by Lisa Tome
It's hard to miss Mary Cooper's bright yellow vintage looking bike as she pedals the streets of Ceciton.
That's exactly what Cooper, Cecilton's town administrator, intended.
She wants people to notice her and talk to her about their concerns or issues.
When Cooper first started the job earlier this year, she noticed that she'd be on the streets of Cecilton in her car several times per week. "I'd be out looking for high grass, untagged vehicles, and making myself accessible," said Cooper. "As I would see folks out, I'd need a place to park to talk to them. With a bike, I'm more accessible."
by Lisa Tome
Cecilton Mayor Joe Zang is proud that his town is providing a solution to a big problem.
"We are extremely excited about it. We are doubling the water usage and clients. This is a tremendous opportunity and this doesn't (typically) happen," said Zang. "Since we have the ability to help, why wouldn't we?"
The town is the solution for the residents of outlying communities where water is tainted.
More than 30 volunteers turned out April 22 and made a big difference in a portion of a long forgotten cemetery in Cecilton.
Using garden tools and chainsaws the volunteers cleared the older side of the cemetery owned by Union Bethel AME Church. The cemetery used to contain broken grave markers and some graves were covered by brush and debris. Some of the graves mark the passing of veterans.
Children who walk or bike to Cecilton Elementary School are receiving a sweet treat on the way to and from school.
After Cecilton's town/fire company/Parklands joint egg hunt earlier this month, there was candy left over. Cecilton town staff decided to put it out as a treat for children. Town maintenance supervisor Jay Paxson made a rabbit which holds a candy basket. Mayor Joe Zang's wife, Carrie, painted the rabbit. They then placed it with a note urging children to take one as they pass by town hall.
by Lisa Tome
When Mary Cooper took over as Cecilton's town administrator last fall, she did a walking tour of the town.
"I walked around and knocked on doors and met the residents," explained Cooper.
She also discovered an abandoned and mostly forgotten cemetery on Cemetery Lane.
Cecilton just got an injection of community spirit.
The town's new town administrator Mary Cooper is working to develop a sense of unity in the community.
Cooper kicked things off with the town's first ever Fall/Halloween Decorating Contest. Town officials asked residents to decorate front yards and porches for judging. Then two winners, one for fall, and one for Halloween will be chosen.
Mary Cooper starts her new job this week. Cooper, who formerly worked in Chesapeake City, will begin learning the ropes from retiring Cecilton town administrator Brenda Cochran. Cooper will spend time with both Cochran and town clerk Kim Roland learning their jobs and getting up to speed on Cecilton projects and events.
In other business from Cecilton:
Chesapeake City Mayor Dean Geracimos had a crying female on his hands recently.
Jay Paxson knew exactly where to find the bright spot in the dozens of downed trees, a heavily damaged "Welcome to Cecilton" sign, and tipped over portable toilets.
It's not Independence Day, but Cecilton town officials are lighting the night up anyway.
For the second year, the town is sponsoring fireworks which will occur one night of the annual Cecilton Fire Company carnival.