Arline Flood



We are back to the bitter cold and snow on the ground but during the warm spell we managed to dig out the rest of the Christmas ornaments from the front lawn. Ralph also washed the car.

TOPS 256 met at the United Methodist Church last Tuesday and welcomed back member Fred Becker who has been though back surgery. He’s using a cane but doing well. With members bringing in prizes a few times a year, the group plays food bingo. Jeff Townsend is the caller and the rest of us round up over our cards. You can usually hear one member saying “What’s the number”? This time we played until the prizes were gone. Sandy and I grabbed a bite and then went to the service for Ellen Howe held at the Meddybemps Christian Church. With the lights shining brightly throughout the little church windows, friends, neighbors, co-workers and family gathered to honor Ellen. Pastor Joe gave a stirring service. Her beautiful granddaughters were the readers and her daughter Cheryl Roberts gave a funny, poignant, touching eulogy. She was one of a kind and her family will greatly miss  her as well as we will.

Yesterday, the church furnace went out and by using a couple of space heaters, the service was held. It took me all day to warm my feet. Sunday school and Bible study was cancelled until next week. It was a small group as the snow kept on coming and roads were 

“iffy.” As usual most of the complaints are on the Baring end. By this time of the year you’d think it would be the same as the rest of 191. The food pantry jar looked to be full but I’m sure those who didn’t make it will bring more in this coming week. Heat permitting, the Bible study will also be held after services. Friday, cards were made at the Meddybemps Community Center under the guidance of Paulyne Ward. Then on Saturday, the regular scrapbookers worked on their books and also made some pretty and interesting borders to enhance pages. As usual, a delicious dinner was enjoyed by all. Sandy Lyon made a birthday cake for her sister, Marcia Wheelock, and we all sang the song!! Her birthday was February 3rd. She is a rebel, born at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital while her father was in the Navy during the Korean War. This might be getting old to my readers but when the ship he was on, the USS Orion, received the telegram, it was piped over the loud speakers and over 3,000 sailors cheered What a moment for a new Dad! Eleven months later, her brother Danny joined the family and so we have two Virginians in the family. So I’ll lead into wishing all the February folks a big happy birthday and many more. To Foster Carlow on the 7th, Randy Ketchen on the 9th, Clarise Perkins on the 13th, Thursa Sawyer on the 14th, Diane Gibson on the 15th, Marcia Wheelock on the 3rd, Mike Cousins on the 9th, Janice Flood on the 12th, Ronny Flood on the 13th, Louise Lee, Marguerite White and Heather Day Gibson on the 16th. Heather Townsend on the 18th, and Lennie Dodge on the 22nd.

A happy birthday to all those who are worried or sick. Our best wishes and prayers are with you. Our dear friend Irene Glidden of Charlotte is in the hospital feeling under the weather, so please send a special prayer for her as she is 102 years young.

Marcia had a busy birthday week, as always starting with gifts from a friend at Walmart, cards and cake at the Community Center, a family birthday party at Sandy and Denny Lyons Saturday night and the plan was to join her children in Bangor for a dinner and bowling on Sunday. Our family is notorious for stretching out a birthday. Happy birthday to a wonderful daughter. Its not over until the fat lady sings.

The Cooper Selectboard meets the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. which is Februsry 7th. Also the town clerk and the treasurer are there to do business.

The Cooper Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Tuesday, February 12th at 7 pm.

Get well wishes to Sandy Lyon who has a bad knee and undergoing treatment, part of it is to wear a leg brace. Also to all those on our prayer list.

If you love, you get love back and that’s just a simple basic truth,. If you are loved, it is because you love. It’s like a mirror. We get back what we give out.    

Debbie Macomber.