May 2018
Volume 29, Issue 9

Another Brookfield Mens' Club (BMC) Ladies Night is in the books - approximately 120 guests dined on a tasty roast beef dinner, lovingly prepared by Head Chef Peter Matheson, and his willing minions. Moderator Fred Davis helped (?) guide a starry (??) panel of Bob Lawrence, Gwen Campbell, Terry Henderson, and Chris Bernard through an episode of Back Page Challenge, featuring significant events from our village's past - which for some reason the CBC has chosen not to air?!? The Red Tide was feeling fulsome, and expanded their horizons, tackling numbers by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot, and 'exposing' their maverick side with a scorching hot rendition of The Doors Light My Fire, which had some audience members swooning as “Jim Morrison” (Win Matheson) radiated sex appeal! The choir was very ably supported by the band of Joanne Hatfield, Anna Hamilton, Jacob Smith, and Clubman Robert Putnam, who also deserves thanks for hooking up a PA system that made it all sound passable(?!). The night was crowned with the presentation of the Eagle Award to Hugh Matheson, who has served this community for over 60 years in so many ways (too many to name, but a few would be the BAA, Home Coming, Big Game Hunt, Sportsplex, coaching Elks ball and hockey teams, Knox church, Municipal government representative, etc.). Certainly not his first honor, but as an emotional Matheson said, "his most cherished"!

    The BMC assisted the Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA) with the Community Clean Up Day on a very soggy late April day. BCA Chair Rod Nielsen guided the willing workers, who despite being limited in number, did an excellent job. Thanks to BMC Adopt-a Highway Chair Terry Henderson and the crew--unfortunately few enough in number so they can be personally thanked - Brian Campbell, Don Harvey, Shelley Graham, Larry Archibald, Pibb, Mike, Tron, Kathleen, and Bob Henderson. Also, we pass along a big thank you to our schools - SCA and BES - for their beautification efforts east of the Creamery Brook. There are unsightly areas that were not able to be done due to the lack of people-power. Specifically, the 200 yards on the north side of 289 from railway to the woodworkers shop, and the east side of highway 2 from 661 Hair Care to the brook. Should anyone wish to tackle these spots call 673-2263 or 890-0714 for bags, gloves, etc. The BMC will wrap up the 'indoor season' with their meeting on Monday May 21; 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall - all are welcome. However, the BMC does not lie dormant until September - they will operate the popular Fish-a-Rama at the Wetlands and Nature Trail this year on Saturday May 26, from 8:00 AM to Noon. Registration starts @ 7:30, $5.00, $10.00 per family. Prizes for girls and boy’s divisions provided by MacKay Wild Outdoor Adventures, MacQuarries, Brookfield Market and Pizzeria, and Brookfield Lumber and Building Supplies. Fishers under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Free hot chocolate and coffee from Tim Horton’s. All are asked to respect the effort put into the organization and keep the poles out of the ponds before May 26!  The Mens Club will also be front and center operating BBQs at the Canada Day festivities at Ed Creelman Park /Train Station on July 1, and after the HomeComing Parade at the Sportsplex on July 21. Other summertime activities for the BMC include the upkeep of Ed Creelman Park and the East Side cemetery (plots available!).

    Late spring was the time to travel for many - Cuba attracted Desha Ellis and Rob Wells, Kim and Macy MacBurnie, Glen, Susan and Kristy Stewart, Alan and Lorraine Carter, sisters Irene Morrisey and Dawn Carter-Henderson, Tracey Hill and Sarah Matheson. Art and Jan Peck went to Las Vegas for the World Curling Championships; Judy MacKay lounged on Sanibel Island, Barb Murphy also was to Florida, while the Yucatan peninsula was the choice for Keiver and Bev Read, Dan and Kathy Dean, and Bill and Della Boyle. Dave and Anitra Whidden visited daughter Kim in Nfld; Anitra upped the ante by jetting to Italy to visit daughter Stephanie. Jacob and Eddy McNutt had a dream trip to Toronto to watch the Leafs shellack the Habs; later Jacob joined Austin McBurnie, Jenna Conrad and others (Bruce & Glenda Isenor, Charles & Leah Bowers, Kim & Joel Dawe) in the Dominican. In advance celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary later this summer, Betty and Victor Dickie joined sons Todd, and Albertans Bruce, Mary and grandsons Andrew and Spencer in Florida. Doctors Rod McKenney and Wanda Brown went to Australia, while Dale Campbell and Jean Mercier flew to Japan; Kathy Dean to Whitehorse, and Jenna Searle to Calgary. Gary and Rene Stewart toured in South Carolina,while Laurie and Maxine Monk went to Washington, D.C. to view the cherry blossoms (and possibly organize a coup?), and Lynda and Miranda Deyarmond reveled in Iceland. Krista McMullin spent time with her daughters and grandkids in Vancouver and Yellowknife. Jonathon Woolfitt took son Jack to Omaha to see his guru, Warren Buffett, at his annual shareholder meeting. Ten local lovelies represented the UCW at the Maritime Conference Biennial meeting in Summerside where they rubbed elbows with 2-time Olympian gold medalist Heather Moyse.
    Always happy to have lots of births to report!! from Toronto comes word of a son, Edwin, born to Byron and Alyssa Ingram - Lewis and Lana in Fort McMurray are thrilled!  Amanda Collins and Jonathon Bushie have a new baby boy, John Thomas, in Green Oaks. Former Jr Elks hockey star Chris Armsworthy and Danielle MacDonald of Onslow have a boy, Sam Carter Armsworthy, a grandson for Dave and Jane. A teammate of Chris's on the Elks, Bobby Sill and his delightful wife, volleyball coach Aschaelle, have a beautiful baby girl, Madelyn Joy, in Middle Stewiacke, making grandparents of Tammi and Grant Sill. In Upper Brookfield, Adam and Nikki Caughey, have a new son, Landon.   Malorie Nielsen and Matt Brown welcomed Jaxon to their home at Shortts Lake - grandparents are Harold and Debbie Nielsen. Nothing says joyful renewal like spring babies!! Mitchell Ross (Owen, Ardith) has moved into the former Eloise Yorke house on the bank of the Little River.
Thanks so much to loyal readers Carol (Dennis) Haverstock of Port Hawkesbury, and Phil Henderson of Rockingham who sent their kind donation to the Eagle - they love getting news from "home"! A lot of work is taking place to improve the facility at SCA's athletic grounds. Head Track and Field Coach Jason Steele and the school are most grateful to donors of funds, equipment, and materials by Stuart Kia, Brenton Excavating, and Central Nova Animal Hospital! The Track teamed raised $1500 for the project by selling organic seeds from the Cochrane Family Farm in Upper Stewiacke, to build new areas for javelin, discus, shot put and long jump.  Thanks also to Rodney Brenton and the MacMillan family (Ed, Wilma, Eric, Jon, and Luke) for all their volunteer labour.
    Richard Sutherland had surgery on his wonky shoulder; Lois Parnham had hip woes, and Gerry Brine was hospitalized - hopefully all will soon be better!
    Helene Henderson had both her grand-daughters graduate - Victoria (Pam, Jean-Marc) from Acadia with a Dean's List designation (3.96 GPA) with her B.Sc in Nutrition; and Delaney (Dave, Lana) from Dalhousie with her B.Sc in Medical Science. Delaney was one of 16 presenters - 13 were medical doctors - at Dal's Annual Research Day, and she won an award for her work in the Department of Opthamology and Visual Science.  Their cousin, Nathan Henderson (Pete, Cathy, - grandson of Phil and Judy) received his Commerce degree from SMU and as started his C.A. studies. Aidan Schenkels (Frank, Luanne) received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from UNB. Madison Clarke (Dave. Carla; grandmother Myrna) graduated from UPEI with a degree in Kinesiology, and Cameron MacPhee earned her B. Commerce at Dal. SCA grade 10 student Jonathan MacMillan of Shortts Lake (Ed, Wilma) won a Bronze Medal at the Regional Science Fair for his project on "Supercharged Salad" - he is attending the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa. His work also earned him Agricultural Awareness Award, Fundy Composting Environmental Award, and the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture Intermediate Award! Hunter Redmond of SCA won a gold medal at the Skills Nova Scotia competition in video production, and will attend Nationals in Edmonton with his partner Hannah Crouse of MacKay’s Siding. At the closing banquet for the Pictou Major Midget Hockey Club, two Brookfielders received major awards - Ben Fraser (Scott, Heather) was named Rookie of the Year, and Rowan Sears (Andrew, Jill) whose season was ended prematurely by concussion, won the Character Award. Brookfield is still making positive news on the rinks, as an Elks team won the Colchester Cup, defeating the Amherst -based Fenwick Fury in the championship game. The squad included netman Bobby Sill (just hours before his daughter's birth!), Patrick Stewart, Jamie Scullion, Charlie Fleming, Brent Harrison, Jason Sanford, Jay Duffy, James Rutherford, Cole Baker, Brookes & Chipper VanTassell, Cory & Troy Sutherland, Andrew & Jack Roop. Talia Vdydkhan (Pam, Oleg), grand-daughter of Gord and Myrna Matheson, was an integral part of the Halifax Tigers team that won the NS Under 18 Volleyball Championship, despite being only 15 years old! The Tigers will soon attend Nationals in Edmonton, as will former SCA players Hannah Crouse (Sackville Sonics), and Caila Henderson (Coach for Bedford Blizzard). The Brookfield Rapids finished 4th in the U16 provincials. Bryn Rankin and Alex Zhou, Grade 11 SCA students, won the Lieutenant Governor medals. Alysha MacSwain, Riley MacLeod and international student Mishell Villaruel were the SCA representatives at the Provincial Celebration of School Sport. Colchester County named Before Monday, the talented musical group of SCA students (Isabella Johnson, Abby Fisher, Josee Ross, and Kayla Kennedy, led by Tim Ross), as the Volunteer Group of the Year. 

    The 569 Col. G. N. (Ned) Henderson Squadron, sponsored for 64 of their 65 the BMC, held their Annual Review and Inspection. Reviewing Officer was Ned's son-in-law, Major General Jean Marc Lanthier, doing the honors 40 years after Colonel Ned Henderson had performed the duty. WO2 Makayla Turner won both the Cadet Choice the Col. G.N. Henderson Award, the top female biathlete, and the Lord Strathcona Medal. WO1 Brookes Woodworth (Robert, Cheri-Lynn) received the Spirit of 569 Award and WO2 Maggie Myers had perfect attendance all 6 years!!!! Myers won the Garth Decker and Effective Speaking Awards. These three outstanding cadets are graduating from the squadron and off to higher education. LAC Cedric Jacob was top First Year and Drill Cadet. While WO2 Will McNea (Tasha, Ernie) was the top male biathlete and the Most Improved Cadet. FSgt Denver Nicol won the CWO Ralph Murphy Award and the Air Cadet Service Medal – the latter shared with FSgt Alex Chou, who was also the Top Senior Drill Cadet. FCpl Joe Ryan (Merna) was the Top Senior Marksman and FCpl Alyssa Rice won the FSgt Jason MacDougal Staff Choice Award. The Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League crowned the VIPS (Dale Suttis, Linda Penny, Jim Mosley, and Gwen Campbell) champs, Jason Euloth, son of former Elk shortstop Paul, and the late Carol, was named winner of the Ron Moore Award at South Colchester Minor Hockey’s Coach of the year.

    A moving funeral service was held for Shirley (Hamilton) Harrison - the beloved proponent of the dramatic arts was a big influence on many in this area. Others with ties to Brookfielders who died included: in Truro, Lillian Higgins, mother to Paul Higgins, and sister to Barb MacKenzie...Maria Kindevater in Upper Musquodoboit, Mark's mother...Velma (Suttis) Veneer in Elderbank, sister to Linda Geddes and Peggy Rutherford...Mabel Barber's mother, Joan Johnson....at Elk Court, Alton’s Dorothy Miller…. Lisa Taylor’s sister, Debbie… Earl Bigelow's brother, Robert in the Valley...in Bridgewater, Patsy (VanIderstine) Fisher... in Truro, Lee Rushton, husband of Darlene Tothill-Rushton. Condolences to all who lost loved ones.

        With four months until the next edition of the Eagle, there is lots to mark on your calendar. The Brookfield Garden Club hosts Susan Whalen on May 14 at 7 PM at the Senior Lounge - she will discuss Certified Backyard and Wildlife Certification Habitats. All Around the Circle Senior's Club will have their monthly luncheon May 15, all welcome for 12 noon dinner at the Sportsplex, and their Card Parties (45s, Crib) are ongoing on Wednesday evenings at the Clubroom. May 26 will be busy - in addition to the Fish-a-Rama, there will be a reprise of the successful Food Truck Rally at the Sportsplex from 4-8, with seating and beverages inside; Forest Glen Greenhouses will have plants for sale also.  Go early, then scurry to the Terry Fox Fashion Show and Supper at Knox Hall at 6 P.M. -tickets are $20, call 673-2427. The Terry Fox Golf Day and BBQ will be at BGC on August 25 from 8-1; and the Terry Fox Run date is September 16. The Rhubarb Tea and Plant Sale is June 2 at Knox, and the 29th Annual Elks Golf Scramble welcomes all to the BGC the morning of July 7--call 673-3352 to register. The 23rd edition of Coming Home to Brookfield will run July 20-29; this year's theme is Heart to Home. The Whing Ding is July 27-28 - don't miss that! CHB Brochures will be in local mailboxes in July with much more detail; as well as being posted on the community website (www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca)  The Brookfield Curling Club AGM is May 17- all welcome at the Sportsplex, and the BCA has their AGM at the Fire Hall on May 28 - both organizations welcome members and volunteers! At SCA, the Athletic Awards will be handed out on June 7, Academic Awards on June 25, the Senior Prom is June 15, and Graduation is June 27. Bev and Gerry Peterson will mark 50 years of matrimony on July 28 at the Middle Stewiacke Rec Centre from 1-4, before no doubt taking in the Whing Ding Fireworks that night! South Colchester Minor Hockey Association will begin online registration on August 1. See you at the BMC on May 21!!

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