The Easter bonnets, lilies, bunnies, etc. have been stowed away - so the next big event on the calendar is the Brookfield Mens' Club (BMC) Ladies Night!! The clubmen will host a feast for all ladies of the area, present some questionable entertainment, and announce the winner of the 2018 Eagle Award to a deserving citizen who has made a long-term, positive impact on our beloved village. Dinner will be served at 6:30 - we would love to see all 150 chairs filled by then with local lovelies from 17 to 97 – April 16 - please mark the date!The last couple of weeks of winter (and the first two of spring!) did not go quietly - our area was swept by three snowfalls (after a benign December-February period), along with high winds. The wet, heavy precipitation pulled many large limbs from trees around the village, many of which still dangle precariously. The canopy of hardwoods that make Densmore Lane so beautiful was particularly vulnerable, as many of these hardwoods are in poor condition, and some much-needed surgery awaits. Dave Whidden got a head-start, removing several decayed deciduous from his property; the Husqvarnas sang for a few days. We shall see if the early spring, that seemed a certainty even 3 weeks ago, comes to fruition. The Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA) has declared Saturday April 28 to be the Community Clean-Up day - all who wish to help can meet at Knox Church at 9 AM that day, to receive their materials and route assignments. The BMC will do their Adopt-a-Highway stretch (Whidden and Carter Roads) the same day, and the two schools will tackle the trash-infested ditches and grounds of their properties. Please come - it is amazing how much better our community will look after 3-4 hours. IF sufficient people pitch in! The BCA Annual General Meeting will be held on May 28 at 7PM.
Club-Man Don Harvey was busting his buttons over the rare happenstance that saw him with a 29 hand in a cribbage tournament in the hotbed of West St. Andrews; magnifying the already-long odds even more was his son-in-law and partner in the game, Dale Totten having a 24 on the same hand! Paul Rodd's Military Rifle Association team was on target in winning the title at the NS Rifle association's final Big Gauge Shoot in Lunenburg - Rodd was the highest scoring individual at the meet. The Brookfield Curling Club held their Awards Banquet as their 42nd season wrapped up. Among those honoured: Elmer Archibald, Mary Johnson, Barb and Doug Cox won the Mayor's Challenge spiel. Mike, Steve, Heather, and Anne MacKeil won the St. Patrick's Day event. The champs at the 29th Annual Great Community Curling Classic (GCCC) were: Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) Division: Ernie Glinz, Pete Harris, Trish Schollmeier, and Susan MacDonald; the Brookfield Lumber BMR Division was won by Herb and Josh McCallum, Jessi Taggart, and Josh Archibald; the Tim Isenor / Royal Lepage Division went to Jeremy Veinotte, Kris Terrio, Amy (Heffernan) Muis, and Robin Boudreau; while the Jeff Miller Auto Parts champs were the Lafarge team of Kraig MacKenzie, Pibb Henderson, Lloyd Allen, and Larry Fisher. First place winning teams were - Monday - Eric White, Brian Neil, Philip Vroegh, and Christian Miller; Tuesday - Andrew and Jill Sears, Mike and Kyle Henderson; Thursday - Karla Armsworthy, Mike Henderson, Kendra Arseneau, and Gwen Campbell. Playoff Champions were: Monday - Ken Retson, Ernie Glinz, Jim and Jamie Thompson; Tuesday - Mike, Steve, Heather, and Anne MacKeil, and Thursday - Bill Ettinger, Laurie Cochrane, Nigel Butler, and Keiver Read. The 'we'd be lost without them' pair of Mary Johnson and Barb Cox were recipients of the Turk Henderson Memorial Award for outstanding service to the GCCC; and Heather Bigelow was named as the Sherrill Burns Award winner as the most dedicated spectator. Citations went to Jesslyn Searle (Adam, Deborah) - the Rupe and Mary Fisher Award recognizing the Junior with most desire; and the Josh Melvin Award for the most promising Junior went to Ryan Searle (Adam, Deborah). Diane Forshner won the BCC draw, winning a pair of 2018-19 season tickets to the Truro Jr. Bearcats home games. We strongly urge more locals to try (or return to) this great game - plan now for Open House Week (Oct 29 - Nov 3), which will follow hard on the heels of the international Pinty's Masters at the RECC the week before. The BCC awaits you! Brent Walters (Glen,Susan) is one of the goalies on the East Hants Penguins team, currently betting Glace Bay for the NS Jr B. Title. Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) won the Unsung Hero for the Truro Jr A Bearcats. Joanne Hatfield’s students turned heads at the Truro Music Festival – Alexa Roop (Andrew) won the Baroque and 3rd in Post/Romantic piano sections, and Audrey Ross (Tim, Lorraine) won the Jazz/Blues piano category. The SCA Jr girls curling team won the Regional title and advanced to the Zone championship – members were Alexa Roop, Nicole Arseneau (Vince, Kendra); Monica Mason, and Jesslyn Searle; coach was G.R Walters.
Travelers included Bill Campbell, Lee Nelson and Ashley Charette to Cuba; Dan and Lexie Stewart in the Dominican Republic; while Florida attracted Kelly and Jennifer Spencer and kids, Daisy Hingley, Myrna Clarke, Brian and Gwen Campbell, Bev and Gerry Peterson. On the way home, Gerry had a fall in New Hampshire that left his ankle sprained. Phil and Kitty McMullin did their annual trek to Arizona. Hayley Elliott was in Mexico as part of a service project working with underprivileged youth. Choosing not to buy foreign currency were Keiver, Bev, and Alison Read, who visited family in Alberta, and did some skiing; and Gail MacFarlane and kids Tessa, Jake, and Mac, who visited Gail's sister Sheryl in BC.
Former Knox Minister in the mid-1950s, Rev. John Henderson died in Pictou. It was a horrible period for Carolyn Nelson, who lost her mother Barbara Pulsifer in Truro, and daughter Tammy Nelson of Pleasant Valley. His many friends were saddened by the passing of Middle Stewiacke native, and former hockey star, Jeff Dickey at 67. Lee Davis, 56, formerly of Brentwood died, as did Sherryl Patton's brother, Charles Payson. Susan Stevenson’s brother Jamie Carter, 63, died of stomach cancer in HRM. Laurie Monk's brother, Floyd died at 70; and Helene Henderson's Mum, Marg Elliott of Princeport departed at 97. Man-about-the-village and harness racing aficionado Wayne O' Neil passed at 73. Shelley Graham’s mother, Phyllis Graham of Upper Stewiacke, died at Elk Court. In Halfway River, Eric and Weymond Thompson's mother, Sheila died. We extend condolences to all who mourn loved ones.
We were happy to learn of the birth of a son (Shea) to RCMP officer and former Jr. Elks hockey sniper Ben and Pascale Burgess in Bonnyville, Alberta - former Jr. Elks coach Dan (and Janet) are the pleased grandparents! Closer to home, Charles and Laurel DeBay are delighted parents to a baby boy, Eli Victor – great-grandparents are Shirley and the late Victor DeBay. Rikki Dartt and Chanda Deyarmond were united in marriage in front of family and close friends. Chanda’s sister Miranda (New Zealand) and brother Adam (Edmonton) came home for the nuptials. Helen Crockett celebrated her 96th birthday at the Brandt Lane apartments - her brother Eldon Miller (and Freda) hosted a gathering of friends and relatives for the irrepressible Helen!
Always good to see Edna Graham's daughter Ivy Haasen of Timmins in town - she was part of a throng of over 100 revelers at her cousin Debbie Matheson's 19th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza. Even better, with Ivy were her daughter Sonja Cernik, and grand-daughters MacKenzie and Paisley from Toronto. Welcome Jessica Wallace and her daughter Marissa who have moved to Rachel DeVries' former home on Hamilton Avenue; Rachel has relocated to Shortts Lake, so still will be a staple at the Sportsplex, on the ball fields, and at BGC! Kelsie Graham has purchased the former Gord Campbell house across the street on Hamilton.
Pibb Henderson broke his thumb in a fall while collecting sap; and Krista Lynds was hospitalized, and Shirley Harrison suffered a broken hip.
The 569 Col G N (Ned) Henderson Air Cadet Squadron made a week-long trip to New Brunswick, taking part in many activities, including the Moncton Escape room, and a tour of 403 Helicopter Squadron at CB Gagetown. Five cadets participated in the Northern Regional Marksmanship competition. CO Capt. Andrew Tattrie invites the public to the Squadron's Ceremonial Review and Inspection, to be held at the Sportsplex on Saturday May 12 at 1 PM. Come see what these young men and women have accomplished over the past several months! The BMC, as sponsoring body of the local squadron is thrilled that Major General Jean Marc Lanthier will conduct the review - he is one of the country's highest ranking military officers, and is the son-in-law of Helene Henderson and the late Ned Henderson.
The Women That Hunt will be staging their 3rd Annual Youth Expo on Saturday April 21 at the Sportsplex and Elk Park, from 9 AM- 4 PM. Kick off this year is a parade from the firehall at 8:45 featuring the NS Cadet pipes and drums. Exciting new exhibitors and activities and we will be wrapping up the show with a free youth concert featuring Before Monday from 4 – 5:30. Truro Nissan will be providing a shuttle service. View designated parking areas, corporate sponsors, exhibitors and more on the website at www.theyouthexpo.com Join the Facebook page @the youth expo. Last year saw 3000 spectators, and they expect more this year. It is a spectacular event - plan to attend.
The BAA is operating their annual Stanley Cup Playoffs Hockey Pool - cost to enter is only $5 for 10 weeks of action, and a chance at the big payday! Tickets available at Roop's Esso or Cleaners, from any BAA member, or on-line at www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca, or the community FaceBook page. Entries - as many as you like! - must be submitted by 7 PM on Friday April 13. Please support the BAA which in its 82nd year, continues to support recreation in our area, including over 100 kids in Minor Ball , 50 + in Minor Hockey, the Jr. B team, the Mixed Bowling League, well into its 6th decade, youth volleyball, golf, figure skating, Elks men’s and youth fastball teams, the Curling Classic, and athletic awards at South Colchester Academy, as well as maintaining the beautiful Elk Park! Your support makes this possible. The BAA Elks Golf Scramble will be on July 7, 7:30 - 1 PM at the BGC. The Whing Ding dates for this year are July 27-28, anchoring the Coming Home to Brookfield festivities, which run from July 20-29. The theme is “Heart to Home”. Make your plans now!
The All Around the Circle seniors monthly luncheon will be Tuesday April 17 at their lounge in the Sportsplex; doors open at 11:30, meal at 12, meeting and program to follow. They continue to host card parties (45s and Crib) on Wednesday nights - 7:30 PM - stop in and best Harv's hand! Chair Yoga is offered every Thursday morning at 10:15; now led by Joyful Yoga owner/practitioner Joy Nicholson of Shortt’s Lake. There will be a Kairos Blanket Exercise at Knox on Sunday April 22 from 1 - 3:30 PM - for more information on this meaningful event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a Music Trivia night at the Curling Club Saturday, April 14 – games start at 8:30, dance to follow – admission is $10 per person. The annual meeting of the Lower Pleasant Valley Cemetery Group Board of directors will be April 22, 1 PM at the Fire Hall. Those interested in learning more about the volunteer efforts to ensure the sustainability of this beautiful cemetery are welcomed! The EAGLE is available via email (send address to BMCeagle@eastlink.ca), on the community website; and hard copies are available at several retail sites around the village. Please advise newcomers of the options of receiving the Eagle. Reminder of the Community Clean-Up Day on April 28 - please assist the BCA and BMC in giving a “spring cleaning" to our byways and lanes!
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