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   February 2019
Volume 30, Issue 6

The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) ushered in 2019 with a very interesting January meeting - the program featured Brookfield natives Chris Cornelius, Glen Moore, Jr., and Roddie Miller, who put on an intriguing demonstration (and explanation) of all things Arm Wrestling. This sport is growing rapidly, with both genders, and youth competitors, and Chris hopes to establish a group to train in the village! They brought along the specially-built table, and demonstrated a multitude of techniques, proving that raw strength and size does not suffice without proper skill development. The BMC-ers were enthralled, but only Past President Pibb Henderson took a turn at the table!

    The February get-together is a special one - the BMC will mark their founding in 1937 with an Anniversary Dinner and Meeting on Monday 18th - note the changed TIME - the gavel/dinner bell will be struck at 6:30 SHARP. The feature presentation will be by historian Dr. T. S. Henderson, who will shed light on Brookfield during World War II. A roast turkey dinner, catered by Hurricane Heidi's Cafe will greet the attendees - the dinner, the presentation, and an organization that has diligently served the community for over 80 years - should be ample reason for interested observers. The BMC-ers will be joined by many of their offspring as well. If members of the public wish to attend, you MUST contact Mike at mdhenderson@eastlink.ca by February 14 latest, so the proper number of dinners (cost $15/plate) can be ordered/prepared.

    Reminder that time is nigh for nominations for the BMC Eagle Award, honouring a citizen who has made significant contributions to the betterment of community life here - send nominations to Charlie at 673-2302 or at cburnett@ns.sympatico.ca - deadline is March 22. Early head's-up to all that the Annual Ladies Night, where the BMC hosts, feeds, and entertains the ladies of our area; is slated this year for April 15; save it now!! Speaking of kind-hearted ladies, The Eagle is very grateful to a trio of Brookfield ex-patriate lovelies for their kind donations to the cause - merci beaucoup to Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury, Elaine (Ross) Healey from the shores of Georgian Bay (Wasaga Beach), and to Shirley (Sutherland) Locke in Truro!!

    Lots of errata in the January issue - the print version was missing the date, the e-version had it as September; Chris and Danielle MacDonald live in Bible Hill, not Onslow, and, most importantly, we neglected to inform you of the winners of the Annual BMC-sponsored Christmas Decorating Contest, so - Best Overall - Nancy and Greg VanTassell; Best commercial - Brookfield Bakery/ Hurricane Heidi's Cafe;  Best Christmas Tree - Bev and Keiver Read;  Best Neo Modern Tree - Leah and Charles Bowers; Christmas Card effect - Jennifer Adams; Best Garden Scene - Debbie Matheson;  Best Winter Scene - Susan and Mike MacDonald, Best Carollers - Betty Roop. Congratulations, and thanks for brightening the village!!

    Shirley (Ross) Comeau was feted on her 80th birthday; many community members turned up at the Senior's Lounge at the Sportsplex, and she was delighted to have family members home, including, from Ontario, siblings Wilfred Ross, Elaine Healey, Ardith (and Wayne) Teas, son Greg Stewart from Chiliwack, and grand-daughter Krysten Stewart from Quebec.  Others back in town included Amanda Clark (Joan, George); she brought along her best pal Dave Collins, and his parents who made their trip from Australia memorable by proposing marriage! (she said Yes!). Jonathan MacKenzie came from Ottawa to visit his ailing uncle, David MacKay, and Mac Campbell visited Dad Paul from Ottawa. From Minnesota comes word of the birth of a second son, Louie Rexford, to Peter and Katie Kennedy!! Happy grandparents are Larry and Lynne Kennedy! Maegan Ryan (Merna, Sheldon) and Logan Snow had a baby boy, a nephew for Landan, Joe, Camron, and Shel-B - just a few hours after the community held a baby shower for the new mum!

    As usual, lots of our residents were recognized for sterling accomplishments - Hockey Nova Scotia presented Josh Boulton with the Bernie Lawlor Memorial Coach of the Month Award - it goes to exceptional teachers of the game who help make the game better/more accessible. The former Jr. Bearcat is heavily involved with SCMHA, the Junior Elks hockey team, and is Vice Chairman of Knox Church Council.  Kudos to South Colchester Academy Grade 11 student Erica Fisher (Troy, Jeannette), who organized a volleyball clinic, and then donated the proceeds to KidSport, the organization that helps cover registration costs for those that require help. Volleyball Nova Scotia was so impressed with Erica's generosity, they matched her donation to KidSport!!

    Proof that the Brookfield Curling Club continues to churn out strong curlers was seen at the Men's and Women's Provincial Championships in Dartmouth. Former BCC curlers playing for teams in the Elite 8 of the province included Taylor Clarke (Dave, Carla), 3-time provincial champ and Brier attendee Phil Crowell (Maurice Jr.), and former NS High School Mixed champ Michelle MacDonald (Mike, Susan)!! The Laurie Cochrane team of Dave Bangay, Lisa Henderson, and burgeoning star Jeslyn Searle won the Clary White Framing bonspiel at the BCC, downing Elmer Archibald's squad of Mike Henderson, Becky Stone-McCoul, and Cindy Crossman. Elmer bounced back the next week to win the Mayor's Challenge 'spiel backed by Mary Johnson, Barb and Doug Cox. BCC member Beth Mudge of Admiral Rock received her Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry, focusing on Phytochemistry from UBC – Okanagan – well done Dr. Beth!.  The Northumberland Regional Curling Championships will be hosted by SCA at the BCC on February 26-27 - drop in and cheer on the Wolves' three teams!  January Athletes of the Month at SCA were all cagers - Seniors Cole Mockford, and the electric Erin Carter; Juniors - Julia Johnson, Cameron Hunt, and Lucas MacDonald.

    On March 3 at the Best Western Glengarry, the Truro Sport Heritage Society will host their 35th Annual Sport Awards Dinner; several locals are finalists in their category: Outstanding Male - under 15 - Shortts Lake's Owen Mullen; 16-20 years - Rowan Sears; Outstanding Female 16-20 - Karlee Burgess; Outstanding Jr High team - SCA Jr. Boys Volleyball; High School team - SCA Girls Softball. Contact Sara at 957-0084, sara_mckenna@hotmail.com for tickets/info. Bill O'Brien, 65, a fixture in net in the SC Oldtimers Hockey League recently played his 1,500th game - impressive because he only took up the game at 31!  James Hill and Anne Janelle thrilled attendees at their concert at the Marigold, a fitting conclusion to the day-long ukulele workshop and clinic. After receiving a music Nova Scotia Award last autumn Alan Sylliboy and the Thundermakers (band includes Joanne Hatfield!) have been nominated for an East Coast Music Award.

    The community mourned the sudden passing of Carter Road's Bryan Busby; our sympathies to wife Rose, and adult offspring Mike, Michelle, and Corey. Our thoughts are certainly with Elizabeth Watson whose brothers Ronnie and Clarence McDaniel passed away in the same week, in Cape Breton and in Medicine Hat. Sylvia Queripel-Nelson passed away; she was grandmother to former Hamilton Avenuers Andrew, Ben, Amie, and Alysha Nelson. Brent Trenholm, died in Hilden at 75.  William Chikness (Stellarton) died, he had lived at Elk Court since 2013. Mario Baini's father died in Lebanon. Please accept our sympathies.

    Some locals packed their golf bags and headed to sunnier climes - BCC members Bruce Wallace, Tim Fisher, and Gary Caldwell headed to Scottsdale, AZ, while fellow BGC-er Andy Lewis went to Florida, playing the course where the LPGA recently held an event. Brian and Sherry Stewart sunned in Tobago, Brian Clarke chose Cuba, his mother Myrna preferred Mexico, and Kristin Stewart went to the Dominican Republic. BMC Prexy Jim Feener and wife Marlene spent the Holiday season at their daughter Adinda's home in Ontario.  Emily Kierstead and Don Murray have left the lake for Truro - they would like to thank their friends and neighbours on Cottage Lane and in Brookfield for their kindness over the past 24 years - we expect we will still see them at Knox United and other community events.

Robin "Button" Sutherland underwent open-heart surgery in Timmins, ON. Jackson Spencer (Kelly, Jennifer) had a nasty break in his leg while skiing, the day after he and his Dad, a former star Senior pitcher, met the Blue Jays at the fanfest in Metro. Debbie Burris broke her femur, and Ally Campbell required surgery to repair her tibia and ankle, broken in an icy fall. Velma Fisher has been ailing, but is recovering. Sorry to report that Cherie MacDonald (Brian) is in Halifax hospital undergoing cancer treatment.

    It took until January for the weather and harvesters' gear to get in sync, but eventually 60 tonnes of corn was plucked from the field beside Ed Creelman Park – the $11,000 from the fodder go to The Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help world hunger. Thanks to the many farmers and truckers who volunteered their time, equipment, and fuel to get the crop in! Many volunteer organizations that provide/sell food at various events should note that the Department of Environment is hosting Food Hygiene (Handlers) Courses at the RECC in Truro on Feb. 26, Apr 23, and May 14. Certifications last for 5 years, and groups must have someone with a valid certificate, or risk being shut down, so we strongly endorse as many as possible to take the course - more info and registration forms are at Knox Church, or contact Dorene at 673-3229 or at rmatheson@bellaliant.net. Major events you should not miss are on back-to-back weekends - the Valentine's Extravaganza goes at Knox on Saturday Feb. 16 - all you can eat of scrumptious, decadent desserts, entertainment by Cherry Lane, with several special guests, a silent auction, and other add-ons make this a can't miss. Advance tickets only from Kaye Retson (673-2356). The following Saturday (Feb. 23), the Brookfield Curling Club presents their annual Auction and Social - doors open at 6:30 (food and beverage service available), the auction starts at 7, with a social time to follow. Chairperson Dee promises a great assortment of items to bid on! If you want to order a Community Birthday Calendar, you must immediately notify Jocelyn at 673-2951 or at jalangille55@gmail.com - the order will be placed within the week.

The Brookfield Curling Club has two major bonspiels approaching - register early to make sure you can play. The St. Patrick's Day 'Spiel goes on Saturday March 16 - contact Jessi Taggart at taggartj@ccrce.ca or 673-2141. Also on the pebbled ice, the 30th edition of the Great Community Curling Classic will be held March 29-31. This event welcomes curlers of all levels of ability, from near and far, so contact your friends and enter as a team, or as individuals, for your chance to put your name on the iconic trophy!! Contact Mike at mdhenderson@eastlink.ca for info/to register. All Around the Circle Senior's Club welcomes those 55 + (though they will not 'card' youngsters!) to enjoy their events/facilities in the Sportsplex; luncheons/entertainment at noon on the third Tuesday of each month. Joy Nicholson brings her 'Joyful Yoga" to the Sportsplex Thursdays at 10:15 AM for Chair Yoga, which is drawing large crowds – drop in fee is only $5. Wednesday nights see cribbage and 45s played at the Card Parties starting at 7:30 PM, and the Good Time Fiddlers make music there on Friday mornings. The Brookfield Garden Club welcomes new members - they meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month-learn more by emailing  gardenclub@live.com .
Sadie Mesheau will mark her 100
th birthday at Elk Court on February 16.

Remember to contact Mike if you are coming/bringing guests to the Anniversary Dinner Meeting on Monday, February 18 at 6:30 PM - you must reserve your meal. 

The Eagle 

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