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February 2018
Volume 29, Issue 6

The Brookfield Mens' Club will celebrate the 81st anniversary of their 1937 founding at their February 19 meeting.  All are invited to the dinner meeting, with one caveat;
we pre-order the roast pork dinners and desserts.   Any attendees must RSVP to Mike before Feb 14 at phone 673-
2769 or email  Cost of the dinner is $15; note the special start time, 6:30 at the Fire Station.  The BMC will continue with the collection of terrific presenters this year when Donnie Fisher will detail the origin and subsequent development of his thriving tower-building business (Don Fisher Construction).  This local success story will prove most interesting; just as did January guest, the RCMP's Breathalyzer expert Cpl. Mike Robinson.  He enthralled the members with his accounts of a variety of incidents, and explaining how the force tightropes between ridding society of the lethal problem of impaired driving while ensuring civil liberties are respected.  The federal government's pell-mell rush to legalize cannabis consumption, details be damned, figures to bring about a whole new set of challenges to law enforcement.

Errata in January edition: - we apologize for the exclusion of Anna Hamilton and Jacob Smith as musicians who added so much to the Food Bank Concert, and to math whiz Jim Parks, who is in Victoria, BC, working as a data scientist for INgrooves Music Group, not at UVic. Also to the Wybenga family when noting the passing of Rose, her husband is Peter, and their son is Lucien; this was mis-stated. We sincerely apologize for miscues/omissions.

    It was nice to have Melanie Ross home with mother Linda and rest of the Ross and Glinz families.  While here, Melanie attended her daughter Jaimie and Nick Turple's housewarming on the MacKay Siding Road. Susan VanTassell was home from Whitehorse, successfully avoiding radar.

    We are sorry to report on the passing of many with ties to Brookfielders.  Shirley Crowell died in Truro; she was mother to Terry Crowell and sister-in-law to Beverly Hutchinson. David Stewart of Middle Musquodoboit passed, he was father to Shaune Stewart; Alice Stevens, Cecil's wife, died, as did Graham Jackson of Sonora, he was a brother to Judy (Phil) Henderson. The village lost a real treasure with the passing of 100 year old Edna Sutherland of Densmore Lane, she was a big part of this community's fabric!  Brookfield Elks fans everywhere mourned the passing of a 15 year veteran of many champion ball teams, Sterling Delaney, who epitomized the never-ceasing hustle the red and gold are known for.  The Brookfield Curling Club paid respects to three former members, all well-liked by fellow rock-throwers, Jarvis Stewart of Stewiacke, Les Peasey of Shubie, and Dennis Horsfall of Lantz. Vince Arseneau's Dad, Eddy, passed away in Hilden; and Bill Redden well-known Upper Stewiacke resident and brother to Mike, passed at 88, leaving a big hole in that burg. 'Billy' Billick, who played with the Elks 60-61 hockey team that made a foray into the powerhouse N.S. Senior Hockey League, died in Pictou County.  Willa Rogers’ brother, Ralph Miller died while in his Arizona winter stay. Doug Joyce's Dad, Calvin died in Truro, and Ian Fisher's wife, Marilyn passed. We were saddened to hear of the tragic, carbon monoxide accident in Alberta that claimed the life of Gerry and Bev Peterson's grand-daughter, Tanisha. Condolences are extended to all for their losses.

    The afore-mentioned Donnie Fisher and wife Marg, celebrate the birth of another grand-child. Daughter Amy and Rod MacLean (standout Cruise Missiles goaltender) have a new son, Blake Fisher MacLean at their home in Hilden. There are a trio of very fortunate and clever young men - Ben Ching comes from a long line of potato farmers in Souris, PEI, and he was overjoyed when the beautiful and so very personable plant scientist Charlene "Smiley" Locke (Steve, Krista) accepted his marriage proposal! Likewise Bedford-ite Justin Melnyk pitched the rock to chiropractic doctor Michelle MacDonald (Mike, Susan), who caught it, and slipped it on her finger.  Another click up the 289, nurse (and hockey player) Maria Rutherford (Nancy, Logan) became engaged to New Glasgow's Mike McDavid.  Best wishes to the happy couples; seems the local guys need to step up their game?!  A new set of second cousins arrived – Scott Glinz and Shanda Cox birthed Samuel – pleased grandparents are Ernie Glinz and Mary Cox. Linda (Glinz) Ross’ son Caleb and Taylor O’Neil have a new baby boy, Holden. Congratulations to all! Gloria Joyce marked her 75th birthday with family and friends, and Brandt Lane resident Barbara Bates blew out 85 candles.
    Our winter has been erratic to say the least - temps in the minus teens, then 36 hours later +10 with snow, rain, sunshine appearing spasmodically.  Little wonder some fled - Bruce Wallace, Tim Fisher, Jack Shearer, and Tony Miller took a golf excursion to Phoenix - Scottsdale; Brian and Sherry Stewart basked in St. Lucia, and Tanya and Kris Chase went to Miami and hopped on a cruise ship. Krista McMullin and Terry Canning jetted to the other side of the world and toured Vietnam and Thailand. Betty Roop and Gwen Campbell went to Toronto and Ottawa, respectively to revel in their grandmother roles.  Shirley Harrison has moved to Vimy Court, and Edith Retson to Townsview Estates.

    Did Hugh Matheson have some hidden basketball talents that few knew about?  His grand-children Jewel Woolfitt (Jodie, Jonathan), and Isaac Matheson (Nick, Lori), were both named to Nova Scotia's Under 14 hoop teams!  Grandmother Judy thinks it has more to do with her days on the hardwood with the UNB Red Bloomers, while Jodie thinks her Dal Tigers stylings were the determining factor! Hugh’s brother Gordon, and wife Myrna seem to have a pair of volleyball prodigies – grand-daughters Katya and Talia Vdydkhan, both turned observers’ heads at the Super-Series Club volleyball tournament in Truro. Pam and Oleg’s girls are both high-flying, hard-hitting players for Bedford Blizzard and The Tigers Club teams. What about local Minor Hockey kids Max McCallum (Josh, Jessi) and EverLeigh MacDonald (Morgan, Patty) taking part in the puck-dropping ceremonies at the World Junior A Hockey Tournament in Truro?!  Mate Mark Crozier, filling in for Skip, relatively new Mum Courtney (Rutherford) Hanham put on an amazing display of shot-making to lead their team of Steve Hanham, Emily Breckon, and spares Arlene Rutherford and Jeff Sibley, to a thrilling win in the 16 team Club Bonspiel at the BCC. Crozier's team eked out 4 straight wins, downing Pibb Henderson, Ian Jamieson, Kraig MacKenzie, and Andy Lewis in a taut final.  Barb Cox's Thursday Night teams won the trophy for the best league performance.  Kyle Henderson's band Milksnake, has released a new CD, Sadistifier.  Actual CDs and digital copies are available at the Milksnake site or by contacting Kyle, who wrote and sang the songs, played all the instruments, recorded and mixed the 11 tracks.  He can be reached at email.

    Dale Fisher eloquently expressed his gratitude to the SCA auditorium-packing crowd who attended a musical extravaganza arranged to help him and Margie, since Dale's shoulder/ back injury some months ago has prevented him from driving his big rig.  SCHS classmate ('72) Bob Prest and others organized a great show.  Performing with Bob and wife CJ, were Julie Johnstone, Lorna Letcher, and Dave Mingo, and Dale joined his old band-mates to close the show with 3 poignant vocal renditions.  Other highlights of the show were the Before Monday band, Cherry Lane, Village Blend, Jake Smyth, Sarah Matheson, the Good Time Fiddlers and accompanists Wayne Hingley, David Dean, Anna Hamilton and Jacob Smith.  Dale was overwhelmed by the generosity of his friends and area residents.  Speaking of health issues, Alan Carter and Gordie Frank were hospitalized, as was Marg Elliott, Helene Henderson's Mum; she is recovering from a broken femur.
    Thanks to the donor who wishes to remain unknown, but lent a helping hand to The Eagle's postal bill! Another job well done by the crew of volunteers, led by Russell Bradley and an amazing cadre of pastry chefs, servers, musicians, decorating crew, auction donors, ticket buyers and all who produced a delight for the visual, olfactory, and auditory senses at the Valentines Extravaganza program! Music to the ears of all was presented by Cherry Lane, Kayla Kennedy, Art Peck, Anna Hamilton, Jacob Smith, Joanne Hatfield and Time Ross. Debbie Matheson hosted a “quick-photo” operation presenting all lovebirds/family/friends well-done shots (with or without garish props!). Thanks to all who contributed!

We remind you that nominations for the BMC Eagle Award, presented annually at Ladies Night (April 16 this year) are due to the Eagle, or Committee chairman Charlie Burnett email by March 31, (the day before Easter, if that helps jog your memory). This coveted citation is presented to a person(s) who has made a significant effort toward the betterment of our community in any number of aspects. The BMC also welcomes any ideas/suggestions for the Program/Entertainment/Menu for Ladies Night.  Please pass along your thoughts for us to discuss (especially the entertainment !!?!).
All Around the Circle Seniors Club will have their monthly Dinner and Meeting at the Sportsplex on Tuesday February 20- doors open at 11:30, the Club actively welcomes visitors /newcomers. Chair Yoga is 10:15 on Thursdays, and Fiddlers' practice Fridays at 10. Their well-furnished facility is available for rent for family celebrations, meetings, dinners, etc., contact Susan Stevenson @6732479

The Junior Elks Hockey Club is hosting an auction at the Curling Club on Saturday, Feb. 24, and the BCC will feature a celebrity auctioneer, guaranteed to amuse (?!!) at their gala auction on Saturday March 3, the public is welcomed to come and nab some great buys. The auction starts at 7 PM, viewing from 6:30 with full kitchen and Bar services available. Please support both these ventures. The popular St. Patrick's Day Bonspiel will be held March 17- contact Josh or Jessi to register at email or phone673-2141 . The 29th Annual Great Community Curling Classic will be held March 23-25, featuring curlers from near and far, and of a multitude of abilities.  Contact Mike at email or 673-2769 for more info for this thirty-two team event.
Don’t forget
Knox United’s Pancake and Sausage Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Contact Jodie Matheson phone890-2988  if you would like to help support the Youth Group in their participation in the Coldest Night of the Year on February 24.
The next orientation session, and necessary condition for the adult public to use the
SCA Fitness Centre, occurs on March 21 at 6 P.M. The one-hour program provides an introduction and overview of the equipment and gym policy. Once completed, use of the gym is allowed, at no cost!

    Hopefully the two Koreas can get along for a couple of weeks to host a successful Winter Olympiad in Pyeong Chang, shelving talk of ICBMS, etc ?!! Ideally the focus will be on the competitors, and the fellowship, and not the world's two most famous golf rule-benders/ egoists/megalomaniacs! TV watchers can have their quadrennial fix of events like luge, short-track speed-skating, skeleton, 20 km biathlon, etc. It may be made more difficult due to the 13 hour time difference, but the networks are clever enough to keep most guessing "is it live, or is it Memorex". Hopefully a much happier visit to the Asian peninsula, for those in person, or watching from afar, then it was in the early-1950s.

Please consider joining us at our Anniversary Dinner Meeting on February 19, 6:30 at the Fire Hall. Remember to RSVP as mentioned above!!

The Eagle