Around Jonathan Street

December 24, 2009|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Birthday party held for
Leonard 'the Barber' Cooper

What a night Leonard "the Barber" Cooper had at his recent 70th birthday celebration at Hagerstown Convention Center.

It was a night filled with many well wishes from his family and friends and a lot of surprises for Cooper.

When you entered the party, there was a canvas picture of Cooper courtesy of Serena Bell. All of the guests signed it. Maxine Blake, Karen Campbell and Cheryl Blake greeted the guests. The room was decorated by Debbie Singleton and the evening was kept on point with Lynn Washington as mistress of ceremonies.

Ms. Rhonda made a birthday cake decorated in barber style with a barber pole with a light on the top, a barber brush and comb, and a pair of barber scissors.


Jonathan Burrs created a slideshow presentation that depicted Cooper's years of community service and his years as a barber.

His sister, Peggy Cooper, remembered a conversation they had earlier in life and presented her brother with a trophy and a plaque. The plaque had his name on it with a picture of him when he was 19 and 69.

As part of the festivities, Cooper was roasted by Hampton Wedlock, Pastor Jacquelyn Dixon, the Rev. Joseph Fowlkes, Leonard Harris and Frances Bell.

Leonard was out on the dance floor doing the electric slide with his guests, as well as sharing the floor with his niece, Birdie, his brother, Raymond Cooper, and Ginny Broadus, who taught him a new dance.

"Everything was so nice and elegant. The food, catered by the hotel was excellent. It was so very special to me," Cooper said. "I feel truly blessed to live to this age."

He thanks all of his guests and his friends, especially those who traveled from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, etc., who helped him to make the day special.

After the party, Ron Lytle presented him with a photo album that contained more than 200 pictures from his party and Andy Smith is creating a DVD.

New Year's Eve

Bring in the new year with Zion Baptist Church, 61 W. Bethel St., at the New Year's Eve service titled "Still Standing" on Thursday, Dec. 31, starting at 10:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. H. G. McGhee of Greater Metropolitan Baptist Church in Harlem, N.Y., will be the speaker.

Christmas program

The Second Christian Church, 65 W. North Ave., will present its annual Sunday school Christmas play Sunday at its 10 a.m. service.

The congregation plans to complete the day with the annual family and friends Christmas dinner, which will be served at 1 p.m.

Library course

Washington County Free Library is participating in the Elevate America program. In cooperation with Microsoft Corp., the library is offering vouchers for E-Learning courses and select certification exams at no cost. The vouchers are broken into the following categories:

o Microsoft E-Learning, which includes Microsoft Worker (Windows, Office 2003 or Windows Vista and Office 2007)

o Microsoft E-Learning: IT Professional Standard and Extended Library

o Microsoft business certification exams to be divided 3,000 each among Office 2003 and Office 2007

All Maryland residents are eligible to receive the vouchers, with the exception of state employees. All vouchers must be activated by Jan. 12. Participants will have a year to complete the course.

For more information, call 301-739-3250.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday, Aaron S. Hill.

Hope you enjoy your special day Sunday.

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