Vol. 20 Issue 9
Another Brookfield Men's Club Ladies Night Extravaganza is in the
books! The BMCers polished their shoes, pressed their pants, cleaned
their sweaters and opened their doors to the ladies of the community in
mid April. Happily some 130 of the fairer sex attended and seemed to
enjoy the meal prepared by Head Chef Bob Lawrence and his
minions. After a brief business meeting, Larry Harrison gave a
relevant Founders' Day message and a poignant video was shown of last
year's Ladies Night, featuring Larry and the late Garth Densmore.
Master of Ceremonies Mike Henderson evoked Howard the Turtle of Razzle
Dazzle fame, and produced several groaners worthy of that large
reptile, then revealed the results of the BMC's season-long project on
better understanding women. John Matheson was at his entertaining
best, making the door prize presentations, not the least of which was a
trip to Dutch Settlement, a huge production! Professional entertainment
was provided by the Gospel Quartet Riverview Sound, featuring
Brookfield's own Dennis Grant. The evening culminated when
President Harrison gave a heartfelt Eagle Award presentation to Mary
Henderson for her unending efforts in providing assistance to the less
fortunate, be they human or animal! Mary also does tireless
behind- the- scene service for numerous other groups in the community
and her selection was very well received by the masses. Mary was
stunned to win the award, but even more shocked with the surprise
arrival of her daughters Laura and Julie, who had just flown in from
Vancouver with granddaughter Molly in tow! All in all another
great Ladies Night. The BMC will wrap up the current season with
their concluding meeting on Monday, May 16 at
7:30 PM at the Brookfield Fire Hall. All are invited
to attend. Though the BMC does not meet through the summer, they are
active operating a number of BBQs at events such as Home Coming, Canada
Day, Fish-a-Rama, etc. so your help would still be
In addition to the aforementioned Henderson girls,
it was nice to see several members of the Locke family home, albeit for
the celebration of Barb Locke's life at her memorial service.
Sons Ken and Peter came from Ontario, Evan and his family from Porter's
Lake, and David came all the way from the capital of Saudi
Arabia. Frank's brother Keith came from Newfoundland and members
of the Marge and Glenn Illsley family came from various parts of Nova
Scotia and New Brunswick. The Dan Cormier family came from
Miramichi. Reverend Jack and Una Palmer came from Apple River to assist
with the service. Mike and Leslie Stewart were home from Alberta
to visit with his parents Gerry and Marilyn. Ryan Sutherland and
his family made their move home from Wild Rose Country permanent,
moving into his parents Richard and Ellen's former home - "Chuck" and
"Buffy" have moved into their new home on the Upper Brookfield
Road. A Carter Road / Cherry Lane swap of residences - Mark
Hamilton, Joanne Hatfield and daughters are moving to Roberta Lindsay's
former home, while Marian Lindsay is relocating to the "Jewers
apartments" on Carter Rd. Completing the moves Don and Jean
Hamilton will come off the hill on Crystal Lake Drive, and settle in
Mark's former home on Carter!
Final good-byes were said to former Brookfield restaurateur Orrin Blois in Upper Onslow, Clair Mingo at Elk Court, and Lydia Hughes, sister to Cauline Watson and Bo Hughes. Lifetime Middle Stewiacke resident Leon Fisher passed away at 92, and Carter Road resident Mildred Murphy, sister- in- law to Shirley Wynn and Herman Murphy passed away. Harold Wentzell, a former Athlete of the Year at South Colchester High died far too young at 47, in Enfield from brain cancer. Harold was well liked and a very successful businessman. Some of his siblings are Myra Creelman, Leota Dickey, Mike and Vernon Crouse. We extend our condolences to all who have lost loved ones.
NASCAR fans (?!!?) Troy Sutherland, Jack Roop, and Ryan Ellis travelled to the famous oval in Talladega, Alabama - they exited shortly before the tornados ripped up that state; we're not sure of cause and effect there! Kristen Stewart and Nate (Bubble Gum)Smith went to the City by the Bay (San Francisco). The famous entertainment group Fiddles and Feet made a whirlwind two day tour to Banff to perform at the Conference Center. That band consists of Rob, Alycia and Janelle Putnam, Megan Isenor, Alicia Johnson and Gordie Tucker. Maureen Foster accompanied her daughter Brianna MacLeod to Edmonton, where she is re-locating for a new job. Mitchell Cooke has returned from his stay in Uganda, where he provided training and lessons in Motocross racing - who knew! Cuba remained a popular destination, some making that trip included Dan and Kathy Dean, Mike and Susan MacDonald, Keiver and Bev Read and Bill and Della Boyle and Bruce, Glenda, and Megan Isenor. Donna Sutherland and Judy MacKay vacationed in Mexico. Keith and Kathy Best, daughter Kally, son-in-law Chad and pal Kristy Durling vacationed in the Sunshine Slate. Betty and Randy Roop, and Gene and Marion Retson travelled to Toronto - happy news for the Retsons - son Dan became engaged to his sweetheart, Marita. Lawrence and Shirley Wynn, accompanied by Shelly Wynn and Gerry Dunn, went to BC for their grandson's wedding. Paul Campbell visited son Mac and family in Ottawa. Awhile back, Kathy Burnett, accompanied by her mother Janet, and daughter Emma travelled to Beijing for a "working vacation" and chance for Emma to see her homeland. Kathy continued through China to the Philippines and India further introducing Integrated Pre-arrival Services Online, the software she helped develop, which greatly simplifies the paperwork for people in those lands (and England) working to immigrate to Canada. It is a proven time saver, assists with the application process, as well as helping make them more prepared to move into the Canadian workplace. Excellent work by Kathy for our population and growth - starved country.
The baby boom continues at South Colchester Academy - French teacher Ashley Beazley and her husband Ryan have a baby girl, their first child; while in East Brookfield, Ryan and Lindsay Weatherbee have a new daughter Georgia, a sister for Ashtyn. Congratulations also to Mario and Oussama Baini on the birth of their son - their first after three daughters! One of those daughters, Maria, whom we spoke about in a previous Eagle as being very gifted artistically, made a trip to Paris to display some of her work. Congratulations to Dave Maxwell (parents Keith, Judy) on his marriage to the lovely Joanne Bouley - they live in Truro. Congratulations to Scott Armstrong, who retained his seat in the House of Commons in the recent federal election, which saw a Conservative majority government established. MP Scott will wed Laura Drive resident Tammy Stewart in July - best wishes!
A big thank you to Whidden Road resident Susan King, who coordinated activities the day of the Community Clean-up. There was a serious shortage of volunteers, but those that were there soldiered on. Thanks also to Tim Hortons and the other businesses who donated food, water, juice, and gift certificates for prizes. Chair-person of the organizing Green Spaces Committee, Marian Lindsay, will consider a new date for 2012, to avoid County "Big Garbage" Day and Mother's Day, in hope of getting more participation. At the Brookfield Community Assembly Annual General Meeting Rod Nielsen took over the gavel from outgoing Chairman Mike Henderson. A special thank you to Lyle Carter, as mentioned before, his weekly column in the Truro Daily News seems to increase in readership every month. His terrific column on the 1947 Brookfield Elks who came from the bottom of the loop the previous year, to win the Truro District Hockey league championship and provided a springboard for the powerhouse teams of the 1950's to follow on the ice and the 60's, 70's and 80's on the softball diamond made for great reading! The recollections from last minute goal scoring hero Donnie Locke were enchanting even 64 years after the fact. Particularly noteworthy, as rumor has it, the TDHL expanded its playoff format to include the Elks because of their exceptional fan base which allowed the league to turn significant profits as the locals supported their heroes in enormous numbers.
The awards continued to pile in for South Colchester Academy students. At the Nova Scotia Skills Competition, gold medals were won by Adam Tanner in Carpentry, Tyler Blair in Web Page Design and the team of Riley Giffen and Connor Fraser in Mechanitronics. A Silver medal went to Devan Smith for IT Software Solutions for Business. Other participants from SCA were Devan Graham in Carpentry, Jake Rains and Brody Nelson in Film and Video, and Ryan Ashley in Graphic Arts. The hard working coachs/mentors were Norm Langille, Darren Retson and Corrina Phillips. Tanner and Blair advance to the National Skills Competition Championship in Quebec City in June 2. They have to fund- raise for their travel expenses- any sponsorships or donations would be greatly appreciated and can be arranged by contacting Darren or Norm at SCA. Meanwhile at the provincial Biotechnology Talent contest in Halifax, 11 students presented under the direction of Gaye MacDonald and Cheryl Williams. The competition was very tight, and of the 6 awards, 5 were secured by SCA students! Among those placing and winning cash prizes were Aiden Schenkels (Frank and Luann), Maria Rutherford (Logan and Nancy) and Brandon Verboom (Sinclair and Leona). Verboom also won extra prize money for creating a product that could go to market. First place, a $2000 prize was won by Samantha Wright-Smith for her project on oil-degrading bacteria. She'll attend the Nationals in Ottawa, all expenses paid to compete with winners from other provinces and is the first SCA student to go into the Biotechnology Nationals! Other SCHS/SCA grades making news - Chad Graham was Valedictorian at NSAC graduation; Bailey Campbell (Bob and Linda) made the Dean's List at UNB with a 3.7 GPA in year 2 of her B.A. program. Talent, beauty, brains and hard work come together in one package in Lauren (Johnson) Howard (Sid, Margie, grandmother Gwen Archibald) who recently graduated from UPEI with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree - congratulations Lauren! Not content with just being a highly - regarded physiotherapist, Nick Matheson (Hugh,Judy) earned an MBA degree from SMU! On 07 May 2011 the 569 Col.Ned Henderson Air Cadet Squadron held their 58th Ceremonial Review, the annual awards were presented as follows: Best First Year Cadet – LAC Connor Murdock; Most Improved cadet – F/Cpl Julie Cochrane; Chief Warrant Ralph Murphy Award (for dress and deportment) – Cpl Garth Cochrane; Spirit of 569 Award – F/Cpl Kasey Smith; Garth Decker Award – F/Sgt Jacob Coade; Colonel G.N. Henderson Award – F/Sgt Claire Cochrane; Cadet Long Service Medals – S/Sgt Jacob Coade and F/Sgt Ryan Leedham; Lord Strathcona Medal – S/Sgt Clair Cochrane. This year also included the Change of Command Ceremony for Commanding Officers. Captain Paul Davison relinquished the duties to Captain Ralph Murphy. This involved the handing of the squadron colors over and the signing of the change of command certificates. The BMC is pleased to continue its role as the official sponsor of 569, a role it has held for almost 60 years!
Dwight Tyler was hospitalized, and Bill Campbell and his niece Jenna Searle both had surgery and are recovering nicely. The community is saddened to learn that Rajka Conevski's cancer has spread into her liver, lymph nodes, and bone. Our thoughts are with her in her struggle.
As the Eagle will go on holiday until early September with this issue we will do our best to update you on happenings lined up for the next few months. A reminder to check the BCA - sponsored community website and check the Calendar of Events for additional items. Please note the website address in bold letters below, as some have missed it in the past! A much needed work day is scheduled for the Brookfield Eastside Cemetery for May 14, the driveway will be repaired; bring a shovel and rock rake - any and all help will be appreciated. The last get together for the All Around the Circle Seniors group for this spring will be May 17 with a dinner starting at 12 noon at the Sportsplex. A Spring Bluegrass concert will be held at Knox United Church at 7PM, Sunday May 22 featuring Megan Isenor and "Connections", as well as "New Shade of Blue". Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. The Train Station Historical Society will be again hosting their popular Fish-a-Rama on Saturday, May 28 at the Wetlands Nature Trail across from Ed Creelman Park on Hwy 289, from 7:30 A. M. till 12:00 noon. Registration $5, per person , $10 per family. There will be prizes. Adults require a license, children under sixteen do not. Please do not detract from the fun for others by "jumping the gun". There will also be ice cream and BBQ at the Train Station and free coffee and hot chocolate compliments of Tim Hortons. The Train Station is also the focal point for Canada Day celebrations on July 1 - while plans are not announced yet, activities typically start there at 12 noon - watch for more details. The Terry Fox Committee has started another year of fundraising for "finding a cure through research." Ongoing projects that would welcome your support include the collection of recyclable bottles, which can be donated to the Subway Bottle Exchange in the name of the Brookfield Terry Fox Committee; or memorial gifts in honour of individuals can be made at any time through the committee. The annual Book and Bake sale will be held at the Train Station on Saturday June 18. To donate to any of these projects please call 673-3334 or 2427. Watch for more details for the mid September Terry Fox Run.
Meet at the Wetlands Walking
Trail 9:00 PM, Friday, July 15 help kick off the Coming
Home to Brookfield (CHB) celebrations with the Light Up The Village walking parade, with
refreshments and music to follow at the Train Station. All
businesses and homes are encouraged to get your white lights out and
turn them on at 9:00 PM for Homecoming Week.
Saturday morning sees the Parade (11:00) with events at
the Sportsplex following, including the Men's Club BBQ. Contact
Marshall Angela Reid at 673-3166 to register your entry. On Sunday
Worship at Shortt's Lake, followed by the awesome Brunch, take
in a Boat Tour of Shortt's Lake, or get a team together for the Amazing
Race, ending the day with a Graveyard Experience.
Throughout the week there are favourite events such as Live By The
Brook, Community Recreation Evening, Horse Jumping & Dog
Show, Coffee House, Awaken Your Day, Golf Scramble,
Farm Tour & Petting Farm, Celebration Tea, Lafarge
Tour etc. Other special events will be "Don
Jubliee", "Brookfield Does Broadway and Dessert Treats" and
"Celebrating our Youth". The Whing Ding is on
from 7-11:30 July 22-23 - come and meet your friends! On Saturday,
23, get up early for the Fun Run, then it is on to the Teddy
Bears Picnic, Kids Bingo, MacQuarrie's
BBQ and Waterslides. The Week ends with a Pancake & Sausage
Breakfast at the Train Station, followed by the Community
Worship Service at Carter Homestead. And, there will be
more. Watch for the brochure mailed to every household early
in July for details and additional events. Plan to be a part of
Homecoming and Live... Laugh...Celebrate!! Call 673-3464 or 673-2427 if
you wish to help or have questions.
Card parties have resumed every Friday night at the Train Station - come join your neighbours for a friendly night of 45's (assuming you can traverse the deplorable driveway - it is surprising a lumber truck has not disappeared into the giant hole!). The Truro Daily News has listened to the longtime and frequent requests from the BCA and has developed the Colchester Weekly News, with a focus on rural Colchester. This is a wonderful opportunity for groups and organizations to publish upcoming events or report on their activities; hopefully all groups (either on their own or through the BCA) utilize this free service - if it is well used it surely will continue.
Thanks for your support of the Brookfield Men's Club
and the Eagle for the past season. We welcome any who wish to join us
on summertime projects and especially hope to see some new people at
our meetings starting again in September.
Hope to see you at the BMC