Box 195
Brookfield  NS


February 2011
 Vol. 20 Issue 6

Brookfield N.S.
P.O. Box 195 BON 1CO
February 2011 Vol. 20 Issue 6

    A reminder to all right off the top - Brookfield Men's Club will hold their anniversary dinner and meeting on Monday, February 21 at the Fire Station - please note the special time of 6:30 PM. The BMC was founded in 1937, since that time it has been a beacon for community leadership, fellowship and indeed a critical part of the fabric of our great community.   At the anniversary dinner the members welcome the opportunity to invite their sons and daughters to the meeting, where a roast beef dinner awaits. The cost is a mere $11 per person; however to ensure we provide sufficient meals, all are asked to call Secretary Terry Henderson at 673-2106 by Thursday, February 17 at the latest.  We are looking forward to an interesting guest speaker as well - Shawn Brennan the Manager for the Digby Neck Wind Project will enlighten all on that enterprise.  Make plans now to join us for the meal, presentation and the meeting; but please call Terry at 673-2106 to reserve your spot. While on BMC matters, it is certainly not too early to put out a call to the public for nominations for the BMC Eagle Award.   This prestigious citation is awarded annually at Ladies Night in April to a member of our community who has provided exceptional building and betterment to our community.   Pass any nominations on to our webmaster at or any BMC member.  All nominations should be received by April 1st.  Don't hesitate to use this opportunity to formally thank and recognize some of your neighbours who make this community great.

    Nice to see a couple of Brookfielders who now live elsewhere, but cherish every moment when they get home in our ville for a while.  Robin Sutherland was home to visit mother Edna and his sister, brothers and friends - "Button" was a non-stop, hard- checking left winger for Elks hockey teams in the 70's.   From Vancouver came Julie (Henderson) Hsu to visit her parents Terry and Mary Henderson, also other family members on a quick weekend trip.  Most would think it's hard to top Vancouver as a permanent residence, but it is not hard to see where Julie really likes to spend her time!  Congratulations to Mike and Vicki Hassan who purchased Jamie and Angela's fine home on Cherry Lane.  The popular pizza proprietors were looking for a bigger abode for their three young boys!  Jamie and Ang are residing in the wonderfully restored Freda Brenton house near the top end of Carter Road; they plan to build this spring.  Gavin and Angela Neilson (and their 2 children) have moved into the house at the west end of Hamilton Avenue, overlooking the 4th green of the golf course.

    Leila Brenton celebrated her 99 birthday at Elk Court with family and friends on Groundhog Day - she is a long time resident of Brookfield and truly one of our great treasures; a friend to all she meets.  Jane Fleming (daughter of Mark and Kelly) was quick to exclaim "Yes" when beau Ryan MacKenize (Kevin and Melissa) asked her hand in marriage!  Rayanne (Nelson) and Chris Frizzell were blessed with a baby girl, a granddaughter for Maurice and Elaine Nelson.   Austin Ross, BMC Vice President &  Co-Director of Eagle circulation, has journeyed to Montreal to be with his daughter Donna-she recently delivered a baby girl, Tykara, Austin's first grandchild!! Donna's partner is Ackbar Hines.   From Wolfville via Port Hawkesbury comes the good news of the first grandchild for Dennis and Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury,  Nathan James Garth Haverstock was born to their daughter Gina and son- in- law Sean Myles in the Acadia town.  Carol is a former Middle Stewiacker, and the new babe is a cousin to Phil and Krista McMullin and Richard Sutherland, among others.  We also want to take this opportunity to thank Carol for her ongoing and very generous support of the BMC Eagle.

    By the time you read this the Canada Winter Games will be underway in Halifax (as well as at Ski Wentworth and Ski Martock).  A couple of South Colchester Academy lasses, past and present, are part of the Nova Scotia contingent.  The indefatigable Jennie Mae Roy is a member of the provincial cross-country skiing team.  The Fort Ellis resident is a 2008 grad of SCA and currently a third year student at Concordia University.  It will not surprise us to see her make a strong showing; despite being distracted by her studies in Montreal which limits practice time, she is a wonderful combination of tenacity, skill and personality.  15 year old Emma Stevens and a Grade 9 SCA student from Hilden, is part daredevil; she will be a member of the freestyle ski team at Wentworth.  Watching Emma compete is not for the faint of heart, as it seems she is upside down as much as she is feet to the ground!  January Athletes of the Month (all hoopsters) at SCA were Seniors Evan Gilbert and Cara Kaulbach, Juniors were Travis Mercer and Emilee Burris.  The SCA Snow Boarder Cross team is gearing for the provincials at Martock on Feb. 28 - Coach Kelly Spencer's team consists of defending NSSAF champion Alicia Stewart (Brian and Tammy) and Grade 9's Adam Kaulbach (Bill and Lynn) and Sam Devlin ( David and Tammy).  On curling rinks we also had some local flavour traveling in high circles - Kelly MacIntosh, daughter of Elementary School Principal Cathie MacIntosh, was a member of the Mary Anne Arsenault rink which placed high in the Nova Scotia Scott Tournament of Hearts.  Meanwhile, former Brookfield Curling Club members Kent Smith (originally of Sheet Harbour) and our own Phil Crowell, (Maurice's son) curled with the Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc rink at the Provincial Tankard Championship.  They finished the preliminary portion in first place before being edged in the Semi final.   Congratulations go to the organizers and performers who put on a wonderful Valentine's dinner theater at Knox Church. Producer Lori Nielsen, Director Shirley Harrison and the cast rollicked through a hilarious performance of 'Now Hear This'; and a delicious five course meal certainly made for lots of contented smiles in the audience as well.  Bob and C.J. Prest added fine music to the evening.  Well done to SCA alums Alex Fleming (Mark and Kelly) and Dave (Anita and David) and Cameron, both of whom earned spots on the President's List at NSAC for academic achievement.  2nd year B.A. Student Bailey Campbell (Bob and Linda) earned a scholarship at UNB. The winners of the Brookfield Curling Club ticket draw were: $1000 - Darrell Robinson; $500 - Lewis Ingram; $300 - Garnet Davis; $100 - Jamie Hill; $100 - Craig Brown.

    The community lost another outstanding citizen with the passing of Harold Ellis of Carter Road.  He was a truly genuine individual who always had a pleasant word for all he met.  Harold did not know the meaning of the phrase "generation gap" - he was equally at home with people of his own vintage, as he was young children, and this writer remembers him from his teenage years as a warm and dedicated community booster.  He will be missed by his many friends, his fellow Baptist Church members, his children, grandchildren, and great - grandchildren.  Sorry to report on the passing of Kaye Mackay, long time Eastville resident, more recently living at the Brandt Street apartments.  Kaye was mother to Sandra Fudge, and former SCHS athletic standout Ed.   Vera Conrad passed away in Truro at age 90 - she was mother to among others Heloise Morgan, Debbie Smith, and Erma Denton, formerly of Pleasant Valley and now living at Shortts Lake.  Most people wish they had the energy Vera displayed at 90 - she could dance most anyone under the table!  Former Brookfield Curling Club member Alfred Scothorn died in Hardwoodlands, and Jean Lawrence's father, Ed Allen died in the Wolfville area.  Jane Armsworthy's mother Gretchen Ayer, passed away in Truro, while Geraldine Jackson, mother to Judy (Mrs. Phil) Henderson died in Halifax.  The Provincial Curling community was saddened to hear about the passing of Peter MacPhee of Dartmouth, his parents were originally from Stewiacke East.  Peter was a terrific friend to many and especially to our Curling Club, which he supported.   He was a six time provincial Men's champion whose word carried tons of weight in the curling fraternity.

    While many have reveled in the massive snow falls we've had this winter, some chose to abandon ship for warmer climates.  Brad and Megan Sutherland and Cory Sutherland and Pam MacKinnon vacationed in Mexico.   The Dominican Republic was the destination of choice for Dave and Janice Peterson and Dave and Anitra Whidden.   Lexie Stewart made her annual jaunt south, this time to Jamaica; while her old running mate, Kathy Dean spent several weeks nursing on Baffin Island.

    Elaine Ross is recovering from a broken wrist, suffered from a fall on some ice.   Rajka Conevski is at home recovering from throat surgery; we wish her well through her upcoming treatments.  Glad to report that Mary Crossman is home after an extended stay in hospital.

    Register now for the Great Community Curling Classic, you can do this by calling the Sportsplex (673-2063). This year's event, runs April 1-2-3, and is a wonderful opportunity for all levels to have some friendly competition and possibly put your name on a banner!  You may enter as individuals or teams - a great way to rekindle your interest if you've been away from the game for awhile.  Come and enjoy the wonderful facilities at the Brookfield Curling Club.  The Brookfield Elks are in the home stretch for the Nova Scotia Junior League, in the midst of a 3 way fight for 2 play-off positions in the West Division.  The Elks, East Hants Penguins and the Sackville Blazers appear to be going down to the wire.  If the Elks make the playoffs (as we expect) watch for signage around the community and through the media for game dates.  Over the past months we have made some mention of some of the Brookfield Elks rep teams in various categories - there are several Brookfield/South Colchester females playing hockey at high levels with the Colchester Cyclones programs, which brings together talented hockey players from across the county.  Female Rep teams are in action in the Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget categories, and there is local representation on all those teams - check it out.  The Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations will be held from July 16-24 inclusive.  The Whing Ding will anchor this event on Friday and Saturday July 22-23.  Typically CHB has many activities - one is hard pressed to attend all the wonderful events - watch for more details in the upcoming months.  If you wish to volunteer in any way please contact Marian at 673-3464 or Judy at 673-2427.

    2011 marks the 75th year since the founding of the Brookfield Athletic Association, and the BAA has many special plans to mark the occasion. One of the first of these is "Elk Day", slated for July 9. There will be a display of Elk (and Elkette) memorabilia, pictures, and video at the Sportsplex from July 9-13.  On July 9 it is hoped that as many as possible former Brookfield sporting greats make it back to the village for a meet and greet at a reception with community members and fans.  Won't it be great to see some of the standouts from those powerhouse Elks hockey teams from the 50's and 60's, the ladies softball champs of the 60's and 70's, and fabulous softball teams that dominated the provincial scenes from 1963 through the last third of the century!  July 9 is also the expected date for the Brookfield Elks Golf Scramble so plan on attending that fun filled event in the morning, and then proceed to the Sportsplex to soak in some great Brookfield sporting history. For more information on Elk Day contact Lynn Matheson at 673-2328 or Nancy VanTassell at 673-2070.  Also be watching for special attractions at the Whing Ding and the 75th edition of the Brookfield Elks Sports Draw (nee Big Game Hunt).   The BAA is more appreciative than words can state for the volunteers that have helped the organization stand the test of time.  You have always been there when the BAA or community has called; and we know you will be in the future!

    The magician of the ukulele, Crystal Lake Drive's own James Hill, is in the process of producing a new album.  In his words - "I'm writing with exciting news: it's time to get back in the studio to record my next album! All the songs are written and I'm really excited about the way it's sounding. I feel this record will be a breakthrough for me. To offset the expense of recording the album and "doing it right" I've decided to pre-sell it so that friends like you can be directly involved in its creation! Pre-ordering is a way for you to help me make a great-sounding album, show your support for independent artists, and get some cool "thank you" perks (like personalized autographed CDs, a limited-edition EP, your name in the album credits and more).  Just go to: Read through the options and choose the one that's right for you. I can't tell you how much your support means; as funding for the arts dries up everywhere, it's direct action like yours that makes it all possible." Since moving to Brookfield James has really raised the bar of the performing arts here and we are grateful of his efforts on behalf of several community events for example Canada day festivities, Food Bank Concert, etc). Here is your chance to offer him some tangible gratitude! For more details see the Brookfield community website, and check out his incredible solo performance of Billy Jean on his website - all who saw him perform it at the Marigold in November were amazed!

For those of you who have not had a chance to pick up your Community Calendar:
There will be someone at Knox United Church 
this Thursday February 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Please give strong consideration to joining the Brookfield Men's Club at their anniversary dinner on Monday February 21 at 6:30 PM at the Fire Hall. Contact Terry Henderson at 673-2106 to let him know how many from your household will be attending.

Reminder the BCA's website is

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