bmc eagle

September, 2017

Volume 29, Issue 1

    The fabulous summer of 2017 is fast winding down, we hope most of our readers and residents enjoyed the awesome season since the Eagle last flew in May. The Brookfield Mens Club had a busy summer, assisting at many community events; incoming President Jim Feener will welcome the troop (and any newcomers) at the Fire station on Monday, September 18, 7:30 PM to kick off the BMC's 81st season. Sharpshooter extraordinaire Paul Rodd will talk on the marksmanship competitions he has entered. All are welcome!

Thanks to all who purchased The Eagle's Flight II; the tome comprising all editions from 1982-2017. Some 60 copies were ordered; we hope the readers are pleased. They are sold out, but if anyone wants info on obtaining one, please contact Putty at contact

There was no end to the merriment and celebrations in the village this summer, as Canada marked 150 years as a nation. Though the Canada Day festivities were chased inside by threatening skies, the curling rink proved an excellent venue. Cherry Lane and the Betts-Sanford-Blackmore trio dispensed great tunes, the BMC BBQ was tasty, and the Syrian food sampling was enjoyed by many. The Train Station coordinated a 2 week long 'Historical Scavenger Hunt", in which many participated, and Jean Hamilton composed a song for the occasion. Cherry Lane and the throng sang the world premiere of "There's a Little Town Called Brookfield", with the appropriate chorus of 'Where everyone's a Volunteer'! Coming Home to Brookfield (CHB) was another 9 action-packed days - space and a faulty memory, mean some events will be missed, but most events were very well attended, including the ATV rally, Street Parade, Joyful Yoga at the Lake, BMC and MacQuarrie's BBQs, Farmers Market, Skateboard demo, Pie Eating Contest, campfire/sing-song, the Domino Man's 12,000 unit spectacular, Art Show, Herb's songs, Breakfast at the Lake, Boat tours, Bike Hike, Fun Runs, Brookfield's 'Forgotten Father of Confederation' and Terry Henderson, David and Lyle Carter's much-enjoyed Brookfield's Hockey History, outdoor church services at the lake and Carter House, an amazing Garden Party at Monk's, Golf Scramble, Teddy Bear picnic, Bountiful Brookfield Blooms, Coffee House, Kids Sports Day,Tours – Bakery, Reclaimed Cottage (under new owner Laurie Hutchison), and the Fire Department, Horse & Wagon Rides, Slippery Slides, Horse Stable Visits, Ball Hockey with NHLer Zach Sill, a spectacular Brookfield Athletic Association Whing Ding and Fireworks display, and others. Another great CHB; we thank the hard-working committee, who in turn are so grateful to their sponsors and supporters (listed on brochure on line), as well as BFES, SCA, the Sportsplex, churches, BAA, B Garden Club, Businesses, BMC, Ed Creelman Park, Train Station Society, Lafarge, Shortts Lake, and the HUNDREDS of volunteers and participants. Next year's dates are July 20 -29, with the Whing Ding July 27-28, 2018.

The BMC-sponsored Col. G. N. Henderson 569 Air Cadet Squadron marked 64 years with their Annual Review at the Sportsplex before a good crowd. CO Capt. Andrew Tattrie presided; major award winners were F. Sgt Maggie Myers - Spirit of 569, and Garth Decker awards; WOII Brookes Woodworth was named winner of the Col. G. N. Henderson and Lord Strathcona Medal; F. Sgt Will McNea won the Long Service Award; Sgt. Alex Zhou won the Royal Canadian Legion Award; F. Sgt Travis White won the Cadet Choice award,Cpl Alyssa Rice was Top 2nd Year Cadet, and Cpl. Joe Ryan was Top Junior Marksman. The BMC is delighted to sponsor the squadron, and encourages any 12 - 18 year old to check out this great organization at their splendid training facility at Brookfield Elementary School on Tuesday evenings.Principal Marilyn Bruce oversaw the June graduation ceremony at South Colchester Academy - among the award winners (with their post-secondary choice in brackets) were - (Dalhousie) Chloe Bowers, Colton Cleveland, Emily Melvin, Cindy McCulloch, Emily McEwen; (Dal AC) - Hannah Fisher, Hayley Fulton, Luke MacMillan, Bryanna Richardson; (Mt.St.Vincent)- Olivia Hernden; (StFX) - Lauren Leedham; (STU) - Carly Mason; (UPEI) - Jessica Mattinson; (Acadia) - Shayne Stoodley, Beth O'Connell; (SMU) - Melody Sears; (UNB) - Camryn Smith; and Brent Walters. Luke MacMillan (Ed, Wilma of Shortts Lake) was QE II Medal winner for superior academic achievement and community involvement - the talented Luke was a league champion with the Truro Jr A Bearcats and on his soccer club! Carly Mason won the Governor General Academic medal for highest average in Gr 11-12 classes. Grade 11s Luke Fisher (Sandra, Tim of Mid. Stewiacke) and Marika Schenkels (Frank, Luanne of Shortts Lake) won Lieutenant Governor's Medals for academic achievement and community participation. University grads included Tiffany MacDonald (Kathy, Willie] who left St FX with her B.Ed., and Alexandra Fisher (Yvonne, David, proud grandmother Helen) who won 1st Class Honours with her B.Sc (Psychology) at Mount Allison.

The East Hants Mastodons, a collection of talent from the League that operates out of Elk Park, defeated Newfoundland 6-5 to win the Canadian Senior Mens Fastball Championship in Saskatoon, reprising the Elks 1980 title there! Locals Patrick Stewart (1B), Coby Crowell (OF), Jay Duffy (2B), and Elks Jason Sanford (C), Donnelly Archibald (P), supported Head Coach, and longtime Elks shortstop, Chris Hopewell. Current Elks leader Mike Wood was Assistant Coach. Duffy and Stewart both had several big hits! The Elks, Colchester Royals, and the Canada Games team will vie for the league championship Sept16-17 in St. Croix.

Sadly, many loved ones passed away - Eloise Yorke...Sylvia Carter, who along with her late running mate, Vi Stewart, brought so much fun to the old Co-op store...Pleasant Valley’s Glen MacKenzie husband of BES teacher Judy...Brentwood Flyers hockey leader Vic DeBay...Shaunticy Smith...Clare Hughes…Jessie Cornelius' sister, Margie Nichols....larger-than-life forester/dog trainer Harry Mowatt…Tom White's brother, Toby...Lauren and Lynda Sandmo’s step-father, Allan Lynch in North River…Sherry Heron’s mother Diane Pyke in Valley…Eva Fortune's mum, Audrey McManus…Shirley Harrison's brother Gerald Croft…tragically at 47, Jonathan Kierstead, Gail's husband, and Dad to Tessa, Mac, and Jake and son to Emily...Shelley Fisher's Dad, Wyman Yuill...curling/sports lover John Clark, Jr., brother to Greg, George, Richard, and the late Pete…popular longtime Bfld Curling Club member, Earl McCurdy of Lantz…in Ontario, Wilfred Ross' wife, Marilyn…former slugging Elkette, and devoted supporter of Jr. Elks hockey, Betty Carter…Wade Smith, 50, Principal of Citadel High and brother of former Elk Mark…Woody Graham, brother to Bev Sears, and Grandad to Brittanie MacPhee, Petra Stewart, Kaleigh Queripel and others...former Brentwood resident Jack Murphy, hubby to Leona (Lindsay)…Reta Nelson, Onslow/Shortts Lake, wife of 62 years to Brent....Sports Hall of Famer, and longtime Elkettes beloved Manager, Audrey Carter…another Hall of Fame inductee, Jans (Wilson) Henderson, Halifax/Shortts Lake - a terrific athlete (tennis, basketball, swimming, badminton, track, ice and field hockey), and an even better person…in Middle Musquodoboit, outstanding educator and coach Tom Doucette, and Roy Hartlin, Lisa's Dad. We offer condolences.

Nice to see here - Jack and Carol Campbell from Leeds, UK…. Don Murray's (Emily Kierstead) family from Vienna...Greg and Bert McDonald and families at Marian's...Sheryl MacFarlane, Krista Tucker and family, Heather and Greg Lowen and family visiting Gail and family, and Herb and Betty...Julie Hsu and kids, as well as big brother Robert, were at Terry and Mary Henderson's....Sherry, Jay Ovsenny and kids at Betty Roop's...Jeff and Marnie Smith and their two girls from Calgary to Linda and Vic Penny's...James and Laura Carter and girls at Lyle and Susan's...also from Wild Rose country, Bruce, Mary, Andrew and Spencer Dickie at Betty and Victor's, and Herk Sutherland at Edna's...Maxine and Chip Monk's daughter Jeanette , hubby, and kids Matthew and Charlotte came to Burrows Drive from Ontario...Joanna Stefani and Janelle Canning-Lue and kids came to Terry and Krista's - looks like both will be adding to their families soon! Siblings Brandi (Calgary) and B J Sutherland and family were home from Indiana, Devin Cole and son Ethan came from Alberta to Sherry's, likewise Jim, Kathy, and Jason Benvie. Sibs Mark and Jill Dean were back to Dan and Kathy's. Chiropractor Michelle MacDonald (Mike, Susan) moved back from the Big Smoke, and has opened a practise in HRM...Charlie and Gloria Joyce sold their homestead to family and will remain with Terri and Rick Rayner the new owners. Lucas Huybers and Kristen MacCallum have moved into the house next to Audrey MacDonald. Duncan Retson and his spouse Andrea Budgell, have bought a house in Halifax, and have re-located from Ottawa. Duncan is with the Atlantic Division of Public Services and Procurement Canada, and Andrea is with Health Canada.

Danika Nelson was not only a very polished MC at the Fire Services Awards Banquet, she was cited as both Most Improved, and Junior Firefighter of the Year – well done! Brent Fisher and Jason Gerrior were co-winners of Officer of the Year, and Jake Malloy was Firefighter of the Year. Charlie Burnett and Herb MacFarlane were recognized for 50 years service to the department, and Rollie Works marked 25 years. At the Provincial High School Track and Field competition, SCA Special Athletes dominated - Darcy Fisher showed the field her heels, winning gold in Junior girls 100m, Long Jump, and Shot Put. Mitchell Stewart was 2nd in Long Jump, 3rd in Shot in Junior Boys, and Jason Hicks was first in 100m, 2nd in L Jump, and Shot in Senior Boys. Elektra Express, the Danica (Cooke) Ellis - owned, Ryan Ellis-driven pacer set a Truro Raceway record for 3 year old pacing fillies in a scalding 1:55.4! The horse was born and bred at Danica's Horseplay Stables. Tyler Medaglia has had a good year on the Pro Motocross circuit, including a good showing at the Nationals event held here. Tyler will represent Canada at the MotoX of Nations in England at end of September. Susan Stevenson's cousin Andrew Carter (son of Gerry and Joan) was named Midwest Coach of the Year for his work with the University of Iowa Womens' Rowing team. The Canada Games boys fastpitch team turned heads in Manitoba, finishing with an impressive 8-4 mark - the team featured 7 locals (see May edition). The Andrew Sears co-coached Colchester Royals finished a strong 4th in the Canadian U-18 softball competition in PEI. Wolves Evan McNea, Carson Lanceleve, Keegan Crowell and Rowan Sears played, and shortstop Sears attended the prestigious Canadian Junior (U-19 team) training camp, and made the team - he will be the next Elk to play for the national team! Local soccer teams won provincial titles - Boys U-17 had Riley MacLeod, Cam DeGroote, and Michael Adams; the Girls U-21 title team featured former Wolves Rebecca Rankine, Rachel Sears, and Karlee Burgess. The Girls U-17 team, featuring Alysha MacSwain, also won NS honours! The renascent BAA Elks Minor Ball program had a spectacular year, with over 100 kids playing 3 nights a week at Elk Park. Two U-12 teams attended provincials, and the U-10 team won silver medals - that squad had Emily Gates, Cohen Mingo, Kaila Kolstee, Kenzie Boyd, Myla Searle, Matthew O'Hara, Mattie Toole, Ella Tapper, Rylan and Raya Sutherland, Broden and Rigby VanTassell, Noah and Cameron Lemon playing for Coaches Brad Sutherland, Brookes and Nancy VanTassell. The SCA Wolves boys fastpitch team defended the NS High School fastpitch title with a thrilling extra-inning victory over Avonview High School at Elk Park. Coach Andrew Sears, assisted by Evan Cates, led Keegan Crowell, Rowan Sears, Ethan Densmore, Carson Lanceleve, Evan McNea, Luke Fisher, Ben Fraser, Jack Lewis, Mitchell Miller, Logan Beaton, Riley Martell, Colton Graham, Riley MacLeod, Austin Eisnor, and MacKenzie Ashford. Sadly, the NSAAF has announced this likely is the final year there will be fastpitch championship as not enough schools contesting!!?!

Shirley Fleming and Gerry Brine were both laid up with hip troubles; Judy Matheson and Chris Bernard had knee operations. Others requiring care were Mike Watson, Reg Smith, Gord Campbell, Hugh Carter, Kevin MacKenzie, Marg Osborne, Mark Hamilton, Fulton Lynds, and Dale Fisher, who is recovering from nasty injuries in a fall. We wish them a return to health.

What is a summer without weddings and babies?! Agreeing to matrimonial terms were Isaac Benvie and Carolyn Towell, Bob Sill and volleyball savant Aschaelle Terrio, former Wolves soccer stars Evan Densmore and Erin Durkee on the Katie Bell, and in a dual ceremony in the lovely intervale at the end of Crystal Lake drive, Greg Sutherland wed Joan Adey, and his sister Jane said 'I do' to Dale Oderkirk. Alexander MacKenney (Rod, Wanda) of Shortts Lake married Courtney Lynds. Joanne Cooke's nephew, Mike Crowell married Sharon MacPhee's grand-daughter Danielle Crowe. Earlier, Jim and Donalda Dickey's son, Angus married Morgan Selig. Rick Dartt and Chanda Deyarmond had a girl, a sister for Riley. Joseph and Emily (Works) Burke welcomed new daughter Josie. Scott and Lisa George had baby Sophie in Penticton; happy grandparents are Tony and Rhonda. Grandchildren are piling up at Don and Marg Fisher's, much to their delight - daughter Jenna and hubby Brent MacDonald had a son. The charming Katelyn Stewart (Brian, Tammy) and hubby Kenton McNutt also have a baby boy, William.

Don Harvey was voted winner of the 2016-17 Al Campbell Memorial Award for outstanding service to the BMC- Harv is the leader of the BBQ team, and fills important roles at Creelman Park, is the BCA rep, Halloween patroller, and readily serves where needed. Robert Putnam was named winner of the Randy Roop Memorial Award, presented by the BAA for his outstanding athletic career, spanning multiple sports, and his tireless efforts on behalf of both the BMC and BAA (Treasurer of both) , Big Game Hunt (Co-Chair), Sportsplex Board, and the Eagle's Flight II book would never have been grounded without his unstinting effort. Congratulations to Darrell and Gail Wright on their 50th wedding anniversary, and in Ontario, former residents Peggy and Fred Rutherford marked 70 years - Fred is a brother to former Elks outfielder Don, and half-brother to Bill and Jerry Stewart. Barb McNutt of Carter Rd. marked her 80th birthday at the Seniors Lounge.

Duane, Lorna, and Morgan Rath, Jake Bowers, and Charlie, Kathy, and Camden Weatherbee went to see a Red Sox game, then into New York. Joel and Kim Dawe saw two Jays game at the SkyDome. Alton Sutherland visited Nicole and Jeff Graham and family in Alberta. Phil and Kitty McMullin went to Newfoundland, as did Greg Sutherland and Joan Adey and Davey and Janice Peterson. Rod and Lori Nielsen bicycled through much of Denmark, then visited Iceland. Terry Canning and Krista McMullin and family did the entire United Kingdom, capped off visiting Jennet (Harvey) Molloy and family in Belfast and Terry and Krista finished their trip in Iceland. Gord and Myrna Matheson and family visited Scotland, Ireland, and England. Dave and Anitra Whidden went to Florida, as did Josh and Denise Boulton. The Kennedy crew - Larry, Lynne, Jill, Mark, and Laura and kids visited Peter, Katie, and Abe in Minnesota.  Lexie and Kristin Stewart cheered on Patrick and the Mastodons in Saskatoon. The Al-Awars visited family in Syria. Mario Baini and family traveled to Lebanon, and Alison Read went to Meghan's crib in Calgary, while Becky Wallace visited sis Katrina in Fort Mac and Meghan, as well as time in Banff. Debbie Ross tested the new Elite Airways route from Halifax to Portland, then skipped up the I – 95 to Auburn to visit her daughter, Amanda. Sisters/sisters-in -law Edna Graham, Letha Mowatt, Judy and Donna Matheson represented our local United Church Women at the 55th National UCW Conference in Vancouver. Many of the parents attended the Canada Games in Winnipeg (Bowers, Sears, Rhoddys, Crowells, Giffens, Lanceleves, Anthonys).

Lots of excitement in the golf world…..many more details in our October edition, but for now we can cite those who were able to write a "1" on their card - at BGC Clif Kruck and Matthew Gillis both aced # 4; Larry Harrison had his hole-in-one on # 9 during the Homecoming Scramble! In Truro, Jim Dickie aced # 15, while former Elk hurler Steve Healy bagged his on 16 at Anderson's Creek in PEI. Former Elks outfielder and Right Wing Phil Henderson had his ace on Grandview’s #5; his son Mark holed his at #16 at Country Meadows in Moncton.

The 37th Terry Fox Run is Sunday Sept. 17 at picturesque Carter Falls - registration is 12:30, the run/ walk starts at 1 P.M. The TF committee has already staged a Book and Bake Sale, Supper and Fashion Show, and Golf Day - please participate, or sponsor someone on the 17th to help ensure another successful year! The Sportsplex will host another Food Truck event on Saturday Sept 16, 4-7 PM - the last one sold out, so get there early. There will also be BBQ ribs courtesy of Lafarge and Superstore, proceeds from those to the Sportsplex. The 81st year of the Brookfield Elks Sports Draw/Big Game Hunt is underway - tickets still only $10 for a chance at 5 Grand Prizes, including the 2017 Jeep Wrangler and $5000 worth of groceries at Superstore. See ( – click Sports Draw link.) for details. On Friday September 22, the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride will stop in Brookfield. Approximately 40 cyclists are expected, and a variety of community groups will roll out the Welkcome mat at noon hour, feed the hungry group, and show them our famous hospitality. If you wish to help, contact any Train Station, AATC Seniors, BMC, BCA, or church member. The annual Pancake Breakfast and Giant Yard Sale will be held Saturday Sept 23, 7AM-1 PM at Knox Church. Donations are welcomed-contact Art Peck @ 673-2561. Arrive early for a tasty breakfast and the great deals! All Around the Circle Seniors Club resumes their noon luncheons at the Sportsplex on Sept 19. For more details on Card parties, drop-in days, etc.- eMAIL or check the group's FaceBook page. The Brookfield Curling Club begins their 42nd season with an Open House week October 23-29 - please drop in and give it a whirl - we need you! There will be a Hallowe'en Dance on October 28 at the Curling Club-tickets only $10, available at Roop's Esso. Watch for the popular BAA NHL Hockey Pools to start on October 9 (for games of Oct 13-15) - only $2 to play! The Elks are gearing up for the NS Junior B Hockey League season. Games start at the Sportsplex in early October, and go most every Thursday night - your support is appreciated. Paul Barrett’s New Horizons Band starts another season, Thursday, September 14 at the Colchester Legion Stadium – newcomers start at 3 P.M. Email for more information.

Hope to see you at the BMC gathering on
September 18; 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. 

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