Town News

Arline Flood


I  need to correct some information from the September 13th issue of the CA. The tax collector and treasurer Laurie Pike holds office hours the first and third Thursday 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Selectboard  meets the first and third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The third Saturday only if necessary. Much thanks to the Calais High School students for the fine program with a tribute to all veterans. Each veteran was presented a beautiful red rose with a flag card thanking them for their service. A breakfast was prepared for anyone who wished to eat and served buffet style before or after the service. The rose is in a vase in front of me as I write. Each year I am reminded of Cecil Day born in Machias on March 21, 1925 and S/Sgt. in WWII and killed in France on March 15, 1945. I was 12 years old and remember him coming to visit in his uniform to say goodbye.

On November 11, 2014 the Town of Cooper held a flag presentation and flag raising ceremony in front of the new town hall. The weather was warm with clear blue skies and only a slight breeze. Chairs were set up in front of the hall and Sandy Lyon introduced guest speakers. The Invocation and Benediction was given by Pastor Jeremy Towne, Veteran. “Shoe the Flag” was read by Trevor Flood, Cooper Fire Chief. The National Anthem was played by Sam Perkins. Beth Turner, Representative to the Maine Legislature, was guest speaker. She presented a state flag to the Selectboard. The flag flying now was given to the Cathance Grange by a widow of a veteran and donated to the town by The Grange to fly above the Hall. Much praise go to Scott Jamieson who put so much into preparing the site for the flag.

The Presentation of the flag was by Ralph Flood, Veteran and Master of Cathance Grange number 510. Acceptance of the Flag was Denny Lyon, Veteran on behalf of Dan Ackley and John Viselli, members of Copper Selectboard. Flag Ceremony and Flag Raising was by Victor Voisine and Color Guard Members. Pledge of Allegiance was by all and God Bless American was played by Sam Perkins. Freedom is Not Free was read by Sandy Lyon, Cooper Town Clerk. Taps was played by Keagan Wormell. The Friends of Cooper Community Center served refreshments after the ceremony. The Cooper Fire Truck driven by assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Flood was on hand. There were about 40-50 people that showed up for this including some young people who provided the music. Sam Perkins is the great- grandson of Hubie and Lizzie Perkins. Keagan is the great-grandson of Winnie (Keen) Demmons, all formerly of Cooper. All long-time residents.

The Cathance Grange met on Wednesday night with guests from Alexander Grange helping to  fill the chairs. Thanks to Pike Seavey and Tracy Stange. It was discussed to give mittens and hats to the Home for Little Wanderers next year. Money was donated for the Alexander Christmas party on December 6th. Children from Cooper are part of this program. Louise Lee had a varied program. Louise won the CWA prize. Ralph and Arline Flood won the mystery prizes. Lunch was served downstairs. The next meeting on November 26th is cancelled due to Thanksgiving on the 27th. The next meeting will be on December 10th at 7 pm with a Christmas party and gift exchange.

On Saturday November 15th from 9 am to 3 pm, a quilting workshop was held at the Cooper Community Center. This was hands-on class to include an introduction to landscape quilting. Instructions and examples were provided by  Sue Martell. The lunch was provided by the Friends of the Cooper Community Center. It was a wonderful day with a great lunch. Each one attending took home a finished project and many ideas to do more. Thanks to Sue and her great instructions not to mention her sunny disposition to make for a lot of fun. I for one think this is a wonderful way to use the Community Center and hope for more in the future.

Justin Day celebrated is 79th birthday on Sunday at Louise Lee’s cottage on beautiful Meddybemps Lake with many of his large family attending. Louise, as usual, had her home decorated with a great fall theme. The James Lee cottage is taking shape beside her place.

After opening  the many cards and gifts, a delicious  cake made  by niece Marcia Wheelock with a whipped cream frosting was served along with ice cream. Of course, a rousing song was sung by all, no candles folks. We didn’t want to burn the place.

Our step great-grandson, Mitchell Townsend has his deer, a 140 lb. buck, Congratulations to this young hunter.

Much sympathy to the family and friends of Ross Cookson. Ross and his first wife Joyce had a baby girl the same day as we had our third child, Ronny. It’s always good to be with family and enjoyed a delicious meal.

Continued get well wishes to Bern Johnson who is now in the Calais hospital.  Get well wishes to Winnie Archer who is in EMMC in Bangor undergoing treatment and test. Maxine Seavey is taking rehab at EMMC  after a series of smalls strokes. She is in 399.  The Grange sent her a card signed by all. Our prayers and thoughts are with all.