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March 2017
Volume 28, Issue 7

    The Brookfield Mens Club held their 80th Anniversary Meeting and Dinner in February; thanks so much to the All Around the Circle Seniors’ Club for making their fine facility available. The Brookfield-Middle Stewiacke United Youth Group prepared a spectacular meal, and former Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor entertained with tales from his book on the local history (1930-1975) as it related to "The Milk Can Era". The March BMC meeting will return to the Fire Station on Monday March 20, 7:30 PM. All are welcome–for the meeting, the food, and the program, which will feature Andrew Sears and Hilary Paquet talking about their recent trip to the Dominican Republic for Habitat for Humanity.
     Costa Rica held allure for Nova Scotians – with apostle Maxine Monk preaching the gospel, who would not be interested in travelling there! Bob and Carol Peterson, along with grand-daughter Olivia Hernden spent time in the Central American paradise, as did their Shortt’s Lake neighbours Mark Stevens, Joy Nicholson, and their daughter, Willow. Dane Henderson jetted west to partner with Ernie and Helene (Matheson) Maynard’s son Steven, an Alberta resident, and the guys had a wonderful week in the pristine powder in Revelstoke and Golden, BC, and in Banff. Rachel Sears went with her Dad and Aunt Hilary to the Dominican Republic.
    Brookfield’s first NHLer, Lyle Carter was suitably honored by the Truro and Area Sports Heritage Society with the presentation of the Merit Award at their annual ceremony. Lyle was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the local recreation scene through his media work (radio, press) for over 40 years! The Daily News prints extra copies the days Lyle’s columns run! SCA alumni Karlee Burgess was named Female Athlete of the Year (ages 16-20) for her national and international curling exploits. Debbie Buott-Matheson was 1 of only 11 recognized from the entire country with a BRAVO Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education (CACE) in the Program/Project category for her work on the Stand Up, Speak Out – What’s in Your Backpack campaign. Bailey Campbell (Bob, Linda) passed her bar examination in New Brunswick, and is now a fully-minted attorney-at-law! Brooklyn Rutherford, and grand-daughter of Allison Rutherford won Bronze medals at the Canadian Karate Championships in Quebec City in both the Senior Womens 68 + kg and Under 21  68 + kg divisions. Paul Rodd took first place in The Big Gauge .22 Smallbore Shooting competition in the Annapolis Valley with a score of 398 of a possible 400; after 3 tourneys, Paul leads the pack with 1,193/1200, two better than his nearest competitor.  Congratulations to the Brookfield Rapids who hosted and won an 8 team club volleyball tournament at SCA! The Rapids are an Under 15 team, but defeated Truro Lynx, a U-16 team (which featured Mariah Hatfield and Kennedy Wry) in the final. The team is coached by Randy Kelly and Sarah Wort, and managed by Julie Kelly. Player of the game citations went to Hannah Boutilier, Clarissa Pasion, Erica Fisher, Jana Hunt, and Emily Kelly. Other team members are Bella Berkman, Holly Wry, Madison Eichenburg, and Emily Rushton. The Brookfield Athletic Association is happy to help support the hard-working Rapids. The Cruise Missiles defended their title at the 38th annual Eastern Shore Mariners Oldtimers in the O-50 division, defeating Halifax 3-1 in the final. Goal scorers were Scott Fraser, Jeff McCavour and player of the game Dan Burgess. Rod MacLean (Don Fisher’s son-in-law) was stellar in net, and the rest of the squad (Mark Fleming, Robbie Cooke, Jay McInnis, Paul Faulkner, Mike Henderson, Ray Cruz, Charles Bowers, Darrell Toole, Rob MacEachern, Gary Caldwell, and Greg Johnson) were solid. The 32 team tournament selected Henderson to receive the Art MacAulay Award for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. At the same tournament the Brookfield Elks female team won their division – local players include Anita Fisher, Kathy and Holly Dean, Bev and Alison Read.   Former Brookfield Junior Elk hockey player and SCA Athlete of the Year Liam Giffen is playing for the Kensington Vipers in the Island Junior B League playoffs while attending Holland College. Rowan Sears is part of the Pictou Weeks team that staged an incredible comeback in the NS Major Midget Hockey league – they trailed Cole Harbour 3 games to 0 before rallying to win the series 4 – 3. Games 6 and 7 were won in overtime! Local figure skaters are turning heads – Emma Collier earned silver in the Star 3 division at the N S Championships in Liverpool; and sisters Regan and Nicole Arseneau attended the Rob McCall Memorial Skating Competition in Dartmouth – Regan won silver in the Star 4 category, and Nicole achieved Bronze status in her age category in Star 4.

    The list of those passing is far too long – we extend condolences to those who lost loved ones, including Lorraine Law, 89, mother to David (Woody), Walter, and Art (she was this scribe’s first Little League coach)…further up Carter Road, Barb Smith died – her daughter Colleen Tomecki came from Australia for the service. Barb’s descendants include Barb Gero, and grand-children Shawn Hallihan, Josh Rodler and Jaquinn Allison, Hazen Hutchinson, and Digby, Colby, and Carter Gero…many were saddened to learn of the passing of Hilden resident and long-time school bus driver Donna Robertson, an eternally cheerful presence….The Brookfield Curling Club (BCC) lost a long-time member and sharp-shooter with the passing of Stewiacke native Carl Densmore – his name graces trophies in the club…Delbert Comeau’s brother Ralph was laid to rest in Clare, and Rob Smith’s father, Donald died in Dartmouth…Pearl LeFresne died in Tatamagouche; she was a mother to Earle, and grand-mother to Alicia Mattinson…in Old Barns, Rowena Loughead, 97, went to her reward; she was mother to BCC club member Kent (and five others), and was a devoted fan of Elks softball teams throughout the 70s and 80s…Reg Robicheau died in Truro – he was father to Anne Marie, Brookes VanTassell’s partner. Krista  Brown, 52 died in Truro – she was a sister to Paul Fowler and Misty Cooke…Terry Clark, partner to Gary Ellis Sr. passed away, as did Stan Richardson of Hilden – he and his family were ardent supporters of the Sportsplex…Charles "Breton" Murphy died at 43 in Glace Bay – he had lived in Middle Stewiacke for eight years while serving as pastor at the Countryside Community Church – he was a true gentleman, and leaves his wife Mary Jane, and kids James and Katie.
    Project Hope, the hard-working committee that unites volunteers from Brookfield, Shortts Lake, Upper and Middle Stewiacke, is hard at work, preparing to bring another Syrian refugee family to our area – Khalid and Mala Al-Awar’s eldest son Rami and his wife Ghadir, who is expecting in May. It would be most exciting and appropriate if they arrive in time for the baby to be born here. Project Hope is also working to have Khalid’s and Fadia’s brother Hesham Al-Awar, his wife and son, join them in Nova Scotia. If you wish to help, be it through provision of furnishings, lodging, funds, or in any way, please contact Jodie at 673-2249 or
    The 28th Annual Great Community Curling Classic welcomes curlers of all levels, from near and far, to the BCC on April 1-2. This low-cost, high-fun event is not to be missed – contact Mike at emailfor more info, or sign up at the BCC – then come to the BCC banquet on April 7 to collect your hardware! We must correct last month’s Eagle – the St. Patrick’s Day Bonspiel will be held Saturday March 18, so you still have time to register – again, at the BCC, or contact Josh at email or 673-2141. The BMC will host the ladies of the village and area on Monday, April 17, 6:30 PM at Knox Church. The evening will present a wonderful meal, unique entertainment, and the Eagle Award, which will be bestowed upon a citizen who has made a profound impact on our community. Several nominations have been received; deadline for same is March 26 – you can e mail Eagle Award Committee Chair Charlie at email or email Mike. The monthly All Around the Circle Seniors’ Luncheon at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex will be Tuesday March 21 at the Sportsplex at 12 noon ($7 for members and $9 for non-members). Irish music will be presented by Joanne Hatfield’s ukulele class – stop in and enjoy! The group hosts weekly 45’s and Crib games on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for only $2 to play. Also on Mondays from 1 – 4 you can go and try out the new Wii games, puzzles and many other games. 
    Also in April – the 22nd, to be specific, will be the second edition of the Youth Expo, hosted by the Women That Hunt. This event, which drew huge crowds last year, runs from 9 AM – 4PM, andFeatures amazing exhibits and demonstrations, copious door prizes, all while promoting activities related to the outdoors, fitness, art, nutrition, community programs, and overall better health and wellness. The theme is Expose – Educate – Inspire. For more info contact 902-986-7010 and go to

    There will be a Brookfield Fire Commissioners Rate payers meeting Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 PM at the Fire Station. Business will include election of a Commissioner, and request to approve the current levy rate.
    The Brookfield Community Assembly (BCA), originated over 20 years ago to advocate with a variety of governments, and other groups on behalf of the betterment of our community, has their Annual Meeting upcoming in late April. The BCA has led the charge for numerous improvements, upgrades, events, etc. since the mid-90’s, but now needs some support by way of new volunteer blood. THE BCA has several key community organizations appoint representatives – namely, the BAA, Home and School, Knox and Baptist churches, Fire and Emergency Services, the BMC, SCA student rep, and our county councilor. There also are 7 elected members, with spots open to be filled at the AGM. If you wish to be a part of, or would just like more info, please contact Rod Nielsen (890-0714,
email) Kathy Best (673-3350, email), or Geoff Stewart (673-3039, email). Please give this serious consideration – the BCA has a vital role to play, and it is well worth supporting. The BCA is updating our community website and would like all community groups that have a page on this site to provide updates and sent to email or if you would like to be added to the site.
    The Chase the Ace pot is approaching $6000 – every Thursday night, draw at 8:30, food and beverage available from 7:00 onward at the Curling Club. There are hockey tournaments every weekend at the Sportsplex from now until closing on April 9 – stop in and enjoy the games.

We hope to see you at the March 20 BMC meeting! The Eagle

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