30, Issue 8
April/Spring has finally arrived!! March had arrived with freezing temps, but by the time it exited stage right, Brookfielders were basking in double-digit thermometer readings! Nearby golf courses have opened, and hopefully the Brookfield GC's season debut is not far off! Spring means a few things - including road repairs to potholes and eroded shoulders. The Eagle had generously granted the province a 6 year Countdown Clock to replace the Creamery Brook bridge - it now reads 5 years and 9 months - but thanks to the efforts of Councillor Geoff Stewart and MLA Larry Harrison (as well as organizations that have written letters - the Eagle, BMC, BCA, SCA Advisory Council), we are cautiously hopeful we may receive positive action to "Beat the Clock"! This year, Holy Week/Easter comes well into the month - Easter is April 21 - for a complete list of services at Brookfield Baptist and Knox United Churches, check their websites. Of course, April also means Ladies Night, when the Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) hosts the area's women for a lavish meal, unparalleled entertainment (drama and song), the presentation of the esteemed BMC Eagle award, and more. We urge any of the communities’ ladies to join us on Monday April 15 at Knox Hall; dinner is served at 6:30pm, with entertainment to follow, including the results of the BMC's ‘study’ of the six month impact on marijuana legalization!
A big tip of the hat to both the organizers, auction contributors, and the large number who attended and bid freely at the Bonesy Food Fest at the curling club, with the substantial proceeds going to the Joel Campbell (Brian, Gwen) family! Angela and Jamie Reid and Faith and Travis Rogers led the planning efforts, and Lori VanTassel wowed all with her delicious and artistic layout of abundant finger food! Just at press time last month, we learned of Chris Bernard's retirement after 33 years - in addition to her classroom/gym time, she was a highly decorated coach, leading her teams to numerous high school provincial softball championships! Brenda Henderson laid down her marking pen, and retired after 38 years of exemplary teaching; the community was fortunate to have her at Brookfield Memorial and Brookfield Elementary for 31+ of those years. Her unchallenged work ethic and devotion to her craft, combined with a sunny and compassionate mien made her much-loved by students, teachers, and other staff. In recent years she has had the pleasure of having children of former pupils in her class! Both these ladies are perpetual volunteers in our community, and serve as wonderful role models as well. Milestone birthdays were marked by Phyllis Sutherland (95) and Brent Nelson (90). Please welcome Edward Carroll and Lacey MacDonald to our village - they have moved into the former Negus/Peterson house opposite Knox. Gordie and Denise MacDonald came from Ontario to visit Audrey and family. We were delighted to recently see Gina Monk, grand-daughter of the late Vic and Gerry Burrows, with her new son - Francis Aaron John Dunford(aka Frankie AJ). He was born to Gina and hubby (wed last year at her parent's Murphy Cove home) Joe Dunford, formerly of Peterborough, they now live in Bedford. Delighted grandparents are Bruce and Connie (Burrows) Monk. Ghufran Al Hussein, the charming daughter of Ousama and Abdel, our Project hope family from Syria, became engaged to Danny Ar Khatib.
Jewel Woolfitt (Jodie, Jonathan) continues to turn heads with her prowess on the court - she will play for the U-15 Nova Scotia team at the Basketball Nationals in Victoria in August! Her cousin, Abby Miller (Melanie, Steve) of Mount Denson, and grand-daughter of Letha Mowatt, was named Rookie of the Year for Mount Allison University's basketball team and the school’s Rookie of the Year across all sports. From Ontario comes word that Elaine (Ross) Healey’s grandchildren won provincial championships – Sydney Healey won the AAA High School Girls hockey title. Grandson Tyler Healey’s Wellington Midgets won the Ontario crown 3 – 2 in double overtime! Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) continues to rack up honours - the Shortts Lake lad, SCA grad/Dal AC student, and vital cog of the Truro Jr. A Bearcats, was named winner of the Maritime Junior Hockey League's Scholastic Player of the Year award, and received a $1000 bursary, and is the league's nominee for the National citation!President Pibby Henderson presided over the Brookfield Curling Club Awards Banquet night, wrapping up their 43rd full season; championship teams recognized included: Cochrane Cup - Muir, Larry, and Tim Fisher and Gary Smeltzer; Henderson Shield - Bill Ettinger, Laurie Cochrane, Nigel Butler, Keiver Read; Forshner Cup - Darren MacDougall, Troy Colford, Sean Norwich, Ray Bowser. The 30th Annual Great Community Curling Classic (GCCC) was a big success under the direction of Co-Chairs, and indomitable workers Mary Johnson and Barb Cox - they greeted 30 teams from near and far, and put on a great show! Four teams added their names to the iconic trophy: Jeff Miller Auto Parts Division - Eric and Rick White, Larry Graham, Christian and Mel Miller; Brookfield Athletic Association Division - Darren MacDougall, Troy Colford, Ray Bowser, Stephen Henderson and G R Walters; Don Fisher Construction/All Terrain Contracting Division - Karla Armsworthy, Mike Henderson, Emily Breckon, and Judy Nielsen; and the Tim Isenor/Royal Lepage Division - Mary Myketyn-Driscoll, Kaitlyn Veitch, Brigitte MacPhail, and our Michelle MacDonald (Mike, Susan) . Michelle brought her very talented team from Metro - they competed in this year's Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts. In a very nice gesture, they donated their prize money back to the BCC's Junior Curling program, which launched Michelle's career, which included a NS High School Mixed crown.
Jessi Taggart organized a successful St. Patrick's Day Bonspiel, complete with interesting wardrobes - the event was captured by Joe Kaiser, Michael Horne, Lloyd Allen, and Dee Vipond - thanks Jessi!Mike Henderson was honored to receive the Turk Henderson Memorial Award for outstanding service to the BCC and GCCC. Bertha Fiander was presented the Sherrill Burns Dedicated Supporter Award. On the Junior side, a very successful year under leaders Lisa and Terry Henderson was celebrated with the presentation of the Josh Melvin Award, for a competitive curler and valuable team player, to Travis McAndrew (Julienne, Shaun). The Rupe and Mary Fisher Award, for love of all aspects of the game- camaraderie, competition, dedication - went to Tristen Sutherland (Brad, Meghan) - this award was especially poignant this year. The SCA Mixed team, consisting of four Grade 8 (!!) students just missed the medal round at the High School Provincials, losing out to eventual champions Millwood H S. They (Alexa Roop, Tristen Sutherland, Ryan and Jeslyn Searle, Michael Zhou, and Ben Fraser) were properly named SCA Athletes of the month for March! The Colchester Female Cyclones hockey team won the North Division Gold Medal - Myla Searle (Jenna, Mike) and Kathleen Henderson (Stephen, Tracey) were part of that squad - they along with Atom AA Boys team, including Matthew O'Hara (Kaley), Tyler Sullivan (Jeff, Pam), and Rigby VanTassell (Brookes, Lisa), who won the same title, will play in the NS Day of Champions in April. Rachel DeVries led her Gutter Done Ice Hogs to the Colchester Women’s Rec Hockey (B Division) title, a pair of goals in the 5 – 2 win; also denting the twin were Erin Crowell (marrying James Rutherford in early May) and Adrienne Martin.
As referenced above, many of our residents attended a wonderful funeral service for Mary Fisher, 95, the Scottish war bride of the late Rupe Fisher, who settled and raised her family (Freda and Terry) in Middle Stewiacke, and became an integral part of both communities. She had been a charter member of the Brookfield Curling Club, and was a dedicated supporter of the game and the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex. She remained active in the BCC until not too many years ago! We were saddened to learn of the passing of SCHS grad, Danny Lambert, 63, in Truro; he was the son of the late Gisele Eddy, and moved into downtown Brookfield with Norm and 'Gigi’ in 1970. Irene Deyarmond of Upper Stewiacke, and mother to seven daughters including Mary Cox (Melville Drive) and Arlene Rutherford (Upper Stewiacke), passed after a long stint with cancer. Bill and Jerry Stewart’s half-brother, Freddy Rutherford, 93, died in Hamilton, Ontario. John “Shark” Stuart, formerly of Cherry Lane, passed away in Manitoba – he was brother to seven siblings; brother Jim still lives in the village. Aubrey Armstrong's mother, Blanche, passed away in Princeport, and Jack Hinton died at Elk Court. Condolences to all who lost loved ones.
Brookfielders clogged the airport, (already backed up somewhat due to the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane debacle) fleeing to warmer climes...Mexico was the chosen destination for Myrna Clarke, Anne VanTassell, Dave and Janice Peterson, Greg Sutherland and Joan Adey,Mabel and Sandy Barber. Andrew and Rowan Sears took in some Grapefruit League action; Andrew came home, picked up wife Jill, and set sail on a Carribbean cruise, along with Jeff and Shawn Lynds, and Shortts Lake res Rob Stuart and Kathy Fougere. Krista McMullin and Terry Canning went to Orlando, as did the Arseneau family (Vince, Kendra, Regan, and Nicole), Mitch and Amy Johnson and cousins Paula O’Neil and Becky Stone-McCoul. Stacey Harrison was also in the Sunshine State for a conference and mini-vacation. Rick and Bev Hiltz, Dane and Danique Henderson, Lee Nelson and Ashley Charette were in Cuba, as were Brian Clarke, Krista Williams and Jim Pearson. Brian and Sherry Stewart went further south, stopping on the inter - continental link that is Panama. Linda Ross went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - is she working on her game in that Mecca for golfers?!!? Danny and Lexie Stewart took grand-daughter Claira to the Dominican Republic; Brian and Gwen Campbell, Leah and Charles Bowers, and Bruce and Glenda Isenor also flew to the Dominican Republic. Laurie "Chip" and Maxine Monk are home after an extended stay in Costa Rica. Phil and Kitty McMullin went to the paradise that is New Zealand, and flipped across the Tasman Sea to Australia. Alison Read took in a Leafs' game in Nashville. Domestic travellers included Nellie Densmore to see daughter Sarah in beautiful British Columbia; Gail Kierstead and kids visited her sister Sheryl in BC, and did some skiing, and Keiver and Bev Read went to Calgary to visit Coady and Meghan and ski. The Weatherbee (Charlie, Kathy, Cam) and, Woolfitt (Jonathan, Jodie, Jack, Jewel) families skied at Mont Ste. Anne.
Not all were fortunate to be on planks on steep snowy hills - Jacob Smith's crash left him with a broken collarbone, and dislocated shoulder. Margie Crossman broke her wrist in a fall.
A busy time ahead - get out your calendars, be that digital or 'old school'! On Tuesday April 9, the 569 Col. G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron will host an Open House for the public at their enclave in the Brookfield Elementary School. They urge the public to drop in from 6:30 - 9 PM that day, and see the many activities they offer for young (12-18) men and women, all at no cost! The 569 Squadron, sponsored by the BMC since the early 50’s will hold their Annual Ceremonial Review and Inspection at the Sportsplex on May 11 at 1 p.m. The public is cordially invited! Your chance to display your hockey knowledge arrives this week - the Brookfield Athletic Association's (BAA) Stanley Cup Playoffs Hockey Pool tickets are out April 8 - available at Roop's Esso, Roop's Cleaners, online at brookfieldathleticassociation.ca, or from members. Only $5/entry, last year's payout was $1200, and you will be supporting a good cause, by entering by April 12! Nominations are now being accepted for the Randy Roop Memorial Award, which honours a person who has made significant efforts, as a volunteer, a participant, etc., to the sporting life of Brookfield; nominations close in June. The Terry Fox Book and Bake Sale will be held Saturday April 13, 9 AM – 1 PM at Knox - come and feed your brain and innards with good books and good food! A reminder that people working in volunteer organizations have two more chances to obtain their Food Hygiene (Handlers) course certificate - which is essential for those preparing/serving food - dates of the course are April 23 and May 14 in Truro - contact Dorene Matheson for more details at 673- 3229 or email
Don't miss the 4th Annual Women That Hunt Youth Expo at the Sportsplex on Saturday April 27. This amazing event runs from 9AM – 4PM, and typically draws upwards of 4,000 people to see/try the amazing exhibits. There are new activities and exhibits this year, special guest is MP Blaine Calkins. Free for youth and $5 for adults. Beat the lineup and pre-purchase admission bands at MacQuarries, Brookfield and Esplanade locations. This full day is designed to EXPOSE, EDUCATE & INSPIRE the youth into the outdoors, arts and greater health & wellness. Visit @TheYouthExpo on Facebook & Instagram or www.theyouthexpo.com, Contactinfo@theyouthexpo.com or 902-986-7010. The Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA) will organize the annual Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday May 4 - the BMC will also do their Adopt-a-Highway stretch that day. Many hands make light work; please meet at United Church at 9 AM on May 4; three hours and our streets will look so much better if we have enough volunteers! All materials - gloves, bags, water, are provided. All Around the Circle Seniors Club will have their monthly dinner meeting Tuesday April 16; doors open at 11:30, meal at 12 noon. Darlyne Proctor, Waste Reduction Manager for Colchester County, will update knowledge on recyclables, trash, etc. Joyful Chair Yoga continues Thursday mornings as well as adding Monday mornings at 10:15 in the Seniors Lounge - all welcome - nominal $5 fee. Card parties - cribbage, 45s - continue on Wednesday evenings at 7:30. Advance notice of other events-- the BMC will host the Annual Fish-a-Rama on Saturday May 25 - watch for more details in the May edition, where you will also learn more about this year's Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations, which run July 20-28 (Whing Ding July 26-27). Saturday June 8th – “Murder at the Resort” in collaboration with “Doc” McCoy Murder Mysteries, Dinner Theatre presentation will be held at Knox United Church.Come enjoy a fabulous meal and be part of the mystery and intrigue. Tickets are $30/person and can be ordered by calling Joanne at Knox office phone.
See you at Ladies Night, April 15 - bring along a friend!