March 2020
Volume 31, Issue 7

The Brookfield Men's Club marked 83 years since their founding in 1937 at the February meeting; BMC members, their offspring, and community guests enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Lori VanTassell. Christopher McKenney gave an informative presentation on the genesis, and subsequent development of his Shortts Lake Vistas condominium project. His photos lent credence to the beauty of the property; we expect the remaining units will soon be gobbled up!

    As we were overwhelmed with the response from readers (well, six!) commenting on the historical tidbits in the last issue, we will try to sate the appetite. One hundred years ago America passed the 18th Amendment, giving women the right to vote - two years after Canada had done so! The 19th Amendment proved less successful - Prohibition was declared, the implementation was severely flawed, but it did make very wealthy people out of certain Nova Scotian "rum-runners". China and USA signed a tariff treaty - probably simpler than today! An earthquake in China killed 200,000. The Olympics resumed in Antwerp after a World War I - induced hiatus of 8 years. The Boston Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 - not the Beantowners best move. Swiss psychiatrist Herman Rorschach develops the "inkblot" test - a century later, millions remain befuddled! John (not Roland, for Warren Zevon fans) Thompson patents his sub-machine "tommy" gun; and water skiing is pioneered in France. World population is 1.8 billion.

    If this edition is light on news, it is likely due to the temporary (four days !??!) incapacitation of a star reporter. Nancy VanTassell was hit with chest pains while bowling in the Elks League on Wednesday night; the indefatigable one insisted on finishing her string before heading to the hospital, where her heart attack was confirmed! Off to Halifax for a dye test revealing 75 and 90 % arterial blockages, and the subsequent insertion of two stents. Home on Saturday (!) and now convalescing there - incredible! At the Sportsplex, dedicated ice-man Andy Faulkner is recovering from kidney removal surgery, and member of the Board of Directors Jamie Reid had a knee operation. Others spending time in hospital were BMC-ers John Matheson and Brian Campbell, and down in the valley, Brian MacDonald. Heather Jamieson was in, now home at son Ian's. We wish her, and all those dealing with pain and troubles better days ahead.

    Passing along a big Brookfield welcome to Rev. Dr. Matt Walsh, who has begun an interim ministry at Brookfield Baptist Church. Dr. Walsh is also a professor at Acadia Divinity College, and lives in Fall River with his wife and four children. He will be in Brookfield certain days each week.  Thanks to Letha Mowatt and Elaine (Ross) Healey for their kind donations to support the Eagle. Inquiries have been sent to us if e-transfers are possible – Treasurer Putnam says “yes” – can be sent to rmputnam@eastlink.ca. Congratulations to Holly Scothorn, featured by Canada Aerospace and Defence on International Women’s Day for her leadership work in her role on Co-Chair of Defence Women’s Advisory Organization and Coordinator of Civilian Human Resource Service Center (Atlantic).

    Alex and Courtney McKenney are the proud parents of a baby girl, Alice. They live near the afore-mentioned condos on the A Stewart Road. Delighted grandparents are Drs. Rod McKenney and Wanda Brown, also of Shortts Lake. In East Mountain, Erin Crowell, niece of Joanne Cooke, gave birth to her second daughter, Hannah Olivia Rutherford. Button-popping Dad is James "Ricky" Rutherford, well-known around the Sportsplex and Elk Park. Layton and Arlene Rutherford of Upper Stewiacke welcome their second grand-daughter! Congratulations to Jacob Bowers, (Charles, Leah) and Morgan Rath, (Duane, Lorna) on the announcement of their engagement.

    It has been a sad month in our community, as several went to their eternal reward. Fran Sears died at 90 in Truro - she lived most of her adult life near the corner with hubby, legendary local educator, Vice-Principal, and coach, the late Bill Sears,Sr. They had two sons, William (deceased) and Brian, also a former Math teacher at SCA/SCHS for years. Fran was a vibrant and fun personality in the village. The community and his many friends at the Sportsplex mourned the passing of Alton's Morris Clark, at 84. He was always willing to entertain musically at community events, and may have been the all-time goal -scoring leader on Sportsplex ice (accounts vary!). Our thoughts are with his widow Pearl, daughter Sherry, and family. On the other side of the wall, the Brookfield Curling Club lost 35+ year member Bill Stone (80) of Stewiacke. He was a very popular member, several time champion, and had the joyful experience of curling on the same team as his daughter Becky and grand-daughter Ainsley McCoul of Shortts Lake. Bill's sister "Polly" Richards (87) of Bible Hill, had passed less than two weeks earlier - her children were known to many Brookfielders. Other BCC members who lost loved ones were Heather MacKeil, whose Dad, Laurie Ellis died at 89 in Elmsdale, and Paul Kean and Kirby Densmore, who lost their wife and mother, respectively, with the passing of former softball star, Margie (nee Huntley) Kean, 68 of Maitland. Adeline (Osborne) DesRoches died at 89 in Truro - she lived in North Brookfield for many years, and was mother to Fred Jr., Paul (deceased), Greg, Wade, and Sheila (Osborne) Rankine. Several of the Osbornes/Rankines have been in the Elks Bowling League for many years. Jim Drummond and family of Shortts Lake mourn the passing of his Dad, Dave at 79. He was a successful businessman (co-owner of Fundy Grinding), and also leaves wife Andrea, daughter Sandra Flemming and four grand-children.  Bill Kennedy, the gentle giant of Pleasant Valley will be missed. The long-time Lafarge retiree was highly-respected by all who knew him – he spent his later years as a friendly neighbour at Sunrise Court. Ken Weir, 63, who spent much of his youth here, died in Valley, and SCA Class of 2008 grad Jeremy Weatherbee of Upper Stewiacke died in a motor vehicle collision in Saskatchewan. Gina Delaney of Truro died – she was mother to Rollie Works’ partner Kelly Seeton, and grandmother to Amy (Mrs. Mitch) Johnson. Condolences to all who lost loved ones.

    Evelyn Negus was thrilled when her fellow United Church Women awarded her a Life Membership!  How about SCA grad and Hilden native Karlee Burgess (Craig, Allyson) -- she was Mate on a Manitoba-based team that represented Canada at the World Junior Ladies Curling Championships at Krasnoyarsk, Russia - all she did there was win her THIRD WORLD title! She was a stalwart on SCA teams, and is a former Athlete of the Year at SCA for her curling and track exploits. The SCA Senior Mixed Curling team won the Northumberland Regional Championship and advances to provincials – Skip Alexa Roop (Andrew) was ably supported by Carter Redmond, Jeslyn Searle (Deborah, Adam) and Tristen Sutherland (Brad, Megan). SCA hosted the Jr. High District Championship at the Brookfield Curling Club – the Boys and Mixed teams won honors, and the Girls came in second. Logan Roop (Andrew), Rylan Sutherland (Brad, Megan), Isaac Fahey (Peter, Rhonda) and Will Singer (Shann, Ginny) were the Boys team; the Mixed Squad had Ryan Searle (Deborah, Adam), Madison Denton, Travis McAndrew (Julienne, Shawn), Hunter Sill and Sophie Fisher (Larry, Jennifer).

    Athletes of the Month for February at SCA were:  Basketball - Jr Girls - Claira Stewart (Lyndin), Emma Gamble; Jr Boys - Landan Ryan (Merna), Liam Legge; Sr.Girls - Morgan Countway, Sarah Kennedy; Sr Boys - Jack Lewis; Curling - Tristen Sutherland; Jr Boys 3 on 3 Hockey - Camden Weatherbee, Colby Brown, Dom Moores. SCA Tier 1 3 on 3 hockey team won the Northumberland Region Championship, defeating Bible Hill Junior in overtime in the final. Members were Simon Mullen (Greg, Ainsley), Logan Roop, Jack Sullivan (Pam, Jeff), Cam Weatherbee (Charlie, Kathy), Colby Brown, Ben Stewart, Mathew Merryweather (Darcy, Margo), Jordan Richards, Wyatt Countway (Brent, Kelly), Will Singer, Jack Rushton, Tristen and Rylan Sutherland; coaches are Brandon Verge and Kevin Aucoin. Locals Ben Fraser and Luke MacMillan continue to push their Truro Bearcat team into the Maritime Jr A League playoffs -the standings are tighter than a frog's sphincter! Former Brookfield Curling Club member Phil Crowell (Maurice,Jr – whose Dad “Mons” was an Elks hockey standout in the early 1950’s) sparkled as Lead on the Nova Scotian team at the Brier in Kingston, Ont. (Note to Vic Rauter – Crowell not pronounced like a cement trowel!) The Atom A Elks Hockey team won their league division championship in New Glasgow and will now advance to the Cape Breton Division later this month - local members included Jake Kierstead (Gail), Ella Grinton (Mark, Laura), Cooper Singer and Julian Rushton. Bob Henderson (Stephen,Tracey) was part of the Colchester Basketball team that won the U14 crown at a Fall River tourney. Jewel Woolfitt’s (Jonathan, Jodie) Cougars basketball team won the Sr High Regional crown.

    Some departed for snow, some for sun, some for work - we hope all come back! Kathy Dean visited one of her former SCA international students in Campeche, Mexico. Elizabeth Watson visited son Brian in Ottawa. Andrew and Rowan Sears went to Florida - no word if the smooth duo gave tips to the Jays infielders in spring training!?! Ardith Ross spent some weeks in the Sunshine State – hubby Owen joined her for awhile, as did other family and friends. Greg Sutherland and Joan Adey also were in Mexico as was Regan Bowers. Lucas Dawe followed his brother Gregor northwest - he stopped short of the Yukon, and will work as a surveyor in Grande Prairie, AB. Lyle Carter met son James, and they toured the freeways of Southern California visiting several medical specialists, and being self-proclaimed “Beverly Hillbillies”! Grandma Susan tended to James and Laura’s two delightful daughters in Calgary. Danique Henderson attended a horse show in Texas; meantime hubby Dane joined Stephen Maynard (Ernie, Helene) and they skied several peaks in B.C. and Alberta. We expect some will be headed to New England to ski on March Break - the Eagle's bags are packed, just needs a call...

    Please send the name of anyone you wish to nominate for the BMC Eagle Award (presented annually to a person (s) who have contributed mightily to the betterment of our community) to Austin Ross (673-2260, austinross@eastlink.ca). Nominations – which may include supporting information – must be received by March 25.

    Rumours are rife that Terry Henderson's much-anticipated memoirs, working title, "Brookfield, Home of the Elks, A Sports History", is nearing publication. The book, running about 200 pages, and chock-full of fantastic photos of teams past and present, as well as wild facts and tales, should be available to be pre-ordered in the upcoming weeks, with the launch/delivery in the early summer. Details on ordering, etc in subsequent Eagles. If you have not had the good fortune to listen to “The Brookfield Sessions” a 10 trek CD recorded at Crystal Lake Studios by Barry and James Hill (father and son); you can learn more at www.jameshillmusic.com. The elder Hill penned all the songs, and provides lead vocals.

    The St Patrick’s Day Bonspiel is March 21 – contacts are Dee Vipond 476-4800 or djvipond@live.ca or Jessi Taggart 897-5945. The 31st Great Community Curling Classic will be held at the BCC March 27-29. Contact Mike at mdhenderson@eastlink.ca or 673-2769 for info on how to enter as a team or an individual.  This is a great opportunity for those removed from Brookfield to return for some curling fun on Saturday - Sunday; or for locals who may have had their brooms put away for a few years! There will be a St. Patrick's Day Coffee Party on Tuesday March 17, 10 AM - 12 at Knox Church; freewill offering. All Around the Circle Club events at their Sportsplex lounge - Tuesday March 17, monthly luncheon and musical entertainment - starts at 12 noon - like other events there, there is no age restriction, all welcome. Joyful Chair Yoga every Monday and Thursday from 10:15 - 11 AM, cost $5; and Card Parties every Wednesday night at 7:30 - prizes and snacks, admission a whopping $2.
Ladies Night is Monday April 20 – the women of the community are invited to enjoy a meal, entertainment, door prizes and the presentation of the Eagle Award.
Doors open at 6:30 P.M. – please come!

The April edition of the Eagle will publish immediately after Easter; we hope all who seek will find special meaning in Christianity's Holy Week.

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