Vol. 27 - Issue
6 - Box 195 -
Brookfield, NS, BON 1CO
We mused in early February that winter had set in - but were we in for a surprise! Over the last weeks of the month, we received more major dumps of snow, including a 50 + centimeter load that has blanketed the village with some very deep snowbanks! Even the Brookfield Men's Club had to postpone their February meeting due to the blizzard - the anniversary dinner meeting has been moved to Monday March 16, 6:30 PM at the Bistro at the Holiday Inn on Prince Street in Truro. The dinner meeting will be a la carte; all members and their offspring, of any age are invited to attend. No RSVP necessary, just bring an appetite and good humour!
Congratulations to Brian Stewart and Sherry Cole, who were wed on Valentines’ Day, and honeymooned in St. Lucia. Thanks very much to former Elm Street resident Sharon Keizer, who made a much appreciated donation to the Eagle. Athletes of the Month for February at South Colchester Academy were all cagers: Juniors Emily White and Luke Fisher, Seniors Mariah Hunt, Shanea Fields, and Morgan Johnson. SCA alumnus Emma Stevens just missed the podium at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., finishing a very strong fourth in the throat-tightening Big Air competition of freestyle aerial skiing. Karlee Burgess, Grade 11 SCA student, was on the NS Curling team, which won a silver medal at the Canada Games. Her brother Andrew, 2014 Male Athlete of the Year at SCA, was on the UNB curling team that won the Atlantic University title. The Brookfield Elks concluded their Nova Scotia Junior B hockey season in impressive fashion, scoring a couple of one-goal wins over playoff bound East Hants Penguins. Coach Patrick Stewart, GM Richard Patterson, President Josh Boulton, and executive members Mark Kennedy, Keiver Read, Brad Meech, Kevin Aucoin, and Jay Duffy look to springboard up the standings in 2015-16. The club presented a team jacket to fundraising major domo Don Harvey for his tireless efforts on their behalf - Harv was delighted! The SCA Mixed Curling team won their 2nd consecutive Northumberland Regional Championship in Pugwash. They will advance to the Nova Scotia Championships March 26-28 at the Truro Curling Club, with draws also at the Brookfield Curling Club on March 26. Team members are Skip Jamie O'Connell, Mate Rebecca Rankine, 2nd Hunter Redmond, and Lead Chloe Bowers. They are all products of the very successful Junior program at the BCC, led by Meghan Higgins, Leah Bowers, Lisa and Terry Henderson. Gavin Harrison (Brent, Meredith) won the Football Nova Scotia Mites Division Fair Play Award. Former Junior Elk Zach Sill is now a Toronto Maple Leaf! What a good reason for all those lapsed Leafs fans, (and those who have not yet seen the light), to revive the old Brooklyn Dodgers saying - ' Wait 'til next year !', and get behind the Blue and White, even if the Toronto - centric media are sickening.
Some folks near-and-dear to Brookfielders went to their reward:J J Cedric Holland, who proudly watched from the stands as 3 of his 4 sons played Senior A ball for the Elks (Jim, Doug, Bobby), passed away in Truro at 97 after a very full life. Gladys Gauthier died in Timmins, Ont., she was the daughter of Noble and Alice McCabe – she grew up on Cherry Lane with brothers Howard and Vince. Eileen Ferris passed away at Elk Court. We were shocked to learn of the sudden passing in Truro of Dave Armstrong, the long-time insurance magnate, and father of MP Scott Armstrong of Laura Drive. Jocelyn and Barry Langille's cousin, Jack MacLean, died in Bridgetown. Judy (Stone) Goodwin died in Stewiacke-she was a sister to Margie Osborne and long-time Brookfield Curling Club member Bill Stone. Diane (Crowe) Earl, daughter of Bernie and the late Lenna, and sister to Dave and Reg, died in Calgary. The wheelchair-bound Diane was amazing - a beauty on the inside and outside, she graduated from SCHS, where there was never a shortage of schoolmates to carry her up and down the stairs for class changes circa 1970. She was the first person in Canada who required a wheelchair for mobility to earn a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, and was an inductee in both the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame. Sad news from Charlottetown - the passing of much-loved former Knox United minister, Rev. Ranald Cameron at 88. "Rannie" was one of the most positive, upbeat persons you could ever meet, and brightened days for countless numbers of people. His time here, roughly (1974-80), is remembered fondly. He is survived by wife Jean, daughters Ann Atkinson, Kathy Patton, and Heather Cameron and daughter-in-law Joyce Cameron. Grandchildren in Brookfield are Erin Jamieson, Daniel and Luke Patton. We extend condolences to all whom mourn.
Desha Ellis and best friend Rob Wells (don't think the one that is Ricky on Trailer Park Boys?!?) vacationed in Mexico. Donna Sutherland, Don and Marg Fisher, and daughters Paula and Jenna sunned in Florida, as did Wayne and Shelia Johnson while Kathy Dean went to Cuba with some nursing friends. Dave Wilson went to the Daytona 500; Brookes VanTassell and Anne Robichaud went to Toronto to see Zach at the Leafs. Aubrey and Janet Armstrong also made their annual trip to Castro’s island. Glenna Murphy visited friends in Ottawa, then went down to Kingston to take in the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Her sister Gail Wright and hubby Darrell toured parts of the Panama Canal, Colombia, Aruba, Jamaica, and Costa Rica - no word if they are expert zip-liners yet! Terry Stewart and Maureen Foster toured Tasmania, the Sydney area, and New Zealand. They were joined in the Land of the Long White Cloud and Silver Ferns by Terry's sister Brenda, and Mike Henderson. Brenda boasts that she beat her hubby in hang-gliding and sledging the raging Kawarau River rapids in the Southern Alps, though he is not sure the objective was to be the first one down!! Mike was disappointed that none of the countries there recruited him for their sides in the World Cricket Championships, a game his mother Marjee tried to introduce to Brookfield at 1960s birthday parties. Linda Deyarmond and her sister Debbie also went to Kiwi-land and Australia; they visited with Linda's daughter Miranda in Auckland. Nick Matheson wanted to go to the original Alps - a business trip took him to Austria, where he worked in some skiing time in those beautiful mountains - not sure if he clocked a time at the famous downhill run at Kitzbuhel?
BMC Treasurer, and Air Cadet liaison Bob Lawrence was slowed, but only briefly, after day surgery. Norma Richardson suffered a fall at her home in Shubenacadie resulting in a broken bone in her shoulder. Get well soon. Jordan Matheson returned home after a few months in hospital, recovering from his injuries. Home for their parents’ wedding were Devin and Dylan Cole and Jerad and Alicia Stewart. Sherry (Roop) Ovsenny and daughters Charlotte and Emily came from Toronto to help mother (grandmother) Betty Roop celebrate her birthday.
Please mark Monday April 20 on your calender - at 6:30 that evening, the BMC will host the ladies of the community at the annual Ladies Night Gala. A delicious meal awaits, along with some entertainment of suspect quality, but all-in-all, a great night out. The BMCers would like to see an uptick in attendance among the younger set (under 45) - don't let the regulars claim all the prizes and have all the fun! Ladies Night also sees the presentation of the annual BMC Eagle Award, a real community highlight. It is awarded to a citizen(s) who has played a meaningful role in the community, and is highly coveted. If you wish to nominate someone, please contact Chairman Charlie Burnett (or any BMC member) before March 31. Charlie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations are now being accepted for the 26th annual Great Community Curling Classic. This epic event happens March 27-28-29 at the BCC, and will see 32 teams of curlers of all abilities, from neophytes to well-seasoned, compete for the big trophy. A fun time for all. Contact Pibb Henderson (673-3262 or email@example.com) to enter as a team or as an individual. The Sportsplex Chase the Ace has a pot approaching $3700 - join the fun at the curling club every Thursday night - doors open at 6:45, food and beverage service is available; the draw is at 8:30...come and join the growing list of winners! The Brookfield Curling Club will host a St Patrick's Fun-spiel on Saturday March 14 - contact Josh McCallum (673-2141) for details/entering. The BCC will hold their closing banquet on April 10; this is another great night out - tickets available at the BCC.
March 17 - NOON - All Around the Circle Seniors group meets for their monthly dinner. In honour of St. Patrick’s, they will serve a traditional Irish meal, followed by Irish musical entertainment.Wednesday evenings All Around the Circle hosts a Card Party of 45's and Crib. Games begin at 7:30 @ $2. Both of these events take place at the Senior Citizens room, D.H.M.Sportsplex. We have been asked to advise the residents of Pleasant Valley and surrounding area of the annual meeting of the Lower Pleasant Valley Cemetery Group. The meeting will be held March 15th @1.00 - 3pm, at the Brookfield Fire station. The meeting is open to all persons with an interest in maintaining a local cemetery located in Lower Pleasant Valley. Brookfield Fire Commission is holding their annual Ratepayers Meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 at the fire station. The proposed budget anticipates holding the current fire rate.
Plans for Homecoming 2015 (July 18–26) are already underway. The theme this year is “Bringing The World Home,” and we need your help. On Saturday, July 18 we are planning an afternoon and evening of displays, food and entertainment from around the world. Have you lived in or travelled to another country or even to a particular area of our own country outside the Maritimes? If so, we invite you to be a part of “Bringing the World Home” through a display of pictures, memorabilia, souvenirs and sharing with others what you learned of the culture, customs, weather, language, environment, etc. from that country. We are looking for individuals or families to be a part of this event. Call Marian at 902.673.3464 for more information and to indicate your interest.
Please remember both the BMC Anniversary dinner next Monday (March 16) and Ladies Night on April 20-see you at both!!