Box 195
Brookfield  NS


April 2012
Vol. 23 Issue 8

Brookfield N.S.
P.O. Box 195 BON 1CO
April 2012 Vol. 23 Issue 8

We hope all our readers had a peaceful and meaningful Easter season. Monday April 16 is the eagerly anticipated date when the Brookfield Men's Club throws open their doors and invites all of the ladies of the community and surrounding area to be their guests for a view of the inner workings of the BMC. A wonderful meal precedes the entertainment, capped off by the presentation of the Eagle Award to a citizen who has contributed much to our community. Hopefully by the 16th, the program will have taken some semblance of shape, and the ladies will be suitably entertained (??). We certainly hope many of them will take up the invitation- doors open at 6:30 PM- we expect to see you there!

Once again we wish to trumpet the achievements of many of our citizens- heading the list is SCA student Emma Stevens of Hilden, who won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Canadian Open Free Style Junior Nationals in Quebec and/or at Ski Slope Style Challenge in Ontario. One's knees get weak watching Emma do her dizzying aerial display with only two very narrow skis on her feet! Individuals from the Brookfield Elks Junior B Hockey Club received awards at the end of the season- Captain Darcy Gillis was named First team All-Star and the Most Gentlemanly Player of the league, while defenseman Travis Nevin was a second team All-Star. The Truro AAA Midget Bearcats won the Nova Scotia Championship and finished third at Atlantics in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. They were led by South Colchester Minor Hockey Association products Zack Bates (Larry, Sandra), goal tender Dennis Nolan (Dan, Lila), and Cole Baker (Brent, Jacquie), who was MVP at the Provincial Championship. Cole also saw time with the Junior Elks this year, and is a grandson of Pat and the late Floyd Stewart, a former Elk. Robert and Dorene Matheson's grandson, Ben Lynds (Jeff and Shawn) also was a strong member of that team. The Peewee AA Female Colchester Cyclones won the Provincial Hockey Championship- Charles Bowers coached the team that included his and Leah's daughter, Chloe Bowers and Hannah Matheson, Jeff and Shawn's daughter- that's right, both their son and daughter are N.S. champs!! Hurricane Heidi's team won the Colchester Women's Rec Hockey League with a 6-4 win over Masstown. Locals on the team are Anita Fisher, Anitra Whidden, and Heidi Cooke. In the West Colchester District Hockey League, the Gutter Done Construction team won the B division championship- it took 3 best of 5 playoff series to win the title and all three series went the full five games; the local boys faced elimination five times but won all of those games! Included on the team were Mark Kennedy, Mike McCallum, Kevin and Darren Peterson, as well as former Elk Chris MacKenzie from Upper Stewiacke, Andrew Fisher, and Jason Blois from Hilden, and Andy Furmidge, and Danny Graham of Middle Stewiacke. Caila Henderson capped off a standout volleyball career at Mount Allison University by being named the New Brunswick school's Female Athlete of the Year for 2011-12. Jill Robertson of Fall River, daughter of Turk and the late Vera Henderson, and former resident of Densmore Lane, was named Nova Scotia's Physiotherapist of the Year at their annual meeting. Jill owns and operates two Physiotherapy clinics, as well as teaching the demanding subject at Dalhousie University. Eric Henderson (Mark, Pam; grandson of Phil and Judy) of Moncton, had a major thrill recently. The Atom Hockey star skated onto the ice as the "7th man" with the Dallas Stars before their crucial home game against the San Jose Sharks in front of 17,000 fans!

The Brookfield Curling Club season has wrapped up- a number of awards were handed out at the Junior Curling closing. Glen Ryan Walters was presented with the prestigious Josh Melvin trophy for his dedication and skill, while the Rupe and Mary Fisher trophy for desire, interest, and improvement went to Nigel Graham of Upper Stewiacke. Instructors Leah Bowers and Terry and Lisa Henderson are commended for giving much of their time to the youngsters each week- the program numbered close to 35 juniors. Very exciting news that South Colchester Academy captured the Senior Boys High School Provincial Curling Championships! The team consisted of Jonathan Crouse, Andrew Burgess, Aaron Langille, Alberto Serracin, and Karlee Burgess. All five were named SCA's Athletes of the Month for March. Alberto was the regular on the team, but he was away for provincials, so the team added the younger Burgess and never missed a beat in winning the title. The Brookfield Curling Club crowned champions for its respective leagues- the Tuesday night league was won by Ted and Angie Wellwood and Jim and Cathy MacDonald, while the Friday night winners were David and Charlene Singer and Rob and Amanda Kay. The Thursday night league was hotly contested all year long, and a veteran crew prevailed, sweeping the playoffs- Earle McCurdy, Wally Kirkwood, Bill Ellis, and Gary Doyle are the champs. The Monday night league winners were Clayton Daley, Muir, Tim, and Larry Fisher. The 23rd Great Community Curling Classic was a wonderful success- Chairman Darrell Robinson did a fantastic job, ably assisted by Bob and Paula Miller, Pibb, Lisa, and Terry Henderson. Special marks go to the crew (Troy Sutherland, Danny Hines, and Daniel Patton) at the Sportsplex for providing the best ice of the season. The Brookfield Athletic Association and B.J. Electric were the major sponsors of the event. Winners of the coveted trophy and banners were as follows: Institution division: the Henderson's, skip Peter Henderson, his uncle Mike, cousin Stephen Henderson, and Karla Armsworthy; The Industry Division: champion was Your Waste as a Resource- Laurie Cochrane, Tom VanOirschot, Clary White, and Gary Doyle; Recreation Division: Denise Mitchell, Miriam Gill, Joanne Babin, and Joyce Barak. Prevailing in the Business Division were Atlantic Fly Fishing School- Wally Kirkwood, Dennis Grant, Bill Bernesconi, and Bob Hingley. Division Draw to the Button winners were Ernie Glinz, Ken Retson, Pibb Henderson, and Clary White; the deadly White won the overall contest. After a year of great revitalization at the Curling Club, which saw membership grow by 75% (!!) , we hope many more plan to get involved next fall. Call Lisa at 673-2106 to acquire your tickets for the 36th annual banquet which goes Friday, April 13 at 6:30 PM. The BCC's Annunal General Meeting will be held at the club on May 1, at 7 PM. Gracie Wilson, 11 year old daughter of Yan Mowatt (granddaughter to Letha Mowatt) took top honors in the novice division at the Provincial Dog Show with her canine "Blush". The long tradition of excellence from SCA students at the Regional Science Fair continued, as Aidan Schenkels won the Senior High category; both he and Olivia Giffen (Intermediate) qualified for the Canada Wide Science Fair in Charlottetown in May. Nova Scotia Skills Competition results from Sydney saw Tyler Blair win Gold (Web Page Design),
Devan Graham (Dennis Graham, Julie Walters) - Bronze (Carpentry), Brodie Nelson (Bruce, JoAnne)/Jake Rains (Aaron, Trish Gavel)- Bronze (Film and Video Production). Two SCA grads participating in the Post-Secondary division as apprentices struck gold: Adam Tanner (carpentry) and Erik Reade (Autobody Repair)! Grad Kayla Johnson won a bronze in photography. Gold medalists Tyler, Adam, and Erik will be on Team Nova Scotia competing at the National level in Edmonton in May! SCA O2 teacher Darren Retson (Ken, Kay) provides invaluable leadership.

Delightful early spring weather has many hoping it's not a mirage; and many of our residents have been seen walking, cycling, etc. Unfortunately some are battling illness and unable to take advantage- Sid Johnson is recovering at home (and being missed on his mail route);while spending time in hospital have been Jean Nelson, Carol Campbell, and Bev Morrell. Some prognoses are better than others; we hope for the best for all involved.

Thanks very much to former flashy outfielder for the Brookfield Elks, Don Rutherford who has long been ensconced in Riverview, New Brunswick- he made a very kind donation to the Eagle's cause- it is appreciated! Helen Crockett was feted on her 90th birthday at the Brandt apartments- Helen spent her younger years in Upper Stewiacke, and we are now happy to have her with us in the village. Last issue we mentioned some of the people who helped so much with the Sterling Delaney benefit; we were remiss in not including Lloyd Osborne and Merv Dickie along with others mentioned in the March Eagle. Thanks also goes to the organizers of the Chili supper and related fund-raising events in support of former Middle Stewiacker Jody Cook, who is battling cancer at this time- thanks again to all who attended and/or supported in any way both of these events.

High school pals from nearly 50 years ago Nancy VanTassell and Cheryl (Woodworth) McKillop took a trip to China. Gerald and Elaine Ross (and daughter Megan Sutherland) went to Calgary to visit daughter Chelsea French and their new grandson Caden. They also traveled northwest to Mayerthorpe where son Jacob lives and works, with a detour to the West Edmonton Mall for a little shopping! Maureen Foster checked off Portugal as a destination, in her quest to visit most of the world's countries! The seven peaks of Sunday River were the attraction for the schussing set- included in that caravan were Charlie, Kathy, and Camden Weatherbee, Jodie, Jonathan, Jewel, and Jack Woolfitt, Brad, Sonya, and Daniel Matheson, and Gordon and Myrna Matheson with their daughter Pam, son-in-law Oleg, and grandchildren Caitia, and Tahila. Joel Dawe has been appointed as manager of the Colchester Legion Stadium.

Jim Cox, long-time officer in the Truro Police Department, and husband of Emma (Messervey) passed away in Truro. Jean Nelson's sister, the former Frances Hayden died in British Columbia. Kay Manley, sister to the late Art Sears, died in Dartmouth. Former Hamilton Avenue resident Ronnie DeBay died in New Glasgow, while Laura Fisher's brother Paul Maberry of Westchester died. Joyce Crockett of Hilden passed away- she was grandmother to Junior Elks goal tender Brad Oosterom. Former Brookfielder Earle Kent, brother to Helen O'Neil, died in Truro. Grahame Maguire's uncle, Clyde Maguire died in Stewiacke, and Greg Hawes' brother Cyril died as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Crossroads. Gerald Crosby passed away in Lockeport- he was father to Joan Bangay and retired Brookfield Memorial teacher Gail Sexsmith. Mr. Crosby was famous in Lockeport as a longtime school teacher, Captain of the Air Cadets squadron, Justice of the Peace, and member of town council. Our community was deeply saddened with the passing of Randy Roop- though he had his share of physical maladies in recent years, Randy was a devoted and dedicated supporter of all things Brookfield, and a standout family man, and businessman for years. He and his wife Betty were honored with the 2010 Eagle Award, and they were made Honourary Members of the Brookfield Athletic Associaton for all their efforts on behalf of that organization. He leaves behind Betty, four community-minded adult offspring, six grandchildren, and brother Bob in Florida. We extend condolences on behalf of the community to all who mourn.

Congratulations go to Rod and Amy (Fisher) MacLean of Hilden on the birth of their first son- Owen Donald! He is the first grandson for legendary Don and Marg Fisher. Hopefully Donnie teaches young Owen his effortless skating style and leaves the goal scoring tips to someone else! Grade four teacher at Brookfield Elementary Lisa Smith, and her partner Troy Baird are the proud parents of a new baby girl. Congratulations to both couples, and enjoy the excitement.

Quinn Smith came home from Iqaluit for grandfather Herman Smith's funeral. Wendi (Campbell) Grant came home from B.C. to assist her ailing mother, Carol. The males in Whitehorse were wailing as two of their love- liest ladies (Susan VanTassell and Jill Dean) fled home to Brookfield. Ivy Haasen came from Northern Ontario to visit her mother, Edna Graham. Tamara (O'Leary) Katayama visited from Toronto with sons Seamus and new baby Cian to meet his great-grandmothers Alice O'Leary and Shirley Harrison, his grandather George O'Leary , and also reconnecting with grandmother Sharon O'Leary.

Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the county's Recreation Department, the CCRSB, SCA Principal Nevin Jackson, Athletic Director Kelly Spencer, and concerned School Advisory Council members, the Fitness Centre at SCA is again open to the public on weeknight evenings. All that is required is to attend an orientation session with professional fitness trainer Jason Davis, to become familiarized with the facility and the equipment, sign a release, and agree to abide by the posted regulations. Over 30 have attended the sessions so far; the next one is slated for Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30. Please call or email Terri (897-3155, at the county office ahead of time so they can plan accordingly. The first Annual Crohn's and Colitis Chilly Dip- Charity Polar Bear Swim will be held at the the Shortt's Lake Dam in support of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada on Sunday, April 15. People interested in swimming should pick-up a pledge sheet for donations, and we encourage everyone to come and watch the even and support the cause. Following the swim there will be a barbecue held at the Brookfield Fire Hall, all proceeds from food sales will go towards the cause as well. Registration for swimmers starts at 12:30 and the swim is at 1 PM. The BBQ will immediately follow the Chilly dip so mark your calendars, cheer on the dippers, and support a great cause! Guess Who is Coming to dinner happens Saturday, April 21; and treats you to a three course meal. Arrive at Knox at 6:30 PM and discover your host- cost is $25/person. Make your reservations by calling Kay at 673-2356.

VOLUNTEERS needed for Brookfield Community CleanUp - Saturday morning, April 28th. Meet at Knox Church for information at 9 AM- 3 hours later you are done! Receive garbage bags supplied by 'Clean Nova Scotia' an environmental non-profit organization, work gloves provided by The Home Place in Hilden and Brookfield Hardware Store, safety vests on loan from Brookfield Fire & Emergency Services, bottled water donated by 'All Around the Circle ' Seniors group. Watch for Groups of people in the week prior that are picking up trash taking part in this Community Volunteer event. It will only happen with your help. We ask you to please contribute by picking up the trash in front of your property on your street. Every little bit counts! The Brookfield Community Assembly will host their Annual General Meeting Monday, April 30 at 7:15 PM at the Fire Station. The BCA strives for community betterment in the greater "community", defined as the "old" elementary school catchment area, including Forest Glen, Brentwood, Shortts Lake, Pleasant Valley, Green Oaks, North, East , and Upper Brookfield. Anyone wishing to pass potential nominees to the BCA on can call Kathy at 673-3350 or Mike at 673-2769. All Around the Circle Seniors host their monthly meal on April 17, at 12 PM, and afterwards Kenny Parnham provides musical entertainment. We are happy to announce that the Train Station Historical Society will once again be hosting the Fish-a-Rama at the Wetlands Trails ponds on May 26; prizes reportedly will include a bicycle and fishing rods!! Watch for more details in the May Eagle. After you've dropped a line in the ponds that day, come to the dance at the Sportsplex that evening featuring the band Shameless. This is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Junior B Hockey Club and is very worthy of your support- tickets available at Roop's Esso, MacQuarries in Truro, or at the door. Later in the summer mark your calendar when the outstanding band Signal Hill will play for a fund-raising dance on behalf of the Sportsplex on July 21. Tickets are available at Roop's Esso, Pharmasave, from any Sportsplex Director, or from Sherry at 673-2208. The Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations will open on the evening of Friday, July 20 and run through till Sunday, July 29- residents will receive a detailed brochure in early July of the scheduled activites- and a lengthy listing will be in the May Eagle. The parade will be July 21, and the Whing Ding July 27-28.
We hope to see you at Ladies Night!


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