February 2021
Volume 32, Issue 6

Ordinarily, the Brookfield Mens Club Eagle flies monthly, providing news and tidbits, but also to broadcast the date and time of their upcoming monthly meeting (September-May). But, as we have heard ad nauseum, these are not ordinary times. As the ongoing conditions imposed by the government related to the coronavirus seem to be without end, we are not waiting until the last few days, to announce that the February 15th planned conclave will NOT be held. This is especially painful, as the BMC marks its anniversary - founded in 1937! - in the year's second month, and typically celebrates their genesis with a catered dinner, guest speaker, and invited guests, including family members of the club-men. BUT WAIT!! the restrictions have now been lifted allowing a meeting so we will! The anniversary extravaganza will be shelved regardless - possibly re-instated for later in the year? The February meeting crew of Bob Lawrence, Larry Harrison, Mike Henderson and Scott Armstrong will cobble together a program; no guarantees on members being fed this time!

    In a similar vein, we send out an early reminder about Ladies Night; the annual (check that, mostly annual!) gala where the BMC invite the ladies of all ages from the area to a tasty dinner, door prizes, tasteful (?!?) entertainment, and the presentation of the BMC Eagle Award to a deserving citizen(s). Ladies Night this year is slated for Monday April 19. Sadly, the 2020 event was scrapped as Covid 19 arrived a month previous. The Eagle Award committee decided against naming a recipient in the absence of the opportunity to present it in the desired environs. We would ask readers to submit nominations for this year's award to committee chairman Austin Ross @  or 673-2260 by March 22 latest; the citation acknowledges a person or persons who have made sizable efforts, usually of a long-term nature, to the betterment of our special community. Some of the past winners have expressed their feelings that the Eagle Award was more meaningful to them than Diamond Jubilee awards from the Queen, or other provincial or federal honours. Hopefully we are able to resume normal activities in time for Ladies Night - save the date, stay tuned, and forward names for consideration for the Eagle Award!

    Roll out the famed Brookfield welcome mat to Ed and Wilhelmina (Willie) Henley who have moved into the Brandt Lane apartments from their home in Spry Harbour, home of the famed Atoms. Up on Kennedy Road, Jacob Bowers (Leah, Charles) and Morgan Rath (Lorna, Duane) have moved into their beautiful home - immediate neighbours are Brookfield native Clarence and Brenda Dennis. Thanks very much to devoted reader Elaine (Ross) Healey, who sent financial support from her home in Wasaga Beach, Ont.

    While most Canadians love ice in all its beauty, it can be problematic in some forms. Four month old Malcolm Dawe (Erin, Gregor) suffered a fractured leg when his grandfather Bursey (no, not Joel!) slipped on a Victoria Park trail and crashed to terra firma with the babe strapped to his chest. Prognosis is for a quick and full recovery.  Hockey stars Major Bantam Jack Sullivan broke his thumb, and Jack Grinton of the Atom Elks had a sizable laceration from a skate on Mark and Laura Kennedy's backyard rink.  Andrew Sears is clomping around in a walking boot. Megan Sutherland underwent a surgical procedure, and Myrna Clarke had a stay in hospital. Shirley Foster (Maureen’s mother) suffered a broken hip in a fall. We hope all are feeling much better soon.

    Grandparents Tony and Rhonda George are celebrating the birth of a daughter to their son, Scott and Jill George in Pictou County.  Darren and Lori McCoul became first-time grandparents when their daughter Ariel and Dillon Fraser, had a baby girl, Averie Brynn. Brookfield native Phil Crowell (son of Maurice, grandson of 50’s Elks hockey star Mons) is off to Calgary for a “bubble” Brier – it will be his 6th trip to the National Championship. SCA grad Karlee Burgess will be at the Scott Tournament of Hearts also in the Alberta bubble, playing third for a Manitoba-based rink.

    We were shocked to learn of the sudden, unexpected passing in her sleep of Angela, 45, Aaron Matheson's partner in Alberta. The sad and untimely death was shocking news for Aaron's parents, Gab and Donna Matheson. Donna also lost her relative with the death of former Shortt's Lake resident, Shirley Nelson, widow of Gerry, and mother to Debbie and the late Stan. The matriarch of the proud Kennedy family of Upper Stewiacke, Carmitta died at 92. She was mother to Carter Road brothers Larry and Arlen, five of their siblings, all SCHS grads, and many grandchildren (and great-grandchildren) in the area. Also going to her reward at 92 was Brookfield native, Georgefield resident Joyce (Paul) Miller. She was an invaluable volunteer and contributor in the Latties Brook area, and aunt to Billy Paul, and mother to curling devotee, Lee. From Toronto comes word of the passing some months ago of Carol Stuart, 70, sister to Jim, Evan, Al, Linda, Fred, Helen, and the late John. CKTO-FM morning man and Densmore Lane resident Mitch Johnson said his final farewell to his grandmother, Lena Kaulback, 95, in Bible Hill. Glen Anderson, 89, of Halifax, and a summertime resident at Shortts’ Lake died. We must point out that Amanda Clark and Dave Collins' infant son who died unexpectedly was the beloved Charlie. May all who mourn find comfort in knowing your friends and neighbours are keeping you in their thoughts.

    MLA Larry Harrison provided UCW Unit 3 some depressing numbers re. the level of child poverty in our area. There is some means of assistance being provided now, but want all to be aware that there are a multitude of low cost items at Nox Nook, including clothing, bedding, dishes, books, toys, etc. For Open Hours check the Knox Church website, or contact Evelyn @ 650-2076, or enegus@eastlink.ca.  Also on the second Sunday of each month food items are brought in for the Colchester Food Bank - if transportation is a problem to access, contact either Knox United or Brookfield Baptist Churches. There is also assistance available for children's recreation - Canadian Tire's JumpStart program is terrific for helping with equipment and registration costs, and the Brookfield Athletic Association and South Colchester Minor Hockey Association are also able to lend a hand.

    Orders are being taken now for the Knox and Middle Stewiacke United Churches Friendship Calendars - contact Jocelyn Langille (956-0212, ELECTRONIC MAIL to order yours - cost is only $12, and/or to provide info to be included.  They will be available in April, and cover the May 1 / '21 - April 30 / '22 period. We are delighted the calendars are now being produced in Colchester, and thank both purchasers and advertisers for their support. The Great Community Curling Classic, awaited by many near and far, is again a Covid casualty, for the second year in a row. However, the BCC marches on - championships will be determined in the final week of action, March 29 - April 1 - stop in and take in the action!   Long-range planning dates have been set, all assuming normalcy here in not-too-many weeks/months - Whing Ding - July 23-24, Coming Home to Brookfield - July 16-24; Elks Golf Scramble - July 3. Not determined yet, but expected dates - Community Clean-Up Day - May 1 (hopefully lots of the proletariat turn up to assist if we schedule in a break for May Day acknowledgement!), Fish-a -Rama, if DFO will provide the prey - May 29.  The Elks have resumed their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League schedule – see the league website for re-slated games.   By the time this reaches you, the Nova Scotia Liberal party will have chosen a new leader, and by extension, our next premier with the resignation of Stephen McNeil. The outgoing preem's right of center leanings were popular with many, not-so-much for others.

President Win Matheson hopes to see many of the BMC-ers on February 15, and hear reports from the sundry committees (Cadets, Cemetery, Creelman Park, BCA, schools, governing bodies, Sick & Shut In, Ladies Night, etc). May all our readers enjoy the rest of winter, and remember - hopefully only about 10 more weeks before we are back on the golf course! 

 The Eagle

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