Vol. 23 Issue 9
Another Brookfield Mens Club Ladies Night has come and gone- this year's combination of a fine roast beef diner, a humorous business meeting, and some entertainment featuring the talent ensemble "from LA", and the Red Tide's attempt at a re-creation of "The Happy Gang". The ladies, numbered just under 100; while this would be an outstanding turnout for many occasions, we were disappointed that the numbers were down- another event was unfortunately scheduled for the same night, and hurt the crowd somewhat. (The 1960-79 age cohort was woefully under-represented). In spite of that, those in attendance had a rollicking good time! The culmination of the evening was the naming of the 2012 BMC Eagle Award Winner for long term/ outstanding community service- the selection of Charlie Burnett met with unanimous approval from all in attendance. He has been a man for all seasons and causes; to the fire service, to Knox United Church, Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations, and basically anyone else who needs a hand. The only thing keeping it from being an ideal situation was that Charlie (and Janet) were holidaying in Florida at the time; however word is he was thrilled and humbled when he learned of the recognition. It was perhaps more meaningful in that the BMC marked 75 years since its founding in 1937 when Reverend Earle Gordon, Don Henderson, and other community-minded citizens formed the BMC. In that time it has been responsible for countless community projects including the Centennial Park, installation of sidewalks and streetlights, upgrading of streets, Ed Creelman Park, sewage treatment plant and lines, citizenship and other awards at the High School, the Christmas decorating contest, and certainly not the least, for 59 years sponsoring of the 569 Col. "Ned" Henderson Air Cadet squadron. As was evident at Ladies Night, the BMC members have dwindled significantly, and it is certainly hoped that many in the community will strongly consider joining this group, which now largely focuses on fellowship and fun, with a modicum of community service. To that end, all are welcome to the final meeting of the year on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 PM at the Fire Station; after that we will take a hiatus on meetings until September; but the BMC will act on projects as diverse as cemetery assistance, barbecues at various community functions, selling Home Coming shirts, etc. throughout the summer. Whether you be 28, 48, or 68 please give serious consideration to attending the BMC! The BMC was cited as the Volunteer Group of the Year by Colchester County at a ceremony in late April.
Approximately 70 spectators turned out on Saturday, May 5, at the Sportsplex to watch 569 Colonel G.N. Henderson Air Cadet squadron hold its 59th Annual Ceremonial Review. Brigadier General (Retired) Paul McCabe was the Reviewing Officer. Awards were given out as follows: Best First Year Cadet – LAC Peter Betts; Most Improved Cadet – Sgt Kasey Smith; Chief Warrant Officer Ralph Murphy Award for Dress and Deportment – LAC Zachery Coombes; Spirit of 569 Award – F/Cpl Alex Croft; Garth Decker Award to the Cadet who shows the most interest in Aviation – F/Sgt Ryan Leedham; Colonel G.N. Henderson Award to the Top Cadet – WO2 Claire Cochrane; Lord Strathcona Medal – F/Sgt Ryan Leedham; Cadet Long Service Medal for completing four years in cadet program – Sgt Kasey Smith; Perfect Attendance 3 Year Pin – Sgt Kasey Smith; Perfect Attendance 1 Year Pins – F/Sgt Ryan Leedham, F/Cpl Alex Croft, LAC Peter Betts and AC Brookes Woodworth. The Air Cadet League of Canada Nova Scotia Committee ran a ticket sale over the year to raise funds for their Power and Glider Programs, and this year's Grand Prize was a Sobey's Gift Card for $2,000.00. It was sold by Cpl Olivia Wolter-Cook to her parents. Olivia received $100.00 for selling the winning ticket and did a presentation to her Mother at the Parade.
Megan Isenor and the organizers of the Crohn's and Colitis Chilly Dip would like to thank everyone that came out to support that event in April. There were 32 swimmers that plunged into Shortt's Lake at the dam; and a large crowd was in attendance. Over $3000 was raised for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation; it was greatly appreciated, and they look forward to staging the event next year. Thanks to all who donated and supported the cause. Congratulations to former Hamilton Ave. resident and Elks batboy Tom Soehl, who posted a terrific time of 3:23 in the Boston Marathon, run this year in temperatures in the high 80's (Fahrenheit). Tom is the son of Horst and Barb who live in Cloverdale, and he works in the office of Aboriginal Affairs for the government. Speaking of former Elks, Bobby Holland, now of Kings County, has two prolific golfing twins for sons- Sam and James are members of the University of Victoria Vikings; and the brothers led their team through the Regionals to the NAIA finals which will be contested in late May in Oregon. The A-Team rolled to both the the regular season and playoff title in the Brookfield Bowling League- team members were Isaac Benvie, Mary Vecchiola, Paul Rodd, Sheila Rankine and Audrey MacDonald, who won her 8th title in her 51st year in the league. Logan Baillie, and employee at Roop's Esso, was a member of the U-18 Volleyball team that won the provincials. The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation had their annual dinner recognizing students with Exemplary Participation Awards from member schools around the province- Jacob MacNutt (Ed, Tammy) of Pleasant Valley and Alexis Rains (Trish, Aaron) of Elm Street, were presented these at the World Trade Centre. Both the Softball and the Track and Field teams at SCA are well into their seasons with the District Track Meet just completed, and Softball Regionals right around the corner. Athletes of the Month for April were soft-ballers Kelsi Barr, Chelsea Newman, Cole Baker, and Chris Miller. The Girls Softball team will be trying to defend their title again- coaches Kelly Spencer, Ryan MacNutt, and David Clarke took the team to Waterville, Maine for exhibition action the first weekend in May. Though rained out the first day, the team spent most of the day with the University of Maine's female team in their indoor practice facility! They went 3-1 in their games state-side. Coachs Darren Retson and Joel Dawe are leading the male Wolves team into action- the Northumberland region hosts six of the eight teams in the province. SCA takes a major hit next year, as do-everything teacher Darren Retson was a victim of the teaching number cuts. Fortunately for Darren, he will be teaching in Trenton; but the sooner he is back at the alma mater, the better for all concerned. Graduation at SCA is slated for June 28; a few weeks earlier there will be evenings of ceremonies marking both the school achievement awards, and athletic citations. Aiden Schenkels and Melissa Logan are this year's SCA Lieutenant Governor Award recipients- given to Grades XIs who have demonstrated leadership and involvement in school and community affairs/activities while maintaining excellent academic standing. Leah Densmore received her B.Ed degree from St. F.X., and was on the President's List for her efforts. Cailia Henderson graduated from Mount Allison University with her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Science, and a University Leadership award; she has returned to campus to start her Masters in Ecology and Aquaculture. Dallys Serracin is near the completion of her B.Engineering (environmental) degree, and will spend the summer in Clarks Harbour in the aquaculture field. Everett Toole has opened his own small engine repair shop (Pleasant Valley Marine) at 1042 Highway 289 West in Pleasant Valley; let Everett take care of your small engine problems- call 673-3408. Congratulations to Ray and Betty Carter, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary! Alexandra Fisher (Dave, Yvonne, grandmother Helen Fisher) received the Truro Music Festival Cup and Award for the Best Senior Piano for her performance at the Marigold Centre.
Brad and Megan Sutherland of Carter Road have a new baby girl, granddaughter for Gerald and Elaine Ross and Eileen Sutherland; Ricky Dartt and Chanda Deyarmond (Barry, Linda) were blessed with a baby boy Riley Lorne, a great-grandson for Doreen Frank. A great-grandchild came to both Muriel Smith and Audrey MacDonald when Brian and Cherie's son, Mark MacDonald had a baby girl. Former Elk pitcher Craig (Casey) and Sarah Maguire were also blessed with a baby girl, Chloe- Craig is Grahame Maguire's nephew. Zack Sill (Grant, Tammy) scored the winning goal in the American Hockey League quarter final clinching game, advancing his Wilkes-Barre Penguins to the next round versus St. John's Ice Caps. Randy Frame, former Elks pitcher and Junior B Elks hockey coach was an Assistant Coach with the East Hants Penguins, who not only won the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, but went all the way to the finals of the Atlantics before losing 2-1 in overtime to Moncton. Kudos must also go to former gold medal- winning Elk Terry Anthony; in February at the Sportsplex he sagely said the then-third place Penguins would win the NSHL, which they did before their fine showing in Newfoundland at the Atlantics. Terry (and Jacki's) sons, former Elk Matt, and softball star Cody, both skated for the Penguins. Congratulations to the United Church Women (UCW), who celebrated 50 years since their founding, with a moving service on Mother's Day at Knox United.
We regret to inform you of the passing of many family members of our citizens: Dave Armsworthy's mother, Kay, died in Edmonton. Former Brookfield Curling Club member Howard Smyth of Shortts Lake passed away at 93- he is survived by, among others, daughter Valerie Williams, and daughter-in-law Sharon Smyth, both of Shortts Lake. George Hart's sister Mary Blaikie died in Truro, as did former Carter Road resident Earl Isenor's sister, Cora Burris. Gordon Graham of Burnside died; he was grandfather to Adam and Devan Graham. Gertrude Dickey died at 97 in Halifax; she was a sister to Marion Kenrick and the late "Jiggs" Dickey. Reverend Fred Burrill, father of MLA Gary died in Truro, as did Murray Wile, father to Eric Sandeson. Irene Johnstone, sister of Lloyd Osborne, and sister-in-law of Jamesie Adams passed away in Truro, and the original manager at Lafarge Cement plant Don Courtney passed away- Don was almost unrivaled as a fan of the Junior Bearcats Hockey Club in the late 60's early 70's! Nelly Densmore's father, Joseph Berkvens died in Antigonish County. Edith Palethorpe of Saltsprings, formally of Truro, and mother of Walter passed away. In Halifax County, Ross Woodworth's wife, Norma passed away. We offer condolences to all who lost loved ones.
Dorene and Donna Matheson, Edna Graham and Letha Mowatt represented the Truro Presbytery at the Maritime conference bi-ennial meetings in Bathurst, New Brunswick. Jane Armsworthy vacationed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dave Heffernan visited his brother in London, Ontario. Jack Roop, Ryan Ellis, Troy Sutherland, and Jamie Works went to Talladega, Alabama for a NASCAR event. Ruth and Win Matheson, their daughter Sarah, and her husband Kevin Bates traveled to Nashville to take in the sights and sounds; Paul Campbell went to visit son Mac and family in Ottawa, and Julie Walters traveled to Toronto. Andrew and Becky Roop vacationed in Jamaica, while Krista MacMullin and her cousin Charlene (Sutherland) Fraser went to Peru. Krista's daughter Joanna Canning went to the mid-Pacific paradise of Hawaii, while Lexie Stewart and Aubrey and Janet Armstrong traveled to Cuba. Jim and Shirley McNutt went to the Dominican Republic. SCA teachers Dale Roberts and Gary Renouf led 26 grade 12 students to Europe, where they took part in the 95th Anniversary ceremonies at Vimy Ridge. Always nice to see friends returning to Brookfield, including Wayne Watson at his mother Emma's, Karla Armsworthy came home on her study break from Memorial U. in Newfoundland. Miranda (Magic) Deyarmond and Brenda (Fisher) Visser also were home. The snowbirds have returned after a winter in Florida or other warm climes- these include Jill and Grant Higgins, Marilyn and Lloyd Groves, Gordon and Jackie Burnett, as well as Shirley Lacey and Mel Douglas. Cory Sutherland had an operation on his shoulder, and Lori Campbell had ear surgery.
Jamie and Angela Reid are building a new house at the corner of Carter Road and Whidden Road- it is a fine looking home and construction appears to be going swimmingly. Longtime Vice Principal at South Colchester Academy, Bob Purcell is retiring in June after almost 30 years at SCHS/SCA; sad to report a fire caused significant damage to his house in Shubenacdie recently. Karla O'Leary, an effervescent teacher currently at Truro Junior, and formerly at Oxford High, and native of Greenfield, will be a teaching-Vice Principal at SCA in September. At the Brookfield Community Assembly in late April, Chairman Rod Nielsen was returned as President, and Sue MacKenzie was welcomed as a new member- we appreciate those who contribute their time and effort to the BCA. Thanks very much to Helen Crockett for her kind donation to the Eagle- we appreciate the support!
On Saturday, May 26 the Train Station Society will host their third Fish-a-Rama at the Wetlands Park and Trails from 7:30 AM to 12 noon. Registration is $5 a person or $10 for a family. There will be a draw for a bicycle, as well as prizes for the longest and heaviest fish caught. The BMC will operate a barbecue and refreshments will be available. Later that evening, plan on making tracks to the Sportsplex- the Junior B Hockey Club is hosting a fundraising dance and would be most appreciative of your support. The band is Shameless; their reputation suggests, a fun evening awaits attendees. The BCA's Recreation and Leisure Committee would like to thank all whom participated in the Brookfield Community CleanUp event, from the youngest to the seasoned volunteers. As people braved the cold winds and cloudy skies with the odd snow flurry, muffins from Tim Hortons lifted their spirits. Helping keep everyone warm & safe, were safety vests and rubber gloves supplied by Brookfield Fire department, gloves from Brookfield Lumber/BMR and The Home Place/Hilden. Donations of bottled water from All Around the Circle-Seniors Group, bottled water & muffins from Roops Tim Hortons, garbage & recycle bags from Hilary Paquet at the County office.. Krista McMullin's Teenbits group collected 8 bags of garbage! Some of the 4H Club came with the youngest garbage picker. Several people picked garbage all week on their own time. So much more made this a great success, over 50 bags of garbage.The 569 Col. G.N. Henderson Air Cadets will be continuing the CleanUp this month on the #2 highway. Other groups in the community will be continuing on with this task during the month of May. Left over bottled water was donated to our Volunteer Fire and Rescue service. Thanks to the people that picked up the garbage bags that were filled by volunteers. Please watch for our posters next year and come volunteer! Train Station 45's Card parties on Friday Evenings at 7:30 have started and run all summer. The All Around the Circle Seniors 55+ Bus trip will be early fall this year. To book a seat on this eight hour bus Trip, phone Susan Stevenson (673-2479) for information and cost- tentative destination is Advocate Harbour. Date TBD. The Brookfield Garden Club meets May 15 at 7:30pm contact firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 890-4987. This is the plant swap meeting, minimum 2 plants.
On Sunday, May 27, 7 PM, Baptist Church will be having a night of Gaither music as part of their 150th anniversary series. Besides the BBC choir members and trio, special musical guest will include Wayne Elliott, Larry, Webb, Anne, and Andy Crossan, and the Grant gang. The public is encouraged to attend. At this point in time plans for Canada (Dominion) Day have not been announced; if past practices hold, you can expect a fun and meaningful time to be held at the Train Station on July 1, beginning at 12 noon- again the BMC will operate the barbecue. The Brookfield Elks 23rd Annual Golf Scramble will occur at the Brookfield GC on Saturday, July 7, 7:30 AM- we hope many of you plan on playing in this fun event that caters to all levels of golfing ability and is a valuable fundraiser for the Brookfield Athletic Association (BCC). Coming Home to Brookfield Celebrations this year have a theme of "Enjoy the Journey- Past, Present, and Future". The Homecoming committee are seeking any and all four generation families in our area for an event to showcase our heritage and our future. It will be a special time to highlight these folks. Any families interested in taking part contact Judy at 673-2427. The HomeComing ceremonies will begin on Friday, July 20 with the lighting of the Village, that same night the Brookfield Baptist Church will continue its 150th anniversary celebrations by holding an open house, showing the progress of the church since 1862. The original organ is on loan from Hugh Carter, and will be on display, as well as other articles showing the church's history. Saturday, July 21 will see the HomeComing parade; and that evening a major fundraising dance for the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex will be held. The fantastic band Signal Hill will perform- get your tickets now from Sherry at 673-2208 or at Roop's Esso. As usual the nine days of HomeComing will be chock-full of interesting events- please watch for the brochure in local mailboxes and posted in the community and on the village's website in early July. The BAA's Whing Ding will occur on July 27-28, still the best place to "come and meet your friends", while supporting a valuable organization and having a ton of fun!
Please make notes of the dates above and continue to monitor the calendar of events section of the Brookfield Community Assembly's website at www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca. We hope that many of you accept our invitation to attend the BMC's closing meeting on May 21- some residents have expressed interest but were concerned they might be overworked (?!); we can safely assert this will not be the case- so see you at the Fire Station on the 21st. The Eagle will return in September; he retires to his perch at the top of the massive pine tree on the number 1 fairway at BGC for the summer.
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