Volume 31, Issue 1
A late-arriving, but mostly glorious summer is largely behind us (at least on the lunar calendar); this means the Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) will soon be convening for their first meeting of their 82nd year. Incoming Prexy Win Matheson, taking over from Jim Feener, has lots in store for his flock. All are invited to come along to the Fire Station on September 16, 7:30 PM. The BMCers were busy over the summer providing BBQ services at the Fish-a-Rama, Canada Day, and the Home Coming Parade, and overseeing the East Side cemetery. The BMC wants to thank Barb Ryan and Susan (O'Leary) Sutherland for their kind donations to the Eagle. Some news (golf results and new residences) will be carried over to our October edition to avoid font becoming microscopic.
Re-visiting some of the happenings since our May edition - the village was shaken by the devastating fire that destroyed the Brookfield Market and Emporium in the early morning hours in late May. Flames licked high into the nighttime sky; the blaze drew at least a dozen fire trucks, including aerial ladders to battle the inferno. A real tragedy after the commendable renovations made by owner Steven Ayoub. On happier notes, the BMC-sponsored Fish-a-Rama was a huge success with 140 anglers registered; the Doc McCoy Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre was a hit; and kudos to the organizers of another successful, well-attended Canada Day party, which was not diminished by moving out of the elements and into the curling rink. Thanks very much to the organizers, their countless volunteers, and all others who orchestrated another terrific Coming Home to Brookfield (and Whing Ding!). Many were thrilled by the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA title as the Golden State Warriors dynasty came to an end. The nationally-renowned Brookfield Bakery continues to grow the business, opening another location in Enfield to serve the exploding East Hants corridor/Metro market! 128 golfers played in the 30th Annual Elks Golf Scramble in support of the Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA); it featured a hole-in-one by Ray Billard! The Terry Fox Golf Scramble was a hit - 19 teams partook on a beautiful August day. A reminder, this year's Terry Fox Run goes at Carter Falls on Sunday, September 15, 12:30 PM. Plan now to walk, run, cycle, be chauffeured, volunteer, or most importantly, sponsor someone!
We can never have too many babies to report on - Joe and Emily (Works) Burke have a baby boy Edwin, named for his great-grandfather Ed Harvey!...Charlie Fleming and Alanna Sylliboy brought home daughter Sage to Carter Rd., a grand-daughter for Christine Fleming....Bob and Linda Campbell have a grand-son! Daughter Kelsey and Matt Davis cracked the genetic XY code and are thrilled with son Beau!....Joe and Janice Leck have a farmhand-to-be up on the hill with the birth of Avery, a grand-son for Bruce and Janice (the elder!)...Kylee Joy is the apt handle for Hilary Lynds (Krista, Fulton) and Jake Smyth's (Sharon) gorgeous new daughter...from Bedford comes word of another child named after a great-grandparent - Audrey was born to Justin and Michelle (Mike, Susan MacDonald) Melnyk...Graham Peterson (Wayne) and Jessica Puddifant have a baby boy to liven things up in their Crystal Lake Drive home (former Grant house)…Luther and Joyce Sears have a grand-daughter, Eowyn Everley Hennigar, born to Allison and Mike! - they live near Windsor....and Sherry (and Brian) Stewart rushed to Alberta to see her son Devin's new baby boy, Deegan. Perhaps past their birthing years, but deserving of major celebrations are couples with milestone anniversaries - we salute Gordie and Jackie Burnett, and Mary and Terry Henderson on their 60th, and Faith and Gerry Buott on their 50th! Don't think it is a coincidence the three men are all BMC members, a night out with the fellas once a month is just the tonic! Bev and Edie Young of Truro also have been married for 60 years - congratulations. Bev was a standout catcher on the powerful Elks' teams circa 1959-64. Long time Sportsplex Board member, SCMHA president, and former deputy Mayor of Colchester, Bill (and Debbie) Masters of Old Barns marked 50 years together; also celebrating their Golden anniversary were Brentwood couple Shelia and Wayne Johnson. In Alberta, Bruce and Mary Dickie celebrated their silver anniversary; Victor and Betty Dickie travelled to Wild Rose Country for the event, and to herd the grandkids while the couple had a holiday. Frank and Hazel Locke had a joint party for their 90th birthdays with many family and friends present. Congratulations to all.
Happy trails to Dr. Scott Armstrong; after an inspiring year leading South Colchester Academy as Principal, he stepped down to allow for an orderly transition. We welcome Leanne Searle of Shubenacadie as the incoming Principal (and are delighted that Kelly Spencer captured the VP role after doing an excellent job last year as Acting VP/AD). We wish the Laura Drive resident all the best as Scott attempts to win his House of Commons seat as MP back in the October federal election. We are delighted to have Ginny Singer (Don, Shanda Cameron) added to the faculty at SCA. She is an excellent educator – she and hubby Shann and kids are now living on Cottage Lane. Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, son-in-law of Helene Henderson, has been promoted to Vice-Chief of Defense of the Canadian Armed Forces-he and wife Pam live in greater Ottawa. A big well done to Jake Rains who graduated as an RCMP officer - he is posted in Killam, AB, and Mum Trish visited him there. Hugh and the late Audrey Carter were the recipients of the Randy Roop Memorial Award, presented by the BAA for contribution to the community's sporting/recreation life. The award was accepted by their grandson, Ryan Lutes (Eva's son), and great-grand-daughter Little Audrey in a touching ceremony at the Whing Ding. Athlete of the Year awards at SCA went to Hayley Elliott (Kary, Teresa) and the omnipresent Alex Zhou; junior recipients were Mia Maloney, Maddie Hunt, and Eric Fields (Mike, Sharon). SCA teacher Rob Adams' son, Michael was named CEC Athlete of the Year, and earned a scholarship to UBC for his prowess hurling the javelin. SCA alumnus Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma) of Shortts Lake won the Canadian Jr A Hockey League Academic Player of the year award, which carries a $5000 scholarship to help fund his Engineering studies at Dal. Elk Court was presented the Founders Seal of Excellence for overall performance in multiple categories in the nursing home field. Tyler Medaglia is in a very solid second place in the National Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Motocross circuit with three supercrosses remaining including one at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.
Not all enjoyed good health - hospitalized, and in our thoughts, are/were: Heather Jamieson, Janet Burnett, Doady Hazelton, Helene (Matheson) Maynard, Marg Little, Christine Fleming, Amy MacKenzie, Gloria Joyce, Ruth and Win Matheson, Fulton Lynds, Brent Countway, Rylie Fisher, Edwin Burke and those with fractures, Jake Kierstead (wrist) and Waylon Countway (arm). Hopefully recovery comes quickly to all.
National championships in various sports kept several provincial teams/athletes, and often family members on the road or in the air; basketball had Anthony Sears (Sheila), U17 in Fredericton, NB, Jewel Woolfitt U15 in Victoria, Isaac Matheson U15 in Fredericton; Volleyball phenom Ethan Tucker (Krista MacFarlane) represented Newfoundland U15; lacrosse saw Travis McAndrew and mother Julienne Taylor in Ontario, and Landan Ryan and mother Merna in Victoria; and U19 fastpitch had Keegan Crowell and Rowan Sears in Owen Sound, Ont., along with Andrew and Jill Sears and Sherri Crowell. Talia Vdydkhan (Pam, Oleg, grandparents Gord & Myrna Matheson) went to Slovenia with the Canadian U17 volleyball team. Kelly Spencer, students Jack Lewis and Maya Clapperton took the SCA Unified basketball team to Toronto for the Special Olympics Youth Invitational Games; the kids were thrilled and motivated meeting former CFL legend Pinball Clemons. Rylan Sutherland, accompanied by Dad Brad, attended the World Kids (U12) Golf event in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which hosted over 1500 golfers from 50 nations. Elks Jason Sanford, Patrick Stewart, J Duffy, and Mike Wood were part of the East Hants Mastodons Team that competed in the Senior Mens Fastpitch Nationals in Grande Prairie, AB. Sanford was named all Canadian catcher. Shirley Locke and daughter Terri Sutherland visited Shirley's brother Ray Sutherland in Victoria, and sister Joan Nickerson in Surrey, BC. Kathy and Dan Dean and Don and Shanda Cameron toured the Emerald Isle, while Phil and Kitty McMullin, Greg and Joan Sutherland, and Dave and Janice Peterson motored to the big rock closest to Erin. Jack, Leah and Ian Roop visited her sister Sarah in BC; the Woolfitt family toured Whistler and Vancouver Island; while Dorene, Robert, and Jordan Matheson went to Banff/Kananaskis for Helene and Ernie Maynard's son Steven's wedding. The groom's sister Sarah (and hubby Mark Campbell and son Gavin) also attended. Alycia, Kelly, and Rob Putnam introduced their delightful music to new fans in Quebec City. Heather and Shawn O'Hara, son Cassidy, and grandson Matthew visited Alberta as did Sarah Matheson; Alison Read went to St. Mary's, Ontario. Jim and Marlene Feener visited their daughters' families in Ontario, and Trish and Lothar Schollmeier went to Deutschland, while Alan and Lorraine Carter toured England. Shirley Comeau, Judy Matheson, and Aerolynn (Stevenson) Greene jetted to Wasaga Beach to visit their partner-in-crime Elaine (Ross) Healey; Shirley also spent time at the (sister Ardith, Wayne) Teas estate. Sheila and Wayne Johnson, and son Scott visited Alaska, Yukon, and Alberta while Mark and Laura Kennedy and kids went to the Green Mountain State. The Hamilton Ave. Campbell kids met up in Las Vegas - Jeff and Misti, David and Lesley, and Wendi and Kelly Grant; also in Sin City were Brookes and Anne VanTassell. Krista McMullin and Terry Canning visited the Land of the Rising Sun to visit their former international student, Yoshimi Fukui. Phyllis Sutherland has moved into continuing care in Amherst, while awaiting a transfer to Elk court.
The village (and beyond) was saddened by the death of David "Ding" Ross, former Elks ball and hockey star. Pleasant Valley matriarch, Alice O'Leary, mother to George, Hector, Bob, Charles, Susan (Sutherland), June (Hoare) and Margie (Walters) passed away at 92....Weaty Hoyt and Connie McNutt of Brentwood died, the latter was mother to Charlene (Mrs. Gary) Archibald...other lives ending far too soon were standout Mum and grandmother, Carter Road native Cherie (Rector) MacDonald, wife of Brian, in Windsor; Janet (Archibald) Armstrong of Old Halifax Rd.; former Elm St. resident Stephanie Barkley, and Dawn Ryan in Metro, sister to Elks' pitching ace ('89-'90) Dale. Bertha Hollingsworth died in Debert and Carrie Mesheau, former resident on Brandt Lane, passed away. Merlin Kerr, brother to former Elks ball star, Keith, and visionary, builder, and operator of River Oaks Golf Club died in his hometown of Meagher's Grant....Former SCA Principal Marilyn Bruce's mother, Kay Patriquin of Greenville Stn. died, as did Sherry Smith of Shortt's Lake and Priscilla Spence in Debert - she was a sister to Irene Stuart...Helen Ellis, Ryan's grandmother died in Stewiacke, and former Brookfielder, retired RCAF officer Eric MacMillan slipped away at 95 in Onslow....former Brookfield Curling Club members Jean Scothorn of Hardwoodlands, Dave Wallace of Milford and Brian Smith, a pillar of the Sheet Harbour community died. Eric McDade of Truro, who was active at the executive level in local hockey circles, and whose wife Beth taught at BRHS in the 50s, died. A huge loss to all of South Colchester was the passing of Mary MacDougall of Otterbrook. She was an outstanding teacher in the Stewiacke Valley, and as responsible as anyone for churning out a torrent of superb volleyball players at SCA over the years. Her husband, "Judge" John has been a faithful and long-serving member of the Sportsplex' Board of directors. We hope all those who lost loved ones find comfort in knowing the community grieves with you.
Susan Sutherland was home from Alberta to provide comfort to her mother Alice O'Leary in her final weeks. Greg and Diane McDonald and family made their annual pilgrimage from the Big Smoke to Shortt's Lake. Alison (Johnson) and Vito Famiglietti and son Rocco came from Connecticut to spend time with Sid and Margie, and Gram Gwen Archibald. Also at Gwen's was her charming daughter Karen, and her hubby Harris White from Ottawa. Jody Jewers was home to visit mum Donna. Nice to have the distant MacFarlane girls back at Herb and Betty's - Sheryl from BC, Heather from Maine, and Krista from Newfoundland. Terry and Mary Henderson's anniversary drew son Robert and kids from Winnipeg and Japan, and daughter Julie and Jack Hsu and their three from Vancouver. Sisters Charlene (Sutherland) Fraser, Marilyn Fallon, and Karen Davis (and hubby Fred) were back to Brookfield this summer. Mark Dean was home from the Constitution State at Kathy and Dan's; while Terry Cook and offspring, including grand-child, came from Alberta to his mother's Stena Cook. Terry's cousin, James Carter, brought his lovely wife Laura and two daughters, home to Lyle and Susan's from Alberta. Shirley Comeau hosted her sister Ardith (& Wayne) Teas from Ontario; while her daughter Patty Stewart had daughter Krysten and kids Sadie and Gavin here from Quebec City. Zach, Leanne, and Harper Sill were home from Prague for the summer. Zach will skate this winter in the beautiful city of Koln in the German Elite Hockey League. Another standout hockey player, Peter Kennedy brought his wife Katie and their two kids from Minnesota to Larry and Lynne's. Betty Roop had reciprocal visits with her daughter Sherry Ovsenny's family in Etobicoke; and it was nice to see BJ and Kera Sutherland (Pete, Vicki) and family here from the Hoosier State. Sisters Susan VanTassell and Helen Belanger made brief stops here; Terra Sutherland's parents, Larry and Wanda Swap came from Drayton Valley, AB to see the gang in Upper Brookfield. Amanda Clark came from Australia to George & Joan's, and Peter Hazelton came from Oshawa for a family get-together. Jack, Carol, and daughter Muireann Campbell visited brother Brian and Gwen from Leeds, UK; the Densmore Lane duo also welcomed son Peter's family from Ottawa. Jim and Kathy Benvie were home from Alberta to see family and friends, and nice to see Karen (Flemming) and David Torraville from Newfoundland on their 40th wedding anniversary. Meghan Read and hubby Donnie Pineo came from Alberta to Bev and Keiver's.
SCA had their 16th (seems impossible !?!) Graduation ceremony in June. Highlights were the Governor General's Academic Medal for highest average in Grade 11 & 12 courses - it went to Taylor Mattinson (Don Jr., Alicia); and the Queen Elizabeth II Medal to Bryn Rankin, for superior academic achievement, school and community involvement over three years. Several other students won multiple awards, bursaries, and scholarships, namely Hayley (Kary, Teresa) Elliott, Taylor Dixon (Jeannette), Jade Fisher, Anna Hamilton ( Joanne, Mark), Mary Jane Fisher ( Marian), Mariah Hatfield (Rob, Amanda), Kayla Kennedy, Charlea Lowe ( Tracey, Terry), Jade MacDougall (Terri Stewart), Macy McBurnie (Kim), Julia McCallum, Ainsley McCoul ( Becky, Mike), Delaney MacLellan (Shannon, Dave), Caelan Meagher, Hannah Raymond, Claire Reddy, Shelby Ryan (Merna), Brianna Watson ( Blaise, Linda), Emily White, and Alex Zhou. Air Cadet Denver Nicol received a special citation at his graduation - he did not miss one day of school in his 6 years at SCA!! The school is most grateful for the support of community members in funding awards, etc.! The SCA Girls softball team capped off an undefeated (32-0) season by scoring a run in the bottom of the 7th inning to win the final 6-5 over the hometown Memorial High team in Sydney Mines for another Provincial Championship. Coaches were Tracey Lowe and Melissa Raymond, assisted by Andrew Fisher and Kary Elliott; players - Ainsley McCoul, Hannah Raymond, Jade MacDougall, Jessie Laverty, Hayley Elliott, Charlea and Taylor Lowe, Sarah Kennedy, Emma Fisher, Maya Clapperton, Erin Carter, Abigail Falkenham, Morgan Countway, Rachel Hawkes, Maddie Hunt. At the Athletic Awards, 3D (Drive, Dedication, Determination) Awards went to underclassmen Ben Fraser, Jack Lewis, Erica Fisher, Sarah Kennedy, Erin Carter, Maya Clapperton, Taylor Lowe, Rachel Peterson, and Mike Zhou. Jill Robertson (late Turk, Vera Henderson) and her partner won the Class A doubles at the N S Tennis Open in Halifax; Jill was also a finalist in O-40 Singles. Jewel Woolfitt and Lauren Percival’s CC Riders team defeated Antigonish 1-0 to win the provincial U15 Tier 2 soccer title.
What a season on the ball diamond! Over 115 kids participated in our Minor Ball program overseen by out-standing volunteers Brookes VanTassell, and Amanda and Chris Cornelius. The Under 10 Elks went into East Hants, posted a 5 – 1 record, and defeated the host Mastodons 2-0 in the championship game to cop the provincial championship – they allowed only 2 runs in 6 games! Ewan White (Craig, Jennifer) was tournament MVP; other vital contributors were Trent Euloth (whose grand-dad Paul, was a hard-hitting shortstop for the Sr. Elks circa 1974-75), Everett Boulton, Brianna Cornelius, Mikael Fields, Cameron Isenor, Jacob Cogger, Ella, Finn and Jack Grinton. Coaches were Mark Kennedy, Craig White, Mark Cogger, Chris Cornelius and Shannon Isenor. A week later the U-12 Elks hosted the provincials at Elk Park – the tourney ran like clockwork in an 8 team event. The Elks went undefeated in five games before sizable crowds, downing the West Hants Thunder 4 – 0 in the title game. Keegan Maguire, son of former Senior Elk twirler Craig (Casey) was MVP, tossing a no-hitter, and fanning batters at an amazing clip. The team was led by coaches Brookes VanTassell, Craig Maguire, Brad Sutherland and BMC-er Peter Matheson. The talented team was comprised of Emily Gates, Matthew O’Hara, Noah Lemmon, Gavin Harrison, Keegan Maguire, Cohen Mingo, Kayla Kolstee, Porter Campbell, Kenzie Boyd, Raya and Rylan Sutherland, Caleb Matheson and Broden VanTassell. The rep team including Tyler Sullivan, Ewan White and Rigby VanTassell went on to play in the Eastern Canadian Championship. The Elks waltzed to another championship, drubbing the Mastodons in the final. On the baseball side, Nate McCoul (Becky, Mike) played for the Stewiacke Storm Team that won the U-13 Tier 5 (beginners) provincial title in Cape Breton.
Ahead - Registration for South Colchester Minor Hockey is ongoing online - go to scmha.goalline.ca. The BAA is delighted to make significant contribution to SCMHA to defray costs. The ice will soon be in the Sportsplex, and the Brookfield Elks of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League are gearing for the early October puck drop. The team is under a revamped Executive, and has well-regarded Phil Lynds as Head Coach assisted by Troy McNutt and Dennis Nolan. Positive energy abounds; home games this year will be on at Saturday at 4 PM - stop by and cheer the team on! Brookfield Elks Mixed Bowling League is gearing for its 59th season-contact Nancy VanTassell (673-2070) if you wish to join. The BAA's Elks Hockey Pools will start with the NHL season in early October - only $2 per entry; watch at Roop's Esso or Cleaners, or the BAA website (see below) for entry forms, rules, etc. Plan now to attend the Brookfield Curling Club's Open House the week of October 28 - November 2; the BCC is starting its 44th year, and welcomes new or returning curlers! Outstanding and compassionate instructors will be there to help any wishing guidance – both at Open House and throughout November. All instruction and equipment is provided free of charge! “Stick curling” skills are also taught – this great innovation has enabled many with wonky knees, hips, or backs to curl, so don’t let an old injury keep you away. The BAA has launched their 83rd annual Sports Draw contest - this year the Grand Prizes are worth $65,000, and the Grand Prize has been upgraded to a 4 door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, with all the bells and whistles! Other draw prizes are $5000 worth of Atlantic Superstore Gift Cards; 24" Husqvarna Snowblower; Scott Aspect Mountain Bike, and $500 MacQuarries Pharmasave Gift Certificate. The Cash prizes for the Hunting portion of the contest have also been significantly increased! The ticket price has increased, for the first time in 22 years, now $20. Pick up your ticket soon from any number of local outlets. Those with ties to Brookfield distant from sellers can buy online at brookfieldathleticassociation.ca, or call any BAA member. This is the BAA's primary fundraiser, and proceeds from the Sports Draw enable the organization to provide funds to boys and girls, men and women in sports including curling, hockey, volleyball, softball, lacrosse, golf, bowling, figure skating, SCA Athlete of Year awards, as well as coaches clinics and maintaining Elk Park; so hopefully all will support, and the BAA can continue its mandate of “making it fun for the kids”!.
Are you between the ages of 12-18? Would like a challenge or a place to take part in fun activities? 569 Col G.N Henderson Air Cadet Squadron is the place to go. 569 Brookfield cadets will be going into their 67th year since being started in 1953; the BMC have sponsored 569 for 65 years! There is NO COST to join cadets! A uniform is issued to each and every cadet, FREE of charge, and you get the opportunity to participate in activities such as; Gliding/Power Familiarization, Outdoor Survival Exercises, Marksmanship, Biathlon, Effective Speaking, Summer Training, Pilot Training and much more. The Brookfield Air Cadets are holding an OPEN HOUSE. On Tuesday October 15th 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm the 569 Col G.N. Henderson Royal Canadian Air Cadets are opening the doors to the public. Come visit us and see what our program is all about. Youth will have the opportunity to fire an Air Rifle, try on a Cadet uniform, fly on a flight simulator, learn about summer camps and get more information about the program. We parade from 6:30 – 9:15pm every Tuesday night. at the Brookfield Elementary School. For more information email: email@example.com phone: 902-639-1427.
All Around the Circle Seniors Club news all at the lounge in the Sportsplex. Card parties (45’s, Crib) start on Wednesday nights at 7:30; luncheon on September 17, doors open 11:15, meal at 12, meeting and entertainment to follow. Chair Yoga with Joy - Mondays and Thursdays, 10:15 a.m., $5 drop in fee. Charles & Gloria Joyce will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary at All Around the Circle lounge, September 14, 2-4 p.m. All welcome.
All are welcome to attend an Open House at Lafarge on September 18, 5-7 PM – enjoy
Remember the BMC meeting Monday, September 16, 7:30 PM.
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