argo Two Girls category, and won first place in the bars competition.  The SCA team under coach Dave Clarke made a very strong showing at the provincial mixed curling championships - the team included Jonathan Crouse, Taylor Clarke, Lucas Dawe, Sarah Sears and Regan Bowers.  The SCA Junior High Boys travelled to Regionals with coach Charles DeBay - that team included Jacob Bowers, Jamie O'Connell, Jarrett White and Jonathan Fisher.  The closing Funspiel winners of the Junior curling program were Isaac MacDonnell, Connor Murdock, Hunter, Jay, and Carter Redmond, while Four Foot Club honors went to Jarrett White, Emily Melvin, and Olivia Hernden.  Sixteen members of the junior program received their Skills Achievement Badges.  The Spring Spectacular Spiel (ne Great Community Curling Classic) saw as winners in the Industry division the YW Resources team of Laurie Cochrane, Clary White, Tom van Oirscoht and Gary Doyle; the Institution Division was won by the Woodpeckers team of Bruce Stewart, Colleen Brothers, Dave Steeves, Amy Stewart, and Kim O'Donnell.  The Business Division was won by the Brookfield Elementary School team of Don and Cathie MacIntosh, Courtney Winters and Karla Armsworthy.  Skip Don MacIntosh, a former provincial senior champion, also won the Draw to the Button contest.  His wife Cathie is principal at BES, and that family has more good news as their daughter Kelly was the mate on Paul Fleming's rink which won the Nova Scotia Mixed championship and will attend the Nationals next November!  I'm not sure the word dynasty has been used in educational pursuits before, but that is near what Biology teacher and leader of the SCA Science Fair program Gaye MacDonald seems to have established in the Chignecto Central Region as they once again, captured the Leading School award.  Two SCA students will attend the National Championships in Peterborough next month, namely Natalie Fisher for her Gold Medal in the Senior Health category "Is its Bark Worse than its Bite?", and in the Senior Life Science category Student Council President Emily Taylor for her gold medal win entitled "The Pressure's On".  Other Gold Medal winners were German exchange student Justus Wolf (Intermediate Health), Senior Environmental Science gold medal Cody Smith; Special Award medal winners included Best Visual Display by Kristina MacKenize, Participants choice, Charlene Locke, Jamie Sheppard Memorial award Kristina MacKenzie.  Other medal and / or scholarship winners from SCA included Katelyn O'Connell, Amber MacLean-Hawes, Jessica Conrad, Linnea Bigelow, Rebecca O'Connell, Megan Wright, Sarah Sears, Alex Fleming, Maria Rutherford, Jennifer Brenton, Martha Horsman and Kaylee Allinson!  Another gold medal of note in the Environmental category was Ben Lynds with his project "Is My Well Water Killing Me?" - the Bible Hill Junior High student is the grandson of Robert and Doreen Matheson and son of Jeff and Shawn.  Great news for former SCA grad ('06) Karla Armsworthy - the popular Carter Road resident, who will graduate with her B.Sc this spring from Dal, has been accepted to that institution's medical school program! - a fantastic accomplishment for this fine community-minded citizen!  Adam Burrows, grandson of Gerry Burrows was a big winner on The Price is Right.  The Brookfield AAA Midget Elks wrapped up a bittersweet season by capturing the Gold medal in the SEDMHA international tournament, with Drew McNutt scoring the winning goal in overtime.  This event has long been considered the class of tournaments, and it was impressive to see the Elks team win this after the hardships the team has suffered this year.  A tribute to the players and to coach Patrick Stewart.  The Junior Elks hockey club concluded a thrilling season with a Game 6 overtime loss to the Bay Ducks in the Division Finals of the N.S. Jr. Hockey loop.  The Elks worked tirelessly through two long series, against Sackville and St. Margaret's Bay, both had several overtime games.  Coach Josh Boulton's team included many locals such as Coady Read, Josh Taylor, Lucas Dawe, Neil Works, Jimmy Scullion, Avery Withrow, Justin Smith, Chris and Doug Armsworthy, and workhorse Ike Burgess, who completed his junior eligibility after 6 years with the Elks.  We also wanted to acknowledge the strong performance by Forest Glen resident Cole Fielding, (parents Jeff and Stephanie) - he was a force and one of the leading scorers in one of the Truro Atom AAA Bearcats who won the N.S. Championships in Cape Breton.  The Wynn Park Wildcats won their division of the Nova Scotia Women's League title - among the locals on the squad are Anita Fisher, Della Boyle, Katrina Wallace, Sonya Aikens, Chelsea Colpitts, Erin Crowell, Kathy and Holly Dean, and the Reads - Bev, Allison and Meghan.  The Colchester Cyclones Female Hockey program continues to churn out winners - the Bantams won the provincial title, bolstered by Assistant Coach Jeff McCavour and players Madison Clarke, Kate McCavour, Abby Boutlier, Emilee Burris.  The Midget Cyclones lost in overtime in the provincial finals - on that team was Maria Rutherford, Regan Bowers and Kaleigh Queripel, Barb Stone, Marlee Coldwell, and Tiffany MacDonald.

A baby girl was born to Mark and Michelle Walters in Alberta - a granddaughter for Everett and Margie Walters and Jack and Beverly Vissers.  A son was born to Cory and Aimee Lester of Shortt's Lake; Aimee is a BCA member and Cory a strong goal-tender for the Cruise Missiles hockey club.  Emily Kierstead and Don Murray welcomed a grandson born in Parrsboro to Emily's daughter, Lisa and husband Stuart McCully.  Tim and Joy Wynn have a new baby boy, a grandson for Shirley and Lawrence Wynn.  Congratulations! Jodie Matheson was recently certified as a Can-Fit-Pro personal training specialist. She is available at the new fitness facility ShockConditioning at 105 Walker Street in Truro - this offers boot camp style workouts, group / individual training, yoga, Zumba, spin classes, Qi gong, nutrition guidance, and massage therapy.  For more information check out the website www.shockconditioningsystems.com.  Andrew Gordon, grandson of former Brookfielder the late Earle and Anne Gordon, and native of Porter's Lake was named to the American Hockey League's second All-Star team.  The Washington Capitals prospect finished 10th in league scoring!  Kelsey Harpman daughter of long-time SCA teacher Cheryl Harpman was named Female Athlete of the Year at NSAC.  Danica Ellis won the Canadian Kickboxing Championship in the 119-125 lbs women's division by claiming a decision over an Ontario fighter. Her husband, Ryan Ellis, won his bout by decision, and her brother Mitchell Cooke, won his fight with a second round stoppage.  We definitely don't advise getting "lippy" around this threesome!

Obviously people jetting off to sunny climes made their bookings before the wonderful spring settled into Nova Scotia, or they could have stayed and done their tanning here.  However, Lil Gauthier spent a week in Florida with her family, as did Jill and Rachel Sears.  Richard and Ellen Sutherland, Dave and Janice Peterson went South.  Lorraine and Allen Carter went to Cuba, while the Dominican Republic attracted Sandy and Trish Nelson, Danny and Lexie Stewart, Greg VanTassell and Chad Works and Andrew and Becky Roop.   Austin and Debbie Ross also went to Florida as well as Heidi Cooke, while Ed McMillian travelled to Las Vegas.  Sheila Johnston went to Ottawa. Brenda Geddes is happy to back in Brookfield after spending a winter in Arizona with her daughter Teresa's family.  Betty MacFarlane went to visit Krista and Blair Tucker in Newfoundland.  Maureen Foster went to Calgary to visit daughter Brianna MacLeod and Becky Wallace and her cousin had a star- crossed trip to Pittsburgh in an effort to see Sidney Crosby's Penguins play the Maple Leafs - unfortunately some sloppy work by the American Boarder Services Patrol prevented them from getting there in time for the game!  Twenty five grade 12 students made a marvelous trip that took them to Austria, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, under the leadership of History teacher Gary Renouf - among the travellers were Kaylee Allinson, Connor Baker, Samatha Barr, Linnea Bigelow, Rachel Bowers, Katherine Carter, Laura Fudge, Darren George, Emily Hiltz, Courtney Holder, Stephanie Prest and Emily Taylor.  Their itinerary would take them around three sides of the Alps and also feature a somber trip to a former concentration camp at Dachau.  We wish happy trails to Alfred Bond who has retired as principal of SCA to better attend to his wife's serious health problems.  Alfred is a kind hearted man - we wish them both well.  Myrna Matheson broke her wrist skating with her grandchildren; and man-about town, and bon vivant Brian Chisholm suffered a heart attack - get well soon!

We are sad to report on the passing of Robert Henry, husband of Shirley, and father of Angie (Jeff Cameron) and Carolyn Johnson.... Fulton Isenor of Elmsdale, (Bruce's father); his family has provided Brookfield with much wonderful music... and long time Birch Hill resident Elmer Taylor.  Ted Pryor, a very popular restaurateur, and father of Joanne Stewart died - Ted could whip up a meal with the best of them and had a positive outlook on life.  Elmer Archibald's sister Ellen Shea died in Truro - she was the wife to former Elk defenseman Keiller Shea.  Annie Archibald's brother, Gerald "Jud" Geddes died in Milford.  At Elk Court, Elva Fisher, matriarch of the large Fisher family of Alton, passed away.  Udvella "Jackie" (Messervey) Webster Behan's sister passed away in Halifax at the age of 101.  We send sympathies to all who mourn the loss of loved ones.

Always nice to see some of the "Campbell" cousins home, and by the looks of both, they will be adding to the diaspora from great grandparents E.G. and Adelaide - Laura (McCallum), Shane and Ella Grinton were home to Pat and Herb's, while Sherry, Jay and Charlotte Ovsenny came from Toronto to Randy and Betty Roop's.  Turk Henderson winged in from Calgary to try to win another banner at the Curling Classic; however his teams came up short in that pursuit.   Wedding bells will ring this June for our long-time typist of the Eagle, Cindy Fraser and her beau Alex Bonin.  Debbie Ross' daughter Amanda Ettinger, was engaged to Tony Newman in Port Hawkesbury, and SCA Volleyball coach Teri Kennedy became engaged to Layton "Loaf" Theriault, who serves in the Canadian Navy at Esquimault - they will be married in BC in May.  Ed and Edna Graham celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary midst a crowd of family and friends - daughter Ivy and husband Frank Haasen made the trip home from Ontario for the event.

Reminder to all of the Volunteer Recognition Reception being held by the BCA in conjunction with their Annual Meeting on Monday April 26 at 7 PM at the FireHall.  The public are encouraged to attend - come and enjoy some refreshments and congratulate many of the people who keep our community moving forward, they have been named as award recipients by many various organizations.  Ironically, the BCA is in need of three volunteers to fill vacant positions on the Assembly, the organization that does so much for the village.  If you would be interested in helping out here, please call 673-3390 or 673-2769, or email mhenderson@stanfields.com.  On Saturday May 1, the BCA will again organize the Community Clean-up day - the hope is we'll have many more volunteers this year, and allow us to cover far more streets and roadways than we have in the past.  The clean-up takes a few hours Saturday morning - meet at Knox Church at 9 AM and bring a pair of gloves; your other needs will be provided.  The Brookfield Minor Softball program is in need of coaches for the summer season- registration can not be set until this is finalized, so any interested in helping coach, please contact Julie Walters at 673-2678 or at juliewalters@eastlink.ca.  If a sufficient amount of coaches come forth registration will likely be held around the middle of May - watch for more announcements then.  This program fielded teams in four age groups last year, and was great to see the young ones enjoying themselves at Elk Park.  The South Colchester Community Health Board will partner with the Brookfield Men's Club for a presentation with Dr. Martin Dzierzanowski - "Dr. D" is the Chief of Surgery at the Colchester Hospital, and his presentation will be on screening for colon cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths.  He is an exceptional speaker and the Health Board is pleased that he can come to Brookfield and continue his commitment to educating the public about colon cancer.  The presentation will be Monday, May 17 at 7 PM at the Fire Hall in advance of the Men's Club's closing meeting. There is no admission charge, and refreshments will be served.  The presentation will include a question and answer session.  Come and learn more about how you can best become educated and hopefully greatly reduce the risk of this scourge.

Upcoming events at South Colchester Academy - the SCA bands will present their Spring Concert on Monday, April 26, 7 PM.  On May 18, 19 and 20, the SCA musical theatre group will be presenting a new musical, written and performed by the students.   Get ready for a hilarious presentation of "Hercules"!  On May 1, the Sportsplex will host the best of the grapplers from the Canadian Grand Prix Wrestling Circuit - come and see the eternal battle between good and evil!  The Circus returns to the Sportsplex June 9-10, watch for more information in the upcoming weeks.  Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations are set for July 17-25.

Lafarge is instituting a combination health improvement / weight loss challenge for organizations and/ or businesses.  Details are still being finalized - watch for announcements soon - but they are hoping to attract "teams" of 10-15 members for a 6 weeks weight loss challenge, with an attractive prize package for all members of the winning team!  Teams would be evaluated on their total % weight loss. The initial weigh in at Lafarge will be Monday May 5; with the concluding scale reading on Wednesday June 16.   A VON Nurse will assist, and plan on capturing vital core statistics such as blood pressure, cholesterol, resting heart rate, etc., that will enable all to better appreciate the health benefits.  Start forming your teams now at your workplace, organizations or any other grouping.  Contact Lafarge (673-2281) for more details.

A reminder to all about the Calendar of Events section on the Brookfield Community Assembly's website - please feel free to pass along information to bmceagle@eastlink.ca or bmceagle@live .ca.  If all our organizations begin to use this, it will make planning easier for many, avoid unnecessary date conflicts and keep everyone better informed.  Let's work to get all organization postings on the calendar at www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca.  Of course the event on that calendar with the gold stars around it is again the BMC annual Ladies Night - Monday April 19 at 6:30 PM at Knox Church - Don't miss it!

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