Vol. 20 Issue 7
P.O. Box 195 BON 1CO
March 2011 Vol. 20 Issue 7
The Brookfield Men's Club anniversary dinner and meeting held in February was an unqualified success. Seven sons and one daughter of clubmen attended and enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Middle Stewiacke UCW; and the men were treated to a very interesting presentation by Sean Brennan. Brennan is an Environmental Engineer for Nova Scotia Power, and his talk was largely about that company's plan for developing renewable energy resources. The specifics of his presentation were about the Digby Neck Wind Farm and how it was constructed. This prompted many questions from the BMCers and their scions. The March meeting will be held Monday, March 21 at 7:30PM at the Fire Hall; as usual members of the community are invited to attend. The annual BMC Ladies Night, where the clubmen throw open their doors to the ladies of the community for an evening of dining and entertainment, will be April 18 at 6:30 PM. The winter of unending snow and ice was popular with many outdoor enthusiasts but how did that much snow disappear that quickly?!? As you read this the local elementary and high schools will be on their March break. It's hard to believe the academic year is 2/3 over!
Nice to see action in various maternity wards as babies were a primary focus - South Colchester Academy teachers Jennifer and Kelly Spencer have a new baby girl Rowan Eve, to join their two sons Kaden and Jackson at their home in Shortts Lake. Fellow SCA teacher Jody Arenburg and her husband Josh have a new baby, Murray. Shane and Brittany Sutherland have a delightful baby girl as well and this happy addition made grandparents for the first time of Pete and Vicki Sutherland. Mark (Turtle) and Sarah Campbell have a new baby boy and grandchild for Paul and Joan Campbell and Ernie and Helene (Matheson) Maynard! From Okotoks, Alberta come word that Bruce and Mary Dickie also welcomed a baby boy into the their household - Bruce is the son of Victor and Betty Dickie of Elm Street. While we are bestowing bouquets we must mention the recent engagement of Matthew Stewart (Geoff and Joanne) to Kala Bates (Larry and Sandra) of Hilden. These two lovebirds have been an item for a considerable time and both are Cape Breton University graduates. Wedding bells rang for Jake Smyth and Meggan Colpitts; brother Josh and wife were home from the west for the event. Jake and Josh are sons of Sharon and the late Brian Smyth. Byard (Rub) Carter, father of community webmaster Susan Stevenson, and former Carter Rd resident, celebrated his 85th birthday.
Patty Stewart revelled in Sin City (Las Vegas), having won a Traveloto trip. Alton and Lorna Sutherland vacationed in Arizona while Pibby and Dawn Henderson went to Sanibel Island, Florida. Lexie Stewart jaunted to Mexico, while Sheila Johnston went to Ottawa.
Congratulations go to Ecole Acadienne de Truro grade 6 student Maria Baini, who was recognized as one of six provincial winners in an Art contest symbolizing Grande Pre and the importance it played in Nova Scotia history. Maria is the daughter of Brookfield Market and Pizzeria owners Mario Baini and his wife Oussama - they were delighted with the recent ceremony, which was also witnessed by Maria's grandmother Laurice Ayoub. Maria has been taking private art lessons for several years, and some of her talent may trace from her great grandfather, who was a famous artist in Lebanon - well done Maria! One fellow who makes having a subscription to the Truro Daily News worth while all by himself is Lyle Carter, and he was duly recognized by the Colchester Historical Society at their annual Heritage night. Lyle's interesting interviews and stories in the newspaper detailing local history was the reason for his well deserved recognition. As giant publishing cartels become less and less responsive to local concerns, Lyle's columns are indeed a vital part of the Daily News maintaining its subscriber base. The Brookfield Elks bowed out in the quarter finals of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, losing to the Windsor Royals (the final three games by one goal, with the final two in overtime). Some league awards were copped by Elks - Jimmy Scullion tied for the loop's scoring lead and was named the first team All-Star forward, while Carter Road brothers Chris and Doug Armsworthy (Dave and Jane) both were named to the second All-Star team (as left wing and defensemen respectively)! Caila Henderson captained her Mount Allison Mounties to the Atlantic Conference Athletic Association Volleyball championships in a thrilling weekend at the NSAC. Despite the Mounties pedestrian 9-9 season record they defeated the regular season champion Mount Saint Vincent Mystics (16- 2) and then the UNB Saint John Seawolves (13-5). Both matches went the full five sets, with the deciding game in the final won by a 16-14 count by the Mounties, who advanced to the CCAA National Championships in Saint John. Henderson was named to the Conference's All-Star Team. Also playing a very major role in the Mounties' triumph was Alex Logue-Storr, daughter of Eric and Lori and granddaughter of longtime Brookfield educator Yan (Wilson) Storr. The first place Mount St. Vincent team also had two lasses of local note - one of their standout players was Taylor Conrad, daughter of former Junior Bearcat Doug, and granddaughter of legendary Elks hockey coach Ron (Alfie) Conrad - his widow Faye was delighted to watch her granddaughter. Also on the Mystics roster was first year player Kelly Higgins, (Paul and Beverly), the granddaughter of Carl and Doris Densmore of Stewiacke. 6'6" Tyler Veenhuis of South Branch, a former Brookfield Junior High Bobcat, led his UNB Reds to the AUS Mens Volleyball title, ending 25 years of unbroken rule by Dalhousie. Tyler and the Reds went to Nationals in Langley, B.C. On the hockey ice the Truro Wynn Park Wildcats won their division in the Eastern Shore Mariners Tournament - local lasses on this team include mother and daughter combinations Kathy and Holly Dean and Bev and Meghan Read; and Anita Fisher and Cheryl Hamilton.
The West Colchester Hockey League which operates out of the Debert arena, is well into playoffs now, and many are keeping a keen eye on the progress of the HAF Skate and Tattoo team generously backed by sponsor Mitchell Cooke. This team has advanced to the finals in this very competitive league, and is back stopped by Matt Dickey (Jeff and Susan, grandson of the late Jiggs and Peg Dickey) and has notables such as Jack Roop, James Retson, Patrick Stewart, Lee Nelson, Elk softball star Jason Sanford, Jamie (not Jimmy) Scullion, Jay Duffy, Josh Taylor, Bryant Fraser, Ryan Ellis, Brookes VanTassell, Brent Harrison and Cory and Troy Sutherland. Athletes of the Month for February at South Colchester Academy were Alicia Stewart (snowboarding) and hoopster Reilley Rankin and Bradley McKinnon (Juniors), and Katelyn McGrath and Ryan Smith (Seniors). At the Brookfield Curling Club the provincial Prime Time (Over 70) Championships were held; for the second straight year the team of Ken Retson, Earle McCurdy, Terry Henderson and Elmer Archibald did not lose a game. However they were not able to defend their championship, as the final game was tied and they lost on a draw to the button. Two teams from SCA captured Regional Championship banners in curling - the team of Jonathan Crouse, Isaac MacDonell, Andrew Burgess and Aaron Langille (coach Craig Burgess) easily won the Senior Boys crown, while the Senior Mixed team also made short work of opposition. That team featured Taylor Clarke, Lucas Dawe, Sarah Sears, Ben Kendricks and coach David Clarke. SCA will host the provincial high school curling championships at the Sportsplex March 22-24 - come cheer on the two local teams to a title! The Junior Girls team of Karlee Burgess, Madison Clarke, Emilee Burris, Olivia Giffen, and coach Alyson Burgess won Districts and will host Regionals at BCC on March 25: the Junior Boys team lost out on a tie breaker at Districts. Coach Charles DeBay led Jacob Bowers, Jamie O'Connell, Jarrett White and Jon Fisher. Alicia Stewart (Brian and Tammy) finished third in the snowboarder cross in the provincial high school senior girls category. Rowan Sears (Andrew and Jill) and Carson Lanceleve (Lou and Marie) are members of the Truro AAA Peewee Bearcats hockey team headed to provincials with a 23-0-1 league record - Lou is the head coach. The Brookfield Velocity Machinery Peewee AA Elks are also off to the provincials in Pictou, after dispatching Antigonish and Cumberland. Maria (Logan and Nancy) Rutherford and Regan (Charles and Leah) Bowers are part of the Colchester Cyclones Midget Female team that is going to provincials; likewise the Peewee Cyclones featuring Hannah Lynds (Jeff and Shawn) and Chloe Bowers will be chasing a Nova Scotia title.
At the Truro Sports Heritage Society's Annual Awards Dinner locals were well recognized - Danica (Cooke) Ellis shared the Female Athlete of the Year (21-50 years) Award for her championship accomplishments in diverse sports equestrian and kick-boxing. Coach Kelly Spencer's provincial champion SCA Wolves slow-pitch softball squad was the High School Team of the Year. SCA P.E. Teacher Kevin Aucoin was named Coach of the Year for leading his Atom AAA Hockey team to the N.S. Crown. Graham Maguire's niece Becky Blank was named Female Athlete of the Year (16-20) years; and friends to Brookfield Kent Loughead and Jill Campbell received Merit awards for long-time service to the sporting community.
Freda Sutherland had a fall and broke her hip, while Brookfield golf champion Steve Locke battled through a nasty bout of pleurisy. Betty Carter was hospitalized with respiratory problems, her daughter Dawn Carter-Henderson and Zoe Barbour were also hospitalized. Eagle distributor par excellence Bob Lawrence was slowed somewhat by a hernia operation. Tammy Sill is starting to get use to her brand new knee, having had the original replaced recently.
Nice to see Chad Works home from the West and Mac Campbell from Ottawa. Brookfield Elks Bowling League star Jean Axworthy has moved back into downtown core of the village in the Vic Penney apartment across from the Baptist Church on Highway 289. We welcome Elsie and Jim Locke who recently moved here from Cole Harbour. They have been summer residents of Shortts Lake since the early 70's; Elsie is a sister to Glenna Murphy and Gail Wright.
Sorry to report on the passing of longtime Green Oaks resident Lola Dartt - she was mother to Tim and Nancy. Former Bell Road resident and BMCer Glen Leck passed away in Truro leaving behind wife Betty, son Bruce and four other sons, and 9 grandchildren (including Joseph, Matthew, Vanessa and Jessica). He will be missed.
Before we move to upcoming events we'd like to remind you to provide any information from your organizations or groups to the BCA Eagle for inclusion on the community website's Calendar of Events. This should be a very valuable reference point for any of our planning of what events you may wish to take in; and just as importantly to avoid scheduling conflicts with other activities in the community. The BCA website cannot list events it does not know about, so please forward them through to the webmaster via the BMC Eagle address. Things we do know about are the aforementioned high school curling championships at the Brookfield Curling Club March 22-24; and the Spectacular Spring Spiel which will go at the BCC April1-3; call the Sportsplex 673-2063) to enter as a team or an individual for this event which works for all levels of curlers, from the rawest of novices to the most experienced. The Brookfield Baptist Church presents "South Bound" in a Gospel/Bluegrass concert Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 PM at the Church. Lunch is provided, and a free will offering will be accepted towards a new sound system for the Church - everyone welcome. The Brookfield Garden Club welcomes Jodie DeLong popular gardening columnist and photographer to talk about her recently released second book: Plants for Atlantic Gardens. There will be a book signing with them available to be purchased on site ($30) tax included, at the All Around the Seniors Circle senior citizens room at the Sportsplex on Tuesday March 22, 7:30 PM - all are welcomed. Books may be pre-ordered by contacting the firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 890-4987 for more info. There will be a St. Patrick's Day Coffee Party Thursday March 17 at 10 AM at Knox United. The All Around the Circle Seniors Club will host their monthly dinner on March 15 at the Sportsplex at noon. A new session of Zumba kicks off March 13 at 6:30 PM at Knox United Hall. Register for the 8 weeks ($56) or pay a $10 nightly drop-in fee. Bring a new friend and both get discounted rates. Laurie Monk 673-2516 and Kathy Best 673-3350 are serving as the Nominating Committee for the Brookfield Community Assembly's Annual Meeting in late April - if you would like to volunteer some time for community service to the BCA then contact either of them. The Coming Home to Brookfield celebration has been expanded to July 15-24 inclusive; another date that should be marked on your calendars is Saturday July 9. Not only will that morning see the 22nd Annual Elks Golf Scramble - an event that encourages participation for all levels of golfers while providing a valuable fundraiser for the Brookfield Athletic Association; but later that day at the Sportsplex the BAA will mark 75 years since it's founding in 1936. Displays are being planned of newspaper articles, photos, videos, slide shows and it is hoped that a large number of Elk and Elkettes from over the years will be in attendance at the reception. The displays will run for about 4 to 5 days after the 9th but that date is the focal date for the former athletes, bowlers etc. Plan now to play in the Elks Scramble that morning then attend the festivities at the Sportsplex.
Remember to forward any information you want included on the Community Calendar to email
Hope to see you at the BMC