Town News

Arline Flood


What a wonderful day for Mother’s Day. After church the members and extended families gathered at the Meddybemps Community Center for a tea, a tradition for many years. Beautiful roses were passed out to those who attended. The Pastor Joe McAdam gave a blessing to start out the excellent brunch style meal. As usual its noticed those who no longer are with us or unable to make it. The Pastor’s sermon was about the ultimate mother, Mary and her life. There were six members of my family and size members of my sister Louise Lee, which are also relatives. Two of the oldest members were present, Ed and Maxine Arbo to make it a special day. Our little great granddaughter, Emma Jo Wheelock, almost two years old, approved of all the food and was her usual charming self.

On Sunday, May 18, Pastor Rolfe Flood will be the interim Pastor.

Many rushed to  the Cedar Lane Greenhouse, just down the road to pick out flowers for loved ones. This is a tradition in many families and a good place to meet friends. The flowers that I have are beautiful and healthy.

Tony and Sam Wheelock with Emma spent the weekend at his parents, Paul and Marcia Wheelock’s in Calais. Paul and Tony got in some fishing while Marcia, Sam and Emma visited with Ralph and me.

Eric and I figured that he has been sending me red roses for 30 years. He called yesterday along with the rest of the family that I didn’t see to wish a Happy Mother’s Day. Many of us remember and miss our own mothers.

Our forsythia bush is beautiful now but I’ve noticed that it isn’t especially a good year for the golden bush. Last year we hunted all over the state for one for Marcia and Paul’s anniversary and finally found a healthy looking on at Jordan Gardens in Machias. It too is in full bloom. A belated Happy Anniversary on May 7th to Marcia and Paul. I believe it is 43 years.

The four degrees that were planned on for Alexander Grange had to be postponed because of deaths in the community. They will re-schedule soon. Cathance has volunteered to help with this.

Cathance Grange will hold a regular meeting this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. We hear that former member John Johnson is on his way driving north. I hear that the downstairs floor is now painted. Along with the newly painted ceiling it will really brighten up the place. Much thanks to the friends of the Cooper Community Center. I’m trying to keep up with the name changes. A group will clean up under the stairs to make a decent storage area.

Congratulations to a long time Cooper resident, Marjorie Withers, director of Community Caring Collaborative, who has been honored by the U.S. Attorney Office for her efforts as a victim’s advocate. She was among five advocates honored at a special ceremony on April 23rd at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor.

This Saturday, May 17, the University of Maine at Machias announced its 103rd Commencement exercises.  Our Sandy Lyon is a candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education graduating Summa Cum Laude. Also Kathy Hull will graduate at the same time and our neice Kaitlin Smith from Grey. We are proud of these three. It will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Frederic A. Reynold Center. Congratulations to them all.

Sidney Perkins celebrated a big 2nd birthday at her home in Cooper with family and friends.