Vol. 20 Issue 8
April is upon us and that means one thing in the world of the Brookfield Men's Club - LADIES NIGHT!! On Monday, April 18 the BMC will throw open the doors to Knox United Church Hall at 6:20 PM and welcome the ladies of the community to the inner sanctum. What lies ahead typically is a terrific meal prepared and served by the men, a very brief business meeting, some entertainment that hopefully will please the assembled masses, door prizes, and the evening culminates with the presentation of the annual Eagle Award to one of our community's outstanding citizens. The event draws about 125 of the fairer sex - make plans now to include yourself in that number - history would suggest you will definitely enjoy yourself.
Shortly after the Vernal Equinox, the Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services personnel are often busy battling grass fires; however this year we have been much less fortunate. Darlene Tothill and her son Matthew had their house on John Bell Road destroyed by fire. The Red Cross, several businesses, and the community at large have been very helpful to Darlene and Matt with their immediate needs. The house belonging to Glenda (Harvey) Works adjacent to the Baptist Church also suffered significant damage in a fire. Firefighters were professional in their actions and well turned out with equipment; let's hope we don't have to see them use it again for quite some time.
The list of obituaries this month is far longer than we would like. Heartfelt condolences go to the family and friends of the following; Irma Leslie, sister of Freda Brenton, and familiar face from frequent visits to the village, passed away in Halifax. Barb Locke, wife of Baptist Church Minister Emeritus Frank Locke, went to her heavenly reward. Lewis Harvey, Don's brother, died in Ontario. Former Brookfield Junior High teacher Marguerite Morgan, mother of Earle, passed away. In Truro, Joyce Knight, sister to Bev Bradley, died suddenly. Joyce was also mother of Nancy Crawford, remembered by many for the restoration work on the apartment building / ice cream shop/laundramat just east of the corner. Frank Kennedy, father of Sharon and Carolyn Johnston, died in Upper Stewiacke, and Arlie Winn, Lawrence's brother passed away in Kentville. Sally Smith, widow of former Premier G. "Ike" Smith died in Truro. SCA teacher Larry MacKenzie's mother Millie Wilson died in Glace Bay, and Bob Hagell's father, Bob Sr. passed away in Truro, as did SCA Principal Nevin Jackson's father, Albert. "Paul" Barrett of Lake Echo, father- in- law to Alex Jewers, passed away - he was very well known on the Eastern Shore as a sportsman and a volunteer for the Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity. As if those losses were not enough, the community was rattled to its core in consecutive weeks with the sudden passing of Garth Densmore and Susan Glinz. Garth succumbed at age 72 years to a stroke - he was an invaluable community member in so many ways. He sang in the Knox Choir (for 56 years!) and in the famed John Fisher Choir. He served on numerous Church and community committees, and was a stalwart at the Brookfield Men's Club - his talent and humour certainly will be missed at Ladies Night, as well as in everyday community life. A miserable snow / sleet storm caused frightful road conditions on the Trans Canada highway in Eastern Pictou County, and was responsible for the accident that claimed the life of Susan Glinz and her mother Irene Johnson of Truro. Susan was the very well liked wife of Ernie Glinz and a dedicated nurse. Her picture is in the dictionary as the definition of kind- hearted; and her legion of friends will miss her dearly, as will Ernie and their children Sarah, Elizabeth, and Scott, and the extended family. Definitely some big sets of shoes to fill for those left behind to keep our community growing and vibrant as they would have it. Funerals and visitations are never a nice way to see old friends, but it does give the community a chance to offer its support.
Home for Garth's service were his niece Jennett (Harvey) Molloy from Belfast, his sister, the vibrant Mary Atwood of Peterborough and cousin Burton Lockhart from Coldwater, Ontario - Burton advised he has shared the curling ice with fellow Coldwater resident and former World Champion Glenn Howard! Mary's daughters Cindy and Margo, and their families came from Montreal.
We'd like to express our gratitude to Ed and Edna Graham for their kind donation to the BMC Eagle. As it is late in the BMC year - the May Eagle and meeting are final ones until September- we also thank Lafarge who pay for the publishing costs of the Eagle, typist Cynthia (Fraser) Bonin who spins fools gold (at a minimum) out of the dreck the writer provides her, and Susan Stevenson who distributes the e-mail version of the Eagle all across the globe, and helps maintain the mailing list for hard copy circulation members Austin Ross and Bob Lawrence. If any of these parts of the equation are missing the Eagle would be in very bad shape - thank you all very much!
We told you last issue about the HAF Skate and Tattoo team moving through the playoffs in the very competitive West Colchester District League - we are happy to report the local guys won the championship in convincing fashion. Patrick Stewart was justly named Most Valuable Player of the Playoffs. Previously named to the Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey League's All-Star team, Jim Scullion was awarded the loop's MVP trophy! Congratulations to 2010 South Colchester Academy grad Marley Geddes of Meadowvale, who was named Volleyball Rookie of the Year at NSAC, where she also was an All-Acedemic Athlete, bestowed to those who maintained an average over 80 while playing a varsity sport. Caila Henderson was named the Most Valuable Player of Mount Allison's volleyball team, which won the ACAA title this year. Colchester Cyclones Bantam A female hockey team won the silver medal at the provincials. Madison Clarke (David and Carla), was the MVP of the tournament. This team also featured MacKenzie McNea (Ernie and Tasha). Brookfield Peewee Elks won a gold medal at the Trenton Tournament. Team members were goalie Brent Walters, Megan McLellan, Blake Arsenault, Emily McEwen, Lucas Brimicombe, Bert Carroll, Austin Christensen, Glen-Ryan Walters, Robert Kamphuis, Alex Termeer, Ryan Fahey, Devin Gibson, Austin McBurnie, and Breagh White. Head coach was Scott Gibson assisted by Norm Fahey, trainer Craig Christensen and Manager John Kamphuis. Arsenault, Kamphuis, and Brent Walters were named to the Tournament All-Star team. The South Colchester Shinny program had another successful year and held their closing on March 27. South Colchetser Academy, in conjunction with the Brookfield Curling Club hosted the Nova Scotia Provincial Championships. The Sportplex staff had the facility in excellent condition and the competition was very keen and impressive. Athletes of the month for March at SCA were: curlers Taylor Clarke and Jonathan Crouse (Seniors), Karlee and Andrew Burgess (Juniors and hoopster Madison Clarke. The Great Community Spring Spiel was held the first weekend in April with 22 teams taking part. Having their names put on the championship trophy this year were the following; Industry Division - Fundy Vets - Bill Ettinger, Rob Campbell, Nigel Butler and Andrew Webb; Institution Division - Colchester Containers - James Barr, Peter Neily, Bruce Stewart, and David Steeves; Business Division - Roop's Esso - Paul Campbell, Steve and Pam Olmsead, Jean Axworthy / Mike Henderson; Peter Neily was the winner of the Draw to the Button Contest. Slavjan and Rajka's daughter, Hana Conevski, earned a scholarship to Acadia. RCAF Captain Daniel Fisher (mother Karen, grand-father proud military vet Henry Fisher) won the Gus Goulding Award as the top helicopter pilot - Daniel is posted with the 413 Search and Rescue Squadron in Greenwood. Yet another successful grad from the BMC - sponsored 569 Col. Ned Henderson Air Cadet Squadron in Brookfield!
Word comes from Surrey, BC of a son born to Kyle and Aislinn McConnell. The boy is the second grandchild for Dale and Ronnie McConnell and great - grandchild for Bill and Dot Connors of Middle Stewiacke. The baby boom continues at South Colchester Academy; popular teacher and golf, basketball, and cross - country coach Peter Hunt and his wife Katherine have a beautiful baby girl, a sister for Nora. Adrian Rovers and Tonya Colpitts were married in Cuba. Congratulations to all.
South Colchester/Academy, under leader Gaye MacDonald continue to dominate the Regional Science Fair competition. Natalie Fisher will go to the Canada Wide Science Fair after winning the Gold medal in the Senior Health category. Natalie is the daughter of Jamie Fisher and Jeanette Decker (step-daughter of Mark Graham), and granddaughter of Mary-Bruce and the late Dave Fisher. This will be Natalie's third time going to Nationals. She tested extracts she made herself from different evergreens against ovarian cancer cells and mouse melanoma cells. Some of her extracts killed 95% of the cancer cells - amazing! Jared Schenkels, who is only in Grade 8, was the Junior Gold medal winners, and is an alternate to the Nationals. Brandon Verboom won the Senior Silver medal, as did Sam Wright Smith, who also was the winner of Sr. Environmental Challenge. Aiden Schenkels won the Environmental silver medal, the duo of Josh Rankin and Brandon Dennis won Intermediate Bronze. Other Senior medal winners were: Jessica Conrad, Katelyn O'Connell and Jenn Benton (bronze), Clare Cochrane and Sam Thoms (silver). Many of the above also won awards and university scholarships to Dal, St. FX. and Mount Allison, as did Alicia Stewart and Maria Rutherford (Mt. A) and Paxton Dickey (Acadia). In all 17 projects were entered in the Senior division by SCA students - a great group, and testament to Gaye's leadership - her retirement as Senior Biology teacher at SCA in June will leave a major void!
Myrna and Gully Matheson spent a frigid month in Edmonton caring for her brother Tyler's young family, while he and his wife went on a work trip to Antarctica - it was actually warmer on that frozen continent than in the Alberta capital! The Johnson sisters, Linda Campell and Beth Maguire, joined with two former South Colchester High classmates (BethAnn Whiston of Toronto and Sonya Ferguson of Alberta) for a vacation in Cuba, and to commemorate milestone birthdays! Others headed to warm climates were Jonathan and Jodie Woolfitt, who jetted to Jamaica. Cuba attracted Wilfred Toole and Doreen Wilson, Kathy, Daniel, and Luke Patton, as well as Merna, Megan, and Shelby Ryan. Vic and Linda Penny went to South Carolina - we suspect Vic hit a few balls?! Alan and Lorraine Carter, Matt Davis and Kelsey Campbell vacationed in Mexico. Andrew and Becky Roop went to St. Lucia, and Geoff and Joanne Stewart beached in the Dominican Republic. Bill Campbell, Patty Stewart, and Lindsay and Daina Herndan ( and kids) went to Florida. Jim Dickie and "Cheek" Totten cruised to the Panama Canal; Daisy Hingley, Mary Fisher, Velma Fisher and Eleanor Faulkner also sailed the Caribbean. Maureen Foster was astride a camel in Morocco - was she fomenting revolution there? Andrew, Jill Sears and family skied Sugarloaf. Robert Matheson and Lee MacLean went to Phoenix; Ian and Liz Stainwright and family went to Hawaii. Laurie and Maxine Monk returned to Costa Rica; Keiver and Bev Read went to Calgary to visit son Troy. Dan and Lexie Stewart travelled to Newfoundland, while Terry Canning and Krista McMullin went to idyllic New Zealand, as did Miranda "Magic" Deyarmond. We welcome new resident Mark Hingley, who moved into the property on the 289 end of Cherry Lane, and Tracy Croft, who is living in the former Louise McMullin House. Sonya MacLean, her daughter Gina, as well as her mother, Geneva Dean have moved into the home opposite the Veterans Memorial on Route 289. Ed and Edna Graham have moved into the duplex further east on Carter Road owned by Hugh and Judy Matheson; their niece Debbie Matheson has purchased their former home. Jack Roop has been busy moving furniture into his new home on Carter Road, which he will share with the effervescent Leah Densmore, who happily caught the ring he pitched her way!
The aforementioned Roop suffered a frightening eye injury during a hockey game when a puck struck him above the eye and copious amount of blood entered the orbital cavity - he is expected to make a full recovery.
We have previously made mention of the Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations which will run July 15-24 - watch for more information in the May Eagle and through postings on the Community Website and brochures this summer. The theme is Live- Laugh-Celebrate! Certainly words to live by!! Julie Walters and her dedicated helpers who organize the minor ball program will be holding registration Friday April 29 from 6:30 to 8 PM. It is vital if you want your children from ages 5-17 to play minor ball that you get them to registration so the organizers will know how many teams they can form, and how many coaches will be needed. Please be sure to get to registration or contact Julie (673-2678). Susan Walters (673-3295), or Sherri Crowell (650-2080) in advance if you can't make it or wish to help out in any other way. Registration costs are in modest $50 per child (or $80 for 2 kids, $100 for 3 or more in a family); the Brookfield Athletic Association covers the remaining costs of the program. Check elkday.com for more news, pictures etc., relating to the celebrations planned for July 9 - first the 22nd Annual Elks Golf Scramble at BGC, then the festivities at the Sportsplex marking 75 years of Elks teams and activities, since the founding of the BAA. The Brookfield Garden Club will be hosting Cecil Dunlap "Pheasantville Farm" of Salmon River on Tuesday April 19 at 7:30 PM 29 Brandt Lane, apartment 9. He will be talking about his new gardens and daylillies in particular. All are welcome - if anyone has questions, call Elsie 650-2028 or Heather at 890-4987, or e-mail .
The All Around the Circle Seniors Club meet on Tuesday, April 19 at 12 noon for dinner and fun at their seniors room at the Sportsplex. Brookfield Community Assembly Annual General Meeting will be held Monday April 25 at 7:15 at the Brookfield Fire Hall - all are welcome to attend this meeting, which will elect new members and Table Officers. Speaking of elections, we urge all to get to the polls for the federal election on May 2. Running for MP are incumbent Conservative Scott Armstrong ( who will wed Laura Drive resident Tammy Stewart in July), the Green's Jason Blanch, Liberal Jim Burrows,Christian Heritage party candidate Jim Hnatiuk, NDPer Wendy Robinson. Remember the community clean up day the BCA coordinate every year; hopefully many can contribute 2-3 hours on Saturday May 7 from 9-12 to help clean some of the villages bi-ways and ditches. Many hands make the load light, and this is typically a fun community event - Tim Horton's provide refreshments. Please show up at Knox Church at 9:00 and routes will be assigned. We will experience some traffic disruptions this summer, but for good reason - Truck 2 will be widened and have a paved shoulder (bike lane?) added from Kennedy Road in Hilden to the CN crossing - south of the Golf Club. Thanks to the BCA and MLA Gary Burrill for pushing this project. County Councillor Buott continues to press for sidewalk/crosswalk construction markings - hopefully results are in the not-far-distant future.
Please take up the invitation and come to Ladies Night on April 18!
Hope to see you at the BMC