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Arline Flood

454-3347

This has been a busy week for us as we went to the State Grange in Skowhegan for several days, returning on Saturday after a very nice visit with Rolfe and Janice Flood at their new apartment in Bangor.

We attended the meetings, an Agriculture luncheon, a delicious roast pork dinner and a Memorial Service, picked up committee reports and went to the Sixth Degree which was performed on 12 members and a beautiful Rose Drill. After the close of Friday nights meeting, cider and donuts were served along the apples. It was all about the juniors and youths and scholarships were given out on Saturday and one member was installed from the Executive Committee. 

A big get well wish to Bernie Johnson who is in Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after suffering a stroke. Ann is staying with her sister until he can come home. They are giving him lots of therapy and he can now walk a little with help. He’ll be there for a couple of weeks. I am sure he’d love to hear from his friends. He is in room 398.

There has been a letter written and mailed to residents of Cooper from non-resident taxpayers this last week. They have a big agenda to keep the taxes in Cooper down, lots of suggestions. They are not allowed to vote but want to change our town meetings to summer time when they can come to comment. We have a selectboard that meets a couple times a month working overtime on this. I don’t believe that they can give much input into anything that is not already been considered. The taxes did go up quite a bit, but the education costs have been changed quite a bit; from a refund from the state of $139,000 to just $2,930 this year. That means the Town of Cooper is funding approximately 98% of the education costs locally. This was already discussed at a meeting the selectboard had with a few of these upset folks.No one is anxious for higher taxes in this town of mostly older residents and retired people.

Tony and Sam Wheelock with daughter Emma have been staying at their camp in Cooper and visiting relatives the last few days.

Robbie and April Lee are home from a great trip to Hawaii, taking granddaughter Mya home to her mom, Heather Townsend and enjoyed two weeks taking in the sights. Heather is in the U.S. Navy and stationed in Hawaii.

Cathance Grange will meeting on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. with the Annual Halloween Party. Come wearing a costume or just come!

Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. the Meddybemps Christian Church will hold  a harvest supper. Everyone is invited.

Pastor Jeremy Townes will be holding the church services at the Meddybemps Christian Church for the next six weeks. Paul Johnson was able to attend this week after his stay in the hospital from a fall. His daughter Beth is faithful to bring him in a wheelchair. Blessings on them both.