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 MARCH 2010
Vol. 19 Issue

March 2010 Vol. 19 Issue 7
P.O. Box 195,

Brookfield N.S.

As the Bard once said "Beware the Ides of March" - however there is no need for the men of Brookfield and surrounding area to take Will's warning seriously. On March 15 the Brookfield Men's Club will have their monthly meeting at the Brookfield Fire Station and all are welcomed; the program will consist of a demonstration by the Tai Chi Society. Stop by the Firehall at 7:30 on the 15th and we can assure you there will be no need to say "Et tu Brute." In February the BMC celebrated their anniversary meeting - special guest Scarth MacDonell, the newly minted Manager of the Lafarge plant, gave an interesting talk on his travels with that company. The men enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by the staff of Hurricane Heidi's, and the crowd was bolstered as several sons of the BMCers were in attendance. The one wish the BMC would have is that their membership would increase significantly to help them carry on the good work they do in the community. These are certainly not limited to, but include sponsorship for over 55 years of the 569 Colonel Ned Henderson Air Cadet Squadron, the development and maintenance of Ed Creelman Park, helping feed the masses on Dominion Day and at Home Coming, and the ongoing production and circulation of BMC Eagle. Our community would be much diminished without these, or many other BMC activities; we seriously urge you to consider attending meetings - there are only 9 a year!!

It was wonderful to see Wayne Woolfitt's daughter Catherine home from England spending time with Wayne and her brother Jonathan and sister -in -law Jodie. Catherine broke a few local hearts by bringing home her partner Duncan Cramner, and his sons Eddie and Conrad.  Nice to see Sandra Nielsen's daughter, Lindsay Wood back in the Shortt's Lake area.  Lindsay's daughter Brooklyn had the misfortune of breaking her leg tobogganing, and spent a week at the IWK hospital.  Dolly (Tanner) Cornelius has moved back to Truro from Ontario.

The BMC is requesting nominations for the BMC Eagle award - pass these to any Men's Club member (some of the more visible around town include; the Matheson brothers, Terry or Mike Henderson, Larry Harrison, Garth Densmore, Bob Lawrence and the Locke brothers, etc.) No special leg work is required, though if the nominator wants to list some of the traits that show their candidate worthiness of this prestigious award, that is certainly welcomed. The Eagle Award is presented annually at the BMC Ladies Night (April 19) to a citizen that has demonstrated long term service to the community and / or its' institutions.  Some of the past winners have said it has been the most meaningful award they have ever received.. Congratulations goes to Victor Penney and Linda Smith who exchanged vows of marriage, as did Matt Rushton and Sheila Wallace.  Don and Shirley Maynard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary; "Ducky" was a smooth fielding shortstop for some Elks teams in the past. Baby boys were the order of the day and if Darwin's theory of Natural Selection holds true, it shouldn't be too long before a couple of strong Elk players are making names for themselves. Brookfield Junior Elks hockey coach Josh Boulton and his wife Denise have an active baby boy, as do stand-out golfer Alex and Angela Jewers.

Many in our area were transfixed by the Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver which introduced a variety of new, anything- but- mainstream sports. To prove the point, the freshly scrubbed faces we saw on our television screens are impacting locals, one need only look to the slopes of Wentworth. South Colchester Academy had standout performances by Kristina MacKenzie and Alicia Stewart, who finished 1-2 in the District Snowboarding competition - they have since advanced to Regionals and hopefully to Provincial competitions. Hilden natives, SCA students and siblings Charles and Emma Stevens were both winners at the Junior Nationals in the Moguls competition at Wentworth. This dynamic pair appear to have the inside track to represent the province at the 2011 Canada Games. The wife of former Elks shortstop Doug Holland, Jill Alcoe-Holland was part of the team that won the Nova Scotia Senior Ladies Championship recently. Jill is no stranger to success on the curling ice; the only surprise here was that she qualified for the 50 year old age limit to become a senior! Canada and British Columbia did a fantastic job of hosting the Olympics, showcasing this great nation as a beacon of tolerance and humility, despite some misguided types interests in using it as a chest thumping exercise. The beauty of the Olympics is not in the medal tally, but in the challenges that so many athletes with many different backgrounds have to over come, many times in virtual anonynimity, to get their very fleeting moment on the world's stage. The satisfaction and joy they derive competing at the highest levels, cannot be diminished by their final standing. The television rating numbers were through the roof - incredibly one of every two Canadians was tuned in to the Men's Hockey final! Remember this takes into fact the parts of the population that for various reasons don't watch (the very young, the infirm, a significant percentage of "new Canadians" to whom hockey is a whirling mystery, etc.).

Locals at the Olympics included some workers (Karen DeGroot, Mike Cameron, and Kyle Wright), and spectators Sheila and Anthony Sears, Joanna Canning, Josh McCallum and Jessi Taggart, and the Read family (Keiver, Bev, Coady, Allison and Megan). Jim Dickie and Marilyn (Cheek) Totten had a wonderful holiday, jetting to Barcelona and from that Catalonian city embarking on an ocean cruise through the Mediterranean, with ports of call including Rome, Malta, Greece and Cairo.  Tracy Fisher and Jeanette Decker travelled south to visit Yan Storr.  Beth Maguire went to Toronto and Broadway on behalf of Stanfield's.  The Dominican Republic was the lure for Bailey Campbell, Wilfred Toole and Doreen Wilson, while Mexico beckoned to Greg, Alton and Lorna Sutherland. Holly Dean accompanied her friend, former SCHS grad, John Russell to Hollywood - a trip he had won by claiming top prize with his independently made Short film.  While in LA, they were invited guests at the premiere of the latest Steven Spielberg - Tom Hanks movie.  Troy Sutherland, Jack Roop, and Ryan Ellis went to Atlanta for a weekend full of NASCAR, golf and NHL game.  On a less happy note some travelled on a more permanent basis - we will definitely miss the Gamble family - Bruce, Susan, Connor, Morgan and Tyler have relocated for employment reasons to Moncton. They very much enjoyed their time in Brookfield, as we did having them as our neighbours; the comforting factor is we expect to see a fair bit of them at Shortt's Lake in the summer!  Gil and Doris Betts will be moving into the Gamble house later this month, realizing their long held dream to become Brookfielders!  Congratulations to Graham Pearson, retiring April 1 after 37 years with Canada Post; drop in to offer best wishes after 12:00 on Wednesday, March 24.

We're sorry to report the passing of Lila (Ross) MacPhee's sister Marion "Rossy" Wilson in Truro - she and her late husband were well known to earlier generation Brookfielders.  Audrey Carter's sister Hazel Olauson passed away in Alberta; and Zelda Harvey went to her reward after a difficult ordeal with Alzheimers disease.  We also mourn the passing of Marion Woodworth - she always had a smile and friendly word, and was willing to lend a helping hand in her understated way for Church or community organizations requiring her help.  Bryan Roberts, well known to many as a longtime softball, basketball, and volleyball official passed away - he was the husband of highly-esteemed SCA English teacher Dale Roberts.  We extend condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

The Truro Sports Heritage Society annual awards dinner was held recently and several locals made their presence felt.  Zach Sill was a finalist in the Male Athlete category, and the late Art Sears was recognized posthumously with a lifetime Merit award, reflecting his passion as a hockey goalkeeper, and for the vital role he played as the original Treasurer of the Sportsplex. Caila Henderson was a finalist for Female Athlete of the Year - this came on the heels of her becoming named to the ACAA first all star volleyball team at Mount Allison University.  Caitlyn Stewart's team, the Colchester Midget Girls Hockey Cyclones, was also a finalist in the Team of the Year category. It was nice to see two local products starring in AUS volleyball play.  Tyler Veenhuis of South Branch was a AUS all-star for his fine all round play for UNB, and Mark Dean seamlessly made the transfer from the ACAA to the AUS this year moving up river to Fredericton to play with the Varsity Reds.  This area continues to churn out standout volleybal players, and much of the credit must go to grass roots organizers like Roger Cox and those who volunteer their time to coach school or Club teams.  Some of the young people donating their time and effort this season are Corinna Phillips, Laura Cox, Marlee Geddes, Tammy Stewart, Jen Kennedy, Josie Geddes, and Amelia Cox.  They are providing instruction and teams for youth from grade 4's to 12's.  One need only look at the swollen university ranks of players from this area, and to see what they have accomplished is astounding!

It has been a very successful season on this ice for the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association. The Brookfield AA Atom Elks will host the provincial championships at the Sportsplex from March 26-28.  Coaches Ken Dyas, Doug MacDonald, Craig Dale, and Jacob Curry along with Manager John Kamphuis will trot out a roster including Keegan Crowell, Cameron DeGroot, Trent Dyas, Robert Kamphuis, Carson Lanceleve, Logan MacDonald, Luke MacMillian, Austin McBurnie, Noah McCallum, Sidney Miller, Rowan Sears, Blake Arseneau, Callum Bouma, Drake Bruce, Connor Burris, and goal tenders Brent Walters and Tyler Howe. Lend your voices of support to the Elks the last weekend of March at the Sportsplex.  Meanwhile the Peewee AA Elks came back from a game down to defeat the Truro Bearcats in the best of the three (1-0 in the final game!) to advance in the provincial champions the last weekend of March in Cumberland County. Coaches Lou Lanceleve, Charles Bowers, Terry Crowell and Manager Terry Bouma are encouraged about the Elks chances in that event. Players on that team include Jacob Bowers, Cameron Brown, Kyle Bouma, Chad Bruce, Koby Crowell, Liam Giffin, Joel Hines, Patrick Jackson, Blayze Julien, Reid Lanceleve, Trent Lynds, Brody MacPhee, Dylan McCoul, Jacob McNutt, Logan Miller and Alex Rhoddy.  To round out the "Lanceleve hat trick" that sees all three brothers in provincial action, oldest brother Colby plays for the Pictou Weeks Major Midgets, they have defeated Cape Breton and Halifax in the first two rounds, and have advanced to the finals of that league against Cole Harbour - parents Lou and Marie will be burning the rubber over the next few weeks. The star-crossed AAA Midget Hockey Elks won the Bronze Medal at the provincial championship; despite significant personnel losses detailed earlier. The Elks Ryan Blaaunderwraat was named a league All-Star, and Drew McNutt won the Sportsmanship award. At this writing the Jr. Elks Hockey team is locked in a tense 1/4 final battle with Sackville in the N.S. Junior league. The Elks lead 3 games to 2; 3 of the 5 games have gone to overtime! If the series goes to Game 7, we expect a massive crowd at the Sportsplex on Thursday, March 11.

Mary Crossman spent some time in hospital but is now back home. A couple of active young men sustained injuries - Brent Harrison tried to bite the puck in a Cruise Missiles game but instead lost four "chiclets," giving him an absolutely ghoulish grin - teammate Dr. Ray Cruz performed some emergency dental work to minimize the damages.  Former Missiles star Danny Stewart suffered a nasty blow when the wood splitter he was operating kicked back a large junk of hardwood into his face - fortunately Dan escaped major injury.

Spring fast approaches and the upcoming events calendar fills very quickly.  All curlers are notified that on March 26-28 the Spectacular Spring Spiel (nee the Great Community Classic) will be held at the Brookfield Curing Club featuring 32 teams in 4 divisions with ample prize opportunities for all. Call Joel at the Sportsplex (673-2063) to register as an individual or as a team - spots are filling quickly.  The BCA will sponsor the community Cleanup Day on Saturday May 1 - again watch for more info, but any that can give 3 hours Saturday morning, the community will be grateful to help clean up the major bi-ways.  The All Around the Circle Seniors group will have their 12:00 meal in the Senior Room on March 16.  The Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations will be held July 17-25.   Anyone interested in genealogy that would care to assist in a presentation for Homecoming are welcomed to call 673-2427 for more information.  Any ideas for homecoming events are encouraged; to call the aforementioned number as numerous activities are being developed for the 15th edition of CHB.  The Whing Ding dates are July 23-24. Jocelyn Parker at Elk Court would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who donate their time to bring smiles to the faces of the clients of this facility either as entertainers or visitors. Several members of UCW Unit 7 took part in a beautiful Valentine's tea and Unit 1 donated much appreciated Valentine's "goodie bags".  The Churches provided a weekly service for residents on a rotation basis Volunteers are always needed - for more information on how to become a volunteer at Elk Court, please call Jocelyn Parker at 650-3303April is National Volunteer Recognition Month, and the BCA is planning a special Volunteer Recognition reception for Brookfield's valued volunteers. This will be held on Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m. – location to be announced.  There will be refreshments, and special guests; people attending are also invited to stay for the Annual General Meeting of the BCA.  We appeal to community groups of all types to submit the name of a special volunteer they feel should be particularly honoured for their contributions, and recognized by the community.  We want to include all groups: sports, cultural, social, and those with other purposes are welcome, and they can be formally incorporated or casual assemblages – all are welcome.  The Volunteer Recognition committee will be contacting all agencies it is aware of; however, if we miss you, please come forward with the name of your honoured volunteer by ? to be included in the reception.  Brookfield is powered by volunteers – they deserve our thanks and support!

We encourage you to check out the BCA's website at www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca.  This should be of particular interest to businesses and organizations as the website could be a wonderful opportunity to promote your enterprise - information can be passed on to Web Master Susan Stevenson at bmceagle@eastlink.ca or bmceagle@live.ca.  All organizations are encouraged to provide news of upcoming activities, that will be posted on the website's "Calendar of Events" section - the ideal place to see what's ahead in our village! Let's try to get all organizations posting here! The BCA welcomes suggestions to further improve and enhance the website.

The university ranks are swollen with volleyball players from this area - if one looks back three years ago to the provincial champion Central Nova Juvenile girls (made up of players from Hants East, SCA and CEC) To see what they have accomplished since then is astounding.  The below mentioned girls are all from that team. Allison Settle joined Caila this year at Mount Allison and was Rookie of the Year in the ACAA and a second team all-star.  Courtney MacPherson was a player of the match in the ACAA championship game, leading Mount Saint Vincent to the title. Hillary Sears made the AUS all rookie team while playing for Dalhousie, while her sister Lauren is a former member of the All Canadian University rookie team while playing with the University of Winnipeg.  Becky MacDonald (NSAC) was a second team all-star in the ACAA and former Brookfielder Anastasia Callaghan, won consecutive Nova Scotia High School Championships. Kerry Smit is a member of Canada's National team and was recently named MVP of the finals in the AUS tournament, and her SMU teammate Ali Beaver was also an all-AUS selection, while Sarah Naugler plays for Acadia, who made it to the AUS semifinals this year.  It's not hard to understand why that Central Nova team won championship after championship.  Thanks to organizers such as Roger Cox and volunteer coaches such as Teri Kennedy, Tammy Stewart, Corrina Phillips, Josie Geddes, Laura Cox, Marley Geddes, Ameila Cox and other for a vibrant youth volleyball program has developed in our area.  This reaches down as far as grade 4 and 5's and a tournament was recently held at SCA. Several locals (Carley O'Neill, Samantha Barr, Marley Geddes, Caitlyn Stewart, Stephanie Prest, Katelyn Cox, Caitland Reid, Emelye Porter, Dezaray Hart are enrolled in this program, and you can be sure you'll be seeing them in either college Junior or Senior High lineups in the near future as they sharpen their skills in this the club season.

The South Colchester Academy was saddened to receive the resignation of Principle Alfred Bond - his wife has had very serious health problems over the past two years, and Alfred felt he should step down to allow others to devote full time energies to this position. He was well liked during his tenure at SCA, and many regret it was cut short for such unfortunate reasons.

Hope to see you at the BMC March 15th

The Eagle

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