Box 195
Brookfield  NS


April 2014
Vol. 25
Issue 8

April, 2014

Vol. 25, Issue 8

It's April, and that usually means two things: spring-like weather - we may have to get back to you on that one, after a winter that came early, often, and with big teeth, and the BMC's Ladies Night! We know Easter falls very late on the calendar this year (April 20); but surely Mother Nature does not have to wait that long to allow people to break out their spring fashions! Fortunately you can count on the BMC to provide a wonderful evening out for the ladies of our community and environs. The BMC will feed and dote on them, and hopefully provide a facsimile of entertainment- the jury is still out on that! The evening will culminate with the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award to a deserving citizen(s), who has contributed a great deal to our fair village. Please plan to attend; we love to have a full hall! Monday, April 21 at Knox Hall; doors open by 6:30, with the dinner very near the top of the agenda.

As mentioned, this winter has been a bear; now nearly 5 months long- many of our neighbours couldn't take it anymore, and headed to the sun-splashed south. Frank and Hazel Locke went to Jamaica, where they were joined by his son, Ken from Ontario. Daisy Hingley spent time in Florida, and Maureen Foster toured Spain. Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole; Chipper VanTassell and Lori Campbell went to the Dominican Republic, and Patty Densmore, Bill VanTassell and Joan Hatton, Krista Locke, Kathy Cameron, Krista Williams and Jim Pearson, Sherri and Terry Crowell, Heather Fraser and her son, Ben all visited Cuba. Dave and Janice Peterson and Richard and Ellen Sutherland went to Mexico. Gower and Cindy Fiander went on a Caribbean Cruise. Dale Campbell and Jean Mercier travelled to the Land of the Rising Sun and Lexie Stewart jetted to Costa Rica.  Andrew, Jill, Rachel, and Rowan Sears went to Florida. The ski hills were the magnet for others-among the crowd at Sunday River, Maine were Larry and Jennifer Fisher, Jonathan and Jodie Woolfitt, and Charlie and Kathy Weatherbee, all with their kids in tow. Mike, Brenda, Caila, and Dane Henderson and Danique Rowsell schussed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Susan Carter visited her sister Kay Matheson in Victoria, and stopped in Calgary to spend time with sons, Rob, James, daughter-in-law Laura, and her grandkids. Kelly Spencer attended a conference in St. Louis; unfortunately his beloved Cardinals were on the road while he was there. Alton and Lorna Sutherland and Everett and Margie Walters went to Las Vegas and toured part of Arizona and California including Death Valley,

Hospitalized were Paul, Colin and Gordie Campbell, Eric Thompson, Bev Bradley, and Bryan Busby. We hope all are recovering nicely. Home for visits were Jay and Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny from Toronto, Mac and daughter Reagan Campbell from Ottawa at Paul and Joan’s, and William Wallace has returned here from western Canada. Herk Sutherland (Alberta) and Beverly Woolaver (Ontario) were home for Phyllis Sutherland’s 90th.

The community was saddened to learn of the accidental death of former Elk great (hockey and softball) Turk Henderson, who was bludgeoned by a massive wave in Mexico. Turk had been spending winters in Calgary and summers at his beloved Brule Point. Our sympathies are extended to Mary Tyler on the recent death of her husband, Dwight. In Boutilier's Point, Helen Bezanson, mother to Diane Stanton died. Sandra Chapman, wife of former Elks pitching star, Eldon Chapman, passed away in Truro; far too young at 58. Over several weeks, Elk Court said good bye to residents Helen Beattie of Maitland, Lill Boutilier of Lower Sackville, and Albert Fisher of Green Oaks. Roland " Jake " Boutilier, step-son to the legendary school teacher Greta Boutilier, died in Bible Hill. Glen Wentzell passed away in Fort Ellis, and former SCA student Payson Gray of Hilden, died in Edmonton. Mark MacSwain died in Alberta; his mother was the late Mary Ann (Fisher), grandson of Ira Fisher. Lloyd Fisher's wife, Ola Fisher, died in Truro. The Eagle offers sympathy to all who lost loved ones.

In short succession, three delightful ladies in our community turned 90-none of them look (or act) their age! We hope to see Audrey Carter, Mary Fisher, and Phyllis Sutherland at Ladies Night! A baby boy was born to Matt Kaizer and Laura Fudge – grandparents are Barry and Sandra Fudge. Luke Fielding (Jeff, Stephanie) of Forest Glen played on the Truro Bearcats Peewee hockey AAA team that captured the silver medal at provincials. Madison Clarke (Dave, Carla) was key member of the East Hants Penguins, who won the N. S Female Midget Championship, and represented NS at the Atlantic Championships in Deer Lake, where they lost the final in a squeaker to Moncton. The Ice Hogs won the Colchester Women’s Ice Hockey League – some on that team were: Heather Fraser, Kylee Graham, Marissa Roode, Regan Bowers, Bev and Alison Read. Jewel Woolfitt (Jonathan, Jodie) played for the Truro Tigers Mini Girls basketball team who won the Provincial Division 3 Title. Ralph Murphy, Commanding Officer of the local 569 G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron, was a part of the NS Masters curling championship team-he played in the National tournament in Yellowknife, NWT. The Cadet Squadron will hold their 61st Annual Review and inspection on Saturday, May 3 at the Sportsplex – all are welcome to attend, spectators are asked to be seated by 12:45 for the 1:00 pm start. The Brookfield Jr B Elks had a year-end award ceremony-Matt Canning was the leading scorer, Lucas Dawe was Top Defenceman and MVP, Top Forward was Connor Hirtle, Rookie of the Year was Ian O'Brien, and the Ironman award went to Jacob Bowers, who did not miss a single game or practise.

The 38th season of the Brookfield Curling Club wrapped up with their annual banquet. Teams going on the President's Shield for winning the regular season were (Monday - Tuesday-Thursday-Friday, in order): Leroy Burns, Wilf Clooney, Kirby Densmore, Troy Taylor;Ted and Angie Wellwood, Scott MacIntyre, Jim MacDonald; Leroy Burns, Jim Thompson, Brian Neil, Gary Smeltzer; Darrell Robinson, Darryl MacPhee, Ernie Glinz, Daryl Tracey. Playoff champions (in the same sequence) were: Muir, Tim,and Larry Fisher, Gary Smeltzer; Brian,and Randi-Lynne Buchi, Kevin,and Debbie Pike; Laurie Cochrane, Nigel Butler, Peter Harris, Keiver Read ; Ken Retson, Elmer Archibald, Stacey Harrison, Jason Steele. The 25th Annual Great Community Curling Classic was sponsored by the Brookfield Athletic Association-winning the prized trophy were: Whing Ding Division - Copper Barrel Grill - Pibb Henderson, Kraig MacKenzie, Emily Breckon, Sylvia Kennedy; Red Division - LA Gals - Becky Shearer, Arlene Rutherford, Emily Breckon, Barb Cox; Gold Division - MacKay's Siding - Jonathan, and Paul Crouse , Terry Henderson, Mitchell Fraser;  Sportsman Draw Division - Property Guys - Laurie Cochrane , Ton Van Oirschot, Ernie Glinz, Gary Doyle.  The Juniors awards: the Rupe and Mary Fisher trophy for love of the game went to Nicole Arseneau, and the Josh Melvin Trophy winner was Melody Sears ; this award recognizes a junior who is most dedicated to the game.

Victoria Fraser of Carter Road was a double winner at the 92nd Annual Truro Music Festival (coordinated by BCC member Kent Loughead)- Victoria led the way in the 8 and under Jazz / Blues vocal solo, and the Musical Theatre solo. ACA-Jam, a youth band from the Ecole Acadien in Truro, and featuring Peter Betts and Brandon Rice, took home the Peoples' Choice award from "Frogstock 2014”. This gets them the chance to record a demo, as well as a bursary for the Universite de Moncton. Bob Prest, a 1972 SCHS grad now living in Truro Heights, has released a CD entitled Legends and Lies, full of musical memories and lore from the Stewiacke Valley. Dale Fisher, and Bob's wife, C.J. provide a lot of the music on the CD. Bob is a familiar sight at Coming Home to Brookfield musical shows-he happily contributes his time and talent.  A big pat on the back goes to Melanie Miller (Letha Mowatt's daughter), on her winning the 2014 Provincial Education Week Teacher Award for Hants West. Melanie is a dynamic teacher who engages her students in french language studies. Melanie also contributes to the school community as coach of girls’ basketball and staff coordinator of PASTE, the school leadership program. This also led to her being awarded the March 2014 Working Together Award by her peers at WHMS. Well done, Melanie!! Also congratulations, is in order for longtime SCHS/SCA English teacher Susan Schurmann on her retirement.  Brookfield native Robyn Storr-Paluch is finishing the year as term teacher in Sue's spot. At year end another SCA teacher hanging up her chalk brush; middle school math instructor Bianca Blair, who also was a longtime valuable member of the School Advisory Council. Keith Best retired after almost 30 years as local area Superintendent for Canada Post.

The Brookfield Athletic Association is running the Stanley Cup Playoff Pool – why not enjoy some friendly competition, and fill out a ticket!? Cost is only $5; they are available at Roop’s Esso. It is a good way to add some extra enjoyment over the next 2 months, particularly if your team’s season ended early; and you are supporting the BAA so they can continue to fund activities for our community!! Athletes of the Month for March at SCA were Riley MacLeod, Junior Boys Basketball, and the Senior Mixed Curling Team, which won the Northumberland Regional Title – Rebecca Rankine, Jamie O’Connell, Karlee and Andrew Burgess.

The Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA), in partnership with Colchester County Recreation Services will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Awards night on April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Knox United Church Hall. Refreshments and finger food will be available. We hope there is a good turn-out to give the recipients proper recognition. The Brookfield Athletic Association is accepting nominations (until May 30) for the Randy Roop Memorial Award-candidates are those who have made significant contributions to our community's sporting legacy. Contact Terry (673-2106) or Kim (673- 2298) with nominations. The Terry Fox Committee, in conjunction with Knox United, are hosting "An Evening in Hawaii" on Saturday, May 3. The evening will consist of the Terry Fox Silent Auction and an Exotic Aloha Hawaiian Dinner with entertainment. The price is $25.00 per plate. Viewing and bidding times for the silent auction are Friday 1:30-4:00, 6:30-8:00, Saturday 2:00 -4:00, and during the dinner. Auction items can also be seen on line at Tickets are available by calling Dorene at 673-3229. Dinner proceeds for Knox United Church and the auction proceeds for the Terry Fox Foundation. To donate auction items, please call Judy at 673-2427. The Terry Fox team will also hold a Book and Bake Sale on June 14-more details in May Eagle. All Around the Circle Seniors Club will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary on Tuesday, April 15 at the All Around the Circle Clubroom at the Sportsplex, with some friendly games of bingo and a BIG cake – all welcome. The meal is at 12 noon, $7 for members, $9 for non-members-why not stop in!

How Do You Get Around SURVEY: The Municipality of Colchester, Town of Truro, and Village of Bible Hill are conducting a survey about walking and cycling among residents. It's open to people who are living and/or working in Truro, Brookfield, Bible Hill or Tatamagouche. Each respondent will have a chance to win a $100 gift card and ten $20 prizes. The survey will be available until April 18th and can be completed three ways: on-line at, by calling 899-7907 to complete the survey over the phone, and interviewers will be approaching people in Brookfield at various events.

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.

Note the deadline for submitting information for the May Eagle – the last one until September is May 8 - 9.

Happy Easter!

The Eagle


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