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Egg Drop in Cooleemee a Huge Success!

On Saturday, March 30th, The Bridge Church, located at 191 Main Street in Cooleemee, sponsored an egg drop at the Cooleemee Fire Department.

Josh Ijames provided hayrides, while the Bridge donated free hotdogs, cotton candy, flavored ice, popcorn, and water.

A food truck served free ice cream until they ran out.  

Wristbands divided the children’s age groups so the egg drop could be fair and safe.

a person with their arms up in the air at an easter egg hunt event
Pastor Justin Blue of The Bridge Church

Pastor Justin Blue wore a mic, which helped him to manage the large groups.  He certainly had a way to get everyone’s attention; this event was definitely not his first rodeo!

The candy-filled eggs were dropped from firetruck #13’s bucket while the crowd gave a resounding countdown. 

Faith Ann was walking toward her mother with a bucket of eggs, with a nice dome on top that was about to flow over the edge.  

She happened to pass a younger girl who had a very small amount of eggs in her basket.  Faith Ann turned around and put eggs in the little girl’s basket.  Her kindness and compassion weren’t overlooked. How about Faith leading by example?

The energy surrounding the event was happiness, and by far, the event exceeded any and all expectations.    

A big thank you to all the volunteers of the Bridge Church.  This egg drop event was a huge success! Feel free to contact me at cooleemeenews@gmail.com or 336-250-1133. I would love to hear from you.      

My Friend Grimes “Bimmy” Parker

My friend, Grimes “Bimmy” Parker, passed away recently, and I can’t bring him back.

Early Monday morning, before I was about to jump in the shower before leaving to care for our granddaughter, my husband said my name in a way I knew something was wrong.

“Bimmy passed away last night,”

It was like a silver magnet pulled me to Jeff’s chest quickly, and I held him tight. “I thought they were working on removing the fluid from his heart, and then they will treat his kidneys and wake them up?” That was what I was praying for, but it didn’t work out that way.

Wait a minute. He didn’t teach me how to plant peanuts!

Planting and harvesting peanuts, I thought, would be the coolest thing to learn how to do, and he did it every year. Every time I saw a bag of peanuts still in the hull, I would smile because I knew someone in my town who planted these things. I’m sure he would have taught me if only I had asked.

Duke Street isn’t a street I drive down often, but several times when I would, he would be sitting in a chair in front of his garage in the driveway with his legs crossed. I can imagine the conversations we would have had if only I had stopped by for a visit. Regret can send you into a whirlwind of thoughts when someone close to you passes away.  

“But wait, I was going to, I could have, I should have.” Those thoughts sure don’t fill the void. The memories lift me up though, and I saturate my mind with them.

I was so honored when he called and asked me to be on the basketball camp board.

The first Grimes Parker Basketball Camp Invictus stands out most in my mind. All the dreams, hopes, ideas, and plans that he and Steve Fleming had came to fruition that day, and I’m so happy I was there, along with so many other volunteers, to see the magic happen.

“So what do you think, KC?”

“I thought it was fantastic, Bimmy, and I can’t wait for the next one.”

So many great ideas come to us, and then we think, “Whew, it would take a lot to make that happen,” and then we put them in our back pockets or, worse, throw them away. If only we had held on to that thought, that dream, that idea.  How many lives would have been richer if we had pursued it further?

There is never a good time to lose a friend or loved one. No matter how prepared we try, it’s out of our control. Writing a letter to Bimmy and telling him how much he has enriched my life is a very healthy thing to do. Putting thoughts down on paper clears the mind and heals the soul.

I hope his chair will be sitting where he used to sit in that driveway so I can drive by, stop, and leave a note or two. Grimes  “Bimmy” Parker, a Master of Cooleemee, will never be forgotten. Feel free to contact me at cooleemeenews@gmail.com or 336-250-1133. I would love to hear from you.  

Dancing the Afternoon Away – Cooleemee Elementary School Celebrated Valentine’s with a Dance 

Cooleemee Elementary School had the gym popping with vibrations of music, twirling, jumping, and laughter, for it was the special time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Hot pizza was brought in, and boy, did it smell good!  Candy and snacks were available for the students to purchase as they went through the line to pick up a big slice of pepperoni pizza.

It’s so much fun watching girls and boys roam around the room with uninhibited manners.  Two boys said they were having a good time just walking around and talking to each other, and girls dancing in a circle, holding hands or twirling in their pretty dresses.  It sent the message they were happy and joyful.

Some fifth graders felt awkward and bored.  I reminded them that next year, they would be with the older kids when they went to middle school, and their faces lit up.

Some schools divide the age groups up: kindergartens and first grade, second and third graders, and fourth and fifth graders.  The times are divided among the total. 

This may take additional planning and organization but all in all, the majority had a great time this year. 

Thank you, teachers and volunteers, for giving the students another event to create more memories that they will remember for a lifetime.

Feel free to contact me at cooleemeenews@gmail.com; I would love to hear from you.

Walk, Pick up Trash, and Meet Your Neighbors – Join Cooleemee’s New Plawking Group

Getting exercise and making new friends while cleaning up the community. Join Cooleemee’s plawking group. (L to R)  Keziah Martin, Joey Shore, Tangela Dalton, Lela Ijames, Josh Ijames

On Sunday, February 4th, there was a lot of plawking (picking up trash while walking) going on on the streets of Cooleemee. Josh Ijames, Lela Ijames, Tangela Dalton, Keziah  Martin, and Joey Shore were carrying black trash bags, and they were full of trash. That’s what people do when they love their community, they want to get some exercise and make new friends while picking up trash.

Josh Ijames and his wife Lela have created a Cooleemee Action Forum, which is a neighborhood organization that allows citizens and non-citizens who have interests, likes, or beliefs in the town to be able to participate more openly in a public forum. While still in the beginning stages of creating the forum, plawking will continue on Sundays at 2 p.m., meeting behind the Cooleemee Fire Department.  When others join the group, the time may change.  

Cooleemee’s new plawking group picks up trash along 801 S.  

Annual meetings will occur with structured monthly meetings with leadership in place with an organized agenda.  With full leadership in place, plans are to achieve non-profit status and obtain the ability to write their own grants. 

For updates, follow Cooleemee Action Forum on FaceBook.

Tangela Dalton has been very busy obtaining her non-profit status.  She lives in Cooleemee and is motivated to create a youth center.   She plans to call it Prosperity Youth Center of Cooleemee.  There is an array of services to offer, like essential life lessons, meeting new friends, movie nights, dancing nights, and workshops.  She has a building in mind, but that hasn’t come to fruition yet.

Teamwork makes the dream work. Keziah Martin holds the bag open for Tangela Dalton during a plawking meet-up on Sunday, February 4th.
Teamwork makes the dream work. Keziah Martin holds the bag open for Tangela Dalton during a plawking meet-up on Sunday, February 4th. 

Plawking is a fun way to meet people, get some exercise, and show some love for your town.  You can still be a plawker all by yourself; just pick up trash while you walk, and don’t forget to take a trash bag.

Feel free to contact me at cooleemeenews@gmail.com or call 336.250.1133. I would love to hear from you. 

Steven Corriher Appointed Cooleemee Town Clerk/Finance Officer 

Cooleemee’s Board of Commissioners appointed Steven Corriher as town clerk/finance officer during its board meeting on December 21st. He has been serving as interim clerk since August. Corriher brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously served as town clerk from February 2019 until April 2021 and as Cooleemee’s mayor from 2015 to 2019. 

Speaking on behalf of the board, Mayor Jeff Smith said, “We are pleased to announce the hiring of Steve Corriher to the full-time position of town clerk. Steve has been working for the Town on an interim basis as we have transitioned through the hiring process. He brings a detailed knowledge of the job and will be vital in helping us transform town functions into a more efficient operation.”

“Steve is well respected by the governments and agencies within Davie County and is a great asset to the Town of Cooleemee. Please welcome Steve back as part of the Cooleemee team.” 

Corriher is equally excited about the appointment.  “I am pleased to be back home; my heart has always been with Cooleemee and will forever be here. Anything I can bring to the table to assist this Town and its people, I will do. I am looking forward to a bright future for the Town.”

Corriher can be reached at Town Hall at (336) 284-2141 or by email at scorriher@cooleemee.org. The new office hours for town hall are now Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A New Year Message From Cooleemee Mayor Jeff Smith

Happy New Year

As 2023 winds down, I’m sure we all have experienced good and tough times during the year, but I hope that the good outnumbered the tough.

Every year brings its own challenges, but the new year always brings new hopes. I look forward to working with the Town Board in 2024 to continue to make Cooleemee all that it can be.

With your help and involvement, we can make that happen.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2024.

Jeff Smith
Cooleemee Mayor

Come One, Come All: Cooleemee Christmas Parade Saturday, December 16th! 

The Town of Cooleemee will host its annual Christmas parade at  2 p.m. on Saturday, December 16th.

The parade will begin at Cooleemee Elementary School at 136 Marginal Street and end at the Zachary House at 131 Church Street.

Families will gather on the grounds of the Zachary House after the parade for music, stories, fellowship, and free food.  Bring your S’Mores sticks and enjoy roasting marshmallows by the fire.

Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for a chat and pictures with the children.

Want to enter a float, car, bike, or walk in the parade? Simply show up at the Cooleemee Elementary School beginning at 1 p.m. to join in the fun. There is no fee, and pre-registration isn’t necessary.

For more information, contact Steve Corriher at 336-284-2141 or  scorriher@cooleemee.org.