March 2018
Volume 29, Issue 7

The Brookfield Mens Club marked their 81st Anniversary in fine fashion at their February gathering. A delicious roast pork dinner was prepared by Hurricane Heidi's Cafe, and served by the eponymous owner, her brother Mitch Cooke, and his wife, Kim (manager of another well-known Cooke family eatery, Jimollys, on Inglis St.). 31 members and their guests enjoyed the repast, and after a brief business meeting, settled in to listen to local uber-successful entrepreneur Don Fisher detail his amazing 50+ year career in the construction business. His tales of erecting over 2000 communication towers, all across the country, in some decidedly un-hospitable climates and locations, kept the group spellbound. Club-man Win Matheson, once terrified by being stranded on a 1 story high roof, opted not to volunteer to start climbing 300+ foot high towers! We thank Donnie for his talk - it was most enjoyable and enlightening. The March meeting of the BMC will take place on Monday, March 19, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station - all welcome.

Early announcement of the Annual Ladies Night extravaganza, where the BMC invite the lady-folk of the community for an evening of dining and entertainment - this year's gala will be Monday April 16, 6:30 PM, at Knox Hall. A further reminder to submit any nominations for the BMC Eagle Award to committee Chair Charlie Burnett (cburnett@ns.sympatico.ca) no later than March 31. The Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) also puts out its first call for nominations for the Randy Roop Memorial Award, presented annually to a person making a significant contribution to recreation in our community. Entries must be received by June 15.

It is the time of year, despite the mild (to date!) winter, when many take wing - among the travelers were: to Cuba - Brian and Gwen Campbell, Brian Clarke; to Florida - Kim and Macey McBurnie, Mike and Brenda Henderson, Wade and Nellie Densmore - Wade and Mike left deposits at Canaveral for seats on the next public launch into outer space, and a whole slew of Kennedys (Larry, Lynne, Jill, Peter, Katie and Abe, Mark, Laura, Ella, Finn, Jack and Maely) went to Disney World. Marian McDonald went to Toronto to visit her kids and grand-kids; Shel-B Ryan went to Paris, Ontario as a delegate from the Maritime Conference to the General Council for Youth of the United Church. Susan and Lyle Carter went to Calgary to see sons Rob, James, and daughter-in-law Laura, and grand-kids. Heidi Cooke and Mitch's sister-in-law Danielle Smith skiied in the Gaspe's Chic-Choc Mountains. SCA Principal Marilyn Bruce went to Santa Clara, California, to gather up-to-date information on technology in schools. Dane Henderson linked up with former local Stephen Maynard (Helene, Ernie), and they skied several big mountains in the Rockies and Kootenays of eastern B.C.

We mourn the passing of Carl Hiltz of Hilden, father to Rick and long-time Brookfield Memorial /Elementary teacher Holly Peers. Also in Hilden, former Brookfield firefighter Wayne Clews died. Francie Dennis, wife of Bill Dennis, formerly from Middle Stewiacke, died in Moncton. Louitta Derrien passed away at Elk Court. Ernie Hobson and Upha Sutherland died, as did Raymond Langille, brother to Kenneth. Sorry to learn of the passing of Una Palmer in Cumberland County - she was a delight in the community and in the Baptist Church when her husband Jack was the parson here years ago. Former President of the Brookfield Curling Club, Bob Miller died in Stewiacke East. Delbert Comeau, past BMC member, and husband of Shirley Ross/Stewart, passed away at 87. We express condolences to all who lost loved ones.

    Krista MacFarlane-Tucker and daughter Mya were home from St. John’s to visit with Herb, Betty, and family. Shirley Comeau's siblings, Elaine Healey and Derrick (with Susan) Ross came from Ontario for Delbert's funeral, as did his son Bill (and Mary) Comeau, as well as a large number of NS-based Comeau family members. Earlier Krysten Stewart and Andre Garneau and kids had been home to her mother's (Patty Stewart).   

    Congratulations to Carter Road residents Katie (Graham) and Michael Doyle on the birth of their son! Pleased grandparents are Logan and Rhonda (Dewar) Graham. Best wishes to the delightful couple of Jake Smyth (Sharon) and Hilary Lynds (Krista, Fulton) on their engagement! Another lovely lass, Megan Isenor (Glenda, Bruce) happily accepted Alex Bekkers's diamond ring!

    It was a big night for locals at the Truro Sport Heritage Society Awards Dinner - the Matheson Family were named the recipient of the Dave Armstrong Memorial Sporting Family Award, and over 40 of the descendants of Tom and Flo Matheson turned out, ensuring a sold-out hall! The 10 children, and numerous grand, and great-grand children have captured many accolades over the past 70 years. Grandson Steve Locke did double duty - he was also named the outstanding senior Male Athlete of the year by TSHS. Shortts Lake resident Diane "Dede" Hayden received the JSI Merit Award - she is a terrific athlete, and her late husband Dick served on the Sportsplex Board of Directors. Former SCHS standout Phys. Ed. teacher and Coach Keith MacKenzie was a recipient of the Chair Award for his long-time service to many sports. Tammy Armstrong's niece, Marissa Macaulay, a track and field and volleyball star was a finalist for Outstanding Female Athlete (16-20 years); and SCA teacher Rob Adams' son Michael won the same age group award on the male side. The Merryweather kids continue to shine on the ice - Matthew was 2nd in Pre-Juvenile U11, and Sarah won the Silver Star3 at the recent Nova Scotia Figure Skating Championships in New Glasgow. We are not sure whether to credit Mum, (Margo Creelman) or Dad (Darcy) for this talent!?! At the Sportsplex, two Brookfield teams, both with large contingents of Cruise Missiles met in the Forestry Products (“Vinny”) Tournament Final. The younger (mostly!) guys prevailed in a well-played match and the champs lineup included Mitch Cooke, Chris Armsworthy, Patrick Stewart, James Rutherford, Cory Lester, Conner and Cole Baker. SCHS alumnus and past C.O. of the 569 Col. G N Henderson Air Cadet Squadron Ralph Murphy was named a recipient of the RCAF National Meritorious Service Award for his efforts on behalf of 102 Colchester Wing. SCA alum Karlee Burgess continues to add Gold Medals to her trophy case - she played 2nd stone on the NS team that recently won the Canadian Junior Ladies Championship in Shawinigan, Quebec, and her team (including cousin Lindsay Burgess), went off and won the World Junior Title in Scotland! Former Brookfield Curling Club member Phil Crowell (Maurice) made yet another strong showing at the Brier (National Mens Curling Championship) in Regina as Lead for the NS team out of Halifax. Current Grade 12 SCA student Rowan Sears (Andrew, Jill) attended the National Junior Mens Fastpitch training camp in Ontario, as he girds to play for Canada at the World Championships this summer. Thanks also to whomever was responsible for cleaning up and remediating the former Fire Hall property on Trunk 2 after the building was destroyed by fire earlier this winter. The eyesore has been removed, and the property graded - we feared it would blot the landscape a long time!

    Playoffs are well underway at the Brookfield Curling Club; and more bonspiels are just ahead. The St Patrick's Day event goes Saturday March 17 - contact Josh McCallum (956-1356, or joshandjessi@eastlink.ca) for info on registering. A week later the 29th Annual Great Community Curling Classic welcomes 32 teams from March 23-25 - this event is open to all; contact Mike at (mdhenderson@eastlink.ca) for info or to register as a team or individual. The BCC Annual Awards Banquet is slated for April 6. There will be a St. Patrick's Day Coffee Party at Knox on March 17, 10-12. On Saturday March 24, friends are welcomed to the Senior's Lounge at the Sportsplex to visit with Stirling Delaney's family, from 1:30-3:30. Come and enjoy the displays and memorabilia from Stirl's halcyon days with the Elks. An Orientation session will be held at the SCA Fitness Centre on Wednesday March 21, 6-7 PM - once you have taken this in, the gym is available to use Mondays-Fridays, 5:30 - 8 PM - the Orientation is a mandatory prerequisite. The BAA will run the very popular Stanley Cup Hockey pool - tickets will be available on April 9, and entries (only $5/entry, play as often as you like) are due in by April 13. Tickets at the usual sources or on line at www.brookfieldathleticassociation.ca.

The Brookfield Fire Commission will convene the Annual Ratepayers Meeting at the Fire Station at 7:00 on Wednesday, March 28. All property owners in the fire district are welcome to attend to hear reports of activities of the past year and approve the budget for 2018; no change is proposed for the fire tax rate. BFES Firefighter Shaun Burke with PEI Firefighter Kory MacAusland will head to Queretaro, Mexico later this month with over 250 complete sets of donated, used, firefighter protective gear and two porta-tanks in a U-Haul truck to help outfit ill-equipped firefighters in Mexico. The All Around the Circle Seniors Group will meet for their monthly luncheon on Tuesday March 20th at the Sportsplex - doors open at 11:30, meal at 12, musical smorgasbord to follow!

We wish all our readers a peaceful and contemplative Easter season

The Eagle