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May 2017
Volume 28, Issue 9

The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) annual Ladies Night extravaganza superseded the typical monthly BMC meeting in April. Approximately 100 guests enjoyed Head Chef Peter Matheson's terrific roast beef dinner. President Donald "Pibb" Henderson welcomed all, dispensed with the business meeting, and turned the night over to the Program Committee. The Ladies team (Letha Mowatt, Jocelyn Langille, Brenda Henderson, and Jodie Matheson) were judged by celebrity panelists Frank Locke and Daisy Hingley to have soundly thrashed the BMC team of Don Hamilton, Austin Ross, Bob Lawrence, Terry Henderson, Don Harvey, and Larry Harrison in performing the "Chester From the Army" skit. John Matheson made the Door Prize draws into a real technological production, keeping the ladies on the edges of their seats, before announcing the six winners. The Red Tide performed a collection of 50 + year old Beatles tunes (can it really be that long ago!?) - Yellow Submarine, Octopus' Garden, and the oh-so-apt trio of When I'm 64, Eight Days a Week, and Get By With a Little Help From My Friends! The BMC are indebted to their musical director, Joanne Hatfield, her band (Jacob Smith, Anna Hamilton, and Kyle Henderson), and to Rod Nielsen for sound system, all who combined to make the Tide sound passable (?)

    The evening was highlighted by the presentation of the Eagle Award, which annually recognizes a person(s) who has made outstanding contributions to our community. Art Peck did a masterful job in highlighting 2017 winner Russell Bradley's efforts, including, but not limited to, his tireless efforts at Knox United (Nox Nook, Past Chair of Council, current chair of the Official Board of the Pastoral Charge, his unending dinner provisioning, be it for the Heart to Home program, special fundraisers, etc), his work as Chairman of the Train Station Society, including the Fish-a-Rama, card parties, and even more dinners, and his generous hosting of Coming Home to Brookfield activities, especially the Shortt's Lake Boat Tours! Thank you Russell, on behalf of the community, and thanks to all who submitted nominations - once again the committee had several worthy candidates - a testament to the volunteer spirit that thrives!
    The May meeting of the BMC will be Monday, May 15, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. This is the final meeting of the BMC's 80th season, plans will be made for summertime activities. The featured speaker will be Tracey MacKenzie of Dalhousie Agricultural Campus - he will discuss his ground-breaking work in the field of growing food in non-traditional, limited space environments for a sustainable future that has seen him lead initiatives to China! As usual, we welcome community members to attend, and enjoy the fellowship!

    The passing of Fidel Castro has certainly not deterred our citizens from visiting the Caribbean nation - among those there were Ardith Ross (again!), Julie Walters, Patti Densmore, Sherri Crowell, Jacquie Elliot, Barb Murphy and Aline Greene, Kathy and Luke Patton. Vince, Kendra, Regan, and Nicole Arseneau, Dan and Kathy Dean, Keiver and Bev Read, and Bill and Della Boyle. Paul Barrett and Lori Nielsen were part of a contingent of New Horizon Band Members who went to Cuba to show off their jazz talents at several Cuban gigs! Paul and Karla Rodd, Charles and Leah Bowers and Bruce and Glenda Isenor vacationed in the Dominican Republic, while Jill Sears went to Florida, as did Chris and Amanda Cornelius and kids and Brian and Gwen Campbell. Susan Carter went to Calgary to see her sons (Rob, James) and families. Jill Kennedy visited Peter, Katie and Abe in Minnesota. Terry Canning found himself at a conference in Arizona. Alan and Lorraine Carter went to Mexico as did Lauren and Dianne Percival; Robert, Kelly, and Alycia Putnam jetted to the 50th state and sampled the good life on Oahu and the Big Island. Brad and Marg (Locke) Little went to Shilo, Manitoba to visit their expectant daughter, Emily and her hubby Joel Goodwin. Marg's sister Jane Kenrick went to Pembroke, Ontario to visit her daughter Elizabeth and, her husband Dean and the grandchildren. Phil and Kitty McMullin checked out the big icebergs in Twillingate, NF. Robert Matheson, Ken Retson, Lee MacLean and Paul Kenrick travelled to Montreal to watch the Bearcats play. Mike and Brenda Henderson spent a week in Bermuda – Mike notched a hole in one at the famed Port Royal Golf Course, which formerly hosted the PGA Grand Slam of Golf event. Their daughter Caila led the Bedford Blizzard U-18 volleyball team she coaches to the Nationals in Edmonton. Their son Dane went 'ski-touring' (where one hikes up the hills with skis on their back, and skis down virgin, unmarked trails/territory) in Gaspesie Park in the Chic-Choc Mountains. He was fortunate to have SCA grad, and back-country skier extraordinaire, Charlie Stephens as guide. Krista McMullin jetted to Vancouver to visit daughter, Joanna, and then took an Alaska Cruise.
    A large contingent of SCA students, led by History teacher Gary Renouf, attended (along with ten thousand young Canucks!) the 100th Anniversary celebrations at Vimy Ridge. The moving experience was treasured by locals Melody Sears, Chloe Bowers, Luke Fisher, Lauren Leedham, Riley MacLeod, Camryn Smith, Shane Stoodley, and Colton Cleveland; well-spoken SCA student Arthur Dodsworth was featured in a CBC National TV video, as he shared his reflections - he was very well-spoken.
    Congratulations to Alexa Roop (Andrew, Becky), one of Joanne Hatfield's pupils, she wowed the adjudicators at the Truro Music Festival - her score of 92 not only won her first place honors in her Piano Solo, but was one of the event's highest marks awarded! BMC Prexy Pibb Henderson was recognized as Colchester Volunteer of the Year at a province-wide ceremony in Halifax, with the award presented by the Lieut. Governor and Premier. Pibb's volunteer duties hardly ever stop - in addition to the BMC, he plays vital roles for the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex (Chair of Premises Committee), Brookfield Curling and South Colchester  ATV Clubs (Treasurer), Brookfield Athletic Association (Chair of Grounds Committee), as well as the Elks Mixed Bowling League and others! Well done, Pibb - we suspect it was an easy choice for the selectors. The BAA was nominated as a volunteer organization by the Municipality. Colchester County recognized firefighters for long term service – Lawrence Wynn, 65 years with the brigade and Herb MacFarlane and Charlie Burnett both with 51 years!! Andrew and Jack Roop were named winners of the BDC Business Persons of the Year Award acknowledging them for significant success and strong leadership skills by the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce.   The 56th season of the Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League crowned new champions – Sheila (Osborne) Rankine, Leroy Deuville, Don Harvey, and Krista Lynds. SCA students mined medals at the Nova Scotia Skills Competition at the NSCC Dartmouth campus. Bryanna Richardson won silver in photography, and the duo of Hunter Redmond and Marika Schenkels won Gold in the Film/ Video category. They will travel to Winnipeg late May for the National competition. The trio was joined by the Prime Minister for a photo. Jewel Woolfitt (Jonathan, Jodie) and Jenna Adams (Rob, Kate) played key roles in the Colchester Tigers provincial basketball Under 14 Tier 2 win, as they edged Pictou County 42-40 in the final! Brent Walters was a stalwart in goal, leading the Canadian Team to a Silver Medal at the 3rd World Deaf Hockey Championship in Buffalo. This likely ensures his spot in the national team for the Deaf Olympics in Italy in 2019. Mother Susan, father Glen and brother GR took in the tourney. Incredibly, seven players from Brookfield Elks/SCA Wolves Fastpitch teams will represent Nova Scotia at the Canada Games in Manitoba in August! The talented heptad are shortstop Rowan Sears (Andrew, Jill), outfielders Coby Crowell (Terry,  Sherri) and Liam Giffen (Rob, Elaine), first-sacker Jacob Bowers (Charles, Leah), pitchers Dylan McCoul (Darren, Lori) and Alex Rhoddy (Derek, Jennifer), and second-sacker Reid Lanceleve (Lou,Marie). This team will be in action a lot this summer as the league, which also includes the Brookfield Intermediate Elks and the U-18 Colchester Royals will play at Elk Park on Thursday evenings. Stop by and enjoy some good ball, and cheer on all the locals playing! The Brookfield Rapids won the NS Under 15 Tier 2 volleyball championship, repeating their U-14 title from last year. The Randy Kelly-coached team (assistant Sarah Wort, and manager Julie Kelly) won the final 2 – 1. Clarissa Paison won tournament MVP, and Hannah Boutilier and Erica Fisher were named to the All-Star team. An SCA contingent contributed to the U-18 provincial volleyball title won by the Tide Team – head coach Rob Adams, players included his son Michael, Niklas Roker and John Kaye (of Whidden Road) The Volleybrawlers won the Brookfield Mixed Volleyball League title – they were lead by the mother-son team of Sue Miller (Cy, Emmy) and Jason Smith; as well as Stephanie Prest. The league raises funds for the Susan Glinz Memorial Bursary awarded annually at SCA.
    Kudos to Debbie and John Matheson for organizing and operating a massive Easter Egg Hunt, which drew over 90 family and friends; the chocolate was spread over at least five properties, and the hunt, games and food that followed brought huge smiles to the crowd. Phase 1 of the eye-catching new playground at Brookfield Elementary School is complete; well done by the Playground Committee that has worked long and hard to make it happen! South Colchester Minor Hockey Assoc. presented Ernie McNea with the Phil Sears Volunteer of the Year Award and Jeff Sullivan with the Ron Moore Coach of the Year Award.
    Congratulations to Heidi Cooke and Tyler Medaglia on the birth of their third child, a daughter, Poppy! Dave and Anitra Whidden’s daughter, Stephanie married Tracey Crowell; they will reside in Italy. Julie and Kate Hsu (Vancouver) surprised her parents Mary and Terry Henderson for a nice visit.
    The village will soon be more beautiful, thanks to the efforts of the Brookfield Garden Club. They planted 250 tulip bulbs in the planter at the northeast quadrant at "the corner"; and also set out 150 red and white tulips at the east end of Ed Creelman Park to help mark the Canada 150 celebrations! Thank you!
    We are most pleased with response to our request in the April Eagle and on social media sites for pre-booking of "The Eagles Flight 2 " (only a working name at this point for the BMC's Canada 150 plan to produce all the Eagles since the first book - 1982 onward--!).  To date 25 have requested copies, and several others have said they intend to purchase. Please order your copies from Putty at email, or Susan at email, or via the FaceBook or community website  [www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca]. We must have at least 50 copies ordered to make production possible. Cost is likely to be $25 per book. Depending on when we can green light this BMC 80th/Canada 150th anniversary project, the volumes may be available for our July celebrations; worse case September! Please contact us ASAP, so we know how many to produce.
    Sadly, the larger Elks family lost some key members. Alan "Moose" Campbell, 67, a long-time performer for both hockey and fastpitch Elks teams, as well as award-winning cattle breeder, passed away. Moose was the leftfielder on the Canadian Championship 1980 team. Ethel Marchant died in Truro - she was loving wife to former NSAC Athletic Director Ken Marchant, who was a starry winger for the Elks provincial title hockey teams in the 1965-69 era. Susie Smith died , much too young at 46 - she was a popular volunteer in the community, serving on the Brookfield Community Assembly, and heading the Community Clean-Up day, as well as a long time member of the Junior Hockey Elks game day crew - she will be sorely missed. Mary Worsley died in Truro – she was Mum to Elks gold medalist 1B-man Mike, Donnie Jr., John and Pat. Irene McNea died in Stewiacke - her son Ernie is an Assistant Coach with the Junior Elks, son Scot lives here, and her grandchildren Mackenzie, Will, and Evan have been heavily involved in hockey, softball, and Air Cadets. Shortt’s Lake resident Donnie Fields died as did Richard O’Donnell, and Ruth Campbell’s mother, Mabel MacKenzie of Stewiacke East. We express condolences on behalf of the community.
    The Women That Hunt staged another remarkable Youth Expo at the Sportsplex. Exhibitors filled the ice sheds of both rinks, and there were also several displays on the ball field! The crowds were immense - all ages, both genders, and the exhibitors all contributed marvelous door prizes. Attendance was 3400, all of whom enjoyed the opportunity to learn of a wide variety of activities related to the outdoors, community programs, art, fitness, technology, nutrition, and better health and wellness. Great job, ladies, and much thanks to the community for great support, and the Brookfield Fire Services for solving the parking/traffic riddle!
    Good to see Gordie and Jackie Burnett back from the Sunshine State - Jackie injured her back in a fall - we hope she is better soon. Club-Man Larry Archibald had a heart attack; happily he is recovering well. Dawn Carter-Henderson is now gall bladder-free. Stena Cook went to Alberta to give son Terry some TLC - he suffered a broken ankle while refereeing hockey.
    The 21st edition of Coming Home to Brookfield will kick off with the Parade on July 22 (contact Angie at 673-3166 or email if you wish to make an entry), and run until July 30. The theme is Our Home is Your Home, and as usual, there will be 9 jam-packed days of activities. The Whing Ding is set for July 28-29; watch for the CHB brochure in early July for a complete list of activities. For now we can tell you about Pie Eating Contest, Domino Man, Car & ATV rallies, Movie Night, Historic Talk, Farmers’ Market, Petting Farm, Sing-Song Bonfire, Golf Scramble, Kids Sports Day, Waterslides, Kids & Fun Run, Herbie’s Music Night, Outdoor Church Services and more.
    The Train Station Society and BMC are planning grand contests to help celebrate Canada 150. There will be a gala on July 1 at Ed Creelman Park, with lots of activities. All citizens are invited to show their talents through Art, Music, Poetry and Stories – please submit your original works by June 1st. Entries may be displayed on Canada day and/or during Home Coming. A Canada-themed Scavenger Hunt will take place throughout the community on June 17, 12 noon. 150 historical and fun facts will be hidden for all ages to find before July 1; a loonie for each clue you find, while learning some interesting Canadian history. The Train Station will also host the Fish-a-Rama the morning of Saturday May 27 at the Wetlands Trails. Registration is on site-adults must possess a valid fishing license; starts at 7:30, $5/person or $10/family. Food and drink available! The BMC will operate barbeques at the Fish-a-Rama, Canada Day and the Home Coming Parade.
    The BCA will be holding their Community Clean Up Day on May 13; volunteers will have all materials (bags, gloves, vests as needed, etc) provided, as well as food and drink. Meet at the United Church by 9 AM; 3-4 hours is all that is needed if we have sufficient help! The BMC will be focusing on their Adopt-a- Highway semi-annual clean-up at the same time; they will do Carter and Whidden Roads, so the territory has expanded, thus the need for more hands!
    The 569 Col. G. N. Henderson Air Cadet Squadron will hold their Annual Ceremonial Review and Inspection on Saturday May 27 at the Sportsplex at 1 PM. This event welcomes all spectators; come and see these impressive young men and women drill, and display their work - it is a real eye-opener, and the BMC is proud to continue their association as sponsor of the squadron, which dates from 1953! The BAA is requesting nominations on or before June 15 for the Randy Roop Memorial Award, presented annually during the Whing Ding to a person who has made a remarkable contribution(s) to sport and recreation here. Contact Terry (673-2106) or Mike (673-2769).
    The Brookfield Curling Club will host their annual Meeting at the Sportsplex on Wednesday May 31, 7:30 PM - all are welcome. The Sportsplex Chase the Ace pot is approaching $8000 – play every Thursday at the BCC for as little as a loonie. Draw done at 8:30 pm. On Saturday June 17 from 4-8 PM the Sportsplex parking lot will host a Food Truck Party - multiple offerings will be available, a cash bar on site for beverages. Bring Dad for some great Father's Day grub! The final furlong of the academic year is nigh; SCA graduation will be June 29, the Prom is June 16, and the Athletic Awards night is set for June 8. The SCA Arts Night which will feature music, dance, fine art, and the Drum Runners will be June 7 – art viewing from 6 PM on, show starts at 6:30.
    The Brookfield Golf Club season is underway - some dates to note - the 28th annual Elks Scramble is a low cost, high fun event in support of the BAA; it is slated for Saturday July 8, and welcomes all , 7:30 - 1 PM. Call 673-3352 to register. The Club Championships are Aug. 5-6, and the Shaw Cup is Aug. 26-27. A new event this year is the Women That Hunt-operated tourney on May 27, in support of the Canadian Soldier-On program. Go to Golf@womenthathunt.com for more details. Watch scmha.goalline.ca for information regarding online registration for South Colchester Minor Hockey's 43rd season - sign-up begins August 1.
    A provincial election has been called for May 30. Candidates in our Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley riding are: Larry Harrison, Janet Moulton and Matthew Rushton. Candidates for premier are Jamie Baillie, Gary Burrill and Stephen McNeil. Please exercise your democratic franchise and vote!
    Paul Barrett's New Horizons Band will host their Spring concert at the Best Western Glengarry on Wed. May 17, 7:30 PM - several Brookfielders are members. On June 4 at 7 pm an outstanding trio of guitarists – Amy Brandon, Craig Visser and Emily Shaw will stage a concert at Knox. $15 for adults, $5 for students. The Good Time Fiddlers will play at an Open House at the Senior's Lounge at the Sportsplex on Fri. May 26, 7-8 PM-all welcome. The All Around the Circle Seniors luncheon will be Tues. May 16; doors open at 11:30, meal at 12. Mondays from 1-4 are Drop-In Day there - enjoy Wii activities, puzzles, etc for mental and physical exercise!
    The Terry Fox Committee will have their Spring Fashion Show and Supper on May 27 – watch for details on posters; on June 10 their annual Book & Bake Sale goes at Knox Hall. The Brookfield Rural High School Class of 57 will hold their 60th reunion on June 17 with a gathering to welcome old friends: 2 – 4 PM at the Baptist Church Auditorium. Contact Beverly (Graham) Sears (673-2112) for info.
    Rhubarb Tea and Plant sale at Knox United Church on June 3 Saturday morning.
        See you at the BMC on May 15; and may all our readers have a great summer!
 Be sure to let us know if you wish to order the book! 


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