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September 2010
Vol. 20 Issue 1

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The BMC EAGLE NEWS LETTER

Calendars have turned to September, schools have opened - all the signs of impending Autumn are upon us except for the unseasonably high temperatures in our area, resulting in residents flocking to Shortt's Lake, the Creamery Brook or any other place to dunk their steaming bodies. If this beautiful late summer weather continues, it may be hard to corral the members of the Brookfield Mens Club inside for their opening meeting for the 2010 season - which is slated to happen Monday, September 20th at 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall. The doors are flung wide open as we extend welcome to members of the community to come and sample the off beat and unique brand of fellowship, with a modicum of community service mixed in. Stop by and enjoy the fun!

    We continue to be amazed by our community's ability to pull off with great success any number of events, the majority of which rely on large numbers of volunteers, and are eagerly anticipated by townsfolk and visitors alike. Once again the Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations provide nine days of awesomeness - some of the highlights were champion Daniel Mahoney on his pogo stick, International Food Fair and Cabaret, a very well attended, late night cemetery tour led by David Carter, the renowned church service/brunch, and rave reviews for Hillbilly Heaven, which likely will be brought back by popular demand as a Terry Fox fundraiser - watch for details, later this month. The Brookfield Athletic Association would like to thank all who helped build, work in booths, and deconstruct, the 50th version of the Whing Ding - overflow crowds again attended and it remains the place to "come and meet your friends." The Train Station and Historical Society gets kudos for their organization of both the Fish-a-Rama in late May, and then wonderful Canada (Dominion) Day celebrations. The Brookfield Men's Club is developing a well- deserved reputation for feeding the masses - they operated BBQ's for the starving at Canada Day, after the Home Coming Parade, and the Lafarge plant tours. The 24th edition of the Lotta Truck Festival was a success. Jason MacDonald of Merigomish was the winner of the grand prize truck with a total value of $100,000. Many locals won cash prizes of $1000 - Board Chairman Logan Rutherford and LT Manager Kim Dawe wish to thank all the Sportsplex supporters, ticket buyers and sellers, with a special nod to super- salesman Conn Geddes. The Terry Fox Golf Day in August was very well attended with lots of supporters on hand, and later that month the beautiful mural depicting Terry's Marathon of Hope fundraising effort was erected on the north wall of the Pharmasave - congratulations to all, including local artists Marilyn Groves, Heather McLean and Carol Peterson (and others) who contributed much effort to this project. The Men's Club, caretakers of Ed Creelman Park would like to thank Forest Glen Greenhouses for the spectacular floral display they provided to brighten up the Park's surroundings.

    We extend a very warm Brookfield welcome to Nevin Jackson, the new Principal at South Colchester Academy. Nevin, known to many as a member of the Brookfield Curling Club, and also for his exploits in other sporting activities and community volunteer work, is very excited and eager to accept the challenge at SCA. Popular Shortt's Lake resident Kelly Spencer has been named Athletic Director at SCA ; and we welcome other new staff members there and at Brookfield Elementary School. The Hazelton boys, Chris and Peter were home to help celebrate Don and Doady's 50th wedding anniversary. From Alberta came Herk Sutherland and his niece Brandi (Pete and Vicki's daughter), who has stayed in Cowtown after completing her degree at the University of Calgary. Brandi's brother BJ and wife Kim made a surprise trip home from Indiana. Elaine (Ross) Healey made it home from Ontario, as did Brenda Walters. Terry and Mary Henderson's western based off-spring were home - Julie with husband Jack Hsu and children Noah, Molly, and Kate, as well as Laura from Vancouver, and Robert from Winnipeg. Kelly and Wendi (Campbell) Grant came from British Columbia. Erica Nielsen was home from her opthomological studies in Australia. Peggy (Cooke) Underwood was home from Alberta visiting family, and Marilyn Fallon, Karen Davis and Charlene Fraser were home to visit their mother Marg Sutherland and family. Ray "Duffy" Sutherland came from Victoria to visit his relatives and attend his Mount A reunion. Ray was a member of the first graduating class of Brookfield Rural High in 1951, and while home hosted a 80th birthday party for his friend Warren Lindsay. Jim and Marlene Feener's granddaughter, Brianna Kunder, visited them from London, Ontario. Nice to see Jack and Carol Campbell home from England at Jack's mother's home (Eloise Yorke), and his cousin Mac and Nadine Campbell home from Ottawa visiting parents Paul and Joan. Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny and their two daughters were home with Betty and Randy. Craig and Kim (Whidden) Kennedy were home from Newfoundland visiting parents Anitra and Dave, and Annette Heffernan was also a welcome sight back in the village. Barb Nelson was happy to have daughter Angela home. Great to see all three of Marion McDonald's children home - Greg and Diane and kids, daughter Angela and son Bert - all were around during Whing Ding time. George and Eileen Barrett dropped in from Ottawa - George was a former standout goal tender at St. FX, who when here was converted to a centre by the genius (??!!) coaching staff for the Brookfield Elks Hockey Club in the mid 80's! We're happy to report Mike Watson has moved back to Brookfield.

    Wedding bells rang often - among the couples saying "I do" were Megan Parsons and Derek MacKay, Tony Matheson and Lisa Chapman, Jayson Euloth and Crystal Gillard, Megan Matheson and Craig Hamilton, and invaluable Eagle typist Cindy Fraser and Alex Bonin. Congratulations and best wishes to all. Those announcing engagements include Jason Whidden and Megan Thompson, Janelle Putnam and Jeff Murphy, and Matt Davis and Kelsey Campbell. Baby girls seemed to be the order of the day - they were born to Kevin and Natalie (Clarke) Brenton, Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny, Brent and Meredith Harrison, James and Laura Carter, and Craig and Rebecca Redmond. Paul LeMay and Christa Totten broke up the chain by having a baby boy. Stephen Henderson and Dr. Tracey Williams added to their family with the adoption of Kathleen. Congratulations to Morris (Bates) and Pearl Clark on their 50th anniversary. Likewise to former Elk Herman and Eloise Murphy in Fredericton. Joan Thomas of Brentwood had her 80th birthday. The Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA) were pleased to have the remaining section of Carter Road re-surfaced. The BCA Executive met with N.S. Premier Dexter and MLA Burrill to discuss topics important to our area. Earlier the Premier had announced a grant to help Lafarge to convert to a process that will reduce the amount of coal burned in their kilns.

    Even with a four month hiatus since our previous issue, a list of those passing is far longer than we would like. Among those going to their reward were Curtis Bates....Carl Lynds...John MacIsaac...Margie Saunders...long time Eagle benefactor Rodney Ross...former Highland Drive resident Roberta (MacDonald) Taylor in Cole Harbour...Reg Fleming (Bev Hiltz's father)...Joyce Kent (Jill Higgins' mother)...Gerald Dickie from Onslow (Victor's brother)...Homer Fisher....in Bedford, Arlene Gamble (Bruce's mother)...popular figure around the Sportsplex Lloyd Tothill...Curtis Swallow, husband of Carolyn (Currie) Power...in Ontario, Joe Jeffers, husband of Elva Dartt...in Oxford Laura Casey (mother to Tim)...at age 102 Ella Lindsay, mother of Brentwood's Leona Murphy...Dave Whidden's mother Pat...and Thelma Prest from Alberta, sister to Irene Stuart....in Salt Springs Robin Dawe, Joel Dawe's brother.... Earl MacMaster, nephew of Betty Dickie, in Oxford...Brenda Geddes' mother Doris Gay passed away at 92 years. Our condolences to all who lost loved ones.

    An impressive graduation ceremony at South Colchester Academy in June. Alex Fleming was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Medal for superior Academic Achievement throughout his high school career and community involvement. Rebecca O'Connell won the Governor General's Medal for Highest Average in all grade 11 and 12 courses. Other grads with local connections who won significant awards and/ or scholarships include Kaylee Allinson, Samantha Barr, Linnea Bigelow, Marley Geddes, Emily Hiltz, Charlene Locke, Alyx MacDonald, Caitlyn Stewart, Student Council President Emily Taylor, Kyle White and Amber Maclean-Hawes. The Lieutenant Governor awards for outstanding achievement in grade 11 went to Maria Rutherford (Logan and Nancy) and Brandon Verboom (Sinclair and Leona). SCA student Tyler Blair won a bronze medal at the National Skills competition in Waterloo, Ontario for his work on Website Design and Natalie Fisher won Silver in Health Sciences division. Athlete of the Year awards went to Devan Duykers - Paula Serracin and Annalyse Myers shared the female trophy. The Junior AoY winners were Dennis Nolan and Emily Reade. Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) Celebration of Sport recipients were Jenna Conrad, Gregor Dawe and Coach Corrina Phillips, while the NSSAF Scholar-Athlete awards went to Caitlyn Stewart and Emily Reade, and the Good Sport awards went to Melissa Logan and Joe White. Coach Kelly Spencer continued his streak in girls softball winning yet another slo-pitch championship for the Wolves and also attending provincial Ontario championship! Team members include Natasha MacKay, Emelye Porter, Madison Clarke, Kaleigh Queripel, Caitland Reid, Sarah Newman, Paula Serracin, Brittany Stewart, Dezaray Hart, Amber MacLean-Hawes, Ally Campbell and Kelsi Barr. Coach Chris Bernard added another title to her impressive resume with a provincial championship for her CEC girls Fast Pitch team. Shortt's Lake residents Christopher and Matthew McKenney attended the world Karate championships in Japan. Michelle MacDonald (Mike, Susan) received her Doctor of Chiropractry, in Toronto - grandmothers Audrey MacDonald and Valerie Hatfield attended the graduation. Longtime BES teacher Val Boudreau won an "Excellence in Teaching" award.

    East Hants Expos won the provincial Bantam Fast Pitch championship and traveled to Quebec where they finished second at the Eastern Canadians. This team was coached by former Elks 1980 gold medal title team member Terry Anthony and included Cole Baker (grandson of Pat and the late Floyd Stewart), Gregor Dawe, Colby Lanceleve and Jake Hopewell (son of Elk Chris). Local contributing to the East Hants team that won the provincial Mite championship were Keegan Crowell, Rowan Sears, Hayden Yorke, and Carson Lanceleve - this team was coached by Lou Lanceleve. Dylan McCoul went to the Eastern Canadian Peewee Championships with an East Hants team. Brookfield Senior Elks attended the National Fast Pitch Championship in Charlottetown. The Elks posted a disappointing 4-8 mark but won two tie breaker games and advanced to the play-offs, where they lost to Owen Sound to finish tie 7th. Longtime Elks coach Donald "Pibb" Henderson has announced he'll be stepping down as coach of the Men's team. On the golf front there was little slowing Cody Locke this year. He made the Nova Scotia Juvenile golf team after the provincials at Brightwood, and that team went on to win the championship at Bell Bay. He was also Junior Champion at Brookfield Golf Club and he and his father Steve tied for second at the Nova Scotia Family Classic. Steve claimed yet another BGC Men's Club Championship, as did Chris Bernard on the female side. Senior division winners were Mike Henderson and Joanne MacNeil; Grant White and Annie Woodworth won the Super Senior divisions. Brookfield Golf Club made history in the 12th year of the Shaw Cup, an inter club match play competition held annually with Fox Hollow GC in Stewiacke. The local squad won 14-10; it was the first time a team had won on the other team's course. Cliff Kruck (married to the former Myrna Sutherland) was Captain of the team which included Steve Locke, Robert Putnam, Mike and Dane Henderson, Carmen Michael, Mark and Dan Dean, Charlie MacDonald, Mike Penny, Derek Meek, Darrell Penney, and Troy and Cory Sutherland.

    Brad and Megan Sutherland went to Alberta to visit her siblings Chelsey French and Jacob Ross; while Susan Carter travelled to Calgary to visit her new granddaughter. Kathy and Danny Dean travelled to Jamaica, and on to Whitehorse, where daughter Jill is working. Terry and Mary Henderson visited their daughters and grandkids in Vancouver; accompanying them were their son Stephen, his wife Tracey and children Bob and Kathleen. Dave and Antira Whidden went to Newfoundland while Lil Heffernan went to western Canada. Kyle Henderson went to Montreal while brother Dane went to Toronto on vacation. Terry Canning and Krista McMullin took a Mediterranean cruise and toured parts of Europe. Hazel Kennedy took a trip to Newfoundland to see her daughter, Sandra.

    Not all our residents were able to enjoy pain free summers - spending time in hospital were Judy Wright, Carol Campbell, Hugh Carter, and Lori Campbell. Long time Brookfield Elks shortstop Chris Hopewell had a very unfortunate accident on the ball diamond, which resulted in multiple fractures to his cheek bone, and the loss of sight in his left eye. Katie (Fisher) Chisholm has been a paragon of strength and grace in her battle against cancer. Katie would like to express her thanks to the community at large for their outstanding support at a benefit evening on her behalf, as well as all the other support and kind words of encouragement she has received. Special thanks go to the Adams family, as Jennifer and Jamesie were instrumental in organizing the event.

    The annual Terry Fox Run will take place on September 19 at the top of Carter Road. The route, as usual will wind its way into the beautiful area around Carter Falls; act now to get your registration form and collect pledges if you plan to walk, run, or cycle. If you cannot do that and wish to be chauffeured along the wonderful course that also will be arranged. Registration takes place from 12:30 on. If you cannot attend but wish to support, by all means do so. Many people will accept pledges or contact 673-2427. A BBQ will be held after the event at Ed Creelman Park . By the time you read this the ice will be in at the Sportsplex; Minor Hockey registration will be held September 11 and 12 - if you missed it contact local rep Charles Bowers as soon as possible. Shirley Harrison celebrates her 80th birthday at the Sportsplex Senior Citizens room Sunday, September 19th 1:30 - 4pm. All Around the Circle Seniors Club will have their opening dinner on September 21, 11:30 at the Sportsplex. Watch for news of the Open House from the Brookfield Curling Club in October. The Brookfield Athletic Association has recently launched the tickets for the 74th Annual Sports Draw contest (formerly the Big Game Hunt). This fundraiser is the key element in the BAA program, and is in its 74th year making it the oldest contest of its type in Nova Scotia, and perhaps in Canada! Tickets are still only $10 and there is a wonderful list of grand prizes, topped by the 4X4 extended cab Colorado truck or your choice of $25,000 cash. Other prizes include an Honda ATV, $2,000 Sobey's gift certificate, a Honda generator and other great prizes. Most all retail outlets in the community have these tickets for sale; or if you are not near the area contact John at 673-2328, or Mike at 673-2769 to acquire your ticket. The Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League has just begun its 50th consecutive season - there is always room for more bowlers, contact Terry at 673-2106 or Nancy 673-2070 for more information. Remember the Men's Club meeting on September 20 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall.

Reminder the BCA's website is www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca

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