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Easter has come and gone - we certainly hope it was a happy, peaceful, and meaningful time for all - and winter continues with snow on three consecutive days!  It is pretty, but surely spring is much overdue ?!? One sure sign is the annual Brookfield Mens Club's Ladies Night, when the BMCers host all the women of the area for a night out, featuring a (usually) sumptuous meal, "entertainment", and a look "behind the curtain". The gala also sees the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award, the much-coveted recognition of a community builder(s). We urge the ladies to turn out in large numbers on Monday, April 20 for the festivities - the dinner bell rings at 6:30 at the Knox Hall!
    The March BMC meeting was celebrated as the 78th anniversary of the BMC's founding - it was originally set for February, but, this being the winter of our discontent, it was postponed due to a blizzard. Regardless, the BMCers, and some of their offspring, who are traditionally invited to the anniversary dinner, gathered at the Holiday Inn for the meal and meeting. Long-time Club Secretary Terry Henderson opened the history book, highlighting the vital path the BMC has played in our community.
    The afore-mentioned Secretary was hospitalized briefly with gall bladder issues; Annie Mae Fields also received some medical attention. Thanks very much to former Elk star and Rockingham resident Phil Henderson for providing a sizable feeding to the Eagle's fund; we are so grateful to our supporters!
Happy news from Beaver Brook; a baby girl was born to Tessa and Jason Crewe. Jason is on the teaching staff at SCA (as well as volunteering on the School Advisory Council); he is  a nephew of Lana Crewe. Tessa is the very popular New Zealand native, who has substituted frequently at Brookfield Elementary. A baby boy was born to Shortt’s Lake couple Donnie Johnston and Jackie Spicer-Johnston.   Rodney and Stacey (Works) Brenton have a beautiful baby girl at their home in East Brookfield.  George Brenton is the happy grandfather.  Audrey and Hughie Carter became great-grandparents;  a baby girl (Audrey Marie)was born to their grandson Ryan and wife Christina in Halifax.  Proud grandparents are Eva (Carter) and Gerry Lutes of Moncton.  Congratulations to all the happy families!
    A big pat on the back to Jonas Lawrence, son of David and Lisa, and grand-son of Bob and Jean Lawrence - he received the Lieutenant Governor's award at his Antigonish high school! Jessica Miller, daughter of Melanie (Mowatt) and Steve Miller of Mt. Denson, was part of the Avon View High basketball team that won the provincial Division 2 championship - grandparents are Harry and Letha Mowatt. The Truro Youth Choir, featuring Alexa Roop (Andrew, Becky) and Victoria Fraser (Wendy), captured the gold medal at the Truro Music Festival. Victoria also placed second in the Under 10 solo competition. The Mixed Curling team from SCA which won the Regional championship, and made a strong showing at the provincials, were collectively named as Athletes of the Month for March at the school - Jamie O'Connell, Chloe Bowers, Hunter Redmond, Rebecca Rankine, and Karlee Burgess. Travis Fuchs, son of Debbie (Carter) and Hank Fuchs of Toronto (and grand-son of Erma Conrad), earned his Masters of Education degree from Harvard! - he is an outstanding pianist, and will be featured in this summer's Tattoo.  At Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Samantha Fanning was named Female Athlete of the Year for her starring role on their volleyball team – she is the daughter of former Elks pitching star Walter (and Kathy).  SCA principal Nevin Jackson’s (Lisa) daughter Alex was Rookie of the Year on the same team.
    The Truro Midget AA Bearcats won first place in their 11 team league - local pucksters Coby Crowell and Luke MacMillan were big parts of the team, which had Ed MacMillan as an assistant coach. Gregor Dawe, Dalton and Brendan Turner played for The Truro Jr. C Rhinos, who won the NS title, and played in the Maritime championship in PEI. The Corridor Denture Clinic (sponsor is regular Sportsplex skater Gina Goulet) Ice Hogs won the Colchester Women's Rec Hockey title, with a 3-2 win in overtime in the deciding game. Heather Fraser, Marissa Roode, Regan Bowers, Bev and Alison Read were key members - Bowers tied the game with just over 2 minutes left in regulation, and assisted on her team's other two goals. This league is popular at the Sportsplex, and there is also a feeder system, with a large crowd of Brookfield/Shortt’s Lake ladies in the Babes on Blades introdutory program on Thursday nights at the DHMS. A Brookfield Curling Club team representing the Stewiacke Fire Department won the Maritime Firefighters title in Truro; Bill Stone , Mark Crozier, Courtney Rutherford and Steve Hanham brought home the hardware. The same group, with Emily Breckon in Stone's spot, won the Mayor's Challenge at the BCC. The Brookfield Curling Club wrapped up their 39th(!!) season with their Awards banquet. Recognized as champions were (season winners first, then playoff champions): Monday league – Bill Ettinger, Lee Miller, Brian Neil, Steve Russell; Laurie Cochrane , Clary White, Tom VanOirschot, and Gary Doyle; Tuesday - Mike Henderson, Bill Stone, Lloyd Allen, Ceal Clark ; Mike, Steve, Heather, and Ann Mackeil (Ann proving to her brother Charles who the best curler in the Bowers family is!); Thursday - Becky Shearer, Ernie Glinz, Arlene Rutherford, Barb Cox ; Leroy Burns, Jim Thompson, Brian Neil, Gary Smeltzer. Friday – Joe Kaiser, Lloyd Allen, Michael Horne, Dee Vipond;  Ken Retson, Elmer “the machine” Archibald, Stacey Harrison, Jason Steele. Champions at the 26th Annual Great Community Curling Classic, sponsored by the Brookfield Athletic Association and Tim Isenor, Royal LePage, were: Industry - Lafarge - Darrell Robinson, Brent Mosher, Muir, and Larry Fisher; Recreation - Courtney Rutherford, Amanda Cox, Amy (Heffernan) Muis, Jill Kennedy, and Jeremy Veinotte; and Open - Knox Church - Terry Henderson, Elmer Archibald, Ken Retson, Gully and Myrna Matheson. The Donald (Turk) Henderson Memorial Award was inaugurated by the Sportsplex to recognize those who have made major contributions to the GCCC, an event that Turk regularly flew home from Calgary in order to compete!! The first winners are BCC charter members Ken Retson and Terry Henderson.  The Rupe and Mary Fisher Junior Award went to Garrett Graham, while the Josh Melvin Award for dedication went to Zachary Sherman. The BCC will hold their annual meeting in late April - we hope for much larger community participation next season to sustain and build on the growth of recent seasons.
    The ski hills of Quebec beckoned over March Break for several locals - Brad, Megan, Tristan and Rylan Sutherland  and Tim, Amy, Noah and Audra Lavers enjoyed Stoneham and Le Massif, while a large group - Jonathan, Jodie, Jewel, and Jack Woolfiit, Jacob and Chloe Bowers, and Charlie, Kathy, and Camden Weatherbee (and several of Kathy's CB kin) were at Mont Ste. Anne. Jonathan, Gail, Tessa, Mac, and Jake MacFarlane/Kierstead checked out the slopes at Sunday River, Maine.  Dane Henderson and Danique Rowsell took in an exciting Habs-Lightning game at Montreal's Bell Centre when his work took him there, while Kyle Henderson attended a concert in the same city. Caila Henderson visited Mount Allison chums living in the Andean nation of Chile. Frank and Hazel Locke enjoyed a cruise in the southern Carribbean, with some of the ports of call being Barbados, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands. Randy and Paula Fisher, Patty Stewart and Rob Smith and Todd and Shawna Graham went to Mexico.  Andrew, Jill, Rachel and Rowan Sears sunned in Bradenton, Florida; Ken and Kaye Retson visited his sister Beth in Mesa, Arizona and Laurie (Chip) and Maxine Monk enjoyed a trip to Costa Rica.
    Final farewells were said to Hazel Dickey of Middle Stewiacke - she was legendary Elk hockey star Stan's widow, and mother to Mervyn; she also was a regular contributor to the Eagle. The Elks “family” lost another member with the passing of Lornie Miller in Lantz.  He played in the Elks infield in the late 60’s, early 70’s; and also patrolled the blue line for a couple of seasons.  Lornie was a classy individual, and well-liked by the team’s fans. Former SCHS Vice- Principal Merle Stonehouse died in Bible Hill. Joan Campbell's brother, Wendell VanIderstine died in HRM, and former Brentwood resident David Mortenson died in Parrsboro. Deanna Moore’s brother, Wayne Irving, died in Truro. Donald MacDougall, step-father to Merna Ryan, died in Debert, Albertha “Bert” Willis formerly of Truro, resident of Sunrise Court, and Ethel McNutt, formerly of Truro, passed at Elk Court, and Helen Jeppesen, of Bible Hill, and recently at The Ponds, passed away. Hal Brenton, a native son and resident of Brentwood, died. Our sympathies are extended to all whom mourn.
    We are delighted that Erica Nielsen and Derek Jones, with 3 month old son, Felix in tow, have returned home from Tasmania; we are thrilled to have them back! Helen Retson has moved back to Nova Scotia; she is working in the Windsor area.  Kristen Villeneuve and her daughter Sadie stopped in from La Belle Province to visit Grandmother Patty and other family members.  Dan and Marita Retson brought their daughter Clara from Ontario home to Gene and Marion Retson’s.  Matt and Kala Stewart, along with daughters Daisy and Lilla came from Glace Bay (soon to be Sydney) to visit their parents (Geoff and Joanne Stewart, Larry and Sandra Bates).
    A lot of hockey fans are delighted to see FIVE Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs, after years of meager representation.  “Feel good” stories abound – here in the East we have witnessed the amazing renaissance of the Ottawa Senators; but their story doesn’t eclipse the unbelievable years of the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames.  Both western entries were pegged to have forgettable campaigns, instead both were directly responsible for the defending Cup champs (Los Angeles Kings) missing this year’s playoffs.  We have not completely “drunk the kool-aid” -  it may be a surprise if any of the five advance beyond the second round, but it has been “must watch TV” for several weeks, nonetheless.  As a side note, the Pittsburgh Penguins, of interest to many Bluenosers, have seen their season go into a major tailspin – is it a coincidence their slide occurred after local favourite Zach Sill was traded??!! Speaking of playoffs, please make a point to support the
Brookfield Athletic Association's Stanley Cup Playoffs pool fundraiser - tickets are available as of April 13, and need to be entered by Friday April 17, 7 PM. Show your hockey smarts, or just take a flyer - two months of fun for only $5. They are available at Roop's Esso, from any BAA member, or via e mail from aroop@eastlink.ca or gvantassell@tru.eastlink.ca . The Sportsplex's vital fundraiser, Chase the Ace continues on Thursday evenings at the Curling Club. The pot will be over $5,000; tickets are only $1! Doors open at 7; the draw takes place at 8:30. The Brookfield Community Assembly will hold their Annual General Meeting on Monday April 27 at the Fire Station - the public is invited to attend, meeting starts at 7 PM. Remember that the 20th edition of the Coming Home to Brookfield festival will run from July 18-26 , the Whing Ding is July 24-25. This year’s theme is “Bringing the World Home”All Around the Circle Seniors Group will have their monthly dinner at the Sportsplex Senior Citizens Room, Tuesday, April 21 – doors open at 11:30.
Sunday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. there will be a rock concert at Knox United Church featuring the recently-formed youth band "Holy Crap" (Peter Betts, Julia and Anna Hamilton, Beth O'Connell, Shelb-e Ryan, Justice Sanford and the Rev. Keith Gale).

Come out for an evening of great rock tunes. Freewill donation. Canadian guitarists Sylvie Proulx, Amy Brandon, Emily Shaw and Joanne Hatfield have included a concert at Knox United Church in their upcoming Four Guitars Nova Scotia tour. The concert on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. will feature an extensive range of classical, jazz and Brazilian pieces, from delicate solo performances to guitar quartet extravaganzas. Admission at the door is $12 for adults. Students, 18 and under, get to experience this unique evening of music for free.  For more details, check out 4GuitarsNS on Facebook.
    The May edition of the Eagle is the last one (until September), so any relevant info re summertime activities should be forwarded by May 5-6.
See you at Ladies Night on April 20!!!
The Eagle
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