September 2018

Volume 30, Issue 1

    As the scorching summer of 2018 dwindles to its last two weeks, the Brookfield Mens Club looks forward to their season-opening meeting on Monday September 17, where they will review their summertime activities in and around the community, and make plans for the upcoming season. All are invited to attend - stop by the Fire Hall at 7:30 and enjoy some fun, fellowship, and food. At their closing meeting in May, the clubmen voted Robert Putnam as winner of the Al Campbell Memorial Award, as the member making significant contributions to the BMC. Several names were etched on the Eldon Brenton Shield, emblematic of perfect attendance in 2017-18.

    From Albany, New York we learn that Andrew and Laura Heffernan are proud parents of a son, James.  Emily (Glenda Harvey, Rollie Works) and Joseph Burke have a new daughter, Hannah, and Travis and Michelle Wambolt have a new son. Josh and Kristen Hamilton brought a baby boy, Ethan, to their Carter Road home; as did Jeremy and Laurah Locke, naming him John. The “Voice of the Elks” (Jr B hockey team), Mitch Johnson and his wife Amy, welcomed daughter Brielle Paige, to their Densmore Lane home. Mitch is the “morning man” on Big Dog radio, and pots the odd goal at the Sportsplex.  Exciting times!  Wedding bells rang out for Mark Kennedy (Larry, Lynne) and Laura McCallum (Herb, Pat), in a beautiful backyard ceremony at the foot of Densmore Drive. Just across the 289, Stan Lentz and Corinna Upham swapped rings, as did Brookes VanTassell and Anne Robicheau. In Alberta, Meghan Read wed Donnie Pineo. Stevie Healy, son of former Elks star hurler Steve (and Patty), wed Samantha Chaulk at the family wedding facility in Kentville. Popular Brookfield Golf Club member and past Shaw Cup star Gerry Samson married the lovely Karen Crozier in HRM.   Also exchanging vows were Jack Toole and Debbie Barker.   Sparkling rings adorn the fingers of Sarah Densmore (Wade, Nellie), courtesy of Scott Latkin in Grand Forks, B.C., and Caila Henderson (Mike, Brenda)- hers from Robbie Lebans in Halifax. Best wishes to all!  The young couples may want to seek counsel from some marriage pros - celebrating 60th anniversaries were Bruce and Shirley Fleming,and former Elkettes softball star Annie and Floyd Woodworth. Victor and Betty Dickie, Bev and Gerry Peterson toasted their Golden anniversaries - amazing! A nice turnout at the Fisher family reunion – sisters nonagenarians Freda and Phyllis Sutherland were pleased with the effort by hosts Alton and Lorna Sutherland.

    Happenings from the late spring/early summer after our last edition….Alicia Stewart (Tammy Armstrong, Brian Stewart) graduated from Carleton University with her Bachelor of Industrial Design. Emily McEwen completed her Dental Assistant's course at Mt. St. Vincent. SCA teachers Jody Arenburg and Kelly Spencer were named Lighthouse Award winners for guiding N S youth to access OH&S training. Jason Euloth (Paul, the late Carol) was named winner of the Ron Moore Coach of the Year Award by the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association. Harry Breimer was named Firefighter of the Year at the BF&ES annual banquet; others cited were Matt MacDonald as most Improved, Erica Keddy as Junior Firefighter of the Year, and Rod Nielsen was Officer of the Year. The Brookfield Elks Bowling League had the team of Linda Penny, Jim Mosely, Gwen Campbell, and Dale Suttis as champs of their 57th season - the new year is just getting going - want to bowl?? call 673-2106 or 673-2070.  At the provincial high school track and field championships in Cape Breton, SCA Special Athletes nearly ran the table! In Junior Girls Darcy Fisher won the Long Jump and Shot Put, and Montana Milbury won bronze in the Long Jump; in Junior Boys Mitchell Stewart won 3 silvers - 100 metres, Shot Put, and Long Jump; while Jason Hicks was first in the 100 metres and Shot Put, and 2nd in the Long Jump in Senior Boys! The SCA Girls softball team won the Provincial High School Championship, with an exciting last inning rally to win over Amherst, after beating Hants East in extra innings in the semi-final! Coaches Tracy Lowe, Melissa Raymond, Assistants Karey Elliott and Andrew Fisher led players Jade MacDougall, Hannah Raymond, Ainsley McCoul, Jessie Laverty, Hayley Elliott, Sara Kennedy, Maya Clapperton, Emma Fisher, Erin Carter, Abigail Falkenham, Maddie Hunt, Taylor and Charlea Lowe. They may be tough again this season - no seniors lost to graduation!  At the SCA graduation, multiple award/bursary/scholarship winners were: Veronica Hawkes, Riley MacLeod, Austin McBurnie, Maggie Myers, Colby O'Keefe, Hunter Redmond, Spencer Osborne, Julia Verboom, Brendon Wright, Luke Fisher, Colton Graham, Bailey Crowe, Laura Graham, and Asia Harvie. Luke Fisher was the Queen Elizabeth II Medal winner; and Colby O'Keefe won the Governor General's Medal for high average in all Grade 11-12 courses. Senior Athletes of the Year were Alysha MacSwain and Rowan Sears; Junior stars were Zachary Legge and Erin Carter. Down the road at Hants East High, Gracie Fitzgerald (Kenny, Nancy, grandparents Bob and Jean Lawrence) graduated Honours with Distinction, French Immersion, and is off on scholarship for Science at Dalhousie!

    Over four months, loss is inevitable, but no less hard to say good bye....remembered as a magician on skates on the Elks blue line in the late 40s, Art " Tobe" Ross passed in Brampton at 95. He was a World War II Air Force vet, and brother to Fred, Cyril, Bob, Rod, Walter, and Frances. Another Elk defenceman (mid 60s, and after the Sportsplex was built, a stalwart for the M S Cougars), and a true original, David "Woody" Law, passed at 73, after a successful farming career. The Brentwood area was hit hard, as former residents Marion (Brenton) Little, 89, daughter of the late Jack and Marion Brenton, and Robert Smith, Ola Davis' husband died in Truro, as did former Elks centerman Donnie Stevens. Longtime Knox United choir standout Roberta Lindsay went to her reward - a genuinely kind soul; and mother to Donna, Marian, and Janet.  Terry Burns died in Cape Breton - he was a very popular golf pro, and did the routing of the first 9 holes for Charlie Sutherland's Brookfield Golf Club. Scott Armstrong’s brother-in-law Kevin Fraser passed away suddenly. At Elk Court, Isabel Tingley of North River, and "Buddy” MacDonald of Coalburn, passed. Former provincial champion at the Brookfield Curling Club, Roland Gauthier died in Dutch Settlement. Leonard MacNeil, father-in-law to Scott Woodworth died in Truro. Velma Fisher’s brother, and Barry Deyarmond's dad, Wayne, died in Truro. Eva Fortune’s Dad, Pat McManus died in Onslow. Angela Smith, Brandon's mother died in Truro, as did Spencer Hutchinson in the Tatamagouche area - he was a brother to Robbie, and father of Dennis. Doreen (Hayden) Countway, much-loved regular at the Brookfield Golf Club passed away - she was mother to Brent, and loving aunt to the Nelson's (Ellen, Lorna, Seldon, Sandy, and Krista). ALS claimed the life of Bill VanTassell, who fought valiantly.  Former Densmore Lane lovely, Betty (MacPhee) McGowan died in California.  The delightful matriarch of the Vissers' family of Stewiacke East, Thea, passed away at 94 - she leaves a wide diaspora of descendants who have added so much to our region. Jane Murphy, daughter of Barb and the late Bill, sister to Terry and Tina passed at 52.  Annie Mae Fields of Shortt's Lake died at 78. We extend sympathies to all who lost loved ones.

    Calem McAndrew (Juillene Taylor, Shaun) traveled to Calgary as part of Team Nova Scotia at the Canadian Box Lacrosse Championship - the Bluenosers finished fourth. Bev, Keiver, and Allison Read also went to Cowtown for Meghan's wedding. Dawn Carter-Henderson went to Alberta, while Brookes and Anne VanTassell went to Las Vegas. Wade and Nellie Densmore visited son Robbie in Germany; Mike and Brenda Henderson sailed the Baltic Sea with stops in Copenhagen, Berlin, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Iceland. Rob and Amanda Hatfield enjoyed touring Iceland. Scott and Tammy Armstrong, Brian and Sherry Stewart were in Ottawa for Alicia's graduation.  Stephen and Tracey Henderson and kids toured Newfoundland, as did Don Harvey, Myrna Clarke, Daisy Hingley, Joan Adey and Greg Sutherland, Janice and Davey Peterson and Phil and Kitty McMullin. Tanya Chase went to Florida; Mark, Laura, and Maely Kennedy went to Nashville. Krista McMullin and Terry Canning, Larry Harrison, Robert and Dorene Matheson and Diane Simms all trekked to Teaswater, ON to see Larry officiate at Alma Mujakovic’s wedding to Alan Hawkins. Robert and Dorene Matheson went to Baltimore to sample crabcakes; their daughter Shawn Lynds taught school this summer in Belize. Rick and Kathy George visited daughters Martha in B.C., and Marie and her hubby John in Washington, before leaving the west for cottage time in Quebec. Bev and Gerald Peterson attended their granddaughter’s graduation in Alberta. Jack, Leah and Iain Roop visited Sarah in B.C.; Betty Roop went to daughter Sherry's in Toronto. Zach Sill has signed to play hockey in the Czech Elite League; he and wife Leanne have decamped to Prague and his aunt Julie Dean has returned to N.S from Ontario.

    The Brookfield Elks U-12 team went to O'Leary, PEI for the Eastern Canadian Fastpitch championships - they were proud silver medalists, narrowly edged 5-4 in the final! Patrick Stewart,Jay Duffy, Koby Crowell, and Mike Wood were part of the East Hants Mastodons team that finished T5 in the National Senior Mens Fastpitch tournament in St. Croix. Rowan Sears had a busy summer on the diamond – he played shortstop for the Canada (4th place finish) in the World U-19 fastpitch tournament in Prince Albert, Sask, then went to the Canadian U-23 in Quebec with East Hants, and then to Napanee, Ont with the Colchester Royals for the U-19 Nationals. Also, on that Royals team were Keegan Crowell, Evan McNea, Carson Lanceleve and Coach Andrew Sears.  Austin McBurnie won the Mens Championship at the Brookfield Golf Club; Denise Snow was the Ladies champ; Senior winners were Ted Sodero and Vera Chapman, and Super Senior winners were Gerry Buott and Barb Pyle. Rylan Sutherland won the junior title. Derek and Brad Meek won the Club Partners title. Bill Campbell, Ron Ford, and Grant Rudolph each had a hole-in-one on #12; incredibly Cody Locke aced the ridiculously difficult 15th hole during the Amherst Open - the same hole 27 years after his father, Steve, did so in the same tournament!! Derrick Ross, former speedy leftwing on Elks hockey teams; had a hole-in-one at his course, Trillium Woods, near Belleville, ON. BGC won the 20th Shaw Cup, 15-9, at Fox Hollow GC. Winning team members were: Ted Sodero, Robert Putnam, Darrell Penney, Mike Penny, Patrick Stewart, Dave Wright, Derek Meek, Dan Dean, Ryan and Cory Sutherland, Mike and Dane Henderson. Terry Henderson achieved what few golfers do - two weeks after turning 83, he shot his age - 83; this is rarely done!  John Matheson was named winner of the prestigious Randy Roop Memorial Award for outstanding service in the field of recreation. Gene Retson pedaled across Newfoundland, completing his cross-country bicycle ride. Logan Roop (Andrew) played for an Atlantic Region All-Star Atom hockey team that went to Minnesota. Jill Robertson (late Turk, Vera Henderson) and her partner won the A Division Womens Double crown at the N.S. Tennis Championships. Rachel Sears played for the C.C. Riders soccer team that won the N.S. U-21 title.

    Thanks to Jennet (Harvey) Molloy and Susan (O'Leary) Sutherland for their very kind and generous support to the Eagle!! The BMC also wants to acknowledge the significant contributions of Fundy Composting (truckload of garden soil/compost) and Forest Glen Greenhouses (an array of beautiful flowers) which enabled the BMC to make Ed Creelman Park so beautiful this summer. On behalf of the organizers of some of the activities that make Brookfield great, we pass along sincere thanks to all who helped, assisted, supported, attended, and volunteered with Coming Home to Brookfield, the Whing Ding, Canada Day celebrations at the Station, the various Mens club BBQs, and the Fish-a-Rama, Terry Fox events, church suppers, and more. We probably have the highest percentage of citizens volunteering of any place!

    Get Well card sales were brisk, as many of our citizens spent time in hospitals; among them - Bob MacKay, Alice O'Leary, Carleen Lynds, Chris Bernard, Margie Walters, Marilyn Stewart, Mike Henderson, Larry Dooling, Dave Ross, Win Matheson, and Nancy VanTassell. Jack Sullivan broke his arm, and both Theresa Elliott and Kelsey Davis broke ankles. Let's hope for better health for Brookfielders!

    It was great to see so many friends back in Brookfield over the summer - some of them - Herk and Susan Sutherland, Robin and Mavis Sutherland, Ross siblings from Ontario (Ardith Ross, Elaine Healey, Derrick and Susan Ross), Leroy and Joan Stevenson, Gordie and Denise MacDonald, Dan Retson and family from Ontario, Robert "Ibbett" Henderson from Winnipeg, Helen and Susan VanTassell; from Alberta, Jim and Kathy Benvie, Chris and Pam Hazelton, and Mark Walters. Mike Johnson and family, and brother Scott, were home to Wayne and Sheila Johnson's. Sibs Jerad and Alicia Stewart were home, as were Joey and Amber Wynn and family. BJ Sutherland and family came from Indiana, and the Cole boys, Dylan, and Devin with son Ethan came from the west. From Ottawa came Jonathan MacKenzie, as well as Peter Campbell and family. Pete, Katie, and Abe Kennedy were back from Minnesota; and Sherry (Roop) and Jay Ovsenny and kids came form Toronto. From Belfast came Jennet and Sinead Molloy. Joanna (Canning) and Ryan Stefani and family came from B C, as did Sarah Densmore; Janelle (Canning) Lue and Phil Lue and family from Yellowknife; from Ontario came Peter and Jack Hazelton, and Mac and Nadine Campbell and daughters. Amanda Clark made the long flight from Australia home to George and Joan's. Betty and Herb welcomed home daughters - Heather MacFarlane and Greg Loewen and family from Maine and Krista (MacFarlane) and Blair Tucker and family from St. John’s. Gerry and Bev Peterson had family visiting from Ontario and Alberta. Jonathan Haasen and Lindy toured N.S. from grandmother Edna Graham’s home; Hana Conevska visited from England with Marian McDonald (and others); Marian’s offspring made their annual migration to Shortts’ Lake! Rob Carter vacationed at Lyle and Susan’s; with him were Alicia Manning and her daughter, Mia.

    Lots of new faces at the schools - we were both saddened (and pleased) when standout SCA Principal Marilyn Bruce was promoted to Chignecto Family of Schools Supervisor - glad for her progression, but a real loss locally. Fortunately, Scott Armstrong will be a very capable educational leader there, ably assisted by new Vice-Principal (and Athletic Director) Kelly Spencer.  SCA will also miss teacher extraordinaire, Shelley Roberts, promoted up the CCRCE hierarchy. Jennifer Clarke is the new Vice-Principal at Brookfield Elementary. SCA grads returning to TEACH at SCA this year are Chad MacKinnon and Lauren Fiander; more teacher news in the October Eagle.

    September 16 is Terry Fox Run Day - plan now to walk, run, bike, or ride - or sponsor those who are!! Help our amazing local committee continue their record-setting pace. More info on registering, etc can be seen at www.brookfieldnovascotia.ca or on the community FaceBook page, or call 673-2427.  The event starts at 12:30 at the entrance to Carter Falls.  The Brookfield Athletic Association's major fundraiser, the Sports Draw (Big Game Hunt) is back for the 82nd year! Tickets are available most everywhere in our area for the 5 spectacular Grand Prizes (more details in next month's edition) - suffice to say the bright red Jeep attracts lots of attention. The BAA appreciates your support; they are also badly in need of a person(s) to help with weighing of deer. If you can help, please contact Putty at 673-2764. Saturday September 22 sees the Giant Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast at Knox United Church from 7:00 A.M. – 1 P.M. Come and pick up some great buys and fill your belly! All Around the Circle Senior Citizens Club will resume their monthly luncheon meetings in their club room at the Sportsplex on Tuesday September 18; doors open at 11:30 for lunch at 12. The Brookfield Curling Club will open their doors to all the week of October 15 - please stop by to learn more about the BCC's programs, including a much-enhanced instructional program, for beginners AND experienced curlers. The arena in Lantz is providing curling ice one day per week - this may result in a significant drop in members at the BCC, so we implore any locals who have curled in the past, or play in an event or two a year, or those who have thought they would like to try - PLEASE come to the Sportsplex the evenings of Oct 15-19, and the afternoons of Oct 20-21 (and beyond, the BCC needs you!).  Brookfield Elementary School (BES) will be selling Nourish Your Roots food boxes starting September 17. Order a food box from a student for $30--the food (a mixture of seasonal fruit and vegetables) is supplied from NS farms. All profit goes toward healthy food programs for BES students. On line registration is ongoing for South Colchester Minor Hockey – visit www.scmha.goalline.ca The Fitness Centre at SCA is open as of September 10 – it is available for adult public use at no charge. Monday - Friday, 5:30 P.M. - 8 P.M. Users must have attended an Orientation session and signed a waiver. For more info, and the date of the next session, call 897-3155. The Brookfield Junior Elks hockey club will open their home season on October 2. Home games this year are Tuesday nights, at 7:30 at the Sportsplex. Fall schedule and more information at jrbelks.goalline.ca Season passes are available at Roop’s Esso, and contact Donnie at 673-2263 about Sponsorship opportunities. The ice will be in the Sportsplex by the end of the month – why not get on the ice – call 673-2063 or go to CRFA website. Chair yoga resumes in the Seniors Lounge at the Sportsplex on Thursday at 10:15 A.M.

Please come to the BMC meeting; Monday September 16, 7:30 PM at the Fire Hall!

The Eagle