Weekends just wouldn’t do for Selectman William Cohen

Weekends spent over the years at the Cohen family’s property on the scenic shore of Brooklin brought Pam and William to live permanently in this town almost 13 years ago.

“From the very first time I came here, it’s always been just beautiful,” said William Cohen, who chairs the Brooklin Board of Selectmen. He had served on the Bangor City Council, and a few years ago he was asked “if I would be willing” to serve as a selectman.

Today the Brooklin board includes Cohen, Deborah Brewster and Laura Sherman.

A Bangor native, Cohen worked for Bangor Hydro-Electric Co., Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the Maine Medical Center and Verso Paper during a long career that saw him live in various parts of Maine. After their wedding in 1972, he and Pam “started coming here to Brooklin almost every weekend until the snow flew,” he said.

Their children joined them in time, and today Cohen’s now retired brother and sister spend their summers at the family compound. The children and grandchildren come to visit, and many family activities focus on the water.

“Brooklin is kind of the glue that holds the family together,” Cohen said. “It’s a great town. There is a tremendous amount of activity going on, a wonderful mix of economic activity, people, cultures.”

“It’s vibrant in summer, quiet in the winter,” he said.

“We have a first-rate volunteer fire department and rescue group. It makes the quality of life so much better in rural Maine,” Cohen said.

“The whole [Blue Hill] peninsula has tremendous culture if you want to take advantage of it,” he commented. Pam volunteers at The Ark, with The Keeping Society (Brooklin’s local history group) and at the Turnstile Food Bank in Blue Hill.

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