March 2019

Volume 30, Issue 7

At their 82nd Anniversary Meeting in February, the Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) hosted a throng of 40, including eight adult offspring of current members, three spouses of BMC-ers, as well as some community members, who seemingly all enjoyed the wonderful meal from Hurricane Heidi's Cafe, the special guest speaker, and the abbreviated business meeting! Dr. Stephen (Tron) Henderson, History professor at Acadia University, shone a light on the village and environs during World War II. His research pulled from the provincial Archives, newspapers, the Elder Transcripts, letters home from servicemen and women, and recollections from community members. Many of the older set in attendance added tidbits, while the younger folks were amazed at the hardships and deprivation forced upon their ancestors in this dark period. There were some shining lights, including the area's response to contribute to the national war effort through purchasing Saving Bonds, willfully agreeing to rationing of many vital materials, and not the least, the efforts of the BMC and the Eagle, to provide both physical and emotional comforts to those overseas, and to those at bases here. Stephen showed several photos of the village and military personnel; watch for his more in-depth presentation during the Coming Home to Brookfield celebrations. The BMC, picking up on the Eagle's clarion call to government to replace the bridge over the Creamery Brook on Highway 289 (see January edition!), sent an impassioned plea to our MLA and councilor, to buttress their efforts
. The BMC's next gathering will be Monday March 18; all are welcome to attend - the gong sounds at 7:30 at the Fire Hall.

    The Eagle apologizes for the omission of Frank and Hazel Locke as winners of the 'Best Religious Theme' award in the Christmas Decorating contest; and for mis-identifying Chris and Danielle (Mrs. Chris) Armsworthy - hopefully third time lucky!!?!  Early March provided little relief to a (so far) l-o-n-g winter - two sizable dumps of snow, and the seemingly ever-present whirling winds kept many inside, and closed schools yet again (what doesn't result in school closures now!?). Silver linings for those selling heating fuel (of whatever form), snowmobilers, and other outdoor sports enthusiasts. Many were not prepared to shovel any more, and travelled to warmer climates, including: Shirley Comeau, who linked with sister Elaine Healey to jet to Florida's Gold Coast where sister Ardith (and Wayne) Teas winter in Jensen's Beach ...Lexie Stewart made her annual Caribbean sojourn, this year to Dominican Republic and Frank and Hazel Locke found it “better in the Bahamas”. Krista McMullin and Terry Canning went to Cuba to meet their daughter Joanna and family. Becky Wallace and Kim McBurnie went to Florida, and Paul Rodd and Karla MacKenzie visited Toronto. Lori Nielsen accompanied her sister Stephanie (and Patrick, and niece Hannah) Archibald to Red Deer to watch their son Sam Archibald skate for Nova Scotia's Canada Games hockey team, continuing a tradition of Brookfield-area connections to the Bluenosers hockey team dating back to 1971!  Grandmother Velma Fisher eagerly awaited updates from Alberta. Dane and Danique Henderson tested their schussing skills at Maine's Sunday River. Brent, Meredith, Gavin and Paige Harrison went to Boston to watch the Bruins.

    In addition to Sam Archibald, others with ties to Brookfield making news at the Canada Games were Lilla Roy of Fort Ellis, now Sydney, a member of the last (2003) graduating class of South Colchester High School - she was an Assistant Coach with the province's Cross-Country Ski team. Lilla is the FIFTH member of her family to wear Nova Scotia's colours in this discipline at the Canada Games! Jordyn Henderson, despite only two live practices with her partner, won a Silver Medal in Red Deer in the female synchronized trampoline event - she lives in Truro, and is the daughter of vaunted SCA Adult Mixed Volleyball League star, Mike Henderson (no relation to BMC-ers Rev. Mike or Irreverent Mike!).  Hayley Elliott was Hero of the Month for the Halifax Hurricanes hoop team.

    At the Brookfield Curling Club, South Colchester Academy hosted both the Northumberland Regional High School and Junior High Championships. This provided thrilling action for the considerable number of spectators. A big thank you to SCA Athletic Director Kelly Spencer, Coaches G R Walters and Chad McKinnon, Junior Program instructors Lisa and Terry Henderson, and to Brookfield Curling Club. The Mixed Team, consisting completely of Junior High students (!), narrowly missed winning the Regional banner; however their strong finish enables them to attend the Provincial Championship at the Truro CC in late March. The team was skipped by Alexa Roop (Andrew); Tristan Sutherland (Brad, Megan) and Ryan and Jeslyn Searle (Adam, Deborah) provided ample support. The Girls team of Ainsley McCoul (Becky, Mike), Monica Mason, Sarah Kennedy, Nicole Arseneau (Vince, Kendra), and Hailey Drummond (Joanne, Jim) came within a point of upsetting the champion CEC team, before losing a tiebreaking Draw to the Button contest that would have sent them to provincials. The Boys team (Carter Redmond, Garrett Graham, Ben Fraser (Scott, Heather), Cam Weatherbee (Kathy, Charlie), and Alex and Michael Zhou acquitted themselves well. At the Junior High Tourney the Junior Boys team had Hunter Sill and Travis McAndrew, as well as Searle, Sutherland, and Weatherbee; the Jr Girls were Roop, Arseneau, Searle and Drummond – both teams won Regional Championships. Athletes of the Month at SCA for February were basketballers Sammy Tracey, Isaac Kennedy, and Hunter MacLeod (Juniors), and Charlea Lowe and Ethan Sevey (Seniors); 3 on 3 hockey - Colby Brown; curlers Ainsley McCoul, Carter Redmond, and Alexa Roop. At the Annual Truro Sport Heritage Society Awards Dinner, winners included Val Fitzgerald (spouse of SCA teacher Ted) – outstanding senior female athlete and cousins Karlee and Lindsay Burgess were co-winners of female athlete – 16-20 years award.

    There were Brookfield connections at the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) track and field championships – Brooklyn Rutherford (Allison, late Gloria) Rutherford was silver medalist in the shot put for Dalhousie; former BCC President Brian Hebb’s son Thayne won bronze for UNB in the 4 x 200 relay, and Erin McCavour of UNB, daughter of former Jr. Elks hockey coach Jeff (and Cheryl) was name Rookie of the Year after winning the long jump (5.42M) and placing third in the triple jump (11.08m).

    Milestone birthdays being celebrated by a pair of our village's lovely ladies - on March 16, Helen Densmore will cut cake and extinguish 80 candles. The next day, the delightful Gwen Archibald will mark the 90th anniversary of her birth. All are welcome at the Seniors lounge in the Sportsplex on Sunday (2-4 PM); best wishes only!  Gwen's son-in-law, Sid Johnson, retired from his Canada Post rural delivery route after 19 years; he had succeeded Gwen, who logged 17 years on the same run. Chris Bernard retired after 33 years of teaching.

     Elk Court mourned the passing of three residents; Russell MacMillan of Truro, Roberta West of Shubie - she was great-grandmother to SCA grads Alex and Allyson Rhoddy; and of most local significance, Bob George. Bob, who raised a fine and sizable family with his late wife Shirley, (including Tony of Shortt’s Lake and Kathy of Hilden) in Brentwood - they were fixtures in the community, at the Sportsplex, and wherever they could be helpful. We are sad to advise that popular businessman David MacKay, son of Bessie and the late Sedley, succumbed to cancer at 54. Joanne Hatfield’s uncle the legendary “King of Friday Night”, Frank MacKay passed away. He was a highly regarded thespian, but a nationally-renowned vocalist – his interpretation of R & B classic artists like Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Freddy Scott was unparalleled. William Brown's son Dakota Thompson died in Truro as did Frank Taylor, formerly from Bell Road. Brenda Pellrine, widow of the late Myles, passed away. Our sympathies are extended to those who lost loved ones.

    The Eagle received a lovely photo from Leona Hickey of a young Darren Hickey (his Dad, Dan lives at Elk Court) with Gordie Howe on the Sportsplex ice circa 1986-87. The all-time great Howe passed along hockey tips to numerous youngsters while in Brookfield – what a thrill! Young Hickey came from Cape Breton, along with his sister Susan, who attended Figure Skating School along with scores of others, at the Sportsplex.

    Daisy Hingley’s sister Rosie Gallimore, broke her hip, recovering at Pictou Rehab Centre. Judy (Mrs. Phil) Henderson had surgery in Halifax. Joel Campbell (Brian, Gwen) has been diagnosed with cancer in his kidney. He has had renal problems in the past – the kidney in question was transplanted from his Dad years ago. A benefit evening (Bonesy Food Fest) will be held at the Curling Club on Friday March 22, starting at 7 PM. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Upcoming - The 569 Col. G N Henderson Air Cadet Squadron will host an Open House on Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 – 9 PM and welcome the public to attend and learn what the program is all about. There will be an opportunity to fly in a flight simulator, fire an air rifle, learn about a variety of summer camps, and get more info on this terrific program for youth of both genders, ages 12-18. There is NO COST to join; cadets are provided a free uniform, and participate in glider and power flight familiarization, outdoor survival exercises, marksmanship, biathlon, and effective public speaking. For more info email cadets or call 639-1427. Two fun bonspiels at the Brookfield Curling Club - Saturday March 16 sees the St. Paddy's Day spiel - this fun-filled event attracts a lot of 'occasional' curlers, many in seasonal dress/costumes. Contact Jessi Taggart to register/or for more info – 897-5945 or email Taggart The 30th Annual Great Community Curling Classic concludes the season on March 29-31 - 27 of the 32 team spots are filled; contact Mike at 673-2769/899-5462 email Mike for info on how to take part in this event, open to curlers of all levels in the quest for the iconic trophy!

   The Brookfield Fire Commission will hold the annual ratepayers meeting at the fire station on March 25 at 7:00 pm.  They will present a balanced budget with no change in the fire tax rate. All property owners in the community are welcome to attend.  A basketball clinic for kids Grade 4-5-6 will be held at South Colchester Academy on Wednesday March 20; 9 AM – 3 PM The camp will focus on skill development and fun led by Head Coach, Scott Armstrong. Cost is $25 with proceeds to SCA Jr Boys program. Sign up sheets will be distributed at the elementary schools in South Colchester or contact email  Scott. All Around the Circle Seniors Luncheon meeting will be Tuesday March 19, doors open at 11:30, lunch at 12.

An early reminder of the BMC's Annual Ladies Night gala, this year on April 15 - please save the date for this wonderful night of food, fun, and fellowship, when the Mens Club honour and thank the community's ladies. Several nominations for the BMC Eagle Award are in house; the deadline is March 22, please send any to Charlie Burnett.

See you at the BMC on March 18!   The Eagle