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May 2013
Vol.24  Issue 9
 May 2013 Vol. 24, Issue 9

    Another Brookfield Men's Club Ladies Night extravaganza is in the books - the cooking crew went above and beyond and prepared a delicious meal which more than satisfied the ladies in attendance. Guest speaker Jennifer Henderson of CBC News, accompanied by her husband Costas Halavrezos, former Maritime Noon host, kept the audience spellbound through her presentation. Jennifer artfully wove together various threads starting with her remembrances of her first 12 years in Brookfield, many visits to her grandparents here through her adolescent years and beyond, and from her career experiences in print and broadcast media. Costas interjected readings from the "The Eagle's Flight", which were spot - on with regards to points Jennifer was making about our special community. She opened the audience's eyes to some of the philosophical and ethical challenges faced by journalists on a daily basis (as opposed to some of the talking heads who fill our living rooms). The BMC's Red Tide, performed four songs in tune (?) with the evening's theme "Floral Arrangements". The evening was capped by the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award to Rick Hiltz, retired teacher from BJHS, SCHS and SCA, and longtime band leader in the schools. Rick was gracious in receiving the award, and his speech touched on many previous Eagle Award winners who helped make his music career and community leadership possible. All in all another great evening - the only remaining question is 'Where were the rest of the ladies?' - we would have expected upwards of 30-40 more. Some excuses heard have been "I forgot", "My husband/father/son doesn't go BMC", "it is churchy" - obviously none of these are relevant or valid, so come join the fun in 2014!

    Sorry to report on the passing of Roland Barrass in Truro - he was Janet Burnett's father. Margaret Boutilier of Middle Stewiacke passed away, as did Bill Bryson of Cloverdale, the legendary fisherman, hunter, and guide. Doug Carter, former Mayor of Truro and familiar to many at Shortt's Lake died, as did Laura Weir of Truro, mother of Elizabeth Collier. Hazel Johnson, step-mother to Glen Johnson passed away, as did Doris Allen. Carl and Vera Dickie of Old Barns, formerly familiar faces at the Curling Club, passed away within weeks of each other, and Wilf Brown Ken's brother, of Shubenacadie, another former BCC member, and a true gentleman died. Ed Cameron of Noel Road passed away; he also a former BCC member. We extend condolences to all who have lost loved ones.

    Lana Crewe has retired from her successful career as coordinator with the Department of Agriculture at the AC. Her husband, Lewis Ingram, likewise retired after 34 years, he with the Halifax School Board as a teacher and principal, most recently in Fall River. Several teachers at South Colchester Academy are hanging up their chalk brushes (do they still use those?) - these include Sue Giles, Donna McNutt, the gifted art instructor Christine Sandeson, and Norm Langille, who developed so much interest in many in the technology field at SCA. Phys Ed instructor Larry MacKenzie is leaving to take an elementary school circuit that will include Brookfield Elementary; Kelly Spencer will return as Athletic Director at SCA. We welcomed new babies at the homes of Jason (Maurice, Elaine) and Janell (Colin, Nova Campbell) Nelson - a son, and Jason Wallace (Louise) and Lyndin (Dan,Lexie) Stewart - a girl, Jaylyn. Terra and Ryan (Richard,Ellen) Sutherland doubled their fun with the birth of twin boys. Jody Arenburg, teacher at SCA, and her husband Josh, had a baby girl (Ann Margaret) a few weeks early but all are doing well. Meanwhile Christine Sandeson became a grandmother for the first time - her daughter Rose and husband Dwayne Carlton had a baby boy in Chetwynd, BC. He also was in a rush, arriving 4 weeks ahead of schedule. Hugh and Audrey Carter celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Alexandra Fisher (David, Yvonne, and grandmother Helen) was selected to perform on the piano in the Truro Musical Festival at the Marigold. She is also nominated to attend the music provincials in Liverpool at the end of May. Congratulations Alexandra, good luck at the provincials and with your studies next year at Mount Allison University! Sally Faulkner (father Andy, grandmother Eleanor) received a large renewable scholarship to Mount A. Sarah Densmore graduated from St. Francis Xavier U with a degree in Nutrition and Kailee Ingram and Bailey Campbell are receiving Arts degrees from UNB, with Education and Law School in their futures. In Edmonton, Dr. Carla Peck (Art, Jan) was awarded the Rutherford Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at the University of Alberta, where she is an Associate Professor. At South Colchester Academy winners of the Lieutenant Governor's Award (leadership in school and community, and commendable academic performance) were Alberto Serricin (Juan, Lori) and Madison Clarke (David,Carla). Another SCA student, Emma Stevens of Hilden returned from the Canadian Junior Freestyle National Ski championships in British Columbia with a silver medal. It was her third straight year on the Big Air podium, and she was awarded the first "Spirit of Sarah" scholarship set up by the Sarah Burke Foundation to support the development of young freestyle skiers. SCA's Principal Nevin Jackson's offspring shone - daughter Alex made the All-Star team at the Nova Scotia Under -18 volleyball championships, and son Patrick was a semifinalist in the provincial badminton championships in Under -16 Boys and Mixed Doubles. The SCA Track and Field and softball teams are well underway - will the girls softball team, led by coach Kelly Spencer add another provincial title this year? One-time Shaw Cup co-captain Cliff Kruck, who is married to the former Myrna Sutherland, notched a hole- in- one (#9) in early May at the Brookfield Golf Club! Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League wrapped up it's 53rd season; regular season winners were the Expos - Bill Maguire, Joshua Rankine, Norm Eddy, and Cathy Weir. The Playoff Champions were Don "Pibb" Henderson, Al Nielsen, Don Harvey, and Barb Walsh. Thanks to instructors Linda Campbell, Leah Roop, Debbie and Jodie Matheson for leading nearly 30 attendees through a "Karma Yoga" session, all donations were used for Nellie Densmore's mercy medical mission to Benin in central west Africa. Nellie generously gave of her time to the masses needing health care - thanks to all who helped her help so many.

    The 569 Colonel G.N. (Ned) Henderson Air Cadet Squadron held their 60th annual ceremonial review and inspection at the Sportsplex. The squad's Commanding Officer is Captain Ralph Murphy (SCHS '69), and the reviewing officer was Major Robert Johnson. Awards were presented to : LAC Maggie Myers - Best First Year Cadet; LAC Travis White - Most Improved Cadet; Cpl. Brookes Woodworth - for dress and deportment; Sgts Kyle Black and Dylan McCoul were awarded Long Service Medals, as was F/Sgt. Alex Croft, who also captured the Lord Strathcona Medal and the Col. G.N. Henderson Award as top overall cadet. F/Cpl. Peter Betts won the Garth Decker Award (most interest in aviation) and shared the Spirit of 569 award with F/Sgt. Croft. Several of the cadets are enrolled in various summer camps at CFB Greenwood. Special presentations included an Honorary Life Membership bestowed upon Capt. Winston Weir; and Gilbert Betts was made an Honorary Squadron Warrant Officer of the 569, following his father Doug's investiture 25 years ago. The BMC is delighted to have been the sponsor of the Squadron for 59 years since 1954.

    Sharon Keizer underwent surgery, and Edna Sutherland was hospitalized with a hip problem. Shirley Harrison broke her wrist in a fall, and Harry Mowatt broke his hip. Alex Fleming travelled to Tufts University Medical School in Boston where his serious condition was diagnosed as Lyme Disease. We hope the popular and talented youngster is soon able to return to the Dean's list at Dalhousie, the golf course, and the hockey rink.

    Even as temperatures warmed at the 45th parallel, many residents still headed to more southerly climes. Florida was the destination of choice for Keith and Kathy Best and their daughter Kallie and husband Chad, as well as Larry and Susanne Harrison and Gerry and Sandra Brenton. Gordon and Myrna Matheson flew to Atlanta where they met Gully's sister Wilma Avila, and her son Dave Knight. They travelled together to Florida; since then Wilma has returned to Brookfield to visit her sister Edna Graham. Darrell and Gail Wright also were in the Sunshine State. Dan and Kathy Dean, Keiver and Bev Read, and Bill and Della Boyle hit the beaches of Jamaica. Cuba was the destination of choice for Lexie Stewart, Aubrey and Janet Archibald, and Alan and Lorraine Carter. Terry and Sherry Crowell, Julie Walters and Kraig MacKenzie, Paul Rodd and Karla MacKenzie, as well as Shawn MacPherson went to the Dominican Republic. Herb and Betty MacFarlane, along with daughter Krista, her husband Blair, and their children Ethan and Mya enjoyed a Caribbean cruise. Paul Campbell visited son Mac and his family in Ottawa, while Glenn and Grace Illsley went to Hong Kong. The NASCAR race in Talladega, Alabama was the lure for Ryan Ellis, Jamie Works, Jimmy Scullion, Troy Sutherland and Jack Roop. Maureen Foster and daughter Breanna MacLeod went to Turkey, and Sportsplex Board member John MacDougall went to Armenia on a Habitat for Humanity mission.

    The Sportsplex - based Wynn Park Wildcats won the A division of the Nova Scotia Senior Women's Hockey League. Local standouts on the team include Cheryl Hamilton (Hallie, Susan), Erin Crowell (niece of Joanne Cooke). Holly Dean (Dan,Kathy), Anita Fisher (Keith, Brenda), Meghan Read (Keiver, Bev), Sonya Aikens, Della Boyle and Monique Gallant. The bench staff consisted of Kathy Dean, Bev and Alison Read. The Hubcraft Hawks, sponsored by former Elk 1B man and Cruise Missile Dave Roode, won the Nova Scotia Women's B1 Hockey title - those with local/Sportsplex connections on the Hawks are Heather Fraser, Marissa Roode, Rachel deVries, Kaylee (Withrow) Hancock, Chelsey Colpitts, Heidi Cooke and coach Scott Fraser. New additions to the Brookfield Community Assembly are Dawn-Carter Henderson and Paige Hernden. Mike Henderson, an original member since 1995, stepped down after 18 years on the BCA.

    This Eagle will not fly again until early September , we suggest you pull out your calendar and make note of several events coming up over the next few months. Please note this information is also available on the community website, which can be monitored for additional events or any changes to scheduling.
 The Brookfield Community Assembly is sponsoring the
Community Clean-up day as part of the great Nova Scotia Pick Me Up on Saturday May 18. Volunteers are needed - please meet at 9 AM at Knox United to receive your materials, safety vests and routes. Please give three hours to beautify your community; there will be food and beverages donated by Brookfield Market and Pizzeria, Pharmasave, and Roops / Tim Hortons. Feel free to contact Susan at info@brookfieldnovascotia.ca.
Yoga classes continue on Tuesday at 6 PM at Knox Hall - drop- in fee only $5.
The
Train Station and Historical Society will sponsor the annual Fish-A- Rama at the Wetlands Park on May 25. Registration commences at 7:30am and fishing takes place until 12 noon, when prizes will be awarded. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. The BMC will have a hot dog BBQ and there will be free coffee. Anyone over 16 years of age must have a valid fishing license, a maximum of 5 fish is the bag limit, and everyone is welcome to enjoy the fun.
 On
June 8 at Knox Church the Terry Fox Bake and Book Sale will be held - donations are welcomed - make plans to attend and help this worthwhile cause. The Terry Fox Golf Day will be Saturday August 17 - call Patsy (673-2853) or Judy (673-2427) for details.
The monthly dinner of the
All Around the Circle Senior's Club will be held May 21 at 12 noon at their lounge in the Sportsplex. $5 for members $7 for non-members, with a program to follow. Also at the Senior Citizens Room every Wednesday (except the third one of each month), 45's and crib card games start at 7:30 with a $2 entry.
45's card parties have resumed on Friday evenings at 7:30 at the Train Station - again all are welcome.
UCW Unit 1 will host a rhubarb dessert and plant sale on May 25 from 9-11 at Knox Hall.
There will be a
ham and potato scallop supper and talent auction on June 1, 5-7 PM at Knox Hall. $7/person, for more info contact Anitra at 673-2458.
The
Good Time Fiddlers will present their spring open house on Thursday June 6 at 7 PM at the Seniors Lounge at the Sportsplex.
The Brookfield Athletic Association will host the 24th annual Elks Golf Scramble Saturday, July 6 from 7:30 Am -12:30PM - this is open to golfers of all levels for a charge lower than the green fees; so register by calling the BGC 673-3352 and help support the BAA.
Watch for announcements for the celebration of Canada (Dominion) Day July 1 - while we have not been apprised of details yet, activities typically start at Ed Creelman Park at 12 noon. The BMC will again be providing BBQ.
SCA Achievement Awards night is May 30;
Athletic Awards night is June 5 - the public is invited to both.
Graduation is June 27 - admission to the auditorium is by ticket only, however the ceremony will be telecast into classrooms - any may attend there; and it also will be webcast - check the SCA website for details.
A
Strawberry Supper will be held at Knox on July 3.

    A date many in the community have dreaded is upon us - the retirement of Rev. Larry Harrison, after an incredible 32 years of providing clerical services to Knox United and Middle Stewiacke United Church. Effective September 1, Rev. Boyd Vincent will be the transitional minister for 10 months, with a new minister to be installed mid-2014. He has led charges in his native Newfoundland, Truro, Kentville and Fredericton. Both the Pastoral charge and the greater community will have opportunity to properly say farewell to Larry and Susanne - fortunately their retirement is taking them only as far away as Shortt's Lake! Several events are planned - and if you can not attend, you may email best wishes to marian.mcdonald@ns.sympatico.ca before the June 23 service. Schedule: June 16 - Dedication Sunday at both Churches; June 18 - "an evening with Susanne" - for the women, 7-9 PM at Knox; June 21 - Nostalgic Notes - a celebratory evening of music, singing and reading - 7:30 PM @ Middle Stewiacke Rec. Centre; June 22 - Golf Scramble - an afternoon of golf and conversation with Larry @ BGC, 1:30 PM; green fee at BGC is $25, must register (673-3252) by June 18 - limit 110 people, teams made up on site; June 23 combined Worship Service - 10:45 AM at Middle Stewiacke Church - reception following at Middle Stewiacke Recreation Centre; June 30 - combined farewell service 10:45 AM at Knox Church.

    The theme for this year's Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations is "You're Among Friends" events run from July 20-28. Watch for the Homecoming brochure on the community website; it will also be mailed to every local household in early July. The parade kicks off on July 20, and the Movies' Greatest Moments unspools at SCA that evening. Start Sunday with a Pancake Breakfast at the Train Station followed by Worship services at the Baptist Church (10 AM) and/or the community service at Shortt's Lake at 11:15. Boat Tours of the lake and the Amazing Race happen later that day. Monday has lots of activity - hiphop, yoga, and recreation / sports night.
Tuesday has the Biggest Little Art and Craft show, Dog Agility, and Horse Jumping, and Geocaching.
Wednesday features the amazing Bountiful Brookfield Blooms, more of Art Show, and the Coffee House.
Thursday
sees a fitness Hour in the morning, a nutrition presentation, evening Golf Scramble and Movie Night for the kids.
Friday
has a plant tour of Lafarge, and Celebrating our Youth, and the Whing Ding happens both Friday and Saturday evenings, the ultimate place "to come and meet your friends".
Saturday
starts early with a 5 KM Fun Run, followed by Mad Hatters Fun Time, and lunch at MacQuarries BBQ. Afternoon waterslides by the Firemen at SCA, and the Sail Boat Regatta at the lake.
Sunday Home Coming concludes with an 11:30 Community Worship Service at the Carter Homestead followed by a lunch. Call 673-3464 for more info, or if you wish to volunteer.

We hope you all have a great summer, and see you at many of the events that take place. The Eagle will fold his wings and return to his nest until September - see you then at the BMC. We would like nothing more than to welcome a half dozen or more new members.

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