VOL 27 ISSUE 7
The Brookfield Mens Club (BMC) held their February meeting at Knox Hall, where they marked their 79th anniversary with a wonderful dinner prepared and served by the Knox Youth Group. Some eight offspring of the BMCers, as is the tradition, also attended. The next BMC meeting will return to the familiar site at the Fire Station on Monday, March 21, at 7:30 PM - all are welcome to attend. An early mention of the annual Ladies Night extravaganza - it will be held on Monday April 18, 6:30 at Knox - all ladies of the community are invited to an evening of fine (?) dining and entertainment. The BMC Eagle Award will be presented then - we have seven outstanding candidates nominated. Deadline for nominations is March 28.
Congratulations to the afore mentioned Youth Group - they had several members join 'The Coldest Night of the Year" activities to aid the homeless, and the locals raised in excess of $1000. The campaign to support the Sportsplex was a huge success; the committee is most grateful to those who made contributions. A sign recognizing the donors will be placed in the Sportsplex; we encourage citizens to note and perhaps personally thank those who contributed. While on the subject of "Good Deeds", we must mention that South Colchester Academy (SCA) has opened a used clothing store under that name. Teacher Caroline Shea recognized that some students were in need of winter attire, and asked for people to contribute same. The only "cost" to students receiving clothing is that they perform a good deed or kind gesture for another person. A wall recognizes the acts of kindness, and is filling rapidly. This project, abetted by features on CTV and the Truro Daily News, as well as social media, has taken off! The store is full of beautiful clothing - everything from winter coats, to beautiful prom dresses, all freshly laundered by the EPS class. Ms. Shea has enough product to open the store to the greater community, so if you are in need of an item of clothing, contact her at 902-673-5000 Ext 2530, or e mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Deeds for good duds!
Curling wunderkind Karlee Burgess continues to amaze - she was part of Team Canada that won a gold medal at the Junior World Olympics in mixed curling in Norway; and then won the World Junior Womans Championship in Denmark!! In between, she found time to skip the SCA senior girls team to a 2nd place finish at the Northumberland Regionals, hosted by SCA at the Brookfield Curling Club. The rest of the team was Rebecca Rankine (Ross,Sheila, nee Osborne), Chloe Bowers (Leah, Charles), and Ainsley McCoul (Becky, Mike, grandfather long-time BCC member Bill Stone). The Senior Boys team - G R Walters ( Glen, Susan), Hunter Redmond, Connor Murdock ( Mark, Janice), Mitch Miller, and Connor Whiteside, finished 3rd in Regionals, and will attend provincials in Chester. The Junior High curling team of Isabella Johnson, Garrett Graham, Sarah Kennedy, and Monica Mason hosted Districts. SCA is most appreciative of the Curling Club, the Sportsplex, the Brookfield Athletic Association (BAA) for Elk Park, and the Golf Club for the use of their facilities, and for the volunteers that help with training, etc. February Athletes of the Month at SCA are hoopsters - Juniors Hannah Raymond and Alex Zhou, and Seniors Emily Moore and Tyler Howe. Several locals are regulars on podiums at Figure Skating competitions - at the Robert McCall Memorial event at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, several who spin on DHMS ice placed well, including Reagan and Nicole Arseneau (Vince, Kendra), Sarah and Matthew Merryweather ( Darcy, Margo; grandparents Ron and Susan Creelman), and Emma Collier ( mother Claudette McDonald is on DHMS Board). Gavin Harrison, son of Brent and Meredith, and grandson of Clubman/MLA Larry and Susanne, was named the Most Valuable Player by Football Nova Scotia in the Mite division! The Brookfield Atom Elks won the Highland Region Championship, winning both the semi and final by 5-4 scores. They play a sudden-death provincial semi- final in North Sydney - the team is coached by Andrew Roop, Jeff Sullivan and Cory Murphy, and features former Elk shortstop Paul Euloth’s grandson Cameron Euloth, Logan Roop, Isaac Crowe, Jordan Richards, Brette Murphy, Bob Henderson, Wyatt Countway, Cole Barkhouse, Jack Sullivan, Gavin Harrison, Dominick Moore, Will and Ben Stewart, Tristen and Rylan Sutherland, Jake and Jack MacDonald.
The BAA hosted a celebration for former Senior
Elks ball star Jason Sanford - he is now
playing for a travel club team in Ontario, as
well as the National Team. His 2015 season was
one for the ages, as his Canadian team won
gold at the Pan- Am Games, and the ISF World
Championship, and his club team won the ISC
and US National tournaments. He was All-World
catcher at ISC tournament, and has been
All-Canadian on two occasions (including as an
Elk in 2007). Jason and his wife Jenny, his
parents, sister, and other family were
delighted at the turnout at the reception at
the BCC on a very stormy night. Jason's mother
is a sister to Brookfield Golf Club member
Wendell Miller - they hail from
Northfield. Many past and present Elk
stars were in attendance, and Jason spoke
fondly of his time in the red and gold. Rowan
Sears (Jill, Andrew; grandmother Bev) led a
significant local contingent to the Eastern
Canadian prep school Under 18 hockey title in
Ontario, despite being seeded 7th out of 8
teams. Their team, Newbridge Academy, also
featured other members of the fastpitch
Colchester Royals, who play out of Elk Park -
goalie Alec MacDonald, grandson of John and
Sheila Clark, Cam Patton (Steve,Heather), and
Marc Aucoin, son of SCA teacher Kevin Aucoin.
His elder son, Jack, was part of the high
school Division 1 volleyball champions. SCA
teach Chris Ross’ son Tristen, was named to
the AUS All-Rookie team for his fine hoop
season at St. FX. The Cruise Missiles won the
37th Annual Eastern Shore Oldtimers tournament
- Darrell Toole had a hat- trick, and goalie
Rod MacLean (son-in-law of Don and Marg
Fisher) was the Finals MVP in a 5-1 win.
The Eagle once again is grateful to kind contributors who help defray our expenses - thanks so much to former BMC President Wally Fisher, and his wife Mary, who live in Riverview, NB, and to Merv Dickey of Hilden for their generosity. This reminds us to encourage anyone who is receiving the Eagle via Canada Post, that we would be delighted to email you an electronic version so you have the news more quickly, and saves postage, etc. Please reply to the Eagle's e-address with your address if you wish to be added. Hard copies are also available at several outlets in the community. Geoff and Joanne Stewart’s grandson Connor (Nicole and Brad Poplar) has completed his cancer treatments with positive results. The family want to thank the community for their generosity and support shown throughout the ordeal. Shawn Burke and Rod Nielsen of Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services organized the collection of used firefighting gear to send to brigades in need in Mexico.
Hospitalized include Clubman Brent Harrison, who had hip surgery; we hope he is soon able to resume his active lifestyle. Josh Archibald broke a meta-carpal bone – fortunately his fiancée, Karla Armsworthy, M.D. will provide personal care. Karla will be setting up her practice in Bible Hill – great news! Joan Campbell has completed another round of cancer treatments, Betty MacFarlane, Charlie Burnett , Vaughn Matheson and John Clark have also had time in sick bay; better days ahead we hope. Home to help was Mac Campbell from Ottawa and Heather MacFarlane and family came from Maine for a short visit. Blaine Peterson came from Alberta to visit his parents, Gerald and Bev. Krysten Stewart and her daughter Sadie, came from Quebec City to visit her mother Patty Stewart, she was accompanied by her pal Dr. Emily Thompson, and her daughter, Audrey.
Our winter has been mostly mild, albeit with some wacky weather - but several sun-seekers headed south regardless. Brian Clarke went to the Dominican Republic, Krista Williams and Jim Pearson sunned in Jamaica, while Barb Murphy and her sister-in-law Janie Greene went to Cuba. Dan and Lexie Stewart went to Dominican Republic, while Mexico (and Honduras) was the attraction for Sherry and Brian Stewart, and Caila Henderson and Robbie Lebans attended his cousin's wedding in Playa del Carmen. Dawn-Marie Galgay, her mother, Phyllis, her sister Helen, and daughters Jane and Stephanie Meadus went to Orlando. Alycia Putnam spent a month in the wonderland that is New Zealand. Laurie and Maxine Monk went to their dreamland (Costa Rica). Andrew Sears travelled to Toronto to attend son Rowan’s afore-mentioned tournament.
Bill Murphy, husband to Barb, and father to Terry, Tina, and Jane, passed away - he was well known in the community. Freda Cochrane, mother to Anna Bates and David, and a native of Port Greville, died in Halifax. Wanda Arnold's father Marven McGregor passed, as did Helen Deuville, mother of Michael of Shortts Lake. Betty Patton, Robert's mother died, as did Lillian MacLellan Rines - she and late husband Al operated the Sunrise Motel circa 1965-83. Al was part of the founding “Team Centre” committee at the Sportsplex. Many know their children Kathy Kaye and Vince MacLellan. Jean Kolstee died at age 100 in Hilden - she was mother to Pleasant Valley's Gary and John, and three other children. Lorna Rushton of Lower Truro died; she was a sister to Grace MacKenzie. Sympathies also are extended to the popular Georgina Kanaan, former proprietor of Jake's Place - her mother died in Lebanon.
The local group, Women That Hunt (WTH), are organizing a Youth Outdoor Expo, to be held at the Sportsplex on April 16, 9 AM - 7 PM. This event is designed to expose youth to activities related to the outdoors, fitness, health, and wellness. It will be interactive, guided by professionals and experts in various fields to educate and inspire. Women That Hunt is a non-profit group promoting women and youth in conservation, wildlife management, hunting, and fishing. Indications are the building will be filled - plan on attending; there will be demonstrations, door prizes, and discounts on memberships from some groups. WTH are also presenting the program at the March BMC meeting. The Brookfield Curling Club will hold their 27th annual Great Community Curling Classic, April 1-3 to wrap up their season. You are encouraged to enter, either with a team or as an individual – email contact is email@example.com or call the Sportsplex (902-673-2063). The BCC will mark 40 years of fun at their banquet on April 8 – call Lisa (902-673-2106) for info/tickets. Chase the Ace continues at the Curling Club on Thursday evenings – this week’s jackpot will be approximately $4000 – drop in from 7-8:30 pm for your chance at the cash, and support the Sportsplex. All Around the Circle Seniors Group will hold their monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday March 15; doors open at 11:30. The annual meeting of the Lower Pleasant Valley Cemetery Group will be on April 10, from 1-3 PM at the Fire Station - all can attend. The Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA) will be honouring several community members from a variety of organizations for their volunteer efforts on Monday March 28, 7:30 PM at the Senior's Lounge at the Sportsplex. Contact Sue Smith @ 673-2207 for more info. The Brookfield Baptist Church (BBC) is working to build a youth center in Los Cruses, El Salvador. Church members volunteering for the mission include Ted Rushton, Monty Patton, Luther Sears, Bill Adshade, Ed and Tanya Cormier. They are looking to raise $5000 to build the center- donations to the cause are welcomed, and can be sent to BBC, Box 94, Brookfield. The BBC wowed with their Celebration Music Night –their Double Trio group will present a Good Friday Concert.
We hope all have a peaceful and meaningful Easter.
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