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Brookfield  NS


March 2014

Vol. 25, Issue 7

March, 2014  Vol. 25, Issue 7

The Brookfield Men's Club (founded 1937) held their anniversary dinner meeting in February, a scrumptious meal was served to 25 members and their offspring guests by the ladies of the Baptist Church. A brief business meeting was held, and then MLA Larry Harrison recounted his experiences in his first 120 days as a member of the Legislature. He gave the attendees an inside look at the workings of Province House, caucus meetings, and other aspects of public life. Larry answered a plethora of questions from the inquisitive Clubmen and guests. The next BMC meeting is slated for St. Patrick's Day (Monday, March 17) at 7:30. The program committee for that night have not tipped their hand as to what might be expected -hopefully the lunch will include Lime Rickey pop!! The invitation to the community is extended to come see what their surprise plan might be!

Margie (Densmore) Johnson's niece, Alicia Cox of Upper Stewiacke, a divinity student at the Atlantic School of Theology, led a service at Knox United Church in Reverend Vincent's absence. We express much gratitude to Dennis and Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury for their kind donation to the Eagle's cause-they are constant benefactors!! Sorry to report on the passing of long-time Elk Court resident, Lillian Boudreau, formerly of Lower Sackville,

Congratulations to Natalie and Kevin Brenton on the birth of their big baby boy (Wyatt John Brenton)- he checked in at a fraction under 10 pounds! Grandparents are George and Joan Clark and Gerry and Sandra Brenton.  Bobby and Linda Campbell are now grandparents -get your head around that one!! Their daughter Kelsey, and her husband Matt Davis, gave birth to a daughter, Layla Lily Ann, in Middle Stewiacke. Paternal grandparents are Fred and Carol Davis. A little further up the valley, John and Linda Geddes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary!   Kelly Spencer's nephew, Ryan Spencer of Great Village, wowed the crowd by winning the Nova Scotia Spelling Bee in Halifax. That win catapults the Grade 7 West Colchester Consolidated School student to Washington, D.C., where he will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, aka the Big Time! Ryan bested 42 competitors, ranging from grade 4 - 8, and also won a $ 5,000 bursary. SCA student Kylee Graham had an excellent showing at the Miss Teen Canada Contest, placing fifth. She was the “people’s choice” in online voting.

Athletes of the month at SCA were basketball players – in January, Shelby Miller, Bradley MacKinnon, Alysha MacSwain, and Colton Graham. February’s choices were Alicia MacMillan, Jacob MacKenzie, Brooklyn Rutherford, and Bailey Dean. SCA was also prominent at the Truro Sports Heritage Annual Award Dinner. The girls softball team was named high school team of the year (they have won the NS title 5 years in a row!), and the Wolves Boys soccer team was the Junior High team of the year. Madison Clarke, a member of the aforementioned ball team, as well as provincial hockey and fastpitch team, was the female athlete (16-20 years) of the year, and Karlee Burgess (curling, track, soccer) won the same award in the U-16 category. Other nominees were the SCA Junior Girls curling team and Erin McCavour, daughter of Cruise Missile Jeff (and Cheryl), in the U-16 athlete category for her excellence in gymnastics, soccer and volleyball.

Terry Canning's work took him to Savannah, Georgia, for a conference - Krista McMullin accompanied him to check the blossoms on the peach and palmetto trees. Other travelers included Edna Graham and Zoe Barbour, who went to Florida – Edna visited daughter Lori, and Zoe visited Jackie (and Gordie) Burnett. Shirley Graham visited son Jeff, Nicole and grandchildren in Okotoks, Alberta. Also at that Alberta happening spot were Victor and Betty Dickie, visiting their son Bruce and his family, wife Mary and sons Andrew and Spencer. Jim and Marlene Feener visited Adinda’s family in Ontario. Roberta Lindsay has moved into Elk Court.

Helene Henderson had a week to bust her buttons; grand-daughter Delaney Henderson (David, Lana) of Cole Harbour won the Gold Medal in the Junior Women’s Division of the Rob McCall Memorial Figure Skating Championships in Dartmouth. Helene's son-in-law (Pam's husband), Jean- Marc Lanthier was promoted to Major-General, and named Deputy Commander of the Canadian Army.  He has been posted to Ottawa. Helene was further thrilled to learn that both granddaughters will be attending nearby Nova Scotia universities in September-Delaney at Dalhousie, and Victoria Lanthier at Acadia  - strangely neither chose their grandfather Ned's school (Mount Allison)!  Some lovely local lassies also shone at the aforementioned Dartmouth skating competition - Alicia MacMillan (Ed , Wilma) won third gold in Ladies, and sisters Reagan and Nicole Arseneau (Vince, Kendra) won bronze and silver stars, respectively. Well done, girls!  Jill Kennedy, C.A. (Larry, Lynne) has joined the Truro firm, Langley Accounting Ltd - if you need book-keeping, tax, or other accounting work done, she is the person to see! Clay Miller was the winner of the Athletic Association’s Olympic Hockey Pool – thanks to all who supported the BAA venture- watch for the Stanley Cup Pool in April!!

Shortt’s Lake Resident, Don Murray has recently published his third book, The Death and Resurrection of God: From Christianity to the New Story. In it he outlines the major changes happening in the church and world, and points the way to a hopeful future. It is available from Don (673-2909,  CONTACT), at our local Pharmasave, or as e-book from Amazon. Shannon Baird suffered a broken arm in a fall, and Eloise Yorke and Jocelyn Langille were hospitalized, but both are now well on the mend.

Brookfield students at Colchester Christian Academy, Angela MacKinnon and Jessica Rushton accompanied by chaperone Susanne Rushton will accompany a delegation of 13 from their school to a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic on March 15. While there they will be working with a Relief Organization in the "Empower Girls Program" providing skills training to the children at "Hugs for Kids" school. They will also assist in the construction of a new home and visit a Medical Center for Pregnancy Resources. There is a great need for humanitarian items for this medical center for both adults and children such as gauze, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, toothpaste and clothes for baby boys in particular. A detailed list of needs can be provided for anyone interested in assisting with this by contacting Brookfield Baptist Church and donations can be placed in a box in the foyer of the church. A successful Rummage Sale was held at Brookfield Baptist Church to help raise funds for this worthy cause. Thanks to all who participated.

Kudos to Upper Stewiacke Elementary teaching staff Alison Read, Lindsay Shelley and Marion Hart for organizing a trip to the Sportsplex to introduce their students to curling. The kids were ultra-enthused and very well-mannered, and were delighted to experience the game. Thanks to the Brookfield Curling Club, and volunteer instructors, Terry, Lisa and Mike Henderson and Keiver and Bev Read. Look for a surge in enrollment in the Junior Program next year! The Brookfield Elks Junior B Hockey Club has a new management group – thanks to President Josh Boulton of Melville Drive for putting together a strong group, including coach Patrick Stewart, Mark Kennedy, Keiver Read, Richard Patterson, Jay Duffy, and Cory Baird. They are working diligently to build support for the team for the 2014-2015 season and beyond; we hope to see an exciting team on the ice in the fall.

There will be a St. Patrick's Day Coffee Party at Knox United Hall on Monday March 17, 10:00 AM-goodwill offering. The All Around the Circle Seniors Club will hold their monthly luncheon on Tuesday, March 18 at 12:00, at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex. Come enjoy a good meal and fellowship; the new price is $7 for members, $9 for guests. The BMC Ladies Night will be Monday April 21:  the BMC is now accepting nominations (until March 20) for the 2014 Eagle Award, given annually to a person or persons who make our community a much better place. Pass along nominations (feel free to include supporting info) to Committee Chair Charlie Burnett (Contact) or Mike Henderson (Contact) as Eagle Award nomination receivers. The BAA is accepting nominations (until May 30) for the 2013-14 Randy Roop Memorial Award, annually presented to one who has made major contributions to our community's sporting legacy-past and present. Contact Terry (673-2106) or Kim (673-2298) with nominations.  The Great Community Curling Classic will be held at the Brookfield Curling Club March 28-29-30.  This fun-filled event welcomes curlers of ALL levels, from neophyte to grizzled veterans, and is a great way to get into this wonderful game. Contact Lisa (673-2106), Pibb (673-3262), Mike (673-2769) or any BCC member for more info. The St Patrick's Bonspiel will be held Saturday March 15 - this is another fun event, replete with colorful costumes. Call Josh @ 673-2141 for info. The BCC will hold their Annual Closing Banquet on Friday April 4- tickets are available in advance-contact Lisa (673-2106). There is potential interest in having a community garden in Brookfield and if you would like to know more about this project, you are invited to a meeting at 7 pm on March 18th at Knox United Church. The Brookfield Community Assembly, (BCA) in partnership with Colchester County Recreation Services will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation night on April 28, 2014; we would appreciate it if any non-profit organization or group would nominate a person or persons from their body to receive a Volunteer Award. Please contact Susan Smith of the BCA Recreation and Leisure Committee at 650-2107 or Susan Stevenson at 673-2479 before March 23. The Terry Fox Committee, in conjunction with Knox United, are hosting “An Evening in Hawaii” with Hawaiian dinner, entertainment and a silent auction – save Saturday May 3 for this – more details in the April Eagle.

The 2014 dates for Coming Home to Brookfield are July 19 - 27; Whing-Ding will be July 25 & 26. The Coming Home to Brookfield Coordinating Committee has started making plans for the 19th year! This year’s theme is “Back Home Again” – watch for a number of new events to be announced over the next several weeks. In order to continue the family focused celebration of community, it is necessary to do some rebuilding. Your help would be WELKCOMED in any of the following ways: - joining the Coordinating Committee, offering suggestions, volunteering for any of the sub-committees, working on logistics etc. If you have pictures or clippings from past years that might be of interest for the 20th Anniversary Yearbook, or you want to help in any capacity, call Judy at 673-2427.

Please join us at the BMC on Monday, March 17, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station for the monthly meeting - all are welcome, and it may be your last chance to get in the ensemble cast as part of the Ladies Night entertainment! 

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