March 2021

Volume 32, Issue 7

The good news is that the Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) held their February meeting, and expect to host this month's gathering on the Ides of March - please hide the knives from Brutus and friends! So members can gather (physically distanced, masked) at the Fire Station on March 15, 7:30 PM. The able crew of Robert Putnam, Gab Matheson, Terry and Rev. Mike Henderson will host the troop. On a less happy note, it is almost a certainty that the Ladies Night celebration, set for April 19, will be cancelled for a second year in a row. The Club will investigate options if postponing until the autumn is feasible - maybe by then the molasses-like trickle of vaccines will have dribbled from Ottawa to physician-starved rural Nova Scotia?!?

    It took until Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7-8) for winter to arrive here; we received our first (only, so far) significant dump of snow. The delayed onset of winter conditions left some of our valued snow-clearing people rusty - a large Transportation Department snowplow slid heavily into the Carter Road ditch just above (east) of Edna Graham's - extrication required a major effort. The county's sidewalk plow also took a spin, and was perched precariously, teetering above the 8 foot deep ditch in front of Brookfield Elementary School. Fortunately, both operators escaped injury; and the roads and sidewalks have been kept in fine condition since then, albeit with quite limited precipitation.

    Congratulations to Hilary Paquet who was rightly recognized by the UN on International Day of Women and Girls for her part in the Cliffs of Fundy GeoPark project. Hilary has long been a contributor those enjoying walks should check out the Farnham Brook Trail in Bible Hill, which she played a major role in designing. Happy to report on more babies coming to our friends and neighbours - Andrew and Nikki Kenny welcomed son Owen Joseph to their Bible Hill home - both sets of grandparents are well-known friends to many Brookfielders.  Bill and Della Boyle, Nikki's parents, both are frequently on the Sportsplex ice and Brookfield Golf Club greens; Anna MacDonnell and Andy Kenny Sr. of Cottage Lane (Shortts Lake) have hosted the Christmas House Tours in the past - Andy is also a solid curler at the Brookfield Curling Club! In Stewiacke, former SCA Athlete of the Year, and Elk hockey and softball star Jay Duffy and charming wife Sienade (she too a curler here), were ecstatic with the birth of London Jaymes. “An Elk-to-be”, one would expect.

     In 2016, Project Hope (a committee representing Brookfield, Middle and Upper Stewiacke and surrounding areas) supported 3 families to come to Canada during a time of extreme unrest in their home country of Syria. All 3 families are now living in Truro. All members of each family are working or going to school, with the exception of Ahmad, the eldest son of the Al Hussein family - he is living and working in Montreal.
      Athletes of the month for February at South Colchester Academy were curlers Sophie Fisher and Alexa Roop; on the hardwood Junior cagers cited were Josey Julien, Audra Lavers, Liam Legge, and Jack Livingstone; Senior hoopsters recognized were Erin Carter, Rachel Hawkes, Lucas Kelly, and Riley Parker.

     We are happy to advise that Liseanne Ross, daughter of Linda and the late Donald, has received a clean bill of health after some very troubling cardiac issues.  Joel Dawe suffered a detached bicep tendon while goaltending (?!?); after surgery, physiotherapy is helping it heal. Cindi (Messervey) Weatherbie had a successful liver transplant last August, after an agonizing 2 1/2 year wait. She is a valued resource should any have questions about transplants/organ donations.

     Welcome home Robbie (Wade, Nellie) Densmore - he has completed his 14 day isolation, and now is free to visit family and friends. Happy mostly-virtual Birthday to Betty Roop, the youngest 70 year old you will encounter! Daughters and spouses (Pam, Steve from Bedford, Sherry, Jay in Toronto), grandkids, and brother-in-law Bob Roop in Florida Zoomed in with greetings to the consummate community volunteer, friend, and non-pareil mother and grandmother. A special thank you to Barb Ryan of Shortts Lake for her kind donation to the Eagle!

     Sad news involving former North Brookfield residents - Cindy Grant, 63, died in Bible Hill; she was a sister to George and the late Zane, and a long-time employee of Stanfield's Ltd.  Also in Bible Hill, Bill Fraser died at 67- he was husband to Sheryl Lynds. In Hilden, Alan MacKenzie died at 76 - he was father to Lisa Hartlen. Long-time Brookfield Junior High Industrial Arts teacher and good guy Neil Taylor died in Belmont, age 86. Hard to believe it has been almost 55 years since BJHS (now BES) opened!  Mike Robinson, 53, died in Debert – he was brother to Jason, son to Betty and for sometime lived on the Old Halifax Road. In Middle Stewiacke, Benny Ouelette, 78, died - he was a brother-in-law to the late Shirley Fleming. Shortts Lake resident and longtime Truro businessman Dave Yould died at 88 - he was father to Trish (George Toole), Margie (Dave Grant), and Dave Jr. (Lisa) - the latter couple have just erected a new home in the family compound at the lake. In Mississauga, 89 year old Ivan Purdy died; he was a native of South Branch, and brother to Elaine Nelson and Cathy Gilby among others. Condolences to all who mourn losses.

     The on-again, off-again government regulations/shut-downs continue to rack up the cancellations; events deep-sixed include the annual Peter and Mary Agnes Memorial 1st Nations Hockey tournament at the Sportsplex, the play-offs for the Brookfield Elks of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, and both the Great Community Curling Classic and the popular St. Patrick's Day Bonspiel. The BCC is persevering and will declare league champions March 29, 30, and April 1.  Regular season champs were: Cochrane Cup - Gary Smeltzer, Larry, Tim, and Skip Muir Fisher; Cameron Challenge - Andrew, Jill, Cassandra Sears, Tanner Gayton, and Joe Leck; SMMH Shield - Andrew and Cassandra Sears, Darren MacDougall, and Tanner Gayton. South Colchester Minor Hockey Association (SCMHA) is cleaning out their closets. Championship banners won over the years are up for grabs. If you would like to own a banner (older than 10 years old) won by SCMHA, there are some still available. Contact Angela to see if yours is still available . Donations are being accepted to ‘purchase’ these banners, with funds going towards purchasing gear for new players next season. The Brookfield Community Assembly is planning on organizing the Community Clean-Up Day, likely in early May - watch the April Eagle and other sites for more details.

We hope all our readers and neighbours have a peaceful, meaningful, healthy and Happy Easter!    

  The Eagle